Obituaries

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Allan B. Bobbe

Allan B. Bobbe, age 66 of Goodyear, AZ died May 14, 2019, in Goodyear. He was born November 10, 1952, in Waupaca, WI, the second of four children born to Arden and Marcia Bobbe. He grew up in Scandinavia, WI where he learned to work on the family farm. He served for four years in the US Navy as a torpedoman’s mate, his last assignment on the USS Sierra. Upon his discharge, Allan received his AA at Fox Valley Technical Institute, his BA in accounting at Lakeland College and passed the CPA exam in one sitting. As a CPA he worked for several different industries before forming his own accounting firm in Goodyear, AZ.

In his private time, Allan relished being outdoors. He was an avid hunter who took the time to study in-depth the habitat and nature of his prey, always appreciating the uniqueness of each animal. His gun of choice was a muzzleloader, a rifle that he felt gave the animal a fair chance. He loved long rides on his motorcycle exploring the backroads of AZ, always trying to surround himself with the beauty of the land without the traffic of the city. He liked camping and any other activity that would allow him to enjoy nature.

Allan was fiercely patriotic. He believed that he lived in the greatest country ever. His compassion for others and devotion to country led him to become a part of the Patriot Guard, a group that honors the men and women who have served our country.

Allan is survived by his wife and longtime friend, Kathleen Bobbe; son, Aaron B. Bobbe and his wife Lauren Kaplan; sister Mardene Bobbe; brothers, John Bobbe and his wife Terry; Martin Bobbe; brothers-in-law, Michael Hirschmann and his wife Rose Peters, Douglas Hirschmann and his wife Barbara; John Hirschmann, Ronald Hirschmann and his wife Beverly, Kenneth Hirschmann and his wife, Dawn; and many nephews and nieces. The family suggests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors or the Salvation Army.

Roberta Louisa Gwara

Roberta Louisa Gwara, age 74 of Avondale, AZ died May 7, 2019 in Avondale, AZ. She was born August 1, 1944 in Williamsport, PA to James and June Smithgall. Roberta was a great mom. Her life and love were centered in her family, and Rome, NY. She met the love of her life and became a mother at a very young age. She raised her children while her husband was attending school. Her children were her life and she was supportive of them in all their endeavors from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to music lessons and academic pursuits. When her “happily ever after” didn’t happen, she found the strength to endure difficult times in order to provide for her children. Her sacrifices were rewarded through the successful lives of her sons.

Roberta received an AA degree in criminal justice. She worked for The ARC in Rome, NY assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, retiring when her health declined. She loved all animals, except snakes, and had a particular fondness for cats. She enjoyed collecting antiques and knick-knacks of which she had extensive knowledge. She was a good friend and kept up with those she left in NY as well as those she made in AZ. She treasured her children and grandchildren.

Roberta is survived by her sons, Scott, Joseph Jr, and Kerry Gwara; sister, Nancy Mathewson, and her husband Barney; brother, Jim Smithgall; and four grandchildren, Cassandra Gwara, Alyssa Gauthier, Theodore Gwara, and Isabel Gwara.   A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 104 W. Western Avenue, Avondale, 85323.

Jack R. Massett

Jack R. Massett, age 85 of Buckeye, AZ died May 12, 2019 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born May 1, 1934 in Blane, PA to Julian and Laura Trout Massett. He served in the US Marine Corps achieving the rank of Sergeant. Jack is survived by his wife, Cecilia Massett; daughters, Nancy Anjelina, Jackie, Jessica, and Edith Massett; sons, Donnie Jack, David Alfred, Andrew Mark, Jonathan Brian, Allen, Ronnie, and Kenny Massett; and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Monty Massett.

A visitation will be held at 5:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 6:00 pm, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Jeffery Oscar Kempiak

Jeffery Oscar Kempiak, age 50 of Buckeye, AZ died May 4, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born January 30, 1969 in Park Ridge, IL to Carol and Richard Kempiak, Jr.   Jeffery lived in Des Plaines, IL for many years. He worked as a musician and a performer. He was an avid Cubs fan. He had a great sense of humor and could tell a good joke. He was a loving father and a good brother, who insisted on living his life on his own terms.

