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Sharon Laurita

Nov 10, 1945 - Dec 05, 2023

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Sharon Ann Laurita, age 78, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. A graveside service for Sharon will be held Friday, December 22, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206.

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Kenneth Paul Castañeda

Jun 16, 1954 - Feb 18, 2024

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KENNETH PAUL CASTAÑEDA, AGE 69, PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN HIS HOME ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024. HE WAS BORN IN EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA ON JUNE 16, 1954 HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINES FOR SIX YEARS AND WAS STATIONED IN MANY LOCATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING HAWAII AND JAPAN. SOON AFTER HIS MILITARY SERVICE, HE MARRIED SHERYL AND THEY SHARED A LIFE OF OVER 40 YEARS WHICH INCLUDES FIVE CHILDREN ANICETO, ANTONIO, ANDREA, ALEJANDRO, AND AURORA, AND SIX GRANDCHILDREN PAIGE, KENNETH JR., KORDILIA, DAVID, ERIK, AND JACK. IN ADDITION TO HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY, HE LEAVES BEHIND HIS TWO SISTERS, ONE BROTHER, AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO WILL MISS HIM DEARLY. HE WAS A CELEBRATED MUSICIAN WHO SPENT MANY YEARS PLAYING GUITAR IN BANDS ALL AROUND THE VALLEY. HIS KNOWLEDGE AND HIS PROFICIENCY AS A MUSICIAN WERE UNPARALLELED. HE SPENT HOURS LEARNING SONGS, FOCUSING ON THE METICULOUS DETAILS SO THAT ANYTIME THERE WAS A QUESTION ON HOW TO PLAY SOMETHING, HE WOULD HAVE THE ANSWER. HIS STYLE DREW UPON LATIN, JAZZ, AND PROGRESSIVE ROCK OF THE 60'S AND 70'S BUT HE HAD HIS OWN IDENTITY AND SOUND. NO ONE CAN PLAY LIKE HIM. EVERYONE WHO KNEW KENNY UNDERSTOOD HOW IMPORTANT WORK WAS TO HIM, IF HE WASN'T MOVING AND KEEPING BUSY, THEN HE WOULDN'T BE HAPPY. DESPITE HIS PENCHANT FOR BEING ON THE MOVE. HE ALWAYS TOOK HIS TIME ON THE JOB. HE DID THINGS RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME. HE VALUED INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND, DESPITE HIS SOMETIMES-SERIOUS DISPOSITION, HE WAS SILLY AND QUICKER TO THE PUNCHLINE THAN EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM. RAMBLE ON KENNY. PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF KEN CASTANEDA ON SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024, AT 10 AM AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: MELDRUM MORTUARY, 52 NORTH MACDONALD ST., MESA, AZ 85201

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Norma Jean Toliver

Jan 18, 1927 - Feb 24, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Norma Jean Toliver, 97, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on February 24, 2024, in Mesa. Norma was born the youngest of nine children on January 18, 1927, in the Lehi area of Mesa, Arizona, to John Svob and Antonia (Kauzlarich) Svob. Norma was a very friendly, welcoming, and caring person. She was such a wonderful mother, that other people tended to adopt her as their own. She was the "my other mother" to a lot of people. Norma cherished spending time with her family at home in Mesa, at her weekend home near Roosevelt Lake in Punkin Center, and camping at Hawley Lake in Northern Arizona. Norma is survived by three of her adult children, Janet Toliver, Steven Toliver, and Elizabeth (Toliver) Rau, as well as 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Charles Toliver, and her son, Charles Jr. Norma attended Lehi School for primary education and the original Mesa High School ("Old Main") for high school. She worshiped at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. In addition to tending to her immediate and extended family, Norma enjoyed growing and tending to her roses, bowling in a league, and volunteering as an "Enginette" to aid Mesa Firefighters and their families during emergencies. She loved music and had a very diverse taste, ranging from Merle Haggard's traditional Country Western style to Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Blues. Norma truly enjoyed life. She would light up a room with her wit and self-deprecating style of humor while constantly striving to ensure that everybody felt included and comfortable. No matter where she went across the vast State of Arizona, she would always bump into somebody that she knew. They were always happy and excited to see her. Visitation and Memorial Services for Norma will be held at Meldrum Mortuary in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday, March 7, at 4:00 pm. A funeral service will also be held the following day on Friday, March 8 at 9:00am with a gravesite ceremony afterwards at the City of Mesa Cemetary (1212N Center Street). For those inclined.... the family would appreciate flowers being sent to Meldrum Mortuary or a donation in Norma's name to the Arizona Heart Foundation ( )

