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Valentina Edgington was born in a small village in Romania to Austrian parents. Forced to move back to their homeland by WWII, it brought her from Romania to Linz, Austria. While in her early teens, she spoke four languages: Russian, Romanian, German, and English. As the oldest daughter of a family of 10, she found herself occupied with raising many of her younger siblings. In 1950, “Val” met her future husband and she married Sgt. Roger Edgington in 1951. Finding difficulty with her immigration, her husband sought help from his Iowa Congressman, Henry O. Talle, and a bill was passed in Congress that resolved the problem that many soldiers faced regarding immigration of their wives.
In early June 1951 the couple moved to Paris and then to Vienna the following year when Edgington was called to active duty as a Second Lieutenant. Movement in the military was not uncommon, and Val moved 27 times in the years Colonel Edgington was in service. Approximately 10 of those years the couple was stationed in Europe. Their last Army assignment was at West Point, N.Y., and Edgington was the Comptroller of the U.S. Army Military Academy. During their years in the military they adopted two wonderful children, Steven and Lisa—both are graduates of the University of Oregon and now enjoy successful careers in San Francisco and Portland, Ore.
Val and Roger lived many places: Germany, Austria, France, Hawaii, Kansas, Indiana, New York, and Washington, D.C. Although Val had been trained as a seamstress, she began new opportunities, painting with oils, teaching other Army wives the skills of cooking, and even making hats. She made her daughter’s wedding dress, which was totally unmatched to anything available. Colonel Edgington retired from West Point and the family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1976. A two-vehicle convoy motored across the USA with their children and two pets. A new academic environment emerged for Val. Her skills were expanded. At Portland State University, she taught wives of the faculty, to include the Deans, how to cook European food; Wiener schnitzel was her favorite specialty. She also hosted numerous dinners as the president’s wife. They continued to travel, and June of 1989 found them in Beijing, China, with other members of their faculty. This was a reciprocal visit to four of the University presidents in China. Significantly two of the presidents were in “house arrest” due to the student activity in Tiananmen Square. Unfortunately the visitors from the United States were unaware of this mission by the students. Ironically, later, Val and her husband were in Bonn, Germany, watching the large TV in the city square showing the wall in Berlin collapsing.
Valentina was an extremely talented and traveled person, whether sitting in a box seat next to the Governor of New York, at a football game in West Point, giving a small child candy on a street in Mexico, or dancing with a U.S. Senator at the Thayer Hotel at West Point. She always knew what to do and set the example for others. Although never in uniform, she served this country as a military wife and experienced many separations where she could not go, such as Korea, Vietnam, etc.
In January 1997 the Edgingtons moved to Sun Lakes and lived on East Nacoma for 25 years. During that period they traveled on cruises and visited Val’s family in Austria. Recently she developed dementia and struggled with it for two and a half years. Doctors recommended a memory care facility. Shortly after her arrival there she contracted the COVID-19 virus. She was one of eight, and one did not survive. After four months there, her husband relocated her to a Villa facility here in Sun Lakes. They enjoyed the period for about 20 months, then slowly she started to be unable to express herself and passed away on Jan. 10, 2023. She will be remembered fondly by many. There will be no event at this time (January), but sometime in April, the month of their wedding anniversary, there will be an event and everyone will be notified of it in advance.
Fritz Elmer Derheim
Fritz Elmer Derheim, 79, died peacefully with his loving wife by his side in his Sun Lakes, Ariz., home on Jan. 7, 2023.
Fritz was predeceased by daughter Amy Derheim and is survived by his wife Beth, of 54 amazing years; his daughter Roxanne Derheim (John Beard); nephew Chad Derheim, who was like a son; his two grandchildren McKinley and Tanner Beard and honorary grandsons Austin and Wesley Derheim; his siblings Darvin, Bud (Derheim) and Fran (Saunders); and extended family.
Fritz graduated Minot High School in 1961, and served in the Navy from 1961-1964 as a radioman. After graduating North Seattle Community College, with a 2-year electronics degree, he joined The Boeing Company in 1974 and retired after 30 years to Sun Lakes. His hobbies included fishing of any kind and playing pool, softball, and golf. He never got enough of studying science, science, science! In addition to his wife and fishing, his greatest passion was cooking for himself and other people. He never met a recipe he didn’t like!
A special thank you to his many doctors, and the people at Hospice of the Valley in Sun Lakes, Ariz., for their loving care and support throughout his journey the last few months, and during his final days. The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the many friends who have supported Fritz and Beth during a difficult past year. Your love and care has meant the world to them during a difficult time.
No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones of any planned celebration of Fritz’s life, in the future.
Sandra Lynn Geraghty
Sandra Lynn Geraghty, 81, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away Jan. 4, 2023. She was born on April 11, 1941, in McCook, Neb., to Merrill and Edna (Trotter) Geraghty. She came to Mesa, Ariz., in 1954 with her family.
Sandy graduated from Mesa High before attending Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught at New Way School in Scottsdale for over 25 years, and the Sandra Geraghty Reading Award was presented to a deserving New Way student yearly. She was proud of starting her own business, Geraghty Education, and continuing to help countless children throughout the Valley. She also co-authored the children’s book Woodsey School Kids Thanksgiving Feast.
Sandy loved her family. She also enjoyed gardening (especially her roses), reading, working with ceramics, traveling, spending time with her friends, her cats, and laughing and enjoying life.
Sandra is survived by her beloved son, Christopher Sosa; granddaughters, Alisha and Katarina, who called her “Gigi”; great-grandson, Toby; brothers, Mike (Susan), Dan (Jackie), and Dennis; niece, Trisha; as well as her cats, Nora and Kitty. Gigi’s parents and brothers, Jim and Tom, preceded Sandra in death.
Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E Dana Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85204. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the New Way Academy, 5048 East Oak Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 in Sandy’s name.
Ray Reagan, a Sun Lakes resident, was a loving man with a big heart. He was born Oct. 16, 1938, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He lost his year-long heart battle, and sadly passed away in 2022.
Growing up in Westchester, N.Y., his family owned the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery where they resided, and Ray often spoke about the best Halloween parties.
He had a very interesting and multi-faceted life. He graduated early from Bryant College in Rhode Island, and returned to the family business, where he and his first wife, Susan, eventually had three daughters and a son. Tragically, their son, Peter, was killed in an auto accident at the age of 17.
Ray moved to California for business, which expanded and led him to Florida. While at a Community Development Seminar in Florida, he met and later married his second wife, Judith. They ran a successful business together and eventually retired to Colorado. After her death, Ray moved back to Florida where met his present wife, Betty. They settled in Sun Lakes and had 16 wonderful years together.
Although Ray was a professional tennis player, sang for a brief time with Kenny Rogers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the New Christy Minstrels, Ray’s real love was golf, which he enjoyed playing here in Sun Lakes.
Ray will be greatly missed by his wife, Betty; his three daughters Debbie Ringrose, Holly Torrey, and Barbie Miller; his stepchildren Stephen Pelosi, Lisa Bustamante, and Jennifer Hanley; and his 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Navajo Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, located at 25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd N., Chandler, AZ 85248.
Karen Wollam, age 81, died on Dec. 28, 2022, after a short battle with lung cancer. Karen was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 15, 1941, to Miriam (Cross) Wollam and Emerson Wollam. She attended grade school in Upper Arlington, Ohio, but graduated from The Meeting School in Ridge, N.H., in 1959. After graduation, Karen completed an eight month program at The International School of America; then joined her sisters who were in school in France for the year. Karen attended Wilmington College before transferring to Michigan State where she earned a degree in sociology. She worked briefly as a social worker before marrying Leigh Sewell and raising three children with patience, love, and understanding.
Karen lived a life of reinvention. She lived all over the world with stints in San Francisco, Calif.; Puerto Rico; Bogota, Columbia; Houston, Texas; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Upper Arlington, Ohio; Jeffersonton, Va.; Groton, Mass.; and finally Sun Lakes, Ariz. After her divorce in 1996, Karen pursued employment outside the home: first as a real estate agent, then as a worker on her brother’s flower farm in Virginia, then starting her own baking business, and finally as a concierge at facilities for the aged.
In 2020, she fulfilled her dream of moving to Arizona to savor the desert warmth and mountain views and enjoy the company of her uncle and cousin in Sun Lakes. Wherever she was and whatever she was doing, she found ways to knit herself into the community in a way that was meaningful and memorable.
Karen was quiet, easy going, modest, patient, kind, warm, open, organized, content, and independent. She is remembered for her oatmeal bread, her love of birds, her green thumb, her wool clogs, and her fierce love for her children. She is survived by her children Jennifer (James) Cowan, Holly Sewell (Dan Homer), and Patrick Sewell (Gina Varrichio); her siblings: Robert Wollam (Anne Montgomery), Gretchen (Johnny) O’Connor, and Kristin Goodwillie; her grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
John Raymond Morrissey, 84, passed away peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Ariz., on Dec. 21, 2022, with his loving wife, Maureen (Moe) of 30 years by his side. John had bravely endured failing health with courage and determination.
Born in San Francisco to John (Jack) and Frances (Roberts) Morrissey, John lived most of his early years in the Bay Area that he loved.
After graduating from Carlmont High School in Belmont, Calif., in 1956, John served on the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, USCGC Northwind, in both the Arctic and Antarctic. He returned to the Bay Area and completed his college degree at San Francisco State with a degree in education, and with minors in history and music, and went on to teach woodworking, his lifelong passion. Soon after that, John was introduced to commercial real estate and decided to combine his love of teaching with his love of real estate. For the next 20+ years, he taught real estate courses at colleges in the Bay Area while continuing his real estate career. He moved with Moe to Seattle in 1994 and accepted a position with King County in the Real Estate Division, Real Property Acquisition. He retired in 2007.
Having vacationed in Arizona several times, they decided to make Sun Lakes their permanent home in 2011. Bored with retirement, John decided to pursue creative writing in the form of novels and went back to college as a student where he received an Academic Certificate in Writing at the age of 81. Along with writing, he was a talented water color artist, enjoyed building classic small-scale cars of wood, patiently put together 1,000 piece puzzles, and loved his time gardening.
John is survived by his wife, Moe and his pride and joy, his family: daughter Denise and son-in-law, Vince Nannini; granddaughter Gianna, grandson-in-law Fred and great-granddaughter Ava Degenhardt; grandson Anthony, granddaughter-in-law Jazz and great-grandson Luca Nannini and step daughter, Deanna Judson. He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Fran Morrissey, and sister, Murial (Mikie). He will be remembered as a gentle, kind, and loving soul.
There will be no formal services (at John’s request) and a family remembrance will be held in April in Los Altos, Calif. Contributions to Hospice of the Valley in Arizona in John’s name will be sincerely appreciated.
Molly Mattes Gott
Molly Mattes Gott, 83, passed away at her home in Sun Lakes, Ariz., on Dec. 19 after a 4½-year struggle following emergency stomach surgery and subsequent issues that left her in a semi-convalescent state. She was born Molly Margaret Robinson on Dec. 18, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo., to Kathryn M. and Lloyd D. Robinson.
In 1944 the family moved to Tracy, Calif., where she attended grade school until moving to Palo Alto attending high school at Menlo Atherton High School, from which she graduated. She attended Stanford University on a music scholarship, which led to classical piano training used in performing in a municipal orchestra.
She worked for Education Consultants Ltd. and Pacific Architects & Engineers in Vietnam. She was constantly near Viet Cong motor grounds both at her job at the air base as well as her apartment. During the Tet offensive in 1968, she was stranded in her apartment for six days with the Viet Cong on one side and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) on the other.
She worked at Channel 5 television station after her return to the United States, moving to a territorial sales position, selling container space for the Puerto Rican steamship company, Navieras.
In 1982 she took an outside sales position for Van Gott and Associates becoming Office Manager in 1989 and occupied this position until the company was sold in 2006.
Molly maintained an interest in playing classical and semi-classical music at home until her arthritic hands prohibited her from playing. Molly also enjoyed golf and was a member of the Cottonwood Niners before her illness. She also enjoyed oversees travel nearly every year of her marriage to Van Gott. Most years the couple traveled to Europe with the Napoleonic Alliance, furthering their interest in world history. Molly and Van traveled to the Madison River in South Central Montana for many years, enjoying fishing, the scenery, and spending time together in the outdoors.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Van Delano Gott; her son William “Bill” Mattes (Aaron) of Dallas, Texas; and three stepchildren, Eric Albert Gott (Cherry) of Denver, Colo., James William Gott (Cathy) of Altadena, Calif., and Allison Leyn (Don) of Parker, Colo.
Delvin Dewitte Schutes
Delvin Dewitte Schutes was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Wichita, Kan., and passed away Dec. 19, 2022, in Chandler, Ariz. The son of D.D. (Skeeter) and Ugie Schutes, Delvin and his family moved to Weatherford, Okla., in 1946 where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 1959. He also worked on his father’s farm and in Skeeter’s Body Shop, painting cars.
A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in education, he first taught and coached in Clovis, N.M., under his high school coach, Steve Graham.
In 1981, Delvin moved to Chandler, Ariz., and became the head football coach at Chandler High School and led the team to its first playoff appearance since 1949. Later, he taught Safety Ed and coached golf at Hamilton High School, where he led the team to its first state title in 2005. Delvin retired from Hamilton in 2006, but returned to coach 9th grade football with his son, Deke. His exemplary career was honored in 2021 when he was inducted into Hamilton’s Hall of Fame.
Coach Schutes was inspirational, treating everyone as if they were his own family. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, he always put family and his team above himself. Delvin is survived by his wife, Paulette; son, Deke (Patti); daughter Dhea (Todd) Hudson; sister, Tricia Ray; and grandchildren, Trevor Schutes, Troy Hudson, and Chandler (Jay) Kuruvilla, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhea Schutes; parents, Skeeter and Ugie; sisters, Lavonne Schutes and Jan Cantrell; and brother-in-law, Tim Ray.
Graveside services will be Friday, March 24, 2023, in Weatherford, Okla.
Barbara Ann Kilcher
Barbara Ann Kilcher passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2022, in Chandler, Ariz., at the age of 84. Barbara was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., on Dec. 11, 1938, to the late Peter Adam Kilcher and Juanita Madeline Ann Elizabeth Sackett Kilcher.
Barbara was the eldest of seven children. She is survived by her sisters, Joan Walmsley of Clinton Township, Mich., Susan Reiter (the late, Richard Jr and Edward) of Dawsonville, Ga., and Mary Jo Grabowski (Mark) of Cumming, Ga.; her brothers, James Kilcher of Roseville, Mich., and John Kilcher (Deborah) of Clinton Township, Mich.; 29 nieces and nephews; 42 great-nieces and nephews; and 16 great-great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard Kilcher (survived by Judi) of Clinton Township, Mich.; and her lifelong friend, Lois Kopitzke.
