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Letta Jo Case
Letta Jo Case, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and dedicated advocate for animals, passed away on Feb. 15, 2024, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 88.
Jo was born on May 29, 1935, in Shawnee, Okla., to her parents, Joe Smoykeifer and Lava Smith Maggert, and half-sister, Beverly Smoykiefer. On Feb. 15, 1958, Jo married her husband Doug at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Their journey together led them to various places including Taipei, Taiwan; Washington, D.C., area; New Fairfield, Conn.; and landed in Jackson, Wyo., where they raised their son, Jeff, before retiring to Tucson, Ariz., and Star Valley Ranch, Wyo.
Jo’s life was marked by her devotion to her family, her faith, and her love for animals. She was a passionate advocate for animals, having owned many dogs and horses throughout her lifetime. A devout Christian, Jo found solace and strength in her faith and dedicated her time to volunteering at the Golden Goose Thrift Shop, as well as many other organizations, where she generously gave back to her community.
Jo is survived by her husband Doug of 66 years, her son Jeff (Melissa), and granddaughters Karenna and Kaitlin. The family is grateful for the love, support, and condolences during this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to the Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah, in honor of Jo’s passion for animals.
Memorial arrangements are still being made, and updates will be provided at a later time.
Condolences can be sent to everloved.com/life-of/letta-case.
Marvin Wycoff, 83, passed away on Feb. 12, 2024, in Tucson, Ariz. Marvin was born in Ogden, Utah, to Pauline and Harold Wycoff. He spent his childhood in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.
Marvin graduated from Elko High School in 1958. He graduated from University of Nevada (Reno). He was an accountant, including 23 years with the University of Nevada System in Reno and Elko.
As a teenager, Marvin won a state competition for his futuristic car design for Ford Motor Company. Marvin was a Cookie Judge at the Nevada State Fair for several years. He had many interests including photography, watercolor painting, and cultivating award-winning roses in Reno.
He and Jan were married in 2000 and moved to Tucson. Retirement offered an opportunity to enjoy music, travel, read, and golf. He was a devoted baseball fan (Dodgers) and football fan (49ers). For many years he had an annual baseball trip with son Phil and later with Phil’s sons as well to a different ballpark each summer. He was proud of daughter Polly and her career as a special education teacher, and son Phil and his career as a pilot. In Marvin’s sunset years he described family time as “pure joy.”
Survivors include his wife, Jan; children Polly Schebetta (Dave) and Philip Wycoff (Kiya); grandchildren Breanna, Mikaela, Ryan, Chance, Brock, and Sienna; stepdaughter Melissa Miles (Deena Hoffman); and brother, Ralph (Jodi).
There will be a family memorial service in Tucson.
Dave Dicklich, 79, passed away on Jan. 31, 2024. Born on March 29, 1944, he was the third son born to Mike and Colleen Dicklich in Washington, D.C. The family soon moved to Chisholm, Minn., where Dave grew up. He moved west to attend college in San Diego, where he graduated with a major in mathematics and also studied computer programming. This landed him his first job out of college on the USNS Wheeling, a missile range instrumentation ship used in the development of the Poseidon missile. Dave then worked for several technology companies, including National Semiconductor, Ball Corporation, and Charter Data Products.
Dave had a keen interest in cosmology, science, mathematics, and electronics, which eventually led him to found an electronics firm where he worked along with his wife Linda for 33 years until his retirement in 2016. Dave enjoyed business travel to Asia and Europe, meeting people from other cultures, and making new friends.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Linda Moraga, who was by his side when he departed. He is also survived by his older brothers Mike and Gary (Judy), brother-in-law Tom Moraga, sister-in-law Joyce Moraga, and eight nieces.
Dave was adventurous. He enjoyed traveling the country in an RV. He liked scuba diving, flying airplanes, fishing, hiking, music, photography, shooting pool, and playing poker. He once rode his bicycle from San Francisco to Miami, and he particularly loved golf and was a 3 handicap for many years.
Dave was a life-long animal lover and adopted numerous stray cats and dogs over the years. Though he was a short time resident of SaddleBrooke, he loved watching the parade of animals in his backyard.
Dave was a good friend, a wonderful family member, and a kind and loving husband. We will dearly miss him.
Deborah “Debbie” Jones-Bovee
Deborah “Debbie” Jones-Bovee, 72, a longtime resident of HOA2 in SaddleBrooke, Ariz., passed away Jan. 25, 2024, from cancer. Debbie was born July 18, 1951, in Forest City, Mo., the third child and first daughter to George and Eloise Dryden-Jones. The family moved to Southern California when she was just an infant. She was active in local youth activities, and graduated from John Glenn High School in Norwalk, Calif., in 1969. She met and married Mike McCarrell and worked in the banking industry. They had a son, John Robert McCarrell, and moved to Tracy, Calif., in 1980 where she continued her banking career.
In July 2000 she moved to SaddleBrooke where she worked for Miraval Arizona spending time in both Accounting and Spa Services. She met Eugene “Gene” Bovee on a group outing. They got married Aug. 5, 2003, on a ranch outside Laramie, Wyo., and honeymooned in Sturgis, S.D.
Debbie is survived by her husband Gene, son John, daughter-in-law Liz Lightner-McCarrell, and grandchildren Sam and Hannah McCarrell of Tucson. She is also survived by her brother Larry Jones and his wife Carol, also residents of SaddleBrooke.
Joan Keller Tibbets
Joan Keller Tibbets, born on March 6, 1934, in Upper Darby, Penn., peacefully passed away on Jan. 22, 2024, at her SaddleBrooke, Arizona, home. She was the beloved second daughter of Sabina Anne and Frank Joseph Keller. She is preceded in death by sister Nancy Lewe. Her fondest childhood memories were family trips to the Jersey shore and the Pocono Mountains, experiences that shaped her lifelong love of nature and adventure.
She graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in 1951 and earned a degree in Political Science from Trinity University in 1955. Joan’s love for music led her to sing in choirs throughout her life, including the Oratorio Choir in Santa Barbara and The Sonoran Singers in SaddleBrooke. She was an avid reader, animal lover, and found solace in her faith, with Saint Francis as her guiding light.
Travel was her passion, exploring more than 150 cities on six continents, forming deep friendships, including her companion, Horrie Gelder of Melbourne, Australia.
Joan is survived by her three children, Paul, his wife Tracy and their boys Cole and Parker; Brian, his wife Hiromi and grandchildren Alecia, Christian, Sonia and Brendan; and Lisa and her husband Denis.
Kathleen (Kathy) Flowers
A bright light went out in SaddleBrooke, Arizona, on Jan. 3, 2024, when Kathleen (Kathy) Flowers suddenly died following a fall and went to be with God in heaven. Kathy was born on Feb. 24, 1941, to Wilbur and Marianne McDade in Chicago, Ill. She was the second youngest of six brothers and three sisters, all of whom have passed on except for an older sister Patricia Price and a younger brother Michael McDade Sr.
She met the love of her life William (Bill) Flowers in Park Ridge, Ill. They were married in 1963, eventually finding their way to SaddleBrooke in the summer of 2005. During their years Kathy and Bill traveled the world making many new lifelong friends.
She is survived by her loving husband Bill of 60 years who was at her side holding her hand until she departed. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a passionate lover of all animals, especially hummingbirds and dogs, and was also very giving, being a lifelong member of many organizations with her favorite being St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for finding cures and saving children. Let her epithet read “Gee, what a nice girl, only God knows she tried.” She will be dearly missed.
Alvin J. Kastelic
Alvin J. Kastelic passed away Dec. 11, 2023, at the age of 94. Alvin was born in Milwaukee, Wis. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and upon his release attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he played on the baseball team. Alvin graduated college and became a middle school teacher. He later went on to start his own real estate and insurance company.
Alvin met his wife, Sylvia, who was a widow with three babies, and they married in 1973. After they were married, Alvin legally adopted Sylvia’s three children and they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1974 to open his business with Farmers Insurance. He operated his business for 25 years. After his retirement, Alvin and Sylvia moved to SaddleBrooke in 1995.
