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John Marusich 
Nov. 9, 1923 - Aug. 20, 1999
John Marusich, 75, passed away in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Friday, Aug. 20, 1999. Mr. Marusich was born in Bisbee, Ariz., on Nov. 9, 1923, to Rad Marusich and Petra Milovich Marusich. He was raised in Bisbee and graduated from Bisbee Public Schools. He was a veteran of the U.S Navy during World War II. Mr. Marusich was the Regional Manager for the Finance One Company for many years until his retirement and he was also a former deputy sheriff of Cochise County.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Manuel Marusich on March 10, 1992; and his brother, Mike Marusich on March 13, 1998.
Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years Yolanda Rochin Marusich of Bisbee; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia Marusich of Naco, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Deborah Marusich and Elisa Marusich both of Tucson; one grandson, Dan Marusich of Redwood City, Calif.; a brother, Alex (Natalie) Marusich of Scottsdale; a sister, Milena Marusich of Scottsdale; also many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dugan Funeral Chapel, Bisbee, Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Nemanja Church in Bakersville, Ariz. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee. Contributions may be made to St. Stephens Nemanja Church or to the Diabetes Foundation.
John will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
All arrangements are being handled by Dugan Funeral Chapel.

Robert E. Doepker 
June 15, 1919 - Aug. 22, 1999
Robert E. Doepker, 80, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away peacefully in his sleep, Sunday Aug. 22, 1999, at the Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center. He had been an area resident for 34 years.
Robert was born June 15, 1919, in Townsend, Mont., to Mark and Mary (Sheridan) Doepker. Bob served in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945. He served as the Deputy Judge Advocate General Officer on Fort Huachuca for 15 years until his retirement in 1982. 
He was a life member of the VFW Post No. 9972, B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 2065 and the American Legion Post No. 52. He enjoyed camping, fishing and cruises to the Caribbean. He will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
Bob is survived by his wife, Kay Doepker of Sierra Vista; children, Sherry (Brian) Main, Derry, Joel, Mark, Robert, Jr. (Theola) Doepker all of Washington; step-children, Rita (Tom) Miller of New York, Elaine Parenteau of Tucson, Ariz., and Jeff Parenteau and Pete Hahn both of Sierra Vista; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special friends Tom and Marylou Thomas; and sister-in-law Diana Mouzakitotis of Chicago.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 N. Taylor Drive, in Sierra Vista with Father Coleman Nolan officiating. Interment will be private.
Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grin;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

John R. Cowan, Jr. 
May 11, 1928 - Aug. 23, 1999
John R. Cowan Jr. 71, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at St. Josephs Hospital, Tucson, Ariz.
John was born May 11, 1928, in Lewistown, Mont., to John and Eva Cowan Sr. John spent most of his life in northern California and was well-known in the music community as a fine performing pianist as well as a piano instructor. He also had been a real estate broker before retiring in the mid-1990s. Due to his illness from leukemia, John moved to Sierra Vista early in 1998 to be near his family. His happy, fun-loving character will be sorely missed by all those who loved him.
Grateful for having shared his life are his sister, Catherine Arenas and his niece, Eva Arenas, both of Sierra Vista, and cousin, Joyce Jenkins of Seattle.
Graveside funeral services will be on Friday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery, 5590 Charleston Road, in Sierra Vista with the Rev. Ben Somerville officiating.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

Leon Frank Collins 
Oct. 28, 1929 - Aug. 22, 1999
Leon Frank Collins, 69, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. Leon had been an area resident for the past 27 years.
Frank was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Metter, Ga., to Raiford and Ulma Collins. He graduated from Guyton High School, Guyton, Ga., later receiving his associates degree in communications. Frank married Irene Lottie Collyer in December 1954, and as he was in the U.S. Army, the couple lived in various cities before settling in Sierra Vista in 1972. Frank served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Army as a crypto technician, including a tour in Vietnam. He received numerous awards and commendations including the Legion of Merit, before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1977. Frank continued to work with the Department of the Army as a civilian on Fort Huachuca, retiring again in October 1991. Lottie preceded him in death in September 1990.
Frank was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Retired Officers Association and St. Stephens Episcopal Church. In his spare time, he loved to travel.
Grateful for having shared his life are his two sons, Capt. Richard F. Collins, U.S. Public Health Service, and his wife, Ginger Collins, Ph.D., of Atlanta, and Victor C. Collins of Los Angeles; three brothers, Jack (Evelyn) Collins of Gray, Ga., Jerry (Joyce) Collins of Dalton, Ga., and Burney (Rae) Collins of Resacca, Ga.; his sister, Margie Tuten of Guyton, Ga.; and other extended family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista. Funeral services will follow on Friday at 9 a.m. at Kino Chapel, Fort Huachuca, with Chaplain (Capt.) Ira C. Houck III officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at the Post Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Franks name to the American Cancer Society, C/O Charlotte McGhee, 793 Charles Drive, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

