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February 2017
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Carol Daugherty DeFrain

Carol Daugherty DeFrain, 74, passed away February 21, 2017 at her home in PebbleCreek with a big Irish smile on her face. She was always so proud of her Irish (O’Dochartaigh Clann) heritage – A Clann who had descended from the high kings and queens of Ireland. She had fought a valiant battle with gall bladder cancer for the past year.

She was born in Hastings, Nebraska on August 4, 1942 and graduated from the Lincoln School of Commerce. She married Dennis DeFrain on November 21, 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska and loved to travel the world during his Army career. She also worked in Federal Civil Service at various locations and retired as a GS 11, F-16 (aircraft) competition manager in 1997 and moved to Arizona the following year. She loved Arizona which cured her asthma and she became very active in exercise classes, something she had been unable to do in colder climates.

Carol was a wonderful loving wife, mother and grandmother and genuinely loved and respected her friends and family and they loved her quiet ways and true friendship. She is survived by her husband Dennis, one son Darren and his wife Melinda who are both Professors at Wichita State University, and her two granddaughters Madchen and Ava.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Carol’s life and legacy by contributing to the PebbleCreek LifeLong Learning program (16347 W Wilshire Drive, Goodyear AZ 85395) or the Luke Chapter, Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Fund (16479 W Virginia Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85395), both of which are 501c3 non-profit organizations.

Per her wishes, there will be no public memorial service. The family will have a celebration of life in March.

Perley B. Hayes

Perley B. Hayes of Tolleson, AZ died February 8, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ at the age of 84. She was born January 26, 1933 in Peoria, AZ to Walter J Lawrence and Anne B (Nannie) Lane. Perley was a hard working woman. She had a fondness for the great outdoors and loved to have a beautiful yard and flowers.

Perley is survived by her sons, Kenneth J. Lewis, Daniel R. Lewis, Ted E. Lewis; sister, Myrtle Peterson; brother, Pete Lawrence; seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Donald Charles Westergaard

Donald Charles Westergaard of Goodyear, AZ died February 11, 2017 at the age of 87.

He was born October 19, 1929 to Eben and Lillie Westergaard at home in Viborg, SD. Donald was married to his wife of 58 years, Joyce Westergaard. They had three children together and lived a memorable life in South Dakota, California, Washington and Arizona.

Donald is survived by daughter, Diane Jones and husband Larry; daughter, Linda Westergaard; son, Dr. Greg Westergaard and wife Clara; three grandchildren, Melinda Livingston and husband Tim, Lily and Xavier Westergaard; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Daisy; nieces, nephews, cousins, Kella, extended family, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; parents, Eben and Lillie Westergaard; and brothers, Gary and Murray Westergaard.

A memorial service is planned in Viborg, South Dakota at Fraternal Burial Association at a later date.

Judith (Judy) Lee Braun

Judith (Judy) Lee Braun, 65 of Buffalo Grove, IL, passed away on January 31, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Visitation and memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL on Saturday April 22, 2017. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Memorial service will begin at 10:00 am. Refreshments will be served in the Grauer Lounge immediately following the service.

Judy was born in Kansas City, MO to Joseph and Virginia Hank on October 22, 1951. Judy graduated with the Class of 1969 from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, IL. She went on to become a registered nurse and a certified case manager. For more than thirty-five years, Judy worked for a number of healthcare organizations, serving patients across a variety of disciplines including Intensive Care, Surgical Services, Labor & Delivery, Nursing Homes and Payer Services. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and spending time with her family and dogs.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Virginia, and stepmother June Hank.   Judy is survived by her husband Donald Braun of Buffalo Grove, IL; sister Mary Jo Jones; two daughters Jennifer (Chad) Finney and Bethany Braun; son Matthew (Kelly) Braun; four grandchildren Cassandra, Josie and Madelyn Finney, and Maxwell Braun; and her pet Spencer (dog).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Assistance in Healthcare at aih.org/donate.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Abrazo West Campus hospital for their support in her final days.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

306 S. Prospect Ave

Park Ridge, IL 60068

847-823-4126

James Clayton “Jim” Monforte

Mr. James C. “Jim” Monforte of Phoenix, AZ died February 9, 2017. He was born on July 30, 1947 in Denver, CO to Vincent and Grace Monforte. He served in the US Air Force from 1968 – 1989 achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Jim was an avid golfer. He was a member of the UOCC and DCA Corvette clubs. He served for over 20 years at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park, AZ.

