In memoriam: Funeral notices, May 1, 2022 – Arizona Daily Star

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Barker, Ronald
Ronald Lee “Ron” Barker, 88, of Oro Valley, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. He is now in Heaven with his Lord Jesus Christ. Ron was born December 24, 1933, in Lansing, Michigan, the eldest of three boys born to Donald Hyatt Barker and Eileen Elizabeth McCollor. He graduated from Michigan State University and received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1956. He received an MBA from the University of Alabama. He was a decorated Air Force veteran who served his country for 30 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, achieving the rank of Colonel. He and his wife of 67 years, Mary, traveled the world with assignments to Japan, England, Germany and their favorite assignment, Hawaii. Along the way, they raised four children, Amy, Steven, Brenda, and Timothy.
Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who will be remembered for his love of family, music, and his wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Amy and Brenda; his son, Steven (Jane); and daughter-in-law, Lori Barker. Also surviving are grandchildren, James Puryear (Raynna), Jonathan Barker, David Barker (Laura), Michael Miller (Kirby), Matthew Miller (Lauren), Mason Miller (Rachael), Melissa Chapman (Brannen), Jazmine Rosenhall (Ean), and Dylan and Brody Stronks and great-grandchildren, Edward, Violet, Grayson, Kyler, Copper, Chapel, Maddox, London, Quinn, Rowan, Olive and Luke, due to arrive in September. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Madeline), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jerry and his son, Timothy.
Ron will be buried with full military honors at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Arrangements by Evergreen Mortuary.
Borquez, Frank A.
Frank A. Borquez, 53, unexpectedly earned his wings on April 24, 2022. He was born on January 11, 1969 in Tucson, Arizona. He is survived by his father, Frank U. Borquez; girlfriend, Joy Black; daughters, Maricela Catalan (Isaiah) and Nikkie Borquez (Dom); sons, Frank “Gordo” Borquez (Jami), Fernando Borquez, Alex Borquez; stepsons, Josh, Jeff, Andrew and Brady Black; grandchildren, Lariyanna, Alisyanna, Eliyanna, Alicia and Aubrey; brothers, Robert Borquez (Liz) and Martin Anaya (Adelina); sister, Frances Anaya; He is preceded in death by his mother, Guadalupe A. Borquez. Frank was a loving and caring father, grandfather, boyfriend, son, brother & friend to many. He was a dedicated employee to Merit foods where he spent the last 11 years as a CDL truck driver. He was also an active member of the baseball & softball community. He played a big role in teaching kids the game of baseball & softball. For 20+ years he spent his spare time coaching at American little league, Sunnyside little league, ASA softball & Pueblo high school. Aside from coaching he enjoyed playing slowpitch softball and golfing with family & friends. Most weekends he loved to hangout in the backyard making carne asada & drinking his tall boy of Budweiser michelada with all his family. His kids & grandkids were his world and he always made sure they were well taken care of. He was a huge Dodgers, Lakers, Rams & Arizona Wildcats fan. Frank definitely left his positive impact on lots of people and now we ask for you all to help us keep his memory alive. We love you dad, and we will always carry you in our hearts. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 5th at Martinez Funeral Chapels-Tucson from 5pm-9pm with a Rosary at 7pm. Mass will be held Friday, May 6th at St. Augustine Cathedral at 10am with a burial to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery.
Brown (Heverly) , Katharine Jean Dillas
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Katharine Brown passed away peacefully on April 24, 2022.
A native Arizonan, Kathy was born on December 20, 1932 in Bisbee, AZ and soon after moved to Tucson. In 1952 she married her grade school sweetheart, Eddie Brown. After graduating from the UofA, she spent decades as an elementary school teacher with TUSD, first at Erickson Elementary and later retiring from Soleng Tom. She brought joy to countless numbers of students over the years teaching, playing the piano and dressing up for holidays. Katharine was grateful for devoted family and treasured friends.
