Our Obituaries

John Christopher Cook

August 24, 1939 - October 16, 2017

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Kelly Sue Blackman

January 8, 1974 - October 10, 2017

BLACKMAN, Kelly Sue, 43, of Surprise, Arizona, went home to be with Our Lord, on October 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Monte Wilson and Mary Kline Wilson. She is survived by her beloved husband, Russell D. Blackman, Jr.; and by her loving children, Grace Blackman, Russell D. Blackman, III, and Faith Blackman. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday,...
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Philip James McGahey

January 22, 1930 - October 9, 2017

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Kelby Reed Harris

October 3, 1998 - October 7, 2017

HARRIS, Kelby Reed, 19, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on October 7, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Lance Avery Harris and Robyn Renae Taff Harris; his brother Kody Reece Harris; grandparents, Zearl and Sharon Harris, Dale and Neva Taff, and Duke and Linda Barham; aunts and uncles, Craig and Sandra Harris, Donna Blonien, Dusty and Lyndi Taff, and Brady and Lyndsey Taff;...
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Lyndeelynn Pellettiere-Swapp

August 7, 1970 - October 5, 2017

PELLETTIERE-SWAPP, Lyndeelynn, 47, of Glendale, Arizona, most recently of Waddell, Arizona, passed away on October 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold "Jack" Orlando Brown. She is survived by her husband, Stephen "Steve" Swapp; her children, Amanda Pellettiere, Steven Pellettiere, Tyler Cope, Wesley Swapp, Brittany Swapp, and Tim Swapp; grandchildren,...
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Nancy Lenore Omans

January 20, 1937 - September 27, 2017

OMANS, Nancy Lenore West, 80, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on September 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer William West and Zelma Clare Roach West, both interred in Grangeville, Idaho. She is survived by her beloved husband, Colonel Donald James Omans, Army of the United States (Retired); son, James David (Monica) Omans, of Alexandria, Virginia, and their children Kira...
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Peter Regier

February 28, 1931 - September 18, 2017

Pete Regier died Monday, September 18, 2017 following a long illness. A memorial service will be held at First Mennonite Church, Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Friesen Cemetery, Henderson, NE.Pete was born February 28, 1931 in Henderson, NE. He was the son of Isaac and Katharina (Siebert) Regier. Pete received his elementary education in a one...
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Barry Michael Kendrigan

August 5, 1937 - September 16, 2017

KENDRIGAN, Barry M., age 80, September 16, 2017, Surprise, Arizona, raised in Milton, Massachusetts. Son of the late John J. and Christina (Sullivan). Beloved husband and best friend to Claire (Dolan) for 52 years. Loving father to Barry, Jr., of AZ, Claire, Robert, Carole and William, all from CA. Brother of Jacqueline J. Coffey of Milton, MA and Virginia M. Currier of VA and the late John J....
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Joseph Gonsalves Mattos

December 11, 1929 - September 12, 2017

Joseph G. Mattos, 87, went to be with his heavenly father and loving wife on September 12, 2017. He was born on December 11, 1929 in Taunton, Massachusetts to Manuel and Mary Mattos. Joseph left Taunton in 1948 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard until 1950 when he transferred service to the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, Joseph served one year in Thailand in support of the Vietnam...
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Sandra Jean Sellers

March 9, 1939 - September 8, 2017

SELLERS, Sandra Jean, 78, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on September 08, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Adrian Hull and Marjorie Mae Madden, and her sister Virginia Bellgeer. She is survived by her beloved husband George Sellers; her loving children, son Robert (Andie) Christensen; and daughter Carrie (Clay) Bickmore; grandson Christopher (Kara) Christensen;...
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Thomas Edward Kosin

October 15, 1946 - September 8, 2017

Thomas Edward Kosin passed away September 8, 2017 after complications from his second open heart surgery. Tom was born October 15, 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona. He passed away peacefully at the hospital surrounded by family and friends. He grew up in Phoenix and became a Phoenix police officer badge #1528, a job that fit his skills and personality perfectly. He married his true love Frances Maria...
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Ray Albert McLeod

January 1, 1936 - September 3, 2017

Ray Albert McLeod, 81, of Surprise, Arizona, entered into rest Sunday, September 3, 2017. Ray was born January 1, 1936 in Tacoma, Washington to Ray and Jessie McLeod. Ray is preceded in death by his parents Ray Albert McLeod Sr. and Jessie McLeod, sister, Lorna Mae McLeod, and his son Ray Albert McLeod III. Ray is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Ann McLeod; children, Roxanne Moore, Marla ...
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Gregory Bernard Morton

