Men Obituaries



Joseph Neil Anderson, 80, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on December 13, 2009, at home, surrounded by family and friends. Joe was born in Belmond, Iowa. He lost his mother Rosalie on his 12th birthday. In 1943, the family, father Perry & sister Marilyn, moved to Bena, MN, where his father was a fishing guide. They lived there nearly 4 years, then returned to Belmond, where Joe worked as a plumber's assistant. In 1950 he joined the Navy and served as an engineman and USS Preserver (ARS-8) and USS Mineral County (LST-988) and was discharged October, 1954. He returned home to Kanawha, IA. There he met Virginia Wishek, a music teacher, and was married in 1955. Joe and Virginia moved their family to Phoenix in 1961. From 1961 to 1964 he worked at Camelback High School. From 1964 to 1974 he was a stay-at-home dad and involved with his children in 4 H and other activities involving horses at Harelson Stables. From 1978 to 1985 he worked several security jobs. He retired from Universal Technical Institute in 1988 and enjoyed R. V. traveling through the U.S., boating, fishing, and hunting.  But most of all he loved being surrounded by his family and close friends. Survivors included his wife, Virginia; daughters, Jode King, Ninnette Stickles & Madeline Reagan; sons, Perry, Stewart & Benjamin; and sister, Marilyn Ramm.


Dr. Alfred Cavis Barnes, 86, of Encinitas, CA, passed away on July 28, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. Survivors included his wife, Leona; his daughter, Linda; and son, Alfred III. Born in Portsmouth, VA, Al attended elementary and high schools there. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a Flight Officer and the Korean conflict as a First Lieutenant, where he flew 55 missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters. Al attended Arizona St. Univ., where he completed his BS and MS Degrees. He coached and taught at St. Mary's High School, Phoenix College, North Phoenix High School, and Camelback High School, before completing his doctorate at Indiana University. He worked as a researcher and trainer for Aviation Crash Injury Research in Phoenix and the Arizona State Department of Health, establishing poison control centers throughout Arizona. He retired from teaching at San Diego St. Univ. in 1980 and retired again from Air Research (now AlliedSignal/ Honeywell) in 1989. Al and Leona had been married 62 years. (excerpted/edited from the San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/24/2008)


Ralph Terry Bryan, 91, died April 7, 2014, in Youngtown, AZ, after a long bout with Alzheimer's. He was born near Nashville, TN, to William Wilson Bryan and Eloise Terry, but came to Arizona with his parents at age four. Ralph graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1940. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, reaching the rank of Corporal, and enjoyed being a weather instructor. He married Mary Mae Michael in 1945, while stationed in Madison, WI. After WWII, Ralph was an entrepreneur with his Dad, operating several Service Stations in the Phoenix area and then Bryan Sporting Goods for 5 years. Ralph graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master's in English, and from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a PhD in English. He taught English one year at Camelback High School, and 35 years at Grand Canyon University. During his career he became Head of the English Department, loved teaching Shakespeare, headed a team of ten teachers that taught English as a 2nd language in China, and played the character King Lear in a play at Grand Canyon. He served over the years as a Sunday school teacher, a choir member, and a deacon. Ralph was an outdoorsman, a hunter, and a fisherman, and traveled to many parts of the U.S. and abroad. During their 69 years of marriage Ralph and Mary Mae built two cabins where they spent many summers with family and friends. Survivors included his wife, Mary Mae; and his 4 children: Wayne, Warren, Gary and Terry.


O'Jay Otto Bourgeois, 76, of Phoenix, passed away on August 9, 2009, at his home. Born in Long Beach, California, O'Jay enjoyed his childhood years in Long Beach and Coalinga. He excelled in sports, particularly, football. O'Jay was an All-American quarterback in Junior College in 1956. He was a member of the ASU's undefeated 1957 football team, and in 1958 was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He graduated from ASU in 1959. O'Jay served his country as a U.S. Marine, with a tour in Korea. He had a great love for the ocean and spear fishing. His love of woodworking and gardening provided him with many hours of making beautifully crafted furniture, as well as growing fruit and vegetables for family and friends from his meticulously cared for garden and orchard. His mechanical building skills allowed him to design and build his family home in the Arcadia area in 1966, where he lived until his passing. He touched the lives of many students in the Phoenix area as a physical education teacher at Central High School and Camelback High School. O’Jay coached many high school varsity sports (football, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and tennis) during his teaching career. Survivors included his loving wife, Laraine; three sons: Shon, Darin & Colby; and two sisters: Peri Tooker & Marti Sammon. (excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 8/15/2009)


John Kenneth Campbell, 79, of Phoenix, passed away on January 2, 2010. John was born in Greeley, Colorado and came to Phoenix at the age of five. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School and received his bachelors and masters degrees from Arizona State University. John enjoyed a thirty-five year teaching career at Camelback High School. He was also a very accomplished musician. He played the clarinet and the saxophone and performed in many bands and shows. Survivors included his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Lori Anne; his son, Christopher Todd; his sister, Joanne Moseley; and his brother, David Campbell. No services were held. Remembrances can be made in his name to the Camelback Scholarship Fund 4612 N 28th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014. (excerpted/edited fromThe Arizona Republic, 01/06/2010)


Robert Marshall Churbuck, 75, of Phoenix, died peacefully on July 27, 2004, following a brief illness. Born in New York City on August 17, 1928, he was predeceased by his father Percy Churbuck and his mother Alice. Bob is fondly remembered by many friends. He is known for his love of the Lord, his passion for the truth, his quest for knowledge, and his kindness and consideration for others. Bob taught English at Camelback High School for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1995. Survivors included his loving and devoted wife, Victoria.


Dr. Van D. Clark, 64, of Phoenix, passed away October 27, 1974.  He was head of the Counseling and Guidance Dept of Phoenix Camelback High School.  Dr. Clark came to Phoenix in 1945 after serving in the Air Force in World War II, and had been employed in the Phoenix Union High School District since 1948.  He had articles published in professional journals and made contributions to the field of children’s literature. He was also president of Arizona School Counselors Association, and a member of the National SCA, the Arizona and National Personnel and Guidance Associations, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Sigma fraternities.  Dr. Clark received his early education in his native Deming, NM, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico.  He did post-graduate work at New York University and received his doctoral degree from Arizona State University.  Survivors included his wife, Jeanne; a daughter, Vandi, class of ‘63; a son, Carlton “Perk”, class of ’65; and two sisters, Grace Pratt & Carrie Payton.


