DALE M. VERWYS
DALE M. VERWYS of Sahuarita, passed away on Sept. 29, 2004. Born to Henry and Alice Verwys on Aug. 31, 1932. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Ardith Verwys, son David (Trinan) Verwys, Dan (Denise) Verwys, and two grandchildren: Jamie and Eric Verwys; brother John (Judy) Verwys, and sister Doris (Roger) Van't Hoff.
He will also be missed by many family members and friends.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 as a Corpsman. He was discharged in 1955. He attended Calvin College and the University of Michigan, where he received his Master's Degree in Social Work. He received his Certification/Licensure as a Psychiatric Social Worker, LCSW, ACSW, NASW, and was a Board Certified Diplomat.
He retired from private practice in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1988 due to poor health and moved to Green Valley.
He made a difference in many people's lives over his 30-year career.
No services will be held at this time. Donations many be made in Dale's name to Habitat for Humanity or to the Drama, Speech/Debate teams at Sahuarita High School, 350 W. Sahuarita Road #30, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-9522.
DR. MARY THORNTON ROLAND
DR. MARY THORNTON ROLAND passed away Oct. 2, 2004, in Green Valley.
She was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Lansing, Iowa, to Dr. John & Blanche Thornton.
She attended St. Theresa's College in Winona, Minn. and received her MD from the University of Minnesota. She later studied at the University of Chicago and at Yale University.
She worked at the University of Utah Medical School and later for the Utah Department of Public Health.
She married Don Roland in Salt Lake City, Oct. 15, 1955. He preceded her in death.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings John, Mathew, Greg, Margaret and Patricia.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Thornton, and several nieces and nephews. Her cousin, Jack O'Donnell and his wife, Marion, her caregiver, Betty Johnson and her family, friend Delores O'Neal, and the Pat Reeves family in Salt Lake.
A memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley. Rather than a Floral Remembrance, Mary would desire a monetary gift to the Animal League of Green Valley.
KENDRA ANN ETTNER (SNYDER)
6/07/1935 to 11/14/2004
Kendra was born to Agnes and Joseph Snyder on 6-07-1935 in Elyria, Ohio. Her mother preceded her in death. Kendra graduated from Beloit (Wis.) Memorial High School in the class of 1953. In September 1953, she married Terry Ettner. Together they made their way through life, bringing five wonderful children into the world.
Kendra was a stay-at-home mother and a staunch family-oriented homemaker. She and Terry moved around the country in his pursuit of his career finally settling in Tucson, AZ in 1979, and moving to Green Valley in 1987.
Her husband Terry, daughter Kathleen Browne, sons Shaun (Laurie Jo) Ettner, Michael Ettner, Christopher Ettner and Timothy Ettner survive Kendra. They have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A sister also survives, Mary L. Pace of Green Valley.
Kendra will be missed by her many friends and loved ones. She has brought much love and fond memories over the years.
A memorial service will be held at the Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery chapel at: 4 p.m. Friday Nov. 19, 2004. Friends are invited.
KATHRYN M. KRAUSS
KATHRYN M. KRAUSS, 91 years old, died at Santa Rita Care Center in Green Valley, on Nov. 15, 2004. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 1, 1913, the daughter of Elsie and Valentine Krauss.
She resided in Green Valley approximately 15 years and was a member of the Green Valley Community Church and Women's Club of G.V.
She is survived by one sister, Elsie K. Weiss of Green Valley; two nieces and three nephews.
A memorial service will be held at G.V. Community Church on a later date. Her ashes will be placed in the church's columbarium. Remembrances may be made to the G.V. Community Church.
WILLIAM T. TOBIAS
WILLIAM T. TOBIAS, 67, a resident of Green Valley and Sahuarita for the past 8 years, and formerly from St. Louis, Mo., passed away on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004.
He was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Ferguson, Mo. and attended the University of Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army in the 6th Cavalry in Korea. In St. Louis, he helped start and worked for Lion's Choice Restaurants.
He is survived by his wife Jane Tobias; sons Bill Glen Tobias and Michael Jay Tobias ; daughter Tammy Tobias Gianino; brother Clinton S. Tobias Jr.; stepson John M. Stempniak and in-laws Jack and Dorothy Higgins of Green Valley.
