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ABARCA, Saturina ”Nina”, born October 28, 1908 of Tanuato, Mexico, died in Orange, CA of natural causes on April 09, 1999. She was owner of Perfecto Bakery for 25 years and a Tucson Resident of 70 years. A Mass was held at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, CA on April 13, 1999. She is survived by sister, Sarah Varela; nephews, Chuck, Dick (Vicki), and Ron (Christy) Varela; nine grandnieces and nephews, and three great-grandnieces and nephews. A Chapel Service will be held on Thursday, April 15, 1999, 11:00 a.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave. Internment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

ALEXANDER, Clifton, J. M.D., 84 of Tucson, died April 12, 1999. He was a member of Congregation Young Israel, F.&A.M. #1009 Geba Lodge, Long Island, NY; American Medical Association; Arizona Medical Association; Former Medical Advisor for the Drug Addiction Program at Tucson Medical Center; co-author of ”How to Kick theHabit”, a guide to drug withdrawal. Survived by sister, Susan Alexander of Tucson.Services were held Tuesday in Congregation Young Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.

ARVAYO, JESUS C., 49, a 34 year resident of Tucson, passed away April 11, 1999. Born January 1, 1950 in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Mr. Arvayo is survived by his wife, Maria G. Arvayo; son, Jesus Arvayo, Jr.; daughters, Julie Arvayo (Orlando) Ramirez, Sagrario ”Galy” Arvayo and Aide T. Castillo; 3 grandchildren; father, Isidro Arvayo; 4 sisters and 1 brother. Pre-deceased by his mother, Hortencia C. Arvayo. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at South Lawn Mortuary, 5401 S. Park Avenue. Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m.. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Monica Catholic Church. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY, a certified aftercare provider.

CARSON, James Edward, loving husband, father, and grandfather, born November 21, 1933, said goodbye to us and left to take his place beside Mom and their angels on April 11, 1999. They continue to watch over us and all the children of the world. James is survived by son, Michael Carson; daughters, Karen (Ron) Tietje, Christine (Paul and daughter, Jamie) Turner, and Jamie (Ron) Albers; granddaughters, Jennifer Leigh Sloan, Alexandria Amanda Albers, Jordan Lee Albers, and Brooke Enrica Turner; and sister-in-law and friend, Wilma Salasovitz. A private service will be held at Green Valley Mortuary. Dad’s wish was that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Casa de los Ninos to help the children in our community.

D’ANTONIO, Thomas, 52, born May 10, 1946, in Jersey City, New Jersey, died Easter Monday, April 5, 1999 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tucson. Sonof Louis D’Antonio and the late Rachel (Amabile). He lived in Jersey City Bayonne and New York City prior to moving toTucson two years ago. Tom served in the United States Air Force during VietnamConflict. In civilian life he was for many years a professional photographer. Since coming to Tucson he had four local exhibitions of his work. He is survived by his father and by his sister, Valerie. Mass of the Resurrection and interment have taken place in Jersey City. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 16, at Pius X Church, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo at 7:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be directed to Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, 151 S. Tucson Blvd., 85716 or Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDSNetwork, 4625 E. River Road, 85718.

DOJAQUEZ, Alicia, 81 of Tucson, passed away on April 13, 1999. Survivors include her children, Martha Ofelia Guerrero, Eloisa D. Berrellez, Juanita Dojaquez, Rosalinda D. Contreras, Micaela E.D. Saenz, Carmen D. Curry, Leticia Dojaquez, Elizabeth D. Hill, 33 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jose De Jesus Beltran. Friends may call at Arizona Mortuary, an Aftercare provider, 7 E. University Blvd., Thursday, April 15, 1999 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be held at Holy Hope Cemetery, Friday, April 16, 1999 at 11:00 a.m.

