Obituaries

Joyce Iriye

Joyce Iriye gracefully passed on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, 2015. She led a full and wonderful life, active in her church and caring for those she loved. An accomplished musician, she often played services for the church and she sang in the church choir. Her bright personality and creativity inspired many, but especially her two daughters. A full-time mom, her life revolved around raising and supporting them in every aspect of their lives.    

Norman Osten

Norman Osten, 80, of Hereford, Ariz., died Friday, June 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.  

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, Ariz., with Pastor Arlo Janssen and Pastor Gary Brown officiating.  Memorials may be directed to the following organizations which were dear to Norm’s heart: Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering, Horse’n Around Rescue (Hereford, Ariz.), and Immanuel Lutheran Church (Sierra Vista, Ariz.).   

Francis “Jack” John O’Neill Jr.

Francis “Jack” John O’Neill Jr., born Jan. 19, 1942, in Franklin, N.H., to the late Francis John and Leona (Boudrou) O’Neill Sr. He departed this life on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He had attained the age of 73 years, four months and 29 days. 

Jack was a resident of Greenville, Mo., since moving from Sierra Vista, in 2011. Jack spent 32 years in Sierra Vista where he worked as a mechanic and fabricator for the Sierra Vista School District. He was of the Catholic faith and also a member of the United States Army where he worked as a tank mechanic.

Jack was a proud man; he loved his wife of 55 years and never recovered from her passing. He was a perfectionist that could fix anything. He was also a hardworking and very proud man.

RoseAnn Sawyer

RoseAnn Sawyer, 85, passed away June 23, 2015, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived most of her life in Chicago Heights, Ill. RoseAnn worked many years as Chief Administrative Officer at a manufacturing facility of Gould Electronics Inc. in Chicago, Ill. She retired to Tucson in 1982 and then moved to Sierra Vista, Ariz., in 2001.  

RoseAnn is survived by her husband James P. Sawyer and two step-children, James C. (Linda) Sawyer and Barbara Lee (Arthur) Eckert, four grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

David K. Schepper

David K. Schepper passed away after heart surgery on June 22, 2015.

Dave was born in Frankfort, Germany, to Sylvin (Shep) and Lenore (Lee) Schepper. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, LaLaine and their daughter, Lisa, of Avondale Ariz.; his mother, Lenore (Lee) Schepper and brother, Dale (Chip), both of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brother, Don and niece, Corine and family of McLoud, Okla., and his extended family. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Sylvin (Shep), and his infant brother, Dennis.

Laura Sue Chapman

Laura Sue Chapman, 58, of Whetstone, went to join her Loving Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Sierra Vista.

She was born on September 16, 1956 to Charles and Susan (Schmidt) Ware in Madison, Ind. Laura worked as a Civil Servant for IRS. On December 19, 1981 she married the love of her life, Bobby in Benson.

Laura is survived by her loving spouse of 33 years, Bobby; two sisters, Margaret Saenz of Arizona, Theresa (Frederick) Bissonnette  of Arizona; two brothers, Michael ( Connie) Ware of Arizona, Christopher (Christy) Ware of Texas; nieces Jessica Green and Elizabeth Bissonnette of Arizona, niece Jennifer Lamoureux and nephew Jason Ware of Arizona, nephews Hunter and Avery Allin of Texas.

Norman Clay Holland

Norman Clay Holland, 89, a longtime resident of Sierra VIsta, died May 21, 2015, after a brief illness.

Mr. Holland retired from the Sierra Vista Public schools after many years as a teacher and elementary school principal.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois R. Holland; and daughters, Lisa Holland Vance and Krista Holland Martin (Chuck Martin); granddaughter, Anna King (James) and grandson Michael Martin.

A private memorial for family and friends will be announced at a later time.

George W.'Smoky' Hessert, Jr.

George W. ‘Smoky’ Hessert, Jr., (Ret. MSG U.S. Army), 77, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at home with his family by his side.

George was born on Aug. 14, 1937, in Washington, D.C., to George and Annie Hessert. George enlisted in the National Guard while he was still in high school. After graduating from Calvert County High School he enlisted full time in the United States Army. He proudly served for more than 20 years retiring as Master Sergeant in 1976. His military career took him all over the world. While stationed in Germany he met the love of his life and married in 1958. 

Joy Ann Ayers

Joy Ann Ayers of Sierra Vista, passed away on June 13, 2015. Joy was born on July 28, 1954, in Fort Gordon, Ga., to Harvey and Mary Ayers.

She is survived by her brother Jim (Shelley) Ayers; Edna (Buster) Arnold; Betty Ayers; Susie (Steve) Willsey. They all reside in Sierra Vista. Joy is also survived by her nephews and nieces (Jennifer, Scott, Christopher, Tamela, Renee, Daniel, Duane, Jaimee) and great-nephews and nieces (Josh, Abby, Mariah, Sydney, Robert, X, and Hunter). Preceding her passing was her mother Mary, her father, Harvey and her brother George. 

Marjorie R. (Morrison) Erbst–Travis

Marjorie R. (Morrison) Erbst–Travis, 84, went to the arms of our Heavenly Father on May 29, 2015. She was the wife of the late Herman Erbst and Jim Travis. Survived by her children, Gary Erbst, Cheryl Geiner, Pamela (John) Waters, Donna (Michael) Dietrich; sisters, Margret Dalessandro and Audrey Bailey; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

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