Paul Cornett, 75, of Mesa, passed away peacefully Jan 23,2004.  He was born in Central Lake, Michigan, and was a sniper with the 21st Infantry Regiment, the first US Military unit to enter the Korean War. He taught at Camelback High for 28 years and was a varsity baseball coach for several years. He taught and coached in Flint Michigan for a number of years before moving to Arizona. in 1960.  Survivors included his wife, Dorothy; son, Kevin; and daughter


Earl Paul Cotter, 78, of Phoenix, AZ, a retired high school mathematics teacher, died April 23, 2005. Earl, son of William Cotter and Jennie Crawford, grew up on a farm near Montello, Wisconsin. He was the second youngest of nine children. After completing his chores he enjoyed playing sports on the farm which lead to his love for and involvement in sports the rest of his life. He attended Stevens Point Teachers College and majored in mathematics. He met his future wife, Mary (deceased in 1995) while working at the girls dormitory doing maintenance. Earl taught high school math in Wisconsin for 10 years. Earl and Mary moved to Phoenix in 1958 where he taught at Phoenix Union, East, and Camelback High Schools for an additional 31 years. Survivors included sons John, Paul and Richard; daughter, Anne; brothers Gerald, Stewart and Robert; and a sister, Blanche.


Donald Douglas Dalgleish, 80, of Paradise Valley, AZ, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2010, after a full life of family, friends and adventures. John McCullough, class of 1983, fondly remembers that he attended Camelback High School when Douglas Dalgleish was not only one of his teachers, but also his faculty advisor.


George F. Dunn, 79, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on May 12, 2007. George was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the only child of Mary Florence and George Harry Dunn. He was survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis "Luxton" Dunn; his six children, Deborah, Diane, Michael, Mary Ann, Joan and Sally. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, during which he serviced fighter aircraft on the flight line. After the service George earned his undergraduate degree from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, South Dakota and a graduate degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. For many years after moving to Phoenix he worked for the Phoenix Union High School District [Business Education at Camelback High] where he retired as the Director of Vocational Education. George dedicated his life to the business education of young students and to local and national service. Among the many organizations in which he held a position he served as President of the Western Business Education Association, National President of the Future Business Leaders of America and Professional Business Leaders, President of the Administrative Management Society, and President of the Phoenix Personnel Management Association. (Published in The Arizona Republic, 5/15/2007)


Raymond J. Flores, 91 of Phoenix, AZ, passed away April 21, 2013. Born in Claypool, AZ, Ray survived his beloved wife, Leota R. He served in the Army-Air Corp. in WWII, and then continued on to the rank of Naval Commander in the Navy Reserves. An educator, Ray taught at Carver H.S., Camelback H.S., Phx C.C., & Scotts. C.C.. He continued into administration in the PUHS and Issac Districts. He was Co-founding Director of Anytown AZ. He dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights and the advancement of Hispanic rights receiving numerous awards and recognition for his achievements. He served many of his later years as a Board of Director member for the AZ Foundation for the Handicapped. He remained active in many community groups and volunteering. He enjoyed surrounding himself with the many friends whom he had made at the City of Phoenix Devonshire Senior Center Program. Survivors included his 6 children: Deborah Flowers, Rebecca Flowers, Raymond Flowers, Dr. Roderick Flowers, Kathryn, and Gregory Flowers; and 5 siblings.


Russell Eugene Harris, 80, passed away May 16, 2006, in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Magna, Utah, the fifth of nine children. Russell moved with his family to Mesa at the age of 2, graduating from Alma School, and Mesa High School in 1943. He volunteered as a submariner in the U.S. Navy, serving 3 war patrols aboard the U.S.S. Tigrone, and part of the Tigrone crew that rescued 31 American aviators from the Pacific, a record for a single war patrol by a U.S. submarine. Following the war he was employed as a Deputy County Recorder prior to joining the Phoenix Fire Department in 1947. He rose to the rank of Captain, retiring after 13 years. He graduated from ASU in 1960, first becoming a teacher, and then a guidance counselor, in the Phoenix Union High School District. He retired from the District in 1989 after 29 years at Camelback, West, and Central High Schools. Russell was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He most recently served as an ordinance worker at the Mesa Arizona Temple. Russell married Irma Richins on December 19, 1942, and they became the parents of 4 children: Russell Jr. (Julie), Linda Johnson (Richard), Susan Burdick (Russell) and Kenneth (Betsy). He was preceded in death by Irma. Survivors include his wife, Marian; his 4 children; brothers Tom Harris and Bob Harris; sisters Ann McKernan and Pat Barrett; brother-in-law, Duane Richins; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Herbert. (excerpted from The Arizona Republic, 5/19/2006)


James Harvey, 87, died November 3, 2007, at Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona. Jim was born in Boyne City, Michigan, to James and Rose Harvey. In 1948 he moved to Phoenix and later to Tempe, Arizona. He taught English, drama, speech and debate at Camelback High School, in Phoenix, for more than 25 years. Close to his heart was the Interlochen National Music Camp, in Interlochen, Michigan, where he was Director of the Drama Department for many years. In 2003 the Harvey-Henderson Theater was built in his honor. Jim leaves behind his niece, Betty Joyce; and nephew, James Steketee. His request of no funeral or memorial service will be honored. If you wish to remember James Harvey, you may send memorials to Interlochen Arts Camp. For more information contact Betty Joyce, 1011 Hartz Way #104, Danville CA 94526, (925) 314-9612 (excerpted/edited from the East Valley Tribune, 11/11/2007).


Eugene David Hoel, 72, passed away August 5, 2012 in Westcliffe, CO. He was born in Rockford, IL, on March 10, 1940 to Aaron and Margaret Hoel. Gene graduated from Rockford West High School in 1959, and went on to earn his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Arizona State University. He taught at Camelback High School and West High School in Phoenix. He was a world traveler. Survivors included his brother, Gerald, of Westcliffe, CO; He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Betty Leon. Mr. Hoel was laid to rest in Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale AZ.


George Fretz Humphrey, 84, of Phoenix, passed away on January 2, 2007, after a long illness. Born in Milan, N.H., he grew up and was schooled in Vevey, Switzerland, where his father, Elliott "Jack" Humphrey, a geneticist and one of the founders of The Seeing Eye, was developing techniques to train guide dogs for the blind. Living on the shores of Lake Geneva, and surrounded by German Shepherds, young George developed a lifelong love for nature and animals. In 1933, a branch of The Seeing Eye was established in Morristown, N.J., and the Humphreys returned to America. After graduating from Morristown High School, Humphrey attended New Mexico Military Institute and in 1943 received his degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Humphrey served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers during World War II, stationed in Iceland from 1943 to 1945. He moved to Phoenix in 1946. During a 35-year career with American Airlines, he occupied several managerial posts in reservations and passenger services, and met his future wife, Patricia. They were married in 1948, and had 2 daughters, Sue and Mary Lou. Humphrey traveled the world with his family, and dedicated himself to education and community affairs. He was elected to the Madison District School Board from 1962-1967, serving one year as President, and later was appointed for several years to the Camelback East Village Planning Committee. An avid sports fan, he worked as a football referee in Phoenix and, in retirement, was an academic advisor to student-athletes at Camelback High School. Photography remained his lifelong hobby.


