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August 2020
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Richard Allen Peterson

Richard Allen Peterson, age 96, passed away on August 24, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born on November 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rudolph and Ruby (nee Thompson) Peterson.

Richard (Pete) is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, Aurel (nee Foss) Peterson; his children, Renae Gallen (Jeffery), Rick (Brenda), and Leanne Herrmann (Paul Narlock); his nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, sister, and son-in-law.

Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis in January 1942, Richard joined the U.S. Navy in February, training for Parachute Rigging in Corpus Christi, TX. He went on to serve with an anti-submarine squadron in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans until December 1945. After WWII, he enjoyed working as a movie projectionist while putting himself through college and beyond, and was named a Lifetime Member of the “International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians of the US & Canada.” He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1950. His career in engineering brought homes and employment in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana though General Mills, Continental Electric, Allis-Chalmers, Westinghouse, and GKC. He retired in 2002 while living in Dyer, IN.

Richard was always generous with his time, talents and affection. His service work included Lutheran church council positions and being an energetic school board member for 12 years. He actively participated in his children’s extra-curricular and school activities. He always maintained keen interest in people and life, showing great enthusiasm for whatever anyone else was interested in; truly a “salt of the earth” guy.

Richard was a kind, patient, loving, hardworking and peaceful man. He was an avid card/game player (while sipping Pepsi!), passionate about cars and cameras (capturing many memories of his beloved family members) and was fascinated with electronics and how things worked. He loved to tinker and was the original “DIY” guy. Richard also appreciated music; playing the piano and French horn, dancing, and listening to the radio and his favorite albums. His passion and love for family and community is his legacy and he will be forever loved and missed. (He also gave the best hugs!)

Services will be held at a future date with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Josette Lyman Kerr

Josette Lyman Kerr was born on October 12, 1967 to Robert and Karen Lyman in Nephi, UT. She is the third of three children. She grew up in Nephi and graduated from Juab High School in 1985. She attended Dixie State University. She married Clayton Kerr in 1986. They would celebrate their 34th year anniversary in December.  They have two children they are very proud of.

Josette was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She diligently served in many different callings including the Young Women’s Program, Cub Scouts, and Relief Society. She loved to attend the temple and was continually working on the Kerr family history.

Over the years, Clay’s job took them on many adventures. They lived in ten states together. During these travels she made many life-long friends and was a gift in their lives.  She helped make ones’ burden lighter by listening without judgement.

She had various jobs during her life including a travel agent, a state tester, a homemaker, and an entrepreneur. Her hobbies included crocheting, making crafts, and genealogy.

She was often described as wise beyond her years and had a way of making everyone feel welcome. She was devoted to family and friends. She was always serving others but found it more difficult to be served.  We have heard countless stories of how she has served and blessed the lives of others.

On August 27, 2020 surrounded by her family, Josette returned to her eternal home after an eight-month fight with breast cancer. We will miss her smile, wit, contagious laugh, and her positive attitude even during hard times.  We know she is at peace and her body will be made whole again (including her beautiful hair).

Josette is survived by her husband Clayton Kerr, daughter Miranda Greenhalgh (Michael), Morgan Kerr, grandson Easton Greenhalgh, mother Karen Lyman, sister Rochelle (John) Manglinong, sister-in-law Cindy (James) Lyman.

She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Lyman; brother, James Lyman; and grandparents, Ray and Maxine Garlick and Joseph and Zetta Lyman.

Funeral services are to be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 25800 W. Southern Ave. in Buckeye, Arizona. Burial Services will be held at a later date in Nephi, Utah.

Jeffery Jaramillo

Jeffery Jaramillo, age 30, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on August 26, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on June 6, 1990 to Jorge Jaramillo and Kunnika Sinkum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Services are to be held at 6:00PM on Monday, August 31, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

Philip John Gitzinger

Philip John Gitzinger, age 79, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on August 20, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on July 17, 1941 in Hartford, Wisconsin to Herbert Gitzinger and Kathleen Gitzinger. He spent his early school years in Beaverdam, Wisconsin where his wife, Pat Stark also grew up, and then continued his education at Marquette University and Arizona State University.

Philip was a partner of the KPMG Accounting Firm in charge of the western region. He was instrumental in providing the means to granting a little boy’s wish with the Make-a-Wish foundation. Philip was a proud father of four and a coach for his children’s baseball, softball and hockey teams. He was active with his local catholic church. “Small town boy makes good in corporate world.”

Philip is survived by his wife, Patricia Gitzinger; his daughters, Debra Reames and Kathryn Card (Michael); his sons, Thomas and Todd Gitzinger; his sister, Gail Swan (David); his sister-in-law in Wisconsin, Fran Beilfuss and he is also survived by his seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Kathleen Gitzinger.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held at a later date in Oahu, Hawaii.

