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Maryvale Panthers,

Phoenix Arizona


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Class of 1978:


Born: 09-26-1959
Died: 08-1998, in a motorcycle accident.

He was 38 yrs. old & was a father & a grandfather.

Born: 08-10-1960, in Indiana
Died: 10-09-2007, at 47 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Katrina had been ill with a bad bought of bronchitis and had been coughing when a blood vessel burst, and it was so severe that it took her life. Katrina's family moved from Indiana to Phoenix, Arizona in 1957. Katrina's husband is Sid Lilly, III. Katrina was a lifetime member for Historic Indiana. Katrina is predeceased by her Father, Howard R. Bertsch (from Cambridge City, Indiana, dob: 09/20/1921 - dod: 12/1985); her Mother, Elsie "Betty" Elizabeth (Price) Bertsch (was born and raised in Eaton, Ohio and is a graduate of Dixon High School, dob: 01/01/1930 - dod: 03/22/2005) Her parents married 12/22/1952. Katrina's Mother worked for 20 years at Maryvale Hospital. Her parents last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 85031. The Bertsch family were longtime members of North Phoenix Baptist Church. Katrina is also predeceased by both of her brothers, Lemuel Seth Bertsch (died as an infant); and
Howard Roth Bertsch II, MHS; 1972. Both parents and both brothers are interred in Indiana. Her Mother-in-law is A. Pearl Lilly (dob: 07-22-1926). Katrina's Father-in-law is Sidney J. Lilly, Jr. (dob: 04-16-1926 - dod: 11-09-2006, interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG) section, plot 111). In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in Katrina's name to Arizona Baptist Children's Services, 6015 West Peoria Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85302, # 623-349-2227. Arrangements entrusted to Green Acres Glendale Mortuary. A graveside service was held on Monday, 10/15/2007, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 West Thomas Road, Avondale, Arizona; gravesite location is Lady of Mt. Carmel, plot 89, row 2, space 3. Published in The Arizona Republic on 10/13/2007. Katrina last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85033.


Born: 07-21-1960
Died: 07-1979
Jody resided in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona.


Born: 02-16-1960
Died: 06-16-2004

George last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Faithful Lee Cobbs Jr.
Faithful Cobbs from the class of 1978 has passed away.
Cobbs, Faithful Lee Jr. 52, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on Dec. 3, 2011. Memorial Service held at Crosspoint Church of God, 655 W. Warner Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284 on Dec. 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Crosspoint Church of God
Norman Cedric Furubotten

54, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on January 7, 2014. Norman passed away unexpectedly. He was born in Phoenix on March 19, 1959 to the late Selmer Furubotten and is survived by his mother Pamela, daughter, son, brother, 2 sisters, 5 nieces and 4 nephews. He had a passion for art, music, football and poker. RIP. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made and appreciated at any Chase Bank to the account of Angel Group LLC #2936371364 to assist the family with burden of expenses. Private memorial services were in Phoenix and will be in Racine, WI, date to be determined. Norm's ashes will be spread over Lambeau field, home of the Green Bay Packers, his favorite team and up in the woods of Wisconsin where he spent many years with his kids.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 2, 2014

Born: 1960
Died: 04-13-2005, at age 44, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sandra was a life long resident of Phoenix, Arizona. She is survived by her daughter Crystal Green, brother Keith Grimmett, parents Ray & Mary Grimmett, grandson Taylor Poole. Viewing & Funeral Services were held Monday, 04/18/2005 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. Interment will be in Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301. Family suggests donations to Hospice of the Valley, Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. Published in The Arizona Republic on 04/17/2005.

Born: 10-25-1959
Died: 09-26-1999

Johnny resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Died: January or February, 1992

Frank was an Honor Student his Senior year.

CYNTHIA "Cindy" KELLER (married last name ??)

Born: approx. 1959-1960
Died: 05-2001, in Mexico.

Cindy and her husband were killed in a boating accident in Mexico.
Cindy's twin sister is Becky Keller, MHS; 1978.