Russell F. Jacobs, 88, passed away March 22, 2012. Survivors included Helen, his wife of 67 years; three children: Alan, Jeanie and Mary Ann; and two brothers, Lester of Peoria, IL and Lawrence of Merritt Island, FL. Russell was born September 2, 1923 in Bowen, IL, graduated from Bowen High School and earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Illinois. He served as Ensign in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He taught mathematics at Camelback H.S. and later was Mathematics Supervisor for the Phoenix Union High School District. Russell authored 13 high school mathematics textbooks, including five editions of Introductory Algebra 1 and 2. He formed Jacobs Publishing Company in 1976, writing 16 additional books for elementary and high school students. He retired at age 86 from Jacobs Publishing Co.


James Findlay “Jim” Kennedy, Sr, 89,  of Tempe AZ, passed away on March 24, 2011. Mr. Kennedy was born in Galveston TX and grew up in East-Central Texas. A Captain in the Air Force, he received a Purple Heart for extensive injuries he sustained in World War II after the plane he was navigating was hit by shrapnel over France. He walked with a trademark limp, often with one of his many colorful Mexican canes, throughout his adult life. He moved to Phoenix with his bride Janis after the war and established Kennedy Radio & TV Repair. Mr. Kennedy taught electronics to a generation of Camelback High students and night school at Phoenix Union High School, introducing them from the 1960s into the 1980s to the fundamentals of computers, long before such an education was available anywhere else. His interest in electronics began in his childhood, and he published articles on a number of topics from antennas and amplifiers to Boolean algebra used for computer logic. He stayed active in amateur radio throughout his life until recent months. He started the first ham radio club in Arizona in the late 1940s, had amateur radio friends all over the world, and took his classes on regular visits to see Barry Goldwater's ham rig. After Janis died in 1990, he remarried  in 2001. Survivors included his wife Andreanna; a brother, Bill; a half-sister, Jacqueline Potter; three adult children: James Kennedy, Jr, Kathleen Kennedy, and Jeffrey Kennedy.


Carl Emerson Kuntz, 85, passed away on February 21, 2006. He was born to Ebba and Frederick Kuntz. He received his education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. As a resident of Arizona since 1953, he was a teacher with Phoenix Union High School District (including Camelback High) until 1980. His wife, Edna, and his son, Michael, preceded him death. Carl requested that there be no services, but as a long time member of the All Arizona School Retirees Association, he asked that remembrances be made to their scholarship fund, c/o 3133 W. Christy, Phoenix, AZ 85029  (excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 2/26/2006).


Woodrow “Woody” Francis LeSueur, 90, of Tempe AZ, passed away August 9, 2007.  He graduated with a Masters degree from Arizona State Teachers College (ASTC) at Flagstaff (now NAU), and was an educator in the Phoenix Union High School District, working at Phoenix Tech, Phoenix Union, Camelback, and 12 years as principal at Carl Hayden. He is remembered by all for his love, sense of humor and lasting friendship. Woodrow was a WWII veteran and retired as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was a member of Rotary Phoenix West. He was actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life and he and his wife, June, served in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. They enjoyed travel, golf and family. Woodrow was pre-deceased by his first wife, Mary Hall LeSueur (1967), and all his siblings. Survivors included his wife, June Schuller Jamison LeSueur; sons Wayne, Carl, and Fred LeSueur; stepdaughter, Linda Parillo; and stepson, Daryl Jamison. (Excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 8/12/2007)


Lorenzo Kenneth Lisonbee, 93, of Tempe AZ, passed away July 29, 2008. He born in Mesa, Arizona on his grandfather's 160 acre farm located north from present day Westwood High School. From a one room school house, he went on to graduate from Mesa High School, from Arizona State University with three graduate degrees, and completed graduate work at Harvard, U.S.C., San Jose State University and the University of Arizona. He was widely recognized by the national Science Teachers Association for his lifetime contribution to science education including authoring a biology text book and over 100 articles, and establishing quality science education for grades K through 12. In 1998 he was one of the first to be inducted into ASU Graduate College's Hall of Fame. He served as president of the Arizona Academy of Science, and the Arizona Science Teachers Association. He was made a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Arizona Academy of Science. Dr. Lisonbee was active in the LDS church. He served in scouting, was Stake Sunday School President, and served as a High Counselor under five Stake Presidents. He served a mission as a 20 year old in Texas, and after retirement, with his wife, Dorothy, in Guam/Micronesia and in Ireland. Lorenzo was always proud of his eight children and 44 grandchildren. His children: James, LeeAnne, Robert, Kathy, Russel, Joan and Tamara, live throughout the West. All are college graduates with careers in education, psychology and family relations. (Excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic on 7/31/2008)


Michael H. “Coach Mike” Loughran, 77, passed away peacefully on July 16th, 2009. He was born to Mary and Edward Loughran in Miami, AZ. Mike graduated from Globe High School in 1950 & was awarded a basketball scholarship to ASU, where he graduated in 1954 with a Master's Degree in education. Mike joined the USAF in 1956, where he served 3 years.  Upon leaving the USAF he started his 32 year coaching career at Camelback High School, where his teams earned numerous Track & Field State Championships. Mike was predeceased by three brothers & a sister (John, Patrick, Edward and Sheila). Survivors included a brother, Kevin; his daughter, Michele Jensen; and his son, Michael Loughran Jr.


Richard D. "Dick" Makings, 78, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on May 2, 2014, in Scottsdale. He was born in 1935 on the family farm south of Trenton, NB, and educated in the Trenton Public Schools. He then enrolled in McCook NE Junior College, and finished his degrees at Western State College in Gunnison, CO, earning both the BA and MA degrees. After college, Dick taught and coached at Gunnison High School. In 1962 the family moved to Scottsdale, where he accepted a position teaching and coaching at Camelback High. After leaving the teaching profession, Dick joined IBM as a marketing representative and later was promoted to marketing manager. He later entered into the field of Real Estate marketing, from which he retired. In 2004 Dick and his son Mike were inducted into Western State College Athletic Hall of Fame, the first and only Father and Son so honored. Dick was a loyal fan of the Sun Devils, Suns, Cardinals and Diamondbacks. He was a wonderful, loving person and will be deeply missed. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mable Makings; and brother, Marvin. Survivors included his wife of 61 years, Jean; children: Jenifer Devine, Mike Makings, Merle Makings, and Joni Rae Makings; and sister, Lois Schmidt. Services were held May 8 at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E Indian School, Scottsdale.


Forest R. Martin, 36, of Phoenix, died in 1971. He was a pioneer in scholastic journalism in Arizona, and was a yearbook adviser at Camelback High School in Phoenix. After his death, his widow, Shirley, established the Forest R. Martin Award (for experienced advisers) as a memorial in his honor, to be awarded for excellence in scholastic journalism.


