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Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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B4 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008 OBITUARIES THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Ronald Louis Dupre, 66, of Tempe, passed away on January 18, 2008. A memorial service will be -s. held at Green Acres Mor-( iv"r,.) tuary Chapel of Light, 401 JNy N. Hayden Rd., Scotts-dale, on Saturday February 2, at 2:30 PM. f 1 Woodrow Wilson (Jack) Ficklin 1 joined his Heavenly Father quietly in nis sleep at home i f,;,' on January 24, 2008. Mr. Ficklin, a WW2 Veteran, born in MO. in 1922 was the last survivina of eiaht'l children of Charles ; . I and Delilah Ficklin, ; ; having moved to 1" 1 Arizona in 1963. IljamA, Jack is preceded m death r by his wife Gertrude in t. 1990. He is survived by C'f daughter Carol Ann (Donald Smith) of Mesa and son Mark Ficklin of Scottsdale. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Heather Ann Akins of Tucson and Samuel Ray Akins of Mesa. Mr. Ficklin worked in base operations at Williams Air Force Base until his retirement. Jack was an active volunteer at the Pyle Senior Center in Tempe. Weekly, he volunteered at the Paz de Cristo Community Center feeding the homeless. He will be sorely missed by his beloved church, Epiphany Episcopal. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions to Paz de Cristo Community Center, 424 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa AZ, 85210, 602-464-2370. There will be a celebration of Jack's life at the Church of the Epiphany, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 10:00 am with reception immediately following, 2222 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282. Interment following the service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. God's Peace! Arrangements entrusted by Tempe Mortuary. John James Gibbons, 54, of Peoria Arizona passed away on January 25, 2008. He was born in Detroit Michigan. He moved to Arizona in 1985 to pursue his career as an electrician. He is survived by his mother Evelyn, children Christine and Scott, sister Anna, brother Michael, 5 grandchildren, and fiance' Kathy. A memorial service will be held Friday February 1st at 1:30p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave. Glendale. A gathering will be held following services at the Peoria residence. Arrangements by Chapel of the Chimes Fr. Robert L Graff, aged 81, died January 26, 2008. Retired in 1996 he was ordained tor the Diocese of Tucson in 1952 and served in many parishes in the Phoenix area and the Diocese of Tucson. He was born June 20, 1926 to Raymond and Elizabeth Graff of William- sport, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his sisters Kathleen Crouse of Williamsport, Mary Heffner of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, and Gloria Whitman of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, and brother Donald of Lancaster, New York. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jack of Ben Lomond, California and William of Williamsport. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. on January 30, 2008 at St Bridget Church, 2213 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa, AZ 85213. (480) 924-9111. In Lieu of flowers or cards please make donations to Saint Vincent de Paul at St. Bridget Church. 1 I .1 Ana Amalia Hernandez, of Avondale, born April 19, 1937 passed away Jan. 27, 2008. Survived by 5 sons, 10 H daughters, grand- children. Visitation J C Q niJ TUmfp S 1 4 J-o rivi i nui s. jail, m ifr "XJ,'rt a, zuuti at ureen- i I 'A wood Memory fc 1 . Lawn Chapel, 719 1 f , " N. 27th Ave. Phx. jt Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM - Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at the LDS Church 701 N. 95th, Ave. Tolleson, AZ. Michael G. Higgins, born February 18,1949, passed away Wednesday evening, January 23, 2008 Ulll U Ul It I JIUI UL r I Hospital fighting his last mksmvIi k cattle with Melanoma. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters Emily, Christina, & Megan, son, Ryan, parents Glenn and Ruth Higgins of Scottsdale, brothers Jerry (Scottsdale), Tom and Sandi (Sacramento), David and Sue (Pinetop), Mark and Shelley (Mesa) and several nieces and nephews. FrieTids and family are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Mike's life on Saturday, February 2nd at 1:30pm at La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E Bell Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the family or the church. ED Shirley M. Hilfinger, 78, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on January 25, 2008. A Memorial serv- J V-ice will be at 3 pm on Sat- v urday, February 2, 2008 at ",L the Phoenix Quaker Meeting, 