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January 2022
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David Allen Laird

David Allen Laird born in Marion Ohio on October 22, 1947 passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife Sue and family, in his home January 24th. A Celebration of Life will be held in private per the families’ request.

In lieu of flowers, please honor David’s wishes by making donation to Arizona Antelope Foundation or Arizona Big Horn Sheep Society.

Ryan Douglas Lawry

Ryan Douglas Lawry, 32, of Goodyear, Arizona died on January 14, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born April 27, 1989 at Luke Airforce Base in Glendale, Arizona to Mark and Andrea Lawry.

Ryan was a born-again Christian who loved the Lord and loved life. He was raised going to church. He loved his four children, Marc, Abraham, Allyson-Rae, and Elijah. He loved spending time with them, taking them to the park weekly, as they loved to play outside. Ryan took his children to church as often as he could in hopes that one day, they too would come to know the Lord as their personal Savior.

Ryan was a family man who enjoyed getting together with as much family as he could and as often as he could. It didn’t matter if it was playing pinochle with his girlfriend Brittny against his parents or against one of his brothers and their wives. He especially loved going to his oldest brother Terry’s house and taking his kids to go swimming in the pool. He wanted his kids to know all of his family, to have memories they would never forget and to know they were loved.

As a young teen he was active in Junior Church, was a camp counselor, and memorized Bible verses for AWANA (Approved Workman Are Never Ashamed) from the age of three to the age of eighteen. Ryan earned his AWANA Citation Award which is a great honor to receive. He became a leader for AWANA helping other young kids memorize Bible verses, to come to know the Lord as their personal Savior, and to mentor them. He did a lot of service working with children, Tutor Time with grade school kids to help them with their reading, Rent a Teen with seniors to earn money for camps, for AWANA Summit trips to compete against teens from all over the USA in Bible Quizzing, games, and fine arts. He also worked in the kitchen serving church lunches. Ryan loved to cook and grill. He would call his mom often asking for recipes he grew up with as he wanted to make them for his family.

Ryan graduated from La Joya High School in Avondale, Arizona. He participated in sports all through high school; he played golf, soccer, baseball, tennis, and also enjoyed volleyball. He had a way to make everyone laugh and feel comfortable.

After graduating Ryan worked for thirteen years with Papa John’s Pizza and even became a GM manager of several stores. Later he worked for Fry’s Food and Drug Stores, having the pleasure of working with for about a year at the same store with his mom. She loved having him at the same store! Even his girlfriend Brittny got to work there for a bit with him. He needed to have weekends off to spend quality time with his children and went to work with his brother David at Interior Logic as a NAV

Specialist. He worked in the warehouse and was looking to be promoted. He received praise for making great strides in how the warehouse functioned. His manger there, and owners from Papa John’s, were very good to Ryan when he got sick and went into the hospital and even helped financially. We thank Ryan’s boss for being so kind to him.

Those that know Ryan know his kids came first before himself. He took care of them and others before himself. He was the kind of friend who would drop everything to help one of his friends in need. He was a very social person, who loved life, who knew many people in his short time on Earth and will be missed by many. Know that he will be looking forward to seeing everyone as he is in Heaven with a new body, with no more pain, or sickness. We shall see him again when it is our turn to join him.

Do not sorrow for Ryan, he is with his Heavenly Father. Pray for those left behind as we mourn his life here on Earth. Pray for those who do not know the Lord as their personal Savior. Ryan will rejoice to see us again. He is up there with his Nana Bitsy, Uncle Kenny and several uncles, grandparents and family.

Ryan is survived by his, daughter, Allyson-Rae Kathleen Lawry, sons, Marc Daniel Lawry, Abraham Joseph Lawry, and Elijah David Lawry, sister, Jacqueline Nicole Lawry, brothers, Terry Daniel Lawry and David Paul Lawry, parents, Mark and Andrea Lynne Lawry, papa, Ernest Glen Tarr, five nieces, two nephews, and several aunts and uncles, and girlfriend, Brittny DelPozzo, ex-wife and mother of his kids, Danielle Elaine Lawry. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Kenneth Wayne Tarr, nana, Leona Myrle Tarr, Gram, Lois Jean Lawry, and Pap, John William Lawry Sr.

A celebration of life will be held from 1pm to 2pm on Friday, January 28, 2022 at Sahuaro Ranch Park (9802 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85302).

John DeMare

John DeMare died peacefully on Wednesday 1/19/22 in Goodyear, Arizona at the age of 83. John was born in Rome NY, attended St. Mary’s, Saint Aloysius Academy and graduated from Niagara University class of 1960. He was hired by the US Air Force and began his lifelong career in a new technology called data processing programming! His career continued with the Department of Defense, Xerox Data Systems, DeMare Computer Systems, and Harte Hanks where he developed a system for the Penny Saver industry. Then C-Square International where he developed and marketed a system for the oil industry future traders where he traveled internationally in Europe, Asia and South America.

John married Jackie (Harrington) in 1964, a union of 57 years. They lived in Columbus Ohio, Fairport NY, Southern California and retired in Avondale Arizona. He and Jackie enjoyed traveling internationally and summers in the east with family vacations to the ocean! They enjoyed golfing, the beautiful Arizona lifestyle and a large extended family. He was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas choir since 2003 and sang in church choirs in NY and California.

John is survived by his wife Jackie, three daughters Monica Kraft (Ron), Michelle Fuoco (Brian) and Melanie Hagan, Eight Grandchildren, Lanie Fuoco (Jonathan DiPietro), Justis DeMare, Carly Kraft, Alex Fuoco, Sedona DeMare, Jordan Kraft, Ethan Hagan, Eliya Hagan one Great Grandchild Zariah, daughter of Sedona. John is also survived by his sibling Sister Rosaire Anne DeMare, sister-in-laws Joann DeMare, Patricia Murray, Pamela Tuzzolino and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son John DeMare, his parents Rosario and Anna (Marturano) DeMare, identical twin brother Rosario (Junior) and brother Peter DeMare.

A visitation will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel located at 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ on Tuesday 2/1/22 from 6:00-9:00pm. A funeral service will be held on 2/2/22 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ at 1:00pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life.