Paul Harold Prickett 
Feb. 26, 1914 - Aug. 24, 1999
Paul Prickett died Aug. 24, 1999, in the Life Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He had been a resident of the area since 1987.
He was born in La Grange, Ill., to Nettie (Bowersox) Prickett and Wright H. Prickett. He attended public schools in La Grange, graduating from Lyons Township High school in 1931. From 1933 to 1936 Paul attended the Goodman Theater School in Chicago. Jobs for actors during the depression were hard to find, but he played in summer stock and local repertory theater in the Chicago area.
Paul served in World War II in the 4th division, landing on Utah Beach on D-Day plus two as overstrength. After serving six months of combat as a machine gun platoon leader, he was transferred to Special Services where as a theatrical officer he produced shows that played throughout the European Theater.
Upon his return to the states in 1946 he joined Actors Company in Chicago as a teacher. He had a brief stint on Broadway in The Plays The Thing starring Louis Calhern.
In 1952, he married Phyllis Sandusky in La Grange, Ill. The couple moved to Hinsdale, Ill. During the 50s, Paul was a professional actor in the Chicago area performing in stock, commercials and industrial films.
In 1963, Paul joined the staff of Actors Equity Association, the stage actors union in the Chicago office. He headed the office from 1966 until 1973, seeing it expand from three employees to 11 and establishing a reputation as the most actor-friendly office in the country.
Nearing retirement , in 1973 he joined the staff of Actors Equity in Los Angeles as a business agent. Upon retirement, he was active in the First Unitarian Church, where his wife was employed as administrator. He also served on the Unitarian Universalist Southwest District Board and on the Los Angeles Hunger Coalition. When Phyllis retired in 1987 the couple moved to Hereford, Ariz., a move encouraged by their son John who has been a resident since the early 70s. The couple moved to Sierra Vista in 1994.
Pauls activities here included the presidency of the Greater Huachuca Area Democratic Club, helping in the establishment of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southeast Arizona, and serving as a director and board member of the Illegitimate Theater Company. He directed nine plays for the group.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Wright H. Prickett and a son Steven Prickett. He is survived by his wife Phyllis, son John and grandson Stephen.
Memorial Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home. Instead of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Childrens Research Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Western Springs IL 60558, to the U U Church of Southeast Arizona, P.O. Box 3123, Sierra Vista AZ 85636 or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista

Louis Virie Blanche Sr. 
June 6, 1927 - Aug. 26, 1999
Louis Virie Blanche Sr. was born June 6, 1927, to Dorine B. and Rowan Blanche of Summit, Miss. He was married to Lucy J. Walker for 50 years, who preceded his demise.
Louis is survived by his son, Louis V. Blanche, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and four grandchildren: Louis V. Blanche III, Cameron-Roian Blanche, Gabriell Alexander Blanche and Vivienne Joi Blanche. He also is survived by a host of friends who dearly loved and respected him for his neighborly character.
Mr. Blanche entered the U.S. Army at 16 years of age and retired as a master sergeant after completing 33 years of active duty. He proudly served as an Airborne Trooper with the 555th (Triple Nickel) Parachute Infantry Detachment in Georgia and fought in campaigns across North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Korea and Vietnam before retiring at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Following this retirement, Louis committed himself to work as a volunteer with numerous social and political organizations in the Greater Huachuca Area. He was a long-standing member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Association of Buffalo Soldiers. Louis volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Disabled American Veterans. He had been a member of the Sierra Vista Lions Club for approximately five years. During this time he served as sight and hearing chairman for two years. During his tenure, he was able to assist many residents of the community. He was a dedicated worker. He also served with the Philippines American Club International of Sierra Vista. He was also a long-standing member and supporter of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Veterans. Louis was highly committed to social service and made helping others the essence of his existent. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at Fort Huachuca Main Post Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, Fry Chapter No. 14, P.O. Box 1014, Sierra Vista AZ 85636.
Arrangements are with Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. with the coordination of the DAV.

