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Obituaries for 5-18-2005

Emil Jonas

Emil E. Jonas, age 89, of Murrieta, Calif., died Friday, May 6, 2005. He was born in Dwight, Ill., on Jan. 12, 1916, to John and Betsy Jonas. He married Esther M. Johnson on May 30, 1939, in St. Joseph, Mich. She preceded him in death in 1979, after 40 years of marriage.

A laundryman by trade, Mr. Jonas managed the laundries of the Rumley Hotel in LaPorte, Ind., where he met Esther, and the Hotel Olds and St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Mich. Mr. Jonas also was the manager of Horrocks Market in Delta Township. He was a part-time farmer in Grand Ledge, where he raised various fruits, vegetables and other crops in addition to livestock. When he moved to California he managed several apartment complexes in the Los Angeles area before retiring in 1994 at age 78.

Mr. Jonas enjoyed gardening, sports, and discussing current events in addition to admiring the pursuits of his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his sons, Roger (Susan) Jonas of Ferrysburg, Mich., David (Susan) Jonas of Grand Ledge, Mich.; daughter, Miriam Kuebler of Prescott; granddaughters, Kelly (Rick) Dewitt of Grand Ledge, Mich., Jordan Jonas of Champaign, Ill., Amanda Jonas of Chicago, Ill., Courtney Jonas of Canton, N.Y., Megan Jonas of Virginia Beach, Va.; and grandsons, Christian (Lorenda) Jonas of Bath, Mich., and Matt Reed of Prescott; four great-grandchildren and special friend, Mary Ellen Mollica of Murrieta, Calif. A son, Kenneth; daughter-in-law, Marianne; son-in-law, Robert Kuebler; two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alt, Jonas, Mercurio Family Fund for education grants through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, 1 S. Harbor, Grand Haven, MI 49417 or to any Hospice. A family gathering will take place this summer in Grand Ledge, Mich.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Dorothy Louise Girard

The sun rose gloriously in Warwick, R.I., on Oct. 28, 1922, and set peacefully in Phoenix on May 12, 2005. Loving wife to Russell A. Girard who preceded her in death. She will be missed by her brother, Johnny Colvin, and sister, Jessie Colvin Walh.

Dorothy, a loving mother and caring friend, will always be remembered by those whose lives she has touched. Left behind to carry on are sons, Joseph R. Girard and Kristopher J. Girard; daughters, Jane G. Girard, Cindy L. Girard, Amy D. Wunsh, Tracy K. Scott; five granddaughters, four grandsons, 12 great granddaughters and eight great grandsons.

Saying goodbye is hard for all of us so we will just say, 'til we meet again.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Cecil Ray Herren

Cecil Ray Herren, 82 years, of Gilbert, died Friday, May 13, 2005. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and Korea. Mr. Herren was employed at APS for 25 years in sales and marketing.

Cecil is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wilma; son, Michael (Shirley Ann); daughters, Jacqueline Ann Falk and Cheryl Monk; sister, Joyce Woodall; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral service Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m., at Falconer Funeral Home Chapel, 251 W. Juniper, Gilbert, AZ. Family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1515 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ.

(Information provided by survivors.)

Charlotte Jean Rippetoe

Charlotte Jean Rippetoe, age 79, passed away May 11, 2005, in Phoenix under Hospice care. She was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Connersville, Ind., the daughter of Olin Levin Rippetoe, a Methodist minister, and Charlotte Mae Wells Rippetoe. She lived most of her adult life in Cleveland, Ohio, and then Phoenix. She moved to Prescott several years ago to be closer to family.

Jean was a kind and gentle person who retired from an active career as an interior designer working for Stouffer's Restaurants worldwide. She loved the history of the Southwest and the beauty of the Arizona desert. Before coming to Prescott she worked for Gilbert Ortega Stores in Scottsdale, and spent several years as a volunteer for the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. She especially enjoyed planting and nurturing the new seedlings.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Shafer, Mary Janice Motsinger and Margaret Taylor. She is survived by her brother, John W. Rippetoe of Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews, Brad Shafer, Katie Crowell, Nancy Near, Jenny Hecker, Johnny Rippetoe, Ken Rippetoe, Mike Rippetoe, Tom Rippetoe, Regina List, Maryn Boess, Beth Olmstead, Joey Gregory, Suzanne Motsinger, Tom Motsinger; and many grand nieces and nephews.

A cactus bloom memorial bench will be placed in remembrance of her at Desert Botanical Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Jean's name to Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin, Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 or to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Cremation was private at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley.

The family was cared for by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

John Francis Keller, Jr., 77, of Prescott Valley, born May 8, 1928, in Huntington Park, Calif., died Monday, May 16, 2005, in Prescott.

Private cremation was at Bradshaw Crematory in Prescott Valley, with scattering at Heritage Memorial Gardens, Dewey.

Arrangements by Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel.

Helen Marguerite McGlinn, 92, of Prescott Valley, born Aug. 23, 1912, in Emporia, Kansas, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, in Prescott Valley.

Burial will take place at a later date in Kansas.

Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.

Herschal White, 80, of Prescott, born Aug. 28, 1924, in Phoenix, died Monday, May 16, 2005, in Prescott.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home in Phoenix.