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Basil Serge Bocynesky

Basil Serge Bocynesky

Basil Serge Bocynesky

Basil Serge Bocynesky, 78, passed peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 23, 2022. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Sandra, a daughter, Christine (Bocynesky) Monaco of Texas, and son-in-law, Michael Monaco. Additionally, he leaves behind a son-in-law, Michael Belair, of Sun Lakes. Basil was preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly (Bocynesky) Belair of Sun Lakes. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Julianna Huettt, Lauryn Tetreault, Ryan Belair, Kaitlyn Belair, and Devin Cwynar.

Basil served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant from the 74th Med. Evac. Unit. He owned his own industrial hygiene consulting business just prior to retiring. Over the years he worked for the federal government and state of Connecticut as an industrial hygienist in Connecticut as well as the Center for Occupational Health in Exeter, N.H.

Basil was born and resided in Connecticut until 2003, at which time he and his wife moved from Hebron, Conn., to Ahwatukee, Ariz., and finally to Sun Lakes where he served for many years on the Building and Grounds Committee in IronOaks. He enjoyed the climate, the friendliness of the Sun Lakes community, and the many activities.

He was smart, witty, well versed, well loved, and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He is resting in the arms of the Lord.

Joan Bonardel Golding

Joan Bonardel Golding

Joan Bonardel Golding

Joan B. Golding, 83, was born June 9, 1939, and passed away on Sept. 18, 2022. Joan is survived by her husband Dick of 63 years, daughters Nancy Dennehy and Connie Quarnstrom (John), son Tex Golding, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Paul, son Ken Golding, and son-in-law Dan Dennehy.

Joan was born in Orange, N.J., in 1939, and raised in Summit, N.J., where she met her future husband, Dick, in the 4th grade. In 1959, Dick and Joan married and started a family of four children. The family moved to Minnesota in 1974. Joan and Dick later moved to Long Beach, Ind., Webster, Wis., and Sun Lakes, Ariz., where they enjoyed their retirement. In 2021, they moved to Stillwater, Minn.

Joan loved raising her family, entertaining, cruising, ballroom dancing, and animals. She was a truly compassionate person who always put others before herself. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.

A private memorial service for the family will be held at a future date. No need for gifts, but should you wish to honor Joan, please direct donations to Best Friend’s Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, or Lakeview Homecare & Hospice, Oak Park Heights, Minn.

Bob (Lou Bob) Miller

Bob (Lou Bob) Miller

Bob (Lou Bob) Miller

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, Bob (Lou Bob) Miller. He was born in Huntington, W.Va., on Oct. 16, 1929, to Eunice and Louie T. Miller and left this world on Sept. 18, 2022. He was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Barbara J. Miller. Bob and Barb resided in Sun Lakes, Ariz., since 1987 after moving from the Chicago area.

Bob played a mean game of tennis to which his friends and teammates can attest. He was an avid Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns fan. When he no longer had his season tickets, you could find him in front of the TV voicing his advice loudly. He was a dedicated and loving family man who enjoyed family and friends around the table with lively conversation. He took care of Barbara when she battled Parkinson’s disease and was always attentive to her. He lived life to the fullest and was always grateful for friends and family. Friends and family gathered from around the U.S. to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2019. He was surprised, amazed, and felt blessed by all who attended.

His warmth and kindness will be sorely missed by everyone. He leaves behind to carry on his legacy his children Larry (Shirley) Miller, Nancy (Jim) Carrell, Robin (Brian) Blaylock, and Tom (Luigina) Miller, and grandchildren Laurel, Lee (Lynsey), Shaun (Nadia), Samantha (Manny), Andy (Sara), Katelyn (Keith) and Amy, Kelly and Brandon, Michael (April), and Anthony. Also, his great-grandchildren Lilia and Violet, Langdon and Cadence, Ava and Atlas, DrewAn, Charlotte and Hank, Paxton and Pearl, Lily and Luna, Mia, Massimo, Matteo, and Milo, Milana, Camilla, and Giovanni. He touched many lives, and recently he had a loving relationship with Joan Sisley.

We are very grateful to the care he received from hospice and would appreciate donations to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 in lieu of flowers. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during his recent hospital visits, rehab, and skilled nursing care; they were greatly appreciated.

Bob’s memorial service will be Oct. 18, 2022, 11 a.m. at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248.

Roger Eugene Arrand

Roger Eugene Arrand

Roger Eugene Arrand

Roger Eugene Arrand, age 97, passed away on Sept. 17, 2022. Roger was born in Flint, Mich., to the late Russell and Christine Arrand.

He is survived by his daughter, Patrice Annette Diamond; sons, Roger Randall Arrand (Setsuko) and Russell Gene Arrand (Brenda); grandchildren, Michelle Lannette Mendoza (Johnny), Erin Maureen Walley (Lamar), Sarah Mae Webster (Corky), Randall Kim Arrand (Charo), and Savanna Gene Loafman (Darrin); great-grandchildren, Amanda, Jessica, John, and Christine Mendoza; Brandon, Zach, Christopher, and Samantha Webster and Luca Loafman; and great-great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Roselyn, and Caeden.

Roger is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Nina Mae Arrand; grandchild, Andrea Arrand; and his sister, June Bandy.

Roger graduated from Flint Central High School and went on to become the successful business owner of Arrand Auto Service. He served his country in the Army Air Corp. and was a member of the Jim Beam Club. Roger loved to travel, particularly in his RV, and enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing the lottery.

The family would like to give special thanks to all of his neighbors for the outpouring of love and support they have shared and to Hospice at Home for all the dedicated care given to Roger.

Services will be held privately with arrangements entrusted to Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery.

Harold “Bud” Lee Ewy

Harold “Bud” Lee Ewy

Harold “Bud” Lee Ewy

Harold “Bud” Lee Ewy passed away peacefully at his home in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at the age of 87. Bud was surrounded by loved ones throughout his life and at the time of his passing.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Julee Ewy Bruno of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Mark Ewy and son-in-law Rusty Granger of Mesa, Ariz.; granddaughters Katherine Bruno of Tempe, Ariz., Karen Malick Trousdale (Ben) of Pasadena, Calif., and Kristen Malick (Charley) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and great-granddaughter Kennedy Grace Trousdale.

Bud is preceded in death by his loving wife, Carole Ann Ewy; parents, Carl and Helen Ewy of Kansas; brother Stanley Ewy; father and mother-in-law, Wendell and Mildred Hall of Arizona; and great-granddaughter, Ann Marie.

Bud was born on Nov. 8, 1934, in Newton, Kan. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1952 and went on to attend Hutchinson Junior College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army serving in Korea and Hawaii from 1953 to 1956. He then enrolled in Kansas State University where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Bud was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He married Carole in 1959 and upon graduation they moved to Port Neches, Texas, where he worked for Gulf Oil Chemical Company. They moved to Boulder, Colo., and then lived in Kansas City; Orange, Texas; Joplin, Mo.; and returned to Orange where he eventually retired in 1993 and moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Bud was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Orange, Texas, serving on the vestry, as Senior Warden, a lay reader, and leading the Bethel Bible Series. He also served St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Chandler, Ariz., as an usher and helping with their food bank.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church located at 901 W. Erie St., Chandler, Ariz., with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bud’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1401 W. Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler, Ariz., or to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences can be sent to www.horizonfuneralcare.com/obituaries. The family would like to thank the staff at Banner Baywood Heart Hospital and Hospice of the Valley who listened to his needs and provided care, kindness, and compassion during his final days.

Charles David Bakeman

Charles David Bakeman lost his battle with a lengthy illness Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. He was born on March 18, 1934, in Taft, Calif. His was born to Andrew and Francis Bakeman.

After graduating from Paso Robles High School, he attended Stanford University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and playing center on their football team. He transferred to Cal Poly and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University.

Charles joined the Army where he and his family lived in Virginia, Georgia, Indiana, France, Germany, Kansas, and California. He also served his country in Greenland and in Vietnam and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel serving 20 years. He was too humble to boast about his medals. After retiring he started a custom home business in California where he built their dream home. They later settled in Sun Lakes, Ariz., following several family members and lived there happily for over 35 years. He designed and built a second custom home on the golf course in the White Mountains.

He was always working on a project, which included building decks for family members, custom bookcases, a pool table, a playhouse for his grandchildren, picture frames showcasing his family, a dark room, and countless others. He loved to travel the world with his wife and spend summers golfing and fly fishing in the White Mountains.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan; sons, Brent (Christie) and Mark (Cindy); daughter, Julie (Lara); grandchildren, Lee, Melissa, Wendy, Amber, Laren, Cole, and Taylor; and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father Andrew Bakeman, mothers June and Francis Bakeman, and brother Andy Bakeman.

Even though he had an accomplished and rewarding career, Charles would say his greatest accomplishment was being a husband, dad, and devoted grandfather. He had a witty sense of humor and was always ready for a celebration. He spent his last years golfing with great friends at Cottonwood and Ocotillo Golf Club.

Marcia Godfrey Cook

Marcia Godfrey Cook

Marcia Godfrey Cook

Marcia Godfrey Cook, 86, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away on Sept. 14, 2022, after a brief illness.

Marcia was born on March 5, 1936, to Grant and Mildred Barclay Godfrey in Lincoln, Neb. Marcia graduated from Beatrice High School in 1954 and attended Hastings College before moving to Hays, Kan., where she met and married her husband of 42 years, Kenneth W. Cook, Jr. Ken’s career in hospital administration took them from Iowa to St. Paul, Minn., to Guymon, Okla., to Elko, Nev., where they raised their three children. They moved to Arizona in 1987 and settled in Sun Lakes in 1989.

Marcia was a loving mother to her three children Kelly Cook Cole (Lakewood, Colo.), Randall Cook (Paris, France), and Dana Cook (Pleasant Hill, Calif.). She had various careers with her favorite being the writer of radio commercials for KELK Radio in Elko, Nev. She also worked for Southwestern Bell in Guymon, Okla., and Newmont Exploration and Nevada First Thrift bank also in Elko.

Marcia was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ken (2001), and her brother Alan “Skip” Godfrey (2014).

Marcia is survived by her granddaughter Madison Cole (Phoenix, Ariz.), her niece Chris Godfrey Fulton (Tucson, Ariz.), and other cousins and great-nieces.

Marcia was active in Beta Sigma Phi and PEO in Nevada and Arizona and volunteered for several charities throughout her life including the American Red Cross, American Heart Society, and Elko General Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elko and the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

She loved traveling, camping, reading, and was always learning. She loved to sing and was in the church choir in Elko and in college. She treasured time spent with her family.

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

Donations in Marcia’s memory can be made to St. Mary’s Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009.

Sharon Louise Kitchin

Sharon Louise Kitchin

Sharon Louise Kitchin

Sharon Louise Kitchin, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, and friend to all passed away peacefully Sept. 10, 2022.

Sharon is survived by her husband David Kitchin III, her daughters Lynn Cline, Faith Herbert and Lisa Leach, her other children David Kitchin IV, Kyle Kitchin, Craig Kitchin, Michael Amuso, Lauri Amuso and Andrew Amuso, and her 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother Bill Race and her parents Bill and Anna Race.

Sharon was born in Belleville, Ill., on Nov. 4, 1942. Her greatest joys in life were her family, music, traveling, and teaching. No one was a stranger, and everyone was welcome in her home and considered family. She was raised in the Baptist church, and as a music lover, was a well-accomplished pianist and organist, accompanying the choir on their multi-level pipe organ. She taught on and off for a span of nearly 40 years, with 20 years spent in middle-school teaching 8th grade science. After retiring, she traveled as much as she could with David, and visited the far-away places she always taught and read about, yet always looked forward to being home for holidays and family get-togethers.

