September 7, 2010
Chief Master Sergeant Jim O. Thomas, Ret. USAF, age 71, of Surprise, AZ passed away September 3, 2010 in Sun City West, AZ. Born in Drumright, Oklahoma, he graduated from Drumright High School, Class of 1957. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant, serving 33 years in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Katie Thomas, his daughter, Kristina Robin Thomas and his brother Jack Thomas. He is survived by his wife Karen Thomas, Children; Brian Thomas (Lauri Million), Michael Paul Thomas (Patricia) and Erik Hoffman (Rona), Sister Bessie Frances Brown (Gordon), Grandchildren; Caitlyn, Alyssa, Aubree, Laura, Chantel, Alissa, Allison, and Austen, Great-Grandchildren Amber and Alicia, as well as family companion Lili. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2010 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The American Cancer Society, 4550 E. Bell Rd., Ste. 126, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
September 3, 2010
John Thomas Angell
7/14/45 – 9/1/10
“Not all who wander are lost”
Devoted husband, proud father, and adoring grandfather. John and his wife of 41 years Cherilyn raised 3 boys (Chris, Scott & Cody) thru hard work, strong values and unquestionable love. John’s dedication extended beyond his family to 35+ years in the automotive industry where he was respected by many and equaled by few due to his exemplary customer service skills and knowledge. After retiring John was able to focus more time on three of his passions; family, golf and camping. If not up in the cool pines of Long Valley, or on the back nine of the north course, he was with his kids and could not ask more from life. John’s impact on our lives is immeasurable as is his loss.
We love you and miss you so much!
September 2, 2010
Tommy Edward Garner, 73, of Litchfield Park, AZ passed away August 27, 2010. Tommy was born Jun 26, 1937 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Earl & Helen Garner. He moved to Arizona in 1957 from Florida and worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Survivors include his wife Bobbie L. Garner; daughter Carla Gayle Garner and son Glen Edward Garner. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Sun City, 11019 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ. Burial will follow at Sunwest Cemetery in El Mirage, Arizona.
September 1, 2010
Anthony Richard Bernatowicz, Jr., 83, of Sun City, Arizona passed away August 31, 2010. Anthony was born in Chicago, Illinois and he served his country in the US Army. He moved to Arizona in 1959 from Illinois and was a Project Manager. Survivors include his wife Mattie; children Sharon Allen, Anthony R. Bernatowicz, Miranda Eversole and Floyd DeWayne Prince; 2 sisters Leona Estis and Melane Sosha; 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2010 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 4, 2010 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ.
August 31, 2010
Barbara J. Mantis of Sun City, AZ died August 29, 2010. She was born August 4, 1927 in Detroit, MI to the late Jean & Walter Mantis. She was a graduate of St. Mary of the Woods College and retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Co. She is survived by her friend of many years, Sandra C. Bloss and several cousins. No services will be held. Burial to be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, MI.
August 31, 2010
Howard (Bud) G. Bell, Jr., of Peoria, AZ, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010.
Bud was born in Los Angeles, CA on December 5, 1931. He was raised in San Diego, CA and lived there until he joined the U.S. Navy in March 1951. After his discharge in March 1955, he went to Santa Monica City College and then went to work for IBM until his retirement in June 1991. During his retirement, he lived in Peoria, AZ.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia, two sons, Stephen (Elizabeth) and Scott (Cady), and four grandchildren, Joshua, Sophie, Justina, and Christopher.
Private internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, Santa Monica, CA.
Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016.
August 30, 2010
Stretz, Peter Joseph
Of Sun City West, AZ
Passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the age of 84.
Beloved husband of Ramona for the last ten years, and predeceased by his first wife Margaret Rose(1999).
Cherished father of Penny (Alex) Connolly of Ontario, and David (Patricia) Stretz of Alberta, step-father of Patricia Ortloff and Steven Anderson of Washington. Adoring grandfather of Jennifer, Scott (Shannon), Nicole, and Joel, step-grandfather of Michael, Travis, and Krista, and step-great-grandfather of Taylor.
Peter immigrated to Canada from Russe Bulgaria in 1948. He proudly served twenty years in the Canadian Armed Forces retiring as a Warrant Officer. He was employed for seventeen years with Opsco Industries. He became a Permanant Resident of the United States in 2002, splitting his time between Arizona and Alberta.
A Celebration of Peter’s Life has been held with arrangements entrusted to Menke Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Sun Valley Animal Shelter (www.sunvalleypets.org) would be appreciated.
August 30, 2010
Richard J. Nemec
Born May 17, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James and Theresa Nemec. He moved to Arizona in 1974 and worked for Griffith Laboratories for 11 years, as the Mechanical Division Manager. He later was a real estate agent for 12 years here in the valley. He leaves behind his life partner Susan Waldo. Two daughters: Judith Mazur of Phoenix, and Joy (Mark) Srodawa of Glendale. Four grandchildren: Nicholina Mazur and Charles Mazur of Phoenix and Cody Srodawa and Brandi Srodawa of Glendale. A brother Jerry Nemec preceded him in death. Cremation is being handled by Menke Funeral Home of Sun City with no services. A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at his home at a later date.
August 27, 2010
Marie Bradshaw, born in 1925, in Minneapolis, MN, entered into peace and rest on August 26, 2010. Preceding her in death are her husband, Roy S. Bradshaw, daughter, Laurona Conduff, her parents, John and Cecilia Mansur, and her sister, Charlotte Smith.
She is survived by her children, Darrell, Cecilia, Risë, Roy and Lewis, 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Robert Mansur.
Visitation 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 30th, at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. Graveside service, 12:30 p.m., at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road., Phoenix.
August 26, 2010
91 of Sun City, AZ passed away peacefully on August 25, 2010 due to complications of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife Anne of 46 years, his children, grandchildren and extended family. Born August 23, 1919 in Chicago, IL. He served in US 5th Army Air Corps, where he earned the rank of Staff Sargent. During his early years, he was an entrepreneur in the pizza business, and later moved on to win the “Best Salesman Award” in the retail furniture business, which earned him the nickname “Writing Ray” because of his success in the writing of so many invoices. He was a volunteer for Braille and coffee hour at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. He will be dearly missed and was loved by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 15630 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ.