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December 2020
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Imelda Gonzalez Rodriguez

Imelda Gonzalez Rodriguez, 82, of Avondale, Arizona passed away unexpectedly after a three-week battle with Coronavirus on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Imelda was the youngest daughter of seven children, born on April 10, 1938 and raised in Los Huesos, a small village in Northeast Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. This is where she met and fell in love with her husband, Raul Rivera Rodriguez. They were married in a small ceremony in 1957 and settled in Los Huesos with Raul’s parents. In 1967, Raul’s employer helped them emigrate with their four children to Waddell, Arizona, United States; however, her dream of becoming a naturalized citizen was not fulfilled until the age of eighty.

Raul’s agricultural career migrated them to Gilroy, California for several summers and around Arizona’s West Valley during which Imelda bore seven additional children. Imelda was a devout Catholic and instilled her faith within her children. She was known as “Ma” to her ten children, thirty grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren which was rightfully reflected by her inherent maternal qualities. Ma was a headstrong and solicitous woman, often expressing her love through constructive criticism and authentic Mexican dishes. The enticing aroma of tortilla dough rising on a cast iron griddle bonded our family, and shaped her home as our heart and soul.

She was proud of her children who all received degrees in their chosen professions or grew up to become successful entrepreneurs. Imelda was predeceased by her son Raul (1968), her daughter Libby Perez (2011), and her husband Raul (2013).

She is survived by her brother Roberto Gonzalez, her sister Engracia Cardenas, her nine children, Cel Rodriguez (Minerva), Grace Perez (Antonio), Rosa Hernandez (Jose), Raul Rodriguez (Delma), Rene Rodriguez (Monica), Eddie Rodriguez (Priscilla), Gloria Flores (Don), Jaime Rodriguez (Elizabeth), and Hector Rodriguez (Dellisia Aguilar).

A private memorial service will be held at Saint Henry’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10 am. Friends and family are welcome to the socially distanced 12 pm interment at the Avondale Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery (3900 N Santa Fe Trail Avondale, AZ 85392). Flowers can be sent to Thompson Funeral Chapel (926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ, 85338).

Floyd “Norm” Norman Stephens Jr.

Floyd “Norm” Norman Stephens Jr., age 77, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on December 25, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born March 21, 1943 to Floyd Norman Stephens Sr. and Cloetil Adams in Frederick, Oklahoma.

Services are private at this time.

Thomas Raymond Stefancin

Thomas Raymond Stefancin, age 89, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on December 27, 2020 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born August 26, 1931 to Charles J. Stefancin and Anna Skotko in Cleveland, Ohio.

Services are private at this time.

Elvin Leyer Ellison

Elvin L. Ellison, age 83 of Laveen, Arizona passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in Laveen, Arizona at his home with loved ones beside him. He was born August 21, 1937 to Russell Ellison and Ruby Ellison in Hamilton, Ohio.

Elvin received a BA from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky; a MA from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; and a degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife Jean, his daughter; Amy Weeks, his son; Mark Ellison (Lesley), his sister; Martha Ellison as well as his seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Elvin is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ruby Ellison.

Burial services will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana at a later date.

The family suggests that donations be made to Christ Community UMC in Avondale, Arizona.

Ryder James Schira

Ryder (Ry-Ry) James Schira tragically and unexpectedly passed away with his family by his side at home on Dec 26, 2020 after a wonderful Christmas Day.

Ryder was born June 2004 with his twin brother Colt and they remained inseparable from that day forward. Ryder was incredibly happy and full of life up until the day he left this Earth. Ryder loved skateboarding, fashion, freestyle rapping, politics, art, and money but he treasured his family and friends above everything else. Ryder marched to the beat of his own drum with the fashion and trends that he created and wanted others to follow. Ryder loved his life and had a way of making everyone that he met feel loved, special and amazing. There was so much more he wanted to learn and share his creative nature with the world. Ryder found beauty in the most unexpected places, hidden gems, and sought to bring them to their full potential. He loved to make others laugh with his playful spirit; Always caring for and protecting His brother Colt and their younger brother Steele.

Ryder did not intentionally leave or hurt anyone with his passing. He was growing into a fine young man with huge dreams and goals and made decision without seeing any consequence; He truly felt he was invincible. He was the infamous Ryder Schira, Yungtrends, the GOAT who was fiercely independent and aspired to be famous and adored by all.

Please remember Ryder and his legacy forever. Keep his brothers, parents, and entire family close in your hearts and prayers. We pray that his passing is not in vain and in sharing the pain of our tragic loss of such a beautiful life, his memory can help save other young lives. Ryder is survived by his twin brother and best friend and Colt, his little brother and buddy Steele, Parents Jennifer, and Joshua Schira. His Grandparents Joseph & Barbara Schira & David & Lori Hanson. Great Grandma Nancee Dunnum, His Aunts and Uncles, Unkie (Jake) & Bunkie (Brook) Schira, Larry & Abbi Hanson, Christi & Al Santama. His loving cousins Benelli & Bear Schira, Haylee, Lukas, & Jayce Hanson, and Sidney Santama. He was loved and supported by the entire Schira and Hanson families, Goodyear Skatepark (“Goody”) and his entire skateboarding family. Visitation and Funeral Service for Ryder will be held on Saturday January 2nd from 6 – 9 pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338

A GoFundMe has been established in his honor. Fundraiser for Jennifer Schira by Sharon Best : Honoring Young Ryder James Schira (gofundme.com)

Robert Putz

Robert Putz died on December 19, 2020 from natural causes. He is survived by his wife of over 65 years Darlyne M. Putz of Litchfield Park, AZ, 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. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine O’Brien. His 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. His 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.

He entered the US Amy in 1955 and served his country honorably for thirty years, including two tours in Europe and two tours in Viet Nam. His decorations include an Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Bronze Star Medal with 2OLC, a Purple Heart Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

While his military background made him a strict disciplinarian, his strong belief in his Catholic faith allowed

him to be thoughtful, generous, and kind. We were a rowdy bunch, but he did a wonderful job of keeping us in line, keeping us in school and keeping us focused on the future. His children and grandchildren hold numerous college degrees because of the love of learning he instilled in us all.

He loved his wife, was completely devoted to his family and always enjoyed a few laughs with his countless friends. After he retired he enjoyed travel with his RV Club.

Our Dad was a natural leader whose word was his bond and integrity was his calling card. For him there was always a clear line between right and wrong and there was never a question about which course to take.

He will be dearly missed but always remembered.

He will be interned in Arlington National Cemetery as another example of the best that America has to offer.

Paula M. Gonzales

Mrs. Paula M. Gonzales, age 71 of Cashion, Arizona passed away on December 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born February, 27, 1949 to Eristeo and Cruz Mendoza in Mathis, Texas.

Paula is survived by her husband, Jesus Gonzales, her daughters; Secenia Medina and Monica Torres, her sisters; Pearl Flores, Margaret Medina, Eva Ybarra, Mary Helen Mendoza, and Ellie May Mendoza, her brothers; Eristeo Mendoza Jr., and Benito Mendoza, as well as her seventeen grandchildren. She is preceded in death by Santiago Torres IV, and Daniel Torres.

A visitation will be held at 8:00AM on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona; Rosary will be held at 9:00AM which will be followed by the 9:30AM funeral service. Burial services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, Arizona at 11:45AM.

Avril Margaret Pierce

Avril Margaret Pierce, age 85, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on December 17, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born October 4, 1935 to Nellie and Mr. Haines in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

Services are private at this time.

Tommy Lee Gumm

Tommy Lee Gumm, age 70 of Phoenix, Arizona, died December 16, 2020. He was born February 16, 1950 to Edward Frankie Gumm and Martha Luella Gumm in Wichita, Kansas. His personality will surely be missed by many as he took great joy in making others laugh. His purpose in life was to make others happy, always offering a hand when needed. He guided, mentored, and influenced many lives along his 70-year journey as a husband, father, and most importantly a friend.

Tommy’s work ethic was evident until his final days, he worked hard and never quit.  He had a career in the airline industry for over 50 years, recently retiring from American Airlines as an inventory specialist. His passion as an aircraft worker gave him great pride and he often spoke of working on the first 747 for Boeing in the late 60’s where he started his career in Seattle, Washington.

As a father, he always guided his children to be respectful and to understand the big picture in life. He made sure his children were cared for and deeply loved, he was not afraid to tell you that he loved you and how proud he was of you. His love poured over into his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as he really enjoyed being “grandpa”.

Tommy had multiple interests and hobbies over the years. Coaching baseball, photography, woodworking, airshows, Seattle Seahawks, road trips to the mountains, camping and spending time with family were among his favorites. The wood working brought him so much happiness watching the excitement it brought to others. To him, the enthusiasm of a kid receiving one of his wooden trains was payment enough. He was not much of a businessman as he gave away most of his toys over the years.

A final message from Tommy Gumm to all who loved him, “Smile and Remember Me”,  “Go HAWKS!”

Tommy is survived by his wife Jessica Gumm; his Daughter Kristol Gumm; his sons Tommy & Danny Gumm; His Sister Martha Ann Gumm; and his Brother Edwin Jerry Gumm; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren; and so many others who loved and respected him as a family-man.

A visitation will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at Skyway Church, 14900 W Van Buren St, in Goodyear, AZ. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 11:00AM and burial services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, AZ following the funeral at 12:30PM.

If anyone would like to send flowers for the services it is recommended that they go through Thompson Flower Shop (623) 932-0531, in order to ensure that the flowers make it to the service in a timely manner.