Rebecca "Becky" Keller (Davies)
Shawn Helton says, "It saddens me once again to announce we have lost another Panther too soon. My dear friend and classmate,  Maryvale Class of 1978, passed this last Dec. 21st, 2012 in Phoenix, Az. after a long battle with Cancer. She was 52 years old. There were no services but a 'Celebration Of Life' is forthcoming and I will advise when the information is made available to me. I apologize for the late notice, but I was waiting for confirmation from the family. Godspeed my old friend...I shall miss you dearly...."
Stephen Mark Kondos
Abby Kondos-Jennings says, "Hi my family lived on West Avalon Dr. right off of 55th Ave one block from Maryview Park... I'm not sure if anyone remembers my family, My brother Stephen Mark Kondos just passed away Friday September 13, 2013 at his home in Hazelwood, Missouri at 9:00p.m. with his wife and children by his side. If anyone remembers him, I invite you to share any memories and pics you have of my brother, he was only 53 yrs old when he lost his fight with cancer Im trying to get through this anyway I can, sharing memories of him really helps me........
JUDY KROFF (married last name ??)

Died: approx. 1988-89, shortly after the birth of her daughter.

Judy's sister's are: Vicki Kroff, MHS; 1966, & Cheryl Kroff, MHS; 1968; her brother is: Philip Kroff, MHS: 1975. Her longtime friend is Kim (Groscost) Matherly, MHS; 1978.
Rob Maxon
Rob Maxon, Class of '78, lost his battle with cancer last evening December 9, 2012. He was surrounded by his family as he passed.

R.I.P. Rob Maxon 11/21/1960 12/07/2012 Services for Rob Maxon  Friday 12/14/12 at Best Funeral Services, West Valley Chapel in Peoria, Arizona 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 (623) 486-1955 Visitation from 3:00pm till 4:00pm, services immediately following. with Rob Maxon.

Shawn Helton says, "He was class of '78 and used to help build sets for the Drama Class for the plays put on at Maryvale. He and I were best friends and later in life were roommates and co-workers together. His first wife and mother of his three boys was Kathy Moore also class of '78....long divorced now...re married to his current wife at the time of his passing. I posted a bio of him on my Synergy Soundwerx fb page https://www.facebook.com/synergysoundwerx that is still up.




Died: 1983

Mike participated in Boys State Government during his Senior yr.


Born: 08-02-1960
Died: 08-10-2000, while in active duty in a helicopter crash in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jeff is a Persian Gulf Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Rank: AD1 (AW) (Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class, Air Warfare)
Jeff earned and was awarded the following ribbons and medals: Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement, Joint Meritorious Unit, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle E, Good Conduct, National Defense, Antarctica Service, Southwest Asia, Humanitarian Service, Sea Service, United Nation, NATO-Bosnia, Kuwait Liberation, Kosovo and Pistol Expert. His patches are for his different squadrons: Operation Deep Freeze-Antarctica, MH-15 (his squadron in Corpus Christi, Texas), MH-14 (his squadron in Norfolk, Virginia). His pins are Petty Officer 1st Class, Airwarfare Specialist, Air Crew, Aviation Machinist Mate Insignia.

