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April 2005

Orville Steed

Orville Steed of Kingman passed away on March 30, 2005, in Kingman. He was born on Nov. 20, 1940, in Yucca. Orville had lived in Kingman for 64 years and made his living as a truck driver. He was affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Orville is survived by wife Patricia Ann Steed of Kingman; sons, Butch and Ben Steed, both of Kingman; daughters, Cindy Sheehan, Lindy Lehn, and Kay Steed, all of Kingman; sister, Rillis Campbell; brothers, Sonny Steed and Ken Steed; many nieces and nephews; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. In loving memory of a very special father, grandfather and friend to many.

He will be missed dearly.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 5, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 4536 N. Patsy Drive

His remains are to be cremated.

Earl Reynolds

Earl Reynolds, known for wearing a red hat and saying “Damn I’m mean,” passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2005.

His loving wife of 58 years, Betty, and two children, Barbara and Gene of California, survive him, along with nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Robert Roy Conrath

Bob Conrath, 56, died Friday, April 1, 2005, in Kingman after a short but valiant fight with cancer.

The son of Ken (deceased) and Jean Conrath, Bob was born July 11, l948, in Indiana, Pa. He and his family moved to Kingman in August of 1958 when Bob was in fifth grade. Bob graduated from what was then Mohave County Union High School in 1966 and went on to complete his education in marketing at Northern Arizona University.

Bob’s interests and activities were numerous and varied. Foremost in his life was his family, which included close friends who enlarged that official family. He was an avid tennis player his entire life, last playing in December, when he and his friends experienced a lot of rain delays. Hunting was his favorite fall sport, and his family enjoyed a lifetime of camping and hiking trips as well.

The purchase of ATVs for himself and his wife, Barbara, enhanced those outdoor experiences. Bob’s newest pursuit and a work still in progress was the rebuilding and restoration of a 1956 Ford pickup, which he had inherited from his father-in-law, Frank Finn.

Bob’s community was also very important to him. He served as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission and was instrumental in getting the Centennial Park bond proposal passed. He was a member of the Kingman City Council, had been a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, was a president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Northwestern Arizona, and was a most active member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, serving on numerous committees through the years. Bob worked in the insurance business for 35 years, and recently retired from Mohave Insurance Center which he had founded and operated for 25 years. He continued to serve as an insurance consultant until his death.

His family includes his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 35 years, Barbara; his daughter, Audrey Petersen and husband Todd; his mother, Jean Conrath; his sister, Martha Agostinelli and husband Vince; sister, Maxine Small and husband Dave; and his brother, Roger Conrath and wife Sharon. He was also loved by many nieces and nephews.

Bob will be greatly missed by his countless friends, including their children whom he mentored and befriended even into adulthood.

His joy in living and love of tricks and jokes is legendary; he always retained a part of his boyhood in his personality.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 302 East Spring St., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 302 East Spring St., Kingman, or the Kingman Cancer Care Unit, P.O. Box 561, Kingman.

Ruby I. Smith

Ruby Inez Smith, of Golden Valley passed away on March 31, 2005, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 5, 1951, in San Diego. Ruby lived here for 15 years and came here from Los Angeles.

Ruby was married to Ben Smith in 1969. For eight years, up until 2001 Ruby worked for the Ramada Express Hotel and Casino.

Ruby is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ben Smith of Golden Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and David Donaldson of Decorah, Iowa; sons, Harley Smith of Kingman and Tyson Smith of Golden Valley; sister, Sarah Brooks of Bakersfield; grandson, Ethan Smith of Kingman; and granddaughters, Hannah and Bailey Donaldson of Decorah, Iowa.

Paul Ritchy

Paul Ritchy of Kingman passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2005, in Kingman. He was born on April 12, 1923, in Lancaster, Pa. Paul had lived in Kingman for 25 years.

Paul is survived by his wife, Martina Ritchy of Kingman; daughter, Maggie Hill and son-in-law Russ Hill of Surprise; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services were held today at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

Eufemia Wiseley

Eufemia Wiseley (nee Chavez) died in Kingman on Saturday, April 2, 2005. She was 80.

Eufemia was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Fierro, N.M., the third of thirteen children to Jose and Ignacia Chavez and came to Kingman in 1935 as a young girl. She lived in Kingman for 70 years and graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1943. She was a former union chief steward for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 769 and an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She was retired from Citizen’s Utilities Company after 40 years as a telephone operator, and she enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting and an occasional margarita.

Mrs. Wiseley was married to the love of her life, Matthew M. Wiseley, for 52 years upon his death in January 2000. They met when he was stationed in Kingman after serving in Italy and North Africa during World War II.

