Opal A. Thompson, 97, of Fountain Hills passed away on Feb. 5, 2019 of natural causes. She was born near Lexington, Ky. in Woodford County on Aug. 8, 1921. She moved to Fountain Hills in 1978. She resided at Fountain View Village for over 15 years.

Erma Jane “Sue” Hamilton, age 79 of Fountain Hills, passed away peacefully into eternal rest at home surrounded by family on Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2019 after a long illness.

James “Jim” Patterson, 67 years old, passed away on Jan 23, 2019 while being cared for at High Point Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass. Jim will be greatly missed by his loving partner, Patti; daughter, Kate; son, Reese; daughter-in-law, Alison; grandsons, Jack, Riley, Dylan; sisters, Sharon,…

Ariel M. Watson of Scottsdale passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 28, 2019. Born as Ariel Marguerite van Horn on July 3, 1922 in Ithaca, N.Y., she married her childhood sweetheart, Lester W. Watson in 1942. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 2000.

Ruth Tessmer (Jones) entered eternal rest on Jan. 25, 2019 at the age of 95. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, then moved to Fountain Hills in 1976.

Wallace D. Boysen, born Sept. 23, 1935 in Cherokee, Iowa, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Jan. 31, 2019 at home in Fountain Hills.

Bill McCluskey, 85, died peacefully on Jan. 23, 2019 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1933, Bill’s carefree childhood and rowdy teen years in rural Idaho were brought to an abrupt halt when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He credited h…

Pauline “Polly” Pollock, 90, of Fountain Hills died Jan. 25, 2019.

Walter E. Snyder of Fountain Hills passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. He was 81 years old.

Charles R. Burris (Chuck): Nov. 2, 1928 to Jan. 21, 2019.

LeeRoy Richard Ceresa, born, May 4, 1930, and passed away, Jan. 25, 2019.

Janice Lee Ferrara “Jan,” 77, of Fountain Hills passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa.

William “Bill” P. Langham, 71, of Fountain Hills died Jan. 17, 2019. He lived in Fountain Hills for nearly 30 years and was a former resident of Spring Valley, Ill., and Peru, Ill. Bill was born Oct. 29, 1947 in East St. Louis, Ill. to Karl and Rita (Keegan) Langham. He was a 1965 graduate o…

Jean Madland passed away on Nov. 29, 2018 at her apartment in Fountain Hills, Ariz., at the age of 98.

            David Roy Schoenbacher, 79, of Waverly, Ill., and Rio Verde, Ariz., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and close friends Jan. 22, 2019, at 10:35 a.m. Dave was born April 3, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., he the only child of Charles Schoenbacher, Jr. and Carolyn Laub Schoenbacher.

Diane Marie (Lundeen) Van Tassel, age 66, flew with the angels on Jan. 12, 2019 with her family at her side at her home in Mesa after a long battle with cancer. She was born, Nov. 24, 1952.

Roger C. Wade joined his wife of 63 years, Marshallie on Jan. 2, 2019, while at home with his family by his side. Roger served his country as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Yolanda DelZoppo, who loved to be called “Del” (a nickname that her husband gave her) lived most of her life on Staten Island, N.Y. She and her husband, Tony, were married for 67 years. They had a daughter, Sandy, and two sons, Thomas and Michael.

Donna Lou Nimie, aged 84, passed from this earth on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 in her home in Fountain Hills. She was wrapped in the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and surrounded by her family. She lived her love of God through her lifelong faith and fellowship first in Salem Lutheran…

Evelyn E. Etter passed away on Dec. 18, 2018 at the age of 99. She was born in Brownton, Minn. to Edward and Mattie Bipes. She received her two-year teaching degree from St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn. and commenced her teaching career at a one-room schoolhouse where she was not only res…

Pat Mitchell, 76, formerly of Huntington and Holbrook, Long Island, N.Y. passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2019.

Louis Fiorilli passed away on Dec. 11, 2018 at age 98. He was a resident of Fountain Hills for almost 42 years and formerly from Twinsburg, Ohio. He was the husband of the late Mary (nee Cheselka).

Elmer Wilfred Naber, Jr. was born on June 2, 1934 in Buffalo, N.Y. He went home to our Lord and Savior on Jan. 5, 2019 after an extended battle with cancer.

