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Obituaries

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Christina Marie Fay

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of our daughter, Christina Marie Fay, 33, of Goodyear, Arizona. Prior to her death, Christina accepted the Lord as her savior and her family is comforted knowing that she is eternally at peace in heaven. She will be missed dearly by friends and family.

Christina was born January 14, 1987 in Tucson, Arizona to parents, Bruce and Hope Fay. Christina is survived by both her parents, and her step-father, John Bellem, whom has cared for her since the age of twelve. She will forever be remembered and loved by them. In her time here on earth, Christina was a loving and devoted mother and is survived by her two sons, Brent (13), Brodie (4), as well as her two step-daughters, Kourtney (14), and Brooklyn (10). Her children were the light of her life and brought her great joy and happiness. She is survived by her brother Brent Fay. Brent and Christina were inseparable. She always described their relationship as him being the “Wind beneath her Wings,” he stood in the shadows and let his little sister soar. Even in death, their bond will never be broken. Christina will never be forgotten by her younger cousin Makynzie Gregory, with whom she shared a deep connection. Christina is also remembered by her grandmothers, Gloria Fay, and Mary Bellem who she loved tremendously, along with her nephew Christian and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family members and friends.

As Christina entered the gates of heaven, she was welcomed by her sister Dasha, grandparents Edward and Dorothy Mullins, Grandmother Rena Hyvonen, grandfather Dean Fay, and her aunt Stacy and Uncle Everett.

In Christina’s short time on this Earth, she touched the hearts of many. Her passion in life was helping others that were less fortunate than herself. Her self-sacrificing ways will be carried on by her children, as she strived to teach them the power of selflessness.

From a very young age Christina shared a special connection with her uncle Joe, who taught her about the love of Christ, which too became a passion of hers.

Family and friends whose lives were touched by Christina are invited to come and commemorate her life, August 2, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. A viewing will take place from 1-2pm, with the funeral service to follow from 2-4pm. Pastor Chris Stull of Wellspring Church will officiate. Flowers, donations and condolences may be offered during this time.

Weston Laughlin

Weston R. Laughlin, age 84, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 24, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born on September 30, 1935 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Lawrence Laughlin and Beryl Burns. Services are private at this time.

Arthur Halcomb

Arthur B. Halcomb, age 74, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 25, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on January 22, 1946 in Merigold, Mississippi t Thomas Halcomb and Silvia Angle. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:30am at Desert Springs Community Church.

Ruby Evans

Ruby R. Evans was born October 3, 1960 to the union of Hattie Luckett and George Evans. Ruby had a mother and father (Hattie and George) who preceded her in death.

Ruby accepted Christ at a young age. Every morning she would read her bible to help guide her through her daily life.

Ruby attended Westcott Elementary School and graduated from Calumet High School. Ruby also attended DePaul University as well as South Suburban college.

Ruby Evans worked as a MVD agent for Southwest Title Loans.

Our mother always had a kind work to say to a loved one or even a stranger. Ruby was a very compassionate, smart, soft spoken and had a great sense of humor.

Ruby departed this life on July 5, 2020 and leaves to cherish her memory are: her daughters, Timicka and Teniusha; her grandchildren, Rakiya and Miracle; her sisters, Shwanda, Renee, Clovetta, Dwanna and a host of other relatives and friends.

Robert Soto

Mr. Robert Gonzales Soto, age 63, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 26, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. He was born on October 15, 1956 to Miguel and Josephina Soto in Eloy, Arizona.

Robert dedicated 35 years of his life to the United States Postal Service. He took pride in keeping his yard clean and well-kept and also enjoyed watching sports. He will be remembered as “the friendly mailman.” Anyone who ever met Robert had a lasting impression of him.

Robert is survived by his wife Maria Soto; his daughters, Christina Romayor, and Angelina Soto; his son, Robert Soto Jr.; his sisters, Carmen Barreras, and Lorenza Lopez; his brother, Manuel Soto; and he is also survived by his 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Miguel and Josephina Soto and his brother, Jose Soto.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at First Southern Baptist Church. 1001 N. Central Ave., Avondale, Arizona with a viewing one-hour prior. Burial service will immediately follow in procession to West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.

Manuel Cipriano Vasquez Sr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Manuel C. Vasquez Sr. announces his passing due to complications of Covid-19, on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the age of 70 years.

Manuel was born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 30, 1949 to Manuel and Sally (Cota)Vasquez. He was a highly educated man where he graduated from Phoenix Union High School and went on to Arizona State University, where he got his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Garret/Allied Signal/HoneyWell for many Years until he had a higher calling to return to school to become a teacher. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University.  He enjoyed teaching and taught at Sunland Elementary School until he retired.

Manuel was happily married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth (Sanchez) Vasquez for 48 years. They shared a love for dancing and up until his last days were still dancing. They married in 1972 and had 4 children. He loved his family and making memories was his gift to everyone. He loved traveling, camping, hunting, fishing, coaching his sons little league teams, watching his grandchildren play sports or preform in school events and picked up woodworking in his retirement years.

