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AUSTIN, Harriet Hayes, 83, of Tucson, died March 10, 2003. Survived by husband, Ira W. Austin of Tucson; daughter, Jeanette Oesterline of Newton, KS; sons, Bob H. Austin of Tucson and M. Mac Austin of Topeka, KS; granddaughter, Heather Henderson of CA; and brother, Louis Hayes. Services and interment will be in Eskridge, KS. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.

CHEESEMAN, Cornelia, 88 died March 10, 2003. Surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 7, 1914 in Bloomington, IN, the third of five children born to Joseph and Maria King. She was a Christian Lady, who loved her church and her God. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gordon, whom she met April 1, 1940 while both were working at radio station WDAN, in Danville, IL they were married January 1, 1943 in Indianapolis, IN while Gordon was in the military. Other survivors include a daughter, Margaret Rose of Encinitas, CA; son, Max (Mary) Cheeseman of Sacramento, CA; sister, Mary Emily Hanna of Perrysville, IN; granddaughter, Katie Cheeseman of Sacramento. Memorial service will be Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th St. Tucson, AZ. Memorial gifts may be sent to the church, or to Odyssey Hospice Health Care. Interment will be in Champagn, IL. Cornelia, you were a loving wife and mother. We love you and will miss you. Arrangements by EVERGEEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N Oracle & W Miracle Mile.

Bonnie Louise Cummins

died peacefully on February 22, 2003. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Richard R. “Dick” Cummins and her son, Kenneth Cummins. She is survived by her sons, Dr. R. Michael (Susan) Cummins and Dwight Cummins, both of Tucson; grandsons, Christopher (Jody) Cummins and Timothy Cummins, also both of Tucson; brother, James DuBois, and sister, Dorothy Turner, both of California; and many other relatives and friends.

Born November 14, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bonnie graduated from Mesa (Arizona) High School and married Dick, her high school sweetheart. After moving to Tucson in 1948, she devoted her life to her family, friends and community. She was an avid participant in her sons’ schools and activities, particularly the Boy Scouts. Almost every week in the summer she organized meals and supplies for family camping trips to the lakes along the Apache Trail.

Bonnie adored her two grandsons, Chris and Tim, and she babysat them whenever she had the opportunity. The boys accompanied her and Dick on many travel adventures, most memorably a two-month summer trip in their motor home around the western United States and Canada. Bonnie kept her home open to friends 24 hours a day. She and Dick hosted summer potlock meals in their backyard every Wednesday evening for many years. An accomplished seamstress, she spent countless hours sewing stuffed animals for the Tucson Medical Center Auxiliary to comfort ill and injured children. She and Dick enjoyed friendships as well as inspiration from the Homebuilders group at Catalina United Methodist Church.

Everyone who knew Bonnie will remember her passion for life. A memorial service will be held at the ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel, 1050 North Dodge Boulevard, on Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tucson Medical Center Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to the Catalina United Methodist Church.

DAWSON, Beatriz Garcia, 90, of Tucson, Arizona passed away March 7, 2003. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward D. Dawson; son, Ernest “Ernie” Dawson; brothers, Guillermo Garcia, Alejandro “Alex” Garcia, and Pedro Lopez Garcia; good friend, Rosa. Survived by son, Edward (Bobby) Dawson; companion, Stephanie Lynn; sister, Victoria Garcia Lopez; sister-in-law, Choy Garcia; grandson, Isaac Edward Dawson. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 13, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered Friday, March 14, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Church, 602 W. Ajo Way. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

DECHECK, Elizabeth, 74, of Tucson, passed into God’s hands March 6, 2003. A loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who touched the hearts of all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Mary Ann Barsotti and Robin Neel of Tucson; brother, Robert O’Hara of Longmont, Colorado; sisters, Vera Harris of Georgia and Patricia Simmons of New York; sister-in-law, Leona O’Hara; four grandsons; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held by the family.

