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Saturday, January 1, 2005

Luke Agosta

Luke Agosta, 21, of San Francisco, Calif., died on Dec. 29, 2004, in Prescott.

He lived most of his life in Prescott, where he graduated from Prescott High School in 2001. He attended Yavapai College. He then went to Santa Rosa Community College with the final semester at San Francisco Art Institute.

His love in life was art, especially painting. He so loved the Arizona wilderness and enjoyed wonderful times there with his friends.

The day he died he was doing what he really enjoyed.

He was living life to the fullest.

It is this that we celebrate.

He is survived by his mother, Jan Agosta of Austin, Texas; his father, Joseph Agosta of Prescott; his sister, Angela Agosta of Huntington Beach, Calif.; his maternal grandparents, Doris and John Wurtz of Ft. Worth, Texas; and his paternal grandfather Emil Agosta of Weaverville, N.C.

His Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Church, 882 Sunset Ave. Chaplain Elizabeth Harris will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Posse or Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900 or www.mercycorps.org.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Brian Edward Gianelli

Brian Edward Gianelli, 25, died Dec. 29, 2004, in a boating accident on Granite Creek in Prescott, Ariz.

Brian was born March 2, 1979, in Prescott, Ariz., where he lived for most of his life, spending four years in Lake Havasu City and retreat time in Cholla Bay, Mexico.

Brian was a gifted musician and lyricist who performed with several local groups. He was best known for his work with “Bueno,” which was more recently known as “All Autonomy” and “Slow Motion Wilderness.” His catalog of songs numbers in the hundreds and addresses global, social and political concerns as well as human relationships. Brian also was a talented artist, working in wood, painting and sketching.

Brian is survived by his sister, Natalie Gianelli of Reseda, Calif.; his father, Steve Gianelli of Prescott; his mother, Charlotte Keller, and stepfather, Bob Keller, of Lake Havasu City; and grandmother, Vivian Davenport of Kingman. Surviving aunts and uncles include Martha and Fred Bengston of Tempe; Paul and Jenny Gianelli of Flagstaff; David and Susan Gianelli of Phoenix; Michael Gianelli of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Helen Hutchins of Kingman; Victoria Jorgenson of Richmond, Va.; Fritz and Joanne Sammeli of Prescott Valley; Robert and Sharlene Sammeli of Kingman; stepmother, Cynthia Gianelli of Prescott; stepsister, Shannon Gianelli of Phoenix; and numerous cousins. Brian is also survived by countless friends, fans and fellow musicians who mourn his passing.

A memorial service in honor of Brian will take place Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Prescott High School Theater in Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Brian’s memory to the Brian Gianelli Music Scholarship Program at Prescott High School.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory, Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Berton A. “Bud” Cole, 82, born Dec. 18, 1922, in Kalamazoo, Mich., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in Prescott.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Allyne Glenn, 88, of Prescott Valley, born Sept. 10, 1916, in Buhl, Idaho, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in Prescott Valley.

Services will be at a later date in Idaho.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott AZ 86301.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Thomas Eugene Harris, 42, of Peeples Valley, born March 27, 1962, in Phoenix, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, in Peeples Valley.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lighthouse Bible Church in Yarnell, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Genung Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Charles Michael Kunz, 59, of Prescott, born Aug. 21, 1945, in Globe, Ariz., died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at the Prescott VA Medical Center.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the VA Chapel, 500 N. Highway 89. American Legion Post 6 will provide the honors.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Sunday, January 2, 2005

Luke Agosta

Luke Agosta, 21, of San Francisco, Calif., died on Dec. 29, 2004, in Prescott.

He lived most of his life in Prescott, where he graduated from Prescott High School in 2001. He attended Yavapai College. He then went to Santa Rosa Community College with the final semester at San Francisco Art Institute.

His love in life was art, especially painting. He so loved the Arizona wilderness and enjoyed wonderful times there with his friends.

The day he died he was doing what he really enjoyed.

He was living life to the fullest.

It is this that we celebrate.

He is survived by his mother, Jan Agosta of Austin, Texas; his father, Joseph Agosta of Prescott; his sister, Angela Agosta of Huntington Beach, Calif.; his maternal grandparents, Doris and John Wurtz of Ft. Worth, Texas; and his paternal grandfather Emil Agosta of Weaverville, N.C.

His Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Church, 882 Sunset Ave. Chaplain Elizabeth Harris will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Posse or Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900 or www.mercycorps.org.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Forest “Brownie” Brown

Forest “Brownie” Brown, age 71, of Yarnell, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Ft. Whipple V.A. Medical Center Hospice Ward. He was born Sept. 26, 1933, in South Hope, Maine, the son of Ralph and Eugina Belle (Jones) Brown.

Brownie served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Brownie was honorably discharged November of 1955. He was an owner of an automobile dealership for many years and had a passion for cars, especially vintage cars. He was a member of the NASCAR association and the Grand National Auto Racing Association. As would be expected, Brownie loved auto racing and vintage cars. He was proud of his many racing victories and championships as well as his military service in Korea.

Brownie is survived by Joyce Costa, his loving companion for 17 years; daughters and son-in-law, Ruth and Ron Jackson-Estrada and Judy Jean Guess-Parenteau, all of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeremy, Michael, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, and Virginia. Brownie was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy J. Brown.

A private cremation will be held at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley and a graveside service will be held at the Skull Valley Cemetery on Jan. 8, 2004, at 2 p.m.,with long time friend John Pratt officiating.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Edward J. Poley

Edward J. Poley, age 80, of Prescott, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the Prescott Valley Samaritan Care Center. Edward was born Nov. 26, 1924, at the Tonto Ranch in Skull Valley, to Edward J. Poley Sr. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Poley.

Mr. Poley graduated from Prescott High School, “Class of 1944.” He had various jobs including working for the U.S. Forest Service, driving a milk truck for Shamrock Dairy and driving a truck for J.W. Hensen Construction. He worked for Arizona Department of Transportation as a surveyor for 35 years, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Poley was an avid hunter and had received several marksmanship awards. He enjoyed spending time in the country, camping, family picnics, and woodcutting. He also enjoyed traveling and gardening. Mr. Poley was especially proud of his family and grandchildren. He was a loving father and grandpa.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Jeff) Jackson of Prescott; sons, Ralph (Debbie) and Leonard (Andrea) both of Chino Valley; a sister, Gertrude Perez of Prescott; a brother, Robert Poley of Prescott; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Peggy in 1996 and his son, Ernest in 1995.

Mr. Poley was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Visitation and Gathering of Friends will be on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Hampton Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, at 1 p.m., at the Hampton Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service at the Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to the Y.R.M.C. Hospice, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312-6565.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Carl H. Kurbat

In Memory of Carl Harold Kurbat, 8/26/1945 – 12/27/04.

Carl H. Kurbat was called to Heaven to join his mother and father who predeceased him. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and in later life lived in Arizona.

During his 59 years, he had a happy life. Carl’s mother and father made sure he experienced cruises, many trips and he especially enjoyed playing his penny slot machines in Las Vegas with them.

After the family moved to Arizona, he attended ARCH in Phoenix and Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde for the mentally challenged. He participated in Special Olympics and was proud of his medals. His final days were spent at Infinia Healthcare Home in Camp Verde. At these facilities, Carl was a jewel among them. He was a worker, a joiner and was involved in whatever he could do. He was in Camp Verde parades, loved being a clown at Halloween, and enjoyed the holidays to the fullest. At Infinia, especially, Carl greeted the nurses with a “Good Morning” every day and a big smile, which made their day.

Carl was, for his whole life, the most jovial, smiling, and helpful fellow. He absolutely loved to join in by singing in the chorus, dancing, going with his family and with his friends out to eat… of course, a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke or another favorite, Mexican food. Carl’s most favorite thing to do was sit in the middle of his bed and check out his penny collection with a magnifying glass and he knew if any were moved. His number one idol was Elvis. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about Elvis. He liked trains of all kinds, and ‘’50s music. He had the rhythm and music in his soul.

Here was a brother, friend and uncle, who brought joy to everyone he met. He was so full of love, you couldn’t help but love him back. Carl’s smile and his glowing attitude were most infectious.

His family and his many friends will miss Carl. He is survived by his brother, Douglas and his wife, Nancy; his nieces, Kellie, Dina, Tracey; and nephew, Brian; his five great-nieces, Brittany, Hailee, Tatum, Taylor, and Bailey; and his three great-nephews, Austin, Wesley, and Elijah.

Carl had a good long life and one of his sayings was, “Oh sure, that’s the way it has to be.” He was the wind beneath our wings and always our Hero.

Memorials may be made in his name to Rainbow Acres Inc., Attn: Gary Wagner, CEO, P.O. Box 1326, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 or El Zaribah Shrine “Children’s Hospital Transportation,” 552 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Donald J. Rowley

Donald J. Rowley, of Prescott Valley, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 8, 2005, at 10 a.m., at St. Germaines Catholic Church, 7997 East Dana Drive, in Prescott Valley.

Don was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Baltimore, Md. After serving in the U.S. Army, he married Agnes Bond on July 28, 1951. Don became a field engineer for Bendix Corporation and traveled overseas extensively. In 1967, he moved his family to Barstow, Calif., where he worked at the Goldstone Satellite Tracking station as a contractor for NASA. He worked on numerous teams for many manned and unmanned space launches. Later, he moved to the Pasadena area where he was employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In 1994, Don and Agnes retired to Prescott, where they devoted themselves to their passion of clog dancing. In 1996, he and Agnes settled in Prescott Valley where they started the Fundance Clogging classes.

Don was a loving husband, father, and friend. He had a great sense of humor and was quick with a smile and a joke. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes and daughter, Lisa of Prescott Valley; sons, Duff of Wading River, N.Y., Pat of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Tim of the Marshall Islands, Michael of San Mateo, Calif., and Chris of Livermore, Calif.; sisters, Eunice Wilson of Baltimore, Md., and Sally Copple of Falling Waters, W.V. Don has three daughters-in-law, Linda, Olivia, and Marji. He has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice 3262 North Windsong Drive, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312-6565.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Richard L. McGee, 68, of Cordes Lakes, born Feb. 27, 1936, in Blue Mound, Kan., died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, in Cordes Lakes.

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Burial will follow services at the cemetery.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

Monday, Jan. 3, 2005

Richard “Dick” Fischer

Richard “Dick” Fischer, age 70, passed away Dec. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospice Center in Prescott. He was born June 12, 1934, in Cottonwood, AZ, to E.B. and Florence Fischer.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a carpenter by trade and an active member of the Word of Life Church in Chino Valley. Dick was also involved with the Cowboys for Christ Ministry for over 13 years.

Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Deloris Fischer; sons, Mark Sims, Bruce Fischer and wife Kathy; daughter Denise Fenton and husband Chuck; brother Len Fischer and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Josh, Ian and Alexis Fenton, Kellie Parkinson, and Kristen and Kari Fischer.

A private graveside service was held at the Chino Valley Cemetery. A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Dick Fischer will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at the Word of Life Church, 590 W. Road 1 North, in Chino Valley. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Hospice Family Care or the VA Hospice.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

(Information provided by the survivors.)

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005

Richard “Dick” Fischer

Richard “Dick” Fischer, age 70, passed away Dec. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospice Center, in Prescott. He was born June 12, 1934, in Cottonwood, to E.B. and Florence Fischer.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a carpenter by trade and an active member at the Word of Life Church in Chino Valley. Dick was also involved with the Cowboys for Christ Ministry for over 13 years.

Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Deloris Fischer; sons, Mark Sims, Bruce Fischer and wife Kathy; daughter, Denise Fenton and husband, Chuck; brother, Len Fischer and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Josh, Ian, Zack, and Alexis Fenton, Kellie Parkinson, and Kristen and Kari Fischer.

A Private Graveside service will be held at the Chino Valley Cemetery. A Memorial Gathering to celebrate the life of Dick will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at the Word of Life Church, 590 West Road 1 North in Chino Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Hospice Family Care or the VA Hospice.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

(Information provided by the survivors.)

Helen Smalligan Hendrickson

Helen Smalligan Hendrickson, age 91, who was born near Fremont, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2004.

