Our Obituaries

Joel Williams

October 24, 1958 - August 29, 2014

Joel Edward Williams born on October 24, 1958, passed away on August 29, 2014. Joel will be welcomed into heaven by his parents Raymond and Anne Williams and his two brothers James and Ronald. He is survived by his son Jason Williams; a niece and a nephew that considered him a second dad Destiny Williams and Charles (Buddy) Riley. Joel is also survived by ten brothers and sisters; his twin...
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Beatrice R. Segal

June 26, 1915 - August 23, 2014

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Elsa Alvarado Zuniga

August 24, 1955 - August 20, 2014

58, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on August 20, 2014. She was born in Mesa, Arizona on August 24, 1955 to Antonio Alvarado and Beatrice Rodondo Alvarado. Elsa graduated from Tempe High School. She married Andres D. Zuniga on February 14, 1979. Elsa worked in customer service at Fry's Foods. She enjoyed dancing and participating in community service. Elsa was a giving and caring person who will...
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Carmen Pereyda Navarro

November 3, 1935 - August 14, 2014

Carmen Pereyda Navarro, 78, passed away onAugust 14, 2014 at Symphony of Mesa in Mesa. She was a resident of Mesa at the time of her passing. She was born and raised in Globe.She leaves behind her daughters: Josie Ochoa, Vangie Guevara, and Barbara Perez; sons: Albert Tarango, Mitchell, Joey, Ernie, and Lupe Perez, and partner Eliborio Vizcarra, all of Mesa.Carmen was a loving grandmother to 21...
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John Anthony Wutt

July 30, 1962 - August 2, 2014

John "Johnny" Anthony WuttOn the morning of Saturday, August 2, 2014, John passed away as a result from a motor scooter accident in Mesa, Arizona. He had just celebrated his 52nd birthday on the previous Wednesday.John was born on July 30, 1962 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 6 children of Pauline and Earl Wutt Sr. John was a graduate of St. Francis High School...
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Howard Z. Nuzum

January 12, 1926 - July 31, 2014

Howard Z. Nuzum Jr. passed away July 31, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born January 12, 1926 in a log cabin at Jesse Canes Run, Washburn, West Virginia. He was the youngest of nine children born to Winnie Winona and Howard Z. Nuzum Sr. Howard spent ten years in the Army and eleven years in the Air Force, retiring with 21 years of military service in 1966. After his military retirement, Howard...
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Monico Ramos Espinosa

April 25, 1943 - July 27, 2014

Jose-Monico Ramos Espinosa's last professional position was Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Municipal Services Department of Golden State Sanwa Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Sanwa Bank, LTD. in Tokyo, Japan. He was involved in commercial and international banking since 1969. He had extensive experience in domestic and international loan analysis and administration, and in...
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Allan Strongman MacDonald

March 14, 1953 - July 26, 2014

On July 26th we said a final goodbye to our oldest brother Allan. Please indulge us as, outside of this writing, there will be no long obituaries or great fanfare for his passing, as he lived much of life on the fringes of society. It would seem odd that after years of fighting end stage liver disease his passing would come as a shock, but it did for us all. As with many of his entrances and...
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Oline Birgit Baker

March 4, 1922 - July 16, 2014

Oline Baker was born on March 4,1922 in Avaldsnes, Norway to Siegardt and Johanna Boe. She first came to the United States at 6 years old. During the Great Depression, the family returned to Norway. They returned to the States again when Oline was 16.Oline met Verne Baker in Brooklyn, NY. He asked her to marry him within 30 days of meeting, but she insisted she would not marry him until he was...
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James Graham

May 5, 1941 - July 14, 2014

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Darlene Patricia Rowlands

May 29, 1953 - July 13, 2014

Darlene Patricia (Butterfield) Rowlands-Lloyd, 61, died July 13, 2014 at her home in Mesa, AZ. Darlene was born on May 29, 1953 in Florence, AZ. She went to school in Superior, AZ and later attended Central Arizona College. She worked for the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security for 23 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, William "...
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Katherine Louise Madland

July 17, 1931 - July 12, 2014

Katherine Louise Madland, 82, was taken to her heavenly home July 12, 2014. She was born Katherine Louise Schmale, July 17, 1931, in North Bend, Nebraska. Her parents, Casper Henry and Laura Anna Schmale were farmers. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a lifelong Christian. At age 17, she began teaching in a one room school house. She taught for 11 years in Nebraska. She...
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Jaquelin Melisa Mendoza

June 10, 2011 - July 6, 2014

Oracion de un AngelitoCuando Dios llama a un nino pequeno a compartir su Reino en el cielo, nosotros los mortales a veces dudamos de su Amor y SabiduriaQuiza Dios se canse de llamar a los que ya envejecimos, pues escoje un botoncito antes que florezca en una florDios sabe cuanto los necesitamos, por eso llama solo a muy pocos para formar su reino en el cielo y llenarlo de belleza y...
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Elizabeth Mary Lopez

