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36 FEATURES | SUN LAKES SPLASH | May 2013 IN PASSING... Deone M. Cartford Deone M. Cartford, 76, passed away

on April 3. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1937 and married Larry Cartford in 1959. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Illinois with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. She taught for 35 years. She is survived by her husband, her

children Sally and Jane, her grandchildren Trevor, Emma and Madelyn, and her sister Janet Tysk.

Eldon E. Engel Eldon E. Engel, 89, of Sun Lakes, beloved

husband of Beverly Engel, died peacefully at home on March 26, 2013, after a long illness. He was born on a farm in Gordon,

Nebraska. He received his Bachelor’s degree and subsequently his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University. Dr. Engel owned and operated a very successful veterinary practice in Seattle, Washington for many years before retiring in Arizona. He was a World War II veteran serving in

both France and Belgium. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded. In addition to the Purple Heart, he was awarded several medals for marksmanship. He is survived by his wife of 60 years,

sons Marc (Jennifer) and Kurt, his daughter Patricia (Bret), as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Eldon enjoyed writing and recently he

self-published his

fi rst novel. He was also a talented artist and his home is adorned with various paintings and memorabilia that

he created.

Eldon will long be remembered not only for his talents but also for his gentleness and his compassionate ways and especially for his love of his country. The family gratefully acknowledges

Americare Hospice for their compassion and wonderful care. Memorial services and interment were at

a military cemetery in Washington state. In lieu of fl owers, the family requests donations be made to Americare Hospice Foundation, 1212 North Spencer Street, Mesa, Arizona 85203. 

A visitation was held on Wednesday,

April 10, from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at the Southminster Presbyterian Church, 800 E Central Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois. The memorial service was held on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. at the church with a luncheon following.

DeVonne Elizabeth Lloyd DeVonne Elizabeth Lloyd, 79, of Idaho

Falls, Idaho passed away peacefully with In lieu of fl owers

please send contributions to The Deone Cartford Memorial Fund, Village Bank and Trust, 234 W. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004. 

her family at her side on March 26, 2013, after a long courageous battle with COPD. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. DeVonne was born on June 19, 1933, in

Bismarck, North Dakota to Gilbert Neideffer and Mabel (Gates) Neideffer. She grew up on the family farm in Wing, North Dakota and then graduated from Bismarck High School in 1951. After high school she lived in San Francisco and then again in Bismarck during which time she worked at several banks. She married the love of her life and lifelong companion Lyness (Skip) Lloyd in June 1955 and they were married for 49 years until the time of Skip’s death in 2004. In 1962, DeVonne and Skip moved to

Miles City, Montana. In 1965, DeVonne and Skip purchased a pharmacy and gift store, Farnum and Gabert Drug in Glendive, Montana where she worked part-time and managed the gift

son David did a wonderful job of taking care of DeVonne and the family will be forever grateful. DeVonne’s biggest joy was her family. She

was a loving mother to fi ve sons and much of her life was devoted to raising and caring for them. She was a devout Catholic and attended church regularly until she became ill. She liked to cook and entertain family and friends. She used her collection of cookbooks to aid her in crafting memorable dishes. Devonne’s hobbies included cooking,

shopping, collecting Christmas ornaments, collecting crystal, playing the organ and piano, hosting family gatherings, watching the news, weather and the stock market and collecting cook books. She was preceded in death by her parents,

husband, brothers Bud and Dennis, sister Doreen Hellerud (with whom she spoke on the phone daily until her death) and youngest son, Michael Lloyd. She is survived by sons and daughters-

store. They had several

business ventures while in Glendive including the pharmacy/gift store, commercial and residential real estate, a college dormitory and the local greenhouse where DeVonne thoroughly enjoyed working with the fl owers. DeVonne and Skip moved to Bremerton,

Catherine Jennings Catherine Jennings passed away on

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the age of 84. Catherine was born on Sept 21, 1928, in

the teeming metropolis of Sherburne, New York; her extended family all lived in the surrounding towns in upstate New York. Through her neighbors she met and married her fi rst husband, Norman Spicer, in 1949. The Spicer family was on the move from the start, living in San Diego, California, Topeka, Kansas, Bellevue, Washington and Palos Verdes, California. Catherine and Norman were blessed with three sons, Stephen (Finela) of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Gregory (Gail) and Gary (Teresa), both of Portage, Michigan. Cathy was also survived by her brother Leonard (Lynn McConnell) and six grandchildren; Christina Willman (Simon), Heather Kay (Andrew McMurray), Lena, Carolyn, Kelly and Eddie. Mom was a vivacious out-going person

who loved life and became close friends with many of

the people she met. A

testimony to her care for others was evident each Christmas as she would receive cards ranging from all over the United States and various foreign countries, including friends dating back to her elementary school years. She was divorced in 1978 and in 1980 she

met and married her second husband, Eric Jennings, in Palos Verdes, California. They moved to Sun Lakes in 1985, enjoying 25 more years of wonderful marriage until his passing in 2010. During that time they travelled to all 50 states in the United States and numerous countries abroad. Mom was the life of the party and gave to all her energy through such hobbies as singing and dancing; she made people laugh in the years she volunteered her time as a clown. She had been very active with her knitting group and was always willing to show people around to make them feel welcome at the Renaissance where she and Eric lived for 10 years. She was cremated and the family

planned a celebration of her life on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Solterra, 350 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, Arizona 85225. Solterra was her home for two years. Donations in her memory may be made

to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona 85014. 