Mrs. Wiseley is survived by three sisters, Tomosa, Carmen and Maria; and a brother, Jose; and eight devoted children: four sons, Joseph and David of Kingman, and James and Mark of Tucson; four daughters, Catherine Munoz of Phoenix, Margaret Reed of New Orleans, Emma Wiseley of Kingman and Lisa Wiseley of Tucson; and nine loving grandchildren: Diego, Rene II, Ramona, Kerry, Matthew, Teresa, Anthony, Robyn and Isabella. She was preceded in death by one son, Matthew Wiseley III, and one daughter, Helen Frances Wiseley.

Friends and family are invited to pray the rosary at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2005, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2255 E. Butler Ave.

The family suggests memorial donations to any Alzhiemer’s organization or a memorial Mass said in her name. Mourners are invited to wear red, Eufemia’s favorite color.

Penny Gabrielson

Penny Gabrielson was born into this world on Feb. 18, 1972.

It has been said that life passes in a blink of an eye, one day you’re here and then the next you’re gone. Only now does the full meaning take its toll. Penny, a vibrant, young woman at the age of 33, with great sadness, has done just that.

Like the wind, her spirit was carefree, with smiles of friendship to all she encountered. Like a lioness, she nurtured her young with love, individual support and protection. Like a bird, she was devoted with love, a partnership, to her husband. Like a tree, she grew new limbs, making stepchildren as to be her own. Like a river, she let her love, laughter, compassion, energy, her inner being, flow to those whom she came in contact with.

Penny wasn’t just a person born into this world; Penny was a person of this World. Touching us all, like Mother Nature, life within itself.

A Wife – A Mother – A Grandmother – A Friend.

She has departed us, she has not Left Us.

Mrs. Penny Gabrielson’s Memory ...

Was Born into this World April 4, 2005.

Further information regarding funeral and memorial services will be posted at a later date.

Everene Fruhling

Everene Fruhling was born in Prairie Hill, Missouri, on May 18, 1908, the only child of Clarence and Nora Kelly Wright. She died on April 7, 2005, at the Lingenfelter Center in Kingman at the age of 96 years, 10 months, and 20 days. She lived in Kingman for her last 25 years.

When she was 1 year old, her parents moved from Missouri to Colorado and settled on a homestead in Cheyenne County near Mt. Pearl. Everene lived there for 12 years, and with her parents moved to Washington County where she lived on a farm for several years. She attended school and graduated from the eighth grade. In 1924, the family moved to Flagler, Colorado.

On December 11, 1924, she married Jake Fruhling. To this union were born three children, Helen Mae, Betty Lou and Robert Keith. All of the children were graduates of Flagler High School. Mom was a homemaker and her family was important to her. Her children’s and grandchildren’s achievements pleased her.

Everene and her husband Jake owned the Fruhling Motor Company, which Jake operated and sold Chevrolets from for 40 years. Once a year she would serve coffee and donuts to the public when the new Chevrolets would be on display. She always went deer hunting in the fall with Jake and friends. Her favorite activity was going to dances. Jake and Everene were a beautiful couple. She was an American Legion Auxiliary member of Flagler for many years, and helped serve meals in the Ladies Aid to Lion Club members. She attended the Congregational Church. Everene liked and always kept a beautiful yard. She would plant flowers and take care of them while she was able.

In 1980, after the death of her husband in 1970, she moved to Kingman to watch her son’s children grow up.

Everene moved to The Gardens in 2002 and was blessed with excellent care by many wonderful people who work there, for which her family is very appreciative and thankful.

Her parents, Clarence and Nora Wright, and husband Jake preceded her in death. Survivors are her daughters, Helen Mae (Dean) Lewis of Grand Junction, Colo., Betty Lou (Bob) Trahern of Sterling, Colo., and son Robert Keith (Gail) Fruhling of Kingman. She has eight grandchildren: Sylvia (Jim) Gletcher, Deanna (Ray) Lazzara, Shelley (Phil) Nehl, Paula (John) Levin, Greta (Brian) Grazier, Miriam (Allan) Shuros, Abi Fruhling and Jacob Fruhling, and eight great-grandchildren.

We will miss Mom a lot. She was a big part of all her families’ lives.

To live happily and fully

Was the Almighty’s call

That is all.

(Written by her son Robert)

Issac Adams

Issac Adams died April 7, 2005, at his home in Paulden, Ariz. He was born on June 7, 1957, in Riverside, Calif. He was the son of Donald Lee and Virginia (Leabo) Adams. Issac was 47 years old.

Issac worked for T.R. Orr Construction, Shuffler and Kerly Construction in Kingman and M.J. Dean Construction of Las Vegas. He was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local #1506 and Nevada Carpenter’s Union # 1780.

He enjoyed camping, tractor pulls, monster trucks, antique cars, trucks and taking vacation with his family. He was proudest of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of almost 30 years; son, Eric of Madison, Wis.; daughter, April Adams of Chino Valley; sisters, Carolyn (Melvin) Willey of Kingman and Luella (Joe) Scarpitta of Kansas City, Mo.

