Charles Benjamin Thompson, Jr.
Charles Benjamin Thompson, Jr., a resident of Fountain Hills, AZ since 1976, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Aug. 6, 2003. He was 85 years old. He was a loving husband, father and an accomplished engineer.
He was born in the small farm town of Auburn, NE on Oct. 22, 1917. He sought adventure living and traveling all over the world while employed by the Agency for International Development (AID), U.S. Department of State. He retired after 25 years with AID and took a position with Harza Engineering in Chicago before moving to Fountain Hills, AZ where he lived for 27 years with his wife, Opal.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Opal; three children Hugh Thompson of Sacramento, CA, Carolyn Thompson-Rizer of Katy, TX and Marilyn Shultz of Carlton, OR; three stepchildren Jim Chidister of Camp Hill, PA, Mary Lawrence of Virginia Beach, VA, Eileen Covert of Richmond, VA and Bill Chidister (deceased); 17 grand children and 14 great grand children. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Kathryn.
His main service work was with the Fountain Hills Lions Club where he served as secretary for over 20 years and was awarded 100 percent secretary for 14 of those years and received 100 percent Secretary’s Award from the Multiple District. He also received the Lion Century Club member, Lifetime Lion Camp Tatiyee and the Melvin Jones Fellow (which is the Lions’ highest award). He was a member of and laid the groundwork for the First United Methodist Church in Fountain Hills by appealing the need to the bishop.
He was a second generation berthed American who traced his ancestors back through 400 years of blacksmiths and farmers in Messingham and West Rasen England. He graduated from Auburn High School and often attended its reunions. He was the first college graduate in his family, earning his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico (Sigma Tau & Chi Epsilon honor fraternities) and his MS in Civil Engineering (hydraulics) from the University of Iowa. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in 15 states, and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He became a life member of the American Water Works Association, a lifetime member of the University of New Mexico Heritage Club, and a member of the American Legion for over 60 years.
His engineering career was modified by WWII when he started in the U.S. Navy (FT Boats), but was transferred, as a civilian, to lead munitions inspectors in several arsenals ending with an assignment in the Pentagon. After the war he completed his advanced studies and served as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico. The New Mexico State Engineer’s Office made him the Chief of the Technical Division to address water resource problems. He also served as President of the NM Society of Professional Engineers. His engineering talents were sought by private consulting firms for work in Thailand and the US Government for work all over the world including Tunisia, the Middle East, Ghana and Southeast Asia. Between international assignments, he served on the US Study Commission assessing Texas water resources. He also served on the US Commission on Large Dams and the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage.
His continuing quest for knowledge (including recent engineering correspondence courses), led him all over the world (77 countries) and into many activities such as stained glass making (Charlie’s Stained Glass Shop), solar energy, gardening, home improvement, theater, music and travel. He and Opal completed a cross-country driving trip this past June, including a Mississippi River steam boat cruise where they renewed their wedding vows. Charlie looked forward to new adventures and always wanted to see what was over the next hill.
Services to be held Monday, August 11, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary, 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.
Donations can be made to the Fountain Hills Lions Club, P.O. Box 17808 Fountain Hills, AZ, 85269-7808.
John P. Bowman
John P. Bowman, 60, of Fountain Hills died July 28, 2003 at Hospice of the Valley’s Eckstein Center in Scottsdale.
Mr. Bowman was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Dr. Clifford and LaVerne Bowman. He graduated from East High School and went on to attend Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
He was a former member of the 185th Air National Guard in Iowa. He married Karen Althoff on April 28, 1973 in Phoenix. He was a self-employed consultant to the insurance industry.
Mr. Bowman was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Karen; three daughters, Heather Mickelson and husband Robert, Erin Ellis and husband Michael, and Meghann Bowman; two sons, Patrick Bowman and Sean Bowman; a granddaughter, Sara Hammill of Fridley, Minn.; a sister, Gwen Hart and husband, John of LeMars, Iowa; a maternal aunt, Virginia Engstrom of Clarinda, Iowa; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Bowman will be missed by all who loved him and will be remembered as a kind, gentle and caring man who was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
Services for Mr. Bowman were held Aug. 1 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church with Pastor Joel Bjerkestrand officiating.
