Hazel Luther, Florida's oldest woman, 113, dies
Feb. 2, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Hazel Penniman Luther, the oldest woman in Florida, has died. She was 113.
Luther was taken to Halifax Medical Center on Friday after developing a cold and high temperature, the Rev. Pam Stewart said. She died peacefully in the emergency room.
Born Dec. 11, 1889, Luther was the world's ninth-oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. She was the fifth-oldest living American and the second-oldest Florida resident: John McMorran of Lakeland was born 175 days before Luther.
Luther attended Juilliard School of Music, then known as the Institute of Musical Art, and earned two diplomas in singing. She performed classical music and taught voice lessons.
She met her husband, Robert Luther, in 1918. They eventually moved to Detroit. The couple had no children.
They moved to Daytona Beach in the mid-1950s when they retired. Hazel lived alone after her husband's death in 1957 until she was 104.
Leslie Fiedler, author, renowned literary critic
Feb. 2, 2003
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Leslie Fiedler, an author and literary critic whose works included a celebrated essay on homoerotic themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has died at 85.
Fiedler, who taught at the University of Montana for more than 20 years, had battled Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer. He died Wednesday after collapsing at his home in Buffalo.
He was the Samuel Langhorne Clemens professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo and was "not only one of the greatest critics of American literature and culture in the 20th century but one of the most provocative," said the English department's chairman, Joseph Conte.
Love and Death in the American Novel, published in 1960 and probably his best-known book, analyzed the work of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and other writers. Fiedler contended that American literature was defined by alienation, the exclusion of women and homoerotic feelings between men, notably between Twain's Huckleberry Finn and the slave Jim.
"He was very interested in outsiders, and I think he saw himself as an outsider," literary critic Harold Bloom said.
Fiedler's still-celebrated 1948 essay "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in Huck Honey!" revealed his bent for radical thinking. In it, he examined male bonding in 19th-century American literature.
Fiedler, who called himself a "literary anthropologist," won Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Gauss and Fulbright fellowships and was awarded the Furioso Poetry Prize and the National Institute of Arts and Letters award for excellence in creative writing. The National Book Critics Circle gave him the Ivan Sandroff Award for lifetime achievement.
C. Norton, disc jockey, actor in early TV shows
Feb. 2, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Comedian Cliff Norton, who went from working as a disc jockey to performing on television in its infancy, died Saturday after a short illness. He was 84.
Norton began his career as a disc jockey in 1937. He was a bombardier in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and when he returned to Chicago, he found steady work in radio. He played on such shows as the Hilltop House.
Norton appeared regularly in sketches on the prime-time musical variety series called Garroway at Large. He also had his own local show, The Private Life of Cliff Norton.
Norton appeared on a number of early TV shows including Studio One, U.S. Steel Hour, Alcoa Hour and Kraft TV Theater. He did stand-up comedy routines on The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Tonight Show.
Norton was a popular guest panelist on early game shows, including I've Got a Secret.
Among his film credits are It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Frankie and Johnny, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Harry and Tonto and Funny Lady.
Lester Osterman, 88, theater producer, owner
Feb. 2, 2003
NEW YORK - Lester Osterman, a Broadway theater producer, theater owner and three-time Tony Award winner, died Tuesday in Norwalk, Conn. He was 88.
Osterman, a successful Wall Street broker who began producing theater in his early 40s, made his Broadway debut in 1956 as an investor in Mr. Wonderful, the hit comedy with Sammy Davis Jr.
He won Tony Awards for Da, The Shadow Box, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Over the course of his Broadway career, Osterman was involved in about 75 Broadway productions. At various times he owned or operated several Broadway theaters, including the Eugene O'Neill, the Richard Rodgers and the Alvin (now known as the Neil Simon).
His last Broadway credit was in 1986, with Emily Mann's Execution of Justice.
Actress Mary Ellis, 102, star of stage, musicals
Feb. 2, 2003
LONDON - American-born actress Mary Ellis, for whom Ivor Novello wrote his two hit musicals Glamorous Night and The Dancing Years, died Thursday. She was 102.
Ellis joined the Metropolitan Opera for four years at the end of World War I. She played the title role in the Broadway premiere of the musical Rose Marie but left after an argument with the show's managers and never sang in the United States again.
Ellis moved to England in 1920 and had her first London success in 1921 in Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude.
Her next role was as the star in Jerome Kern's Music in the Air at His Majesty's Theatre in 1933, the show which prompted Novello to write Glamorous Night (1935) and The Dancing Years (1943) for her.
Critics say the high point of her career was as the embittered Millie Crocker-Harris in Terence Rattigan's play The Browning Version in 1938.
In 1993 she appeared in a new TV series of Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her autobiography, Those Dancing Years, appeared in 1982.
George J. Sandri
George J. Sandri, age 75, died at his home in Chino Valley on Jan. 24, 2002. He was born April 20, 1926 in Prescott.
George served in the U.S. Navy for four years during WWII. He retired from the Arizona Department of Transportation in 1993 after working 35 years in the Prescott area.
His love for the outdoors was very obvious to all who knew him. His time spent with his family during hunting, fishing and camping trips gave his family many wonderful memories that will last forever. His hobbies included gardening and working with his hands.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Betty; a daughter Terry and son-in-law Norman; a son John and daughter-in-law Janet of Prescott; a stepson Roger of N.C. and four grandchildren, Mandy, Cody, Savana and Russ.
