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September 2021
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Robert Stewart

Mr. Robert Stewart, 36, of Surprise, Arizona died September 21, 2021. He was born September 28, 1984 in Guam to Kevin Stewart and Michelle Varieur.

A memorial service will be held at the Elk Lodge in Wickenburg, Arizona at noon Saturday, October 2.

Frances Kuschell

She LIVED, She LOVED, and Boy Did She Laugh!!!

Mom, We’ll Miss You…

A tribute to my mom: Frances M. Kuschell – (Jan. 1947 to 9/24/2021 – 74 years old)

She Was A Coal Miner’s Daughter…

A Love Bug To Her Family…

Dad Would Often Describe Her as Sexy, Adventurous, and Vivacious…

I imagine right now, you’re sitting on the porch, on the Mountain of the Most High, with God Almighty, enjoying a Diet Pepsi, having a Winston 100, and listening to your favorite music with Peter Framptom, E.L.O, and Elvis…

And you’re looking down on us as an angel making sure we’re ok.

Life will not be the same without you – and yet, I know you will be WITH ALL OF US.

All you really wanted to do for these last years is LOVE UP on YOUR FAMILY.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

It’s who you were.

PURE LOVE for US.

And although you will be missed. You will be honored by all of us.

Your husband.

Your kids.

Your sisters.

Your brother.

And your grandkids.

You touched us all in sooooo many ways with your generous heart and LOVE for US.

To know my mom, you have to know she was simple and complex.

She was FIERCE.

She was a FIGHTER.

She endured a lot of suffering: mentally, physically, emotionally…

And through it all, she just wanted to be there to LOVE her FAMILY – for US.

There’s no one she LOVED MORE than HER HUSBAND – Ralph.

Not too long ago, I had a chance to ask some questions about her life.

I asked her: “Mom… what would you say to dad that you’re MOST grateful for… in the way he’s shown up for you?”

“He’s the GREATEST husband I could ever ask for. And I love you. You’ve always been there for me. You’re the GREATEST. And you’re my best friend….”

To know my mom, you have to know a bit of the back story.

My mom would tell me: “Your dad and I met when I was 12. He was 14.

Our friend Ada set up a blind date for us to meet with a couple friends.

We met at Ira Wilson’s Ice Cream Parlor.

Your dad saw me and I caught his eye.

He told me: I’m glad you’re not Kathy.

And we started seeing each other….”

And this lifetime love affair would begin.

My mom and dad were together for over 62 years – and had been married 57+ years.

They had been together since they were 12 and 14.

Sure, times were different then.

And they are different today.

However, the one thing you can know as that mom LOVED us like there was no tomorrow.

And, my mom was beautiful…

I remember being 10 years old and my mom was the neighborhood mom.

No matter what was going on, she found a way to host kids from around the neighborhood.

Even if we didn’t have much, she’d make lunches and have Kool-Aid for all of us.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but all the older kids in the neighborhood would also be at our house – even though my sister and I were younger.

Why?

Because mom was lively, vivacious, and as dad often described her…. She was a looker.

Mom LOVED kids.

She had an affinity for kids.

She always wanted to take care of and spoil kids.

In many ways, it didn’t matter if they were her kids or not.

Even though we didn’t have much and several times were on welfare, she ALWAYS found a way….

I remember the huge birthday parties with everyone in the neighborhood…

And although there weren’t necessarily a lot of gifts, she made it fun by planning games, and events so we would HAVE FUN.

She loved our home, and she loved our backyard.

Although my dad wanted to have a beautiful lawn… she let us host some huge wiffle ball games and tournaments- because she knew it made US HAPPY.

The fun I had with those wiffle ball games was instrumental in playing sports…

Later, she would fall in love with badminton and there would be some exciting family and neighborhood battles.

She was a GIVER.

She was GENEROUS.

She LOVED.

She was LOVE.

She was a BIG LOVE BUG.

Ohhhhhh…. And she could LAUGH with the BEST.

In fact, there may not be a MORE distinct, unique, deep, or heartfelt laugh.

She loved to laugh.

Last year, we had her over for a movie night and she watched DEADPOOL…

And even though we all probably missed most of the movie – she was laughing at all the sarcastic and slapstick comedy.

And – she would even laugh at some of the most inappropriate times too…

Which was part of her character in her later years.

Her laugh was a gift.

And there was no better way than to enjoy that laugh at our FAMILY HOLIDAY GATHERINGS which included our annual Pictionary Family night.

You’ve NEVER laughed so hard…

Every YEAR it was better and better.

Family Pictionary Night could be described as a mix between a skit of “I Love Lucy” and “Bennie Hill”.

In addition to her loving side, Mom was fiery. Competitive.

Her and my dad were always teamed up.

These last few years, she suffered from Parkinsons and also had limited use of her hands – but she would always do her best.

Which included trying to ‘cheat’ a little bit.

She knew the rules…

But every year she would try to ‘say or mouth’ some of the words.

And who could blame her?

Her hands could not do what she was telling her mind to write up on the board.

So her artwork and pictures would always be a hot mess of comedy.

And her trying to ‘cheat’ and mouth the pictures was great comic relief.

‘Fran. You can’t mouth the words…”

She would respond: “…I’m sorry…”

Every year, it was the same thing…

You would laugh so hard, your face and jaw would hurt.

And her laugh… full, deep, heartfelt.

MOM, I’m going to miss your laugh.

I’m going to miss your SMILE.

I’m going to miss your chocolate cake.

I”m going to miss your random phone calls at the strangest times.

I’m going to miss the Chicken Noodle Soup when I don’t feel well.

I’m going to miss your Holiday Dinners and special attention to all of our special days – even months before they happened.

Mom always paid attention to the details of our family and always had child-like enthusiasm about how we were all doing…

She would pray for everyone in the family – everyday.

She prayed for us – even before she’d pray for herself.

It was easiest for her to want to make sure we were all taken care of.

It was easy for her to give a compliment to us.

Just a few months ago, she saw my daughter’s artwork and grades “Kira, I’m soooo proud of how well you’re doing with your school work. Your artwork is so beautiful. You have a gift like your papa. I hope you’ll make some more.”

And she was equally as interested in her grandson Kyler. Since Kyler had taken up football, there wasn’t a week that had gone by that she didn’t ask: “How’s Kyler doin’ in football? Dan, he’s a lot like you and he’s such a good young boy. I’m so proud of him”

It was sooo easy for her to love up on her grandkids.

It was sooooo easy for her to LOVE UP on all of us.

She LOVED us all in SPADES.

All she really ever wanted was for her family to be happy and healthy.

SIMPLE.

But profound.

Who was Frances M Kuschell?

Wife.

Mom.

Sister.

Grandmother.

SHE LOVED.

She LOVED TO LOVE US ALL… to the very last day when her heart just gave out on Friday 9/24 at approx 5:45 AM.

And as you’re looking down on us as an angel…

I imagine there’s a few things you’d want to tell us:

Sherri. (daughter) What can I say?

Besides your dad, you were there and available for me thru these last years. You did soooo many things to make my life easier and better. You did good Sherri.

You understood me.

You were patient with me.

You could calm me down.

You could talk me off a ledge.

I know it wasn’t easy.

But you made it easier.

You always seemed to understand what I was going through, wasn’t all me.

I’ll always be grateful for what you did for me and your dad.

