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BAKER, Patsy B., of Tucson, Arizona and Crosslake, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 in her home in Tucson, Arizona. She was born January 20, 1938 in Horton, Kansas, lived several years in Casper, Wyoming and Minneapolis, Minnesota before settling in Tucson in 1967. She is survived by two brothers; two sisters; nine nephews; eight nieces; and many dear friends.

A memorial service celebrating Patsy’s sassy, gentle spirit will be held at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Her final resting place will be in Crosslake, Minnesota where she intended to spend her summers. In lieu of flowers her family prefers that memorial donations be made to the Central Lakes Minnesota Youth Hockey Association in C/O Karen Christofferson, 15114 Wolf Trail, Crosslake, MN 56442. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st. Ave., Tucson, Arizona.

Charles Beckman

born November 2, 1909, passed away February 24, 2002. Lt. Col. Beckman served with distinction in the Pacific Theater during WWII, had a successful Business career in New York and became a resident of Tucson in 1971. He was preceded in death by Irene M. Beckman, his wife of 68 years, and is survived by a son, Charles Edward; a daughter, Diane (Fusco); five grand- children; and four great-grandchildren. His sister, Anne, who resides in Calif- ornia, the the last survivor of his fourteen siblings. During his last years he was active in the Garden District Neighborhood Association, and was a member of the Tucson Jewish Com- munity Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amer- ican Lung Association.

BETTERS, Calvin, age 72, of Tucson, passed away February 24, 2002. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2002 at the Greater South Park Church of God in Christ, 2419 S. Park with Pastor Elder Rayford Strong. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

BUCKNUM, Alice Faller ”Bunne”, 91, of Green Valley, AZ, passed away February 17, 2002. Survived by husband, Gilbert H. Bucknum; two daughters, Sue Bucknum of Denver, CO and Barrie Gonzalez-Bucknum of Ashland, OR; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Memorial donations in Alice’s memory may be made to TMC Hospice.

CALDWELL, Evelyn Kamys, age 77, born January 26, 1925, died Friday, February 22, 2002 in Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Caldwell was the daughter of Joseph and Martha Kamys and the widow of John W. Caldwell. She is survived by her sister, LaVerne Hodges and brother-in-law, Everett Hodges.

Mrs. Caldwell was employed by Northwestern University bookstore and Dental School in Chicago, Illinois for 47 years and was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Chicago, Illinois for many years.

Visitation will be held at Klemundt Funeral Home, 3313 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2002. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2002 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3817 N. Chrristiana Ave., Chicago, IL, followed by interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery, 6800 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

FELT, Millicent T., 78, of Tucson, passed away February 23, 2002. Preceded in death by husband, Sheldon H. Felt. Survived by children, Sheldon Lee Felt, Sharon Leah Valenzuela, Shirley Lynn Beightol, Terry Leigh Jensen and Keith Douglas Felt; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Mignonette Harthan and Doris Sunquist. She was a Navy veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion and VFW. Funeral service 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2002 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd. Burial follows in East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the mortuary.

FISCHER, Leonard H., 83, of Tucson, AZ, died Tuesday, February 19, 2002. Survived by former wife, Lorraine A. Fischer; son, Karl Fischer; and daughter, Linda Dills (Walt). Mr. Fischer was a retired Army Major of 24 years. Decorated military service during WWII and Korean War. Received Silver Star (French Cross of War) and Bronze Star. He enjoyed fishing and carpentry. Private services. Arrangements by MOUNTAIN SHADOWS FUNERAL HOME, 5225 E. Speedway.

Burton S. Gavitt

was graciously invited to the immediate presence of His Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on February 25, 2002. He is survived by his children, Paul H., Marian Lumpkin (Larry), and Edwin C. Gavitt. Also his grandchildren, Taylor, Jennifer Fulton, Amy, and Philip Lumpkin. Also three great-grandchildren! Burton was born December 26, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Harry C. and Gertrude H. Gavitt. Adventurously attending summer school in Mexico City in the late 1930′s, his inestimable blessing was to meet the love of his life, Elisabeth Ramos de Castro. They were married December 25, 1946 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. During WWII he served with distinction in the United States Army, was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals as a medic aiding wounded soldiers under fire though wounded himself. After the war and upon achieving the Master of Arts degree from the Univer- sity of Michigan (Romance Languages), the family moved to Tucson in 1950, where Burton taught Spanish at the University of Arizona. Subsequently moving the family to Phoenix, he taught at Grand Canyon College for several years. In 1961, he brought the family back from the Phoenix ”Wilderness” to the Tucson ”Promised Land”. The rest of his teaching carer was invested with Amphitheater and Canyon del Oro High Schools. He was a faithful member of First Southern Baptist Church for over forty years. He devoted his retirement years in service to others, first as a docent for the Tucson Museum of Art and later as a volunteer translator for University Medical Center. His great joy was to serve the neighborhoods of Pueblo Gardens and Nogales, Sonora. He, with his dear friends, Ed Cain, Marvin Geider and others, distributed Christian literature and led MANY to faith in the Lord Jesus as their very own personal saviour.

Visitation will be Friday, March 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 E. Grant Rd. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 445 East Speedway Blvd., followed by a brief interment service at East Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts might be directed to the superb folks at TMC Hospice, 5301 E. Grant, Tucson, 85712.

