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Obituaries – March 9, 2016

Jose Luis Abrajan

Jose Luis Abrajan, 65, of Avondale died Feb. 25, 2016, in Avondale.

Mr. Abrajan is survived by three daughters, Veronica Diaz, Jazmine Abrajan and Audrey Rodriguez; his mother, Carmen Meza Abrajan; and nine grandchildren.

Condolences for the family may be left at AvenidasFuneralChapel.com.


Genevieve ‘Jenny’ Marie Delierre Brooks

Genevieve “Jenny” Marie Delierre Brooks, 80, of Avondale died Feb. 25, 2016.

Mrs. Brooks was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Lille, France.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul.

She is survived by eight daughters, Linda, Patricia, Sandra, Cynthia, Sylvia, Theresa, Angela and Martha; three sons, Paul David, Jim and Gary; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held March 5 at Holy Cross Chapel in Avondale.


Ruben Chayrez

Ruben Chayrez, 70, of Avondale died Feb. 29, 2016, in Peoria.

Mr. Chayrez was born Nov. 17, 1945, in Glendale to Merced and Albina Chayrez.

He owned a landscaping company.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ema; and one son, Raul.

He is survived by two sisters, Gloria and Stella; and seven brothers, Ernest, Henry, Robert, Vicente, Raul, Merced and Tony.

Services were held Monday.

Condolences may be left for the family at AvenidasFuneralChapel.com.


Fred J. Engel

Fred J. Engel, 72, of west Phoenix died Feb. 20, 2016.

Mr. Engel was born Dec. 31, 1943, in Minonk, Ill.

He moved to Arizona in 1948.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Engel; one son, Fred J. Engel Jr.; one daughter, Ronda; one sister, Mary; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Streams Church, 6532 N. El Mirage Road, Glendale.


Michael W. Gale

Michael W. Gale, 57, of Avondale died Feb. 26, 2016, in Avondale.

Mr. Gale was born Sept. 21, 1958, in St. Paul, Minn., to James and Karon Gale.

He moved to Arizona in 1974.

He worked as a printing press operator.

He is survived by his wife, Susana Gale; one daughter, Alisa Gale; two sons, Michael Gale and Marc Lugo; his parents, James and Karon Gale; two sisters, Debra Langness and Kathy Gale; and two brothers, Jim Gale and Tom Gale.

Funeral services were March 3 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.

Condolences may be left for the family at AvenidasFuneralChapel.com.


Michael Lynn Milligan

Michael Lynn Milligan, 62, of Buckeye died Feb. 29, 2016, at his home from heart problems.

Mr. Milligan was born Jan. 31, 1954, in Ardmore, Okla., to Charles and Gracie Milligan.

He moved to Arizona in 1988.

He served in the United States Marines.

He was co-owner of Sharon’s Pet Sitting and also worked as an oil well driver and electrician.

He was a member of the Bridge Church in Rainbow Valley.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sharon C. Waddell Milligan of Buckeye; two daughters, Trisha Lynn Cannady Milligan of Buckeye and Cherr-Ree C. Pittman of Seattle; one son, James Waddell Hagans of Buckeye; two brothers, Stanley and Ronnie, both of Muskogee, Okla.; two sisters, Barbara Mulligan of Muskogee, Okla., and Brenda L. Osborn of Buckeye; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Tuesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Buckeye. Interment will be at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye.

The Revs. Tim and Liberty Turnipseed will officiate.


Everett Romero

Everett Romero, 52, of Avondale died March 4, 2016, at home.

Mr. Romero was born in Tempe.

He served in the United States Army for six years, achieving the rank of specialist, and held the military operating skills as a 13B10, cannon crew. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge for the M-16A2 service riffle and the Expert Qualification with the M67 hand grenade.

He owned an HVAC business.

He is survived by his wife, Lizzy; two daughters, Alitza and Elizabeth; three sons, Jeremy, Mickey Albert and Noel; his parents, Jose and Mary Romero; three sisters, Lupita, Nancy and Vicki; four brothers, Ismael, Bobby, Jose Jr. and Steven; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Skyway Church, 14900 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear.


Giuseppina Pia Saraceni

Giuseppina Pia Saraceni, 86, of Litchfield Park died March 1, 2016, in Sun City West.

