Dolores S. Gradillas
Born October 25, 1926 in Sahuarita, AZ passed from this world to be eternally with Jesus Christ on May 13, 2005. She is survived by her sons, Frank (Bonnie) and Steve (Yolanda); sister, Vicenta and brother, Ray (Estella); nine grandchildren, Michael, Yvette, Jenice, Kimberly (Adam), Steve, Christina, Dewey, Ashley, Matthew; and great-grandchildren, Adriana, Desaray, Aden, and Preston. Preceded in death by husband, Frank; parents, Ramon and Mercedes Soto many brothers and sisters. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who brought lots of love and happiness into our lives. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. We are all very thankful for the love and care that she received at Blanca’s Assisted Living Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at South Lawn Mortuary, 5401 S. Park Ave. Mass on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at St. Monica’s Church, 10:00 a.m. 212 W. Medina. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery.
Victoria C. Guzman
77, of Tucson passed away May 14, 2005.
Survived by husband of 54 years Pete and their family Ricardo Guzman, wife Christie, children; Christiana, Ricardo, Juliana and Stephanie, Carlos Guzman, wife Pat, children; Carlos, Ricardo, and Maricela, Jaime Guzman, wife Dianna, children; Joseph, Jacquelyn and Matthew, Elsa MacKenzie, husband Mike, children; Victoria, Erica and Erin, Victor Guzman, wife Mary, children; Nicolas and Samantha.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (SOUTH CHAPEL), 240 S. Stone Ave. with Rosary recited at 9:30 a.m. Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.
Victoria, “Nana Vickie,” was loved by all who knew her and adored by her family. Her big heart and warm beautiful smile could light up a room and will be remembered always. She made the world a better place and will be sorely missed. May God Bless her and keep her always. Bendiciones.
John Thomas Holbery
of Tucson, died May 15, 2005, after a valiant battle with Cancer. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah 67 years ago, he graduated from Tucson High School in 1956. Following a 30-year naval career where he attained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, he retired in Tucson and was employed by SAIC. He is survived by wife of 31 years, Sheila Holbery; son, Daniel; daughter, Helen. Also survived by sisters, Jo Ann (Jerry) Sayre and Carol (Bruce) Kennedy; brother-in-law, Dermot (Patricia) Burke; 11 nieces and nephews, their spouses and 17 grandnieces and nephews. He enjoyed his membership in the San Xavier Golf Club. Visitation from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., scripture service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2005, ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel. Mass will be offered at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 19, 2005 at St. Cyril Catholic Church, 4725 E. Pima St. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Cyril Catholic School or to The Paulist Fathers of St. Cyril Catholic Church.
NORTHWAY, Mervyn F., died at 300 a.m. Sunday, May 15, 2005. He was a loving Christian who is now at home with his Lord. He was a sweet spirited man who was loved by all. He is survived by his son, Douglas Northway and daughter, Carol Belew; grandchildren, Jesse, Matthew and Melanie Northway, Starr, Houston, Blair and Jacy Belew; great-grandchild, Alexander Belew; brother, Ken Northway; nephews, Ralph (Lovita) Northway, Greg (Linda) Northway; brother, Jerry (Caroline) Northway; nieces, Eva and Sarah Northway; sister, Rosemary (Chandler) Cheek and nephew, Chandler Jr. and Linda K. Northway and Margret Gates Northway. Memorial service at Grace to the Nation, 6180 E. Pima, 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2005.
Danny L. Simmons
60, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, passed away May 13th, 2005. Preceded in death by his father, Herbert Simmons; and mother, Fairy June. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Roxie; children, Laura, Tara, Lori, and Jordan; grandchildren, Kayla, Wesley, Stephen, Emily, Lori; sister, Sharon (Jim) Justice; niece, Karen; nephew, Chris; grandniece, Anissia; as well as many other family and friends. Born in Wichita, KS, growing up in San Bernadino, CA and moved to Tucson in 1960. He graduated from Rincon High School in 1963. He had a lifetime love of baseball, softball, basketball, drag racing, as well as an avid and enthusiastic fan of the Arizona Wild Cats. A printer by trade for the last 44 years he founded and created Jordan Family Printing and touched many people with his sense of humor, kindness and giving nature. He will be greatly missed by all and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, never to be forgotten. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Carillo’s Tucson Mortuary, 204 S. Stone Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The American Cancer Society.
SLUSSER, Bessie Irene, 87, of Tucson, died May 16, 2005. Born December 2, 1917 in Webb City, MO. Prior to moving to Tucson, Bessie and her husband, W. Blaine Slusser resided in Marion, KS, where Mr. Slusser and his brother owned and operated an Oil Drilling business. When they moved to Tucson, they owned and operated El Molino Mobile Home Park. Following the death of their daughter, Peggy Jean in 1991, Bessie became a major benefactor in establishing the Postal History Museum. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dave Weathers. She is survived by her husband, Wallace Blaine Slusser of Tucson; sister, Silvia Watkins of Hawthorne, CA. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., also on Thursday at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle Rd. & W. Miracle Mile.