Aurora P. Gonzalez

Aurora P. Gonzalez, age 91, of El Mirage, Arizona passed away on December 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. She was born August 24, 1929 to Roberto Preciado and Carmen Tolano in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico.

Aurora liked to read psalms and books, was a great cook, and enjoyed sewing as well. She loved to solve puzzles and complete word searches. She also loved tending to her plants. Aurora was a loving grandmother who enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters: Gloria Lopez, Susana Simancas, and Sylvia Gonzalez and her sons: Roberto, Fernando, Francisco, Manuel, Adrian, and Miguel Gonzalez. Aurora is also survived by her thirty-six grandchildren and her forty-two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Adrian Gonzalez, and her sons Randolfo and Sergio Gonzalez.

A visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery following the visitation.

John Loren Morningstar

Mr. John Loren Morningstar, 63, of Buckeye, Arizona died December 6, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born August 9, 1957, to Albert and Naomi Morningstar in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was a beloved husband, devoted father and grandfather, cherished brother, and faithful minister of God’s word.

He served faithfully in his church, Buckeye First Assembly of God, and through his partnerships in ministry with Buckeye Outreach Ministry and ICALM ministries.  Whether he was serving his community in Buckeye, Arizona or internationally in Africa or Mynamar one message was clear—God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Morningstar; daughters Carrie Martin, Christina Chadwick, and Marissa Morningstar-Lerma; sister, Esther Wax, and his 10 grandchildren-Ellen, Teara, Jason, Josiah, Shawn, Isaiah, Allison, Makenzie, Charlotte, and Iain. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Naomi Morningstar.

A private family service will be held on Monday, December 21st with a public memorial service to be held after the holidays are over.  The family suggests that donations be made to ICALM ministries in order to benefit the Edu-Care Junior School in Uganda, Kenya.  Donations can be made by going to the secure website www.ICALMonline.org or through PayPal at PayPal.me/ICALMonline with the memo “John Morningstar Uganda School”.  All donations are tax deductible and will go to help the school, that John had on his heart at the time of his passing, buy updated equipment and land in order to be able to fall into compliance with local government codes and re-open after the pandemic.

Adrienne M. Reyes

Adrienne M. Reyes, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on December 10, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born July 16, 1978 to Michael E. McCord and Faustina B. Reyes in Lakeside, Arizona.

Adrienne is survived by her sister, her brothers, and her parents. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, her maternal grandparents, and her uncle.

A visitation will be held at 1:00PM on December 26th, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family has asked that if anyone would like to make a donation to assist them during this difficult time that they do so by visiting Gofundme.com, and locate the family’s direct fundraiser there.

Terry Lee Perkins

Mr. Terry Lee Perkins, age 73 of Avondale, Arizona passed away on December 9, 2020 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born May 10, 1947 to Estle and Dorothy Perkins in Madisonville, Kentucky.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1989 and was honorably discharged as a Medical Captain.

Terry was a good husband and father and always loved playing Santa.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Perkins, his daughter, Amy Klobucar, and his son, Anthony Perkins. Terry is also survived by his two grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, his father, Estle, and his sister, Linda Owens.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:30AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, AZ. A memorial service will be held at the same location at 10:00AM following the visitation.

Herman Manley

Herman Manley, age 90, of Laveen, Arizona passed away December 6, 2020 in Gilbert, Arizona. He was born November 25, 1930 to Acie Manley and Lucenda Lassiter in Jackson, Virginia.

Services are private at this time.

Helen Bernice Heyl

Mrs. Helen Bernice Heyl, 98 of Avondale, Arizona passed away on December 14, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born March 1, 1922, to Earl and Elva Briscoe in Talent, Oregon.

Services are private at this time.

Rebecca Kay Dudko

Rebecca Kay Dudko, age 51 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on December 8, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 7, 1969 to Clarence and Karen Warstler in Garrett, Indiana.

Rebecca was a wife, and a mother who was devoted to her family. She had a love for Bulldogs and horses. She received a Model T from her grandparents and was in the middle of restoring it.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Dudko, her daughter; Arianna Dudko, her sons; Brennon and Samuel Dudko, her sister; Robin Strohauer, her brother; William Warstler, and her parents; Clarence and Karen Warstler.

Services will be held at 10:00am on December 18, 2020 at 7901 West Osborn Road, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gordon W. Courtney

Gordon W. Courtney, age 87 of Glendale, Arizona passed away on December 8, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born March 19, 1933 to Gordon W. Courtney Sr. and Glydas E. Coldwell in Kansas City, Missouri.

Services are private at this time.

Josua Mercer Mannhardt

Mr. Josua Mercer Mannhardt, age 49 of Tolleson, Arizona passed away on December 3, 2020 in Tolleson, Arizona. He was born April 8, 1971 to James and Dolores Mannhardt in Davenport, Iowa.