He was preceded by his parents Manuel and Sally (Cota)Vasquez.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Vasquez, children Leticia, Manuel Jr. (Lupita), Daniel (Norma), Richard (Stephanie), 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, Uncle Oscar, Sister Cynthia, Niece Priscilla and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear. A viewing is scheduled to begin at 10am to be followed by the Rosary at 11am and the Funeral service at 11:30am, burial services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, Arizona following the funeral service.

Ynes Marron

Ynes Benny Marron, 79, died July 19, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born September 7, 1940 to Jose Pablo Marron and Isabel Estrada in San Josee, California.

Services are private at this time.

George Hughes

George O. Hughes, 82 of Goodyear, Arizona died July 20, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born October 13, 1937, to George O. Hughes and Arlene Hughes in Collingswood, New Jersey.

George worked as a Systems Technician for AT&T, until he retired in 1986. He was also a member of the Stratford and Laurel Springs Police Department, the Laurel Springs School board and city council. George attended the Peninsula Community Church in Selbyville, Delaware and managed Cedar Shores Condos in Delaware for many years. He was also an avid softball player and car enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Elaine Hughes, his daughters Doreeen Salmonsen and Diana Braun, his sons George Mitchel Hughes, Mark Hughes and David Hughes, his sister Jeanne Fallon, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

The family suggests that if any donations would like to be made, to do so in George’s name to the charities of your choice.

Jody Phillips

Mrs. Jody Ann Phillips, age 67, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on July 15, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on September 26, 1952 to Joseph Manalo and Lorraine Manalo in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jody loved spending time with her family and cooking for family days.

She is survived by her husband, Donald D. Phillips Jr.; her daughter, Stacy Phillips; her son, Donald D. Phillips III; her sisters, Cindy Davis and Kathy Cooper; her brothers, Joseph Manalo, Michael Manalo, and John Manalo; and her two grandchildren, Katrina Villars and Richie Bartley.

Services are scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ, beginning at 1PM with the visitation and the funeral service planned to start at 2PM.

Condolences for the family can be left below.

Angelita Oviedo

Angelita Oviedo, age 96, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 14, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born on October 22, 1923 to Secundino Moreno and Rita Moreno in Oilton, Texas.

Angelita loved cooking, crafting, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters, Maria E. Oviedo, and Margarita Henke; her sons, Jesus Oviedo, Ernesto Oviedo, Jose Oviedo, Fabian Oviedo, and Luis Oviedo Jr. Angeltia is also survived by her 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Mercedes Montgomery and Rosa DelCastillo.

A public visitation has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 beginning at 10AM at St John Vianney Church located at 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 to be immediately followed by the Rosary and Mass at the same location.

Yolanda Aguirre

Yolanda Aguirre, age 53, passed away on July 19, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on August 14, 1966 to Raymundo Aguirre and Otilia Gutierrez in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Visitation services are scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm with the Rosary beginning at 2pm, located at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral services are scheduled at the same location on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9am to 10am with another visitation period beginning at 8am. Burial services are going to be held at The Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Saturday, July 25, 2020 following the funeral service.

Cesar Sanchez

Cesar F. Sanchez, age 41, of Tolleson, Arizona passed away on July 13, 2020. He was born on September 27, 1978 to Cipriano Sanchez and Josefina Perez in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Services are private at this time. Condolences for the family may be left below.

William Blasko

William J. Blasko, age 81, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 14, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on November 29, 1938 to Emery Blasko and Mary Anna Mudri in Cleveland, Ohio.

William served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959 as a Tank Gunner in Germany with the rank of E-4. He was also a member of the Raceway Elks #2852 in Avondale, Arizona and the American Legion post #61 also located in Avondale, Arizona.

William is survived by his wife, Jean Blasko; his daughters, Sarah Blasko and Denise Schooley (Teague Schooley); his sisters, Catherine Farrell(Ohio) and Veronica Blasko(Ohio); and his five grandchildren, Wyatt Beard, Kobie Schooley, Karlie Schooley, Kenzie Schooley, and Makinzee Schooley. He is preceded in death by his son, Billy Blasko; his sister, Mary Anne Blasko; and his brothers, Edward Blasko and Larry Blasko.

Funeral services are to be held at a later date.

The family has asked that if anyone would like to make a donation they do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-william-blasko

William A. Scott III

William Alfred Scott III, age 55, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on July 14, 2020 in Duncan, Arizona. He was born on July 2, 1965 to William A. Scott Jr. and Patricia Scott in Hanford, California.

William served in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1992 as a Mortarman.

He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline Chissus, his son, Brenin Sharp, his sisters; Shannon L. Plachno and Brandi S. Scott, his brothers; Michael B. Scott, Steven D. Scott, and John D. Snyder. William is also survived by his parents, William A. Scott Jr. and Eileen B. Scott. He is preceded in death by William A. Scott Sr. and Lavelle Scott.

