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Obituaries: February 8, 2017

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Trinidad M. ‘Triny’ Alva

Trinidad M. “Triny” Alva, 96, of Avondale died Jan. 27, 2017, at home.

Mr. Alva was born in Lordsburg, N.M., and was raised in Buckeye.

He graduated from Buckeye Union High School.

He served in the U.S. Army, 91st Infantry Division in Italy, and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded.

He was in charge of water distribution for the Roosevelt Irrigation District before retiring in 1984.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Victoria; three daughters, Pat Sanchez, Camille Jara and Sandra Salcido; one son, Tony Alva; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 3 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Buckeye, with interment at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in 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; and one sister, Ana Hanns.

A funeral mass was celebrated Jan. 26 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear.


This obituary is being reprinted with corrected information.


Christine Dolores Behrens

Christine Dolores Behrens, 79, of Avondale died Jan. 30, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Behrens was born Jan. 6, 1938, in Hoboken, N.J., to Francis Baselice and Angela Mongiello.

She was employed in the insurance industry, receiving the designation of chartered property casualty underwriter, and was recognized as an associate in risk management by the Insurance Institute of America. While living in New Jersey, she owned an insurance brokerage and an Italian restaurant with her husband.

They moved to California in the late 1970s, and she held executive positions with international insurance companies until her retirement in 2011, when she moved to Arizona.

She was a member of the Soroptimist organization and a volunteer with a suicide prevention hotline.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence G. Behrens Sr.

She is survived by her partner, Roger Whincup; one daughter, Stacey Armstrong; one son, Larry Behrens; two sisters, Irene Metzner and Gen Martino; one brother, Manny Baselice; and two grandchildren.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Frank R. Bogart

Frank R. Bogart, 80, of Goodyear and formerly of Avondale died Nov. 19, 2016.

Mr. Bogart was born April 21, 1934, in Dayton, Ohio.

He moved to Phoenix in 1977, to Avondale in 1998 and to Goodyear in 2004.

He worked for Trans World Airlines for 37 years, retiring in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gail; five daughters, Debra Guillory, Cassandra Kidd, Teresa Cook and Jacqueline Bogart, all of Dayton, Ohio, and Lynnette Bennett of Unicoi, Tenn.; two sons, Bradly Bogart of Dayton, Ohio, and Doug Bogart of Cary, N.C.; one sister, Betty Miller; and numerous grandchildren.

No services are planned.


Ashley La Mountain Michael Farley

Ashley La Mountain Michael Farley, 36, of Goodyear died Feb. 1, 2017.

Mr. Farley was born May 6, 1980, in Phoenix to Anna Tackett and Patrick Farley.

He worked as a district sales manager for Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream.

He was a member of Christ’s Church of the Valley in Avondale, where he was active in the ministry for students and children.

He is survived by his wife of almost 17 years, Danielle; two sons, Edwin Prestin and Radley; five daughters, Tatum, Avery, Madeline, Ainsley and Sadie; his mother and stepfather, Anna and Steven Tackett; one brother, Ryan Farley; and three sisters, Patrica Randels, Scherie Boyter and Shelby Thomas.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 1565 N. 113th Ave., Avondale.

The Rev. Bobby Reed will officiate.


Paul N. Hickert

Paul N. Hickert, 74 of Litchfield Park died Jan. 31, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Hickert was born June 9, 1942, in Norton, Kan., to John and Mary Hickert.

He graduated in 1965 from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with 33 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with Valor and numerous other medals.

He is the author of Headhunter 19 AKA Eagle Eye, a personal account of his year of service during the Vietnam War.

He worked for agricultural companies, a career that gave him the opportunity to live in several states and Liberia, West Africa.

He moved to Arizona in 1981 and worked in the milling technology/pasta business and agriculture.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lola Best Hickert; three daughters, Celeste Furey, Angela Horner and Ann-Marie Hickert; one son, Paul N. Hickert II; three sisters, Ruth Browne, Regina Wasinger and Roberta Lees; three brothers, Jay Hickert, Urban Hickert and Louis Hickert; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 3 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear. Interment will be at a later date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Christine Marie Horst

Christine Marie Horst, 56, of Avondale died Feb. 1, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Horst was born Sept. 7, 1960, in Stevens Point, Wis., to James and Ann Dobeck.

She moved to Arizona in 2014.

She is survived by one daughter, Kristy Horst; one son, James Horst; her father, James Dobeck; two sisters, Ann Slusarski and Barbara Bublitz; five brothers, Steven Dobeck, Thom Dobeck, Ken Dobeck, Daniel Dobeck and George Dobeck; and one grandchild.

No services are planned.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Elton Harvey ‘Al’ Johnson

Elton Harvey “Al” Johnson, 85, of Prescott and formerly of Buckeye died Jan. 30, 2017, at Arizona’s Pioneer Home in Prescott from heart failure.

