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September 2019
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Judy A. Carranza

On Monday, September 9, 2019, Judy A. Carranza passed away peacefully at home with her husband, Van, and sisters, Janet and Joyce by her side. She was born on February 14, 1948, in Cincinnati, OH to Strode and Helen Blythe. She had a very fulfilling career as a registered nurse.

Judy was the loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was much loved and will be dearly missed.

David Edward Littlejohn, age 77 passed away on September 9, 2019. He was born August 24, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, the oldest son of ten children born to Cleo and Emma (Patterson) Littlejohn. David served in the US Air Force for 23 years before retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Following his retirement, he worked in construction in civil service for 32 years.

David had a passion for cars, firetrucks, and trains. Muscle cars were a particular favorite. He built detailed model cars and was proud of his ‘69 Z28. He enjoyed watching westerns on television as well as shopping. He loved to take vacations and took his family to Disneyland every year.

Humble, kind, and unselfish, David took good care of his family and friends.  He was a good listener who kept confidences without being critical or judgmental.   He was a family man who enjoyed playing with his children and comforting them when they were sick. He had the ability to be both a mentor and a friend to his children.

David is survived by a loving wife, and family. Funeral services will be privately held.

Ronald B. Frame

Ronald B. Frame, age 64 of Litchfield Park, AZ died September 4, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born September 24, 1954, in Erie, PA to Eleanor and Harry T. Frame. Ron’s ancestry traced back to the Mayflower, a fact that Ron was extremely proud of, and instilled in him a deep love for his country. He attended USC and was initiated into the TKE fraternity brotherhood, forming a relationship with his fraternal brothers that continued throughout his life.

Ron loved life! He used to say, “Live life, and don’t sweat the small stuff! Get over it! Life is so short. Enjoy and appreciate who and what you are!” Ron lived like living mattered. He loved the ocean, especially when he and his family were flying through the waves on his Baja 32-foot twin 502, feeling like “mach one with their hair on fire!” He was passionate about music, especially alternative music. Attending concerts with his family and friends was one of his greatest delights. He loved to collect memorabilia from famous bands and artists, honoring them by sharing in their love for their craft and preserving a record of their talent.

Ron was frugal in his day-to-day spending but generous in sharing with his family and life-long friends whom he loved and appreciated in every way. He enjoyed the simple things in life: cooking, baking, reading, spending time with his family and friends, and baseball! Ron was obsessed with baseball! He traveled many miles to attend spring training and home games with his family and friends. As an Atlanta Braves fan, he attended the Hall of Fame induction for Greg Maddux. At home, he had a baseball room, filled with artifacts signed by players that he admired for their talents and physical prowess.  He also loved to attend Nascar with his wife, Linda, and USC football was a life-long tradition.

Ron is survived by his wife and love of his life, Linda; daughter, Allison; son, Andrew; and granddaughters, Keira and Madeline. Ron loved and cherished each member of his family. His friends and family will always love him.

Larry Graff

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Larry Graff, age 67 of Buckeye, AZ, left this life and joined his father, Leo Graff, and mother, Bea Graff. He was born on April 14, 1952, in Winslow, AZ. Larry never met a stranger. He always talked to everyone whether he knew them or not. He was a very kind and loving person with a very big heart and a positive attitude. Larry was an avid sports fan. He loved the Diamondbacks and Cardinals and went to games every chance he had. He loved pickleball. His pickleball buddies lovingly called him Lizard. He was often found on the golf course with one of his best friends, Paul Thomas, even in 100+ degree temperatures. He loved taking pictures. He would spend hours looking for wood for his picture frames as well as the lovely crosses he would make.

Larry is survived by the love of his life, his loving wife of 21 years, Linda. The couple was committed to each other until the very end. He is also survived by his daughter, Brea Graff, and his new-found daughter, Erin Sigls (Jon); stepson, Bobby Cake (Tisha); sister, Marcia Brown Hogan (Bobby); grandchildren, Charlee Cake, Jacee Cake, Addison Sigls, and Aaron Sigls; father-in-law, Bobby Burgess, mother-in-law, Martha Burgess; nephew, Byron Brown (Kim), Cheyenne and Cody Brown; sisters-in-law, Terry Kolomitz (Kelly), and Rachel Allen (Rowdy); nephews, Chance Lee Burgess, Ty Allen (Emily), and Shawn Mead (Kelsey); nieces, Micaela Loomis (Holt), Lea Cake, Cayter Ontko (Dustin), Kylee Allen (Justin); numerous great-nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Larry’s favorite two sayings were, “It is what it is,” and “No problem, we got this!”

