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November 2019
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Donna Kay Schlinger

Donna Kay Schlinger, age 68 of Tonopah, AZ died November 22, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ.  She was born September 28, 1951, in Altoona, PA, to Jack and Agnes Miller Naugle.  She graduated from Altoona High School.  She met her husband, Edward Schlinger while she was a single mother living in Hampton, VA.  After their marriage, Edward was stationed by the US Navy in Idaho where they lived until his discharge in 1985.  They left Idaho Falls in a blinding snowstorm and began their life in sunny Arizona.

Donna’s primary career was that of homemaker, a role that she excelled in.   She was an excellent cook and would often send plates of cookies, fudge, or peanut brittle throughout the neighborhood and even across the country to brighten the lives of family and friends.  Her nightly meals were devoured by her family and her recipes were lovingly preserved to bless her family for generations.

She adored animals.  Dogs, cats, fish, horses, goats, cows and chickens were all included in her household.  She loved adventure and traveled to Alaska, Europe, Mexico and cruised through the Caribbean.   She was passionate about Dodgers baseball.  She was loving and caring to the core, still, she was a realist and a straight talker.  She knew exactly how to teach her sons and grandchildren to become the strong and conscientious individuals they are.

Donna is survived by her husband, Edward Daniel Schlinger; sons, Robert and Jack Frazier; sisters, Susan Frye, Diane Kerstetter, Sandra Nebelski, Sherri Herleman; brothers, Jim and Jerry Naugle; grandchildren, Kevin, Austin, Justin, Hannah, Kyle, Cody, Rylee and Simon; and great-grandson, Graesyn.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Naugle, brother, Jack Naugle, Jr.; and parents, Jack and Agnes Naugle.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

Dolores Marie Schmit

Dolores Marie Schmit, age 86 of Goodyear, AZ died peacefully on November 18, 2019, surrounded by her entire family. She was born January 26, 1933, in Chicago, IL to Leo and Marie Leonard DeBock. Dolores grew up in Chicago and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1950. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loyola Nursing School in 1954.

Nursing defined Dolores’ life. She was dedicated to the profession and worked in a variety of unique situations. She began her career working for a hospital and then became a visiting nurse. She enlisted in the US Air Force Reserve and achieved the rank of Captain. She worked for Amtrak as a traveling nurse, making the trip between Dallas and San Francisco hundreds of times. She was approached by the Chicago Board of Education to help start a two-year practical nursing program and stayed with the program for 10 years. During the 1970s and 80s she was a member of the Nurses Club and worked as the Village Nurse for Wheeling Township in Illinois.

Dolores and her husband Karl, a public school teacher, were married in 1969. They moved to Arlington Heights, IL where they raised their two sons. Dolores played an active role in both her sons’ lives. She was the rock of the family, requiring unwavering respect for rules while showering her sons with love and encouragement. Her fun personality and sense of humor endeared her to her sons’ friends who lovingly called her, “Mom”.

In 1997, Dolores and Karl retired to Goodyear, AZ. She joined the Nurses Club and volunteered through St. Vincent DePaul doing home visits. She helped organize the PebbleCreek Lunch Bunch group and was also involved in the Canasta group. She was an avid reader and loved to dance, taking ballroom dancing and line dancing classes with her husband.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Karl Otto Schmit, and sons, Mark Schmit and Todd Schmit. A vigil with a rosary will be at 1:00 pm followed by a memorial service at 1:30 pm, Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Ruth Marie Grzenia

Ruth Marie Grzenia, age 89 of Buckeye, AZ died November 11, 2019 in Buckeye, AZ.  She was born May 26, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Joseph Beitzel and Jennie Swansen.  Ruth married Ernest Grzenia at the age of 18 and together they raised 10 children.  Ernest’s work took them to Colorado, Florida, and Arizona.  After he passed away Ruth moved to Kansas.  She had long held a dream of being a career woman so she embraced her independence and enjoyed working at Cold Water Creek and Macy’s.  Sadly, Ruth suffered a stroke.  Unable to care for herself, she moved to Arizona to be with her daughter and often grieved for her former life.

Ruth passed away on Veteran’s Day, a day that could not have been more appropriate.  Her father was a veteran of WWI and eight of her ten children served in the military.  She loved her country and was patriotic to her core.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Susan Sage, Debbie Mahaffee, Kathy Romano, Ruth Mullinax, Nancy Cook, and Patti Stewart; sons, Michael, Robert, Ernest, and Steve Grezenia; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Grzenia.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

John E. Scifers

John E. Scifers, age 57 of Glendale, AZ died November 9, 2019 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was born April 4, 1962 in France, the youngest child born to Lloyd and Janine Scifers. He had a passion for restoring cars. As a young man he began working at Summers Wrecking Yard. He later worked in recycling at Luke Air Force Base and as a body man at Titan Motorcycle.

