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Obituaries

Although your loved one or friend is no longer here in person, they will forever be in our hearts. Find their name, and sign the guest book with a fond memory or note for their family.

Gustav Danielson

Gustav Danielson, 37, passed away on March 27th, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born June 15th, 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife Annie Danielson, his children Pramyce-Leahona Danielson, Phayeth Danielson, Penylape Danielson, Presayus-Love Danielson and unborn son, Gustav Danielson Jr.,

He is also survived by his parents, Oscar Danielson & Polima Danielson, Joe Guyton & Francine Guyton, and Samuel Peters. Siblings, sisters Danniella Danielson, Danielle Danielson, Polima Brown, Aya Yamamoto, Sonya Danielson, Delzarae Danielson and Liliha Dixon. Brothers, Larry Roy Danielson, Roger Danielson, Douglas Danielson, Rogussia Danielson and Willy Dixon. Along with 15 nephews and 8 nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister Nenaila Danielson

Gustav was a devoted Husband and Father of 5 beautiful children. He was also a beloved Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Most can agree that he is the epitome of “Never judge a book by its cover”. He was always underestimated. But once you got past his hard-working exterior you found an intelligent kindhearted man who was the life of the party. Although he was upfront and honest his contagious smile and sense of humor was an inspiration to all those he came across. It was a blessing just being able to know him and having him in our lives.

Gustav’s final viewing will be at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338 on Friday, April 16th, 2021 from 6-9PM, casual dress attire.

Alan Jerome Gross

Alan Jerome Gross was born at the end of Spring 1974 in Phoenix Arizona. Alan enjoyed skateboarding but became a talented cross-country and track athlete in high school and college. He studied art but earned his college degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

An avid bike rider and hiker, Alan loved the Pacific North West and the Sonoran Desert. Kind, compassionate and understanding, he helped many folks who struggled with addiction and / or mental illness. He was immersed in discovering new music and loved science fiction.

After struggling with bouts of his own illness for many years, Alan eventually said goodbye to this world March 25, 2021. His loving family will love and honor Alan for his strength in confronting adversity and most of all, the love he gave to his parents, siblings, nieces, friends, and his companion dog Dora.

Remembrances of Alan can be added to the online memory book at Thompson’s Funeral Chapel in Avondale AZ. A small, private Celebration of Life will be held on May
29th in Wickenburg Arizona.

Alan would love for any donations to go to NAMI, National Public Radio or any organization working toward the restoration of the Natural World.

Juan Jesus Flores

Juan Jesus Flores, 22, of Phoenix, Arizona died April 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born November 7, 1998 to Eugene Sandoval and Claudia Garcia in Prescott, Arizona.

Juan, AKA Baby J, was so full of life, loved music, nature, and going to lakes with his family.  He also loved having barbeques with his family and friends as well as taking photos.

He is survived by Eugeno Julian Flores, Alina Alicia Flores, Johnathon Angel Flores.

His funeral will be at 2:30PM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Peter Caviolo

Peter Caviolo, 84, of Phoenix, Arizona peacefully went to his eternal home on April 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 15, 1936 to Peter Caviola and Florence Popo in Chicago, Illinois. Peter was guided by strong faith, and was an active member in the Catholic church, including the Knights of Columbus. He had a successful career in sales and always had time to spend outdoors fishing, golfing, camping and gardening.
Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Judith his 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Loving father to James (Juliana), Matthew, Christine (Dan) King, Diana, Jacqueline (Denis) daSilva, and Steven (Kate). Loving and proud grandfather to his grandchildren – Emily, Claire, Nicholas, Anthony, Rachel, Dylan, Timothy, Matthew, Cassidy, Preston, Lucas, and Audriana.  Dear brother to the late Barbara Catania Tomak, Grace Dakis, and Donna Sanfillipo-Hodson, and a supportive and caring friend to so many.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Phoenix at 10:00 am.

