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December 2022
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Sharon Cravens

Sharon Cravens of Buckeye, Arizona passed away December 27, 2022. She was born March 16, 1948 in Buckeye, Arizona to Flay and Rachel (nee Tucker) Randolph.

There will be a visitation at Thompson Funeral Chapel on January 5 from 8 to 11am. A memorial service will begin at 9AM with a graveside service following at Lewis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.

*A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Richard Hoth

Mr. Richard “Dick” Raymond Hot of Goodyear, Arizona died December 11, 2022. He was born August 23, 1936 in Waverly, Iowa to Raymonda and Angela Hoth. Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons: Toma and Patrick Hoth, one daughter: Sarah Hoth, four step-children: Mike Cuse, Steve Cuse, Margaret Scourn, and Kristin Meadows, a sister: Judy Seifert, and brother: Donald Hoth. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ricard grew up in Iowa and attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Dick played basketball for Waverly High and Loras College.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Funeral services are pending.

Paul Kirker, Sr

Mr. Paul Kirker, Sr. of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on December 11, 2022. He was born Lackawanna, New York on November 22, 1944 to Albert and Marjorie Kirker (nee Fitzgibbons). He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Marcia Kirker, daughter, Claudette Campbell, sons, Paul Kirker, Jeff Kirker, and Matt Kirker, his brother, Robert Kirker, and his five grandchildren.

Paul grew up in Buffalo, New York. He joined the United States Army in 1963. After leaving the Army, Paul eventually ran the Palo Verde nuclear power generating station.

Paul was known as a genuine and loyal man. He made everyone feel like they were old friends. Everyone he knew called him “Papa” because of his great advice and giving spirit. He had a great sense of humor and was very quick witted. A great baker, he was known for his Peanut Butter Chocolate cake. He loved all food, just not brussel sprouts. He also loved to travel and managed to visit Ireland, Scotland, Germany, England, and France. He was fan of the Buffalo Bills, Elvis Presley, and Tom Clancy. His favorite season was “football season.” When he wasn’t watching football, he could be found golfing with his Monday golf group, singing in the St. Henry’s choir, and volunteering with the Buckeye Police Department.

Paul was a family many and role model. He was always there for his family, even when they moved all over the country. He had a huge heart for them, and would always tell them how proud he was of them. His passing brings sadness to all those whose lives he touched.

A memorial service will be held at 1PM, Friday, December 23 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 2PM.

 

 

Dottie Hilty

Dorothy “Dottie” Hilty of Avondale, Arizona passed away on November 30, 2022 at the age of 75. She was born May 1, 1947 in South Boston to Howard and Frances Morris.

Dottie worked for True Value for 30 years. She loved gardening, especially caring for her roses. She was a generous woman, giving back to the community often, but especially generous towards her grandchildren.

Dottie is survived by her son, Richard Davis and sisters Evelyn Dupont of Florida and Linda Cobb of North Carolina. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hilty, daughter, Daphne Wells, brother, Franklin Morris, sister Shirley Davis, and her first husband, Edwin Davis.

A funeral service will be held at 10AM on Saturday, January 7th at Desert Springs Worship Center (10714 W 4th St, Cashion, Arizona).

Janice Olson

On Tuesday December 6, 2022, Janice Arleine Olson took her last breath with her family at her bedside.

She was born May 8, 1935 to Bus and Melva Borkman, in Burbank, CA. As a child she enjoyed spending time with her many aunts, uncles, and cousins. As a young woman, she worked at Librascope, where she made friends that she kept throughout her life.

In her late 20s Janice was encouraged to write into a church magazine that offered matchmaking. She was set-up on a blind date with Harold Olson. They married in 1962.

They lived in Glendale, CA; until their first child was born and then moved to Covina, CA where they bought their first house together. They had three children, many adventures together and 50 years of marriage when Harold passed away in 2012.

She worked for Charter Oak High School in Covina until she retired in 1997, becoming a full time grandma.

She lived for every moment. Her schedule was always full with shows, concerts, exercise class, sewing group, lunch, shopping; all done with her close friends and family. She was very gregarious and had many friends from all facets of her life.

She was a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan and attended many games with her brother Gary. If she wasn’t at the game, she would watch it on television, and if that wasn’t possible, she would get highlights on her phone. And while doing that, she’d be working on her current counted cross stitch project.

She was actively involved with her church. Counting the money for them on Mondays.

During her lifetime she enjoyed traveling and was able to see much of the United States, with Hawaii being her favorite. She also went to Europe and South America.

