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Sunwest Funeral Home & Cemetery

Trust, Compassion and Affordability Since 1981

The Heritage Family of Funeral Homes have served the greater Phoenix area for 30 years under the careful guidance of the Stobierski family. Today, as a third generation family-owned firm, we have become the area’s most preferred funeral homes by providing the highest level of service to our community.

As a full-service firm with eight convenient funeral home locations, five cemeteries and two privately owned crematories, we have consistently offered the area’s most reasonable prices in funeral services. We take personal pride in the beauty of our facilities and the professionalism of our staff.

We welcome you to visit our funeral homes and become acquainted with our comfortable facilities and meet our compassionate staff. Please consider this a personal invitation, from our family to yours.

Our Obituaries

Lawrence C Napoleon

August 10, 1937 - January 10, 2016

Lawrence C. Napoleon, Our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on January 10, 2016. He was a faithful believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. He shared a 59 year long marriage with his beloved wife, Mary Helen Napoleon. He is survived by his daughters Rosie Roybal, son in law Randy, Martha Munoz, Cynthia Carrasco, son in law Vince, son Lawrence Napoleon Jr., as well as the memory of his...
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Webster "Web" Lee Johnson, Sr.

December 3, 1949 - December 31, 2015

Webster "Web" Lee Johnson, Sr. went to be with the Lord December 31, 2015. He was born in Bakersfield, California December 3, 1949 to Oliver Richard Johnson and Mae Wortha Taylor. Web served his country proudly in The United States Army. He was preceded in death by his son Kristopher Mychael Johnson and parents Oliver and Mae Wortha Johnson. Web leaves behind his loving wife of 29 years, Mary...
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Allen P Bense

February 3, 1948 - December 6, 2015

Allen P. Bense 67, of El Mirage passed away on December 6, 2015. Allen was born in Long Prairie, Minnesota on February 3, 1948 to Albert & Sylvia Bense. Allen is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth. He is survived by his son Kenneth of El Mirage, Arizona and his two Grandchildren Kyle and Brianna. The service will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m at Sunwest Funeral Home &...
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Fredrick Richard Hart

January 30, 1956 - December 4, 2015

Fredrick Richard Hart passed away at the age of 59 on December 4, 2015. Fredrick was born in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Georgette Hart on January 30, 1956. Fredrick was preceded in death by his parents and sister Linda Eickhoff. He leaves behind his brother Ray Hart, nieces; Jennifer and Sandra, nephew Paul, brother-in-law Paul Eickhoff, friend and companion of over 30 years Rose Klamp, and...
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Elida Maria Gaitan

January 30, 1952 - November 28, 2015

Elida "Chicky" Maria Gaitan of Glendale, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2015. She was born on January 30, 1952 in Mesa, Arizona, she was the daughter of the late Mercedes Gaitan and Inez Villarreal Gaitan. She grew up in Gilbert Arizona and later moved to Glendale Arizona to raise her daughter. She is survived by her daughter, Elena "Lenny" Yvette Gaitan of El...
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Marian Lucille Pell

August 28, 1926 - November 22, 2015

Marian Lucille (Hunter) Pell, 89, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on November 22nd, 2015. She was born on August 28th, 1926 in Pymosa,Township, Iowa. Marian met her husband, Robert Pell, of 66 years at a roller skating rink in Atlantic, Iowa. They later moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they started a family together. Marian enjoyed baking, dancing, and her grandchildren. She was a quiet,...
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Martin Ortega Gomez

March 10, 1929 - October 13, 2015

Martin Ortega Gomez born in McNary Texas on March 10, 1929, beloved Father and Grandfather passed away peacefully on October 13, 2015 at his daughter and son in laws home in Tolleson, Arizona. He lost his battle to prostate cancer and those who know him know he fought the good fight. What many people do not know is that Martin was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War in 1969 and spent...
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Martin Ortega Gomez, Sr

March 10, 1929 - October 13, 2015

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Manuel Junior Olvera

September 25, 1990 - October 2, 2015

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Manuel Junior Olvera

September 25, 1990 - October 2, 2015

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Christopher Phillip Kirby

August 7, 1993 - August 23, 2015

Christopher Phillip Kirby, 22, was born August 7, 1993 and grew up in Wittmann, AZ, he became our guardian angel on August 23, 2015. Chris lived life to the fullest. He loved his family & friends. He was his mommies boy, his dad's best friend, his sisters other half and the worldest funnest uncle to our Landyn. Chris loved living life outside, he loved his trips to the lake, riding his dirt...
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James Charles Jensik

August 15, 2015

James Charles Jensik, 66, passed away on August 15, 2015 at his home in Sun City, AZ. He was born on August 12, 1949 in Melrose Park, IL. Jim grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1967. After high school, Jim served in the US Air Force with tours of duty in both Okinawa and Thailand from January 1969 to January 1973 when he was honorably discharged. He retired from the...
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Reba Ann Parriott

August 5, 1947 - August 15, 2015

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Jose A Heredia

April 27, 1931 - August 10, 2015

Jose A Heredia de Surprise, AZ falleció 10 de agosto 2015 con su amada familia a su lado. Jose nació a Francisco y Catalina Herediael 27 de abril de 1931 en Purepero Michoacán, México. En 1962Josecasado con su esposa Estela Carranza y comenzaron su familia. Se casaron 50 años hasta Estela falleció en 2013.Joseera un trabajador y recogido frutos maravillosos que todos disfrutamos durante...
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Mildred J Hutter

September 6, 1921 - August 7, 2015

Mildred J. Hutter, 93, of Prescott, AZ, passed away peacefully from this life August 7, 2015 with loved ones by her side. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and is loved by so many whose lives she touched. Mildred is survived by her son Ronald L. (Shirley) Hutter, of Prescott, AZ, daughter Karen (Dan) Westfall of Dewey, AZ, daughter Cyndi ...
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Patricia B Swartz

March 3, 1937 - July 30, 2015

Swartz, Patricia Prevendar, 78, of Sun City West, AZ; passed into eternity on July 30, 2015. Patricia was born in Chicago on March 3, 1937 to Michael and Elsie Prevendar. She grew up in Berwyn Illinois and attended the University of Illinois. She married her loving husband Austin T. Swartz of 58 years, on June 15, 1957. She is survived by her husband Austin (80), Brother, Michael Prevender (68),...
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Mary Elma Urrea

July 23, 2015

Mary Elma Urrea, 80, passed away peacefully in her home July 23 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family during her last days. Mary had a variety of interests including horses, traveling, golf, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and the many friends she made over the years. Mary was known for helping not only her own children, but influencing the lives of many others over...
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Arcadio Hinojos

June 16, 2015

Arcadio Hinojos, 84, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on June 16, 2015 in Phoenix. Arcadio was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in the city of Parral on January 12, 1931 to Jesus and Severina Hinojos. Arcadio is survived by his loving wife Elodia Salayandia; and was a loving father to, Alfredo, Amado, Jesus, Jose Luis, Lupe, Rosa Isela, and Juana; and many grandchildren. A visitation will be held...
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Alberto Armenta Garcia

July 27, 1994 - June 9, 2015

THE BROTHERS ALBERTO ARMENTA GARCIA & OSCAR ARMENTA GARCIA 7/27/1994 – 6/9/2015 & 05/15/1991-06/09/2015 Alberto Armenta Garcia, born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Beloved son of Oscar Armenta and Alicia Garcia; Brother to Oscar Armenta Garcia, Lydia Armenta and Maritza Armenta. Alberto was a big smile and a loving soul to the world around him. Everyone will...
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Oscar Armenta Garcia

May 15, 1991 - June 9, 2015

THE BROTHERS OSCAR ARMENTA GARCIA & ALBERTO ARMENTA GARCIA 5/15/1991 –06/09/2015 & 07/27/1994-06/09/2015 Oscar Armenta Garcia, born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Beloved son of Oscar Armenta and Alicia Garcia; Oldest brother of Lydia Armenta, Alberto Armenta and Maritza Armenta; Loving Father to Ethan N. Armenta; Loving fiancé to Lyssa Flores. Oscar enjoyed...
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Matthew Harry Christensen

October 19, 1995 - April 29, 2015

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Steve Ray Parmer

February 17, 1942 - April 11, 2015

Steve Parmer 2/17/1942 – 4/11/2015 Steve was called home to be with the Lord after a long, hard fought battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD. He was born in Chickasha Oklahoma on February 17, 1942 to George and Phyllis Parmer. He attended Ella B Allen Elementary School and Chula Vista Junior and Senior High School and graduated from Hilltop High School in 1960. He loved...
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Shirley Noreen ( Paulauskis) Strassner

March 23, 1935 - March 25, 2015

Shirley Noreen (Paulauskis) Strassner, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother & sister was born March 23, 1935 in Sheridan, Oregon to Beryl & Howard Casey and passed away on March 25, 2015. Shirley is survived by her husband Leonard; children Timothy Spencer, Don Glass, Noreen Blaisdell, Steven Paulauskis; 2 step-children; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 sister and 2...
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Marlene Ann Siemer

March 5, 1964 - March 9, 2015

Marlene Ann Siemer was born March 5, 1964, in Gardena, California. She was baptized at the St. Francis Cabrini Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California. Mo passed away at her home in Surprise, Arizona, on March 9, 2015. Mo graduated from Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, California in 1981. She also attended Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, California where she...
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LaVerne Audrey Daly

February 25, 2015

LaVerne Audry Daly passed away on February 25, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. She was born in Valley County, Montana. She leaves behind her loving husband Wayne Thomas Daly. Her family legacy includes 6 Children, 20 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren.
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Ismael Godinez

October 7, 1974 - February 22, 2015

Ismael was an amazing husband, dad, son, brother, cousin and friend. He always went above and beyond for all of us. Ismael was the love of my life. He always went out of his way to put a smile on my face. He hid special notes in my car, lunchbox and on the mirror of the bathroom. He kissed me good-bye in the mornings and always supported everything that I did. I feel so lost without him but I...
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Pablo H Lopez

July 29, 1927 - February 19, 2015

Pablo H Lopez passed away on February 19, 2015 in Sun City, Arizona. Pablo is survived by his loving wife, Marie Lopez (Sifuentes). He leaves behind his 8 children, Irma Hernandez (Manuel) Juan Lopez (Mercedes), Ricardo Lopez (Amelia), Ruben Lopez (Debbie), Elizabeth Lopez (Inez), Luis Lopez, Ramon Lopez (Grace) Rosamarie Lopez (Jorge). 18 Grandchildren & 19 Great Grandchildren. He will be...
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Pamela Sue Wright

