A Few 1980 Arizona Obituaries

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

GADDIS, Gail Thomas

13 Aug 1907 - Oct 1980
Gail Thomas Gaddis, 73, from Indiana, headed Chandler High School industrial arts 1948-1973. Wife, Verda. Children Barbara and Tom.

GALLGER, Maude Mae

23 Mar 1891 - Sep 1980
Maude Mae Gallger, 89, who came here from Oklahoma 46 years ago, died Sept. 30, 1980, in a Phoenix hospital. She was born in Missouri. She was a member of the 27th Ave Baptist Church. Survived by children Helen Leverett, Alma Bagley, Clearese Brown, Virginia McFarland, Jack and R. T.; a sister; a brother; 22 grandchildren. Published in the Arizona Republic Thursday, October 2, 1980.

GANNON, Helen L.

29 May 1941 - 15 March 1980
Helen L. Gannon, 38, who had been a secretary at Phoenix Veterans Hospital, died of a heart attack March 15, 1980, in her home. She moved here in 1970 from New York. Survivors include her husband, Terence; parents, John and Mary Zambanini; and three brothers. Botimer Family Mortuary. Mass was in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 24th/Campbell. 3/18/1980.

GARBER, William J.

Services for William Jennings Garber, 83, who had been in barber supply sales before retiring here in 1967 from Akron, Ohio, were in Memory Lawn Mortuary, 719 N. 27th Ave. Mr. Garber, 3330 N. 27th Ave., died Oct. 7, 1980, in Phoenix General Hospital. He was born in Meyerdale, Pennsylvania. Surviving are his wife, Mary, and daughter, Colleen Koantz. Published in The Arizona Republic Friday, Oct. 10, 1980.

GARCIA, Antonio, Jr.

Antonio Garcia, Jr., 24, was born in Phoenix and died of auto accident injuries Oct 5, 1980. He was an apprentice electrician. Wife, Donna; children Christina and Antonio III; father, Antonio; three sisters and three brothers. Oct. 9, 1980.

GARDINER, Everett H.

Sun City -- Everett H. Gardiner, 82, who served in the Army in both World Wars, died Oct. 6, 1980, in a nursing home in Lafayette, Indiana. Mr. Gardiner had a winter home in Sun City for 12 years. He retired in 1962 as a pipefitter after 34 years with the Indiana Gas Co. Saturday, Oct. 11, 1980.

GARDUNO, Daniel D.

28 Aug 1911 - 8 Oct 1980
Daniel D. Garduno, 69, of Fort Wingate, NM, who formerly was a certified public accountant for the Boy Scouts of America in Phoenix, died Oct. 8, 1980, in Albuquerque Veterans Hospital. Rosary was in Northwest Mortuary, 4033 N. 19th Ave. Mass was in St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 5525 W. Acoma. Mr. Garduno was with the Boy Scouts here six years before going to New Mexico in 1977. He was a native of Winslow and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are a daughter, Ella Marie Poucher; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The Arizona Republic Oct. 11-13, 1980.


Mike Garofilo, 90, died Oct. 12, 1980, in Desert Haven Nursing Home. He was born in Italy and came here in 1976 from California. He had been a packer of glass containers. Survivors include children, Rosie Gross, Mary Mask and Joseph. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1980.

GARVICK, Eugene R.

16 Nov 1908 - 13 Mar 1980
Eugene R. Garvick, 71, who worked in production control for AiResearch until retiring in 1972, died March 13, 1980, in Erie, PA. Mr. Garvick came here in 1948 and left Phoenix in February. He was a member of the Montezuma Masonic Lodge, El Zaribah Shrine and Scottish Rite bodies. Wife, Velma; daughter, Phyllis Sutter; two granddaughters; a brother and two sisters. Memorial services were in First Presbyterian Church, 4th Ave and Monroe. Saturday, March 15, 1980.

GEORGE, Llewellyn

1 Aug 1938 - 22 Jan 1980
Mesa -- Llewellyn George, 41, a Korean War veteran, died Jan. 22, 1980. He was born in Arizona and had been a farm worker. He is survived by his father, Olleton George; and a sister. Friends may call in St. Francis Hall on the Salt River Indian Reservation. Graveside services were in the Lehi Cemetery. 1/26/1980.

GEORGE, Melvin

Melvin George, 23, was killed in auto accident in Tempe Sept. 28, 1980. Mr. George was born in Arizona and was a member of the Plumbers Union. Survived by his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Joseph Halford; father, Robert George; four sisters and four brothers. Services were in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dulce, N.M. Published 10/3/1980.

GHEE, Uriah Nathan

Uriah Nathan Ghee, 4, was born in Albuquerque and died Sept. 24, 1980, in Good Samaritan Hospital of cystic fibrosis. Mother, Dorinda Musa; father, Martin Ghee. Arizona Republic Friday, 10/3/1980.

