Carol Von Tersch

Carol Von Tersch Obituary

Catherine Carol Von Tersch, of Helena MT, died on February 2, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Carol was born on March 21, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Kathryn E (Torgeson) and Galen B Carlson. Carol graduated from Mason City Iowa High School in 1951 and attended Iowa State College. She met George Von Tersch in the fall of 1952 at a Friday night football rally and married on December 26. 1953. This was the beginning of her visiting near and faraway places. The marriage would last 63 years. George was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF upon Iowa State graduation and reported for active duty on Dec 28 for flying training in Malden Missouri.

During the next 26 years we would live in Big Spring Texas; Dover, Delaware; Chaumont, France; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Montgomery, Alabama; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska and Beavercreek, Ohio. Since George was frequently off on an assignment it fell on Carol to organize the moves and take care of three daughters and one son. Carol was a pioneer in cruising. When assigned to Chaumont, France Carol requested surface transportation. She had in mind the USS United States -the fasted boat on the North Atlantic. We got the USS Darby, a WWII troop ship – the slowest boat on the North Atlantic. The Darby had ‘Killroy was here’ painted throughout the boat.

When George retired from the USAF we moved to Peoria AZ. Carol went to Mundus Institute of Travel (MIT) and spent the next ten years visiting the major cities of the world such as: Tokyo, Seoul. Beijing, Bangkok, Cairo and the Pyramids, Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Manila. Carol was very outgoing and easily made friends with people even if they spoke a different language. Carol is survived by her husband George, three daughters and one son (Cathy, Linda, Gail, and Brad) There is currently no service scheduled. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Carol. – See more at:

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John Irwin Elsass

John Irwin Elsass, 82, of Litchfield Park died Jan. 14, 2017.,-John.jpg

Mr. Elsass was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Canton, Ohio, to George and Allahda Elsass.

He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1961.

He lived in Litchfield Park for 47 years.

He was employed at Goodyear Aerospace (also known as Loral Defense Systems).

He coached Little League and led Webelos.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Louise Elsass; two daughters, Cindy May and Diane Dotson; one son, Mike Elsass; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Streams Church, 6532 N. El Mirage Road, Glendale, followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be at a future date at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to Stream Church for its youth and missions ministry at or 14175 W. Indian School Road, Suite B4PMB 425, Goodyear, AZ 85395, or the Alzheimer’s Association at

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Don Davidson

Message sent by Norm Darnell:

Just wanted to let you know that Don passed away on Dec.  5.

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John Ross

John Ross died on Dec 15 of congestive heart failure. Services are to be held in Wickenberg, on Jan 21 at St. Albans church.
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December 2016 Pioneer Club Newsletter

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dave_duffettDavid Richard Duffett, 81, of Glendale, AZ, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2016. David is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Theresa.

He is also survived by his three children; Amy, Heather, and Derek; three step children; Jennifer, Angela, and John; and eight grandchildren whom he loved spending time with.

David was born in Guernsey to George and Lillian, where he lived until he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a young child. He graduated Marquette University where he ran track and cross country.

He has lived in Arizona since the early 60s where he worked as an editor until his retirement. David was an avid reader, runner, and sports fan. He never missed a Packer game! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Graveside Service

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
10:00 am
Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary
719 North 27th Ave
 Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 272-5639
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Geraldine May “Gerry” Martin

Gerry MartinGeraldine May Martin, 88 of Glendale passed away on October 31, 2016. She was born to the late William and Hulda Sanborn on October 18, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gerry met and found the love of her life Bernie in high school. Together they shared 68 years of marriage.
She found enjoyment in gardening, music, reading, and a good game of bridge. However, she found the most enjoyment while spending time with her husband and family. In addition to her parents, Gerry is pre deceased by her sister, Shirley.
She is survived by her husband Bernie, her children Tom, Cindy, Patty and Judy along with 10 grandchildren, 13 1/2 great grandchildren. A memorial mass was held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Louis the King Catholic Church 4331 W. Maryland Ave. Glendale, AZ. A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

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