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August 2016
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Marion Knight Baker

Retired United States Air Force Captain, Marion Knight Baker, 82, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away peacefully on August 13, 2016 after a long, hard fought battle with prostate cancer and heart disease. He was born June 19, 1934 on a small farm outside Orange Township, Indiana to Thurman Earl Baker and Charlotte Estella (Robbins) Baker.
In 1955 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as a Bomber Navigation System Mechanic for 6 years and 8 months. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Deanna Bolin on May 27, 1956 in Andersonville, Indiana. April 2, 1961 he attended Officer Candidate School and graduated September 22, 1961 as a second lieutenant with Class 62-A at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He went on to serve an additional 13 years, 4 months as a Missile Maintenance Staff Officer, with an important role in the Minuteman missile program, retiring in 1975 with the 394th Strategic Missile Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California. He distinguished himself and earned the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award. While serving in the Air Force he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chapman University.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Baker joined the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department for four years. He then embarked upon a career in the airline industry serving as a Station Manager at Golden West Airlines and Pacific Coast Airlines prior to joining SkyWest-Delta Airlines. He moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area in 1993, retiring from the airline industry in 1996.

At the age of nine, Marion accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Clarksburg, Indiana. In 1966, he rededicated his life to Christ and joined the Southern Baptist Church. He was a faithful steward, serving as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader and member of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry to support the young airmen serving at the Air Force base installations. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Avondale, Arizona and also attended Calvary Chapel in Surprise, Arizona. Mr. Baker was an avid fisherman, hunter, weight lifter, long distance runner and enjoyed hiking and panning for gold prior to the decline in his health. Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Deanna (Bolin) Baker of Goodyear, Arizona and children Michael Baker (Melody) of Tucson, Arizona; Brenda Baker Brooks (William) of Goodyear, Arizona; Douglas Baker (Jennifer) of Tucson, Arizona; Kimberly Fitzgerald (fiancé Dave Scott) of Santa Barbara, California and Lawrence Baker of Avondale, Arizona. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Benjamin Baker (Alinora), Adrianna Robinett (Virgil), Micaiah Baker (Jillian), David, Melissa and Moriah Baker, Jessica O’Connell (William), William and Nicholas Brooks and eight great grandchildren Hope, Thomas and Wisdom O’Connell, Jacob, Ezra, Ari and Catey Robinett, and Grayson Baker. He leaves behind two brothers David Baker (Dorothy) of East Moline, Illinois; Gerald Baker (Patricia) of Burnsville, Minnesota and two sisters Janet Feightner of Hazelton, Indiana and Charlotte Jean Cox of Greensburg, Indiana.

Marion is predeceased by his parents Thurman and Charlotte Baker, his brother Irvin Glenn Baker and his sister Esther Vea Emerson.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks for the medical care provided by Dr. David Mendelson and the staff of Pinnacle Oncology, Dr. Adhar Seth and Dr. Steven Sumpter of Integrated Medical Systems, Dr.Guillermo Moguel-Cobos of Barrow Neurological Clinic and his caregivers Jennifer and Juve Garcia and Darwin and Marykris Bautista.

A celebration of life will be held at 3pm on Saturday, August 27th at the Palm Valley Community Center. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

 

Tito Raymond Corona

Tito Raymond Corona, Sr., 80 of El Mirage, AZ passed away August 19, 2016. He was born February 6, 1936 in Mexico to Urbano Corona and Justina Connie Quintana. A visitation will be at 5:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm, Monday, September 5, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday September 6, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery of Arizona.

Bernice Marie Ryan

Bernice Marie Ryan, 81, of Tolleson, AZ passed away on August 18, 2016. She was born October 26, 1934 in Phoenix, AZ to John and Elizabeth Koester. A memorial service will be held in the future with dates to be determined.