Edward Don Langley (Don)

Edward Don Langley (Don), 45, of Buckeye, passed away on January 13, 2022.  Don was born on February 5, 1976 to Donald Langley, Sr and Noriko Langley in Walla Walla, Washington.

Don lived most of his early life in Goodyear, Arizona and attended Agua Fria High school.

He went on to study at University of Phoenix where he earned a Master of Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Don had many years of experience in the field of Information Technology and as an eLearning content creator. Don’s place of employment at the time of his passing was Avon. He worked on the Learning and Development team as a Manager for Digital Education. His team described him as a loyal team member, with expertise in a variety of areas, who always put the needs of the team first.

Those who had the opportunity to know Don, knew that he was a kind person who also had many talents. He was an incredible example of what it means to live a fully balanced life with hobbies such as anime, model action figures, Comicon, along with professional photography and videography. His hobby of toy photography, toy hunts, and custom 3d prints were shared on Instagram @aztoyguy, and his creative photography and videos are shared on Instagram @paused4life.

Don is survived by his children, Aiden and Charlotte; Wife, Carrine; Father, Donald Langley, Sr; Siblings, Donald Randy Langley, Jr (Donna), and Laura Fralix(Jason). Don was predeceased by his mother Noriko Langley.

Viewing and service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm (service at 8 pm). Committal Service will take place at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W Beardsley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027, on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10 am. Reception to follow.

Michael John McEvilly “Mike”

In Memoriam

Michael John McEvilly “Mike”

May 7, 1939 – January 14, 2022

Michael John McEvilly “Mike”, 82, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away peacefully at his home in Arizona, surrounded by his loving family on January 14, 2022.

Mike grew up in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1968 Mike married Sandra Hornbeck McEvilly.  He and Sandra raised their daughters (Molly who now lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona and Jenny who now lives in Martinsville, Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mike and Sandra moved to Arizona in 1998 and spent the summers at their second home in Birchwood in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Mike enjoyed bike riding, hiking and golfing.

Mike is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandy; his children, Molly Elizabeth McEvilly and Jenny Veta Reed (Brian); his grandchildren, Kiley Reed and Caden Reed; and his brother, Richard McEvilly “Dick”.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Delia McEvilly; and his brothers, Patrick James McEvilly and Donald McEvilly.

A prayer service and viewing will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2pm.

A private family prayer service and burial will be held at Greenwood, Indiana at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home, Friday, February 4, 2022.

For those wishing to make a charitable donation in Mike’s memory are asked to consider Premier Hospice (3550 N. Central Ave. Suite 1200 Phoenix, AZ 85012).

Deborah (Debbie) Michelle Poole Thompson

Deborah (Debbie) Michelle Poole Thompson, 58, of Bullhead City AZ passed away on December 5, 2021. She was born on February 13, 1963, in Waukee, Iowa to Larrie Edgar Cochran and Mary Terese Cochran (Vandevanter).

Debbie started her life in Waukee but shortly after the birth of her brother Steven they moved to Michigan. Right before she started school, her sister Monica was born. Being the bigger sister, she had to shine her way through school and pave the way. She loved making new friends. She enjoyed learning new skills that included dancing and singing. As she was growing up, she loved spending time with her family at her grandparent’s farm in Iowa. On the farm she would get her siblings and cousins to perform “Grand Old Opry”. We would dance and sing just like the show. She spent time helping with chores and riding horses with her cousins. When she spent time at her grandma’s house in town, the family would get together and sit on the front porch and sing John Denver’s songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”. She loved music, she played violin and trumpet in middle school and joined choir in high school.

After graduation from Walled Lake Western High School, she went on to receive a certificate to be a travel agent and moved to Tucson, AZ to live with her cousin. She later moved back to Michigan where she met her first husband Noel who was in the United States Army. She continued her career in the food industry. In 1991, Debbie and Noel welcomed their daughter Brittany to the world. Brittany was cherished by both. Eventually Noel and Debbie parted ways and Debbie’s main focus was raising her daughter. After the passing of her mother, Debbie, Brittany and her father moved to Bullhead City, Arizona to start a new chapter in her life. She had the opportunity to go back to school to become a social worker. She was an active part of Brittany’s extracurricular activities such as dance and cheer.  Debbie continued to love music- She loved to listen to Keith Urban and several other music genres.

Debbie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which prevented her from finishing her degree and had to stop working. Even after getting her diagnoses, she kept a sense of humor and a positive attitude. She enjoyed selecting her teams for her family’s fantasy football. She would cheer on her teams in hopes to win. She was a Detroit Lions at home cheerleader through in through. In 2014 and 2015 she was blessed with 2 grandsons, Benjamin and Sebastian. As her MS progressed, she needed 24/7 care and moved into a skilled facility in beginning of 2020. In May 2021, she agreed to move to a skilled facility in Phoenix, where she could be close to her family. Up until her passing, Debbie spent quality time with her brother, sister, and her family which allowed them to spend hours reconnecting – laughing, telling stories, celebrating birthdays, singing and teasing about the past and current times. Steve would tease with her all the time and Debbie would give it right back- but she knew how much he loved her. Debbie always smiled, always asked how you were doing, told you she loved you and say see you tomorrow.

She is survived by her daughter Brittany Poole, her sister Monica Rhea (Cochran), sister-in-law Judi Cochran, her brother Steve Cochran. Debbie is also survived by her niece and nephews, Corey Rhea, Brandon Rhea, Amanda Cochran, Tyler Rhea and Austin Rhea along with her great nieces, Ellie Rhea and Lydia Rhea and her grandsons, Benjamin Marlowe and Sebastian Marlowe. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents, Mary (Vandevanter) and Larrie Cochran, her grandparents, Clarence and Mary Frances Cochran and Earl and Maria Vandevanter, her uncles James Vandevanter and Carol Cochran, her Aunt Barbara Cochran, her nephew Zachery Cochran, her brother-in-law Daryll Rhea, and all the family members that have touch her life that have passed before her.

A celebration of her life at a future time.  Deborah’s ashes will be laid to rest in Milford Cemetery in Milford, Michigan with her parents at a later date.

Priscilla Elaine Johnson

Priscilla Elaine Johnson was born May 21, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.  The last 10 years she lived in Arizona making Glendale her home.

