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Obituaries

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Tara Lynn McCartney

Tara Lynn McCartney, age 48, of Goodyear, Arizona and formerly from McHenry, Illinois, passed away in her home on May 21, 2020. Tara was born on November 18, 1971, to Donene McCartney and Eugene McCartney Sr. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tara loved her family, friends, music and especially her dog Sophie. She brought a smile to everyone and everything around her and her candle still shines brightly even after her passing. Tara became a born again Christian, and her faith in our Lord gave her strength in her times of struggle. In her memory the family asks for everyone to offer a prayer on her behalf for all who suffer.

Tara was preceded in death by her loving son Ryan Ziebell. Tara is survived by her life partner, Jordan Farkaschek, her sister; Wendy Karvounis Nee McCartney, her brothers; Robert and Eugene McCartney Jr., her parents; Donene McCartney and Eugene McCartney Sr., her daughters; Melanie Frey and Krystina Ziebell, her grandchildren; Chase, Audrey, Nathaniel and Noah, and her brother-in-law; Kosta Karvounis.

Services will be private.

Joe A. Fry

Joe A. Fry, age 68, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on May 25, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August 17, 1951 to Donald Fry and Mary Wingate in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy from June 30, 1969 to March 2, 1973 as an E-4/ 825- Electricians. He Enjoyed carpentry, gardening, camping and fishing. Joe also obtained his electronics technology degree from Durham Business College. He was a superior mentor and life counselor for his children. Joe was a good and honest man as well as a beloved husband. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather whom was loved by all friends and family. He will truly be missed.

Joe is survived by his wife; Marcia L. Fry, his daughters; Jessica Kirkpatrick, Tamara Gibson, and Jessa Hargis, his son; Ian Fry, his sister; Margaret Forsyth, and his brothers; Bill Fry, Jack Fry, and Jim Fry, as well as his 11 grandchildren, and his 6 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; Donald Fry and Mary Wingate, and his brother; Frank Fry.

Barbara Lee Dillon

Barbara Lee Dillon, 84, of Goodyear, Arizona, died peacefully May 20, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Alan and Lola Mattal. Barbara graduated from Detroit’s Mackenzie High School.

She loved to cook and developed that love into a career as a food sales representative and author of several cookbooks. She volunteered her free time throughout her life, and for the last seven years she helped the patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Barbara used her seemingly limitless energy to pursue her passions which included world travel, singing, crocheting, and swimming.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Dillon. Barbara is survived by three loving sons; Bob Emmelkamp (Kat) of Mesa, AZ; Scott Emmelkamp (Debbie) of St, Louis, MO and James Emmelkamp (Cathy) of Highlands Ranch, CO. She is also survived by ten grandchildren.

Barbara was a lifelong member of the Unity church which provided her much joy, peace, and guidance. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to www.Unity.org or she would love it if you performed an act of kindness in her memory.

George Stamaris

George E. Stamaris, a resident of Peoria, AZ, passed away May 20th. He was 95.

A lover of all things historical, especially having to do with the Civil War, George could recite events of that time late into his life. His favorite pastime was golf, which he played into his 90s, often with friends half his age.

George was a proud World War II veteran who fought with the famed 82nd Airborne in some of the most ferocious battles to end the Nazi stronghold on Western Europe. He would recall the transport planes carrying him and his fellow paratroopers bouncing wildly as anti-aircraft firepower exploded around him, only then to parachute into the night.

But his great love was his wife of more than 70 years, Dorothea, a war bride who would be his best friend over so many decades. He was a loyal friend to many and no one who heard of his passing didn’t note what a wonderful, caring person he was.

George is survived by his wife and two children, Dorie (Brad) Hedien and Denis (Anne) Stamaris, five grandchildren and a growing list of great-grandchildren.

Sergio Thomas Alarcon

Sergio Thomas Alarcon, age 18, of Goodyear, Arizona. Passed away on May 25, 2020. He was born on June 15, 2001 to Sergio E. and Kirby Alarcon in Goodyear, Arizona.

Sergio loved his family, his friends and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a graduate of Verado High School of the class of 2019.