Angie Anzar Lopez

Angie Anzar Lopez, 81 of Avondale, AZ died August 17, 2016 in Surprise, AZ. She was born October 2, 1934 in Liberty, AZ to Ylario and Delores Anzar. She is survived by her husband, Efren R. Lopez; daughters, Graceila E. Palomo, Connie Sestiaga, and Olivia A. Lopez; sons, Tomas M Palomo (Olivia), Andres A Lopez (Patricia), and Daniel Del Real (Juanita); 31 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Ylario and Delores Anzar; siblings, Francisca Del Real, Bernadino Anzar, Delores Anzar and Jose Anzar; daughter, Martha Palomo; and son, Benjamin Lopez.

A viewing will be at 5:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm, Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am, Friday, August 26, 2016 at St. John Vianney, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will follow at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ.

Allan Eugene George

Allan Eugene George, 73 of Goodyear, AZ died August 19, 2016. He was born December 27, 1942 in Brunswick, MD to Samuel and Mildred George. He is survived by his wife, Louise E. George; daughters, Sandra George and Janet Carrasco; son, Mark George; brothers, Charles “Skipper,” John, and Frank George; and grandchildren, Raquel and Rose Carrasco. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betty George; brothers, Eddie, Robert Lee, Fax, Sammy and Jimmy; sister, Annie and his parents, Sam and Mildred.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00pm, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. The family suggests that donations in honor of the George Family be made to a cancer research or hospice of preference.

Miguel Francisco Castillo (Tiny)

Miguel Francisco Castillo (Tiny) 60 of Avondale died on August 17, 2016. He was born on November 2, 1955 in Santa Barbara, California to Donato and Benigna Castillo. He was in the Job Crops in Washington state and worked as a line cook at Carrillo’s restaurant and as a manager for Little Caesars pizza both in Santa Barbara before his move to Avondale 13 years ago. He is preceded in death by his father, Donato Castillo; brothers, Vincent and Juan Castillo, and nephew Vincent Guero Castillo Jr. He is survived by his mother, Benigna Castillo; sister, Maria Lloyd; nephews, Nicholas and Smokey Lloyd; nieces, Lola Ramos, Anna Galindo, and Tina Wickersham. Memorial services will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Mary B. Albico,

Mary B. Albico, 94 of Waddell, AZ died August 17, 2016 in Peoria, AZ. She was born March 4, 1922 in Pennsylvania. Mary loved crocheting and ceramics. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Anne Albico and son, Charles Peter Albico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Albico and her only grandchild, Angela Marie Albico.

A viewing will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. A gathering will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Stan Parkhurst

Stan Parkhurst was born in San Diego, CA December 29, 1951. His family moved to Tucson when he was 15 and then back to Glendora, CA 2 years later. He and Lori, his wife, found each other at Glendora High School and were inseparable for the next 47 years. They cherished each other and enjoyed 42 years of marriage. Stan’s greatest accomplishment, by far, was his two children, Lorin and Ryan. He adored them and was most proud of them. They held a special and precious bond with their father. He was a deeply devoted father and husband, always putting the needs of his family first.

Lori and Stan raised their children in Escondido, CA where he worked as General Sales Manager at Toyota of Escondido and Heller Ford/Mitsubishi. They relocated to the Phoenix area in 2007 to be near family and Stan began his career with Sanderson Lincoln with a detour to work as a Sales Consultant to dealers for the national BMW Corporation.

Stan became the General Sale Manager at Sanderson Lincoln in November of 2011.

He worked with passion and tireless commitment to inspire excellence in everyone that worked with him.   Stan created and implemented processes and trained and coached his sales team until he had developed a culture of exceptional customer care.   Through his dedicated sales leadership Sanderson was honored with the coveted President’s Award from the Lincoln Motor Company during his first year as the General Sales Manager and every year since.

His commitment to a superior customer experience never wavered.   Stan was personally awarded the Lincoln Employee Excellence Award for 4 years in a row. When Stan started with Sanderson, the dealership was ranked in the top 40. Today Sanderson enjoys the distinction of being ranked in the top 25. Sanderson has been awarded the Lincoln Leaders Award each year under his leadership.

