Obituaries

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Arthur C. Grijalva

Arthur C. Grijalva, 87, of Phoenix, Arizona peacefully passed on July 19, 2017. Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338 at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. A reception will follow immediately afterword.

Arthur, aka Art or Arturo, was born October 9, 1929 to Guadalupe Grijalva and Guadalupe Cota Grijalva in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School and served in the Army branch of the U.S. military from 1951 – 1953 as a Private 1st classman. After his leave, Art spent most of his life working as a warehouse foreman at a large distribution center in Phoenix. After retirement, much time was spent volunteering his services for the ministry, Love in Action, in Phoenix.

Art is survived by his lifelong friend and wife of 66 years, Angela Mariscal Grijalva, a daughter Karla, and three sons, Arthur, Jr., Gabriel and Gary. He is also survived by his only sibling, his sister Carmen Nandin and leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Garyn, Brenna and Roman Grijalva, Kennedy Cooper, and Michael Ontiveros, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Art was an avid Sun Devil supporter, and big fan of the Phoenix Suns, AZ Diamondbacks, and Cardinals. He enjoyed golfing, archery, working on cars and spending time with his family and lifelong friends. He was quite the handyman and could often be found working on or fixing something around the house. He loved kicking back and listening to his favorite records and gave love to every animal he encountered. He was a perfectionist when it came to the appearance of his hair, outfits, and his yard. He passed along his great work ethic and independence to his children and grandchildren and left them with many memories in which they all will cherish.

If desired, friends can make memorial contributions to Cornerstone Christian Church at 11301 West Indian School Road in Avondale, 85392.

Danny G. Moser

Mr. Danny G. Moser, of Goodyear, AZ, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the age of 65.

Dan was born to parents Hayden and Dicie Moser on September 30, 1951 in Avondale, AZ. He grew up as the youngest of four and attended Agua Fria High School. In 1977, he married his high school sweetheart, Diane and the couple had two sons.

Dan served honorably in the United States Army from 1971 to 1983. During this time, he also worked for Bunzl/Papercraft and has been there for the past 42 years.

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Diane; their two sons, Jason and James; and three siblings.

Dan was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed watching movies, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with family. He was an inspiration to all those around him. Dan will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ on July 25th between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Kordell Kyle Wilcox

Kordell Kyle Wilcox, 18, of Goodyear, AZ died July 11, 2017 at home. He was born June 3, 1999 to Ken Wilcox and Kimber Beardsley in Ukiah, CA. Kordell recently graduated from 12th grade through K.E.Y.S. Homeschooling and got his driver’s license. His favorite memories included a Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland, a trip to Legoland, being a part of the Pilot-for-a-Day program with the Luke Air Force Base Top Hats, and being a part of the youth group at his church. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trips to Alaska, restoring his ’82 Toyota SR5 and photography. He is survived by his parents, Ken and Kimber; his sister and brother in law and their children, Julie, Art, Leigha, Alexandria and Magnus Battles; his brothers Jamen Etchell and Kolten Wilcox; and his grandparents, Gladys White, Penny and Lowell Wilcox. Kordell was quick witted, kind hearted, mechanically inclined and he loved to cook and babysit his niece. Kordell experienced a life of medical issues, including dialysis and a kidney transplant at the age of 12. A celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Palm Valley Church, 431 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear AZ. A reception will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Skyway Church, 14900 W Van Buren St, Goodyear AZ. Condolences can be sent to wwww.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

 

Sherry Schlotthauer

Sherry Schlotthauer, 66, of Goodyear, AZ died July 14th, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born January 5, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Lorraine Smaha. 

Sherry was an incredible mother of two successful young men, Barrett and Chad.  She always remained such a positive light through a 25 year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Sherry is survived by her husband Martin Schlotthauer; sons Barrett and Chad Schlotthauer; sisters Judy Sanders, Beth Moorehouse; brother Larry Smaha; and one grandson, Elliot Schlotthauer.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Chris Lettow.