Jeffery is survived by his son, Tristan Storm Kempiak; mother, Carol Kempiak; brother, Richard Allen Kempiak (Kathy); and sister-in-law, Kymberly Kempiak. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Kempiak, Jr.; sister, Cheryl Watt; and brother Jonathan Kempiak. Burial will be at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 400 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206. The family suggests that donations be made to an Addiction Recovery Center of your choice.

Carol Scarso

Carol Scarso, age 77, died peacefully at home on May 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 30, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY to Andrew and Mildred Smutko. Carol’s father was killed fighting in France during WWII, so Carol grew up with the added responsibilities of helping to care for her younger brothers and sisters.
In April 1958 Carol and her cousin accepted an invitation for a blind date with Frank Scarso and his friend Sal. Frank fell in love with Carol the moment he saw her. They went to Coney Island where Frank discovered that Carol was not only beautiful but that she had an adventurous spirit. She could convince Frank to try even the most daring rides. They became inseparable, their love grew and, in August 1959, they were married in Columbia, SC.
Working together as a perfect team, their individual abilities complimented each other. Whenever anyone asked for help, Carol and Frank were always there. Carol was meticulous, detail oriented and organized in every aspect of her life. For years she not only ran the household and family, but she would assist Frank nightly with the payroll and bookkeeping that his job required. Eventually, Carol would work with Frank as his secretary until their retirement in 1997.
Carol was a dedicated and involved mother. She was a Cadette Leader for Girl Scouts and a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. Carol valued her family and made sure that her children had wonderful memories of drive-in movies, fireworks at Rockaway Beach and exciting vacations to Florida and Niagara Falls. Family gatherings including summer barbecues and pool parties were some of her favorite activities.
Carol enjoyed needlepoint and was an expert seamstress. She made clothing for her children and frequently made her own gowns for formal events she attended with Frank. When grandchildren came, Carol began a new tradition of making everyone their own unique Christmas stocking. She was excited and proud to make her last two stockings for her twin great-grandchildren.
During their retirement years, Carol and Frank enjoyed traveling for vacation and to visit family and friends. Carol particularly enjoyed the anniversary cruises with her family. Closer to home, she looked forward to the weekly gatherings to play cards with “The Ladies”. She cherished her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Carol is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Frank Scarso, daughters JoAnn (Robert) LaCanfora and Carol Thomas, son Tony (Maria) Scarso, sisters Agnes Boyd and Jay Lella, brother Bill Price, four grandchildren: Christina Kuhl, Matthew LaCanfora, Olivia Thomas and Nicholas Thomas, and two great-grandchildren: Sloan and Max Kuhl. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Helen Watters and Sharon Englehardt, and brother Patrick Price.
A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm with a rosary at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A mass will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Christopher Mark Heisig

Christopher Mark Heisig passed away at his home in Budoia, Italy on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the age of 44. Chris was born in Arcadia, California on October 15, 1974. He graduated from Lakenheath High School in 1993 and furthered his education by earning both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Human Resources. He joined the United Stated Air Force and was honorably discharged after serving 8 years. He went on to work for the Defense Logistics Agency at Aviano Air Force Base, Italy.

Chris spent much of his time volunteering as a football coach at the high school where his sons played football. He also loved officiating intramural sports that were conducted on the Air Force bases where he and Andrea were stationed. Most of all, Chris made it a point to ensure he showed his love and support to his family, selflessly devoting himself to each of their needs. If somebody needed an ear to bend, Chris was there. If somebody needed advice, Chris stopped what he was doing to help that person. If somebody needed a shoulder to cry on, he was there for them and looked after them as if they were one of his own. He was always determined, never hesitant and never bashful about living his life.

