Our Obituaries

Barbara Pipitt

March 30, 1933 - June 21, 2015

Barbara Iolene (Gasseling) Pipitt passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Arizona at Hospice of the Valley Friendship Village where she succumbed to her 36 year battle with cancer. She was born March 30, 1933 to Frank and Celestia (Hollinrake) Gasseling in Hemingford, NE. She married Morris Dean Pipitt on June 14, 1951.Barbara was an excellent farm wife, cook, gardener, seamstress, crafter and above...
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Donald L. Johnson

February 12, 1939 - June 13, 2015


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Marilyn Haskins

February 13, 1932 - June 11, 2015


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Helen Sandvig

December 24, 1923 - June 6, 2015


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Sandra D. Smith

March 3, 1949 - May 28, 2015

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Peter I. Fields

April 14, 1956 - May 25, 2015


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Sharon A. Goldring

May 26, 1946 - May 20, 2015


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Juan Pablo Rodriguez

December 14, 1976 - May 16, 2015

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Joyce Sorg

February 3, 1937 - May 13, 2015

Joyce Sorg was born on February 3, 1937 to Al and Violet Ohrt in Chicago Heights, IL. She passed away to be in Heaven with God on May 13, 2015 after a terrific battle with cancer for over 1 ½ years. She is survived by her loving husband Ned of Mesa, AZ; 3 children, Lynn Morris, Ray Morris and Tom Morris as well as 3 grandchildren. They all live in the Chicago area. She also survived by a...
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Jeremy Bela Weiss

April 26, 1958 - May 6, 2015

High Flight"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls...
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Mary Sotomayor

June 5, 1923 - April 26, 2015

Mary was suddenly called away by her Savior on April 26, 2015 in Holualoa, Hawaii. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Vasquez, her granddaughter, Teresa Herrera her sister, Matilda Soza, and many nieces and nephews.She was born in Mesa, Arizona to Ysabel and Rosa Galaz in 1923. After graduating from Mesa High School she worked in a "Rosie the Riveter" type of job during the war effort....
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Forrest Barret Luke

September 24, 1965 - April 20, 2015

Forrest Barret Luke passed away April 20, 2015, in Mesa, Arizona. Forrest was born in Inglewood, California, September 24, 1965, to Marcia Marshall and Charles Luke. A strong Christian, Forrest was a charming,friendly and generous man who had a passion for writing and playing music. He loved to play his bass guitar the most. He was known for reciting his favorite poetry, especially Robert Frost...
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Sue Carol Young

March 21, 1946 - April 16, 2015

Susan Carol Young, age 69, passed away at home in San Tan Valley, Arizona surrounded by her family. Sue was born March 21st, 1946 in Syracuse, New York. She resided in Arizona since 1994. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Eugene Young; her daughter Tiffany McGuire and son-in-law Mike McGuire who also reside in San Tan Valley along with her beloved grandsons Devin and Riley McGuire. ...
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Marshall K. Magruder

January 8, 1950 - April 13, 2015


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Grady Ray Benton

January 7, 1935 - April 13, 2015

Grady Ray Benton, Sr. "Ben" passed away April 13, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Lumberton, North Carolina to Manuel Barley and Ruby Mae Benton on January 7, 1935. Ben met and married the love of his life Barbara on Aug 31, 1967 and they moved to Arizona with their family in 1977. Ben proudly served over 20 years in the US Army. He loved to play the guitar, work on crossword puzzles and...
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Luise Anna Harden

May 31, 1929 - April 9, 2015


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Peggy J. McNeal

August 19, 1921 - April 8, 2015

Peggy J. McNeal, 93, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away April 8, 2015. She was born August 19, 1921 in East Liverpool, Ohio to Donald and Helen Osborn Davidson. Peggy was loved dearly and will be missed by all whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282 on Saturday, April 25 at 11 am with light lunch to follow. In lieu of...
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Virginia Kimble

August 16, 1943 - April 1, 2015


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Carmelita Dolores Olmos

May 7, 1968 - April 1, 2015

Carmelita "Dolores" Ortega Olmos, 46. Born May 7, 1968 ''' Granted her angel wings on April 1st, 2015.Funeral services are to take place April 10, 2015 at Melchers Chapel of the Roses, 43 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa, Arizona 85204 with a viewing from 4 ''' 5PM, Rosary at 5PM and Mass at 5:30PM.Dolores was a Tempe native and attended McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona. She was 11 of 11 children...
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Venita B. Henry

