Joan Bartlett Lamont
Joan Bartlett Lamont died on Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 at her home in Scottsdale. She was 93.
She was born in 1912 in Haverhill, Mass.
She and her husband Nick Lamont were longtime Carefree residents and were original members of the Desert Forest Golf Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Rayma W. Murray of Vero Beach, Fla., three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Catherine L. Stevens
Catherine (Kay) L. Stevens, 89, died at her home in Carefree on Jan. 31, 2005. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree on Friday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.
Mary P. Black
April 14, 1921 – April 23, 2009
Mary and Milton came to Arizona in 1952. They raised their six children in Bisbee, moving to the Phoenix area in the early '80's.
They fell in love with the Cave Creek area in '83 and enjoyed their retirement with their kids, grandkids, great grandkids and even one great-great grandson.
Milton left us in 2002 and Mary impatiently waited to join him. They are reunited in heaven and her huge family will miss her terribly. She was one of seven and was preceded in death by all but one sister. She turned 88 just prior to her death. Psalm 71:5.
Longtime Cave Creeker Jackson MacCubbin died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday, April 27, 2009. He was 70.
He was born in Baltimore and came west with his guitar when he was barely 20 years old. Bluegrass music was his passion; his loves were his wife and mate of 26 years, Karen, and his pup Fredric.
Jackson was a quiet man with a heart so big it was able to hold his innumerable friends, both old and new, close. He valued honesty and never lost his moral compass. He was a staunch friend, an extremely talented musician and a fixer of all things with moving parts.
In death, Karen lost her husband, and all his friends are diminished by his absence from their lives.
On your journey, Jackson, may you always have soft winds at your back, and be surrounded by bluegrass music.
Cremation will be private and no services are planned, which is what he wished.
James Kevin Skane
Former Tonto Hills resident James Kevin Skane died on June 24, 2009 at the VA Hospital in Phoenix. He was 57.
Jim was born in Rockville Center, N.Y.
He returned to the United States to attend Notre Dame University after spending much of his early years living abroad in South America, Africa and Ireland.
During his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jim was injured in a 1974 Marine Corps accident after which he was a quadriplegic.
Jim moved to Arizona in 1976 and completed his bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance at Arizona State University.
He was a tremendous sports fan who was particularly devoted to the Arizona Cardinals. The website Arizona Sports Fan Network (ASFN) where Jim enjoyed interacting with other sports fans, was his creation.
Jim was loved for his honest, forthright character and his quiet generosity, admired for his keen intellect and will be greatly missed as someone who never felt sorry for himself though he was faced with adversity, which would make cowards of most people.
He is survived by his wife, Melanie; mother, Laura; brothers, Patrick, Michael, Daniel; sisters, Kathleen (Digney), Laura (Stell), Margaret (Woodmansee) and Elizabeth.
He was preceded in death by his father, James F. and a brother, Dennis.
Memorial services, and a mass, were held on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church. Burial was in the National Memorial Cemetery
in north Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Freedom Service Dogs, (www.Freedomservicedogs.org) 2000 W. Union Ave., Englewood, CO., 80110.
Ralph M. Knight
Ralph M. Knight died peacefully at his home June 2, 2010 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born April 19, 1915 in Limestone, Maine.
Mr. Knight spent the first 20 years of his life working on the family potato farms in Limestone. Ralph graduated Cum Laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1939 with a BA in Chemical Engineering and did post graduate studies at the University of Delaware. He spent his career working in the chemical and plastics industry at DuPont, Standard Oil of Indiana, National Distillers & Chemical Corporation and retired from Dart Industries where he was Executive VP and a member of the Board of Directors. Among his many accomplishments in this field was being instrumental in the development of radar used in the Battle of Britain and the development of polyethylene, ABS and polypropylene for many uses, including Tupperware. Ralph licensed this technology throughout the world. A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Ralph was selected to be in “Who’s Who in Technology Today” by virtue of his significant contributions to the disciplines of advanced science and technology. He also was a member of the Manufacturing Chemists Association.
A resident of the Pinnacle Peak area for 35 years, Ralph founded the Greater Pinnacle Peak Homeowners Association, and served as both Co-founder of Arizona School Choice Trust and Co-founder of the McDowell Mountain Preserve. In addition, Ralph took the time to be very active in local politics. Together with Mayor Drinkwater he convinced the State Land Commissioner to preserve Pinnacle Peak as a park.
Ralph was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Among his many hobbies, Ralph was a wonderful gardener and was noted for his ability to grow beautiful roses.
Loved and highly respected by his family and many friends because of his gentle and caring nature, Ralph is most often referred to as the finest man they have ever known.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy, his daughters, Marie of Merritt Island, Florida and Deborah and husband, Matt Rinn, of Scottsdale, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his faithful friend and protector, Spicey/Alex.
He is predeceased by his son, Calvin, his parents Perley and Gladys, brothers, Donald, Vaughn, Paul, Sheldon, Earle, Bernard and sister, Phyllis.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the “Ralph M. Knight Scholarship Fund for Engineering and Science Students,” Catholic Community Foundation, 400 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Calling hours will be held June 11 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Messinger Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated June 12 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Road, Carefree. Reception to follow at the Church.
Katie L. Bay
Katie L. Bay, 87, of Carefree, passed away on April 3, 2010. She was born in Graham, Texas on April 16, 1922.
She is preceded in death by her husband Harold L. Bay, daughter Joyce Kocks and son Fred Bay. She is survived by three daughters, Judy Kocks, Cindy Webster and Teresa Vaillancourt, three sons, Chip (Harold) Bay, Dale Bay and David Bay. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She resided in Carefree for over 23 years.
She and Hal helped operate the old fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe in Carefree in the Spanish Village. Katie, Hal and family moved to Arizona in 1959 from Texas.
She leaves this world to join a better one and to follow the light to meet with the family that has been awaiting her. She will be buried with Harold in the National Veteran’s Cemetary on her birthday April 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a celebration of her life at the American Legion in Cave Creek directly after the service.
God Bless her soul and may she rest in peace … she will be greatly missed, she is loved dearly. In lieu of flowers any donations may be sent to Foothills Caring Corps, P.O. Box 5892, Carefree, AZ 85377.
Morgan James Pierre Boisson
November 23, 1988 – October 20, 2009
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, while on an excursion in Tibet with friends from the University of Arizona’s Yangtze Studies Abroad Program to the base camp for Mt. Everest, Morgan, at an elevation of approximately 18,000 feet, was stricken with severe altitude sickness. With no medical assistance available, and a rapid descent impossible, he died – despite his companions’ efforts to save him. Morgan would have celebrated his 21st birthday on Nov. 23.
Morgan was born in Montpellier, France. At age seven, he moved with his parents and two younger sisters to the United States. The Boissons eventually relocated from Ahwatukee to Cave Creek in May 2005.
Following his graduation, Morgan entered the U of A, pursuing an East Asian Studies/China major, with a minor in French. Morgan was an Honor Roll and Dean’s List student. He was planning to attend Thunderbird School of International Management, aspiring to become a global businessman.
At the U of A, Morgan became a varsity cheerleader, his large frame a sturdy foundation for the squad’s in-the-air “stunts.”
Morgan is survived by his father and mother, Cyril and Elizabeth Boisson; his sisters, Alix and Christine, a senior and a freshman at Cactus Shadows; his grandparents, Jim and Judy Veney of Prescott, Ariz. and Nicole and Pierre Boisson of La Grande Motte, France; and many extended family members who loved him dearly.
On Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 pm, on the north side of McKale Memorial Center, the Wildcat cheerleaders will hold a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of their friend and comrade.
A memorial service celebrating Morgan’s life will be held at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Boisson family will gratefully accept contributions to the Morgan Boisson Scholarship Fund (Chase Bank account #000000752438754).
Richard Mocco (1942 – 2010)
Richard Mocco was born in Tenafly, New Jersey and educated in Brooklyn, New York where he attended the highly respected Pratt Institute. He received his B.F.A. in 1967 and his M.F.A. in 1969, and after having prepared for a career in education, he taught at Pratt as well as other New York-based learning centers.
In 1970 Richard established Mocco Enterprises, a research and design firm. Known for jewelry design, sculpture, drawing and painting and recognized nationwide, from coast to coast, Richard was regarded by his peers as an “artist’s artist,” a man true to his art and equally committed to his way of life. With many corporate clients and lauded with numerous awards for his artistic endeavors, he relocated to Cave Creek in 1973 where he was a founding member the Cave Creek Crafts Council and served as its president, thus setting the stage for the outpost’s reputation as an artists’ community.
This proudly independent Navy man served on the USS Independence aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. Formerly married to Melissa Paxton, a glass artist, he is survived by his sister, Barbara Glatley and her sons, Mark and Scott, but his influence is far-ranging. He was a not only a wickedly clever poker player who enjoyed a good cigar, but a kind and gentle soul, a mentor to other young artists, and a dearly beloved, irreplaceable friend to too many to count.
Douglas G. Takesian
Douglas G. Takesian, of Phoenix, formally of Garden City Michigan was born Feb. 16, 1925 and died Oct. 14, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his dear wife Lois E. Takesian.
Douglas is survived by his loving children: Paul (Wendy), Ted (Cheryl), Susan, Stephen (Kamla), David (Elaine), and Matthew; dear grandchildren Justin (Becky) Osman, Melissa (Shane) Rickman, Sean Takesian, Scott Takesian, Sarah Takesian, Jason Takesian, Joshua Takesian, Christopher Takessian, McKenzie Takessian, Mara Takessian, and Jack Takesian; cherished great-grandchildren: Cameron, Olivia, and Madelyn Osman, and Mason Rickman.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Saint Apkar Armenian Church, 8849 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to purchase a Church Pew in honor of Douglas and Lois. Donations can be mailed to Stephen G. Takesian, 4040 E. Chaparosa Way, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.
