ALLEN, Martha L., died on May 18, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark L. Allen. She is survived by her three children, Dr. Hugh D. Allen (wife, Elizabeth), Westerville, Ohio, Okie E. Allen (wife, Carol), Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Loretta Young (husband, Dale), Eau Claire, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Drs. Clark and Jana Allen of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Carl Allen and Dr. Hillary Boswell of Columbus, Ohio, Lloyd Allen of Baltimore, Maryland, Jack Young of Madison, Wisconsin, Sean and Sara Lester of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and great-grandchild, Christopher Allen of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was born to Sam Conrad and Mary (Wirth) Conrad in Smithville, Ohio on May 5, 1917 and lived in the Akron area until 1960, when she moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she co-managed a hearing aid dealership with her husband and son. She wintered in Tucson, Arizona for many years and recently moved to Westerville, Ohio. She was known by all for her energy, sense of humor and loving personality. The family wishes to express special gratitude to Dr. Shapiro and his staff of the James Hospital, Stoneridge chemotherapy staff, the Village at Westerville staff and the Homeland Hospice staff for providing excellent and loving care to Martha. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2004 at the Gresser Funeral Home, 415 North Elm Street, Orrville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please consider remembrances in her memory to Dr. Charles Shapiro’s Breast Cancer Research Fund, co Arthur James Hospital, 320 West 10th Ave., B420 Starling Loving Hall, Columbus, OH 43210, the Columbus Children’s Hospital Heart Center, co Columbus Children’s Foundation, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205 or to a charity of your choice. Local arrangements made by Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville, OH.
BELL, James J., Jr., 70, of Tucson, died May 18, 2004. Husband of Maria Leonor Bell; father of Willie, James III, Richard and Anette Bell, Elvia Duarte; ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; brother of Elmer, Herman, Lydia, Luise and Harry Bell. Funeral service will be held at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, Friday, May 21, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. Friends may call at ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave. Tucson, Arizona Friday, May 21, 2004 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
BRECH, Tami Melinda (Fischer), went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, May 18, 2004. She was born to Alan and Linda (Mathey) Fischer on February 22, 1974 in Martin, SD. She became a child of God through baptism on March 24, 1974.
She was energized in life, serving in the roles of youth group president at Immanuel Lutheran, cheerleading, and vice president of her Junior class, all while graduating from High School with honors. She received her Associates degree in Elementary Education from Northwest College in Powell, WY. She moved to Rapid City in 1994, where she was thrilled to be a teacher’s aide at Zion Lutheran School. She met her husband, Dale, while at Zion, where they married on May 9, 1998. In May of 1999, they moved to Tucson, AZ where she finished her BA in Elementary Education. She graduated with highest honors and a 4.0 GPA from the School of Education, University of Arizona, in December 2002. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000, yet still excelled in her education while undergoing chemotherapy and several surgeries. She always enjoyed taking a break from her active life to visit and volunteer at nursing homes.
She walked everyday of her life praising God for all of the blessings He had bestowed upon her. She served the Lord in many ways because of what He has done for her and the world by sending His Son Jesus to die for our sins (John 316). Her daily walk with Christ set a living example for all of us.
She is survived by her husband, Dale; parents, Alan and Linda; brother, Troy; grandparents, Lyle and Fran Fischer, and Lawrence and Jesse Backes; and countless friends and relatives.
Since her heart was always in Christian education, she requested that flowers not be sent, but rather contributions be made to Faith Lutheran School, 3925 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ, 85711.
A visitation will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2004 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3925 E. 5th St. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.
Kenneth A. Briggs
beloved husband, father and grandfather, was born February 15, 1940 in Hot Springs, AR, passed away May 17, 2004 in Tucson, AZ. Survived by wife, Loreita; daughters, Charlotte (Stephen) Witt of CA, Darenda Cress and Christie (John) Foley both of AZ; granddaughters, “The Triplets” Christina, Wendy and Sarina, and Kelsie; grandsons, Keith and Travis. He was a veteran of the Air Force and retired from the SP/Union Pacific after 37 years. Visitation will be Friday, May 21, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. in the EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd. Burial follows in East Lawn Palms Cemetery.