Joss was a very loving and caring person. He would not hesitate to stop for a homeless person every time he saw one. He loved all animals and they were always a part of his life. Joss was an athletic person when he was young, he was in gymnastics, karate, and swimming. He competed in national swimming competitions. He enjoyed hiking with his wife Darla and liked being in nature. Joss was talented in music, he played the violin and piano. He was great in art, specifically, ceramics and drawing.

He got an Associates degree in fine arts at Scott Community college in Davenport, Iowa. He worked great with adolescents at Tumbleweed and, with the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center for 8 years. He was always proud of his vending business called Mannhardt Vending that he had for 20 years!

Josua is survived by his wife, Darla Mannhardt, his pets; Samantha, Abby, Princess, and George, his sisters; Kelsey and Sunny Mannhardt, his nieces; Taylor and Mackenzie Mannhardt, as well as his parents; James and Jeralee Mannhardt.

Services are private at this time.

Ana Maria Gutierrez

Ms. Ana Maria Gutierrez, 71 of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on December 9, 2020 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

She was born October 23, 1949, to Teofilo Gutierrez and Maria de Jesus Gonzales in Fresno, California.

Ana retired from Glendale Community College after 30 years of service. Although Ana never married or had children of her own, she helped raise Edgardo Soto Jr., Lorraine Valentine, Andrew Soto, Yvette Venegas and Jazmin Soto. Ana was also madrina to countless children including Bernadette Gortarez and Angel Valentine to name a couple.

She is survived by her sisters Rita Gutierrez and Eloisa Silva.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Robert Benjamin Boyum

Robert Benjamin Boyum, age 82 of Avondale, Arizona passed away peacefully on December 7, 2020. He was born on October 10, 1938 to Bennie and Mildred Boyum in Rushford, Minnesota.

Robert grew up on the family farm in Peterson, Minnesota where he graduated from Peterson High School. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the Army and later the reserves. After completing his time in the Military he returned to the family farm where he worked with his brother Richard. He married Betty Gueltzow in June of 1966. In 1979, Robert moved to Rushford, where he continued some work on the farm as well as factory work in Rushford. In 2005 he relocated to Avondale, Arizona to spend time with his daughter.

Robert mostly enjoyed a quiet life spending time with family and friends. While in Arizona he enjoyed weekend getaways throughout Arizona, California, and Nevada. He loved caring for the three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bentley, Bosley and Bella. Robert also loved attending and watching sporting events of all kinds. His favorite teams were the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves, the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Suns.

He loved the Arizona weather, going for walks in the neighborhood and being outside doing yardwork. He also enjoyed shopping and fine dining, Robert loved a great filet mignon.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Lisa Boyum, his sister Lucille Sharrow, and his brother, Roger Boyum. He is preceded in death by his parents Bennie and Mildred Boyum, his wife, Betty Boyum, his brother, Richard Boyum and his sister Doris Fox.

Services are private at this time.

Dorothea Stamaris

Dorothea Stamaris, a resident of Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, AZ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 6th.  She was 93.

Born and raised in Germany, Dorothea came to the states to be the wife of an American soldier, George, whom she met by chance encounter at a checkpoint in Berlin at war’s end.  That encounter would lead to more than 7 decades full of memories.

Dorothea was a unique woman known for her bright mind.  She loved classical music, reading philosophy, playing board games and, yes, shopping.  She was vibrant and classy and, while she loved to laugh, she was by nature a contemplative woman.  She loved the Oregon Coast and could stand for a long while at the water’s edge lost in thought.

Dorothea had a successful career, working for many years in San Francisco’s Embarcadero District.

But the greatest part of her life was her marriage to George, who preceded her in death by a half year.  They lived in a dozen places, traveled Europe in their earlier years, raised two children and were by each other’s side through all their respective life events.

Dorothea is survived by her daughter Dorie (Brad) Hedien and son Denis (Anne) Stamaris, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Santos Loza

Ms. Santos Loza, 96 of Glendale, Arizona passed away December 6, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born November 3, 1924, to Cirildo Loza and Ramona Martinez in Poteet, Texas.

Santos loved to cook and making homemade tortillas. She also loved music. Santos grew up in Poteet, Texas and in 1951, she came to Arizona.

She is survived by her daughters Angie Luna, Stella Acevedo, and Layah Thomas, her sons Robert Gonzales, Daniel Gonzales and Joe Gonzales, her sister Ignaca Gonzales, 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Guadalupe Gonzales, her daughter Janie Soto and her grandson Manuel Soto.

A visitation will be held at 8:00AM on December 14, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral services will follow the visitation at the same location and burial services will be held at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery following the funeral service.

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Virginia Marie Sutherland

Mrs. Virginia Marie Sutherland, 79 of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on December 5, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Virginia was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as past President as well as various other offices. She retired from APS at Palo Verde. Robert and Virginia were married for sixty-one years and enjoyed traveling they visited many places in the United States and around the world.

