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Rev. Judith Walker 
Nov. 10, 1999
Rev. Judith Walker, 60, died at her home in Bisbee, Ariz., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, after a short illness. She was born in Boston and spent her life in the East before retiring and moving to Bisbee in July, 1998.
She was a 1960 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a major in French and a minor in music. In 1989, she received a masters degree from Yale Divinity School, and in 1998 was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
From 1968 to 1998 she lived in Hiram, Ohio, where for 14 years she was the registrar at Hiram College. She also has been a French teacher, an assistant dean of students, a prison counselor and has conducted numerous classes and workshops on spirituality and womans issues. During her last five years in Hiram, she was music director at the Hiram Christian Church.
Since moving to Bisbee, she was active in St. Johns Episcopal Church. She also started a program of visitation and music at the Long Term Care Unit of Copper Queen Community Hospital, which involved many area musicians and some Bisbee dogs.
Throughout her life, Judith was on a spiritual journey, a journey that began in the Salvation Army where her parents were officers. For years after leaving that church she dreamed of resuming the journey. After attending Yale Divinity School and being ordained, she guided many along the spiritual path, through her wisdom and her music. Yet the most important stage of her own journey was completed after learning of her grave illness. She faced the days that followed with a powerful joy. Her life in the days of her dying was a gift to all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband Jim Case of Bisbee; sons, Douglas Ismail of Eugene, Ore., and Matthew Ismail in the United Arab Emirates; mother, Eunice Bloethe of Asbury Park, N.J.; and brother, John Bloethe of Truth or Consequences, N.M.
A celebration of her life and her journey will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Bisbee Womans Club on Quality Hill in Old Bisbee.
Arrangements were made by Dugan Funeral Chapel.

