A Few 1970 Arizona Obituaries

All obituaries were taken from The Arizona Republic unless otherwise indicated.

BACON, Margaret Ella PALMER

Margaret Ella Palmer Bacon, 100, died Sun., Mar. 8, 1970. She came to Phoenix in 1902 and started teaching a year later in the old Riverside School. She was born January 20, 1870, in Gagetown, New Brunswick, and during the winter of 1902 visited a sister, Mrs. M. H. SHARPE of Phoenix. She met Thomas H. BACON, a member of the Roosevelt School Board and they were married in 1905. He died in 1949. She was a member of the Church Circle at Bethel Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Marshall of Indianapolis and Oliver of Phoenix; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. 3/10/1970.

BAER, William D

8 Sep 1891 - 3 Jan 1970
William D. Baer, 78, a retired truck driver, died Sat., Jan. 3, 1970, in Phoenix General Hospital. He was born in West Newton, Pennsylvania, and came to Phoenix in 1950. Wife, Julia H.; son, James C. of Phoenix; two brothers and four sisters out of state; two grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 1/5/1970.


Prescott -- Cora Baker, 83, a retired schoolteacher, died Wed., March 4, 1970, in Yavapai Hospital. A longtime resident of the St. Michael Hotel here, Mrs. Baker has been hospitalized for a lengthy period. She came to Prescott 19 years ago after retiring as dean of girls at Asbury Park High School, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Survived by a son, Milton, of Pomona, CA; sister, Ruth ANDERSON of Prescott; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the American Lutheran Church. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. 3/7/1970.

BAKER, Harry R.

Tempe -- Services for Harry R. Baker, 67, the owner and operator of Baker's Acres Trailer Park, were at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern. Burial in Green Acres Cemetery. Mr. Baker was born in Missouri and lived here the past 20 years. He died Thursday, February 26, 1970, at Tempe Community Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Nelli; one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Fort Scott, Kansas; one stepson, James Simon of Mesa, and one stepdaughter, Helen Hall of Hawaii; and four grandchildren. The Arizona Republic Sunday, March 1, 1970.


Mesa -- O.J. Ballard, 78, a retired brick mason, died Fri., Dec. 18, 1970, in Mesa Hospital. He was born in Michigan and moved here 23 years ago. He was a member of Bricklayers Local No. 3 and belonged to the Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Leonard of Clarkston, MI, and Charles of Chicago; four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Bradley, Grosse Point Shore, MI, Mrs. Marion Phillips, Mesa, Mrs. Mildred Blazich, Roy UT, and Mrs. Mary Ball, Hilo, HI; two sisters out of state; 32 grandchildren and 27 gr-grandchildren. 12/20/1970.


Lela B. Barnard, 69, a practical nurse, died Thurs., Feb. 26, 1970, at her home, 2608 E. Brill. She was born in Bolivar, TN, and came here 26 years ago. Survivors include three sons, Lundy H. Barnard of El Paso, TX, Charles E. Barnard of Mesa, and Jack C. Barnard of Phx; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Pierce of Phoenix; three sisters out of state; and three grandchildren. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. 3/1/1970.


Mesa -- Alma V. Barski, 76, a Valley resident for 16 years, died Fri., Jan. 2, 1970, at her home. She was a member of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. Husband, Stanley; son, Stanley E.; daughters, Mrs. Morene KLOTZ, Mesa; Mrs. Laura PAVELKEY, Yorkville, OH; sister, Mrs. Mabel STUBENBORDT, Mesa; a sister and brother out of state; eight grandchildren and three gr-grandchildren. Entombment in St. Francis Mausoleum, Phoenix. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.

BAUMER, Katherine

Katherine Baumer, 84, died Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970, at John C. Lincoln Hospital. She was born in Pennsylvania and came to Phoenix 19 years ago from Cleveland. Survivors include her husband, Jacob; a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Stockley of Phoenix; and two grandchildren and three gr-grandchildren. Burial in Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.

BEALS, Mary Alice

Glendale -- Mrs. Mary Alice Beals, 82, who was born in Thatcher, died Sat., Feb. 28, 1970, in her home on Peoria Ave. Mrs. Beals moved to the Valley in 1955 from Pima. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BIRDNO, also were born in Thatcher. Survivors include her a son, Kenneth, of Peoria; nine daughters, Mrs. Grace Cluff of Granite Reef Dam, Mrs. Marvel Taylor of Safford, Mrs. Ercel Chatfield of Pima, Mrs. Maud Morris of Payson, and Mrs. Elizabeth Lemmon and Mrs. Verona Carter, both of Phoenix, Mrs. Richalene Billingsley of Gilbert, Mrs. Bonnie Byrd of St. David and Mrs. Cleedith Baker of Yuma; a brother, Gerald Birdno of Las Vegas; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde DeSpain of Pasadena, CA, Mrs. Venla Echols of Phoenix, Mrs. Vivian Marshall of Mesa and Mrs. Ora Palmer of Tucson; 44 grandchildren. Burial was in the Pima Cemetery. 3/3/1970.