John loved being outdoors. He was passionate about photography. He had a creative eye and took beautiful photos, especially in one of his favorite places on earth – Hawaii. He was always physically active. As a young man he competed in skateboard competitions, motocross and BMX racing.   These sports were in their infancy and John knew all of the competitors, including some that would go on to become famous forerunners in their sports.   His children and grandchildren never tired of hearing his stories of those glory days.

John loved his wife, children and grandchildren deeply. His grandchildren always ran to him to get their “papa hugs.” His family was his motive to fight hard when he was diagnosed with cancer. He surrounded himself with them, always staying positive, reveling in the joy of ordinary moments.

John, your love, your memory, your friendship, your knowledge, your kindness, your laugh, your smile, will be in our hearts forever. Your memories will not fade. Your time on this earth was short in comparison to most, but you made such an impact on family and friends. You taught us all so much over the years. Your strength to live life will keep us strong, knowing you fought the fight until God saw you could no longer. Our hearts are broken. We know you are with us and will guide us and continue to show us your love from heaven until we meet again.

John is survived by his loving wife, Angie Scifers; daughters, Jana Moreno, Jessica and Jeanette Scifers; son, John Scifers, Jr.; sister, Rose Scifers; brother, Patrick Scifers; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Scifers; mother, Janine Scifers; and grandson Jax Scifers.

A funeral will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N 195th Avenue, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Burial will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery. The family suggests that donations be made to any valley food bank or organization for foster children. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

James Edmond Lohmiller, Jr.

James Edmond Lohmiller, Jr., age 77 of Goodyear, AZ died November 15, 2019, in Sun City West, AZ. He was born January 24, 1942, in Pueblo, CO to James Edmond and Margaret (Perkins) Lohmiller. James served in the US Air Force from 1961 to 1967 where he was responsible for tracking space junk for NORAD. He worked for 24 years for Public Service of Colorado until retiring to Goodyear, AZ. Musically gifted, he played the French horn in the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. In retirement, he played golf with the PebbleCreek Rat Pack.

James is survived by his wife, Patricia Boustead Lohmiller of Goodyear, AZ, and sister, Mary Lohmiller of Hoodsport, WA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Diana Lynn. The family suggests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

Patricia Naylor Howse

Patricia Naylor Howse, age 97 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 16, 2019, in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born on October 22, 1922, in San Diego, CA to George and Florence Naylor. She graduated from John Marshall High School, Los Angeles in 1940, and attended Los Angeles City College. In March 1943, she married Benjamin M. Howse, a pilot in the US Air Force. After World War II they moved to many different military posts, including Athens, Greece; San Antonio, TX; Valdosta, GA; and the Pentagon. Ben was promoted through the ranks to become a full Colonel, and retired from the Air Force in 1969.

The couple first moved to Padre Island, TX, and then returned to southern California and settled in Fallbrook where Pat served as Senior Warden at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She became active in the Diocese of San Diego, was elected to the Standing Committee, Diocesan Corporation and three times elected as Delegate to General Convention.

In 1997 Pat and Ben moved to PebbleCreek in Goodyear, AZ and joined St. Peter’s Church where Pat served on the Vestry. In 2010, they moved to La Loma Village.

Pat is predeceased by her husband, Ben and her youngest daughter, Debb Robison. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Howse, Cold Spring, NY; two granddaughters, Jenna Raniowski (Marty) Mechanicsburg, PA; and Emily Mulvey (Matt), US Military Base, Okinawa; five great-grandchildren, Declan, Anya, Samuel, Dean, and Eleanor, and her brother, Douglas Naylor.

Her ashes will be buried in St. Peter’s Memorial Garden beside Benjamin, her husband of 67 years. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

David Farrell Williams

David Farrell Williams, 47, passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2019, in Glendale, AZ. He was born December 16, 1971, in Upland, CA to Douglas Farrell and Ronda Thorup Williams. In 1990 he graduated from Ashland High School where he was a running back on the state championship football team. A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission in Brasilia, Brasil. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Accounting in April 1998. While attending BYU he met Heather Hutchings and they were married in the Manti, UT Temple on April 25, 1998.

