Obituaries

Although your loved one or friend is no longer here in person, they will forever be in our hearts. Find their name, and sign the guest book with a fond memory or note for their family.

August 2015
Submit Obituary

Antonio Moreno

Antonio (Tony) Moreno, loving brother, uncle and friend passed away Tuesday August 25, 2015. He was a World War II Army Veteran. He was proceeded in death by his parents Cesaria and Antonio Moreno, brothers Manuel and Robert Moreno and sisters Vicenta Pariga and Armida Vizzerra. He is survived by sisters Socorro Cons and Olga Carreno and their families. Services at St. John Vianney Catholic Church:
Viewing from 9-10 AM
Rosary from 10:00-10:30 AM
Mass at 10:30 AM

Swain, Jerry

Jerry M Swain, 78, of Goodyear Arizona passed away on August 15, 2015, born August 25, 1936 in Walla Walla Washington. Jerry was a retired test Pilot at Boeing in Renton, Washington. Jerry is preceded in death, by his loving wife Janice 2002 of 46 years, and Brother Lloyd 2015. Jerry started school in Boise Idaho then moved to Richland, Washington after his Dad, he went to work for a different department store. Jerry was confirmed and baptized in the Central United Protestant Church. He graduated from public school and attended college at Washington State in Pullman. Jerry married his High School Sweetheart while in college. After college, he went to work for General Electric Co test Engineering Department in the aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program. He left and joined the Air Force and went to pilot training in Texas. Jerry flew Air Refueling aircraft and got some combat time in Vietnam. He left active duty in 1966 and went to work for Boeing commercial airplanes. He checked out as a Pilot in all the Boeing airplanes (707, 720, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, AWACS, T-43, and various military aircraft.) He flew training, Engineering, Ferry and delivery flights and accrued 10,845 hours of flight time. Jerry then retired from Air Force reserves as Lieutenant Colonel. During his Air Force years he was able to pick up two more degrees one in engineering and an MBA in Finance. He enjoyed hunting, singing in the choir and spending time with his 4 Children Deb, Dave, Donna and Dan. He also is survived by his 9 Grandchildren, Chrissa, Teresa, Melissa, Alex, LaRayne, Renae, Robert, Jessie, Callie and Jordan. Jerry also had 12 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Linda. Services will be on September 1st at 10am at Pebble creek ballroom Goodyear Arizona and a service on September 21st 11am at the Aspen Chapel on the grounds of Mountain View Cemetery at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood Washington.

Any Donations can be made to MS Society.

Richards, James

James (Jim) Patrick Richards passed away on August 17, 2015 at his home in Buckeye, Arizona.  He was born March 30, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois as the first born child to Herbert and Brigid Richards and moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1989.  Jim attended Arizona State University and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Broadcasting and Political Science.  As a freelance writer, he reported and wrote articles for many high school, junior college, university and professional sports events covered locally by the Tribune Newspapers and AccessArizona.com.  He was a Los Angeles Bureau beat writer covering the Anaheim Angels Spring Training camp in Tempe for 17+ years as well as a freelance writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune and the Tucson Daily Star.  In addition to umpiring softball games for the City of Tempe Recreation Department, Jim was a professional score keeper for Minor League Baseball, Arizona League, for 17 years covering the Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and most recently, his beloved Chicago White Sox teams.  Music was Jim’s second passion.  He was an accomplished self-taught keytar player who spent many hours at music jam sessions honing his musical skills and guiding the blossoming local band, Lennon & McJagger.  A Beatles trivia aficionado, he created and managed a widely successful on-site chat room dedicated to the study of their talents and impact of their music.  Jim is preceded in death by his mother, Brigid, and is survived by his father, Herbert, younger brother Michael and younger sister Noreen, all from Chicago, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 4:30pm on Wednesday August 26th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear Arizona.

France, Celeste

Ms. Celeste Marie France, 17, of Buckeye, AZ died August 14, 2015 in Tonopah, AZ. She was born January 29, 1998 in Fort Riley, KS to Jerry B. France Jr. and Jennifer LaBar-Grotte.

