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Bonnie Eckardt

June 4, 2017

Bonnie Eckardt, wife of National League player, Eddie Eckardt passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. The family would appreciate any cards sent to:  14701 W. Horizon, Sun City West, AZ  85375

 

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RICHARD (DICK) DOWNS

                                                                                  May 17, 2017

 

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A note from Agnes Downs to the Shepherd's church in Sun City West, has informed us that former National League player, Richard (Dick) Downs has passed away. Richard also pitched for the league for many years. Richard joined us in 2003. Services will be held in Iowa. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Agnes Downs, 4500 Elmore Ave., Davenport, IA 52807-2502

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LEE SZROMBA

APRIL 30, 2017

Lee Szromba, a Sun City National Leque Manager, player and pitcher died suddenly at his home on April           30,2017. He was doing yard work, felt ill and went inside to rest and passed away while sleeping.  Services will   be in Lake Tahoe on July 11, 2017.  Cards and thoughts can be sent to:  Rande Szromba, 9813 W. Sandstone Dr.; Sun City, Arizona  85351

 

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Kathy Chambers

April 21, 2017

 

Kathy Chambers, wife of Mark Chambers, a Central League player from Sun City West, passed away in Canada   from a short battle with colon cancer on April 21, 2017.  The family would appreciate any cards or thoughts sent  to:  Mark Chambers, #8 820 McKenzie Road, Kelowna, BC, Canada  V1X8B5

 

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Patricia Bromley

April 19, 2017

Patricia Bromley, widow of Bill Blomley, Hall of Fame player with the Sun City West Senior league, passed     awayon April 19,2017.  No services with the Club at this time.  Our prayers are with the family. Cards may be sent to:  12830 W. Ballad, Sun City West, AZ                            

 

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Audrey Gwen Goldspink

March 8, 2017

Audrey Goldspink, the wife of National League player Bill Goldspink, passed away on March 8th. A service will be held in Portland, Oregon, but no details are available at this time.

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RAY VIDAL

4/28/1942 – 2/13/2017

   

Former National League player, Ray Vidal,   passed away on Monday February 13.  Ray joined our softball family in 2014.  He will be missed by his former teammates and friends.  Condolences may be sent to Merrikay Vidal, 13921 W. Via Tercero, Sun City West, AZ   85375.

 

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GENE CHERVINKO

1929 - 1/21/2017

Gene Chervinko passed away  on January 21, 2017.  Gene joined the league in 1991, where he managed for nine years.  He served as a director on the league board for 3 years and served on the Hall of Fame selection committee.  Gene was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

No services are planned at this time.  Cards may be sent to the family at 16834 103rd Avenue, Sun City, AZ  85351.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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NANCY STONE

1933 - 2016

Nancy Stone, wife of former National League player Roger Stone,  passed away December 19, 2016.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley and All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church,

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VALERIE SEMANIE

October 5, 2016

It is with great sadness we have lost one of our softball family. Valerie Semanie had a long hard fight with lung  cancer. Her laugh and smile will be always remembered. Valerie Semanie is the wife of George Semanie. George  plays in the American League. Services will be Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 14818 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West Az. 85375. The viewing is at 1 PM, Mass 2 PM and reception to follow. Cards can be sent to 14317 W. Gunsight Dr., Sun City West Az. 85375.  Please keep George in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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July 1, 1933 - July 30, 2016

MIKE WELCH

It is with great sadness that I have been informed that our softball family lost a long time member today.  Mike Welch passed away this afternoon at his daughter's home in Washington.  Mike became a member of our softball family in 1995 and will be remembered fondly by his many former team members and friends. No other details are available at this time.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Services will be held on Friday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church with a reception to follow.  Burial will be in Davenport, Iowa.  Cards may be sent to the family at 14006 W. Parada Dr., Sun City West, AZ  85375.

 

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MELANIE RHODES

May 26, 2016

Our softball family extends our sympathy to American League player Ross Rhodes.  His wife, Melanie, passed away unexpectedly on May 26.  Please keep Ross in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to Ross at 15420 N. Fircrest Circle, Spokane, Washington  99208-9721.

 

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KEN DORIAN

1943 - April 14, 2016

Ken Dorian passed away on April 14th at his home. Ken joined our softball family in 1999 and was a former board member (2005-06) and team manager.  Please keep Ken's wife Cynthia and their children in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to Cynthia at 9520 Rolling Hills, Sun City, AZ  84361.

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JOHN KAUS

1946 - April 13, 2016

John Kaus, a former player and briefly a member of Sidewinders, passed away on April 13.  He had colon cancer and was operated on April 5, then a few days later he suffered a stroke.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Cards may be sent to John's wife Arlene at : 11006 Pleasant Valley Road, Sun City, AZ 85351.

 

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JOHN "BUD" HERREN

1926 - March 28, 2016

Many of our softball family members will fondly remember Bud Herren and all he did for our softball club.  Bud passed away on March 28 in Colorado.  Bud moved to Sun City in 1984 from Irving, Texas.  Bud was a manager, served on the league board of directors and built the trophy cases at the Sun City and Sun City West fields.  After playing ball for 16 years, Bud was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Many will also remember Bud as an excellent golfer.  He had a Hole in One three times and won the Octogenarian tournament in Sun City in 2008.

Bud will be missed by his many friends and former team members.  Memorial services are being held April 24, 2016 in Texas.  Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of his daughter, Stephanie Angell, 1030 Delta Drive, Lafayette, Colorado 80026. 

 

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TRISH BARIAN

April 4, 2016

Our softball family lost Trish Barian after she fought a valiant battle with cancer.  There will be no local services.  Please keep Sam and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 15706 W. Greystone Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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KAY O'TOOLE

February 11, 2016

We are saddened to learn that Kay O'Toole passed away at her home today.  Her husband, Joe O'Toole, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.  Kay regularly attended the Hall of Fame Banquet.  She will be missed by her many friends.  No other details are available at this time.

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WAYNE ROWLAND

1931 - January 25, 2016

Wayne Rowland, former National League player, passed away today.  Wayne joined the league in 1994 and enjoyed playing ball for many years.  Service arrangements are pending.  Please keep Wayne's wife Elizabeth and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to  14810 W. Arzon Way, Sun City West, AZ  85375. Wayne will be missed by his many softball friends.

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JIM MCGUIRE

1935 - January 18, 2016

Our softball family lost a long time member and friend.  Jim McGuire passed away at 6 a.m. today.  Jim joined the league in 1997.  He became a manager in the National League in 1998 while serving as player rep for the National League. Jim then moved to the American League in 2000, served as manager for the next 8 years.  He returned to the National League and also played and managed in the 70's League and the Cardiac Kids.

Jim was elected to the Sun City West board in 2000 and 2004 serving as secretary in 2002 and VP in 2004. Jim served as the Annual Spring Banquet chairman for 4 years and served as Master of Ceremonies at many banquets. Jim was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jim will be missed by his many former team members and friends.  No services are planned at this time.

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ERNESTINE CULTUM

January 17, 2016

It is with a heavy heart that we report that our softball family has lost another member of our family.  Ernestine Cultum went to be with the Lord this afternoon.  A memorial service will be planned at a later date.  Please keep Ron and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to Ron at 14203 W. Domingo Lane, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

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MARY WAMBACH

Our softball family is saddened to learn that Mary Wambach passed away on January 10, 2016.  Her husband, Ron plays in the American League. Services will be private.  Cards may be sent to Ron at 15198 W. Las Brisas Lane, Sun City West, AZ  85375.  Please keep Ron and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

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TONY DIBIASIO

December 11, 2015

The family of former long time SCW resident Tony DiBiasio notified us of his death at home in Rhode Island on Friday, December 11, 2015. 

