NOTE: PAID OBITUARIES; MUGS OF BALLESTEROS AND COMITZ
BALLESTEROS, Socorro “Cora’ V. Ballesteros, 74, of Tucson, passed away December 22, 1995. Preceded in death by parents, Francisco and Refugio Valenzuela; and also her brothers and sisters, Henry Valenzuela, Eduardo Valenzuela, Rose Terrazas, Hortencia Perez, Mary Rodriguez. Survived by husband of 54 1/2 years, Antonio C. Ballesteros; daughter, Ana B. (Richard) Araujo; son, Jamie V. (Marina) Ballesteros; sister, Carmen (Vince) Taranto. Also survived by grandchildren, Christina (Mark) Garcia, Erika Ballesteros, Jaime Ballesteros Jr., Ana Araujo, Richard Michael Araujo; great-grandson, Matthew Ray Estrada. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 1995 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., with rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered at St. Augustine Cathedral Friday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers: Richard Michael Araujo, Jaime Ballesteros Jr., Bill Lopez, Tom Perez, Marco Rodriguez, David Ballesteros, Angel Ballesteros Jr., Diego Ballesteros Jr. Donations may be made to the Cathedral Maintenance Fund. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
COMITZ, Edward V. Comitz, age 70, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Christmas morning knowing the love of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Pauline; daughters, Margie Comitz Johnson (Tom) and Thea Comitz Meyer (Scott); son, Edward Comitz; granddaughter, Jennifer Johnson; and grandsons, Timmy Johnson, Geno Meyer and Bryan Meyer. In 1953, Ed moved with his family to Tucson, where he opened the Studebaker/Mercedes Benz dealership. He made numerous close friends and was incredibly dedicated to his family. In particular, Ed was known for his generosity and selfless spirit. Services to be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View Rd., Friday, December 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be sent to Arizona Cancer Center at UMC.
CRAWFORD, Arthur A., 84, died December 25, 1995. Survived by his daughter, Catherine Crawford of CA; and son, Thomas W. Crawford of Tucson. Mr. Crawford was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and former member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Memorial service 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 8051 E. Broadway with Rev. Lew Runion officiating. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
GALLEGO, Aurelia Perez, of Tucson passed away December 23, 1995. Preceded in death by her husband, Esteban F. Gallego. Survived by son, Steve A. (Carloina) Gallego; grandchildren, David Gallego, Lorena Gallego; sisters, Soledad Tarazon, Juanita (Alberto) Peyron, Mary (Frank) Spatafore, Angela (Armando) Peyron, Lupe, Micaela, Aurora Perez; brother, Miguel (Carmen) Perez. Also survived by numerous other relatives. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 1995 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass will be offered Friday at St. Augustine Cathedral at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
GILLESPIE, Phillip A., age 71, passed away December 17, 1995. Born November 12, 1924 in Meadow Grove, Nebraska. Thirteen year resident of Tucson. Survived by four daughters, Kathleen, LuAnn, Joan and Jean, and son Larry, all of Illinois, and son Kelly of Florida. Also survived by sisters Katherine, Ellen, Sr. Rose (Franciscan Order), Margaret, and brothers Tom, Frank, Charles, Leo, Robert, and by long-time friend Adeline Gilmore. Preceded in death by parents and one sister. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel, 215 S. Craycroft, Tucson on Wednesday, December 17, 1995 at 7 p.m.
GOOD, Mildred L., 81 of Tucson, died December 21, 1995. Survived by sons; Donald, James, Stanley; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren. Memorial service will be held 9:00 a.m., Thursday December 28 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd.
HENDRY, James E., 47, of St. David and formerly of Tucson, passed away December 23, 1995. Survived by son, Jason Hendry; daughter, Samantha Hendry, grandchildren, Aaron and Kyle Hendry, all of Leeds, England; father, Elmer J. Hendry and his wife Edith; mother, Linda N. Hendry; sister, Nancy Heckmaster of NE; grandparents, Nancy and Lynn Hodgson of Tucson. Visitation from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Ave. with Funeral Service and burial to follow.