Carmen Valenzuela Taranto
81, of Tucson, passed away on May 14, 2005. Preceded in death by husband, Vincent J. Taranto; parents, Francisco G. and Refugio Z. Valenzuela; brothers, Henry, Edward (Concha) Valenzuela; sisters, Rose (Albert) Terrazas, Hortencia (Manuel) Perez, Mary (Ventura) Rodriguez and Socorro (Antonio) Ballesteros. Survived by sisters-in-law, Anita S. Valenzuela and Katherine (Norman) Fuciarelli; brother-in-law, Tom (Pat) Taranto. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 2005, 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., with a Rosary recited at 9:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Internment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, numerous Godchildren and other family members and many close friends. Carmen was the last remaining family member of one of Tucson’s pioneer families. Married for 54 years, Carmen and Vincent were a loving, generous and active couple in the community. The family wishes to thank the staff at HandmakerTynan Unit and TMC Hospice for their excellent care and support. Carmen, you will remain fondly in our hearts and in our prayers. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
Douglas A. Thews 42, passed away Friday, May 6, 2005 at his home in Colleyville, TX. Doug grew up in Tucson and was a 1980 graduate of Cholla High School. He is survived by his wife, Dana; daughter Stefanie (12); his parents, Bob and Johnnie Thews of Tucson; sisters, Jana (Ted) Tucker, Jene (Mike) Rife, both of Tucson, Debra McMullen of Phoenix; brothers, Jim (Susan) Weidner of Muskegon, MI and Jeff (Natalie) Rich of Sacramento, CA. Doug attended Arizona State University and received his B.S. in computer science in 1985. During summers of his undergraduate years he helped develop computer display software for a local company, Lightning Location and Protection. He was a member of the Cholla High School golf team and also the Saguaro Golf Club, where his life-long passion for golf was born. In 1985, Doug took a position at General Dynamics (now Lockheed) in Fort Worth, TX, where he developed avionics software for the F-16 aircraft manufactured there. He moved on to several positions in information technology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Harris Methodist Hospitals and the Voluntary Hospitals of America, and Trinity Industries where he was Director of IT. Doug was well-known in the IT community for his expertise in Microsoft development, and was a keynote speaker at a Microsoft Visual.Net conference. He was co-author of a book Professional ASP.NET Performance, published by Wrox Press, and wrote a monthly column for Visual Studio Magazine. A dedicated sports fan, Doug loved to watch the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Athletics or any Arizona State game. He was an avid sports memorabilia collector and travelled across the country to collect signatures. He also found time to take guitar lessons and had a small collection at his home. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
Wilda Rebecca Lightner Young
90, went home to be with the Lord May, 15, 2005, peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones. Becky was born in Gleneaston, WV, December 14, 1914 to John and Letha Lightner and was the tenth of 11 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Young and all her brothers and sisters. Becky joined the Women’s Army Corp in 1942 and proudly served our country until 1945 after which she went to work for the VA Hospital and retired in 1974. She was a member of Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church where she had been active in the Dorcus and quilting group, she was also an active member of the WAC’s Veterans Assoc., Palo Verde Chapter 87. Her favorite things here on earth were her family, the fact that she had served her country, fishing, gardening, her doggies and kitty and most recently, hummingbirds. Becky was “Aunt” to many nieces and nephews, she was especially close to her niece Chick; her nephew, Mike and his wife, Chris. Aunt Becky never had children, but was “Grandma” to Nick and Katie. She will be greatly missed by them and many others. Survived by Donna “Chick” Lowe, Mike and Chris Dunlap, Nick Dunlap, Katie (Hoss) Hughes, Kevin (Codi) Dunlap, Kaden and Kylor, Tony (Tamra) Lowe and many nieces and nephews. Burial was private. Memorial service will be private. Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2005 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge, at 9:00 a.m.
In Loving Memory of
My Beloved Husband
Melville J. Golding
May 17, 2002
It is 3 years since you left, my love and thoughts are with you forever. You are so missed by your children, grandchildren and new little great-grandson!
My heart is with you always,
Miss you so!
Saul J. Gonzales
Mijo, I can still see you walking down our street, I see you in my mind, I remember your ready smile, I still miss you so much. I know you are where you need to be and am so proud of you. I am happy you are now at home and happy. Please continue to watch over us and come to me once in a while in my dreams, make me smile. We love you very much and await our meeting with you, it will be so wonderful to see you again.
We Love You,
Dad, Mom, Terry, Anthony, Michelle, Angel, Alex, Baby Angel and Adrian
STPD Officer John A. Valenzuela 0/62865 – 05/17/93
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane. I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at J.V. Youth Center, 1550 S. 6th Ave.
Love Mom, Dad, James and Family