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Obituaries: August 30, 2017

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Dorothy M. “Dot” Street 
Dorothy M. “Dot” Street, 95, of Litchfield, IL, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:38 P.M. at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, IL. Dorothy was born on April 7, 1922 in Litchfield, IL, a daughter of the late Clarence & Rose (Gates) DeWitt. She married William Richard Street on May 18, 1938 in St. Charles, MO and he preceded her in death in August of 1987. Dot, as she was known by, was a lady who was always on the move. She started her working career at a young age doing laundry and ironing and then working at Paul’s Ice Cream stand at several different locations. Dot was also employed by the Overhead Cafe, Litchfield Country Club, and retired from the Litchfield Bank & Trust custodial department. For the last 35 years Dot devoted herself and her life to her family, becoming a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking for everyone, especially her grandchildren. Dot enjoyed going to yard sales, playing Yahtzee & Gin Rummy and she always had a positive outlook on life. She is survived by her sons, Robert, Melvin, and Ronnie Street of Litchfield; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Dale Street on February 8, 2017. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Litchfield Family Funeral Service in Litchfield, IL. Don Hudelson, member of Southside Church will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Litchfield Family Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. 
The family of Dorothy “Dot” Street suggests memorial contributions be donated to the family. Litchfield Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. To view the online guestbook and leave condolences, please visit litchfieldffs.com
 
Maria G. Vega 
Maria G. Vega, age 90 of Cashion died August 18, 2017 in Avondale. She was born January 28, 1927 to Jose Gonzales and Carmen Martinez in Delano, CA. Maria was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. She especially loved spending time with her adult children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. God Bless. Maria is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou Salazar, Lupe Barreras, and Gloria Aragon; sons, Pedro, Jesus, Javier, Johnny, Joe and Salvador Vega; 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ventura P. Vega; and her sons, Ventura P Vega, Jr. and, Manuel Vega. A visitation was held at 10:00 am followed by a rosary at 10:30 am and funeral at 11:00 am, Friday, August 25, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. Interment is at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392. Condolences for the family may be left at ww.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.
 
Eloise A. Vizzerra 
Eloise A. Vizzerra, age 80 of Goodyear died August 19, 2017. She was born April 26, 1937 in Kingsville, TX to Juan and Eloise Almaraz. Eloise is survived by her husband, Frank Vizzerra; daughter, Patsi Fridrich; sons, Frankie and David Vizzerra; sisters, Josie Gonzales, Aurelia, Flores, Anita Martinez, Maria Morales, and Isabelle Perez; brother, Humberto Almaraz; eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Eloise Almaraz; sister, Theresita; brothers, Juan, Lupe and Ventura. Services were August 28, 2017 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, Goodyear. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfunealchapel.com. Arrangements are through Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.
 
Leslie Leonard West Jr. 
Leslie Leonard West Jr., born on July 29th, 1960, passed away of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on Sunday, August 20th, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, April Abrams (Benjamin), three granddaughters Mackenzie, Faith and Hailey Abrams from Goodyear, Arizona. Along with his brothers Brad West, Kenneth Kosden, Mark Kosden, four nephews and one niece. Les enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, fishing and laughing. He was an amazing father who taught his daughter to do many things like how to roller skate, how to fish and how to love with her entire heart. Services are being held on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 from 11am-12pm at Pure Heart Church in Glendale. 14240 N 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306
 
Joshua Conner Greenwalt 
Joshua Conner Greenwalt, age 20 of Buckeye, AZ died August 20, 2017. He was born January 20, 1997 to Donna Greenwalt in Mesa. Joshua is survived by his mother Donna Greenwalt; girlfriend, Nikki Catlin; sisters, Allison Helm and Chayne Greenwalt; brother, Brandon Greenwalt; grandparents, Theodore and Carrie Morris; nieces, Kiloran and Hailey Helm; nephews, Kaleb Minor and Caiden Helm; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Ed and Val Morris and Elisha W. and Carrie E. Coward. A visitation was held August 26, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, in Goodyear. A Celebration of Life followed at Community of Christ Church, in Glendale. Donations may be made to the family. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are through Thompson Funeral Chapel of Goodyear.
 
