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August 2021
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Lana Jean Rozanek

Lana Jean Rozanek passed away August 26, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 25, 1949 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The daughter of Harold Arnold Ross and Cornelia Fay Smith.

Lana was the second born of 10 children. She spent her early childhood in Detroit where she enjoyed running down to the dime store to get a coke for a nickel, playing hide n seek, tag, jumping rope, and taking care of her younger siblings.

As she grew up she loved expressing herself in her English class and always received A’s in Art, which was her favorite. Lana had a natural talent of sewing doll clothes and making cakes. However along with her siblings she hated dish night. She enjoyed watching Shirley Temple and Frankenstein.

Lana married Joseph Frank Rozanek and had 2 children. She adored being a mother, sewing dresses for her daughter, making beautifully decorated cakes for family, and praying and encouraging her children with her words and reading the Bible to them.

Lana later divorced and became a grandmother to Darian and Alexandria. She showered them with love, singing to them in her beautiful voice, spending time with them and always being there with her sweet spirit and prayer. Aldrich and Lance were the next grandchildren. She loved more than ever to talk to them, and see them as much as she could,  and hear their sweet voices. After moving to Arizona she spent the majority of her time painting, having movie nights, and caring for her little rescue pup Bruno.

Lana was a kind, loving, sweet person who loved to laugh and sing. She was a believer in Jesus and it showed. In her words, “ The Lord helps in every little thing I do, he should get all of the credit. In work, crafts, etc. I couldn’t do it without him.”

Lana was a loving daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend.

James “Cowboy Jim” Childers

James “Cowboy Jim” Childers, 80, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 25, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born March 23, 1941 in Dallas Township, Missouri to James Childers and Mary Childers.

Jim resided in El Cajon, California prior to moving to Goodyear, Arizona in April, 2021.  He graduated from Belton High School in Belton, Missouri in 1959 and then enlisted in the Navy.  He retired from the Navy after 30 years in 1989.  After retiring from the Navy, owned a window-cleaning business, worked as a drug-and-alcohol counselor, pumped gas, fried hamburgers, and roped some goats.  He continued his education and received a degree in engineering technology from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He enjoyed playing poker which motivated him to write Life is a Game of Poker, a fiction and philosophy book.

He is survived by his daughter, Cloria Smith, and brothers, Robert Childers, William Childers, and Edward Childers.  He was preceded in death by his son, James Allen Childers, brother, Daniel Childers, and parents, James Orie Childers and Mary Childers.

All service information is private at this time.

Timothy G. Kasparek

Timothy G. Kasparek, 73, of Goodyear, Arizona, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his father, George, mother, Marie, and sister-in-law, Betty.

Tim is survived by Molly, his wife of 51 years, brothers-in-law Mike and John, sister-in-law Kathy, 2 children Jeff and Sheri, 7 grandchildren, 4 nieces and 3 nephews, plus their spouses and children.  

Tim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 6th, 1948.  A devoted and dedicated husband and father, Tim spent his life in service to God, his family, and friends.  His endless generosity was only exceeded by the warmth, grace, and compassion he showed to everyone, even if they were opposing counsel.  With a reputation as grand and legendary as to betray his soft appearance and gentle nature, he will forever be remembered as a kind, loving soul, that would meet no ends when helping others.  His legacy lives on in those who knew him, and the example of his action that they continue.  We are forever grateful to the dedication and devotion Tim showed to us and in every aspect of life and will miss him dearly.  

Juanita Burich

Juanita Burich, 67, of Buckeye, Arizona died on August 17, 2021.  She was born on August 22, 1953 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Phillip Gauthier and Claribel Ringer.

Juanita was sweet, gentle, caring, had a generous spirit, was faithful and dedicated.  She will be remembered as a wonder wife and an amazing mother and grandma.  She loved her kids and her cats. Juanita lived her life to the fullest!

She is survived by her husband, Mark Burich, daughters, Tammy Lenas, Trisha Garcia, and Tiffany Burich, son, Travis Burich, sister, Dorene Darling, and grandchildren, Sienna, Johnny, Kalyeia, Nicole, Alissa, Hamialey, Kaiden, and Joaquin.

There will be a service for Juanita at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 2pm.

Shirley Vernadine Clegatt

Shirley Vernadine Clegatt, 88, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 14, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to George Cooper and Gladys Appleton.

She is survived by her daughters, Kendra Orr, Sonya Love, and Jerri Jenkins, grandchildren, Amber Pruitt, Chaunte Person, Charles Malloy, Derrell Shabazz, Jasmine Shabazz, and Domonique Shabazz, and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jesse, Asyana, Atyrra, Giovanni, Marcello, Camilla, Amyus, Derrell Jr., Amyah, Javaree, Zareeah, Isabella, Gabriella, and Da Niya.  Shirley was preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony Cooper Sr. and Kennard Cooper Sr.

Her Journey’s Just Begun

 

Don’t think of her as gone away her journey’s just begun

Life holds so many facets this earth is only one

Just think of her as resting, from the sorrows and the tears

In a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years

Think of how she must be wishing that we could know today

How nothing but our sadness can really pass away

And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched…

For nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much!

-Author Unknown

 

My mom was one of the strongest woman I have ever known. I can honestly say I don’t know any other woman as strong as her. She has raised some strong independent women. She is loved and will be missed dearly!

 

Grandma God bless you and keep you! I am so grateful for the daughters you raised. Thank you for these gifts. Rest well, I love you.

Pamela Gean Sanders

Pamela Gean Sanders, 60, of Tolleson, Arizona died on August 14, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.   She was born in Camden, New Jersey on May 29, 1961 to Basil Frazier and Olive White.

Pam leaves behind her Husband of 20 years, Lew Sanders, her sons, Michael and his wife Amy, and Frankie and his wife Leona, and 4 grandchildren.

She also leaves behind her father, Basil, two sisters, Lori and Shelly, a brother, Donald, as well as, a sister-in-law, Nelena, a mother-in-law, Ann, and many more family members who love and miss her, and mourn her death.

She is proceeded in death by her grandmothers, grandfathers, her mother, Boots, and father-in-law, Russell, who were waiting to welcome her to her Heavenly home.

All service information is private at this time.

When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see if the sun should rise, and find your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an Angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that  I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

Isaiah Herrera

Isaiah Herrera, 23, of Kingman, Arizona died on August 9, 2021 in Kingman, Arizona.  He was born on March 4, 1998 in Kingman, Arizona to Mark Herrera and Juana Herrera.

There will be a service for Isaiah at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 10am.  He will be buried at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery that same day at 12pm.

Carole Jean Hensley

Carole Jean Hensley, 79, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, and aunt. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and beloved son Ray.

She will be forever loved, cherished, and remembered by all those left behind. Doug, her husband of 42 years, sister Kathy, 3 children Pam, Dale, and Susie, 10 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, 3 nieces, and 1 nephew, plus their significant others. (If you’re counting that’s 79 family members, which by the way, was her age)

Carole was born to Ed and Theoria Heise in Los Angeles, California on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942. She dedicated her life to her family and was devoted to each of them. She will be remembered as a very compassionate, open-minded, and non-judgmental person. Carole’s unconditional love was felt by all that she encountered, a trait she got from her mother.

For those that were privileged to know her, there are no words to describe how much she will be missed. We will be forever grateful for her love and devotion to our family, it has made us strong and resilient. Her legacy will live on in each one of us, she will never be forgotten.

There will be a service for Carole at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2pm.

Ronald “Ron” Ross Ramaglino

Ronald “Ron” Ross Ramaglino went home to be with Jesus on August 11, 2021 at age 78.

Ron was born to John and Virginia Ramaglino in Syracuse, New York.

Ron met his wife, Harriet, while working for immigration in Laguna Nigel, California. Ron and Harriet went on to marry in October 2001.

As a blended family, Ron is survived by his wife Harriet and five children, Bonnie and husband Frank, Angela and husband Jeffrey, Ron Jr. and wife Penny, Jeff and wife Brandy, and Jennifer and husband Tom, twelve grandchildren, Anjulie, Michael, Christopher, Michelle, Tommy, Daniel, Alex, Rachel, Michael, Bennett, Sabina, and Jacob and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ron deeply loved the lord and was very much involved in the church getting a seminary degree and pastoring his own flock.

Ron remained active in the church even after retirement in volunteering as chaplain for the hospitals in Murrieta, California.

Ron had other simple joys of playing solitaire and pool on his iPad.

Ron recently accepted the position of commander and chaplain for the American Legion Post 143 in Goodyear, Arizona, that he was very honored to be a part of.

Ron was loved and will be missed by all who knew him. He is now with his Heavenly Father.

Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

A celebration of life will be held at The River Church, Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11am. 13735 W. Auto Dr., Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Shirley E. Zielinski

Mrs. Shirley E. Zielinski, 93, of Goodyear, Arizona died August 20, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born August 26, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Richard Todd and Violet Todd.

Shirley was one of two children born to Violet and Richard Todd of Chicago, Illinois.  She married Norbert Zielinski and had four children with him, Norman, Shirley, Patricia, and Stanley.  She retired to Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1987.  Shirley enjoyed ceramics, gardening, bird houses, and sunflowers.  She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2019 and to Goodyear in 2020.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Trammel, sons, Norman Zielinski and Stanley Zielinkski, twelve grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Zielinski, daughter, Shirley Updegraff, and brother, Richard Todd Jr.

There will be a visitation at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 1pm.

Addisyn Bella Trujillo

Addisyn Bella Trujillo, 10, of Avondale, Arizona passed away on August 8, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  She was born May 18, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona to Jacob John Trujillo and Sylvia Christina Trujillo.

Addy had two dogs, Abby and Billy, that she loved dearly.  She loved fruit bats and arts and crafts, especially water colors.  Addy loved her family so much and loved celebrating holidays with them.  Christmas and Halloween were her favorites.

Addy was the sweetest little girl, considerate, loving, selfless, compassionate, and very strong in her faith.  She was a fighter, and fought a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis; during which she showed her bravery, resilience and perseverance.  She was loved by so many.  Everyone who came into contact with her loved her dearly.

She is survived by her mom and dad, Sylvia and Jacob Trujillo, dogs, Abby and Billy, God Parents, Mark and Gina Torres, great-grandmother, Olivia Lopez, grandparents, Lucia Lucrecia Trujillo, Rachel Meraz, and Danny Meraz, aunt, Lupe Meraz, great-aunts, Sylvia Bustos, and Josie Lopez, uncles, Bob Bustos and Marty Trujillo, and, Zoey Celaya, Ariyale Torres, Dannie Meraz, and Maritza Meraz.  Addisyn was loved by many extended family members including aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends, teachers, nurses, doctors, RTs, and all who cared for her.

A rosary will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 6pm.  A service will be held for Addisyn at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:30am.  She will be buried at West Resthaven Park Cemetery that day at 11:45am.

Briana Rochelle Francis

Briana Rochelle Francis, 24, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 7th, 2021. She was born on September 22nd, 1996 in Hollywood, Florida to Rohan O. Francis and Nerene (Williams) Bates.

Briana moved to Arizona at age 18 to study music at Estrella Community College. She received her Associates degree in music and then transferred to Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English. Briana loved to sing, write, and watch movies. She got her dream job at Trainual, and wanted to travel the world. She will be truly missed.

She is survived by her sisters, Georgianna and Arianna Bates, brothers, Tishane Bates, Kenneth L. Demings, and Isaiah O. Francis, parents, Rohan and Tamara Francis and George and Nerene Bates, many aunts and uncles including Edson Williams, Authrine and Rick Campbell, Marva Hendricks, Claudette and Danny Cranston, Julius Honore, Arthur and Angela Richards, Tod Sumners, Scott Sumners, Michelle Schilling, Rosetta Duncan and Joan Dacosta, and grandparents, Sandra Lee Sumners, Tom and Maryanne Sumners, Robert and Velma Demings,  Dorell Williams, and Melita Hylton, a niece Tori Bates and a host of cousins including Katrelle and Kaydian Honore, Arthur Kirk and Natalia Richards. Briana was preceded in death by Meredith Hines Russell and Hilbert Williams.

A visitation will be held at 9 AM on Friday, August 27th, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel (926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, Arizona 85338). The funeral will follow that same day at 11 AM. Briana will be buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held at 9am on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel (926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, Arizona 85338).  The funeral will follow that same day and start at 11am.  Briana will be buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home.

