Obituaries

November 2014
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Showkeir, Mary

Mary Kathleen Showkeir, 74, of Goodyear, AZ died November 22, 2014.  She was born March 1, 1940 to James and Laura Shilliday.  She was born and raised in Franklin, PA.  She later moved to CA where she met her husband.  They later made AZ their home.  Loving mother and wife is survived by her sons Ronnie Showkeir, Bill Showkeir, sisters Sally Birkner, Rita Sherman and Shirley Pajek, 4 grandchildren: Dominic, Devin, Lauren and Tristen. She was preceded in death by her husband George Showkeir.  Mary will be truly missed by her family and friends.  A visitation will be held at 5pm on Friday, November 28, 2014 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  Funeral service will follow at 7pm.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Nira, Jesus (Roy)

Jesus (Roy) Nira, 59, of Goodyear, AZ died November 13, 2014.  He was born October 12, 1955 in Littlefield, Texas to Carlos and Maria Reyes.  He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1975 as an E-4.  Roy was a retired cable repair tech for a local phone company.  He was an avid photographer and was generous to a fault.  He is survived by his wife Ann Bauer; sons Marco and Danny Nira; mother Maria Reyes; sisters Reyna Kingsbury, Rosa Hernandez, Vicki Youngman, Maria Varela; brothers Martin, Juan, Carlos, Jimmy, and Manuel Reyes; 4 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at12:00 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at his residence.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Wilkerson, Robert

Robert Eldon Wilkerson, 87, of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 14, 2014 in Litchfield Park, AZ.  He was born November 7, 1927 in Nampa, Idaho to Wilmer Riley and Ollie Wilkerson.  He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.  Bob married his high school sweet heart and they were married for 65 years.  He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Wigwam Country Club where he previously served as a tournament chairman.  He is survived by his wife Norma Jean Wilkerson; daughter Julie (Bert) Kennedy; son Douglas (Maria) Wilkerson; and three grandchildren: Sally Mae Kennedy, Cory Douglas Kennedy, and Colby Noah Wilkerson.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Gardner, Katharine

Katharine Lucille Gardner, 90, of Avondale died November 14, 2014.  Mrs. Gardner was born February 24, 1924, in Kingman, AZ to Richard John Stephens and Fannie Heflin Stephens.  Mrs. Gardner was a second generation Arizonan raised on a ranch along the Big Sandy River near Wikieup, where ranching and raising cattle was their way of life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Clair Gardner and daughter, Katharine Dorallene Aubuchon.  She is survived by 3 daughters, Leila Lucille Miller, Loretta Gay Foskett, and Judy Renee Newell; 1 son, Kenneth Wayne Gardner; 1 sister, Betty Jean Amator; 12 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ  86401 on November 21, 2014. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Gutierrez, Gilbert

Mr. Gilbert Salas Gutierrez, 32, of Avondale, AZ died November 8, 2014 in Avondale, AZ.  He was born October 20, 1982 in West Covina, California to Benny Gutierrez and Kathy Salas.  Gilbert is survived by his wife Rebecca Buckland; his daughters Natalie Gutierrez (8) and Gabriella Gutierrez (5); and his son Aaron Gutierrez (10).  Also surviving him are his parents Benny Gutierrez and Kathy Salas, his brother Benny Gutierrez Jr.; and his grandparents Gloria and Ruben Lopez.  A visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, November 15th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  A service will follow at 7pm.  Burial will be held at 10am on Tuesday, November 18th at West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 N. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Guilford, Kevan

Mr. Kevan Eugene Guilford, 57, of Buckeye, AZ died October 26, 2014.  He was born April 12, 1957 in Panama City, Florida to Wallace and Doris Guilford.  He served in the US Navy as an engineer.  Mr. Guilford is survived by his wife Maria M.; sons Gareth, Greg and Shawn Guilford; sister Debbie Guilford; mother Joyce Guilford; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael.  Services will be held at 9:00 am on November 14th, 2014 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix.

 

Kearns, Rose

Rosa “Rose” Maria Campanile Kearns, aged 91, died peacefully in her sleep on November 3, 2014, at the assisted living home in Goodyear, AZ. Rose was born May 22, 1923, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Sante Campanile and Laura Martinelli Campanile.

