H. James Harre
H. James Harre, age 82 of Buckeye, AZ died October 9, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born October 17, 1934 in Bismar- ck, ND to Reverend Paul Harre and Clara (Erck) Harre. James served in the US Army from February 28, 1955 to February 27, 1957 as a Specialist Private 3rd Class Radar Repairman. He is survived by his wife, Ann Harre; daughter, Becky Kelley and her husband Paul Kelley; and son, Jason Harre. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. The family suggests that donations be made to your favorite charity or church. C on dole n c e s for th e fa m ily m a y b e le ft a t www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Chikako 0. "Chita" Evanko
Chikako 0. "Chita" Evanko passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 25th 2017 in the loving care of the wonderful staff at the Memory Care Home of Chaparral Winds Assisted Living community, Surprise, and Hospice of the Valley. She was born September 15, 1926, to Tokusaku and Naka Karasawa Ohira in Niigata, Ja- pan. Following WWII, she married Andrew J. Evanko of Canton, Ohio and moved there with him and their 2 children in December 1948. Soon after getting settled into her new environment, she initially worked for Canton Laundry. She was later employed by Canton Local Schools for over 27 years and established her- self as a very dedicated, beloved and admired food service worker. She also worked as a server for Mr. Mike's Catering. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, daughter, Mae King, son-in- law, James King, and son-in-law, Kazuki Ishikawa. She is survived by her children: Stanley (Sandy); Dorothy Black; Joseph (Kathy); Andrew Jr. (Mirika); Andrea Ishi- kawa; sister Chiyoko (Earl) Noteware; brother-in-law Stephen (Mary Ann) Evanko; and sister-in-law Agnes Evanko as well as 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchil- dren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed. She will be lovingly remembered in a memorial ser- vice at Estrella Mountain Church, Goodyear, at 1:00PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Her cremains will be interred at Calvary Cemetery, Massilon, Ohio. A burial ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Chita's memory to the Alzheimer's Association.
Alice Mae “Penny“ Etchart
“Penny”, 86 of Litchfield Park, Az, passed away on October 24, 2017. She was born August 24, 1931 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to William and Alice Cur- rie. As a child, Penny (nicknamed for her bright red hair), moved with her fam- ily to Ontario California. It was there that she met her future husband, Ferdinand. In 1960, the couple moved their growing family to Arizona and settled in Litchfield Park. With the support of his wife, Ferdinand established Everkrisp Vegetables (located in Tolleson). Today the company is run by their sons, daughter, grandsons, and granddaughter. Penny was a talented painter of florals and desert landscapes. She showcased her artwork in the ’70’s and 80’s on the walls of the historic Wigwam hotel and sold paintings to guests from around the world. An avid traveler of the world, Penny’s destinations included China and Peru. But her favorite place to visit was London, Eng- land and the surrounding countryside. Penny loved to sing and for years performed as a soloist at her church as well as singing with the west-side chorale group, the CAS-Illons. A naturally happy person, at home Penny was always humming or singing a tune. She loved people and pos- sessed the “gift” of gab. But above everything else, Penny prized family and throughout her life continued to hold dinners in her home to bring together her boisterous clan in joyful gatherings. Penny was preceded in death by her husband, Ferdin- and Jean Etchart. She is survived by daughter Alicia (Sammy) Patterson; sons, Mathieu (Nancy), Martin, Mi- chael (Sue), and Miles (Betsy); grandchildren, Abigail (Andrew) Fraser, Andrew (Sophie) Etchart, Michael Etchart, Samantha Etchart, Katie Etchart, Maggie Etchart, Emilie Etchart, Ginger Patterson, Caleb Patter- son, Malcolm Etchart, and Griffin Etchart; great grand- children Frances Fraser, Theodore Fraser, and Cody Etchart. A funeral Mass will be celebrated November 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 13720 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, Az 86392. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.menkefuneralhome.com. Menke Funeral Home handled arrangements. Grandma, we carry your heart with us - we carry it in our hearts.
Joe L. Silvas
Joe L. Silvas, 59, died October 27, 2017 in Cashion. Survivors include his wife, Martina Silvas; three daughters and two sons; ten grandchildren, eight brothers and 5 sisters. Services will be 10am November 10, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery & Funeral Home, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale. 623.936.1710
Samuel Ochoa, age 57 of Avondale died October 30, 2017 in Phoenix. He was born June 12, 1960 in Jaripo, Michoacan, Mex- ico to Samuel Ochoa and Consuelo Manzo. Samuel is survived by three daughters, Karla, Cindy and Drew Ochoa; a son, Samy Ochoa; mother, Consuelo Manzo; sisters, Imelda, Lulu, Chela, and Paola Ochoa; brothers, Jose, Ignacio, Javier, Rodolfo, Luis, Hugo and Carlos Ochoa and five grandchildren. Services were held November 4, 2017. The family sug- gests that donations be made to St Jude Children’s Re- search Hospital at www.stjude.org. Condolences for the family may be left at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Fu- neral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.
Thea E. Rapp
Age 80, of Sun City West died on Au- gust 23, 2017 after battling lung cancer. Born on March 2, 1937 in Sepel, Ger- many, Thea immigrated to the US in 1963 and met her future husband only a few short days after arriving in the country. She raised her family in Chicago, worked hard all her life and retired to Arizona 20 years ago to es- cape the cold and snow. Thea enjoyed hiking, traveling the world and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Susan and Karen, son-in-law Todd and grandchildren, Alex and Emily and was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years Werner Rapp. Thea, affectionately called Oma, will be deeply missed but her determination, kindness, pa- tience and love has left a lasting impression.
William Henry Mortenson
William Henry Mortenson, 63, passed away at his home in Glendale, on October 26, 2017. Born on April 29, 1954, in Kane, Pennsylvania, Bill was the son of the late Gail Allen Mortenson and Patricia Ann (Fluke) Mortenson Wilcox. Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972, and served as a Top Gun Air Intercept Control Supervisor and a Third Fleet Master Training Specialist. He re- tired in 1992 as an Operations Specialist Senior Chief (AW). Upon retiring from the Navy, Bill worked as a National Bank Examiner for the Department of the Treasury. In 2015 he and his wife retired to Glendale. He is survived by his wife Zenaida (Olaguer) Mortenson; his son William Ryan Mortenson and wife Luna of San Diego, California; his daughter Cynthia Ann Mortenson and spouse Kendra Hinojosa of Tempe; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Nancy Swanson and her companion Larry Moye from West Boylston, Mas- sachusetts. Services were held at Menke Funeral & Cremation Center in Sun City with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014. Condolences and words of comfort may be shared at www.menkefuneral- home.com
Antonio R. Mendoza
Antonio R. Mendoza passed away on October 27, at the age of 89. He was born in Worland, WY, on Oct 3, 1928. Antonio was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, and sister, Eustolia. He is survived by a brother, Jesus Mendoza; sisters, Magdalena Mendoza and Lidia M. Granados; his children, Rosalia Mendoza, Stella Abdulla (Abdulla), Belia Mendoza, José Antonio Mendoza, Patri- cia M. Meinhold (James), Oscar Mendoza (Lirio), Armida Vázquez (Salvador), and Sergio Mendoza (Donna). He was a loving “Tata” to his 16 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren.