Obituaries

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Clara Mae King

Clara Mae (Larry) King, 97, of Litchfield Park, AZ, died May 20, 2017 at La Loma Care Center. She was born March 6, 1920 in West Branch, Iowa to James Emanuel and Clara Rose Larson.

Clara attended Grinnell College and graduated from Kean University in New Jersey; and on May 16, 1942, she married James Otis King. Clara taught elementary school in Denville, New Jersey from 1959 to 1982.

Clara loved flower gardening and travel. She had a great sense of design, be it clothes, architecture, jewelry or automobiles.

Clara is survived by her children, Sally White of Litchfield Park, AZ, and Brian King (wife, Anne Lynn) of Jarrettsville, MD; two grandchildren, Brice and Matthew King; and three great grandchildren, Amy Sampley, Sierra King, and Phoebe King. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Otis King and granddaughter, Ruth Anne White.

A celebration of life will be held in Litchfield Park at a later date. Burial will be in West Branch, Iowa.

In honor of Clara Mae King, memorials may be sent to The Hoover Presidential Foundation, PO Box 696 West Branch, Iowa 52358; phone: (319)643-5327.

Joann Lois Forstner

Joann Lois Forstner, age 83 of Litchfield Park, AZ died May 9, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born February 12, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN to Clifford and Lillian Quist. Joann kept herself busy professionally and in volunteer activities. She was the Vice President of L & J Construction as well as the Luke Air Force Base Preschool Director. She served as the President of the Officer’s Wives Club at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She volunteered as a leader for both boy scouts and girl scouts and was the president of the PTA at Litchfield Elementary. She was a member of Casillons and a PEO Chaplain. Joann was an active member of the Church at Litchfield Park serving as a Deacon, choir member and kitchen coordinator. She is survived by her daughter, Trudie Jones; sons, Rick and Paul Redpath, Glenn, Ron and Bob Forstner; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Lillian Quist; husbands, Philip Redpath, Lou Forstner; son, Bob Redpath, and grandson Ryan Redpath.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at The Church of Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to the following organizations: Rett Syndrome at Rettsyndrome.org, Alzheimer’s at ALZ.org, or American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.

Samuel “Adam” Cambron

Samuel “Adam” Cambron, 31, of Buckeye, AZ died May 14, 2017, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born October 1, 1985, to Samuel “Paul” Cambron and LeeSa Cambron in Phoenix, AZ.

Samuel “Adam” Cambron went to be with his beloved brother, Jon, on May 14, 2017.

Adam was born and raised a “Buckeye Boy” on the family farm, once located at the corner of Miller Road and Broadway. Adam spent his youth helping his parents farm while attending Liberty Elementary School and graduating from Buckeye Union High School in 2004, where he lettered for three years in Football and two years in Track. Adam was a member of the Tonopah 4-H Swine for 5 years and Buckeye FFA for 4 years.

While attending Glendale Community College in 2006, Adam was on the pole vaulting team.

Adam was a highly intelligent, charismatic person who left an impression on everyone he met. Adam had a passion for learning about everything but had special interests in the human body and anatomy, dynamics of the universe, aerodynamics and how the Bible relates to history.

Among his many accomplishments, Adam had completed certifications as an EMT, Student (Helicopter) Pilot, Industrial Radiography-Level 2 and even Bartending/Mixology.

Adam was an avid chef and often took pleasure in creating masterful, creative dishes for his family.

Adam loved animals and helping his Mom in her Labrador breeding business. Adam will be deeply missed by his furry friend, Zipper, but will be met at the Rainbow Bridge by Copenhagen, who beat Adam to the bridge just a week before.

Adam recently completed online Aviation courses with Utah Valley University where he was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Adam looked forward to achieving his pilot’s license and becoming a Medivac Helicopter Pilot. Adam would have been great at this, combining his love for flying and his passion for helping others.

In 2015, Adam established his own company, JC’s AC and Remodeling, which he still maintained while working full-time as a Maintenance Manager for Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (ACES), attending online courses, and working out at the gym 5 days a week. Adam was very proud of how productive he was and how well he was at handling it all. His family was very proud of him too.

Adam has recently spent a great deal of time and contemplation on his belief and relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are confident he found the answers he was seeking and he is with Jesus.

Adam will be greeted at the Heavenly Gates by his Grandpa Sam Cambron, Grandma Bea Cambron and his brother Jonathan Paul Cambron. Those of us who loved Adam are blessed and comforted knowing that Adam is reunited with his beloved brother, Jonathan, and we will be with them both when our turn comes.

