Michael David Zaeske
April 20, 1948 - July 17, 2009
Born in Aurora, Illinois for Lila Mae and Howard David Zaeske and died in Tucson, Arizona where he lived for the past 10 years at St. Luke's and Mountain Sky. Previous to that, he lived in West Chicago, Wheaton, Aurora, IL and Missouri.
Mike was a likable friend and enjoyed bowling, caring for his aquarium, garage saleing and junking, camping and fishing, having a smoke and drinking his coffee. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a regular at Z's restaurant in Wheaton and Village Inn in Tucson.
He was a member at Wheaton Evangelical Free Church. He graduated from Wheaton Central High School.
He had many jobs throughout his life, most recently detailing cars at Royal Buick. He was also a dog catcher for the animal shelter in Wheaton, a type setter at a printer, and a security guard.
He is survived by his sisters, LuAnne Zaeske of Kirkland, WA and Pattie (Rick) Huffman of Missouri. His daughters, Jenny (Jim) Anderson of McHenry, IL and Melanie Zaeske of Tucson, Arizona. His grandaughters, Catherine and Kristin Anderson and Kaylynn Fast will miss Grandpa Mike sorely. In addition, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
June 5, 1938 - July 5, 2009
Mike passed away peacefully on July 5, 2009 after a valiant fight against esophageal cancer. We will be a little poorer now that he has gone, but he left us a legacy filled with laughter and hope. Mike leaves his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia and his sister Carol DeMarinis of California, plus many close cousins.
Mike was born to Margaret and Michael David on June 5, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the New York area and never lost that New York accent. He was kidded constantly about it, and was always quick with a quip that left you laughing, and in your place.
Mike served in the U.S. Navy and was then employed by I.B.E.W. Local 3 in NYC, elevator division. After Mike retired, he and Patricia headed west to begin a new life in SaddleBrooke. Mike immediately took to the outdoors. He loved riding his motorcycle on long rides and was his best when roaming over the desert on his ATV. He also had a love for poker and could be seen almost every Sunday playing Texas Hold ‘Em at Casino Del Sol. He related his bout with cancer as a bad hand of cards. His real love was aviation. Shortly after Mike arrived in Arizona, he began taking flying lessons in Avra Valley, but an eyesight condition curtailed that adventure for him. Instead, he learned to fly radio control airplanes, enriching the lives of a whole new set of friends.
To say Mike was a “neat freak”, is an understatement. Mike always kept his “toys” spotless and in mint condition. The dust never dared to settle on anything belonging to Mike. His attention to detail showed in everything he did and became a way of life for him. He never did anything halfway, as was evidenced by the model airplanes he built and flew. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched here in SaddleBrooke and Oracle. “Happy Landings, Mike!”
There will be a Mass for Mike at Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Oro Valley at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Mike to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 400 W. Magee Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704.
George Frederick Shirley
Born: February 14, 1935
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington
Death: July 1, 2009
Place of Death: Oro Valley, Arizona
Hobbies: Life-long student, waterskiing, snowskiing, biking
A resident of Oro Valley, Arizona since 1995, George F. Shirley passed away on July 1, 2009 after a battle with colon cancer. Born in Seattle, he was the only child of the marriage of Oregonian George F. Shirley Sr. and Virginia Marquette Shirley, who was from Kentucky. After his father died, George's mother married William A. Haseltine of Portland, Oregon and George acquired three older siblings, Sally, Bill Jr. and Jim Haseltine, who survive him today. George lived in Oregon for much of his life and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957. However, following graduation, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he began work in a family business owned by his grandfather. Then, a few years later, he enrolled in the University of Louisville Law School, completing his law studies there in 1963. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar that same year. In 1965 he returned to Portland, Oregon where he began a twenty-nine year career as an administrative attorney with the Nationwide Insurance Companies at their Portland regional office. During his years with Nationwide he also completed the exams for the professional insurance designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, and later served as President of the Oregon Chapter of that Society. After retirement, he moved to the Tucson area where, among other activities, he was a docent at Tohono Chul Park and was also a member of the board of the Friends of The University of Arizona Libraries. In addition to enjoying the Arizona desert climate, George liked to take classes at the U of A during his retirement and as a result he wound up earning a degree from the University of Arizona in 2005, when he was seventy years old. George Shirley was married and divorced twice and is survived by three loving daughters, Tory Shirley and Steph McGuigan, who both live in the Portland, Oregon area and Jennifer Shirley of Brooklyn, New York. He has five grandchildren and one step-grandson. Services will be private. The family suggest that donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Friends of The University Libraries/ U of A Foundation, PO Box 210055, Tucson, AZ 85721-0055.
