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Michael Stanley Brown

September 10, 1943 - March 3, 2015


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Lola Maxine Kraft

October 18, 1936 - March 1, 2015


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Hue Khac Nguyen

April 24, 1933 - March 1, 2015


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Dolores Hilda Huebner

January 22, 1929 - February 28, 2015


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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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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


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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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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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Jesse Willard Moore

February 19, 1916 - January 19, 2015


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Reva A. Sharp

December 12, 1923 - January 18, 2015


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Dorothy Lee Gray

June 21, 1920 - January 18, 2015


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Reva A. Sharp

December 12, 1923 - January 18, 2015


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Jennie B. Huffman

August 24, 1915 - January 17, 2015

Jennie Balestra Huffman, 99, of Chandler Arizona, passed peacefully January 17, 2015 at the Village of Ocotillo In Chandler, Arizona. Jennie was born in Mulberry, Kansas on August 24, 1915 to Ben E. Balestra (1974) and Anna U. Balestra (1980). Jennie worked at Fred Wolferman Food Store on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missori from 1933-1945 when she married James D. Small on November 10, 1945 in...
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Earl E. Moody

February 20, 1922 - January 16, 2015


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Earl E. Moody

February 20, 1922 - January 16, 2015

Moody, Earl E.92, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away January 16th, 2015. He was born on February 20th, 1922 to Albert and Katherine Moody in Athens, Ohio. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy and then met and married Joyce on June 21, 1947 who preceded him in death. He attended Arizona State University and graduated with an Ed. Specialist Degree. He was the Superintendent of Tolleson,...
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Rivian L. Goldberg

December 24, 1923 - January 15, 2015


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Bella Florence Blake

October 8, 1922 - January 14, 2015


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George J. CAUDRON

September 27, 1926 - January 13, 2015


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Alice E. Bennett

March 14, 1924 - January 13, 2015


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Elizabeth S. Gile

November 5, 1925 - January 13, 2015


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George Jules Caudron

September 27, 1927 - January 13, 2015

George Jules Caudron, 88, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, entered into rest on January 13, 2015. Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 E. Warner Road, Tempe, Arizona 85254. Private Inurnment was held at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257. www.greenacresmortuary.net
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Elizabeth S. Gile

November 5, 1925 - January 13, 2015

Elizabeth Gile89, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on January 13, 2015. She was born on November 5, 1925 in Portland, Oregon to Curtis and Agnes Sommer. Elizabeth graduated from ASU, Magna Cum Laude, in education. She taught and was librarian in Phoenix Public schools. She was preceded by her loving husband Herman Schuyler Gile. She is survived by her 9 children; John (Valerie) Gile, Barbara ...
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Alice Elizabeth Bennett

March 14, 1924 - January 13, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ.
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Florence Goldring

December 24, 1920 - January 12, 2015


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Jack Clayton Muma

September 27, 1932 - January 10, 2015


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Jack Clayton Muma

September 27, 1932 - January 10, 2015

Jack Clayton Muma, 82yrs old Kenner LASunrise 9/27/1932Sunset 1/10/2015With his Daughter by his side he entered his Heavenly home on Saturday Jan 10th 2015 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's at Canon Hospice in New Orleans, LA. Born in Los Angeles, CA he served in the NAVY during the Korean War aboard the USS LYMAN K SWENSON DD729. In 1972 Jack relocated to Scottsdale AZ with his wife Shiela...
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Joan Margaret Smith

May 30, 1934 - January 10, 2015

Joan Margaret Tully Smith, 80, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed peacefully on January 10, 2015 from Cancer. Joan was the eldest daughter of Wilbur Campbell Tully and Elizabeth Ruth Greig, and lived all over the country while she was growing up. She graduated high school in 1951 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Joan finally settled in Iowa where she worked at the local newspaper as a typist. She...
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LeRoi Gunnerson

July 26, 1931 - January 10, 2015

Gunnerson, LeRoi 83, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2015. Roi was born on July 26, 1931 in Murray, Utah to loving parents Fauntleroy and Evelyn Gunnerson. He was a veteran serving in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1948-1952. His ashes will be placed at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date. Roi was fun, loving, and always had a good...
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Mildred T. Pessl