Helen graduated from Butterworth Nursing School in Grand Rapids, Mich., and served honorably as an Army Nurse in India, during WWII. After being discharged she met and married Carl Hendrickson; they were married 49 years.

They moved to Mesa in 1946 and retired in Prescott. They were members of First Baptist Church of Prescott and resided for several years at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carol (Miki) West and Mary Ellen Neal both of Phoenix; one son, Victor (Deb) Hendrickson of Erie, Colo.; sister, Ella (Adrian) Newhouse of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brother, Earl (Carol) Smalligan of Fremont, Mich.; eight dear grandchildren and nine dear great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, with the Funeral service beginning at 3 p.m., at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 North 59th Avenue. Interment at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

(Information provided by the survivors.)

William L. Smith

William L. Smith “Bill”, age 50, passed away on Dec. 31, 2004, at the VA hospital in Tucson. He was born April 8, 1954, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Luis and Mary Smith.

He served in the U.S. Army and retired as Major. He had a BA in Nursing. Bill spent the last 10 years doing Foster Care. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 12 years, Nancy; sons, Christopher and Michael; brother, Thomas; sisters, Kathy, Patricia, Margaret, Ilene, and Terri.

Service in honor of Bill will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at the Prescott Free Methodist Church on Willow Creek Road with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Randy Vanesian and Pastor Ray Roller officiating.

Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by the survivors.)

Loretta M. Sheesley

Loretta M. Sheesley, 72, of Wilhoit, born Sept. 23, 1932, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Wilhoit.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley. The family will have private services.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

James "Sandman" Sleeper

James “Sandman” Sleeper, 24, of Prescott Valley, born May 6, 1980, in Grants, N.M., died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, in Prescott Valley.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home. A celebration of James’ life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets, Prescott. Ken Frederick will officiate.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Thomas B. Mitchell

Thomas B. Mitchell passed away on Jan. 3, 2005, at his home in Prescott. He was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Dec. 11, 1944, to Mabel and Ambrose Mitchell.

Thom grew up in Laurens, Iowa, then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and the University of Iowa where he earned his Masters in Social Work. He worked at VA hospitals in Knoxville and Des Moines, Iowa, until 1978 when he moved with his family to Arizona. He worked at the VA hospital in Prescott as a Social Worker in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program and later as a Medical Administrator.

Thom is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie; sons, Eric and Ryan, both of Tempe; daughter, Maura of West Hollywood, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Yvette; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Velma Mitchell of Yuma; sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and Jim Hurley of Altoona, Iowa; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Mark Witt, also of Altoona; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Ambrose.

A Rosary will be held at Heritage Memory Mortuary on today, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass in celebration of Thom’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Catholic Social Service, 434 W. Gurley, Prescott, Ariz.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Dean Jack Stilwell

Dean Jack Stilwell, age 75, died Jan. 3, 2005, in Prescott. He was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Dowagiac, Mich. Dean worked for Dart Transportation and retired in 1992.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and brother, Ted, and daughter-in-law, Sandra.

Dean is survived by his son, Bill, of Goodyear, Ariz.; brothers, Dick and Leo, both of Dowagiac, Mich.; sister, Sharlene Minshall of Congress; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A service in honor of Dean will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Sunrise Funeral Home’s Chapel with Pastor Jim Price officiating.

The family suggests contributions in Dean’s name be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5377, Phoenix, AZ 85010.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

James “Sandman” Sleeper

James “Sandman” Sleeper, age 24, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, in Prescott Valley. He was born May 6, 1980, in Grants, N.M., the son of Jimmie and Rhonda (Landrum) Sleeper.

Later that year the family moved to Prescott Valley. After completing high school, James started working in the construction field as a carpenter. James enjoyed working with his hands building things out of wood. He loved spending time with his family and friends. James was proud of his two beautiful boys. In his short life, James was able to develop friendships and had the ability to communicate with all types of people.

James is survived by his loving and caring wife of five years, Katie Sleeper. He is also survived by his two sons, Ian Troy and Joshua William Sleeper both of Prescott Valley, his father, Jimmie Sleeper of Prescott Valley and his mother, Rhonda Buttler of Pima, Ariz. He is also survived by his brothers, Jonus Dupelachain of Prescott, Joshua Hinderlitgher of Prescott, Jason McCormick, Larry, Troy, and Scott McIntosh and Chris Fields of Prescott; sisters, Rene Sleeper of Pima, Ariz., Christa Winchester of Pima, Ariz., Samantha Buttler of Pima, Ariz., and Tammy McIntosh of Prescott.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets in Prescott. A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home with Mr. Ken Frederick, Celebrant, officiating.

A private cremation will be at Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel in Prescott Valley.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit www.ruffnerwakelin.com or www.wakelinbradshaw.com and view the video tribute for James and leave a message to the family in the guestbook.

Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Bill F. Taylor

Bill F. Taylor died Dec. 29, 2004, at his home in Williamson Valley. He was born March 6, 1931, in Loma Linda, Calif., the son of Frank Lindsay and Wilma Jane (Benson) Taylor. Bill was 73 years old.

Bill and his family moved to Prescott in 1940, where he attended school and worked on ranches around Prescott in his teens. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner in a TBM-3 from 1948 to 1952, during the Korean Conflict.

His aviation career was with just one airline; he never changed jobs. The airline he was a pilot for just grew and kept changing names and expanding, starting with Bonanza to Hughes Airwest, then Republic and retiring with Northwest Airlines.

He enjoyed flying, gunsmithing, making rifle stocks, playing billiards, hunting, fishing, and camping in the Prescott area. Bill was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #330.

The loves of Bill’s life were Barbara, his wife of 31 years, and his family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara of Prescott; daughters, Wynona (Dan) MacDonald of Idleyld Park, Ore., Cynthia (Bill) Zellmer of Mancos, Colo., Enola Eastman of Willard, Utah, Sue Ellen Manuel of Prescott, and Rhonda (Matt) Urban of Monroe, Wis.; and his sister, Jackie (Larry) Goldston of Riviera, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his sons, Jerry and Frank.

A Gathering of Friends will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home at the corner of Cortez and Carleton in Prescott. Concluding services will be private interment with his sons at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

The family suggests memorials in his name to YRMC Hospice, Restricted Fund, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

Please visit our web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view a tribute on line to Bill and to leave a message for the family.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Nonnie S. Skidmore

Nonnie S. Skidmore, age 92, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord Jan. 1, 2005. Nonnie was born in Stokes County, N.C., March 23, 1912.

She grew up in Winston-Salem and attended the New York School of Art and Design. She raised her family in California, before moving to Prescott in 1959. Nonnie owned and operated the Yavapai Stone Company on 6th Street. She was truly a free spirit, always wanting to spread joy, peace and love, offering to help anyone in need. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She leaves behind two children, Dr. James (Lois) Fleming of Kearney, Neb., and daughter, Marsha (Edwin) Lee of Surrey, British Columbia, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family is extremely grateful to the staff at Autumn Court, Mountain View Manor, for the loving care and kindness given to Nonnie during the last year of her life.

A Family Memorial service will be held in King, N.C., at a later date.

Cremation was private and the family was assisted by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Ruth L. Shuffit, 76, of Wilhoit, born Jan. 12, 1928, in Sikeston, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, in Sun City.

A visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets, Prescott. There will also be a visitation in Sikeston, Mo., on Saturday, Jan. 8, with a Christian burial service on Monday, Jan. 10, at Sikeston Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston, Mo. The family suggests contributions be made in Ruth’s name to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Beverly “Jean” Stirpe, 72, of Prescott, born July 16, 1932, in New Ulm, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, in Prescott.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez St., Prescott. Burial will be private. The family suggests donations be made in Jean’s memory to the Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301 or to the Prescott National Forest Service, Attn: Michael King, 344 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ, 86303.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Berton A. “Bud” Cole

Berton A. “Bud” Cole, age 82, died in Prescott Dec. 30, 2004. He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich,. Dec. 18, 1922, one of six children of Bert and Ethel (Lyberg) Cole. His father was a papermaker and held several positions in various paper mills in Michigan before the family’s move to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1925. There Bud graduated from high school and then moved to Seattle in 1940 to join his parents after his father’s retirement.

Bud joined the Navy in 1942, serving 27 months on several South Pacific islands as a pharmacist’s mate, and was honorably discharged in August of 1945.

He was interested in the early development of plastics, and after taking technical courses and job training on the GI Bill, he shared in a partnership in a small acrylic and fiberglass plastics fabrication business.

In 1950, he joined the Boeing Airplane Company and was rapidly promoted to a variety of managerial positions. These included manufacturing superintendent of production for plastic airplane parts from three plastics production shops, operations manager of Boeing of Canada to assist in selecting a plastics reproduction site, and managing manufacturing research and development engineering groups responsible for developing and improving airplane interior manufacturing processes and technology.

Bud was recognized as a pioneer in the early development of epoxy resin fiberglass, reinforced plastic processes and their applications to airplanes, and commercial production manufacturing. He directed the process and development of the first fiberglass O’Brien water skis. In addition, he was the co-inventor of a number of Boeing patents and was active in presenting technical state-of-the-art papers and presentations at many national plastics engineering symposia. He was a co-founder of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers, chairing various offices as well as serving a term as its president. Bud was a gold card member of the Boeing Management Association.

He married his wife, Claire, in Newport, Ore., Oct. 23, 1982. They resided in Bellevue, Wash., until his retirement in 1986, when they moved to their newly built patio home in Hidden Valley Ranch in Prescott that year. In March 2004 they moved to Las Fuentes Resort Village.

Bud is survived by his loving wife; sons, Vernon Scott Cole of Tempe and Landy Hearst Cole of Everett, Wash.; a daughter, Kelli Lynn Smith of Washington; six grandsons and one granddaughter.

Bud and Claire were members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Prescott.

A Memorial service will be held at the church, 1202 Green Lane, on Sunday, Jan. 9th, at 3 p.m.

Cremation was private and the family was assisted by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Jerrold Edmond Brenizer

Jerrold Edmond Brenizer, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2005, at the age of 64. Jerry fought a hard battle against emphysema and diabetes, but finally found peace and is now with the Lord.

He was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Yuba City, Calif., and was raised in Casa Grande, where he excelled in sports, playing football and setting numerous records in track as a sprinter and pole vaulter. He went to ASU on a track scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Jerry had a varied and diverse career history, from teacher/coach, to construction worker, to business owner. Jerry spent 10 years in Prescott as owner of Rocky’s Tavern and loved living in the high country. He will always be remembered for his high level of intelligence, his humor, his honesty and integrity, and his work ethic.

The quintessential cowboy, Jerry lived by the code of the West – work hard, don’t complain, and make the best of every situation. He loved playing the guitar and fly fishing for trout. He was a great example to his children and you were proud to be called his friend. He will be truly missed.

Jerry was predeceased by his father, Edmond R. Brenizer, and survived by his mother, Ruth Brenizer; his twin sisters, Donita Giaquinto and Anita (Don) Fazio; his children, Jason Brenizer, Michelle Pauley-Wollam, and Mike Mossman. Jerry also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of His Life will be held Jan. 8 at Lundberg Mortuary, 5310 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Ariz. Visitation at 2 p.m. and services at 3 p.m.

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Helen Phair MacDonald

Helen Phair MacDonald, age 83, of Congress, went to be with the Lord Jan. 4, 2005. She was born April 13, 1921, in Berlin, N.H.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Susan Gahr of Texas and Sandra K. Heller of Arizona; three sisters, Joyce, Lorraine and Beverly; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, John Orton MacDonald.

Private family services will be held at home.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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James C. Sizemore, 78, of Peeples Valley, born April 22, 1926, in Harland City, Ky., died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at the VA Medical Center, Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley. Private inurnment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Manuel J. Felix, 77, of Prescott, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Prescott.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 6, at the Heritage Memory Mortuary Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Arrangements by Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Louise Gibson, 99, of Prescott Valley, born May 14, 1905, in Toccoa, Ga., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, in Prescott.

The family had private family services.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friday, Jan. 7, 2005

Jerrold Edmond Brenizer

Jerrold Edmond Brenizer, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2005, at the age of 64. Jerry fought a hard battle against emphysema and diabetes, but finally found peace and is now with the Lord.