Nicholas Pedro Perez

Nicholas Pedro Perez, age 33, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away April 11, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born December 19, 1987 to Pedro and Melanie in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:00AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South. Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will follow the funeral at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.

Edward Achenbach

Edward Achenbach, 78, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on April 12, 2021.  He was born April 2, 1943 to Edgar and Evelyn Achenbach in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Ed is survived by his wife, Betty, of 56 years, a brother George Achenbach, sisters, Alice Fisher and Edna (Don) Vaught, sister in law, Barbara Hughes, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Lena Achenbach, Evelyn and Malachy Kelly, son Eddie and sister Patty Hack.

Ed was an Air Force Veteran of 20 years who retired at the rank of MSgt. He traveled from Arizona, (where he met his wife, Betty Hughes, Ajo, Arizona), then traveled to Alaska, Omaha, Nebraska, (where he married Betty), to the Philippines, Viet Nam, Texas, Italy, (where his son was born), then Turkey and finally to England where he retired.  After retirement, he moved to Indianapolis where he worked for Reilly Tar and Chemical for another 20 years.  Following his second retirement he worked five years for Taylor Distributors, servicing frosty machines, traveling all over Indiana.  Also, during this time he played golf.  In 2007, when Betty retired from the school system, they moved to Arizona where Ed enjoyed golfing at different golf courses and made many friends.  Ed also was a life time member of the VFW where he enjoyed the camaraderie of many veterans.  He loved handing out poppies on Memorial Day and putting flags up on holidays along the streets of Tolleson, Arizona.  The VFW had many car washes and food sales to help in the effort of building a home for their post.  Ed donated monthly for this cause and in lieu of flowers, if you would like, you may donate in the honor of Ed to the VFW Post 6310, P.O. Box 1178, Tolleson, AZ 85353.  Please note on the donation – Post 6310 – Building Fund of Ed Achenbach.

Ed loved going to the Luke AFB gym to exercise several times a week, but likely spent more time in conversation with fellow gym-goers than with the exercise machines.  Ed was a kind, generous man who could connect with anyone.  He enjoyed attending the Indianapolis 500 with friends and met many drivers and race fans during his excursions to the racetrack.  During their retirement years, Ed and Betty enjoyed traveling and reconnecting with friends they had made during their time in the Air Force.  They enjoyed welcoming many friends into their home during the beautiful Arizona winters, showing them the many sights of their home state.  Ed will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.  “I love you today,”

There will be no services held in Arizona.  Ed will be buried at a later date in Indiana, next to their son Eddie.

 

Richard (Dick) C. Falor

Richard (Dick) C. Falor, 81, of Maple Grove, Minnesota and Goodyear, Arizona, died on April 9, 2021. He was born on September 17, 1939, to Claude Falor and Sylvia Bayer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Dick graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, then obtained his bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a master’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He also served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967, reaching the rank of Captain.

He was a teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools and later worked at Honeywell/Alliant Tech Systems. Dick was a storyteller extraordinaire – he loved to talk to others! – and enjoyed reading and teaching others about history.

In retirement, Dick enjoyed splitting his time between Minnesota and Arizona. Dick liked hiking, biking, golfing, playing bocce, and teaching courses in the Pebble Creek Lifelong Learning Program.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Falor, daughter Allison (Steve) Larson, and son Michael (Annette) Falor. Dick is also survived by his brother, Jim (Jan) Falor, and three grandchildren: Zachary Fitzgerald, Sam Larson, and Paige Falor. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A celebration of life gathering is being planned for the fall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Mayo Clinic or the American Heart Association in honor of Dick.

Donna Marion Smith

Donna Marion Smith, 89, of Buckeye, Arizona died April 4, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona.  She was born August 6, 1931, to Michael and Rose Strobel in Los Angeles, California.

