March 2004

MARCH

Mary Ann Swanty

Mary Ann Swanty passed away peacefully in her sleep March 3, 2004. Mary, beloved wife of Martin, lived life to the fullest and always in style. She was born May 4, 1940, in St. Paul, Minn. to William and Janet Blattner. Mary graduated from Centuria Wisconsin High School, class of 1957. After graduating she trained to be a medical lab assistant at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

She married Martin Swanty on June 27, 1970. Martin and Mary made their home in Kingman in 1985, where they established a business and raised their family.

Mary was an amazing and giving person, not only to her family but also to her extended family including her stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and her co-workers.

She took an active interest in the family business where she served as Secretary Treasurer. She enjoyed traveling, socializing, gardening and her pets but most of all she loved her precious grandchildren whom she was blessed with in the last five years of her life. She made her grandchildren a part of her daily life; she adored her family. She will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched with her love and friendship.

Mary is survived by her husband, Martin; her mother, Janet Blattner; her sister, Judith Dutton of Nepomo, Calif.; her brother, Richard Blattner of Osceola, Wis.; her daughter, Dianna Dinger; her son, William Cody and wife Donnita; two grandchildren Cody and Shelby, all of Kingman.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. at the Latter Day Saints Church, 610 Eastern, with services immediately following. Charitable donations may be made in memory of Mary Swanty to the Respiratory Unit of the Kingman Regional Center.

Following the service, between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., family and friends are invited to attend the family residence at 450 Greenway (by the golf course) for a celebration of Mary's life. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Frances J. Christman

Longtime Kingman resident Frances Jacqueline Causley Christman, born May 13, 1913, in Detroit, Mich., went home March 2, 2004.

Frances was an active member of the Kingman community for many years. She was a member of Ruth Circle and Pink Ladies and was a Mohave County Humane Society toastmistress. For many years, her smiling face was seen at Sprouse-Reitz, where she enjoyed working and helping others. Frances enjoyed reading, animals, music and flowers. Her love and life was spent with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Albert Christman.

She is survived by: her children, Richard and Suzanne Christman of Santa Ana, Calif., Susie and Nick Patch of Cle Elum, Wash., Nancy and E.J. Robbins of Mesa, Ariz., and Cindy and Floyd Morland of Kingman; a son-in-law, Bill Roundy; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday March 8, 2004, at St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center in Kingman.

Christopher Reed

Christopher Reed, 40, passed away at the Methodist Hospital in New York City on March 3, 2004. Chris was born on December 25, 1963, at the old downtown hospital in Kingman. He attended Kingman High School and graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, majoring in Political Science. He was preceded in death by his Father, George Reed and his grandparents, Cleo Reed and Fred and Francis Johnson, all of Kingman.

Chris is survived by his Mother, Frieda Reed of Kingman and his brothers, Mickey, Cordy and Casey Reed.

Chris worked at the Museum of Modern Art and at Tiffany's in New York.

He enjoyed art, photography, music, golf and politics.

Private services will be held in Williams, Arizona at an undetermined date.

Victor Komuchar

Victor Komuchar, 87, passed away March 6, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born May 14, 1916, in Cicero, Ill.

Mr. Komuchar was a resident of Kingman for over two years having retired from the International Harvester as an Engineer after 45 years. He is survived by the Longly Family of Kingman, the Golonka Family of Wisconsin and Maryland, the Komuchar Family of California and the Rinas Family of both Kingman and Illinois. His beloved wife, Helen, precedes him in death. Services are scheduled for Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home.

Lorraine S. Wilhelm

Lorraine S. Wilhelm, born July 6, 1927, passed away March 8, 2004, at her home in Victorville, Calif. Lorraine is survived by her husband of 57 years, William C. Wilhelm; her daughter and son-in-law Phyllis and Ed Baker, all of Victorville; her daughter and son-in-law Joan and Jeff Hunter of Las Vegas; her son and daughter-in-law Russell and Tracy Wilhelm of Mission Viejo, Calif.; daughter Diana Gram of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lorraine was preceded in death by her son Greig Kelsey Wilhelm, grandson Travis Scott Baker and her granddaughter Taylor Lorraine Lloyd.