Sergio is survived by his sister, Vanessa Paravinja; brother, Michael Alarcon; parents, Sergio and Kirby Alarcon; and grandparents Natalia Devine, and Angelina and Raymundo Alarcon.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Church of Christ in Goodyear, 807 N. Lajolla Blvd. at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be given to the Arizona Humane Society at AZhumane.org. Condolences can be sent to kalarcon@cox.net.

Barbara Ann Hayton

Barbara Ann Hayton, age 85, of Peoria, Arizona passed away May 24, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona.

Barbara Ann Hayton was born on August 26, 1934 in East Orange, New Jersey. She attended East Orange High School and Essex County Vocational School. She graduated from Essex’s dental program and became a Dental Assistant working for Dr. Wester and later working for Dr. Kahn. While briefly married, Barbara gave birth to her son Louis W. Osborn, then became a stay at home mom so she could focus on raising her son. It was during this time her little brothers introduced her to their favorite ice cream man, Bruce Hayton. That is when life truly began for her and her son. Barbara and Bruce were married November 19, 1960. They moved out of the city and down to South Toms River, New Jersey where Barbara went to work for Ocean Spray in the cranberry bogs. She later decided to try her hand at microfiche, editing medical records. Barbara believed in the Lord and was a devoted member of the First Nazarene Church of Toms River, New Jersey. In 1999 Barbara and Bruce relocated to Arizona to be closer to her son, his wife, and their two grandchildren. She joined the West Valley Family Church in Glendale, Arizona and was a part of their Praise Team for many years.

Barbara was very talented and artistic. She sang, played the organ, and created many beautiful pieces of art. She loved to try new things. She tried cake decorating, glass cutting, and belly dancing. Barbara loved Hawaii, Tom Selleck, and all things blingy. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and family meant everything to her. Barbara cared deeply and gave selflessly. She will be lovingly remembered by all those who knew her.

Barbara Ann is survived by her husband, Bruce G. Hayton; her son, Louis W. Osborn and his wife, Deborah; her brother, William Giersch and his wife, Carol; her two grandchildren, Lou Osborn as well as Jennifer Choate and her husband, Joseph; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; William and Vera Giersch, and her brother; Fred Giersch.

Visitation services will be held Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear on Friday June, 5th 11am, which will be immediately followed by the memorial service at 12pm. Burial services are going to be held at Greenwood Memorial Lawn located at 2300 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for others to write or send a card filled with memories and love of Barbara.

Michael Paul Valabek

Michael Paul Valabek, age 73, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away May 21, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on October 29, 1946 to Mike and Helen Valabek in Baltimore, Maryland.

Michael served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot from 1966 to 1970 where he attained the rank of Warrant Officer. Michael was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, the Estrella RC Sailing Club, and a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the AZ Woodworkers Association. He took pride in building from scratch models of Chesapeake Bay sailing boats. Michael enjoyed traveling, especially to Vietnam, Cambodia, Austria, and New Zealand. He also spent many summers on Tilghman Island in Maryland.

Michael is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Rae Valabek; his children, Andreya Lyn and Michael Joseph Valabek; his sister, Linda Roller and his 4 grandchildren, Elias, Alia, Ava, and Greyson.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church outreach program, VHPA scholarship or Gold Star Family Fund, or Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at St. Michaels Maryland.

 

Debra Sue Ayiyi

Debra Sue Ayiyi, age 57, of Avondale, AZ passed away on May 15, 2020. She was born December 28, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA to Eldee and Myrtis Coleman. Visitation will be held at 2:00 PM followed by the funeral service at 3:30 PM on Saturday, May 30th, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Charlotte Mae Morean

Charlotte Mae Morean, age 88, of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away on May 5, 2020 in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born May 6, 1931 in Park Ridge, IL to Milton and Martha Wells.