Family was very important to her. She was the glue that kept it together. She tackled every challenge that arose and was generous with her time and money. She loved having her family around and would often have them for dinner and over for special occasions; getting out the silver even if paper plates were used.

Janice loved and cared about everyone in her life. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children: Bruce (Anne) Olson, Dale Olson, Sheryl (Robert) Ochoa; her six grandchildren; Anthony, Brittney, Alicia, Samantha, Jessica and Logan; and her brother, Gary.

A memorial service will be held at West Valley Center for Spiritual Living on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2 p.m. Reverend Karen Rice officiating.

West Valley Center for Spiritual Living
9745 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ
wvcsl.com

 

Carol Kensek

Carol Jean Kensek (Smerch) passed away on December 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 84.

Carol was born on January 6, 1938 to Joseph and Marilyn Smerch in Chicago, Illinois. She was born on her father’s birthday. Carol and her siblings, Barbara, Marilyn Jo, and Joseph grew up in Chicago. They often spent their summers in Canada with their cousins. She married Edward Kensek on his birthday, January 21, 1961. After marriage, the couple had 3 children and settled the family in Schiller Park, Illinois. Carol and her husband then retired and moved to Arizona in 2002. Carol loved spending time with family and friends, camping, games, playing cards and cooking for her loved ones.

Carol is preceded in death by her father and mother, as well as her brother, Joseph.

She is survived by her husband Edward, her son Alan (Laura), her daughters Connie (Stuart) and Dawn (Richard); her grandchildren Samantha, Nichole, Joseph, Nicholas, Stephanie, Dakota, Miranda, Rhiannon, Destiny, Tiffany, and Christian; her great grandchildren, Timothy, Eli, Jack, Erianna, and Weston; her sisters Barbara and Marilyn.

Viewing will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on December 30th, 2022 in Arizona.

A wake will follow in Illinois at Cumberland Chapel on January 5th, 2023. Her funeral mass will be held at St. Beatrice church in Schiller Park, Illinois and her entombment at St. Adalbert Cemetery will follow on her birthday, January 6, 2023.

We are grateful to all those who loved and cared for her.

Rest in peace. We love you forever!

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore of Goodyear, Arizona died December 7, 2022. He was born November 3, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas to David Moore and Doris Sheldon. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Service information is private.

*A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Rodney Robles

Rodney was born in Newark New Jersey, where he lived for a couple years before the family moved to Holbrook New York. Growing up he was into baseball, he went to a few Mets games with his father and joined Little League for 2 Seasons. Around 10 years old while living in Holbrook, he took interest into playing street hockey. The love for hockey grew and became a true passion. After graduating Sachem high school he joined the US Air Force. 5 kids later he was last stationed at Luke Air Force Base where he retired in 2003. He stayed working on Base as a Weapons Mechanic on the flight line until the Summer of this year. In 2019 he beat Lung Cancer. March of 2022 his Cancer came back and fought the good fight. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications from the Cancer but not without fighting with everything he had.

A visitation will be held at 8AM, Tuesday, December 27 with the funeral service beginning at 9AM. Burial will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 1:30PM.

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David Harold Blackmore

David H Blackmore born October 20, 1937, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2022, at the age of 85 after his battle with cancer.

David was raised on a cattle farm in Michigan born to Harold and Francis Blackmore. He loved his time on the farm, but later moved to California where he graduated college as an engineer, married, ran a successful business and raised six children.

David was a hard-working businessman, master fabricator, and one of a kind craftsman. His vast knowledge, intricate detail and dedication was truly impressive. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, fabricating, golfing and off roading. David traveled to multiple countries and states, rode motorcycles, taught welding courses, built multiple trophy winning show cars and much more.

Although, he had a well-lived life the time is never long enough for those who love him. He is survived by his six children, eight Grandchildren, two Great Grandchildren, his sister Ruth, and countless friends.

A celebration to his extraordinary life to follow.

