John Joseph Ahern Gentleman and Social Worker Retired from the United Way, Community Chest and Council, passed away peacefully in the company of beloved family members on 11 December 2005 at Hospice Family Care in Tucson, AZ. John was born in Massachusetts on 5 June 1926 and grew up in Boston. He was a World War II veteran who served on a Navy carrier. He married Margaret E. McFeeley in Boston in 1955. They moved to Tucson in 1973. John loved his family, the mountains, and white sand beaches. He enjoyed his grandchildren, deep-sea fishing, and horseback riding. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Al and Paul and his sister, Eleanor. He is survived by his wife, Margaret E. Ahern, and children, Margaret Mary Francis Boreman (Glenn), Joanne Marie Ahern, John Joseph Ahern Jr. (Lorna), Mary Claire Ahern (Frank Bumgarner), and Patricia Ann Scott (Charles); grandchildren, Edward Rene Whitney, John Charles and Jennifer Margaret Scott, and Anthony Joseph Ahern. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 17 December 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 602 North Wilmot, Tucson, AZ. Interment will be in St. Michael’s church courtyard cemetery.
Edward Francis Brooks born January 8, 1943 in Troy, NY to Edward F. and Winifred Brooks, died December 12, 2005 following a long battle against cancer. He attended St. Johns primary school and was a member of the class of 1960 from Salpointe High School. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 104. Ed contributed many years of his life to volunteer activities with multiple youth organizations in Tucson. He was a member of the Varmint Hunter’s Association and Pima Pistol Club. He is survived by his wife, Penny; children, Colleen, Ed, Kathy, Dan, Monica and Mike; their spouses; grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, Deason, Devin, Lacey, Jake, Katy, Jordan, Ashley, Baylie, Pippi, Cody and Gloria; two and a half great-grandchildren, Payten and Connor; and his sister, Mary Stoller. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Brooks and his children’s mother, Carol Ann Brooks. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Avenue. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ed Brooks Memorial Shoot, P.O. Box 36886, Tucson, AZ 85740.
Joseph Sidney Cotner III, M.D., passed away peacefully at home after a long illness, Friday, December 9, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.S. Cotner Jr., and Lena Mae Cotner. Sid was born December 19, 1936 in Charleston, Arkansas, he enjoyed a wonderful childhood growing in Magnolia, Arkansas. After graduating from Magnolia H.S. in 1954 he attended Southern College in Magnolia and then went on to the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in Aeronautical and Space Engineering. After working with GE for two years he returned to the University of Oklahoma for Medical School graduating in 1966. Dr. Cotner then served in the Air Force for two years working in the Aero-Space Medical Research Dept. at W.P.A.F.B., Ohio. After completing his service, Dr. Cotner did a residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, P.A. followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology in Washington, D.C. In 1972 Dr. Cotner opened his Ophthalmology practice in Tucson. His practice included caring for children at the Crippled Children’s Clinic in Tucson, inmates at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, AZ, and volunteer work in India. Dr. Cotner touched the hearts and lives of his patients and the people he worked with. Outside his love of family and friends his interests included a love of music, singing, playing the guitar and his harmonica, golf and movies. Survived by sons, Drs. John (Joann) Cotner, James Cotner; daughter, Amy Cotner; their mother, Catharine (K.D.); grandchildren, Joey and Jessica Scollins and daughters, Lauren Cotner, Jenna Cotner, Lisa Monjer, Linda Cone; grandson, Seth Cone and their mother and special friend, Sherrilyn O’Connor. Services will be held Saturday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. at Catalina Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital would be appreciated. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle and W. Miracle Mile.
EDGAR, Hugh McKenzie, was called by his Heavenly Father after a brief illness on December 13, 2005. Hugh was born in Detroit, Michigan to Thomas and Mary Edgar on March 16, 1927. He served in the Navy during WWII. He worked as a diesel mechanic both in the Detroit area and later here in Tucson, Arizona. He served as a ruling elder for many years at Desert Springs Presbyterian Church. Hugh was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His life was a testimony of service to the Lord and he loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all who knew him. Hugh was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyne and son, Patrick. Survived by his children, Thomas (JoniJo), Robert (Donna), Jonathon (Dorothy), Sally (Bryan) and Kathleen; as well as 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild (a second great-grandchild due in March.) Visitation will be on Friday, December 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at EVERGREEN MORTUARY. Graveside services on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Stewart Sherard officiating. Memorial service will be held on Friday, December 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Desert Sprints Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Desert Springs Presbyterian Church.
Consuelo P. Fierro December 19, 1932 – December 9, 2005 72, born in Tucson, AZ. Went to heaven to be with the Lord December 9, 2005. Survived by her husband of 52 years, Roberto Fierro and her children, Roberto Jr., Fierro, Leticia (William) Morales, Carlos (Maria) Fierro, Jeanette (Mario) Patino, Marco (Eunice) Fierro, Sylvia (Carlos) Borquez; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, three sisters and one brother. Consuelo was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Loved by many and will be greatly missed. Graveside service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005, 12:00 p.m. at SOUTH LAWN CEMETERY, 5401 S. Park, Tucson, AZ.