ROSEMARY LANE CHAPMAN
June 29, 1935 - October 8, 2009
Rosemary was born in Jersey City on June 29, 1935 to Mildred, a housewife, and Jack Lane an advertising exec. She grew up as an only child in the town of Verona, New Jersey with New York City as her backyard. She had vivid memories of D-Day and going to school during WW II. As a youth she was also a frequent visitor to the theaters of Broadway where she first developed her love of literature, drama, musical theater and the night life of the big city! She often claimed to have experienced the originals of many of the biggest Broadway shows that came out later as movies or revivals – Mitzi Gaynor as Nellie Forbush or Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle.
She was a pretty smart cookie and after graduating high school in 1953, got a scholarship to Western College for Women, majoring in – not surprisingly to many – English Literature and Drama. As a freshman she met a young Sigma Chi named Fred Chapman on a blind date. After they were pinned when she was a sophomore, Fred had to serenade Rosemary with a solo of “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.” Upon completion of the solo; she passed out cold…perhaps a commentary on Fred’s voice.
They were engaged on Thanksgiving weekend in 1955 and married on June 30, 1956 in her parents’ backyard with Fred’s brothers Charlie and Stow standing for them. Fred was in the army stationed in South Carolina where – according to Rosemary, they lived for their first year of marriage across the street from a whorehouse. Eleven months after the wedding, Rosemary gave birth to a son, David. After the Army stint was completed, the young family moved back to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area – Fred’s hometown. In 1961, they had a second child, a daughter named Kathryn or Katy. Rosemary focused her time on raising the two children until the late ‘60’s when she decided to go back to finish her college degree. She graduated with a degree in English literature with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She went on to work towards a Masters degree in Irish literature – exhausting anyone who’d listen to her with analyses of James Joyce’s Ullyses.
In 1980, with Katy still in college, Fred and Rosemary moved to a condo on Lake Nagawicka 30 miles west of Milwaukee where they enjoyed bird watching, cocktail cruises and the inevitable change of Wisconsin seasons. As Fred retired, winter took way too long for both of them and they decided to move to Arizona. They ended up building a house in SaddleBrooke where they moved in 1997. At SaddleBrooke, she rekindled many old friendships and made many new ones. She played in the tennis league, walked Tuffy and CJ in the early morning hours on the golf course, and had loads of fun in the Unit 10 Book Club & Friends. Her time in Arizona was of the most enjoyed in her life.
Throughout her life she enjoyed many things: especially her family – Dave and Bobbie, Katy and Rex and especially her grandchildren as they grew up – Madison and Lane both of whom inherited her love of music and theater. She was passionate about her dogs: Vicky, Dusty, Tuffy and CJ. She was an avid reader – always with a book on her bedside table. She loved and excelled at gardening and sewing. She enjoyed curling –especially for the camaraderie. She was a lifelong tennis fan, playing for the fun of it in both Wisconsin and Arizona. She was a great cook as long as the process and the meal were accompanied by wine. She loved music, theater, movies and ballet. She lived to travel – whether to San Francisco, France, Italy, Great Britain or Australia – even up Mount Lemon or to the Desert Museum. Finally, she was a pistol, funny – always enjoying a good laugh whether it was sweet or bawdy. Her wit and intelligence will always be remembered.
In fact, for her family and close friends she will be hard to forget.
Nancy Norton Mattila
Born: June 25, 1932
Place of Birth: Wallingford, Connecticut
Death: September 29, 2009
Place of Death: Tucson, Arizona
Hobbies: Writing, knitting and weaving
Nancy Mattila graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. and was a medical secretary at Harvard University. A published author, her articles appeared in Highlights For Children, Christian Science Monitor, Harlequin and Cobblestone, among others. She was an avid reader and a student of Shakespeare's plays.