Services will be held Monday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church where Lorraine was a member for more than ten years. Interment will follow at the church's columbarium.

Mary E. Cocchi

Mary E. Cocchi, born Dec. 3, 1911, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 11, 2004, at her home in Kingman.

She was born in Erie, Kan., graduating from Parsons High School. She worked for 25 years in the clothing retail business, both as owner and manager.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John Cocchi, who passed away in July of 2003; and her brother and sister, Melvin Reynolds and Julia Harris, formerly of Kingman. She is survived by: her sister-in-laws, Helen Albert and Emily (Bill) Schubert.

Her wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed by her many nieces and nephews and by her caregivers, Dana and Anne.

Those wishing to remember Mary and her family may make donations in her name to the KRMC Hospice.

Wendell Rhodes

Wendell Rhodes passed away Sunday, March 14, at his home in Kingman.

He was born March 7, 1933, in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Mr. Rhodes served in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughter Dian of Apache Junction; his sons David, of Florida and James of Apache Junction; his sisters Betty Robinson of Mesa and Doris Weber of Fresno, Calif.; his brother Dale Rhodes of Merced, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m., with services immediately following at 3 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home. The family asks that any contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Martin Dale Winokur

Martin Dale Winokur of Kingman, died on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the age of 82.

Martin was born September 17, 1921. He was raised in Detroit, Mich. and lived in Phoenix for 46 years. The last 3 years of his life was spent in Kingman to be near his family.

Martin held an educational degree and certificate, which he displayed with honor. Growing up he made a good impression with his academic abilities; he even went to Washington, D.C. for the National Spelling Bee.

Throughout his career life he held various jobs and leadership positions, mostly in the pharmaceutical field where he retired as a Pharmacist after 32 years.

He was admired for his principles, his dedication and the generosity that he showed towards others as well as organizations.

Martin Winokur was preceded in death by: his parents, brother, wife Margaret and son Bradley. He is survived by: his son Greg Winokur and his wife, Karon; grandchildren Jonelle, Laura, Kristy and Sandra and one cousin.

We know above all else he loved his family with all of his heart. We will miss him dearly.

Thank you to caregivers Cathy and Melody at the Garden's Assisted Living Care Center.

A graveside service is scheduled in Phoenix where he will be buried next to his beloved wife, Margaret.

Chester A. Kelly

Chester passed away surrounded by family March 15, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born on July 4, 1926, in St. David, Ariz., to Chester Kelly Sr. and Grace Sumners.

Chester moved to Kingman as a young man, took to being a cowboy and spent much of his life working on several ranches in the area.

He received a medical discharge from the Army and later married Jeanne Manakaja of Peach Springs. They moved to Missouri and raised their five children.

Chester and his family later returned to Kingman, where he worked at the Old Leonard Neil Ranch and for Southwest Gas. He was there for 25 years before retiring to Dolan Springs.

He was a member of the Kingman Elks and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by three sons, John Kelly, Justin Kelly and Allen Kelly.

He leaves behind two daughters, April Rush and Dorita Beecher; a son, Joe Kelly, and daughter-in-law Loretta Jackson; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was their "Pa-pa," a generous man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

Lawrence E. Morrison

Lawrence Morrison passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at his home near Dolan Springs, at the age of 67.

Larry was born March 19, 1936, in Ubly, Mich. to Roy and Violet Morrison.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and he was a member of the VFW, Post 9833 and the American Legion Post 88, Dolan Springs, Ariz.

He worked with the United Insurance Company of America and the National Cancer Corporation, where he received many awards.

Moving to Fresno, Calif., he became a General Contractor before retiring to Dolan Springs.

Those that survive him include his Son, Randy Woolbright of Burton, Mich.; two daughters, Lori Monroe of Bakersfield, Calif. and Lana (Kenny) Basham of Escondido, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Alexander, Erica, Breanna, Savannah and Taylor; great grandchildren, Tyler and Maxine; brother Robert; sister Irene King of Dolan Springs; a step brother Robert (Betty) Kelley of Mich.; two step sisters, Jane and Polly (Frank) as well as many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Athena Marie of Calif.; and his brother Dean Morrison.

Burial will be in Cass City, Mich.

Mary Schank

Mary Schank, 71, of Kingman died Wednesday March 17, 2004, at The Gardens Care Center.

Mrs. Schank was born Sept. 30, 1932, in England. She moved to Kingman 37 years ago from Michigan.

She was survived by her husband, Clifford Schank of Kingman; two sons, Mike Schank of Missouri and his wife, Martha, and Dwayne Schank; a daughter, Carol Schank of Kingman; two grandsons, Jeremy Schank and Dwayne Schank Jr.; two granddaughters, DeeDee Schank of Kingman and Kayla Schank; and a great-granddaughter, Tayler Pfister of Kingman.

No services have been announced.

Josephine (Josie) Warren

Josephine (Josie) Warren, 68, of Kingman died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at her home.

Mrs. Warren was born July 13, 1935, in Fresno, Calif. She moved to Kingman 17 years ago from Kansas City, Kan. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Angelina Carrion previously of Fresno and her husband, Herbert Warren, previously of Kingman.

She is survived by her three daughters; Anne and Chris Warren of Kingman and Barbara (Larry) Cannon of Mississippi; her son Todd (Trina) Warren of Glendale; her sister, Lucy Montero of Fresno; two brothers, Eddie of Fresno and Joe (Jean) Carrion of Okla.; three grandchildren, Joie, Brent and Tancie; great grand child Jade Olson and others lovingly adopted into her heart and family, T.J. Blackwell, Tosha Driscoll, Mike Esgro and family and Judy and Bob Kenney and family.

There will be no visitation or services. Her remains were to be cremated.

Emma Praegitzer

Emma Praegitzer, 100, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at the Garden's Care Center in Kingman. She was born July 1, 1903, in Morris, Minn. She and husband Clarence Schneider moved with their children to North Dakota and from there to Idaho. She later married William Praegitzer on June 6, 1951, he precedes her in death.

Emma moved to Kingman eleven years ago, having spent 50 years in Minidoka and Paul, Idaho.

She is survived by two children, Lane Schneider of Portland, Ore. and Vonnie Eaves of Modesto, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Schneider of Kingman; 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 13 great, great grandchildren and many stepchildren and step grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her three sons, Dale, Ward and Grant Schneider.

Graveside services will be held in Paul, Idaho on Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m.

William W. Dykeman

William Dykeman, 73, of Golden Valley, passed away at his home and joined the Lord on March 22, 2004.

William was born on July 24, 1930, to William and Elizabeth Dykeman in Janesville, Wis.

William is survived by his wife, Gloria of Golden Valley; son William and his wife, Barbara, of El Centro, Calif.; stepchildren Rebecca Fuchs and her husband, Dennis of Pahrump, Nev., Cheryl Reed of Yuma and David Marshall and his wife, Mary, of Golden Valley; daughter Marthiel Barlass and her husband, Michael, of Elk River, Minn.; grandchildren John Dowling of Maryland, Danielle Carothers of Wisconsin, Jamie Reyna of Yuma, Jessica Strock of Colorado, Jennifer White of California, Jessica, William and Wesley Dykeman of El Centro and James Harrup and Michael Barlass of Minnesota. He also is leaving behind eight great-grandchildren.

William is preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Visitation and services will be held at Hems Bros. Mortuary in El Centro, Calif.

Clinton C. Cofer

Clinton Cook Cofer, 66, of Kingman went home to be with the Lord on Saturday March 20, 2004, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He fought a very courageous nine-month battle with lung cancer.

Clint was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Kingman to Chester and Catherine Cofer. Clint was a third-generation, lifelong resident of Mohave County, and he spent most of his life on the Cofer Ranch at Round Valley. He and Sandra also owned and operated Cofer's Country Corner for 11 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Clyde Clinton Cofer in 1988.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra, his high school sweetheart and best friend of 46 years. He also is survived by his cherished daughter, Cristi, and his son-in-law Kenny McReynolds; grandson Casey and his wife, Carli McReynolds; two granddaughters, Stacy and her husband, Cody Barrett, and Sandy Kay McReynolds; great-grandson Clinton Blaine McReynolds; his loving and devoted sister Ann and her husband, Ron Weaver; and mother-in-law, Maxine Klein, all of Kingman; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and faithful friends.