Tony played American and National League softball from 1993 to 2012 and enjoyed every moment of it all. Tony managed three seasons of American League teams and also played on the local Sidewinders 55 and 60 teams in the mid nineties. His most fun of all was playing in the “Friday” Co-Ed league for many happy seasons. For about six years Tony was proud to have written up the American (and for a short time) National League games for the local newspapers and the AZsrsftbl web site.

Condolences or shared softball moments may be sent to his wife Nancy and family by email at: nancdb@cox.net  or nancyandtony@mac.com  or to Nancy DiBiasio , 20 Indian Ave, Portsmouth, R.I. 02871-5122.

Please keep Nancy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Tony meant so much to so many of the members of our softball family who had the pleasure of playing with him and sharing his friendship.

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BETH RASMUSSEN

September 21, 2015

Many of you may remember Don Rasmussen who played in the American League in 2006-2007.  In June, 2013 his wife was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Due to his wife's health, they moved back to Texas in October of 2014. Don notified me yesterday that Beth passed away on September 21, 2015 and was laid to rest in Brownwood, Texas.  Please keep Don in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to him at 209 Quail Run, Brownwood, Texas  76801.

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ANNA SUTTER

September 24, 2015

Gene Sutter's wife, Anna, passed away on September 24, 2015.  Services will be held on  Saturday, October 3 at 9 a.m. at Trinity Mennonite Church, 4334 W. Vista Avenue, Glendale, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goldensun, 4444 W. Vista Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.  Please keep Gene and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to Gene at 15213 W. Via Manana, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

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KEN DAGEL

1947 - July 23, 2015

Many of our American League and traveling team members will remember playing ball with Ken Dagel.  Ken joined the Sun City Softball Club in 2010.  I was notified today that Ken was killed in a motorcycle accident  in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Thursday, when a car turned in front of him.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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BOB  DOBBINS

1948 - July 13, 2015

Bob Dobbins was killed in an automobile accident in Montana on July 13.  Bob joined our softball family in 2007 and played in the American League and on our traveling teams.  Bob was a wonderful player and also contributed countless hours off the field to the Sun Cities Senior Softball Club organization. He served as Chairman of the American League Committee and served as a member and President of the Sun City West Board.  Bob's passing will leave a huge void in our softball family and he will be greatly missed by his many friends and teammates.  At this time no other information is available regarding services.

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MARILYN MCGUIRE

February 23, 1933 - July 13, 2015

Our softball family extends our sympathy and prayers to Jim McGuire and family. His wife, Marilyn, passed away July 13, 2015. No other details are available at this time. Cards may be sent to Jim at 22410 N. Mirage Lane, Sun City West. AZ 85375.

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WAYNE CONN

1950 - July 3, 2015

Although Wayne had been successfully winning the battle against multiple medical conditions, he suddenly passed away July 3rd . He joined the Sun City Softball Club in 2004 and was very active, serving in leadership roles, including club president. He was a long time manager and additionally spent many hours at the Green Team, pitching to new players and offering encouragement. Although he was unable to play in last year's Veterans' Day Games, he was happy to contribute as announcer. His humor and passion for the game will be greatly missed. Please keep Dawn and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Private graveside services are planned with a Memorial being scheduled near the end of October. Cards can be sent to 10207 W Concord, Sun City, Az. 85351

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PAUL VITALE

June 9, 1926 - July 3, 2015

Paul was indeed a veteran member of the softball club, joining in 1988. Although club records showed he was born in 1936, his sister confirmed he just celebrated his 89th birthday! He's remembered as one who really loved playing the game. He also spent many extra hours dragging and lining the field or joining in any fix-up or clean-up sessions. We thank him for getting it all started. Paul had moved back to Michigan to be near family.

Cards can be sent to the Vitale Family at 793 St. Charles Place, Wixom, Michigan, 48393

 

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BILL LINCE

July 1, 2015

Our softball family lost a dear friend July 1 when Bill Lince passed away. A memorial service in celebration of Bill's life will be held at Liberty Field on July 31 at 7 p.m.  Please keep Bill's family in your thoughts and prayers at this very dificult time.  Cards may be sent to the family at 12806 W. Mesa Verde, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

 
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LARRY HEUETT

May 10, 1943 - June 4, 2015

Our softball family lost another member on June 4, 2015 as Larry Heuett passed away after a lengthy illness.  A Celebration of Larry's life will be held at his home on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 2-6 p.m.  His home is located at 21012 North Bola Court, Sun City West, AZ  85375.  Please keep Larry's family in your thoughts and prayers.

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ELLSWORTH "TINY" PAULSON

May 28, 2015

Many of our early Sidewinders will remember playing with "Tiny' Paulson.  We have just learned that he passed away on May 25, 2015 in Surprise, AZ.  According to my "senior sources" he was the manager of the 1999 Sidewinders championship team. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., June  5 in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 19002 N. 128th Avenue in Sun City West.  Camino del Sol handled the arrangements and cremation.

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LARRY JOHNSON

May 2, 2015

Our softball family is saddened to learn that we lost another former American League player.  Larry Johnson developed Stage 4 lung cancer and passed away on May 2, 2015.  Cards may be sent to his wife Joyce at 13319 W. Paintbrush Drive, Sun City West, AZ, 85375.  Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ  85014.  Please keep Joyce and the family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

 

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MATT SZYDLOWSKI

1930 - April 28, 2015

 

Our softball family feels a tremendous sense of loss with the passing of Matt Szydlowski this week. Matt became a member of our SCW Softball Club in 1990 and was a four- time president and board member and he played a key role in the success of the Sun City West softball program development. Matt was inducted into the Sun Cities Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. Matt also served as the Chartered Clubs liaison with the softball club and the Recreation Centers of Sun City West. I know we all have our favorite stories of what Matt did for our softball club. He leaves a legacy of hard work, dedication and caring for all of the residents of Sun City West, where he served as a Governing Board Director and Past President. Matt will be truly missed by his many friends and former team mates. Please keep Joanne and the family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Cards may be sent to the family at 20603 N. Desert Glen Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375. MEMORIAL SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS: Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 151st. Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Sun City West. Please plan to attend the reception at the church to visit with the family, immediately following the memorial service .

 

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TOM CAREY

1934 - April 27, 2015

 

Tom Carey joined the National League in 2000 and played for many years. Our softball family is sad to learn that Tom passed away April 27. A Memorial service will be held by his wife Eleanor at their home on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. The address is 12711 W. Shadow Hills Drive in Sun City West. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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GENE O'BOYLE

1928 - April 2, 2015

Our softball family is sad to learn that Gene O'Boyle passed away on April 2, 2015.  Gene joined our Sun City Softball Club in 1997 and played for many years in the National League.  His viewing will be on Friday, April 10 at Sunland Mortuary at 5 p.m.  The rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City.  The funeral mass will be at St. Clement of Rome on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.  Please keep Gene's family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 10815 Mountain View Rd., Sun City, AZ  85351.

 

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JOHN KORAK

MARCH 14, 2015

Some of the long time members of our softball family will remember playing ball with John Korak. John was a member of the Sun City club and enjoyed playing softball, along with dancing, bowling and volunterring thousands of hours at Boswell Hospital.  John spent his final years at El Dorado.  John passed away March 9 at the age of 94.  Services were held March 13.

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VI MILLER

DECEMBER 17, 2014

Our softball family extends our sympathy and prayers to Crist Miller and family. His lovely wife, Vi, passed away December 17, 2014. Crist and Vi had decided not to return to Arizona this year, but many of us shared wonderful conversations with Vi at the field in the past. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Cards may be sent to Crist at 1608 Winsted Dr., Goshen, IN 46526.

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SPUD MILLER

1932 - December 23, 2014

SPUD MILLER passed away today. Spud was a member of our softball family since 1990 and will be missed by his many friends and former players. There will be no local services. Please keep Joyce in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to 14515 Granite Valley B612, Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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FRANK VENTURELLI

1929 - December 11, 2014

Former National League player and manager, Frank Venturelli, passed away at his home surrounded by his family. Frank joined our softball family in 1997 and played until just a few years ago. His final interment will be in Platteville, Wisconsin. Local services will be held on Monday, December 15, at Heritage Funeral Home, 12525 NW Grand Avenue, El Mirage, AZ. The viewing is at 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. 