Alvin loved golf and managed to play seven days a week.
Alvin is survived by his wife Sylvia, three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
On Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, Wally McKinzie lost her 11-year-long fight with Parkinson’s disease.
Wally was born Oct. 18, 1944, in the Philippine Islands, Iloilo Province village of Iloilo City. Wally graduated from the University of Philippines with a degree in Business Management and later was employed by Intel.
She retired and moved to SaddleBrooke with her husband, Leon, 20 years ago. She was active in tennis and the SaddleBrooke Theater. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Our beloved dad, brother, “Papa,” uncle, cousin, and dear friend Daniel Grossman lost his courageous battle with cancer on Nov. 16, 2023. Danny was a long-time resident of Cedarburg, Wis. He enjoyed retirement in the SaddleBrooke Community of Tucson and recently the Clarendale Community of Phoenix, Ariz.
Danny was born in New York City on July 21, 1946. His parents were Sidney and Sara Grossman. He grew up in Whitefish Bay and Fox Point, Wis. Danny graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in secondary education and completed his master’s degree at Marquette University. He taught American History and U.S. Government at John Long Middle School, Grafton for 32 years before retiring in 2001. He was a loving husband to his childhood sweetheart, Sherry, and devoted father to his two daughters, Caren and Stacy.
Danny’s warm smile and positivity were felt by his family and many friends who were fortunate to know him. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. For years, cruises that took Danny and Sherry all over the world brought them a great deal of pleasure. Danny enjoyed buying classic cars and collecting model cars. He loved taking his dogs to the dog park, socializing with neighbors and friends, and watching the dogs play. Trying out new barbecue and hamburger restaurants as well as bakeries was one of his favorite pastimes. Danny was passionate about many things, but none more than sharing his love of world history, the Mizzou Tigers, and the Green Bay Packers.
Danny is survived by daughters Caren (Patrick) Cherveny and Stacy (Mike) Lovell, grandchildren Alec, Gavin, and Hadley Cherveny, Mia, Aubrey, and Brandon Lovell. He is also survived by his sister Ruthellen Keiser, sister-in-law Marianne Kestenbaum, and nephews Ben Keiser and David Kestenbaum. He was preceded in death by his wife Sherry (Kestenbaum) Grossman, parents Sidney and Sara Grossman, in-laws Jerome and Roslyn Kestenbaum, brother-in-law Lenny Kestenbaum, and nephew Jesse Keiser.
A celebration to honor Danny’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel’s memory may be made to:
St. Joseph’s Foundation, 124 West Thomas Road, Suite 250, Phoenix, Arizona 85013. (Designation: Cancer Programs and Equipment), www.supportstjosephs.org/donate
Barrow Neurological Foundation, 2910 N 3rd Ave. Ste 450, Phoenix, AZ 85013, 602-406-3041 opt. 3, www.supportbarrow.org
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Kathy Van Sistine
Kathleen (Kathy) Van Sistine passed away in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 4, 2023, at the age of 80. She is survived by her husband, Jim, with whom she was married for 58 years, and two children, son Michael (wife Jennifer) and daughter Sande, and six much-loved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Kathy was born, April 11, 1943, to William H. and Rose Kathleen Straub in Madison, Wis. She graduated from Edgewood High School, attended Edgewood College, and earned two degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Bachelor of Science degree in art history, and a master’s degree in library and information services. She enjoyed both raising her children and a 15-year career in Madison with the University of Wisconsin Foundation doing donor research. Her work career began as a fifth grade teacher and art instructor in Portage, Wis.
Kathy was the founder of the Waunakee Wisconsin Arts Council and member of the board; and co-chaired the annual community fundraiser “Volkfest of the Arts.” She also was the founder and officer of the Waunakee Historical Society. She also spent countless hours fundraising for restoring the Waunakee, Wis., railroad depot and getting the depot placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Her research led her to explore the life of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, perhaps Wisconsin’s most famous poet. She authored an article on Wilcox which appeared in “Wisconsin Women: A Gifted Heritage.”
After retiring in 2000, Kathy and Jim moved to SaddleBrooke, a retirement community set amidst the desert beauty of Mount Lemmon and the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Ariz. Kathy’s interests included local historical research, hiking, volunteer librarian at the SaddleBrooke Library, book club member, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren in Wisconsin and Kansas.
Kathy will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Darla Nell Grove
Darla Nell Grove (neé Ryan), born May 5, 1943, in Hopkins, Minn., passed away peacefully at her home on Cat Claw Lane in SaddleBrooke on Aug. 23, 2023.
Darla graduated in 1961 from Bloomington High School, where she played clarinet in the band. After graduating from high school, she competed in the Miss Bloomington contest and modeled for Ford Motor Company. Darla earned a bachelor’s degree in small business management from the Minnesota College System and attended North Hennepin Community College, Normandale College, and the University of Minnesota.
Darla married the love of her life, George Grove, one day after a blizzard, on March 26, 1966. Darla worked as a legal secretary, as a receptionist and computer operator for Ford Motor Company, and as a sales representative for Rochelle’s, then Greetings Unlimited, all in the Minneapolis metropolitan region. Darla started her own independent manufacturer’s rep business, DNG Sales, then moved to Gibson Greetings as a sales representative, a regional trainer, and the company’s national sales trainer. Darla and her husband George then operated their plastics business, Advance Plastics Technology in New Hope, Minn. As the founder of three businesses and one of the few senior national female executives in the greeting card industry in the 1980s, Darla could accomplish anything she set her mind to.
In 1995, Darla was invited to visit Tucson, Ariz., by her brother Larry Ryan, where Larry introduced her to the SaddleBrooke community. Darla and George retired and moved to Tucson in 1997, embarking together in a new phase of life and, in a warm-weather reminiscence of their wedding day, during a particularly heavy monsoon. Darla was a member of the SaddleBrooke canasta, mah jongg, and bridge clubs. She enjoyed dancing, theater, photography, entertaining, shopping, and interior design. In retirement, Darla started her own video memories company, Southwest Video, and she digitized photos, slides, and home movies to DVD for people inside and outside the SaddleBrooke communities, including memory films of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam for veterans to share with those they served with. Darla helped hundreds preserve and share lifetimes’ worth of happy memories to cherish forever.
Darla was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church of Tucson.
She is survived by her husband George, her son Gregory and his wife Jamie McLaughlin, her brother Larry Ryan, her niece Kimberly Premo, Kim’s husband Michael, their children Alex, Mallary, and Nathan, and Alex’s wife April.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Helen and Lawrence Ryan, her sister-in-law Patricia Ryan, and her beloved dog Maggie (Pumpkin) Grove. In life, Darla missed her friends who passed before her and, in kind, will be missed by the many friends she leaves behind.
The family sends their special thanks to Maria Womack and her team at Gentle Hearts, particularly Angie Martinez, who provided exceptional and loving care in Darla’s final days and also to Rob Button and the Traditions Hospice team for their constant support and care.
The family is planning memorial services in La Crosse, Wis., and Tucson, Ariz., in the coming months, which will be announced later.
Albert Anthony (Al) Melvin was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Helena, Mont. He passed away on Aug. 2, 2023. His father, Benjamin Franklin Melvin, was a career U.S. Army officer. The family lived in Korea, Austria, France, and throughout the USA.
The highlight of his life and the key to his success was meeting and then marrying Kou Tanigami. They both worked for Everett Steamship Corp., with the Far East headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Including their 20 years in SaddleBrooke, this has been a loving relationship of over 50 years.
Al was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.; Thunderbird: American Graduate School of International Management (now part of ASU), Phoenix, Ariz.; and the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
Al had an extensive career in the USNR; AZ politics; international shipping; and teaching as an adjunct instructor at the college level.
Military: In 1999, Al retired as a Captain, USNR (Ret), after a 30-year career. The highlight of his USN career was serving as Commander (Commodore) of Maritime Prepositioning Squadron Two, based in Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory (B.I.O.T.). With 15 assigned ships, it is the largest ship squadron in the U.S. Navy. It is the largest concentration of U.S. flag merchant ships in the world. He was awarded the Legion of Merit after this year-long tour of duty. Previously, as a cadet, he earned the Viet Nam service award. Later his unit was recalled to active duty in the First Gulf War.
