Heritage Funeral Chapel

Trust, Compassion and Affordability Since 1981

The Heritage Family of Funeral Homes have served the greater Phoenix area for 30 years under the careful guidance of the Stobierski family. Today, as a third generation family-owned firm, we have become the area’s most preferred funeral homes by providing the highest level of service to our community.

As a full-service firm with eight convenient funeral home locations, five cemeteries and two privately owned crematories, we have consistently offered the area’s most reasonable prices in funeral services. We take personal pride in the beauty of our facilities and the professionalism of our staff.

We welcome you to visit our funeral homes and become acquainted with our comfortable facilities and meet our compassionate staff. Please consider this a personal invitation, from our family to yours.


Our Obituaries

Finis D. Corum, Sr.

January 30, 1942 - August 25, 2014

Finis D. Corum, Sr. of Tonopah, Arizona passed away on August 25, 2014 at the age of 72. He was born in Mesquite, Texas on January 30, 1942 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona that same year. He married the Love of his life, Patricia Carol Corum in September of 1960. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm at Heritage Fuenral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ. ...
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Lois Mae Kral

August 10, 1936 - August 23, 2014

Lois M. Kral of Peoria, AZ went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Born in Oxford, IA on August 10, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Mary C. Donohoe and the late John E. Donohoe and was preceded in death by her husband, Milo M. Kral and her son, Dennis M. Kral. Lois is survived by nine siblings, Shirley (Don) Burnett, Virginia (Leon) Shaw, Larry (Janet) Donohoe, Mary Kay Hull...
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Robert (Bob) Charles Pennington

August 24, 1926 - August 23, 2014

Robert C Pennington (Bob) passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014. He was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Charles Todd Pennington and Edith Delila Dager on August 24, 1926. Bob was the founder of Pennington Auto Parts which he started in Indiana in 1952 with $50 he borrowed from his father-in-law. In 1961, he moved his family and business to Phoenix, AZ. Bob loved dabbling in real estate, stocks &...
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Zion Elizabeth Lawrence

April 26, 1952 - August 21, 2014


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Marian L. Gilmore-Brian

February 7, 1955 - August 18, 2014

Marian L. Gilmore was called home to the Lord on August 18, 2014. Marian was born in Utica, New York on February 7, 1955. She was the daughter of Margherita and Dannie Cronian. Marian found her outdoor spirit living in Alaska hunting, camping and fishing. Marian and her family moved to Arizona in 1989. Marian enjoyed collecting antiques, watching movies and crocheting. She was an avid sports fan...
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Thalia Delphine Livengood

August 27, 1922 - August 3, 2014

Thalia Livengood, 91, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014. She was born on August 27, 1922 in Miami, Arizona, and attended school in Globe, Arizona. She lived in Globe for many years, then moved to Phoenix where she worked at Motorola. She later worked as a cook at Westwood Christian School, and at AIBI. She was a member of Christ Church for 45 years and her life was devoted primarily to Jesus...
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Joyce Delgado

February 27, 1979 - July 30, 2014

Joyce Shawntel Robinson Delgado went to be with our Heavenly Father at the age of 35 on July 30 2014. Joyce was born in Santa Maria, California to William Robinson and Annette Mason on February 27, 1979. Joyce was a loving mother and took good care of her home. She was preceded in death by baby boy Jalo Jerimiah Delgado, sister Tarsha Robinson, brother Robert Benhart and grandmother Annie M....
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Gary Jude Piazza

November 2, 1952 - July 29, 2014


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Marjorie (Jahns) Ptacek

July 13, 1928 - July 28, 2014

Marge was born Marjorie M. Jahns to Christy and Ida Jahns of Minnesota in 1928. She was the youngest of five children; one of which was a twin sister, Margaret. She grew up in a farming community in southeast Minnesota, where she met her future husband, Donald J. Ptacek. They have been married for 68 years. As a result of their life together, the world is filled with much love and faith. In...
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Theresa Theodora Thompson

July 3, 1938 - July 25, 2014

Theresa T. Thompson, 76, passed away July 25, 2014. Theresa (Terry) was born on July 3, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Philip James Thompson and is survived by her five children; Theresa, Eileen, Patty, Philip and John, her five grandchildren; Alisha, Cindy, Philip, Matthew and Chase, her two Great Grandchildren; Carlee and Colin and her brothers...
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Tony Michael Hards

December 14, 1982 - July 23, 2014


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Anderson E. Fitzhugh

August 26, 1932 - July 23, 2014

Anderson E. Fitzhugh, 81, of Glendale, passed away on July 23, 2014. He was born on August 26, 1932, to Willis and Mary (Henry) Fitzhugh in Guntersville, AL. On June 8, 1958 he married Frances Clifton in Chico, CA. Anderson retired as an Air Force Tech Sgt. after 20 years of honorable service. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Glendale, AZ. Anderson is...
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Michael Anthony Spano

