Our Obituaries

Joan Frances Nelson

November 4, 1949 - December 4, 2016

Joan (Johnson) Nelson, age 67, passed away on Sunday December 4, 2016 at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix after a long battle with cancer. A memorial dinner with family to celebrate Joan's life will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines on Monday December 19th at 6:00 PM. Joan (Johnson) Nelson was born November 4, 1949 to J. Leonard and Pansa Johnson in Des Moines, IA. Joan...
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Wayne Oliver Sproule

May 26, 1924 - November 25, 2016

SPROULE, Wayne Oliver, 92, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Army Air Force Veteran, passed peacefully into heaven in the early morning hours of November 25, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father Oliver Martin Sproule, his mother Holly Evelyn Cooper Sproule, and his wife Marjorie Thomas Sproule. Wayne was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grew up in Manvel, North Dakota. He was...
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Jan Tolpa

August 4, 1966 - November 25, 2016

TOLPA, Jan, 50, passed away on November 25, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanislaw Tolpa, and Marie Skiba Tolpa. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Baran Tolpa; and by his loving children, son, Marcin Tolpa; and daughters, Sylwia Tolpa, and Iwona Tolpa. Arrangements are under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. The Visitation...
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Helen Putney Lenz

April 4, 1925 - November 22, 2016

LENZ, Helen Putney, 91, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on November 22, 2016. Helen was born on April 4, 1925 and went to Heaven on November 22, 2016, in Sun City West, Arizona. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Robert and Helen Putney. Helen spent her early life in New Mexico. On April 26, 1943, she married Elmer Lenz in Pasadena, California. Helen and Elmer lived in Victorville,...
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Ruben Suarez Salgado

August 23, 1931 - November 18, 2016

SALGADO, Ruben Suarez. Arrangements are under the care of Surprise Funeral Care. Services are Private.
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Charles Christopher Garvin

October 17, 1933 - November 8, 2016

GARVIN, Charles Christopher, 83, a British Royal Air Force (RAF) Veteran, passed away on November 08, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael Garvin, and Marjory Donnelly Garvin; and by his daughter, Charlene Garvin; his brothers, Robert Garvin; Michael Garvin, and Anthony Garvin; and by his sister, Margaret Garvin Roy. He is survived by his beloved wife,...
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Gerald Paul Fisher

October 30, 1963 - November 5, 2016

Gerald Paul Fisher, 53, of Phoenix, Arizona, entered into rest on Saturday, November 05, 2016. Gerald was born October 30, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia to his loving parents Audrey Reinhart and Jerry Fisher. Gerald is preceded in death by his sister Ann Lynn Bergman. Gerald is Survived by his mother, Audrey Reinhart, father, Jerry Fisher, stepfather, Ray Reinhart; son, Jerry Fisher; daughter,...
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Frederick John Wenson

November 3, 1929 - November 2, 2016

Frederick John Wenson, 87, of Surprise, Arizona, Entered into Rest Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Frederick was born November 3, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Anthony and Katherine Wenson. Frederick is preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia Wenson-Ockerman. He is survived by his loving wife Antoinette Wenson, his children Anthony Wenson, Joan L. Wenson-Clark, Sandra L. Wenson-Gard, Paul Wenson...
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Anita Ingrid Betchner

March 21, 1941 - October 27, 2016

BETCHNER, Anita Ingrid, 75, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 27, 2016, with her loving family, at her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Augustino Benini and Anna Maria Ziegler Benini. She is survived by her beloved husband, William Earl Betchner; her loving children, Malcolm Patrick (Regina) Betchner, Karin Ann Betchner (Roger) Senatore, Mark William (Alexandra) Betchner...
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Charles Lee

June 25, 1964 - October 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Steve Efstathios Mashalidis

February 13, 1955 - October 20, 2016

MASHALIDIS, Steve Efstathios, Ed.D., 61, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Constantine Mashalidis. He is survived by his beloved wife, Voula Bakas Mashalidis; and loving daughter, Ellene Mashalidis; his beloved mother, Helen Chrisidou Mashalidis; and loving sister, Maria Mashalidis. Arrangements are under the direction of Surprise...
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Wallace Lee Ward

August 29, 1925 - October 17, 2016

WARD, Wallace "Wally" Lee, 91, a United States Army, WWII Veteran, and an American Legion Post 83 Member for 69 years, passed away on October 17, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omar Ward, and Nellie Avery Ward; his daughter, Diana Ward; and his two sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife Alice Herbert Ward; his son Jerry (Linh) Ward; four...
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Winona R. Randall

January 18, 1926 - October 17, 2016

Winona Rose Randall, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving husband by her side on October 17, 2016. Winona was born January 18, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to Frank and Katherine Walters and was the youngest of three girls. Winona went on to marry the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, William Randall, when he came back from the war in March 1946....
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George Palmer Baker