Mr. Daniel W. Snyder

Mr. Daniel W. Snyder, 73, of Goodyear, Arizona died August 11, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born September 14, 1947 in Port Huron, Michigan to Charles Snyder and Mary R. Snyder.

Dan graduated from Sandusky (MI) High School in 1965 and from John Carroll University in 1969.  He married Mary Carney in Sandusky, MI on November 28, 1969.  Dan had a long career with State Farm and retired in 2003 after 32 years.  After retirement, they moved to Goodyear, Arizona to be by family where Dan became a charter member of Raceway Elks.  He was a loyal and committed member of the  Elkdom since 1982.  During that time, he served as Exalted Ruler, District Deputy, Grand Exalted Ruler and past State President of the Arizona Elks Association.  He loved volunteering his time to the Raceway Elks Lodge and Arizona Elks Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Snyder, sons, John Snyder (Robyn) and Kevin Snyder (Amy), sisters, Mary Beth Courier (Ron) of Marysville, MI, Anne Bussey of Marysville, MI, Kay Watson (John) of Tennessee, and Michelle Snyder (sister-in-law) of Buckeye, AZ, brother-in-law, Richard Stevenson of Marysville, MI, grandchild, Carson Snyder, and many nieces and nephews.  Dan was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Fred Nuske, brother, Robert Snyder, and sisters, Susan Snyder and Janet Stevenson.

A celebration of life will be held at 1pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Sun City Elks Lodge, 10760 W. Union Hills Dr., Sun City, AZ.

The family suggests that donations be made to AZ Elks Major Projects or Raceway Elks.

David F. Garcia

David F. Garcia, 41, of Phoenix, Arizona died August 12, 2021.  He was born September 18, 1979 to Cathy (Cevalles) Russ and David Garcia.

He is survived by his son, David Garcia Jr., daughter, Esennya Garcia, mother, Cathy Russ, sister, Danessa Garcia and nephews, Edward Lopez and Cristian Hernandez.

He is preceded in death by his dad, David Garcia and grandparents, Trinidad and Virginia Cevalles and Frank and Herminia Garcia.

A rosary will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 7pm.  A mass will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021 at St. John Vianney at 9:30am.

Michael Roy Pennington

Michael Roy Pennington, 73, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 7, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was born January 5, 1948 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Sydney Pennington and Mildred Gilliam.

Michael grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma.  He met the love of his life, Jo Katherine (Jodie) and they married on October 11, 1965.  He joined the United States Army in 1961 and was medically discharged in 1964.  Michael moved to Arizona in 1967 and joined the Avondale Police Department on his 21st birthday, January 5, 1969.  He later transferred to the Maricopa Sherriff Office in 1977 and retired from them in 2005.  Michael also worked with the US Marshalls office for two years.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Katherine (Jodie) Pennington, daughter, Michelle Foster, son, Konner Pennington, chosen sisters, Deana Lewis, Carol Ingle, and Darla Skelton, chosen brothers, Terry Young and Danny Pennington and Tom Gilliam (by other mothers), grandchildren, Megan Fiero, Makenzie Foster, Nic Foster, and Nate Foster, and great-grandchildren, Alec Foster (his buddy) and Ronan Toliver.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel (926 S Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338) on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 8am to 11am.  There will be a celebration of life of life to follow at Skyway Church (14900 W Van Buren St. Goodyear, AZ 85338).

Robert “Bob” Stephens

Mr. Robert “Bob” Stephens, 84, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died August 4, 2021 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  He was born April 27, 1937 in Tucson, Arizona to Alonzo and Maurine Stephens.

Robert was a devoted member of the LDS Church and a retired local 104 teamster.

He is survived by his son, John Stephens, sisters, Eileen Ludwig and Maurine Palmer, brothers, Warren Stephens and Ellis Stephens, grandchildren, Tami and Jana, great-grandchildren, Bria, Caleb, Takara, and Aleja, and great-great-grandchildren, Indigo and Deshawn.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Stephens and daughter, Connie Norton.

A Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ Later-Day Saints (19322 W Indian School Rd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340) on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7pm.  Robert will be buried at Binghamton Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas Lee Burch

Thomas Lee Burch, 82, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Show Low, Arizona.  He was born May 18, 1939 in Jerseyville, Illinois, the son of Thomas William Burch and Anna Pearl Page.

Tom served his country in the United States Army from 1957-1966 and was honorably discharged.  He graduated from Ocean Community College in New Jersey with a degree in Criminal Justice.  He served as police officer until 1974 when he moved to his hometown in Jerseyville, Illinois and opened A-1 Auto Body.  In 1977 he and his family moved to Arizona where he owned and operated Don’s Body Shop until moving in his retirement to St. Johns, Arizona with Shirley, his loving wife of 65 years.

Tom loved his life on Red Sky Ranch and became a member of the Springerville Church of Christ where he served and drew closer to God and grew in his faith.  Tom loved his family and helped them all in many ways throughout the years.

We, his children would like to thank all of his many friends for all you added to his life.  Whether you were friends in school, in the Army, in the business world or his friends in later years, you all helped make him the man he was.  He will be dearly missed by his wife and family.

Tom is survived by his wife, Shirley Ramona Cravens Burch, St. Johns, Arizona; sons, Thomas Alan (Michelle) Burch, Boone, North Carolina; L. Edward Burch, St. Johns, Arizona; daughters, Ramona (Loren McChance-Overby, Crawfordsville, Indiana; Jewel (Alan) Graham, Buckeye, Arizona; sisters, Joann (Bill) Burch Beiermann, Jerseyville, Illinoise; Beth (Marty) Crane, Kane, Illinois; brothers, Fred (Georgia) Geisler, Eldred, Illinois; Steve (Dorothy) Geisler, Carrollton, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Stanley Geisler, aunt, Hilda Day and uncle, Leonard Burch.

A service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 4, 2021 at 8pm.

Martin Luther James Jackson Sr

Martin Luther James Jackson Sr, 85, of Phoenix, Arizona died August 1, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born October 11, 1935 in Dermott, Arkansas to Simuel Joseph Jackson and Crystal Lee Jackson.

Luther was the youngest of 5 children. Luther spent his early childhood in Dermott where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and swimming in the ponds and creeks. Luther’s parents divorced when he was a teenager and he moved with his father to Oakland California.

It was in high school in Oakland where his love for music began it started with his playing the trombone in his high school marching band. Luther also picked up playing the guitar and singing the blues. Luther moved from Oakland to Gary Indiana where he completed high school. Luther and his brother Joseph became members of a popular singing group known as the Falcons.

Luther married Bobbie Rose and the marriage produced 6 children. Luther went to work in the steel mills in Gary working two jobs to provide for his family. His work schedule forced him to withdraw from the Falcons group but he continued to play and sing the blues in the Gary Chicago area sitting in with blues musicians like Howling Wolf, BB and Albert king to name a few.

Luther was great with children he loved to sing, dance, and play games. He was also a good teacher and instrumental in teaching his nephews, known as the Jackson 5, how to play the guitar and sing harmony. Luther divorced and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he went to work as a sheet metal shearer for a local manufacturing company. Luther held many jobs and also operated his own dump truck company Jacksons Trucking. Luther would meet and marry Angie Jackson with her daughter and they would produce one child.

Luther was a kind, loving person always smiling and enjoying life. Luther’s warm and friendly personality fostered many friendships and relationships with people he would meet. He was a natural in the kitchen, cooking any kind of soul food you desired. It was natural to hear him whistling and singing while he was preparing his meals. He would always offer you a cold one to wash down the meal. Luther was an awesome loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, and friend.

Luther was proceeded in death by his mother and father, siblings, Verna Mae, Lawrence, Joseph, and Lula Mae.

Luther leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Angie, children, Marie, Marty, Ronnie, Shawn, Keith, Trent, Angela, and Leah, sister, Sherry, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and host of other family and friends.

A service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 8am.  He will be buried at Resthaven Park East Cemetery on August 14, 2021 at 12pm.  Please plan on wearing a mask if you attend the funeral.  The family has also asked that no one photograph Martin.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to his Go Fund Me at Fundraiser by Leah Jackson : Funeral & Memorial Service (gofundme.com)

 

Sybille Astrid Swords

Born Sybille Astrid Morgan, Sybille came into this world in the small, wooded hamlet of Hasselhorst just outside of Celle, in Western Germany. Her proud parents were Mr. Bruno Morgan and Mrs. Eliade Morgan (Schulz). She was to be their only, but precious daughter.