Fay Diana Irwin nee Gurvitz

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana January 13, 1908; died Tucson, AZ April 12, 1999. Survived by her devoted daughter Rita Irwin Davidson and her loving son-in-law, Rob Davidson, plus many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Fay was predeceased by her adoring husband of 56 years, Al. Fay was a very independent, loving, caring, sweet person, who loved her family above all else. The best times of her life were spent with her parents Solomon and Ethel Gurvitz, Oscar and Arthur Gurvitz, and her soulmate sister, Violet Gurvitz-Widdes. Fay completed high school in three years. At the age of sixteen she began working as a bookkeeper at New York Life in Indianapolis. She did this to help support her family. This was not a sacrifice for Fay, it was a pleasure. She worshiped her immigrant parents and respected their heroic journey for freedom from Russia to the United States. Fay was one of the first women to drive a car in Indianapolis. She came to Tucson in 1946 to be close to her parents who moved here for health reasons. Fay helped so many people with their taxes and medical bills- family and friends, but she never turned anyone away. Fay was soft-spoken, reserved and sweet, however those who really knew her, knew her wonderful, witty sense of humor. All family members came to her with their problems and secrets, because they knew that she world never criticize or judge and that their secrets would go no further. Fay Irwin will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with her. But, we know that she is again with her dearest Al and her cherished family. Graveside Service, Wednesday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery Knights of Pythias section, with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron officiating. In lieu offlowers, the family requests that donations be made to Handmaker Jewish Family Services in Fay Irwin’s memory.

Jennie Ruth Kadous

a resident of Tucson for 25 years, died April 10, 1999. Born July 20, 1901 in Economy, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas K. Kadous; her parents Leonard and Susan Ann (Reed) Weitman and siblings. Having no children of her own, she was a loving aunt, ”mother”, and ”grandmother” to many nieces and nephews, some who have preceded her in death and many who survive her, of several generations. Her family homesteaded in Washington when she was very young. After her marriage to Mr. Kadous, she and her husband owned an insurance business in Tulelake, California. Upon retirement, they moved to Arizona. The passions of her life were her family and friends, her roses and fishing. Her warm smile, twinkling eyes and her love of life will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 1999 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway Blvd. Interment at East Lawn Cemetery for immediate family. Donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to Christ Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association, 5325 E. Pima, T/A 85712. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

KERR, Duard Dodds, 59, of Tucson, passed away April 9, 1999. Survived by dear friend, Esther L’Eperance of Tucson; former wife, Elaine Kerr of Tucson; sons, Geoffrey and Daniel; and daughter, Vicki Kerr, all of Tucson; brothers, Donald of AR and Elton of Tucson; grandchildren, Jennie Curcio, Brittany and Brianne Kerr and Spence Marcroft. Memorial Services Saturday, April 17, 1999, 10:00 a.m., at EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1636 N. Swan Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712 or The Kidney Foundation, 4019 N. 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

MEINKE, Marion, 87, of Tucson, passed away Monday, April 12, 1999. Survived by son, Dan (Toni) of Tucson; daughter, Audrey (Paul) Swetman of Albuquerque, NM.; grandchildren, Ken and Rob Cole of MI; brother, Hubert (Betty) Stephenson of Sterling Heights, MI. Preceded in death by husband, Herman; and son, David Cole. Memorial service 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 15,1999 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd., an aftercare provider. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Molly Ann Ormsbee-Morales

Born February 25, 1966 in St. Joseph, Missouri and lost her long 5 year courageous battle with cancer, April 11, 1999, at home surrounded by those who loved her.

Molly’s outlook on life, her wonderful sense of humor and her faith gave her the ability to meet obstacles and overcome them time and time again, was truly seen andreflected to all who knew and loved her.

She leaves her beloved son, Michael Guillen, age 14; her loving and devoted companion in life, Jesse Morales; her parents Rev. Eugene and Beverly Ormsbee; her sisters, Teresa (Max) Gill of Indianapolis and Sharon Kay Cataldo; her brother,Howard Ormsbee, of Connecticut; her aunts, Barbara Gibson, of Tucson, Betty (Steve) Boner of Indiana, Karen (Larry) Etzler and Lynette Ragar in Amazonia, MO; and a dear friend, Melissa Gee. She was preceded in death by her sister, Beverly Ann 1992.

