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August 2018
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Adolfo Moreno “Max” Orozco

Adolfo Moreno “Max” Orozco, age 79 of Glendale, AZ passed away on August 15, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on December 8, 1938 in Sasabe, Sonora, Mexico to Raul V. and Maria Luisa Orozco.

Adolfo was a family man.  Gentle, kind and loving, he worked hard without complaint to give everything to his family. His work varied throughout the years from manufacturing and distribution to ranch worker and farm hand as well as several years working at Phoenix Sand and Rock.  Regardless of what he did for a living, he loved to be outside.  In his leisure time he would be found working in his yard with a big cup of coffee in the morning and relaxing in the yard with a cold beer in the afternoon.  Adolfo loved his children and grandchildren.  He had nicknames for each of them and he loved to joke and tease them.  He was a master of one liners!

Adolfo loved hats and wore them all of the time.  He liked to watch westerns and war movies and enjoyed music and dancing.  He was a history buff and faithfully read the newspaper daily.  He loved to travel with his wife, Alice and together they enjoyed three cruises.

Adolfo is survived by his wife, Alice Orozco; son, Greg Orozco; daughters, Elizabeth Parra, Valerie Ortiz, and Leticia Hules; two sisters, Maria Luisa Molina and Nilza Ramirez; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Raul V. and Maria Luisa Orozco; brother, Mario Orozco; sister, Frecia Quesada.

A visitation will be held at 5:30 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  A funeral will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, August 23, 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.  The funeral cortege will follow in procession to West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

Dorothy Marie Carlile

Dorothy Marie Carlile, age 90, of Buckeye, AZ (formerly of Thompsonville, IL) died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at home.  Dorothy was born December 12, 1927, in Franklin County, IL to Byron and Ethel (Todd) Sweet.  She was a 1945 graduate of Benton Community High School.  In December 1944 she married Avil E. Lampley, and they had a daughter, Debra.   She later married John Bailey Carlile on May 10, 1955.   She lived in Franklin County, IL for 80 years.  She was known by everyone as Granny, a name that she dearly loved.  She frequently welcomed friends and family into her home to partake of her hospitality. To Dorothy, there was no better way to show her love for you than through food.  If a visitor was expected, the pie would be cut and the coffee poured almost before they even walked out their own door!  Her chicken and dumplings, and pie, particularly coconut cream and chocolate pie, were legendary.  One bite would evoke fond memories of home and requests for recipes would soon follow.  In 2008, Dorothy packed up and moved to Arizona to be near her family.  Though far from home and dear friends, her welcoming ways soon garnered her another wealth of friends from all across the country and Canada.

Dorothy was never far from her phone.  She would make nightly rounds, checking with friends to see how they were doing and learning how she could help them.  She always spoke in person, believing that, “if you don’t answer your phone, what’s the use in having it?”  If you were one of Dorothy’s phone buddies, you knew you had a special place in her heart.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Debra Lampley Wilkerson-Sachs and her husband, Jeff of Goodyear, AZ; two grandchildren, Lee Kahl and wife Jeanne of Belmond, IA, and  Steven Wilkerson and wife Martha of Surprise, AZ; two beloved great-grandchildren, Andrea and Andrew.  While sister Andrea was in school, Andrew was always taking such good care of his Granny!  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Dot.    She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bailey Carlile; parents, Byron and Ethel Sweet, siblings Elmer (Bertha) Sweet; Ruth Hutchcraft Windle; Betty (Trandall) McKay and Kenny (Erma) Sweet;  son-in-law, Andy B. Wilkerson; two nephews, Richard and Darrell Sweet; and one niece, Shelva Hutchcraft Lampley.

Funeral Services will be held on August 25th at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Thompsonville, IL with interment in the family plot at the Church cemetery.   Visitation will be from 9-11 am, with the funeral at 11 am.  Illinois Funeral Services handled by Sloan Funeral Home, Galatia, IL.   A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ.