Nancy married Edward Mattila in 1956. They lived in Lawrence, Kansas where Edward was a professor of music at the University of Kansas. After retirement they moved to Tucson in 2001. During 53 years of marriage they shared many wonderful experiences together, including travel to England, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and the Caribbean.
As a homemaker, Nancy provided well for her two children, Amy and Ned. As an admirer of nature she enjoyed the ocean, gardening and the ever changing colors and moods of the Catalina Mountains, in close view from the back patio. As she passed away peacefully on the 29th, there was a beautfiul expression on her face and sunset occuring just outside her window.
Krystyna Mary Martin
December 5, 1945 - September 29, 2009
Krystyna Mary Martin, beloved wife of Stanley S. Martin, Jr.; loving mother of Stanley S. (Jill) Martin III, Christine (Dino) Soszynski, and Walter A. Martin; loving grandmother of Amber, Austin, Autymn, Frankie, and Justice; sister of Irene Pucci; aunt to many and friend to all. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday October 1, 2009 at 9:00 AM at the Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Krystyna’s name to the Casa de la Luz Foundation, 400 W. Magee Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704.
Sophia W. Kent
May 14, 1926 - September 26, 2009
Kent, Sophia “Sue” W., 83 of Oro Valley, Arizona, passed away September 26, 2009. Born in Buffalo, New York on May 14, 1926. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York-Buffalo State Teachers College. She married Charles R. Kent on July 2, 1949. Sue taught elementary school in Philidelphia, Pa, Cherry Hill, NJ, Warsaw, Poland at the U.S. Embassy Elementary School, U.S. Defense Department School at Baumholder, Germany and the McGhee School at Lock Haven, PA and retired in 1991 after 40 years of teaching. Sue was an avid hiker on Nittany Mountains, PA. She loved tennis, crossword puzzles, knitting and was an equities stock trader. She is survived by her loving husband, Charles; brother Frank Wiglusz; sisters Peggy Pellegrino and Frances Pendrys. A memorial mass will be held 9:00 a.m. Friday October 9, 2009 at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, Buffalo, New York.
January 31, 1929 - September 24, 2009
Jacqueline Maxine Maynes
Born in Canada on January 31, 1929, Jackie passed away peacefully on September 24, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was welcomed to heaven by her parents Earl and Ina Page. Jackie is survived by her husband Richard Maynes, daughters Wendy (Bill) Wyman and Candyce (Matt) Baker, sister Helene (Lloyd) Batstone, grandchildren Michael Wyman, Kaila (Mike) Lightner, Ashley Wyman, Richard Wyman, Samantha Baker, and Maxine Baker. She is also survived by her cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Dick and Jackie were married on February 12, 1949 in Toronto, Canada. They moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1954 where their lives as a country club family began. Dick was the manager of the clubs and Jackie entertained and led the family. Jackie loved children and was thrilled to welcome their two daughters, Wendy in 1955 and Candy in 1958. An amazing opportunity at the Oahu Country Club brought them to Kailua, Hawaii where they raised the girls and lived for 18 years. Jackie loved the ocean and sailing to the sandbar and outer islands during summer vacations with the family.
After Wendy and Candy grew up and moved back to the mainland to start their families, Jackie and Dick were quick to follow. Jackie spent the last 20 years of her life staying close to her children and grandchildren enriching their lives with unforgettable memories. Her children will always remember her for being the most loving and supportive mother and role model possible and her grandchildren for spoiling them with fun summer weeks full of cookies and buttertarts and playing in the backyard pool. Jackie also had a passion for animals and always was the first to welcome a lost animal into her home as the newest member of the family.
Jackie will forever be remembered in our hearts.
Born: April 23, 1956
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Death: September 18, 2009
Place of Death: Tucson, Arizona
Regina Ada Manderioli-Baron, 53, of Tucson, Arizona passed away September 18, 2009. She worked as a dental assistant until 1981 and then became a flight attendant with US Air from 1981 to 1995. She was a class mother and volunteer at Westgate Elementary School when her daughters were young, but her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and Nonna. Regina is survived by her husband, Stephen; daughters Tristina (Brad) and René; stepdaughters, Tiffany and Rebecca; granddaughter Leah Sofia; father, Fred; sisters, Constance, Darice, Teri and Lisa and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Vistoso Memorial Chapel, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Oro Valley, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Regina’s memory may be made to The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2040 W. Bethany Home Road, Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Wayne R. Wiedman
August 29, 1928 - September 15, 2009
Raised in Norman, Oklahoma, WAYNE R. WIEDMAN, was a Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate, ROTC, and received his commission as Regular Army Officer in June of 1950. He served in Korea as an artillery officer, 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Division, and was honorably discharged in 1953.
