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Neal Joseph Pecharich

Clarkdale resident and Arizona native Neal Pecharich died Aug. 12.

He was born May 21, 1964, in Cottonwood.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 16 at St. Cecilia's Mission Church. Burial followed in the Valley View Cemetery.

Mr. Pecharich enjoyed automotive repair and was skilled in the field of mechanics.

He was pursuing an accounting degree.

Survivors include his father, Raymond C. Pecharich of Clarkdale; two sisters, Mary E. Smith of Phoenix and Annemarie Ramsey of Surprise; a brother, Raymond C. Pecharich Jr. of Colorado and his companion, Sheryl Nickle of Clarkdale.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Cecilia's Church, P.O. Box 366, Clarkdale 86324.

Steven Pope Downer

Private services were held for Cottonwood resident and veteran Steven Downer.

Mr. Downer died Aug. 10 at the age of 73.

He was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Princeton, N.J.

A former engineer in the aerospace industry, Mr. Downer also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a member of the church of Religious Science of Chico, Calif., and of the Self-Realization Fellowship. He was a student to Tibetan Buddhism and was considered a pioneer of the new-age movement.

Survivors include his companion, Gena Bouquet; a daughter, Christina Lee Downer of California; two sons, Steven Kenneth Downer and William Keith Downer of California; a sister, Mary Ann of Connecticut; his mother, Lisa Downer of New York; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Erwin Charles Schmidt

Lake Montezuma resident and World War II and Korean War veteran Erwin Schmidt died Aug. 14 in Prescott.

Funeral services are scheduled Aug. 18 at Immaculate Conception Church, 401 N. Willard St. in Cottonwood. Visitation begins at 10 a.m., Rosary is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and a Mass of Christian burial celebrated by Father Robert Mugisa is scheduled for 11 a.m. Burial follows in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. He later served in the reserves with the Army National Guard. He was a recipient of a purple heart and many other service decorations.

Mr. Schmidt was a retiree of the Cypress Bagdad Copper Company.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood.

Survivors include his wife Joan Gray Schmidt of Lake Montezuma and two brothers, Leroy Schmidt of Oklahoma and Frank Schmidt, Jr., of Missouri.

Memorial donations may be sent to the V.A. Medical Center, 500 N. Highway 89A, ECRC Hospice, Prescott, 86313.

Eliseo Cabrera

Sedona resident Eliseo Cabrera died Aug. 13 at the age of 64.

He was born in Harlingen, Texas, June 14, 1937.

Mr. Cabrera worked as a silversmith.

Survivors include his two daughters, Nelda and Esmeralda Cabrera of California; a son, Alex Cabrera of California; his mother, Concepcion Cabrera; five sisters, Cruz Ayala, Olga and Maria Contreras, Delia Saucedo and Paula Quijas; five brothers, Hipolito Cabrera Jr., Daniel, Lupe, Juan and Samuel Cabrera and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

Betty Lou Kjorvestad

Services for Betty Lou Kjorvestad are scheduled today at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. Burial will be held Aug. 20 in Banning, Calif.

Mrs. Kjorvestad died Aug. 12.

She was born in Minnesota April 26, 1925.

She was raised in Banning, Calif. and lived in Cottonwood and Phoenix for the past 14 years.

She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her two sons, Wayne and Dale Kjorvestad; a daughter-in-law Debbie Kjorvestad; a daughter, Ranae Lavigne; a son-in-law, Randy Lavigne; a sister, Ina Fae Nelson; a brother-in-law, Gary Nelson; a brother, Wayne Olson; a sister-in-law, Ruth Olson; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and devoted friends including Stan and Helen Holt and Debra Cole of Cottonwood.

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