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Obituaries, Oct. 26, 2005

Kurt (Harry) Kreibich

Kurt (Harry) Kreibich, 72, died Oct. 22, 2005, at his home in Litchfield Park. He was born on Jan. 12, 1933, in Germany, son of Heinrich Josef Kreibich and Elsa Maria Franze.

Mr. Kreibich retired from Delco Electronics in 1998, and moved to Cottonwood, where he resided until June 2005. Kurt was an accomplished skier, and avid hiker, traveler, talker, and fun loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He never knew a stranger.

Upon his arrival in the United States, Mr. Kreibich served in the U.S. Army. He very proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1968. At 21, he competed for the Olympic Trials in Germany, and continued to compete and win medals for skiing into his late 60s. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy; son, Michael; daughter, Linda; daughter-in-law Debbie; grandchildren Julianna, Kanoi, Alisha, Chris, Jonathon and wife, Briana; great-granddaughte, Jadynn; and friends too numerous to name. Viewing will be today, Oct. 26, at Best Funeral Services, West Valley Chapel, 9380 W Peoria Ave., Peoria, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Louis A. Otvos

Louis Alexander Otvos, 79, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 21, 2005. He was born Syracuse, N.Y., on May 2, 1926.

He graduated Nottingham High School and the University of Southern California (Ventura campus).

Mr. Otvos was a retired plant manager.

He was a World War II veteran of the Navy. An active member of the VFW Post 7400, he was also chaplain of VFW Honor Guard.

His hobbies included fishing hiking and sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dorthy (Dotte) Otvos; sons Jeff (and his wife Terry) Otvos of Madera, Calif., Gary Otvos of Los Fresnos, Texas; stepsons Richard Marosevich of Ontario, Canada, and David Marosevich of Galt, Calif.; granddaughters Gina Otvos of Brownsville, Texas, Kimberly Archibald of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Kristen Marosevich of Ontario, Canada; and a brother, Frank Otvos of Mesquite, Nev.

Lou died at home surrounded by love and comfort. His family wishes to thank to Hospice, Pastor Brian Larson and the Sedona Cancer Clinic.

A memorial service will be Oct. 27 at Faith Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. VFW Post 7400 will provide military honors. Following the service, a celebration of his life will be held at VFW Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood.

A military graveside service will be Oct. 28, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix (Cave Creek) at 9:30 a.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the VFW 7400 Building Fund, P O Box 689, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

E. 'Cathryn' Ealick

Evalyn Cathryn Ealick, 93, of Camp Verde, died Oct. 23, 2005, in Cottonwood. She was born on July 24, 1912, in Superior, Wis.

She lived in Phoenix for many years before moving to the Verde Valley.

She is survived by her son Lloyd Ealick (Judy), daughter Barbara Ealick, sister Pauline Roux, grandchildren Mike and Troy Ealick and Bill and Chris Gulliver and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving caregiver, Peggy Melvin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest.

Mrs. Ealick, known to many of her longtime friends as "Kay," worked for Avon for 16 years where she was promoted up to district manager. She will be remembered by many family and friends as a person who made everyone feel special.

Funeral mass will be Friday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N. Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Social Services, 736 N. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

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