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September 2020
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Kaycee Jordan Wiley

Kaycee Jordan Wiley, 7 weeks old, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on September 16, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on July 26, 2020 to Pierre Wiley and Emily Wiley in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kaycee loved snuggling with her mom and dad. While laying in mom and dad’s arms she would give a smile of cuteness and look out of the corner of her eyes to spy on mom and dad. Kaycee loved being hugged, kissed, and loved on by her big sister Brookelynn. Kaycee and Brookelynn enjoyed tummy time together, where Brookelynn would encourage Kaycee to work on lifting and turning her head. Kaycee enjoyed laying and relaxing in her swing, where she would fall asleep watching Brookelynn playing, her dogs Shado and Merlyn running around, and mom and dad moving around the room. She loved video chatting with her grandpop Wiley and grandma and grandpa Uzpen. Kaycee would melt her mom and dad’s heart with her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes. Kaycee was an avid music listener, listening to lullabies and country music, along with Disney’s “Frozen 2” soundtrack with her big sister Brookelynn.

Kaycee was a part of the “Milk of the month club,” and captain of the tummy time squad. A snuggle club member since 2020, and a recipient of the sound sleeper award, she was voted as having the cutest nose scrunch and a burp belching champion. Kaycee also held the side-eye sneak, and melting of mom and dad’s heart awards and was definitely a MVS (most valuable snuggler.)

Kaycee is survived by her parents, Emily and Pierre Wiley; her big sister, Brookelynn Wiley; her grandparents, Knoble Wiley and Matt and Wendy Uzpen; her great-grandfather, Earl Olson; her chosen god-parents, Geoff and Mai Flournoy Bradley and Sandra Uzpen, and Andre and Patti Wiley. Kaycee is also survived by her Uncles and Aunts, Jacques Wiley, Eric Uzpen, Hayley and Adam Westerby, Nick Uzpen and Lana Swenson, and Mandy Fenicle-Uzpen; and her cousins, Jacob Underberg, Jasmine, Adalynn, and Matthew Uzpen, Audrey Uzpen, Quincy Flournoy and Kendyl.

Kaycee will be missed, but will forever be in our hearts.

Jorge S. Robles

Jorge S. Robles, born on March 11, 1934 in Puerto Rico to Felix Robles Ortiz and Providencia Morales. He passed away in Goodyear, Arizona on September 12, 2020.

Jorge is survived by his wife, Margarita Robles, four children, twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 8AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral Services will begin at 9AM following the visitation. Burial services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the American Lung Association in his honor.

Rita Colleen Bain

Rita Colleen Bain, age 92, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on September 14, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on September 4, 1928 to Charles McGregor and Eulah McGregor in Dodge City, Kansas.

Rita is survived by her sons, Blake and Brent Bain; her brother, Alden McGregor; her two grandchildren, Josh Bain and Jessica Walker; and her three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Walker, Easton Walker and Loghan Bain. She was preceded in death by her husband Ramsay Bain.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85338. Burial will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85024.

Lucja Henryka Renik

Lucja Henryka Renik, 87 of Buckeye, Arizona died on September 13, 2020. She was born April 15, 1933 to Max T. Elsaner and Stanislawa Furmanczyk in Lodz, Poland.

Services are private at this time.

Robin Daneen Morreira

Robin Daneen Morreira, age 66, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on September 13, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on March 28, 1954 to Gerald Brown and Georgia Crawford in Moreno Valley, California. She served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1984 and reached the rank of SP4.

While in the Army, Robin earned the Army service ribbon, overseas service ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the NCO Professional development ribbon, and was a Marksman with a rifle.

She is survived by her husband, Gilbert John Morreira Jr.; her daughter, Charlena Marie Morreira; her sons, Jerimiah Cuevas, and Timothy Morreira; her brothers, David Brown, and Lane Brown; her half-sisters, Linda Roberts, and Lenora Danielson; and her mother, Georgia Crawford. Robin is also survived by her two grandchildren, Nevah Cuevas and Alyvia Morreira.

A visitation will be held at 1:00pm on September 22, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338.

Hannelore Laqua

Hannelore Laqua, 79, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, died on September 14, 2020. She was born June 9, 1941 in Mannheim, Germany, to Fredrick Ambiel and Liselotte Ambiel.

Hannelore became a U.S. Citizen on June 21, 1965. She worked as a dental assistant for over 30 years. Hannelore was always an upbeat, funny person who would always find the good in any situation. She was very involved, along with her late husband (G. Eric Laqua) with CHIEF Ministries

She is survived by her sister Helga Barriere, her daughters Dee Ann DeWitt and Sherry Hanchett, son-in-laws Jim DeWitt and Eric Hanchett, her grandchildren Erin Litchfield (Mike), Daniel, Erikka and Emma, her great grandchildren Dillon, Eva, Eric and Nicolai.

