Audry Anna Le Mon (Engel)
Died: June 5, 2022
Audry Anna LeMon, 84, passed away at home in Bisbee, AZ on June 5, 2022. Audry was born in Raleigh, ND, to Philip and Margaret Engel. She was previously married to Zan LeMon. Audry moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1979.
Audry was preceded in death by her father, Philip Engel, mother, Margaret Engel (Tishmack), sister, Sonia Engel, brother, Joachim “Jake” Engel, daughter, Lisa Sheree LeMon and son, Jason Ardell LeMon
She is survived by her sisters Betty Sorenson, Eva LeMon, Vonnie Floer, Rita Cornish, Nita Bladow, Joanie Boos and brother David Engel; daughters Alexia Ventoux, Suzanne LeMon-Blanchard and Suzette Velarde; grandchildren Heather, Heidi, Holly, Connie Sue, Cody, Devon, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexandra, Tarz-Daniel, Dylan, Quenton, and Alyssa; great grandchildren Storey, Adaline, Malcome, Alice, Devon “Weston”, Aaliyah, Chardonnay, Gabriel, Kindlynn, Gloria and Jacob “Boomer”; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Audry’s greatest joy was her grandchildren (always asking if they needed jackets, socks, boots and blankets to keep them warm). She also enjoyed thrift stores, word search puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, and watching old westerns. Audry talked alot about horses, how her hands were strong because of milking cows when she was younger and drinking coffee with her dad.
To the moon and back.
Maria Sofia Mora
Maria Sofia Mora passed away quietly on June 6, 2022. She was born on April 01, 1929, in Colonia Morelos, Sonora MX. She was preceded in death by her Husband Alberto, Daughter Maria, Son Mario and 12 siblings. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Legion of Mary, Spanish Choir, Bazaars and all fund-raising events. She would donate her plants to the church yearly that she had planted. She took upon herself to study the constitution and become an American Citizen which she was very proud of. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She always found time for anyone who came to her in time of need. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
God Bless You Mom.
She is survived by her daughter Rosie (David); sons Hector (Vicki), Ernesto (Anna), Antonio (Maria), Francisco (Christine) and numerous grand children and great grandchildren, far too many to list.
Our Mom will Forever be in our hearts and greatly missed.
Celebration of Life
Funeral services will be
Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 am
Immaculate Conception Church
928 C ave. Douglas, AZ
Officiating Father Noriega
Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.
George Christopher Bugen
George Christopher Bugen was born to Chris and Mamie Bugen at their residence above the “Bugen Grocery”, 206 Naco Road (Slag Dump) March 1, 1928 in Bisbee Arizona. He attended Bisbee High School and graduated in the class of 1947. His after hour activities included Football and employment at Arizona Bakery and Frazee Motors. George was a member of the first Bisbee High School Football team to beat Douglas for possession of the Copper Pick in the Fall of 1945. The Pick was cast/made as an ongoing trophy for the annual meeting of the Pumas and Bulldogs. George represents Puma Pride at its best. After he graduated he began his career as a laborer with M and M Enterprise then a miner’s helper for Phelps Dodge at the Campbell Shaft mine in Bisbee. He worked there until the mine caught fire and he worked as a Fire Patrol miner’s helper. From there he wanted to better his life future. He entered the U.S. Navy on Valentine’s Day 1949 and was sent to Boot Camp and to a Navy School, Machinery Repairman at NTC San Diego. He was assigned to the USS Jason a heavy duty repair vessel. The first to be stationed in Seasbo Japan and did three tours in the Korean War. George was discharged in February 1953 as a (MR) Machinery Repairman Petty Officer 1st Class. George returned to Phelps Dodge on the labor crew, drilling and blasting, service lubrication truck until a journeyman machinist vacancy became available. In 1956 he was recruited as a Machinist Instructor in a new mine in Peru (Southern Peru Copper). Do to tax laws in Peru, in 1963 George returned to the United States to work in Stockton California as a Maintenance Superintendent for California Cedar Products. In 1969 he returned to Bisbee as a Technical Sales Representative to contact foreign base mining operations for sale of off road tires for the William R. Ryan Company Bisbee. This lead to the return to Peru as Assistant Master Mechanic, Mill site Mechanical and Fabrication Division, Toquepala. In 1979 he was transferred to Ilo, Peru as Smelter Master Mechanic. In 1983 he advanced to Assistant Mechanical Superintendent of the Ilo Area Mechanical Division in charge of Smelter and Industrial Railroad. George retired on October 6, 1986. George attended several seminars relative to Heavy Industrial and Rubber Products. Home study of various facets of Mechanical Engineering related employment. George traveled to most of the countries in South America, Japan and Yugoslavia. He enjoyed playing golf for many years until he met Arthritis. George also enjoyed gardening, cooking, home repair and various fraternal organizations. George was a man that lived his life in dignity, decency and grace, always wanting to help others. He was a member of Bisbee Elks lodge 671, American Legion Lodge 16, Bisbee Masonic: Perfect Ashlar lodge 12, Scottish Right 32 of Tucson, Sabbar Shriners, Tucson Az and member of St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Church, Bisbee. As a member of the Bisbee Young Slavs of America he proposed the building of the Serbian Church on the present location and served on the building committee through its completion. He also served on numerous other committees until his departure for Peru. One of George’s favorite activities was maintaining the church and Serb National Federation section of Bisbee’s Evergreen Cemetery. George was a 45 year member of the Serb National Federation and a delegate to the 1977 national convention representing three Western States. Survivors include: cousins, David, Diane and George Milutinovich of Fresno California, cousin’s Evonne Dabkovich of Camarillo California, John Vukotich of San Diego California and numerous other relatives throughout California, Texas and Yugoslavia. George had an intense desire to help the working class adults of the Bisbee area and became a major benefactor to Cochise College to further this desire. Through his contributions the Bugen Family Fund was established which has resulted in the development of educational programs and the Bugen Technical Education Facility at Cochise College. Because of his philanthropic endeavors George was selected to serve as Honorary Board Member for ongoing support of Cochise College students thru the Cochise College Foundation in September 2015. Please make contributions to : Cochise College Foundation – Attention Bugen Family Fund, Sierra Vista Campus, Sierra Vista Az 85635-2317.
It is with deep sadness that our beloved son, Johnnie Irey, passed away at Banner University Hospital in Tucson, Az on Sunday, May 1, 2022. He was born on September 10, 1966. He was a Douglas High School graduate and was on the Track and Cross Country teams all through high school. Later on in life he became a chef and one of the best! Cooking was always a passion for Johnnie! He is survived by his loving parents, John and Josie Irey, and four children, Alek, Portia, Romeo and Max. His siblings, Kim Stom, and Michelle (Richard) Arvayo, Trever Carson. A favorite aunt, Cecilia Vidal, and a favorite cousin, Stella Vidal. Uncle and Aunt Frank and Becky Guerrero, he had many other Aunts and Uncles that live out of state and many nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends!
No words can express how much we will miss him!
Celebration of Life
Funeral services Thursday, May 12
10:00 am at the First Baptist Church
700 E. 10th St. Douglas,
officiating Pastor David Gonzales
Funeral arrangements entrusted to
Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.
Marta Olivia Valenzuela
We are sad to say goodbye to our beautiful Marta Olivia Valenzuela who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Hereford, AZ April 14, 2022. Marta was born in Douglas, AZ on February 19, 1978. She was raised in Naco and graduated from Bisbee high school. Marta worked in the medical support field, most recently at the Sierra Vista VA clinic where she took great pride in serving veterans.
Marta is survived by her parents, Rene and Dora Valenzuela, her beloved son Rene Carrizosa, sisters Diana Valenzuela and Armida Lopez, and Armida's husband Josh, and nieces Mia and Zoe.
Everyone who knew Marta, knows that she was the life of the party. Her fun free spirit and kind heart will be forever missed.
Celebration of Life
Funeral mass Friday April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am St Patrick Church,
100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Funeral arrangements by
Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, AZ
Celebration of Life
A private memorial service for close family and friends will be held at the Espinosa Funeral Home
1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603
A public memorial service will be held in Naco, Sonora
Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM-5:30 PM.
Mass will follow at 6:00PM.
Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77
Ruben Edmundo Villa Franco
November 23, 1944 – March 18, 2022
Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77, of Naco, Sonora, passed away on March 18, 2022, after a battle with cancer. His beloved wife of 56 years, Maria Eloisa Villa, and close family were by his side.
Ruben was born in Fronteras, Sonora and spent much of his life living in Naco, Sonora. He fell in love and married the love of his life, Maria Eloisa Villa, and together they raised a family of three: Ruben, Sergio, and Milena.
Ruben retired in 2001 as a Branch Bank Manager after 40 years of service.
He was the most loving and big-hearted man. He was a present and constant figure in lives of his family and for many years would call them daily to ask about their days with genuine interest. Ruben inspired light-heartedness and humor in all of those he met; we could all count on him to make us laugh with a joke, a funny story, a witty comeback, or simply through his loving affection. Ruben’s ability to connect with people was a true testament of his personable and trustworthy character. Throughout the years, Ruben could be anywhere in the world and would bump into a long-time friend or would spend time making a new one.
He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching boxing matches, telenovelas, and American movies; but above all, his passion was spending time with his many friends and family.
Ruben is preceded in death by his parents Ramón and Socorro Villa, brother Roberto Villa, and son Sergio Villa. He is survived by his wife Maria Eloisa Villa; children Ruben (Amy) Villa and Milena Villa (Eddie Miranda); brothers Ramon (Carmen) Villa, Raúl (Blanca) Villa, René Villa, Rogelio Villa; sisters Dora Lina (Albert) Acuña, María Alicia Villa; 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Juana M. Hurtado (95)
Juana M. Hurtado (95) passed away in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loved ones on March 16, 2022. She was born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco to Jesus and Luciana Marquez. As a toddler, she moved with her family to the U.S. and was raised in the small town of Paul Spur, just outside of Douglas. She married Jose P. Hurtado in 1944. They raised three children (Mary, Lucy, Jose) there before moving to Douglas in 1955. She worked at the Cochise County Hospital for over 33 years. As a dietary aid, she found her job very fulfilling and rewarding. Her work ethic was impeccable. After her retirement she enjoyed cooking for her beloved family and friends. Juana had a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. Always helping and providing for the less fortunate. Her generosity included making food baskets, gathering clothing and blankets, and donating them to random families in our neighboring town of Agua Prieta. She was a great listener and always willing to share her wisdom and advice to others. She was one of the strongest, charismatic people you could ever meet. She was extremely proud to be a fifth-generation family. All who meet her fell in love with her and quickly called her their "Nana Juana". "Nana Juana" definitely left a mark on not only the lives of her family, but also of anyone who got the chance to meet her. May the impact she made in everyone's lives live on forever.
She will be greatly missed by all..."I love you more"
She preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Eugenia Mendoza, Daughter in law- Ana Hurtado, granddaughter- Bernadette Maza, great granddaughter-Gianna Hurtado.
She is survived by her three children, Mary (Armando) Maza, Lucy Grijalva, and Jose M. (Ana +) Hurtado. Nine grandchildren, Celina, Armando, Braulio, Alfonzo, Saul, Karla, Terry, Anacelia, and Jose. Nineteen great grandchildren, Jorden, Alec, Jesus, Baylie, Victor, Taylor, Steve, Chase, Mauro, Victoria, Demetrio, Emelia, Sebastian, Kayleen, Susana, Robert, Alannis, Alinna and Arabella. One great great-grandchild-Aiden.
Celebration of Life
Rosary will be March 25th 2022, at 10:15 am
Mass 11:00 am
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
Gilberto F. Morales “Chevo”
Gilberto F Morales “Chevo” was born September 22, 1944. He passed away peacefully February 21, 2022.
Chevo was born in Agua Prieta Sonora, he moved to Douglas with his family in 1957. He worked at the smelter for 20 years until it closed in 1984.
He is survived by his three sons , Victor, Luis, Ricardo and two daughters, Maria and Perla.
Gilberto also had numerous grandchildren.
He was beloved by his family and will be dearly missed.
Connie S. Whelan, 76
Connie S. Whelan, 76
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Connie S. Whelan. Connie was born in Keokuk, Iowa, on Jan 25th 1946. She was born to Herold and Clydean Clough. She grew up in a small farming community in northeast Missouri. She attended the business community college in Quincy Illinois where she met and married Fred Whelan. They moved to Douglas in 1966 and started their family while joining the family business, working side by side for 49 years at Paul’s Jewelers. Connie was a loving wife of 55 years and mother of 3 beautiful daughters, Jacquelyne (Ronny) Salmon, Heather (Luke) Fitzgerald, Heidi (Artie) Rivas. She was a generous grandmother to her grandchildren, William, Hannah (Andrew) Sheppard, Chloe, Colton, Nathan, Jacque Rose (Loren) Watson, Clari (Zac) Jensen, and Jake and her great grandchildren Emma, Jase, Lena and Whelan. She is also survived by her sister in law Paula (Ray) Shelton and her nephew and niece Ronnie (Jennifer) Shelton and Stephanie (Lloyd) Wilton and her great niece’s and nephew’s, Hunter, Alice, Zoe, and Calvin. Her brother Harold (Dorothy) Clough, sister Ana Mae (Dean) Saner. She is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Clydean Clough, her in-laws Paul and Evyline Whelan, and sister Jean Barry. Connie’s favorite things were spending time with her family and friends, golfing and horseback riding in the Chiricahua mountain trails on her horse “Nacho”. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Celebration of Life
The Whelan Family would like to invite those who are interested in attending services for our Mother Connie Whelan
March 26th at 12:00pm
Grace United Methodist Church
715 11th St, Douglas, AZ 85607.
A Celebration of life will follow at
The Elk’s Club 650 E 10th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
Richard (Ricky) Escalante
On Valentine’s Day of this year Bisbee, AZ lost Richard (Ricky) Escalante. Ricky was known across the area as a fun loving, engaging personality, that loved to laugh, and be in the company of friends and family. Ricky succumbed to complication of his long battle with Cancer. Ricky remained a vigilant, strong-willed person we all remember, even to the last day singing songs and celebrating the holiday with his cousins. Over the last few months Ricky was strengthened by his renewed Faith in Christ! He enjoyed the peace and strength it provided him in his struggle. Ricky attended Bisbee High School, and worked as a clerk at Circle K for many years. Ricky left Circle K for a few years, only to take care of his mother Delia Escalante in Phoenix.
During his final months Ricky was attended by his Aunt Irma Calderon in her home in Bisbee, along with his cousin Christina, her husband John Roberts, and best friend Josh Krebs. The family would like to thank the amazing efforts and benevolent service of our caregivers, nurses, and therapists from Copper Valley Home Health Care, you guys were always there and a blessing to Ricky and the family Ricky is survived by a sister Debbie Escalante of Tucson, AZ and her children Joey and Michele, as well as many cousins from Bisbee.
Celebration of Life
A memorial service will be held Saturday March, 5th 1:00-3:00 pm at Espinosa Funeral Home Chapel 1094 AZ-92 Bisbee, AZ to provide friends and family an opportunity to say goodbye.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Rosary March 2, 2022 7:00 p.m. at
Alex Espinosa Funeral Home
1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603
Mass March 3, 2022 11:00 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
928 C Avenue, Douglas, AZ 85607
Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Jesus E. Castillo
Jesus E. Castillo a long-life resident of Douglas, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2022 at the age of 48. Jesus is survived by his parents, Benjamin S. Castillo and Graciela L. Castillo, his son Esteban D. Castillo, his brothers Benny Castillo (Irma), Alex Castillo (Erica), his sister Jessica Castillo (Robert), and 6 nieces and 2 nephews. Jesus was a very loving and caring person. He was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed it. Jesus was kind and treated everyone like family. He was very talented, artistic, and was a jack of all trades. He was never afraid to tackle any obstacle, he always loved a challenge. He will be loved, missed, and remembered by many.
Peter Louis Metzler
Peter Louis Metzler was born October 13, 1950 in Long Beach, California to Louis and Regina Metzler. He graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington, California in 1968. He entered the United States Air Force July 30, 1969 and served until July 29, 1973 during the Vietnam era. He moved to Bisbee shortly after and married his former wife, Martha Palomino. Peter and Martha had two children, Julio and Dianna Metzler.
He pursed a career in education and achieved an Associates of Science Degree from Cochise College in 1980 and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from the University of Arizona in 1982.
Peter taught at Naco School District from 1983 until 1990. He loved teaching, and was a favorite among many of his students. He inspired many lives, teaching math, music, and chess. Peter was always quick with a joke and wanted nothing more than to leave a person laughing and knowing something new. He was kind hearted and gentle.
Peter retired from teaching and enjoyed traveling. He settled in Talihina, Oklahoma for many years where he made many long lasting friends. He moved back to Bisbee in 2019 to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. He enjoyed a quiet retirement at the Mountain View Gardens Retirement Home in Sierra Vista, where also made many wonder friends.
Peter passed away on February 13, 2022 after battling complications from COVID 19 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He is deeply mourned and missed as a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Peter is survived by his children Julio (Kebrina) Metzler and Dianna (Stephen) Bradshaw; and his five grandchildren Savannah, Brianna, Gabriel, Scarlett, and Stella; his brothers Philip, Aaron and Paul (Karla); sister Kathy, and his cousin Gloria.
Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m., the Rosary at 10:00 am., followed by the Mass at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of life will take at the American Legion in Bisbee from noon to 4 p.m. The burial will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Fort Huachuca on March 1. Special thanks to Alex Espinosa Funeral Home for assisting in these services.
Anastacio Salaiz, (aka, Tachi/Andy), a Naco native passed away on January 29, 2022. He was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on July 1, 1948, to Anastacio M. Salaiz Sr. of Naco, Arizona, and Celia Suarez Salaiz of Naco, Sonora.
Anastacio was the second of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved sister Maria Ramona Salaiz Rodriguez. Surviving siblings, are Robert Salaiz (Mary Salaiz) and Oscar Salaiz (Carmen Salaiz).
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Bertha Gomez Salaiz and his five children, Javier Salaiz (Abby Salaiz), Ana Flores (Carlos Flores), Maria Flores (Mark Flores), Monica Solis (Alberto Solis) and Claudia Aguilera (John Aguilera). Anastacio had twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Anastacio graduated from Bisbee High School in 1967. He worked for Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation for 17 years as an underground miner in Bisbee and Safford, Arizona. He also served in the military for over 35 years. He was member of 8th & 40thArmor Unit and the 2222nd Transportation Company for which he was a mechanic technician and platoon sergeant, for the third platoon of Douglas, Arizona. He served two overseas tours including Operation Desert Storm in 1990 to 1991 and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 to 2004. Anastacio was also assigned to guard duty in Operation Jumpstart before retiring from the National Guard in July of 2008 as Sergeant First Class.
He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life
Rosary to be held February 7 at 6:00 pm at Espinosa Funeral Home located at 1094 Hwy 92, Bisbee, Az. A funeral mass will be held the following day, February 8, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.at the Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, located at 1425 E. Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, Az. 85650.
Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.
Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr.
Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr. was called home on January 14, 2022, with his daughter Diana by his side. Ray was born on August 27, 1926, in Douglas, Arizona to Ramon M. Rabago Sr. and Maria Asunción Novoa. Ray attended Douglas High School, where he graduated with honors in 1944. In high school, Ray was a star athlete and he lettered as a varsity athlete in football, baseball, basketball and in track & field. Ray was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Army from November 16, 1944 through August 22, 1946, when he was honorably discharged. He served in the 100th Infantry, 3rd Battalion Division in Europe where he was promoted to Motor Pool Sergeant with 3rd Battalion Headquarter Group Infantry Regiment, and later served as Sergeant in charge of the motor pool for the Regular Headquarters for the 7th Infantry Regiment. He received the following decorations and awards: European-African Middle Eastern (ETO) Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received two Overseas Service Bars. Ray was also decorated by the French military with a French Fourragère military rope braid for his unit’s successful efforts to get needed ammunition to the French army. He spoke fluent English and Spanish, and learned German while overseas. Upon returning home from the war, Ray helped establish the Douglas Veteran’s Club, a Hispanic veteran’s group with the mission to ensure equality for Hispanic citizens. Ray remained active supporting veterans’ issues his entire life, including helping military widows receive benefits. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 426, and of the American Legion in Douglas, Arizona, where he served as the Post Commander of the Fred Hilburn Post 11 in 1964-1965. Ray received many awards and recognitions for his dedicated efforts and was appointed the National Aide-de-Camp for the VFW by the National VFW Commander in 1965, and he was appointed as the statewide Arizona Deputy Chief-of-Staff for the VFW in 1966. In 2006, Ray was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Douglas Veteran’s Day Parade. Ray continued with sports after the war and played semi-professional baseball with the Douglas Internationals and he was even offered a baseball scholarship to play catcher for the University of Arizona but stayed in Douglas because he had married the love of his life, Amelia Estrada, in 1947. Together, they raised a family and spent their life in Douglas. Initially, Ray worked in construction and later owned his own plumbing business. In 1952, Ray became the first Mexican-American firefighter for the Douglas Fire Department where he served 34 years, first as an Engineer, then as Captain, and retired as the Assistant Fire Chief in 1986. During his years as a firefighter in Douglas, Ray was a certified arson investigator and he also served as the Chief Safety Officer for all of the departments of the City of Douglas since 1969. Governor Sam Goddard appointed Ray to the Governor’s Civil Defense Advisory Council in 1965. Governor Babbitt later appointed Ray as Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshal for the State of Arizona. Ray loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. He loved being at his parents’ farm in Elfrida. Ray was an avid reader of history and current events, and he loved sharing family roots. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon Rabago Sr. and Maria “Concha” Rabago; his infant son, John Jacob, his loving wife, Amelia E. Rabago, as well as his siblings, David Rabago, Edmundo “Charro” Rabago, and Maria Eulalia “Lali” Rabago-Olea. Ray is survived by his children Alvina (Paul) Pawlik, Diana Rabago Payne, Anthony (Anna) Rabago, Ernest (Teresa) Rabago, Robert (Mary) Rabago, and Vince Rabago. Also surviving Ray is his younger brother Richard Rabago, and Ray’s legacy of 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Ray was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed being around all of his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Ray was so very proud of everyone in his entire family. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and the entire community.
Celebration of life
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607, with a Rosary at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.
A military burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Ramon Rabago.
Services will be on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Immaculate
Rosary at 10:15 am rosary followed by an 11:00 am mass officiated by Father Noriega
Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas
On January 24, 2022, Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas, Douglas’ Native Son, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Haven Health of Sierra Vista. He was born in Douglas, AZ on February 16, 1932, to Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez, both of Douglas. He attended Douglas schools and joined the United States Air Force in 1951 through 1955, where he served during the Korean Conflict.
Matias was the fourth of eleven children. He was proceeded in death by his siblings Gregorio, Juan, Jose, Gilberto, Baby Jesus, and Baby Rita. His surviving siblings are Dionisia, Concha, Rosario, and Jenni.
He was also proceeded in death by his parents, Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez and his daughter Stella Willett.
Matias married Frances Quen at the Justice of the Peace in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1955, she died in 1992, he never remarried. They had six children together and raised them all in Bisbee.
His children are Stella Willett (who died on August 24, 2021, and lived in Derry, N.H. with her husband Dan), Sally Rojas of Sierra Vista, AZ, Jenny Chavez of Bisbee, AZ, (late husband David) Alfred Rojas of Bisbee, AZ (Ramona) Francine Powers of Tucson, AZ (Randy) and Albert Rojas of Douglas, AZ. He had several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Matias was a member of the Silent Generation and held his life to those standards of keeping his head down and working hard. He had many interesting careers and never missed one day of work in the process. He owned his own freight business, he worked for the Phelps Dodge Corporation as a dump-truck driver at the Lavender pit in Bisbee, until he worked his way down as a driller in the Bisbee copper mines at the Dallas Shaft. He also worked at the Douglas Smelter after the closure of the Bisbee mines.
Matias was a short and long-haul truck driver for various companies, including his father’s business called, Rojas and Sons Transfer in Douglas. He was a driver for the Chemical Transportation, Inc. (CTI) and held a CDL, Class A combo with Doubles/Triple/Hazmat endorsement. He was also a certified automotive mechanic through Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He was also a long-term volunteer at the Douglas Senior Center and was well-known in his community.
Mr. Rojas was a dedicated family man and during the time he was raising his children in Bisbee, he used every spare moment to create a good quality of life. He would work timeously on his home located up at the top of Tombstone Canyon Road, creating a two-track cement driveway on a steep mountainside of his property, planting rows of Irises and building an outside oven for his famous BBQ ribs. After his wife passed away and his children were grown, he moved back to his hometown of Douglas where he spent the rest of his life. In his retirement he became a silver jewelry maker and continued his love of working on cars and his life-long adoration for the WWE and any other professional wrestling federations that came and went over the years. His laugh was contagious, and his outgoing personality echoed with kindness and sincerity. He was a great father, tata, tio and brother and son. He will be greatly missed.
His favorite quote, “Do what makes you smile, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”
Celebration of Life
On February 11, 2022, a Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. and a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 100 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee.
The burial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.
On behalf of the family’s wishes there will be no live streaming or video recordings allowed during the services.
Flowers arrangements are from Care Flowers in Douglas, AZ
We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and daughter on December 23, 2021.
Rhonda was a life time resident of Cochise County.
Rhonda was born in Douglas Arizona on January 21, 1959 to Ronald Lee Walker and Clara “Walker” Bahschnitt.
Rhonda is survived by her husband of 45 years and high school sweetheart Joe Mauzy. Two sons Zach “Martha” Talon, her mother Clara Bahschnitt, sister Darlene “Ray” Weimer. Two grandsons Cameron, Carson and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Lee Walker, Pops Herb Bahschnitt and granny (nana) Ruby Seale who taught school at Sara Marley in Douglas Arizona.
Growing up Rhonda was involved in 4-H and raising Horses, participated in Rodeo’s and competition for Rodeo Queen.
She loved spending time in the white mountains hunting and fishing.
Rhonda retired from Arizona public service where she loved her fellow workers and her customers in both Douglas and Bisbee.
A private memorial will be held in Rhonda’s honor at a future date in the new year. Details of which are forthcoming.
Rest in Peace our love, you’re in God’s hands now.
Cruz Silva Mungarro (94) went peacefully home on January 7, 2022 to join his loved ones in Heaven. Cruz was born on May 7, 1927 to Maximiliano & Maria Jesus Mungarro in Bisbee, Arizona. Cruz is survived by his sister, Alice Nickelson, and several nieces and nephews, including grand nieces, and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews. Cruz was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.
Cruz retired from the US Postal Service as a Custodian after approximately 40 years in Bisbee. Cruz will be fondly remembered for always smiling & his friendliness as he traveled around town to the three postal locations in Old Bisbee, Warren and San Jose. Cruz also worked at Phelps Dodge Mercantile in his younger days.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at New Beginnings Group Home in Sierra Vista for their special and loving care for the last 12 years of Cruz’s life. They were his daily caring family and are very much appreciated. We also wish to thank Valor Hospice for their care in his last days. In addition, our thanks to the Cochise County Public Fiduciary’s Office for their many years of assisting Cruz with his affairs.
Cruz Silva Mungarro, 94
A Rosary and Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, l00 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee AZ in Bisbee at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, with graveside services at Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee.
Cristy G Page
Cristy G. Page
Maria Cristina “Cristy” Gutierrez Page passed away peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in the comfort of her home - alongside her children. She was born in 1931 to Eduardo Gutierrez and Trinidad Quiroz in Mexico City. She later attended boarding school in Montreal, Canada while her father was stationed there serving as the Consulate General of Mexico.
She and her family returned to Mexico City in 1948 where she later met the late Alejandro Camou Espinosa, marrying him in 1950 for over 20 years. They had four children.
As a single mother she supported herself by becoming a cosmetologist. She was known for her generosity, kindness, loyalty and hard work ethic. She was a pioneer in her time; always being fashion forward and later on in life owning a clothing boutique.
Cristy married the late Curtis Page, and together they owned and operated Curtis Page & Son’s Funeral Home for nearly 30 years. “Ms. Page” as she was affectionately called by many in her community, was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses through her career. Later on in life she enjoyed working alongside her beloved son Alex, owner of Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.
In Ms. Page’s final retirement, she enjoyed traveling and working on the many hobbies that she kept up over the years such as crocheting blankets for family, friends and new born babies. She always stayed active by walking every day. She always attributed her good health to maintaining an exercise regimen. At age 80, she completed the Bisbee 1,000 “The Greatest Stair Climb.”
She was the kindest most loving person who withstood numerous hardships throughout her life, but always stayed resilient. She was always compassionate with the hundreds of grieving families she worked with over the years. Her love and commitment to her work was extraordinary. Cristy was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and business women and gave back to the community she loved.
Cristy is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, M. Lizette Verdugo. She leaves behind daughters Cristy Munoz (Armando), Sylvia Martinez (Jesse) and son Alex Espinosa; as well as 9 loved grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild and many lifelong friends.
Our grief is eased only by knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved daughter Lizette and other loved ones, who preceded her in death.
On Thursday, January 20 viewing will be held from 2 – 7 p.m.
Rosary 7:00 P.M. at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home – 1094 Hwy 92, Bisbee, Arizona. Burial Mass will be held on what would have been her 91st birthday - Friday, January 21, 11:00 A.M. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church – 1211 E. 15th Street, Douglas, Arizona.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure – unknown.
Vaya con Dios, mi Mamá
With great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved mother
In loving memory of Cristy Page,
we are sadden to announce her passing on 01-12-2022.
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.
Services will be held Thursday January 20th, 2:00-8:00 P.M. at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603
Mass will be held Friday, January 21st, 11:00 A.M.
at St. Luke’s Catholic Church
1211 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
John Edward Reyes, 26
John Edward Reyes, 26 of Phoenix Arizona was called home to be with Our Lord and Savior on December 9th, 2021.
John was born in Hollister California, but spent his life in
Tucson and Phoenix Arizona. John was a one-of-a-kind young man who lived his life every day, thankful for each moment he was given. A son who is so deeply loved by his mother and best friend, and a baby brother spoiled with love by his two sisters.
John is a true example of living life to the fullest and enjoying each moment no matter where or with whom. He impacted many people’s lives in amazing ways.
We will miss you making us laugh on our best and worst days. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact he is at peace with his creator.
John is survived by his mother, Irma Romero; his father Juan Manuel Reyes; sisters Mabel Laprada (Danielle Hanney), Valerie Feller (Patrick Feller), grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many family and friends.
John was greeted at The Gates of Heaven by his cousin Gino.
“It is what it is, but is what it shouldn’t be.”
Until we meet again John.
John’s going home celebration will be held
Friday January 14th, 2022.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11:00 A.M. 928 C Ave, Douglas AZ.
Final resting place will be Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St. 85607.
Maria De Los Angeles Pacheco Urrea
Maria De Los Angeles Pacheco Urrea
Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother & great mother embraced her eternal life on Monday December 13, 2021.
She was born in Cumpas Sonora on February 12, 1938 to Rosa & Ignacio Urrea.
She had 4 children Bertha, Rosendo, Francisco & Elizabeth who she raised with all the love in the world. Her life tragically changed when her loving son Francisco "Pancho" was taken from her in 2021. Part of her heart went with him.
Whoever met her would never go away empty handed. She was a very strong loving and giving person with a lot of wisdom and happiness. She was definitely a people person and loved to talk to everyone.
She was a living example of Faith and God's love. Her famous saying was I have to be good with my family here because I have another family in Heaven waiting for me. May her gentle soul rest peacefully in the Glory of God with her loving "Pancho".
Nuestra querida madre, hermana, abuela y bisabuela dio su paso a la eternidad el Lunes 13 de Diciembre.
Ella nacio en Cumpas Sonora el 12 de Febrero del 1938 a Rosa e Ignacio Urrea. Tuvo 4 hijos Bertha, Rosendo, Francisco y Elizabeth a quien creo con todo el amor del mundo. Su vida cambio trajicamente cuando su querido hijo Francisco "Pancho" fue privado de su vida en el 2021 ese dia parte de su corazon se fue con el.
Cualquiera que la conocia nunca se iva con las manos vacias. Ella fue una persona muy amorosa y valiente llena de sabiduria y alegria. Ella definitivamente fue una persona muy amada y conocida por muchos.
Fue un ejemplo vivo de Fe y de Amor de Dios. Sus palabras mas lindas eran "Tengo que estar bien con mi familia aqui por que tengo una familia en el cielo que me espera.
Que su dulce alma descanse en paz en la Gloria de Dios junto a su querido "Pancho".
Luis Xavier Montiel
Luis Xavier Montiel
It is with great sadness that the family of Luis Montiel announce his passing on December 12 2021. Luis was born August 26, 1982 in Bisbee AZ to Yolanda and Benny Montiel he attended Bisbee schools and played football for the Bisbee Pumas.
