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Obituaries: August 9, 2017

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Rosemary Ann Kosecki 
Rosemary Ann Kosecki born March 15, 1925 in Michigan. Peacefully passed away in her sleep on July 20, 2017 surround by loved ones. She is proceeded in death by her husband Daniel J Kosecki Sr. She was a volunteer for the Tolleson senior center for many years. She also was the baker at Agua Fria High School. She is survived by her sons Daniel Kosecki Jr of Avondale, Larry Kosecki of Michigan, and daughter JoAnn Jordan of Buckeye. She has six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
 
Maria Teresa Wilkerson (Joachim) 
Early morning on July 27th, Maria Teresa Wilkerson (Joachim) left this life while surrounded by her closest family members in Phoenix. Maria is survived by spouse, Douglas Wilkerson; daughter and best friend, Charlotte Joachim-Mora; adoring son, Colby Wilkerson; son-in-law, James Mora and grandson, Gabriel Mora. Surviving siblings; Silvia, Joe, Tulio, Javier Joachim. Sister-in-law, Tara Patti Joachim and Julie Kennedy. Brother-n-law Berto Kennedy. Nieces, Yolanda Bliss, and Claudia, Cassandra, Clare Joachim and Sally Kennedy. Nephews, David Bliss, Corey Kennedy and many loving extended family members. Maria’s life was remembered in a service held on August 4, 2017 at Hillsong Church in Mesa. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements 
are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.
 
Pedro Burnias Jr. 
Pedro Burnias Jr, 46 of Avondale died July 17, 2017 in Phoenix. He was a member of New Life Covenant Church and is survived by his wife Melinda M. Burnias; daughters Amanda M. Silva of Avondale, Jacqueline Burnias of Avondale; sons Ryan Burnias of Dutch Harbor, AK, Marcos Burnias and Isaac Burnias both of Avondale; parents Pedro and Guillermina Burnias both of Avondale; sisters Sylvia Levario and Olga Burnias both of Avondale; brothers Guadalupe Burnias, Jesse Burnias, Juan Jose (J.J.) Burnias, and Robert Burnias all of Avondale; two grandchildren and expecting two great grandchild. Services were held July 28th, 2017 at New Life Covenant Church, Avondale.
 
Dolores B. Misquez 
Dolores B. Misquez, 86, of Avondale, passed away on July 23, 2017. She was born on May 31, 1931, in Litchfield Park to Manuel Burell & Ignacia Sernas. Dolores has lived in Arizona all of her life. Dolores is survived by her 5 daughters Francis Ramos, Gloria Cabrera, Betty Graham, Isabel Enriquez, and Rachel Misquez; 5 sons; Greg, Mario, Albert, Bennie, & Daniel Misquez, 33 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren & 7 great great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral mass were held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Aug 1, 2017. 
Condolences may be left for the family at www.Avenidas FuneralChapel.com
 
Josephine (Van Sant) Roberts
 
Josephine (Van Sant) Roberts, 81, of Chandler passed away suddenly Sunday evening, July 23rd 2017. Josie was a native Arizonan who was born June 20, 1936 in Phoenix to Carolyn Rossiter Van Sant Knight and Paul Montgomery Van Sant. She retired from Arizona Public Service Company as a Customer Service Representative. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack L. Roberts and her son Jack Jr. She is survived by one sister Elena Newman of Buckeye and her daughters Kathleen Hubbell of Chandler, Diane Miller of 
Phoenix, Janet Eshenbaugh and Karen Peck of Buckeye. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grand children and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at College View Baptist Church, Mesa with Dr. Mark Ellington Sr. officiating. Visitation was at Ganley’s Funeral Home, Buckeye.
 