A Celebration of Life will be held in November, if conditions allow.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the CHIEF Ministries. Donations can be made on their website, which is chief.org.

Hannelore touched many lives and will be missed, but she will be in our memories forever.

Services are private at this time.

Tarry Lee Groves

Mr. Tarry Lee Groves, age 71, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on September 2, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born on March 4, 1949 to Vernon Groves and Shirley Reed in Johnson City, Illinois.

Tarry served in the United States Air Force from November of 1976 to August of 1991 and was discharged from service with the rank of Master Sergeant and title of Munitions system super intendent. He was very proud of his current employer and second family which was Walmart, he worked for them since July 1991 and they helped him and his family through a lot. His biggest accomplishment in his life was his beautiful family. He worked hard and provided for them and always made sure that they had the best life.

He is survived by his wife, Yvette Groves; his daughters, Carry Moreno (Aaron Moreno), Rosanne Hatch (Jason Hatch), Crystal Groves, and Amanda Silvius; his sisters, Wendy Johnson, and Dixie Wilson; his mother, Shirley McElhaney, and he is also survived by his seven grandchildren. Tarry is preceded in death by his father, Vernon Groves.

Robert McClanahan

Robert Dale McClanahan April 2, 1935 to September 8, 2020

Born to Phillip and Miriam McClanahan on April 2, 1935 in Salina, Kansas.

Bob moved to Albany, Oregon at the age of 2, where he would meet and marry Eleanor Chilcote. Bob and Eleanor moved to the Phoenix metro area in 1967, where he worked for the airlines for over 20 years, raised the family and lived for the remainder of his life.

In his later retirement years, Bob relaxed and enjoyed riding his tractor to feed the cows and chickens with the help of his grandchildren. He would also go camping, hiking and hunting with his grandchildren. Bob also enjoyed a friendly game of Cribbage.

Bob had the ability to fix anything that was broken and would work on many different things from machinery, wood and cars, he loved working on Volkswagen Beetles especially.

Survived by his loving wife Eleanor of 65 happy and wonderful years, 2 children – Denice and Julaine, 7 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

In addition to family, Bob will be missed by innumerable friends that he made as he served the lord.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who does not walk

In the counsel of the wicked

Or stand in the seat of mockers

But his delight is in the law of the Lord

And on his law he mediates day and night

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither.

Whatever he does prospers.

Jessica Leigh-Ann Swagel

Ms. Jessica Leigh-Ann Swagel, 43 of Payson, Arizona died September 6, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born August 25, 1977, to Richard Swagel and Shirley Feather in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jessica loved being a mom.

She loved; concerts, sunflowers, family, cooking, fuzzy socks, sunsets, family gatherings, music, pitbulls. Jessica was known for always saying “I love you more.”

Jessica is survived by her sons Alex Rodriguez/ Tristan Haapala, and Jacob Rodriguez; her sisters Catherine McCave and Carol Loiselle; her brothers Richard Swagel Jr. and Samuel Feather; her niece Elizabeth McCave; her nephew Russel McCave; her great-nephew Damian Johnson and her great-niece Ava Martinez. She was preceded in death by her father Richard Swagel; her mother Shirley Feather and her brother Jason Feather.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 6:00PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to

 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jessica-swagel?sharetype=teams&member=5679676&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=7fe0c103f52e4c5dbadecee31a000731

Olga Ramirez

Mrs. Olga Ramirez, 68 of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born December 18, 1951, to Pedro Perez and Luisa Perez in Irapuato, Guanajato, Mexico.

Olga retired from the Litchfield Elementary School District and embarked on a second career as a Caregiver. She touched so many lives and left a lasting impression on everyone who had the privilege to meet her. But most importantly, she loved our Lord and served him with unwaivering faith. There was a celebration in Heaven on Saturday when she arrived to her eternal life.

She is survived by her husband Miguel Ramirez, her daughter Mayda Prieto, her son Miguel Angel Ramirez, her sisters Rebecca Perez-Borquez, Elizabeth Hernandez, Louisa Palomo, her brothers Jose Manuel Perez, Samuel Perez, Pete A. Perez and Josue Perez, and 4 grandchildren.

Visitation services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona at 7:00PM. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00AM which will lead into the scheduled burial services.

Bennie Dry

Bennie Dry, a long-time Santa Fe businessman, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at his home in Litchfield Park, Arizona, after a 3-year battle with lung cancer.

