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May 2004


Cecile F. Farmer

Cecile F. Farmer, 89, passed away May 4, 2004, in Kingman.

She was born Nov. 15, 1914, to Charlie and Clara Chadick in Calvin, Okla. She married Robert G. Farmer on May 15, 1953.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Jewel Copenhaver, and two brothers, Billie Chadick and Jack Chadick.

She is survived by her beloved husband Robert; two sons, Drexall Underwood and his wife Arlene of Lancaster, Calif., and Ronald Underwood and his wife Sharon of Golden Valley; one sister, Tommie, and her husband Woody Crumpton of Sheridan, Texas; one brother, Jim Chadick of Mesa; an numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Farmer's remains have been cremated.

Sarah J. Barnes

Sarah, our shining star, left us as a result of an automobile accident May 6, 2004. She was born April 30, 1987, in Riverside, Calif. She lived in Kingman 10 years after moving from Perris, Calif.

Sarah was a junior at Kingman High School, where she a member of the Key Club, the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and the Spanish Club. She also was a member of the S Club and Students Against Drunk Driving. She was on the volleyball team and was the wrestling team manager. She had a black belt in karate and loved to ride horses.

Sarah also was a lifeguard at the Del E. Webb Fitness Center and a veterinarian assistant at the Colorado River Animal Medical Center.

She was survived by her parents, Lance and Angela Barnes of Kingman; a brother, Ian Barnes of Kingman; two sisters, Laura Barnes of Kingman and Bethanne Barnes of Anaheim, Calif.; grandparents Beverly Barry of Kingman, Doug and Virginia Payne of Parker and Greg and Lorraine Barnes of Tucson; an uncle, Vic Horn of Everett, Wash; uncle and aunt Guy and Jean Thomas of Queensland, Australia; a great-grandmother, Marian Schwartzmann of Mesa, and great aunt, Martha Schwartzmann of Sacramento, Calif.; and great-uncles and -aunts Howard and Mary Ruben and Jim and Diane Schwartzmann, all of Mesa, and Chuck and Paula Schwartzmann of Chicago.

Linda Byzewski

Linda Byzewski, 51, of Kingman, passed away at her home Saturday evening, May 16, 2004. She had moved to Kingman in 1989 from California when her husband was transferred to the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev.

She was born on Nov. 1,1952, in Los Angeles, to Dudley and Kathleen Jenkins, the last of three daughters. She graduated from high school and worked to put herself through two years at Mount San Antonio Junior College. She graduated from Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in 1974.

She married Russ Byzewski on June 29, 1974, in Baldwin Park, Calif. They began their life together with Linda becoming employed as a ninth-grade English teacher in Fontana, Calif. She taught school there until moving to Kingman, where she planned to focus on being a full-time mother.

But teaching wasn’t just a job, it was who she was, and soon she was teaching at Kingman Junior High School, transferring to the high school north campus in 2001. She not only taught but also helped coach the wrestling team at the junior high and high school.

She was very involved with the KHS Booster Club and could be found working at the concessions when her son was playing on the field. “Mrs. B” was very well-liked by students and staff alike and she will be greatly missed by many.

Linda is survived by her husband of 29 years, Russ; her daughter, Justine and her fiance John Morrison of Albany, N.Y.; her son, Alexander (AJ) of Kingman; and two sisters, Sharon Shows of North Carolina and Pamela Cole of Kansas.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 301 E. Spring St.

A reception will be held after Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Bond and Butler streets.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at Stockmen’s Bank for the KHS Booster Club Inc., for the Mrs. B Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ernest J. Mann

Ernest James Mann, of Arnold, Calif., 16, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, in Modesto, Calif.

He was born on May 11, 1988, in Grants, N.M.

Ernest attended Black Mountain School, Hualapai Elementary School, Kingman Junior High School and Kingman High School South. He served as an alter boy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

He is survived by his mother Angeles Berg and stepfather Robert Berg of Golden Valley; his father, James Mann and brother, Anthony Mann, both of Arnold; and his sisters, Frances and Serena Mann of Golden Valley.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman.

