Obituaries: May 4, 2016

Emanuel Michael ’Mike’ Cartsonis

Emanuel Michael “Mike” Cartsonis, 88, of Litchfield Park died April 12, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Mr. Cartsonis was born July 27, 1927, in Detroit.

He attended Cass Technical Institute of Design in Detroit, was a classical violinist and spent summers working at a Chrysler plant.

He was drafted at age 18 into the United States Army, and was stationed in Japan with occupying forces.

He studied art at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he also played football.

He worked as a food purchaser at Michigan’s Osterweil Cooperative, where he met his wife, Sylvia Flax. They were married on July 16, 1954.

He transferred to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he graduated with an architecture degree. He also obtained a graduate degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

His professional achievements include an award-winning design for the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library while he was a graduate student.

As an urban planner, he was a member of the team that conceived and implemented Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle renaissance.

He was recruited by the Goodyear Corporation to help create the planned community of Litchfield Park, where he designed and built his own home in 1968.

He served as Litchfield Park’s city planner for about 50 years until 2014, and also worked in urban planning and zoning for Scottsdale. He taught architecture at Arizona State University and the University of Waterloo in Canada. He also planned the city of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he operated his own firm and designed commercial, medical, public and residential projects.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia; two daughters, Susan Cartsonis of Los Angeles and Ellen Cartsonis of Austin, Texas; three sons, Matt Cartsonis of Los Angeles, Michael Cartsonis of Litchfield Park and Jonathan Cartsonis of Phoenix; one brother, George Cartsonis of Southfield, Mich; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was April 30 at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.


Miguel Bahena Castro

Miguel Bahena Castro, 88, of Goodyear died April 22, 2016, in Goodyear.

Mr. Castro was born May 25, 1927, in El Paso, Texas.

He worked as a truck driver and later worked for Key Metals.

He was a member of the La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange, Calif., for more than 45 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maria Cruz P. Castro; and one son, Jesse.

He is survived by his wife, Carlota C. Castro; six daughters, Martha, Maria, Cruz, Margie, Fabiola and Edna; three sons, Miguel, Gabriel and Jose; 27 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear.

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Tracy Lee Chaddock

Tracy Lee Chaddock, 49, of Buckeye died April 28, 2016, at Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center.

Mr. Chaddock was born April 28, 1967, in Fresno, Calif.

He moved to Arizona in 2000.

He worked as a craftsman for Ames Construction.

He is survived by his partner of 17 years, Debra Stone; one daughter, Brytnie Nichole Chaddock of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son, Tracy Lee Chaddock Jr. of Wichita Falls, Texas; his parents, Alvin and Janice Chaddock of Buckeye; one sister, Cynthia Darlene Lindsey of Buckeye; two brothers, Henry Lee Chaddock of Goodyear and Mark Kevin Chaddock of Buckeye; and two grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, both at Ganley’s Buckeye Funeral Home, 104 E. Baseline Road, Buckeye.

The Rev. Guy Bailey will officiate.

The funeral will be followed by a gathering at Refuge Church, 301 E. Baseline Road, Buckeye.


Emma Lopez Dominguez

Emma Lopez Dominguez, 66, of Tolleson died April 26, 2016.

Mrs. Dominguez was born Nov. 23, 1949, in Tolleson to Maria Luisa Lopez and Mateo Lopez.

She was preceded in death by one son, David Mendez.

She is survived by one son, Ruben Mendez; two daughters, Esther Barraza and Dulce Hernandez; her father, Mateo Lopez; four brothers; seven sisters; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 512 N. 93rd Ave., Tolleson, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.


Rose Gardunio

Rose Gardunio, 79, of Goodyear died April 13, 2016, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Gardunio was born Aug. 30, 1936, in Colorado.

She moved to Arizona in 1954.

She worked for 28 years for Spring City Knitting Company.

She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Gardunio; one daughter, Shirley Gardunio; and two sons, Reggie Gardunio and Johnny Gardunio.

She is survived by two daughters, Maxine Paz and Nancy Noyes; one sister, Becky Jiron; one brother, Philly Lopez; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 19 at Holy Cross Catholic Mortuary in Avondale.


Mary Moncerrat Gyory

Mary Moncerrat Gyory, 68, of Goodyear died April 26, 2016, in Goodyear.

Mrs. Gyory was born June 21, 1947, in Cruillas, Tamaulipas, Mexico, to Jose Leal and Maria Rivas.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Gyory; one stepdaughter, Lisa Riesland; two sisters, Nelda Miller and Eva Laborin; one brother, Raymond Leal; and two grandchildren.

A visitation will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. today at New Life Covenant Church, 541 E. Main St., Avondale, followed by interment at West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix.

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