Obituaries

Smith, Alice

Smith, Alice Marie

Alice Marie Smith, 91, of Litchfield Park, Ariz. died Dec. 2, 2012 in Goodyear, Ariz.  She was born April 25, 1921 in Jonesville, Virginia to Hicks and Artie Fisher.  Mrs. Smith moved to Arizona in 1966 and was a dedicated housewife and homemaker. 

She is survived by her daughters Judy O’Brien and Marilyn Crites; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Smith and one son, Jerry Smith. 

Services will be held at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Ariz.

Pietersma, Jan

Pietersma,Jan

Jan Pietersma, 88, of Goodyear, passed away peacefully November 27th, 2012 at home. He was born on November 27, 1924 inAmsterdam,Netherlands. 

Jan was an adventurous and hardworking soul, working all over the world in places like Curacao and theCaribbeanIslands. He settled down in Southern California, working as a master craftsman machinist. After enjoying a few years of retirement inCalifornia, Jan and his wife Joana relocated toArizonain 2000.

Jan was a loving husband and father.  He enjoyed good jokes, dancing, had a contagious laugh, and loved to travel, visiting family and friends all over the world. He will be greatly missed by all!

Jan is survived by his wife, Joana; one son Gerrit Jan; three step-children Henriette White, Irene Phillips, and Stan Outman; one daughter-in-law Lisa; eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife Gerri and son Remi.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm Saturday, December 8th at Thompson Funeral Chapel,926 S. Litchfield Rd. inGoodyear,Ariz. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley,1510 E. Flower Street,PhoenixAZ85014. Condolences to the family can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Chavez, Carmen M.

Carmen M. Chavez, 89, of Avondale, died November 27, 2012.  She was born on January 22, 1923 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Guadalupe and Maria Luz Chavez. 

Mrs. Chavez is survived by her children, Elena Castañeda, Teresa Rivera, Humberto Perez, Miguel Perez, Francisca Renteria and Rosa Martin; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her sons, Francisco Perez and Miguelito Perez.

A visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, December 4th at La Mission Asamblea de Dios, 11147 W. Buckeye Rd in Avondale, Ariz.  A service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, December 5th at La Mission Asamblea de Dios with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Ariz.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Ariz.

Romo, Johnnie

Romo, Johnnie R.

Johnnie R. Romo, 56, of Litchfield Park, passed away on Nov. 29, 2012 of a massive stroke at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  He was born on Feb. 17, 1956 in Santa Ana, Calif. to John and Sallie Romo.  Survivors left to cherish his memories are his mother Sallie V. Romo, son Jonathon of CA, daughters Lisa Nicole, Mary Elizabeth, four grandchildren, brother Joey (Anna), nephew Daniel Joseph and niece Amanda Elizabeth, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  He was loved and will be forever missed.

A visitation will be held from 9:30-11am on Wednesday, Dec. 5th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Ariz.  A funeral service will follow at 11am.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Ariz. Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Ariz.

Cayabyab, Fernando

Cayabyab, Fernando Matabang

Fernando Matabang Cayabyab, 43, of Goodyear, passed away Nov. 21, 2012 at home.  A visitation will be held from 5-8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 29th and from 9-11:00 am on Friday, Nov. 30th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, Ariz.  Burial will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix, Ariz.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Ariz.

Gabel, Vanessa

Gabel, Vanessa

Vanessa Elizabeth Gabel, 49, of Phoenix, passed away November 7, 2012.  Funeral services will be held from 9am-11am Sunday, November 11th at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd in Goodyear, AZ.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

Grimes, Thomas

Grimes, Thomas

Thomas M. Grimes “Tom”, 81, of Goodyear, AZ (formerly of Woodbury, MN), died peacefully on November 5, 2012 with family and friends at his side.   He was born May 27, 1931 in Granite Falls, MN.  Tom loved to travel and play tennis and was an avid sports fan!  But most of all, he loved being with his family and friends and watching his grandchildren take part in their school activities and athletic games. Tom will be remembered for being a loving husband, father and grandfather, and for being a wonderful, loyal friend. He will be greatly missed by all!   

He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 50 years, Monique; his daughter Claudia (Craig) Mills of Portland OR, son Tom (Amy) of Scottsdale; his siblings Catherine Grimes and brother Bob (Jackie) Grimes; 4 grandchildren; Caitlin and Carley Mills, Matthew and Shawn Grimes; nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents Ambrose and Susanna Grimes. 

Mass will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 10AM at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale AZ 85392, with a gathering of family and friends at St. Claire Hall, adjacent to the church. Interment will be at a later time at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix AZ 85014.  Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Forrester, Ray Douglas

Ray Douglas Forrester, 88, of Goodyear, passed away October 20, 2012 at home.  He was born March 13, 1924 in Jenkin Jones, West Virginia to Wade Austin and Ruby G. Forrester.  He is survived by his wife Joan Forrester; daughter Vicky Wickersham; and son Danny Forrester.  Services held will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

Scott, Sabrina

Scott, Sabrina Ann

Sabrina Ann Scott, 52 of Avondale, Arizona, died October 10th, 2012.

Ms. Scott was born October 3, 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Avondale, Arizona. She attended Avondale Elementary and Agua Fria Union High School. She was a home maker and was employed for seventeen years at Wincup.

Ms. Scott is survived by two sons, Charles and Everson Griffen; one grandson Braylon Griffen; fiancé Thomas Hooks; her mother, Irma Jean Allen; step-father Joe Johnson; and 4 sisters.

A Visitation will be held from 9:30am to 11:00am October 20th at First Southern Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central Ave. in Avondale. The service will be at 11:00am; Rev. James Brown Jr will officiate.  Interment will follow at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, Arizona.  

Services are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.

SINCLAIR, Alma

Sinclair, Alma Bernadine

Alma Bernadine Sinclair, 86, of Goodyear, passed away on October 7, 2012 at home.  She was born in Vernon, Texas in 1925 and moved with her family to Coldwater, now Avondale, Arizona in 1939.  She was in the class of 1944, Litchfield High School in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  Bernadine was a faithful and dedicated member of the Nazarene Church. 

Bernadine is survived by her four children, Sandra Elayne Anderson (Carroll), Max Richard Sinclair, Jr. (Beverly), Alma Lynn Sinclair, Mark Alan Sinclair (Debbie), ten grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a sister Anna Elvira Mullen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Max Richard Sinclair, her parents James Clayborne Chisum and Jettie Belle Chisum, her brothers Carold Steve Chisum, James Reece Chisum, her sisters Dea Rae Chisum, Rita Vonacile Balle and her great granddaughter Morgan Paige Allen.

She will be remembered for her sweet voice, quick smile and generous heart.

A graveside service was held October 12, 2012 at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park in Payson, Arizona.  Condolences to the family can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Services were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona.