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December 2021
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Clark Johnson

Clark Allan Johnson, 67 left to be with our Heavenly Father November 21st, 2021. He was born January 20th 1954 in Canton, Ohio to Don and Mary Johnson.
Clark was a true Arizonan for the next 60 plus years, spending most of that time in the West Valley. During his early years he enjoyed playing football, motocross, hunting and outdoor/recreation. He graduated from Maryvale High School in 1972 and began a 20 plus year career in the aerospace machinery field. Clark married the love of his life and was a dedicated loving father of two by the early 1980’s.
His passion for hunting and fishing the great outdoors in a Ford Truck never ceased. Papa’s love for hunting deer, elk and taking the backroads whenever possible made adventures for all. While Clark was known as “Diamond Jim” for the way he adventured, his family called him “Mr. Arizona” for his vast knowledge of it all. Clark is additionally remembered for keeping an eye out to help those in need of council, advice, sports or just a game of Jeopardy!
Clark is survived by his Wife Kris and son Clifford Johnson, grandchildren Annie, Caden and Caylee Johnson. He was preceded in death by his Loving parents Don and Mary Johnson, sister Susan, and Daughter Taylor.
There will be a celebration of life ceremony at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 21st, 2022 from 1pm-4pm.

Loreen Martinek

Ms. Loreen Martinek, 78, of Goodyear, Arizona died December 19, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born October 13, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul Vasile and Laura Sottosanto. She is survived by her husband James Martinek, daughter Barbara Lynn Evans, son George Paul Martinek, and sister Roz Gordon, brother Joseph Vasile. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Jessica Lopez, Tabitha Garcia, Ryan Delasaux, and JD Martinek; and one great-grandchild Brendan Mason.
Loreen was a loving caregiver who always put her family first. She was a loving wife for 57 years and had an unconditional love for her family. She was tenacious and touched so many lives, and loved talking with her friends. In the past, she worked as a scrub tech, a realtor, and mother.
Service information is private at this time.

Roger L. Jones

Mr. Roger L. Jones, 77, of Tonopah, Arizona died on December 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born February 10, 1944 in Salem, Indiana to John Jones and Marjorie Jones.

Roger grew up in Salem, Indiana and he graduated from Salem High School. He then enlisted in the US Navy in 1964 for the first time. He then returned home to Indiana in 1968, where he lived until 1977 when he reenlisted in the Navy. He spent the next 20 years in the Navy, then retired in 1997 as Chief Petty Officer, career counselor. No matter if at home or at sea, Roger spent his life caring about his family and his beloved New York Yankees.

Roger was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. A truly amazing person all the way around. Leaving behind memories of an incredible smile, contagious laugh, and unforgettable memories. He had an intelligence and wisdom, that would be hard to match. Even things he did not understand himself, although stubborn, he was still open, understanding, and accepting. Roger leaves behind a lot of lives touched, and will be missed by them all.

He is survived by his wife, Geraline Jones, daughters, Sheryl Walsh, Teresa Berry, Lynn Satsat, and Lynette Jones, daughter-in-law, Meredith Jones, son, Kenneth Jones, son-in-law, David Ariniello, sisters, Audrey Callon, Shirley Smego, and Brenda Landreth, grandchildren, Jeffrey Walsh, Jennifer Walsh, Dylan Berry, Cole Berry, Kieran Santos, Amanda Bilbrey, Sedrick Santos, Rhiannon Jones, Tristan Santos, and Sunshine Jones, and great-grandchildren, Jaxson Walsh, Jensyn Walsh, Amereth Jones, and Juliet Jones. He was preceded in death by his father, John Jones, mother, Marjorie Jones, sister, Delores Conner, and son, William Jones.

A visitation will be held at 8:00am on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338. The graveside service will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, Arizona 85024.

Marie R. Groebner

Marie R. Groebner (nee Stangl) passed away peacefully on the 15th of December, 2021, at the age of 100, at Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center, in Goodyear, Az.

Marie was born in Chicago, Illinois and was proceeded in death by Frank, her husband of 65 years, in 2010. Marie is survived by her three daughters, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm, with a service at 2pm, on January 12, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, Arizona.