Stan was brilliant and innovative. He contributed much to the professional development of his team. He encouraged everyone he worked with to look for ways to improve, excel and grow both personally and professionally.   He was generous with his time and his knowledge.

Stan made an enduring impression on the culture at Sanderson Lincoln and on all that had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

Stan had a passion and mastery of anything technical, from computers to vehicles. If you needed help fixing anything, he was your go-to-guy and he always was there for anyone with a willing heart. This led him to the world of motorcycles which allowed he and his wife to not only enjoy the fun of riding but developed exceptional relationships with quality friends. There will be a memorial ride in his honor on Sunday, September 11, 2016 with donations benefitting his favorite charity, Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary, a senior dog rescue.

DONATIONS ARE REQUESTED TO BE MADE IN STAN’S NAME TO :  Rustysangelssanctuary.org

In his 64 years Stan cared deeply – for friends, coworkers, customers and most importantly, his family. He leaves behind a legacy of respect, support and infinite love – deep, deep love. He is preceded in death by his father “Parky” and his mother Marie “Maga”. He is survived by his wife, Lori, children Lorin and Ryan and 5 grandchildren, Cody, Carter, Charlie, Annie and brand new Henry. We will go on with our lives, honoring him through the upbringing of these grandchildren and appreciating all he has given us. In his way through unwavering commitment, he has molded us into the best version of ourselves to embrace family, pursue justice and contribute something meaningful to all we encounter. He is loved. He is missed. Always.

Elsie Louise Vasquez

Elsie Louise Vasquez, 80, of Buckeye, AZ , formerly of Avondale, AZ passed away August 13, 2016. She was born April 12, 1936 in Hanna, OK.   Those whom she loved knew her as Sissy while her many grandchildren knew her as “Sama.” She was the most lively 80-year-old anyone had ever had the great fortune of meeting. She was a story teller and had a special knack for making anyone’s day better just with a phone call. She had a deep love for her family and her friends. She didn’t say it often, but you knew she meant it deeply when she would say, “I love you.” She had a life full of love, happiness, and beautiful moments. She is remembered by everyone who loves her; her daughters, her sons, and all of her grandchildren. Sama, we can’t wait to see you again and hear all of the new stories you’ll have for us.

Elsie is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Davis, Margaret Orme, and Patti Chavez; sons, Charles, William, Michael and David Hickle, and David Vasquez; 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Vasquez and grandchild, Kira Litten.

A viewing will be held at 10:00 am with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be at West Resthaven, Glendale, AZ.

“Just one more thing before you leave, Don’t forget to remember me.” – Carrie Underwood.

Frances Elizabeth Lynch

Frances Elizabeth Lynch passed away August 13, 2016. She was born on November 11, 1947 in Queens, New York. She was the proud daughter of Vincent and Frances Bereche and raised in a large, loving, Catholic family consisting of two brothers and five sisters. Fran spent her teenage and young adult life in Levittown, where she met her soulmate Kevin who she married in 1973. Ultimately, they moved to Manorville where they raised their son Michael James and daughter Danielle Jaime. After spending most of her life in Long Island, she made the difficult decision to leave everything she knew and start a new adventure in Buckeye, Arizona.

 

Michael and Danielle were the lights of her life. The love she had for them was evident to every person she met. Fran’s heart doubled in size when she was blessed with two precious granddaughters Skyler Nicole and Brynlee Jaye. Fran bubbled over with pride when she spoke about both Sky and Bryn. There is no denying that the mood of every room was changed for the better when Fran entered. Her positive spirit, caring heart, and outgoing personality will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, by those who knew her.

