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Obituaries

Although your loved one or friend is no longer here in person, they will forever be in our hearts. Find their name, and sign the guest book with a fond memory or note for their family. All comments are moderated and will be posted after review. Obituaries are updated Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Susan Warren

Susan Reiko Warren (Cook), 63, of Goodyear, Arizona went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2022 following a short illness.

Born June 23, 1958 in Middletown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Naoko Tanaka Warren.

She graduated from Middletown High School in 1976.

Ms. Warrant worked for Camelot Music for 24 years and for the Federal Government for 20 years. She loved to travel, and had a love for music and attending concerts and meeting the musicians; she loved the Mountaineers and Ohio State football teams and enjoyed watching the games. She had shown dogs for several years.

Susan’s family meant the world to her and so did her beloved dogs Toby and Foxy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents George and Iva Warren and Kyusaki and Sen Inoue Tanaka.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael D. Cook II and wife Courtney of Lester, WV and daughter Stephanie Cook and life partner Sam Johnson of Beckley, WV. Grandchildren London, Legend, and Memphis Cook; sister Deborah Warren Sheets of Ohio, and brother Robert (Felicia) of California and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her former husband and friend Dave Cook and former mother-in-law Jean Cook both of Beckley WV.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a local animal shelter or food pantry in her memory.

Until we meet again

God saw you were getting tired
when a cure was not to be,
so He put His arms around you
and whispered, “Come to me.”

You didn’t deserve what you went through
and so He gave you rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best.

And when we saw you sleeping
so peaceful and free from pain,
we knew you were in God’s kingdom,
never to hurt again.

Nikki Irons

Our beloved, Nikki Fern Irons, 71 of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on May 15, 2022, in Goodyear, Arizona. Nikki was born in Toppenish, Washington to Frederick Green and Martha Spino. She was raised in Klickitat, Washington then m­oved to Valdez, Alaska where she met her husband, Steve Irons in 1983 and later married in 1993.

Nikki worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant until her retirement in 2015. She deeply cared and loved everyone she worked with.

Nikki will be remembered as a kind, caring and loving woman who was known for her spunky and fun personality, thoughtfulness and sincerely caring for others. She had a great sense of humor and making those around her smile and laugh alongside her. She loved celebrating her Native American culture, which included weaving and collecting art. She enjoyed singing, traveling across country on her Harley Davidson, cooking and baking, spending time with close family and friends and having and raising Miniature Schnauzer dogs.

She is survived by her husband Steve Irons, her daughter Susie McGee, step-daughter Erika Holbrook, step-son Brad Irons; 6 grandchildren: Kevin McGee, Kristie McGee, Gavin Delozier, Chaylene Mills, Spencer and Zachary Holbrook; 4 great-grandchildren: David Garcia, Izabella McGee, Ryleigh McGee and Kingsley Taylor. She is also survived by her half-brother, David Northover. She is preceded in death by her father Frederick Green and mother Martha Spino and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her presence in all our lives will be dearly and deeply missed.

A funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in (North) Phoenix, Arizona on June, 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. A celebration of life will follow immediately after at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Elia F. Martinez

Elia F. Martinez, 93, of Avondale Arizona passed away peacefully on May 19, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 24, 1928 in Chandler, Arizona to Jesus Figueroa and Concepción Yrineo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel M. Martinez. Elia is survived by her children – Mary Hutchinson, Jesus Martinez, Linda Yaeger, Teresa DeSanti; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; along with two sisters, one brother, many cousins, and close friends she considered family. Manuel and Elia started their lives in Northern California and moved to Litchfield Park, AZ in 1955, and then settled in Avondale, AZ where they raised their family. Elia was a hardworking, passionate figure of strength who never waned in her support or love of her family. She was the pillar of the family. She loved cooking, gardening, crocheting, music, dancing, taking care of her family and a good laugh over coffee with friends. Elia was known by her family as “The Umpire” because there was no winning a dispute with her. Before she passed, she told her children she dreamt she was dancing with the love of her life – Daddy. We know they’re dancing together now. Elia’s final words were: “I am so proud of my four children.”

WE LOVE YOU MORE.

