Charles J. Brown
05/29/1930 – 10/15/2004
Survived by wife, Pinkie and loving family: daughters, Cynthia and Karen; grandchildren, Justin and Erin; brother, Jim (Peg), Randy, Mikie, Jim, Laurie, Jennie, Shawn, Ben, Sam, Melissa, Mary and, of course, Cosa. Raised in Morrisville, PA, a long-time resident of Livermore, California, Charlie moved to Tucson in 1978. Charlie will be remembered by his loved ones as having a wicked, unfailing sense of humor and integrity to count on. He was a professional sax player who entertained with the Marine Band during the Korean War. His adventurous spirit led him to become an avid pilot, volunteering for the Flying Samaritans and loving the whole idea of leaving the bonds of Earth. He loved Mexico traveling and he died planning his next trip. Charlie had been a Real Estate manager of major companies in Livermore and Tucson, and mentored many a current Realtor. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. We love you, Charlie Brown. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. (@ Magee).
CARRANZA, Jesus, (Jesse) Castro, of Tucson, died Sunday, October 17, 2004. Survived by his wife, Maria Carranza; children, Petra Jorgensen, Alice Moore, Mary Thalman, Gloria Carranza, Josephine Carranza and Juan Carranza. Also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.
CARRILLO, Laura Bravo, 36, of Chandler, AZ, born in Tucson, AZ, January 8, 1968. Passed away October 16, 2004 after a valiant fight with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Ralph; her two children, Andy and Araceli; her parents, Alfred and Mary Jane Bravo; her brother, Alfred (Kimberly) and nephew, Isaac. Also survived by her mother-in-law, Trini (Ralph) Lares; brothers-in-law, Ramon (Cecilia), Robert (Yvette) and Richard (Eva) Carrillo; along with her beloved nephews, nieces and godchildren. Laura graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ. Laura, your love will forever live in our hearts. Arrangements by Wyman Cremation and Burial Chapel.
Donnie D. Cowing
Born April 24, 1944 in Jackson, Michigan, died suddenly on October 16, 2004 while riding his 4W “toy” in the desert. He moved to Arizona in 1981 and is survived by his wife, Cruz; son, William (Paula); sisters, Jackie, Diane, and Bonnie; grandsons, Tyler and Jessie; stepfather, John Sims; stepchildren, Danny, Sonia and Maricruz; many stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews; and longtime family friends, The Wright family. Preceded in death by brother, David. Memorial Service, Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. A celebration of Donnie’s life will follow at Tom Wright’s residence. In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been established for his specials grandson, Jessie Corella.
Katherine L. Day
89, of Tucson, died October 17, 2004. Born September 21, 1915, in Des Moines, IA. She was a resident of Tucson for 58 years and owned and operated Kay’s Beauty Shop for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Day and two sons, Thomas and Dennis Day. Survived by two daughters, Donell Hanson and Kathy Angeley both of Tucson; sister, Margaret Harvey of Tucson; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren. Service will be Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 10:00 A.M., EVERGREEN MORTUARY, with Pastor Virgil Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 12:00 noon till 3:00 P.M. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle Rd. & W. Miracle Miles.
DILLON, Claudell, of Tucson, AZ, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, October 13, 2004. Born February 6, 1942, in Fort Worth, TX, to Claude and Theresa Jefferson. Preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Theresa Jefferson Fort Worth, TX,; sister, Deloris Mills, LA, CA. Survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Dillon, Tucson, AZ; one brother, Clyde (Jewel) Jefferson, LA, CA; one sister, Velma Jean McLaughlin, LA, CA; five daughters, Vivian Williams (Tucson), Carol (Curtis) Morrissett (San Diego, CA,), Annette Flowers (Austin, TX) Theresa Dears (Austin, TX,), Gladys (Troy) Trotter (Gilbert, AZ,); son, James Abbs III (Tucson); 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. Claudell is now free from pain. The family wishes to thank her doctors and the nurses for the care and affection shown to her. Visitation one hour prior to service. Funeral services will be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Clifton Price, officiating. Burial at Holy Hope Cemetery, 3555 N. Oracle.