October 23, 1949 - August 30, 2017

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Geri Kay Nelson

June 27, 1935 - August 27, 2017

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Jason Wayne Thomas

June 10, 1986 - August 27, 2017

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Dorothy J. MULES

May 20, 1932 - August 21, 2017

Dorothy J. Mules, 85, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on August 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Donald Mules and her parents Karel and Marie Hoogstad. She is survived by her twin sister Dolores (Dolly) McAllister; children, Don (Lisa) Mules, Dolly (Paul) Meyer, and Dan (Mary) Mules; grandchildren, Rachel (Micah) Covey, Beth (Tim) Knodel, Melissa (Gregory) Varner,...
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Mary Alice Garcia

July 30, 1934 - August 17, 2017

GARCIA, Mary Alice, 83 of Surprise, Arizona, passed peacefully at her home with her family by her side on August 17, 2017. She was born on July 30, 1934 in Glendale, Arizona. She grew up in Citrus Park with her mother, Uncle Alonzo, Aunt Avelina, Aunt Rita, Uncle Kiki and brother Ronnie. She is survived by her loving daughters, Anna Fidela "Fifi", her husband Chris Calzada, and Margarita Garcia;...
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Joan Elaine Ely

October 15, 1942 - August 17, 2017

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Barbara Ann Patterson

September 25, 1968 - August 15, 2017

PATTERSON, Barbara Ann, 48, passed away on August 15, 2017 in Sun City West, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her father Doyal L. Patterson. She is survived by her beloved mother, Dorothy L. Patterson; her brother Gary Patterson and his wife Lynn Patterson; and by her sister Connie Patterson-Elliott and her husband Mike Elliott; by many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews....
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Stuart Keith STERLING

September 18, 1950 - August 13, 2017

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Joseph Carl Schubert

April 26, 1971 - August 10, 2017

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Paul Dwain Johnson

May 20, 1927 - August 9, 2017

Paul D. Johnson, age 90, died on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Surprise Arizona. From his birth on a farm just west of La Plata, Missouri, to his death on Wednesday, he always felt fortunate to have his friends and family close. He was born to H.I. and June Johnson on May 20, 1927 and was one of five boys; two of his brothers preceded him in death, Robert Johnson and Marion "Pete" Johnson. He...
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Janice Marie Luecht

May 18, 1941 - August 7, 2017

LUECHT, Janice Marie, 76, passed away on August 07, 2017 in Peoria, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Marsh and Lucille Dellinger Marsh, and her sister, Yvonne Marsh Bennett. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Jerry Luecht; her loving daughters, Lynn Luecht (James) Hettinger, Kathy Luecht (Edwin) Grace, and Kim Luecht Stiles; grandchildren, Joel Hettinger,...
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Kenneth Andrew Amparan

July 19, 1972 - August 1, 2017

AMPARAN, Kenneth Andrew, 45, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on August 1, 2017. He is survived by his Father, David Amparan and his wife Linda Amparan; by his mother, Linda Conner and her husband Lee Conner; brother Michael Amparan and his wife, LaNell Amparan; sister Alicia Amparan Barnes and her husband Nathan Barnes; and by his niece's and nephews, Kira Amparan, Caleb Amparan, Kesi Barnes...
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Gary Lee Barnes

May 12, 1945 - July 16, 2017

BARNES, Gary Lee, 72, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on July 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred Ray Barnes and Georgia Kathryn Williamson Barnes. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra Garrity Barnes; his children, Denise (Fred) Highley, Allen Barnes, Debbie (Kevin) Gilbert, Mark Barnes, Daniel (Geitan) Hughes, David Hughes, Eddie Barnes; grandchildren, Nichole (Jim)...
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Lenward Carl Baker

June 30, 1918 - July 10, 2017

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;Praise Him, all creatures here below;Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
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Peter Paul Joyce

June 28, 1933 - July 9, 2017

JOYCE, Peter Paul, 84, who was born in Clifden, Ireland, passed away on July 09, 2017 in Peoria, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Joyce and Mary Lyden Joyce. He is survived by his sons, Michael Joyce and Sean Joyce.To sign the guestbook online and to send your memories, condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit www.surprisefuneralcare.com.
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Marshall Duane Bohm

June 14, 1927 - July 7, 2017

Marshall Duane Bohm, 90 of Goodyear, Arizona, formerly of Orange County, California, passed away on July 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Y. Bohm, his sister, Phyllis Jardee, and his parents, William and Bertha Bohm. He is survived by his four children, Billy Bohm, Patti (Smokey) French, Cindy Edwards, and Tom (Rhonda) Bohm. Five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren...
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Vincent Gonzalez

August 31, 1944 - July 2, 2017

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Gregory Lashbrook

March 9, 1956 - June 30, 2017

LASHBROOK, Gregory, 61, a United States Army Veteran, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Smith Lashbrook. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn "Carrie" Lashbrook; son, Matthew Lashbrook; father, Warren "Pete" Lashbrook; brother, Duane Lashbrook; niece, Kristie Patton; and daughters, Wendy Skelton, Julia...
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Larry Dale Smith