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SUSAN NORRIS

November 26, 2014

Susan Norris, Bob's wife, lost her two year battle with cancer. Services will be held January 24, 2015 at Regency Mortuary. Details to follow later. Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to Bob at 9530 W. Willowbrook, Sun City, AZ 85373.

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WAYNE WILSON

1939 - October 19, 2014

We have heard that former Sun City and Sidewinder player,Wayne Wilson, passed away October 19, 2014. No other information is available.

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MIKE DE LUCA

1931- OCTOBER 17, 2014

Our softball family is saddened to learn that longtime softball player, Mike De Luca passed away on October 17, 2014. Mike started playing ball here in 1991 and played in both the American and National Leagues. The viewing and rosary will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City, AZ. Mass will be held on Tuesday, Octoer 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 19002 N. 128th Avenue, Sun City West, AZ. Mike will be missed by his many friends and former teammates. Please keep Mary Ann and the family in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to 17215 N. 123rd Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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LOUISE DOUGLAS

July 8, 2014

Louise Douglas, wife of Tait, passed away on July 8, 2014. Services will be private. Donations may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness, 12320 W. Desert Cove Road, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Please keep Tait and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to 13649 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351.

 

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JOHN LAVAGGI

7/4/23 - 6/11/14

John Lavaggi played in our softball league from 1992 - 2008. We have learned that he passed away on June 11, 2014. Please keep Margie and the family in your thoughts and prayers. A memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 18265 N. 89th Ave., Peoria, AZ on September 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

 

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ROGER STONE

1942- June 23, 2014

It is with great sadness that I report that our beloved Roger Stone lost his battle with cancer at 4 a.m. today. Roger joined the National League in 2009. Roger will be greatly missed by his many former players and friends. No local services are planned at this time, but there will probably be a memorial service at the field in the Fall. Please keep Nancy and the family in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to 9626 W. Glen Oaks Circle N., Sun City, AZ 85351.

 

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PHIL BATOW

1911- 2014

Many of our long time players will fondly remember Phil Batow. Phil joined out league in 1979 and played in our league for many, many years. We have just learned that Phil passed away on May 8, shortly after celebrating his 103rd birthday. A celebration of his life will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16.


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MARILYN ROWE

1955-May 9, 2014

Our softball family is saddened to learn of the passing of Marilyn Rowe. Her husband, Keith, who played in the American League, sends the following message: "My number one fan, Marilyn, lost her 2 year battle with breast cancer. It spread to her liver and lungs. She was 59 years young (her birthday was within two days). She never complained and accepted her fate courageously." Services will be held in BC Canada on May 17, 2014. Cards may be sent to Keith at 1871 Ryan Road East, Comox, BC V9M4C7, Canada. Please keep Keith in your thoughts and prayers.

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DON GOBLE

1924 - April 28, 2014

Our softball family is saddened to learn that Don Goble passed away April 28, 2014. Don was one of the first five players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. At that time he was the oldest inductee into the Hall of Fame at 73 and was still pitching in the National League. He began play in 1982 at age of 57 and played for a traveling team, traversing the country for 14 years. Don was known as the father of senior softball in the Sun Cities. He worked for five years on securing a spot for a softball field at Kuentz Field. The Indiana native reigned as president of the league. During his reign he instituted numerous changes in the league. He initiated safety features with separate bases at home plate for the runner and catcher, as well as the fourth man in the outfield.

Don loved the game and will be missed by his many former players and friends. Services will be held at 4 p.m.on Saturday, May 3 at the Glendale Nazarene Church, 5902 W. Cactus, Glendale, AZ. Memorial contributions can be made in Don's name to the Sun City West Softball Club. Cards may be sent to the family at 18022 N. 135th Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Please keep Don's family in your thoughts and prayers.

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WAYNE NYSTROM

1930 - April 9,2014

 

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne Nystrom. Wayne joined the league in 1988 and played in the National League. Wayne passed away at his home on April 9, 2014. Private services for the immediate family were held. Cards may be sent to 9907 W. Shasta Drive, Sun City,AZ 85351.

 

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ED RITZMAN

1943- March 16, 2014

Ed Ritzman passed away at home at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. His wife Doris was at his side and notes his last hours were peaceful. Ed donated his body to science so his death may help others. There will be no funeral or memorial service. Rather than flowers, Ed asked those who wanted to do something in his memory contribute to the charity closest to their hearts. 

Ed joined our softball family in 2006 and played in both the American and National Leagues. Doris said Ed wanted us all to remember him as he was and wanted all his friends to live their life to the fullest as he did.

Cards may be sent to Doris at 12218 N. Balboa Drive, Sun City, AZ.

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WALTER S. WORLEY

May 31, 1928 - June 24, 2013

Our softball family is saddened to learn that Walt Worley left this life and went home to his "field of dreams" on June 24, 2013.  He moved to Sun City in 1994 and joined the Sun City Softball Club in 2000.  Walt will be missed by his many friends and former team members.  For online condolences, visit www.dickenfuneralhome.com.

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SHARON COOKE

September 19, 2013

We are saddened to learn that Sharon Cooke, wife of former player Bill Cooke, passed away after a long struggle with cancer on September 19.   Services are scheduled at Calvary Chapel, 15610 W. Greenway Road (intersection of Greenway Road and Reems) Wednesday , September 25th at 11 AM.  There will be a reception luncheon at the Cooke home following the service at 2 PM.  The address is 13811 W. Gunsight Drive, Sun City West.     

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STEPHANIE LERCH

September 17, 2013

It is with great sadness we received the following news today from Bob Lerch.       

Stephanie passed away this morning after a 2 year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.  God took His dear servant home as we know that absent from the body is present with the Lord.  We can not thank you enough for all your prayer and support.  Stephanie has donated her body to ALS research in hopes of finding a cure for this horrible disease.  There will be no memorial service so please use this time to reflect on your relationship with a loving God who wants your love in return. 

Any donations you wish to make in the name of Stephanie Lerch can be made to:  ALS Hope Foundation, PO Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

We love you - Bob and Stephanie

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JACK MARKLE

1935 - August 10, 2013

Jack Markle passed away on August 10, 2013 in Mount Forest, Ontario.   Jack was a member of the softball league beginning in 1990.  Jack will be missed by his many friends and former team members.  Please keep Verna and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Memorial donations to the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. On line condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com.

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JERRY MANGUSO

1936-August 5. 2013

Jerry Manguso passed away on August 5, 2013. Jerry was a member of the softball league beginning in 1999 and had played with the Sidewinders. He became ill with heart problems in 2003 and subsequently also had a stroke. He had made arrangements to donate his body to medical science and services will be held at a later date. Cards may be sent to his wife Rosie at 9601 Glen Oaks Circle North, Sun City, AZ 85351. Memorial donations may be made to Belleview Heights Church, 9440 W. Hutton Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351. Jerry will be missed by his many softball friends.

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PHYLLIS FREEMAN

August 2 , 2013

Our softball family extends our  sympathy to former player Bob Freeman whose wife, Phyllis, passed away on Friday, August 2, in Florida after a battle with cancer.  Cards may be sent to Bob at 2404 Ansley Path, The Villages, FL  32162. Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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CHRIS HEUETT

July 9, 2013

Our softball family is saddened to learn that Chris Heuett, wife of Larry, lost her battle with cancer on July 9, 2013.  Please keep Larry and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 21012 N. Bola Court, Sun City West, AZ  885375.