November 4, 1954 - February 15, 2015

Pamela Sue Wright, born in Elwood, Indiana November 4, 1954. Daughter of Arthur Louis and MaryBelle (McRoberts) Humphrey. She lived in El Mirage, AZ. Pamela was a caregiver for 10 years. She enjoyed being a stay at home wife, mother, Grandma and taking vacations. She married Terry Wright Sr. Feb 5, 1972 at Pentecostal Church of God in Peoria, AZ. Survivors include husband Terry Wright Sr,and...
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Andrew David Harrison

February 23, 1983 - February 12, 2015

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Jose (Simon) Leyva Huerta

November 28, 1937 - December 28, 2014

Jose Leyva 'Simon' Huerta, 77, entered into eternal rest on December 28, 2014 while resting peacefully in his home in Surprise, Arizona with loved ones at his side. Jose was born November 28, 1937 to Lucilla Leyva Huerta and Hermerejildo Huerta in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. Simon was an entrepreneur and retired an auto mechanic who was dubbed the most cordial, hospitable, and above all else,...
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Ruth C Borowiec

August 5, 1940 - December 21, 2014

Ruth Castellon Borowiec, at the young age of 74 passed away on Sunday, December 21st at 11:30am. She was born in Managua Nicaragua to Gonzalo Castellon Mora and Candelaria Castellon Escobar until the age of 4. Her family then moved to Costa Rica and raised there until the age of 12. In 1952 her and her sister came to this country where they were then raised in San Francisco, CA. Ruth...
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Ryan McLaughlin

September 2, 1980 - December 11, 2014

Ryan Michael McLaughlin 34, was called to Heaven on December 11, 2014. Ryan was born in Hackensack, NJ on September 2, 1980. He was a lifelong resident of Scotchtown, in the Town Of Wallkill, NY before moving to Arizona 3 years ago. Ryan was best known for his Witty Sense of Humor, His compassion for his family and friends, his love of animals especially his dog Jada Kiss, his love of Grafitti...
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Martin Garcia Gomez, Jr

February 23, 1958 - October 31, 2014

Martin Garcia Gomez Jr. was known for his laughter and love of music and dance. To his friends and family he was known as "Tuna." Martin's journey through life came to an end on October 31, 2014 after his courageous battle with cancer. There wasn't a room that he entered that his presence didn't light up, he had kind words for all who knew him and a joke for every occasion. To the end he...
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Petra Garcia

January 13, 1944 - October 27, 2014

Petra L. Garcia, 70, passed away in Sun City, Arizona on October 27, 2014. Petra was born in Durango, Mexico on January 13, 1944 to Severo and Natalia Lopez. She had lived here in Arizona for the past ten years. Petra is survived by her daughter, Patricia Garcia (Son-in-law Eladio Martinez); sons, James and Miguel Garcia; 11 grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends. A visitation...
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Phyllis Joan Lawellin

August 17, 1937 - October 22, 2014

It is with profound sadness and very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother Phyllis Joan Lawellin. She passed away peacefully in her sleep in Surprise Arizona, after a decade's long battle against the scourge of a disease, we call cancer. While we are heartbroken by her passing, we find comfort in knowing that she will no longer suffer...
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Mary Helen Gutierrez

October 19, 2014

Mary Helen Gutierrez 68, of Phoenix AZ passed away on October 19, 2014. Mary loved gardening and spending time with her family. She is survived by her 3 sons Anthony Gutierrez (Pettina) Reyes Gutierrez Jr (Emily), Danny Gutierrez, 12 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Reyes Gutierrez Sr, and her Great Grandson Zaden. She was a devoted mother and...
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Alessandra Renae Bernal

September 14, 2014 - September 14, 2014

Our beautiful Alessandra Renae left us too soon. While our hearts are broken, we know our little angel is safe in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Alessandra leaves behind her loving parents Brandi and Rudy, her brothers and sisters Giovanni Antonio, Julian Francisco, Aubrey Josefina, Annalysa Renee, Zachary Rene, and Marcus Xavier, and her grandparents Armando Bernal, Mary Jane & Eladio Aldana,...
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Terry Ann Dloniak

December 13, 1957 - September 14, 2014

Terry Ann Dloniak, 56, of Sun City, Arizona passed away on September 14, 2014. She was born in Cleveland, OH on December 13, 1957. She had lived in Arizona for the past 28 years. Terry is survived by her husband Henry (the love of her life); her daughter Tina Beyle (Tim); her son Michael Kolb Jr. (Kristina); her mother Florence Stallman & Step mom Violet Dloniak; her grandchildren Michelle,...
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Melba Joe Lewis

May 20, 1943 - August 14, 2014

Melba Joe Lewis age 71, passed away at Banner Hospice in Peoria on Thursday August 14, 2014 due to lung cancer. She was born May 20, 1943 in Plainview, Arkansas. She lived in Georgia, California naming a few states, before settling in Arizona and becoming a roommate with her mother. She worked at Adult Care Assistance Home Care as a nurse's aide, until one week before her death. In her spare time...
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Helen Lorraine Myles-Vitto