Susan Jane Cutler 
Susan Jane Cutler, Buckeye, born on July 3, 1952 in Hutchinson KS, passed away on August 18, 2017. Her parents and brother Bill passed before her. She's survived by her wife, Rhea Diamond, 
and cousin Kerry Blair of Gilbert. A pot-luck celebration of her life will be at a later date. Instead of a burial, she will be planted with a Ponderosa Pine Tree. Donations can be made to the Spay Neuter Hotline, PO Box 33093, Phoenix, AZ 85067.
 
Sandra Margene Gibb Nielson 
On Saturday, August 19th, 2017, Sandi left this mortal life to begin her work in heaven. We joyfully and respectfully say goodbye to this great woman, mother, grandmother and friend. Her life was dedicated to service, the Lord, the community and the people she loved most, her family. She was loved by so many and set a wonderful example for all. Born on March 13th, 1955 to G. Larry and Betty Gibb, Sandi was a ray of sunshine in their lives and was surrounded by an extended family who cherished her. Later, she was joined by younger siblings; Patti Gibb, Larry “Bud” Gibb and Connie George, all of whom she loved dearly. Sandi grew up in an Air Force family and was stationed in many places throughout the United States and Canada. She learned to get involved from her mother who always looked for service opportunities no matter how long or short they were stationed in one place. Sandi married her husband Curtis Nielson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1975 and moved to Arizona in 1976. They lived in San Manuel, Tucson and Avondale. In San Manuel, she looked for opportunities to serve. She began with 4H and taught the girls how to sew, and then worked with the Cub Scouts in the community pack. The Girl Scouts needed a cookie coordinator for the tri-city area she volunteered. She also found time to write a column for the local newspaper. In Tucson, Sandi was quick to get involved again as a Girl Scout leader with her husband for Junior Scouts and as a Boy Scout merit badge counselor for the Citizenship in the Community and Nation merit badges. She loved this country and let the people she met know of her patriotism. In between these activities, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Travel Management at Pima College and set up trips for friends and for her family. With four children in school, Sandi got involved with the school to support the kids and was elected to the Marana School District Governing Board. Her desire to see youth succeed led her to become the Boy Scout Advancement Chair for the Catalina Council where she worked with Eagle Scout candidates for several years. She was awarded the District 
Award of Merit and council Silver Beaver Award for her dedicated service. She also became a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. In January 2017, the Boy Scouts honored her in with a Lifetime Achievement Award. After moving to Avondale in 2004, Sandi looked for new areas to focus her energy. She was elected to the Littleton Elementary School District Governing Board and served until 
December 2016. She was also her Homeowners’ Association president until April 2017. Her tenacious efforts made Cold Water Ridge one of the lowest crime areas in the city. She was elected to the Avondale City Council in 2014 and was serving as Vice Mayor at her passing. Sandi loved to travel and visited every state in the United States as well as Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Europe and England. Her favorite memory was a hot air balloon ride in Pretoria, South Africa that landed in a prison yard. Sandi spent her lifetime serving others in a variety of callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her favorite was serving in the Mesa and Phoenix Temples. Sandi invited women in need into her home to live until they could get back out on their own. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and shared that love and testimony with everyone that she met. You always knew where Sandi stood. Her example 
in life was much farther reaching than just service to others and her community. She always got involved wherever she was - church, Scouts, schools, community, and just caring and serving those around her. Sandi is survived by her parents G. Larry and Betty Gibb, spouse Curtis and their four children and their loving spouses; Jason and Carrie Nielson, Heidi and Jace Larkin, Peter 
and Meggan Nielson and Serina and Nicholas Haines. She will be dearly missed by her 15 grandchildren, all of whom she deeply loved. A service was held on August 26th, 2017 at the Tolleson LDS 
Meetinghouse. Interment took place at Resthaven Park Cemetery, Glendale, after the service. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to West Resthaven Funeral Home, www.westresthaven funeralhome.com. 
Anyone interested in donating to the ALS Foundation may do so at - http://webaz.alsa.org
 
Rosemary Ann Kosecki 
Rosemary Ann Kosecki born March 15, 1925 in Michigan. Peacefully passed away in her sleep on July 20, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She is proceeded in death by her husband Daniel J Kosecki 
Sr. She was a volunteer for the Tolleson senior center for many years. She also was the baker at Agua Fria High School. She is survived by her sons Daniel Kosecki Jr of Avondale, Larry Kosecki of Michigan, and daughter JoAnn Jordan of Buckeye. She has six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
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