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KAESS, James D.
James D. Kaess, 80, of Phoenix, a salesman, died May 25, 1998. He was born in Phoenix, and was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. He also was a member of the Sigma Rho fraternity. Survivors include his companion, Lucille M. JORGENSON; and sister, Maureen ARNOLD. Services will be private. A. L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries. The Arizona Republic 6/24/1998

KAIN, Roberta B.
Roberta B. Kain, 49, of Apache Junction, passed away October 5, 2000. Mrs. Kain, a homemaker, was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Survivors include her husband Thomas, daughters, O'Neill STEWART and Carrie SHIN, Son Jeremy BOESL, mother Carolyn TURNER, sister Christie TURNER, brother Frank BOSTOCK and 6 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2929 E. Thomas Road, Phx., AZ 85016. Mountain View Mortuary handled the arrangements. The News, Apache Junction October 17, 2000

KEENER, Carrie Ellena
One of eleven children of Baxter and Magnolia Davis, Carrie Ellena Keener was born in Spring Creek, North Carolina on July 3, 1907. Though her goal had been to live to be 100, that was not to be. But she lived life fully telling people that the reason for her longevity was she took each day as it came. On February 17, 2006 at 10:03 p.m. she left this life for a far greater one. She was 98 years old. Her vision of death was new life in a beautiful place, and she imaged her husband and son there with numerous others to greet her. Her strong faith and belief in God and Christ sustained her.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-five years, the Rev. Weaver James "Jim" Keener, and their son, Max Gordon Keener. She is survived by her daughter, Marty Rinze, of San Diego, Calif.; her son Karl William Edward Keener and his partner Leanne Gulbranson of Clovis, Calif.; her daughter Kim K. Scofield and her husband, Bill Little of Austin, Tex.; grandson Bobby Little and his wife Michele and their three boys, Justin, Ty and Cole of Bedford, Tex.; grandson David Little and his wife Amy and their three children, Sam, Ashley and Sarah, of Dripping Springs, Tex.; and granddaughter, Ellena M. Fawns and her husband, Brian "Bear" Fawns and their son, Luke, of Ft. Collins, Colo. She has one surviving sister, Nellie Plemmons of Charlotte, N.C. and numerous nieces and nephews all over the country. She is also survived by special friend and companion Jennie Walker Brunner and husband Jim.
Carrie's gentle, loving spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. She delighted in life, loving to be out in nature, even if it was only a car trip to the doctor's office. Even when ill or in pain, she often remarked how beautiful the blue of the sky was, or how gorgeous the flowers and trees. She relished especially watching children. She felt so blessed to hug, or hold each of her great grandchildren. When Sarah was born, and was only three days old, she was surprised and delighted in the fact that her grand daughter- in-law let her hold such a precious little one. She loved each of her seven great-grandchildren in special ways, having a unique sense of each one of them. There was such joy on her part to be accepted and loved. Their hugs meant so much, and she would remark, "Did you see how they ran right to me and hugged me?!" Special thoughts of these children helped her when she was in pain, as she envisioned herself sitting in a meadow of wildflowers and could see them all running to her with Luke leading them, to surround her with love and hugs. Carrie and Jim met in North Carolina where they were both born and grew up. Carrie started her career as a teacher there. She was proud to tell you that she went to Nashville Normal College. She followed Jim wherever he went to serve various churches and she would find another place to teach in each city. She taught in one-room schools for many years, until finally at 50 she completed her education with her bachelor's degree from Grand Canyon College. She taught school for more than 40 years. She and Jim had made their home in Tempe, Ariz. for over 30 years while Jim served churches in the area, and had his own career as a teacher.
She came briefly to Austin, Tex. with Jim, as he came here to serve Pecan Springs Christian Church as an interim pastor. They returned to Tempe, and later moved to be near their son in Clovis, Calif. Following Jim's death, she returned to Austin as a permanent resident in 2002, first living with her daughter and son- in-law and then making her residence in her special apartment at Brighton Gardens. Her joys included watching the crepe myrtles dance in the wind out her window, listening to Johnny Ray Watson ("The Big Guy") at Riverbend Church, and watching the Texas Longhorns. She loved celebrating their winning National Championships in Baseball and Football. The family thanks all the caregivers who have been part of Carrie's life. It would be impossible to name everyone, but special thanks to Patty, Curtis and Keith, and the rest of you know who you are. Special thanks also to the doctor's and nurses at St. David's NAMC, especially Dr. Paul Stansberry. Visitation was held on Sunday, February 19th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin. Services are pending in Phoenix, Arizona. Texas Austin American-Statesman, 2/19/2006.