FREDRICKSON, Donald L., 80, of Tucson, AZ, entered God’s presence on October 17, 2004, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Louise. He was a devoted father of Brook (Ken) Grant of Springfield, MO, Lee (Gerd) Fredrickson of Springfield, MO, Lori (Rick) Flanders of Plano, Iowa, Mark (Haley) Fredrickson of Tucson, AZ, Bonnie (John) Steffens of Murray, Utah and James (Colette) Fredrickson of Tucson, AZ. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother. Don was born in Hancock, Mich. on March 10, 1924. He attended Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Mich. Donald served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He worked as a chemical engineer in the mining field for 36 years. He was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2004 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. The memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2004 at Bethel Baptist Church, 11040 E. Escalante Rd. There will be a private burial at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Jane E. Hansen
Died the morning of October 17, 2004 from injuries sustained from an automobile accident October 15th. She is survived by her children, Paula Jane Hansen of Oakland, CA; and Eric Robert Hansen and his wife, Dana Hansen of Tucson, AZ. She leaves three very precious grandchildren, Lauren, Nicholas and Alexis. Also survived by her sister, Carol Simonton of Afton, VA. Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, Robert Hansen. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona or a charity of one’s choice.
Magdalena (nee Faltermeier) Hazen
77, passed away October 14, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by son, Myron A. Hazen Jr. and daughter, Irma Fernandez Itchue. Survived by her husband of 47 years and the love of her life, Myron Sr.; daughter, Cindy (Mike) Samsel; sons, George (Rosa) Fernandez, Robert (Chris) Hazen, John (Roxann) Hazen; Richard Hazen; and son-in-law, Tom Itchue; grandchildren, Jeff, Lisa, Raquel, J.R., Michael, Nick, Stephanie, John, Hilaree, Carleigh, Rylee, Kris and Shelby; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Travis, Alex S., Austin, Gerald and Alex F. Magdalena was the oldest of 13 children born and raised in Germany and came to the U.S. in 1948. Her greatest joy was her family and her home and was happiest when working hard at making them the best they could be. Our thanks to her doctor and the staff at Northwest Medical Center who made her final hours the best they could be. A celebration of life will be on October 21, 2004 at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, 3015 N. Oracle. Friends and family may visit between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to American Cancer Society. Wir alle liebe dich von ganzem Herzen!
HIGGINS, Joan M., Joan left us here on earth, so she can care for her critters in heaven, October 10, 2004. Born June 9, 1950, in Pittsburgh, PA, Joan moved to Tucson, AZ, to join her family in 1975. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mark B. Higgins; brother, Michael S. Higgins; sisters, Mary Ann Rooze and Susan Taraba; nieces and nephews, her sweet dog Camie, and whimsical cat Kasey. Joan was preceded in death by her father, Mark B. Higgins and her brother, Patrick M. Higgins. Donations can be made in Joan’s memory to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, The Hermitage Cat Shelter, or any animal charity of choice. A special gathering will be held in the spring of 2005 to celebrate this wonderful friend whom we will miss and cherish.
February 21, 1930 – October 16, 2004
After a long illness, Wilma passed away Saturday, October 16, 2004. Raised in Bath, New York, she came to Tucson in 1952 and fell in love with the southwest desert and mountains. She was employed at Hughes Aircraft Company as an electronics tester for over 25 years. Wilma enjoyed being active at the NW Alano Club, creative writing and art classes, and taking her little dog “Buddy” for car rides. Our mother’s independence and determined spirit will always be remembered by her children, Pat (Jack) Rowe, Deborah Wood, Tom and Barbara Lodge, Barbara Lodge, Sandi Romero and stepdaughter, Linda (Jerry) Dancil; grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, Joey, Cassie, David and Andrew. Wilma was the youngest of seven children and is survived by her brother, Hank Downs of California. At Wilma’s request, no memorial services will be held and that those who wish to honor her memory may make a donation to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Arrangements by SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY.
Frank Emanuel Ott
87, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, October 15, 2004. Frank was born in Nogales, Arizona on March 30, 1917, and lived there the first ten years of his life. His father was an auditor and bookkeeper with Wells Fargo in Mexico for twenty years. Moving back to Tucson in 1927, Frank attended Roskruge Elementary and graduated from Tucson High in 1936. He entered the University of Arizona and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. Frank, a long time Tucson educator, affected the lives of countless students and is well remembered and respected by his colleagues. He was especially proud of his four children who pursued careers in education.