A rosary will be said from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St., Kingman. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery on Stockton Hill Road.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 18, in Angels Camp, Calif.

Melba Mount

Melba Mount, 74, passed away May 18, 2004.

She was born Dec. 28, 1929, in Raleigh, N.C., and was the daughter of Archie and Rosa Smith, now deceased. She was a seven-year resident of Golden Valley.

She is survived by her husband, William Mount of Golden Valley; daughters Melanie Limon, Joanie Kordich, and Deborah Mount, all of California, and Diana Gross of Nev.; granddaughters Jennifer Martin, Alex and Jackie Limon, Sarah Gross and Andrea McKeown; and grandson Kevin Joseph Kordich.

Burial in Kingman will be private.

Kenneth Plain

Kenneth Plain, 77, of Kingman died Tuesday, May 18, 2004.

Mr. Plain was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Bragg, Okla. He moved to Kingman 37 years ago from Tolleson. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired businessman who belonged to the Elks.

He is survived by three sons, Gary Plain of Kingman, Glenn Plain of Flagstaff of Don Plain of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Barbara Baker of Kingman; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman.

Alan Anderson Sr.

Alan Anderson Sr., 66, passed away May 19, 2004, in Kingman. He was born April 25, 1938 in Quincy, Mass.

Alan was a resident of Kingman for the last three years, having moved here from Norton, Mass. He worked for 40 years as a news cinematographer in the Boston Metro area.

He is survived by: his wife, Terra Anderson of Kingman; his sisters, Betty Luce of New Port Richey, Fla., and Alice Dolan of Halifax, Mass.; brothers, Bryant Anderson of Cape Cod, Mass. and Jerry Anderson of Brockton, Mass.; sons, Alan Anderson Jr. of Chelmsford, Mass. and Sean Anderson of North Attleboro, Mass.; sister-in-laws Karen Anderson of Cape Cod, Mass. and Helen Anderson of Brockton, Mass.; brother-in-law Eddie Dolan of Halifax, Mass. and two grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 608 Carlton St., in Kingman on Sunday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be no services.

Francisco Lopez Jr.

Francisco Lopez Jr, born Jan. 31, 1933, in Gary, Indiana. He passed away Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Kingman. He was a caring and loving father.

He is preceded in death by: both of his parents, Francisco and Julia Lopez; his brother, Steve Lopez; grandchildren Marcus, Bryan, and Ariana Lopez and Jennifer Crabtree; and brother-in-law, Pepe Rivera.

He is survived by: his wife, Rose; son, Jesse of Nebraska; daughters, Tonya and Valicia of Kingman and Rejena of TX.; brother, Nottie of Neb.; sisters, Margie and Helen, also of Neb., Flora and Julia of Tucson, and Flora of TX.; grandchildren, Sarah, Ashley, Steven, Alicia, Rebecca, and Shawn, all of Kingman; Jesse, Trustyn, Sarah, and Katie of TX.; Kiara of Neb. and Bryan Jr. of Ohio; sister-in-law Roseann of Neb.; daughter-in-law Kris of Neb.; sons-in-law, Roy of TX., and Dennis of Kingman; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, May 24, 2004, at 10 a.m.

Melissa Sue Orcutt-Smith

Melissa Sue Orcutt-Smith, 24, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

She was born on April 2, 1980, in Needles, Calif.

Melissa is survived by: her husband, Harley Smith; son Ethan Smith; her mother, Bonnie Taylor and step-father Jerry Taylor; grandmother, Dorothy Roose; brother, Eric Taylor; sisters, Mindy Taylor and Teresa Stout; all of Kingman; her in-laws, Ben and Ruby Smith and brother-in-law Tyson Smith of Golden Valley.

Services will be held at Sutton Funeral Home on Monday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and services will immediately follow. She will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Melissa was dearly loved by her family; she will be forever missed.

William Johnston Sr.

William Nelson Johnston Sr., 75, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Los Angeles.

William retired from the Operating Engineers Local 428 and the Mohave County Road Department. He also was a contractor for the U.S. Postal Service and a third-party commercial driver’s license tester for the Department of Transportation. He was employed with Thunderbird Materials at the time of his passing.

