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AHLERS, Irene Delores, age 79, died February 3, 1999. Irene was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and was a resident of Tucson for the past 48 years. Survived by her husband of 50 years, John, Veteran 3rd Infantry Division US Army, Iron Worker Union Local #75; four children, Ken Ahlers (Donna) of Tucson, Andrea Wilson of Tucson, Berta Zimdars (Lan) of Minnesota and Kris Sader (Steve) of Maine; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Survived also by her sisters, Helen Starr of Pennsylvania and Marie Ronalli of Florida, many nieces and nephews and friends. Irene was active for many years in the Tucson Opera League. Her family will miss her. No services scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics.

Russell Milton Childs

37, of Marana, died February 3, 1999. An Arizona resident of 36 years, he had worked as a Registered Nurse at El Dorado Hospital and subed at other local Tucson hospitals for many years. Russell is survived by his sons, Anthony Wayne Childs and Ryan Russell Childs; stepson, Stephen O.C. Arrington; stepdaughter, Melissa Marie Arrington; parents, Rev. Wayne R. Childs and his wife, Joyce Navdeen Lindberg Provenzo Childs; sister, Brenda Navdeen Gorman; brother, Steven Wayne (Lisa) Childs; sister, Helen Joyce (Tom) Dempewolf; sister, Kathleen Lynn (Kyle) Dixon; six nieces and nephews. Funeral Services Monday at 12:00 p.m. Noon at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 2545 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 327-6341. Viewing for friends from 10:00 a.m. till service time on Monday. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

DISCO, Bernard H., of Tucson, AZ, went to be with the Lord February 5, 1999. He was born May 24, 1925 in Erie, PA. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donis; children, Anita, Mark, Ronald, Renee, Donene, Terrie, Catherine, Jennifer and Gregory and nine grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8650 N. Shannon Rd. at 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 8, 1999. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave.(@ Magee).

Agnes Selma Hauenstein

Age 91, passed away January 23, 1999at the Handmaker Home for the Aging in Tucson, AZ. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Edward and Eugene Hauenstein and her only niece, Carolyn J. James, Mesa, AZ. Born September 3, 1903 in Gallop, New Mexico, Ms. Hauenstein moved to Tucson in 1934, where she lived since. Ms. Hauenstein worked for the U.S. Justice Department for 42 years and received during her career numerous awards and citations, including a certificate for 35 years of government service presented by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. After her retirement from the Tucson U.S. Attorney’s office, Ms. Hauenstein traveled extensively throughout the world, including South America, Europe and the Middle East. She is survived byher great-nephews, Howard B. James III of Chicago, IL, Mark E. James of Atlanta, GA; her great-niece, Kimberly S. Lowande, Cape Coral, FL; sister-in-law, Ruth A. Hauenstein, Mesa, AZ, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Dahlquist of Garfield, KS; four great-grandnieces and several cousins. Funeral arrangements by Adair Funeral Home, Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Tucson Medical Center Hospice, 5301 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 would be greatly appreciated.

KITCHIN, Gerald C., 89, died February 4, 1999. Survived by son, Lee Kitchin; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Alice in 1995. Funeral Service will be held 3:00 p.m.Monday, February 8, 1999 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, an Aftercare Provider, 5801 E. Grant Rd. where friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial to follow in East Lawn Palms Mausoleum.

REGER, Juanita Mae, passed away February 4, 1999 while visiting family in Arizona. Preceded in death by husband, Verl Kent Reger. Mrs. Reger was born April 25th, 1917 in a railroad boxcar in the Cranberry Bogs of West Virginia. Married Verl Kent Reger October 4, 1936. Survived by daughters, Verleen Edel (Bill) and Brenda Reger, residing in Tombstone, Arizona; sons, Leonard Reger of Elfrida, Arizona and Lawerence Reger (Suzanne), Tucson, Arizona. Also survived by sister, Loretta Kasten of Buckhannon, WV; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Juanita was Arizona Mother of the Year in 1977. Served on Ecumenical Council of Churches. Founding member and Director of Handi-Camp Inc, a school for handicapped children at Tucson Church of the Brethren. Mrs. Reger also served on the Governor’s Commission on mental retardation and was the Audio-Visual Director for Arizona State Council of Churches. Long time resident of Tucson, Arizona and Tombstone, Arizona. In 1991 she returned to Buckhannon, West Virginia where she fulfilled a childhood dream by purchasing the Post Mansion, X Island Ave. After extensive renovations she reopened the home as a Bed and Breakfast. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kanawha Run United Methodist Church, Rt. 1 French Creek, West Virginia, 26218 or the Tucson Church of the Brethren, 2200N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85716. A Memorial Service will be held at The church of the Brethren on Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 3:00 p.m.

SONKIN, Frances, 77, of Tucson, died February 4, 1999. She is survived by daughter, Linda C. Kunsberg (Andrew); son, Bob Sonkin; and daughter, Judith H. Sonkin, all of Tucson; grandchildren, Rebecca M. Kunsberg, Sara D. Kunsberg; and sister, Rose Rudis (Joseph) of Tucson; one niece, six nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. Frances was devoted to her grandchildren, whom she greatly loved.Predeceased by husband, Isidore S. ”Sid” Sonkin, July 10, 1986. Mrs. Sonkin was an avid volunteer having spent 16 dedicated years volunteering at UMC, Casa De Los Ninos and the Veterans Hospital. She was a 47 year member of Congregation Anshei Israel. Service, Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EVERGREEN MORTUARY, with Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky and Cantor Ivor Lichterman officiating. Interment in the Congregation Anshei Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Frances Sonkin to either the American Cancer Society, 1636 N. Swan, Tucson 85712 or Casa De Los Ninos, 1101 N. 4th Ave., Tucson 85705. The family will receive friends at the home of Andrew and Linda Kunsberg immediately following the cemetery service.

STAGGERS, Virginia Erle, 78, died February 2, 1999. Survived by her husband, Darrell; daughter, Sherri Staggers and son, Tom (Linda) Staggers; grandchildren, Debbie (Mike) Brown, Danny and Donna Staggers; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Jacob Brown; sisters, La Wanda Laird and Betty Kay Van Boyel. Visitation will be Monday, February 8, 1999 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, an Aftercare Provider, 5801 E. Grant Rd. where Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 1999. Burial to follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Leader Dog School for the Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI 48308-5000. In Memory of Virginia Staggers.

TRUJILLO, Julieta, 83, of Tucson, passed away February 3, 1999. Survived by sisters, Emilia Duarte and Blanca (Alex) Hughes; brother, Romeo (Maria) Sotelo. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 8, 1999 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Tuesday, February 9, 1999, 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Julieta was a member of the Guadalupanas at St. Augustine’s Cathedral. She will be missed by all who knew her. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

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