Barbara graduated from Guardian Angels in 1953 and then from Dominican High School in 1957. She established her career working for Michigan Bell (now AT&T), rising to management in her later years. Towards the end of her life, she lived with her niece and eldest godchild, Theresa “Terri” Kimble and her husband, George, in Chandler, Ariz. Barbara was a member of the Telecom Pioneers and a volunteer at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Ostrich Festival. She held steadfast to her catholic faith and was a devout parishioner of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Barbara enjoyed music, quilting, a good book, and playing board games. She loved to travel and go camping as well. Affectionately known to so many as “Aunt Barb,” her friendliness, love for dogs, and her effortless ability to talk to anyone was paramount—she was truly everyone’s aunt!
Marguerite Mullin Valdo
Marguerite Mullin Valdo passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at the age of 99 1/2. Marguerite was preceded in death by Alex Randolph Valdo, her husband of 64 years. She is survived by her son, Thomas R. Valdo of Holland, Mich., her daughter, Ann V. Howard of Chandler, Ariz., her five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grat M. Mullin of Tazewell, Va.
Marguerite earned a degree in English and History at Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C. She taught high school English and History, worked in the cataloging department of a college library, and proofread for an agricultural magazine.
She was a long-time member of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Marguerite was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for 71 years.
Inurnment will be in the Mullin Family plot in the Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell, Va.
Marguerite loved animals, and memorial gifts may be sent to any animal welfare or rescue group(s) of your choice.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com for the Valdo and Howard family.
Ray Knott, 83, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away Dec. 12, 2022. He was born in Milton, Wis., on Sept. 26, 1939. Ray graduated from Milton High School and received an accounting degree from Milton College. Following graduation, Ray served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Annapolis during the Vietnam War. Following his tour around the world, Ray worked as a financial controller within the publishing industry.
Ray married Joy Knott (nee Kersheske) in 1967, and they were married for 36 years until she passed away in 2004. Ray had a passion for sailing, golfing, and the Green Bay Packers. In 2006, he married Nancy Knott (nee Kilgras). Ray will be most remembered for his quick wit, dry sense of humor, love of numbers, care, and devotion to family. Ray was also preceded in death by his brother Robert “Bob” Knott and sister Darlene “Dar” Sullivan. He is survived by his wife Nancy Knott (nee Kilgras), Noelle Archambeau (daughter), Bruce Archambeau (son-in-law), Annabelle Archambeau (granddaughter), Dan Kilgras (stepson), Matt Kilgras (stepson), Scott Kilgras (stepson), Mary Massart (niece), Jeff Knott (nephew), Robin Greene (niece), and Mike Burt (nephew).
A celebration of life graveside service for Ray will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at noon at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, 10940 E Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85248.
Celeste E. Strom
Celeste E. Strom (née Lapen) died peacefully at home on Dec. 11, 2022, at age 88.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, N.Y., her father was a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department and her mother a homemaker. Celeste was the younger of two daughters, and she shared a special closeness with her sister, Joan Westrack, for her entire life.
Celeste showed a talent for painting as a child and painted with both oil and watercolors throughout her life. She was an excellent student and an avid reader. Celeste married Robert (Bob) Strom in 1954, who was also a NYC fireman for 20 years. They were married until Bob’s death earlier this year.
Celeste spent most of her life in New York before she and Bob retired to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1994.
At Sun Lakes Celeste was able to explore and grow her artistic talents. She was president of a watercolor art club and showed her work in a variety of galleries and art festivals. Her paintings can be found in homes and business throughout the Phoenix area.
Celeste made everything beautiful—her art, home, and garden. Bob and Celeste shared a keen interest in home improvement and embarked on numerous projects throughout their lifetime together. Celeste enjoyed traveling both internationally and domestically. She also loved spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her sister, Celeste is survived by her children Lori Davila, Jeff Strom and spouse Terry, Steven Strom and spouse Denise; her granddaughter Kristen Rodriguez and spouse Johnny; her great-grandchildren Logan and Riley Rodriguez; and her step-grandchildren Shelly McGehee, JR Page, and Troy Derrick Page.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care of Celeste in her final months.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life for Celeste in 2023. Celeste is forever in our hearts.
Nancy Joyes passed away peacefully at 88 years young at home in Sun Lakes, Ariz., with her loving husband, Cliff, at her side. She was born Jan. 28, 1934, to Helen and Joseph Szabo in Buffalo, N.Y. Nancy graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo in 1951. They bought a summer home in Lime Lake, N.Y., in 1987 and in 1991 built it into their retirement home then moved from Lime Lake, N.Y., to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2011 to be closer to family and sunshine.
Nancy was a professional model for 16 years and later worked for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority for 23 years where she retired. Nancy always had such a beautiful smile and a bubbly personality to match. She would light up the room when she walked in.
Nancy was proud of her Hungarian heritage—loving the customs, food, dancing, and all the festivities involved. She was a great organizer—planning many Christmas, retirement, birthday, and anniversary parties along with many other social events over the years. She volunteered on many committees. Nancy also loved to travel with her husband especially to the Caribbean every year for over 30 years.
Nancy was an absolute wonderful wife, mother, nana, and person.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary; her brothers Stephen and Joseph; and her son-in-law William Hampshire.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Clifford; her two daughters, Linda Schmidt (Alphonse) and Laura Hampshire; two grandchildren, Aaron and Juliana; and two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Michael. Nancy will be missed by all.
A private Celebration of Life and internment will be held at a later date.
Robert D. Wynne
Robert D. Wynne, 77, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away Dec. 7, 2022. Bob fought a hard battle with Alzheimer’s for over eight years, but to our sorrow he lost his battle. Bob is survived by his wife, Irma; sons, David (Wendi) Wynne and Jason (Lindsey) Wynne and their mother, Nancy Jones Wynne; grandchildren Kalin Wynne, Adalynn Wynne, and Jackson Wynne; one nephew and three nieces.
Bob was born in Elmira, N.Y. He attended State University of New York at Brockport where he received a B.S. in Economics and Sociology. He enjoyed a career as a Regional Service Manager in the Customer Equipment Services Division of Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserves. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf with family and friends. We remember him for his love, character, and zest for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan. 20, 2023.
Dolores Ann (Dee) Shelby of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly from Champaign, Ill., died on Nov. 30, 2022 in Gilbert, Ariz. She was born in Ivesdale, Ill., to George and Ethel Green and spent her elementary school years at one room Neagle School. She attended Tolono and Monticello high schools and the University of Illinois. While in school, she performed in numerous plays and danced in operettas and revues. She met her husband, Robert Shelby, at the University and they were married in 1950. He was in the automobile business, Shelby Motors, and they resided in Champaign most of their married life until moving to Sun Lakes in 1978.
She enjoyed doing volunteer work and held offices in many organizations. She belonged to the Jaycettes, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Guild, was a charter member of the Exchangettes, Junior Women’s Club, was a Girl Scout leader, and sang with the Sweet Adelines. She and her husband loved to dance and enjoyed traveling all over the world, dancing to big bands in many foreign countries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Bette Shipley, sister Donna Anderson, brother George Jr., husband Robert, sons Michael and Edward, and daughter Sherry. Surviving are daughter Lori, son Sean, brother Jim Green, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Services will be private.
