Obituaries

Walter W. Attrill

Walter W. Attrill, 88, of Williams, died Nov. 1, 2007.

Walter was born March 12, 1919 in Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada to Walter N. and Edna I. Attrill. He worked as a mechanical engineer in petro/chemical/aerospace and was a past president of the Exchange Club. He was a retired Air Force major, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day.

Walter is survived by a daughter Jennifer (Charles) Armenia of Williams; a son Alexander (Mary) Attrill of San Dimas, Calif.; a sister Edna Jean Attrill Pittroff; and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 17, 2007 in Rose Hills, Calif.

Ken Gebler

A celebration of life for Ken Gebler will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 17, 2007 at the Community United Methodist Church, 127 W. Sherman Ave.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Methodist Church or Northland Hospice, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.

Loretta Elizabeth Hershide

Loretta Elizabeth Hershide, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away gently, as she lived her life, on Oct. 25, 2007 at the age of 94.

Loretta grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. Mary's College of Nursing. She then took a bus to Los Angeles, where she worked as a registered nurse at Good Samaritan for several years. After marrying, she raised five children and eventually became a school nurse in Williams.

Loretta was nominated for Nurse of the Year of the Arizona Nurses Association and was an active volunteer in civic work. Following retirement in 1976, she moved to Sacramento, Calif. and enjoyed many happy years. She was a devoted grandmother and a friend to all in her apartment complex. Loretta was a very special person and was well loved by family and friends. She will always be in the hearts of her children.

Loretta is survived by her children Sheila (Robert) Curtis of Carmichael, Calif., John Hershide of Williams, James (Mary) Hershide of Canyon Country, Calif. and Mary (Clark) Winn of Roseville, Calif.; and seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Hershide and daughter Kathleen Hershide.

A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Carmichael, Calif.

Cherlyn Faye Chumbley "Charlie" Thomas

Cherlyn Faye Chumbley "Charlie" Thomas, 63, of Ash Fork, passed away Sunday Oct. 28, 2007 in Flagstaff.

She was born April 14, 1944 in Phoenix to Jackie and Hilda Chumbley.

She lived all of her life in Arizona living in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Williams and for the past 11 years, Ash Fork.  She was a homemaker, loving wife of 39 years and wonderful mother. She enjoyed her time granny square knitting, listening to country music and watching videos. She especially enjoyed spending time and taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Williams Ward.

She is survived by William R. Thomas Jr. of Ash Fork; son William E. Thomas of Phoenix; daughter Pamela D. Chavez of St. Johns; three grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov, 6, 2007 at the Ash Fork Cemetery in Ash Fork.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 1000 N. Humphreys St. No. 220, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com.

Charles Murray (Charlie) Oleson

Charles Murray (Charlie) Oleson, 74, passed away Oct. 21, 2007 at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Born to Les and Lois Oleson of Eola, Texas on Nov. 22, 1932, the family relocated to New Mexico in the late 1940s. Charlie worked in the oil and gas industry and made his home at Star Lake Plant and Cuba, N.M. and retired from Southern Union Gas Co.

He moved with his wife Carol to Williams in 1994 where he pursued his passion for music, entertaining on the Grand Canyon Railway. He divided his time between Williams and his second home in San Carlos, Mexico. A longtime member of the Masonic Order, he was a member of the Williams-Grand Canyon Lodge No.. 38.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Oleson of Williams; daughters Lugene (Dave) Pouquette of Williams and Charla (Fred) Bohlman, Missoula, Mont.; grandchildren Stacie (Josh) Anderson, Robin Bonnell (Andy Cascadei) of Tucson, Amanda and Brian Bonnell of Tucson, Jodi Bohlman of Billings, Mont., Rick Bohlman of Missoula, Mont. and Beckie (Mike) Schulte of Williams; brothers John, Troy, Irv (Bev) Oleson; sister Inez (Raymond) Hepner; and great-grandchildren Adam, J.D. and Tana Schulte.

Memorial donations may be made in the name of Charles Oleson through the Williams Masonic Lodge as follows: The Bruce C. Megginson Education Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1011, Williams, AZ 86046.

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