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Harry Lawrence White

May 06, 1939 - Feb 05, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Harry Lawrence White, 84, was born on May 6, 1939, and passed away in Mesa, Arizona on February 5, 2024. Larry was born in Miami, Arizona to Howard and Mary White and grew up in Mesa, Arizona where he lived for most of his life. He attended Mesa High School where he met the love of his life, Patty. Throughout his high school years, he played baseball, enjoyed singing in the choir, and graduated in 1957. He attended the University of Arizona and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacy. He then went on to receive his pharmacy license in California and lived in Santa Barbara for a short time before moving back to Arizona. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He had a passion for traveling and taking long vacations with his family all over the country. He was a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching the Suns, the Cardinals, and the Diamondbacks. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, his 3 grandchildren and his great grandson. Larry was a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pat White, his two daughters, Kim Newton (husband, Kyle,) and Wendy Babinski (husband, Rich), his daughter-in-law, Diane White and his three grandchildren, Jake, Elizabeth, and Emma, and his great-grandchild, Micah. Larry was preceded in death by his two sons Larry Jr. and Brad. Harry Lawrence White, 84, was born on May 6, 1939, and passed away in Mesa, Arizona on February 5, 2024. Larry was born in Miami, Arizona to Howard and Mary White and grew up in Mesa, Arizona where he lived for most of his life. He attended Mesa High School where he met the love of his life, Patty. Throughout his high school years, he played baseball, enjoyed singing in the choir, and graduated in 1957. He attended the University of Arizona and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacy. He then went on to receive his pharmacy license in California and lived in Santa Barbara for a short time before moving back to Arizona. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He had a passion for traveling and taking long vacations with his family all over the country. He was a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching the Suns, the Cardinals, and the Diamondbacks. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, his 3 grandchildren and his great grandson. Larry was a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pat White, his two daughters, Kim Newton (husband, Kyle,) and Wendy Babinski (husband, Rich), his daughter-in-law, Diane White and his three grandchildren, Jake, Elizabeth, and Emma, and his great-grandchild, Micah. Larry was preceded in death by his two sons Larry Jr. and Brad.

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Maureen Alice Miller

Dec 26, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Maureen Alice Miller, 80, of Mesa, Arizona died suddenly on February 19,2024 at Banner Desert Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Carson, North Dakota on December 26,1943 to the late Bernard and Grace Emch. She was preceded in death by siblings Mary Lee Gruver of Wichita Kansas, Margaret Emeterio of Rowland Heights, California, Michelle Garcia of Corning, California, and Michael Emch of San Diego, California. Maureen is survived by her husband of 55 years, Glen Miller, daughters Judy Beauchamp of Burnsville, Minnesota, Kimberly Miller of Mesa, Arizona, Kammy Rivas of West Rutland, Vermont, and Teresa Flores of Tempe, Arizona. Grandchildren Andrea Wilson and John Beauchamp of Minnesota, Katie and William Long of Mesa, Arizona. Maureen worked as a administrative assistant at Southwestern Bell until she retired. She then worked for Silicon Valley Sports for ten plus years until she retired in 2008. Maureen loved children. She will be sorely missed. Interment will be at Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery.

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Frank Guy Delsignore

Sep 18, 1959 - Feb 25, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Frank Guy Delsignore, age 64, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Our deepest condolences to family and friends for their loss. In your time of sorrow, light a candle in remembrance of those no longer with us. Four Candles: The first candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you. This second candle represents our courage. To confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives. This third candle we light in your memory. For the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and joy you gave us. This fourth candle we light for our love. We light this candle that your light will always shine. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us. We remember you. During your time of grief, we wish you peace and comfort through this difficult time. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mariposagardens.com for the Delsignore family. To receive updates on current or future services and shared memories for Frank Guy Delsignore, please see below to sign up for email or text notifications. Please contact the staff of Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park & Funeral Care for questions or comments.

