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AKERS, Leo Lee, April 13, 1936 - September 15, 2017. We miss you. Thank you to Peppi's House at TMC for the loving care of Leo. Arrangements by: ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.

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ALVAREZ, Beatrice, 96, passed away November 3, 2017. Survived by children, Victor Alvarez and Olivia Hanson (Clifford); grandchildren, Michele and Troy Hanson. Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 300 S. Tucson Blvd. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery, 3555 N. Oracle Rd. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.

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BUCHELLA, Harlene Matthews

passed away November 15, 2017. Harlene was born August 27, 1932 in Oakland, California to Justine Wardlow and Elwood Matthews In her early years she was raised in Greenville, California, a mountain town where her mother's family had settled in the late 1800's. Growing up she loved dance and music, and had childhood ambitiions of joining her hero, Shiley Temple, in a career in Hollywood. Fate intervened when her family later moved to the small mining town of Tiger, Arizona. She went on to study Nursing at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, where she resided with the nuns during her schooling. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. In 1952 she married Frank Buchella, Jr. a Mining Engineer, and a graduate of the University of Arizona, in a ceremoney at the Oracle Union Church. Together, they had four children; raised mostly in Tucson. Harlene was an intelligent, kind, gentle person with a great sense of humor. She loved nature, hiking, gardening, music, dance, theatre, design, animals, and most of all her family.
She is survived by her children, Jeffrey Glenn Buchella, Diane Carile Rich (Bob), Jule Ann Van Dran, and Tina Ann Buchella (Chip), all of Tucson, as well as by her favorite dog Buster. The family would like to thank our loyal and tireless caregivers, Catherine Gard, Diane Matthews and the late Darlene Casas. We also extend our deepest appreciation to the staff at Casa De La Luz Hospice for their kind and compassionate care in Harlene's last days. She willl be interred at East Lawn Cemetery in a private family ceremony. Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimers Associations or Casa De La Luz Hospice. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.

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CASTRO, Graciela G. "Grace", of Green Valley, AZ, passed away at home November 12, 2017, surrounded by her family. Grace spent most of her life in Nogales, AZ, where she was born, and moved to Green Valley in 1993, to share a home with her sister, Jo Valencia.
Grace managed the Nogales Western Union office until it closed in the mid-1970s. She then travelled around the southwestern United States representing the company, and later became Executive Assistant to the manager of Citizens Utilities. She was an active member of the Nogales River Cowbelles until the time of her death.
The name "Grace" perfectly fit the kind, gracious, generous, stylish woman she was. She greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and remembered names, faces, and details about everyone she met. Grace considered many of her longtime friends as family.
Grace is survived by her sister, Josephine "Jo" Castro Valencia of Green Valley, AZ, and brother, Nash Castro of Williamsburg, VA. Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews including, Valerie Bridges of Green Valley, and Vanessa Rothstein of Tubac and 33 grandnieces and grandnephews, including Maia Rothstein and Elise Rothstein. She was predeceased by parents, Luis E. Castro and Ysidora Arellano Castro; sister, Esther Castro McCormick; brothers, Antonio, Luis C., and Daniel A. Castro; nephews, Henry David Valencia, and Jose Luis Castro; niece, Carolina Castro Vinikoor and grandniece, Nikita Castro.
At Grace's request there will be a private interment. A Memorial Mass for friends and family to be announced at a future date. Memorial donations may be made in Grace's name to Peppi's House, TMC Foundation, 5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ, 85712, phone 520-324-5978 or Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Arlo Brakel, Green Valley Fire Dept., and the outstanding staffs of Peppi's House, Valor Hospice, Home Care Associates. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

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SPITZER, Sylvia Ruth, born March 29, 1927, Cedarville, CA; passed away November 13, 2017 in Tucson. Daughter of Homer and Lois Hildebrant she was a graduate of San Jose State College. A resident of Arizona for 62 years, she was married to Carl H. Spitzer (deceased) for 60 years and is survived by brother, Harold Hildebrant and the six children she raised, Richard, William, Raymond, Ronald, Evelyn and Robert; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a 4-H Leader for 25 years, a Sunday School teacher, was active in the Rincon Congregational Church (UCC) as a Dorcas member making clothing and quilts for charity. There will be a Memorial Celebration of Sylvia's life at Rincon Congregational Church, 122 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85711 at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rincon Congregational Church (UCC) or Tohono Chul Park. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.

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SAHLER, James H.

passed away on November 4, 2017. He grew up on his family farm in Accord, New York. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and upon graduation in 1953, was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force. He retired from the USAF after serving 22 years as a pilot then spent his later years in real estate and was active in Toastmasters. He died peacefully at home after complications from pneumonia.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane Sahler and their daughters, Christy Sahler, Erica Sahler and Duska Pearson; son-in-law, Scott Pearson and granddaughters, Tahler Bandarra, Annika, Gretchen, and Ingrid Pearson.
The Celebration of Life Service will take place at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ, on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the United States Naval Academy Women for Navy Athletics Fund- in honor of James Sahler. Please make checks payable to USNA Foundation - James Sahler Memorial in the memo line. Please mail to USNAF Gift Processing, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. Jim's three daughters and one granddaughter graduated from USNA; one granddaughter is currently attending USNA. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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JENSEN, Dennis L.,

76, of Peoria passed November 7, 2017. Dennis was born June 1, 1941 in Nebraska. He lived life fully with the best of times being in Tucson from 1987-2017. No formal services are being held, so raise a glass to your friend who lived life his way. Arrangements by HERITAGE FUNERAL CHAPEL.

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DEWEY, Larry George, died peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 80. Larry is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughter, Cathy (Lynn) Hansen; son, Kelly (Maria) Dewey; daughter, Shelley (Greg) Cox, all of Tucson, Arizona. Larry is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Alan (Nancy) Dewey, of St. David, Arizona. Larry married Josephine Myrmo, his high school sweetheart, in 1955. The two were married for 62 years and had just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Larry retired from Arizona Portland Cement. A Funeral Service will not be held as the family will be holding a private celebration of life. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL.

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