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BABUNOVIC, Patricia A., 77, peacefully passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2005 in Laguna Woods, CA. Beloved wife of the late Momir Babunovic. Much loved mother of Gina and Joanne Babunovic. Dearest sister of Virginia Kasper, grandmother of Liz Dallam and Joanna (William) Wright, aunt and friend to many.

Mrs. Babunovivc, native long-time resident of St. Louis, attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and worked in public relations with KXOK radio. Residing in both Arizona and California since 1985, her gentle spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 27, in the Great Hall of Ambruster-Donnelly Mortuary, 6633 Clayton Rd. (Clayton). Friends are invited to gather one hour before the service starts. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 4643 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Joe S. Brena

Our dear husband, father, brother and “Tata Joe”, age 80, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2005 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Since Joe’s diagnosis he refused to give up and was determined to beat his illness. Joe is now resting and in peace with our Lord in heaven. Joe was born in Tucson, Arizona and is preceded in death by his parents, Rosario and Eufemia Brena and sister, Mary Lou McCormick. Joe will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years, Isabel; his three girls, Martha Murrieta-Muniz (Jose), Diana Lynn, and Joanna Brena-Grijalva (Ron). He is also survived by a sister, Irene Leon; two grandchildren, Jose Antonio and Esteban Murrieta; three great-grandchildren, Jose Antonio Jr., Desidario Jesus and Evaiah Quirina Murrieta and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was a WWII veteran and followed in his father’s footsteps by working for Tucson Electric Power where he began as an apprentice, journeymanlineman and retired as a supervisor after 34 years.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated and caring staff at Rural Metro Fire Dept.Swan and Sunrise, UMC – Arizona Cancer Center and St. Mary’s Hospice.

A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. with a celebration of a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at St. Ambrose Church, 300 S. Tucson Blvd.

Daddy, we love and miss you terribly but feel God’s and your love and guidance until we are reunited once again. We will continue to live by your words, “Life goes on, keep the faith and God Bless You.”

Monica Burnham

Died August 18, 2005, in Austria. Born August 10, 1922, in New York. Preceded in death by her husband, Philip. Survived by two daughters, Mary Effie Burnham of Austin, TX and Susan (Michael) Waldstein of Gaming, Austria; eight Waldstein grandchildren, Johannes, Maria-Theresia (Beau) Braden, Thomas, Benedict, Monica, Elisabeth, Andreas, and Hannah; one sister, Jane Wyatt Ward of CA, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral and burial will be on August 23 in Gaming, Austria. A memorial Mass will be offered on August 27, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Richard “Higgie” Higginbotham

Richard “Higgie” Higginbotham, 74, of Tucson passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Friday, August 19, 2005. Higgie was born May 24, 193l in Springfield, Ohio to Leroy and Mary Higginbotham.

Higgie was a member of the U.S. Air Force from April 14, 1952 to May 1, 1972. In 1962, he was transferred to Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona where he served as an electronic specialist until his retirement in 1972. Higgie’s career included positions with the Department of Corrections and City Parks and Recreation. He was also a key representative on the Pro Neighborhood Development and Grant Board. For many years, he worked as a high school and college sports official and was an accomplished Senior Olympian who competed in many sporting events. He won over one hundred and twenty-five medals. Higgie was a tireless volunteer in the Tucson community whose efforts were recognized recently with a dedication and naming of the new Northwest Center gymnasium in his honor.

Higgie is survived by brothers, Leroy, Walter and Donald; sisters, Shirley, Patricia, Juanita (Robin) and Donna (Bowden). He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert “Tommy Tucker” and his sister, Marie. Daughters, Wanda Kay Higginbotham-Hardnick, Kim Higginbotham-Miller, Joy H. Velde; sons, Donald (Leslie) Porter and Jerry (Debbie-Lee) Porter; granddaughters, Felicia, Kim, Nicole, Natalie and Dominique; grandsons, Christian and Israel, nine great-grandchildren and many other loving relatives and friends mourn his passing.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26, 1200 noon at the Armory Park Senior Ballroom, 220 South Fifth Avenue.

The City of Tucson has established a memorial fund in the name of Higgie. Please send donations to City of Tucson, Higgie Gym Fund, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85712. Attn Pat McGrath. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.

JONES, James H. “J.J.”, born July 12, 1925 died August 24, 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Twyla Jones; daughter, Debra (Dennis) Krug; son, James (Peggy) Soll; sister, Dorothy Rumsley; grandchildren, Laurie Stover, Shannon Morgan, Jon, Kirk and Carmell Soll; six great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Visitation 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2005 at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY.

LANEY, William David “Lynn”, born August 30, 1934 in Clifton, AZ, died August 23, 2005 in Tucson. Preceded in death by his wife, Lois Laney. Survived by son, William (Amanda) Laney; daughter, Trish Laney and granddaughter, Kimberly Eileen Laney. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY. Funeral Mass 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 26 at Santa Monica Catholic Church, burial to follow at South Lawn Cemetery.

LINDSAY, Tom (Charles Thomas), entered the gates of Heaven on August 23, 2005 at the age of 72. Born in McConnelsville, Ohio on July 20, 1933. Tom has lived in Tucson, Phoenix, Payson, Mesa and back to Tucson. He has always been in the bakery business; Baker, bakery management, bakery owner, bakery sales. He is survived by his sister, Margaret (William) Rose; brother, Doug (Kathi) Lindsay; children, Debbie Larson, Jim (Carolyn) Lindsay, Tracey Lindsay, Steven (Stella) Lindsay; six grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2005 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. In lieu of flowers please make donations to American Cancer Society; Lung Cancer Research.