Mary Patricia “Pat” Peaper

Mary Patricia (Pat) Peaper, age 84, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on August 26, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on August 31, 1936 to John S. Feary and Kathleen M. Mahoney in Los Angeles, California.

Pat is survived by her husband, Jim Peaper; her daughter, Eileen Krock; her brother, Arthur Feary; and her one grandchild, Connor Krock.

Pat’s formative years began with her grade and high school education, having been taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Following graduation in 1956 from St. Mary’s Academy in Los Angeles, Pat entered the Sisters of St. Joseph order and began her teaching career shortly thereafter, having taught K through 8th grades for 36 years. During this time Pat received a BA in Social Science from Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles and a Reading Specialist certificate from Portland State in Oregon.

Pat left the order in June, 1970 and met Jim a few months later when she moved to Oregon to teach.  They were married on August 28, 1971.

Pat was heavily involved in several charitable activities during our marriage including 18 years on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Curriculum Committee for kindergartens as well as helping open them around the city.  Additionally Pat was involved with adult education within our parish, feeding the poor and homeless in Los Angeles and Goodyear and as a member of National Charity League with our daughter for several years.

One of her favorite charities was helping the Presentation Sisters with their Learning Center in Watts.  She was most involved with their fund raisers and was scheduled to receive an award for her 20 years of service there.  For those wishing to remember Pat through an act of charity, please make your contributions to the Presentation Learning Center, 10843 Gorman Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059.

Services will take place at a later date in Los Angeles.

Maria M. Islas

Maria M. Islas, age 63, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on August 25, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on October 19, 1956 to Dionicio Medina and Concepcion Arreola in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Maria is survived by her husband, Gabriel Leal Islas; her daughter, Mayra Islas Silva; her son, Jesus Gabriel Islas; and her ten grandchildren and threegreat-grandchildren. Maria is preceded in death by Luis Islas.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 1:00PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ. Funeral services are to follow the visitation at 2:30PM at the same location.

Ronald L. Breedlove II

Ronald L. Breedlove II, age 55, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on August 22, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on January 21, 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona to Ronald L. Breedlove and Deanna L. Duncan.

Services are private at this time.

Kreazel D. Boyer

Mrs. Kreazel (pronounced Krizz-Élle) D Boyer, age 71, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on August 18, 2020 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born on May 20, 1949 to Larelle P and Olive Jeanette Duncan at the hospital in Fruita, CO and was from Greenriver, Utah. She later married Michael James Boyer in Phoenix AZ.

Kris; as we affectionately called her, was always an avid book reader who was always a huge support to her entire family as our “rock”. She was intensely loyal and provided for everyone in the family, and some outside, at one time or another.

She is survived by her only daughter, Natalie Boyer, her son Chris Boyer, her eldest sister Larette Thompson, her youngest sister Ileen Roybal, her eldest brother Cal, her brother Penn and her youngest brother Keith, her grandson, John V Robinson IV and his son John V Robinson V and her grand daughter Deja A Boyer. Kris was preceded in death by her father, Larelle P Duncan, her husband Michael James Boyer and her mother Olive Jeanette Duncan.

 

Services are scheduled to be held on Saturday August 29, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona at 9:00AM. We will be doing an event live on my Facebook @

https://facebook.com/events/s/home-going-services-for-kreaze/435034710789521/?ti=icl

 

She has been cremated per her wishes and her urn will be displayed with her husband’s urn at the services.

Henry “Jeff” Jefferson Bailey Jr.

Henry “Jeff” Jefferson Bailey Jr., age 86, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on August 23, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on October 18, 1933 in Hill County, Texas to Jeff Sr. and Gladys Bailey.

When Jeff was ten his family moved to Waco, Texas where he attended school. In 1951, he married Beverley Crow, they had one daughter together and the marriage ended in 1953. In 1954, he was inducted into the United States Army, after boot camp he was sent to radio school in Georgia, and then was sent to Austria. He enjoyed his time in Austria and he was able to travel and see other parts of Europe as well.

In 1955, Jeff, was sent back to th U.S. and was stationed at Ft. Devens Massachusetts, until his discharge from active service in 1956. That same year he moved to Coalinga, California. It was in Coalinga that he met Frieda Bowman, they got married in 1957 and became the parents of three children. Sadly, Frieda lost a two-year battle with cancer in 1989.

It was in 1990 that Jeff met and later married June Williams, they met at the church of which they both attended and got married in that same year. He worked for 35 years in the petroleum industry and retired in 2000 from Time Oil Co. based out of Richmond, California after 28 years of service with them.