Adam is survived by his parents, LeeSa Cambron and Paul Cambron along with their spouses, Jim Risor and Terry Cambron, his sister, Brooklyn Hagerman, and his grandparents, Clarine Gill and Ray and Patty Melvin.

He was preceded in death by his best friend and brother, Jonathan Cambron, and his grandparents, Sam and Bea Cambron.

A visitation will be held for Adam’s family at 6 p.m. and for everyone else starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20th, at Grace Fellowship Academy, 1300 N. Miller Rd., Buckeye, AZ.

Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Louise Pennington

Mrs. Louise Pennington, 75, of Glendale, Arizona died May 04, 2017. She was born January 30, 1942, in Denver, Colorado to William McLellan and Louise Fey. Louise was the loving wife of more than 50 years to William Pennington, the mother of three children and grandmother of four children. She was the ultimate caretaker, loving and taking care of everyone that she met. Her love was abundant for everyone. Her life reflected that love through the many hours that she spent volunteering for various organizations such as the USO where she volunteered for 6 years, receiving distinguished awards for her many hours served; the schools where her children attended; the AFSA, DAV, AF Wives club and many other groups associated to her husband’s 26 year Air Force career; the chapels at Cannon and Luke Air Force Bases; Adobe Mountain and the Black Canyon Juvenile Detention Center. She enjoyed sewing, stained glass, crafts, baking and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Louise is survived by her husband, William Pennington; two sons, Thomas (Kerry), Edward (Dawn) Pennington; daughter, Linda Barry; four grandchildren, Christopher, Victoria, Daniel, Ryan; one brother, William McLellan and two sisters, Eileen Ward and Karlyne Tedesco. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Louise McLellan.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street Bldg 799, Litchfield Park, AZ. Burial will be at 2:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Joseph Isaac Byron

Joseph Isaac Byron, age 81 of Avondale, AZ died May 6, 2017 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born March 22, 1936 in Manhattan, NY to Louis and Sophie Byron. Joseph was a member of Phi Alpha Fraternity while attending the George Washington University School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation he worked as a pharmacist and in due course became the owner of a pharmacy. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Byron and son, Jonathan Byron. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Byron. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery, 200 W Beardsley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027.

Zachary Preston Hawk

Zachary Preston Hawk, 36, of Laveen, Arizona, passed away on May 7, 2017 at home. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 5, 1980 to Tom and Patsy Hawk. Zachary had no siblings and is survived by his parents, Tom and Patsy Hawk, many wonderful cousins from the East coast to the West coast, and many great friends.

A Celebration Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1002 E. Eason Ave., Buckeye, AZ 85326. A luncheon will follow.

In honor of Zachary Preston Hawk, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, online at www.stjude.org, by phone at 800-805-5856, or by mail at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mr. Byron Lee Stalons, Jr.

Mr. Byron Lee Stalons, Jr., age 59 of Buckeye, Arizona died May 6, 2017. He was born October 3, 1957 in Washington, Missouri to Byron Lee Stalons, Sr. and Viola Sofia Stalons. Lee was a lover of most sports! He especially enjoyed horse racing, fantasy football, baseball, basketball, hockey and bowling. Lee bowled several nights a week back in his younger years along with his siblings, bowling in tournaments and winning trophies. Lee was a very generous man. Anytime you needed help he would be there for you or if you needed money he would sacrifice his needs and give you the money to help you out! He will be dearly missed.

Lee is survived by his sister, Carol Westedt-Dalley; brothers, Dennis Stalons and his wife Kim; Kevin Stalons and his wife Jerri; nieces and nephews, Michelle Giroux and her husband Greg, Alyssa Stalons, Jessica Stalons, Steven Dalley and his wife Samantha; and great nieces Lauren and Kate Giroux.