He was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Yuba City, Calif., and was raised in Casa Grande, where he excelled in sports, playing football and setting numerous records in track as a sprinter and pole vaulter. He went to ASU on a track scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Jerry had a varied and diverse career history, from teacher/coach, to construction worker, to business owner. He will always be remembered for his high level of intelligence, his humor, his honesty and integrity, and his work ethic.

The quintessential cowboy, Jerry lived by the code of the West – work hard, don’t complain, and make the best of every situation. He loved playing the guitar and fly fishing for trout. He was a great example to his children and you were proud to be called his friend. He will be truly missed.

Jerry was predeceased by his father, Edmond R. Brenizer, and is survived by his mother, Ruth Brenizer; his twin sisters, Donita Giaquinto and Anita (Don) Fazio; his children, Jason Brenizer, Michelle Pauley-Wollam and Mike Mossman. Jerry also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of His Life will be held Jan. 8, at Lundberg Mortuary, 5310 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Ariz. Visitation at 2 p.m. and services at 3 p.m.

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Liam Michael Powers

Liam Michael Powers, infant son of Fritz and Sondra Powers of Chino Valley, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Bethany Sarah Powers; his maternal grandmother, Gail Sandra Dagostino of Prescott; his maternal great-grand mother, Helen Rice of New York; his paternal grandmother, Mary E. Powers of New York; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by siblings Joel Francis and Shea; his maternal grandfather, Norman Patrick Dagostino of Prescott; and paternal grandfather, Michael S. Powers of New York.

Burial ceremonies at Mountain View Children’s Cemetery will be private. A Memorial service of Christian Celebration will be held at the Prescott Free Methodist Church at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, balloons may be brought to the church on the date (to be announced) of the Memorial service.

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Leo Preston Rose Sr.

Leo Preston Rose, Sr., 86, of Prescott, born June 23, 1918, in Morris, Okla., died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home in Prescott.

A celebration of life and gathering of friends will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, a the Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez St., Prescott, with James Price as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Leo’s memory be directed to the Prescott Saddle Club, PO Box 11052, Prescott, AZ 86304.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Donald D. McRae

Donald D. McRae, 67, of Prescott, born April 28, 1937, in McLennan County, Texas, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

Private cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley. Celebration of Donald’s life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the VA hospital in the Domiciliary.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005

Perry W. Thomas

Perry W. Thomas, of Chino Valley, died Jan. 6, 2005, at Bob Stump VA Medical Center in Prescott. He was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Phoenix, the son of Alexander W. and Beatrice B. (Perry) Thomas. Perry was 75 years old.

Perry proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired from YRMC in the engineering department. Perry was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Disabled American Veterans and a very active member of the Yavapai Jeep Posse, just recently turning in his badge and retiring from the Posse. He was very proud of his service to his community through his volunteer work and his service to his country in the Navy and his family.

Perry is survived by his loving wife of almost 48 years, Dionne; his sons, Dean (Krystal) of Chino Valley, Reed (Kristi) of Fontana, Calif.; daughters, Penny (Brian) Davis of Saugus, Calif., and Nancy (Eldon) Staggs of Buckeye; brother-in-law, Darold (Margie) Klauk of Lexington S.C.; and 12 grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at the VA Chapel, 500 North Highway 89, with a Visitation one hour prior. Full Military honors will be by the Honor Detail of American Legion Post #6. Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Any donations are excepted by Disabled American Veterans, 500 North Highway 89, Prescott, AZ 86313.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit our Web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view the tribute on line and to leave a message for the family.

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Dorothy H. Van Dervoort

Dorothy H. Van Dervoort 3/27/1904 – 1/1/2005.

Originally a Flory from Lincoln, Neb., she married “Ted” Van Dervoort in San Diego in 1933. They had three daughters and they owned and operated both retail and wholesale nurseries. Dorothy moved to Prescott in 1992 and lived with her remaining daughter, Nancy, for many years. Last March she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends, including her nieces and nephews from California, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

She is survived by Nancy and a granddaughter, Melissa Thornburg.

She will be remembered as a wonderfully loving and supportive mother, friend, and companion.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

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Helen Canan Smith

Helen Canan Smith, born Aug. 14, 1911, in Springfield, Ill., left this world on Jan. 5, 2005.

She is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Owen Smith; she leaves her children, Sandra Rogers and Linda Silen; grandchildren, Michele Goudreault and Daniel Silen, all of Prescott, and Jennifer Brennan of Santa Cruz, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Justin Clement of Prescott and Shana Brennan and Katrina Casillas of California.

A resident of Las Fuentes Resort Village for eight years, she spent her last months at Paradise One at Prescott. She will be well missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services to be held at Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at 11 a.m. and a Memorial Gathering of Family and Friends to be held at the home of Linda Silen to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Arizona Chapter, Prescott AZ.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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Ralph Beard Sr.

Ralph Beard Sr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Skull Valley, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2005.

Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Al Beard; mother, LeNurma Beard; and brothers, Douglas and Kenneth Beard.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Doris Beard of Skull Valley; sons, Ralph Beard Jr. of Parker and Douglas Beard of Osburn, Idaho; daughter, Drema Stroud of Wickenburg; along with six grandchildren, Denae and Devon Stroud, Carly and Nicholas Beard, Brianne and Tyler Beard; brother, Harold Beard; and sister, Louise Miller.

Services will be held on Monday, Jan. 10th, at Skull Valley Bible Church, viewing at 12:30, service at 1 p.m.

Funeral arrangements have been made through Heritage Memory Mortuary at 131 Grove Avenue, in Prescott.

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Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005

Mary Theresa Echeverria

Mary Theresa Echeverria, age 84, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Meadow Park Care Center in Prescott. She was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Wapato, Wash., the daughter of Edward J. and Nettie (Felt) Davis.

She moved to Arizona in 1945, and in 1982 she moved to Yavapai County.

Theresa is survived by her children and their spouses, Larry and Jatone Echeverria of El Paso, Texas, Steve and Debbie Echeverria of Buckeye, Renee and Bob Seidsma of Salmon, Idaho, Mary Annette and Ed Uptégrove of Buckeye, Denise Echeverria of Prescott Valley, and Yvonne and Dwight Murray, also of Prescott Valley. Theresa is also survived by three brothers, 16 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at St. Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 East Dana Drive, in Prescott Valley, with Rev. John Shetler officiating. Cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view the tribute on-line and leave a message.

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Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper, 88, of Prescott, born Aug. 21, 1916, in Charlerois, Penn., died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Prescott.

There will be private services.

Arrangements under direction of Sunrise Funeral Home.

Thomas M. Moseley

Thomas M. Moseley, 82, of Dewey born March 16, 1922, in Parker, Ariz., died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the VA Medical Center.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, with inurnment at Arizona National Cemetery, Phoenix.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2005

Craig L. Baccus

Craig L. Baccus, 50, of Prescott, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, in Prescott. He was born July 11, 1954, in Castro Valley, Calif.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Calvary Chapel.

Arrangements under direction of Sunrise Funeral Home.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005

James E. Ledford

James E. Ledford Sr., of Juniata Gap, Altoona, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, after a six-year fight with cancer. He was born Aug. 6, 1932, to Leo and Della (Furry) McGee.

He was later adopted by Basco and Plona Ledford. He had a wonderful childhood with them in Juniata.

He graduated from Altoona High in 1951 and joined the Navy in November of 1951. He first married Lois Stumpf. He served in the Korean Conflict.

Jim joined the Altoona Police Department in June 1965, where he served twenty years before retiring in September 1983.

He married Dianne Wirt Dec. 13, 1974. They had thirty adventuresome years together.

Although Jim held many part-time jobs over the years, his favorites were security at Gable’s (where he met Dianne), Mercy Hospital, and in recent years at Carmike Theater. Jim loved driving and traveling and had done so extensively over the last twenty years. He lived a wonderful life while in Prescott and Edmonds, Wash. In 1999, he and his wife returned home to re-explore the area he loved best, Pennsylvania.

Jim has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Juniata VFW, Juniata Civic Association, and the Fun Pennsylvania Club and Marriage Encounter in Prescott.

He had held membership in the United Methodist Church, Unity Church, and the Church of Religious Science.

He is survived by his wife of thirty years (and thousands of miles), Dianne (Wirt) Ledford. Also surviving are their children (yours, mine, and ours), Damon C. Ledford of Prescott Valley, James E. Ledford, Jr. of Altoona, Penn., Lee A. Ledford and his wife, Cathy of San Diego, Calif., Barry Ledford and his wife, Brenda of Altoona, Penn., Thomas Ledford of Altoona, Penn., and Lisa (Ledford) Ilyes of Sarasota, Fla. Surviving are stepchildren, Tanya Glashauser and her fiancé, Scott Titzel of Altoona, Penn., and Mark Glashauser. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many wonderful friends.

Jim read this quote somewhere and copied it to be read after his death. “Because I don’t believe that goodbyes are forever, or that they should be sad affairs, I invite you to raise a glass with me and remember only happy things today. No speeches, no tears, no solemn farewells. Please know that I’ve had a fine life, filled with more than my share of warm memories of the things and people that count the most – friends and family. It’s been a great adventure.” –Author Unknown.

Family and friends will be received at a Memorial Visitation to be held at the Santella Funeral Home, 1106 8th Avenue, Altoona, PA on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, from 2 to 6 p.m.

In remembrance of Jim Ledford, those who wish may make contributions to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.

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Paul Edward Garland

Paul Edward Garland, age 66, of Dewey, graduated into heaven on Jan. 6, 2005, in Dewey. Mr. Garland was born on May 15, 1938, in Sterling, Ill.

Paul was an orphan and had a difficult childhood. He overcame those obstacles and became a wonderful man. He served in the U.S. Navy. He drove stock cars in races in the Sacramento, Calif., area in the early 1960s. He wore many hats. One of his favorite hats was that of a Master Painter. He was always ready to help and wanted a straight answer to any question. Paul was eager to learn and wanted to know about everything. He was a loving husband and a loyal friend.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathie, his four children from the Sacramento, Calif., area, Tami Vitto, Max McFarland, Paul Garland, Jr., and Lisa Kalaveras; four grandchildren, Kate McFarland, Kayla and Hilary Usrey, Natalie and Nicholas Kalaveras, also from the Sacramento area; cousins, Fran and Dan Fischer of Wickenburg, Holly and Brooks Anderson of Flagstaff, Ginger and Donald Dawson; and one sister and brother-in-law, Coni and Don Henry of Atlanta, Ga.

Paul had many friends in Arizona and California and was also a good friend of the Prescott area Song of the Pines.

National Cremation Society of Phoenix handled the arrangements.

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Stephen Anderson Booth

Stephen Anderson Booth, 40, was killed on Dec. 16, 2004, in an automobile accident on an icy mountain road in Prescott. Mr. Booth was born in Opelika, Ala., on Jan. 19, 1964, while his father was a graduate student at Auburn University.

He lived for many years in Massachusetts, graduated from Belmont High School in 1982, and attended the MA College of Liberal Arts/North Adams. After leaving New England, he lived in West Palm Beach, Fla., Rochester, Minn., and for the last 2-1/2 years in Prescott, where he was a Manager at Decision Point, Inc.

At a Memorial service organized by his friends in Prescott, many spoke of his positive impact on their lives, his irreverent sense of humor, and that he always took time to listen and help others. He was an avid reader, loved music, travel, and his family. His parents, brother and cousin Joanne Lambert were present at the memorial.

He is survived by his immediate family including his parents, Joan and Jim Booth of Alexandria, Va., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; his brother, Dr. Jeb A. Booth; sister-in-law, Lisa Merlo-Booth; nephew, Cole and niece, Rylee Booth of Bellingham, Mass.

At a later date, his ashes will be scattered in the ocean off Martha’s Vineyard.

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Albert Gargano

Albert Gargano, age 91, of Prescott, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at the Pleasant Valley Care Home in Prescott. Albert was born Nov. 28, 1913, in Leavittsburg, Ohio, to Antonio and Carmella (Marandino) Gargano.

