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Obituaries Oct. 27, 2006

Dorothy M. Roberts

Dorothy Moe Roberts died Oct. 18, 2006, in Cottonwood. Dorothy had lived her childhood days in the Audubon, Minn., area. After her marriage to Gordon Roberts, they lived and worked in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area. Dorothy had a career at Killians Company as auditor and bookkeeper for many years. After retirement, they moved back to Audubon, Minn.

Dorothy was a life-long member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Audubon. Dorothy enjoyed being a Lutheran with much work being done in the Church. She loved sewing quilts, and also playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles.

One of the accomplishments of which she and Gordon were most proud was helping to start Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha, Iowa. This church recently celebrated a milestone expansion.

A Memorial Service will be at Lutheran Church of Resurrection in Cottonwood on Wednesday, Nov.1, at 10 a.m. Another Memorial Service will be at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Audubon, Minn., on Friday, Nov.3, at 10:30 a.m., following which Dorothy will be laid to rest at the St. Peters Cemetery.

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Robert E. Hopper

Robert Elison Hopper died Oct. 18, 2006, at his home in Youngtown. He was born to Frank and Dorothy Hopper on April 26, 1931, in Chicago, Ill.

Bob attended Chicago Vocational Tech and finally joined the U.S. Air Force. After the service he married Emily Strache, the love of his life, in 1951. Together they raised six children. He loved camping and fishing with the family. They moved to Cottonwood in 1971 where once again Bob felt a call to service by becoming a member of REACT and assisted in local emergencies. He then became a founding member of the Cottonwood Rural Fire Department.

He retired in 1991 to pursue his love for planes, trains and automobiles. Bob was a member of the Central Arizona Modelers and the Arizona Model Railroading Society.

Survivors include his children Robert Hopper Jr. (Sandy) of Rogers, Ark., David Hopper (Cheryl) of Florence, Ky., Mike Hopper (Jeanette) of Rogers, Ark., Bill Hopper (Dorothy) of Boaz, Ala., Wendy Owens (Roger) of Phoenix, and Lori Palmer (Bob), of Glendale; his siblings Arlene, Georgene and Jim; and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren

A memorial service is to be at Mt. Ridge Baptist Church at 23104 N 67th Ave., Glendale, on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.

Joan H. Alt

Joan H. Alt, 69, of Clarkdale, died Oct. 23, 2006, after a valiant battle against cancer. She was born March 12, 1937, in Watertown, Wis., to Joseph and Mercedes Horack and grew up on a dairy farm.

She became a cosmetologist and was owner/operator of a beauty salon in Milwaukee. It was there she met Marvin Alt. They married Aug. 28, 1961, the same day they left for Arizona. She was a greeting card merchandiser for over 20 years. She loved movies, tennis, sewing, doll making, wood carving and painting. She lived in Phoenix for 43 years and had many close friends there.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin; children, Micheal Alt and Beth Alt (Barry Caldwell) of Cottonwood; brothers Robert Horack of Watertown, Wis., and Donald Horack of Lake Mills, Wis.; sisters Mary Jackson (Ron) of Denver, Colo., Carol Roche (David) of Hibbing, Minn., Theresa Bastian (Dan), of Bend, Ore., and Joyce Dunn (Pat), of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood.

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Otis L. Randall

Otis Lyle Randall, 88, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 18, 2006. He was born on March 5, 1918, in Bayard, Neb., to Chauncy and Grace (Paddick) Randall.

Professionally, Otil worked as a painting contractor. He was a member of One in Christ Church and he enjoyed traveling and woodworking.

Otis leaves behind his second wife of 17 years, Rachael Randall of Cottonwood; his sons, Ron Randall of Dewey, Gary (Diana) Randall of San Diego, Calif.; his step-daughter, Becky Meldorf of Vargin, Iowa; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at the One in Christ Church, 2060 S. Arizona 260, in Cottonwood on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.

Contributions in his name can also be sent to the One in Christ Church.

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