A celebration of Issac’s life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 15, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez, Prescott., with visitation one hour prior.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice Family Care, 100 E. Sheldon, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisting the family. Visit our Web site at www. ruffnerwakelin.com to view the tribute on line and to leave a message for the family.

Janet “Jan” Lee Christopher

Memorial services for Jan (62), will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Kingman. Father Cruise will lead the ceremony.

Jan was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Lingle, Wyo., to Joe and Opal Kenast. She was raised and attended school in Glendo, Wyo. After high school, Jan went to cosmetology school and started a family. From her first marriage, she had two daughters. Jan later went into the insurance business and found that this was what she loved doing because she loved meeting new people and making new friends. Jan always took every opportunity to enjoy life and live it to the fullest.

In December of 1988, Jan married Thomas R Christopher. They lived in Rock Springs, Wyo., for a year before moving to Kingman. Jan loved the warm weather and the outdoors, so Arizona was the perfect place for her. She and Tom loved to play golf until her health would no longer allow her. She and Tom later enjoyed going to Mazatlan, Mexico, in the winter and relaxing in the sun. When at home, Jan loved to work in her yard planting flowers, trees and bushes, and always had the most beautiful plants – inside and out. Her house was always filled with love and happiness, and Jan will be remembered as Spic–N-Span Jan to her family as she always had an immaculate house.

Jan loved her family very much and made it a point to spend time with them even though they were hundreds of miles apart. Her grandchildren were one of Jan’s passions, and she always made sure she did something special when they came to visit her or when she went to visit them.

Jan was on many community boards and committees throughout her lifetime and won many awards for her outstanding service and efforts. She enjoyed working on projects to better the community and made friends wherever she went. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and had been on several committees prior to her passing.

Jan was proceeded in death by her mother, Opal Kenast, and her brother, Bill Kenast.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas R Christopher; daughter, Kathryn “Bugs” Duncan of Atlanta; daughter, Jacque Lempka (Kevin) of Worland, Wyo.; father, Joe Kenast of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and sister, Carol Cushatt of Greeley, Colo. Jan also had four grandchildren: Lacy Reiss of Las Vegas, Michael Reiss of Sunny Isle, Fla., Zachary and Kali Lempka of Worland.

Cremation has taken place, and there will be a celebration of life after the memorial service at the Episcopal Mission Hall.

Jan will be deeply missed not only by her family, but also by her many friends.

Joan M. Margita

Joan Marilyn Margita was born in Kenosha, Wis., on Dec. 7, 1940, to Everett and Loretta (Pias) Engstrom.

She went to St. Marks grade school and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1959.

She also attended Dominican College in Racine, Wis., graduating in 1963 with a degree in English. She earned a fellowship from the Wall Street Journal to Marquette University.

She taught English at Lance Junior High in Kenosha prior to moving to Kingman, where she taught at the Kingman schools.

Joan was a lover of books and wrote many short stories, which were published in various Arizona newspapers.

During high school, she wrote on the student newspaper.

She is survived by her former husband, William J. Margita; Bernard Christensen, her best friend; and two wonderful sons, Gregg and Grant Sternberg of Tampa.

There are also numerous other family members and hundreds of friends who will also feel the loss of a loved one.

As of April 9, 2005, she became an angel in heaven but will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of those that loved her.

Richard P. Sandoval

Richard Patricio Sandoval died suddenly on Monday, April 4, 2005. He was 53 years old.

He is survived by his wife Mary; his parents, Peggy A. Norris and Patricio L. Sandoval; his brother, Thomas; sisters, Karen, Pam and Sharon; his adopted daughter Heather; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was much loved by all and shall be sorely missed. May God be with him.

Janet Lee Christopher

Memorial services for Jan (62), will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Kingman. Father Cruise will lead the ceremony.

Jan was born January 16, 1943, in Lingle, Wyo., to Joe and Opal Kenast. She was raised and attended school in Glendo, Wyo. After high school, Jan went to cosmetology school and started a family. From her first marriage, she had two daughters. Jan later went into the insurance business, and found that this was what she loved doing because she loved meeting new people and making new friends. Jan always took every opportunity to enjoy life and live it to the fullest.

In December of 1988, Jan married Thomas R. Christopher. They lived in Rock Springs, Wyo., for a year before moving to Kingman. Jan loved the warm weather and the outdoors, so Arizona was the perfect place for her. She and Tom loved to play golf until her health would no longer allow her. She and Tom later enjoyed going to Mazatlan, Mexico, in the winter and relaxing in the sun. When at home Jan loved to work in her yard planting flowers, trees and bushes, and always had the most beautiful plants – inside and out. Her house was always filled with love and happiness, and Jan will be remembered as Spic–N-Span Jan to her family as she always had an immaculate house.