Karen Lee Sowney
Karen Lee Sowney, age 79, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Karen was born in Seattle, Wash., to Michael and Elvera Shontz.
Karen graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Karen also served five years on active duty, in an administrative capacity. Her assignments took her to Italy, where she met her future husband. Karen also served briefly in Germany, in a similar capacity. Upon graduation from recruiting school, she served as a recruiter in Oakland/Alameida, Calif. She resigned her commission as a Captain in the Army to marry her future husband. In later years, she worked as a Technical Editorial Writer with Datapro Research Corporation for 26 years, before retiring in 2003. Karen enjoyed genealogy; reading; bowling; arts and crafts such as sewing, knitting, and quilting; jigsaw puzzles; and watching her grandson’s sports games.
Karen is survived by her loving husband, Edward J. Sowney of 52 years; her daughter Robin A. Lynn (Robert); her grandsons Robert E. Lynn and Matthew W. Lynn; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael Shontz.
The family would like to give special thanks to Better Living Home, for their care and love of Karen, during her battle with ALS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation in Karen’s memory.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com for the Sowney Family.
DePaul R. Zimmerman
DePaul R. Zimmerman, age 86, of DeForest, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. He was born on June 1, 1936, in Canby, Minn., the son of Thomas and Rita (Willette) Zimmerman. His family moved to Blue Earth, Minn., in 1939. He graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1959, where he served as a Sonarman 3rd Class before being honorably discharged. He then attended Mankato State College until accepting a position with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1962.
He found his passion in sales and quickly advanced his career during his 37-year tenure at the company. He started out as a Retail Sales Manager, transferred to District Sales Manager and then on to a District Sales & Marketing Manager before he moved into the corporate Akron office in 1995 to help set up their new customer sales and service. In 1989, he received an award for being the Top District Sales Manager in the country. He was very dedicated to his career and was proud of his accomplishments. He retired at the end of 1999 and relocated to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2001 before later moving to Wisconsin in 2017.
He married Barbara Ballinger in 1963. They had their first daughter, Lori, in 1964, and then Tracey, in 1966. Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing, as well as having an avid interest in the theatre and arts.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Rita Zimmerman; brother, Darrel Zimmerman and wife, Jan; sister, Vivian Pfaffinger and husband, Otto; son-in-law, Thomas Furan; and nephew, Jim Zimmerman. He is survived by his daughters, Lori Zimmerman, Tracey Furan; and his grandson, Jacob Furan.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Legacy of DeForest and Agrace HospiceCare for their care and compassion.
A private family burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth. Memorials can be sent directly to your local hospice or Alzheimer’s Society. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
Barbra (Bobbie) Munter
Our mother Barbra (Bobbie) Munter passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2022, in Sun Lakes, Ariz., surrounded by her family.
Mom grew up in Philadelphia, Pa., where during her high school years she was a standout basketball player. Her athleticism included a love for bowling, a passion she shared with our father Bernie. She was talented enough to be a semi-professional bowler with her career getting derailed by having four children. Mom always put us children first.
In the late 1970s Mom and Dad made a bold decision to leave the East Coast and begin on a new adventure in perpetually sunny and warm Arizona. It was here that Mom rediscovered the outdoors and a new passion; namely golf. She told us she was a $#*%%^ golfer (her words) but she loved the game and she loved the competition. Mom was always fiercely competitive whether it was golf, poker, mah jongg, or Scrabble. As her fellow card playing “girls” will tell you, winning was important to our mother.
Mom could be stubborn and direct at times but she was always loving when it came to her four kids, Rob (Sharon), Andy (Julie), Susan (Darrell), and Joel (Sandy), her 11 grandkids, and her eight great-grandchildren.
Mom was always a rock in our family and supported and loved each and every one of us throughout her 90 years. She touched many people in her lifetime and was caring and thoughtful when it came to others. Her desire was to have a very small family get-together following her cremation. There will not be a service and Mom’s wish, in lieu of flowers, if you were so moved, was to make a donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her name. Thank you.
Mom, we love you, we will miss you, and we will continue to hold you in our hearts every day.—Rob & Sharon, Andy & Julie, Susan & Darrell, and Joel & Sandy
Alice Solch Brown
Alice Solch Brown passed away peacefully at Aegis Vesta House in Chandler on Nov. 22 after a long illness. The daughter of Joseph and Ella (Vodicka) Solch, she was born at home on Aug. 26, 1926, in Cicero, Ill.
Raised during the Great Depression, Alice was frugal but also generous, giving presents to family and friends throughout her life. Before retiring to Sun Lakes in the 1980s with her husband, Stan Brown, Alice worked as an inspector in the food and electronics industries. She loved to shop, especially at thrift stores and during sales, and collected plates and ceramics. Alice was a fantastic cook; in keeping with her Czech ancestry, chicken paprikash with bread dumplings was her specialty. Blessed with a flawless memory, a sharp wit, and a great sense of humor, Alice shared reminiscences and a lot of laughs with family and friends, even in her final weeks.
Alice always knew how she wanted things done and did it her way to the end. Until the last couple months, she was able to stay in her home with the support of her primary caregiver, her niece Gail, as well as her son, friends, and neighbors. The family is also grateful for all of the care that Alice received in her last months from the staff of Savior Hospice, Aegis Vesta House, Willow Springs, and Griswold Home Care.
Alice was loved by many and will be greatly missed by them. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Elizabeth Karger, grandsons Christopher and Michael (Courteney) Karger, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and close friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Joe and Jerry, her sisters Lyn, Val, Vera, and Helen, her husband Stan, and special friend Ralph Schip.
Family and friends will be notified of arrangements for a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Savior Hospice or charity of choice.
Peggy LaVonn Kuntz
Peggy LaVonn Kuntz, 91, of Boise, Idaho, passed away the morning of Friday, Nov. 18. She was surrounded by her husband Richard (Dick) Kuntz, her five children, and her sister LaDonna Hehn.
Peggy was born in Dickinson, N.D., on Sept. 29, 1931, to Sylvia and Frank Burda. She was the youngest of seven children.
She was a homemaker and a school librarian at Franklin and Valley View Elementary Schools in Boise. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was also well-known in the Bingo room at Morning Star Senior Living.
Peggy and Dick traveled far and wide, including Egypt and Greece and throughout the United States, but her favorite spot was Maui, Hawaii. After retirement, she and Dick split their time between McCall, Idaho, and Sun Lakes, Ariz., where many lifetime friends were made. She loved her time playing golf with the ladies from McCall and Sun Lakes. She was especially proud of her hole-in-one in 1997.
She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Richard (Dick) Kuntz, daughter Nancy Elliott, son Tom Kuntz and wife Sharon, daughter Cindy Obermeyer and husband Gordon, daughter Patti Beavers and her husband Rob, and son Mike and his wife Kelly Ann. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held in the spring of 2023.
A thank you goes out to Brandi from Horizon Hospice for her gentle care and kindness to Peggy and her family, as well as a special thank you to Dr. Mike Maier for the many years of compassionate care given to Peggy.
Contributions can be made to Diocese of Boise STVRC—In memory of Peggy Kuntz, 1501 S. Federal Way, Suite #400, Boise, Idaho 83705 (Retired Priest Center).