Jeff is survived by his children, Janette Orr (Kenneth), Jeff Bailey III, James Bailey (Joanna), and Bernadette Arp( Randy); his four granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and four great-granddaughters.

Services are private at this time.

Michael Ray Jack

Michael Ray Jack, 75, of Goodyear, had his body fully restored in Heaven, Friday, August 21, 2020. He was born September 18, 1944 to the late Roy and Stella Jack in Houston, TX. Michael started working for Hi-Lo Auto Parts while attending Jeff Davis High School where he graduated in 1963.

He married his high school sweetheart, Janice M. Boessling on April 17, 1964. They settled in Houston where they were blessed with a son, Allen, in 1967 and a daughter, Sheryl in 1969. They moved to Victoria TX in 1975 when Michael become the Manager of Hi-Lo Auto Parts Store #41.

Throughout his life, Michael loved his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, the Victoria Road Rangers, racing his 1965 Corvette, watching/attending NASCAR and NHRA races, as well as, his children’s school activities.

Michael and Janice moved to Goodyear in 2006 to be closer to their grandchildren. They enjoyed attending the kids’ school functions and watching them play sports. They joined Christ Lutheran Church where Michael was on staff for several years. Members could always count on Michael for a laugh over a cup of coffee on Sunday mornings.

Besides his wife Janice, Michael is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Allen & Annette of Houston, TX, daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl & Matthew White, granddaughter, Becca White, mother-in-law Bernice Guinn, and Linda Brown. Also mourning Michael is his extended family and many friends. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, brother, and his beloved grandson, Joshua White (April 27, 2019).

Our family extends our sincere thanks to Dr. Alan Bryce and his team at Mayo Clinic Phoenix for their care of Michael after his prostate cancer diagnosis in July 2010 until he made the brave decision to end treatment and switch to care through Hospice of the Valley in late January 2020. His hospice team of Joe, Cathy, Callie, and Chaplin Bob were huge blessings for the final seven months of his life.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Road. Due to COVID, seating will be limited, masks required, and social distancing will be in effect. Cookies and water to be provided.

The family asks anyone attending to wear either the color red, a Hawaiian shirt, or a sports/NASCAR related shirt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, www.hov.org or Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, www.christevangelical.org

Thomas R. Chapman

Thomas R. Chapman, 84, passed away peacefully at home and with family on August 21, 2020.  He is with his precious Lord.

Tom was born in Indianapolis, IN, and graduated from Wheaton College.  He entered the U.S. Army, became a pilot, and served two tours in Vietnam.  He retired at the rank of Major, having received many decorations.

He entered civilian life in the brand new field of computer science, and worked to help companies automate data.

Tom leaves behind his loving wife Inge, daughters Dale Brooks (Howard), Veronica Lyts (Marty), Heidi Greve (Willi),  sons Kevin Chapman (Michelle) and James Lowen (Eva), as well as eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services are private at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Tommy R. Smith Jr.

Tommy R. Smith Jr., age 50, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on August 16, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born on November 7, 1969 to Tommy Ray Smith and Juanita Payan in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived his mother, Juanita Iddings; his sister, Debbie Nugent (Mike); two nephews, Michael and Cody and other family members including his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services are private at this time.

Sylvia Ann Wallace

Sylvia Ann Wallace, age 85, of Buckeye, AZ passed away on August 15, 2020 in Surprise, AZ. She was born December 21, 1934 in Ellensburg Washington to Edwin and Alexandria Brummer. Sylvia was married to Oren (Bud) Wallace for 54 years and they had 4 boys. Sylvia was a homemaker when the kids were young and worked for Liberty Elementary School for 20 years.

Sylvia loved her family, traveling with her husband Bud, holiday gatherings with her family, camping, and fishing. She loved playing games with her close friends, visiting her sister Dorothy, and family vacations with her sisters and brothers.

Sylvia is survived by her sons, Donald Bentz (Jackie), Richard Wallace (Nancy), Roger Wallace (Lynn), Joe Wallace (Kris); her sisters Dorothy Nelson (Bill), Laurette Walker (Tuffy), Xan (Mary) Trowbridge (Ed); her brothers, Toby Brummer, and Bob Brummer( Bonnie), and she is also survived by her nineteen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, Oren R. Wallace Jr.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00PM on Wednesday, August 26th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road in Goodyear. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, August 27th at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale followed by burial at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. A reception will follow the funeral.

The family suggests that donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul or the Hospice of the Valley in lieu of flowers.

Richard “Ricky” Mooroian

Mr. Richard “Ricky” Anthony Mooroian, age 44, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on August 11, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on September 23, 1975 to Armand Mooroian and Mary Ann Mooroian in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Richard was a graduate of Arizona States University, class of December 2017 and was also a graduate of Deer Valley High School, class of 1993.

