BACKER, Marvin Allen, 47, passed away Saturday, November 28, 1998. He as born February 6, 1951 in El Paso, Texas and moved to Tucson 30 years ago. He is survived by his children, Misty and Shawn; grandchildren, Savannah Leanne and Justin Allen Berle; parents, Linden and Bonnie; sisters, Vera, Sharon, Linda, Donna and Berta. Marvin was a welder for Duval Mine for 17 years and most recently worked various metal working duties for Hoffman Steel. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Memorial Services will at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3 at the Church Christ, 145 N. Country Club Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to the American Heart Association, 5325 E. Pima, Tucson, AZ 85712. Arrangements by SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY.
CHARTOS, Effie, born March 9, 1920 in Kuttawa, Kentucky. Loving wife, mother, aunt and friend, died peacefully at TMC Hospice on November 30, 1998. She is survived by William, her husband of 46 years, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth. She worked for American Airlines in Washington, DC and Tucson. Effie was a member of the Shepherd Hills Garden Club, the Assistance League Craft Auxiliary, and several bridge clubs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Effie’s name to:TMC Foundation-Hospice Fund, 5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 in grateful appreciation for the comfort and care provided by all. Services will be held on Friday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 9252 East 22nd Street, Pastor Fred Wood officiating.
JUAN M. GALARZA
88, of Tucson, passed away November 28, 1998. Survived by wife, Caroline; daughters, Gloria (Andy) Duarte, Sylvia G. (Daniel) Ochoa and Cecilia (Cece) Martinez; sons, Luis and Robert (Bobby G.) Galarza; sisters, Maria Cecilia and Julia. Also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, December 4, 1998, 10:30 a.m. at St.Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. The saddest day in November 28, 1998, our beloved father and grandfather passed tobe with our Lord. He will always be aninspiration to his family. Our tears continue to fall, but you stay in our hearts each day. We love you, and miss you greatly. Love your family. The family suggest donations be made to the St. Augustine’s Maintenance Fund. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
GILLEN, Sadie E., 80, died November 28, 1998 in Sonoma, California. She is survived by brother-in-law, Francis ”Behny” Behn of Nazareth, Pennsylvania and lived recently with his sister, Lynn Lillis. Sadie was a member of Green Valley Community Church, Southern Star Chapter #71 OES in Green Valley, AZ and Ladies Oriental Shrine of N.A., Tucson, AZ. Graveside Services willbe held in Easton, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to Sabbar Children’sA Transportation Fund, Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716.
JONES, Charles Edward ”Chuck” Born May 12, 1942 and stayed with us only until November 25, 1998. Chuck was an avid race fan, hiker, enjoyed archaeology, gold panning, and jewelry making. He was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Surviving him are Billy (Nancy) Jones, and their daughter, Darla; Stephen (Kathie) Kovach, and their son, Joshua; Sandra and her children, Sandy, Don, Paula, Eddie; Raelene Jones and her children, Karen, Sharon, and Freddie.Chuck was always the first to offer a helping hand, support, and love to all. We will carry his humor, wit, laughter, kindness, and gentle nature with us forever! We will have our memorial ”picnic” on Sunday, December 6, 1998. Contact family members for details.
Ollie Mae Bennett Kaylor
Widow of Bascom S. Kaylor passed away in Tucson on Saturday, November 28, 1998. She was born in Waller, TX. on May 28, 1923 and moved to Tucson with her parents at an early age. She graduated from Tucson High with the Class of 1942. That class was unusual in that for many years until the present time, the class held a luncheon on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, which was in effect a monthly class reunion. Ollie Mae was one of the most active members of the class. After graduating in 1942, Ollie got a job with the Southern Arizona Bank, and later worked at the Assessor’s office in Tucson, and held other jobs with governmental agencies. Ollie’s parents predeceased her. Her closest relatives are cousins who live out of state. Ollie was loved by all who knew her. Friends may call Wednesday, December 2, 1998 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway). Graveside Services will be Thursday, December 3, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. in South Lawn Memorial Park, 5401 S. Park Ave. The family owned ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES handled arrangements.