A CPA like his father, David worked as an accountant for Arthur Andersen and Wells Fargo before joining the FBI as a special agent in 2003. FBI assignments took David and his family to Seattle, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Brasil, where for five years they were immersed in the culture he loved. David was a member of the Phoenix SWAT team for several years.

David knew how to make everything fun and had a way of making ordinary activities become treasured traditions. Tender-hearted and considerate, David noticed the needs of those around him. He knew the right thing to say and remembered the smallest details. David was passionate about life. He loved music and made countless playlists from his extensive collection. He played old-time fiddle, guitar, and piano. David traveled the world, immersing himself in the culture of each country he visited. He enjoyed attending plays and concerts and saved each playbill. He was an avid BYU Cougar fan and never missed a game. David cherished time biking, hiking, swimming and playing sports with his family whom he deeply loved. His acts of devotion and daily messages will be greatly missed.

David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Annabel Williams and Levi and Florence Thorup. He is survived by his wife, Heather; their children, Henry, Jack, and Mia; parents, Doug and Ronda Williams; brothers, Mike (April), Dale (Patricia), Joe (Reiko), Tom, and Jaxon (Dalia); and sister Becca (Jerry).  He is also survived by loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, 9 nieces, 16 nephews, 1 grandniece, and 1 grandnephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Glendale North Stake Center, 4901 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308, with Bishop Richard Saunders presiding. Burial will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park.

John Henry Gause, Jr

John Henry Gause, Jr., age 71 of Buckeye, AZ died November 12, 2019, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born January 31, 1948, in Washington, DC to Lucille (Livingston) and John Henry Gause, Sr. John enlisted in the US Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery under fire. He worked at the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC for 40 years until he retired in 2011.   He was a Past Master in the Masonic Pythagoras Lodge No. 9 in the District of Columbia.

Loving and giving, John believed in giving roses to people while they were still alive. He looked out for his family and friends and would often send money if someone was in need. In 2012 he retired to Arizona in order to be near his family. He loved to go to the casino and enjoyed visits to Costco and Sam’s Club where he would flirt with the ladies giving out samples. He was so pleasant that everyone greeted him by name when they saw him coming. He often said that he had many acquaintances and a few good friends. He had a great sense of humor and was a master storyteller. He delighted in sharing his stories even if you had heard them many times before. He was a man of God, served as an altar boy in his youth and attended the Baptist church later in his life. His passing will leave a void in the lives of all who knew and loved him.

John is survived by his son, Tyrone Gause-Timms and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, John H. Gause, Sr. and mother, Lucille Livingston-Gause.

A visitation will be held at 4:00 pm, followed by a service at 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

James Francis O’Hearn

On November 14, 2019, James Francis O’Hearn, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at age 84.

“Jim” was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on November 5, 1935 to Francis H. and Eileen F. O’Hearn. He graduated from Bridgewater Teachers College, and after starting his teaching career in Massachusetts, he taught in Japan, where he also attended Sophia University. After a few years of teaching, Jim embarked on a long and distinguished career as an executive in the industrial metal and chemical sectors. His desire to experience the world was evident throughout his working life, with extended overseas postings to Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, and Taiwan. The professional achievement of which he was most proud was his role in entering the China market in the early 1970s, years ahead of many competitors.

It was in Hong Kong that he met the love of his life, Sabrina Sieley Hu, to whom he would remain married for the rest of his life, over fifty-two years. Those who were close to Jim knew him as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was also known for his ability to make friends everywhere he went, and those friends often heard his instantly recognizable laugh, or his spontaneous renditions of “Danny Boy.” Others knew Jim from his service to the community, whether it was as a long-standing volunteer at Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church, or as a leader in the American Chamber of Commerce or at the American Club in China. Jim and Sabrina often played bridge together, traveling to tournaments – both are bridge life masters. Jim was also keen about maintaining his fitness, playing tennis and golf regularly over many years. In retirement, Jim and Sabrina lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Surprise, Arizona, where they continued to make many close friends. All these things – together with knowing how to live well (in the best sense of the phrase) – kept him positive, and gave him a great will to live throughout a twenty-two year battle with cancer.

Jim is survived by his wife Sabrina, children Kevin (Anthea) in Hong Kong, and Claudine (Romesh) in New York, four grandchildren, older sister Angela and younger brother Charles in Massachusetts.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 W. Palmeras Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85373.  Burial will be at the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre in North York, Ontario, Canada.   In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Hospice of the Valley (https://hov.org/) or St. Mary’s Food Bank (https://www.firstfoodbank.org/).

