February 14, 2011
Jerry was born Oct. 26, 1935, in Phoenix and passed away Feb. 1, 2011. Jerry was a third generation Arizonan, graduated from North High in Phoenix and served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter P. and Georgia Mae Jahn. He is survived by his loving companion, Patricia Eiselin, sister Jeanine (Harvey) Dedmon, niece Lelani (Joe) Ganter, nephews Jon and Asa Barnes, Glenn and Greg Eiselin, extended family and friends. Interment will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. Arrangements by Menke Funeral Home.
February 14, 2011
Raymond A. Roger, Peoria, AZ, passed away February 13, 2011 at the age of 78. Raymond was born July 18, 1932 in Haverhill, MA. He served with the Navy Seabees for 12 years from 1949 to 1961. He was a resident of Arizona from 1959 and retired from a 35 year career with Honeywell (Airesearch, Garrett, Allied-Signal) in 1994. He was ordained as a Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in 1989. Raymond was devoted to his family. He is survived by his sons William Roger (Shelly), Michael Roger (Mary Kaye), Kenneth Roger (Jennifer); his daughters Patricia Neratko (Joseph), Mary Barrett (Samuel), Kathleen Lampe (Donald); brother Paul Roger; sister-in-law Frances Wroblewski (Louis); 19 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Grace of 50 years, son David, father Ernest, mother Marguerite, brother Albert, sister Alma, and granddaughter Nicholle.
Visitation with scripture service will be held at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
Mass will be held at St. Clement of Rome Church, 15800 Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
February 9, 2011
Mildred Marie Nichols Born 4/8/1917 – Died 2/4/2011
Mildred was born 4/8/17 to Leo and Regina (Nigg) Allen in Browns Valley, MN. She went quietly to the Lord on 2/4/11. She was raised on a Browns Valley farm. She graduated from Nursing School in Aberdeen SD with a BS in Nursing. She met and married her husband, Glendal Nichols who was in the Army, while working as an RN in Salinas, CA. Being a military wife just came naturally to Mildred. They traveled extensively while in the military and when they retired to AZ and Sun City, they really began to enjoy their retired life with more traveling, going somewhere different at least once or twice a year. They had a second home in Munds Park they used in the summers. They played golf. She was on several bowling leagues and in several bridge groups. She was a Minister of Hospitality for several years at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.
She is predeceased by her husband Glendal Nichols, her sisters, Dorothy Allen and Marion Schow and her beloved granddaughter Cristen Nichols. She is survived by her children, Barbara Nichols Manning (Charles),of Sun City, AZ, Carroll Barr (Ronald), of Vancouver, WA. Richard Nichols (Dona),of Lemon Heights, CA, Gene Nichols (Vicki), of Sun City, AZ and Timothy Nichols, of Novato, CA, her grandchildren Justin, Marc, Brendon and Evan and great grandchildren Ethan and David. Additionally, she will be missed by all her nieces, nephews and cousins.
A viewing will be on 2/15 from 4-7pm at Menke Funeral Home and a funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on 2/16/11 at 9am with internment at the National Cemetery . In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
February 9, 2011
Edward Cooper, better known as “Coop” to his many Sun City hardware store friends, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 5, 2011. He was born in Lakewood, OH November 26, 1923, the son of Fred and Gerta Cooper. They moved to Put-In-Bay, OH, an Island in Lake Erie. Six months later, upon graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and was a patrol bomber (flying boat) pilot in the Pacific. He then was a winemaker in the family business before moving to Tucson, AZ in 1960. There he was an electrician and ref. pipe fitter for 33 years and met his wonderful wife and best friend, Vivian. Through their blended family they have six children, Greg Cooper, Monica Lanter, and Maria Soper all of Arizona; Barbara Hettinger and Joey Hines of Indiana, and Shirley Silkey of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Gus & Frederic Cooper and daughter Anne Marie Cooper. After retirement, Ed and Vivian traveled the U.S. for 13 years doing “volunteer” church building and repair. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at Evangel Assembly of God Church, 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4550 E. Bell Rd. #126, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Arrangements by Menke Funeral Home.
February 8, 2011
Maurice “Mick” Burrell, Jr., 67, of Sun City passed away Feb. 7, 2011. Mr. Burrell was born in Midland, Michigan and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. A 50 year Arizona resident, he worked as a truck driver. Survivors include sons, Dave Burrell (Jana) and Bo Burrell (Karen); sisters Linda Corbat, Barb Olson & Beverly Grossmiller. 2 grandchildren Larisa & Michael Burrell also survive. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Graveside service to follow at 1:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
February 8, 2011
A beautiful boy named Louis Calvin Loud entered the world to his parents Walter Loud and Grady Loud of Castor, Louisiana on December 30, 1940. Louis was the youngest of 12 children born to this union. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and four brothers.
Louis accepted Christ at an early age, joining New Friendship Baptist Church in Castor, Louisiana.
After completing high school, Louis attended Grambling College for about two years. After college, he moved to Houston, Texas for a period of time before settling in California with wife Gloria Moore who preceded him in death. To this union, three children were born.
Louis had a very successful career at Hewlett Packard as a Maintenance Supervisor; his career expanded over 30 years. He took an early retirement in 1998. After his retirement, Louis met Mary; after enjoying each other’s company for 2 years; they were married in 2000.
Louis was fun-loving, funny, and always looked for the positive side during any engagement/conversation. One of his favorite things he would say to his wife Mary when he looked in the mirror was “Boy, that’s a good looking guy”! He had such a sense of humor.
