CHILDERS, Dr. Joel M. was tragically killed while on a last minute errand to buy Valentine’s cards for his family the evening of February 13, 2002. Dr. Childers was a well respected local physician with a national and international reputation as a teacher/ innovator of laparoscopic techniques in the gynecologic patient. He was an invited lecturer/surgeon to over 25 international sites and over 100 national symposia. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Childers was on the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics/ Gynecology. Since 1996, he was a member of Arizona Oncology Associates. He loved what he did!
He had an unsurpassed zest for life exemplified by his every action and will be deeply missed by his wife, Dr. Rebecca Hunt; children, Carly and Mick Childers; stepson, Dr. Steven Ross; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Childers; sister, Katrina Robinson; and nieces, Skye and Summer.
Services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, Campbell Avenue at River Road. Donations may be made in Joel’s memory to the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America or Sunstone Cancer Support Foundation, 2545 Woodland Rd., 85749.
To My Father From His Loving Son
The greatest man I ever knew
A father, a teacher and a friend too
I love him so very much
I hate to see him leave.
I pray to God every second of my life
That he will come back to his kids and wife.
To make me happy, to make me smile,
To make my world a bright place
Without him here to see me thru
I don’t know what I’ll ever do.
The greatest man I ever knew
A father, a teacher and a friend too.
A poem by Joel M. Childers (Mick)
February 14, 2002
I love you so much and I know we had something so special. I feel so happy and honored to have so much of you inside of me. You made me who I am and I am proud to be your only daughter. I am your Sweet-Pea, your Butterbean, your ”Carlita”, your one and only ”Carly-Barly”. I love you Daddy and will always remember you. I miss ya already.
Love you forever, Carly Childers February 14, 2002
DOUGLASS, Virginia M., 96, passed away February 14, 2002. Services pending with EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
KENNEDY, Arlene Elaine, born in Elmira, W.VA, passed away in Tucson, AZ, Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at age 56. She is survived by husband, Don Kennedy; children, Amee Smith, Emilee Carroll and John Smith; grandson, Dylan Carroll; and siblings, Olen Kelley, Eleanor Therrien and Ilene Lane. She was a loving and caring wife and mother, selflessly devoted to her family. She was a pleasure to know. Memorial services will be held at ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. (@ Magee), Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made on her behalf to the American Cancer Society.
MC CANN, Penelope J., 47, died February 8, 2002. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
Jean Marie Norwick
74, died February 12, 2002. Born to Howard and Leona Firth on August 17, 1927 in Sterling, Michigan, married the one true love of her life, Elmer Arnold Norwick on March 6, 1946 in Midland, Michigan. Together they had three daughters, Julie Ann, Lillian Irene and Debra Dee. They moved to Tucson March 1955 away from family and friends with the hope that here Arnold would live longer than the two years predicted by doctors in Michigan. Prior to leaving Michigan, they were introduced to a couple, Vyril and Donna Asch, who with their three daughters, were also planning to move to Tucson for health reasons. So it was that both families traveled together, each one towing a 47 foot trailer across the country for seven plus days, a trip that would create a life long friendship and result in a better and longer life.
In 1958 Jean went to work for the Sunnyside School District working in the cafeteria and after another move in 1961 went to work for Mead’s Pharmacy until 1963 when she and her husband opened their own business under the name of Allied Trailer Supply. After selling the business in January 1980, they retired and spent the next 12 years traveling to Colorado for the summers and to Mexico for the winters, making friends along the way. On January 2, 1993, Arnold suffered a stroke and shortly thereafter Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Predeceased by her husband on November 3, 1999, she is survived by her three daughters, Julie, Lillian and Debra; six grandchildren, Chris, Jesse, Lisi, Brandee, Bridget and Ember; five great-grandchildren, Brianna, Boston, Braxton, Diego and Kayla Ann.
She left us feeling loved and cared for. Her spirit, her strength, courage, perseverance and love of life will last and hold true in our memories and she will be forever loved and remembered.
Services at SOUTH LAWN MORTUARY, 5401 S. Park Ave. at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2002.
ORTIZ, Celia M., 82, died February 12, 2002. Preceded in death by her husband, Augustine Ortiz. Survived by son, Alfred A. Ortiz (Sallie); grandson, Alfred A. Ortiz; granddaughter, Jennifer Ortiz, of all of Tucson; great-grandson, Armando Ortiz; sisters, Armida Laguna of Tucson, Molly Bugarin of CA; brothers, Conrad Martinez, Jess Martinez, both of Tucson and Gene Martinez of CA. Scripture service 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2002 at BRING’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Mass will be offered 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2002 at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2002 at BRING’S MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 236 S. Scott.
William Ortiz Ruiz
74, of Tucson. Willie passed away peacefully at Holy Family Hospice surrounded by loving family and friends on February 13, 2002. Survived by wife, Mary Ann Salgado Ruiz; daughters, Cecilia (Tom) Amparano and Dee Dee Ruiz; sons, William (Carole) O. Ruiz, Jr. and Bobby Ruiz. Also survived by eight grandchildren, Tommy (Linda) and Adam Amparano, Diane, Billy-O and Gina Ruiz, Ryan, Rayna and Rheanna Ruiz and two great-grandchildren, Sofia Amparano and William Ruiz IV. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, lifetime member of VFW Post 549, member of American Legion and the Marine Reserves. He retired from U of A as an Electrician with the Physical Resources Department. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2002 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 300 S. Tucson Blvd. Mass will be offered Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY.
