Obituaries: August 2, 2017

Frank Soto Arvizu
Frank Soto Arvizu, 79, of Litchfield, AZ passed away July 18, 2017. He was born July 19, 1938 in Litchfield, to Luis and Agripina Arvizu. Frank leaves behind two brothers Alfred and Tony Arvizu, one sister Esther Redondo and numerous nephews, nieces and dear friends. Frank is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Arvizu, three sisters Mary Carrizoza, Penny Galindo, and Connie Guzman and one brother Luis Arvizu. Frank will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Services were held Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in Glendale, AZ. Frank was laid to rest at Resthaven Park Cemetery. For more information or to leave a tribute to Frank please visit www.greenacresglendalemort.com Green Acres Glendale handled arrangements. 623.937.9297
 
Socorro Silvas
Socorro Silvas, 94, of Tolleson passed away on Wednesday, July 19th peacefully in her home. Mrs. Silvas was born on December 27, 1922 in Phoenix, AZ. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Ricardo Silvas. She is survived by her 4 children; Eleanor Avilez, Sylvia Maese, Ricardo Silvas Jr., and Fernando Silvas; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters, 1 brother. She was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Tolleson Senior Center. She loved to cook and spend time with her family and her dog. She also enjoyed ringing the bell for the Salvation Army every holiday season. Services will be held today at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tolleson, visitation will be held on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 9:00AM and funeral mass at 11:00AM with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.
 
Prestinia Salcido Morales
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, tia and friend, Prestinia Salcido Morales, age 84, went to be with the lord on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born July 19, 1933 in Hondo, New Mexico to Faustino Salcido and Predecanda Warner. Those left to mourn her passing include her loving husband Lorenzo A. Morales, Sons: Lorenzo, Cristobal, Jesus David, Gilbert Patrick and John Raymond; Daughter Marie Margaret; Sister Mary Morales and Brother Eloy Salcido; 12 Grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Morales will reunite in heaven with her beloved daughter Bernadette Lucy. Visitation for Prestinia was held July 27, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home in Avondale. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 28, 2017. The Rite of Committal and Interment followed at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery where she was laid to rest. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 9925 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale, AZ 85392. 623-936-1710
 
Pedro Burnias Jr.
Pedro Burnias Jr, 47 of Avondale died July 17, 2017 in Phoenix. He was a member of New Life Covenant Church and is survived by his wife Melinda M. Burnias; daughters Amanda M. Silva of Avondale, Jacqueline Burnias of Avondale; sons Ryan Burnias of Dutch Harbor, AK, Marcos Burnias and Isaac Burnias both of Avondale; parents Pedro and Guillermina Burnias both of Avondale; sisters Sylvia Levario and Olga Burnias both of Avondale; brothers Guadalupe Burnias, Jesse Burnias, Juan Jose (J.J.) Burnias, and Robert Burnias all of Avondale; two grandchildren and expecting one great grandchild. Services were held July 28th, 2017 at New Life Covenant Church, Avondale.
 
Anthony Joseph Warcholak
Anthony Joseph Warcholak, age 70, of Goodyear passed away peacefully the morning of July 21, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born July 20, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph Warcholak and Angela Clemente. Tony was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He served in the US Army. He retired after 31 years with the Internal Revenue Service in increasingly responsible positions. Tony is survived by his wife, Diane Warcholak; daughters, Lara Warren, Amie Francis, Lisa Monroe, and Vanessa Gould; sons, Jamie Warren and Jimmy Francis; and eight grandchildren, Jay, Lexi, Tyler, Cole and Robyn Francis, and Brady, Cooper, and Peyton Warren. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Warcholak; mother, Angela Clemente; and brothers, Joseph and Steven Warcholak. The family suggests that donations be made to Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Phoenix, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, AZ.
 
Richard Lee Roglin
Richard Lee Roglin, 80, of Arlington went to be with Jesus on July 20,2017. He was born August 2, 1936, on the farm at the corner of Watson Road and Southern Avenue in Buckeye, to Ab and Bessie Roglin. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Laura-  Belle (Tyree), son, Rodney (Lesa), daughters, Carla Brown and Cheryl (Brad) Francis; seven grandchildren, A.J. Brown, Jim Kieffer, Lachelle Brown, Michelle Carrera, Rob Killian, Bryshaun Brown and Trey Brown and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation to Arlington Baptist Church, P.O. Box 70, Arlington, Arizona, 85322. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on August 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye. A visitation will be held at Ganley’s Funeral Home in Buckeye on August 3, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
 
