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Obituaries

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Louise Balara

Louise Balara, 96, of Goodyear, AZ died March 22nd, 2021 in Goodyear, AZ.  Louise was born November 9th, 1924 to Abraham Nashawaty and Anna Cardous in Cambridge, MA.

Born in 1924, Louise’s first job was during WWII. She was a welder at the Quincy shipyard in Massachusetts and worked on the USS Wasp aircraft carrier.  Louise was a hard worker (worked until she was 86 years old) and loved talking with people. She was an avid Red Sox fan having never missed a single game and supported them even if they were losing.

She was best known for her feisty personality; yet, her selfless heart in always thinking of others.

She was survived by her three daughters, Laura, Joanne and Linda as well as her two granddaughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.

She will be missed dearly by many.

Jamie Ann Nicholson

Name: Jamie Ann Nicholson
Born: 1-25-1968
Resident:  Tonopah, Az.

Jamie passed in her sleep on 3-25-2021.  She is free of anguish and pain.

She is remembered by, Vivian J., mother, and extended family and friends too numerous to list.

She was a whiz at higher mathematics and an avid student of many subjects. Jamie loved and excelled in mechanics, technology and attended Emery Flight Institute. Jamie was a rough and tumble outdoors gal; she could frequently be found off roading. Her heart was as big as the desert she roamed. She spent a number of years in the Tonopah and Buckeye area operating an animal rescue, it was her true calling.  She cared for the abused and neglected animals that society had cast aside.

Jamie was the life of any gathering. She was full of life and stories galore. She served society, mankind and the mistreated and abandoned of nature until the loss of her mobility and health brought her robust life and activities to an end.

Jamie passed in her sleep—-no more pain and anguish, just glory.

No formal services are planned at the time of this writing, pending the closure of her estate.

No flowers please.  Make a donation to the charity of your choosing in honor of Jamie.

Guadalupe C. Ortiz

Guadalupe C. Ortiz, 80 of Avondale, Arizona died 3/18/21 in Avondale, AZ.  She was born 10/5/1940, to Jesus Carranza and Mercedes Carranza in Rosenburg, Texas.

She is survived by her daughters, Jesusa Ortiz, Juanita Sierra, Connie Gomez, Teresa Castilleja, Margarita Ortiz, and Sandy Ortiz, her sons, Benito Ortiz, Pedro Ortiz, Arturo Ortiz, David Ortiz, and Tony Ortiz, her sisters, Anita Morales and Gloria Castilleja, and brother, Ernesto Carranza.  Guadalupe has 54 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Guadalupe was preceded in death by her husband, Benito Ortiz and her son, Rudy Ortiz.

Don Hilty

Don Hilty, 75, of Avondale, went to be with our Lord March 17th, 2021.  His family moved from Kansas to Avondale in 1950.  Don is survived by his loving wife Dottie, daughters Tina Mills and Debbie Collins, stepchildren Daphne Wells and Richie Davis, wife Lucy, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Don will be greatly missed by family and friends.  A celebration of Don’s life will be held on April 10th from 11am-1pm at Desert Springs Worship Center, 10714 W. 4th St. Cashion.

Raciel Sanchez Valdes

Raciel Sanchez Valdes, 79, of Buckeye, AZ died March 26th, 2021.  Raciel was born February 2nd, 1942, to Luciano Sanchez and Ana Maria Valdes.

Raciel was a great son, father, brother and adored his grandchildren.  He gave his children a great opportunity by moving to America.

Raciel is survived by his daughters, Yanet Sanchez, Yenia Sanchez, and Yamile Sancez, his son Jesus Sanchez Llavera, his sisters Hortencia Sanchez, Anabel Sanchez, Ana Caridad Sanchez, Berta Sanchez, Nidia Sanchez, and Ana Maria Sanchez, and his brothers Andres Sanchez and Jorge Sanchez.  Raciel had 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Anthony David Fusco Sr.

Mr. Anthony David Fusco Sr., age 71, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away March 27, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born August 9, 1949 to Anthony E. Fusco and Thelma Davis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anthony spent his upbringing in St. John’s Orphanage. He also enjoyed a lengthy career at Germantown Manufacturing Co.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Fusco, his daughters; Theresa Adams, and Sandy Robles, his son; Anthony D. Fusco Jr., his sister; Patricia Baker and his six grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, Arizona. Burial Services for Anthony will be held at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Rd. in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Larry Conrad Aamodt

Larry Conrad Aamodt passed away peacefully with his wife Pat and daughter Riki at his side on March, 24. 2021. Born in Rolette, North Dakota to Mabel and John Aamodt, December 3, 1944. The youngest of five children, Raymond Aamodt (deceased), Robert Aamodt (deceased), Marvin Aamodt (deceased) and Jeanette McBain. Larry graduated from Dunseith High School in 1962. In 1963, he began working at Byron Jackson Pump (Flow Serv) as a machinist and eventually became the Purchasing Manager. He retired after 42 years and relocated from Downey, California to Goodyear, Arizona.

Larry was a very active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose for many years. He enjoyed traveling, gambling, golfing and playing cards.

Larry is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia (Pearce) Aamodt, His daughters, Lori McMillen, Riki Rivera and Jodi Potter. His grandchildren Ashleigh, Larry, Lyndee, Aaron, Malissa, Emily and Rachel and his Great-Grandchildren Lauren and Cayson.

Larry was a very kind loving husband, father, son, brother, Papa and uncle. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Dale Thomas Stika

Dale Thomas Stika, 64 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away March 17, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born June 26, 1956, to Robert and Dorothy Stika of Protivin, Iowa.