The family asks that if anyone would like to make a donation they do so in William’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.

Thomas Janssen

Thomas R. Janssen, born 7/17/1927 in Green Bay, WI, entered into eternal peace on 7/16/2020, the day before his 93rd birthday in Goodyear, AZ. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Margaret “Peg” (nee Forbes) and his children, Thomas (Tara), Phoenix, AZ; Mark (Leila), Moreno Valley, CA; David (Anne), Wauwatosa, WI, and Linda Fischer (Jim) Hubertus, WI. He is further survived by sisters Jean Chier, Berlin, WI and Mary Lynne (Mike) Le Roy, Sheboygan, WI; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and Peg’s siblings, all of whom loved him very much. He is also survived by his first wife, Cecelia (Guyette) Janssen.

Tom graduated from Central Catholic HS in Green Bay and immediately enlisted in the Navy. After his discharge, he enrolled at St. Norbert College and later transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He was called back into the Navy during the Korean conflict and returned to Oshkosh to get his degree in Education. Folloring graduation, he taught for a short time at Bark River-Harris High School in MI before going to the Wauwatosa School district in WI where he worked for the remainder of his career. During this time, he also received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin. Tom taught social studies, coached football and ultimately became District Athletic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1979. He worked in sales for the Healy Company until his “Second Retirement” when he and Peg built a home in Goodyear, AZ and moved there in January, 2001.

During his teaching career, Tom became active in the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA). He served as the president of the organization and was named National Athletic Director of the Year in 1984. In 1986 he received the National Interscholastic Athletic Association Award of Merit. Tom was inducted into the WADA Hall of Fame. In addition, he was inducted into the first class of members of the Wauwatosa West High School Hall of Fame as a Coach/ Athletic Director and later was inducted into the dame Hall of Fame as Coach of the West’s first-ever Conference Championship of any sport.

Tom loved all sports but especially the Green Bay Packers (being a proud Packer “owner”), and the Wisconsin Badgers. When he and Peg moved to AZ, he joined a golf group, the Sandbaggers, and made good friends who remained steadfast to the end. He and Peg loved to travel, especially cruising, suring which times they made – and kept – many friends from all over the United States and as far away as Australia.

Tom was a gentleman and a gentle man. He laughed easily, loved to tell jokes and had a story for virtually any occasion. Those who knew him know he enjoyed his evening vodka. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. He was an excellent coach who maintained friendships with many of his former players. His passing leaves not only a hole in many lives, but also a legacy of kindness, fair play and wisdom.

Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ on Thursday, July23, at 10 am. If so desired, contributions in Tom’s name and memory can be made to St. Vincent de Paul or the Wauwatosa School District for a scholarship that has already been established in Tom’s name.

Yolanda Montoya

We are saddened to announce the passing of Yolanda Alice Montoya, 86, on July 15, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and myeloma cancer.  Yolanda was born on May 10, 1934 in Edith, Colorado to Juan and Lupita Montoya.  She was raised on a farm where they grew their vegetables and raised chickens, cows and goats for food. She was a true farmer at heart!!  She graduated from Pagosa high School in 1951.

Yolanda married a military man and had two daughters and two sons. She and her family traveled to many places, including Germany, Africa and Asia before settling down in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

As well as being a wife and a mother, she was dedicated to her career and worked full-time and attended college courses. All this while raising four children.  She was Chief, Central Accounting Office on Ft. Huachuca until 1988 when she had the opportunity to return to Germany. She worked as a Senior Budget Analyst until her return to Ft. Huachuca in 1993. After 26 years with the federal government Yolanda went to work at Sierra Vista Community Hospital until her retirement in 2001.

After her retirement, Yolanda enjoyed traveling, spending more time with her children, grandchildren and reading.  She particularly enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sports and other related activities.

Yolanda is preceded in death by her father, Juan Montoya, mother, Lupita Montoya, her brothers Charley and Louie Montoya and her beloved daughter Maryann McInroy.

Yolanda is survived by her daughter, Judy Winborn (Frank), sons John Martinez (Maureen) and Joe Martinez (Wendy). She is survived by eight grandchildren, Alicia Winborn (Matt), Frank Winborn, III (Danielle), Natalie Martinez (Victor), Jonathan Martinez (Hannah), Javier Martinez (Anne), Christine Martinez, Marcus Martinez, and Joey Martinez. She was also Grandma Yo to six great-grandchildren, Jerrick, Kieron, Phoebe, James, Miles and Declan.

Services are scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2020 with the visitation beginning at 8AM, Rosary is scheduled to start at 9AM, located at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Yolanda’s name to The American Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation.

Apelu AuAu

Apelu F. Auau, age 72, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 13, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on December 27, 1947 to Falo Auau and Fagalele Tui in Nuuuli, American Samoa.