She was a daughter, sister, aunt, a first lieutenant, a wife, a mom, a grandmother, great-grandmother, a true friend, good neighbor, and a gentle loving soul. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
Her celebration of life was held in September. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the PBS Foundation.

Arlene C. Krysiak

Arlene C. Krysiak

Arlene C. Krysiak

Born Oct. 13, 1937, to Charles and Gertrude Lavoie in Lewiston, Maine, Arlene’s life was taken by Parkinson’s. She married Edwin Krysiak on Valentine’s Day 1962. Mother of Lisa Krysiak Rast, John Jones, and Nila Fix. Grandchildren Brandon and Gavin Rast, and Austin and Jaclyn Fix. Nothing was more heartfelt than a hug or kiss from Arlene. May you always remember that she treasured your love and friendship. To celebrate her love for you she wanted you to have just a few more hugs and kisses!

Arlene has many accolades and traveled throughout a great portion of the world. She was the first president of Sun Lakes Neighbors Who Care, loved to play Bridge, Fairy Tale Canasta, and played tennis at Phase II. She loved to host parties for all her many friends.

 

Fred M. Saah

Fred M. Saah

Fred M. Saah

Fred M. Saah, Jr. was born on March 10, 1945, in Washington, D.C., to Jasmine and Fred M. Saah, Sr. Fred’s parents emigrated from Ramallah, Palestine, as children. Fred is survived by his wife Lee and daughter Ashley and son-in-law Anthony Adelizi and three brothers, Richard (Pat), Edward (Kathy), and David (Carol) Saah and one sister, Irene (Mike) Shannon, nine nieces and nephews and many cousins, too numerous to count.

Fred attended parochial school and St. John’s Military High School and graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a minor in economics in 1967. He then received a bachelor’s degree in foreign trade from the Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Ariz. He worked in New York for nine years and then relocated to San Diego, working in commercial real estate for 12 years and then came to Phoenix to open a branch office. Later he took a marketing position in Orange County, Calif., and then received his certification in financial and estate planning.

In 1983 Fred and Lee met playing in a singles mixed doubles tennis league in Phoenix and after marrying lived in Yorba Linda, Calif., where they had their one and only Ashley in 1987. He loved racquet sports, tennis, racquetball with his group Racquet Pals, and upon retiring and arriving in Sun Lakes, his new passion became pickleball. He loved playing 3+ times a week with this wonderful group, whom he loved and enjoyed. He also enjoyed the tribute concerts and jukebox bingo.

Memorial services will be held in California and Arizona at a later date. Donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in Fred’s memory.

Frederick "Fritz" Ernest Kellermann

Frederick “Fritz” Ernest Kellermann

Frederick “Fritz” Ernest Kellermann

The light has gone out on our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, Fritz. Frederick (Fritz) Ernest Kellermann, age 82, passed peacefully on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in hospice care surrounded by his loving family. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1940, Fritz always considered himself to be lucky all his life. Although he lived with Parkinson’s disease the last 17 years, he lived his life to the fullest.

Sports would play a major role in Fritz’s life. He spent most of his childhood in the western United States. He moved to Lansing, Mich., to complete his high school years at JW Sexton High School where he earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track as well as winning a statewide wrestling championship his senior year. This led to receiving a full athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan. He was unable to compete for the wrestling team his first year due to mandatory redshirting of freshmen; however, that did not deter him and he won three Big Ten Wrestling Championships during his collegiate career for the Wolverines. As a student athlete, Fritz graduated from U of M in 1962 with a B.A. in business administration.

After graduation, Fritz’s career began with a stint in the U.S. Army, followed by his time with the purchasing and accounting department for General Motors. He went on to work for Ernst and Ernst (Whinney), earning his CPA certification. In 1971, he spent the next seven years working as an Assistant Superintendent for Finance at Waverly School District. Then in 1978 until he retired in 2002, he worked as the Executive Vice President/COO for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Service Corporation. Always one to take a personal interest in employee growth, he genuinely enjoyed working with people and making sure everyone felt equally important.

He loved to serve his community. He was involved with the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and Rotary Club. Fritz also was an active board member with various groups including the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Board of Directors, Graduate “M” Club Board, Waverly Community Schools Board of Education, Camp Highfields Board, and Tri-County Office on Aging Advisory Council. He was elected to the Eaton County Board of Commissioners in 2004.

Fritz felt very honored when he was inducted into both the Lansing Sexton High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jackie, daughters Leslie (Jason Twedt), Elizabeth and Stephanie Adado, son George Adado (Kelly Gray), grandson Wilson Desimini (Elaina Clougherty), sister Shary Carr, brother Lawrence “Lanny” Young (Joan), sisters-in-law Kay Nakfoor, Rosalie Tropp, Mary Ann Gamel, Susan Gamel, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harriett and Ernest Kellermann, brother Theodore “Ted” Kellermann, and sister Sara Follett.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Fritz Kellermann to the American Red Cross or Memory Café, Sun Lakes, Ariz., (www.slcep.org). Online condolences may be sent to www.LakeshoreMort.com. Fritz always loved a good party so a celebration in his honor will take place with family and friends in the fall of 2022. He loved life, meeting new people, and laughing with his family and friends. His outgoing personality and charisma will be sadly missed.

James H. Turner

James H. Turner passed away on Aug. 28, 2022, at the age of 89. He was born May 15, 1933, in Indianapolis, Ind., to the late Bruce and Mary Turner.

Jim served his country in the U.S. Navy and then went to work for Western Electric in Indianapolis. Upon retirement he moved to Arizona where he enjoyed the Southwest lifestyle for more than 28 years in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Jim was a kind man with a gentle soul and a witty sense of humor. He was known to friends and family as Mr. Handyman since he was willing to take on any kind of project and would always excel at it.

Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and fine Christian example to all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Judy, children Roxanne Mead (Mike), Deanne Meyers (Mark), Randy Turner (Anne), Jeff Turner (Kim), Joyce Bruce (Ken), Jay Bansbach (Debbie), Joette White, Beth Davis (Mark), 20 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

While he lives on in our hearts, his presence will be missed forever.

Donald F. Thene

Donald F. Thene

Donald F. Thene

Donald F. Thene, age 93, passed away on Aug. 27, 2022. He was superseded in death by his beloved wife, Joan. They were married for 52 years before she passed in 2008. Donald was the dear father to Mark, Kevin (Diane), Dawn (Dave) Lindsay, Robin (Bob) Wilczynski, Teri Woodbury, and grandfather to Kyle, Ryan, Nick, Kate, Anders, Lars, Brian, Jacob, Anna, as well as great-grandfather to Jace, Luke, and Elle. Donald was a veteran and served in the Navy. He is a graduate of Saint John’s University and earned his degree in meteorology. Donald worked for U.S. Gypsum. He was a founding parishioner to St. Stevens Catholic Church and was a member of the building committee for the church.

Don served as a Eucharistic minister and alter server both at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church (Orange, Calif.) and St. Stevens Catholic Church (Sun Lakes, Ariz.).

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2022, at St. Stevens Catholic Church, 24827 South Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. His final resting place will be in Minnesota at Saint John’s University in a columbarium, overlooking the apple orchard.

Clifferd “Cliff” Wagner

Clifferd “Cliff” Wagner, 84, of Alexandria, Minn., transitioned on Aug. 25, 2022, into the arms of his soulmate, Jean (Becker) Wagner, along with a grand welcoming committee of family, friends, and grand-pups. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minn., with the Rev. Hans Dahl officiating with Military Honors after. The service was recorded and can be viewed through the Anderson Funeral Home website at www.andersonfuneral.net. Interment was at Ebenfeld Reformed Cemetery in Streeter, N.D.

Kirk Boyd Evans

Kirk Boyd Evans

Kirk Boyd Evans

Kirk Boyd Evans, 78, of Chandler, Ariz., passed away on Aug. 24, 2022. He was born Nov. 6, 1943, to the late William C.L. Evans and Anna Louise Ware Evans.

Kirk went to Chandler High School and began his career as a brick layer. He went on to own his own masonry company before becoming a barber. After attending John Cunningham Barber School, he began to work alongside his wife Ann at Dick’s Barber Shop. The city relocated them to Arizona Clipper Cuts in North Park Plaza in Chandler. It was then when their son, Wayne Evans, and Shawn Cervantes began working with them. After 23 years, Kirk and Ann decided to close their shop to work part time at Tracy’s Barber Shop in Chandler. Once Kirk fell ill, his wife decided to devote her time to care for him.

Kirk leaves behind his devoted wife of 51 years, Ann Evans; sons, Tim Evans (Bobbie Jo) and Wayne Evans; grandchildren, Luke, Amanda, Justin (Kati), Demi (Thomas), and Shelby (Danny); and great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Oliver, Sawyer, Evelyn, Zane, and Jackson.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. The family invites you to express your fond thoughts and condolences online at valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com.

Alfred John Unger

Alfred John Unger

Alfred John Unger

Alfred John Unger passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2022. He was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Flushing, N.Y., to Catherine and Alfred Unger. The family moved to Baldwin, N.Y., where he spent most of his youth. On Nov. 3, 1956, Alfred married Priscilla Kern and they lived in New York state until finally settling in Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1992.

Alfred was a wonderful husband and father to three children. He spent more than 30 years working in the advertising industry and was a Senior Vice President of Production & Traffic with LINTAS Campbell-Ewald before retiring in 1995. While living in New York state, Alfred spent many years as a volunteer EMT with the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps. When he retired to Arizona he continued his volunteer activities with the Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse. In addition, he volunteered his services at St. Peter Indian Mission Catholic School in Bapchule, Ariz., providing woodworking and maintenance services. He and Priscilla also found time to travel throughout the country as well as overseas.

Alfred had been active in the liturgical life at Saint Stevens Catholic Church in Sun Lakes. He ushered for many years and was a member of the choir. He loved to sing and really enjoyed being involved with the choir activities.

Alfred is predeceased by his wife Priscilla; his parents Catherine and Alfred Unger; his brother Gary Unger; his in-laws Ethel and Karl Kern; and his brother-in-law Steven Kern. He is survived by his sister Cathy Frisbe of Lakeland, Fla.; his children Gregory Unger and Carmel Quinn of Burlington, Vt., Kimberly and Ed Montini of Gilbert, Ariz., and Mark Unger of Loxahatchee, Fla.; and his five grandchildren Alexander, Mattison, Leena, Virginia, and Cole.

The family would like to thank The Village at Ocotillo for their support and care of Alfred over the last 18 months. The family would also like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care of Alfred and the support and kindness provided to his family during his final weeks.

The family plans a private service and celebration of Alfred’s life. In memory of Alfred, donations can be made by check to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or via their website at www.hov.org.

Ralph Mitchell

Ralph Mitchell

Ralph Mitchell

Ralph Mitchell, my loving husband, passed away on Aug. 21, 2022, at the age of 93. He was born in 1928 in Portland, Ore. He had a long career as a high school instructor teaching chemistry, physics, and general science. He also was a coach of soccer and basketball. After his retirement, he retired to the Oregon coast and later to Sun Lakes and then permanently to Payson.

He is survived by his wife Florence of 39 years and five children from his first marriage and four stepchildren plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also has a living sister, Grace, in California. He outlived his parents and two brothers.

He lived a very full life with many adventures as a child and as an adult. He loved the outdoors—hiking, mountain climbing, sailing in the San Juan Islands and Canadian waters, growing flowers, and following his avid Oregon Duck football team and attending many games. He was a big sports fan!