April 26, 1915 - March 30, 2015

Venita Beryl Henry, 99, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on March 30, 2015. She was born on April 26, 1915 in Benkleman, Nebraska to Byron Lingo and Edna Higgins. Her beauty and grace will live on and be cherished in the hearts of her family and loved ones, forever.
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David James Williams

July 26, 1985 - March 18, 2015


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Mary E. Kennedy

December 7, 1930 - March 15, 2015


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Harold Keith Mason

June 17, 1941 - March 8, 2015

Harold Keith Mason passed away March 8, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Keith was born in West Virginia to Mabel and Harold Mason on June 17, 1941. Keith was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Geeck. He leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Patricia; his daughter Cindy Flores; his sons Danny, Ronald and Bryan Mason; and sisters Roxie Jacobs and Pam Cadoo. Services for Keith will be Saturday, March...
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Gary DeWain Goodrich

January 13, 1936 - March 7, 2015

Gary DeWain Goodrich, 79, of Mesa, passed away on March 7. A native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Gary graduated from Marion (Ind.) College and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Gary served in the U.S. Army for two years, then pastored a church in Grand Blanc, Michigan, before moving to Arizona in 1969. He worked as a driver's license examiner for 12 years, taking a medical...
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Barry Boucher

March 7, 1960 - February 24, 2015

Barry Richard Boucher passed away on February 24, 2015. He was born in Akron, Ohio on March 7, 1960. After graduating from Stow High School in 1978, he served a year in the army and then moved with his family to Arizona. He went on to get his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and began teaching social studies and coaching track and tennis at Kino Junior High in 1988. While...
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Robert David Dow Sinclair

March 6, 1927 - February 22, 2015

Robert David Dow Sinclair (Bob) passed away on February 22, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 6, 1927 to James and Isabella Sinclair.After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, he enjoyed working in the travel industry eventually opening his own travel agency. Bob enjoyed traveling to many continents throughout the world, listening and playing music on...
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Todd A. Topor

September 11, 1969 - February 15, 2015

Topor, Todd A., 45, of Mesa, AZ. Formally of Highland, IN. passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015.He was born in Hammond, IN. to Thomas and Carol Topor. Besides his parents he leaves behind his sister Tammy "Tamster" (Karen Somerville), Brother Tim (Dawn Homans) and Niece Haley Topor, his caregiver and beloved friend Sharon Stone, Uncles Carl (Julie) Topor, Ted (Late Geraldine) Topor, David (Jane...
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Joyce Frechette LaFlam

August 5, 1930 - February 9, 2015

Joyce Frechette LaFlam, 84 passed away peacefully, on February 9, 2015. She was the widow of William H. LaFlam. They shared 62 years of marriage together.Born in Bridgewater, Vermont, she was the daughter of Hazel (Rahue) and Edward Frechette. She graduated Brattleboro High School, 1948.As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she very much enjoyed her Genealogy...
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Livia Lucila Betancourt

February 2, 1930 - February 7, 2015

Livia L. Betancourt, 85, of Mesa, AZ passed away on February 7, 2015. She was born on February 2, 1930 in Brownsville, TX, one of seven children to Enrique Trevino and Agustina Salinas. She married Faustino G. Betancourt in 1946; they were married for 46 years until his death in 1991 and had seven children (Enrique, Orlando, Arthur, Oscar, Tony, Norma and Sandy). They moved to Mesa in 1962 where...
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Jean Marie Post

August 27, 1924 - January 28, 2015

Jean Marie Post passed away January 28, 2015 in Gilbert, Arizona. Jean was born August 27, 1924 to Francis and Catherine Murphy in Glen Cove, New York. She was the first of four children. She married the love of her life Robert Post on January 29, 1944. They raised 6 children and later moved to Arizona to join some of them here. Jean spent many years as an obstetrics nurse as well as being a full...
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Mary Helen Riley

August 31, 1954 - January 27, 2015

Mary Helen Riley, 60, of Mesa AZ, passed away Tuesday January 27th 2015. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 31, 1954. Mary Helen graduated from Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City MO. Mary Helen served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a cook in Germany. Most recently she worked for Chase Paymentech in Tempe, AZ. She is survived by her children Daisie Helen Marie...
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Alma Hileana Vega

September 4, 1940 - January 27, 2015

Alma Hileana Vega passed away January 27, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Alma was born to Lauro and Paula Rendon September 4, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her daughters Selina Rodriquez, Nora Cruz, Christina Culpepper, Cindy Berumen, Alma Natalia Noot and her sons Carlos Vega and Adrian Vega. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren as well as many other...
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Jose Mauro Sanchez