He is survived by his spouse Sinasaua Auau, his 7 children, and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled on Tuesday July 21, 2020, Viewing at 9:00AM, Service at 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Christian Center, 11301 W Indian School Rd, Avondale, AZ.

 

Robert Richards

Robert Warner “Bob” Richards, age 76, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on July 7, 2020, in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on November 11, 1943, to Ernest Clifford Richards and Bessie George Richards in Salem, West Virginia.
He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He was a coin collector and enjoyed playing poker at the Sundance AAV Poker Club.

Bob is survived by his wife, Melanie Cooke Richards, his daughter, Pamela Richards of Parker, CO, his son, Ross Richards (Jean) of Chambersburg, PA, his sister, Winona R. Forrester of Orlando, FL, his granddaughter, Brooke Richards of Chambersburg, PA, and a nephew, Clifford Fulton, of Clarksburg, WV. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Services are private.

Terry Lehan

Terry Edward Lehan was born in Walla Walla, WA on August 9, 1947 to Gerald Lehan and Naomi Babb. He had one sibling… his twin brother Gerald (Jerry). Terry attended grade school in College Place, WA, moved to Boise, ID briefly where he attended junior high school, and then located back to Walla Walla, WA where he attended Walla Walla High School. While in high school he met the girl of his dreams, Sandra (Sandi) Colombo. Shortly after graduating in June 1966, he marries that girl of his dreams on October 8, 1966. They went on to have two daughters; Michelle and Traci. Terry and Sandi then briefly moved to Boise, ID where Terry attended classes at the local college. A short time later, they returned to their home town of Walla Walla where they raised their family and work throughout the community. For years, Terry was a part of a local softball team that at times would play against teams such as inmates of the Walla Walla state penitentiary. Terry worked as a welder at Walla Walla Canning Co. and Continental Cannery. He then went on to become an electrician, journeyman electrician, and then an electrician supervisor. While working for a local electrical company he was injured. This injury led to him retiring in 2004. Terry used his years in retirement to give back to his community by volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul’s. He also was a member of the Walla Walla Corvette Club and helped collect and deliver toys for tots as part of his time with RIDER’S of Walla Walla. He loved his cars, trucks, and Harley Davidson motorcycles which he owned countless of throughout the years. Terry was also fond of model trains and extremely talented in creating useful gifts for his home and those he loved.

Over the years, he played pool with friends and finally joined a league when they moved to Arizona in 2012. In Arizona, Terry and Sandi became really involved in their community. They attended countless gala’s, volunteered their time, and gave themselves fully to the organizations that meant so much to them. They found a church to attend and gained an amazing extended family there. Terry also loved taking his side-by-side up to the mountains to seek adventure and peace with Sandi and his friends. He was a voracious reader and an avid storyteller. Terry could remember things most would forget. With his knowledge, he became the life of a gathering, bringing people together with history, current events and ancestral knowledge.

In 2016, Terry was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and was given 3-5 years of life. He never once complained about being dealt such a difficult hand and instead was determined to outlive his diagnosis. Terry rose up, stood tall, and faced his disease head on. He was determined to help find a cure for those who would be diagnosed after him. Terry and Sandi became part of the amazing ALS community in the Phoenix area and dove deep into attending and supporting the ALS Association events such as “Bite Night” and the annual Walk to Defeat ALS. He worked closely with his physician; the amazing Dr. Ladha, and selflessly gave himself to several research trials, in hopes that he could help find a cure. It became his life mission. Four years after his diagnoses, the disease continued to progress slowly only requiring the assistance of leg braces to get around. He was out playing pool at least twice a week and would enter an occasional tournament. Terry was a fantastic pool player and many looked to him for game advice. The people of his pool league were very important to him and became like family.

Terry was a loving, kind, generous, and very charming. He loved fiercely and lived without regret. Terry would tell you how it was and wouldn’t care what anyone had to say about it. He was a force, a huge presence, and was beyond loyal. Terry would give you everything he had and then some. He was happy, living life to the fullest and had a hug for everyone who knew him. Terry was a survivor, a champion, and a warrior. Even with ALS he refused to let it hold him down. He remained positive and upbeat and was always eager to soak up the sun and conquer the day.

Sadly, Terry contracted COVID-19 and on July 6, 2020 passed away. His loving and adoring wife of 53 years was by his side, holding his hand. He was brave and courageous in his fight but unfortunately was weakened by his ALS.

Terry is preceded in death by his mom – Naomi, dad – Gerald, brother – Gerald II, and grandma – Clara. He is survived by his loving wife – Sandi, daughters – Michelle (Jerry) Hamada and Traci (Chris) Fisher, and his grandchildren – Colton Hamada, Torie Fisher, and Seth Fisher.

We will celebrate Terry’s beautiful life in both Walla Walla, WA and Avondale, AZ at a time to be determined later.