Visitation will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on June 1, between 8:30am to 9:30am, located at 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear; Rosary at 9:45am – Mass at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, located at 13720 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale; and Mausoleum Interment at 12:30pm at Greenwood Memory Lawn located at 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix.

Kim Marsh

Kim Marsh, 53,of Tonopah, Arizona died May 20, 2022 in Tonopah, Arizona. She was born April 9, 1969 in Oneida, New York to James Reaves and Donna Mott.

Funeral services will be held in Joplin, Montana.

Jack Chambers

Mr. Jackie “Jack” Lee Chambers, 85 of Glendale, Arizona died May 12, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born November 10, 1936 in Leavenworth, Kansas to Roy Francis Chambers and Delia Velma Chambers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delphine Chambers; brothers Roy R. Chambers, James W. Chambers, Wayne F. Chambers, Jerry L. Chambers; and sister Joy S. Chambers-Hollinger.
Jack is survived by his children, Sheri (Scott) Cook, and Thomas Honanie; sisters, Rosemary Hatfield, Cora Jane Fischer, and Diana Latham, and brother Thomas Chambers. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Melissa (Ronnie) Vacanti-Aspinwall, Jennifer Honanie, Sarah (Justin) Johnson, and Erin (Shane) Bowen; and five great-grandchildren, Loki Jonathan Aspinwall, Aurora Delphine Aspinwall, Leland Asher Aspinwall, Everett Forrest Johnson, and Kellan Isaiah Johnson.
Jack was born on his family’s farm in Kansas as the first born of a set of twins. He was 5th in line out of ten siblings. He enjoyed his time on the farm, and was a graduate of High Prairie School in Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduation, Jack joined the United States Air Force, in which he proudly served for 22 years. He worked as an aircraft technician and traveled to Southeast Asia, Europe, and Middle East. He retired from the Air Force at Luke Air Force Base in 1976 with the rank of Tech Sgt (TSgt). While in Phoenix, he met his wife of 57 years, Delphine Omaohoya. They were married in Yuma, Arizona.
Jack was proud of his family and loved spending time with them. He looked forward to every family event. He enjoyed having meals with them. Though he and his family settled in Arizona, his favorite foods were very “mid-west”. Some of his favorites were, tomato sandwiches, bologna sandwiches, fried bologna and cantaloupe with pepper. In his younger years he enjoyed scuba diving, fishing, and working on old cars, but his passion was playing pool until the end.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 9pm on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Friday, June 3, 2022 at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Burial will be at National Cemetery of Arizona.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)

Susan Warren

Susan Warren, 63, of Goodyear, Arizona died May 23, 2022. She was born June 23, 1958 to Roger Warren and Naoko Tanaka.

Services are pending.

Russell Lipscomb

Mr. Russell Earl Lipscomb, 71 of Goodyear, Arizona died May 19, 2022 at the Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona. He was born November 3, 1950 to Herbert Lipscomb and June Anderson in Portsmouth, Virginia. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1973 as a PFC E-3.

Russell is survived by his wife, Connie Eastman; daughter, Trina Lipscomb; sons, Marco, Waylon, Stuart, and Clinton Lipscomb; and sister, Janice Nevanen. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and one grandson.

The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Clarence Brady

On Monday, May 16, 2022, Clarence Lytle Brady, loving husband, father of three and grandfather of three children, passed away at the age of 102.

Brady was born on October 6, 1919, in Lilly, Pennsylvania to Jacob V. Brady and Bessie Bell Lytle. Although his name is Clarence, his family called him “EI”, in the military he was known as CL, and later in life everyone just called him “Brady”.

He grew up during the Great Depression and this instilled in him the importance of family and hard work. After graduating from North Braddock High School, PA in 1939, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was part of their program to shape the national park systems of the United States. He received $30 a month and $25 of that was sent back home to help his family during the Great Depression.

Brady enlisted in the U.S. Air Force soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he was 21 years old. He received his Aviation Wings in June of 1944 and became a P-51 fighter pilot in the Air Force during WWII. He flew his P-51 fighter from 1943 to 1945 and carried out 40 missions in the pacific theater. One memorable day, he and his 341st fighter squadron were flying back from a mission over Japan when they noticed a very bright flash of light. They would soon find out that they had witnessed the dropping of the first atomic bomb. After WWII, Brady returned home to live in Williamsport, PA, where he attended art classes at Penn State.