MILLER, Mary, 86, died August 23, 2005. Vigil service 700 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2005 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. Mass will be offered 8:00 a.m. Friday, August 26, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 1375 S. Camino Seco. Entombment will follow at Our Lady of the Desert Mausoleum. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2005 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

RICHARDSON, Gale A., 62, served in US Army Vietnam, Retired from Prudential Overall Supply. Resident of Tucson died August 24, 2005. Father of Kim Richardson. Son of Grace Richardson. Brother of Garry (Linda) Richardson, John (Toni) Richardson; three grandchildren, Atalanta, Caleb and Chloe; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father, Gladwynn Richardson and brothers, Ted, Gene and Dave. Memorial services at Unity of Tucson Church, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, Arizona (888-1111).

RODRIGUEZ, Estella M., born February 26, 1944, went to be with the Lord August 20, 2005. She is survived by her children, Teresa, Eugene (Gina), Norma (Bob), Raymond and David Rodriguez; sisters, Maria Elena and Rosa (Arnold); brothers, Julian (Evelyn), Eddie (Juanita), Joe (Carol), Bobby (Brenda) and Danny (Lupe); and sisters-in-law, Elva and Terry. Services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1300 N. Greasewood, Friday, August 26, 2005 viewing starting at 9:00 a.m. and services at 11:00 a.m. with interment following at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE CREMATION & BURIAL.

VERMILYE-Walter G. Vermilye, passed away on August 22, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM. Walter was born on November 16, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his twin brother, Russell; brothers, Wilbur and John; and sisters, Martha and Lorraine. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosemary; his children, Denise Gould of Forestville, New York, Daniel of Ohio, David of Michigan; his grandchildren, his step-children, Kenneth Riddell II of Texas, Brad Riddell of Arizona and his son, Bradley Andrew Riddell and Tammy Thomason of New Mexico; his brothers, Ed of Michigan and Jerry of Ohio; his sister, Phyliss of Ohio and nieces and nephews. Walt served in the Army from 1953 – 1956 and was a member of the American Legion Post 102 in Tucson, AZ. He was a chef by trade and retired from Kitt Peak National Observatory. His favorite position was working for Max Fogel catering to the crew and stars of motion pictures. Recently he and Rosemary moved from Tucson to Albuquerque, NM to be closer to their daughter. Sadly, he died of heart complications after a short illness. His family would like to thank the staff of the VA Hospital for their kind care in Tucson as well as in Albuquerque. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2005 at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

Cristina Marie Woodcock,

nee Catanzaro,

passed away surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, August 18, 2005, following a severe asthma attack the previous Saturday night.

Born September 30, 1981, Cristina graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in 2000, and married Brian Woodcock on May 1, 2004. Loving known as “Bean” to her family and friends, Cristina will be remembered for her love of animals and children, and her determination not to allow asthma to limit her life. Dedicated to those who cannot speak for themselves, Cristina volunteered at the humane society from the time she was a teenager, and fostered many animals. Cristina loved and was loved dearly by her stepson, Christopher and planned on becoming a foster mother this fall. Bean’s family and friends will miss her sense of humor, exceptional cooking skills, and strong will, as well as her love and kindness as a daughter, wife, stepmother, goddaughter and friend.

Cristina is survived by her husband, Brian, and stepson, Christopher; her mother and father, Sally and John Catanzaro; her mother and father-in-law, Kathy and Roger Woodcock; her grandmother, Lillian Fucile; her sister, Joanne; brothers, Michael, Mark and John and his wife, Laura; and aunts and uncles, Verna and Paul Flaherty and John and Cheryl Fucile. In addition to her family, she is survived by her best friend, Chantal Lesmeister; “fairy godmother, ” Donna Atkinson; her five dogs, Malibu, Madison, Rico, Princess and Roscoe; and her four cats, Mocha, Moxie, Monty and Sierra.

Services will be held at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church, 4725 E. Pima, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716.

Elois Roain Young

passed peacefully into God’s arms on August 21, 2005. She is survived by her loving husband of over 55 years, Duain Young and three sons, David (Debbie) Young of Tucson, Larry (Gretchen) Young of Mesa, and Nicholas (Annette) Young of Tucson. She also leaves four grandchildren, Sarah (Samuel) Park, Marc Young, Katie and Devin Young and one great-grandchild, Jewell Park.

Born on July 9, 1930 in Truman, Minnesota to Howard and Ruth Drayfahl, she had two brothers, Howard and Alan (both deceased) and two sisters, Jan (Bud) Miller and Evelyn Zoellmer.

Her passion for life was strong and she will be missed by her many friends, including those in the American Sewing Guild, the Columbianettes (of the Knights of Columbus), her fitness friends at the Fit Center, and her dear friends in the “Birthday Club.”

Please join us in a celebration of Elois’ life at a memorial Mass on Saturday, August 27, 12:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish, 215 S. Craycroft Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to UA Sarver Heart Center, PO Box 245046, Tucson, Arizona, 85724 for research in atrial fibrillation.

As a way of keeping Elois with us we should rejoice and remind ourselves of what is important in life such as our children, family, friends and above all, celebrating Elois’ new life and ours to follow, until we are together again.

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