Louis V. Blanche Sr. 
June 6, 1927 - Aug. 26, 1999
Services for Mr. Louis Blanche scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel, Fort Huachuca, have been rescheduled for one week later on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel. 
The funeral has been moved back to accommodate a grandsons arrival from Connecticut. 
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

John F. Nagy 
Dec. 4, 1919 - Aug. 29, 1999
John F. Nagy, 79, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at his Sierra Vista residence. He had been an area resident for the past nine years.
John was born Dec. 4, 1919, in South Bend, Ind., to Joseph and Rose (Sazbo) Nagy. John received his education in South Bend, and on Jan. 17, 1942, he married Lorraine J. Kopetski. Shortly after their marriage, John entered the U.S. Army, serving in the South Pacific in World War II. The Nagys made their residence in Mishawaka, Ind., for a number of years where John was employed as a maintenance engineer for the city at the Erskin Golf Course. John and Lorraine moved to Sierra Vista in 1990.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 57 years, Lorraine of Sierra Vista; his three children, Judith (Chris) Batalis of Fort Myers, Fla., John (Joyce) Nagy of Mishawaka, Ind., and Janet (Nick) Kollar of Hereford, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Kevin Sr., Stephanie, Sean, June, Jenifer, Nick and Jake and eight great-grandchildren, Zackery, Samantha, Kevin Jr., David, Tyler, Jena, Austin and Christopher.
Services and interment will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish, may make a contribution in Johns name to Casa de la Paz Hospice, 300 El Camino Real, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., Sierra Vista.

God's Garden
God looked around his garden, And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you, And lifted you to rest.
Gods garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never, Get well on this earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids, And whispered Peace be thine.
It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didnt go alone
For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.
- Author unknown

Donavon William Smith 
Jan. 16, 1917 - Aug. 30, 1999
Donavon William Smith, 82, a 37-year resident of Tombstone, Ariz., and Huachuca City, Ariz., passed away at home Monday morning, Aug. 30, 1999. He was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Findlay, Ohio, to Charles and Etta Smith.
Mr. Smith served his country in World War II in the Army Air Corp. from 1941 to 1945 as a crew chief on a B-25. He was a lifetime member of the 57th Bomb Wing, Helldorado and Tombstone Vigilantes; 50-year member of the American Legion Post No. 3, Findlay, Ohio; member of the VFW Post No. 10342 Huachuca City; member of the Blue Lodge Chapter Counsel and Commander; charter member of the Zabbar Shrine Temple in Tucson, Ariz., and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mr. Smith married Pauline M. Bauemlein on Aug. 14, 1955, in Findlay, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years Pauline of Huachuca City; sons Larry E. Smith and Donavon D. Smith of Huachuca City; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at the VFW Post No. 10342, 1301 Cochise Ave., in Huachuca City.
The family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice in his name. The family also requests that no flowers be sent.
Arrangements have been entrusted Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Peter Dennis Ramos 
April 8, 1933 - Aug. 29, 1999
Peter Dennis Ramos, 68 of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, in his home. Peter had been an area resident for five years.
Peter was born April 8, 1933, in New York City, N.Y., to Elvira Siegert and Pedro Ramos.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1953, serving more than 22 years as a member of the military police and the Criminal Investigation Division. His service included tours in Germany, Fort Huachuca, Fort Bragg, N.C., and two tours in Vietnam before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer II in 1972. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army, Peter worked as an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the State University of New York, Farmingdale, from 1976 until his retirement in 1994. Shortly after his retirement, Peter moved to Sierra Vista.
In his spare time, Peter enjoyed photography, computers and gardening, with a passion for roses.
Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Staff Sgt. Donna B. Lingo of Fort Huachuca, Cynthia L. Ramos of Greensboro, N.C., Senior Master Sgt. Marc (Leslie) D. Ramos of Dyess AFB, Texas, Sandra A. Ramos of Sierra Vista and Nicole B. Ramos of Miller Place, N.Y., Peter is also survived by his mother, Gloria Pulido of Springhill, Fla.; his sister, Gloria Daddio of Springhill, Fla.; his brother, Armando Carames of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 South Highway 92 in Sierra Vista. Funeral services will be on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hatfield Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery, 5590 Charleston Road.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