He is survived by his parents Armand Mooroian and Mary Ann Ragozzino-Mooroian; sisters Jeannette Mooroian and Christina Mooroian-Pennington (Clint); nieces Taylor and Haley Pennington; relatives Uncle Nicholas Ragozzino and Aunt Pam Ragozzino; first cousins, Dr. Richard Cestkowski (Geneva), Raul Anthony Flores (Marcella) Tony Ragozzino, Denise Ragozzino-Doddie (John), Tiffany Ragozzino-Keller (Ryan), Tina Ragozzino (Ryan), and Nicholas Ragozzino Jr; second cousins Brandon Waack, Jordan Doddie, Justin Doddie, Marissa Keller, Adriana Ragozzino, and Juliana Keller; parents-in-law Harold and Pat Pennington; and friends for life John “Jay” Grdina, Domenico Daddio, Paul Wagenseller III, and Tess Rogers.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Dickran and Hermine Mooroian, Antonio and Angelamaria Ragozzino; Aunt Margaret Cestkowski and Uncle Patrick Cestkowski, cousins Susan Cestkowski and Deborah Waack, godparents Uncle Joseph and Aunt Shirley Ragozzino, and Aunt Yolanda Flores.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services will be held on a later date at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

The family has asked that donations be made in Richard’s name to Southwest Kids Cancer Foundation https://www.swkidscancerfoundation.org/donate in lieu of flowers.

Sommer Pahl

Sommer Pahl passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ.

Sommer was a Registered Nurse and Clinical Coordinator at the Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center and a Clinical Nursing Instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College. Her vibrant personality and compassionate nature made Sommer a great leader and patient advocate. Her laugh and smile were magnetic, contagious, and lit up any room that she entered. She had the most beautiful Sunflower hazel eyes.

Sommer had a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership, as well as Certified Emergency and Trauma Nurse certifications. When not at work, Sommer enjoyed spending time with her family that she loved with all of her heart. This included sleepovers and trips to Disneyland with her three grandchildren, family pool parties, and getaways to Las Vegas with her husband.

Sommer is survived by her mother Mary Toole, husband Ed Pahl, daughters Kasie Barclay and Allison Phillips and brother Brian Krotky. Sommer is also survived by her three wonderful grandchildren, Alanna, Scarlet, and Riley. She had a wonderful work family that inspired her on a daily basis. She loved her Abrazo family and shared in their triumphs and tragedies.

Sommer is preceded in death by her father Ronald Krotky and beautiful son Kyle Dickens. The family takes comfort in knowing that the pain suffered from the loss of her son is relieved as they are now reunited.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the family will be holding a private family service in their home on Sommer’s birthday. A public Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date as the pandemic restrictions allow. The family understands that Sommer was loved by many people and wants to be able to celebrate together safely.

George “Gunnar” Carlberg

On Friday, July 31st, 2020, George “Gunnar” Carlberg passed suddenly at the age of 65. He was a loving husband to Robin, proud father of Ian and Taylor, fur babies, Suki and Spartacus, brother to Tom (Brunella) Carlberg, sister, Jan Graf and nephews, Andy, Christopher, and Erik. Gunnar was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary, brother Michael and nephew, Peter.

Gunnar was born June 28th, 1955 and raised in Northbrook, IL, a graduate of Glenbrook North High School. Gunnar followed in his father’s footsteps, running his own business as a master carpenter and general contractor.

Gunnar had a zest for life- he was a lover of wine, women, and general debauchery! After years of working weekends at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, he proclaimed himself the “King of the Dancing Gypsies.” Anyone who met Gunnar has a fun story to tell you. He was an unapologetic, well-traveled, larger than life Swede at 6’5”, resembling a Viking. Proud accomplishments include perfecting Gunnar’s Glogg and being Shihan Gangi’s perpetual green belt in martial arts. He was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and often laughing at his own jokes and antics. He was a big kid at heart. No surprise that Halloween was his favorite holiday, creating amazing costumes for himself and his family. The kids in the neighborhood loved to see the funny “eyeball man” who gave out lots of candy (often chocolate – since it was HIS favorite)!

Gunnar was truly one of a kind, unforgettable, compassionate, and kind. His memory will live forever in our hearts and minds.

The family welcomes donations to American Heart Association as an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers.

De Ann Wolfe

De Ann Louise Wolfe, a devoted and loving Mom, passed away the morning of Friday, August 7, 2020 at her home in Litchfield Park, Arizona. De was born Saturday, August 21, 1965 in Pomona, California to Anita and Aurther Hill.