Arrangements were made through Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary.
Ruth Susan Knopf, 76, of Fountain Hills died July 29, 2003 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea hospital.
Born Aug. 16, 1926 in the Bronx, New York, she worked as a retail sales person during her adult career.
Survivors include her husband, John J. Knopf of Fountain Hills; son, John K. Knopf of Fountain Hills; daughter, Susan M. Knopf of Mesa; brother, Karl Fetzer (Anna) of the Bronx; and two grandchildren, Christina and Melissa.
Funeral services were Aug. 4 at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary. Interment was at National Memorial cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
Last week’s obituary concerning Roland E. "Archie" Archambault, a former resident who died July 22, did not mention any memorial contribution information.
In lieu of flowers, the Archambault family is suggesting that memorial contributions be sent to Fountain Hills American Legion Post No. 58, Attn. Memorial Fund, 16837 E. Parkview Avenue, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.
Mike Archambault said his father was a big supporter of the Veterans Memorial currently being constructed at Fountain Park by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
Robert W. Rohn
Robert W. Rohn, 77, of Manistee, Mich., died Sept. 10, 2003 at Tendercare of Manistee.
He was born Aug. 19, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Eugene and Myrtle (Spellman) Rohn. He married Carol Anderson on Dec. 8, 1961 in Chicago. The Rohns moved to the Manistee area from Chicago in 1995.
Bob retired in 1982 from U.S. Steel where he had been a millwright. He had formerly attended the Church of Nazarene in Chicago. He loved fishing and was a handyman who could fix almost anything.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving aboard the U.S.S. Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).
Bob is survived by: his wife, Carol; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Marsha Rohn of Pekin, Ill., Theodore and Mary Ellen Rohn of Calumet City, Ill. and Michael Rohn of Fountain Hills; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Michael Cockerill on Manito, Ill.; grandchildren, Scott, Michael and Keith Cockerill and Ryan, Emily, Faith, Allison and David Rohn; brother, Donald Rohn of Hollywood, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Jack Studebaker of Tinley Park, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Theodore Rohn, and a sister, Laverne Brandt.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 15 at the Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Chadwick Sort officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery in Manistee.
Veterans Memorial Services were conducted at the cemetery by the honor guard for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walsh Post #4499, in Manistee.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Bob consider a gift in his name to the West Michigan Regional Cancer and Blood Center.
The family was served by the Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee.
Stephen Harman Jr.
Stephen M. Harman Jr. passed away at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea on Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 after a lengthy illness. His wife and son were at his bedside at the time of his death.
Stephen was often seen working in his yard with a white shirt and straw hat. Many individuals never knew his name but by the outfit he always wore when working in the yard.
He is already sorely missed by all that knew personally and just those passing by who would stop and watch him work in the yard moving the rocks and watering his plants at his own pace.
Stephen had served in the military for 38 years and was very proud of his service (once at his chemotherapy treatment an unexpected visit by J.D. Hayworth, Stephen let the Congressman know he appreciated the work that was done to make Tri Care available for retirees over the age of 65 as this way he was able to keep going to treatments with minimal expenses to the family who would be left – would not have to work to cover the outstanding balances).
He moved to Arizona in 2002 to help take care of his mother, the late Mae Harman, and felt that this area of the country was soothing to the soul.
In June 2002 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even though he knew there was no cure, he was never a person to give up. He worked in the yard for many hours and enjoyed talking to everyone. He also worked for Buttonwood Hospital of Burlington County in New Jersey for 24 years.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1938 in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Patty Sue Harman (Hayden); son, Erich S. Harman of Fountain Hills; and a daughter Carolyn Deo (David); three granddaughters from New Jersey; an uncle, Michael Kondas (Maria); and many, many cousins.
The family has requested that instead of flowers memorial donations be made to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, care of the Scottsdale Foundation. Please mark in the remark section of the check in the memory of Stephen M. Harman Jr.
There will be a special memorial service to honor his life. The family has requested that everyone who would like to attend this service is welcome.