Wynona Mae Cain
Wynona Mae Cain was born in St. Francis Kansas on May 23, 1910. She died March 30, 2011, at 100 years of age. Wynona was preceded in death by husband Edward L. Cain and children Catherine, Mike and Roland Cain. She is survived by son Robert Cain of Desert Hills and his wife Sandra, daughters Sarah and Adah, 15 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Her ashes will be buried beside her husband in St. Francis, Kansas.
There will be no services locally.
Charles Ellis Johnson
Charlie Johnson was born in Kansas City, Sept. 12, 1953 and died of a massive heart attack March 3, 2011. He moved to Cave Creek in 1997. Charlie was a self-employed General Contractor who had been was formerly employed with the Price Woods Company that built many homes in Desert Mountain.
Charlie was a devout Christian family man who served his community with the rare gifts of his valuable time coaching for many years the Little League, known as Cactus Foothills Little League South.
He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-five years, Kathy Wilkinson Johnson formerly of Naperville, Ill., his two sons Derrick 20, a Junior at ASU and Chad, 10, a fifth grade student at Lone Mountain Elementary School. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Johnson Kelly of Tucson, Ariz., and a brother, David Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Northridge Community Church located at 64th and Dynamite, Cave Creek on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Cactus Foothills Little League South, P.O. Box 506, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.
James J. Olszewski
James J. Olszewski, 65, of Cave Creek, passed away March 12, 2011 in Phoenix. He will be sorely missed.
James was born Aug. 1, 1945 in Gary, Ind., to Stanley and Mary Olszewski.
After graduation from Lew Wallace High School, Jim joined the U.S. Army from which he was honorably discharged. He started work for the U.S. Postal Service, then began a long career as a purchasing agent for the Rexam Can Company in Gary and Phoenix.
He has been an Arizona resident since 1976 and was a member of the V.F.W. in Cave Creek. His favorite things to do were playing golf, traveling and attending movies. He is survived by his sister Caroline Olshefska of Cave Creek, nieces Stacey Derdowski of Tempe, Ariz. and Amy Bethprana Novi of Portland, Ore. and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at National Memorial Cemetery
at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Friday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society of the charity of your choice.
Terry L. Redd
Carefree resident Terry L. Redd, 55, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the Tucson Medical Center’s hospice facility, Peppi’s House, following a short illness. He had been a commuting resident of Tucson for the past two years to be closer to his employment. Interment was at the Cave Creek Cemetery
Redd was born on April 24, 1955, in Dayton, Ohio, to Dorothy and Daniel Redd. The family was originally from Memphis, Tenn., but moved to the Southwest in 1968, and settled in Phoenix. He attended Moon Valley High School and the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was a member of the professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1983.
Redd worked for Arizona’s mining industry beginning with the Phelps Dodge facility in Ajo, Ariz. He later moved into the semiconductor industry working with the U.S. Department of Defense missile production at Hughes Aircraft in Tucson; for the Minerec Corporation, a mining industry chemical supplier; and was the Western Sales Manager for Rohm and Haas from 1998 until 2008. In the last two years, Mr. Redd traveled extensively for the Australian-based Ground Probe North America, LLC, representing the company’s ground-reading radar equipment to active mines across the Canadian arctic provinces.
Redd was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Redd, his father, Daniel Redd, and his eldest brother, Daniel Redd Jr., who died in 2008. He is survived by his older brother, Paul Redd; a sister-in-law, Judy Redd; nephew, Brian Redd; niece, Kimberly Roberts; and his younger sister, Linda Lopez; and nieces, Kaitlyn Lopez and Lauren Lopez.
Condolences may be sent to Paul Redd at 21597 N. 59th Dr., Glendale, AZ 85308. Donations may be sent to the Phoenix-based HALO Animal Rescue, an organization that Redd supported and where he also secured animal adoptions.
January 3, 1920 - May 13, 2011
Annabelle Brain, a 20+ year resident of Cave Creek, Ariz., passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011.
Born January 3, 1920 in Washingtonville, Ohio, she is survived by her children Nancy (Robert) Scullion of Phoenix, Arlene (Phil) Brown of Dallas, Texas, Sonny (Barb) Hively of Cave Creek and Susie (Bart) Peterson of Cave Creek.
Annabelle was the proud grandmother of 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter. Annabelle was lovingly surrounded by her large family and went peacefully to her next adventure.
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at the Peterson residence in Cave Creek.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Hospice of Arizona online at www.americanhospice.com/Arizona/donations