January 9, 1956 - July 5, 2014

Helen Lorraine Myles-Vitto (Hudson) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia January 9, 1956. Her parents, Ellen May (Best) and Henry J. Hudson gave her the family name Rainy which made her the first in what has been an ongoing family tradition in honor of the Hudson Cherokee heritage giving a weather/nature name to children born in the family. Cherokee and Native American history, culture, and...
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James N Harris

September 18, 1929 - July 2, 2014

Harris, James N. 84 of Peoria, AZ passed away on July 2, 2014. He was born in Township Willoughby, Ohio on September 18, 1929 to Roy and Hazel Snow Harris. He is survived by his wife Eloise Harris, sons David Simon, Ronnie Harris, Carl Hagler, Dale Walker and daughter Ann Weaver, five sisters, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He retired from...
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Maira Meliza Barraza Nevarez

September 24, 1986 - June 30, 2014

Maira Barraza-Nevarez, age 27, of Surprise, AZ went to be with the Lord on the morning of June 30, 2014. Maira was on her way to work when she was involved in a vehicular accident. Maira was born on September 24, 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona to Jose and Haide (Celaya-Quiroz) Barraza. Maira was happily married in 2007 to Juan Jose Nevarez. Maira was currently enrolled at Arizona State University. ...
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Keith Richard "Flurrie" Livingston

March 21, 1996 - May 29, 2014

Keith Richard Livingston was born during a brief but furious snow storm in Frederick, Maryland on March 21, 1996. As is the tradition in his family beginning with his Cherokee Great-Grandfather, Henry Hudson, he was given the family name Flurrie which most of his maternal relatives know him by. Keith passed into Eternity very unexpectedly from his bed at home on March 29, 2014 at the age of only...
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Hazel Berniece Blosser

March 15, 1918 - April 24, 2014

Hazel Berniece Blosser, 96, of Phoenix. As hymns were being sung by family members, our Lord very peacefully ushered Berniece into Heaven on April 24, 2014. Born in Emmett, ID on March 15, 1918, Berniece was the firstborn of Allen and Hazel Brown. In 1938 she met the love of her life, Eugene "Gene" Blosser of Vancouver, WA. They were married in 1944, while Gene was serving in the Army Air...
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Lisa Lynette Mendoza

September 11, 1971 - April 20, 2014

John Mendoza & Lisa Camarena Mendoza of El Mirage, AZ – Husband and Wife both passed away on April 20, 2014. John Mendoza is survived by his immediate family including his children Victoria & John Mendoza, Jr., mother Norma Cruz, sister Cecy Monge, brother Alex Verduzco and family. John was the owner of Mendoza's Auto Interiors & Off-Road for 19yrs. His hobbies included power lifting, off...
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John Carlos Mendoza

September 28, 1969 - April 20, 2014

John Mendoza & Lisa Camarena Mendoza of El Mirage, AZ – Husband and Wife both passed away on April 20, 2014. John Mendoza is survived by his immediate family including his children Victoria & John Mendoza, Jr., mother Norma Cruz, sister Cecy Monge, brother Alex Verduzco and family. John was the owner of Mendoza's Auto Interiors & Off-Road for 19yrs. His hobbies included power lifting, off...
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Jonathan Andrew Erekson

June 25, 1999 - April 8, 2014

JONATHAN ANDREW EREKSON, beloved son and brother, passed from this life Tuesday, April 8th, 2014. He was born June 25th, 1999 in Glendale, Arizona. He was fourteen years old. There were so many wonderful things about him that to list them all would require many, many pages. Growing up he was involved in many sporting events, including: basketball, football, soccer, and baseball. He was gifted...
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Carolyn Jean Heer

June 15, 1935 - March 16, 2014

Carolyn Jean Heer, born 6/15/35 in Glenvil, NE. She rose to heaven on 3/16/14. She was survived by her sister, LaVera Pedigo, her 3 children, David Heer, wife Jackie, Dianne Shoemake, husband Tom and Donna Bradford and 6 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. She was married to Walter Douglas Heer, deceased, for 48 years. She will be laid to rest at Sun Lakes Cemetery. Services will be...
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Philip "Phil" O'Brien

March 7, 1965 - March 1, 2014

Philip Wayne O'Brien, 48 passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home on March 1st. "Phil" was born March 7th, 1965 in Panorama City, California. Phil is survived by a large and loving family, as well as many friends. His wife Laura, their twins, daughter Erin Kathryn and son Ethan Wayne, both 10. His eldest daughter Jennifer Gail 23, her son, Phil's grandson Hayden Anthony Nickolas. Phils'...
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Jose Santiago

September 6, 1934 - February 13, 2014

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Amado Martinez

February 10, 2014

Amado M. Martinez passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2014. He was 96 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Agustina Betancourt Martinez and his son, Amado Jr. He is survived by his children, Elida, Pedro, Roman and Anna, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was raised on a farm in Santa Rosa, Texas and worked in agriculture all of his life. ...
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James William Watson

February 19, 1925 - February 7, 2014

James William Watson passed away on February 7, 2014. Born and raised in Indiana. Married Maralee V. Hill on June 24,1945. James is the son of Constance & William H. Watson, and have preceeded him in death. James has three living sisters, Mrs. Olive Boggs, Mrs. Evelyn Moore, Mrs. Sylvia Swoverland and one living brother, Robert Watson. Four brothers and three sisters proceeded him in death. James...
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Edward Joseph McDunn

