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Obituaries - February 22, 2017

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John B. Escobedo

John B. Escobedo, 57, of Phoenix and formerly of Avondale died Feb. 1, 2017.

Mr. Escobedo was born June 12, 1959, in Phoenix to Baudelio and Eva Escobedo.

He was the owner and president of Com Tel Logistics and J&B Logistics.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; four sons, John, Michael, Matthew and Daniel; four daughters, Elizabeth, Christine, Rebecca and Alyssa; seven siblings, Rick, Susana, Arthuro, Elena, Gloria, Julia and Jesse; and eight grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. March 3 at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. March 4 at the funeral home, followed by interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.


Jacqueline Lee Haag

Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Haag, 71, of Buckeye died Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Haag was born Nov. 3, 1945, in St. Louis to Robert and Goldie.

She moved to Arizona 50 years ago.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Haag; four daughters; her brother and sisters; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale.

Condolences for the family may be left at


James C. Monforte

James C. “Jim” Monforte, 69, of west Phoenix died Feb. 9, 2017.

Mr. Monforte was born July 30, 1947, in Denver to Vincent and Grace Monforte.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1989, achieving the rank of master sergeant.

He was a member of the Unofficial Corvette Club and the Desert Corvette Club.

He served for more than 20 years at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park.

He is survived by his wife, Viki Monforte; two sons, Anthony and Stephen Monforte; one brother, Vincent Monforte Jr.; and two grandchildren.

Interment with military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. March 6 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Aurelia ‘Lila’ Antonia Pipkins

Aurelia “Lila” Antonia Pipkins, 82, of Avondale died Feb. 13, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Pipkins was born in Winslow to Josephine and Juventino Alvarez.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Pipkins; one sister, Vivian Flores; one brother, Henry Alvarez; 10 children, Mary, Kimberly, Consuelo, Elizabeth, Carol, Minnie, Ben, Gary, Eric and Lawrence Jr.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Avenidas Funeral Chapel in Avondale.

Condolences and donations may be made at


Nancy Marie Poteat

Nancy Marie Poteat, 78, of Tolleson died Feb. 10, 2017.

Mrs. Poteat was born May 17, 1938, in East Detroit, Mich., to Jess and Mary Carter.

She is survived by her husband of more than 59 years, Steve; two daughters, Mary Spadafore and Marjorie; two sons, Steven Brian and Ernest; one sister, Mary Lou Demura; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson.

Condolences for the family may be left at


Joseph L. Wall

Joseph L. Wall, 65, of Buckeye died Jan. 9, 2017, at Palm Valley Hospice in Goodyear.

Mr. Wall was born Aug. 21, 1951, in Phoenix.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 as a ranger in Vietnam, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his fiancee, Lynn Gilkey of Buckeye; two daughters, Heather Guiterrez of Alabama and Rebeckah Romero of Orange, Calif.; two sons, Justin Bertrand of Florida and Joseph Wall Jr. of Glendale; one sister, Janice Wall of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one brother, Leland Wall of Tolleson; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

The Rev. Mark Knister officiated.


Paid Obituaries


Secelia May Ellsworth

Secelia May Ellsworth, the daughter of Benjamin & Marian Williams, was born July 12, 1948, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and passed away February 13, 2017, at her home in Litchfield Park, AZ at the age of 68. Her service time was cut short as a humanitarian missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bangkok, Thailand, when she was diagnosed with cancer. She will be sorely missed by many all over the world having served and traveled to over 20 countries. She had an ability to make people she met feel loved by her regardless of who they were or what their story.

She is survived by her husband Dr. Mehrl K Ellsworth, her children and their spouses: Sara and Lowell Griffin, Kyle and Elise Ellsworth, Chris Ellsworth, Anna and Daniel Ensign, Jr., Benjamin and Anisha Ellsworth, Mary and Daniel Merrill, and Seth and Valerie Ellsworth. and 21 grandchildren plus one on the way.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 18th.

Interment will be February 25th in Idaho Falls, ID.

Cards & Condolences can be sent to: 620 East Palm Street, LP AZ 85340.


Lidell Ann (Flanigan) Jacobson

Lidell Jacobson, 64, was surrounded by her family when she passed away at home in Goodyear, AZ on February 11, 2017. After a valiant six month battle with pancreatic cancer, Lidell joined her parents Russell and Mary (Gilbert) Flanigan and brother Robert.

She was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 19th, 1952 and graduated from Glenn Rock High School in 1970. Lidell went on to passionately pursue a lifelong love of reading and teaching. In 1974, she earned Summa Cum Laude honors with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Trenton State College in New Jersey. In 1978, Lidell met the love of her life, Gary Jacobson, a PGA Tour golfer, and married in 1979. While raising their new family in Minnesota, she achieved ACE certification as a fitness instructor, traveled the U.S. for many years teaching and certifying new instructors, and choreographed hundreds of aerobic routines for every fitness level. In 1993, the honor of membership in Pi Lambda Theta was conferred upon her and in 1994, Lidell earned her Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas, where she began her career as a Special Education Teacher. In 2001, Lidell and Gary moved to Arizona where Lidell became a High School Reading Specialist and was instrumental in developing curriculum for standardized tests and literacy programs for ELL students. Lidell really and truly strived for her students’ success; she loved every one of her “kids”, and tried to continue working as a Director of Education even after her diagnosis. She served God as a born-again Christian and was baptized in 2010 when she selflessly continued a life of volunteering with her church, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and so many others in need.

Lidell is survived by her faithful husband Gary, sister Margaret Biroscak (Vince), brother Kevin Flanigan, son Derek Jacobson, daughter Carly Pugliese (Marc), 3 grandchildren, and countless students and colleagues that she inspired over the years.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Lidell’s life and legacy by contributing to the Lidell Jacobson Memorial Fund that will go directly to assist graduates from Premier High School in pursuing post-secondary education:

A celebration of Lidell’s life is planned for March 19th please visit for time and location and to share memories and condolences with the family.


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