In Passing

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Ellen Mandes

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.

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Cari (Carolee) June Block

Cari (Carolee) June Block

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.

Jack Hacking

Jack Hacking

Jack Hacking

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

Jo Fritz

Jo Fritz

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 Leon Davis

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

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

Thomas Edward Aaron

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

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

Michael James Williams

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

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,

I’m Free
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.

Richard John Quigg, Sr.

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

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.