Obituaries

Rosmarin R. Roxberry

Rosmarin R. Roxberry, 77, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, July 27, 2015. Born June 19, 1938, to Otto and Jovita (Gabel) Brenneisen in Kitzingen, Germany, she never forgot and was always proud of her German heritage.

Married April 1, 1964, to Joseph A. Roxberry, a soldier and sailor, she was equally proud to be a military spouse and loved her adopted country immensely. There was nothing she loved more in life than to dote on her granddaughter Jennifer M. (Roxberry) Deem and grandson Cameron G. Roxberry, plant flowers, and cook for family and friends.

Jean Ivanovich-Mohney

Jean Mohney was born on Oct. 14, 1936, in Bisbee, Ariz., to Gladys and Peter Ivanovich. She graduated from Bisbee High School in 1955. Jean married Henry Decker Clark in 1955, right out of high school, and lived in several places including North Carolina and California. Together they had three children; Hank, Gladys, and Pete before divorcing in 1961. A few years later, she met the love of her life, Gene Mohney. They were married on July 7, 1964, and together they had a fourth child, Jason. Jean and Gene enjoyed 32 years of marriage together, raising their four children in Tempe, Ariz., before Gene passed away in 1996. In 2008, Jean moved to Mesa, Ariz., where she enjoyed spending her time with neighbors, friends, and family.

Russell Wayne Hartwig

Russell Wayne Hartwig, 76, of Sierra Vista passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, July 28.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church located at 4422 Snyder Blvd in Sierra Vista. Interment will follow with military honors at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Russ was born in Racine, Wis., to Lawrence and Margaret Gates. Russ was one of three children. Sadly he was preceded in death by his sisters Nancy Davitt and Barbara Sherpan.

Russ proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 until 1960. After his honorable discharge, Russ attended college and then enjoyed a lifetime career in printing plant management.

James Neil Trapp

James Neil Trapp, 53, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., departed this world on July 8, 2015. James was a medically retired veteran of the Arizona Army National Guard and served in Iraq. James was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. James is now free from the pain and suffering he endured since returning from combat. A memorial for James will be held at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery chapel on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Terry Lee Parfet

Terry Lee Parfet (the Doughboy) went to be with our Lord on July 27, 2015. He was a very smart man who attended Notre Dame College where he received a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a volunteer fireman in Frankfort, Ill., and worked for Ford Motor Company for 19 years as a supervisor.

He was born on April 26, 1942, in Fort Fitzsimmons, Colo., to Elizabeth and George Parfet. He grew up in Aurora, Colo., and then his family moved to Park Forrest, Ill., where he attended high school. He then moved to Texas where he met his wife, Lynette Quigley. He is survived by his wife, Lynette of Sierra Vista; stepson Warren E. (Barry) Barrier of Hemet, Calif.; granddaughter, Brittany Ann Barrier; great-grandson Joseph also from Hemet, Calif.; and his pussycat, Hager.

Helen F. Nelson

Helen F. Nelson, 61, longtime resident of Sierra Vista, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Canyon Vista Medical Center.

Services are pending. Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home with online condolences at hatfieldfh.com.

Ruth L. Frye

Ruth L. Frye of Cleveland, Ohio, and Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed on July 16, 2015.

Lealund Arnell Ellis

Lealund Arnell Ellis passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, at home, surrounded by family. He fought a courageous battle with colon and liver cancer. 

He was born on June 28, 1962, to Elaine Staley and John Roy Ellis in Nampa, Idaho. He grew up in Layton, Utah, and graduated from Layton High school in 1979. He loved playing sports — especially basketball. He was an avid Utah Jazz fan. He was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many positions working with young men and most recently as the Executive Secretary to the Bishop.

Bernice H. Pitts

Bernice H. Pitts, 90, a resident of Sierra Vista, passed away at Hacienda Nursing Center on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Max and Elsa Gertrude (Uhlig) Dietrich, both of Germany.

She moved to Vineland, N.J., at the age of 6 with her family. Bernice relocated to New Mexico in 1995 to be closer to her family and then to Sierra Vista in 1995 to be with her son, James E. Pitts III and wife Lori Pitts and family. Bernice was with her son and family until she moved to Hacienda Nursing Home in Sierra Vista.

John J. Sheedy Jr.

John J. Sheedy Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Wanda Sheedy; three daughters, Kala Sheedy, Amanda (Robert) Sheedy–Rice, Jessica (Scott) Mac Farlane, one son, Jason M. Shaw; and two grandchildren, his beloved twin boys, Aydan and Zane Shaw.

The family would like to thank Dr. Parag Patel, Dr. Guy Cary, Dr. Stephen Hetz and Valor Hospice Care of Sierra Vista, Ariz., for their warmhearted acts of kindness and support through this difficult time.

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