I’m soooo PROUD of the WOMAN you ARE.

You’re strong, persistent, stubborn, and you have a HUGE HEART.

I think you got that from ME (LAUGHING)

I know your FAMILY means everything to you.

I’m sooo proud of all your accomplishments.

You’ve got 2 degrees. You have a great husband in Doug. He’s a very good man.

You’ve become a strong, independent woman.

Sherri, I”ll always be watching OVER YOU the way YOU WATCHED over me.

I always wanted you to have a better life than your dad and I, and I’m sooo grateful for everything you’ve done for me!

I’m in a better place today.

I’m not in pain.

I’m at PEACE.

I’m at PEACE, in part because I know you’re there to help LOVE the FAMILY the way I LOVED YOU.

Oh… and Daniel (son)

I know you don’t like me calling you that… (LAUGHING)

I bet you still cringe thinking of me coming down to the end of the street hollering for you to come home for dinner: “…Daniel, it’s time to Eat…” (LAUGHING LOUDER AND LOUDER)

Daniel…

Just know… I’ll always be there behind the scenes watching over YOU.

Even though it created some strain with your dad and I in the early years when I supported your business stuff, it was worth it.

I’m sooo proud of the man you’ve become.

You’re a great father and you’ve always found a way to be successful at whatever you put your mind to.

I’m excited to see how your kids Kyler and Kira grow up and I know you’ll share the LOVE I gave you with them.

I’m also so excited to watch from above as you go out and impact the people you do in your business and all the young people you’ll coach in football.

Daniel, anyone that has you as a coach is lucky to have you.

I’m also going to be watching to make sure you take care of Thuy and those kids from here too.

I’ll be sending whispers to Thuy from time to time to keep you straight (LAUGHING DEEPLY).

She’s a good woman.

You can be a little ornery so I’ll be there to help her keep you in CHECK. (LAUGHING EVEN MORE)

And I’ll be taking extra care to be praying and sending angel whispers to Kira and Kyler.

I love those kids.

Although I won’t be there to see them through high school and college, I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE with THEM.

Let them know: “Grannie loves them and will always be there.”

And just keep reminding both of the advice I gave them:

“…Don’t get married young.” (LAUGHING)

Debi. (Niece)

I have to say thank you! You made it a point to check in with me almost every day!

As you know, your mom and I were very close.

I loved her.

And I will always be sooo grateful for all of our conversations, long and short over these last few years.

You were always there for me!

I will always be with YOU.

Sandra (sister) and Randy (Sandra’s husband)

Sandra – you were my rock for all these years.

I always looked up to you.

I don’t know what Ralph, or I or the kids would have done without you.

Although we hadn’t been able to see each other much, you would always take my call.

You were there for me.

I hope you know how much I LOVE YOU Both.

I know you and Randy will bring love to each other and to anyone you meet.

I’ll always be grateful for you both.

Now, I can be there for you everyday – in your heart!

Michael (brother)
We’ve been through a lot together. I’ve always admired your strength, your character, and your ability to take on the world.

From your time as a chemist to now ridin’ around the country.

Just know, that when your on the high road, I’m going to be with you and every now and then I want you to put on some E.L.O, Peter Frampton, or Elvis for me ok? (Laughing Mightily)

I love YOU.

And then there’s YOU Ralph (husband)…

You are MY BEST FRIEND.

You were the ONLY MAN I ever LOVED.

You are the GREATEST HUSBAND and FRIEND in the WORLD.

You were soooo good to me!

I’m no longer in pain.

I’m at PEACE.

For the next 10 years, I want you to enjoy your life to the fullest.

Get the kids to take you on those trips you have wanted to take.

Go see the world.

Go see the memorial for whom we named our son.

I want you to LIVE for US.

I want you to LOVE UP ON OUR GRANDKIDS…

I want you to see them get married.

You’ve been SELFLESS taking care of me these last years.

Now is your time!

I want you to travel.

I want you to laugh.

I want you to enjoy LIFE.

I want you to tell our kids and their kids OUR STORIES – not in sorrow… but in how we enjoyed each other in a simple way.

Let them know how we laughed.

Let them know how we sat almost every morning and HELD HANDS – and how it meant everything.

Let them know how we LOVED EACH OTHER in good times and bad – until my very last days.

Ralph – you have a lot to LIVE FOR… for both of us.

Your work is not done.

Your kids and our grandkids need you.

And always know…

I LOVE YOU and WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU….

=

Frances M. Kuschell.

Wife. Mom. Sister.

LOVE BUG.

Mom. We miss you.

You will always be with US in OUR HEART!

Love,

Dan, Sherri, Ralph, and Family

A memorial slideshow can be viewed HERE.

Manuel Soto

Manuel Soto, 59, of Buckeye, AZ passed away on September 23, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1962 to Ignacio Soto and Margarita Rodriguez in Durango, Mexico.

Manuel is survived by his wife and children, grandchildren and extended family.

Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Greenwood Memory Lawn located at 2300 West Van Buren Street in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Manuel Soto, de 59 años, de Buckeye, AZ, falleció el 23 de septiembre de 2021. Nació el 21 de junio de 1962 de Ignacio Soto y Margarita Rodríguez en Durango, México.

A Manuel le sobreviven su esposa e hijos, nietos y familia extendida.

El entierro se llevará a cabo a las 11:00 am el sábado 2 de octubre de 2021 en Greenwood Memory Lawn ubicado en 2300 West Van Buren Street en Phoenix, AZ.

Ms. Teresa Herrera

Ms. Teresa Herrera, 86, of Avondale, Arizona died September 18, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born May 30, 1935 in Nuevo Ideal, Durango, Mexico to Fortunato Herrera-Silva and Aurora Rodriguez-Flores.

Teresa was the fourth of seven siblings. She was a single mother since she was twenty-seven years old and raised her four children, Consuelo, Bertha, Carmen and Tony. Teresa was a woman with a lot of initiative, strong, courageous and a leader in everything she overtook. As a person with strong character, she persevered through many obstacles including the old customs in the towns of Durango, Mexico.  She was a woman with a lot of charisma; she liked to sing, dance, poetry, and getting her whole family together. She was a good host and very good cook and would have been a very good politician.

Teresa was a member of St. William’s Catholic Church since 1992. Over the years she became involved with various groups within the church, the last one being the Legion of Mary. Her faith developed with age. She helped some organizations by sending them her donation month by month. She was always a very generous and pious woman with her gifts. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 30th at St. William’s Catholic Church in Cashion, AZ. Mass will follow at 11:30am.

 

La Sra. Teresa Herrera, de 86 años, de Avondale, Arizona, murió el 18 de septiembre de 2021 en Goodyear, Arizona. Nació el 30 de mayo de 1935 en Nuevo Ideal, Durango, México de Fortunato Herrera-Silva y Aurora Rodríguez-Flores.

Teresa era la cuarta de siete hermanos. Fue madre soltera desde los veintisiete años y crió a sus cuatro hijos, Consuelo, Bertha, Carmen y Tony. Teresa fue una mujer con mucha iniciativa, fuerte, valiente y líder en todo lo que superó. Como persona de carácter fuerte, perseveró a través de muchos obstáculos, incluidas las antiguas costumbres en los pueblos de Durango, México. Ella era una mujer con mucho carisma; le gustaba cantar, bailar, poesía y reunir a toda su familia. Fue una buena anfitriona y muy buena cocinera y hubiera podido ser muy buena política.

