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August 2022
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John Robert Westphal, Lt. Col Ret

Honored family patriarch, John “Westy” Westphal made his last take off on July 31st, 2022, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was born on February 14th, 1931, in Walla Walla, Washington to Raymond and Aileen (Tweed) Westphal.  The family moved back to their farm in Salem, Oregon where he was raised.  The family reorganized during World War II with John’s mother marrying Dr. H.A. Perlmutter and moving to Berkeley, CA.  Graduation from Berkeley High School in 1948 was followed by three years at College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  With the Korean War in progress and the Draft Board eminent, Westy decided to join the U.S. Air Force.

Westphal entered the USAF in 1951, graduated from Pilot Flying School in 1953, and was immediately posted to Korea as an F-84 Fighter Pilot.  Perhaps this might account for the fact that the war ended three weeks after his arrival.  While on his first tour of duty at Luke, he was an F-100 Instructor Pilot and managed to meet and marry the lovely Denise Byerly from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.  Daughter Tamara arrived in time to accompany her folks to Itazuke, Japan.  While in Japan, another daughter, Dana, joined the family in time to return for another tour at Luke.  Westphal then served in Southeast Asia accumulating the usual gongs and whistles (John’s term for medals) awarded for combat exposure.  He then proceeded to further his education at Armed Forces Staff College (Norfolk, VA), San Diego State University, and a Master’s from University of Oklahoma. An assignment at Fort Carson, Colorado as Air Force Liaison with the Army, added to the adventure. Luke AFB was next for him as Commander of the 311th Fighter Squadron, flying the F-4 Phantom jet. Next it was overseas for the entire family to Okinawa, Japan and then finally back to Luke and retirement after 30 years of military service.

Westphal decided to try the civilian job market and landed a position with the Maricopa County Management Analysis Section and then as a Right-of-Way Agent for the Highway Department.  From there he had a stint with the Arizona Department of Revenue followed by a Governor-appointed position on the State Board of Equalization from 1993-2003.

In addition to fishing with his buddies, Westy loved playing golf at the WigWam Golf and Country Club where he also served as Treasurer.

He had a unique and special relationship with each of his children and grandchildren and was the consummate role model.  His grace and humor will be missed by his survivors:  beloved wife of 65 years Denise, and his two loving children Tamara (Alan) Bowman, and Dana (John) Marsden.  Four Grandchildren:  Sarah, AJ, Oliver and Benjamin and three great grandchildren and all of his many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.  Visit thompsonfuneralchapel.com for online condolences.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the USO at P.O. Box 96860 Washington DC 20077-7677.

Patricia Daniel

Patricia Daniel of Avondale, Arizona died July 31, 2022 at the age of 82. She was born January 17, 1940 n Cincinnati, Ohio to Allen Jenkins and Helene Schmitt.

Services are pending.

