Obituaries - July 5, 2017

Lynn Dew

Lynn Dew, 66, of Avondale died June 25, 2017, from complications from multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Dew was born May 26, 1951, in Alexandria, La., to Bill and Bonnie Dew.

He moved to Arizona in 1958 and graduated from Agua Fria High School in 1969.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Dew; and three brothers, Claude, Will and Don.


H. Daniel Froehlich

H. Daniel Froehlich, 78, of Litchfield Park died June 1, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Froehlich was born June 1, 1939, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to Henry A. and Margaret Leclerc Froehlich.

He attended high school in Germany and graduated from Anne Arundel in Maryland.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1963.

He attended Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburgh, N.Y., and SUNY and Clinton Community College, both in Plattsburgh, N.Y., obtaining a degree in computers.

He served in the Plattsburgh Fire Department for 29 years, retiring as a captain. He owned and operated DF Carpet Installation for 24 years and Computer Help 4U for seven years, serving Clinton County Township and area schools. He taught computer workshops at Clinton Community College.

He served as a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults director and eucharistic minister and was on the parish council and sang in the church choir at St. Augustine Church in Peru, N.Y.

He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and was a founding member of Knights of Columbus No. 5000 in Hawaii. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Club and the American Legion Arizona 0061.

He moved to Litchfield Park in 2003.

He served at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church as Christian Initiation of Adults, eucharistic minister and on the Faith Formations Committee. He was a member of Miles Christi.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen Froehlich; two daughters, Kara McBrayer of Peru, N.Y., and Lara Varden of Potsdam, N.Y.; two sons, Daniel H. Froehlich of Phoenix and Erik J. Froehlich of Fairfax, Va.; one sister, Suzanne Abbruzzi; one brother, Frederick Froehlich; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated June 8 at St. Catherine of Siena in Phoenix, with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 7018 N. 57th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301, or Birthright, 66 Clinton St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

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Andres S. Garcia

Andres S. Garcia, 66, of Avondale died June 25, 2017, in Avondale from kidney cancer.

Mr. Garcia was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Soyopa, Sonora, Mexico, to Faustino Garcia and Josefina Sanchez.

He was a retired farm worker and laborer.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ritchie and Suzanne Garcia, both of Tolleson; two sons, Mike Garcia and Javier Garcia, both of Tolleson; four sisters, Lupita Sanchez Lopez, Christine Garcia, Anna Garcia and Alice Ramirez; three brothers, Julian Garcia, Jaime Garcia and Fortino Garcia; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 30 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tolleson.


Clarine ‘Clay’ Gill

Clarine “Clay” Gill, 76, of Buckeye died June 27, 2017, in Phoenix from complications from ovarian cancer.

Ms. Gill was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Clarence E. and Alice May Gill.

She moved to Arizona in 1974.

She worked as a waitress at Mill Iron Inn and as a custodian for the Buckeye Union High School District for 18 years, retiring in August 2004.

She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye, the All Arizona Schools Retiree Association and the Humane Society.

She was preceded in death by three grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Marlene Madron, LeeSa Cambron and Kimberly Best, all of Buckeye; one son, James Melvin of Haughton, La.; one sister, Diane Gill of Buckeye; one brother, Clarence Gill of West Columbia, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church, 405 N. Third St., Buckeye.

The Rev. Paul Lopes will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the GoFundMe Clarine “Clay” Gill memorials gifts fund.


Cali Marie Gonzales

Cali Marie Gonzales, a newborn, of Avondale died June 24, 2017, in Goodyear.

Cali was born June 24, 2017, in Goodyear.

She is survived by her mother, Corina Gonzales of Avondale; and one grandparent, Dolores Gonzales of Avondale.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

The Rev. Jim Cascio will officiate.


Shelley ‘Yaya’ Johnson

Shelley “Yaya” Johnson, 39, of Avondale died June 22, 2017, in Goodyear.

Ms. Johnson was born Aug. 11, 1977, in Phoenix to Thomas and Ruth Johnson.

She worked at Food City on MC 85 in Avondale for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Angelina Smith-Johnson; one son, Derrick Smith Jr.; three sisters, Ruth Orozco, Renee Sanchez and Kathy Johnson; four brothers, Christopher Johnson Jr., Thomas Johnson Jr., Timothy Johnson and Derrick Smith Sr.

A visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. today at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Memorials may be made to Thompson Funeral Chapel.

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George E. Mayfield

George E. Mayfield, 82, of Avondale died June 25, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Mayfield was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Springfield, Ill., to George and Sophia Mayfield.

He worked as a police officer in Illinois for 21 years.

He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Theodora.

He is survived by one daughter, Georgia Gonzalez of Goodyear; two sons, George Mayfield III of Las Vegas and Christopher Mayfield of Avondale; and three grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas.


Paul Joseph Stith

Paul Joseph Stith, 56, of Avondale died June 7, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. Stith was born March 29, 1961, in Toledo, Ohio, to Helen and Larry Stith.

He is survived by one son, Sean Stith; his mother, Helen Stith; four sisters, Gloria Hines, Evelyn Boyce, Pamela Stith and Dawn Roe; and one brother, Robert Stith.

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Melissa Howard Thomas

Melissa Howard Thomas, 63, of Litchfield Park died June 24, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Thomas was born May 5, 1954, in Summit, N.J., to Victor and Nancy Traub.

She received a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University.

She served on the boards of the Litchfield Park Historical Society and the St. Mary’s Westside Food Bank. She served local youths in the Southwest Community Network’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention and Accepting Responsibility of Manhood programs. She received Outstanding Volunteer awards from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections for exceptional service to Arizona’s most troubled juveniles.

She is survived by her husband, Woody Thomas; two daughters, Elizabeth Thomas and Sarah Thomas; one brother, Victor Traub; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be made to Comfort Food for the Homeless Youth, Justa Center, 1001 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85007; St. Mary’s Westside Food Bank, 13050 W. Elm St., Surprise, AZ 85378; or Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, 3307 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.

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David Vallejo

David Vallejo, 89, of Avondale died June 27, 2017, at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear.

Mr. Vallejo was born Feb. 8, 1928, in El Paso, Texas, to Isidro and Luisa Vallejo.

He worked as an auto body repairman.

He moved to Arizona seven years ago.

He is survived by one daughter, Martha Vallejo; one son, Richardo Vallejo; three sisters, Natalia Amaro, Theresa Rodriguez and Maria Luna; and 10 grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a service at noon Thursday at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave., Avondale, followed by interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

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