April 3, 1959 - July 21, 2014

Michael A. Spano of Glendale, Arizona went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2014, at the age of 55. Mike was born in Rahway, New Jersey on April 3, 1959, to the late Francesco and Helen Spano. Mike worked as a local truck driver, delivering bread products to fast food restaurants. He was a hard worker who dedicated his free time to family and to church ministries. His interests included...
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Marilyn Ann Pruniski

July 15, 1930 - July 17, 2014

Marilyn A. (Moore) Pruniski, 84, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Stephen Pruniski, Jr. Marilyn was born July 15, 1930 in Benkelman Nebraska. After her husband passed away in 1971 she raised six loving, strong children, while working 15 plus years at AAA Arizona. She is remembered for her loving...
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Jennifer Louise "Niffer" Van Vuuren

June 18, 1962 - July 11, 2014

Jennifer Van Vuuren, 52, of Peoria, AZ, passed away July 11th, 2014. She is survived by her husband Dale Van Vuuren; parents Joe and Barbara Paget; sister Melissa; children Kristina, Rachelle, and Blake; grandson Alec; and is preceded in death by her daughter Rebecca. Jennifer "Niffer" will always be remembered by her family and friends as strong, hardworking and fun loving. Services will be held...
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Carole Marie Foy

December 27, 1961 - July 9, 2014

Carole Marie Foy, 52, of Glendale, passed away on July 9, 2014 in her home. She was born on December 27, 1961 to Howard and Joyce (Wilson) Tunnicliffe at Alpena, MI. Carole worked as a Mortgage Processor for USAA. On May 12, 1984 she married Michael Foy in Las Vegas, NV. Carole is survived by her loving spouse Michael, three sons, Michael Francis Foy IV, Matthew Gordon Foy, Joshua Ryan Foy;...
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Gary Nelson

March 26, 1940 - July 8, 2014

Gary W. Nelson, 74, of Phoenix passed away on July 8, 2014. Gary was born in Hutchinson Kansas, graduated from East High School in Wichita Kansas and served in the United States Air Force. Gary was an avid private airplane pilot when he was younger. He loved to go camping, fishing, hunting, shooting his guns and generally being outdoors. He loved playing pool and spending time with his friends...
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Mary Margaret Miller

August 15, 1928 - July 7, 2014

85, Loving wife and mother passed away peacefully July 7, 2014. She was born in New York on August 15, 1928. She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph Sherwood and Ida Neuberger, her husband Francis Miller and her son Francis Miller, Jr. her brothers Joe, Duke, John and Harry. She is survived by her sister Theresa Graf, daughter Patricia Beaman and her fiancé Eugene Sanzio. She had a long...
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Gerald Donald Loruss

June 18, 1935 - July 7, 2014

Watch out Heaven! He's on his way. On July 7th, Jerry (Gerald D.) Loruss lost his battle with pulmonary fibrosis and cancer at age 79. He's now on his way to make sure Heaven is following all the building codes and is up to the current architectural standards. No funeral is planned. If you would like to honor his memory, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley at 9435 W....
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Eleanore Knechtges Nash

January 7, 1923 - July 6, 2014

Eleanore Knechtges Nash, age 91. Educated in Minnesota and moved to the Phoenix area in 1966. She loved the Valley and its many magical star lit nights. Accountant and self taught financial planner. Since retirement she was a volunteer for the AARP Tax Aid Program. She became coordinator for the program and worked with counselors at four adult centers in the West Phoenix area. She did taxes...
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Paul Popescu

March 12, 1956 - July 3, 2014

Paul Popescu, 58, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away on July 3, 2014. Paul is survived by his loving wife Maria and his family. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ from 5PM until 8PM. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 10th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Claudia Quintero

January 15, 1976 - June 24, 2014


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Constantinos "Gus" George Macrides

October 27, 1954 - June 23, 2014

Constantinos "Gus" George Macrides, 59, of Peoria, passed away on June 23, 2014 in Kenosha, WI. He was born on October 27, 1954 to George and Erini (Kokkinou) Makris in Morphou, Cyprus. On June 20, 1981, he married Kathryn June Chapman at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waukegan, IL. Gus was the Owner/Operator of Brothers Family Restaurant from February 1985 until October 2006; and then...
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Bruce Burton Busch

December 7, 1934 - June 22, 2014

Bruce Burton Busch, 79, of Peoria passed away June 22, 2014. Bruce served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bruce is survived by his wife Shirley; two sons Mark (Cynthia) and Brian (Margo); six grandchildren Jason, Steven, Andrew, David, Emily, and Sami and four great-grandchildren. A visitation...
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Mark Keil

July 1, 1959 - June 18, 2014


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Lanna Nicole Hamann

October 16, 1997 - June 14, 2014


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Jane Marylyn Koppenhoefer

September 6, 1943 - June 14, 2014

Jane Marylyn Koppenhoefer, 70, of Phoenix, Arizona, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Banner Thunderbird Hospital on Saturday, June 14, 2014, following a valiant battle with cancer. Jane was born to Walter Herman Koppenhoefer and Lillian Alta (McCoy) Koppenhoefer in Peoria, Illinois on September 6, 1943. She graduated from Peoria High School and then...
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Patrice Ann Horton