She graduated from Fremont High School, Los Angeles California. As a child she was active in Church, in school and loved camping. She would speak about the wonderful and great fun she had camping as a child, which gave her a great love for fishing and traveling. Priscilla loved her family, she loved to cook, shopping at the grocery stores, travel (within the United States) and host gatherings big and small. Her family working together and staying unified was what she lived by.  Priscilla loved being a Mother and grandmother.

She departed this life January 7, 2022 and leaves behind her husband Ronald Johnson, 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, and host of relative to cherish her memories.

Tom Penley

Mr. Tom Penley, 60, of Peoria, Arizona passed away on January 10, 2022 at 7:20PM. He was born February 25, 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio to Grant Penley and Phyllis Meyer.

Tom was married in 1985 to Colleen Nelson. He was married by his late uncle, Father Tom, a priest in the Catholic Church. He worked hard in management throughout his life. Since the passing of his wife on January 5th, 2010, he has been the full emotional support for his 2 daughters.

He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Penley (Brady) and Kristine Litman, son-in-law’s, Leon and Spencer, sister, Nancy McCabe, grandchildren, Shane Gibson, Lindsay Gibson, Jayden Litman, and Aubrey Litman, two nieces, three nephews, and two bonus grandchildren.  Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Penley, father, Grant Penley, and wife, Colleen Penley (Nelson).

A visitation will be held January 23 at 1pm with a funeral service beginning at 2:30pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

You can view a slideshow about Tom at https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/7J6QYF8727N7PRF8

Brian K. Johnson

Mr. Brian K. Johnson, 62, of Waddell, Arizona died on December 24, 2021 in Waddell, Arizona.  He was born April 4, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gilman and Lois Johnson.

Brian grew up in Avondale, attended Avondale Elementary, and graduated from Agua Fria High School.  He worked construction for many years around Avondale and the west side, and then went to work for the City of Tempe, where he retired after 20 years of service.  During his retirement he remodeled both of his daughter’s homes and enjoyed traveling (most recently on a Panama Canal cruise). Brian loved to ski (he and his family spent many New Years and Christmases skiing), and loved to co-host holidays and parties at his home, they were filled with laughs, family, and games.

He leaves behind the loves of his life, Heidi, his wife of 34 years, his daughters Aimee Johnson (of Tempe), and Emily Cox (of Buckeye). He is also survived by son-in-law, Joseph “JJ” Cox, Jake the dog, sister, Michelle Johnson, and a very large extended family who will miss him dearly.

A funeral will be held at 1pm on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Crossings Church (16107 W. Glendale Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340).  A celebration of life will follow at the Johnson residence.

The family suggests that donations be made to two organizations that are close to his daughter’s hearts: Crossings Church or Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary.

Peter Edmund Lentz

Peter Edmund Lentz born October 18, 1943, taken way too soon November 26, 2021. He was a devoted husband to Waltraud, loving father of Jason (Joelle) and Grant (Vickie), doting grandfather to Justin, Joey, Abigail, Matthew, Nick, and bonus grandson Andrew. He had loved his beloved Marine Corps and honorably served his country in Viet Nam. Preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Margaret. Pete will be remembered by friends and family as a person larger than life, both in physical stature as well as personality. He impacted everyone’s lives that he came into. Although he may be gone, he will never be forgotten!!

Memorials can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Robert Buttemiller MD

Colonel (Ret.) Robert Buttemiller MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away January 10, 2022. Bob, aka “Dr. Bob”, Dad and G-Pa, was known for his quick wit, photographic memory and contagious personality. Bob was always the life of the party and entertained everyone with his amazing one-liners.

Robert Buttemiller (Bob) was born to Dr. George Buttemiller and Beverly Glueck Buttemiller October 9, 1941 in Libertyville, IL. He was the valedictorian of Libertyville High School class of 1959 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 1963 where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He attended Northwestern Medical School and graduated at the top of his class as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. In 1969 he was drafted into the United States Air Force where he became a decorated officer and flight surgeon. Over the next 30 years he was stationed in various places including The Philippines, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Arizona where he and his wife, Harriet, made lifelong friends. He served as the hospital commander at Luke AFB, Arizona and subsequently retired to Litchfield Park, Arizona in 1994. 

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Harriet, his three children Maggie and husband Jeff Dietert of Houston, TX, Carrie and husband Peter DeWitt of San Antonio, TX ,  and John and wife Sara Buttemiller of  Palm Desert, CA ,as well as six grandchildren, Carlie and Kyle Dietert, Jack and Charlie DeWitt, and Natalie and Henry Buttemiller. He is also survived by his sister, Beverly “BG” Bates and his nephew, Christian Bates of Bolinas, CA.

He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly Glueck Buttemiller, father Dr. George Buttemiller and stepmother Dr. Audrey Buttemiller.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family prefers a donation be made to a charity of your choosing in his honor.

Karen Curtis

Karen Curtis, 79, of Avondale, AZ passed away on Jan 6, 2022.  She was born in Berkeley, CA to Harriet and Don Keene.

Karen is survived by her two daughters, Heather Anderson (Lance) and Lindsey Curtis, her three grandchildren, Tatum, Leah and Carter, and her two sisters, Marsha and Lori Keene. As an educator for over forty years in both California and Arizona, Karen was a respected and passionate advocate for students and teachers ending her career as a national distinguished principal in the Litchfield Elementary School District. She was fiercely loyal to friends and family, compassionate to those she knew well and to those she had just met, and deeply optimistic even in difficult times. She will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have been in her presence.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on January 20th at The Refinery Christian Church.  (16721 W Indian School Rd Goodyear AZ 85395)

*We are asking all those in attendance to please wear a mask.

Yolanda Dominguez

Yolanda Dominguez, 75, of El Mirage, Arizona died in Goodyear, Arizona on December 29, 2021. She was born in North Dakota to Katarina Dominguez and Adan Dominguez on August 7, 1946.
She was a caregiver and a loving wife and mother who was always there for her husband and children. She will be missed.
Yolanda is survived by her husband, Margarito Dominguez, daughter, Maria Saldaña, sons, Manuel Saldaña Jr and Martin Saldaña, sister, Gloria de la Cruz, fourteen grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Katarina and Adan Dominguez, siblings, Mercedes Medina and Juan Adan Dominguez, and son, Mario Saldaña.
A visitation will be held at 6pm on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. A mass will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd. Avondale, AZ 85392.

