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Obituary is still being written and will be posted as soon as it becomes available.Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Military Graveside Service held at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree or making a donation to VFW in memory of Curtis.
Obituary is still being written by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available.Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Menke Funeral and Cremation Center on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. A Reception will immediately follow the service in Menke's Sun City Room.
August 7, 1957 to November 20, 2023Curtis Lloyd Rogan, surrounded by his family passed away peacefully at the age of 66. Curtis was a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Curtis leaves behind his two beloved children, D’Andre Rogan and D’Asha Rogan, sisters Paula (Vickie) and husband Donald Leo, Sr., and Terri (Tee) and husband Bernie Lambert, and 12 nieces and nephews. Curtis was a skilled carpenter, mechanic, and jack of all trades. Curtis also spent time as a long-haul truck driver. In his younger days, Curtis was an avid racer driving cars with the Arizona Sports Racing Association with the City of Eloy “Grand Prix”. Curtis will be missed and remembered as a loving father, with a kind and gentle soul to all.
Ronald E. Brunk Sr. (90), husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and follower of Christ passed away at his home in Sun City, AZ on November 19, 2023. Ronald was born on January 21, 1933 in Kirksville, MO to John and Nellie Brunk. He was married to his wife Patricia Brunk of71 years, they had six children, Ronald Brunk, Jr.(deceased); Charles “Bob” Brunk (deceased); Kathy Ecklund; Theodore “Ted” Brunk (deceased); Richard (Boni) Brunk; Michelle (Craig) Furnia. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and additional family in Arizona and Southern Iowa. Ronald was a US Army Veteran serving overseas during the Korean War. Hewas the founder of Auction Ron Brunk Inc. where he had a successful career as an auctioneer and a respected businessman in the Phoenix Metro Area for over 70 years.He was the patriarch of the Brunk Family and will always be remembered! To honor his passing, a memorial service for his family and friends is scheduled at 2 pm on Friday, December 1, 2023, at Menke Funeral and Cremation Center at 12420 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, Arizona 85351
Bernard Eugene Zapp of Anthem, Arizona, 81, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, November 18, 2023 after a long illness. He was born January 31, 1942 in Madison, Indiana and moved to Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from Holy Angels Cathedral Catholic Elementary School and Horace Mann High School, class of 1960. He retired from U.S. Steel, Gary Works Sheet and Tin Division, in 1999 after 38 years of loyal service. He was a devout and faithful Roman Catholic, serving as an alter server, CCD teacher, eucharistic minister, youth group leader, and participant in the Cursillo movement. He was also a dedicated coach of youth baseball, football, and basketball, impacting the lives of hundreds of young athletes for decades. In Chicago, he helped feed the homeless. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Jean Zapp, and his sister, Dianna Swisher. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan; son, Kirk Zapp (Linda Palomar); two grandchildren, Paris and Hayden Zapp; sister, Linda (David) Durham; brother-in-law, James O’Connell; aunt, Marge Harmon; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed and always remembered by his family and friends. Family and friends may call for visitation at Menke Funeral & Cremation Center, 12420 North 103rd Avenue, Sun City, Arizona on Thursday, November 30, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church, 2825 West Rose Canyon Circle, Anthem at 10 a.m. Burial at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 8178 South Cline Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Barry O. Gish (74), amazing husband, loving father, grandfather, and follower of Christ; passed away peacefully at his home in Peoria, AZ on November 14, 2023. Barry was born on February 28, 1949, in Mahnomen, MN to Orville and Beryl Gish. When Barry was eleven, his father passed away and his mother married Andrew Wambach, who became a dearly- loved friend and dad. Growing up Barry enjoyed hunting and fishing with his close friends, the 4 musketeers. Upon graduation, Barry attended the University of MN and MSUM before enlisting in the US Army. Barry served bravely and saw active combat in the Vietnam War. After several months in the infantry, he became a radio operator assisting the commander in helicopter operations. After returning home Barry attended and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in marketing. This is where he met the love of his life, Sharleen Black. Barry and Sharleen married in Red Wing, MN in 1971 and built their life together in Fargo, ND. In 1979, they came to know Christ as their Lord and Savior and have faithfully served Him together since that day. It was during this time that they welcomed their first daughter, Christina. They moved to Bemidji, MN to attend classes at Oak Hills Bible College, where they welcomed their second daughter, Kimberly. Barry was passionate about his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He felt led to start the men’s Bible Study Fellowship group in Fargo and to serve