Verl Trent Davidson
The Reverend Doctor, Verl Trent Davidson, a retired Presbyterian pastor, died May 18, 2004, Tucson, Arizona at the age of 82. The son of George O. Davidson and Ima V. Stillwell Davidson, he was born in 1921 in Carroll County Indiana but lived in White County until he left home in 1939 in pursuit of higher education.
Dr. Davidson earned his A.B. degree at the University of Findley then went on to Yale Divinity School and the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Some years later, he earned a Master of Theology degree at Princeton which was followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
His ministry was begun in western Colorado where he served a small mission church until it became self supporting. While in his first parish, he met and married the former Le Theil Rebecca Penley. Feeling his call was more to the teaching ministry, after his first parish he began a career as a church educator and served as Minister of Education in churches in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Indiana. His career in church education included serving as a consultant in Christian Education to the 252 Presbyterian churches in the Synod of Kansas.
From Kansas, he was called to his denomination’s headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he served both as an editor of Sunday Church School resources and as resource person in church education across the nation. While serving in the headquarters position, he was his denomination’s representative on the National Council of Churches Commission on Marriage and Family and the Council’s Committee on Mental Retardation. It was while serving on that committee that the first protestant curriculum was produced for retarded children, youth, and adults.
Dr. Davidson concluded over 40 years in ministry by pastoring the Presbyterian Church in Easton, Maryland. In 1988, he and Mrs. Davidson moved to Tucson for their retirement years.
In retirement, he worked at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church as a teacher of adult classes and when called upon he preached, made home and hospital calls and conducted funerals and performed marriage ceremonies. From St. Mark’s he took a year and a half’s leave of absence in order to serve as Interim Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bisbee, Arizona. Dr. Davidson is survived by his wife of 53 years, three sons, Brian, Joel, and Paul, and eight grandchildren. Memorial services will be at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 11:00 am. Private burial was held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3806 E. 3rd St. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
HARRISON, Alice G., 85, died May 19, 2004. Alice Glick was born in New York and lived in New Jersey, Maryland and Florida before moving to Tucson in 1951, where she and her husband designed and built their house. She volunteered at Immaculate Heart High School and was active in St. Odilias women’s group before she and her late daughter, Helen opened a boarding and grooming kennel. Alice and Helen operated Desertdale Kennel for 17 years and bred and raised dachshunds. Alice is predeceased by her daughter, Helen Harrison; son, Richard “Renny” Harrison; and mother, Helen G. Glick. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dave Wilson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society. Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery Mausoleum Friday, May 21, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3435 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, Arizona.
Oralia Romero Lopez
67, of Tucson, passed away May 15, 2004. Preceded in death by her husband, Fernando Romero Lopez and her parents, Miguel and Mariana Romero. Survived by daughters, Ana (Tomas) Zepeda, Sylvia (Rodrigo) Gonzales, Christina (Lupe) Moreno and Veronica Lopez; sons, Miguel (Luz) Lopez and Fernando (Deanna) Lopez, Jr; sisters, Carmen Castillo, Maria Cristo and Dina Romero; brothers, Joaquin Romero and Rosendo Romero. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 21, 2004 from 400 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC. (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Church, 801 N. Grande Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. “No es adios sino hasta pronto!” Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
Alexander F. McMinn Jr.
