BARNHILL, Kaia Johnson, age 59, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 1997. She was born in Madison, WI on January 12, 1938. Her parents were Sally and George Johnson, longtime winter residents of Tucson. Kaia graduated from the The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY, in 1955. She attended Bradford Junior College, Bradford, MA, and the University of Wisconsin. She majored in Occupational Therapy and Nursing and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
While in Madison, Kaia was a volunteer at the Arts Center, The United Way and the Girl Scouts. In Tucson, she was an active member of the Colonial Dames of America and was on the Silver and Turquoise Ball Board of the Tucson Festival Society. She was instrumental in starting the Docent program at the Reid Park Zoo.
In 1981, Kaia and her husband Bob moved to Sonoita, AZ, where they raised Arabian Horses. Their Merry Star Ranch was a haven for their many friends and family members. Kaia and Bob were valuable participants in the Sonoita community and helped establish the Sonoita Crossroads Forum. They were very active in the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association and the Sonoita-Elgin Emergency Services organization and the Elgin Club.
In November 1989, Kaia became Dr. Jack Copeland’s 15th Heart-Lung Transplant recipient at the University Medical Center in Tucson. She and Bob started the Arizona Heart/Lung Transplant Fund through the Tucson Community Foundation. Her determination and courage were exemplary; her devotion to her family and friends was unceasing.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; a daughter, Sara Bunn Chesney of Tucson; and a son, Carl Bunn of San Carlos, Mexico; brothers, Richmond Johnson of Templeton, CA, Hobart Johnson of Redwood City, CA and Graham Johnson of Manila, The Phillipines; stepchildren, Meg Gebert, Jim Barnhill, Sam Barnhill and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 17, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at The Santa Rita Abbey, Sonoita. Her family requests that donations in her name be made to the Arizona Transplant Fund, Tucson Community Foundation, 6601 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ 85715; or to SEESI, Sonoita, AZ; or to a favorite charity.
BLAZAK, Mitchell Thomas, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, May 8, 1997 to work for our Lord. He was born on November 14, 1946 in Niagara Falls, NY and lived most of his life in Tucson, AZ. He had resided in El Paso with Bob and Sara Addis for the last two and one-half years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Blazak. Mitchell was a trucker and was employed by Cecil Trucking Co. in Duncan, AZ when he was tragically killed in an accident while on the job. He was a graduate of Western Technical Institute and International Trucking School, both of El Paso.
Survived by one daughter, Kathleen Addis of El Paso; father, Steve Blazak; one sister, Lori Pfaff, both of Tucson; one brother, James (and Lea) Blazak of Las Vegas, NV; one niece, Nickie Ann (and Scott) Perger; one nephew, Steven McBrayer; one great-nephew, Donovan Rich, all of Tucson; dear friends, Bob and Sara Addis of El Paso and many loyal and loving friends.
He was ”there”, he did THAT!
Then came home with a different hat
To set an example for me and you.
”There’s really nothing you can’t do
If you apply yourself and work real hard,
You’ll get there eventually just yard by yard.”
There were no goodbyes, but don’t be so sad.
He would never want us to feel so bad.
We who he loved now give him to You.
He is now with those who love him too!
Cremation will be in Albuquerque, NM. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 16, 1997 at 4:00 p.m. in the Addis rose garden, located at 8417 Parkland in El Paso where his ashes will be scattered during the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to SOLPAE (Sanctity of Life, People Against Executions), c/o Mrs. Kathy Noorgard, 4133 E. Roberts, Tucson, AZ 85711.
”Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
BOBILLO, Tillie (Otilia), was received into the arms of the Lord on May 14, 1997 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born on February 18, 1912 in Teverga, Oviedo, Spain. Her husband, Tomas Bobillo, preceded her in death in 1983. She is survived by her daughter, Natalia Bobillo; and son, Antonio (Martha) Bobillo of Tucson, a son, Donald (BJ) Bobillo of Phoenix and Raymond (Virginia) Bobillo of Michigan City, Indiana. Surviving are sisters, Louise Iglesias of Tucson; and Mary (Ed) Kasiak of Gary and brothers, Joe (Emily) Perez and Floyd (Jo Ellen) Perez of Gary, Indiana. Mrs. Bobillo was the proud grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 27 and great-great-grandmother of one. After her retirement from the #4 Open Hearth, U.S. Steel Corporation in 1974 Mrs. Bobillo came to Tucson from Gary. She was an active member of Club Espana de Tucson and the Golden Age Club #1. There will be no visitation or service. The family wishes to publicly acknowledge the tender care provided by the Tucson Cancer Center, Units 300, 600 and the Hospice Center of Tucson Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tucson Bethel Fellowship, 6835 N. Catalina Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718.
CORONADO, Mike Y., 79, of Tucson, passed away May 12, 1997. Preceded in death by son, Mike S. Coronado; daughter, Herlinda S. Coronado. Survived by daughters, Graciela C. (Francisco Heberto) Garcia, Sylvia C. Langdon; son, Roberto (Adelina) Coronado; sisters, Trini Scott, Rita (Enrique) Marquez, Dolores (Ed) Miller, Angela (Alfred) Denault, Lucy (Alfred) Nunez, Alice Burruel; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 16, 1997 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY, (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Saturday, May 17, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Church, 602 W. Ajo Way. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by CARRILLO’S TUCSON MORTUARY.
COSHLAND, Robert Lee
Was granted freedom from the physical restrictions of this world on May 10, 1997. He lived a life of passion – for his family, for his work, and for protecting the beauty and diversity of the earth. Born in New York City on October 27, 1909, he earned a Masters Degree at Columbia University’s Schools of Business in 1930. For 25 years he worked for RCA in government service operations, budgeting and negotiating contracts with the US government and British Air Ministry. Finding that work interfered with all his other interests, he retired at age 58 and moved from Haddonfield, NJ, to Tucson. He became an environmentalist, active in local and national organizations. For ten years, he represented the the National Parks and Conservation Association by testifying at hearings concerning inclusion of lands in the National Wilderness Preservation System. He represented the Tucson Audubon Society in the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. He challenged developers, both private and governmental, whose proposals threatened precious natural beauty of animal species or resulted inimproper use of water resources. He and his beloved wife of 60 years, Helen J. Coshland, did much of their research from a modified Harvester Travel-all on Arizona’s backroads. They also traveled the globe; not as traditional tourists, but to experience nature and life in remote places; Alaska, Baja, Ethiopia, central and southern Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, Tahiti, Greenland, and South America. An avid photographer, his travel shows helped to fund many charitable organizations. He was known for his great sense of humor and dry wit. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Elizabeth Peasley-Fimbres of Tucson; son, Gilbert (Pat) C. Coshland of Reston, VA; grandchildren, Allison Peasley of Tucson, Jennifer Gibbons of Redondo Beach, CA, Sarah (Jean) Blanchard of Virginia Beach, VA, Karen Wickstrom of Salt Lake City, UT, Jill Jackson and Jeffrey Coshland of Reston, VA; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Virginia, and Ryan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Catalina Baptist Church, 1900 N. Country Club; Rev.David Wilkinson, St. Francis in the Foothills, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation of the Catalina Baptist Church or the Robert and Helen Coshland Memorial Fund of he Arizona Nature Conservancy, 300 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85705.
CRUZ, Edward Feliciano ”Wolfgang-Lalo”, 26, of Tucson, died May 9, 1997. He is survived by his mother, Ruth C. Ortiz; father, Feliciano M. Cruz, Sr.; stepmother, Cornelia V. Cruz; daughter, Valerie; son, Vicente Cruz; brothers and sisters, Roy Matas, Jr. (Rosie), Amelia Witty (Carl), Raul Matas, Ruth Miranda, Danny Matas (Linda), Raymond Ortiz (Gail), Feliciano R. Cruz (Leslie), Gedita Laguna (David), Pedro Cruz, Adrian F. Cruz, Feliciano M. Cruz, Jr. (Chacho), Tom J. Cruz (Chuchi) and Antonietta Cruz; grandparents, Mariana Flores (Jose Juan) and Pedro Cruz, Sr. Viewing will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 1997 at Cristo Rey Church. Mass will be said at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 1997 at Cristo Rey. Burial will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY.
CUNNINGHAM, Katherine Elizabeth, 82, former resident of Tucson and native of Summerland, AZ, died May 12, 1997 in Stockton, CA. Beloved wife of the late Harold Cunningham. Loving mother of Thomas and Barbara Smith of Stockton and Patrick Cunningham of Los Angeles, CA; dear sister of William H. White of Tucson, Thelma Fugatt of Phoenix and Francis Baker of Tucson. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Fraternal Order of Moose. She worked for Tucson Office Supply for over 24 years.Services, Saturday, May 17, 1997, 10:00 a.m., EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, with Rev. Trent Davidson of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church officiating. Private interment, Evergreen Cemetery.
MARBLE, Kim C., 32, of Tucson, passed away May 13, 1997. Survived by husband, John Marble of Tucson; parents, Allan L. and Margaret Y. Wilson of Tucson and many other loving relatives and friends. Private Memorial Service will be held at EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N.Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, with Associate Pastor Gary Schrader of Casas Adobes Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Tucson.
MEYERS, Ima Stella, 90, of Tucson, died May 12, 1997. She is survived by her sisters, Maxine and Alta; daughter, Sandra; four grandchildren, Cassandra, Gordon, Gregory and Michelle; great-granddaughter, Nicole. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 17, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at HEATHER MORTUARY, 1040 N. Columbus. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY.
PILLA, Ann, 82, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997. Ann was graceful and classy. All that came to know her will never forget her zesty personality. Ann brought us so much love and joy. She will always be remembered. Ann was survived by her two sisters, Lydia and Mary and daughter, Georgianna; four grandsons, Anthony, David, Daniel and Nicholas. Graveside Service, 12:30 p.m.,Friday, May 16, 1997 at Holy Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 until noon, Friday, May 16 at BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Sheraton El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle, Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
ROSS, Adelaide ”Lila”, 76, of Tucson, entered into rest May 14, 1997. Preceded in death by parents, Francisco H. and Matilde G. Lopez; son, Robert Louis Ross and brother, Louis Lopez. She is survived by husband, J. Robert Ross; sons, Dale A. (Anna) Ross, Michael F. (Linda) Ross; daughter-in-law, Barbara Ross, all of Tucson; sisters, Elizabeth L. May, Elodia Cota and Miriam Valdez, all of Tucson and Naomi (John) Crofoot of Bend, OR; sister-in-law, Stella Lopez of Whittier, CA; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many loving friends. Memorial Service, Saturday, May 17 at 12:00 noon, EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, with Rev. Francisco Maldonado officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice.
John A. Valenzuela
June 28, 1965 – May 17, 1993
In Loving Memory
You are gone but not forgotten.
A Memorial Mass will be said Saturday, May 17, 1997 at 9:00 a.m. at 1550 S. 6th Ave., J.V.Y. Center.
Love Mom, Dad, James and Rosario
VAN GILDER, Manford I., 84, former resident of Tucson from 1975 to 1996, died at his home in Plymouth, IN, May 12, 1997. Preceded in death by wives, Lucille nee Woodbury in 1975 and Mary nee Pefferman in 1985. Survived by wife, Joann nee Weaver Van Gilder; five sons; three stepsons; three stepdaughters; son, Kirk (Maryjo) Van Gilder of Tucson; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Manford was a retired funeral director and owner. While in Tucson, attended the Catalina Baptist Church and the Christ Community Church. Funeral Services will be held, 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 16, 1997 at Van Gilder Funeral in Plymouth, IN. Burial to follow at Oak Hill Mausoleum.