Special thanks for the love and support shown to Molly by her friends, relatives, Boulevard/Calvary/Victory Church family,and the Tucson Network of Medical Transcriptionists who showed their care and support in so many varied and beautiful ways. Her mother-in-law, Elisa Guillen, doctors and staff who were personally involved with Molly and the tender and supportive care by Carondelet Hospice staff and home hospice team given to Molly and to ”Redflower”, Molly’s devoted Hospice Volunteer.

Funeral Service 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 16, 1999 at Bring’s Broadway Chapel with Dr. John Brackin officiating. Friends may call from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,Thursday, April 15 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway

Andrea Pacheco

57, of Tucson passed away April 7, 1999. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe H. Pacheco and daughter, Georgeanna Leon. She is survived by her daughters, Josie Carrillo, Gale Torres and Ramona (Miguel) Garcia; sons, Joe, Henry B. and Benny B. Pacheco; sisters, Vivian Baca and Nedra Velasquez; brothers, Frank and Andy Chavez, Sammy, Jose, Encarnation and Frank Baca; also survived by 19 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, 1999, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Family’s Home, 5802 S. Ray Strav., with Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass will be offered Friday 11:00 a.m., St. Monica’s Church, 212 W. Medina. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

PATANIA, Carmelo P. ”Pat” 97, longtime resident of Tucson died March 24, 1999. Survived by his daughter, Mary Patania; sisters, Carmela DeLuca, Rosina Calandra and Rosalie (Joseph) Arbitablio; sister-in-law, Sadie ”Rose” Patania; nephew, Frank ”Pancho” Patania, Jr.; niece, Sylvia Claffey and Joan Wheeler; grandnephew, Sam Patania. Carmelo, a noted silversmith, along with his brother, Frank operated the ”Thunderbird Shop” in Tucson and Santa Fe, NM for many years. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 15, 1999 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee. Contributions may be made to S.S. Peter and Paul School for the Adopt a Student Program in memory of Mr. Patania. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, an aftercare provider.


wan born April 23, 1898 in Wallace, Missouri, the daughter of a railroad conductor and the eldest of 10 children, She attended school through seventh grade and then went to work in a shirt factory. She remained an avid reader, prolific correspondent, excellent seamstress and accomplished musician throughout her life. She married Paul Rittman, the boy across the street, in 1919. Her daughter Phyllis Ann was the first Caesarean birth in St. Joseph, MO., where both mother and child survived. In 1942, Elsie, Paul and Phyllis Ann set out for Phoenix, AZ, their belongings packed into a’39 2-door Chevy sedan. Paul, a baker, had been transferred to the Phoenix Rainbow Bakery plant. The family moved to Tucson in 1944. Elsie played a major role in the rearing and education of her four granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren. In her younger days, she was active in the Golden Age Club at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church, she did volunteer work for the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons until she was 99, and she was a Friend of the Teton County Library. She died peacefully in her sleep at home on March 4, 1999 at age 100. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Paul, son Paul, Jr., granddaughter Sandra Orient and beloved sister Mary Philbrick. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Phyllis Ann and William Orient of Tucson; her baby sister Norma Jane Chumbley, of Mesa; granddaughters, Dr. Jane Orient, Susan (Ken) Edmiston and Ruth (Jeff) Stensrud of Tucson, and Betsy (Joe) Bernfeld of Wilson, WY; great-grandchildren Paul (Sheryl) of Wooster, OH, Jonathan (Heidi) Edmiston of Phoenix, Eve Bernfeld of New York City, Jeremy, Noah, Emily and William Snavely of Tucson; and her family at the Parker Adult Care Home. A rosary was said for Elsie March 13 at the home of Jon Edmiston, an Irish Wake was held March 14 at home of Ruth Stensrud, and a memorial Mass was celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day at Our Lady of the Mountains Church inJackson Hole, WY. Memorials may be sent in Elsie’s name to the Tucson Boys Chorus, 5770 E. Pima, 85712; American Assoc. of Physicians and Surgeons, 1601 N. Tucson Blvd, Suite 9, 85712; or the Teton County Library Foundation, Box 1629, Jackson, WY 83001.

