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WREN, Richard W.

84, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a wonderful loving, and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Richard is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Denise; sons, Randy and Bryan; two grandsons, Doug and Leif Olson; granddaughter, Tara Olson; five great-grandchildren, Caleb Smith, Brandon Sutton, Elizabeth, Jordan, and Hannah Olson. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, Arizona. Memorials to be given to Anna B Lawrence Food Program. Arrangements entrusted to ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 520-327-6341.
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RYBERG, John (Buck) A.

78, was born on October 7, 1939, in Geneva, Illinois and breathed his last in Prescott, AZ, on July 4, 2018, after a brief struggle with cancer, when he was lovingly cared for by family and Prescott Hospice Family Care. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two grandaughters, Carissa and Bethany; son-in-law, John; brother-in-law, Walt; nieces, Kim and Jill, and numerous family and friends. The family lived for a few years in northern Wisconsin and then moved to Tucson in 1951. A graduate of Amphi HS and U of A, with a B.S. in Geological Engineering, he met his wife, Linda, at church; they married in 1963. He served his country for three years in the Air Force at Omaha, NE, where daughter, Gayle, was born. John was called into the ministry in 1964, attended Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN from 1966 to 1970 where he received an MDiv degree. The family returned to Arizona where he served as a pastor and was involved in many ministries. His love for music and singing found its expression in church and as a founding member of The Desert Sons, a Western harmony group who performed for the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott for 25 years, and at times the Cochise Cowboy and Poetry Gathering in Sierra Vista, AZ, along with various other venues in Western states. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who touched many lives. He will be deeply missed, but we are grateful he is with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lola Ryberg; sister, Judi and daughter, Gayle. A Celebration of John's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Desert Skies United Methodist Chruch, 3255 N. Houghton Rd., Tucson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Music Mission Mission Kiev, 286 Wilshire Blvd., Casselberry, FL. 32707.
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GIBSON, Joyce Marie (Sabo)

passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, after a brave battle against cancer. She was quick to laugh, smart, generous, wonderful with animals, and committed to living a healthy life. For Joyce, any day spent with her family was a joy, and she was fiercely proud of her husband, Ralph Gibson; her sons, Justin White (Flagstaff, AZ) and Jed White (Los Angeles, CA) and her grandchildren, Daniel (20), Briana (16) and Sadie (8). Jed and Justin continue to be inspired by Joyce's strength and confidence, and she lives on in her grandchildren, each of whom delighted in her unconditional love and sense of fun. She was loved, and she will be missed every day.
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JANSSEN, Charles "Chuck" Lee

(also known as Papa or "Toon") was born the youngest of six in Spokane, Washington on March 22, 1950. He passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018. Chuck was very generous and always took time to help family or friends, no matter how far away. He always had a smile, joke and whatever else was needed. He worked as an auto mechanic for many years and retired in 2015. Chuck loved animals (especially our dog Sophie) classic cars, boats, and particularly yellow Ford Thunderbirds! He also liked 60's and 70's pop/rock, and good diner breakfasts. He is survived by beloved wife, Ina; children, Laura and Kent; grandchildren Samantha, Arden, and Joey; great-granddaughter, Arielle; brothers, George and Bill; sister, Kate and nephews, Mike, Matthew, Justin and George; nieces, Katie, Terri, Ruth, Rachel and Sheri. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Theresa; sister, Fran and brother, Louis. By his request there will not be a funeral service.
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JANZEN, Robert Francis
12/5/1922 - 6/17/2018


Proud man, wonderful father and grandfather. He served as a United States Marine and also served in law enforcement. He and his beloved Josie were married 69 years and were very much in love. He is loved and will be missed deeply by his daughter, Patricia Brooks and all of his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
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BROMFIELD, Eliza Forrest Kaye

a resident of New York City, died unexpectedly from complications of acute hyponatremia on July 5, 2018 at the age of 30. Eliza is survived by her parents, Bob Kaye and Nancy Forrest Kaye; her husband, Dan Bromfield; her sister, Amelia Forrest Kaye; her grandparents, Harold and Beverly Forrest; her uncle and aunt, Hank Forrest and Stella Strazdas; and by cousins, friends, and colleagues. Eliza was born in Boston in1987. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of Rochester in 2009 with a degree in Philosophy. She met Dan in 2008, and in 2015, they married near her parents' home in Tucson, AZ. She spent her career in philanthropy, supporting universal access, nursing education, and veterans healthcare. Since 2013, she worked as a development manager for Jonas Philanthropies, now affiliated with the Columbia University School of Nursing. Eliza found the beauty in every person she met. She loved her life. It showed in her 1,000 watt smile. Eliza enjoyed playing the ukulele and performing with Dan. She loved to travel and to spend time with friends to discuss and laugh about life experiences. Eliza always thought beyond herself. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. To further Eliza's commitment to community and social service across the United States, Jonas Philanthropies and Eliza's family have established the Eliza F.K. Bromfield Fund. To contribute to the Fund, please visit secure.jewishcommunalfund.org and check "Donate to a fund" on the online form. Or, you may send a check payable to the Jewish Communal Fund, 575 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 with Eliza F.K. Bromfield in the memo. Another part of Eliza's legacy is that she was an organ donor and saved five people's lives.
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BELL, Steven Wayne

73, born December 20, 1944, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 3, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Lynn (Dooley); his three children, Michael (Misti), Jason (Janette), stepdaughter, Jane (Cisco) Van Stelle-Haded, and six grandchildren; siblings Michael (Carol) Bell, Norman (Debra) Bell, and Bonnie (Jim) Bell and many nieces and nephews. Steve was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to Wayne and Pat Bell. His family moved to Tucson in 1956. He graduated from Rincon High School and the University of Arizona and served over 37 years as a beloved school teacher and coach. Steve touched the lives of everyone he knew and met with his love, generosity, humor, and faith in Christ. Steve was an accomplished distance runner, completing over 30 marathons. He loved being in God's beautiful creation, running on trails around Tucson and cycling in Saguaro National Park. His passion for the outdoors was surpassed by the delight and love for his wife and children. Their years were filled enjoying gatherings with family and friends near and far. He loved listening to music, watching U of A basketball, fishing, road trips, Christian fellowship, praying and studying the Bible. Please share fond memories of Steve at memoriesofstevebell@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Gospel Rescue Mission - Tucson.
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BEATTY, Joan

Today, on what would have been her 88th birthday we celebrate the life of Joan (Jo-an) Beatty, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joan passed away March 3, 2018 with family at her side. Joan was born in Gary IN on July 22, 1930. Her family later moved to South Bend, IN where she married and raised her family. In 1987 she made Tucson her final home. She loved the desert and looking at the mountains through her front window. Joan lived a full life having many close friends along all paths of her journey through life. She loved to travel especially if it involved snorkeling. She was an avid bowler and bridge player up until the last few years of her life. She especially loved putting on parties including those for the Beacon Group where she was a member of the auxiliary for many years. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda of South Bend; son, Patrick of Tucson; and daughter, Linda (Tom) of Tucson; grandchildren, Charles (Kristine) and their children, Mason and McKenna; Jennifer (Cliff) and their children, Thom and Abbie. To honor her wishes there is no formal ceremony. For her love of cats donations can be made to any local shelter. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.
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AGUILAR, Lorraine Brichta
November 9, 1932 - July 18, 2018


She passed away peacefully in her home. Preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Angelina Brichta; her siblings, Norma, Albert and Betty; her son, Albert. Survived by her husband, Rudy of 66 years; children, Candy, Marie, Cecilia (Dave), Robert (Chris), Mark (Janine), Marcie, Tina (Fred), Scott; 21 grandchildren, nine great - grandchildren. In-laws, Jenny Brichta, Rudy Garcia, Tony and Richard Aguilar and numerous loving relatives and friends. Being a loyal Native Tucsonan, she was very involved in education and other local organizations. Special thank you to all the loving care she received in the last years of her life. Services will be held at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Rosary at 10:00 a.m. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements by CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY.
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SMITH, Jacqueline Lee (Howard)

79, entered into Heaven on June 28, 2018. Born October 10, 1938 in Sterling, IL. She attended St. Anthony's School of Radiology. Leaves behind her children, Grant, Brian, Jill, Joy; siblings, Judy, Bill, Jim, Mike and nine grandchildren. Celebration of Life service will be Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sabino Road Baptist Church. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.


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STINE, Warren Bernard ("Bill")
July 10, 1920 - July 16, 2018


Tucson, Arizona. Warren Bernard ("Bill") Stine was born in Okemah, Oklahoma where he graduated and played for the Class "C" State Championship Basketball Team in 1939. During WWII, Bill joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed in California. Remaining there after the war, he led as a crew chief for Slick Airways and later continued his successful career working for McDonnell Douglas and Lytton Industries. It was in Canoga Park, California where Bill met the love of his life, Barbara Dobson. The two would later retire in Tucson to play golf, travel and enjoy long-lasting friendships, two of his closest including Lee Brandsma and Jay Edwards. Bill was a kind, fun-loving man, loyal friend and accomplished golfer who scored better than his own age numerous times. Bill was preceded in death by wife, Barbara Dobson Stine and great-nephew, Jeff Randall Burkes. Bill is survived by nephews, Gerald A. Stine and Dennis F Stine; niece, Carolyn Frances Burkes; great-nephews, Jarett A. Stine and Justin R. Stine; great-nieces, Pamela Burkes-Smith and Paula Burkes; great-great-nephew, Henry R. Burkes and Jeff's wife, Suzy Burkes. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2018 at Resurrection Lutheran Church 11575 N 1st Ave in Oro Valley, Arizona. Arrangements under the care of VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME.
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VACCARO, Dolores Ann
(Cappadona)


86, passed away on April 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, George Vaccaro and son, George J. Vaccaro. She is survived by her daughter, Camilla Dodds (Jed Dodds Sr., deceased); sons, Frank (Michelle), Peter (Michel), Gaetano and daughters-in-law, Eileen Vaccaro and Maureen Tritle. Dolores cherished her 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend her Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St Odilia Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES-Dodge Chapel.
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PORTER, Donald J.

Donald J. Porter, 60, passed away on July 1, 2018, at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Don grew up in Tucson, attending John B. Wright Elementary School, Doolen Junior High School, and Catalina High School. He earned his bachelor's in industrial engineering and master's in systems engineering from the University of Arizona; however, he felt strongly compelled to change career paths and earned a law degree from Gonzaga University. For 20 years he has been a senior deputy prosecutor for King County's civil and criminal divisions, and most memorably worked in the Sexually Violent Predator Unit for 10 years. Don is survived by his sister, Kathy Porter Bulkley of Tucson, and by his daughter, Grace Porter of Bainbridge Island. Don will also be missed by his girlfriend, Bhakti Kapadia, who never left his side during his battle. Don always valued the importance of friendship and has maintained friendships from childhood as well as cultivated new friendships. Don's dedication to rich and meaningful friendships has allowed him the experiences of both giving emotional support to others as well as leaning on others in his own times of need. To quote Clarence the angel from It's a Wonderful Life, one of Don's favorite films, "...for no man is alone who has friends." A gathering in Don's honor will be held in the Fall in Tucson. Contact Kathy at kbkbulkley@gmail.com for information. Arrangements by COOK FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.
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MATTHEWS, John Terrance
August 4, 1925 — June 27, 2018


