Obituaries

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Kuba, Lori Pryor

Lori Pryor Kuba, 57, of Glendale, AZ and formerly of Buckeye, AZ passed away July 20, 2015, at Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital in Glendale. She was born June 16, 1958, in Hawthorne, CA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Van Guard University, a master’s degree in education from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a doctrine of education in institutional management from Pepperdine University. She also held California Clear Credentials in multiple subjects. She helped to open and teach at Faith Fellowship Christian School from 1982 to 1986 in Buckeye before returning to California, where she taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She taught at two other private Christian schools before moving back to Arizona to work with the American Indian College in Phoenix, where she was the chair of education. She was a member of the Harbor Church and Harbor Christian Center. She is survived by her husband, Michael Kuba; two stepdaughters, Angela and Emily; one stepson, Michael; her parents, Leon and Wanda Pryor; two brothers, Fred Pryor and Dan Pryor; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. July 27 at Lifeway Church, 18926 W. Latham St. in Buckeye. Burial will follow at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road in Buckeye. The Rev. David Moore will officiate. Memorials can be made to Lifeway Church, 18926 W. Latham St., Buckeye, AZ 85326.

 

 

Richards, Joseph

Joseph Russell Richards, 60, of Goodyear, AZ died July 21, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ.  Mr. Richards was born March 12, 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona to Edwin Allen Richards Sr. and Marjorie Violet Richards. He was a dedicated employee of APS for 35 years. Mr. Richards enjoyed the outdoors. He was a avid golfer and mountain biker. He is survived by wife Cynthia Diane Richards , daughters Tara Richards, Tamara Richards, one brother Edwin Allen Richards Jr. He is preceded in death by his Parents Edwin Richards Sr. and Marjorie Richards, Sister Virginia VanDerHart. Visitation will be held 10:00 am with Funeral Services to follow at 10:30 am Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Estrella Mountain Community Church, 10485 South Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

 

Godebu, Jack Wendel

Jack Wendel Godebu, age 76, died at West Valley Hospital in Goodyear, Arizona, on Monday, July 20, 2015.

He was born May 26, 1939, in Stromstad, Sweden, to Gully and Vendel Godebu. After serving in the Swedish Army and completing college, Jack moved to the United States. He spent 2 years in New York, where he began his career working for Scandinavian Airlines. He was transferred to Seattle, Washington, and then, eventually, moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked until he retired in 1994. In 1995, he moved to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Arizona, where he could indulge in his passion for golf.

Jack will be especially remembered for his caring and the happiness that he brought to his friends and family. He was a special person to so many people.

He is survived by his wife, Lena Godebu; his children, Michael Godebu, Niclas Godebu, Peter Pistone, and Tami Bledsoe; and his 9 grandchildren: Kara, Katja, Jake, Ashley, Billy, Lauren, Christian, Braden and Dillon.

A Celebration of Life for Jack is ‘To Be Announced’ in order to accommodate friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the family care of Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338 (623) 932-1780.

Estrella, Juan Gallardo

Juan Gallardo Estrella, 63, of Phoenix, passed away on July 19, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born in Mexico to Juan and Maria de Jesus Estrella.  A visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, July 25th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  A service will follow at 11:00 am.  He will be laid to rest at East Resthaven Park Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.

Pasinski, Hank

Hank Pasinski, 67 of Buckeye, AZ passed away on July 11, 2015 while vacationing with family in Belize.  Hank was born in Buffalo, NY to Henry and Rita Pasinski (deceased).  He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman with a one year tour of duty in Vietnam.  After his tour of duty, he was a NYS Trooper for 10 years. After retiring, he relocated to Arizona with his family, where he worked as a civilian for the Buckeye Police Dept.  He was the Post Commander for the VFW in Buckeye.  His motto was “WE ARE VETS HELPING VETS” He was thrilled to be a part of this great organization.  He was so very proud of his fellow comrades for all their accomplishments.  He is survived by his wife Mary, son Thomas, daughter Melanie, daughter-in-law Janess, grandson Jason, four brothers and nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held on August 1st at 10:00 am at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the VFW Post 12098, PO Box 923, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