Political: The high point of his political career was to serve as an Arizona State Senator (2009-15). He represented the north side of Pinal County, including SaddleBrooke. From 2013 to 2014, he ran unsuccessfully as a Clean Elections Candidate for Governor of Arizona.
Maritime: He spent nine years at sea on U.S. flag merchant ships. He has a USCG issued Master license, unlimited tonnage and upon oceans.
Teaching: He taught logistics related courses for over 25 years. First at the California Maritime Academy, Park University, U of A South, and most recently Pima Community College. He authored the book “Student Handbook for Success,” which is sold on Amazon.
Membership: Al was an Eagle Scout, class of 1962. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Kou Marie Melvin, his brother John Michael Melvin (Donna), his sister Florence Ann Johannes (Shon), and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Marana, where Al is interred.
John Robert Mazujian
John Robert Mazujian, age 90, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away peacefully on June 25, 2023. He was born on Nov. 19,1932, in Newark, N.J., to the late Hagop Mazujian and Mary Ourganian. He was the beloved husband of Bette (Carlson) Mazujian with whom he had recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
He was devoted to his family: daughter Donna (John) Sohikian of Tucson, Ariz., and son John (Rebecca) Mazujian of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren: Christopher (Alessia) Mazujian, Ashley (David) Kaczorowski, Lauren Sohikian, and Brooke Mazujian; six great-grandchildren; and a sister Irene Sarkisian and her family. He was predeceased by another sister, Lucille Ioas.
John graduated in 1951 from Irvington High School in New Jersey, and started his college career at Union Junior College, Elizabeth, N.J. During this time, John was a starter on the basketball and baseball teams and a cheerleader.
John’s education was interrupted while he served in the United States Army from February 1953 until December 1954 during the Korean War. After his time in the service, John continued his education at Seton Hall University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education.
John became an educator, spending 31 years teaching drivers education at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he coached the baseball and wrestling teams.
Upon retirement, John and Bette moved to Arizona; first Sedona for 15 years, and then to SaddleBrooke in Tucson for another 15 years. He enjoyed traveling, visiting family and friends, singing with church choirs as well as SaddleBrooke Singers, and dining out.
Interment will be in the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Marana, Ariz., at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Family First in Oracle, Ariz.
Gladys K. Lujan
Gladys Mary Ann Kinoian was born in Pawtucket, R.I., on May 21, 1934. She passed away May 24, 2023, three days after her 89th birthday, and less than two months before her 54th wedding anniversary. She suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving Day, leaving her paralyzed on one side and unable to speak. Her last days were spent at Mom and Dad’s Place, an assisted living facility in Tucson, where she received tender and loving care. Husband Jerry and son Michael were at her bedside.
Gladys graduated from Pawtucket High School, where she participated in multiple sports and the arts, and was a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society. After high school, Gladys attended Bryant College, in Rhode Island, a two-year business school. She was a member of the 1956 Chi Sigma Iota and the Women’s softball championship team. Gladys completed the two-year business course with a degree in teaching. After college she went to New York and worked for two years before returning to Pawtucket to teach business. While in Pawtucket she saw an ad seeking secretaries to work overseas for the State Department. She thought she would try it for a “couple of years.” That “couple of years” turned out to be 33 years of a very successful career as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO)! FSOs are the foreign branch of the State Department. They staff Embassies, Consulates General, and Consulates. They have their own retirement system and must spend the bulk of their career overseas. In Gladys’ case, that was more than 20 years!
Gladys’ initial diplomatic assignments were: secretary at U.S. diplomatic posts in Algiers, Algeria, (during the Algeria/French War for Independence and living conditions were difficult); Athens, Greece (where she had her picture taken shaking hands with President Truman, a photo she cherished); and Port-a-Prince, Haiti (during Papa Doc Duvalier’s dictatorship and living conditions were difficult). It was at the latter place that she met her husband-to-be, Jerry Lujan, who was also assigned to the Embassy.
Gladys and Jerry were married in her mother and stepfather’s home in Hartford, Conn., in June 1970, and Jerry left immediately on assignment to Santiago, Chile. Gladys remained in Washington, D.C., completing paperwork for a new program called Tandem Couples. This program would allow Foreign Service couples to be assigned together. It was a program long sought after by couples who previously had to be assigned separately. They were among the first couples to enjoy this new program. It allowed them to be assigned together in all of their next assignments—Caracas, Venezuela; Lagos, Nigeria; and Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
In Chile, Gladys and Jerry, along with many other Embassy staff members, spent three days hunkered down in the Embassy while fighting took place at the Presidential Palace one block away. A military coup was underway to oust Marxist President Salvatore Allende. It was much too dangerous to leave the Embassy as dead bodies were everywhere. The military was shooting anyone not wearing a uniform. Several “stray” bullets took out Embassy windows as the staff took cover under desks or wherever. A few days later, fighting around the palace subsided and they could leave the Embassy, but fighting continued around the city and a curfew was enforced from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those not observing the curfew were shot, and their bodies left as a warning to others. After those three days in the Embassy, Gladys delivered their second son, Christopher, at a hospital across town from where Jerry had undergone an emergency appendectomy the day before.
The Lujans were not able to enjoy a honeymoon after they were married because of their immediate transfer to Chile. Not long after arriving in Chile, they took a delayed honeymoon at a beautiful resort situated at the base of a then un-active volcano Antumalo. They fished for trout as they floated down a river at the base of the volcano and slid down the volcano’s snowy slope. An ideal honeymoon!
While she was assigned to the Embassy in Haiti, Gladys collected many Haitian paintings and donated several to her alma mater, Bryant College. One part of a new library wing was dedicated to the Gladys Kinoian Lujan Haitian Art Collection. Some were given to relatives and friends, but many remain in her home in SaddleBrooke along with artwork from other countries where she was assigned.
Gladys was bilingual in English and Armenian. Learning new languages was not difficult for her. She picked up French, Greek, Spanish, and even some Creole in places where she had been assigned, and was studying Russian at the Foreign Service Institute for her next assignment, Moscow, when she decided to retire with her husband.
In the Dominican Republic she was stabbed during a home invasion. She escaped serious injury in Algiers when a bomb blew out all of the windows of her apartment (fortunately she was not home at the time). She did not flinch when her Consular duties took her to visit incarcerated Americans in the jails in Venezuela, Haiti, or Nigeria. As a Consular officer she was often required to report the deaths of American citizens abroad. Not only report their deaths but also inventory their effects and work with local authorities as to the cause of death. She was Officer-in-Charge of the non-immigrant visa section in Lagos, Nigeria, a place that was notorious for attempted visa fraud. She flew, in a very small helicopter, to provide consular assistance to American oilmen on their oil derricks offshore Nigeria. She was one of the first official Americans to visit Saigon after the war, where she spent time at the airport processing Vietnamese who assisted America during the war. There was certainly more to her than met the eye, and who said American Diplomats are a “Tea and Crumpet” crowd? Certainly not in Gladys’ diplomatic world!
Gladys absolutely loved the Foreign Service. She loved her work, but particularly loved living in different countries where she could learn about their cultures and meet musicians, artists, tradesmen, craftsmen, and of course their families. She had curiosity about everything. She went to Voodoo ceremonies in Haiti, learned to dance the Chilean Cueca and Zoro in Greece—which is much like Armenian dancing; attended “rodeos” in Chile which are much, much more different from American rodeos; became acquainted with Nigerian princes and visited then in their palaces. She enjoyed the foods of the seven countries she lived in for more than 20 years: Jollof rice in Nigeria (hotter than you-know-what); Griot in Haiti; Angulas a la bibiana (baby eels in spicy hot oil) in Chile; Arepas in Venezuela; Sancocho in the Dominican Republic … just to name just a few dishes she loved.
