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Obituaries

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.

Russell “Russ” Walter Symes, Green Valley, Arizona, died of Alzheimer’s Disease Aug. 1, 2019. He was 85.

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.

Ron Eagan, 77, passed away on Oct. 14, 2018 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Sandra in Green Valley, and by one son and two daughters, who live in Oklahoma.

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.

Barbara James, age 72, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2018. She was born Feb. 21, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY. Barbara is survived by her husband, Tom James.

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.”

Gare Burt Reid, age 88, passed away peacefully Oct. 20, 2018. He was born Sept. 19, 1930 in Detroit, MI, the son of Gare Burt Sr. and Helen (Scott) Reid.

Suzanne Marie Malenfant, age 69, of Gladstone, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at UP. Health System - Marquette. She was born on Feb. 10,1949 in Gladstone, Michigan, the daughter of Delbert and Ethel (Rose) Nelson. Sue grew up in Gladstone and graduated from Gladstone High School with the class of 1967. Following graduation, she began her college career in 1967 at St. Francis School of Radiologic Technology in Escanaba and became a registered X-ray technologist. Sue moved and lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin for one year and worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a staff radiographer. She then returned to Gladstone and worked as a lab and X-ray technologist for Dr. Dehlin and later as an office nurse from 1970 until 1978. From 1978 until 1987, Sue was employed by OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba as a staff radiographer and nuclear medicine technologist. While working, she also studied at Bay College and received an Associate of Arts degree in Health Education in 1984 before transferring to Northern Michigan University to study and receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Education Degree in 1987, graduating with honors. She began working for the Escanaba Area School System in 1987 as a science teacher. Sue furthered her education and received a Master of Arts in Biology Education Degree in 1992. In 2001, she received a Guidance and Counseling Degree from NMU. Sue retired from Escanaba High School as a guidance counselor in 2013.

Marjorie L. McQueen passed away Nov. 2, 2018, at her home in Green Valley. Her memorial service will be at Green Valley Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Velma Stanzel, 99, of Amado, Arizona, passed away Oct. 29, 2018 in Tucson. She was born Oct. 25, 1919, and had resided in Green Valley, Tucson and Rocky River, Ohio.

Joan Betty Schild, age 92, of Green Valley, AZ passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. She was born to the late William and Dorcas Harris. Joan arrived in the United States in 1947 from the United Kingdom with her husband. She was a veteran of the British Armed Services, having served during World War II.

Ruth E. Rust, age 83, of Janesville, WI, and formerly of the Green Valley, AZ area, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, 2018 at the Huntington Memory Care in Janesville with her son by her side. She was born Oct. 7, 1935 in Leominster, MA, the daughter of the late Sumner E. & Ada P. (Arbo) Davidson. Ruth married Charles Rust on July 14, 1956 in Massachusetts. He preceded her in death in 2016.

U.S. District Attorney Philip Herrick and his wife Eleanor spent the early 1940s in Puerto Rico. After a German submarine was spotted nearby, American dependents were evacuated, so Christine Farish Herrick was born at Doctor's Hospital in Washington D.C., on Oct. 12, 1942. Returning to San Juan the next year, the Herricks employed a nanny who had a hard time pronouncing Christine’s name, calling her “Stina” instead. The name stuck, and Christine has been Stina ever since.

Frances passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2018 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, William; her four children: Linda Woodcock of Colton, NY; Carol Eustis of Wellesley, MA; David Eustis and his wife, Tamara of Waterloo, IL; and William Eustis of Greenville, S.C.; and 4 grandchildren: Nicholas Eustis, Claire Woodcock, Emma Eustis, and Susanna Eustis.

A memorial service for Norman Gene Harris will be held at Desert Hills Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Desert Hills Lutheran or Alzheimer's Association.

Judy Miller, 78, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed from this life on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Bee Hive Homes in Green Valley, Arizona.

Christopher “Chris” A. Johnson, age 57, former resident of Brainerd, MN, resident of Green Valley, AZ, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Tucson, AZ.

Francis "Dan" Annese, 91, of Plainville, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2018 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the loving husband of Rena (DeClemente) Annese for 71 years.

Luciejean Brendel, age 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went home to the Lord on Oct. 10, 2018 in Green Valley, Arizona. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard W. Brendel Jr., and her brother Lt. Col. Walter G. Palmer. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (John), Virginia (Nick), Kathleen (Mark); 4 grandchildren, John (Vanessa), Justin, Andrew, Joelle; and one great-grandchild, Lucy.

Robert (Bob) Williams, 86, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, passed away quietly at his home on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. He was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, California, son of the late Henry M. Williams and the late Loretta Bolin Williams.

George B. Search passed away Sept. 11, 2018 at the Tucson VA Medical Center from pulmonary complications due to Agent Orange. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. on March 27, 1936 and graduated from high school in Laurel, Maryland. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and proudly served 20 years and retired as a Captain.

Former Washington resident Roger Franklin Stubbs, 92, died Sept. 21, 2018 at his home in Green Valley, AZ with his wife Carolyn by his side.

Phillip Hunter Buchanan passed into the next realm Sept. 29, 2018. He was born in Watertown, N.Y., to Walter and Beatrice Buchanan on Aug. 15, 1943. He graduated from Morrisville High and received an AAS degree from Morrisville College, a BBA degree from the University of Miami and a master's in urban teaching from Syracuse University. He taught school in the Syracuse School System and then worked in the finance department of Onondaga Community College. His last job was project manager and financial officer for a joint project between the county and community college. The project, which he took great pride in, helped new welfare clients learn skills which enabled them to find jobs.

Greta Lou “Geege” Whitehead, 89, passed away on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. She was born in Flagler, Colorado on May 7, 1929 to Fred J. and Lucille W. Treffeisen. She attended Colorado State University where she met and married George Whitehead in 1949. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Oma Ganzhorn passed away Sept. 28, 2018, at La Posada's nursing home in Green Valley, Arizona. She was 102 years old, and had led an active life until about six months ago.

Millie Goldberg died September 28, 2018 age 95. Born in New York City, she graduated Seward Park High School and Brooklyn College. Married to Saul Goldberg, she worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII. After the war she raised three sons; Phil, Larry and Bruce, then was a second grade school teacher for many years. They retired to Arizona and after Saul’s death she resided at La Posada for many years. She will be missed by her many friends and family who will remember her as a funny, smart, and worldly lady.

Eva Dorsey Kreisher, 97, of Green Valley, AZ, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2018. Born May 23, 1921 in Girard, KS to Miles Ed Dorsey Sr. and May Dorsey, she outlived her brothers Barton Dorsey and Miles Ed Dorsey Jr., husband William Arnold Williamson, two of their children, Robin and Kris Williamson, and husband Franklin Earl Kreisher. She is survived by her children Andrew Williamson (Peggy), Jon Williamson, Eric Williamson, Jeff Williamson (Elizabeth), Betsy Dienes (Jim), and Barbara Williamson; grandchildren Julia Martin, Janette Branca, Brie, Ben, Alex, Molly, and Jenny Mayhew, niece Kelly Dorsey, nephews Kent (Jan) and Charles (Roberta).

Kyle passed away at home Sept. 24, 2018 after being diagnosed with cancer in July. Born in Torrance, CA, on June 18, 1958, he grew up in Lake Stevens, Wash. When he retired in 2015, he and his wife Pam moved to Green Valley to be closer to his Dad.

On Friday, Sept. 15, 2018, Wallace Richmond Mills, loving husband and father of four, passed away at the age of 93. He and his wife of 69 years, Carolyn Carlson Mills, resided in Green Valley, Arizona, where they had lived for the past 25 years.