At the age of two, she migrated to a small farm situated between two gently rolling hills just west of Sebastapol, California. Where unlike most children who only read and/or dreamt of animals, every day she lived, played and even talked with them, naming each of them, even the bull (the beginning of a love of all animals, large and small to her final breath).

Such was her carefree life until the move to The City, San Francisco; actually, Daly City. There she grew up a typical teenager, like shopping at Stonestown Shopping Center (barefoot) with her friends. But, as everything in life passes quickly, all to soon Sybille was marching to the podium at Westmore High School in 1968 to receive her diploma with bright dreams and the knowledge that in just a few short months she would be attending the University of California, Davis – the beginning of a whole new life and adventure.

It was during her second quarter of her freshman year at Davis she was paired to share a textbook with her eventual partner in life and husband. He was a Junior at the time, in ROTC and a Maverick Bandsman. At games, she’d sit up in the bleachers with the band, turning his sheet music to not miss a single note. College life was challenging and fun as her husband to be and she were totally inseparable.

In the start of her junior year, she moved into an off-campus apartment with three other roommates. Then, that January, Sybille’s husband to be received orders for active duty and Vietnam. Within weeks he presented her with his gold bars (a symbol to share his station in life with) and asked her to marry him which she enthusiastically accepted. That magic day of June 13, 1971, Miss Sybille Morgan became Mrs. Sybille Swords and traveled to Fort Hood, Texas where much to the couple’s surprise, his orders were revoked, and new ones issued assigning him to General Staff at Fort Hood.

After active duty, the couple returned home in 1973 to San Francisco where she finished her degree in 1976 at The University of California, Berkeley. Eventually, Sybille became the front-end manager to a very upscale, high end neighborhood delicatessen and full-service market – Tower Market, where her finely honed gourmet skills were fully utilized. But Sybille also had a natural innate love of people that just radiated from her and made her a natural in customer relations. She loved to be around people and help, as such, volunteered extensively, especially with handicapped children and was the President of a Homeowners Association in San Francisco.

Sybille retired early at the young age of 55 and moved to Pebblecreek, Goodyear, Arizona in 2007; a move to enable both to better look after their aging parents.

At Pebblecreek, Sybille had been very active in her arts and gourmet interests. She was a great lover of musicals, live theater, the Opera and the Symphony and a regular patron of each as well as a devoted Fan of the Forty-niners. She loved food and prepared the cuisine of all nationalities plus she just loved to dine and experience the culinary wrinkles other chefs made to their preparations. In San Francisco, she was on a first name basis with many of the Bay Area’s top Chefs.

Sybille and her husband traveled and cruised extensively from Sydney, Australia to St Petersburg, Russia, as well as visiting relatives in Europe.

Despite her grace and style, Sybille never forgot her humble roots. She approached life with humility and humor, was soft spoken and was always generous with herself and her time. She easily made friends.  Around 1977 she became a member of the Northern California Samoyed Fanciers Association and owned a line of Champion Samoyeds.

Sybille is survived by her mother Mrs. Eliada Morgan of Surprise, AZ and her husband of 50 years, Clifford Swords of Goodyear, AZ.

 

A Celebration of Sybille’s Life and services for her will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear Arizona on Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 1pm to 4pm. Those who were touched by her beautiful life and presence are most welcome to join.

John L. Dorsher

John Lawrence Dorsher, age 78, of Phoenix AZ, passed away July 19 2021 from a long illness. John was born July 29 1942 in Minneapolis Minnesota.
He was successful at business and carried himself with grace always in service to others. He mentored many people in his lifetime. He was a free spirit one of a kind and will be dearly missed. He was a kind and loving soul.

John is survived by his wife Choly Slinkard, daughter Amanda Dorsher and son John R. Dorsher.

Rest In Peace John, we love you.

Memorial donations can be made in his memory to your favorite charity.