Luis loved to coach, and was a coach in baseball and football. He was active with the Bisbee Little League board and was the groundskeeper. He was always working at keeping the field looking good and ready for games. He served as an Altar server in his young years at St. Patrick Church. Luis loved the outdoors fishing, camping and hunting, always making sure that he took his boys with him. The boys always loved to go camping with him because dad always had an adventure for them. Luis was a hands-on dad. Every sport they participated in they knew Dad was there cheering them on. Luis was a jack of all trades. He was a mechanic, cook, landscaper and a tree cutter. He cared about the type of work he did. Luis was a friend to all. He would help who he could with what he had. Luis was the baby of our family and loved to be around family, especially his brothers and sisters. Every time he laughed he made you laugh. His love for his family was endless. Luis was preceded in death by the love of his life his wife Kimberly, and his loving daughter Cassandra. He is survived by his parents Benny and Yolanda Montiel. His siblings Michael,(Melissa), Bobby (Joleen), Fred, Monica, Frances, Rosemary, (Lamont). His children, Jordan (Stacy), Emilio, (Marisa) Xavier, Izaiah. His grandchildren, CJ and Elijah. We have suffered a great loss and life will never be the same.
Services will be January 8, 2022 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Church with Burial at Memory Garden Cemetery, Arrangements are by Espinosa Funeral Home.
james benjamin widner
James Benjamin Widner passed away peacefully at his home in Naco, Az. on Nov. 23, 2021.
He was just shy of his 101st birthday, born in Los Angeles on January 16, 1921 where he attended high school.
Jim was a 4-year WWII Navy veteran serving mostly in the Pacific theater. Jim had been in the travel business most of his life, working for both air and bus carriers. He also worked for a Mexican tour operator in sales as well as from time to time escorting tours. He was a Mason and a member of numerous travel organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irene, and two loving daughters, Colleen Widner and Carole Ballard. He loved riding his numerous motorcycles and toured extensively in the U.S. as well as Mexico. Irene enjoyed riding with Jim on many of these memorable trips. He was a founding member of the prestigious Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club. There is a permanent waiting list to join this club.
During our working years in San Francisco we toured with the club all over Northern California. Those were memorable times in our lives.
He loved his many friends and could reconnoiter with the best of them, always with that infectious laugh! His mind was amazingly sharp and he remembered dates, events, etc., that most of us would have forgotten at half his age.
He was a 'jokester extraordinaire'....telling an acquaintance he encountered at Safeway, and wearing his Yale alumni sweater, that he had studied neurobiology there before pursuing a doctorate at Harvard where he taught for many years. All this with a poker face! A lover of life, a one of a kind individual, he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
SR. MANUEL MARTINEZ FLORES
On November 23rd, 2021; our loving father Manuel Martinez Flores was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. Although we are devastated by his passing, it is important that we first celebrate his life and the time he spent making a positive impact on those around him.
From the years of 1953-1959, our father proudly served his country as an Infantryman in the United States Army. After his departure from the Service, he worked in the mining industry for both Magma Copper Company and Phelps Dodge, from which he would later retire. Our father was the type of man who made sure that, no matter the cost, his loved ones had everything they needed and more. He demonstrated selfless love through his hard work and constant provision for those he loved.
Our father was also an avid sports fan, especially when it came to
both baseball and boxing. He was involved in both of these sports from an early age, and the passion he found for them would carry on throughout his life.
Our father is preceded by his parents Ramon and Julia Flores, his siblings Guadalupe, Berta, Eva, and Ramon Jr.; as well as his two sons Manuel and Federico Flores. He is survived by his first wife Maria de la Luz Flores; his brother Gilberto (Sarina), his children Manuel (Rosa), Javier (Berta), Mario, Luis, Luz Maria (Lucy), and Estela (Pedro), as well as many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Thank you for everything you gave us, because of all things given, the best still remains: beautiful memories of time spent with you. We will love you and miss you dearly, Dad. Rest in eternal peace.
“Te extrañaré, papá. Porque estuviste ahí para enseñarme y transmitirme valores, porque nos querías y te entregaste en cuerpo y alma por nosotros.
Gracias por todo lo que me diste porque de ti me queda lo mejor que podía quedarme: recuerdos maravillosos.”
Francisco A Escarcega
"Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day; unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear."~unknown
Francisco A Escarcega, a long time resident of Bisbee has gone to rest with our Lord on Wednesday November 17, 2021.
"Pancho", our beloved father, was 88.
He is preceded in death by his loving son Miguel Angel Escarcega.
He is survived by his adoring wife Blanca Escarcega of 66 years and his children; Jose (Maria) Escarcega, Richard (Melina) Escarcega, Art (Lori) Escarcega, Stella (Tom) Eichacker, Frank Escarcega, Elena (David) Ayala, Jesse (Mari) Escarcega, Myrna (Dan) Acuña, Luz (Larry) Smith, Carmen (Richard) Rivera,
and his twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-one great grandchildren,
and one great-great-grandchild Remington Rae Hernandez.
He also leaves behind his sister Alicia (Alonzo) Figueroa
and his brother Ruben (Rosa) Escarcega.
Services will be held on Wednesday, November 24th at St. Patrick's Church, l00 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee AZ; viewing will be from 9:30 to l0:00 a.m. Rosary will be from l0:00 to 10:30. Mass to follow.
The family asks that you wear a mask or face covering while in the church.
Thomas Ray “Bud” Upchurch
Thomas Ray “Bud” Upchurch passed away peacefully in Mesa, AZ on October 22, 2021.
Bud, as he was known to almost everyone, lived a full life and enjoyed his family, traveling, watching a game and most of all sitting down to tell you a story.
He was a member of the Church of Christ and devoted his life to his belief in God and to spreading the gospel through teaching classes and part time preaching.
Bud was born on October 30, 1925 in Pattonville, Texas. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 until 1947. During that time, he married Juanita Hervey on November 3, 1945, and four years later they moved to Bisbee, AZ. Bud and Juanita were blessed with four sons; James, Roger, David and Mark. He loved to coach his boys’ baseball teams and was a radio announcer of the high school sports during the boys’ years in school. Bud made sure to teach the value of hard work to his sons by involving them in his many businesses, one of which he was most fondly known for was the Upchurch Mobil Gas station. Due to his involvement with the community, he touched the lives of many young men and women and was a mentor whom they looked up to.
In 2006, Bud met his current wife, Sybil, on a Mediterranean cruise sponsored by the Church. They had many common interests and grew up in similar areas in Texas and later Arizona. They were married in 2007 and lived the past 14 years as a very happy couple. Sybil was a wonderful companion to Bud, even on his most stubborn days.
Bud is preceded in death by his late wife of 58 years Juanita, sons James (Mary), Roger (Sharon) and David, his grandson Tony, along with six siblings. He is survived by his wife Sybil, son Mark (Kay), stepchildren David (Carolyn) and Jan, grandchildren Bryce, Jillian (Patrick C.), Jarett, Patrick and Connor, step granddaughter Kim, step great-granddaughter Jordyn, and great-granddaughter Capri. Bud is also survived by six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
All arrangements are being handled by Alex Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee, AZ.
Services will be held at
Church of Christ
in Bisbee, AZ on November 6, 2021.
Visitation will start at 1:00 pm
followed by the service at 2:00 pm.
Steve Fernandez 06/09/1978 - 10/05/2021
Is preceded in death by his father Stephen M. Fernandez Sr. grandparents,
Tomas B. and Rosita Romero, Paul and Vanessa Fernandez and nephew Brandon R. Cardenas. Steve is survived by his parents Vincent and Elva Cardenas
and his daughter Jenavie Fernandez.
His sisters Leyla Secheslingloff and Erreyna Galaz (Ruben),
and brother Vincent A. Cardenas (Yesenia)
Nephews, Kenneth (Alexis), Michael, Manny, Aiden, Vincent Santiago and Zaid.
Nieces Allia and Emi and great-niece Bella.
Uncle Frank, Tommy, Mario, Tim, and Rusty. Aunts Cindy, Dori, Pearl, Monica and Denise.
Steve was an avid gamer and loved watching movies.
He loved his guns and bow-and-arrows.
Steve had a very comedic personality.
He was always there for everyone.
He especially looked forward to his visits with his daughter.
Steve will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Vincent Cardenas Jr.
Services will be held:
Friday October 15, 2021
at St. Luke’s Catholic Church
1211 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
Rosary at 10:00 A.M. Mass followed
Burial at Calvary cemetery 1501 E 5th Street
Douglas, AZ 85607
GUADALUPE HERNANDEZ SORILLA
GUADALUPE HERNANDEZ SORILLA Guadalupe (Lupe) Hernandez Sorilla, 91 passed away peacefully from this world at her home on Sept. 4, 2021, in Tucson AZ, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Lupe was born in Benson, to Martin G Hernandez and Soledad Baldivia Hernandez on November 6, 1929. Lupe lived in Bisbee, with her husband Juan and children, Juan worked in the mines until they closed, then moved with his family to Tucson. Lupe is proceeded in death by her husband Juan Sorilla, her three children Erlinda Henandez, Eddie Sorilla, Beatrice Sorilla Fimbres and granddaughter Guadalupe Sorilla and a great-grandson Jayden Fimbres, three brothers Marcelino Hernandez, Ramon Hernandez and Joe Hernandez, one sister Lorenza Lujan. She is survived by her three children, daughters Patsy (Don) Morris, Mary (Bobby) Lucero and son Miguel Sorilla. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a Sister-in law. Lucia Hernandez who were like sisters. In addition, she leaves behind numerous niéces, nephews and friends. Lupe was a kind and loving mother and nana, and a friend to all, she will be missed dearly. Pallbearers are Antino Cardenas, Albino Cardenas, Angel Sorilla, Patrick Fimbres, JJ Fimbres, Miguel Sorilla. Honorary Pallbearers are Martin H Hernandez and Bobby Lucero Following the services, the family invites friends and loved ones to a luncheon at the Tombstone Vigilantes Hall in Tombstone.
Services will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Bisbee on Sept. 23.
The viewing will be held at 8:30 a.m. followed by a rosary at 9 a.m. and the mass at 9:30 a.m. Lupe will be laid to rest in Gleeson, beside her husband and her two children following the Mass.
Maria Jesus Moreno
Maria Jesus Moreno, better known as “Nicky” to most closed to her, was born on February 6, 1965 in Agua Prieta, Sonora. In Nicky fashion, she was eager to venture into this world and was born two months premature. She was truly a genuine person who chose to always see the good in people and the beauty that surrounded her. She was a loving and caring person who went out of her way to lend a hand to others. She enjoyed sharing the meals and be good she prepared with those around her. Nicky was her own free spirit and lived her life to the fullest. Her presence could light up any room. She will be dearly missed for her energy will continue to illuminate our hearts and memories. She is proceeded in death by her father Romulo Moreno, Her sisters Ramon Luna, Concepción Moreno and her daughter Teresita Moreno. She is survived by her mother Teresa Moreno,, daughter Diana Moreno,, brother Juan Moreno,, sisters, Irene Mendez, Carmen Moreno, Josefina Bennett, Maria Moreno,, Nora Moreno,, Maria Elena Rubalcaba, and Maggie Moreno. As many nieces and nephews.
Services will be hed September 15, 2021
at St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
Rosary will be commence at 10:15 AM
Mass at 11 AM. Burial to follow at Calvary cemetery in Douglas Arizona
Bertha Rae Moore James
Bertha Rae Moore James passed away peacefully on September 2, 2021. She was 93 years old. Bertha Rae was born to Ray and Bertha Moore on July 28, 1928 in Douglas, Arizona. She lived in Douglas most of her life, graduated from Douglas High School in 1946 before attending the University of Arizona, majoring in Business. She was one of the founding members of the Xi Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
It was while she was attending the U of A, that she met the love of her life, Ted James, who had just returned from military service in World War II. They married August 2, 1952. Bertha was a loving supporter of Ted’s high school teaching and coaching endeavors, his passion for flying and building, and his love for barbershop singing. They took many trips together, visiting family and friends, and were an undaunted camping team. They were married for 57 years before Ted’s passing in 2009.
Bertha worked as an Executive Secretary for Phelps Dodge Corporation for over 30 years and ultimately, she and Ted moved to Phoenix when the company moved their Western Exploration headquarters. After her retirement from Phelps Dodge, she and Ted moved to Tucson.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Douglas, taught Sunday School, and sang in and directed the choir there for many years. She was also an active member of Bible Baptist Church in Phoenix.
Bertha Rae’s favorite job was as the wonderful mother to her five children, attending their sporting events, piano recitals, club meetings, and school events. Bertha is survived by her children: Diane James, Ken James (Peggy), Barry James (Ofelia), Sharon Hale (John), and Christie Neal (Jim); grandchildren: Rachel, Sara, Courtney, Mallorey, Stephanie, Jayson, Ryan, Casie, Jordan, and Jarrett; and 21 great-grandchildren; and by her two sisters, Shirley Lovelady and Barbara “Bobbi” Schlarb.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Memorial Park Cemetery at 1300 3rd Street in Douglas, AZ.
Jaime A. Valenzuela
It is with boundless love in great sorrow we announced the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Jaime A. Valenzuela was born on March 20, 1958 and succumbed to various health issues on August 29, 2021 in his home with his wife by his side. Jaime Valenzuela served 20 years in the Arizona Army National Guard. In November of 1990 he was activated and deployed to the Gulf War. Jaime loved gatherings with family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf and watching his two favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the U. of A. Jaime’s passion was to watch his grandkids play sport and spend time with them. He loved to help those in need. His annual Golf tournament was dedicated to helping kids in need. Jaime was preceded in death by his father Luis Rene, his mother Armida, his oldest brother Jorge. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, sons- Jaime Jr. (Susie), Julio (Eleana) and five grandchildren- Milian (Lionel), Jaylene, Omar, Abigail, and Mia Arely. He is also survived by his brothers, Rene (Dora), Martin (Betty) and 8 nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life
Memorial service to be held on Wednesday September 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 Interment will follow at Southern AZ Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 1300 S Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 immediately following memorial service.
Francisco "Pancho" Meza
Francisco Meza passed away peacefully on August 17, 2021 surrounded by his family. He served U. S. Air Force Vietnam War, he graduated from DHS 1963, attended U of A, Cochise College and Pima College.
Preceded in death, his parents Francisco & Maria E. Meza and daughter Tina Marie Meza, survived by sons: Frank Meza and Sonia his daughter in law, Gavino O. Meza, Jesse E. Muñoz and Dalyssa his daughter in law, and daughters: Denise Meza, Cynthia Meza. Spouse Norma “Nomi” Galindo Meza, 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
He worked at Pima County Parks and Recreations for 20 years in Tucson, AZ.
After he retired from Tucson, he returned to his hometown Douglas and was employed as Park Supervisor, he worked for 6 years.
Salpointe Catholic School in Tucson
He was an AIA Sports Official for 30 years. Officiated numerous sport events throughout AZ, from Basketball, Softball, Baseball, and many tournaments, as well. Including the annual Sergio Brown/Ruben Campas Memorial Day Games.
He enjoyed playing golf, especially with his close friends
Loved to cook. Enjoyed all kinds of music to dance too, and he “Danced”.
His favorite teams were the Philadelphia Eagles and of course the Arizona Wildcats.
He enjoyed life to the fullest, just like he enjoyed his Corvette.
Frank Meza Jr.
Gavino O. Meza
Jesse E. Muñoz
Celebration of life
Funeral Services are going to be held
September 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am
St. Luke’s 1211 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery Veterans plot.
Armando V. valenzuela
Armando V. Valenzuela passed away on 7/25/21
in his home in Tucson Az.
He is survived by his wife Maria and 3 children Melissa, Armando and Denny Valenzuela. 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He loved to spend time with his grandkids and work on cars, play cards and watch movies, cook and tell jokes.
He worked as a Supervisor at Phelps Dodge Smelter in Douglas Az and Miami Az.
Susan Bernice Luoma
Susan Bernice Luoma
October 6, 1949 – July 28, 2021
Susan Bernice Luoma passed away at home on July 28, 2021
from metastatic breast cancer.
Her daughter and beloved German Shepherd were with her to the end.
Susan was born in Virginia, Minnesota on October 6, 1949 to Bernice and Ernest Luoma. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967,
and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies
from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1972.
She moved to Bisbee, Arizona in 1980 and worked as a legal secretary,
judicial assistant, and appraiser for Cochise County.
She and her husband, Neil, moved around the West for his work in the mining industry, but she spent her last 19 years living back in Bisbee, near her daughter,
son-in-law, and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter,
Rainy (Terry Edward) Couchenour,
and grandchildren, Healey and Morgan Couchenour of Bisbee.
