12/5/01

Harry E. Willian Jr.

On Thursday, November 22, 2001, surrounded by family, Harry E. Willian Jr., 81, peacefully passed away.

His wife of 55 years, Nell Jane Sughrue Willian, his daughter Nancy Lancaster of Flagstaff, and his son Tom Willian of Clovis, New Mexico survive Harry. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Shannon King, Matthew Penland, Amanda Alonzo, Andrew Penland, Patrick Penland, Jeremy Garcia, Ashley Willian, and Sean Willian; as well as five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Lauren and Morgan King, Sean Penland, and Michael Garcia.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Johanna Garcia, and his grandson, Greg Penland.

Harry, the son of the late Harry and Anna Willian, was a life-long resident of Arizona, though he was born in Los Angeles while his mother was visiting family. He came to Winslow at the age of seven, after living in Ashfork.

He graduated from Winslow High School in 1938, attended Arizona State University, and then joined the Army Signal Corps in early 1940. While serving in the Army, Harry was a cryptanalyst.

He was most proud of his participation in the fight for Guadalcanal, serving during the very height of the valiant six month long battle.

After serving in various places throughout the Southern Pacific, he was honorably discharged from the Army as a Master Sergeant in 1945. He was married to Nell Jane Sughrue on July 20, 1946.

He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 34 years, retiring as Lead Electrician in 1980.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #536, VFW Post #3076, Masonic Lodge #13, Eastern Star Ruby Lodge #3, and IBEW Local Union #519.

Funeral services were held at Greer’s Scott Mortuary on Tuesday, November 27 with graveside services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harry’s name to Northland Hospice of Arizona, 1506 Williamson Avenue, Winslow, AZ 86047.

Lupe S. Gonzales

Holy Rosary for Lupe S. Gonzales, 76, were held Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Celebrant was Father Dan Hussey. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, November 29, 2001, at Madre de Dios Church. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Lupe Gonzales passed away on November 25, 2001, in Winslow, Ariz. He was born on December 12, 1924, in San Antonio, Texas.

Lupe Gonzales worked at the Harvey House in Winslow, was a laborer for Santa Fe Railway, and was a stacker for Duke City Lumber.

He served his country in the US Army and the Army National Guard.

His survivors include; his sons, Benny Gonzales, Frank Gonzales and Gilbert Gonzales; daughters, Priscilla (Boney) Milligan and Betty (Henry) Garcia; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; brothers, Louis Gonzales of Winslow, Gabriel Gonzales of Flagstaff, Eliseo Gonzales of Flagstaff and Moises Gonzales of Belen, NM; sisters, Maria Trujillo of Snowflake, Rosalie Merrit of Winslow, Fina Salazar of Winslow and Connie Barren of Texas.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Margarita S. Gonzales, who passed away April 2, 1992, and his son, Rudy S. Gonzales, who passed away in 1996.

Arrangements were under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Evaristo P. Tafoya

Holy Rosary for “Buddy” Evaristo P. Tafoya, 65, were held Thursday, November 29, 2001, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, November 30, 2001, at Madre de Dios Church with Father Dan Hussey officiating.

“Buddy” Evaristo P. Tafoya, son of the late Aurelio and Deluvina Tafoya, passed away on November 25, 2001, in St. David, Ariz. He was born on October 7, 1936, in Winslow, Ariz.

Buddy was a member of the Catholic Church. He was a retired member of the Labor Union Local 383 and was a member of thee American Legion.

He served his country in the Korean War for the U.S. Air Force. His love of fishing and hunting with his children was one of his greatest enjoyments.

Buddy leaves behind his wife, Elsie Tafoya; sisters, Molly Montoya, Stella Sedillo, Aggie Lopez and Rose Tafoya; loving and caring father of Donaciano, Ralph, Lawrence, Louis, Delores, Yvonne, Lorraine and Damon; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Aurelio and Deluvina Tafoya; brothers, Bill, Leo, Willie and Cecilio.

Arrangements were under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary.

Leah A. Palmer

Holy Rosary was held for Leah A. Palmer, 89, on Monday, December 3, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Celebrant was Father Michael Vigil. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment was next to her husband and son in Missoula, Montana.

Leah A. Palmer passed away on November 30, 2001, in Winslow, Arizona. She was born on April 20, 1912, in Missoula, Montana and lived in Winslow since 1975.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all she touched.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Clay (Ken) of Winslow; two sons, Dennis (Debbie) Palmer of Atlanta, Georgia and William (Mary Ellen) Palmer of Helena, Montana; grandchildren, Bill Palmer, Margie (Brent) Booth, John (Kristin) Palmer, Kara (Joe) Keithley, Ken (Shelly) Clay, Katie and Lindsey Palmer and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband William and son Roger; two sisters and three brothers.

Arrangements were under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

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