Albert served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe. He worked on the railroad before and after his military service. He had a varied background from working on the railroad to building custom sailboats in Northern Ohio. Albert moved to Prescott from Painesville, Ohio, in 1998, to be closer to family.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lawrence, William, and Joseph, and his sister, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette of Prescott; a brother, Dominic (Eileen) Gargano of Warren, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan., 15, at 10 a.m., at the Hampton Funeral Home, with Fr. Fred LeClaire, C.M.F. officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Heritage Memorial Park Cemetery in Dewey.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

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Marie A. Howeth

Marie A. Howeth, age 97, died Jan. 9, 2005, at The Peaks in Flagstaff. She was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Eaton Rapids, Mich. Her parents were Loren Miller and Ella Fay Miller. She was one of nine children.

She married Loyd C. Howeth in 1945. As an Air Force wife, she lived in Texas, Alaska, Michigan, and Southern California. She and Loyd retired to Prescott Valley in 1987, then moved to Flagstaff in 1999. Loyd preceded her in death in 2000.

Marie was a homemaker and took great pride in decorating her house. Her hobbies included sewing and playing bridge. She loved animals, especially horses and dogs.

She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Clover. Also she is survived by her sisters, Ada Tate of Bethany, Okla., and Florence Marguerite Rademacher of Lansing, Mich.; and by her brothers, George Miller of Peebles, Ohio, and Jack Miller of Mount Morris, Mich. Also, she leaves behind her little blue heeler, Rhyl, who misses her very much.

Services will be private.

The family suggests instead of flowers a donation could be made to the Humane Society in Marie’s name.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

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Gloria C. Murray

Gloria C. Murray entered into life Aug. 19, 1923, in Melrose, Minn. She entered into eternal life Jan. 5, 2005, in Surprise, Ariz.

She is survived by her son, Daniel; daughters, Janet, Marguerite, and Colette; three grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

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Hildegard Rohweder

Hildegard Rohweder, 78, of Mayer, born July 29, 1926 in Jersey City, N.J., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Mayer.

A commeration service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sunrise Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.

N. Lee Baccus

N. Lee Baccus, 78, of Prescott Valley, born on Aug. 16, 1926 in Alton, Ill., died on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, in Prescott Valley.

The family is requesting no services.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

Ivan J. Turner

Ivan J. Turner, 79, of Prescott, born on April 5, 1925, in Newcastle, Ind., died on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, in Prescott.

Services to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at VA Medical Center Chapel. Burial at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix.

Arrangements by Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Carl Wood Clark Jr.

Carl Wood Clark, Jr., 85, of Prescott, born on Dec. 22, 1919, in Somerton, Ariz., died on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Prescott.

Cremation was private at Bradshaw Crematory, with inurnment at Mt. View Cemetery.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

James Byron Parvin

James Byron Parvin, 86, of Chino Valley, born on Nov. 28, 1918, in Athens, Ala., died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Chino Valley.

There will be no services at this time.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Anni Little

Anni Little, 79, of Prescott Valley, born in Frankfurt, Germany, died on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, in Prescott Valley.

Services have been held. The family suggests memorials in her memory to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 8, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-008.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

James Edward Henry

James Edward Henry died last Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, 2005, in Plano, Texas. Jim was born to Margie and Thomas Henry in Saint Joseph, Mo., on Nov. 3, 1938.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Henry of Fairview, Texas, and her two children, his three children, and their families, Ellen and Tim Nordstrom, Matt Henry, and Jennifer and Michelle Truman, and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Henry and his family and his former wife, Cynthia Henry.

Jim Henry graduated from the University of Arizona, with a Masters in Public Administration and from Arizona State University, with a Masters in Social Work. He served as a juvenile probation officer and an adult probation officer for Pima County. For the remainder of his career, Jim was a federal probation officer working in Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott. Jim was a member of the Y’s Men’s Club in Tucson and later a very active member of the Lions Club in Prescott.

A Memorial Reception will be held at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St., on Saturday, Jan. 22nd, at 11 a.m.

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Teri Kiehle Keay

Teri Kiehle Keay, a former Prescott Country Club resident, died at her home in Oceanside, Calif., on Dec. 30, 2004. She was born April 10, 1928, in Checotah, Okla.

She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill of only 3-1/2 months; two daughters, Linda (Bob) Hayden and Cindy (Butch) Hancock; stepdaughter, Donna (Kurt) Zeigler; stepsons, Mike (Margaret) and John (Cheryl) Keay; sisters, Betty Adams, Shirlene (Roy) Gustafson, Oleta (Charles) Woolsey and Marilyn (Roger) Wright; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Keihle; son, Ronald Chaulsette; stepdaughter, Barbara Keihle; and grandson, Brian Wilson.

Teri was a friend to all who came her way and was a tireless volunteer. She loved to dance and travel the world, and in her memory, those who remain will try to live up to the legacy she left. She will be missed by all her family and friends. She was truly loved.

A Memorial service was held on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Oceanside, Calif.

The family requests that those wishing to contribute to her memory may do so by making a donation to Civitan Inc., c/o Mary Lou Elliott, 5672 Dartmor Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057.

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Margaret E. Evans, 96, of Prescott, born Nov. 4, 1908, in Plymouth, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Mt. View Manor, Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Betty E. Goekler, 77, of Prescott, born July 11, 1927, in Lincoln, England, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Lorraine Armstrong, 78, born Nov. 22, 1926, in Saginaw, Wis., died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at her home in Chino Valley.

Private cremation was held.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Donald G. Tucker, 71, of Cornville, born July 16, 1933, in Seattle, Wash., died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at the VA Medical Center, Prescott.

A private cremation will be held at the Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Nellie M. Hunt, 91, of Prescott, born Feb. 16, 1913, in Arcola, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Wm. James “Jim” Paul died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be private.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Thursday, January 13, 2004

Dorothy Grantham

Dorothy Grantham, age 88, resident of Prescott for six years, passed away on Jan. 9, 2005, at the Prescott Samaritan Village. She was born on April 7, 1916, in Blue Eye, Mo., to Pleas and Berta Moore.

Her greatest passion was growing beautiful flower gardens.

Dorothy is survived by daughters, Sandra Denman and Patricia Holmes; son, H. Gaylon Grantham; 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Fri. Jan. 14th, at 2 p.m., at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 719 North 27th Avenue, in Phoenix.

Arrangements by Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary.

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Nellie M. Hunt

Nellie M. Hunt died Jan. 11, 2005, in Prescott. She was 91 years old. Nellie was one of six children, Modesta, Pauline, Wayne, Eugene, and Rosa Lee, born to Charlie James and Tracy (Kanitz) Love.

She and Pauline came to Prescott in 1937, to make their homes. Nellie met her husband, Dale W. Hunt in Prescott and together they enjoyed the hunting and fishing in Northern Arizona, especially in the times when you could get a big buck in Williamson Valley and be home for lunch. Nellie had a wry sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke. With a twinkle in her eye, she often told her friends that she subscribed to the “Courier” so she could read her own obituary.

Nellie is survived by her youngest sister, Rose Lee Smith of Wichita, Kan., many nieces and nephews, and locally by her nephew, Joe Massucco.

Private cremation by the Bradshaw Crematory, in Prescott Valley.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Robert Wurl

Robert Wurl died Jan. 10, 2005, at YRMC in Prescott. He was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., the son of John E. and Marguerite J. (Jensen) Wurl. Bob was 82 years old.

Bob moved to Prescott 20 years ago following his retirement as a locksmith from the University of California, at Santa Cruz. He was extremely proud of his military service in the U.S. Army, 5th Division during WWII.

He enjoyed traveling, wood working, and meeting people. Bob was widowed twice, once when his beloved Dorothy and the mother of his daughters died. He was again blessed with his marriage to Alice, who died in 1993.

Bob became an active member of the New Beginning Bereavement Group, often counseling men when they became widowed and using his exceptional care giving skills. He lovingly cared for Alice’s mother, Clara, for several years.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Roberta (Joe) Demellopine of Modesto, Calif., and Dorothy Shelton of Chicopee, Mass.; brother, Ronald of Tempe; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A Visitation and Gathering of Friends will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home at the corner of Cortez and Carleton in Prescott, with a Celebration of Bob’s Life at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials in his name to YRMC Hospice, Restricted Fund, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86313 or American Cancer Research, 916 East Gurley, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Please visit our web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view a tribute online to Bob and to leave a message for the family.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Mildred E. Dixon

Mildred E. Dixon was born April 22, 1910, in Thebes, Ill., and died Nov. 20, 2004. Her family moved to Carbondale, Ill., where she graduated from high school. She attended Southern Illinois Teacher’s College, earning a teacher’s certificate. She married her high school sweetheart, Warner Dixon, Sr., on Aug. 22, 1930. They operated a riding stable for several years, after which she returned to school and earned a bachelor of education degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teacher’s College in 1940.

Mildred did not have the fascination for the West that her husband had, but she was willing to go West with him. They heard about Prescott from friends, and in 1942, decided to see what the little town was like. She claimed they settled in Prescott because their tires were worn out, and with the WWII scarcity of rubber, they could go no farther.

Mildred’s artistic talents seemed unlimited. She was accomplished in oil painting, pastels and watercolors, and belonged to the Mountain Artists Guild. She learned the craft of ceramics. As a seamstress, she made clothes, including custom sports coats for her husband, complete with lining, and in the colorful fabrics he liked. She also made ties to match.

She made many complicated stained glass pieces, such as Tiffany-style lamps, figures of clowns with balloons, angels, and others. Bolo ties and rings were part of her lapidary projects. At one time she and a friend marketed their jewelry in Prescott stores.

Around 1964, Mildred renewed her teacher’s certificate and taught at Lincoln school in Prescott until about 1975. She loved working with children.

Memorial services will be held at the Unity Church of Prescott, 145 South Arizona Avenue, on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The service will be a celebration of her life. Anyone who knew her is encouraged to attend, and to tell a story about her, or share how she touched a life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Unity Youth Education would be gratefully appreciated.

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Barbara Wakenigg Stubbs

Barbara Wakenigg Stubbs died in Mesa on Jan. 10, 2005. Barbara was born in Milfred, Conn., on Sept. 22, 1942, to John and Marion Page Wakenigg.

She moved to Prescott with her parents in 1953. Barbara graduated from Prescott High in 1960 and attended the University of Arizona. Before she retired Barbara was employed by Salt River Project as an estimator.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Rodney Stubbs of Mesa; her mother, Marion Wakenigg of Prescott; son, Justin (Michelle Brandon Wood) Wood of Peoria; stepsons, Rodney and Jason Stubbs of Mesa and brother, Richard (Cathy) Wakenigg of North Carolina.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, John and sister, Jo Ann.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at 3 p.m., at Melcher Mortuary Chapel of Roses, in Mesa.

The family requests that those wishing to contribute to her memory may do so by making a donation to the American Diabetes Association.

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John “Jack” Therkildsen, 72, of Morristown, born Jan. 21, 1932, in Waltham, Mass., died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at the VA Medical Center, Prescott.

A gathering of friends will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez St., Prescott.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Veryle B. Buck, 73, of Chino Valley, born June 30, 1931, in Correctionville, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, in Prescott.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel on Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley. Burial will follow the service at Chino Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Janet Naome Lehman, 78, of Prescott Valley, born March 7, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Prescott Valley.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel and Crema-tory.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Mildred Geiler

Mildred Marguereite White Geiler was born Jan. 19, 1908, in North Judson, Ind., to G.A. and Elizabeth White.

She married George Thomas Geiler Dec. 1, 1928. Her husband preceded her in death in April 1978, and she died in her sleep Jan. 6, 2005, at Home Sweet Home care facility. They had moved to Cottonwood and the Bent River Ranch in 1960 from Phoenix.

Other survivors include Elnora K. Jordan, Mildred and George’s only child and Elnora’s husband, Charles E. Jordan.

Mrs. Geiler was an active P.E.O. member for 74 years and president of the four chapters that she belonged to over the years.

She also belonged to the Order of Eastern Star and is a Past Matron of the Cottonwood Chapter. As a member while living in Phoenix, she became active as a supporter of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, becoming a mother adviser and later the scholarship chairman for the state organization for 40 years.