JUAREZ, Manuel Roman, 17, a lifetime resident of Tucson, passed away December 23, 1995. Born February 11, 1978 in Tucson. Survived by his father, Manuel Juarez; mother, Matilda Soto; brothers, Fred and Rene Solano; uncles, Eddie (Lamar) Leyvas, Joe Luna, Albert (Belen) Soto; aunt, Sylvia Soto; uncles, Louie (Yvonne) Soto, Javier (Kim) Juarez; cousins, Roxanne and Eddie Leyvas; many family and friends also survive. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 28, 1995 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Ave. Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Hope.
KLOPP, Charles Frederick, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (Retired), age 75, died December 23, 1995. Survived by wife of 53 years, Geraldine; children, Charles F. (Rosey) Klopp, Jr. of North Branch, MN, Barbara E. (Jay) Parker of Silverdale, WA, and Marcia L. (Robert) Bassler of Springfield, VA; grandchildren, Amy Klopp Hall and Jessica Klopp of Stafford, VA, Nathan C. Klopp of N. Mankato, MN, Daniel J. Parker, Alison and Steven Bassler and twin great grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Hall; sister, June Luke of Riviera Beach, FL; and brother, Clarence R. (Edna) Klopp of Stuart, FL. Col. Klopp was born February 28, 1920 in Reading, PA, attended schools there, graduating from Reading High School in 1937. He entered the Army as a volunteer on December 11, 1941; served in WWII and Korea, receiving a Distinguished Service Medal from the Republic of Korea. Other assignments included Franco, Germany, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, California, and Kansas, completing 22 years of active duty and retiring at Ft. Huachuca in 1964. When he and his family settled in Tucson. Civil Service employee at Davis Monthan AFB Aircraft and Storage Facility until second retirement in 1982. Member Tucson Lodge No. 4 F&AM, Tucson Lodge of Perfection (Scottish Rite), Sabbar Shrine Temple and Legion of Honor. He enjoyed golf and bowling until he finally lost his long valiant struggle with pulmonary emphysema. At the decedent’s request there will be no local memorial service. Burial at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital, c/o Sabbar Shrine Temple of the American Lung Association. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
LAHTI, Elizabeth M., entered into peace in Tucson on December 23, 1995. Dearly beloved wife of, Paul T. Lahti M.D. of 51 years. Loving mother of, Ted, Carol, Christine, Jim, Cathi, Linda. Loving mother-in-law of, Thomas Schlamme, Lola Lahti and Mike Smith. Loving grandmother of, Wilson, Emma and Joe Schlamme and of Stephen, David and Cheryl Lahti. Loving sister of, Barbara Beech and Donald Tabar. She was born May 4, 1920 in Detroit, MI. She grew up in Lamont, MI. She attended Wayne State University and earned her R.N. Degree at Grace Hospital in Detroit where she graduated second in her class. Elizabeth had many talents. She was an award winning artist, a pilot, a surgical nurse and active member of P.E.O., a Philanthropic organization. But her greatest gift was her gift for loving. She was warm, generous and kind person who was loved by all who knew her. Throughout her life she was a great source of strength and inspiration to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed but her loving spirit will live on forever in the hearts of the many many people who’s lives she touched. Memorial service will be held this Saturday, December 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 5102 N. Craycroft. Services will also be held Torch Lake Bellaire, MI next summer. If desired in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Beaumont Hospital Foundation, 3601 W. 13th Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48012 or the Arizona Cancer Center UMC, 1501 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, 85724. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
LAYTON, Otis A., 73, of Tucson, passed away December 22, 1995. Survived by loving wife, Joan; children, Jeff (Susann) Layton, Larry (Trudy) Layton, Mary (Larry) Quihuis, Robert Hourscht, Muriel (Tim) Wieland, Marcia (Bill) Damewood, Randy (Hertha) Hourscht, and Rick (Loretta) Hourscht; and three brothers and two sisters. Also 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren survive. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 1995 at ARIZONA MORTUARY CHAPEL, 7 E. University Blvd.
MADERO, Billie Jean, 62, died December 25, 1995. Survived by husband, Frank Madero; sons, Kenneth Monday and David Madero; grandson, Raymond Monday and granddaughter Belinda Monday, all of Tucson. Mrs. Madero was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Gail Madero and her son, John Madero. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28 at BRING’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 29 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 801 N. Grande. Burial will be in Holy Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Madero’s name to P.A.C.T. for Life, 801 W. Congress, Tucson, 85745. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28 at BRING’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 236 S. Scott.