Richard Williams

Richard G. Williams of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away December 11, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born August 20, 1941 in Renick, West Virginia to John Williams and Reva Williams (nee Allman). He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sandra Williams (nee Walkup), son, Timothy Williams, daughter, Kimberla (Robert) Gray, brother, Ronnie (Betty Jo) Williams of Pence Springs, West Virginia and sister-in-law Mary Jane Williams of Richwood, West Virginia, and his grandchildren, Cory, Garrett, and Blaine. He is also survived by many loving friends, and several extended family members.
Richard grew up in Rupert, West Virginia. After graduating from Rupert High School, Richard joined the United States Air Force in 1960. While in the military, he was stationed in Iceland and Hampton Virginia. He met Sandra in High School in 1958 and they were married on October 8, 1960. Richard and his wife raised their family in Florida, and while there he enjoyed coaching Little League and working with kids in the FFA. After leaving the USAF, Richard worked as a Commercial electrical sales representative, finally retiring in 2014 from Phosco Electric Company in Mulberry Florida.
Richard was known as an honest, loyal, and all together kind man. He never said a bad thing about anyone, even if he did not like them very much. He was articulate and a great story teller. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, and reading. He especially enjoyed watching his brother garden. He loved to take his family on fishing trips on his pontoon boat and to watch baseball games with them when they were still in Florida. He wasn’t the best cook, but he was known for a mean grilled ribeye with butter on top. He loved all food, but his favorites were Bob’s ribs, Sandra’s potato salad, chocolate cake, and vanilla Blue-Bell ice-cream. In his free time, Richard enjoyed watching Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Ridiculousness as well many Netflix favorites (no commercial’s) on TV. He also read a lot of books about history, the Civil War, and anything by John Grisham.
Richard’s proudest accomplishment was his family, wife, kids, and grandkids. He loved to spend as much time as he could with them as well as many close family friends and extending family members. He was laid back and very funny. His passing leaves an empty space in the universe.
A celebration of life is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Delia Perez

En la mañana del 7 de diciembre de 2022, Delia Aurora Berumen de Pérez pasó a la presencia del Señor a los 59 años. Delia nació el 29 de marzo de 1963 en Durango, México y sus padres fueron Aurora Sariñana y Jesús Berumen Soto.
Delia fue una madre, abuela, esposa, hermana, tía, amiga, empresaria, y guerrera. Ella era animada, amorosa y un poco directa, pero sobre todo ella siempre quería ayudar a las personas que la rodean. Ella amaba a su familia porque era lo más importante para ella. Le encantaba cocinar especialmente los tamales, no importaba la temporada. Cuando no estaba con familia, ella era conocida como la dueña de tiendas de novia y de fiestas que llevaba los nombres de sus hijas, Denise’s Bridal en la ciudad de San Fernando, California, Leslie’s Party Supply y Michelle’s Bridal en Avondale, Arizona. Ella era muy trabajadora y hasta decía que el trabajo no se sentía laborioso porque le encantaba mucho. Su familia y todos sus seres queridos la van a extrañar mucho.

Le sobreviven su esposo, Agustín; sus tres hijas Denise, Enid, y Leslie; tres nietos, Rory, Daisy y Diego, yerno, seis hermanos y varios sobrinos y sobrinas.

Que descanse en paz.

Que Dios la tenga en su gloria

Jean Thomason

Mrs. Jean F. Thomason, 67, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away November 30, 2022 at her home in Goodyear. She was born July 3, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to James and Joanne Jordan.

Jean grew up ad went to school in Washington, D.C. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in the 1990’s and worked for the University of Arizona. In the year 2000, she met Donald J. Thomason, Jr. over the internet. They got an apartment  in Scottsdale, Arizona. On July 4, 2002 they bought and moved into a house in Goodyear. Donald and Jean were the best of friends and were married at the Toleson Court House on September 3, 2004. Jean was a computer wizard and started a home business designing websites sometime in 2012. Her business did very well and was called gojeannie.com. It is now closed.

Jean is survived by her husband Donald J. Thomason, Jr., daughter Laura M Jordan and son Steven H. Jordan.

A service will be held at 10am on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Sunwest Cemetery in El Mirage, Arizona.

Maria Elranda Aguilar

Maria Elranda Aguilar of Goodyear, Arizona died December 4, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born May 8, 1940 in Colima City, Mexico.

A service will be held Thursday, December 8 from 10am to 1pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Eugene “Nick” Young, Jr.