 

In Exira, Iowa she was an active member of the United Church of Christ. She attended Exira Community High School where she excelled in short distance Track and Field along with being team captain of the Cheerleading squad. She enjoyed creating Art and won an award for a painting. Following her graduation in 1984 she moved to Boone, Iowa.

 

That same year while working at KFC in Boone she met and began dating her future husband, Joe. Their relationship prospered and in 1987 they had moved out west to Arizona. In 1991 they got married and in 1994 she gave birth to her only Son, Ryan. By 2000 she was single Mom whose only passion in the world was raising and caring for her Son.

 

De is survived by her Son, Ryan Wolfe; her Sister, Wendy (Travis) Day and her Brother, Pete (Jill) Hill. She was preceded in death by her Mom, Anita Hill.

 

A viewing to celebrate De’s life will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2020 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Thompson Funeral Chapel on 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona 85338. The following Wednesday morning, De will be laid to rest at West Resthaven Cemetery surrounded by her dearest friends and family.

Maria Nevarez

Maria Nevarez, age 58, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on August 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on June 12, 1962 to Eulogio Verdoza and Ramona Hernandez in Ojinaga Chihu, Mexico.

She is survived by her husband Joaquin Nevarez; her daughter, Andrea Nevarez Solis; her sons, Joaquin Verdoza and Kristopher Nevarez; her sisters, Maria Verdoza, Elodia Verdoza, and Olivia Verdoza; her brothers, Jose L. Verdoza, Guadelupe Verdoza, Anthony Verdoza, and Pilar Verdoza; and her mother, Ramona Verdoza.

A visitation will be held at 5:00PM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona.

Norman A. Carlson

Norman A. Carlson, beloved father, grandfather, and highly esteemed professional, died August 9, 2020 at Mayo Hospital in Phoenix after a very brief illness. An extraordinarily humble man, Norm’s life is a profound legacy of many accomplishments fueled by his incredible hard work, exceptional leadership, kindness, generosity, and dedication to family and community. Norm was born August 10, 1933 in Sioux City, Iowa to Albert Noah Carlson and Esther Hollander Carlson. With his Swedish heritage and midwestern roots, Norm held many jobs throughout his youth. He graduated from Central High School in 1951 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN., where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. While at Gustavus, he met and later married Patricia H. Musser of Fairmont, MN. Norm received his Master’s Degree in Criminology from Iowa State University and began working in the State of Iowa’s corrections department. From there, he was encouraged to join the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Pat and he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas and then onto Ashland, Kentucky before being transferred to the main office in Washington, D.C. to work on then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s new halfway house program. During those years he and Pat expanded their family with the births of daughter Cindy and son Gary. Quickly advancing, he became the Executive Assistant to the Director in 1964. When the Director announced his retirement in 1970, Norm was chosen by then Attorney General John Mitchell to be his replacement. At only 36 years of age he became the fourth Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During Norm’s 17-year tenure as Director he served under eleven different Attorneys General, and four Presidents, representing both political parties. As Director, he assumed a leadership position in the Department of Justice and participated at the Attorney General’s staff meetings with J. Edgar Hoover and other agency leaders within the Department. He served throughout the tumultuous Watergate era and ultimately had custody of those convicted, including the Attorney General who appointed him. Norm was credited with improving the Bureau of Prisons through many innovative and structural changes with the focus on protecting inmates, protecting staff and protecting the public. He championed consistency, fairness, and improved programs for inmates; expanded professionalism and training of staff; increased diversity in the workforce, encouraging women and minorities into corrections before it was required; and developed an independent research branch to monitor and track results of programs. In addition to his day to day responsibilities, Norm worked extensively with Congress and the Federal judiciary to address the needs of the Bureau. He was honored to serve on four delegations to United Nations’ conferences on crime prevention and he also served as President of the American Correctional Association (ACA). He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, ACA’s E.R. Cass Award, the Arthur S. Flemming Award, and the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. When he retired from the Bureau, he was responsible for 44,000 inmates in 47 correctional institutions with a staff of nearly 13,000. Upon retirement, Norm joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Sociology and served as an adjunct professor until 1998. He also served as a Director of the Wackenhut Corrections Corporation and its successor, The GEO Group, from 1994 until 2016. He remained a Director Emeritus until his death. After his wife Pat’s death in 1994, Norm was reintroduced to a high school friend Phyllis Ideker Rohan and they were married in 1997. They resided in both Minnesota and Arizona and traveled extensively. Norm was very proud of the education he received and his family’s tradition of attendance at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota. Through his hard work and good fortune, he was able to establish the Norman A. and Patricia H. Carlson Scholarship Endowment Fund at Gustavus to assist students in the field of social sciences. Norm was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 34 years Patricia Carlson; his sister Lavonne Easley; and his second wife Phyllis Rohan. In addition to his dedication to career, Norm was a tremendously devoted family-man. He leaves behind a very proud family including: daughter Cindy Gustafson and her husband Wally Auerbach, grandson Erik Gustafson and his wife Melissa; son Gary and wife Martha Austin Carlson, grandsons Mitch and his wife Janie, and Tucker Carlson; and his stepchildren Diana Toon, and Ron and Brigid Anderson. A memorial service will be held virtually on Saturday, September 26. For those interested in participating an email should be sent to: cindygustafson@sbcglobal.net. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College, where two trees grow in honor of Norm and Pat. https://gustavus.edu/give/Linnaeus%20Arboretum Cards may be sent to his children: Gary Carlson and Cindy Gustafson – 4018 Quentin Ave. South, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