MARSH, John W., a long time resident of Tucson, died December 24, 1995 in Tucson. Services will be private. Arrangements by WOLFREY PEACE CHAPEL, 881-0338
NORIEGA, Monica Escarcega, 76, of Tucson born April 28, 1919 and passed away December 21, 1995. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Raul N. Noriega; son, Ricardo E. Noriega; daughters, Yolanda (Ramon) Bazurto, Monica (Al) Navarrete, Aida (Johnny) Sanchez; sisters, Juvencia Munoz, Chelsa Rodriguez of Pirtleville, AZ, Maria Valadez of Los Angeles, CA. Also survived by grandchildren, Ricardo Sanchez, Monica (Joe) Collins, Eliza (Mark) Sanchez, Lety Bazurto, Sonia Navarrete, Sabrina (Rene) Camacho, Johnny (Lupita) Sanchez, Carlos (Cindy) Sanchez, Ricardo Sanchez and the late Ramoncito N. Bazurto Jr.; great-grandchildren, Monique and Nicole Collins, Marco Sanchez Jr., Moniquita, Carlos Jr., Corina, Ana Lisa Sanchez, and Brianna Camacho. Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 27, 1995 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered Thursday December 26, 1995 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers: Mark Sanchez, Rene Camacho, Joe Collins, Ricardo Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez, Johnny Sanchez, Sr., Al Navarette, Roberto Munoz, Ramon Bazurto, Johnny Sanchez Jr. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
NORIEGA, Monica Escarcega, 76, of Tucson, born on April 18, 1919 and passed away December 21, 1995. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Raul N. Noriega; son, Ricardo E. Noriega; daughters, Yolanda (Ramon) Bazurto, Monica (Al) Navarrete, Aida (Johnny) Sanchez; sisters, Juvencia Munoz, Chelsa Rodriguez of Pirtleville, AZ, Maria Valadez of Los Angeles, CA. Also survived by grandchildren, Monica (Joe) Collins, Eliza (March) Sanchez, Lety Bazurto, Sonia Navarrete, Sabrina (Rene) Camacho, Johnny (Lupita) Sanchez, Carlos (Cindy) Sanchez, and the late Ramoncito N. Bazurto. Great-grandchildren, Monique and Nicole Collins, Marco Sanchez Jr., Moniquita, Carlos Jr., Corina, and Ana Lisa Sanchez and Brianna Camacho. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 1995 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave. with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered Thursday, December 28, 1995 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Paulbearers: Mark Sanchez, Rene Camacho, Joe Collins, Ricardo Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez, Johnny Sanchez Sr., Al Navarrete, Roberto Munoz, Ramon Bazurto, Johnny Sanchez Jr. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
PETER, Ruth Burtschy, 84, of Tucson, died December 23, 1995, leaving a legacy of love. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; her children, Charlyne and Larry; grandchildren, Kim, Shannon, and Kevin; and great-granddaughter, Ashley. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Rosella; brother, Jerome; son-in-law, Bob; daughter-in-law, Gayle, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters. Ruth was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and moved to Tucson in 1977. Mom will remain in our hearts as our model for unconditional love, playfulness, grace, dedication, strength, humility, and above all, her willingness to share herself fully with everyone she knew. A memorial mass will be offered on Friday, December 29, 1995 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cyrils Catholic Church. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway).
PORTER, Robert E., 69, of Tucson, died December 23, 1995. Husband of Barbara J. Porter; father of Mark A. and Christina Porter, all of Tucson; and seven grandchildren. Funeral Services Thursday, December 28, 1995 at 11:30 a.m. at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, with Father Gregory of Christ the King Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in Zanesville, Ohio. Visitation Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until Service Time at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., (888-1111).
SOLOMON, Charles C., 91, of Tucson, died December 25, 1995. Survived by stepdaughter, Gail Fafard of Tucson; stepgrandchildren, Breezen Jerome, Randy Oqua and Robin Stone, 2 stepgreat-grandchildren and 1 stepgreat-great-granddaughter; niece, Charlene Danvers of ID; nephew, Jack Solomon of Los Angeles, CA; stepnephew, Elmer Zackerson of Salt Lake City, UT. Predeceased by wife, Everin “Tee’ A. Solomon on March 25, 1993. Mr. Solomon was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Graveside services Thursday 1:00 p.m. Evergreen Cemetery, F.O.E. Aerie #180 section, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile.