 

Fran is survived by her husband Kevin, son Mike, daughter Danielle, son-in-law Shane, granddaughters Skyler and Brynlee, brother-in-law Stanley (his daughter Kristen, son-in-law George, and Fran’s godson Tommy), her brother Vinnie (his son Justin, daughter-in-law Shana, daughter Nicole, and son-in-law Spence), her sister Bernadette (her husband Mark, their son Mark, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, and daughter Tara), her sister Lizzie (her husband Charlie, their daughter Marissa, son-in-law Kris, son Charlie, and daughter-in-law Barbara), her sister Nancy (her husband Brian and son Danny), her brother Ernie (his wife Diane, their daughter Chrissy, son-in-law Sean, daughters Angela and Alyssa, and son James), her sister Paulette (her husband Gerry, her son Matthew, her daughters Nicole and Jennifer,) her sister-in-law Carol (her son Keith, daughter-in-law Cassie, daughter Kim, and son Sean), and 19 great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother and father, her father-in-law Jim, mother-in-law Martha, sister Pat, and brother-in-law Jimmy.

 

A viewing will be held at 10:00 am with a funeral service at 11:00 am, Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Lupe Schneider

Lupe Schneider, 83, passed away on August 13, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born April 19, 1933 in Edinburg, TX to Pedro and Berta Medina.

Lupe married Richard Schneider in 1961 in Avondale, AZ. They were happily married for 55 years. Lupe is survived by her husband Richard of Golden Valley, AZ, her son Ricky of Goodyear, 2 grandchildren, Latoya and Austin and 5 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Berta and Pedro; her sisters, Julia, Tomas, Anita and Nelia; her brothers, Felix and Paul and her daughter, Carla.

A visitation and Rosary will be held at 5:00pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 am, Monday, August 22, 2016, also at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow the funeral at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ.

Earl Denison Terry

Earl Denison Terry, 68, of Buckeye, AZ died August 12, 2016 in Surprise, AZ. He was born January 10, 1948 to Leon and Annie B Terry in Kosciuski, MS. He was a small business owner and proud veteran of the US Army, serving from 1968 to 1970. Earl is survived by his wife, Dorothy J. Terry; daughter, Twylla Terry-Holloway; sons, Earl, Jr., Jarrett, and Brandon Terry; sisters, Tip, Fannie, Edna, and Allie Mae Guyton, and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Annie Terry and brothers, Simon, Leon, Jr, Earnest, and Clinton Terry.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016, time to be determined, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to American Cancer Society. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Jayne H. Castle

Jayne H. Castle passed away on August 9, 2016 at the age of 75. Jayne was born in San Diego, CA to Harper and Alta Kenney and lived in La Mesa, CA for a short time as a child. She loved the beach, as anyone would know by her vast collection of seashells. Jayne lived the last several years in Goodyear, AZ. Jayne loved her coffee and biscotti in the morning, driving her golf cart around the Cotton Lane RV resort to visit her very good friends Mary, Ruby and Sheila, playing Bingo, Zingo and Bunco and travelling. She was able to take a cruise to Mexico last year—something she had always wanted to do.

 

Jayne was a member of the LDS church, Canyon Trails Ward and enjoyed the many friendships she had there. Jayne is survived by her son Steven of Stockton, CA; Kevin (Brandie) of Goodyear, AZ; Carol (Brad) Smith of Herriman, UT; Nanci (John) Massone of Stockton, CA, six beloved grandchildren and all of her grand-puppies. No formal services are planned. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Leno Anthony Prandini

Leno Anthony Prandini, 94 passed away August 12, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born August 9, 1922 in West Frankfort, IL to Pietro and Stella Prandini.

Leno would often say that one of his greatest accomplishments in life was reaching the age of 94. His abundant life was one of bravery, service, compassion, family and fun. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was stationed aboard the USS Kitkun Bay, an escort aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean. On October 24, 1944, Kitkun Bay was involved in the Battle of Samar, a pivotal encounter in one of the largest naval battles in history, The Battle of Leyte Gulf.   Upon returning home Leno graduated from John Marshall Law School and practiced law in the Chicago area. He was a great cook, an avid golfer and a Chicago sports fan. A wonderful father, he was always there to lift and support his family. They were his greatest pride and highest achievement. He leaves behind hundreds of friends, scores of grateful clients and a loving family that will always miss him.

