Obituaries - May 3, 2017

Connie Jo Caldwell

Connie Jo Caldwell, 71, of Goodyear died April 30, 2017.

Mrs. Caldwell was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Springfield, Ill., to Earl and Fannie Fraze.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Caldwell; one daughter, Sherri Harwood; two sons, Matt Caldwell and Paul Caldwell; one sister, Sandy Shisler; and three grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 5 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. May 9 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuenralchapel.com.

 

Charlotte Louise Hill

Charlotte Louise Hill, 85, of Litchfield Park died April 27, 2017, in Sun City.

Mrs. Hill was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Joplin, Mo., to James and Clara Hendry.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Hill Sr., in 2006.

She is survived by one son, Clifton Hill Jr.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Francis Leeland Dodds

Francis Leeland Dodds, 92, of Goodyear died April 20, 2017, in Goodyear of a respiratory infection.

Mr. Dodds was born April 17, 1925, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

He moved to Arizona in 1969.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He retired from the Glendale School District.

He was a member of VFW Post 9400 and a volunteer at Arizona VFW hospitals.

He was a past grand commander of the Military Order of the Cootie.

He was a park host at Lake Pleasant and White Horse Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Beth Dodds; and two sons, Donald Dodds and Richard Dodds.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Dunn of Goodyear, Patricia Hyde of Phoenix and Laura Stubbs of Oregon; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday at Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix.

The Rev. Carlos Perez officiated.

 

Janice Lee Key

Janice Lee Key, 68, of Buckeye died April 24, 2017.

Mrs. Key was born Jan. 31, 1949, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Jacen and Marion Ward.

She was a volunteer with Camp Fire and the Vital Life Foundation for At Risk Youth.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Martin Key.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Key; one son, Jay M. Key; one daughter, Holly J. Stark; one sister, Joyce Preston; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. May 8 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Linda Marie Koester

Linda Marie Koester, 69, of Goodyear died April 26, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Koester was born May 26, 1947, in Vincennes, Ind., to Charles Arthur and Irma Jean Woodburn.

She worked as an insurance purchasing agent for 23 years.

She is survived by her husband, Terry; one son, William Puckett Jr.; two stepdaughters, Melissa Koester and Michelle Kingery; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Crest Haven Memorial Park in Claremont, Ill.

Condolences may be left at emmonsmaceysteffey.com.

 

Connie Lomeli

Connie Lomeli, 89, of Tolleson died April 26, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Lomeli was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Marinette to Pablo and Carmen.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Daniel; one daughter, Ramona; one son, Frank; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren, St., Tolleson.

Condolences may be left at advantagefunerals.com.

 

Jerry Lee Raynovic

Jerry Lee Raynovic, 64, of Glendale and formerly of Avondale died April 24, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Raynovic was born Oct. 25, 1952, in Pennsylvania.

He is survived by three sons, Nicholas, Evan and Joseph; two brothers, James and George; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 5510 W. Cholla St., Glendale.

 

Rita Frances Shilliday Scherman

Rita Frances Shilliday Scherman, 84, of Litchfield Park died April 26, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Scherman was born May 20, 1932, in Pittsburgh to James and Laura Shilliday.

She lived in San Diego and worked as a nurse before marrying Robert Scherman.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Scherman; two daughters, Linda Luna and Loretta Scherman; two sons, Robert Scherman and James Scherman; two sisters, Shirley Pajak and Sally Birkner; and two grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 5 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road Avondale. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Justina Torres

Justina Torres, 90, of Goodyear died April 29, 2017, in Peoria.

She was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to Belnavel and Guillermina Torres.

She moved to the Bronx, N.Y. , in 1945 and worked in the fashion industry. She worked as a seamstress for Parisian Maid, a distributor for Macy’s and Bamburgers, until her retirement in 1990.

She relocated to Orange County, Calif., then to Goodyear in 2004.

She is survived by one daughter, Daisy Diaz; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. today at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear.

Condolences may be left at thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

Paid Obituaries

 

Marie Caroline (Faust) Faver

Marie Faver, an 87 year resident of Buckeye, Arizona passed away April 28, 2017 in her home in the Palo Verde area.

