Jack Gassensmith of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Odell, IL, beloved of many, passed away peacefully October 4, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Jack had a great zest for life and was young for his years. He is survived by his partner, Eva Hizo, daughters Jackie Hoffarth (Chris), and Laurie Perry (Darrel), sisters Harriet Smith and Mary Lou Kraus, 6 grandchildren Justen, Austen, Chris, Shannon, Krista, and Cassie and 1 great- grandchild Noah. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday October 6th at 10:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix.
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Mom peacefully passed away October 1, 2010 surrounded by family and friends. Mom left this world with the same grace and dignity in which she lived. Born October 8, 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Robert and Christine Hampe. She had two sisters, Christine and Katherine who preceded her in death. She married the love of her life Ciro Iannaccone in 1946 until his passing in 2007. Mom was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend. She dedicated her life to her family. If you knew her she will always be a part of you. She was kind to a fault and very beautiful. We were lucky to have her for a mother. Mom liked playing the piano, writing songs and poetry, along with dancing. She has several poems in the Library of Congress and won trophies for her ballroom dancing. Survived by sons, Ciro (Darlene), David (Becky), Tony (Brenda) and daughter Christine Hughes (Mike). Ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She will be forever missed. Fly with the Angels, Mom, Sing with the birds and Shine with the Sun.. You are everywhere to us and in everything we see. We love you. Private Services will be held.
Left this earth on October 1, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Dover, OH and moved to Phoenix in 1953. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She worked for many years in the retail industry and retired from Saks Fifth Avenue after 29 years of service. She was a longtime active member of Mount of Olives Lutheran Church were she developed many longstanding friendships. She is survived by her three children, Larry (Myra), Debbie Baker and Cheryl Bohl (Mark), 5 grandchildren, Darrin, Jessica, Lindsey, Ashley, Courtney and 4 great-grandchildren Coleya, Brett, Scarlett and Brooklyn. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 11:00 A.M., at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, 3546 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. The family is so grateful for their wonderful support and loving care during a very difficult time.
passed away peacefully, at age 86, on September 23, 2010. Marian was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on May 3, 1924, to Matthew A. Kraynak and Veronica Repasky Kraynak. Marian is predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert Paul Richmond, whom she met while working in Philadelphia for the Signal Corps during World War II, while Bob was serving in the Navy. During their long marriage, Marian and Bob lived in Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Mumbai, India; Singapore; and ultimately Phoenix. Marian had a lifelong love for teaching and the fine arts. She pursued a college degree in mid-life, earning her B.A. from Louisiana State University. She subsequently taught in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system until moving to Arizona. In Singapore Marian was introduced to Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and earned her credentials as an instructor in the Sogetsu School. Over the years she passed on her passion for Ikebana to many others and continued to enjoy the beauty and intellectual aspects of this art for the remainder of her life. Marian is survived by her daughters, Barbara Berman (Mike) of Phoenix, and Nancy Ward (John) of Katy, Texas; grandchildren Paul Berman, Steve Berman, Laura Berman, Dan Ward, and Emily Ward; and nieces and nephews Christine Laning, Luci Block, Robin Terry, John Paul Terry, and Richard Terry. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N.Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Our world lost a well loved & respected husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend on September 20, 2010. As he was taking his last breath on this earth there was a sudden gust of wind that blew through the air creating a song with the wind chimes outside of our window. We believe he was riding with angels to be grandly welcomed into Heaven. Jerry was born on February 1, 1946 in Tuscola, Illinois. He graduated from Newman HS & received a BS degree from Western Illinois University, MA from University of Miami and a Sloan Fellows MBA from MIT. His career accomplishments were many & included: coaching football at University of Miami & Washington State University; sales & management positions at American Express & Raychem Corp.; CEO, entrepreneur and for the past 6 years real estate sales & investments. Jerry was a sports fan extraordinaire & loved the St. Louis Cardinals & Miami “Hurricanes”. Jerry was a proud & adoring family man, true & loyal friend, accomplished businessman, gifted athlete, wise mentor, faithful servant and all around “good guy”! He was the strongest of men and yet also the gentlest, with a kind word for all. He has left all of us with a rich legacy of what a man should aspire to become. Jerry is survived by his devoted & loving wife, Cheryl; children, Scott Wamsley (Michele), Stephanie Middleton (Rusty), Michelle Parisian (Alan) & Alanna Foudy (Ken); beloved grandkids; Mia & Hanna Wamsley, Maddux Lee Middleton, Brianna, C.J. & Donovan Parisian, Cole & Tate Foudy; his mom Helen; siblings, Jim, Jay, Joyce, Janet & their families, “adopted” daughter Lisa Molloy & her family. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces and treasured friends…many of them lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his father Howard & Brothers Joe and John. A Funeral Mass will be held in his honor on Friday, Oct 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ. How blessed we have been to share this life with Jerry Wamsley. Rest beloved Jerry – free of pain in everlasting peace!
In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014; any organization that is united in the fight against cancer (especially bladder cancer) or cause of choice. For more information, visit his website at: www.caringbridge.org and type in ‘coachjerry’ to leave a message on the guestbook.
She met her husband, John, during World War II inLondon and he convinced her to come to the United States and marry him one year after the war had ended. She became a devoted mother to Patrick John, Margaret Jane, and Mary Elizabeth Calihan. She held a special place in her heart for her son-in-law, Peter Calihan. Nana’s grandchildren; Daniel Calihan (Emily), Kevin Calihan (Tara) and Katie Evarkiou (Adrian) were her “pride and joy”, and her great grandchildren; Caroline, Peter and Blair (Canny and Emily), Ava and Mia (Kevin and Tara) and Lila Rose (Katie and Adrian) were her treasured blessings. Betty taught school at St. Francis elementary school for 33 years. She was a strict educator who took every child’s educatin very seriously. Her “no-nonsense” demeanor is still remembered by her many students. She loved teaching and always wanted the very best for each and every child. Betty had a fighting spirit and a keen sense of humor. Her many friends of all ages will remember her for her wit and love of life. She was a special example of endurance and strength to all who knew her. Please have a cup of teac and celebrate her life! A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, at St. Francis Xavier Church, locted at 4715 N. Central Avenue on Thursday, September 30, 2010. Betty’s final resting place will be with her husband John at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Elementary School Building Fund at 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 in the name of Betty B. Lynch.