Interment at Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield, Ill.
A celebration of life will be held in June in St. Charles, Mo.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or American Parkinson Disease Association.
JOHN ROLF PAGENSTECHER
JOHN ROLF PAGENSTECHER, 87, of Green Valley and formerly Southfield, Mich., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004.
John was born May 12, 1917, in Hilvensum, The Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1937. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March, 5, 1941, and proudly served this country. In 1942, he became a U.S. citizen.
He was a life member of the BPOE Green Valley Elks Lodge #2592, as well as a member of the Country Club of Green Valley. In 1974, he built his home here in Green Valley and became a permanent resident in 1983.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice, daughter Karen L. Flammang of Green Valley, son David G. Pagenstecher of Troy, Mich., brother Cord Pagenstecher of Missoula, Mont.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Green Valley Mortuary, with services at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Elks National Foundation, or to your favorite charity.
LESLIE T. DANBY
LESLIE T. DANBY, 100, formerly of Jackson, Mich., and a resident of Green Valley, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, in Tucson.
Mr. Danby was born July 23, 1904, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. to Joseph and Grace Danby.
He graduated from Mt. Clemens High School and the University of Michigan. From 1928 to 1941 he was employed by various divisions of General Motors as a financial manager in Michigan and California. In 1933, he married June R. Schwalm of Mt. Clemens.
In 1941, he joined Camp International in Jackson, Mich., as assistant treasurer. He retired from Camp as executive vice president in 1967 and moved permanently to Green Valley.
While in Jackson he was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Exchange Club, a board member for Junior Achievement and the Florence Crittenton Home and a member of the Town Club.
In Green Valley he was a member of the St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as treasurer and Senior Warden. He was also a member of the Country Club of Green Valley. Additionally he and June taught English to migrant workers through a program sponsored by the University of Arizona.
June passed away on Nov. 29, 1991. On July 7, 1994, he married their dear friend Elsie Olmsted. Elsie passed away July 28, 1998.
Survivors include son Charles (Kay) of Jackson, Mich., son Richard of Green Valley, grandsons Charles (Steffanie), Douglas (Heather), and great-grandsons Jackson Leslie and Nolan Edward, all of Chicago, Ill. Other survivors include stepson Charles Reeves Sr. (Marilyn) of Denver, Colo., and step-grandson Charles Reeves Jr. of Green Valley.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis-in-the Valley Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 15 2005, at 10 a.m. Mr. Danby has been cremated and burial will be in the church columbarium.
Remembrances may be made to the June Danby/Pat Pearse Scholarship Fund c/o Jackson Community Foundation, One Jackson Square, Jackson, Mich. 49201.
Catherine Roberts Miller
06/19/1960 - 08/29/2004
Catherine Roberts was born at the old Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska, on Father's Day, 1960, to Sue and Don Roberts, and three siblings: Laury, Wendy and Rob.
Catherine at age 3, with her family, survived the Good Friday earthquake in 1964, which measured 9.2 on the Richter Scale, lasting for five minutes. The ensuing tsunami wiped out the towns of Seward, Valdez and Kodiak, drowning 14 people in Crescent City, Calif., and rising 200 feet in Alaska's Latuya Bay. Three years later she was to also survive the Fairbanks Flood in 1967, with the family's home under water for three weeks in a subdivision called Island Homes, which was a misnomer. The four children lost every piece of clothing, all toys and dolls, school papers, pictures, and shoes. The flood area was equal in size to the state of Alabama.
Catherine attended schools in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Kodiak, graduating from Juneau High School in January 1977.
She had become an avid whale watcher under the influence of a great teacher in Juneau, and traveled to Maui in the Hawaiian Islands for this reason. She continued to live on Maui for the rest of her life. She had visited her parents here in Arizona on and off since 1985, finally spending a month's time in Green Valley while caring for her dying father in 1998.
She was referred to as the Nazi Nurse because of her fierce dedication to his caregiving along with her family and with the incredible assistance of Hospice.
While living on Maui she initially married Gerald Stewart and raised two daughters, Angela and Ashley. Sixteen years ago Catherine became a member of AA and was active as a disciple of AA, meeting her second husband, Jim Miller, as she spread "the word." Her best friend for life was Ivan Steiner from AA.
She was a missionary all her life, even as a child, wanting her parents to take in at-risk children. She had grown up with two "adopted" teen-agers, an Aleut-Japanese-American foster sister from the Aleutian Chain, and later a full-blooded Tlingit Indian foster brother from Yakutat. As an adult she was personally, spiritually and financially active in two churches, The Hope Chapel and the Kingdom of God. She worked variously as a 9-1-1 operator and later at the hospital, eventually deciding that she would work on a nursing degree which would serve her well in missionary work in either the Philippines or Wasilla, Alaska, after her son, Aaron Miller, now 10, graduated from high school.
When Catherine was given the diagnosis of being "terminal" in February 2004, she traveled to Stanford Medical Center where the oncologist advised her to "go home and die." In May, Catherine was able to attend the birth of her granddaughter, Rylei Catherine. For the next three months she battled the cancer without success and Hospice was again called upon to help the family with her last journey on this earth.
As she wished, Catherine was cremated in her black sequined dress and the black velvet stiletto-heeled shoes she so loved. A giant mistake was made when this missionary woman died before completing her God's work.
Richard Warne, formerly of Green Valley, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Fremont Area Medical Center in Nebraska.
He was born July 11, 1923, in Pender, Neb. to Clarke H. and Lottie (Crellin) Warne. At age 7, he moved to Hooper with his parents and graduated from Hooper High School in 1940. He attended Midland College in Fremont for two years.
He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II from March 3, 1943, to Jan. 21, 1946, and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He held the rank of technical sergeant.
After his discharge, he re-entered college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years. He then attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and graduated from there in 1947.
After an 18-month internship at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk, he joined the Wollmer & Warne Funeral Home and Furniture Store business in Hooper. On Jan. 1, 1964, he assumed full ownership of the business and operated Warne Funeral Home until his retirement in 1986.
He married Sylvia Smitheram on April 17, 1949, in Newman Grove, with the bride's father officiating at the ceremony. She died Feb. 5, 1996.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper. He was a longtime member of the Hooper Commercial Club, a life member of American Legion Post 18 and a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7616, both of Hooper, and the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association.
He was chairman of the committee to raise funds for and supervise the building of the Hooper Swimming Pool in the 1960s.
Following retirement, he and his wife spent two winters in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area and then moved to Green Valley, where they lived for six years. After his wife's death, he moved to Humble, Texas, until June 1998, when he moved to Fremont. The remaining years he spent time in Fremont, Omaha and Green Valley.
Survivors include: two sons, Mike (Carolyn) Warne of Omaha and Cliff (Dodi) Warne of Lincoln; a daughter, Laurie (Mark) Carlson of Oakland; two grandsons, five granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
The Rev. Joel Schroeder will officiate at a service which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2006, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time at the church.
The United States flag will be folded and presented by a member of American Legion Post 18 of Hooper at the graveside. Burial will be in Hooper Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper.
Roberta Gullett, 76, died on Saturday, March 18, 2006.
She is survived by her husband Bob and her children Mitch, K.C. and Debbie.
A gathering of friends will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Green Valley RV Resort on Duval Mine Road.
Martin H. Wempe
Martin H. Wempe passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006, after a lingering illness.
He was born on Oct. 22, 1918, in Balboa, Canal Zone (now part of Panama). He lived in Canal Zone until he was 16, when the family moved to San Jose, Calif. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1941, later attending the University of Houston.
He served in the U.S. Navy until war’s end, then began his career as a mechanical engineer working from Lima, Peru to Northern Alberta, Canada.
In his younger days, he was an avid swimmer and water polo player. In his later years, he took up golf, square and round dancing.
After retiring from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., he moved to Green Valley, continuing the golf and dancing down here.
Martin and his wife Betty had 30 wonderful years of marriage and she will rest in the comfort and the love they shared together.
He is survived by Betty and a nephew Ted (Phyllis) Wempe of Aurora, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Valley Presbyterian Church.