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Obituaries

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Carlos Lopez Saldano

Carlos Lopez Saldano passed away on June 21, 2020. He was born on January 6, 1941 in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who knew him called him “Chompie.” He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and upon return worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. advancing to Regional Manager in California, Idaho, and Texas. Carlos and Dianne, his wife of 40 years, raised their daughter Victoria in Texas where he owned a successful tire and automotive company. Upon returning to Phoenix, Carlos opened another automotive company and he and Dianne spent many happy years in Palm Lakes Village with great friends and family nearby. After retiring from his company, he worked with the San Francisco Giants during Spring Training.

Carlos was a devoted brother to Pete, Bobby, Richard, and Danny. He dedicated his life to his wife Dianne before her passing and daughter Victoria. He spent every opportunity possible with Victoria, her husband Brad, and his grandchildren Emma, Ellie, and Ben. He especially loved to teach them how to camp and fish at Woods Canyon Lake. He treasured his family and coordinated many large family Thanksgivings. He was a member of the Centaurs Car Club, American Legion Post 41, and Regional Manager of the Quihuis Annual Campout where he was known for his horseshoes and poker skills. He was a treasured friend to Cherryl and everyone he met. He was known for taking the time to talk with and help anyone who asked. His love of family, life, golf, fishing, and his charisma will be greatly missed by all.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 18, 2021 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3801 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix. A committal service with military honors will be at 12:30pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. If you wish to make a contribution, please consider Hospice of the Valley and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Jacob Desmond Rose

Jacob was born February 11, 1997 in Detroit, MI. He and his brother Matthew were adopted when they were very young. Jake was a happy fun-loving boy, he came to know the Lord God as his Savior at an early age. The family moved to Arizona in 2007, settling in Buckeye in 2009. He played Pop Warner football at 14 and when he turned 15 he started playing for the BUHS Hawks, where he graduated in 2015. During his years in Buckeye, he joined Boy Scout Troop 515 and just before he turned 18, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduation he moved to his first apartment and worked a series of different jobs prior to his passing. He is now free and resting in the Peace that passes all understanding of The Lord Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his sisters, Tamara Newman and Chantel Vasquez, brother, Matthew Rose, and parents, Roy and Debra Rose.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and “Lee” Zimmerle, Preston and Mary Vandeburgh, Lloyd Rose, and Dona Jean Rose.

Burial services for a small group of family and friends are scheduled for 10:00AM, Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, Buckeye, Arizona 85326. A memorial service for extended family and friends will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 N. Miller Rd. Buckeye, Arizona 85326.

In lieu of flowers Jacob’s family would like donations made to Prison Fellowship or Phoenix Rescue mission in his honor.

Victoria Van Hofwegen

Victoria Van Hofwegen passed away peacefully and went to live in Heaven with Jesus on May 21, 2021. Victoria was born on December 23, 1933 in Austin, Texas, to Angel and Emma Martinez.

While in high school in Chino, California, Victoria met her future husband, Robert. They were married shortly after and had six children. Mrs. Van Hofwegen’s greatest accomplishment was being a wife and mother. She lived out her faith by loving and caring for her family. Some of her proudest moments were seeing all of her children and grandchildren together at church and spending her birthday celebrating Christmas with family on Broadway Road.

Victoria is survived by her six children: Linda (Jeff) Shook, Robert (Andrea), David (Janet), Paul (Sheila), Donald (Ingrid), Sarah (Eric) Van Dyken, two brothers: Tom (Pat) Martinez and Bob (Carol) Martinez, 24 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Van Hofwegen, parents Angel and Emma Martinez, brother James Martinez, and great grandchildren Arie and Hadilyn Van Hofwegen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg, MN, Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix Christian Preparatory School in Phoenix, AZ, or West Valley Christian School in Goodyear, AZ. A private family service will be held on Friday, May 28. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Zepniaha Porter

Mr. Zepniaha Porter, 71, of Avondale, Arizona died May 20, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona.  He was born August 20, 1949 to Zepniaha Porter and Precilla Perkins in Tipton, Oklahoma.