William also was a member of the Kingman Elks Lodge 468. His passion was in restoring old vehicles, horse-trading and collecting antiques. He will be remembered for his love of his family, of life, and the joy he experienced by the numerous people he befriended. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Hafley.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley Johnston, and his children: Diane and Cotton Winters and their children Lonnie and Tiffany, all of Kingman; Copper Light and her children, John, Danielle, Justin, Cameron and Christian; William Nelson Johnston Jr. and his children, Shari and Marc, all of Kingman; Char and Steve Valdez and their children, Matthew and Alisha, all of Kingman; Rick and Lynn McDaniel and their children Tonya, Amanda, Charmayne and Cindy, all of Kingman; Rita and Devin Zumwalt and their children, Clint, Todd, and Brad; Russell and Martha McDaniel and their children Kasandra and Allison of Vista, Calif.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A remembrance service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Please join us after the service, in the fellowship hall, to celebrate his life.

David L. Roy

David Lee Roy, 45, of Kingman died May 20, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born Oct. 27, 1958, in Long Beach, Calif.

Mr. Roy graduated from Needles, Calif., High School and served for the Army. He was employed as a waiter.

He is survived by his mother, Mimi Haas of Kingman; his father, Leonard Roy of Long Beach; a sister, Renee Watson, and brothers, Don Roy and Ron Roy, all of Kingman; nieces, Shay Schmidt of South Carolina and Nicole Watson, who is serving with the armed forces in Iraq; nephews, Steven Roy of Mesa, Robert Roy, Scotty Roy and Carlos Vanenzula, all of Kingman, and Raymond Schmidt, Ray Schmidt Jr., and Matt Haywood, all of South Carolina.

Faith A. Hull

Faith Anita Hull, 50, passed away Friday, May 28, 2004, in Kingman after a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 22, 1953, in Salinas, Calif. She lived in Southern California before moving to Kingman 10 years ago.

Mrs. Hull graduated with honors in 1971 from the King City High School in California. She expressed her creative side with crafts and woodworking. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, keeping them overnight, baking cookies, taking them to the library and reading to them. Her weekend hobby was getting the newspaper out and mapping the garage sales in the neighborhood. If she found one on the way that wasn't in the paper, you better believe she stopped!

Mrs. Hull was employed with American Woodmark for several years and most recently worked at Pizza Hut/Baskin Robbins in the Petro shopping center. She also was a volunteer at the Foundation for Senior Living.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Hull, her father Stanley Shaw and her brother Ross Shaw.

She is survived by her sons, Joey and James Hull, daughter Laurie and her husband Michael Martinez, grandchildren Matthew and Aaron Martinez, her mother Izola Shaw and brothers Mark and Roger Shaw, all of Kingman; sister Sharon and her husband Dan Daniels of King City; and many numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 5 at 1295 Suffock Ave, Kingman. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity.

Eugene D. Lischewski

Eugene Dale Lischewski, 75, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born April 2, 1929, in Decatur, Ill.

Mr. Lischewski earned two bachelor of science degrees, two master of science degrees and served in the Air Force for five years as a pilot. He taught math for 30 years and retired in 1984. He moved to Kingman 19 years ago from Lindenhurst, Ill.

He is survived by his wife, Clotel Lischewski of Kingman; daughter Sharon Ann Dhuyuetter of Beach Park, Ill.; sons Gary Paul Lischewski of Palatine, Ill., and Michael Dale Lischewski of Waukegan, Ill.; sisters Eunice Cutler of San Antonio, Texas, and Ruth Ann Stokes of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4045 N. Van Nuys Road, Kingman. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road.

Edith M. Kaplan

Edith Mildred Kaplan, 83, passed away May 15, 2004, in Kingman.

She was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Jerome, Idaho.

Edith did undergraduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle and obtained a bachelor of science degree at the University of Texas in El Paso. Edith did postgraduate work at the University of California and eventually earned a masters degree in special education and early childhood development at Sonoma State College.