Celeste was an Honor Roll student, a member of the school jazz band and marching band. She was a coach for a gymnastics center; not only a coach but a role model for kids of all ages. She was a student council member and yearbook club member. Celeste was on the swim team until her sophomore year. Celeste was in SADD and in FCCLA-Yearbook Club.

Celeste was a Sunday school teacher for Life Church, Williston ND. Celeste taught her herself to play piano. She shared that talent with many others. She sang beautifully. Celeste loved to dance, do flips through the air. Celeste played saxophone throughout her school years. Celeste loved to ride horses. Her horse’s name is Teddy Packer. Celeste loved Jesus. She would sing to Him and play her heart out on that piano. Celeste loved to camp, ride the tubes. Celeste loved cheerleading as she would be the loudest one cheering. Celeste had beautiful smile. A big accomplishment of hers was to make everyone she met smile. She made them laugh. She made people want to be a better person. Celeste was so full of love and laughter and joy. She would go out of her way to make sure others were happy even before she was happy. Celeste brought people together of all ages, races, education. It didn’t matter.

Celeste loved animals. She liked to catch lizards and keep them in her room in a tank. She loved to take walks and greet and befriend each person she met. Celeste’s favorite breakfast was uncooked brownie batter! (I always told her to eat an apple after so I knew she would eat something healthy). She didn’t.

Celeste was a beautiful writer, she loved to write in her journal. This was her way of taking care of herself. She was too busy taking care of everyone else through the day. When she finally had time to herself, she would write. Her words were always put together so beautifully. She touched people by the words she not only spoke but with the words she wrote.

Celeste moved to Williston, ND in 2003 from Kansas. She was 5 years old. Celeste spent 12 years of her life in Williston touching the hearts of so many people. Some people that never got to meet her, knew her and remember her by the smile she gave to all. Celeste finished living in North Dakota as a junior at Williston High School. Celeste moved to Buckeye, Arizona June 5th, 2015. Celeste started her senior year August 6, 2015, at Tonopah Valley High School. Celeste was going to graduate in 2016. Celeste wanted to go to ASU for social work. Celeste loved children. Any child that met her took to her immediately. She had the chance to move to AZ to be next door neighbors with her Uncle Phil and family. She was so excited to be close to them. She loved to do hair and makeup on her younger sister and cousins. She loved helping people look beautiful on the outside and loved helping them be beautiful on the inside. Celeste always had the ability to calm children and reason with them to help them make better choices, with a gentle heart.

Celeste loved. There are so many accomplishments she made through her short 17 years of life. Celeste loved. Celeste was loved. Celeste is love.

Celeste is survived by her mother Jennifer Grotte, father Clinton Grotte, sisters Abrielle L. Grotte, Jazmyne France of Missouri, Jaiayah France of Washington; brothers Kenyon A. France, Nicholas K. Grotte, Devin France of Missouri, Paul MacSteves; grandparents Mary Frances LaBar, Phillip B. LaBar Jr, Brian Grotte, Tammy Luebbe, and Ida Grotte.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Friday, August 21st at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.

Wilner, Ronald

Dr. Ronald J. Wilner passed away at age 83 on August 14, 2015 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Born in Johnstown, PA, he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with a strong work ethic and values that allowed him to attain the skills and wisdom that endeared him to so many people.

After a stint in the Army and College, he attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He chose Santa Fe because he fell in love with the mountains and the culture. For over 45 years he served the Santa Fe community and beyond as a respectful and trusted Podiatrist and public servant.

Ron was past president of the NM Podiatric Medical Association, Board Member of the NM Board of Podiatry, National Delegate to the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and a nationally recognized speaker on the Foot and Ankle.

Ron is survived by his wife, Elsie, brother Ken Wilner (wife Mitchiko) of Monroeville, PA, sons Joel Wilner, DPM (wife Kelly), of Santa Fe, Geoffrey (wife Laura) of Plantation, FL, daughter Felice Loleit (husband John) of Glendale, AZ and grandchildren Christopher, Julia, and Joshua.

