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July 31, 2005

Clement Charles Mentzer III

Lake Montezuma resident Clement Charles Mentzer III died July 28 at the age of 82.

Mr. Mentzer was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Monongahela, Pa.

Mr. Mentzer was a retired schoolteacher and an Air Force Veteran. He was a member of Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde.

Mr. Mentzer is survived by his wife, Jacinta Mentzer; daughter Paula Mujicalaines; sister Agnes Irene Mentzer Koski; sister-in-law Jeanne Mentzer; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nephews.

A Memorial Mass was held at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde.

Hepler Funeral Home helped with arrangements.

Dolores Chavez Rincon

Dolores Chavez Rincon, 91, a longtime resident of Clarkdale, passed away, on Sunday, July 24, at the home of her sister in Norwalk, Calif.

Mrs. Rincon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, on April 30, 1914, to Juan Olivas and Adela (Y Baven) Chavez. She moved to Jerome as a child, and attended grade school. She was married to Luis J. Rincon for 42 years and they lived in Bagdad, Ariz., where he worked as a blacksmith for the mining company. Mrs. Rincon was a housewife, she crocheted and was a devoted member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church for many years.

She is survived by her brothers, Tom Chavez of Las Vegas, Nev., Frank Chavez of Studio City, Calif.,; sisters, Emilia C. Villanueva of San Fernando, Calif., Elvira C. Sanchez and Margaret (Maggie) Contreras, both of Norwalk, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Luis J. Rincon.

A visitation and rosary will be held today, July 31, at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood from 4 to 6 p.m. The recitation of the rosary will be at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 Bill Gray Road, in Cottonwood and burial will be at Valley View Cemetery.

Westcott Funeral Home as been entrusted with arrangements.

Leona Mildred Gerig

Leona Mildred Gerig, 90, of Sedona, passed away on July 21, 2005. She was born to Mildred and Emma Callahan on Sept. 4, 1914, in Paintrock, Texas.

Mrs. Gerig attended Gilbert High School and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in teaching. In addition to being a farmer's wife, Mrs. Gerig was a dedicated mother and schoolteacher in Chandler schools.

Mrs. Gerig was widowed in 1949 and later married Virgil Gerig. She once again shared the responsibilities of operating the Wiggins Farm in Chandler and the Gerig Farms in North Dakota. She loved playing golf, painting, art, gardening, traveling and reading. She belonged to the Chandler Methodist Church, the Chandler Service Club, and for over 50 years, she was a star member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she had been a charter member and served as Past Worthy Matron.

As an avid golfer, Mrs. Gerig was a charter member of the Mesa Country Club and in 1974 she moved from the Valley to Sedona where she joined the Oak Creek Country Club and she was also a member of the Sedona Arts Center.

Mrs. Gerig is survived by her daughter, Donna Rae Wiggins Baker (Donald Grogan) of Cottonwood; sister, Nevetta Morrison of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; grandchildren Raymond Hunt (Vivian) of Thayne, Wyo., Shauna Wilson (Roger) of Ketchum, Idaho, and Melanie Allred (Ron) of Cottonwood; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Raymond Wiggins and Virgil Gerig; brothers Lowell and Lester Callahan; and her parents Mildred and Emma Callahan.

Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday, July 26. Memorial donations can be made to any Chandler Service Club charities or to the American Cancer Society, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe AZ 85282.

Westcott Funeral Home assisted the family with these arrangements.

Arthur Dykhuis

Arthur Dykhuis, 78, of Rimrock died July 28.He was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He attended Roseland Christian and Chicago Christian schools.

Mr. Dykhuis retired from electrical contracting in Highland, Ind. He was a Christian and served as a Deacon. He was a retired fire chief in Highland, Ind., and had been a volunteer firefighter. His hobbies included fishing and hunting.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Gertrude Dykhuis; two sons, Arthur of Chino Valley and Jeffey of Lake Montezuma; two daughters, Sandra of Payson and Cynthia of Merriville, Ind.; a sister, Marge and her husband Andy of Florida; and eight grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Rimrock. A funeral service will follow in the church at 2 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9720 W. P:eoria Ave., Suite 128, Peoria, AZ 85345-6133.

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