Mardella Eckstaine

Mardella Kay Eckstaine Schuppan was born on April 26, 1956 to Lloyd and Loyola (Pettit) Eckstaine in Winner, South Dakota. She grew up in a loving home with a huge family. She had two sisters, McKayla and Darnell, and three brothers, Terry, Todd and Trent. As a kid, Marty loved going with her family to her dad’s baseball games, and she loved her grandpa Ray (Eckstaine). As she got older, she was athletic and was the first girl in her family to play sports in school. She loved music, especially the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, dancing and a good time.
Marty and her husband, Butch, have been together for over 40 years, and for 30 of those years, their home was in Buckeye, Arizona. They were married on October 31, 2002 at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. When they weren’t working, they were loving life and filling it with people they loved and good drinks. They spent every minute they could in the mountains and desert around their home. They loved riding their horses, camping, four wheeling and doing anything else they could get their hands on. When Butch talks about their years together, he smiles and laughs, saying, “You know, we had so much fun. We did so many things. Not many other couples got to do all the things we did.”
Marty was stubborn and unapologetic in her beliefs. She was straightforward, and you never had to wonder what she was thinking. She had a great sense of humor and believed that it didn’t matter what was going on in life, you could always have fun. She was a prolific collector. Her home is filled with hurricane lamps, beautiful bowls, artwork and stories from loved ones long gone. She was also a life-long learner. She received her Bachelor of Science in 1989 and from then on never stopped learning. Her office is filled with certificates for different types of accounting, finance, data, quality and process improvement and on and on.
Many of the greatest loves of Mardella’s life were not the human kind. She and Butch lived surrounded by beloved dogs and horses who filled their lives with joy and purpose. Its safe to say that if you don’t know Kate, then you may not have known Marty that well at all.
On Friday, August 5th, 2022, Mardella left this world after over a decade of fighting cancer. She passed well-loved, and she left a colorful, vibrant, brave space behind her that will never be filled. She is survived by: her husband, Darrel “Butch” Schuppan; her sisters McKayla (Steve) Tritle and Darnell (Randy) Novotny; her brothers, Terry (Tara) Eckstaine, Todd (Kaye) Eckstaine, and Trent (Meg) Eckstaine; her nieces, TaNeal (Jeff) Boer; Courtney (Paul) Brozik, Jesyca (Oakley) Haines, Blaire Tritle, Jamy (Kyle) Anderson, Kasey (Jack) Kerner, Mary Kate (Kobbe) Farwick, Kory (Tucker) Ulmer, Abby Jo (Rex) Treeby, and Kirsten Eckstaine; her nephews, Brandon (Laura) Tritle, Jace (Jane) Eckstaine, Tate (Trisha) Novotny, Christopher (Clare) Eckstaine, Jacob Eckstaine, Jack Eckstaine, Gabe Eckstaine, and Caleb Eckstaine. And countless dear friends and family who miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Loyola Eckstaine and her dog, Kate.

“I will not forget you. I have you written on the palms of my hands”
Isaiah 49: 15-16

A visitation will be held Friday, August 12 at 6pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel. The scripture service will begin at 7PM.

Angel Corrillo

Angel Armando Carrillo, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona died July 23, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August 5, 2000 at Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to Armando Carrillo and Sophia Murrieta.

Angel is survived by his daughter, Mariah Carrillo; sister, Sandra Carrillo; brothers Adan Carrillo, Juan Carrillo, Armando Carrillo, Jr., and Jesus Carrillo. He is also survived by his father, Armando Carrillo; mother, Sophia Marrieta; and grandmother Aurelia Acosta.

Angel was preceded in death by his uncle/tio, Rosario Baca; Grandma/Nana, Aurora Baca; and Grandpa/Abuelo Ladislado Carrillo.

A visitation will be held from 8 to 9:30am on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel (926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona). A funeral will be held from10:30 to 11:30 on Friday, August 12th, 2022 at St Henry Roman Catholic Church (24750 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye, Arizona). Burial will take place at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery (23100 W. Broadway Rd, Buckeye, Arizona.

Walter Goers

Walter E. Goers, 95 Former New York resident Walter Earl Goers, died August 1, 2022, at his retirement home in Goodyear, Arizona.

Walter was born on March 11,1927, in Berwyn, Illinois, to Walter and Fern Goers. Walter was a very intelligent, resourceful, and determined individual who accomplished much throughout his long life. He was gifted academically, graduated high school at the age of 16, having skipped two grades, and entered college to study pharmacy. While in school, Walter was drafted into the Navy and served as a seaman from 1943-1945. After the war, he enrolled in Illinois Institute of Technology and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Walter furthered his education at Northwestern University where he obtained a MS in Chemical Engineering. Later, he also received his Professional Engineer certification. His 30+ career as a process chemical engineer took him around the globe with significant time spent in England, Iran, Japan and Australia. In addition, Walter worked as an environmental engineer for local governments in New York. He lived in several locations in Illinois, Florida, and multiple areas in New York.

Walter met his lovely and beloved wife, Ruth Eleanor Lindstorm, at LaGrange Evangelical Mission Church, a local church in Illinois; they were married in 1952. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in April 2017, just prior to the sudden and tragic death of Ruth in May 2017.