He was a veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1949, then the U.S. Marine Reserves. While attending college he was called into the Korean War and was trained as an officer. He was honorably discharged in 1951.

He was a very generous man and religious, giving to many charities to help children and to Catholic organizations.

There will be a memorial service at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson on Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. His final resting place will be held on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery at 10940 E. Chandler Heights Blvd Rd., Chandler, AZ 85248.

Donald Robert Prestin

Donald Robert Prestin

Donald Robert Prestin

Donald Robert Prestin “Don” passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, at age 81.

Survived by his devoted and loving wife Jan of 57 years, twin daughters Karen Lynn and Kimberly Ann who cherished their father, brother to Sharon (deceased), and survived by his sister Carol and brother Jim.

Don was born in Marshfield, Wis., on Feb. 8, 1941, to parents Robert and Helen Prestin. The family moved to Southern California in 1955.

He entered Arroyo High School as a sophomore and participated in many sports—an undefeated football team in league play for three seasons, track and field, and basketball.

Don pursued a flying career, and at 22 was hired by United Air Lines in November 1964 and began flying out of Pittsburgh. That same year he married Janet Walker.

During his 37-year career, he flew DC-6s, Convairs, Boeing 727s, DC-8s, DC-10s, moving up to Captain on the 737s, 757s, 767s, 747s, and his favorite, the 747-400.

In 1965 his twin daughters were born, and he was transferred to Los Angeles.

In 1972, Don transferred to San Francisco for the rest of his career, flying international routes on the 747-400 his last 12 years. He also worked as an LCA check pilot for several years.

Living in Santa Rosa, Calif., he served as chairman of several airport commissions and president and treasurer of the local EAA and was a designee for the FAA on the building of homebuilts and their licensing. He and a friend both built Variezes (experimental homebuilt) and won the Designers Award for Best Rutan Aircraft at an Oshkosh, Wis., air show.

The family thoroughly enjoyed living in Santa Rosa, a pilot-friendly neighborhood, where families vacationed together with many waterskiing trips. Jan’s family also lived in the area for constant family get-togethers.

Don and Jan flew many trips traveling with good friends across the States in their Piper Aztec, from Alaska to Florida. Don enjoyed sailing his Macgregor, RVing, fishing, reading, crosswords, and traveling internationally.

After retiring, Don, Jan, and daughters re-located to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where he was a very active member of Sun Lakes Rotary and enjoyed driving members of the community to doctor appointments through the local Neighbors Who Care organization. Don was deeply devoted to his family and had a passion for community service.

In Don’s memory, donations may be made to Sun Lakes Neighbors Who Care (neighborswhocare.com) or Sun Lakes Rotary (sunlakesrotary.com).

Marvin “Marv” Wayne Coleman

Marvin “Marv” Wayne Coleman

Marvin “Marv” Wayne Coleman

Marvin “Marv” Wayne Coleman, age 84, slipped peacefully from this life into the presence of Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, in San Tan Valley, Ariz. He was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., the second of two sons, to Thomas Chester and Ruth Coleman.

Growing up in Cassopolis, Mich., Marv played basketball and baseball for the Sam Adams Rangers and exhibited talent well beyond his stature. He later took up golf and it became one of the great loves of his life. In 1994, he became a certified PGA pro. He played in many senior tournaments and worked as a teaching pro, passing on his love of the game to those fortunate enough to encounter such a passionate and knowledgeable instructor.

Marv’s original career was with “Ma Bell,” rising from lineman to regional manager, and he was highly regarded within the company. He received the Pinnacle Award from Indiana Bell Telephone after managing communications for the 1987 Pan Am Games held in Indianapolis, Ind. In retirement, he went on to found Grateful Family Enterprises, a successful data wiring business that he ran with his wife, Pam. They employed his son, Dave, and eventually, Dave’s son Anthony. It was a family business in the truest sense of the word.

Marv loved spending time in Michigan, at the Allison cottage on Donnell Lake and his mother’s home on Big Fish Lake. Summers meant fishing, swimming, boating, and water skiing. The pride on his face when each of his kids got up on skis for the first time was priceless. He remained an avid fisherman his entire life and loved nothing more than catching and cooking up “a mess of bluegills” anytime the fish were biting. Marv was also an excellent pool player. He won more than one Arizona state senior championship title.

Marv and Pam loved to travel. They enjoyed taking trips in their camper, often returning to Michigan for weeks at a time in the summer for more family fun at the lake. A recent houseboat trip on Lake Powell with Wendy and Steve’s family was the realization of a long-held dream. His truly was a life well-lived. And yet it wasn’t his earthly accomplishments that brought Marv peace and joy, but rather his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Gospel and those they share it with became a major focus in their marriage. In 2007-2008 Marv and Pam served a Mission in St. Martin and Trinidad-Tobago supporting the Elders in the West Indies Mission.

Marvin will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Pamela and his daughters, Sherry Hyatte, Wendy (Steve) Grace, and Kathy Coleman (Lisa Brown); eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Thomas L. Coleman, ex-wife Karen Coleman, and their son, David Wayne Coleman.

Cathleen Cecile Kinnick

Cathleen Cecile Kinnick

Cathleen Cecile Kinnick

Cathleen Cecile Kinnick, 71, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 19, 1950, to the late Carl and Ceil Mack.

Cathy graduated from Pulaski High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her career expanded over 45 years at Aurora Health Care, retiring as an Executive Administrative Assistant. She enjoyed crafting, playing card games, and golf.

Cathy is survived by her devoted husband, R. Daniel Kinnick; her children, Robb (Maribeth), Tyler (Kendra), and Amanda (Sebastian); her grandchildren, Eva Marie and Izzy Lane Kinnick; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by both of her siblings, Robert Mack and Cynthia Mack.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Cathy’s memory to either Hospice of the Valley in Arizona: www.hov.org or the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation in Wisconsin: www.lombardifoundation.org.

The family invites you to express your condolences online at valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com.

Lynn Dunlap

Lynn Dunlap

Lynn Dunlap

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lynn Dunlap from IronOaks in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Lynn passed away Aug. 3 at her home with her loving husband, Earl, by her side.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1939, to Norman Wise and Evelyn Hunsberger in Sellersville, Penn. She was a graduate of Pennridge High School class of 1957, and later that year married dear Earl. Lynn worked in insurance for many years, then started her own business selling promotional products under marketing imprint. Part time she became a private investigator, a job she loved very much. She was also an extra in the 1993 Cybill Shepherd movie Telling Secrets.

After retirement in 2000, Lynn and Earl moved to IronOaks, where she became very active in various committees and clubs. She was an early contributor on the camera crew for the local Western Broadband Channel 49 TV station in Sun Lakes. That was step one in her effort to make Sun Lakes “home” to everyone who lived here. She became actively involved in many committees to achieve this goal—the Unit Captains, Welcome Committee, Election Committee, Food & Beverage Committee, and Activities Committee. Lynn also became well-known to all in Sun Lakes working as a volunteer, along with Earl, taking tickets and welcoming guests to our Billboard Series entertainment events.

To honor her wonderful contribution to the Sun Lakes community, Lynn was granted a Crystal Award in March of 2017.
Lynn was the beloved wife of Earl for 65 years. She is survived by Earl, daughter Deb Curtis of Phoenix, and four grandchildren: Nathan Curtis, Holly Curtis, Hunter Standen, and Tyler Standen. She was predeceased by her daughter Donna.

Lynn was a terrific wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be missed and loved forever. In her honor, in lieu of flowers, consider donating to a charity of your choice that supports those friends and family who you cherish.

Sherill Lea Brouhard

Sherill Lea Brouhard

Sherill Lea Brouhard

Sherill Lea Brouhard, the daughter of William and Carolyn Brouhard, was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Marshalltown, Iowa. She graduated from Marshalltown High School class of 1954, and went on to earn her Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. After completing her education she flew as a stewardess for Northwest Airlines, a career she loved.

Sherill enjoyed travel and visited countries around the world. She was an avid reader and loved meeting people and learning about other cultures. She was also an artist who worked with pastels. The walls of many who were close to her display her beautiful character portraits and pet pictures. Sherill was quietly generous and regularly donated to the Zearing, Iowa, library; Arizona Humane Society; and Red Cross. She excelled in her putting group and enjoyed daily walks with her sister and devoted dog, Bo. She had a fabulous sense of humor, could easily laugh at herself, and made friends readily, the best of whom was her identical twin sister, Sharon.

Death came to Sherill at the age of 85, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at the Chandler Regional Medical Center in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Carolyn Brouhard; her ex-husband, Ted Lieber; and her nephew, Hugh Gouthro.

Those left to honor the memory of Sherill include her sister Sharon of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; her daughters Carolyn Stoebe of Shoreline, Wash., and Lesley Eastman of Phoenix, Ariz.; and her four grandchildren Michael Eastman, Tyler Eastman, Matthew Stoebe, and Anna Stoebe.

James N. Foldenaur

James N. Foldenaur

James N. Foldenaur

James Nicholas Foldenaur, 86, of Maple Lake, Minn., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Jim was born Dec. 24, 1935, the son of Aloysius and Florence Foldenaur in Fargo, N.D. He married Janice Hogan on June 27, 1958, recently celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary.

After graduating from Moorhead State Teachers College High School in 1954, Jim served in the U.S. Air Force National Guard and the U.S. Army. After his military service, he attended Moorhead State Teachers College. Jim then worked throughout his business career at Twin City Hardwood Lumber Company and Weiser Lock as a Territory Manager. He retired at 62 and spent winters in Sun Lakes, Ariz., and summers at their beautiful lake home on Sugar Lake in Maple Lake, Minn.

Jim absolutely loved playing golf, watching and rooting for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and spending time with his wife and family. He is survived by his loving wife Janice; his daughter, Jami (Mike) Wallar of Champlin; two sons, John (Vivian) Foldenaur of Andover and Jeff (Holly) Foldenaur of Shoreview; six grandchildren: Carly, Jake, Noah, Annie, Jackson, and Willie; step-grandsons Andy Wallar and Jon (Kim) Wallar; great-grandchildren Laney, Will, and Alex; and many loving friends. He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and his parents, Aloysius and Florence Foldenaur, and his mother and father in-law, Sigurd and Mildred Hogan.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 331 Harrison St. W., Annandale, Minn., and interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale, Minn.

Ethel JoAnne Tallman

Ethel JoAnne Tallman

Ethel JoAnne Tallman

Ethel (JoAnn) Tallman passed away quietly on July 26, 2022, at the age of 86. Wow, what a life she lived. She was a strong, hardworking, no-nonsense woman. JoAnne was born in Quincy, Ill., to Elsie and Otis Brewer on March 20, 1936.

During her life, she loved participating in 10K runs, playing tennis, biking, hiking the mountain trails throughout Arizona, and square dancing with her husband Dick of 34 years. She had a wonderful life filled with her family and friends. JoAnne was so dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Ellis; her son, Bill Cramer Jr.; daughters Anna Harbour (Mike), Christina Ingo (Anthony), and Lisa Mansfield (David); stepchildren Wade, Wanda, Marv, and Mark; 20 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; and her dear friends Brian and Paula Robb, who with their generosity of time and love helped JoAnn and her very grateful family at this most difficult time.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband (Dick), mother and father (Elsie, Otis), her sisters (Patricia, Vanessa), her brother (Daniel), and her first husband William Cramer.