He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 as a Cook/Basic Combat.  He received a Bronze Star medal, Army Commendation medal, Good Conduct medal, National Defense medal, Vietnam Service medal, Civil Actions medal, and he was a sharpshooter.

Zepniaha is survived by his Wife, Nora Lee Porter, Daughter’s, Shawnya Austin/Rogers and Tammy Porter, Son Zepniaha Porter III, Sister, Mary Lou Folks, Brothers, Isiah Sims and Claudie Flowers, Fifteen Grandchildren, and Eleven Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his Son, Robert Tyrone Rogers, his Parent’s, Precilla Perkins, and Two Brothers, Tiger Flowers and Tommy Porter.

A visitation will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, Arizona 85338.  A funeral will be held at 11am on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Avondale Baptist Church, 1001 N Central Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323.

Charissa Rae Coleman

Charissa Rae Coleman, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on May 3, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born November 6, 1992 in Modesto, California to Frank Coleman and Charlita Crane-Coleman.

All service information is private at this time.

Cecil Iris Bratten

Cecil Iris Bratten, 89, of Goodyear, Arizona died May 12, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona.  She was born September 9, 1931 to Charles Bannister and Cora Rowse in Fargo, North Dakota.

Cecil was an assistant teacher who worked with special needs children.  She was married for 56 years and raised three children.  Cecil loved history, especially the 2nd world war, and used to pan for gold with her husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lee Bratten, son, Mark Elgin Bratten, sisters, Jan Doris Lazar and Barbara Lee Morales, grandchildren, Tara Marie Lopez and Amber Nicole Bratten, and two great-grandchildren, Aurora Cecilia Lopez and Jarred Raymond Lopez.

Doreen Toohey

Doreen Toohey – beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – passed away peacefully on Friday, May 14th, 2021.  Doreen was born in the Detroit, Michigan and lived in the surrounding area for most of her life before moving to Goodyear, Arizona 20 years ago to enjoy an active retirement.

Doreen lived her life to the fullest, and aside from her devotion to her family, she was an award-winning ballroom dancer, a runner-up for the Mrs. Michigan title, and a small business owner in retail clothing. 

She is survived by her husband of over 70 years, Jerry, as well as her sons (Paul, Richard, Thomas, Raymond, David), her daughters (Susan, Carol), her sister Marilyn Pogue Nagy, and her 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Service information is private at this time.

Eva Abalos

Eva Abalos, 93, of Buckeye, Arizona died May 15, 2021. She was born February 29, 1928 to Pedro Saiz and Maria Silva in Santa Clara, New Mexico. Eva was a homemaker and a devoted Christian. She was referred to as “Grandma Eva” by all the members of her BTM church family, including her Pastors, Rordy and Ramona Smith.

She is survived by her children and their spouses – daughter, Yolanda (Ed), sons, Alfredo Abalos Jr and Victor Abalos (Shelly), grandchildren, Jenny (David), Jesse (Lisa), Alisa (Troy), Edward, and Becca, great-grandchildren, Lexi , Max, Samuel, Bella, Santos, Santiago, Valerie, Drew, Lexa and Nevaeh and great-great grandchildren Aiden, Madi, and Hannah.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband Alfredo Abalos and her daughter Olivia Padilla who passed on April 4, 2021.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on June 6, 2021 at Bible Truth Ministries, 2402 Franklin Street, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Michael Robert Martinez

Michael Robert Martinez, 39, of Phoenix Arizona passed away May 3, 2021 in Glendale Arizona. He was born on December 8, 1981 to Michael and Debra Martinez in Phoenix Arizona. He was a creative, intelligent, and loving person who will be missed every day by his parents and sister, and those fortunate enough to have known him.

Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in mathematics. He was an artist in every sense of the word. Throughout his life, he created brilliant artwork, and was a writer of poems and short stories, a gift that started at a very early age. He was also a musician who excelled in playing the keyboard. He especially loved being with his family, snuggling with his dog Bonsai, gardening, watching the Phoenix Suns, cheering for his alma mater teams of the Arizona State University Sun Devils, reading, and bicycling all over the valley.