Her remaining siblings are Patricia Sabin, Carolyn Gentilini, John Luoma,
Audrey Scipioni, and Mary Hotchkiss.
She is remembered by many nieces and nephews, as well.
Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Dennis;
parents, Ernest and Bernice (Heitkemper) Luoma;
her step-father, Arthur Fossum; her brother, Willard Luoma;
and sister, Christine Luoma.
Susan loved to garden and created an oasis of color
and sweet-smelling flowers in her yard.
She was an avid reader and passed along countless books
to family and friends for them to enjoy. She and her husband camped often, and enjoyed spending time together outdoors, exploring places both new and familiar.
Laughter came often and easily with Susan around and she taught us not to take life’s struggles too seriously. She was a survivor, and a loyal Mama Bear to those she loved. Her straightforward approach to living carried through to the end and she faced her death with bravery and honesty.
At Susan’s request, she will be cremated with no services.
Many thanks to the caring and kind people at Haven Hospice who helped tremendously during this difficult, yet beautiful, time.
Rest peacefully, dear Susan. You have taught and loved us well.
Arrangements by Alex Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee.
FRANK ROMERO CARABEO
FRANK ROMERO CARABEO
Was born on June 7,1958 in Bisbee, Arizona to Frank E. Carabeo & Maria R. Carabeo.
Frank passed to be with Our Lord on July 25, 2021. After a battle with illness,
he is no longer suffering.
Frank was preceded in death by his sister Irma Torres.
He now has an Angel in Heaven to be with him in his Eternal Life.
Frank has three daughters Anjenette Valerie, Sara Elaine and Christina Maria Carabeo.
He has three grandchildren, two grandsons Nicholas Andrew & Xavier Andrew Mackmiller.
A granddaughter Larissa Elaine Carabeo.
Frank has two brothers Carlos and Eddie Carabeo,
three sisters Yolanda Montez, Irma Torres (deceased) and Sylvia Dominguez.
He also has many nieces and nephews.
He will be missed dearly by his loved ones, friends, and family.
Frank loved outdoor sports and enjoyed visiting with his friends always.
He was a very trusting and friendly person.
During his life Frank had many Adventures.
He finished school and joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18 years old.
Frank held many jobs and until recently worked at Morenci Mines for years.
He was a Machinist just like his father. Frank was also a Member of the VFW.
We pray and hope he is now with all his loved ones that have passed before him,
with God in His Heavenly Kingdom.
One day when our time comes, God willing we will be with him again.
Through Jesus Christ we pray for his Soul and the Souls of All Those here and gone.
Jose Luis “Lichy” Valenzuela
Jose Luis “Lichy” Valenzuela
Our Dad Lichy passed away on Friday, July 9th 2021 at Banner Medical
in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Lichy was born Sept 1, 1959 to Reducindo and Enriqueta Valenzuela
in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
He moved to Douglas at a very young age with his parents and siblings.
Lichy was married to Tomy V. Valenzuela on December 18, 1982.
Together they had their two children Lizzette Goodin and Luis R. Valenzuela
both of Douglas.
Lichy is preceded in death by his wife Tomy,
both his parents Reducindo and Enriqueta, his brothers
Medardo, Ramon, and Guillermo “Memo” Valenzuela.
Lichy is survived by his daughter Lizzette Goodin, Curtis Goodin (son in law), and grandson Isaac “Miguelito” Goodin. His son Luis R. Valenzuela, Gloria Quintana (daughter in law), and grandson Diego Valenzuela.
His brothers (Fausto, Edmundo, Leoncio, and Tony Valenzuela), sisters (Dora Castro, Ofelia Morales, Patty Orozco, Lupe Aguilar, and Letty Garcia) as well as nieces and nephews.
Lichy loved horse racing, hunting, and all types of sports
especially his New York Yankees.
We will miss you Dad, Grandpa, Brother and Friend.
Terry (Booga) L. Cahoon
On Monday June 21, 2021, Terry (Booga) L. Cahoon 60 of La Crosse, Wi and Douglas, AZ, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the Tucson Medical Center.
Terry fought a long battle with liver failure over the past 4 years. Those 4 years were special to him so that he could enjoy travel with his wife, gardening and tinkering with tools with his best friend and spiritual brother, Robert (Chino).
Booga also could be known to be fishing, playing with his CB radio and the love for his puppies and the Green Bay Packers.
He was a family oriented man, step father and Bumpa as he was able to be a part of and raise 5 grandchildren.
Booga, is survived by: Wife/Soulmate of 21 years, Carol Cahoon, Mother: Nola Ann Cahoon, Sisters: Melanie and Debbie, Sons: Dameon Rose, Les Dent and Robert Robson. Grandkids: Mikey, JJ, Haylie, Cassie and Kya.
In lieu of gifts/flowers, monetary donations to support end of life can be sent to: Carol Cahoon C/O American Southwest Credit Union 1094 San Antonio Ave Douglas, Arizona 85607.
Alex Espinosa's Funeral Home
1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, AZ, 520-432-4242
Isabel Jaqueline Rogers Encinas
Isabel Jaqueline Rogers Encinas, Jackye, passed away peacefully on June 12th, 2021 in Douglas AZ.
She was born June 24th in Naco Sonora Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her Father Ernest Marian Rogers, and Mother Josefina Encinas, brother David Rogers, sister Maria Elena del Cid Rogers.
She will be greatly missed.
Her brothers, and sisters Hector Rogers, Jose E. Rogers, Maria M. Rogers, Pamela Suarez and Sandra Rogers, her sons, Ernesto M. Guerrero-Rogers, Carlos D. Guerrero-Rogers, Eli J. Rogers and grandchildren.
Isabel worked in Cochise County, loved horses, traveling and family gatherings.
“Good words multiply friends. A friend is helped at all times because his is a brother who is born for when there is anguish, sadness, joy & happiness”
Steven E.E. Cryar
Steven E.E. Cryar went to be with his father in heaven on June 1, 2021. Steven was born June 24, 1976 in California.
He was a kind, hard working , loving person.
He enjoyed Archery, also an instructor, camping, hunting, fishing, and most of all riding his motorcycle.
Steven is survived by his wife Missy and sons Colton, Trevor, Colby, Jace, and Ryder, his mother Laurel Cryar and sister Dawn (Anthony) Cantatella, nephew Joshua, several Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.
Celebration of Life
Services will be held
Cochise County Fair Grounds
Luis Armando Martinez
April 4, 1973 - May 26, 2021
Luis Armando Martinez gained his angel wings and was called home to be with our Lord on May 26, 2021. He was born in Douglas, Arizona on April 4, 1973 to Frank and Eva Martinez where he and his eight siblings grew up. He graduated from Douglas High School and worked for Arizona Pipeline Co. as a Coordinator until his death.
Luis is survived by his children; Mariana Christina Martinez, Julian Andres Martinez, CheyeAnne Diaz, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez Jr., Donovan Martinez, his grandchildren Ayden Martinez, Sophie Diaz, Sebastian Diaz and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The youngest of eight, he is also survived by his two brothers Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, and his four sisters Lupita Christoffersen, Stella Martinez, Celena Martinez, and Annie Iniguez.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eva, his older brother Pete Martinez.
He was a loving brother, uncle, a great friend to many, but most importantly an amazing father. He was the light in everyone's life, known for his great humor and jokes, his loving lighthearted spirit, and his selfless ways. He was a gentle soul and always telling everyone, I Love You!
He will be utterly missed by those who were blessed to be part of his life. We are comforted knowing that he is at peace and reunited with Mom, Dad, and our Brother.
Always Remembered and Forever Loved
Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, Julian Martinez, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez, Donovan Martinez, Guillermo Robles
Celebration of life
Monday May 31st 3:00pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesday June 1st @ 10:00 am
Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603
Private family interment will follow at a later time.
Melvin Lee Coe
Melvin Lee Coe died April 18th, 2021, at home from a cancer.
He was born January 16th, 1949, in Bisbee AZ.
Melvin graduated from Bisbee High School, Class of 1967 and attended the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelors degree in accounting.
Melvin was a proud Marine Corps Vietnam veteran.
He was married to Gwyn Goette Coe for 31 wonderful years.
He was an extraordinary husband and father and loved to spend time with this grandchildren. Lover of the outdoors,
specifically the mountain ranges near the Bisbee area and southeast Arizona.
He worked hard all his life and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed family gathering and spending time on the ''patio''.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Gwyn, are his son, J Benjamin Coe and his wife Kaycee, daughter, Leanne Sarah Coe and David Scheeler;
his two sisters, Carolyn Pomroy and husband Dub, Sharon Huffman and husband Jim; grandchildren, Bailey, Blaine, Kip, Jeremy, Bronson and Kyla;
as well as many nieces, nephews and great friends.
He will be missed by many and always remembered.
Angela V. Mungarro
Angela V. Mungarro
Our sweet mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 92
on Feb. 20th 2021. She was born in 1928, the daughter of
Encarnacion and Angel Vasquez and she lived in Bisbee, AZ all her life.
Angela was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Manuel S. Mungarro, the love of her life for 48 wonderful years together, her loving parents, six brothers Raul, Cristobal, David, Roberto, Ruben, and George. Her sisters, Juvencia, Cecilia and Marina. Angela was such an affectionate and compassionate older sister that she gave up her childhood to raise her 10 younger brothers and sisters. They all had so much love and were so grateful to her for everything she did for them. She is survived by and the mother of two beautiful daughters Isabel (Terry) Robinson and Celia (Victor) Valenzuela.
A grandmother to six grandchildren, Angel (Heather) Morse, Gabriel Morse, Larry Jack Morse, Alexis (Derek) Morse, Amy Valenzuela, and Victor Valenzuela; 12 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and two sisters, Christina Vasquez and Victoria Moreno. Angela also leaves many other family members and friends
who will sadly miss her. She was a mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly and she was able to spend her life as a homemaker.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the most loving and amazing care our Mom received from the staff at Casa De La Paz Hospice.
We would also like to thank Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.
A very special thanks to Deacon Tony Underwood for being so compassionate to our family in such a difficult time. You are truly an Angel that helps everyone and knows exactly what kind words to use when our hearts are hurting for our beautiful Mother. We will always love you MOM.
You will forever be in our hearts.
Thank-You for being the BEST MOM EVER!!!
Celebration of Life
Funeral service will be held
Saturday, March 27, 2021
at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Rosary at 9:30 followed by mass at 10:00. Burial will follow
at The Evergreen Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her loving husband.
Emelida Amaro Aguilar
Emelida Amaro Aguilar
Emelida Amaro Aguilar, of Tucson, was called home to be with the Lord on March 10, 2021 at the age of 76. She was born in Bisbee to Ramon and Guadalupe Amaro.
She is survived by her brother Fred Amaro; sister-in-laws Henrietta Amaro, Norma Amaro, Julietta Peckham, Cecelia Aguilar, and Delia Wilkinson; also many nephews and nieces.
Emelida was preceded in death by her beloved husband Armando Aguilar, parents Ramon and Guadalupe Amaro, brother Ramon Amaro, and sister Mary Garcia.
Richard M. Orozco
Fred Amaro Sr.
Services will be held March 18th at
St. Patrick Church 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, Arizona, 85603
Rosary at 9:00 AM and Mass to immediately follow. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery.
Celebration of Life
David C Morales
David C Morales
1938 – 2021
David C Morales was granted his angel wings on Saturday January 23, 2021 at the age of 82, while surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
Dave was born on March 8, 1938 in Jerome, Arizona to Miguel Morales and Martha Contreras Morales. He grew up in the small mining town and attended Jerome Elementary and Middle School. Though Dave grew up poor, he was raised in a home filled with love, laughter, support and had the best parents any child could ask for. His father was loving, but firm. He always encouraged the children to do their best and to strive for greatness. He wanted his children to succeed in life and to have a better future. He often motivated them by saying, “Don’t expect people to give you a break. Make your own breaks, through education. No seconds, it is not good enough.” His father’s words were inspiring to Dave and that inspiration never left him.
When the mining operations in Jerome shut down in 1952 the family moved to Bisbee, Arizona where his father could continue to support his family. Dave was a teenager by this time and attended Bisbee High School. His siblings describe Dave as kind, respectful, a peacemaker, with a compassionate nature and “a great brother.”
Just before Dave started his senior year of high school, he had to put his education on hold. He became a father at the tender age of 17 and deemed the obligation to start earning an income for his young family. He found employment as a bagger at the local El Rancho Market. With no car he had to find rides or walk to get to work. When he turned 18, he went to work for Phelps Dodge Corporation as a miner for better wages. During the second week into his job, Dave was involved in one of Bisbee’s largest mining cave-ins that almost ended his life. He told the story just a few weeks prior to his death, “I recall my partner and I were assigned to dig a new stope. My partner left to get us water, leaving me alone in the dark cave. My only light source was from my miner’s helmet. I remember hearing pebbles starting to fall, then timber beginning to crack. I tried to get out as fast as I could, but a heavy beam fell on my legs trapping me. The way out had caved in. I laid there for 8 hours in what felt like a tomb of certain death. Against the bosses wishes two miners dug their way to free me. This was a life changing event, and it was then he became closer to God, finding his spirituality and attend church more often. Knowing he had to better himself, he obtained his GED and attended Cochise College to get his Associates Degree. During the miners’ strike in late 1960’s ended his career as a miner. His personal and family life also changed which led him into a new direction.
Dave moved to California to work for Smith Tool Company for a few years, but soon returned to Bisbee to raise his two young sons. He was soon hired as a Police Officer for the Bisbee Police Department in 1970. He worked hard and rose to the rank of Sergeant of Detectives. At the same time, he became an instructor for the Criminal Justice Program at Cochise College for 3 years. He loved his job and developed lifelong friendships with many of the other officers.
During his years as a Police Officer, he met the woman who would change his life forever, Barbara Plummer Gregory. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love and it was a love that has lasted for 48 years. Barbara recalls it was his kindness that she noticed first and as time went on, it was his loving nature. She said he never saw the bad in anyone. He always saw the good. They were married on July 29, 1972. Between them they became the parents to five little boys. For Dave it was a blessing and from the beginning felt all the boys were his sons and raised them as his own.
Dave and Barbara soon realized raising five sons was expensive and knew they had to seek other means of income. They had the opportunity to purchase the iconic “Pizza House” in 1978. The Pizza House soon became a favorite hot spot for many of the families and teenagers of Bisbee. When you walked into the Pizza House Dave welcomed you with a big smile and a warm hello. He could always be heard singing and whistling as he cooked. Such a great memory for all of us! The business thrived for 15 years. Everyone knew who Dave Morales was and they loved him.
Dave was happy with life and even started writing a book. But he dreamed of bigger things. The words of his father were still strong on his mind and he knew he needed to continue his education. He made the hard decision to sell his business and go back to school. He started work as a Surveillance Officer with Cochise County Adult Probation during the day and drove to Tucson to attend Park College at night. He didn’t stop there. Dave went on to attend Chapman University taking classes online and again driving back and forth to Tucson. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Family Counseling at the age of 60.
Dave was full of energy and still had the ambition to continue striving for the stars. He decided to follow another one of his interests, law. He felt his experience and education was preparing him for and even bigger challenge, running for Justice of the Peace. Some people tried to discourage him because they didn’t think he could beat the current Judge, at the time, who had been holding the seat for 14 years. However, with the encouragement of his friends and family he ran. He won! Which was not surprising, because remember he was already a beloved pillar of the community. The Honorable David C Morales served as Justice of the Peace for Precinct #1 in Bisbee, Arizona for 16 years. He also served as Bisbee City Magistrate and Tombstone City Magistrate for a number of years. He retired from the bench in 2014.
Retirement gave him more time to engage in his biggest interest, writing. His aspiration was to become an accomplished novelist and so he began writing his second book. Of course, he was not just sitting at home writing, he had acquired a part time job as a tour guide with the Copper Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee. Dave found it fun to share his stories with the tourists. But was awestricken that his life seemed to make a full circle. His memories took him back to mines of yesteryears. To a time where his dreams started, and his life changed. The job he enjoyed was put on hold when the Covid-19 pandemic started. He was now at home spending more time with Barbara. The two grew closer than ever before, as only two people in love can. Forty-eight years of marriage and still you can love someone even more that yesterday. Dave finished his book just days before his death. The words he wrote down now complete the story of his life. A life well lived.
David C Morales is proceeded in death by his father Miguel Garcia Morales, his mother Martha Contreras Morales and his brother Gilbert Morales.