After retiring, she and Jerry moved to SaddleBrooke. She was one of the founders of a group called Demo Dames, which eventually became the SaddleBrooke Democratic Club. She also played tennis until her knees and shoulders prevented it and also played the piano until her fingers gave out. She loved playing Bridge and played it as often as possible. She also liked Texas Hold’em. A Celebration of Life, put together by her closest friends, with her “Bridge Buddies” and her Texas Hold’em fellow-players, was held at the residence of Bob and Rose Ramig. Being a New Englander, she supported the Patriots and the Red Sox. She was also a Redskins fan as well as a Cardinals supporter.
Gladys’ mother, Alice, and stepfather, Ohan, predeceased her as did her older sisters, Betty and Grace, and her younger brother, Steve.
Gladys is survived by her husband, Jerry; sons, Michael and Christopher; stepdaughter, Lisa; two grandsons; and one granddaughter.
Internment was a family-only ceremony at the Military Veterans’ Cemetery in Marana.
Gladys did well in the Foreign Service, going from being a secretary to different Ambassadors all the way up to Consul and then the diplomatic rank of Second Secretary. Not bad for a teacher from Pawtucket!
Gladys is on her last assignment. May God bless her and let her rest in peace.
Dr. Eugene R. Seeloff
Dr. Eugene R. Seeloff, a 28-year resident of SaddleBrooke, passed away on April 30, 2023. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sue; brothers, Phil and James; sister, Barbara; sons, Keith, David and Bruce; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Gene was a veteran of the Air Force and was an avid golfer.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, T2T.org.
Cynthia E. Stenquist
Cynthia E. Stenquist, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on April 13, 2023, at the age of 85, in her home in SaddleBrooke.
Cynthia was born in Chicago, Ill., to Edna and Robert Powdrell. She was an only child. She moved several times in her childhood before her family settled in Minneapolis when she was a teenager.
At around the age of 20 she met Donald Stenquist, who was the love of her life. Within a few years they had started a family, complete with three children. As a family they enjoyed golf, basketball, football, and card games, especially bridge. Playing golf and bridge was her passion, and she shared it with her husband, children, and friends. Being a kind and dependable mother was of the utmost importance to Cynthia, and she certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving her family.
Cynthia Stenquist joins her husband in heaven and leaves behind three children, Daniel Stenquist, Robert (Danielle) Stenquist, and Patricia (Todd) Howland. Cynthia Stenquist is also survived by five grandchildren: Haley Stenquist (Tyler), Catherine Quinn, Brooke (Tony) Miller, Elizabeth Grube, and Rob Stenquist. She also had one great-grandchild (with more on the way). Her entire family will forever be touched by this amazing woman.
The Celebration of Life will be a small family gathering celebrating her life. The family plans a small private farewell followed by dinner. Please send condolences for the family to the family home in SaddleBrooke.
Charles Gilbert Thiel
Charles Gilbert Thiel, 94, a 20-year resident of SaddleBrooke, formerly of Maplewood, Minn., passed away on March 10, 2023. Charles grew up in Summerland, Calif., just outside of Santa Barbara. During high school Charlie worked at Westin’s Camera Shop in Santa Barbara, and subsequently served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a photographer while stationed in Japan. After his military deployment, he decided to pursue the field of chemistry. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara, and graduated in 1954 with a BA in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he joined Riker Laboratories. There he led a storied 46-year career that revolutionized inhalation drug delivery, rising to Division Scientist in what later became the Drug Delivery Systems Division of 3M Pharmaceuticals.
Charlie was joint inventor of the first pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI) that was developed by a small team at Riker Laboratories in 1956 to treat asthma. He changed the inhaler formulation design from one using 50 percent alcohol (which burned patients’ nostrils when administered as a nasal spray) to one using an innovative suspension of the medication in a liquefied gas propellant—a design still used worldwide today. His passion for high-speed photography remarkably gave insight into the behavior of aerosol sprays imperative to the invention.
The invention of the MDI revolutionized the field of respiratory drug delivery and Charlie is a legend in this field. His critical contributions to the development of MDIs dramatically improved the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people and have saved countless lives. Charlie’s dedication to the field was made evident by his continued contributions to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) long past his retirement.
Charlie will be remembered for his pioneering and innovative spirit, as well as his passions for storytelling, photography, and science, especially the ability of science to improve the lives of others. He had a great sense of humor, loved his family, the ocean, history, and had a curiosity about everything. Charlie is predeceased by his parents, sisters, and a great-granddaughter. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Carol, three children, four stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. At his request, his ashes will be scattered in the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara.
Robert Carl Johnson
Robert Carl Johnson, 67, of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., passed away on March 2, 2023. Born on May 29, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minn., Bob was the son of Donald and Gladys (Phyle) Johnson. He grew up in Bloomington, Minn., alongside his siblings: Gary, Rick, Debbie, Susie, and Vicki.
Bob was a devoted father and partner. He is survived by his partner of 26 years, Lori Stegink; his children Jeremiah (Sarah), Nicholas (Kelly), and Shannon (Chad); his stepchildren Andy Stegink and Jill (Terry) Schmitt; and his grandchildren Kagan, Zoe, Kaelee, Jordan, Konnor, Alice, and Louis. He is also survived by his siblings Gary (Donna), Rick (Arlene), Debbie (Brad) Blomberg, Vicki Sweeney, and Susie Peterson. Bob was predeceased by his father, Don, his mother, Gladys, and his brother’s lifelong partner, Arlene Kaufhold. He will always be remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
Bob graduated with a degree in Diesel Mechanics from Hennepin County Technical College. He worked for Shiely Concrete and Cemstone Concrete for 44 years, becoming the fleet manager where he managed 7 facilities and 40 mechanics. He was passionate about his work, and his dedication and expertise helped make Cemstone the largest concrete company in the Upper Midwest. Bob is also a Bloomington Lincoln High School alumnus, Class of 1973.
He enjoyed racing stock cars and working on a pit crew in his younger years. As a father, Bob’s interests often centered around sports. He enjoyed his bowling leagues, pickup hockey, downhill skiing, and golf trips with friends and family. Bob also volunteered his time coaching soccer for the Rosemount Area Athletic Association and serving as the Ice Time Coordinator for Rosemount Area Hockey Association. Later in life, Bob could be found fishing and enjoying the summer season at his lake cabin with Lori and their neighbors. He loved his pets and left behind his dog, Riley, and his cat, Boomer.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Bob’s memory.
Bob will always be remembered for his humor, strength, confidence, kind heart, contagious grin, and unwavering love for his family and friends. May he rest in peace, and may his loved ones find comfort in the magical memories they shared.
In loving memory of Howie Morgan, who was born May 29, 1937, and passed away Feb. 19, 2023. A private memorial will be held this summer with immediate family in Minnesota.
Howie is survived by his loving wife Doreen, brother Ron, nieces, and many family and friends whose lives he touched. Howie passed away at the age of 86 with his wife Doreen by his side. He will be deeply missed by his wife and family.
Howie graduated from St. Olaf College, receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering with work being his passion. Howie spent a lot of time in Colorado, retiring from NCR. Howie valued education and was very generous to his family on supporting this passion.
Howie and Doreen had wonderful years together spending the winter months in Arizona and doing as much as they could to fill the “bucket list,” such as skiing, kayaking, bike riding, playing pickleball, enjoying frequent visits to California, and driving the coast.
Lovies, You’re the Best
Donations to Senior Village at SaddleBrooke in Howie’s name will be deeply appreciated.
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
And whispered, “Come to Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
The family of Howie Morgan cannot express how much we appreciate the prayers, kindness, gifts, sympathy cards, and help you provided during this difficult time. Thank you in the loving memory of Howie Morgan.
Mary L. Murphy
Mary L. Murphy, a 30-year SaddleBrooke resident, was born in 1929 in Berwyn, Ill. She passed away January of this year at home with her family. Mary was blessed to have had a long and fulfilling life.
In her early years, she was an accomplished competitive roller dancer and a proud Trinity Girl. At the top of her list of amazing accomplishments, she would cite the raising of four rambunctious sons and one reward, as she often called her daughter. True to form, she accomplished all of this while managing her home and, with her husband Ed, a custom home building company in Wheaton, Ill.
