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August 2020
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Jeramy B. Donnafield

Jeramy Bryce Donnafield, age 49, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on August 2, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona during a house fire. He was born on July 23, 1971 to Ronald Donnafield an Sharon Donnafield in Phoenix Arizona.

Jeramy was a taxidermist, a member of the Christian Archery club, a high school weightlifting champion, a varmint calling champion, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a professional outdoorsman.

He is survived by his sister, Misty Donnafield; his mother, Sharon Donnafield; his uncle, Tom Donnafield; his aunts, Starr Weltzin and Donna Fitch; and his niece and nephews, Chloe Kendall, Cody Donnafield, and Casey Donnafield.

A visitation will be held at 9AM on Saturday, August 15, 2020, and services are scheduled for 10AM at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N 195th Ave, Litchfield Park, Arizona. Burial services are to follow the funeral service in precession to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd. Avondale, Arizona.

Everardo Escobar

Mr. Everardo R. Escobar, age 60, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on August 4, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on July 2, 1960 to Natividad and Prudence Escobar in Guerrero, Mexico.

Everardo is survived by his wife, Martha C. Escobar; his daughters, Martha Keith, Carolina Escobar, and Michelle Escobar; his sons, Daniel Escobar and David Escobar; his sisters, Modesta Escobar, Amelia Escobar, and Feliz Escobar; his brothers, Dario Escobar, Juan Escobar, and Guadencio Escobar. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Devin, Anthony, Mia, Jayden, and Prince. Everardo was preceded in death by Natividad, Prudencia, Elena, Mario, and Gregorio Escobar.

Services are private at this time.

Anthony Szumierz

Mr. Anthony Joseph Szumierz, age 89, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on July 26, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ due to complications with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was born on June 4, 1931 to Joseph Szumierz and Genevieve Szumierz in Kanczuga, Poland.

Anthony served in the United States Army and was also a design engineer.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan Nevel and Tania Szumierz and his grandchild, Kylie Nevel. Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Szumierz and his wife, Helen Szumierz.

A rosary is scheduled for 6pm on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ. Mass is scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, AZ. Burial services are scheduled to follow the Mass and are going to be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, AZ.

Bellia Cabrera

Bellia G. Cabrera, age 61, of Avondale, AZ passed away on July 27, 2020 in Sun City, AZ. She was born on March 21, 1959 to Manuel Guerrero and Benita Guerrero in Phoenix, AZ.

Bellia was a dedicated wife, mother, friend, aunt, god-mother,and more to so many. She was a stay-at-home mother and caregiver for her son. She loved to craft, cook, knit and spend time with her grandson and family.

She is survived by her husband, Francisco J. Cabrera; her daughter, Monica Cabrera; her sons, Francisco Cabrera Jr. and Ylario Cabrera; her sisters, Juanita Guerrero, Adelina Snider, and Mercy Gurrero; her brothers, Joe Guerrero, Ted Guerrero, Manuel Guerrero, Jesus Guerrero, and Tony Guerrero; and her mother, Benita Guerrero. Bellia is also survived by her two grandchildren, one of which is named Andres Cabrera. She is preceded in death by her father, Manuel L. Guerrero and her brother, Pedro Guerrero.

Services are scheduled for 9:30am on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona with the visitation beginning at 8am. Burial services are being held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392, immediately following the service in precession.

Isabel Santos

Mrs. Isabel Mandin Santos, age 80, of Avondale, AZ passed away on July 31, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born on November 5, 1939 to Felipe Mandin Sr. and Corazon Centeno in Manila, Philippines.

Isabel was a retired certified public accountant at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a ballroom dancing instructor. She was a loving mother, sister, and grandma and had the title of world’s best cook by her family.

She is survived by her spouse, Osias Santos; her daughter, Dulce Apenalosa (Rey Penalosa); her sons, Onesimo M. Santos (Judith G. Santos), Angelio M. Santos (Vision Cho Santos) Shielito M. Santos (Marietta S. Santos); her sisters, Natividad Villena, and Belen Paraiso (Dan Paraiso); her brothers, Ireneo Mandin (Maria Mandin), and Nicanor Mandin (Marilou Mandin); Isabel is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Alyana, Carlo, Erin, Isobelle, Shiela, Mariel, and Zildjian. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe Mandin Sr. and Corazon Mandin; her brothers Phillip Mandin, and Clandio Mandin; and her sister, Felisa Chavez.

Rosary services are scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338, with a public visitation to be held one hour prior. Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Roger Alvarez

Roger Alvarez, age 59, of Buckeye, AZ passed away on August 3, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on September 16, 1960 in El Salvador, El Salvador. Services are scheduled for 9am on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338 followed by a precession to the burial services at Louis B. Hazleton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W Broadway Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

Mary Iglehart

Mary Josephine Christine (Lynch) Iglehart, 97, entered into eternal peace with her Lord, and returned home to her beloved, Walter “Ike” Iglehart, on July 27th , 2020 (in time for dinner on his birthday), thus artfully (and, most likely, intentionally) completing the greatest love story ever told.

 

Preceded in death by her most-cherished Ike and her daughter, Mary C. Iglehart.  Mary is survived by her daughter Julia A. Brandt, her special grandsons Eric Brandt (Jennifer, Jack and London) and Kristopher Brandt (Heather, Maddie and Dylan), and entire communities of friends whose lives she impacted so greatly.

