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Hugh Richard Barrasso

Age 79, died on April 26, 2002, surrounded by his wife, Agnes, and his children and grandchildren, and we shall miss him very much. We were blessed to love him as a strong, proud and brave man, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In the last years of his life, we were also blessed to love him as a sweet, innocent child. For every breath of life God gave him we are all truly thankful. Whether he was fighting for our country as a WWII pilot or fighting with his wife about the bills, he always was an example of what a good man should be. We only can hope at our own death that we will have loved and influenced so many and accomplished so much. Being the good Catholic he was, Hugh leaves behind a small army. His devoted wife, Agnes, will be lost without him, although she will have the love and support of their children, Nora, Beth, Bob, Rick and Pat. Hugh also left behind 15 grandchildren (Paul, Joey, Jason, Chris, Luke, Salena, Chiara, Noah, Brennen, Brianna, Bridget, Tiffany, Tony and Danny) and two great-grandchildren (Arya and C.J.). Our Lord fulfilled his promise to Hugh:

Happy are those who respect the Lord,

who walk in the ways of God.

What your hands provide you will enjoy;

you will be happy and prosper:

Like a fruitful vine

your wife within your home,

Like olive plants

your children around your table.

May the Lord bless you

all the days of your life

That you may share his joy

and live to see your children’s

children. (Psalm 128)

A Rosary will be held at BRING FUNERAL HOME, 6910 E. Broadway, Sunday, April 28, 2002, at 6:00 p.m., and a funeral Mass will be held at ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH on Monday, April 29, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. Please join us for a celebration of his life after the funeral at Hugh’s home of 45 years.

Mary Elizabeth Burke

Mary was born January 26, 1916, in the village of Rathvilly, County Carlow, Ireland, the youngest of nine children of Thomas and Bridget Dromgoole.

In 1927 she immigrated with her family to the United States, where she was raised in Jordan, New York.

She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1939 and entered the Army Nurse Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Stationed in Hawaii just after Pearl Harbor, she met and married James L. Burke, now a retired Army Colonel, with whom she shared 60 loving years.

After 32 years in the Army, living and traveling in many wonderful places, they retired to Tucson in 1970.

Her family: husband, James L. Burke; children, Bridget Burke, Kevin Doyle Burke, Kathleen Burke and husband Chris Hitchcock, James Patrick Burke and wife Denise; grandchildren, James LaViola and wife Silvia, James Christopher Burke, Sean Burke, Dawn Burke, Eric Burke, Tara Burke, Seamus Burke and great-grandson, Clayton James Burke Gallup and her two Irish terriers Killian and Mr. O’Toole.

There will be a visitation on Sunday, April 28, 2002, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2002 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery in Sierra Vista on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 1:00 P.M.

Dr. Walter F. Condon

a well-known Veterinarian, passed away on April 22, 2002 at the age of 86. Preceded by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen and son, Richard Franklin. Survived by son, John Charles Condon; grandchildren, John Clayton Condon and Amanda Kathleen Condon, all of Tucson; niece, Lindsey Condon of San Clemente, CA; Goddaughter, Kathleen Komarek; close friend, Naomi Komarek of Tucson; and numerous Barnett relatives in the Big Bend area of West Texas. Dr. Condon was the son of a pioneer family homesteading in the Casa Grande area in 1900. He was a WWII veteran serving as a Naval Aviator assigned to carrier duty in the Pacific and Atlantic Theater’s, retiring as Lt. Cmdr. USNR in 1952. Dr. Condon was a twice graduate of Colorado State University, Class of 1941 and 1950, earning degrees of Bachelor of Science, Masters in Entomology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to WWII, Dr. Condon served with the U.S. Indian Service in Nevada and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Bureau of Entomology S.W. Region. Dr. Condon was fond of stating, ”that with his training as a Naval Aviator and earning three degrees, he was educated well beyond his intelligence”. Dr. Condon conducted a practice of large animal Veterinary Medicine in Tucson and So. Arizona from 1950 until his complete retirement in 1999. He served as President of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, Arizona Veterinary Examining Board and was a Commissioner on the Arizona Racing Commission for 16 years. He was a life member of the Tucson Elks B.P.O.E. 385, Los Viejos Member of the Mountain Oyster Club, Los Charros del Desierto, Saguaro Rotary Club, Quiet Birdman – Tucson Hanger, Navy League, Tailhook Association and Association of Naval Aviation, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Confederacy. Dr. Condon was also a member of St. Odilia Parish in Tucson. Memorial Services will be private. Dr. Condon and the family ask that any remembrances be sent to the Humane Society of Tucson.

