Obituaries

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Wayne Harold Swords

Wayne Harold Swords was born in Los Angeles on April 16, 1925 to his father John, who sold advertising space for the LA Times and his mother Mary (Hanselman) a homemaker. Wayne was the youngest of the four boys and enjoyed his youth playing in the rural and farming communities that now make up modern-day Los Angeles.

 He graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1943. By day he worked in the shipyards and at night as a produce manager. Later that year, as the war was raging – he and his three brothers enlisted, they in the Navy and he in the Army – just a few months later, he found himself landing on Omaha Beach. He is a veteran of the Northern France, Rhineland and Central European campaigns; in addition, he was shipped to the Pacific as part of the Philippine Liberation and the Asiatic – Pacific campaigns – being among the first of US troops to occupy Japan.

 At the conclusion of the conflict, he was assigned to the occupation army in Europe where he met and wed his wife Zoe of 58 years in liberated Paris, France. He retired from the Army as Master Sergeant E-8 in 1963, a veteran also of the Korean War. From 1963 to 1983 he worked for the California State Highway labs division where he retired to travel with his wife Zoe until her demise in 2006.

 Wayne was a resident of Pebble Creek from October 2007 to December 2014. He participated in a number of activities to include the wine club and the “macular degenerates”. He was also an avid participant in the Friday morning Bingo games sponsored by the Kare Bears.

 Wayne passed peacefully in his sleep on May 21, 2016, surrendering gently to his guardian angels. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Buback of Jackson, Tennessee, her three children, Steve with daughters Emma and Katie, Cynthia and Jennifer and his son Clifford Swords of Goodyear, Arizona. Services will be at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 1 pm on June 19, 2016.

Final Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors to be scheduled.

Donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Scott Aaron Burkett

Scott Aaron Burkett, 53 of Goodyear, AZ died on May 12, 2016. He was born February 26, 1963 Norwalk, OH to Bruce and Donna Burkett.

Scott is survived by his wife, Christine L Cotter-Burkett; daughter, Jacqueline Holly Bauer; sons, Kristopher Joseph Burkett and Nicholas Scott Burkett; parents Donna and Bruce; sister, Elizabeth Ann Burkett; brothers, Christopher Darrin Burkett and Matthew Adam Burkett; and three grandchildren, Justin, Jase and Hudson.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Thomas J. Linthurst

Mr. Thomas J. Linthurst, 73, of Buckeye, AZ died May 12, 2016 in Waddell, AZ. He was born January 8, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA to William Linthurst and Edith Malloy.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Thomas and Robert Linthurst, Stephen and John Smith;  seven grandchildren, TJ and Jacob Linthurst, Ryan Smith, Taylor, Graceann, Chase, and Emma Smith.  He was also eagerly looking forward to the arrival of his first great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held privately. Please contact the family for arrangements.  Burial will be at a later date in Pennsylvania.  The family suggests that donations be made to St Henry’s Catholic Church, Buckeye, AZ.

Ronald Walter Kwiatkowski

Mr. Ronald Walter Kwiatkowski, 75, of Goodyear, AZ died May 10, 2016. He was born September 10, 1940 to Walter Kwiatkowski and Anna Kwiatkowski neé Nielsen in Wausau, WI.  He is survived by his daughter, Kara Thelier; son, Brian Kwiatkowski; sister, Donna Cable; brother, Timothy Kwiatkowski and three grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Kwiatkowski.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the American Indian College Fund, //community.collegefund.org/donate.

Carmen G. Valenzuela

Carmen G. Valenzuela, 88, died May 9, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ of heart disease. She was born July 19, 1927 to Jose Gradillas and Dominga Martinez in Alhambra, AZ. Carmen is survived by her husband, Luis; daughters, Rosa L Bustamante, Margarita Martinez, Gloria Valenzuela; sons, Rafael, Humberto and Miguel; sisters, Lucila Celaya, Maria Valenzuela, Adela Najera and Luz A Ontiveros; 36 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Mass will be at 11:00 am Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ.  Interment will follow at 1:00 pm at Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 3625 N 127th Dr, Avondale, AZ.

Maria Guadalupe Lovegrove

Maria Guadalupe Lovegrove, 71 peacefully went to her Lord on May 9, 2016 with her family present at her bedside at her home in Buckeye, AZ from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born December 10, 1944 to Guillermo and Elena Ramirez in Laredo, TX where she was raised.    As an adult, she was a long-time resident of Haysville and Bel Aire, KS.  She became a Licensed Practical Nurse, starting her nursing career in the world of babies and then working with the elderly.  She loved helping people anyway that she could.  She was a certified Spanish Medical interpreter for the State of Kansas, earning citations for her work combating diabetes in the Hispanic community.

Maria is survived by her husband of fifty years, Jim; sons, James (Lurina) and Michael; granddaughter, Shelby; grandson, Cole; sisters, Christina Sanchez, Elena (Gerald) Blomstedt, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Guillermo Ramirez.

A visitation will be held at 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A mass will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at St Thomas Aquinas, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ.  Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter, 1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214.

Joan A. Pantellere-Coffaro

Joan A Pantellere-Coffaro, 85 of Buckeye, AZ died May 5, 2016. She was born March 20, 1931 to John Caporino and Irene Bayer in Jersey City, NJ.