In 1951, Rose married Kenneth S. Kearns, who preceded her in death in 2009. They raised their children in Arlington Hts. IL and then retired in Peoria, AZ

Rose was an avid cook, who loved to sew and do crafts, especially crocheting. She kept the tradition of Italian foods and celebration alive and taught all of her children to cook. Rose was the epitome of the Greatest Generation and devoted her life to her family and her civic duty.

Rose is survived by her children, Rosanne M. Sylvia- Heeter ( Gary), Lauretta C. Will (Richard), Kenneth B. Kearns ( Cynthia), Frank  J. Kearns and Richard J. Kearns ( Ysbell),  and grandchildren , Anthony M. Sylvia, Kendra R. Kearns, Kyle B. Kearns, Alexander R. Kearns, and William C. Kearns .

She is also survived by her sister Frances Campanile Furio (late Paul) and brothers, Frank Campanile (late Mildred), Rocco Campanile (Gina), and Vito Campanile (Mary Patricia).

Her family thanks the entire staff at Atlantis II Assisted Living Home and Arizona Family Hospice for the love, care, and compassion they gave to Rose.

Services will be held on Friday, November 14, at 10 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ. Inurnment will follow immediately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Rose’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

May God bless her, and her family wishes her eternal peace.

 

Krispin, Keith

Keith Krispin, Sr., died peacefully at his home in Litchfield Park, AZ on October 30, 2014. He was born in Chicago on November 10, 1941.  Keith was a loving and supportive husband to Shelley; an active, fun, and wise Dad to Keith Jr. (Joy), Karl (Christy) and Kevin; and an unusually patient Stepdad to Shalom Jacobs (Paul Downing), Shane Jacobs (Stacie), and Jeremy Jacobs (Meghann).  He earned the title of Professional Grampa with his grandchildren (in order of their appearance in his life):  Zoe, Ashley, Sophia, Matthew, Ethan, Hannah, Madison, Cameron, Mason, Caleb, Holland, Dakota, Colton, Sierra, Isaiah, and Mena.   He will enjoy the arrival of Jeremy and Meghann’s baby boy soon from a special place in Heaven.  Keith was preceded in death by his brother Vic and is survived by his twin Ken, brothers Bill and Charles, and sister Kathy.   He strove to improve the lives of others during his professional career but enjoyed most his grandparenting years.  He was – and remains – a diehard Cubs fan.  Keith is best described by Micah 6:8 – He did justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with his God.  A service celebrating Keith’s life will be held Monday, November 10th, at 3 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park.  In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to the Agua Fria Food Bank. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Allen, Troy

Troy Allen, 42 Tolleson AZ – Troy Allen was born March 16th, 1972 in Chandler AZ and was raised in Des Moines IA. He passed into heaven on October 27th, 2014 in Tolleson AZ.  Troy is survived by his wife: Susanna Allen, Sons, Tyler, Austin, Vincent and Dalton Allen. Parents Rick and Cheryl Allen, Siblings Todd (Jodi), Eric (Pam) Allen, Grandparent Louis Clemens and many nieces and nephews. Troy was a devoted family man enjoying life with his 4 boys including sharing a love for BMX racing, music and drive in movies. He was a very meticulous hardworking diesel mechanic who enjoyed his work and co workers. With a large extended family in Iowa the family enjoyed spending vacations with all their loved ones. Troy was loved and will be missed dearly. A viewing and service was held in AZ on Sunday Nov 2 from 12pm-3pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear AZ. A viewing and service will be held on Thursday November 6th at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in DesMoines. Details will be posted on their website www.Hamiltonsfuneralhome.com. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Troy Allen’s sons future college fund at any Wells Fargo bank mention the name Troy Allen’s Memorial fund for Sons.

Munoz, Jose

Mr. Jose A. Muñoz, 90, of Avondale, AZ died October 29, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born August 26, 1924 in Swink, Colorado to Juan and Louisa Muñoz.  Mr. Muñoz worked at Reynolds Aluminum until retirement.  He volunteered at St. John Vianney Church doing various chores and delivering food. Aside from entertaining the family by singing and playing the guitar on holidays, he also sang in the church choir at St. John Vianney, and played at funerals and weddings with a group called Los Alegres Compadres.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Muñoz is survived by his daughters Bertha Forner (Rudy), Eva Muñoz, son George Muñoz, sister-in-law Rachel Muñoz, 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Erminia Muñoz, son Joe Muñoz, and grandson Andres Cabrales. A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, rosary at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.  Mass will be Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ.  Burial will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, AZ. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

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