Charlotte was a member of Wigwam Golf Club. She loved to golf at Wigwam since 1980. Charlotte was also a member of Litchfield Park Church. Her husband Rhodes Morean was buried in 2006 at Litchfield Park Church in the Garden of Memories. Her dad, Milton Wells donated the great flags still standing at the church. Charlotte was a beautiful person inside and out. She touched so many lives in so many ways. She was always there to offer advice or a hug. Charlotte will be in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her daughters Connie Sarl, Carol Cromer; son Marshall Cromer; six grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rhodes Morean.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at The Church at Litchfield Park. Burial will also be held at a later date at the Garden of Memories at the church. Donations can be made in her memory to the Salvation Army at https://www.salvationarmy.org/.

Deanna Vivian Mitchell

Deanna Vivian Olea (Lowe) Mitchell

~ Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister ~

Surrounded by family and loved ones, Deanna passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14th 2020 at her home in Avondale, AZ. She was 77 years old.
Deanna was born on December 2, 1942 in Phoenix, AZ. She was the firstborn child of Angelita Mendoza and Theodore Olea, Jr.

Deanna grew up in Eloy and Casa Grande, AZ. She graduated with honors from Casa Grande Union High School in 1960. She attended Arizona State University and graduated with her Associates Degree. Deanna worked in the Aerospace Industry for 41 years, while raising her four children.

Deanna is survived by her husband of 27 years, James D. Mitchell, and children: Cathy Smithers (Bob), Freddie Lowe (Ann), Chris Lowe and Elicia Lowe Rodriquez, Erika Mitchell and Valerie Weekley (Rob). She also leaves ten grandchildren: Nicholle Roscoe, Vanessa, Anthony, Nathaniel and Samantha Lowe, Adrian, Alex and Amber Rodriquez, Dominik and Anthony Weekley and great grandchild, Hayley McPhearson. She is also survived by her brother, Anthony (Tony) Murrieta and sister, Angelita (Tootie) Pioske.

Deanna is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Olea, Jr., Angelita and Anthony Murrieta and brother Carlos (Sonny) Murrieta.

Services for Deanna will be on Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 2:00pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel located at 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Kristen Marie Sanders

Kristen Marie Sanders, age 25, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on May 13, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born October 27, 1994 in Silver City, NM to Darren and Leslie Sanders, Sr.

From the day she was born, she had a caring heart and a free spirit. Always craving the love and acceptance that she so willingly gave to others. She was impressionable, spunky, full of energy and charisma. Her petite stature, often misleading and underestimated as she was fearless and often fiercely competitive. She loved her sports, playing volleyball, basketball, and softball as a youth and continuing through high school. Her fearlessness always on full display with every dig, defensive charge, and head-first slide that would make any girl dad & coach proud – namely her dad.

As she grew older, she developed a passion and love of the arts – music, dance, art, theater, poetry, & song writing were all her favorite things and she provided an abundance of highly entertaining Instagram and TIK TOK videos that are truly unforgettable and worth the price of admission. Incorporating “her babies” (niece, nephews, & dogs) made for the best of the best of these videos, and she loved them hard and hugged them even harder. She loved Anime and Cosplay and her favorite holiday was Halloween Week…..yes, she generally made a full week of the holiday. She was a stage-5 binge watcher and could recall and recite movie quotes at the drop of a hat. She loved playing video games, late nights playing Overwatch, loving on her dogs – Lexi and Guinness, changing her hair, and generally hanging out with friends and family outside playing beer pong, washers, cornhole, and acting crazy to her favorite tunes.

Kristen was a little bit of crazy, a little bit of loud and a whole lot of love. She had a beauty that eyes could not deny, and her soul has a beauty that hearts can’t help but feel. She was one of the rare ones, so effortlessly herself that she became infectious. Her laugh made you laugh, and she was funny. Kristen was not ashamed to be different. She embraced the light and the voice that made her stand out to people. She was a bit of childhood that could never be lost, creating memories that will withstand time. She will be truly missed.