While home, he and a friend decided to go to the local YWCA Dance. It was there that he met the love of his life, Jean Leonora Peeling. They were married on June 17, 1950. Their life together was filled with love, adventure, and fun.

Brady began a job as an illustrator for Sears and Roebuck creating artwork for advertising before getting recalled back to active duty in January 1951.   Due to his experience and skills as a fighter pilot, he was assigned as a radar controller, protecting our borders by identifying aircraft entering US airspace.

Together Jean and Clarence raised a daughter, Susan and two sons, Mark and Michael.  Brady stayed in the Air Force for a total of 27 years until 1970 when he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then started a new career as a 5th grade teacher at El Mirage Elementary school and taught there until retiring after 15 years.

During his life he loved traveling the world.  His trips took him from Europe, South America, Australia, China, and every State in the US including Alaska and Hawaii.  He enjoyed working with his hands building furniture and creating paintings and artworks.  He was especially proud of his Munds Park cabin that he built from the ground up.

Brady was giving man who would do anything for anyone and was kind to all he met.  He cherished his family and was always there to support them, give advice or just a big hug (1-2-3 squeeze!).  He was an artist, teacher, warrior, and a devoted and loving husband and father.

Clarence Lytle Brady is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, Jean Brady; his daughter Susan Jeanne Brady, sons Mark William Brady (wife Ann), Michael Robert Brady, (wife Stephanie). He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Harper, Caden and Meagan.

A memorial service for Brady will be held at The Church at Litchfield Park, on Saturday June 18th, 2022, at 2PM.

Doris Brown Cannon

Doris Brown Cannon, 92, died May 17, 2022 in Avondale, AZ.  She was born August 26, 1929 in Cedar City, UT to John Middleton and Althea Lund Brown.  She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Frankfurt, GA in 1951.  Doris married Clawson Young Cannon, Jr. on January 13, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple.  They were married for 60 years when Clawson passed.   She attended the College of Southern Utah,  University of Utah, before graduating from BYU in 1954.  A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she served for many years in the Primary.  She and Clawson also served a stake mission in Newark, NJ, a mission in the Bern, Swiss Temple and as workers in the Dallas, TX temple.

Doris is survived by her children Judith (Wayne “Ray”), Clawson, III “Chip” (Cynthia), Carlie (Daven), Jonathan (Diane), and Jason; 12 grandchildren: Wayne (Courtney), Jacob (Angie), Connie, Collins (Shantel), Philip (Michelle), Allan (Staci), Zachary, Hunter, Saige, Ethan, Kyle, and Joshua; 5 greatgrandchildren, Wayne Richard, Anthony, Bobby, Austin, and Kaylee, brothers and sisters John (Mary), David (Nora), Lorin (Marilynn), Scott (Penny), Virginia (John), and Cheryl (Ken), and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Clawson,  parents, sister Donna, and brothers, Tom (Carol), and William (Karen).

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3882 Quail Run Road, Flower Mound, TX  75028.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the same address.  Interment will be at the Dallas National Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund or LDS Charities or plant flowers in her honor (she loved roses, begonias, chrysanthemums, and cannas).  Arrangements are through Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, AZ and Flower Mound Funeral Home.

Edward Crow

Edward Crow, “ Eddie” or “Ed”, 77 of Goodyear AZ, went to be with the Lord on May 14. He was born on July 30th to David and Pearley Crow, along with his twin brother, Fred, and his 2 sisters, Janice and Jeanette (JJ).
Raised in the refrigeration industry, Ed continued a lifelong passion in the HVAC profession. Ed owned and operated Crow Heating and Cooling for 24 years, in Goodyear AZ. Previous work with HVAC led Ed to travel around the country, setting up new restaurants.
His love for golf and maintenance work came together for him while at Dolphin, Inc, PING golf club foundry in Phoenix. An avid and competent golfer, Ed competed in numerous tournaments, either winning, placing or making birdies, eagles, and (4) holes in one.
Married to “his bride” Rose, as he called her, for 39 years. Ed had (3) wonderful children, daughters Sarah and Sheila and son, Jeff, who preceded him in death at the age of 27 in 1995. Also included in his family are (5) awesome grandchildren, each who he cherished dearly: Ella, Grayson, Jaxson, Madyson and Emerson and a very special nephew, Anthony Lupo.
Most importantly, Ed loved his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and shared this Truth with many people in his lifetime. Well done, good and faithful servant.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on June 11, 2022 at 10 am at Compass Church, 16060 W. Van Buren , Goodyear, AZ. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Jose Bolaños