December 13, 1948 - June 22, 2017

SMITH, Larry Dale, 68, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on June 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Alexander Smith and Nellie Mae Goforth Smith. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Mary) Smith, Brent (Kristi) Smith, James (Amy) Smith, and Jeff (Marissa) Smith; his grandchildren, Brianna Smith, Isabella Smith, Chloe Smith, Joshua Smith, Anna Smith, Owen Smith, Connor Smith,...
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John Lopez

January 14, 1936 - June 10, 2017

LOPEZ, John, 81, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on June 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Silvestri Lopez and Francisca Gonzalez Lopez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Mary Pufil Lopez; by his loving daughters, Elizabeth Lopez Becker, and Anna Lopez Chaney; and by his son Victor Lopez; grandchildren, Leana Lopez Melville, Anthony Lopez, Lisette Lopez Ottoway, Sarah...
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Darryl Lee Troutman

October 5, 1937 - June 8, 2017

TROUTMAN, Darryl Lee. Darryl was born in Spokane, WA on October 5th, 1937, the second child of Peter and Ida Troutman. Peter Troutman had a service station on South Hill. The family relocated to Loon Lake, Washington where the parents engaged in various businesses including local stores and a restaurant. Darryl's first occupation was in the refrigeration business. Sister Bonnie (age 14) and...
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Glendon Ray Ashorn

March 11, 1952 - June 8, 2017

ASHORN, Glendon Ray, 65, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on June 08, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert O. Ashorn, and Viola Ashorn. He is survived by his beloved wife Debbie Ashorn; his loving daughters, Lindsey Ashorn and her fiancé Kevin Smith, and Kristen Vallery and her husband Shaun Vallery; granddaughter, Taylor Vallery; and brother-in-law Harlan Broeker and his...
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William Howard Powers

May 18, 1947 - June 7, 2017

POWERS, William Howard, 70, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Army Veteran, passed away on June 07, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, S. William Powers and Opal Mae Bickford Powers. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann M. Barry Powers; his loving children, William W. (Kari) Powers of Glendale, Arizona, Elizabeth (Matt) Kelly of Seattle, Washington, Katie Rogers (Bryce Runkel)...
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Genevieve V. McGraw

March 15, 1928 - June 3, 2017

Genevieve Veronica McGraw. ?89, of Sun Cities left us peacefully on Saturday afternoon, June 3, 2017, and is now reunited with her mother, father, brother, Bill, husband, Jerry, and son, Brian, along with her three sisters-in-law and many dear loved ones. Her parents and her Catholic faith, and treasured Catholic education were her foundation and guide. She was a proud alumnus of St. Patrick's...
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Genie Francine Svihl

October 3, 1957 - May 28, 2017

SVIHL, Genie F., 59, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on May 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother, Arleen L. Zimmerman Wilhelm. She is survived by her beloved husband, Rocky R. Svihl; her loving children, Kris (Allyson) Svihl, and Heather (Nick) Dressler; grandchildren, Karson Svihl, Jacob Svihl, Kannon Dressler, and Holden Dressler; and by her father, Eugene F. Wilhelm. To sign the...
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Margaret Marlene BROWN

June 12, 1936 - May 26, 2017

BROWN, Margaret Marlene, 80, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on May 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father Francis Davidson, and her daughter Katherine Kay Brown. She is survived by her beloved husband, Eugene "Gene" Brown, and her children, Vicki, Lyn, Brad, and Dan; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Marlene grew up in Great Falls, Montana, where she graduated high...
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Ronald Adolph Sievert

January 11, 1936 - May 19, 2017

SIEVERT, Ronald A., 81, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2017. Ron was the son of the late Edwin and Myra Sievert. He was a graduate of Kiel High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Lakeland College. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Ron is survived by his wife of 58 years, 2 sons, a daughter, 5 grandchildren, a brother, and a...
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Thelma M. WOLF

January 2, 1925 - May 9, 2017

Thelma Mae WolfThelma Wolf left this life on May 9, 2017. She lived in Arizona for the last 3 years, near one of her daughters. Born Thelma Mae Burr, January 2, 1925 in Greensprings, Ohio, she was adopted in 1927 by Egbert and Delia Frail of Temperance Michigan. Thelma attended Temperance High School and graduated as Salutatorian in 1942. After spending a short time at Fort Wayne Bible...
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Kenneth John Bottari

January 2, 1959 - May 8, 2017

Kenneth John Bottari, 58, of Surprise, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2017. Ken retired from the U.S. Air force. He was born January 2, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Vincent and Dorothy Bottari. Ken loved life, he was an avid bowler, loved to collect baseball cards, matchbox and hot wheels and Jack Daniels. Most importantly he loved his family. He was preceded in death by...
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Hilda Noemi Gioe

