May 9, 2011
Wilma J. McGarity, 95, of Sun City, AZ passed away May 7, 2011. Wilma was born in Searcy, Arkansas on July 7, 1915. A resident of Arizona for 86 years in Glendale and Sun City. She is survived by 12 children, 37 grandchildren and 74 great grandchildren. Husbands Lenton W. Mullins and H.C. McGarity precede her in death. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2011 at Evangel Church Assembly of God, 10701 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ.
May 9, 2011
Fornes, Jeffrey Edward 59, of Buckeye, AZ passed away suddenly May 5,
2011. Born the third child of Patricia L. Bieger and John E. Fornes on Jan. 10, 1952 in Lackawanna, NY. With his family, he lived in AZ as an infant, and then moved to Springville, NY until the age of 10. He then moved back to AZ. He graduated from Liberty Elementary School, Buckeye Union High School and attended Glendale Community College on a football scholarship. He served 8 years in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise and the USS Kitty Hawk as Hull Technician and Non-Nuclear Welder. He crossed the Equator onboard the Kitty Hawk. He was initialed as a “Trusty Shellback” onboard the ships. Upon discharge from the service, he came back to the family farm where he was one of the best welders around. He had earned countless awards for his welding skills in competitive contests. Being the son of a farmer who had extensive farming operations in need of water, Jeffrey learned to drill wells. He was good. Jeff was also an active Boy Scout and a member of FFA. As an athlete, he excelled in football and track; running and throwing the shot put and discus. Jeffrey was a wonderful human being…he was humble, smart, witty, an avid reader and laid back…a great conversationalist…a well driller, a welder, and proudly served our country in the Navy. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a father, a grandfather, a nephew and a friend. He will be greatly missed!
Jeff is survived by his beloved daughter, Jessica (16), his sons, Jeffrey (20) and Joseph (19) and grandson, Zayden (6 mos.), his mother Patricia Fornes, Brother, John E. (Shelly) Fornes Jr, Sisters, Suzanne (Terry) Accomazzo-Crouse, Cynthia (Bryan) Benson-Naegeli, Christine (Thomas) Molitor and Bonnie (Troy) Galusha-Steckenrider. Seven nieces, eleven nephews and 27 great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father John Edward Fornes (1991), Brother, John Peter Fornes (1954), Nieces, Amy & Tara Accomazzo (1974 & 1994) and Jacqueline & Suzie Fornes (1987 & 1999). Grandparents, Edward & Ethel Fornes (1969 & 1989) and Edward & Eva Bieger (1973 &. 1979)
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday May 11, 2011, 10 AM at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 128 South 3rd St. Buckeye, AZ 85326. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ. Donations can be made to St. Henry’s Catholic Church.
May 5, 2011
Trudy V. Kelley was born on August 14, 1945, (V.J. Day) in Rochester, New York and passed on May 2, 2011, in Goodyear, Arizona.
Her husband Cecil E. Kelley predeceased her. Trudy is survived by a sister Michelle Nolan (John) of Meadow Lakes, Alaska, a brother
Greg Dovico (Peggy) of Litchfield Park, Arizona, a niece, two nephews and a grand niece. Services to be held at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City, Arizona on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation, Rosary and prayerful meditation beginning at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.
May 4, 2011
Margaret L. Behounek, 90, of Peoria, died May 3, 2011, at Sierra Winds Retirement Community. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Sierra Winds. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9435 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345 or Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
May 4, 2011
Trish Ellsworth better known as “Honey” of Huntsville Alabama passed away at her home in Sun City AZ on Monday, May 2, 2011. Ms. Ellsworth died of natural causes. She is survived by her children, Lisa Sanders (Shaun), Daniel Thompson (Tricia), Amy Campbell, Christopher Whitt (Stacy) and 12 grandchildren. Mattie, Jessica, Anthony, Melynda Paige, Bryan, Matthew, Carrie, Sydney, Hunter, Tucker, Maddie, and Dylan.
Ms. Ellsworth was also survived by 2 brothers, Dallas Horton and Buck Reynolds. A sister, Marykate Appleby, 5 nieces and 5 nephews. Jenny Appleby, Charlotte Disbro, Melba Crain, Brenda Hinesley, Lavenia Carter, Charles Hooper, Todd Reynolds, Flint Appleby, Brett Appleby, and Wendell Horton.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. with a service at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ.
In lieu of flowers: Contributions may be made to Madison County Humane Society
May 2, 2011
Robert Oliver Newman of Sun City, AZ, passed away on April 27, 2011, at the age of 91. He was born June 8, 1919, in Slater, Iowa to Oliver & Mae Newman. He was married to Darlene Gfeller of Alleman, Iowa, on April 20, 1941, and recently celebrated 70 happy years of marriage to his loving wife. Bob learned to fly as a teenager and, during WWII, served in the Army Air Corps as a flight instructor for Women Air Service Pilots (WASP). Aviation continued to play a large role in Bob’s life. He was engaged in aircraft sales, taught flying lessons, and shared ownership of a private plane. He served as pilot for the Iowa State Highway Commission in the 1960’s-70’s. During his lifetime, he also farmed near Slater, Iowa, was a cattle feed salesman for Nutrena Mills in Nebraska, owned a truck stop restaurant in Omaha, served as General Manager of a country club in Kansas City, and owned an Ace Hardware store in Chillicothe, Missouri. Prior to retiring, Bob enjoyed his position as Vice President of South Story Bank and Trust in Huxley, Iowa. Bob enjoyed golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards, telling Ole and Lena jokes, and having “Happy Hour” with his friends and family. Besides being the handyman in the family, he was known for his outgoing and friendly nature, his sense of humor, and his love of telling stories. Bob was dearly loved by his family and made friends wherever he went. Bob is survived by his wife, Darlene, brother Jerry Newman (Phillis), sister Marilyn Green (John), daughters Pam Taylor (Bob) and Shari Severson (Al), grandchildren Dan Taylor (Amy), Barry Taylor (Lorri), Shelly Richardson (Todd), Jeff Severson, Jason Severson (Diane), and 12 adoring great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Slater, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Talking Book Library, 1030 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.
