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Obituaries: April 15, 2014

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Wilbert BakerWilbert Samuel Baker Jr.

Wilbert Samuel Baker Jr., 79, of Phoenix and formerly of Buckeye, died April 7, 2014.

Mr. Baker was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Newark, N.J., to Wilbert Sr. and Myra Baker.

He retired from the Air Force as a Chief on Oct. 1, 1986, after 31 years of service.

He attended Arizona State University where he earned a master’s degree in education.

He taught for 16 years at Bethune, Dunbar and Capitol schools and retired in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucy Baker; two daughters, Rhonda Ellison of Fort Washington, Md., and Wilhelmina Jordan of Atlanta; three sons, Karl Baker of Spring, Texas, Michael Baker of Buckeye and Wilbert Daryl Baker of Newark, N.J.; two sisters, Anita Duke of Union, N.J., and Noreen Baker of Los Angeles; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. today at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Stella BustamanteStella H. Bustamante

Stella H. Bustamante, 49, of Tolleson died April 10, 2014, in Glendale.

Mrs. Bustamante was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Tolleson.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Ralph Bustamante; one son, Aidan Rutiaga; her father, Pete Hernandez; five sisters, Margie, Mercy, Eleanor, Susie and Cathy; and two brothers, Milton and Ricky.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale.

Condolences may be sent to www.avenidasfuneralchapel.com.

Ramon BeltranRamon F. Beltran

Ramon F. Beltran, 81, of Tolleson died April 10, 2014, in Tolleson.

Mr. Beltran was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Glendale to Baldomero and Leonor Beltran.

He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was a VFW chief commander and a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and organized annual fiestas.

He was a cement contractor.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with a Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. today at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave., Tolleson.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.avenidasfuneralchapel.com.

Terry JonesTerry Lee Jones

Terry Lee Jones, 54, of Avondale died April 11, 2014, at his home from a heart attack.

Mr. Jones was born July 14, 1959, in Santa Rosa, Calif., to Lonnie and Lola Jones.

He moved to Arizona in 2001.

He was a truck driver for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the Teamsters.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Jones; one daughter, Paige Jones; one stepson, Colton Elliott; his parents, Lonnie and Lola Jones; one sister, Pam Madewell; one brother, Jeff Jones; and four grandparents, Melvin and Ethel Jones and Herman and Jessie Jones.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Desert Springs Community Church, 447 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

The Rev. Chris Stull will officiate.

Memorials may be sent to 13822 W. Earll Drive, Avondale, AZ 85392.

Lupe FloresLupe Cuen Flores

Lupe Cuen Flores, 86, of Tolleson died April 9, 2014.

Mrs. Flores was born April 20, 1927, in Tolleson to Rosalia and Luis Cuen.

She was preceded in death by one grandson.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joe Flores; one daughter, Gloria Flores; five sons, Joe Flores, Larry Flores, Richard Flores, Frank Flores and Michael Flores; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a rosary recited from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

A Mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 800 N. Central Ave., Avondale.

Burial will immediately follow at Glendale Memorial, 7844 N. 61st Ave., Glendale.

Condolences may be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Sharey MendelsonSharey Lee Mendelson

Sharey Lee Mendelson, 65, of Goodyear died April 8, 2014.

Ms. Mendelson was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Phoenix to John Robert Walston and Margaret Ethington Walston.

She is survived by four daughters, Shawn Jones, Susan Stuart, Jaime Gouso and Ruth Hill; three sons, Richard Walston, Jonathan Walston and David Mendelson; two sisters, Shelia Dowden and Shelley Nixdorf; one brother, Robert Walston; and 20 grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the same location.

Burial will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences may be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

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