Obituaries

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Gloria T. McCarthy

Gloria T. (Gibbs) McCarthy, age 88, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on May 20th, 2018 among her children in Corona, CA. She was born January 30, 1930 in Spokane, Washington to Leo and Theresia Gibbs.

Gloria, the eldest of 6 was married to Lt. Col. Joseph McCarthy in 1952 and was married for 56 years. She was proud to serve as an RN where she utilized her talents to teach nursing and serve as a school nurse in Tucson for many years. She continued her service as a Kare Bear and lived her life helping others. She enjoyed dancing, painting, traveling, and socializing with family and friends. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, proud grandmother, and an inspiring role model to all. A true matriarch of her family, she leaves a great legacy of love and family to carry on in her footsteps. Never to be forgotten, she will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her 6 children: John McCarthy and wife Diana of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Cindy Gallogly and husband Kevin of Canyon Lake, California; Susan Wright of McKinney, Texas; Ric McCarthy and wife Lois of Ridgecrest, California; Maureen Christofferson and husband Erman of Corona, California; and Kevin McCarthy and wife Judy of Tucson, Arizona; sister Marie Fruim; and 17 children and 23 great grandchildren.

A visitation and rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on May 28th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, Arizona and she will be laid to rest with her husband at The National Memorial Cemetery following the service, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Please join us from 3:00-5:00 pm at Tuscany Falls Clubhouse in the Chianti Room, 16222 Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear, Az. 85338 for a final celebration of her life.

Natalia Cooney

Natalia Cooney, age 31 of Surprise, AZ passed suddenly on May 19, 2018 in Sun City West, AZ. She was born June 28, 1986 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Fernando and Rosalinda Ponce. She was raised in a loving family with two sisters and a brother.

Natalia was a devoted wife, mother, sister and daughter. Selfless and caring, her life was dedicated to helping others. She was a nurse by profession and was working on obtaining her master’s degree to become a Nurse Practioner. Her passion for education motivated her to provide a wide variety of sports and dance activities for her children to participate in. She loved being outdoors, running, hiking, and camping with her family and friends. She was full of life and would light up a room with her presence. Never one to sit still, she loved to read, sew and work on crafts. But her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, Chris and family. Her patience, love and service taught them daily how to be a good person. Her love enveloped them and they adored her in return. And to her daughter Tatiana, she was simply a hero.

Natalia is survived by her husband, Christopher A. Cooney; daughter, Tatiana Cooney; sons, Dylan and Gavin Cooney; parents, Fernando Ponce, Sr. and Rosalinda Ponce; sisters Paolina Vega, and Priscilla Niedzwiedz; brother Fernando Ponce, Jr.; and grandparents, Martha Ponce and Cleotilde Arellano.

A funeral service will be held at 9:00 am on May 25, 2018 at Christ Church of the Valley, 14787 W Cholla St, Surprise, AZ 85379. The family suggests that donations be made to Go Fund Me – Natalia Cooney Memorial Fund.

Alleen Roberta Sherrill

Alleen Roberta Sherrill, age 92 of Goodyear, AZ died May 19, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born August 17, 1925 in Ontario, Canada to Perry and Leona Bates. Alleen is survived by her daughters, Patricia McCray, Dottie (Junie) Sherrill-Johnson, and Dianne Ferguson; son, Guy Sherrill; sister, Lee Amiro; brother, Wayne Bates; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. G. Sherrill.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date.

Joyce Chisholm

Joyce Chisholm of Litchfield Park, Arizona died on May 10, 2018 in Surprise, AZ. She was the third born to Catherine (Kate) and Kenneth Chisholm on September 6, 1929 in Flint, Michigan.

Joyce lived in Torrance California for 36 years before moving to Boynton Beach, Florida in 1994 until 2017 when she moved to Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Joyce worked for Garrett Air Research in Los Angeles for 30 years retiring in 1987. She loved traveling to visit relatives or on any expedition to wherever! She just loved traveling and especially if there was a casino involved! She was a dear and very loyal friend to so many and loved keeping in touch with them. She had a fun loving, heart of gold that will be missed by all of us!