Stacy Diane Johnson

Stacy Diane Johnson, 38, of Goodyear Arizona went to be with the Lord on May 7th 2017. Stacy was born in Phoenix, Arizona on May 20th 1978. Stacy graduated from Glendale High School in 1996. After playing volleyball at Glendale Community College, she finished her teaching degree at the University of Arizona. Stacy taught elementary school for 10 years in Surprise, Arizona before she began teaching internationally in China. After 6 years in China, Stacy returned to Arizona in the summer of 2016 and began teaching at Basis School in Goodyear. Stacy had a way with children, she loved teaching and she loved volleyball.   Stacy could get through to anyone, a laugh that could truly put a smile on anyone’s face and a heart as big as gold. Her daughter Jacelynn was her heart and soul and they truly were two peas in a pod. Stacy loved life and lived it to the fullest. She had a passion for adventure and was always fearless. Stacy is survived by her daughter, Jacelynn Lowe (6); her parents, Keith (Debbie) Johnson, Piper (Bruce) Jenkins; brothers, Mike (Kim) Johnson, Joel Johnson; her nieces and nephew, Rylee, Calli, and Zander; step brothers, Todd, Jesse and Leo; and step sisters, Stacie (Aaron), and Ashley; and step nieces, Hailey, Alli, and Sydnee. The world has lost a wonderful soul, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Her reach was beyond imaginable and we are thankful for all the lives she has touched, the kind words received, and the difference she made in so many people’s lives. Stacy was an amazing person who knew what unconditional love was, she lived by it and she shared it. Stacy will be cherished forever in our hearts.

Services will be at 5pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N 195th Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. A reception will follow.

Eileen Conklin

Eileen Theresa Conklin, 76, of Goodyear, AZ, passed away on May 6th 2017 after a long illness.

Eileen was born in The Bronx, NY in 1940. She went to school at Brewster High. She then married her true love John Conklin on August 10th 1959 in Elkton, MD. She worked as a dental office manager in NY and CT until she retired and moved to Goodyear, AZ. She then enjoyed working as a hostess for the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Goodyear, where she really loved meeting and chatting it up with the local patrons.

Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, John Dunn and Josephine (McAuley) Dunn, her brother Richard Dunn, grandson Gregory Conklin and nephew Adam Dunn.

Eileen is survived by her husband John Conklin, her four sons, Jeff (Donna) Conklin, Colin (Sarah) Conklin, Chris Conklin, Justin (Kate) Conklin and her brother Robert (Lee) Dunn. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Rebecca, Hunter, Luke, Taylor, Emma Conklin, seven nieces, 5 nephews and her beloved dog Ozzy.

Eileen had a number of passions in life; she was an avid gardener, interior decorator extraordinaire, and enjoyed paddle tennis, playing cards and bowling. Eileen enjoyed travel including their trips to the Scandinavian countries, St Petersburg Russia, Ireland, cruises on the Danube and The Rhine rivers, Hawaii, Caribbean and several cross country road trips visiting National Parks and seeing family along the way. She also had a sharp wit, a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke (especially on her husband John).

She will be greatly missed by all but her delightful stories and memories will live on.

At Eileen’s request, no funeral services will be held. Donations may be made to St Jude.org.

Eileen’s family sends a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, AZ for their caring guidance.

Gary Molczyk

Gary Molczyk, age 57 of Buckeye, AZ died May 2, 2017. He was born December 3, 1959 in Phoenix, AZ to Andrew and Colleen Dunning Molczyk. Gary’s early education was in the Agua Fria school system. As a young man he worked for a newspaper delivery service and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated with honors from Agua Fria High School and went on to attend Northern Arizona University’s college of Engineering and Technology graduating in 1981 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Technology. His 35 year career was spent as an independent contractor and consultant to several large aerospace corporations. His expertise was developing algorithms from weight management to flight control and simulation for missiles, spacecraft and aircraft.

Gary is survived by his mother, Colleen Molczyk; sister, Paula Hepworth (Kent); brother, Robert Molczyk; and friend, Wendi. He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Molczyk; sister, Donna Lynn Molczyk; and brother, Michael “Mike” Molczyk.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, 1001 N. Central Avenue, Avondale, AZ. Interment will follow at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Priscilla June Gentle

Priscilla June Gentle age 89, of Prescott, AZ passed away May 3, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born June 26, 1927 in Detroit, MI to John and Lula Beard. She was raised in Royal, Michigan and graduated high school there. After graduation she worked for a company in Clawson, MI that made war related machinery. In 1946 she married Harry P. Gentle. They moved to Tucson, AZ in 1952 traveling for four days on a brand new highway, Route 66, in a Ford Club Coupe. She lived in Tucson for 36 years and raised her three children there, then moved to Prescott, AZ in 1988 when Harry retired. Priscilla was an avid fisherman, seamstress and gardener. She was also very active in bible study classes.

Priscilla is survived by her husband, Harry; daughter, Betsy Gaus; sons, Dan and Larry Gentle; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lula Beard; sisters, Helene and Roberta; and brother, John.

