March 17, 2011
Emerson B. Laibe of Sun City passed away March 16, 2011. He was born in Pandora, Ohio, on May 1, 1909 to Edward W. and Lois (Bowers) Laibe. He attended school in Pandora and Kelvinator School of Refrigeration in Detroit. Lavera, whom he married in 1937 preceded him in death July 8, 2008. He is survived by one daughter Patricia (William J.) Baker of Peoria; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 brothers. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with scripture service at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memoriams may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.
March 15, 2011
John Patrick Convey, Jr. passed away peacefully in Sun City, AZ on March 7, 2011 at the age of 85. John was born to Mary and John Convey on September 26, 1925 in Olean, NY and was raised in Roulette, PA where he maintained a lifelong home.
John joined the military during World War II and left the service in 1945. He was recalled to service during the Korean conflict and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. He served in Honolulu, HI, Sacramento, CA and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado where he taught the first class of cadets at the Academy. John was awarded the Bronze Star for service in the Viet Nam conflict. John also served as a Chief Systems Engineer for the Titan III missile project in Los Angeles, CA. He retired after 27 years of service in 1970 and worked as an engineer and executive for 10 years.
John graduated St. Bonaventure’s College, UCLA and achieved his Master’s Degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. John had a lifelong commitment to education and taught at the Air Force Academy, American River College and Embry Riddle University.
John was an avid fly fisherman, golfer, and traveler. He was also an active and dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth Council 12144.
John married Susan Alday on March 3, 1945 in Phoenix, AZ and they had four children: Cynthia, Michael, Tricia and Mark and five grandchildren: Brian, Sara, Susan, Andrew and Michelle. John married Josephine Adams on June 3, 1989 and traveled the world with her.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Susan; and his son, Mark. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ and a celebration of his life will be held in June, 2011 at St. Gabriel’s in Port Allegany, PA.
March 15, 2011
Vera Johanna Cummings died suddenly in Sun City, AZ, on January 3, 2011. She was over 103 years old. She was born August 10, 1907 to Paul and Charlotte (Moeller) Nickel.
She is being buried beside her beloved husband Stanley in Hastings, MI. During many decades of living in Hastings she was very active in the local community including with several area Ben Franklin stores.
She is remembered by her family as a gentle dignified and loving mother and gramie. They were blessed to have her for such a unique length of time. Even the governor of Arizona just recently recognized her as a special citizen.
Vera is survived by her son, Tom (Betty Lou) Cummings of Westport, CT; grandsons, Mark (Lisa) Cummings of California, Matthew (Michele) Cummings, Todd (Kate) Cummings all of Connecticut; five great grandchildren; Matthew Jr., Caroline, Toby, Ella, and Zoe.
Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. A time of remembrance will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in the spring.
March 15, 2011
Douglas Lin Smith (54) was called to his Heavenly home on March 14, 2011 after a short but valiant fight with cancer. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, he dedicated his life to his faith, his family, and his country. He left behind a legacy of love and a strong testimony of Jesus Christ that is mirrored in his children and grandchildren. He was a friend to all who knew him and hero to his family. He is survived by his wife (Allene “Bobbi” Smith) their children (Mary and Eric Talbot, Michelle and Ryan Rodgers, Leslie Smith, Kathryn and Luken Grace, John Smith and Charity Smith), 12 grandchildren, his parents (Clarence and Loraine Smith), his siblings (Scott and June [McClure] Smith, Stephen and Lethia Smith, Miles and Barbra Smith, Kristen and Aaron Coon, Jon Paul Smith, Patti Ann and Robert Spicer, and Jamie Smith) and numerous other friends and loved ones. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lake Pleasant Ward, 9543 W. Jomax Rd., Peoria, AZ 85383 with interment to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
March 9, 2011
James Michael Boyum – November 19, 1950 – March 5, 2011. Loving husband, son, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, went home to be with his Lord. Jim was an avid hunter and woodworker who had a passion to play softball. But, his heavenly father and family were the most important things in his life. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Gia Boyum, BJ (Carla) Boyum, Shane (Lauren) Boyum and April (Ryan) King; his parents Jim and Teresa Boyum; his three brothers Tom (Janet), Mark (Cindy) and Dan (Pam); his sisters Kathy (Michael) and Sue and his 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services to be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at Grace Bible Church, 4002 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, Arizona 85308. Donations are suggested to the Sun City Softball Assn., 10842 W. Acacia Dr., Sun City, AZ 85373 or to the Grace Bible Church.
March 8, 2011
Kenneth Albert Lilly, 80, of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away March 6, 2011. Born in Bosoco, West Virginia, Mr. Lilly moved to Arizona in 1946. He was U.S. Navy veteran of Korea and was employed as a sheet metal worker for Goettl Brothers Co. He was a member of the Church of God A.W.A. (A Worldwide Association); the Phoenix Sportsmen’s Association, the Goettl Bros. Search & Rescue Unit and a member of Rotary Club International-Estrella. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Private interment will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
March 7, 2011
Wesley Richard Koenig was born October 30, 1919 in Muscatine, Iowa to Carl Koenig and Manila Nyenhuis. He went to his Lord on March 5, 2011 in Sun City, Arizona. He is survived by seven children and their families; Wesley and Maureen Koenig in Arizona; Gerald and Gabby Koenig in Nevada; Susan and Joseph Hernandez in Iowa; Carol and Rick Frier in South Dakota; and in Illinois, Beverly Koenig, Darrell and Cathy Koenig, Dale and Jane Koenig in Illinois. Surviving siblings are William and Catherine Culbertson in Florida; Ruth and Don Reilly in Texas and Helen and Charles Culbertson in Missouri.
He was honorably discharged from both the Army and the Air Force between 1944 and 1953. Although he was trained as a baker, he spent the majority of his work experience operating a crane for Alcoa. His early retirement was spent in Tennessee. He eventually ended up in 2001 in Arizona where his last years were spent on the golf course. His last accomplishment was playing a round of golf before going into the hospital.
He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held in two weeks in East Moline, Illinois. In lieu of cards and flowers, please make donations to the Heart Fund.
March 7, 2011
Lois Tankersley Meek, 93, of Sun City, died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was born in Marshalltown, IA to Judge B. O. and Grace Tankersley. She is predeceased by her husband, Loyal G. Meek.
Lois is survived by her children, Jeremy (Linda) of Mineral Pt., WI, Andy (Jo) of Peoria, AZ, Geoff (Nancy) of Dewey, AZ, and Peggy (Bill) Opp of Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ, plus six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lois’s name to either Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or online at www.hov.org; or to the American Cancer Society.
March 7, 2011
Jack L. Holladay, a thirty year resident of Sun City, passed away March 3rd at Banner Boswell Hospital. Jack was born July 22, 1932 in Alton, Illinois. His parents were Pearl and Harry Holladay, both deceased as is his sister, Billie Schwegel.
Most of his working life, he was associated with the trucking industry, first as a driver and later as a Safety Supervisor for Ruan Trucking of Des Moines, Iowa and also for Smith Transfer of Staunton, Virginia.
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, on Oct. 12, 1951 and she survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Stephen and Scott, and two daughter, Connie Barnes and Christine Johnson, and six grandchildren.
Jack was active in the Oakmont Lapidary & Silvercraft Club and the Sun City RV Club, serving as President of both groups.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. followed by Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be give to either the Phoenix Rescue Mission or The West Valley Hospice.
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,
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