Nancy Ann Aho, 74, of Sun Lakes, passed away Friday, August 28, after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family.
Nancy was born May 26, 1941 in Hibbing, Minnesota. She graduated from the Crystal Falls (Michigan) High School in 1960. On July 18, 1964, Nancy married David “Mike” Aho. They celebrated their 51st anniversary this past summer. Nancy and Mike relocated to Sun Lakes in 2002 from Bessemer, Michigan.
Nancy was a homemaker, beautician and stained glass artist. She made the world a more beautiful place with her kindness and art. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Frenchy and Veronica Mayhew, and brother Tom. She is survived by her husband Mike, son Dan (Teresa) and grandsons Dan Jr. and Drew, daughter Melissa (Paul Oberlin), sister Pat (Larry Parry) and extended family. Nancy especially shared a closeness with her nephew Todd (Anne) Mayhew and their children.
Nancy’s funeral arrangements are being prepared through Buehler Funeral Home in Chandler. Her final resting place will be the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Phoenix.
Constance Helene Boutin, 83, died on May 5, 2015, at Dobson Home of Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Arizona after a courageous battle with stage four breast cancer. Her husband of 60 years, Robert, and daughter Barbara were by her side. Connie was a life-long resident of Lawrence, Massachusetts until retiring to Arizona in 1993. She is survived by her Husband Robert, 84, and daughter Barbara, 46, of Sun Lakes, Arizona; sons Kenneth, 56, and Robert Jr., 55, both of Florida and son John, 43, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her son Michael, 50, predeceased her in 2005. She spent many years volunteering with Special Needs adults with C.L.A.S.S., Inc. in support of her son Michael.
Connie spent her life raising her family and being loved by everyone. She will be missed by so many. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center or Hospice of the Valley.
Frances I. Lewis, age 87, died peacefully on August 17, 2015, at Banner Desert Hospital of congestive heart failure. Fran was born in Lucerne, Colorado, the daughter of Lee and Mary Hillen. Fran was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Marion E. Lewis, in 1999.
Upon retirement, she and Marion moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona where she enjoyed playing golf.
Family and friends were Fran’s passion and delight. She loved to host and entertain. She also enjoyed embroidery, gin rummy and bridge. She delighted in organizing the ladies groups to play cards.
She is survived by her children (spouses) Pamela Schaefer (Greg) of Nampa, Idaho, Craig Lewis (Mary Kay) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, five grandchildren, Brandon Schaefer (Theresa) of New York City, Matt Schaefer of Las Vegas, Nevada, Todd Lewis of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Brittney Webber (Joe) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Katrene Lewis of Denver, Colorado and three great grandchildren. A family service will be held in Cheyenne and a celebration of her life will be planned in Sun Lakes this fall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you simply make a donation to your favorite charity in her name.
Gino LoCicero of Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away at 72, on August 27, 2015, with his family by his side.
He was born in Los Angeles, California and spent 38 years living in southern California before moving to Lake Tahoe, California. He retired and moved to Sun Lakes in 1997. Gino enjoyed playing golf, cards and Team Trivia with wonderful friends. When he was young he played sports passionately. He was a big fan of the Diamondbacks and the Cardinals, going to many games.
Gino is survived by his wife Pam, his son Jeff, his daughter Gia and grandchildren Gina, Kyla and Kade all of Lake Tahoe.
A special thank you to Hospice of the Valley for the wonderful care they gave him. In lieu of flowers, remembrance gifts may be given to Hospice of the Valley, 2020 E. Woodside Court, Gilbert, Arizona 85297.
A private memorial will be held in Lake Tahoe.
Marie Marchuk was born in December, 1928, in New York City to parents, Paul and Anna. She was the fourth of six children with three brothers (Willie, Pete and Mike) and two sisters (Helen and Joan). Marie’s childhood was a happy one, but the family was relatively poor. At the age of 15 Marie quit school after her mom passed away to help support her family. In 1956 she met the love of her life, Fred, and they married in May, 1957. Always a positive, upbeat person, Marie didn’t believe in having a bad day. She embraced everyone and easily made friends wherever she went. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor was infectious. Throughout her lifetime, Marie was a loyal friend, loving wife and devoted mother who insisted that everyone around her have fun and eat!
Although she is of Russian and Austrian heritage, Marie adopted the Italian culture whether they were ready for her or not. She loved cooking and on Sunday afternoons the house would be filled with aromas of the Italian recipes she learned to cook from her mother-in-law.
Although New Yorkers through and through, and while it raised eyebrows, Marie and Fred sold almost everything they had, packed up their gold Cadillac and moved to Arizona in 1973. With a short stint in Modesto, California they ultimately settled in Sun City in 1994, a place they both loved and enjoyed together. Marie moved to Sun Lakes in recent years to, as she put it, “be closer to my kids and give them some grief.”
Marie had many talents including crochet, knitting and arts and crafts. A part-time worker over the years, Marie loved volunteer work and participating in social and activity clubs. She loved to play cards or board games, often organizing gatherings to enjoy a night of games or enjoyable conversation with lots of laughing. Joke telling was one of her favorite things, often laughing uproariously herself.
Marie and Fred had fun decorating their homes wherever they lived, making it a happy place for friends and family to enjoy. Marie’s greatest joy was her family. Her children include her son Cliff and daughter-in-law Deidre and their three sons, Kendall, Donovan and Bradley; her daughter Audrey and son-in-law Todd and their daughters, Brianna and Kara. She was extremely happy when she became a great-grandmother to Kara’s daughter Kaydence and she will be looking on with another bolt of joy as Brianna and her husband Joseph welcome their daughter, Abigail Marie Wheaton, this November.
Marie touched the lives of many during her lifetime but, as she eloquently put it, “I’ve had a good run” and she is happy to join Freddie in peaceful rest at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.
Robert Prochaska passed away August 6. Robert was active in bicycling. He is survived by his wife, Gladys.