Mariano Galaz age 66, of Tucson, Born July 22, 1939, passed away December 12, 2005. Mr Galaz worked for Phelp Dodge Corporation as equipment mechanic in Sahaurita and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Argentina; daughters, Norma (Gus) Gastelum, Maribell (Lou) Henkin; son, Mario Galaz; father, Antonio Galaz; sisters, Maria Lemus, Delores Garcia; brothers, Felix, Manuel, Roque, Arturo Galaz; grandchildren, Anthony, Maricela, Sebastian, Gus Jr., Victoria Leo, Louie. Visitation Friday, December 16, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. SOUTHLAWN MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5401 S. Park Ave. Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. Interment South Lawn Cemetery.
Teresa Gradillas 69, of Katy, TX, died December 13, 2005. Born January 22, 1936, in Tucson to Efren and Carmen Gradillas. Survived by four children, Enrique G. (Cindy) Ramirez of Tucson, Marco A. (Cheryl) Ramirez of Katy, TX, Elisa E. Stengel and Francisco J. Ramirez both of Tucson; sisters, Eva (Richard) Rios, Viola Burruel, Ramona Alameda, all of Tucson; brother, Albert Castro, of Tucson; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Scripture service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005, at 12:30 p.m., EVERGREEN MORTUARY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Tu Nidito Children’s Hospice 3922 N. Mountain Ave Tucson, AZ 85719, in memory of Teresa Gradillas. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle Rd. & W. Miracle Mile.
HARRELL, Claude “Bill”, Bill Harrell passed on to his eternal reward on December 7, 2005 from leukemia and other health issues. He was born October 22, 1922 in St. Pauls, North Carolina. He was retired from both the Army and Postal Service. His last employment was with St. Gregory’s College Preparatory School. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary O. Boyd Harrell. Donations to the Hermitage Cat Shelter.
KWIATKOWSKI, June A., born August, 20, 1930 in Falmouth, KY. Died December 13, 2005 in Tucson, AZ, following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. A spitfire throughout life and up to the end and a true Kentucky bluegrass girl, June was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to play practical jokes, to laugh, and to sing and play her guitar. She loved Tucson and the Sonoran Desert, and although her life and adventurous spirit took her to Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and California, June ultimately returned to her beloved desert, unable to part from its beautiful sunsets and inspiring landscape. June was dearly loved and will be missed and remembered for her wit, humor, and strong work ethic. Preceded in death by her mother, Flora Wright (Cason); father, Floyd Wright; her first husband and the father of her children, Elmer L. Field; and her loving husbands, Ken Sagar and Walter Kwiatkowski. June is survived by her four children, Barry Field (Mia) of Lakewood, WA, Barbara Hulings of Tucson, AZ, Brenda Funk of Sonoma, CA, and Billy Field of Doyle, CA; and five grandchildren, Regina, Daniel, Benjamin, Brianne, and Alex. The family wishes to thank the staff of The Place at Tanque Verde, Sabino Canyon Rehabilitation, and Catalina Care Center for their care and support during June’s illness. Graveside services will be held in Tucson at All Faiths Memorial Park, Desert Vista Cemetery, 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16th, with viewing from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. In lieu of flowers, the family urges donations to your local Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 13423, Tucson, AZ 85732.
LANDA, Julio, 66, died December 12, 2005 in Tucson, AZ. Julio came from Havana Cuba in 1951 and settled in Norwalk, CT. where, in 1952, he was a member of the Norwalk Little League World Champions. Julio received a BS from Colorado State University and two MS from Fairfield University. He married his first wife, Charlene Perrotti, and settled down in Ridgefield, CT. As department head, Julio taught high school biology at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. Julio moved to Tucson in 2001 to ‘get away from the snow and ice and leaf raking and grass cutting.’ He was a skier, avid photographer, loved to cook and to travel. He self-published two cookbooks for his family and friends and turned his photos into works of art. Julio is survived by his wife, Laura; his daughters, Gwendolyn Pounds of Roxbury, CT, Julie Landa of Wakefield, RI, and his stepdaughter, Christina Loria of Tucson, AZ. Services will be in CT. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
LINES, Charles Robert, Retired Machinist and Welder from the Arizona Portland Cement Plant, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2005 in Anaheim, CA. Charles was born in Wisconsin on March 14, 1921 and grew up on a farm in Indiana. He married his wife Barbara A. Dentler in Parkville, Michigan in 1947. They moved to Tucson, AZ in 1955. Charles loved to garden and make things with his hands. He was the neighborhood handyman. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Lines and 16 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his brother, Thomas E. Lines; his children, Judith A. Derry (Dennis), Mary F. Manson, Carol L. Lines and John Edward Lines (Julie); grandchildren, David M. Derry (Roni), Teresa J. Fitzpatrick (Brian), Michael, Breanna, Shaylee and Aaron Lines and his great-grandchildren, Brandon and Laken Derry and Tyler Fitzpatrick. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. Tucson, AZ. Interment will be at South Lawn Cemetery.