September 3, 1956 - June 13, 2014


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Virginia Burns Casalla

June 10, 1921 - June 11, 2014

Virginia Burns Casalla, 93, of Glendale, passed away on June 11, 2014. She was born on June 10, 1921 to James and Leah (Spash) Burns in Bridgeport, CT. She is preceded by her husband Michael Casalla and 2 great grandchildren Jordan Ashley and Brandon. Virginia is survived by her daughters Bonnie Woodward (married to Woody) and Kathleen Thornton (married to Barry); son Michael Casalla (married to...
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Leif Edwin "Ed" Jordeth

June 15, 1922 - June 8, 2014

Leif Edwin Jordeth (1922 – 2014) Leif Edwin Jordeth, son of Ole and Paulina Olson Jordeth, was born June 15, 1922, Lebanon, South Dakota. After graduating from Lebanon High School he worked as an electrician. WWII service began in November of 1945. "Ed" enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Army Of Occupation (Japan) until his Honorable Discharge in July, 1946. Following his...
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John Lynn Exley

October 4, 1947 - June 7, 2014

John Lynn Exley, 66, of Glendale, AZ journeyed to Heaven on Saturday, June 7, 2014. John was born in Clearfield, PA on October 4, 1947 to Anna Pauline & John Paul Exley, the third of four children. He grew up in PA and OH. John was a true patriot. Although working at TRW in Cleveland in the aircraft division and being draft exempt, he felt called to join the army aviation division. He was heavily...
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Juliet Orevillo Marion

July 1, 1940 - June 2, 2014

Juliet Orevillo (Marion), 73 years of age, passed into the Lord's hands on June 2, 2014 after a long two year battle with Acute Pulmonary Fibrosis. She departed surrounded by family and was welcomed into Heaven by those that have preceded her in death. Juliet was raised in Pahoa, Hawaii with her 15 brothers and sisters. She loved quilting, crafts, and sewing, and her real passion was for dancing....
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Frances Boston

May 4, 1923 - June 2, 2014

Frances Louise Boston, 91, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on June 2, 2014. She was born on May 4, 1923 to Charles and Minnie (Henry) Elliston in Nashville, TN. Frances is survived by her children, Ronnie Brzezinski, Kenny Brzezinski, Connie Pekara, Bonnie Vicini and Penney Bautista; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Denny Brzezinski, husband,...
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Timothy Richard Prewitt

July 31, 1954 - May 31, 2014

Tim Prewitt, age 59 of Goodyear, died May 31st. He was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. In 1985, he moved to the Phoenix area to work as a Real Estate Appraiser. Tim is survived by his wife Jonnie, two sons Richard (wife Shana) and Chad (wife Katja), and two grandsons Kohen and Kasen. Siblings include: sister Kathy Bockelman and brothers Mike (wife Judy), Jerry (wife Debbie), and Larry (wife...
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Edward Joseph Burdick

August 16, 1925 - May 30, 2014

Edward Joseph Burdick. 8/16/1925 - 5/30/2014. Born in San Diego, Ed grew up in Calexico, CA. He met the love of his life, Gloria Ray, in grade school. After serving in the Navy, he and Gloria moved to San Louis Obispo where he worked and graduated with a Master's Degree from Cal Poly. After five years in Schenectady, NY, Ed moved his family to Phoenix, where he worked for GE and Honeywell. He...
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Angelita A. Robles

June 14, 1920 - May 26, 2014


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Michael David Slater

December 13, 1967 - May 18, 2014

MIchael David Slater, 46, of Wittmann, AZ passed away on May 18, 2014. Michael was born on December 13, 1967 in Phoenix, AZ to David and Charlotte Slater. He is survived by his mother Charlotte (Terry) Jaycox, father David (Phyllis) Slater, son Tyler Slater, sister Kristen Slater and nieces Katelynn and Joselynn Bowen. A gathering will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 6 to 7 pm at Heritage...
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Harvey "John" Secrist

April 8, 1950 - May 18, 2014

Harvey "John" Secrist passed away May 18, 2014. John retired from the United States Air Force as Master Sergeant after 22 years of service. He was also a loyal employee at Chaz Roberts Air Conditioning for over thirteen years. John was devoted to his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Ward and Bertha Secrist and his brother Robert Secrist. John is survived by his loving...
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Ryan Charles Pavlish

July 23, 1984 - May 18, 2014

Ryan Charles Pavlish, 29, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of family and friends on May 18, 2014. Ryan was born July 23, 1984 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Larry and Sandra Pavlish. Ryan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 4 months, shortly thereafter moving to Phoenix in 1985 with his parents. Ryan's life was a triumph over unceasing adversity and affliction....
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Dennis Brownell

February 16, 1953 - May 17, 2014

Dennis Brownell, 61 of Youngtown, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at home. Dennis was born on February 16, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Jack and Elsie (Wenise) Brownell. He was a successful business man, and his children and grandchildren were his life. Dennis was a handy man that could build or fix anything, a pure jack of all trades. Despite the illness, he never gave up and continued to...
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Paul Michael Culhane