She is survived by her husband Robert Sutherland, her daughter Brenda Sutherland and her son Robert Sutherland. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Margaret, and by her brother.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

The family suggests that donations be made to Arizona Humane Society.

Margaret Ann Hepner

Mrs. Margaret Ann Hepner, 72 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away December 7, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born July 13, 1948, to John Rohner and Cleo Steven.

Services are private at this time.

Burl “Red” Cockrum

Mr. Burl “Red” Cockrum, 78 of Pine, Arizona passed away December 5, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born August 19, 1942, to Albert Cockrum and Viva Harrisson in Sesser, Illinois.

Services are private at this time.

William A Pugh

Mr. William A Pugh, of Avondale, AZ, passed away at the age of 80 on December 5, 2020 in Avondale, AZ. He was born June 5, 1940 to William S Pugh and Iris A Albert in Los Angeles, California.

Bill enjoyed road trips, riding his motorcycle, camping, cruises and was an avid bowler.  He retired from being a pressman of 50 years.  Bill loved being with his family and friends.  He loved and spoiled his fur babies. 

He is survived by his wife, Christine S Pugh, his daughters Joanna Pugh, Melissa and husband Adam Terrell, his brother Richard and wife Ursula Pugh, his 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services are private at this time.

Tyler John Savage

Tyler John Savage, 29 of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on December 4, 2020in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born April 1, 1991, to John and Kim Savage in Berrien Center, Michigan.

Tyler was a proud Native American. He loved paintball and Star Wars. Tyler was a loving uncle, friend, brother, and nephew.

He is survived by his sisters Jennifer Savage, Beth Lindsay-Savage, his parents John and Kim Savage.

Services are private at this time.

Boyce Michael Martinet

Boyce Michael Martinet, age 27, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on December 1, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born April 2, 1993 to Lance Martinet and Holly Mohr in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Boyce studied Digital film at Grand Canyon State University with a focus on lighting and sound while minoring in business. He enjoyed gaming on his computer and Xbox, and was involved with his church (Palm Valley Church) on the worship team as the audio/video technician and went on a mission with his church to Haiti.

He is survived by his sisters, Heather Martinet, Tamara Martinet, and Jaicee Martinet, his parents; Lance Martinet and Holly Martinet, and his grandparents; Tom Martinet, Cheryl Martinet and Sandra Mohr, he is also survived by his aunts and uncles.

A visitation will be held at 9:30AM on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Palm Valley Church, 431 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM following the visitation. Burial services will be at Louis B. Hazelton memorial cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Rd. Buckeye, AZ at 1:00PM following the funeral services.

Deanna Lynne Kennedy

Mrs. Deanna Lynne Kennedy, age 72 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on November 30, 2020 in Youngtown, Arizona. She was born January 1st, 1948 to George Duncan and Deanna Duncan in Cheverly, Maryland.

Deanna dedicated her entire life to her Master’s Degree in Education and to teaching both, children at the Elementary school and High School levels as well as adults in prison, working towards their GED.

She is survived by her daughters; Michelle Weidner, Amber Flanagan, and Carol Breedlove, her son; Roger Breedlove, her brother; David Duncan as well as her ten grandchildren; Ashley Hill, Kaylee Finklea, Anastasia Petersen, Moriah Flanagan, Lindsey Ellie, Tymothy Breedlove, Alex Breedlove, Kiana Breedlove, Kody Breedlove, and Joshua Breedlove, her twelve great-grandchildren; Leoni Guerrero, Silva Guerrero, Gracie Guerrero, Alycia Finklea, Carter Finklea, Alyana Flanagan, Mason Flanagan, Lane Petersen, Hunter Petersen, Maxim Flanagan, Reese Shanklin and Kingston Breedlove.

Deanna is preceded in death by her father George Duncan, her mother Deanna Duncan, her brother Stanley Duncan and her oldest son, Ronald Breedlove II.

Services are private at this time.

Cira Antonia Marticorena

Cira Antonia Marticorena of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on the 30th of November, 2020, in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born to Leoncio Manuel Marticorena and Ana Antonia Rosellon on the 8th of June, 1959, in Havana, Cuba.
A service was held at West Resthaven Park, where she was laid to rest.

Penola Thomas Dixon

Penola Thomas Dixon of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on the 26th of November, 2020, in Avondale, Arizona. She was born on the 9th of May, 1928 to Morton Melvin Lassiter and Mattie Hixie Dunn in Haysville, North Carolina.
A service was held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on the 5th of December, 2020.

Seth Ray Montgomery

Seth Ray Montgomery

Buckeye AZ

Seth Ray Montgomery was born May 29th, 1985 in Rawlins Wyoming and moved to Southern Arizona as a small child.  Seth was called home to his Lord and Savior on November 27th, 2020 at the age of 35.