Kathy is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward L. Brown, who died in 1988. Kathy never got over Ed’s passing but was forever thankful for the wonderful life they built together. Her unyieldingly positive disposition and generosity was felt by all who knew her. She is survived by her treasured family. Children: Edward Brown (Joelyn), Daniel Brown (Ann), Michael Brown (Gloria) and Rebecca Eisenberg (Mitchell). Grandchildren: Luke Brown (Amber), Evyn Davalos (Jandro), Danica Brown (Caleb Olson), Edward Brown, Alyssa Koubratoff (Bobby) and Lindsey Eisenberg. Great-grandchildren: Renee, Caleb, Jack, Cora and Noelle Brown, Boe and Hux Davalos. Preceded in death by brother-in-law Bill Belton. Also survived by her sister Barbara Belton and family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Arizona Homestead for their loving care of Kathy over the last few months of her life. Kathy’s wishes were for a private family burial service. Remembrances, if desired, can be made to The Haven 1107 E Adelaide Dr, Tucson or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Oasis Cremation.
CONATY, Patrick
72, of Tucson, Arizona died April 24, 2022. Born on September 27, 1949, in New Haven, Connecticut, Pat was raised in nearby Hamden, where his lifelong passion for the game of baseball began on the Little League field. After 16 years in Boston, where he met and married the love of his life, Viola, Pat relocated to Tucson in 1983. With nearly two decades of pioneering experience in computer programming, Pat accepted a position with Pima County in 1989, ultimately rising to the role of Manager of Financial Systems. A dedicated and vital employee, Pat enjoyed a variety of pursuits outside of work, including an abiding love for classic film, an extensive collection of music and literature, and a deep involvement in local and national politics. Ultimately, Pat’s devotion to family was the most important thing in his life. Forced to retire prematurely, Pat faced a variety of debilitating health conditions with courage, strength, and good humor, earning him the title of “Warrior” from those who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Viola, and his son, Matthew of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as his brother, Jack of Tucson, and sisters Jean and Helen of Kennebunkport, Maine. Pat was an inspiration to all who knew him. Church service will be held on May 4th at St. Augustine’s Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. Internment will directly follow the church service at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Pat’s name to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Arrangements by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel.
Coyner, Marc & Kim
Marc and Kimberly Coyner died two days apart after a car accident on 1/15/22 in Cancun. Their marriage was like a fairy tale. They met in high school and attended the U of AZ. Marc fell in love with Kim in college; Kim was focused on becoming a veterinarian. She graduated, studied veterinary medicine at Colorado State and completed a dermatology residency at U of GA. Marc became a teacher. He taught in AZ, NV and WA, completed a Master’s degree and several endorsements. In 2002, Kim pursued her prince, they eloped to Kauai in 2003. In 2013 they moved to their home in Olympia. Kim ran her practice, contributed to journals and wrote a book. Marc wrote grants, co-led clubs, and yearbook. They loved their home, animals, traveling, kayaking and watching football. They are survived by Marc’s father and stepmother, Michael and Susan Fryd; his sisters, Lisa Magee (Dan), Rachel Fryd, Hallie Fryd; his aunt and uncle, Lenore and Stewart Grabel; his uncle, Doug Coyner (Melody); Kim’s aunt, Sharon Hopkins; her brother, Steven Fegan (Linda); her niece, Beth Cullop (Jordan) and her cousin, James Kanyur (Trisha). Marc’s mother and stepfather, Judith and Thomas Coyner, predeceased him; Kim’s mother, Gwendolyn Lower and her sister, Deborah Moore predeceased her. A memorial to celebrate their lives will be on 6/5/22, 11:30-2:30, Lacey Community Center, 9729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Arrangements: Breton Funeraria, Cancun, Mexico.
Emich, Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann Emich, née Ganey, Jul. 31, 1926 – Apr. 15, 2022, died in the presence of family. Barb, almost 96, lived a remarkable life. Preceded in death by her loving, dedicated husband, Fred F. Emich Jr., and her youngest son, Thomas G. Emich (Jeri)—who died unexpectedly Aug. 8, 2020. Barb and Fred were married 61+ years.