July 27, 1933 - October 14, 2016

BAKER, Jr., George Palmer, 83, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 14, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Palmer Baker, Sr., and Irene Clancy Baker, his son Mark Baker, his sister, Violet Baker Bennett, his brother, Philip Baker and his first wife Vancine Baker. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine Joyce Sweetman Baker; his children, daughter Gina Walker of...
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Margaret Corienna Frost

April 18, 1941 - October 14, 2016

FROST, Margaret Corienna, 75, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 14, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Kindermann Sr., and Mary De Brun Kindermann; her brother, Frank Kindermann Jr.; and her husband, the "Love of her life", James Hipsher. She is survived by her loving daughters, Mary Diane (Tim) Fleshman, and Deborah (Tom) Barilla; her grandchildren, Joshua...
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Maryanne Elizabeth SEWER

June 22, 1939 - October 10, 2016

SEWER, Maryanne Elizabeth, 77, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent Major Flood, and Mary Edna Jones Flood; her brother, Charles Flood; and her brother-in-law, Archibald Darragh. She is survived by her beloved husband, Clive Clarance Sewer; her loving sons, Thomas (Ana) Florio, Jason Loring Sewer, and Nicholas Florio; her...
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George John Kmec

August 30, 1977 - October 8, 2016

KMEC, George "Georgie" John, 39, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 08, 2016, in Mesa, Arizona, surrounded by his loved ones. George was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from St. Peters Prep High School, and graduated college from NJIT, with a degree in Physics. He is survived by his mother, Emily Vida; step-father, Francis Vida; his sisters, Lisa Kmec, and...
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Erick Estuardo Solares

November 22, 1980 - October 4, 2016

Erick Estuardo Solares, 35, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born in Santa Lucia, Guatemala. He is survived by his wife Heather Solares, his mother Maria, his father Francisco Javier, his sister Jennifer, brother Victor, niece Amariah and nephews Victor and Jacob.His passion was in helping others and spending time outdoors. The most important thing in his life...
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Judy Kay Ottwell

July 20, 1947 - September 21, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Tiffany Ann Cataldo

November 8, 1980 - September 20, 2016

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,but remember me in every tomorrow.Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,I've only gone to rest a little while.Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt,and given me relief.So dry your eyes and remember me,not as I am now, but as I used to be.Because, I will remember you all,and look on with a smile.Understand in your...
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Dale Eric Krause

May 11, 1970 - September 19, 2016

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,but remember me in every tomorrow.Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,I've only gone to rest a little while.Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt,and given me relief.So dry your eyes and remember me,not as I am now, but as I used to be.Because, I will remember you all,and look on with a smile.Understand in your...
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Robert Ambrose Brooks

September 19, 1936 - September 15, 2016

BROOKS, Robert "Bob" Ambrose, 79, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Veteran, passed away peacefully at home, on September 15, 2016, after a year long battle with Cancer. Bob was born on September 19, 1936 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Augustus Brooks and Hazel Bell Allen Brooks. Bob graduated from Englewood High School in Chicago,...
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Barbara Ann Carpenter

May 11, 1933 - September 12, 2016

CARPENTER, Barbara Ann, (CURETON) 83, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on September 12, 2016. She was born on May 11, 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents John Richard Cureton, and Mary Evelyn Doherty Cureton. She is survived by her beloved husband, George E. Carpenter; her sister, Linda (Tony) Cureton Engstrom; and by her brothers, Bill (Sharon) Cureton,...
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Elizabeth Weidemann

February 11, 1927 - September 8, 2016

Elizabeth Sutherland Weidemann, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of September 8, 2016, in her Surprise Arizona home. Better known as Liz to her many close friends, and Betsy, Bets, mom and grandma to her family, her constant warmth, sense of humor, and loving consideration of others will be deeply missed.Born in February, 1927, and raised in River Forest, Illinois, Elizabeth...
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Elizabeth Ruth Berry-Smith

June 11, 1962 - September 7, 2016

BERRY-SMITH, Elizabeth Ruth, 54, passed away on September 07, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, George L. Conway, and Minnie R. Gilmore Conway. She is survived by her husband Michael A. Smith; her beloved son, Andrew S. Berry; her loving grandchildren, granddaughter Kiara Berry, and grandson, DeAndre Berry; her brothers, Calvin, "Junior", James, Kevin...
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Virginia Viola Miller

June 26, 1923 - September 5, 2016

Miller, Virginia 93, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on September 5, 2016. Virginia was born in Brush, Colorado on June 26, 1923 to Jacob and Margaret Kauffman. Along with her parents and several siblings, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dave Miller. She was a loving Mother, always putting the needs of her family and husband before her own and will be greatly missed. She is...
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Patricia Gale Mobley