Mildred acted as a Girl Scout leader and Camp Fire leader, president of the Washington Women’s Club, as well as Zonta International Organization.

On April 15, 1968, Mrs. Geiler became one of the founding groups of the Marcus J. Lawrence Hospital Volunteers or Pink Ladies. When she retired in April 1999, she had donated over 18,605 hours of service. Mildred and George made quite an impression on the Rainbow Girls that they worked with back in the ’40s through the ’90s. In fact, approximately about 10 of those girls of the 1950s have travelled to Cottonwood the past 10 years to help celebrate her birthday, Jan. 19.

Services have been held.

The Geiler family would appreciate donations to your favorite charity, in lieu of flowers, or sending a memorial to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 511, Cottonwood, AZ.

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Betty E. Gockler

Betty E. Gockler, born July 11, 1928, in Lincoln, England, died Jan. 7, 2005, in Prescott.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Connie Hempsall of England and Mary Alice Edmondson of California, the Fox family, Hempsall family of England, and numerous nieces and nephews in the USA.

No services.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to your favorite charity.

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Veryle B. Buck, 73, of Chino Valley, born June 30, 1931, in Correctionville, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, in Prescott.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel on Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley. Burial will follow the service at Chino Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Carl Clark

Carl Clark Jr. died in Prescott on Jan. 7, 2005, at the age of 85. He was born to Mae and Carl Clark in Somerton, Ariz., on Dec. 22, 1919. The following year the family moved to Prescott when Carl Sr. assumed management of the University of Arizona Experimental Station.

Carl Jr. attended school in Prescott and played football for the Badgers, achieving all-state status along with his good friends Wallace Harper and Clifford Miller. He attended the University of Arizona and was commissioned in 1942 by ROTC.

He was wounded while serving as a tank commander in General Patton’s Sixth Armored Division. When his tank was disabled by enemy artillery, Carl, while under heavy enemy fire, assisted the other injured men until he himself was wounded. For these actions he was awarded the Bronze Star along with the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his siblings, Dr. John Clark of Rogers, Richard Clark of Scottsdale and by Mary Wineck and Hazel Clark Deming, both of Prescott.

Services will be held Monday, Jan. 17th, in the United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., and under the direction of Rev. Tim, with Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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William James Paul

William James Paul, AKA Bill or Jim, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, and retired in Prescott, died Jan. 9, 2005, with his family at his side.

Jim was a West High graduate class of 1954 in Columbus, Ohio. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force and graduated flight school from Sampson Air Force in New York. Jim also served in the Navy Reserves. Jim went on to become a Doctor of Chiropractic and graduated from Palmer University with highest honors, Pi Tau Delta, in 1972.

Jim was a proud father and grandparent and is survived by his son Darryl; grandchildren, Brandon 16 and Roury 15; his daughter, Kellie and Nathan Gatewood formerly of Prescott and their children, Sheynna 16, Trevor 13, and Bronz 6. He also has a stepdaughter, Patrica Schleusner.

Jim “DAD” will be greatly missed and remembered for being a loving grandparent “POPS.” Dad, thanks for the person you’ve taught us to be and the special friend of integrity you were. “May GOD EMBRACE YOU.”

For information please call 602-866-3645.

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Esther Ann Witherbee West

Esther Ann Witherbee West passed quietly into the embrace of God, with her family at her side on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, in Phoenix. She was born May 7, 1919, in Galesville, Wis., the daughter of Oliver Day and Lillie (Gilbertson) Witherbee. Esther was 85 years old.

Esther graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BA in Spanish and worked at the graduate level in Psychology. She was a Civil Servant in Personnel Management who, in her retirement, worked in real estate as a licensed broker. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.W. (Pete) West in 1994.

Esther lived a full and determinedly independent life. She traveled the globe, living in Asia and Europe for many years. Esther was one of the early flight attendants for United Airlines. She loved entertaining and spending time with her friends and was blessed late in life with the birth of two grandsons. The joy they brought to her life and she brought to theirs can not be measured in normal terms. She enjoyed simply being with her “boys.” She was a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC in Prescott.

Esther is survived by her daughter, “Julie” Jacqueline West Guise and son-in-law, the Rev. William Guise of Prescott; her son, Benjiman (Benji) Floyd West of Tucson; and grandsons, Liam and Zachary Guise.

A Celebration of Esther’s Life will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at the First Congregational Church, UCC in Prescott, with the Rev. Dr. John Stevenson of Sierra Vista’s Faith Presbyterian officiating.

The family suggests memorials in Esther’s name be sent to the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family. Visit our Web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view the tribute on line and to leave a message for the family.

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Martha Cook

Martha Cook, 81, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 14, 2005. She was a native of Arizona.

She was born in Cottonwood, to Jesse and Margaret (Thompson) Purtyman.

She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughter, Lagene Wilcox; brother, James Purtyman; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at the First Assembly of God Church, 1455 Willow Creek Road.

Arrangements by Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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Boyd Stroud Sullivan, 76, of Prescott, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at the VA Medical Center in Prescott. He was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Toronto, Ohio.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory.

Arrangements were entrusted to Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005

Mary Adele Lewey

Mary Adele Lewey, age 89, passed away, peacefully, at her home in Las Fuentes, in Prescott, on Jan. 10, 2005. She was born Jan. 30, 1915, in River Forest, Ill.

Mary enjoyed 57 wonderful years of marriage to her late, beloved husband, Hollis Lewey, founder of Holly Foods Inc., McHenry, Ill. Her two loving children survive her: daughter, Mary Jean Basta and her husband, Joe; and son, John Lewey and his wife, Dina. Mary leaves behind a rich legacy of four grandchildren, Marisa Brown and husband, Matt, Michael Basta and wife, Tina, Joseph Basta and wife, Melissa, and Jennifer Lewey. Her five great-grandchildren also survive her, Owen Brown, William Brown, Anthony Basta, Marcus Basta, and Emma Basta.

Mary had a mind to be envied. She attended the University of Illinois and was a prestigious member of the Dean’s List. She was the youngest daughter of the late John Armstrong, founder of Armstrong Brothers Tool Company, Armstrong Avenue, Chicago, Ill., and mother Minnie Blum-Armstrong. Mary was the last of her siblings, three brothers, and five sisters. She enjoyed a rich life, living in Illinois, Colorado, Florida and Arizona. She will be greatly missed by all of us who will always remember her great wit charm and elegance. She was what defines a great lady and we are grateful for every day that we were blessed by her love.

A Memorial Mass and Burial will be at Saint Patrick’s Church and Cemetery in McHenry, Ill., at a later date. For memorial date and time please call Colonial Funeral Home at (815) 385-0063.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Yavapai Regional Medical Center Hospice, 3262 North Windsong Drive, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312 or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Rosalie Korson

Rosalie Korson, of Prescott, born Feb. 16, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., died Jan. 16, 2005.

She is survived by Irving, her beloved husband of 56 years; her brother, Marvin; her three children, Chuck, Shirley, and Bill; her six grandchildren, Danny, Sara, Ben, Josh, Clay, and Justin; and her two great-grandchildren, Bailie and Delanie.

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Charlotte Irene Noteboom

Charlotte Irene Noteboom passed away peacefully into the hands of God at her home on Saturday, Jan. 15th, in Prescott Valley. She was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Philadelphia, Penn., the daughter of Kenneth and Miriam (Shiery) Mealing. Charlotte was 70 years old.

Charlotte attended Penn State where she excelled at field hockey. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse prior to managing the Quarter N Ranch in Dewey for seven years. Charlotte worked as an administrative secretary for Bradshaw Mountain High School since its inception in 1976 and also at Glassford Hill Middle School for 22 years. She touched the hearts of many students and teachers with her ability to listen and her knack for offering words of wisdom in a manner that was caring and non-judgmental. Charlotte truly loved to go to work and rarely missed a day. Known simply as “Mom” to hundreds of students, she considered the staff and students to be part of her family.

Charlotte enjoyed a full and independent lifestyle in the Prescott Valley area. Charlotte felt truly blessed being with her seven grandchildren. They brought joy to her heart and smiles to her face. With a hug and a kiss, “Nana” never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud she was of them.

Charlotte is survived by her brother, Kenneth Mealing of North Carolina; her sister, Delores of Massachusetts; her son, Chip Noteboom of Tempe; her daughter, Carol Devendorf and son-in-law, Don Devendorf of Prescott; and her daughter, Sharon Haese and son-in-law, Larry Haese of Prescott Valley; and grandchildren, Chad, Zakary, Shawn, Nicholas, Kylee, Bailee, and Morgan.

A Celebration of Charlotte’s Life will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley.

The family suggests memorials in Charlotte’s name to Bradshaw Mountain High School Athletics.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

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John Robert Mills

John Robert Mills, 83, of Prescott, born Jan. 28, 1921, in Baccus, Utah, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Prescott.

Memorial service is planned at a family gathering in Utah in August. Private cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Doretta J. Hobbs

Doretta J. Hobbs, 64, of Prescott, born March 12, 1940, in Hammond, Ind., died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Bessie M. Paulsen

Bessie M. Paulsen, 91, of Prescott, born Aug. 13, 1913, in Davenport, Iowa, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, in Prescott.

A celebration of Bessie’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Prescott. Private inurnment will be at Heritage Memorial Cemetery, Dewey. Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley. The family suggests donations be made in Bessie’s memory to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott, 445-4536, or to the Prescott Samaritan Village, 1030 Scott Drive, Prescott, 778-2450.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Fred H. Haisten

Fred H. Haisten, 82, of Mayer, born Oct. 21, 1922, in Lexington, Ala., died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Desert Hills Fellowship, Highway 69, Humboldt.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.

Robert "Bob" Engelmann

Robert “Bob” Engelmann, 84, of Prescott, born Nov. 5, 1920, in Des Moines, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at Meadow Park Care Center, Prescott.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship House, 945 Rancho Vista Drive, Prescott.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Lorne W. “Rus” Currie

Lorne W. “Rus” Currie died at his home on Jan. 15, 2005. He was born in Vancouver, B.C.

He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Command Sergeant Major. After successfully completing 23 years of military service, he managed men’s clothing stores in California and Oregon. His retirement, in 1994, brought him to the Prescott Country Club, providing Rus with the opportunity to engage in his favorite pastime – golf. In addition to hitting the links, Rus enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking on the barbecue, and walking KC, his loyal canine companion.

Rus leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Jeanne, a daughter, Penny Erias (Chris), a son, Kip R. Duford (Andrea), and a daughter, RustiAnne (Damien Gallo). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Lauren, Megan, Jacob and Kameryn; sisters, Olive Linn of Washington and Beverly Corper of California; a brother, Robert (Pat) of Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Ruth Steffes-Petersen (Ernie); and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Rus’s Life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22nd, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, corner of Loos and Long Look in Prescott Valley.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials in Rus’s name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7763 East Long Look, Prescott Valley, 86314 or YRMC Hospice, Restricted Fund, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86313.

Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel is assisting the family. Visit our web site at www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view the tribute on line and to leave a message for the family.

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Rita A. Lownes

Rita A. Lownes, age 70, died Jan. 14, 2005, in Florida. She was born April 8, 1934, in New York, N.Y., to William and Annie (O’Shaughnessy) Sears, Sr.

Rita enjoyed visiting with her friends. She enjoyed cooking for both her family and friends. Rita also enjoyed watching her soap operas. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mayer.

Rita is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ray of Dewey; son, Raymond G. Lownes of Illinois; daughters, Patricia, Margaret and Jeanne Lownes, all of California; sister, Helen of Bradenton, Fla.; grandsons, Kyle and Colton; and granddaughter, Jennifer.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Monsignor William Sears, Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.

A Gathering of Family and Friends, in honor of Rita will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mayer.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Rita’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5377, Phoenix, AZ 85010.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Lela Pauline Osborn

Lela Pauline Osborn, age 62, passed away at her home in Miles, Texas, Nov. 26, 2004. Services were Dec. 1, 2004, at the Miles Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Osborn; sons, Todd Osborn, Mark Osborn and his wife, Carrie Osborn; and her grandchildren, Chelsie, Shane, Ryan and Alyssa Osborn.