December 20, 1932 - May 5, 2017

GIOE, Hilda Noemi, 84, of Surprise, Arizona, born in Cuernavaca, Mexico on December 20, 1932, passed away on May 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leopoldo Esquivel and Esperanza Cubells Esquivel; and by her beloved husband of 47 years, Peter Salvatore Gioe, Sr. She is survived by her loving son, Peter Salvatore Gioe, Jr., her grandson, Michael Salvatore Gioe; her granddaughter,...
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Bridget Weldon

December 29, 1930 - May 2, 2017

Prayer of St. FrancisLord, make me an instrument of your peace,Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;Where there is darkness, light;Where there is sadness, joy;Divine Master, grant that I maynot so much see to be consoled as to console;To be understood as to understand;To be loved as to love.For it is in...
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Scott Dixon Hamilton

July 25, 1953 - April 26, 2017

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, daughter Melissa Davenport, son Scott Hamilton II and wife Heather, grandchildren Robert and Alexys Davenport, Zachary and Austin Hamilton, sisters Linda Emerson, Roxanne Paulsen, brothers Ross Hamilton and Robert (Roby) Hamilton as well as nieces and nephews and other family members and friends. Scott graduated from the University of California in Irvine,...
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Janet Susan Williams

September 6, 1959 - April 20, 2017

In loving memory. On April 20, 2017, God Called Home His Angel, Janet Susan Williams. She was preceded in death by her mother Sarah Payne; and daughter, Carie Long; and by her father George Payne. She leaves behind her loving husband, Alan Norman Williams; her loving daughter, Victoria Long; Stepmother Margret Payne; sister Debbie Nelson; brother Larry Payne; in-laws Norman Williams, Linda...
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Robert Thomsen Reimers

February 27, 1936 - April 9, 2017

Robert 'Bob' Reimers passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 surrounded by his family at home in Buckeye, AZ. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.Bob was born in 1936 in Moline, IL to parents Robert J. Reimers and Dorothy L. (Thomsen) Reimers. He grew up in Moline but graduated high school in Lexington, Missouri from Wentworth Military Academy in 1953. Bob later...
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George Michael Nesbit

October 6, 1944 - April 6, 2017

NESBIT, George Michael "Mike", 72, passed away on April 6th, 2017 at the Surprise, Arizona Hospice of the Valley Pallative Care Unit surrounded by his wife and children after a 25 year battle with Type II Diabetes. He leaves his wife of 51 Super Bowls, Charlotte (Stajduhar) of Surprise, AZ; his daughter Michelle Lehman (Steven) of Peoria, AZ; son Nathan (Tracy) of Merrill, IA; Grandsons...
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Delores Irene DAVIS

September 1, 1937 - April 4, 2017

Delores Irene Davis-DD, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017. Born on September 1, 1937 in Edgefield, South Carolina. As a young girl she moved to NYC where she met and married her husband Gerald D. Davis. After graduating from Pace University she began a successful career as a registered nurse RN and fulltime mother. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Delores will be forever...
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Mary F. Spence

August 11, 1939 - April 3, 2017

SPENCE, Mary F., 77 of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on April 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Emerson Pickens and Geneva Vanderpool; and her sister-in-law Karen Pickens. She is survived by her loving children, Dan Spence of Omaha, Nebraska, Debbie (Randy) Linville of Leawood, Kansas, Mike Spence of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jim Spence (Tara) of Surprise, Arizona; her beloved...
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Szabolcs Istvan Fejer

September 22, 1939 - March 31, 2017

FEJER, Szabolcs Istvan, MD, 77, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on March 31, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mihaly Fejer, and Ilona Arnold Fejer; his brother, Mihaly Fejer; and his sister, Ilona Fejer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Edit Fejer; by his loving children, Szabina (Kevin) Revelle, Gergely (Suzie) Fejer, and Orsika Fejer; and Roland Kecskemeti, and...
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Robert Ernest Siemann

August 30, 1934 - March 27, 2017

Robert E. Siemann, 82, of Surprise, Az passed peacefully on Monday, March 27,2017 while in the loving care of his family and Banner Hospice. Robert was born in Montville Maine on August 30, 1934, the son of Frederick W. Siemann, Sr. and Charlotte L. Smearer Siemann. Bob, as he liked to be called, was an entrepreneur owning several businesses and longtime member of the Elks Club and Ham Radio...
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Charlotte Renee Collom

March 21, 2017 - March 22, 2017

COLLOM, Charlotte Renee; our little angel, went to heaven on March 22, 2017. She is survived by her beloved parents, Austin and Alexandria Collom; her brothers, Noah and Liam Collom; and her loving grandparents, Wesley and Elizabeth Walters, and Larry and Michelle Collom. A Celebration to honor Charlotte's memory, will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Surprise Funeral Care....
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Mary Ellis