Alfredo Salazar

Mr. Alfredo Salazar, age 52, of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on August 9, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on January 14, 1968 to Luis Salazar and Agustina Ramos in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Alfredo enjoyed long Jeep rides in the desert, Western movies, Cowboys football, helping others and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Alexandra Salazar; his sons, Luis Salazar, Victor Salazar, and Kaiden Salazar; his sisters, Candi Bautista, Maggie Samaniego, Eugenia Lopez, and Simona Gomez; his mother, Agustina Ramos and his one grandchild, Natalia Salazar. Alfredo was preceded in death by his father, Luis Salazar, his daughter Veronica Salazar and his sister, Gume Salazar Lopez.

Services are scheduled to be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona at 7:00PM, with a visitation being held one hour prior at 6:00PM. Burial services are scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W Broadway Rd, Buckeye, Arizona at 9:00AM.

Rafaela Martinez

Rafaela Martinez, age 100, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on August 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on October 24, 1919 to Jose Capitilo and Rita in Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Rafaela was born in Mexico in 1919, later in life she met and married Eduardo Martinez and moved to the United States of America for a better life.

She is preceded in death by Eduardo Martinez and Matea Martinez. Rafaela is survived by Antonia Tritz, Maria Williams, Isabel Martinez, Tommie Stuteville, Sabino Martinez, and Amalia Agurire. She had 77 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 8:00AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona. Burial services are to be held on the same day at 9:30AM at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 West Northern Ave. in Glendale, Arizona.

Everett Leroy Kirk

Everett Leroy Kirk, age 74, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on August 8, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born on October 26, 1945 to Everett M. Kirk and Goldie in Santa Rosa, Missouri.

He served in the United States Navy and was an E-6/ Engineman when getting out of the service. He personally designed and built 3 custom homes. He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic. Everett enjoyed the outdoors including RV’ing throughout the United States with his wife.

Everett is survived by his wife, Vivienne L. Kirk; his daughters, Susan Strickland (Aaron), and Darlene Plummer (Michael); his sisters, Vivian Coates, Donna Mooney; his brothers, Daniel Markham and Mic E. Lee. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Everett was preceded in death by both his parents, his brother Milo and his sister Colleen.

Services are private at this time.

Tracy Taylor

Tracy F. Taylor, age 53, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on August 6, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on January 10, 1967 to Dennis Olson and Ileen Schnable in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Services are private at this time.

Jeramy B. Donnafield

Jeramy Bryce Donnafield, age 49, of Glendale, Arizona passed away on August 2, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona during a house fire. He was born on July 23, 1971 to Ronald Donnafield an Sharon Donnafield in Phoenix Arizona.

Jeramy was a taxidermist, a member of the Christian Archery club, a high school weightlifting champion, a varmint calling champion, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a professional outdoorsman.

He is survived by his sister, Misty Donnafield; his mother, Sharon Donnafield; his uncle, Tom Donnafield; his aunts, Starr Weltzin and Donna Fitch; and his niece and nephews, Chloe Kendall, Cody Donnafield, and Casey Donnafield.

A visitation will be held at 9AM on Saturday, August 15, 2020, and services are scheduled for 10AM at Lighthouse Fellowship, 3015 N 195th Ave, Litchfield Park, Arizona. Burial services are to follow the funeral service in precession to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd. Avondale, Arizona.

Everardo Escobar

Mr. Everardo R. Escobar, age 60, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on August 4, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on July 2, 1960 to Natividad and Prudence Escobar in Guerrero, Mexico.

Everardo is survived by his wife, Martha C. Escobar; his daughters, Martha Keith, Carolina Escobar, and Michelle Escobar; his sons, Daniel Escobar and David Escobar; his sisters, Modesta Escobar, Amelia Escobar, and Feliz Escobar; his brothers, Dario Escobar, Juan Escobar, and Guadencio Escobar. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Devin, Anthony, Mia, Jayden, and Prince. Everardo was preceded in death by Natividad, Prudencia, Elena, Mario, and Gregorio Escobar.