Ron was a good and kind man with a passion for life. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Services will be held at 9:30 am at the Arizona National Cemetery in Phoenix on August 24th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.

Hansen, Jeanette

Mrs. Jeanette Marie Hansen, 68, of Avondale, AZ died August 3, 2015 in Avondale, AZ of a long illness. She was born June 12, 1947 to Russell and Clorinda Patterson in Fresno, CA.

She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Hansen; daughter, Cyndi Donaldson; son, John Hansen; sisters, Sharon Green, Karon Bingham; and 4 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Clorinda Patterson and father, Russell Patterson.

Funeral services will be held at 6pm on August 13th at Cornerstone Christian Center in Avondale, AZ.

Donations in memory of Jeanette Hansen can be made to the Heart Foundation.

Benge, James

James Edgar Benge, 73, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born January 31, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia. He served in the US Air Force from August 1960 to August 1962. James was an ordinary man with a good heart. He has two surviving daughters. James will rest in peace at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, August 20th at 10:30 am with appreciation for the graciousness of Thompson Funeral Chapel on behalf of a veteran.

Aksamit, Stanley

Stanley John Aksamit Jr., 75, of Goodyear, AZ died August 12, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ of Leukemia. He was born March 6, 1940 in Cicero, Illinois to Stanley and Tillie Aksamit. He served in the US Army from 12/10/1964 to 06/25/1965 as a SP4 E-4(T). Stanley loved cars and car shows. He was a handyman and loved woodworking. He was in the first cavalry in the army in Korea. Stanley adored his 5 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Audrey Aksamit; daughters Tracy (Trent) Lucht, Karie (Kirk) Tepper; and 5 grandchildren, Bryn Lucht, Eli Lucht, Logan Tepper, Emerson Tepper and Payton Tepper. He was preceded in death by his father Stanley, mother Tillie, first wife Paulette, and brother Gerry. Memorial services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, August 15th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.

Boone, Pamela Jean

Pamela Boone, age 57, of Avondale, Arizona, left this world to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday night, August 2nd 2015. Joining her in Heaven is her loving husband Robert Boone (passed away February 10th 2008).

Pam was born on December 17th 1957 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Shortly after graduating from Eau Claire North High School in 1976 she joined the United States Army where she was stationed in Germany and met her loving husband Robert Boone. Pam and Robert Boone were joined together in Holy Matrimony on March 9 1979. After her military career in 1978, she attended University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and graduated in 1984. After moving her family to Arizona in 1985 she spent 27 years working for the State of Arizona with the Department of Economic Security as a Case Worker. In 2014 she retired from the State so she can help support her youngest son and grand children at Fort Riley KS. There she really enjoyed her time loving her grandbabies.

Pam is survived by her loving sons Christopher, Jerome, and Steven Boone. Pam was raised by her devoted parents Leslie and Linda Hasart of Phoenix AZ. She also leaves behind her brother Perry Hasart, her 4 grand children Elysia, Noah, Jayden and Levi Boone and a host of cousins, relatives and loving friends.

 

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ with funeral service to follow at 11:00 am. Pastor Dave Bolte will officiate. Committal services will follow at 2:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.

Plotz, Saundra

Saundra Jean Plotz, 79, of Litchfield Park, AZ passed August 2, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Saundra was born November 22, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Grover and Vergie Foggy. She was an amazing wife, mom and nanny. She touched everyone she met. She loved her family and embraced life. She left us flying away on the wings of a hummingbird. Her angelic spirit will continue to guide her family and friends through their lives.

Saundra is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Plotz; children: Kim Balaschak and her husband, Jim, Kevin Plotz and his wife, Eileen, Kelli Biggs and Marshall Schroder; grandchildren: Brandi McMillian and her husband, Matt, Brandon Biggs and his wife, Linnea, Sheena Martinez, Tasha Gorman; great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Isiah and Damien Martinez; and brother, David Minder.

Services will be held at the family’s residence on Tuesday, August 4th. Donations can be made in memory of Saundra Jean Plotz to the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix, AZ or the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation in Tucson, AZ. Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 Previous Month