Obituaries

Cresencio Tablac Vega

Cresencio Tablac Vega, 87, of Sierra Vista, passed away on Friday May 1, 2015, at Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church. Assisting the family was Hatfield Funeral Home.

Cresencio “Sonny” Vega

On Saturday afternoon, May 2, 2015, Cresencio “Sonny” Vega left this world to be reunited with his wife, Gina. Born in the Philippines, Sonny learned at an early age that self-sufficiency and a deep faith in God would be the two characteristics that would carry him through some of the most dangerous times in his life, particularly when he was stationed in Vietnam.

Jean Florence Miller

Jean Florence Miller, 78, of Sierra Vista, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Canyon Vista Medical Center. She had been a resident of Arizona for 44 years.

Mary Kathryn Ruterman

Mary Kathryn Ruterman, 67, passed away on May 5, 2015, in Hereford, Ariz., from pancreatic cancer. She was born in Philipsburg, Pa., on Sept. 19, 1947. She was adopted by Frank and LouEmma (Fish) Pierwola in 1952. They moved to Globe, Ariz., in 1954 where she attended Globe Public Schools, graduating in 1965. She moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1966 where she met Richard Ruterman in 1967. They married in 1968 in Douglas, Ariz., then resided in Phoenix until 1977 at which time they moved to Hereford, Ariz.

Harry Thiel

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of former Sierra Vista resident Harry Thiel, age 84, on May 5, 2015, in his home in Highland Ranch, Colo.

Harry was born on March 13, 1931 in Denver, Colo. as an only child. He worked as a commercial Tile and Marble supervisor, and was very good working with his hands. He married his longtime sweetheart Dixie Lea Hale in Denver, Colo., and stayed married for 62 years. They moved to Sierra Vista in 2002 and moved back to Colorado in 2011. He loved golf, fishing, pool, water volleyball, card games and telling jokes. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Robert Leon Carpenter

Inspired by John Steinbeck’s descriptions of Northern California, Bob moved from Malden, Mass., to San Francisco in 1957 after serving in the Air Force as an instrument repairman for the Strategic Air Command in the Aleutian Islands and Japan.

San Francisco’s public education and transportation system were a draw for Bob, and he took cable cars and other transport across the city to study Business Administration at San Francisco City College and SFSU while working at Wells Fargo Bank. 

Lee H. Steward CW2 U.S. Army (Ret.)

An American hero entered Heaven on March 31, 2015. Lee H. Steward “Stu” was born June 7, 1930, to O.D. and Bernece Steward in Sacramento, Calif.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sylvia “Susie” Steward of Prescott, Ariz.; a daughter, Leanna Steward Rasmussen, of Prescott, Ariz., and a son, Steven Lee (Debra) Steward, of Astoria, Ore.; a step-daughter, Iona Morgan, of Prescott, Ariz., and a step-son, James E. (Sandra) Morgan, of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Dolores Hooker, of Taft, Calif., brothers, Lindley Steward, of Trinidad, Calif., and Terry (Mary) Steward, of Medford, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Alexandria Cipolla; and many nieces and nephews.

Dawn Louise Meeker

Dawn was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 27, 1968, to Donna and William Anderson. She left this world on May 3, 2015, after a long illness. Dawn lived life on her own terms. She loved children, animals, butterflies, flowers, and of course her conversation with The Big Dipper each evening. Dawn was a Sierra Vista resident for most of her life. She was a Buena High School graduate and received a degree in psychology from Cochise College. She leaves behind her loving husband, Howard;her daughters Megan and Dana Tufts; siblings sister, Toni Tobin, and brother, Guy Anderson; her ex-husband, Ross Tufts; her mother-in-law, Mary Meeker; her foster family James (deceased) and Cheryl Casteel. Her combined blended family included Mark, Mary, Howard Jr., David and Chastitie Meeker.

Stephen "Lee" Eddy

Stephen “Lee”  Eddy, 62, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Funeral services will be on May 8, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Chapel and will be conducted by Rev. Mark Conrad of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, along with Military Honors. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.

John Garner

John Garner, 86, of Huachuca City, passed away on May 2, 2015. John was born in National City, Ill., on Feb. 10, 1929. He served in the Army for 25 years. 

John is survived by his older brother, Sam; and his wife, Rosalie; children, Isela, Edna, Elizabeth, Joseph, Athena and Henry; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Hall, 3584 E. Foothills Drive, Sierra Vista, Ariz. 

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