Desiree Rodriguez

Ms. Desiree Rodriguez, 35, of Avondale, Arizona died December 8, 2021. She was born July 23, 1986 in Avondale, Arizona to Fidel Rodriguez and Minerva Rodriguez. She is survived by her daughter Aryanna Rose Torres; sister Nicole Marie Rodriguez; parents Fidel A. Rodriguez and Minerva Rodriguez; and grandparents Fidel H. Rodriguez and Rosa V. Rodriguez.

Desiree had a great smile. She loved Disney Land, her dogs, and especially her daughter.

Desiree worked for Contracted Drivers Service as a compliance specialist.

A visitation will be held at 10am on Wednesday, December 22 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

You can view a slideshow about Desiree at:  https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/CYYCBWBJMR3WZZH9

Donald “Don” Keith Urban

Donald “Don” Keith Urban was born on February 5, 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona to Kathryn Elaine Marshall and Donald Lee Urban. Don graduated from Coronado High School, Class of 78, in Scottsdale, AZ. He joined the US Navy after graduation and served tours of duty in Guam, Gaeta, Italy, and White Sands, New Mexico. Following the Navy, Don worked in the motion picture/television industry on transportation crews. Don had a lifelong love of fishing, hunting, golf and computer gaming.  But his true passion was cooking and traveling. Don was also a loving son and caretaker for his mother and step-father in recent years.

He is survived by his brother, David Staub of Payson (spouse Candy Staub), his sister, Kathrine Urban (spouse Jeff Linck), his maternal uncle Gerald Marshall (spouse Nancy Marshall), his step-father Walt Staub and the extended Marshall, Urban & Staub family members.  He is predeceased by his mother Kathryn Elaine Staub née Marshall, his father Donald Lee Urban, and his much loved maternal grandparents, Marion and Allene Marshall née Godman. Don is deeply loved by his family. His passing leaves a huge empty space in our lives but also memories of his smile, his quiet presence, and childhood red hair which turned silver-white with age.  We are grateful for the time we have had together with Don.

A graveside service will be held on March 12, 2021 at 11:00am at the Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.  Requested attire is jeans and casual wear which were Don’s preferred style.

Michael Dal Fratello

Michael C. Dal Fratello, 73, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died early Friday afternoon, December 10, 2021, at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born March 11, 1948, in Rockford, to Ida and Dino Dal Fratello.  Michael graduated from Rockford Auburn High School in 1966.  While attending Auburn he was an Executive Officer in the National Defense Cadet Corps.  He joined the National Guard April 11, 1969 and was honorably discharged on April 10, 1975.  Michael attended Northern Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and two master’s degrees; one from Rockford College in education.

Michael was an administrator, educator, and coach in the Rockford area, spending most of his career at Rockford East High School as an art teacher, special education teacher, and later in his career a special education diagnostician.  He retired at the age of 63, but continued to work in the district as an administrator and teacher.

Michael was an avid bodybuilder for most of his life, participating in bodybuilding competitions across the country, even placing third for his age group in the Mr. America competition.  He prioritized health and fitness and exercised daily.  In 2010 Michael moved to Peoria, Arizona on a part-time basis where he enjoyed creating his artwork and completing a variety of home-improvement projects.  In 2013 he, along with his partner Robin, moved full-time to what he referred to as his “forever home” in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  He loved being a host.  Michael always had beautifully landscaped properties and would frequently host garden parties for friends and family.  Michael enjoyed cooking, eating out, drinking wine, swimming in his pool, and traveling.  He and his partner Robin enjoyed visiting vineyards and wineries throughout the country and Italy.  They had plans to spend a month in Italy this summer and had hoped to eventually move there.

Michael was a devoted son, brother, father, and friend to many.  He was family-focused; a feeling that intensified when he became a Papa.  He was deeply loved and will be missed by many.

Survivors include daughter, Jessica (Chris) Potter; grandchildren, Castor and Tallulah; partner, Robin Carr; sister, Mary (John) Galvan; nieces, nephews, and many friends.  Predeceased by parents, Ida Guzzo Dal Fratello and Dino Dal Fratello; brother, Richard Dal Fratello, newborn sister Constance Dal Fratello; Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins.

At Michael’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future, loved ones will be notified.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michael’s honor to an organization that makes you think of him.