Donna had an amazing youth growing up in Los Angeles as the youngest of four children.  She married Donald Colvin Smith in 1956.  Together they raised their two children, Michelle and Colvin.  Before retiring in beautiful San Blas Mexico, Donna was an accomplished dancer and dance instructor that even led to her dancing with Fred Astaire.  Later in life she was a successful real estate broker and later owned and managed Smitty’s Emporium in Harquahala Valley.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Richard) Wennberg, son, Donald Colvin Smith Jr., grandchildren, Jessica (Brandon) Melton, Justin (Kelli) Wennberg, Allison (Chris) Turner, and Cassandra (Jake) Robinson, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don (Smitty) Smith, sister Terri Layton and brothers, Rich and Mike Strobel.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30PM on April 23, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A reception will immediately follow at the home of Rick and Michelle, 22027 W. Watkins St., Buckeye, Arizona 85326.

Roland Weisman

Roland E. Weisman, also known as Ron, 79 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away March 27, 2021.  He was born June 25, 1941 to Roland F. and Eleanor Weisman in Long Beach, California.

He served in the United States Army from June of 1964 to June of 1966 as a dental specialist in the Vietnam War.

He was a hard-working man and took great pride in his work.  He worked for 25 years for International Harvester/Dresser Industries/Komatsu as a Design Mechanical Engineer and 13 years for Caterpillar as a Project Engine Test Engineer.

He is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Lesley, his one son and two (twin) daughters.

He was a handyman extraordinaire. He enjoyed home improvement projects, both inside and out, and was an excellent woodworker.  He was a man of character and showed strength up until his last days.

Per his wishes, no services will be held at this time.

He wished for his remains to be placed at a military cemetery in Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.

If lieu of flowers, requesting a donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bob Costello

It is with incredible sadness to announce Bob Costello, Chief of Buckeye’s Fire and Medical Rescue Department has passed away.

Chief Costello joined the city in 2004 and became Fire Chief in 2008. Throughout his career, he achieved recognition for various awards and innovative programs, including the implementation of the Community Paramedicine Program, in coordination with Banner Estrella Medical Center.

Other awards and achievements include:

  • Serving on the state’s Emergency Medical Services Council from 2001 – 2004, and from 2016 to his last appointment by Governor Ducey in 2020.
  • Healthcare Hero Award, Phoenix Business Journal, Aug. 2019
  • Exemplary Service to Humanity by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, Feb. 2019
  • Dr. Paul Johnson Award presented by Abrazo West Campus in May 2016
  • Buckeye Heroism Award from the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2016

In addition, Chief Costello served as a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at Banner Estrella Medical Center. He was instrumental in constructing multiple fire stations for the department to ensure the best service possible for residents.

In 2010, Chief Costello and his department took over operation and maintenance of the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery. He is responsible for the success of the recent expansion of the cemetery, including the Adopt-A-Bench and Adopt-A-Tree programs, giving families different methods to honor and memorialize their loved ones.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Costello was instrumental in providing updates to the city’s Executive Team and ensuring the city followed CDC guidelines as well as state and local ordinances and policies.

The hard work and outstanding efforts of Chief Costello will have positive impacts on Buckeye for years to come. Chief Costello leaves behind a wife and brother.

Our hearts are heavy as we process this sudden and unexpected loss. More details regarding arrangements will be released when they are finalized. The city requests you respect the privacy of his family, his department and the entire city until then.

James Boyd

James Boyd, 78, of Glendale, Arizona died April 3, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.  He was born August 31, 1942 to Laurence Boyd and Olive Jones in Grant, Michigan.

James is survived by his wife, Stella Boyd.

All service information is private at this time.

Norma Gilbert

Norma Lee Gilbert, age 95, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on March 30, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born May 23, 1925 to Robert and Esther in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Norma was a wonderful wife and mother of 3 very energetic boys. She worked for the Maricopa County Court system as a secretary to the Judge during her time there. Norma lived a long and happy life and liked to plant flowers.

