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September 2016
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Robert J. “Bob” Bishop

Robert J. “Bob” Bishop passed away on August 19, 2016, after a brief illness.

Bob was born on January 9, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a lifelong fan of both Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football.

Bob attended both Pasadena City College and California State University Long Beach and was a dedicated member of the football teams at both schools. Anyone who played sports with Bob knew him as a loyal, dedicated and committed team player. Bob’s positive attitude, both then and in his later years, always resulted in the betterment of those around him.

Upon receiving his degree, he was employed at the Veteran’s Administration Healthcare Facility in Long Beach, where he invested his lifelong working career in assisting in the rehabilitation of injured and otherwise afflicted veterans. Bob always sought to make a positive change in the lives of those committed to his care.

Bob spent his post-retirement years in Phoenix, Arizona, investing in real estate and pursuing his many other interests, including assisting his sister through some difficult times.

To those fortunate enough to have known Bob, he was a wonderful, giving man who devoted such a large portion of his life to serving those people needful of his attention. He is, and will continue to be, sorely missed.

Roger Doine Follett

Roger Doine Follett, age 81 of Litchfield Park, AZ died on September 18, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born October 16, 1934 in Angola, IN to Doine and Iris Follett. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1952 where he was a member of the Student Council and Letterman Club and played basketball, baseball and track. After graduating from high school he was drafted as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers; a short-lived career due to severe homesickness.

In 1956 Roger married Norma Jean and the couple moved to Arizona with their first child and a 44’ trailer in tow. With two more additions to the growing family, he found time to create and become President and General Manager of National Applicators, Inc. It was during this time that Roger built many roads across Arizona while continuing to live in his trailer throughout several small cities. He later purchased a home in Maryvale, and after his children grew up, he moved to Litchfield Park, joined the Country Club and was “living the life.” In 1999, his wife of 43 years passed of cancer, and following a few years of grieving Roger met Polly, the second love of his life and married her 23 of October, 2006.

Roger was a private pilot, fisherman, hunter, and loved to collect rocks. He was a member of Wigwam Golf Resort, being an avid golfer that had achieved 2 holes in one.

Roger is survived by his wife, Paulette Rae Miller-Follett; daughters, Kimberly Ann Dwyer, Lori Leigh Crozier, Mary Ayala; sons, David Scott Follett, Lloyd Campbell, II, Richard Campbell; sisters, Rhonda Gehard, Rochelle Stubbs, Debie Walter; brothers, Robert Follett, Ted Walter; 16 grandchildren, Bryanna, Shaun, and Aaron Patrick, Nick and Alyssa Dwyer, Kattie and Cody Crozier, Ashley and Rory Follett, Charrie Camacho, Shelby, Ellie, Gabiral, and Jex Campbell, Lloyd Campbell, III, Jake Coakley; and 6 great grandchildren, Bryghton Tauscher, Brynnleigh Blanco, Finnegan Patrick, Nadia Vargas, and Tavier Garcia. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Norma Jean; sisters, Sondra and Renee; and brother, Ronald.

A gathering will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Peninsula Recreation Center, 1119 E Acacia Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

Carolyn Louise Kiggins Wilson

Carolyn Louise Kiggins was born on May 25, 1944 to Claude and Mabel Kiggins in Torrance, California. She spent her childhood enjoying the oceans and Redwoods with her sisters, Chloe and Bonnie in Eureka, California, a place she held dear to her heart. She had five children that drove her crazy, but loved dearly, that she raised in the plains of North Dakota. Carolyn accomplished her lifelong goal of becoming a Registered Nurse in May of 1990. She moved to Saudi Arabia, worked at King Faisal Specialty and Research Centre where her stories of the Middle East intrigued us all. She met her own Arabian Knight, James Wilson, and they married on October 16, 1996. James and Carolyn spent the following 2 decades traveling to faraway lands, sipping Mai Tais in the Hawaiian breeze, bouncing on the hides of elephants in Thailand, and spotting crocodiles on the majestic Nile River. Shortly thereafter, they both retired amongst the mountains and cacti of Arizona and after a short, but quick illness, she passed away at Banner Gateway Hospital in Mesa, Arizona with her husband at her side sharing their adventures from around the world with her family. Her legacy continues with her 5 children: Nina (Peter) Neill, Terrilyn (Vidal) Trejo, Patrick (Corina) Dawson, Kimberly (Eric) Ziglinski, Trenton (Stacie) Dawson, and James’ 6 children and their families. Carolyn would always say that she was too young to be a grandmother, albeit she was a caring, loving, and compassionate “Nanny” to 22 grandchildren, but her proudest title was “GG” to 5 great grandchildren. In the spirit of Frank Sinatra, we believed he penned these words just for Carolyn: “I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and every highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.”

 

A visitation will be at 6:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm, Thursday September 22, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave, Tolleson, AZ 85353. A reception will follow the services.