SWEENEY, Daniel R., 69, of San Francisco, died December 21, 1995. Survived by brothers, John of Barstow, CA., Jerry of Tucson, dear friend Zoanne Nordstrom of CA; numerous nieces and nephews. Dan was a Stevedore and member of the ILWU. He sailed with the Merchant Marine during WWII and served in combat with the US army during the Korean War. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, with interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Services conducted by VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 2545 N. Tucson Blvd., (1 1/2 blocks North of Grant Rd) 327-6341
TAYLOR, Mary Jean, 61, of Tucson died December 22, 1995. She is survived by her children, Susan (Steve) King and Steven Taylor; mother, Ruth Johnson; and brother, Al (Sally) Johnson; and niece, Kim Johnson as well as many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her father, George Johnson. Mrs. Taylor was an accomplished artist and calligrapher and founding member of the Donkey and Mule Society. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The American Donkey and Mule Society, 2901 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201. Memorial services will be private. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY
UBBINGA, Anna, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Friend was promoted to Glory with the Lord on Saturday, December 23rd. Anna A. Petersen was born July 22, 1899 in Emden, Germany. She came to the United States at the age of 10 with her 12 year old brother, Jake, and younger sister, Pape, none of whom spoke English. She married John Janssen, who preceded her in death. Of this union, there were three children; Daughters, Betty Longest of Ft. Wayne, IN, Frances Janssen of South Bend, IN and son, Paul Janssen of Crawfordsville, IN. She later married Diedrich Ubbinga and they were blessed with three daughters, Tinie Dunbar of Brookston, IN, Wilma Lewellyn of New Richmond and Anna Wilson of Tucson. Upon their retirement as Indiana farmers in 1965, they moved to Corona De Tucson in 1966. Together they enjoyed golf, crafts and cultivating desert plants. After the death of Diedrich, she continued all her activities into her nineties. She will be missed and remembered by her family and friends by the beautiful crocheting and crewel pictures given them. She is survived by 14 grandchildren; seven grandsons, Roger Longest, Delmar Longest, David Janssen, Bryan Dunbar, Marvin Dunbar and Chris Lewellyn; seven granddaughters, Karen Zimmerman, Diane Kehoe, Debbie Zurawski, Donna Peyton, Evelyn Kurtz, Pamela Crowell, Denise Dunbar and Libby Lewellyn plus 27 great-grandchildren. Services pending in Indiana. A Tucson memorial service will be held in January. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Carondelet Hospice. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
WASHBURN, Ann Elizabeth, 90, resident of Tucson since 1941, passed away peacefully at home December 24, 1995. She was born July 7, 1905 in Lakeport, MI. She retired from El Paso Natural Gas in 1970 after 27 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Charlie R. Washburn. She is survived by son, Charles (Alice); grandsons, Steve (Iris), Scott (Melinda), Stuart (Christine); and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Craig, Matthew, Kalyn, Daniel, Alexander, Victoria, and Quinn (all of Tucson). Visitation will be Wednesday, December 27, 1995 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. Memorial service will be Thursday, December 28, 1995 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christ Church United Methodist Memorial Fund.
WILSON, Marcellus R. Wilson (Curly), 79, of Tucson, died December 22, 1995. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; children, Michael, Chris, Andrew, John and Trudie; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive as well as a brother, Lawrence. Mr. Wilson was a CBI World War II Veteran with the Army/Air Force. He was born in Woodstock, IL and resided in Elgin for many years before moving to Tucson in 1972. Memorial services will be held at HEATHER MORTUARY, 1040 N. Columbus Blvd., on Thursday, December 28, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. with Father O’Dell officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY.
YOCKEY, John “Jack’, was called home by God on December 25, 1995, after a long illness of pulmonary fibrosis and heart disease. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Deloris. They would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on January 28, 1996. He is survived by his loving daughter, Jacalyn Lynch and beloved grandchildren, Jennifer and John David. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Harwood Yockey. Jack was Plant Manager of American Pharmaseal in Massillon, OH and Tucson for a total of 27 years, retiring in 1986. He was a World War II veteran, who proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Christ Church United Methodist. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who never stopped trying to overcome his severe illnesses. He was a special man and will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 1995 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd., with Pastor Tom Kiracofe of Christ Church United Methodist officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chapel, one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.