Walter was a faithful husband and devoted father. He raised his family to love God by taking them to weekly church services and youth group meetings and by leading family devotions. He provided well for his family and instilled a strong work ethic in each of his four children. He was also very involved in several churches throughout his life, including teaching Sunday School, serving as an elder, and was the chairman of the Trustee Board at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Always a car enthusiast, after retiring as a chemical engineer, Walter owned and operated a Meineke Car Care Center in Mahopac, New York. Walter also loved mechanics; he was always able to repair malfunctioning home appliances and completed several major household plumbing and heating projects. Walter’s hobbies included beekeeping and bowling as a young man. Later in life, his major interest became raising exotic orchids, which he did for many years. He even built a fully functional green house while living in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Walter also enjoyed playing pinochle and loved to read, and throughout his 80’s and 90’s, he remained active in several book clubs.

Walter is preceded in death by his wife Ruth (1932-2017) and his sister Betty Marsalla (2018). He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Kathleen Bartholomew (Fred), Jeffrey Goers (Karen), Steven Goers (Elena), and Jeanine Marcello (Richard); 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, 801 Route 9, Fishkill, NY, on August 24, 2022, at 11:30 A.M.

Sheri Zuber

Sheri Zuber of Goodyear, Arizona passed away at the age of 52 after a courageous seven-year battle with breast cancer.

With her final breath, she was ushered in the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus.

She is home. She is healed.

Sheri was born in Phoenix, Arizona on November 12, 1969 to Ronald Battelle and Carol Reese-Bennet (neé Whitehurst). After graduating from Tolleson Union High School in 1987, she went on to Maricopa Beauty College where she studied cosmetology and nail technology. Though she earned her realtor’s license in 2011, she spent the majority of her professional career faithfully serving clients at JJ’s Hair Salon and Shear Reflections. On December 15, 1990, she married Michael Remhof of Phoenix, Arizona with whom she shares two children: Molly and Mason. Later, in 2005, she married Dan Zuber of Toronto, Canada and together had a son, Daniel Zuber. To her great delight, she welcomed her grandchildren, Tyler and Avery, in 2017 and 2019.

A beloved Wife, Mother, and Mimi, Sheri will be remembered as a woman who loved fiercely, laughed loudly, and lived every day with contagious joy.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel with visitation and viewing one hour prior to the service.

Dugan “Doug” Crowell

Dugan “Doug” Crowell, aged 92, of Goodyear, Arizona died August 1, 2022. He was born January 17, 1930 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin to Kelly Crowell and Almeda (Fields) Crowell. Dugan was a veteran of the United States Army.

Services are to be arranged for a later date.

Severo Ortega

Severo Peña Ortega, aged 88, died August 2, 2022. He was born November 6, 1933 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Jesus Ortega and Celestina Peña.

Severo met the love of his life, Rebecca Granado.  They were married in Presidio Texas in March of 1961. They later moved from Presidio to Arizona.  They purchased a house in Cashion, AZ where they raised their family.  Severo was a loving husband and devoted father.  He and Rebecca had three children Jesse, Sylvia and Lorraine.  He was Tata to seven grandchildren (Ruben II, Jesse Jr., Vanessa, Rachel, Kyle, Brianna & Rebecca) and two great-grandchildren Zaiden & AlexZander.  Severo provided well for his family and instilled a strong work ethic in his children.  He will forever be missed but we take comfort that he has been reunited with his true love, our mother Rebecca.

A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 11 am, Saturday August 13th at Thompson Funeral Chapel. The memorial service will begin at 9:30 am followed by the burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Eden Bemrich

Baby Eden Katheryn Bemrich, aged 19 months of Buckeye, Arizona died August 2022. She leaves behind her grieving parents, Jeff Bemrich and Adrienne West. She is also survived by her sisters Genesis Brown, Taylor Bemrich, Teagan Bemrich, and Corinthians West, brothers Chronicles Jones and Mason Bemrich, and her grandparents, Luona Anderson, Stephen Siders, Kathy Bemrich-Siders and Thomas Bemrich. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Steven Lee Miller and sister, Nevaeh Kylie.