April 24, 1955 - May 17, 2014

Paul Michael Culhane, 59; passed away with family and loved ones on May 17th 2014. Mike is survived by his wife Doris, his two children Lynn and Michael and 3 grandchildren Marisa, Mary and Joshua Michael. Mike was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone. He worked as a mail handler for the United States Postal Service up until the day the effects of his disease Frontal...
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Theresa Anne Selander

April 13, 1960 - May 17, 2014

Theresa Anne Selander, 54, of Litchfield Park, passed away on May 17, 2014 at her home. She was born on April 13, 1960 to Ralph and Elizabeth McClellan in Minneapolis, MN. She attended school at Golden Valley High School and graduated in 1978. Theresa worked as a business owner for Quality Quick Bindery. On May 5, 1984 she married Paul in Minneapolis. Theresa and Paul resided in Litchfield...
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William Edward "Bill" Chew

June 20, 1933 - May 15, 2014

William "Bill" Edward Chew, 80, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully on May 15, 2014. He was born in Peoria, Illinois on June 20, 1933. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He moved to Phoenix in 1962 from San Bernardino, California. He retired from Arizona Public Service Company in 1990. Preceding him in death was his daughter, Sheila. Bill is survived by his wife of...
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Jerolyn "Jeri" Schueller

February 22, 1946 - May 14, 2014

Jerolyn Schueller passed away peacefully in Peoria, Arizona on May 14, 2014. Jeri was born February 22, 1946 in Mankato, MN. She graduated high school in 1964 from Le Sueur. Jeri worked in the sales industry and then moved to Peoria, AZ in 1978. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband David Schueller, brother-in-law, son-in-law, niece and grand-niece. Jeri is survived by her...
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Joan Rose Herzhaft

November 23, 1934 - May 13, 2014

Joan Rose Herzhaft passed away peacefully on May 13th, 2014 at the age of 79 (or 80 depending on who you ask). Joan was about her family, even in her last moments, and is survived by her revered younger brother John; three devoted children: Kim, Jill, and Jeff; four adoring children-in-law; ten loving grandchildren and her cherished great-grandson. Joan lived a full, happy life dedicated to...
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Alisha Ann Church

June 26, 1969 - May 2, 2014

On May 2, 2014, Alisha Ann Church, 44, of Glendale, Arizona passed away as a result of a vehicle collision. Alisha was surrounded and comforted in her final moments by her loving family at her side. Alisha was born on June 26, 1969 to Albert and Trisha Kelly Verbeke in Carbondale, Illinois. Alisha graduated from Pike High School in 1987. She earned her Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees in...
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Walter Willilam "Bill" Fifer

September 24, 1938 - May 1, 2014

Walter William "Bill" Fifer, 75, of Peoria, AZ passed away on May 1, 2014. He was born on September 24, 1938 to Walter and Dorothy (Sollars) Fifer in Kansas City, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, and his beloved wife Donna. Bill is survived by his children Catherine Fifer, Julie (Richard) Perry and David (Barbara) Fifer; grandchildren Matthew (Andrea) Perry, Jeffrey...
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Stanley Lund

August 15, 1959 - April 26, 2014

Stan T. Lund, 54, Founder of Lund Mortgage, Inc. died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday Morning, 26th of April. He was the second of five sons born to Richard and Sara Lund and was born in Kenitra, Morocco, North Africa. Stan is survived by his Dad Richard, his wife June, daughters Lisa and Saranne, Step-daughter Melissa, his brothers, Mike, Tim, John, Steve, and grandchildren, Tyler, Bria and...
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Margie Pearl Springer

February 10, 1930 - April 24, 2014


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Diana Delores Ozee

January 30, 1935 - April 24, 2014

79, passed away on April 24th, leaving a great hole in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Born January 30, 1935 in East Chicago, Indiana to John and Raleo Morfis, Diana precedes her older sister, Mary Kemeras. She is survived by her sons Mike (Betsy) of Scottsdale and Pete (Vicki) of Round Lake, IL, and three granddaughters, Rachel, Shannon and Ashley. Diana was...
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Frank Edward Simpson

December 27, 1959 - April 13, 2014

In Loving Memory of Frank Edward Simpson; Dec. 27, 1959 – April 13, 2014. Frank is survived by his wife Christine Simpson, three children; daughter Melissa (Adam) Fox, son Mark (Carestina) Beckers and son Jason Beckers, and 5 grandchildren Kassandra Fox, Christopher Fox, Caiden Beckers, Cody Fox and Haileigh Beckers. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy Simpson, brother Jeff (Nancy)...
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Mary Clarice O'Farrell

June 23, 1925 - April 12, 2014

Mary Clarice O'Farrell, 88, of Peoria, Arizona, went to be with her Lord on April 12, 2014. She was born June 23, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles and Lillian Wasicka. Mary is survived by her children, James, Jerry, Rita Trainor and Joseph; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Muriel Moran of South Carolina, her grandson Matthew...
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Mary Virginia Fischer

September 29, 1921 - April 11, 2014

Mary Virginia Fischer, 92, passed away on April 11, 2014. She was born to William and Mary Davidson in Santiago, Chile September 29, 1921. She served her country as a nurse in the U.S. Army during WWII. After a long nursing career in Missouri and Arizona, she retired from Indian Health Services as a school nurse at Shonto Boarding School on the Navajo Reservation. After retirement, she...
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William "Bill" Riley Hoffman

December 31, 1924 - April 8, 2014

William Riley Hoffman (Bill) 89, was born December 31, 1924 in Wheeling, WV and passed away April 8, 2014 in Peoria, AZ surrounded by his legacy of 3 generations. Bill was very proud of his military career where he served as a Radioman aboard the USS San Francisco during WWII and took part in several invasions. On May 5, 1949 he married the love of his life, Lyda Eileen Piatt and together...
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Frank Wayne Nations

November 7, 1932 - April 7, 2014

Frank Wayne Nations, 81, of Glendale, AZ passed away Monday, April 7, 2014. Frank was born on November 7, 1932 in Duncan, NM to Thomas and Beatrice Nations. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Frank is survived by his wife Betty, children Darrold Nations, Robbin O'Brien and Phil Nations, step children Lauren Bernards, Gerald Weber and Danielle (Ty) Grant, sister Pauline Landry, and...
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Frank C. Hiltner Reiff

November 20, 1926 - April 4, 2014

Frank C. Hiltner Reiff, 87 years of age, died on April 4, 2014 at the Hospice of Arizona, Sun City, AZ, the husband of Jeannette Elizabeth (nee Morris) Reiff. Mr. Reiff was born and raised in Conshohocken and Harmonville, Pennsylvania and attended Conshohocken High School before serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Frank and Jeannette were married on July 1, 1949 in the Valley Forge Memorial...
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Darlene Andrews

July 23, 1941 - March 29, 2014

Darlene Helen Andrews was born on July 23, 1941 to Glenn Noggle and Lillian (Buffington) Noggle in Toledo, Ohio. She would eventually become the third of six children, being raised in the Noggle family with five brothers. She attended Garfield Elementary and graduated from Waite High School in 1959. There she was the honored salutatorian speaker, receiving numerous scholarships that would later...
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Dora V. Kisner

November 8, 1939 - March 27, 2014

Dora Kisner, 74 of Phoenix, AZ, passed away peacefully March 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Kenny and her brother, Rodolfo. Dora was born to Agustin Varela and Francisca Carrazco on November 8, 1939 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and moved to Arizona in the early 1960's. In 1995 Dora became a proud US Citizen and learned a great deal about the US...
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Mary "Katie" Tekulve

July 23, 1931 - March 27, 2014

Mary Kathryn "Katie" Tekulve, 82, passed away on March 27th, 2014. She was born July 23rd, 1931 in Oldenburg, Indiana to Joseph & Seraphine (Schulte) Ferkinhoff. Survivors include her 4 children Mike (Maureen) Pleasanton, CA; Tina Kearns Phoenix, AZ; Tim (Deanie) and Toby Tekulve of Glendale, AZ; 2 sisters Joey Dietz (Jim) and Donna Schutte (Bob) & 1 brother Marvin Ferkinhoff (Carol). Katie...
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Edith Ann Harris

July 31, 1936 - March 24, 2014

Edith Ann "Nanny" Harris, 77, passed from this earth into the open arms of our Lord on March 24, 2014. Edith Ann was an Arizona native and was the matriarch for another three generations of Arizona natives. Edith Ann married Virgil Leon Harris in August, 1954 after he was honorably discharged from the Marines during the Korean War. Together they had three daughters, Sue Ann, Diana, and Linda ...
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Robert E. Rogers

June 27, 1939 - March 24, 2014

Robert E. Rogers passed away on March 24, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bob, who was nicknamed "Buck" by his friends; was raised in Schneider, Indiana, graduated from Lowell High School in Lowell, Indiana, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning from serving his country for three years, he worked as a machinist and graduated from Indiana...
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James Wilson

December 8, 1937 - March 21, 2014

Wilson, James, 76, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2014. Jim was born in Pennsylvania. He worked at the Maricopa County Assessor's Office as a Systems Analyst. He was a faithful member of Our Lady of the Valley Church. He also served with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, was a liturgical minister, and served in other ministries. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Jim...
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William Joe Collier

January 16, 1938 - March 20, 2014

William Joe Collier passed away at his home on Thursday March 20, 2014 after a short illness. He was born January 16, 1938 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a lifelong resident of Phoenix and very active in his professional career of Forensic Science. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter. He is survived by his son, Michael Collier and three grandchildren Katrina Johnson, Nicholaus...
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Nellie P. Jones

December 13, 1917 - March 19, 2014

Nellie P. Jones, born December 13, 1917 died March 19, 2014. She is survived by two sisters Barbara Martinez and Billie Porras. A memorial service will be held at Heritage Funeral Chapel 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
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Isabelle L. Pullano DeSchaaf

December 22, 1931 - March 19, 2014

Isabelle Pullano DeSchaaf, 82, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away March 19, 2014 surrounded by her devoted family. Isabelle was born in Niles, Michigan and relocated to Phoenix in 1963 with her loving husband, Sam Pullano, and their six young children. After 36 wonderful years of marriage, Sam passed away unexpectedly in 1985. Isabelle believed she would forever remain a grieving widow, missing...
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Lloyd Foust, Jr.

October 24, 1967 - March 18, 2014

Lloyd C. Foust, Jr. 46, of Peoria, AZ went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2014. He was born in Memphis, TN. Beloved son, father, brother and a friend to many. He was employed by UPS for 26 years. Survivors include mother, Laura, father Lloyd Sr., children; Kaytlyn, Nicole and Joshua Tyler, and three sisters. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 and Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5:00...
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Jerrold "Matt" Grams

March 15, 1961 - March 14, 2014

Jerrold "Matt" Grams passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 14, one day before his 53rd birthday. He was born on March 15, 1961 in Kokomo, IN to Richard and Patricia (Smith) Grams. Matt graduated from Kokomo High School in 1979. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1981-1985. After the Air Force, he worked at Northrop in Chicago where he met his future wife, the love of his life. On October 24,...
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Joyce Porianda

January 27, 1927 - March 8, 2014

Joyce Porianda, 87, passed away on March 8, 2014 in Glendale, AZ. Joyce was born in Thief River Falls, MN to Clarence and Olga Nelson. She married William Porianda and moved to Arizona in 1955. Joyce spent her career as a Christian Education Coordinator and devoted her life to her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband William and great-grandson Jackson. Joyce is survived...
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Teri Ann Hunter

December 18, 1970 - March 7, 2014

Teri was born in 1970 in Knoxville, Tennessee and returned home to our Heavenly Father on March 7, 2014 from Glendale, Arizona. Those who knew Teri, knew a spiritually beautiful 43 year old lady, who was rooted in faith and fiercely loyal to friends and family. Although Teri struggled with numerous medical conditions since she was 18 years old, she was known as "Teacher Teri" and followed her...
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Howard Drummond

April 19, 1925 - March 3, 2014

Howard Drummond, 88, entered the Kingdom March 3, 2014. He was born in Columbus, OH and served in the US Navy and then the US Air Force. Howard was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in 1965 and decided to make Phoenix his permanenet home. A WWII and Vietnam Veteran, he was loved and respected by many. After retiring from the US military, Howard went on to work for Carl Hayden HS (retired),...
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Mary Wesley

August 15, 1942 - March 3, 2014

Mary V. Wesley, 71, born August 15, 1942 in Cebolla, NM, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014. Widow of husband Victor Wesley. Mary retired after 34 years of government service from October 1977 to December 2011. Her last 8 years were at Luke Air Force Base in the 21st Fighter Squadron. Mary also worked at the Luke AFB Chapel and the Civilian Personnel office. Prior to Luke AFB she held other...
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Anastasia Kaye Flanagan

December 20, 1994 - March 2, 2014

Anastasia Kaye Flanagan, 19, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away March 2, 2014. She was currently residing in Addison, Illinois. Stacia was loved by many. She is survived by her father Kevin Flanagan, mother Tiffany Howard, brothers Dylan Nicholls and Kai Nicholls. Stacia is also survived by her grandparents James and Peggy Flanagan and Larry and Patti Howard, as well as many aunts, uncles and...
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David John Schueller

April 8, 1943 - March 1, 2014

David John Schueller passed away peacefully in Peoria on March 1, 2014. David was born April 8, 1943 in St. Peter, Minnesota. He graduated high school in 1961 from Le Sueur, MN. David served in the U.S. Army and married his wife Jeri on May 7, 1966. He worked with heavy equipment in Minnesota and then moved to Peoria in 1978. David then started his own business as a demolition contractor,...
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Thomas J. Hackett, Sr.

September 27, 1926 - February 28, 2014


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Lily Samaniego

May 8, 1935 - February 25, 2014

Lily Samaniego, 78, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away peacefully, on February 25, 2014. Lily was born on May 8, 1935 in Arrey, New Mexico. She was a loving wife, mother, nana and sister, and had a smile that would light up a room! She was a hard working, devoted employee of Motorola for over 20 years. Preceding Lily in death are her parents Eulalia and Francisco Romero. Lily is survived by her...
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Betty June Hines

December 21, 1928 - February 20, 2014

Betty June Hines, age 85 of El Mirage, Arizona passed away Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at Boswell Hospital. Betty had worked at PDS for the past 14 years doing the things she loved to do, accounting and being around her PDS family. She recently retired for the second time. Spending time with family and friends were Betty's love and joy. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children...
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Elinor Florence "Floss" (Cannon) Lyddon