Fortunately, it was not all work and no play for Mary. She and Ed did a lot of entertaining of family and friends in their home and loved to travel to typically warm locales like Mexico and Hawaii. Mary also never met a casino she didn’t like and was actually one of the few people that rarely lost. At least, according to her. She was also very supportive of her kids’ sporting activities and rarely missed any game.
She was an avid golfer who really hit her stride when she and Ed moved to Naperville, Ill., and joined a country club. Mary and Ed happily retired to SaddleBrooke in 1992. Here, they continued the golf club life and enjoyed many outings, dinners, and drinks with friends. Mary was also a terrific gin player and enjoyed her weekly get-togethers with her girlfriends. In recent years she enjoyed hosting Christmas in Tucson with the entire family, which had grown to over 20 adult “kids.”
Mary will be greatly missed but talked about and remembered often. She was truly one-of-a-kind. Mary is survived by her husband of 69 years, Edward (Ed), and children Mike (Donna) Murphy, Tim (Sue) Murphy, Kevin (Sue) Murphy, Maureen (Bob) Evans, and PJ (Jennifer) Murphy. Mary and Ed have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements are pending.
James “Jim” Goodwin Miller
James “Jim” Goodwin Miller, 81, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on Jan. 30, 2023. He was born on Dec. 30, 1941, in Cumberland, Md., and grew up in Hyndman, Pa., graduating from Hyndman High School, in 1960.
He attended Frostburg State College (now Frostburg University) but interrupted his studies to join the United States Navy. He served four years, first stationed in Norfolk, Va., and concluding his service on the USS Independence.
After leaving the Navy, the family moved to Bel Air, Md., where Jim resumed his education at Towson State College (now University) while working full time at Bendix Corporation. During this time, he was an assistant coach for the American Legion Post 55 baseball team. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1972, he taught social studies and geography at Bel Air High School where he also coached baseball. After transferring to C. Milton Wright High School, he taught geography and social studies; coached baseball, football, and soccer; and served as Assistant Athletic Director. In 2009, he was inducted into the C. Milton Wright High School “Coach” Hall of Fame and recognized for his leadership skills and his overall commitment to the athletes of CMWHS.
While teaching, he continued his commitment to lifelong learning through professional development and university courses and earned a master’s equivalent. After 29 years of service, he retired from Harford County Public Schools and, with his family, moved to SaddleBrooke, where he worked as a guide at Biosphere 2 and later as a bellman and driver for Miraval. He also played softball on the SaddleBrooke team.
He was predeceased by his brother, William Henry Miller Jr., and his parents, William Henry Miller Sr. and Dorothy Evelyn Goodwin Miller.
Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon K. Miller, his son, William Jeffrey Miller, and his “sorta” daughter, Dr. Cristy (Kessler) Zivanov.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Archaeology Southwest, an agency dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Southwest’s archaeological heritage. Donations may be made by mail (300 N. Ash Alley, Tucson, AZ 85701), phone (520-882-6946), or online at www.archaeologysouthwest.org/join.
Please visit Jim’s online memorial (www.weremember.com/james-goodwin-miller/6x2v/memories) for pictures and stories and to share your memories of him.
Judith Page (Behmer) Smith
“A mother is someone who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.”—Cardinal Mermillod
Judith Page (Behmer) Smith, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, was taken to our Lord on Dec. 23, 2022, at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Judith (Judy to her friends) was an only child, born in Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1937. She later moved with her parents to Columbus, Ohio, where she grew up.
She met the love of her life, Meredith, on a blind date while she was attending college at Purdue University, where she was a proud member of Delta Gamma Sorority, and continued to stay connected to the sorority throughout her life. Judy graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy, and worked for many years as a Physical Therapist, in hospital and home health settings, both in Ohio and later in California.
Judy and Meredith (Jerry) were married in 1959. They had two children; daughter, Tracy (Smith) Henry, and son, Daniel Meredith Smith. Their marriage withstood the test of time, including a family move across the country to California, in 1972. They raised their family in San Jose, and watched their children marry and have children of their own. Tracy and her husband, Paul, live in Northern California, and Daniel and his wife, Beth, live in Southern California. Judy’s grandchildren, Lauren Christine Henry, Jason Daniel Smith, and Stephanie Eileen Smith, were the lights of Judy’s life.
Along with her family, Judy also had many other interests. She and Jerry square danced for years, and enjoyed traveling to meet friends for dance conventions. They also enjoyed spending time with their close circle of friends from Los Gatos United Methodist Church.
She loved volunteering in her community, starting when her kids were young, as president of the school PTA, and as a Girl Scout Troop leader. She continued this work even after she and Jerry retired to SaddleBrooke in Arizona in 1995. Judy volunteered at Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens, and was a longtime volunteer of Kid’s Closet, an organization created to support low-income children in the greater Tucson area and beyond. She also loved travel and other social activities, including bridge and mah jongg, and looked forward to playing with friends.
She was a wonderful example of kindness, incredible strength in the face of the evil of Parkinson’s, and deep love for her husband, her “Jer.”
In lieu of cards or flowers, donations can be made in her name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at give.michaeljfox.org.
Christoph Klomp was born Sept. 8, 1938, and passed away Nov. 17, 2022.
Chris and Ruthie moved to SaddleBrooke from Seattle in 2005. They both enjoyed their home, the weather, and new SaddleBrooke friends. Every year they became happier with their lives here. They were fortunate to find a home that would have a space for Chris’ grand piano. Chris played often, sometimes daily. Eventually Chris’ hands developed arthritis. When he could no longer play, Chris and Ruthie decided to donate the grand piano to the HOA One Clubhouse.
Since then, the piano is used at large events such as Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. The piano is used each week on Saturday Prime and Wine evening and at Sunday church services. The latest addition is the Senior Village Matinee at 1 p.m. when the residents have an opportunity to come and listen to great music. Chris would be happy knowing the piano is here at the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse for everyone to enjoy.
Chris and Ruthie took many trips to Germany where Chris’ relatives live. They also took cruises and tropical vacations, but always loved coming home. Chris often talked about the happy 18 years of retirement here in sunny Tucson and how the best years of his life were spent in SaddleBrooke with Ruthie.
Alan B. Buckmaster
Alan B. Buckmaster passed away Nov. 13, 2022, aged 89 years in Tucson, Ariz. He was born in Highland Park, Mich. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Sharon W. Buckmaster, his parents Bernis Buckmaster Pretz (Philip Pretz) and Charles H. Buckmaster as well as his sister Nancy Humphries. He leaves behind a brother, Charles Roger Buckmaster (Jill Buckmaster); two daughters, Alana S. Chendes (Michael Chendes) and Kelli L. Koltz; grandchildren, Kristen Sonberger, Brock Berriman, and Kylie Klotz; great-grandchildren, Emma, Landon, Bryce, and Harper Berriman; and many nieces and nephews, brother- and sister-in-laws.
Alan was a Korean War veteran. He worked for Lincoln Electric and then 30 years for Ford Motor Company in their Research and Engineering Center and then as a traveling regional service representative.
His lifetime hobby was racing. He started a group while at Ford known as The Fastbacks, drag racing locally. He went on to work with Gapp and Roush and then Roush Racing, and was famously known for his work with Cylinder Heads among other things. After retiring with Ford, he continued working with Roush Racing and his longtime good friend Jack Roush.
Alan went to Leelenau School and then went on to Albion College and then Marietta College where he met the love of his life, Sharon Weihl.
Alan and Sharon resided in Dearborn Heights, Mich., for 30 plus years and then in retirement moved and bought a home in SaddleBrooke, Ariz., where they lived for 25 years.
Alan will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him personally and in business. He has been referred to as brilliant, legendary in his racing career, personable, and always willing to help anyone. The world has lost a truly wonderful man. He was a caring and loving father and has left a giant hole in his family’s lives.