February 8, 1931 - January 31, 2014

Edward J. McDunn, 82, Sun City West, AZ formerly of Richland, PA, died Jan. 31, 2014 at Grandview Hospice. Born Feb. 8, 1931 in Johnstown, PA. son of the late Michael & Cecelia (Weimer) McDunn. Preceded in death by sister Marie, brother Michael, and sister-in-law Susan. Survived by wife Claudia (Flynn) McDunn, brothers James married to Elaine, Thomas Merrit, and sister-in-law Jannette McDunn...
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Catherine Ann Wood

October 28, 1925 - January 26, 2014

Catherine Ann (Owens) Wood, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on January 26, 2014, at the age of 88. Catherine or Katie, as she was often called, was born in Springfield, Illinois, on October 28, 1925, to Harry and Nonie Owens and was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret; four brothers, Bernard, William, Harry and Orville; her husband John Wesley Wood Jr. and a daughter, Diane....
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David Wayne Cates

June 7, 1961 - January 11, 2014

David Wayne Cates, 52, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on January 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was at his Phoenix home with his family at the time of his passing. David was born on June 7, 1961 to proud parents Clifford and Mary Cates, both deceased, in Tulare CA. David, who loved touching people's hearts and spreading God's word, was a pastor for over 20 years. He...
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Robin Lynne Kissinger

December 24, 2013

Robin Lynne Kissinger, 61, of Colorado Springs, CO died in Tempe, AZ on December 24, 2013, after a brief but valiant dance with pancreatic cancer. Born into a military family at Tyndall Field AFB, FL, on April 17, 1952, Robin was a trained concert pianist whose interests and accomplishments extended well beyond her professional career. She held strong spiritual beliefs that tied her to the Earth...
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Lillian Irene McCray

April 3, 1941 - December 11, 2013

Lillian Irene McCray passed away peacefully in Glendale, AZ. on December 11, 2013. Lillian was born on April 3, 1941 to Lillian and Simon Hill in St. Louis, Mo. She was married for 17 years and has five daughters by her ex-husband, John H. McCray Jr. She was raised in Flint MI where she gave her life to Christ and was baptized at an early age. She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist...
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John Dryden

December 9, 2013

John Damian Dryden, 72, of Surprise, Arizona passed away December 9, 2013. John was born in Los Angeles, California to Francis and Florence Dryden. He is survived by his son Michael; sister's Ann, Mary Frances and Denise; nephews and nieces David, Mary, Cynthia, Vanessa, Jeremy and Kimberly; and his beloved dog Nikki. John's life included proudly serving in the US Navy from 1958-1962, Deputy...
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Coy R.L. Allen

March 5, 1938 - December 3, 2013

Coy RL Allen, 75, passed away December 3, 2013 in Sun City, Arizona. He was born March 5, 1938 in Ardmore, Oklahoma and spent most of his adult life in Arizona. Coy worked on dairy's for many years, in his spare time he enjoyed watching football, old western movies, or listening to country music. He is survived by his loving wife Myrna Fay Allen; his nine children, four daughters and 5 sons;...
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David Lee Smith

April 25, 1971 - October 29, 2013

David Lee Smith, 42, passed away October 29, 2013. He was born April 25, 1971 in Phoenix, AZ to Richard and Judith Smith. David enjoyed camping and hiking, but most of all playing with his nieces and nephews. He was an avid dragon collector and in his spare time he liked drawing. David is survived by his parents, Richard and Judy Smith; brothers Russell, Vaughn, Jeremy (Ruth), and Steven ...
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Michael Benjamin Newell, Sr

May 17, 1957 - October 29, 2013

Michael Benjamin Newell, Sr, 56, passed away October 29, 2013. He was born May 17, 1957 in Chicago, IL to Willie and Mary Newell (both deceased). Michael is survived by his loving wife Joyce Marie Newell; his children April, Vanessa, and Michael, Jr., older sister Susiette Newell Payne; brothers Willie Jr. (Constance) and Lawerence (Tara) Newell; mother in law Alberta Amos. He also leaves behind...
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CMSGT Robert Howard Dodson, USAF (RET)

July 7, 1934 - October 19, 2013

CMSGT Robert H. Dodson USAF-RET 30 years Active Military, 15 civil service, 50 years golfing Passed peacefully 19 Oct 13 Memorial service will be Faith Bible Church on Sunday, November 10 at 1 pm, 17230 N.59th Ave Glendale, AZ Survived by wife Sarah & sis Fran As well as 8 children, 18 Grandchildren, 13 1/2 Great-grandchildren, 2 nephews, 4 great-nephews; 1 great- niece, 1 great-great ...
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Dolores "Del" Lorraine King

January 4, 1929 - September 15, 2013

Dolores "Del" Lorraine King, 84, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. She was the surviving wife of Avril "Al" King. Del was born in Detroit, MI on Jan. 4, 1929, the youngest daughter of the late Charles and Stella Carr. She and Al were the proud owners of King Pest Control, Del was also a formr hairdresser. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and traveling in the RV around parts of AZ and CA...
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Roger David Puckett