May 19, 1918 - February 19, 2014

Elinor Florence "Floss" (Cannon) Lyddon, of Sun City West, AZ, passed away Feb. 19, 2014. Flossie was born May 19, 1918, in Gilbert, AZ to Frederick and Dorothy Cannon. She graduated from Phoenix Union HS in 1936 and married Chester Lyddon that same year. She was a wife, mother and worked as a bookkeeper for the two businesses' they owned, Van Buren Auto Supply & Lyddon Auto Supply until 1980....
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Mary Jane Mangerie

August 14, 1931 - February 17, 2014

Mary Jane Mangerie, 82, of Beaver Falls, PA passed away on February 17, 2014. She was born in Darlington, PA on August 14, 1931 to Ivan and Mary Palaich. Mary Jane graduated from high school at age 16 in Roanoak Rapids, NC. She worked in New York City for Underwood Typewriters and later moved back to Pennsylvania and briefly taught school in a one room school in South Beaver Township. She met and...
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Henry Hillary Wronka

January 2, 1930 - February 8, 2014

Henry Hillary Wronka, age 84, passed away February 8, 2014. He was born January 2, 1930 in Baltimore, MD to John and Maryanne (Slaba) Wronka. He married the love of his life Juanita Lawlis on June 25, 1950. Henry proudly served in the U.S Air Force at Kimpo Air Force Base, Seoul, Korea during the Korean Conflict. Henry earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Baltimore on...
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Annette "Annie" G. Grabowski

July 8, 1941 - February 5, 2014

Annette (Annie) G Grabowski, age 72, Peoria AZ, passed away February 5th, 2014. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 8th, 1941 to Joseph and Martha DeCleene and she was the oldest of 13 children. She lived in Coleman, Green Bay and Milwaukee during her childhood with her loving family. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in 1959. Annie joined the Navy after high school and served 3 years...
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Carl John Pumala

October 6, 1919 - February 4, 2014

Carl John Pumala, age 94, formerly of Ironwood, Michigan and Prescott Valley, Arizona, died on February 4th, 2014, in Peoria, Arizona. He was the son of deceased parents Matt Pumala and Amelia (Emily) Paukamaki of Finland. Carl was born in Erwin Township, Ironwood, Michigan, on October 6, 1919. Carl achieved many accomplishments during his life. He served in the Civil Conservation Corps in 1936...
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Alma "Ione" Herrington

April 8, 1934 - February 4, 2014

Alma "Ione" Herrington, 79, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away February 4th, 2014. She was born April 8th, 1934 in Pettibone, North Dakota to Clark and Beryl Drake. Ione married the love of her life, William "Bill" Herrington, in 1952 and together they traveled the world, while Bill served in the Navy. They settled in Phoenix in 1969 after Bill retired and finished raising their four children. Ione...
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Dale Rodriguez

May 26, 1962 - January 30, 2014


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Amparo Lim Ouano

September 16, 1930 - January 27, 2014

Amparo Ouano, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie, great auntie, teacher, friend, died Monday morning. She was 83. Amparo, born Amparo Sarmiento Lim to Vicente and Isidra Lim on Sept. 30, 1930, spent a lifetime in service to her community and her family. Living in Ormoc City, Leyte, a natural teacher, Amparo taught many to love, to live and to care about so many things...
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Carlos Anibal Vasquez

August 29, 1935 - January 26, 2014

Carlos Anibal Vasquez, age 78, passed away January 26, 2014. He was born on August 29, 1935 in Ibarra, Ecuador to Jorge and Camela (Benitez) Vasquez. He is survived by his children; Veronica J. (Rodney) Jiron, Carlos R. Vasquez Jr., and Robert I. (Krista) Vasquez, seven grandchildren; Samantha, Sebastian, Nicolas, Ethan, Estevan, Clementine, and Vega, sisters; Emilia, Georgina, Rosa, and Theresa,...
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Cassie Marie Callahan

February 24, 1918 - January 26, 2014

Cassie Marie Callahan, 95, passed away in her sleep on January 26, 2014 after battling dementia. She was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Phoenix in 1970, Cassie joins her husband, Joseph Callahan, in a peaceful place. Cassie is survived by her son, James Callahan, daughter-in-law, Tami, grandson, JD and William along with her nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Heritage Funeral Chapel...
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Kenneth W. "Ken" Geiger

August 5, 1957 - January 24, 2014

Kenneth W. "Ken" Geiger, 56, of Peoria, AZ, passed away peacefully January 24, 2014. He was born on August 5, 1957 in Wauseon, OH to Kenneth Geiger, Sr. and Vivian Benson. Ken was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. His spirit lives on through his wife Deborah, his son Ross, mother Vivian, siblings Larry, Vivian, Steve, brother-in-law Keith Collins, niece Elise and many...
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Lawrence Joseph Plante

October 25, 1957 - January 22, 2014

Lee Plante passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. Lee was a father that always did his best for his twin children Greg and Geanine. Big-Papa was a wonderful grandfather, not only to his two grandchildren Alexis and Edward, but also to Deegan. He loved his only niece Lily with all his heart and treated Julie as a daughter-in-law. Lee was a son and brother who truly appreciated...
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Stanislawa Maria Bielicki