Jeffrey Bascue

Mr. Jeffrey Thomas Bascue, 74, of Whitehall, New York, died November 30, 2021, in Avondale, Arizona. He was born April 15, 1947, in Glens Falls, New York, to Charles “Art” and Nancy. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Arthur Bascue, brother Keith Bascue and many other beloved family members.
Jeff grew up in Whitehall and enjoyed spending his time in the Lake George area. Jeff graduated from Whitehall High School in 1965 where he was known for his athletic and intellectual abilities. Following his graduation from high school, Jeff’s love of country led him to join the United States Army. Following his service in the military, Jeff continued his service to others by joining the New York State Police. He graduated from New York State University in 1983. While living in Kingston, New York, he enjoyed spending time with close friends in the Hudson Valley area. Jeff spent his free time rooting for the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals and loved spending time with his family and beloved grandchildren. Jeff was a man of few words, but he sure made the ones he said count. Jeff was the leader and the quiet strength of the Bascue Family. He was adored and respected by everyone who knew him, and many considered him a father figure.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sharon Bascue; daughters Kate Wiskoski, Denyelle Bascue, and Brianne Steinke; sons Scott Bascue, Chris Bascue, Jeffrey Bascue II, and Kenneth Curry; sister Valerie “Lisa” Deluca and Shannon Huntington; brother Charles “Carlos” Bascue; and his mother Nancy Sayas Bascue. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Haley, Isabella, Gabrielle, Hannah, Alexandria, Aylexys, Reina, Courtney, Maya, Ella, Vaya, Bradley, Nicholas, Cody, Jeffrey III, and Leonardo; and four great-grandchildren: Adylyn, Sophia, Carson and Grace.
A visitation will be held December 20th at 8 am at Thompson Funeral Chapel. A mass will follow at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 1pm. Burial will take place at a later date in New York.

Raymond Nakao

Raymond Kenji Nakao,

Ray Nakao, 67 of Buckeye AZ, passed away on November 24, 2021. Ray was born in Honolulu, HI on July 28, 1954 to his belated mother Marie Nakao. Ray has lived in California, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.  He enjoyed skiing when he lived in CA and loved playing tennis when he lived in Georgia. He was a Student Enrollment Counselor at Grand Canyon University before he retired in 2019. He was the beloved father of his surviving 2 sons Jacob (23) and Matthew Nakao (14).

He will be taken to Hawaii to be laid to rest in 2022.

William Higbee

William Ellsworth Higbee
Age: 74
DOB – 03/25/1947 – Born in Memphis, TN
Resides – Tolleson, AZ since 1984
Date of Death – 12/01/2021
Bill was married to the love of his life, Sandra, for 51 years. He was a loving, devoted father to daughter Stephanie Karaloff, son Jason Higbee, daughter-in-law Jam Higbee, and grandfather to 3 grandchildren, Christopher Karaloff (16 years), Kaley Karaloff (16 years) and Elizabeth Higbee (22 months).
Bill is also survived by his sister Dale Springfield, who resides in Memphis, TN. His parents Ellsworth & Joan Higbee and older sister Vivian Patterson preceded him in death.
Bill was an Air Force veteran entering into service in 1969 and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
Bill moved from Germantown, Tennessee to Tolleson, Arizona in 1984 to return to Sandra’s hometown and large extended family.
Memorial Service – Graveside Services at Holy Cross Cemetery on December 20th, 2021, at 1:00 pm.

Arturo Gonzalez Cholico

Mr. Arturo Gonzalez Cholico, 38, of Buckeye, Arizona died December 6, 2021. He was born October 8, 1983 in Tonala, Mexico to Arturo Gonzalez Gomez and Maria Cholico Gonzalez.

Arturo never had children of his own. His sister Jasmine was born during some the darkest days of his life, and gave him the strength to continue to battle for his life. Soon, nephews and nieces came and were the light of his life until his last day.

He is survived by Alejandro Gonzalez Cholico, Jaime Gonzalez Cholico, Eric Gonzalez Cholico, Marcela Gonzalez Cholico, and Jasmine Gonzalez Cholico.

A visitation and recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held December 15 at 1PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral mass will be held December 16 at 10AM at St. Henry Catholic Church.

Linda Cutright

Linda Sue Cutright was born on April 19, 1955, to parents Almon Sr. and Rosie Lee Cutright. Two years prior, the family relocated from Missouri to settle in the small farming town of El Mirage, Arizona, where the foundation of the Cutright family was laid for generations to follow.