Sammantha Taylar Acuna

Sammantha Taylar Acuna, 24, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 2, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born April 16, 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona to Samuel Acuna and Tiffany Feie.

Sammantha wanted to work in hospice and loved working in the nursing home.  She loved nature, the dunes, Sedona, Buddhism, and especially Nana’s bean burritos, and Tata, yours were a close second, spending time with her cousins, chasing the birds out of the leaves and at Nana’s house, sleepovers, and dance parties, her rocks, tattoos and serenity.

She is survived by her sister, Jazzmyne Acuna, step-brother, Caleb Hartnedy, parents, Tiffany Acuna and Samuel Acuna, step-mom, Lisa Acuna, and grandparents, Jessie and Steve Greening, Mike Acuna Sr, and Jim Feie.  Sammantha is preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy Feie (Mema).

All service information is private at this time.

Taylor Ann Johnson Adair

Taylor Ann Johnson Adair, 39 of Buckeye, Arizona left to be with our Heavenly Father July 23rd, 2021.  She was born February 8th, 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona.  

A true Arizona native, Taylor loved the West Valley and spent nearly her entire life living and working in Buckeye, AZ.  She graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 2000.  She then went on to get multiple Associate’s Degrees from Estrella Mountain Community College before receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Grand Canyon University in 2013.  

Taylor immediately immersed herself in educating children in various grades for the last 8 years.  She always emphasized how incredibly hard her students worked, and how she felt rewarded by their educational growth/knowledge.  When her students asked her to help coach their softball teams over the last few years, Taylor unselfishly assisted them and embraced her new team role.  

Taylor’s other great passions were her love of animals and her friends and family.  She had a special talent for making anyone laugh their heart out.  Her constant and beautiful smile will always be remembered. Taylor is survived by her parents Clark and Kristine Johnson, her brother Clifford Johnson and her daughter Annie Marie Adair.  

There will be a celebration of life ceremony scheduled at a later date. 

Mrs. Sarah Jane Cabeza

Mrs. Sarah Jane Cabeza, 56, of Avondale, Arizona died July 27, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona.  She was born May 9, 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona to Edward and Janie T. Conde.

Sarah was a very kind and humble woman who loved her family unconditionally.  She like to travel and loved the beach.  She will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her spouse, Ricardo S. Cabeza, daughter, Krystal Lazarin, sons, Timothy Andre Lazarin and Ricardo Angel Cabeza, sisters, Sandra Conde Cordova (Rudy) of Buckeye, Susan Morales of Avondale, Sally Conde (Jose) of Avondale, Sophia Conde of Avondale, and, brother, Edward Conde Jr. of Phoenix, and mother, Janie Conde of Avondale.

Sarah was preceded in death by her father, Edward M. Conde, sister, Sharon Conde, and granddaughter, Leila R. Lazarin.

A service will be held at 8:30am on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85338.

Joan A. Hernandez

Joan A. Hernandez, 64, of Goodyear, Arizona died July 21, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born September 23, 1956 in Las Cruces, New Mexico to Gilbert Lucero and Carol Amador.

Joan attended Hermosa Elementary, Lynn Jr. High, and Las Cruces High School where she met her High School sweetheart, Albert Hernandez.  They were married and they spent the next 47 years together. The newlyweds moved to Goodyear, Arizona in 1977 to work at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant and have been there ever since. Joan entered into eternal rest on July 21st, 2021.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Hernandez, her daughter, Sabrina Tremoulis, and her sisters, Sylvia Romero and Louisa Romero Harley. Joan is also survived by her three grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, Carol Romero, her step-father, John Romero, and her granddaughter, Alexandra.

Services are private at this time.

Elizabeth Ann Obershaw

Elizabeth Ann Obershaw, 63, of Buckeye, Arizona died on July 25, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona.  She was born February 8, 1958 in San Bernardino, California to Charles Donald Obershaw and Patti Durrell.

A memorial service will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 7pm.

Charles “Chuck” Clayton Nelson

Charles “Chuck” Clayton Nelson of Buckeye Arizona, 91, formerly of Hartland, Michigan, passed peacefully into Christ’s Kingdom on July 28, 2021. Chuck was born in Holyoke, Minnesota on July 30, 1929 to Howard and Florence Nelson.

