April 13, 2011
Betty J. Coffey of Sun City AZ passed away on Friday April 8th at the age of 82. Betty was an only child born and raised in Illinois. In the 1950s Betty and her mother moved
to Los Angeles in search of employment and a better life. She found both in a career with Western Union and finding her soul mate James Coffey. Following their marriage in
1957 they transferred to San Francisco Bay area where they both lived and worked together for over 30 years. They enjoyed 10 years of retirement in Kentucky, until Betty’s
mother passed away. Betty and Jim then spent the last 22 years in Sun City AZ. Betty dedicated her last few years to caring for Jim, her one true love, and now follows him to
their great reward. Betty’s charming smile, friendly manner, and warm hospitality will be missed by both friends and family. A memorial service for both James and Betty Coffey will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28, 2011 at St. Joachim & St. Anne Catholic Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, Arizona.
April 13, 2011
Bruce K. Young
88, passed away on April 10, 2011. Bruce was born on June 26, 1922, in Russellville, Arkansas. Bruce retired from the Movie Theatre business in 1988 as a Senior District Manager at Commonwealth Theatres in Denver, Colorado. Bruce was an army veteran of WW II and later became the first veteran from World War II to become Commander of the American Legion in Dyersburg, TN. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Young, and sons Mark (Patrice) Young and Ken Young. Bruce had 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. To honor Bruce’s wishes, a private service with family members only has been held. The family suggests memorial donations be made to your favorite charity.
April 13, 2011
Janalee Bradshaw, suddenly passed away on April 8, 2011, in Phoenix, AZ, at the age of 55. She was born in Lake Charles, LA on August 21, 1955. She is survived by her husband, Roy, and two sons, Jim and Steve, eight grandchildren and her brother Loren Farrell. Funeral services will be 11:00am Thursday, April 14, 2011, with visitation 1 hour prior at 10:00am at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment will follow the service at Sunwest Cemetery.
April 12, 2011
Isabell Dorothy Martin (nee Maddocks) passed away in Sun City, Arizona on April 8, 2011. Formerly of New Jersey, she maintained homes in Sun City, Arizona and Rock Hall, Maryland. She was born to Harry and Sarah Maddocks in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1921. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Thomas W. Martin in 2002. She graduated from Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and then served in the United States Navy in World War II as one of the first female draftsman. She worked for Bell Telephone, moved onto RCA and advanced from telephone operator to purchasing and photography assistant. She attended Rutgers University in Camden during the evenings.
Predeceased by her brother Harry Maddocks, Jr. Survived by her sister Elizabeth (Betty) Gibbs, her children Thomas Martin, Clair Becker (Marc), Dennis Martin (Betty), five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a niece and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Ten Talents Treasurer, 24813 N. 55th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85310 for the construction of housing for the needy in Rocky Point, Mexico.
April 12, 2011
Nancy Dixon was born in Marshfield Wisconsin, December 19th, 1935, the youngest of 7 to Hazel and Leo Nikolai. She started working early in life, on the family’s dairy farm. She met a handsome sailor, Loren C Dixon, and married him soon after they met, on December 1st, 1956. She became a good soldier herself after that, dealing with being a Navy wife, being transferred many times and having four children between 1957 and 1965.
Another chapter in her life began when Loren retired from the Navy and moved the family to Indiana. Nancy and Loren settled in Richmond, Indiana in 1968, and raised the children. She was very involved in her children’s lives, and attended sporting events, choir concerts, and school activities to support them. Nancy worked at Reid Memorial Hospital until their decision to retire and move to Phoenix in 1985,
The newly retired Nancy became an entrepreneur and started her own business, Dixon’s Marketing & Research. The company was an amazing success for over 10 years, before she finally retired in the true meaning of the word in the late 90’s. She then started the last chapter of her life, being the main caretaker for Loren until July of last year.
Nancy was very outgoing, a free spirit not afraid to voice her opinion. She was an avid bingo player, and enjoyed driving her golf cart around Sun City. She truly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Loren Dixon, and her brother Leo Nikolai Jr. Nancy is survived by her brothers, Thomas Nikolai, Donald Nikolai, Floyd Nikolai, sisters Mary Kirsch, and Pat Theis, her four children, Dennis, Debbie Farley, Don, and Dan, as well as 12 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She will also be missed by the newest children in her life, her beloved Jack Russells. Shane and Nicky.
Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. with funeral service at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
April 11, 2011
WITHERSPOON, NOBLE LEE
68 of Sun City, AZ peacefully passed away in hospice care on April 6, 2011. In 1983, Noble had a beautiful near-death experience so he was not afraid. He was born January 4, 1943, in Greenfield, TN, and came to Arizona in 1972 where he met his bride of 35 years, Dolores. His parents, Roy and Mary Estelle Danner Witherspoon, and a sister, Patty Rachels, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores (formerly of NJ); sisters Martha and Sue (George Galey), and brothers, James (Brenda) and Ronnie (Mary Lee) Witherspoon, as well as many nieces, grandnieces, nephews and grandnephews. Noble graduated from Greenfield High School in 1961 and attended a semester at University of Tennessee . He enlisted in the Army, was sworn in, and then discharged after one day because of asthma. Before moving to AZ, he was employed as a deck hand on a freight barge that traveled the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans; worked as a conductor and brakeman for the Illinois Central Railroad; and as an auto transport driver. His work in AZ included driving for Shamrock Foods, Oroweat, Pep Boys, Willig Freight Lines, Nations Way, Xpedx and Automatic Transmission Exchange. Noble and Dolores shared many interests: including dirt bike riding, sailboating, volunteering at the parishes they attended over the years, cruise ship traveling, horseback trail riding (two 3-day trips to Wickenburg for Gold Rush Days), visiting family and friends, and touring by car throughout the United States. Noble was a member of Teamsters Local 104 and Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He was generous, honest, kind, genuine, humorous, knowledgeable, truthful, handyman, and when you met him you had a friend for life. His experiences would hold your interest for hours. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held Tues., April 19, 4 – 7 p.m. (Rosary at 6 p.m.), at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Weds., April 20, at St. Joachim & St. Anne Catholic Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, followed by brunch in St. Anne’s Hall. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351, or St. Joachim & St. Anne Religious Education, at the same address.
April 7, 2011
Dwight Arvil Patrick
91, passed away on April 3, 2011. Dwight was born to Ross and Daisy Patrick on June 26, 1919, in Worthington, Minnesota. Dwight retired from the newspaper business in 1974 upon moving to Arizona with his wife who preceded him in death in 1986. His great enjoyment was making and repairing clocks and watches and an avid fan of baseball and basketball. Dwight was an army veteran of World War II and served during the Normandy Invasion receiving three Purple Hearts, Bronze Star and Presidential Citation. He is survived by his daughters, Linda McClurg and Vicky Rykhus, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great great grandson. To honor his wishes there will be no services.
April 6, 2011
John “Jack” Mercier 5/14/1926 – 4/3/2011
He was born and raised in Syracuse and retired from
the Onondaga Sheriffs Department and moved to Az.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Mericer.
He is survived by his brother & sister-in-law, Louis “Bud” & Isabelle Mercier
and several nieces and nephews. Private family services were arranged.
April 4, 2011
Joseph James Reilly of Sun City passed away at home on April 2, 2011 after a long, wonderful life. He was Husband, father of 4, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 11 and great- great grandfather of 3. Born on February 28, 1919 in his family home in Whitestone, NY; the same home in which he raised his own family until 1966 when he retired from New Yorks Finest, and moved to Phoenix. He had a second career in AZ at the Department of Motor Vehicles from which he retired. Joe married Kathleen on Valentine’s Day 1942, and served in the the military, a member of the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers. Joe has now joined his son Joseph in Heaven along with numerous relatives and many friends. We will miss him, his stories and his favorite Irish song immensely. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Kathleen, and his 3 daughters, Kathleen Tokar (Richard), Patricia Spillers (Alan) and Maureen (Jerry Rutiz); grandchildren: Teresa, Joseph, Karen, Kevin (Tokar); Alan, Michael, John, Traci (Spillers); Moira & Julianne (Rutiz); great grandchildren: Scott, Erinn and Jenna (Klein); Joseph, Alex & Kyleigh (Tokar), Aidin (Kraatz), Isabella & Keaton (Tokar), Josephine (Spillers), Brienne (Spillers) and great-great grandchildren: Ana, Ella & Lyla (Tokar). Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. Funeral Mass will be held at 8:45 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Burial (with Military Honors) at 12:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spina Bifida Association (spinabifidaassociation.org) or Hospice of the Valley, 9435 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ.
April 4, 2011
Emogene L. Codding, 78, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away March 31, 2011. Emogene was born in Clearwater, Oklahoma and resided in Arizona since 1939. She is survived by her children, Maynard, Dennis, Scott and Frankie Fronda; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2011 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, Arizona.