April 2, 1959 - August 31, 2013

Roger David Puckett, 54, lost his fight to cancer Aug. 31, 2013. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider and enjoyed taking trips with his wife on Arizona roads exploring. When he was not on his bike he enjoyed camping, fishing and family functions. Roger worked at John C. Lincoln hospital for 14 years and at 1st Southern Baptist Church of Paradise Valley for 10 years. He is survived by his...
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Marie Becker Lippincott

November 11, 1923 - August 26, 2013

Marie Becker Lippincott, 89, surviving wife of Rev. Robert Lippincott, passed away August 26, 2013 in Glendale, AZ. She is survived by her son Gary; daughter Debbe; sister Anna Karmy of TX, Helen Rosenthal, and Becky Becker, both of AZ. Marie was a teacher at Cactus Wren and Arroyo Elementary schools from 1971 to 1986. She has been laid to rest with her husband at Sunwest Cemetery, El Mirage,...
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Dennis Michael Herd

June 24, 1960 - August 18, 2013

Dennis Michael Herd, 53, passed away August 18, 2013. He was born June 24, 1960 in Pittsburgh, PA to James and LouEllen Herd. He joined the United States Air Force in 1979 and after 24 years of Military Service, he retired in 2003 as a Master Sergeant. Dennis is survived by his loving wife Rebecca; his son Michael (Starfire); his daughter Amy (David); his grand children: Damien Lee Herd,...
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Susan Alice Ryans

July 28, 1968 - August 13, 2013

Susan Alice Ryans, 45, passed away August 13, 2013. She was born July 28, 1968 in England. We have lost a beautiful and wonderful wife, mother, daughter, and sister. Her children were her greatest joy. Susan was very social, she never met a stranger. She had a heart of gold, helping anyone in need and would never turn anyone away. Susan leaves behind her loving husband Greg Ryans; her...
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Steven James Lopez

October 1, 1956 - August 10, 2013

Steven James Lopez, 56, died August 10, 2013 after a year long battle with cancer. Steve was a life long resident of the Phoenix area. He attended Agua Fria Union High School and had been employed as a greenskeeper with the City of Phoenix for the past 28 years. He is survived by his wife Sandra; stepchildren Janis Remer, Hody (Jeremy) Johnson, and Aaron Remer; four grandchildren; four sisters...
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James Virgil Adkins, Jr

July 30, 1942 - August 8, 2013

James V. Adkins, Jr. 71 of El Mirage, AZ went home to be with the Lord August 7, 2013. James has been an icon around El Mirage since moving here in 1957. Even tho he was mentally challenged, James spent most of his days riding his three wheeler pulling a trailer behind gathering up cans that people would save for him. That was his most happy times when he could visit his friends and businesses...
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Lois Eleanor White

February 19, 1935 - August 6, 2013

Lois Eleanor White, 78, passed away August 6, 2013. She was born February 19, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey to Lewis and Eleanore (Meyer) McQueen. Lois is survived by her son William (Debbie) White; daughter Deborah Ann (Timothy) Rush; 5 grandchildren: Michelle Hoggard, Michael David Mowery, Jessica Hanyzewski, Anne Marie Meyer, and Sean Michael White; and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial...
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Hazel Alline Cumbie

February 8, 1933 - August 5, 2013

Hazel Alline Cumbie 80, of Surprise, peacefully passed away on August 5, 2013. She is preceded in death by her husband, former mayor of Surprise, George Cumbie, son Ronnie Cumbie, and grandson Aaron Pack. She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Adair and sons, Robert, Randy, and Richard Cumbie. Alline had 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Funeral...
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Ramon "Ray" Valles, Jr.

September 8, 1936 - August 3, 2013

Ramon "Ray" Osuna Valles Jr., 76, passed away Aug. 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 8, 1936 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Odelia Lydia; his children Patricia P, Mary, Ramon IV, Lydia, Michael, Elizabeth, Ramon III, Veronica, and Patricia; 18 granchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a sister and a brother.
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Naomi Sue Bonham

April 20, 1934 - July 30, 2013

Naomi Pearl (Sue) Bonham, 79 yrs young, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2013. Sue was born to Rose Canal & Raymond Wagstaff Sr. in Mount Pleasant, MI on April 20, 1934. She grew up in Kings Mine, OH, where she graduated from Lore City High in 1952. She joined the US Navy in 1953, where she attended boot camp in San Diego, CA and then proudly served 4 years in Great Lakes, MI. Sue married...
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Jerry R. Griffin

November 8, 1945 - July 23, 2013

Jerry R. Griffin, 67, of Surprise passed away on July 23, 2013. Jerry was born on November 11, 1945 to Margaret & Theodore Griffin. He leaves behind the love of his life, Tonie; 3 children: Jesse Griffin, Wendy Rausch & Andrea Schaffer; 6 grandchildren Michille & Steven Schaffer, Gabrielle & Theodore Griffin, Khan & Kallie Rausch; and many extended family and friends. He attended Carl Hayden...
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John Lee Barth

December 12, 1951 - July 13, 2013

John Lee Barth, 61, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2013. John was born on Dec 12, 1951 in Spokane, WA. He came to AZ in 2000, and was employed as a CNC Drill Operator for a local electronics manufacturer, in Tempe, AZ. He is survived by his daughter, Tara Barth and one grandchild, Zoey, age 1; his companion of 38 years, Marlene Barth and her daughter, Tina Devoe, son-in-law Chris, and...
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John J. Newstrom