Belluzzi, Gayle

Gayle Belluzzi passed away July 19, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona and was born May 12, 1942 in Medford, Oregon. Gayle lived and worked in the Phoenix area for 55 years and was much loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Allen Belluzzi; her mother Helen Heyl; children Johnny, Bobby and Steven and their wives Denise, Lisa and Amy; grandchildren Tony, Brandon, Forest, Logan and Jackson; sister Deborah Singleton; brothers Pat Norris and Steve Collins; nieces Michele Gorman and Lea Mortensen; nephews Aaron Singleton and Marcus Norris; along with many other friends and family who adored her.

Gayle will be remembered as a loving and nurturing wife, mother and grandmother who generously shared her cooking, crafting and gardening talents with her family and friends. We will miss her quick wit, dazzling smile and joyous laugh. We will always love you Gayle!

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, AZ.

Lanan, Kenneth

Kenneth Franklin Lanan, 82 of Goodyear AZ died July 17, 2015 in Goodyear AZ. Mr. Lanan was born May 30, 1933 in Plymouth Meeting PA to Horace and Frances Lanan. He served in Air Force from 1955-1978 as Lieutenant/Colonel.

Mr. Lanan graduated from Penn State University with Bachelors in AG, received his MBA at Golden Gate University, and was President of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity. He served in Vietnam as a F.A.C. Pilot, he was a member of Toastmasters and a Deacon at Crystal Cathedral.  Mr. Lanan received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Metal/ with Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, National Defense Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lee Lanan, daughters Renee Lanan, Colleen (Lanan) Joplin, one son in law, Dan Joplin, sister Frances Wisdom,  eight grandchildren, Jennifer Hogin, Michael Hogin, Joseph Hogin, Emily Hogin, Shannon (Aaron) Hanson, Cassandra Joplin, Austin Joplin , Makayla Joplin and two great-grandchildren, Madalyn Hanson, Reagan Hanson. He is preceded in death by his Parents Horace and Frances, Brothers Horace Jr, Charles, Fred, and sister Esther.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 24th at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek RD, Phoenix AZ.

Williams, Greta

Greta Mae Williams, 58, of Avondale, AZ died July 15, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born in Los Angeles, CA to James and Lucille Nicholson. Funeral services will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ with a viewing to be held prior to the service at 5:00 pm. Services in California will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 25th at Avalon Church in Christ, 13706 Avalon Blvd in Compton, CA. Graveside services will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park in Compton, CA.

 

Fuss, Clark

Mr. Clark Edward Fuss, 77, of Goodyear, AZ died July 14, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born June 15, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA to Edward and Madeline Fuss.

He served in the PA National Guard from 1955 to 1959 as a SP4 E-4 LT Truck Driver.

He was a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Board, Warden-PA of Fish and Game, an investigator in the Philadelphia Warrant and Fugitive Unit and also the Intelnet World Wide Investigators. He was the owner of a detective agency and a National Maritime Representative for Industrial Technical and Professional Division in 1967.

He is survived by his wife Loretta Fuss; sons Clark Jr., Robert, Brian; sister Marilyn Mahony; brother Leroy Fuss; and 3 grandchildren, Clark III, Robert Jr., and Brian Jr.

He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Fuss.

Private services will be held.

 

Kehren, Donald

Donald William Kehren, 75, passed away on July 9, 2015 with his family by his side. Mr. Kehren was born in Pittsburgh PA to Charles and Edna Rose Kehren, the 2nd of five children.  In 1957 Mr. Kehren entered the Air Force and began a life-long commitment to serving his country and fellow man.  For 28 years, he was a Senior Master Sergeant in the US Air Force initially serving as an Air Craft Turbo Propeller Mechanic and then Aircraft Maintenance Shift Supervisor. His final years in the Air Force were spent as Hospital Superintendent of Dental Services before retiring from active duty.  Afterwards, he continued serving through civil service to run the US Army post office at the military base in Wiesbaden Germany.

