Obituaries - March 1, 2017

Francis Ann Diaz

Francis Ann Diaz, 56, of Avondale died Feb. 12, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mrs. Diaz was born May 15, 1960, in Phoenix to Ernest Caro and Patricia Romo.

She worked in bookkeeping and secretarial services and was a cook at Raul and Theresa’s Mexican Restaurant in Avondale.

She is survived by three daughters, Jacqueline Bonome, Angelito Caro and Suzan Diaz; two sons, Patrick Caro and Ysmael Diaz; one sister, Paula Morgan; one brother, Joe Caro; and two grandchildren.

No services are planned.

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Erma Estrada

Erma Estrada, 67, of Avondale died Feb. 24, 2017, in Phoenix.

Ms. Estrada was born Aug. 24, 1949, in Mesa to Jesus and Arcelia Estrada.

She is survived by two daughters, Felicita Dominguez and Reyna Dominguez; three sons, Albeso Galvan, Nathaniel Galvan and Angel Estrada Sr.; three sisters, Constancia Martinez, Eva Martinez and Neomi Jaquez; two brothers, Jose Estrada Sr. and Ismael Estrada; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 11 a.m., with funeral services at noon Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

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Perley B. Hayes

Perley B. Hayes, 84, of Tolleson died Feb. 8, 2017, in Goodyear.

Ms. Hayes was born Jan. 26, 1933, in Peoria to Walter J. Lawrence and Anne B. Lane.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth J. Lewis, Daniel R. Lewis and Ted E. Lewis; one sister, Myrtle Peterson; one brother, Pete Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Betty June Matherly

Betty June Matherly, 86, of Buckeye died Feb. 24, 2017, in Litchfield Park.

Mrs. Matherly was born July 9, 1930, in Brookland, Ark., to Albert and Lola Dirickson.

She worked at Spring City Knitting for more than 30 years before retiring.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gilbert Lee Matherly.

She is survived by her husband, Gilbert B. Matherly; one son, LaVerne Dean; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 10 a.m., with funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, followed by interment at 12:30 p.m. at West Resthaven Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.

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Jack Owen McKnight Jr.

Jack “Cowboy” Owen McKnight Jr., 62, of Avondale died Feb. 16, 2017, in Phoenix.

Mr. McKnight was born July 27, 1954, in Rapid City, S.D., to Jackie Owen McKnight Sr. and Delores Evelyn Napier.

He was a former chaplain for the Sons of the American Legion in Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one son and two daughters.

He is survived by one son, Scott McKnight; and one sister, Julie Marie Bee.

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Lucia Rodriguez

Lucia Rodriguez, 93, of Goodyear died Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Rodriguez was born Dec. 13, 1923, in Phoenix.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fidel Rodriguez Sr.; and one daughter, Sylvia Rodriguez.

She is survived by three daughters, Margie Valencia, Patricia Keeton and Kathleen Rojas; three sons, Fidel Rodriguez Jr., Daniel Rodriguez and David Rodriguez; one sister, Sally Valenzuela; one brother, Carlos Valenzuela Jr.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1606 S. 14th St., Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to the family at 978 Rosehedge Court, Concord, CA 94521.


Donald Charles Westergaard

Donald Charles Westergaard, 87, of Goodyear died Feb. 11, 2017.

Mr. Westergaard was born Oct. 19, 1929, in Viborg, S.D., to Eben and Lillie Westergaard.

He lived in South Dakota, California, Washington and Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Westergaard.

He is survived by two daughters, Diane Jones and Linda Westergaard; one son Greg Westergaard; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for a later date in Viborg, S.D.

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Arden Jay Brower

Arden Jay Brower passed away February 15, 2017 at La Loma Village in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, four children, Cynthia, Michael, Kay and Susan; grandchildren Jessica, Katie, Jake, Blake, Kirsten, Emilia and Spencer, and great grand daughters MacKenzie and Elle.

Arden was born in Volga, South Dakota, July 5,1924. He graduated from Bancroft High School in Bancroft, South Dakota and then attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he attended the University of South Dakota and then Huron College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. Following graduation he taught and coached basketball at Willow Lake High School. He then moved to Washington, D.C. and became an F.B.I. agent assigned to offices in New Jersey and Ohio. Arden returned to South Dakota and began his entrepreneurial business career. He owned office equipment stores in Mitchell, Madison, Huron, Brookings, and Sioux Falls and was a board member of the Commercial Bank. He was active in the Mitchell community serving on the following boards: Dakota Wesleyan University, St. Joseph Hospital, Salvation Army, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Arden and Pat retired in Arizona where they lived in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Pebble Creek.

Arden was a loving and devoted husband to Pat for 51 years and was a caring and supportive father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was known to his friends as a kind and true gentlemen. Arden was a man of faith and lived his Christian life through his words and deeds. We are all proud of him, will love him always, and miss him greatly.

Services will be conducted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on March 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice in Arden’s memory.

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