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Obituaries - January 25, 2017

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Clyde Adams

Clyde Adams, 54, of Phoenix and formerly of Buckeye died Jan. 13, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Adams was born Oct. 30, 1962, in North Carolina.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He moved to Arizona in 2006.

He is survived by his grandmother, Lois R. Adams of Buckeye.

 

Sandra Ayala

Sandra Ayala, 54, of Avondale died Jan. 21, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Ayala was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Phoenix to Baltazar and Gavina Ayala.

She is survived by her father, Baltazar Ayala; one brother, Tomas Guerrero; and one sister, Ann Hahns.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear.

 

Rodney Michael Beals

Rodney Michael Beals, 67, of Goodyear died Jan. 22, 2017.

Mr. Beals was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Chicago.

He earned a degree in psychology after attending Northwestern University in Chicago and several community colleges.

He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after four years.

He worked at accounting firms in Los Angeles and San Diego, and owned an international employment service with his wife for 15 years in San Diego.

He served as a community activist to help homeless veterans, mothers re-entering the job market and disenfranchised individuals. He volunteered with churches to help homeless veterans in Maricopa County.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rose; four sons, Rodney Beals, Marquis Everett, Sean Beals and Dorian Beals; 23 brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 925 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at Carpenter’s House of Worship, 13048 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale, followed by interment at 1 p.m. at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Barbara Jean Burton

Barbara Jean (nee Bledsoe) Burton, 70, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 14, 2017.

Mrs. Burton was born May 4, 1946.

She worked as an AT&T operator for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, George Burton; two sisters, Marva Rhubottom and Janet Bledsoe Lacy.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Ann Liga Ross Carrick

Ann Liga Ross Carrick, 85, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 21, 2017.

Mrs. Carrick was born Jan. 29, 1931, in Waukegan, Ill., to James Liga and Virginia La Barbara.

She was a retired administrator for the city of Goodyear.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray R. Ross; second husband, Tom Carrick; and one son, Larry Ross.

She is survived by two sons, Ron Ross and Jeff Ross; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 5 p.m., with a rosary recital at 6 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Seasons Hospice.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

John Irwin Elsass

John Irwin Elsass, 82, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 14, 2017.

Mr. Elsass was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Canton, Ohio, to George and Allahda Elsass.

He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1961.

He lived in Litchfield Park for 47 years.

He was employed at Goodyear Aerospace (also known as Loral Defense Systems).

He coached Little League and led Webelos.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Louise Elsass; two daughters, Cindy May and Diane Dotson; one son, Mike Elsass; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Streams Church, 6532 N. El Mirage Road, Glendale, followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be at a future date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Stream Church for its youth and missions ministry at streamschurch.org/give-online.html or 14175 W. Indian School Road, Suite B4PMB 425, Goodyear, AZ 85395, or the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Gavin Charles Garcia

Gavin Charles Garcia, 12, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 13, 2017, after an accident.

Gavin was born Feb. 7, 2004, in Phoenix to Eric and Lori Garcia.

He was a pupil at Verrado Middle School in Buckeye and was a member of West Valley club baseball organizations.

He is survived by his parents, Eric and Lori Garcia; one sister, Whitney Garcia; one brother, Garrison Garcia; and four grandparents, Carlos and Susan Garcia, Rick Gunning and Linda Gunning Faris.

Funeral services were Jan. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

This obituary is being reprinted to include a photo.

 

Manuel L. Guerrero

Manuel L. Guerrero, 91, of Avondale died Jan. 22, 2017.

Mr. Guerrero was born Oct. 9, 1925, to Pablo and Theodora Guerrero.

He was employed as an agricultural worker.

He is survived by his wife, Urbana Benita Guerrero; four daughters, Bellia Cabrera, Juanita Rivera, Adelina Snider and Meroy Guerrero; six sons, Jose, Ted, Pedro, Manuel, Jesus and Tony Guerrero; 32 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 9 a.m., followed by a rosary recital at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear. Interment will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Alma J. McCullion

Alma J. McCullion, 87, of Buckeye died Jan. 20, 2017.

Mrs. McCullion was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Aliquippa, Pa., to Joseph and Nancy Kennedy Vrabel.

She earned a master’s degree in education and taught elementary school for 20 years in Hubbard, Ohio. She retired as a consultant in special education for the state of Ohio.

She belonged to the Hubbard Education Association and the Ohio Education Association.

She was a member of the St. Henry’s Parish and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael McCullion.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Stiver; one sister, Patricia Vrabel; two brothers, Gerald Vrabel and William Vrabel; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Chad Brion Schroder

Chad Brion Schroder, 65, of Palo Verde died Jan. 19, 2017, in Palo Verde.

Mr. Schroder was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Phoenix to Willard and Betty Schroder.

He worked as a mechanic.