March 6, 1944 - March 21, 2017

ELLIS, Mary, 73, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on March 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas J. Hamilton and Mary A. Cook Hamilton; by her brother, James Hamilton; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Ellis. She is survived by her beloved husband of almost 52 years, Phillip "Phil" L. Ellis; and by their loving daughters, Tracy Lynn Ellis (Andreas Gass), and Kelly Marie...
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Marion Lamar Anderson

February 1, 1952 - March 20, 2017

Lamar Anderson, loving husband to Shirley, passed away March 20th. He is survived by daughters Tracy and Kim and sons (in-law) Toby and Mark. Grandchildren Jayne, Jill, Tyler, Tristan and Jacklyn lost their Papa too soon. He is also survived by his mother Mary Louise, brother Eugene and sister Libby. He is preceded in death by his father Milton and brother Charlie.Lamar and Shirley were high...
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Ray Elmo Reinhart

September 7, 1931 - March 17, 2017

Ray Elmo Reinhart, 85, of Surprise, Arizona passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. Ray is preceded in death by his step-son, Jerry Fisher. Ray is survived by his loving wife Audrey Reinhart; daughters, Karen (Steve) Wilsman, and Beth Reinhart; grandchildren, Timothy Ward, Niki Olvera, Courtney Routson, Kyle Lewis, Aurora Giblin, Melissa Barber and Jerry Fisher; and four great-grandchildren. A...
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Bobby G. Fowler

March 23, 1944 - March 15, 2017

FOWLER, Bobby G., 72, of Surprise, Arizona, became our guardian angel on March 15, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Raymond Fowler and Anna Lou Smith Fowler. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sue Fowler; his loving children, Skipp Fowler, Michelle (Wade) Tankersley, and David (Imelda) Worley; grandchildren, Jasmine Worley, Ashley Worley, and Sarah Tankersley; sister,...
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Marivela Christine Leija

May 10, 1982 - March 11, 2017

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Ingelore Frieda Kilbach

July 31, 1947 - March 8, 2017

KILBACH, Ingelore "Inga" Frieda, 69, of Alberta, Canada, passed away in Surprise, Arizona, on March 08, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald Schempp, and Elfrieda Schroder Schempp. She is survived by her beloved husband, Henry Kilbach; her loving children, Douglas (Jennifer) Kilbach, and Sharon (Jeffrey) Veeneman; her dear grandchildren, Hope Kilbach, Jaidan Kilbach,...
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David Wayne Patton

June 15, 1942 - March 7, 2017

David Wayne Patton Passed away March 7 after a courageous battle with cancer. David was born on June 15, 1942 in Utica, New York, the oldest of a family of four boys. He grew up In Oneonta, New York and moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1958 with his family. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1960 and Arizona State University in 1964 where he was a member and president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity...
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Edward Gilbert Valiquette

March 17, 1946 - March 6, 2017

VALIQUETTE, Jr., Edward Gilbert, 70, a United States Army Veteran, and American Legion member, passed away on March 06, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Gilbert Valiquette, Sr., and Rita M. Babineau Valiquette; brother, Donnie Brooks; and brother-in-law, Steve Kingsley. He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Valiquette; and his children, Julie Valiquette, Chad Valiquette, Clint...
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Brian Scott Mancini

January 18, 1979 - March 6, 2017

Brian was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years of Military Service in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge. He was medically retried in April of 2011 and returned...
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Johnny G. Pino

October 14, 1957 - March 5, 2017

After a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer, Johnny Pino earned his angel wings Sunday, March 5th surrounded by family and friends. He was born October 14, 1957 in Ajo Arizona to Francisco and Bertha Pino. After graduating, Johnny packed his bags and began a new chapter in Phoenix. Known as our "steady Eddie", he spent 12 years with United Technologies, 15 years with American Golf and the...
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Barbara Lee Kelley

June 26, 1933 - March 1, 2017

KELLEY, Barbara Lee, born June 26, 1933 in Phoenix, Arizona, passed quietly away on the morning of March 1, 2017, in Surprise, Arizona, surrounded by the three most special women in her life, daughter Leslie, and granddaughters Sara and Rachel. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alice Rhodes, and by her brother Ted Rhodes. With her strong faith in God and His grace, she is...
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Bambi Carlene Padilla

February 1, 1980 - February 27, 2017

PADILLA, Bambi Carlene, 37, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on February 27, 2017. "Her wings were ready, our hearts were not, loved forever, remembered in every thought." (Author: The Elmore Family) Bambi is survived by her beloved parents, Randy Joe Elmore, and Tamela June Elmore; her loving brother and sister, Randy Joe Jr. Elmore, and Mendi Angelina Elmore; nieces and nephews,...
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Jason Dean Gwinn