Seth grew up in small towns where he played little league baseball and soccer. He enjoyed projects and won many ribbons for his entries at the Pima County fair. He was an active Boy Scout from first grade as a Tiger Scout through high school achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2000.  He was proud of his Boy Scout accomplishments including backpacking hundreds of miles over his scouting career and attending Philmont Scout Ranch.

Although quiet and shy, Seth won speaking competitions, played guitar in a garage band, and was selected to participate in the Honor Band at the University of Arizona with other middle school students from across the state. Seth had a great thirst for knowledge and was in Junior National Honor Society and National Honor Society, graduating in 2003 in the top 10 of his class. When not studying, Seth worked for the Animal Care Center where he nurtured his love of animals and learned veterinary skills. When not learning, Seth like to blow off steam by racing his car at the local racetrack.

In 2003, at open dance night in Flagstaff Arizona, Seth met the love of his life. Seth spent six years courting Amanda, while completing their college degrees. Seth graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with a Certificate in Corporate Finance in May 2007. He went on to take a job as an accountant with McGladrey and Pullen where he practiced what he had learned at NAU.

In 2009, Seth married his Soul Mate Amanda before God and Family on a warm and beautiful September afternoon. In 2010, they bought their first home together in Buckeye, Arizona with the goal of owning horses, a childhood dream for both of them.

Seth later left McGladrey to join Russel Sigler where his hard work led to a promotion to financial control and leader of the accounting and financial department. He worked hard at his career so he could provide for his wife and play hard in his free time.

When Seth was not working, he spent his time adventuring with Amanda in far off places. In 2015, Amanda and Seth explored Barcelona and Madrid Spain where they learned the art of sword making and explored the local culture. In 2019, Seth took Amanda on a second honeymoon to Europe where in 21 days they explored Prague, Budapest, Austria, Germany, and Luzern Switzerland. Although Seth was happiest close to home or out in the woods, he knew Amanda needed to see the world together. In their 11 years of marriage they also explored the Caribbean, Alaska, Maui, and had taken a cross country trip to Boston.

When Seth was not working or adventuring, he enjoyed a quiet life with his animals and friends. He was driven to become a great horseman and had a passion for training his horse. He enjoyed learning new things and loved nothing more than to sort cows or practice roping with his horse. Seth had a kind and generous heart with strong ethics and a drive to serve. If a friend or stranger were in need, Seth went out of his way to help any way he could. He was the type of friend you could call on day or night with no questions asked he would jump in his truck to go help.

Seth was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and fisherman. He spent many happy hours chasing elk in the woods and building memories with his cousin Martin and his Father Warren. Seth took Amanda on their first date to the woods to go call an elk. As Seth showed Amanda how to do the “sexy momma” call and Amanda enthusiastically worked the call a bull elk crashed out of the brush not five feet away. Amanda was excited the call had worked but the elk was not happy to discover people instead of a cow elk. After a very quick and strategic exit to the truck the elk stomped and thrashed away to find a different mate. Seth showed Amanda the wonders and magic of the woods, through animal tracking and hiking.

Seth is survived by his wife Amanda, and his parents Martha and Warren Montgomery. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in his honor to Phoenix Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association.

https://www.phoenixchildrens.org/

https://www.heart.org/

Michael Sylvester Marx

Michael Sylvester Marx of Avondale, Arizona passed away on December 1, 2020. He was born to Ida and George Marx on July 12, 1946 in Boise, Idaho. Mike lost his father at the young age of 4 and at the age of 11, his family moved to Orange, California. He joined the surfing community where he cultivated his love of all water sports and expanded this love to the local lakes and Colorado River through boating and camping adventures.

After graduating from Orange High in 1964, he attended Orange Coast College and applied to Aunt Jemima’s at Disneyland. Little did he know that working for the Disney Organization would be his life-long career. Michael worked in practically every aspect of Onstage Disneyland Operations: Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Custodial, and Main Street, the Parking Lot, and Circle D. He quickly moved up the ladder leaving his personal mark along the way.

The first time he met Walt Disney, Mike called him “Mr. Disney,” to which Walt replied, “My name is Walt.” Major projects were numerous and included: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Aladdin’s Oasis, New Fantasyland, Alice in Wonderland, Big Thunder Railroad, Main Street Lockers and countless rehabs. He was honored to host many celebrities and dignitaries, such as Presidents Ronald Reagan and HW Bush. Michael had a distinguished career of 35 years with the Disney Organization.

It was during these years that this Disney guy met his Disney girl, Illene Barranger, and married her on March 18, 1979. They welcomed a red-haired daughter, Megan, in 1985. Together, they all enjoyed River vacations, Disney and family experiences.

