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Chef G. Eric LaQua
Chef G. Eric LaQua, 76, of Goodyear, AZ died January 16, 2018 in his home in Goodyear. He was born May 10, 1941 to Lorenz and Else LaQua in Arzberg, Germany.
The first English he learned in America was “One beer, please.” He became an American Citizen in 1971. If he didn’t become a chef, he said he would have been a jewelry designer.
Since becoming a chef, he has earned the following accolades:
1976 – Awarded the title “Certified Executive Chef” from the American Academy of Chefs.
1976 – Voted “Chef of the Year” by the Phoenix Chef’s Association.
1996 – Awarded the Divisional President’s Award from ITT Sheraton of North America.
2005 – Earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chef’s Association of Greater Phoenix.
1976 – 2004 – Awarded many recognitions, certificates of achievements, citations of excellence and outstanding services.
Eric showed his passion for the culinary profession by being a member of the Phoenix Chapter of the Chef’s Association (founding member), Academy of Chef’s, the German Chef’s Assoc., the International Chef’s Assoc., and the Honor Society of American Culinary Federation.
He is survived by his lovely wife of 47 years, Hannelore; sister, Monika Edelmann; his daughters, DeeAnn DeWitt and Sherry LaQua-Hanchett; son-in-law’s, Jim DeWitt and Eric Hanchett; four grandchildren, Erin, Daniel, Erikka, and Emma; and one great-grandchild, Dillion.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 27 at the Chief’s Mission on 1644 E. Campo Bello Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85022.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Chief’s Mission. Their website is www.chiefs.org.
Eric has touched many lives and will be missed, but will be in our memories forever.
Goodbye, my friend!
Genevieve Marie Kling
Genevieve Marie Kling of Goodyear, AZ passed away January 12, 2018. She was born August 16, 1921 in Egg Harbor, NJ to Bernard and Frieda Wennemer. Genevieve worked for Ventnor Boat Works as an executive secretary prior to marriage. She worked for NJ Transit after raising her four children. She was a member of the VFW Auxilary and the Elks Auxilary in NJ. She is survived by her daughters, Marie D’Amico (Peter), Jo-Ann Case (Alan), Barbara Risden (Rob); son, Joseph B. Kling (Loretta); 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Kling and grandson, Scott Case.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. John Vianney Church, 539 E. LaPasada Blvd., Goodyear, AZ. Burial will be at a later date in NJ. The family suggests that donations be made to Kare Bears or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
James Spencer Skelly
James Spencer Skelly, age 78 of Elgin, MN died January 15, 2018 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born March 17, 1939 in Rochester, MN to John and Evelyn Skelly. James married Marlene Wittlief and together they raised their five children. He spent much of his time on tours looking for deer and wildlife. He diligently read his newspapers to keep up with current events. He retired from the Teamsters Union after more than 30 years. He worked as a laborer, city worker, and at Dalco Industries. He was an avid gardener who also loved his pets.
James is survived by his wife, Marlene Skelly; daughters, Susan (Kenneth) Bedtka, Cheryl (Steven) Seelbinder; sons, James (Cindy) Skelly, Billy Skelly, Steve (Dawn) Skelly; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers, and one granddaughter. A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
Russell “Russ” Thompson
Russell “Russ” Thompson, age 80 of Cheyenne, WY died December 27, 2017 in Surprise, AZ. He was born November 14, 1937 in Pine Bluffs, WY to Clyde and Elizabeth Thompson. Russ served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 – 1963. He always said if you were going to do something to do it right. He could do anything he set his mind to. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and held several patents during his career. He was an athlete growing up and stayed active all of this life.
Russ is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara, sister, Florence Rempfer, and brother, Clyde Thompson. Services were held in Wyoming.
Maria Guadalupe Vaquera
Maria Guadalupe Vaquera, aged 94 died peacefully on January 13, 2018. Guadalupe was born December 12, 1923 in Poblado de Rancho San Miguel, Zacatecas, Mexico. She joins her husband in Heaven, Juan Toca Vaquera whom she married in 1942 at a church in Felipe Pescador, Zacatecas. She was the second born of ten children and survived by seven siblings; Soledad Carillo, Esther Roman, Gloria Carillo, Theresa Carillo, Francisco Carillo, Pedro Carillo and Bernardino Carilllo. Guadalupe is also survived by her ten children; Juliana (Robert) Reid, Armando (Mickie) Vaquera, Martha (Miguel) Valencia, Rosario (Gustavo) Dominguez, Irma (José) Delgadillo, Juan (Adriana) Vaquera, Socorro (Rafael) Hernandez, Sergio (Silvia) Vaquera, Jaime (Eva) Vaquera and Vanessa Vaquera. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Guadalupe was an active member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, Arizona. She taught Catechism to the Spanish community, cooked meals for the Holy Cross priests, was a Guadalupana and participated in many other ministries. She was a Eucharistic minister and sang in the choir.
