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Jeannette Leister

Jeannette Leister, our sweet dear mother is now in the arms of the Lord. She passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 in Irvine, Calif. She was born March 29, 1917 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her ...

Doral Lee Romberger

Doral Romberger, 77 of Payson, Ariz., was called to her home in Heaven Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 11, 1938, in New York City to Alexander and Dorothy Behnes. She graduated from Bayside ...

Charles J. Klein

Charles J. Klein left us and went to heaven on Aug. 21, 2015. He was born in Chicago in 1930. He served honorably in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. He retired from American Airlines after 30-plus years ...

John Allen Morris

John “Johnny” Allen Morris, 60, of Payson, Ariz. succumbed to cancer Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at Hospice Compassus surrounded by family. John was born Feb. 26, 1955 in Mesa, Ariz. to Bill and Dessie Morris. He spent almost all his ...

Verna Ann Combs

Verna Ann Combs, known by some as Ann Powell or Annie Combs, was born April 22, 1939 in Matador, Texas to JB & Christine Dulin. She was in the middle of nine children. After she married Gene Powell, they would ...

Mary Leone Schmidt

Mary Leone Schmidt fell asleep in death Aug. 6, 2015 in Payson, Ariz. Leone was born May 10, 1919 in Lime Springs, Iowa, the second child of Theophilus and Elsie Herpelinck. She had an older brother, Howard. The family lived ...

Peter Cruz

Peter Cruz, born Jan. 21, 1964, died Aug. 14, 2015. Services will be held at Messinger Mortuary at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25.

William Pletka, Jr.

William (Bill) Pletka Jr., age 66, died at Lund Family Hospice Home, Gilbert, AZ. Thursday, August 6, 2015. Born January 30, 1949 in Plymouth, Indiana to William and Estelle Pletka. He spent much of his adult life in Texas after ...

Van Thomas Madra

Van Thomas Madra was born on Nov. 6, 1946, to Roy Thomas and Dorothy Henrietta (Becker) Madra in Tarboro, N.C. He attended Downey High School in Downey, Calif., and then enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam era. After faithfully ...

Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Gossett

Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Gossett, 76, of Payson, Ariz., went to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Dr. Gossett, a longtime resident of Payson, was founder and director of Indian Trails Missions, which serves the indigenous people of ...

Tech. Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun

Marty has gone to be with the Lord following a free fall accident Aug. 3 over Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., where he was stationed. He was with the 24th Special Operations Wing. On Sept. 5, 2015 he was to ...

Venla Allen Tayrien

Venla Allen Tayrien, 84, of Pine, Ariz. passed away on July 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; infant son, Georgie; her parents, Mel and Lola Allen; and her sister, Cleo Stapley. She is survived by ...

Cynthia Allen Bartholomew

Cynthia Allen Bartholomew, formerly of Oakmont, Pennsylvania, daughter of Dr. Thomas E. Allen (dec.) and Ruth J. Allen (dec.) passed away in Payson, Arizona, on July 24, 2015 at the age of 64. She is survived by her loving husband, ...

Wallace Michael Addington

Wallace Michael Addington passed away at his residence in Bonita Creek, Ariz. Mike was born in Pikeville, Ky. He was a graduate of Paul Blazer High School and the University of Kentucky where he was provided an opportunity to play ...

Judith Ann Gagnier

Judith Ann (Dahlhauser) Gagnier, 75 years old, from Payson, Ariz., was granted her Angel wings on Thursday July 16, 2015. Her sister, three daughters and five grandchildren were surrounding her, holding her and each others’ hands, late in the afternoon ...

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