After more than 50 years of service in the US and overseas, Mr. Kehren retired to Buckeye Arizona with his loving wife Rotraut Kehren. He continued his volunteer service with the retirees association at the Luke Air Force Base in Goodyear AZ and with the VFW.  He was active in his church and devout in his faith.  From a young age, he developed a love of cooking, baking and grilling and delighted in providing delicious meals for family and friends.  Seeing him standing over his grill or baking his famous pies are memories his family will hold dear.  Mr. Kehren’s intense compassion for others extended to animals, having several beloved dogs throughout his adult life and supporting animal welfare organizations and rescue groups.  And most of all, he loved getting to know people wherever he went and making them smile with his witty humor, generosity, and unique colorful style.

In addition to his wife Rotraut, Mr. Kehren is survived by his son Don and daughter-in-law Jennifer; his loving brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Wilpuetz, United States Army, and Elvira Wilpuetz; his nephew Jerry Tarter and family along with Mr. Kehren’s family in Pittsburgh including siblings Charles, Joyce Borneman with spouse Fred, Delores Mazzarini with spouse Frank, and Paul with spouse Elizabeth.

Mr. Kehren is being laid to rest in the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek AZ with full military honors on Friday July 17, 2015.

 

 

McGlasson, Curt

Mr. Curt Ross McGlasson III, 48, of Buckeye, AZ died July 12, 2015 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born September 12, 1966 to Curt McGlasson II and Glenda Wingfield.

He is survived by his son John McGlasson; mother Glenda Wingfield; father Curt McGlasson II, step-mother Mary McGlasson; sisters Tamie Maggard, Michelle Olivarez, Katherine Marin, Sandra Echave; brothers Nathan Wingfield, Richard McGlasson, Mark McGlasson, Mike McGlasson, Johnny Wingfield, and Eddie Wingfield.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, John Wingfield.

A visitation will be held from 10am to 11am on Saturday, July 18th at White Tanks Baptist Church, 1420 N. 192nd Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am.

Burnell, Sylvia

Mrs. Sylvia Ann Burnell, 78, of Litchfield Park, AZ died July 11, 2015 in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born October 26, 1936 in Emporia, KS to Robert C. and Mildred Houser.

Sylvia married her high school sweetheart, Buck, while attending Kansas State Teachers College. She completed her degree in Fine Arts while raising her two boys. Sylvia followed her dream and became an Art teacher. In 1979, she and her husband moved to Arizona and opened their business, Realty Place. However, her true passion was spending time with her 4 grandchildren. Sylvia’s infectious smile and kind heart will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, O.C. “Buck” Burnell; sons, Robert (Susan) Burnell, Brad (Adrianne) Burnell; sister, Carol Thomas; brothers, Rodney Houser, Ronald Houser, Donald Houser, Gordon Houser; and 4 grandchildren, Ryan Burnell, Taylor Burnell, Cassaundra Burnell and Alexandra Burnell.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Mildred Houser; and her sister, Karen Lowry.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

In honor of Sylvia Ann Burnell, memorial donations can be made to the Wildlife World Zoo, 16501 W. Northern Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

Shelton, Gary

Gary W. Shelton, 57, of Phoenix, AZ died July 9, 2015 in Phoenix. He was born March 22, 1958 in Phoenix, AZ. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union. Gary is survived by his daughter, Andrea Shelton; son Jason Shelton; mother, Janice Christy; brother Bryan Shelton and 5 grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 17th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Mandala, Andrew

Andrew (“Andy”) Robert Mandala, 76, passed away at his home in Goodyear, Arizona on July 12, 2015, after a very brief illness and just two days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His children were blessed to spend his final days with him, and he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family.

