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June 2012— IN PASSING...

Byrdie Jean McBride Beckwith Rozell Byrdie Jean McBride Beckwith Rozell

Ralph passed

of Sun Lakes, AZ, formerly of Albion and Bellevue, NE, passed away on April 18 at the Hospice of the Southwest in Mesa, AZ, at the age of 83 following a long battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Byrdie Jean McBride was born on the

family farm near Primrose, NE, October 28, 1928, to James and Ruth (Jordan) McBride. She was baptized and confi rmed at the Primrose Presbyterian Church. She attended District 52 “The Little Red School House” and graduated from Primrose High School. At the age of 16, Byrdie became the youngest female pilot in Nebraska. She continued to fl y for several years. In September of 1948 she was united in

marriage to Ralph Edward Beckwith of rural Albion. To this union two sons were born, Douglas Charles and David Russell. After farming for a few years, Ralph and Byrdie opened Beckwith Insurance and Real Estate in Albion. Byrdie was very active in the Albion

community. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Church Hope Circle, the History and Art Club of the Albion Women’s Club, the VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star, the high school Booster Club, the Parents’ Music Association, the PTA, the Albion Country Club, the Ladies’ Bowling League and Golf

League and several

other community volunteer projects. In Bellevue, she was an active supporter of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Preserve and a member of P.E.O.

away in February of 1973. In June of 1974 she was united in marriage to Glen Douglas Rozell of Bellevue, NE. Glen was a member of


U.S. Air Force, and after their marriage the two moved to Thailand where Glen was stationed at Udorn Air Force Base Thailand. They returned to Bellevue where Glen continued his career at Offut Air Force Base before working for the U.S. Postal Service. In 1999 they moved to Sun Lakes, AZ. Byrdie is survived by her husband Glen,

her sons Doug of Chandler, AZ, and David and his husband Dietrich Nelson of Los Angeles, CA, sisters- and brothers-in-law Dot Beckwith, Tom and Donna Hartford, Bill and Cathy Rozell, Mike and Calette Rozell and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Byrdie was preceded in death by her

grandparents, parents, her fi rst husband Ralph, her sister Betty Lou Hartford and nephew Dr. James Hartford. Services were held at Sun Lakes United

Methodist Church, and services will be held at Albion United Methodist Church on June 22.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s

Association, 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, dsw/in_my_community_donate.asp. 

Glenda Gail Vining, nee Stevens Glenda Gail Vining, nee Stevens, age 74, of Chandler, AZ, and formerly of Alturas, FL,

has passed away. Loving mother of Daral D. (Carol) Vining and Paula A. (Ed) Ramos. Dear grandmother of 2nd Lt. Steven M. Vining, USMC, and Julian, Eric and Drew Ramos. Dear sister of the late Fred Stevens. Dear daughter of the late Russell and Ruth Stevens. In lieu of fl owers, memorials will be appreciated to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. 

Richard Schultz Richard Schultz lost his fi nal battle against lymphoma, fi ghting

courageously and with tremendous strength up until his fi nal moments of peaceful surrender on April 26, 2012. He maintained his sharp mind and sense of humor until the end. He was born in Flint, MI, on August 8, 1934. He lived many years in Wisconsin, short periods in Florida and California, then the last 12 years in Sun Lakes, AZ. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; son Douglas (Karen) of Temecula, CA; son Dave (Deb) of Grafton, WI; daughter Darcy (Bob) of Kauai, HI; sister Alice Chapman of Saginaw, MI. In addition, three grandchildren: Briana Gruell (Nick), Daniel Schultz (Brittany), and Aaron Schultz. Also, four great grandchildren: Ethan, Phoenix, Penelope and Kassie. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, friend,

business entrepreneur, tennis player, hiker, reader and poet. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Valley, Lund Family Hospice Home, 1982 E Woodside Ct., Gilbert, AZ 85297. A Celebration of Life was held at the Sun Lakes Chapel. 

James Halloran, Jr. James Halloran, Jr., age 89, lost his

courageous battle against cancer on February 2, 2012. He and his loving wife of 64 years, Lindee, have had a full and wonderful life. Jim was born in Browerville, MN, on

November 13, 1922. He continued to be proud of where he came from, went to reunions often and maintained contact with his classmates. He served in World War II as a Merchant Marine where he met his wife, an Army nurse. His professional career was long and

distinguished in the produce business including 33 years with Red Owl Stores where he was vice president of produce operations. He subsequently ran his own international produce consulting fi rm, which included travel to India and South America. He became heavily involved in the National Produce Marketing Association

where he became president. They later named him one of their 100 most infl uential members. Time magazine once named him their Produce Marketing Man of the Year. For 56 years, he has had a cabin on

North Long Lake. The last 26 years, he and Lindee have split time between the cabin and Sun Lakes. He was involved in both churches, St. Christopher’s in Nisswa and St. Steven’s in Sun Lakes. Jim was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis and a member of the American Legion. In addition to his wife Lindee, he

is survived by children: Mike, Pat and Kathi, eight grandchildren, fi ve great grandchildren, a sister, Betty Alderman, and one brother-in-law and sister-in law. A full celebration of Jim’s life including

his love of hunting, fi shing, fl owers and singing Irish tunes will be scheduled for this summer. 