She is survived by her sons; Larry L. Gilbert and David L. Gilbert, her daughter-in-law, Margaret Elaine Gilbert, and her brother; Robert Westall. She is also survived by her six grandchildren; Lora Leigh Gilbert, Amy Marie Gilbert-Beach, John William Gilbert, Adam Lee Gilbert, Mark Gilbert, and Robert Gilbert, and her two great-grandchildren; Jacob Gilbert, and Shyanne Gilbert. Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Gilbert and her eldest son, Raymond L. Gilbert Jr.

Services are private at this time.

Kenneth (Ken) Rodolff

Kenneth (Ken) Irvin Rodolff, age 63, passed away on April 6, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona after an 18-month battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig’s disease).

He was born August 24, 1957 to John and Evelyn in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1979 from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 1988 Ken moved his family to Aurora, Illinois after being promoted to Assistant Distribution Manager with SILO, Inc where he worked until they disbanded in 1995. Ken started with ACCO Brands USA in 1995, first in a Warehouse Supervisor role, and then as a Senior Business Analyst until his retirement in 2013. Ken and Laura met at ACCO Brands and they married in 2006.

Ken was happiest when he was serving God, and served with excellence on the Audio/Visual team of his church. He was also passionate about a wide variety of music, from hymns to classical to rock. He loved playing guitar and was an excellent air guitarist and air drummer. He loved helping people with computer problems and was known as the “Go-To” guy at church and in his community for any type of computer-related problems.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Laura, his daughter, Aimee Rodolff (Mantas Valeika), his son, Kyle Rodolff, and his sister-in-law, Rebecca Rodolff. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother John Rodolff, and his sister, Rebecca Benner.

A celebration of life for Ken will be held April 11, 2021 at 3:00PM at Desert Hills Baptist Church in Buckeye, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Arizona or San Diego chapters of the ALS Association.

 

Lewis Price Weaver

Lewis Price Weaver of Waddell, Arizona, passed away on March 20, 2021 after a short illness. He was 77 years young, full of energy and a had a zeal for life. His warm heart and big smile will be missed by all who knew him. He was born on November 2, 1943 in Wagontown, PA. and grew up in a family of 2 bothers, 1 sister and 2 half-brothers. He grew up in the Mennonite community and carried the values of community, helping others and stewardship throughout his life. He was an outgoing person and those who knew him felt the sincerity and generosity that he embraced every day. Lewis P, as he was known to many, had the ability to make you feel like you were the only thing that mattered at any moment; No person or job was too big or too small.

He was married to Stephani Weaver for 40 years. They built their small ranch on 4 acres in the west Phoenix Valley and later built a summer cabin in Happy Jack, AZ. He held many jobs, including sales, construction, and property management. He was driven by the entrepreneurial spirit of the west.

His son Keith was a source of pride and enjoyment. Most recently, both were involved in a real estate and property management business. They grew the business on the values of service and commitment.

Lewis P’s favorite past times included horseback riding, building, spending quality time at the “cabin” with Stephani and watching his son play music at the local establishments.

He gave back to his community wherever he lived. He served in the Army National Guard, Maricopa Sheriff’s Posse, and other local service groups in the Valley.

He will be missed but will live on in our hearts and minds. Everyone who knew him was touched by his presence. He is survived by his wife Stephani, his son Keith and many caring relatives back in PA, whose stories he shared upon return to AZ from his summer visits to PA.

A memorial service will be held on April 24, 2021, from 8 to 11am., at the Thompson’s Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ. There will be a celebration of life to follow at Keith and Deanna Weaver’s home from 1 to 6pm in Litchfield Park.

Darlyne Putz

Darlyne Marie (Barnes) Putz, Beloved wife of Robert Putz, went home with the angels on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 after a brief illness.  She was born on February 18th, 1933 to Malani Barnes and Hazel Barnes. She is survived by her children Robert Putz Jr and his wife Gail, William Putz and his wife Laura, Timothy Putz, Edward Putz and wife Darlene, Elizabeth Putz, and Mary Hughes and her husband David. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine O’Brien. Her grandchildren include Matthew O’Brien, Daniel Putz, William Putz Jr, Erik Putz, Sean O’Brien, Katie DeVry, Brian Putz, Michelle Putz, Brett Putz, Andrea McCarrick, Erin Hughes, Jessica Hughes, Meredith Hughes, and John Hughes. Her great grandchildren are Bella O’Brien, Tenley O’Brien, Emmet O’Brien, Sloan O’Brian, Owen O’Brien, Abigail O’Brien, Landon Putz, Brody Putz, Henry DeVry, Paul DeVry, Owen O’Brien, Archer O’Brien, Abigail O’Brien, and Kingston Putz.