 

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WESLEY HONER

1926-June 30, 2013

 

 

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Our softball family lost a long time member on June 30, 2013.  Wesley Honer passed away after battling lung cancer.  Wes had been a member of our softball club since 1985 and will be missed by his many former team mates and friends. Sandy plans to hold a memorial service in the fall at Camino del Sol.  Memorial contributions may be made to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 27106, New York, New York 10087-7106.   Please keep Sandy in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 12538 Ashwood Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

 

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MAY 28, 2013

In Memory of:

FLOYD CARLEY

1941- May 28, 2013

Floyd Carley

Our softball family is saddened to learn of the passing of Floyd Carley on May 28, 2013, at his home in Sun City West with his family by his side.  Floyd joined our softball club in 2000, was a member of the Sidewinders, league player and friend to many. He will be missed by all he has touched in his life.

Floyd's family invites you to join them to say a final goodbye.  A visitation and showing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Camino del Sol Funeral Home, 1738 Camino del Sol, Sun City West.  Following the showing there will be an open house luncheon and social gathering from 1:00 PM to 3 PM at the Quail Room of the Sun City West Foundation Building located at 14465 W. R. H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ.  Sandwiches will be provided, please bring a salad or dessert plus your drink of choice.

Please keep Sharon and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 21807 W. Montego Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

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MAY 10, 2013

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MARY LOU SHRIVER

MAY 5, 2013

Mary Lou Shriver, wife of Larry Shriver, passed away May 5 at her home in Watertown, South Dakota, after battling cancer for the past year.  Funeral services were held on May 9 in Watertown.  Larry can be contacted at 605-882-2427 or by email at mshriver6@yahoo.com or 403 5th Ave. NW, Watertown, SD 57201. 

In Memory of:

JAN MURRAY

APRIL 24, 2013

Jan Murray, wife of Bob Murray, passed away on April 24, 2013.  A celebration of Jan's life will be held at a later date.  Cards may be sent to Bob at 12907 Skyview Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

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JIM OTTENBREIT

3/11/55 - 3/27/13

Our softball family is saddened to learn of the death of Jim Ottenbriet on March 27, 2013.  Jim was an American League player who joined the softball club in 2012.  Services will be held in British Columbia on Saturday.  Cards may be sent to the family at 13719 Cabellero, Sun City West, AZ  85375.

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MARCH 10, 2013

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EDWARD F. MAY

1926 - March 8, 2013

We are saddened to learn that a former National League player, Edward F. May, passed away on March 8 at Hospice of Arizona. He was a member of the Sun City West Softball Club and played from 1996 - 2004. A memorial service will be held at the Prince of Peace Parish, 14818 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West on Thursday, March 14, at 10 a.m. We express our sincere sympathy to Mildred and her family. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, P. O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541 or to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004. Cards may be sent to Mildred May, 14732 W, Via Montoya, Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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FEBRUARY 23, 2013

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In Memory of:

ALTA WRIGHT

Alta Wright, wife of Arnie, lost her long battle with cancer on February 22, 2013.  Please keep Arnie in your thoughts and prayers.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2013

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In Memory of:

AL BENEDICT

We recently were informed that a former player, Al Benedict, passed away. Al was a member of the club from 1994-2005. Many of the old timers knew him as the League Comedian. Al was 90 years old. There were no services.

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RICHARD DUNNING

1936 - January 30, 2013

Rich Dunning passed away yesterday. Rich had been a member of our softball family since 1997. He played in both the American and National Leagues as well as a number of years on the Guys and Gals Co-ed team. Please keep Mary Ann in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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STAN ROBINETT

1938-December 2012

We learned this week that former American League player Stan Robinett recently passed away. He was a member of our softball family since 1996. Please keep Marilyn in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to her at 20424 N. Aurora Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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JOHN SWANSON

1940 - November 17, 2012

John Swanson passed away at his home after a lengthy illness on November 17, in the loving arms of his wife Peg. Both John and Peg played in both the American and National Leagues after moving here in 1998. John also played in the Co-Ed League. John will be greatly missed by his many friends and former teammates. No local services will be held at this time. A celebration of John's life will be held December 16 in Nebraska.

A short ceremony honoring John's memory will be conducted by Bob Renberg before the first game November 27 at Liberty Field at 9 a.m. Cards may be sent to Peg at 18202 Gardenview, Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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In Memory Of:

BERNICE PIER

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Jim Pier's wife, Bernice (Bunny) Pier, died on October 8, 2012. Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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ROBERT DAMATO

1931 - May 13, 2012

Our softball family lost another member with the passing of Robert Damato on May 13, 2012. Robert started playing ball as a youngster with his six brothers and never outgrew his love of the game. Upon moving to Sun City West he joined the club in 1996, playing most of his games in the National League. He played until health issues sidelined him in 2006.

Robert is survived by his wife Nancy and their children along with 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on May 29 at 10 am at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Cave Creek. Robert requested his body be donated to Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351.

Robert was known to his many students as "Bob, the Tile Art Man". His spirit will live on at Liberty Field where he generously donated the tile flag that hangs on the side of the Club House.

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LEO JORGENSEN

1934 - May 17, 2012

 

Our softball family lost another member. Leo Jorgensen started playing softball here in 1995.  He passed away in Colorado on May 17. Leo will be missed by his many friends and former teammates.  No services are planned. Please keep Joy and the family in your thoughts and prayers. Cards may be sent to 8296 E. 148th Way, Thornton, CO 80602.

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THERESA VIGNATI

May 7, 2012

Our softball family extends our sympathy to John Vignati and his family.  John's wife, Terry, passed away on May 7.  Keep John and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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BILL OLIVER

1927 - May 4, 2012

 

It is with great sadness that I have learned that we have lost another dear member of our softball family. Bill Oliver passed away May 4. Bill had played in the National League since 2005 and will be greatly missed by his many friends. Cards may be sent to Marilyn at 10751 W. Claire Dr., Sun City, AZ  85351.  Our condolences go out to Marilyn and the family as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

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JOE DI FIORE

1935 - December 26, 2011

It is with great sadness that I have been advised that Joe Di Fiore lost his battle with cancer and passed away at his home in Sun City West on December 26, 2011.  He had been under the care of Hospice of the Valley for the last two weeks.  Joe played in the National League since 2003 and was the pitcher for Farrar Chiropractic this session until his declining health made it impossible to continue playing the game he loved.  Joe also was a member of Guys and Gals in the Friday co-ed league for many years.  Joe's smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know and play ball with him. 

A candle light memorial service will be held to celebrate Joe's life on Wednesday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Field, by the George Karras Memorial Fountain.  Angels Chaplain, Bob Renberg will conduct the casual service. Candles will be provided for those attending.  All players are encouraged to attend. 

Please keep Barbara and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.  Cards may be sent to 14213 Territorial Lane, Sun City West, AZ  85375.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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JIM RICHARDS

1927 - DECEMBER 13, 2011

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Jim Richards passed away on December 13, 2011. Jim joined our softball family in 1999 and played in the National League and on the 70's team. Jim had to hang up his cleats a few years ago, due to health issues. Jim was a wonderful man and he will be missed by his many friends and former teammates.

Jim's body was donated to research and no services are planned at this time. Please keep Noreen in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. No phone calls at this time please. Cards may be sent to Noreen at 22613 N. Las Vegas Dr., Sun City West. AZ 85375. Memorial contributions may be sent to Emeritus at Sun City West, 21739 N. 151st Avenue, Sun City West, AZ 85375.

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BILL BUXTON

1938 - NOVEMBER 27, 2011

It is with shock and sadness that we learn that Bill Buxton died suddenly while attending church on Sunday, November 27, 2011. Bill started playing ball in 2000 in the Friday co-ed league. He played in the National League in January 2001 and moved to the American League two months later. Bill served as a manager from 2003-2011. He was elected to the Sun City Senior Softball board in 2005 and became president in 2006. He was elected to the Sun City board again in 2011. Bill was currently a member of the Cranstoun Court Jewelers American League team and the Retreads Friday co-ed team and served on the American League Board. Bill will be missed as a teammate and a friend by those in our softball family. Please keep Faye and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

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LINDA MYERS

October 26, 2011

We have just learned that John Myers lost his wife, Linda, to cancer on October 26, 2011. She had been under Hospice care in Sun City. We express to John our deepest sympathies. Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers. John hopes to return to playing ball in January.