Annie R. Thompson 
April 16, 1943 - Nov. 11, 1999
Annie R. Thompson, 56, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Nov. 11, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. She had been a resident of Sierra Vista for more than 30 years.
Annie was born April 16, 1943, in Safford, Ariz., to Simon and Florastine (Charles) Body. She volunteered for the Huachuca City Senior Center. She was involved in several community organizations. Annie was one of the first members of the Bethlehem Holy Ghost Headquarters.
She is survived by her four children, Aaron Thompson, Elliot Thompson, Lynette Zepeda, and Tracy McClain; seven siblings, Ella Green, Sherry Taylor, Flora Mae Anchrum, Allen Rhoden, Erwin Jones, Leroy Johnson and Samuel Jones; five grandchildren, Michael John Martin, Charles Thompson III, Angela Sanchez, Danielle McClain and James McClain; and her beloved Leopoldo Rivera.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Hatfield Funeral Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Hatfield Memorial Chapel with interment will follow at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery. Bishop Malone will be officiating.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Richard James Hoffman 
Jan. 18, 1931 - Nov. 10, 1999
Richard James Hoffman, 68, a 10-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. He was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Laurence and Ruby Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffmans family moved from Youngstown, Ohio, to Longview, Texas when he was a sophomore in college . He then attended Kilgore College and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. In the 1960s, he was the assistant district attorney for both Galveston and Houston, Texas, and the assistant city attorney for Galveston. 
In the 1970s, his federal government career began with the DOD/DOA with the Corps of Engineers, Office of Counsel, Middle East, on various projects in Saudi Arabia. His travels were wide and varied from Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and then returning to make his home in Northern Virginia, then to Midwest Kansas, then to Lompoc, Calif. (Vandenberg Air Force Base), then to Phoenix, all with the COE, until transferring in 1989 to Fort Huachuca/Sierra Vista, to the HQ, USAISC, SJA, where he retired in 1995.
He loved both classical and jazz music; the worlds of art-painters or sculptures and was fortunate to have visited many of their home countries. His love of reading was varied, but the history of the Western United States and Civil War were among his dearest. He was able to visit battlefields in the East and various towns, routes and forts in the West.
His passages and adventures throughout life were an unforgettable journey, and he touched many people along the way. He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. We shall remember him always in our hearts as a quiet and unique person in his own time. 
Mr. Hoffman is preceded in death by a stepson Monty A. Gum in September 1999 in Leesberg, Va. He is survived by his wife Pamela J. Owens Gum Hoffman of Sierra Vista; sons Michael A. Hoffman of Austin, Texas, and Douglas E. Hoffman of Sierra Vista; daughter, Suzanne R. Hoffman of Austin, Texas; stepsons, Shawn C. Gum and Matthew P. Gum of Winchester, Va.; brother, Lawrence Calvin Hoffman (Jamie) of Manvel, Texas; mother-in-law Imogene H. Owens of Cumberland, Md.; sister-in-law, Penelope O. Greer of Flintstone, Md.; grandchildren Anthony J. Hoffman and Joshua J. Hoffman of Austin, Texas, and Christopher B. Gum of Winchester, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Richards memory to the American Heart Association, 5325 E. Pima Road Tucson AZ 85712
No services are scheduled at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Paul O. Dietrich 
Oct. 7, 1933 - Nov. 16, 1999
Paul O. Dietrich, 66, a 20-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., went home to join the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at home. He was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Seattle to Otto and Mildred Dietrich.
Mr. Dietrich served his country in the Air Force. He graduated from the University of California Berkley with a bachelor of science in engineering. During his career with the civil service he worked at China Lake and Fort Huachuca. He retired in January 1999.
Paul was a man of strong Christian convictions. He was honest and humble. He was a member of the First Baptist Church on Seventh Street. Paul also enjoyed classical music, working on cars and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by his wife, Chae Ae Dietrich of Sierra Vista; son, Richard Couick of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Tai Lin Dietrich of Sierra Vista; and mother, Mildred Dietrich of Santa Barbara, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pauls memory to the First Baptist Church, 1447 S. Seventh St., Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at the First Baptist Church, 1447 S. Seventh St., in Sierra Vista with the Rev. Wes Strickland officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Genevieve L. Ann Demarais 
Feb. 28, 1906 - Nov. 20, 1999
Genevieve Demarais, 93, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Nov. 20, 1999, at the Sierra Vista Hospital. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 W. Taylor Drive, in Sierra Vista. The rosary will be said at 11 a.m. preceding the Mass, and the casket will be open for viewing at that time.
Services also are scheduled at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wahkon, Minn., the former home of Genevieve. Burial also will take place in Minnesota at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.
Genevieve was born in Algoma, Wis., to George and Anna (Molle) Reinhart. After receiving her teaching certificate from Teachers College of Milwaukee, she taught school in Wisconsin. She married David O. Demarais on July 20, 1932, in DePere, Wis. They settled in Calumet, Minn., where, while raising a family of five children, she was active in the Daughters of Isabella, St. Judes Circle and as a substitute teacher. They built the Dairy Queen in Ely, Minn., in 1953 and operated it as a family business for 14 years. Once her husband, Dave, retired as a school administrator in 1970, they moved to Wahkon. After her husbands death in 1983, she lived with her daughter Margie and family in Tampa, Fla., and finally in Sierra Vista for the past 10 years..
Survivors include her daughters, Molle (Corky) Stueve of Prairie Village, Kan.; Virginia (Ralph) Simpson of St. Cloud, Minn., and Margie (Steve) Conroy of Sierra Vista; and sons, David (Carol) of Oak Park, Ill., and John of Sierra Vista; sisters, Sr. Margaret Reinhart of St. Louis, Mo., and Helen Hearden of DePere, Wis./Sarasota, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; brothers, Aloysius, Edward, John and Norbert (Vernon) Reinhart; and her sister, Marcella Kuypers.
Genevieve requested that any donations on her behalf be sent to the St. Andrew the Apostle Building Fund, 800 W. Taylor Ave., Sierra Vista AZ 85635 or to your local St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Manuel Castro 
March 23, 1926 - Nov. 19, 1999
Manuel Castro, 73, an Arizona resident for 70 years and a Sierra Vista, Ariz., resident for 41 years passed away from cancer on Nov. 19, 1999. He was born in Towne, Texas, and lived in El Paso, Texas, for three years before coming to Arizona.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Helen E. Castro; his parents, Pablo and Herlinda Castro; a brother, Joe Castro; a sister, Nieves Gillespie; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Cox Castro; and a son-in-law, Ronald Carlson.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years Rita D. Castro of Sierra Vista; sons, Ron Castro (Beverly), Mark Perry (Jackie), Matthew Perry (Martha), and Richard Perry (Gloria); daughters, Sandra (Ron) Carlson, Julie Castro, Mary Beth Donovan and Rose (Robert) Reeves; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Albert (Jane), Pedro (Annette), Thomas (Helen); sisters, Julie (Harry) McKim of La Jolla, Calif., and Soccoro (Bob) Hamrick of Alexander City, Ala.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon on Tuesday at St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 Taylor Drive, in Sierra Vista with Father Gregory Adolf as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in remembrance of Manuel to the St. Andrews Building fund, and/or the Humane Society.

