Margaret “Margie” Thomas

January 31, 2011

Margaret “Margie” Thomas peacefully stepped into heaven January 29, 2011. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Survived by son James Ornoski, daughter Dawn Porter (Brandon Porter Sr.); 4 grandsons, Joshua, Brandon Jr., Tyler & Dylan, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, 10 nieces and nephews: Preceded in death by son Donald Ornoski and her parents. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m with visitation 1 hour prior to service on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.

Francis C. Maloney

January 31, 2011

Francis C. Maloney of Sun City, AZ passed away January 28, 2011. He was born in Jamestown, NY on April 23, 1916 to Francis & Ida (Carlson) Maloney. On June 6, 1940 in Olean, NY he married Frances C. Sherburne his wife of 70 years who survives him. Also surviving are 3 children, Kathleen (Norman) Bolton of Sun City, AZ, Mary Ellen (Paul) Martin of Suffolk, VA and Michael (Sharon) Maloney of Lacey, WA; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and 6 great great-grandchildren; sister Florence Openshaw of Roswell, NM and several nieces and nephews. After 42 years with the New York Telephone Co. in the Engineering Dept. he retired to Arizona in 1982. He was a member of the New York Telephone Co. Pioneers Club and the West Valley Amateur Radio Club. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. with vigil service 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at St. Joachim & St. Anne Catholic Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 9133 NW Grand Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345-8189. Final interment will be at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY at the family’s convenience.

James “Jim” P. Coffey

January 28, 2011

James (Jim) P. Coffey of Sun City, AZ passed away on Friday morning, January 28, 2011 of natural causes at the age of 92. James was 2nd generation Irish and the oldest of 5 children. He was born in Washington State, but spent most of his adult life in California. He graduated Loyola High School in Los Angeles and attended UCLA before serving in the Army-Air Force during WWII. Following his discharge he continued service to his country as an Air Force reservist. He began a long career in Western Union where he was fortunate to find the love of his life. Following his marriage to his wife Betty, they transferred to San Francisco where they both lived and worked together for over 30 years. They retired to Kentucky for 10 years. Upon the death of Betty’s mother they moved to Sun City, AZ where they spent the last 22 years side by side as husband and wife and best friends. Over the past 9 decades Jim touched many lives and made many friends, and he will be missed. He is survived by his wife Betty. A funeral mass will be held at at a later date.

Robert Charles Egert-Budik

January 28, 2011

Robert Charles Egert-Budik left this world and his family on Friday, January 21, 2011. He battled lung and brain cancer and died a sweet peaceful death with his wife and family surrounding him. He was born on May 1, 1928 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He was a man of his word and a man of honor who loved his family and his country and lived his life dedicated to supporting and helping family, friends and country. He served in the National Guard for 32 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He worked in the Postal Services and retired as the Manager of Distribution at eh Chicago Region. After retirement he and his wife started a successful real estate business. After about ten years it was shut down and they wrote and published several books. After the final retirement he settled down in Sun City and traveled the world. Now he is at peace and went to heaven to join his family and watch over us and love us in a new way. He is survived by his wife, Heide Egert-Budik, his four children, Thomas Budik, Mary Coons-Miller, Jeanne Purol, Judy Renschler, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Janet M. Sprague

January 25, 2011

Janet M. Sprague
August 4, 1915 – January 23, 2011
Beloved wife, mother & grandmother. Janet will be missed by all who knew her. She was a lovely lady, always thinking of others first. A true sports fan, she will be remembered for her enthusiasm and love of sports. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Lawrence Edward Sprague, in 1989. Surviving are daughter Brenda & husband Elliot Langman, daughter Carol Willett, daughter Debbie & husband Jim Schnefke. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren: Kelly Heath, Matthew Willett, Zachary Willett, Nathan Schnefke, Jared Schnefke, Bradley Schnefke and R. Luke Schnefke. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the Chapel at Sierra Winds Retirement Center, 17300 N. 88th Ave., Peoria, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Willowbrook United Methodist Church.

Lynne Marie Tylee

January 24, 2011

Lynne Marie Tylee of Phoenix, AZ and daughter of John and Carole Tylee of Canajoharie, NY passed away suddenly on January 18, 2011. Lynne is survived by her son Tyler Crosby, her parents and siblings Michael, Robert, John and Karen. There will be a memorial service Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 2pm in the Reformed Church on Front St. in Canajoharie, NY.

William O. “Billy” Roller, Jr.

January 24, 2011

Roller Jr., William O. “Billy”
Born June 27, 1966 Died January 18, 2011. Survived by his parents Bill and Sue Roller, sisters Betsy Pasquale and Susan Ross (Michael) and nieces Kaitlin, Kari, Robbie and Brenna. Also survived by his wife Susanne and stepson Nick. Services will be held on January 27, 2011 at 4pm at Menke Funeral Home 12420 N 103rd Ave Sun City.

Howard L. McMeekin

January 17, 2011

Howard L. McMeekin, 67, of Glendale, Arizona passed away Jan. 13, 2011. Mr. McMeekin was born in Chicago, Illinois and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. An Arizona resident for 26 years, he worked as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by son Allan in 1992. Survivors include his children, Eugene McMeekin, Colette Kelly and Aimee McMeekin & Trevor; brothers Raymond and Jimmy Klaus; his sister Maggie Opiola and 7 grandchildren. Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. with funeral service at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.

Mae Leatherman

January 14, 2011

Mae Leatherman, 96, of Glendale, AZ passed away January 12, 2011. Mae was born in Shade, Kentucky and has been an Arizona resident for 45 years. She was preceded in death by her husband John Leatherman in 1979; 2 daughters Patricia Brehm & Myrna Turney and grandson Kip Bowser. Survivors include daughters, Judy Napier & Heaton, Rebecca N. Parker & William and Jacklyn F. Ingalsbe & Randal; brother Carter Arvin; sister Orpha Jane Burton; 10 grandchildren and many grandchildren. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.

Ruth F. Dodson

January 12, 2011

Ruth F. Dodson, 92, of Sun City, Arizona passed away January 3, 2011. Ruth was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26, 1918. An advertising artist for fashion print ads, she moved to Arizona in 1972 and worked for Goldwater’s Dept Store (known at that time as Rhodes). After the stores closure in the valley, she free-lanced with every store in Sun City as clients. Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband of 27 happy years, Delbert Felten in 1971 in Wisconsin. After moving to Sun City and through her association in the Sun City Organ Club, she met another wonderful man who after 16 years of happiness also precedes her, second husband DeVere Dodson. Funeral services for Ruth will be held at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment will follow at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ.

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