CAMPAS, Armida Benitez, 79, of Tucson passed away November 17, 1997. Preceded in death by father, Fernando Benitez;mother, Maria Louisa Benitez; and husband David Campas. Survived by daughter, Ester Aviles; sons, Ernesto Campas, Sonny Campas; sister, Lydia (Carlos) Delehanty; brother, Abelardo (Frances) Benitez; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 23, 1997 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m.. Mass will be offered on Monday, 9:00 a.m., November 24, 1997 at St. Margaret’s Church, 801 North Grande Avenue. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone.
CULBERSON, Angelina, 76, born March 6, 1921 in Taunton, Mass. Angelina resided at Casa Grande, AZ, she was a homemaker, died November 19, 1997 in Casa Grande, AZ. She was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary; Sunday School Teacher; Girl Scout Leader; General Federation of Woman’s Clubs and other service organizations. Survived by husband, C. Edward Culberson of Casa Grande; daughter, Glenda Farmer of Casa Grande; son Kirk Culberson of Gilbert, AZ; brothers William Roderick of Hanson, Mass., John Roderick of Bryantville, Mass, Charles Roberick of Hanson, Mass.; three grandchildren, Jason, Eric and Matthew. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 1997 at First Presbyterian Church, Casa Grande, AZ. Pastor Rick Lemberg officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pagets Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 2772, Brooklyn, NY 11202. Arrangements by SIMES MORTUARIES, CASA GRANDE CHAPEL, 1575 E. Florence Boulevard, Casa Grande, AZ – 836-5555.
DAVIS, John Robert, age 28, of Tucson, AZ, died November 18, 1997, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He is survived by his fiancee, Jennifer Brick of Tucson, AZ; son Cody Davis of Bradenton, FL; mother, Kathy Davis of Gaylord, MI; father, John Mayne of El Paso, TX; stepfather, Jerry Davis of Gaylord, MI; sister, Lisa (Jeff) Middleditch of Gaylord,MI; half-brother, J.D. Mayne of El Paso, TX; nephews, Nick, Ryan, and Eathan and niece, Ashlea. His great-grandmother, Vera Veraghen of Gaylord, MI; grandparents, Robert and Beverly Weaver of Gaylord, MI; grandmother, Betty Roe of Apache Junction, AZ; and many aunts, uncles and cousins, also survive him. John graduated from Gaylord High School in 1987, Grand Valley State University in 1994 and earned his Masters of Science Degree in GEO Science from the University of Arizona in June of 1997. He was a member of the Arizona Geological Society, Society of Mining Engineers and was currently employed as a geologist by BHP Copper Inc. in Florence, AZ. Friends may call at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. @Magee, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, 1997. Funeral services will be held at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 1997.
Nelly T. Dillman
71, died November 19, 1997 at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a short illness. Born in Bacadehuachi, Sonora, Mexico on January 12, 1926, she is survived by her son, Peter B. Dillman, Jr. (Rosa) and daughter, Millie L. Rockafellow (Leighton) and was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Marcia Dillman. She is also survived by sisters,Teresa Albright (Larry), Lucy Solis, Lydia Alietti (Art), and Eufrocina Jomarron; brothers, Phillip Torres (Mary), Luis Torres, Alex Torres (Cecelia), Jesus Torres (Laura), Mariano Torres (Barbara), and Frank Torres (Lillian); and grandchildren, Jennifer Dillman, Lauren Rebecca Dillman, Cinthia Dillman, Sergio Ramirez, Brenna Rosales, Leighton Rockafellow, Jr., Lisa Rockafellow and Eve Rockafellow. Numerous nephews, nieces and cousins also survive. Nelly was devoted to her children, grandchildren, family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who loved her. Funeral will be at St. Joseph’s Church, 215 S. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 1997. Viewing will be private. Rosary will be at St. Joseph’s Church, Friday, November 21, 1997, at 7:30 p.m. with Deacon Garcia.Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Joseph’s Parochial School Endowment Foundation, 215 S. Craycroft, Tucson, AZ. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway),.
FORTSON, Montine L., 84, of Tucson, died Wednesday November 19, 1997. Mrs.Fortson is survived by her loving husband, Hubert; four children, Louise Honea (Dexson), Roger Fortson (Monteen), Retha Telford (Larry), Jerry Fortson (Virginia); 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. We will miss you mother. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 1997 at 22nd Baptist Church, 6620 East 22 Street with Pastor David Houchine officiating. Visitation for family and friends, Friday, November 21 at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Avenue. Interment will be at SOUTH LAWN CEMETERY. Arrangements by SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Ave..