1702 East Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Donations may be sent to the Marley House, 9 East Mission Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85020. Arrangements by Hansen Mortuary. Bernice Ann Ware Hodges, died January 25, 2008 at the Glencroft Care Center of Glendale, AZ. She was born October 23, 1926 in Marble-head, Ma where she lived until her marriage. She married James C. Hodges Sr. 15 January 1944. She is preseded in death by her husband of over fifty years, James C, her parents Pauline and John Glover Ware, and her younger brother, Jack Ware. She is survived by her younger brother, Norm Ware and younger sister, Sally Kelly of Marblehead, Ma and by her three children, James C, Jr. of Glendale, AZ, son Robert Hodges of San Antonio, Tx and Marsha Crawley of Hot Springs, Ark., seven grandchildren Darrel, Susan, Candy, Elizabeth, Stacy, Carrie and Christine and seven greatgrandchildren. During the Second World War Bernice worked building Liberty Ships, and was later a Girl Scout Leader and a Youth Group Coordinator at Luke AFB. A viewing and memorial service will be held at the Best Funeral Services, 9380 W. Peoria Ave., on Friday, February 1, 2008 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will occur at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. It's not just hospice. It's Hospice of the Valley. Providing comfort and dignity is life near; its end. To learn morr ilmiit i. ..,,.,;, our servica, call .," r 602.530.6900 or viiii !! isl'K.r. 4vaiu:y Elbert Joseph Johnson (1923 - 2008) Elbert Joseph Johnson oieo pearewr uarhnmonn nnn. ary 23, 2008 with his sweetheart of. 55 years by hisij' sioe. tioert was a loving and kind a v. I 4 hushand. father. '' grandfather, great 1 grandfather, son, I Brother and friend. . Elbert was born in ' a I Pomerene, Arizona on January 4, 1923. He was the second child born to Joseph Elbert and Lucy Rosetta. Elbert was raised in Prescott, Arizona in a family of ten children. After high school, Elbert joined the army and served as a communications technician in Germany during World War II. Upon his return from active duty, Elbert served a mission in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elbert graduated from Utah State University and received his Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah. On June 11, 1952, Elbert married his eternal companion, Elaine Parkin, in the Salt Lake Temple. Elbert loved to serve in the church and had many opportunities to serve as a teacher, Bishop, choir director and Patriarch. He was also privileged to serve a second mission, with his wife, in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Mission. Elbert loved music ana is remembered for his love of music and powerful bass voice. Whether is was a solo in church or a birthday song on the phone, he believed that every song must be sung with feeling. Elbert's greatest accomplishment was his family. His great love for each of them was always felt and never doubted by anyone. Elbert is survived by his wife, Elaine; his children, Rebecca, Judy, Dennis, Martha, Douglas, Margaret, Carolyn and Ly-nette; 21 grandsons; 7 granddaughters; and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Elbert was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, and two granddaughters. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 4-7 pm. at the Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary located at 7924 No. 59th Ave., Glendale. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, February 4th 2008, at the Glendale Stake Center located 8602 No. 31st Ave., Phoenix (31st Avenue, south of Dunlap) with a viewing at 9 am - prior to the services. Elbert truly believed that to love and serve his fellow men is to love and serve God. He never missed an opportunity to give someone a hug or let tnem know how much he cared. All those who knew Elbert Johnson will forever be blessed that he was a part of their lives. In lieu of flowers, a missionary fund has been set up in Elbert's name. Donations can be made at any Chase Bank of AZ co Elaine Johnson. Willbur "Butch" Johnson, 47, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on January 28, 2008. A me- rnorial service will be advantage-held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2008 at Advantage Colonial Chapel, 4141 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona. Sharon N. Keyes, 61, died suddenly on January 19, 2008, at her home in Sun City, Arizona. Sharon was born in Fargo, North Dakota on February 24, 1946, to the late Wally and Gladys Norell. She is survived by a twin sister, Sandra Bufka who resides in Illinois and a brother Thomas Norell who lives in Texas. She had a brother, Gary Norell who died at the age of 12. Sharon graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 with a Bachelor Degree in Science. She was a member of Mensa, a society which welcomes people whose IQ is in the top 2 of the population. She started teaching in Panama in 1969 and spent 25 years teaching all grades including gifted children. Sharon married John Keyes and had two girls, an adopted daughter, Allison, in 1981, and then gave birth to Allissa in 1984. Sharon moved to Arizona in 2001 to help care for her mother. She also leaves behind two grand-children, Tricia Allison Nelson and Race Kale Penny. She had been employed by Sears Stores since 2002. Sharon will be greatly missed by not only her family, but also by her friends and neighbors. For funeral arrangements, please contact Menke Funeral Home in Sun City. Sara P. Lawrence, 65, of Sun City West passed away January 26, 2008. Born on Septem-ber 28, 1942, Sara yfjL went on 10 earn a jp '' f Bdcneiur ui ns ;" f rtonrDD frnm thp J . i University of 'M -m vvyuiniitij, wneit: 4 sue ucanic a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and continued to remain an active member of the alumnae club. For many years, the Lawrence family lived in Denver, CO. After Sara lovingly raised her children, she earned her Masters of Arts Degree from Cal. State Northridge. Sara recently retired from Cal. State Northridge as a Family and Childhood Development Professor. Surviving members of the family include Sara's husband of 45 years, Gary; her children Michele (Mark), Lisa (Mathew) and Tim; and her treasured grandchildren Madison, M.J., James, Audrey and Gemma. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 3:00 PM with a viewing to be held one hour prior at Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel 13738 Camino del Sol Sun City West. Donations requested to the American Heart Association 2929 S. 48th Street Tempe, AZ 85282 in Sara's name. Agnes Leach, age 94, passed away on Saturday. 1-26-08. Aones descri bed herself as a "r""S reisty insn woman, how true! She is survived by her son, Richard Hudson, daughter Sue Lanker (Jim Joling), 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Family and friends will say good bye in a private reception. Earl "Mac" McCartney died peacefully at home Jan. 27, 2008. Born Oct. 14, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA. Earl served honorably in the Korean War. He later mover to Phoenix, AZ & built a successful career as a photographer for the Arizona Republic. He made many good friends & also met his wife Sue. He enjoyed helping people, gave freely of his time, talents & money. Earl is survived by his wife Sue; his relatives in Pittsburgh; 2 stepsons & 2 grandsons who will especially miss "Grandpa Earl". Per his request, no services are planned. Place your obit in The Arizona Republic and remember our loved one on acentral com For info visit attentral com or call ifQ2) 444-8774. Doas Rescue. Stefanie Lynn Mills Maddux, 20, of El Mirage, AZ; passed away on Janu ary 2b, juob in Phoenix, AZ. She was born on January 4, 1988 in Phoenix, AZ. Stefanie was a Veterinarian Assistant. She was a member of 4-H, FFA, Volunteer Sun Valley Shelter, ASPCA, New Hope Cattle Stefanie is survived by her Husband: Craig A. Maddux; Parents: Stephen & Brenda Mills; Brothers: Shawn M. Petterborg & Jeramy 'P. Jones; Grandparents: Norman & Miggs Petterborg, Betty Mills. Visitation will be held 3:00 - 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ. Graveside Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ. Services will be officiated by Rawn Stull. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Stefanie's name to Sun Valley Animal Shelter, 7150 N. 110th Ave, Glendale, AZ andor New Hope Cattle Dog Inc., PO Box 2014, Gilbert, AZ 85299. Lee Montgomery, of Sun City West passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2008. He was 98 years, 9 months and 16 days old. He was born Tuesday, March 23, 1909 in Dadeville, MO. Burial was in Stockton Cemetery in Stockton, MO. He was a deacon and member of The First Christian Church of Sun City since 1996. Lee volunteered in the treasury office at the church. He also served as an Aerospace engineer for many years. His parents were John and Rose Montgomery. Lee's wife, Monta, died February 22, 1996. Memorial will be held at The First Christian Church of Sun City on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 1 p.m. Contributions may be made to The First Christian Church of Sun City, 14001 W. Thunderbird, Sun City, AZ 85351. Ernest Frederick Naquayouma., 70, of Queen Creek, passed away last Thursday, January 17, 2008 at home. Mr. Naquayouma born on June 3, 1937, in Manhattan, New York to Lillian (Lowry) and Ernest Naquayouma. No service is pending at this time. Mr. Naquayouma was a information processor for the State Attorney General office before retiring. He is survived by his sons; Ernest V. of Edgewood, NM, Albert L. of Black River Falls, Wl, daughters; Luanda L. of Queen Creek, Anita J. Naquayouma of Wisconsin Rapids, Wl, 8 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by sons Warren Austin and Anthony John Naquayouma. Arrangements entrusted to Simes Mortuaries Casa Grande Chapel. William "Bill" M. O'Neil Jr., 61 Phoenix, AZ. William passed away on January 25th, 2008 peacefully at home after battling a long-term illness. Bill was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and moved to Arizona in 1972. Bill graduated from Pacelli High School (Stevens Point Wis.) in 1965 and while at Pacelli, Bill wrestled and played basketball for the varsity teams. In 1967 Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam until 1972 when he was honorably discharged. Bill moved to Arizona to begin his career in construction as a surveyor and joined Sundt Construction in 1972. Bill worked for Sundt for 17 years eventually becoming Chief Estimator. After Sundt, Bill worked for Suft Construction in the same capacity, until his retirement in 2002. Bill was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed cars. Bill was also a rabid Green Bay Packers fan. Bill is survived by his sons Bill O'Neil III and Brian O'Neil, his sister Patti Berger (MN), brothers Mike O'Neil (Wis.), Dan O'Neil (Wis.), Tom O'Neil (AZ) and Tim O'Neil (AZ). A Memorial Service will be held on February 5th, 2008 (10:00 A.M.) at the Veterans Cemetery in North Phoenix(23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix AZ). Dale Juan Osife, 42, of Laveen, AZ, passed away on January 24, 2008. Visitation will begin at 6:00 PM, Thursday, January 31, at the District 6 Service Center, S. 51st Ave. on St. Johns Rd., LaveenKomatke, AZ. Funeral Mass will begin at 8:00 AM, Friday, February 1, at St. John's Indian Mission, LaveenKomatke, AZ. Burial to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Lowmans Arizona Funeral Home, Inc. Becky F. Pearson, 51, of Sun Lakes, AZ, passed away Jan. 25, 2008. She was born March 7, 1956 in t Spring Valley, IL to Leon I., and Dorothy Carlson. She On moved to the valley in the mid 1980's and had been working as an engineer tech at Intel. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy and her husband Gerald in 2004. Survivors include her daughter, Jackie Pearson; her father, Leon Carlson; siblings, Srterryl (Larry) Bird, Charlene Carlson, Paula Crider, Karen (Cliff) Brown and Kathy Goff along with numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 12 Noon, at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. Interment will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to help defray the cost of funeral expenses. r Adam Osband Pullo June 21, 1978 - January 17, 2006 The day Adam was born everyone around him was smiling while he was crying. He lived his life with courage, determination, and joy. Now he is smiling, while we are crying for our own loss of this brave and wonderful soul. Not a day goes by, Adam, that we don't ache for your presence, not only now, but for the promise of what could have been. Love...Mom and Dad GEORGE A. STEINHILBER V ' I 1 1 j I .Jl,irii.. .'.'i'-i,', i 'ii I. i,il,vy,-:iavf-.-,n'...J George A. Steinhilber, born July 16, 1930 to George A. Steinhilber, Sr. and Lucille (Barthels) Steinhilber at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh.Wisconsin. Died at home on January 26, 2008 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beautiful wife Sandy; five children- Sara Cabirac (Gary), Tim Steinhilber (Diane), Lisa Andrews (John), Ted Steinhilber, Greg Steinhilber (Susan); stepdaughters Allison Lynch, Katie Lynch; ten grandchildren- Holden and Brenton Steinhilber, Lisa and Michelle Cabirac, J.R. and Emily Andrews, Alec, Eden, Chloe and Sara Steinhilber; and sister Jean DiOrio. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Lucille Steinhilber, stepmother Mollie (Hergert) Steinhilber and sister Kathryn Sickler. George joined the U.S. Army in May of 1948 and served four years overseas. Upon his return he. attended Oshkosh State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) before transferring to the University of Arizona in Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1957 with a BS in Business Administration and Real Estate. George was a co-founder of Continental Bank of Arizona, holding the positions of Senior Real Estate Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board. Continental Bank was acquired by Chase Manhattan Bank in 1987 and he stayed on as Vice Chairman of Chase Bank of Arizona until his departure in 1989. George started his career with Citizens Bank of Riverside as a staff real estate appraiser and then joined A.B. Robbs Trust Company in Phoenix as a Mortgage Loan Officer. He continued