 

 

Josephine “Jo” Anne Thorson

Josephine Anne “JoAnne or Jo” Thorson passed peacefully from her home in Goodyear Arizona on July 4, 2017, at the age of 78.

Jo is survived by her two sons Tye Thorson and Brendan Thorson, as well as four grandchildren, Anne, Cole, Chase, and Tanner.  She is preceded in death by one son, Merrick Thorson, and her former husband Robert Thorson, both of whom are interred in Bellevue, Washington.

Jo was born on August 16, 1938, to Michael G. Legaz and Anne M. Legaz (Toretich).  Jo was exceptionally close to both older sisters, Lorraine (Jefferson) and Mary Lou (Papa), as well as being very close to their families.  Jo graduated from Holy Rosary High School in West Seattle before attending Washington State University.  At WSU, Jo met her lifelong friend Carol, with whom she has spent countless hours giggling, telling stories, and taking on new adventures.

After leaving WSU, she took a job at Boeing in Seattle, where she met her husband, Robert, with whom she raised her 3 sons in Woodinville, Washington.

Jo LOVED SPORTS and was an athletic person in her own right.  Although soft-spoken and modest, she was very competitive.  She waterski’d and competed at tennis.  She taught her boys how to play baseball, tennis and snow ski.  She continued to play softball and tennis through her life, though snowskiing became a bit too cold for her likes.  She didn’t need a remote control for her TV; it was already on the Tennis channel.  Upon retirement, she discovered Pickle Ball, and developed a passion for the game.  She earned Gold Medals in San Diego at the Seniors Pickle Ball Championship games.  She continued to advocate for the sport, and helped recruit and teach players in her community, as well as her sons and grandchildren.

Jo was very good at creating balance in life.  She worked hard, volunteered for her church and for hospice, was very spiritual, and thoroughly enjoyed competing at games of all kinds.

A funeral is scheduled at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park on Wednesday, July 12, at 2 PM.  Refreshments will be served at St. Peters after the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peters.

The family would especially like to thank all of Jo’s friends in Pebble Creek who took such good care of her — beginning before they knew of her cancer, and continuing for the entire course of her battle.

Ingeborg “Inge” Doody

Ingeborg “Inge” Doody, age 86 of Peoria, AZ died July 5, 2017. She was born October 25, 1930 in Chicago, IL to George and Henny Beysel. Ingeborg worked as an Executive Secretary. She was very artistic and creative and enjoyed sewing, needle work and knitting. She also took pleasure in oil painting and art institute classes.

Ingeborg is survived by her husband, James Doody; daughters, Lori Pacura (William J), Donna Martinek (Thomas); son Alan Martinek (Kathryn); four grandchildren, Lisa, William, Kristin, Stephen; and three great grandchildren, Carson, Ellie, and Jacob.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Juan Garza Chavez

Juan Garza Chavez of Peoria, AZ died July 2, 2017 in Sun City, AZ. He was born March 8, 1924 in Sonora, TX to Victor and Juanita Garza. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, July 10, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Phyllis Jeanette Sommers

Phyllis Jeanette Sommers of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2017 at the age of 90.   She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 1926 to the late Albert and Helen Steck. Phyllis was preceded in death by her brother Gordon Steck, husband Jerome Sommers, and long term special love Jack Schwellinger. She was the beloved mother of Donna, Kathy and Susie Sommers and remembered by grandchildren, Cameron and Dawson June and her precious cat, Dickens.

A special thank you to Sandra who for years managed her care above and beyond everyone’s expectations. She also loved her other caregivers – Alecia, Crystal, Renee, Kathy, Elizabeth and Jennifer.

Burial will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and services will be announced at a later date.

Claire D. Gill

Claire D. Gill, age 66 of Avondale, AZ died June 18, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born November 15, 1950 in Royal Oak, MI to Leo R and Jeanne Denis. Claire is survived by her husband, Sukhchain Gill; sons, Sukhvir Daniel and Surjit Brad Gill; sisters, Genevieve Beagle, and Jackline Fehlner; brother, Arthur Denis; and eight grandchildren. Services were held on June 23, 2017. The family suggests that donation be made to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Charity.

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