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Obituaries, March 7, 2007

James R. Wiegand Jr.

James R. Wiegand Jr., 72, of Clarkdale, died Feb. 12, 2007, at home. He was born April 21, 1934, in Stockton, Calif., to James R. Wiegand Sr., and Frances (Stanley) Wiegand.

James was owner, operator, and CEO of Continental Maritime Ship Repair. His interests included traveling, reading, and football. He was a member of the Garden Community Church.

He leaves behind his wife Morgan of Clarkdale; his sons, Robert (Kathy) of Georgia, John (Kim) of Georgia, and Scott (Sherri) of Las Vegas; his daughters, Paulette (Richard) of Maine, Barbara of California, Michele of Arizona, and Danielle (Tony) of California; his sister, Patricia Ryland of California; 18 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. at the Garden Community Church, 2030 E. Cherry St., in Cottonwood. All donations are requested to go to the church's building fund.

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Erwin Gramlich

Erwin Gramlich, 82, of Camp Verde, died Feb. 28, 2007, in Cottonwood. He was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Greenwich, Conn., to John and Clara (Stewart) Gramlich.

Erwin was proud to be a U.S. Army veteran, having served his country during World War II as a corporal with Patton's Army during the Rhineland and Central European campaigns. He was attached to Troop B, 19th Cavalry serving as an armored car driver. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

After leaving the service he went to work as a plumber in his hometown of Greenwich. In 1958 he moved to Bloomville, N.Y., in the Catskill Mountains and started a dairy farm. Five years later he sold the farm and went into business with his brother John building and remodeling houses.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Claire Gramlich of Camp Verde; his daughter, Susan Ayers (Steven) of Camp Verde; and his brother, Allen Gramlich (Margarete) of Greenwich, Conn.

Services will be private.

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William F. Boggs

William Foster Boggs, 79, of Cottonwood, died March 3, 2007. He was born June 23, 1927, in New York City to Howard L. and Marretta Boggs.

William was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served as a staff sergeant.

He worked for Mountain Bell for 35 years, and he also worked as a tour guide for Tuzigoot. William was also involved with the first All-Indian Rodeo, the School Board, and the Chamber of Commerce in Winslow.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Georgia Boggs of Cottonwood; his son, William G. Boggs (Mindy) of Valparaiso, Ind.; his sister, Jacquie Boggs of Kutztown, Penn.; and four grandchildren.

William was a senior warden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Clarkdale, where a Funeral Service will be today, March 7, at 10 a.m.

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Dorothy D. Berthot

Dorothy Drane Berthot, 79, of Camp Verde, died March 1, 2007, in Cottonwood. She was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Eldorado, Kan., to Phillips Brooks Drane and Katherine Beecher Richardson Drane.

Dorothy was a graduate of the University of Tulsa. She was fortunate to be a homemaker and housewife. She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Dorothy leaves behind her husband of 35 years, Charles A. Berthot of Camp Verde; three sons, Mike Stanley Cannan (Valerie) of Houston, Texas, Robert Mitchell Cannan of Broomfield, Colo., and Patrick Philip Cannan (Michelle) of Arvada, Colo.; one daughter, Katherine Ann Lederman (Marc) of Sterling, Va.; one step-son, Clay C. Berthot of Locust, N.C.; five step-daughters, Lisa J. Swan of Greece, Bridget L. Brush (Barry) of Charlotte, N.C., Mary Janae Berthot of Phoenix, Polly S. McGuire (Kelly) of Odessa, Texas, and Ellen F. Sandoval (Rueben) of Cottonwood; one sister, Phyllis Drane Bernard (David) of Santa Monica, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held at Westcott Funeral Home on March 5.

Memorial fonations are to be sent to the Camp Verde Library, 130 N Blackbridge Loop Road, Camp Verde AZ 86332.

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Albert J. Hess

Albert James Hess, 81, of Cottonwood, died March 2, 2007. He was born July 2, 1925, in Niles, Ohio, to William Earl and Alice (Brooks) Hess.

Albert served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a signalman second class.

Professionally, Albert worked with the Local 428 Union as a heavy equipment operator, and dedicated 30 years as such before taking his retirement.

Albert was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6739, and the American Legion Post 25.

He leaves behind his son, James Hess (Annie) of Flagstaff; his daughters, Cherry James (Dean) of Wilhoit, and Bobbi Spradling of Cottonwood; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Graveside Service will be held at the Prescott National Cemetery on March 16 at 1 p.m.

Contributions can be sent to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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