JOHNSON, Naomia M., 82, ”Bobbi” passed away November 18, 1997. A resident of Tucson since 1984, she formerly lived in Dudley, MA. Survived by husband, Axel; son, Brian Johnson; daughters, Diane (Al) Skorupski, Pamela (Robert) Brickell; seven grandchildren; five sisters; and one brother. Preceded in death by one grandchild; one brother; and one sister. Bobbi retired from Anglo Fabrics, Webster, MA. She lived life with an indomitable spirit. Her loving and giving nature will be sorely missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday at Adair Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the AZ Elks Major Projects/Children’s Research Center, PO Box 36570, Tucson, AZ 85740.
LAYEL, Carl A., MSGT, 66, died November 17, 1997 at home of a heart attack in his sleep. He was born May 19, 1931 and raised in North Carolina. He joined the USAF in 1950 and retired in 1973. He moved from North Carolina to Tucson to stay with family. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. He is survived by his brothers, Clyde and C.L.; sons, Mike, Mark, Spencer, Vonn; daughter Cindy (David) Beheler; grandchildren, Tommy, Annie, Todd, D. Blair, Sonder, Collin and Jared (fiance Patsy Bratton). Services will be held at DMAFB Chapel 1, Friday at 4:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to meet at VFW Post 549 after the services.
LEON, Gloria A., 58, of Tucson, passed away November 20, 1997. Survived by husband, Al; daughters, Edith (Leon), Linda, Lori (Fred); sons, Richard, Peter, Patrick (Eva), Joseph, Arthur, Al (Lettie); sister, Helen Robles; brothers, Alfonso (Emily),Barney, Danny (Bev), Alfred (Holly); 11 grandchildren. The Leon family would like to extend a very special thank you to the doctors and staff of the University Medical Center. Donations may be made to the Cathedral Maintenance Fund. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 21, 1997 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at TUCSON MORTUARY, (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Mass will be offered on Saturday, November 22, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 South Stone. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by TUCSON MORTUARY, (North Chapel), 204 S. Stone Ave..
LILE, Vivian V. ”Trick”, 89, of Tucson, died November 19, 1997. She was born May 7, 1908 in Hopkins County, TX, and was an Arizona resident for 57 years. Vivian was a wife, mother and grandmother. She spent the last seven years at the Desert Life Nursing Home, Tucson, AZ, where she fought a courageous battle against Alzheimers. She was a very loving and caring person, who always like hugs and kisses, which she was so generously awarded by all of her wonderful caregivers and family. Mrs. Lile was preceded in death by her husbands, Horace Halcomb and Wallace Lile, and her children, Onnie Halcomb McKenzie, Clovis W. Halcomb, W.A. ”Dub” Halcomb and Charles W. Lile. Her survivors include her daughter, Jannette Harrison of Tucson; daughter-in-law, Grace Halcomb Honea of San Manuel, AZ and also 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m., EVERGREEN MORTUARY, with Rev. Robert Seel officiating. Further services and Interment will be in Como, TX. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile.