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Arlene Wanda Rice Lorenzen

Nov 16, 1934 - Feb 23, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Arlene Wanda Rice Lorenzen, age 89, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Our deepest condolences to family and friends for their loss. In your time of sorrow, light a candle in remembrance of those no longer with us. Four Candles: The first candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you. This second candle represents our courage. To confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives. This third candle we light in your memory. For the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and joy you gave us. This fourth candle we light for our love. We light this candle that your light will always shine. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us. We remember you. During your time of grief, we wish you peace and comfort through this difficult time. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mariposagardens.com for the Lorenzen family. To receive updates on current or future services and shared memories for Arlene Wanda Rice Lorenzen, please see below to sign up for email or text notifications. Please contact the staff of Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park & Funeral Care for questions or comments.

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Susan Marie Farmer

Sep 26, 1953 - Feb 20, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Susan Marie Farmer, age 70 passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Our deepest condolences to family and friends for their loss. In your time of sorrow, light a candle in remembrance of those no longer with us. Four Candles: The first candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you. This second candle represents our courage. To confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives. This third candle we light in your memory. For the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and joy you gave us. This fourth candle we light for our love. We light this candle that your light will always shine. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us. We remember you. During your time of grief, we wish you peace and comfort through this difficult time. A visitation for Susan will be held Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206, followed by a celebration of life from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mariposagardens.com for the Farmer family. To receive updates on current or future services and shared memories for Susan Marie Farmer, please see below to sign up for email or text notifications. Please contact the staff of Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park & Funeral Care for questions or comments.

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Robert Lee Page, Sr.

Mar 14, 1945 - Feb 13, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Robert Lee Page, Sr., aged 78, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, passed away on February 13, 2024, at Mountain Vista Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, after battling cancer. Robert, the third eldest of five children, was born on March 14, 1945, in Atchison, Kansas, to Raymond and Viola (Weir) Page. He graduated from Atchison High School in May of 1963. Those who knew him well, knew that he preferred the name Bob Page. Bob joined the US Navy in July 1963, serving on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. He was released from active duty in July 1967 and received an honorable discharge in July 1969. Bob married Pamela Cooper in July 1968, and they had two children from this marriage, Robert Page Jr., and Dawn Page (Moore). Bob and Pam later divorced in March 1975. After his military service, Bob pursued a career in law enforcement. He started with the Atchison Police Department in Kansas from January 1969 to November 1971. Later, in December 1971, the family moved to Gladstone, Missouri, where Bob continued his law enforcement career, rising to the rank of detective. During his time, he received three letters of commendation for recovering stolen property. Bob concluded his police career in June 1980. Bob remarried in August 1977, to Michele Horton. They divorced in September 1979, with no children from this marriage. During the 1980s and into the early to mid-1990s, Bob held various security positions. He transitioned to an IT career in 1995, starting at Gateway 2000. Bob married for a third time to Joan Reynolds in June 1997. Joan died of a brain aneurysm on October 31, 1997. In October 2001, Bob moved to Arizona. He worked in IT until January 2012 when health issues led him to retire. Bob spent his retirement years in the San Tan Valley area until his passing. Bob's wife Joan, his parents, Raymond and Viola (Weir) Page, his brothers Henry Page and Jack Page, and his grandson Ted Trainer have all preceded him in death. Bob is survived by his two children: Robert Page, Jr., (Mary Ann Panijan) of Kansas City, Missouri, and daughter Dawn (Jeff) Moore of Beloit, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his sister Ellen Reno of Atchison, Kansas, and brother David (Elaine) Page of St. Joseph, Missouri. Additionally, he is survived by his granddaughter Alexandria Page (Brian Thorn) of Manchester, Iowa, and grandson Kimble Trainer of Highland, Kansas. Graveside services with the Navy honor guard will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas. After the funeral, the family will gather at the Elks Lodge in Atchison, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of your choice in Bob’s name.