June 26, 2014 - July 5, 2014

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Max Arthur Wheelwright

July 29, 1923 - June 28, 2014

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Debra Terry Harvey

April 30, 1972 - June 23, 2014

Debra Terry Harvey passed away June 23, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. Debi was born April 30, 1972 in Lakewood, California to Sherril Dean Huddleston and Terry Owen Walls. She married Jeffrey Harvey on November 18, 2000 and together they raised 4 lovely children. Debi was a wonderful wife, mom, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend. She loved to spend all of her time taking care of her family....
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Liam Andreas Aguirre-Johnson

January 7, 2014 - June 13, 2014

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Hilda M. Tostrud

March 1, 1917 - June 13, 2014

Hilda M. Tostrud passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ on June 13th at the age of 97. Hilda was born in Bowman, ND on March 1, 1917. She was the 6th of 10 children born to Ole and Irene Lewison. She met the love of her life Milan and they were married on July 16, 1938. They moved to Milwaukee in 1957. Hilda lost Milan on November 24, 1984 at the age of 69. Through the love of family she lived...
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Joanne C. Glenn

November 6, 1934 - June 10, 2014

Joanne C. Glenn, nee Davis, age 79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away June 10, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1934.Joanne married William (Bill) Glenn, Jr. on December 6, 1952.She had a passion for fishing, camping and family time together.Joanne was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Diane Belaskie.She is survived by her children, Kurt (Mary Jo) Glenn, Billy ...
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Clara Elizabeth Alvarez

August 5, 1949 - June 9, 2014

Our beloved Clara Elizabeth Alvarez Samora, passed away surrounded by her loving family, on June 9, 2014 at the Hospice of the Valley Arbor Home in Mesa, Arizona. Clara is survived by her son Esteban "Steve" Alvarez, daughter Gabriela "Gabby" Lynch and her husband Dennis, her sister Patricia Ann Franco, brothers; Edward Samora III, Raymond Anthony Samora Sr., Rudolph Michael...
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Margaret Ann Helmersen

November 6, 1935 - June 5, 2014

Margaret Ann Helmersen, 78, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on June 6, 2014 at home surrounded by everyone who loved her. She was born November 6, 1935 in Charleston, Illinois to Thomas Peter and Tina Leone Riney Pendergast. Margaret Graduated from the Jacksonville School for the Deaf. On February 14, 1960 Margaret married Roy Helmersen and were constant companions. She was a devoted homemaker...
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Denise Lee Masters

September 3, 1953 - June 4, 2014

Denise Lee Masters was born near Shreveport, Louisiana on September 3, 1953 to Bertrand and Emma Eichelberger. Her father, an Air Force pilot and navigator, kept the family moving around from Louisiana, Maine and eventually Warrensburg, Missouri and Whiteman AFB; where the family would settle for many years. It was in Missouri that her love of sports and the outdoors really came alive. She...
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Patrick Alvin Campbell

March 17, 1928 - June 1, 2014

Patrick Alvin Campbell, Ret. Gny. Sgt. U.S.M.C., passed away June 1, 2014 in his home leaving his loving wife, Sharon. Pat was born in Colville, WA on March 17, 1928 to Ruby & Neil. He had four siblings who have passed. Patrick proudly served for 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 19 years as JROTC "Gunny" Instructor at Tolleson High School. His previous wife, Audrey Campbell, is deceased...
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Gilbert E. Hees

December 5, 1926 - May 30, 2014

Our Lord in Heaven welcomed a new member, Gilbert "Gibby" Ernest Hees on May 30, 2014, at the age of 87. Gilbert, son of Ernest and Dora (Prinz) Hees, was born in Manor, Texas on December 5, 1926. He is the oldest of eight children; six brothers and one sister. At Harlingen High School, he was an active sportsman including football, basketball and baseball. He was All Valley Quarterback and Co...
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Jose Angel Vega

August 21, 1943 - May 29, 2014

Jose Angel "Chanjel" Vega passed away May 29, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Joe was born to Carlos and Juanita Rodarte Vega August 21, 1943 in Mesa, Arizona. Joe is survived by his wife Alma; his daughters Selina Rodriquez, Nora Cruz, Christina Culpepper, Cindy Berumen, Alma Natalia Noot and his sons Carlos Vega and Adrian Vega. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren as well...
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William Dean Hamlett

May 9, 1952 - May 21, 2014

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Eva May Knight

January 14, 1944 - May 17, 2014

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Elise Thomas

June 25, 1939 - May 16, 2014

Our Mother, Elise Mae Thomas, AKA: Elise Thomas-Romo (74), passed away peacefully on May 16, 2014 surrounded by her family after a long illness. Elise was born in Leupp, Arizona on June 25, 1939, on the Navajo Reservation, but grew up on Salt River Reservation just east of Phoenix. Her Father is of Navajo descent and her Mother is of Pima Descent. She attended Scottsdale High School and...
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Hector Antonio Uriarte

