NOTE: PAID OBITUARIES/PHOTO MUGS: Longwell and Officer
BLACKWELL-MOSLEY, Dortha E. “Go-Go’, , 38, of Tucson, AZ, died on May 27, 1996. Survived by parents, Jimmy C. and Dortha M. Blackwell of Sahuarita, AZ. She was a loving mother and grandmother to son, Alex; daughters, Olivia (Ray) Juvera, Gwendolywn and Tasha; granddaughters, Rajah and Bethany Juvera, all of Tucson, AZ. She is also survived by brother, David E. (Terri) Blackwell; sisters, Jaye C. Blackwell, Darla A. (James) Young; and grandmother, Dortha F. Baldwin; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. As a caregiver, Go-Go operated an elderly care home in Tucson. Arrangements pending by Desert Rose Cremation and Burial in Tucson. Go-Go was a victim of domestic violence for many years, and it was also what ended her very short life. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her….forever.
BUCHHAUSER, Betty M., 73, of Tucson, died May 23, 1996. Memorial Services will be at St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, River Rd. and Campbell, 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 1996 with Fr. Paul Buckwalter officiating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Phillips in the Hills. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway).
CUPPE, Donald O., 74, of Tucson, passed away May 25, 1996. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian H. Cuppe; and their children, Donald L. and his wife Suzanne and their children, Donald Hurley Cuppe and Wendy Suzanne Cuppe; Nancy Sullivan and her husband Robert and their son Bobby and her children Kimberly Lake and her husband David and their children, Madeline, Ariel, Alex and Amanda; Lorin Sutton and his children Ashley and Brittany; Steven Sutton and Tamie Sutton. Donald was born in Benson, AZ, served in the Army Air Corp in WWII and retired from US WEST in June, 1976 after 30 years of service. Private services were held on May 28, 1996 for the immediate family.
DANBY, Jason Abdella, born March 30, 1967 in Santa Monica, CA, passed away May 26, 1996. In loving memory of a wonderful son, brother, and friend. He will be missed by all who he touched. Survived by a large loving family and his many friends and acquaintances. Memorial Services will be held at Catalina United Methodist Church, Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any organization of your choice.
DEUBERT, Walter F., 72, passed away Monday, May 27, 1996 after a struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Frederick (Veronica) Deubert; daughters, Geraldine (Ed) Gryczkowski, Lorraine (Mark) Halberg, all of Tucson. Daughter, Louise (Paul) Calabrese of NY. He leaves 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Also survived by extended family, Sara (Todd) Clifton of NC, Tara Burge and David Swaim, Lana (Greg) Meell, of Phoenix, Mark (Wendi) Stamps of Tucson. Also five grandchildren and one expected. He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret (Margie) J. Deubert, March 1985. No funeral will be held at Walt’s request. Arrangements by Desert Rose Cremation & Burial. Memorial Services to be announced at a later date. Remembrances may be made to VA Hospice, TMC Hospice, Rolling Hills Golf Course Memorial Fund or UMC Cancer Research Center.
DIETRICH, Margaret J., 65, died May 24, 1996. Wife of Donald Dietrich of Tucson; mother of Bernadette (Fernando) Morgan of IL, Albert (Cara) Dietrich of CA, Thomas Dietrich of Tucson and Rosemary (Daryl) Swinson of ARK; grandmother of Hasten and Claire Morgan, Kara and Brandon Swinson and Kilara and Austin Dietrich; brothers, Vincent, Donald and Paul Fairbrother also survive. Mass will be offered at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 1996 at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1800 S. Kolb Rd. Scripture Reading will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 1996 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 1996 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
DISHON, Helen, 82, of Green Valley, died April 25, 1996. Survived by husband, James Omar Dishon; daughter, Mary G. Kelley of Tucson; step-sons, Robert Mason of TX, William Mason of GA, James Scott Dishon of Tucson; stepdaughters, Susan Secrist of Phoenix and Mary Beth Taylor of FL. Also survived by eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Helen will be missed by her many friends and family. She will be remembered for her love of the Catalinas and Arizona sunsets. Helen was a retired registered nurse and worked many years for Tucson Clinic. Memorial Services will be held May 31, 1996 at 2:30 p.m. at Pueblo Estates Recreation Center, Green Valley. Family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Friends in Deed, Green Valley.