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James G. Mains

Jan 29, 1931 - Feb 19, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

James G. Mains, 93, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on January 29, 1931, to DeWitt and Pansy (Winslow) Mains. James graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, specializing in architectural design, and served proudly in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Selfridge Air Force Base, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and Fort Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts. During his service at Fort Devens, he met the love of his life, Evelyn Tocci. They married on September 20, 1952. They lived in Massachusetts until moving to Battle Creek in 1970. James owned a professional painting contractor business in Battle Creek. He looked forward to the annual deer hunting trips he took with his brothers and friends to their cabins in northern Michigan every fall. He was an avid fan of the University of Michigan Wolverines and was suspected of having Maize and Blue blood running through his veins. He also supported the Detroit Tigers, Pistons, Lions, and Red Wings, and enjoyed going to hometown baseball games at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. He was immensely proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed Celtic music and horse racing. He was an active member of the American Legion and “Phi Beta Zeller”, the corner donut shop in Battle Creek where he and others would have lively discussions over donuts and coffee. James was an altar server at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek. An enthusiast of historical books and musical theater, James also enjoyed attending the Scottish Irish Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. In Massachusetts, he was a member of the Leominster Sportsman Club. He retired to Arizona in 2009. In addition to his wife of 71 years, James is survived by daughter Sandra Schulte of Marshall, Michigan, son James (Pamela) Mains of Inkster, Michigan, daughter Deborah Ricker of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and daughter Karen (Joseph) Procopio of Mesa, Arizona; eight grandchildren: Jennifer Chiaramonti, Heather Burson, Jason (Melissa) Ricker, Michael Mains, Joseph (Caitlyn) Procopio, Crista (Kalu) Procopio, Brianna (Raymond) Ortega and Anthony Procopio, and four great-grandchildren: Stewart Ricker, Kaelia Ricker, Rhysand Ortega and Joseph Benjamin Procopio; and brothers Stanley (Linda) Mains, Rollin (Grace) Mains, both of Battle Creek, David (Mary) Mains of Florida, and sister Virginia (Richard) Duflo of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, DeWitt A. Mains and Pansy (Winslow) Mains, brothers: Kenneth (Kiko, also deceased) Mains, Richard (Carolyn, also deceased) Mains, and Virgil (Violet, also deceased) Mains. Per his wishes, James has been cremated. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd. in Mesa, Arizona, followed by interment with military honors and bagpipes at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids.

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Belva Dawn Fairbanks

Dec 03, 1930 - Feb 17, 2024

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Mesa, AZ

Belva Dawn (Edwards) Fairbanks, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Mesa, Arizona with family at her bedside. She was 93 years old. Dawn was born in the small town of Panaca, Lincoln County, Nevada on December 3, 1930, in their family home to parents Bernell Joseph Edwards and Hannah Belva Wadley. She was the third of four children. Dawn graduated from Wasco Union High School, Wasco, California in 1948. She attended BYU in Provo, Utah, and Secretarial school in Kansas City, Kansas. She married Elliott A. Fairbanks March 17, 1951, for time and all eternity in the LDS Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dawn and Elliott were the parents of 6 children, welcoming their youngest two in 1977 through adoption. Their family lived in various parts of the country for educational and employment opportunities before retiring to Milton, Florida in 1990. Dawn was proceeded in death by her parents Bernell and Hannah Edwards, her two sisters Mary and Carole, brother Bernell Jr., her husband Elliott A. Fairbanks and her oldest son Jay. She is survived by her remaining children and spouses; daughter-in-law Delvenia (Jay) Fairbanks; daughter Claudia (Dale) Larson; son Paul (Jetta) Fairbanks; son Matt (Lisa) Fairbanks; daughter Cindy (Clark) Atwood; and son Jonathan (Amy) Fairbanks. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, their spouses and many great grandchildren. Viewings will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park & Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, Arizona, and Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 5737 Berryhill Road, Milton, Florida. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. following the Milton, Florida viewing. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.

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