Lauro Duarte Fierro

Mr. Lauro Duarte Fierro, 89, passed away peacefully in Goodyear, Arizona on December 11, 2021. He was born in Malaga, New Mexico on March 28, 1932 to Eliza Duarte Fierro and Jesus Acosta Fierro. Lauro was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Eva Hernandez Fierro; their son Ishmael Fierro; brother Louis Fierro; sister Azucena (Susie) Gonzales; and nephews Joe F. Gonzales, Orlando Fierro, and Jubencio Gonzales, Jr.

Lauro was a veteran of the Korean War in which he served from 1951 to 1954. He received several medals for his service as an infantryman in a heavy artillery unit including: a Bronze Star, National Defense Medal, Korean War Defense Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.

After serving in the military, he worked for General Electric in Carlsbad, New Mexico from 1956 to 1974. He then worked for Hannon Electric in Mesa, Arizona from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

In his free time, Lauro enjoyed all sports, especially the Phoenix Suns. In his youth, he enjoyed hunting. But his favorite pastime was spending time with his family; it was when he was the happiest.

Lauro is survived by his children Lorinda (Tom) Caratachea of Buckeye, Arizona; Alfonso (Lisa) Fierro of Tucson, Arizona; and Lauro (Ellie) Fierro Jr. of Vail, Arizona; Yesenia Fierro of Chandler, Arizona; and step-daughter Mary E. (Carey) Kirk of Goodyear, Arizona; daughter-in-law Lisa Fierro of Gilbert, Arizona;. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Delma G Hernandez, Susan G. Jones, Linda G. Vigil, Speedy Gonzales, Richard Fierro, and Rudy Fierro; grandchildren: Orlando Navarrette, Jr., Lauro Jason Fierro III, Stephanie Lynn Fierro, Jocelyn Laurel Acosta, Matthew Louis Fierro, Anthony Fierro, Christina Marie Fierro, Roman Gabriel Trujillo, Jr., and Raul Adrian Herrera III; and his great-grandchildren: Lauro Jason Fierro IV, Celene Alysse Wood, William Joseph Wood, Nevaeh Julianna and Isabella Lorinda Navarrette, Aspen Amelia Fierro, Neesa Celeste Trujillo, Allyna Rafaelita Acosta, and Jeremiah David Renfrow.

A Funeral Mass will be held January 26, 2022 at 11AM at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in Scottsdale, Arizona. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.

James Sandoval

Mr. James Sandoval, 68, of Goodyear, Arizona died January 1, 2022. He was born July 7, 1953 in Phoenix, Arizona to John R. Sandoval and Anita M. Sandoval.
Jimmy attended Phoenix Union High School and later Phoenix College where he met his future wife of 48 years, Susan. As a teenager, Jimmy became interested in law enforcement and joined the Phoenix Police Trainee Program and entered into the Police Academy when he was 21. Jimmy served as patrol officer and retired as a detective in 1999. After his career with the Police Department, Jimmy worked for the City of Phoenix in the Neighborhood Services Department and retired again in 2015. A few years into his retirement, Jimmy developed Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and received a double lung transplant in November 2018. Jimmy passed away due to complications from his lung transplant on New Years Day 2022. He had a larger-than-life persona, enjoyed talking to everyone, became a mentor to many, and devoted time to coaching soccer and football. He was always the life of the party.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents John R. and Anita Sandoval. He is survived by his wife, Susan; eight brothers and sisters: Jenny, Peter, David, Sam, Beji, Diane, Johnny Ray, and Michael; his son, Matt; daughter, Tina; grandsons, Mathew and Eric; and granddaughter Meadow.
A visitation will be held at 1PM on January 18, 2022 with the funeral service beginning at 2pm.

William Loudermilk

Mr. William Lloyd Loudermilk, Sr, 77, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died January 5, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona due to complications from Covid Pneumonia. He was born September 6, 1944 in Maryland to Raymond and Dollie Loudermilk.

William was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Before moving to Arizona, he retired as a pressman in the printing business in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  After moving to Arizona around 2004, he started a successful handyman business. He loved cars, wood working, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.  In his retirement years, he joined a Corvette Club and spent many weekends showing off his cars, winning many awards and socializing with his friends.

William is survived by his daughter, Priscilla Jackson and her husband George; his son, William Loudermilk, Jr; his granddaughters, Jessica, Caitlyn and Kelli; his great grandchildren Elijah and Arya; his sister Betty Wickless; brothers, Carl (Ray) Loudermilk and Elmer (Guy) Loudermilk; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Loudermilk and Dollie Loudermilk; his sister, Bernice Bowlin; and three brothers, Bill Loudermilk, Robert Loudermilk and Fred Loudermilk.

A Celebration of Life will be planned in the spring in his hometown of Pasadena, Maryland.

Patricia Acosta

Ms. Patricia Acosta, 57, of Buckeye, Arizona died January 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born August 5, 1964 in Los Angeles, California to Esteban Garzon and Juanita Lozano.

Patricia loved spending time with her family, her oldies and funk. She was a mama bear; very protective of her babies. She wanted to have fun, and make everything enjoyable. She wouldn’t let anything stand between her and her kids. She would jump at a moment’s notice for them. Her favorite thing was shopping with the girls and saying, “don’t tell your dad.” She loved being a mother and grandma. She loved her dogs Snowball and Chikita.

Patricia is survived by her daughters, Laura Acosta, Blyss Acosta, and Jade Acosta; sons Jaime Alberto Acosta, Francisco Acosta, Sebastian Gonzalez, Gino Gonzalez, and Zachary Acosta.

A visitation will be held at 9AM on Saturday, January 22 at Desert Hills Baptist Church with the funeral service will begin at 10:30am.

Jaime Acosta

Mr. Jaime Acosta, 66, of Buckeye, Arizona died December 25, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born May 23, 1955 in Juarez, Mexico to Francisco Acosta and Martina Alvarado.