William B. Stough

William B. Stough, age 83 of Goodyear, AZ died November 11, 2019. He was born November 4, 1936 in Terre Haute, IN, the only child born to Ernest and Margaret (Scott) Stough. He graduated from Glenn High School in Seelyville, IN and studied business and marketing at Oklahoma State University and Indiana State University. He served in the US Air Force as a crew chief for F-100 jet fighters. Bill always felt that the Air Force molded him to be a more responsible individual. After his honorable discharge, he began selling advertising for a television station. A born leader with high standards and a strong work ethic, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming President and General Manager. His career took him to CBS affiliates WISH-TV channel 8 in Indianapolis, IN (three times), WANE-TV in Ft. Wayne, IN, KTSP-TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ, and WGME-13 in Portland, ME.

Bill was highly respected by his family and peers. He was a bottom-line guy, practical and balanced in his approach to life. A man of few words, he quietly listened to absorb the conversation before responding. He made every effort to understand other’s strengths and weaknesses and gave advice in a way that was easily grasped. He led by example, inspiring his family members and employees with his wisdom and principles. He was a God-fearing man, full of compassion, encouragement and love.

Bill led a healthy lifestyle. He enjoyed golf, gardening and caring for his lawn. Reading, especially history, was always enjoyable. He was a sports fan and loved the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Ravens. His disciplined life continued even as his health failed. He was a model of strength and courage to the end. He was a strong follower of Jesus Christ, a loving husband, an endearing father and grandfather. His greatest joy came from his family. Classy and disciplined, he was known to let his hair down when he was with his grandchildren. Each member of his family felt his love and protective care deeply. One hug from Bill and the cares of the world would go away.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy Stough; sons, Scott Stough, Reed Stough and his wife Tona; 10 grandchildren, Caroline Wyatt, Cassandra Robison, Scott Wyatt, Andrew Stough, Aubrianna Stough, Nathanael Stough, Ella Stough, Hannah Stough, Coralee Stough, and Emmaline Stough; three great-grandchildren, Allie Robison, Luke Robison, and Lyra Jean Wyatt; and brother-in-law, Jim Jerrels.

A visitation will be at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial with military honors will be at 1:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. The family suggests that donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club https://www.bgca.org/ways-to-give, or the HealthWell Foundation https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/.

Douglas Warren Boggs

Douglas Warren Boggs, age 80 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 11, 2019 in Litchfield Park, AZ.  He was born November 16, 1938 in Burlington, CO and was raised in Steamboat Springs, CO by Harold and Sylvia Boggs.  Doug graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Education.  He worked as a ski instructor to pay his tuition, and he married Jan Wilkinson in 1961.  Doug taught for several years, then moved back to Steamboat Springs to run the family’s hardware store, Boggs Hardware, with his brother Gerry.  Doug had a strong work ethic and was a successful businessman.  He was highly respected in Steamboat Springs.  His family had lived and worked in the community for generations.  He was elected as a Commissioner on the Board of County Commissioners for Routt County, CO from 1980-1984.

Doug loved Colorado and enjoyed all the outdoor activities that the beautiful state afforded.  A vibrant man with a free-spirit, he was passionate about the mountains.  Each weekend was spent with his family on the ski slopes, camping, or hiking.  He was a kind and loving father who taught his children to take responsibility for their actions while showing mercy for their mistakes.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife Jan, especially to the warmth of Mexico.  Doug loved his dogs and spoiled them nightly with bowls of ice cream.  He lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years, but his kindness, quick wit and love for his family never wavered. His caring and loving wife Jan, remained by his side, through it all.

Doug is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan Boggs; daughter Carlynn Boggs; son, Greg and Tami Boggs; and three grandchildren, Bryce, Jack and Cole Tanner.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Sylvia Boggs; brother, Gerry Boggs; and an infant son, Van Boggs.

Asher Benjamin Ariel Ruthenberg

Asher Benjamin Ariel Ruthenberg, age 17 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 10, 2019, in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born June 2, 2002, in Kingman, AZ to Mark Ruthenberg and Tatyana Tskhai. He was a student at Millennium High School. Asher was funny. Whether cracking jokes, acting silly or a little bit crazy, he enjoyed making people laugh. Like most teenage boys, he loved to play video games. Call of Duty and UFC were his go-to games and Ricky, Connor, Brody, Kyle, and Brandon were his buddies. He was a fan of MMA and wrestled for three years.