He is survived by one son, Brion Schroder of Beaumont, Calif.; one daughter, Melissa Schroder of Lebanon, Tenn.; his father, Willard Schroder of Palo Verde; three brothers, Michael Schroder of Buckeye, Scott Schroder of Palo Verde and Kevin Schroder of Palo Verde; one sister, Lyn DeHaven of Buckeye; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Apache Road, Buckeye.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Apache Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326.

 

John Garcia Trujillo

John Garcia Trujillo, 78, of Buckeye died Jan. 13, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Trujillo was born Nov. 25, 1938, in Firebaugh, Calif., to Jacob Trujillo and Ramona Garcia.

He was an artist and a member of the Laborer’s International Union of North America.

He is survived by his wife, Lucia Trujillo; two sons, Martin Trujillo and Jacob Trujillo; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 18 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Condolences for the family may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Alisa Sierrah Vejar

Alisa Sierrah Vejar, 20, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 15, 2017, in Goodyear.

Ms. Vejar was born March 11, 1996, in Phoenix to Edward and Tanya Vejar.

She worked as a server in the restaurant industry.

She is survived by one daughter, Audrina Heredia; one son, Khai’den Vejar; her parents, Edward and Tanya Vejar; one sister, Frances Vejar; five brothers, Edward Vejar Jr., Benjamin Vejar, Cheyene Vejar, Issiah Vejar and Noah Vejar; and two grandparents, Juan Vejar and Mary Ortega.

A visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a service at 1 p.m. at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale.

The Rev. Sergio Perez will officiate.

Condolences for the family may be left at avenidasfuneralchapel.com.

 

Paid Obituaries

 

Darryl H. Crossman

Darryl H. Crossman age 64 of Litchfield Park, Arizona, entered into rest with the Lord on Friday, January 6, 2017. Darryl was born on October 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio to Howard and Mary Crossman. He grew up and graduated high school in Wickliffe, Ohio. Darryl went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Law Degree all from Cleveland State University. He served as the Director of Public Services for Wickliffe for 28 years before moving to Litchfield Park, Arizona in 2004. He then served as City Manager for Litchfield Park for more than 12 years.

Darryl was a faithful follower of Christ, a loving husband, a selfless father, a gracious grandfather, and a loyal friend. He loved to laugh, enjoyed sports, and truly put others before himself. His legacy and impact on people›s lives both personally and professionally will continue on for eternity. He is survived by his wife, Jacque; sons, Rich (Missy) and Matthew; daughter, Mary Arnold (David); and grandchildren, Bentley, Olivia, Audrey, and Ella.

A memorial service was held on January 20, 2017 at New Promise Church located in Kirtland, OH. A procession took place through Wickliffe en route to a final burial at Kirtland South Cemetery. A memorial service for his many friends in Arizona will be held at 10:00am, January 27, 2017 at Skyway Church, 14900 W Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Rosemary Nunez

Rosemary Nunez, (age 68), went home to be with her Lord on January 14, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her sons, Ryan, Aaron and Adam; her daughter-in-law, Adrienne; four grandchildren, Eric, Isaac, Abraham and Grace; and her sister, Nicole Joyce.

Rosemary was born in Alamosa, Colorado, but lived in the valley for nearly 60 years. She lived a purposeful life, having an unmistakable relationship with her Savior Jesus Christ. She influenced the lives of many people. Whether you were one of the hundreds of families that experienced her in-home daycare and preschool, a student in one of her beloved kindergarten classes, or a camper who enjoyed her cooking every year at summer camp, you were undoubtedly impacted by her kindness and compassion. Rosemary’s authentic faith in God was demonstrated by her sustaining devotion to Bible Studies, Sunday School classes, and home groups that she either attended or led over the years. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends, and all who knew her well.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on January 28, 2017 at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Rd., Goodyear, Arizona, where she was a member for over 30 years. Condolences for the family may be left
at www.menkefuneralhome.com

 

Barbara Jean Appling Testerman

Barbara Jean Appling Testerman, 76, of Avondale, Arizona died Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Born August 24, 1940, along with her precious twin sister Wilma Dean Appling Mattocks, in Dumas, Texas to Wallace (WW) and Hazel Appling.

She married Jack H Testerman Jr. June 16, 1960 in Dumas, moving to Sahuarita, Arizona in 1971 and then to Avondale, Arizona 1991.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother LeeRoy “Coy” Appling and one grandson Tyler Jackson Troutman.

Survivors include, her loving and caring husband Jack; one daughter, Karla Testerman-Witt and husband Aaron of Avondale AZ; grandsons, Shelby Melban of Plainfield IN; Shayne Melban of Addison TX and Tyson Witt of Avondale AZ; three great grandchildren, Sawyer, Beckett and Avonlea and one sister, Wilma Mattocks of Texhoma, OK. She was a very special aunt to many nephews, nieces and their families.

A celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date.

In remembrance of Barbara, adopt and care for a pet or donate to a local No Kill Shelter.

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