Obituaries: May 10, 2017

Guadalupe Chayrez

Guadalupe Chayrez, 78, of Avondale died May 3, 2017, in Glendale.

Mrs. Chayrez was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Glendale to Theodore and Jesusita Lopez.

She attended Pendergast Elementary School in Phoenix.

She worked for the Department of Agriculture as a cotton classifier.

She married Henry Chayrez in June 1956.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Henry Chayrez; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She is survived by two sons, Hank and Sammy; three daughters, Susie, Cathy and Irene; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

Deacon Jim Casico will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85323.


Eileen Theresa Conklin

Eileen Theresa Conklin, 76, of Goodyear died May 6, 2017, after a long illness.

Mrs. Conklin was born in 1940 in the Bronx, N.Y., to John and Josephine Dunn.

She attended Brewster High School.

She married John Conklin on Aug. 10, 1959, in Elkton, Md.

She worked as a dental office manager in New York and Connecticut until she retired and moved to Goodyear, where she worked as a hostess at the Cracker Barrel restaurant.

She was preceded in death by one grandson.

She is survived by her husband, John Conklin; four sons, Jeff Conklin, Colin Conklin, Chris Conklin and Justin Conklin; one brother, Robert Dunn; and five grandchildren.

No funeral services will be held.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Raymond Earl Fann

Raymond Earl Fann, 84, of Litchfield Park died May 2, 2017, at La Loma Village in Litchfield Park from cancer.

Mr. Fann was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Jackson County, Mo., to Joseph W. Fann and O. Edith Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Paver Lucy.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Fann of Litchfield Park; a former wife, Linda L. Lynch Sager of Sieverville, Tenn.; one daughter, Rae Lynn Reddick of Independence, Mo.; one son, Raymond Earl Fann Jr. of Belton, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Sharon Lindenlaub of Litchfield Park, Lisa Goodman of Rochester, Ind., and LeAnn McDonald of Windermere, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Ritter and Sandi Hopkins Mahler; one brother, Bruce Fann; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at La Loma Village.


Filiberto Figueroa Felix II

Filiberto Figueroa Felix II, 76, of Tolleson died May 6, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Felix was born July 14, 1940, in Phoenix to Filiberto Felix Arce and Pascuala Figueroa Moreno.

He is survived by two sons, Filiberto Felix III and Miguel Felix; three brothers, Tom Felix, Luis Felix and Tony Felix; four sisters, Lupe Felix, Molly Felix, Carmen Cortez and Martha Garcia; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with a chapel service at 10 a.m. Friday, both at Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, 9155 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, with interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

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Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Garza

Ignacio “Nacho” Garza, 73, of Peoria and formerly of Buckeye died May 1, 2017, in Peoria.

Mr. Garza was born May 10, 1943, in Buckeye to Cayetano and Angelita Garza.

He attended Buckeye Union High School.

He served as a member of the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of master sergeant.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Stephanie Garza; and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Garza of Peoria; two sons, Peter Garza of Surprise and Joseph Garza of Surprise; six sisters, Gloria Tocker of Glendale, Angie Minard of Glendale, Ida Taylor of Orange Park, Fla., Mary Leyva of Phoenix, Lisa Lerma of Buckeye, and Ellen Trujillo of Litchfield Park; one brother, Ruben Garza of Glendale; and four grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 2 p.m., followed by funeral services at 4 p.m. today at Best Funeral Services, 501 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix.

The Rev. Mike Owsley will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Jean Garza, 7232 W. Brown St., Peoria, AZ 85345.


Patricia H. Harkin

Patricia H. Harkin, 72, of Goodyear died April 22, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Harkin was born Jan. 22, 1945, in San Francisco and grew up in Fullerton, Calif.

She gradated from American Airlines Stewardess College in Dallas-Fort Worth.

She worked as a stewardess and station manager for Wings West and American Eagle at Yuma International Airport and station manager at John Wayne Airport in Orange, Calif. She ended her career as station manager, then supervisor of 250 flight attendants at Los Angeles International Airport.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Harkin of Goodyear; one son, Christopher Bedinger of Yuma; one daughter, Julie Rogers of Goodyear; two brothers, Charles Pease of Sterling, Va., and Howard Pease of Corona, Calif.; one sister, Dorothy Warner of Yuma; and one grandson.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Yuma, 4050 S. Avenue 4½ E. Yuma, AZ 85365 or

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Gary Molczyk

Gary Molczyk, 57, of Buckeye died May 2, 2017.

Mr. Molczyk was born Dec. 3, 1959, in Phoenix to Andrew and Colleen Dunning Molczyk.

As a young man, he worked for a newspaper delivery service and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

He graduated with honors from Agua Fria High School in Avondale.

He earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and engineering and mechanical engineering and technology in 1981 from Northern Arizona University’s College of Engineering and Technology in Flagstaff.

During a 35-year career, he worked as an independent contractor and consultant to aerospace corporations, with expertise in developing algorithms from weight management to flight control and simulation for missiles, spacecraft and aircraft.

He is survived by his mother, Colleen Molczyk; one sister, Paula Hepworth; and one brother, Robert Molczyk.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, 1001 N. Central Ave., Avondale, followed by interment at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye.

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Ronald K. ‘Ron’ Simonsgaard

Ronald K. ‘Ron’ Simonsgaard, 78, of Litchfield Park died April 11, 2017.

Mr. Simonsgaard was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Belgrade, Minn., to Henry Christian and Ardella Paulson Simonsgaard.

He graduated from the Minnesota School of Business.

He was a member of the U.S. Navy for four years and served on the USS Pickaway APA 222.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he met and married Susy Simmons.

They moved to Phoenix in 1966 and he worked in sales, with positions at Xerox Corp. and Grubb and Ellis Commercial Real Estate.

He retired in 1998 and they moved to Litchfield Park.

He served on the board of Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Susy; two sons, Craig and Scott; one sister, Karen Green; two brothers, Paul and Steve Simonsgaard; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. May 15 at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

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