Esteban J. Madrid (Carpenter) 51, born December 26, 1953 passed away December 9, 2005. Preceded in death by his wife, Martha Gastelum; mother Maria Madrid; father, Rafael Madrid; sisters, Lisaura Yslava, Margaret Camacho and brother Daniel Madrid. Survived by sons, Steve (Sandra), Chris (Valerie), Ernie, Adam; daughters, Irene (Cesar) and Stephanie. Also survived by six brothers, two sisters, 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. All night Vigil to be held Friday, December 16, 2005 at Cristo Rey, New Pascua Village. Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be held Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 9:00 a.m., and Burial to follow at Monte Calvario Cemetery.
MARTINO, Vivian, passed away December 9, 2005 at the young age of 91. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 16, 1914 and lived on Long Island, NY until she moved to Tucson in 1982 with her loving husband, Jerry, who preceded her in death in 1988. She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Tom Nolan and Barbara and Al Lovejoy; four grandchildren, Cheryl (David), Tommy (Joan), Douglas (Michelle), and Cynthia; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild expected in June of 2006. She lived a life of travel and adventure and her happy and fun stories about her life and family will be missed by all who knew her. There will be no services. Donations may be made to Tucson Medical Center Hospice in loving memory of Vivian Martino.
Daniel Robert Moreno beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and cousin, died on December 9, 2005 at the National Institutes for Health Medical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 23. Mr. Moreno was suffering from schizophrenia and for the last six months had been voluntarily participating in clinical research studies that focused on the disease. He had been scheduled to return home December 15th. He will be remembered for his exceptional loving kindness, bravery, clever sense of humor, and for his compassion for people and animals alike. Born in Douglas in 1982, Daniel lived in Tucson for 18 years. He attended Sunrise Drive Elementary, Orange Grove Middle School, Catalina Foothills and Edge Charter School and before the onset of his illness was an avid drawer, writer, rock climber, hiker, and aspiring chef and had a keen interest in history and politics. He had volunteered at a local elementary school where students and teachers alike loved him. Daniel is survived by his mother, Susan A. Moreno of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Amanda of Seattle, WA, Ami of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Angela of New Brunswick, NJ; grandparents, Frances and David Hoover of Green Valley; niece, Ryan Ashley of Sierra Vista, AZ; aunts, Patricia Mohead of Douglas and Sharon Huber of St. Louis; uncles, Humberto Moreno, Jr. of Silver City, NM, Ken Toland of St. Louis, John Hoover of Sahuarita, and Mark Hoover of Atlanta, GA, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Moreno; grandfather, Humberto Moreno, Sr.; and grandmother, Sarah K. Moreno, all of Douglas, AZ. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 North Dodge Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona. The family asks that donations be made to the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – N.A.M.I.S.A.
Norma E. Sponheimer 85, of Tucson passed away December 12, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1982. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Pete) Tountas; her son, Edward (Sandy) Sponheimer; grandchildren, Michael Tountas, Michelle Tountas, Bill Sponheimer, Bob Sponheimer and Chris Sponheimer; great-grandchildren, Peter, Nichole, Weston, Tyler and Alyissa; and her sister, Hilda (Grant) Swallows. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME on Saturday morning December 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow immediately at the funeral home. Sandra and Edward would like to express their gratitude to Tom and Bonnie and their staff at Crossroads and the staff at the Carondelet Hospice for the loving care their mother received during her final illness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Youth On Their Own. Arrangements by VALLEY FUNERAL HOME – 327-6341.
VALENZUELA, Jesus Coronado, 100, of Tucson passed away December 9, 2005. Born in San Rafael, Hermosillo, Mexico on September 18, 1905. Preceded in death by wife, Balbina C. Valenzuela; son, Manuel (Benny) Valenzuela and by three sisters, two brothers, four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Survived by daughter, Marylou Cota-Robles, of Tucson, AZ.; son, Roberto C. Valenzuela (Mary) of Denver, CO; daughter-in-law, Connie Valenzuela, of Tucson, Arizona. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 from 8:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel) with Rosary recited at 9:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Church, 1220 S. 6th Ave. Internment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad and Tucson Unified School District. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
In Memoriam Henry (Enrique) Y. Munguia July 12, 1920 – December 15, 2000 Dad and Tata, it has been five years and you are still missed. La “Luz” from our home is gone, a voice we loved is not there, a place is empty in our house which can never be replaced. The Lord gave us a beautiful Dad and Grandfather who was always there with a helping word. No one can take our “Dad’s” place.” Manuel S. Munguia and family
In Memory Juan Mendoza Parras June 26, 1921 – December 15, 2004 Hola Dad, it has been one year that God took you from us. We feel your presence all the time. Merry Christmas. We love and miss you. All your family