Edith and her family moved to Golden Valley in September 1979, and she became a member of Golden Valley Baptist Church. She enjoyed the growth of the church family and will be dearly missed.

Edith retired from teaching twice, in Napa, Calif., and in 1988 in Yucca, where she had taught kindergarten through sixth grade. It was a wonderful change from the larger schools she had taught at in the past, and the children were a delight.

Edith is survived by her son, Dennis Kaplan of Golden Valley; a daughter, Jacque Harris of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren Lisa Conkey of Bullhead City, Brad Kaplan of Prescott and Rodney and Richard Harris, both of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren Jonathan Conkey of Golden Valley, Sean Conkey of Bullhead City, Rachel and Trevor Kaplan, both of Prescott, and Foster and William Harris, both of Charlotte; and her sister, Carol Cook of Moses Lake, Wash.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at Golden Valley Baptist Church for family and friends.

Dorothy Westcott

Dorothy "June" Westcott passed away in Spring, Texas, on Saturday, May 22, 2004. Mrs. Westcott was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 19, 1923, to John and Edith (Mullen) Walker. She was 80 years old.

Mrs. Westcott spent a great part of her life in Mohave County, having attended grammar school in Kingman and Chloride and graduated from Mohave County Union High School. She resided in Kingman until moving to Texas in 2001 to be with her son and his wife.

She married Earl M. (Buzz) Westcott and together they owned and operated the Kingman Flying service and Avis Rent-a-Car at the Kingman Airport from 1955 to 1966. After her husband's death in 1965, Mrs. Westcott owned and operated Westcott's Western Wear and June's Gems and Lapidary. She also taught lapidary at the Mohave Community College.

She is survived by her children, Diana and her husband Noval Wright of Kingman and Jay Westcott and his wife Mary Kay of Spring; four grandsons, Justin Wright and his wife Sarah and Casey Wright and his wife Kenette, all of Kingman, and Ryan Westcott and his wife Randee and Lane Westcott, all of Spring; granddaughter Kylee and her husband Drew Stone of Manhattan, Kan.; seven great-grandchildren; her twin brother, Jack Walker and his wife Ginette of Kingman; stepbrother Jack Mullen and his wife Joan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her son, Robert Jack Westcott; grandchildren Lane Dooley Westcott and Shauna Kay Westcott; her mother Edith Mullen and stepfather Johnnie Mullen; and brother Ronnie Walker and sister Beverly Harrison.

John A. Brown

John Allen “Jack” Brown, 74, of Kingman died Friday, May 21, 2004, in Kingman.

Mr. Brown was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Redlands, Calif.

He moved to Kingman 14 years ago from Hesperia, Calif.

Mr. Brown graduated from Redlands High School in 1947. He attended San Bernardino Valley College and was a civil service worker at George Air Force Base from 1954 to 1985, working in the petroleum section.

He served the Army from 1951 to 1953 and was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association and the 24th Infantry Division Association. He also was a member of the American Motorcyclists Association.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeanne Brown; daughter, Jeaneece of Michigan; son, Jeffrey of Arizona; brother, Charles Llody Brown of California; and grandchildren, Jeremy, Kristin, Tiffany, Brittany and Jonathan.

Services will be private.

Donald J. Davis

Donald Joe Davis of Kingman died Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at his home.

Mr. Davis moved to Kingman 40 years ago from Buckeye. He was a sheet-metal worker and a member of the sheet-metal workers union.

He also was a Marine Corps veteran.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Ellis.

He is survived by his wife, Mary D. Davis of Kingman; three daughters, Donna Johnson of Kingman, Janet Dowling of Lake Havasu City and Vikki Dalton of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Lonnie Davis of Kingman and James Davis of Buckeye; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A service will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, June 7, at 4045 North Bank St. in Kingman.

Darrel L. Hensley

Darrel Lee Hensley, 46, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born Sept. 14, 1957, in Calexico, Calif.