Teresa era miembro de la Iglesia Católica de San Guillermo desde 1992. A lo largo de los años se involucró con varios grupos dentro de la iglesia, siendo el último la Legión de María. Su fe se desarrolló con la edad. Ayudó a algunas organizaciones enviándoles su donación mes a mes. Siempre fue una mujer muy generosa y piadosa con sus dones. Ella será extrañada por todos los que la conocían.

Se llevará a cabo una Visitación a las 10:00 am el jueves 30 de septiembre en la Iglesia Católica de San Guillermo en Cashion, AZ. Seguida por la Santa Misa a las 11:30 am.

Conallee Mize

In the early morning of September 13, 2021, Conallee “Connie” Mize left this earthly plane for her heavenly home. Her husband, James “Jim” and daughter Debbie are grateful for the years the Lord allowed them to share with her.

Connie was the third of four children born to Nora and George Johnson. Born while her father was away serving in World War II, she received her unusual name from a song her father liked called “Rose Connelly”. She grew up on a farm in southern Kentucky and graduated in 1958 from Lily High School, where she was the head cheerleader for the Lily Bulldogs. She then worked at the London Tuberculosis Hospital until she married.

Connie and Jim were wed on October 6, 1962 and welcomed their only child, Debbie on July 7, 1963. Connie was deeply involved with the Girl Scouts of America during her daughter’s time with them and became a well-known Cadet Scout Troop Leader and the State Cookie Chairman.

Jim and Connie owned Jim Mize Saw Cut for 25 years. She loved caring for and encouraging her grandchildren in their endeavors and was over the moon to become a great-grandmother twice over. She also enjoyed attending The Maricopa Valley Tabernacle then the Tolleson Listening Post to listen to God’s word and fellowship with her brothers and sisters in Christ.

Connie was the last of her siblings to pass and is survived by her husband (Jim), daughter (Debbie), three grandchildren (Nicolas, Destiny, and Jasmine), and two great-grandchildren (David and Melody), as well as by extended family and friends, many of whom she considered family.

Funeral services are private.

Louis Albert Zepp

Louis Albert Zepp passed away on September 10, 2021. He was born on May 26, 1947 to the late Millard and Loretta Zepp of Hyatsville, Maryland.
Lou attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland studying towards a degree in cartography. Lou worked for the Department of Defense for 47 years, eventually becoming a Department Chief. Lou served with the 955th Engineering Company from 1966 to 1972 during the Vietnam Conflict, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Lou enjoyed woodworking, sailing and wreck diving with son Louis. After retirement, he went back to work at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as an Aviation Security Officer.
Lou leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Debbie, sister Carol of Crofton, Maryland, son Louis and daughter-in-law Sophia Zepp of Goodyear, Arizona, step-daughter Tammy, grandchildren, Grant, Tyler, Ian, Sierra, and Tiffany, nieces, Colleen and Kathy, and his two beloved and spoiled girls, Skeeter and Moochie.

Michael Beyerlein

Mr. Michael Beyerlein, 52, of Goodyear, Arizona died September 13, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born August 18, 1969 in Phoenix, Arizona to Jack Ratcil and Helen Ratcil. He is survived by his wife, Christine Beyerlein, and daughters Kimberly Gomez, Kaitly Gerard, and Kathreen Beyerlein.
Michael was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Dean Sehm, Jr.

Mr. Dean Sehm Jr., 62, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 17, 2021. He was born March 5, 1959 in Rochester, New York to Dean Sehm Sr. and Maybelle DiLorenzo.

Services will be held at a later date.

Edward Gomez

Mr. Edward Gomez, 44, of Tolleson, Arizona died September 11, 2021. He was born April 12, 1977 in Phoenix, Arizona to Matthew Gomez and Martha Valencia. He is survived by his wife Maria Gomez, daughters Zandra and Aleana Gomez, and sons Matthew and Izaiah Gomez.

Eddie was one of those people who offered so much to this world without realizing it. He stood for so many things and protected everyone without hesitation; but never forgot to make you laugh. He was a protector in its truest form and always extended a hand to people regardless of what walk of life you came from. This man offered the opportunity to be part of his family through the love and passion he stored in his heart of gold.

A public visitation will be held October 1 at 6 PM with a funeral service to follow at 7:30PM at Thompson Funeral Home in Goodyear, Arizona.

To view a presentation, click HERE.

David Lee Hasting, Jr.

Mr. David Lee Hasting, Jr., 54, died September 18, 2021 in Chandler, Arizona. He was born February 17, 1967 in Adrian Michigan to David and Teresa Hasting. He is survived by daughters Krystina (Ryan) Whitten and Sydney Hasting, sons Sabastyon (Danielle) Hasting and Tymmothy Hasting, brothers Michael Hasting and Robert (Tamatha) Hasting, father David (Teresa) Hasting, and two grandchildren.

From a young age, David was known to be a free spirit with a mind and heart of his own. For those who knew him, he was an inspiration that showed us all how to live life to the fullest. David loved music and his soul was most alive when at a concert or playing the drums with friends and family. He loved deeply, and family was one of the most important pieces of his life. He loved animals and nature. His heart and spirit will live on in all who knew him, much like a melody on a breeze; much like he lived.

A memorial service will be held at 6PM Thursday, September 23 at Thompson Funeral Home in Goodyear, Arizona.

Robert M. Dichirico

Mr. Robert M Dichirico, 70, Buckeye, AZ. Died on September 10th, 2021 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born on November 6th, 1950 to Ted and Rose Dichirico in Pasay City, Philippines. 

His family moved to California in 1955.  In 1969 he started working for GTE/Verizon and at the same time, he joined the army reserves where he was a tank mechanic. Graduated top of his class and he retired after 34 years in 2003. 

He was known by many names; Most knew him as Bob, some friends would call him Chrome for the chrome sunglasses he wore, other’s new him by Rocky, Mr. D, Bobby D and his grandkids nicknamed him Grandpa TV. 

He loved hosting bbq’s in his back yard where he made his famous ribs and macaroni salad.  You would always see him rocking one of his iconic hawaiian shirts or one of his pocket tees. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife Linda Dichirico;  his daughters, Shila and Leandra Dichirico; his Grandchildren, Bella, Niko and Carlo; sisters, Tony Ryde, Liz Dichirico, and Rose Dichirico-Murillo; brothers, Charlie, Jimmy, and Nick Dichirico. He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Rose, and his brother Ted Dichirico. 

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. 

Louis Zepp

Louis Albert Zepp passed away on September 10, 2021. He was born on May 26, 1947 to the late Millard and Loretta Zepp of Hyatsville, Maryland.
Lou attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland studying towards a degree in cartography. Lou worked for the Department of Defense for 47 years, eventually becoming a Department Chief. Lou served with the 955th Engineering Company from 1966 to 1972 during the Vietnam Conflict, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Lou enjoyed woodworking, sailing and wreck diving with son Louis. After retirement, he went back to work at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as an Aviation Security Officer.
Lou leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Debbie, sister Carol of Crofton, Maryland, son Louis of Goodyear, Arizona, step-daughters Connie and Tammy, grandchildren, Grant, Tyler, Ian, Sierra, Kaitlyn and Tiffany, nieces, Colleen and Kathy, and his two beloved and spoiled girls, Skeeter and Moochie.