Although ranching was his passion, he was very involved in the community. He was past president and a member of the Mohave County Livestock Association and treasurer and board member of Kingman Hospital. He also was a 46-year member of the Elks, a past member of Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission, a member of the Arizona State Cattle Growers Association, a member of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and a longtime supporter of the Mohave County 4-H and FFA youth organizations.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday March 25, 2004, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday March 26, 2004, at 1 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit, P.O.Box 560, Kingman, Ariz. 86401, or to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.

Eva L. Roberts

Eva L. Roberts, 92, passed away March 21, 2004, at Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont in Lake Havasu City.

She was born Jan. 17, 1912, in Austin, Texas.

She lived in several areas of California before moving to Lake Havasu City in April 2000, when she became a resident at Prestige.

Her first husband, Richard Griffith, and second husband, Norman Roberts, as well as her daughter Donna M. Zamora preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Simmons; son-in-law Loyd Zamora; stepdaughters Diane Barrett and Linda Duster; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Her remains were cremated and a memorial in her honor will be held Saturday March 27 in California.

Velma H. Fuls

Velma Hortense Fuls, 86, passed away on Feb. 20, 2004, at Gardens Care Center in Kingman. Her remains were cremated and her husband, Omer, took her home to Meadview, just as she had wished.

Hortense was born Jan. 23, 1918, in Stayton, Ore., to Clifford and Maud Stayton. Her great grandfather founded the town of Stayton.

Hortense married Ed Boitz, now deceased, and to this union were born Gary Boitz of Meadview and Keith and Wayne Boitz of Alaska.

Hortense loved to cook and her husband appreciated her as one of the best! She also loved to play her organ, sometimes making up new tunes, entertaining members of the Meadview Organ Club.

After she retired she enjoyed traveling and she and Omer RV'd the USA, sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives.

Hortense was the first secretary for the late Herbert Armstrong, in Eugene, and founder of the Church of God in Pasadena, Calif. and Tyler, Texas.

This television and radio ministry can be viewed and heard on many channels and stations, including WGN Superstation and satellite television.

Hortense initials, V.H.F. (very high frequency), remind us of her vibrant personality. She acquired many friends through her travels.

She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Trevor and Max Stayton.

She is survived by: her beloved husband of almost 34 years, Omer Fuls; her children, Gary Boitz and wife, Susan, Wayne Boitz and wife, Cathy, and Keith Boitz; three stepchildren, Charles Tom Fuls and wife, Jackie, of Meadview and El Paso, Texas, David Fuls and wife, Janet, of Red Bluff, Calif., and Joanna Fuls of Ohio; sister-in-law Opal Thornton of Florida; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Hortense will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved her. She will be especially missed by her husband, Omer.

Deborah J. Reid

Deborah J. Reid, born June 15, 1953, in Covina, Calif., passed away Monday, March 8, 2004, in her hometown of Reno, Nev.

Mrs. Reid is survived by her parents, Donna Whittaker and David Wright; brother Mark Wright; mother and father-in-law, Barbara and Ernest Reid; sister-in-law Mary Knezevich; daughters Alyson Boyle and Olympia and Amanda Reid; and granddaughters Genesis Boyle and Danielle Carpenter.

Deborah will forever be in the hearts of everyone who knew her. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and grandmother. She is now reunited with her husband of 34 years, Ernest Reid, who passed away on February 25, 2004.

Arrangements were by Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, Sparks, Nev.

Ernest A. Reid

Ernest A. Reid, born July 21, 1952, in Culver City, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his home in Reno, Nev.

Mr. Reid was survived by his wife of 34 years, Debi, who died March 8, 2004; parents Ernest and Barbara Reid; daughters Alyson Boyle and Olympia and Amanda Reid; sister Mary Knezevich; brother Steven Reid; and grandchildren Genesis Boyle and Danielle Carpenter.

He will be missed by all. He was a great man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and son. Mr. Reid honorably served his country in the Marine Corps and was a respiratory therapist for twenty years.

