Barbara Bolton-Wright

Barbara Ann Long Bolton-Wright

PHOENIX – Barbara Ann Long Bolton-Wright BSN, RN born in Phoenix March 25th, 1958, passed away at age 60 on September 15th, 2018 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center following a long illness. Barbara is survived by parents Charles and Phyllis Long of Phoenix, brother, Alan (Kelly) Long of Glendale, and husband Michael Wright of Phoenix (m. January 2, 2015).

Other survivors include extended family by marriage, daughters, Laurie (Michael) Saban and Kathleen (Carl) Spacone; grandchildren Joshua (Megan) Wright, Leslie Reynolds, John Sitarz, Hope Ann Saban, Carlo Spacone and Jacob Spacone; and great-grandchildren Aubrey Wright and James Wright as well as several close friends. Barbara attended Squaw Peak Elementary School and graduated from Camelback High School Class of 1976 where she was active in sports programs including softball, tennis, badminton, and swimming.
Barbara graduated Cum Laude from the Arizona State University School of Nursing in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Barbara worked as a nursing assistant at John C. Lincoln Hospital in critical care as well as general care areas during her collegiate years.

After graduation, Barbara worked in the Emergency Department of Good Samaritan Hospital (now Banner University Medical Center) for 16 years with additional part-time work in the Emergency Department of the former Phoenix Baptist Hospital. In 1997, Barbara left her nursing career due to illness and later completed a Nursing Re-entry program at Gateway Community College Phoenix in 2006 to continue nursing work at Aurora Behavioral Health (Peoria) before finally retiring in 2009.

Barbara loved needlepoint, music, theatrical productions, and loved to travel. She particularly loved England and spent long vacations there with her parents. She enjoyed travelling by cruise ship. Favorite cruise destinations included Alaska and Russia.
Barbara’s love for the animal kingdom required many trips to the Arizona Humane Society, the Phoenix Zoo, the Wildlife World Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelters. Hobbies included various and extensive collections of ceramics and stuffed animals. Barbara’s highly developed sense of humor and practical jokes will be cherished memories to all who continue to love and miss her.

A celebration of life luncheon will be Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:00pm at Aunt Chiladas restaurant, 7330 N Dreamy Draw Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020. Please RSVP email

Interment will follow at a later date.

Remembrances may be made in Barbara’s name to the Arizona Humane Society 1521 W. Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041 or to the American Liver Society.

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Jay Geisel

April 2, 1921 – September 20, 2018 – Jay Geisel passed away September 20, 2018 in Mount Vernon, WA.

Jay was born in Elyria, Ohio on April 2, 1921, where he attended Ohio State University. He enrolled in the United States Coast Guard Academy, followed by service in the United States Navy for several years, serving on a Liberty Ship in the Atlantic during WWII.

Following his military service, Jay became a department head in the communications department at Goodyear Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ. Yes, he did ride one of the Goodyear Blimps and loved to share the tale. It was during this time he met his wife of over 37 years, Mary. Together, they loved to spend time traveling and enjoying their love of the ocean. They moved to San Diego, CA where they were “live-aboards” for four years.

With family moving to Washington, they followed where they settled their nautical roots in Shelter Bay. When Jay was no longer able to safely keep the boat, Sandcastle, in Bristol shape, he turned to woodworking. Although he developed those skills later in life, he became an avid woodworker and enjoyed the company of his many friends in the Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association. Jay was always up for a Mariner’s game or challenging crossword puzzle.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary, in Shelter Bay; children Greg (Jane) in Florida, Kim (Gary) of Phoenix, Todd (Alison), Dawn of Michigan and Mary’s children, who he loved as his own, Chris (Helena) of Florida, Tony of Phoenix, Carol (John) of Lyman, Chaunte (Jeff) of Edmonds and his many grandchildren Forrest (Allison) of Alabama, Shannon (Brice) of Florida, Justin (Dacia) of Phoenix, Denae of Snohomish, Jeff of Mount Vernon, and Jay (Blake) of Shelter Bay and his great-grandchildren Jessica, Avery, Losida, Taylor, Catalina, Dylan, and Owen.

Jay’s conversations on topics far and wide will be missed. His many woodworking projects will be treasured, and his family will always think of him when looking at the oceans.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald on Oct. 4, 2018

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Olga Moreno Carreño

Olga Moreno Carreño, passed on September 1, 2018, at the age of 88.  She was the beloved wife and soulmate of 61 years to Alberto Carreño and loving sister, mother, NaNa, Great NaNa, cousin and friend.

She was born in Superior, AZ, but was raised in Camp 54 Litchfield Park and then Avondale, AZ.  After marriage, she moved to Phoenix where she raised her four children.  She later spent her retirement years in Peoria, AZ.

Olga worked for Goodyear/Loral Aerospace for 37 years and retired as a tool crib attendant.  She also worked on airships, balloon characters for Macy’s Day Parade, float balloons for Apollo spacecraft and crash proof fuel cells during her time of employment.

She loved to dance and performed with the Glendale Boot Scooters Country Line Dancers.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband, kids, and friends and spending time up north in her cabin.

Olga is survived by her husband, Alberto; sons, David Carreño (Barbara), Bill Carreño (Jean), and James Carreño (Barb); daughter, Carrie Aldridge (John); sister, Socorro Cons; granddaughters, Andrea Herrera (Jasper), and Sydney Aldridge; grandsons, Billy Carreño (Ciera), Kyle Carreño, Matthew Aldridge; three great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held at 9:30 am followed by a rosary at 10:30 am and a funeral mass at 11:00 am, Thursday, September 13, 2018, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Buriall followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392.  A reception was held following the services at Estrella Vista Reception Center, 1471 N Eliseo Felix Jr Way, Avondale, AZ 85323.

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Greg Martin

Greg Martin husband, father, engineer, inventor, and proud veteran of World War II passed away peacefully at his home in Meridian, Idaho, on September 2, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Yvonne and Orestes, brother Edward, sister Irene Rushenberg, and son Gregory Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Stephanie; his two daughters, Maria Trampe of Meridian ID (Steve) and Yvonne Martin-Kidd of Nashville TN (Ron); his three grandchildren, Gina Whitney Hottle of Denver CO (Jeff), Lauren Scott of Eagle ID (Lee), and Margaret Kidd of Evanston IL. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren and a bevy of nieces and nephews whom he cared for deeply.

With Bachelors and Masters degrees in physics from the University of Minnesota, Greg was a true engineer and inventor, earning five patent awards during his 25-year career in research and development at Goodyear Aerospace in Litchfield AZ. Importantly, he put those inventing skills to work at home, most notably for his highly functional modifications of automobiles and scooters to accommodate his travel adventures across the US and, in his later years, around his neighborhood.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 16, 2018

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Bill Renfroe

Services for Bill Renfroe were held Thursday August 9th and were well attended.
He was buried with USAF Military honors. He worked at GAC/Loral for 45 years and met his wife, Wanda at work and they were married for 45 years.

He was a gifted Structures design engineer working on many mobile missile transporter and erector programs.

He designed and built an experimental airplane, flew a Cessna 172.
He and Wanda installed a sound system in their church with Wanda doing the soldering, a skill she had developed at GAC. Together they built a cabin north of Prescott.
He had been in a Nursing home for the last 2 yrs.
Find a lot of family pictures by clicking on the link below…

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