Norma Joy (Nelson) Marsh

Norma Joy (Nelson) Marsh

Norma Joy (Nelson) Marsh

Norma Joy (Nelson) Marsh, age 77, passed away on July 25, 2022, at home in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Norma was born Sept. 12, 1944, to Walter and Grace Nelson of Comstock, Neb. She graduated from Comstock High School in 1962 and received her bachelor’s and master’s in elementary education from the University of Nebraska. Norma enjoyed a career of teaching in the Lincoln Public Schools for 32 years, 30 of those were at Meadow Lane Elementary School, where she cherished lifelong friendships.

Norma married John Marsh on June 10, 1967, and they were fortunate to share 55 years of marriage together. They lived in Lincoln, Neb., until they both retired in June of 1998. After retirement they moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where they made many new friends and enjoyed wonderful activities available in the retirement community.

Throughout her retirement years Norma loved being involved with many groups in Sun Lakes, some of which were the Lady Putters, Sun Lakes Garden Club, Women’s Connection, the Methodist Church, Neighbors Who Care, the Sun Lakes Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Ironwood and Oakwood Lady Niners leagues. She loved tea parties and attending the tea tasting classes. Norma and John participated many years in the Sun Lakes Ballroom Dance Club. They also belonged to several Corvette clubs and enjoyed many activities and trips with their Corvette friends. A favorite activity was her monthly Corvette Chicks’ luncheon.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors are her husband John of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; brother, Alvin Nelson of Comstock, Neb.; sister and brother-in-law, Joe and Neva Mattox of Broken Bow, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and many wonderful friends.

There will be a private graveside service at a later date at the Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock, Neb.

Betty Ball

Betty Ball

Betty Ball

Betty Ball went to be with her Lord on July 23, 2022, at the age of 102 at her daughter’s home in Sun Lakes, Ariz. She was born in Detroit, Mich., on April 17, 1920. She was preceded in death by her brother, George, who died at the age of 5. Also preceding was her husband of 48 years, Eldredge Ball. She is survived by her daughter, Carol A. McKay; two grandchildren, Randall Bos of Clarksville, Ind., and Philip Bos of Mesa, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving is a nephew, Gene (Judy) Ball of Surprise, Ariz., and a niece, June Hell of Sun City West, Ariz.

Although she spent 20 years in banking, both in Michigan and Arizona, her greatest love was the piano starting at the age of 5. Through the years she dedicated her talent to various churches as choir director, accompanist, and worship leader. She wrote her life story for her family and authored several books.

Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Barbara R. Gillin

Barbara R. Gillin

Barbara R. Gillin

Barbara R. Gillin of Cottonwood passed away on July 21, 2022, at the age of 100 years. She was the loving mother of Dick Gillin and Judy Moskal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Mary Patrick

Dorothy Mary Patrick

Dorothy Mary Patrick

Dorothy Mary Patrick, age 97, loving mother, wife, and grandmother passed away in the early hours of July 19, 2022. She was 19 days shy of her 98th birthday. Grammer, as she was known to her grandchildren, was born on Aug. 8, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Irving and Lillian Schmidt. She was the second born in a family of eight children—four girls and four boys. She married Kenneth L. Patrick, of Dayton, Ohio, on March 8, 1944, and they were blessed with daughters Beverly and Susan. She and her husband were married for 66 years, before his passing in 2011.

Being a military family, Dorothy had to adjust to the words, “We’re transferred … start to pack.” Dorothy always made their new homes happy ones and believed that we make our own happiness. You jump in with both feet and get involved. And she did. She was a Grey Lady in a military base hospital and a Girl Scout leader. While stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., she worked at Fountain Valley Boys School. Her husband traveled a lot and she picked up the slack of raising her two girls while he was gone. When they married, she had no way of knowing how many moves that they would make. One of their favorite places that they enjoyed was Lake Oswego, Ore. She and Ken were members of the Portland Yacht club. A highlight of that time was time spent on the boat with their grandchildren traveling through the San Juan Islands and fishing for salmon and digging for clams. Dorothy made a mean clam chowder. Dorothy was a devoted wife, the best mom ever, a loved sister, and a good friend to many. She was very excited when her youngest sister, Judy, moved to Lake Oswego with her family. Dorothy became very close to her sister Judy and brother Fred. At 97 years of age, Dorothy was part of five generations in two of her grandchildren’s families. Something that doesn’t often happen.

Preceding her in her death were her parents; husband, Lt. Col. Kenneth Patrick; daughter, Susan DeMann; grandson, Scott DeMann; sisters, Betty McCarthy and Pat Wampler; brothers, Bud Schmidt and Donny Schmidt; and nephew, Buddy.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Beverly Weatherill (Jim) of Cortez, Colo.; son-in-law Lenny DeMann of Minnesota; grandchildren: Trey Weatherill (Tracy) of Redlands, Calif., Todd Weatherill of Kemah, Texas, Brooke Elder (Scot) of Dolores, Colo., Tim Sullinger (Beverly) of Beatrice, Neb., and Brandy Kingsbury (David) of New York Mills, Minn.; 14 great-grandchildren: Brittany, Bradley, Taylor (Evan), Cam, Kai, Nalu, Jordan, Kala, Sydney, Keegan, Jeff, Cole, Tanner, and James; three great-great-grandchildren, Liam, Harper, and Lincoln; sister Judy King (Russel) of Newburg, Ore.; brothers, Fred Schmidt (Ronnie) of Folsom, Calif., and Jerry Schmidt (Joann) of Glendora, Calif. She was greatly loved by all of her family.

She had a wonderful life, living throughout the world when her husband was in the military and traveling throughout their retirement in Sun Lakes, Ariz. They loved playing golf, tennis, and bridge. She lived in Sun Lakes for 32 years.

A celebration of her life will occur in the early summer of 2023 in Colorado.

Contributions, in her name, can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Ernestine Heywood

Ernestine Heywood

Ernestine Heywood

Ethel Ernestine Heywood passed away on July 13, 2022, at Friendship Village Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz. She was 98 years old.

Ernestine was born on Oct. 2, 1923, in Butterfield, Mo., to Ethel and Ernest DeFord. Her father was a bit of a renaissance man. His variety of business interests kept them traveling. The life of a “rolling stone” appealed to our mother. She was very close to her parents, likely due to their itinerant lifestyle. The three of them were a unit. She received her assertiveness, positive attitude, and confidence from her father and from her mother compassion, understanding, and sewing! Her love of music came from both parents. She played flute and sang in the choir. Our mother had a beautiful voice.

She graduated from Galt High School in Galt, Calif., and earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. Upon graduating, she became a stewardess for United Airlines. She flew “the friendly skies” in DC3s during a time when flying was very adventuresome and glamorous.

She met Stan Heywood at United Airlines. Three months after meeting, they married. Her father, a Methodist minister at the time, married them on Jan. 4, 1948. They were married 72 years.

She raised four girls, traveled the world, was involved in all her children’s school and extra-curricular activities, served as PTA president, and sang in semi-professional shows. In later years, she was a member of Clipped Wings, an organization for retired flight attendants. She was very active in the Phoenix chapter, which was involved in Special Olympics as well as raising funds for Valley Life, a local home for children with special needs. In her early 90s, as a volunteer for Neighbors Who Care, she drove people to and from doctor’s appointments and took in-home visitations to offer relief to caregivers.

She was a major influence in our family and taught all of us to take risks; to be positive, kind, honest, and true; not worry about what other people think; and to water ski. She and our father learned to water ski in their 40s after they purchased a mobile home on Lake Berryessa in Napa, Calif., where for over 30 years our family would congregate every summer.

Ernestine is survived by her four daughters, Sydney Engle, Jacklyn Stanton, Standra Harmon, and Leslie Arampatzis; her seven grandchildren; and her 10 great-grandchildren.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. We will miss her.

Robert (Bob) Harper

Robert (Bob) Harper

Robert (Bob) Harper

Robert Edwin Harper was born May 23, 1946, in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, the first son of Edwin W. Harper of Piedmont, Calif., and Mabel Whitehead of Dean Bridge, Hepworth, Yorkshire, England. In being named Robert, he continued the Irish Harper family tradition of naming the first son Robert, which had been the tradition in each generation going back to Robert Harper born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, in 1767.

At just under 6 months old, Robert and his mother were seen off by family at Southampton, England aboard the Queen Elizabeth, sister ship to the Queen Mary, bound for New York at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 6, 1946. The passenger list shows Mrs. M. Harper and Master R.E. Harper arriving New York City on Nov. 11, 1946. They then embarked on the Pennsylvania Railroad on Nov. 13, 1946, for a journey on several railroad lines across the entire country in route to their destination of Oakland, Calif.

Robert Harper, who worked in the fleet leasing industry since 1971, passed away at his home in Chandler, Ariz., on June 16, 2022, following a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 76. Harper retired in 2017 after working as the commercial fleet sales manager at Courtesy Chevrolet and Isuzu Truck Fleet Sales Group in Phoenix.

Prior to relocating to Arizona, Harper worked in Memphis, Tenn., as the senior vice president and general manager of Dobbs Fleet Leasing, Inc., responsible for the company’s overall growth and profitability. He worked at Dobbs Fleet Leasing from 2003 to 2008.

Earlier, Harper worked for LeasePlan USA, where he served as vice president and general manager of LeasePlan ADVANTAGE, an outsourcing program focused on serving smaller fleets providing ancillary services such as maintenance management, fuel programs, license and title, accident management, and driver record management. He worked at LeasePlan USA from 1996 to 2003.

Harper started his fleet management career in 1981 at US Fleet Leasing, holding a variety of positions in sales and marketing. In 1991, Harper relocated to Boston following his promotion to regional sales manager for US Fleet Leasing, where he had sales responsibility for the New England states.

He was a 1966 graduate of California State University, Hayward. Following graduation, Harper worked as a broker for Merrill Lynch and as a sales representative for Pfizer.

An avid tennis player and a passionate pickleball player, Harper was an advocate for pickleball in his community of Sun Lakes. He also enjoyed golf and had a reputation for his distinctive form of body English while putting.

He is survived by his wife Connie and his brother David.

Richard Lee Horn

Richard Lee Horn

Richard Lee Horn

Rick was born April 26, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo., to Ted and Helen Horn.

As a young boy growing up in Independence, he had many adventures with his faithful dog, Buffer. Buffer was always at his side. He truly lived a Tom Sawyer lifestyle. His family resided one block from President Harry Truman’s home.

Growing up Rick was an altar boy, Eagle Scout, and lifeguard. At Boy Scout camp Osceola, he was inducted into the honorary tribe of Mic-o-say.

He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in 1954 and then attended the University of Missouri where he was a thriving member of Phi Delta Theta. While there he met the love of his life, Judith Anne Walker, a Delta Delta Delta member from Malden, Mo. They married in August of 1960.

Rick had a 40-year career in the polyurethane chemical business with assignments in Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, and Houston. He retired in 1987 from Dow Chemical Company. While in Denver he served as an officer in the Mizzou Alumni Association of Colorado and continued as a lifetime member of the alumni association.

He leaves behind two sons, Richard Theodore (Ted) and wife Jodie, and Joseph Michael and wife Andrea both from Chandler, Ariz., and six grandsons, Colton, Brayden, Palmer, Walker, Brecken, and Graysen.

He was a terrific husband, father, and grandfather and a true son of Ole Mizzou!

Deborah “Debbie” Neltner

Deborah “Debbie” Neltner

Deborah “Debbie” Neltner

Deborah “Debbie” Neltner, 75, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., (formerly of Munster, Ind.) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Tuesday morning, May 31, 2022.

Debbie was born on Feb. 24, 1947, in Northeast Indiana to her loving parents, Florence “Flo” and Warren “Mick” Mickey. Brother Gary welcomed his kid sister into the family. In 1968 she married the love of her life and partner of more than 53 years, Irvin “Irv” Neltner.