Shortly thereafter, the family rose to prominence and secured their legacy in the West Valley community and throughout Arizona for their reputation as hard workers.

Almon Sr., in his own right, was an entrepreneur and civil rights activist, who paved the way for his children to serve in the public and private sectors, holding the roles of the first African American interim police chief, educators, elected city official, military service professionals, and several business owners.

Rosie Lee, being a nurturer, instilled faith, compassion, authenticity, and discipline in her children, often leading them by example and encouraging them to take care of others.

By all accounts, this proximity to family influence impacted Linda significantly. She soon envisioned the pathway to a purposeful life; to become a servant to her community through faith, activism, and education.

Linda authored her own story and remained steadfast in her vision for over 40 years. She loved her family and was anchored in her faith. As a devout member of Bethesda Church of God in Christ, she never missed an opportunity to spread the gospel. Throughout the years, she enjoyed organizing and hosting community and family events.

Many holidays, especially Thanksgiving, were spent reminiscing and singing around the piano with Linda at the heart of it all. She was an excellent cook and liked to prepare warm meals for family, friends, and ensured everyone was welcome to a seat at her table. Linda never knew a stranger!

Linda had a heart of gold and was a servant leader. She worked as an advocate in the community to improve our collective circumstances. She was a trailblazer and had absolute determination to make a difference. Linda grew up at a time when young girls were afraid to dream big, but she mapped her own course and stood strong in her beliefs.

Well respected, she leveraged her influence to create opportunities for her students, family, friends, and countless others. Linda’s life was a testament to her faith and serves as an inspiration to all.

Linda is survived by siblings Almon Jr. Ervin, Lewis, Lonnie, Johnnie, James, Michael, Norma, Marie, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents Almon Sr. and Rosie Lee Cutright and brothers Olvin and Donald Ray Cutright.

A funeral mass will be held at Avon Baptist Church at 10:15am on December 18.

Joseph Vincent Lisiewski, AIA

Joseph Vincent Lisiewski, AIA

Architect – Retired

Age 89

Joseph Vincent Lisiewski, 89, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on December 6, 2021. Beloved husband of Florence T. (Stemborowski) for 70 years.  Father of the late Cheryl Ann Lisiewski and grandfather of the late Rachel Leigh Gibson.  Survived by Son, Joseph V. Lisiewski II and wife Cheryl (Williams), grandsons Joseph (Trey) V. Lisiewski III, Ryan Sheldon Lisiewski, granddaughter Emma Rose Lisiewski of Phoenix, Arizona. Granddaughter Ashley Owen and husband Ryan of Mullica Hill, NJ.  Great granddaughters Penelope Leigh Owen, Elliette Ann Owen, and Tessa Florence Owen.  Brother Jack John Lisiewski and wife Anna of Scottsdale, Arizona.  Sister in law Margaret Jones and husband Gilbert of Nevada, and Agnes Strang of New Jersey, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Lisiewski was a past resident of South Philadelphia, Camden, and Haddon Township, NJ.  Graduate of Camden Catholic High School Class of 1950.  Architectural and Engineering graduate of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.

Mr. Lisiewski was a combat Sergeant in the Korean War, serving with the 7th Infantry Division from 1951-1953 where he was the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with three campaign bronze battle stars, Distinguished Combat Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit citation and the Combat Infantry badge.  Past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2445 and a past member of the American Legion Post #66, both of Maple Shade, NJ.

Mr. Lisiewski had been a member of Tavistock Country Club since 1971, elected to the Board of Governors and performed as the country club’s membership chairman.

He was selected by the Camden County Board of Freeholders to be the County’s first consulting architect.

Mr. Lisiewski served as commissioner on the Board of Commissioners for the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.  In 1990 he was selected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.  Mr. Lisiewski was a member of the National Certification of Architectural Registration Board, The American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Society of Architects, past president of the West Jersey Society of Architects in 1973, and past president of the Cosmopolitan Club of Delaware Valley in 1976.

