Obituaries

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Johnathan Robert Martinez

Johnathan Robert Martinez, age 29 of Phoenix, AZ died March 11, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born September 29, 1989, in Albuquerque, NM to Robert A. Martinez, Jr. and Kelly Martinez Wadsworth. Johnathan would do anything for anybody. His daughter was his joy and meant the world to him. He is survived by his daughter, Jaselyn Woolsey; Mother and Step-Father, Kelly and Fred Wadsworth; brothers, Austin (Niki) Martinez, Devin (Alex) Martinez, and Ryan (Sarah) Martinez; and nieces, Storey, Remi, Scarlett, and Reagan. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Martinez, Jr.; and grandparents, Jack and Betty Verkamp.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Richard Phillip Chaboya

Richard Phillip Chaboya, age 28, of Tonopah, AZ died March 20, 2019 in Surprise, AZ after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 14, 1990 in Carmichael, CA to Phillip and Pauline Chaboya. He grew up in Yuba City, CA and graduated from Yuba City High School where he was also a member of the football team. Richard served in the US Marine Corps from 2010 – 2014.

Stubborn and independent, Richard lived his life on his terms. He had a positive attitude and loved to joke around. It was nearly impossible to take a picture of him without him making a crazy face. He was very intelligent and would often reassure everyone with, “I got this!”   He learned to ride a motorcycle by watching YouTube and loved to go on long drives, often topping 100 mph on the freeway.

Richard was a great father and husband. He was patient and understanding and would do anything for his family. He was brave and strong and made time to play with his children, no matter how sick he felt. His love for his children and his wife gave him the reason and the strength to continue to fight. As he would often say, “My story – my life – no regrets!”

Richard is survived by his wife, Jackie Chaboya; daughters, Nayeli and Natalie Chaboya; son, Uriah Chaboya; parents, Phillip & Pauline Chaboya; sisters, Alina (Daniel) Meneses, AJ Chaboya; and brother, Anthony (Erica) Chaboya.

A visitation will be at 4:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Joseph W. Betts

Joseph W. Betts, age 75 of Sun City, AZ died March 19, 2019 in Sun City, AZ. He was born August 31, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Vincent and Isabella (Schafer) Betts. He served in the US Army achieving the rank of Specialist spcor-4. Joe was a proud owner of a 2011 Corvette ZR-1 and Vice President of Fast Glass Corvette Club. He was a member of Local Union 150 Operating Engineers for 45 years. He was a lifelong friend, loving grandfather, and a diehard Chicago Bears fan.

Joe is survived by his sons, Robert (Ruthie) Betts, and Michael (Kelly) Betts; brother Jim (Joanne) Betts; five grandchildren, Molly and Mikey Betts, and Blake, Caden, and Mason Betts; and his two constant companions, his cats, Harley and Janie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith (Bartello) Betts, and his parents, Vincent Betts and Isabella (Schafer) Betts.

A visitation will be held at 2:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be at St Michael The Archangel Cemetery, 1185 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL. The family suggests that donations be made to Fur Keeps Animal Rescue, Barrington Hill, IL.

Jacob Brown Viglietta

Jacob Brown Viglietta, age 17 of Goodyear, AZ passed away March 17, 2019, in a tragic accident. He was born December 24, 2001, in Salekhard, Russia and joined our family in Michigan at the age of 13 months. Jacob’s infectious smile and playfulness captured our hearts the minute we met him. Jacob loved to play outdoors with the Lyncott kids, especially with “the littles” Delaney and Brendan Gannon. He created lifelong friendships with Joel Walker and Luke Rop.

In Arizona, Jacob became best of friends with Josh Pennartz. They built gaming computers together and spent many hours (too many if you ask his parents) playing video games together. Jacob enjoyed being a member of the Estrella Foothills High School cross country team. He was passionate about snowboarding, swimming, and video games. Jacob was a quiet, gentle soul. He loved his three cats, Sadie, Trouble, and Lucy. As a typical teenager, he preferred sports and gaming more than homework and haircuts. He was very fortunate to have so many people who loved him. His village included: the Morenos, The Svetz’s, Mari Hammond, Florida, the Pallantes, the Walkers, Sheila Keeley, and of course, “Mr. Bill” and the Seyferth family.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Gene and Mary (Fisher) Viglietta; brothers and sisters, Benedict (Crystal) Viglietta, Matthew Viglietta, and Bethany (K’Leb) Shivvers; nephew, Ben Viglietta; nieces, Kaitlynn Shivvers, and Sarah (Viglietta) Spencer; maternal grandparents, Sandy and Walter Fisher; Aunts and Uncles, Liz (Marty) Pallante, Lewis (Jody) Fisher, Walter (Lori) Fisher, Chris (Amy) Fisher, Ben (Terri) Viglietta, Tony (Martha) Viglietta, Joe (Fifita) Viglietta, Ted (Camille) Viglietta, Peter (AnnaMarie) Viglietta, Sue (Scot) Arthur, Rose (Bruce) Carpenter, Pat Viglietta, Sarah (Robert) Boser, Lilly Williams, Jeanne (Brian) Darby, Marion (John- deceased) Embry; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ben and Marion Viglietta, and dear friend, Sue Johnson.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, March 25, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. In honor of Jacob, please attend the service in casual, comfortable clothing. A memorial service will be held in N. Muskegon, MI at a date and time yet to be determined.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Estrella Foothills High School Cross Country Team.