Joyce Chisholm is survived by her brother Keith (91) who lives in Boynton Beach Florida. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Jill (Chisholm) Thresher, Craig Chisholm, Shelley (Ryan) Sunday, Packy (Miyako) Ryan, Mike Ryan, Ann (Ryan) Donahue and nine great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece and nephew and dear friend Donna Stevens of Temecula, California.

Many who went before her will be happily greeting Joyce. Starting with her special love of 50 years Milt Willis, her parents Kenneth and Catherine Chisholm, sister Jean Chisholm Ryan, brother in law Patrick Ryan, sister in law Rowena Slavik (Keith) Chisholm and great nephew Jason Thresher.

Ramon “Sonny” Russel DeGroat, Jr.

Ramon (Sonny) Russell DeGroat Jr., went to rest on May 12, 2018. He was with the love of his life and son in Phoenix, Arizona. Sonny is resting peacefully and pain free now. He was battling cancer when his heart spared him the continued battle. While his family has heavy hearts from this tragic loss we are at peace knowing he is in a better place now.

Sonny was born on January 16, 1959 to his parents Ramon Sr. and Dorothy DeGroat. He grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. Sonny was the third of four children born. Sonny married Laura Jean Miller on November 14, 1981, they were married for 36 years and have three children, Jessy Carney, Rusty and Amber DeGroat (Richardson).

Sonny was a simple man who lived a happy and full life. He had many joys and hobbies over the years but his one and only true passion was his family. He was a kind and loving soul who would give you the shirt off of his back. He never met a stranger and touched every person in a special way.

Sonny loved dirt and spent many years as a heavy equipment operator and then as an owner operator with Diamond Trucking. He was an avid supporter and racer with the Dwarf Cars of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his father Ramon Russell DeGroat Sr., and his little brother Roger William DeGroat. He was survived by his wife Laura Jean DeGroat; sons, Jessy Carney (Amanda), and Rusty Ray DeGroat; daughter, Amber Diann Richardson (Jeffrey); and his five grandchildren, Emily and Evan Richardson, Michael, Abigail and William Carney; his mother, Dorothy E. DeGroat; Aunt, Norma Warren; brother, Danny DeGroat; sister Theresa Meining; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3, 2018 in Wellington, Colorado, where he will be laid to rest.

Betty Lou Garrett Clinton

Betty Lou Garrett Clinton was born December 6, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to the union of Reverend Walter J. Garrett and Annie Lee Garrett. She departed this life on May 11, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley, Surprise PCU following a lingering illness.

She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized by her father, Reverend Walter J. Garrett, at the Second Calvary Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio.

She graduated from Garfield High School, Akron, Ohio in June, 1965.

She attended Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in History and Education, with a minor in French Language. She was a founding member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Fisk University.

On June 23, 1973 she married the love of her life, Donald Lavelle Clinton at the Friendship Baptist Church of Lorain, Ohio where her father and pastor, Rev. Walter J. Garrett, officiated her wedding.

This union was blessed with two beautiful children, Christopher Lavelle and Courtney Marie. The couple also raised and became legal guardian of Betty’s nephew, Roy Lee Fennell.

She was employed for many years at the Cleveland Public Library of Cleveland, Ohio. Following her marriage to Donald, the couple eventually relocated from Cleveland to Lorain, Ohio where Donald became employed by the Ford Motor Company and Betty resumed her library career at the Lorain Public Library, where she remained employed until her retirement in 2004.

She raised her family in the church along with strong religious values. She was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church of Lorain, serving under her father, Pastor Walter J. Garrett. She was a member of the Voices of Friendship Choir and the Missionary Society, where she was actively engaged in extensive outreach in the church community reaching the unsaved, as well as the less fortunate of the Lorain area.