Ben Richardson 
Sept. 15, 1920 - Nov. 21, 1999
Ben Richardson, 79, passed away at his home in McNeal, Ariz., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999. Mr. Richardson was born in Paris, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1920, and has been a resident of the Bisbee, Ariz., area for 53 years coming from Oklahoma. He worked as a miner for Phelps Dodge Corp. and retired in 1975. He also owned and helped operate the Arctic Circle in Tombstone Canyon until 1988.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Driver Richardson, in 1991; a son, Howard Richardson, in 1986; and two daughters, Melba in 1941 and Janice in 1960.
Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws, Jack and Vivian Richardson of Gilbert, Ariz., and Ray and Gale Richardson of Chandler, Ariz.; a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and John Lewis of Crystal Lake, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and six sisters, Ruby Clancy and Dolly Palmer, both of Hugo, Okla., Helen Kinsworthy of Mesquite, Texas, Juanita Hughes of Phoenix, LaVern Williams and Earlene Camiano, both of Bisbee.
Visitation for the public will be from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at the Dugan Funeral Chapel. Cremation and burial will be private following the viewing. Arrangements are being handled by Dugan Funeral Chapel.

Billy F. Moore 
March 10, 1937 - Nov. 14, 1999
Billy F. Moore, 62, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his home. He had been an area resident for 23 years.
Billy was born March 10, 1937 in McKinney, Texas, to William C. and Maggie Moore. Billy joined the Army and served 20 years at various duty stations in the United States as well as Vietnam, Germany and Greenland. He was a loving husband, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa; three sisters, Leta Losey, Martha Moore and Jewel Hice; and three brothers, Jacky, Allen and Larry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on today, Nov. 23, at Hatfield Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Benny D. Fuentes 
May 14, 1930 to Nov. 22, 1999
Benny D. Fuentes of Douglas, Ariz., passed away at his home Nov. 22, 1999.
Mr. Fuentes was born May 14, 1930, in Douglas where he had been a lifelong resident. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea before receiving his honorable discharge.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Club Amigos Pilarenses, Honorary member of the Sociedad Mutualista de Obreros Mexicanos, DAV and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Eva Fuentes on Oct. 30, 1997.
Mr. Fuentes is survived by his daughter, Gloria F. Gutierrez of Las Vegas; and sons, Abelardo Lopez of Los Angeles and Armando Lopez of Las Vegas. He also is survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today at Brown-Page Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Mr. Armando Moulinet officiating. A Chalice service by the Knights of Columbus will follow the Rosary. 
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Luis N. Chavez officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with military graveside services by the American Legion and VFW. Pallbearers who will serve are Eddie Gutierrez, Jose Lopez, Jose Luis Gutierrez Jr., Luis Carlos Ramirez, Jose Arvizu and Pedro Ysea.