A Memorial will be held at the American Legion in Chino Valley on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Pauline Crewdson, 82, of Prescott Valley, born July 26, 1922, in Edison, Neb., died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Redondo Beach, Calif., with burial to follow at the Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Whittier, Calif.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pauline Crewdson

Pauline Crewdson, age 82, of Prescott Valley, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. Pauline was born July 26, 1922, in Edison, Neb., to Charles and Thressie (Biesecker) Bay.

Pauline worked for See’s Candies in Los Angeles, Calif., as a Manager. She retired in 1989.

Pauline is survived by her daughters, Barbara Deal of Prescott Valley, Donna (Stan) Rieb of Torrance, Calif., Paula McCoy of Lawndale, Calif., and Kim Crewdson of Chino Valley; a sister, Charlotte Wormwood of Carthage, N.Y.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be on Friday, Jan. 21, in California.

The Hampton Funeral Home of Prescott was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Bessie Shoesmith Paulsen

In Loving Memory of Bessie Minerva (Shoesmith) Paulsen, age 91, of Prescott, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Prescott Samaritan Village. She was born on Aug. 13, 1913, in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, to Harry Pierce Shoesmith and Myrtle Eliza Cody Shoesmith.

Bessie graduated from Davenport High School on June 13, 1930, and was married to Ralph Harold Paulsen on Sept. 14, 1934, in Davenport. During WWII, she was employed as a Foreman by the War Department in the Ordnance Department at Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., from 1942 to 1944.

In 1951, she and her family moved from Davenport to Bakersfield, Calif., where her husband was employed by the Kern County Equipment Company, an International Harvester dealer. Bessie and Ralph raised their family there and she worked for the State of California Department of Human Resources. They moved to Santa Maria, Calif., in 1968. She received an AA degree from Alan Hancock Community College in 1973, and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also worked for the Santa Barbara County Welfare Department. In 1973, they moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., and in 1978, to Prescott, where she continued to reside.

Bessie was a Real Estate Agent for Pauley & McDonald Real Estate in Prescott from 1979 to 1992, and was named Realtor Associate of the Year in 1984. She was a current member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution – Yavapai Chapter and the Order of Eastern Star – Golden Rule Chapter #1, Prescott. She was also past Treasurer of the Prescott Christian Women’s Club, an Honorary Life Member of the PTA and a former Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader. Bessie was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott.

She is survived by two sons, James K. Paulsen of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and his wife, Lorna, and John W. Paulsen of Phoenix, and his wife, Karen; daughter, Jean E. Luscalzo of Bolingbrook, Ill.; and a sister, Frances Gray of San Diego, Calif. Bessie was a grandmother to seven grandchildren, Heidi (Luke) Langman, Janelle (Robert) Graham, Stephanie Luscalzo, Eric Paulsen, Anders (Jennifer) Paulsen, Karl Paulsen, and Mark Paulsen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Harold Paulsen, on April 16, 1996.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Prescott, with private inurnment at Heritage Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dewey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church or Prescott Samaritan Village.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Prescott Samaritan Village, Hospice Family Care – Prescott Program, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and all who have graciously helped during her recent illness. Her love for her family and friends was a source of inspiration and strength to all whose lives she touched. Condolences may be sent to the Paulsen family, 4651 East Earll Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Ralph B. Tuttle, 82, of Prescott, born Oct. 1, 1922, in Norfolk, Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at the Prescott VA Medical Center.

The family plans private services at a later date.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Carol E. Blaine

Carol E. Blaine, age 87, died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Prescott Samaritan Village. She was born on Dec. 12, 1917, to Dr. John R. and Marcia B. Westaby in Clark, S.D.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in English, in 1939, she taught elementary school at Belle Fourche, S.D. During WWII, she joined the American Red Cross, serving in Europe. It was while sailing to England on the Queen Mary, then a troop ship, that she met her future husband, James W. Blaine, of London, Ohio.

After the war, Carol earned her MA in educational psychology from Greely College, Colo., and married James on Sept. 2, 1947, in Madison, S.D. While Jim studied Industrial Engineering at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Carol taught high school English. After living briefly in Dodge City, Kan., Jim was hired by United Airlines. This led the couple, now with two daughters, to relocate several times, ending up in Arlington Heights, Ill. When Jim retired from United, he and Carol moved to Prescott in 1982.

Carol had many talents. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, stained glass, traveling, camping (She was a Girl Scout leader), crafts, reading, and attending circles at both the United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights and the Prescott United Methodist Church. While in Prescott she utilized her teaching skills as a literacy volunteer at local schools.

She was predeceased by her husband who died in 2001; a sister, Janice; and a brother, Stephen. She is survived by her daughter, Becky Blaine of St. Charles, Ill.; daughter, Marcia Beach and her husband, Wayne of Phippsburg, Maine; a granddaughter, Carol Adelaide Beach of Phippsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at 10 a.m., at the Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 West Gurley St., in Prescott.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Open Door c/o Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 West Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 or to the American Humane Society.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements. Please sign Carol’s guest book at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.

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Erminia Mariani Federighi

Our beloved matriarch, Erminia Mariani Federighi, born Aug. 8, 1905, in Bre, Switzerland, died in Phoenix on Jan. 15, 2005, surrounded by her loving family.

Erminia was a woman loved and admired by all who knew her. Her courage and strength of character were legendary, and her nurturing spirit made her everyone’s “Grandma.”

She was predeceased by her husband, Emil Federighi, and son, Emil John Federighi. She is survived by her daughter, Daisy Williams and son-in-law, Ben Williams, Jr.; grandchildren, Liz Boyd (Jim), Diane Belcher, Katie Braun (Todd), and Ben Williams, III; great-grandchildren, Beth and Kathleen Skinner, Katy and Kristin Boyd, and Natalie and Pierce Braun. Erminia also leaves a large extended family in Arizona and Switzerland.

Our family wishes to extend our gratitude to the caregivers at Eastern Star and Hospice of the Valley for the extraordinary care and attention given to Erminia and our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Arizona Eastern Star Retirement Center, 4601 North 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or St. Thomas the Apostle School, 4510 North 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Funeral services will be held in Prescott, where Erminia lived for 75 years. The Rosary will be said on Sunday, Jan. 23rd, at 7 p.m., at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez Street and Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception at the Hassayampa Inn.

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Dorothy Eleanor Benedict

Dorothy Eleanor Benedict, age 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at her home in Prescott. She was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Belding, Mich., the daughter of Raymond and Zada (Hamond) Curtis. She married Ladro Benedict Jan. 8, 1954, and he died in 1997.

Mrs. Benedict retired from a long career in nursing as a LPN. She had moved to the Prescott area in 1971. She enjoyed camping, hiking and sightseeing, and was proud of her family and career. She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Benedict is survived by her five daughters and their husbands, Barbara Tonet of Chino Valley, Patricia and Darrel Wood of Mayer, Katherine and Robert Wilson of Rogers, Ark., and Nancy Pelky and Sandra Benedict, both of Prescott. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd Lane, in Prescott, on Tuesday, Jan. 25th, at 10 a.m. Friends may call at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 South Cortez, on Monday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Richard L. Benson

On Jan. 19, 2005, Richard L. Benson, age 66, after a brief battle with cancer, was reunited with his parents, A.J. and Virginia Benson, and his granddaughter, Caitlin Benson. Born on Jan. 29, 1938, in Willard, N.M., Rick worked in the title insurance industry for more than 30 years. After retiring from Commonwealth Title in 1990, Rick and his wife, June 15 moved to Prescott.

Rick is survived by his wife of 45 years, June Benson. Also surviving are his sister, Arlea (Chris) King; sons, Marc (Tracey) and Matthew Benson; grandchildren, Haley, and Trevor; sister-in-law, Joan Dorr and her husband, John; nieces, Lauren King and Karen Dorr; nephews, Josh King and Ted Dorr.

In honor of Rick, a Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday Jan. 22, 2005, at American Evangelical Church in Prescott, with Pastor Mary M. Bope officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Rick’s name be made to YRMC Hospice, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312 or AELC Pipe Organ Fund.

Sunrise Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Information provided by survivors.

John Wilkinson, 73, of Prescott, born June 13, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, in Phoenix.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Prescott.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Susan M. Graham, 102, of Prescott, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Prescott.

No services are planned.

Arrangements by Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Stanley M. Landary, 87, of Prescott, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, in Prescott.

No services are planned.

Arrangements by Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Susan McCance Graham

Susan Campbell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on Jan. 15, 1903, to Hugh and Harriet (McCaw) McCance.

She grew up in Northern Ireland. After moving to Chicago, she was a member of Drexel Park Presbyterian Church and sang with the Chicago Symphonic Choir. She moved to Litchfield, Ill., in 1950, where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Susan and her brother, Cecil moved to Prescott in 1974. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Susan leaves a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Ross Schweppe of Prescott; granddaughters, Kathleen Susan Schweppe of Taylor, Ariz., and Laura Jane Schweppe of Mesa; also nephews, Bill McCance and family of Flagstaff and John McCance and family of Hobbs, N.M.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Special thanks to the employees of Peppertree Square and Las Fuentes Care Center for their loving care.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Information provided by survivors.

Lilyan R. Hoag, 92, of Prescott Valley, born Jan. 30, 1912, in Globe, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Las Fuentes Care Center, Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Marjorie Louise Sipes

Marjorie Louise Sipes, age 91, passed away on Jan. 18, 2005, at home in Hillside. Marjorie was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Prescott, on Montezuma Street, the daughter of Edward Walker and Ivy Brooks.

She was a member of the Hillside Church.

Survivors include her children: daughters, Mohea (Tim) Whitaker of Nevada, Donna (John) Wagner of Williams, Karen (Bill) Fuller of Green Valley, Sharon (Johnny) Sukoksy of Miami, Ivy Love of Hillside; and daughter-in-law, Roberta Sipes of Bagdad; sons, Mickey (Mary) Williams of Phoenix, Rod (Sue) Sipes of Congress, Mark (Pam) Sipes of Bagdad; 41 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elsie Murphy of Kingman and Fay Webster of Cottonwood, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Garnet S. Sipes Sr., in 1993, and by six of her children, Robert Fozier, Taylor Leroy, Marilyn Ann, Margie Bell, Bud William and Garnet Sipes Jr.; two sisters, Dorothy Walker and Enid A. Edwards, and two brothers, Robert and Ted Walker.

Funeral services will be Tuesday Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., at Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Avenue, in Prescott.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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Clara Clark Young Whitaker

Jan. 12, 1922,

to Jan. 19, 2005.

Clara was born in Philadelphia, Penn., to Melvin Clark and Edith Roebuck. In 1928, the family (parents, Edie, Olive, Clara and Jim) moved to New Mexico. During WWII, Clara worked for the Secretary of Defense in the newly built pentagon. Returning to Arizona, she worked for the Department of Interior located in Sells, Ariz.

After marrying Archie Young on Dec. 21, 1946, Clara worked for Beaudry Motor. Clara and Archie had three children, Peggy, Mary Alice and Carol Lee. The family moved to Prescott in 1962, at which time Clara began her career with Transamerica Title Company as the chief escrow officer. Archie died in 1964. Clara and Damon Whitaker were married from 1966 to 1976.

Retiring in 1987, Clara lived and worked at Pine Lakes. After a short stop in Idaho, Clara moved back to Tucson with Carol. Clara was an artist and enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles, reading, painting, game shows, and family. All who knew her will miss Clara.

She is survived by her faithful companion, Buster “The Dog”; sister, Edie Rey (Phil) of Prescott; brother, Jim Clark of Connecticut; children, Peggy Boldman (Mike) of Idaho, Mary Alice (David) of Seattle, and Carol of Tucson; her grandchildren, Mary Ellen Kalange of Idaho, Ellie Boldman of Austin, Chris Boldman of Idaho, and Leanne Williams of Tucson, great-grandchildren, Michael Kalange, Mathew Kalange, Logan Williams and Ethan Williams, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank TMC Hospices for the wonderful loving care.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society – Research, 1636 North Swan, Tucson, AZ 85712.