February 2, 1937 - July 10, 2013

John J. Newstrom, 76, passed away on the night of Wednesday, July 10, after a car accident. John was born on February 2, 1937, to John and Virginia (Griffith) Newstrom in Oakland, California, the oldest of 4 children. He graduated from San Ramon Valley Union High School in 1956. After completing his Associates of Arts degree at Diablo Valley College in 1958, John worked as a printer for 36 years....
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Diane Conn

February 28, 1929 - June 23, 2013

Diane Conn passed away June 23, 2013 in Surprise, AZ. Diane was born in Iowa City, IA on February 28, 1929, to W.R. and Esther Horrabin.She enjoyed golf, painting, pottery and chocolate, and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Challenger Center. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Barbara Watanabe, and her husband George. She is survived by her 4 children, 3 grandchildren...
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Shannon Ray Smith

September 21, 1966 - May 19, 2013

Shannon Ray Smith, 46, passed away May 19, 2013. He was born September 21, 1966 in Farmington , NM. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, NM in 1984 and joined the US Air Force shortly after, he served from 1984 to 1988. Shannon later attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, NV, he graduated March 16, 2007. His lifetime career was primarily in the...
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Amanda Lynn Gray

January 29, 1980 - April 25, 2013

Amanda Lynn Gray, a beautiful loving amazing daughter and a mother of a young son, was suddenly taken by Jesus through a fatal car accident. Mandy was born in Grand Island, NE on 01-29-80 and died instantly in the early morning of 04-25-13 as a passenger in her car on her way to work near Sweeny, TX. She was a High School Graduate from Phoenix AZ and served honorably in the US Navy. She...
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Jeanne W. Mitchell

January 27, 1920 - April 19, 2013

Jeanne Mitchell, 93 of Phoenix, AZ passed away April 19, 2013. As a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, she will be greatly missed but will forever be in our hearts and in our many fond memories. She was a dear friend to many. Jeanne is preceded in death by her youngest son, George T. Worsnup; she is survived by remaining children, Philip B. Worsnup,...
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Robert Bob Hester

November 6, 1935 - April 14, 2013

Robert (Bob) L. Hester of Surprise AZ passed away in his sleep Sunday April 14, 2013. He was born November 6, 1935 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mary; father William; mother Inez; brother Jim; sister Ruth; and son Donald. He is survived by his Children Diana and Robert Jr.; grandchildren Robert III, Corrine, Matthew, Steven, Andrew, Mary, and Taylor;...
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Manuel Contreras, Jr.

February 10, 1986 - March 27, 2013

Manuel Contreras was born February 10, 1986 in Flint Michigan to Ms. Donna Roberson-Wells and Manuel Contreras Sr. He was raised in Michigan by Mr. and Mrs. John (Donna) Wells. He was the oldest of three siblings. He attended Eureka Dale Elementary, Brake Middle School, John Glen High School and completed his education in Arizona. He furthered his education by attending Brookline College and...
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Shauna Lee Faulkner Voigt

February 12, 1972 - February 8, 2013

Shauna Lee (Faulkner) Voigt, 40, of Phoenix, AZ passed away suddenly on February 8, 2013. She is survived by her daughter Ashley Faulkner; parents Ronald and Donita Faulkner; brother Ronald Faulkner Jr.; and sister Alisha Faulkner. She is also survived by her grandmother Shirley Johnson, many aunts and uncles, cousins, step-nieces and nephews. Shauna was a 1990 graduate of Trevor G. Browne...
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Robert "Bob" Luther Robertson

December 25, 1942 - February 7, 2013

Robert "Bob" L. Robertson, 70, of Glendale, died February 7, 2013. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas on December 25, 1942, to the late Luther A. Robertson and Gussie M. (Birchfield) Rodriguez. He grew up in the Oakland, California area. He received an AA degree from Glendale Community College. Bob was a Civil Engineer in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam war; he earned a Purple...
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Richard Arnold Matlock

February 15, 1931 - February 5, 2013

Richard Arnold Matlock, 81, of Sun City West, passed away February 5, 2013. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 12 pm to 1 pm at Sunwest Funeral Home, 12525 NW Grand Ave., El Mirage, AZ. Graveside service with Military Honors will follow at 2 pm at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ.
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Salomon Cervantes

May 3, 1937 - January 23, 2013

Salomon Cervantes born on May 3, 1937 and passed away on January 23, 2013. He is survived by his wife Maria del Rosario Cervantes, children Victor, Maria, Sylvia, Martha, Felipe, Martin, Francisca and David Cervantes, 33 Grandchildren and 22 Great Grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Monday January 28th from 6-9 pm at Sunwest Funeral Home, 12525 NW Grand Avenue, El Mirage Arizona.
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Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.