KELLY, George F.
George F. KELLY, 52, who lived here 51 years and worked as a trouble-shooter the past 27 years for Arizona Public Service Co., died June 30, 1979, in his home. Mr. Kelly, 3543 W. Palm Lane, was a World War II Navy veteran, a high priest counselor in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 387 and Active with the Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife, Idonna M.; children, Georgia MORRIS, Donna SMITH, Lesli WILSON, Susan EASLEY, Nancy, Sara, Rachel, Glenn, Samuel and Ray; mother, Agnes KELLY; and 10 grandchildren. Services were in the LDS Capitol Ward. Memory Lawn Mortuary handled arrangements. The Arizona Republic Friday, July 6, 1979, p. C-5.

KEMPFERT, Jane Cashel
Jane Cashel Kempfert, 75, of Phoenix, a receptionist at Phoenix Baptist Hospital, died March 23, 1998. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. Survivors include her daughters, Kay MORTIMER and Carol; sons, Albert John and John; sister, Virginia NICOLIN; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: Phoenix Baptist Hospital Chapel, 6025 N. 20th Ave., Phoenix, with a gathering of friends following services at the family residence. Contributions: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Brown's Colonial Mortuary. The Arizona Republic Wednesday, March 25, 1998

Ann Kenderes 84, of a homemaker Tempe, died May 6, 2001 in Mesa. Ann is survived by her daughter Sue ROSWURM, three sons, Richard, Dennis, and David. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Evans, grandchildren; Jared and Justine Roswurm, Kristy, Amanda, Becky and Karen KENDERES. Visitation and Funeral Service Lakeshore Mortuary 1815 S. Dobson Road. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014 The Arizona Republic Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Ruby Killen, 91, a Phoenix resident for 65 years, died Jan. 20, 1985, at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Mrs. Killen moved to Arizona from her native Texas. Survivors include her daughters, Dora MEEKS and Thelma GALBRAITH; a son, William H.; a sister, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchildren. Graveside services at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. The Arizona Republic 1/22/1985

KINSELLA, Michael S.
Michael S. Kinsella, 52, of Apache Junction, a retired Marine Corps captain, died July 21, 1998. He was born in Mankato, Minn. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Donna and Liza; sons, Chris, Robert, and Peter; mother, Harriet Ruth; sisters, Sharon HUBBARD and Carol BARTELL; brothers, Pat, David, and Tom; and 11 grandchildren. Visitation St. James Catholic Church, Coolidge. Rosary and Mass also at the church. Simes Mortuary, Coolidge. The Arizona Republic July 24, 1998