Dolores T. Misquez
Dolores T. Misquez, 86, of Avondale, passed away on July 23, 2017. She was born on May 31, 1931, in Litchfield Park to Manuel Burell & Ignacia Sernas. Dolores has lived in Arizona all of her life. Dolores is survived by her 3 daughters Francis Ramos, Gloria Cabrera & Betty Graham, 5 sons; Greg, Mario, Albert, Bennie, & Daniel Misquez, 33 grandchildren, 77 greatgrandchildren & 7 great great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral mass will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Condolences may be left for the family at www.AvenidasFuneralChapel.com
 
Leona (Lee) Powers
Leona (Lee) Powers of Goodyear, AZ passed away July 21, 2017. She was born in Austin, TX March 30, 1941. She was preceded in death by Luther R. (Russ) Powers, her husband of 44 years, Vera Beatrice Locklear Knight (Mother), Robert Knight (Step Father) Virgil Simons (Father), Virginia Simons Markum (Sister) Richard Simons (Brother), J.R. Simons (Brother), Allen Bingman (Son-in-law), and Grandson Kirt Russell Schulz. Lee is survived by her children Deborah Lee Powers, Dodie Powers, and Robin Rodriguez; son-n-law’s Jesse Rodriguez, Lynne Payne; Grandchildren, Christina Barnes, Rebecca Conley, Brent Conley, Jessica Day, Tanner Wharam, Brayden Rodriguez, Matthew Oliver, Brent Conley, Joey Day and Ashley McCreedy. Great Grandchildren, Tyler Conley, Makayla Conley, Matthew B. Oliver II, Vernon Rhett Day and Izabella McCreedy; Brothers, Leon Simons, and Coleman Simons as well as many nieces and nephews. Lee will be laid to rest at Palm Valley Cemetery in Round Rock, TX with her husband Russ. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
 
Eunice Ann Vix
Eunice Ann Vix, 86, died on Tuesday, July 25, in Goodyear. Eunice was born in McHenry County, North Dakota, to Harry I. and Inga H. (Teigen) Severson on April 28, 1931. Eunice was the fourth of six children. She grew up in Sawyer, N.D. and lived in North Dakota until 2015. Eunice is survived by her husband, Herman Vix; son, Michael (Cathy) Vix; daughter, Jane (Barry) Rupprecht; sisters Joyce (Dallas) Barker, and Darlene (Ward) Bunker; four grandchildren, Kristen (Mark) Chamberlain, Jared (Annie) Rupprecht, Lindsay (Brock) Halvorson, and Courtney (Nick) Kovats, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Carole Booth and Helen Huber, and her brother Quentin (Bert) Severson. A memorial service was held on July 29 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.
 
