VERNA ARLING (EDDY) BARICH
VERNA ARLING (EDDY) BARICH, 96, died March 15, 2008, at her home.
Verna was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Hibbing, Minn., to George and Willa Mina Eddy. She graduated from Hibbing High School in 1929, then received her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota and worked as a registered nurse. During the Depression she used her nurse’s training and worked to help support her family. On Dec. 29, 1934, she married Dewey F. Barich and moved to Flint, Mich. Dewey’s teaching career took them from Flint to Trenton, Mich., Mount Pleasant, Mich., Kent, Ohio and Ypsilanti, Mich. Verna joined him in this adventure.
While supporting Dewey’s career, Verna managed to continue her interest in medicine. During WWII Verna worked in public health, helping to educate young mothers in how to care for their babies. After her own children were mostly grown, Verna went back to work as a nurse, at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. and at Mercywood Hospital.
When Dewey retired in 1976, they moved to Tucson and then to Green Valley in 1995. After Dewey died in 2001, Verna moved to Midland, Mich. and then to Ohio.
In Arizona, Verna became involved in hospice programs which later helped her in the final years of her life. She also became interested in Native American history and culture, collecting many pieces of fine art. She was a member of the Episcopal Church throughout her life. Verna enjoyed reading, traveling, cross-stitching and her family. She rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon three times, and was an avid swimmer well into her 80s.
Surviving Verna are her brother Warren Eddy and his wife Sandra of Seattle, Wash.; three children, Judith Robinson of Tucson, Dewey Jay Barich and his wife Jaye of Dover, Del. and Wendy deBear and her husband Richard of Worthington, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters Kella, Gail and Harriett; brother George; and daughter Barbara Panian of Midland.
Cremation has taken place. Verna has requested that her cremains be interred with Barbara’s at Trinity Episcopal Church in Belleville, Mich.
A celebration of Verna’s life will be at 2 p.m. on May 8, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider making a donation to the Dewey and Garrott Barich Scholarship, c/o the Stout University Foundation, P.O. Box 790, Menomonie, WI 54751-0790, or The Southwest Indian Foundation, P.O. Box 86, Gallup, NM 87301. Arrangements by Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, Columbus, OH.
Ernest Wayland Edwards Jr.
SKIP EDWARDS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Skip Edwards, known by some as Wayland but officially as Ernest Wayland Edwards Jr., passed away Thursday, June 5, 2008, at age 85. He died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson with his two sons, daughter and granddaughter in attendance.
Skip was born in Chanute, Kan. in 1923. He was trained by his father, Ernest Sr., from early childhood in the ways of an electrician, farmer, and oilfield worker. His attentive but strict mother, Flossie, as well as many of the town’s characters were instrumental in shaping his values.
When he finished high school and junior college, WWII was on and Skip enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Because he had asthma, it took attempts at three different recruiters before he was allowed to join up.
He was commissioned as a first lieutenant and showed remarkable natural ability as a pilot. His desire was to fly the Air Corps’ fastest bomber, the B-26 Martin Marauder. Skip piloted his beloved B-26, The Pied Piper, on 38 combat missions.
In the process of surviving dangerous missions over heavily protected targets in Germany, Skip also developed a lifelong love for his loyal and courageous crewmembers.
After the war, Skip attended Kansas University, majoring in engineering. At K.U., he met and soon married Rose Nell Curtis of Iola, Kan. Skip and “Rosey” had three children, Jeffrey Scott (Scott), Douglas Curtis (Doug) and Catherine Elizabeth (Cathy).
For most of his working life, Skip worked as a petroleum engineer with various companies in numerous Western and Midwestern states. At Continental Oil in California, he was project manager over coastal oil installations.
After first retiring to Granite Shoals, Texas, Skip moved to Green Valley, where he lived with his greatly loved sister, Leigh Walden.
He soon became a volunteer docent at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, sharing his stories and always praising the B-26.
Throughout his life, Skip demonstrated extraordinary honesty and hard work, always striving to meet his responsibilities.
His passions included a fierce love of his country, bass fishing, and all things aviation. He was very self-sacrificing and gentlemanly. Those around him would never know if he was tired, hungry or in pain. All who knew him were fond of him and will miss the loyal concern he showed them. They also are better people because of the life he lived.
His wife, Rosey, preceded Skip in death. He is survived by his sister, Leigh Walden of Green Valley; son Scott Edwards and wife Devon of Lakeview, Ore.; son Doug Edwards of Snohomish, Wash.; daughter Cathy Edwards and husband Stan of Shawnee, Kan.; granddaughter Ammi Rose Smith and husband Chris of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; granddaughter Sarah Joann Kroschel and husband Nicholas of Gates, N.C.; granddaughter Amanda Joy Edwards of Port Orange, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, 3877 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Arizona. Honoring Skip’s request, no services will be held.
MARGARET FULLER DOSCH (PEG)
MARGARET FULLER DOSCH (PEG), 67, of Green Valley and formerly of La Crosse, Wis., died peacefully on March 18, 2008, in her home surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley with Chaplain Mary Johnson from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and the Rev. John Dunham from the Valley Presbyterian Church officiating.
