Jo Ann Edna Donovan, cherished wife, beloved sister, loving mother and devoted grandmother, passed away Dec. 14, 2020 amidst prayers and words of love from her family, and was released from her worldly suffering into the loving open arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Blessed Mother Mary along with St. Anne, Mary’s mother; all instrumental influences in Jo Ann’s entire life .
Joseph H. Johndrow, Jr. was born in Alton, IL on Dec.19, 1935. He died in Green Valley, AZ on March 8, 2021. A recent resident of Green Valley, he had lived in Rio Rico, AZ since 1973.
Katherine Cooper, age 93, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve in the ICU, Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital, succumbing to COVID-19. She will be remembered for her beautiful red and pink outfits, and for her sparkling personality, wit and charm.
Gail passed away Oct. 24, 2020. She was born in Portland, Maine and lived there until 1971 when she moved to Guthrie, Okla. to attend a trade school, where she met and married Herbert McGuire. They had a son, Harold.
Mike Cook, 71, passed away suddenly on Oct. 23, 2020. He was the beloved husband to his new wife, Magda Maffezzoli-Cook, and the proud father of Kellie Wycoff, Carrie Droz, and Michael (Jeanine) Cook. He was a loving grandfather to Devon Droz and “the triplets” Alec, Lauren, and Nicole Wycof…
Matthew Alan Parks, 21, of Tucson, AZ, passed away on July 14, 2020 as a result of an auto accident. Matthew was born in Tucson, AZ on Nov. 3, 1998; however, he grew up mainly in Sahuarita, AZ, where he graduated from Walden Grove High School in 2017.
On April 2, 2020, Traci Lynn Butler went to her eternal rest at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with cancer. Traci was born on Oct. 16, 1962 in Lakeview, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Special and Regular Education from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michiga…
Kenneth Ely Monroe, MD, b. 1/15/1926 d. 3/16/2020. Son of Robert Thornhill Monroe and Marjorie Ely Monroe, both deceased. Husband of Frances Stratton Monroe, also deceased. Dr. Monroe is survived by his three children, Robert (Kim), Harriet and Elizabeth Monroe; two grandsons, Kenneth (Emily…
Lyle Morris Bitker, 73, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona. Lyle was born in Mason City, Iowa on Aug. 4, 1946 to Johnnie and Marian Bitker. He was the one of eight children.
Kenneth Walter Riggs, 44, of Sahuarita, passed away on Jan. 3, 2020. Kenny was born in Tucson, AZ on March 19, 1975 to Walter D. Riggs and Eleanor B. Riggs. He was raised in Tucson but later made his life in Sahuarita.
Roxine Rita Schnell-Brown was transported from this life into the loving arms of Our Lord on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at 5:10 a.m. She passed away peacefully amongst her loved ones at her home in Sahuarita, Arizona. Roxine was born Oct. 31, 1946 in Vancouver, B.C. She was the oldest of 6 children born to Jerome Schnell and Mary Schaff.
Eleanor Beth Wardle (Dankowsky) Riggs, 76, of Sahuarita, Arizona, passed away on Nov. 10, 2019. She was born at home in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 30, 1943, to F. Laban Wardle and Laura Virginia Keenan.
Cody Allen Roy Gentry, 22, passed away unexpectedly October 28, 2019, at his home in Sahuarita, AZ. He was born January 28, 1997, in Bremerton, WA, to Christina Gentry and Philip (Pip) Maasen and moved to Arizona in 2008. He attended local schools, graduating from Sahuarita High School in 2016.
On Augu. 28, 2019, Robert (“Bobby”) Sharpe passed away after a heroic battle with terminal brain cancer. He died peacefully in his home in Snowmass Village, Colorado, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his 101-year-old mother, Rose Jean Sharpe; by his wife, Deborah; and three children: Sarah, Jennifer and Jeremy, and their spouses, Rob Mugford (fiancé), Charlie Ridley and Alexis Sharpe; and his sisters, Vicki Bacal, Linda Sharpe, Margie Hayes, and Deborah Sharpe. Bobby also leaves behind two grandsons: William and James Ridley.
Lenore Helen Montigne (Toomey), 75, of Lake Saint Louis, MO, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019. Lenore was the life of the party. She was a master at bridge and mahjong and loved a good competition. You could find her at the card table taking a gamble on her luck. Her strength and tenacity to find joy in life were infectious, and she lived her life to the absolute fullest. Lenore leaves behind her husband Mike Montigne of Lake Saint Louis, MO, her sister, Marilyn Dame of Mechanicville, NY, her half-siblings Leo, Michael and Mary Chris Nosal, and her nieces Genevieve Dame and Caitlin Richmond of Atlanta, GA, and Diana Dame of Aspen, CO. Lenore was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Leo, sister Susan McClusky, and first husband Donald Toomey. Please visit forevermissed.com/lenore-montigne to share pictures or stories.