Cecil Miller, Jr., 87, of Tempe AZ, passed away peacefully January 13, 2009, with his wife of 65 years at his side. Born in Gary IN, Cecil was a multi-sport athlete in high school, where he met the only love of his life, Elsie McKinley, who became his wife. Cecil was in the U.S. Air Force in WWII. He served in the Panama Canal, and was recalled back into the military during the Korean Conflict. Cecil graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelor and master degrees. In the early 1950's he taught at Benson, Tempe and Camelback High Schools. During summers Cecil became Program Director at Sky-Y Camp in Prescott, and in 1958 he became the full time Camp Director at Sky-Y until his retirement in 1988. Cecil's efforts allowed girls to attend the camp that had formerly been open to boys only. Cecil was a former high school and college football official. His kindness and warm smile will be missed by his many friends and his family, including his wife, Elsie; sister, Virginia Bradford; and children: Betsy Spiegel, Roger Miller, Curtis Miller, Amy Quinlan, Bruce Miller and Marilou Miller. (Excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 1/23/2009)


James A. Osman, 82, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away November 8, 2003. Born in Manchester, OH, he came to Arizona 52 years ago from Paso Robles, CA. Mr. Osman served in the Army Infantry during - WWII and the Korean Conflict. With the GI bill, he attended Arizona State University where he obtained his Masters in English and was president of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Mr. Osman taught English at Camelback High School and later became Assistant Principal at Tempe High School until his retirement. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Scottsdale #43 and had been State Chapter Dad of DeMolay. Survivors included his wife, Maggie Dean Osman; daughters, Sandra Kay Osman & Ferne Osman Burney; son, James A. Osman, Jr; and brothers, Lester & Robert Osman.


Kenneth Russell, 87, of Payson AZ, retired vocational auto shop teacher and World War II Marines Corps veteran, passed away on January 4, 2012, with his family at his side.  In late 2007, Ken and his wife Joanne made Payson their year round home. Ken built his summer cabin home in Payson in 1986. They were active in Ponderosa Bible Church. Ken enjoyed helping folks fix their cars, traveling with Joanne, participating in church activities, being involved with the Marine Corps Veterans group, and visiting his family. As a Marine Field Music First Class and Rifle Sharpshooter, Ken served in various Head Quarter sections in the Pacific Theater during World War II. For 30 years, Ken taught in the Phoenix Union High School District at South Mountain, Camelback, and Phoenix Union high schools. Survivors included his wife Joanne Selvey; sons Rick & Gary; and brothers Carl & James, He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Carol Smith Russell.


William J “Bill” Saunders, 83, of Phoenix, one of the earlier Arizona high school coaches inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, died December 30, 2008, from congestive heart failure.  He  played quarterback at Phoenix Union from 1940-43. went into the military, played for Ed Doherty at ASU and returned to coach at his high school alma mater after a year at Coolidge.  He was 117-91-8 in 21 years as a head football coach at Coolidge, Phoenix Union and Phoenix Camelback. He succeeded Jesse Parker at Camelback in the mid-1970s and retired from coaching in 1985.  Saunders hired Parker as an assistant at Phoenix Union in the 1960s.  After Parker became head coach at Camelback in '69, he asked Saunders to come with him to be his offensive coordinator. Saunders influenced quarterback Mark Whipple, who led Camelback to a state title in 1974.  Whipple, now an assistant offensive coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, said he talked to Saunders on Saturday.  "He had a lot to do with my success on offense," Whipple said.  At Phoenix Union, Saunders coached linebackers Larry Gordon and Fred Carr, who both went on to play in the NFL (excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 12/31/2008)


John Leonard Tanner, 96, of Phoenix, a well-respected educator in the valley, passed away in his sleep Easter morning, April 20, 2014. Born on November 20, 1917, in Union Star Missouri, John moved to Arizona in 1936 to attend Flagstaff State College (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. In July of 1941, he married Ella Blakely, an Arizona native from Gilbert, and they moved to the Grand Canyon, where he was a Park Ranger. During World War II, John served as a bombardier aboard a B-17, where he developed a passion for flying. His teaching career in Arizona began in 1946, as a teacher of business at Hayden High School. In 1949 he became Superintendent for the Gilbert Schools, and in 1953 he became the first Principal of Camelback High School. In 1966 he became Superintendent of the Scottsdale School System. John loved donating his time to flying with his students at the PUHS District Flight School at Sky Harbor and playing golf with his many teaching associates. Survivors included his two sons, John and Ken Tanner.  Memorial Services were held on April 29, 2014, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona.


Vernon B. Watkins, 83, of Mesa, AZ, passed away December 23, 2010. He was born to Nola Bowring and Norman V. Watkins in Brigham City, UT. He married Bonnie Jean Taylor in 1948 in the Logan, UT Temple. She died in 2002, and he married Joyce Blain in 2006. Vern was a veteran of World War II, serving in Germany. He graduated from Utah State University and completed a Master's Degree in Education at Oregon State University. He and Bonnie moved to Phoenix in 1952 where he became a guidance counselor in 1953 for at the newly-opened Camelback High School. Vern was later employed by SRA and IBM, providing educational materials and training to schools in the Intermountain West and Hawaii. He was a life-long member of the LDS Church, serving in many capacities, including Bishop of the Phoenix 11th Ward and later President of the Phoenix East Stake. With wife Bonnie, he presided over the Texas Houston Mission from 1990-1993. He was also a counselor in the Mesa Arizona Temple, and an ordinance worker and sealer for 17 years in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He cherished his many years as a member of the Phoenix East Stake and the Mesa Arizona Kimball East Stake, where he resided at the time of his death. Survivors included his wife, Joyce; children Connie Bluth, Norman, and Lori Headley; stepchildren Claudia Blaine and Brenda Blaine; and brothers Norman and Richard. His brother Jack preceded him in death. Family was everything to him. Vern was gracious and kind, and he genuinely cared about everyone he met.


Lyndon J. “Jim” Watson, Jr, 88, of Hamlin, NY (on Lake Ontario), passed away on July 22, 2011.  A native Arizonan, he received his BS & MS degrees at Arizona State College, and also attended Cornell Univ. and Montana State College. He was one of the original teachers at Camelback High (math, mid-1950s) and was a sponsor of the Olympian Hi-Y club. Hobbies included sculpture, dress design, and  water & snow skiing. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, 80, in 2004, after 61 years of marriage, and moved from AZ to NY to live with his grandson and family.  Known survivors included his grandson, Kevin Traut, and Kevin’s wife Debbie and their daughters, Caitlin & Kirsten.


Franklin Arthur Zinky, 78, of Litchfield Park AZ, passed away on Feb 19, 2013. Frank was born in Milwaukee WI. He attended Washington High, where he was on the track team and placed first at the Milwaukee Cross Country Race his senior year. Upon graduation, Frank enlisted into the United States Air Force for three years during the Korean War. Afterwards, he joined the Air Force Reserve and received his commission of 2nd Lieutenant in 1960. While attending University of Illinois, he earned his Bachelor's degree, learned to fly, and taught flying. Frank went on to earn his Master's degree from Illinois State. Throughout his early life, Frank held down a variety of interesting jobs, including bartender, taxi cab driver, fighting forest fires in the mountains of Montana, and flying for TWA out of Chicago O'Hare. In 1963, he married Margaret Miquelon who was doing graduate work at the University of Illinois. After teaching high school for 4 years in the Chicago suburbs, the family moved downstate. Frank, Margaret and their two children moved to Arizona in 1972, where he continued his educational career teaching in the Phoenix Union High School District as a drafting and auto shop teacher at East, Trevor Browne, Central, and Camelback High. Upon his retirement, Frank and Margaret moved to Litchfield Park so he could be closer to his airplane and hangar at Goodyear Airport. He loved to take family, friends, and even strangers for trips in his Cessna. One of his greatest accomplishments was flying solo up the Alcan Highway and to the Arctic Circle. He was well-known and respected by his fellow pilots and often lent them help with their planes. Frank left behind his wife of 49 years, Margaret; son Allan; daughter, Marlene Capristo; and sister, Grace Schaefer..