Jan loved her family very much, and made it a point to spend time with them even though they were hundreds of miles apart. Her grandchildren were one of Jan’s passions, and she always made sure she did something special when they came to visit her, or she went to visit them.

Jan was on many community boards and committees throughout her lifetime, and won many awards for her outstanding service and efforts. She enjoyed working on projects to better the community, and made friends wherever she went. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, and had been on several committees prior to her passing.Jan was proceeded in death by her mother Opal Kenast and her brother Bill Kenast.

Survivors include her husband Thomas R Christopher; daughter, Kathryn “Bugs” Duncan of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Jacque Lempka (Kevin) of Worland, Wyo.; father, Joe Kenast of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and sister Carol Cushatt of Greeley, Colo. Jan also had four grandchildren, Lacy Reiss of Las Vegas, Michael Reiss of Sunny Isle, Fla., and Zachary and Kali Lempka of Worland, Wyo.

Cremation has taken place, and there will be a celebration of life after the memorial service at the Episcopal Mission Hall.

Jan will be deeply missed, not only by her family, but also by her many friends.

Sandra Imthurn

Sandra Imthurn passed on March 31, 2005, from natural causes. She was 53. She was born on Dec. 30, 1951, in Detroit. She was raised in Detroit which is where she was married to her first husband and had two sons. She then followed her parents out to Southern California, for sunnier skies, after splitting from her first husband. She met her second husband in California and had two daughters. She moved to Golden Valley in 1986 after marrying her third and final husband Kenneth Imthurn. They were happy for many years here in Golden Valley. He never knew a more beautiful woman.

She sold Tupperware for many years and was one of the top saleswomen in her district for years. She worked at the Edgewater & the Riverside Casino for years. She was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to us all. She always enjoyed being with her family and all her grandkids. She was raising two of her grandchildren after her son passed five years ago. Her family was her life. She always made a delightful get together for family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and so creative and decorative. She will be dearly missed and always loved. We will all have a hard time going on without her, but she will be here in spirit watching us and guiding us as always.

She leaves being her husband, Kenneth Imthurn of Golden Valley; daughter and son-in-law Chance and Kristi Adkins and daughter and son-in-law Jimmy and Heather Bryant, all of Kingman; a son, Phillip Raczak of Golden Valley; a daughter-in-law, Tabitha Raczak of Golden Valley; three sisters, Coree Silvera of Gilbert, Janis Cartwright of Westminster, Calif., and Lisa Liggett of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by 11 grandkids, Betsy Cartwright, Alex Kyger, Stephanie Adkins, Faith Adkins, Spencer Raczak, Eli Raczak, Newton Raczak, Cody Adkins, Taya Raczak, Dexter Raczak and Lacie Bryant.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marion Cartwright; father, Joseph Cartwright; brother, Donald Cartwright; and son, Anthony Raczak.

Contact any family member for information on the funeral service.

Martha R. Rathbone

Martha Rose Rathbone passed away on April 14, 2005, in Virginia Beach, Va. She was born in the Kingman hospital on Aug. 20, 1939.

Martha grew up in Oatman. The Rathbone family moved into Kingman when Martha started high school.

Martha lived in California for many years, returning to live in Kingman 12 years ago. She enjoyed reading and gardening. She attended classes at Mohave Community College with plans to write a book. She was proud of her children and grandchildren who worked so hard to further their education.

Her family and friends will miss her. Martha is survived by four daughters, Lesli Groge of Kansas, LeAnne Walden of California, Lonna Benjamin of Texas and Sevete Faurio of Virginia; a son, Richard Benjamin of Kingman; two brothers, Paul Rathbone and David Rathbone, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Kathleen Baker of Kingman; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Martha was preceded in death by parents Paul and Angeline Rathbone and a sister, Susan Boone.

Cameron Friend

Cameron Friend was born to Cameron and Eva Friend on May 22, 1926, in Lindrith, N.M. He passed away on April 15, 2005.

Cameron spent most of his life in Barstow, Calif. In 1963 he and his wife Lollie bought a business in Ludlow, Calif., where they spent the next 12 years building new business, and where Cameron dowsed for water and brought in several good wells. Up until then the water had been brought in by the railroad. In 1975 they retired to the mountains east of Durango, Colo., where they spent the next 25 years ranching and raising longhorn cattle. After the winters in Colorado the desert beckoned them back. They spent time between Lake Havasu City and their home in the Hualapai Mountains.

Cameron leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Lollie; two sons, Terry and wife Dennie, and Mike and wife Denise; three daughters, Janet, Penny, and Lynda and husband Roger; two brothers, Luther Friend of Barstow and Bud Honey of Kingman; a sister, Jean Cassidy; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.