April 22, 2011
Edward J. Deklotz, age 94 was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 23rd 1916 and was called home to the Lord on April 20, 2011. He attended the University of Nebraska receiving a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering in 1939. Early employment included working for oil refining companies in West Texas and Central Kansas. He did research and development into the use of soil-cement as a low cost paving material for secondary roads and light aircraft for the Portland Cement Association in Chicago. As a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve he was called to active duty during WWII. He served for 3 years at the U.S. Naval Operating Base in Palermo Sicily. Following the war he was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha Nebraska as a construction materials specialist at the Missouri River Division Laboratory in Omaha. After 32 years of service he retired in 1975 then as Director of the Laboratory. He was a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineering, Member of the American Society for Testing Materials and Member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He moved to Sun City in 1978 and is a member of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church. He was active in the Sun City Cycle Mates cycling club and was a volunteer in the West Side Food Bank for 7 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Loraine and is survived by three children: Joseph E of Delafield Wisconsin (wife Pat); Timothy E. of Sacramento California; and Sandra D. Daugherty of Gold River California. Ed has three grandchildren: Amber (husband Nate Baumann), Richard (wife Nicole) and Chelsea and 4 great grandchildren (Alivia, Adeline, Ashton, and Aden Baumann). Special thanks are offered by the family to Royal Oaks Assisted Living Center, Bella Vita Nursing, Hospice of the Valley and their outstanding care givers – thank you. Menke Funeral Home handled arrangements.
April 22, 2011
William R. Lawlor, 81, formally of the Morganville section of Marlboro Township, N.J. died Thursday April 21, 2011 in Sun City, AZ surrounded by his loving wife and family
Born in Rahway, N.J. on March 22, 1930 and raised in Carteret, N.J. Bill graduated from Seton Hall University class of ’52 with a BS Degree. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. On May 31, 1952 he married the love of his life, Betty A. Sellick. At the end of his enlistment he and Betty moved to Colonia, N.J. where they raised their five children. They moved their family to Morganville In 1962, when he began teaching at the newly completed Matawan Regional High School in Aberdeen, N.J. Bill taught at MRHS for 30 years initially as a math teacher but eventually was encouraged to utilize his talents to develop, coordinate and administer a distributive education curriculum for the high school. For the many outstanding achievements and significant contributions and honors his students brought to MRHS he was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the NJ Dept. of Ed. in 1978. Bill’s talents extended outside of the classroom as well. In 1992 he was deeply honored by the MRHS Athletic Department for his dedication to the students and athletes by being named the “Voice of the Huskies”. During his career he spent many exciting hours in the broadcasting booth at Barry Rizzo Stadium as the announcer for Husky football games as well as other competitive sporting and performance events.
Bill will be remembered also for his exceptional musical talents. Bill started performing professionally as a pianist when he was 15 years old. The Bill Lawlor Duo was a familiar and popular sound around the Jersey Shore during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s most notably for those who enjoyed a “sing-a-long”. He continued this popular style in Sun City with the Women’s Guild and Catholic Daughters and the Washington Senior Center in Phoenix at the Thursday Music Hour.
Upon retirement, Bill chose to devote more time to his church. His activities at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church included being a Eucharistic Minister, President of the Parish Council, the CDA, and the Knights of Columbus both in New Jersey and Arizona. Upon his death Bill was a 4th Degree knight.
He was predeceased by his son Kevin Michael, his sister Marion Tally and brother Thomas Lawlor. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty, his son William (Billy) Lawlor (Linda) of Sea Girt, NJ, his daughter Mary Laudano (Steven) of Aberdeen, NJ, his daughter Jean Lawlor (Amy Burkett) of Glendale, AZ, and his son Timothy Lawlor (fiancé Laurie Miller), Beachwood, NJ; six grandsons, William (Will) Lawlor (Katie), Patrick Lawlor, Sgt. Nicholas Lawlor, USMC ( Talia), Timothy Lawlor, Peter Lawlor and Ian Laudano; five great grandchildren, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, devoted family and friends.
A wake service will be held at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Tuesday April 26, 2011 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with rosary at 6 p.m.. The funeral service will be Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, Valley View Food Bank, Youngstown, AZ. or Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.
April 20, 2011
Robert J. Lambie, 80, passed away on 4/19/11 at home in Corte Bella. He was born in Ironwood, MI, and lived in Wisconsin and Arizona. He is survived by his wife, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Bob was a Korean War veteran, ASU graduate and 32 year employee of Valley National Bank. He was also actively involved in Kiwanis and Rotary International for many years. Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, 4/25/11 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 14818 W. Deer Valley, Sun City West, AZ followed by his burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas, Avondale, AZ.
April 15, 2011
Alrie F. Thompson 92, quietly passed away on April 11, 2011 in Sun City, AZ. He was born Sept. 16, 1918 in Fort Dodge, IA. Al was married to former Ericca Bunting for 64 years prior to her passing in 2003. He moved to Arizona in 1965 from Nebraska and was a real estate broker prior to his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers and a sister. Survivors include son Jim Thompson of Papillion, NE; son Arden Thompson of Sun City, AZ, 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Visitation 9-10 a.m. with funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Dept. 4547, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4547.