Michael is survived by his parents, Michael and Debra Martinez and his sister Jenna. He was laid to rest at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, AZ.

Donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Valley of the Sun and Empact- Survivors of Suicide program.

 

Todd Vermillion

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Todd Vermillion, age 41, our beloved Son, brother, family member and friend was taken far too soon.

Todd was born in Tucson and grew up in Buckeye. He was the first of two children to Kent and Candy Vermillion of Litchfield Park. Todd leaves behind his mother, Candy Vermillion, his sister, Kendra Vermillion, and many loving family members and friends.

Although, only 41, Todd affected many people in his lifetime. He was a loving son to his mother and father, a loving brother to Kendra, and best friend to many.

What you saw was always what you got with Todd, and what you saw – if you were fortunate enough to know him – was a hardworking, generous, selfless, caring, and funny human being. He loved to make people laugh and his laugh was infectious.

Todd’s passion was using his self-taught skills and talents to build and create things for family and friends. He was always working on a project. When he wasn’t building something in his garage, he was helping someone out. Todd was always willing and eager to help people, whether they were friends, family, or strangers in need.

His fun-loving energy for life was apparent to all who knew him. Todd enjoyed throwing pool parties for friends and co-workers, building things, and restoring old cars, especially his Mother’s 1974 Land Cruiser, which he was especially proud of.

Most importantly, Todd had a deep love for his family, and cherished the time they would spend together. From an early age he loved the holidays, and enjoyed making and giving thoughtful gifts to family and friends, having meals together, and simply spending the day taking everyone for a ride in one of his proudly restored vehicles.

Todd enjoyed working at Alpha Graphics. Creative by nature, he was recognized for improving the way business was done. A tribute to his philosophy on success is a large picture proudly displayed on a wall in his home office – an image of Popeye shoveling rock, captioned “Put in the Work – There’s No Shortcut to Success”.

We know Todd is now with his Dad, Kent Vermillion, paternal grandparents Ken and Genevieve Vermillion, Uncle Barry Vermillion, and is loved on earth as well as in heaven. Those who knew Todd, even a little lost a shining light in their lives. We will love and miss you every day –We’ll miss your warm smile, your infectious laugh, and your love for life…Mom and Kendra.

Friends will be received at the Wigwam Sachem Room, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., and Litchfield Park (623) 935-3811 on Saturday, May 22nd from 1-3pm.

For those who choose to give a gift to honor Todd – The best way to honor his life is to do what Todd would do – Be kind to someone, be the reason someone laughs, help someone in need.

Joshua Dale Parker

Joshua Dale Parker, 46, of Buckeye, Arizona died May 10, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona.  He was born January 28, 1975 to Belle Parker and Raymond Beaupre in Hartford, Connecticut.

He was a loving and caring husband and father who loved his family, friends, music, traveling and cooking. Josh was always there with a quick wit, huge smile and even a bigger heart. Josh grew up in Vernon CT and spent many childhood summers and holidays with family in Camillus NY.

Josh graduated from Rockville High School in Vernon, Connecticut before attending Syracuse University.  He retired as a Lead Distribution System Analyst with TRC.  Josh worked for TRC in Syracuse, New York and in San Diego, California.

Josh was one of twelve people in the world to be diagnosed with Lysozyme Amyloidosis, which he fought for five years without complaining once.  Josh was brave, strong and passionate about his family through the battle.

He is survived by his wife, Kristine Parker, daughters, Mikaela Parker (Blake Welch) and Isabella Parker, sons, Jacob Parker and Lucas Parker, honorary brother George Mullen (Jessica) of Greenville, North Carolina, in-laws, Susan and Thomas Meyers of Waddell, Arizona, sister-in-law, Katrina Grady of Baldwinsville, New York, aunts and uncles, P. Victoria Parker of Albany, New York, Bruce and Carol Parker of Camillus, New York, Brian and Jackie Parker of Marcellus, New York, Robin Parker of Yuma, Arizona, many cousins, one niece, five nephews, and was expecting his first grandson, Parker Oliver Welch, and parents, Belle and Robert Ferguson of Manchester, Connecticut and Raymond Beaupre of Winder, Georgia.