Chris is survived by his loving wife Andrea of 11 years. They were married in Utah on April 15, 2008.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Andrea of Florida; his daughter, Elora; his sons, Brandon and Tony; his father, Pete; stepmother, Lynn; brothers, Michael, Daniel and Rick; and loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Heisig, and grandparents Phil and Jane Heisig.

A visitation will be held at 4:30 pm, followed by a funeral service at 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, Arizona 85338. The family is encouraging anybody who has their “Chris moment” stories to share their story during the service.

Ruben Patino Rodriguez

Ruben Patino Rodriguez was surrounded by loved ones as he passed away into eternal rest on May 6, 2019, at 2:23 AM. Ruben was born on September 16, 1944. He was proceeded in death by his wife Marcie Aragon Rodriguez. He was survived by his loving brothers and sisters. Additionally, he had 11 girls and 3 boys that he lived his life for. He was able to see his grandkids and great-grandkids thrive with the same strength he exhibited throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by each and everyone that he came into contact with. Services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. He will be laid to rest at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024 in a military burial for which he proudly fought and served his country in the US Army.

Tina Patricia Perreira

Tina Patricia Perreira, age 75 of Buckeye, AZ died April 26, 2019, in Buckeye. She was born August 6, 1943, in Brooklyn, NY to Loretta C. and Augustus J. Perreira, Sr.

Tina’s passion for life was evident in her enthusiasm for everything she did. Although the length and color of her hair might change daily (she loved wigs), the broadness of her smile always stayed the same. She took a genuine interest in everyone that she met. Even if she would get a name incorrect, which sometimes happened, her natural approachability won her many friends. She had a large circle of friends in Buckeye, AZ who, along with her life-long friends from NYC and her lengthy conversations with her daughter, were an important part of her daily life. Everyone she came in contact with, from the Optum Community Center to the Goodwill that she shopped at were blessed by her kindness.

Tina was independent and resolute. As a young woman, she became a professional dancer and trained with Alvin Ailey in order to pay her way through nursing school. She graduated from CCNY. Later, she and her friend Joyce ran a Bible phone service where they would provide counseling and prayer over the phone for those in need. She was a woman of God who knew her Bible and talked with God daily.

Tina loved being active! She enjoyed shopping, especially at Goodwill, visiting the Optum Community Center, going to the movies, seeing live theater, and watching Perry Mason. She was an avid pet lover who lived with seven dogs. Though she was born a city girl, she loved living in rural Buckeye, AZ.

Tina is survived by her daughter, Lauren Agnew, sons Bryan, Michael, Kelly, and Latee Perreira; sisters, Toni and Terri Perreira and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta C. and Augustus J. Perreira, Sr., and brother fallen police officer Augustus J. Perreira.

Andrea Da’NeLia Riley

Andrea Da’NeLia Riley, age 52 of Avondale, AZ died April 26, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born September 11, 1966 in East St. Louis, IL to Joseph and Carolyn Williams. Andrea attended Trevor Brown High School. She worked for Bank of America for 24 years. Andrea is survived by her sons, Joseph, and Justin Riley; mother, Carolyn Williams; sister, Kim Bright; and brother, Bryan Williams. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Williams Jr. on January 28, 2019.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Friday, May 10, 2019 at Mountain View Church of God in Christ, 8410 W. Jefferson Street, Peoria, AZ 84345. The funeral cortege will follow in procession to West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Terry Lee Pettigrew

Terry Lee Pettigrew, age 65 of Tonopah, AZ went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 18, 1953 in Phoenix, AZ to Ruemella “Ricky” and Manuel Pettigrew, Sr.

Terry graduated from Glendale High School in 1971. He then went on to attend the University of Arizona, Tucson where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Plant Genetics/Horticulture, graduating with a B+ average in 1974.

Terry was a part of several organizations. He was most proud of his work with the Phoenix JC “Rodeos of Rodeos” where he was named the General Chairman and Rodeo Boss in 1994. He was also a member of the Phoenix JC Comancheros for several years.

Terry loved to ride horses, camp, hunt, and especially hang out with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Moody Pettigrew; daughter, Jennifer Pettigrew; grandson, Langston Lee; brother, Manuel R. Pettigrew, Jr.; sisters, Sherry Radcliffe (Roger), Tammy Blanchard (Steven), nieces and nephews, Cassandra Johnson, Jesse Pettigrew, Amanda Lorenz, and Taylor Blanchard; stepchildren, Michele Huckabee (David), LaBrette Winburne (Timmy), Daniel Hamilton (Lory), Levi Hamilton (Candice); step-grandchildren, Jarren, Jordana, Hunter, Nichole, Kelsey, Lacy, Kyla, Jayden, Tanner, Timra, Seth, Quentin, Whip, Tucker; and step-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brynly, Chayton, JoJo, Stetson, Emma, and Damien.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruemella “Ricky” and Manuel Pettigrew, Sr.; his nephews Jason Pettigrew, and Jonathan Blanchard; step-grandchild, Justin Waugh; and step-great-grandchild, Oakley Waugh.

A visitation will be held from 5 – 9 pm, Monday, May 6, 2019 at Thompson Funeral, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The funeral service will be held at 9:00 am, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, 1001 N. Central Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85323. Burial will take place at 11:00 am at Glendale Memorial Cemetery, 7844 N 61st Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Joshua “Josh” Michael White

Joshua “Josh” Michael White, age 16 of Goodyear, AZ died unexpectedly April 27, 2019. He was born February 6, 2003 to Matthew and Sheryl White in Phoenix, AZ. Josh was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 99 achieving Life Rank. He was a student volunteer at the Summit Community Church. Josh attended Estrella Foothills High School where he was a member of the Junior Varsity Football Team and an honorary member of the Pythagorean Society.

In addition to his parents, Josh is survived by his sister, Rebecca “Becca” White; grandparents, Michael & Janice Jack, and Sheryl and Norbert Gaebel. He is also survived by his great grandparents, Bernice Guinn, and Carolyn Coughlin; uncle, Allen Jack; aunts/uncles, Aimee/Rob Butts and Ashley/Matthew Reif and many other friends/family. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, May 10, 2019, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.   The family suggests that donations be made to Estrella Foothills HS Football Booster Club or Boy Scout Troop 99, Litchfield Park, AZ.

Charlene Lucille Lockitski

Charlene Lucille Lockitski, age 67 of Goodyear, AZ died April 24, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. She was born April 22, 1952, in Bucyrus, OH to Kenneth and Lucille Stewart. Her family moved frequently as she grew up and she lived in Virginia and West Virginia, finally ending in the Cleveland, OH area where she graduated from high school. She received an Associate’s Degree from Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH.

Charlene was a strong, Independent woman. She worked as an executive legal secretary and paralegal for large and small firms for many years. She was an expert at bookkeeping and budgeting. Her financial abilities allowed her as a single mother to give her daughter, Angela everything she needed and wanted.  She was always there for Angela, with a listening ear, great advice, and made sure that she was safe.

When her husband Stan first met Charlene, he thought she was the most fantastic woman he had ever met.   They had the same thoughts, and similar personalities, but they didn’t share the same dry humor. It took a little bit of time for Charlene to warm up to Stan, but he eventually won her over.

Charlene’s interests highlight her many talents and abilities. She was a table tennis champion in college. She enjoyed traveling and had a love and compassion for animals. She enjoyed knitting and even more, cross-stitch. Her house was adorned with cross-stitched pictures that she created. She was an excellent cook that could take any recipe and transform it into something unique and luscious. But her passion was bowling. As a young girl, she learned to bowl from her father. She was good. Later, as an adult, she joined several leagues and then began to compete in tournaments. As she excelled she decided to train to become a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association. For six months of the year she traveled mostly east of the Mississippi, competing against much younger and more experienced women in professional tournaments, but never giving up, no matter how difficult the match.

Charlene is survived by her husband, Stan Lockitski, daughter Angela Masisak-Borer (James), brother, James Stewart, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Lucille Stewart, and her brother, Ronald Stewart. The family suggests that donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute.

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