Sherwin Raymond Kastel

Sherwin Raymond Kastel, age 83, of Goodyear, AZ died August 3, 2018.  He was born December 30, 1934.  He was a resident of Goodyear, AZ for the last 14 years.  He was born in Chicago, IL but moved to Arizona in 2004 with his beloved wife Aline (nee Kahn) so that they could enjoy the warmer Arizona climate and be close to their eldest son Jack, his wife Debbie (nee Jasperson), their youngest son, Lance and his wife Tereasa (nee Bader), and grandsons, Kevin and Jacob.  Sherwin and Aline’s middle son Steven and his wife Wendy (nee Berg) reside in Geneva, IL along with grandsons, Shawn Robertson, Eric Robertson, Michael Kastel, and granddaughters, Heather Robertson-Wireman and Heidi Robertson-Ribskis; his sister, Roberta (nee Kastel) and Ron Siegel, Scott Siegel, and Caryn Siegel; sister-in-law, Marcia Milstein, and nephews Gary and Keith Rosenthal.

Sherwin was an exceptional athlete, excelling in baseball and basketball.  He was named all-state in both sports in Illinois and was drafted by the professional baseball team, the Washington Senators as well.  He served his country as a private first class in the US Army fighting in the Korean War near the 57th parallel.  Sherwin and Aline were married for 58 years.  He owned and operated a successful insurance brokerage business in Chicago and was a very successful automobile finance and insurance director for several automotive dealer groups.  He loved sports and going to Las Vegas.

Sherwin was preceded in death by his wife, Aline; his parents Sam and Anne Kastel.  He is survived by his three sons, three daughters-in-law, five grandkids, seven great-grandkids, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Dad/Grandpa, you will be greatly missed by your loving family.

A funeral service will be held at 10:15, Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Burial with honors will follow at 12:30 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Luis C. Valenzuela

Luis C. Valenzuela, age 92 of Goodyear, AZ died August 3, 2018, in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born March 25, 1926, in Sonora, Mexico to Luis Valenzuela and Maria Carmen Cordova.   He is survived by his daughters, Margarita Martinez, Gloria Valenzuela, Lucila Celaya, Maria Valenzuela, Adela Najera, Luz Ontiveros; sons, Rafael L.. Valenzuela, Humberto Valenzuela, and Miguel Valenzuela; sisters Guadalupe and Maria Dolores Mendez; 36 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 6:00 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  A mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, August 10, 2018, at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  The funeral cortege will follow in procession to Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 3900 N Santa Fe Trail, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Elsie Lea Vassur Summers

Elsie Lea Vassur Summers, age 92 of Avondale, AZ died July 30, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  She was born January 31, 1926 in Poteale, OK to Lonnie and Ocie Vassaur. Elsie loved raising children.  She raised her siblings when their mother died in childbirth.  In 1941 she married Hulen Wayne “Pete” Summers in Tempe, AZ.  Together they raised four children.  Elsie worked as a cook for Avondale Elementary School and Agua Fria High School.   Her loving care extended to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Elsie is survived by her daughter, Margie Summers; son, Kenneth Summers; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Summers; son, Robert Summers; and daughter, Mary Summers.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 -7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Burial will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday August 8, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Barbara June Allen

Barbara June Allen passed away July 18th after a long illness.  She was born on August 10, 1934 to Cecil and Opal Griffin in Childress, Texas.  In December, 1951 she married the love of her life, Earl Allen.  They shared the next 66 years making beautiful memories together.  Earl was by her side every moment, taking care of his Sweetheart.  Together they brought two incredible sons into this world.  Dan and Mark were Barbara’s pride and joy.  She devoted herself to playing with them, teaching them, and loving them.

Barbara was also a very dedicated military spouse.  Together, Barbara and Earl spent 33 years in the US Air Force in many locations around the United States.  She was always excited about the family’s next adventure.

Once military life was over, Barbara and Earl settled in Grand Rapids, MI.  Barbara quickly involved herself in her new community becoming active in volunteering and making many new and cherished friends.

When retirement came, Barbara and Earl settled in Goodyear, AZ and fell in love with the lifestyle.  Barbara once again immersed herself into the community and made new friends.  She was an active golfer and enjoyed challenging games with friends.

Barbara loved to travel.  She traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, fueling her passion for history and collecting many memories with Earl and traveling friends.  One might say she never met a trip she didn’t like!

Barbara was a faithful Christian.  Her life was lived by faith, charity and love and she never shied away from the opportunity to share her love for God with anyone.  She attended the West Olive Church of Christ in Peoria, Arizona.

Barbara is survived by her husband Earl, sons Dan and Mark, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.  Barbara’s love for her Lord and for life was contagious.  She is greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate to have shared our life journey with such a wonderful person.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Church of Christ on West Olive, 10935 W. Olive Avenue, Peoria, Arizona  85345.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Hospice of the Valley, https://www.hov.org/donate/donate-now/.

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