A private memorial was held.

Arrangements were by Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, Reno, Nev.

Peter Halstead Hudgens

Peter Halstead Hudgens, 46, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born to Richard Hudgens and Alletta Jervey on Sept. 22, 1957, in Lynchburg, Va.

Peter was a resident of Mohave County for 23 years, having moved from St. Louis, Mo. He was employed with Zachary Construction and served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He is survived by his parents, Richard Hudgens and Alletta Jervey, both of St. Louis, Mo.; his sons Travis, Trinity and Kevin; daughters Paige and Kaitlyn Rose and his sisters, Mary Anderson and her husband Eric and Helen Hudgens and her husband Jim Davidson.

Services will be held at Sutton Funeral Home, Sunday, March 28, 2004, at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the prison ministries in care of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Karol S. Therrien

Karol Sue Therrien, 65, passed away on Wednesday March 24, 2004, at the Desert Highlands Care Center in Kingman.

She was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Neal Kershner and Ruth Therrien.

Karol was a very loving and caring mother and friend. She lived in Arizona for more than 33 years, coming from Washington. She knew no enemies and had endured two very rough marriages. Through it all she retained her sweet and loving character. She will be deeply missed.

Karol is survived by her daughter, Debby Swensen; father, Neal Kershner of Spanish Fork, Utah; a brother, Lyneil (Lynn) Kershner of Kingman; a sister-in-law, Sandra Kershner of Kingman; nephews Ken Smith of Alabama and Randy Kershner of Arkadelphia, Ark.; a niece, Melissa Englen of Bakersfield, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled for Monday March 29, 2004, at Lake Havasu Mortuary Chapel, 2225 N. Kiowa Blvd. Call (928) 854-3100 for information. Pastor Ray Carter will officiate.

Arrangements were by Lake Havasu Mortuary & Crematory

Mary Schank

Mary Schank, 71, of Kingman died Wednesday March 17, 2004, at The Gardens Care Center.

Mrs. Schank was born Sept. 30, 1932, in England. She moved to Kingman 37 years ago from Michigan.

She was survived by her husband, Clifford Schank of Kingman; two sons, Mike Schank of Missouri and his wife, Martha, and Dwayne Schank; a daughter, Carol Schank of Kingman; two grandsons, Jeremy Schank and Dwayne Schank Jr.; two granddaughters, DeeDee Schank of Kingman and Kayla Schank; and a great-granddaughter, Tayler Pfister of Kingman.

No services have been announced.

Josephine (Josie) Warren

Josephine (Josie) Warren, 68, of Kingman died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at her home.

Mrs. Warren was born July 13, 1935, in Fresno, Calif. She moved to Kingman 17 years ago from Kansas City, Kan. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Angelina Carrion previously of Fresno and her husband, Herbert Warren, previously of Kingman.

She is survived by her three daughters; Anne and Chris Warren of Kingman and Barbara (Larry) Cannon of Mississippi; her son Todd (Trina) Warren of Glendale; her sister, Lucy Montero of Fresno; two brothers, Eddie of Fresno and Joe (Jean) Carrion of Okla.; three grandchildren, Joie, Brent and Tancie; great grand child Jade Olson and others lovingly adopted into her heart and family, T.J. Blackwell, Tosha Driscoll, Mike Esgro and family and Judy and Bob Kenney and family.

There will be no visitation or services. Her remains were to be cremated.

Emma Praegitzer

Emma Praegitzer, 100, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at the Garden's Care Center in Kingman. She was born July 1, 1903, in Morris, Minn. She and husband Clarence Schneider moved with their children to North Dakota and from there to Idaho. She later married William Praegitzer on June 6, 1951, he precedes her in death.

Emma moved to Kingman eleven years ago, having spent 50 years in Minidoka and Paul, Idaho.

She is survived by two children, Lane Schneider of Portland, Ore. and Vonnie Eaves of Modesto, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Schneider of Kingman; 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 13 great, great grandchildren and many stepchildren and step grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her three sons, Dale, Ward and Grant Schneider.

Graveside services will be held in Paul, Idaho on Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m.