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Georgia Oberg

October 1, 1949 - March 30, 2015


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Gilletta Lucile Decker

January 1, 1929 - March 27, 2015

Gilletta Lucile Decker peacefully passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 86. She was born on January 1, 1929 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She was raised by loving parents Henry and Sally in Phoenix, Arizona since she was one. She attended North Phoenix High School and met the love of her life James Decker. Shortly after graduation, they tied the knot on July 5, 1946 and resided in...
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Vernon Leon Knauss

December 15, 1939 - March 27, 2015

Knauss, Vernon Leon 76, went to meet our Savior in the early hours of Thursday, March 26, 2015. Vernon was born in Geff, Illinois on December 15, 1939 and raised in Grants, FL. He also lived for many years in Des Plains, IL, a suburb of Chicago as well as New Jersey and Texas. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps and worked for Sweda cash register company as a Mechanical Technician. Retired,...
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Betty Ravalli

April 22, 1924 - March 26, 2015


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Shonnette K. Weisman

April 17, 1935 - March 25, 2015


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Shonnette K. Weisman

April 17, 1935 - March 25, 2015

Shonnette K. Weisman, 79 resident of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 25, 2015. Shonnette was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on April 17, 1935 to Charles and Shonnette Kahn. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lawrence S. Weisman, and her siblings Carlie Kahn and Charlene Sikorsky. She is survived by her children Bruce Weisman and his wife...
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Edward William Watson

July 10, 1928 - March 24, 2015


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Eloise Irene Sparks

October 28, 1926 - March 21, 2015


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Jacqueline Ramirez Alarcon

February 9, 2000 - March 21, 2015


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Eloise Irene Sparks

October 28, 1926 - March 21, 2015

Eloise Irene Sparks, 88, passed peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 21, 2015. She was born on October 28, 1926 in Fort Scott, Kansas to loving parents Oren and Elizabeth Runyon. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:30pm, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Green Acres Mortuary.
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Edwin R. Reisland

June 29, 1924 - March 21, 2015

Edwin Robert Reisland was born 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio to Ella Orth and David Reisland. He had a normal Midwestern upbringing operating a paper route, pestering his sister Jane, following his older brother Arnie, and doing odd jobs to earn a little money. Father David died young at 53 which threw the family into financial turmoil. Arnie joined the Navy and when Edwin was 16 years old he also...
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Willis Lui Finau

August 4, 1978 - March 19, 2015


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Chandrika Trilochan Patel

August 1, 1955 - March 19, 2015


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Henry Isaac Neuman

March 5, 1947 - March 19, 2015

Henry I. Neuman, born March 5, 1947, in Bergen Belsen, Germany, passed away at his home in Scottsdale on March 19, 2015. He is survived by his mother, Mary; father, Frank (wife Phyllis), and nephew, Alex. He is preceded in death by his son, Taylor; brother, Allan, and his sister, Barbara.A devoted son, brother, father, uncle, and friend, Henry's zest for life will continue to be cherished...
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Elois Ruth Matousek

August 28, 1926 - March 18, 2015


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Richard Allen Bietz

January 27, 1942 - March 18, 2015

Dr. Richard A. Bietz, II, our beloved brother, father, grandfather and dear friend, passed away on March 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Linda. Dick was born in Jamestown, North Dakota on January 27, 1942. He grew up in Lodi, California and received a degree in Dentistry at Loma Linda University. Dr. Bietz began his legacy of Family...
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Elois R. Matousek

August 28, 1926 - March 18, 2015

Elois Ruth Matousek, 88 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully on March 18th 2015. She was born in Davenport, Iowa and was married to her husband Jerry for 52 years until his passing. She came to Arizona 56 years ago and is survived by her two sons, Jim and Jon with a daughter-in-law, Janie.Services will be held at Green Acres Chapel of Light, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale at 2:00 PM on...
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Pouraj Zamani

August 23, 1939 - March 18, 2015


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Russell S. Brown

April 18, 1961 - March 16, 2015


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Russell S. Brown

April 18, 1961 - March 16, 2015

Russell (Russ) Brown passed at 9:00pm on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL following a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer. Russell was born on April 18, 1961 in Wellington, Kansas to Ralph and Velda Brown. He graduated from Wellington Senior High School, Willington, Kansas and then attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas where he graduated in...
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Del Elden Stapley