Ernest “Evan” Moseley

Mr. Ernest “Evan” Moseley of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 14, 2021. He was born September 20, 1933 in Livingston, California to Thomas Benjamin Moseley and Hattie Edna Strickland Moseley. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Edna, brothers Herbert, Leslie, Mark, James, Allen and Stanley, sisters Avola, and Ruth Ann Stewart, infant daughters Leta Marlene and Lark Anne Moseley, and his only son Ernest Moseley II. He is survived by his wife Marva “Tillie” Moseley, and daughters Robin Arave (Dave), Marlena Kirby (Jim), Tamara Davies (Bill), and Rachel Williams (Jay), and his brother Robert, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Evan graduated from Tolleson Union High School in 1952. That same year, he married Marva “Tillie” Patterson. He owned and operated Moseley Aviation in Litchfield Park for 40 years. He was a business entrepreneur; he created and ran several aviation related businesses. He started ProLift Helicopters, and Life Rescue, a medical rescue and transport service in Lakeside, Arizona. He wildcatted for oil on family land in Texas and successfully completed four wells. Evan was a highly accomplished helicopter and fixed-wing pilot. His company helped put the roof on the Bank-One Ballpark stadium.
Evan was a Godly Christian, a good businessman, and a great family man. He was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed.
Visitation and services will be held Saturday, September 25 at 8 AM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Thomas Wierschem

Thomas Masao Wierschem, 39, went to be with Our Lord and savior on September 10, 2021.
Thomas was born on May 11, 1982, in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Paradise Valley High School and received a full academic scholarship to ASU where he graduated with a Baccalaureate in Criminal Justice. He joined M.C.S.O. in March 2016 and had risen through the various ranks. Thomas became a Sergeant in April 2013 and Lieutenant in October 2015. He received numerous accommodations throughout his career. His last role with M.C.S.O. was that of an Executive Lieutenant, where he built effective working relationships with local courts, other law enforcement agencies, and all levels of office staff and command.
Thomas “finally found the love of a lifetime” with Deana and they married on October 31, 2016. He enjoyed traveling and spending as much time as he could on various beaches and truly enjoyed sharing his love of guns and bourbon with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Deana Wierschem; son, Luis Lopez; daughter, Laurie Lopez; parents, Charles and Kazumi Wierschem; two sisters, Christina Reisinger (Jeffrey); Angela Ogden (Matthew); one brother, Daniel Wierschem and several nephews, niece, aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Masao and Kayono Nabeuchi and Ivan and Martha Wierschem.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Tom’s life in their own way. So, raise a glass of your favorite bourbon in Tom’s memory, as this would be quite appropriate.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on September 29, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Maria Elva Torres

Maria Elva Torres, de 63 años, de Avondale, Arizona, falleció el 7 de septiembre de 2021 en Columbus, Ohio. Nació el 16 de octubre de 1957 de Baldomero Fernández y Catalina Sánchez en México.

A María le sobreviven sus hijos Trinidad Torres, Guillermo Torres, Leticia Torres, Rufina Torres, Joany Servín y Miguel Jr. Servín.

Se llevará a cabo una visita de 6 a 9:00 pm el viernes 17 de septiembre de 2021 en Thompson Funeral Chapel. Los servicios funerales se llevarán a cabo a las 10:30 am el sábado 18 de septiembre de 2021 en La Asamblea Apostólica de la Fe en Cristo Jesus ubicada en 707 East Hill Drive en Avondale, Arizona 85323. Una recepción seguirá a las 3:00 pm a la dirección 1221 N. Dysart Rd Lote # 26 en Avondale, Arizona 85323.

John Hammitt

John H. Hammitt, 85, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 12, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born October 25, 1935 in Oakland, California to Henry K. Hammitt and Margareta I. Rosendahl.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Shirley J. Hammitt, sons John Hammitt and Richard (Barb) Hammitt and daughter Diana (Gary) Feldman and, four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson Jonah Feldman.

John was raised in Oakland, California. He was the first in his family to graduate from college in 1958, where he majored in Forestry. John’s life as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel took him all over the world. He was a Vietnam veteran. After moving more than 15 times, Shirley and John settled in Litchfield Park, Arizona in 1979.

John married Shirley after meeting at the University of California, Berkeley. They enjoyed spending summers at her father’s property in Grass Valley, California. When Shirley required surgery in August of 2021, John was by her side every step of the way and cared for her once she came home.

John loved football, especially the San Francisco 49ers and his California Golden Bears along with all of the Arizona sport’s teams. He enjoyed watching sports, the History Channel, and old Westerns. His hobbies included skeet shooting, hunting, HAM Radios and genealogy. He was a Boy Scout in his youth and later became a leader for Troop 90, and was a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He also loved to take care of his daughter Diana’s dog Lady Dog, when she and her husband would travel.

John lived life on his terms – retired when he was 49.  That left plenty of time for him to be fully engaged in hobbies and his relationships with friends and family.  When family would visit, he always wanted to play a “little” football in the backyard.  John was always eager to talk with anyone that was on his journey and loved to learn their story and acknowledge them for who they are.

Services will be held at 9:30AM October 25 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations be made to the following organizations:

Masonic service

THOMPSON FUNERAL CHAPEL

926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338

Service starts at 9:30 (Doors open at 8am)

Military Honors

NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF ARIZONA

23029 NORTH CAVE CREEK ROAD, PHOENIX, AZ 85024

Service 2:30 – 3:00 (please arrive early to allow time to park and get to service location)

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations be made to the following organizations:

Make a Gift | Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) (autismcenter.org)

Air Force Association (afa.org)

Give to VVMF – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Deborah (Debbie) Schiller

Ms. Deborah (Debbie) Schiller, 68, of Goodyear, Arizona died September 4, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born January 8, 1953 to Loren Schiller and Ellen Godfrey.

A service for Debbie will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on October 23, 2021 at 2pm.

Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown, 63, passed away on September 9th. She is survived by son William and daughter Jennifer, sister Susan Hilburn, and mother Joann Mylar. We will miss her very much but we know she’s in a better place. Someday we will meet her again.

Visitation will at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 8AM on September 22. All other service information is private at this time.

Lura Stubbs

Ms. Lura Fae Stubbs, 86, of Goodyear, Arizona slipped into eternity September 7, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona with her loving husband and oldest daughter Deborah by her side. She was born April 11, 1935to George Conkling and Emily Conkling in Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her husband Les Stubbs, daughters Deborah Stubbs and Gale McNatt, and sons Jack Stubbs and John Stubbs. She also leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and sister Penny Slaubaugh.
Lura was married at 18 to high school friend Les and celebrated 68 years of happy marriage. They had four children by the time she was 24, and her greatest joy in life was raising them. In 1999, Lura and Les moved from San Diego, California to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Arizona. Lura was a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 20 years and loved singing in their choir. A budding artist, she was a proud Navy Wife for 21 years. Her brief working life consisted of being a secretary for the San Diego Life Insurance Association and as a receptionist for a chiropractor.
The family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Vincent Barry

Mr. Vincent Barry, 75 of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 8, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born June 14, 1946 to Jesse Barry and Mary Coghill in Shakopee, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife Ana Barry, Daughter Irene Marie Barry-Bonadio, and sons Andrew Barry, Joseph Barry, and Raymond Barry. He is also survived by his sisters Eileen (Philip) Hallin, Margaret (Lowell) Pemberton, Marie Flanary, Joan (Terry) Bliss, and Suzanne (Greg) Gramlow, and brothers Donald (Judy) Barry, and Alan (Cheryl) Barry, and nine beloved grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father Jesse Barry, mother Mary Barry, daughter Linda Barry Hopper, and granddaughter Jennifer Makayla Hopper.
Vincent was a devoted family man, who was known as a walking encyclopedia and book worm. He was a people person and social butterfly who travelled the world. He worked as a systems engineer and a part time farmer. He was proud of building his farm and farm house.
Visitation will be at 6 PM on Tuesday, September 21 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 PM led by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held 10AM Wednesday, September 22 at Our Lady of Sorrows Priory in Phoenix, Arizona. Interment will be at 1PM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona.