Dale grew up on his family farm in Protivin, along with his nine brothers and sisters. Dale thoroughly enjoyed and took pride in his work, which included his lifetime in various aspects of the agriculture industry, as well as extensive time in corporate bookkeeping. He loved his God, his Pastor and his Church, faithfully, until his passing. Guided by his faith, it was a life priority to donate to his Church and other outside charities. He was also very proud to have served his country in the Army.

He is survived by his wife, Mercy Stika, his daughter, Monique A. Villanueva, his sons; Cory Stika, Matthew Stika, and Adam Stika, his sisters; Mary Cheville, Helen Watson, Geralyn Smith and Shirley Nelson, his brothers; Michael Stika, Robert Stika Jr., and Ronald Stika, his mother Dorothy (Hruska) Stika, who passed away on March 24, 2021, and 7 grandchildren.

Dale was a very loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He was generous, kind, and a strong provider to his wife and family. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at The River Church, 13735 West Auto Drive, Suite 112, Goodyear, Arizona 85338. Dale’s family is running a live stream of the memorial service which can be found here https://youtu.be/ap8SjtZA8es

Vivian Robin Kiernan

Vivian Robin Kiernan passed away peacefully at home on March 21, 2021. Born in East Syracuse, New York to Paul and Patricia Devoy, May 11th, 1957. The oldest of six children, Paul Jr (deceased), David (Jen) Devoy, Raymond Devoy, Patricia (Steve) Barnett, James (Carla) Devoy, Vivian grew up and graduated from East Syracuse- Minoa High School where she was very active in the band.  She attended the University of New York at Potsdam.  In 1980 she relocated to Phoenix, AZ, with her family.

Vivian was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.  Family was at the heart of everything Vivian held dear.   Her home was always open. Anyone was welcome at Aunt Robin’s house and it was the center for family gatherings. Vivian worked many years as a para professional at Sahuaro Elementary school. All the children knew Ms. Robin and loved her. She was extremely involved in her children’s extra-curricular activities, she could be found on the soccer fields or leading a Girl Scout Troop.  Once her children were grown, she left the school and began working at APS from which she retired.  Devoted grandmother to Tristan, Kenneth, Alexander, Elizabeth, Alexia, Ian, Luke, Robert, Gabriel, Logan, Theo, and Timothy.
Vivian was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Patricia; brother, Paul Jr; and son, Timothy.

Surviving are her children Karen (Adam) Leonhart, Michael Lilly, Alan (Tracie) Kiernan, Robert (Rachel) Kiernan, Katie (Harlen) Kiernan, Tricia (Tim) Kiernan, Vivian Kiernan, and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 30th, 1:00pm at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Park Cemetery, 23100 W Broadway Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hazelton Memorial Park, a volunteer firefighter program which maintains the grounds.

David James Burczek

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of David James Burczek on Friday, March 19, 2021.  Growing up in western Minnesota, Dave was the fifth child of seven to Bernard and Alice Burczek.  He was a paperboy and played basketball in Dawson, Minnesota.  He worked his whole career in Minnesota as an insurance agent.  He married Deborah Putnam in 2005 and lived in Minnesota until recently moving to Buckeye, Arizona to fulfill his retirement dream.   He loved traveling with his wife Deb and spent as much time in Hawaii as possible.  He lovingly cared for two boys, William and John.  A lifelong MN Vikings and Twins fan, he made sure everyone in the family was fully outfitted with jerseys during games.  As a hobby, he collected and rebuilt ’57 Chevy cars. 

David is preceded in death by his mother, Alice, grandparents, and three brothers Lenus, Gary, and Daniel.  He is survived by his wife, Deb; father, Bernard; two sons, William and John; five grandchildren, Shawn, Faith, Joshua, Henry, and Adelaide; and three siblings, Carol, Sharon, and Duane.

Wesley Dale Witter

Mr. Wesley Dale Witter, age 71, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on March 20, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born January 17, 1950 to Gilbert W. Witter and Bertha R. Witter(McReynolds) in Glendale, Arizona.

Dale lived an extraordinary life, he spent most of his life in Peoria, Arizona. In May of 1969 he graduated from Peoria High School and on the 7th of June of the same year he married his High School sweetheart, Kathleen. He started his own pest control business, Armor Termite & Pest Control in 1976, and retired in 2007. Dale raced stock cars for a year and was able to survive a deadly crash. In 1994, he received his single engine pilot’s license and enjoyed flying for 10 years until experiencing and surviving another deadly crash. In 1995 he also received his certification for scuba diving at Catalina Island in San Diego, California.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ellen Witter(Rowell), his daughter; Tammy K. Johnson and her husband William Johnson II, his son; Wesley D. Witter Jr. and his wife Chi-Marie A. Witter, and his sister, Loretta Coulombe. Wesley is already survived by his six grandchildren; William Johnson III (Lacey), Nicholas Johnson (Chelsea), Brittany Johnson, Mia Porras (Javier), Mila Griffin (Evan), and Michael G. Witter, and his three great-grandchildren; Zoe Johnson, Emilia Porras and Eliza Porras.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jacob Lanthier

Jacob Lanthier, age 37, of Peoria, AZ died on March 18th, 2021 in Peoria, AZ.  He was born April 6th, 1983, to Keith and Kathy Lanthier in Albany, NY.

Jake graduated from Colonie Central High School, class of 2001, and went on to earn his MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2015.  He was the proud owner of Whispering Dragons, IT Solutions servicing the Phoenix, AZ area and member of the South West Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Jake had a passion for video games and loved gardening, cooking, hiking, and his dragon collection.  He was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and never met a stranger.

He is survived by fiancé, Samantha Anthony, sisters Sarah Hintze and Emily Johnson, nephews William Hintze and Calvin Johnson, parents Keith and Kathy Lanthier, and grandparents Robert and Joanne Russell.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Joseph and Wilma Lanthier from Tupper Lake, NY.