88 years old, born in Tucson, Arizona on May 30, 1915 peacefully passed on May 18, 2004 surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his mother, Rita Lee Beck; wife, Celia; grandson, Manuel Galvan Jr. Survived by daughter, Lydia (Manuel); son, Vince; grandchildren, Francisco, Daniel, Brianna, Laura and Vince; great-grandchildren, Alicia, Andres, Salina and Elijah; many loving nieces and nephews. Also survived by daughters, Diane (Edward) Scott and Suzanne (Ray) Phillis; grandchildren, Laurel, Heather, Shanna and Scott. Alex retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad after 42 years as a machinist. His passion was hunting, fishing and sports. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We love you! Special thanks to Casa De La Luz Hospice and Care Haven staff. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 22, 2004 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with a Rosary recited at 11:00 a.m. Mass will follow, 1:00 p.m. at St.’s Peter and Paul Church, 1946 E. Lee. Ave. Interment Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
Terrence J. Moriarty, DDS
67, of Tucson, died May 18, 2004. Survived by best friend, Dawn Moriarty; children, Cindy Cook of Tucson, T.J. (Sandra) Belmonti of IL, Patricia (Rick) Moriarty Hirsh of IL, Andrew (Sherrill) Moriarty of Tucson, Cori (Garrett) Moriarty Smith of Phoenix; grandchildren, Jason Belmonti, Ryan Fortuno and Matthew Moriarty. He was a Dentist in Tucson for 33 years, a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and had many hobbies, loving friends and patients. Graveside service 900 a.m. Friday, Congregation Anshei Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetery, Rabbi Robert Eisen, Rabbi Arthur Oleisky and Cantor Ivor Lichterman officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Congregation Anshei Israel or TMC Hospice. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile.
66, passed away on May 7, 2004. Following a valiant battle with cancer. She was born in New York on November 13, 1937 and is survived by her two sons, Michael and Edward and her two siblings, Steve Lewis and Irma Wahlbeck. Natalie came to Tucson in November 1979 and began working as a manager at a local mail order catalog for 17 years. In 1998 Natalie founded University Postal. Michael and Edward will carry on the tradition in her name. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, May 23, 2004 at the EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd. from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Carondelet Foundation co St. Joseph Hospital or The American Cancer Society. Natalie will truly be missed by the many lives she touched.
Julian Robles III
was born on August 22, 1968 in Tucson, AZ and departed this life on May 15, 2004. Survived by mother and father, Eva and Julian Robles II; grandfather, Julian Robles; grandmother, Concha Matus; brothers, Manny and Carlos Robles; sister, Rebecca Breeding, and four nephews and one niece. Visitation will be held Friday, May 21st at 826 W. Calle Santa Anna, service at 7:30 p.m. May 22nd. Saturday’s visitation will be at the Evergreen Chapel located at 3015 N. Oracle Road, service 9:00 a.m. Burial immediately after service at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Charles Seamans, Jr.
beloved husband, son, father, brother and friend, passed away at sunrise on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Charles Seamans, Sr. and is survived by his mother, Ruth Seamans; his wife, Delores; children, Sandy, Rob, Ruth, Nelson and Lynore; son-in-laws, Art Trevino and Brian Stearns; daughter-in-law, Jen; step-daughter, Dawn Dawson; grandchildren, Arthur, Charles, Anthony and Alexandra Trevino, Kathryn Stearns, and grandchild on the way, Justin and step-grandchildren, Jessie and Clayton Dawson; sister, Cindy Seamans and brother, Gary Seamans; dogs, Apache and Bear; and horses, Cheyenne, Bullseye and Thunder. He is also survived by good friends too numerous to count in Tucson, Arizona, Moline, Illinois, Grand Junction, Colorado, Platteville, Wisconsin, Silver City, New Mexico, Libby, Montana and elsewhere. He lived his life with passion and determination as a star collegiate athlete, championship college football coach, and independent State Farm Agent. He followed his dream of owning a piece of rugged property in Montana, clearing it and building a cabin with his own two hands and the help of his friends. The cherished memories he left behind will burn brightly in our hearts until we meet again. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church, 7250 N. Cortaro Rd., Tucson with a service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile.
Florence Vivian Stadig Woodward
93, passed away peacefully May 15, 2004. Flo was born in Cambridge, MA, April 29, 1911, and came to Tucson in 1946. She worked 19 years at Hughes Aircraft before retiring in 1974. Preceded in death by her son, Charles C. “Buzz” Woodward and granddaughter, Lynne S. Walker. Survived by daughter, Charlotte Walker; daughter-in-law, Nancy May Woodward, and son-in-law, David L. Walker; “Grammie” to grandchildren, D. Lee Walker (Marianne), Paula Woodward Trahan (Trent), David C. Woodward (Carrie), Kerri L. Lindstrom (Todd), and Jodi L. Bridges (Byron), and ten (soon to be 11) great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday May 21, 2004 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 E. Grant Road, also where a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Interment to follow at East Lawn Palms Cemetery.