Arrangements by Adair Funeral Home.

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Ellen Clark

Ellen Clark, 61, of Peoria, passed away Jan. 20, 2005.

Ellen is survived by her mother, Ada Davies Smith; daughter, Teresa Yates; sons, Michael and Mark Clark; seven grandchildren; sister, Diane Gray; and brother, Frank Davies. She was preceded in death by her father and two sisters.

Visitation hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 West Thunderbird Road. Funeral Mass Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6180 West Utopia. Graveside Services will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m., at the Chino Valley Memorial Cemetery in Chino Valley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AZ Humane Society, 1521 West Dobbins Road Mesa, AZ 85201.

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Paul Michael King

Paul Michael King died on Dec. 28, 2004, at his home in Mena, Ark. He was born on July 18, 1938, in Colton, Calif., to Jesse and Billie King.

Paul was a 1957 Globe High School graduate and retired from law enforcement. He was a police officer in Globe, Scottsdale and Prescott. He had resided in Prescott for many years. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Michael Paul King.

Survivors include his wife, Lori; one daughter, Christan King of Phoenix; one son and daughter-in-law, Curt and Heather King of Peoria; one sister, Wilma Russell of Globe; one brother, Bill King of Scottsdale; and one grandson.

Services and burial were held in Mena, Ark.

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Joseph E. Meiner

Joseph E. Meiner, born Jan. 19, 1957, in Prescott, passed away on Jan. 19, 2005, following a long illness.

Joe is survived by his wife, Jan (Hoyt); a son, Rusty; a daughter, Lori; parents, Gerald and Marlene Meiner of Prescott; brothers, Jerry (Julie) of Phoenix and Jeff (Renee) of Midland, Texas; and sister, Patty of Phoenix. Joe was preceded in death by his brother, David, in 1977.

Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Prescott, on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m.

Joe will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever.

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Earl George Kaltenbach, 84, of Chino Valley, born April 23, 1920, in Wheeling, W.Va., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

No services are planned.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Herbert R. Robertson, 77, of Prescott Valley, born Nov. 20, 1927, in St. Paul, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Prescott Valley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the VA Chapel, Prescott.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.

Dorothy Elmire Dalke

Dorothy Elmire Dalke, age 94, died on Jan. 14, 2005, at the Margaret T. Morris Center in Prescott. Dorothy was born March 16, 1910, in Tracy, Minn., the daughter of Emil Joseph Krueger and Grace Smith.

Her father was a farmer and grocer and her mother maintained the family home. Dorothy loved the outdoors and, much to her mother’s chagrin, found her father’s horses and farm more enjoyable than the dresses and genteel ways of her mother. She was sent as a kindergartner to be educated by the nuns in Marshall, Minn., but she returned after only one year. An intelligent young woman, she graduated from high school in Tracy in June of 1928. She taught school for two years near Tracy, after completing normal school.

She met and fell in love with one of her brother’s friends, Victor Lawrence Dalke. They loved to dance, ice skate, and visit with friends in the surrounding farm communities. They married on June 20, 1934, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. They lived on the Krueger farm and she remembers feeding the hungry herds, flocks, and laborers. Even then, she was generous to many who came to her door throughout the Depression and after. She and Victor had three sons born in Tracy – Carter, Denis and Vincent. Dorothy suffered from arthritis and on the urging of her doctor they headed west to a little town called Prescott, where they established their home in 1942. While in Prescott, Dorothy gave birth to two daughters, Rita and Catherine.

Not enough can be said about Dorothy’s love of her family, friends, and the “great outdoors.” She began to raise goats when both she and Rita needed goat’s milk. The goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows and geese shared the “home place” at the south end of Shoup Street, with the Dalke children, friends from the neighborhood, classmates, nuns, and priests from St. Joseph’s Academy, 4-Hers, Smoki members, Rod and Rifle women, fellow hikers and the young men and women who went through the Firearm Training courses that she taught over so many years. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook, hunter, mother, teacher, and friend. She gave willingly to others from her larder, her labor, her philosophy, her faith, and her knowledge. Her friends and family can never thank her enough for her patience and perseverance.

In 1985, she and Victor moved to the desert south of Wickenburg, where they established a desert oasis. She loved the arid southwest and traveled it extensively. She never felt more alive than when hiking the Grand Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Baja, Bloody Basin, Burro Creek, Mazatzal Wilderness Area, the San Juan River or just stepping gingerly across her property in Prescott, Wickenburg, or Apache Junction, where she settled after Victor died in 1999, at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott.

In July of 2004, she moved to The Margaret T. Morris Center in Prescott, where she was greeted with open arms and enjoyed a life filled with activity and attention. She made many new friends and admirers for her spunky, soft-spoken ways.

Her children and their spouses – Carter and Mary of Sun Valley, Nev., Denis and Sharon of Prescott, Vincent and Bonnylin of Prescott, Rita Crawford of Tempe, and Cathie Hartin of Apache Junction – along with 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, survive Dorothy.

She was an inspiration to us and we will always remember her at every sunrise and sunset. We know that she is guiding us to see what is just over the next hill.

Funeral services for Dorothy were held on Jan. 17 at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott. The Mass was led by family friend, Father Pat Mower of Flagstaff. Private interment will be at the Arizona Pioneers’ Cemetery.

The family has asked that you make a donation to any group that cherishes the land she shared with all creatures great and small. Also, you may send a donation, in her memory, to the Margaret T. Morris Center, Memorial Garden.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005

Herbert R. Robertson

Herbert R. Robertson, age 77, died Jan. 10, 2005, in Prescott Valley. He was born Nov. 20, 1927, in St. Paul, Minn., son of Herbert A. and Florence (Ruberto) Robertson.

Herb, as he was known to family and friends, graduated from Johnson High School in St. Paul, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota and Rasmussen College. He graduated with a degree in Business Education, which he used to become a Production Control Manager for several businesses, retiring from Clow Manufacturing in 1989.

Herb served his country honorable in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Herb will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Herb is survived by his loving sister, Diane Storlien Harris, Minn.; and his loving companion, Nel Strusz of Prescott Valley.

Commemoration services for Herb will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the VA Chapel, 500 North Highway 89, in Prescott, with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #6, in Prescott. Burial will be held at a later date in Minnesota.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory in Prescott Valley.

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Norma J. Auge

Norma J. Auge, 90, of Chino Valley, born July 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Mo., died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at her home in Chino Valley.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Maxine R. Butler

Maxine R. Butler, 86, of Prescott, born Jan. 10, 1919, in Boulder, Colo., died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, in Prescott.

Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory. Inurnment will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Betty Jo Caudiello

A Celebration of Life of former Wyoming, California, and Arizona resident Betty Jo Caudiello will be held at a later date in Phoenix.

She died Dec. 24th, after a short illness. Born June 6, 1922, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Dora and Lloyd Jones, formerly of Casper, Wyoming.

Well known for her generosity and kind spirit, she was a woman who loved to read, listen to Billie Holiday and enjoy a cold beer and a good joke.

Survivors include three children, Andora Clark of California, Maureen Brogan of Chino Valley, and Gino Caudiello of Nevada; three sisters; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Raymond J. Cremin

Raymond J. Cremin, 67, of Prescott, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at the VA Hospital in Phoenix. Ray was born Sept. 24, 1937, in New Haven, Conn., to Hazel McNeil and Raymond Cremin, who preceded him in death, and stepfather, Charles Kinslow.

Ray is survived by his wife, Ellen; stepdaughter, Donna E. Witteman; stepsons, Bryon Rock Schmidt and Kevin Rock Schmidt; sisters, Agnes Wells and Jean Ann Hansen, both of Albany, Ga.; brother, Donald Cremin of Michigan; his favorite person, grandson Alexander C. Witteman, whom he treated as his son; granddaughter, Brittany Schmidt; and grandson, Matthew Schmidt. There are also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ray was a Chief in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed being in the Submarine Service. Since his retirement Ray devoted much of his time to service organizations, the Disabled American Veterans (Treasurer) VFW and American Legion (Past Commander) Submarine Veterans and Fleet Reserves. Ray was also Past Fleet President of the Yavapai Shrine Club.

A funeral mass will be held at the VA Chapel in Prescott, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., with Father Jerry Caffrey officiating.

Goodbye Ray, we’ll miss you and “Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hands.”

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choosing in Raymond’s name.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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Catherine “Beckie” Townsend

Catherine “Beckie” Townsend, 83, of Prescott, passed away Jan. 22. Born in Ogden, Utah, she lived in Wyoming as a child, later moving to Salt Lake City, where she graduated from Westminster College.

She worked for Western Air Lines and United Air Lines as a flight attendant and, after marriage, as a passenger agent. Moving to Phoenix in 1956, she was a founding member of the Sky Harbor Auxiliary and worked in their information booth at Sky Harbor airport. She was active in United’s Clipped Wings and in the Cosine Club, keeping active in these even after moving to Prescott in 1988. She was a Prescott Lioness and a Circle member in the Prescott United Methodist Church.

She is survived by husband Dick; son Rex and daughter-in-law Janet of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; granddaughter Sarah of Richmond, Va.; and grandson Jordan attending ASU.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Arrangements handled by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

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John G. Hernandez

John G. Hernandez, 77, of Peoria, Ariz., passed away Jan. 24, 2005. He was born in Mayer, Ariz., on Feb 22, 1927, to Francisco and Maria Hernandez. John was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Elvira and Jenny, and brothers Candelerio and Reynaldo.

He is a former resident of Bagdad, Ariz. John worked for Cypress Bagdad Mines for 31 years. He was a member of the Bagdad School Board for 10 years and a member of Knights of Columbus. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

John lived life well. He embodied loyalty, commitment to family and self-sacrifice in the name of love. He imparted a faith in Christ through his own devotion to God. He lived a life of prayer. He is loved and respected by his family. He made a difference and that difference still lives on in his family … a man’s greatest legacy.

He is survived by his wife, Edna; sons, John (Jessica) and David (Lorri); daughters, Theresa (Michael) Levine and Frances Hernandez; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Tina Acosta and Carol Medina; and brothers, Pete, Robert and Tony Hernandez.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 8615 West Peoria.

Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282.

Arrangements handled by Heritage Funeral Chapel.

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Frances June Watson

June Watson, age 86, of Prescott, Ariz., died peacefully at home with her family on Jan. 23, 2005. June and her twin sister Jane were born in Ada, Okla., on June 29, 1918, to Ona Homer and Cannye Mae (Wade) Merritt.

June attended Stonewall Jackson Jr. High and Central High School in Oklahoma City and received her BA degree in Psychology from Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, Okla., in 1948. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She served as a Yeoman First Class in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945.

June met her husband, Arthur Eugene “Gene” Watson, (also an “Okie”) at Calvary Baptist Church in 1943 when they were both stationed in Washington, D.C. They married Feb. 9, 1947. in Oklahoma City. They then resumed their college education and graduated together. Gene and June lived in Oklahoma until 1955, when they went to Beirut, Lebanon, with their two small children for two years with the U.S. State Department. The family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1958 and Gene and June retired to Prescott in 1984.

June enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad and camping with Gene and their friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed learning German and Spanish, among many other things, and played a mean game of Scrabble. June remained active until her recent illness. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. She was always fun to be with. June particularly enjoyed her six grandchildren and being involved in their lives whenever possible.

June is survived by her husband, Gene, of Prescott; her daughter Janie and husband David Soderberg of Prescott; grandson Gregory Soderberg and wife Cynthia and their children, Buchan and Chester of Cary, N.C.; grandson Jonathan Soderberg and wife Rayia and their son Titus of Kalispell, Mont.; her son David Watson and wife Maggie, grandsons Andrew and Kent and granddaughter Ann Watson of Waukesha, Wis.; grandson Thomas Watson of New York City; her brother Jack Merritt of Dickinson, Texas; her twin sister Jane Winkler of Carbondale, Colo., several nieces and nephews; and her two loving sisters-in-law, Wilma and Juanita.

We are thankful for her long life with us. She will be missed greatly by all her family and friends.

Friends are invited to join the family at a Funeral Service on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Hampton Funeral Home, 240 South Cortez, Prescott, Ariz. Burial will be in Sand Springs, Okla.