A visitation will be held from 6-9pm on Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, AZ.

William (Bill) Hutter

William (Bill) Byron Hutter, of Cass Lake, Minnesota, died on March 10 in Arizona after a courageous battle with COVID-19. He was 80 years old.

Bill was born on August 6, 1940, in Duluth, Minnesota, to the late Clarence and Emelyn Hutter. The family later moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where Bill graduated from Shanley High School in 1958. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965. After finishing his service in Germany, Bill returned to Fargo and began a lifelong career in sales.

On February 14, 1974, Bill was united in marriage to Mary Saugstad. They made their home in Fargo until moving permanently to their lake home in Park Rapids, Minnesota, in 2008. They also began spending winters at their Mesa, Arizona, home in 2005.

Everyone described Bill as the life of the party. He was a legendary storyteller. He took pride in getting to know others and making them feel important. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, sharing stories, laughing, and making new memories. He often commented that in order to have friends, one must first be a friend, and that he was! No matter where he was, he could strike up a conversation with anyone and quickly make a connection.

His charismatic personality made Bill an excellent salesman. He tirelessly traveled the roads of North Dakota and Minnesota for 40 years, meeting with dealers and making lifelong friends. In both business and personal life, Bill was sincere, true to his word, and loved to make people laugh.

Bill loved living in the lake country of Minnesota. He spent many happy years on the water with his wife, Mary. They also traveled extensively, visiting every U.S. state and Canadian province, along with much of Europe. He also loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and golfing. But more than anything, he just loved being with people. And if there happened to be an ice-cold Coors Light to accompany the conversation, even better.

Bill is survived by his children, Connie Morris (Brian) of Duluth, MN; Cyndi (Glen) Froehlich of Polson, MT; Angelyn (Aaron) Elliott of Plymouth, MN; Brett Hutter of Plymouth, MN; Shannon (Mike) Dahlberg of Moorhead; and Kathryn (John) Froehlich of Litchfield Park, AZ; his grandchildren Anthony, Ciara, Amanda, Cody, Sean, Abby, Andrew, Lauren, and Olivia; his brother, Harry Hutter of Fargo, ND; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents; and his great-grandson, Jace.

A celebration of life will take place on Monday, June 21, at Charlie’s Up North in Walker, Minnesota, at 2pm. Whether permitting, the service will be held outdoors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Bill’s memory.

Barbara Carol Finley

Barbara Carol Finley, age 76, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on February 23, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born November 10, 1944 to Darrel and Betty Hoskins in Lewiston, Idaho.

Barbara was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and proud Grammy.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Finley, her daughter, Kristy Miller, her sons, Rick and Scott Finley and her brothers, Mike and Time Hoskins. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Barbara is preceded in death by her mother, Betty, and Father, Darrel, and her brother, Paul.

Services were held on March 1, 2021 at Camelback Community Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Evelyn Gail Lair

Evelyn Gail Lair, age 66, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on March 15, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born July 3, 1954 to Anthony and Ruby Sampson in Alexandria, Louisiana.

She is survived by her husband, James Lair Jr., her daughter; Talia C. Lair, her son; Donald J. Lair, her sister; Tonya C. Sanders, her brothers; John L Sampson Sr., Dewey Sampson, and Anthony Sampson. Evelyn is also survived by her three grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, her mother, and three of her siblings.

A visitation will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to a Cancer research organization of you choosing in honor of Evelyn.

Clifford William Walton Jr.

Mr. Clifford William Walton Jr., age 71, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on March 8, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born January 20, 1950 to Clifford William Walton Sr. and Helen Bourne in Queens, New York.

Clifford served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 and was a Specialist 4/92G Food Service Specialist upon separation.

He loved baseball and the New York Yankees and was also an accomplished chef with a culinary degree. Clifford was a national trainer for Texas Roadhouse, a member of the Correction Officer’s Benevolent association, a former scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America and he taught cooking classes throughout his life. He was a limousine driver in Manhattan for many famous celebrities but his most favorite things were family vacations, music, concerts, barbequing, hosting parties, camping, and his hallmark and western movies.

Clifford is survived by his daughter, Kristina Reese (Kevin Reese), his sons; Clifford W. Walton III (Tammy Walton), and Andrew J. Walton (Melissa Walton). He is also survived by his six grandchildren; Alden Reese, Dylan Reese, Bryson Reese, Franklin Walton, Landon Boss and Lily Boss. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Sonia Maria Reese.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. It will also be streamed online for family and friends, please contact Kristina directly to get access to the streaming link information.

Katrina (Kiki) Juliet Match

Katrina (Kiki) Juliet Match (age 27), formally of Goodyear passed away Wednesday February 24, 2021. Katrina was born on June 30, 1993 in Phoenix Arizona. She was born with a severe medical condition which included epilepsy. She loved bright colored things, playing with her balloons and listening to music.

She is remembered by her family Paulina Arraut (mother), Jody Arends (father), Kristina Durham (sister), Aaron Durham (brother in law), Aunts Martha, Yula, & Linda, Uncle Gustavo, and cousins Brittany, Tyler, & Landon.

Cayetano Ramirez

Cayetano Ramirez, age 87, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on March 6, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August, 7, 1933 to Silverio and Dominga Ramirez in Terlingua, Texas.

Cayetano Ramirez was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was a long time resident of Avondale. He worked for Maricopa County Parks and recreations for 27 years. After retiring , he loved doing home projects and spending time with his family. He had a passion for helping others, if it was picking up a prescription, delivering food, or paying a visit to his friends, he would do it, never expecting anything in return.