September 16, 1988 - January 22, 2013

Abraham Rodriguez Jr. Born September 16,1988 passed away too soon on January 22, 2013. Abraham was a determined young man and strived hard to achieve his goals. Abraham was a loving husband, father, son, brother and grandson. His spirit will live on thru the many hearts he has touched. Abraham is survived by his wife Ashley Patterson-Rodriguez; son Jeremiah Rodriguez; parents Abraham and Denise...
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Agapito H. Resendes

November 2, 1941 - January 22, 2013

Agapito H. Resendes, 71, of Surprise, AZ, passed away January 22, 2013. He was born November 2, 1941 in Mercedes, TX to Leandro and Jesusa (Hernandez) Resendes. Agapito is survived by his loving wife Juliana Resendes; daughters Norma C. R. Gaitan, Mary N. Gonzalez, and Donna Bode; sons Sonny Juan Resendes, and Danny Jesus Resendes; 10 Grandchildren; and one Great Grandchild. A visitation will...
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Marilyn V Kirwin

January 3, 1936 - January 20, 2013

Marilyn passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on January 20, 2013, after a long and determined battle with cancer. She was born Marilyn Victoria Sprouls on January 3rd,1936 in Alberta, Minnesota. Her parents, Maren Victoria and Lee Sprouls plus one sibling, Duane, preceded her in death. She is survived by six siblings. Marilyn fell in love with Darrell Fredrick Kirwin and they were...
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Estela Heredia Carranza

November 18, 1935 - January 17, 2013

Estela Heredia Carranza, 77, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away January 17, 2013. She is survived by husband Jose Heredia Adame; daughter Yolanda Heredia Lopez; son Jose Manuel Heredia Carranza; daughter Maria Elena Heredia Gutierrez; 12 Grandchildren; and 6 Great Grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Sunwest Funeral Home, 12525 NW Grand...
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Feliciano A. Hernandez

June 9, 1934 - January 14, 2013

Feliciano A. Hernandez, 78, passed away January 14, 2013. He was born in Buda , TX on June 9, 1934. He met his wife, Josefina, in Austin, TX and were married for 43 years before Josefina's passing on January 18, 1998. Feliciano is lovingly remembered and survived by his 2 children Mary Jane and Gustabo; 3 grandchildren Brandi, Erica, and Gustabo, Jr.; 3 great grandchildren Giovanni, Julian,...
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Joyce May Ridge

May 2, 1936 - January 5, 2013

RIDGE, JOYCE, of Phoenix, died Jan. 5, 2013 in Sun City. A native of Cullompton,, Devon, England, Joyce lived a full life dedicated to helping others, starting at London's National Children's Homes from1953-1962. After two years as a governess in New York, Joyce moved to Phoenix in 1964 where she became known as a tirelese advocate for children and adults with disabilities. From 1964 to 1977,...
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Karen Marie Schaeffer Clark

September 6, 1950 - January 4, 2013

Karen Schaeffer Clark, 62, of Wittman passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, January 4. Karen was born September 6, 1950 in Lewistown, MT to Edgar and Helen (Heggem) Schaeffer as the third child of five. She attended Flax Country School and graduated from Winifred High School in 1968. She then attended Bible School in Canada and then studied business at Great Falls Community College. ...
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Raul C Gradillas

November 9, 1922 - January 3, 2013

Raul C. Gradillas, 90, of Surprise, passed away on January 3, 2013. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by son, David, survived by wife of 61 years, Eva; daughters Irene Alonzo, Olga (Alfonso) Vasquez, Martha (Steve) Benitez; grandchildren Joseph, Sandra, Joseph David, Natalie, Raquel, Monica, Alicia, Rebecca, Veronica, Fernando;...
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George Gunther Connolly

July 14, 1953 - December 26, 2012

George G. Connolly- Forever in our hearts.
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Ben Bringas

April 18, 1945 - December 1, 2012

Ben Bringas passed away on December 1, 2012. He was born in Bangued Abra, Philippines to Dr. Luis Bringas and Julia Abero Bringas. Growing up in the Philippines, Ben understood the importance of education and excelled in academics. Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce . Ben soon after met and fell in love with Mirope Valera. They married and had three children Tristan, Mariphet,...
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John Wesley Kemper, Sr.

October 23, 1949 - November 21, 2012

John Wesley Kemper Sr., 63, passed away November 21, 2012. He was born October 23, 1949 in Harvey, ND and was raised on the Drake farmstead. He attended the Wahpeton State School of Science where he received a business degree. John was drafted and proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam and Desert Storm Era. After 30 years of service, he retired from the USAF as a...
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John Wesley Dennis

October 13, 1927 - November 19, 2012

John Wesley Dennis, 85, passed away November 19, 2012. He graduated from Glendale High school in 1945 then went on to served his country in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, John became a Glendale Police officer, and later worked at Grubers, where he retired after 25 years. Not ready for retirement, John went on to start a career with Kiva Containers/Sound Packaging, where he was...
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Rudy Gomez Garza, Jr.

September 4, 1948 - October 25, 2012

Rudy Gomez Garza, known as 'Dad' to his family and close friends, left this earth on Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. He left behind his loving wife of 41 years; 2 daughters; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. Dad was a Vietnam Veteran and served his country for two years in the United States Army. He was born on Sept. 4, 1948 in San Antonio, TX and he moved from Texas to El Mirage, AZ when...
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Helen Theresa Robert

March 4, 1926 - October 13, 2012

Helen Theresa Robert born March 4, 1926, went home to be with our Lord October 13, 2012. She is survived by her children, David Robert, Diane Whittemore, Michael Robert, Donna Haddock, Susan Pitassi, 13 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, and her cat "Poopsy". She is loved and will be missed forever. Memorial service will be held at Sunwest Funeral Home, 12525 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ on...
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