David K. Dodd
David K. Dodd passed away peacefully, Oct. 8, 2022. Born Oct. 31, 1932, in West Hartford, Conn., David was the son of Thomas Kilburn and Florence Marks Dodd. Graduating with a BA from Yale University in 1954, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and, after serving 2¼ years active duty at sea as a LTJG onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), he was deactivated.
He was a Korean War veteran and a member of The American Legion.
After then graduating with an MBA from Harvard University in 1958, he joined Merrill Lynch’s nascent corporate finance department on Wall Street. There he began a life-long career as an international investment banker, working initially with U.S. domestic corporate clientele and then with Japanese corporates seeking finance in the U.S. capital markets. The U.S.’s imposition of a tax on foreign borrowers in the mid-60s led to the emergence of the euro-capital markets overseas and in the early 1970s he was transferred to London, UK, where he worked and resided for nearly 20 years.
The disbandment of the Iron Curtain brought an onslaught of newly independent corporate entities seeking fast-track entry to the international capital markets, so in the mid-1990s David became an independent financial counselor, working initially with a banking client in the Czech Republic (where he was resident for 2 years), and then with a variety of corporate clients in the newly-emerging lesser-developed countries.
In 2009, on an overseas trip, he met Arlene DesJardins, a SaddleBrooke, Ariz., resident, and in 2010 he moved to SaddleBrooke, and to residence in an “active adult resort community” where, in addition to companionship with Arlene, he travelled internationally, played golf, and engaged in a variety of sporting and social activities. He had been an active member of his HOA Unit Social Committee, President of the SaddleBrooke Singles Club, and, as a member of the Elks, a member of the House Committee of the local Elks lodge.
He is survived by his companion, Arlene DesJardins, of SaddleBrooke, a sister, Dorothy Dodd O’Meara, of West Simsbury, Conn., and grandson, Lucas K. Dodd of Woodstock, N.Y., and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Robert James Unchur
Robert James Unchur died unexpectedly at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 22, 2022. He was born May 7, 1947, in Amsterdam, N.Y., to the late Peter and Stella (Balbian) Unchur.
Bob attended Amsterdam High School, Class of 1965, where he was active in various student activities and was a three-year letterman in football. He then attended Syracuse University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American History in 1969. At Syracuse he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. Bob then moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he started a small business in the field of horticulture before joining the U.S. Peace Corps and working in Costa Rica as an agricultural advisor for the University of Costa Rica. After his stint in the Peace Corps, he settled in the Seattle metropolitan area for 35 years. He first reestablished his horticultural career and earned his certificate as Master Gardner and then joined the King County Superior Court with the King County Department of Judicial Administration as a Court Clerk for 22 years. After retiring in April 2011, he moved to Camano Island in Washington State before moving to Tucson in March 2016.
Bob loved to travel, read and study, and stay active. He became interested in the Civil War and traveled to many battleground sites in the South. He was an avid sports fan and followed MLB’s Seattle Mariners and Syracuse University basketball and football. Bob was also a big fan of Tampa high school sports at Jesuit and Wharton high schools. He took great pride in the fact that he was a recovering alcoholic and was sober for 32 years and credited AA for their help and support. Bob was also very proud of the family dairy farm and often reflected about working on the farm as a youth with his parents.
Bob is survived by his sister Joan (Unchur) Snyder, his niece Kristin (Tom) Tonelli, nephew Dylan (Julie) Snyder, and grandnieces and nephews Thomas, Matthew, and Allie Tonelli and Cristina and DJ Snyder. He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Stella (Balbian) Unchur, brother-in-law Robert E. Snyder, and niece Lisa Ann Snyder.
Per Bob’s request, his ashes will be scattered on the family farm on Jones Road. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Ellen Alberding Mandes, 86, formerly of Wallingford, Conn., departed this life on Aug. 25, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. Ellen was born in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 1936. She grew up in the Washington area, where she married her husband, James Mandes, and had a son, George.
Ellen was always quite entrepreneurial, no matter where she was working, but her business career flourished after she moved to Connecticut in the late ’60s. In 1973 she formed Homecare, Inc., which would grow into a successful home health care organization, serving much of Connecticut by 1997. At the same time, Ellen started Telecare, which was a two-way communication system for Homebound people. That concept became CommuniCall, which was later acquired by Lifeline, Inc.
Not content to just retire, Ellen later started Creations at Work, an event planning company, specializing in planning meetings, conferences and special events for corporations. Creations at Work also offered fine floral arrangements.
At the same time Ellen was growing her businesses, she threw herself into numerous civic activities.
Ellen loved Rotary International, and became a member, then President, of the Wallingford Rotary Club. Over the years, she was Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year, and served in the Rotary District, where she held a number of leadership positions including Assistant District Governor, and Connecticut District Governor from 1998-1999.
She was recognized with many honors from other organizations she participated in. To name just a few, she was named Woman of the Year by the Meriden YMCA, and the Wallingford Business and Professional Women’s Club, and received the Quinnipiac Council of Boy Scouts Life award.
Ellen loved traveling and visited all seven continents on her many trips over the years. She loved her friends and developed so many lasting relationships through her business and civic endeavors over the years.
Ellen began splitting her time between Connecticut and Arizona, where she lived in SaddleBrooke. In her later years, when travel became difficult, she stayed in Arizona. She continued her friendships from Connecticut and made many new friendships in Arizona. In her last year of life, she was helped by Assisting Angels AZ, and their caregivers became so important to her.
To view keepsake videos and read the complete obituary, visit www.bcbailey.com.
Cari (Carolee) June Block
Cari went to join Jesus on Aug. 20, 2022. She is survived by her second husband Bruce, four of her five children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Her first marriage was in 1956 to Dick Rondeau for 23 years. Cari brought four boys, Gregory, Bradley, Geoffrey, and Richard, and one girl, Michelle, into the world.
Carolee June Hurley was born June 29, 1938, in Portland, Ore., to Oscar and Elizabeth Hurley. She grew up in Pasadena, lived in Palm Desert, and raised her family in the mountain town of Idyllwild, Calif. She played guitar and lead worship music for many different groups. This is a gift that has been carried on by several of her children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren. After launching her children, Cari enrolled in University of California at Riverside and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and took a Masters of Art Therapy and Marriage Family Child Counseling at College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif. She became a licensed MFT and had private counseling practices in San Mateo, Rancho Palos Verdes, Cambria, and Escondido, all in California. She practiced for 30+ years specializing in Christian Family Counseling touching thousands of lives. She was always active in her churches with teaching classes, leading support groups, and being part of couples’ bible studies. Most recently she was the leader of a GriefShare support group at Community Church of SaddleBrooke, once again touching many lives with her caring and comforting.
Cari and Bruce met on a Caribbean cruise and were married 51 weeks later in 1989. Bruce went from a bachelor to a grandfather. They had 33 years of a wonderful marriage. They shared a love of Christ, church and bible groups, and travel. They traveled to see family first and then the United States and the world.
While Christ was her focus, her heart was always with her family. Phone calls, emails, greeting cards, and travel to family was the priority of her daily life. She will be missed by family and community alike. There will be a celebration of Life for Cari at the Vistoso Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 21. If you are so inclined, donations to Samaritan’s Purse would honor her memory.
The SaddleBrooke community recently lost an outstanding and distinguished resident. Jack Hacking was born May 8, 1940, and passed away July 22, 2022.
All knew Jack as the hard-working volunteer who so beautifully decorated the HOA One Clubhouse for the holiday season. Jack’s dedication and consideration for his community go back long before he moved to SaddleBrooke. As a young man, Jack decided he wanted to serve his community either as a police office or fire fighter, as it turns out, he did both. He started the Eden Prairie, Minn., police department on Jan. 1, 1973, with five other officers and served as its chief until 1985. He also became the Public Safety Director of the existing Eden Prairie Fire Department. During this time, Jack dedicated his time to helping people. On duty and off duty, his passion was helping kids. He liked everybody and was selfless in what he did. He was a hero to several people and always said, “I was just doing my job.”
We mourn our loss of Jack and will love and miss him forever.