Women Obituaries

 (alphabetic by surname known by students)



Emma Louise Akridge, 78, passed away Friday, August 16, 2002. Born in Phoenix, AZ, she taught English at Camelback High School for 15 years.  Survivors included her sister, Mary Dennison; daughters: Jennifer Akridge, Sally O'Neill and Catherine Akridge; and son, James Akridge.


Doris Marie Barnett, 91, passed away at Lookout Mtn Assisted Living Home in Phoenix, AZ, on March 20, 2014. Born in Knoxville, IA, November 16, 1922, Doris graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in Home Economics Ed. and a Master’s Degree in Institutional Management. Doris served in the US Marine Corps stationed in Washington DC during WWII. The family moved to Phoenix in 1962. While raising six children, Doris began a 20 year career as a Home Economics & Child Development teacher and Dept. Chair at Camelback High School. Upon retirement, Doris pursued many interests but her favorite hobby was ballroom dancing. She danced, competed and sewed her own costumes for fifteen years at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Survivors included five children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. A memorial was held on July 7, 2014, in Knoxville, IA where Doris' ashes were buried with military honors beside her parents.


Angeline M. Bell, 91, of Phoenix, passed away December 24, 2010.  Born in McDonald, PA, she graduated from McDonald High School with highest honors. In 1934 she moved to Detroit, MI, where she completed two years of business school and worked for the Armstrong Company during WWII. She then married high school boyfriend Thomas A. Bell, and they had two children, Thomas and Constance. In 1956, Angeline and her family moved to Phoenix where she served as a school secretary at Monte Vista Elementary School and later at Camelback High School. Angeline was a warm, gracious, loving woman. Survivors included her daughter, Constance (Bell) Kamm (Camelback class of 1969), and by her 3 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Barbara Jean Bennett, age 71, died Aug. 15, 2008, in Prescott Valley AZ. She was born April 20, 1937 to Lucille J. and Paul H. Bennett in Grand Junction CO. She graduated from Bolder High School in 1955 and attended Colorado University. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees from Arizona State University. A talented artist from childhood, Barbara taught art at Camelback High School in Phoenix before a disabling illness forced her retirement. She continued to produce fine work for many years. Barbara lived in Tempe AZ until moving to Prescott in 2000. She entered Prescott Valley Samaritan Care Center in 2003. Survivors included her sister Nancy Silverstine.


Barbara Lee (Berge) Schaerrer, 73, of Lindon Utah, passed away on May 29th, 2013, after a brief and valiant battle with cancer. Born in Payson, Utah, to Glen and Beulah Berge, she was the first of three children. Her father was determined to raise a baseball player and Barbara was up to the task. Glen played and coached semi-professional baseball and Barbara served as the "bat boy" for his teams. She became an excellent player and played and coached the sport, by far, her favorite.  Her love of sports led her to earn a degree in Physical Education from Utah State University. She taught PE for several years - first at Camelback High School in the Phoenix area, and then Lincoln Junior High School in Orem. She loved working with youth in those settings.  Barbara married her long-time friend and sweetheart, Doug Schaerrer, in the Logan Temple in 1963. Together they had many adventures building and operating businesses, serving in church callings, completing a full-time mission, and working in the St. George Temple.  In recent years, Barbara focused her attention on her grandchildren. They loved spending time with her and would look forward with great anticipation to back-to-school shopping with Grandma each fall. Barbara made a point of attending every possible event where a grandchild would be playing in a sport or performing on stage. Survivors included her husband, Doug; children: Bart Schaerrer, Sydney Matthews, Shelly Eaton, and Cade Schaerrer; brother, Lee Berge; sister, Glenda Gianelo; and 13 grandchildren.


Norma (Ferrari) Bliquez, 92, of San Antonio, TX, passed away on January 16, 2014.  She was the only child of Oliver and Mary Ferrari. During her high school years she became a protégé of Des Moines' legendary music teacher Cornelia Williams Hurlbut. She was offered a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music in New York City, but elected not to enroll. Instead she married Ralph Bliquez in 1940, and they soon became parents of 3 sons. WWII brought Norma to San Francisco, where Ralph had been stationed while serving in the US Navy. In 1946, the couple returned to Des Moines, but was obliged in June of 1948 to remove their asthmatic sons to the more healthful climate of Phoenix, AZ. Once her boys were grown, Norma attended Lamson Business College, and this opened the way to jobs in the Phoenix Public School District where, through the 1960's, she served as secretary to principals of Carl Hayden and Camelback high schools. Bitten by the political bug, she migrated to the Arizona State Legislature, where she served on the staffs of several state representatives and, upon returning to Des Moines in 1972, she again found employment in the Iowa State Legislature. Her last job was with the Meredith Publishing Company, during which she was diagnosed with, and survived, breast cancer. Norma and Ralph (who passed on in 2007) spent their final years in San Antonio, TX.  Survivors included her sons, Larry, Terry & Ralph Jr.


Artis Laura (Bangert) Bohr, 90, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on July 27, 2014, at the home of her son, Jonathan, surrounded by family. Artis was the sixth of eight children born to Marie and Otto Bangert of Guide Rock, NE, and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Lawrence, Nebraska. In her early twenties Artis moved to St. Louis, MO, where she was employed by the Lutheran Hour, and it was during this time that she met and married her husband of 40 years, Michael Bohr II. They were married at the Trinity Lutheran Church in 1947 and were blessed with 5 sons. In 1955, the family moved to Phoenix and became members of Christ Church Lutheran, where she worshiped, shared friendship and served for the next fifty nine years. Artis worked at Camelback High School in the cafeteria while her boys were still in school, and after they graduated she worked as a Nursing Assistant at Arizona Eastern Star Nursing Home. After 27 years with Arizona Eastern Star, she retired claiming that most of the people she was caring for were younger that she was (79). She loved her work and the many friends she made while caring for the elderly. Survivors included 4 sons: Thomas, Randy, Nathan & Jonathan; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Marlyn. She was proceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Michael II; their son Michael III; her brothers: Edgar, Norbert, Gerald & Chris; and her sisters, Hildred & Elda.


Kelly Jeanne (Bryson) Butler-Bryant, 46, of Buckeye AZ, died on April 16, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Phoenix to Bernard Bryson and Janice Ryan Bryson. Kelly was proud of her many pioneer ancestors who helped settle Arizona Territory. She became a 4-H Leader at the age of 16 while still a member herself and was honored for her leadership in 4-H. A lover of horses and rodeos, Kelly announced team ropings around the state and was a co-founder of the Liberty Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. Employed by the Phoenix Union High School District (including staff assignments at Camelback and Maryvale High Schools), Kelly was a Senior Office Assistant at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen. She was committed to her family and to her work with youth; always serving with excellence and integrity. Survivors included her husband, Bruce Bryant; son, Colten Butler; daughter, Austin LaRae Butler; brother, Ryan Bryson; and her parents.