Woodard Carl Hall 
Nov. 19, 1999
Woodard Carl Hall, 89, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away Nov. 19, 1999. 
Hall was born in Shreveport, La. He moved to Arizona from Shreveport 72 years ago residing in Bisbee, Douglas and Yuma. He was a retired retail manager.
Hall is survived by his grandson, William C. Rogers.
Graveside service will be held at noon today, Nov. 24, 1999, at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.
Arrangements are being handled by Messinger Mortuary & Chapel, in Scottsdale 

John Robert Kraetz 
John Robert Kraetz, 74, of Lake Montezuma, Ariz., retired plant manager for Mountain Bell, died Nov. 22, 1999. He was born in Bisbee, Ariz., and lived in Tucson and Scottsdale, Ariz. He was a World War II Navy veteran of the Normandy Invasion and Pacific Theater. 
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie; daughter, Karen Kraetz of Scottsdale; sons, John Kraetz of Cave Creek, Ariz. and Jerry Kraetz of Flagstaff, Ariz.; brother, Bill Kraetz and wife Barbara of Tucson; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by son James. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 26 at Montezuma Chapel, Lake Montezuma, Ariz.
Arrangements were handled by Westcott Funeral Home, in Camp Verde, Ariz. 

Vernon Hugo Anderson 
Vernon Hugo Anderson, age 72, passed away at his home on Nov. 29, 1999, after a long illness. He was a member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. He and his wife Carole moved to Sierra Vista, Ariz., in 1997 from their New England home of 35 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II and again in Korea.
Born and raised in Chicago, his love of the outdoors took him west where he obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in geology from the University of Wyoming. An avid sportsman, he worked with Rocky Mountain Rescue teams and served as president of the University of Wyoming Outing Club. During these college years, he honed his climbing skills on such peaks as the Maiden in Boulder, Colo., and Devil's Tower in Wyoming.
He served as chief glaciologist at Byrd Station, Antarctica, during the international geophysical year of 1957-58. He was the co-leader of an exploratory traverse of 1,500 miles across uncharted territory in the Antarctic. A 13,000-foot peak in the Sentinel Mountain Range bears his name, Mount Anderson.
He pursued a career as an air photo interpreter, first with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later with his own private company, Photographic Interpretation Corp.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; his daughters Suzanne Anderson of Mt. Airy, Md. and Carolyn Jones of Santa Barbara, Calif.; his sister, Vivian Lindquist of Libertyville, Ill.; a niece in Illinois; three nephews; a grandnephew; and two grandnieces in Alaska.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Community Services Home Health Care, or Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Hospice, Casa de la Paz.

Charlotte Alma Bane 
Feb. 4, 1927 - Nov. 29, 1999
Charlotte Alma Bane, 72, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. She had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., for the past 10 years.
Charlotte was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Kingston, N.H., to Joseph and Mae Murphy. She graduated high school in Connecticut. Charlotte met Vernon Bane in 1945, and they married that same year. Charlotte had traveled all over the world. She loved bingo and playing the slot machines in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev. She is also an avid baseball fan and enjoyed the sport above all others. She will be greatly missed and loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Vernon Bane of Sierra Vista; three sons, Joseph Bane of Las Vegas, Danny L. (Rosa) Bane of Ft. Bliss, Texas, and David (Janet) Bane of Sierra Vista; seven grandchildren, Michelle, Janelle, Vernon, Joseph, Kristina, Victoria and Keith; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 S. Highway 92. A private family interment will be at a later date.
Arrangements are being made by Hatfield Funeral Home.

Eula Nee Hunt Reis 
Dec. 19, 1901 - Nov. 30, 1999
Eula Nee Hunt Reis, born in Huntsville, Ky., Dec. 19, 1901, passed away Nov. 30, 1999, in Oregon. She had been a Sierra Vista, Ariz., resident for 10 years.
Eula married George Reis on June 30, 1920. 
She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 29, 1966.
Survivors include daughters, Melba Vickery of Sierra Vista, Norma Breidenbach recently of Sierra Vista and currently in McAllen, Texas; and chosen son, Verlan (Mike) Ward of Las Vegas; two sisters in Indiana; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being made in Huntsville, Ky 