Mom was a vibrant soul who loved life, loved her family, and loved to travel. She embraced the challenges of being an Army wife and making the best of every situation in countless places in the world. She traveled extensively, but never forgot her humble roots of her hometown of Vinton, Iowa. She rejoiced in the accomplishments of her husband and her children, never calling attention to her own immeasurable contributions making the world a better place. She was comfortable in any situation, but is now back with Christy, MJ, Hazel, and Dad. She had countless friends and will be dearly missed by friends and family.

Mass for Darlyne will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd. Avondale, Arizona 85392 on Monday, April 12th, 2021 at 10:30AM.  Her final resting place will be at Arlington Cemetery with her husband, Robert.

Leon S Bryant

Leon (Serle) Bryant was born in Akron, Ohio June 22, 1949, the third child from the union Clyde H Bryant and Daisy Bryant who preceded his death.

Leon departed this life on February 17th at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He retired from ASU with over 20 years. To know him was to love him. He loved people, he was a joyous person who had a great talent for making friends with anyone.

Leon will be lovingly remembered by his fiancé Johnnie Funderburg of Dallas, Texas, brother and sister, Clyde H. and Nancy A. Bryant of Waddle, Arizona, Cynthia A.Butler of Detroit, Michigan, granddaughter Sessily Elbeck of Huston, Texas, and many nephews and nieces, etc.

 

My Dear Brother

I thank you with all my heart for sharing our journey growing up together

I’m grateful to have been your sister. I’m grateful that we had great laughs together.

It’s hard to believe you’ve been taken away. But, yet I’m comforted knowing how much

you loved life. I am certain you’re watching over us sending out vibes to a different

measure any though we cannot see the faith-affirming that you want us to continue

to live our life to its fullest. Again, I am grateful to have called you my brother because I know

you did your best. Until we can soar and laugh together again I will just whisper your name in

my heart. May your soul rest in peace, Praise God who loved you best!

Your loving Sister

Cynthia

 

Above and Beyond

Your heart was so full And your smile so bright. I know I’ll be dreaming of you When I fall asleep tonight. To make you laugh And hear your voice. I will miss it, but now we can rejoice. We miss you much, Although you left in a hurry You are at peace And we don’t have to worry. We promise to cry tears of joy And hold no reverie. Our hearts will always hold you And carry on your memory.

-Sessily Elbeck

 

A Badger Forever

Leon became a Badger shortly after moving to Tucson from Ohio in 1963. He played with us in football as a Freshman but started to show star potential on the JV team. Leon was one of only 5 Juniors to start on the 1965 undefeated football state championship team, and he was selected as first-team All-City on defense. In 1966 he was hurt for the first 2 games and did not play. Not coincidentally, we lost our only game (to Phoenix Union) in the second week. He came back and helped lead us to our second straight championship. Then he was selected first-team All-State.

Leon graduated from Arizona State University and worked for them in student services for his entire career.

Leon was a complex man capable of great humor, laughing at himself as much or more than anyone else, however, he was also capable of anger at injustices and great determination to undo them. I must publicly apologize to Leon for something I said as a 13-year-old. I knew that he was capable of much more than he was showing as a Freshman in football, so I tried to encourage him by telling him that he was a very good football player and should have been starting. Then I said not to be lazy, but I used a much worse word to convey that. Leon and I were very good friends, and he pointed the incident out to me in later years in high school. After I apologized to him privately he forgave me for my youth and

STUPIDITY! Because of his forgiveness, there was no permanent damage to our friendship. My parents welcomed him into our home, and his parents welcomed me into their home and regaled us with stories of their youth, including their courtship. Whenever I hear Edwin Starr’s 25 miles to Go, I think of them and Leon.