Jose Bolaños of Tolleson, Arizona died May 16, 2022. He was born January 24, 1955 to Carlos Bolaños Rivera and Maria Dolores Garnica.

A visitation will be held Monday, May 30 at 6pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

A traditional funeral mass will be held 10AM, Tuesday, May 31 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Gary Griggs

Gary Griggs, age 82, of Goodyear, AZ left this mortal realm on May 16, 2022. He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Bev; their son Michael (Shelly) Griggs; daughter, Kim Guerin; granddaughters, McKenna King and Rooney Jane Guerin; brother, Dan Griggs ad brother-in-law, Mark (Sandra) Haner; nephew Matthew and niece Alison Haner; and two step-grandsons, Collin (Laura) Owen and Ryan Owen. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Kittie Griggs of Las Cruces, NM.

Gary was born in Wichita Falls, TX then grew up in Las Cruces, NM. He attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and UNM prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps where he served for 8 years and was a Vietnam combat veteran. He met the love of his life while on Christmas leave in 1962; they wed in 1965 and they were married for almost 58 years.

Gary enjoyed everything life had to offer but family was his first and foremost love. He loved them from the first moment he held them in his arms. It was watching his children grow and learn, set and achieve goals, become adults and have their own families that brought smiles to his face. Then it was the granddaughters who brought a new dimension of love to Gary’s life. How he adored those girls and was truly their proud Papa.

Tremendous and heartfelt thanks go to the exceptional doctors and nurses at St. Joseph Hospital Neuro Intensive Care Unit and also to Encompass Health and Acute Rehab in Glendale who provided a compassionate environment while carrying out their incredible nursing duties. An extra special thank you is extended to Hospice of the Valley during Gary’s transition from rehab to home, then from this life to the next. Their care and support of both Gary and our family was the best anyone could have and much appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Church at Litchfield Park in June. A date has not been set at this time. Internment will take place at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Gary’s name to The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, The Church of Litchfield Park, or Hospice of the Valley.

William “Bill” Ruck

William “Bill” Ruck of Chicago, Illinois born July 10, 1964 passed away in Buckeye, Arizona on May 13, 2022. He was an amazing and caring husband to Sue, doting dog dad to Gretchen, Daisy, Foxy, and Ruger, loving son of Ken and Donna, and loyal and dependable friend to many. Bill was a lifelong Cubs fan and finally saw them win the World Series. Not only was Bill considered a beer connoisseur, he was a master on the grill.

Bill grew up on the northside of Chicago, attended Lane Technical High School, and worked at Walgreens as an assistant manager before becoming a Chicago Police Officer. Bill began his law enforcement career in 1986. He received the Superintendent’s Award of Valor and numerous police awards for his service. After 29 years of service to CPD, he retired as a detective in gang investigations. Bill and Sue built their new home in Buckeye Verrado in 2017, where he enjoyed golfing, walking to the recreation center to work out, hiking on the many trails near his home by the White Tank Mountains, and traveling to the many beautiful cities throughout Arizona.