MCGURREN, Henry ”Hank”, 86, a Chicago attorney for 62 years died Monday, November 17, 1997 at his home in Tucson, AZ. Mr. McGurren, a Chicago native, was an attorney with Department of Justice from the years 1941 through 1948, during which time he commuted to Washington, D.C. He then practiced corporate international and tax law with the firm of McGurren and McGurren until 1965. He continued to practice law in his own firm until his death. During the second World War and for many years following the war Mr. McGurren worked covertly for the office of the Secret Service. Mr. McGurren graduated from Cornell University in 1932. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1935. Mr. McGurren is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carroll Brady McGurren; two daughters, Karen Hoyt and Joy Whitmer; their son, Henry J. McGurren; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Pius X Church, 1800 North Camino Rio Decimo on Saturday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m.Donations may be sent to the Matthews Foundation for prostate cancer research, 1010 Hurley Way, Suite 195, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Betty Newmeyer Owens
August 24, 1911 – November 17, 1997
Betty Newmeyer Owens, 86, died peacefully in her sleep on November 17, 1997. She was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1911. Having visited Tucson many times beginning in 1956 she moved to Tucson in 1986, with her husband, William R. Owens. A Registered Nurse for 40 years, she was educated at Allegheny College and the Spencer Hospital School of Nursing in Meadville, Pennsylvania and took post-graduate training in tracheotomy at Bellview Hospital in New York City. Early in her career she was a Relief Investigator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and subsequently served as a Pennsylvania Country School Nurse. Later in her career, her services as private duty nurse were much in demand in hospitals and homes because of her great compassion and competence. She was active in the communities where she and her family lived and served as a member and officer of the Faculty Wives’ Clubs at the University of Buffalo, Temple University and Russell Sage College (Troy, N.Y.), colleges at which her husband, was a professor. She and her husband were Danforth Foundation Associates, representing Russell Sage College and were co-chairs of the Doubles Club at the United Presbyterian Church. She also served on the Board of the YWCA and was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star. Among her many interests she enjoyed reading, painting, the arts, needle-work and traveling. She traveled extensively in the United States and visited the British Isles and Europe with her family. She made enduring friendships all over the country. She was an excellent cook and relished entertaining her many friends in her home. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William R. Owens of Tucson; her sister, Jakie Jean Didiwick of Selbyville, Delaware; her son, Russell K. Owens and his wife,Janet of Castleton, N.Y.; her daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) O. Conroy and her husband, James; her grandchildren, Benjamin R. Conroy and Catherine E. Conroy, all of Tucson; 7 nieces and nephews and the many close friends she enjoyed so much. She lived her life with passion and deeply touched her family and friends who greatly miss her. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 23, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ (85710). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Betty N. Owens Memorial Fund, Christ Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
Mary E. Rodello
Mary, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1929, had resided in Tucson since 1971.After a long and courageous struggle against cancer, she passed away on November 17, 1997. Mary is survived by her companion and husband of 42 years, Henry ”Joe” Rodello; daughter, Renee and husband Mike Stofko; grandchildren, Michelle Ingalls, Aaron Stofko, Melanie Cardenas; and great-granddaughter, Madison Cardenas. Mary retired from AT&T in 1986 and was an active member of the”Pioneers”. She continued working as chief dispatcher for Ready Rooter until her last days. She greatly enjoyed her work and lived life with an indomitable spirit. Mary’s loving and giving nature touched all with whom she came in contact. Mary is greatly loved and will be sorely missed both by her family and by the many friends she made here and all over the country as she traveled with her husband, Joe, as President of the 82nd Airborne Association. A memorial service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 1997, at Holy Hope Mausoleum, 3555 North Oracle Road.Internment immediately following Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 1636 North Swan Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 or the 82ndAirborne Association Educational Fund.
P.S. To My Mary, thanks for the many great years as wife, mother and grandmother. We all love you. Your husband and companion, Joe. Arrangements by WOLFREY PEACE CHAPEL, 5225 E. Speedway, 881-0338.
SCHAUMANN, Norbert, 71, of Tucson, died November 19, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Ginger Olson of MI, Linda Birnbaum of MI, and Connie Abel of Oregon; son, David of NY and Timothy of Tucson; nine grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, Andrea, Leah, Mark, Paul, Alexander and Ariah as well as a sister, Amelia Klawitter of WI. Mr. Schaumann worked at Thilmany Pulp and Paper in Kaukauna, WI for thirty three years. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 1997 at 4:00 p.m. at Trails West Club House, 8401 South Kolb. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Southern Arizona Chapter or the Body of Christ Free Lutheran Church Building Fund, 7418 East Kenyon, Tucson, AZ 85710. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY, 1040 North Columbus Boulevard.
SCOFIELD, Eugene H. ”Pete”, passed away November 15, 1997, in Tucson. Born September 6, 1909, in Terre Haute, Indiana. Survived by wife of 12 years, Gertrude; daughter, Dee Ann Sakrison (Jim); son John S. Scofield; and grandchildren, Holly Sakrison Clark (Reid), Jim Sakrison, Jr., and Michael Scofield. Preceded in death by wife Ruth. A graduate of Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Pete was a registered civil engineer employed for many years by the Federal Aviation Agency.Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army.
SHULKIN, William M., 83, passed away November 18, 1997 in Tucson, AZ. Born July 11, 1914 in Kalispell, Montana. Mr. Shulkin was a member of the Shrine Temple inTucson. Survived by his loving wife, Marty; son, Michael Shulkin; daughter, Sandra Olsen; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; other relatives and a host of friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 1997 at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Ave. Father Albert Smith of San Xavier Mission officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shrine Childrens Hospital.