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ACRI, PETER F.  
PETER F. ACRI Peter F. Acri passed away on Dec. 20, 2014, in Green Valley, Ariz.Peter was born on June 1, 1921, in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Charles and Teresa Acri. He grew up and spent most of his life on the south side of Des Moines.He graduated from Conception Seminary. After high school he fought in Okinawa during WWII.When he returned from the service, he attended Iowa State University and was an honor student earning a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation he worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids.In 1953 his brother Frank made him a partner in Acri Wholesale Grocery Company, where he worked until retirement in 1980. He was a lifetime member of American Legion and Knights of Columbus, and was also a member of Society of Italian Americans, Green Valley Elks and Italian Catholic Federation Branch 425.He enjoyed playing golf and cribbage with his family and friends. He also loved to travel, and even flew his own plane. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary Acri; his four children, Frank Acri (Nancy), Elizabeth Clowers (Pat), Joseph Acri, and Phyllis Jackson (Glenn); his 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, along with several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dog, Bella.Preceding him in death are his parents, brother Frank Acri, sister Minnie Paterno, brother Joseph Acri, sister Elizabeth Ligouri and granddaughter Laura E. Clowers. Contributions can be made to St. Anthony Church, and Society of Italian Americans. Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Home from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, with a rosary at 6 p.m. The American Legion will also say a prayer honoring him as a member of the armed forces at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at St. Anthony Church. Internment to follow at Glendale Cemetery.
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 24, 2014
DIMMIT, HOWARD THORNTON  
HOWARD THORNTON DIMMIT Howard Thornton Dimmit, a member of the "greatest generation," died on Dec. 19, 2014 in Green Valley, Ariz. Howard was born on June 3, 1923 in Steubenville, OH. He survived the famous Ohio River flood of 1937. He graduated from Follansbee High school in Follansbee, WV, in June 1941. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and was a member of the 789th Anti-Aircraft Artillery battalion that served in Europe. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a corporal in 1946. Taking advantage of the GI bill, he enrolled in Bethany College in Bethany, WV, and graduated in May 1949. He also received a master's degree in education from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 1952. In his senior year at Bethany, he met the love of his life, Laura "Jeanne" Ayers, over the garbage can in the dining hall. According to Jeanne, it was love at first sight and they were married on Dec. 26, 1949 in Leonia, NJ. Howard and Jeanne raised three sons: Jeffrey, 61, of Joplin, MO, William, 58, of Harriman, NY and David, 56 of Ocean Grove, NJ; and have 7 grandchildren (Will, David, Laura, Steven, Jack, Scott, and Tommy). They spent their family years living in Leonia, NJ. Howard's professional life began as school teacher in Marvell, AR, where he was quickly promoted to principal. In 1956, Howard and family moved to Leonia, NJ, where he was employed by the Teaneck, NJ school system and was vice principal of Benjamin Franklin High and principal of the Thomas Jefferson Junior High School before retiring in 1979 as the assistant superintendent. In his retirement, Howard volunteered at the Leonia schools, working with the kindergarten and 1st grades for 13 years. Starting in 1992, Howard and Jeanne began their full retirement life with a home in Green Valley, Ariz., and a summer tent in their beloved Ocean Grove, NJ. Howard could often be seen sitting on the front porch at 1 Wesley place in Ocean Grove keeping track of all that was going on. Howard was known by many names including; Howie, Hank, HTD, the golden dome and exact change Howie. All names for a man who was a well-respected husband, educator, father and friend. Howard passed peacefully at his home in Green Valley with wife and sons around him. He will be greatly missed. His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2014 at the Green Valley Community Church.
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 24, 2014
PAGE, MATILDA LORRAINE  
MATILDA LORRAINE PAGE Age 97, recently of Green Valley, AZ, and lately of Dayton, passed peacefully on Dec. 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Kenneth J. Page; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Ken and Lorraine moved with Alcoa many times from New Kensington, PA; Geelong, Australia; Davenport, IA; Cleveland, OH; Evansville, IN; Lafayette, IN, where they retired and then moved to Green Valley, AZ. She is survived by daughters Karen (Frank) Sensel, Diane Page and son Kenneth J. (Ann) Page. Grandchildren Cinda Woodward, Kelly Sensel Wiley, Scott Page Sensel, Michele Malone Butler and step-grandson Michael Hay Jr. Also eight great-grandchildren. She loved decorating, bridge, Wii bowling and anything competitive. The family is grateful to the caregivers of Gem City Homecare, to her 24-hour caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and to Christina Lawrence, RN, from Hospice of Dayton. A Celebration of Life service will be held later. Internment David's Cemetery, Kettering, OH. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton OH 45420. Condolences for the family can be made at: www.tobiasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 24, 2014
ROBERTSON, ALICE  
ALICE ROBERTSON Alice Ann Robertson, age 91, died Dec. 12, 2014, in Prescott Valley, AZ. Alice, born in Visalia, CA, on Aug. 15, 1923, was a longtime resident of Tucson and Green Valley. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Wallace; and six children: Sally, David, Cathy, Margaret, Stephen and Joel. She also has 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Alice loved music, children and had a heart for missions A memorial service will be held on Jan. 3, 2015 at Tucson Mountain Baptist Church at 11 a.m.. She will be buried in the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery with her husband Charles Edward Robertson, who preceded her in death in 2010.
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 21, 2014
SILVERTHORNE, NANCY  
NANCY SILVERTHORNE Nancy Ellen Silverthorne was born in Tacoma, WA, in 1934. Predeceased by brother Daniel Mackle, and parents Frederick and Katie Mackle. Survived by children Neil and Jay Silverthorn and Lynn Hanson. Graduate of Clover Park High School, Tacoma, WA; University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; University of Colorado, Denver, CO. Retired from Jeppesen, Englewood, CO. Active in League of Women Voters, Casper, WY, and Casper Mountain Racers Board, Casper, WY. For funeral arrangements, call 619-208-1600.
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 24, 2014
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