Adored and loved by her family and friends, Barbara is survived by their children: Fred F. Emich III (Carol), Daniel T. Emich (Mary Jane), Ann Emich Black (Bruce Matherly), and Mary Emich Glynn; 11 grandchildren: Fred F. Emich IV (Lex), Matthew T. Emich (Danielle), Elena M. Perlman (Scott), Kelly E. Lambert (Brian), Thomas P. Emich (Markleigh), Jacob D. Black, Lissa Glynn, Zachary C. Black (Amanda), Hunter C. Black, Colton J. Emich, and Grace K. Emich; 8 great grandchildren: Jacob, Natalie, Pace, Lively, Ella, Henry, Fred V and Charlie Jo. Everyone that met Barb wanted her to be their mom too!
Barb was a devoted wife, extraordinary mom, avid golfer/tennis player, voracious reader, dedicated community volunteer, devout Catholic, astute bargain finder, brilliant shopper, fine-art appraiser & devotee, classy dresser, world traveler, creative artist, keen equestrian, appreciator of Western art, poker & bridge aficionada, strong supporter of St. Anne’s Convent, and steady matriarch of the Emich clan.
Barb’s Jazzy New Orleans-style Celebration of Life: noon, Wed., May 4, 2022, St. Pious X Catholic Church, 1800 N Camino Pío Décimo, Tucson 520-885-3573. In lieu of flowers, please donate to: St. Anne’s Chapel, 3820 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85750. Arrangements by Adair Dodge Chapel.
Fleischman, Arliethia Joan
Arliethia Joan (“Lee”) Fleischman, 93, died peacefully on April 10, 2022. Born in Toledo, OH, she lived through the Great Depression and World War II, and was one of only a handful of women in her HS graduating class to go to college.
Blessed with a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice, she sang in numerous solo and choral productions in HS and college. Lee graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and taught English (and sometimes music, science, and phys ed) at the junior and senior high levels for 30 years in Toledo. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma education honorary, and served a term as president of the Toledo chapter.
She enjoyed 31 years of marriage to first husband Jack until his death in 1983. She married her second husband Bill in 1989, and they moved to Tucson in 1992, where she became a much relied-upon grandparent. She was an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, especially its 50-Plus Club, and sang in the church choir.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Joanna (Kurdys) Konwin; her brother, Donald Konwin; her first husband, John (“Jack”) Fleischman; her second husband William (“Bill”) Clemens; and stepchildren, Kitty and Jack. She is survived by daughter, Lynn Fleischman; grandson, Ian Sanders; sister-in-law, Phyllis Konwin; nephew, Ken and nieces, Karen, Kris, Kim and Kathy and their families; numerous cousins; and stepson, Bill (Barb) and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by friends and family alike. Special thanks to the staff of Famiglia Amore for their care over the last 16 months, and Agape Hospice.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 5, 10:30 am, at St Elizabeth Ann Seton, 8650 N Shannon Rd, Tucson. Cremation by Adair Avalon.
Frear, Aldona (Donna)
Our beloved Mother passed away at age 93
in San Diego, CA, April 21, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale and son, Larry.
Dale and Donna were married in Waukegan, IL in 1950. Shortly thereafter they moved to Tucson and were active in Shamrock Dairy functions, Flowing Wells Schools, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Donna moved to San Diego
and lived with her daughter, Nancy.
Donna is survived by her 3 daughters in San Diego,
Donna Bott, Linda Luken, and Nancy Owens;
9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Mom/Gma will be greatly missed!
Arrangements by Clairemont Mortuary.
FREESTONE, Charles Robert
Beloved Husband, Father,
Charles Freestone age 90 passed away on April 22, 2022 in Tucson, AZ. He was born on April 21, 1932 in Chippewa Falls, WI to Chester C. and Ruth (Christenson) Freestone and grew up in Chicago, IL.
He married Sharon Evans in Clinton, IL. On June 20, 1959.
Predeceased by his parents, wife Sharon and daughter Lisa.
Survived by his son, Scott of Tucson; granddaughter, Kim of Japan; grandson, Jay T. of California; sister, Deanna Schlink of Crown Point, IN; nieces, Sue (David) O’Drobinak and her family and Karen (Doug) Green.
Charles graduated from Parker High School and attended Wilson Community College before enlisting in the Air Force. While a member of the 496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Landstuhl, Germany he served as photo editor of the European Air Force Magazine.
He attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA and the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI.
He began his journalism career as photographer for Tilton Publications, a group of weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in Northern Illinois. While there he won numerous state and national awards and served as president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, Society of Professional Journalists and the Illinois Press Photographers Association.
Moving to Denver, CO, he worked for Cowles Publications (Minneapolis Star and Tribune Co.) a group of eighteen weekly suburban Sentinel Newspapers as head of the photo Department. While there he served as president of the Colorado Press Photographers Association, was a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, initiated with Rich Clarkson a photographer exchange program between the Topeka Capitol-Journal and the Sentinel Newspapers, and hosted the National NPPA convention in Vail Colorado.At the Seattle Post Intelligencer he served as assistant managing editor and worked with other editors in redesigning the newspaper.
He took a position with the Arizona Daily Star as assistant managing editor where he worked until retirement in 1991. While there, he served as President of the National Press Photographers Foundation, was one of the organizers with C. Thomas Hardin, Louisville Courier Journal, of the Nikon $15,000. Sabbatical for outstanding news and magazine photographers and was one of three judges for that contest for seven years. He also worked with the Center for Creative Photography to bring in leading photojournalists for lectures. He was awarded the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship in 1988 and his third president’s medal. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
GLANZ, James Courtney
1952 – 2021
James Glanz, “Jim,” sadly, passed away from Covid-19 on December 1, 2021, at St Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, after giving the coronavirus a really good fight. He was born on May 26, 1952, in Crookston, Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his father, Edward J. Glanz and his mother, Lois A. Huffman. Jim’s early childhood was on a farm in Crookston prior to his family moving to Tucson, where his father was stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB. Jim attended school in Tucson and graduated from Rincon High School where he played football. After graduation he enlisted in the Army and served his country proudly as an Operating Room Technician.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Jim returned to Tucson and started a carpet cleaning business. He was in the carpet cleaning business for four decades. His business known as “Famous Carpet Cleaning,” will still be operating moving forward as this is what Jim would have wanted. He loved serving customers all over Tucson and the Southern Arizona area. Jim was known for being extremely responsive and doing an amazing five-star job.
Jim was very humble, giving, and generous. He touched many people and lifted them up with his gifts. His Facebook page read, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop) It is our pledge here at Famous Carpet Cleaning to make what changes we are able to make now and let the ‘giving spirit’ spread, infinitely touching the lives of people we may never meet, across boundaries we may never cross and in ways we may never imagine. That is the power of giving and our ticket to changing the world.
Jim loved his family and friends and he spent as much time as he could with them. It was very common to see Jim out and about at El Molinito with his beloved wife, Christine, and his beautiful daughters, Courtney and Missy. He had a very quick wit and a lot of charm. Jim also had a very competitive nature, a love of golf and football, and an incredible work ethic. As his sister Nancy said, “he gave us a lifetime of laughter and kindness to remember him and a reason to miss him so much.”
Jim was always ready to pitch in and help. He volunteered at Angels on the Border and an untold number of hours teaching others and helping them start their own businesses as well as anything else he could do to help them, anyone, anytime.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Christine Glanz (Computers Etc); son, James Ferguson and his wife, Kate (Las Vegas); daughters, Courtney Glanz and Melissa Glanz (Tucson); stepson and stepdaughter, Alan Bayze and Kimberly Bayze (Tucson); brother, Ed Glanz and his wife, Kitty (St. David); sisters, Nancy Glanz (Tucson) and Ruth Weaver and her husband, Bob (Las Vegas). Jim is also survived by four grandchildren.