Don Tucker

Mr. Don Tucker, 82 of Goodyear, Arizona died September 1, 2021 in Sun City West, Arizona. He was born May 13, 1939 in Fremont, Ohio to Robert Tucker and Naomi Wells. He is survived by his wife Donna Tucker, daughters Cynthia (George) Blevins, Amy (Jeremy) Parker, and sons Jay (Andrea) Tucker and Daniel (Renee) Tucker, and his sisters Mary Ann Voggenthaler, Kay Ellwood, Lynne Nord, and Chris Tucker, and his brother Bob Tucker. He is also survived by his nephew Mike Sipsma, cousins Floyd Tucker and Bernie Tucker, and his brother-in-law Al Voggenthaler. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren: Karissa Parker, Luke Tucker, Madelyn Tucker, Daniel Tucker Jr, George Blevins, Michael Blevins, 4 step- grandchildren: Darcy, Lenee, Daniel and Ron, and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Naomi Wells, father Robert Tucker, brother John Wells, step-father Ralph Wells, son-in-law Dan Parker, and grandparents Theresa and Joseph Miller.
Don and his wife Donna were married April 5, 1980 until his passing this September. Don was a funeral director for over 50 years and owned and operated four funeral homes in Arizona. The things he enjoyed most were his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed off-roading, scuba-diving, hunting, fishing, and traveling.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 27, at 2PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

Arthur “Frank” McDaniel

Mr. Arthur “Frank” McDaniel, 81, of Buckeye, Arizona died February 1, 2021 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He was born January 22, 1940 to Robert McDaniel and Ella McDaniel in Ajo, Arizona. He served in the Arizona Air National Guard.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann McDaniel and son Gregory (Carol) McDaniel. He is also survived by his sister Doralene Beaupre, and brothers Wayne McDaniel and Timothy McDaniel. He also leaves behind six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Stuart McDaniel.

Frank was a Charter Member of Local 140 International Union of Elevator Constructors. He was a two-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion (1963 and 1970), and was inducted into the Arizona State Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Tucson Raceway Park Hall of Fame in 2003.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, September 18 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Donations can be made in Frank’s memory to Tunnel2Towers.org

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Daniel Roderick

Daniel T. Roderick, 58, died September 11, 2021 in Maricopa, AZ. He was the son of Donald and Carleen Roderick and was born at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. His military family brought him to Avondale when he was a little boy. He graduated from Agua Fria High School with the class of 1981. Daniel served in the U.S. Navy as a young man where he learned the machinist trade and applied those skills in the private sector. He later returned to his early roots as a salesman and had a lengthy career in pool and solar sales. Dan was known for his caring heart and his kindness and compassion for all. His father would proudly say of him, “He has never known a stranger.” Dan was always willing to step up and take action to help others whenever and wherever he could and he had an uncanny sense for when his intervention was needed. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stephen. He is survived by his wife, Emily, his son, Charles Robinson and his brother Lawrence, his daughter Haley, his siblings Sandy Kennedy (Ken), Cindy Owens, Donny Roderick and Nichole Swanson. He will be missed by 44 nieces and nephews whom he adored immensely. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:30 PM on Friday, September 17th and a funeral mass at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 18th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church located at 800 W Loma Linda Blvd. Goodyear, AZ. Services being handled by Thompson’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley or Arizona Animal Welfare League.

Johnny “Bryan” Winkles

Mr. Johnny “Bryan” Winkles, 52, of Avondale, Arizona died September 9, 2021 in Sun City West, Arizona. He was born April 3, 1969 to Johnny Winkles and Linda Biles in Thomaston, Georgia. He was survived by his wife Annette Winkles, and his children Tyler Winkles, Bailey Winkles-Middlebrooks, Debra Lopez, Madison Ellenbarger, and Tristan Curry, as well as 8 wonderful Grandbabies that were the light of his life.
Bryan was a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan and was proud of recently purchasing his dream car. Bryan loved his dogs and that “damn cat” of his. He was a true friend to everyone he met and a loving family man.

Domenico Arcadi

Mr. Domenico Arcadi, 74, of Phoenix, Arizona died September 8, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. He was born January 7, 1947 in Motticella, Reggio Calabria, Italy to Rocco Arcadi and Annunziata Alaface. He is survived by his wife Pasqualina Arcadi, and sons Vinny and Rocco Arcadi.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona on September 16th. Service and recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 PM. Click HERE to view a slideshow.

Reina Cardoza

Reina Cardoza, 61, of Avondale, Arizona died September 9, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born, February 11,1960 to Manuel Alfaro and Maria Deras in Chalatenango, El Salvador. She is survived by her husband Martin Cardoza, son Nestor Cardoza, daughters Reina Soto and Mayra Heredia, and her beloved grandchildren.
Reina was the best mother in the world and the best wife to her loving husband. She was the most loving grandmother who loved to laugh and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. Every morning, she had a cup of coffee. She was kind, honest, extremely understanding and had the BEST laugh. She brought so much joy, especially when playing with her grandkids.
MARTIN VENI!!

Reina Cardoza, de 61 años de edad, de Avondale, Arizona, falleció el 9 de septiembre de 2021 en Phoenix, Arizona. Nació el 11 de febrero de 1960, en Chalatenango, El Salvador hija de Manuel Alfaro y Maria Deras. Le sobreviven su esposo Martín Cardoza, su hijo Néstor Cardoza, sus hijas Reina Soto y Mayra Heredia, y sus amados nietos.
Reina era la mejor madre del mundo y la mejor esposa de su amado esposo. Era la abuela más cariñosa a la que le encantaba reír y disfrutaba trabajando en su crucigramas. Todas las mañanas tomaba una taza de café. Ella fue amable, honesta, extremadamente comprensiva y su riza fue lo MEJOR. Ella trajo mucha alegría, especialmente cuando jugaba con sus nietos.
MARTIN VENI!!

Walter Steiner

Walter G. Steiner Jr., 69, of Goodyear, Arizona died on September 4, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born January 16, 1952 in Decatur, Illinois to Walter and Sylvia Steiner. He is survived by his wife of 12 years Marcia Steiner, son Edmund McNeal, sister Erica Steiner, brother James Steiner and sister-in-law Debbie Steiner.

Walter completed some college. He was the 1st Vice Chair of the Estrella Conservative Republican Club and 1st Vice Chair of Legislative District 4, City of Goodyear Planning and Zoning. He was on the Right Lane Zoom Committee. He worked as the Sales and Distribution Manager for Kinney and Shoe Carnival for over 30 years.