Asher was also politically inclined and enjoyed conspiracy theories. He lived in Russia with his mother for four years and was bilingual in Russian and English. His time abroad opened his eyes to a world view that was uncommon for someone his age and he became concerned about political and economic situations in Russia and Korea. He was a brilliant writer and often expressed his feelings and apprehensions in poetry. Though prodded by his English teacher, he never felt comfortable openly sharing his prose.

Asher is survived by his mother, Tatyana Tskhai; sisters, Sarah McCovery, Rachel Ruthenberg, Gracie Tskhai, and Jazmyn McCovery; and brothers, Micah, Efraim, and William Ruthenberg, and Clarence McCovery. He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Ruthenberg.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, November 22, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Kay Acuff

Kay Acuff, age 81 of Goodyear, AZ died October 22, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born November 14, 1937 in LaGrande, OR, the only child born to Tom and Garnet Ruckman. Kay grew up on a farm in the small town of Imbler, OR. Community service came naturally to her, inspired by the examples of her father who served as the mayor of Imbler and sat on the board of the local hospital, and her mother who was a state representative and also sat on several boards. She graduated from Imbler High School in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 1959. She completed graduate courses at the University of Oregon as well as at Portland State University.

Kay began her life of service to the community teaching business education, typing, and bookkeeping to high school students. She taught in schools in Reedsport, OR, LaGrande, OR, Portland, OR and later in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to teaching, Kay was the advisor to the dance team, drama, rally squad, and yearbook.

While living in Portland, OR, Kay met and married Richard Acuff in March 1966. She was a loyal and dedicated wife who sacrificed her own career advancement to follow her husband all over the country as he climbed the corporate ladder. Her children were always her first priority. She served as a PTA President for the Cherry Park Grade School in Portland, OR and slowly eased back into teaching as her children grew. In due course Kay turned her talents to the corporate community. She was a member of the State Board of Realtors of Oregon from 1975 – 1979. She worked as the Assistant to Real Estate Development and Executive Assistant to the Director of Human Resources at Carl Karcher Enterprises. She was the Assistant to the President at Macon Development in Naperville, IL. She was the Education Development Assistant to Weichert Real Estate in West Chester, PA, and the Administrative Assistant to the Manager of Prudential Preferred Real Estate in Exton, PA.

When Richard retired the couple moved to the PebbleCreek community. Kay’s desire to serve her community was as strong as ever and she began the Architectural and Landscape Office. She worked as the Architectural Committee Administrative Assistant for the PebbleCreek Homeowner’s Association from September 1998 to June, 2018 when she said a tearful goodbye.

Kay was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as a Mother Advisor to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Blue Mountain Chapter, Elgin, OR. She had a love of music and was a member of a traveling University of Oregon choral group. As a cancer survivor she appreciated every day. She enjoyed sewing, latch hooking, and arts and crafts. Her ultimate happiness came from her children and grandchildren. She leaves behind a house covered with photos of her children and grandchildren, memories of the joy that they brought into her life.

Kay is survived by her son, Matthew Acuff, daughter, Libby Achenbach, and grandchildren Jake and Ashton Achenbach. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Inurnment will be at 10:00 am, Friday, November 29, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you contribute in Kay’s honor to the charity of your choice.

Josefina Camargo

Josefina Camargo, age 76 of Phoenix, AZ died October 28, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. She was born July 1, 1943, in Guadalajara, Mexico to Leon Contreras and Maria Refugio Carrillo. Josefina was a hard-working pillar of her family. She was a great cook who showed her love through her food. She always had a kind word to say and would give anything for her family. She often sang to her grandchildren and would make up songs especially for them. Her love was immeasurable.

Josefina is survived by her husband, Manuel Camargo; sons, Efrain Camargo, Oscar Camargo, and Marco Antonio Contreras; brother, Jesus Contreras; and eight grandchildren. A visitation and rosary will be held at 9:00 am followed by a mass at 10:30 am, Friday, November 8, 2019, at Mission San Fernando Rey de España, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Burial will follow at the San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, CA 91345.

David Barnes

David Barnes, age 57, of Surprise, AZ, went to be with the Lord on October 26, 2019. He was a native of Charlotte, NC.

He was a graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill College(University), in Mars Hill, NC, and a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Education & Leadership from Spalding University, in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Barnes’s career in serving higher education students spans some 26 years. He served as Associate Vice President for Adult Programs at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He also served as Provost of Ottawa University in Arizona, Executive Vice President of Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University), and as President of Grace University in Omaha, NE. His last post was with Ottawa University (OUAZ) in Surprise, Arizona, as Executive Director for Advancement, Church and Alumni Relations.