Biography of Thomas J. Kollenborn
My first recollections of the Superstition Mountains relates back to my Uncle Abe Brunson. On a trip from Mesa to Tonto Basin along the Apache Trail in 1944 we stopped near Government Well to cool his old Model �A� Ford down. As we set in the shade of a Palo Verde (not much shade) he told me the story of the Dutchman�s Lost Mine.
In the early spring of 1948, I was introduced to the Superstition Mountains at First Water by my father. We hiked into East Boulder Canyon then over into Needle Canyon near John Pearce�s old camp. We spent the night and hiked out the next day. I was ten years old and this was my first real introduction to the mountains. The story, the rugged mountain and the serenity of region capture my imagination for the rest of my life. I started photographing the mountains in the mid 1950�s when I worked for the Barkley Cattle Company for the first time.1955-1965 I spent numerous weekends in the Superstition Mountains visiting as many places as I could. I met many interesting people during these years. I was a common visitor in Al Morrow�s camp. I often stopped by Ed Piper�s Camp and even talked to Celeste Jones on the trail a couple of times when I was in the mountains. From 1973-2005 I continued being involved with the Superstition Wilderness Area in some way. I have served as a guide, written columns on the area since 1976, published books and continued to visit this rugged mountain wilderness area with my camera.
My mother was born in Mesa, Arizona and her folks were raised in Tonto Basin. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, however, I was back in Arizona before I was a year old. I have always claimed Arizona as my native state. I attended public school in Tonto Basin, Globe, Hayden, Winkelman and Phoenix. My father was employed by the Christmas Copper Company from 1932-1952. We moved to Phoenix in 1952. I graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1956. I attended Arizona State Teacher�s College in the fall of 1956. I also served and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. I received my Master�s Degree in 1977 from Arizona State University.
I was an U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar to Israel in 1986.
I started my teaching career with the Apache Junction Unified School District in 1973. I taught classes for Central Arizona College from 1973-1990 on the history and lore of the Superstition Wilderness Area.
During the past thirty years I have developed a large database based on the periodical history Superstition Wilderness Area. I have collected more than 2000 names of people interested in the area, more than 18,000 periodicals, and more three hundred books and publications. All this information is easily accessible with the database we have developed. Eventually this database will be available to the public at an on-line site along with a virtual cyberspace museum on the area with rare photographs taken by my father never published or used before. At least this is my dream.
The mountains have always got a story to tell. I welcome you to my world. The adventures of our youth serve as our memories when we grow older.

Scottsdale -- Services for Victor G. KONEMANN, 61, who retired in 1967 as a branch manager after 17 years with Sunbeam Electrical Appliances, were in Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross, 3110 N. Hayden. Mr. Konemann, 8525 E. Sheridan, moved here in 1960 from California and died July 2, 1979, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. He is survived by wife, Loretta; children, Sandra HAAPALA and Victor Charles; a grandson; four sisters and a brother. The Arizona Republic Friday, July 6, 1979, p. C-5.

Sun City � Felix KOPACH, 68, a member of the Catholic Church of St. Joachim who came here in 1972 from Chicago where he was a clerk 43 years with Sears Roebuck & Co., died July 4, 1979, in his home. Mr. KOPACH, 10040 Lancaster Drive, was a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by wife, Elizabeth; children, Donna STEWART and Martin F.; three grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers. Services in Lundberg Chapel, 11211 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. The Arizona Republic Friday, July 6, 1979, p. C-5.

KWIATKOWSKI, Ladimir 1928-1994
Ladimir Kwiatkowski was a central figure on The Wallace and Ladmo Show, a daily children's variety show filmed in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring clowns, cartoons and short comedy skits. Kwiatkowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 13, 1928 to Walter and Florence Kwiatkowski. His father was a Cleveland police detective, and the family were devout Catholics. In 1949 Kwiatkowski decided to go to Arizona to Arizona State University in Tempe. He wanted to be a sports broadcaster. He played baseball with the ASU team and was being eyed by scouts from the Cleveland Indians. While working as a cameraman for KPHO-TV in 1955, he became involved with the It's Wallace program, developing both his Ladmo character as well as his trademark Ladmo Bags. He went on to become one of the core cast members of the subsequent permutations of the show, later renamed The Wallace & Ladmo Show. The show ended with the final taping on December 29, 1989, after 36 years, becoming the longest-running daily children's television show in history. By that time the show had won many awards, including nine Emmy awards. He was married to Patsy KILLOUGH on March 31, 1951, and they had 5 children. Kwiatkowski died of lung cancer on March 2, 1994 in Tempe, Arizona.

Ladimir Kwiatkowski was born July 13, 1928, son of Walter (a Cleveland juvenile police detective) and Florence KWIATKOWSKI. "Laddie Boy", as he was often called, was the kind of kid who was good to have as a playmate. His friends nicknamed him "Slats" because he was so thin. He was always active, whether he was playing sports or dancing to his grandmother's Polish music records. Lad was the kind of kid who wanted to take up the drums. "But my folks wouldn't let me," he recalled. "They said 'play the saxophone or the piano'. I should have gone with the piano." He was the kind of kid who played a minor part in a grade school play then decided drama was not for him. "I did one show -- A Christmas Carol -- in grade school and I did not want to be on stage again," he remembered, noting that he had knocked a screen over during the play. "I was so embarrassed, I didn't want to do anything after that." Lad Gets A Baseball Itch Instead of pursuing a career on stage, Lad concentrated on sports -- particularly baseball. He informed his parents that he wanted to become a major league baseball player. Lad went to church each Sunday -- he and his family were devout Catholics -- but he would be dressed in his baseball uniform ready to dash out to the diamond after Mass. "I would have played football, but I was too small," he noted. "But baseball -- it was fast and I loved the game." Lad never had formal coaching in his favorite sport until he got to John Adams High School, where he honed his baseball skills. After graduation, he left Ohio to attend Arizona State College in Tempe, along with a few high school buddies -- knowing that Arizona's climate would actually allow him to play baseball year round! Lad was a good player. He was on the varsity team four years, from '50-53. He led Arizona State in hitting in 1951 with a .358 average, including two doubles, a triple and a single against rival University of Arizona. He was made captain of the team the next year. Lad brought respect to a baseball program where players wore hand-me-down uniforms and official statistics were not yet kept. He was pretending to play slide trombone to "Ragmop", a popular tune playing on a nearby jukebox, when Patsy Lou KILLOUGH first saw him. Patsy and Lad started dating soon afterwards, and they were married on Mar 31, 1951. He graduated from the university with a journalism degree in 1953 and was offered a chance to play for a Cleveland Indians farm team. But Lad was not sure he wanted to invest the time slugging it out in the minors, especially with a wife and child at home. Plus, he liked Phoenix and he was intrigued by television. "I saw the future in television," he observed. The day after he graduated, Lad applied for a job at KPHO-TV When it was the only television station in town. "I went in at nine o'clock and at eleven o'clock, they called me and asked when I could start. At one o'clock the day after I graduated, I started at KPHO." It was a great education. Lad was assigned to help produce KPHO's slate of live shows. He also cleaned and swept the floors, folded chairs, raised sets and eventually ran the cameras. And although he could see the future in television, Lad had no way of knowing what would happen next. The Character "Ladmo" was born when Bill THOMPSON asked Lad to join him in January, 1956, as his sidekick on "It's Wallace?" They found a top hat in KPHO's prop room and put a sweater over a smock from Safeway. Through the decades, their routines together grew out of their close relationship. The Ladmo Show premiered in the summer of 1963. It was an instant success. The Ladmo Bag, with a toy and an assortment of sponsor's products, was born in 1965. "To have your product in a Ladmo Bag was an association with Wallace and Ladmo," Lad recalled. On June 15, 1970, the show officially became "The Wallace and Ladmo Show." In early 1972, Ladmo got his own cartoon show, Ladmo's Clubhouse, in addition to his regular stint. On Friday, Dec. 29, 1989, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show" went off the air. When Ladmo died on March 2, 1994 of lung cancer, the entire state of Arizona mourned.

Koehn, Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie Koehn, age 25, of Arizona formerly of Geneva passed away Saturday November 26, 2005 at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona from Cystic Fibrosis. She was born September 2, 1980 in Winfield, Ilinois. the daughter of Terry J. Koehn and Dora Sterling. Lisa was a 1998 graduate of Geneva High School and had been a student at Arizona State University for four years. She is survived by her father Terry J. (Nancy) Koehn of Geneva; mother Dora of Arizona; three sisters Ericka, Makayla and Olivia all of Geneva; grandparents Alfred and Marie Koehn of Geneva and also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents William and Clara Rosenfelder and her grandmother Elizabeth Glatz. Memorial service was held at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Rt. 38) Geneva with Rev. Melinda Hinners officiating. Private interment at Oak Hill Cemetery Geneva. Memorial visitation and service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL. 60601 or Hospice of the Valley, 1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 85021. Information 630-232-8233. Published in The Arizona Republic on 12/2/2005.

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