 

Douglas Duane Boers

Douglas Duane Boers passed away unexpectedly on September 9, 2016. He was born August 19, 1950 to Howard Lorraine Boers and Donna (Reiman) Boers in Spencer, IA. After graduating from Milford High School in 1968 he lived and worked in Minneapolis for a few years. He then moved back to Sherburn, MN to help on the family farm and dairy. He followed the family business to Arizona in 1977 and often split his time between Buckeye and Sherburn.

Doug was a good and kind man. He lived his faith with a generous heart. He served as an usher and greeter at St. Henry’s Church in Buckeye and most recently at St. John Vianney Church in Avondale. He looked forward to his days of volunteering at The Attic at the White House. He also enjoyed doing yard work and handyman projects. Being an avid reader he was also a great conversationalist. If you ever had the good fortune to sit and have a beer (dark, please!) with him you would probably be impressed with the knowledge he possessed. You would never lose at Trivial Pursuit if he was your partner.

Doug was also a collector. In his eyes everything could be re-purposed, so every man’s junk was his treasure. He did not drive so if you frequented Old Town Avondale you probably saw him walking. He was the little man with the gray beard, denim vest and hat – often with a backpack or cart in tow – because you never know what treasures are waiting to be discovered.

Doug is survived by his mother, Donna; eight brothers and sisters, Larry (Sharon), Bob (Marsha), Connie Helmers (Dennis), Kathy Knuth (Kevin), Scott (Terri), Mic (Dana), Dave (Anne), and Casey Khaleesi (Clara); aunt, Darlene McCrae; 31 nieces and nephews and 53 great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Lorraine, his grandparents, aunts and uncles.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ.

 

Philip Richard Eger

Philip Richard Eger, 74 of Buckeye, AZ died September 18, 2016. He was born March 31, 1942 in the Bronx, NY to Stephanie and Philip Eger, Jr. Philip was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He served his community as a Deputy Sheriff for McKinley County, NM. He loved shooting competition matches as well as dismantling cars and rebuilding them to be better. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed being an active member of his faith. He will always be remembered as funny, protective and hard working.

Philip is survived by his daughters, Stephanie and Elisa Eger and Dianna Harness; sister, Nancy Cook; and two grandchildren, Bradley (13) and Kyra (10). He was preceded in death by his wife, Victoria Lucy Eger.

A visitation will be held at 5:30 pm followed by a rosary at 6:30 pm, Monday, September 26, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Mountain View Cemetery, 301 N Stockton Hill Rd, Kingman, AZ.

Herbert Kitchener “Kitch” Semmens

Herbert Kitchener “Kitch” Semmens, passed away peacefully with family at his side on September 17, 2016.  Kitch was born on July 27, 1916 in Barlow, North Dakota, the third child out of eleven, and relished a century of lifetime adventures that others can only dream about.

He is proceeded in death by his sweetheart and wife of sixty-eight years LaVerne; his parents; and all 11 of his siblings.  He is survived by his four daughters Janice Walker, Carole Bramble, Linda Audiss, and Connie Biskeborn; four grandchildren, Tim, Amy, Michael, Jason, and step-granddaughter Jon-Bree; fourteen great-grandchildren, Preston, Reed, Tyler, Wesley, Anna, Katherine, Aujalee, Alyssa, Ella, Malcolm, Lenny, Thomas, Spencer, and Jacob.

Kitch loved his family first and foremost, and always worked hard to provide.  He proudly served our country during WWII as a Sergeant Medic, and worked for Gambles nearly forty years as a salesman and auditor.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016 at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Avondale, AZ.

The family expresses sincere appreciation to Seasons Hospice, and a HUGE Thank You to his caregivers Aubrie, Stephany, and Adiam.  You made our journey so much easier.

Hector R. Tantoco

Hector R. Tantoco, age 88 of Avondale, Arizona died September 14, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born December 20, 1927 in Manila, Philippines to Luis and Carmen Tantoco. Hector was an attorney and a real estate broker. He was the General Manager of IDFS Morocco and Tyrrell Limited, LLC in New York City, NY. He was also the founder of the Filipino Jaycees Bowling League in New York City.

Hector is survived by his wife, Celeste Tantoco; daughters, Cynthia, Minerva and Aurora Tantoco, and Georgia Bulaong; sons, Eddie and Hector Dante Tantoco; brothers, Ricio and Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco; nieces and nephews, Zenaida, Rico, Marileu, Menchu, Maritess and Marilou; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Edward Tantoco, Jr.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at a future date in Manila, Philippines. Burial will be at Tantoco Rustia Mausoleum, Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque, Philippines. 

Aurora Quesea

Aurora Quesea, age 84 of Buckeye, died September 12, 2016. She was born August 31, 1932 to Sabino and Semiona Segui in Gumaca, Quezon, Philippines. Aurora graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines in 1959. She did her post-graduate training to become an Emergency Physician at Doña Marta Memorial Hospital, Altimonan, Quezon, Philippines until 1968. She had Family Medicine training at St. John Hospital, Cleveland, OH. She served as Medical Staff Physician at Veterans Hospital, Cleveland, OH until 1995.

