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DeGarmo, Gregory David

Gregory David DeGarmo, 20, of Goodyear, Arizona passed from this life of natural causes on Monday, August 6, 2012 at West Valley Hospital.

The son of David L. DeGarmo and Ruth E. (Andreasen) DeGarmo, Gregory was born in Pontiac, Illinois on October 23, 1991. He was born with a congenital brain malformation that left him profoundly developmentally disabled. However, Gregory deeply enriched his family, church, neighbors, and school with his simple affection. He enjoyed spending time and travelling with his family, listening to music, and watching sports on television. Early this year, Gregory served daily as a supportive practice audience as his sister, Stacey, prepared for her senior horn recital at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). Later in the spring, he was in the audience for another sister, Kristin, as she performed her senior voice recital at Evangel University (Springfield, MO). Gregory attended West Valley Assembly of God and was a student at Desert Edge High School. Before moving with his family to Arizona in 2002, Gregory lived in Dwight, Illinois.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. David L. DeGarmo (Goodyear, AZ); maternal grandmother Emily Andreasen (Nixa, MO); paternal grandfather Rev. Leon DeGarmo (Cape Coral, FL); sisters Kristin DeGarmo and Stacey DeGarmo (both of Goodyear, AZ); and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Gregory was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Rev. Albert Andreasen and paternal grandmother Lillian DeGarmo.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 11, 2012, 11:00 am, at West Valley Assembly of God, 1781 N. Central Avenue, Goodyear, Arizona. Visitation will occur Friday, August 10, 2012, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, Arizona. Interment will immediately follow the memorial service. Call Thompson Funeral Chapel, 623-932-1780, for more information.


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Johnson, Mary Margaret (Henkel)

Mary Margaret (Henkel) Johnson 86 of Goodyear went to be with the Lord on Thursday August 2, 2012.

Born inOhio, The Johnson family moved toArizonain 1956 where they raised 5 children.

Preceded in death by her eldest daughter Susan Rae McColm she is  survived by her husband of 66 years, Donald J Johnson Sr,, children Donald  Johnson Jr, (Kari) of Cedar City UT,  Rebecca (Becki) Johnson of Glendale,  Clark Johnson (Kristine) of Goodyear  and Joseph Johnson Sr. of Payson.

Grandchildren, Dr. Clark McDonough (Veronica) of Georgia, Vickie McGee, Krista Johnson, Donald Johnson III., Clifford Johnson (Jennifer), Rachel Brockway (Brett) of Phoenix and Christopher McDonough, Joseph Johnson Jr, Amanda Johnson, Ethan Johnson of Payson.  Taylor Adair (George) of Buckeye and 10 Great-Grandchildren.

Mary was active in local politics and served as precinct committee chairman for many years in Maryvale.  When they moved to Goodyear, raising and racing Greyhound’s became her passion.  She found homes for those retired or unable to race.  She loved trees and gardening growing many of her own vegetables. An independent spirit, giving back to society, always keeping busy and strong family values were qualities passed on to her children and grand-children.

Services will be on Friday August 10th, 2012 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear with visitation at 1:00 pm and services at 2:00 pm.

Burial will be at theNationalMemorialCemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Arizona Adopt A Greyhound P O Box 63033, Phx 85082 or online at in memory of Mary Johnson.

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Hill, Willard

Willard Arthur (Art) Hill of Buckeye, Arizona passed away August 6, 2012.  Willard Arthur Hill was born November 20, 1940 in Columbus, Mississippi to Willard and Merle Hill (deceased).  He grew up in Columbus and attended S.D. Lee High School and University of Southern Mississippi.  He worked his way up in the pharmaceutical industry and retired from Baxter Pharmaceutical Company.  He and Mary his wife of 49 years met in high school and married in 1963.  He was a loving husband and father to one son Joseph Arthur and one grandson Wyatt Joseph Hill of Goodyear, AZ.  Arthur has one sister Becky Johnson of Oxford, Mississippi.  He was an avid vintage car collector and loved being a Ham Radio Net Controller.  Arthur lost his valiant battle with cancer while in Hospice of the Valley.  There will be no service.  Contributions can be made in Arthur’s memory to HOSPICE of the VALLEY 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Piazza, Gloria

Piazza, Gloria

Gloria Piazza, 82, of Payson, died July 29, 2012 in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born June 7, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY.