April 29, 1920 - March 14, 2015


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Glenn Leonard Ihrke

April 4, 1929 - March 13, 2015


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Alvin Jay Leff

May 27, 1947 - March 9, 2015


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Ronna G. SAVOT

January 20, 1914 - March 9, 2015


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Ronna G. Savot

January 20, 1914 - March 9, 2015


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Sally Jean Wilkins

November 22, 1931 - March 9, 2015

Our beautiful Sally passed away peacefully on March 9, 2015 at the age of 83, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sally was born in Hollywood, California on November 22, 1931. She later moved to Denver, Colorado, and married Charles Wilkins, her Arthur Murray dance instructor, where they danced the night away. Sally loved to dance and sing; she liked high fashion design and art. Her favorite color was...
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Eugene E. Berman

April 13, 1920 - March 7, 2015


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Chester A. Bagwell

May 15, 1919 - March 6, 2015


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Chester A. Bagwell

May 15, 1919 - March 6, 2015


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Barbara R. Wooten

September 4, 1928 - March 4, 2015


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Barbara R. Wooten

September 4, 1928 - March 4, 2015


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Arthur Smith

September 19, 1939 - March 4, 2015


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Betty Jean Henning

July 19, 1935 - March 3, 2015


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Matthew Aurel Metz

February 3, 1988 - March 3, 2015


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Betty J. Henning

July 19, 1935 - March 3, 2015

Betty Jane Henning entered into Heaven on March 3, 2015, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend to many. Betty passed away peacefully near her home in Scottsdale, surrounded by family and friends.A native to Yuma, AZ, Betty was born to Harry and Merle Bickers on July 19, 1935 in Glendale, California. She spent her youth...
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Michael Stanley Brown

September 10, 1943 - March 3, 2015

Brown, Michael Stanley 71, passed peacefully in Chandler, AZ on March 3, 2015. He was born on September 10, 1943 to loving parents Stanley and Joyce Brown in Shawano, Wisconsin. He is preceded by his parents. He is succeeded by his loving wife Claudia; brother Dan; daughter Michelle; son Cevin; grandchildren McKenna and Tyler. Memorial service will be at 11:00 AM Friday, March 6, 2015, at...
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William Leo BOYD

January 4, 1929 - March 2, 2015


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Martin Peter Nestich

May 8, 1933 - March 2, 2015

Martin Peter Nestich, 81, passed peacefully in Phoenix, Arizona on March 2, 2015. He was born on May 8, 1933 to loving parents Martin and Helen Nestich in Youngstown, Ohio. He went into the Special Forces after he graduated highschool at 18 years old. When he came back from the Korean War he married his first wife Margaret, in Germany, who passed in 2008. After graduating from ASU with a PhD...
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Rossana DiSano

April 8, 1923 - March 2, 2015

Rossana Di Sano, 91, of Mesa entered into rest on March 2, 2015. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Patricia Anne Claus

March 3, 1935 - March 1, 2015


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Lola Maxine Kraft

October 18, 1936 - March 1, 2015

Kraft, Lola Maxine 78, passed peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 1, 2015. She was born October 18, 1936 in Snook, Texas to loving parents Fred and Annie Shoeneman. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of the Valley.
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Hue Khac Nguyen

March 24, 1933 - March 1, 2015


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Dolores Hilda Huebner

January 22, 1929 - February 28, 2015


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Dorothy V. Pokrajac

November 14, 1919 - February 27, 2015

Dorothy V. Pokrajac, 95, passed away on February 27, 2015 at Chandler, Arizona. A native of Bovey, Minnesota, Mrs. Pokrajac had been a resident of the Phoenix, Arizona area for 49 years. She leaves a loving family and many happy memories. A celebration of her life will be conducted at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257, Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 2:30 PM. ...
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Julia L. Williams

November 13, 1920 - February 26, 2015


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Carl Angelo Manganaro

September 25, 1923 - February 26, 2015


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Fred Maynard Sturgill

March 14, 1926 - February 26, 2015

Sturgill, Fred Maynard 88, went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born March 14, 1926 in McAlpin, West Virginia to Owen Burr Sturgill and Minnie Luella Blevins. He was a World War II veteran and served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 and in the United States Army Air Force from 1947 to 1950. Fred married Bonnie, his high school sweetheart, in...
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Shirley J. RICE

