Obituaries

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Lombardo, Frank

Frank Lombardo, 72, of Goodyear, AZ died April 20, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born May 29, 1942 to Salvatore and Maria Lombardo in Palermo, Italy. Mr. Lombardo is survived by his wife Sharon Lombardo, son Frank Lombardo, sister Anna Maria (Richard)Sutera, brothers Vince Lombardo and Joseph (Donna) Lombardo. Also surviving are his stepchildren Don Ervin, Kristin (Chris) Banger, and 3 grandchildren, Joey, Dominic, and Austin. He was preceded in death by Mary (Guy) Desantis. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Berryman, Roberta Mae Pheifer

Roberta “Bobbie” passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Roberta was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 19, 1934 to George Leonard Pheifer and Agnes Marie Canik Pheifer, and was a sister to 7 brothers and 5 sisters. In 1955, Roberta became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. She married Thomas Lyle Berryman in 1956 and together they raised their family of 5 sons and 2 daughters. The Berryman family moved to Casa Grande, Arizona in 1967. Roberta inherited gypsy blood from her mother and enjoyed traveling, visiting family and friends, and moving to different areas. She enjoyed crocheting afghans for her family and friends, reading, playing card games, babysitting grandchildren, dancing, gardening, cooking, singing, music and her dog Sassy. Roberta truly enjoyed her life. She was welcomed in death by her parents, George & Agnes, loving husband, Thomas, brothers, Buddy, Billy, Barney, Donnie, Ronnie, and Tommy, sisters, LaVerne, Connie and Marcia. She is survived by her sisters, Betty and Jeannette, and brother James, and by her children, Michael (Ellen), Mark (Betty), Michelle (Alan-†), Matthew (Veronica), Marlene, Thomas, and Daniel (Melanie); her grandchildren, Natascha (Colby), Sean (Christina), Zachary (Laura), Lyle, Wyatt, Alana, Micaiah (Kimberly), Audrey, Alessandra, Jesse, Ryan, Jill, Danielle, Joshua, Lyle, and Jacob, and her Great-Grandchildren, Bhaird, Phineas, Cyndal, Saoirse, Calliope, Wayland, Shanna, Tylie, Hayden, Grayson and Zoey, and numerous nieces and nephews. She loved one and all and will be forever missed and cherished.  Memorial services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 25th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Doubleday, Jo Jane

Jo Jane Doubleday, 81, of Litchfield Park, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 following a long illness.  She was born in 1933 in Bedford, Indiana to Charles Ivan Gobat and Jane (nee Barclay) Gobat.  Jo Jane is survived by her three children, Lisa King (Jim) of Litchfield Park AZ, Michael (Lisa) of Phoenix AZ and Gina of Paris, France.  She leaves eight grandchildren: Samantha Tanton (Ryan) of Colorado Springs, Adam Wright (Rebeca) of Austin, Vanessa King (Derek Nesmith) of Seattle, Harrison King of Denver, Jessica Doubleday of Phoenix, Jonathan Doubleday of Phoenix, Dylan Doubleday of Phoenix, and Eva Doubleday of Paris.  She also leaves four great-grandchildren: Jackson and Grayson Tanton of Colorado Springs, Maya Wright of Austin, True Nesmith of Seattle, and her brother Bill Gobat of Florida and her dear cousin Barbara Thurber of Litchfield Park. Rest in peace, Mer.  Private services will be held.

VanElls, Clifford

Clifford E. VanElls, 71, of Buckeye AZ died April 1, 2015 in Buckeye, AZ of bronchitis and a heart attack. He was born September 19, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA to Clyde Niman and Doris Louise Karshner. Mr. VanElls served in the US Air Force from 1961 to 1965 as and E3. He loved to hang out with his good friends and buddies at the air field flying their remote control airplanes. He was a loving father and grandpa and will be greatly missed by everyone. He can now rest in peace with long-time girlfriend Ramona Lucero. He is survived by his daughters Michelle Garcia, Stephanie Potts; son Bryan VanElls; brother Richard VanElls and 8 grandchildren, Michael Eggert, Erik Eggert, Jared Garcia, Aundrea Garcia, Travis VanElls, Tyler Potts, Melissa Potts, and Shelby VanElls. Private services will be held.

McGuire, Daniel

Danny McGuire, 84, of Litchfield Park, died April 17, 2015 in Litchfield Park, Az. He was born December 25, 1930 in Vernon, Texas to Millard and Roberta McGuire. Mr. McGuire was the owner and operator of White Tank Meats. Mr. McGuire was active in the early days of the Black Vest Gang with the Billy Moore Days. He was a rodeo clown, a Texas cowboy and trainer of exotic animals for television and movies. He hosted many BBQs and events for local charities and dignitaries at his barn. Mr. McGuire is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gerry McGuire; daughters Darlene Boor, Doty Fandel; sons Tony, Clay and Cody McGuire; brothers Jerry “Bud” McGuire and Raymond McGuire; eleven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Terry, sister Sonia Carol, and 2 grandsons. A visitation and service will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, April 22nd at The McGuire’s Barn, 19249 W. Earll Dr., Litchfield Park, AZ. In honor of Danny McGuire, memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Valley.