Inez Marie Nichols 
Nov. 30, 1999
Inez Marie Nichols, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. She had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., for more than 24 years.
She was born to Edward Deschler and Elizabeth Nilles Deschler in Hilbert, Wis., and was raised in Appleton, Wis. She graduated from Appleton High School and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona. In 1990, she retired with more than 24 years in Civil Service, which included working as a communications management specialist at Fort Huachuca from 1975 to 1983.
Inez was the widow of Douglas Nichols, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant. She is survived by her three children, Ann, Edward and Mary, all of Sierra Vista; her brother, Edward Deschler, of Appleton, Wis.; sisters, Lois Krueger and Donna Van Domelen, both of Appleton, Wis., Marie Manzagol of Detroit, Ruth Furnal of New Milford, Conn., and Dorthy Belongea of Toledo, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with rosary services at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Hatfield Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at noon on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Main Post Chapel with Father John Kastigar officiating. Burial will follow at the Post Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista

Paul F. Opitz 
April 18, 1922 - Dec. 8, 1999
Paul F. Opitz, 77, a six-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away at home Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999. He was born April 18, 1922, in Neenah, Wis. to Frank and Ruth Opitz.
Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1943. He served his country and retired from the U.S. Navy after seeing action in both World War II and Korea.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years. Carolyn Opitz of Sierra Vista; son Frank A . Opitz (Susan) of Little Rock, Ark.; daughters, Elizabeth W. Mitchell of Carson City, Nev., Sarah L. Entwistle (Mikel) of Reno, Nev., and Annie O. Olsen (AL) of Dallas; sister, Marjorie Burridge of Libertyville, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, at the Four-Square Gospel Church, Celebration Chapel, 4701 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista, with Pastor Jim Fogarty officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Anne Medigovich 
Dec. 24, 1999
Anne Medigovich, 89, of Amarillo, Texas, died on Friday, Dec. 24, 1999.
Mrs. Medigovich was born in Bisbee, Ariz. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Serbia at the turn of the century. She graduated from Arizona State Teachers College in Tempe, Ariz., where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees. She was a retired English teacher and taught for many years in Holbrook, Ariz., Miami, Ariz., Whiteriver, Ariz., Bisbee and Reno, Nev. She was married to Lee M. Medigovich for 31 years. He preceded her in death in 1960.
She was baptized in the Serbian Orthodox faith and attended Presbyterian Church in Bisbee since early childhood. She had faith in God, in herself and in her fellow man, which she sought to inspire in others through her teaching.
She is survived by her sister, Olga Joy of Amarillo, Texas; three nephews, Gerald Joy of Amarillo, Texas, Dr. Michael Joy of Cheyenne, Wyo., and John Kulinovich of Tucson; four nieces, Maxine Tovrea, Ana Hamilton and Stana Ismay, all of Tucson, and Joan Williams of Moreno Valley, Calif.; several grand nephews and nieces; several godchildren; and many former students.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Bisbee Funeral Home in Bisbee. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee. The family requests that memorials be donated to your favorite charity.

Walter Lasuk 
July 21, 1923 - Jan. 3, 2000
Walter Lasuk, 76, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his home. He had been an area resident for the past 41 years.
Walter was born on July 21, 1923, in Philadelphia to Nestor and Agnes Lasuk. He married his wife, Susan Berry, in 1950.
He received his bachelors degree from the University of Arizona and his masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. He served in both World War II and the Korean War and was always proud to be a Marine. He retired in 1988 after 42 years in the civil service.
Walt, a longtime member of the Sierra Vista Beautification Commission, and his volunteers planted the trees along Fry Boulevard and in Veterans Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan Lasuk of Sierra Vista; daughters, Tanya Lasuk (husband Bruce Bernacki) of Layton, Utah, and Susan Coyner (husband Robert Coyner) of Enterprise, Ala.; two grandchildren, Steven and Heather Coyner; a sister, Helen Spangler of Fort Richey, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Barbara Connahan of Philadelphia.
A private memorial service for the family will be held at the Hatfield Memorial Chapel. 
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista.