Washington in 1988 where they enjoyed living in the Pacifi c northwest on Oyster Bay with the fi shing and boating. After Skip retired in 1996 they enjoyed traveling to see family and friends and took several cruises. In 1998, they moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona where they enjoyed community activities, swimming, fi shing with the grandkids, riding in the golf cart and attending church at St. Stephen’s. After Skip passed away, DeVonne moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2006 where she could be closer to family members. Her

in-law, son Lynn (Linda) Lloyd of Butte, Montana; son Tom (Yolanda) Lloyd of Ahwatukee, Arizona; son Tim (Carrie) Lloyd of Jefferson City, Montana; son David (Jennifer) Lloyd of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother Bill and Kathy Neideffer of Bismarck, North Dakota; nine grandchildren, Kristen Lloyd (Jason) Dawes, Jon Quinn, Danielle Lloyd, Christofer(Cruz) Gibbs, Kendra Lloyd, Trevor Lloyd, Taylor Lloyd, Dianne Henze, Debra Henze and David Henze,

great grandchild

Easton Dawes and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to American

Lung Association ( or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral services have been held in

Ammon, Idaho. Burial has taken place in Butte, Montana. 

Vernon Menetrey Vernon Menetrey, a native of San

Francisco, celebrated his 99th birthday before he passed away on March 14, 2013. He was preceded in death by Ila Stratton Menetrey, his loving wife of 50 years. He is survived by his second wife of 28 years, Louise Price Menetrey, who resides in a Memory Care Facility in Mesa, Arizona near her family. Growing up in the Bay area during the

depression, Vern had worked at a variety of jobs. When television was born he took a correspondence course learning how to service and repair televisions. He built the family’s fi rst television set on the dining room table in our Sunnyvale home. He was hired by a television shop to make house calls and fi x the problem with that particular television set. Vern was at that time quite the TV guru. Along came a company called Hewlett- Packard. Guided by a friend Vern fi lled out an application for employment and was hired in 1955. When he retired in 1977 he and Ila

moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona. There Vern could play golf everyday if he chose to and

Cancer; an Unchosen Journey

Bob Neumann This writing is dedicated to those who

began a journey down roads fi lled with unexpected chuck holes,

severe bumps

and unexpected turns. Many reached an unwanted destination in spite of dedicated medical people each inch of the way. “Once upon a time A girl with moonlight in her eyes Put her hand in mine And said she loved me so But that was once upon a time Very long ago.” Those in happy marriages relate to the words of the song. We thought our 60-year

love affair would never end, but when a doctor spoke the word “cancer” our life instantly changed. We began a pilgrimage with surgery

followed with chemo after chemo and its horrible side effects. Ann’s weakness, fatigue and neuropathy only became worse. There were lab tests, scans, ultra sounds, hospital visits and sessions with various physicians. Her semi-normal life continued for awhile, and then quickly worsened. Hospice made the few remaining days bearable. Our Indiana daughters arrived; and Ann was gone. We in the Valley are indeed fortunate to have the best medical facilities and personnel

available. St Joseph Hospital and surgeon Dr. Benjamin, was wonderful. Those employees at Ironwood Cancer Center in Chandler and oncologist Dr. Khanuja were the best, as were all other physicians we encountered. Chandler Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Hospital were

completely satisfactory.

Nurses, though sometimes overworked and maybe unappreciated, were always knowledgeable, caring and well-trained. Cancer patients in East Hospice of


Valley have their remaining time improved by marvelous experts who truly do care. Supporting family, friends, church members and residents of our SunBird

complex sent cards, prayers and came with food when we were in need. Arizona residents are truly something special. So, my sweet, compassionate Ann, you

are greatly missed. You have gone to a land where pain, illness and death do not exist. Peaceful and sunny days are fi lled only with happiness as you reconnect with parents and loved ones. The cares of this world no longer concern you and you are at peace. To paraphrase, “You have fought the good fi ght; you have fi nished the race; you have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7. See you soon... Your loving husband, Bob

Ila loved the sun. They made many new friends in Sun Lakes. Vern


lots of golf buddies and he continued to play golf until age 89 when a shoulder injury forced him to hang up the clubs. He was an avid fan of the 49ers, the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vern loved golf and dancing; he loved his

family and he loved the Lord. He regularly attended the Sun Lakes Lutheran Church. Vern is

survived by his daughter Arlene

Dalton (Jim) son Ronald (Betty), four grand children and fi ve great-grand children. Memories of Vern will echo “He was a great guy, an avid golfer, exceptional ballroom dancer and blessed with a sharp sense of humor.” Graveside

services were held on

March 25, at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, California. 

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