His wisdom was wise to all, not only his children. He believed you should always save a dollar for tomorrow, you just never know when you will need it, never go over the speed limit, and never miss a Monday or Friday from work. He believed when taking care of business, it is better to do it in person, never do it over the phone. One of his most important beliefs that he lived by was “ahora por ellos y manaña por nosotros,” he believed you should always help someone in need, because you never know when you will need help. A man who lived a simple life and who was very humble, kind, and passionate about life will always be remembered by his giving heart.

Cayetano is survived by his daughters; Barbara Torres, Donna Conde, Brenda Baca, and Irma Ramirez, his sons; Guy C. Ramirez, Ruben Ramirez, Martin Ramirez, and Alfredo Ramirez, and his sister; Ventura Ramirez, his brother; Rosalio Ramirez. He is also survived by his twenty-nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A Rosary is scheduled for 10:00AM on Monday, March 15, 2021 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, Arizona with a Funeral Mass to follow. Burial services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona after the Mass in precession.

Edwin Eugene Willis

Edwin Eugene Willis, 84, of Buckeye, Arizona died on March 1st, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born on August 21st, 1936 to Elam and Edna Willis in Williamsburg, Kansas.

Edwin spent 20 years in the United States Army, he retired as a Truck Master in 1973. While in the Army he served in Germany, Korea and Stateside here in the United States.

Edwin enjoyed spending his time with family and going camping. He always enjoyed the time he was able to spend with close friends, family, and neighbors. But most of all he loved his wife Hedwig. Hedwig and Edwin were married for 64 beautiful years and had one child together.

Edwin is survived by his only son Gerhard (Gary) Willis, two grandchildren Corey and Michael Willis, and two great-grandchildren Logan and Carter Willis.

Maria O. Babylonia

Maria O. Babylonia, age 89, of Peoria, Arizona passed away on February 16, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. She was born October 17, 1931 to Leoncio Orense and Sergia Asilo in Batangas, Philippines.

Maria loved to Karaoke and dance.

She is survived by her daughters; Nida Kirksey, Michaela Eridao, Mila Leo, Eva Babylonia and Fe Stephenson, and her son; Roberto Babylonia.

Services are private at this time.

Jeffery Michael Pearson

On Thursday, March 4, 2021 Jeffery Michael Pearson, loving husband and cherished father passed away surrounded by his family.

Jeff was born on August 20, 1944 in Tucson, Arizona to Ilona Belecz and Alec Townley. Upon graduating from Forest Grove High School in Oregon, Jeff began his career in the baking industry. On February 11, 1967 he married his love, Tammy Maffit. The couple raised 3 children all the while relocating throughout the United States as Jeff climbed the corporate ladder.

Nothing was more important to Jeff than his family and friends. More than anything he enjoyed attending all of his kids and grandkids events. He loved corn hole, golfing, fishing, spoiling his kids, animals and a good cigar. Jeff was also known to be an ornery grill master and loved to cheat at cards.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father Alec, stepmother Deana, mother Roz, and his brother, Phil. He is survived by his wife Tammy, 3 children; Jennifer, James (Rebekah), and Mitch (Angela), 3 grandchildren; Hazel, Morgan, Berend, as well as 8 siblings, a sweet dog named Chloe and a cat named Turd.

At Jeff’s request there will be no service. To honor him, donations can be made to Community Paws of Verrado, AZ (https://www.communitypaws.org/in-memory) or South Pacific Humane Society in Long Beach, WA (https://beachpets.com/)

Flores J. Poreé

Flores J. Poreé, age 78, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on March 3, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born December 13, 1942 to LC and Flora in Eldorado, Arkansas.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at 8:00AM on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held following the funeral at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.

Theresa Margaret Turpin

Mrs. Theresa Margaret Turpin, age 89, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on March 1, 2021 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. She was born September 6, 1931 to John Vater and Caroline Heigel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Theresa lived a extraordinary life with her husband of 68 years. Together, they raised 4 children, to which she was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts for many years. Theresa had a passion for travel, painting, genealogy, and writing memories to share with her family. She traveled to all 50 states and 62 countries. When Theresa could no longer travel, she continued her passion for both writing memoirs and painting, to include teaching a painting class in her local community. During the last several months of her life she looked forward to her family Zoom get-together every Sunday.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Turpin, her daughter; Mary Turpin Mayer, her sons; Mark Turpin and Bill Turpin, as well as her six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Theresa is preceded in death by both of her parents, all of her siblings and her oldest son, John Turpin III.

There are no services planned at this time, interment is to be held at a later date in southern California.

The family suggests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital or to the Shriner’s hospital for children in Theresa’s name.

Luther George Gwin

Luther George Gwin, better known as “L.G.”, age 85 with loved one’s present, passed away February 25th, 2021 at the home of his daughter Mary Jane and her husband Ron Mackert, in Riverside California.

L.G. was born on a cold December 19, 1935 to Gordon Luther Gwin and Nellie Gertrude Gwin (Newton) in Newalla Oklahoma.

L.G attended Chemawa Jr. High School and graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside California in 1953.

Headed off to Chicago with his lifelong friend and graduated with a degree from DeVry Electronics Engineering Technology in Radio & Television.

Soon after returning home, LG and his buddy enlisted in Air Force together 1957 Receiving an honorable discharge in 1961 achieving the rank TSGT.

LG went on to serve in the Air National Guard, and Army National Guard Retiring 1995 receiving an honorable discharge after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. LG’s Primary Title: Tactical Acft Maint Techn. He fondly recalled these days, sharing his love of Helicopters and all aircraft.

LG had three Great Loves in his life,

1st Great Love was at age 19. LG Married Norma Jane Raneri on 6/19/55 in Riverside, CA. At age 20, Living in Texas at the time, they started their family with the birth of their 1st son and 3 more children soon followed.

2nd Great Love was Judy (Judith Ann Grosnickle) and her 3 Boys. LG Married Judy in 1968 and adopted the Boys as his sons.