Though his journey may be over, his story has yet to be finished.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the: Terry E. Lehan Research for a Cure Fund though the ALS association, Community of Hope at http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/PersonalFund/NationalOffice?px=7720650&pg=personal&fr_id=10054#.XxoEkShKiUk

Gloria Fuentes

Gloria Perez Fuentes, age 72, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on July 8, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on May 17, 1948 in El Paso, Texas to Pablo Perez Sr and Maria Gallegos.

Gloria was a loving mother of 2, sister, cousin, and friend. She graduates from Phoenix Union high school in the early 60’s, she volunteered as a teacher aide for a few years, she also taught English to friends to earn extra income. She got married in February of 1975 and had 2 children. In 1980 she began to work for the state of Arizona industrial commission where she worked for 20 years. She retired in 2001. In her retirement she helped raise and take care of her granddaughter, grandsons, and great-grandson for the remainder of her years. She loved and cherished every moment she spent with her family kids and grand kids. She was all around a beautiful soul; she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Gloria is survived by her daughter, Tara Ramirez, her sons, Ivan Raymondi, and Gabriel Ramierez (son-in-law), her sisters, Lilly Gallegos, Leticia Gonzales, Irma Perez, her brothers, Pablos Perez Jr., Carlos Marquez, Enrique Marquez, Jesus Marquez, and Silvero Gallegos. Gloria is also survived by her 7 grandchildren, Xierra, Christian, Xavier, David, Barbara, Gabriel Jr., and Lilyana, and her 1 great-grandchild, Alejandro Jr. Gloria is preceded in death by her mother Maria Gallegos and her father Pablo Perez Sr.

Visitation services are going to be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 6 to 9PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

Julia A. Fernandez

Julia A. Fernandez, age 89, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on July 7, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born on February 13, 1931 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bandila Carrasco.

Services are private.

Josephine Livingston

Josephine Marie Livingston, age 72, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on July 22, 1947 in Queens, New York to Joseph Costa and Fara Costa.

She was a professional mother and wife and was proud to be both. Josephine also loved to garden.

She is survived by her daughter-in-laws; Susan Livingston and Kathi Livingston, her sons; Richie Livingston, and Joe Livingston, her sister, Ella Parnell, her brother-in-law, Pat Parnell. Josephine is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Sean, Samantha, Summer, Sierra, Tony, and Miranda, and her eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her family member, Richard Livingston.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear.

Guadalupe Irene Valenzuela Lopez

Guadalupe Irene Valenzuela Lopez, age 59, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on July 2, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on February 18, 1961 to Daniel Ortiz Lopez and Maria del Rosario Valdez Valenzuela in Viajuarez, Sonora, Mexico.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 9AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Willie Tucker

Willie J. Tucker, age 75, of Laveen, Arizona passed away on July 13, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on February  28, 1945 in Wicksburg, Mississippi to Elmo Mayfield and Beatrice Culbert.

Willie is survived by her daughter, Lisa Tucker and her son Joe Tucker.

Services are private.

John Horn

John Burke Horn, age 78, of Gilbert, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on March 29, 1942 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania to Joseph Horn and Mary Hickey.

John is survived by his wife, Marcia Horn and his daughter, Jackie Becker.

Services are private.

Vanessa Farrow

In loving memory of Vanessa Farrow, we are saddened to announce her passing on July 11th after an 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and more recently Breast Cancer. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Farrow Jr, two children, William Farrow and Wendy Martinez, a grandson, Joey Martinez, and a son-in-law, Joe Martinez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Florence Smith, and Rev William Smith.

Vanessa retired to Arizona with her husband 16 years ago. She had a passion for art all her life. After her AD diagnosis she participated in art engagement programs and classes at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Symphony, and Banner Alzheimer Institute until entering an assisted living home in June 2015. She also participated in a clinical trial for 5 years at Banner Alzheimer Institute.

Born in Syracuse, NY, Vanessa started public school in Syracuse, attended high school at Northfield School for Girls, and transferred to Pebble Hill School in Syracuse where she graduated as class valedictorian. She continued her art passion at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, particularly in fashion design, graduating with a BA. in 1959. She continued her art interest at Cornell University graduate school.

Vanessa taught art at middle schools in the Syracuse and Utica, NY area, and Andover MA. She met her future husband in Syracuse, and they were married by her father, a retired Dutch Reform Church minister. She then moved with her family to Andover, MA where she lived for 4 years, and then moved with her family to Portsmouth, RI where she lived for 32 years.

A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road, in Goodyear, Arizona, that will lead into the funeral service. Burial services will be held on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 at 10:00AM at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6290 West Northern Avenue in Glendale, Arizona.