A rosary followed by a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at St Henrys Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley West or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dennis Darryl Klute

Dennis Darryl Klute of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away quietly on September 4, 2019, with his sons Darryl and Robert and daughter Dee Dee by his side. He was 98.

Born February 28, 1921, in York County, Nebraska, Dennis enlisted in the US Army in 1941. He was stationed in San Francisco and it was there that he met his future wife Ardelle Brown of South Dakota. He was subsequently deployed to the Aleutian Islands where his division was training for the invasion of Japan should it be necessary.

After the war, Denny returned to Omaha and, in 1946, moved to Sioux City, Iowa to begin his career with Nu-Way Drug Service, Inc. Tenacious and hardworking, he advanced steadily through the ranks to vice-president and general manager of the Sioux City operation. Admired and respected by his peers, he was elected president of the Service Merchandisers of America. Denny was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as a director of the Sioux City Boys Club. In 1977, Nu-Way Drug’s parent company Pamida, Inc consolidated its operations in Omaha. Denny served as a senior vice-president and was instrumental in the smooth transition of the satellite warehouses into a new distribution center.

In 1979, at the age of 58, Denny retired from Pamida and moved to Litchfield Park, Arizona. For the remainder of his life, he and Ardelle spent their winters in Litchfield Park, where Denny played golf with endless patience and great joy, and the other half of the year at their beloved summer home in Kenora, Ontario. They fell in love with Lake of the Woods in 1954 and, for the next 64 years, the thousands of islands and world-class walleye fishing became Denny’s breathtakingly beautiful slice of heaven. In 2007, Dennis downsized and moved to Good Shepherd Senior Living in Peoria, Arizona.

Denny was a huge sports enthusiast. He loved many kinds of hunting (he was especially proud of an expedition to Africa) and was an avid fisherman. He was impeccably well versed in the achievements and statistics of professional athletes, particularly football and baseball players. He coached little league baseball in the 1950’s and attended six World Series games through the years. His exuberance for baseball continued through many spring training games during his brother Don’s annual winter visit, right up through this past season.

An avid reader, Denny would commonly read two newspapers from cover to cover each day. He was always current in world and local events, politics, and of course, baseball and football. Many around him benefited from his views and opinions.

Denny was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. Trinity Lutheran Church in Litchfield Park was his spiritual home for close to thirty years.

Denny was blessed to the end with an exceedingly sharp mind and a flawless memory. He awed us with the details he remembered. The joke to the very end was that if a room full of family and friends couldn’t remember something, they resorted to “let’s ask Dennis, he will know!”

At the age of 95, Denny was the proud recipient of an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

Denny was deeply determined, strong-willed and quick-witted. He was proud and fiercely independent to the end. When someone asked, “Where is your cane, Dennis” the reply was always the same: “I don’t need a cane!”

Denny brightened many lives with his wide, infectious smile and generous spirit. In the eyes of his immediate family, and many who met him throughout his life, he was very nearly larger than life. He will be sorely missed.

Denny was preceded in death by his wife Ardelle, his brother Lowell and his sister Margaret George. He is survived by his brother Don of Bradshaw, Nebraska, and three children: Darryl of El Cajon, California, Robert (Bob) and his wife Bic of Grand Prairie, Texas, and daughter Dee Dee and husband Craig Evans of Redondo Beach, California. He leaves grandchildren Tracy, Bobbi Jo, Jason and Julie, and great-grandchildren Christopher, Cristian, Samantha, Tyler and Madison.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 9:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 Plaza Circle in Litchfield Park. All are welcome to a celebratory luncheon immediately following the service, in the Tuscany Falls Ballroom of the Pebble Creek Country Club at 16222 Clubhouse Drive.

Interment of Dennis and his Ardell will take place at 1:00 pm, Friday , October 4, 2019, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Those who wish to express their sympathy are asked to consider sending donations in memory of Dennis Klute to Trinity Lutheran Church Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

Fabian Andrés Misquez

Fabian Andrés Misquez, age 24 died on September 2nd, 2019 in Litchfield Park, AZ.  He was born November 18th, 1994 to parents Lorraine and Robert Misquez.

From his birth, Fabian was a passionate and creative child who bore a noticeable appreciation for art, writing, music, and aesthetic taste. As he became older this affinity would soon develop into creating artwork, writing songs and poetry, and finally, the development and launch of his own clothing brand LIKE WATER.

Fabian had an obvious knack for networking within the Phoenix metro community and the states, where he would travel from time to time. He became renowned for bringing other creatives together in order to successfully execute various musical, clothing, or creative projects.

Until his passing, he was a tangibly open-hearted man whose depth, love, compassion, incredible sense of humor and integrity of spirit both touched and uplifted all those around him. It was his pure joy to bring people together in collaboration and positivity.