John A. Dill 
April 20, 1926 - Dec. 29, 1999
John A. Dill, 73, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999. He was an area resident for the past five years.
John was born on April 20, 1926, in Lawrence, Mich., to Warren P. and Clara Dill. He served his country in both the Navy and the Army. He moved to Sierra Vista in 1994 with his wife Winnie.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred (Winnie) Dill of Sierra Vista; five children, Mike Dill of Columbus, Ohio, Patrick Dill of Redford, Mich., Kathy Trafton and Molly Dill, both of Grand Junction, Colo., and Danny Dill of Englewood, Colo.; three stepchildren, Jerry Douyard of Melvindale, Mich., Sherri DAnna of Northville, Mich., and Raymond Douyard, serving in the military in Germany; and four sisters, Alice Wallace of Columbus, Ohio, Dot Molly of Washington Court House, Ohio, Betty Byrd of Culloden, W.Va., and Shirley Bachman of Columbus, Ohio.
Private memorial services were held at their residence in memory of their loving husband and father.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista.

Pauline Carrie Pradeau 
Jan. 3, 2000
Pauline Carrie Pradeau, 79, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. She had been an area resident for the past three years.
Pauline was born in Ruston, La. to Leonard and Carrie McLeod. She met and later married Al Pradeau while working in Indio, Calif. at the Greyhound depot as Al was returning from overseas after World War II. She was an avid reader as well as a collector of American Indian artifacts. She was known for her excellence in cooking.
Pauline is survived by her husband of 54 years, Al Pradeau of Sierra Vista; one son, Rick (JoAnn) Pradeau of Sierra Vista; one daughter, Dolores Garcia of Oracle, Ariz.; one brother, Don McLeod of Oracle; sister-in-law, Laura McCandless of Palm Springs, Calif.; grandchildren, Shari and Jason Garcia, and Doug and Hillary Pradeau; and great-grandchild, Riley Urkov.
Services will be private at a later date.
Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., Sierra Vista.

Helen Gregg 
Sept. 18, 1913 - Dec. 22, 1999
Helen Gregg, 86, a 55-year resident of Roswell, N.M., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at the Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond, Okla. She was born in Roswell, N.M., Sept. 18, 1913, to Egbert and Ora Hicks.
Helen worked in the Roswell City School System as a school secretary for more than 25 years. Since 1988, Helen lived in Edmond, Okla., at the Disciples of Christ retirement center, Oklahoma Christian Home. Helen was an active member of the First Christian Church in Roswell for 55 years and a member of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Dale Gregg, in 1987, and her sister, Hortense Wilder.
She is survived by her daughter, Joanna Gregg Pohly of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Vera Gregg Enz and Wilma Gregg Tyrrell of Edmond; five grandchildren, Glenn Pohly, Jr. (Kris) of San Francisco, Diana Pohly Carty (Joe) of Boston, Deborah Pohly Powell (Bobby) of Clovis, N.M., Gregg Pohly (Lori) of Huntsville, Ala., and Daniel Pohly (Terry) of Ogden, Utah; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, at the Chapel of the First Christian Church in Roswell, N.M. Interment followed at South Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Helens memory to the Oklahoma Christian Home, 906 North Blvd., Edmond OK 73034.

Mary Margaret Hostetler 
Oct. 16, 1932 - Jan. 10, 2000
Mary Margaret Hostetler, 67, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., joined her Heavenly Father on Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz. She had been a resident for 23 years.
Mary was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Wood, Pa., to Theodore and Bertha Logan. Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She dedicated her life to the service of the Lord. She is best known for her desire to help others, her love of children and her willingness to reach out to those in need. She was a friend to all.
Mary is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ralph Kenneth Hostetler Jr.; four children, Mark (Lori) Hostetler of Sierra Vista, Kathryn Moore of Spokane, Wash., Kenneth (Deanna) Hostetler of New London, Wis., and Anita (Martin) Meyer of Neenah, Wis.; and eight grandchildren, Lisa and Hollie Hostetler, Jacob and Anthony Stearns, all of Sierra Vista, Ashley Moore and Koran Burks of Spokane, Wash., and Bradyn and Paige Hostetler of New London, Wis.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., today, Jan. 12, at the Shiloh Christian Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Shiloh Christian Center, 200 North Ave., in Sierra Vista, with Dr. Joseph Tumpkin officiating. Interment will follow at Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery on Charleston Road in Sierra Vista.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marys honor to the Shiloh Christian Center Building Fund, 200 North Ave., Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc. in Sierra Vista.