BEAR, Max A.

4 Aug 1907 - 12 Dec 1970
Scottsdale -- Max A. Bear, 63, who came here in 1954 from Chicago died Sat., Dec. 12, 1970. He was owner of Bear Construction Co., Inc. He was born in Frontier, Michigan, and came to Apache Junction 16 years ago. He had lived in Scottsdale since 1958. He attended Colorado State University and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a daughter, Maureen Bear of Mill Valley, CA; and a brother in Illinois. Tuesd., Dec. 15, 1970.

BEATTIE, Lawrence B.

Scottsdale -- Lawrence B. Beattie, 45, who was born in Cleveland and came here three years ago, died Sat., Feb. 28, 1970, in the Heritage of Camelback Nursing Home where he lived. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Beattie of Chagrin Falls and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Swartwout of Scottsdale, Mrs. Joseph Mayne of Mesa and Mrs. David Brumbeck, Jr., Van Wert, OH. Burial in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. 3/2/1970.


29 Jan 1893 - 17 Dec 1970
Scottsdale -- Clara P. Beauchamp, 77, a retired justice of the peace clerk, died Thurs., Dec. 17, 1970, in Scottsdale Hospital. Mrs. Beauchamp retired in 1966. She came here in 1917 from Crystal Lake, MN. She initiated the first lunch program in the Scottsdale schools in the 1920s and participated in a campaign to preserve the Red Brick School House at 133 E. Main. Survivors include two sons, Keith S. Boyer, Carmichael, CA, and Harry L. Beauchamp, Verona, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. G. E. Schulz of Buckeye and seven grandchildren. Burial in Double Butte Cemetery. 12/20/1970.

BECERRIL, Alejandro

Alejandro Becerril, 84, died Sun., Mar. 8, 1970, in Sacred Heart Home. Mr. Becerril was born in Spain amd came to Flagstaff in 1907 from New York. Survivors include two sons, Anthony of Covina, CA, and Joseph of Long Beach, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph ... of Phoenix and Mrs. ... of Flagstaff; a brother Angel, of Miami; three sisters out of state; and 8 grandchildren. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. 3/10/1970.


Jay C. Beights, 44, a construction worker, died March 9, 1970, in Oklahoma City. He was born in Missouri and came to Phoenix in 1940. Wife, Ethel M.; one daughter, Faith A. BEIGHTS; two sons, Jay and Gary W.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. BEIGHTS, all of Phx; brother, Chester; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby WHITFIELD and Mrs. Mary FERNANDEZ, all in Phx; five brothers and three sisters out of state. Burial in Resthaven Park Cemetery. 3/8/1970.

BEISER, Benjamin

Services and burial for Benjamin Beiser, 88, whose 23-year career in Phoenix included building an apartment house on N. Third Street, were held Sunday in New York City. Mr. Beiser, 3735 E. Earll Drive, was killed Feb. 22 in an auto-pedestrian accident at Thomas and 38th Street. Born in Poland, he came here from New York. He had been affiliated with McCoy's Motor Court on W. Van Buren and was a member of Workman's Circle. Survivors include two sons, Louis and Herman, and a daughter, Mrs. Rose Lefkowitz, all of New York City; a sister, Mrs. Yetta Lesensky of Phoenix; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Published in The Arizona Republic Wednesday, March 4, 1970, p. 10-C.

BELTON, Charlene

Charlene Belton, 11 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Belton, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1970, in Memorial Hospital. A wake was held and funeral services were in Universal Memorial Center. Other survivors include three sisters, trevann, Carolyn, and Marida; and her maternal and paternal grandmothers, both out of state. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Park. Mon. 12/14/1970.

BENECKE, Ann Black

Mrs. Ann Black Benecke, 66, who moved here 20 years ago from her native Platte City, Missouri, died Sun., Mar. 8, 1970. Son, George NEFF of Ontario, California; sister, Katherine HARTMAN of Phoenix; a brother out of state; and two grandchildren. Cremation. 3/10/1970.

BENIEN, Betty M.