Jaime loved his family, cooking, and tinkering around the house. He especially loved building things out of what everyone else would see as unusable. He was a jokester too. He liked to help others through sports, work, and church. He and Zach volunteered at the food bank every Saturday for years. He often spoke of his roots, and would try to connect with others through that. Jaime would occasionally mention his jersey collection from high school, volunteering at the park, and all of his favorite teams; including the Dodgers and Lakers. He would randomly call his kids just to say hi. He loved surprise visits from his son and having his girls nearby. His favorite saying was always “behave” before he left.

Jaime is survived by his daughters, Laura Acosta, Blyss Acosta, and Jade Acosta; sons Jaime Alberto Acosta, Francisco Acosta, Sebastian Gonzalez, Gino Gonzalez, and Zachary Acosta.

A visitation will be held at 9AM on Saturday, January 22 at Desert Hills Baptist Church with the funeral service will begin at 10:30am.

Anna Walker

Mrs. Anna Walker, 87, of Buckeye, Arizona died December 28, 2021. She was born January 19, 1934 in Perry, Pennsylvania to Campbell Terwilliger and Evalena White. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard A. Walker. She is survived by her children: Dana & Kevin Pakos, Jeff & Laura Walker, Greg Walker, Kim and Joel Bagby, Kris Walker, Brian Walker, Brett and Leah Walker, and Brad and Jennifer Walker. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Anna was a loving and generous woman. Most of all, she loved her family children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She shared her love through baking and cooking meals for her family. She will be forever cherished in our hearts.

Services will be held 1PM at Thursday January 13 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. The final interment will be at Resthaven Cemetery.

Elizabeth Kenney

Ms. Elizabeth Kenney, 98, of Glendale, Arizona died December 30, 2021. She was born October 5, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to William Geegan and Anna Neary.

Services are private at this time.

Isabel Gutierrez Miranda

Mr. Isabel (Che) Gutierrez Miranda, 60, of Glendale, Arizona died December 7, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born July 8, 1961 in Villa Matamoros Chihuahua to Candelario Gutierrez Santillanes and Josefa Miranda Lopez. He is survived by his wife Lupe Antunez and daughter Graciela Gutierrez.
Isabel (Che) was raised on his family’s ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. He grew crops to feed his family and was a horse wrangler on the ranch. Later on, he moved to the U.S. where he worked as a landscaper in the area where he settled with his wife Lupe. He was a humble man with a great sense of humor. Isabel (Che) had many friends who loved him dearly. He will be missed and always loved.
A memorial service will be held at 1PM, January 14 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Final interment will be at Panteon municipal in Villa Matamores, Mexico.

Steven Altman

Mr. Steven James Altman, 58, of Phoenix, Arizona died December 22, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born June 10, 1963 in Toledo, Ohio to James R. Altman and Donna M. Griner.

Steve was a loving father, godfather, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He worked for the State of Arizona for over 30 years, where he made so many long-lasting and truly wonderful friendships. If you were blessed to have Steve touch your life in any way, then you knew he was always making people laugh at his stupid humor, he was always there to help anyone in need. His loves were Jimi Hendrix, true Rock and Roll, his green army jacket and (without a doubt) the Oakland, Los Angeles, Oakland again and finally the Las Vegas Raiders. He was a #1 silver and black fan for life. He will be missed by many and remain in our hearts forever.

Steven is survived by his daughter Jennie Roe Altman, son Steven Joseph Altman, father James Altman, sister Lynne Altman Hardman, and brother Thomas Altman. He is also survived by his God-daughter Winnie Gutierrez, and granddaughter Rylee O’Neal. He was preceded in death by his mother Donna Mae Griner Rainey.

A Celebration of Life is being planned and details will be given when finalized.

Gene Ross

Mr. Gene L. Ross, 81, of Quartzsite, Arizona died December 28, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born February 11, 1940 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Marshal Ross and Laura Groendyke.

Service information is private at this time.

Elizabeth Oshana

Mrs. Elizabeth Angela Cluff O’Shana, 51, of Goodyear, Arizona died December 26, 2021 at her home in Goodyear. She was born September 22, 1970 to Maurice Cluff and Rosemary Shambaugh in Phoenix, Arizona. She is survived by her husband Christopher O’Shana; daughters Victoria and Veronique O’Shana; son Camaron (Autumn) Hallford, sister Amanda Simington; and brothers Glenn Simington, Kevin (Charlie) Simington, Mike (Debbie) Simington, Buck Simington, Thomas (Pam) Cluff, and Tony (Charlotte) Cluff. She is also survived by her parents, Jerry and Rose Simington a granddaughter, Sahara O’Shana and a large extended family.
Elizabeth had a Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University and taught for nine years in the Avondale Elementary School District.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 15 at 1 PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Raymond Lane

Ray Lane age 66, passed away on December 20th 2021. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. A wise man and problem solver, always willing to learn and teach. Ray was always willing to help anyone in need, no matter how he was feeling.
Ray enjoyed traveling and riding his Harley Davidson. In his free time he enjoyed watching movies, playing with his dog Loki and spending time with his wife Loretta.
Ray grew up in the small town of Canon City, Colorado, graduating from Canon City High School in 1973. In his early years he was very athletic and played many sports such as: football, wrestling and swimming. He loved muscle cars, dirt bikes and horses.
Ray’s first passion was to become a diesel mechanic, having completed a degree in diesel mechanics from Wyoming Technical Institute, a skill which serviced him well over the years. Later in life he changed his career path and got an associates degree in IT. After a long career of 27 years in the IT field, he retired as a Unix Systems Administrator with Pulte homes in Phoenix, AZ. After retirement, Ray and his wife began full time RV’ing and visited 12 states in 4 months.
Ray was married to Loretta for 31 years, together they had 2 daughters, Stacy and Lindsey. Loretta brought 2 sons into the marriage, Charles and Jeffery and altogether, gave them 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Charline Lane and is survived by his wife, daughters, step sons, grandchildren and his brother Chuck of Canon City.
Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. Ray will be deeply missed by his family, friends and anyone that new him. He has had a great impact on many peoples lives and will be deeply missed by many.