as a missionary with BSF in Mexico City. Upon returning to Fargo, he served as an executive pastor at Bethel Church, worked in leadership at many businesses, and resumed his consulting practice. Barry achieved great professional success throughout his career even earning the esteemed IBM Golden Circle Award and being inducted into the Pinnacle Hall of Fame. Barry loved serving and was always available to take a call, go out for lunch, or give advice. He was a respected businessman, trusted advisor, and enjoyed all his clients as friends. He worked hard at helping others, pointing them to Christ, and making people laugh. With all his success, Barry’s greatest accomplishments were in his home - having raised two daughters and eleven grandchildren - all of whom are walking with Jesus. Barry never took credit for his accomplishments as he knew the Giver of all good things – even commissioning a ring that read, “Soli Deo Gloria” - Glory to God Alone. Barry loved the Lord and his family above all things. This was evident as Barry would spend his time reading Scripture, studying the church reformers, and singing timeless hymns. There was no greater joy for Barry than spending time with his wife, daughters and sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Barry’s family could reach him any hour of the day or night about any concern or just to visit. He was generous with his resources, time, wisdom, and love. His grandchildren affectionately called him “Boppa” and he had a special and meaningful relationship with each one of them. He loved to teach his grandchildren about the Gospel and manners. Barry was a proper gentleman and romantic; taking Shar on fancy dates, trips, and showering her with wonderful poems and gifts. Barry’s hobby was his family but in his spare time he enjoyed making friends, playing the guitar, singing, and fishing at the lake. He also loved carving with wood and making special projects for family members. Barry’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving and grateful wife, Shar, his daughters, son-in laws, and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shar, daughters, Christina (Mike) Marren (North Oaks, MN); Kimberly (Tom) Schaaf (Peoria, AZ), and eleven precious grandchildren- Annabelle, Juliette, Joseph, Violette, AJ, Roselle, Analeese, Joshua, Matthew, Johnathan, and Hannah. He is survived by his brother Brent (Gayle) Gish, sisters Marilyn (Marv) Thelen, Tracy (Tony) Fox, Jacqueline (Gary) Foley, Nicole (Lee) Larson, and Beth (Bruce) Slette. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, Aunt Vera, and Uncle Bob (Carol), and special friends over all the years. God has given him a blessing and a heritage. He is already greatly missed, but his legacy of loving Jesus continues. Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Tuesday November 21, 2023 at King of Kings Church 3095 N 140th Ave Goodyear, AZ, with visitation 30 minutes prior to the service.Burial will be in Red Wing, MN at a later date.
Carol Ann Wulff passed away peacefully from natural causes on November 13, 2023, in Sun City, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her mother Theresa Lujan Montoya, her father Eloy J. Montoya and stepmother Stella Sosaya Montoya. Other relatives preceding her include stepbrother Robert Paul Montoya, half sister Maria Allbritton, and grandparents Lorenzita and Manuel Lujan Sr., Francisco (Guadalupe) and Margarita Montoya and Agustine and Victoria Sosaya. Survivors include daughter Theresa Stumpo, son-in-law Adam Stumpo, granddaughter Alyssa Stumpo of Phoenix, Arizona, and former husband and friend Dennis Wulff of Sun City, Arizona. Siblings Kathryn (the late Arsenio) Cordova; and Kenneth (Margaret) Montoya also survive their sister. Carol graduated from Loretto Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then from Mercy College of Nursing in San Diego, California. As a registered nurse, she served in many medical specialties and departments throughout her 38-year career. She had assignments at hospitals in The Bay Area and Escondido in California before moving back to her home state of New Mexico and sharing her talents at Santa Fe Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico; St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Pojoaque Family Practice in Pojoaque, New Mexico. For many years, Carol lived in Fairway Village in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She moved to Sun City, Arizona in order to be near family members. Following retirement, she continued using her nursing skills by providing comfort and care for family members and friends who were ill. Some of her favorite activities included knitting and crocheting lap blankets for family and friends, and cancer patients as well as baby caps for premature and other infants which she donated to groups in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Taos, New Mexico. She also served as a member of the Altar Society of St. Francis Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a member of the Santa Fe Chapter of the nurses’ union and the Santa Fe Order of Police. Carol was selfless, thoughtful, caring, helpful, smart, funny, and very loving. Her family meant the world to her, and she will be deeply missed. To honor her passing, a funeral service is scheduled for 11 am on December 1, 2023, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, followed by a reception at her daughter Theresa’s home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Andre House of Arizona on her behalf at andrehouse.org.
