Obituaries - 2019

These obituaries are for people who died during 2019. They are listed in reverse chronological order. All of our obituaries have been collected by ASURA volunteers, primarily from the Arizona Republic. They have been edited for use in ASURA publications.

Irene Ruth (Walsh) AhearnIrene Ruth (Walsh) Ahearn6 Feb 2019Irene Ruth (Walsh) Ahearn, 93, passed away February 6, 2019. She earned her nursing degree in 1944. She and a childhood friend moved west after World War II. While working at the ASU infirmary Irene met her future husband, John. They were married in 1955, lived briefly in Tucson while in graduate school at UofA, and moved permanently to Phoenix in the late '50's. Irene is survived by three daughters, two sons, their wives and children. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix 85020.
Harriet Barbara RaczkowskiHarriet Barbara Raczkowski31 Jan 2019Harriet Barbara Raczkowski, 92, passed away on January 31, 2019. After high school graduation in 1945, Harriet went to work for the U.S. Navy as a civilian employee where she earned a Recognition of Service Certificate for her efforts during World War II. Her career included assistant to x-ray technician, pediatric medical office assistant and teacher's aide while residing in Johnson City, New York. In 1982 Harriet and her husband moved to Arizona where she went on to work in the ASU Purchasing Department, retiring in 1993. In 1999, they relocated to Silverthorne, Colorado. Harriet is survived by her husband, Stanley, a son, granddaughter, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by two siblings. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bristlecone Foundation for Hospice, PO Box 1327, Frisco, Colorado 80443. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Thursday, February 21st, with reception to follow at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 89 Smith Ranch Rd, Silverthorne, CO 80498. A Celebration of Life will be held at Three Trees Chapel, 13416 W Arbor Pl, Littleton CO 80127, on Tuesday April 16th at 11:00am, with reception to follow. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Ariel M. WatsonAriel M. Watson28 Jan 2019Ariel M. Watson, 96,  passed away on January 28, 2019. She worked as executive secretary in New York City for the Chemical Bank & Trust Company. Following a move to Connecticut in 1960 she was appointed as Clerk of the East Lyme Probate Court in Niantic, CT and held that position until 1977. After moving to Arizona she became a secretary in the Office of Sponsored Projects at ASU retiring as Office Supervisor in 1990. Survivors include two sons, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A son and husband, Lester, preceded her in death. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. Because of her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in her memory to the Arizona Humane Society or to any no-kill shelter of choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Leslie Louis Smith IVLeslie Louis Smith IV19 Jan 2019Leslie Louis Smith IV, 49, passed away January 19, 2019. Leslie received his Bachelors in Creative Writing and MA in Educational Theater from NYU. He was earning a PhD in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Sciences from the School of Arts, Media + Engineering (AME) at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and Arts. At the time of his death, Leslie was newly appointed as the Program Manager of the Synthesis Center at ASU where he coordinated the uniquely diverse, international activities of the Center while at the same time pursuing his PhD. He began his career as a literary intern at the 1991 Young Playwrights Festival. His career includes positions with the New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, The Theater Development Fund, and Jujamcyn Theaters. He curated materials for LA Independent Film Festival, and The Sundance Institute and worked as a development consultant to Mirimax, FineLine Features, and Paramount Classics. As a playwright, his works include Somewhere In Between (Carousel Theater Co) and a one-man show, was in workshop for NYTW and at The Public Theater. Leslie founded Revelation Theater, which he operated as Artistic Director and as Producing Artistic Director from 2000-2005. There he directed Temporary Help off-Broadway in 2002. Leslie was a member of the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers where he served on the Administration Committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards from 2004-2008. His social services experience includes senior strategy positions for the American Red Cross (9/11-Katrina), United Way of New York State's 2-1-1 Initiative and managing inter-agency initiatives for government and nonprofit corporations in social service fields in New York City. He served on the board of The Trevor Project for the agency's first five years. He has produced special events that have raised more the $25 million for various charities close to his heart. His cultural fiction novel was named a 2015 Readers Favorite Finalist. As a filmmaker, Smith wrote, produced and directed David Searching which received a 1997 US theatrical release, played over 45 Domestic and International Film Festivals, and was added to the UCLA Film Archives Legacy Project permanent collection in 2011. Leslie is survived by his father, a sister, three uncles and seven cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother, grandparents and two aunts. There was a memorial visitation in Phoenix, AZ on February 2, 2019. There will be a memorial visitation in Benton, Arkansas on February 9, 2019 from 1-3 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 17320 Interstate 30 North, Benton, Arkansas 72019 followed by a private graveside service at the family cemetery on Wye Mountain. There will be a memorial visitation in NYC this summer. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Guadalupe Valdez18 Jan 2019Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez, 87, passed away on January 18, 2019. Lupe had been a chef most of her career and was longest a chef at ASU for over 30 years. Lupe is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, three siblings and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Valdez, a sister and a brother. Her funeral was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday, January 26, 2019 with a graveside service at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery following. Donations will be accepted for Family Care Homes, Jensen House. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Robert G. BaileyRobert G. Bailey14 Jan 2019Robert G. Bailey, 79, passed away January 14, 2019. Robert was a world-renowned geographer who served 53 years with the US Forest Service. His work for the Forest Service began in 1966 on the San Dimas Experimental Forest near Los Angeles. In 1971, he earned his PhD in Geography from UCLA. His career ultimately took him throughout the West, before landing him in Fort Collins in 1978. During his early career, Bob's work was considered crucial to the battle to save the extraordinary water clarity of Lake Tahoe. Later, he developed an ecosystem mapping and land classification system that became well known by geographers and ecologists throughout the world. His system guided land management decisions by the Forest Service and was adapted as the primary land management and conservation model for other state and federal agencies and conservation groups. He worked with groups in several foreign countries to help develop national systems based on his principles and methods. He also published four books on eco-geography, with one forthcoming, and numerous influential professional journal articles. Bob received several awards and honors for his work both in the US and abroad. Although he retired a few years ago, Bob continued to work as an Emeritus Scientist for the Forest Service. Bob is survived by a daughter, a grandson, his partner Veronica Lim, a sister, his former wife and friend Loretta Bailey and a half-sister. His son Matthew G. Bailey predeceased him. According to an article published in the online ASU Insight, in 1998 a van carrying members of the Geography Club and the Friends of Geography group, who were on their way to visit a copper mine in Bagdad, Arizona, experienced an accident resulting in the injury of several students and the death of Matthew Bailey. Matthew was a senior geography student and active member of the Geography Club through the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, then known as the Department of Geography. Following Matthew’s passing, Bob Bailey was instrumental in the creation of the Matthew G. Bailey Scholarship through the ASU Foundation. The scholarship fund helps to support the work of students to help them accomplish the fieldwork that is integral to their work. Through the scholarship, 50 young geographers have been awarded scholarships to help support their research through fieldwork. Bob will be buried alongside his son Matt at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 22, 2019 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, Fort Collins, followed by interment at Grandview Cemetery. Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the Matthew G. Bailey Scholarship Fund   (Source: ASU Foundation and ASU Insight)
Linda Barrett HallettLinda Barrett Hallett14 Jan 2019Linda Barrett Hallett, 74, passed away January 14, 2019. Her father, Thomas Wilson Barrett, was a World War II US Air Force Colonel, a chemist and tenured ASU professor. Linda’s own life accomplishments are noteworthy. At 13, she passed an audition to play violin with the Phoenix Youth Symphony. At 18, she was invited to perform in Salzburg Austria and won an international competition for budding opera stars. Her talents in the performing arts continued as she received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Vocal Performance. During her college years Linda toured Europe again performing with a BYU performance group. After college, she performed in many civic functions, becoming well-known for her performance of the soprano solo in Handel's "The Messiah". Her vocal talent took her from touring in Europe to playing the lead in an American production of "Hello Dolly" in Sao Paulo Brazil (1981). Linda is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters and a brother.(Source: ASU Foundation)
 David Bedworth6 Jan 2019David Bedworth, 86, passed away January 6, 2019. He received his undergraduate degrees from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. His graduate degree was from Purdue University. David came to ASU in 1963 as Professor of Industrial Engineering, and retired in 1993 as Emeritus Professor, Industrial Engineering. David is survived by his wife, Virginia, two children and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1 p.m. at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, AZ 85225. (Sources: Philip Wolfe, Virginia Bedworth)
Janelle KruegerJanelle Krueger4 Jan 2019Janelle Krueger, 96, passed away on January 4, 2019. She completed her registered nurses (RN) training at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio in 1948. Janelle married Ray Edgar Krueger in 1943. They moved to New Jersey, Maryland and Washington DC for her husband’s career as a radio/electrical engineer at the Bell Labs and the National Bureau of Standards. During that time, Janelle's work as a public health nurse took her from laundromats to embassies to tuberculosis treatment settings to continuing education at Catholic University. When the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) moved its major laboratories from Washington, DC to Boulder in 1950, they moved again. In 1952 Janelle continued her public health nursing career at the Boulder City-County Health Department. From 1958 to 1966 she served as Director of the Public Health Nursing Division, where she was recognized for her outstanding service in the field of public health in the county, the state and on national councils. She earned a B.S. degree in Nursing with special honors in 1957 and a M.S. in Nursing in 1958 at the University of Colorado-Boulder. After completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at CU-Boulder in 1969, Janelle accepted a faculty position at the University of Arizona's College of Nursing in Tucson. In 1976 she returned to Boulder where she served as Director of the Nurse Scientist program at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). In 1984 she was recruited by ASU to serve as Dean of the ASU College of Nursing, a position which she held until her retirement and return to Boulder in 1992 at age 70. Janelle pioneered nursing research, teaching and practice in the areas of quality of care assurance in nursing, development and funding of statewide healthcare services for underserved communities including aging and mental health care services, development of ethics guidelines for research with human subjects, integration of Native American healing traditions into nursing education and practice, the advancement of nursing research utilization across health care settings and the promotion of universal, single-payer health care and pay equity for nurses. She authored/co-authored numerous books, book chapters and professional journal articles across this range of issues and played an active role in advancing the missions of the professional organizations to which she belonged. Janelle is survived by a daughter, brother, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray E. Krueger, three brothers, a sister and nephews. For information about informal gatherings throughout the upcoming year in celebration of Janelle's life and to share memories, historical material and/or condolences, please contact Cosima at . Contributions in support of Janelle's nursing education legacy may be made to "The Janelle Cowan Krueger Endowment" in care of the ASU Foundation . Contributions to Boulder's Emergency Family Assistance Association are also welcomed. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Gloria Sue HigginsGloria Sue HigginsUnknownGloria Sue Higgins (date of death and age at death not mentioned) and her family moved to Tempe in 1968 after her husband, Norman, had obtained his PhD at Syracuse University. He began a 20 year teaching position at ASU (college/department affiliation uncertain; possibly educational technology). During the 1980’s Gloria began working at Diamond’s Department Store and worked there for over 20 years. She also worked at the Ticketing Box Office when the store was purchased by Dillard's. During the 1990's she traveled the Southwest with her daughter. A memorial service will be scheduled in May. For details please contact her son Michael at (Source: Arizona Republic)