At George’s request, there will be no services.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the YRMC Hospice Care, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312-6565.
Hampton Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements
Dylan Alexander Bigelow
Dylan Alexander Bigelow, infant son of Kristin (Wiste) Bigelow and Jason Bigelow, was born and passed away on Sept. 30, 2001 at the Yavapai Medical Center.
He is survived by his parents, grandparents Cecil and Joanne Wiste, Sharron Haynes, Charles Bigelow, Janet Miller, aunts and uncles, Heather and Alex Paris, Celia Wiste, Cynthia Haynes and Paige and Ian Campbell. Cousins Austin and Zachary Paris and Derek Campbell.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 on Oct. 4, 2001 at Mountain View Cemetery.
Hampton Funeral Home is helping the family with the arrangements.
“Dylan, for only minutes we were able to hold you, but you will be in our hearts forever”.
Don Carlos Reeves of Chino Valley, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, in Mesa. There are no services. Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
Peter T. Boddery, 79, of Chino Valley, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001. Services were in Sodus, N.Y. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Madrid, 75, a former resident of Chino Valley, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at her home in Duncan, Okla. Memorial services were Thursday at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Marlow, Okla.
Esther Gale, age 80, died in the Yavapai Medical Center on Nov. 5, 2001. She was born to Axel and Grunda Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn.
Esther is survived by her husband Raymond and son Paul of Minneapolis; three step children, Maureen Dexter and Anthony Gale, both of Hillsboro, Ore., and Jeffrey Gale of Kennewick, Wash; one niece and two nephews.
Interment is in Chino Valley Cemetery.
Mary Elizabeth McIntire
Mary Elizabeth McIntire, 83, a resident of Arizona since 1953, and of Chino Valley since 1969, passed away on Nov. 27, 2001, in Prescott.
Mary was born on Jan. 5, 1918 in Des Moines, Iowa to Willard and Loretta Townsend.
Through the years, Mary and her husband were owner/operators of Prescott’s Bendix Laundromat. She was a secretary at the VA Hospital, Yavapai School Superintendent’s office, NAU, First Congregational Church, Prescott College and Yavapai College. She was also a member of Eastern Star.
In addition, Mary was an avid quilter, quilting instructor and gardener. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Mary is survived by; her bother, George Townsend of Iowa; son, Richard Mynatt of Calif.; daughters, Susan Myers of Sedona, Janet Bockman of Prescott Valley; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by; her son Ronald in 1940 and by her husband, Richard in 1976.
Mary will be missed by her family.
Private services were held at the Memory Chapel in Prescott on Dec. 1.
Memory Chapel helped the family with the arrangements.
Delbert ‘Doc’ Scheler
Delbert ‘Doc’ Scheler, age 81, of Tulare, Calif., a former resident of Chino Valley, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2001. He was born, raised and educated in Wray, Colo.
He served in the U.S. Army Corps. during WWII in the Asiatic Theater.
He married the former Marjorie Orcutt in St Francis, Kansas on June 14, 1941. The couple moved to Brawley, Calif. in 1953 until 1968, when they moved to Canyon Country, Calif., and then moved to Chino Valley in 1984, to make their home.
He was a retired mechanic for the Operating Engineers Union #12. He was a member and passed Treasurer for the Chino Valley Lions Club, where he was active in the Club’s Food Bank, Eye Glass Project, and passed Citizen of the Year Recipient. He was also a member of the Chino Valley AMVETS and the Operating Engineers Union #12. He moved to Tulare, Calif. in Sept. 2001.
He was preceded in death by his wife in August of this year and also a son, Larry in 1992.
Mr. Scheler is survived by his son, Steven Scheler and his wife Rita of Tulare, Calif.; three brothers, Wesley Scheler of Washington State, Hugh Scheler of Western Oregon, Donald Scheler of Roseburg, Ore.; three sisters, Josie Lamphere and Francis Post, both of Wray, Colo., Kathleen Seller of Ore.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Dec. 8, at the Goble-Miller Funeral Chapel in Tulare, Calif.
Mark L. Doyle
Mark L. Doyle, 52, of Chino Valley, Born Aug. 27, 1942, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at his home.
Celebration of Life services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez, in Prescott.
Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
Pamela K. McCrerry
Pamela K. McCrerry, 48, of Chino Valley, born July 20, 1953, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Chino Valley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Chino Valley Funeral Home Chapel, 480 West Palomino Drive.
Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.
Ronald E. Dyer
Ronald E. Dyer, 82, of Chino Valley, born April 25, 1919, died Thursday, November 29, 2001, in Chino Valley.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2001, at Unity Church in Sedona. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.
John Hayward Armstrong
John Hayward Armstrong, 70, of Chino Valley, born Feb. 13, 1931, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, in Prescott.
There are no services scheduled. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home in Prescott Valley.
Ruth “Kitty” Skultety
Ruth “Kitty” Skultety, 101, of Chino Valley, born April 20, 1900, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at her daughter’s home in Chino Valley.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Cortez at Carlton, in Prescott. Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
Charlotte Cleave Wheyland
Charlotte Cleave Wheyland, 78, of Chino Valley, born February 27,1924, died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at her home in Chino Valley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Chapel, 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott. Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.
Urano “Johnny” George
Urano “Johnny” George, 76, of Chino Valley born Nov. 7, 1925, died Monday, March 25, 2002.
No visitation or services are scheduled. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home.