Frank Lester Kienow
Frank Lester Kienow, 84 years old, of Chandler, Ariz., passed away on Nov. 9, 2022. Frank was born in Knox County (Winnetoon), Neb., on April 26, 1938, to Lester and Mildred Watson Kienow. Frank’s working career, after graduation from college in 1961, began at Standard Oil Co. before he began teaching and coaching in 1965. In 1969, Frank moved with his wife, Leila, and three daughters to Guam to begin teaching at George Washington Junior High before moving on to John F. Kennedy High School the following year to teach and coach football. Frank loved everything about Guam; the people, the food, but mostly his football team (the Green Machine) and the players. One of his proudest achievements was winning three championships; he is known to those players as “Coach” and they have remained close throughout the years. After leaving Guam at the end of 1975, he took principalships in Nebraska before moving to Arizona. After remarrying in 1987, he and Becky moved to Senegal, Africa, where he was the Head Master of the International School of Dakar. He also spent time working in a family business in Nebraska. After retiring, Frank spent the rest of his life in Arizona near his family and traveling to far-reaching corners of the world.
Frank is survived by his wife of 35 years, Becky; daughters Leslie Armstrong, Carmen Kienow, and Jill Kienow; and five grandchildren, Cecily Dominguez, Quinton Dominguez, John “Sam” Armstrong V, Frank “Connor” Armstrong, and Will Armstrong.
Frank was a member of Sun Lakes United Methodist Church and an active member of several church committees. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow directly after the service in Lindsay Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the endowment fund of Sun Lakes UMC.
Antoinette “Toni” Muro
Antoinette “Toni” Muro (née Oliveros) born March 4, 1940, passed away on Nov. 6, 2022. Toni, as she was known by friends and family, graduated from Fontana High School in 1957. She was only a junior at the time but had gotten ahead in her credits due to a bad car accident that forced her to spend a year at home in bed. One of the books that she read that year had pictures of lighthouses on faraway islands off the coast of New England, and this sparked an interest that would never fade.
After high school Toni worked as a telephone operator for the Pacific Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in downtown Los Angeles. It was around this time that Toni met a young man named Daniel Muro at party. She stood him up on their first date. But Dan was not dissuaded and eventually the two were married on Feb. 27, 1965. Five years later Toni would give birth to a son, Daniel Christian Muro.
Shortly after their marriage Toni learned that her husband had kidney disease when he suffered a heart attack and nearly died from renal failure. For the rest of his life Toni was Dan’s chief medical advocate. As his ability to work became less and less she took on the role of bread winner for her family. Working first as a real estate agent, and later as a secretary, Toni rose quickly through the ranks of the secretarial pool and soon was working for an assistant superintendent to the San Bernardino Unified School District.
But, the most amazing thing of all is that Toni’s life really began at age 60 when she followed her dream and moved to live on Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland, Maine. Sadly her husband was unable to join her as he passed away from cancer in 2001, but her 14 years on Peaks Island was, without a doubt, a high point.
Due to progressing lung disease Toni moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where, with the help of her niece Virginia Jenkins, Virginia’s husband Bill, her great niece Trisha Alder, Trisha’s husband John, and all of their children she led a full life surrounded by family.
Toni is survived by her son Daniel Christian Muro, his wife Joane, and their daughter Sofia, whom she absolutely adored. Toni also is survived by a sister Kathi Mills in Florida.
Velma Ruth Raithel
Velma Ruth Raithel of Chandler, Ariz., passed away on Nov. 6, 2022, at the age of 95. She was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Brunswick, Mo. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1973. She worked as a Registered Nurse.
She is preceded in death by her husband Henry Raithel. She is survived by her daughter Karla Slovitsky (Steve); three grandchildren, Kelly Rangel (George), Scott, and Samantha; and six great-grandchildren.
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Clem Clement, a proud veteran of the United States Army, passed away Nov. 5, 2022, after a lengthy illness. He was 87 years old.
The son of L.W. and Hazel Clement, Clem was born in 1935 and raised in the great state of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas and his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Arkansas.
At the age of 21, Clem was commissioned in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Colonel following 26 years of dedicated service to his country. He served in the Vietnam conflict and all over the world, including Germany, the Kwajalein Missile Range in the South Pacific, and multiple U.S. installations throughout the United States. Some of his medals included the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.
A member of Sun Valley Community Church, Clem was a devout Christian and dedicated his life to serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judi; his three sons and daughter-in-law, Larry (Rhonda), John, and Steve; five wonderful grandchildren, Stephen, Katy, Joshua, Johnny, and Caroline (he was known as Doodah to them); beloved family members Joe and Stephanie Hancock, Paul Good, and Catherine Clement; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret.
His loved ones will remember his courage, his love, his boundless sense of humor, his generosity, and his limitless wisdom. He touched the life of many young people as a baseball coach, football coach, and scoutmaster. He was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver award for his dedication and sacrifice to the Boy Scouts. He loved his retired life in Sun Lakes, Ariz., and will be missed by the hundreds of friends he met over his 30 years of living there.
Jeanette Marie Peter
Jeanette Marie Peter, age 79, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2022, in Chandler, Ariz., attended by her husband of nearly 57 years. She was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Midland, Mich., and lived there until she moved to Ann Arbor for work and college and met her future husband. She married Mike in 1965 and they moved around the Midwest pursuing further education until they settled in Binghamton, N.Y., where they lived for the next 40+ years. Jan was a research project administrator at the State University of New York, but had other jobs as well—managing the deli at a local gourmet food store, teaching adult ed classes, serving in several capacities at Broome County Cooperative Extension, and being her husband’s office manager for several years.
She had a son, Stephen, in 1974 who she and Mike raised until Steve left home to attend college. After retiring, Jan and Mike moved to Sun Lakes in 2018 to be closer to their son and granddaughter, Zuri. Sadly, Jan’s golden years were cut short by the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease, which she battled with courage and dignity until she finally succumbed after months of declining health.
She was one of five sisters and one brother and was a good friend to many other people during her life. She had a wonderful laugh and was surrounded by special friends who shared her zest for life. A wonderful cook and avid bridge player for many years, she was a member of many social groups and developed close relationships with several people with whom she remained best friends over several decades.
After moving to Arizona, she treasured the time she spent with Zuri and greatly enjoyed the role of Grandma. She was a wonderful companion and friend, and she will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her. She left the world a kinder and better place. She was the center of my life. I will love her always and forever.
Jan donated her body for use in scientific research and for organ transplant use. In her typical way, she gave to others, even in death. In lieu of a ceremony to mark her passing, her loved ones are asked to remember and memorialize her with a donation to Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Gladys B. Galvanoni passed peacefully at 99 years young in Chandler, Ariz. She independently walked stairs and lived on her own until her final month of life. Gladys’s love and life purpose was dedicated to her family and church.
Together with her beloved predeceased spouse of 67 years, Aldo Galvanoni, Gladys lived in New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona. They moved to Sun Lakes in 1994.
Their legacy remains with cherished family in Arizona: daughters Anne Galvi, MD (Charles “Charlie” Gauntt, MD, deceased) and Grace Galvanoni, PT (Doug Ashby, DC); grandchildren Angela (Colby) Christensen and Matthew Gauntt (Colorado); and great-grandchildren Zachary, Tessa, and Callie Christensen.
Born in West Hoboken, New Jersey, Gladys is predeceased by her sisters Mercedes Franco and Dorothy Cuono. She is survived by her dear brother Guy C. Bosetti of Midlothian, Va., as well as fondly remembered nieces and nephews and their spouses and children in various states.