Patricia Ann Power Keeley
Age 67, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away November 28, 1998. Survived by beloved husband, Thomas and six loving children, Kevin (Mona), Chris (Kathy), Jim (Theresa), Kit, Colleen (Mark) Thielen, Maureen (Mark) Vassberg and 11 grandchildren. Three brothers, Bill, David and Bob Power andsister, Gail Tarczali, all of Fairfield, Connecticut and sister, Jane Brady of Denver, Colorado, also survive. Mrs. Keeley was predeceased by her parents, Patrick and Catherine Power. Pat was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother and a dedicated nurse. Our hearts reside with her in heaven. Our entire family wishes to thank all the special caregivers associated with Carondelet Tucson Hospice. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1436 N. Campbell Avenue, Friday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. The family suggests that any memorials be sent to Carondelet Tucson Hospice, 1802 W. St. Mary’s Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745, in Patricia Keeley’s memory. Arrangements by family owned ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway)
MATZ, Thomas E., 81, of Tucson, died November 30, 1998. Longtime Tucson builder and businessman. Father of Mary T. Matz, Paula J. Donley, Virginia M. Jones, Judy A. Valenzuela, Patricia L. Campbell, Thomas M. Mazzocco; 11 grandchildren; brother of Edward G. Matz. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Thursday, December 3, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. Burial Holy Hope Cemetery. Visitation at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave. Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s or American Cancer Society.
MC DERMOTT, Albert J., 81, of Tucson, died Wednesday, November 25, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvera in 1997. He is survived by his children, Ann (Richard) Jordan of Farmersville, TX, Barbara (Gary) Beck of Tucson, Albert F. (Barbra) McDermott of Tuelake, CA; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 1998 at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd.Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY, an Aftercare Provider.
Elizabeth Massey Morse
74, died on November 24, 1998. She was born in Duncan, Oklahoma to James William Massey and Mary Roark Massey. In 1942, she married Ralph Skidmore (USAF) who died in 1953. She was married to Boyd Morse in 1959. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Skidmore DeGrassi; four grandchildren, Jan Elizabeth Norvelle, Dana Norvelle Bissonett, Thomas Norvelle, Jr., and Robin Laine DeGrassi; and her sister, Mary Ferrer. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Wilma Webber. She was active for many years in the Tucson tennis community. A Memorial Service will take place in late December; please call 886-7295 for information. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Healthy Seniors Program, c/o Carondelet Foundations, P.O. Box 13170, Tucson, AZ 85732; 721-3853.
Arrangements by ARIZONA MORTUARY.
JOHN CHARLES NEIL
Left this life gracefully on November29, 1998, to be with his father, Bob Neil, who preceded him. John suffered froma sudden cerebral hemorrhage. He wasattended at TMC by a multitude of family and friends and by the caring, sensitive staff. He was our hero, good friend, and he lifted us up; he was ”The Man.” He is survivedby his adoring family: wife, Peggy; daughter,Teresa Nowak (Jim); son, John Jr; grandchildren, James and Ellie Nowak; mother, Lucy; and brothers, Jim (Jan) and Tom (Trudi). John was very close to his extended family, Rocky and Amy Chandler, Art and Barbara Wiles, John and Marilyn Wiles; and he was a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews. John was born on March 7, 1949 in Lockport, NY. Tucson has been his home since 1963. John graduated from Catalina H.S. in 1967, and the University of Arizona in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration. He was an accomplished trumpet player; in high school, he held a first chair, All-State position for four years, and won a music scholarship to the UofA, where he played in the Arizona Marching and Symphonic Bands. John was a banker for 30 years beginning with Southern Arizona Bank and later as an Executive Vice-President at Arizona Bank. John held graduate degrees in banking and had been a banking educator at Pima Community College and the American Institute of Banking. His community associations spanned his career with Board positions at YMCA and Palo Verde Mental Health Services, as well as involvement with many other organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, Quarterback Club, VIP Breakfast Club, and Catalina Rotary. John was a great fan of UofA athletics. Those near him during games were aware of his huge enthusiasm. He was a patient coach to youth soccer, baseball and football teams for many years. John was a strong, natural athlete who loved to compete. He was talented in many sports. He loved a round of golf and was a former member of 49er’s County Club and Ventana Canyon Country Club. John was a happy and good soul with a generous and outgoing nature. He had high standards in work and play and embraced the gifts of life. He loved deeply, readily, and never missed an opportunity to show us. Family traditions dear to John were Friday night parties and annual beach reunions. His family was the most important facet of his life and his high school sweetheart, Peggy, will profoundly miss him. They just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church United Methodist at 655 N. Craycroft Rd. on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00p.m. John was posthumously awarded an Honorary Membership in the UofA Letterwinners’ Associations. With respect to John’s sportsmanship, a scholarship for UofA walk-on athletes has been created by the Arizona Foundation in John’s name.Donations may be made at any Arizona Bank location to the John C. Neil UofA Walk-On Athlete Scholarship Fund.