Bill and Sue traveled to many different countries and he was a proud member of the German American Police Association (GAPA) from the beginning of his law enforcement career until his passing. Bill recently started a new hobby: biking on his electric bike. He also volunteered for the Buckeye Police Department as a Lieutenant. Bill will be missed tremendously by Sue, Ruger, his family, and his many friends made throughout his career, youth, and in Arizona.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan “Sue” Ruck; and his parents, Kenneth and Donna Ruck.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

Holy Family St. Michael’s House

Visit their website HERE

Make checks to and mail them to:
Ascension IL Foundation
1000 Remington Blvd, Ste 100
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(put “HFSMH” in memo section)

or

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org 

Jennifer Garcia

Jennifer Garcia, age 55, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2022, at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise from colon cancer. Though cancer physically robbed her of her life here in this world, her strength and loving heart will never be forgotten, her spirit truly lives forever. She was born January 22, 1967, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Julian and Elva Linares. Her life was a gift to everyone she was around, her smile would light a room and her presence was never unnoticed. She cared about the details of things and always gave all she had. She simply just wanted to enjoy life and always make the best of it. Family gatherings consisted of music, food, and dancing-her absolute favorite things. She is survived by her parents, Julian and Elva Linares; her seven children, Eddie Garcia, Robert Garcia, Stephanie Gonzalez, Jenavie Garcia, Tifanie Muniz, Steven Salazar and Destanie Salazar; two brothers, Julian and Freddy Linares; a sister, Brenda Linares; 18 grandchildren; and many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family, friends and others whose lives Jennifer has touched are invited to Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, Arizona, from 1p.m.-4p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 in remembrance of her and to celebrate the legacy she lived and leaves for us.

Dixie Naylor

Ms. Dixie Lee Naylor, 84 of Goodyear, Arizona died May 10, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born February 7, 1938 to Arthur Richards and Lorraine Richards in Muscatine, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, John Naylor; daughter, Jennifer Sharron; son, Jeff Naylor; and sister Cheryl Richards. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Art ad Lorraine Richards and her sister, Dianne McCafferty.

Although Dixie Lee Naylor passed away on May 10th, her soul will continue living on through her adoring family and friends. Born on February 7,1938 to Arthur and Lorraine Richards (both deceased), she was the oldest of three girls:  Dianne (deceased) (Doug) and Cheryl (Virginia).

Dixie married John Naylor in 1958 and they had two children:  Jennifer (Gary) and Jeff (Suzanne).  She had the great pleasure to enjoy four generations of family, celebrating the lives of her 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Dixie loved to travel, read and spend time with family and their amazing group of friends.

“Those we LOVE don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.  Unseen, unheard, but always near, still Loved, still missed and very dear.”

John Kerins

Mr. John R. Kerins, 75, of Goodyear, Arizona died May 6, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born May 25, 1946 in Terre Haute, Indiana to James and Ruth Kerins, who preceded him in death.

John grew up in Indiana. He attended ISU before joining the service. John was a Sgt in the US Army. In 1967-68 he served in the Vietnam War. He served as a free Mason, belonged to the Scottish Rite, and the Shrine. He also belonged to many Veteran organizations. In 2021, he was presented the remaining of his earned medals by the Congressman of California. He worked for several years at the L.A. Times as a pressman. John had several hobbies he enjoyed such as making Veteran keychains, riding his motorcycle, driving his Corvettes, and golfing.

John will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends as a loving brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

John is survived by his wife, Middie Kerins; son, John (Kimberly) Kerins II; sisters, Carol Payne, Margaret Russard, and Sharon Baker; and his brothers Bill Kerins, Donnie Kerins, Ronnie Kerins, and Gary Kerins. He is also survived by three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Stacia (Tremain) Nunez and their children Kaydence and Tremain, Jr., Justin (Alisha) Kerins, and their children Chase, Charlotte, and Carson, and Jordan (Melanie) Kerins and their child Nixon.

Terry Fergus

Mr. Terry Fergus, 75, of Goodyear, Arizona died May 8, 2022 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born September 13, 1946 in Racine, Wisconsin to Robert Fergus and Alice Grove. Mr. Fergus was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce.

A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Pauline Smith-Pelliccino

Pauline Smith-Pelliccino, 94, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died May 3, 2022 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. She was born September 19, 1927 in Ashkum, Illinois to John Meents and Hattie (Daniels) Meents.

Pauline was one of a kind! She loved to spend time with all of her family and friends. There was always laughter when the Daniels/Meents had family reunions. She loved watching her grandchildren grow up. She taught them many things, including playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, rock collecting, and rock painting.