You are invited to attend the viewing, rosary and funeral Mass. The viewing will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. The Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 East La Pasada Boulevard, Goodyear, AZ. Family and friends will follow in procession to Holy Cross Cemetery for burial.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Congregation of Holy Cross or to Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery at www.olgmonastery.com.
Brenda Lee Adkins
Brenda Lee Adkins, age 77 of Avondale, AZ died January 6, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born December 11, 1940 in San Diego, CA to William and Mildred Martain. Brenda was an executive secretary and a realtor/broker. She was a devoted wife of 58 years, a loving mother, a beloved grandmother and sister. She will be lovingly missed and cherished always.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Ronald Dee Adkins; daughter, Mary Pecora; sons, Brian Adkins, and Dr. Christopher Stone; brother, William Edward Martain, Jr.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda Lee and Laura Louise Adkins.
Joan Christine Newton
We are saddened to announce the passing on January 5th, 2018 of Joan Christine Newton, Goodyear Arizona. Joan lived an exciting and eventful 85 years. Joan was born on November 16th, 1932 in Chicago Illinois. She was raised by loving Mom Wanda (Pruchnicki) Zielinski and many loving aunts and uncles. As an adult, Joan lived in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Oak Brook, Naperville and Huntley before eventually retiring to Goodyear.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Joseph Robinson Newton III. Their marriage was a classic romance, an epic love story that played out up until their passing from this world only 27 days apart.
Joan was the proud Mom of three children Cindy (Richard) Carbaugh, Thomas Newton and John Newton. She celebrated her four grandchildren Cindy’s Caitlin and Kyle (Allison) Pfaff and Thomas’ Julia and Lauren Newton.
Joan was a lifelong dancer, starting with tap as a small child continuing through her performances as part of the ShowTime Production in Pebble Creek, Goodyear. It was Joan’s mission to always bring a smile to a person’s face. The adage “she never met a stranger” rang true for Joan as she always made friends with each person she met.
Funeral and burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributing to the ShowTime Productions, c/o Chanca Morrell, 3019 North 152nd Drive, Goodyear, Arizona 85395.
That star you see up in the skies might indeed be Joan as she will be performing in heaven through eternity.
Paula Hickey Beck
Paula Hickey Beck, age 46 of Buckeye, AZ died December 19, 2017 in Buckeye, AZ. She was born May 15, 1971 in Oak Lawn, IL to Arthur and Sharon Block. A graduate of St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL she was determined to make her mark in the world in spite of being born with a serious heart condition. She went on to get her SPHR and while working at ADP she was instrumental in creating a new business unit within the company and became the manager of the Midwest region. She was extremely tenacious and determined. Tired of Chicago winters she moved to Arizona in 2014 and loved the warmth and sunshine (even in the summer.)
She is survived by her husband, Chris Beck; parents, Arthur and Sharon Block; sister, Stacy Heidt; Godson, Dermot; Goddaughter, Grace Elizabeth; nephew Elliot, and nieces, Makenna, Siobhan, and Bridget. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Anna Block and Sally Turek; her grandfather, Bill Turek, her aunts, Evelyn Nemecek, Jean Naumczik, JoAnn Wolfel, and her cousin, Pamela Shanks.
A visitation will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th Street, Chicago Ridge, IL. A mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Linus Catholic Church, 10300 Lawler Ave, Oak Lawn Il. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to St. Joseph Foundation, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
Maria Del Socorro Hernandez
Maria Del Socorro Hernandez, age 80 of Tolleson, AZ died January 8, 2018 in Surprise, AZ. She was born May 4, 1937 to Santos Trevino and Elvira Cruz. Maria is survived by her daughters, Diana Quezada, Maria Herriage, Margie Hernandez, Alma Smith; sons, Jorge Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Jr. Gabriel Hernandez; sisters, Virtudes Zamora, Maria Ellena Garza; brothers, Arturo and Pepe Trevino; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Jose L Hernandez and Lilliana Hansel.
A visitation will be held at 9:00 am with a rosary at 9:30 am and a funeral at 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Family and friends will follow in procession to Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392 for burial.
John Paul Evans, Jr
John Paul Evans, Jr., age 40 of Glendale, Arizona died January 6, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born April 13, 1977 to John Evans and Diane Gelinas in Phoenix, AZ. John was an electrician. He was a stay-at-home dad when his children were infants. He deeply loved his children. John is survived by his daughters, Ava Evans (9 yrs old), Ivy Evans (7 yrs old), Alaina Evans (5 yrs old); son, John Paul Evans, III (11 yrs old); mother, Diane Gelinas (nee Wolfe), father, John Evans; and sister, Jeannie Evans. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, P. Henry and Bertha Wolfe and Inez and John Wesley Evans.