July 2, 1970 - February 26, 2017

Jason Dean GwinnJuly 2, 1970 ~ February 26, 2017Jason (Jay) Dean Gwinn was born July 2, 1970, in Yakima Washington, to Ariel Tonee (Hansen) Gwinn and Dean Lyle Gwinn. When he was just three years old, the Gwinn family moved to Spokane Washington, where Jay lived for most of his life. except for his last year while he was transitioning from the state of Washington to the Phoenix area in Arizona. ...
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Amelia C. Duenas

January 19, 1944 - February 17, 2017

DUENAS, Amelia C., 73, of Yigo, Guam, passed away in Surprise, Arizona, on February 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Cruz Cruz, and Maria Merfalen Ignacio Cruz; brothers, John, Manuel, Edward, and Francisco. She is survived by her husband, Thomas N. Duenas; her children, Joaquin (Jerlyn) Alcantara, Maria (Tommy) Aguon, Anthony Alcantara, and Roland (Jovita) Alcantara; step...
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Cheryl Jo Merrill

July 2, 1957 - February 15, 2017

Cheryl Jo Merrill (Root) passed away on February 15th, 2017 in Sun City, Arizona. She is survived by her three children Stevi Barnett (Andrew), Cyowa Merrill, and Ezori Merrill; and her two granddaughters Keiryn Merrill and Ari Barnett. CJ was a gentle soul with a fierce love for her children, her family and her friends. She was an activist at heart and always fought for what was right. She...
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Donna Rae Chase

November 28, 1945 - February 12, 2017

Donna Rae Chase died on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 71 years old. She had been ill for several years. Although she didn't talk about it much, the hardest part of her extended illness was that it prevented her from spending more time with her beloved family and friends. Family, friends, animals, swimming and travel were her favorite things in life. Her least favorite...
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Teddy Salmon

July 28, 1933 - February 12, 2017

SALMON, Teddy, 83, of Sun City, Arizona, a United States Air Force Veteran, passed away on February 12, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Roosevelt Salmon and Ola Guinn Salmon; and son, Darrin L. Salmon; and sisters Nathalie, Norma, Dorla, Delorse, and Diane. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Rosalie Kjolseth Salmon; his son, Kevin W. Salmon; and his daughter,...
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Robert Skipwith King

December 13, 1927 - February 5, 2017

KING, Robert Skipwith, Jr., a United States Army Veteran, passed away on February 5, 2017. Beloved husband of Shirley Moroni-King; dear father of Rob King (Diane), Nancy King (Charles Moretz) and Suzy Berschback (Chip); loving grandfather of Charlotte and Madeline Berschback; and stepbrother to the late Robert Carman and Richard Carman.Born in Richmond, Virginia, Bob was a long time Michigan...
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Paul Michael Anderson

April 19, 1936 - February 3, 2017

Paul Michael Anderson, 80, of Surprise, AZ and formerly from Findlay, OH, died Friday, February 3, 2017 at his residence. He was born on April 19, 1936 in Lacrosse, WI to the late Belford Augustus and Lucy Ellen (Lombard) Anderson. He married Patricia Ann Riley on October 19, 1963 and she preceded him in death October 6, 2001. He is survived by two children, Anne (Denny) Bash of Surprise, AZ and...
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James Arnold McCullagh

October 9, 1937 - January 23, 2017

McCULLAGH, James A., passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Arnold McCullagh and Dorothy Alice Lehman McCullagh. Jim was loved and admired by many including his wife, Lynn; daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie (Karl Berger), Sharon (Mic McGrath), Leslie (Matt Siegel), and Gail (Matt Silversten). He also had eleven adoring...
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Thomas Milton SPENCER

February 7, 1935 - January 22, 2017

Thomas Milton Spencer, 81, of La Conner, Washington, died Sunday, January 22nd. He leaves his wife, Linda, daughters, Debbie Matthews and Tami Finley, as well as five grandchildren. He graduated from Bellevue High School, attended the University of Washington and was an avid hunter and fisherman in Hawaii and Washington.
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Philip Sebastian Cali

July 20, 1961 - January 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Carmen Santana

September 20, 1926 - January 17, 2017

SANTANA, Carmen Delia, 90, originally from Comerio, Puerto Rico, passed away in Surprise, Arizona on January 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Francisco Rivera and Epifana Lopez Rivera; her beloved husband, Ramon Santana; her brothers and sisters, Ramon Rivera, Francisco Rivera, Maria Alejandro, Lucia Calderon, Emelina Fonseca, Erasmo Rivera, Cirilo Rivera, and Sixto Rivera...
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Carlos Alberto Garcia-Moral