Eden was a soul that was wise beyond her years. She was observant, sensitive, and free spirited. Eden gave a lifetime of love and joy during her short time on earth. Wherever she went, Eden loved to cuddle. When she gave hugs, she hugged you with all her heart and soul. She loved soft blankets, she always carried one with her – and she loved to be held. As long as she had a baba in her hand and her mama right next to her, she was content. Eden loved to laugh and play with her siblings. She had her own special bond with each and every one of them. She loved to play baby dolls, watch Elmo or Coco Melon, and she loved to sing and dance. Her favorite song was “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. Eden loved getting her hair brushed, and she loved to brush her sisters’ hair. Eden loved to swim, splash and play in the water. Eden also loved her dog Panda, and sharing her food with him. Her favorite food was pizza. Eden loved to eat, and expressed her love for food with a “mmm” after each bite. Eden’s adorable Gerber baby face touched the hearts of everyone that met her. Her angelic and bright blue eyes, sunshine blonde hair, her heartwarming smile, and her innocent and pure, joyful little baby laugh will be remembered by all of those who loved her. Eden was so loved on earth; we can’t imagine how much she is loved in heaven. The world unexpectedly shifted and an unbearable loss occurred the day God gave Eden her wings and called her home.

A service will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, August 20 at Refinery Church (16721 W Indian School Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85395).

Joseph M Schwartzman

On Wednesday August 3rd Joe left us to be with our Heavenly Father. He was born in 1962 he grew up on his family’s land in the Superior Montana area. Throughout life Joe had many passions. Some of them included Hunting, horses and guns, but most of all he loved his wife and kids. Joe was a wonderful husband and father. Joe married the love of his life (Robin) in a courthouse wedding on Dec 19th, 1994. With Robin came twin boys whom Joe called his own, he raised them to be fine men. He worked for FedEx up until his passing in his time working for FedEx it brought him and Robin to Arizona. Joe is survived by his wife Robin and Son’s Shane and Shawn. He is also survived by his children Jackie, Kristi, Joseph, & Thomas who always remained in his heart. He also leaves behind his brother (Chris) and sister (Cori). He leaves 4 dogs that will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his Mother (Emilie) and his grandparents Jack and Ivy. Joe will be cremated and brought back to Montana where his family will have a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your local animal shelter.

Bruce Moreland Wilson

Bruce Moreland Wilson, 68, of Litchfield Park and Buckeye, Arizona, died July 20, 2022, in Goodyear, Arizona following surgery. Bruce was born November 3, 1953, in the Naval Hospital at Patuxent River, Maryland, to Betty Ann Millard and Carter L. Wilson, Jr. He traveled with the family across the country and around the world arriving in Arizona in 1965.

Known as “Willy to his friends,” he graduated from Agua Fria High School and started a pool service and repair business which he ran for a number of years. Later, he joined IATSE Local 336, where he worked for many years as a stagehand and general laborer.

Bruce marched to the beat of a different drummer, and was married a number of times. He is survived by his partner Shawnette Murphy and brothers Carter Wilson (Gail) and Douglas Wilson of Litchfield Park; Francis Wilson of Litchfield Park, daughter, Stacey Leavitt-Wilson (Mike) of Middleton, Idaho, son Branden C. L. Wilson (Mary) of Phoenix and grandchildren, Dillon, Parker, and Kaydence.

Services are pending at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Litchfield Park. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

Donna Tucker

Donna Tucker, 70, of Goodyear, Arizona died July 27, 2022.

She was born 1952 in Hammond, Indiana to Farl and Rita Augustine.

At a young age Donna, moved to Southern California where she graduated from High School in 1970. She later graduated from Long Beach City College and pursued a career in Nursing.

She later moved to Kingman, AZ with her young Daughter Amy (born 1975). In 1980, she was married to Donald Tucker. She gave birth to her second child, Jay in 1981. The family relocated to Goodyear, AZ in 1991 where she co-owned Tucker Funeral Home (which later became Thompson Funeral Chapel). She and Donald remained married until his death in 2021.