Gregory Christopher Klippel

Gregory Christopher Klippel passed away on December 5, 2021 in Colorado, where he and his wife Lindee retired a few months ago. Greg was born on June 29, 1947 in Pasadena, California to Gilbert Franklin Klippel and Mary LaVaughn Rose. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, so his family moved a few times. Greg settled in Phoenix, Arizona in 1966. He married Mary Lou Patty and together they established a family. Greg was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Greg worked for Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service in Phoenix as well as on Hill Air Force base in Utah. He recently retired and was enjoying his retirement with his wife Lindee. His best days were spent riding his three-wheeled motorcycle, who he called his “baby”. He is the beloved father of six children, Sheryl (Mecom), Jim, Mike, Brandon, Sean and Jennifer (Mullenaux). Greg has 22 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his wife Lindee and his sister Gayle Davis. He was loved by so many. He was a friend to all. He will be sorely missed.

Charles Frohne

Mr. Charles (Chip) Frohne 68, of Goodyear AZ passed away on November 29, 2021 surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 10, 1953 to Charles Sr. And Margaret (Leon) Frohne. Charles grew up in New Rochelle New York and graduated New Rochelle High School in 1971. On December 8, 1979 he married Colleen Rush. They had one daughter Jennifer. In 2007 Charles and Colleen moved to Arizona where Charles was manager of a call center for Shared Technology until he retired in 2015.

Charles had 3 passions the first being golf the second was playing senior softball in Pebble Creek where he lived and third passion was going to Disney World.

Charles is survived by his wife Colleen, daughter Jennifer (Matthew) Fialkovic, the apple of his eye his grandson Luke Fialkovic. He also leaves behind his brother Christopher (Eileen) Frohne and his sister Caryl (Thomas) Carino, his Uncle Charlie and Aunt Helene Leon and cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in both Arizona and New York.

Willie Lofton

Willie Lofton, III was born July 3, 1946, in Tunica, MS to the late Mary and Willie, Jr. He was the youngest of three siblings. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age.
Willie graduated from Dunbar High School in Chicago, IL. He retired in July 2006 after completing 17 years of service with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago. He lived in Chicago most of his life and later moved with his family to Phoenix, AZ in 2003.
Willie was united in holy matrimony to Maurice Wright on December 27, 2002.
Willie had a passion for traveling. Most people are unaware that he was an avid swimmer. He was an excellent handyman; there was nothing he could not fix or repair. He was also a consummate grill master, making the best ribs you ever ate.
He was a passionate gamesman and played many card games but was known for Bid Whist. All of his girls as he called them, Bid Whist players who felt he was their “brother from another mother” and they loved him dearly.
Willie will always be remembered as a kind, warm, generous, sincere, and loving person.
He leaves to cherish fond memories of life, his beloved wife Maurice, and their daughters Tiffany and Tamika. Plus, his loving grandson Justin, whom he helped raise from birth.
His brother, Tommy McKinnie preceded him in death. He is survived by one sister, Wendy Spencer, four daughters, Latoya Varnado (Kenneth) Latasha Foster (Benjamin Sr), Tanzenika Bingham and Meatrice Coleman (Meme). Four sons, Willie Lofton (little Willie), Arturo Lofton, Edward Stokes, and Mark Shorts. A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 9am, Saturday December 11 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Kiara Johnson

Ms. Kiara Maeshawn Johnson, 21 of Goodyear, Arizona died November 26, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born December 14, 1999 to Adrien Johnson and Valeria Jeffers in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kiara graduated from Tolleson Union High School. She was proud to carry the Flame for the Special Olympics. She is survived by her parents Adrien Johnson and Valeria Jeffers; sisters Adrianna Johnson, Ashanti Johnson, Anisa Johnson, and Angelica Britt; and grandparents Elaine Johnson and Andre and Lois Young. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Ernest Jeffers, grandmother Betty Jean Bailey, and brother A.J. Johnson Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday December 11, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

 

 

Amelanio Diaz, Sr.

Mr. Amelanio Diaz Sr., 67, of Goodyear, Arizona died November 28, 2021. He was born October 22, 1954 in Arecibo, Pueto Rico to Tomas Diaz and Maria Alcazar. He was predeceased by his father, two brothers, and a sister. He is survived by his wife Daisy Diaz; son Amelanio Diaz Jr.; daughter Celinnette Diaz; Mother Maria Alcazar, five sisters, and one brother. He also leaves behind six beloved grandchildren: Ethan Diaz, Noah Diaz, Isaiah Diaz, Kyle Hammontree, Emily Diaz, and Elijah Diaz.