The memorial service will be held at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
Florence M. Kramer, 85, passed away on Oct. 27, 2004 in Fountain Hills.
Florence was born on July 12, 1919 in Chicago, Ill. She worked as a seamstress in the garment industry and eventually moved to Fountain Hills. She was also a parishioner of the St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale.
She is survived by her sister, Marie DeFranze of Fountain Hills; brother, Vincent Lupo (Margie) of Chicago, Ill.; sister-in-law, Irene Lupo; nieces, Annette Stulz of Orlando, Fla., Darlene DeFranze (Michael) of Scottsdale, Maryann (Gerhard) Heckert of Chicago, Ill., Christine Vassall (Barry) of Scottsdale, and Marie Groh of Fountain Hills; and nephew, John Lupo of Chicago, Ill.
She is also survived by grandnieces and nephews Nicole Altherr (Scott) of Tucson, Anthony Wozniak of Nashville, Tenn., Brandon Meitz of Scottsdale, Lindsay Groh of Fountain Hills and Kyle Bowerman of Fountain Hills; and great-great nephews Morgan and Matthew Altherr of Tucson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Lupo, and a brother-in-law, Salvatore DeFranze.
Visitation was held Oct. 29 at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary with a service on Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale. Interment was at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 92nd St. and Shea in Scottsdale.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5111 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 280, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.
Melba ‘Polly’ Lloyd
Melba "Polly" Lloyd, 94, homemaker, died on Oct. 26, 2004 in Scottsdale.
She was born in Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., and was a former resident of Belmont, Mass. And Kennebunk, Maine, prior to moving to Fountain Hills in 1986.
She was an active member in the Women’s Club in Belmont and Kennebunk while living in those locations. She was a recipient of several awards for her achievements in crewel embroidery and crocheting.
Mrs. Lloyd was the daughter of George and Sally Sherrill.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharyn Potter, son-in-law Thomas Potter and one grandson, Robert Potter, all of Scottsdale.
She is also survived by her brothers, Lensie and J.B. Sherrill of Gastonia, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Rt. Lt. Colonel Stacy G. Lloyd.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 1, at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary; interment was at National Memorial cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Avenue, suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
Lido Raymond Perini
Lido Raymond Perini, 86, of Fountain Hills died Oct. 28, 2004 in Fountain Hills.
Lido was born Nov. 23, 1917 in New York, N.Y. He is survived by a son, Raymond G. Perini (Carole) of Huntington, N.Y.; a daughter; Linda Ferington (James) of Fountain Hills; a sister Aurora Perini of Queens, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Joanna Perini of Thoray, N.M. and Nicholas Perini of Huntington, N.Y.
Lido’s fierce intellect and dedication to his studies was apparent as early as the seventh grade, when he obtained the highest grade in algebra of all students in New York City. His intellect and dedication highlighted every endeavor he undertook.
In 1935 Lido graduated from the highly prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Had Lido graduated during any point in history other than the Great Depression his exemplary grades and unquenchable thirst for knowledge would have made college the natural choice. However, the unfortunate circumstances and Lido’s role in his family as the eldest of three children forced him into the steamy kitchens of the New York restaurant industry.
Due to Lido’s hard work and dedication, he quickly worked his way from being a dishwasher to a head chef at some of the best restaurants in New York City. However, Lido’s passion for social justice took his career down a different path. As a chef he recognized the dismal working conditions in the kitchens. Lido became active in the restaurant labor unions. As a business agent for Local 89 he championed the cause of a 40-hour work week and safe working conditions for laborers in the kitchens.
In 1983 Lido retired from the restaurant industry at the age of 65 to further invest his energy into other causes he had grown to believe in through his working years. Lido had been active in the Masons, through the Mazzini Lodge, since May of 1945. However his obligations to his family and his job caused his involvement to be limited for a number of years. While raising his son, Raymond, he became active in the Boy Scouts. As deputy scout master of Troop 13 in Queens and commissioner on the executive committee he helped set policy for all scouting in New York City.