December 23, 1947 - August 31, 2016

MOBLEY, Patricia Gale, 68, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on August 31, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Lester Jenkins, and Faye Cade Jenkins, step mother, Helen Jenkins and by her brothers, James Newsome, and George Mancel Jenkins. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Tanya Gray, and Andrea (Ross Meade) Mobley; her granddaughters, Isabella Moody, and Emerson Moody;...
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Ryan Robert Haley

March 29, 1992 - August 30, 2016

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Elmer Joseph Vonfeldt

January 1, 1928 - August 27, 2016

VONFELDT, Sr., Elmer Joseph, 88, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Army Veteran, passed away on August 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Vonfeldt and Mary Quint Vonfeldt; his brothers, Harold Vonfeldt and Robert (Karen) Vonfeldt, and his son, Marty (Diane) Von Martin. He is survived by his beloved wife, Vonda Henson Vonfeldt; his daughter, Gail (Leroy) Renfro; son,...
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Wilbur Troutwine Mathias

December 3, 1960 - August 21, 2016

MATHIAS, Wilbur "Will" Troutwine, 55, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on August 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lloyd Mathias, and Genevieve Cecilia Noel Mathias. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Register Mathias; and his brothers and sisters, Tom (Kathy) Mathias, Jerry (Wendy) Mathias, Dessa (Rick) Lobtraub, Tina (Glen) Stuck, Penny (Mike) Gallo,...
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April A. Ponder

May 2, 1965 - August 18, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Dolores Margaret Knizner

August 22, 1941 - August 18, 2016

KNIZNER, Dolores "Dolly" Margaret, 74, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on August 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Margaret Salinsky; her brother, Michael Salinsky; and her sister, Margaret Salinsky. She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, David "Dave" Knizner.Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise,...
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Brent Moretto

November 11, 1950 - August 15, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Claudia Dianne O'Gara

March 29, 1945 - August 13, 2016

Claudia O'Gara (Sowa),71, passed away on Aug 13, 2016 in Surprise AZ. Claudia is survived by her husband Kenneth, her children Kelly ( fiancé Nicholas Lyle), and her son Jason O'Gara. The visitation will be held 5-8pm on Wednesday August 17th at Surprise Funeral Care 16063 West Bell Road. Surprise, AZ 85374
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Timothy William May

March 21, 1966 - August 5, 2016

MAY, Timothy William, 50, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on August 05, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maureen del Pino May; his son, Kyle May; and his daughter, Kaitlyn May; his father, Robert May, Jr.; his mother, Catherine May; his brother Robert May, III; and his sister, Jennifer May Meglio.Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. A Visitation...
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Christine Lee Sanchez

December 8, 1949 - August 4, 2016

SANCHEZ, Christine Lee, 66, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on August 04, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard Corbett and Dorothy Dunbar Corbett; and by her beloved Yellow Labrador, named "Tappy". She is survived by her loving children, daughter, Dannielle Higareda-Hughes and her husband Chris Hughes; and her son, Brian Sanchez and his wife, Alicia Sanchez; by her...
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Christopher Patrick Nolan

September 14, 1984 - July 30, 2016

NOLAN, Christopher Patrick, 31, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 30, 2016. He is survived by his daughter, Avah Dymarcik; his beloved parents, Timothy Nolan and Patricia Wiebe Nolan; his loving sisters and brother, Ashley (Justin) Nolan, Brittney Nolan; and Jon (Melissa) Nolan; his grandparents, Catherine Nolan, and John and Colleen Wiebe; his uncle John Glassgow and aunt Nancy Glassgow;...
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Ida Laurene McDaniel

June 18, 1949 - July 26, 2016

MCDANIEL, Ida Laurene, 67, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland Tharpe Easley and Barbara Jean Gregg Easley. Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. Services are pending. To sign the guestbook online, and to share your memories of Ida, please visit, www.surprisefuneralcare.com.
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Ruth Lona GEBELE

October 30, 1917 - July 25, 2016

GEBELE, Ruth Lona, 98, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on July 25, 2016. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Allen Gebele; by her parents, Otto Ayers and Pearl Mohr Ayers; and by her sister, Lucille Ayers. She is survived by her loving children, Raymond (Paulette) Gebele, Ruthann (Melvin) Wark, and Nancy (Robert) Mollers; by her grandchildren, Tracy (Randy) Kryczka, and...
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Jerold Eugene Johnson

June 9, 1939 - July 20, 2016

JOHNSON, Jerold Eugene, 77, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Veteran, passed away on July 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph R. Johnson, and Lura Mae Kennedy Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Judith "Judy" DeBoer Johnson; and his loving children, Philip (Patricia) Johnson, and Theresa (Dana) Gilstrap; his grandson, Derek (Jami) Gilstrap;...
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Frieda Swenson