Herbert Quillian Ash 
Herbert Quillian Ash, 98, (March 24, 1919 Pecos, Tx- July 30, 2017 Goodyear, AZ). Born to Mary Hull Quillian Ashe and Thomas Gregory Ashe with siblings (all deceased) Dr. John Lawrence Ashe (Alice Goodlow), Dr. Robert W. Ashe (Helen Critchlow), Howard S. Ashe (Margaret Bailey), Raymond E. Ashe (Mina), and stepbrothers James and Willard Riddle. Survived by his wife of 75 years Rose Mary Sheffler Ash and children Mary Hazel Ash Duell (Albert, dec.), Julie Ann Ash Chipps (Samuel Kaye), Lee Jay Ash (Catherine), and Victoria (Vickey) Rose Ash Fox (Dale, dec.). Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Herb graduated Tempe High School and Arizona State Teacher’s College in Tempe (ASU), married and served in the Navy during WWII as a flight instructor, then PBY pilot in the Black Cat squadron in the Pacific and released as Lieutenant Commander with Distinguished Flying Cross and pursued civilian life in California, then back to Arizona where he retired in Goodyear Aerospace in 1977 as an aeronautical engineer; working on designing radar for many aircraft including SR-71. He was an Eagle Scout, Amateur Radio (HAM) operator K7ARR, played organ and sang in various groups, called square dancing, was a Mason and member of the Christ Presbyterian Church. Always a gentleman, we will miss you, Dad.
 
Vilma Rose Giffoni 
Vilma Rose Giffoni was born on August 1, 1931 to Peter and Agnes Lombardi in Providence, RI. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and went on to marry Saverio “Sam” Giffoni in 1955. Together they traveled on their honeymoon to California to live and 
there they raised four children (Stephen, Susan, Joseph and John). Vilma was a wonderful wife, mother and friend who departed this life on July 31, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, her 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Vilma was an Arizona snowbird, living between Buckeye and Ashland, OR. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and HE praises her: ‘Many woman do noble things but you surpass them all.’ ” Proverbs 31:28-29 Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are through Thompson Funeral Chapel of Goodyear.
 
Nita Jean John (Lewis) 
Our beloved and beautiful mother, NitaJean John (Lewis), 89, of Buckeye passedaway July 29, 2017. Jean was born at theStork Nest in Tucson, December 30, 1927. 
Jean’s parents were Kyle William Lewis &
Melza Johnson. Jean was the first of 5 siblings: Keith Duane Lewis, Doris Dixon, Nor-man Lewis and Neal Lewis. Jean was raised in Tucson andSafford, AZ. She attended Eastern Arizona College and wasthe Student Body Treasurer. She met the love of her lifeDelmar Dee John and they were married in 1948. In 1953 theymoved to Buckeye, AZ and began a farming operation. Theywere married for 60 years when Delmar preceded her indeath in 2008. She was an excellent homemaker, wife,mother and grandmother. She was happiest pending timewith her family especially at the cabin in Williams. She tookexcellent care of her family and looked forward to their visits. Jean is survived by her children: Marvin Dee (Marcia), Kath-ryn (David Osborn–deceased & Terry) Larsen, Beverly (Bill) Probst, Phyllis (Hal) Heiden, Paula (Johnny) Young, 17 grand-children and 47 great grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1002 Eason Ave. in Buckeye. Visitation 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Services at 1:30 p.m.
Internment at Louis B. Hazelton Cemetery on Broadway onemile east of Watson Road. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the AmericanDiabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383. Meldrum FuneralHome handled arrangements 480-834-9255.
 
Mr. Nolan "Ralph" Reed Robertson 
Mr. Nolan "Ralph" Reed Robertson, of Congress, AZ, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the age of 67 after succumbing to brain cancer. Ralph was born to parents Nolan and Ellen Robertson on September 13, 1949 in San Francisco, CA. He grew up as the eldest of 5 children and attended Phoenix Union High School. In 1974, he married Cynthia Broadnax and the couple had 3 children. They initially lived in East Palo Alto, CA where Ralph worked at Lockheed Martin as a data processor. In 1977 they moved to Arizona where during that time, he worked at several companies in various industries. While they moved around quite a bit, the Robertson's lived mostly in Buckeye, AZ. Eventually, Ralph went back to school and in 1997 graduated with his Bachelor degree from DeVry University. After graduating, he worked in the IT department at the Arizona Republic. In 2004, Ralph and Cynthia divorced and in 2007, he remarried Arlena Birdwell. In 2010, he retired from his job at the Arizona Republic and he and Arlena moved to Ridgecrest, CA. Eventually they returned to Arizona in 2013 where he worked as a driver at The Meadows treatment center. Ralph had always been skillful when it came to construction and electrical work. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed taking on various projects around the house as well as listening to his HAM radio. Funeral Services are to take place at Wickenburg Funeral Home on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. located at 187 N Adams Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390.

 

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