3rd Great Love was Lorraine Mathews (Lori). They were married in 1984 in AZ were the Lived together till her death in 2014. Lori has 2 grown daughters.

LG owned and operated “Gwin’s Boat Repair” in Boulder City, Nevada for a couple of years in the Late 1960’s. He specialized in painting and fiberglass work to totally restoring several vintage wooden boats for customers. He worked out of an old airplane hangar that reportedly housed Blimps that protected the Hoover dam during WW2. He moved the repair shop to Henderson Nevada for a few years. Even into his 80’s you would find LG not only fixing up boats in his drive way, but cruising the lakes and water ways where ever he lived. Of course, family and friends often accompanied him.

LG and family moved to Dolan Spring AZ late 1971. Parked his boat and trailer on a piece of land where they lived for a year and started working for Isaac School District. Then, Sacaton School District where he Retired, with the Tile “Director of Plant Services”.

He loved working with his hands, fixing things. Putting things together repairing things were second nature to him. It was common for family and friends to come to LG for help or suggestion, to get advice on how to do things.  LG even built a couple of houses and did most of the work himself with the help of family and friends.

LG was a longtime member of the American Legion. He also enjoyed gatherings or meals catching up with his buddies and the guys from the reserves.

LG so enjoyed Life. Being around family, and friends was so important to him. And boy could LG talk. I am sure all of us have many memories and stories we could share. This comment from one of LG’s friends is typical of how people felt about him: “It’s hard to imagine the number of people and lives that were changed by simply meeting and talking to LG. What a wonderful man. I am truly and deeply honored to call him my friend.”

For the time being, we will deeply miss the man we call our Dad, our Grandpa our friend. We all have a longing to see you again. Until then we have our cherished memories. We will forever Love you, Rest in Peace LG!

L.G. was preceded in death by his loving wife Lorraine and son Robert Walter Gwin.

He is survived by his brother Kenneth Gwin and his 8 children: David Joseph “Joe” Gwin, Mary Jane Mackert, Pamela Hammer, Robert James Gwin, David Warren Gwin, James Herman Gwin (Jim), Deborah Charlesworth and Karen Gonzalez and 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren and 4 great – great Grandkids. As well as nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid we are having Grave Site services only for the immediate Family at AZ National Cemetery.

Date: March 25, 2021  Time: AZ 10:30

We will be having this ceremony live streamed thru Zoom and for those who want to listen in on the phone as space allows. Please email mjs.healthshack@att.net  or  Jhgwin123@gmail.com  with your name, phone number and email address you would like the link to to be sent to. Please include how you knew LG or your relationship to LG Gwin. This will allow us to send you an email link to zoom or phone number to listen in.

In the future we will have a celebration of life post Covid. If things work out, we are hoping this Fall. We will be sure to let you know.

Merced P. Hernandez

Merced P. Hernandez, age 91, of Loma, Colorado passed away March 5, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born January 20, 1930 to Pitacio and Damiana in San Luis, Potosi, Mexico.

Merced is survived by his wife, Ameila Hernandez, his daughter; Khristina Reyna (Arnold Reyna), his sons; Mark Hernandez (Katherine Hernandez,) Dave Hernandez (Sheila Hernandez,) and Richard P. Hernandez (Cecilia Hernandez). He is also survived by his twenty-four grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 1:00PM on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Jeffrey Corbett Fischer

Jeffrey Corbett Fischer, age 72, Goodyear AZ, unexpectedly passed away February 20, 2021.

He is survived by his soul-mate and loving wife, Cynthia, step-son Bryan Strommen, married to Tanya, of Monroe WI, and step-daughter Cathy Kimball, married to Brad, of Trinity FL. He was the loving grandfather of Erick Strommen, Lily and Leif Kimball. They were the “apples” of his eyes!

Jeff was the son of Carl and Ethel Fischer, and brother of William (Bill), all of Denver CO. Jeff graduated from Lincoln High School in Denver in 1966, and then graduated from Metropolitan University (Metropolitan State College), with majors in political science and journalism. Jeff went on to receive his Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.

Jeff enjoyed a variety of careers: reporter for The Denver Post, public relations manager for rock bands in the 70’s, and marketing representative for the Denver Catholic Register. He worked with New York Life Insurance Company, Dow Jones publications and Quest Communications, where he enjoyed assisting in training programs. As a “Metro” alum, Jeff enjoyed mentoring numerous Metro students and also enjoyed working with new business startups.

Over the years, Jeff participated in numerous organizations from the Colorado Democrats in the 70’s, to the Colorado Republicans, from the 80’s to 2014, when he and Cynthia moved to Pebble Creek in Goodyear AZ. After their move to Pebble Creek, he joined Men’s Christian Fellowship, Pebble Creek Republican’s and enjoyed visiting with Coloradans at the Bronco Club watch parties. Jeff’s fondest activity was traveling on land or sea with Cynthia and friends. He always enjoyed meeting and visiting with people and was always smiling, laughing and; of course, always ready to offer a helping hand. He is truly missed; but his family is blessed to know that he is well and home with his heavenly Father and those friends and family who passed before him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Goodyear AZ.

Lillian Denise Perez

Lillian Denise Perez, 54, of Goodyear, AZ was called to rest on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  She passed away surrounded by her family at Abrazo West Hospital in Goodyear, AZ. Lillian was born on May 22, 1966 to Nicolas Perez & Amparo Diaz in Chicago, IL.

Lillian was a force of nature. She was caring, loving, loyal and loved to have fun. Anyone who knew Lillian knew they were in for quite a treat.  She was witty and always the life of the party.  If anyone needed to put a smile on your face, Lillian would be the one to make it happen.
Lillian was known for her genuine and honest personality.  One of her favorite sayings was “who put a coin in your slot,” which always guaranteed to create a room full of laughter.  She had a passion and love for music and dancing. It wasn’t uncommon for her to walk around the house singing her heart out even though it was always just her favorite part of the song that she sang.