A memorial plaque will be made and hung at Fred Enke Golf Course in honor of Jim and his love for golf. We will be having a celebration of life event on May 21, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at El Molinito Restaurant on Pantano and Wrightstown. Please RSVP to Christine Glanz at
Grimes, Gary
Gary Lee Grimes
Gary Grimes passed away April 4, 2022 at Peppi’s House. Gary lost his battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born January 25, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio to Gale and Virginia Grimes. His father Gale passed away from tuberculosis when he was 2. His mother moved the to Tucson when he was 7 where he attended All Saints Grade School. His mother remarried an Air Force officer and he loved living at Davis Monthan. While living on base he got a job resetting pins at the base bowling alley. Gary attended New Mexico Military for High School and enjoyed his time there. As a young teen he achieved Eagle Scout status. While attending the U of A he started working in the mailroom at Southern Arizona Bank., which then merged with First National and in 1979 was named Vice President and Manager. First National became First Interstate and then Wells Fargo and after 40 years he retired. He was a loaned executive to United Way. His memberships included Rincon Rotary and Eastside Optimist. He served as chairman on the board for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. After retiring he volunteered with the PGA and LPGA tournaments. For 5 years he volunteered with Teach for Friendship traveling to China to teach English. Gary was a member of 49er Country Club where he played golf for over 40 years. He enjoyed bowling, water and snow skiing, golf, Vegas, Laughlin and his daily crossword puzzles. He was a longtime member of the Arizona Sudsippers and pool playing society. Preceded in death by his parents, son Michael and daughter Michelle. Survived by his wife Stephanie, grandchildren Lauren, Brandon, Mariah and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by family Mark and Nancy Hager and Rob and Pam Lawson. He was a longtime supporter of U of A sports along with the Tailgater Special Friends. A special thanks to the angels at Swift Senior Care and Peppi’s Hospice. His life will be celebrated May 14 with a Mass, 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 300 N Tanque Verde Loop. A reception will follow at 11:30 at the Mountain Oyster Club, 6400 E El Dorado Circle. Arrangements by Neptune Society.
Hirsh, Marsha
Marsha passed away April 27, 2022, Marsha Hope Solomon was born in Seattle, Washington to Hattie and Joseph Solomon. Her middle name was given as a sentiment of optimism, a ray of “hope,” through the depression era. Her childhood circumstances were sometimes difficult, but she was always showered in love by her older brothers, Orley and Paul. In turn, she became a fountain of love for others throughout her life. Marsha attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she met her husband Sidney Hirsh. They married and moved to Tucson, and Sid joined in the family business, Hirsh’s Shoes. Meanwhile, Marsha focused on raising three children in the most loving way. She was actively involved in school, scouts and supporting her family. Her home was always filled with food and laughter, opening her door to a growing community of family and friends, a hospitality queen.
When her children left home in the 1980’s, she had more time to develop her interests including art, literature, continuing education, and becoming an entrepreneur. She opened a specialty children’s clothing store—Grandma’s Treasures—with her good friend and neighbor Marian. Many customers became life-long friends.
Marsha was highly creative and appreciated art, beauty and the wonders of nature. With her sister-in-law, Joan she hosted a community “Art Scene”, setting up tours and talks at various local art studios. Marsha’s greatest passion was painting. She studied with her beloved art teacher Cynthia and maintained involvement with an art community throughout the years. Her colorful and fanciful watercolors have delighted her many friends and family.
Last year after Sid’s passing, Marsha moved to Pacific Grove, CA to be near her daughter and family. She soaked up the surrounding coastal beauty. She joined a writing class, and found a love of memoir and storytelling. With her sweet smile and loving presence, she was adored by everyone, everywhere.
Marsha is preceded in death by her daughter Leslie, and her husband of 68 years Sidney. She is survived by son Alan (Sally), daughter Jennifer (Ed), son-in-law John, grandchildren Michael, Joey, Ariana, Austin, great grandson Ryder, sister- and brother-in-laws, dearest cousins, nieces, nephews and all her “darling hearts.”
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at 10AM at the Evergreen Mortuary Chapel, 3015 N Oracle Rd in Tucson.
Knawa, Robert L.
It is with great sadness that we announce Robert (Rob) Knawa’s passing on April 19, 2022. Rob was born on January 6, 1935 in Chicago, IL and traveled the country in the pursuit of his career in the nuclear industry. He finally settled in Oro Valley, AZ with his loving wife, Adine. While living in Oro Valley, he was active in the local Corvette club and provided assistance to Oro Valley residents through the Oro Valley Police volunteer patrol program (CVAP). In addition to his wife, Adine, he is survived by his three children: Deborah (Mark) of Boise, ID, Lee (Dolly) of Olympia, WA, and David (Shellie) of Tucson, AZ, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Patricia. Arrangements and burial have been handled with care and kindness by Accent Funeral Home in Meridian, ID. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Hundred Club (, an organization that aids families of officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty.