Aurora is survived by her husband, Ernesto O. Quesea; son, Alexander S. Quesea (Maria) and two grandchildren, Cameron and Connor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sabino and Semiona Segui, five sisters, and a brother.

A visitation will be held at 3:00 pm with a rosary at 5:00 pm, Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, September 16, 2016 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 24750 W Lower Buckeye Rd, Buckeye, AZ.

Carolyn Dropik

Carolyn Dropik, age 80 of Litchfield Park, AZ died September 3, 2016. She was born February 18, 1936 in Harrisburg, PA to Verne and Agnes Nichols.

Carolyn moved to Phoenix in 1940. She retired from the Cartwright School District where she worked as a school aide. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed a good cup of coffee and sharing a laugh. She loved being with her family and was a great mom, grandma and friend.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Melinda (Ron) Kennedy, Sherri (Jim) Dunlap; sons, Mike (Jan) Dropik, Steve (Joan) Dropik, David (Tina) Dropik; brother, Vernon Nichols; five grandchildren, Michael, Kyle, Tim and Drew Dropik and Brandon Kennedy; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joe Dropik; parents, Agnes and Verne Nichols; and brother, Dale Nichols.  The family would like to thank the Hacienda Del Rey staff for their support.

Barry Robert Phaneuf

Barry Robert Phaneuf, age 71 of Payson, AZ died August 31, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born September 5, 1944 in River Falls, WI to Robert and Viola Phaneuf. He graduated from Amery High School in Amery, WI in 1962. He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966 as a General Aircraft Mechanic. Barry was a custom home builder and a car enthusiast. Most importantly he was a proud father, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Barry is survived by his wife, Virginia Phaneuf; step-mother, Marge Phaneuf; daughter, Staci Phaneuf; sons, Jason Phaneuf and Patrick Phaneuf; brother, Stans Phaneuf (Sharon); sisters, Cindy Morton (Rick), Becky Swenson (Jerry), Mary Kastens (Terry), Barb Brannan (Greg), and Beth Thompson (Mark) ; mother-in-law, Grace Davis; three grandchildren one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Viola Phaneuf and sister, Becky Selzler (Larry). The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of The Valley.

Nicole M. Perrotti

Nicole M. Perrotti, age 34 of Avondale, AZ died August 31, 2016. She was born May 20, 1982 in Toms River, NJ to Patrick Perrotti and Mary Sisson. Nicole was an award winning figure skater. She is survived by her parents, Mary and Stan Sisson, Goodyear, AZ and Patrick and Trishia Perrotti, Ft Myers, FL; sister, Melissa Perrotti Roslan (Paul), Chino Valley, AZ; step-sisters, Nora Wilkerson (Shawn), Goodyear, AZ, and Taylor Dodds, Tampa, FL; step-brother, Eric Sisson (Jessica) US Air Force; grandparents, Betty Stemer, Bethlehem, PA, Betty and Stanley Sisson, Pompton Plains, NJ, and Ruth DeSarno, Bloomfield, NJ; and six nephews, Joseph, Evan, Justin, Kyle, Nathan and Jacob.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ.   The family suggests that donations be made to Dogs on Deployment, https://store.dogsondeployment.org/donate.asp.

Wendell Oliver Grant

Wendell Oliver Grant, age 76 , of Coolidge, AZ , died September 1, 2016 in Casa Grande, AZ. He was born July 1, 1940 in Marion, IL to Thomas and Joy Grant. Wendell served for twenty years in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon leaving the service he worked for Lockheed Martin for twenty years. He was also very active in real estate. Wendell was a very generous man and helped many people in need. He was well loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Wendell is survived by his wife, Oralia Delgado Grant; sons, Thomas Wayne (Julie) Grant of TN and Wesley Eugene (Shannon) Grant of OR; sister Wanda (Tom) Donkin of IL; grandchildren, Joshua Wayne (Tiffany) Grant, Kristina Elizabeth Grant, and Audrey Marie Grant, all of TN and great-grandchildren, Bailey and Mason Grant.

A viewing will be held at 1:00 pm with a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

John Alvin Shurbet

Mr. John Alvin Shurbet, age 79 of Peoria, AZ died August 29, 2016. He was born October 9, 1936 in Phoenix, AZ to Wayne and Lucille Shurbet. John served in the US Army for 10 years reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Later in life he served as a Boy Scoutmaster. He loved golf, fishing, camping and working with his hands. He created many pieces of woodwork. John served faithfully in his church and spent 16 years on service missions.

John is survived by his wife, Helen Faye Shurbet; daughters, Jodee Shumway and Kari Layton; sons, Allen, Dion, and Eric Shurbet, Kent, Eric and Keith Sailsbery; sister, Lee Hererra; 54 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Lucille Shurbet and brother Wayne Cleon (Sonny) Shurbet.

A visitation will be held at 9:00 am with a funeral service at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7871 W Acoma Drive, Peoria, AZ. Interment will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery, Glendale, AZ.

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