In life, Debbie was one of a kind. She was an enthusiastic conversationalist who never met a stranger. She was open, honest, and curious. She had an uncanny ability to discover who someone truly was in a matter of a single conversation. Debbie always went out of her way to make others feel special, valued, and complimented.

Debbie was always ‘put together’ and known for her extensive jewelry collection. Her style was bold and expressive. Debbie was famously generous in spirit and commanded whatever room she entered with her gregarious personality. Debbie was a movie lover, artist, avid crafter, and great lover of jewelry and sparkle.

Debbie was a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and the rights of the disabled. Her roles as a devoted wife, mother, aunt, and friend were her greatest contribution to this world. Love and care of family was the paramount value in Debbie’s life. This is how she left the world a better place.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Irv; sons, Matthew (Jill) and Andrew (Heidi); granddaughter, Emery; brother, Gary (Georgia); and nieces, Laura (Dean), Kristen (Peter), and Joanna (James).

Cremation has been performed by Wyman Cremation & Burial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to My Sisters Charities, www.mysisterscharities.org, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/Debbie-Neltner-Memorial-Fund.

Jay Morton Hocker

Jay Morton Hocker

Jay Morton Hocker

Jay Morton Hocker, age 83, of Sun Lakes, passed away May 27, 2022, from congestive heart failure after a long illness.

Jay was born Feb. 21, 1939, in San Francisco. After high school he joined the Air Force and later attended Santa Clara University in California. He was married to his wife, Lonni, for more than 50 years. Jay worked for 40 years for the railroads pretending that it was his own personal Lionel Train set! He retired to Sun Lakes, Ariz., from California in 2001 to pursue his passion for golf and his 1965 red Mustang convertible. These interests lead him to join IMGA, OMGA, and Sun Lakes Vintage Car Club. In retirement he continued his interest in SPREC (Southern Pacific Retired Executive Club) of California. He and Lonni liked to travel extensively, especially to Kauai and Antigua.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and his oldest son Jay Jr. Jay is survived by his wife Lonni, his sons Louis and Bill from Wyoming, his daughter LeeAnn from Colorado, his daughter-in-law Dinah from Nevada, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Jay will be missed by many friends around the world.

A Celebration of Life will be later in the year.

Jerry James McKay

Jerry James McKay

Jerry James McKay

Jerry James McKay passed away on May 25, 2022, near Sun Lakes, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and Linda McKay, his wife for 50 years. He is survived by his current wife, Carol A. McKay, his son, Brad (Karla), six stepbrothers and sisters, his stepmother Rose Sills, five grandchildren, Mackenzie McKay, Brayden McKay, and Justin McKay. Also surviving are four stepchildren, Emma Allen, Casey Allen, Randall Bos, and Philip Bos.

Jerry graduated from Sweet Grass County High School in Montana. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy Submarine Service as a machinist. Upon completing his tour of duty, he spent many years as a manager in a Libby, Mont., lumber mill. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service and later went on to be a successful salesman. Word has it that he could sell ice to Eskimos. There aren’t many things that Jerry couldn’t fix or tell you how to fix it.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, drag racing with his own racing car, boating, and swimming in the Oasis Pool every afternoon at 4 p.m.

A private service will be held on Sept. 10 with military honors.

Margaret Jean (Daughton) Horn

Margaret Jean (Daughton) Horn

Margaret Jean (Daughton) Horn

Margaret Horn, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at age 99. She is survived by her two children, Rick Horn (Crested Butte, Colo.), Candace Cox (Sun Lakes, Ariz.); two grandchildren, Andy Cox (Krystin), Brooklyn, N.Y., and baby girl Kylo; and Sara Cox Torkos (Evan), New York City, N.Y.

Margaret was born on Jan. 21, 1923, to Fred and Ethel Daughton in Grand River, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her husband John Kenneth Horn (1999), and two sisters, Betty Irvine and Frances Dickerson. She is survived by her brother, Donald, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Margaret graduated from Mount Ayr, Iowa, High School in 1940 and received her Bachelor of Commerce degree during WWII from her beloved University of Iowa in 1945. Both children and grandchildren received their bachelor’s degrees at Iowa. Go Hawks!

After college she was recruited as a management trainee at the Goodyear facility in Akron, Ohio. It was there that Ken proposed to her after returning from the Pacific in WWII.

Married in 1946, in Mount Ayr, they moved to Indianola, Iowa, for Ken to earn his bachelor’s degree at Simpson College as Margaret worked as the president’s secretary. Margaret and Ken then moved to Oxnard, Calif., for Ken to begin an MBA at Stanford University on scholarship. She worked in the District Attorney’s office as a secretary, until they moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Raising two children, she worked as a reference librarian, state association office manager, and then as a legal secretary. She was active at the local and state level of American Association of University Women (AAUW), advocating for women and girls, carrying on her parents’ strong belief in education for women.

Margaret and Ken retired to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1986 where she was the Founding President of the Southeast Branch of AAUW in 1989.

In lieu of flowers any donations can be sent to American Association of University Women, Southeast Valley Branch, c/o Candace (Horn) Cox, 25854 S. New Town Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Please designate “Local Scholarship” to fund needy young women pursuing 2-year STEM degrees at the Chandler/Gilbert Community College.

The family thanks Hospice of the Valley for their support and the caregivers who helped her through her final days.

A memorial service will be held in Sun Lakes, to be announced. Burial will be in the Leon, Iowa, cemetery.

Joyce Jean Switzky "JoCe"

Joyce Jean Switzky “JoCe”

Joyce Jean Switzky “JoCe”

Joyce Jean Switzky “JoCe” was born to Ruth and Herbert Heine on May 20, 1944, in Dalton, Neb. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 24, 2022. She touched many lives and was loved by all who met her.

She was a graduate of Dalton High School in 1962. On Oct. 23, 1965, she married her sweetheart Dale Allen Switzky. They settled in Denver, Colo., and were loyally married for 57 wonderful years. She worked for Mountain Bell, AT&T and retired with Lucent Technology in 2000. Following retirement, she and her husband moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Joyce was an avid golfer with friends and family throughout the years. She enjoyed the outdoors at their ranch in Wyoming. She was an amazing host to all and a marvelous cook. Her family was always her first priority.

Left behind to cherish her sweet memories are her husband, Dale Switzky; daughters, Danette Tafoya, Deanna Ferguson and son Derek Switzky; sister and brother, Carol Brown and Lyle Heine; grandchildren, Shawn Tafoya, Patrick Tafoya, and Alena Switzky; great-grandchildren, Simran Tafoya, Argan Tafoya, and Lily Tafoya, and many other relatives and friends. She was gracefully greeted by her parents and her sister Sonja Vallier, who all preceded her in death.

Per Joyce’s wishes, there will be no services be held in her honor. Her family asks that you hold her memory in your heart.

Dorothy Mae (MacNeal) Young

Dotty was born on Aug. 17, 1935, in Parkesburg, Penn., to R. Roy and Mabel MacNeal. She passed from this world to Heaven on May 18, 2022.

Everyone will remember her for her quick wit and beautiful smile. She was one of the bravest people I’ve ever known. She persevered with arthritis in most of her joints and feet. She never complained about her handicap. Dotty was the sweetest wife a man could have ever wished for and will be sorely missed by me and all her many friends.

As I, her husband, worked for GM, we moved several times and we had friends in Arizona; El Paso, Texas; and Denver, Colo.

Dotty’s chosen profession was teaching. Oh, how she loved it and her students. She started her early education in a one-room schoolhouse (first 8 grades). She graduated from Upper Leacock High School in Leola, Penn., where she was a cheerleader.

She began her college studies at UTEP in El Paso and completed her Education Degree at ASU. She began teaching at Shea Middle School and spent seven years there. We were then transferred to the Denver, Colo., area. She spent 10 years teaching at Euclid Middle School in Littleton. Dotty ended her teaching career at Well Middle School in Dublin, Calif. After we both retired and traveled extensively, she began to substitute in various schools in the Sun Lakes area.

Dotty was predeceased by her four sisters: Janet Suplee, Alice Garrison, Naomi Hoopes, and Ann MacVeagh.

Dotty is survived by her husband Ron. They would have been married 67 years on June 25, 2022. She is also survived by their daughter Cheryl Hart of Lamar, Colo., their son Dale of Rosamond, Calif., three wonderful grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dotty was very active in choirs in every place we lived. The one closest to her heart was our last choir at Sun Lakes UMC, where she also served as a Stephen Minister. Dotty loved Jesus and practiced her faith always.

Throughout her life we celebrated our faith with music. She also loved singing with several Sweet Adelines choruses. Her chorus in Colorado earned her an International Gold Medal in Atlanta in 1980.

Dotty was a true disciple of Christ. She found him at an early age and praised him until her last breath.
We will host a Celebration of Dotty’s beautiful life at Sun Lakes UMC on June 25, 2022, at 11 a.m.
God Bless You all. A devoted husband, Ron Young

Robert F. Cooper

Robert F. Cooper

Robert F. Cooper

Bob Cooper of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and formerly of Pittsford, N.Y., passed away at age 86 on May 16, 2022, in the care of his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann; his daughter, Karin Cooper (David) Rompalo; his son, Todd Cooper (and Gina Moussa); and step-grandson, John Rompalo all of Arizona; extended family; and many dear friends. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., and was predeceased by his parents, Melvin and Mary Cooper and his brother, Dr. M. Thomas Cooper.

Bob graduated from East High School, Rochester, N.Y., class of 1954, and Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserves. His career was in marketing communications, and he retired in 1999 after 34 years with Kodak. He was a member of the Sun Lakes IronOaks Patrol from 1999 until 2005.

His life centered around family and friends. He was always there with a smile, a twinkle in his eye, and ready for a new adventure. The storytelling, laughter, and friendship he shared so freely with others will always be cherished in memories of him. He was truly one of a kind and someone who will forever hold a place in our hearts. In recent years, he faced his battle with Parkinson’s disease and other health issues with dignity, courage, and positive energy to “just keep moving.” The family would like to give special thanks to the entire staff at Kindred-At-Home and to caregivers from Doves for their quality and compassionate assistance—and for all the laughs along the way.

Services were held on July 27 in Rochester, N.Y. Private interment.

Sharon Crosby

Sharon Crosby

Sharon Crosby

Sharon Crosby, 89, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully May 15, 2022. Sharon was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., she and her family moved to Arizona in 1959 and resided in Scottsdale. Sharon and her late husband, Bob, raised six children, Greg, Susan, Peggy, Gary, Cheryl, and Mark. Before retiring, she worked for Scottsdale Memorial Hospital as an Outpatient Administrator for many years. She spent much of her retirement volunteering for many charity organizations, including Neighbors Who Care. Sharon enjoyed traveling, playing games with her family, and shopping. Sharon never knew a stranger and was known for her friendly conversation and boisterous laughter. She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence, her brother, Russ, her sister, Kath, and her husband, Robert. Private services will be held at Green Acres Mortuary in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

 

Lillian R. Mathisen

Lillian R. Mathisen

Lillian R. Mathisen

Lillian R. Mathisen of Cottonwood passed away on May 13, 2022. She was 99 years old. She was the loving mother of Sue Sargis and a good friend to Pat Ebrom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sergeant Major Volley H. (Bob) Cole

A USA Luge pioneer racer and coach, and founding member of the International Luge Federation (FIL), passed away peacefully on May 12, 2022.

Retired Sergeant Major Volley H. (Bob) Cole was a team member and coach with the United States national and Olympic teams and an FIL official from 1957-72, including stints at three Olympic Games. He represented the U.S. at the 1957 World Championships, the first such event under the banner of the FIL.