 

Bennie graduated from Santa Fe High School where he met his wife of 56 years, Patsy. Bennie and Patsy attended the University of New Mexico until they purchased his family’s wholesale gas distribution business in the late 1970’s. Bennie went on to hold various positions at several Santa Fe businesses until he and Patsy retired in the late 1990’s. Bennie continued to manage properties he and Patsy own in Santa Fe until his death.

 

After retirement, Bennie and Patsy split their time between Santa Fe and Litchfield Park (where they first purchased a home in 1980) so Bennie could continue to pursue his first love, golf.  Yes, Patsy was his second love. Bennie could be found on the golf course most days of the week. Until just three weeks ago, Bennie played golf several times a week while carrying his portable oxygen machine.

 

Outside of golf, spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandson and many long-term friends also brought him great joy and happiness. And Bennie loved to maintain his beautifully landscaped yards. Bennie was a man of principle and honor who always put his family first and was also known for his great jokes and quick wit.  He will be missed.

 

Bennie is survived by his wife Patsy, their sons Brad (Julee) and Randy (Ocean), grandchildren Jenifer (Kasey), Corey (Jessica), Quinlan, Savannah and great-grandson Cade. He is preceded in death by his parents Cotton (L.V.) and Helen Dry, and in-laws Sherman and Emille Payne.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Lung Association www.lung.org or the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org/

 

There will be a private family service at a later date.

Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham, age 95, of Tonopah, Arizona passed away on September 4, 2020 in Tonopah, Arizona. She was born on April 25, 1925 to John M. Pannell and Donnie M. Davis in Amherst, Texas.

Mary is survived by two sons, William Thomas Cunningham (Tommy) and Anthony James Cunningham (Jimmy), seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Thomas Cunningham. She will be forever missed.

   A Mother’s Last Wish to Those I Love

                     When I am gone, just release me,

let me go – so I can move into my

afterglow.  You mustn’t tie me down

with your tears; let’s be happy

that we had so many years. I gave you

my love, you can only guess

how much you gave me in happiness.

                         for the love you each have

shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve

you must, then let your grief be comforted

with trust. It’s only for a while that

we must part, so bless the memories within

your heart. And then, when you must

come this way alone. I’ll greet you with

a smile and a “Welcome Home.”

Services are private at this time.

Montgomery Lee

Montgomery Lee passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 2, 2020. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, grand uncle, mentor, and friend.

 

Monty was born in Phoenix on May 22, 1952 to Jack and Anna Lee. He grew up in Coolidge, AZ. In high school, he was a speech and debate champion and served as president of the Speech club. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Arizona State University, where he met his future wife, Alice. The two were married in 1972. In 1975, Monty graduated from ASU with his bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his JD from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1978.

 

Monty began his career as a Deputy Pinal County Attorney in 1978 before joining the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix as a staff Assistant Attorney General in 1981. In 1991, Monty was appointed as the Licensing & Enforcement Section Chief Counsel. He spent the rest of his career at the Attorney General’s Office, administering legal representation and litigation services to state professional and occupational licensing boards, commissions, and departments. Throughout his career, he also supervised a large team of attorneys and support staff, many of whom became his friends.

 

Monty’s daughter was born in 1985, and his son was born in 1988. Always a family man, he often met his family for lunches during the work week and spent evenings at home playing board games and Sega Genesis games. He also taught his children to play his favorite sports: golf, volleyball, and tennis.

 

Monty coached his children’s sports teams and attended every game, concert, and family night at school. He was notorious for standing in line to secure the hottest toys for Christmas. As his children grew up, the family took many vacations to California, especially Disneyland. He enjoyed all the rides, but especially Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

 

In 2015, Monty retired from the Attorney General’s Office. He spent the next several years enjoying all his favorite activities: spending time with his wife and family, traveling, golfing, playing games, watching movies, and taking trips to the store. In 2018, his grandson was born. The two shared a special bond and enjoyed playing cars, building blocks, coloring with markers, and singing together.

 

Monty is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice (Raleigh) Lee; his daughter, Allison (Lee) Mills (Ben Mills); his son, Connor Lee; his grandson, Oliver Mills; and his soon-to-be-born granddaughter.

 

A private burial will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Bob Bourland Means II

Bob Bourland Means II, age 73, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on September 2, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on April 15, 1947 to Bob Bourland Means and Lucille Baird in Alameda, California. Services are private at this time.

Regina Odachowski Gregorek

Regina Odachowski Gregorek, 98, of Baltimore, Maryland passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Goodyear, Arizona on August 29, 2020.