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Carol Preston

 September 25, 2011

Dick Preston played in the American League for nearly 20 years.  He quit playing in 2010 to take care of his wife who was very ill.  Carol passed away on September 25.  Please keep Dick in your thoughts and prayers.

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GENE CARARA

 October 7, 2011

After a valiant fight, Gene Carara died of the cancer that had invaded his body.  He and Wilma were living in Sterling, Colorado. A celebration of Gene's life will be held Wednesday at 11:00  at Tennant Funeral Home and Mortuary  at 330 South 2nd St, Sterling Colorado, 80751.  In lieu of flowers,  donations can  be made to:

 Hospice of the Plains, 100 Broadway, Suite 1-A, Sterling, CO  80751  or

Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 9785 S. Maroon Circle, Suite 150, Englewood, CO.  80212.

Gene will be missed by all who knew him. His slogan of "take a lap" is now on the signs at the Gene Carara Track and Field at Tiger Stadium in Sterling, Colorado.

Please keep  Wilma and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards may be sent to 413 Melba Rd., Sterling, CO  80751.

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Jan Haney

September 7, 2011

We have been notified that Jan Haney, wife of National League player Paul Haney, passed away in Indiana Wednesday, September 7.  No other information is available at this time.  Our condolences go out to Paul and his family as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

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Earl Mudge

1925-8/20/2011

We have been notified that Earl Mudge passed away on August 20.  Earl was a member of the Sun City Softball Club and played from 1981-2005.  According to friends,  softball was a very big part of his life.  He played in the National League until he was 80.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Pat and his family.  No services were held and memorial contributions can be made in Earl's name to the Sun City Softball Club.  Cards may be sent to Pat Mudge, 2554 McClintock Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302.

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Bernie Lobenstein

1924-8/5/11

Bernie Lobenstein suffered a heart attack in Ripon, Wisconsin and died on August 5th. Bernie joined the softball club in 1985 and played in both the American and National Leagues until 1989. He moved back to Wisconsin in May.

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Greg Johnston

1932-8/12/11

Greg Johnston passed away on Friday, August 12 after battling health issues for the past two years. Greg began playing in the National League in 1994. Private memorial services are planned at a later date for the family. Dolly would welcome cards but no phone calls during this difficult time, please. Cards may be sent to 22713 Dusty Trail Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Memorial contributions in Greg's name may be made to Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, 9133 NW Grand Avenue, P. O. Box 20186, Peoria, AZ 85345. Greg was a wonderful friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dolly and the family.

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John Estep

1932- June 16, 2011

John Estep, a long time player in the National League, passed away on June 16,  2011.  He began playing ball here in 1993 and had many happy hours on the field.  A memorial service will be held on June 24 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at the Lord Of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, Az.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org or mailed to 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ  85014.  Please keep Mary and the family in your thoughts and prayers.


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Janel O'Leary

Janel O'Leary, wife of American League player Carl O'Leary, died of a heart attack on June 10.  Our thoughts and prayers go to Carl at this very difficult time.  Cards may be sent to Carl at 16701 S. E. 149th Street, Renton, Washington 98059.  No other details are available at this time.

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Linda Welch

Linda Welch, wife of former National League player Mike Welch, has passed away June 2, 2011. Services are planned for June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Lord Of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, Az. A light lunch will follow. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Arizona, 19702 N. Routzahn Way, Sun City West, Az. 85375. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his family.

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Jay Lamont

Jay Lamont, passed away on April 22, 2011.  Jay and his wife Nancy retired to Sun City West after his career with the U. S. Border Patrol.  He began playing ball here in 2001.  Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org or mailed to 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ  85014.

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Morrie Lane

1923-04/10/2011

Morrie Lane passed away April 10, 2011. He had been a member of the league since 1987 and retired in January of '09. Services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday, April 15 at 10 AM.

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Jim Boyum

1950-03/05/2011

Jim Boyum passed away of a massive heart attack following a day filled with one of his favorite pass-times, playing softball. Although Jim had played ball with the league for only a short time before an injury put him in the peanut gallery for nearly a year, he had worked his way back to full time ball playing. Affectionately known by many as "ZZ Top", he will be greatly missed. Please send your prayers to wife Kathy and the rest of the family and friends. A special tribute is planned Tuesday, March 8, before his scheduled 10:50 game. Services will be Friday, March 11 at 3 PM at Grace Bible Church, 4002 W Union Hills Dr, Glendale. . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jim's name to: Grace Bible Church (4002 W Union Hills Drive, Glendale, Az 85308) or Sun City Senior Softball Club, (10842 W Acacia Dr. Sun City, Az.85373).

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Jim Walmsley

5/9/1935-3/7/2011

Jim played softball for a short time until health reasons caused him to hang up the cleats. His wife, Elli, sent this link to his obit and info about a memorial service March 12. http://www.zrob.com/Jim/

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Gordon Roth

01/14/2011

Gordon Roth passed away Friday evening, 01/14/2011 following a lengthy illness. His partner of more than 5 1/2 years, Jay Finlay, had been caring for him at home. As Gordon's illness progressed the last few days, he was transferred to Hospice. Gordon was 76 years old and had played ball until the fall of '09. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jay and Gordon's other family members. A donation in Gordon's name will be sent to Hospice of the Valley.

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Bob Wenners

1946-12/19/2010

Bob passed away peacefully at home Sunday morning. His sweet puppy, Lakota, was sitting very near Diana as she held Bob's hand. Diana explained to Lakota that her "Daddy" was going to play with Apache, another dear pet that has passed. When Diana told Bob that Lakota was just jealous 'cause he was going to see Apache, Bob took one more breath and quietly left all his worldly troubles behind. When he left home for the last time, he was dressed as he often was, in his khaki shorts and his Liberty Field Maintenance shirt. Following cremation, Bob's ashes will come home to Diana and the puppies. Thanks to all who sent cards. The countertop is filled with messages of love and support. A best friend and family are on their way to be with Diana in the coming weeks. There will be a candle-lighting at Liberty Field at the Karras Memorial Wall at 7PM Monday evening. Please keep Diana in your thoughts and prayers. Donations in Bob's name can be made to Hospice of Arizona, http://www.americanhospice.com/arizona or sent to 19820 N 7th Ave. Suite 130 Phoenix, Az 85027

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"Andy" Andrew

"Andy Andrew", husband of Laurel Andrew, passed away from a heart attack, following the placement of a stent, December 13, 2010. Andy was an avid fan of Womens' Softball and especially pleased when watching Laurel flying down to first base.

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George Karras

1931-09/06/2010

George Karras has died of a massive heart attack. He and his wife Shirley were visiting their daughter, out of town in Ohio. George had been out mowing the grass. He came in the house and collapsed and was not able to be revived. George and Shirley moved to Sun City West in 1991 and had been a very active member of the league. He served on the Board and was the "Field General" at Liberty Field, making sure the teams had a superb field to play on and that the fans were comfortable as well. When he didn't have a bat in his hand, he had a paint brush or screwdriver or shovel. And if you don't know what is expected at the field, it's because you have not read the many signs displayed as a result of his passion for organization and sharing information. His absence will create a huge void. In his honor, it is asked that if an angry thought comes to mind when you are playing softball, please remember how lucky you are to still be playing the game George loved.

The funeral will be in Ohio as that is where most of the family is. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sun City West Softball Club in George’s name. Donations may be brought to the field or sent to Linda Graham, Angels in the Outfield, 10842 W Acacia Drive, Sun City, 85373. As Shirley is not certain how soon she may be returning to Sun City West, Cards for the Karras Family can be sent to: Family of George Karras, 10426 Bridgewood Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551

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Bill Cooke

1935-8/1/2010

Bill passed away on August 1, 2010 after a battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held:

…Date and Time: Monday, August 9, 2010, at 2PM

…Location: Parkway Church - 14787 W. Cholla St. Surprise, AZ 85379 623-875-9000

…A reception for family and friends will be held immediately following the service at the Church.