Mr. Johnson was born March 8, 1931, in Phoenix to Viola Jane Harvey Johnson and Samuel Berton Johnson.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Laverne Blake Johnson; two sons, Samuel Berton Johnson and Jeffrey Dean Johnson; and two stepsons, Terrence Michael Carroll and Kevin Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, Carla Jean Carroll Johnson of Buckeye; three sons, Michael Elton Johnson, Gary Glen Johnson and Steven O’Dell Johnson, all of Arizona; three stepdaughters, Karalee Rachael Hartley of St. George, Utah, Andrea J. Harmon of Prescott and Elisa Jean Evans of Prescott; four stepsons, Eric Edison Carroll of West Plains, Mo., Timothy Duane Carroll of Prescott, Alex Butler Carroll of Buckeye and Rex David Carroll of Arizona; and more than 150 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buckeye.

The Rev. Travis Gable officiated.


Harold N. Walgren

Harold N. Walgren, 81, of Litchfield Park died Feb. 5, 2017.

Dr. Walgren was born March 27, 1935, in Belvidere, Ill., to Roy and Stella Walgren.

He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, then earned bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He earned master’s and doctorate of law degrees at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

He met his wife, Leanne, in high school and they married in 1958. They moved to Hinsdale, Ill., where they lived for 25 years. They moved to Boulder City, Nev., in 1985 and Litchfield Park in 1988.

He was board certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Legal Medicine. He was a member of the Illinois Bar and licensed to practice medicine in Illinois, Nevada and Arizona.

He was a member of the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association, a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, past president of the Civil Aviation Medical Association, past present of the DuPage County, Ill., Medical Association and past trustee of the Flying Physicians Association.

He was past president of the Estrella Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a commissioned officer of the U.S. Air Force for more than 33 years, serving with the Illinois Air National Guard and on active duty at Luke Air Force Base, retiring in 1995 with the rank of colonel. His rating was chief flight surgeon with 2,262 hours of military flight time.

He was a senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and a private pilot with a commercial license and instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings. His private flying time totaled more than 3,500 hours.

He was preceded in death by one grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Leanne; one daughter, Kimberly Marzullo; three sons, Scott Walgren, Doug Walgren and Brad Walgren; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698, or the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Paid Obituaries


Geno Piccoli

Chief Master Sergeant Geno Piccoli, 76, died peacefully in his Litchfield Park, AZ home on January 30, 2017.

Chief Piccoli was born on January 24, 1941 in New Britain, CT to Geno and Mary Piccoli. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and served over 30 years before retiring in 1988. Spending a good portion of his active career as a First Sergeant, he epitomized the phrase “my job is people, everyone is my business.” Not slowing down, he spent 5 years in civil service and 10 more years as a volunteer at Luke Air Force Base. A longtime advocate and supporter of military families, Geno was an active member of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) for over 40 years, serving as International President from 1988 through 1991. A huge contributor to AFSA services and charitable programs, Geno personally supported a wide range of charitable organizations including the Airmen Memorial Museum and Airmen Memorial Foundation.

Geno was a loving father, husband, brother and grandfather as well as a mentor and inspiration to the countless lives he touched. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Piccoli; daughter, Theresa Dearth (Anthony Dearth); sons, Anthony Piccoli (Paula Piccoli), Joseph Piccoli, Geno Forman (Gail Forman); sister, Theresa DeBisschop (James F. DeBisschop); 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

People often say that one person cannot make a difference in the world. However, anyone who knows Geno knows – one person who truly cares about people can make an incredible impact on us all.

A funeral service was held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Luke AFB Chapel. Burial followed at 12:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Condolences for the family may be left at


Charlotte E. Whorl

Charlotte E. Whorl, 85, of Buckeye, passed away January 30, 2017 in Surprise, AZ. She was born October 6, 1931 in Baltimore, MD to Roland and Florence Jones. She moved to Arizona in 1976.

Charlotte worked as a librarian for Scott Libby Elementary School. She was an avid Phoenix Suns fan and she loved to watch tennis. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was an Air Force wife who loved to travel. She lived in England, Holland, Alaska, and multiple places throughout the United States.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband Jim. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra & Wayne Garland of Bryson City, NC; son, Scott & Sherry Whorl of Moreno Valley, CA; daughter, Karen & Jerry Eidenmiller of Bellevue, NE; son, Kevin & Elissa Whorl of Foster City, CA; and daughter Sally & Bryan Cook of Goodyear, AZ. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Chris & Brian Garland; David & Nicole Whorl, Christy & Lisa Whorl; Ashley Eidenmiller & Barry Bland, Marissa & Chris Muth and Travis Eidenmiller; Connor, Aaron & Lauren Whorl; James & Stephanie Cook, Jason & Nicole Cook. She is also survived by eleven great -grandchildren Jakob, Justin, Jayden and Jonah Whorl; Wesley Eidenmiller and Alize Bass; Addison and Gunnar Muth; Tyler, Nathan and Emily Cook.

A visitation was held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at 11:30 am, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left at



IzzI Rader-Foose, 13, of Buckeye, AZ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her most loved family & friends on January 29, 2017. She was born on March 28, 2003 in Phoenix, AZ.

She is survived by her parents/owners, Daniel Lerma & Susan Foose, 1 cousin, Pippy Rader, 2 aunts, Sherry Rader & Denae Brooks, and 1 uncle (her favorite), Landon Toon.

Services pending.



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