His teaching career began in 1941 with his first assignments at Wakefield, then followed by Mission View and Holladay. Frank’s first principalship came in 1953 at Holladay, followed by Ochoa, Roskruge and Wakefield, where he remained for nineteen years. He was appointed the first principal of Maxwell Middle School and finished his career at Blenman Elementary. World War II interrupted his teaching career from 1943 to 1946, where he proudly served with the 1st Cavalry Division. After the war, he returned to teaching at Wakefield, where he met his sweetheart, Eleanor.
Frank was very proud and knowledgeable about his pioneer heritage. The Ott family has been closely associated with Tucson for more than 150 years. His grandfather, Hylor Ott, entered the Arizona territory in 1854. He later became sheriff of what is now Pima County and a Tucson street was named after him. One of his favorite avocations was the study of the family genealogy and sharing it with family and civic groups. His interest was sparked with the creation of the Plaza of the Pioneers and he extensively researched his family’s roots in Tucson.
Frank married the love of his life, Mary Eleanor Williams in 1947. He and Eleanor raised four children. Frank was an active member of the community, serving on several boards such as the YMCA and was president of the Tucson Youth Board. He was affiliated with various educational associations, including Phi Delta Kappa and the Retired Teachers’ Association. He was a long time member and past president of Sunshine Kiwanis and in later years served as a docent at the Arizona Historical Society and the Pathfinder Organization.
His beloved wife, Eleanor, and his sister, Mary Ott, preceded Frank in death. He is survived by his brother, Charlie Ott, and his four children: Mary Ellen (Larry) Hardin, Frank (Kathy) Ott, Tricia (Pete) Ginter, and Lisa (Tom) Avramis; and nine grandchildren: Jeremy, Josh and Jonathan Hardin, Marie and Ross Ott, Kimberly and Seth Ginter, and Alethea and Stefan Avramis. Frank exhibited the finest qualities that defined “The Greatest Generation.” He will be sorely missed by many extended family members and treasured friends. The family wishes to thank all those who have given their prayers, love and support, especially his recent devoted caregivers.
Visitation services will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery, Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted in his name at the Arizona Historical Society, the University of Arizona College of Education or Casa de la Luz Hospice.
Karen A. Shalvay
February 22, 1946 – October 16, 2004
Devoted wife ot Thom for 33 years; son Patrick and wife, Jessica; seven grandchildren, Thomas, Christina, Kimberly, Anthony, Aron James, Jazmyn (Peaches) and Levi; parents, Gerald and Anna Stagdill of Lincoln, NE; brother, Blaine of Salt Lake City, Ut; sister, Jan Jensen of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Born in Lincoln and moved to Tucson in 1971.
She joined Epsilon Sigma Alpha, AZ Council and became the State’s Outstanding Pledge her first year. Spearheaded many fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Easter Seals, Spina Bifida Association in AZ, and many other groups. Her Betta Kappa Chapter put on a Christmas party for the Spina Bifida Association of Southern AZ for ten years. ESA AZ Council State President 1994-95 and received her 25 year service pin in May 2004. She started T-K-P Rubber Stamps in 1978 and years later sold it to son Patrick.
She worked at Wheel Equipment, Inc., husband Thom’s 39 year old family business. She has a large collection of Angels from many countries. Some call her the “Angel Lady.” She loved life, loved people and always had a smile and a kind word for family, friends and strangers. We find peace in knowing you are in Heaven, the Land of Angels, looking after us and always smiling. You were a gift from God. We love you. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY. Funeral service Thursday, October 21st 10:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 3rd St.
Martin L. Sigafus
60 of Tucson died Sunday, October 17, 2004. Beloved husband of Evelyn Sigafus, devoted father of Michelle Sigafus and Brent (Michelle) Sigafus of Tucson; cherished grandfather of Macy and Clayton Sigafus. Mr Sigafus was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts and served as Scout Leader of Troop 739. He received the Eagle Scout award, the District Award of Merit, Rincon District Silver Beaver award and Vigil in the Order of the Arrow. He was also a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam conflict. At the time of his death Mr. Sigafus was employed at Carondolet Health Network as a Contract Administrator. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2:00 p.m. at the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions to Congregation Anshei Israel or the Boy Scouts, Catalina Council, would be appreciated.
Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.
SULLIVAN, William D., Born in Oak Park, Ill on December 2, 1932, passed away on October 17, 2004 in Tucson, AZ. He will be greatly missed by wife, Jacqueline Sullivan; children, Kelly Cruz (Alex), Kevin Sullivan and Kerry McEldowney (Andy). Also survived by grandchildren, Alex Jr., Daniel and Chris Cruz, Sean, Robert, Brittany and Michael Sullivan and Jordan, Lindsay and Madison McEldowney; his sister, Win Bundy Smelt (Joe) as well as many other relatives and good friends. Bill was the owner of Sullivan Realtors and a former President of the Tucson Association of Realtors. A special thank you to the wonderful care givers at Heatherwood Adult Care Home. Services will be held at St. Francis Cabrini Parish, 3201 E. Presidio on Wednesday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the local Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. Raymond E. White, Jr.
Born in Freeport, IL, May 6, 1933, to Beatrice E. (Rahn) White and Raymond E. White. Ray was educated in Illinois, New Jersey, Germany and Switzerland, following his father’s many assignments in the US Army. Ray also served as a 1st Lt. in the US Army in the Corps of Engineers. His military background stimulated his life-long fascination with military history. While attending Heidelberg High in Germany, Ray met a beautiful Army “brat” debutante named Ruby E. Fisk who would later become his blushing bride of nearly 48 years. Ray and Ruby’s family soon grew as Raymond E. White, III, Kathleen M. (White) Wade, and Kevin D. White were born, grew up in Tucson, and went off to their separate destinations. Ray was also a proud grandfather of two beautiful granddaughters, Charlotte R. Wade and Sarah E. Wade. Also survived by sisters, Sheila Hughes of Tucson and by Barbara Lamere of Wisconsin.
In his 35 plus years at the University of Arizona, Ray was both a dynamic teacher and creative, industrious researcher at Steward Observatory and the Dept. of Astronomy. His wide ranging interests led him to watercolor painting, photography, scuba diving, and supporting the arts and local artists. As an extensive world traveler, he always shared insights, supported efforts, and stimulated thinking to broaden the perspectives of students and fellow faculty alike. His natural skills in building community served him well as a Faculty Fellow. His Wednesday afternoon cookie hours were legendary.
Ray was one of the three “originators” of “The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena” (INSAP) which provides scholarly discussions over the many and variegated cultural impacts of the perceptions about the day- and night-time sky, thus providing a mechanism for a broad sampling of artists, historians, philosophers, and scientists to get together, compare notes, and to have the chance to ask those questions of one another about each other’s work which may have been stewing away for decades, thereby providing an understanding of “what are those guys (scientists) doing now?” Thus, the idea for a triennial (or so) series of scholarly discussions of INSAP was born. The first INSAP Conference took place in Italy, from 27 June to 2 July 1994. Thanks to the interest and support of this idea by Dr. G.V. Coyne, S.J., the first conference was held at the retreat house, “Mondo Migliore”, on the Rocca di Papa above the Lago Albano, across the lake from the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo.
Ray was instrumental in starting “light pollution” awareness in Pima County, and served on the local commission to control light pollution as it affected the astronomical community in Tucson and the surrounding areas.
Ray was a Fulbright Scholar in 1996 and spent his year in Ireland at Dunsink Observatory. Ruby joined him, and enjoyed their stay immensely.
Ray was a regular visitor to the Machu Picchu site in Peru, sometimes through the Earthwatch organization, where he combined his love of astronomy with archeology to prove that certain sites on the long-ago mountainous community were astronomically “inclined.”
Ray retired from the University of Arizona a full professor in July of 1999, but he continued to travel, do research, and lecture about archeo-astronomical phenomenon. Ray also became very active in and devoted extensive time to his Masonic Lodge, #4, and was recently an officer of the Lodge. The Lodge, located at 1944 E. Allen Street, will have a memorial service for Ray on Thursday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m.
The University of Arizona is planning its own memorial service for Ray at the University’s Museum of Art at Park and Speedway on Wednesday, October 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ray’s name to a favorite charity of one’s choice.