Peg was born on Aug. 10, 1940, to Earl and Gladys Dosch in Dover, Ohio. She attended high school at Whitefish Bay, Wis., received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Peg continued her education at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and in 1979, received a doctorate in Health Education with an emphasis in gerontology and women’s health. Peg married Kenneth Becker on Dec. 28, 1988, in Green Lake, Wis.
Peg lived in Southern California for 10 years while teaching at Grant and Birmingham High Schools and then moved to Wisconsin where she taught at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Health Education and Health Promotion Department. She retired in 1998 after 31 years of teaching and moved to Green Valley, where she has lived ever since.
As a professor at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Peg was remarkably busy. Peg taught courses in several aspects of health including women and healthy aging, women’s health issues, child abuse, sexual abuse of children and human sexuality. Peg was a qualified consultant and trainer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As a professor, she wrote and published many articles on health topics for various professional journals, wrote grant proposals, gave many workshops and presentations regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally in the field of health.
Peg was the recipient of many honors including receiving the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in Health and being appointed by the Wisconsin state governor as a participant in the 1981 White House Conference on Aging in Washington D.C. This conference occurs every 10 years and a person may only attend if appointed.
Peg was actively involved in professional and community organizations in La Crosse including the New Horizons Shelter and Women’s Center, the YWCA and was part of a team who was instrumental in planning and organizing the gerontology program at the university through the Continuing Education Department.
In her retirement years in Green Valley, Peg was an active member of Newcomers Club, PEO and the Sarah Circle from the Valley Presbyterian Church. She was also an avid duplicate bridge player and was in charge of the swim meet for the GVR Senior Games for several years. Peg loved football and was a passionate, energetic and faithful fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Beloved by all who knew her, she is survived by her husband Ken Becker of Green Valley; her sister Jane Robertson of Carterville, Ill.; her niece and her husband Rebecca and Kevin Monagle of Juneau, Alaska; her nephew and his wife Michael and Jill Robertson and great niece Molly Kate of Carterville, Ill.; her stepson and his wife Karl and Laurel Becker and three grandchildren Jade, Logan and Ava of Paradise, Calif.
Peg was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Gladys Dosch, her grandparents, aunts, uncles and her beloved cat Miko.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Peg’s name through the National Transplant Assistance Fund, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087. 1-800-642-8399. www.transplantfund.org.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Odyssey Health Care in Tucson for the excellent care and support that they gave to Peg and her family.
Peg wanted to express her thanks and appreciation to her family and friends for all their love, caring and support at this time in her life.
Peg was a remarkable woman and will be remembered as a very gracious, caring and loving person who made a difference in everyone’s life that she touched. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
EVELYN HOPPER PEARCE
EVELYN HOPPER PEARCE, born Jan. 15, 1919, in Paterson, N.J., passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, in Green Valley. She was 89.
A 1940 graduate of Middlebury College, Evelyn Pearce worked as a technical assistant at Bell Laboratories during WWII.
She loved to travel with her husband of 60 years, Daniel Pearce, who passed away in 2003.
She is survived by her two daughters Virginia Viette and Catherine Geyer, along with her three grandchildren Catherine Viette, Jennifer Geyer and Peter Geyer.
RICK ROGERS passed away at his home Nov. 26, 2008, at the age of 78.
The former high school science teacher from St. Louis. Mo. was brother to Norman and Kenneth, and husband to Rita, all deceased, and is survived by children Robin Rogers of Kansas City, Mitzi Jones of St. Louis, and Mandy Kravetz of Phoenix.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Upper Iowa University in 1958, as well as a Masters Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
An active participant in the Green Valley Senior Games, a fervid football fan, and frequently outspoken contributor to the editorial page, he was most loved by a large group of active players who will always cherish the memories made and friendships forged through his tireless efforts to keep the informal and unconventional “Rick Rogers Tennis Academy” going year after year,
There will be a memorial service Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Green Valley Mortuary.Contributions should be sent “in honor of Rick Rogers” to The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 2005, 1-202-289-7319.
MARY E. CHRISMAN
MARY E. CHRISMAN of Boulder, Colo. and Green Valley, died Nov. 26, 2008, at home in Green Valley.
Mary was born March 14, 1935, in Sheboygan, Wis., to Cornelius and Mariett Poppe, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, Cedar Grove, Wis. and Boulder, and attended the Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley.
She graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. She taught math at Janesville. (Wis.) High School for two years prior to attending the University of Colorado under a National Science Foundation Scholarship, where she obtained a master’s degree in basic science in 1960. She taught math at the Golden, Colo. High School before accepting a computer programming position at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder.
After leaving the National Bureau of Standards, she did accounting for her husband’s law firm and several partnerships formed by him.
Mary loved to travel and she and her husband biked or otherwise traveled most of Europe. Her favorite trip was to Kenya, where she loved the wild animals and the people. In addition to hiking, she enjoyed and played a lot of tennis for many years.