KROHN, Patricia
Patricia J. Krohn entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday March 19, 2022 at the age of 91, after suffering complications due to COVID. Pat was a member of The Authors and Writers Group and published two books. She loved writing and gardening. She is survived by her beloved husband Darrell, daughter Meg Eckert (Shawn) and son James P. Connell (Beth), multiple grandchildren, along with her sister Corrine Brooks (Tom), brother Everett Kelley, and nieces and nephews. Service will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 10:00am At Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Arrangements by Green Valley Mortuary.
McFate, Philip
Phil passed away peacefully on April 20, 2022 at the age of 80. Born in Oil City, PA, but moved to Binghamton, NY which he considered his hometown. No job was too small for Phil, whether it was driving a beer truck, or working at the local zoo, he knew the value of a job well done. Marrying his sweetheart, Marge, they moved to Boston where they would meet lifelong travel partners Irene and Roger. Traveling the world together, no trip was complete without a round of golf. Phil took a chance and a transfer with IBM landing the family in Tucson in 1977, and they have thanked him everyday since. 44 years with IBM and 5 years as an Executive with United Way, Phil made the most of his professional career, whether guiding a work force or president of a board, he was a man of integrity, honesty, and compassion. A true family man, he made sure his weekends were spent with those he loved. Whether it was trips to San Diego and Rocky Point, coaching his kids at Ft. Lowell Soccer Club and Kachina Bobby Sox, helping his grandchildren at Sabino Canyon Little League and Fruchthendler Track Team, or flipping burgers for the Sabino High School Men’s Soccer program, Phil was forever present not ever wanting to miss a game, match, or performance. After retirement Phil and Marge made Flagstaff their second home. Getting involved with the community, Phil would run deliveries for the Assistance League, golf with the Men’s League, and sit on the Wyndhem and Continental Board of Trustees. A Babson man, a Wildcat fan, with NY Giant and Yankee blue in his veins, Phil was a racketball player, avid golfer, and a two time Hole-in-One recipient. Family, faith, friendship, and his Irish wit and wisdom were his driving force in life. Phil will forever be loved and cherished by all who knew him. Proceeded in death by parents Mary and Clifford McFate and grandson Jacob Philip McFate. Phil is survived by his loving bride of 59 years, Marge McFate. His children Kimmie (Eric) Spitzer and *Michael (Kim) McFate. Grandchildren Shawn, Erin, Ryan Spitzer and Sophia McFate. Sister Mary Jayne McFate Gooch. Nephew Craig (Michelle) Bowen, Nieces Tina Kochel, Toni (Jon) Mills, Teresa Chilletti and many more family and friends. Funeral arrangements made by Bring Funeral Home. A celebration of Phil’s life is being planned for a later date. *Michael McFate unexpectedly passed away 3 days after his father.
Milks, Roy F.
passed away peacefully on April 22, 2022, at his home near Tucson, with his wife and children present. Roy was born in Midland, Michigan, on October 31, 1921 the third of four children of Alfred and Sarah Milks.
Roy grew up in Midland enjoying the fly-fishing, hunting and camping opportunities in the area. He joined the US Army in 1942 and served in the 920th field artillery battalion participating in the Allied advance in France and Germany, associated with the Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, World War II. He received a commendation and a bronze star for his service.
After the war Roy attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Geology in 1948. He then began a lifelong career with Mobil Oil company.
Roy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irma Milks, his sister, Frances Ahlich, his daughter, Deborah Milks, his son, Stephen Milks, and stepdaughters Laura Steder-Myers of San Diego and Linda Maholland of Oro Valley. He was predeceased by his sister, Pat Beutel, and his brother Warren Milks.
A memorial service will be held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley on May 7 at 1pm. Roy requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in support of the outreach ministries of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. First Ave, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 or the Salvation Army. Arrangements by Bring’s Broadway Chapel.
