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January 31, 2017

Mark Rowden

Mark Rowden, beloved husband of Janet and father to Jane (28) and Peter (26), died and went to heaven on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.. Mark was the Pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Mesa, Arizona. He was a native of St. Louis, Mo., attended Kirkwood HS, and graduated from Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary.

On Thursday, January 26th, a horrific bicycle accident caused 3 breaks in his cervical spine area and 2 more breaks in his thoracic spine area. Immediate surgery removed a disc that was pressing on his spinal cord and fused vertebrae to stabilize his spine. His family and friends were able to converse with him expressing their love for five days as he laid in paralysis.

Mark leaves his loved ones and friends heartbroken, but he is now and eternally in the presence of our Savior and Creator, Jesus Christ, our Father and the Holy Spirit. We do not grieve as those who have no hope, but instead we are more than confident that we will spend eternity together in Christ.

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June 28, 2016

Bob Lessard

Bob Lessard passed away on Tuesday, 6/28. His daughter-in-law Donna (alto during our classical sessions) shared the following details:

"Bob had a massive brain hemorrhage yesterday afternoon and died peacefully early this morning. He died the way he wanted to and was surrounded by his children and grandchildren in the hospital. If you wouldn't mind letting his friends in the San Tan Chorale know, I would appreciate it. He loved that choir more than you could ever know. I'm happy to say that he did regain his voice recently and sang with his church choir just last weekend which made him so happy. We are all going to miss him so much."

 

 

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December 26, 2015

Susan Shaw-Harris

Susan Roush Shaw Harris, who spent all 79 of her years in her beloved Arizona, passed away on Saturday, December 26. As was her wish, she was surrounded to the last day by her dear husband, her very lucky children, and her adoring grandchildren. She devoted her life to others as a teacher, a musical performer, member and past-President of Assistance League East Valley, a poll-worker, hospice volunteer, a deeply-committed and active member of the Episcopal Church, the finest friend of many, and always our remarkable Ma, wife, sister, grandmother, GG, and more. She will be sorely missed by her husband, R. Everett Harris; her children, Ron Shaw, Don (Bernadette) Shaw, Cindy Lopercio (Jim) Bray, Susie Shaw (John) Dunbar; her eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her brothers Charles Roush and James Roush. She will also be missed by her 3 stepchildren, 5 step grandchildren, and one step great grandchild. A celebration of the life she lived the hell out of will be scheduled by and by. And there will be laughter.

On a Personal Note: The membership of San Tan Players will always treasure the theatrical contributions of Queen Susan for our 1st Madrigal Feaste, and the Chorale fondly recalls the “I Remember It Well” duet performed by she and Everett. Though she and Ev retired from our membership, they continued to faithfully attend and encourage STCPA’s performances. We are grateful to have shared with Susan so many artistic endeavors and the blessings of her joyous spirit and ever-ready smile.

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December 24, 2015

Karen Stache

Karen Stache – Dec. 24, 2015 – joined San Tan Chorale Spring 2009 Alto
Karen's oldest daughter, Stephanie Peterson posted on Facebook the following notice on Jan 7, 2016.
I just wanted to post that our mother passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve. She was battling cancer for 15 months and she gave it her absolute best fight. Our mom is now with the angels free from the pain and suffering. We miss her more than ever, but are relieved that the struggle is over...cancer is a monster. Thank you to our entire family and friend for all your love and support.

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Spring, 2015

Lee Mahrer

Lee Mahrer – Spring 2015 – joined San Tan Chorale Fall 2006 Tenor – Served as STCPA’s first Treasurer
Beloved by all who had the pleasure to receive his beaming smile and hear his laughter and enchanting tenor voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 19, 2013

Susan Virgalitte

(On a Personal Note: The membership of San Tan Chorale values the sincere expression of the joy for music which we shared with Sue for so many years. We will continue to exalt her brilliant spirit in song. She will forever have a place in our hearts and a voice in our musical expressions.)