DRUCKMAN, Carl Lewis, 37, formerly of Tucson, passed away at his home in Sante Fe, NM on May 24, 1996. Carl is survived by his mother, Susan Laventhol Siege of Tucson; his father, H. Lee Druckman of La Jolla, CA; and his brother, Gary Druckman of Park City, UT. He is also survived by two uncles, Henry and Richard Laventhol; and cousin, Alison Laventhol. Carl attended Sam Hughes Elementary, Mansfield Junior High, Tucson High School and Greenfields while later studying in Europe and elsewhere in the US. His varied creative interests ranged from textiles to metalwork and gemology. As a Certified Colored Stone gemologist, Carl helped found Studio CLD, for which his designs of fine jewelry received international recognition. Friends are cordially invited to attend a memorial service to be held Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the family’s Tucson residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Southwest C.A.R.E Clinic, 230 W. Manhattan #300, Sante Fe, NM 85701; to the New Mexico AIDS Services, 1229 S. St. Francis – Suite C, Sante Fe, NM 85705; or to a local AIDS agency of your choice.
HAWKINS, George J., 78 years old, died May 25, 1996. He is survived by wife, Cindy; daughters, Georgianna, Patricia (Steve) Clark; sister, Harriett McBride; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is a WWII Veteran. Memorial Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 8, 1996 at Marana Community Church in Marana. The family suggests any donation/contributions be made to the Church in George’s name. Arrangements by ARIZONA MORTUARY.
HOSLER, Sylvester B. “Bum’, 57, died May 28, 1996. Husband of Jane Hosler; father of Corey Hosler, Sr., Toni Hosler, and Mark Hosler, all of Tucson; grandfather of Ben Parker, Tarauna Hosler, Nicky Hosler, Christy Parker and Corey Hosler, Jr.; great grandfather of Benjamin Carlise Parker, all of Tucson; brother of Calvin Hosler, Rhoda Whitcomb, Ginny Reuhle, Dottie Baron, and Lydia Smitley, all of OH. “Bum’ moved to Tucson in 1978 and spent 14 years with Van Waters & Rogers. He was a member of the Model “A’ Club Tucson Chapter and the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Carondelet Hospice Program or the U of A Cancer Research Center. Funeral Service 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Calvary Assembly of God, 4540 S. Tucson Estates Parkway, with Pastor M. D. McCartt officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at BRING’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 236 S. Scott, and one hour prior to service time at church.
HUMPHREY, Lois, daughter of Ed and Marie Helmers, died suddenly on May 27, 1996. She was born on April 16, 1918 in Missoula, MT. Lois was a strong, intelligent and fiercely independent woman who lived life to the fullest. She dedicated her life to helping the cause of women and families throughout the world. She was leader of Home Economics Adult Education at Opportunity School in Denver, then director of Home Economics Extension in Colorado and later Michigan. She received a doctoral degree from MSU in 1969 and carried her career to the Sudan in 1980, Papua New Guinea in 1984 and Swaziland in 1986. Sons Michael and Russell would appreciate the opportunity to meet her friends and share memories of Lois. Her house will be opened to friends on Thursday, May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.(888-4356).
KANE, Grover V., passed away in peace on May 25, 1996 in Tucson, after a bout with cancer. He was preceded in death by “Tommye,’ his wife of 38 years. Survived by loving companion Carolyn Kane; son, Ross Kane of Patagonia; daughters, Marguerite Lackey and Robin (Jim) Gierhart of Buckhorn, NM; sisters, Francis (Bob) Strunk, Joan (Tom) Wood; grandchildren, Troy, Kita, Will and Tommye; great grandson, Bailey; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Grover was born in Patagonia August 3, 1922. Services will take place Thursday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. at the gazebo in the center of Patagonia. Family suggests donations be made to Hospice Family Care, 1920 W. Rudasill, Tucson, AZ 85704 or Family Health Center, P.O. Box 645, Patagonia, AZ 85624.
KING, Francis W. “Frank’, age 82, passed from the loving arms of his family to the loving arms of Jesus on May 27, 1996.