Patricia Lakomiak peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the age of 70. She was born in Chicago, IL on July 8, 1953. Patricia a talented floral designer and managed a floral shop in Chicago.She leaves behind her siblings, Theresa Duff, Gerald (Maureen) Lakomiak, and Michael (Linda) Lakomiak; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Dorothy Lakomiak; and her brother, Donald Lakomiak.
On November 9, 2023, Mary Louise (Kratzenberg) Zomok, age 85, passed away.She was born in Pittsburgh, PA where she lived until she married the love of her life, Ron, and travled the world as the wife of a Navy Submariner.Throughout her life, Marilou had many jobs, from telephone operator, receptionist, and substitute teacher. But her most fulfilling job was that of mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Family was the most important thing to Marilou, and she was always excited to share the accomplishments of her family with anyone who would listen!Marilou loved to sing, square dance, and do crafts. Even though she suffered from Parkinson's which caused her hands to shake, she as able to hand sew the most beautiful cards that she loved to send to family and friends for special occasions.Marilou loved to travel. She spoke fluent Spanish which came in handy when she and Ron would make numerous trips to Rocky Point in their 5th wheel to relax at the beach.Marilou's smile was infectious and to her, there were no strangers, only friends she hadn't met yet. She talked to everyone and made friends with everyone she met.Marilou is survived by her children, Bud (Lorraine) Zomok, and Rhonda (George) Nolan; grandsons, Josh (Danielle), and Vincent (Erika); great grandchildren, Averie, Aisley, and Colt.She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Ronald Zomok; her parents, Charles and Emma Kratzenberg; her brothers, Charles and WIlliam; her sister, Dolores; and twin great grandsons, Bennett and Ford.She will be missed beyond words, but she is flying high doing the Polka with Ron.Services will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish, 11625 N 111th Ave, Sun City, AZ 85351.Due to the church's request during this time of Advent, we kindly suggest refraining from extensive floral arrangements. Instead, the family encourages you to honor her memory by contributing to Hospice of the Valley Thunderbird PCU, where they provided exceptional care during her final days.
Raymond Allen Duncan Sr., 85, of El Mirage, Arizona passed peacefully at home Thursday, November 9th, 2023. Raymond Sr. was born September 30th, 1938, in Rossville, GA to the late Walter and Ora Josephine Duncan. He demonstrated exemplary service to his country in the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1956 and honorably discharged in 1983, achieving the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Raymond Sr. then devoted his substantial skill set to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as an Emergency Planning Coordinator until his retirement. He had an unsurpassed dedication to his family, deeply loved our family dogs, was an enthusiastic golf fan and an avid follower of Arizona sports.He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty years, Lillian Gloria Duncan.Raymond Sr. is survived by his children, Linda (Duncan) Lagerhausen and her husband John, Raymond Duncan Jr. and his wife Jennifer, James Duncan and his wife Lisa; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Eriq, Kristen and Allison; brothers, Douglas and Hubert; and treasured dog Coco.A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am on Monday, November 20, 2023 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, November 20, 2023, at the National Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society.
Elizabeth M. Cattaneo passed away on Monday, October 30, 2023, at the young age of 83. She lived in Sun City, AZ after spending over 30 years in her favorite sunny state of Florida. Elizabeth was born in Ontario, Canada on September 8, 1940. She loved to stay active in her Zumba and line dance classes. Liz would often walk 3 miles a day, carrying treats with her for the neighbors’ dogs and cats. She was a true animal lover but loved cats the most. She was a very independent woman who was young at heart, it was everyone else that was old. Liz is already deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Keith Cattaneo and wife Julie, Craig Cattaneo and wife Kelly, Lisa Chester; grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Roxie, Victoria, Jenna; and great-granddaughter, Adara. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to the Memorial Service, held at Menke Funeral and Cremation Center, on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: pulmonaryfibrosis.org