Carol Ann Manning

Carol Ann Manning, age 67 of Tolleson, AZ passed away on March 16, 2019 in Glendale, AZ. She was born July 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, OH, one of three children born to Leonard and Margaret James Wurth.   Carol grew up on a small farm in Butler County, OH. She had a difficult childhood and was responsible for her brother and sister at a young age. Even so, she loved her father very much.

Carol was a beautiful soul, full of strength, laughter and a love of bright, fun jewelry. She had a heart of gold and would give to anyone in need. She loved Bible Study, traveling with her husband, Tom, and an occasional visit to the casino. She took good care of Tom and he saw her as a saint for it.

Her son James was the joy of her life. For the first sixteen years of his life it was just the two of them. She worked unbelievable hours to provide for him, but she always found time to have fun with him on weekends. A loving mother, she had the strength and courage to make hard choices that would provide James with the greatest growth. She fought for him and her constancy became the rock he would rely on. She brought James into this world, holding his hand and she left this world with James holding her hand.

Carol is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Manning; son, James Manning; stepson, Thomas E. Manning; stepdaughter, Rosemary Briton Manning; sister, Nancy Curry; brother, Mike Wurth; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Margaret Wurth.

A visitation will be at 4:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 4:45 pm, Saturday March 23, 2019 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Rose Ann Pollard House

Rose Ann Pollard House was born in Eagle Lake, Mississippi on April 7, 1950 to the late Jim and Lula Cross Pollard. She was the fifth born of seven children. Ann (as she was affectionately known) confessed her hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized. She received her primary education in Jonestown, MS and upon moving to Chicago, IL with her family, Ann finished her education at Farragut High School. Ann joined Mt Zion First Holy Miracle Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Levan Brayboy, where she was a member for many years before moving her membership to Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Ralph Brown Sr.; where she was a faithful member until moving her residency to Goodyear, AZ. Upon establishing her home in Goodyear, Ann became a member of Word of Life Christian Center under the leadership of Pastor Eddie Robinson. Ann was a faithful member of Word of Life Christian Center as well as an active member of the Sisters In Action Ministry until her health no longer allowed her to do so. Ann possessed a loving heart and was always attentive to the needs of others. She would willingly help anyone she could rather it was with a meal, clothes, a bed or just a hug. Ann never turned anybody away and you could tell because her house was always filled. She loved kids and at any given time any number of her nieces and nephews could be found at her house.

God blessed Ann to birth three children: Laconda, Curtis and Keshia whom she loved and poured her heart into; but there are so many more children especially on the 108th block of Wabash in Chicago who can give account of the times that Ann poured into or just loved on them when needed. In 1991, Ann met and married George House. Ann and George shared many happy years of love together until his untimely death in 1993.

God’s finger of love touched Ann on Friday March 8, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. and she received her wings. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim & Lula Cross Pollard; brothers: Eddie Lee Pollard & Jim “Peter” Pollard Jr.; sisters: Lula (Bay-Lu) Thomas & Sarah (Scrap) Battee and one sister in love Eva Mae Rhodes Pollard.

Ann leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters: Laconda Pollard Hall and Keshia Pollard of Goodyear, AZ; one son Curtis L. Pollard of Avondale, AZ; one son- in-love, Donovan Hall and one daughter-in-love, Sophia Pollard; ten grandchildren: Roushella, Ciera (Kalvin), Danyea, Kyle, Curtis II, Troy, Trishauna, Corey, Bradley and Eboni Rose; twelve great grandchildren: Tajeem, Khailah, Malique, Curtis III, Courtney, Noah, Charli-Mae, Ja’ Shone, Cayden, Chloe Ann, Dae’brion, and Nova; three brothers: John Henry Pollard. Aron “TC” Pollard of Chicago, IL. and McCormick Brown of East St. Louis, IL; one sister-in-love, Earlean Pollard of Chicago, IL; thirteen nieces and nephews and a host of great nieces, nephews , great grand nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Word of Life Christian Church, 1425 N Central Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323.

John Erwin Ambrose

John Erwin Ambrose, age 77, long-time resident of Howell, MI died March 14, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born December 23, 1941 in Detroit, MI to Erwin and Dorothy Ambrose. John served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969 in the topographic Mapping Corps. John was a community planning consultant for over 47 years, representing both public and private organizations. He was a mentor to many young planners just starting their careers. He enjoyed traveling the country in his fifth wheel, Detroit sports, cars, airplanes, and most of all, spending time with his family.