Sergeant Major Cole was instrumental in the sport’s break from the International Bobsleigh and Toboggan Federation (FIBT) and helped establish the FIL in 1957. At the first luge world championships that year, Bob was on the first American team to ever compete in that prestigious event. He continued to compete in Europe at the top luge events of that era.

Cole’s interest in sliding sports actually started in bobsledding as a youth. In 1960, Sergeant Major Cole was asked by the U.S. military to organize an American luge program abroad as there were no U.S. facilities at the time. He spent many years in Germany putting the U.S. team together and recruited athletes who were stationed in Germany and had experience in winter sports. Those early teams trained with Poland, Germany, and Austria in the years leading up to the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria when luge made its Olympic debut.

Bob continued as the team’s Olympic advisor in 1968 and was an FIL official in 1972. After those Games in Sapporo, Japan, Cole remained as a coach and Olympic officer traveling the world for international meetings each year. Volley was an FIL Vice President for two terms, and in 1990, became an Honorary Member of the organization.

After completely retiring, Cole and his wife, Mary, spent 30 years in the Phoenix area where he enjoyed rounds of golf with his many friends.

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Charlie Copin

Charlie Copin

Charlie Copin

Charlie Copin, 89 years old, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away on May 11, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Jayne, married for 67 years. They were high school sweethearts, both growing up in Murphysboro, Ill.

After one year at Northwestern University on a football scholarship, the Korean War led him to a 26-year career in the USAF where he served as a jet fighter pilot. First flight school and then marrying Jayne in their hometown in Southern Illinois, they started their Air Force journey in California with the F-100 as part of the newly formed Air Force. He and his family were subsequently stationed at AF bases in the U.S. and overseas. During his nine years in the Vietnam conflict, he flew the F-105, F-4, and A-7D. Charlie was awarded many medals and ribbons including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Air Medal with 4-6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, and more.

Charlie was a huge fan of the Peanuts comic strip that was created in 1950, the year he graduated from high school. In 1965, the comic strip introduced Snoopy as a Flying Ace against the Red Baron. This provided many chuckles while reading the morning newspaper.

After retiring from the USAF in 1976 while living in Las Vegas, Nev., Charlie became a tax consultant for H&R Block. In 2003 he and Jayne moved to Sun Lakes to be near family.

Immediately upon arriving in Sun Lakes, Charlie found his community with the Oakwood men’s golf groups. For many years he played in leagues in Sun Lakes. He was an athlete playing many sports throughout his life and remained an avid sports fan who enjoyed following his favorite teams.

He is survived by his wife Jayne (Roberts) and his three children, Janet (John), Patty (Mike), and Chuck (Cherie). He is also survived by his grandchildren, John (Holly), Brian (Anne Curtis), Lindsey (Christian), Curtis, and Kristen, plus three great-granddaughters.

Charlie was a sweet, kind, humble man who loved his family, served his country, and ran the race of life well!

Richard Sporleder

Richard Sporleder

Richard Sporleder

Richard Sporleder of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his devoted wife, Terry, by his side on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. He is survived by his three children, Barb (Tony) Antonoff, Lake Zurich, Ill.; Patti (Mark) Burandt, Dresser, Wis.; Brian (Carol) Sporleder, Oak Creek, Wis.; and seven grandchildren, Eric and Kayli Antonoff, Paige and Austin Burandt, and Justin, Quintin, and Nolan Sporleder.

Rich was born on March 27, 1937, to George and Mary Sporleder in Chicago, Ill. He was the big brother to Robert (Sandy) Sporleder, New Buffalo, Mich.; Don (Peggy) Sporleder, Nashville, Tenn.; and Sharon (Dennis) Carey, Phoenix, Ariz. He is survived by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; mother- and father-in-law; and cousins.

Rich graduated from Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Ill., in 1955 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University in 1985. He always regarded education as a valuable asset in life and shared that love of learning by teaching English as a second language to students and tutoring adult drivers. He was a man who taught his children to be caring, responsible, and dedicated to family and to friends. Rich worked at GTE in Des Plaines, Ill., for 35 years in the pre-press department as a lithographer and had a printing press dedicated to him in the Dallas, Texas, facility. Rich was an active member of many community organizations, including Des Plaines Elks Club and Lake Summerset Community Relations Board Chairman 2002-2005 in Davis, Ill.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley, Perfect Place, and Memory Cafe for their support and help to Rich and Terry. In lieu of flowers any donations can be sent to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Durand, Ill.

Judith Mae Kilgus

Judith Mae Kilgus

Judith Mae Kilgus

Judith Mae Kilgus, age 80, passed away on May 3, 2022, in Phoenix, with her family by her side. Judi was born on March 17, 1942, in Farmington, Maine, and her family moved to Phoenix in 1951.

She attended North High School and graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science and became a CPA. She went on to become a successful Administrator with the Arizona Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. Her passion in life was spending time with her family, golfing, dancing, and traveling the world. Judi is survived by her two sons, their wives, five grandchildren, and her seven siblings.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

Diane Pearce Shirley

Diane Pearce Shirley

Diane Pearce Shirley

Diane Pearce Shirley, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, on April 30, 2022, at the age of 87. She was the beloved wife of Harold Shirley. Born in Middletown, Conn., to Malcom B. Pearce, Sr. and Louise Bowyer Pearce. She was raised in Durham, Conn., and spent many years in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Arizona. She worked as a substitute teacher in Pittsburgh and locally at the Cottonwood Golf Course. A lifelong equestrian rider, she owned horses from the 1940s to 1980s. During this time she won many awards for showmanship. She loved animals of all kinds, but especially her dogs. She traveled the country with her husband Harold on their Goldwing motorcycle and later in their RV. She also enjoyed painting with both watercolors and oils. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes.

Diane is survived by her husband, Harold Shirley of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; sons James (Cyndi) Farrington of Huntington Beach, Calif., Robert Farrington of Rhoadesville, Va., Harold J. Shirley (Darlene) of Saltsburg, Penn.; daughters Kimberly Martinez of Destin, Fla., and Jacqueline R. (Peter) Bolic of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren Rachel, Michelle, Nathan, Sarah, Jennifer, Brittney, Tyler, and Brian; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister Susan (William) Rundle of Venice, Fla.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents Malcom and Louise Pearce, Sr., her brother Malcom Pearce, Jr., her daughter Kathryn Cochran, and her granddaughter Stephanie Johnson.

There is no visitation at this time, but a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Always Present Hospice, 1400 N. Gilbert Road, Suite P, Gilbert, AZ 85234 or the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes, 9535 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com for the Shirley family.

Tony Petriello

Tony Petriello

Tony Petriello

Anthony R. (Tony) Petriello passed peacefully on April 21, 2022, at the age of 98. The son of Bartholomew and Antonetta (Infante) Petriello of Bridgeport, Connecticut, he graduated Harding High School class of 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and his last station was serving aboard the battleship USS New Jersey as a Radioman on the Admiral’s staff in the Pacific.

After his honorable discharge he attended the University of Bridgeport. He met Gloria Fanning at high school, and when they met again after the war they fell in love and married. They celebrated their 74th anniversary in April. Soon they moved from Bridgeport to Stratford, Conn. Tony went to work as an office manager for Hartley and Parker, liquor wholesalers in Stratford, Conn., and retired as controller after 30 years with the company.

Tony and Gloria enjoyed traveling, going to Europe several times and exploring the United States. They drove cross-country to Arizona for several years as snowbirds then moved to Sun Lakes in 1994, where they enjoyed wonderful friends and dancing at the Sunday Night and Cotillion Dance clubs.

Tony loved golf and early on he won two championships at his club in Connecticut and had three holes-in-one. He continued to play golf in Arizona, at Cottonwood then Ironwood until he was 95. A few years ago Tony enjoyed Honor Flight Arizona, a three-day journey of honor and remembrance for veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Tony is predeceased by his son Robert, sister Teena, and his brother Salvatore, who died 13 days before Tony. He is survived by the love of his life, Gloria, two granddaughters, Laurel and Deanna (Dan), two great-grandsons, Domenic (Nico) and Luca, and two brothers, Michael (Sheila) of Sun Lakes and Bart of Trumbull, Conn., and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at St. Stevens Catholic Church May 10. Gloria is very grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and love from all her friends and neighbors in Sun Lakes and at the Gardens at Ocotillo.

Bruce Waller Watkins

Bruce Waller Watkins

Bruce Waller Watkins

Bruce Waller Watkins was born May 29, 1937, in Portland, Ore., and passed here in Sun Lakes on April 11, 2022.

Bruce was an exceptional athlete, excelling in baseball, football, and golf while attending Grant High School in Portland. After graduation, he attending the University of Oregon, then opted to join the Marine Corps in March of 1957, where he served 4 years.

Bruce returned to Portland to start his career as an insurance claims adjuster. He later joined Johnson and Higgins, an international insurance brokerage, as an executive account manager.

In 1975, Bruce and his wife Jane moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., to start a new business, Venus de Milo ladies health salons. After a number of years with this business, Bruce and Jane retired to Sun Lakes in 1995.

Bruce continued to follow his passion for sports, golfing, and playing senior softball. He formed an elite senior softball team and went on to win several national and world championships.

Bruce is survived by his wife Jane, sister Hannah Howes, children Lance and Leslie, and grandchildren Hanna Hamling, Jacob Hamling, and Rebecca Watkins.

Mary Annette Holmquist

Mary Annette Holmquist

Mary Annette Holmquist

Mary Annette Holmquist was born on July 3, 1930, at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. Her proud parents were Wells Fargo Kruse and Esther Bridget (Carroll) Kruse.

Mary was the eldest of four daughters and was raised in San Francisco where she attended Holy Name Grammar School. She completed two years of high school in San Francisco at Presentation High School. The family moved to San Carlos, Calif. Mary completed high school at Sequoia High School in Redwood City and graduated in 1948. She attended San Mateo Junior College for two years.

In 1952, while attending a party, she met her future husband, Jack Joseph Holmquist. They were married in 1953. They spent their early married years living in Paso Robles and Ceres, Calif., however, they eventually settled in Redwood City, Calif., and then retired in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Mary’s greatest joy in life was her five children. She was active at St. Pius Parish while raising her children. Mary enjoyed knitting and reading. She was also active in her Singing Brook Circle Homeowners’ Association in Santa Rosa, Calif.

In 2005, Mary and Jack resettled in Redmond, Ore., to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. In 2007, Jack, her husband of 54 years, passed away. So in 2014, Mary relocated to Sun Lakes, Ariz., with her daughter. There she was affiliated with St. Stephen’s Parish in Sun Lakes. Mary passed away at home, peacefully on April 10, 2022, Palm Sunday, with family by her side.

Mary’s greatest love was her family. She is survived by Theresa, John, Cindy Sackman (Tony), Carrie Kaufmann-Drucker (Bryan), and Mark. She idolized and loved her nine grandchildren: Tony Sackman Jr., Kyle Sackman, Rebecca Angelo (Danny), Nicole Venard (Josh), Alyssa Thoen (J.C.), Jackson Holmquist, Stephanie Kaufmann, Jeffrey Kaufmann, and Taylor Holmquist. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara McConaughy, and three nieces and one nephew.

In her later years she was gifted seven great-grandchildren: Clyde and Charlie Thoen, Sierra and Makenna Angelo, Jade and Ava Venard, and Jack Sackman. The great-grandchildren completed her life.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Maureen and Susan; her beloved husband Jack; his parents Harry and Emma Holmquist; son-in-laws Rick Kaufmann and Alan Winchester; and her beloved dog, Buttons.

Placement was held at Valley of the Sun Mortuary on May 5, 2022.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Mary’s Honor at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 219 Bean Ave Los Gatos, CA 95030 on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a luncheon at St. Mary’s Hoffman Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to: The Pan Foundation, PO Box 716408, Philadelphia, PA 19171, 1-866-316-7263, or The National Scleroderma Foundation Northwest Section, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923, 1-800-722-4673.

Roberta (Robbie) Ferrazza

Roberta (Robbie) Ferrazza

Roberta (Robbie) Ferrazza

Robbie was born Roberta DeSousa. She was born Feb. 1, 1951, in Fall River, Mass. Robbie passed on April 4, 2022. Her husband and two stepchildren were at her bedside. Robbie was a longtime resident of Sun Lakes, moving there in 1998. Robbie was very outgoing—she could walk up to anyone and strike up a conversation, and many led to long friendships. She loved shopping, making friends with many store workers. They were happy to see her, and many times she had a cup of coffee for them. She was just so easy to talk to.

Robbie, from an early age with the teaching from her me’me, learned and loved knitting and crochet. This started her on a path of doing all types of crafts. She made thousands of blankets, hats, shawls, and baby clothes (if it could be knitted, she made it). She would make shawls for the “Little Pink Houses of Hope” breast cancer patients and loved it.

Robbie loved music and dance. She belonged to dance clubs in Sun Lakes, and could do a mean East coast swing. She was an avid reader her entire life. She loved to cook, and even on vacation she would find a way to make a meal or two. Robbie spent a lot of time with Karaoke friends at clubs and hosting house parties, but with all her talents she did not sing. Oh except, “These boots are made for walking”—she would have an older friend who she would perform it with, and he loved it. She enjoyed all the singers, especially her husband.

Robbie had no biological children, but had a great relationship with her stepchildren and one very special person she called her niece child, Tammy. Tammy in turn would always call her auntie mom. They had a wonderful relationship just like mother and daughter, on the phone for hours every day.

Robbie is survived by her husband Joseph Ferrazza; stepchildren Michael, David, and Alan; grandson Cuyler; sisters Joanne, Lynn, Dawn, and Ginger Lee; and niece child Tammy.

Barbara Joan Lucas

Barbara Joan Lucas

Barbara Joan Lucas

Barbara Joan Lucas passed away on April 3, 2022, at the age of 90. Barbara was born on July 25, 1931, in Highland Park, Mich., to Reta Jean (Young) Fultz and Lee Wright Fultz. She was proceeded in death by her parents and younger brother, Donald Ross Fultz. She is survived by her beloved twin sister Beverly Jean Lucas and her four children, Aaron (Catherine) Lucas, Brian (Marcela) Lucas, Christine (Nathan) Applewhite, Delpha (Dave) Dunning, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Barbara was the epitome of a social butterfly. She made friends wherever she went and belonged to many social and civic organizations throughout her life, beginning as a Girl Scout. She went on to join the Rainbow Girls, Beta Sigma Phi, United Methodist Women’s group, the Red Hat Society, Single Ladies group, Mah Jongg group, and PTA, and she was a Girl Scout leader. She touched many lives and will be remembered in love by all who knew her.

George Eugene Conaway

George Eugene Conaway

George Eugene Conaway

George Eugene Conaway was born July 22, 1933, and passed away April 2, 2022. He served in the military in the Korean War. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife Judy of 62 years; his daughter Tamera of Philadelphia; his son Todd and daughter-in-law Michael of Apache Junction; four grandchildren, Andrew and Alex, Lexi and Chase; and two great-grandchildren.

The following verse by Edgar A. Guest describes George’s philosophy by which he lived:
Success
I hold no dream of fortune vast.
Nor seek undying fame.
I do not ask when life is past
That many know my name.

I may not own the skill to rise
To glory’s topmost height,
Nor win a place among the wise,
But I can keep the right.

And I can live my life on earth
Contented to the end,
If but a few shall know my worth
And proudly call me friend.

He will be sorely missed.

Dennis L. Larson

Dennis L. Larson

Dennis L. Larson

Dennis Larson, 80, passed away at Chandler Regional Medical Center on April 2, 2022. Dennis was born on April 1, 1942, in Cooperstown, N.D., to Olga and Melvin Larson. He graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1960 and married Diane Howden, his high school sweetheart, on July 17, 1960. Dennis attended Dickinson State College for two years on an athletic scholarship, competing on the football, basketball, and track teams. He went on to graduate from North Dakota State University with a Degree in Pharmacy in 1966. Dennis worked for 14 years at Larson Drug in Mayville, N.D. He and Diane purchased Hillsboro Drug and Gift in 1982 and worked there until his retirement in 2004. After selling their long-time family home in Mayville, N.D., Dennis and his wife Diane split their time between Big Cormorant Lake in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Sun Lakes, Ariz., until residing in Sun Lakes full time. Dennis was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and NDSU Bison Football. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to breakfast with his buddies several days a week, and playing Pinochle.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Diane (Howden); three children, Lori Grommesh (John), Casselton, N.D., Greg Larson (Shelby Felton), Castle Rock, Colo., and Sue Selle (Eric), Lone Tree, Colo.; six grandchildren, Michael Grommesh (Kelsey), Casselton, N.D., Julie Grommesh, Fargo, N.D., Brayden Selle, Tucson, Ariz., Collin Selle, Seattle, Wash., Mikayla and Madelyn Larson, Castle Rock, Colo.; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olga and Melvin Larson; brother, James Larson; infant children, Julie and Danny Larson; and granddaughter, Christyn Grommesh.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, please consider donating to the American Stroke Association (www.stroke.org).

The family is planning to host a Celebration of Life service in Sun Lakes, Ariz., on April 30, 2022.

Paul Lonero

Paul Lonero

Paul Lonero

Paul Lonero, age 86, of Sun Lakes, passed away on March 26, 2022. Paul passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Barbara and family, after his courageous battle with cancer.

Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on June 17, 1935, to the late Samuel and Teresa (Crisafio) Lonero. Paul loved golfing, playing cards, remodeling homes, and traveling, and he delighted in his warm and loving Italian heritage. Paul never met a stranger and was always willing to offer a helping hand whenever needed.

Paul was proud to have served in the United States Coast Guard. While serving, he had tours of duty on icebreakers going to the North Pole and was involved in the installation of the Distant Early Warning line during the Cold War. After his tour of duty, he returned to Pittsburgh, where he became a tool and die maker and business owner. Paul moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1983. He founded and operated Lone Arrow Enterprises. The company sold and serviced CNC machinery and sandblasting parts and equipment to the Valley’s aviation industry, including Honeywell.

Although Barbara and Paul had both lived in Dobson Ranch, in Mesa, Ariz., and both owned businesses located within a short distance of each other in the 1980s, their paths did not cross until 1992, when they both attended a pinochle club to play one of their favorite games. As the saying goes, it was “love at first sight.” The next 30 years was an amazing adventure they shared. Paul’s quality of life was good to the very end, and he lived every day of his life to the fullest.

Paul is survived by his wife Barbara, of Sun Lakes, and daughter Terri Aglietti (Eric), sons Michael (Sally), Sam (Darlene), Paul (aka PJ), and Rick, and his sister, Josephene Risoleo, all reside in the Pittsburgh, Penn., area, his two stepsons Tony (Melissa) and Derek (Allie) Herndon of Mesa, Ariz., eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nephews, and many cousins.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his ex-wife, the beloved mother of his six children, Joan (Ecoff) Lonero, his son Kurt Paul, his grandchildren Laura and Alex, brother Anthony, and brother-in-law James Risoleo. Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

We want to acknowledge the wonderful and caring treatment Paul received from Dr. Dharia and staff at Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers in Mesa, Ariz., and the unbelievable loving help and assistance the Hospice of the Valley provided Paul and our family. Also, we send our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors who have reached out with their prayers and loving words and acts of kindness.

Anyone wishing may make a donation, in Paul’s memory, to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or to Hospice of the Valley www.hov.org/donate.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Paul, and the time and location will be announced at a later date.

Margaret Delap

Margaret Delap

Margaret Delap

On March 23, 2022, we lost our mom, Granny, sister, cousin, and friend. Margaret Delap was born Margaret Ann Person on Nov. 7, 1937, in Roundup, Mont. Her happy childhood was spent in Roundup (where she’d force any bullies to say “uncle” first) and Auburn, Wash. (where she played basketball and was a beauty queen), before graduating high school in 1955.

She married Darwin Kellogg in November 1956, and they immediately headed north to Fairbanks, Alaska, to shape their future. It was in Fairbanks where all their children were born, who were the greatest joy of her life. After 10 years, the family migrated from Fairbanks to Salt Lake City and then to Graham, Wash., to follow Darwin’s career as an airline pilot. Margaret and Darwin raised their five children on a small farm in Graham, teaching them to work hard and have fun. She loved gardening and had a gift for home decorating and cooking. All were welcomed in her home and made to feel like special guests. Margaret and her mom-friends laughingly referred to themselves as the “Graham Crackers.” She also spent many good years in New Hampshire and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, constantly opening her heart to new friends.

Known as “Granny” to the grandchildren, Margaret had a lot of fun with all of them, teaching each one to play poker and how to lose to her in Squeal or leg wrestling. One of her pleasures was experiencing cultures of the world, and she usually traveled with a large group of complicit funsters. She eventually brought her sparkly personality to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where for 20 years she loved to dance and stay involved in all the fun stuff she could fit into her busy schedule.

For the past two years, our mom battled cancer—valiantly, courageously, and with humor. Through all the challenges of her illness, her beautiful smile remained steadfast, and her laughter blessed us all. Her smile could have won awards.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren (and another on the way), her sister and brothers and extended family, as well as many, many dear friends. When it’s time to see her again, you might first hear her heartfelt laugh, and then you will see her beautiful smile, welcoming you to dance or sing or play a hand of Squeal. Service arrangements are posted on Mom’s Facebook page.

Edward "Ed" John Gielow III

Edward “Ed” John Gielow III

Edward “Ed” John Gielow III

Edward “Ed” John Gielow III, 68, of Sun Lakes, passed away on March 22, 2022, after a six-month-long battle with West Nile encephalitis. He was born at Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Edward John Gielow Jr. and Evelyn (Reik) Gielow, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Marlene Mennenga on July 7, 1979, in Gifford, Ill.

Ed is survived by his wife, Marlene, who never stopped advocating for him during his illness, and two sons, John (Emily) of Gilbert, Ariz., and Justin (Debbie) of Chandler, Ariz. Ed was a loving Papa to one grandson, Christian Gielow of San Tan Valley, Ariz., and four granddaughters, Lexus (Connor) Boucher and Taryn, Torri, and Taylor Foster, all of Chandler, Ariz.

Ed grew up and attended schools in Westville, Ill., where he was active in Lions Club and Elks as a young adult. Ed and Marlene lived in St. Joseph, Ill., before moving to Gilbert, Ariz., in 1994. After retirement they moved to Sun Lakes, where he enjoyed various activities in the community.
Ed loved the outdoors, especially fishing and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who knew him.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 23, 2022, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Risen Savior; CaringBridge.org; Hospice of the Valley (hov.org), 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014; or Friends for Life Animal Rescue (azfriends.org), 952 W. Melody Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85233.

Leonard Earl Meyer

Leonard Earl Meyer

Leonard Earl Meyer

Leonard Earl Meyer of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away March 16, 2022, from sudden acute myeloid leukemia at Chandler Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Len was born March 15, 1945, in Columbia, S.C., first son to Clinton and Audree Meyer. In 1971, he married the love of his life, Paula Meyer (Pianka), wife of 51 years, and together they raised Krista Kidd (Meyer-Mirra), who also survives with her spouse Jason, grandchildren Dylan and Madelyn Mirra, and step-grandchildren Ava and Aiden Kidd, all of Chandler.