CORNWALL, Patricia N., 80, of Green Valley, died April 26, 2002. Wife of Howard L. of Green Valley; mother of Sherry Brown of Amado, AZ, Howard L. Cornwall, Jr. of CT; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister of Elizabeth Schea of Milford, CT. Preceded in death by brother, Richard K. Nourse. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 29, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service time at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., (888-1111). Burial will follow in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ.

KARAM, Elizabeth S., born November 14, 1916 to Mathias and Susanna Senzer of New Brunswick, NJ. and died peacefully April 18, 2002 surrounded by her family in Tucson. She married her sweetheart, Joseph P. Karam, in September of 1938, and together they raised three treasured children. The family moved from North Brunswick to Tucson in 1962. They enjoyed boating, camping and fishing together. She and Joe especially enjoyed their getaways to Old Kino Bay in Mexico in their later years, where she delighted in collecting the seashells which she made into unique and cherished works of art. Each shell was special to her, and she told magnificent stories about them. Loving her family was the focus of her life. People were first in her heart. She often went out of her way to help others, and made many new friends along the way who came to know her as Betty. She was fond of singing, and sewed prolifically in her day. We’ve all received blankets, afghans, slippers and jewelry, lovingly crafted by her hands. She also enjoyed playing bridge and mah-jongg with her friends. She and Joe were members of the Tucson Med Club. Among the group’s activities were occasional trips to Laughlin to play the slot machines, where she hit a few jackpots and always shared her winnings with her family. Betty was preceded in death by their beloved daughter, Alayne Cindrich; her sister, Kate and her brother, Emery. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Karam; two sons, Bruce Karam and George (Karey) Karam; and four granddaughters; Erica (Todd) Pearson, Nichole (Michael) Sylvian, Amanda Karam and Jessa Karam. Also surviving are her brother, Nicolas (Ruth) Senzer; three sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews and their families. Betty leaves a legacy of tremendous love. A celebration of her life will be held this Sunday, April 28, 2002, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please call Nichole afternoons for location and directions. 795-0685 or 250-7196.

LOPEZ, Alicia I., 93, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away April 26, 2002. Survived by daughters, Elma (Manuel) Bermudez and Eloina (Frank) Orozco; son, Ernesto (Yolanda) Lopez; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Delia I. (Oscar) Bracamonte; and brother, Santiago (Maria Luisa) Inclan. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 28, 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, April 29, 2002, 9:00 a.m. at Santa Cruz Church, 1220 S. 6th Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY.

Isolde ”Isy” Penrod


Isy passed away April 23, 2002. She is survived by her adoring husband, Herb; her loving children, Nicole (Matt), Herb, Jr. and Rebekah (Kenney); and many loving family, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, 2002 at Tucson Tabernacle 2555 N. Stone Avenue. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. @Magee

STRIPLING, Joe D., 69, of Catalina, AZ, died April 26, 2002. Husband of Cynthia J. Stripling; stepfather of Carolyn Gilbert, Troy Pelaar; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother of Wallace Stripling. Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Catalina, 3505 E. Wild Rd. Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st. Ave., Arizona.

William H. Szerlip

68, of Tucson, died April 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Survived by wife Gail; sons, Mark (Lisa) Szerlip of Riverside, CA and Norm of Walnut Creek, CA; grandchildren Joel, Ally, Jacob and Amy Szerlip; and sister Babs Gray of Tucson. Preceded in death by daughter Nancy Szerlip. Mr. Szerlip was the owner of Dictograph Security Systems until his retirement seven years ago. Prior, he was in the import business in California. Mr. Szerlip was a past board member of Congregation Anshei Israel. He was a member of Ventana Golf & Country Club, the VIP Breakfast Club and was board member of SIR Association of Tucson. Mr. Szerlip was an avid Wildcat fan and a member of the Wildcat Club. A man of many talents, he was creative and gifted. He was very strong, a loving family man and wonderful husband. He had a real zest for life and lived life to its fullest. Adored by his wife, Gail of 39 years, anyone who met Bill was impressed by the man he was. He will be greatly missed. Services Sunday, April 28, 2002, 1:00 p.m. Congregation Anshei Israel with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Rabbi Arthur Oleisky and Cantor Ivor Lichterman officiating. Interment to follow Congregation Anshei Israel Section, Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ. 85711. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile,

VAN ORSDOL, Jack O., Jr. 55, died April 25, 2002. Survived by daughter, Octavia D. Clements; grandson, Jonathan R. Clements; granddaughter, Chanda R. Clements; sister, Sally Wilson; father, Jack Van Orsdol, Sr. Preceded in death by son, Nathaniel James Van Orsdol and mother Edith Dendy Van Orsdol. Memorial Service 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

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