The Hacking family wants to say thank you to our dedicated SaddleBrooke friends and others for the loving care and support that you gave Jack and me this year. We also thank you for all your cards and phone calls after Jack’s passing.—Janice, Sandy, Steve, Mike, Kris, Ana, Mackenzie, and Pixie
Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to MDA (address below) or to your favorite charity.
Muscular Dystrophy Association, PO Box 7410354, Chicago, IL 60674-0354
Jo Fritz, 85, a SaddleBrooke, Ariz., resident since 2003 died July 18, 2022. She was a retired multi-dimensional healer, a graduate of the Charles Tebbetts School of Hypnotherapy and the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jo had great interest in creating positive change in the world, and she was generous in her support of many causes. She was self-employed and had an active practice helping people for over 20 years.
Jo was born on July 26, 1936, in La Jolla, Calif., along with her twin sister Sara (deceased). She was proud to be a sixth generation Californian. Her family moved to Humboldt County, Calif., when she was young, settling in Redway. She graduated from Southfork High School and she and her sister worked in Goldie’s Dress Shop where Goldie acted as a second mother to the girls. Later living in the Myrtletown area of Eureka raising a family with husband Glenn Wallace, she and her sister’s family would vacation at their cabin at Trinity Lake where she enjoyed spending time with her children, niece Stephanie, and nephew Scott.
Jo was a member of the American Contract Bridge league. She was a gifted player and fierce competitor, achieving the rank of Diamond Life Master. It was at a bridge tournament she met the love of her life and best friend, Doug Fritz. They married at the Isis Oasis in 1987 and together they traveled and made homes in Pacific Grove, Calif.; New York City; Seattle, Wash.; and Tucson. She is remembered in the small and memorable moments she created with Doug, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her well-loved pets, which include blasting Neil Diamond while getting housework done, offering clever stories and poignant antidotes as guidance for navigating life, smiling and watching kids and pets in the pool, and sharing a laugh together over episodes of Big Bang Theory.
She is survived by her husband Doug of SaddleBrooke, her daughter Mollie Holmgren of Hydesville, Calif., her son Jerry Wallace and wife Michele of North Plains, Ore., her son Christopher Wallace of West Sacramento, Calif., stepson Jonathan Fritz and wife Georgia of Grand Rapids, Mich., six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her family will celebrate her life and scatter her ashes at 12:17 p.m. on July 26, 2023, at Shelter Cove, Calif., a favorite place of her childhood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.
Bruce Leon Davis
Bruce was born to Evelyn Davis and Harold Davis on March 3, 1943, in Aledo, Ill. He passed away July 10, 2022.
Bruce was raised in Milan, Ill., and graduated from Rock Island High School class of 1961. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theoretical economics at the University of Illinois. Bruce served in the Army from 1967-1969 and was stationed in Korea. Bruce went on to earn an MBA from Northwestern. He had a successful career in corporate finance starting at Bell+Howell and finishing at Quintessence.
Bruce met his wife, Marilynn Davis, while in graduate school. They married in 1968. Bruce and Marilynn made their home together in Highland Park, Ill., for 38 years before retiring to SaddleBrooke in Tucson, Ariz., in 2013.
Bruce was interested in personal fitness throughout his life lifting weights, playing handball, and taking long walks along Lake Michigan, through the Chicago Botanic Garden, as well as walking the SaddleBrooke trails. He was a lifelong sports fan and cheered for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls. Bruce loved nonfiction and was an avid reader. He absorbed anything he could read about history or politics. Bruce was a wonderful cook and was known for his pastries, scones, Belgian waffles, and soups. He was a consummate host and enjoyed throwing dinner parties. Bruce was a lifelong aficionado of theater productions. He subscribed to small intimate theaters as well as Steppenwolf and Goodman Theater in Chicago. He purchased a subscription to Arizona Theater Company before closing on his home in SaddleBrooke. Bruce also loved classical music and he was a subscriber of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
Bruce is survived by his devoted wife, Marilynn Davis, his sister Irene Rockhold, of Milan, Ill., three nieces, three nephews, and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Roger Davis.
A celebration of his life was held at The Preserve in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 3, 2022. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Bruce’s home caregivers and the staff at Senior Park Villas. Memorials can be made in Bruce’s name to the Arizona Theater Company.
Sonya (Sonnie) Davis
Sonya (Sonnie) Davis, 83, of SaddleBrooke, Tucson, Ariz., passed away peacefully on July 4, 2022.
Sonnie was born on Dec. 17, 1938, to Alexander and Alice Cohn in Syracuse, N.Y. After Sonnie graduated from Lemoyne College, she went on to work in social services in Washington, D.C.
In 1966, Sonnie married Byron in Syracuse and moved to Maryland. Sonnie and Byron had one child, Pete Davis.
In 1991, Byron and Sonnie retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz., building a home in SaddleBrooke HOA One. Sonnie enjoyed her time playing bridge, golf, and tennis activities, volunteering, cooking and making unique jams and jellies, and entertaining and laughing at happy hour. Sonnie enjoyed reading, Wildcats softball, and going to the opera. She was a patriot, politically active and known for supporting causes she believed in.
Sonnie is survived by her son Pete and his wife Pam, grandsons Evan and Caden, her sister Eunice Balanoff, and her loving dogs, Posh and Muffin, who have been placed in a good home.
Services will be held at on Nov. 5, 2022, at 10 a.m. in SaddleBrooke. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 5421 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-881-8387, or Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 635 W. Rogers Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705, 520-327-6088.
Thomas Edward Aaron
The game of life came to a close for ardent sports fan Thomas Edward Aaron, 80, on June 21, 2022.
Mr. Aaron, of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., completed the final minutes of his life’s contest with his loving wife and three children by his side.
He was born Aug. 30, 1941, in Lansing, Mich., the son of George R. and Emily C. Aaron. He was raised in Okemos, Mich., and graduated Okemos High School, Michigan State University, and did his graduate degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He did further work later at Lake Superior State University.
He met his future wife, Diane, at Michigan State and they were married in the Alumni Chapel on campus. Together they enjoyed going to college football, basketball, and hockey games. He was passionate about Michigan State sports, attending as many sporting events as possible, traveling many years to the Maui Invitational and the Final Four. A highlight for him was Michigan State’s win at the Rose Bowl.
While in graduate school, he taught high school science classes. Following the couple’s return to Michigan to raise their children, he also taught science in Troy, Mich.
After his brief career as a teacher, he was one of the first employees of the Michigan State Lottery, serving as district manager in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He imbued his children with a love of nature and the outdoors, camping and visiting remote areas in the U.P. As a family they enjoyed all the winter sports the U.P. offered, such as skiing, ice skating, and tobogganing.
Mr. Aaron retired in 1997 and he and his wife built a home in SaddleBrooke. He added athletics at the University of Arizona to the sports teams he cheered on.
The former high school athlete and college hockey player played out his final game at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., of complications following a massive heart attack and fall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, G. Russell Aaron. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Diane, and children Kristine Aaron-Jacobi (Thomas) of San Diego, Calif.; Holly L. Aaron (David Peterson) of Kensington, Calif.; and Erik T. Aaron of Mission Viejo, Calif.
His ashes will be scattered in the ocean at his former place on Kauai, Hawaii, in a private family service. Memorials in his name may be made to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Kids’ Closet or to Senior Village of SaddleBrooke.
Richard Edmund O’Neill
Richard Edmund O’Neill, 85, passed peacefully on June 15, 2022, with his wife and members of his family by his side.
Richard was born on April 10, 1937, to Edmund F. O’Neill and Mildred K. O’Neill in Montclair, N.J., where he was raised. He attended Seton Hall Prep School and was a proud graduate of Fairfield University’s class of 1960. Following a long career in sales, Richard was fortunate enough to retire in Arizona where he met his wife, Nikki. They enjoyed a happy nine years together spending time between Tucson, Ariz., and Logan, Utah.
Richard loved travelling, spending time with friends, and tinkering with model airplanes, model boats, and any new-fangled technology. He had a passion for history (especially his Irish heritage) and a curiosity for and appreciation of the natural world. Like his mother, Mildred Brunetto, Richard was a die-hard Yankee fan, and it must be said, despite the consequences, he passed along his life-long loyalty to the NY Jets to his children. He cherished his time with his family especially tailgating at the weekend Jet games. Richard’s life-long friends John Kaiser and Denny McCoy were especially important in his life and considered family to him.
