Obituaries

Rivera, Antonia-Obit

Rivera, Antonia

Antonia Ruiz Rivera, 85, of Tolleson, died on April 29, 2013 in Phoenix.  She was born on June 13, 1927 in Phoenix, Arizona to Alejandro and Carmen Ruiz.  She was an Arizona native and a lifetime resident of Tolleson.   She was Co-founder along with her husband of Los Compadres Dance Hall.  Her hobbies included baking and cake decorations with her specialty being wedding cakes. She was a loving wife and beloved mother and is survived by her daughters Nancy (David) Sausedo, Norma Lopez, Natalie Rivera; sons Alex Rivera, Frank (Sylvia M.) Rivera; brother Ramon Altamirano; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank O. Rivera; sister Carmen Ruiz; and brothers, Mariano Ruiz and Alex Ruiz.  A vigil will be held from 9:30am to 10:30 am, Rosary at 10:30am, Mass will follow at 11:00 am on Monday, May 6th at St. John Vianney Parish, 539 La Pasada Blvd in Goodyear.  Condolences can also be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Warner, James-Obit 2

Warner, James Frank

Jim was born on April 23, 1930 in Cicero, Illinois to Frank and Irene (Bokina) Wawrzyniak.  He passed away on April 7, 2013 in Glendale, Az.  He graduated from St. Mel High School in Cicero, Illinois in 1948.  There, he was active in ROTC.  He then attended college for a time, and in 1951 married his first wife, Pat.  They had two daughters, Chris and Lorri.

Jim began his career with Western Electric AT&T, Hawthorne Works, Cicero, Cook County, Illinois, in 1952.  He received his Journeyman certification as a Tool and Die maker in 1956.  He left Western Electric and lived for a time in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he continued his trade.  He then moved to Phoenix to work at Western Electric’s new cable manufacturing plant, the Phoenix Works, in 1967.  He was an instructor at the Western Electric Journeyman Trades Training School, and was then promoted to supervisory management in 1968.  In 1974 he received a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from Arizona State University.  During his career at Western Electric AT&T in Phoenix, Jim held various management positions in skilled trades, production and accounting.  He retired from AT&T on November 15, 1988 with 27 years’ service.

Jim was a skilled woodworker who built beautiful furniture, and he also spent some time as a licensed pilot.  But, the hobby he loved the most was bass fishing, and over the years, especially after retirement, he spent many an hour on the various Arizona lakes.  For many years he participated in bass fishing tournaments as a member of several fishing clubs in the Valley and acted as a bass guide for a time.  He never turned down an opportunity to go out to the lakes with his fishing buddies.

Jim was a 20 year resident of the West Valley.  He and his wife just recently moved to Peoria.  He was a loving family man who provided support, wisdom and counsel to all.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carlene, daughters Christine Pinkston (Larry) of Virginia Beach, VA, Lorri Warner, Virginia Beach, VA, stepchildren Chuck Chesser (Vicki) of Denver, CO, Heidi Rybar (Ray) Campe, Verde, AZ, granddaughters Sheri DeMartino (Jimmy) Kansas City, MO, Laurie Coldren (Bret) San Diego, CA, grandson August Chesser, Bend, OR, sister Joan Marcinek and nephews Mark and Alan Marcinek, and nieces Celeste Ortiz and Marilyn Bennett.

A visitation will be held from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Thursday, April 11th at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.  A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, April 12th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Condolences can be made to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Fisher-obit

Fisher, Isaac

Isaac Fisher Jr, 73, of Goodyear, died March 29, 2013.  He was born September 2, 1939 to Kathleen and Isaac Fisher Sr. in Chicago, Illinois.  He served in the USAF from 1954 to 1976 as a Crew Chief.  He is survived by his wife, Maria Fisher; daughters, Kathleen and Deborah Fisher; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 10th 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.

