Daniel Edward Biernacki

GOODYEAR, AZ- Daniel Edward Biernacki of Goodyear, Arizona, died Thursday, August 29, 2019 at West Valley Hospital Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear, AZ.

He was born on March 18, 1952 in Hamtramck, MI the son of the late Edward and Emaline (Stanek) Biernacki.

Daniel worked as an electrical engineer for the Aerospace Defense Industry and retired.

He is survived by his sister Janet Biernacki of Goodyear, AZ and other relatives who live in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee and California.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13 from 9-11 a.m. at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m. at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery

St. Barbara’s Church

159 Mission Street

Vulcan, MI, 49892

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Waldemar “Wally” Herbert Blase

Sun City – On August 4, 2019, Wally, 93, lost his long battle with bladder cancer. Wally was born on September 25, 1925, to William and Emma Blase of Sylvan Grove, Kansas. He was the third of seven children.

Wally was in the Navy and trained as a radio technician. When World War II ended in the Pacific, he continued in radio and worked at KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri. He later worked at Sperry Gyroscope in New York, where he met the love of his life on New Year’s Eve in 1953 on a blind date. They were engaged in March and married on July 30, 1954. They had a great love for each other and just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Wally’s education and job opportunities brought his family to Arizona where he worked for Goodyear Aerospace on their radar mapping system as a Senior Electrical Engineer until retirement. Upon retirement, he helped design a summer home in Payson on the creek at Kohl’s Ranch. Wally was a quiet man, a voracious reader, a lover of science and philosophy. His passing will be a great loss to his family. Wally is survived by his wife, Joanne, daughters, Mara von Klosst-Dohna, and Christie Blase, son David Blase and six grandchildren.

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Alexander Crosby Brown, Jr.

Alexander Crosby Brown Jr, Sc.D.
Alexander Crosby Brown Jr, Sc.D. was born on July 3rd, 1936 in Newport News, Virginia where he spent his early years. He spent his teen years living in Europe where he attended two years at a French Lycee. His first job was as an errand boy at the Newport News Shipyard. Alex posed for a statue of Christopher Newport which was kept on the grounds of the Mariner’s Museum. Alex had a life-long dedication to engineering. As a teen, he built his own radio from the transistor up.

He earned a bachelors of science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1959. He achieved a Master of Science in 1972 and a Doctor of Science in 1987 from George Washington University. He worked for Goodyear Aerospace as an antenna engineer. His projects included antenna design for the SR71 Blackbird, a C-Band Antenna for NASA, and several patents in civil and structural engineering. He became a member of jjjj in 1972. During the 1980s he was chair of the IEEE Chapter on Waves and Devices. Alex continued to present papers at engineering symposia even after retirement. 

Running, hiking, and swimming were Alex’s passions. In 1996, he took first place in the Arizona Road Racers Desert Classic 30K race. In his 70s, Alex competed in several races including the South Mountain Classic 20K, Whiskey Row Marathon 10K, and Crown King Scramble 50K where he often placed in the top third for his age group. 

Alex served seven years in the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Wiesbaden Germany where he met his future wife, Ulla, at a dance. Ulla and Alex celebrated 54 years of marriage. Together they had a daughter, Julia, and a son, Michael. As a father, Alex was very involved in supporting his children’s interests. He was Michael’s soccer coach and Julia’s hiking coach for the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Trail. Both children adopted Alex’s love of science. Alex is further survived by his sisters, Suzanne and Johanna, son-in-law, William, and granddaughter, Sabine.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 26th 2019 at 10:30 AM at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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Carl R. Hahn

Hahn , Carl R. 10/12/1926 – 05/09/2019 

Dear Family and Friends,

It was with great sadness that we had to say “Goodbye” to our husband, father, and grandfather last Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the ripe young age of 92.  Fortunately, he passed quickly and did not suffer a prolonged hospital treatment.  He now has a new group to trade jokes with and he can start over on the ones you have heard before.

A celebration of his life is currently planned as follows:

June 3, 2019
10:00 am – Funeral Mass, Santa Sofia Catholic Church, 9800 San Juan St., Spring Valley, CA 91977

11:30 am – Gravesite Blessing, Singing Hills Memorial Park, 2800 Dehusa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019

1:00 pm   – Reception, Santa Sofia Catholic Church, 9800 San Juan St., Spring Valley, CA 91977


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Arthur G. Locker

Phoenix – Arthur G. Locker, age 88, of Phoenix, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019. Born to Louis and Stephanie on a small farm in Trego County, Kansas, he attended Fort Hays State University on the G.I. bill after a tour of duty in Korea ending a four year stint in the Air Force – and graduated with honors in 1957.

He had a lengthy career at Goodyear Aerospace, attaining the position of Director of Engineering Services before retiring. He had a superb sense of humor, and personified the term sentimental romantic. Loved a bargain, and more than that, loved to bargain! Handy, he always tried to fix it before trashing it, and usually could. Gave an honest days work for whatever the pay – and always paid his way.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; two children, Laura Gabriel and Roy (Debra) Locker; three grandchildren, Justin Locker, Lindsay (Kenny) Berkebile, and Jeremy Locker; two great grandchildren, Bryson and Carter Berkebile; and many other loving family and friends. He loved and cherished the woman he married, and the children he fathered.

He will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, no services are planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Shadow Mountain Mortuary.Published in The Arizona Republic on May 12, 2019

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Ellis Grace

From Jo Grace, Ellis Grace’s wife: “Our daughters are planning a small family-only memorial to celebrate his life.”

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Pioneers: Mark your calendars for 2019 events!

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