FLAGSTAFF - My friend Roger Hartstone, 57, passed on March 27 leaving behind many friends on the Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Many knew Hartstone from his Congressional bids against former Congressman Bob Stump. Nobody was unable to unseat Stump in the then-heavily Republican district, but Hartstone obtained the highest percent of any Democrat to run against Stump.
KAYENTA - Funeral services for Susie G. Young, 82, were held March 12, 2008 at the Kayenta Bible Church. Services were officiated by Bob Manymules and burial was at Chilchinbeto Community Cemetery. Young died March 7, 2008 in Flagstaff. She was born Dec. 5, 1926 in Chilchinbeto to Kai'has'bah Helen and Ralph T. Gilmore.
Jerry T. Pettyjohn, beloved husband and father, died Friday, March 7, 2008. Jerry was born March 22, 1932, in Elkin, N.C. He was the second son of Ella and Clifton Pettyjohn. He has a sister and brother living in Pueblo, Colo.
Kenneth Silas Lee, age 39, died suddenly on March 10. He was born in Tuba City and graduated from Tuba City High School in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Flagstaff where he met his wife Alice. In 1990 they moved to Grand Canyon where he met and made many friends. In 1994 he moved his family back to Flagstaff where he had been a resident with his wife and their three children, Shaun, Michael and Sierra.
Katherine B. Singer, 90, died Feb. 8, 2008 in Kayenta. She was born June 16, 1917 in Cow Springs into the Honágháahnii (One Who Walks Around People) Clan, born for Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan. Her maternal clan is Deeshchii'nii (Start of the Red Streak People). Her paternal clan is Tábhá (Water's Edge).
Funeral services for Doran Thomas Youvella, 25, were held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Polacca. President Eldon Povatah officiated the services with interment following at a family plot at Sand Hills Ranch.
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Ann M. Carlson, age 83, of Janesville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was born in Black River Falls on March 8, 1924. Carlson was the daughter of Lyle and Lurline (Dalrymple) Cooper and received her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. Ann married John M. Carlson on June 19, 1948 in Chapel at the University of Minnesota. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1970. She worked at Mercy Hospital where she was the director of staff development and later for Rock County Hospital, Rock Haven, Cedar Crest Health Care Center, Janesville Health Care Center, and the Chinle Nursing Home as the director of nursing.
TUCSON-University of Arizona (UA) anthropologist Emory Sekaquaptewa spent a lifetime working to save his Hopi culture and language from extinction, a passion he pursued to the end. Sekaquaptewa, Hopi educator, judge, artist and cultural treasure as well as a noted research anthropologist at the UA's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), died Dec. 14.
TSAILE -Diné College express deep sadness at the passing of longtime esteemed faculty member, Dr. Emmanuel K. Agbolosoo. Heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Agbolosoo's family, students, colleagues and friends. "As a college we feel a tremendous loss. Dr. Agbolosoo's conversations, long handshakes and humor will be missed. Our prayers are with his family at this difficult time," said Ferlin Clark, President of Diné College.
WINDOW ROCK - Marshall Tome, the first known Navajo journalist who is credited with transforming the Navajo Times from a tribal education newsletter into a full-fledged newspaper dedicated to Navajo news, died Nov. 21. He was 85.
Amada "Amie" Sanchez, born in Winslow in 1934, passed away Nov. 23 in San Bernardino, Calif. from complications following heart bypass surgery. Amie was the first of four daughters born to Winslow residents Joseph and Lola Sanchez. She attended Washington and Lincoln Elementary Schools as well as Winslow Junior High and High School.
Ruben Tsosie Lefthand of Flagstaff died Oct. 13 in Phoenix. He was 42 years old and was born in Tuba City in 1965. He graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1984 and was a carpenter in Phoenix and California.
Funeral services for Edna Watson, 70, were held Monday, April 23, 2007 at 11 a.m. DST, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chinle. Officiating was Norman L. Kaye, which was followed by an interment at Chinle Community Cemetery and a reception at Watson's place of residence.
Graveside service for Sidney Monroe, 91, were held on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Desert View Cemetery in Winslow. Sidney Monroe passed away on Dec. 19 in Winslow, Arizona. He was born on Aug. 27, 1915 in Tolani Lake.
TEWA VILLAGE-Traditional funeral services for Juanita Healing, 90, were held Saturday, Dec. 9, at the family residence in Tewa Village. Burial followed at the Tewa Village Cemetery in Tewa Village.
TUBA CITY-Tom Bigman Jr. was born in 1937 at Pasture Canyon to the late Tom Bigman Sr. and the late Zonnie Denetsosie of Tuba City. Tom went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 6, 2006, in Tuba City.
Melvin "Mel" Talakte passed away on June 28, 2006 in St. George, Utah.
Alice J. (Lomahquahu) Baca, 69 passed away on June 8, 2006 in Winslow, Ariz. She was born in Hotevilla, Ariz. on Nov. 9, 1936 to Percy and Anna Lomahquahu.
Freida Sage died June 4, 2006 in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was born July 25, 1951 in Rehoboth N.M. into the Water Flows Together People Clan for the Red House People Clan.
Served as co-founder, 1st Chair of NAIHC
WASHINGTON — Ron Froman, former Chief of the Peoria Tribe (Oklahoma) and first Chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), passed away on May 28, 2006 from a long illness. He was 65.
WINDOW ROCK — Former Navajo Nation Council Delegate and current St. Michaels Chapter President Albert Ross died May 28, 2006 from complications of diabetes. He was 67.
Lucinda (Lu) Paddock Belin, 41, passed away on Thursday, April 13, near Leupp, Ariz.
Kevin Olsen Benton, 35, passed away April 16, 2006 in Winslow, Ariz. He was born April 15, 1971 in Winslow.
Family, friends, staff and students gather for Kathy Steele memorial
POLACCA -- Kathy Steele wasn't only the director of special education programs for Hopi Jr/Sr High School. She was known as an advocate for special education students.