Walt was an asset to the community and will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

The public viewing will be Monday, September 20 from 6 to 9 PM at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 21 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale Arizona at 10:30 AM.

Desirae LeeAnn Lockard

Desirae LeeAnn Lockard, 3, died on September 5, 2021, surrounded by family, love, and hope.  After a ten-month battle against terminal brain cancer, her passing at Ryan House was quiet and peaceful.

Desi was born December 11, 2017, and though her life was short, it was well-lived.  She captured the hearts of all who met her with her vibrant spirit, adorable voice, and big, big hugs.  She delighted in all things pink and sparkly, loved to sing and dance, and adored spending time with family and friends.

Desi broke the mold.  Her interests included unicorns and construction equipment, princess dresses and pirates, sword-fighting and teddy bear diapering.  She was markedly compassionate, determined, silly, bright, and so very loving.  Desi had a laugh that could brighten any room, a smile that could warm any heart.  Her joy was contagious, affecting all who were blessed to know her.

She never let cancer slow her down.  And now, she is dancing with Jesus, cancer-free.

Desi is survived by her parents, Christopher and Elizabeth Lockard; her older brother, Alexander Lockard; her paternal grandparents, Enalo and Evelyn Lockard; and her maternal grandparents, Timothy and Cheryl Hoenig.

A Celebration of Desi’s Life will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Estrella Mountain Church.

Arcelia “Archie” Romero

Our beloved Archie Romero passed away on Friday September 3rd, 2021, at the age of 65. Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel on September 18th @9:30am – 11am. At the time of her passing her dedicated and loving Husband of 37 years was by her side. Also next to her were her loving little sisters. Archie leaves behind her husband Fidel Romero and three adult sons Robert Chavez, Efran Chavez and Angel Chavez. Archie also leaves behind 12 grandkids and 7 great grandkids. She dedicated her life to Jehovah, family to include her spiritual family. Archie touched the hearts of many people and will be truly missed.

 

Mom, where do I start you were the best mother a boy could ask for, your love was unweathering your strength so impowering. My mother loved her three boys. Growing up my mom loved to watch her sons play sports, didn’t matter what sport all she knew was that her son was playing, and she was going to be there. Mom was respected amongst all our childhood friends; I am sure her skills at cooking and baking contributed to that a little. Most of all it was her heart that captured people, when you walked through her door, she made you feel so special, so important that my friends felt like family. I am going to miss talks with my mother, with out fail, she spoke from her heart and the bible making sure her boys were ready for anything life throws at us. Going to miss watching afar as the loving interactions mom had with my wife, they would sit for hours just talking about the bible and my wife intently listen to my mother’s heavenly wisdom. I’m already missing her voice singing along with her favorite music, she loved singing and I loved to hear her do so.

Miss you MOM

Angel Chavez

 

Born in Phoenix, Arizona she lived her whole life in the state was born on January 13th, 1956, to John Antonio Cano and Irene Luera. Archie had 6 brothers and 6 sisters listed in order Johnny, Archie, Mary, Olivia, Efran, Angie, Minerva, Miguel, Virgina, Nacho, Vicente, Irene and Frankie.

My sister Archie was the best big sister ever. Always looking after her younger siblings. Started at a very young age and continued until her last days on Earth.

In this picture she is holding hands with her little sisters Olivia on the right and Angie on her left. I miss my big sister dearly.

Mary Cano

 

When I think of Archie, all I can do is smile. She had a big heart, and she knew how to make everyone feel like they were family. If you knew Archie just a little bit, you knew she loved to serve Jehovah; she loved to meet new people and to make friends; she loved to laugh, take pictures, and dance.

For Archie, baking wasn’t just something to make someone feel good; it was an art form. She made countless cupcakes and cakes for family and friends, may it have been for a wedding, anniversary, bridal shower, baby shower, graduation, gathering, etc. Her cakes were exquisite, especially her Pineapple upside-down cake, which was my favorite cake of hers. She had a way of creating fruit and veggie plates beyond what the ordinary person could do. Archie cannot do small things; she only knew how to go big or go home. She had a love for food, and she was a true foodie at heart! Archie wasn’t afraid of trying new things. You could see her face light up when she would speak about her time working at the Wigwam Resort, the Sheraton, and other hotels. She was a firecracker! To know Archie was to love her.

Olivia Covarrubias

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Randy Bramlette

Mr. Randy Bramlette, 65, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died on August 31, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born January 9, 1956 in Taft, California to Jack and Ida Bramlette.

Randy was born in Taft, California to Jack and Ida Bramlette and was the youngest of three children. When he was a toddler, his family moved to a 20-acre cotton farm in Central California where his sheer terror of lady bugs manifested though no one ever understood why. He attended elementary school and most of high school in Hanford, California. Randy, even at an early age, displayed a musical talent which later developed into him being an accomplished drummer in several small bands in California as well as Arizona. Most of his adult life was spent in Arizona where he worked as an iron-worker and welder on many construction projects in the greater Phoenix area; he often described the work he did on what is now known as Chase Field in downtown Phoenix (formerly known as “B.O.B.”). Life for Randy took a drastic turn when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma that ended his construction career. He was strong enough to recover, but suffered other health issues. While he thoroughly enjoyed his music and loved his dog companions, his greatest passion was his motorcycle. Riding gave him great pleasure and a sense of freedom. Randy will be missed in many ways as a brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, but he will be well remembered for his quick wit and wicked sense of humor.

He is survived by his spouse, Connie Bramlette, step-daughter, Patty Reid, son, Justin Bramlette, step-sons, Michael Roberson and John Moreley, sister, Sharon Antes, fifteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ida Bramlette, and brother, Stephen Bramlette.

Dale Bell

Mr. Dale Bell, 73, of Goodyear, Arizona died peacefully in his home August 30, 2021. He was born November 5, 1947 to Arthur Bell and Katherine Salzman in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dale served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1973. He is survived by wife Sonja Bell, his children Teresa Willis of Portland, Oregon, David Bell of Goodyear, Arizona, Trish Lee of Milwaukie, Oregon, Heather O’Connor of Oregon City, Oregon, Jaymie Van Orden of West Linn, Oregon, and Brian Hicks of Milwaukie, Oregon. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Dale is survived by his remaining brother Roger Bell, his sister Sharon predeceased him several months prior. Dale will be deeply missed by his extended family and friends. Mr. Bell was an aid golfer most of his career, organized countless tournaments, charity events, and participated in several golf leagues in Goodyear as well as marshalling part time at Pebble Creek Golf Resort. His love of the game led him to Goodyear, Arizona where he retired with his wife. Dale was never too busy to help a friend or rescue someone in need. He traveled extensively worldwide to follow his golf game. Mr. Bell was in the HVAC business over 40 years and was a very active member of the Portland Home Builders Association in Portland, Oregon and continued practicing his skills long after retirement. The family will hold a private memorial service in Portland, Oregon. A celebration of his life will be scheduled for a later date in Goodyear, Arizona.

Charles Henry Byrnes III

Mr. Charles Henry Byrnes III, 39, of Buckeye, Arizona died September 2, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born June 8, 1982 in Houston, Texas to Charles Henry Byrnes II and Sylvia Byrnes. He is survived by his partner Jennifer Escobedo, daughter Alexis Byrnes, and sons Xavier, Ruben, and Elijah Byrnes. He is also survived by his mother Sylvia Byrnes, sisters Sharon Byrnes and Gabriela Quiroz, and grandparents Jerry and Delores Gibson. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Henry Byrnes II and daughter Serenity Byrnes.