As his children grew older, Lido again became involved in masonry and he became the Master of the Mazzini Lodge in 1962. His involvement in the Masons continued to grow as he became District Deputy of the 10th Manhattan District in 1968, President of the Purple Circle from 1973 to 1979, and Chairman of the District Council from 1979 to 1981. In addition to Masonry and Boy Scouts, Lido formed and became the first president of the local AARP chapter in Queens.
In 1994 Lido, and his wife, Marie, decided to move to Fountain Hills to be near their daughter Linda. In Fountain Hills he again gravitated to the Masons and became a very active member of the Scottsdale Lodge. He took on the role as Senior Statesman to close every meeting with the "Perini Hour" where he would speak about the purpose and history of Masonry. In local Fountain Hills politics he fought for the preservation of the washes and maintaining the natural beauty of his new home.
The most significant person in Lido’s life was his wife of 62 years, Marie. They met at the age of 13 and were inseparable until her death on March 19, 2004. It is a great comfort for Lido’s family and friends knowing he is reunited with Marie and they are starting their eternal journey together.
Masonic services for Mr. Perini were held Monday, Nov. 1, at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills. Interment will be at Mount St. Mary’s cemetery, Flushing, N.Y.
The family is requesting memorial contributions to the Fountain Hills Community Theater.
Henry L. Cirincione
Henry L. Cirincione passed away April 26, 2004. He was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Rossland, British Columbia.
His family moved to Spokane, Wash. when he was two years old because he had a deformed knee and needed surgery. He did not walk until age 2 ½, but as he grew up he was able to participate in all kinds of sports.
Mr. Cirincione attended Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif. and graduated in 1934. He worked on the waterfront in the Port of Oakland for 45 years, retiring at age 65. He was an avid golfer and loved to ride his bicycle around Alameda Island.
Mr. Cirincione is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of Alameda, Calif.; three daughters, Patti Tebb of Gig Harbor, Wash., Margaret Davis (Shanon) of Fountain Hills, and Dr. Liz Smith (Paul) of Fountain Hills; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Teresa Ann Hosay, 35, of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation died April 24, 2004 at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Born Aug. 11, 1968 in Phoenix, she had worked as a waitress at the Fort McDowell Casino.
Survivors include her mother, Betty Stiffarm of Fort McDowell; sons, Ray Scott Hosay, Moses Marlon Stiffarm and Shea Travis Stiffarm, all of Fort McDowell; brothers, Raphael Bear (Mary), Spencer Bear (Donna), Jarvis Bear (Rosa), all of Fort McDowell, and Brendon Hosay (Carmen) of Phoenix; and sisters, Rechanda Lyn Hosay of Fort McDowell, Celestine Hosay of Fort McDowell, Denise Hosay of Mesa and Imogene Hosay of Flagstaff.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to Friday morning at the family residence, with a service at 9 a.m. Friday, April 30, at the Fort McDowell Presbyterian Church Arbor.
Interment will be at the Fort McDowell cemetery.
Dr. Earl L. Cook
Dr. Earl L. "Doc" Cook, 84 of Farmington, Minn. died May 11, 2004 in Minnesota.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; two sons, Tom (Debbie) and Larry (Mary); one daughter, Mary Lou (Bill) Ferrell; grandchildren, Michael, Kersten, Steven, Catherine, Molly, Lindsay, Emily and Shean Ferrell, and Stacy (Jeff) Hadberg; three brothers, Howard (Midge), Richard, Jerry (Lorraine) and Roger (Janet); three sisters, Jane Alexander and Eleanor Gerster; sisters-in-law Evelyn Young and Florence Sponberg; and many nieces and nephews.
Doc was a life-long resident of Farmington, Minn., but spent the winters for 17 years in Fountain Hills. He graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1941. He and Ruth were married in March 1947 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage.
He served as the Southeast District manager of the Minnesota Livestock Sanitary Board and retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety & Inspection Service in 1985.
Doc also served on the Farmington City Council from 1980-1984.
He was a sportsman, avid golfer and fisherman, a highly competitive card player and dedicated Minnesota Gopher and Vikings football fan. He was a member of the Northfield Country Club.
A funeral mass was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Farmington and interment was at St. Michael’s Church cemetery.
Memorials will be donated to the Church of St. Michael.