August 22, 1936 - January 13, 2017

GARCIA-MORAL, Carlos Alberto, MD., Orthopedic Surgeon, 80, of Buckeye, Arizona, passed away on January 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos Alfredo Garcia, and Maria Asuncion Moral. He is survived by his wife, Susan Sender Garcia-Moral; his daughter Giselle (Tom) Hazen; his son, Carlos Alec (Kim) Garcia-Moral; Susan's children, David A. (Jennifer) McClurg, and Etta (Doug)...
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Maria Della Miller

July 6, 1957 - January 7, 2017

MILLER, Maria Della, 59, passed away at the Adler Hospice Center in Aldie, Virginia, and is now in the arms of her Savior, Jesus. Faith and family were Maria's two strongest convictions. Born in Bruckenau, West Germany, Maria was given by God to Ben and Alvina Tellberg. They were loving parents who Maria loved and respected dearly. She was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in...
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Joseph Anthony Vacca

December 6, 1933 - January 1, 2017

Joseph Anthony Vacca, 83, of Surprise, AZ, born December 6, 1933 in Newark, NJ, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Parkwood Assisted Living, Surprise, AZ.Joseph proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force he joined Sperry Vickers based in Troy, Michigan. He retired from Sperry Vickers after man long years of service in 1994 and then worked...
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Gloria Gay Zanin

May 3, 1932 - December 28, 2016

ZANIN, Gloria Gay Howell, 84, a homemaker, and an early childhood administrator and educator, passed away on December 28, 2016, at the Thunderbird Palliative Care Unit, Hospice of the Valley, in Glendale, Arizona, due to complications from a fall. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was the daughter of Elsie Jane and George Denver Howell. She spent her early childhood in Portsmouth and then moved with...
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Augustine Kalusuc Kasgnoc

January 24, 1940 - December 27, 2016

KASGNOC, Augustine "Gus" Kalusuc, 76, of Waddell, Arizona, originally from Nome, Alaska, passed away on December 27, 2016, in Goodyear, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Catherine Kasgnoc. He is survived by his loving children, Nathaniel Dale Peter, Kathleen Kasgnoc Prochnow, Adam Kasgnoc Sr., and Adrianne Kelly Kasgnoc; his beloved grandchildren, Dominique...
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Linda Lee Mainey

September 28, 1942 - December 19, 2016

MAINEY, Linda Lee, 74, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away on December 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother Florence Yanda, and her sister, Patricia Bruni. She is survived by her beloved husband, William "Bill" Mainey; her loving children, daughter, Debbie (Mark Krantz) Mainey Gelas; and her son, Rich (Nicole) Mainey; by her granddaughters, Taylor Blanchard, Brooklynn Mainey,...
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Eleanor M. Keil

May 6, 1927 - December 18, 2016

Eleanor Keil, 89-year-old, Surprise, Arizona, resident, passed away at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2016.Eleanor was born May 6, 1927, in Exeter, Nebraska, to Julian A. Peterson and Maude (Underwood) Peterson. She was raised on the family farm and attended a country school until she graduated from Exeter High School in 1944. She received a teaching certificate and taught at the same country school she had...
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Thomas Lionel Fiola

July 17, 1948 - December 18, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Douglas MacArthur Walsh

March 27, 1942 - December 15, 2016

WALSH, Douglas MacArthur, 74, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Army Veteran (Retired), passed away on December 15, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Matthew Walsh and Madeline Agnes Lambert Walsh. He is survived by his son, Eric Walsh; and his daughter, Heather Walsh.Arrangements are under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. The Commital Service...
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Peter V. Porrello

February 14, 1947 - December 14, 2016

Peter V. Porrello, 69, of Chandler, Arizona entered into rest Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Peter was born to Pedro Porrello and Magdalena Perez on Friday, February 14, 1947 in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 12, Peter and his family left the Dominican Republic for a new life in the United States. From 1967-1972 Peter served his country in the United States Navy. Soon after his enlistment...
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David Donald Kampe

October 29, 1948 - December 12, 2016

KAMPE, Sr., David Donald, 68, of Buckeye, Arizona, a United States Army Vietnam Veteran, having served in the 919th Engineer Company, a Life-Time Member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 6310, passed away on December 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Nathaniel Kampe, and Catherine Mary Kostecka Kampe; and by his...
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Joan Frances Nelson

November 4, 1949 - December 4, 2016

Joan (Johnson) Nelson, age 67, passed away on Sunday December 4, 2016 at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix after a long battle with cancer. A memorial dinner with family to celebrate Joan's life will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines on Monday December 19th at 6:00 PM. Joan (Johnson) Nelson was born November 4, 1949 to J. Leonard and Pansa Johnson in Des Moines, IA. Joan...
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Wayne Oliver Sproule