Born on September 7, 1921 in the Fells Point neighborhood. She received a Catholic baptism at Saint Stanislaus Kotska Church and remained a supporting member until the church closed its doors. “Gean” as she was called by family and friends, married her husband, James Gregorek, in 1941. Gean worked for Western Electric for 33 years. She and James enjoyed watching sports (Orioles, Ravens, U of MD, and OU.) In their retirement years they were active in the community, particularly with the saving of St. Stan’s from developers. They were part of a small group that Orchestrated the Bingo at Lemko for many years to aid in this cause. They also ran bus trips, proceeds of which were donated to a Polish convent with the mission of aiding blind children. Gean enjoyed crocheting and made beautiful homemade gifts for friends and family. In her final years, Gean spent her days enjoying the company of family and listening to audio books.

Gean will be remembered for her kindness, grace, and selfless devotion to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Gregorek; grandson, Kurt J. Tesch; her parents, Stephanie and Walter Odachowski, Sr.; and 8 siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Gina Adelman (Rodney); granddaughter, Tara Forsburg (Gerald); great-granddaughter, Ashley Withey (Justin); great-grandson S. Mitchell Forsburg; great-great-grandchildren, Judah and Esme Withey; Step-granddaughter Valerie Collier (Tony and sons Aiden, Camden and Weston.)

Services will be held September 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ 85392. The service will be available via livestream. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Arizona Friends of Talking Book Library. They made Gean’s life more pleasurable after she began losing her sight due to macular degeneration. She often listened to one book a day. The Address is 1030 N. 32nd street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. Or go to www.AZfotb.org.

David Gene Smith

David Gene Smith

June 5, 1948 – August 28, 2020

David G. Smith, 72, passed away Friday August 28, 2020 at his home in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born in Danville, IL, the oldest of three sons to Claude B. and Sylvia (Arjona) Smith.  His family moved to the Republic of Panama for 2 years when he was 5 where his father worked as a guard on the Panama Canal.

He graduated from Danville High School where he played football and wrestled. After high school he served in the Marine Corps reserve and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Math education.  He was also on the Illinois State University Wrestling team.

He was a math teacher, coach, and an administrator in the Rock Island Illinois School District for almost thirty years coaching wrestling, football, and girls softball, and serving as Athletic Director. He then moved to Schaumburg, IL to become athletic director at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois, retiring in 2004.

David loved wrestling.  As an assistant and head coach he helped develop several state champions for the Rock Island Rocks.  He also served as an official and worked the tables at the Illinois High School state wrestling tournament for many years.  He was active in the Illinois Association for Athletic Directors and worked as a mentor for newer athletic directors.

Upon retiring, David and his wife Kathy moved to Arizona and split their time between Arizona and Illinois.  They were members of Desert Springs Community Church. He loved golfing with friends, particularly his 9-hole golf league in Pebblecreek.  He and Kathy enjoyed traveling and exploring in their RV, especially with their friends in the Rovin’ Pebbles RV Club.  They both enjoyed working together part time at professional football and hockey games as well as many concerts.  David also worked at Super Bowls in Phoenix, Dallas, and Indianapolis. David loved sixties rock and roll and had an uncanny ability to remember former students’ names and stories when they came up to him even after many years.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, Goodyear, AZ, daughters Christine (Scott) Pederson, Peoria, AZ, Jennifer (Cameron) Dewaele, Waddell, AZ and Elizabeth (Chase) Andree, Champaign, IL, step children Bret (Laura) Daghe, Speedway, IN, Nicole (Seth) Fischer, Litchfield Park, AZ and Amanda (Artie) Woods, Wood Dale, IL, Wade (Melissa) Jensen, Pontiac, IL, brothers Charles (Mary Kay) Smith, Champaign, IL, Tom (Kelly) Smith, Chanhassen, MN, and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be an intimate family service in Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in David’s name to the Cleveland Clinic or the American Heart Association.

Mark Francis Prenovost

Mr. Mark Francis Prenovost, age 65, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on August 24, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born on October 3, 1954 to Leo and Barbara Prenovost in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mark worked at St. Joseph’s hospital for 25 years, and received his pharmacy tech certification in 2004. He was known as a jack-of-all-trades and had the ability to do almost anything that came his way.  Mark spent that last decade of his life helping his sons build a successful graphics manufacturing business.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher Prenovost and Jason Prenovost; his sisters, Jeanette Stoeckel, Cecilia Talamonti, and Camilla Morris; his brothers, Stephen, Robert, Ronald, Edward, and Peter Prenovost; Mark is also survived by his mother, Barbara Prenovost; as well as his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his sister, Suzanne Blair and his father, Jean Leo Prenovost.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Salvation Army in Mark’s name.

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