December 3, 1934 - February 26, 2015


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Shirley JoAnne Rice

December 3, 1934 - February 26, 2015

Shirley J Rice ObituaryShirley Zirbel Rice was born December 3, 1934, in Mason City, Iowa, daughter of Herbert and Ella Frenz Zirbel, and sister to Lyle Zirbel, Alice Graves, and Herman Zirbel (all deceased).Also preceded in death by her beloved husband Donald Rice, Shirley is survived by her three children LuAnn (Darrell) Brown, Spokane, WA; Kay (Jim) Zahn, Tempe, AZ; and Rusty Morris, Gilbert,...
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Lois Ballard Gunnerson

May 11, 1934 - February 25, 2015

Gunnerson, Lois 80, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away peacefully on February 25, 2015. Lois was born on May 11, 1934 in High Point, North Carolina to loving parents Jay and Mary Ballard. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and amazing friend. She was preceded by her beloved husband of 64 years, LeRoi. Roi and Lois generously loved their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren....
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Alfred Vernon Fuller

September 2, 1933 - February 25, 2015

Vern, as everybody knew him, passed from this life in Mesa, on February 25, at the age of 81. He was born in Newdale, Idaho on September 2, 1933. Shortly after his birth, his Mother returned to their home in Strawberry, Arizona. He was born into a ranching family and grew up a cowboy. He shoed his first horse at age 8, and was drawing a mans pay by the age of 12. After the death of his Father...
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Robert Burl Rosenberg

October 27, 1933 - February 25, 2015

Robert Burl Rosenberg, of Phoenix, Arizona, entered into rest on Thursday, February 25, 2015. Beloved husband of Joyce L. Rosenberg for 59 years. Dear father of Sheryl (Gary) Bortolotti, Bruce and Brad Rosenberg, and Debbie (Jon) King. Dear grandfather of Lauren Bortolotti, Jaime Hamilton, Blake, Noah Brittaney, Breagan, Brennan and Breilan Rosenberg. Dear brother of the late Albert...
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Kenneth Macabeo Yee

November 29, 2003 - February 22, 2015

Kenneth was born on November 29, 2003. He passed away on February 22, 2015. He was an innocent, pure-hearted 11 year old boy. He enjoyed simple, bright and colorful toys. He always had a smile on his face and welcomed everyone with his "high-five". He is survived by his loving and caring parents Delbert and Carolyn and his older brother Kahlil. He touched the hearts of many. He is...
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Ruth Jean Leonard

May 9, 1926 - February 22, 2015

Leonard , Ruth Z. Ruth Jean Zimmermann Leonard, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on February 22, 2015. She was born May 9, 1926 in Hackensack, New Jersey. She married James A. Leonard Jr. in 1946; he predeceased her in 2008. Ruth was a homemaker and devoted her life to being a wife & mother. She was most proud of her children and their families. She is survived by...
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Frederick J. Wright

December 23, 1951 - February 22, 2015

Wright IV, Frederick J. "Jamie"63, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away on February 22, 2015. Jamie is survived by his wife Julie Wright; his son Zeke Wright; his daughter Ali Wright; his brothers Scott Wright and Tony Wright; his sisters Candy Carlott and Julie Larsen. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the SRP PERA Club Swilling's Lounge, 1...
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Harry Wilson Phillips

March 2, 1933 - February 21, 2015


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Thomas Dial Ridgeway

August 4, 1955 - February 21, 2015

Thomas D. Ridgeway, 59, passed away February 21 in Mesa from Early-onset Alzheimer's desease. Born August 4, 1955, in Aurora, Colorado, Tom spent all but the first few years of his life in Arizona. He attended Central High School, Phoenix College and ASU.Thomas loved Arizona like no other. He knew Arizona like the back of his hand. He was an avid hunter of big horned sheep, turkey, elk...
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Robert Clare Wiggers

June 3, 1938 - February 19, 2015

Wiggers, Robert Clare, 76, of Chandler, AZ went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on February 19, 2015. He was born June 3, 1938 in Grand Rapids, MI. Predeceased by his oldest daughter, Sharon Fulton, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Priscilla Wiggers and their youngest daughter Brenda (Dennis) Buccigrossi; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The Celebration Service is...
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Lyle R. Ward

June 22, 1920 - February 18, 2015

Lyle R. Ward, 94, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, February 18, 2015 in Gilbert, Arizona. A Bible verse placed near his bedside was II Cor. 4:18 "So we don't look at the troubles we have right now, rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over but the joys to come will last forever!" Lyle was born on June 22, 1920 in Lake...
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Shirley Blehert

January 6, 1923 - February 17, 2015

SHIRLEY E. BLEHERT Passed away Feb 17, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ, at the age of 92. Born in Sioux City, IA, relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she married and raised 5 children. Survived by 2 sisters, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A resident of Scottsdale since 1979, she loved volunteer work and gave freely of her time in service for over 30 years. She will be...
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Linda Kay Snead-Toney

February 8, 1952 - February 15, 2015


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Jane Ellen DUARTE

August 2, 1945 - February 14, 2015


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Jane Ellen Duarte

August 2, 1945 - February 14, 2015

Jane Ellen Duarte passed away on Feb. 14, 2015. Beloved wife of Emilio Duarte for 45 years. Dear mother of Mark (Jenna) and Aaron (Joy Jaurequi) Duarte; dear grandmother of Austin, Anthony, Luke and Nora Duarte; dear sister of Dan (Kathy) Waterkotte; dear daughter of the late Alvin and Mae Waterkotte. Our dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend of many. Jane was a supporter of the US Military...
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Marianne Frances Duffy

May 13, 1954 - February 11, 2015


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Naomi E. Carey

January 1, 1923 - February 11, 2015


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Dale Joy Tejcek

November 14, 1950 - February 11, 2015


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Paul J. Biro

May 16, 1924 - February 11, 2015


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Marianne Frances Duffy

May 13, 1954 - February 11, 2015

Duffy, Marianne born May 13, 1954 passed away at home February 11, 2015. She was the daughter of Carol and Bill Duffy who preceded her in death. Marianne attended Tempe elementary and high schools and graduated from ASU with a degree in teaching. She taught at Thew Elementary in Tempe from 1980 until 2009. She is survived by her uncle Jack (Elaine) Christensen, Tempe; cousins John (Janet)...
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Dale Joy Tejcek

November 14, 1950 - February 11, 2015

Dale Joy TejcekVisitation will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, February 23, 2015 with the Funeral Service to begin at 3:00 PM in Green Acres Chapel of Light, located at 401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dale's honor to the Arizona Humane Society www.azhumane.org .
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Paul J. Biro

May 16, 1924 - February 11, 2015

BIRO, PAUL, 90, passed away on February 11, 2015. He was born in Cleveland, OH on May 16, 1924. He worked for Scottsdale Schools for 32 years. He was a member of the East Side and Biltmore Nazarene churches for 58 years. He enjoyed playing golf and spending summers at the family cabin in Pinetop. Preceded in death by his loving wife Geneva Mae of 65 years and brother Peter. He is survived by...
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Shirley Ann Dekiere

April 19, 1928 - February 10, 2015


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Shirley Ann Dekiere

April 19, 1928 - February 10, 2015

Shirley Ann Dekiere, 86, passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 2015. Shirley was born April 19, 1928 in New Baltimore, MI to Frederick F. and Anne M. Schultz. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Wallace E. Dekiere, becoming the talk of the town when she carried long-stemmed red roses as her bridal bouquet. They moved to Scottsdale in 1960 and then settled in Mesa in 1982 following...
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Sylvia Claire Keppy-Dow

December 1, 1937 - February 9, 2015

Sylvia Claire Keppy-Dow77 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on February 9, 2015. She was born on December 1, 1937 to Clarence and Helen Nietsch in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, Arizona class of 1955. Sylvia was an Insurance Accountant Executive and was proud to be a CPIW (Certified Professional Insurance Women). She is survived by her husband Foster...
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Michael James McCoy

February 3, 1962 - February 8, 2015


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Alice Lucille Koeneman

February 18, 1920 - February 8, 2015


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Wilma Amanda Walz

May 11, 1921 - February 7, 2015


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Wilma Amanda Walz

May 11, 1921 - February 7, 2015

Wilma A. Walz, 93, passed peacefully on February 7, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona. She was born on May 11, 1921 in Quincy, Illinois to loving parents Harry and Amanda Hoener. She is preceded by her parents and former husband Gerald E. Conner and loving husband Robert J. Walz, and by her siblings, brother Harry Hoener II, and sisters, Ruth Leatherman and Dorothy Hoener great granddaughter Cadia Rose...
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Cheryl Colleen Hawn