Amy Parker-Wood

On Monday, December 27, 2021, Amy Lynn Parker-Wood – an incredibly loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and best friend, passed away at the age of 46. Amy was born in Lynwood, CA., on June 28, 1975; and lived in Buckeye, AZ. Amy graduated from Agua Fria High School. She was married to the love of her life, Jeremy Wood, on October 10, 2021.
Amy lived life to the fullest, and as she mentioned many times, the reason she was put on this earth was to be a mother. She exemplified what a mother should be; everything from a best friend to a disciplinarian and everything in between. Amy was a devoted and loving wife as well as best friend to so many. She enjoyed gardening, being sarcastic, loving unconditionally, Snapchat, telling her honest opinion whether you liked it or not, and her greatest joy of all, being an amazing wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband Jeremy Wood; daughters Karissa Parker, Jenna Wood, and Katelyn Wood; mother Donna Tucker; father Tony Freilich; sisters Yolonda Johnson and Cindy Blevins; brothers Jay Tucker, Dan Tucker, Mark Bell, Dave Coonfare, and Tony Freilich. She was preceded in death by her dad Don Tucker.
Memorial services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Visitation 8am-9am, Celebration of Life service 9am-11am.

Robert Barker

Robert F. Barker (Bob), 82 passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021 at Abrazo Hospital in Goodyear. Bob was born September 15, 1939 in Phoenix, AZ. He served proudly in the United States Air Force. After his military service, Bob worked for the Arizona Highway Patrol followed by a 35+ year career in the food industry as a salesman, buyer, food broker executive and brand manager. Bob retired in 2009.

In his retirement, Bob was an enthusiastic golfer and an avid member of the Scottsdale Gun Club as well as a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob was a wonderful father, a kind man, and an excellent cook. He will be missed by all who knew and loved hm. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Terry Barker and his sons Scott (Elisa), Rob (Jamie), and Brent (Emily) and his daughter Teresa (Bob) and 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Emery Barker (Jackie) of Tucson, Arizona.

Thompson Funeral Chapel has made the following arrangements: A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 12 at 9:30AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 12:30pm, followed by a burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob’s honor to the Arizona Humane Society.

L.C. McFerrin

Mr. L.C. McFerrin, 78, of Buckeye, Arizona died December 27, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born January 25, 1943 in Big Springs, Texas to Oscar and Annie McFerrin.
L.C. and his family moved from Texas to Arizona when he was four years old. He attended Eloy Elementary School and Santa Cruz Valley High School in Eloy, Arizona. L.C. graduated with Honors in 1961 and joined the United States Navy in 1964. Between 1964 and 1968, he served during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to Arizona in 1968, he married Mary Jo Elliott. L.C. and Mary had three children: Steve, Meredith, and Michelle. He worked first as an electrician, then as a maintenance foreman for APS, retiring in 2001. After retiring, he spent his time RVing, gardening (tomatoes were always his favorite), and watching his grandchildren grow.
L.C. is survived by his wife, Mary Jo McFerrin; daughters Meredith Thomas and Michelle John; son Steve McFerrin; and sisters Delona Terry and Sharon Ferguson. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Kylee Hood, Samantha McFerrin, Makenna John; Logan Hood; Kasey McFerrin; Piper John and Jaxsen John. He was preceded in death by his parents Annie and Oscar McFerrin; brothers Arlie and James McFerrin and sister Joyce Beard.
A visitation will be held at 9:00am on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, and the memorial service will begin at 10am. Burial will be at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.

Charles McErlean

Charles F McErlean, Jr (aka: Chick or Chuck) of Pebble Creek Resort Community died on 12/23/21 in Goodyear, AZ. Born 11/23/38 in Detroit MI to Charles Sr. & Theodora McErlean.
Chuck attended Fenwick High School in suburban Chicago, graduating with honors before enrolling at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He followed in his Dad’s footsteps, both in attending Georgetown and becoming an Attorney. During his college years, he picked up the game of golf and began a lifelong love of the game. Upon graduation, Dad enrolled in Law School at Notre Dame University and upon graduation, joined the Naval Academy as an Officer in the Judge Advocates office, stationing in DC and eventually Camp LeJuene (NC) before his Honorable Discharge. Upon his military service, he joined United Airlines in their Legal Department, starting a 34-year career that spanned both the regulated & deregulated airline industry, offering many legal challenges that Dad successfully accomplished. Some of his highest accolades came from his work with Boeing, General Electric & General Dynamics, negotiating complex, multi-million dollar deals to help accelerate United’s growth to become the world’s largest airlines.
Chuck also found time during his military career to start a family, bringing son James Patrick and daughter Laura Jean into his family by way of adoption. Upon accepting his job at United, Chuck completed his family with Kelly Lynn, however, that’s not where the family story ends.
During his life, Dad enjoyed attending many activities and functions with his 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: sports/games/competitions, school concerts and graduations topped this list, except when he wanted to teach one of us the game of golf. Upon retirement, Dad started his “fur” family, the four-legged friends that became a very important part of his life. Starting with Sparky & Susie, Dad’s fur family was all about rescuing his little buddies. Dad added Buster & Teddy to complete the fur family. Buster and Teddy remain in the extended McErlean family.
Dad’s life in retirement, in addition to his family, was centered around the Pebble Creek community. He was active with the Bunker Busters and various golf groups. He enjoyed spending time with the Singles Group, hosting movie nights and attending dinner nights in the West Valley. However, his favorite activity was the Sunday Brunch group at Eagle’s Nest, where he and his friends spent nearly every Sunday solving the world’s problems.
Charles is survived by his daughters, Laura Enright and Kelly Hunt; son, Jim McErlean; and brother, Robert McErlean. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles McErlean, Sr; mother, Thedora McErlean; sister, Mollie McErlean, beloved dogs, Sparky McErlean, and Susie McErlean; and many beloved family & friends.

Visitation held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Sunday, Jan 9th at 1p (to 4p). A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin 10:00am with a memorial mass following at St. John Vianney’s on Jan 12th at 10am. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ on Jan 12th at 12:30pm (prompt): 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

Bettyann Baumgartner

On December 29, 2021, Bettyann Baumgartner, age 85, formerly of Goodyear, Arizona, was called home to be with the Lord.

Bettyann was born on February 12, 1936 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Alexander Nagy and Elizabeth Farkas Nagy, both deceased.  She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1954.

Bettyann was married on November 22, 1958 to Leon Baumgartner at St. Peter’s Catholic the Apostle Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  After moving to Texas, she attended night classes for college. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Laredo State University.