Amelanio was always happy and inviting to anybody who entered his life. He drove a school bus for over half his life, where his warmth impacted so many lives. He was a handyman of all types; no job was too great or too small. Amelanio had a sweet tooth and always had to have his something sweet. He spent his free time adoring his grandchildren, cheering for the Yankees, and listening to Salsa music. Amelanio loved anything Puerto Rican (especially the food), and was proud of his heritage. He loved his family, and he loved his wife more than his own life. He will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held at 6pm, with a Funeral Service beginning at 7pm, on December 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Ann Rohla

Ann Louise Jeanette (Edgley) Rohla, age 79 of Tolleson, AZ, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Ann was born on January 27, 1942 in Mount Vernon, New York to Edward & Theresa Szafran. Ann is survived by her sons, Jim Edgley of Litchfield Park, AZ; Tim Edgley of Phoenix, AZ; Scot (Karen) Edgley of Litchfield Park, AZ; Four Grandkids, Brandon (Jill) Edgley; Chris (Chelsea) Edgley; Amara (Bow) Boston; Zach (Kelly) Edgley; Four Great-Grandkids, Payton, Madison, & Meadow Edgley, and Damion (Lalut); and many other church family and friends. Ann was preceded in death by her Parents, both brothers Ed (Jane) and Paul (Barb) Szafran; first Husband James Edgley and ex-Husband Don Rohla.

Angela Heider

Ms. Angela Heider, 74, of Buckeye, Arizona died November 28, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born December 21, 1946 in Dublin, Ireland to Thomas Larney and Christina Lennon. Angela was preceded in death by her loving son, Thomas Heider. She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Baker and her husband Craig Baker, brother Al Larney, and brother-in-law Gerry Morgan. She is also survived by three beloved grandchildren: Hannah, Audrey, and Emma Baker, many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Wendy Vittori.
Angela was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She discovered a passion for dancing at a young age and it became her profession for many years. Her career brought her to Las Vegas, NV, where she married and raised her children. She later moved to Arizona where she found her niche as a House Manager. Angela was an avid reader, loved going to the local gym for dance/cardio classes, and yoga. She loved her dogs, who were her best companions. Angela had a feisty and exuberant personality, great sense of humor, and her bright, smiling, Irish eyes would light up any room. She carried a deep Faith in her heart and was philanthropic to many organizations that would help others in need, including animals, U.S. War Veterans, St. Jude’s, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Angela was a caring and beloved Mother, Nana, Sister, Aunt, and Friend.
The family suggests that donations be made to the Arizona Humane Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
At this time, service information is private.

Reyes Soto

Reyes Soto, age 70, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away November 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born January 23, 1951 in Ameca, Jalisco Mexico to Juan Soto Garcia and María Inés Gutierrez Gutierrez. He is survived by his children Juan de la Torre, Luis de la Torre, Claudia Sanchez, Sandra Paredes, Reyes E. Soto, Cynthia Manon and his wife María Dolores Arias Cruz. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, He was preceded in death by his first wife María Luisa Soto and grandson Oscar Fuentes, Jr.

A visitation will be held at 6PM December 5 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral mass will be held at St. John Vianney Church at 10AM December 6, with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Robert Neu

Mr. Robert Damien Neu, 33, of Buckeye, Arizona died November 21, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born February 8, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona to Michael Neu and Debra Proffitt.

Robert was an excellent, talented, stubborn, and lovable child. He loved everyone just as much as they loved him. As he grew up, he went through a lot of challenges throughout his late teen years, but fought through it all with an amazing spirit that he always had. He became a father at 18 years old when he and his first wife welcomed their son David, and shortly after that came Anna and Jacob. He always loved being a father and he was so good at it. Years later, after divorcing his first wife, he met Krystal Hoff and after four beautiful years in a relationship they were married on April 22, 2017. Robert and Krystal then bought their home and soon after he became ill with Stage 4 cancer. He fought for 1 year and 1 month, but passed on November 21, 2021. He is so missed and so loved.

Robert is survived by his wife Krystal Neu, daughter Anna Neu, and sons David Neu and Jacob Neu. He is also survived by his parents Michael Neu and Debra Landy; sister Melissa Williams; brothers Matthew Delatorre, Stephen Neu, JD Smith, Michael Inman, William Williams, and Holden Neu; and his grandparents Bill and Diane Neu.