John is survived by his wife, Bette; daughter, Leanne Totin and her husband, Greg; three grandchildren, Emma, Lindsey, and Carley; brother-in-law, John Sierota; and nieces and nephews, Sue Newberry, Nancy Grady (Brian) and their children, Bradshaw and Brooke, Janice Newberry, Sarah Lang (Aaron) and their children Audrey and Andrew, and Adam Sierota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Dorothy Ambrose; sister, Karen Sierota; and sisters-in-law, Anne Joines, and Kay Newberry and her husband Ken.

A private service in Arizona will be held March 22, 2019. A memorial service will also be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, 300 E Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116. The family suggests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

James Irvin “Butch” Davis

James Irvin “Butch” Davis, age 76 died March 5, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born May 10, 1942, in Cairo, GA, the third of eight children born to Lugenia (Willis) and Jack Davis, Sr.   Butch’s roots sank deep into the soil of Cairo, GA. Cairo was where he was raised in the church, where he learned to be strong, and where he was embraced by his large family. Regardless of where he traveled, his heart always led him back to his home in Cairo.

Butch served four years in the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany and France, where his first daughter was born. When he returned to the US, he became a chef working for Amtrak, eventually rising to the position of Head Chef. Butch traveled thousands of miles while ensuring that his passengers were provided with a unique dining experience.   He was a hard worker and keenly aware of the needs of those around him. His hospitality not only extended to his passengers, but to his coworkers and friends. He would captivate them with his stories and his sense of humor and he would go out of his way to help them when they were in need of assistance. He never failed to bring back a memento for his family when he returned from a trip.

Butch was a good father and a good husband. He made time to be with his children and loved to take them back to Cairo where he would pass on his family legacy.  He was protective of his sons and daughter and worked hard to ensure that they had a good life. Butch had a life-long desire to be a cowboy, so he took his children horseback riding and to Lake Tobesofkee as well as to Magic Mountain and Six Flags theme parks. Butch had a large family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He took good care of all of them but especially loved to be with his parents, brothers and sisters, and children. He would often buy beautiful dresses for his mother and sisters, and he remained close with his brothers and sisters throughout his life.

Butch is survived by his first wife, Jacqueline, the mother of his children; wife, Janet; daughter, Terrie and son-in-law, Mark; sons, Jimmy and daughter-in-law, Sylvia, and Benjamie “Chaddy-Boo”; sisters, Carolyn D. Marshall of Ft Valley, GA, and Edna Perez of Atlanta, GA; brothers Robert “Bobby” Davis of Chase City, VA, Curtis “Alton” Davis of Ft. Valley, GA, and Jack O’Neal Davis of Warner Robbins, GA; four grandchildren, Richard “Ricky”, Nicole, Brittany “Nee-Nee”, and Danielle; and many others in his large family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lugenia and Jack Davis, Sr.; brother, Joseph Larmar Davis of Ft Valley, GA, and William Otis Davis of Washington, DC. A repast will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Arthur C. Helmuth

Arthur Cleon Helmuth, 86, of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on February 23, 2019 from liver cancer. He was born on March 13, 1932 in Buffalo, NY to Samuel and Geneva (Klingelsmith) Helmuth, growing up near Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

In 1956 he married Roberta Caylor. Arthur earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, later working as a researcher for Dr. Harry Waisman at the Kennedy Labs, then at the Waisman Center, assisting with research including newborn phenylketonuria testing.

In 1976 Arthur, Roberta and three children moved to majestic Alaska. There, when not fishing or hunting, he worked as a chemist, then criminologist for the State Crime lab. He subsequently worked, then retired from the Tesoro Alaska oil refinery in Kenai.

Following Roberta’s passing in 2012, Arthur moved to sunny Arizona.

Arthur was preceded in death by wife Roberta, his parents, sisters Verda, Vivian and Vesta, and son Brian. He is survived by son Craig (Katherine) Helmuth of Fairbanks; daughter Valerie (Richard) Johnston of Wasilla; grandson Rhobert Johnston, of Wasilla; brothers Wilbur Helmuth of Madison, Wisconsin; Harold Helmuth and Glenn (Katie) Helmuth of Glen Flora, Wisconsin; his beloved friend M. Kathleen Guyer of Phoenix and many extended family.

No service is planned at this time. Arthur requested that you make a donation to your favorite charity in lieu of any other memorial. Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Donald William Fyfe

Donald William Fyfe, age 87 of Goodyear, AZ died February 22, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born 1932 to Clifford and Marie Fyfe in Terre Haute, IN. He served in the US Army Reserve Engineer Corps until 1962 achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He graduated from Royerton High School in Indiana and as a Mechanical Engineer from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He was a member of ASM International. He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, road trips, gardening, and photographing and cataloging all the wildlife that would migrate through his beautiful backyard. He was a fan of the Phoenix Suns and Whataburger. He enjoyed spending his time tinkering around the house and yard. He especially loved family gatherings.

Donald is survived by his daughters, Tracy Duff, and Gail Ashley; sons, David, and Matthew Fyfe; sister Carolyn Welch; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Fyfe and older brother, James Fyfe. A visitation will be held at 8:00 am followed by a funeral service at 9:00 am, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 1001 N Central Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85323. Burial will follow at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

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