The Paschal family moved to Maryvale, Phoenix, Arizona in 1964 when their Dad retired from the Air Force. Jeff attended John F. Long elementary school and Frank Borman Junior High. In 1975-76, Jeff was on the MHS Gymnastics team and a member of the Gymnastic club. Jeff and fellow gymnast-alumni, Billy Weir, MHS; 1977, enjoyed Bull Riding during his senior year and for a while afterwards, taking them all over Arizona; he was a member of the Jr. Rodeo. MHS Gymnastic Coach Richard "Dick" Schilling was Jeff's favorite teacher; Jeff really looked up to him. Mr. Schilling passed away on the same day as Jeff, 08/10/2000. Jeff was a Navy helicopter crew chief. Jeff joined the Navy in May 1987, and had been in military service 13 years, at the time of the accident. Jeff passed away at 40 years of age, on Thursday 08/10/2000 doing what he loved; flying as a crew chief aboard a Navy MH-53E minesweeping helicopter. His helicopter crashed on a training mission in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served with honor in "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm" during the Persian Gulf War; and more recently in "Operation Shining Hope" in Albania and Kosovo. He had also completed tours of duty in "Operation Deep Freeze" in Antarctica; Norfolk, Virginia; Alameda, California; Point Magu, California; and in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jeff is survived by his wife of 19 years, Pam Paschal. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Kathleen Paschal. Jeff's siblings are: John T. Paschal (07/07/1944 - 09/27/1973), Jeri L. Paschal, MHS; 1966 (resides in Phoenix, Arizona), Jay J. Paschal, MHS; 1972, Judi C. (Paschal) Schlieter, MHS; 1973, and Joyce L. (Paschal) Osborn, MHS; 1977 (resides in Dewey, Arizona). Their parents are both deceased: Clarence "Red" S. Paschal (12/27/1923 - 01/14/1991) and Ruth B. Paschal (11/22/1922 - 06/28/2001); their Mother passed 10 months after Jeff's death. Memorial services for Jeff were held on 08/17/2000 in the base theater at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, paying tribute and honoring Jeff and three other crew members who lost their lives in the line of duty; and on 08/19/2000 at the Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. Jeff's request was to have his cremains scattered at Lake Pleasant, Arizona. His headstone is placed at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 West Beardsley, Phoenix, Arizona 85027, in Garden Rest I Section, Lot 196, Space C3; with their oldest brother John (who was killed in 1973), located next to the Paschal family memorial bench. Contributions can be made to a trust fund set aside for his two beautiful daughters at Navy Army Federal Credit Union at # (361) 986-4500 or # 1-800-622-3631. Published in Corpus Christi, Texas newspaper and the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona.


Born: 08-07-1960
Died: 11-28-1993
His brother, Donald "Don" W. Simerdla, MHS; 1984, is also deceased.


Born: 07-21-1960
Died: 08-05-2004, at age 44, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Sandra was a teacher for Andelucia Elementary School in the Alhambra School District. Sandra's parents are Vertis and Mary Smith. Services were Tuesday, 08/10/2004 at Wesley United Methodist Church, South Phoenix, 750 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Arrangements and interment (on 08/10/2004) entrusted to Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Interment at Garden of Rest, Section 9ML, Block 9, Lot 54A, Space 8 SGL. Published in the Arizona Republic on 08/09-10/2004.

Steve "Smitty" Smith

Julie Harrison-Chilton says, "To all you Maryvale people, we lost a dear friend today (approx. 12:30 a.m. last night). Steve "Smitty" Smith (class of '78) passed away after battling colon cancer for the past several months. I just talked to his best friend and brother in law Terry Waith  His family and friends would appreciate your prayers. ~ via Ben Hames" The services for Steve "Smitty" Smith were Friday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. (7924 N. 59th Ave/59th Ave. and Northern)

Born: 09-05-1959
Died: 05-1981

Larry's siblings/relatives are: Gloria Wackerfuss, MHS; 1973, Jerry Wackerfuss, MHS; 1974, Theresa Wackerfuss, MHS; 1975, Tim Wackerfuss, MHS; 1978, Gary and Mary Wackerfuss, MHS; 1981, and Misty Wackerfuss, MHS; 1998. Their Mom is Eva Wackerfuss (dob: 06/05/1932 - dod: 05/1977, last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 85031). Larry last resided in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona 85301.


Born: 08-10-1959, in Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona
Died: 12-02-2002, at 43 years of age, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Carole lived in Arizona her whole life. She graduated from Maryvale High School in 1978. She was a licensed cosmetologist. Survivors include her daughter Alexis Woodley; parents Madeline and Charles Woodley; sister, Sherry McCan; brothers, Mike Woodley, Donald McCan (Cora) and Dan McCan, MHS; 1973; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Carol will be greatly missed. Services were on 12/06/2002 at Maryvale Chapel, 6901 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301; Section 18, Block 42, Lot 8, Space 2. Published in the Arizona Republic, Section B, page 09, on 12/05/2002. Carole last resided in last resided in Phoenix, Arizona 85035.


Born: 10-05-1959
Died: 12-1978

Doug attended MHS during his freshman year. Doug's siblings are Dianna Zellner, MHS; 1974 and Darrell Zellner, MHS; 1977. Doug last resided in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona 85301.

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