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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.