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Avelarde, Jose - Tucson  
AVELARDE, Jose D. Jr., 70, Jose went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2015. Surrounded by family. First born of 13 brothers and sisters. Son of Paula and Jose Avelarde. We love you Jose, and will be missed dearly. Services will be held at Christo Rey, 7500 South Camino Venem, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Viewing from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. followed with a rosary at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Monte Calvario Cemetery. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER CREMATION & BURIAL.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Backs, Adele - Tucson  
Adele Leopardi Backs died peacefully in her sleep on May 21, 2015 with her devoted husband, Mark by her side. She was born September 12, 1926 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor's of Science degree from Beaver College in Jenkintown, PA. Adele met her future husband in the spring of 1949 at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago. Mark was in his first year of medical school, and Adele was working as a lab chemist in the physiology lab. They were married on June 16, 1952. Adele was the devoted mother of six children and a friend to all who knew her. She loved to cook. Her meals, decorating, wit, and warmth created lasting holiday and birthday traditions that will be long remembered by family and friends. Adele's father was born in Brienza, Italy. Mark and Adele had a love affair with Italy and enjoyed frequent travel there, aided by her fluency in Italian. Adele also was an avid bridge player and loved opera. Adele was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Enrico A. Leopardi, Sr. and Helen C. Leopardi; sister, Emma; brother, Enrico; daughter, Jennifer Backs Malley and grandson, Aaron Armstrong. Adele is survived by her husband, Mark; children, Michelle Backs, Greg Backs (Maureen Richards), Carol Backs (Josh Kapp), Tammy Backs (Hector Esparza) and Kim Kenworthy (Lane); 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and her beloved dog, Nemo. Services will be private. A Celebration of Adele's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tucson Medical Center Hospice. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Bruns, Margaret - Tucson  
BRUNS, Margaret (Peppy), beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away on May 22, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. She was 98 years old. She is preceded by her late husband, J. Donald Bruns. She is survived by her two sons, Roger and Richard; granddaughters, Johannah Back, Leah Bruns, Lisa Espich, Margaret Learned and Sharon Kearney and eight great-grandchildren. Living in Tucson since 1955, she was a talented and highly respected beautician and adored friend and family member. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Cardenas, Isaac M.  
Isaac M. Cardenas born on August 31, 1935 in Mazatlán, Mexico, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. Survived by his children, Connie (Al) Soto, Gloria, Dina Wiggins, Mary Lou (Luiz) Rodriguez, Isaac, Patty (Larry) Lopez, Jimmy, Margaret, Elizabeth (Armando) Riesgo, Raymond and countless grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. We will always love and cherish you Dad, you always offered guidance and a steady hand. You were one of our greatest blessings, and you're the man that we were honored to have called Dad. Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m.., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Margaret's Church, 801 N. Grande Ave.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 29, 2015
Chitwood, Wilma - Tucson  
Wilma Clarite Chitwood 11/30/1925 - 5/19/2015 Born in Carrizozo, New Mexico to Clyde and Lena Bell Pittman. She was a twin sister to her brother, Clyde Jr. Clarite left this world following complications from a pulmonary embolism. The family moved to El Paso, where Clarite graduated from Austin High School in 1942. There she met and then later married Allen A. Chitwood. They had three sons, Andy, Dan and Joe. Clarite embraced the challenge of building and loving her family, supporting them in her professional life as a tax preparer, and volunteering in other pursuits: as den mother for the Boy Scouts of America and as a sponsor of Optimist Club. She loved fishing and pioneering at the family cabin at Elephant Butte. Later she adventured with Allen across the country, always sharing jokes and football and home cooking. Fried chicken stands alone. Clarite nurtured her friendships…and games! She loved playing Bridge with her friends at Fellowship Square. Clarite also enjoyed Las Vegas with her sisters, and horse racing at Sunland Park in El Paso. She later mastered the digital divide and sustained Facebook and family relationships. Clarite is preceded in death by her husband Allen and son Andy, sisters Florine Martin, Helen Goff, brother Clyde and nephew Bobby Martin. She is survived by her sons Dan (Arivaca) and Joe (Kim) Flagstaff; daughter-in-law, Lucie; grandson, Allen and great- grandson, Zach (Dallas); sister-in-law, Ana Lee Chitwood, Prescott; nephews, Ronnie Martin (Reba) of El Paso and Pat Goff (Nancy) of Scottsdale; nieces, Ginny Robertson (Paul) El Paso, Bonnie Bangert (John) Prescott, Karen Bird (Barry) United Kingdom and Sharon Allen (David) San Antonio. We will miss her winning spirit. Please celebrate Clarite's life Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Fellowship Square, 8111 E. Broadway, Villa #2 Great Room Tucson, AZ. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers well-wishers might consider a donation to The National ALS Foundation http://www.alsa.org/ in her name. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Cordova, Bertha  
Bertha J. Celaya Cordova 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona, joining her beloved husband, Rudolph Cordova and her daughter, Patricia (Gilbert) Flores. Bertha is survived by her daughters, Susan Pryor and Theresa Pavelich. Surviving sisters are Mary Celaya Robles and Emma Celaya McCarron. Siblings who preceded her in death, Susie, George, Oscar, Willie and Horace Celaya. She is survived by her six grandchildren, Nick Pryor, Anna Esquivel, Christina Savel, Julie Winn, John Flores and Felicia Minter and 18 great-grandchildren. Bertha was born on March 16, 1924, in Benson, Arizona. She retired from the University of Arizona library as a cataloger supervisor. Bertha was an ovarian cancer survivor and a loving caregiver of her beloved husband, Rudolph, for ten years. She will be best remembered for her faith and her devotion to her Third Order Lay Carmelites, her endearing devotion to her family, her passion for the UofA Wildcat Basketball Team, and her many stories of their family travels. In lieu of flowers and in honor of her well-lived life, donations can be made to the Tucson Community Food Bank. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m., Rosary recited at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church, 1300 N. Greasewood Rd., Tucson, AZ. 85745. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Family and friends may express their condolences by visiting www.carrillostucsonmortuary.com
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Determan, Lance Corporal Matthew J.  