Pauline loved the Chicago Cubs and watched them faithfully. It was fun to watch her yell and cheer for them. She was an avid reader, loved bird watching and traveling (especially to Las Vegas). On her 90th birthday, she was treated to a helicopter ride and loved every minute of it. Pauline was the greatest Mom, Mom #2, Grammy and Great-Grammy. She was loved by all including many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She never met a stranger and welcomed all with a smile. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents John and Hattie Meents; husband, Ralph Smith; husband, Tom Pelliccino; step-son, Paul Smith; brothers Enno, John, Emmet and Robert; and sisters Bernelda, Irene, Maxine, Velma and Margaret. She is survived by her son Dennis (Kelly) Smith; 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family and friends.

Kathleen Frances Desmond

Kathleen Frances (nee Kanzer) Desmond, age 67 of Goodyear, AZ formerly of Bolingbrook and Naperville, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born April 14, 1955, in Chicago, IL to the late Frank and Geraldine (nee List) Kanzer.

Kathy is survived by her loving spouse of 10 years Michael Desmond, son Alexander (Madeline) Johnson, daughter Kyla (Roman Carney) Johnson-Carney, sister Kristi (Dan) De Legge, nephews Jon and Andrew (Angela) Healy, nieces Samantha (Hassan Stevenson) De Legge-Stevenson, and Gina De Legge, stepdaughter Clare (Aaron) DeMichael, grandchildren Elizabeth and Genevieve, and great nephews and nieces Owen, Finley, Lulu, Rocco, Camden and Paityn.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Harry Johnson, and her brother Jon Kanzer.

Kathy was a graduate of Proviso West High School class of 1973 in Hillside, IL and went on to receive an Associate of Science Degree from Triton College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Williams College. She served as a learning and development professional for over 30 years prior to retiring in 2013.

She was an avid volunteer. Kathy especially enjoyed tutoring young children in the early reading program at Prairie Elementary School in Naperville, IL. She also shared her time with Heart Haven OutReach in Bolingbrook, IL helping troubled teens and with Kare Bears in the Pebblecreek community in Goodyear, AZ. Kathy was a member of the Jacksonport, WI Women’s Club and the Bolingbrook, IL Women’s Club. Kathy will be fondly remembered for her love of researching family lineage and was a genealogy enthusiast, often helping others research their family’s history.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:30 until 10:30 AM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 South Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60540. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 36 North Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL 60540. A private family inurnment will follow.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to her life, in lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.bcrf.org.

Arrangements are entrusted in the care of Friedrich Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Naperville, IL (www.friedrich-jones.com) For information please call (630) 355-0213.

Daniel Nealand Ensign

Daniel Nealand Ensign, 72, passed away on April 30, 2022 after suffering a stroke with his family by his side. He was born March 29, 1950 to Dorothy Pearl Gruver and Harry Nealand Ensign in Osborn, Missouri and later adopted by Hyrum A. Sherman. Danny moved around in his youth but settled in the Phoenix area where he attended elementary and West Phoenix High School. Following graduation he joined the Navy Nuclear program to get the training he needed that would be his life’s profession. While in the Navy he was stationed in Idaho where he met his wife Linda Ferguson. After 3 months they were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1970. He was on the USS Enterprise and spent two 10 month tours off of Vietnam. Following the Navy they lived in Ririe, Idaho for a short time. In 1978 his dream job in the nuclear field at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant came and they moved to Arizona. He worked there until he retired in 2011. He was an avid cyclist, camper, photographer, hiker, grandfather and many other worthy pursuits. He enjoyed his church callings including scout master, cub master, and served in 3 Bishoprics.
Predeceased by his Parents, Sister Babette Michelle, Children Dorothy Beth, Chas Michael (Eunice) and Nima Joe. Survived by wife Linda, children Paulette (Charles), Tammy, Daniel Jr (Anna), Christopher (Teresa), adopted children James, David, and Daryl. Siblings Linda (Marvin), Russell (Rachel), Trisha, John (Gisquella), Scott (Yoko) and 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
A visitation will be held at 9AM with services beginning at 10:00 on May 7th at 13277 W Thomas Rd. Special thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their kindness.

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