Louis leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Mary Loud, daughters: Charlotte Smith, Erica Loud and Angela Fairley (Michael); three brothers: Reverend Webster Loudd (Katherine), Walker Loud and Hosea Loud. Step-daughters: Marilyn Johnson (Mark), Chicada Caldwell, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation is 9-11:00 a.m. with funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at Menke Funeral Home Chapel, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Interment to follow at Sunland Memorial Park.
February 8, 2011
Thomas Carroll Parker
died peacefully in his sleep the morning of Feb. 7th after a short but painful battle with cancer. Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 16, 1928 to Thomas Maxwell Parker and Melinda Dennison Dwyer. He spent his younger years between Castle Hot Springs, AZ and Grosse Pointe, MI which ranged from learning to be a working cowboy to dinner with Babe Ruth. When spending time in Castle Hot Springs there weren’t enough kids for a school house so he rode his horse 4 ½ miles to be tutored by Madge Champie. He attended Peoria High School and then went on to attend Phoenix College, University of Arizona and University of Baltimore. He actually wanted to become an attorney. He permanently moved to AZ in 1966 and married Jane McAllister in 1968. They spent 36 years enjoying friends, attending parties, playing horse shoes and fishing. Tom pursued many career paths. He served in the United States Army from 1950-1952 as a Turret Artillery Instructor. He was a bar owner, managed a warehouse at Virginia Donuts, was a Zanjero for SRP, but his true love was his work for the City of Glendale where he was a Right Away Agent. He retired in 1992 after 19 years of service. Thomas gave back to his community by serving on the West Child Valley Crisis Center Board. He is preceded in death by Jane E. Parker and many beloved friends. Thomas is survived by his children, Claudia McAllister Green, Thomas McAllister, Cynthia McAllister VanDeman , Patty Kurzmiller, Joan Prodey , Barbara McCann and many grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, Febuary 12 at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. A Reception will follow the service at the old homestead, 83rd Ave. & Maryland. Donations may be made to Mayo Clinic Dept. of Development for Cancer Research 14300 E.. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
February 7, 2011
Miller, Howard E. age 90, a long-time resident of Dayton, OH and recently of Sun City, AZ passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at his home in Sun City after a short illness. Howard was born on December 17, 1920 in Dayton, OH. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII as a Staff Sergeant with the 4053rd AAF Base Unit. He served overseas for 27 months. Howard was a purchasing agent with General Motors and retired in 1981 after 40 years of service. He also was a long time high school and college football referee for Dayton, OH area schools. Howard loved sports of all kinds, including horse racing, his Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State Buckeyes, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends. In October of 2009, Howard had the opportunity to take the Honor Flight from Dayton to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II Memorial. Most recently Howard celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends at Turf Paradise. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 52 years Patricia Wick Miller, and his four sisters and brother. He is survived by his daughters Jean Palumbo (Michael) of Phoenix, AZ and Kim Villella (Jim) of Chandler, AZ, Granddaughter Katherine Palumbo, Grandson Anthony Palumbo, Special Friend and Companion Kathleen Loewer, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held in Fairborn, OH January 29. Everyone that ever met Howard will remember him for his great smile and teasing, his laugh, and that twinkle in his eyes. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Honor Flight Inc., 300 East Auborn, Springfield, OH 45505.
February 7, 2011
Anne Katherine Burris, 92 — dear and beloved matriarch, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to so many — passed away February 2, 2011. Anne’s husband of 62 years, Merlyn “Bo” Burris, passed away in 1998.
Anne was born and raised in Illinois. She and Bo were married in 1939. She worked as office manager at Burris & Percifieled Insurance Brokerage, and later at a law firm in Danville, Illinos, until she and Bo moved to Sun City, AZ in 1978.
In Sun City they became involved in the Sun City Sheriff’s Posse, volunteered in the classroom at a local elementary school, and helped at St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Anne and Bo were avid golfers, bridge partners and ballroom dancers.
Anne is survived by 2 daughters, Merilyn Wiler and Linda Burris-Hebenstreit, both of Colorado; 5 grandchildren–Jennifer, Christine, Brian, Stephanie and Kathleen; and 2 great-grandchildren, Blake and Reid.
We welcome friends to join us in celebrating Anne’s full and blessed life, her remarkable strength, her generous love, and joyful spirit at a reception on Friday, February 18, 2:00-4:00 PM at Menke Funeral home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351.
February 4, 2011
Ellen Lantaff, 92 years old and longtime Sun City resident, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2011. She was born and raised in Nebraska. Following WWII, she married Robert E. Lantaff and moved to Riverside, California where they raised four children. Following Robert’s death in 1981, she moved to Sun City and led a full and involved life. She was an avid card player and quite active in the community, particularly in support of St. Clement’s and the meals program at the Olive Branch Center. She was especially proud of her participation in a program of sewing Christmas dresses for elementary school girls in Surprise, AZ. For many years, she personally made hundreds of beautiful dresses, each unique, and was especially fond of the day on which the little girls got to choose their own. She is survived by her sister, Betty Budler of Sun City, AZ and brothers, John Finn (Marge) of Kansas, Richard Finn (Edna) of Texas, and Dean Finn of Sun City. She is also survived by her children: Roger Lantaff (Teri) of Washington, Ruth Baran (Kurt) of California, Gary Lantaff (Barbara) of Colorado and Mary Hogan (Richard) of Sun City as well as her 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She has many, many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.
A memorial mass at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church with a remembrance to follow will be held on March 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ellen’s name to Valley View Community Food Bank, Youngtown.