She was an adult leader of a Girl Scout troop at Friendship Baptist Church and served as Girl Scout troop cookie chairperson for many years. She was an avid reader and her hobbies included traveling and vacationing. She particularly enjoyed vacationing in the warm climates of California, Florida and the southwestern states. She enjoyed word find puzzles in her spare time and cherished spending time with her grandchildren, Garrett and Ashley.

In later years, she united with the Cathedral of Praise Church of Lorain, and eventually, Christian Kingdom Church of Lorain.

Upon retirement, Betty and Donald pursued their dream of leaving the cold northeast and relocated to the warm climate of the southwest, settling in Phoenix, Arizona, where they have resided for the past 12 years.

Betty had a strong faith in God and was a bible scholar. She, along with her husband, Donald, were ordained ministers and elders of In His Presence Ministries, where they united upon coming to Arizona. She was known as a powerful intercessory prayer warrior and served as a spiritual advisor to numerous individuals. She strongly believed in the power of prayer and faith in God, as evidenced in her daily journal writings which she kept current up until her health began to fail. However, through it all, she remained faithful and trusted in God for her healing.

We bid farewell to a true woman of God!

She will be sadly missed by her husband of 45 years, Donald Lavelle Clinton; son, Christopher Lavelle (Patrice) Clinton (US Navy, Japan); daughter, Courtney Marie Bradford, Avondale, AZ; grandchildren, Garrett Isaiah, Ashley Marnell, and Christopher Lavelle, Jr. (C.J.); sisters, Stella (Gilbert) Francis, Janice (Stanley) Whitfield, both of Lorain, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Juanita Clinton of Anaheim, CA, Mary Ann Andrews, Cleveland, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Johnny (Mary) Clinton and Bobby Clinton, both of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Walter J. and Annie L. Garrett; stepmothers, Adaline Harmon Garrett and Lula Beatty Garrett; and mother-in-law, Mary Clinton.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm, with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Burial will be at the Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland, OH.

Ramon (Sonny) Russel DeGroat Jr.

Ramon (Sonny) Russel DeGroat Jr., went to rest on May 12, 2018. He was with the love of his life and son in Phoenix, Arizona. Sonny is resting peacefully and pain free now. He was battling cancer when his heart spared him the continued battle. While his family has heavy hearts from this tragic loss we are at peace knowing he is in a better place now.

Sonny was born on January 16, 1959 to his parents Ramon Sr. and Dorothy DeGroat. He grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. Sonny was the third of four children born. Sonny married Laura Jean Miller on November 14, 1981, they were married for 36 years and have three children, Jessy Carney, Rusty and Amber DeGroat (Richardson).

Sonny was a simple man who lived a happy and full life. He had many joys and hobbies over the years but his one and only true passion was his family. He was a kind and loving soul who would give you the shirt off of his back. He never met a stranger and touched every person in a special way.

Sonny loved dirt and spent many years as a heavy equipment operator and then as an owner operator with Diamond Trucking. He was an avid supporter and racer with the Dwarf Cars of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his father Ramon Russell DeGroat Sr., and his little brother Roger William DeGroat. He was survived by his wife Laura Jean DeGroat; sons, Jessy Carney (Amanda), and Rusty Ray DeGroat; daughter, Amber Diann Richardson (Jeffrey); and his five grandchildren, Emily and Evan Richardson, Michael, Abigail and William Carney; his mother, Dorothy E. DeGroat; Aunt, Norma Warren; brother, Danny DeGroat; sister Theresa Meining; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3, 2018 in Wellington, Colorado.

Gloria Cadena

Gloria Cadena, 67 of Avondale, AZ died May 10, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born in Lubbock, TX to Paul Cadena and Carol Hernandez, the oldest of seven children. From an early age Gloria surrounded herself with family. She would often visit her grandparents and loved spending time with her extended family. As she grew, her children and grandchildren became the sole focus of her life.   Beautiful, patient, and selfless, she helped and cared for her children, and in turn her grandchildren, in any way that she could. Gloria’s faith in a God that answers prayers helped her to remain strong regardless of difficulties that arose in her life. Her steadfast way of living taught her family to always press on, stay strong and keep fighting.

Gloria is survived by her son, Paul Treviño; daughter, Stephanie Montanez; mother, Carol Cadena; sisters, Priscilla Cravens, Diana Cadena, and Sylvia Cadena; brothers, Andrew, John and Victor Cadena; and six grandchildren, Alixandria Trevino, Nicolas Trevino, Gabrielle Trevino, Lina Trevino, Jacob Montanez, and Lila Montanez. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Cadena.

A visitation will be held at 2:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Bryan Dale McKinsey

Bryan Dale McKinsey, age 17 of Buckeye, AZ died May 9, 2018 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born December 15, 2000 in Glendale, AZ to Daryl and Melissa McKinsey. A visitation will be held at 3:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Christ Church of the Valley, 1565 N 113th Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Barbara Nelson Mulvaine

Barbara Nelson Mulvaine, 88, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away May 3, 2018.  Mrs. Mulvaine was born February 6, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Thomas and Opal Batten.  She moved with her family to California where she graduated from Hollywood High School.  As a young adult, Barbara participated in high school swimming, acting and amateur race car driving.  She married Richard “Dick” Mulvaine on April 14, 1963, and moved to Phoenix’s west valley.  Barbara worked as the office manager for Estrella Mountain Golf Course in Goodyear from 1964 until retiring in 1992.  She was an active member of the Wigwam Golf Club Women’s Golf Association, where she volunteered.  Barbara is survived by her son, Ric and her grandson Sean of Anaheim Hills, California.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Mulvaine in 2006 and her brother Tom in 2005.  Private services are planned.

Judith K. (Carroll) Cuttell

Judith K. (Carroll) Cuttell was born to Ralph and Leona Carroll, August 19, 1939 at Lincoln, Nebraska. She passed away quietly May 8, 2018, Goodyear, AZ. She attended the University of Nebraska and was a stay at home Mom for three children. Judith did find time to counsel and mentor Kindergarten children at Klondike Elementary School. Further she was on the staff at Purdue University as an Administrative Assistant to several staff and faculty. She was also a semi-pro tap dancer; her passion. Judith married Dee E. Cuttell August 21, 1960, in Lincoln, Nebraska, he survives. There are three children, Gregory D. (Madeira, Ohio), Anne R. Morel (Blue Springs, Missouri), and Douglas G. Cuttell (West Lafayette, IN). Seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. Inurnment with take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C. at a later time. Memorials may be sent to The Purdue Cancer Research Center (for pancreatic cancer study) in her name.

Robert Edwin Scherman

Robert Edwin Scherman, age 80, of Goodyear, AZ died May 5, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born October 25, 1937 in Modesto, CA to John and Edith Scherman. He served in the US Navy from Oct. 3, 1956 to Oct. 2, 1962 as an officer and a pilot. Upon completion of his military service Robert was employed as a captain for United Airlines for 30 years.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Linda Scherman and Loretta Scherman; sons, Mark Scherman and James Scherman; brother, John Scherman; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rita Scherman.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. Burial will follow at 2:00 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Alexander (Alex) McIntosh, VIII

Chances are, if you were to pass Alexander (Alex) McIntosh, VIII on the street, he would stop and talk to you and, as you stood talking, his warmth would draw you in and you would soon find yourself telling him your life story. That is the level of kindness that left this world when Alex passed away on April 30, 2018 in Black Canyon City, AZ. He was born December 27, 1943 in Columbus, OH to Alexander Ross, VII and Margaret Ann McIntosh. He graduated from St. Charles High School and entered the US Navy the very next day.  Alex served in the Navy from 1961 to 1966 as a hospital corpsman achieving the rank of Petty Officer 3rd class.  After discharge, Alex returned to school and became an electrician.  In 1986 he moved to Arizona and received his contractor’s license (Tartan Electric) which afforded him the opportunity to work on many of the homes in Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale, AZ.