His passing is the end of an era in the way. All four of our first team All-Staters are now gone. Bill Dawson, Greg Leavitt, Dave Carlson, and Leon. They all live in my heart, more as great friends than as football heroes!

With Love,

Ron Curry

Shelley Woodland

Ms. Shelley Diane Woodland, age 70, was born December 1, 1950 at Mt. Sinai Hospital to Lewis and Helen Taylor in Chicago, Illinois. She made her transition to heaven April 1, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Shelley was a soft spoken and kind-hearted person who would give you the shirt off her back. She started her walk with Christ at Christ Bible Center (CBC), where she gave her life to the Lord. She married Roosevelt Woodland Jr. and had two beautiful daughters: Helima and Kayla Woodland. Shelley dedicated 20 years to the Roseland Community Hospital, from which she retired.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Roosevelt Woodland Jr., her daughters; Helima and Kayla Woodland, her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn Montgomery-King and Robert. She is also survived by a host of extended family and friends. Shelley is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Taylor and her father, Lewis Taylor.

Here is a message to Shelley’s friends and family: “Don’t be sad for me. I am in Heaven with God and family.”

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 beginning at 8:00AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel with burial services to follow the Funeral in precession to Sunwest Cemetery, 12525 NW Grand Ave. in El Mirage, Arizona.

 

Tribute to Mom,

Dear, Mom This is a hard pill to swallow. We know you are in a better place and no longer suffering. Now you can party with all our loved ones in heaven. We thank you for all your love and sacrifices, and we will continue to make you proud. We love and miss you so much, but we know you are smiling down on us, may you rest in peace.

Love your girls,

Helima and Kayla

 

Tribute to my Sister

Broken Chain

 

We little knew that morning that God

Was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

 

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

 

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

 

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same;

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

 

Love Your Sister, Marilyn

 

Tribute to My Loving Auntie:

I thought of you with Love Today

 

I thought of you with Love today,

But that is Nothing New,

I thought about you Yesterday,

And days before that too.

 

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name,

All I have are memories,

And your picture in a frame

Your memory is my keepsake,

With which I’ll never part,

God has you in his keeping,

I have you in My heart.

 

Love Your Niece, Jetaun

Johannes “Hans” Eberl

Johannes Eberl, also known as Hans, 86 of Goodyear, Arizona died March 31, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born April 19, 1934 to Johannes and Marie Eberl in Regensburg, Germany.

He served in the German Air Force as a Fighter Pilot from October 1957 to September 30, 1963 as a Major.

Johannes immigrated to the USA in October of 1963 with his wife and son, Hansy.  He worked 35 years for Smittys of Arizona as a manager of meat departments.

He is survived by his spouse Santos (Sandy), son, Derek Ray Eberl of Japan, sisters, Olga Witzman of Germany and her husband and son, Karl and Dr. Karl E. Witzman, four grandchildren, Nathaniel and Zachary of Texas and Brandon and Sarah of Japan, and daughters in law, Harilene of Texas and Atsuko of Japan.

He was preceded in death by his son, Hans in Texas and his parents in Germany.

Per his wishes no service will be held at this time.

Johannes will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

John R. Childers

John R. Childers, 77 of Tolleson, Arizona passed away peacefully at his home on March 31st, 2021 in Tolleson, Arizona.   He was born March 10th, 1944 to Robert B. Childers and Katherine L. Childers.

He served in the Army from June of 1962 to June of 1965 as a 52 section security and intelligence.

John loved to read, play with his dog, watch NASCAR and baseball, golfing, casinos, Mexican food, going to the dunes and traveling.

He is survived by his common law wife, Yolanda Tarin, daughter Christina Cano, son Rafael Cano, and two grandchildren Robert Frescas and Crystal Williams.

