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Jerry Montgomery

Jerry Dean Montgomery, 63, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, in Prescott.

He was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Durango, Colo. to Nadine Montgomery.

Mr. Montgomery served for seven years and two tours of duty in the U.S. Army in Germany where he met and married his wife, Dagmar, Nov. 24, 1961. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years, retiring in August 1991. In 1992, he and his wife moved to Prescott from San Diego, Calif.

He enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hunting, dune buggying and motorhome traveling. He also liked dancing and working on projects in his shop.

Mr. Montgomery had been a commander of Prescott Post 541 of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of American Legion Post 40 in Chino Valley and of the Cooties Pine Beetle Prep Tent #23 of Prescott.

Survivors include his wife, Dagmar of Prescott; daughter Gidget Smith of Kamas, Utah; son Dean Phoenix; sister Clarene Lyall, Cortez, Colo.; and mother Nadine Hogue of Lakeside, Ore. He had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services are at noon, Tuesday at the VA Medical Center Chapel, Prescott. A private cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center Hospice, Restricted Fund, 500 N. Highway 69, Prescott, AZ 86313.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Leone Opal Farrington

Former Prescott resident Leone Opal Farrington, 89, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

She was born Oct. 5, 1910, in St. Halaire, Minn.

Mrs. Farrington lived in Prescott from 1970 to 1995, where she and her husband were involved for many years in the annual production of melodramas by the Prescott Fine Arts Association. She enjoyed reading, cooking, antiques and was interested in animal welfare.

Survivors include her daughter, Joanne Johnson; brother, Robert Bahan; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Mortimer, preceded her in death.

Services were held in Ottawa.

The family suggests memorial contributions in her name to Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Tubman Funeral Home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada helped the family with arrangements.

Peter Groseta Jr.

Peter Groseta Jr., 82, of Cottonwood, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

He was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Jerome to Croatian immigrants Peter and Antonia Groseta.

His family moved from Jerome to a ranch in Middle Verde in 1922, then to Bridgeport in 1936 where Pete worked in the Phelps Dodge smelter until the shutdown in 1953 where he was shift boss and "pulled the plug" on the last pound of ore that went through the concentrator.

Mr. Groseta married Katherine Maglich in Clarkdale Sept. 18, 1946. Two years later, they purchased the W Dart commercial cow outfit. He also worked for the Yavapai County Roads Department. He served on the board of directors for the Cottonwood Ditch Association as well as several agricultural boards, including Farmer's Home Administration and the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association.

He served on the Grazing Advisory Committee, was involved in the organization of the Verde Valley Fair and was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Katherine; sons Peter, Andrew, George and Stephen; sister Anne Mongini of Rohnert Park, Calif., and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Frank, of Phoenix.

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday is at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Church Building Fund of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, P.O. Box 995, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-0995.


The obituary for John W. Miller in Friday's Courier should have listed the following as survivors: son, Michael Hoskins of Camino Island, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.

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