DONALD JOSEPH POVEJSIL, 1927-2017
Donald Joseph Povejsil died at home in the early morning of July 8, 2017. He was born on February 3, 1927 in Shaker Heights, Ohio to James and Alice Povejsil. Don’s loving and meaningful life centered on his family, work and communities. He was married to the love of his life, Dorsey, for 60 years until her passing in 2009. He celebrated his 90th birthday this year in the company of his children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter and their spouses and partners. Don was fourteen years old when the country went to war following Pearl Harbor and patriotically attempted to enlist as a 15-year old. His second attempt to enlist succeeded when he was17 and he reported for duty to become a navy pilot. The Navy sent him to Oberlin College and then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison to prepare him to become a deck officer. While he was still in college, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Don observed that, as a result, he might actually live to see age twenty. Indeed the war was over before he could be deployed into combat, and at the advanced age of nineteen, Don was a college mathematics instructor to many returning veterans. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1948 with a BS in naval science and went on to earn an MS in electrical engineering. At the University of Wisconsin, Don met Dorsey, the love of his life. According to Don, he and his fraternity brother, Tom Turner, had a double blind date with Dorsey and her sister, Barbara. As they walked toward the door of the sorority house, they switched dates for a better match of heights. In 1948, Don and Dorsey married in a double wedding ceremony with Tom and Barbara. Don started working for Westinghouse while he was in college, and after graduation Westinghouse sent him to Pittsburgh, PA. When the Korean War broke out, he transferred to Baltimore to work on technologies for autopilot and airborne radar, coauthoring a book Airborne Radar: Principles of Guided Missile Design. Those early technology challenges foretold his eventual career focus on solving complex system problems. Don worked at Westinghouse for almost forty years, mostly in Pittsburgh. He ran the research labs, built the nuclear fuel division from a startup to industry dominance, headed the large turbine division in Lester, PA., negotiated Westinghouse’s labor contracts as vice president for personnel and administration, and spent his last decade as Westinghouse’s top strategic planner. Don retired from Westinghouse in 1987, a status that lasted mere weeks before he launched an international consulting practice in partnership with his son, Jim. When Don retired for real in 1993, he and Dorsey decided to live fulltime in Litchfield Park, Arizona, where they had resided part time since 1986. Don was a leader in community activities throughout his professional life and retirement. In the 1960’s, he was one of the drivers to build a library in the new suburb of Monroeville, PA — a surprisingly controversial advocacy that caused a no-new-taxes opponent to spit on him at Monroeville’s Miracle Mile shopping center. The library did get built and serves that community to this day, affirming Don’s love of books, reading, ideas, and self-edification. He championed opportunities for young people through involvement in Junior Achievement, and was a generous supporter of culture and the arts especially the Pittsburgh Ballet and Symphony. Later he provided bold and principled leadership for Magee Women’s Hospital and the Pittsburgh Blood Bank as those institutions wrestled with their responsibilities in times of seismic social change. In Arizona, Don and Dorsey worked to enrich community cultural life through their work with the West Valley Fine Arts Council and the Phoenix Ballet. Don and Dorsey developed a deep commitment to their church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park, where they found a welcoming community of faith. Together, they co-lead courses in Financial Peace stemming from their strong conviction that personal control over one’s finances forms the foundation for a happy life. He served on the Finance Committee and participated in numerous Bible study courses. He particularly treasured the friends he made at St Peter’s who gave him loving support and companionship after Dorsey died in 2009. The twice a month Saturday breakfast meetings with his men’s group were a highlight for him.Don had wide-ranging interests, an extremely curious mind, a towering intellect, and a burning desire to learn new things. He read voraciously and deeply on topics of interest and became an expert on golf, football, baseball, the mathematics of card playing, investing, economics, business theory and strategy, world religions, philosophy, history, social commentary, and spirituality. He amassed a legendary library of books including dozens of volumes on Islam. Up until the time of his death, he met weekly with a lifelong learning group that worked their way through meaty courses published on DVD by the Teaching Company such as “Thinking About Capitalism,” “From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History,” and “36 Books That Changed the World.” Don’s children know how lucky they are to have had a father who required that the family eat dinner together and talk with each other at the dinner table — even if conversation initially had to be nurtured by offering a ten-cent prize for the most interesting contribution. Family dinners still go on into the night. Don’s grandchildren are grateful for the high value that he and Dorsey placed on education, and the generosity that allowed them to finish college without the burden of debt. Don’s entire family is enriched for experiencing his ninety years of contrarian thought, unwavering commitment to personal responsibility, bold generosity, and a resolute moral core. A fascinating conversationalist, he surprised and delighted us with his impish (perhaps even subversive) sense of humor. We will miss him every day. Don was thankful for the love, laughter and caring given to him by Della Lelakowski, Emma Ziah, and Gae Chalker. These amazing Arizona women made Don’s last years happy ones, and his family is so grateful to them. Don was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Dorsey Biddick Povejsil, his son, John C. Povejsil, his sister, Polly Povejsil Schmahl, and his brother, James H. Povejsil. He leaves his daughters Alice, Polly (Tom), and Katie (Bill) and his son Jim (Carmen), nine grandchildren (Ben, Phoebe, Polly, Tyler, Elise, Alex, Bruno, Max and Nora), and his great granddaughter Alice, who carries that family name into a new generation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at 11 am, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park, AZ. Condolences to the family can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
 
Dennis D. Chamblee
Dennis D. Chamblee, 66, of Phoenix, formerly of Buckeye, died on June 29, 2017, in Phoenix. Dennis was born on February 6, 1951, in Searcy, Arkansas and moved to Buckeye in 1953.He graduated from Buckeye Union High School and Northern Arizona University. He was retired. Prior to retirement, he worked at the same facility from May 15, 1974, to March 25, 2014. Although the facility remained the same, the ownership changed throughout the years. He worked for AiResearch, Garret Turbine, Allied Signal and Honeywell. Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Brent Chamblee; parents, Dennis W. Chamblee and Juanita 'Nita' V. Micetich; and sister, Phyllis Chamblee. He is survived by his granddaughter, Collene Chamblee; step father, Edward Micetich; two nieces, Stacey (Jurn) Loveless (Buddy) and Shannon Jurn; one nephew, Russell Jurn (Justin); and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 11:00AM, at the Desert Hills Baptist Church, 20909 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. A potluck reception will follow the service. Officiant, Pastor Zamora.
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