Mr. Hensley is survived by his wife, Vicki; three daughters, Melissa, Kari and Lisa; his mother and father, Donald and Juanita Hensley; brothers, Darren, Michael and Allen; sisters, Kimberly and Donna; grandmother, Peggy Donich of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Deven, Steven, Justyn, Kevin, Alexandra, Beka and one more due in October; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his natural mother, Mary Sartain.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Abundant Life Family Worship Center, 1212 Stockton Hill Road. After the service, a reception will take place at the church, hosted by Pastor Michael Bryant and the ladies of the United Methodist Church

You were a son, a husband, brother, father and grandfather. We will miss your presence but will carry you in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Darrel’s name, which can be done at any credit union.

Ruby C. Cartier

After a blessedly brief battle with cancer, Ruby Caroline Cartier victoriously went home to the arms of her maker on June 8, 2004. She was born on Feb. 5, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., to August and Caroline Lindskog. The eleventh of twelve siblings, she had a strong sense of family and community.

As a young couple, she and her husband ran a hamburger stand before moving to California in 1950. There she worked for the county of San Diego and the county of Los Angeles until her retirement. She was an avid camper, amateur rock hound and jeweler.

In 1981, when Lancaster, Calif., became too crowded, she relocated to Kingman, where she spent her days gardening, golfing, serving her community and sharing laughter with everyone.

She was one of those treasured people who found immense joy in her own shortcomings.

Her ability to laugh at herself and see the humor in life was so infectious you had to laugh, too, even if you weren’t sure what you were laughing at.

Ruby was a change agent, a modern day crusader for her community. She loved to find a need and then tackle the challenges head-on.

Ruby leaves behind her two daughters, Jeannine Martinez and Victoria Bergersen; five of her six grandchildren, Laura Briggs, Kelly Colby, Eric and Bruce Bergersen, and Benjamin Briggs; two great-grandchildren, Kristina and Jacob Bergersen; two sisters, Alice Larson and Lillian Lindskog; brother, Vernon Lindskog; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Victor Cartier, and her grandson, Michael Scott Briggs.

The family extends its appreciation to all of the friends and family who supported Ruby in her final days – of special note to her niece, Vernette Hajek.

The community is invited to join in a celebration of Ruby’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave.

Jennifer L. Selby

Jennifer Leigh Selby, 16, of Golden Valley died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 25, 1987, in Lake Havasu City.

Jennifer attended Kingman High School and had many friends, including computer friends in many states. She had a very big heart and will be missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her parents, Warren and Kathy Selby; a sister, Jessica and her husband Todd; twin brother, Rocky; niece, Ashlee; and nephew, Dylan – all of Golden Valley; and her maternal grandmother, Agnes Gulliver of Lake Havasu City.

Jennifer’s ashes will be distributed along the Colorado River in Parker.

Don Marklowitz

Don Marklowitz, 72, of Dolan Springs died June 9, 2004, in Kingman.

He was born April 15, 1932, in Clearwater, Minn.

Don is sadly missed by his wife of 47 years, Floraine (Toots); son, Don Jr. and his wife Margaret of Fountain City, Wis.; daughters, Shelly Weyers and her husband Mike of Hudson, Wis., Kim Waterman and her husband Jim of Baldwin, Wis., and Toni Nelson and her husband Mark of Clarksville, Tenn.; brothers, George, Milo and his wife Ida, Frederick and Darrell, all of St. Cloud, Minn.; sisters, Arlene Hetrick and her husband Lee of Kingman and Doreen Jungk of Minneapolis, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Glen, Norman and Marlin.

His remains will be cremated. Memorial services will be held in Hudson.

Lenore M. Glover

Lenore M. Glover, 69, passed away Monday, May 31, 2004. She was born July 5, 1934, in Bismarck, N.D., to Joseph and Francis Roder.

Lenore was born and raised in North Dakota and went to high school in Wolf Creek, Mont. She stayed in Montana until 1984, when she moved to Arizona, where she loved the warm weather. She married Gordon Dempsey in 1953. She later married Gene Wildish in 1963. Lenore loved gardening and being outdoors – she took much pride in her landscaping. One of her biggest passions was bowling and bowling leagues. She enjoyed frequent trips to Laughlin, where she loved to gamble. She will be forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

Lenore is survived by her sons, Mike Dempsey and Scott Wildish; stepfather Lee Layton; grandchildren Joshua, Jake and Loralee Dawn; half-sisters, Marsha and Debbie Layton; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, brother Marvin and sister Kathleen, preceded Lenore in death.