Helman, Robert

Robert Helman, 84, of Litchfield Park, AZ died April 7th, 2015 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Mr. Helman was born on February 21, 1931 in New Jersey. He moved to Arizona in 1997. He was a salesman in New York for the mens clothing industry. He volunteered at Litchfield Elementary School for 17 years. He is survived by his wife Estelle Helman, daughter Shari Redfern, and 3 grandsons, Gregg Heckendorn, Jason Heckendorn, and Stephen Redfern. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. A memorial/celebration of life will be held for family, friends, and colleagues at Litchfield Elementary School, 255 E. Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ on May 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Albright, Ray

After a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Ray Eugene Albright died on April 1, 2015, at the age of 76. Ray E. Albright was born April 19, 1938, in Yankton, SD, to Eugene T. and Elizabeth (Heaton) Albright. He was educated in Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1956. Ray attended South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, SD, and then graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in military science and math. Ray then completed Navigator/Bombardier and Pilot Training for the U.S. Air Force.  Lt. Colonel Albright enjoyed a 23-year career serving his country in the Air Force as a Navigator/Bombardier first, then went on to follow his dream of becoming a Tactical Fighter Pilot, flying over 200 missions during the Vietnam War. As an F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot, he was decorated with several awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Air Medal, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters and National Defense Medal.  Following his retirement from the Air Force, Ray lived in Fort Walton Beach, then in Saudi Arabia where he worked as a consultant to the Royal Saudi Air Force.  Ray married Renee Binder Doyle on April 18, 1992. They shared their life in Saudi Arabia, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Yankton, SD, and Goodyear, AZ. Ray enjoyed playing golf, riding his Harley Davidson, and traveling.  He leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Renee (Binder Doyle) Albright, his daughters, Michele Thomas and husband Jeffrey; daughters Sheryl Albright and Kathy Albright; granddaughters Brienne, Kristy and Raelynn; grandsons Kory, Christopher and Gabriel, and great grandson Presley. In addition, Ray left behind his stepchildren Jim and Helen Doyle; Jane Doyle; Carlon and Craig Fontaine, Michael and Heather Doyle, along with grandchildren Gareth, Meredith, Peter, Ethan, and Henry.  Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Betty Albright.  Arrangements for Ray’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery are pending.

Noriega, Nellie

Nellie Noriega, 78, of Avondale, AZ died April 3, 2015 in Avondale, AZ. She was born March 20, 1937 in Phoenix, AZ to Longjino Preciado and Josefina Monreal. Retired school bus driver for Littleton Elementary. Many people knew her by her nickname “La Prieta”. She is survived by her daughters Guadalupe Adame, Marisol Galindo, Savannah Noriega, Trinity Noriega; sons Arcadio Villa, Andrew Barba, Gilbert Ortiz, Antonio Villa, Adam Noriega, Izayah Noriega, Mark Noriega, Thomas Noriega, Jesse Noriega; brothers Severo Preciado, Joseph Lopez; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm, Rosary at 7pm, on Thursday, April 16th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, April 17th at Thompson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, AZ.

Alvillar, Emilia

Ms. Emilia Alvillar, 78 of Glendale, AZ, formerly of Tolleson, AZ, died April 5, 2015 in Glendale, AZ of natural causes. She was born January 27, 1937 in Anthony, New Mexico to Antonio and Maria Guadalupe Alvillar. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Sanchez (Frank Delgado), Emily Johnson (Randy Johnson), Michelle Salazar (David Camacho); son Peter M. Sanchez; sisters Dolores Simon, Linda Salais, Lupe Alvillar-Loar; brothers Antonio I. Alvillar, Zacharias Alvillar, Robert Alvillar; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gabriel Sanchez. Visitation will be held at 5:30pm, Rosary at 6:30pm, on Tuesday, April 14th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, April 15th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.

Rooney, Kathleen

Rooney, Kathleen Guiles, 88, of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away on Holy Saturday April 4, 2015. Kathleen was born on July 5, 1926 in Norwalk, Connecticut the daughter of Stanley L. and Katherine Williamson Guiles. She was married for 67 years to Joseph W. Rooney, also of Norwalk CT. Kathleen graduated from Norwalk High School in 1944. As did many young girls at that time, she joined in the World War effort by working in a tire manufacturing plant and later as a receptionist for a local corporation. She married her husband Joe in 1948. She went on to work at the University of Connecticut until Joe’s graduation in 1950. During her life she raised seven dearly loved children. She endured the loss of two sons, Dennis and Jeffery. Over the years Kathleen worked with many social and charitable organizations, served as President of a Hospice Auxiliary, and she assisted in hands-on food programs for people in need. During this time she lived in Connecticut, Boston, MA, New York, Pennsylvania, Southern CA, Northern CA, Marlowe United Kingdom, finally retiring in Arizona. She is survived by husband Joe, her four daughters Jane Haren of Crestline, CA, Katherine Pechetti of Redwood City CA, Mary Ellen Hill of Reno, NV and Bridget Beimler of Buckeye, AZ, her son, Timothy Rooney of Danville, CA, her sister Margaret Pote of Norwalk CT, 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Of her life it can be said “Well Done Kathleen, Well Done.”. A memorial mass will be held at 10 am on Friday, April 10th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ.