A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Mass will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to Autism Speaks.
Olga Burnias, age 43 of Avondale, AZ died December 31, 2017 in Avondale, AZ. She was born January 4, 1974 in Avondale, AZ to Pedro and Guillermina Burnias. Olga was a larger than life person with a huge heart. Her passion in life was to help others. She will be dearly missed.
Olga is survived by her daughter, Adrienne Hina; parents, Pedro and Guillermina Burnias; sister, Sylvia Levario; and brothers, Guadalupe, Jesse, J.J. and Robert Burnias. She was preceded in death by her brother, Pedro Burnias, Jr.
A visitation will be held at 5:00pm followed by a funeral service at 6:30pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.
Ruth Maxine Burch
Ruth Maxine Burch, age 96 of Goodyear, AZ died January 4, 2018 in Glendale, AZ. She was born March 8, 1921 in Fulton, MS to Curtis Spencer and Emma Viola Moore-Spencer. Ruth retired from Walgreen’s after 32 years of service but remained very active with volunteer work through her church and other organizations. She served at the Kenosha County Jail for many years in their library ministry to female inmates. She also volunteered at the Shalom Center serving meals to the poor and needy. For several years she was a hospital chaplain’s assistant at Kenosha Hospital. She was an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church teaching Sunday School for over 25 years and as a member of the Women’s Missionary Union. She was able to travel extensively, visiting China, Mexico, several European countries, and Israel. She was full of love for her Lord and for her family and will be greatly missed by all of them, including many nieces and nephews.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Virginia Otto of Houghton Lake, MI and Wanda Hillmer of Goodyear, AZ; sister, Dorothy Jones of Texarkana, AR; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haze Burch; brothers, James Spencer, and Henry Spencer; sisters, Ruby Petersdorf and Nelda Leslie; and a daughter who died at birth.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park Chapel, 6211 38th St, Kenosha, WI 53144. Burial will be at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, Kenosha, WI. The family suggests that donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or EOD Warrior Foundation, 701 John Sims Parkway E, Suite 305, Niceville, FL 32578.
Glenda Burson died January 5th, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born December 24, 1937, in Clarendon, Texas to Glen and Ruth Riley. She married James W. Burson on December 27th, 1952.
She worked for the US Postal Service and later for the Flagstaff Public Schools as Principals Secretary at Leupp Elementary School and later as the Book Store Manager at Coconino High School. Her true passion was ministering to her community through mission work and church plants. Glenda was an amazing woman of faith who loved and served her family.
Glenda is survived by her daughters, Treva Griffin (Don, preceded in death) and Patricia Rosenthal (Stephen); grandchildren Stacy Howard (Mike), James Griffin (Amanda), Timothy Stinson (NayefHowar), Christopher Stinson, Timothy Rosenthal and Christopher Rosenthal; seven 7 great-grandchildren; and brothers, John Riley (Sheila) and Bill Riley (Sandy). She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Ruth Riley; her husband, James W. Burson; her son, James G. Burson; and son-in-law Don D. Griffin.
A viewing will take place at 10:00 am with a funeral service at 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, located at 1001 N. Central Ave. Avondale, Arizona 85323. Donations can be made to Arizona Baptist Children’s Services.
Emerenciana Bartling, age 77 of Litchfield Park, AZ died January 3, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born on June 30, 1940 in Pampanga, Philippines to Miguel and Lucia Macalino. Emerenciana loved to cook authentic Filipino foods. She enjoyed watching Filipino soap operas and going to the movies. She loved traveling and site seeing and took pleasure in mingling with her friends at the Avondale Senior Center. But she especially loved spending time with her family.
Emerenciana is survived by her daughters, Maria Medina, Andrea Bartling and Marivic Martinez; sisters, Flora Martinez, and Lolita Macalino; brother, Mario Macalino; and six grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 5:00 pm, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
Mary Rose Robinson
Mary Rose Robinson, age 83 of Goodyear, AZ to be with the Lord January 3, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born November 4, 1934 in Fulton County, IL to James and Minnie Whitley. Mary earned the distinction of Tactical Air Command Transportation Professional of the Year in 1988. She raised a family of seven children and inspired many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Royce Graham (Mike), Sherilyn (Tink) Richardson (Tom); sons, James Robinson (Gloria), John Robinson (Donner), Joe Robinson, Jerry Robinson (Susie), Sam Robinson (Chelli), 15 grandchildren, Desiree Robinson, Cynthia Rose Robinson, Trisha Robinson (Virgil), Sara Chambers (Brad), Samantha Jacobsen (Eric), Blaine Richardson (Chachy), Amy Richardson, Amanda Farr (Matt), John Clinton Robinson (Ashley), Alicia Jacobo (Sal), Whitley Lopez (Eduardo), Nichole Robinson, James D. Robinson, Rodney Robinson, Chase Robinson; and 17 great-grandchildren, Jacob Robinson, Jazmin Rose Vasquez, James A. Whitehead, Victoria Whitehead, Hunter Chambers, Hailey Chambers, Ava Jacobsen, Declan Jacobsen, Zachary Richardson, Havana Richardson, Lauren Farr, Clinton Farr, Ailan Robinson, Mikayla Jacobo, Nathan Jacobo, Anthony Lopez, Teagan Robinson + two due in March. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Roy D. Robinson.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85323. Burial will take place at the Louis B Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326.