his career in the commercial mortgage banking industry up until his death, serving as Senior Vice President of CBRE Melody & Company. Throughout his career he was very active in the Arizona business community. He was past President of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Bankers Association and Director of several institutions including Continental Bank, Chase Bank of Arizona and La Jolla Savings Bank. He was also a Board Member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America for 14 years. George was a member and past President of Phoenix Country Club. George was an avid outdoorsman and will be dearly missed by his hunting and golfing buddies. He and Sandy treasured getaways to their summer cabin in Oak Creek Canyon and their beloved farm near George's hometown of Oshkosh. Family and friends will cherish the memories of sharing his passion for the beautiful Wisconsin landscape at his home on Rush Lake. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 31st at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at 10001 N. 92nd Street, Suite 121, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 and Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight The words of Apostle Paul I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." I,. I ' I t "H Suzan M. (Wagenfehr) Craig Greefkens 7 5 Suzan of Mancos, Colorado, passed away in Montrose County Friday, January 25, 2008. She was 44 years old. She was born December 29, 1963 in Flafstaff, Arizona to Robert and Cathy Wagenfehr of Flagstaff. Suzan had an extensive academic career - attending schools in Albuquerque, NM, and Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop, AZ. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Biology, Anthropology, and Education, but dance was always her passion. Suzan worked in many capacities throughout her life devoted to education and creative expression, bringing together people's need for dance, music, the outdoors, and community. She worked vigorously to integrate many areas of education for children and the public, feeling that the most integral parts of ritual, history, and dance needed to be passed on to the world around her. She received awards for educational program development at the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum in Cortez, CO, educational websites at NAU, and for coordinating cultural and dance events in Flagstaff, AZ. She was a dedicated educator, river runner, outdoorswoman, and mother. Her vibrant passion to live fully in the world influenced all those around her.. Her family and friends will remember her best for her spontaneity over potlucks, music, campouts, river running, and of course any opportunity to dance. She is survived by her son Kegan Azul Craig of Mancos, her husband John Greefkens of Mancos, step-daughter Sarah Greefkens, parents Robert and Cathy Wagenfehr of Glendale, AZ, brothers Tyler Von Wagenfehr and wife Lee of Pinetop, AZ. Robert O. Wagenfehr Jr, and wife Raquel of Waddell, AZ, 3 nieces, and numerous friends and relatives. Kai Lynn Craig K 4. t .7 Kai, 18 of Mancos, CO also passed away in Montrose County Friday, January 25, 2008. Kai was born in Globe, Arizona on June 5, 1989. She attended schools in Flagstaff, AZ, and then moved to Dolores, CO where she attended Dolores Elementary and Middle schools. She was due to graduate from Southwest Open School in Cortez, CO this coming May. Kai was well known for her creativity, which began early in life with dancing, drawing, and participating in 4-H. She continued her 4-H interests in high school with Future Farmers of America, and received awards for judging in horse confirmation. She also was active in dog training and showing through 4-H. Dancing, reading, and drawing were Kai's pas sions in life. She had spent the last 4 years studing the art of anime' and creative writing. This January she received the Gold Key Award in the animation category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Contest for the State of Colorado and was about to enter her animation at the National Level in New York. She is survived by her brother, Kegan Azul Craig of Mancos, CO, her father Kevin Craig of Flagstaff, AZ, her grandparents Robert and Cathy Wagenfehr of Glendale, AZ, uncles Tyler Von Wagenfehr and wife Lee of Pinetop, AZ, Robert O. Wagenfehr and wife Raquel of Waddell, AZ, 3 cousins, step-father John Greefkens, step-sister Sarah Greefkens and numerous loving friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in their memories to the Suzan M. Greefkens Memorial Fund at Dolores State Bank, Dolores, CO to assist with her son's educational fund. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 1, at Ertel Funeral Home at 42 Market St., Cortez, CO. P ST)

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