Donna took great pride in caring for others. She helped raise her 3 siblings, raised 2 children of her own, had a long career in the medical field, and later in life as a caregiver for her Stepfather and Husband in their final years while fighting her own battle with cancer. Her greatest joy was being “Mema” to her three grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Jay, Daughter in law Andrea, Grandchildren Karissa, Luke, & Madelyn, as well as siblings Alan, Kelly, Darrin & Dawn.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm, Monday, August 29, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Carol Busbee

Ms. Carol Busbee, aged 90, of Avondale, Arizona died July 30, 2022. She was born May 26, 1932 in South Bend, Indiana to Edwin Hunter and Mayme Smith.

Carol was a Christian and a Follower of Jesus. Her faith and being able to attend church on Sunday was most important to her. She loved her children and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She gave of herself to be kind to everyone.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Laura Wells, sons, Daniel MrKvielca, Craig Nichol, and Mike Busbee, along with two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Busbee.

James Reams

James Reams (1956-2022)

Mr. James C. Reams, aged 66, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died June 17, 2022 in Litchfield Park. He was born January 10, 1956 in Japan to Olin “M” Reams and Dorothy Eva Reams. He is survived by his brother, Olin Mark Reams. He was preceded in death by his parents Olin “M” and Dorothy Reams, and his soul mate Tina Aridas.

So many songs to sing; and so little time to sing them. That was the mantra of James Reams, beloved and well-known bluegrass performer and songwriter. Because of his driving promotion of Bluegrass and Americana music, he had earned several nicknames durning his lifetime that reflected his contributions to the genre; Kentucky Songbird, Father of Brooklyn Bluegrass, and Ambassador of Bluegrass.

Unfortunately for those of us who loved him, and the many people who were impacted by his zest for life and music, he has passed on. On June 17th at 4:30 in the afternoon he passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends who loved him. Just a few days before his death, he commented to those sitting by his bed, “Dying – this gives me an idea of a new song.”

James, who was raised in the hills of Appalachia, was exposed to Bluegrass from the time he could walk. At an early age he showed a talent for writing and performing the music of the region. James spent many an hour watching the regional variety show “Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour”.  The Farm and Home Hour featured many of the pioneers of bluegrass and launched many emerging stars. This, along with his father’s love of bluegrass, had a profound effect on him.

Kentucky Songbird

James earned the nickname Kentucky Songbird by building an extensive library of work during his three-decade career and ten album releases. IBMA nominated him as Emerging Artist of the Year. The same year he was also nominated for Recording Event of the Year for his album James Reams, Walter Hensley and the Barons of Bluegrass.

His latest album release occurred early in 2022. It is a massive 2-CD release with thirty songs – Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album on Mountain Redbird Music. This highly- anticipated project follows the release of a documentary film from the previous year. The documentary celebrates the long musical performing and songwriting career of James.

Father of Brooklyn Bluegrass

This James identifier was conferred on him because of his role in being a founding father of the Park Slope Bluegrass Oldtime Music Jamboree in Brooklyn, New York. This music event, started in 1998, was organized by James, along with his long-time partner Tina Aridas.

The event was a glorious celebration of Bluegrass music. It accomplished this by combining live performances and workshops over a two-day period in September each year. The event was popular and attracted top performers from the Northeast, and hundreds of participants every year.

Ambassador of Bluegrass

James promoted the spread of Bluegrass beyond the release of his albums and extensive touring. A major accomplishment of his was the releasing of two documentary films that sought to spread the music he loved to people who otherwise not had an opportunity to sample this foot-stomping music. In 2021, the documentary of James’ Bluegrass life in was released, Like a Flowing River: A Bluegrass Passage. The film captures the spirit of what it means to be a musician, documenting all of the twists and turns that occur on a musician’s journey.

In 2013, James released the documentary film Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words. This film preserved the recollections of many of the pioneers of Bluegrass music. James interviewed over 40 musicians who were key contributors to bluegrass in this highly-acclaimed peek into the early days of bluegrass.