The basis for any of his creative projects was predominantly rooted in adherence to spiritual tenants. While Fabian was not religious, he did believe in universal spiritual themes that echoed within the projects he created. Namely, the LIKE WATER brand’s message meant that true strength and power are found in nonaggression, shapelessness, and an ability to change form no matter the circumstance. This is the premise of true freedom.

Fabian is survived by his mother Lorraine Misquez, father Robert Misquez, sister Serena Misquez, brother Robert Misquez, brother Jaime Misquez, niece Peyton Waddell, and his beloved dog Cookie.

His memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 12th with a visitation at 9:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 10:00 AM at Palm Valley Church, 431 N. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ, 85338.

Michael Dean Harlow

Michael Dean Harlow, “Mike”, age 64 of Goodyear, AZ died September 3, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born July 30, 1955, in Phoenix, AZ to Ivan Harlow and Sylvia Reinfried. Mike loved airplanes. His passion began as a child when he built very detailed model airplanes. He soon began flying tethered airplanes, then RC airplanes, until one day he announced to his wife that he had bought a Cessna 172. At the time he didn’t have a pilot’s license, but he figured that it was more economical to take lessons in his own plane than a rented one. He now owns a Cessna 182.

Mike’s enthusiasm for airplanes extended well beyond flying.   He was the Vice President of the American Aviation Historical Society, Phoenix Wing. He was also affiliated with the Collings Foundation and coordinated with them to bring their historical airplane tours to the Goodyear Airport. He enjoyed restoring vintage aviation helmets and had quite a collection.

Mike worked at Maximet as a sandblaster where a friend taught him to weld. He began his 36-year career at Honeywell working as a welder and ended it as an engineer when he retired three years ago.

Mike competed as a sportsman shooter. His high achievements in competitions earned him the Distinguished Rifleman award. In his younger days, Mike also competed in roller skating competitions. He was the Arizona State Roller Skating Champion for three years in a row. When Mike chose to be at home relaxing, he could be found in his beloved pool.

Mike is survived by his wife, Cyndi Harlow; daughter, Stefanie (Harlow) Hill and her husband, Dan Hill; son, Mike (DJ) Harlow; father and stepmother, Ivan and Beverly Harlow; brother, Chris Harlow; and grandsons, Danny, and Steven Hill. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia (Reinfried) Harlow and his faithful dog, Sammy.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Patricia Ann Fullmer

Patricia Ann Fullmer, age 68, of Box Elder, SD, died September 4, 2019, in Buckeye, AZ. She was born May 1, 1951, in Casa Grande, AZ, the oldest child and only daughter born to Hubert and Mary (Hightower) Mangum. She lived the first 12 years of her life on a farm. She attended school in Buckeye, AZ, a distance that was 50 miles one way from her home.   Though young, she had the responsibility of tending her younger brothers, especially her youngest brother who had cerebral palsy and was bedridden.

At the age of 12, Patricia moved with her family to Avenal, CA. She lived with her aunt for a brief period of time in Oildale, CA then moved with her family to Armona and then to Hanford, CA, where she completed high school. After high school, Patricia moved to Texas where she lived until she learned that she was pregnant. She returned to California where her first child was born. In May of 1972, Patricia met William Fullmer and they began dating. They were married July 15, 1972, in Coalinga, CA. William and Patricia lived in Avenal, CA where they raised five children. The couple was sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Oakland Temple on their 25th wedding anniversary. William knelt in front of the temple and proposed again to Patricia, this time asking her to be his wife for time and all eternity. She gladly accepted his proposal.

Patricia worked as a waitress for over 40 years at Howard Johnson’s, Jay’s, and Red Robin. She also worked for a brief time as a secretary for Darlene Stacy Realty and at Circle K. She never retired, she just quit working. She loved to quilt and produced beautiful quilts that her family cherishes. She and William loved to travel. They purchased a motor home in 2010 and traveled all around the country. They often came to Arizona, but particularly liked the beauty and rolling hills of South Dakota.

Patricia was a great example of a strong woman who deeply loved her husband and children. She is survived by her husband, William Orson Fullmer; daughters, Teresa Walker and Mary Salinas; sons, Michael, Norman, and Dennis Fullmer; brother Dan Ray Mangum; 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert Mangum; mother and step-father, Mary and Doyle Mosier; and brothers, Terry Dale, Burton, and Donnie Mangum.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 22487 West Sundance Parkway, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Burial will be at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

Phyllis J. Carlson

Phyllis J. Carlson passed away from heart failure at her home in Goodyear Arizona on September 3, 2019. Born on April 7, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa, Phyllis was the daughter of Eduard and Opal Ideker. Phyllis had five siblings, three brothers, and two sisters.