Hajar Busaid, of Scottsdale AZ passed away March 3, 2013, after battling cancer. Survivors included her two sisters: Adele Busaid McVey, Fairfax Station, VA, and Freida Busaid Kahn, Peoria AZ; and her brother, Kamal Busaid, Surprise AZ. Hajar was born and raised in Saginaw MI, the daughter of Fouad and Maheba Busaid. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a BA in Education and an MA in US History. She began her teaching career in 1961 in Connecticut, returned to Saginaw in 1962 to teach at both Arthur Hill (her alma mater '57) and Douglas MacArthur High Schools where she taught English and was the varsity cheerleading coach. She moved to Arizona in 1973 and worked within the Phoenix Union High School District teaching junior & senior English classes at East, Camelback & Central High Schools. She continued to teach after her retirement in 1999, as a long term substitute at South Mountain. "Hajar was an impact teacher. She had an impact on most of her students," quoting a former student upon hearing of her passing.


Teresa “Mrs. Campo” Campolongo, 72, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on April 3, 2004, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born in Calabria, Italy, and came to the United States as an infant through Ellis Island. She spent her early childhood in Oregon, Illinois. She moved to Phoenix with her family in 1946. She graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1950. She attended Arizona State College (now University), graduating in 1954. She attained a Master of Education from Columbia University, New York City, in 1956. Teresa returned to Phoenix and taught high school English for 30 years at West, Central and Camelback high schools, where she was better known as Mrs. Campo. She was a devoted mother who passed her love of culture, learning and the outdoors to her son. She especially enjoyed spending summers in San Diego and taking weekend trips to Arizona's high country. Survivors included her son, Christopher; and her brother, Vincent.


Sharon "Sherry" Cousins, 65, passed away in Augusta, GA, August 24, 2010. Born in Ohio, and a Graduate of Ohio State, she was a "Buckeye" born and bred. She received her Masters from the University of New Orleans, before moving to Arizona, and was a teacher at Camelback High School before her retirement. Survivors included her sister, Linda McCarty; and her three daughters: Renee Burner, Jennifer Scully, and Aimee Sins Joiner. She was laid to rest alongside her parents in Columbus, OH, in a private ceremony. (excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 8/31/2010)


Karen Helen (Kellogg) Disarufino, 69, of Phoenix passed away on April 3, 2012. She was born in Chardon, OH, to Bettie and Harold "Ty" Kellogg. Karen attended high school in Yuma, AZ, and graduated from ASU with a BA in education, later earning an MA in counseling. Her teaching and counseling touched thousands of lives at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Metro Tech, North HS and Camelback HS. She was teacher of the year for the PUHS District. Karen's loving and influential style leaves a legacy of truth and integrity. Graciously she also devoted hours to teaching and mentoring women of all ages in Bible studies. Survivors included her husband of 48 years, Raul Disarufino; daughter, Monique Wall; son, Shawn; brother, Rick Hayford; and sister, Pam McPeak.


Patricia Jean Dotson, 68, born in Albuquerque, N.M., passed away May 26, 2008. She was a long time resident of Big Sur, CA, but was recently living in Tucson, AZ. "Pat" was a graduate of ASU, where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in physical education and was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She began her teaching career at Camelback High School as a physical education teacher in the 1960s & early 1970s, and then became Department Chair and eventually Dean of Girls. In 1976, while vacationing in Big Sur, CA, she discovered a fondness for the area and purchased the home she would live in for the next 32 years. In 2007 she was diagnosed with cancer and moved to Tucson for treatment. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Ralph Dotson and Renetta M. Dotson. Survivors included her brother, J. R. Dotson and his wife Peggy; and lifelong friend, Billie Jean Anding. (excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic, 6/4/2008)


Helen (Becchetti) Dover, 89, an Arizona native, died January 4, 2006 in Anaheim California. She was born in Humbolt, Arizona, to the late Joe and Ermelinda Becchetti, prominent residents of Cottonwood. She graduated from Clarkdale High School in 1935 and Arizona State Teachers College (Northern Arizona University) In 1941, with a BA degree In English. She received her MA degree in Education in 1957 from Arizona State Univ. She taught in the Arizona school system, including Kingman, Globe and Cottonwood, before finishing her career with 21 years at Camelback High School, Phoenix, in the business department. Her memberships included AARP, Phoenix and Arizona Retired Teachers Associations, First Families of Arizona, Phoenix Museum of History, Phoenix Art Museum, Cottonwood Civic Club and the Verde Historical Society and Museum in Cottonwood. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix. . She was preceded in death by her sisters, Rachel Verretto and Josephine See; and brothers, Frank and Don Becchetti. Survivors included her son, Fred (Kathy) of Palm Desert, CA; and daughter-in-law, Janet Dover of Cerritos, CA.   (excerpted from The Arizona Republic, 1/14/2006)


Ann Evalyn (Wukovich) Eastin, 79, passed away on March 4, 2006, as gracefully as she had lived. Evie, as she was known to her friends, was a first lady of Arizona sports. Along with raising her own three children, she served as a mother figure to hundreds of Arizona athletes over the past fifty years. She was born in a southern Colorado coal camp in 1927.  Evie enjoyed a stellar high school career which led to a music scholarship at Colorado State College. There she met Ronald (Tune) Eastin. A love developed that was to last 54 years. She and Tune returned to his home town of Wray, CO (pop. 2400) where they began a partnership in his coaching career.   In 1957 Evie and Tune moved to Phoenix. While supporting Tune through a hall of fame coaching career and serving as a surrogate mother to hundreds of young athletes, Evie raised the kids, and worked for thirty years as Registrar at Camelback High School, culminating in her being named classified employee of the year for the Phoenix Union High School District. Survivors included her children, Steve, Dee Ann and Judy. Donations may be sent to The Tune Eastin Scholarship Trust, PO Box 47327, Phoenix, Arizona. 85068. This fund provides college tuition for deserving young athletes throughout Arizona.  (excerpted from The Arizona Republic, 3/7/2006)


Michelle J Filkins, 70, of Scottsdale AZ, passed away July 29, 2012, due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Michelle was born in Van Nuys CA, on July 14, 1942, to Jesse Filkins and Louise Pecoud. She moved to Arizona at the age of 7. Michelle graduated from South Mountain High School and Arizona State University, and earned her Masters at the University of Denver. She served  in the 1970s & 1980s at Camelback High School as Athletic coach, Head of the Athletic Dept and Assistant Principal, then transferred to Carl Hayden High School in 1987. Michelle later worked as Vice Principal at Scottsdale High School for many years and retired at the age of 50. One of her favorite pastimes was bowling, as well as being an active member of the Model A Clubs, where she drove and maintained her own Model A.  Survivors included her love, Edward Jordan; brothers, Tom and Paul Filkins; and her cherished pet Rocky.