January 22, 1924 - July 11, 2016

Swenson, Frieda (92)Frieda Swenson was born on January 22, 1924 in New York City, NY of German/Austrian parents. Frieda, an only child of Sidney and Ida Goldsmith grew up in the Bronx. Later, while living in Mt. Vernon, NY, Frieda began a career working for the Mt. Vernon Hospital. First starting as an accounting clerk, she worked her way up to Accounts Payable Supervisor for the hospital. ...
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William Lee Dorman

October 11, 1946 - June 29, 2016

DORMAN, William Lee, 69, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Master Sergeant, Retired, passed away on June 29, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Dorman, and Olga C. Dorman; and by his brother, Wesley A. Dorman. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Kimberly (Shawnte) Orion; his loving grandchildren, grandson Zerrick Orion, and granddaughter Josette Orion; his...
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Nancy Lee Deal

October 12, 1971 - June 27, 2016

DEAL, Nancy Lee, 44, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 27, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bockelman and Carolyn "Susie" Bockelman. She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert "Rob" Deal; her loving daughters, Jaime Leeann Deal, and Kristin Nicole Deal; her sister, Christi (Ryan) Scott; her step-brother, Brian Bockelman; and her grandmother,...
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Ellen Iree Makenna

November 18, 1951 - June 19, 2016

MAKENNA, Ellen Iree, 64, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Brunskill. She is survived by her beloved husband, Timothy "Tim" Kenan; her loving daughter, Cally Thies; and her loving son, Joshua Thies; her father, Rodney Earl Greiner; her sisters, Carrie (Craig Rouse) MaKenna, and Janet (Charles "Chuck") Hanson; her...
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Patricia Ann Clearman

February 16, 1928 - June 17, 2016

CLEARMAN, Patricia Ann, 88, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Tiede, and Henrietta "Mildred" Muldoon. She is survived by her Sister, Marilyn Keller. Her beloved children, John (Patricia) Clearman, and Doris Jean "Jeannie" (Paul) Litwin; grandchildren, Paul Litwin, and Michael (Donna) Litwin, Chris (Rachelle )...
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Wayne De Vliegher

December 27, 1952 - June 3, 2016

Wayne De Vliegher, of Wittmann, Arizona, passed away, Friday, June 3, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 West Bell Road, Surprise, Arizona 85374, followed by a committal service held at the Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery 7844 North 61st Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301. Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral...
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Edward Ellis Braddock

November 2, 1962 - June 1, 2016

BRADDOCK, Edward Ellis, 53, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 01, 2016. He is survived by his mother, Patricia Marvin; his brother, Richard (Misty) Curran; and his sister, Denise (Luis) Mendoza; his step-brothers, Wayne Morris, Jr., and Brian Morris; his step-sisters, Kimberly Morris, Teresa Morris, and Wendy Morris; his uncle Jon Marvin; his nephews, Marcus Curran, and Derrick Curran;...
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Oleta Lucille Hill

February 24, 1917 - May 17, 2016

HILL, Oleta Lucille, 99, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away peacefully to join her Lord on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace D. Parker, and Ruby Lee Wood. Oleta was born in Decatur, Texas, on February 24, 1917. She spent her childhood in El Paso and Decatur, and moved to Littleton, Colorado when she was 17. There she met Ralph Lee Hill, and they married....
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Kathleen Ann Jergenson

February 14, 1954 - May 15, 2016

Kathleen Ann Jergenson, 62, of Waddell, died in Surprise May 15, 2016, after a six-year battle with cancer. Kathy was born February 14, 1954, in Janesville, WI. She was a registered nurse for 29 years. She retired from Boswell Hospital in 2013. She loved her horses and dogs, shopping, games and being with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dennis, of Waddell; one...
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William Joseph Brinkman

March 15, 1949 - May 12, 2016

BRINKMAN, William Joseph, 67, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on May 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Brinkman, and Doris Nissen Brinkman. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Gaile Hunter Brinkman; and by his loving children, daughter, Niki (Todd) Ofenloch; and son, Matthew (Coe) Brinkman; his grandchildren, Henry Ofenloch, Isabel Ofenloch, William Ofenloch,...
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John William Timm

May 15, 1934 - May 11, 2016

TIMM, John William "Billie" "JW", 81, of Sun City, Arizona, a United States Army Veteran, passed away on May 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, John August Timm, and Florence Bunch Timm; and his brother James Timm. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than sixty years, Shirley Gardner Timm; his loving children, Linda (Rory) Timm Hurd, Robert (Lori) Timm,...
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Maralyn Ann Silva

May 24, 1950 - May 3, 2016

SILVA, Maralyn Ann, 65, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on May 03, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Fagaly, and Margaret Farrell Fagaly. She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Daniel "Dan" Silva; and her loving daughter, Danielle Silva; her brother, Dr. Robert "Bob" Fagaly, PhD., her father-in-law, Arnold J. Silva; her brothers-in-law,...
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Barbara Jean Raia

September 25, 1942 - April 29, 2016

RAIA, Barbara Jean, 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on April 29, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Peterhans, and Elaine Riordan Peterhans. She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Thomas Raia; her loving daughter, Elizabeth Raia; and loving son, Thomas (Ida) Raia; her brothers, William Peterhans, and Richard (Carol) Peterhans; and her sisters, Carol...
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Wyona Mae KUNZ

September 20, 1923 - April 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Joleane Marie Kuntz

March 8, 1975 - April 14, 2016

KUNTZ, Joleane Marie, 41, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on April 14, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father, Leopold "Leo" Kuntz, and her great-niece Caralynn Gentry. She is survived by her mother, Diane Cook Kuntz; her sisters, Sheryl (Vernon) Larson, Shellie Goers, Cindy Mueller, and Robin Kuntz; and her brother, Matthew Kuntz; nieces and nephews, Cristin Larson, Elecia...
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Mary Lou Hamilton

December 22, 1933 - April 3, 2016

HAMILTON, Mary Lou, 82, passed away on April 03, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Peters and Leona Antrum Peters; and her brother, James Steven Peters. She is survived by her loving husband, James Lewis Hamilton; her son, James Michael Hamilton; her daughter, Ann Kathleen Hamilton Shultz; her grandchildren, Melissa Nicole Hamilton, and Kevin James...
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Derek James Pyle

April 28, 1967 - April 2, 2016

Derek James Pyle, 48, of Surprise, Arizona died on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on April 7, 2016 at Surprise Funeral Care in Surprise, Arizona. Pastor Ben E. Leonard of Church on the Green will be officiating. Derek was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 28, 1967. He graduated from Irmo High School, and attended The University of South Carolina in...
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Sharon Susan Wilkes

May 18, 1989 - April 1, 2016

WILKES, Sharon Susan, 26, of Cork Ireland, passed away on April 01, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. She is survived by her beloved son, Riley Robert Wilkes; her loving parents, mother, Jackie Galvin Brown, and step-father, Doyce Brown; her loving grandparents, Tim and Ita Galvin; her brother, Darren Moore; her aunts, Tina (Dennis) McDonald, and Sue Galvin; her uncle Paul Galvin; and her nephew, Jack...
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Vincent A. Pizzi

September 5, 1926 - March 29, 2016

AFTERGLOWI'd like the memory of meto be a happy one. I'd liketo leave an afterglow ofsmiles when day is done.I'd like to leave an echowhispering softly down theways, of happy times andlaughing times and brightand sunny days. I'd likethe tears of those whogrieve to dry before thesun, of happy memories that I leave behind whenday is done.
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John Michael Marshall

June 17, 1984 - March 29, 2016

MARSHALL, John Michael, 31, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on 29 March 16, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle due to complications of soft tissue sarcoma. John was a man of incredible strength, love, and perseverance. He was an uncommon human being, father, husband, son, brother, and soldier. John was a three time combat veteran in the US Army, serving overseas during...
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Ronald John Surace

February 13, 1944 - March 18, 2016

SURACE, Ronald John, 72, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Captain, Vietnam Veteran, and Bronze Star Recipient, passed away on March 18, 2016. Born in Little Falls, New York, he was preceded in death by his parents, John Surace, and Mary Mastromatteo Surace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Jane Vasquez Surace; and his loving children, James Surace, and Stephanie (Patrick)...
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Tina Marie Nacarelli

November 8, 1964 - March 17, 2016

NACARELLI, Tina Marie, 51, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on March 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother, Theresa Nacarelli, and her brother, Joseph Nacarelli, Jr. She is survived by her loving daughter, Kristi (Scott) Fitzpatrick; her granddaughters, Quinnlinn Fitzpatrick, and Abbigail Fitzpatrick; her father, Joseph Nacarelli, Sr.; her grandmother, Mary Baudendistel; her brothers...
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Wayne C. ZIEHE

September 25, 1925 - March 11, 2016

Wayne Caryl Ziehe was born in Plainfield, Iowa in Breemer County to Carl and Eva Ziehe. In June, 1946 he married Marion Welter. Together they had four sons. He lived and worked in the area until he relocated his family to Renton, Washington in 1962.Wayne worked for Paccar in Renton and The Boeing Company until his retirement. He was passionate about cars and worked on many of his sons'...
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John Arthur MEISTER