The Cooke Family has requested that in lieu of flowers that anyone wishing to make a donation in Bill’s memory, consider the following: National MS Society - 192 Nickerson St. Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98109

Bill’s daughter-in-law has battled MS and his desire was that someday a cure be found and so this request has been made.  Hospice of Arizona - 19820 N. 7th Ave. Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85027

This group provided the family with unbelievable help and support throughout Bill’s battle. The facility here in Sun City West, was built and is maintained with donations. Hospice of Arizona works with the Sun Health Foundation who oversees the building’s needs. All donations made in Bill’s memory, will be sent back to the Foundation to maintain this extraordinary refuge in our own community.

Please note in both cases that the donation was made in memory of Bill Cooke and ask that an acknowledgment be sent to: Sharon Cooke

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Paul Baumhardt

06/7/1927 to 07/09/2010

Paul Baumhardt passed away at 6:03 a.m. Friday, July 9, 2010 in Surprise, AZ. He was in the loving hands of several angels and died of natural causes at age 83. Born June 7, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to a family of eight children. He is survived by his two daughters: Cindy Walker and Belinda Clements. Recently passed: his loving wife, Judith Baumhardt. They are now in heaven together. Private services will be held by the family in the future. Visit this person's Guest Book at www.yourwestvalley.com  Published in Daily News-Sun on July 23, 2010

Paul was a player/manager for several years in the National League

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65, of SUN CITY WEST, AZ passed away on JUNE 12, 2010. John was born in 1944 in Los Angeles, CA., and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1965 with a BS in Engineering. He married Kathy in 1966 and worked as an engineer in California and Washington. He retired in 2005, and moved to Arizona in 2006. He stayed active spending time with his family and going to sporting events with his son and grandsons. In his retirement, he became a volunteer with RV MAPS and enjoyed traveling the country in his RV with Kathy. He is survived by his wife Kathy; children, Caroline (Robert), John Jr. (Angel), and Cynthia (Stephen); grandchildren, John III, Nicholas, Noah, Christopher, Anthony, Riley, Kaylee, Luke and Reagan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Florence Avenue Foursquare Church, Santa Fe Springs, CA at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers ,contributions can be made to RV MAPS through the Assemblies of God.

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Gordy Rholl

1929-June 9, 2010

Gordy's sister Borgie, emailed me to let me know Gordy passed away last night, losing his battle with cancer. No plans have been made at this time. Cards can be sent to Mrs. Nancy Rholl, 10035 W Royal Oaks Suite 1037, Sun City, Az. 85351

Forwarded from the Tennis Club:Gordy Rholl passed away June 9th at 10:30 PM. He was in the Care Center at Royal Oaks. The cancer progressed very quickly, as I just played in the Club Tournament, with Gordy as my
> partner, in March. Gordy's pain is over, and he is now in a much better place. Gordy was never a complainer and always supported and participated in the club activities. He was a valuable member of the tennis club, serving as Club Secretary for two years (2007 and 2008). Gordy's inner and physical strength is something I will always remember. If ever you wanted someone on your side that you could count on, Gordy was your man!
> Gordy's loving wife, Nancy, has been by his side through all of his pain and suffering. She did so much to help make his last days as pleasant as possible. Now, she needs our prayers and support to help with her loss. Gordy's body is being cremated. There will be a memorial ceremony at Sunland Mortuary on June 26th (Saturday) at 10:00 AM. Gordy's wishes were that flowers not be sent. Instead, donations can be made in his name to "Highway Christian Hospice", 67 East Weldon Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602-274-1952). However, it would be okay to send a card to Nancy.

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Don Eden

1933-May 25, 2010

Don Eden, a long-time member of the Sun City West Softball Club, passed away May 25, 2010. Fellow player, Ray Keller, describes him as probably the best shortstop to ever hit this town. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 AM on Saturday, May 29, at the Sun City West Christian Church, located at 151st Ave and RH Johnson Blvd. A donation in Don's name will be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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Darlene Boinski

October 10, 1932- April 14, 2010

Darlene Boinski, wife of "Bo" Boinski, passed away on Wednesday, April 14. Family and friends attended a visitation at Camino del Sol in Sun City West from 4-7 PM on Thursday, April 15. A mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, located at 19002 N 128th Ave. in Sun City West will be held on Friday, April 16 at 9:30 AM.

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Red Klingensmith

1934-March 1, 2010

Red Klingensmith passed away on March 1, 2010 having bravely battled brain cancer. In the last few months, he was able to spend time with family and friends. Red will be remembered for the extra effort he put forward to welcome new players into the league and always being ready to play, wherever or whenever. He managed teams, was a Sun City Board member and longtime member of the Guys and Gals. He traveled with the Sidewinders as well as other tournament teams. One of Red's other favorite pastimes was dancing. He and Barb used to put on quite a show square dancing. Until very recently, he was still dancin' up a storm at Joe Gallo's entertainment events. His laugh and twinkling smile will be missed. No public services are planned. Contributions in Red's name will be forwarded to Sun City Senior Softball Club and Angels in the Outfield. Our condolences go to Barb and the family.

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Paul Shorty

1939-January 23, 2010

Paul Shorty lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, January 23, 2010. Our thoughts and prayers go out to wife, Barb, and family. A Memorial Mass was held Friday, January 29th at 10 AM at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Donations in Paul's name can be sent to Hospice of Arizona, 19820 N. 7th Ave., Suite 130, Phoenix, Az. 85027 The Angels in the Outfield have sent a donation in Paul's name to Hospice of Arizona.

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Karl Grumbach

1941-December 12, 2009

Karl Grumbach passed away December 12, 2009. He joined the Sun City Senior Softball Club in 2006 after moving here from Washington. Further information regarding services will be posted when available. Players are invited to join the Angels in the Outfield in making a Memorial contribution to the National Parkinson's Foundation. 500 W. Thomas Road, Suite 720 , Phoenix , AZ 85013 . (602) 406-4931.

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Earl Bell

1928-April, 2009

The Angels in the Outfield have received word that Earl Bell passed away in April. Earl was president of the Sun Cities League and was very active in the business of the Sun City West Club as equipment manager, safety manager, team manager, field maintenance. A donation from Angels in the Outfield to Hospice of the Valley will be made in Earl's name.

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Lee Yanssens

1924-Nov. 23, 2009

Lee Yanssens passed away on November 23, 2009. He was a member of the Sun City West Club from 1998 to 2004 when his legs just could not carry him anymore. His wife, Gene, reports that there will be no local services. His ashes will be sent back to Pennsylvania. A donation from the Angels in the Outfield to the West Side Food Bank will be made in Lee's name.

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Roscoe Henry

Roscoe Henry, another one of the “Old Timers” has passed away. (reported by Bob Millslagel)

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Sid Smith

1935 – 6/23/ 2009

From 1993 until Sid's health no longer allowed him to play ball in 2005, he preferred to play the "hot corner" in the National League. 
A memorial will be Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM at the Golden Corral, Grand & Litchfield in Surprise.
Donations can be sent to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.

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Warren Roeger

1927-Aug. 27, 2009

Warren played in the National League until about 5 years ago. Thanks, Ray Keller, for letting us know about his passing. He was one of the true “Old Timers”.

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Joe McGaffin 1930 - 2009

Joe joined our softball league in 1992 and played until 2006. Most of his years he played as a first baseman in the National League and was a regular with the Friday League. Services will be held at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 14818 W. Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association. After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's, Joe passed away June 22, 2009 (Loran Swanson)

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Thomas J. Whitmore

passed away peacefully at home in Sun City, AZ, on March 5th. He is survived by his wife Katie, daughter Kathy, son Dave, daughter and son-in-law Kim and Whitney Howland, sister Mary Wynne Watkins, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tom grew up in Evanston, IL, and graduated from Northwestern University. He and Katie were married in October 1962 before Tom joined the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Supply Corp. After 5 years in the service, he had a successful career in sales.

