Obituaries

Phillip B. Verrette

age 58, a longtime resident and practicing attorney in Tucson, AZ, passed away on June 23, 2015. Phil was born in West Branch, Michigan. He was an extraordinary man who inspired everyone he met throughout his life. He lost his father at age 11, and at age 20, he was in an automobile accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down. He rehabbed in Colorado, then moved to Arizona where he put himself through college and law school. He specialized in Social Security Disability Law and opened his own practice, the Verrette Law Office. Phil helped thousands of people have a better life during his career. He survived almost 40 years post injury as a quadriplegic which is about ten years longer than doctors told him he had when he was injured. Phil was amazing not only in what he was able to overcome and achieve, but in his ability to feel and show the deepest compassion and empathy for those who seemingly had a much lesser burden to bear. Phil loved to talk baseball, food, classic movies, or any troubles you might be having that he could possibly help with. Regarding his relationship with his wife, Kelly, he often said that he had never been happier in his life. That feeling was mutual. They eloped to Sedona one New Year's Eve to be married out on the red rocks. In all, they had nearly ten wonderful years together. Phil is survived by his loving wife, Kelly; brother, Bernie Diffin and his wife, Holli, of Tucson, AZ; brother, Bill Verrette; nephews, Ryan Morningstar and Cameron Verrette and mother, Maureen Diffin, of Dafter, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Pawsitively Cats, a local rescue/shelter, at P.O. Box 32115, Tucson, AZ 85751. Services will be held privately. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.
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Florence M. Lazar

Age 92, resident of Tucson, died July 2, 2015. Mrs. Lazar was born in Jersey City, NJ and has been a Tucson resident since she moved with her husband, a retired dentist in 1978. She was a loving, caring and nurturing mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She leaves her devoted children, Barbara Selwyn of Tucson and Stephen (Jan) Lazar of MI. Florence was the doting grandmother of Zachary (Wendy) Selwyn, Amanda (Adam) Barker, Jesse Selwyn, Molly Lazar and Meredith (Ryan) Lazar-Meeder and great-grandmother of Ryzer, Southerly, Townsend, Dominika, Bronwyn and Hadley. She leaves a sister, Sydell Kopf of MD. Mrs. Lazar was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Mark A. Lazar on October 10, 2000. Her sharp humor and quick wit will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her. In words spoken by Florence, the original NJ lady - "That's all!" A Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. Burial will follow in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer Association of So. Arizona, 1159 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 or the Humane Society of So. Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716. www.evergreen-tucson.com.
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FOLTZ, Diana Ruth, passed away on June 28, 2015. Born August 26, 1949. Survived by her mother, Anne M. Hundsdorfer; husband, John W. Foltz and nephew, Kevin Brown. Preceded in death by her sister, Nancy E. Brown and father, Vance A. Hundsdorfer. Diana was a 1979 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. Her lengthy career with the Department of Defense was served primarily with the US Air Force as a senior procurement analyst at the headquarters for Air Mobility and AF Materiel commands. She received the prestigious "Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award" upon retirement. Diana's true passion concerned hand crafts of all kinds. She was a long-time certified teacher accredited by the McGown Traditional Rug Hooking organization and taught the craft throughout the country. Diana was also the past Regent of the Tucson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the oldest chapter in Arizona. She enjoyed doing genealogical research for herself and prospective members. Diana's family wishes to thank the many "angels" that eased her pain in her last few weeks; especially those working for Arizona Oncology and the kind staff at TMC Hospice (Peppi's House), 5301 E. Grant Rd., Tucson AZ 85712. Arrangements are being made by SPENGEL-BOULANGER FUNERAL HOME, 1501 Ninth at Lemon St., Highland, IL 62249-0187 (618) 654-2133.
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