Len was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and received his MBA from Southern Illinois University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict as a Green Beret, 101st Infantry. Following his time in the military, Len worked for more than 30 years as an executive with several prominent insurance companies in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois until he chose to focus on a successful career in real estate sales, and he relocated to Arizona to escape the winters and to watch over his aging parents. Len enjoyed the beauty of Arizona and spending time with his family, but most of all, nice dinners with Paula and their close friends, which always included a glass (sometimes two) of his favorite red wine.

Len is also survived by his brother Larry Meyer, sister-in-law Faith, nieces Katie Olesky and Carley Schweinberg, and nephew David Meyer. He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Paul and Grace Pianka.

A Celebration of Life will be held May 15, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Iron Oaks Country Club, Sun Lakes, Ariz.

David W. Hunter

David W. Hunter

David W. Hunter

David W. Hunter, 77, passed away on March 13, 2022, in Chandler, Ariz. The sadness is overwhelming for his family.

David was born in Saginaw, Mich., on Jan. 3, 1945, to William Hunter and Harriet Woycheese. David’s father was with Standard Oil and moved his family many times as David was growing up. One constant and favorite memory was spending summers with his Aunt Vi and cousins at Long Lake, Ind., as a child. The childhood moves allowed David to explore the states of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and back to Escanaba, Mich., where David graduated from Escanaba High School in 1963.

In high school, David excelled and won honors in both academics and sports. Football, basketball, track, and golf were his favorites. David remained a sports enthusiast throughout his life, both as a participant and an observer. In fact, on David’s bucket list was to play the top 100 golf courses in the world. He fell short, but not by much.

Books of all kinds were devoured by David, giving him a wealth of knowledge on many topics. He always had a story to tell or information to share with family and friends.

David attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where he attained undergraduate degrees in marketing, accounting, and information systems in 1967. He graduated with a master’s degree in business administration in 1968. He joined the SAE fraternity and was very active in student government. He also worked for United Airlines as a university liaison in event planning.

It was at the university that David met his college sweetheart, Jackie Peterson on Friday, March 13, 1964! He called Jackie the “love of his life.” They were married in 1966, just before senior year. Together David and Jackie built a beautiful family of four successful children: Andrew W. Hunter (Amy); Allison R. Burke (Keith); Braden D. Hunter (Laura), and Lynne M. Bell (Rod—deceased). These four children and their wonderful spouses gifted David and Jackie with 10 amazing grandchildren: Zachariah and Nathaniel Hunter; Kaylin, Kyeler, and Karsen Burke; Kelsey, William, and Trenton Hunter; and Reese and Rachel Bell. Sadly, through a tragic accident, David was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Judith Hunter Patton, brother-in-law George Patton, and niece Susan Patton. Judy left behind our Lynne; and David and Jackie’s special nephew and niece, Greg Patton and Cheryl Serrano (Sammy). David remained intently devoted to his entire family, and they to him until the end of his life.

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Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers took his first breath in Gadsden, Ala., on Feb. 14, 1942, and his final breath in Sun Lakes, Ariz., on March 11, 2022, in the company of his wife, their three daughters, and his brother. True to his Valentine status, his sweetness lives on in the memories of all who experienced his quiet acts of kindness. In his 29-year career with Kennametal, Bill was considered a “Class Act.” He and his metalworking expertise were sought after and respected from Raleigh, N.C., to Tucson, Ariz. A man of many interests, with a passion for high-flying thrills, hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles, and music, Bill exemplified a genuine southern gentleman with charming manners and an unexpected humor who always remained an everyday hero—loving life, people, and a good conversation. We are all the better for knowing and being loved by the inimitable Mr. Bill.

Georgette 'Georgie' Kahn

Georgette “Georgie” Kahn

Georgette “Georgie” Kahn

Georgette “Georgie” Kahn, 95, left this earth on March 10, 2022. Her loving family was at her bedside. Georgie was a longtime resident of Sun Lakes, where she was known for her love of dancing, sense of humor, and loving personality.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she moved to Arizona in 1978 to join her husband, Jerry. She had retired in New York from a decade as a school bus driver, a job she loved. In Arizona she had another job she loved, working weekends at the Phoenix Swap Meet, where she sold girls’ clothing.

During the week, Georgie kept busy playing cards, going to dances, bargain shopping, and spending time with her family and many friends. Everyone who met her was immediately drawn to her love of life.

She was preceded in death by Jerry Kahn, her husband of 51 years. She is survived by her children Elizabeth Kannberg, Elliott Kahn, Nancy Schaub, sons-in-law Dennis Kannberg and James Schaub, grandsons Derek Lynch, Matthew Kannberg, and Stuart Lynch, great-granddaughters Bailey and Aurora Kannberg, and her brother David Friedland. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Ana Liza Sebaoui, owner of Ana’s Haven in Chandler, whose love and care of Georgette formed a special bond to the end.

Sandra (Sandy) Judith Miller

Sandra (Sandy) Judith Miller

Sandra (Sandy) Judith Miller

Sandra (Sandy) Judith Miller, born Sept. 12, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., died March 11, 2022, at Whatcom Hospice House. She was the loving mother of Scott Miller, Brenda Miller, and Gary Miller; loving mother-in-law to Donna Miller and Denise Miller; and doting grandmother to Brittany Miller, Matthew Miller, Alexandra Milligan, and Elizabeth Miller.

She was married to the love of her life, Arthur Jay Miller, for 61 years. They courted by going to Broadway shows, and she kept every one of the playbills. In 1959 they moved to Northridge, Calif., for Art’s work, where they raised their children. In retirement, they moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where they enjoyed many friends and family for over 25 years.

In 2016 they moved to The Willows in Bellingham, Wash., with their beloved dog, Maggie Sue. Sandy made friends wherever she went, and she enjoyed her Willows family immensely. She loved puttering about her patio garden, creating beauty for passersby, and she loved to bake cookies for anyone’s birthday (one of her recipes even made it into The Willows dining room rotation!). She participated in the creative writing group and started a Mah Jongg club.

You can honor Sandy’s memory by emulating her way of being kind, attentive, and generous with anyone you meet. Donations can be made in her memory to Whatcom Hospice House or the Whatcom Humane Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Willows on April 8.

Eleanor M. Patton

Eleanor Miller Patton, 104, died Feb. 28, 2022, at the Healthcare Resort of Olathe in Olathe, Kan. Eleanor was born Oct. 25, 1917, in Utica, N.Y., to Horace and Emilie (Perry) Miller. During her primary and middle schools years she attended the Utica Country Day School and graduated from High School at the Utica Free Academy in Utica, N.Y. After a year of theatre training in New York City, she continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., graduating in 1940 with an undergraduate degree in speech pathology. Twenty-five years later she would earn a master’s degree in speech pathology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Horace Murray Miler (d.1978); her mother Emilie Perry Miller (d.1983); her brother Dr. Donald Miller (d.2000); her husband of 62 years, Dale Patton (d.2003); and her eldest son, David Patton (d.2017). She is survived by her sister, Susan Cowles (Harold) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Barbara Patton (widow of David Patton) of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; son Roger Patton (Martha) of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; son Donald Patton (Cecilia) of Bemidji, Minn.; son Thomas Patton (Kristine) of Olathe, Kan.; eight grandchildren: Jodi Slotar (Bruce), Dale Patton (Amy), Steven Patton (Jerri), Sarah Swenson (Nate), Leslie Lytle (Jarod), Ann Patton, Kelly Anderson (Charles), and Ashley Guevarra (Kevin), 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Eleanor and Dale were married on Aug. 3, 1940, in Evanston, Ill., and raised four sons. Dale worked in higher education his entire career, and Eleanor began her career in 1958 when she started the Speech Therapy Department at the Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, Ariz. The family moved to St. Cloud, Minn., in 1963 where Eleanor continued working in the public schools as a Speech Therapist before becoming an Instructor in Speech & Hearing at St. Cloud State University in 1965.

In 1978, retirement led them to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where she was a charter member of the Sun Lakes Community Church and a charter member of the Sun Lakes UCC Church. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity since 1938, and very active with the P.E.O., a philanthropic women’s organization. Eleanor enjoyed music and theatre and loved to play golf and bridge. She relocated to Olathe, Kan., in 2018.

A Celebration of Life will be on May 15, 2022, at the Sun Lakes Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary in Chandler, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to the P.E.O. Scholarship Funds.

Richard "Dick" W. Kruse

Richard “Dick” W. Kruse

Richard “Dick” W. Kruse

Long time Alaskan, Richard “Dick” W. Kruse passed away on Dec. 13, 2021, in Sun Lakes, Ariz., after a brief illness with cancer at the age of 89.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a trusted friend. Dick was born to Marion (Forbish) and Clarence Kruse on Nov. 10, 1932, in Brownton, Minn. He was proud to have lettered in football, basketball, and baseball before graduating from Brownton High School in 1950. He joined the Marines at 19 and returned home to run the family farm after his father died. Later, he attended business college and began a lifetime career in accounting.

He married a young nurse, Patricia M. Tomlanovich, in Hibbing, Minn., on June 25, 1955. A new job with the Internal Revenue Service brought them to Alaska in 1960 where they raised their three children Kim, Rick, and Carol. Dick continued working professionally in the accounting field and owned and operated several retail stores. He also fished commercially in Cook Inlet, Alaska, each summer. After many years in private business, he returned to work for the IRS.

Dick especially liked spending time with family and friends at their cabin near Summit Lake on the Kenai Peninsula and also at Lake Louise Lodge. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed providing the family with moose, caribou, salmon, and burbot.

He was also an exceptionally enthusiastic sports fan. Dick loved sports and was a season pass holder at local hockey, basketball, and baseball games. He frequently traveled to Seattle for the Seahawks and the UW/WSU Apple Cup football games.

After retiring, Dick and Pat enjoyed long distance road trips, traveling and sharing many wonderful times with family and friends in Alaska, Washington, Minnesota, and Arizona.

Spending time with his grandkids brought Dick immense joy. He also loved telling them about his adventures while living and traveling throughout Alaska: from riding out the 1964 earthquake, surviving a plane crash, to returning home from Kodiak with boxes filled with live king crab. The grandkids say they will admire and cherish their grandpa for all the steadfast love and support he gave them over the years.

Dick is survived by his wife, Patricia Kruse of 66 years, children Kim Kruse (Mark Smedley), Richard Kruse (Mary Reker), Carol O’Leary (Terry O’Leary), and six wonderful grandchildren: McKenzie Kruse Smedley; Casey, Patrick, and Hanna O’Leary; and Haley and Nicholas Kruse. He is also survived by his nephews John and Tom Crosby.

He was preceded in death by his father Clarence W. Kruse, mother Marion M. Kruse, brother Donald Kruse, and sister Lois Crosby. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with internment at the Veterans National Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz.

Beverly Joan Zierman

Beverly Joan Zierman

Beverly Joan Zierman

Beverly Joan Zierman was born March 10, 1939, and passed away Sept. 29, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard. Beverly was raised in Tacoma, Washington. She graduated from Stadium High School and attended Western Washington University. Beverly loved to sing and dance. Bev sang with the Clefdwellers, a popular touring choir, and she was one of the soloists. She was awarded a scholarship to Juilliard in New York, but did not attend due to lack of funds. Beverly shared her time between Tacoma and Sun Lakes for 17 years. She is singing with the angels.