December 4, 1935 —July 3, 2019 Greg was born in Fostoria, Ohio to Joseph and Mary Bernice Roth. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patricia Chase. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Caldwell, his daughters Cynthia (Jeff) Smaha, Pamela (Dan) Jacobson, his son Craig Roth, six gr…
Tony Noland Lucas, Jr., 89, died Wednesday June 26, in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was born in Elk City, OK, on Dec. 30, 1929 to Tony Noland Lucus, Sr. and Ina Sevina Selby. He grew up in Oklahoma and Colorado and joined the Air Force in 1948. He met the love of his life…
Mary Gay passed peacefully at home Feb. 25, 2019. She is survived by her husband of almost 75 years, John Gay, son Steve (Janice) Gay, daughter Jane (Jay) Appleby, daughter Clare Gay (Larry) Danvers, 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and their cat Chloe.
Beth Phillips, 75, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she was a lifetime educator. Before founding Great Expectations Academy in Sahuarita she taught at the Arizona Asthmatic Foundation, Sahuarita Schools, Santa Cruz Valley Schools and trained hundreds of teachers in the Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project. She loved books and hosted many Young Author’s Days at her various schools.
Nancy (Voland) Saenz passed away Feb. 11, 2019 at age 76 at home in Sahuarita. She was born Nov. 3, 1942 in Indiana, and was a business woman who owned adult care homes in Sahuarita for 28 years.
Michael W. Murray, 83, was born in Iowa to Frank and Myrna Murray. Son of a farmer, Michael grew up with a powerful work ethic and an equally intense drive to serve others. He went to St. Johns University in Minnesota and upon graduation in 1957 entered the United States Marine Corps. After two years active duty as an officer he transferred to the Marine Reserves to enable himself to enroll in the University of Arizona College of Law. At the U of A, he made many friends and while at the Newman Center met Dorothy Banegas, who became his wife on April 24, 1971. In October 1972 they had a son Michael J. Murray.
In his 78 years, Jake achieved much and was lauded often. But his favorite days were always those spent with family and friends, fishing or golfing. Though he lived the last 20 years in Arizona, his roots in Colorado ran deep.
Deborah Janette Twyman, nee Fordham Gates, age 58, of Tucson, AZ passed away Jan. 17, 2019 at home after a courageous battle with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). She was the daughter of Elsie (Smith) and Tom Fordham. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon on Sept. 9, 1960, she moved to California with her family when she was just a few months old. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley graduating from Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga, CA.
Doris Ann Dzamba, age 91, passed away quietly on Nov. 12, 2018. She was born Sept. 26, 1927 in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of Emil and Esther Ruvere. Doris was predeceased by John, her loving husband of 37 years. She was the last matriarch of the Ruvere family as she was predeceased by her sister Jane Uccellini and her brothers Alfred & Robert Ruvere. Doris is survived by her son Bruce & his fiance Bonnie, her daughter Cynthia & her boyfriend Andy, her niece Frances Haddad and nephews Martin, Dominick & Thomas Uccellini, many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friends Henry Buechse, Lee Matthews and Elinor Belanus.
Suzanne Keitzer, wife, mother, and missionary, changed her address to heaven on Oct. 31, 2018. She was 71 years old. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Green Valley in 1990. She is survived by one son, two step-daughters and close friends Dean and Mary Hess and Pat Flowers. Her husband, Ron, died four years ago.
Doris Jane (D J) Wartgow, 96, of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Butternut, WI, passed away on Nov. 15, 2018 in Green Valley. She was born on Oct.3, 1922 in Butternut. She married Harold Wartgow on Nov. 14, 1940. They raised their family in Butternut, and enjoyed farm and small town life with their many friends and relatives. She and Harold retired to Green Valley, AZ in 1979 where they maintained a very active lifestyle.
Therese (Teri) E. Geiger died Nov. 23, 2018, in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Herb and Dorothy Werwath in Laredo, Texas on March 6, 1945. She is survived by her husband, John; her brother Rick of Milwaukee, WI; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends (young and old) throughout the USA.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2018 for Donna Rea Jones of Green Valley at the Green Valley Baptist Church, 1111 N. La Canada Drive, with Pastor John Guillott officiating.
Robert R. Bostwick started his new journey as he passed from this life on Nov.12, 2018. Bob was born on Jan. 31, 1927, in Washington, Iowa, the only child of Benjamin Franklin Bostwick Jr. and Erma Tanner Bostwick. Announcing his birth, his father stated that he was now the “proudest man in the state of Iowa.”