Contributions in Lenore’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Lake Havasu Mortuary made arrangements.

Thomas M. Shibata

Thomas M. Shibata, a longtime resident of Gallup, N.M., and Kingman, was called home to the Lord on May 25, 2004, after a long illness.

Thomas was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Gallup, the second son of Roy Shibata and Yei Fujisawa.

Thomas made many friends during his travels throughout the United States and will be best remembered as a person who cared greatly for the welfare of others and as a person who gave freely of his time to others.

He was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingman before moving to Albuquerque, N.M.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Edward, George and Walter.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Shigenaka of Lake Forest, Ill.; sister-in-law, Anne Shibata of Albuquerque; nephews, David Shibata of Camus, Ore., Edward Shibata of West Lafayette, Ind., Gary Shigenaka of Seattle, Wash., Robert Shigenaka of Shelby Township, Mich., Ricky Shibata of California and Ronald and Randolph Shibata of Albuquerque.

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Friday, June 11 in Albuquerque by Father Richard Olona at Church of the Risen Savior.

Inurnment took place Saturday, June 12, at the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallup, with Father James Walker of the Sacred Heart Cathedral officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Thomas’ memory be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Church of the Risen Savior.

John R. Bromley and Bertha M. Bromley

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bromley lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident on Monday, June 14, 2004, while traveling east of Artesia, N.M. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, June 19, at Golden Valley Baptist Church by Dr. Sam Crouch. The church is at 100 S. Higley Road near state Route 68.

John R. Bromley was born in Williston, Vt. He was 81 years old. He is survived by two sons, Peter and Chris Bromley, and one daughter, Pam, as well as three brothers, David, Marcus and Tommy, and five sisters, Helene, Maxine, Janice, Brenda and Nadine.

Bertha M. Bromley was born in Hatch, N.M., and grew up in Kingman. She was 65 years old and is survived by a daughter Roberta, son-in-law Craig and grandchildren Miranda and Aidan Becker, of Austin, Texas, as well as sisters Lois Hanna and Katie Blair of Kingman, Ginger Evenson of Perris, Calif., and brother H.D. Wilbanks of Waco, Texas. Many nephews, nieces and friends also mourn their loss.

George A. Komadina

George A. Komadina, 82, died May 31, 2004. Born the eldest child of Croatian immigrants Kata and Tony Komadina in Oatman, George was educated at Mohave County Union High School and the University of Arizona. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in metallurgical engineering and was a registered professional engineer in Arizona.

A World War II veteran, George served in the Army’s 14th Armored Division, 25th Tank Battalion from its landing at Marseille, France, in October 1944 to the war’s conclusion in May 1945, when the division was in Austria. He fought in Alsace-Lorraine, the historic defense of Allied positions at Hatten and Rittershoffen, and the liberation of subcamps of Dachau concentration camp. George was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during the Battle of the Bulge.

His 36-year career in mining took him to Colorado, Oklahoma and finally back to Tucson, where he was vice president and general manager of Cyprus Pima Mining Co. George served as president of both the Tri-state and Tucson sections of the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

A conscientious community-minded individual, George served on the University of Arizona Alumni board of directors for eight years, including as president in 1977-78. In 1997, George was the distinguished recipient of the university’s Alumni Association Centennial Achievement Award. Additionally, he was a territorial bank director and a member of the Faculty-Alumni Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.

George was married to Esther Brossart for 57 years. He is survived by Esther; daughters, Sharon Komadina McCarty and her husband Joseph, and Mary Komadina; sons, Tom Komadina and wife Ellen, Jim Komadina and wife Krina; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He also is survived by his brothers, Tony and Frank Komadina, and sister, Mary Komadina.

Services were held June 4 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Tucson.


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