A memorial service will be held from 1-4PM on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Thomas (Tom) L. Klein

Thomas (Tom) L. Klein, age 68, passed away at his home on April 2, 2021 in Goodyear, AZ, after a brief battle with ALS.

He was born on August 25th, 1952 to Herman and Tillie Klein. He was raised on the family farm near Wing, ND. Tom spent his adult life in Bismarck, ND spending the last eight winters with his wife, Sharon, in the Pebble Creek Retirement Community in Goodyear, AZ. He graduated from Wing High School in 1970 and attended college at Bismarck State and University of Mary, obtaining a degree in Business Administration. In 1979, he married Betty Sautner. Their daughter Crystal (Shivani) was born in 1983. For 38 years, he worked as a Fiscal Manager for West Central and Badlands Human Service Centers.

In 1997, he married Sharon (Renner) Engen. She was his constant companion for the last 24 years. Their love for each other was seen in their everyday actions. He adored his daughter and her children, Taven Sky, Leif, and Avah. He embraced his step-children, Kara Merrill and Ryan Tesky and their families.

Tom was a great man of integrity, patience and love of family. These qualities made him a friend of many. He was a lover of animals, outdoors, hunting, gardening, and pugs. He was an excellent cook, known for his grilling and smoking of meats. Tom’s love for the game of golf and his high skill level earned him the respect from all of the golf groups he played with in both Bismarck, ND and Pebble Creek retirement community in Goodyear, Arizona.

Sharon’s everlasting love and caring soul together with Shivani’s healing presence and guitar music allowed Tom to pass peacefully in his home. The world is a better place because of this great man, husband, father and friend. Tom’s memory will live in our hearts forever.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to special friends, Bob and Marilyn LeClair for their loving kindness, friendship, support, and devotion during his last days.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; daughter, Crystal/Shivani and her three children, Taven Sky, Leif, and Avah in Silver City, NM; step-daughter, Kara Merrill, her husband Courtland and their son Jack in Minneapolis, MN; grandson, Tanner Tesky in Bismarck, ND; brother and sister-in-law Terry and Bev Klein in Lincoln, ND; mother-in-law Ellen Renner in Beulah, ND; sister-in-law Carol Schafer in Edgewood, WA; brother/sister-in-law Gary and Lynell Renner in Zap, ND and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Tillie Klein; brothers-in-law, Ron Schafer and Bill Mindt; step-son, Ryan Tesky, sister-in-law, Joanne Mindt, and nephew, Jeff Schafer.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Bismarck, ND.

Arrangements were made with the assistance of Thompson Funeral Chapel, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Peggy Byron

Peggy Byron, 87, of Avondale, Arizona died on March 31st, 2021 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  She was born on February 24th, 1934 in Washington D.C.

Peggy was a loving wife, mother, and an avid bowler.

Peggy is survived by her children, Patricia Hess, Mary Galentine, and Jonathan Byron, her 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Byron and son, Kenneth Shaw.

A memorial service will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  The burial will be held at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027.

Carmen Luera Gutierrez

Mrs. Carmen Luera Gutierrez, age 76, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on March 29, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born November 30, 1944 to Ignacio Calderon Luera and Angelita Madrid Luera in Sweetwater, Texas.

Carmen is survived by her daughters; Christina and Cynthia Gutierrez, her sons; Roy and Mark Gutierrez, and her sister; Petra Baltazar and Virginia Luera. She is also survived by her four grandchildren; Kayla Cota-Blanco, Steven Blanco, Alyssa Cota, and Zoe Gutierrez. Carmen is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Gutierrez, her son, Albert Gutierrez Jr., and her grandson, Eric Isaac Albert Gutierrez.

A visitation will be held at 8:00AM on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Rd. in Buckeye, Arizona.

Robert “Bob” Sheppard

Bob Sheppard, 87 of Goodyear, AZ died April 2nd, 2021 at his home in Goodyear.  He was born September 30th, 1934, to Roy and Doris Sheppard in Litchfield, Illinois.

