Harnden, Monica Therese
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57, Glendale, passed away January 1, 2014. She was born March 29, 1956 in Elgin, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lorraine Van Wazer and her sister Melissa Guenther. She is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Steve Harnden, son Mike Harnden of Tucson, son Chris Harnden and his wife Ashley Harnden of Phoenix, Daughter Erika Harnden of Glendale, and sisters Mary Stang of Grays Lake, IL, Margie Fischer of Naperville, IL, and Martha Stuppi of Danville, CA. Beyond the immediate family, Monica enjoyed spending time with her many friends and her large extended family that includes a father in law, a mother in law, 13 brother and sister in laws and nearly 30 nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Monica obtained her BSN from Arizona State University and before she retired worked many years in nursing and in nursing administration at St. Luke's and Phoenix Baptist hospital systems. Additionally, she was very involved in a number of volunteer organizations including the Glendale Crisis Response Team and served on the Board of Directors for Clinica Esperanza, a non-profit organization providing health care to the poor of Roatan, Honduras. Monica enjoyed a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking, camping, skiing, golfing, scuba diving, international travel, attending Diamondback games and had begun to take piano lessons as well. Friends and family will remember and cherish her for many things but frequently mention her ever present smile and also her desire to put everyone else's worries before her own. She cherished and nurtured relationships, oftentimes making a difference in someone's life and will truly be missed by many. The family is planning to host a Celebration of Life to honor Monica and for those wishing to be notified of the place and time or wish to share a few words about or personal pictures of this amazing woman, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifts in Monica's honor can be made to either: BICHA (Clinica Esperanza) at P.O. Box 44510, Indianapolis, IN 46244 or TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute) Foundation at 445 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014