Joan is survived by her husband, Robert Coffaro; daughter, Maryanne Caporino; sons, Dean Pantellere (Alison) and Mark Pantellere (Pat); and six grandchildren, Sean , Chris, Craig, Lauren, Mischell, and Valerea. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A graveside service will be held 10:30 am, Monday, May 16, 2016 at Sunland Memorial Park, 15826 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85351. The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.  Condolences for the family can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Ronald C Sober

Mr. Ronald C Sober, 69, of Goodyear, AZ died April 30, 2016 in Sun City West, AZ of a lengthy illness. Ron was optimistic to the end.  He always held out hope for a life after cancer, without pain.  Today, he is without pain and at peace.

Ron was a Michigan native and relocated to Arizona in 2006. He was born August 8, 1946 in Howell, Michigan to Charles and Doris Sober.

Ron is survived by his wife, Sumiko Sober; daughters, Jenny Boyd (Derek) and Kimberly Sanborn (Joel); son, Greg Osika; brother, Richard Sober (Dixie); and five grandchildren, Matthew (Grace), Noah, Grace, Faith, and Jace Michael.   He was preceded in death by his sister, Constance Lynde and his parents, Charles and Doris.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 with a reception following held in the church hall.  The family suggests that donations be made to St Mary’s Food Bank or the Cancer Society.

Humberto Bolivar

Mr. Humberto Bolivar, 77 of Goodyear, Arizona died May 5, 2016 of natural causes. He was born September 8, 1938 to Jesus Guerrero and Aguedita Bolivar in La Mesa, Cundinamarca, Colombia, South America.

Humberto was a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a righteous father and husband and built a strong family.  He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic.  Always happy and smiling, cheerful and loving, he was loved by all who knew him.

Humberto is survived by his wife, Ana Lucia Forero de Bolivar; daughters, Yaneth Mireya Bolivar Forero and Luz Nelsy Tobler; son, Edgar Nain Bolivar Forero; sisters, Maria Jesus, Oliva, Alicia, Marina, Chavela, Ligia, and Elsy; brothers, Tito, Alfonso, and Orlando; eight grandchildren Anthony, Katherine, Stephanie, Carlos Humberto, Luz Alexandria, Ana Vanessa, Carol Vanessa, Cassandra and 2 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm with a funeral service to follow at 6:00 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13277 W Thomas Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Norbert E. Maslowski

Mr. Norbert E. Maslowski, 69, died May 1, 2016, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born May 6, 1946 to Walter and Violet Maslowski in Chicago, IL and then raised in North Riverside, IL.  Norb served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a purple heart.  After his discharge he received a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University.   He went to work for the federal government at the Railroad Retirement Board and worked there until he retired in 2001.  Upon his retirement he and his family moved from Palos Hills  to Goodyear, AZ.

Norb was active in his sons’ activities; coaching Little League, and attending various baseball, volleyball and basketball games. Although he lived in Arizona, he remained a die-hard Cub fan.

Norb is survived by his wife, Pamela; sons, Steven (Tiffany) and Jeffrey (Adriana); grandson, Alex and an aunt, Ann Nazimek. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Violet Maslowski.  A memorial service will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Jeannette T. Warrenfeltz

Jeannette T. Warrenfeltz, age 63 of Phoenix passed away April 29, 2016. She is survived by her husband James Warrenfeltz.    A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, May 13, 2016 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Miguel Castro

Miguel Bahena Castro born May 25, 1927 from El Paso, Texas passed away peacefully on April 22, 2016 in Goodyear, Arizona with his wife and family by his side. During the past 17 days he was battling MRSA pneumonia and he knew that treating this would be difficult and requested to be sent home. Miguel lifted our spirits with his smile, never complained of pain, and was strong and courageous at the end.

Miguel Castro was a very hard working loving father who provided a good loving home for all his children. He started working at the age of 7 to help his mother after his father died and was unable to attend school. He taught himself how to read and write. Because he had to work at such a young age he bestowed  to his children the value of working hard to succeed in life.
Miguel loved music, Mariachis and dancing was his passion. He was a humble, handsome, loving father. Miguel was a parishioner at La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange, California.  He was the Lead Usher and helped  start the Good Samaritans at La Purisima Church.
At the age of 79 he had a quadruple bi-pass and later his health started to deteriorate and he was unable to work, His dogs gave him love and joy; he was always anxious to be at home with them. Miguel will be in our hearts and missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. He loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be missed, and forever in our hearts.

Miguel is survived by his wife Carlota C. Castro and he was preceded in death by his first wife Maria Cruz P. Castro. Miguel is survived by his daughters; Martha, Maria, Cruz, Margie, Fabiola, and Edna Castro, as well as his sons; Miguel, (preceded in death by Jesse), Gabriel, and Jose Castro. Granddaughters; Carmen, Veronica, Erika, Maria, Nancy, Cruzita, Monica, Cristina, Marissa, Yessenia, Jessica, Vanessa, and Brianna, his grandsons; Miguel Jr, Gerardo, Pedro Jr, Manuel, Mario, Marcus, Gabriel, Jesse Jr, Christopher, Miguel, Miguel Angel, Cruz Freddy, Esteban, and Eddy. Miguel is also survived by his great grand-kids; Camille, Jose, Kaytlen, Ivan, Sianna, Jasmin, Alexa, Giselle, Jerry, Kayla, Daniel, Isabelle, Aurelius, Nicholas, Lizette, Julian, Clarissa, Ayla, Cienna, Chantel, Cristal, Christian, Cj, Raquel, Pedro Cruz, Marie, Anthony, Alexa, Mackensi, Sariaya, Isaac, Alyssa, Hector, Dessire, Haliey, and Alexa.

The viewing will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday May 5, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. A mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday May 6, 2016 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

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