Gregorio O. Figueroa, Sr. 
May 9, 1923 - Sept. 4, 1999
Gregorio O. Figueroa, Sr., 76, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., peacefully passed away in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, after a lengthy illness.
Gregorio was born in Tintown, Ariz., on May 9, 1923, to Vicente and Jesus Ohton Figueroa. He spent his early years in Bisbee, Ariz., before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1944. During World War II he meritoriously served his country, acting as a front-line medic in the 126th Infantry, 32nd Division. He received a number of military commendations for his bravery and service, including the Bronze Star.
He played baseball for a time with the Boston Red Sox minor league team in San Jose, Calif., and also with the Phoenix Senators.
He met his wife of 52 years, Beatrice Sanchez, in California. They were married in 1947 and together raised six children. The family lived for a number of years in the Phoenix area before settling permanently in Sierra Vista in 1966. He worked as a civil service employee at Fort Huachuca until his retirement in 1985.
Goyo, as he was affectionately known, was a devoted husband and father who dearly loved his family and enjoyed his many friends. Although he will be sorely missed, his kind and gentle nature will live in our hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as by his brothers, Robert and Tony.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beatrice of Sierra Vista; his children, Gregorio Jr. (Pam) of Sierra Vista, Jesse of Boston, Sylvia (Edward) Schmehl, Martin (Angie) and Edward all of Sierra Vista, Theresa (Joe) Guerrero of Tucson and a step daughter, Rose Marie Perez of California. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ian, Jeramy and Nina Schmehl, Katherine Sheffield and Jessica Figueroa, Sean Figueroa and Jacob and Leah Guerrero; as well as by two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Trevor Sheffield. He is further survived by two brothers, Frank and Alonzo of Bisbee and by his sister, Alicia Cabello of California.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation this evening from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary service at 6 p.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 N. Taylor Drive, in Sierra Vista, with Father Gregory Adolf officiating. Gregorio will be laid to rest at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery, 5590 Charleston Road, in Sierra Vista. Following the interment, a luncheon will be held back at the St. Andrews Parish Center.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc.

A Sonnet for my Father
And when I think of all my days gone by, 
Which seem like waves that beat against the shore 
I bow my head and heave a heartfelt sigh 
And wonder if I'll be allotted more 
By Him Who in His wisdom governs all, 
Or if my days are closing to an end. 
And then I try the good days to recall
And ask the Lord those days to send again. 
But as I ponder things in such a way 
I tell myself you should not muse like this,
But rather ask of God that you not stray 
From His good path that leads to perfect bliss
The path that all the Righteous trod before, 
That leads us to that Calm beyond the shore.
- 1999 Jesse Figuero.

Albert Carl Buchanan 
May 13, 1914 - Sept. 9, 1999
Albert Carl Buchanan of Bisbee, Ariz., passed away at his home on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999. He was born May 13, 1914, in Greens Creek, N.C. Carl came to Bisbee as a soldier/miner after being drafted into the U.S. Army. Carl had worked as a miner at Phelps Dodge Corp.s Campbell Shaft, retiring in 1975. Carls wife of 47 years, Hester (Howard), preceded him in death in January 1991. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Yvonne in 1977; a son, Carl Ray Buchanan in 1950; and a sister, Daisy Shepherd in 1996.
Survivors are his daughter, Carol, and her husband, Lee Moore, two granddaughters, Andrea Lee and Diane Moore, all of Bisbee; and two sisters, Bird Hall and Julia Beck, both of Sylva, N.C.
A public viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Dugans Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. at Dugans. Interment services to follow at Memory Gardens.

The clock of life is wound but once, 
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop 
On what day or what hour. 
Now is the only time you have 
So live it with a will. 
Don't wait until tomorrow 
The hands may then be still. 
- Author unknown

James A. Belt 
Jan. 16,1913 - Sept. 12,1999
James A. Belt, 86, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, after a long battle with cancer.
James was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Hardin County, Ill., to Henry and Jane (Pennell) Belt. James was self employed, owning a trucking company, Ford dealership, and a grocery store. He and his wife moved to Sierra Vista 36 years ago, where he operated a vending machine business on Fort Huachuca. Following retirement, they enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling together.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 66 years, Opal; three children, Virginia (Harold) Maerker, James Belt and Richard H. Belt all of Illinois; five grandchildren and many dear friends.
A time of visitation will be held Wednesday at the Hatfield Memorial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at Hatfield Memorial Chapel, 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista, with Pastor Edward Galyon officiating. Interment will take place Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-In-Rock, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers remembrances be given to Habitat for Humanity, c/o Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 S. St. Andrews Drive, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements are with the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Mary E. Rubin 
Feb. 25, 1953 - Sept. 13, 1999
Mary E. Rubin, 46, of Tombstone, Ariz., passed on Monday, Sept. 13, 1999. She had been a Tombstone resident for the past year.
Mary was born Feb. 25, 1953, in Marion, Ohio, to Donald and Betty Johnson. She attended schools in the Las Vegas area and graduated from Valley High School. Mary worked as Cath Lab Tech at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas for 18 years where she continued her education in this field and advanced herself to supervisor. She was always trying to help people and was very caring. She had an enlightened personality which gave way to her songwriting, poetry and artistry. She always had a kind word. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Butch Rubin in 1998.
Mary is survived by her parents, Don and Betty Johnson of Las Vegas; sisters, Donna Idol, Sandura Serrao and Theresa Najemian; and stepson, Marty Rubin.
A celebration of Marys life will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Hatfield Memorial Chapel with Pastor H. Lee Erwin officiating. Interment will be private.

I guess its time to say goodbye
My work here now is through
For God has called me, to his light
And I must be leaving soon
But before I go, Id like to say
How much I love you so
And Im really sorry, I cant stay
Its just, my time, to go
- written by Mary in 1994
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Belle Victoria Lopez 
Sept. 14, 1922 - Sept. 11, 1999
Belle Victoria Lopez, 76, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. She had been an area resident of Sierra Vista for the past four years.
Belle was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Fort Lewis, Wash. Belle traveled throughout the world with her husband Joseph, who was in the military. She was a very active member of the DAVA. From 1995 to 1996, she was the past commander for the state of Washington. She was also a member of the DAVA Post No. 14 in Sierra Vista.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Joseph K. Lopez of Sierra Vista; a daughter, Karen Rousseau of Seattle; a son, Larry (Erma) Rousseau of Sierra Vista; four grandchildren, Annabelle (Allen) Clawson of Spencer, N.C., Raymond Rousseau of Sierra Vista, Justin Rousseau of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lennie Rousseau of Salisbury, N.C.; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Golden Acres Estates Club House, 3623 Finch Circle, in Golden Acres.
Memorial contributions may be made in Belle V. Lopezs name to the Town and Country Preschool Special Education Program, 1313 Lenzner Ave., Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Leota A. Garey 
Feb. 4, 1909 - Sept. 15, 1999
Leota A. Garey, 90, of Hereford, Ariz., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She had been a local resident for the past four years.
Leota was born Feb. 4, 1909, in Centerville, Iowa, to Frank and Alice (Davison) Shepard. She was raised and attended school in the Centerville area. After high school she married her husband of 50 years Carl James Garey and the couple then moved to California. There they owned and operated Mi-Mamas Pastry Shop in Eureka Calif., for many years. During that time, not only did they make pastries, but they made many friends. After selling the business, they traveled all over the United States. Leota loved photography and took many pictures while traveling. She loved her family and was a very friendly person who loved everyone. She will be greatly missed. 
She was preceded in death by her husband James in 1976.
She is survived by her sister, Dora Tow of San Francisco, Calif.; three daughters, Patricia Tennis of Barstow, Calif., Betty (Ed) Harnay of Sacramento, Calif., and Darlin (Richard) Arnold of Hereford; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Country Estate Baptist Church, 5700 S. Highway 92, in Hereford, with the Rev. Michael Bergman officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made in Leota name to the Country Estates Baptist Church, Youth Camp Group, P.O. Box 1406, Hereford AZ 85615.
Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., in Sierra Vista