Jim is survived by his wife, Viki Monforte; sons, Anthony and Stephen Monforte; brother, Vincent Monforte, Jr.; and two grandchildren. Burial with military honors will take place at 12:30 pm, Monday, March 6, 2017 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ.

Mary-Jo Klackle

April 2, 1932 – January 26, 2017

Mary-Jo Klackle, 84, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2017. Mary-Jo was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 2, 1932. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Billy; sister, Sue; sons, Mike, Scott, Kurt and Chris; daughter-in-laws, Candy, Laura, Joy and Lisa; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mary-Jo loved all of her family and went out of her way to keep in touch with them.

She was a working mother and retired from her real estate career at PebbleCreek in 2007. Mary-Jo enjoyed a full life filled with friends and family and various hobbies, sports, clubs, and causes. She traveled the world and loved adventures, exploring new places and meeting new people. She loved to talk and laugh, surrounded by family and friends. She will be missed by all of us.

There will be a memorial service on February 18, 2017 at 11a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Phone: (623) 882-0721. Donations can be made to:  PebbleCreek Kare Bears – http://www.karebears.org/returns-donations.html, Disabled Veterans – https://www.dav.org/, Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/donate/.

Ashley Farley

Ashley La Mountain Michael Farley, 36, of Goodyear, departed this world for heaven on February 1st, 2017. He was born on May 6th, 1980 in Phoenix, AZ to his parents Anna Tackett and the late Patrick Farley. He is survived by his wife Danielle and their 7 children: son Edwin Prestin, daughters Tatum, Avery, Madeline, Ainsley, Sadie, and son Radley; by his mother Anna and stepfather Steven Tackett. Surviving brother and sisters include Ryan Farley and his wife Michelle, Patricia Randels and her husband Matthew, Scherie Boyter and her husband Brice, Shelby Thomas, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Patrick Farley and stepfather Richard Thomas.

Ashley married his high school sweetheart Danielle, and they would have celebrated 17 years of adventurous marriage this coming May. As a District Sales Manager for Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream, he led his team with enthusiasm and fun. Full of life and an adventurous spirit, Ashley enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing pranks on everyone, and was even known to eat a fried scorpion wrapped in bacon a time or two.

Ashley and his family are firm believers in Jesus and were active in their church’s student and kids ministry at Christ’s Church of the Valley, Avondale Campus, where he volunteered wherever needed and his wife Danielle is on staff.

A man’s man, but also a tender-hearted man, Ashley was everyone’s best friend who always took the time to listen and boldly encourage those in his life who needed it. He could usually be found holding and loving on any baby that he could find.

Ashley is missed greatly by his family and friends, but he leaves a great legacy that is summed up in his life’s verse: Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

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Services will be held on February 8th, 2017 at 4PM

Location:
Christ’s Church of the Valley in Avondale, AZ.
1565 N 113th Ave Avondale, AZ 85392

Officiated by his friend and pastor, Bobby Reed.

Dr. Harold N. Walgren

Dr. Harold N. Walgren M.D., J.D., LLM was born in Belvidere, Illinois to Dr. Roy and Stella Walgren on March 27, 1935. He passed away February 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife Leanne, who he met while in high school and later attended the University of Colorado in Boulder together. He went on to medical school at the University of Illinois-Chicago. They married in 1958, and upon completion of medical school moved from the medical center in Chicago to Hinsdale, Illinois where they lived for 25 years, working and raising their family of three sons and a daughter, all of whom attended and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1985 they moved to Boulder City, Nevada and subsequently settled in Litchfield Park in 1988.

Dr. Walgren’s academic degrees include a BS (Med) and M.D. from the University of Illinois, as well as a J.D. and LLM from John Marshall Law School of Chicago. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Legal Medicine. Dr. Walgren was a member of the Illinois Bar and licensed in Medicine in Illinois, Nevada and Arizona. Numerous professional memberships were held including the AMA and the ABA. He was a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, past president of the Civil Aviation Medical Association, past president of the DuPage County, IL Medical Association, and a past Trustee of the Flying Physicians Association. He was an active Rotarian, a past president of the Estrella Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and devoted to the Rotary Foundation.

