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RUBEN CHALUP, JR.
In 1992-93 and 1993-94, Ruben's sophomore and junior class years, he was
a member of the International Club. Ruben's brother is Gabriel Chalup,
MHS; 1995, and his sister is Lupe Chalup, MHS; 2004. Ruben is included
in the "In Memoriam" in the MHS 1995 yearbook on page # 184. Interment
at Holy Cross Cemetery, in the "St. Louis the King" (SLK) section, on
the Southwest side of the cemetery.
|CARL "Crit/Critter" THOMAS
Born: in Detroit, Michigan.
Died: 09-13-2004, in Baghdad, Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Defense Department reported that U.S.Army Sgt. Carl Thomas 29, of
Phoenix, Arizona died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised/homemade
explosive device detonated near his Army observation post in Baghdad.
The blast killed other soldiers, the Pentagon said without specifying
the death toll. Thomas, an 8 year Army Veteran, was assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,
Texas. He & wife Lanea 27 (also a MHS Alumni 1995), had 3 children;
Dariaun, Nataisha & Rayqwaun. They lived in Phoenix, AZ. before Thomas’s
assignment to Fort Hood, TX. "He was very outgoing, quietly spoken, very
much a peacemaker," Lanea said when reached in Texas. "He was a very
good leader, & a really good father. His father lives in Glendale, AZ.
The day before his death, mother Alfeeria Johnson of Inkster, Michigan
sat at her computer for a weekly e-mail chat with her son. They talked
about how much they looked forward to seeing each other in a few weeks &
made plans to celebrate with a barbecue. “He sounded OK, & he told me to
wait on making my flight arrangements,” Johnson told the Detroit Free
Press. “He was supposed to be home October.” Family members had plans to
meet in Texas in about a month, when Thomas returned from Iraq. “He was
an easygoing person. It was hard for him to get mad,” Johnson said,
glancing at a picture of her son. “He loved basketball, wrestling &
video games. He really loved his kids. He was a normal kid.” Thomas
loved spending time with his family. Thomas was born in Detroit &
attended elementary & middle schools in Detroit, Southfield & Oak Park,
Michigan. He completed the ninth & 10th grades at Robichaud
Senior/Junior High School in Dearborn Heights before moving to Phoenix
to live with his father. He graduated from Maryvale High School in
Phoenix, AZ. in 1995. After high school, Thomas worked various jobs
before enlisting in the Army. He married on his 23rd birthday. Carl's
wife, Lanea Thomas’ grandmother, Arlene Mitchell, recalled hosting the
couples wedding reception at her Glendale, Ariz., home. “I know they
loved each other,” said Mitchell. “He was very shy, he didn’t talk that
much. But everybody liked him.” The family spent last Christmas
together, & Mitchell remembers how much Thomas enjoyed the meal she
helped prepare. “He loved chitlins, cabbage & cornbread,” she said. “He
liked good soul food.” A family visitation was 09-24-2004 at New Birth
Baptist Church in Inkster, Michigan, followed by his funeral & burial in
Michigan, where he was born.
Born: approx. 1977
Died: 03-23-2008, at 30 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
An Arizona Republic Newspaper article, dated 03/25/2008, Easter Sunday,
title of article "Mom of 3 recovering from fire." The article states: "A
woman is recovering from burns she received in a west Phoenix house fire
that killed two people early on Easter. The mother of three suffered
severe respiratory burns as well as burns on 8 percent of her body, said
Mark Faulkner, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department. Elma Guzman,
30, and a 33-year-old man identified only as Atilano died in the fire.
Authorities say many factors combined to increase the deadliness of the
fire." Funeral Mass for Elma was Thursday, 03/27/2008, at St. Vincent de
Paul Catholic Parish, 3140 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85031,
followed by Christian burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 West Thomas
Road, Avondale, Arizona 85323. Gravesite location is: Section Stations
of the Cross (SOC), Plot 131, Row 1, Space 6. Abel Funeral Services
handled the arrangements.