July 24, 1928 - March 10, 2016

MEISTER, John "Jack" Arthur, 87, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on March 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Helen Meister; his daughter, Diane Meister Pacetti, and his sister, Barbara Meister Herpel. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lois Meister; his loving children, David Meister, Deborah "Deb" Meister (Steven) Beste, Donna Meister Lindsay,...
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Anthony Cauiola

August 22, 1949 - March 4, 2016

CAUIOLA, Anthony "Tony", 66, a United States Navy Vietnam Veteran, an American Legion Member, and American Legion Honor and Color Guard Captain, of El Mirage, Arizona, passed away on March 04, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Violet Cauiola. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra "Sandy" Grigsby Cauiola; his children, Anthony Terrance (Nicole)...
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Rosaleigh Pearl Johnson

August 4, 1944 - March 2, 2016

JOHNSON, Rosaleigh "Rose" Pearl, 71, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on March 02, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Lang, and Lois Tator Lang, and her brother, Robert Lang. She is survived by her beloved husband, James Johnson; her loving children, William "Bill" (Brooke) Urmann, Jennifer (Doug) Urmann Ulrich, and Rebecca Urmann; James' children, James...
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Jeanne Ellen Joyce

December 6, 1942 - February 28, 2016

Jeanne E. Joyce, 73, of Surprise, passed away with family by her side, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Jeanne was born in Winona, MN, on December 6, 1942, to the late Henry and Alice Dotterwick. Jeanne is survived by her devoted husband Dan, who lovingly cared for her as her health declined. Married on November 26, 1966, they were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this...
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Thomas Henry Tucker

February 26, 1931 - February 27, 2016

Thomas Henry Tucker, 85, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Sun City West, AZ, following a brief stay in hospice care. He leaves his beloved wife of 58 years, Elaine (Gordon) Tucker; his loving children, David (Mary), Karen (Nick), Colleen (Dan), Joseph, Barbara (Steve), Kristy (Drew); grandchildren, Luke (Brooke), Sean, Steven, Michael (Audrey), Kristina (Evan), Tina Marie, Anthony,...
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Carmen Lucia Davis-Reynoso

October 3, 1954 - February 11, 2016


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Barbara Anita Leslie

February 17, 1945 - February 9, 2016

LESLIE, Barbara "Barb" Anita, 70, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on February 09, 2016. Barb was born on February 17, 1945, in Ventura, California to Chris and Mary Bitner. They moved to Sidney, Nebraska, where Barb grew up and graduated from high school in 1963. During high school, she participated in many activities creating loving friendships along the way that have lasted a...
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Dave Miller

June 29, 1920 - February 8, 2016

MILLER, Dave, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Ret), 95, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on February 08, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Miller, and Anna Weber Miller. He is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia Kauffman Miller; his loving children, David Miller (Joyce), and Virginia Miller Cantwell (Mike); his grandsons, Brian Cantwell, and Paul Cantwell; and many...
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Juanita May Lambert

June 24, 1941 - January 22, 2016

LAMBERT, Juanita May, 74, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on January 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Angelo Vignali, and Jenne Ricci Vignali; and her brothers, Fred Vignali, and Leo (Katie) Vignali, and Richard "Dick" (Barbara) Vignali. She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Raymond Lambert; and her loving daughters, Kelly (Steven) Lambert Wetle, and...
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LeRoy Wickstrom

January 29, 1928 - January 21, 2016

WICKSTROM, Leroy "Lee" Arsene, 87, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on January 21,2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Wickstrom, and Helene Bourgeois Wickstrom; and his daughter, Yvonne Wickstrom. He is survived by his son, Roy Wickstrom; his daughter Johanna Wickstrom; his grandchildren, Nicole (Darwin) Phillips, and Royce Pruitt; his great-grandchildren, Cameron...
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Joseph Marshall Lore

December 21, 1922 - January 17, 2016

Joe aka "Buddy" passed away quietly on January 17, 2016, in his sleep after a short illness and complications of Congestive Heart Failure.Joe was born on December 21, 1922 in Port Norris, New Jersey to Joseph and Elizabeth Lore. He was raised in Southern New Jersey where he learned to be an automobile mechanic as a child. He worked in the automotive industry all of his life until his...
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Charles Bradford Hughes

June 30, 1954 - January 15, 2016

Charles "Brad" Hughes, 61, born June 30 1954 in Tipton, Indiana, passed away on January 15, 2016 at 8:50 AM in Surprise, Arizona.Brad graduated from Tipton High School and went onto study fire science at Ivy Tech. He was a member of the Elks and the Scottish Rites. He was an avid racing fan and went to 57 consecutive Indy 500's and especially loved dirt track racing at Eldora.He...
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Pamela Ann Koslowski