Bob was a lifetime Arizona farmer (cotton and alfalfa), an antique tractor collector and restorer, and hosted many antique tractor shows through the years.  He was an avid creator of metal art as well as training and showing watusi cattle.  Bob graduated Litchfield Park High School in 1953 and was married for 65 years.  Bob also loved making memories with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife Gratia Sheppard, his daughters, Kimmie Heck, Kelly McGuire, Kandi Lawton, and Kristi Corbin, son Kent Sheppard, sister Dora Hokanson, brother Ray Sheppard, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Lindsey.

A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N Jackrabbit Trail, Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340.

The family suggests that donations be made to Lighthouse Fellowship.

Clara Carvalho Stephens

Today we celebrate the life of Clara Carvalho

Stephens a loving, mother at age 77.

Although the Heavens  called for her on March 30, 2021 we celebrate that her journey is just the beginning.

Clara was born as Clara Carvalho on March 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY to Clyde Hall Carvalho and Romeo Carvalho.  Clara’s nickname was Chuma or Auntie Chuma.

She lived most of her life in NY before retiring  as a New York City bus driver and moving to AZ in 2004.  Her greatest joys were having her sons and grandchildren.

Clara is known for her quick wit, strength and caring personality.

Clara enjoyed spending time with her Grandchildren. Clara is a two time Cancer survivor. Her final battle with cancer ended and she can finally rest now.

Clara aka Chuma is loved by family and friends. In her final moments she was surrounded by those dear to her heart.

She will be greatly missed.

Clara is survived by her two children, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nine nieces, one nephew, seven brothers, seven sisters and preceded in death by one sister.

If you would like to view the slideshow presentation that Clara’s family put together for her services please visit: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/LQKWN5GK3KNPFW93

Leon “Popcorn” Wheaton

Leon “Popcorn” Wheaton, 86, of Tolleson, AZ, died on March 28th, 2021, in his home in Tolleson, AZ. He was born on April 29th, 1934 in Bridge Creek, WI, to Richard Wheaton and Jean (Langworthy) Wheaton.

Leon was a retired military veteran and served a total of 20 years in the military including the Navy Seabees and the Air Force reserve. He loved old hot rod cars, auto racing, reading Louis Lamour books, listening to country western music, telling jokes, making people laugh, and spending time with family and friends. He also was an owner operator of his own trucking business for many years.

Leon will be truly missed by his family and friends and will leave a void in the community that came to know and love him so well.

He is preceded in death by his father Richard, his mother Jean, and his wife Shirley.

He is survived by his daughter Marnie Wheaton, son Creed Wheaton, daughter-in- law Abigail Wheaton, brother Larry Wheaton (Kathleen), grand-daughters Chelsea Wood, Leah Wheaton, Moriah Wheaton, Hannah Wheaton, Laurah Wheaton, and great grandson Greywolf San Miguel.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona, at 6:00PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona, at 10:00AM with burial services to follow at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix, Arizona.

Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones, 61, of Goodyear, AZ, died on March 7th, 2021.  He was born on May 13th, 1959 in Harlem, New York City.

Adrian was a Sergeant in the Air Force and received several awards before being honorably discharged.  He was an operating room specialist while in the Air Force and a Surgical 1st Assistant after his discharge.

Services are private at this time.

Betty Joan Christner

Betty Joan Christner, age 80, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on March 12, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born April 23, 1940 to Clarence Pollard and Lida Hammonds in Portsmouth, Ohio.

She is survived by her daughters; Nancy Sandoval, Diane Tattrie, Lori Taylor Diamond, and Linda Yant, her sons; James C. Christner, Wayne Christner, Randy Christner, Paul Colwell, Jeff Colwell, Daniel Colwell, and Melvin Colwell. Betty is also survived by her thirty-three grandchildren and sixty-two great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held from 1:00PM to 2:30PM on April 9, 2021 with funeral services to follow the visitation at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 South Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona.

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