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Connie K. Cooley
Connie K. Cooley, 71 of Goodyear, AZ passed away October 22, 2016. She was born December 4, 1944 in Geneva, AL to Conston Vickers and Lucy May “Big Momma” Ryan. She was a member of the Harvest Baptist Church, Bethel #8, Job’s Daughters, Topps, the Litchfield Senior Group as well as a Bunco group. Connie is survived by her daughter, Lisa Renee DeHaan; son, Kevin L. Cooley; sisters, Ann Vickers Ward (GA), Shiela Chadwick (FL); brothers Lynn Vickers (AL), James “Danny” Ryan (AL); and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence “Gene” Cooley and son Keith L. Cooley.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, October 28, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be at a later date at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to Harvest Baptist Church, 573 N Sarival Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
Janie Dru Bailey
Janie Dru Bailey, age 83 of Goodyear, AZ passed away October 23, 2016. She was born June 7, 1933 in Belen, NM to Willie and Delila Wood. Dru moved to Phoenix in July, 1968. She worked for the telephone company for 33 years. In her free time she loved to travel. Dru is survived by her husband, Robert A. Bailey; daughter, Lisa Carrasco; son, Brett Bailey; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be at a later date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
Presley Elwood Phillips
Presley Elwood Phillips, 94, of Litchfield Park passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Elwood began his life in Phoenix when the city was very young. The stories of his youth were filled with names and places that are still known throughout the Valley and he NEVER forgot a name. His college education at the University of Arizona was cut short by World War II, but his beloved Wildcats always remained #1. As a bombardier on a B52 during the war, Elwood was shot down and imprisoned in Stalag Luft 13. Returning to Goodyear, he began his farming career that lasted through many cotton crops. A blind date with Mary Ellen Prewitt led to their marriage and two children. When he wasn’t standing on a ditch bank, he could probably have been found standing on the golf course at the Wigwam. As an early club member, he spent many days there with his buddies “working” on his game. Elwood loved to tell a story, read a history book, savor a good Scotch, and snack on potato chips and gingersnaps. He was a genius at the Jumble and crossword puzzles. Just like the cotton he so carefully tended, he added many colorful and strong threads to the fabric of our family. Elwood will join his wife, Mary Ellen and sister, Doris Rhodes in Heaven along with many dear friends. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Mitchell (Bart) and his son, Clint Phillips (Andi). Also, granddaughters, Ashley Kinsling (Todd), Alison Phillips, Stacey Phillips, Haley Dahlin and great-granddaughter, Addison Kinsling. Services will be private and the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity or Hospice of the Valley.
Daniel Ray Granado
Daniel Ray Granado, age 53 of Phoenix, AZ died October 14, 2016. He was born November 24, 1962 in Bakersfield, CA to Raul and Alvina Barreras Granado. Daniel is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Granado; mother, Alvina Granado; sisters, Marina Granado, Monica Zacarias, Adriana Granado; and brothers, John and Armando Granado.
A visitation will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com
Irene Nancy Krejci
Irene Nancy Krejci (nee Jankowski), 87, passed away peacefully in Arizona on the eve of her 88th birthday, October 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Edward Joseph Krejci, whom she married at St. Hyacinth Basilica, Chicago, IL. She is survived by her three children: Nancy Jean, Steven Edward (Pamela), and Louise Ann (Scott); six grandchildren: Derek (Stephanie), Janelle (Jesse), Kenneth, Darci, Alanah, and Logan; and five great-grandchildren: Jasmyne, Jay-Q, Jesse III, Samantha, and Jonathan. Irene was born in Chicago on October 18th, 1928. Her cheerful and strong disposition radiated daily from her homes in Chicago and Mount Prospect, to retirement in Spring Hill, FL and continued to Sun City, AZ. Golfing became her main focus in retirement, resulting in a hole in one, which was a highlight in her life. Irene enjoyed crocheting, tai chi, and maintaining a happy home. We are at peace knowing Ed and Irene are together cheering the Cubs on to a World Series victory. Irene’s caring spirit cannot be replaced and will be missed tremendously. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
David Patanella, age 61 of Buckeye, AZ died October 10, 2016. He was born January 21, 1955 in Buffalo, NY to Joseph Patanella and Eleanor Netzel. David was raised with a strong work ethic. He learned much from his father who was a carpenter and was always willing to work with his hands. He spent over 10 years as an employee of Frito Lay. He loved gathering with family and friends and spent as much time with them as possible. He enjoyed singing and dancing and was the life of the party no matter the situation. He had the unique ability to bring a room to laughter regardless of the circumstance. He had a passion for golf and spent many happy hours on the golf course. More than anything David loved his wife Paula and would do anything for her.