Carla Jo Marian Bell

Carla Jo Marian Bell, 57 passed away July 4, 2020, at her home in Goodyear, Arizona. Carla was born August 4, 1962 in Willcox, AZ to Carvelle and Eddie Lee Camper. Carla graduated from Agua Fria High School and was employed as a Buyer for Parker Hannifin for 35 years. Carla took pleasure in traveling, nature, fishing and reading. She loved family time and just enjoyed having fun with her many friends. Carla was always there to help brighten the lives of others and was a true person of faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bell, her parents, brothers Cardell and Albert Camper. She is survived by her son Constantine Bell and stepdaughter Jessica Bell, sisters Nina, Rosie, Linda and her brothers Ray and Johnny and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Private celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 am at Palm Valley Church, 431 N Litchfield Road Goodyear, AZ.

Ofelia P. Rodriguez

Ofelia P. Rodriguez, age 90, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on June 25, 2020 surrounded by her family.  She was born April 25, 1930 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Agustin Proa Gallardo and Andrea Paredes.  A visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am on Friday, July 17th at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A service will follow at 11:00 am.

Ofelia P. Rodríguez, de 90 años, de Goodyear, Arizona, falleció el 25 de junio de 2020 rodeada de su familia. Nació el 25 de abril de 1930 en Chihuahua, México, hijo de Agustín Proa Gallardo y Andrea Paredes. Se realizará una visita de 10: 00-11: 00 am el viernes 17 de julio en Thompson Funeral Chapel. Un servicio seguirá a las 11:00 am.

Linda Hasart

Linda Hasart, age 84, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on July 3, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on February 27, 1936 to Raymond Phillips and Emma Larson in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Services are being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E. Plaza Circle, in Litchfield Park, Arizona on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10:00am.

Antonio Jimenez

Mr. Antonio Jimenez, age 65, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on July 7, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born on April 30, 1955 to Hilario Gomez and Candidia Jimenez in Leon, Mexico.

Antonio is survived by his spouse; Isabel Belmonte, his daughters; Patricia Alvarado, Rosy Sanchez, Adriana Boone, Moncy Gomez, and Sam Boone, his sons; Marco, Manuel, Carlos, Ernesto, and Oscar Gomez. He is also survived by his six brothers and six sisters, and 17 Grandchildren. Antonio is preceded in death by his parents, Hilario Gomez and Candidia Jimenez and his son, Oscar Gomez.

A visitation will be held from 6-9pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family has asked that anyone that would like to make a donation can make one in Antonio’s name to St. John Vianny Church.

Petra Baca

Our beloved mother Petra Gloria Baca, 72,passed away July 7, 2020 of Phoenix, AZ. Petra was born in Phoenix, AZ to Antonio and Concha Baca, Petra was a loving and nurturing mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by brother Gilbert Baca, sister Lydia Rodriguez , children; Lorena J. Ybarra, George Ybarra Jr, Gary Ybarra, Patricia Munoz, Martin Galaviz Jr, Mickey Galindo. 32 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Petra’s smile and laughter was contagious and made people want to be in her presence everywhere she was! Petra loved gardening and preaching the word of God, she was a loving person and always had a kind word for everyone. Petra was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

The viewing ceremony will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 2:30-4:00 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Chapel, service begins at 3:00 p.m.

John J. Campbell

Lt. Col. John J. Campbell, age 80, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on July 27, 1939 to Phil Campbell and Mabel Campbell in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1985 and made it to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the title Navigator. He had over 6000 hours in the Air Force KC-135 as a Master Navigator. He is the recipient of the meritorious service medal with one leaf cluster, the Air Medal with four leaf clusters, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After his retirement he served for 10 years with the California Contractors state license board as a deputy registrar of contractors. He was a member of Ben Ali Shrine, the Union Kit Carson Lodge #58, the National Sojourners, New Hope OES, he was a life member of the American Legion and a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, Luke AFB Chapter.

He is survived by his wife; Wally Campbell, his daughter; Suzanne Wininger, his sons; Steve Brown, Stuart Brown, and John Campbell II, as well as his 9 Grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his sisters; Phillis Latham and Carol Touvelle.

Kathleen Ann Jacobs

Kathleen Ann Jacobs, age 74, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on July 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on August 17, 1945 in Anoka, Minnesota to Chester Henry Gale and Florence Johnson.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ronald John Jacobs.

Services are private.

Darron Wade Street

Mr. Darron Wade Street, age 53, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on July 6, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born on October 2, 1966 to Sherman Street and Irma Lee Clark in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

Darron is survived by his wife Kathleen Anne Street (Cosgrove), his sons; Tyler Anthony Street, and Nicholas Wade Street, his sister; Sharon Cassidy, his brothers and their significant others; Michael Street and Gerda, Larry Street and Donna Jordan, Gregory Street and Phyllis, Kenneth Street and Margaret DeMarco, and Mark Street and his mother Doris Street. He was preceded in death by his son, Darron Wade Buckalew and his parents, Irma and Sherman Street.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Delaware. The family has asked that for anyone that would like to make a donation that they make one in Darron’s honor with the American Heart Association at www.heart.org