She worked for Johnson & Johnson in the Specification Department, was then transferred to Sherman, Texas where she worked in the Bacteriology Lab and an Analytical Lab.  She was then transferred to Laredo, Texas where she worked in a twin plant operation.  In 1982, she was transferred to El Paso, Texas where she continued work in twin plant operations. Bettyann oversaw the introduction of new hospital packs, gowns and head covers.  She retired in 1994 as a Vice President in the Surgikos Division of Johnson & Johnson, however, with her drive she continued to consult for a few years thereafter.

Leon and Bettyann moved to PebbleCreek in March 1998 to a spacious house on Eagle’s Nest side and then moved to the Tuscany side in 2003.

Bettyann was active in both the “9” and “18” Hole Women’s Golf Groups until she fell in 2016 and had to give up playing in league golf.  In 2015, she was asked to take over the Treasurer’s Job for the newly organized PebbleCreek Putter’s Club.  She was also President of the Putter’s Club from 2016-2018.

She was a devout member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church family and worked for a few years in the Church Gift Shop.

She is survived by her niece Crystal Nagy Kashinsky and her husband Robert “Kash” Kashinsky. She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years Leon Baumgartner, her parents Alexander George Nagy and Elizabeth Farkas Nagy and her beloved brother Alexander Frank Nagy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, Kidney Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Services were held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, Arizona on January 5th. Immediately following was a mass of Catholic rite at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, Arizona. Bettyann was very loving ad was very loved. She will be missed sorely yet remembered fondly. God Bless.

William Smith

Mr. William Henry Smith, 79, of Avondale, Arizona died December 24, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born March 6, 1942 in Silver Creek, New York to Eugene Smith and Elaine Broksopp. He is survived by his wife Linda, a son and a daughter, two brothers, 8 grandchildren, a step-son and step-daughter, five great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Service information is private.

Avery Brink

Avery Rae Brink passed peacefully in the loving arms of her parents on December 21, 2021 at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on December 20, 2021 weighing 1 pound 4 ounces and was 11 ¾ inches long. During her very short time here on Earth she touched many lives and was loved so deeply by family and friends. Avery was the daughter of Nicholas and Megan Brink (Ansell).
Along with her parents Avery is survived by maternal grandparents Brenda and Bob Ansell, paternal grandparents Sandy and Shadoe Drury, and John Brink and his fiancé Trenia. Aunts and Uncles Morgan Ansell, Bobby Ansell Jr, Wesley Hall (Lauren), Stephen Hall, Johnny Brink, and Jennifer Brink, many cousins, great-grandparents and great-aunts and uncles.
Nick and Megan would like to send a special thank you to Labor Nurse Christian at Banner Estrella, Dr. Mody and NICU nurse Katie Carter at Banner University NICU for all the love and compassion shown to them and to Avery. Also thank you to Banner Estrella and Banner University NICU teams and the Banner Estrella Labor and Delivery Department.
A private funeral was held on January 3, 2022 at Avery’s final resting place. Holy Cross Cemetery – 9925 W Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ 85392.

John Hammond, Jr.

Mr. John Hammond Jr., 75, of Goodyear, Arizona died December 22, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born November 16, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to John Hammond Sr. and Helen Mislosky.
John (known as Jack to many) hustled and worked hard all his life. Jack joined the Navy in 1965, proudly became a police officer in 1967 and retired in 1988. Jack married the love of his life, Camille, in 1968; raised three children; attended the New York Institute of Technology and graduated with a BA in 1978. He often times worked two jobs to ensure his family was provided for and that he also had money to save. After he retired from the NYPD, he worked for 23 years at a security firm as a trainer.
Jack loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He and Camille enjoyed adventures on cruise ships and created memorable vacations for their kids and grandkids as well. Jack loved going to the movies, eating popcorn, telling jokes to strangers, playing blackjack at the local casino, and attending any free show that he could get tickets for via vet-tix. Among his greatest strengths, Jack would make others feel comfortable no matter the situation, and would leave a memorable impression on everyone he met.
Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years, Camille Hammond. He is also survived by his children: John Hammond III (Laura) of Bellmore NY, Robert Hammond (Connie) of Newbury Park CA, and Christine Hopple (Stephen) of Goodyear AZ; and seven grandchildren: Max, Dylan, Jason, Decker, Katherine, John, and Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; mother, Helen Mislosky; and sisters, Beverly and Maryann.
A visitation will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A mass will be held at a later date at St. Bernard Church in Brooklyn, New York.

Georgia Lord

Georgia Themia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear, AZ, passed away Dec. 12, 2021 at the age of 83, surrounded by family and friends. As a politician, wife, and mother, she was known for her poise and polish and a rare mix of outspokenness and diplomacy. Born April 23, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan to Greek immigrants, her early school years were spent in the rural community of Round Lake. She recalled lean years during the war and its aftermath, but they were happy times. With no running water or electricity, this is where she learned the values of hard work and fierce competition as she raced her friends swimming across the lake. As her mother’s own political career grew, Georgia often accompanied her on working trips with the Governor of Michigan, observing her mother’s direct approach to campaigns and dedication to equal voting rights in the Black community.

Later, as a young mother, Georgia turned her love of fashion into a modeling career that continued for many decades in both the United States and Europe. Even in her final days, she reminded close friends and her daughters how to apply makeup, accessorize a wardrobe, and always have lipstick handy.

As the wife of a career Air Force Officer and pilot, Georgia moved frequently and her ability to lead others was a gift that served her well anywhere she lived. When she and her husband, Ron, were assigned to Bonn, Germany to serve in the office of military attaché, Georgia’s style, charm, and diplomacy shined. The couple found themselves immersed in the intrigue of the Cold War among allied nations and those behind the iron curtain. She often recounted how these experiences served her well when negotiating on behalf of Goodyear.

Back in the States, Georgia had a successful real estate career in Virginia for 11 years. Once retired, Georgia and Ron sought out a place to call home. After visiting friends in Goodyear, they moved west in 1997 because it felt like the right place to start a new chapter. Georgia loved the wide-open skies, the pastel sunsets, and the southwestern friendliness of the Goodyear community. For a brief time, Georgia thought about restoring her real estate career, but a new project caught her attention—the development of a designated downtown for Goodyear. Local leaders quickly recognized that certain something Georgia possessed and asked her to lead the Goodyear City Center Committee. It was then, at the age of 65, her political career was born.