Charles lived in Ludlow, Kentucky until 1995 when the family moved to Buckeye, Arizona. A skilled tradesman, Charles worked in construction. He loved football, boxing, wrestling, and horse racing.

Family was sacred to Charles. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and dirt biking with them. He especially loved spending time with his children, to whom he dedicated most of his time. He loved his mother’s cooking, especially her salsa.   His charming & mischievous smile will be missed dearly.

 

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Ignacio (Nacho) Acosta Sr.

Ignacio (Nacho) Acosta Sr. went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on August 31, 2021 holding his wife’s hand. He was born in Riverside, California on July 31, 1926 to Julian Valdivia and Rita DeLeon. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife, children, many grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren.

He married his wife Nora in Kansas City, Missouri in 1948 and together they raised nine children. He worked for Swift & Co. meat packing plant as a scaler for nine years before being transferred to a new plant in Tolleson, Arizona. He lived with his family in Phoenix for 29 years and moved to Goodyear 20 years ago.

After his retirement, he became very active in the Immaculate Heart Church as a volunteer for SVDP, became a member of the Parish Council, and did maintenance for the church when needed. He organized a choir for the 12 o’clock mass, played his guitar and sang, and composed songs for the mass.

He was our “Energizer Bunny”; never stopping, always fixing and inventing. He was an amazing and loving father and husband of 73 years, an inspiring, honest, and giving friend to many.

Mrs. Christina E. Gonzalez

Mrs. Christina E. Gonzalez, 100, of Avondale, Arizona died August 31, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born December 15, 1920 in San Marcos, Texas to Simon Espinoza and Preciliana Mendoza. She is survived by children Ramiro Gonzalez (Juanita), Roberto Gonzalez (Mary), Maria Isabel Montelongo, Blanca Quilantan (Tony), Pedro Gonzalez (Mila), and Socorro Petty. She is also survived by siblings, Gabino Espinoza, Josephine Escobedo (Baldemar), Pedro Espinoza, as well as 28 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Jose Aleman Gonzalez, children Juan Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Ramon Gonzalez, and Maria Luisa Gonzalez.

Christina was a devoted wife and mother with a generous and loving heart.  She was our everything and she will be deeply missed.

God bless our beautiful mother Ama’.  Que dios te’ bendiga.

Jean Marie Thelen Oliveriu

Jean Marie, fondly known as Jeannie, was born May 07, 1959, and adopted by Dr. Charles and Mrs. Faylene Thelen. Jeannie is survived by her husband Matthew (Matt) Oliverius, daughter Amberly Nicole Dorrell, stepsons Michael and William Oliverius, stepdaughters April and Valerie Oliverius (expecting). Her cousin (lovingly referred to as her brother) Greg Mitchell and wife Kathy and their children and grandchildren. Brother-in-Law Chuck Oliverius, and his wife, Kathy. Jeannie is also survived by her “fur babies,” Enola, English Setter; Nova, Newfoundland; Gracie, Border Collie; Bella, Rat Terrier mix.

 

Jeannie knew from a very young age that she was adopted. She felt so very blessed by this and so privileged to be the one and only child of Charles and Faylene that she proceeded to adopt others through out her life! Her cousin Greg was her “brother,” as far as she was concerned. They loved and scrapped with each other as all close siblings do!

 

She met Julia Pennington (12-30-58 to 12-30-19) during Julia’s adoption process and quickly adopted Julia as her “sister!” Jeannie met Jan (Connelly) Moline at age 9, during an All Faith Chapel Vacation Bible School (VBS) and they remained best friends until her passing. She met Heidi Shayla (Shayla) Rosofsky when Amberly and Heidi’s daughter, Shoshanna, were babies. Heidi and Jeannie remained “besties” through out Jeannie’s life. Jeannie also included Tammy Winslow-Kencke, and Nadia Kennedy amongst her closest friends. She had recently rekindled her friendship with Karin Randle and remained in touch with many high school friends through Facebook and the BHS Class of ’77 Facebook group.

 

Jeannie’s list of friends (names only, no other details) could go on for pages. She loved so deeply and so generously. She adopted those she loved, phoned/texted/messaged regularly and frequently. She was a vibrant, colorful, gregarious person who lit up the room when she entered! She was a renaissance woman who loved debate, research, medicine, sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She loved art, history, and learning about people, countries, and all things Americana. She was so proud of her father’s contribution to this country in both military service and scientific research. She was also very proud that her daughter Amberly had chosen military service as well. She was very proud that Amberly had attained her Bachelor’s Degree, and is teaching. She was proud of Amberly’s style, patriotism, love for others, and “the woman she is!” Jeannie loved Matt dearly. They worked and lived together. If she were away for a weekend, she called and/or texted him several times each day. They enjoyed time spent in Sedona through their time-share, cruises, caring for and walking the dogs, target shooting, wonderful meals she prepared. Matt was the love of her life.

 

As lively and happy as Jeannie was, her closest friends knew what she hid so well. Jeannie had some very serious health challenges. She dealt with extreme, debilitating migraines, endometriosis, and an auto-immune disorder that meant a life of chronic pain. Amberly was her miracle baby and Jeannie loved her with all she had. Still when the endometriosis meant that no other children would be possible she was very unhappy and grieved that she was unable to give Amberly a sister or brother.

 

Despite it all, or maybe because of it, she lived life to its fullest! She married young, to Amberly’s father, Loren Dorrell. The pressures of early marriage, economic, and health challenges pushed them apart. Never one to give up on love, Jeannie met and married Michael Stief. Sadly, her health issues and Michael’s focus on his business caused that marriage to fail eventually as well. Jeannie firmly believed the third time was the charm, and it was. She met and married Matthew (Matt) Oliverius. To say they lived happily ever after minimizes the business and economic challenges, the challenges of a blended family, even the challenges of two people living and working together 24/7, but the love they shared

made all of it work. The love they shared grew stronger with each and every challenge. She loved Matt so very much.

 

Jeannie’s ashes will be scattered in a private family ceremony. A memorial service will be held shortly and all the information will be listed in local newspapers in Avondale, Las Vegas, Orange County, and Ridgecrest and posted to Jeannie’s Facebook newsfeed. We apologize for the delay but are attempting to ensure that all those who wish to attend may be able to do so, even if multiple services are needed. Jean Marie Thelen (Jeannie) Oliverius was a force to be reckoned with, a force of love, of absolute passion for her English Setters, an abiding sense of “duty of care” to her family, friends, and fur babies of all kinds. Jeannie will be so greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an animal rescue group of your choice, the English Setter Rescue Group, or a local Relay for Life team in Jeannie’s name. A birthday memorial party will be held May 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Time and location will be announced on Facebook. Email notices will be sent to those providing their email to janmoline@gmail.com, Subject Line:Jeannie’s BD Memorial.

Laura Russell

Laura Russell (59) of Pahrump, NV passed away after a brief illness on September 1, 2021 at her mother’s home in Buckeye, AZ surrounded by loving family.

Laura attended Liberty School, Buckeye Union High School (Class of ‘80), and graduated with honors from the University of Arizona.