Kitchings, Gloria “CHICKIE”

Chickie Kitchings, was born on October 25, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died on March 31, 2015 after a short illness. Chickie, a longtime resident of Litchfield Park was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Barney Kitchings and her elder daughter Connie. She is survived by her younger daughter, Kimberly Brooks and son-in-law, Paul Brooks. Chickie traveled the world with her husband and family before settling in Litchfield Park. During Barney’s military career, Chickie was an active member of the Officer’s Wives Club and other organizations within the military community. After Barney retired from the Air Force, Chickie was a successful real estate agent. Barney and Chickie spent numerous hours as clowns, visiting assisted living facilities and other locations to bring joy to the residents. Chickie’s life revolved around people. Chickie had friends around the world and she lived for her friends. When Chickie invited a friend to dinner, you knew that it was going to be an event. Chickie didn’t know how to do anything in a routine way. It was always over the top, with the appropriate outfit, the matching hat and the event started with her walking in and saying “Chickie here!” There will be a celebration of Chickie’s life on Saturday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any donations be given to the Church at Litchfield Park.

Flores, Joe

Mr. Joe E. Flores, 87, of Tolleson, AZ died April 1, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born January 22, 1928 in Tolleson, AZ to Jose and Delfina Flores. He served in the US Army. Joe is survived by his daughter Gloria Flores, sons Joe L., Larry G., Richard L., Frank, and Michael A. Flores. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his wife Lupe Flores and his grandson Michael “Mikey” Flores Jr. A vigil will be held at 5:30 pm, rosary at 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 8th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 9th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will follow in procession to Glendale Memorial Cemetery, 7844 N. 61st Ave., Glendale, AZ.

Lee, Adolphus

Adolphus E. Lee, 82, of Buckeye, AZ died March 31, 2015 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born December 19, 1932 in Gracemont, Ok to Muncie and Willie Mae Lee. He served in the US Navy from August 1951 to June 1955 as an Airman-Aviation Structural Mechanic and was awarded decorations in China Service, National Defense, Good Conduct, United Nations, Korean Service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, and a coach of Community Alliance for Special People. He is survived by his daughters Terry (Don) Rusinsky, Cathy (Bruce) Lessing, Cindy (Brooks) Whitford; sons John (Nan) Lee, Robert (Doris) Lee; sisters Avis Lee, Sharon (Tom) Eckerman; brothers Leo (Phyliss) Lee, John (Phyllis) Lee; special son Victor (Mila) Harmon; 15 grandchildren, 16 7/9th great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Zelda M. Lee; granddaughter Amanda Dyanne Whitford, and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 8th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ with a viewing one hour prior. Burial will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. In honor of Adolphus Lee, donations can be made to Valley Baptist Church in Tonopah, AZ, the Salvation Army and/or Arizona Special Olympics.

Hoidahl, Guy

Mr. Guy R. Hoidahl, 79, of Avondale, AZ died March 24, 2015 in Avondale, AZ. He was born November 8, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Christian and Goldie Hoidahl. He served in the US Army. Guy was a member of the Tri City Ham Radio Club of Goodyear, a retired volunteer with Boy Scouts of America-Chicago Area Consul, and a former member of the Elks Club-Raceway Elks 2852. He is survived by his wife Sally; daughters Patricia, Kathy, Mary Beth; sons Roger, Gary, John, Mark, Russell; brother Dale; and grandchildren Joshua, Megan, Kayla, and Kristina. He is also survived by his adopted daughter known as “His Kid”, Mary Ruprich. He was preceded in death by his very special “daughter”, Laura. Memorial services will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 7th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Family and friends will gather between 11:00 am and 11:30 am before the service.

Zaabadick, Glen

Glen G. Zaabadick, 54 of Phoenix, AZ died March 30, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born August 27, 1960 in Goodyear, AZ to John and Claire Zaabadick. Glen is survived by his sons Michael and Glen Zaabadick Jr.; mother Claire Zaabadick; sister Arlene Gyder; brothers John and Robert Zaabadick; and one grandchild, Julianna Zaabadick. He was preceded in death by his father John Zaabadick and brother Thomas Zaabadick. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Schmidt, Frances

Francis Schmidt, 94, of Goodyear, AZ died on March 24, 2015 in Peoria, AZ.  She was born April 13, 1920 in Cleveland, OH to Joseph and Anna Skokowski.  Services will be held in Cleveland, OH.

Cerninka, Edward

Edward Cerninka, 82, of Avondale died March 19, 2015, at his home. Mr. Cerninka was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Jersey City, N.J., to John and Mary Cerninka. He served in the Marine Corps as a captain from 1956 to 1959, and worked as a steel salesman for 45 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years, volunteered for Hamden Connecticut youth sports for 25 years and was a member of Alpha Kappa Sigma. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose Marie Cerninka; and one son, Edward John Cerninka. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. April 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road in Avondale. Condolences can be sent to the family at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

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