She was born on November 1, 1922 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, moved to Globe, Arizona when she was ten months old as her father was a coal miner. After her father died, she moved in 1930 with her mother, Ida Faust, two sisters Evalyne and Violet and one brother, Joe to the Liberty area. She attended Liberty Elementary School and Buckeye Union High School graduating in 1940. On August 31, 1941, Marie Faust married Lee “Buddy” Faver. Their son, Fred, was born in July 24, 1943 and in later years, Buddy and Marie raised their niece Edie Faver. Music and singing was an important part of her life as was multiple church activities, the Gideon International Ministry, visiting people and sending hundreds of greeting cards throughout her life.

Buddy died in 2009. Her sisters: Evalyne Brabbin, Violet Henry, brother Joe Faust, her mother Ida, and father Joseph preceded her in death.

Marie is survived by her son, Fred, two grandchildren, Robert and Stephanie, five great great grandchildren plus many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday May 5, at First Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye with viewing on Thursday May 4, from 6-8 P.M. also at the church.

Donations in Maries’ memory can be made to ComPassion Pregnancy Center at FSBC, 405 N. Third Street, Buckeye, Az. 85326

 

Ferenc Rosztoczy

Ferenc Rosztoczy passed away Sunday morning, April 23. He had been in declining health for a long time, and he died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Ferenc was born and raised in Hungary. He lived through WWII as a child and the Hungarian Revolution as a young adult. After the revolution he escaped to the U.S., where he arrived with no money and unable to speak English. He wound up at UC Berkeley, where he earned a PhD in physical chemistry (he was pretty smart). He met Diane, married, and started a family while pursuing a career appropriate for his education. In 1975 he moved to Phoenix so he could take over management of Arizona Machinery (the precursor to Stotz Equipment). His life story should be made into a movie someday.

Around the dealership he was legendary for his energy, his brains, his direct communication style (“You have gained weight”), and his ability to know everyone that worked at the company. He built Arizona Machinery into one of the most respected John Deere dealers in the country, built Stotz Dairy in 1980, and had a very successful career investing in real estate.

Ferenc and Diane raised 4 kids Tom (Jill), Rob (Rachel), Stefi McGeorge (Robert) and Teddy (Ali). They have 15 grandkids. As a family man he set a tremendous example for all of us. Despite his significant work responsibilities, he coached soccer teams, attended meets, games, and other events. He was always there when the kids needed advice or some solid bit of wisdom as they navigated their own paths. He was dedicated to Diane for the entire 53+ years of their marriage.

As a member of the community he was incredibly involved, and he has left numerous legacies here locally and around the world. He served on the Agua Fria UHSD School Board for many years. He was honored a few years ago with the inaugural Tin Man Award for service to the local community. Ferenc and Diane started a foundation years ago to provide scholarship opportunities to Hungarian graduate students so they could come study in the U.S. for a year. This past year, he received the Order of Merit from the President of Hungary for his service to the scientific community of Hungary.

Because he was 24 when he got to the US, he never lost his heavy Hungarian accent. As a result, there are also a number of ‘Ferenc-isms’ that many people will remember him by. Ayayay! and Gee Viz!! might be the most well-known, but his soccer players will also remember Vit Feeling!! Teddy was 12 before he realized that the local resort was actually called the Wigwam and not the Vigvom.

For his family his greatest legacy will be the wisdom he shared with us over the years, through his words and his actions. He worried that the kids would be children of privilege (we certainly were compared to his childhood) so we all got ‘character building’ jobs starting at a young age. He taught us to begin with the end in mind and put first things first before the 7 Habits book was written. He taught us that you always shoot straight with other people and your word is your bond. He had high expectations for all of us, but appropriate to our situation. He taught us to never rest on our laurels, but to keep challenging ourselves. He taught us by asking us questions instead of telling us what to do, so that we felt like we were figuring things out for ourselves.

There is a passage in the Bible where Jesus talks about grain seed being tossed on the ground and some of it lands in good soil and grows to multiply 100 fold. God found great soil when he planted his seed in Ferenc. Those impacted by his life will continue to bear fruit into the future and the ultimate harvest of his life will continue for years to come.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home. Visitation and Rosary will be held Thursday, May 4 at Holy Cross (9925 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ) from 5-7 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, May 5 at 10 am at St. John Vianney Church (800 N. Central, Avondale, AZ), with a reception to follow at the Wigwam Resort (300 E. Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas Conference, c/o St. Thomas Aquinas, 13720 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ 85392.

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