Rogelio (Roy) Ronquillo Romero

Born June 11, 1927 to Alfredo and Juanita Romero (deceased). Went to be with the Lord on April 11, 1999. Roy served his country in WWII and received an Honorable Discharge in 1952. He is also preceded in death bysister Amelia Granillo and brother Rudy Romero. He is survived by brothers, Adolfo R. Serreno, Ernesto Romero, Roberto Romero and sister Beatriz R. Gastello. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. We will all miss you very much! We Love You! A rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 1999. Followed by an all night vigil at Santa Rosa de Lima Church, 2015 N. Calle Central. Old Pascua Village. A mass will be at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 1999. Interment will follow at Ft. Lowell Cemetery.

VOORHEES, Mary Elizabeth (”Betty”), died at home on April 9, 1999 at 92 years of age. She was born in Brunswick, MD. to Ralph Eugene long and Helen Alberta Carey Long. Pre-deceased by five brothers and three sisters, she is survived by her husband of 71 years, Harold Leroy Voorhees; daughters, Marguerite L. Weirich of Tucson, Karen Louise Bell (Daniel Jr.) of Chino, CA, Jimette K. Baker of Tucson; grandchildren, Marti L. Lorenzen (C. David) of Phoenix, AZ, Dawn Bell of Moore, SC, Daniel Bell III (Lynn) of Westminster, CA, Deborah Everly (Paul) of Roseville, MI, Carey E. Baker of Tucson; 3 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one sister, Beatrice Long St. Pierre of Tucson.

A resident of Tucson since 1966 prior to her illness Betty was an avid golfer and club champion for many years of both Rolling Hills CC and Dorado CC.

A requiem mass is scheduled 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 1999 at St. Francis de Sales Church, 1375 S. Camino Seco, Tucson. Private burial at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY


left her friends on this earth on April 9, 1999 to join her beloved husband, Berrien. Dell was born in Onekema, Michigan on March 25th, 1913. She leaves behind her nephew, Jon Dittmer and his wife, Patty; cousins, Grace Rowe, Helen Simpson, James Merriman, Helen Perry, Marilynn Olson and Betty Kunzer; her friends, Lavonne Hays, Tonita Dellinger, Mike Murray, Doris Clark, Eduardo Baca, Pete Cajonis, Melton Burr, Robert Murray, Carol Severyn, Rick Amos and others to numerous to mention. We all know that Dell is happy to have finally joined her husband, Berrien, the love of her life, who passed away on September 20, 1958. Early in life Dell worked in the hotel industry and for several decades had been a real estate investor. She will be remembered by many for her kindness and generosity in helping them to get started in life and to save their homes. All of us will remember her in ”Dell’s Paradise”, where she lay under the tree in her front yard and marveled at her beautiful flowers and many birds.

Don’t grieve for me now. I’m free

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard him call,

I turned by back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to play.

Tasks undone must stay that way,

I found peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Oh yes these things I too will miss.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now – he set me free.

Dell, it broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of us went with you. God has called you home but you will always remain with us. You were the finest of persons and we were all blessed to have known you. You have left ”Dell’s Paradise” but have entered yet a better one. A celebration of Dell’s life will occur at Bring’s Memorial Chapel, 236 S. Scott on Thursday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. followed by a gathering of friends and relatives at the home of Robert Murray and Carol Severyn.

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