Obituaries

Simeri, Rosalie

Simeri, Rosalie

Rosalie Arden Dion Simeri, 82, of Avondale, passed away May 31, 2013. She was born on Jan. 8, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Clytie Alice (Lewis) Dion and Orion L. Dion. She spent her early years in California, Hawaii, New York, and in June 1948, graduated from Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island. On May 12, 1957, she married Joseph Simeri, in South Bend, Ind., where they spent most of their lives before moving to Avondale, Ariz., in 2001.  During her lifetime, Rosalie was a homemaker and raised six children.   She worked as a realtor during the 1980s. Gifted with a beautiful voice, Rosalie sang in church choirs and also appeared in local television programs.  She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph; her daughters, Shirley (Thomas) Schoaf and Cindy Dilla; her sons Patrick J. (Pier) Simeri and Joseph L. Simeri; stepson Rocco (Sandy) Simeri, of Florida; her sister, Carol Ebert, of California; 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughters, Linda Sara and Diana Bloom.  A memorial service will be held June 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona. Condolences may be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

Smith, Christine

Smith, Christine

Christine Marie Smith, 47, of Goodyear, passed away on May 10, 2013 in Goodyear.  She was born on May 17, 1965 in Oakland, California to Edward and Diana Root.  She is survived by her husband Robert Smith; daughters Kelsey Dyke, Nicole Dyke, Ashley Smith, and Jessica Davis; sons Eric Dyke, Matthew Dyke, Michael Smith, Chris Smith, and Cory Smith; sisters Mary Ridell, Tracy Dowse; brother Edward Root; and 6 grandchildren.  A visitation will be held from 10am to 11am on Saturday, May 18th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear.  Funeral Service will follow at 11am.  Burial will be at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Duran, Ray

Duran, Raymond G.

Raymond G. Duran, 73, of Buckeye went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2013. Ray was born on September 6, 1939, St. Johns, Az, to Fred and Trinadad Duran. Ray started his adult career working with CH Baker Shoe Company. He started as a shoe sales associate and worked his way up to Vice President in charge of operations.  Ray began his true calling in life when he decided to start a business to satisfy the entrepreneur desire that ran through his blood. In 1976 he opened Duran’s Department Store in Buckeye, Az. Ray’s next business venture was with his wife. They owned and operated Classy Nails and Hair for 15 years in Avondale, Az. In the same shopping center they also owned a tanning salon and vacuum sales/repair shop. Ray always had a plan for a new business venture and this time he took it to the highest level. He will be truly and deeply missed by so many.  He is survived by his wife Phyllis Duran; two sons Ray Jr. Duran and Cody Duran; two daughters Theresa Duran and Nicole Ortega; two brothers Ernest Duran and Fred Duran; four sisters Tillie Pickering, Lupe Villasenor , Alice Giehm and Alma Vizzerra; eight grand children and many loving nieces and nephews.   A visitation will be held from 5pm to 6pm, 6:30pm Rosary on Thursday, May 16th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear.  Mass will be held at 10am on Friday, May 17th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd in Goodyear.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Moore, Glenn E.

Glenn E. Moore, 88, of Litchfield Park, died May 3, 2013.  He was born on June 25, 1924 to Herbert E. and Bessie M. Moore.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Business and was a member of The Church at Litchfield Park.  He is survived by his wife Margaret H. Moore; daughters Patricia Wilson, Beverly Mitchell; son Jeffrey Moore; brother John L. Moore; 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.  A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, May 9th at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Litchfield Rd in Litchfield Park.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the care of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Gonzalez, Elijah D.