Mrs. Saraceni was born July 11, 1929, in Poggiofiorito, Italy, to Berardino and Virginia Memmo.

She attended school until the age of 10, when World War II occurred and her family was displaced from its home and lived as refugees from 1939 to 1945.

After the war, she worked as a seamstress.

She married Argentino Saraceni in December 1957.

She immigrated to New York City in April 1960, working in the fashion industry for designers, including Ralph Lauren, and created couture fashion for clients including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Queen Julianna of the Netherlands.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Argentino.

She is survived by one daughter, Flavia Huber; one son, Fabrizio Saraceni; three sisters, Elda, Innes and Wanda; one brother Giuseppe; and four grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 5:30 p.m., with a rosary recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Astoria, Queens, N.Y.

Condolences may be left for the family at ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.


Nathan ‘Bud’ Schneider

Nathan “Bud” Schneider, 86, formerly of Litchfield Park died Feb. 26, 2016.

Mr. Schneider was born in San Francisco to Nathan Schneider and Ruth Munter Schneider.

He attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, College of Marin and the University of California at Davis.

After college, he joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War.

He was vice president of Van Waters & Rogers, Toshiba International and Quantel.

He moved to Arizona, and in retirement served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona for 11 years and for five years on city of Litchfield Park boards and the Maricopa County Housing Authority Board.

He was elected to the Litchfield Park City Council, serving for four years.

He moved to Boerne, Texas, and along with his Bernese Mountain dogs, visited schools and hospitals requiring the abilities of certified therapy dogs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Schroeder Schneider.

He is survived by three children, Brad, Leslie and Lisa; one sister, Stella Logan; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Church of Litchfield Park at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.


Ernest Raymond Simas

Ernest Raymond Simas, 87, of Litchfield Park died Feb. 28, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Simas was born Feb. 7, 1929, to Manuel W. and Mary G. Simas in West Warwick, R.I.

He married Evelyn Marie Ray on April 24, 1954, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in West Warwick, R.I.

He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community.

He attended West Warwick Public Schools and graduated from West Warwick High School in June 1946. He attended Bryant College from 1948 to 1949 before entering the military. He served in the United States Navy from 1949 to 1953 where he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. He worked for the highest ranking authorities in the development of the “Nautilus,” the United States’ first nuclear powered submarine. After an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Rhode Island from 1953 to 1956, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business.

He was employed in corporate sales for the Mogul Corp. He was an independent tax return preparer from 1956 to 1996. He served as councilman for the town of West Warwick, R.I., as well as West Warwick tax assessor from 1981 to 1990. He and his family owned and operated several businesses in Rhode Island culminating with Evelyn’s Villa Restaurant and Banquet Facility from 1985 to 2007. He retired after the sale of the family’s restaurant business and moved to Litchfield Park in 2009.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Simas.

He is survived by one son, Stephen E. Simas; one daughter, Catherine A. Brunette of Litchfield Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A service will take place at 6 p.m. March 10 at the Groves at Goodyear Assisted Living Community, 2655 N. Pebble Creek Parkway, Goodyear.

He was interred in Rhode Island.

Memorials may be made to Maryknoll Missionary Fathers, Smile Train or The American Lung Association.

Condolences for the family can be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.


Marilyn Lawson Smith

Marilyn Lawson Smith, 81, of Litchfield Park died Feb. 25, 2016, after complications from surgery.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Glendale, Calif., to Jean Gamble Lawson and Dynes Lawson.

The family settled in Eagle Rock, Calif., and she graduated from Eagle Rock High School.

She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and met her husband, Stan Smith. They lived in Phoenix and then in Litchfield Park and spent summers in Bear Flat.

She was involved with Garden Club, Assistance League, Phoenix Cotton Wives and volunteered with the Beatitudes.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Stan Smith; one son, Tim Smith; one daughter, Leslie Rousseau; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was March 5 at the Church at Litchfield Park, Litchfield Park.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Litchfield Park and Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, 85014.


Maryann Stolarz

Maryann Stolarz, 75, of Avondale died Feb. 3, 2016, at Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Goodyear.

Mrs. Stolarz was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Passaic, N.J.

She moved to Arizona in September 2005.

She worked as a receptionist.

She is survived by her husband, John E. Stolarz; two sons, Michael Karcz and John W. Stolarz; one brother, Alfred; and two grandchildren.

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