She was elected to the Goodyear City Council in 2005 where she served as a councilmember until 2011 when she was elected as Mayor, a seat she held until her passing. Mayor Lord served on multiple committees and councils during her tenure, including the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee, Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors, WESTMARC Board of Directors, Abrazo West Hospital Board of Directors, and Luke West Valley Partners.

Her most recent achievement was being honored with the Inspiration in Leadership Award at WESTMARC’s 29th Annual Best of the West Awards gala in October of this year. She received many accolades over the course of her political career, including earning an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Franklin Pierce University in 2019, being named the 2019 Government Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times, recognition as Leadership West’s Civic Leader of the Year in 2018. She was also named as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business” by Arizona Business Magazine in 2014.

Mayor Lord had a key role in putting the final pieces in place for the Valley’s long-range transportation plan and the investment strategy for the proposed extension of Proposition 400. Her legacy will also live on through her crowning achievement, the development of the Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ which will open in the summer of 2022. The mayor was incredibly passionate about creating a heart for the city and she had been steadily working toward that goal for decades since her early days serving as chair of the City Center committee.

She was a role model to many, immensely passionate about her city, and was a dedicated public servant. Though warm and kind, she was also known for being very forthright and relished the opportunity to speak frankly. She was witty and had an incredible sense of humor. Her strength was unmatched.

Georgia is proceeded in death by her husband Ron Lord, parents Margaret and George Cotsikas, brother Nicholas J. Cotsikas. She is survived by Kimberly Lord Stewart and spouse Richard Glenn Stewart, son Shane Jeffrey Lord; daughter Cassandra Louise Lord and spouse Phillip Gerard; daughter Tiffany Lord Arnaldo and spouse Edgar (Joe) Fabila Arnaldo; James D. Archer, the father of their daughter Kimberly, as well as five grandsons, and four great grandchildren.

Her celebration of life will be held on Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:30am on the outside grounds of the Goodyear Civic Square Park at GSQ on 150th Ave (which is under construction). Please arrive early as parking will take time. The service will begin promptly at 10:30am (overflow parking is at Harkin’s Theater). In case of poor weather, the service will be held at the Goodyear Recreation Campus (420 Estrella Pkwy). Please check this website and the city social media pages on the morning of Jan. 21st if the location changes.

If you wish to watch the celebration of life ceremony online, please see the City of Goodyear Facebook page at 10:30 am, https://www.facebook.com/goodyearazgov.

 

The city of Goodyear is sponsoring the Georgia T Lord Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement Awards to honor Goodyear citizens of all ages for creative and public projects that enhance the beauty and advancement of the community. Please send donations to Mayor Georgia T Lord, Arts, Culture and Civic Awards, City of Goodyear, 190 N. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

 

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be created in Mayor Lord’s name at Franklin Pierce University, which has a campus in Goodyear, AZ. Gifts can be made to Franklin Pierce University 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461.  If you would like to make a gift online, stock or have any questions, please contact Julie Zahn, Vice President for University Advancement at 603.899.1159 or zahnj@franklinpierce.edu. Other legacy projects will be announced at the celebration of life ceremony and updated on the Thompson Funeral website.  Condolences can be sent to Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ, 85338. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Brian K Balliet

Brian, age 74, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away at Hospice of the Valley, Surprise, AZ on December 18. He was born in Northampton, PA to Henry P. and Marian (Kern) Balliet. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1968, where he was a member of the football team and the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. While growing up in Slatington, PA, he enjoyed hunting with his father and fishing with his childhood friend Bill, as well as his son, Jon. However, his true passion was his lifelong love of sports and dedication to fair play for all. Baseball, basketball, but especially football. Brian coached various sporting teams for the neighborhood kids in the Ann Arbor Recreation League, where he had a long-standing impact on those who learned from him. He carried that passion beyond his years of playing high school and college football to his love of officiating many different sports. He officiated football at the youth and high school levels but went on to officiate as an Umpire in the Mid-American Conference, Big 10 and on to the NFL, retiring in 2003. Always dedicated to the development side of the sport, Brian helped organize and run Officiating Clinics all over the world, working with young officials on technique in areas where the sport of football was just breaking through. He worked with officials and in games in Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and even China. He will be sorely missed by his many officiating friends across the globe. Mentor. Coach. Brother. Father. Friend. Brian’s absence will be felt by many. In addition to his family, he leaves behind many dear friends in the BFB Group, as well as the Pebble Creek community, particularly the Billiards Club and various card clubs.
Brian is survived by two sons: B. Jonathan (Ann) of Evergreen, CO and Christopher (Angela) of Holland, MI, as well as his sister, Suzanne, of Ann Arbor, MI. Brian was preceded in death by his parents.
Per his request, there will be no funeral service.
Donations, per his request, may be made to:
Lehigh General Athletics Partnership in memory of Brian K. Balliet ‘68, giving.lehigh.edu
Northern Lehigh High School Athletics; Go Fund Me page; https://gofund.me/0baa3ff3
The Salvation Army
Or, the family asks that you remember him in your own special way or by making a donation to your favorite charity.
A small memorial service will be planned for the Spring of 2022 in Ann Arbor, MI.

William “Bill” Isabell

William “Bill” Isabell age 70 of Gilbert, Arizona went to be with our Lord on December 9, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born November 16, 1951 in Lakewood, Ohio to Joseph and Lois Isabell. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors, especially being in the mountains with his family. Bill will always be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends and for his generous heart. He is loved and will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 40 years, Veleda Isabell; Son, Ryan Isabell; Daughter, Katherine Lindner and husband Joseph; Grandsons, Logan, Caleb, Elias, and Liam Lindner; Brothers, Damien Isabell, Dennis Isabell, and Robert Isabell; Sisters, Judith Pesta, Patricia Mannas, Barbara Grant, and Kathleen Ursetti. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Isabell, mother, Lois Isabell, and brother, Ronald Isabell. We will always love you. Forever miss you, and never forget you.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 8 at 9AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, with the Graveside Service at Sunland Memorial Park at 11:45.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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