Esther Almandarez Rivera

Esther Almandarez Rivera, age 76, of Bisbee, born Esther Almandarez April 14, 1939, in Douglas, Ariz., went home to be with her Lord God May 5, 2015.

Esther who will always be known as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a great cook and “patas caliente shopper,” graduated from Bisbee High School in 1958. Upon graduation she became employed by the U.S. Department of the Army on Fort Huachuca where she retired after 36 years of service. This is where she met the love of her life and husband, Joseph “Big Joe” Rivera, who preceded her in death on March 9, 2006. They were married April 4, 1959. They had three loving children together and a very happy and extensive family.

James P. “Jim” Estes Jr.

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 6:15 a.m James P. “Jim” Estes Jr., 68, lost his battle with lung cancer at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., in the loving arms of his wife Theresa Estes. Born at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Ill., at 5:24 a.m. on March 28, 1947, to James P. Estes Sr. and Betty Estes, Jim learned hard work and a dedication to family through their loving guidance. Despite his birth in Illinois, his heart was that of a true Arizonian since his arrival in his younger years. He attended Tucson Public Schools until he returned to Illinois to live with his grandparents, where he graduated from Johnson City High School in 1966. 

Marvin W. Zumwalt

Marvin W. Zumwalt, 88, a resident of Sierra Vista for 29 years, passed away on May 6, 2015.

Marvin served in the U.S. Navy from December 1943 to August 1964 and retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie Zumwalt; a son, Marvin C. Zumwalt of North Carolina; a daughter, Susan E. Devereaux of Virginia; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are entrusted by Jensen’s Sierra Vista Mortuary.

Charles A. (Chuck) Milk

Charles Milk, age 94, a 41-year resident of Hereford, Ariz., passed away peacefully May 8, 2015. Chuck, as he was known to most, was born in Union City, N.J., to Charles Milk and Mary Julia (Boyle) Milk. He blessed his family with wit and humor almost to the end of his life. He loved his family very much and reiterated that on his 94th birthday. He earned a lot of respect from everyone as he was always ready to help anyone whenever needed. He was a “Jack of all trades” and worked at that a few years after he retired from civil service. The only things he couldn’t fix were electronic devices. He built his own home at age 65 with the help from his wife, Beverly, sons and some friends who lent a hand.

Edith Marie Mize

Edith Marie Mize, 90, of Huachuca City passed away at Villa Vista Assisted Living Center in Sierra Vista.

As per her wishes, she will be cremated with services and interment at a later date in Missouri. Assisting the family was Hatfield Funeral Home. If friends wish to send an online condolence please go to our website,

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.

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