SCHUTZE, William Dale, 62, born February 17, 1939 in Austin, Texas. He passed away on January 28, 2002. Dale was a graduate of the University of Texas. He was a world traveler, and formerly owned businesses in El Paso, Laguna Beach, Green Valley and Tucson. He is survived by his mother, LaRue Noton Hedrick of Hondo, TX; a sister, Terry Ann Morris of Pearland, TX; and a brother, Morris Thomas Schutze of Fort Worth, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Sterzing Schutze and his brother, Michael Noton Schutze. Dale was a generous man who leaves a circle of friends around the world and in Tucson. They will miss his love, stories, friendship, kindness and sense of humor. His ashes will be interred at the family plot in Rodgers Hill Cemetery in Austin. A ”Celebration of Life” will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Lodge in the Desert. Dale was a member of ”Sons of the Republic of Texas” and an active member of ”Save Texas Cemeteries”. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to this organization at P.O. Box 202975, Austin, TX 78720.
Arnold L. Strasheim Col. USAF Ret
Lois Jean Johnson Strasheim
Arnold ”Arnie” L., Strasheim passed away suddenly on January 31, 2002, from a heart attack. Lois Jean ”Jeanie” J. Strasheim followed on February 13, 2002, after an extended, bravely fought battle with cancer.
Arnold L. Strasheim was a native of Lincoln, NE. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1953 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt., USAF. After completing pilot training in Laredo, Texas, he checked out in F-86′s, and was assigned to Japan. His next assignment was B/RB/ED 47′s, where he made numerous alert/reflex tours to Europe. In the early 1960′s, he was selected to fly-2′s, and flew missions over Cuba, Korea, and North Vietnam. He became the U-2 Sqdn. Commander at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson. It was during this assignment that he met his future wife, Jeanie.
Lois Jean Johnson was born in Fargo, ND. She graduated from Buena Vista College with a degree in Art. Jeanie was teaching art in the Tucson schools when she met Arnie, they were married in 1973.
Col. and Mrs. Strasheim were then assigned to Omaha, NE where Arnie was senior controller in the SAC Command Post. From there he was assigned to K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI, as Dep.CMDR.Maintenance. Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1977, he and Jeanie returned to Tucson.
Services are scheduled Monday, February 18, 2002, 1:00 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church here in Tucson. They will be missed dearly by countless friends and family. Survivors include her brother, Glen Johnson, and their children, Kim, Greg, Holly Jean, R.D. and grandchildren Loreena, Daniel, Sheri, Charles, Bo. Great-grandchildren Michael and Summer.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following charities: DAV Chapter 2 (Cactus Chapter), 3455 S. Wilmot, Tucson, AZ 85730, (520) 747-3333. FAIR (Foundation for Animals In Risk), 4072 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711, (520) 722-3553.
VELAZQUEZ Jr., Daniel, age 7 weeks, called home by his Heavenly Father, February 10, 2002. Survived by his parents, Monica Urbalejo and Daniel Velazquez, Sr.; grandparents, Porfirio and Sylvia Urbalejo and Valentin and Terri Velazquez; aunts, Kristina and Alyssa; uncles, Porfirio III, David and Peter. Visitation to be held Sunday, February 17, 4:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Cristo Rey Church, where a Mass will be held Monday, February 18 at 9:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Mt. Calvario Cemetery. Care entrusted to HEATHER MORTUARY.
Joseph Benjamin (Ben) Wesner
Died February 12, 2002.
Born June 19, 1905 near Foss, OK, the ninth of ten children of Joseph and Nora Wesner, all who have preceded Ben in death. Raised on his father’s farm, he had intimate knowledge of horses and cattle. Especially since his father died when Ben was five years old and being the youngest of two sons, much of the farm work fell to him. He learned the cattle business while working with a cattle buyer in Texas and Oklahoma as a young lad, and at the age twenty-one, he was employed as a cowhand in northeastern Colorado near Grover, Colorado. He worked with various ranches there and in the thirties traveled with a professional rodeo troupe as a bronc rider and roper until he enlisted in the 45th Division Fifth Army in the Colorado National Guard. During World War II, he served as a jeep driver in the North African Campaign, the Sicilian Campaign, the Anzio landing in Italy, the Italian Campaign, the French Campaign and on into Germany until victory was won. After the war, he returned to work on the ranches in Colorado. He married Merriman Josephine Knittle on December 24, 1956. He and Josephine ran a small cattle and hay farm west of Greeley, CO until moving to Arizona in 1972. Ben received Christ as his Savior at an early age through the faithful witness of his family, especially through his brother Fred, a Baptist preacher. He is survived by his wife Josephine, her two sons, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. February 18, 2002, at First Southern Baptist Church, 445 E. Speedway.
In Loving Memory of
Glenn J. Schorr
March 7, 1941-February 15, 1992
Always in our hearts and memories.
With Love, Your Family