In 2000, Michael and his family left Disney and California behind and moved to Arizona, where both sets of parents lived. For 4 years he was Director of Operations for Skeeball in Phoenix. He left Skeeball when the organization moved all operations back East. He then coordinated Maintenance at El Dorado of Sun City. He was the gadget man…the one everyone called to fix their TV’s, remotes, and wifi, etc., as well as handling all maintenance concerns. He left El Dorado in 2013. His last job was at Westbrook Village Golf Course before officially retiring from the workforce in 2017.

Michael enjoyed golfing with his friends, riding his beloved Harley with his wife and members of the “Live to Ride, Ride to Eat” gang, Spring training season, and becoming an Apple and Tech Geek. He so enjoyed being able to help build the Arizona West K9 Support Center and assisting with their fundraising events. He loved spending time with his “Grands” whether it was at church activities, fishing, school events, birthday celebrations, or car adventures. For the last few years, he especially enjoyed camping in the 5th wheel with many trips to Tombstone and the Old West in Southern Arizona. He loved his travels to Ireland and Scotland; the simplicity, beauty, and history at every turn. He was a grilling and smoking chef, who kept his Weber and GMG busy for hours feeding family and friends.

Michael leaves behind a legacy of hard work, wonderful memories, a loving family and many friends. He was a man of faith who worked in his callings within the Bishopric and his Corte Sierra Ward in the LDS church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Illene Marx; daughter Megan Marx (Mike); sisters Pat Marx and Joann Wattier; grandchildren: TJ, Tyson, Angel, Zackeriah, and Brooklyn; special family members Jill and Jason Reed and Leticia and Robert Gonzales; Uncle Reed and Aunt Janet Alderman; many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Utah, Montana, Arizona and Virginia. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and George Marx, and his step-father Gene Ford.

Services are private. His ashes will be returned home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Arizona West K9 Support Center.

Analeah Blasa River-Harris

Analeah Blasa Rivera-Harris of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on the 22nd of November, 2020, in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on the 21st of August, 1979 to Helen Rivera in Yuma, Arizona.

Analeah became a certified pharmacy technician in 2003, keeping her certification until 2009. Her greatest passions came in 2007 and 2008 with the birth of her babies, her daughter Alyssa, and her son Bryan.

She is survived by her children; her boyfriend Chad Harris; her brother Arthur Rivera; and her mother, Helen Rivera. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Blasa and Tomas Rivera; her sister in law, Mercedes; her nephew, Joshua; and her niece, Jocelyn Rivera.

May her smile and laughter be in our hearts forever.

A service will be announced at a later date.

If you would like to make a donation to the family, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-and-memorial-services-for-analeah-harris

Lucille Edna Kramer

Lucille (Lucy) Edna Kramer, was born on September 29, 1928 on a farm at St. Benedict, Kansas, daughter of Leo and Anna (Fangman) Haverkamp. She passed away in Goodyear, Arizona on November 25, 2020, at the age of 92.

Lucille married Bernard Joseph Kramer on February 12, 1949. They farmed south of Baileyville, Kansas where they raised turkeys, cattle, wheat and corn. Lucille and Bernard also lived in Sabetha, Kansas for a short time where Bernard hauled milk and Lucy worked part-time at an egg factory and an A & W Drive Inn. The family then moved to Crawford, Nebraska where they operated their first bowling center. In 1966, the family moved to Aurora, Nebraska where they owned and operated Mapleway Lanes for forty years. Lucy loved to bowl and participated in over 30 State and National Bowling Tournaments. One of her accomplishments was ending up in second place in the All Events Division at a National Bowling Tournament. She taught many young kids to bowl by starting the first Junior League in Aurora. Lucy enjoyed the times when her grandchildren would come stay with her and Bernard. Lucy was never one to sit idle and started working part-time at the age of 72 at Dream Designs Bridal in Aurora where she worked for ten years. After the death of her husband in 2012, Lucille moved to live with her oldest daughter, Grace, in Goodyear, Arizona. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and jewelry making. Lucille and Bernard were married for 63 years.

Lucy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, Nebraska, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Christ Child Society of Phoenix.

Lucy was a strong woman who met challenges given to her in life. She managed her diabetes for 46 years and underwent bypass surgery in 2000. She had a strong belief in God and always prayed for others. Lucy enjoyed taking girl trips with her daughters to various places in the United States.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard, parents Leo and Anna Haverkamp, siblings, Vincent, Marcellus, and Melvin Haverkamp, and Therese Koch and son-in-law Paul Clayton.

Those left to cherish her memory are three children, Grace Cooper of Goodyear, Arizona; Larry (Judy) Kramer of Omaha, Nebraska; and Joyce Clayton of Goodyear, Arizona; four grandchildren, Brady (Sheila) Clayton of Lincoln, Nebraska; Adam Clayton of Lincoln, Nebraska; Christine and Kelsey Kramer of Omaha, Nebraska; and two great-grandchildren Ella and Miles Clayton of Lincoln, Nebraska. Lucy is also survived by one sister, Leanna (Pat) Baker of Topeka, Kansas; and a sister-in-law Annie Haverkamp of Seneca, Kansas. She has also left behind her favorite little dog, Sparky.

