March 4, 2011
Patricia Allean Pendergast, 68, passed away February 27, 2011. A lifelong Arizona native, Patricia was born in Jerome, Arizona. She worked for Qwest Telecommuncations as a draftsman. She is survived by her daughter Gabrielle Hoole and son Cecil Pendergast III and grandchildren Amber, Garett, Destany and Shallum. A memorial reception will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2011 at Menke’s Sun City Room,
10307 W. Coggins Dr. (directly behind Menke Funeral Home), Sun City, AZ.
March 4, 2011
Mildred A. Petric, 91, of Phoenix, passed away on February 21, 2011. She was born April 21, 1919, in Snow Shoe, PA. She moved to Arizona with her husband Stanley in 1952. Her career as a wife, mother and homemaker was her passion. Her kind and gentle ways will be missed by her children, Peggy (Greg) DoVico, Paul (Janet-marie) Petric and Marion (Dan) Ibsen, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, three brothers and one sister. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, Arizona. She will be laid to rest with her husband of 57 years at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Hospice of Inspiris, 2025 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
March 4, 2011
Hedwig M. Pennella 76, of Sun City, AZ passed away March 2, 2011. Hedwig was born in Wisconsin May 1, 1934 to Theodore and Clare Lochmann. She worked in the Transportation business. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter James. She is survived by her sons Dennis, Ricke and Carl Pennella, daughters Karen Sommerfield and Candy Rodriguez, Brother Ted, sisters Judy and Rose, and many grandchildren and great grand children. Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M., Monday March 7, 2011 at Grace Bible church 19280 N. 99th Ave. Sun City.
March 3, 2011
Akenhead, Robert James “Bob” 85 of Sun City, AZ passed away on March 1, 2011. Bob was born on September 11, 1925 in Rochester, Minnesota to George and Doris Akenhead.
Bob served in the United States Marine Corp, Fourth Division, during World War II and participated in the first wave on Saipan, Marianas Islands, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Volcano Island. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Ann Peterson, in Rochester, Minnesota almost 65 years ago on June 17, 1946 and then moved to Northern California. Bob and Betty were world travelers who always were ready for a new adventure and new acquaintances. Bob retired from the San Francisco Air Pollution District in 1980 and they relocated to their beloved Sun City, Arizona. He enjoyed many activities within the community and was active in the Sun City Travel Trailer Club. He was a certified mediation counselor for the Arizona Attorney General’s Community Relations’ Unit-Mediation group and was award their 1988 Volunteer of the Year award. Many visitors to Sun City may remember Bob’s ever present smile as he worked as a volunteer at the Visitors Center.
In later years, he was especially proud of his involvement in the Grand Canyon Chapter #33 of the 4th Marine Division Association. Bob will be remembered for the strength of his character and his always present humor. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Betty, and his children Judith Ann (Ana) Donaldson of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Sheila Jonette Gentry of Modesto, California, his son-in-laws Alan Donaldson of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Tom Gentry of Modesto, California, his grandchildren Thomas and Justin Gentry, and his granddaughter, Taylor. Bob is preceded in death by his father and mother, and sister Harriet Eckman of Bloomington, Minnesota. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be scheduled in the future in Rochester, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
March 3, 2011
Helen Marie Johns, 70, of Heber, AZ (formerly of Phoenix) passed away March 3, 2011. Born in Ohio, Helen moved to Arizona in 1967 and worked as a Cashier at A.J. Bayless grocery store. An outdoorswoman and nature lover, Helen enjoyed spending time with her family at many Arizona lakes. Helen is survived by her husband Carl; sons Keith, Todd and Dan; sister Harriet E. Harding; grandchildren Brandon, Amber, Cody, Randi, Kayla, Kacey & Hayle, and great grandchildren McKenzie, Addsyn, Hunter and Drake. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, Arizona. Final interment to be private. Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
March 2, 2011
Mildred Ellen McGibbon, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., died on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Hospice of Arizona in Peoria, Ariz.
Born on June 23, 1924, on the First Concession in Elgin County, Que., near Huntingdon, Que., she was the daughter of Sidney and Alice (Anderson) Seward.
Millie grew up on the family farm with her horses, dogs and other animals, preferring to be outside with her father.
She attended the one-room schoolhouse on the First Concession, Holbrook School. She graduated from Huntingdon Academy, Huntingdon, Que., in 1942, and from McGill School for teachers in Montreal, Que., in 1943. After graduation she taught at Shear School, near the wooden, covered Powerscourt Bridge, in a one-room schoolhouse in Elgin. She also taught at the Galt Institute in Valleyfield, Que., from 1944 to 1947.
During that time she met and married Charles Herman McGibbon on Oct. 8, 1947, following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, having served in World War II. After emigrating to the US, she and Herman operated the McGibbon family dairy farm on the Sulphur Springs Road, near Trout River, town of Constable, from 1947 to 1966. They had beautiful horses and Millie was a striking equestrian when she rode her favorite steed with her red flowing hair. Her sweet mannerism, beautiful smile and soft personality were what you saw first when she greeted friend or stranger. She thoroughly enjoyed equestrian competitions and shows and was the recipient of numerous awards over the years.
Her only child, a son, Dale, was born on Feb. 18, 1949.
From 1966 to 1968 Herm and Millie lived in Binghamton, where Herm worked on construction. They then worked on the estates of many wealthy families caring for and training their horses. Following Herman’s death in 1982, Millie continued to work with and train horses. She especially enjoyed her time on the David Rockefeller estate in Tarrytown.
In 1991 Millie retired to Arizona, settling in Sun City in 1993 where she entertained many friends and relatives.
She was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining in 1952, and held many offices, until her recent illness. She was a member of the Maple Leaf Grange in Kensington, Que., All Saints of the Desert Episcopalian Church in Sun City, Ariz., and many equine and carriage-driving organizations.