The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Thelma O. Park, 90, of Prescott Valley, born Sept. 30, 1914, in Harlow, N.D., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, in Prescott.

Burial will take place at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in Harlow, N.D.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

Alma Faye Dejonckheere, 79, of Prescott, born Sept. 22, 1925, in Brookhaven, Miss., died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Prescott.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Norma J. Auge

Norma J. Auge, 90, passed away Jan. 20, 2005, at her home in Chino Valley. Norma was born July 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Mo., to William and Mayme Wright.

Norma grew up in St. Louis, then moved to Ohio. She was self taught and later received her GED with a 4.0 grade point average. She married Lester “Les” Auge on July 29, 1987. Some say she was graced with the gift of gab, which came in handy when she worked as a saleslady for Switzer Clothing store in Phoenix. She was a familiar face around the community center when it was off Perkinsville Road. She was an active member of the “Over The Hill Bunch” and the Lioness, with whom she has been for 17 years. Additionally, Norma was the first President of the Homemakers. Norma had a love for her community and church, which she has demonstrated through various activities over her 33 years in the Chino Valley area.

She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Mary. Norma is survived by her husband, Les Auge; stepdaughter, Betty Elling; stepsons, Guy, David and James Auge; son-in-law, Leonard Campbell; sister, Mildred Hausman; brother, James Wright; grandchildren, Timothy and Chris; and her nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan 28 at the United Methodist Church in Chino Valley. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Chino Valley Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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Laura Mae Speck

Laura Mae Speck, 87, of Prescott, Ariz., passed away at her home on Sunday Jan. 23, 2005.

Laura was born April 9, 1917, in Marion County, Indiana, to the late William and Laura Moore.

Laura moved to Arizona in June of 1969. She was a member of Prescott First Church of The Nazarene. She worked at Yavapai College and the Arizona Pioneers’ Home as a food handler. Laura enjoyed reading, sewing, and above all her family.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband Dale Speck Sr.; son Harold Speck; grandson Robert Wheat Jr.; sisters Mable Banks and Adeline Johnson; and brother Edwin Moore.

She is survived by son Dale Speck Jr. of Prescott, Ariz.; daughters Evelyn Wheat and Kathleen Speck, both of Prescott, Ariz.; Deborah Troutman of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and Linda Ansick of Payson, Ariz. She is also survived by grandchildren Jason Speck, Edward Craig IV, Rachel Mae Hall, Pamela Heyl, Tiffany Troutman, Brandon Troutman, James Troutman; great-grandchildren Laura Lynn Speck, Rosalyn Mae Hall, Ashley Wheat, Desiree Heyl, Victoria Heyl; and great-great-grandchild Jacquelyn Bautista.

There will be visitation at Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Ave., Prescott, Friday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. at the mortuary, with burial to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, 1051 Willow Creek Road, Prescott.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

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Francis W. “Franko” Wittler, Jr., 59, of Prescott, born July 6, 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pa., died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, in Prescott.

Private burial took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Friday, Jan. 28, 2005

Alma Roberta Blaine

Alma Roberta Blaine, 94, of Questa, N.M., passed away on Jan. 24, 2005.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Blaine; daughter, Colleen Church; son, Jimmy Blaine; granddaughter, Barbara Hunt; and great-grandson, John T. Hunt. She is survived by her daughter, Miladeen Price (Ernest) of Arizona, and sister, Frances Jackson of Michigan. She is also survived by grandchildren, Russell Church (Pamela), Randy Church (Sabrena) all of Red River, Charlene Madrid (Alex) of St. Johns, Ariz., Jeanie Weekly of Prescott, Terry Price of Chino Valley; 19 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Charles L. Church of Questa.

Funeral service was held on Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church of Questa. Interment will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos, N.M.

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Marie Miller

Our beloved “Omi” – Marie Miller – died at home on Jan. 22, 2005, surrounded by family and her many friends. She was born in Nussloch, Germany, to Jahob and Margerethe Gagel.

Marie was loved for her strength of character, her sunny disposition and her “stories”. She was happiest cooking her favorite German foods for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid knitter and letter writer.

Marie immigrated to America in 1950 with her husband Walter, now deceased. Two years later, her daughter Gisela followed. Marie and Walter lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., for over 40 years. Marie worked at General Motors until she retired. She came to Prescott 10 years ago to live with her daughter and son-in-law, where she led a very active life until the very end.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Gisela Foust; son-in-law, Jim Foust; sister, Elisabeth Gagel of Nussloch, Germany; grandchildren, Tim Mollema and Tina Fox; and great-grandchildren, Alexandra Mollema, and Chandler and Peighton Fox.

Our family wishes to extend our gratitude to Dr. William Dabney for his loving care and we want to thank all the wonderful helping hands from Hospice Family Care and Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Marie’s memory to Hospice Family Care, 100 East Sheldon Street #100, Prescott, AZ 86303.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory in Prescott Valley.

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Vivan Ruth Anzalone

Vivian Ruth Anzalone, 73, of Prescott, born Dec. 31, 1931, in Anoka, Minn., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, in Prescott.

Friends may call at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. Vivian’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home. Private cremation will follow at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley, with inurnment at Mt. View Cemetery.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Lylian Joy James Bennett

Lylian Joy James Bennett, newborn, born Jan. 21, 2005, in Prescott, died Jan. 21, 2005, in Prescott.

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Yavapai Tribal Cemetery in Prescott. The Rev. Mark Tilly will officiate.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

James E. Martin

James E. Martin, 72, of Prescott Valley, born June 3, 1932, in Ventura, Calif., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005.

A celebration of James’ life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the VA Chapel at Fort Whipple, Prescott. Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Harry Alanis

Harry “Uncle Harry” Alanis was born in Jerome on Oct. 15, 1923, and passed away on Jan. 27, 2005. He was preceded in death by his mother, Natividad Alanis; his father, Pablo Alanis; his brother, Eugene Alanis; his sister-in-law, Frances Alanis; his brother-in-law, Phil Lucero, and great-great-nephew, Jon Alanis.

Uncle Harry is survived by 11 nieces and nephews: Gerald Alanis (Carol) of Phoenix, Paul Alanis (Karen) of Prescott, Teresa Silva (Rudy) of Prescott, Larry Alanis (Christine) of Kingman, Robert Alanis (Margaret) of Tucson, Barbara Barker of Prescott, Jessie Flores of Prescott, Juan Flores of Prescott, Angel Flores of Prescott, Philip Flores of Prescott, and Rosemary Pittman (David) of Washington.

Harry is also survived by 8 great-nephews and-nieces, 9 great-great-nephews and-nieces and 1 great-great-great-niece.

During World War II, Harry served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946 and saw action throughout the South Pacific at New Hebrides, New Caledonia and Bougainville. He served aboard the destroyer USS N.K.Perry.

Harry worked in construction as a cement finisher, worked at the Sheldon Mine in Walker, cut wood for the Walker school house before WWII (early 1940s) and worked in the steel foundry here in Prescott. He also worked driving a loader, worked the crusher and delivered material for E-Z Transmix until his retirement in 1990.

Harry’s hobbies included his first love of mule deer hunting, fishing, gold panning and metal detecting. He also liked to create wall decorations, drawing and tinkering with just about anything mechanical, and liked woodcutting and just being outdoors. He also had occasional visits to the Yavapai Casino.

There will be a Rosary/Visitation for Harry at the Heritage Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Remembrance of Life will be Monday, Jan, 31st at 11 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice Family Care, Inc.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Donald LeRoy Beaman

Donald LeRoy Beaman passed away at 90 years of age in Prescott Valley. Don was born June 27, 1914, in Andover, S.D., to John and Harriet (Hall) Beaman.

Don was an avid machinist and mechanic. He could fix any kind of engine or machine. Don and his wife, Lucille, were high school sweethearts and shared 71 years of marriage and raised five beautiful children. They spent most of their time between Minnesota and California. They both retired to live in Dewey 25 years ago.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, who died in 2004; sons, William (Bill), and Donald, Jr.; and great-great-granddaughter, Serenity Nicole.

Don is survived by his daughter, Sharon Kopchak; sons, John and Edward Beaman; and 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service, honoring Don, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 North Valorie Drive in Prescott Valley.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Earl George Kaltenbach

Earl George Kaltenbach, of Chino Valley, passed away on Jan. 17th, at the age of 84, of coronary disease.

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., he attended Castle Heights Military Academy. Upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh as an Aeronautical Engineer, he moved to Los Angeles, where he flight-tested aircraft for Boeing and Hughes Aircraft during WWII.

After a stint as a set designer for MGM and David O. Selznick Studios, he began his career in architecture. As a prominent Southern California architect, he subsequently opened offices in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. He worked with Walt Disney as the supervising architect on the original Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim.

Earl retired to Chino Valley in 1990, where he is survived by his wife, June Rose, and his son, Gregory Kaltenbach of Boise, Idaho.

A Mass will be said at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Chino Valley on March 15th, at 5:30 in the afternoon.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Patti A. Buck

Patti A. Buck, age 75, died Jan. 25, 2005, in Prescott. She was born June 22, 1929, in Dallas, Texas, to I.C. and Gussie (Stevens) Autry.

Many knew Patti as one of the bookkeepers for Blue Hills Market. Years ago in the Dewey store she used to walk the aisles, straightening the shelves and visiting with the customers. During the last several years, she spoke on the phone regularly with many of the regular customers. Patti was well loved and will be missed by all.

Patti is survived by her two sons, Tommy Buck and fiancé, Vyleen Sedwick, and Todd Buck and his wife, Gina; and two grandchildren, Todd and Jessica Buck.

A Gathering of Family and Friends, in honor of Patti, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel in Prescott Valley. A Commemoration service for Patti will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel, with Father Norman Burke officiating. Burial will follow the services at Heritage Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Carl Eugene Hollingsworth

Carl Eugene Hollings-worth, age 14, of Mayer, left this world on Jan. 25, 2005. Carl was born in Tucson on June 14, 1990.

Carl had a passion for movies, the outdoors, animals, and children. He was a member of the Junior Honor Society. His continuous smile and caring heart will live forever, bringing joy to his family and friends.

He is survived by his twin brother, Joey; brothers, Dylan and Colton; sisters, Meghan, Ashley and Bryttnee; grandparents, Gene and Billie Hollingsworth, Allen Ostdahl and Sue Nomis; parents, Shannon Hollingsworth and Tracey Ostdahl; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m., at Sunrise Funeral Home, 8167 East Highway 69, in Prescott Valley.

The family was cared for by Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory in Prescott Valley.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Jacqueline Crew Smith

Beloved daughter, mother, and sister Jacqueline Crew Smith passed away at the age of 54 on Dec. 25, 2005, after a struggle with cancer.

She attended Prescott High and was the owner of Chino Cutters for many years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Stacey Henry Bennett and Jenale Cain Ferns; mother, Mabel Crew of Chino Valley; sisters, Lynia Crew Clark of Oregon and Charli Crew of Prescott; brothers, Eldon Crew of Chino Valley and Ted Crew of California; and four grandchildren, Bo Bennett, Anthony Alvarez, Brendon Ferns and Amanda Bennett.

Services were held Dec. 31 at Resthaven in Phoenix.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Gomer Marion Jones

Gomer Marion Jones, age 80, passed away Jan. 24, 2005, in Prescott. He was born April 26, 1924, in San Jose, Calif., to Thomas and Alice Jones.

Gomer served his country proudly for four years in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and graduated from The Claremont Men’s College. For over 40 years he owned and operated new car dealerships in California and in Prescott. He was a member of the Prescott Shriner’s Club, and the Masons.

Gomer is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol Jones; son, Noble Jones of Prescott, sister, Ruth Howard of Sacramento; grandchildren, Thomas, who is currently in the Marine Corps, and Rania of San Diego.

Private family services were held.

Chino Valley Funeral Home cared for the family.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Thomas Melle, 83, of Prescott, born Sept. 10, 1921, in Saskatchewan, Canada, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, in Prescott.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Leona E. Valler, 82, of Prescott Valley, born Aug. 23, 1922, in Greig, N.Y., died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.