 Susan K. Virgalitte made her transition peacefully at the age 62 on June 19, 2013. A graduate of Walsh University in Ohio, Sue went on to author four non-fiction books: Make Room for God, Make Room for God the Journal, Healing After Divorce, and Radical Trust in God under the name of Susan K. Rowland. (Some titles available on Amazon.com) Sue was the mother of three sons; Anthony, Matthew, and Michael. She was pleased to have one daughter-in-law Sandra, Tony's wife. She is survived by her mother, Ida Bielecki, and her beloved brother Thom Spring. The family extends their deepest thanks for the care and support given to Sue by the doctors and staff at the Cancer Treatment Center of America. Donations in Sue's name will be welcomed by All Saints Episcopal Church, Phoenix.  Her memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 25 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, AZ. Her friends at St Timothy's Catholic Church also honored her with a mass on Monday, June 24.
 

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December 19, 2011

Arlen Jerome Zimmerman

(On a Personal Note: Arlen Zimmernan sang tenor with the Chorale for many seasons. With camera in hand, many of our photos were taken by him for inclusion in our web site and other materials. He was a dear man who always graced us with his sense of humor and gleeful laugh. He will be sorely missed by all.)


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Zimmerman, Arlen Jerome Passed away suddenly with his wife by his side on the 19th day of December 2011 at the age of 80 years. Arlen was a veteran of the USAF and loved and served his country with dignity. Arlen retired after 40 years of service in the Electrical Engineering field and moved to Mesa, AZ with his wife to settle in their little retirement home with his swimming pool. Arlen and Connie are actively worshipping at Victory Lutheran Church. His deep passion for singing has been shown by using this talent for many church choirs and was an active member of the San Tan Choral and Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Frable. He married Connie, the love of his life in 1953. Arlen was a devoted man of God, loving husband, wonderful father - leaving 2 sons, Arlen Jr., David residing in Minneapolis. Preceding Arlen in death was his youngest son James. Arlen is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be missed by his family and the many who have shared his love and kindness. A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Larry Kassebaum, will be held in Minnesota at 10:00am Thursday, Dec. 29th at Dawn Valley Memorial Park in Bloomington, MN. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:00am at Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. Please visit www.mariposagardens.com to leave condolences. Arr. entrusted to Mariposa Gardens (480) 830-4422.

Published in Star Tribune on December 25, 2011

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November 20, 2011

Schurkens, N. Cahill "Kaye"

(On a Personal Note: Kaye Shurkens sang soprano with the Chorale for many seasons before contracting Valley Fever. She was a delightful woman with a radiating smile and a love for music. She has been, and will be, missed.)

N. Cahill "Kaye" Schurkens 73, died peacefully in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, November 12, 2011 after an extended illness. She is survived by a sister, Jewel Cahill of Richmond and three brothers - Clyde Cahill, Jesse Cahill and Moir Cahill plus two step-children, Dana Smith and husband Kevin of Phoenix, Arizona and Kurt Schurkens and wife Robynn of Pinetop, Arizona. There are also several nieces and nephews. Kaye got her B.A. from University of Tulsa and MPA from University of Oklahoma. She was a Certified Planner. In 1991 she founded Cahill Schurkens Consulting. She managed projects throughout the southwest and was professionally involved in public and government administration, engineering, and land use planning. As an educator she was adjunct faculty for several colleges. Professional organization activities included: Past President of the Desert Division of the American Planning Association, CALAPA; Past President of the Northwest Oklahoma Chapter of American Society for Public Administration; CalTrans Small Business Board Member - appointed by the Governor. An avid hiker, Kaye was a volunteer tour guide for several state and national parks. She was a published writer for business and human interest magazine and newspaper articles. Kaye also sang with several choral groups. A service will be held in her hometown of Bassett, Virginia on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Memorial gifts may be made to Shriners' Children's Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , or a charity of your choice .

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

 


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