We miss you Johnny Angel.
Mary Guadalupe Ott (Mia)
84, passed away to meet her loving Lord on November 28, 1998. She was a member of a Tucson pioneer family. Her grandfather, Hylor Ott, was Pima County Sheriff from 1871-72. Ott Street was named after him and the street was once the entrance to the presidio of Tucson. Mia was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on May 12, 1914. Her father was a 30 year employee of Wells Fargo Transfer Company. At an early age, the family moved to Nogales, Arizona. In 1927, the family moved back to Tucson where the Ott family had lived since 1867. Mia graduated from Tucson High School in 1931 and the University of Arizona in 1935. As a teacher of 42 years in the Tucson Unified School District, she touched the lives of countless young people. Her teaching career took her to Borton Elementary School, Roskruge Junior High School, Tucson High School, Catalina High School and Sahuaro High School, where she retired in 1977 as head of the Modern Languages Department. She enjoyed traveling and studying in Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Japan. During World War II, her summers were spent working for the Southern Pacific Railroad preparing the wiring on outdoor switches. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Bonzai Association, the Rose Society, and the Catholic Daughters. She volunteered for years as a Spanish interpreter at the University Medical Center. In her late retirement years, she lived at Campana Del Rio and in her last months at Casa De Compania where the caring administration and staff helped her. Her family wishes to thank all those individuals who provided love and care to Mia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles H. and Maria Ott; her sister-in-law, Betty Ott; and her niece, Elizabeth (Bizi). She is survived by two brothers, Charles H. Ott III, and Frank E. Ott (Eleanor); and five nieces and nephews: Charles ”Chuck” H. Ott IV (Susan), children, Cicely, Quinto and Stephen; Mary Ellen Hardin (Larry), children, Jeremy, Joshua and Jonathan; Frank R. Ott (Kathy), children, Marie and Ross; Tricia Ginter (Pete),children, Kimberly and Seth; and Lisa Avramis (Tom), children, Alethea and Stefan. She is also survived by her relatives from Colima, Mexico-the Ceballos and Oldenbourg families, and Tucson, AZ. Mia will be remembered fondly by many Tucson residents whose lives have been enriched by having known her. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Cyril Church, Pima and Swan on Thursday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. In Memory of Mia, contributions may be made to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, The University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Association, St. Vincent De Paul Society, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by family owned ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
MICHAEL DENNIS PIERCE
It was November 28th, 1998, a little after 10:30 a.m. as the family and friends left UMC to head home. As we walked through the parking lot we noticed the weather was overcast, gray and cloudy with scattered raindrops and little breeze except for the long sweeping arms of our Lord as he lifted Michael Dennis Pierce across the desert floor and upwards into His loving arms.
Mike Pierce was a man who had a great zest for life and he accomplished many things during his 51 years. He owned Mike Pierce Insurance Agency; He was a semi-pro baseball player; a 1966 graduate of Rincon High School and attended the UofA. Through his last few years he competed in many body building contests and he won various titles, including the ”1998 over-40 Mr. Arizona” which was won after beingdiagnosed with terminal cancer. In hisfinal fight for life he never quit nordid he complain. A valiant warrior, the braveheart is survived by the family heloved more than anything.
