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Obituaries: June 14, 2017

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Helen Maxine Cross

Helen Maxine Cross, 92, of Goodyear died June 11, 2017, at the Palm Valley Care Center in Goodyear.

Mrs. Cross was born April 22, 1925, in Peace Valley, Mo.

She moved to Arizona in 1935.

She retired after working at Unidynamics.

She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Cross; one son, Don Cross; and one grandchild.

She is survived by two sons, Rusty Cross of Buckeye and David Cross of Peoria; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at First Southern Baptist Church, 405 N. Third St., Buckeye. Interment will be at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.

The Rev. Scott Worden will officiate.


Connie M. James

Connie M. James, 69, of Goodyear died June 1, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. James was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Fostoria, Ohio, to Joseph and Mary LaFontain.

She married Ronald James on Jan. 19, 1968.

She was a homemaker, a foster parent and adoptive parent.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ronald James; six children; two brothers; two sisters; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Barrow Neurological Foundation at

Condolences may be left at


Mary Katherine Jennings

Mary Katherine Jennings, 88, of Buckeye died June 7, 2017, at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear.

Mrs. Jennings was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Austin, Texas, to the Rev. Lonnie Al Roberts and Lillie Virginia Clawson Roberts.

She married Charles Murphy Jennings in December 1942.

She moved to Buckeye in 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Murphy Jennings; one son, Charles Murphy Jennings Jr.; and one daughter, Myra S. Jennings.

She is survived by one son, Michael L. Jennings; one daughter, Melissa K. Jennings Bell; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be no service. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Austin, Texas.


Wanda June Kelly

Wanda June Kelly, 79, of Litchfield Park died June 10, 2017.

Mrs. Kelly was born April 23, 1938, to Roscoe and Falbia Wood in Security, Texas.

She was the owner of Sage and Sand TV and Radio Shack.

She was involved with New Life Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kelly.

She is survived by one sister, Joyce Scott; and one brother, Waldon Wood.

Condolences may be left at


Juanita Valencia

Juanita Valencia, 45, of Avondale died May 18, 2017.

She was born Nov. 21, 1971, in Phoenix to John Guerrero and Esperansa Hernandez.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday at La Mision Jubiliee Center, 11147 W. Buckeye Road, Avondale, followed by interment at 11:30 a.m. at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.

Condolences may be left at


Oswaldo Y. ‘Waldie’ Vasquez

Oswaldo Y. “Waldie” Vasquez, 71, of Goodyear died June 6, 2017.

Mr. Vasquez was born in Carlsbad, N.M., to Jesus and Angelina Vasquez.

He is survived by his wife, Berena Vasquez; four children, Tracy Lopez, Jessica, Stephanie and Ozzie; his mother, Angelina; one sister, Oralia; two brothers, Orlando and Eddie; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5614 W. Orangewood Ave., Glendale, followed by interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.


Raymond Everett Wingett

Raymond Everett Wingett, 27, of Phoenix and formerly of Litchfield Park died June 11, 2017.

Mr. Wingett was born July 15, 1989, in San Jose, Calif., to Jeff Wingett and Tanya Lohr.

He co-owned and operated Big Mutts Grooming.

He is survived by his fiancee, Jasmine Valencia; his father, Jeff Wingett; and three grandparents, Timothy and Beverly Lohr and Janice Watkins.

Condolences may be left at


Raymond S. Zavala

Raymond S. Zavala, 88, of Avondale died June 9, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Zavala was born March 26, 1929, in Superior to Paulino and Francisca Zavala.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War.

He worked for Lockheed Martin until he retired.

He was a member of St. William Catholic Church in Avondale and the Knights of Columbus Cashion Chapter 14804.

He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Antony Zavala.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie L. Zavala; two daughters, Lucy Z. Swanger and Virginia M. Zavala; one son, Richard H. Zavala; four brothers, Paul, John, Henry and Gilbert Zavala; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m., with a rosary recital at 6 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. William Catholic Church, 11025 W. Third St., Avondale, followed by interment at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.


Paid Obituaries


Malcolm Bartlett

Malcolm Bartlett, “Mac” died in Litchfield Park on June 3, 2017.

He was born in 1926 in Ashland, Maine to Hugh and Frances Boudreau Bartlett. The day after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy. He attained the rank of Lieutenant, served in the South Pacific, and was discharged in 1946. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1950, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He arrived in Arizona in 1965 and worked in land development, mostly in Litchfield Park and McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale. Mac was a very personable and funny guy. He made everybody laugh. Nobody could tell a funny joke like he could. We’ll miss him.

He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 64 years, and Mirela, his caregiver who took such good care of him in his final years.

No services are planned. Burial will be in Ashland, ME. Memorial contributions can be made to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871 Arrangements are being handled by Thompson’s Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.


Cristina Lake Manusina

Cristina Lake Manusina, age 28 of Phoenix, Arizona tragically died Monday June 5, 2017 in a car collision on her way home from work. Born December 12, 1988 in Moreno Valley, California, Cristy was the youngest of seven children and as the baby of the family she never lacked for attention and love. In the eyes of her siblings and parents Cristy was still today the baby of the family and shared a special bond with her parents.

From an early age it was easy to see that Cristy was a lover of life as she was pleasantly cheerful and quick to laugh and smile. Cristy’s friendly personality and positive outlook on life made her fun to be around and talk with. She had an infectious laugh and loved music and movies. 

Cristy met the love of her life, Joe, while living in Saint George, Utah during her high school years. Together they were raising four beautiful children between ages nine and three. It was in motherhood that Cristy found the most joy, fulfillment and purpose in life. She loved being a mom and was constantly taking video and photos of her kids because she was very proud of each of them. 

Cristy was strong in her faith and had a deep and abiding love for her Savior Jesus Christ. She believed that family relationships would last beyond this life. At church she diligently served in the children’s Primary organization. 

Cristy was known for her strong work ethic, honesty and integrity. She worked full-time to provide for her family. At work she was a successful verification supervisor for Universal Background Screening Inc. 

Cristina Lake Manusina was in every regard a strong, beautiful and talented woman who lived an unselfish life putting the needs of family, friends and acquaintances before her own. If in life we are to learn the value of serving others then Cristy’s life was indeed exemplary. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and associates however it brings a sense of peace and comfort knowing she is at rest in the love of our Lord. 

Cristina is survived by her husband, Arioateine (Joe) Manusina; three daughters, Beatriz Mya T., Tumatalili (Lili) T., and Adelina S. Manusina; one son, Avetone T. Samoa Manusina; parents, Richard LeRoy and Beatriz Eugenia Pena Lake; three sisters, Monica Barth, Elizabeth Jackson, Megan Thompson; three brothers, Nathan T. , R. Emerson, and Elliott M. Lake.

A visitation will be held at 9:00 am followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 8706 W Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ.  The family suggests that donations be made to for the Cristina Manusina Family. Condolences for the family may be left at

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