Decker, Ronald

Decker, Ronald

Ronald J. Decker Jr, 49, of Goodyear, AZ formerly of Portage, Indiana and Dolton, Illinois passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 after a brave 2 year battle with Cancer. He was born on February 15th, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois to Ronald and Barbara Decker Sr. He worked for Hinckley Springs/Sparkletts bottled water for 28 years as a Route Development Manager.  He moved to Arizona in 2001.  During his childhood, he was very active in Boy Scouts with troop #374 from Dolton, IL.  He has visited and seen every state in the country except for 2.  He was proud that he earned the highest honor as an Eagle Scout.  He enjoyed coaching his son’s baseball teams in Little League and lived on the baseball field throughout their High School and College years.  He also coached his daughter’s T-ball team and enjoyed watching her play Volleyball.  He was the guy who was always smiling, laughing and just all around a fun human being. He married his soul mate and best friend on October 1st, 1988. He was a loving husband of 24 years to his wife Beverly and a caring, loving Dad to his 3 children, Matthew, David and Elizabeth.  Loving son of Ron and Barb Decker of Monee, IL.  Loving brother of Ricky (Jennifer) Decker of Michigan City, IN and one sister Pam (Tom) Salutric of Lockport, IL.  Loving son-in-law of MaryAnn Dubow of Sun City, AZ.  Loving brother-in-law of Bob (Rhonda) Dubow of Naperville, IL and Dan Dubow of Bartlett, IL.  Loving and fun Uncle of Amber, Carly, Trevor, Austin, Logan, Bradley, Delaney and Andy.  Loving nephew/cousin to many.  He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Edward Dubow. He never stopped fighting his cancer battle and he will be truly missed by so many and has touched so many hearts in his lifetime.  He was an inspiration to everyone.  He was granted his final wish by Hospice to see his son play ball on the field one more time.  A visitation will be held from 2pm-9pm on Sunday, April 7th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd in Goodyear.  Mass will be at 10am on Monday, April 8th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd in Avondale. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale. A memorial mass will be held in Chicago, Illinois at a later date to celebrate his life. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Tearpak

Tearpak, James

Mr. James (Jim) Andrew Tearpak, 63, of Goodyear, died March 31, 2013 in Goodyear.  He was born on April 26, 1949 to James Andrew Tearpak and Frances Rose Tearpak in Cleveland, Ohio.  Jim, as he was known to many, was a member of the California Teachers Association; Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County; and the Pebble Creek Senior Softball Association.  Jim taught in the public school system and later retired as an instructor at Mule Creek State Prison.  His best job ever!  He was a great guy, loving father and friend to all. He is survived by his wife Sue Tearpak; daughter Bonnie Tearpak; son David (Kori) Tearpak; sister Fran Tearpak; and 2 grandchildren, Claire and Miles Tearpak. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Barbara Arnold and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Frances Tearpak.  A service will be held at 4pm Thursday, April 4th at Tuscany Clubhouse at Pebble Creek.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Moreno, Irene-obit

Moreno, Irene

Irene S. Moreno, 71, of Avondale, died March 30, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. She was born on May 10, 1941 in Litchfield Park, AZ to Luis and Belen Moreno. She is survived by her daughter, Gwendolyn; sisters Mary, Belen, Ester, Ofelia, Sally; brothers Raul, Alfonso; and one granddaughter, Isabella Belen. A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm Friday, April 5th at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Moore, Otilia

Otilia (Tillie) Moore, 77, of Buckeye, died March 22, 2013 in Peoria.  She was born December 10, 1935 to Trinidad Perez and Carmen Guerrero in Sonora, Arizona.  She worked for Traveler’s Insurance as a Claims Department Manager for over 20 years and also worked for Cartright School District office assisting with Spanish speaking students for 10 years before retiring.  She is survived by one sister, Queta Rich.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Moore.  A visitation will be held from 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturday, April 6th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear.  A funeral service will follow at 10:30 am.  Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St. in Phoenix, AZ.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Miller, Evelyn

Evelyn Miller, 82, of Goodyear, died March 26, 2013.  She was born August 25, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri to Cloris and Beatrice Middleton.  She is survived by children, Patricia A. Slater, Sandra K. Richardson, James M. Miller, Teresa M. Drake, Kelly I. Barnes; brothers, Robert, Ronald, and Gary Middleton; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1st Southern Baptist of White Tanks.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Quackenbush, Verda

QUACKENBUSH, VERDA

Verda E. Quackenbush, 73, of Litchfield Park, died March 27, 2013 in Goodyear.  She was born November 29, 1939 to George Early and Florence Gravatt in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She is survived by her husband Harvey E. Quackenbush; daughter, Kelly A. Weltzin-Williams; sons, Michael Stinson, Harvey Quackenbush III, Mike Quackenbush, Robert Quackenbush; brother Terry Gatchell; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Avisitation will be held from 4:30pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 3rd at The Church at Litchfield Park.  Burial will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery. Donations can be made in honor of Verda E. Quackenbush to Hospice of the Valley.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Hernandez, Triny

Hernandez, Trinidad

Trinidad Bustamante Hernandez, 85, originally of Tolleson, died March 25, 2013 in Avondale.  She was born November 2, 1927 to Cornelio and Maria Bustamante in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bernave O. Hernandez; son Daniel Hernandez; daughters Silvia Ann Vaquera, Patricia San Miguel, Marilu Quiñones; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm, Rosary at 7pm, on Monday, April 1st at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Mass will be at 10am on Tuesday, April 2nd at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, AZ.  Donations can be made in honor of Trinidad Hernandez to Estrella Care & Rehab, Solano Unit.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.