Mike is survived by his wife of 30years, Georgia; their sons, Stephen, Benand Josh; mother, Mary Ruth Williams; sister, Mary Casper; brother-in-law, Charles Casper; niece, Bridget Casper; uncle and aunt, Tom and Meetees Donovan of St.Louis, MO; mother and father-in-law, Evelyn and Bill Sanderson.
For those who wish to pay their respects to Mike, the viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 4 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801E. Grant Rd. Funeral Service, 1:00 p.m.Saturday, December 5 at Pantano Christian Church, 10355 E. 29th St. at Houghton. Interment will follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Mike’s friends for their many cards and prayers. And a special thanks to Lee Johnson whom Mike regarded as a brother and who for five months selflessly and lovingly cared for Mike in his time of illness. Lee we love you and will forever be grateful to you.
RAMIREZ, Arthur O., 68, of Tucson, died November 30, 1998. Survived by wife, Elma; son, Carlos (Alma) Ramirez; daughter, Elodia Velasco, all of Tucson; brothers, John and Joe Ramirez of Modesto, CA, Roger Ramirez of El Paso, TX; and sister, Carmen Hutnut of San Jose, CA. Mr. Ramirez served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.Graveside Service, Thursday, 10:00 a.m.Evergreen Cemetery, with Pastor Lupe Rodriguez of Agape Christian Fellowship officiating. Friends may call Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. Memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes.
REED, Lois Mary, 78, died November 29, 1998. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
75, born October 12, 1923, went into the arms of the Lord November 28, 1998. Memories of her beautiful smile and kindness will be a comfort to all who have been blessed to know her. She is survived by her eternally devoted and loving husband of 49 years, Walter Siefert; her two loving and devoted daughters, Mary Napolez of Tucson and Kathy Hurt of Hawaii; her sons-in-law, Frank Napolez and Jon Hurd; her beloved grandchildren, Tanya and Tyler Oliver of Tucson, Brook and Gerald Hurd of Hawaii; and her beautiful great-grandchildren, Evan and Mahealani of Hawaii; her sister, Elsie Reed of OH; her brother, William Hale of FL; her loving nephew, Jay (Betty) Swanner of FL; and many loving supportive friends. We appreciate your prayers and thoughts of love and support. Private family services will be held Thursday, December 3. Memorial announcement will be forthcoming.
THRUSH, Clint W., 42, is with our Lord, November 24, 1998. Survived by his loving wife, Candace; mother, Barbara J.; father, Glenn ”Bill”; half sisters, Ginger (Mike) Thrush-Bircher and Lora (David) Thrush Yank; niece, Anna Mae Yank, numerous cousins and many loving supportive friends. He was employed by Burr-Brown. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 1998 at Community Church of the Foothills, 480 E. Ina Road, Scott Bolander officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, In memory of Clint Thrush, 2990 E. Northern Ave. Ste. #E100, Phoenix AZ 85028. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, an aftercare provider.
WALKER, Elsie Mae, 83, died November 26th, 1998. Elsie was born in Woodville, KY in 1915, the daughter of Marvin and Ellie Lyons. She came to Tucson over 40 years ago with her late husband, Dalton D. Walker, S/Sgt Sq.A 321st AAFBU. Elsie retired from Hughes Aircraft as an Inspector of Electronics after 20 years of devoted work. Elsie was a world traveler with her longtime companion Dr. William Miletich. She will be deeply missed by her dear cousins, Ora Mae and Jim Strong of Paducah, KY, her dear friends, Merle and Tom Covington and the MacFarland family of Tucson. The Pastor of Bethel Christian Church will hold a service at Woodville Cemetery in Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2nd, 1998. Roth’s Funeral Chapel of Paducah, KY. coordinated the service arrangements. Local arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
WALLACE, Stella C., 83, of Tucson, died December 1, 1998. Stella was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Army. She is survived by husband, Robert S. Wallace; daughter, Shirley (Dean) Bindenagel of Tempe; grandsons, Daniel and Scott Bindenagel; sisters, Annette Rzeznik and Helen Herbut both of NH. Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 4 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 E. Grant Rd.