Dona Carol Fisher 
Dec. 1, 1938 - Sept. 18, 1999
Dona Carol Fisher, 60, of Silver City, N.M., passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bisbee, Ariz., with Bishop Tommy Shelly officiating.
Dona was born Dona Carol LaRue on Dec. 1, 1938, in Tempe, Ariz. Her family moved to Bisbee in 1941. She attended Lowell School and Bisbee High School. She married Clarence Coleman Fisher on Sept. 9, 1955, recently celebrating 44 years of marriage. Her oldest son Michael was born in October 1963, followed by Richard in 1968. In 1970 the family moved to Silver City. Donas life was marked by her service to others, through her church activities and genealogy and through participation in the scouting program. She was employed by Dr. Deming and later by the Hester House. She will be missed as a devoted wife, loving daughter and sister, wonderful mother and caring grandmother. We love you.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence; two sons, Michael Coleman Fisher of Washington, D.C., Richard Stephen Fisher and Eileen of Silver City; a brother Dean (Pat) LaRue of Safford, Ariz.; two sisters, Patsy (Ed) Farwell of Duncan, Ariz., and Linda (Howard) Gardner Howard of Bisbee; her mother, Ruth Holly and stepbrother Ed (Martha) Holly both of Bisbee; five grandchildren, Jessica and Kyra Fisher both of Laurel, Md.; Kristen, Justin and Troy Fisher, all of Silver City.
She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac; two brothers, William LaRue and Larry Holly; stepfather Arthur A. L. Holly; stepbrothers, Pee Wee Holly and Smokey Holly; and an infant son.
Brothers, sons and nephews will be pallbearers. Family and friends will be honorary pallbearers
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Silver City.
Arrangements are by Bright Funeral Home in Silver City.

Madaline Conelly Covert 
Dec. 21, 1921 - Feb. 2, 2000
Madaline Conelly Covert, 78, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, in Tucson. She had been a Sierra Vista resident for seven years. 
Madaline was born in Macomb, Ill. in 1921, and moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1962. She moved to Sierra Vista in 1993, where she worked at the Bella Vista Motel, until she became ill in 1996. 
Madaline was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, in 1970 and her daughter, Lois, in 1976. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Covert McWhorter (Eldon) of Bedford, Texas; three granddaughters, Janet Myers (Dennis) of San Diego, Calif., Jody Eaton (Warren) of Sierra Vista, Jill Jones (Jimmy) of Tucson; one grandson, Jared Schotanus (Tiffany) of San Diego, Calif.; and nine great-grandchildren, Daryl and Chelsea Myers, Erich and Emma Eaton, Stephanie, Kimberly, Gavin and Lindsay Jones, and Jordan Schotanus. 
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Walshaw, and the staff at Gambro dialysis for their concern and care given to her during her illness.

Warren Herman Mangels 
July 23, 1922 to Feb. 23, 2000
Herm Mangels passed away Feb. 23, 2000. He was born July 23, 1922, in Davenport, Iowa, to Herman Henry and Ruth Hokinson Mangels. He was schooled at the Western Military Academy and Roosevelt Military Academy, both in Illinois.
He was a pioneer in computer science and technology. He began his civil service with the Department of the Navy, moving later to the private sector as director of research and development for American Airlines, his most proud achievement.
Before moving to Sierra Vista, Ariz., he spent a year as general manager of Aircraft Supplies in Nutley, N.J. 
He was a World War II veteran and retired at Fort Huachuca with 30 years of federal service.
Herm is survived by his wife Sally of Sierra Vista; sons Gary W. Mangels of Redding, Calif., and Kurt H. Mangels (Sue Ann) of Woodbridge, Va.; grandchildren Steven, Ryan, Gary, Danny, and Kristine; sister-in-law Helen M. Marvin of Sierra Vista; two nephews; and niece Lisa (Leslie) Halsey of Sierra Vista.
Memorial services will be conducted by the Masonic Lodge Huachuca No. 53 at noon Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary, a block east of Highway 92 at Ramsey Road.
Rest in Peace
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Herms memory to the American Cancer Society c/o Charlotte McGhee, 793 Charles Drive, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.


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