December 4, 1928 - January 23, 2015

Mauro Sanchez born December 4th, 1928; he passed away at the age of 86 on January 23, 2015 with an abundance of love surrounding him. In his final wishes all he asked of his family was to stay united and work through life's challenges together. He LOVED his family. I will always remember him playing "las Mananitas" on his harmonica to his wife, 11 children, 34 grandchildren and 26 great...
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Jacen Cain Lopez

September 15, 2000 - January 14, 2015

Given to us on September 15, 2000; Taken to heaven January 14, 2015. Our precious son and friend to so many, Jacen Cain Lopez, was given his angel wings and freedom from all worries on January 14th 2015. His life touched all his relatives and friends. Jacen loved all his family, friends, and sports. Jacen's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the...
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DeAnne Geib Mortensen

June 9, 1936 - January 12, 2015

DeAnne Geib Mortensen went peacefully to Heaven on January 12, 2015, leaving behind many that miss her presence, yet celebrate her life and cherish her memory. She was 78 years old.DeAnne is survived by her 3 beloved sons, 8 treasured grandchildren, 4 precious great-grandchildren, her loving sister, and many cherished friends. She was dearly loved and greatly missed.DeAnne was born in Minnesota...
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Annabelle Marie Hayes

January 28, 1924 - January 10, 2015

Annabelle Marie Hayes, 90, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away on January 10, 2015. She was born in Colo, Iowa on January 28, 1924 to Elmer and Hilma Myers. She married Harold Hayes on November 15, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a hardworking and devoted person, committing 32 years to AJ Bayless.Annabelle is survived by her 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and her sister,...
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Glenna D. Gillespie

April 10, 1948 - January 7, 2015

Glenna Gillespie, 66, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away January 7, 2015. She was born on April 10, 1948 to Glen and Nelleva Bird Frost in Holbrook, Arizona. She graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ. In 1970, Glenna married Guy Gillespie, whom she was married to until 1994. She worked as a health assistant for Mesa Public Schools.Glenna is survived by her children, Stephanie Biggs,...
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Doris Mae Lander

April 21, 1923 - January 3, 2015

Doris Mae Lander peacefully went to be with our Lord on January 3, 2015. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Kenneth John Lander and her parents Benjamin and Mae Millman. Doris is survived by her only child Eileen Lander and her favorite grandchild Kenny Lander. She is also survived by her siblings Rosalie James (Jesse), Laura Millman, Benjamin Millman (Janis), Tom Millman ...
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Jackson M. Sparks

May 30, 1927 - January 3, 2015

Jackson Marchant Sparks was born in Milledgeville, Ohio, on May 30th, 1927 to Lee and Iris Marchant Sparks. He was the youngest of three children. He served at the end of WWII as an enlisted infantry soldier and received an honorable discharge. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1952 and served again in the Army as an Ordnance officer in Korea. His awards include the WWII...
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Ruby Rowe

September 14, 1952 - January 2, 2015

Rebecca "Ruby" Lorene Rowe, 62, of Mesa, AZ September 14, 1952 to January 2, 2014.Ruby passed into heaven peacefully at her home from a long time illness. Daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. WW Rowe Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio), Ruby is survived by her three treasured daughters, Jessica Bliss Williams (Tucson, Arizona), Lorene Edith Gaskins (Prescott Valley, Arizona) and Elizabeth Rowe Leslie (Mesa,...
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Nancy A. Cooper

January 6, 1926 - December 25, 2014

Nancy Alice Cooper 88 of Mesa Arizona passed away on 12/25/2014.She was born in Wheeling West Virginia on January 6, 1926. She was married to Richard Cooper until his death in 1986. She is survived by 3 children, Nancy L Faulkner, John R Cooper and Thomas W Cooper. Her daughter Gertrude A Gaumer predeceased her in 2009. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren Charles Gaumer, Kelly Gaumer, Sean...
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Helen D. Coffman

July 20, 1914 - December 23, 2014

In Loving Memory of Helen Doris Coffman. Helen Coffman, 100, of Chandler, Az, Entered into Heaven on December 23, 2014. She was born July 20, 1914 to Francis and Charles Price near Berwyn, Neb. She was the oldest of three children. Brothers Paul and Roy Price and parents preceded her. Helen married Claire Coffman, a farmer, rancher, businessman, on December 7, 1933. They were happily...
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Francisco Juanche Alonzo

