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Obituaries, 05/03/05

Lisa D. Laird

Lisa Dunagan Laird, 86, died in Prescott Valley on Saturday, April 30, 2005. She was born Feb. 27, 1919, in Lordsburg, N.M., the daughter of Benjamin A. and Thelma (Birtrong) Dunagan.

Lisa was a faithful member of the Baptist church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was an avid reader and traveled extensively. Her church membership was in the Tallow Wood Baptist Church of Houston.

Lisa is survived by her children and their spouses, Sarah Jane (Paul) Acosta of Tyler, Texas, and John (Nancy) Landrum of Prescott Valley; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston later this week.

The family was assisted locally by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by suvivors.)

Salvatore A Sorrentino

Salvatore A. Sorrentino died Saturday April 30, 2005, at his home in Prescott. He was born July 2, 1932, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Joseph and Pietina (Mancuso) Sorrentino. Sal was 72 years old.

Sal had three exceptional careers. He proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, retiring as a master sergeant after 20 years. He then went to college and earned a B.S. in business which lead him to a career with Carnation Company and Miller Brewery. He retired in the early 1990s after 18 years with Miller. He and Mary moved to Prescott in 1994, where he began a career which was really his avocation, as a master gardener, owning his own landscaping company.

Sal was a member of the Master Garden Assoc., the Miller Management Assoc. and was the organizer of the Granite Mountain Homeowner's Assoc. He also volunteered around Prescott as a master gardener. He lived every moment of his life with a zest for doing and being involved.

Sal is survived by his wife Mary; sisters, Jo Zutell of Prescott, and Mary Caravano of New Jersey; 6 children and 12 grandchildren and his many friends.

A celebration of his life will be 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the First Lutheran Church, 231 West Smoke Tree Lane, with a gathering of friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

The family suggest memorials to Highlands Center for Natural History, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Prescott, AZ 86303 or the American Cancer Society, 900 West Gurley, Prescott AZ 86301.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Gladys Elizabeth Dustin

Gladys Elizabeth Dustin, age 86, died peacefully on April 29, 2005, in Prescott. She was born in northern New Mexico and spent her childhood in Oatman, Ariz. Her father, William Hittson, was a prospector and her mother, Bertie Campbell, ran the grocery store in Oatman.

Gladys attended high school in Kingman with her younger brother, Bill, and was valedictorian of her graduating class.

She was also the champion girl's tennis player for Mohave County. She attended Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona, where she studied home economics.

Gladys was a master bridge player. She enjoyed playing the guitar and was an adventurous traveler, hiking the Grand Canyon several times and even rafting it at 70 years of age. She enjoyed traveling.

Gladys loved to read, cook, garden and sew. She also enjoyed going to yard sales and collecting antiques.

She will be remembered for her love of music and flowers, especially roses. She was a kind woman with a great sense of humor and a hearty laugh. She loved her family dearly.

Gladys is survived by her daughters, Susan Fortner and Diane Williams (Arden); sons, Robert N. Fortner, Jr., William B. Fortner (Hope) and Michael Fortner; grandchildren, Ellora Bracy, Diane Bryz-Gornia, Crystal Walker, Glen Williams, Mike Williams, Robert Fortner III, Robyn Campbell, Gladys Ripley, Billy Fortner, and Loren Fortner. Grandson Travis Williams preceded Gladys in death.

Gladys is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and her dear friend, Jean Krietemeyer.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at 10 a.m., at Oddfellows Cemetery.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Marvin Harold Christensen

Marvin Harold Christensen, age 64, died April 24, 2005, in Prescott.  He was born July 4, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., to Charles and Lavern (Zapf) Christensen.

Marvin worked as a carpenter for Local 54 Bridgeview in Chicago, Ill., until his retirement in 1999.  Marvin was active in several gem and mineral organizations.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed going on field trips to collect rocks.  We will miss his creations of wood and stones.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Carl Christensen of Illinois; daughter, Carol Daniels of Arizona; grandchildren, Andrew and Wesley Daniels of Arizona; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service in honor of Marvin will be at 4:30 p.m., on May 7, 2005, at the family's home in Prescott.

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

(Information provided by survivors.)

Walter Aufderheide

Walter Aufderheide, born May 18, 1919, passed away April 18, 2005, a month before his 86th birthday.

A veteran of WWII, Walter joined the U.S. Marine Corps on July 30, 1940, and was sent to Iceland where the 1st U.S. Marine Brigade was formed. It became known as the 2nd Marine Division after Pearl Harbor.

He was in five campaigns in the South Pacific from Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinain and Guam. He was an active Marine until 1945, but stayed in the Marine Reserves until he retired in 1979. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and camp. He lived most of his life in California and came to Arizona in 1995.

He leaves his wife, Barbara of 60 years; two sons, Norman Justin and Walter Eugene of Montrose, Colo.; and a daughter, Joan Marilyn of Cimmaron, Colo.; four grandchildren, Benjamin Dewitt, Mary Jane, Gabriel Walter, and Erik Paul.

He requested to be cremated and interned at the National Memorial Cemetery on Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Terry Wayne Webb

October 31, 1944 ­

April 29, 2005

In memory of a loving father, grandfather, husband and brother. He was a talented, hard-working man who loved the mountains, his hands were large, strong and talented and his work can be seen all around the Mayer area.

He was a proud Marine who proudly served his country in the Vietnam War and he was involved with the Vietnam Vets.

He is survived by his three wonderful children and a beautiful grandson. Also the mother, and friend of his children. He was a great friend to many in the northern Arizona area. He left behind a legacy of love for his family and friends. He left behind three sisters who reside in Wisconsin and one brother who resides in Ohio, and a brother who resides in Colorado. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew and loved him.

In honor of Terry, Commemoration services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 4, 2005, with military honors provided by American Legion Post # 6 at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel in Prescott Valley, AZ.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Cassandra C. Lang

Cassandra C. Lang, 18, of Chino Valley, born Feb. 11, 1987, in Prescott, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Prescott First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Alexus t. Lang

Alexus T. Lang, infant, of Chino Valley, born April 30, 2005, in Prescott, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Prescott.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Prescott First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Leonard Clair De Jong

Leonard Clair De Jong, 73, of Prescott, born March 4, 1932, in South Dakota, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, in Prescott.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Prescott United Methodist Church. Private cremation will be at Bradshaw Crematory. Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Gary Virgil Tolman

Gary Virgil Tolman, 31, of Worland, Wyo., and former resident of Prescott, born Feb. 16, 1974, in Lovell, Wyo., died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, in Worland, Wyo.

Funeral Services have been held.

Memorial donations may be made in Gary's name in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home.

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