Andy was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1938, the youngest child of Andrew and Frances Mandala. He grew up as “Bobby” in a large extended Italian American family in Brooklyn, and loved his cousins like brothers. He was a proud graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, after which he took night classes at Brooklyn College while working full time.

Andy was a great believer in the American Dream, firmly and rightly believing himself to be an example of its promise. He knew by seventh grade that he wanted to be a journalist, and doggedly pursued that goal. As a young man and to the great chagrin of his father he quit his job as a bank teller to take a much lower paying job at the New York Daily Mirror. He began his journalism career as a copy boy at the Mirror, working his way up to a position as a reporter. He moved on to the Bond Buyer, a finance trade publication, working first as a reporter and later an editor.

Work brought Andy to Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s. While still working full time at the Bond Buyer and later for the National Savings and Loan League, he founded Mortgage Commentary Publications, a financial newsletter publishing group.

It was in Washington that he met and married the love of his life, Cheryl Irwin Cason. Andy and Cheryl were partners in both love and business, growing Mortgage Commentary from a single weekly newsletter with 18 subscribers into a multinational enterprise that in 1986 became part of Thomson Reuters publishing. Andy was a visionary in business, taking calculated risks and pursuing crazy dreams with great zeal and great success. He was also a crackerjack reporter who took tremendous pride in his craft.

Living first in Chevy Chase and later on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, one of Andy’s great loves was boating on the Chesapeake Bay. From 1979 until last fall, Andy and Cheryl boated all over the Chesapeake on the Raggedy Ann III, a 1965 Chris Craft Constellation that he lovingly maintained thanks to an encyclopedic knowledge of the vessel and an infamous affection for varnish. He loved being out on the Bay, and would often remark on calm sunny days that, “today would be the day to go.”

Throughout his life Andy cared deeply about faith, fairness, and community. While living in Chevy Chase, he and Cheryl were active members of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder for many years. During that time he and Cheryl founded a community service program through the church to bring home-cooked meals to local homeless shelters.

After they retired Andy and Cheryl travelled extensively and danced wherever and whenever they could. He loved being where he could look out over the water, with Hawaii long holding a special place in his heart.

In 1998 Andy and Cheryl bought a winter home in Goodyear, Arizona, where they built a wonderful life filled with laughter, dancing, sunshine, golf and softball. Andy became an active and cherished member of the local softball community, first as a player and later as a coach. He was known and loved for his enthusiasm, his love of the game, and most of all his sportsmanship.

Above and beyond his tremendous successes in business and community life, Andy’s family was his true pride and joy. In addition to Cheryl, his wife of 45 years, Andy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Larry and Juli Mandala of Plano, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Liz and Jon Bernreuter of Phoenix, Arizona; son and daughter-in-law Drew and Lisa Mandala of Miami Beach, Florida; and daughter and son-in-law Cheryl Mandala and Dr. Terry Kelly of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by five wonderful grandchildren whom he loved enormously – Jackson and Harrison Bernreuter of Phoenix; Mia and Dylan Mandala of Miami Beach; and Elias Kelly of Anchorage. Andy was fiercely proud of all of his children, and dearly loved being a grandpa, a position at which he excelled.

Andy was an impassioned storyteller, a skilled and merciless editor, and a giver of great advice. He was also terrifically funny. His was a house full of love and laughter, and his life a template for living well. The day before he died, he told his children, “I’ve had a wonderful life.” And he had.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mandala Scholarship at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, 555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302, Phoenix, AZ 85004. A memorial service will be held this fall in Goodyear, Arizona.

Fitzpatrick, Renelda

Mrs. Renelda Theresa Fitzpatrick, 82, of Buckeye, AZ died July 6, 2015 in Buckeye, AZ.  She was born November 2, 1932 in Quinter, Kansas to Mike and Rosena Phlieger.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was devoted Catholic, wife, and loving mother to her seven children.  She is survived by her daughters Katherine Alley, Karen Pullins; sons Mark, James, Bryan, and Tom Fitzpatrick; sisters Loretta Turner, Annetta Phlieger; brother Gilbert Phlieger; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and her son, Mike Fitzpatrick.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 18th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  A service will follow at 11:00 am.  Burial will be private.  In honor of Mrs. Fitzpatrick, memorial donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, AZ.