Phyllis graduated in 1949 from Leeds High School in Sioux City, Iowa and later moved to Arizona. She spent her career at APS for 32 years and was active in retiree events.   Her first husband and father of her children was Harold C. Anderson. Later she remarried and spent 16 years with her second husband Mike Rohan until his passing.   Phyllis then reunited with her high school friend Norm Carlson and they were married in 1997.

A natural athlete, Phyllis loved to fish, golf, bowl, dance, play bocce and even play cards and board games. She and Norm spent the last 22 years traveling many places around the world, spending summers in Minnesota and the rest of the year in Goodyear. A life-long church member, she and Norm were members of The Church at Litchfield Park.

Throughout her life, Phyllis was devoted to her family, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. By far, her favorite times were with her family and the many fun gatherings.

She is survived by her husband, Norm Carlson of Goodyear, her daughter Diana Toon of Glendale, son Ron and daughter-in-law Bridgid Anderson of Scottsdale; her granddaughters Stephanie Toon and Kendra Richey; her great-grandchildren Kendyl, Christian, and Dylan; her sister Dee and husband Lew Morrical of Phoenix, her sister Caroll and husband Robert Rankin of Denver Colorado, her brother Chris Ideker, of Las Vegas, and her step-children Gary Carlson of St. Louis Park, MN and Cindy Gustafson, Tahoe City, CA.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 North Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm, memorial service at 1:00 pm with a reception after. Attire is casual. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Phyllis be given to The Church of Litchfield Park’s Youth Programs.

Rosa A. Palomo

Rosa A. Palomo, age 84 of Goodyear, AZ died August 31, 2019 in Youngtown, AZ. She was born September 23, 1934 in Quiriquiri, Venezuela to Fara Palomo. Rosa worked as a registered nurse in Caripito, Venezuela until she retired. She began growing orchids as a hobby and was so successful that she made it into a business. She loved to cook and especially loved sweets. She also loved animals.

Rosa is survived by her son, Glenn Biggs (Gloria), and two grandchildren. A rosary will be held at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Sostenes Sernas

Sostenes Sernas, age 87, of Avondale, AZ died August 25, 2019, in Avondale, AZ. He was born November 26, 1931, in Phoenix, AZ to Francisca and Amado Sernas. A visitation will be held at 6:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 7:00 pm, Friday, September 6, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Cynthia Eloise Herron

Cynthia Eloise Herron was born on December 22, 1966, to Beatrice Herron and Frederick McGee in Vaiden, MS. At the age of two, Cynthia migrated with her mother and younger brother to Detroit, MI in hopes of a better life. Cynthia spent her childhood years growing up on Detroit’s eastside. She attended Detroit Public schools and earned her high school diploma in the year of 1985. Shortly after high school, Cynthia began taking courses in early childhood development at Wayne County Community College District. During her early 20’s she began working part-time in early childhood centers as a teacher. Meanwhile, she actively pursued a career in hospitality employed as a server working for Westin Hotels. Cynthia served at hundreds of venues hosting celebrities and dignitaries; always noted and recognized for her beautiful personality and impeccable service. In the early 2000’s Cynthia relocated to Phoenix, AZ.

During her early adult years, Cynthia accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Cynthia attended worship service at First Institutional Baptist Church located in Phoenix, AZ. Cynthia enjoyed being out among the community; attending church gatherings, festivals, coffee shops and more. Cynthia tirelessly embraced family, friends, and strangers with kindness and gracefulness. On August 27, 2019, Cynthia departed this natural life and transitioned to be with the Lord.

Cynthia leaves behind one daughter, Santana DeJesus of Washington D.C., her mother, Beatrice Herron of Phoenix, AZ.; father, Frederick McGee of Vaiden, MS; and stepfather, Adolph Shaw Sr. of Detroit, MI.; four sisters, Sonya Stevenson of Durham, NC., Christy Herron of Goodyear, AZ., Sunday Herron of Durham, NC, and Edin Lawson of Orlando, FL.; two brothers, Adolph Shaw Sr., who preceded her in death, and Walter Herron of Phoenix AZ.; brother-in-law, Lamont Lawson, and sister-in-law, Tisha Mullins; nephews, Antoine Stevenson, Ray Steven Herron and Caleb Lawson; nieces, Cleopatra Herron (who tirelessly aided in Cynthia’s care in the last several months of her of life); Alicia Herron and Anngelyque Stevenson; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am, Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at 2:00 pm, at the Double Butte Cemetery, 2505 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282.

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