He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Morales; his sister Rosemary (Edmundo) Hirales of Bisbee, his brother Bill (Veronica) Morales of Cerritos, California; sister-in-law Belia Morales of Goodyear; sons Frank (Bertha) Morales of Tucson, Michael Steve (Bing) Morales of Douglas, Render (Stephanie) Gregory and Richard (Julie) Morales of Bisbee; brother-in-law Gary (Susan) Plummer of Cave Creek. He is also survived by 12 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Dave’s honor to The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.
Due of COVID 19 funeral service’s to be held at a later date.
BECAUSE OF YOU
“My life read like a story book from my first breath, to my last.
My soul was so full my cup runneth over on to the pages of my life, creating a beautiful journey.
I laughed, I cried and best of all, I loved.
I was graced to see the light in another’s eyes and gave my time to better other lives.
The one who stole my heart still keeps it for her.
My sons, I am more than proud.
I see the tears from the ones I love but I cannot cry.
I can only smile.
For my life mattered….
Because of you.”
Manuel Valencia Flores
Manuel Valencia Flores was born on February 28, 1958 in San Manuel, Arizona.
Passed away on February 19, 2021
in his home state of Arizona surrounded by his family.
Manuel joined the United States Marine Corp at the age of 17.
This chapter in his life was one of his proudest moments.
He was stationed at the Marine Corp Base in Barstow, California
where he met his wife, Rose Mary Franco.
They started a family and Manuel began his new career
with the Barstow Unified School District. After 30 years of service
with the school district, he retired.
Manuel was a sports enthusiast and playfully rooted against
any California team and cheered his beloved state teams.
He loved watching the games in his garage that he turned into a man cave.
Manuel is survived by his wife Rose Flores,
his three daughters, Jennifer Lucero, Cynthia Flores, Brandee Flores,
four grandchildren, Ryan, Breanna, Kylee, Gabriel
and two great-grandchildren Cruz and Axel Lucero.
He is also survived by his loving parents Manuel M. Flores and
Maria de la Luz V. Flores,
his siblings Mario V Flores, Luis Francisco V Flores, Luz Maria V Flores,
and Estela V Flores.
He is joining his brother Federico V Flores.
Celebration of life
Viewing will be Friday February 26th
from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm
At Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603
Rosary Saturday February 28th
At 9:30 am
followed by mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, Arizona, 85603.
Richard “Guero” Verdugo
Richard “Guero” Verdugo
Nov 15, 1969 – Feb 8, 2021
Richard gained his Angel wings on February 8th, 2021 in Tucson, AZ.
Richard was born on November 15th, 1969 to Richard T. Verdugo and Linda V. Verdugo.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Hope T. Verdugo and his maternal grandfather Fabricio Contreras, father in law, Alberto M. Valencia, niece Ashley Molina and several cousins.
Richard leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years,
Angelica Verdugo and his twin daughters, Giovanna and Giuliana.
Siblings Rene (Gabriela) Verdugo, Annette (Enrique) Molina, Raul (Danitzy) Verdugo, Alexis Verdugo, and maternal grandmother Socorro Gonzales,
numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Richard was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and loved to challenge
anyone who was not a fan of America’s team.
He was the life of every get together and loved making people laugh.
One of Richards favorite hobbies was getting the family together and enjoying a day
at the racetrack with his 55 Chevy.
Richard was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Until we meet again, Guero.
Richard T Verdugo
Adalberto Valencia Jr.
Ernie Verdugo Jr.
Adan Hernandez Sr.
Francisco Sin Jr.
Adalberto Cheezy Valencia
Adan Hernandez Jr.
Jose Toscano Jr.
Rene Verdugo (Gabriela Martinez)
Luis Carlos Ochoa (Louie)
Luis Carlos Ochoa (Louie) passed away to his forever home on 02/07/2021.
He was born to Ernesto and Maria Elena Ochoa on 10/12/59 in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Louie grew up in Elfrida, AZ. He attended Valley Union High School and later
graduated from PIT, a trade school for mechanics.
He was very good at sports and he loved his Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Louie worked for 38 years driving trucks all over the US.
Louie is survived by his sons Kristopher and Kolton Ochoa and their mother Ruby
Brothers Fausto Ochoa (Susan) and Humberto Ochoa, sisters Frances Rascon (Rusty) and Lupita Garcia (Jesse).
He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents
Ernesto and Maria Elena Ochoa, and brother Frank Ochoa.
REST EASY DAD, BROTHER, AND FRIEND.
We will see you on the other side, Love you mucho!
Pallbearers, friends and family!
A private family service will be held
on February 20th, 2021
at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
in Elfrida at 10:00 AM.
Burial will follow for friends and family
at the White Water Cemetery in Elfrida
Arrangements made by Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.
Charles Everett Guillory
Charles Everett Guillory
You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough.
At age 82 Chuck went to be with our Lord and Savior on 23 January 2021 with family at his side.
Born on 16 January 1939 in Echo Louisiana to Able and Edna Guillory
Dad Served 8 years in the Army, a tour in South Korea, a tour in Japan where he earned an award from the country of Japan where he was responsible for the setup of all communications for the 1964 Summer Olympics, 2 tours in the Vietnam War, and concluded his service at Ft. Huachuca, Az. After the Military he followed his passion to worked in all forms of Law Enforcement from Bisbee, Az. to Anchorage. Ak.
The joys and hobbies of his life were Hunting, Fishing, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and not to forget Listening to Willie's Roadhouse and the Grand Ole Opry
He was proud to be involved in his Community, Clubs and Organizations: Old Bastards Club, Valley Recreational Counsel, Elks Lodge, American Legion, & Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lending a hand where needed
Preceded in Death by: Able Guillory (Father), Edna LaBorde/Guillory (Mother) Bobby Guillory (Brother), Michael Guillory (Brother), Sandra Guillory (Sister in-law), Donald Wright (Son)
Richard &Francine Guillory, Charles & Karen Guillory, Leonard & Bambi Laird, Cameron Guillory, Phillip Wright
2 Daughters: Brenda & Tim Alton, Frances & Ray Lawson
Brother: Carroll Guillory
Grandchildren 31 And Greatgrandchildren 28
Pallbearers: Military Honors
Honorary Pallbearers: Richard Guillory, Cameron Guillory, Charles Guillory, Leonard Laird, John Scott, Braydon Drabeck
Always Remembered and Forever Loved, we will miss you Dad
Visitation will be on 11th Day of February 2021 @ 1300-1500
Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603
Place of Burial: Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery 12th Day of February 2021@ 1000
In a private family service
1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail Sierra Vista, Az. 85635
Rosa Matilde Blanco Suarez
Rosa Matilde Blanco Suarez, Naco, Arizona, was called by her Lord and Savior to Heaven on Monday, February 1, 2021, surrounded by many of her loving family.
She was born August 30th and was born in Empalme, Sonora, Mexico.
She was a resident of Naco, Arizona, and was proud of becoming a naturalized citizen.
She was a homemaker and beloved mother of four children: Laura Suarez Quilihua (Raul Quilihua), Mary Ellen Suarez Dunlap, Gilbert B. Suarez, and Roberto Suarez (Pamela Suarez).
She had seven grandchildren: Raul Quilihua, Jr., Paul Joseph Hawkins, III, Cassandra, Nicole, Austin, Angela, Ryan, and Blake Suarez and three great-grandchildren.
She also helped raise three of the grandchildren.
She was the family Matriarch and eldest of nine siblings. She left 9th grade to help raise her siblings: Carlos Blanco, Ignacio Blanco (deceased), Blanca Ruiz, Guillermina Aguilar, Armando Blanco, Raul Blanco, Maria Elena Gherna, Olga Valle, and Esperanza Armenta.
Matilde was preceded in death by her late husband, Gilberto R. Suarez, and her parents, Ignacio Valle and Elena Cuen Blanco.
Matilde was known for her elegance and vibrant outfits, stylish hats and high heeled shoes and most of all was a genuine, fun, kind, and loving spirited woman who loved giving hugs, red lip-sticked kisses and saying I love you. She enjoyed her native Mexican music and food, traveling, gardening, dancing, singing, cooking, and most of all feeding others while spending time with friends and family.
Matilde enjoyed being an extra actress in the international documentary film,
Bisbee ’17, and was in a County-wide book of prominent women (Gratitude).
She was proud and honored to serve the Lord, completed the Catholic Cursillo Retreat, a parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and St. Patrick Church.
She attended a Presidential White House event where the then current Pope spoke. She volunteered for 16+ years for an orphanage and other organizations.
Viewing and Rosary:
Monday, February 8, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Rosary begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Arizona
(Masks Required due to COVID-19. Limit: 40 persons)
Monday, February 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Bisbee, Arizona.
(Masks Required. Limit: 10 persons)
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Evergreen Cemetery, Bisbee, Arizona.
(No person limit.)
Hector R. Grajeda, 78
Hector R. Grajeda 78, beloved, husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather, passed away Tuesday January 05 surrounded by his family, after a long illness.
He was born October 13, 1942 in Douglas, his parents Abundio and Isabel Grageda who preceded him in death as his siblings brother Joe, sisterss Stella Medrano, Rosa Guerrero, Norma Lopez, Magdalena Martinez, and grandson Angel Grajeda.
He is survived by his loving wife Anna, stepson Ali, son Hector, one daughter Dennis (Rob) and their two daughters, sisters Maria Luisa altamirano and Irma De Anda and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hector attended school in Douglas, graduated from DHS in 1962 and went on to the US Navy 1962-1964. He and his family resided in Tucson for more than 24 years, worked at Tucson Heart Group up to his retirement.
He was known for his kindness, generosity, love of life, love for his family and music- loved guitars.
He was a man of great faith, will be greatly missed an always loved by all who knew him.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the kind and caring staff of Hospice Family Care due to COVID-19- services will be at a later date. R.I.P.
JULIO G. SOMOZA, 77
Julio G. Somoza 77, our beloved father and grandfather passed away on Wednesday 6 January 2021 surrounded by his family.
He was born on 12 October 1943 in Rodeo, New Mexico to Ramon and Angela Somoza. He is survived by his loving companion Evelia Diaz and Family. Loving father to Mario (Angelica) Somoza, Julio (Denise) Somoza, Rene (Ruby) Somoza, and Corina Somoza. Proud Grandfather to Tiffanie, Mario Jr., Brittanie, Christopher, Renéé, and Yazmeen, and Great Grandfather to Nevaeh, Lilliana, Milliana, and Catalaya.
A U.S Army veteran who worked for the Arizona Department of Economic Security as a Job Service Employment Specialist for over 20 years.
He was a spiritual man who was actively involved in the church and was the Choir Director for Saint Bernard’s Church for over 30 years.
Loved playing his guitar with family and friends and had a passion for solving crossword puzzles and playing Sudoku. He loved to talk and work on his garden, especially with his grandkids.
He was loved tremendously and will be missed by many.
WE LOVE YOU DAD!!
Celebration of life
A virtual funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday January 23rd at Immaculate Conception Church in Douglas AZ via Facebook Live.
Following his wishes, he was cremated and will be laid to rest next to his mother and father in Rodeo New Mexico.
Charles Stillhard, 87
Charles Stillhard passed away in his home in Bisbee on December 25, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born on November 23,1933, in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
He served as a radio control operator during the Korean War with the Swiss Army as a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Korea between 1953 and 1954 and also with U.S. allied forces in Japan in 1954. He emigrated to the US in 1965.
A brilliant electrical engineer, he worked for the Swiss Company, Brown Boveri (BBC), which later became Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), for most of his career. He worked as a design engineer on projects all over the world, from India to Canada to Mexico to all over the US and Europe. Notably, he was the Chief Design Engineer for both the Montreal and Washington D.C. subway systems.
Charles was an expert sailor and spent many hours sailing his beloved Cheoy Lee teak sailboat on excursions from Sandy Hook, NJ, and chartered boats which he sailed on many occasions in the Virgin Islands. For over 20 years, he lived in Frenchtown, NJ, with his wife and daughter, where he was an avid organic gardener. Throughout his life, he was a lover of fine food and cooking and he grew an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables in his garden.
He and his wife retired to Bisbee, AZ, in 2004. Despite missing the ocean, he was truly happy in the desert and loved living in Bisbee where he spent much of his time remodeling and restoring their vintage bungalow in Warren.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Stillhard of Bisbee, daughter, Liza Stillhard of Portland, Oregon, as well as Sister Ursula Furger, Nephew Tony Furger, and Niece Stephanie Furger, who reside in Switzerland, and Sister Maya Whitmarsh and Nephews, Michael and Andrew Whitmarsh, who reside in England.
Celebration of life
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7th, 2021. The processional will leave the Alex Espinosa Funeral Home at noon and service will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee.
Dr. Ignacio "NAchito" Antonio Alatorre Duron
Due to complications from COVID-19, Dr. Ignacio “Nachito” Antonio Alatorre Durón was granted his angel wings on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his daughters. Ignacio was born on November 8, 1934 to Ignacio Alatorre Andrade and Josefa Durón de Alatorre in Nacozari, Sonora Mexico.
Ignacio lived his last 12 years with his youngest daughter and caregiver, Gabriela and grandson, Antonio. This is where he considered home and wished to be here until his last day.
The youngest of five (four sisters, one brother), Celia, Fina, Carmela, Alicia, and Francisco, who have all preceded him in death. Dr. Alatorre is preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Ana Francisca Valdez de Alatorre. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia (Victor), Ana’bel (Dato), Ana ( Roy), and Gabriela; Grandchildren, Linda, Patricia, Richard, Paulina, Isabel and Antonio (who he raised like his son); and three great-grandchildren, Juan Carlos, Lola, & Luca.
Ignacio attended medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and worked as a doctor for over 30 years. Dr. Alatorre worked with empathy and compassion and devoted his years to medicine and had a passion for helping people, especially those who were less fortunate. He enjoyed science and mathematics and spent his free time drawing up plans and making calculations. Nachito loved to watch Family Feud, Soccer, and the Mexican news, but not as much as his love for a cup of coffee with a pastry on the side. As a man of faith, he prayed to GOD on a daily basis and reminded us that we are not alone, and GOD will always be by our side during challenging and joyful of times.
Due to unprecedented times of COVID-19 the services will be done in one day. Mass will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church from 11am-12pm with funeral services following at Paradise Memorial Garden cemetery.
Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.
Funeral Services organized by Alex Espinosa's Funeral Home
1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, AZ, 520-432-4242
Celebration of life
Services will be Wednesday, December 23, 2020
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church
10755 N 124th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
From 11 AM -12 PM.
Fernando Anaya Qujada, 28
Fernando Anaya Qujada, 28 was born in Douglas, Arizona on January 21st, 1992. His parents Hector Enrike and Rosa Quijada are mourning the loss of their dear son. His sisters Janessa and Jada Quijada will always miss their older brother. His paternal grandparents are Hector and Annacelia Quijada. Fernando's maternal grandparents are Horacio and Nana Rosa Anaya+. He will greatly be missed by his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Fernando was a sweet, loving son, brother, nephew, grandson and father to his son Jayden Anaya. He also leaves behind his girlfriend, Jannette Burquez, and she will forever miss him. They loved each other dearly. Fernando is now resting in God's celestial home where one day we will all meet with him again. Rest in heavenly peace with the Angels, dear Fernando, until we see you again. We love you. Jayden says he misses you!
Celebration of life
Services will be Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Immaculate Conception Church
928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
Douglas, AZ, at 11 AM.
Martha Gloria Moreno Sofy, 64
A caring mother figure to many more than just her three children. A loving sister to many more than her nine siblings. A trusted friend to many more beyond her extended family and a lifelong, dedicated & selfless hard worker.
Best known as Sofy, Martha Gloria Moreno was determined from her younger days and took it upon herself to provide more for her family. Her brothers and sisters are forever grateful for the sacrifices she made to ensure the family's needs were met, when they were children.
She married her other half, best friend and love of her life; Jose "Chemali" Moreno 41 years ago and they built a life raising their children and contributing to the community in both Bisbee, Az and Naco, Sonora. Her husband will endure the painful new chapter without his lifelong love and companion.
Sofy's three children; Jose, Karla and Diana send their love and appreciation to all who loved her and were loved by their mother. She considered her children's accomplishments a testament of her and Jose's hard work and dedication to raising independent, brave and caring individuals.
The hardest worker until her last capable years; she grew lifelong relationships with her employers and fellow coworkers. Retired from cafeteria service with Bisbee School District in 2019, she was genuinely loved by countless students passing through her many years at Bisbee High School.
Yet her greatest pride and joy came to be her 2 grandsons: Alex (9) & Sebastian Ray (5). Spoiling the boys without end and grateful to enjoy her retirement days spent with them.
A true warrior who showed admirable strength and fight during her battles with various health conditions. At age 64, God called Sofy to heaven for her waiting angel wings on the early morning of Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Celebration of Life
Funeral Services (Rosary & Viewing) to be held at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee, Arizona
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 5-8pm.