Services are private at this time.

Anthony Szumierz

Mr. Anthony Joseph Szumierz, age 89, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on July 26, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ due to complications with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was born on June 4, 1931 to Joseph Szumierz and Genevieve Szumierz in Kanczuga, Poland.

Anthony served in the United States Army and was also a design engineer.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan Nevel and Tania Szumierz and his grandchild, Kylie Nevel. Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Szumierz and his wife, Helen Szumierz.

A rosary is scheduled for 6pm on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ. Mass is scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, AZ. Burial services are scheduled to follow the Mass and are going to be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale, AZ.

Bellia Cabrera

Bellia G. Cabrera, age 61, of Avondale, AZ passed away on July 27, 2020 in Sun City, AZ. She was born on March 21, 1959 to Manuel Guerrero and Benita Guerrero in Phoenix, AZ.

Bellia was a dedicated wife, mother, friend, aunt, god-mother,and more to so many. She was a stay-at-home mother and caregiver for her son. She loved to craft, cook, knit and spend time with her grandson and family.

She is survived by her husband, Francisco J. Cabrera; her daughter, Monica Cabrera; her sons, Francisco Cabrera Jr. and Ylario Cabrera; her sisters, Juanita Guerrero, Adelina Snider, and Mercy Gurrero; her brothers, Joe Guerrero, Ted Guerrero, Manuel Guerrero, Jesus Guerrero, and Tony Guerrero; and her mother, Benita Guerrero. Bellia is also survived by her two grandchildren, one of which is named Andres Cabrera. She is preceded in death by her father, Manuel L. Guerrero and her brother, Pedro Guerrero.

Services are scheduled for 9:30am on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Arizona with the visitation beginning at 8am. Burial services are being held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392, immediately following the service in precession.

Isabel Santos

Mrs. Isabel Mandin Santos, age 80, of Avondale, AZ passed away on July 31, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born on November 5, 1939 to Felipe Mandin Sr. and Corazon Centeno in Manila, Philippines.

Isabel was a retired certified public accountant at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a ballroom dancing instructor. She was a loving mother, sister, and grandma and had the title of world’s best cook by her family.

She is survived by her spouse, Osias Santos; her daughter, Dulce Apenalosa (Rey Penalosa); her sons, Onesimo M. Santos (Judith G. Santos), Angelio M. Santos (Vision Cho Santos) Shielito M. Santos (Marietta S. Santos); her sisters, Natividad Villena, and Belen Paraiso (Dan Paraiso); her brothers, Ireneo Mandin (Maria Mandin), and Nicanor Mandin (Marilou Mandin); Isabel is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Alyana, Carlo, Erin, Isobelle, Shiela, Mariel, and Zildjian. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe Mandin Sr. and Corazon Mandin; her brothers Phillip Mandin, and Clandio Mandin; and her sister, Felisa Chavez.

Rosary services are scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338, with a public visitation to be held one hour prior. Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Roger Alvarez

Roger Alvarez, age 59, of Buckeye, AZ passed away on August 3, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on September 16, 1960 in El Salvador, El Salvador. Services are scheduled for 9am on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338 followed by a precession to the burial services at Louis B. Hazleton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W Broadway Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

Mary Iglehart

Mary Josephine Christine (Lynch) Iglehart, 97, entered into eternal peace with her Lord, and returned home to her beloved, Walter “Ike” Iglehart, on July 27th , 2020 (in time for dinner on his birthday), thus artfully (and, most likely, intentionally) completing the greatest love story ever told.

 

Preceded in death by her most-cherished Ike and her daughter, Mary C. Iglehart.  Mary is survived by her daughter Julia A. Brandt, her special grandsons Eric Brandt (Jennifer, Jack and London) and Kristopher Brandt (Heather, Maddie and Dylan), and entire communities of friends whose lives she impacted so greatly.

 

Born in Castleton, VT to John F. and Grace Mary (Bassett) Lynch, Mary clung to her spartan New England-rearing and used it as a compass to navigate her life of love and service to all.

 

One of 13 children, Mary necessarily lived with such tenacity and vigor that it often resulted in her patented, unexpected comedy – on one such occasion, young Mary reminded her priest of his 25-cent debt for her gardening services . . . whilst in the confessional!

 

Mary was a GIANT, even amongst the Greatest Generation. A quintessential lady, and true woman of valor, she committed herself to both God and Country. Though she was one of the first to voluntarily enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in 1942, she was most proud of running a tight ship in her storied 20-year, post-military career in civil service. The embodiment of grace and compassion, she devoted her life to the Catholic church and its ministries, and remained a staple and persistent (if not persnickety) volunteer at most all parish events.