She is survived by her son, Charles “Dale” of Chino Valley, Ariz., and formerly of Ferndale, Wash., a sister-in-law, Bonnie McGibbon of Orlando, Fla., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her mother in 1942, her father in 1944, two older sisters, Bessie in 1997, and Robina in 2004, and her favorite uncle, William Seward, in 1957.
Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2011 at All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church, 9502 W. Hutton Dr., Sun City, AZ. Burial will take place in Tarrytown, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Lung Association or Charity of Donor Choice.
March 2, 2011
Nancy Cammarata of Peoria, AZ passed away February 28, 2011. She was born in New York, New York and moved to Arizona in 1981. Mrs. Cammarata was an active resident of the Montecito enjoying many activities and friendships and the greatest joy in her life was her family. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Frank Cammarata in 1992. Survivors include her son Ben Cammarata (Kathleen); daughter Linda Drago; grandchildren, Frank (Agnes), Lisa, Gregory (Peg), Christiane & Daniel Cammarata, John Jr. (Jennifer), Thomas (Alexis) & Daniel (Dawn) Drago. 12 great grandchildren and a longtime friend Lewis Bayley also survive. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral mass will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ. Donations in Nancy’s memory are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 4343 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
March 1, 2011
Theresa Marie “Terry” McConville, 73, of Surprise, Arizona, departed this life on Feb. 25, 2011. Having seen and done so many things in so many places, having given so much to so many, she was firmly resolved to do more with the life that God gave her. The Lord had other plans, however, and now she has followed Him into Heaven.
The first child of the late William Everhart Gaulke and Dorothy Desmond Gaulke, Terry was born in Woodstock, Illinois, on November 9, 1937. She and her sisters, Julianna and Sheila, formed the so-called “TJS Company” to sell pop to farmers on auction days at her father’s livestock sale barn. She loved her pony Toby. Terry graduated from St. Mary’s School and Woodstock High School and then attended Marquette University for two years before marrying Edwin B. McConville, Jr., an officer in the United States Navy.
Terry raised six children and loved fourteen grandchildren, all of whom survive her: Daniel McConville (Kirsten) of Phoenix, Arizona; Charles McConville (Deborah) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Sheila Clemmer (James) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Timothy McConville (Amy) of Vienna, Virginia; Patrick McConville (Karen) of Crozet, Virginia; and Kevin McConville (Nadja) of Portland, Oregon; and grandchildren Daniel, Katherine, Meghan, Matthew, Margaret, Grace, Finnian, Ronan, Mary, Andrew, Quintin, Everett, Dylan, and Liam. Her sister, Sheila Lassman (Lee), of Geneseo, Illinois, also survives her.
Terry loved helping people in need, and as a registered nurse, she aided many. She earned an Associates of Science degree in nursing from Tidewater Community College, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and then a Bachelor of Science degree in health management from Southern Illinois University. A registered nurse for over thirty years, Terry served as a flight nurse and then specialized in emergency nursing, including at the emergency room at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Arizona.
Terry served as the Volunteer Chair of Disaster Services, Staff Health, for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross. As a volunteer for the Red Cross and the Public Health Service, she gave hands-on relief to many victims of natural disasters. A modern-day Clara Barton, Terry lived and worked for three weeks in 2005 at Nevada One Mobile Public Health Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi, helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in severe conditions. Back at home, she helped Katrina evacuees at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. She also nursed Hurricane Gustav victims in 2008 as part of the Red Cross’s efforts in Houma and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Terry served her country as a Navy wife for more than 20 years, raising and supporting her family in Curacao, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Virginia, and enduring alone many long deployments, including during the Viet Nam War. She loved hiking, horseback riding, skiing, golf, the rodeo, reading, loving her grandchildren, outings with friends, and traveling. She visited places all over the United States and around the world.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment to follow at Sunland Memorial Park. Donations, designated in the memory of Terry McConville, are suggested to the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter, 6135 North Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85015.
February 28, 2011
Thomas M. Kale, 73, of Sun City, AZ passed away Feb. 25, 2011. Born in Rock Island, IL. He worked for Case-IH (formerly International Harvester) in Illinois and moved to Arizona in 1999. He was a member of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church and a 53 year member 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife Judith; children, Thomas Kale Jr. of Milan, IL, Pamela Johnston of Modesto, CA, Martin Kale of Rock Island, IL and Therese Kale of Rock Island, IL. 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also survive. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.
February 28, 2011
Joseph J. Asselin, 89. He thought of himself as “just an ordinary Joe”. But to the family who cherished him, he was an extraordinary man. Joe was born in Detroit on July 14, 1921. God called him home on Feb. 25, 2011. Joe bravely served his country in the U.S.M.C. during WWII in the Solomon’s Campaign. A decorated Marine, he was an RO/gunner in the American occupation of Funafuti Atoll that marked the beginning of the great U.S. advance in the central Pacific. The Asselin Family arrived in Arizona in 1960. Joe was a member of IBEW Local #640 for 21 years, and retired to Sun City West. He and his wife, Florence, were married for 61-years at the time of her passing in 2008. They are survived by their six children, Joseph C., Eleanor (David) Jenkins, Patricia Haskell, Linda (Ronald) Jacobson, Susan Erickson, and Paul (Starr) Asselin. They are blessed with 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Joe leaves behind his sisters Isabel (Robert) Novak and Marian Gust, his sister-in-law Carol Bollin, and many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation from 5-7 with rosary at 7:00 p.m., Wed. Mar. 2 at Menke Funeral Home 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Thurs. Mar. 3 at St. Thomas More, 6180 W. Utopia, Glendale, AZ 85308. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery with military honor guard.