A graveside service will be held at 9:00 am, Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery – Marana, 15950 N Luckett Rd, Marana, AZ 85653.

Connie Jo Caldwell

Connie Jo Caldwell, age 71 of Goodyear, AZ died April 30, 2017. She was born August 20, 1945 in Springfield, IL to Earl and Fannie Fraze. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Caldwell; daughter, Sherri Harwood; sons, Matt and Paul Caldwell; sister, Sandy Shisler; and three grandchildren, Tyler, Kiersten and Kyra. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Fannie Fraze; brother, William Fraze; and niece Shelly Fraze.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm with a funeral service to follow at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Justina Torres

Justina Torres, age 90 of Goodyear, AZ died April 29, 2017 in Peoria, AZ. She was born on September 27, 1926 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to Guillermina and Belnavel Torres. She was one of nine children born to this union. From the time she was very young, Justina could be found working to help support her family in any way possible.

In 1945 Justina moved to the Bronx, New York where she dreamed of starting a new life and supporting her family in Puerto Rico. She quickly found work in the fashion industry and within a few years she had saved enough money to relocate the rest of her family to New York.

In the 1950’s she met a local businessman, Eladio Gonzalez who would soon become her closest companion and friend. In February 1959 the couple welcomed a baby girl, Daisy Gonzalez into the world. After a few years together Eladio became homesick and soon returned to Puerto Rico. Justina continued working to support her growing family and established herself as a skilled seamstress, finding work at Parisian Maid, a distributor for Macy’s and Bamburgers where she remained until her retirement in 1990. After retiring, Justina relocated to Orange County, California to live with her daughter and her family. She enjoyed caring for others and played an integral role in raising her two grandchildren, Celinnette and Amelanio, Jr.

In 1998, Mama (as she was affectionately called) became a great-grandmother, and quickly became known for spoiling all the grand and great-grandchildren in the family. Mama made it clear that there would be no one else raising the babies besides her, and she was met with no opposition. Justina could always be found going for walks, and spending time with her family and friends. However, her real love was in the kitchen. Anyone close to Mama would say that she left her heart on the stove, especially in her homemade pancakes. In 2004 the family relocated to Goodyear, Arizona where she remained until her passing on April 29, 2017. Her legacy of love and adoration will continue to live on in her surviving family: daughter and son-in-law Daisy and Amelanio Diaz, Sr.; granddaughter Celinnette Diaz; grandson, Amelanio Diaz, Jr.; great-grandchildren Kyle Hammontree, Ethan Diaz, Noah Diaz, Emily Diaz, Isaiah Diaz Marquez, and Elijah Diaz; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends. Today we memorialize and celebrate the life of a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

A visitation will be held at 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A mass will be held at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. LaPasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Patricia H. Harkin

Patricia H. Harkin entered eternal rest in Goodyear, AZ on April 22, 2017, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco, she grew up in Fullerton, CA. She graduated from the American Airlines Stewardess College in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, beginning a career in the airlines that took her from Stewardess to Station Manager for Wings West and American Eagle at Yuma International Airport in Yuma, AZ and Station Manager at John Wayne Airport in Orange, CA. At the end of her career, she was a Station Manager, then Supervisor of 250 Flight Attendants at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). She is survived by her husband Bernard (Butch) Harkin of Goodyear; son Christopher Bedinger (Catherine) of Yuma; daughter, Julie Rogers (Andra) and grandson Jalen Cheatham of Goodyear; brothers Charles Pease (Susan) of Sterling, VA and Howard Pease (Kay) of Corona, CA; sister, Dorothy Warner (Chuck) of Yuma, and numerous adoring nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on May 13, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear. Pat loved animals of all kinds, so in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Humane Society of Yuma at 4050 S. Avenue 4½ E, Yuma, AZ 85365 or online at hsoyuma.com.

Rita Frances Shilliday Scherman

Rita Frances Shilliday Scherman, age 84 of Litchfield Park, AZ died April 26, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born May 20, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to James and Laura Shilliday. Rita was a nurse living in San Diego, CA before meeting and marrying Robert Scherman. They were married 55 years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Rita is survived by her husband, Robert Scherman; daughters, Linda Luna, Loretta Scherman; sons, Robert and James Scherman; sisters, Shirley Pajak, Sally Birkner; and two grandchildren, Nicole Luna and David Scherman. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Laura Shilliday; brothers, James, Donald and John Shilliday; and sister, Mary Kathleen Showkeir.

A viewing will be held at 5:00 pm with a rosary at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Mass will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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