The two constants in Tom's life were his love for his family and the game of baseball. He played baseball and softball until last year, as well as coaching many Little League teams.

Dave recently wrote these words to his Dad, which characterize all his exceptional qualities:

"You are a good son. A good brother. A loving husband. A wonderful father - the best. A best friend. A favorite uncle. You served your country. You serve your community and church wherever you live. You are one of the good ones. Wherever you have gone you've spread that goodness and brought it out of others. You work hard. You are what is good and right in the world. You are a real and true American Hero."

Tom requested that there be no service. Memorials in his name may be sent to:

The Principia, Gift Services, 13201 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63131 or Hospice of the Valley, Fund Development, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014 (Katie Whitmore)

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Dominic E. Leo

4-18-1923 - 1-14-2009

Dominic played until about 1998, usually as a pitcher in the National League. Visitations will be from 1 to 4 P. M. Monday at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 N. Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City. Mass will celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 W. Palmeras Drive in Sun City. Internment will follow at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. He and his wife Constance, were from Illinois. Sunland Mortuary handled arrangements. 623-933-0161. (Loran Swanson)

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Jesse Bonura 1934 - 2009

Jesse was born September 22, 1934 and died January 14, 2009 in Oklahoma. He played in the American League both infield and outfield until 2002. He and his wife Jackie were from Edmond, Oklahoma. (Loran Swanson)

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Bill Bromley

August 31, 1933-December 21, 2008

Daughter Sue has advised the Angels in the Outfield, through Bob Renberg, that her father Bill Bromley, passed away at Del Webb Hospital at 10 P.M., December 21, 2008. Bill suffered a heart attack following a game a couple of weeks ago. He had undergone surgery to remove and replace a collapsed stent. Apparently the battle to come back was too much this time for the Number 1 Cardiac Kid. Bill's wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law were able to spend time with him before he passed. More information about services and the celebration of Bill's life will be posted when available. (Linda Graham)

Cards can be sent to : 12830 Ballad Drive Sun City West, Az. 85375 Post a Tribute to Bill at http://billbromley,wordpress.com

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Eddie Sullivan

1924-December 20, 2008

Ed's brother has notified the Angels in the Outfield, through Roy Burgess, of Eddie's passing on December 20, 2008. According to the report, Eddie had a massive stroke and did not suffer. Eddie was an inspiration to all who knew him and was such an attentive husband to his wife, Jo, who has been in a care facility for the past 4 years. Ed joined the softball club in 1994. With 14 years in the club, boy did he have stories to share. You could always depend on him for a good joke.

Ed’s Brother Gordie and his wife live in Sun City West. He was looking forward to a visit from his daughter this week from out of town. Cards can be sent to 19242 N Camino del Sol, Sun City West, Az 85375

There are no immediate plans for services.(Linda Graham)

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Sonny Goodell

1933 - 2008

Sonny died October 5, 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 10:00 A.M., at the Methodist Church in SCW. Sonny played in the American League and later in the National League.

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Paul Turley

1923 to 08/28/2008

Paul Turley passed away in hospice care on August 8, 2008. Paul had been a member of the Sun City West Softball Club since 1994. He was a member of a Sidewinders National Championship team. I once asked Paul how he would like to be remembered. First, in typical Paul fashion, he said no one would remember him , or should. Then he managed a smile and a twinkle and said "I wasn't a bad ball player!" Paul is also a Hall of Fame member and was a past recipient of a special award for all the additional work he did for the league. As a graphics artist, his logo designs, etc. will be around for a long time. Information about a celebration of Paul's life will be posted when available.

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Paul Vetromila

1919-August 10, 2008

Paul passed away August 10, 2008 in Indiana, where he had been living with his son, Mike. He had recently been hospitalized for a blood disorder, but was at home when he passed. Paul was an active player from 1990 until 2006.Check with Joyce Fano or Linda Graham for an address for cards.

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Gary Hathaway

Passed away May 25, 2008

Gary played in the league some time ago. If you have memories of Gary to share, please let Linda Graham know.

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John Winterhalter

1923 - 2008  Passed 05/30/2008

John served as president of the Sun Cities Softball League in the early '90's and pitched in the National League until about six years ago. He also played with the traveling team. He is survived by his wife, Wynona

A memorial service was held at 11 A.M. Wednesday at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West.

Sundland Mortuary handled the arrangements 933-0161

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Maryllin Miers

December 12, 1938 - May 11, 2008

Maryllin Miers, longtime player on the Guys and Gals, passed away early this morning, Mothers' Day, at Hospice. Her son Rick was with her. Husband Joe and other son Rod have spent most of the day-time hours with her this past week. Joe reports that the doctors and nurses all said she was the best patient ever. She fought and lived with her illness with such grace. Her ever-present smile and patience will be remembered and missed. Click here for more information about Maryllin. At Maryllin's request, her body was donated to science. A memorial service will be held at a later date. It was also Maryllin's request that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley in Surprise in lieu of any flowers, etc.

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George Maurer 1929 - 2008

At the age of 79, George died March 17, 2008.

George played in the National league as a pitcher from 1993 until 2004. He was a retired police officer from St. Louis. He is survived by his wife, Jean.

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Joe DePhillips

1936-2008

Joe DePhillips, a member of the softball club since 1996, passed away March 11, 2008. A donation in Joe's name has been sent to St. Jude's Hospital.

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Bill Atherton

1934-2008

Bill Atherton passed away January 23, 2008. He had been battling cancer for some time. At Bill's request, no services are planned. Bill loved softball and the softball club. Carol, his wife, has requested that the donation from Angels in the Outfield, in his name, be returned to the SCW Softball Club. Bill will certainly be missed.

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Tom Aloi

1930-2007

Tom Aloi, a member of the softball club since 1996, passed away last night with family by his side. He had fought a valiant battle against cancer for most of this past year. He and his wife Dolores moved from Sun City West to near San Diego this last spring to be near the kids and grandkids.

Tom was known as "Iron Man" by some of his softball buddies and would go anywhere to play a game of ball. He often travelled to tournaments across the country and was even recruited by California teams to play with them. When first joining the league, he was known as a "manager's manager" because he was always willing to take on that task.

But nothing would light up Tom's eyes more than talking about his kids and grandkids. Anytime they were here to visit, they would be at the field to cheer Tom on.

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Tom Pletcher

1922-2007

We have been notified that Tom Pletcher passed away on April 9, 2007.

A note of remembrance from Bob Murray:

Tom played softball with the league from about 1986 until a few years ago when he became a victim of Lewy Body Alimentia. He was on the original 70’s traveling team during the time of winning the Senior World Series.

When I first moved to Sun City West in the early ninties my neighbor Tom Pletcher talked me into coming out to attempt to play softball. I was reluctant as I had never played on a team. Seventeen years later I’m still learning the game. Tom was a power line drive hitter to all fields. One day while I was playing right center in a game, I knew Tom was looking at me. I backed up almost to the fence. He hit a line drive over my head. Bill Bromley relates that he hit several home runs during the World Series Tournaments.

Those of us that have played in Lou Hurley’s 70’s league will remember Tom as a gentle person that played the game well and was respectful of all his fellow players.

Tom passed away at home. No services are planned. A donation from the Angels in the Outfield will be made in Tom's name.

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Ruth Burgess

Wife of Roy Burgess

Ruth Burgess, wife of Roy Burgess, passed away March 29th. She had been hospitalized in February with a blood infection and subsequently was being cared for by Hospice. Their children and families are here.

Services have been scheduled for Saturday, March 31 at 3:30 at Camino del Sol in Sun City West.