She was a loving Partner, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend.  She will be extremely missed.  Although her family is sad that she is no longer with us.  We find comfort in knowing she is surrounded by a peaceful and wonderful heavenly garden she will enjoy for eternity.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Nicolas Perez & Amparo Diaz and her brothers Hector and Nick Perez.  She is survived by her love Kristal Siegfried, her sisters Lucy Correa, Lydia Ottoson, Mary (Peter) Contreras, Miriam (Jim) Ledden, Teri (Rob) Alvelo and David Perez.  Mother and Father in-law (Tom and Debbie Siegfried) and Brother in-law Garrett (Pennie) Siegfried. Countless nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and an endless number of loving friends.

Marlene Dawn Moran

On Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021 Marlene Dawn Moran, loving Wife and Mother of seven passed away at the age of 86 from natural causes.  I am honored to write her obituary and will not begin to do my mother justice.

Have you ever been touched by an Angel?

Marlene was born on December 28, 1934 in Winlock, WA to Rano and Louise Lasley. Our family joke was that Mom was hatched out of the “egg” that was by the “Winlock” sign as you came into town.  Mom had a good childhood as she explained to us that her house was the first to have a color TV on their block and although Rano had threatened to build a “bomb shelter” in the Roosevelt days of the early 40’s, luckily he never followed through.  Up until the end of her life she had clear memories of her past and always remembered all family members.  Marlene had one sister Judy, who had passed away a decade earlier.  Although they were not close due to the 14-year age difference, they both shared the love of Jesus and there is no doubt where they are today.

Marlene married Dick Moran on May 20, 1955, a Navy man, after attending college at Washington State University. They had only had one blind date 4 years earlier before Dick completed his Navy tour, after he returned 30 pounds heavier to rekindle their relationship.  Being Catholic, they proceeded to have their first 5 children in Renton, WA: Rick, Ron, Mike, Sean and Dan.  Marlene spent her time as a loving wife and home maker for the 5 less than angelic boys.  Later, she gave birth to Lisa and Seamus, who continued the blessings of completing our family.  After Renton, WA we moved to Goldendale, WA for a year, then down to Clovis, CA; Stallion Springs, CA; Peoria, AZ and their final destination, to Cypress, TX in 2006.  In addition to Marlene’s 7 children, she also leaves a Legacy of 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Marlene had a passion for God, Family and her close friends.  She spent over 65 years with the love of her life.  She loved bragging about the accomplishments of her family.  Like Dick, she engrained hard work and ethics into her family which will go on for generations.  She loved reading the Bible, talking on the phone, Tea Houses, hot fudge sundaes, the color purple, scarves and hats, collecting crosses, coffee, telling others about Jesus, Christian music, family reunions, “liking” 10 year old photos on Facebook and her good friends at the YMCA.  Mom passed peacefully with Seamus and Lisa by her side, with Christian music in the background.  She was bed ridden the last year of her life, losing the use of her arms and legs, but never once complained about her situation instead always telling me that “God has a reason for me being here” and “there are other people in this world that are much worse off than me”. She was the best Born-Again Christian I have ever been around, accepting Jesus when we were children, making her the “Best” Mother that any person could ever ask for.  She is in a better place now catching up with Dad, her parents and sister, make no mistake she is with Jesus.

Angelic; of or relating to Angels, resembling, or suggestive of, an angel (as in purity, holiness, innocence, or beauty).  Many words describe Marlene Moran, but most would agree that “Angelic” fits best.  The Legacy and foundation of the Moran family is the greatest gift she left us.  Her faith, Love for all, positivity, and selfless actions will forever speak volumes and leave the most beautiful memories in our hearts.  We were all touched by an angel by knowing Mom.

We love you Mom and will miss you every day, we will continue to make you proud and will await the day when we can get you updated on all the stories you’ve missed.

Marlene is survived by her children Rick, Ron, Mike, Sean, Dan, Shay and her daughter Lisa, 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Richard James Moran

On Sunday, May 31, 2020 Richard James Moran, loving husband and father of seven passed away at the age of 88 from Dementia.

Richard, who went by “Dick” from a young age, was born on May 24, 1932 in Renton, WA to James and Marie Moran. Dick had a tough up bringing from St. Anthony’s Catholic School, O’Dea all Boys School to not having his own bed to sleep on in the 800-sf house where he was raised with his two sisters Delores and Joanie. Dick joined the Navy at age 18 and receiving an Honorable Discharge, as an US N-1 Airman, in 1954 after spending most of his time on the USS Essex, during the Korean War. Upon his return he visited the house of a gal who he had one blind date with four years earlier, Marlene Lasley, who did not recognize him for he had gained 30 lbs. with that great Navy food. Marlene was currently getting ready that day for another date that was already planned, she ended up cancelling that date and started seeing Dick. They were married on May 20, 1955 where they built their own house in Renton, WA. Dick, in 1968, took a contracted job in Vietnam during the conflict, where he worked for the better part of a year building Water Purification Systems. Dick was a hard worker, which he passed that legacy down to all his children, and he was always very proud of them for that. He went from a “ditch digger” to a City Director of Public Works in his career with just a high school diploma, which was a great accomplishment. He held positions in Renton, WA; Goldendale, WA; Clovis, C; Peoria, AZ and Stallion Springs, CA. Dick retired at 62-1/2 in Phoenix, AZ; moved to Cypress, TX in 2006 and spent his remaining years around family. His house was usually full of grandchildren which was a great love of his life. Dick has seven children, Rick, Ron, Mike, Sean, Dan, Lisa, Shay, 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Dick had a passion for three things, family, hard work and stories. He spent over 65 years with the love of his life. He also loved his family immensely and would constantly brag about the achievements of all his children. He engrained hard work and ethics into his family which will go on for generations. He never met a story that he did not like and would repeat many of the same stories most over time becoming of legendary status. He loved crossword puzzles, westerns (his favorite actor was John Wayne), cats, chocolate shakes, all children, and his good friends at the YMCA. Dad passed peacefully with the “Quite Man” playing on the TV. Dad was a Born-Again Christian, accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he is in a better place now telling stories to his mother, father and two sisters who went before him.