April 12, 1919 - January 9, 2015


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William Scott Klein

May 9, 1967 - January 9, 2015


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Mildred T. Pessl

April 12, 1919 - January 9, 2015


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William Scott Klein

May 9, 1967 - January 9, 2015

William Scott Klein, a Phoenix native, passed away January 9, 2015 at the age of 47. He is survived by his sister, Shannon Klein, his mother, Josette Burgess, and his stepfather, Bradley Burgess. Scott developed his love of music from his father, Bill Klein, "Slide Willy," who proceeded Scott in death. Scott was a wonderful musician and drummer with a heart of gold. He will be...
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William Joseph Kaiser

May 30, 1922 - January 9, 2015

Kaiser, William Joseph (Bill) beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully January 9, 2015 at the age of 92, surrounded by his family. He was born in New York City on May 30, 1922 to William and Ethel Kaiser. Bill met the love of his life, Friedel at a church youth function when he was 12 years old. Bill and Friedel celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary...
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Ann M. White

July 28, 1928 - January 8, 2015


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Margaret G. HARTMAN

May 27, 1938 - January 7, 2015


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Ezra K. Neidich

December 31, 1915 - January 7, 2015


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Margaret Gail Hartman

May 27, 1938 - January 7, 2015

Margaret Gail (Wooden) (Olbert) Hartman 76, of Scottsdale, AZ passed peacefully on Jan. 7, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born May 27, 1938 in Mexico City to George ad Margarita Olbert, attended the American High School in Mexico City, received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arizona State University, and taught for over 20 years in the Scottsdale Unified School District. Upon retirement and...
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Helen M. Santiago

July 12, 1932 - January 5, 2015


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Hilda DOOMCHIN

January 21, 1917 - January 5, 2015


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Eugene Schwartz

March 20, 1927 - January 5, 2015

Eugene Schwartz, 87, passed peacefully on January 5, 2015, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born on March 20, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to loving parents Samuel and Anna Schwartz. Irene (z'l), his everlasting love for almost 55 years, was his guiding light. Gene's extreme love and devotion to daughters Leslie, Julie, and son Jon lit up his life. As a retired Motorola electrical engineer and...
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Hilda DOOMCHIN

January 21, 1917 - January 5, 2015


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Elisabeth KLICK

March 5, 1922 - January 4, 2015


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Shirlee SWERDLOW

March 18, 1930 - January 4, 2015


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Elisabeth Klick

March 5, 1922 - January 4, 2015


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Shirlee SWERDLOW

March 18, 1930 - January 4, 2015

Swerdlow, Shirlee "Shook" 83, passed peacefully on January 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born March, 18, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, to loving parents Sol and Bessie Hoffman. Shook was most pleased with being a wife, a mother and grandmother along with her years of service helping the Phoenix Shanti Group. Shook is preceded by her loving husband Julius and daughter Beth. Shook...
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Marilyn Ann Thompson

August 14, 1930 - January 4, 2015


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Dean Earl Lufkin

November 22, 1928 - January 3, 2015

Dean E. Lufkin, 86, passed into his heavenly home on January 3rd, 2015, peacefully, in the company of his family at his residence in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the first born son to Earl and Bertha Lufkin in Waterloo, Iowa, on November 22nd, 1928. The family moved to a farm near Cylinder, Iowa in 1939. At the young age of 9, Dean was stricken with scarlet fever that took the life of his younger...
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Oddia Mae Warnock

November 23, 1923 - January 2, 2015

Oddia Mae Warnock, 91, of Phoenix, Arizona entered into rest on January 2, 2015. Loving mother of John S. Burris, Jr., Cheri (Donald) Abbott, Sandra Ann Sylvain, Judy C. Harris, David A. (Kelly) Burris and Steve A. Burris. Dear sister of Margaret Phillips, Martha Ann Sharp. Freddie Carl Strong, Leonard Strong and Billy Jo Strong. Dear grandmother of 16, and great grandmother of 37. Dear aunt...
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Katherine L. McLaughlin

September 29, 1925 - January 1, 2015


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Parshotam Singh

May 28, 1922 - January 1, 2015


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Sandra A. FISHER

November 15, 1943 - December 31, 2014


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Sandra Ann Fisher

November 15, 1943 - December 31, 2014

Sandra Ann Fisher, 71, of Gilbert, Arizona, entered into rest on December 31, 2014. Dear daughter of the late Glenn and Marie Fisher. Dear sister of Gary (Marion) Fisher and Betty (the late Bill) Wheeler. Dear Aunt of Dennis Fisher, Tina (Mike) Findley and Debbie (Bill) Bates. Dear Great-Aunt of Adam Moorman and Amanda Findley. Sandra was a long time employee of Motorola. Family would...
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