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  Nick Young, of Goodyear, AZ and Coeur d’Alene, ID, died unexpectedly on November 13, 2022 with his wife, local dermatologist Dr. Rita George, by his side. His family is deeply saddened and shocked by Nick’s sudden death.
  Nick graduated from University of Washington with a MS in Electrical Engineering. He was an Army Combat Veteran of the Gulf Persian war and a member of the elite Army Special Forces Unit. He was honorably discharged after an injury that would leave him with debilitating chronic pain for the remainder of his life.
  Nick enjoyed hunting, working on his ford pickup truck, and visiting with friends. He was active member in Veteran’s of foreign Wars, St Mary’s Basilica Catholic church in Phoenix AZ and St Thomas Catholic church in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
  Nick met the love of his life, Rita George in Arizona. Nick and Rita were married in February 2007.  They loved to travel with many memorable times with scuba trips, ski trips, Europe, and recently to the Holy Land.
  Joyous moments in Nick’s life were the birth of his son Nicholas Daniel and meeting his wife, Rita. Nick was a proud father and enjoyed all the time he spent with his son skiing, scuba diving, hiking, biking and camping.
  A celebration of life on Thursday Jan 19, 2023 Thompson’s Funeral Chapel in Goodyear from 1-4pm. A funeral mass will be held in Phoenix at St Mary’s Basilica at 10 am on Friday Jan 20, 2023, followed by internment at National Memorial Cemetery.

Victor Vasquez III

Victor Vasquez, III of Glendale, Arizona passed away on November 26, 2022. He was born January 3, 1996 in Glendale, Arizona to Victor Vasquez-Duarte and Maria da la Luz Romero.
A visitation and funeral will be held at 1PM, December 10, at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Marcia Fisher

Marcia Jean Fisher of Scottsdale, Az passed away on November 26, 2022 at the age of 78, in Litchfield Park, Az. Marcia was born July 18, 1944 in Sacramento, California to Robert “Bob” and Olga “Sandy” McGregor. She graduated from the original St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, then went to the University of Dayton, Ohio where she obtained her BS in Elementary Education. Marcia taught in Phoenix off and on, but the proudest part of her teaching career was spent in Guam. While there, she was able to travel throughout the Orient and truly loved the different cultures and people she encountered on her journeys. Marcia also worked at Motorola, as a secretary at the National Coffee Company (where she met her husband, Lyle Fisher), and as an Arizona Tour Guide. Most of all, she was a mother, wife, and grandmother – her three favorite jobs. Marcia was the best mom, wife, and nana anyone could ask for. A truly good, generous, and kind woman, she often had a smile on her face and a hug in her heart. She gave all of herself to others and genuinely loved everyone that crossed her path. Marcia was a devout Catholic and spent her life serving the Lord. In her free time, she could be found reading, working with her plants, doing yoga and crafts. Nature was her happy place and was often hiking throughout Arizona, including the Grand Canyon at least three times.

Marcia is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Christi and Barry Worman, her granddaughter, Paige, and grandson, Brenden. She is also survived by her beloved siblings, Donna Chiappini (Clay) and Bill McGregor (Bonnie), and many cherished nieces and nephews. Marcia was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Lyle Fisher, her parents, Bob and Sandy McGregor, twin sister Janice Hertzberg, brother, Doug McGregor, and nephew, Ryan Jacobs.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Thompson’s Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Az. A private mass and burial will be held for family later in December.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary Moreno

Mrs. Mary G. Moreno of Miami, Arizona passed away surrounded by her family on November 25, 2022. She was born on February 25, 1930 in Peoria, Arizona to Martin and Emilia Garcia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Eddie P. Moreno, son, Marcos, and daughters, Rebecca and Yolanda. She is survived by her sons, Eddie Moreno II, Michael Moreno, Randy Moreno, Andrew Moreno, and Juan Moreno, daughter Anna Rodriguez, brother Martin Garcia, and sisters Carmon Beltran, Emilia Vizzera, and Ernestina Contreras. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, over 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Mary grew up on Waddell Ranch in Arizona. She and Eddie raised nine children together. When her children were younger, she was an active participant in their athletic and scholastic endeavors, and even received an “Honorary Cheerleader” award from their high school. When her grandchildren came along, she did her best to attend as many of their events as she could. Her family was her proudest achievement.

When Mary wasn’t cheering on her family, attending church, or calling the radio station, she could be found cooking. She was an amazing cook known for her bean burritos, tamales, and capirotada. She showed her love through her cooking. “Are you hungry?” was always one of the first things she said to visitors and her family. Mary also enjoyed reading the Bible and newspaper and watching TBN. She was a frequent caller to her local radio station and became well known to those who worked there.  She also found time to visit Italy, Greece, and Rome.

Mary was actively involved in her church and was always serving the Lord. Mary was a God-fearing and faithful woman. She would tell everybody, “You need to know Jesus!” She wanted everybody to know about the Lord and His many works.

A visitation will be held December 6 from 6 to 9PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral service will be held December 7 at 10am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial will follow at West Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.

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