Muriel (Nelson) Gurr Ph.D., 89, went to be with her beloved husband, Edward "Nick" Gurr on April 19, 2007. She was born to Carl and Evelyn Nelson in Blandinsville, Illinois on February 19, 1918. She graduated from from the University of Illinois and married her college sweetheart on September 22, 1940. Muriel went on to get her Master's degree from Western Illinois University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. In 1949 Nick and Muriel made their home in Phoenix where she worked as a school counselor (later, Head Counselor, Phoenix Camelback High School) and eventually became the Director of Guidance and Counseling for the State of Arizona. Muriel is survived by her Sister-in-law Edna "Betty" Gurr Bates Claborn and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. (excerpted from The Arizona Republic, 5/13/2007)


Phyllis (Stafford) Haberer, 82, of Phoenix, AZ. died on March 13, 2012. Born in Buffalo, New York, to Roderick and Charlotte Stafford, she attended Bennett High School in Buffalo and earned her BS at Buffalo State University. Phyllis arrived in Arizona with her family in 1964. She was a teacher at Wilson Central School in NY, substitute teacher and librarian at Camelback High School in the Phoenix Union High School District, and a teacher at Cyesis Center, where she helped teenage girls get a high school education both before and after they gave birth. She also enjoyed being a mother to her two children and a loving wife to her husband Bob. Phyllis also enjoyed her many pets, from Khaki, a dog that her husband gave her before leaving for the Korean War in 1952, to Sara, her best friend that she picked out at the pound because Sara "smiled at her." Survivors included her husband Bob of 61 years; and son Rod.  Phyllis was preceded in death by her daughter Kathy (Haberer) Tegarden (Camelback High class of 1977), who passed away just 11 days earlier.


Patricia Jane Humphrey, 91, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 8, 2013. A native of Oakland, CA, she took classes at The University of California-Berkeley after high school, but spent a majority of her life in Phoenix. When she came to Phoenix in the 1940's, she came to learn how to fly airplanes, rare for women at that time. She joined a group of women flyers, The 8 Ball Gang, and pioneered women's flying in the United States. Pat then went to work for American Airlines, where she met her future husband, George. After her daughters were born, she was a stay at home mom, but was active in the Girl Scouts and Madison #2 PTA. After her daughters graduated from high school, Pat went to work at the Camelback High registration office. In retirement, she focused on water aerobics as a dedicated participant for 25 years. She is survived by her daughter, Sue (class of 1969). She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and daughter, Mary Lou (class of 1971).


Sadie Wigen Larson, 91, of Tucson, AZ, died March 2, 2005, with her husband of 63 years Milton O. Larson at her bedside. Although afflicted for many years with progressive neurological deterioration, Sadie continued to express love and concern for all she encountered. She was born Sadie Wigen in Bucyrus, North Dakota.  Her childhood and teen years were spent in Hettinger, North Dakota. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and began her teaching career in the midwest. In the early '50s she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught English at Alhambra and Camelback High Schools, ultimately obtaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree in English from Arizona State University. Sadie was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. At Prince of Peace, she served as organist as well as in the choir. Her unflagging cheerfulness was always extended to newcomers and shut-ins. Sadie survived breast cancer, cranial cancer and a significant brain injury. After retirement, she traveled the world extensively and ultimately moved to Tucson, Arizona. Survivors included her husband, Milton Larson; and her son, John Larson.


Elizabeth Potterfield Leonard, 92, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on August 28, 2006. She was born in Lovettsville, Virginia. After finishing high school in Lovettsville she went to the College of William and Mary where she graduated in Classical Studies. After college, she taught high school in Leesburg, Virginia, for several years, then married Olen Leonard. She lived in various states before traveling to La Paz, Bolivia, where she lived for 2 years with her children, Olen Jr, Edd and Mary. Later she lived in Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba before moving to the Phoenix area in 1956. She taught math at Camelback High for many years. Survivors included her son, Edd Leonard; and her daughter Mary Beth Nelson.


Juanita (Atkins) Lipton, 85, of Phoenix, passed away on November 15, 2009. She was born in Vernon, Alabama, and moved to Arizona 50 years ago, where she was a school teacher for the Phoenix Union High School District, retiring in 1988. She taught at Alhambra High School, Camelback High School, and also was a Counselor, and Dean of Girls. Survivors included brothers Paul Atkins and Danny Atkins; nephews Anthony Atkins, Neal Atkins and Gary Pharo; nieces Carol Watts, Paula Howard and Leigh Atkins. A Memorial service was held November 17, 2009 at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix.


Elizabeth Carol Meek, 82, of La Crescenta, CA, passed away on January 24, 2007. Born in Kansas City, KS, her family moved to Phoenix in 1955.  She made Phoenix her home for the next 48 years.  She was an active member of her college sorority Chapter, Alpha Chi Omega, holding several Chapter offices including President. She was also an active member of Phoenix First United Methodist Church for 40 years. Elizabeth was an Assistant Librarian at West and Camelback High Schools until she retired. Upon retirement Elizabeth volunteered at the County Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House as well as at First United Methodist Church. She is survived by her son Blaine. (Excerpted/edited from The Arizona Republic on 2/4/2007)


Maxine Georgiana McCloskey, 91, of Phoenix, born in Herman, MN, passed away on August 5, 2004. Maxine received a B.S. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. She moved to Phoenix in 1950, and eventually retired as head of the Home Economics department at Camelback High School. She was an active member of the American Lutheran Church for 54 years. She was also a docent at the Heard Museum, and a member of Delta Gamma Honorary Sorority, Arizona Home Economist at Home, and many other cultural and educational organizations. Maxine left a legacy of love of travel, adventure, health, and a passion for life. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ezra McCloskey. Survivors included her son, James E. McCloskey; daughter, Sheri Morris; and twin brother, Dr. Maxwell Johnson.


Dorothy Pickelner, 100, of Phoenix, passed away Feb 27, 2003. She was a brilliant teacher, caring mentor, inspiring speaker and outstanding community leader. Dorothy taught humanities in high school for 20 years in Cleveland and 10 at Camelback High in Phoenix. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Reserve University and pursued graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University.  During Dorothy's tenure at Camelback High, she established a program for gifted students that enabled them to study abroad during summer vacations. She always accompanied the students on those trips, serving as chaperon, tour guide and docent.  Dorothy's involvement as a volunteer in the Phoenix Jewish community is legendary. Dorothy served as president of a local Phoenix chapter of Hadassah, as well as Hadassah's regional president and was a member of Hadassah's national board. An active participant in numerous federation fundraising events, Dorothy moved audiences with her humor and oratory. In 1986, the federation awarded her the Medal of Honor Award, its highest honor bestowed on an individual.  Busy as she was with Hadassah and the federation, Dorothy found time to take on leadership positions in B'nai B'rith, Women's American ORT, Kivel Campus of Care, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children's Service, Temple Beth Israel, Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).  Dorothy was also actively involved with the Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Public Library. An avid reader, she became a noted book reviewer for Hadassah's book review club.  In 1996, AJHS instituted the annual "Dorothy Pickelner Enduring Legacy Award."