Howard Gustavus 
March 21, 1926 - Jan. 10, 2000
Howard Gustavus, 73, a 28-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away in his home on Jan. 10, 2000. Howard was born on March 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He attended New York City University in the early 40s and received a position as a cub reporter with the New York Daily News. In 1944, Howard joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the world for eight years. In 1952, Howard left the sea and became an electronics contractor for the government.
From 1961 until 1995, he served as a civil servant with the Department of the Army. In 1995, he ended a long career of public service, retiring from the Army Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca.
He was a hard man to get to know and to get along with, but he taught us responsibility and the importance of family, and we will miss you Dad.
Howard is survived by his three children, Dorothy E. Blain, Kathryn A. Godden, and Christopher H. Gustavus; six grandchildren, Robin, Mandy, Kristeena, Andy, Jessica and Jodie; and two sisters, Shirley Edwards of Midland, Texas and Sandra Gustavus of Sierra Vista.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Father Flanigans Boys Town of Omaha, Neb.

Patrick Thomas Arbenz 
March 5, 1937 - Jan. 2, 2000
Pat Arbenz, 62, a 27-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2000, while on vacation in Budapest, Hungary.
Pat was born in Thermopolis, Wyo. on March 5, 1937, to George and Isadore Arbenz. He was raised in Bellflower, Calif., and attended schools there.
Pat joined the military in 1954 and traveled the world. He served two tours in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as many other commendations for valor. While serving in Vietnam, Pat started Operation Friendship, organizing United States sports and toy companies to donate equipment to the Montagnard children of Vietnam. In 1976, he retired as the NCOIC of Libby Army Airfield on Fort Huachuca with the rank of master sergeant.
Pat served his community as well as his country. For 25 years, Pat and his wife Carole have owned and operated Mistys Gift Gallery in Sierra Vista. In 1993, he was elected to the Sierra Vista City Council and served for four years. He also served many years before and after on several commissions and committees to help make his community better.
Pat was a very caring man who gave of himself both to his family and his community. He was an avid supporter of local youth and community activities including youth sports, UofASV, The Huachuca Art Association, The Boys & Girls Club, Buena Band, The Pony Tail League, Miss Sierra Vista, Little Britches Rodeo Queen, the local fire departments annual food drive to name only a few. Pat always did so with no fanfare or recognition. He was a truly unique individual who made a difference. He will be sorely missed by all.
Pat was preceded in death by his father, George, his mother, Isadore, and brother, George Micheal.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carole; his daughter, Debra Villalva; son-in-law, Ren Villalva; granddaughter, Jennifer Villalva; brother, Richard (Lillian) Arbenz; sister-in-law, Nancy (Michael) Phelps; nephews and nieces, Richard Arbenz, Donald (Peggy) Arbenz, Melissa Alley, Michael Arbenz, Jennifer (Russell) Marlow, Mack (Randi) Belcher, and Mister Misty and Ms. Hungry.
Those who have given of themselves to others, will live forever in every single heart they have touched.
A celebration of Pats life will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pats name to the Sierra Vista Animal Shelter or to your favorite local youth activity.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., Sierra Vista.