Upon completion of her education at Ladycliff College (BA) in New York, and Columbia University (MA) in New York, Gladys taught high school art, history, and English. She declined opportunities to teach at a university level in order to stay home full-time as a wife and mother.
Throughout her adult years, Gladys served extensively in the Roman Catholic Church in multiple parishes. She instructed all ages, ministered inquiries, held leadership discussions, organized and led community affairs committees, was a Eucharistic minister, provided service to unwed mothers, and more.
Gladys’ additional interests were AAUW, Red Hat, book clubs, cooking, sewing, music, ballroom dance with her husband, and supporting Aldo throughout his career. Aldo is remembered for organizing Aero Clubs in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sun Lakes, Ariz. She is fondly remembered by many as “a sweet lady.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gladys’ memory to Saint Vincent de Paul Society, any location, any method.
Both Gladys’ funeral mass at Saint Stevens and a Celebration of Life at Robson Reserve took place in Sun Lakes in early November 2022.
Gary Lee Burns
Gary Lee Burns was born on Dec. 22, 1939, in Omaha, Neb., to Charles and Helen (Wallick) Burns. He passed away after a short illness on Oct. 19, 2022, in Chandler, Ariz.
He moved with his family to Red Oak, Iowa, in 1945 and graduated from high school with the class of 1957. On Dec. 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Marie Freed at Fremont Lutheran Church, Nyman, Iowa.
He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity. He and Kathy moved to Pocahontas, Iowa, after graduation where he was a coach and teacher for four years. In 1965 he left the teaching profession and formed a partnership with Jim Fitzgerald that became Burns Fitzgerald Realtors. He was on the Pocahontas Community Hospital board that built the present hospital in 1967 and was instrumental in forming a group of investors to build the present day Pocahontas Manor Care Center in 1970. Later he became the sole owner of that facility until he sold it in 2012.
In 1985 they moved to Mesa, Ariz. He was a past member of Mesa Country Club, Iron Oaks of Sun Lakes, and current member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, Ariz. He and Kathy moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2010 where he enjoyed golf until his health declined. For the last nine months they had lived at Robson Reserve where he established many new friendships and his love of playing bridge.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathy, and four children: Debra (Ted) Shimon of Peoria, Ariz., Jeffrey (Lisa) Burns of Chandler, Ariz., Denise (Mike) Ziegler of Sedalia, Colo., and Barry (Kate) Burns of Chandler, Ariz. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Christine (Weston) Bingham, Nick (Tate) Shimon, and Tim Shimon; Kelsey, Jack, and Marley Burns; Sullivan Ziegler, Eli (Aubri) Ziegler, and Macy Ziegler; and Elliot and Zane Burns; as well as great-grandchildren Myla, Brant, Emery, and Mabel Bingham; Lane Jones; and Ollie Joy Shimon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roger Burns, and his sister-in-law Charlene.
His love of people, college football, Iowa State University, Kansas City Chiefs, and family will never be forgotten. His greatest legacy was having never known a stranger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Heart Association or your favorite charity.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 East Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85248.
Judith Ann Horn
Judith Ann Horn, 83, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
Judith was born Jan. 27, 1939, to Joe Ross and Cynthia Walker in Malden, a small town in southeast Missouri. She had an idyllic childhood and was involved in everything, from singing in the school choir, playing piano, writing for the school newspaper, and cheering on the Malden Green Wave with three of her best girlfriends.
After graduating from high school, she attended Lindenwood College for Women for one year and then transferred to the University of Missouri. She became a member of the Tri-Delts (Delta Delta Delta) sorority and met Richard Horn, a Phi Delta Theta who stole her heart. After graduation, they married and spent the next 61 years together.
Judith taught elementary school for the majority of her working years. In retirement, she was seldom without a book in hand and loved bridge, tennis, and spending time with family. The pride of her life was her two sons, Ted and Joe, as well as their wonderful families.
She was preceded in death by Richard Horn, her loving husband, and leaves behind her sons Ted (Jodie) and Joe (Andrea) and six grandsons, Colton, Brayden, Palmer, Walker, Brecken, and Graysen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Happy Tails No Kill Animal Shelter, www.happytailsnokillanimalshelter.com/donate.
Gloria Josephine Fanning Petriello
Gloria Josephine Fanning Petriello passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, at the age of 99 in Chandler, Ariz. The daughter of John and Helen Fanning (Riccio) of Bridgeport, Conn., she was raised by her grandmother, Agnes Altieri, and aunt and uncle, Ann and John Hodgins from age 4, following the death of her mother. She graduated Harding High School class of 1941, and worked in the aviation industry for Sikorsky Aircraft during the war and later medical offices and libraries in Connecticut. She met her future husband, Anthony “Tony” Petriello, in high school. They later reconnected after WWII, fell in love, and married in 1948. They celebrated their 74th anniversary in April 2022.
Gloria and Tony enjoyed traveling, exploring the United States and Europe. They drove cross-country to Arizona for several years as snowbirds before moving to Sun Lakes in 1994, where they enjoyed wonderful friends and dancing at the Sunday Night and Cotillion Dance clubs. She was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi, loved to play cards and Mexican Train, and enjoyed golf with the Oakwood Lady Niners and Ironwood Lady Niners.
Gloria was always bright and full of life, a great cook and hostess, and will be missed by her many friends and family. Sadly, Tony died in April this year and their treasured son, Robert, predeceased his parents in 2010. She is survived by her cherished granddaughters, Laurel and Deanna (Dan), adored great-grandsons, Dominic and Luca, and by brothers-in-law, Michael (Sheila) of Sun Lakes and Bart of Trumbull, Conn., her sister Eileen, cousin Joanne, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at St. Stevens Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
Jim Thorburn, at 91 years of age, who resided with his wife, Carolyn (“Kayo”), in Palo Verde for over 20 years, passed away Oct. 6, 2022, at home in Chandler, Ariz. He was surrounded by family: daughter Carrie, son Matthew, grandson Michael, and most importantly, the love of his life and wife of 65 years, Kayo. With support from Hospice of the Valley and care from his family, Jim passed very peacefully in his own bedroom.
Jim and Kayo moved to Sun Lakes in 1997 and lived in Palo Verde for 20 years enjoying all the community has to offer and their many friends. Jim especially loved the trivia nights and was very active in the Sun Lakes Community Theater. He had roles in many productions and was also a member of the improv players. Six years ago, Jim and Kayo were ready for a downsize and had an estate sale, sold their Palo Verde home, and have lived in Chandler since.
The Thorburn family want to encourage SLCT members and other Sun Lakes friends to attend a celebration of Jim’s joyful and wonderful life at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 S. Sun Lakes Boulevard, followed by coffee, cookies, and other treats in the chapel next door. Donations to the Robson Library should be made in lieu of flowers because Dad loved books and flowers made him sneeze. Friends, please bring photos, stories, or anecdotes to share with the group. If you are unable to attend but would like to share a story, you may email Jim’s daughter Carrie Thorburn at [email protected] and your story will be shared for you. You may also call or text Carrie at 208-230-7162.
Irma S. Rahr
Irma S. Rahr, born Feb. 28, 1925, passed away on Oct. 3, 2022, with her daughter by her side. One of nine children, she was born on the family farm in the town of Colchester, in the Catskill mountains of Delaware County, N.Y., to Ward and Mattie (Cable) Suttle. She was predeceased by her husbands: Joseph A. Donaloio, James Sweeney, and Frederick Rahr; her older brothers: George, James, Floyd, Stanley, and Francis Suttle as well as her older sister Eleanor Jones, and two younger sisters Inez Pillsbury and Marjorie MacDonald. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Donaloio) Lee and several nieces and nephews.