Kristen is survived by her parents, Darren Sanders, Sr. and Leslie Sanders; sister, Samantha Sanders; brothers, Darren Sanders, Jr. and Jason Sanders; nieces and nephews, Aubrianna Sanders, Brody Stanley, Jax Stanley, Jeremiah Sanders; grandparents, Fred Sanders, Sr., Billie Sanders, Alex Mitchell, Sr., Lucy Mitchell; aunts and uncles, Fred and Mary Sanders, Duane Sanders and Terri Andazola, Frank and Monica Ogas, Erik Sanders, Betty Mitchell, Alex and Sandy Mitchell, Matt and Sylvia White, Andy and Suzanne Obregon.

Visitations will be from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 21st and 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Friday, May 22nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday May 22nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will follow at 12:00 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Frank Howard McCutcheon Jr.

Frank Howard McCutcheon Jr., age 71, of Laveen, AZ passed away on May 11, 2020 in Glendale, AZ. Frank, Sonny as he was known to his family growing up, was the oldest of seven. He was born in Ashland, Wisconsin and grew up on a dairy farm outside of Bayfield, where he learned the value of hard work from an early age.

In high school Frank played on the basketball and baseball teams as well as running track and cross country. He proudly served first in the Air Force, followed by the Air Force Reserve and then the Army Reserve. He was a man who lived his life on his own terms and never quit. Frank set out on an adventure and moved his family from Wisconsin to Grays Harbor Washington. Later he and Margaret, his wife, moved again only this time to Arizona.

Frank was a great mechanic and an avid race enthusiast. His booming voice and laugh always filled the room he was in, no one was a stranger. Frank learned many lessons throughout his life the hard way, so he always had something to teach and he was going to tell you, he always had a story or experience to share. He always tried to find time for his family despite how hard he worked. He was as honest and hardworking as they come and had the same expectation of those around him. He helped everyone he could and always tried to do right by others. He was well liked and respected by friends and associates and loved by his family.

Frank is survived by his wife Margaret L. McCutcheon; his children and their spouses: Jacqueline Lynn McCutcheon (Robert Dameron), Frank H. “Chucky” McCutcheon III (Teresa), Shawn D. McCutcheon (Becky), Bradley J. McCutcheon (Heidi); his siblings and their spouses: Alice Kunsman and Pamala Anderson (Kenneth), Donald McCutcheon (Brenda), Guy McCutcheon (Chris), Bruce McCutcheon (Debbie), Rodney J. McCutcheon; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ruth McCutcheon Sr. and his sister-in-law, Linda McCutcheon.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm on May 27th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Kenneth Eugene Swetman

Kenneth Eugene Swetman, age 84, of Tolleson, AZ passed away on May 5, 2020 in Peoria, AZ. He was born October 23, 1935 in Rochester, NY to Clayton Swetman and Ina Hamalainen.

Kenneth is survived by his daughter Victoria Gender; sons Michael and Theodore Swetman; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathleen Swetman.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a future date.

Paul Lawrence Wilson

Paul Lawrence Wilson, age 77, of Palmer, AK, passed away on May 5, 2020 in Gilbert, AZ. He was born September 30, 1942 in Santa Barbara, CA to Delton and Alice Wilson.

Services are private.

Maria E Becerra

Our beautiful mother, Maria E. Becerra, went to be with the Lord May 4th, 2020 at the age of 90. Born in San Guillermo, Mexico, she lived in Cashion, Arizona for 66 years. She was a woman of faith who enjoyed life to the fullest, active and happy until the very end. Her town and her family were her passion. She is preceded in death by her husband Julio H Becerra and sons Julio Jr, and David. She leaves behind sus hijos: Irene, Catalina, Bertha Alicia, Ernestina, Minu, Daniel, Ruben, y Samuel, 18 nietos, y 47 bisnietos, su hermano Rosalio Escobedo and many nephews, nieces, and friends. She was a joy and we thank the Lord for the time he gave us with her.

Lalla Viola Benefield

Lalla Viola Benefield, age 69, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on April 29, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born October 2, 1950 in Buffalo, New York to Joseph and Ethel Peeler, Sr.

Services are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel. Please leave condolences for the family below.

Ramon E. Gonzalez

Ramon E. Gonzalez, age 70, of Avondale, AZ passed away on May 1, 2020 in Sun City West, Az. He was born June 29, 1949 in Edinburg, TX to Jose Aleman and Christina Gonzalez.