Dr. Walgren’s military career consisted of over 33 years as a commissioned officer with the USAF, serving with the Illinois Air National Guard and on Active Duty at Luke AFB, retiring in 1995 with the rank of Colonel. His rating was Chief Flight Surgeon having completed 2262 hours of military flight time.

Dr. Walgren was a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA and a private pilot with commercial license, instrument, multi-engine, and seaplane ratings. His private flying time totals were over 3500 hours.

Hal Walgren lived a life devoted to his wife, his family, his church, his practice and the community and nation he loved. He was a firm believer in life-long learning, higher education and the pursuit of excellence. He enjoyed target shooting, hunting, fishing, ham radio, flying and especially being a doctor to the pilots he so respected. He will be sorely missed and treasured in spirit. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Alan; and grandson Corey Walgren. He is survived by his wife, Leanne; daughter, Kimberly Marzullo (Bob); sons, Scott (Chris), Doug (Maureen), and Brad (Victoria) Walgren; and seven grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, February 10, 2017 at The Church of Litchfield Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698 or The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

Christine Dolores Behrens

Christine Dolores Behrens, 79, of Avondale, AZ died January 30, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born January 6, 1938 in Hoboken, NJ to Francis Baselice and Angela Mongiello. Christine spent most of her working life in the insurance industry. She received the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (C.P.C.U.) and was recognized as an associate in risk management by The Insurance Institute of America. Residing in New Jersey, she owned an insurance brokerage and upscale Italian restaurant with her late husband Lawrence. They moved to California in the late seventies where she held numerous top executive positions with international insurance companies until her retirement in 2011 when she moved to Arizona.

In her social time she loved the theater, was an invaluable member of the Soroptimist organization, gave her time to the suicide prevention hotline and managed to find time to enjoy her love of dancing and music. Christine had a very creative eye and loved working on interior and exterior design in her families’ homes. She made biscotti for family and friends that was the best ever. She is already being missed by her family and friends.

Christine is survived by her partner, Roger Whincup; daughter, Stacey Armstrong; son, Larry Behrens; sisters, Irene Metzner and Gen Martino; brother, Manny Baselice; and two grandchildren, Nicole and Seth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence G. Behrens, Sr. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Charlotte E. Whorl

Charlotte E. Whorl, 85, of Buckeye, passed away January 30, 2017 in Surprise, AZ.  She was born October 6, 1931 in Baltimore, MD to Roland and Florence Jones.   She moved to Arizona in 1976.

Charlotte worked as a librarian for Scott Libby Elementary School.  She was an avid Phoenix Suns fan and she loved to watch tennis.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was an Air Force wife who loved to travel.  She lived in England, Holland, Alaska, and multiple places throughout the United States.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband Jim.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra & Wayne Garland of Bryson City, NC; son, Scott & Sherry Whorl of Moreno Valley, CA; daughter, Karen & Jerry Eidenmiller of Bellevue, NE; son, Kevin & Elissa Whorl of Foster City, CA; and daughter Sally & Bryan Cook of Goodyear, AZ.  She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Chris & Brian Garland; David & Nicole Whorl, Christy & Lisa Whorl; Ashley Eidenmiller & Barry Bland, Marissa & Chris Muth and Travis Eidenmiller; Connor, Aaron & Lauren Whorl; James & Stephanie Cook, Jason & Nicole Cook. She is also survived by eleven great -grandchildren Jakob, Justin, Jayden and Jonah Whorl;  Wesley Eidenmiller and Alize Bass; Addison and Gunnar Muth; Tyler, Nathan and Emily Cook.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at 11:30 am, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ.

Geno Piccoli

Chief Master Sergeant Geno Piccoli, 76, died peacefully in his Litchfield Park, AZ home on January 30, 2017.

