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November 2019
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Eva Maria Stevens

Eva-Maria Stevens, age 69 of Goodyear, AZ passed away peacefully in her home on November 21, 2019.  She was born and raised in Herzogenaurach, Germany to Hans and Maria Wewetzer. While living in Germany she met and married Edward Stevens in 1968. Eva-Maria and Edward moved to Chesterton, Indiana where they raised their two children. As her children grew older Eva-Maria decided that she was not done caring for others and enrolled in the local nursing college. She loved her job and specialized in long term care. Her kind and caring nature was felt by all of her patients.

In 1994, Eva-Maria chose to move out West where she met James R. White. The two quickly fell in love and married in 2010 and moved to Arizona in 2015. James and Eva-Maria loved to travel and would frequently go back to Germany to visit her family. She relished her visits and phone calls from her family and friends, relaxing outdoors and gardening.

Eva-Maria is survived by her husband James R. White; children, Michael Stevens (Mary) and Tracy Koontz (Matthew); Brother Paul ( Zdenke) Wewetzer.; and grandchildren Payton, Kaylee, Alexandra, Dayne and Corissa. She was preceded in death by her first husband Edward Stevens; Brother Georg Wewetzer, Sister Rita Wollweiter and Parents Hans and Maria Wewetzer.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simply Cremation and Funeral Arrangements in Surprise, Arizona.

Angela “Angie” Suzanne Thomas

Angela (Angie) Suzanne Thomas of Phoenix, AZ passed away October 25, 2019. She was born July 21, 1971 to Elizabeth (Smith) Nickel and Robert Thomas in North Platte, NE. She graduated from Palos Verdes High School in California in 1989. Angie got an Associate Degree from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA. She later continued her education in psychology at Rio Salado College in Tempe, AZ.

Angie had a big heart, enjoyed helping others, and was always concerned for their well-being. One friend describes Angie as “A kind, generous, thoughtful soul that could lift someone’s spirits with her infectious laugh.” Angie loved her family and friends and would do whatever she could to ensure their happiness and success. She adored animals especially her dog Tommy. Angie shared a special bond with her maternal grandmother, Norma Ailes Smith, of North Platte, NE.

Angie is preceded in death by her father, grandparents, and aunt. Survivors include longtime partner James Brennan of Phoenix, AZ; her mother Elizabeth and stepfather Gary Nickel of Surprise, AZ; her brother Craig Thomas of Lincoln, NE; Aunt Sharon Wheelock of Hyannis, NE; stepbrothers and stepsister; and numerous cousins.

A memorial will be held on December 1 with immediate family only in Palos Verdes, CA where Angie grew up and loved dearly. Her ashes will be combined with some of her father and spread in the Pacific Ocean.

Harold “Hal” Joseph Asher

Mr. Harold Joseph Asher, 76, of Surprise Arizona went to be with the Lord on October 25, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona of natural causes. He was born on a particularly frigid day on December 21, 1943 to Bernard and Leana Asher in Brooklyn, New York. The frigidness of that day however did not penetrate his personality; if anything it warmed him into the kind and caring person that he was. Harold, known affectionately by his wife Linda Asher as “Hal”, enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the age of 18. During his time in the service he served as a radio technician and received the honor of a “Good Conduct Medal”. After his time in the Marine Corps Harold became a self-employed accountant whose top priority was to make sure his customers where well taken care of.

Harold was a sweet and gentle soul who was always trying to make others laugh with his jokes. His personality could fill any room he walked into. Harold was a lover of animals and his dogs were always treated as members of his family.  His wife would say, “No outfit was complete without a little dog hair on it.”  He was a man of many interests and activities.   He started a Ham Radio Club in Ahwatukee, was a member of the Elks Club and was an avid member of the local poker club.  Harold’s absence will be felt not only by his family, but by his friends and community members.

Harold is survived by his wife, Linda Asher; daughters, Tracy Shank (Albert), and Terri Hardison (Josh); stepson, Christopher Burns; and five grandchildren, Cynthia Burns, Andrew Shank, Isaac Hardison, Makenzey Shank and Julian Hardison. He is preceded in death by his parents and his six adoring dogs. A private memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetary of Arizona on December 13th 2019 at 10:30 AM. Those that knew Harold are invited to join his family in honoring him.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.SimplyCremationAZ.com.

Gary S. Dyson

Mr. Gary Stephen Dyson, 76 of Surprise, Arizona died November 4, 2019, in Surprise, Arizona. He was born March 3, 1943, to Lyle and Gaynelle in Seattle, Washington.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simply Cremation and Funeral Arrangements in Surprise, Arizona.

Lynda A. Krake

Ms. Lynda Ann Krake, 74 of Litchfield Park, Arizona, died November 1, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. She was born January 25, 1945 to Allen Ernest Howe and Alicia Lucille Craswell in Seattle, Washington.


Arrangements are under the direction of Simply Cremation and Funeral Arrangements in Surprise, Arizona.

Terrell “Terry” Carlson

Terrell “Terry” L. Carlson of Scottsdale Arizona, 77, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Terry was born in Princeton, IL and raised on a farm. He is preceded in death by his twin daughters, Collette and Colleen, and his parents Dorothy and Lester Carlson. Terry is survived by his wife Eileen Carlson; his children Kelly, Tracy (Lori), Kevin (Kathryn); his sister Sharon Meisenheimer (Lester) and 10 beloved grandchildren. Terry attended and graduated from Bureau Township High School and Western Illinois University (where he was quite the basketball star). Terry completed his master’s degree at Missouri S&T University of Science and Technology. He worked in the I.T. industry including two years for General Motors in Austria. Terry was successful in his career and loved his work. Terry’s hobbies included: woodworking, photography, off-road riding in the White Mountains and motorcycle trips (including rides for various charities). In retirement years, Terry had the most pleasure watching the grandchildren play sports, “kicking back” at the cabin in Pinetop with friends (while listening to Willie Nelson). Family gatherings and trips will be remembered with joy by his family.

~ Rest in Peace ~

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” – Romans 6:5

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