Chuck entered the US Air Force cadets to train to be an officer. He was stationed in Japan for 3 years fighting in the Korean war, flying dozens of missions. After discharge, he enlisted in the Air National Guard where he eventually reached the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Chuck graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics. He taught at Hibbing Junior College in Minnesota and later at Oakland Community College (OCC) in Union Lake Michigan for 28 years. During this time, he started the engineering program at OCC and taught many of the courses. Chuck also was instrumental in unearthing and mounting a mastodon that is currently on display at OCC.

Chuck is survived by his children Pamela and Scott Nelson; his sister Dee Johnson and brother Kenneth Nelson; grandchildren Charlie Amenson, Jennifer and Nicole Nelson. He was preceded in death was his wife of 49 years, Darlene.

There will be a visitation on September 3, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Sharps Funeral Home in Fenton, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to either Hope International or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jean Edith McCarty

Jean Edith McCarty, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 31st following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts on April 21, 1936. She was married to Larry McCarty for 64 years. She had 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, and 1 great-grandchild.

Prior to getting married she worked at The Palm’s Theatre and as a telephone operator in Phoenix. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School, in 1954. Once marrying Larry, she took on several jobs as a military wife including, being a homemaker, working in retail, working at Timex, and eventually retired from the military Base Exchange. Jean was an exceptional mom raising her 3 children, sometimes by herself while her husband, Larry, was on assignment. She even moved with all 3 children from the U.S. to Japan to meet up with Larry, where he was stationed for a period of time. Jean loved to travel, including trips to Hawaii, Lake Powell, Alaskan Cruise, and Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Mexico, with Family. Jean and Larry eventually moved back to Arizona, in 2003, residing in Tubac.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Jean became less, and less mobile. Larry loved and cared for her for several years. In December of 2020, Jean and Larry moved to Avondale, AZ, to The Legacy House, where she received the extra care that was needed for her. Jean will be remembered for being a loving wife, amazing Mom and Grandma (aka Gma). She loved Hummingbirds, a great glass of Chardonnay, old school Country music, Vince Gill was her favorite, and always Jimmy Buffet.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents William and Margaret MacCallum, her 2 brothers Bob and Bill MacCallum, and sister Peggy Lester.

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Larry, her children, Mike McCarty, Don (Carrie) McCarty, Cheryl (Mike) Mazzacane, her Grandchildren, Stephen McCarty, Courtney Mockbee, Siena Connolly, AJ Mazzacane, Madison & Makenzie McCarty, John Valero, and her one and only Great Granddaughter, who she absolutely adored, Parker Jean Mockbee, her sisters, Joyce Rogers, Dotty Bergmann, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Alexis Herman

Alexis Herman, 16, of Buckeye, Arizona died July 29, 2021 in Buckeye, Arizona.  She was born August 19, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona to Arthur Herman III and Erica Durso.

Alexis was a wise, intuitive, old soul with a stubborn streak.  She also had an extreme love for animals and nature.

Alexis was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Herman III.  She is survived by her mother, Erica Durso, sister, Ashlee Ford, sister-in-law, Ashley Gagnon, and brothers, Arthur “Artie” Herman IV and Jaysin Ford.

A memorial service will be held for Alexis at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 1pm.

You can view a slideshow of Alexis at https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/GT2BT2PFP4P8SDZ9

 

Todd Burke

Todd Burke, 57, passed away on Monday July 26th, 2021. Todd was the youngest of the 4 boys of Darius and Margie Burke. He was born in Vernal Utah, and spent his youth in Littleton, Colorado, and then much of his adult life in Arizona.

 

Todd was an Eagle scout and had a master’s degree in education, but he is most remembered for his character. A true Christian, enduring to the end serving others with great compassion while he himself suffered year after year with significant health issues.

 

Todd is at rest with his dad, and brothers, Kevin and Jamie. He is undoubtedly consoling someone while organizing another’s affairs, training a dog to behave, and grading papers, all at the same time. Todd is survived by his sweet mother and his brother Michael.

 

Though our hearts are broken and he left us way too early, we know that he is at peace and free from his pain. We are grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves each of us and has Todd in his eternal care.

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