We love you Dad and will miss you every day, we will continue to make you proud and will await the day when we can get you updated on all the stories you’ve missed.

Dick is survived by his sons Rick, Ron, Mike, Sean, Dan, Shay and his daughter Lisa, 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

 

Ronald Lawson Sr.

Ronald Lee Lawson, Sr.
June 12, 1943- January 30, 2021

Ron was born in Richmond, Kentucky during World War II. Soon after the family moved to Hammond, Indiana. As a boy growing up, he remembered that if the skies were grey with soot from the steel mills, times were good in Hammond.

After graduating from Hammond High, Ron decided to join the United States Marine Corps – a move that would shape the rest of his life. After basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Ron had many adventures. He was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis on a Naval Destroyer headed for Havana before the Russians blinked. Later, he was one of the first foot soldiers on the ground in Vietnam, serving proudly for more than two years and coming home to regale his family with stories for many years. He considered the Corps his first degree in education.

While in basic training, Ron fell in love with California. After discharge he returned to the Bay Area and enrolled in City College of San Francisco on the GI Bill. He earned an accounting degree from Gold Gate University. Ron was a CPA in the Bay Area for many years, working for Arthur Anderson, the semiconductor industry, and later becoming the CFO of Rosendin Electric. It was during this time that his two children, Tammy and Ron Jr. were born.

After a short stint in Arizona, Ron returned to the Bay Area, founding Republic Electric in Novato California. In the early 2000’s, Ron and his wife Candace retired to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Arizona where he enjoyed the Marine Corps League, crossword puzzles, the Arizona sunshine, and following conservative politics – joking that he came to Arizona to follow the creator of the Modern-Day Conservatives Barry Goldwater.

Ron is survived by his wife of 43 years, Candace, Daughter Tammy Martinez (Jeff), Son Ron Jr. (Rebecca) and six grandchildren: Leah and Devin Martinez; Rochelle, Justin, Jordan & Mia Lawson; and three great grandchildren.

Jason Alan Van Dyke

Mr. Jason Alan Van Dyke, age 30, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on February 27, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born May 9, 1990 to Rodney Van Dyke and Mona Milligan in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jason is survived by his spouse, Evelina Stogowski, his daughter; Mila Joy Van Dyke, his son; Jace Alan Van Dyke, his sisters; Janessa Darst, Jessica Darst, Karen Barrett, Cassie Van Dyke, and Devin Hamm, his brothers; Dillon Van Dyke, and Kellyn Milligan, his parents; Rodney Van Dyke and Mona Milligan, and his grandparents; Kirk and Joy Michelle Houston as well as Shirley and Gary Gillard.

A visitation will be held from 1:00PM-3:00PM on Monday, March 8th, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral service will follow the visitation, from 3:00PM-4:00PM at the same location.

The family suggests that donations be made to a gofundme that they have created for Jason’s children, https://www.gofundme.com/f/ab953?qid=d526ff8172693b8b4d4822935064ecd8

Jose “Joe” Angel Guerrero

Jose “Joe” Angel Guerrero; born April 23, 1960 to Benita and Manuel Guerrero departed February 24, 2021. Joe is preceded in death by his father, brothers Tony and Pedro Guerrero and sister Bellia Cabrera. He is survived by the love of his life, Theresa (Brooks) Guerrero, his daughter Jessica (Guerrero) Spratley, son-in-law Ronnie Spratley Jr. and his two granddaughters Moxie and Remi Spratley; his mother Benita Guerrero, brothers Manuel, Jesus, and Ted Guerrero, sisters Juanita Guerrero, Lina Snider and Mercy Guerrero.

Joe is loved and adored by so many.  He was everyone’s “Uncle or Tio Joe”, he will be missed for his positivity, generosity and the happiness he created wherever he went. Whether it was his stern look that turned to the greatest smile, his loud voice that made you think you were in trouble (no matter how old you were), or him telling you how to do things his way – because of course it was the only way; he would always be there for you.

Even though he has left us much too soon, he will forever live on in our hearts

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date as conditions allow.

David B Harris

David B. Harris

July 17, 1951 – February 26, 2021

Goodyear, AZ – David B. Harris (69) passed away at his home with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born on July 17th in Montclair New Jersey, the son of Hazel (Bean) Harris and John (Jack) Henry Harris.

During his childhood, Dave and his family moved from New Jersey to South Portland and then they settled in Saco, Me.  He graduated from Thornton Academy in 1969 and attended Maine Maritime Academy.

Dave was inducted into the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 as part of the 1969 State Track Championship team – the first TA team to win a state championship in Track. He set the state record for the long jump that year at 21 feet 3 ½ inches.  He went on to coach the TA student who broke his record years later.

Dave was an avid sports enthusiast, especially when it came to following his beloved Boston teams.  He played baseball in his youth and continued to play into his adult years with his Saco buddies (The Hooks on the Little Doggies team). He loved running and he participated in several 5K and 10K races as well as completing the Casco Bay Marathon and the Beach to Beacon races.  He continued running into his early 60’s even after several knee surgeries.

After Maine Maritime, Dave shipped out with the Merchant Marines, returning to Maine where he began working at West Point Pepperell where he met the love of his life, Marie Fournier. They married April 20, 1974.