GIBBONS, Bernard W.

Scottsdale -- Bernard W. Gibbons, 32, a faculty member of National Teacher Education Project in Scottsdale, died of cancer Jan. 26, 1980, in his home. He was born in Evergreen Park, IL. Mr. Gibbons received his master of divinity degree from St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA. He also attended Loyola University. He was director of religious education for the Community of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Scottsdale from 1976 to 1979. Surviving are his wife, Marcella, who is on the nursing staff of Scottsdale Memorial Hospital; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard W. Gibbons; two sisters and a brother. Vigil service and Mass were at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Scottsdale. 1/28/1980.


Mesa -- Services for James A. Gilbert, 74, who taught school 44 years in Montana before coming here in 1971, will be today in Velda Rose Methodist Church, 5540 E. Apache Trail. Mr. Gilbert, 5301 E. Cicero, died Oct. 7, 1980, in Mesa Lutheran Hospital. He was a member of the Masonic Shrine, Elks and Retired Teachers Association. Survivng are his wife, Evelyn; daughters, Nancy Vasilion and Kathleen Bond, and two grandchildren. Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home made arrangements. Memorials to Velda Rose Organ Fund c/o of the church. Chapel of Prayer Funeral Home, Mesa. Published in The Arizona Republic Thursday, October 9, 1980.

GILBERT, William H.

2 Aug 1947 - 22 Jan 1980
William H. Gilbert, 32, who was born in Phoenix and had been an upholsterer with Black Canyon Interiors, died Jan. 22, 1980, in St. Luke's Hospital. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Gilbert; two sisters and a brother. 1/25/1980.


2 Oct 1905 - 30 Sep 1980
Mesa -- Roy W. Gillman, 74, a retired pharmacist, died Sept. 30, 1980. Mr. Gillman was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and Mesa Elks Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Ella; children, Sally Buchan, Jack and Richard Ruge; and 15 grandchildren. Oct. 2, 1980.


4 Apr 1939 - 28 Jan 1980
State chemist Gary Gilsdorf, 40, a victim of liver cancer, died Jan. 28, 1980, in Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa. He was a Tempe resident who came to Arizona from Nebraska in 1975 to assume his duties as state chemist. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe. He is survived by his wife, Jenny; two sons, Robert J. and Daniel M.; his father, Denis L. Gilsdorf, and one brother. 1/30/1980.

GIPSON, John Lee

14 Mar 1920 - 19 Jan 1980
John Lee Gipson, 55, who moved to Arizona 30 years ago, died Jan. 19, 1980, in a Phoenix hospital. He served in the Navy and worked 10 years for Pinal County Highway Department. Survivors include his wife, Hazel; daughters, Billie Jean Avelais, Naomi Austine, Rosemary Hill, Sandra Huckaby and Virginia Bailey; 10 grandchildren; three sisters and three brothers. Services were in Amos Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2801 E. MObile. 1/24/1980.

GITLIN, Joseph

2 Sep 1898 - 30 Sep 1980
Sun City -- Joseph Gitlin, 82, who came to Arizona in 1957, died Sept. 30, 1980, in Doctors Hospital. Mr. Gitlin had been office manager of a stationery store in New York City and was a member or Jewish War Veterans. Surviving is a daughter, Annette Litin; a brother and four grandchildren. Graveside services in Sunland Memorial Park. Published in the Arizona Republic Thursday, October 2, 1980.

GIUSTI, Ersilia

24 Nov 1893 - 28 Jan 1980
Ersilla Giusti, 85, died Jan. 28, 1980, in Doctors Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Joseph Tonelli; a sister; a brother; two grandchildren. 1/31/1980.

GOCAL, Anna M.

12 Nov 1905 - 11 Oct 1980
Sun City -- Anna M. Gocal, 74, who was a cashier for high schools in Illinois before coming here in 1978 from Calumet City, Ill., died Oct. 11, 1980, in her home. She was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and Polish American Democratic Club. Survived by husband, Mike; children, Dorothy Angell, Carl Coffelt, Clarence, Robert, William, Raymond; two brothers, Joseph and Louis Anjdraka of Illinois; two sisters, Velma Kostke of CA and Betty Bider of IL; 16 grandchildren. Services and interment were in Chicago Heights, IL. The Arizona Republic Sunday, Oct. 12, 1980.

GODBEHERE, Vernon C., Sr.,

Vernon C. Godbehere, Sr., died Oct. 3, 1980. Survived by wife, Lois A., Phoenix; daughters, Mary Lou Kelly, Scottsdale; Betty Sue Shafton, Phoenix; son Vernon C., Jr., Phoenix; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Private family services were held. Arrangements by Mercer Mortuary. The Arizona Republic Sunday, Oct. 5, 1980.

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