October 4, 1957 - December 17, 2014

Francisco Juanche Alonzo "Pancho" passed away December 17, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Francisco was born in Altimirano, Guerrero, Mexico on October 04, 1957 to Filadelfia Lopez Alonzo and Guillermo Alonzo Garcia. He married the love of his life Maria Zuleta in the summer of 1981. Francisco loved to watch and play futbol. He was proud to teach his grandson Jordan the art of the sport. He also loved...
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Harold Coleman

September 19, 1955 - December 17, 2014

59, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on December 17, 2014. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 19, 1955. Harold graduated from Valley View High School in Ohio. He married Connie Coleman on September 23, 1978. Harold was self-employed in the painting business doing custom home painting. He had a passion for fishing and golf. Harold is survived by his wife Connie Coleman; his son Trey Coleman;...
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Peggy Louise Trainor

May 30, 1946 - December 13, 2014


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Marion C. Schatz

March 15, 1922 - December 12, 2014

Marion C. Schatz passed away December 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born March 15, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois to Leona Fortier and Murray Wilson. Marion is preceded in death by her first husband William J. Edwards; her 2nd husband Herbert Schatz ; her sister-in-law Marie Miller; her brother-in-law John Miller; her son-in-law Fred Bailey III and her niece Ruthie Miller. She is survived by...
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Shirley June Stamps

May 20, 1935 - December 4, 2014

79, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on December 4, 2014 at her home in Chandler. Shirley was born May 20, 1935 in Wagoner, Oklahoma to Jess and Mildred I. Lutjen. She moved with her parents and siblings to Chandler in February 1947. Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, John Charles Lutjen in 1980; her husband Jim B. Stamps, 1987, retired Air Force, her father in 1990 and her mother in...
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Ruth Ann Long

April 15, 1936 - November 25, 2014

Ruth Ann Long, 78, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on November 25, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born on April 15, 1936 in Mansfield, Ohio. Ruth attended LA County Medical Center and received a nursing degree in 1958. She married Earl Dean Long on May 22, 1955. Ruth worked as a nurse locally for the Lutheran Hospitals. She was a kind, loving and thoughtful wife and mother. Her hobbies...
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Kevin Troy Wing

December 13, 1962 - November 23, 2014


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Theresa Lahey

October 15, 1924 - November 11, 2014

90, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on November 11, 2014. She was born in South Wilmington, Illinois on October 15, 1924. She graduated from Reed Custer High School in Illinois. Theresa married William "Bill" Lahey on December 2, 1943. She enjoyed creating stained glass artwork and craftwork. Theresa is survived by her daughter Sheila Long; grandchildren Sherie and Steve Long; great-grandchildren...
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Catherine Julia Engle

April 30, 1932 - November 7, 2014

Catherine "Cathy" Julia Bodd Engle was a fun loving woman who was Energetic,Organized, Smart.She loved crossword puzzles,to relax in her chair and eventually fall asleep,to garden with her exceptionally green thumb, to pin curl her hair and get permanents to keep it curled,to play dominos, yahtzee and cards with friends and family,to tease people in a gentle way,to nickname with endearment,to...
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Harold Dean Lawson

June 6, 1932 - November 6, 2014

82, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on November 6, 2014. He was born on June 6, 1932 to Vinton and Lula Lawson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Hal is survived by his loving wife, Linda Lawson; ex-wife, Cecelia Lawson; and children, Duane Lawson of Tempe, Arizona, Ron Lawson of Chandler, Arizona and Kathleen Dustin of Bountiful, Utah.
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Alma Annette Skiba

October 24, 1916 - November 4, 2014

Born October 24, 1916, in Chicago, IL celebrated 98 years of life before joining her husband, Edward, in Gods Kingdom. Alma and Ed are dancing together again as they did for many years while teaching round dancing across the state of Arizona. Alma found joy in music and singing her favorite songs. Alma loved to play Bingo and watching sports especially the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks,...
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Harold Eugene Marshall

August 18, 1935 - October 14, 2014

79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 14, 2014. He was born on August 18, 1935 in Sioux City, Iowa to James L. Marshall and Marion Marie Morgan. Harold married the love of his life, June E. Marshall (Krause) on January 23, 1961. Harold lived for his family. He was a wonderful father and loyal husband. Harold worked as a manager at Green Acres RV Park in Mesa, Arizona for 23 years. He was...
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Dorothy J. Begin