September 28, 1942 - January 18, 2014

Stanislawa Maria Bielicki, 71, passed away at 10:10 AM on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, AZ. Marysia, as she was known to her friends, was born to Jan and Natalia Wozniak, Sept. 28, 1942, in Poland. Marysia graduated from high school in 1960 and married Zbigniew Jerzy "Jerry" Bielicki Jan. 4, 1964 - recently celebrating their 50th Anniversary. They lived in...
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Peter Aung

July 21, 1955 - January 13, 2014


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Carl William Mathis

November 11, 1921 - January 11, 2014

Mathis, Carl William 92, passed away on January 11, 2014. He was born in Canadian, OK on November 11, 1921 to Eva Edith and Harrison William Mathis. Carl served in the Navy where he met Shirley, his wife of 65 years. He is survived by 2 sisters Dovie and Patricia (Jim). He is also survived by his 5 children Lloyd (Patricia), James (Joyce), Sharon (Mark), David (Shirley), Joyce (Jeff) and his 3 ...
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William (Bil) Joseph Firth III PhD., MD.

April 24, 1951 - January 11, 2014

William (Bil) Joseph Firth III PhD., MD. Bil, a kind and introspective man, passed away on January 11, 2014 after completing his stride to the top of Thunderbird Mountain, a hike he frequently trekked. He spent the final moments of his life doing what he loved. Bil was a dedicated and beloved physician, husband, father, son and brother and will be remembered in the hearts of many. Bil was...
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Richard Dick Rigby

October 22, 1932 - January 9, 2014

Dick passed away Jan 9, 2014 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Dick married Mary Jane Bennett in 1956 and moved to Tucson to attend the U of A. After graduation he worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in various parts of the country, eventually settling in New Mexico and Arizona, where he was a Wildlife Refuge Manager and...
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Joseph R. Molina

May 4, 1940 - January 5, 2014

Molina, Joseph R., age 73, passed away January 5, 2014. He was born on May 4, 1940 in Sinton, TX to Narcissa Molina. He was preceded in death by his mother and brother Armando Molina. Joseph is survived by his wife Virginia. Joseph and Virginia celebrated 52 years of marriage. His family was raised with faith, love and strength. He is also survived by his daughter Mary Molina, daughter...
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Don Ray Hill

March 26, 1944 - January 3, 2014

Donnie (Don) Ray Hill, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away peacefully on the night of January 3, 2014, at the age of 69. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Stella, and seven brothers and sisters (Helen, Robert, Betty, Paul, Jack, Wanda and Jewel). He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol, his daughters Jennifer Hill and Lisa LaMastres, son Donnie ...
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Kelly Calhoun Warden

September 30, 1917 - January 1, 2014

Kelly C. Warden, 96, of Peoria, AZ and formerly of Oro Valley, AZ, passed away on January 1, 2014. He was born September 30, 1917, in Johnston County, Oklahoma, son of Harry C. and Era (Richey) Warden. Kelly is survived by his wife Mary Margaret (O'Malley) Warden of Peoria; daughters Carol Jean (Warden) Flickinger of Newton, Iowa, and Cynthia Kay Warden of Aurora, Illinois; sons, Michael Kelly...
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Joseph "Joe" McCord

April 24, 1934 - January 1, 2014

Joseph John "Joe" McCord was born in St. Paul Minnesota on April 24, 1934 and passed on Jan 1, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona, with family at his side. He was the youngest of 8 children and is predeceased by his father Roy Norman McCord, his mother Marie Helms McCord, his stepmother Edith McCord, brother Jerry, and sisters Jean and Mary. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Lynn Ikard McCord,...
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Maria Fidelia Beltran

July 1, 1920 - December 28, 2013

Maria Fidelia Beltran, 93, died in Peoria, AZ on Saturday, Dec. 28th . Born Jul. 1, 1920 in Somerton, AZ, Fidelia lived most of her life in Yuma and Phoenix. She met and married Edward "Eddie" Beltran (d. 1981) in 1946 and raised eight children who survive her: Raymond (Eileen), R. Michael (Denise), Mary Reyes, Maxine Smith, Daniel, Anthony (Jacque), James and Marlene Russell. She also leaves a...
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Dennis Earl Wood

October 22, 1938 - December 26, 2013

Dennis Earl Wood, 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on December 26, 2013. He was born October 22, 1938 in Phoenix, AZ. Dennis was proud of his service in the U.S. Air Force, his career as a sports writer and the legacy he leaves behind in the auto racing industry. But, what he would like to be remembered the most for, is how much he loved his family. He was preceded in death by his...
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Gloria Bagnole

September 6, 1935 - December 23, 2013

Gloria Angela Bagnole 78, of Phoenix, peacefully passed away on December 23, 2013, the anniversary of her husband Charles Anthony Bagnole's passing 11 years ago. She was born on September 6, 1935 to Anthony and Isabell Luna in Niagara Falls New York. A devout Catholic, devoted and loving mother and grandmother, she was the Matriarch of our family. We were blessed by her strength and wisdom and we...
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