She is survived by Byron, her husband of 51 years; sister Marjorie Wordell of Cary, N.C.; her sons James Chrisman of Niwot, Colo., Brian Chrisman of Boulder and Steven Chrisman of Lafayette, Colo.; in addition to 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. and another Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in January 2009, in Green Valley, at a place, date, and time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that you make a donation to your favorite charity in Mary’s name.
HAROLD R. CRAWFORD JR.
HAROLD R. CRAWFORD JR., 85 of Green Valley, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at home with his wife Marjorie at his side.
Harold (Hal) was an accomplished outdoorsman, sailor and alpine skier.
Hal and Marjorie were married on June 28, 1944, just prior to Hal’s deployment to Europe as a pilot with 4th Fighter Group. He returned to his wife having survived his P-51 aircraft being shot down over Germany and internment as a POW.
Hal attended Reed College prior to WWII and resumed his studies at the University of Idaho after he returned, graduating in 1949.
Subsequent to Hal’s service as an officer in the Air Force, he and Marjorie settled in Bellevue, Wash., where he had a long and successful career with the Boeing Co. As a Boeing executive, he was instrumental in the roll-out of the 757 and other significant aircraft launches. Hal and Marjorie relocated to Green Valley.
Hal is survived by his widow Marjorie Butler Crawford; and his three sons Timothy, Matthew and Robert; and daughter Holly. He is also survived by three grandchildren Jeffrey, Harold, and Robert; and two step-grandchildren Sarah and Jere.
Services for Hal are pending. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Ex-Prisoners of War.
EDWARD P. HARRIS JR.
EDWARD P. HARRIS JR., 71, born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 19, 1937, passed peacefully away on Dec. 4, 2008.
He was a local plumber for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
He touched the lives of many people.
He was preceded in death by parents Edward and Rita Harris; and sister Patricia Cowan.
He is survived by Carol, his wife of 46 years; son Edward; daughter Debora (Jeff) Lampkins; grandchildren Rick (Lynsey) Veronika, Matt Lampkins and Madison Harris; great-grandson Jefferson Dayne Lampkins; siblings Rita Ledsome, Catherine (Schellinger) George, Joseph, John and Bill Harris; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Green Valley Community Church.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Carol Harris in Amado.
MAJ. DONALD THOMAS JOSEPH POOLE USAF (Ret.)
MAJ. DONALD THOMAS JOSEPH POOLE USAF (Ret.) was called home on March 8, 2008, following valiant efforts to combat emphysema. He slipped peacefully away at Hospice Family Care in Tucson, a few days after a loving farewell visit with family and friends.
Don was born April 10, 1932, in the Bronx, N.Y. He grew up in Queens, graduated from St. John’s Prep and attended St. John’s University in Brooklyn before beginning his career in the U.S. Air Force. He proudly served his country from 1953-1973, retiring with the rank of Major.
Don met Jacquelyn Louise Dondineau while stationed at Ramey AFB in Puerto Rico. They were married on June 27, 1964, in Jackie’s hometown of Bennett, Wis. Almost 44 years of a love-filled marriage blessed them with four beautiful children and two wonderful granddaughters.
The Poole family lived in Fair Oaks, Calif. for 30 years where Don served in the military at Mather and McClellan AF Bases. He attended California State University and graduated with a BS degree in Journalism and History in 1976. Upon Jackie’s retirement, they moved to the farm where she was born and raised in Bennett, Wis., and the “Kid from Brooklyn” forged a special place in the hearts of everyone who was privileged to know him.
Don’s special interests included planting a family forest on their country acres and spending many enjoyable hours on his riding lawn mowers. He carved a six-hole golf course from a former hay field, waging war with the bamboo, sumac and blackberry bushes. He joined the Solon Springs Writing Group and entertained them weekly with his perspectives on country life and other subjects that sparked his Irish imagination. Don was active in his parish church at St. Pius X where he helped form a summer softball league. He was dubbed the League Commissioner, and affectionately known as “The Commish.” He was a member of the Gordon American Legion and the Military Officers Association.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Richard F. Poole and Mary Agnes (Rogers) Poole. He is survived by the avowed love of his life, wife Jackie; and children Jude Poole, Mary Poole, John Poole and Melissa Hempel who were sources of great joy and pride to him. Granddaughters Kristen Poole and Kaitlyn Hempel were his special delight and Nick Nichols a most treasured part of his family.
Don is also survived by his brother Richard Poole of Neptune, N.J.; sister Agnes Poole of Montgomery, N.Y.; plus nephews Richard Poole, Thomas Poole, William Poole, and nieces Elizabeth Naftaniel and Kathleen Gleason and their families.
Don was a faith-filled man who found the best in all he met. His gifts of wit and witticisms are a special part of his legacy.
Godspeed, dearest love, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
A memorial Mass for Don will be held on March 29, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley. He will be remembered at a memorial Mass at his home parish of St. Pius X in Solon Springs, Wis. on June 28 with interment following at the Bennett Cemetery. A memorial Mass will also be said in Bloomingburg, N.Y. at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Shrine of St. Jude, P.O. Box 4837, Chicago, IL 60680-4837 or a charity of your choice.