May 26, 1924 - November 25, 2016

SPROULE, Wayne Oliver, 92, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Army Air Force Veteran, passed peacefully into heaven in the early morning hours of November 25, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father Oliver Martin Sproule, his mother Holly Evelyn Cooper Sproule, and his wife Marjorie Thomas Sproule. Wayne was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grew up in Manvel, North Dakota. He was...
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Jan Tolpa

August 4, 1966 - November 25, 2016

TOLPA, Jan, 50, passed away on November 25, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanislaw Tolpa, and Marie Skiba Tolpa. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Baran Tolpa; and by his loving children, son, Marcin Tolpa; and daughters, Sylwia Tolpa, and Iwona Tolpa. Arrangements are under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. The Visitation...
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Helen Putney Lenz

April 4, 1925 - November 22, 2016

LENZ, Helen Putney, 91, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on November 22, 2016. Helen was born on April 4, 1925 and went to Heaven on November 22, 2016, in Sun City West, Arizona. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Robert and Helen Putney. Helen spent her early life in New Mexico. On April 26, 1943, she married Elmer Lenz in Pasadena, California. Helen and Elmer lived in Victorville,...
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Ruben Suarez Salgado

August 23, 1931 - November 18, 2016

SALGADO, Ruben Suarez. Arrangements are under the care of Surprise Funeral Care. Services are Private.
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Charles Christopher Garvin

October 17, 1933 - November 8, 2016

GARVIN, Charles Christopher, 83, a British Royal Air Force (RAF) Veteran, passed away on November 08, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael Garvin, and Marjory Donnelly Garvin; and by his daughter, Charlene Garvin; his brothers, Robert Garvin; Michael Garvin, and Anthony Garvin; and by his sister, Margaret Garvin Roy. He is survived by his beloved wife,...
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Gerald Paul Fisher

October 30, 1963 - November 5, 2016

Gerald Paul Fisher, 53, of Phoenix, Arizona, entered into rest on Saturday, November 05, 2016. Gerald was born October 30, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia to his loving parents Audrey Reinhart and Jerry Fisher. Gerald is preceded in death by his sister Ann Lynn Bergman. Gerald is Survived by his mother, Audrey Reinhart, father, Jerry Fisher, stepfather, Ray Reinhart; son, Jerry Fisher; daughter,...
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Frederick John Wenson

November 3, 1929 - November 2, 2016

Frederick John Wenson, 87, of Surprise, Arizona, Entered into Rest Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Frederick was born November 3, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Anthony and Katherine Wenson. Frederick is preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia Wenson-Ockerman. He is survived by his loving wife Antoinette Wenson, his children Anthony Wenson, Joan L. Wenson-Clark, Sandra L. Wenson-Gard, Paul Wenson...
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Anita Ingrid Betchner

March 21, 1941 - October 27, 2016

BETCHNER, Anita Ingrid, 75, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 27, 2016, with her loving family, at her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Augustino Benini and Anna Maria Ziegler Benini. She is survived by her beloved husband, William Earl Betchner; her loving children, Malcolm Patrick (Regina) Betchner, Karin Ann Betchner (Roger) Senatore, Mark William (Alexandra) Betchner...
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Charles Lee

June 25, 1964 - October 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona.
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Steve Efstathios Mashalidis

February 13, 1955 - October 20, 2016

MASHALIDIS, Steve Efstathios, Ed.D., 61, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Constantine Mashalidis. He is survived by his beloved wife, Voula Bakas Mashalidis; and loving daughter, Ellene Mashalidis; his beloved mother, Helen Chrisidou Mashalidis; and loving sister, Maria Mashalidis. Arrangements are under the direction of Surprise...
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Wallace Lee Ward

August 29, 1925 - October 17, 2016

WARD, Wallace "Wally" Lee, 91, a United States Army, WWII Veteran, and an American Legion Post 83 Member for 69 years, passed away on October 17, 2016, in Surprise, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omar Ward, and Nellie Avery Ward; his daughter, Diana Ward; and his two sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife Alice Herbert Ward; his son Jerry (Linh) Ward; four...
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Winona R. Randall

January 18, 1926 - October 17, 2016

Winona Rose Randall, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving husband by her side on October 17, 2016. Winona was born January 18, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to Frank and Katherine Walters and was the youngest of three girls. Winona went on to marry the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, William Randall, when he came back from the war in March 1946....
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George Palmer Baker

July 27, 1933 - October 14, 2016

BAKER, Jr., George Palmer, 83, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on October 14, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Palmer Baker, Sr., and Irene Clancy Baker, his son Mark Baker, his sister, Violet Baker Bennett, his brother, Philip Baker and his first wife Vancine Baker. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine Joyce Sweetman Baker; his children, daughter Gina Walker of...
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