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"L" Surnames, 1994 Arizona Obituaries and Abstracts

1994 Arizona Obituaries & Abstracts


15 July 1917 - 16 May 1994
John C. Labagh, 76, of Phoenix, a salesman, died May 16, 1994. He was born in Fairfield, Iowa. Survivors include his brothers-in-law, Dale and Harlan Hampson. Services Friday, Grimshaw Bethany Chapel, 710 W. Bethany Home Road. The Phoenix Gazette Sat., May 19, 1994.


Mary O. LaBarbera, 85, of Phoenix, a homemaker, died June 14, 1994. She was born in Italy. Son, Sam; sisters, Beatrice DiFRANCESCO and Carmella CORSO; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation and Rosary at Whitney and Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E. Campbell. Arizona Republic 6/16/1994.

LACASSE, Eva Lee (also LaCASSA)

Eva Lee LaCasse, 86, of Mesa, a homemaker, died Feb. 6, 1994. She was born in Warren, Oklahoma. Survivors include her daughters, Floretta MacDonald, June Neilson and Marie Epps; sons, D. W., Wayne and Frank; mother, Amand Ryan; sisters, Merle Graham and Thelma Wood; brother, J. W. Ryan; 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Services Thursday Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lehi First Ward, Lehi Road and North Horne, Mesa. Meldrum Mortuary. Published in The Arizona Republic Tuesday, February 8, 1994.

LACY, Charles J.

Charles J. Lacy, 58, of Phoenix, died Feb. 6, 1994. He was born in Houston and was a truck driver. Wife, Jessie Mae; daughters, Susan Branham, Cheryl, Patty, Christine and Yvonne; sons, Joseph, Jr., Stephen M., Mardell, Terry and Charles; five sisters; four stepsisters; two brothers, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services South Phoenix Baptist Church, 2006 E. Broadway. 2/15/1994.

LACY, Sonja Lenora

Sonja Lenora Lacy, 38, of Phoenix, died Jan. 28, 1994. She was born in Phoenix and was a nursing assistant. Daughter, Tasha Roberts; sons, Leonard III and Steven Roberts and Frank; five sisters; five brothers; and four grandchildren. Eastlake Chapel and Mortuary. Services at East Phoenix Community Church, 1937 E. Diamond St. Feb. 3, 1994.

LAMAR, Emmaline G.

Emmaline G. Lamar of Congress died November 14, 1994, in Phoenix. She was 86. Mrs. Lamar was born in 1908 in Sauk County, Wisconsin. She had lived in Arizona since 1962, coming from Illinois. Mrs. Lamar was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Howard, of Congress; sons Clyde Bimel of Chicago and Henry Bimel of Houston; daughters Ann Pellett of San Antonio, Texas and Marion Chitwood of Phoenix; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. No services were held. All arrangements were handled by Best Funeral Services of Peoria. The Wickenburg Sun, November 23, 1994, p. 2
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LAMOREAUX, Mamie Grace

Mamie Grace Lamoreaux, 92, of Youngtown, a homemaker, died Feb. 6, 1994. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado. Survivors include her grandson, Art Lake; and two great-grandchildren. Private services. Best Funeral Services. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, February 8, 1994.


E. James Landers, 72, of Tempe, died Feb. 3, 1994. He was born in Graybull, Wyoming, and was a professor of zoology at Arizona State University. Wife, Rosalie; son, David; and three grandchildren. Carr-Tenney Mortuary. 2/5/1994.

LANDERS, Marietta H.

19 April 1923 - 21 May 1994
Marietta H. Landers, 71, of Sun City, a homemaker, died May 21, 1994. She was born in El Dorado, Kansas. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Hesse, Karen Hubbard and Rhonda Sprouse; sister, Macabelle Sutton; and nine grandchildren. Services Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City. Contributions to a favorite charity. The Arizona Republic 24 May 1994.


Linda R. Landini, 42, of Glendale, a homemaker, died June 13, 1994. She was born in Chicago. Survivors include her husband, Bruce J.; daughter, Jenni L.; sons, Bruce J., Jr., and Dan W.; mother, Willie Revis; sisters, Dorothy Mason, Jeanne Ratkovich, Nancy Eierman, Jackie Sanchez and Lee Ann Revis; brothers, Bill, Bob, and Jerry Revis; and two grandchildren. Visitation Hansen Mortuary with scripture service. Services at the mortuary also. Contributions: Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, 6200 E. Thomas, Suite 101. 6/15/1994.


Eula May Landress, 75, of Mesa, died Aug. 1, 1994. She was born in Palo Pinto County, Texas, and was a homemaker. Son, Clyde; sisters, Zula Morris and Beulah Cordell; brothers, Leo, Troy and Jessie McKee; and one great-grandchild. Meldrum Mortuary. Mesa City Cemetery. 8/3/1994.

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LANE, Annie Mae

Annie Mae Lane, 72, of Mesa, died May 20, 1994. She was born in Arkansas and was a homemaker. Daughters, Lynn Morse, Elizabeth Winkler, Eva Larson and Helen Zelinka; sons, Donnie, LeRoy, Hershel, Eules, Roger, Ed and Henry; brother, Charles Fuller; 34 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. 5/23/1994.

LANE, William Frank

William Frank Lane, 69, of Mesa, was born in Lewellen, Nebraska, and died Oct. 31, 1994. He was a retired rancher. Survivors include his son, Ricky F.; mother, Maggie; sister, Carol Eaden; brother, Robert E.; and two grandchildren. 2 Nov. 1994.

LANGE, Erhard

Erhard Lange, 55, of Phoenix, a machinist, died May 21, 1994. He was born in Germany. Survivors include his wife, Grace; daughters, Deborah, Jennifer and Monica; mother, Amanda; sister, Edith; brother, Hilmar; and two grandchildren. Services Wednesday, Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Road. The Arizona Republic 24 May 1994.

LANGE, George Walter

George Walter Lange, 89, of Sun City, died Oct. 30, 1994. He was born in Cleveland and was a salesman. Sunland Mortuary. 11/4/1994.


Mary Langworthy, 77, of Mesa, died Jan. 31, 1994. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a homemaker. Daughter, Carolyn Kopperud; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services Melcher's Chapel of the Roses, Mesa. Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 141 N. Macdonald St. Feb. 3, 1994.

LANTZ, Karl Alfred

Karl Alfred Lantz, 83, of Coolidge, died Aug. 17, 1994. He was born in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. Survivors include his daughters, Kathryn Wright, Carolyn Clubb and Marilyn Rucker; sons, Karl, Jr., William, Jerry, David and Gary; 27 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services Simes Mortuaries Coolidge Chapel, 410 W. Roosevelt. Contributions: United Blood Services of Arizona. The AZ Republic Aug. 19, 1994.

LAROUX, Dorothy Marie

Dorothy Marie LaRoux, 72, of Scottsdale, died Feb. 16, 1994. She was born in Menominee, Michigan, and was an office manager. Husband, Arthur F.; daughters, Barbara J. Bartelme and Elizabeth M. Schneider; five sisters; four brothers; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. St. Jerome's Catholic Church. Lundberg Mortuary White Rose Chapel. 2/18/1994.


Jacob and Zachary Larremore, 2, of Globe, twin sons of Patricia Ann Weekes and Robert Troy, died May 15, 1994. They were born in Phoenix. Survivors include their sister, Ashley Rose and their grandparents. Services Memory Chapel Mortuary, Prescott. 19 May 1994.

LARSON, Frances

Frances Larson of Texas, formerly of Arizona, died May 15, 1994. She was born in New Jersey, and was a retired executive secretary. Survivors include her son, Kemble Cox and three grandchildren. 20 May 1994.

LARSON, Gerald "Gary", 5/24/1994.

8 September 1929 - 19 May 1994
Gerald "Gary" Larson, 64, of Mesa, a former businessman, died May 19, 1994. He was born in Delaware, Iowa, and was a member of the El Kahir Shrine Temple, the Elks Lodge and the Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; stepdaughters, Melanie Tietz and Melody Burreson; sister, Hazel Holthaus; and one grandchild. Services have been held. Family Burial & Cremation Center. The Arizona Republic 24 May 1994.

LARSON, Robert W.

Robert W. Larson, 60, of Mesa, died Feb. 3, 1994. He was born in Ault, Colorado, and was a retired metal fabricator and an Army veteran. Wife, Virginia J.; daughters, Jody Larson and Donna Tuttle; son, B. William; mother, Helen; sister, Mary-Kate Sullivan; and brother, Kenneth. Lakeshore Mortuary. 2/5/1994.

LASHMET, Verna Veronica

Not available 8/20/1994.

LAURENCELL, Ronald James

Not available 8/20/1994.

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LAVAN, Edward J.

Edward J. Lavan, 77, of Show Low, died Aug. 20, 1994. He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and was a retired toymaker. Daughters, Ann Marie Dominguez and Mary Ellen; sons, Dale, Bruck and Edward; sister, Laverne Wisniewski; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lakeshore Mortuary. St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church, Chandler. 8/23/1994.

LAWS, Jeanette J.

Jeanette J. Laws, 75, of Sun City, died Nov. 1, 1994. She was born in Melrose, Minnesota, and was a homemaker. Husband, Lewis H.; Sisters, Margaret WELZ and Celeste PILOT. St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Sun City. Sunland Mortuary. 11/4/1994.

LAY, Margaret L.

Margaret L. Lay, 90, of Casa Grande, a homemaker, died June 16, 1994. She was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Survivors include her sons, Wayne and Eugene; sister, Viola Kramer; nine grandchildre and nine great-grandchildren. 6/18/1994.

LAYMAN, Gay Lynn

Gay Lynn Layman, 46, of Seligman, died Feb. 15, 1994. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was a bookkeeper. Husband, John; daughter, Kristi; sisters, Cheryl Hendricks and Dianne Penderl; and brother, Michael Lee Skutt. Seligman Calvary Baptist Church. Airzona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Prescott. 2/18/1994.

LEAHY, Janet Ryman

Janet Ryman Leahy, 67, of Phoenix, an artist, died May 12, 1994. She was born in Pittsburgh. Survivors include her daughter, Shannon Leahy Sullivan; sons, Kip Michael, Scott Patrick and Mark Stevenson; sister, Joanne Ryman Carruthers; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. Contributions: Janet Ryman Leahy Fine Arts Scholarship, Bank of America, 3930 E. Broadway. Messinger Mortuary. The Arizona Republic 24 May 1994.

LEBRON, Nelson

Nelson Lebron, 35, of Tempe, died Jan. 29, 1994. He was born in Puerto Rico and was a mechanic. Parents, Nicasia and Justo; sisters, Nelida, Ruth, Aurea, Maria, Daisey and Madeline; and brothers, Hiram, Ananias and Justo. Services were in Puerto Rico. Scottsdale Heritage Mortuary. Feb. 3, 1994.

LEDBETTER, Marion 'Sonny'

Marion "Sonny" Ledbetter, 77, of Globe, a retired owner of a Mobile dealership, died Feb. 14, 1994. Survivors include his daughters, Janice Frantom, Nancy Campbell and Kelly; sons, Richard and Ozie; sisters, Ann Bowen and Dot Coleman; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Miles Damron Funeral Home, Globe. Published in the Arizona Republic 2/16-17/1994.


24 May 1905 - 22 May 1994
Terry Lederman, 89, of Phoenix, a homemaker, died May 22, 1994. She was born in Russia. Survivors include her son, Larry; and three grandchildren. Services Tuesday, Beth Israel Cemetery, 305 S. 35th Ave. Contributions: Kivel Care Center, 3020 N. 36th St., Phoenix. The Arizona Republic 24 May 1994.

LEE, Betty Jo

Betty Jo Lee of Wittmann died December 16 in Wittmann. She was 68. Mrs. Lee was born July 27, 1926 in Waverly, Colorado. She had lived in Arizona almost all of her life, moving here at age 2. She was a housewife and mother. Mrs. Lee is survived by daughters Kathleen M. Welch of Wittmann and Mary E. Frankum of Humboldt; sons Wayne D. Parker, John M. Lee, Jess M. Lee and Jess M. Lee II, all of Wittmann; and six grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, December 21) at the Saguaro Jane Center, with burial following in the Saguaro Jane Cemetery in Wittmann. All arrangements were handled by Sun West Funeral Home of El Mirage. The Wickenburg Sun, December 21, 1994, p. 2
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LEE, Blanche Annabelle

Blanche Annabelle Lee, 69, of Glendale, died Feb. 7, 1994. She was born in Englewood, Colorado, and was a retired public relations representative. Survivors include her daughter, Lori Lee Wahlers-Hovorka; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. 2/10/1994.

LEE, Claude

Claude Lee, 96, of Prescott, was born in Nutrioso and died Oct. 30, 1994. He was a rancher and farmer, former employee of the Arizona Highway Department, and retired head custodian for the Mesa School District. Survivors include his wife, Alice; daughter, Hazel Motes; son, Johnnie; and eight grandchildren. Nutrioso Cemetery. 2 Nov 1994.

LEE, Juell Jr.

Juell Lee, Jr., 38, of Phoenix, died Feb. 4, 1994. He was born in Phoenix and was a sales company telemarketer. Survivors include his mother, H. Marie; sisters, Dorothy Cabral and Joyce McDaid; and brother, Victor Cabral. St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Peoria. 11 Feb. 1994.

LEEPER, Chester J.

Chester J. Leeper, 72, of Glendale, an Air Force chief master sergeant, died Feb. 4, 1994. He was born in Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; daughters, Barbara J. Border and Claudia Hester; son, C. Kent; mother, Esther; and five grandchildren. Services held in Kansas. Lundberg Mortuary, White Rose Chapel. Published in the Arizona Republic Monday, February 7, 1994.