Rosemary Kathleen McMillen passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 28, 2023, in Sun City, Arizona.Rosemary was born on June 30, 1932, in Edina, Missouri, the third of five children to Vern C. and Mary (Rose) Goodwin. She grew up in Edina and attended Catholic grade and high school. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1950.Rosemary married her high school sweetheart Gene McMillen on January 24, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri. Shortly after they were married Gene left for Korea and Rosemary attended Kirksville Teacher’s College where she earned her teaching credential. Rosemary taught at various schools throughout Iowa and Arizona before settling in Blythe, California until her retirement. When in Blythe, she is most fondly remembered as a Reading Teacher at Ruth Brown Elementary. She really enjoyed this time in her career because she was able to teach kids how to become a better reader. Soon thereafter, Gene and Rosemary moved to Sun City, Arizona where she enjoyed her sewing club where they sewed items for families of Luke Air Force Base. When visiting her she always had a little container of candy for your drive home or hid gas money in your car! Her grandkids and great grandkids enjoyed the many $2 bills they received from Grandma Rosie and Papa Gene for their birthdays!Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Gene (November 21, 2018), daughter Barbara Ziber (October 14, 2014) of El Cajon, California as well as sisters Margie Branham and Dorothy Kauffmann, brother Frances Goodwin, mother Mary Goodwin, and father Vern C. Goodwin. As well as son-in-law Dale Hasha and Herschel LyonRosemary is survived by five daughters, Becky McMillen of Sun City, Arizona; Mary Jeanne Brown (Greg) of Vista, California, Tish Thompson (Willard) of Milliken, Colorado, Lisa Bradford, (Roy) of Phelan, California, Theresa Hartman (Wendell) of Scottsville, Kentucky, sons Robb McMillen of Brush Prairie, Washington and Chris of Buckeye, Arizona She is also survived by sister Verna Marie Dabney of Glendale Arizona, sister in-law Betty Hamilton (Gene) of Urbandale, Iowa.Rosemary is survived by sixteen grandchildren Jonathan Howard (Ginny), Katie Wells (Nate), Megan Curan (Michael), Michael Lyon (Louise), Jeremy Bradford (Lisa), Joseph Bradford (Natalie), Elizabeth Howeth (Bill), Joey and Andy Ziber, Brianna, Danielle Dieter (Keaton), Clinton Baker (Cailee), Robbie and Derrick McMillen, and Cheyenne McMillen. She also is survived by twenty great-grandchildren – Elizabeth, Abraham, Samuel, Kailyn, Maleah, Axel, Judah, Madison, Hunter, Vivian, Joshua, Justin, Juliette, Jace, Josie, Blakely, Harry, Jack, Annemarie and Rhett and three great-great grandchildren, Leslie, Christie and Carter.Services will be held, Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 10:00 am at St. Joachim and St. Ann Catholic Church in Sun City, Arizona. Interment at 2:30 pm at National Memorial Ceremony of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. Menke Funeral Home of Sun City, Arizona will handle the arrangements.
Alice Mae (Belter) May September 29, 1925 – October 28, 2023 Long time Arizona resident, Alice May, passed away peacefully at Brookdale Trail Ridge Senior Care, in Sun City West. She was 98 years old. Alice was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from St. Vincent De Paul Elementary, and St. Joseph Academy High School. While her desire was to join the convent, the Lord had a very different road for her. Alice was born with a love of music, and an incredible soprano singing voice. Her first solo was with a Christmas choir at the age of 8 years old. She began singing opera along with her father's albums by Caruso, dreaming of the operatic stage in her future. While she did not achieve that dream, she did sing in many different venues, to include opportunities with her ladies group called the Bluettes, and a solo of Pontias Angelicus in St. Patrick Cathedral at Notre Dame University. Alice would go on to be an accomplished secretary/bookkeeper for a number of companies. On November 3, 1951, Alice married William (Bill) Oren May. During the almost 50 years of marriage, they traveled extensively for Bill's electrical work, often relocating several times in one year. No matter where the jobs took him, the family stayed together. In their later years, Bill and Alice would settle in Yuma, Arizona, then to their final home in Glendale next to their daughter. Through the years of moving, Alice continued to sing, whether in churches or other gatherings. After Bill's passing, she remained in Arizona. She was a long time member of Grace Bible Church in Sun City, participating in choir and women's activities. She is survived by daughter Virginia (Ginny) and son-in-law James Clark, daughter Elizabeth (Betty) and son-in-law Charles Thornton, grandsons Joshua and Justin Morrell, and Benjamin Amaral, granddaughter Kathleen (Katie) Talley, and great grandsons Tristen and Ashton Morrell. She is proceeded in death by her husband Bill May in 2001, and daughter Catherine (Cathy) May in 2005. Services will be held at Grace Bible Church, 19280 North 99th Ave, Sun City, Arizona 85373-1401 on November 8, 2023. Viewing is scheduled for 1:30pm with services to follow at 2:00pm. There will be no graveside service. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to Grace Bible Church. Menke Funeral and Cremation Center will be handling all of the arrangements.