He worked for many years at Regina Cleri Seminary and retired from there in May 1976. He loved to build, and built several houses during his lifetime, but he is best remembered for building a strong marriage and family through his love, determination and commitment. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Cecelia J. King and by his six children, Peggy (Ken) Anderson, Nancy (Michael) Monroe, Kathy (Christ) Lapi, Frank (Susan) King, Robert (Gayle) King and Maureen King. In addition he is survived by 16 grandchildren and many, many friends.
It is particularly fitting that he passed away on Memorial Day, as he is a veteran of World War II, and served in the Occupation Forces in Italy.
Visitation will be held at WOLFREY PEACE CHAPEL, on Wednesday, May 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Cyril Church, 4725 E. Pima St. Service will be followed by interment at Holy Hope Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to the TMC Hospice Program, which was a great help in assisting his family in saying good-bye.
Arrangements by WOLFREY PEACE CHAPEL, 5225 E. Speedway, 881-0338.
KOKTAVY, Barbara A., 60, died May 27, 1996. Survived by her husband, Charles Koktavy; sons, Scott (Cathleen), Brian and Bruce Koktavy, all of Tucson; father, Frank Thurston of Tucson; sister, Gail (Frank) Fisher of Phoenix; brother, Larry (Barbara) Belhumeur of Tucson; two grandchildren also survive. No services are planned. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
KRAVETZ, Julius, Rabbi, 88, of Tucson, died May 25, 1996. Out of town service and interment arrangements by Culley and Son Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL. Local arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
LEVITT, Sady R., 82, of Tucson, died May 26, 1996. Survived by daughter, Harriette P. Levitt of Tucson. Predeceased by husband, Morris Levitt on July 14, 1989. Graveside Services were Monday, 2:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El Section, Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sady R. Levitt Memorial Fund c/o Jewish Community Foundation, 3822 E. River Rd., Tucson 85718. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
LONGWELL, Nancy Lea, born January 2, 1959 passed away at her home in Tucson, Arizona, on May 26, 1996. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Alice Longwell of Sardis, OH. Also remaining are her two brothers, Charles D. Longwell of Woodsfeild, OH and Floyd G. Longwell of Antiock, OH; her two sisters, Anita M. Lemon of New Martinsville, West Virginia and Linda A. Vargo of Tucson, AZ; along with four nephews and five nieces. Nancy came to Tucson in 1987 after successfully practicing law in St. Clairsville, OH. She passed the Arizona Bar and was employed by Richards and Pennengton. Nancy was a 1977 graduate of River High School, a 1981 Ohio University graduate with a degree in Political Science and a 1984 graduate of the University of Dayton Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements by will be made by Rush Funeral Home at 37234 Mound Street, Sardis, OH 43946 and memorial services will be held upon the families return to Tucson. Any contributions can be made to Sardis Alumni Association for Scholarships, Sardis, OH 43946.
LUSTIG, Donna M., 68, died May 27, 1996. Survived by her husband, Robert Lustig; son, Ron Van Alstine of AZ; sister, Jeanette Vannatta of TX; two grandchildren, Ronnie and Nichelle; several nieces and nephews; and great grandchildren also survive. Memorial Service 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1st at Lakeside Congregation Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness, 8311 E. Stella Rd. with Donald Lowe officiating. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
McELROY, Josephine L., 79, died May 27, 1996. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph McElroy. Survived by her daughter, Maryanne (Steven) Doitch; cousin, Loren Pfau of CO; nephew, Jack Shea of TX; niece, Retha West of OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Friends may call from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29th and Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. May 29th at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL. Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30th at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, 2915 E. 26th St. with entombment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
MORAN, Mavis Grace, 78, of Tucson, died Monday, May 27, 1996. She was preceded in death by her husband, James K. Moran. She is survived by her son, James Moran; brother, William B. Daly, both of Tucson; sister, Bernice Commandini of CA. Funeral Services will be held at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd. Interment will follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary, Thursday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 6464 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, 85715-3819.