LEFLER, Harold B. "Spec"

26 July 1919 - 2 August 1994
Harold "Spec" Lefler, 75, of Chino Valley, died Aug. 2, 1994. Services Word of Life Assembly Church, Chino, Valley, Arizona. Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Prescott. The AZ Republic Aug. 5, 1994.

LEGG, Donald L.

Donald L. Legg, 70, of Mesa, died Jan. 31, 1994. He was born in Batavia, N.Y., and was a parts salesman for Empire Machinery Co. and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Kisabled American Veterans and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Wife, Helen; daughter, Diane R. Bartz; sons, James D. and Larry L.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Church of the Master, Mesa. Valley of the Sun Mortuary. 2/2/1994.


Guy R. Leighty, 32, of Phoenix, an electrician and co-owner of Leighty & Son Electrical, died Feb. 6, 1994. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Cassandra; sons, Daniel and Nicholas; parents, Delories and Bill Carter and Charlotte and James; brothers, Gil Reed and Gene Lewis. Sunland Mortuary. the Arizona Republic 2/9/1994.

LELLI, Leonard V.

Leonard V. Lelli, 58, of Sun City, died Aug. 20, 1994. He was born in New York City and was a hair stylist. Wife, Josephine P.; mother, Lucy; brother, Robert. Services at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, Sun City. Sunland Mortuary. 8/23/1994.

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LEMMON, Anthony M.

Anthony M. Lemmon, 45, of Prescott Valley, a truck driver, died March 22, 1994. He was born in Van Nuys, Calif. Survivors include his daughters, Kathryne and Amanda; mother, Virginia; and brothers, Robert and Patrick. Services Sunrise Funeral Home, Prescott. 3/24/1994.

LESTER, Maxine A.


LEUSER, Doris Hella

Doris Hella Leuser, 67, of Glendale, died May 17, 1994. She was born in Germany and was a typist. Survivors include her daughter, Virginia Johnson and sons, Bart, Chris and Brandon. 19 May 1994.

LEVY, Lucretia Mae

Lucretia Mae Levy, 80, of Sun City, a teacher, died Feb. 5, 1994. She was born in Jefferson, Oklahoma. Survivors include her sister, Ireen Rassweiler. No services. Best Funeral Services. The Arizona Republic Tuesday, February 8, 1994.

LEWIS, Carole Ann

Carole Ann Lewis, 48, of Laveen, died Feb. 6, 1994. She was born in Phoenix and was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Anna; son, Michael; sisters, Sylvia Guerra, Joyce Young and Janice Sunn; brothers, Wesley Sunn; and six grandchildren. Visitation at Pee Post Veterans Memorial Center, Laveen. Services Laveen Indian Assembly of God Church, 83rd Ave. and Baseline. 2/10/1994.

LEWIS, Michelle Lynn

Michelle Lynn Lewis, infant daughter of Arlene Dixon and Cameron Lewis of Blackwater, died Jan. 29, 1994. Sister, Kamera Ann; brother, Francisco; grandparents. Vah-Ki Cemetery, Gila River Indian Community. Bunker's Garden Chapel. 2/2/1994.

LEWIS, Paul Lee

(unavailable) 8/19/1994.

LEWIS, Helenmary

Helenmary Lewis, 74, of Phoenix, died Feb. 11, 1994. She was born in Dover, Ohio, and was a retired Arizona Public Service Co. secretary. Husband, Robert; daughter, Cecelia Mason; sons, William Bertalan and Cameron; brothers, Robert, Paul, Carl and Gerald Lang; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 2/15/1994.

LEWIS, Roy Edgar

Roy Edgar Lewis, 67, of Scottsdale, died Aug 1, 1994. He was born in Richmond, Indiana, and was a draftsman and a World War II Army veteran. Wife, Pearl M.; daughter, Kathryn A. and Vicki L.; sons, Martin D., David, and Gary D.; stepdaughter, Donna Shrhardt; stepson, Robert Homan; sister, Dorothy; brothers, Kenny, Calvin E. and Roger; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Messinger Mortuary. 8/3/1994.

LEWIS, Sallie "Sarah"

Sallie "Sarah" Lewis, 79, of Scottsdale, a homemaker, died June 9, 1994. She was born in Parker and was a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Survivors include her sons, Robert, Rodney and John; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation Phoenix Central Presbyterian Church, 37 E. Indian School Road. Services Vah-Ki Presbyterian Church, Bapchule. Contributions: Memorial Fund for Indian Ministries, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, 4423 N. 24th St., Suite 200. Bunker's Garden Chapel. 6/15/1994.