Miller, John Wesley
On April 18, 2022, John Wesley Miller, long-time Tucson resident, prominent home builder and realtor, passed away quietly with beloved family at his side. He was 88 years old.
John was born on September 9, 1933 to Wesley Helm and Helen May (Ricketts) Miller in Webb City, Missouri.
John leaves behind a large immediate and extended family, including his beloved wife, Lorraine Drachman, sister Linda Miller, daughters Katharine Kent (Kevin Krause), Cynthia Sedman, Michele Miller, Julia Miller (Sean Clark), and Krista Miller (Troy Dainty), and sons Wesley Miller, Charles Boxley (Lisa), and Rik Miller (Rhonda). He was preceded in death by daughters Lisa Martin (Ken Martin) and Deborah Miller (James Elder), a toddler son, Troy Matthew Miller, his brother Gregory Miller, as well as granddaughter Ashley Crowell and great-grandson Beau Vincent. He had dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews near and far. Of all his many professional accomplishments and accolades, John knew that friends and family were his greatest legacy.
A public memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at 12:34 pm in the Tucson High Magnet School auditorium, 400 N. 2nd Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s memory to Patronato San Xavier, PO Box 522, Tucson, AZ 85702 (, Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712 (, or Gospel Rescue Mission, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 86714 ( East Lawn Palms Mortuary will handle future interment arrangements.
Jess Hawk Oakenstar noted guitarist, song-writer, and folksinger, lost her two-year fight with cancer on April 27, 2022. She died peacefully at home surrounded by best friend Michele Michaels, her partner Dianne Post, and Kaweah, a fellow singer-songwriter who shared her spiritual rituals. In the last few days of her life, she was serenaded by many of her musical cousins in New Zealand, her best mate in the world Hilary King from New Zealand, and friends and family from the east coast to the west of the U.S.
Jess was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1957. She started on the guitar at 10-years-old and was soon playing with the Dolly Jacks, the first girls guitar group on the local children’s television program. The music never stopped.
After secondary school, she went to South Africa where her mother was from and went to college while waiting tables with a white napkin on her arm, talking snobbishly about wine, and playing music. From there she went to England where she worked in a girls’ school that abutted land where the royalty rode by on their horses and were roundly criticized when they deigned to ignore the local troubled girls. Her brother remembers living with her there and when he arrived, he could not believe it could be the place. They shared a single room on the second floor with no water, no bathroom, no toilet and a fierce dog who would not let them pass if he was out. But England was too cold and rainy so off she went to New Zealand. Her father Peter was a New Zealander and he and her mother Daphne had relocated from Zimbabwe.
In New Zealand she found her musical stride. She was in a traveling revue called “Born to Clean” something for which she was most decidedly not born. She played in the band Red Berylat the Alex with the flaming red-haired Hilary King sliding down a rope from the ceiling for a dramatic entrance. A great lesbian community nurtured the talents of so many and her supportive musical family piled on.
After ten years it was time to spread her Hawk wings further. She worked her passage to the U.S. on a German freighter swabbing the deck most of the time. Again, her brother remembers he and their Mum dropping her off at a dirty remote wharf as she climbed aboard that little boat and sailed off to the USA. The ship arrived on July 4th, the American Independence Day and they could not dock due to the celebrations so they hung out in Hawaii for a day. Then on to San Francisco. Of course, she bought a VW van, the transport of all traveling musicians, for $600 and started on her U.S. journey.
When she contacted the Arizona Women’s Music Festival for a slot, she was told that it was full but she could play in the afternoon open mike. Then the lead band, a six-piece women’s band from Australia, did not get their visas and could not make it. Jess said, “Well it only takes one New Zealander to make up for six Aussies.” Dianne Post, the organizer, thought that was pretty funny, and Jess became the lead performer.
Post then became her agent and booked her around the country and Canada for six years during which she made two albums – “Your Heart Will Show You” and “Leave a Little Light Behind”. Tapes they were then, later converted to CD. From there, she went to Tucson and became the house band for a venue and began to work at the library. Books and music were her two favorite things. In 2005 she became a dual American citizen.