Irma walked a steep, one lane dirt road to a one room school house wedged into the mountainside, where she and her siblings began their education. Irma was interested in music and learned to play the melodeon, mandolin, violin, clarinet, baritone sax, bassoon, viola, cello, string bass, and piano. At a little over five feet tall, Irma was the high school band drum majorette with all the regalia—boots, baton, tall hat, short skirt, and high steps.
Although a one room school house graduate, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in music from Hartwick College and a Masters in Music Education from Ithaca College. Irma taught elementary and middle school music appreciation, choir, and led many holiday concerts.
A lover of Morgan horses, Irma had several that she rode and drove with a little two wheel buggy through the hills of upstate New York.
On retirement she worked in her family’s restaurants, until her husband, Joseph Donaloio retired. Regrettably he passed away shortly after retirement. She remarried, to James Sweeney, and moved to Quincy, Mass. When Jim passed away, Irma moved fulltime to Bradenton, Fla.
Mutual friends introduced her to Frederick Rahr; she again married and moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz. While in Sun Lakes, she was active in the Red Hat Society, sang alto in the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church choir, became a proficient organist, and traveled to places she never dreamed of as a kid. Over the years she volunteered, tutoring children from Boston, Florida, and Arizona Native American communities.
Irma moved to Galveston, Texas, living with her daughter Brenda. She maintained a healthy “fan club” correspondence with former students—often thanking her for the opportunity to learn music appreciation—and her former teaching colleagues. She attended Libbie’s Senior Day Program and read voraciously.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney, New York.
The family asks that donations in Irma’s memory be made to Sun Lakes United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Please share your memories on her memorial webpage: www.malloyandson.com/obituaries/Irma-Ruth-Rahr?obId=26055827#/celebrationWall.
Nadine Danielson-Cusack, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and previously of Scott County, Iowa, passed away on Sept. 27, 2022, at the age of 84.
She was born in Nebraska to Harold and Lillian Knople on Sept. 3, 1938, the youngest of six children. In 1956, she graduated from Peru State Teacher’s College with her high school diploma and in 1959 was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Education from Nebraska State Teachers College. She initially taught in Nebraska and after moving to Iowa, taught for the Davenport Community School District until her retirement in 1994, after which she continued her passion for teaching by often substituting. When not teaching, she managed her own catering business and enjoyed cooking throughout her lifetime.
She was previously married to Marlin Danielson. In 1979 she married William Cusack and they were long-term residents of Scott County, Iowa, until they relocated to Arizona to enjoy retirement and involved themselves in a myriad of activities; working the Milwaukee Brewers spring training games, NASCAR races, hockey games, renaissance festivals, and many others. Nadine was also a member of the Sun Lakes Coloring Club, leaving us many pretty colorings to enjoy.
Nadine is survived by her husband, William Cusack, her children; Randall (Teri) Danielson, Jeffrey (Diana) Danielson, David (Mary) Danielson, and her stepchildren: Robert (Georgann) Cusack, Kathy (Mark) Lohrding, Scott Cusack, and Debbie Fifer. Nadine was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and a granddaughter.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at the Unitarian Universalist of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa. Drop in between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. to enjoy this time of reflection on the life of Nadine Danielson-Cusack. In honor of her love of cooking and providing good food for others, memorials can be made to the River Bend Food Bank or bring a food item for donation.
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 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
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, 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.
Jack Neal Cook
Jack “Pop-Pop” Cook passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the age of 79 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Dobson House hospice facility due to brain cancer.
Jack grew up in Suffield, Ohio, and was an active child and young adult participating in a variety of sports. He attended the University of Akron, graduating with a degree in accounting. Shortly after graduating college, he was drafted into the Army and was headed to Vietnam but not until after completing his training from the prestigious Army Ranger School. He completed two tours in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star.
Once back in the U.S., he met the love of his life, his wife Donna. They were married in 1981 and welcomed their first child, Nathan, later that year. In 1984, they welcomed their second child, Julia. In 2016, Jack welcomed his first grandchild (Anderson) with a second one coming in 2020 (Iris), he became affectionately known as “Pop-Pop” to both.
Jack was an avid skier and fervent supporter of all the activities that his kids were involved in. He was a 25+ year member of the volunteer ski patrol at Squaw Valley and when he wasn’t driving his family to kids’ activities, he loved being in the mountains and skiing. He was also a volunteer referee and soccer coach for Ballistic United Soccer Club in Pleasanton, Calif.
Jack had a long, successful business career spread across accounting, finance, and IT. He was known as a hard and competent worker who did everything well. He retired around 2008 after relocating from California to Arizona and, given the lack of snow, he took up the game of golf. Jack’s golf swing was something to behold, but he fell in love with the game and was a past president of the Oakwood 9-hole golf league, which are affectionately called the “niners.”
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Donna Cook; brother, Dale Cook; daughter, Julia Cook; his son and daughter in-law, Nathan and Cara Cook; his two grandchildren, Anderson and Iris Cook; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Sisk Park in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
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, 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, 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
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, 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.
Patsy Sue Redmond
Patsy Sue Redmond, lover of books, travel, bridge, and a feisty Corgi named Murphy, passed away in Chandler, Ariz., on Aug. 31.
Patsy was born in Lawrenceville, Kan., and raised in Grand Junction, Colo., where she attended primary schools and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1954 Patsy married Robert Redmond and together they travelled throughout the Southwest where Patsy acquired her love of Native American culture and art. They also developed a love of German Shorthair Pointers and raised several award-winning GSPs. They moved to Reno, Nev., in 1961 where Patsy became an active community volunteer and an accomplished businesswoman.
In 1979 she was appointed Nevada’s deputy insurance commissioner and in 1981 was appointed Nevada State Insurance Commissioner by then Governor Robert List. In 1985 she was appointed Executive Vice President of the Nevada Association of Realtors and led the association until her retirement.
During her career, Patsy chaired the Nevada State Development Corporation, was appointed to the board of United Way of Northern Nevada, and served on the advisory committee for the University of Nevada/Reno College of Business and the real estate advisory committee at the University of Nevada/ Las Vegas. Other service included the Women in the Services defense advisory committee and the Nevada Women’s Fund’s board of directors. In 1989 Patsy was named Woman of the Year by the Reno Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Patsy moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2008 and was quickly welcomed into a rich circle of friends who enjoyed book clubs, Red Hat activities, bridge, and the many musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the area. Committed to leading an active life, she joined a bowling team and practiced tai chi.
Always ready for a new adventure, Patsy travelled extensively, enjoying places such as Petra, the Galapagos, and the Great Wall of China.
While living in Reno, Patsy hosted the family events and her home was filled with laughter, great food, one talkative parrot, and a few German Shorthairs. She was preceded in death by Bob, her husband of 52 years, sister Edna Ruth, and most recently, her beloved Corgi, Murphy.
She is remembered by her family: Eric (Joal), Kurt (Allison, children Cole, Carly, and great grandchildren Cash, Dallas) and daughter Julie Rosser (Jesse and children Kyle, Evan).
A private celebration of Patsy’s life will take place in Winchester Bay, Ore., on Oct. 30 in honor of her 90th birthday.
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.
Robert (Bob) Eric Strom
With his family by his side, Bob left us on Aug. 27, 2022, at age 90.