David was passionate about what he felt God had called him to do – working in higher education, mentoring and helping college students succeed. He was a devoted husband and father. He had a gentle spirit and was kind to everyone. He was a good listener and encourager, a “glass is half full” kind of thinker.

David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Isabel Barnes; his two sons, Noah (21) and Lucas Barnes (18) from Surprise, AZ; his parents, Bob and Betty Jo Barnes of Charlotte, NC; his sister, Donna Melton (Alan) from Landrum, SC; his niece, Jennifer Curasco (Tony), of Jacksonville, FL; and nephew, Ryan Melton (Melinda), of Travelers Rest, SC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in the Faith Arena at the Ottawa University Surprise Campus, 14470 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to Ottawa University, Surprise, https://secure2.convio.net/ouni/site/Donation2 via the Alumni heading on the university’s website.

Joseph Anthony Dobis

Joseph Anthony Dobis, age 70 of Goodyear, AZ died November 3, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born December 6, 1948. Joseph was a high school teacher in New Jersey until his retirement. Friendly, caring and helpful, he moved to Arizona and worked as a caregiver in Tucson. He was very thoughtful and loved to talk. He had a beautiful smile and a happy-go-lucky personality.

Joseph was energetic and had a difficult time sitting still. He was a good dancer and singer. He really enjoyed going to the casino. He loved to drink coffee and enjoyed eating Filipino food. He is survived by his fiancé, Nenita Clark.

Beatrice Kay Schreiber

Beatrice Kay Schreiber, age 49 of Phoenix, AZ died October 30, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. She was born July 3, 1970, the much-loved daughter of James and Ruth Schreiber. She attended Harris Elementary School, Borman Jr. High School, Maryvale High School, and Glendale Community College on a volleyball scholarship. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She was an excellent teacher and really cared about “her kids”.

Beatrice had a big, caring heart. She was part of the clown ministry at St. Vincent de Paul and her Aunt Kay’s caregiver for the Relay for Life. She was a coach for many sports teams and enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. She was a belly dancer and a licensed massage therapist. Beatrice will be greatly missed, but her suffering has passed and she is at peace.

Beatrice is survived by her parents, James and Ruth Schreiber; sisters, Anna Norris (Kyle), and Linda Baker (Ron); brothers, John Schreiber (Missi), Patrick Schreiber, and Daniel Schreiber (Stella); five nieces; six nephews; one great-niece; and one great-nephew. She leaves behind her loving God-parents, Aunt Mary and Uncle Harry, her medical advocate, Chris, and good friend Coach Shack.  Private services were held.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Douglas Peter Pratt

Douglas Peter Pratt, age 39 of Buckeye, AZ died October 29, 2019, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born January 3, 1980, in Wichita Falls, TX, one of five children born to Allen and Deborah Pratt. The family moved to Great Falls, MT when Doug was six and he became completely immersed in all the outdoor activities that Montana provides. Hunting in the mountains, canoeing, and kayaking in the Missouri River, and playing in the snow in Glacier National Park were his favorite pastimes. He was a good student and graduated from Great Falls High School.

A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Doug served a mission in Taipei, Taiwan where he became fluent in the Mandarin language.   Upon returning from his mission he enlisted in the US Army where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a linguist in military intelligence, a classification that required him to be deployed in undisclosed locations. After discharge, Doug began working in security at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant.

Doug was very artistic. An avid pyrographer, he was passionate about sharing his woodburning techniques with others.   His creativity spilled over into his cooking where he enjoyed making decadent desserts such as his famous chocolate tsunami cake, filled with every type of chocolate.   He took pleasure in celebrating the holidays, watching fireworks, decorating for Halloween, and making Christmas magical for children. He was a favorite uncle of his nieces and nephews. When he visited his family he would often fill pantries and freezers with food, bring new toys for the children, and assist in any way that was needed.  He loved his family fiercely and cherished his children deeply.

Doug is survived by his daughters, Nathalie Ward, Emma Ward, Janna Ward, and Katelyn Deborah Pratt; son, Daniel Thomas Pratt; parents, Allen and Deborah Pratt; sisters, Mary Emmett and Rachael Cowling; and brothers, Jacob and Eric Pratt.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

A gathering will be held at 9:00 am, followed by a funeral at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 9, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 22487 W. Sundance Parkway, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Burial will follow at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 28090 W Broadway, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

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