When she returned to Phoenix six years later, she went to work for the Scottsdale Public Library and ended up there for 18 years. Not only did they love her creativity and congenial personality, they loved her music and art that she made for Youth Services. Her last project was a video about an African safari teaching children about the landscape and animals with her as the tour guide in the Arizona desert stalking about in her khakis and bush hat. It was widely praised, and she looked forward to doing more which unfortunately never happened.
At the library she met Kate DeLaPointe, a singer-songwriter with a voice that perfectly complemented Jess’ and they started a duo called Wayward Maggie – and they were wayward. Michele Michaels became their manager and they performed around the valley and state in many folk festivals and venues. They produced an album called “Rare Delights” in 2008 and performed up until April of 2021. Their last work was a series of six live music videos called Start Your Day With a Song, for Scottsdale Senior Services that were posted weekly on Facebook during COVID lockdown time. Google “Start Your day with a song Scottsdale senior services” and all six will pop up.
She is survived by her mother Daphne Davies, her brother Rik Davies and his children, her partner, and a bevy of cousins and friends, former band mates, and musical conspirators and library fairies around the world and her music. She did indeed Leave a Little Light Behind. Arrangements by United Tissue Network.
PETERS, Bernadette (Bernie) C.
October. 24, 1920 – March 31, 2021
A celebration of the life of Bernadette (Bernie) C. Peters will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Sacred Heart Parish, 601 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ. Memorial mass 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with reception in the church hall 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in Bernie’s name to Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson or a charity of your choice.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce the passing of Sharon L. Pettijohn of Tucson, Arizona. Sharon passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, aged 80.
She was born Sharron Lee Blythe in Kansas City, Mo., on May 11, 1941 to Wannetta (Anita) Ellen Alexander and William Jefferson Blythe III.
She married Robert G. Pettijohn, on April 16, 1958, and they remained married for 60 years until Robert’s passing in January 2019. They raised three sons in the Phoenix area before moving to Tucson in 1990.
Sharon was preceded in death by her father, mother and husband, Robert. She is survived by her three sons, Thomas, Michael and Brian; grandson, Kenneth and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation by Vistoso Funeral Home.
Rinehart III, Kenneth Lloyd
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Kenneth Lloyd Rinehart III. Born July 3, 1964 passed October 25, 2021. Survived by his wife Holly, mother Maryln, brothers Ben and Nick, niece Margot and nephews August and Henry. For all those who knew and loved Ken there will be a celebration of life on May 7, 2022 at 2pm at the home of Ken and Holly. Sensible Cremation.
Schlegel, Peter H.
Peter (Pete) Schlegel, 81, of Casas Adobes, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, surrounded by Marynell, his wife of 56 years, two daughters, and son-in-law. He had been a math/science teacher, marketing and sales director, publisher, and political activist in NY, MI, and AZ.
Peter was born in Bronxville, New York, the first son of George Schlegel III of Schlegel Lithography, New York (1849-1957). He graduated from Choate Preparatory School, attended Carnegie Tech and graduated from Wagner College. Peter was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and was known as “the Golden Toe” football kicker for Carnegie. He especially enjoyed competitive skeet and trapshooting and sailing in the TransPacific and Mackinac Island races, along with lacrosse, painting, photography and gardening throughout his adult life.
Peter will be remembered for his quick wit and humor, and his devoted service to his community, serving as a leader or board member for the Pima County Republican Club, Pima County Sports Authority, Metropolitan Water District, Marshall Home for Men, Friends of AZ Lacrosse, and Casas Adobes Village Council.
He is survived by his wife, daughters Laura (Jonathan) Kagle of Seattle, WA, and Susan (Harry) Whitman of Tucson, AZ, and five grandsons, Brad, Jeff and Andrew Kagle, and Joseph and Peter (P.J.) Whitman, as well as his sister Lavinia Schmaling of Bethel, CT.
We will miss Peter’s creativity and generosity. He was always one to give the shirt off his back, and one to engage others with the hope of making them laugh.
Arrangements by Desert Rose Heather/Dignity Memorial and Holy Hope Cemetery.
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