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April 30, 2006

Aletha E. Lerette

Aletha E. Lerette, 91, died April 27, 2006, in Sedona. She was born July 4, 1914, in Harrisville, Mich., to Vernon and Stella (Dellar) Nestle.

Aletha was married to the late Eugene C. Lerette and together they had four children.

Aletha is survived by her daughter Genevieve M. Garcia, her sons Vernon C. Lerette, Wayne E. Lerette and Theodore Lerette, and all of her 19 grandchildren as well as her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Aletha was preceded in death by her husband Eugene C. Lerette.

Commemoration services in honor of Aletha will be 10 a.m. on May 1 at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel in Prescott Valley.

Arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home. All friends and relatives are encouraged to visit for additional information and to sign the online guestbook.

Lois A. Boiteau-McGowan

Lois A. Boiteau-McGowan, 77, of Cottonwood, died April 26. She was born on March 29, 1929, in Duluth, Minn.

During her childhood, she attended Macalester College. Following such, she attended the University of Minnesota for two years.

Professionally, Mrs. Boiteau-McGowan was a travel agent. When she took her retirement in the Village of Oak Creek, she held the position of manager.

Lois was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the choir.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Jennifer Arkins; her first husband, James D. Wolff; her second husband, R. Edward Boiteau and one grandchild, Samuel Eckhoff.

Mrs. Boiteau-McGowan is survived by her husband of nine years, Kenny McGowan of Cottonwood; her sons, Dr. James E. Wolff (Darlene), of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Robert L. Wolff (Agnes), of Hugo, Minn., and Ted Boiteau (Carol), of Royal Oak, Mich.; her daughters, Sheryl A. Byars (Jim), of LaGrand, Ore., and Debbie Haynes (Peter), of Costa Mesa, Calif.; her brother, Robert J. Arkins (Peggy), of Lakewood, Calif.; as well as, 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be May 2, 11 a.m., at the Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Road, in Sedona. Contributions in her name can also be sent to the Christ Lutheran Church.

An online guestbook is available at

Terry Dale Evanson

Cottonwood resident Terry Dale Evanson, 64, died Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006.

Formerly of Millington, Mich., Mr. Evanson had been a resident of Cottonwood since 1999.

He was born in Detroit, Dec. 15, 1941. A veteran who loved the high seas, Mr. Evanson served four years in the U.S. Navy and two years in the Merchant Marine. Mr. Evanson worked for General Motors in Flint, Mich., for 32 years.

Mr. Evanson is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy; two sons, Dan and his wife Jen, of Michigan, and Tony, of Phoenix; his mother, Geraldine Dundas; three sisters, Sandra Riley, Linda Sharp and Susan Dundas; and a brother, Mike Dundas, all of Michigan, and two other sisters, Judy Wolfgang of Arizona and Pat Saul Harper of Montana.

He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church. A memorial service was held at the Evanson home April 18.

John A. Palmer Jr.

John A. Palmer Jr., 59 of Virden, N.M., died April 4, 2006, after complications with cancer. He was born on Dec. 12, 1946, in Sterling, Ill., to John A. Palmer, of Camp Verde, and Darlene Waldschmidt, of Rockfalls, Ill.

John moved to Arizona 1968. In 1978 he went in partnership with Don Williams Plumbing in Phoenix. In 1983 he founded Palmer Development. He built, owned and operated Punkin Center Lodge, Tonto Basin Garage and Auto Parts and Mazatzal Mercantile. Palmer Development bought and developed many parcels of land. In 1995 he moved to Virden, N.M.

He and his wife Michele Perry owned and operated Tonto Vaca Ranch in Virden and Franklin Mercantile in Duncan.

He is survived by his wife, Michele; his parents, John A. (Denzil) Palmer Sr. and Darlene Waldschmidt; sister, Kay (John) Camper; half-sister, Sherry Palmer; half-brothers, Doug and Danny Waldschmidt; daughters Vicki Romanek and Valerie McKean; step-sons, Rob and Fred Palmer; and seven grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, John K. Palmer and Louis Palmer; stepfather Donnie Waldschmidt; and stepson, Ed Palmer.

A Memorial Service was April 8 at the First Baptist Church in Duncan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Morris Safford Funeral Home.

Nancy Ellen Schubert

Nancy Ellen Schubert, 60, of Sedona died April 27, 2006, of ovarian cancer. She was born June 25, 1945, in Chicago, Ill.

She attended St. Benedicts High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Mundelein College.

Mrs. Schubert was a pilot and the winner of many awards for her professional pastry creations. She was also an entrepreneur and owned her own business in Chicago for many years. Most recently she was a real estate agent for Century 21 in Sedona. She was also a member of the Sedona Arts and Cultural Commission.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Emil; her son, James (Ellen) Schubert; her daughters, Erin (Michael) Henes and Shannon Schubert; sister, Michele (Merrill) Stanley; brother John (Celine) Nugent; and four grandchildren.

A visitation will be held today, April 30, in the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood from 5 to 7 p.m. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Arizona Cancer Center-Arizona Foundation, c/o Dr. David Alberts Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724.

An online guestbook is available at

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