Betty M. Benien, 49, an Eastern Star member, was born in Napoleon, Ohio, and died Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970, in Toledo, Ohio. She had lived in Phoenix 20 years before leaving in 1964. She was a member of the American Nursing Association. Survivors include one sister, Margaret A. RETTIG of Napoleon, OH. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/4/1970.

BENSON, Walter E.

27 May 1881 - 17 Dec 1970
Walter E. Benson, 89, died Thurs., Dec. 17, 1970, in Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. Benson, 31 W. Maryland, was born in Ohio and moved to Phoenix in 1950 from New York. He was the former owner of the Benson Express Co. He had no known survivors. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery. 12/19/1970.

BERGLING, Herschel E.

Mesa -- Herschel E. Bergling, 52, a carpenter, died Thurs., Feb. 26, 1970, at the Prescott Veterans Hospital. He was born in Marathorn, Iowa, and came here in 1962 from Boone, Iowa. He was a member of American Legion Post 26 and the Lutheran Laymen's League at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Verdine; one son, Loren; one daughter, Connie, all of Mesa; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer A. Bergling of Boone; and three sisters out of state. 3/1/1970.

BIERCE, Charles B.

11 Jun 1916 - 12 Dec 1970
Charles B. Bierce, 54, who had been a field representative for the Consolidated Cigar Corp. nine years, died Sat., Dec. 12, 1970. Mr. Bierce was a member of Creighton Christian Church and vetarn of World War II and the Korean conflict. He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and came to Tucson in 1955 from Denver. Survivors include wife, Darry; a daughter, Rose Ann Bierce; two sons, Charles R. and William C.; all of Phoenix; and a brother of Virginia. Services in the Broadway Christian Church. Burial in Southlawn Cemetery, Tucson. Tues., Dec. 15, 1970.

BIEVER, Harold

Yuma -- Harold Biever, 47, died Sun., Dec. 28, 1969, at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. He was born in Zell, S.D. and was a civilian plumber at the proving ground. He lived in Phoenix before coming to Yuma 10 years ago. He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post 19 and the KNights of Columbus. Wife, Pearl; four sons, John, Harold, Joseph and David, all of Yuma; daughters, Mary of Yuma; Mrs. Barbara VALIQUET of Hinsdale, IL, and Mrs. Catherine CICIARELLI of Rochester, N.Y. Burial in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic 1/1/1970.


17 Nov 1894 - 18 Dec 1970
Oliver G. Billings, 76, a retired plumber, died Fri., Dec. 18, 1970, in a nursing home. Mr. Billings was born in Burlington, Ontario, and came to Arizona in 1960 from Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Alice M.; two sons, James and Thomas, of Chicago; a sister out of state and three grandchildren. 12/20/1970.


Clifford H. Birmingham, 66, a retired carpenter, died Fri., March 6, 1970. He was born in Ozark, Missouri, and came to Phoenix in 1920. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Wife, Fannie; daughters, Mrs. Edith SMITH of Black Canyon City and Mrs. Lorraine THORNTON of Phx; sons, Donald, Walter and Tom; mother, Mrs. Mary BURLEY and a brother, William BIRMINGHAM, both of Phx; 17 grandchildren and two gr-grandchildren. Burial in Memory Lawn Memorial Park. 3/8/1970.

BLACK, Fanny May

Fanny Mae Black, 55, died Mon., Dec. 14, 1970, in St. Luke's Hospital. Mrs. Black was the manager of Allen's Cleaners. She was born in Bryan, TX, and came here 36 years ago. Survivors include her husband, Allen P.; a son, Bruce of Glendale; a brother and four sisters out of state; and a grandson. 12/16/1970.

BOLIN, Gordon Howard

Queen Creek -- Services for Gordon Howard Bolin, 50, a pilot and cropduster 13 years, will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Gibbons Mortuary, 33 N. Sirrine, Mesa. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Mesa. Mr. Bolin was killed Sunday when a small plane he was piloting crashed at Queen Creek and Crimson Roads. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, he came here 15 years ago from Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was a member of Elks Lodge 2429 of Chandler and First United Methodist Church of Mesa and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Alene; five daughters, Bonnie Bolin, Mrs. Judy Stark and Mrs. Lori Samora, all of Mesa; Mrs. Nancy Johnson of Apache Junction; Shannon Bolin of Queen Creek; two sons, Robert Bolin and Gordon James, both of Queen Creek; a brother and a sister out of state, and six grandchildren. Published in The Arizona Republic Tuesday, December 15, 1970.
If anyone has any further information on this family, please contact Mr. Bolin's son at Email Gordon

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