Pamela Jean Fett Kennedy, 58, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona, with loved ones by her side.

Carmine Kaye (Jensen) McCown passed away on Jan. 6, 2019, after fighting small cell carcinoma for a year.

Robert Lee Couture, age 70, passed on Jan. 2, 2019 from a heart attack, taking the laughter from our hearts. Born in Bay City, Mich. Dec. 21, 1948, the son of Francis Joseph Couture and Veronica Margaret Adamski, young Bob loved baseball, his family and acting. He was active in the theater a…

John Kurkjian, 94, of Fountain Hills passed away on Dec. 26, 2018.

On Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, we said goodbye to Joseph P. Simons III (“Yip”) after he lost his long battle with a rare form of Pulmonary Fibrosis at the age of 71.

Darlene Thompson, 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 23, 2018. Darlene was born in Auburn, Wash. to Jens and Opal Anderson on Aug. 14, 1941. She married James Thompson in August of 1961, and together they raised their two children in Colorado, Oregon and Arizona.

Roy Kinsey was born in Buffalo, N.Y. July 31, 1922. He passed away at his home in California on Dec. 16, 2018.

Vincent Rocco Zappone, 69, of Fountain Hills passed away on Dec. 14, 2018.

Sandra B. Morrill Esparza, 61, of Parker, Colo. died on Dec. 18, 2018.

LeRoy Vincent Johnson passed away peacefully in his Fountain Hills home on Dec. 19, 2018. He was born May 3rd, 1927 to Peggy and Olaf Johnson in Karlstad, Minn.

Ken McCormick, 80, who was a longtime resident of Fountain Hills passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 12, 2018. For much of Ken’s life he was an executive in the hardware industry in Michigan and Arizona.

Grace M. Roche (Lyons) of Westborough, Mass., formerly of Fountain Hills and Wayland, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by family on Nov. 30, 2018, after a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Gloria (Cookie Cleary) Busquaert, a 24-year resident of Fountain Hills, made her peaceful transition on Sunday, Dec. 9, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Frank Martinez, 69, of Fort McDowell passed away on Dec. 15, 2018. Frank was born Oct. 20, 1949 in Buckeye, Ariz.

Donald Tidd Sr., 92, of Fountain Hills passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2018 with his wife, Dorothy, by his side. Donald was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Moravia, N.Y. to Edward and Loretta Tidd. He was one of five children.

Helen was born on November 18, 1931 to Lucas A. Chovanec and Mary J Chovanec (Frinak), one of nine children, in Yukon, Pa.

Nathan R. Foster (Nate) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 30, 2018 in Tucson, Ariz. at the age of 77. Nate was born in Seattle, Wash. on April 14, 1941 to Rowland and Eleanore (Sue) Foster. He is survived by his children, Robin Burke (Bill), Andrew Foster (Lisa); grandchild…

Emmery Rose Hermie, age 9, became an angel on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. She was the light of our lives, the first child and grandbaby to bless our family.

John Charles Phillips passed away on Nov. 25, 2018 at 88 years of age. He was born in southeastern Ohio on Dec. 9, 1929 to Roy and Clara Phillips.

James Bissell Carson, aka Papa Jim, aka Papa Carsoni, aka Big Fat Grandpa, left us at 6:47 a.m. Nov. 28, 2018. He was loved by all who knew him, especially his adoring and wonderful wife and best friend, Patricia (Stricker) Carson, his son, Patrick, his daughter, Missy, and their families an…

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Eero Arnold Hakkila, known affectionately as “Arnie” to his friends and family, announce his passing on Nov. 10, 2018 at age 87 after a battle with cancer. He died lovingly surrounded by his family.

Charles Peter Farbizio, 86, of Mesa, Ariz. passed away on Nov. 20, 2018. Charlie was born on March 2, 1932 in Flushing, N.Y.

Betty Lou Humphreys, 72, passed over on Nov. 19, 2018 peacefully at her home in Fountain Hills with her family by her side. We all loved Betty and she will always be missed and remembered for the rest of our time.

Larry Moyse passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Nov. 23 at the age of 63. Larry moved to Fountain Hills from Inwood, N.Y. in August of 1995. Since then, he has been a proud servant to the community.

On Nov. 9, 2018 John Allen Anderson, loving husband, father of five and grandfather of 11, passed away at the age of 70.

Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death.