Stanley Tyrone Bragg, Sr.
Stanley Tyrone Bragg, Sr. of Birmingham, AL died December 17, 2017 in Arizona. He was born September 26, 1946 to Henry and Barbra Bragg in Los Angeles, CA. Stanley is survived by his daughters, Angelique Bragg Conley, Asia Bragg; sons, Stanley Tyrone Bragg, Jr., Timothy Bragg, Genell Bragg; sisters, Cheryl Sheilds, Terri Justin and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Herbert Bragg, Barbra Bragg, Steven Bragg and Shaunte Bragg.
Willie Earl Thomas
Willie Earl Thomas, age 60 of Goodyear, AZ died December 25, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born June 15, 1957 to Willie Terry and ReaVelvie Thomas in Shreveport, LA. He served in the US Air Force from 1975 – 2000 achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Willie is survived by his wife, Bernadette Thomas; daughter, Lucia Williams; mother, ReaVelvie Thomas; and sisters, Mary Miller, Wanda Walters, and Denise Thomas Taylor. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Terry Thomas. A memorial service will be held at a future date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. The family suggests that donations be made to Valley Fever Center for Excellence, Tucson, AZ.
Gary Frank Hagler
Gary Frank Hagler, age 70 of Phoenix, AZ died December 22, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born September 18, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Willie Hagler and Ada Robinson. Gary became a LPN in May, 1977 through Triton College. In June, 1982 he received an Ordination to the Ministry in the Church of God in Christ. He obtained his Bachelor of Theology on April 15, 1995 from the International Seminary. He received an Ordination to Bishop in August, 1999 at the Born Again Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic, Inc. He obtained a Doctor of Divinity on April 15, 2011 through God’s Miracle Working Power Bible Institute and Seminary.
Gary is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary Rose Hagler; daughters, Tabitha Johnson Hagler, Rachael Johnson Hagler; sons, Jary Hagler, Hubeit Hagler, Gary Hagler, Jr., Cameron Armstrong, Nate Hatter, Booker T. Spence, Marcus Arrowood, Andrew Arrowood, Joshua Hagler, and Joel Hagler; sisters, Sheila Thompson, and Ava Taccio; brothers, Willie Hagler, Colbert Hagler, and Byron Hagler. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Hagler; mother, Ada Robinson; and brother, Stephen Hagler.
A visitation will be held at 12:00 pm with a funeral to follow at 1:00 pm, Friday, January 5, 2018 at Kingdom of the Valley Christian Church, 11640 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029. Interment will be at 10:30 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
Darryl Wayne Porter
Darryl Wayne Porter, age 63 of Litchfield Park, Arizona died December 28, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born on March 24, 1954 in Biloxi, MS to Harold and Barbara Porter. Darryl graduated from Agua Fria High School in Avondale, AZ in 1972. During high school Darryl excelled in athletics. Darryl attended Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. Darryl was employed in the Computer Information Technology field working for companies such as Tandem Computer and Amdahl Computer in Silicon Valley. He is survived by his daughter Dominique (Justin) Unverzagt, brother Curt (Kerri) Porter and granddaughter, Anastasia Unverzagt. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Barbara Porter of Litchfield Park, Arizona. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona, 85338.
Christopher Eric Henderson
Christopher Eric Henderson, age 69, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2017 at his home in Surprise, AZ.
Chris, the son of Clenard and Claudine Henderson (deceased) is survived by his wife of 39 years, Doris Henderson and four siblings, Clenard Henderson (wife Patricia) of Cincinnati, OH, Corwin Henderson (wife Yvonne) of Cincinnati, OH, Cassandra Henderson of Middletown, OH, and Charles Henderson of Savannah, GA. Preceding him in death were his three siblings, Claude Henderson, Cheryl Henderson, and Clyde Henderson. Chris also leaves behind four children, Karen Simpson of Phoenix, AZ, Carey Henderson of Atlanta, GA, Collette D’antignac of Augusta, GA, and Chanta Woodberry of West Palm Beach, FL. Chris was the proud grandfather to a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren along with a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a loving Aunt Jean Cain and her daughter Wilma.
Chris grew up in Middletown, OH with his parents and siblings. It was there where he garnered his well-known nickname of “Tepo”. Chris later joined the Army and proudly served his country for 2 years.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona, 85338.