A funeral service memorial will be held at 6pm Friday, December 10, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Home in Goodyear, Arizona.

Charlotte DeLoera

Mrs. Charlotte Ann DeLoera, 79 of Avondale, Arizona died November27, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born September 26, 1942 in Hammond, Indiana to Dorothy Relinski.
Charlotte was born in Hammond, Indiana and was one of seven sisters. She was married to her husband, Roger, for 61 years and has four children. She moved from Indiana to Arizona where they resided for 54 years. Over the years, she had many hobbies. She liked to cook, garden, sew, and paint. Charlotte and Roger loved to travel, visiting friends and family. Their many travels took them to Mexico, Canada, and many other parts of the country. She loved to collect family photos and display them at home for others to enjoy. Charlotte will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as generous, loving, and kind.
Charlotte is survived by her husband Roger DeLoera; daughters Lisa Todd, Cheryl Beebe, and Tina White; son Alan DeLoera; and sisters Linda Byrd, Marilyn Crawford, Debbie Zalkowski, Diane Ehinger, and Sharon Miller. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Melissa Copeland

Melissa Copeland, 39, of Goodyear Arizona died November 18, 2021. She was born September 23, 1982 in Anchorage, Alaska to Mark Dickinson and Melody Hussey.

Melissa was amazing in so many ways.  The family felt so loved.  Her co-workers respected her work and friendship.  Her friends admired her for her caring and loving ways.  Her kids will miss the hugs and kisses they rec’d daily.  Her husband had the best companion and friend, noting he is a better man because of Melissa.   She was loved by all.  The hole left by her death, cannot be filled.  The family’s comfort is knowing we will see her again.

Services will begin at 1PM December 2 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Anibal “Tony” Perez

Mr. Anibal Antonio “Tony” Perez, 47, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died November 5, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born July 27, 1974 to Anibal Perez and Dora Perez in Fort Dix, New Jersey.
He served in the United States Army for six years, with the Border Patrol Service for 15 years, and was a probation officer. He had a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Tony is survived by his wife Fawna Perez, daughters Monet and Milan Perez, son Andre Perez, parents Anibal and Dora Perez, and sister Tara Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am, December at Christ Church of the Valley in Avondale, Arizona.

Monty Richmond

Mr. Monty Richmond, 56, of Tonopah, Arizona died November 20, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born December 11, 1964 in Tonopah, Nevada to Clifford Richmond and Jacquline Richmond. Monty is survived by two children, two sisters, and the love of his life.
Visitation and funeral services will begin at 1pm, December 1 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Martha Bodnar

Bodnar 2 232x300Martha Aragon-Bodnar, 102, of Avondale, Arizona, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2021. She was born to Tomas and Justita Aragon on July 25, 1919, in Shoemaker, New Mexico.
In 1927, Tomas and Justita moved to Coldwater (now Avondale), Arizona with their 13 children.
Martha graduated from Litchfield High School in Litcfield Park, Arizona.
Martha was a devoted Catholic and a pillar of St. John Vianney Church. As a member of the Aragon family, she along with her family, helped build the church, assisted with raising funds to build the newest church and school, sang in the choir, and volunteered in the church gift shop.
Martha was known for her upside-down pineapple cake, chili beans, and cornbread.
She was preceded in death by her husband Theodore Frank Bodnar and son Thomas Peter Bodnar, her parents Tomas and Justita Aragon, and siblings Alonzo, Ben, Andy, Abe, Morris, Paul, Lino, Tony, and Lila.
Martha is survived by her brother Patricio (Pat) and his wife Dora, her sisters Theresa and Mary Jane, her daughter Mary Margaret Anderson, her two stepchildren Bill and Linda Bodnar, 4 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren. She leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family extends their gratitude to all friends and families that have reached out with love and prayers for our dearest Martha. She lived a full life remaining solid in mind, heart, and soul. Loved for 102 years, and continuing on in heaven with our Lord and Savior. She saw so much throughout her life and shared wonderful stories with friends and family that she loved dearly. In her honor, we will gather and celebrate her life. We ask that you join us in this very special celebration.
Services will be held December 7 beginning at 10am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Final resting place will be at West Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Hall in Tolleson, Arizona.

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