Jean Ann (Ziebell) Robinson, 70, of Paradise Valley AZ, died Monday, April 30, 2001, of mesothelioma cancer. She was born in Grand Rapids, to Herman & Mary Ziebell. She attended schools in Grand Rapids, played in the city band, and performed in numerous productions of Showboat. She received her bachelor's degrees in music and English from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. Her master's degree in music was earned at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She taught elementary school music in Phoenix and Scottsdale schools and was choral director at Camelback High School. She met her husband Bob through Barbershop quartet singing, which continued to be a part of their life together. The couple were married in 1961 in Grand Rapids. They lived in Phoenix for a year and then moved to Tucson to pursue their doctorate degrees in music and law at the University of Arizona. She taught at the University of Arizona and received her doctorate in 1968. In 1967, she began directing the choir at St. Francis Xavier Church in Phoenix and was choir director there for 27 years. She also taught at Grand Canyon University and worked with piano students in her home studio. Her community service included 11 years on the Scottsdale Fine Arts Commission with six as chairman, the Friends of the Scottsdale Library Board, and six years on the Arizona Humanities Council. Professional memberships included Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, National Society of Arts and Letters, Music Teachers National Association, Monday Morning Musicale, AAUW, and Phoenix Music Teachers Association. This kind, gentle, talented, fun-loving lady will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.  Survivors included her husband, Scottsdale attorney Robert M. Robinson; daughter, Mary Jean Robinson; Ben Ziebell; Sr. Stephen Bodell; and Nancy Krieg and her children.


Vera June Roof, 81, of Glendale AZ, passed away on May 18, 2006, in Glendale.  She graduated from ASU in Tempe and was a teacher at St. Mary's High School, Phoenix Union High School and Camelback High School from where she finally retired from teaching.  She was beloved by family, friends and her countless students.  She is survived by her nephew, Terry (Elaine) Roof; niece, Sue Foster; and sister in law, Carol Roof.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Noel Roof; and nephews, Kim and Roger Roof.  (published in The Arizona Republic, 5/21/2006).


Karen (O’Bryant) Shaw, 54, of Phoenix, passed away June 15, 2005, from complications of breast cancer. Born in Havana IL, Karen married her high school sweetheart, Don Shaw, in 1971, and they had two daughters, Tressia and Amy. They lived in Oklahoma and Mississippi before settling in Phoenix in 1990. While raising her children, Karen was very active in Girls Scouts of America and her church, and advocated for children with disabilities. During that time she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Phillip's University and obtained a Master's degree in education from Oklahoma University. She had been a business education teacher at Camelback High School for the last 10 years, heading the cooperative education program. She was a member of Christ Church Lutheran and active in the adult fellowship programs. She enjoyed scrap booking and crafts, and loved to travel to new places. She will be remembered for many things including her good conversation, loving personality, and strong spirit. Survivors included her husband Don; two daughters, Dr. Tressia Shaw and Amy Shaw; parents, Clinton and Shirley O'Bryant; brothers, Alan O'Bryant, Jack O'Bryant, and Jerry O'Bryant; sisters, Cheryl Roat, Jean Snow, and Jane Smith. (excerpted from The Arizona Republic,June 17, 2005)


Lucille Dorius Stapley, 94, of Phoenix, passed away August 31, 2009, with family at her side. Lucille was born in Utah to Lewis and Eulalia Dorius. She was the only daughter of six children. She married Clayton M. Stapley in 1936 in the Manti, Utah Temple. She and her late husband owned Clay Stapley's Western Wear in downtown Phoenix until 1980. Lucille's greatest joys were her family, faith, music and love for beautiful fashion. She graduated from the Woodbury College of Design in 1936 earning awards for outstanding fashion design. She was accompanist for Camelback, Arcadia and West High Schools choral groups, in addition to being organist for her church and teaching piano until age 92. She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton in 1973; her daughter, Laurel Gooch; son-in-law, William Gooch; and infant daughter, Clay Stapley. Survivors included her brother, Moyle Dorius; son, Paul M. Stapley; and daughters Joalyn Miller and Ann Garvey.


Mary F. Stites, 84, of Scottsdale, formerly from Illinois, passed away November 6, 2004.  She was a long time member of the Camelback High School English Department faculty, between 1962 and 1982. Survivors included her daughter, Melinda Stites Lounsbury.  Services were held at Saint Stephen's Church.


Jamie Lynn Trainer, 83, of Tucson, passed away March 22, 2009. She was born in Sonora, TX. Survivors included nephews Guy Thomas of San Angelo, TX, and Ray Trainer of Phoenix, AZ. She will be missed by her many friends, family and the Tucson community at large, and particularly by her long-time friend and caretaker, Betty Johnson. Her love of music and helping people spanned her career as a Texas and Phoenix music teacher, Tucson Saguaro & Phoenix Camelback High School counselor, Pima Community College counselor/instructor, PCC Women's Back to School Program founder, and Tucson Project M.O.R.E. co-founder.  She was also an active member of two women's jazz bands, the Ft. Worth, TX, Melo Maids, and the Classics of Tucson and Show Low, AZ. Always a giver, she devoted endless hours of volunteer service across a vast array of activities. She attended Texas Tech and Texas Women's University, and did post Masters work at ASU and the U of A. Jamie's favorite activities included playing golf and saxophone, and counseling. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Laura Trainer; sister, Dymple (Giggy); and brothers, Lewis and Joe. Always an educator, Jamie donated her body to science. (excerpted from the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson AZ, March 26, 2009)


Alice M. Tussey, 74, of Phoenix, passed away on December 12, 2007, surrounded by her husband and family. Alice was born in Jerome AZ, where she lived until age 10 when her family moved to Phoenix. She grew up close to the home of John Tussey, who in 1952 subsequently became her husband of more than 55 years. She attended St. Mary's High School, followed by her graduation from Phoenix College, where she served as Associated Women Students' president and secretary. She was on the Honor Board and was treasurer of the a capella choir, as well as president of the Alpha Sigma Gamma sorority. Alice and John raised their four children in a joyfully raucous household filled with music and laughter. From 1964 until her retirement in 1992, Alice worked as Administrative Secretary at Camelback High School, where she was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Survivors included her husband, John; and her children: Steve, Marji, Patti & Michael.


Mary G. Tweedy, wife of the late George Tweedy, passed away on December 6, 2003 in Winter Park, Florida, after a lengthy illness. Mary had an extensive teaching career which began in Detroit, Michigan, after receiving a Masters Degree in education at Wayne University. She went on to teach in Venezuela, S.A. and Saudi Arabia before coming to Phoenix, where she was head of the English Department at Alhambra High School. After moving to Paradise Valley, she transferred to Camelback High, where she retired from a long and fulfilling career. Survivors included her two sisters, Elena McGowan of Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Margery Prince of Orlando, Florida.