Ramon is survived by his mother Christina Gonzalez; sisters Socorro Petty, Maria Montelongo, Blanca Quilantan; brothers Jose Gonzalez, Ramiro Gonzalez, Roberto Gonzalez, and Pedro Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his father Jose; sister Maria Luisa; brothers Juan and Javier.

A visitation will be held at 2:30 pm, rosary and service to follow at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Gary Alan Lehner

Gary Alan Lehner, age 69, of Buckeye, AZ passed away on May 1, 2020 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born June 21, 1950 in Kansas City, MO to Dr. Richard and Mary Lehner.

Gary loved to coach youth sports, enjoyed travel for business and pleasure. He was an active church member that enjoyed serving other through cooking, mission trips, and fellowship retreats. But mostly he enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife Sharon Lehner; daughters Erin (Mark) Baldwin, Kristin (Rob) Melzer; son Mark (Margie) Lehner; brother Dennis (Nancy) Lehner; and six grandchildren, Nick, Matthew, Drew, Emma, Evelyn, and Rowan. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Stephanie Vaughn.

A Celebration of Life will be held via Zoom on May 9, 2020 1:00 PM Arizona Time. To join the service please click the link and enter the meeting ID and Password: https://remaxnet.zoom.us/j/97300739829?pwd=d2xna1V6OXloMG5xSGNydXdJUnQrZz09

Meeting ID: 973 0073 9829

Password: 315814

Luinda White

Luinda White, age 82, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on May 1, 2020 of natural causes. She was born March 11, 1938 in Tooele, Utah to Dennis Henry and Donna Mae (Jones) Anderson.

Luinda was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, currently a member of Buckeye Sundance 2nd Ward. She has held many church leadership positions. Service was her passion, always attending to the needs of others in both her family and community. Luinda was the Arizona representative for the National American Flag Foundation. She locally raised funds to erect the Heroes Flag Plaza in Indian School Park. She was presented the Silver Beaver Award for her years of service with the Boy Scouts of America. She received her Associate Degree with honors from Glendale Community College. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Westland Charter School in West Phoenix.

Luinda is survived by her husband Marvin White; daughters Stacy (Chuck) Church, Lori Tuma, Tanya White, Moira (Patrick) Hamilton; Autumn White; son David (Cindy) White; sisters Christine (Gary) Randall, Pam Anderson; brothers Ron (Connie) Campbell, Brent Anderson, Carl Anderson; sister-in-laws Sharron Campbell, Mary Ann Williams, Mary Etta Champion, Diane Huett, Margie Spruell; 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis Henry and Donna Mae (Jones) Anderson, Lucille (Fife) and Charles Reed Campbell, brothers, two infant brothers and Dennis H. Anderson; and grandson Michael Reed McCann.

A visitation will be held at 7:00 pm, Wed. May 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ.

Patrecia Ann Minetti

Patrecia Ann Minetti of Goodyear, AZ, a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, wife, and mother, passed away on April 28, 2020.

Patrecia was born to the late Tom and Martha Dinkel in Denver, CO where she was raised. She attended college before joining the United States Navy where she met her husband of 62 years, Cdr. Bernard Louis Minetti USN Ret. They were married on December 26, 1957 in Milton, Florida while they were both stationed at N.A.S. Whiting Field. After moving from their home in Oak Harbor, WA, they lived in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Imperial Beach, California, Tucson, AZ, and Monument, CO and before settling in Goodyear, Arizona.

After her husband, Patrecia had two remarkable joys in her life. First was being with her family which she loved unconditionally. Then came her music. She sang beautifully and played piano, organ, and guitar and was a master in the art of music. She put that mastery to use leading church children’s choirs and playing the church organ at services each Sunday.

Patrecia had a vivacious personality and loved to make people laugh. A favorite pastime of hers was raising and breeding collies. She built and maintained Sunset Kennels at their home in Oak Harbor.

Along with Bernard, Patrecia is survived by her daughter, Bernadette and her husband Tim, and her brother Thomas.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd in Avondale, AZ with a viewing one-hour prior.

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