Richard leaves behind his loving wife, Nikki McCollum, his brother Gerald (Jerry) O’Neill (Betsy) of New Jersey, and his stepdaughter Paige Martin (John).
He is survived by his five children, Sean O’Neill (Jennifer Haines), Evan Ann O’Neill (Andrew Baird), Colin O’Neill (Margaret), Kelly O’Neill, Katharine (Katie) Vernon (Jesse), as well as his eight granddaughters, Anne, Eavan, Mairen, Eliza, Isla, Nelle, Aubrey, and Maura.
A Memorial Mass to honor Richard’s life will be held in Tucson on Sept. 3, 2022, at Santa Catalina Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.
Michael James Williams
In loving memory of Michael James Williams who passed away May 24, 2022. Michael (Mike) was born Feb. 8, 1948, to Lorraine and James Williams in San Francisco, Calif. He grew up in the “City” and was a graduate of City College of San Francisco with a business degree. He went on to a career with Dun & Bradstreet and moved to Sacramento, Calif., which eventually took him to Arlington, Texas, where he met his wife, Judy, of 40 years. Ultimately retiring in SaddleBrooke, Ariz., he continued his love and passion for golf, sunshine, and walking his beloved dog, Mindy, each morning.
Mike was one of the easiest people to be around. As one of his friends just said, “He was always ready with a quip or joke and made every day special for everyone around him.” He always made people laugh.
Mike is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Kelly Ortiz (Jeff); son, Brian Williams (Jess); stepson, Michael Burch (Toni); stepdaughter, Michelle Randol (Kirk); grandchildren, Christopher Williams, Justin Williams, Bradley Williams, Connor Randol, and Ashley Gale; along with great-grandchildren, Chandler and Christian Randol.
Mike is loved by all his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
Frank Gene Buck
Frank Gene Buck, 75 of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., passed away on May 8, 2022, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Frank was born on Oct. 31, 1946, to Maurina Parisi in Fresno, Calif. He worked for General Telephone and worked his up the ladder to become a corporate lawyer. Frank retired from GTE at age of 52. Being quite the entrepreneur, he not only owned a gold mine in Nevada and opened a personal legal business, he was also was a contractor in the medical field where he met Linda Gray.
In 2005, Frank and Linda met in Virginia at a training class for electronic medical records. They eventually were on the same project where she was his boss and often, he would tell friends, “She still is my boss.” On this government project they spent 3 months in Alaska, 3 months in Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii. Once the contract ended, they moved in together. When it was finally time for Linda to retire, they moved to the beautiful community of SaddleBrooke.
During 17 wonderful years together, they traveled the world (Aruba, Barcelona, Belize, Cancun, China, Thailand, Cozumel, Okinawa, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Italy, and Germany). Frank’s passion for photography transferred into turning his photographs into digital art.
Frank was predeceased by his mother, Maurina Parisi; sister, Laura Buck; and son, Christopher Buck. He is survived by another son and granddaughter.
He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all who knew him. He is at peace now, joining his mom, sister, son, aunts, and uncles.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Vista United Methodist Church on June 18 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow, hosted by Dan and Gail Bergquist at 65534 E. Rose Ridge Dr. from 1 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Together We Served, www.togetherweserved.com.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship share, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; he set me free.
Richard John Quigg, Sr.
Sadly, Richard J. “Dick” Quigg, Sr. passed away on April 19, 2022, surrounded by family at his home in Oro Valley, Ariz. The cause was prostate cancer.
Dick was known for his good humor, kindness, and generosity of spirit among his many caring friends and family, and he will be missed greatly. He brought his keen intelligence, competitive spirit, and warmth to his favorite activities—bridge, tennis, singing, and bowling—winning bridge tournaments into his 90th year and beating opponents much younger than him on the tennis courts.
Dick lived in SaddleBrooke, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Linda, for the past 25 years until, after a long bout with cancer, Linda passed away in late January, at which point he moved to All Seasons Oro Valley. They shared a happy life in SaddleBrooke together with many friends and activities. They travelled extensively, following a shared passion to engage with the world. Dick was the captain of the SaddleBrooke Tennis team for many years, sang in the SaddleBrooke Singers, bowled as part of a team, played tournament bridge with the Adobe Bridge Club, and was known as the “Godfather” of all the SaddleBrooke Duplicate Bridge Clubs. He became a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League in 2011.
Richard Quigg was born in Bethlehem, Penn., in 1930, the son of John Paul and Frances Quigg. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1948, where he played on the tennis team and developed his passion and skills in the game that led to a lifetime of tournament winnings. He earned a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1952, an M.S. from Lehigh in 1954, a Ph.D. from Case Institute of Technology in 1959, and a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1966. He worked for TRW for many years in Cleveland (where he posed for a full-page ad that ran in nine national magazines in which they cut his hair in the photo), Jetshapes in New Jersey, and Cannon-Muskegon in Muskegon, Mich. At Cannon-Muskegon he became responsible for international activities and began to rack up the frequent flyer miles in earnest. His 1990 Christmas letter states: Was in Japan (twice), Korea, Taiwan, Australia, England, France, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, and Hawaii all in 1990. As a very sociable person, he enjoyed the marketing role.
He is succeeded by sons Richard, Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., and Daniel of Brecksville, Ohio, daughter Laura of New York City, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many loving relationships through marriage, and dog Nacho (now lovingly adopted in Ohio). Despite the distance, Dick and Linda always made the effort—seeing the new babies, attending graduations and weddings, and visiting regularly as part of their yearly trips east (and often two-ways as they trekked off to Europe or other points east)—and big-heartedly hosted groups of his family in Tucson.
In his younger days he coached Little League for his sons’ teams. Forever competitive, he led winning teams, but tried to keep the fun in the game. In one game, when the team led by many runs, he told the players they could play any position they wanted, a memory shared later by one of the weaker players who would always ask Laura, “How is your father?” and with a deep sigh, “He let me pitch…” Clearly a memory he cherished.
Another claim to fame is that in November 1979 Dick was on board an American Airlines flight on which a bomb exploded in the plane’s cargo hold, forcing an emergency landing at Dulles Airport. The bomb was eventually attributed to the Unabomber. Daughter Laura waited for him at National Airport in DC for several hours, with no word (pre-cell phone days) and, when he finally showed up, said “Where were you?”, to which he replied, “Didn’t you hear, there was a bomb on the plane?” Laura forever after learned to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Dick Quigg will be remembered for his keen strategic intellect, his love of dogs, the magazines he carried with him everywhere, and the smile he shared with everyone (even in passport and driver’s license photos).
Jon J. Broers
Jon J. Broers, age 76, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away suddenly at his home on Jan. 16, 2022. Jon was born July 1, 1945.
Jon grew up on a farm north of Mason City, Iowa. He graduated from Mason City Junior College and the University of Iowa, where he studied business. Jon began his career with Sears Roebuck and Company in 1968 and worked for the company for 35 years. He loved Sears, his teammates, and all his positions. He ended his career as National Manager of Licensed Business in Chicago, Ill.
He retired to SaddleBrooke, North of Tucson, Ariz., with his wife, Patricia Larsen Broers. Jon loved the mountains and the weather. Jon and Pat spent their retirement years traveling the world. Jon started a golf group, the FGA, which began with four guys and grew to over 20, and more wanted to play in this no-rules fun group.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Helen Broers. He leaves behind brother Mike Broers of Mason City, Iowa, two daughters, Jennifer Rooney (Chris) and Erin Bernthisel (Chad), and five grandchildren who he adored. Jon lived a wonderful life filled with fun, adventure, and excitement. He enriched the lives of many people through his working days and with the lasting friendships he made along the way. He will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life was held in SaddleBrooke. Donations can be made in his name to Senior Village of SaddleBrooke, PO Box 8584, Tucson, AZ 85738.