Private mass to be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in St. Patricks Catholic Parish at 9am. Please call funeral home if more details are needed at 520-432-4242.
Maria “Mami” Pavlovich Durazo, 91
Nov. 16, 1928 – Nov. 4, 2020
Maria “Mami” Pavlovich Durazo, 91, went home to her Lord on Nov. 4. She was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She spent her early years on the family hacienda, Naranjuez, and then lived with her extended family in Hermosillo until she was sent to Catholic school in Tucson. She also lived in Mexico City and attended Catholic school there as well, and later attended Compton College in California. She moved to Douglas in her late teens and met the love of her life, Emilio, with whom she had five children and was married to for 63 years.
Maria is survived by her five children, Victoria Roche (Michael), Francisco Emilio Jr. (Barbara), Alicia Tapernoux (John), Maria Frederick (Ken), and Ruben (Mary); seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Marcela Williamson and Gloria Jean Roqueni. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Emilio; parents, Alicia Williamson and Lucas Pavlovich; brother, Lucas; sister, Patricia Guido; grandchild, Adrian Durazo; and dear friend, Lillian Durazo.
Mami’s life was as much about making people laugh as it was about making a family. She was sassy and classy. A doting wife and mother, she was happiest when her children were little, filling her home with love and laughter. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, but she is finally at peace with her beloved Emilio.
A small family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Alex Espinoza Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, AZ, 520-432-4242.
November 17th, 2020 at St. Luke's 11:00 am
1211 15th Street Douglas AZ
Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery
1413-1599 5th Street Douglas AZ
Daniel Antonio Ortiz (Danny), 37
Daniel Antonio Ortiz (Danny), 37, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning November 1, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.
Danny was born May 27, 1983 in Whittier, CA and was raised in Tucson, AZ by Belinda Valencia and Ernesto Ortiz.
Danny graduated from Sahuaro High School in 2001.
He wrestled at Sahuaro HS and was a fierce competitor that hated to lose, his senior year he was State Runner Up at 119lbs at 4A.
He's been one of the best wrestlers to come out of Sahuaro in the last 19 yrs.
At the 2001 state tournament Danny knocked off the #1 seed from Tolleson who was undefeated in the Semi's to go on and wrestle in the state championship. He was awarded a college scholarship and attended Pima Community College. Shortly after college, he began his career with Costco, where he later became a jack of all trades.
In 2006, Danny had a beautiful daughter with Sarah Ramos. Desirae Adriana Ortiz (Desi) was born November 7, 2006. Danny was her teddy bear, always making sure she was taken care of. As Desirae grew, their relationship also grew into an unbreakable bond that will forever be remembered and cherished. From snuggling on the couch in his favorite spot to supporting her at cheer competitions, he did his best to be her number one fan.
In April of 2018, Danny met his soon to be wife Emerald Michels (Em) and fell in love. Their relationship quickly blossomed, as they were both head over heels in love with one another. From spending Tuesdays with their closest friends at the pool, to their romantic date nights, their relationship was full of love, silliness, and laughter. When Danny introduced Desi to Em, her life changed forever and they became one family. Em quickly built a lasting bond with Des and took on the role of a second mother. In July 2020 on their best and last vacation together, he proposed on a balcony in Mexico with Desi as the witness. They had many plans for the future that will never be fulfilled but always remembered.
Danny is survived by wife Emerald Michels, daughter Desirae Ortiz, mother Belinda Valencia, father Ernesto Ortiz, sister Melissa Cuccio, brother Ernesto Ortiz, sister Cynthia Ortiz nieces and nephews, Anthony(Marcos, Genivieve, Jaden), Joseph, Victoria, Monique, Brydan, Jaylah, Cayson, Milly, Zoey, and Zaylia.
He is preceded in death by Nana Lilly and Tata Chaya, Nana Babe and Tata John, and Dingo.
Celebration of Life
Cathedral of Saint Augustine
192 S. Stone Ave. Tucson AZ, 85701
Nov. 9th , 2020 12:00 pm to 5:00pm
Nov. 10th 2020 10:00 am Rosary
Mass will follow by 12:00 pm Burial
Burial East Lawn Palms Cemetery
5801 E. Grant Rd. Tucson AZ, 85712
Burl Schweikart 91
Burl Schweikart was born on July 17,1929 to Edna (Narramore) and Herschel Schweikart in Buckeye Arizona. He passed away October 21, 2020 in Douglas Arizona. Burl moved to Douglas, AZ in 1939 and attended Douglas Schools-He was a 1947 DHS graduate. He attended Tempe Normal College. He was also in the Army National Guard and was discharged in 1953. He married Elizabeth Brozovich in July 1950. They were married for 66 years. They lived in the Douglas area 3 different times. Burl always either worked in the lumber industry or farm equipment industry. He managed Bassett Lumber for a number of years. Burl was a lifetime member of the Douglas Elks Club. He was also very active in the Maryvale Elks Club in Phoenix. He helped to start Little League in the Maryvale area of Phoenix in the 1960’s. Liz and Burl loved to travel all over the country. They never missed visiting a relative or a fishing hole along the way. He was an accomplished silversmith with his jewelry enjoyed all over the country. He recently worked with Cochise College on the history of the Grand Theatre in Douglas. He was interviewed by Margaret Bemis for an article in the Cochise County Historical Journal about the Schweikart family.
Survivors include Daughters Paula Castillo and Eleanor(Ellie) Vaughn-John. Also, surviving him is daughter-in-law Dianne Evenson. Burl was known as “Papa” to 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents ,brother Cline, wife Liz(2016) and son Jeffrey(2020). There will be no services per his request. Donations in his name can be made to the Cypress Inn 757 12th St. Douglas AZ 85607. The family would like to thank the Cypress Inn for the loving care they gave our Dad during his fight with cancer. Local arrangements are under the direction of Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home, 520-432-4242
Adan Noriega Jr. 59
Adan Noriega Jr. 59, went home to be with The Lord, his parents, and two sisters on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Adan and Belia Noriega, and sisters, Cathy and Bibi. He is survived by his sister, Linda Garcia; brothers, Richard and Victor and his immediate family, Estella and children, Casandra and Alias; grandchildren, Jacob, Anyssa, Abigayle, and Azayel, and many nieces and nephews. He will truly be loved and missed by all.
Celebration of Life
Services will be Friday, October 16, 2020
Immaculate Conception Church
928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
Douglas, AZ, at 11 AM.
Burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Dolores "Lola" Chavarria Valle, 90
Dolores, a 36-year resident of Hereford, Arizona died of natural causes on September 30, 2020. Mom was surrounded by her loving family and her special care giver Guadalupe. She was born in Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico on October 3, 1929 to Regino Chavarria and Emilia Lopez Chavarria. Shortly after her birth, her mother moved the family to Naco, Sonora, Mexico where she and her four sisters grew up. As children, Mom met Dad, Daniel (Mono) Valle, and he later became the love of her life. They married in 1948, thus spending the next 66 years together until Dad died on October 5, 2014. Mom was an exceptional mother and wife and dedicated her entire life to raising her family. She was also Dad’s caretaker in his later years. She was very proud of her three sons and their families including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and four sisters Amelia Flores, Francisca Olmedo, Rosa Guillen, and Carmen Lopez. She is survived by her sons Daniel “Dan” (Olga) Valle , Deacon Jose Valle, and Luis “Lou” Valle, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The Valle Family plans to have a reception at a late date, once COVID-19 rules and restrictions are lifted. We would like to thank Dr. Monica Vandervort, Care Givers Guadalupe, Mara, Angelica, Victoria, Eva, and our brother Deacon Jose who cared for Mom until the time of her death. The Valle Family would like to extend special thanks to Father Joseph Saba, Deacon Tony Underwood and the Clergy of St. Patrick Church for services at the church. Also, Evelyn Valdez, Lutheran Services, cousins from Tucson, Lucy, Rosa, Delia, Carmen, Lupe and Norma who were always there to help, cook and make Mom feel special. Arrangements are by Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, Arizona, 85603. Viewing will be at 8:30 a.m.; Rosary at 9:00 a.m.; and Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Bisbee-Lowell Evergreen Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, only family and invited guests may attend the church services. However, Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook https:www.facebook.com/stpatrickbisbee/
and recorded and uploaded for later viewing on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPatrickBisbee. Outside seating will also be available on a first come, first served basis on the church’s shaded westside. Internment at Evergreen will be open to all provided everyone wears protective face covering. Also, due to COVID-19 rules and restrictions, it will not be possible to have a reception to honor Mom at this time.
Rene Victor Gonzalez
Biograph of Seamen Storekeeper, Rene Victor Gonzalez
United States Navy
Date of Birth: 19 APR 1945
Date of Death: 02 OCT 2020
● USNR: 23 JUN 1964 to 05 NOV 1970
● ADSD: 20 JUN 1966
● EAOS: 15 JUN 1968
● E-3/SN Storekeeper
Service Award Medals/Ribbons:
● National Defense Service Medal
● Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star
● Recruit Training Command (RTC), San Diego, CA
● USS CREE (ATF-84), Naval Base San Diego, CA
● “Best Teacher Award” in 2003 from Arizona Department of Education (ADE) in 2003
Personal outreach programs:
● Immigration Services Sponsorship Program from 1982 to 2003- Rene devoted his spare time in sponsoring Latino families in filling out immigration documents for their children to obtain education and attend school in Douglas Az.
Rene Victor Gonzalez passed away on 02 October 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. Rene was born on 19 April 1945 to Oscar and Bertha Gonzalez and was raised in Douglas, Arizona. He enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on 23 June 1964 and subsequently, he received orders to report to Active Duty on 20 June 1966 until his Honorable discharge on 15 June 1968 and continued his Navy service in the reserves until 05 November 1970.
He entered the Navy at the paygrade of E1. He successfully completed Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) San Diego and reported to USS CREE (ATF-84) at Naval Base San Diego, CA as Deck Seaman, later assigned to Supply Department as Storekeeper. He was promoted to E-2 and E-3 onboard the USS CREE (ATF-84).
During his first deployment, he participated in the Vietnam War. Rene proudly served his tour onboard USS CREE (ATF-84), where he deployed to the coast of Vietnam as was part of the "Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club" (the US 7th Fleet) with missions including (but not limited to) chasing trawlers and towing floating barracks across the Pacific.
During the Vietnam War, SKSN Rene V. Gonzales served off the coast of Vietnam and the entire crew was exposed to and later he became a causality of Agent Orange that led to the declining of his health that included becoming a victim of Cancer. As a result of this Agent Orange exposure, he was awarded 100% disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Storekeeper Seaman (SKSN) Gonzalez was 1 of 85 Officers and Enlisted Sailors assigned onboard USS CREE (ATF-84), where he qualified in various ships’ essential jobs and positions that played a significant role in the award and decorations that included the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star.
Upon separating from the Navy, Rene returned to Douglas where he was active in the community that he loved. Rene served in Douglas Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer for 7 years. During his assignment as a Police Officer, he mentored and guided countless members of the community, resulting in his personal achievement of becoming a teacher.
Rene attended Cochise Community College and earned his Associates in Arts Degree on 17 May 1973, he then attended Adams State College where he earned and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree on 08 August 1975.
As English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, with Douglas Unified School District, he was employed in Middle and High School, providing meticulous English language learning abilities to local students. Subsequently, he volunteered to be an ESL Teacher in the evenings, providing local members of the community with the fundamentals of the English language by helping and encouraging students to master English for those seeking United States Citizenship or for those seeking to increase their proficiency. He proudly performed these duties without hesitation and with the professionalism he was well known for. Rene will always be known for his love of life, music, food, family, community and for his deep love and devotion to his country and fellow veterans.
As a High School Teacher, he became mentor to countless youth Latinos, he was well known in the community as the greatest teacher of all times, because his devotion to helping others without seeking recognition. Rene was a very committed High School Teacher; he was
passionate about educating high school students with engaging lessons, he was dedicated and motivated to encourage student growth through carefully monitored academic progress. He held his students accountable and made sure each and every single student was successful in his or her professional and personal life.
Rene V. Gonzalez went above and beyond the call of duty; he served in the United States Navy, Law Enforcement Reserve Officer, High School- English Second Language (ESL) Teacher, and very well recognized within the City of Douglas Community as a true leader. His Servant Leadership was instrumental in the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of so many people in the community. In addition, he received the “Best Teacher” award in 2003. Finally, Rene retired from Douglas Unified School District at the end of the school year in 2000. Rene is survived by his wife, Cecilia Gonzales, Sons (Steven, Danny, Alex and Omar) and Daughters (Heather, Vicki) Gonzales to include 4 grandchildren.
Viewing: Friday, October 9, 2020
8:00am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee
Rosary: Friday, October 9, 2020
8:30am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee
Mass: Friday, October 9, 2020
9:00am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee
Burial: Calvary Cemetery ---- Douglas
Do to COVID: 19 restrictions and limitations, only family and invited guest may attend
Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook WWW.facebook.com/stpatrickbisbee/
A recording will be uploaded for later viewing on our YouTube channel at
Barbara Ann (Lemons) Rischard
Barbara Ann (Lemons) Rischard was born April 4, 1937 in Fillmore, CA., to Loyd & Esther Lemons. Barbara passed away peacefully July, 30th 2020. She had two brother's, Billy & Bobby Lemons and two sister Betty Lemons and Sue (Lemons) Bowen. She was raised in Bakersfield, Ca., attending Norris Elementary School and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1955. She married right after high school and was blessed with four children, Harvey Gene Allen Jr., Timothy Mark Allen, Duncan Ray Allen, & Connie Ann (Allen) Tosti. Barbara raised her children in Bakersfield by herself after attending the first waitressing classes in her area. Years later Barbara received her certification in Bookkeeping. In 1974 she meet the love of her life Gene Rischard and they married in 1977. She moved to San Diego where they lived until they retired in Bisbee, Arizona. Barbara love to sew, crochet, knit, and needlepoint but was exceptional at all crafts. Barbara enjoyed her retirement years until she had to start Dialysis. She will be missed by her family and many friends.
Roberto Rene garcia
Roberto Rene Garcia, age 19, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2020. He was born November 16,2000 in Sierra vista, AZ to Frank and Tina Garcia. Siblings Are Gabriela and Frankie Garcia and Jesus Morales and survived by the love of his life Sarai Garcia. He proceeded his fathers death on June 25, 2007.
A Celebration of Life
Funeral services will be September 26, 2020 @11am
928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
Pedro C. Saucedo Jr.
Pedro C. Saucedo Jr. (55) of Pirtleville, Arizona passed away September 10, 2020. Pedro was born the son of Francisca and Pedro Saucedo Sr. on October 19, 1964. He graduated from Douglas High School class of 1984. On May 19, 1996 and March 11, 1999 respectively, he welcomed his two daughters who were the most important part of his life, with his then wife, Margarita Romero.
He worked at Maddux and Sons as a truck driver/foreman for many years. He then moved onto his own company Saucedo’s Handyman Services and eventually Brand X where he continued to thrive in the field. Pedro was a cancer survivor of approximately fourteen years and was often a participant in the Relay for Life.
He will be remembered as his daughters’ number one fan during softball games, as he was always present showing his support. A Pittsburg Steelers fan, a Jack of all trades, and a jokester with a contagious smile.
Pedro C Saucedo Jr is survived by his Children: Vanessa Romero and Savannah Romero. Brother: Francisco Saucedo. Mother: Francisca Saucedo. Nephews: Jose Francisco Saucedo, and Pedro Angel Saucedo.
He is preceded in death by his father Pedro Saucedo Sr.
Due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the funeral service is limited.
A Celebration of Life
Friday, September 18th, 2020
at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Luke Catholic Church
1211 E 15th Street Douglas, AZ 85607
**Funeral services will be limited due to the pandemic.
Joe “baby” Luis Acosta
Joe “baby” Luis Acosta
On Friday September 11, 2020, Joe Acosta passed away at Tucson Medical Center. He was 58 years young. Joe was born on January 12, 1962 in Douglas, AZ to Jesus and +Concepcion Acosta. He was born into a big family with 9 siblings, (3 brothers) +Jesus “Tito”(+Josie), Angel(Ofelia) and Jesus “Gordo” (Adilene) and (6 sisters) Rosemary, Diana”DD”(+Hank), Ana(Nacho), Flora(+Alberto), Sandra(Sergio), and Cyndi(Eddie).
