March 31, 2009
Stickney, Maryellen Shaw
79 of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away March 31, 2009. Born February 18, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved with her family to Arizona in 1976. Maryellen is survived by her husband of 58 years Henry T. Stickney, her daughter Pamela Stickney Wood, and Maryellen’s two sisters, Marjorie Shaw Kubach New Jersey and Corinne Shaw Cotharin Alabama.
A Memorial Service and reception will be held Wednesday April 8, 2009, 10:00 am, at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers due to holy week, the family suggests a donation in Maryellen’s memory to the Christ Church of the Ascension Flower Guild.
March 28, 2009
Edwin Ed Baird Wainscott, age 55, passed away peacefully at home on March 28, 2009, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ed’s beloved mother, Mary Jane, preceded him in death. Ed is survived by his wife, Kathy; his three sons, Matthew, Maxwell and Michael; his father, Wayne; his sisters, Teresa Wainscott and Jayne Bob Stommel; and his brothers, Dennis Carol Wainscott and Samuel Barb Wainscott. Ed grew up in Frankfort, Indiana and often fondly recalled memories of his passion for long distance running, hanging out in the family’s renovated garage with his friends, hunting with his best friend and brother Denny, and “bank catting” near the Page’s river house in the summer. Upon graduation from Frankfort High School, Ed had multiple opportunities to pursue both athletic and academic scholarships. He accepted an academic scholarship to DePauw University where he graduated with honors in 1975, and received his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law in 1978. Ed clerked for Senator Richard Lugar R, IN and at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, IN where he began his long and storied legal career in 1978. While working on a case based in Phoenix, Ed fell in love with the desert. He was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1984 and practiced law at Quarles & Brady, LLP for the past 25 years. A widely recognized expert on the First Amendment and defamation law and a nationally recognized expert on the direct sales industry, Ed was defined by his integrity, intelligence, loyalty, generosity, passion and humor. Ed was very devoted to his family and, among many other activities, coached his sons’ basketball and baseball teams for 13 years and created a home where his sons and their friends always wanted to hang out. He generously contributed to charities too numerous to list, ardently supported the Suns and Diamondbacks, and created a sense of community wherever he went. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Ed will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, April 9th at 10:00 a.m. in the Paradise Garden at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Desert Botanical Garden, In Memory of Edwin Wainscott, c/o Kirstin Sharp, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
March 28, 2009
No Obituary Submitted
March 26, 2009
Dr, Eugene J. Ryan died on March 26, 2009 after a brief illness, at The Terraces care facility in Phoenix, his residence for the last 3 years. Born in Hazleton, PA. on September 17, 1919 to Anna M. Doud and Timothy Ryan, Gene graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Jefferson Medical College. After a private practice in Philadelphia, Gene began practicing Occupational Medicine with E.I. DuPont in Delaware and West Virginia for 10 years. In 1961 Gene and his family moved to Phoenix where he founded and established the Occupational Medical Clinic. From 1961 to 1987 the practice expanded to provide medical services to over 100 businesses, industrial and government organizations in the Valley, among them the city of Phoenix and Anchor Life Insurance Company. He co-founded The Arizona Health Plan, Arizona
March 25, 2009
Lucy Laguna was unexpectedly called to rest on the 25th of March, 2009. She joins her father Albert Laguna in eternal peace. Lucy was a woman of simple means who truly lived for her family. It is through her family that she continues to live on. She is survived by her mother, Jennie Laguna, her two sons, Joe and Michael Laguna, their wives Pamela and Noemi, her beloved grandchildren, Kyrstie, Miranda, Negel, Nile and Dominic her
March 22, 2009
John L. Giannantonio, 83, passed away in Phoenix, Az. Sunday, March 22, 2009. John was born and raised on Staten Island, NY. He moved to Phoenix in l968 with his family. John belonged to the Plumbers Union Local 469 for 40 years. John is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lucille, and his youngest son, John Joseph. He is survived by daughters Gail, Debra Tim Bies, sons Greg DeeDee and Bobby Lisa all of Phoenix. He enjoyed and loved his six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews including Claire Wayne Slusinski and Todd Fournier of Phoenix, AZ. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:30 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix. Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.
March 22, 2009
Ruth E. Herwehe, 85, of Phoenix, AZ passed away March 22, 2009. Ruth went home to be with the Lord and Savior. Born in Iowa City, IA, June 18, 1923, daughter of William and Pearl B. Holst. Ruth served in the U.S.Navy during WWII relocating to Phoenix during that time, Ruth worked for the City of Phoenix, U.S. Postal Service and loved to garden and paint. Ruth raised four children, two sons and two daughters. Her husband, John B. Herwehe, daughter-in-law Lisa B. Herwehe and son John William “Johnny Bill” Herwehe preceded Ruth in death. She is survived by her living children Joneen Wayne Chatfield, Terri Gannaway, Mark Linda Herwehe and grandchildren, Gene Propst and Johnathan Brittney Jean Chatfield. Graveside Service will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23019 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix with full military honors provided by Post 1, American Legion at 10:30 am, Thursday, April 2. The family wishes to thank Serenity Hospice for her care. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
March 21, 2009
Dorothy Myrtle Laver Burke
A beautiful spirit left this earth on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Dorothy M. Laver Burke passed away at Brighton Gardens of Scottsdale with her family by her side. Dorothy was born March 7, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Annie and Roy Laver, the third of five girls. She spent her early years in Mammoth, Utah, graduated from Tintic High School; moved to California where she met and married Francis E. Burke on November 6, 1972 and together, they shared a very happy life filled with family, friends, travel, golf and many homes in California and Arizona. Francis passed away in 2006. She was also predeceased by her father and mother and two sisters, Marjorie Olsen and Marion Adamson. Dorothy is survived by a stepdaughter Betty Reddy and three grandchildren Michael and Billy Reddy and Michelle Santos. She is also survived by two sisters Lorna Esklund and Cecil Ray Doine. “Aunt Billie” will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews, many of whom helped her celebrate her 90th Birthday on March 7. Her love of life, sense of humor and generosity were without bounds and she never met a person who did not become a friend. During the past two years, she has received much loving care and companionship from three nieces Sheron Christensen, Jill Yu and Michelle Larsen. The family also wishes to give special thanks to the Assisted Living and Hospice of the Valley staff at Brighton Gardens of Scottsdale and to the wonderful people of the Eldorado Ward for their compassion and tender care. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her beautiful life at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 26, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Private Interment will be in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phx. 85014.
March 21, 2009
No Obituary Submitted
March 20, 2009
Killeen, Mark A.
Mark passed away on March 20, 2009 in San Jose, California at the age of 85. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, June 1, 1923. He attended St. Mary