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Larry Abbey

1933-2007

Larry Abbey passed away March 2, 2007 following an illness. He had been hospitalized for about a month with a pre-leukemia condition. His burial has taken place back home, in Illinois. Larry joined the league in 2004 and was actively playing through last summer

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Lloyd Sellers

1937-2007

Lloyd Sellers passed away on February 10, 2007. He was active in the league until 2004 when he had to step aside for health reasons. Information regarding services, etc will be posted when available. A donation to the American Cancer Society was made in Lloyd's name.

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Norman Dermody

1914 - 2006

For many years and until about five years ago, Norm was like a fixture at third base and only gave it up when the eyes began to fade. He played most of his ball in the National League. Norm died in Peoria October 18, 2006. Visitation is 5 to 7 with a rosary at 6:30 P.M. Sunday in Sunland Mortuary in Sun City. Mass will be celebrated at 2 PM Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, in St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City.

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Tommy Thompson

It was reported to Ron Blackwell by Jack Hart that Tommy Thompson has passed away in Minnesota. The service was held May 30, 2006.

In 1997, Tommy was playing in the American League as a second or third baseman. Later he moved to the National League and still played there until about 3 years ago when health problems made it difficult to continue. Tommy Thompson was born 12-30-1933. (from Loran Swanson)

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Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds passed away on May 12, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. His wife Kay reports he just loved playing ball and golf. Joe, a second baseman in the National League until about 2000, played on the original grass field in Sun City, wrote the articles for the Daily News Sun and posted the scores of the games. In 2004 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had a lung removed. In October, 2005 they determined that the cancer had metastasized to the liver. He struggled with a great deal of pain, but Kay credits Hospice of the Valley with helping her and making his last days as comfortable as possible. A mass will be celebrated at 10AM on May 23 in St. Joachim and St. Anne Catholic Church, 11625 N. 111the Ave. in Sun City. Kay has asked that all donations be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix 85014-5656.

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Mary Turley

Paul Turley's wife, Mary, passed away April 28, 2006 following an illness. Services are scheduled for Monday, May 8th at 10 A.M. at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, Stardust and 135th.

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Loretto Agnes Batow

Phil Batow's wife, Loretto Agnes, 88 years old, passed away on March 3rd, 2006. A mass was held on March 8th.

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John Andrulis

John Andrulis - passed away at the age of 90, on Friday, February 17th, 2006. No service will be conducted here. John's family reports that he will be buried in Ohio. John played with the National League as a catcher until 2003. Don Goble reports that John just loved to help others enjoy the game of softball. He had a marvelous wit and a great sense of humor. In addition to playing softball, he was an accomplished racquetball player. At the request of the family, Angels in the Outfield will be making a $50 memorial donation to Sun Health Hospice of Sun City West.

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Jenny Koepke

Jenny Koepke, wife of Al Koepke, passed away Saturday, July 30 at home. She had been ill for some time. Al has been missed at the ball field and at the golf course, but understandably chose to spend time taking care of and being with Jenny. No services are planned, as that was her wishes.

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Gerald Launer

1928-2006

Update: Gerald suffered a stroke in December and spent 3 months in rehab. Once he returned home his daughter Marilyn was staying with him. He began complaining of stomach pains and she took him to the doctors. They were awaiting test results when an aneurism in his stomach burst and he subsequently passed away. Anyone wishing to send a card can send it to: Marilyn Amstuz and Family, 13356 W. Ocotillo Ln., Surprise, AZ 85374. They have asked that all donations be sent to: Boys Town National Research Hospital-Hearing Research. Angels in the Outfield has sent a $50 memorial donation in his name to the above

SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Gerald Launer, 77, of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly of the Grand Island, Kearney and Fremont, Nebraska areas, died Wednesday, June 22, 2005.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul, Nebraska.

Mr. Launer was born Jan. 14, 1928. He played for Amazing 60's softball team in Sun City West.

His burial is in the same cemetery as Grover Cleveland Alexander.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Mae Launer.

Survivors of the immediate family include three daughters, Geri From of David City, Marilyn Amstuz of Surprise, Ariz., and Carolyn Launer of Poway, Calif.; a son, Garon Launer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a sister, Elayne White of California

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Gary Shambaugh

better known as "Duke"

1935 - 2005.

Duke died at Del Webb Hospital, Saturday evening, March 26, 2005, at the age of 69, after a number of years of failing health. He had played in both the National and American Leagues and had served as a manager while playing in the National League. He is survived by his wife Shirley, two daughters and a sister. Shirley is employed by Grandview Terrace.

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Jim Wagner

Jim passed away on Friday, March 18,2005 from complications following an automobile accident that had occurred on Bell Road at the Avenue of the Arts intersection on March 4th. There will be no memorial services here. The family will fly his remains back to Pittsburgh for viewing and a service there, which is their home. Mary and Jim have been winter residents of Sun City for 20 years during which he was an active ball player. As his daughter Susan reported, "Softball was something he loved to do and had done all through high school and college." He just loved softball. Mary will remain in Pittsburgh and over the pursuing months make a decision on whether or not to keep or sell their home here. Mary had physical challenges that made it difficult for her to get to Jim's games and now she and the family look back and so wish they had made time to see him play. They have a request. Would anyone who played with Jim, please write down their memories of their playing time with him. In addition, if anyone has a team picture or personal picture we can copy, it would be SOOOO appreciated. Please forward your notes and pictures to Gail Stouthamer, Angels in the Outfield, so she can assemble them into a memory book for the family. It would be most helpful to have all these notes by the end of the present season on April 7th.

Please mail or give your notes and pictures to Gail Stouthamer (623-214-1515) or Linda Graham (623-974-3793).

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Al, father of Bob Stouthamer, passed away on Friday February 4, 2005. He became quite ill and was hospitalized about 3 weeks ago with an intestinal blockage. Because it was necessary to immediately stop all of his medications due to his condition, it became a real challenge to keep him comfortable and get him stabilized again. Gail remembered quieting her kindergarteners in years past by rubbing their shoulders, a technique that soothed Al as well. Bob and Gail and many of you who visited Al and enjoyed his smile will surely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob, Gail and their family. No local services are planned.(Linda G.)

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Elmer Edgell's wife, Louise, passed away February 2, 2005. We will pass along more information when it becomes available.

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Ken Stewart

Passed away on Christmas Day, 2004. He was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1999.

A long time member of the softball club, Ken has been part of or helped with many duties relating to the running of the club. He has helped in the maintenance of the old field on Grand Avenue. He has also been a member of the field maintenance crew at Kuentz Field during the Del Webb tournaments. He helped form the "Barney's Gals and Guys" league which became the "Rinkydinks" in later years. Of course we can't forget that Ken help bring the softball club into the computer age by creating a database of all the players, making it easier to keep track of addresses and other information pertinent to running the club.

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Mary Frances Brosemann

Wife of Walt Worley

Passed away December 22, 2004. She is also survived by daughter Mary Gore, sons, Edwin Victor, David, Robert, William John, George, and James; brother Melvin Kaszupski, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family suggest donations to Sunhealth Hospice , 12740 N. Plaza Del Rio Blvd. , Peoria , Az 85381 . Memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 11A.M. at Lundberg White Rose Chapel, 5310 W. Northern Ave. , Glendale .

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Axel Olson

1988 Softball League Hall of Fame Inductee

Passed on December 9. 2004

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Rebecca Ann Kelley

Wife of William (Bill) Kelley

November 6, 1942 August 18, 2004

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Fred Starck

72 years of age

Wife Gloria says, "He loved to play softball"

Passed away August 11, 2004

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Virgil Kozlowski

Former player and credited with starting the

Sun Cities Senior Softball Hall of Fame

Passed away July 25, 2004

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Ron Lindblum

Husband of Rose Ravenna ( Sponsor of Rosie's)

Passed away July 25, 2004

RIP