On April 6, 1985 he married the love of his life Derilyn Jenette Hill, where they shared 35 wonderful years together. In September of 1985 they decided to grow their family and welcomed there oldest son Jose Jesus (JJ) into world and followed with 3 more children Bobby, Chawn (Chawno), and their beautiful baby girl Ashley(Ash) throughout the years. He welcomed with open arms his daughter in-laws Jennifer (Guera) and Bryana and he was also a proud grandfather to Malia, Derek and Leo and a Nino to many more.
Joe had a heart of gold making sure no one ever felt left out and treated everyone like family. Those who had the opportunity to meet him knew once he accepted you into his life, you were not only a friend you became family. He spent his whole life in Douglas and loved being around family and hanging out with his dad. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and leave you with a smile every time he sang a song. He will be forever missed, but never forgotten. “Once a bulldog forever a Bulldog Plancha”
He was preceded in death by his older brother Jesus “Tito” Acosta, his mother Concepcion Acosta, his mother in-law Phyllis Wight, Sister in law Josie Acosta and Brother in-laws Alberto Valenzuela and Hank Vaupel.
Honorary pallbearers: Jesus Acosta Sr., Harry Hill, Clint Hill, Shawn Hill, Marty Hill, Sergio Rivera, Armando Robles, Reyes Valenzuela, Sergio Solis, Ramiro Lopez
Pallbearers: JJ Acosta, Bobby Acosta, Chawno Acosta, Angel Acosta, Eddie Castillo, Jesus Acosta, Aaron Hill, Jonathan Acosta
A Celebration of Life
A viewing and Rosary will be held on Thursday September 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Alex Espinosa Funeral Home
1094 W. Highway 92, Bisbee, AZ 85603
A funeral service will be held on Friday September 18
at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
928 C ave Douglas AZ..
Due to current restrictions the capacity is limited for the funeral services on Friday .
The service will also be broadcast
Robyn Elizabeth Giacoletti
Robyn Elizabeth Giacoletti went to into the loving arms of the Lord on September 8, 2020 at the age of 62. She is undoubtedly rejoicing in heaven with her adoring mother and father, Margaret Jean and Lawrence Eual Irvin, who welcomed her to this world in on October 29, 1957. Robyn will be deeply missed by her husband of 37 years, and love of her life, Fredrick Joseph Giacoletti. She is survived by her elder siblings, Jennifer Waller and Lorry Irvin. She leaves behind 4 children who loved her endlessly, Cory Giacoletti, Dina Tokoph (Matt), Mary Franco (Dante), and Aaron Giacoletti (Rowena). Robyn also leaves behind 10 beautiful grandchildren, who were the light of her life. Robyn was a warrior, who survived breast cancer, a deeply generous soul, and had a sharp wit and sense of humor that brought joy to all those who knew her. Private services will be held on September 18, 202O at St. Patrick’s church. Arrangements are being made by Espinosa Funeral Home. A special thank you to Deacon Tony and Father Saba for his guidance and love during these difficult times.
A Celebration of Life
Private Services will be
Friday September 18th, 2020
Manuela C. Othon
84, Passed away on August 28, 2020 in Mesa, AZ. She was born on September 28, 1935 in Los Hoyos Sonora Mexico to Alberto and Rita Othon. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Carolina Angulo, Margarita (Reyna) Grijalva, Mercedes Navarro, and Juanita Othon and brothers Guillermo, Alberto and Jesus. Manuela is survived by her daughter Veronica and her husband Raul. Three Grandchildren Karla, Raul (Sheila), Angelica, and Enrique. Four great grandchildren Jacklynn, Kimberly, Raul Armando, Isabelle and one on the way. She lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren. She enjoyed family gatherings especially dancing, singing and going to the casino. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life
Saturday September 5th, 2020
at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C ave Douglas AZ.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery Douglas AZ
lupe h. diaz
Lupe H Diaz went to be with the Lord August 8th 2020, and joined her beloved husband Bartholomew Hidalgo Diaz, her three daughters Alice Diaz, Velda Diaz, Delia Diaz, and her son Victor M.Diaz.
Her parents were Jose Hernandez and Maria Arvizu. She was the 11th child of 12 brothers and sisters and had 12 children of her own as well: Alice R Diaz, Victor M Diaz, Mary Lou Vance, Anna Leticia Nuanez, Hector B Diaz, Peter Diaz, Velda E Diaz, Elsa Porter, Lena Moreno, Oscar Diaz, Danny Diaz, and Delia R Diaz. Lupe had 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She was born February 19, 1926. Lupe passed away from natural causes.
Pallbearers: Hector Diaz, Peter Diaz, Daniel Diaz, Tony Garcia. Care under the direction of ALEX ESPINOSA BISBEE FUNERAL HOME, 1094-HWY 92, BISBEE, AZ. For more information please call 520-432-4242.
A Celebration of Life
Thursday, August 13th, 2020
at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Alex Espinosa's Funeral Home, Bisbee, AZ
**Funeral services will be for immediate family members only due to COVID- 19.
Martina V. Huerta
Our beloved mother, sister, and daughter, Martina V Huerta (53), passed away July 25th, 2020, after having fought a tremendously brave and courageous battle.
Martina was born to the late Victor T Varela and Manuela Villegas on October 24, 1966 and was married to the late Ernesto Huerta and is survived by her four beautiful children, Ernesto Jr (Yvette), Guillermo, Arlenne (Juan Carlos) and Angela Huerta along with her 3 beautiful grand babies. She is also survived by her brothers Victor J (Icela) and Bernie (Lupita) Varela and numerous nieces and nephews which she loved very much.
Martina was a very loving and caring person to all of those that surrounded her. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all those who knew her.
Thank you, mom, for your unconditional love. You will forever be in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
at 8:00 a.m.
Location: St. Patrick's, Bisbee, AZ
*Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Douglas, AZ
**Funeral services will be for immediate family members only due to COVID- 19.
Gerardo Smith Vasquez
Gerardo was born and raised in Bisbee. He was the second youngest of eight children. He is survived by his mother Encarnacio S. Vasquez and siblings Cristobal, Juan, Elias, Alberto, Alma, Estela, Sofia and an extensive number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Gerardo was a very helpful and caring individual. Always bringing home others to feed and care for them. His biggest priority was his mother always making sure she was well taken care of. Gerardo was our children’s favorite uncle whom he enjoyed sharing his love for ice cream with. His love for working on cars and listening to loud music is a memory of him that we all share and ponder.
We are grateful to say that Gerardo was able to give the gift of life to three other people with the loss of his own in the way of organ donations.
We will miss you so much and you will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for the good memories that we were able to share in such a short time. We love you Gerardo!!
October 17th, 1970 ~ July 18th, 2020
A Celebration of Life
Friday, July 31st, 2020
at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Alex Espinosa Funeral Home
1094 W. Highway 92, Bisbee, AZ 85603
*By Invitation Only
Alberto Valenzuela Hernandez, 47
Alberto Valenzuela Hernández, 47, died on Sunday October 15, 2017 at 5:32pm in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
He is survived in death by his wife of 27 years, Flora (Acosta) Valenzuela; his four children, Bianca Inez, Reyes Alberto, Samuel Alberto, and Sarah Valeria Valenzuela; Granddaughter Aleyda Valenzuela; He is also survived by his mother, Maria De Carmen Valenzuela; Siblings Adriana (Osvaldo) Castro, Jesús Joaquín, and Reyes Alejandro Valenzuela. He is preceded in death by his father, Reyes Valenzuela González and son Adalberto Valenzuela. Alberto was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. He will be greatly missed by the loved ones he left behind. We love you dad!
A rosary will be held at St Luke’s Catholic Church on October 17, 2017, at 7 pm. A mass will also be held at St Luke’s on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am. Following the mass, Alberto will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery
Lloyd Vernon Cardwell, 88
December 16, 1928-October 12, 2017
Lloyd Vernon Cardwell was born Dec. 16,1928 in Willis Kansas to John and Verna Cardwell. Vernon and brother Dean moved with the family to Wabash,Nebraska. The boys enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and riding bicycles.
The family moved to Buckeye,Az. where he graduated from Buckeye Union High School. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served in Alaska in the Polar Bear Division. He graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree. Vernon retired from his first job out of college as a middle school teacher in Douglas. He also served many years as a state school representative. He attended Bible Baptist Church, enjoyed rockhounding , spelunking , going to auctions and traveling the United States. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017-6:00 PM with Pastor James Pitts at the Douglas, Visitor Center 345-16th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607. Burial to follow in the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona 23100 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Care entrusted to Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home, 520-432-4242.
Socorro Amaya, 85
October 9, 1931-August 25, 2017
Socorro Amaya, 85, peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, August 25, 2017, in Naco, Az. Socorro Amaya was born on Oct. 09, 1931 to the late Manuel & Dolores Gracia in the small town of Cuciarachi Sonora Mexico. Socorro lived most of her life in Naco Sonora & Naco Arizona. Socorro loved her birds, music, and bingo. But most she loved her big family of 9 children, who she raised on her own. Socorro is survived by her children Christina Olivas (Angel), George Amaya (Nancy), Maria Garcia (Carlos), Dolores Amaya, Silvia Carabeo (Carlos), Joseph Amaya, Sandra Erives (Oscar), Rodolfo Amaya, including numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Socorro is preceded in death by her parents and son Marcos Amaya Jr.
Services will be held Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the St. Michael’s Parish. A Rosary will commence at 1:30 followed by Mass at 2:00pm. Burial will be held in private family ceremony.
Jose H. Cornejo, Jr. Having fought a tremendously brave and courageous battle, Joey passed from Life onto Eternal Life at the age of 52 on August 9, 2017.
He is now celebrating a blessed reunion with his mother and grandmothers. Joey is preceded in death by his mother, Socorro Carpio Cornejo and grandmothers, Maria Carpio and Maria Cornejo. He is survived by his father, Jose H. Cornejo Sr. (Cecilia); his son, Jose JoJo Chacon Cornejo; his step-daughter Anissa Santa Cruz; his sisters, Rebecca and Gloria; his brothers, Eddie, Rudy, Ronnie and stepbrother Manny Vega; along with many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Joey was born in Douglas, AZ on April 4, 1965. He graduated Pueblo High School in Tucson and then built his career as carpenter in the construction field for many years culminating at Tucson Unified School District. Joey was a sports enthusiast that loved his Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. He enjoyed listening to George Strait and spending time with his beloved family. Joey's passion in life was spending precious time on the baseball diamond with his son Joey. They spent numerous hours together in the batting cages, practice field and participating in club tournaments across the state. They shared a very special bond through the sport of baseball.
Joey will be tremendously missed by his family and friends. His mild manners, his uplifting smile, his steadfastness, his kindness and loving presence will remain with us forever. We celebrate Joey's life and will never forget all the loving ways he touched OUR lives.
Services will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at Santa Cruz Catholic Church 1220 S. 6th Avenue Tucson, AZ 85713 Rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Reception following at El Rio Center 1390 W. Speedway Tucson, AZ 85745 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Final resting for Joey will be in Douglas, AZ at Douglas Cemetery on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Joey will be buried with his mom.
Jose H. Cornejo,Jr 52
April 4, 1965-August 9, 2017
Juan Manuel Molina, 88, of Divisaderos, Sonora., Mexico, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 21, 2017 at his home in Pirtleville, AZ.
Juan Manuel was born in Divisaderos, Sonora., Mexico to Francisco Molina and Maria Jesus Espinosa on January 27, 1929. He went to school in Nacozari, Mexico. His dream was to one day be a pilot and had an admiration for airplanes throughout his life. He married Maria Otila Molina in 1947 in Agua Prieta, Sonora. He worked as a Mechanic, Adobe Maker, Agriculture, Construction and was an active pastor for many years at Iglesia Apostólica
De La Fe En Cristo Jesús in Agua Prieta, Sonora.As a mechanic, he owned and operated Taller Molina in Agua Prieta, Sonora for 20 years. He was a very hard worker and worked all of his life. His advice to his children and grandchildren was always "If you don’t work, you won't do anything" ("Si No trabajen no van aser nada").
Juan Manuel Molina is preceded in death by his wife Maria Otila Molina, brother Albino Molina and sister Felicita Maldonado and grandchild Jose Luis Garcia.
Juan is survived by son, Jose Pedro Molina (Antonia); daughter, Maria Jesus Garcia (Jose Luis Garcia);
brothers Raul Loretto, Gilberto Garcia; sister, Idolina Cornejo; grandchildren, Ricardo Molina, Karen Molina,
Jose Irriam Molina, Lorenzo Antonio Molina, Juan Pedro Molina, Gloria Ball (George), Juan Garcia (Gina), Estella Garcia; 7 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Friday, July 27, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church, 1400 13th Street at 6:00 pm with Pastor Pete Cordova officiating. Burial will follow Saturday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Pirtleviille, AZ. The family will greet friends from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2017 at the Douglas Visitor Center 345 16th Street in Douglas, Arizona.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jaime Garcia, Juan Manual Garcia, George Ball, Mario Quijada, and Gabriel Lugo.
Honorary Pallbearers are Ricardo Molina, Lorenzo Molina, Jose Molina, Juan Pedro Molina, Giulio Morales, and Geoffrey Ball.
The family of Juan Manuel Molina wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Pena, Family and Friends, Alex Espinosa Funeral Home and his longtime friend Sara Ruiz. Te vamos extrañar Papa/Tata Coco.
Juan 3:16 Porque tanto amo Dios al mundo, que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo el que cree en el no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna.
Juan Manuel Molina, 88
January 27, 1929-July 21, 2017
Robert Raul (Figgy) Figueroa, 81
December 1, 1936 - July 16, 2017
Robert Raul ( Figgy ) Figueroa, passed away on Sunday July 16th 2017 in Tucson Az. Raul was born in Bisbee Az on December 1st 1936 to Gabriel Figueroa and Carmen Franco. He grew up in Bisbee and soon after turning 18 joined the U.S. Army. He then was shipped overseas and became a Korean War Veteran. He married his wife of 44 years in February 1957 who preceded him in death and they made their home in Naco Az for many years. Raul worked for Phelps Dodge for 20 years and then went off to work for the City of Sierra Vista where he retired from the streets department. Being the hard worker he was he continued to work for the City part time and finally called it quits in the summer of 2011. Figgy as he was known to his friends and co-workers then focused on his love for cars and him and his son Edgar put together many classics and lowrider cars and a few race cars as well. Figgy also loved his rock collection and his hats. He collected hats for years and at one point had as many as 200 of them. He displayed a few wore many and never got rid of any no matter how worn they were. He would say it added character to the hat. His passion for his rocks also followed him for years and had an extensive amount of " special rocks" as he called them. Raul will be truly missed but never forgotten. Raul leaves behind a loving family. Raul was preceded in death by his wife Maria Del Carmen Figueroa, Brother Jose Figueroa, Gabriel Figueroa, son Robert F. Figueroa. Survivors include his two daughters Lorenia Lourdes Cabassa-Figueroa ( Victor ) of Newport News, Virginia and Anna L. Borbon ( Jorge ) of Naco Az. A son Favio Edgardo Figueroa ( Marisol ) of Sierra Vista Az, grand children Sebastian X. Figueroa, Karissa A. Figueroa, Michael A. Figueroa, Myrna A. Borbon, Jorge R. Borbon Sheshani C. Sybele Cabassa Figueroa ( Shawn ), Eisel F. Cabassa-Figueroa ( Olga ),Julia M. Robles ( Bobby ), Cynthia O. Robles, Gabriel R. Robles ( Jacqueline ) great grand children Yumaris F. Carmen Hines-Cabassa, Jayvyn F. Hines-Cabassa, Anasteciya V. Cabassa, Alicia O. Borbon Villegas, Andrea D. Borbon Duarte, Alexey V. Borbon Duarte, Jesus A. Borbon Duarte, Nydalyn A. Borbon, Bob Zamora, Brodey Zamora, and his favorite side kick his Pomeranian "Yoda". Rosary for Raul will be held at St. Patricks Church Bisbee Az at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday July 22, 2017 and mass of the resurrection will be said following the rosary at 9:00 a.m.. Burial will follow at Cochise Memory Garden cemetery in Bisbee on Highway 92. All arrangements are being handled by Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee.
Alicia Saavedra Ramirez
September 12, 1930- June 30, 2017
Alicia Saavedra Ramirez fell asleep and awoke in Heaven on June 30, 2017.
Alicia was born in Naco, Sonora, Mexico on September 12, 1930.
Alicia was preceded in death by her parents, Octaviano Saavedra and Maria Saavedra; her husband Manuel A. Ramirez; brother Luis T. Saavedra; sister, Maria Teresa Saavedra; daughter; Lorraine Salome Ramirez, sons, Manuel Ramirez, George Ramirez, Jose Luis Ramirez.