He served two terms as the Executive Director of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, following a three-decade career in industrial sales with Armco Steel Corporation. Wayne was active in each community in which he, and his wife of nearly 54 years, Nancy Whitenight Wiedman, lived. His activities and affiliations included 2 terms as mayor and 4 terms as city commissioner of Manor Creek, Kentucky; board member of Friends of Kentucky Archives; coordinator of the first Governor's Conference of Kentucky School and Community Partnerships; board member and officer of the Louisville Chapter Alzheimer's Association; Senior Warden and Treasurer, St. James' Episcopal Church; Treasurer, Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; member Military Order of the World Wars and the American Legion, Oro Valley, Arizona, Post 0132.
Wayne and Nancy moved to Oro Valley, Arizona, in 2007 to be closer to daughters Kathryn (Buck) Lauer of Marana, and Mary Steed of Oro Valley, and two of their five grandchildren, Kelsey and Corey Steed.
Wayne was an organ donor registered with the National Donor Registry and his wishes were fulfilled after his death caused by complications from surgery on September 15, 2009, in Tucson, Arizona. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium at Christ the King Episcopal Church, Tucson.
Wayne's many personal attributes, known well to family and friends, include his organizational and management skills, his love of U.S. history, his penchant for “making things happen", and his unfailing sense of humor and appreciation of the absurdities of life. He was never without words, and was never, ever without a plan. He always advocated the use of "one's own good judgment" and seldom failed to follow his own advice. Wayne was a lifelong fan of Sooner football, but cheered on the sports teams of his newly-adopted state including the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He left us earlier than we expected, but it was in keeping with his character to be on time, if not early, for all his appointments. Whatever lies in the hereafter, we expect Wayne will get everything organized for the rest of us!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, mailed to Kathy Lauer, 13022 N. Ocotillo Point Place, Marana, AZ 85658.
Nancy Wiedman, Spouse
Mary Steed, Daughter
Kathryn (Buck) Lauer, Daughter
Rick (Melissa) Lauer, Grandchild
Matt (Kimberly) Lauer, Grandchild
Katie (Geoff) Hughes, Grandchild
Kelsey Steed, Grandchild
Corey Steed, Grandchild
Olivia Hughes, Great-Grandchild
Michael Hughes, Great-Grandchild
Ainsley Lauer, Great-Grandchild
Aubrey Lauer, Great-Grandchild
Will Lauer, Great-Grandchild
John Francis Casurella
January 28, 1927 - September 7, 2009
John "Jack" Casurella, 82 years old, died September 7, 2009. Survived by his loving wife, Claire; beloved father of Susan (Doug) Michels, of Clinton Township, New Jersey, and Nancy Casurella, of Benson, Arizona; dear grandfather of John and Jeffrey Michels and Clayton and Grace Geoglein; brother of Frank (Victoria) Casurella, of Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte Sturm, of Nashville, Tennessee and Joe (Marilyn) Casurella, of Woodbury, Minnesota. John was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Carol Jean Edwards and his brother Robert Casurella.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church, 3201 E. Mountainaire Drive, Tucson.
Jack was a gregarious, generous, light-hearted and life-loving man. He enjoyed all sports but especially loved playing golf. Jack was a member of the Sun City Tigers Golf Group.
Jack was born in Oak Park, Illinois and lived in the Chicago area, where he was president of a marketing agency until retiring to Oro Valley in 1989.
Jack will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends.
Claire Casurella, Spouse
Susan (Doug) Michels, Daughter
Nancy Casurella, Daughter
John Michels, Grandchild
Jeff Michels, Grandchild
Clayton Goeglein, Grandchild
Grace Goeglein, Grandchild
Frank (Victoria) Casurella, Brother
Charlotte Sturm, Sister
Joe (Marilyn) Cassurella, Brother