Elijah D. Gonzalez, infant, died on May 2, 2013 in Glendale.  He is survived by his parents Jose and Christine Gonzalez.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, May 10th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Melton, Gene

Melton, Eugene

Eugene Louis Melton, 65, of Litchfield Park, died on May 5, 2013 in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born on February 10, 1948 in Belvidere, Illinois to Benaiah and Rachel Melton.  Gene, as he was known to many, graduated from Belvidere H.S. in 1966 and later, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from U. of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin in 1970.  He was an exchange student at Monterrey, Mexico his junior year of College.   He worked for Commonwealth Edison/Exelon for 31 years retiring in 2002.  He was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Gene received his first amateur radio license WB9CMB advancing his grade to extra in 1979 and receiving the call sign AK9N.  He was a member of American Radio Relay League; and past member of Rockford Amateur Radio Assoc. and Wheaton Amateur Radio Club.  Currently, he was a member of Tri-City Amateur Radio Club #10-10 International, Quarter Century Wireless Club Arizona ScQRPions and Flying piggies AK9N#878.   A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 11th at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.  The family suggests donations be made in honor of Eugene Melton to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Kuypers, Linda

Kuypers, Linda

Linda Louise Kuypers, 61, of Goodyear, died May 6, 2013 at home of cancer.  She was born on February 16, 1952 to Robert and Mildred (Syers) Beauprey in Munising, MI.  She was employed by Army/Air Force exchange service for 26 years and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary.  She is survived by her husband James L. Kuypers; daughters Heather (Maurice) Brady; sons James (Sheila) Kuypers, Chad Kuypers; sister Carol (Skip) Pankkila; brothers David Beauprey; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert Beauprey Jr.  A visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 9th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.  Graveside services will be held at 10am on Friday, May 10th at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Holtrup, Nancy

Holtrup, Nancy Ann

Nancy Ann Holtrup, 81, of Avondale, died May 1, 2013 in Phoenix.  She was born on March 30, 1932 in St. Louis, MO to John R. and Julia G. Sands.  Nancy was a loving mother to her five children and a devoted wife to her husband of 60 years.  She was active in her church and enjoyed volunteering.  She had a great sense of humor and was an avid Diamondback fan.  She is survived by her husband Roy H. Holtrup; daughters Cathy (Ric) Glover, Helen (Steve) Gallacher, Jean (Jim) Wilkins; Jennifer (Neil) Burczyk; son Thomas (Diane) Holtrup; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother, father and two brothers.  A visitation will be held from 6pm to 7pm, Rosary at 7pm, on Wednesday, May 8th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear.  Mass will be held at 10am on Thursday, May 9th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd in Avondale.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.  Donations in honor of Nancy Ann Holtrup can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 420 W. Watkins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85002.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Porter, Rowland

Rowland D. Porter, 70, of Buckeye, died on May 3, 2013.  He was born on October 23, 1942 to John and Madolyn Porter.  He is survived by his wife Sharran Porter; daughters Shelly Kelly, Rene Mumme; son Rowland ( Skeeter) Porter, Jr.; sister Kathleen (Kakie) Porter; brothers Russell (Russ) Porter;  Richard (Rich) Porter; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A visitation will be held at 1pm, memorial service at 2pm, on Saturday, May 11th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Smith, Evelyn

Smith, Evelyn Maxine

Evelyn Maxine Smith of Litchfield Park went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 29, 2013 at the age of 88.  Maxine was born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in West Virginia.  At the age of 18, she moved to Akron, Ohio and worked at the Goodyear Aircraft defense plant where she painted the Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft.  There she met and married her beloved husband Joseph Smith just before Joe was sent to combat in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps.  After the war, Goodyear transferred them to the Litchfield Park Goodyear Aircraft facility.  Litchfield Park became their permanent home where they raised three children.  Maxine loved her family with deepest devotion.  She loved the town of Litchfield Park, her may wonderful friends and The Church at Litchfield Park.  Maxine had a strong testimony of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She actively volunteered her time and talents to hospitals, children’s homes, her Church and her community.  She was known for her grace and beauty as well as her kind and loving heart. Maxine is survived by her three children, Joseph, Martha, and Mary Ann as well as four Grandchildren and nine Great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held at The Church at Litchfield Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support the wonderful programs at Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.