February 7, 1951 - February 6, 2015

Hawn, Cheryl C. 63, of Scottsdale, AZ passed peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2015. She was born on February 7, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Scottsdale, AZ in the 60's. She married her devoted husband Robert (Bob) Hawn on September 4, 1987 and they enjoyed 27 years of love and laughter together. Cheryl worked for Motorola for 28 years and Aramark/Boeing for 13 years. Cheryl (our...
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Janay Janel Marcia Patterson

July 25, 2007 - February 5, 2015


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Catherine V. Vance

April 15, 1920 - February 5, 2015


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Catherine Violet Vance

April 15, 1920 - February 5, 2015

Catherine Violet (Chelovitz) VanceCatherine Vance passed away peacefully in the loving company of her family on February 5, 2015 at the age of 94, ending a long life devoted to her family, church, friends and community. A resident of Scottsdale, Catherine was born in Akron Ohio on April, 15, 1920 the daughter of Milo and Josephine Chelovitz. She grew up in Akron where she graduated from Copley...
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Dorothy J. White

February 21, 1916 - February 4, 2015


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Charlene Theresa Steckhahn

June 5, 1928 - February 4, 2015


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Maurine F. Curlee

February 13, 1921 - February 4, 2015


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Maurine Florence Curlee

February 13, 1921 - February 4, 2015

Curlee, Maurine F (Patterson) Curlee, died February 4, 2015. Maurine was born February 13, 1921 in Tempe, Arizona. After graduating from Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix College, she was a member of the PBSW Ramblers softball team along with noted players Dot Wilkinson and Governor Rose Mofford. She retired from ADOT in 1983. She is survived by her sons W. Berkley Curlee (Nancy) and Fred...
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Raymond Paul Wilhelm

August 4, 1946 - February 1, 2015

Raymond Paul Wilhelm, 68, passed in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1,2015. He was born August 4, 1946 to loving parents Raymond and Faye Wilhelm in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He is preceded by his parents. He is succeeded by his children Taundalayo Mendez, Raymond Wilhelm, and Brenda Soto. He is also loved and greatly missed by all of his 14 grandchildren. Memorial Service is scheduled for 11...
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Lillian Coplan

June 22, 1922 - February 1, 2015


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Robert Dee Williams

December 2, 1958 - January 31, 2015


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Ellen Lorraine Wilder

May 1, 1925 - January 30, 2015


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Ellen L. Wilder

May 1, 1925 - January 30, 2015

Ellen "Peg" Wilder, passed away on Jan. 30, 2015. She was born in Illinois on May 1, 1925. Peg is a graduate of the Lutheran General Hospital School of Nursing, in Chicago, IL. Additional classes and work experiences were at the Cook County Hospital and Illinois Research Hospital. Her nursing career, of 40 years, included 15 years at the Veterans Hospital, in her hometown of Dwight,...
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Doris J. McColgin

April 30, 1924 - January 29, 2015


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Gurdev S. Gill

July 21, 1928 - January 29, 2015


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Peter Zack

May 15, 1932 - January 29, 2015

Peter Zack (Zaccagnini) passed away on Jan. 29, 2015. Son of Helen and Joseph Zaccagnini, born May 15, 1932, valiant Korean War Vet; adoring husband of Esther (Resnik), father of Helaine Kay Goetz (Tom), Wendy Nagel, Jeffrey Epstein (Lisa Gutman), proud grandfather of Elana, Jake, Naomi and Dana; beloved brother of Joe Zaccagnini (Dorothy), Josephine Watrach (John), Anthony Savino (Ginger) and...
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Betty Lou Harper

January 26, 1927 - January 24, 2015


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Georgene Smith

July 18, 1936 - January 24, 2015


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Minnie Pauline Emmons

November 14, 1931 - January 23, 2015


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Ruth L. Farley

June 25, 1931 - January 22, 2015


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Edward Arthur McLaughlin

November 2, 1925 - January 21, 2015


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Edward Arthur McLaughlin

November 2, 1925 - January 21, 2015


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Levi Ardean Cottington

April 21, 1922 - January 19, 2015


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