 

Born in Castleton, VT to John F. and Grace Mary (Bassett) Lynch, Mary clung to her spartan New England-rearing and used it as a compass to navigate her life of love and service to all.

 

One of 13 children, Mary necessarily lived with such tenacity and vigor that it often resulted in her patented, unexpected comedy – on one such occasion, young Mary reminded her priest of his 25-cent debt for her gardening services . . . whilst in the confessional!

 

Mary was a GIANT, even amongst the Greatest Generation. A quintessential lady, and true woman of valor, she committed herself to both God and Country. Though she was one of the first to voluntarily enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in 1942, she was most proud of running a tight ship in her storied 20-year, post-military career in civil service. The embodiment of grace and compassion, she devoted her life to the Catholic church and its ministries, and remained a staple and persistent (if not persnickety) volunteer at most all parish events.

 

‘Grams’ (to an entire generation of young people) wholly adored her two grandsons, and not only guided their coming-of-age journeys, but forever shaped the paths of their friends, schoolmates and neighbors. A natural teacher and mentor, she was quick to let you know exactly where she stood on any matter, yet was unrelentingly there to help at any time, and with any need – in almost magical ways.

 

Proudly Irish to the core, Grams first met “her Walter” on St. Patrick’s day (of course), and ornamented her daily family life with all the wisdom, fare, and mischievousness of the Emerald Isle. Her powerful conveyance and indelible storytelling adorned the myriad cards of encouragement (in proper longhand) that she must have sent daily to all those fortunate enough to have crossed her path.  She knew nothing of short conversations, and all were instantly drawn to her dry wit, inviting demeanor and wry smile. Armed with a legendary sweet tooth and unmatched hospitality, one couldn’t be luckier than to recount a life lesson learned over a cup of coffee/tea and a macaroon (or half of a light beer, if the hour permitted).

 

Heaven has gained, simply, the greatest there ever was . . . may she be a guardian angel to all. We love you to the moon and back, Grams.

 

Services are scheduled to be held at 9:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Services are to begin with a Rosary and proceed directly into the Mass at the same location. Burial services are to be held at 12:00pm on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery, located at 2757 S. Avenida Los Reyes, Tucson, AZ 85748.

 

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to either, Catholic Charities AZ (https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/) or St. Vincent DePaul (https://www.stvincentdepaul.net/), in Mary’s name.

Owen E. Lapp

Owen Edward Lapp of Buckeye, AZ was born on November 15, 2002 and passed away on July 26, 2020.  He is survived by his adoring parents Stacey and Michael Lapp, his loving siblings Dana Lapp and Robert Lapp.

Also surviving are his grandparents, Beverly and Edward Cooney and Regina and John Lapp-Harman, aunts and uncles, Edward Cooney, Laure and Edward Folland, Alyssa and Joe Giampalmi, Dawn and Steven Lapp, Sue and Ethan Crist, and David Lapp.

Owen deeply touched the hearts of those who knew him.  He loved so many and was loved by so many more.  He was a fun loving, sensitive soul with a big heart and magnetic personality.  He brought much joy to those around him with his contagious smile and bright personality.

He loved being with family and friends, connecting with people, football, music, and sports cars. He enjoyed collecting hoodies and shoes.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Christine Weaver

Mrs. Christine Marie Weaver, age 61, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on July 25, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona of cancer. She was born on October 10, 1958 to Kenneth Sloat and Joan Sloat in Sterling, Illinois.

Christine was a loving Wife, Mother, Nana, Sister, Daughter, and Friend.  Selfless for so many, she was always putting others needs above her own.  As a tax accountant, to live out her fathers legacy, she had many clients that spoke of her fierce organizational skills and determination to do the right thing.  The heart and soul of the Recreation Center in the City of Litchfield Park for 21 years.  Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with the University of Phoenix while working full time.  A proud accomplishment that proved just how dedicated she was to achieving her life goals.  The matriarch, loved beyond measure and gone too soon.

Christine is survived by her husband, Mark D. Weaver; her daughters, Megan Domingo (Triumph Domingo), and Jamie Weaver Moon (Dustin Moon); her sons, Ryan Rude (Renae Rude), and Jason Weaver (Amber Weaver); her sister, Margo Mahoney (Peter Mahoney) and her daughters, Shea Mahoney and Kendra Mahoney; her brother, Douglas Sloat (Tina Sloat). She is also survived by her mother, Joan Sloat; and her six grandchildren, Emerson, Easton, Jaidyn, Aubrey, Kayleigh, and Blake-Ryan. Christine was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth D. Sloat.

A memorial service and Mass are scheduled to be held on Monday, August 10, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquanis Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ at 10am.

In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale.

Mary Rodriguez

Mrs. Mary Arletta Rodriguez, age 88, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 26, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born on February 2, 1932 to James Robinson and Pearl Dinnelle Robinson in Caruthersville, Missouri.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Patricia Montgomery, Linda Streitz, Jane Burleson, Rosie Whidden, Effie Smith, Bama Spoon, and Anna Rodriguez; her sisters, Martha Freeman, Betty Chaffin, and Ann Jung; and her brother, Ranzy Robinson. Mary is also survived by her 119 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Jose Jesus Rodriguez.

Funeral services are scheduled for 7pm on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona. With a visitation being held one-hour prior. Burial Services are going to be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 9am at Avondale Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 12701 West Indian School Rd. Avondale, AZ.

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