Alex took pleasure in many things in life.  He was a collector of gems and minerals, coins and Egyptian relics.  He enjoyed playing pool and was featured in an August 2003 West Valley View newspaper article titled, “Life behind the 8 Ball.”  He appreciated most forms of music and loved to cook and write poetry. He had a particular fondness for children and frequently got tears in his eyes as he held a newborn baby.  He was generous to all and gave to many charities. But Alex’s greatest love was for his family and friends. Alex was interested in everyone, and in return they thought he was the kindest man they had ever met.  Even in his last hours, Alex expressed his love and gratitude for his family and friends and thanked them for the care and kindness they had given him in his illness.

Alex is survived by his partner, Angela (Angie) James; sons, Alexander Scott (Scott) McIntosh, IX, Sean David McIntosh and daughter-in-law Amy; Deyro de la Cruz who he loved and claimed as his own; sister, Molly Lane and her husband John; three grandchildren, Lindsay, Sydney and Landon and one great-grandchild, Autumn.

A memorial service will be held June 23 at 1:00 P.M. at the American Legion, 35 North Dysart Road, Avondale, Arizona.

Alice L. Dusek

Alice L. Dusek, 76 of Goodyear, AZ died April 27, 2018 in Surprise AZ. She was born September 8, 1941 in Buffalo, NY to Thomas and Alice Campbell Compton. Alice was a devoted wife and mother who spent many years raising her three children and support them in their various activities. She was a skilled athlete and swimming instructor who passed on her love of swimming and tennis to her children. She also was a Girl Scout troop helper, a tradition carried on by her daughter and granddaughter. She will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor and love of animals, and will be greatly missed by her family.

Alice is survived by her husband, Thomas A Dusek; daughter, Susan Lefevre; son, Michael Dusek, and four grandchildren, Tommy, Caitlin, Frencesca, and Noah. She was preceded in death by her beloved youngest daughter, Cari Dusek. Services are pending and will be announced in the future. The family suggests that donations be made to SPCA.

John Henry Ozley

John Henry Ozley of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away peacefully on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 81.

John was born in Lafayette, Alabama on February 18, 1937 to John Houston and Sara Frances Railey Ozley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lucy Dunson Ozley, one sister, one brother, and his parents. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Erik) Bowring of Litchfield Park, Arizona, Daphne Ronan of Auburn, Alabama; a son, Christopher (Dana) Ozley of Goodyear, Arizona; six grandchildren, Aaron, Tanner and Amelia Bowring, Zach and Amanda Ronan, and Hayden Ozley.

John served 23 years in the US Navy, retiring and making his home in Roanoke, Alabama where he was a hydro-electrical superintendent for R. L. Harris Dam for Alabama Power Company. Upon retirement, he and Lucy moved to Arizona to be near children and grandchildren. He and Lucy will be interred together in Alabama where a memorial will be held. Special thanks to the staff at Palm Valley Rehab and Care Center for the loving and respectful care given to John in his final months of life. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel of Goodyear, Arizona and Quattlebaum Funeral Home of Roanoke, Alabama.

Christopher Haupt

Christopher Haupt of Waddell, AZ died April 29, 2018. He was born May 10, 1952 in El Paso, TX to Gerald Lane Haupt and Margaret Jeanette Haupt. Christopher is survived by his wife, Nancy Jean Haupt; daughter, Kirsta Reynolds (Chadd); son, Jarod Haupt; father, Gerald Haupt; and brother, Paul Haupt (Carole).

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Christ Presbyterian Church to the Christopher Haupt Memorial Fund. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

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