OFFICER, Dr. James Eoff, 71, of Tucson, died May 27, 1996 after a short illness. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Roberta Mitzel Officer; his daughter, Sarah Jean Officer; his sister, Marjorie Thomas of Garnett, KS; and his brother, Forrest Officer, Jr. of Cottage Grove, MN. Preceded in death by his son, James Robert Officer. He was a Professor Emeritus of the University of Arizona, where he served for nearly 25 years as a member of the Department of Anthropology. He enjoyed a varied career. He served briefly in the United States Army. He served in the United States diplomatic service in Washington, D.C. and Chile; spent six years as the Associate U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs; directed a summer school for the University of Arizona in Guadalajara, Mexico; and was the personal assistant to the Secretary of Interior during the final days of the Johnson Administration. He also had been a radio and sports broadcaster. He was the author of the book, “Hispanic Arizona’ as well as many other publications. He was a member of the Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Presidio Trust of Historic Preservation, S.W. Parks and Monuments Association, Southwest Mission Research Center, Tucson Corral of Westerners, Latin American Social Club, Rotary Club of Tucson, Pathfinders and Tucson Press Club. Local memorial services are pending. Burial will be in Hillsdale, KS. Memorial donations may be made to AMISA, 738 N. 5th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705. No flowers, please.
PALTROW, Martha H., 89, of Tucson, died May 26, 1996. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, daughter, Jody Ries, and son, Stuart Paltrow Esq. She is survived by her children, Justin Paltrow of Tucson, Dr. Kenneth Paltrow of Portland, OR; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 2545 N. Tucson Blvd., 327-6341.
SERRANO, Ernesto “Gordo’, 75, of Tucson, passed away May 27, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Emma; sisters, Carmen Gomez, Melba Fuentes; brothers, Jesus, Simon and Jose Rivera. He is also survived by a very special nephew, Nathan Coronado. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 1996 from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Thursday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. St. Augustine Cathedral. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
SIMPSON, David L., died 26 May, 1996 at his brother’s home in Sun City, AZ. He was born June 6, 1910 in Tuscaloosa, AL of Charles C. and Esther Smith Simpson. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama earning a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and an MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1933. Throughout his life he worked in the Steel industry rising to Superintendent in various steel mills, from the Fairless Works in Pennsylvania to Arizona. He spent two and a half years on assignment to steel mills in Mexico and Brazil. Upon retirement, he moved to Arizona in 1976, settling in Green Valley, AZ in 1990 where he lived until January, 1996 when he moved in with his brother in Sun City, AZ. He was married to Pauline Cokonis who passed away in 1985. From this marriage he leaves a daughter, Carolyn Jost; a granddaughter, Victoria Cokonis; and a great grandson, Anthony Cokonis, all of Tucson; and a brother, Thomas B. Simpson of Sun City, AZ. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Valley Community Episcopal Church in Green Valley, AZ on 30 May, 1996. His remains will be scattered over Santa Rita Mountains where his wife’s remains were scattered. Arrangements by Lundberg Mortuary in Youngtown, AZ. Memorials to charities of own choice.
WARD, Council – aka – “Pete Ward’, 93, of Tucson, died May 24, 1996. Survived by granddaughter, Angel B. (Kevin P.) Green of Washington, DC; great-grandson, Kevin P. Green II of Washington, DC; daughter-in-law, Barbara Bolden of MI; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside Services 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 31 at South Lawn Cemetery with Rev. C. Jessel Strong of Prince Chapel A.M.E. officiating. Final arrangements by SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY, 5401 S. Park Ave.
WELSH, Lillian D., was born Lillian Dice Yoder on September 5, 1905, in Bucks County, PA to John O’Harrow Yoder (1876-1946) and Sussanna Cressman Dice (1886-1964). Her sister Bessie D. Yoder died in 1941. Her brother Paul Dice Yoder the father of her niece Ann Yoder Breckinridge, died in 1967. She divorced from Everett Alen Welsh in 1970 and he passed away in 1975. Mrs. Welsh is survived by her niece, Ann Breckinridge and her nephew, John Yoder. Mrs. Welsh earned the MA degree at The University of Indiana in 1935 and was on the faculty of Grove City (PA) College before she retired. She moved to Tucson in 1959. Lillian Dice Yoder Welch died May 27, 1996 quietly at her home in Tucson a few months before her 91st birthday. Graveside Services will be at East Lawn Cemetery, E. Grant Rd on Friday, May 31, 1996 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY, 1040 N. Columbus Blvd.
WISSEN, Jack W. Sr., 74, died May 27, 1996. Survived by his wife, Lillian L. Wissen; son, Jack W. Wissen, Jr.; grandchild, Scott Wissen, all of Tucson; sisters, Alma Jones and Mary Graves, both of IL. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31st at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, with Joseph Kelly officiating. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.