September 3, 1927 - October 9, 2014

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Richard Alton Boucher

March 28, 1934 - October 9, 2014

Richard Alton "Bud" Boucher passed away October 9, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Bud was born March 28, 1934 in Fremont, Ohio to Dorothy and Robert Boucher. He was a wonderful husband, and an amazing father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend to many. For most of his career, he was a machinist at Alcon in Akron, Ohio. The family then moved to Arizona in 1982 where he continued his career and...
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Joe B. Salazar

December 8, 1938 - October 6, 2014

75, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 6, 2014. He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on December 8, 1938 to Louis Salazar and Oclires Gallegos. Joe attended La Junta High School in LaJunta Colorado. He married Isabel M. (Olguin) Salazar on November 22, 1958. Joe worked as a foreman in the construction industry. He was an active member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Joe loved life. He...
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James N. Benzer

July 30, 1935 - October 4, 2014

James "Jim" N. Benzer, 79, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 4th, 2014. A first-generation American, he was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 30th, 1935. After attending Aquinas College for two years, Jim decided to avoid the military and joined the US Air Force instead. While in the Air Force, he was married to Susan Corl on February 14th, 1957. After moving to Arizona,...
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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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Ronald Earl Wiltbank

April 22, 1930 - April 11, 2014

Ronald Earl Wiltbank, a fourth generation Arizonian, born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 22nd, 1930, passed away in Mesa, Arizona on April 11th, 2014. He was the oldest living grandson of Joseph Udall and William Ellis Wiltbank Sr., who helped settle Eagar, Arizona more than a century ago. His parents who grew up together in Eagar were William Ellis Wiltbank and Mary Alta Udall. Ellis and Alta...
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Carolyn Peltier

May 24, 1939 - April 1, 2014

Carolyn Pearl Peltier, 74 of Mesa, Arizona passed away April 1, 2014. She was born in Sand Creek, Montana on May 24, 1939. Carolyn was a homemaker; but also worked in the Sheriff's Office and in retail. She was a member of Christ the King Parish. Carolyn had a passion for crocheting, sewing, reading, and spreading joy to others. She was survived by Sandra Katheryn Vero, Stanley Bryan Hruby, Chery...
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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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Stephen Alma Westbrook

August 5, 1948 - March 12, 2014

Stephen Alma Westbrook passed away on March 12, 2014. He was born in Mesa, Arizona on August 5, 1948 to Frank and Verda Westbrook. His family including 11 siblings resided in Lehi, Arizona. Beloved husband of Linda Westbrook and father of Melissa Moore (Brian), Mollie White (Brad), Andrew Westbrook (Stacy), Carly Winger (Chad) and Kelsey Baker (Alex); as well as 20 grandchildren.
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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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Gilbert Macazan Mendoza

December 26, 1928 - March 4, 2014

85, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on March 4, 2014. He was born on December 26, 1928 in Mesa, Arizona to Antonio Mendoza and Guadalupe Macazan. Gilbert married Frances Lopez Mendoza on December 26, 1953. He worked as a steel worker for 35 years with Capital Castings. He served our country in the US Army and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling...
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Jean Alice Powell

July 3, 1928 - March 3, 2014

Jean Alice Powell (Griert) of Chandler, AZ passed away on March 3rd, 2014. She was born in Winslow, AZ on July 3rd, 1928. She was raised on her parents' farm in Williamsfield, Illinois, before moving back to Arizona on her own in 1947. She worked at a drug store in Chandler, where she met her husband of over 30 years Glenn Elmo Powell. Jean was a member of Alma School Road Church of Christ. She...
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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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Maria Soledad Ortiz Mejia

May 1, 1940 - February 14, 2014

73 años de edad, de Mesa, Arizona, Fallecio en Febrero 14, 2014. Maria nacio Mayo 1, 1940 en Villa Nueva Zacatecas, Mexico. Maria se casó con Jose Maria Mejia el 26 de Julio de 1991. Los gustos de Maria eran su jardín, la musica, la costura, el dibujo, y su familia. Maria es sobrevivido por sus hijas, Delia Renteria Ortiz y Olga Renteria Ortiz; los nietos y nietas Raul Gonzalez...
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Dorabel D. Daley

August 19, 1924 - February 13, 2014

89, of Mesa, AZ was born August 19, 1924 in Haynes, North Dakota, and passed away peacefully on February 13, 2014. Dorabel was a devoted mother and wife and will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her son Douglas P. Daley and was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Duane B. Daley, and two sons Bruce and James.She was raised in Prescott and Florence, Arizona...
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