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CHU, Tze-Shar, know affectionately as ”May” by family and friends. Died March 11, 2002. Born in Ngoot San, Kwangtung, China. Educated in Canton and Nanking, China. Personal secretary for Mrs. Chang Fat Kwei and tutor for General and Mrs. Chang’s children. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1946. Lived briefly in San Francisco before settling in Tucson in 1948. May and her husband, Buck Sam, operated Standard Market at 901 W. Congress before moving to Marana, where they operated Village Market and started started Sam Chu Farms in the early 1950′s. She was actively involved in the Chinese and local community and always enjoyed the social gatherings. Tze-Shar was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by her family and all those whose lives she touched. Predeceased by husband, Buck Sam, daughter, Sok Ping; son, Sherman and brother, Kwang Chung Tom. Survived by daughters, Susan Ong, Shirley (Dennis) Fong, Sharon (Jeffrey) Tom; son, Sherwin (Linda); grandchildren, Brian and Shannon Ong, D. Richard, Cecily, Tammy and Tyler Fong and Donovan and Colton Tom; great-granddaughter, Carissa Fong; sister, Yee Har Tom (Wing Yip, deceased) Chu; brother, Youe Foo (Janet) Hum; sister-in-law, Lo Yin Har Tom; and numerous nieces and nephews. Chapel service, Saturday, March 16, 2002, 2:00 p.m. EVERGREEN MORTUARY, with Rev. Joe Chan of the Tucson Chinese Baptist Church officiating. Interment to follow Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, March 15, 2002 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucson Chinese Senior Citizens, Tucson Chinese Association or to the Tucson Chinese Baptist Church.

DIMMETT, Richard W., 86, died March 8, 2002. Survived by wife, Lois Dimmett; son, Larry (Lynda) Dimmett; two daughters, Grace (Clyde) Nelson and Diane (Bill) Kniffin; step-daughter, Barbara Stropko; step-son, Bruce (Sharla) Klewer; twin sister, Ruth Heaton; brother, Edward (Elizabeth) Dimmett; sister, Shirley (Lee) Edens; sixteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army Congregate Meal Program, 1001 N. Richey, Tucson, AZ 85716.

Pantaleon ”Leon” Marciano

Fernandez Garces

Age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones in San Francisco, Saturday, March 9, 2002. His wife of sixty years, Ina Rachel Mattila Garces, was at his side. He was preceded in death by son, Victor Garces and is survived by daughters, Selina Garces of Tucson, Carmen Elsner of Phoenix and Marsha Williams of San Francisco; sons-in-law, James Fein, Richard Elsner and Robin Williams; daughter-in-law, Priscilla Garces of Fox Point; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Born July 27, 1909 in Ubay, Bohol, Philippines, he immigrated to the United States in 1929, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then chose Milwaukee as his home where he devoted himself to family, friends, and his work as a chef. During the last twenty-five years of his life, he enjoyed retirement close to family in Phoenix and San Francisco.

A private memorial service took place Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Saint Monica’s Catholic Church, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Mr. Garces’ name to UC Regents, Cardiovascular Research Fund by calling (415) 476-1157.

GARCIA, Miguel ”Mike”, Jr., 68, passed away suddenly on February 27, 2002, formerly of Chicago, IL, longtime resident of Tucson, AZ, he was born April 14, 1934 in San Antonio, TX. Fond companion of Bonnie Pierce; father of Cheryl (Tom) McGovern, Lawrence Garcia, Marie (the late John) Negrette, and Deborah (Curtis) Brown. Grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of one. Fond brother of Martha (Frank) Valdez, Rudolph (Madalina) Garcia, and Juanasara Ryder. Preceded in death by beloved and devoted son, Daniel (Sue) Garcia. Interment with honors 12:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