David is survived by his wife, Paula Patanella; daughters, Nicole (Kevin) Mayers, Gina (Brendan) Whelehan; sons, David (Lisa) Patanella, Michael (Stacy) Rinaldo, Thomas Rinaldo; brothers, Justin (Elaine) Patanella, Joseph (Vikki) Patanella; and thirteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael (Susan) Patanella.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 pm, Friday, October 14, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Interment will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buffalo, NY.
Rosa Emilia Vasquez
Rosa Emilia Vasquez, 88 of Avondale, AZ died October 9, 2016. She was born October 26, 1927 in El Salvador. Rosa is survived by her daughter, Eny (Steve) Kraushar; sons, Noel (Ana) Zuniga, Nestor Zuniga; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.
Elaine Marie Holder
Elaine Marie Holder, age 73 of Goodyear, AZ passed away October 6, 2016. She was born September 6, 1943 to George and Louise Krotz in Cedar Rapids, IA. Elaine was a volunteer for voter registration. She lovingly cared for 2 cats, Lovey Dovey and Shadow, and her dog Sandy. She loved being a grandmother and it brought so much joy to her life. Traveling and her family are what she loved most.
She is survived by her daughters, Dawn (Chris) Snitselaar, Monica Pearson; son, Robert Holder; sisters, Patty (Mike) Pence, Marlene (David) Dostal, Mary Henderson; brother, Marvin Krotz; and five grandchildren, Kaley, Dena, Karen, Charles, and Ethan. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marla Jean; and sister-in-law, Nancy Krotz.
A funeral service will be at 4:30 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.
Duane Alfred Charlesworth
Duane Alfred Charlesworth of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on October 2, 2016 at the age of 85. He was the son of Alfred and Alma (Zieter) Charlesworth of Waterman and the youngest of his siblings, now all deceased, Olive Trumpour, Donald Charlesworth and Elaine McKirgan. Duane was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hinckley, Illinois. He attended Waterman High School, graduated in 1949, and thoroughly enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and being active in FFA. During this time, he was also getting to know his classmate and future wife, Dolores (Moudy). As a basketball player, his one claim to fame was playing against the original Harlem Globetrotters on the Waterman Town Team and guarding Marques Haynes. Duane and Dolores were married on July 5, 1952 at the Waterman United Methodist Church. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served 4 years during the Korean War, 18 months of which were spent in Japan. Upon discharge, he attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, earning his B.A. and M.A. in Education. He was grateful for the G.I. Bill which allowed him to gain his college education while living in converted army barracks on campus and working part time. He began his Business Education teaching career at Odell Community High School in Odell, Illinois in 1958 and then relocated to the Phoenix area in 1963 to continue teaching at Maryvale High School and Glendale Community College, retiring in 1991. In his 32 years in public education, many young lives were positively impacted but he would often say, “In the classroom, I am not your friend, I am your teacher.” There was no “fooling around” in his classroom. Duane was a husband to Dolores for 64 years, and a father to Greg (Deb), Michael, David (Didi), Julie (Gil) Garcia, and Karen (Ed) Reed, and grandpa to Clifton and Kyle Charlesworth, Nathan Bradfield (Shawn Kringen), John (Annie) Good, Josh (Brenna) Good, and Katelyn, John, and Alec Garcia, and great g-pa to Jacob, Leah, Astasia, Kaiden, Kaycie, Nevaeh, Trinity, Fiona and Daniel, and uncle to several nieces and nephews in Illinois. Duane enjoyed a good barbershop quartet and sang in one in high school. He also enjoyed coaching Little League, being an encourager at soccer and badminton games, building model airplanes, doing crossword puzzles, playing Solitaire on the computer, fixing things around the house, and watching sports on his new TV screen. For 53 years, he was known to be present at morning worship at his home church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Phoenix, always wearing dress shoes and a nice shirt. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6301 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association Camp AZDA (youth camp for children with diabetes), 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite B-212, Phoenix, AZ 85014, or to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6301 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033.