Darrel Leroy Reitz 
July 4, 1912 - Jan. 17, 2000
Darrel Leroy Reitz, 87, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. He was born July 4, 1912, in New Salem, Pa. He was a retired civil service worker.
Darrel served during World War II in the Army Air Corp. He married Florence W. Van Batenburg. They came to Arizona in the 1950s from Utah.
He enjoyed yard work, gardening and golf. He stopped at yard sales and was handy as a carpenter. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include his wife, Florence of Sierra Vista; son, Van Ward of California; son-in-law, Jack Reid of Utah (daughter, Carrol preceded him in death in 1992); brother, Paul of Pennsylvania; sisters, Joann of Indiana and Grace and Wilda of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Taylor Street Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing will be one hour before the service. Interment will be in Lehi, Utah, next to his daughter. Professional service by Bisbee/San Pedro Funeral Home.

Lyle L. Schaefer 
Sept. 6, 1926 to Jan. 28, 2000
Lyle L. Schaefer, age 73, a 37-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., area passed away Friday, Jan. 28, 2000. He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Breslau, Neb., to Fred and Hazel Schaefer.
Lyle was a retired civil service electrician from Fort Huachuca. He served his country in the Army during World War II. He is a lifetime member of the VFW and a longtime supporter of athletic programs in the Sierra Vista area.
Lyle was preceded in death by his wife Jean in 1996, sons Dale and Lyle Jr., sister Geraldine and brother Fred.
He is survived by his son Neil Schaefer (Deborah) and granddaughter Brianne of Sierra Vista; son Mark Schaefer of Sierra Vista; sister Joan Schaefer of Columbus, Neb.; and brothers, Bob Schaefer of Huachuca City, Ariz., and Gary Schaefer (Marilyn) of Columbus, Neb.
Memorial services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Thunder Mountain Community Church, 598 Meyer Drive, in Sierra Vista. Pastor Randy Youngblood will officiate. A wake will be held at 5255 S. San Juan in Sierra Vista immediately following the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in care of the Athletics, Buena High School Baseball Fields, 3555 Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista AZ 85635.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jensens Sierra Vista Mortuary LLC.

Frances A. Lally 
April 16, 1913 - Jan. 30, 2000
Frances A. Lally, 86, a long-time resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. Frances had been fighting a battle with pneumonia for some time.
Frances was born April 16, 1913, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Leo and Rose Ebbing. Mrs. Lally will always be remembered for her efforts and time dedicated as a school teacher and with the American Red Cross. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will surely be missed by all.
Frances is survived by her son, Patrick Lally; daughter, Dona Rose Swenson; two sisters, Dorothy Ebbing and Genevieve Pollman; and two grandchildren, Amanda Rose Lally and Eric Chioffe.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Hatfield Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Post Cemetery on Fort Huachuca.
Arrangements by Hatfield Funeral Home Inc., 830 S. Highway 92, in Sierra Vista.

James F. Jaggers 
May 17, 1937 - Jan. 31, 2000
James F. Jaggers passed away Jan. 31, 2000, in Ocala, Fla., with family members present. He was born May 17, 1937, in Greenwood, Ind., and grew up in Columbus, Ind. He graduated from the Columbus High School in 1955. 
James retired from the U.S. Army in 1976, after serving more than 20 years, at Fort Huachuca, and made his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He worked for Bell Tech until 1980, when he moved to Florida. He served at various locations in Europe, Turkey, the Panama Canal Zone, and various posts here in the states. He served in the Signal Corps while in the Army and received numerous awards and decorations during his tenure in the service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earsie Jaggers, brother Ronald Jaggers, and daughter Teresa Jaggers. He is survived by his mother, Ollie Jaggers, Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Zeffie Bullock, Indianapolis, Ind., Donna Simm and Kathleen Jaggers, Ocala, Fla.; son, James F. Jaggers Jr. (Louanna Fay, mother), grandchildren, Patricia Clements, Kalina, James III, and Kristian Jaggers, all of Sierra Vista. He also has other relatives in Columbus, Ind.
Services will be held 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at Roberts Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla., with burial to follow at Busnell National Cemetery, in Busnell, Fla., with full military honors.
Cards of sympathy can be sent to his mother, Ollie Jaggers, 1807 NE 22nd St., Ocala FL 34470, or to his son, James F. Jaggers Jr., 233 Coronado Lane, Sierra Vista AZ 85635


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