Leno is survived by his second wife, Joann Prandini; his daughter Ellen Chapman (Tim); son, James Prandini (Donna); grandsons, Anthony and Mark Prandini; step-daughters, Margaret Gray, Janet Robertson (James Hilt) and Susan Cox; step-sons, Richard Robertson (Verna), James and Steve Robertson and two nieces, Patricia and Donna and their families. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley; sister, Italine; brother, Reno and parents, Pietro and Stella Prandini.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 10:00 am with a Rosary at 11:30 am at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Chicago, IL. Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Andrea Joyce Wagner

Andrea Joyce “Cooki” Wagner, 73, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on August 1, 2016. She was born April 21, 1943 in Baden, Pennsylvania to Andrew Gall and Rita Parks Gall. Andrea is survived by her son, Steve Wagner; daughter, Tracy Wagner; sisters, Grace Swaim, Ricky Cutts, and Dolly Palmer; and brothers Andrew and Charles Gall. She sadly also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews whom she loved so much.

Andrea was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn S. Wagner; and parents, Andrew and Rita Gall.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ, and a Pittsburgh service will be held at a later date. The family suggests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Judy Sue Gonzales

Judy Sue Gonzales, 70, of Buckeye, AZ died on July 29, 2016. She was born as Judy Sue McCardia on May 7, 1946 in Turlock, California to Delford Ray McCardia and Pearl Lucille Guth. She graduated from Rosemead High School in California.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother and sister. She leaves behind her husband of almost 31 years, Jesus Gonzales, her son Jack Douglas II, her daughter in law Susan Douglas, her Step-Daughter Lisa Gonzales, her granddaughters Morgan and Madison Douglas, her grandson Maxwell Douglas and her sister Beverly Dowdy.

She was a leader in her personal life as well as her career. She was a hardworking, dedicated employee of the John Family for over 20 years. She was the Office Manager of Desert Services International and was known affectionately as “Judge Judy” by the employees.

Her hobbies included collecting cookbooks, wind chimes, watches and magazines. She loved to shop, especially for clothes. Her pastimes included playing games on her tablet, listening to eBooks and watching TV.

Judy was caring, generous and giving to her family and friends. She loved her family and they loved her. She will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Vivian V. Hettler

Vivian V. Hettler, 65, of Goodyear, AZ died July 19, 2016. She was born October 30, 1950 in Hinsdale, IL. Vivian enjoyed traveling and cruises. She also liked reading books. She is survived by her husband, Frank Hettler, four sisters and one brother.

A memorial gathering will be held between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Maria Del Refugio Aguirre

Maria Del Refugio Aguirre, 75 of Avondale, AZ died July 27, 2016 in Surprise, AZ of natural causes. She was born July 23, 1941 in Comales, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Antonio Aguirre and Maria De Los Angeles Ramirez. She was brought to the states at six years old and grew up in Roma, TX until 1959 when she and her mom came to Arizona to continue their journey and eventually settled down. Maria started working for Garcia’s Market and worked on getting her GED and her citizenship. In 1970 Maria started working for Arizona Public Service as a key punch operator and worked up to Data Analyst. She worked at APS for 32 years until she retired.

Maria was a single mother who raised 6 girls on her own and taught them to be loving, strong, independent, kind, giving and that family is important. She is survived by her daughters, Maria Enriqueta, Alejandrina, Angelita, Edna, and Lilian; seven grandchildren, Michael, Rito, Nicole, Victoria, Alexandria, Matthew and Ashlynn; and three great-grandchildren, Adrian, Peyton and baby Sara on the way. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sara Mora Flores.

A visitation will be held at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, August 4, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13277 W. Thomas Road, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow at the Glendale Memorial Park and Cemetery, 7844 N 61st Avenue, Glendale, AZ.

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