On top of the previously mentioned accomplishments, James was also an ex-president of the Arizona Bluegrass Association. James has been a busy contributor to bluegrass from the early days his career. His passion for the music can be seen in his everyday life. You can be sure if there is a kitchen table in heaven, James will be sitting at it singing a soulful tune.

Benita Snider

Benita Gage Snider, 59, of Avondale, Arizona, passed away on July 21, 2022. She was predeceased by her mother Josephine Gage, and she left behind her husband Matt Snider, her children Crista (Steve) Scinto, Chad Snider, Celina Snider, Nicholette (Francelis) Montas, her grandchildren Gavin, Michael, Madeline and Ellie. Her stepchildren Devynn (Corey) Vasquez, Jasmine Snider, Matthew (Stephanie) Snider, and step grandchildren Audriana, Kyanah, Mariah, Delylah, Angel and Mila. She is also survived by her sisters Lupe (David) Ramirez, Cindy Gage and Linda Gage. Benita was a very loving woman, and had many friends who loved her from her childhood.  In her younger years she loved to work and found joy in helping other people.  Benita’s children were her proudest accomplishments and she loved them with everything she had. You could always find her singing a tune, dancing to oldies, eating her favorite foods, or playing with her grandchildren. She will be missed but we know she is finally at peace.  We invite you to her funeral on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 1pm. Her viewing will be from 1-2:30 and services from 2:30-4 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Michael Mendick

Michael J. “Mike” Mendick passed away on July 24, 2022 at Hospice of the Valley. He was born October 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Solomon and Irene Mendick. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mike graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the City of Phoenix for 30 years. He married Fredia J. Watson-Williams on May 30, 1993. Outside of work and after he retired, he umpired for Little League to Senior League Baseball. He was involved with a recovery group for many years. He loved to spend his time playing bridge with his friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Soloman and Irene Mendick. He is survived by his wife, Fredia J. Mendick; son, Marc (Kimberly) Mendick; and brother Neil (David) Mendick. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Nolan Ray Williams, Allanah Williams, and Whitney Thomas.

He will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Stephen Powell

Stephen Powell, 67, of Phoenix, AZ passed unexpectedly after being released from a local hospital. He had been treated for an adverse reaction to a pandemic vaccination. Steve was born on March 31, 1955 in Berkeley California.

A friend described him as…“gregarious and intelligent. He loved to travel, go camping, and enter into a healthy debate”. He attended William & Mary, and Cornell University and graduated with master’s in physics and math. He grew-up with his family in Falls Church, VA, Huntsville, AL, Valley Forge, PA, and when the family moved to Annapolis, MD in 1975 he discovered sailing on a Gladiator 24, “Yes”. And later, on the 42’ sloop “Spirit on a Sea of Stuff”, a classic Luders 1939 Bermuda Racer, which he and his father sailed the Caribbean on for several years.

Steve was a Senior Engineer for Loral Space & Communications and then Lockheed Martin. He was the lead on communications satellite technology while working with his team inside an EMI deflecting “vault”. In his teens Steve’s lofty goal was to retire early and enjoy life as a” professional bum”. To save on per-diem he was thrifty to the point of packing his lunch when sent to sales meetings… in Japan, where apples were $8.

In retirement he could be heard, sitting on his porch, finger picking “Here Comes the Sun” on his guitar. He was an avid sailor with many harrowing tales of being at sea in a variety of storms, which included being blown ashore and spending a month digging a trench to get back out to sea before poachers could lay claim to SOSOS. He was a handy man out of necessity as HOA President of his community for many years. He would also maintain computers and networks for neighbors and local groups.

Steve is survived by his father, Robert Powell, his brother Dan, his mother Suedell Powell and an abundance of friends.

Steve requested a cremation, and his ashes will be released into the ocean waves, back to where all sailors wish to be.

Annabelle Brabant

Annabelle L. Brabant, 73, of Avondale, Arizona died July 27, 2022. She was born January 4, 1949 in Gary, Indiana to Richard Swiger and Rosemary Shayotovitch.