Johanna Marie Gustafson Johanna Marie Alviti Saggione Fuhry

Gustafson passed quietly away on April 27, 2012, at the age of 85. She was born in Chicago, IL, on July 11, 1926, to parents Guy and Margaret Alviti. Johanna graduated from Harper High School

in 1944 and

temporarily worked in the family restaurant business until her high school boyfriend, August Saggione was discharged from the Coast Guard in 1946. They were married in June. She accepted a neighbor’s challenge to go to cosmetology school; she liked it and subsequently received her

license. After

several years of experience, she became an established owner of her own salon in Oak Lawn, IL. After having a daughter and a son, her husband unexpectedly passed away in early 1966. She later married Charles Fuhry in late 1967. Later because of health problems due to Raynaud’s Phenomenon, her doctor advised a move to a warmer climate. They moved to Phoenix in 1970, and she went to work in a salon at the Goldwater’s Department Store at East Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. In 1973 she purchased the “Royal College of Beauty” at 22 North Country Club Drive and Main Street

in Mesa. In 1984 Governor Babbit

appointed her to the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. She and Charlie moved to Sun Lakes in 1985. In late 1985, she was elected National President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and Teacher Education Council until 1987. Johanna was a professional cosmetologist for over 40 years. While presiding over her school, she became involved with activities in Sun Lakes. She was a board member of the Performing Arts League (PAL) for a number of years. Johanna, along with several others including Paula Cunningham and Mike DiGoia, founded the Italian- American Club in 1986. Johanna loved

Mary Pauline Henegar Mary Pauline Henegar, 88 years of age,

passed away during the early morning hours of May 8, 2012, at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, AZ, following a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Donald Henegar, Sun Lakes, and their son, Greg Henegar, Boston, MA. Mary was born on July 28, 1923, to Clara

and Norman Graves in Alma, Illinois, and was raised by her cherished Aunt Nova and Uncle Ed Fox in their home in Champaign, Illinois. The most important day of Mary’s young life was June 3, 1945. She began that Sunday by attending worship services at her family’s Primitive Baptist Church. Next, Mary attended the University of


graduation ceremony, where she received her Bachelor of Commerce degree. And fi nally, in a quiet ceremony, she was married to U.S. Naval Air Corps Ensign Donald Henegar, her friend and confi dant since childhood. After Donald was released from the Naval Air Corps in November 1945,

Blase Michael Liberti Blase Michael Liberti was born December

26, 1943, in Rochester, NY, and entered into rest on April 4, 2012, in Mesa, AZ. Upon returning from Viet Nam, he intended to move out west, but that didn’t happen until 1992 when he and his wife Linda moved to Sun Lakes. He began square and round dancing

in 1970 and met his future wife at an open house in 1974 when she got her watch caught in his shirt. They combined their cueing and teaching talents in 1976 and married in 1979. Over the years, he taught many to dance and always with a sense of humor. Non-dancers

also were subject to his quick wit. He had many surgeries and hospital stays over the years, and he always made the doctors, nurses and staff smile no matter how he felt. He was a member of the Lakers Niners

golf club. He also enjoyed swimming and line dancing. Mike is survived by his loving wife Linda,

brother Don (Joanne), niece Andrea Liberti, nephew Brian Liberti, father-in-law Royal Wolf (Lorraine) and several cousins. A visitation was held at Angel’s Cremation

and Burial in Mesa and a Memorial Mass was held in Rochester, NY. 

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to dance, so she

participated in the Sun Lakes Tap Dance Company from 1985


a number of years. When her husband was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 1991, she sold her beauty school

to be near home. She

managed the Palo Verde dining room from early 1993 to 1996. After Charlie passed away in early 1996 she managed the Cottonwood Café until the summer of 1997 when she married Jerry Gustafson. They had been friends since meeting in Sun Lakes in 1986. With their late spouses they attended Friday night sing-a-longs with Don Maeder and dances in the lounge and the San Tan Ballroom. Johanna was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother Guy Jr., husbands August Saggione and Charles Fuhry,


Gerald Gustafson Jr. Johanna is survived by her husband Gerald, daughter Cynthia Rochwalik (Joe), grandson, Joey Rochwalik (Gayle), great grandsons Nico and Derrik, granddaughter Kelly Danner (Mark), great grandson Cody, great granddaughter Paige, son Guy Saggione, granddaughter Danielle Halsted (Steve), grandson Guy Saggione (Kelly) and her step family, son Eric Gustafson (Lynn), grandson Ryan of Las Vegas, daughter Debra Gustafson, son Randal Gustafson, grandsons Andrew, Austin, Alex, grandson Nohl Eric Gustafson and great granddaughter Seve Marie of Whittier, CA. Services and a reception celebrating her life were held at St. Stevens Catholic Church in May. Arrangements entrusted to Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 


Mary and Don lived and worked in eastern Illinois until Don’s eventual retirement from the Minonk (IL) State Bank in 1989 when they relocated to Sun Lakes, Arizona. Sun Lakes was an ideal environment

for Mary and her many varied interests, all of which she pursued with vigor and commitment. She was an active member of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club and enjoyed the beauty of the highest mountains and the lowest valleys of Arizona, including fi ve trips to the fl oor of the Grand Canyon. Mary was a dedicated 20-year volunteer at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ. In addition, she was an avid gardener, constantly maintaining her backyard garden where she found peace and solace. Memorial services to celebrate Mary’s

life are being planned and will be held in Sun Lakes, AZ, and Champaign, IL. Contributions may be made in her name to the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225. 

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