As a youth, Dave worked picking lettuce on Maxwell Farms in Cape Elizabeth, ME and often stayed with his grandparents (Ruth and Ernest Bean). He also lobstered off of Kettle Cove. As an adult, Dave worked in several different fields, including manufacturing, management, stock brokerage and banking.  He then moved on to selling cars and RV’s   He was with the Saturn dealership for 14 years and was an incredible salesman.

Dave was so full of life and loved meeting people and striking up conversations.  Everyone was a potential friend. He had a way of making people feel welcome from the first visit. He loved bringing people together and hosting gatherings at his home and during summer vacations in Boothbay Harbor.  He loved his family dearly and was happiest at home with his family and friends.

Dave remained incredibly positive despite his cancer diagnosis.  He lived graciously and courageously with it until the very end.  Dave is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Marie Harris, his two children, Andrea Harris and Christopher Harris, both in AZ, his mother Hazel (Bean) Harris of Saco, ME. two grandchildren, Arianna (Dube) Searway of Limington, ME and John David Peter McGonagle of Yarmouth, ME one great grandson, Maverick Searway, several brothers and sisters-in law as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his 6 siblings, Ruth Leon of Wells, ME, Margaret Voccia of Biddeford, ME, Peter Harris of Thomaston, ME, Jeffrey Harris of Wells, ME, Judith Alquist of Naples, ME and Karen Judd of Worcester, MA.  Dave is predeceased by his father John and his brother Johnny.

Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Hirsh, Nathan Richards, PA, and Dr. David Paul. Our deep appreciation is extended to Banner Hospice nurses, Julie and Heidi who were with us in his final days.

A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, March 13th at 1:30 p.m.at the Thompson Funeral Chapel, in Goodyear, AZ.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for family and friends on the east coast; tentatively scheduled for July 18 at Linekin Bay Resorts in Boothbay Harbor, ME. More information will be made available at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution, to the charity of your choice, in memory of Dave.

Reyes Ramirez Becerra

Reyes Ramirez Becerra, age 74, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on February 20, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born May 7, 1946 to Margarito and Secundina in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Ramirez, his daughters; Veronica Black, Anna Vazquez, Andrea Lopez, and Rebecca Arevalo, his sons; Reyes Ramirez Jr., Raul Ramirez, Rene Ramirez, and Ramon Ramirez. Reyes is also survived by his five sisters, three brothers, twenty-six grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:00PM with a Rosary beginning at 7:00PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, March 5, 2021 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 800 W. Loma Linda Blvd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held in Mexico.

Dolores Munoz

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Dolores Munoz, loving wife and mother of 3, passed away at the age of 53.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Eric Munoz, her 3 children, Sabrina Suniga, Alicia Jacques and Albert Suniga, mother, Aurora Suniga, sister, Gloria Suniga, brother, Jesse Ben Suniga Jr. and six grandchildren; Aric Rubio, Audrina DeLeon, Aubrey DeLeon, Alex DeLeon Jr, Alana Suniga, and Avery Suniga. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Ben Suniga Sr.

Dolores was born on March 12, 1967 in Phoenix, AZ to Jesse and Aurora Suniga. She attained her high school diploma from Tolleson Union High School in 2005. She worked for the Department of Corrections for 20 years before retiring in 2019.

Dolores was a hardworking, caring, and loving soul. Besides spending time with her family, she loved camping and traveling. Her favorite place to visit was Rocky Point, Mexico also known as her second home. Although she loved her husband and children deeply, she had a special kind of love for her grand babies. Dolores was known for her compassionate spirit, infectious smile and words of wisdom. She will be severely missed by all her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Johnny Angel Saldana

Johnny Angel Saldana, 48, Born in Phoenix, AZ, passed on February 9th, 2021. He was preceded by his mother, Mary Olvera Bustos and his grandmother, Genoveva Bustos.

He is survived by his 9 children, Serena-Bo, April, Johnny, Stephanie, Joshua, Jason, Jeremija, Elyjah and Emry as well as his 15 beautiful grandchildren whom he prided himself on as a grandfather.

He lived in Cashion, AZ where he enjoyed tearing apart and building anything he put his mind to, dancing and goofing off with his kids and grandkids, and he even enjoyed drawing and sewing in his free time and was known for his love of softball.

Prior to his illness, Johnny worked as a windshield installer and refrigeration refurbisher and he would even take his kids on his work routes with him around the state. Johnny always gave from his heart and made sure people had a smile on their face before leaving the room. He fought hard for a long time but was eventually called home where his pain was taken away and he could finally rest peacefully.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 9am at Thompson’s Funeral Chapel, with the burial to follow. We are honoring Johnny’s wishes to be laid to rest at Greenwood Memory Lawn Crematory so he can be reunited with his mothers.

Sadie Avalos

Sadie Avalos, age 71, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on February 16, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona of natural causes. She was born April 30, 1949 in Pueblo, Colorado. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Arrangements are under the care of Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Henry Martinez Sanchez Sr.

Henry Martinez Sanchez SR, became a Citizen of Heaven February 9th, 2021 due to
complications from COVID-19. He was born July 15th,1949 in Buckeye, Arizona to Demetrio
and Crusita Sanchez. He married his childhood friend who later became his true love, Josie, on
January 22nd,1971. Henry loved the outdoors. Any chance he had, he was either hunting,
fishing, camping or traveling. He worked at hospitals and emergency centers across the valley
as a radiologist technician. Henry retired at Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center in late 2019.
Henry is survived by his wife, Josie, of 50 years of marriage, 3 children, 15 grandchildren and 1
great- grandson.
Services will be held March 2nd,2021 at 10 am
Thompson Funeral Chapel
926 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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