Mary Jo Heindel

of Tucson, Arizona. Born on March 9, 1937 and passed away on March 7, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Louis D. Heindel; her children, Dean and his wife Sonia and Heidi (Heindel) Wilson; and by one grandchild, Jonathan Wilson. Born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1937, she moved to Tucson in 1944 with her parents, Minnie and Joseph Hagan, where she fell in love with the Old Pueblo. She attended Sam Hughes School, Tucson High School and the University of Arizona where she studied Music, primarily the piano and pipe organ, in which she excelled. She played at Catalina Methodist Church for 16 years, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for 10 years, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and also playing for the Arizona Repertoire Choir’s 1985 tour of Europe. She enjoyed her membership in the American Guild of Organists, and was also a member of the Eastern Star Woman’s Group, including SALOC (Southern Arizona Light Opera Company), and played for countless weddings and funerals in the Tucson area. She volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service and other groups. She will be sorely missed by her family and extensive number of friends. Memorial Services will be held at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. on Monday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. (@ Magee).

JOHNSTON, Donna Juanita, 88, of Tucson, born November 8, 1913 in Parker Prairie, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2002. She attended schools in Granite Falls and Monroe, Washington, coming to Tucson in 1956. Donna has been a faithful Rebekah for more than 50 years. She is survived by her daughter, Margo; son, Richard; and two grandsons, all in the Seattle area. No services are planned. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

Mary M. Leon

74, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away March 12, 2002. Preceded in death by son, Leo Olguin; granddaughter, Ofelia Olguin. Survived by husband, Daniel Leon; mother, Jessie M. Munoz; daughters, Jessie (Richard) Alvarez, Rosie Camacho, Patricia (Sonny) Benavidez, Donna (George) Leon and Bernadette Martinez; sisters, Yolanda (Carlos) Daboudoub and Gloria (Manny) Valenzuela; brothers, Pancho (Dora) Munoz, Gilbert (Linda) Munoz and George Munoz; grandchildren, Teresa, Stephanie, Sonny, Vince, Mary, Monique, Tony, Danielle, Yvette and Leo Jr. Also survived by numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. You will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten… Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Monday, March 18, 2002, 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY.

LEVY, Barbara, age 70. Born 1932 in North Wilkesboro, NC; died peacefully on March 12, 2002, in Los Osos, CA. Bobby moved to Tucson in 1944, graduated Tucson High School class of 1951 and then attended the University of Arizona. In 1953, she married James Levy, a native Tucsonan and descendant of a long time Arizona family. They resided in Tucson until 1969 when they moved to San Ramon, CA and then, one year ago, to Los Osos, CA. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, James; son, Mark Levy; daughter, Erin Levy, all of Los Osos; son, Steven Levy (Cathy) and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Jessica Levy of Chesapeake, VA. Also, her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Levy Rosenfeld; brother-in-law, Howard Rosenfeld; nieces and nephews, all of Tucson; a niece and great nephew in Los Angeles. She is also survived by an aunt and cousin in North Wilkesboro. At her request, there will be no formal services.

MILLER, Geraldine L. (Gerrie), Born in Buffalo, NY July 13, 1929, died March 11, 2002 in Sierra Vista after a long struggle with cancer. Preceded in death by her loving husband, James I. (Jim) Miller and brother, Williston (Bill) Jones. Survived by sisters, Dorothy (Dee) Murray of Tucson and Gertrude (Gert) Maxted of CA; her children, Tracy (Ralph) Warren and Jeff Miller; and her grandchildren, Stephanie and Craig Warren. No services will be held. The family suggests donations be made in Gerrie’s name to the American Cancer Society of Tucson. Gerrie was dearly loved and will forever live on in our hearts and in our memories.

Alice Kingman Miranda


70, passed away March 10, 2002 at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by her husband, Elizardo ”Joker” Miranda; parents, Arthur M. and Alicia R. Kingman; and brothers Art ”Butter” Kingman and Humberto ”Chino” Kingman. Survived by son, Elizardo ”Chuco” Miranda; daughters, Leticia ”Lettie” Rodriguez and Lorraine (Armando) Castro; granddaughters, Elizabeth ”Lisa” (Alfred) Ibarra and Celina Castro; great-grandchildren, Miranda-Lorraine Ibarra and ArmandoGabriel Ibarra, all of Tucson; sisters, Cathie (Felix) Macias, Belia ”Pinky” (John) Bartlett, Virginia Lugo, all of Tucson, and Angelina (Don) Updike of Sierra Vista. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and godchildren. She was a loving mom, nana, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rosary will be recited Saturday, March 16, 2002, 2:00 p.m. followed by Memorial Mass at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Cruz Church, 1220 S. 6th Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Santa Cruz Church or Casa de los Ninos.