Charles Melvin Moore
Charles Melvin Moore of Avondale, AZ died October 4, 2016 in Glendale, AZ. He was born May 24, 1935 in Deep River, IA to Charlie and Laverta Moore. He served in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1958 and was a Korean War Veteran as well as a member of the American Legion.
Charles is survived by his wife, Rosemary; daughters, Tobie (Dean) Anderson, Keely Ruby; son, Todd Ward; seven grandchildren, Jenna Becko, Denise Anderson, Courtney, Chelsea, Cheyenne , Zach, and Dakota Ward; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Laverta Moore and his brother, Louie Moore.
A visitation and service will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Jacksonville, FL. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Luis Medrano of Avondale passed away October 4th, at home. He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa and his two daughters, Dora Medrano and Gumecinda Tapia and his Stepdaughters Rene Esquer, Regina Juarez and Stepson, Edward Tafoya, along with many Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. He is proceeded by his son Luis Medrano, Jr.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Robert (Bob) Heimsoth
Robert (Bob) Heimsoth, 79 of Goodyear AZ, passed away on October 1, 2016, as a result of a long battle with heart disease. He is survived by his loving wife Beverly of 52 years, children Lane (Amy), Leah (Edward), Lance, and his grandchildren Sophie, Mac, Calder, Simon, Maci and Jahni. He also leaves behind countless family members and friends.
Bob was born and raised in northwest Iowa, he served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Honor Guard. After his military service he moved to Hartley, IA raised a family and worked at CD farm service, he and his wife then moved to Goodyear AZ, he worked at Bio-Flora Chemicals and Wilbur-Ellis. Bob loved spending time with family and friends, he also enjoyed playing golf and being engaged in his children’s activities.
Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Words cannot describe the depth of loss, we miss him, he will never be forgotten.
Private burial service will be held 2:00pm Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Pleasantview Cemetery in Hartley, IA. Everyone is welcome to celebrate Bob’s life at the Legion Club in Hartley, IA beginning 6:00pm Saturday, October 15th, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Robert Heimsoth Memorial Fund
2613S Mulberry St
Sioux City, IA 51106
Everette Paul Proctor
Everette Paul Proctor, 69 of Surprise, AZ died September 30, 2016 of natural causes. He was born July 29, 1947 in Eagle Rock, CA to Everette and Ramona Proctor. He served in both the US Air Force and US Navy. Paul spent 30 years in the military fighting for his country. He was in four conflicts during his service time. He was a dad, grandpa, husband and brother who loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Dolly Proctor; daughters, Michele Roberts, and Terri Marquez; son, James Roberts; sisters, Georgiana Salyer, Judy Melamud, and Cheryl Proctor; nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 am, Friday, October 7, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will be at a later date at the National Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
Thomas Dale Collins
Thomas Dale Collins, 78 of Goodyear, AZ and Pine, Idaho, passed away on October 1, 2016 at Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, AZ. He was born in Boise, ID and attended the University of Idaho Engineering Program in Moscow, ID. Tom was retired from General Electric after 36 years, having worked and lived in Plainville, CT and Puerto Rico for most of his career. He was preceded in death by his father, William Allan Collins and his mother, Gladus Mardel (Slater) Collins. He met and married his wife Karen Phyllis (Lipe) Collins in Tucson, AZ in February, 1962. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Liesl Anne Ebenholtz (Keith), son Tom Collins II (Veronica), two grandsons, Tommy 15 and Eddie 10, his sister, Wilma Jean (Slater) Scott (Ron), nieces and nephew.
A Celebration of Life will be held later in the fall at the Goodyear home, for all family, friends and to thank all those who were such a tremendous help during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the South Fork Boise River Senior Center, 350 N. Pine/Featherville Road, Pine, ID 83647.
Michael Bastanchury, 83 of Goodyear, AZ died September 24, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born May 2, 1933 to Michael and Angela Bastanchury in Santa Barbara, CA. He served honorably in the US Air Force. He is survived by his spouse, one daughter, three sons, one sister, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.