Albert C. Lueck

Albert C. Lueck Jr., 80, passed away July 7, 2020, at his home in Buckeye, Arizona, surrounded by loved ones.
Big Al was born April 25, 1940 in Phoenix, Arizona to Albert Sr. and Melva Lueck. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a dairyman.
He attended Agua Fria High School and graduated in 1958. In July 1958, Al met the love of his life, Jerry Ruth. They married January 1, 1959 and even after 62 years he couldn’t walk by her without a smooch. Al & Jerry raised 4 children. He loved his family, cows, and the cattle auction. Al was a respected dairy farmer in both Arizona and Texas.
Al is survived by his wife, Jerry Ruth, 4 children Ann (Mark) Knister, Nanci (Paul) Budge, Carl (Salena) Lueck, and Alan (Helen) Lueck; his brothers Bob, Bill (Mary), and Fred (Judy), 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren who he dearly loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert Sr. and Melva and his grandson, AJ.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 11 at 11 am at Estrella Mountain Church, 10485 S Estrella Parkway, Goodyear AZ 85338. Lunch will be served after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoenix Children’s Hospital or Buckeye FFA Alumni.

Chris Michael Loftus

Mr. Chris Michael Loftus, age 53, of Laveen, Arizona passed away on June 29, 2020 in his home in Laveen, Arizona. He was born on October 25, 1966 to Michael Loftus and Lynne Loftus in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Chris will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend to many. He grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1997 and continued to live there with his wife and young son. As a child Chris was always the funny kid and could make anyone laugh, he continued that into adulthood and always seemed to have a way with people which helped make him a very successful sales manager. For the last few years he had worked for Air Comm with their partner Motorola and was loved by all he worked with. Chris was a very athletic child and played soccer, softball, and basketball, and loved all sports and continued to love and talk about sports into adulthood. He loved his family and loved being a dad to Hunter. Hunter shares the same sense of humor as his father and has helped create laughter since the day he was born. Chris has many lifelong, childhood friends whom he loved dearly and had special bonds with. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Chris is survived by his wife; Rachel Loftus, his son; Hunter Loftus, his sister; Kelly Loftus, his father; Michael Loftus and his mother; Lynne Loftus. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents; Ralph and Sarah Loftus and Thomas and Virginia Steichen, as well as his aunt; Peggy Pedersen.

A viewing has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

The family has asked that if anyone would like to donate that you please use https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-chris-loftus?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

David Robert Elemen

David Robert Elemen, age 43, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on June 30, 2020. He was born on April 25, 1977 in San Jose, California.
David moved his family to Arizona 18 years ago from California to start a new life and be closer to his older brother, Michael. He began working at Western Container as soon as he moved to AZ and worked there for 18 years, working his way up to Manager. He was well respected and will be greatly missed by all.
Our David was an amazing man, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, coach, and friend! He was loving, caring, dedicated, fun, and a little bit crazy, lol….but most of all he had a huge heart, a good heart, such a beautiful soul, he was there for everyone, not just his family!
David loved his children and grandchildren more than life itself, and was dedicated to them. He was so proud of them.
David was a die hard Raiders and SF Giants fan!! The guys in the family had an annual Raider game every year, it was a huge event they all looked forward to. He spent many Sundays at his brother Michaels watching games together with everyone, but stay clear if they lost haha!! Many liked to give him a bad time about his teams, especially his Raiders, but he gave as good as he got.
Since he was a little boy he has always loved fishing and baseball cards. Even though he was grown, his mom and dad would still put some baseball card packs in his stocking every year for Xmas.
He had a love and passion for coaching his girls in softball. They played from the time they were in elementary school, all the way through college. They traveled a lot of places together for softball, the three of them. Those are precious memories his girls will cherish. David was a beloved coach to many.
He was a prankster, a kid at heart. He would get this look on his face (he had this little laugh too) as he was being mischievous. Just this last birthday, all he wanted to do was have a big water balloon fight for his party, so that’s what he did. He had so much fun with his girls and all his friends! His children, Geaky,(the way her daddy spelled it) Beanie and Stephen have so many stories from their childhood. One story that Stephen shared was: the kids would be sitting on the couch watching tv with their dad and all of a sudden, he would yell out “Alright kids…ZigZag” and the kids had to jump up and run. David would chase them all around the house with the air soft gun, that was just him, a big kid at heart. There are so many stories, moments, and memories to share and hold onto through this unimaginable time of grief.
All the kids just loved him, whether they were family or not. He was that guy, Uncle David, to all of them, the one that got them the crazy gifts parents wouldn’t buy. It made him so happy! He would get that look…..his smile was infectious!
David loved his motorcycles and being involved with the motorcycle club.
He loved his hats, especially his straw hats! And you rarely saw him without a styrofoam cup in his hand from the QT, sometimes with a four loco, it was one of his favorites!
If you were part of David’s life, you knew the unconditional love he had for you. He would do anything for his family and friends, his extended family….all the people he loved, even complete strangers. He loved hard, and he played hard!
David touched so many hearts. He is loved beyond words, and will be missed more than words can ever describe. Our families Circle of Life will forever be broken and missing him. He will forever be in our hearts and with us.
He is survived by his daughters Angelique and Sabrina Elemen, his son Stephen Medrano, his granddaughter Trinity Kannegaard, grandson Ridley Medrano, his sisters Teresa Chan (Tom), Michelle Millard (Jason), Laura Esqueda (Richard), Roberta Elemen, Connie Rodriguez, his brothers Michael Zaragoza (Jessica), Anthony Elemen, Brandon Zaragoza, his Momma Cheryl Zaragoza, his Dad Joe Zaragoza, his father David Elemen and numerous other family members, including nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
He is preceded in death by his nephew Leonidas Oakley, uncle Dennis Ilfeld, uncle Abe Elemen, grandfather James Ilfeld.
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be!
Momma loves you more my son❤️
A private service will be held in Arizona due to COVID-19 and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in California.

Thomas McKennon

Thomas Lloyd McKennon, age 85, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on June 29, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on March 2, 1935 in DeWitt, Arkansas to Thomas F. McKennon and Bessie L. Hughes.

Services are private.

Valerie McCarrel

Valerie (Switz) McCarrel age 78 of Goodyear Arizona, beloved wife of the late Mac McCarrel, died Friday (June 26th, 2020).  She was born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Joseph Switz and Rose Vallera Switz.  Resided in Connecticut 74 years and Arizona 4 years.  Valerie graduated from Conard High in 1959.  She worked at CT General after high school.  She then moved to Washington DC where she met her future husband who was stationed at Quantico Marine Base.  They married in CT but moved to VA and moved to CT 1 year later.  Valerie worked for the City of Hartford as a Supervisor in the Personnel Department and later retired.  She then worked for the Cathedral of St. Joseph for 10 years and then worked for St. Peters Church in New Britain.  She was deeply devoted to her faith and taught all grade levels as a Minister of Adults for CCD.  She was commissioned as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Luke in Hartford, CT and became Director of Religious ED.

Valerie is survived by her daughter Tracy Chmielecki and husband Andy, her sisters Elaine Stevens and husband Jay and Joselyn Switz, nephew Robert Stavinsky, Jr. and many cousins.  The family would like to thank Good Hands Adult Home Care Group for providing her with excellent and loving care.  A private burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT. on 7/16 at 12:00.  Contact family for more info if you would like to attend.

Samuel Edward Uptegrove

Samuel Edward Uptegrove, age 66, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on June 28, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born on November 4, 1953 to Samuel Uptegrove and Barbara Ceason in St. Louis, Missouri.

Samuel was known for his sayings over the years, his most memorable ones are, “Life is 90% what happens to you and 10% how you handle it,” and “Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all small stuff.” Another one that he was proud of was “SSNS, Super Secret Ninja Shit.” Take everything “One step at a time,” and “Hindsight is 20/20.”

Samuel is survived by his wife; Annette Uptegrove, his daughter; Mary Ann Green, his son; Samuel Fermin Uptegrove, his sister; Cathy Roberts and his 5 grandchildren; Hannah, Clayton, Connor, Cade and Zackery.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Cotton Lane Baptist Church, 6240 N. Cotton Ln. Waddell, Arizona 85355.

Gerald “Jerry” Mezek

Gerald “Jerry” Mezek, age 78, of Goodyear, Arizona went to peacefully to be with Jesus, his heart’s desire, Thursday, June 18th at the age of 78. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois Mezek. Loving father of Dina Timerman, Mindi Mezek and proud “Papa” to Chloe Mezek. He will be remembered as a “good guy”, his light always shone to those around him. He ministered to many through his friendship, strong ethics and his anecdotal story telling. He will be missed but we know that he is sitting at the feet of Jesus sharing stories and his various interests.

Arthur Donald Harris

Arthur Donald Harris, 47, passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2020 of natural causes.

Don was born June 14, 1973 in Murray, Utah.

He is survived by his sons Arthur Devan & Thomas, his mother Pam, his brothers and their spouses Matt (Malinda), Chad (Analeah), Brad (Crystal), his nieces and nephews, Alexa (Daven), Matthew, Zack, Bryan, Sam, Alyssa, Zenon & Kayla.

He is preceded in death by his father Arthur Charles.

Don had a great sense of humor and easily made many friends though out his life.  To those who knew him well Don was a kind man who truly loved his sons and family. He enjoyed going to the movies, playing pool, drawing, the Pittsburgh Steelers and was not afraid to tell people exactly what he thought.

The world has lost a great son, brother, father, uncle and friend.

Memorial services will be held July 11, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Home 926 S Litchfield Rd Goodyear, Arizona between 6-9 pm

 

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