"Our" Marine Lance Corporal Matthew J. Determan was involved in a tragic training accident while on deployment with the 15 Marine Expeditionary Rapid Assault Unit at Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, Hawaii. Matt was deployed with the USS Essex Assault Carrier Group. Twenty two Marines where in an Osprey aircraft, simulating assault rapids, when it crash landed. Another Marine, Lance Corporal Joshua Barron died of his injuries, and many other Marines were seriously injured. The USS Essex is continuing to carry on its mission, protecting our freedom and providing humanitarian help where needed. From a very young age, Matt wanted to become a Marine. He achieved this goal through hard work and dedication to his brothers in the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. Lance Corporal Determan's awards include the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Matt was raised in Tucson and Ahwatukee, Arizona by Charlesa and Michael Determan, both Air Force Veterans. His passing is especially heartbreaking for his brother, Taylor and sister, Ashley who where more soulmates than mere siblings. Our love for Matt is as pure as love can be, he will be with us always. We take comfort in the fact that we will all see Matt soon enough. Because our time on earth is short, we must make each day count. After this tragic accident, we find comfort knowing Matthew's organ donations gave new life to four recipients. Countless others have sustained life through Matt's donations from his vessel here on earth. Knowing this, we all see a light during this time of sorrow. Matt's 21st birthday was May 12th, and on the May 19, 2015, Matt passed on to a higher power to be of service to none other than Jesus our Lord and Savior. Matt's last message to us, posted before his deployment was, "See you on the flip side America. Nothing but love goes out to all my friends and family till I see you again, be safe and keep my brothers in the 3/1 in your prayers". Matt is survived by his family: brother, Taylor Determan; sister, Ashley and her fiance, Ray, their baby son, Dominik Michael Ortiz. Grandparents, Dick and Mary Determan; grandmother, Leanna Howard; grandfather, Jack Moberg and his wife, Susan and aunt, Kelela Moberg. Matt's uncle, Mark Determan; aunt and uncle, Colleen and Eddie Soto; aunt and uncle, John and Kelly Determan; cousin, Alex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund in the name of Lance Corporal Matt Determan, Semerfifund.org/donate . Checks may be made payable to: Semper Fi Fund, Collage Blvd. Ste., PMD 609, Oceanside, CA, 92057. Matt's Memorial will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at our Lady of the Desert Church, Tucson, AZ.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 29, 2015
FARLEY, James H.  
FARLEY, James H., born November, 1931, deceased May 25, 2015. Survived by wife, Norma; children, Linda Solt, Joyce Caudill, Nancy Farley and James R. Farley and grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Per his request, there will be no public funeral service. Honorariums to: Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
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Fennewald, James - Tucson  
James Robert Fennewald was born on February 21, 1962 and passed May 20, 2015. A true lover of automobiles, co-owner of a successful pool business, and was a diehard wildcat fan. He is survived by his wife, Natalie Fennewald; his son, Jimmy Fennewald; his daughter, Jasmine Fennewald and his two brothers, Carlos Fennewald and Bert Sanchez. Services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel and a special Mass at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Cyril's Catholic Church on Swan. Reception TBA.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
Figueroa, Maria  
Maria Catalina "Cata" Figueroa of Nogales, Sonora went to join our Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the age of 75. Preceded in death by her son, Johnny Figueroa. Survived by her husband, Juan P. Figueroa. Loving mother of Kat and Tonio Figueroa. Proud Grandmother of Jessica, Catalina, Cito, Marcos, Valerie, Isabel, Cynthia, Vanessa, Amanda, J.J., Julia, Gabriel, Tessa, Kyle and 11 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPEL. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Santa Monica Catholic Church, burial to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 28 to May 29, 2015
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