A service will be held at a future time in Syracuse, New York.  Josh will be buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Camillus, New York at a later date.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Amyloidosis Support Groups or Amyloidosis Foundation, https://www.amyloidosissupport.org/donations_form.html.

Gertie S. Sutton

Gertie S. Sutton, 91, died May 13, 2021 in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born on March 28, 1930 to Thomas and Nancy in Kinston, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Charles Sutton, December 17, 2008.

Gert was a loving housewife and nurturing mother of four children. She enjoyed gardening, treasured time with family, and walks in flower gardens.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Sutton, and sons, Jimmy Stewart Sutton, Daryl Craig Sutton, and Allen Chris Sutton along with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pam will coordinate a family gathering to be held via zoom teleconference to celebrate her life on June 17th at 4pm. Any donations should be made to your non-profit of choice. Gert was especially fond of botanical gardens and horticulture organizations.

Mariann Frazier Nicholas

Mariann Frazier Nicholas, 84, of Litchfield Park, AZ died with her children by her side on May 8th. She was born August 20, 1936, an only child to Margaret and Milby ‘Ted’ Frazier.

Mariann worked as a 1st grade teacher at Buckeye Elementary for 25 years. Her students adored her; she was the teacher who had hissing cockroaches as class pets! In later years, she ran estate sales and found beauty in antiques as well as in sea glass, seashells, and even in a horseshoe crab.

Mariann was a talented and adventurous woman who loved her many trips to Mexico and a memorable excursion to South Africa. Her most cherished role, however, was that of mother, grandmother, and friend. With her warm personality, ability to entertain, and love of stories, she hosted family and friends every Christmas Eve, Easter, and many other days in between.

Left to continue her legacy are her loving children and their spouses, Brad (Debbie), Mark (Denise) and Sara; her adored grandchildren, Tristane, Christopher, and Maximilian; and many more extended family and friends. Service 11 AM, Thursday, May 27 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ.

Michael Angel Quinones

Michael Angel Quinones, age 61, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on May 7, 2021 in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was born March 18, 1960 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 14th, 2021 from 1 to 2PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral services will follow the visitation from 2 to 4PM at the same location. A reception for those in attendance will be held following the funeral, details will be given at the service.

If you would like to view and/or order a copy of the memorial slideshow for Michael, click here.

Jose C. Delgado

Jose C. Delgado, 78, of Avondale, Arizona died May 7, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona.  He was born November 29, 1943 in Sorsogon, Philippines.

Jose loved to spend time with his family, travel and enjoyed trying new foods.

He is survived by his spouse, Helen Delgado, sons, Joven, Josel, Jasper, Jeff, and Julius Delgado and thirteen grandchildren.

Gladys Elizabeth Spencer

Gladys Elizabeth Spencer, age 65, a resident of Ajo, Arizona, passed away at 12:55pm on May 3, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born on February 25, 1956 to her father Blair Milliken and her mother Myrtle Buford in Phoenix, Arizona.  Gladys was raised in Peoria, Arizona but moved to Oregon while she was still in high school.  She was a wonderful loving person and mother who loved to see everyone else happy.

She had many jobs such as a bus driver, truck driver, restaurant worker and retired as a retail worker before moving back to Arizona in 2017.

Gladys is survived by her husband Jack Spencer, daughters, Holly Spencer and Amy Miller, sons, Billy Spencer and Raymond Spencer.  She is also survived by her sisters, Carolyn Hart and Sheila McQuistion and her brothers, Blair Milliken, John Milliken, and Jerry Milliken.  She left behind eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Gladys was preceded in death by both her parents, beloved dogs and cats, and a sister-in-law.

A memorial will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 8:30am on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.

If you would like to view and/or purchase a copy of the memorial slideshow for Gladys , click here.

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