Merchant Marine and Entrepreneur Dies at 92. John was born in Albany, NY, on August 4, 1925 and grew up between Oyster Bay and a family farm in Bucks County, PA. He was 17 when he entered the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. After his service, he joined the Universal Terminal & Stevedoring Corporation as President. In 1960, he and his wife, Susan moved their family to the desert of Tucson, AZ, where he became an entrepreneur, and built a home in Mexico on the Sea of Cortez. He had a love of travel, Jazz music, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the ocean, sailing and entertaining. John is beloved by nine children, Liz Elliott, Ann Elliott-Bridgers, Phyllis Dworsky, John Matthews, Susan Nuttall, Lucille Piccioli, Michael Matthews, Resa Matthews-Petrick and Stephen Matthews; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5150 N. Valley View Road, Tucson, AZ.
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MORENO, Rosa Amador

85, of Tucson, AZ. passed to rest in the arms of our Lord on July 14, 2018. She was a loving wife and mother who always put her family first. Her love, sense of humor, and appreciation of music brightened our hearts, leaving many happy memories. Preceded in death by Mr. and Mrs. Eleazar Amador, Oscar Amador and son, Arnulfo Moreno. Survived by her husband of 68 years, Alberto Garcia Moreno; sons, Albert, Armando, Abelardo and Arnold; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 1950 W. Irvington Place.
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PEARSON, William Howard,

Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired


passed away July 20, 2018. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 14, 1919. Bill graduated from De Pauw University and it was there that he met his wife, Ruthanna Knoff and was married in 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp upon graduation and served 30 years. He retired a full Colonel and moved to Tucson. After his wife passed away he married Maxine Miller in 1992. Bill is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Greg (Jean) Pearson, Jeff (Karen) Pearson, Randy (Mari) Pearson and Susan (Tom) Hoppell; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Carol Householder. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME, Oro Valley.
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CONNELLEY, Helen Emma



Helen was born to Friedrich and Emma (Becker) Rothweiler on May 4, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA. She met her first husband, Ted Bluestein, while working at Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, CA. He predeceased her. They were married for 36 years and had four children, Julie (Dennis) Rioux of Peoria, AZ, Keith (Stacy) Bluestein of Springfield, VA, Nancy (Tom) Sullivan of Phoenix, AZ, and Mark (Jennifer) Bluestein of Haslet, TX, who survive her. Helen also has eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She retired from the Astronomy Department at the University of AZ in 1997 and married Donald Connelley of Indianapolis, IN. Helen was active in Oro Valley United Church serving for two years as Moderator. She was also active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sons of the American Revolution and was a member of the George Washington Society. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Desert Garden United Church, 18818 N. 128 Avenue, Sun City West, AZ 85375, or to the NLASAR (National Ladies Auxiliary Sons of the American Revolution), Attn: Sonia Mallar, Treasurer, 103 Essex Street, Bangor, ME 04401, or to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. A Celebration of Helen's Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at HERITAGE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ.
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MARKS, Barbara

90, passed away July 16, 2018. Barbara was a registered nurse and entered the Nurse Cadet Corp in World War II. She worked and also volunteered at Tucson Medical Center and felt TMC was a second home. Barbara was predeceased by husband, Lenny and son, Jeffrey. She is survived by daughter, Karen; brother, Mort (Pat) and loving nieces and nephew. Barbara was loving, smart, stubborn. She was blessed to have so many fabulous friends and relatives who helped her and loved her. No services are planned. Arrangements by OASIS CREMATION.
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KNUDSON, Roger Henry

86, born August 5, 1931, in Bismarck, ND, peacefully passed away July 8, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry "Hank" and Stella Knudson and sister, LaVonne Solberg. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia Knudson; children, Rodney Knudson and Shevon Frizzell; grandchildren, Michael, Mandy, Andrew and Lindsey. Roger served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years as a mechanic for the F86 and F100 jets, as crew chief for B-52's and senior sergeant for Titan II missiles. After serving for 23 years, he retired from the Air Force and began working as the head of the Transportation Dept. at Pima College. After retiring from the College, he spent his remaining years fishing, traveling, or working around the house and tinkering with everything that "needed tinkering". He will be greatly missed. Arrangements by NEPTUNE SOCIETY.
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