 

‘Grams’ (to an entire generation of young people) wholly adored her two grandsons, and not only guided their coming-of-age journeys, but forever shaped the paths of their friends, schoolmates and neighbors. A natural teacher and mentor, she was quick to let you know exactly where she stood on any matter, yet was unrelentingly there to help at any time, and with any need – in almost magical ways.

 

Proudly Irish to the core, Grams first met “her Walter” on St. Patrick’s day (of course), and ornamented her daily family life with all the wisdom, fare, and mischievousness of the Emerald Isle. Her powerful conveyance and indelible storytelling adorned the myriad cards of encouragement (in proper longhand) that she must have sent daily to all those fortunate enough to have crossed her path.  She knew nothing of short conversations, and all were instantly drawn to her dry wit, inviting demeanor and wry smile. Armed with a legendary sweet tooth and unmatched hospitality, one couldn’t be luckier than to recount a life lesson learned over a cup of coffee/tea and a macaroon (or half of a light beer, if the hour permitted).

 

Heaven has gained, simply, the greatest there ever was . . . may she be a guardian angel to all. We love you to the moon and back, Grams.

 

Services are scheduled to be held at 9:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Services are to begin with a Rosary and proceed directly into the Mass at the same location. Burial services are to be held at 12:00pm on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery, located at 2757 S. Avenida Los Reyes, Tucson, AZ 85748.

 

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to either, Catholic Charities AZ (https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/) or St. Vincent DePaul (https://www.stvincentdepaul.net/), in Mary’s name.

Owen E. Lapp

Owen Edward Lapp of Buckeye, AZ was born on November 15, 2002 and passed away on July 26, 2020.  He is survived by his adoring parents Stacey and Michael Lapp, his loving siblings Dana Lapp and Robert Lapp.

Also surviving are his grandparents, Beverly and Edward Cooney and Regina and John Lapp-Harman, aunts and uncles, Edward Cooney, Laure and Edward Folland, Alyssa and Joe Giampalmi, Dawn and Steven Lapp, Sue and Ethan Crist, and David Lapp.

Owen deeply touched the hearts of those who knew him.  He loved so many and was loved by so many more.  He was a fun loving, sensitive soul with a big heart and magnetic personality.  He brought much joy to those around him with his contagious smile and bright personality.

He loved being with family and friends, connecting with people, football, music, and sports cars. He enjoyed collecting hoodies and shoes.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Christine Weaver

Mrs. Christine Marie Weaver, age 61, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on July 25, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona of cancer. She was born on October 10, 1958 to Kenneth Sloat and Joan Sloat in Sterling, Illinois.

Christine was a loving Wife, Mother, Nana, Sister, Daughter, and Friend.  Selfless for so many, she was always putting others needs above her own.  As a tax accountant, to live out her fathers legacy, she had many clients that spoke of her fierce organizational skills and determination to do the right thing.  The heart and soul of the Recreation Center in the City of Litchfield Park for 21 years.  Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with the University of Phoenix while working full time.  A proud accomplishment that proved just how dedicated she was to achieving her life goals.  The matriarch, loved beyond measure and gone too soon.

Christine is survived by her husband, Mark D. Weaver; her daughters, Megan Domingo (Triumph Domingo), and Jamie Weaver Moon (Dustin Moon); her sons, Ryan Rude (Renae Rude), and Jason Weaver (Amber Weaver); her sister, Margo Mahoney (Peter Mahoney) and her daughters, Shea Mahoney and Kendra Mahoney; her brother, Douglas Sloat (Tina Sloat). She is also survived by her mother, Joan Sloat; and her six grandchildren, Emerson, Easton, Jaidyn, Aubrey, Kayleigh, and Blake-Ryan. Christine was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth D. Sloat.

A memorial service and Mass are scheduled to be held on Monday, August 10, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquanis Catholic Church, 13720 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ at 10am.

In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale.

Mary Rodriguez

Mrs. Mary Arletta Rodriguez, age 88, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on July 26, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born on February 2, 1932 to James Robinson and Pearl Dinnelle Robinson in Caruthersville, Missouri.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Patricia Montgomery, Linda Streitz, Jane Burleson, Rosie Whidden, Effie Smith, Bama Spoon, and Anna Rodriguez; her sisters, Martha Freeman, Betty Chaffin, and Ann Jung; and her brother, Ranzy Robinson. Mary is also survived by her 119 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Jose Jesus Rodriguez.

Funeral services are scheduled for 7pm on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona. With a visitation being held one-hour prior. Burial Services are going to be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 9am at Avondale Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery, 12701 West Indian School Rd. Avondale, AZ.

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