Clark Sloat

Born in Peekskill, NY to William T. and Anna (Esler) Sloat. Passed away peacefully at home March 12, 2002, in his 90th year, with his family by his side. Survived by wife, Fern; stepchildren, John (Debbie) Schmidt and Judy Richber; brother, John; and sister, Carolyn Kacmer; seven nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters, Marcella and Helen; brothers, Charles and William. Clark was a member of the Army National Guard and served in WWII as an Army Major. Clark was an accomplished pianist and used this skill to work his way through college. He graduated from NYU and was a CPA, retiring as a partner in PriceWaterhouse. Private family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NYU. Special thanks to caregivers, Leticia, Salud, Pattie, Frankie and Rose; Casa de la Luz Hospice. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

STOVER, Maxine (McMillen), 75, passed away March 8, 2002. Survived by daughters, Loretta Brown and Pam McConnaughey; sons, Charles McConnaughey and Joe McMillen; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Memorial service will be held March 23 at 6:00 p.m., Pastor Ray Wardlaw will be in charge of services at Cactus Community Church of the Nazarene, 1600 W. Irvington Rd.

Soledad Perez Tarazon

of Tucson, Arizona, passed away March 10, 2002. Preceded in death by husband, Dolores ”Chacho” Tarazon; parents, Aurelio and Martina Perez; sister and brother-in-law, Aurelia and Steve Gallego. Survived by brother, Miguel (Carmen) Perez; sisters, Juanita (Albert) Peyron, Maria (Frank) Spatafore, Angela (Armando) Peyron; Lupe, Aurora and Micaela Perez, all of Tucson. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Soledad was the owner/ proprietor of El Rapido for many years, until her retirement in 1979. She will be missed by her family and friends. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

VATH, Jo Ann M., 84, of Tucson, died March 12, 2002. Mother of Leo, Roy and Donald Vath and Bertina Isbell, Sandra Harshbarger; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Rosary at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Monday, March 18, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Interment Holy Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, Sunday, March 17, 2002, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st. Ave. Tucson, Arizona.

WARREN, Joan Phillips, November 21, 1924 to March 12, 2002. Beloved by her husband of 20 years, Paul S. Warren; her brother, Richard Kull (Barbara) of Pinehurst, NC; her children, John Phillips (Jeannie) of Sparta, NJ, Laurie Phillips of Chicago, IL, Kim Jones (Bryan) of Oro Valley, AZ and by Chris Warren of Edina, MN, Paul Warren, Jr. and Sidney Warren of Minneapolis, MN. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Carrie Phillips, Kelsey Jones, John Carlton Phillips, Promise LaMarco, Lauren Carlstrom, Paul Warren and Colin Warren. ”Joanie” and Paul located to Tucson in 1990 from Barrington, IL. Always a volunteer, Joanie quickly established a circle of friends active in The Catalina Foothills Presbyterian Church, The Animal Humane Society of Tucson and the Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tucson. Joanie also enjoyed a lifelong passion for art and decoration. She was an accomplished and exhibited water colorist and member of The Southern Arizona Water Color Guild. Joanie was born Joan Kull, the oldest of three children of Walter and Maude Kull of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her integrity, caring and compassion, commitment and loyalty were inspirational and a lasting gift to both family and friends. Donations in her name would be welcome to The Animal Humane Society, The Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tucson and The American Lung Association for the research of Usual Interstitial Pneumonitis (UIP). A memorial service will be held Friday, March 15, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. at The Catalina Foothills Presbyterian Church at 2150 E. Orange Grove Road. Her final resting place will be with parents and youngest brother in Genoa City, Wisconsin.

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