Lopez, Joe

Joe G. Lopez, 87, of Goodyear, AZ died July 4, 2015 in Surprise, AZ.  He was born December 12, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA to Luis and Margaret Lopez.  Joe served in the National Guard and Merchant Marines from 1945-1952 of which he was honorably discharged.    He retired from McDonald Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, CA.  Joe was an excellent cook and loved to cook for his family and friends.  He loved music, golf and was an avid reader. He is survived by his daughters Carol Jarvis, Elaine Santa Cruz; son James Lopez; sister Esther Gasporra; brother Bert Lopez; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Kathryn Lopez. Private services will be held.

Granado, Daniel

Daniel Castillo Granado, 60, of Avondale, AZ died June 29, 2015 in Avondale, AZ.  He was born July 31, 1954 in Dixon, CA to Raynaldo and Elisa Granado. He is survived by his wife Mary Hammonds; daughters Isabel Cherry, Sonia Herrera; sons Danny Granado Jr, Anthony Granado, Gilbert Granado, Brandon Granado, Jeremy Hammonds; mother, Elisa Granado; sister Laura Granado; brothers Raynaldo Granado Jr, Richard Granado, Raymond Granado, Jose “Yogi” Granado, Elias “Leo” Granado, Benjamin Granado, Enrique “Ricky” Granado; and 14 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his dad Raynaldo Granado.  A visitation will be held from 9am to 11am, funeral service at 11am, on Thursday, July 9th at Truth Tabernacle, 825 N. Central Ave. in Avondale, AZ. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.

Cox, Grace

Mrs. Grace Marie Nanstad Cox, 90, of Sun City, AZ died June 23, 2015 in Peoria, AZ.  She was born January 20, 1925 to Charles Nanstad and Frances Treba in Black River Falls, WI.  She is surivived by 2 Grandchildren, Dana Marky, Kristi Kearns; 7 Great-grandchildren, Nathan Cox, Cole Marky, Alexis Marky, Kayla Schrader, Kyle Holtorf, Madison Thys, Tracie Ogles; and  1 Great-great-grandchild Isasac Mitchell.  She was preceded in death by her husband Durward Cox, her children Michael Cox and Terri Kearns, and her Grandson, Aaron Kearns.  Graveside services will be held at a later date.  Condolences can be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Justiss, Walter

Walter Amos Justiss, Jr, 82, of Buckeye, AZ died June 29, 2015 in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born June 1, 1933 to Walter and Ethel Justiss Sr. in Too Egg, Florida.

He moved to Kansas City, KS at the age of 19 where he trained as a journeyman meat cutter with Safeway making it his career.  Bowling was his passion and he worked to become a scratch bowler.  In 1958, he met Barbara, married her and moved to Arizona.  He was a top Valley amateur bowler in the 1960s and represented Arizona in the 1965 US Amateur Bowling Association Tournament in Lansing, MI.

His deep sense of commitment to his wife and his family helped him decide to remain an amateur in Arizona instead of turning pro and he built his family and his business while being a force in bowling houses in Phoenix and Flagstaff well into the 1990s.

Wall was a man with a mission, he believed in excellence in all that you do and he always believed that his family came first.  Wally was a role model for perseverance and dedication to all who he met.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ann Justiss; daughter Sylvia Spillet (Dennis) of Litchfield Park, AZ; son Gary Justiss of Goodyear, AZ; brother Darwin Justiss of Tuscaloosa, AL; and 1 grandchild Ryan (Shelby) of Goodyear, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Wynelle, and brother Mackay.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 11th at Lighthouse Fellowship Church, 3015 N. Jackrabbit Trail, Litchfield Park, AZ.

 

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