August 3, 1942 - January 13, 2016

KOSLOWSKI, Pamela Ann, 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away in Sun City West, Arizona, on January 13, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony Trawinski, and Ann Gerhnan Trawinski, of Chicago, Illinois, who when they retired, lived in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, John James Koslowski; and her loving sisters-in-law, Barbara Koslowski...
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Thomas Strong

September 9, 1926 - January 7, 2016

STRONG, Jr., Thomas, "Tom", 89, of Sun City West, Arizona, a United States Navy Veteran, and an American Legion Member, passed away on January 07, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Strong, Sr., and Della Mae (nee Coday) Strong; his brothers, Russell Strong, and Robert Strong; and his sisters, Cora-Frances Horton, and Peggy Strong.Tom was born on September...
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John Albert Justus

September 22, 1940 - December 25, 2015

JUSTUS, John Albert, 75, of Surprise, Arizona passed away at home on Christmas Day under a full moon surrounded by his loving family. The cause of death was lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra (Hennacy) Justus; his four children, Christa Justus (Mark Linn-Baker), Tracey (Richard) Mardis, Joseph Justus (Amanda Reynolds) and Jamie Justus (Rob Gladysiewicz); three...
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John D. Wininger

September 28, 1936 - December 24, 2015

WININGER, Sr., John Dempsey, 79, born on September 28, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, who served in the United States Navy for 11 years, passed away in Goodyear, Arizona, on December 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Wininger, and Faye Karadeema Wininger. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Lee (nee Rock) Wininger; his sons, John (Linda) D. Wininger, Jr., James...
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Henry Steven Glickler

July 16, 1952 - December 22, 2015

GLICKLER, Henry Steven, 63, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Veteran, passed away on December 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Glickler, and Claire Zwengler Glickler. He is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy Hinkle Glickler; his loving children; and grandchildren. Arrangements are entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care. A Visitation will be held at Surprise...
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Lovell Leroy Keil

December 2, 1924 - December 19, 2015

Lovell passed away at 11:59, December 19, 2015 at 91 years old in Surprise, Arizona. Lovell was born December 2, 1924 in Fairmont, Nebraska to Leroy H. and Ruby (Bevins) Keil. He graduated Exeter Nebraska High School in 1942, then entered the Navy in 1943 and served in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during WWII. In 1946 he was released from the Navy out of Norman, Oklahoma and married Eleanor M. Peterson,...
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Concetta Grace Bove

September 30, 1933 - December 18, 2015

BOVE, Concetta Grace, 82, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 18, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Jean Bove. She is survived by her son, Robert Bove; and her daughter, Patricia "Patti" (Eric); her grandchildren, Jayson Bove, and Sarah Bove; and her sister, Anna Johnson. Arrangements entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care. Services are pending. To sign the...
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Sharon Annette Brown

October 11, 1941 - December 17, 2015

BROWN, Sharon Annette, 74, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away quietly and unexpectedly, on December 17, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin D. Tucker, and Dorothy Spicer Tucker; and her husband, Richard "Dick" Brown. She is survived by her beloved companion, Gene Simmons; her children, grandchildren; and her sister,Terry Roy. Arrangements entrusted to Surprise Funeral...
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Robert Lee Bentley

November 22, 1937 - December 17, 2015

BENTLEY, Robert Lee, "Bob", 78, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 17, 2015. Born in Yuma, Arizona, and raised in Phoenix, Bob was an Arizona Native, who graduated from North High School in 1955. He was co-owner of Bentley-Dille Gradall Rentals and Triangle Construction. He was a founding member and past president of the Arizona Utility Contractors Association. Bob was an...
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Elizabeth Carol Dias

November 22, 1951 - December 16, 2015

DIAS, Elizabeth Carol, "Betty", 64, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold Gomes, and Margie Stein Gomes; and her sister, Patricia Etheridge. She is survived by her beloved husband, Frank Dias; her loving children, daughter, Pamela Dias-McKeever, and son-in-law, Sean McKeever; her son, Jeff Dias, and her son, Jared Dias,...
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Daryle Jean Sherman

July 6, 1944 - December 15, 2015

SHERMAN, Daryle Jean, 71, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 15, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, O. and Elizabeth Olsen; and her brother, Bobby Olsen; and her husband Gary D. Sherman. She is survived by her sons, Gregory Sherman, and Jeffrey (Christina) Sherman; her granddaughter Caitlin; her sister Lucille Olsen; and her nephews, Bobby Olsen and Vinnie Olsen....
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Donald Richard Jenkins

April 1, 1929 - December 15, 2015

Donald Richard Jenkins, 86 years old, went home to Glory on December 15, 2015. He was born on April 1, 1929 in Zanesville, Ohio to Harry and Bernice Jenkins. He is preceded in death by his wife Lola Mae, and sons, Donald Alan, and Michael Richard. He is survived by daughters Patricia Ann Celeste and Susan Yvonne Coulson, and son Ronald Lee, 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great...
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Jack Boller Galloway

May 20, 1930 - December 13, 2015

John B. Galloway was born in Madison South Dakota on May 20, 1930, and died on December 13, 2015. John served in the United States Air Force, attended the University of South Dakota and was a member of the USD Law Review Board, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Strollers and Varsity Men band. After graduating from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1955, he was admitted to the South Dakota...
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Scott Edward Dye

January 13, 1957 - December 13, 2015

Scott Edward Dye, 58, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on December 13, 2015. He was born on January 13, 1957 to Louis & Imo Dye in Kearney, Nebraska. Scott is predeceased by his mother, step mother Madelyn Dye and Brother Barry Dye. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Linda, his two wonderful daughters; Michelle (Clinton) Stanley and Jennifer (James) Lannes and precious...
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Max Y. Garcia

September 25, 1924 - December 12, 2015

Max Garcia, 91, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Max is preceded in death by his loving wife Estelita Garcia, his daughter Shelly Garcia, and his daughter Charlene Garcia. Max is survived by his children Patricia and Kevin Mueller, Mandy and Bill Siewertsen, Wendy Garcia-Brown, David and Michelle Garcia; His grandchildren, Jameson Mueller, Felice...
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George R. Ittel

September 25, 1937 - December 9, 2015

ITTEL, George Robert "Bob", 78, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 09, 2015.He was preceded in death by his parents, George Arthur Ittel, and Dorothy Hannigan Ittel. He is survived by his wife, Patricia "Pat" Atchison Dumbacher; his daughters, Heather (Barry) Lawrence, and Leslie McManis (Rich); his 3 grandchildren; his step-children, Victoria Dumbacher, Elaine...
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Mary Louise ACOSTA

February 18, 1935 - December 5, 2015


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William Richard Deemer

June 11, 1942 - December 4, 2015

DEEMER, Sr., William "Bill" Richard, 73, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on December 04, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Deemer, Sr., and Sarah Keller Claeys; and his brothers, Harold Deemer, and Alva Deemer, Jr.; and his Step-Dad, Albert "Butch" Claeys. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Deemer; his sons, William "Bill" R. (Tricia) Deemer, Jr.,...
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Jack Alan Zieber

August 15, 1946 - November 18, 2015


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Frank Adams Wallace

January 12, 1934 - November 13, 2015

WALLACE, Frank Adams, 81, passed away on November 13, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ultice Wallace, and Estelle Anne Adams Wallace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lauraine Wallace; and his children, daughter, Susan Wallace King; and his sons, Sean Wallace, Scott Wallace, and Patrick Richert. Arrangements entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care. No...
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Mary Lou Ramsey

March 14, 1927 - November 8, 2015

RAMSEY, Mary Lou, 88, passed away on November 08, 2015, at her home in Surprise, Arizona. She was born on March 14, 1927, in Oklahoma, the youngest daughter of Jesse Wade, and Jimmie Blanche May Bryan. Mary Lou was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her husband, James Robert Ramsey, preceded her in death in June, 2008. Mary Lou and James, were married in June, 1946, and...
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Helen Patricia Scarbrough

April 19, 1946 - November 6, 2015

SCARBROUGH, Helen Patricia "Pat", 69, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on November 06, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Gary Scarbrough; her brother, Michael (Laura) Benko; and her sisters, Barbara (Tom) Whittmer, and Maxine Wise. Arrangements entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Road, Surprise, Arizona,...
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Walter DuWayne James

June 28, 1935 - November 5, 2015

JAMES, W. DuWayne, 80, passed away in Surprise, Arizona, on November 05, 2015. Born June 28, 1935, in Lovettsville, Virginia, DuWayne, grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and graduated from Falls Church High School, before attending the University of Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree, in Business. He began his career with Alcoa Aluminum, which, was ultimately...
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Michael A. Sweet

September 15, 1931 - October 28, 2015

Michael A. Sweet, Sr., passed away on October 28, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; 6 children; 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. If desired, in lieu of flowers, you may make a charitable donation to Hospice of the Valley - Phoenix, Arizona, at 9435 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, Arizona, 85345.
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Peter Salvatore Gioe

June 19, 1930 - October 27, 2015

GIOE, Sr., Peter Salvatore, 85, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Gioe, and Antoinette Eterno Gioe; and his brother, Joseph Francis Gioe. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Hilda Esquivel Gioe; his son, Peter S. Gioe, Jr.; his grandson, Michael Salvatore Gioe; and his granddaughter, Cecilia Frances Gioe. Arrangements...
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