Annabelle has always been devoted to her family. She helped raise her seven brothers and sisters, and was an incredible mother, grandmother and sister. She worked hard to support her children. She raised a wonderful family that included two daughters, a son, and a step-son. Her heart was so full of love for all people.

Annabelle spent the last 34 years living in Arizona. She worked hard, but also enjoyed life. She could often be found having a good time with her children, nieces, and nephews. Together they would drink her favorite frozen cappuccinos, enjoy a frozen Creamie ice cream, or just spend time with together. Annabelle was known for her love of karaoke. Her favorite songs included “Downtown” by Petula Clark, “5 minutes” by Lorrie Morgan, “Slow Hand” by The Pointer Sister, “Have Mercy” and “Grandpa” by The Judds. And for about ten years, Annabelle would dress up as Mrs. Claus for her kids, grandkids, and great nieces and nephews. She also loved Marilyn Monroe and butterflies.

Annabelle is survived by her daughters, Tracey Owens and Richelle Robles, son, Richard Dean Owens, Jr., step-son, Bruce Pellitier, sisters, Rosemarie Majors, Jeannette Starry Ross, and Debbie Starry and brother, David Swiger. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Cindy Athas, and brother James Starry.

Naomi Ortiz La Crosse

Naomi Alexa Ortiz La Crosse was a loving daughter, sister, friend, and student. Sadly, was taken from us on July 20, 2022. As a child, Naomi was a funny, loving, caring, and witty kid. She always had a smile on her face. She was ready for her photo to be taken by anyone; she loved to pose.

Naomi was filled with so much energy and charisma, she loved to dance, and learn Tik-Tok’s dances, she was an amazingly talented artist and loved drawing her favorite anime characters and painting beautiful landscapes. She appreciated the beauty, kindness, and love in life.

Naomi loved all her friends and was always calling her friends and talking to them for hours. Naomi had the biggest heart and loved everyone she met. She was so excited for school to start back up so she can see her friends.

She was ambitious, a leader, and had big aspirations. She aspired to help people in her life and to become a dentist someday. She was a dedicated student and enjoyed learning Biology, Chemistry and became great at playing the saxophone just like her Dad. She performed at Universal Studios this May and had a blast performing with her friends and later going on all the rides at the park.

Naomi loved watching anime at home, her favorites were Demon Slayer, and Attack on Titan and she loved Haikyuu. Naomi had just started playing volleyball and played with her whole family and put so much energy into her team.

Naomi was the most beautiful soul and wanted to share her love with everyone, and she did. She will live on with us in our hearts forever. We are blessed to have had the time with Naomi that we had.

Raymond Berry, Sr

Mr. Raymond Berry, Sr., age 76, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died July 29, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born September 13, 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona to Robert Clyde and Margaret Berry.

Raymond was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Carl Hayden High School and pursued a career as an Ironworker. Raymond always wanted to be his own boss and started Berrcor Engineering in 1981, which he worked and built into a successful company. Raymond and Suellen were married for 49 years and he always worked hard to care for his family and to provide all that he could for them. His grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved teasing them and making them laugh. Raymond loved boats, cars, and going fast. He spent many days at the lake, water skiing and cruising in his various boats. Raymond loved taking his car collection to car shows, spending time with friends and sharing stories. Raymond was such a fun-loving guy who was loved by so many. His jokes, laugh, and talks will be greatly missed.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 49 years, Suellen, daughter Ashleigh (Chris) Gudgeon, son Raymond (Dede) Berry, Jr., and sister Sandra Dudo. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Adam, Amber, and Sami Berry, and Connor, Aubrey, and Hunter Gudgeon, and one great-grandson, Tucker Smith.

A celebration of life will be held from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the Martin Auto Museum, 4320 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona 85306.

Stephen Osborn

Stephen Osborn, age 71, of Avondale, Arizona died July 29, 2022. He was born January 9, 1951 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Charles Osborn and Grace Callaway.

Services are private.

*A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

 

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