Services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ on December 10, 2020.  Rosary will start at 10:00 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will take place in Aurora, Nebraska at a later date.

Sandy Simmons

Mrs. Sandy Simmons, age 53, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on November 18, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born September 20, 1967 to John Linley and Hilda Cox in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia.

Sandy was a faith-filled wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many. Sandy was an accomplished artist whose life glowed with the joy, love, faith and thankfulness with which she lived. She was and will remain the most amazing person her husband Paul will ever meet.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Simmons, her daughter; Leah Simmons, her son; Daniel Simmons, her sister; Jenny Jaap, her brothers; Peter Linley, David Linley, Stuart Linley, and Rodney Linley and her mother; Hilda Cox. Sandy is preceded in death by her father, John Linley.

Services are private at this time.

Pete Robles Canales

Mr. Pete R. Canales, age 75, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on November 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born October 19, 1945 to Frank B. Canales and Amalia R. Canales in San Antonio, Texas.

Pete served in the United States Army as an Infantry Medic from 1966-1969. Among his many awards were the Purple Heart, Army Commendation medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star medal.

One of his many accomplishments include his own successful Design/Build construction business in Tacoma, Washington. He had an amazing artistic ability.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra L. Canales; his daughter and son-in-law, Jaime L. Ricketts and Matthew Ricketts; his sons, Jason K. Canales, Justin P. Canales; and his two grandsons, Isaac and Cardon Canales. Pete is preceded in death by his brothers, Rudy, Richard, Alfred, Roger and Domingo; as well as his sisters, Susie and Rachel.

A visitation will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM following the visitation.

Elio Omar Scotti

Elio Omar Scotti was born on April 21, 1939 in Cordoba, Argentina to Jose Pedro Scotti and Maria Rosa

Amoros, and was the first of their five children.  He died at the age of 81 in Goodyear, AZ on November

23, 2020.  He was a salesman, an entrepreneur, a provider to his entire family, a loyal husband of near 60 years and a father of two children. He is survived by his wife, Cristina, and his children Patti and Paul, and his five grandchildren, Celeste, Kevin, Kyle, Brooke, and Brandon.

At the age of 14 he began attending a Military High School in Cordoba where he enjoyed gymnastics and other physical training while being molded with military training, discipline, loyalty, and honor –virtues which guided him throughout his life.

He began his sales career while still in High School assisting his father in managing a photo/art business – providing families with colorized artistic reproductions of their black-and-white family portraits.  At the age of 18 he went north to his uncle in Uruguay to learn the art of planography  –transferring art on a flat surface to banners, flags and shirts; and he brought his newfound skill back to Argentina to begin his own business.

At the age of 21, Elio married Maria Cristina Carreras on March 23, 1961.  At the age of 30, Elio was the top salesman for the Day of the Children (Dia de los Ninos) fundraising campaign in Cordoba, which led to his management of that fundraising campaign. At the age of 36, with his wife and two young children, and after being on a waiting list for 10 years, he brought his family to the United States, to Floral Park, Long Island, New York. Like so many others, he came to this country without a job, but with a sponsor, a classmate from the military academy.

This country offered him opportunities, which he took with gusto.  He began working for a commercial photography lab in NYC for bosses who were level-headed and good-hearted. After three years of putting in massive amounts of time and energy, he owned the company and shortly thereafter he bought his first home, in Rockville Centre, Long Island, which he paid off in five years.

Elio sponsored both his younger brothers, Miguel and Hector, to come to the United States, and housed them and their families in his home until they could be self-sufficient –allowing both brothers and their families the opportunity he himself had when he brought his own family to this country for a better future.

Elio was a fierce believer in economic freedom, and was a member of the Irvington-on-the-Hudson based organization, Freedom for Economic Education (FEE), and was a follower of the writings and economic principles of the Austrian economist, Ludwig Von Mises, devouring all of Mises’ books on economic free markets, with his favorites being Human Action and Socialism.  Elio’s license plate reads, “Tu ne cede malis”, which is the first portion of the longer phrase by Virgil, “Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito” which is Latin for “Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them”. This phrase was chosen by Mises as his Motto, and Elio, likewise, chose it as his own.

Elio strived hard to provide for his family, even when they became adults, and he is remembered by his family for being a very generous man, whose help in financial hard times was provided without hesitation.

Elio’s hobby was fencing. He entered fencing competitions while a young man in Argentina, and picked it up again in the United States as an over-50s fencer, getting coaching lessons in NYC from some excellent Russian fencers, preparing him to be on a Seniors team that competed in England in 1994.

Elio will be missed, and never forgotten. May he be in God’s goodness, and rest in peace.

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