HOBBS, Thomas R., 83, of Tucson, passed away February 25, 2002. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mabel C. Hobbs. Survived by Walter R. Downs, Marvin (J. Winona) Downs and Faye McKinney. Numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY, Saturday, March 2, 2002, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Funeral at 10:00 a.m., with burial to follow. Services entrusted to SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY.

KNIGHT, Judith Washichek, age 56, passed on peacefully in her home on February 21, 2002. She was a vibrant, independent, mystical woman given to laugh and dance on whim, and who deeply touched many people in her life. She was born April 3, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama, and made Tucson her home in 1980. Judy was a special person. She embraced eccentricity, and with the utmost courage met and accepted everything life set before her.

Surviving her are one son, Sam G. Knight; sister, Margaret Louise Mercer; brothers, Robert Joseph Washichek and Phillip Charles Washichek; and many wonderful friends.

Memorial services and a gathering will be held Saturday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a favorite charity. Any correspondence to family or friends should be mailed to Sam G. Knight, PO Box 128284, Nashville, TN 37212. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

MEINDL, Norma Y. was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 15, 1921. She died February 22, 2002. She married Edwin Meindl on January 4, 1942. She was preceded in death by her husband ”Ed”; her parents, Margaret and John Young; two brothers, John and Armand Young; her sister, Dorothy Stockham. She is survived by her nieces, Sherry Ann Joy of Arlington, VA and Mary Jo (Frank) McClure of Tucson, AZ; and five great-nieces. Norma was an employee in the Pima County Recorder’s office and held the position of Chief Deputy before her retirement. She retired on February 1, 1981, after many years. A Memorial Service will be held March 6, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to any Veteran’s Organizations, the Salvation Army, or the Charity of your choice.

Chan Yuet Ngor

89, of Tucson, died February 26, 2002. She was born in China, and migrated to the U.S. in 1971. She took great joy being with her family, sharing stories and working in her garden. Preceded in death by husband, Vi Hing Yee and son-in-law, Wing Yuen Gee. She will be greatly missed by her son, Kwok Sun (Lana) Yu; her daughter, Lei Jing Gee; grandchildren, Ka Chun Yu, Daniel Yu, Charlie YuFoon Yee, Teresa (Shu Fan) Chan, Kinlen (Vivian) Gee and Karolyn Gee; great-grandchildren, Megan, Karen, Maisie, Melinda and Andy. Service, Saturday, March 2, 2002, 2:00 p.m. EVERGREEN MORTUARY, with Rev. Joe Chan officiating. Visitation Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, N. Oracle and W. Miracle Mile.

Gwen Ruge Port

A resident of Tucson, Gwen passed away on February 24, 2002. Gwen was born on June 22, 1918 in Seattle, Washington to Edward C. Ruge, M.D. and Gwendolyn Geary Ruge. Gwen was the beloved wife of Algerd N. Port for over 60 years. Gwen and Al moved to Tucson from Los Angeles, California in 1953. Gwen and Al were blessed with a close family of two sons, Laurence E. Port (Vivien) and Randall R. Port (Robin); four grandchildren, Randena Port Darpli (Aaron), Edward Port (Becky), Randall R. Port, Jr. and Colin M. Port; and two great-grandsons, Jacob and Ryan Port.

Gwen attended the University of Washington ins Seattle where she pledged Gamma Phi Beta. Later Gwen attended the Charette School of Fashion Design and Art Center in Los Angeles. During WWII, she worked as an aircraft riveter at Douglas Aircraft in the Santa Monica, California plant.

Gwen was active in the Tucson real estate community for nearly 35 years, working as an agent, broker and associate broker. Most of those years were dedicated to promoting Realtors at local, state and national levels. She held many offices with various Realtor organizations and received many honors and awards during her dedicated career. Gwen helped the Women’s Council of Realtors start ”Casa de los Ninos”. Despite her efforts for Realtors and her clients, she never forgot or neglected her loving family.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 North Thornydale Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carondelet Hospice Services or The Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Arizona Region. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

TELLEZ, Arnulfo “Chacho”, 67, of Tucson, went to be with our Lord on February 25, 2002. Arnulfo was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Bernarda Tellez and seven of his siblings. His survivors include daughter, Gina (Sean) McKee; and grandson, Kyle Tellez-Roche; sisters, Lydia Valdez, Mary (Art) Pallanes, Mercy (Jesus) Burruel, Grace (Angel) Alegria, Linda (Mike) Alegria; and a dear friend, Elaine Wright and her family. Also numerous extended family members and friends. Arnulfo served in the Korean War with the US Marine Corps. He was a talented horseman and an avid roper who will be sorely missed by his ”Roping Compadres”" at the arena. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ”Dad, we love you!!!!”

Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, 2002 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with rosary at 7:00 p.m. at MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS. Mass will be offered on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose. Interment will follow at a later date. Arrangements by MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS, 2580 S. 6th Ave.


Elizabeth Gavitt, M.D.

With tender love we remember our mother who went to heaven almost six years ago on March 10, 1996. We also rejoice in the assurance that our father, Burton S. Gavitt, who passed away this February 25th, has joined her there. He has received eternal life in heaven as the sure gift of God on the basis of his faith in their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul H., Edwin C. Gavitt and Marian Gavitt Lumpkin.

Roy Andrew Johnson, Jr.

August 19, 1936 – February 28, 1995

Cherished husband, father, son, brother, friend. Consummate musician. Time diminishes neither love nor grief for love is stronger than death.

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