She and her family moved to Arizona in 1969 and moved to Payson from Phoenix in 1989.

Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother was an excellent cook.  She won the Rim Country St. Patty’s Day cook off.

She is survived by her husband Philip Piazza; daughter, Linda Hichborn and husband George; daughter, JoAnn Piazza; son, Gary J. Piazza and wife Mary Anne; son, Thomas C. Piazza and wife Cheryl; son, Michael P. Piazza; sister, Florence Ann Terranova; her loyal companion, Bianca; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Gloria was preceded in death by her son Philip J. Piazza.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 6, 2012. Visitation from 10am to 11am with service at 11am at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear, AZ.  Burial will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.


Parent, Diana

Diana Parent, 62, of Avondale, AZ died July 27, 2012 at Hospice of the Valley Palm Valley in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born July 19, 1950 in Fargo, ND.  She moved to Arizona January 19, 2001.  She was a homemaker.  She is survived by her husband George Parent, her son John Montalbano, her granddaughter Faith Montalbano and her grandson Derek Montalbano.

Dawson, Donald

Donald Dawson, 72, of Goodyear, passed away August 10, 2012.  He was born on July 26, 1940 in Spokane, Washington to George and Mary Dawson.

Private services will be held.

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Goldammer, Frederic J.

Frederic J. Goldammer, 79, of Goodyear, passed away August 12, 2012 in Goodyear, AZ.  He was born June 16, 1933 in Fillmore, Wisconsin to Carl and Henrietta Goldammer.

Fred moved to Arizona in 1995 and was a veteran in the US military.  He is survived by his daughter, Gaylynn Smith; two sons, Guy and Gary Goldammer; seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

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Bennet, Donald

Donald Hugh Bennett was born on April 5, 1938, in Dos Palos, CA  and passed away surrounded by his family on August 16, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, accomplished real estate developer, business owner and West Valley philanthropist.

Don and his wife Lavonne moved to Arizona in 1962 where he farmed in Eloy and Harquahala Valley.  In 1968, Don began a new career in real estate and real estate development.  Founding TRES Realty in 1972, Don formed one of the first full service commercial and residential brokerages in the West Valley communities of Goodyear and Litchfield Park. In 1996, Don sold TRES Realty and formed Don Bennett and Associates, focusing on commercial development, leasing and land sales.

Don enjoyed a lifelong passion for hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and with his many friends.

Don is survived by his wife, Lavonne, sons Craig and Michael (Rose), brother Wesley Bennett, sister Michelle Roeser (Bob), grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don’s memorial service is scheduled for Friday, August 24 at 11:00 am at The Church of Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The New Life Center, PO Box 5005, Goodyear AZ 85338 or Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation 2929 E. Camelback Road, Suite 122, Phoenix AZ 85016.

Olive, JoDee

Olive, JoDee

JoDee Olive, 56 of Litchfield Park, passed away on September 4, 2012 surrounded by loved ones.  JoDee was born October 8, 1955 in El Paso, Texas.   She was raised in Gallup, New Mexico prior to moving to the Phoenix area in 1992. JoDee spent the last 30 years working for the US Department of Defense before retiring this year.  She is survived by her two daughters, Ondrea and Ashlee, and her three grandchildren, Darian, Mataya, and Katia. JoDee was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend. She had an exceptional heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  A memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Chapel Friday, September 21 at 2pm. A celebration of life reception to follow. JoDee courageously fought both breast and lung cancer. The family asks that donations be made to the National Lung Cancer Partnership in memory of JoDee Olive.  Condolences for the family can be sent to


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Giugno, Carmela Elizabeth

Carmela Elizabeth Giugno, 75, of Goodyear, passed away on September 9, 2012.  She was born May 3rd, 1937 in Manhattan, New York to Vito and Pasqua Farella.  Carmela and her family moved to Arizona in 2005.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Alfred Giugno; daughters Angela Petter, Patricia Reynolds, and Mary Giugno; and son, Nicholas Giugno; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  A visitation will be held Thursday, September 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with Rosary at 7:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear.  Mass will be at 10:00 am on Friday, September 14th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, 10045 E. Thomas Rd. in Avondale.  Condolences can be sent to the family at