DOPLER, Virgil Eliese, 84 died March 10, 2003. Survived by her children, Dennis William (Cece) Dopler, of CO, John L. Dopler, of OR, David P. Dopler, of MD, Sharon (Tim) Thomas, of VA, Paul D. Dopler, of MD, Corinne (Vince) Canori, of CA and Ted (Lori) Dopler, of CA; sister of Adelyn Gillispie, of AZ, Katherine Cockerham, of PA, Mary Ida Milby, of MD, Joan Zlatic and Carol Rodriguez, of OH; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, John D. Dopler; daughter-in-law, Marilou Dopler and sister, Wilma Lovas. Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2003 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL. Mass will be offered 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2003 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 1375 E. Camino Seco. Burial to follow in Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery. The family suggests donations in her memory be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research, 8389 E. Bowline, Tucson 85710. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2003 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E Broadway.

Charlotte Katherine Gustafson

65, Born July 14, 1937, in Toledo, OH. Died March 6, 2003. Survived by husband, Jerald Gustafson; daughters, Gay Kelley and Amy Gustafson; son, John Gustafson; grandsons, Brandon and Tyler Kelley; mother, Myrtle Spross; brothers, Jim, Bob and Don Spross. Handicapped by polio in her teens and other ills in later years she remained optimistic and determined to accomplish whatever she set out to do. Her laugh was contagious. She was active in Pima Pals Homemaker’s Club for many years and has been very active with Abiding Saviour Lutheran Church. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2003 at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Abiding Saviour Lutheran Church, 8808 E. Broadway, Tucson 85710 or Polio Epic Inc., P.O. Box 17556, Tucson 85731. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

Delavan L. Holmes

Born April 12, 1970 in Tucson, AZ passed away March 3, 2003. He is survived by his mother, Liz Lewis (Richard); brother, Zep Holmes (Lisa); sister, Nedra White; children, Tara, Chauncey, Sekaia, Kamien, Trystan, Anayah. He is preceded in death by his father, Homer Holmes (Oggie). Visitation on Wednesday, March 12, 2002 at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 850 N. 11th Ave. at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at South Lawn Cemetery.

LYON, Jean Burcham, 85, died peacefully at home on December 6, 2002. Survived by her son, Lowman (Lee) B. Lyon, (Seal Rock, Oregon) and daughter, Ann Jackson; son-in-law, Charles (Chuck) Jackson; grandsons and spouses, Mike and Yvonne Jackson, (Redding, CA), Rick and Holly Jackson, (Seattle, WA), and Brad and Jennie Jackson, (Austin, TX); and one great-grand-daughter, Nichi Jackson, (Austin). A Celebration of Her Life will be held Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway, Dr. Robin Hoover officiating. A gathering will follow at the home of Chuck and Ann Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church or to a charity of your choice.

Marilynn May

The angels came and took her to her Lord, Jesus Christ on Friday evening, March 7, 2003 after a very short fight against breast cancer. She was born in Florence, Arizona to Kathleen (Mahoney) and Bill Kohlmann on August 13, 1939. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 21 years, Edward May; sister, Mildred Dorn (Fred); brother, Dennis Kohlmann (Garda); daughters, Marilynn Holcomb (Ken), Sharon Steinstra (Minte) and Gwendoline Nicosia (Joe); sons, Raymond Merritt (Sheryl) and Matthew (Huan Tran); ten grandchildren and one great-grandson (due June, 2003). She was never defeated by the challenges in her life. She successfully raised five wonderful, loving and successful children by herself. When the kids were old enough, she went back to college and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at age 39. She worked with children both beforeafter her post-college career at TRW. She and her husband returned to Arizona in 1994 (Phoenix) and later moved to Tucson after her oldest grandchildren graduated from Gran Canyon University in 2000. She loved being involved in her children’s and church’s activities. She would fly out-of-state to be present at one of her grandchildren’s school play productions. Her leaving this world leaves a big gap in the world of her family, but her love, laughter and silliness will be remembered forever in their hearts. Funeral Service 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2003 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2003 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. A graveside service will be held Saturday afternoon at the Superior Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please sent donations in Marilynn’s name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Bertha Wynetta Nelson

Entered into rest March 6, 2003. Born January 20, 1921 in Warren, PA, the daughter of Lewis and Clara (Dickert) Nelson. She is survived by one brother, Donald (Reva) Nelson of Toledo, OH; her children, Vernon (Clara) Page of Clifton, AZ, Gail (Carol) Page of Tucson, AZ, Lana (Rodney) Shirk of Tucson, AZ, James (Jeanna) Hansen of Death Valley, CA, Howard (Christie) Hansen of Tucson, AZ, Daniel (Nancy) Hansen of Wasilla, AK, and David Hansen of Tucson, AZ; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sister, Evelyn (Jessie) Burroughs of Russell, PA. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 14, 4:00 p.m. at the ADVANTAGE MORTUARY, 7 East University (at Stone), with Pastor Gary Downard officiating.

PENTACOFF, Charles R., 84, of Tucson, died March 8, 2003. Born in Douglas, AZ on September 2, 1918, and resided there for many years. Served in the U.S. Military service for 12 years. He was with the US Postal service for 30 years. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 57 years, Lottie of Tucson; loving children, Robert (Elizabeth) Pentacoff of California and Michael (Julie) Pentacoff of Tucson; four terrific grandchildren, Christopher, Michaela, Marc and Jocelyn. Military Funeral service will be Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Harry Wineinger officiating together with the Air Force Honor Guard. Burial to follow in Holy Hope Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, March 13, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave. (between Ft. Lowell Rd. and Prince Rd.) 888-1111.

Alfred Carl Peterson

age 87, of Tucson, passed away March 9, 2003. Born September 14, 1915 to Lena and Fred Peterson Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from the Engineering School, University of Iowa, Iowa City. He was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, honorary mechanical engineering fraternity. Alfred was a member of Roosevelt Lodge, F & A.M. for over 50 years. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign. After the war, he worked as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Naval Laboratory, White Oak, MD. He received a meritorious civilian service award from the Secretary of the Navy for his work on Mines and Torpedoes. On June 2, 1951 Alfred married Emily Jane Cameron of Ithaca, NY at the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. He was predeceased by his parents, sister and brother-in-law and a nephew. Survivors include his loving wife; a nephew, Jack B. Tathwell (Carolyn); three great-nieces; one great-nephew; two great-great-nieces; and four great-great-nephews. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2003 at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Rd. Interment will take place in Davenport, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church Youth Ministries or to Gospel Rescue Mission.

WENDE, Rhea Stewart, 92, passed away on March 7, 2003, at her residence after a long period of confinement. She was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1910. She was preceded in death by her husband, David, whom she married in Tucson, Arizona, in 1955. She and David shared 27 years of happiness in Tucson and at their Fort Erie, Canada summer home until he passed away in 1982. David a graduate of Cornell University and an executive with Texaco during his career. He was also an amateur magician and he and Rhea shared this talent with young people and friends during their lives together. Rhea was a registered nurse prior to her marriage to David. She took her training and received her nurse’s cap from Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and practiced her profession in Buffalo, NY, as well as other locations for many years prior to her marriage to David and their retirement to their Arizona residence. Rhea is survived by a sister, Mary Reuman, of New Hartford, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Georgianna Stewart, of Oil City, Pennsylvania; eight nieces and nephews and a number of grandnieces and grandnephews. Her surviving nieces are Wendy Cridlebaugh, Marsha Jane Crissman, Elizabeth D. Demske, Sue Ann Lerner and Sandra Mullen. Her surviving nephews are Thomas S. Drumm, Errol Harding Stewart and Richard T. Stewart. Rhea will be fondly remembered by her family and friends. She was a woman with a love of gardening and dogs. She had a determined, pioneer like, spirit. She gave long and faithful service both as a nurse to her many patients and as a wife and nurse to her husband, David. Visitation will be held at ADVANTAGE FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 7 E. University Blvd. on March 13, 2003, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at about 6:00 p.m. to commemorate her life. Interment will be in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, David, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, your contribution to Casa de los Ninos would be a special tribute to her memory.

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