Chief Piccoli was born on January 24, 1941 in New Britain, CT to Geno and Mary Piccoli. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and served over 30 years before retiring in 1988. Spending a good portion of his active career as a First Sergeant, he epitomized the phrase “my job is people, everyone is my business.”   Not slowing down, he spent 5 years in civil service and 10 more years as a volunteer at Luke Air Force Base. A longtime advocate and supporter of military families, Geno was an active member of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) for over 40 years, serving as International President from 1988 through 1991. A huge contributor to AFSA services and charitable programs, Geno personally supported a wide range of charitable organizations including the Airmen Memorial Museum and Airmen Memorial Foundation.

Geno was a loving father, husband, brother and grandfather as well as a mentor and inspiration to the countless lives he touched. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Piccoli; daughter, Theresa Dearth (Anthony Dearth); sons, Anthony Piccoli (Paula Piccoli), Joseph Piccoli, Geno Forman (Gail Forman); sister, Theresa DeBisschop (James F. DeBisschop); 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

People often say that one person cannot make a difference in the world. However, anyone who knows Geno knows – one person who truly cares about people can make an incredible impact on us all.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Luke AFB Chapel. Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Paul N. Hickert

June 9, 1942 – January 31, 2017

Paul loved Lola and married young and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.  After obtaining a dual major in Milling Science and Business Administration at Kansas State University, Paul served as an Army pilot in Vietnam.  He was one of the mostly decorated pilots in Vietnam: recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses; The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star; and numerous other medals and accolades.   After serving his country in active duty for three years, 11 months and 28 days Paul was released and began his milling career at Nebraska Consolidated Milling, the forerunner to Con Agra, Inc. in Omaha. In 1972 he was transferred to Pennsylvania where Con Agra was converting old cement mills to flour mills and grain storage.  Shortly after completing their family with the birth of their fourth child, Ann-Marie, Paul accepted a position with Seaboard Allied and moved with his family to Liberia, West Africa, where Paul was the managing director of Life Flour Mill for three years.    Paul established a program to teach undernourished inhabitants how to bake bread in mud ovens using the flour made in Paul’s mill.

After returning to the United States Paul ran a new flour mill in Baton Rouge, LA.  In 1979, he accepted a position with Peavey Company. Paul was told if he worked for two years in one of two tough-to-operate union plants he would have his pick of locations.  He selected the union plant in Buffalo, NY and developed a great working relationship with the Grain Millers Union and the Longshoremen.  In 1981 he was promoted to construction engineer at the Tolleson landmark flour mill and then worked for the Borden Pasta Plant that was built next to the flour mill.  He was instrumental in developing the local agricultural economy and was a member of the Estrella Rotary Club for a decade.  His entrepreneurial spirit led Paul into other business endeavors, many of which benefited Arizona’s economy.

Approximately eight years ago, Paul was diagnosed with cancer and decided it was time to write his book, Head Hunter 19 A.K.A. Eagle Eye.  Published in 2016, the personal account and human story is full of detail and vivid anecdotes of his experience as a Bird Dog Forward Air Controller in the Viet Nam War.

Family, friends, nurses, doctors and strangers appreciated Paul’s wit and humor.  Paul is survived by his wife Lola (Best) Hickert, daughter Ann-Marie Hickert and fiancé Kenny Ellsworth, son Paul Hickert and wife Sarah, daughter Angela Horner and husband Michael, and daughter Celeste Furey and husband Christopher.  Paul has 10 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  Paul was one of eleven children and preceded in death by Barney Hickert (Tucky), Rita and Findley Law, John Browne (Ruth), Rachel and Joe Mindrup, Rosemary (Marvin) Lewis, Walter Lees (Roberta). Surviving brothers, sister, and their spouses include Jay and Leota, Ruth Hickert Browne, Urban and Judy, Louis and Elvira, Regina and Garold Wasinger and Roberta Hickert Lees.

Services will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.  Viewing is from 1:00 P.M.to 2:00 P.M.  Funeral services led by Rev Kim Gladding, begin at 2:00 P.M. with taps and military honors

Military burial will be in the National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona Monday, February 6, 2017.

Donations received will be given to Silver Lining Riding which provides horseback riding for therapy for children and adults who have autism or other health issues. It is a beautiful thing to see the joy horses bring to their lives.

 

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