Laura lived in many countries during a long and respected career with Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals as Project Controls Trend Manager.  She retired in 2017 to Pahrump, NV.

Laura was beautiful, kind, intelligent, and truly authentic.

Grieving family are her mother, Harriett Russell of Buckeye, AZ; brother, John Russell (Valorie) of Buckeye, AZ; sister, Kimber Russell of Oro Valley, AZ and two nephews Tyler and Aiden of Oro Valley, AZ. She was preceded in death by her father Donald Russell in 2010.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in the name of Laura Russell to:
Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or by calling (602) 530-6992 or www.hov.org/donate

Rosareta Phillips

Rosareta Phillips passed away on August 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  She was born May 18, 1943 in New Mexico.  She is the daughter of Amadeo and Ursulita Duran.

Rosareta was one of 4 children. She was the only girl.  She was spoiled by her big brothers.  They loved her dearly. They all lived out of state and when they came in to town to visit her, she was very, very happy.

Rosareta was married to James Phillips for 57years. She had 4 children, Jerry, Linda, Sandra and Barry.  Sadly, she lost her two boys, Jerry and Barry.  She absolutely loved being a mother. Being a mother and grandmother was her full-time job. She gave that role 100%. She was the most loving, patient and caring mother.  She was always there for us day or night. Another role that she was the best at was being a grandmother. She adored all of her grand-kids and great grand-kids. They brought such joy and happiness to her.

Rosareta along with her husband James, took on three of their grandchildren, Jared, Ryan and Kyle and raised them from birth. They never hesitated taking on this role and would not have changed anything. It was not easy because they weren’t young adults but they never complained and took it one day at a time.

Rosareta is survived by her two daughters, Linda Martinez and Sandra Arvizu.  Her two son-in-laws, Joey Martinez and Arthur Arvizu, 8 grandkids and 7 great-grandkids. She is predeceased by her husband, James Phillips, her two sons, Jerry Phillips and Barry Phillips and her grandson, Joseph Martinez.

Rosareta is in Paradise now with all of her loved ones and is no longer in pain with her medical conditions. We will miss her dearly every second of every day.

Services will be at Thompson Funeral Chapel, September 11

th from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Cassandra Dawn Williams

Cassandra Dawn Williams passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 29th 2021. She was 51 years young.

She was born on April 20th 1970, in Santa Paula, California to Patricia A. Howard and loved for a lifetime by her Step-Father Douglas H. Walker.

She loved to sing and dance and would bring light into every room she entered with her smile.

Cassandra was the proud mother of 3 children and grandmother to nine immediate grandchildren and would accept many others as her children and grandchildren with her arms always open. She treasured every moment in her role as Grandma and showered all of her grandchildren with love and affection.

Cassandra is survived by her children K’lah, Jazmarae and Clara, and her grandchildren, Dion, Anthony, Miles, Brystol, Brynlee, Riley, Mya, Kiana and a beautiful baby girl expected in December.

A visitation will be held from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and the funeral will start at 2:30pm on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Barbara L. Foguth

Mrs. Barbara L. Foguth, 87, of Goodyear, Arizona died on August 28, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born August 8, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Ernest and Freida Csolkovits, and lived most of her life in Grandville, MI.

Barbara was a mother of seven children who she loved unconditionally. She was known for cooking a spaghetti dinner for the whole varsity football team before every game. Barbara loved to garden, was an expert at knitting, crocheting and making cookies. She was famous for her peanut brittle and cinnamon rolls.

She is survived by her husband, Paul A. Foguth; daughters, Elizabeth Reinking and Teresa Kinder; sons, Paul Foguth, James Foguth, Robert Foguth, and Joseph Foguth; sister, Ruth Chilver; brother, Charles Csolkovits; fifteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, David Foguth, and brothers, Ernest Csolkovits Jr. and Tommy Csolkovits.

There will be a funeral for Barbara at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 1pm.

Rondo Ivan Jennings

Rondo Ivan Jennings, aged 61, was released from his battle with COVID-19 on August 30, 2021.

Ron was born in Tempe, Arizona to Ivan and Loretta (Lee) Jennings. His childhood was spent living in several different states and the United Kingdom. He served as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in theTaiwan, Kaohsiung Mission and completed an associate’s degree in zoology from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University.

He married his sweetheart, Kristin (Alexander) Jennings, with whom he celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this year. He is survived by Kristin along with their five children: Erin and son-in-law Ian Barnett; and Alexander, Afton, Ethan, and Delaney Jennings. He was delighted and proud to be the grandfather of four grandchildren: Brecken, London, Watson, and Elliott Barnett. He is also survived by his mother Loretta, and his siblings Arlene (Steven) Jennings Spittle, Linda (Chris) Hill, Lee (Eliza) Florian, Loretta (Roger) McGrath, and Ming-Hsia Rhonda (Wayne) Burton. He was preceded in death by his father Ivan, and they are surely happily reunited.

Ron worked in various positions for the City of Phoenix Water Services Department over the course of 28 years. He served in various callings at church throughout his life; the past 10 at least were spent teaching primary children which he enjoyed very much. Ron enjoyed outdoors activities like hunting, fishing, and camping. His other favorite past-times included antiquing, going to concerts and on trips with his family. He was a do-it-yourself man who often worked on cars and home projects.

He is dearly missed, but his faith and that of his family and friends, promises a bright and happy reunion one day.

A funeral will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear, AZ 85338, on Saturday, September 4th, at 10:00 am. There will be no viewing or graveside service as his body will be laid to rest by cremation.

Shan Kem

Shan Kem, 29, of Phoenix, Arizona died on August 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 13, 1991 to Anthony White and Sumi Mathews.

Shan was always independent and adventurous as well as being a self-starter and risk taker.  Early in life he lived with his mom, grandmother, and aunt in Michigan.  He taught himself everything and was walking by six months.  By the age of eight, he moved to New Jersey to live with his mother and step-father.  Shan played baseball and was always a ham who did some modeling because he liked to be in front of the camera.  Shan later attended military school in Kansas and then moved with his family to Arizona in 2005.  Shan attended Estrella Foothills High School and Estrella Mountain Church.  He later moved to California and loved Los Angeles and the beach.  He made friends that became like family members to him in California.  This is where Shan found his belonging and acceptance.  Shan then moved to New Mexico to attend school to become an occupational therapy assistant.  He worked very hard and became licensed in the state of Arizona.  He enjoyed working with his patients.  He was very funny and had dreams of moving back to California to pursue his creative side.

Shan is survived by his mom, Sumi Mathews, sister, Celine Buensuceso, brother, Dylan Buensuceso, grandmother, Thankamma Mathew, and aunt, Suji George.

There will be a service at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1pm.

Alfretar P. Robinson

Alfretar P. Robinson affectionately known as Alfreda, Grammy, GG was born June 25, 1950 to A.J. Williams and Leona Williams in Orange, Texas.

Alfreda is preceded in death by father A.J. Williams and mother Leona Williams.

Surviving to carry on her legacy are: husband David Robinson Sr., children Wendy Robinson, David (Priscilla) Robinson Jr, Shawn (Ebony) Robinson. Grandchildren Tina (Daniel) Cerioni, Violet (Matthew)

Germann, Khamri (Ian) Romero, Phil Roy, Jaisyn Robinson. Great-Grandchildren Riyan, Micah, Caleb, Jonah, Asher, Nyah and Atlas.

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