Obituaries: June 7, 2017

Jesus M. Abrigo

Jesus M. Abrigo, 78, of Buckeye died June 3, 2017, in Sun City.

Mr. Abrigo was born March 8, 1939, in Robstown, Texas.

He moved to Buckeye in 1952.

He was an entrepreneur, working as a contractor and gas station owner and in heavy equipment, construction and trucking.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Estela Abrigo; eight children, 43 grandchildren; and 78 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye, with interment at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.


Delores Opal Jones Alexander

Delores Opal Jones Alexander, 87, of Goodyear died May 24, 2017, in Glendale.

Mrs. Alexander was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Palmer Springs, Va., to Mary Eliza and Willy Lee Jones.

She was raised in Wise, N.C., and graduated from John R. Hawkins High School in 1947.

She moved to New York City and married James Alexander on July 15, 1950.

She was employed by Macy’s for more than 20 years and was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.

After retiring, she moved to Linden, N.J., where she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.

She moved to Goodyear and was a member of Carpenter’s House of Worship in Avondale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander.

She is survived by one son, James Alexander; three daughters, Patricia Clarke, Janice Sparks and Mary Hartsfield; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. June 24 at Carpenter’s House of Worship, 13048 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale.


Vivian Eleanor Georgesen

Vivian Eleanor Georgesen, 93, of Peoria and Duluth, Minn., and formerly of Goodyear died May 29, 2017, at Harvard House of Care in Goodyear.

She was born Dec. 26, 1923, to George and Luvise Georgesen.

She graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Scholastica in Duluth, a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Superior, Wis., and a doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

She taught home economics at Esko High School in Esko, Minn., and Denfeld High School and Washington Junior High, both in Duluth. She also taught counseling/guidance at the University of Wisconsin.

She was a lifelong member of the Salvation Army and taught Sunday school at the Salvation Army and at Maple Lake, Minn., where she spent summers. She volunteered at Indian School in Peoria.

She is survived by one niece, Fay Kainz of Weaver, Ala.; and two nephews, David Georgesen of Weaver, Ala., and Russ Georgesen of Goodyear.

Funeral services were June 3 at the Salvation Army in Duluth, with Maj. Bill Cox officiating. Interment was at Bethany Cemetery in Duluth.

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Alex Robert Hernandez

Alex Robert Hernandez, 65, of Glendale died May 27, 2017.

Mr. Hernandez was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Los Angeles to Robert Crespo Hernandez and Antonia Diaro.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Hernandez; one sister, Bertha Aranda; and two brothers, Mario and Rudy Hernandez.

Services will be in San Fernando, Calif.

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Porter Arthur Hurt Jr.

Porter Arthur Hurt Jr., 76, of Litchfield Park died May 24, 2017.

Mr. Hurt was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Baltimore to Porter Sr. and Margaret Hurt.

He lived most of his life in California.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960 and served as an anti-aircraft batteryman attached to the 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion “Charlie” in Twentynine Palms, Calif., before being honorably discharged in 1966.

He worked in the construction industry as a sheet rock hanger in San Jose, Calif. He worked for a Silicon Valley electronics distributor as a stock boy and became general sales manager of the company. He started his own electronics company, which grew into three Silicon Valley companies — PH Components, Testology and Actrix. Actrix developed and marketed integrated personal computers, printers and mobile telephones, which led to an appearance on Good Morning America and a Wall Street Journal profile. He opened a chain of Sh Boom nightclubs in the San Francisco Bay area.

After retiring, he moved to Litchfield Park and joined the Wigwam Golf Club. He and his wife started H&C Properties, a rental and house flipping business.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Robin; one son, Brian Hurt of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Stacey Votta of Portland, Ore., and Shelly Hurt of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Cheyenne Cook of Litchfield Park; two sisters, SueEllen James and Kathy Hurt; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were May 31 at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

The Rev. Dale Hopely officiated.

Interment was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Road, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Frances ‘Chinkie’ Morales

Frances “Chinkie” Morales, 76, of Goodyear died May 24, 2017.

Mrs. Morales was born June 1, 1940, in Cottonwood to Frank and Beatrice Molina Soqui.

She graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1959.

She married Jesse Morales and they lived in Cottonwood until 1964, when they moved to Phoenix. They moved to Farmington, N.M., in 1976 and she attended San Juan College, where she took business courses. She began a 40-year career in commercial real estate in Farmington, then moved back to Phoenix in 1993 and became CEO of Morales Properties Inc.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jesse Morales; three sons, Jesse Mark, Frank Angelo and Steven Ray; two sisters, Consuelo Mathews and Rose Marie Gazzara; three brothers, Fred, Ronnie and Ray Soqui; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted May 29 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

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Sabira ‘Sally’ ‘Toot’ Neice

Sabira “Sally” “Toot” Neice, 84, of Goodyear died June 3, 2017.

She was born and raised in Hawaii, where she met her husband, William Neice.

They raised their family in LaPuente, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Neice.

She is survived by two sons, David and Danny; three daughters, Debby, Darla and Diana; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, followed by a reception at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

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Armand ‘Sonny’ Rivera

Armand “Sonny” Rivera, 90, of Peoria and formerly of Tolleson died June 4, 2017, in Peoria.

Mr. Rivera was born June 4, 1927, in Phoenix.

He was a member of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

He was preceded in death by one son, William Rivera.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry Rivera of Peoria; one daughter, Rosemarie Sesma of Glendale; three sons, Armand Rivera Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., Greg Rivera of Peoria and Randy Rivera of San Diego; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.


James E. Session

James E. Session, 81, of Goodyear died May 23, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. Session was born Sept. 18, 1935, in Hollis, Okla., to Vernon E. and Jewel Session.

He moved to Arizona in 1938.

He was the owner and operator of Session’s Garage since 1946.

He was an amateur stock car driver, a licensed private airplane pilot and a volunteer firefighter for the Avondale Fire Department.

He was a member of the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Session; one daughter, Jamie L. Treguboff; two sons, Dennis E. Session and Jere L. Session; and one brother, Gary Session.

A private memorial service has been held.


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Raymond “Crada” Nogales

Raymond “Crada” Nogales, 59, of Tolleson, Arizona, passed away on May 27, 2017.

Crada loved his nieces and nephews and his Dallas Cowboys, and always looked forward to family gatherings and especially the fun of being surrounded by them all at Christmas.

He is survived by five sisters, Mary, Yolanda, Frances, Irene and Candy, and one brother, Manuel. He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Frances, and two brothers, Ruben and Jesse.

Services are to be held privately. The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, concern, and kindness shown to them.

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