Alicia spent many years as a homemaker and was an active member of Club Iris. She enjoyed cooking, dancing and being part of her church.
Alicia is survived by the love of her life of 30 years, Manuel M. Flores; daughter, Maria Del Carmen Ramirez, sons, Manuel Ramirez, George Ramirez, Jose Luis Ramirez, brothers, Luis T. Saavedra, Ramon Saavedra and sister, Maria T. Saavedra
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A service will be held at First Baptist Church 1173 Hwy 92 in Bisbee AZ on Saturday, July 7, 2017 at 10:00 with burial to follow in Naco, Sonora (Mexico) Cemetery.
Pallbearers who will serve are Manuel M. Flores, Jose Luis Ramirez, Adrian Ramirez, Angel Ramirez and Johnny Rabey
Services have been entrusted by Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, (520)432-4242. Memories and condolences can be shared with family at www.espinosafuneralhome.com
Luis Carlos “Wees” Enriquez, 3
February 10, 2014 - June 7, 2017
BISBEE — Luis Carlos Enriquez (Wees), 3, passed away quietly in the arms of his loving parents, surrounded by his family on June 7, 2017.
Luis was born in Abilene, Texas on Feb. 10, 2014. He lived a lot of his days in hospitals because he was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He was a fighter and fought until the end. Although he endured two open heart surgeries and spent much of his life in the hospital, Luis did not allow his condition to define his life. Instead, he remained a remarkably vibrant and spirited child who, despite his young age taught those around him that life (particularly those we meet along our journey), are meant to be rejoiced. It is hard to imagine that someone so young could touch so many lives, but Luis did. He endured without complaint, a plight that would have challenged the most poised among us. He was quick with a smile, curious of others and the world around him, and actively engaged all those who met him.
Even during the most frightening of times in the hospital, there were countless occasions on which Luis's beaming smile provided comfort to his loved ones and caregivers alike. Luis's strength of character was undeniable, and his perpetual happiness fueled optimism in others. Through his actions he taught us to be grateful for those we love and more forgiving of others. The breadth of his ability to forgive was witnessed through his innate understanding that we are all human. Medical treatments sometimes inflict pain and discomfort, yet Luis somehow understood this, forgiving all ill moods and discomfort with a smile.
His parents are thankful beyond words for the commitment, competence, compassion, and friendship that they and Luis experienced in the hospitals. They are also extremely thankful for the support of family and friends who cheered for Luis, sending him hope every step of the way.
Luis is survived by his parents Anissa Flores and Christopher Enriquez, a brother, Aiden, grandparents, Alma and Carlos Flores, Lisa Moultrie, great grandparents Rosa Bustamante, Luis Gomez, Margarita Enriquez, Barbara Jensen and Russell Moultrie, Great-great grandma, Rosario Hernandez, Auntie Myra Flores, Uncles Willie and Brenden Enriquez, and many uncles and aunts, cousins and friends.
A mass and celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 100 Quality Hill Road, Bisbee, Arizona. Respectfully we ask that those planning on attending services wear white or light colored clothing as we rejoice the life of Luis rather than mourn his return home.
Luis Armando "Mandy" Galindo
August 25, 1945 - June 12, 2017
Luis Armando “Mandy” Galindo, 71, of Douglas, AZ died June 12, 2017. He is survived by his second mother Lily Elias, second wife Gloria Galindo, daughter Deanna (Steven) Rojas, sons Dominic (Bianca) Galindo, Luis (Viry) Galindo, Ricky Galindo, Brothers Alfonso Galindo Ernesto Galindo, Ricardo Galindo, Guillermo Galindo, Rolando Elias, Robert Elias Sisters Gloria Salazar, Silvia Canez, Adelina Aguilar, Julieta Bells and Sandra Elias and 16 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter . He was preceded in death by his parents Alfonso and Paulina Galindo, his second father Roberto Elias, his first wife Anna Galindo and his son Luis Armando "Mandito" Galindo. Luis Armando "El Mandy" Galindo always loved helping and serving others. He grew up in Cananea, Agua Prieta and Douglas. He was also a very talented man with many different trades. BOXING-When he was 13 years old he picked up Boxing at a local gym and became a pretty good fighter, amateur. RODEO- At 17 years young he became a Rodeo Clown and traveled around a bit. Baseball- He played with: The Central Mexican League, U North of Sonora, Single (A), Double (AA), Triple (AAA) Tamaulipas 1977, (A) Vaqueros de Agua Prieta, 2 with Liga Del Noroeste Aurelio Rodriguez. From the stories we have heard, we think he could have made it to the MLB if he would have waited a bit more. Scouts were not the same back then, it was harder for them to find talent. CIRCUS- He went to the Circus for 2 years with his brother in law who owned “El Circo Hermanos Bells”. He was in charge of training and acting with the lions, and the elephants. He trained a bit with the Trapezius but his wrists were too big for others to grip from him. HORSES- His love for horses started at about 14years old. He was mentored by a very fine gentleman (El Diablo Elias) that taught him how to take care of horses and trained them. He had found his true passion; he continued training horses for 30 years until his health could not take it anymore. Quarter and Thoroughbred horses, he has Track Pad Records in Prescott, Globe, Holbrook, and Douglas, AZ. He was a natural STRONGMAN in his days, Deadlifted 520 lbs. with no training and also used to lift trucks for dares. WORK-He worked at the smelter in Douglas, AZ until it was closed in 1989’. He was a small town guy with a BIG heart, Reserved, Soft spoken, brave, strong, humble, honest, and a friend of many. In his last days he fought hard to win this battle he was on. Until the very last minute he worried about his children and grandchildren. We are so proud of you dad we saw how hard this battle was for you and how long you held on for us. Thank you, dad for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. In our eyes you are our champion. Now you are at peace with no more pain. Rest, smile, and enjoy heaven. Dance with all your loved ones. We love you and miss you so much. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Pallbearers Dominic Galindo, Luis Galindo, Rick Galindo, Steven Rojas, Oscar Barriors, Guillermo Galindo, Hector Morales and Jersain Galindo. Honorary Guillermo Galindo, Ernesto Galindo, Hector Canez, Ricardo Galindo, Rolando Elias, Robert Elias, Alfonso Sr Galindo. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St Lukes; Visitation will be at 9:00 A.M, with a Rosary at 10:00 am and a Mass at 10:30, Cremation to follow. Services have been entrusted by Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.
Roberto C. Easterbrooks
June 29, 1977 - March 3, 2017
Roberto C. Easterbrooks went to be with our lord on March 3, 2017 at his home. He was born on June 29, 1977 in Douglas to Cecilia and Robert Easterbrooks.
He grew up in Douglas and attended Loreto Catholic School and graduated from Douglas High School in 1996.
Roberto joined the service and served his Country honorably earning the rank of Sergeant. His bravery during the Iraq War earned him an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Devices. He was a Chemical Operations Specialist, and was part of the Protective Service Detail and had been appointed as Protective Service Agent for The Commanding General of the Third United States Army Europe; conducting many missions while in combat as a personal guard for the Commanding General. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army as a Non Commission Officer. Upon returning from combat, and ending his 11 year enlistment from the Army, he attended the Border Patrol Training Academy, and successfully transitioned to a new career as a Border Patrol Agent serving nine years as an agent.
He then moved back to Douglas with his loving family, where he continued working at several different locations. Roberto never met anyone who did not consider him as a friend the first time around and was known for helping anyone he came in contact with. He loved spending time with people, and was very close to his family. He and his dog "patches" were well known in Douglas.
Roberto is preceded in death by his grandparents Fred and Betty Easterbrooks, Manuel Lopez Cristerna and Petra Fraijo Lopez; mother-in-law Ana Hurtado
He is survived by his mother and father Cecilia and Robert Easterbrooks, Son, Robert Nicholas and his wife Ana Celia, both of Douglas, two brothers Alex and Freddy (Myra) Easterbrooks, Father-in-law Jose Hurtado of Douglas and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
A rosary for Roberto will be on Friday, March 10,2017-7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass will follow on Saturday, March 11, 2017-11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. The burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery presiding the funeral services. Alex Espinosa Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral services, 520-432-4242.
Norma Jean Audiltet
April 13, 2017
Norma Jean Audilet, better known as Jeanie, passed away peacefully on April 13th 2017 at St. Joseph’s hospital after a short battle with cancer. Jeanie was born and raised in Bisbee, AZ to Milton and Dorothy Audilet. Jeanie moved away from Bisbee to attend barber school and go on to eventually open her own barber shop in Tucson, AZ where she retired from after cutting hair for many years. Jeanie was known for her unique look, black bell bottom jeans, rolled up sleeves on her T-shirt and rolling into town in her beloved 63 impala to visit and play a game of family poker and play some good old tunes on her guitar. Jeanie also loved to fish and could often be found at one of the town lakes around Tucson fishing well past closing time. Jeanie is preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Dorothy Audilet, Sister and brother in law Nancy and Alfred Montoy and Sister Carol Sue Audilet. She is survived by her sister Barbara (John) Bolden, many nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Services will be on Saturday the 22nd at Espinosa funeral home at 10:00 AM, followed by a graveside service at evergreen cemetery. Please
Manuel Molina Silva
November 22, 1919 - April 7, 2017
MANUEL MOLINA SILVA In the early morning of April 7, 2017, Manuel M. Silva was called home to his eternal resting place after 97 years on this earth, surrounded by his children. He was born in Cuquiarachi, Sonora Mexico on November 22, 1919 to Liborio and Refugio Silva. At the age of 10, he became the household provider due to his father’s untimely death. He took that responsibility very seriously and with a lot of love. He made sure his mother and siblings were always taken care of. He loved the outdoors (especially picnics and camping). He was an avid hunter, target shooter, rock and coin collector and loved his mariachi music. He was also known for this quick wit and had everyone laughing to his jokes he told. He all looked forward to family gatherings to which he would always liked to be the life of the party. More importantly, he was a very faithful man up until the end as he was praying the rosary with his children. He also instilled the love of God to all his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Gloria, of almost 50 years, his siblings, Jesus (Tuchi) Silva, Angel Silva, Cruz Carlos, Maria Morales, Cleofas Friend and nephew Heriberto Morales. Surviving are his children, Lupe Silva, Norma Silva, Yolanda Sproule (Charles), Julie Delk (Kenny) of Bisbee. Manuel Silva (Lupita) and Mike Silva of Tucson and Armando Silva (Evelia) of Agua Prieta. His 2 brothers, Belisario (Sara) of Tucson and Liborio (Maria) of Douglas. His grandchildren whom he adored, Manny, Danny, Cindy, Krystle, Freddie, Mayra, Jerry, April, Stephany, Jenny, Lyssa, Christa, David, Eric, Jesusito and 19 greatgrandchildren and one on the way in November. His nieces and nephews who he loved very much. Especially his niece Grace Friend-Sanders who he loved dearly, who called and checked up on him often to see how he was doing or just to reminisce. Many cousins and friends he made throughout his life. He will be missed dearly by all his loved ones. A reciting of the Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Bisbee Arizona with Mass following at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow the services at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are by Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee, Arizona.
Francisca Nieblas Escalante
April 27, 1929 - February 26, 2017
Francisca Nieblas Escalante was born on April 27, 1929 in Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico. Francisca passed away suddenly on February 26, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Joaquin Escalante, daughter Maria Rodriguez Escalante; sons Gilberto and Ricky Escalante. Surviving are her sons; Joaquin (Gloria) Escalante and Manuel (Carmen) Escalante; daughters Elodia, Karla and Jeanette. She leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. We will miss her dearly.
Rosary is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass will follow on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Douglas.
Pallbearers are Alexis Escalante, Evan Hurtado, Gilberto Escalante, Luis Terrazas, Jesus Estrella and Joaquin Escalante.. Care entrusted to Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home, 1094-HWY 92, Bisbee, AZ 520-432-4242.
Bertha Burrola Moreno
March 19, 1920 - February 23, 2017
Bertha Burrola Moreno, born March 19, 1920 in Nacozari, Sonora, passed away on February 23, 2017, at the age of 96-year- old, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Proceeded in death by her husband, Alberto Moreno, her daughter, Emma A. Valencia, and her brother and sisters, Jesus A. Burrola, Maria Rojas, Cecilia Arellano, Margarita Blaine and Ernestina Torres.
Survived by her daughter, Alma Burrola, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Would like to thank Hospice Casa de la Paz staff for taking care of our mother, nana, and Tita.
Love you so much, and you will be greatly missed. May the Lord have you in his hands, resting with no pain and reunited with your loved ones.
Pallbearers: Luis Gonzalez Jr., Danny Gomez, Johnny Chavez, Bobby Zamora, Bobby Zamora Jr., Alfredo Valencia Jr., Javier Calderon and Javier Calderon Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers: Esteban Gonzales, Alonso Burrola, Jonathan Jesus Chavez and Ricardo Jesus Zamora. Rosary for bertha will be Thursday, March 2, 2017-10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Mass will follow immediately with father Armando Espinosa. Burial will be in the family plot at Calvary cemetery, Douglas, AZ. Alex Espinosa Funeral Home is in charge of services, 520-432-4242.
Odilia Maria Cota
April 28, 1925 – January 14. 2017
Odilia Maria Cota was born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico in 1925, and raised in Douglas, Arizona. A graduate from Loretto High School, Odilia remained in Douglas before moving to Tucson in 1995, to be closer to her sister and brother.
Odilia grew up with traditional values, when moral principles served as a beacon to guide us along our way. With faith as her anchor, her way was the way of humility, generosity, and devotion. These qualities were forged early on, as a child of the Great Depression.
Years later, Odilia became one of the breadwinners of the family upon the death of her father. She would go on to work as an accountant, bookkeeper, and office manager in various retail establishments, with her fondest memories being of the Douglas Drugstore.
The warm relationships she formed with both employees and patrons would last far beyond the years she worked there.
Such love of community led to actively volunteering for her church, while pursuing other interests ranging from bowling to yoga and other self-enrichment classes. Odilia never married, choosing instead to stay independent. Yet it was an independence rooted primarily in service to the family she so steadfastly put first, often before herself. That family extended beyond blood, to dear friends, and to their children and grandchildren. If you stopped by Odilia’s, you’d expect to leave with something, from sundries to food— burritos, fruit, or any bocaditos she had on hand. (And if she visited you, she would never
come empty-handed.) To be sure, stubbornness could get the better of her, but it was tempered with a heart that knew both forgiveness and a fierce sense of loyalty. And it was from that sense of love and loyalty that the family she cared for would be there for Odilia during her time of need. Rest in peace, sweet Odilia, as you reach the final leg of your journey and walk through the gates of Heaven, so well-deserved.
Odilia was preceded in death by her beloved sister Julia and her foster-sister Ana (Yungi), and is survived by Julia’s children Xina and Miguel (who were like her grandchildren). She is also survived by her brother Froilan and sister-in-law Amaya; sisters Gemma, Margarita, and her “hermanita” Shelley; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and countless dear friends. Care was entrusted to Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home, 520-432-4242.
Jose Alberto “Beto” Salcido
February 3, 1950- December 28, 2016
Jose Alberto Salcido, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather was called to our Lord on December 28, 2016, after a valiant battle with a long illness.
Jose was survived by his wife of 47 years Martha Elliot Salcido, his children Maria “Maggie” Salcido, Marco (Melissa) Salcido, Martha (Victor) Salcido-Altamirano, Nubia Salcido, Sisters Ana (Luis) Melendez, Lucia (Jose) Lopez, Grandchildren Marco D. Salcido, Joe A. Salcido, Victor R. Altamirano, Andrea Altamirano, Alana L. Salcido, Jacquelin A. Salcido-Vincent, and numerous nieces & nephews.
Jose is preceded in death by his son Jose Alberto Salcido Jr. parents Juan and Adelina Salcido, brother Juan Salcido and sister Adelina Salcido.
Jose was born in Douglas to Juan+ and Adelina+ Salcido. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1969. He was the owner of Salcido’s Trucking and Equipment and served in the United States Navy.
In an ordinary world, Jose was the exceptional tribute with his never failing spirit, a beautiful and unique soul. He remained a brave man throughout his illness and leaves behind a legacy of love and strength.
A rosary was held on Friday December 30, 2016, followed by a mass at St. Luke’s Church with Father Arnoldo Noriega. Jose’s final resting place was at the Calvary Cemetery.
The family of Jose Alberto Salcido wished to extend our sincere thanks to Father Arnoldo Noriega, Alex Espinosa, and staff, Casa de Paz, Douglas Fire Department, staff of the University Medical Center, Copper Queen and Canyon Vista Hospitals. Care entrusted to Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, 520-432-4242