September 4, 1952 - May 5, 2014

Hector Antonio Uriarte, 61, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on May 5th, 2014. He was born in Sinaloa, Mexico on September 4th, 1952 and was married to Maria Uriarte Rios on October 26th, 1976. Hector had an incredible passion for nature; fishing, shooting, hunting, and gardening were some of his greatest pastime enjoyments in life.Hector is survived by his children: David Uriarte; Vicente Uriarte;...
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Margaret Elizabeth Hershey

July 24, 1929 - April 29, 2014

Margaret Elizabeth Nickel was born on July 24, 1929 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Master Sergeant Nelson and Margaret Nickel. Peggy graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1947, and attended nursing school at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she was a cheerleader for the basketball team.Peggy met James C. Hershey, Sr. of Moorestown, NJ on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. ...
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Larry Dale Bloeman

January 4, 1959 - April 24, 2014

Larry Dale Bloeman, Jr. passed away April 24, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Larry was born to Jean Dowd and Larry Bloeman Sr. January 4, 1959 in Stanton, Texas. Larry was a smart man with a good heart who lived a simple life. When he was able, he helped out his kids and his family. He always carried photos of his kids with him. He was known for cracking jokes and kept a good size collection of...
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June E. McLaughlin

June 25, 1919 - April 19, 2014

June Eleanor (Barkdoll) McLaughlin, 94, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on April 19, 2014. June was born on June 25, 1919, in Maryland to Joe & Cora Barkdoll. The family moved to Alliance, OH when she was a young girl. There she met & married Wayne McLaughlin on August 30, 1941. The couple lived in Alliance, OH until moving to Mesa in 1957. June is survived by her daughter, Cheryl ...
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George E. Richardson, Jr.

May 12, 1936 - April 19, 2014

George Earl Richardson Jr., 77, died on April 19, 2014. He was a native Phoenician who was born there May 12, 1936. Richardson attended Madison School No. 1 and graduated from North Phoenix High School. He served two years in the United States Navy, stationed in Yokohama, Japan. After his naval service, Richardson earned a bachelor's degree in business at the University of Arizona. Richardson...
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Joseph Lopez Gonzalez

March 19, 1944 - March 30, 2014

Joseph Lopez Gonzalez, 70, of Mesa, Arizona, was called home Sunday March 30, 2014 at 11:08 am. He was born on March 19, 1944 in Mesa, Arizona to his late parents, Lupe E. Gonzalez and Isabel L. Gonzalez. Joseph was raised in Lehi, Arizona and graduated from Mesa High School. After graduating high school Joseph attended Lamson College for his CPA, he then proudly worked as an electronic salesman...
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John Paul Hallstrom

October 21, 1954 - March 11, 2014

John Hallstrom was born October 21, 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Sioux City, IA, second son of Vernon and Harriet Hallstrom, who preceded him to Glory. He was baptized in the Catholic Church on November 14, 1954, a faithful member of St. Boniface Catholic Church until moving to Mesa, AZ in September, 1965.John began attending St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ in 1969 where he first...
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Emma Gertrude Eichelberger

January 29, 1924 - February 27, 2014

Trudie was born during a blizzard in Blakesburg, Iowa in 1924. The doctor could not make it so her own father delivered her. Together, her mom and dad wrapped her and put her in a flannel brick lined shoebox and put that close to the pot belly stove in the kitchen - what an entrance she made'''Mom learned her A B Cs and how to sing from her father as she traveled with him on his revival circuit...
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Beatrice Marie Dahl Collins

November 2, 1927 - November 2013

Beatrice (Bea) Collins was born November 2, 1927 in McVille, North Dakota to Melvin and Barbara (Pella) Bredeson. She blessed the lives of so many, and was an especially beloved wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She attended country grade schools in Nelson and Griggs counties and graduated from Binford High School. She went on to attend Valley City State University where she graduated...
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Therese K. Loquidis

April 30, 1927 - October 28, 2013

Loquidis, Therese "Terry" Long time Mesa resident, devout Catholic, bridge aficionado, and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away unexpectedly at her home on October 28, 2013, at the age of 86. She was an amazing, unique, strong and vibrant woman. Terry was the youngest of 15 children. She was born on April 30, 1927, to Vincent and Agatha Miholic in...
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G. Michael Mull

July 12, 1975 - August 16, 2013

G. Michael Mull, Jr. left this world in a tragic accident on August 16, 2013. He was a loving husband, father, and the greatest of friends. He was "THE" man. Mike made an impact on so many lives. His humor was infectious and he had a strong resolve to always do the right thing. Mike served his country for 12 years in the Arizona National Guard, serving 3 tours of duty, two of which were in Iraq....
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Patricia Jean MacDonald

July 28, 1924 - July 8, 2013

Patricia Jean (Elliott) MacDonald held on to her precious life until July 8, 2013, when at age 88, surrounded by family and loving memories, she joined her beloved husband, Joseph W. (Joe) MacDonald on what would have been his 88th birthday. Upon "Pat's" death her son-in-law said, "I guess she's your dad's birthday present," a heavenly truth, for theirs was a lifetime love story. Patricia, an...
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