Born on April 11, 1932, in Jamaica, N.Y., to Scandinavian immigrants, Bob spent most of his life in New York before retiring to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1994.
Bob served in the U.S. Army as a corporal during the Korean War. After his discharge he returned to New York and reacquainted himself with Celeste Lapen, whom he remembered from school. Bob and Celeste married in 1954 and their marriage lasted 68 years until his death.
Bob joined the NYC Fire Department in 1957 and dedicated 20 years of his life to FDNY until his retirement in 1977. He loved the profession.
Bob was also an electrician, a small business owner, and a skilled home craftsman. He could do just about any home design project himself, and he enjoyed helping his children with their home improvement projects.
Bob and Celeste enjoyed traveling together, both throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Bob is survived by his sister Thelma Gourdier; his wife Celeste Strom; his children Lori Davila, Jeff Strom and spouse Terry, Steven Strom and spouse Denise; his granddaughter Kristen Rodriguez and spouse Johnny; his great-grandchildren Logan and Riley Rodriguez; and his step-grandchildren Shelly McGehee, JR Page, and Troy Derrick Page.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care of Bob in his final months.
The family recently held a celebration of life for Bob at the Sun Lakes Oakwood Country Club.
Bob is forever in our hearts.
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, 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 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, 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 “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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Jill Evans Talbot
Jill Evans Talbot, 67, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away at her family home in Falmouth, Mass., on July 31, 2022.
She was born in Wellesley, Mass., as the youngest daughter of Mary and Harold Talbot. Jill lived her early life in Wellesley before attending college at the University of Boulder in Colorado. Her move out west allowed her to follow her lifelong passion for a love of animals and the outdoors. She remained in Boulder for 40 years. While living in Colorado Jill maintained a stable of goats and horses and was an avid competitor, organizer, and officiant of competitive trail riding as well as a frequent world traveler.
She loved teaching others to ride and care for horses and often went on horse trips with her friends to ride the trails in various places across the United States. In 2014 she moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., with her horses and cats. Jill battled breast and stomach cancer for the last 10 years of her life with courage and grace.
She is survived by her four nieces and nephews and their eight children. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary and two sisters Nancy and Elizabeth. We all miss you, Jill!
This poem is in her honor.
What Cancer Cannot Be
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hopes.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot destroy peace.
It cannot kill friendships.
It cannot suppress memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot steal eternal life.
It cannot conquer the spirit.
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 (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, 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 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 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, 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.
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 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
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!
Robert Beryl Becker
Robert Beryl Becker, was born April 2, 1939, in Park Rapids, Minn. He passed away at the age of 83 in Sun Lakes, Ariz., on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
He married Arlyce Avenson of Nevis, Minn., on Dec. 1, 1957, in Dorset, Minn. During their 56 years of marriage, they had six children Gerry, Linda, Bonnie, Jon, Kevin, and Karen. Robert worked as a fulltime Cable TV engineer/manager until his retirement. Robert lived in several states including Minnesota, Utah, Colorado, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania before “retiring” in Sun Lakes. In addition, he has traveled throughout the world visiting all seven continents and the seven wonders of the world. When he wasn’t traveling, he was remodeling homes or modifying a project. He has missed his wife over the past nine years. Their marriage was a true partnership as they shared so much together. Robert was a great husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He leaves his six children, daughter-in-law (Donna), his grandchildren Alec, McKayla, Nicholas, Kristopher, Jonathon, and his brother Charles. He joins his wife Arlyce and parents, Mildred and Ollie Becker in heaven.
Memorial Service will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Sun Lakes, Ariz. The service will also be live streamed at www.youtube.com/risensaviorchandler.
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, 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 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 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” 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
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, 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 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.Read More
“Volley was a legend in USA Luge circles,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge Director of Marketing and Sponsorships, and a 1998 Olympic silver medalist. “I was lucky enough to talk with him over the years. Always great to hear his stories of the early days of sliding domestically and internationally. He really was the main organizer of all things USA Luge through 1972. He was a pioneer and will be missed.”
Bob appeared in an addition of the Blink Podcast in December 2021. Luge fans will find the podcast at: www.teamusa.org/USA-Luge/NEWS/2020/December/01/Blink-Podcast.
Volley was born in Richland, Ark. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 14 years old and was 90 years of age at the time of his death in Arizona.
Cole served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring after 30 years as a highly decorated Sergeant Major. Upon leaving the military, he joined the civilian work force as a contractor for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation in Saudi Arabia, where he worked for 10 years.
Volley is survived by Mary, to whom he was married for 48 years. He also leaves behind his sister, a lengthy list of loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-children.
Full military funeral services will be announced for Mt. Vernon Veteran and Mortuary Funeral Home in Fair Oaks, Calif. Flowers are welcome, or donations can be made in Volley’s name to the American Cancer Society.
In the November 2011 issue of the FIL Magazine, Cole remarked, “Luge made me a better person and a better father. It helped me to mature and to grow. Sports are important to build character and develop self-esteem. I think it is essential for young parents to involve their children in sports. It keeps them out of trouble and if they start young they will continue until they are adults and will excel in life.”
Volley H. (Bob) Cole—USA Luge founding father—May he rest in peace.
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 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, 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, 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.
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 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 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
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 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 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:
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 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, 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.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Paul, and the time and location will be announced at a later date.
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, 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 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, 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.Read More
David served in the Army Air Defense Command in both Wisconsin and Illinois from 1968-1974. Like his father before him, David moved his growing family numerous times to places around the country: Madison, Wis., Chicago, Ill., White Plains, N.Y., Springfield, Ill., Kansas City, Mo., and Scottsdale, Ariz. After the children were grown, David’s business pursuits continued to relocate him to San Francisco, Calif., Seattle, Wash., College Station, Texas, and back to Chicago.
David’s career as a Management Consultant began at Touche Ross (Deloitte Touche) where he became a Partner. Other business endeavors throughout his career included: Integrated Resources Investments; KPMG, Partner; Vertical Systems Consulting; Insurance Information Exchange, President; CNA Information Technology Sr. VP; Career Education Corp., Financial Operations Sr. VP; HUB International Insurance Brokerage, Financial Analysis, Sr. VP; and JOAT Independent Consulting, Principal, until and after his retirement in 2009 when he moved to Sun Lakes, where he resided until his death.
David had a dry sense of humor and a gift for writing especially beautiful letters. He enjoyed a unique and varied set of interests, which he enthusiastically shared with his family and friends. Some of his favorites were: tinkering with oil painting, winter ski trips, Blue Bell ice cream, a 1979 white Corvette, biking, baking pies, aviation, classical music, rollerblading, Boyd’s Resort in Wisconsin with the grandkids, boating and waterskiing in Lake of the Ozarks as a family, gourmet cooking, traveling, Garrett Popcorn—Go Badgers, Go Packers! He loved his companion Cocker Spaniels, Molly and Marnie.
We will miss Our David, Our Dad, Our Grandpa, Our Uncle, and Our Mentor immensely. He will live in our hearts forever.
The family members are planning a private Celebration of Life. David will come home to stay with Jackie until her passing. At that time, they will be interred in the Hunter Family Crypt at the Valley of the Sun Cemetery in Chandler, Ariz. No memorial service is being planned at this time. The family requests that if you wish to express sympathy, please choose your favorite charity and donate in David’s honor. A gift given by you is gifted back to you in David’s name.
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, 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, 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
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 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.