Steven Vance Garel

Jerome resident Steven Vance Garel died Nov. 26.

He was born Jan. 4, 1952 in Denver, Colo.

A popular, touring musician, Mr. Garel was an expert harmonica player with an upbeat personality who enjoyed life to the fullest.

He worked at Yavapai Community College of Sedona.

Mr. Garel leaves many friends in Jerome with fond memories.

Survivors include his father, Theron V. Garel and lifetime partner, Jeri Michaels of Colorado; his mother, Ethel A. Garel of Illinois; a sister, Peggy Wilson and husband, John of Illinois; his life's love, Cherry Waters and her mother Diane Bell of Jerome.

A celebration of life was held at Westcott Funeral Home Dec. 1.

Robert Martig Hargis

Memorial services for Sedona resident and U.S. Army Air Force veteran Robert Hargis are scheduled for Tuesday at the Veterans Chapel at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Prescott at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Hargis died Nov. 18.

He was born in Magna, Utah April 23, 1923.

Mr. Hargis spent his early years in Los Angeles before joining the U.S. Army and serving in the First Commando Group until Nov. 12, 1945.

He returned to Southern California and worked as a carpenter, insurance adjuster and in the precision sheet metal industry until his retirement.

In 1988, Mr. Hargis and wife, Bertie moved to Prescott, then Rimrock and later Cottonwood. He made his home in Sedona until his death.

Survivors include his four children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services are also scheduled at Memory Gardens in California Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.

Edmund Karnik

Cottonwood resident and U.S. Navy veteran, Edmund Karnik died Nov. 18 at the age of 87.

He was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1914 to James and Mary Karnik.

Mr. Karnik served in World War II and later worked as a quality control inspector for Western Electric Company in Chicago for 36 years.

His hobbies included bowling, sports and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen Karnik; a daughter, Donna Pflueger and husband John of Cottonwood; his step-son, James Haag of Cottonwood; a sister, Marie Herman of Minnesota; a brother and sister in law, Frank and Gladys Karnik of Illinois.

Private services were held.

Peter A. Janis

Rimrock resident Peter Janis died Nov. 24.

A funeral service was held Nov. 29 in the Westcott Funeral Home in Camp Verde. Father James Kelly officiated the service and burial was held in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek.

Mr. Janis was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Patriotic Manor, W. Va.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years and during World War II was stationed at Pearl Harbor until Dec. 6, 1941 when his ship went to sea.

Mr. Janis lived in Flagstaff for many years serving as a naval recruiter.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Iveta Janis; a son, Tony Janis of Flagstaff; two grandchildren, Cody and Michael Janis of Flagstaff.

Donations in Mr. Janis' memory may be made to the St. Frances Cabrini Church, PO Box 1677, Camp Verde 86322.

William Bragg

Sedona resident William Bragg died Nov. 27.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Bragg also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Bragg was born Jan. 4, 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was 76 years old.

Mr. Bragg retired from Bethelehem Steel after 28 years and was a member of the REBCO Union. He also was a member of the Oak Creek Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene "Jonesy" Bragg; two sons, Craig W. Bragg of California and Eric J. Bragg of Texas; a brother, James Bragg of Pennsylvania and three grandchildren.

Ruth L. Barker

Graveside services were held Nov. 29 for Cottonwood resident and retired personnel assistant Ruth L. Barker.

Mrs. Barker died Nov. 25, 2001.

She was born April 12, 1920 near Royal Center, Ind. to William Alfred Young and Effie J. Washburn. She grew up in Idaho and attended Washington Bible Institute in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Barker worked for the Veterans Administration in the nation's capital and in Grand Junction Colorado. She retired from the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Grand Junction in 1975. She also worked at the R. II McCoy Agency.

Mrs. Barker was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Grand Junction and Verde Valley Evangelical Free Church in Cottonwood. She was a past member of the National Secretaries Association and Grand Junction Federated Women's Club. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mrs. Barker and husband, Everett Barker lived in Grand Junction, Colo. and in Cottonwood where they spent most of their winters.

Mrs. Barker's interests included Bible study, homemaking, embroidering and fishing.

Survivors include a sister, Fern Jones of Idaho; seven nephews; two stepsons, Gary Barker and wife, Anita of Payson, and Warren Barker of Long Beach; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her parents, one brother and husband preceded Mrs. Barker in death.

Elmer A. Barker

Veteran and Flagstaff resident Elmer Barker died in Sedona Nov. 27.

He was 88 years old.

Mr. Barker was born Aug.28, 1913 in Mt. Vernon, Texas.

A funeral Mass is scheduled Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. A visitation is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. with burial scheduled in the Chino Valley Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Mr. Barker served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Seabees. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde. He retired as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty McCarty of Camp Verde and Noreen McBryde of Lake Montezuma; a brother, Ira Barker of California; a sister, Juanita Cornelius of California; nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

His wife, Opal; a son, Ralph and a grandson, Philip McCarty preceded Mr. Barker in death.


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