In Passing

Carole Jae Lennartson Babbitt

Carole Jae Lennartson Babbitt, a loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, a resident of PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Ariz., passed away peacefully at age 78, early Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.

Stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Carole had spent the past 13 months in a beautiful assisted living home in Surprise, Ariz.—visited nearly every day by her loving husband, John.

Carole was born to Clifford and Joyce Mottenldi on Jan. 16, 1942, in St. Paul, Minn.

She was actively involved in her high school as a spirited cheerleader and attended the Minneapolis Vocational Technical Institute after graduation. Carole followed with a career at the Minneapolis Shiner’s Lodge for over 10 years as an accountant.

John Anthony Babbitt became the love of her life, and they married on a Caribbean cruise ship in June 1987.

They moved to the PebbleCreek Resort Community in Goodyear, Ariz. in 2003. Carole had many friends and was involved in several activities. She loved to party and dance. They traveled the west with other PC RVers in their motorcoach for many years.

Carole was known for her witty sense of humor and was able to put a smile on anyone’s face. She touched many and will be missed by all.

Ms. Babbitt is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Anthony Babbitt, Goodyear, Ariz.; two brothers, Lee Lennartson, St. Paul, Minn. and Guy Lennartson, Mahtomedi, Minn.; three sons, Brian Harrod, Butte, Mont., Bruce (Lisa) Harrod, Eagan, Minn., and Jim (Debbie) Harrod, White Bear Lake, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Carole was preceded in death by her father, Clifford, her mother, Joyce Mottenldi, and her brother, Terry Lennartson.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church 925 North Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, Ariz. A luncheon gathering will follow in the church auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, the Babbitt family requests donations be made in Carole’s name to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Foundation c/o Phoenix Shiner’s Lodge, 552 North 40th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85008-6441.

Marlene Dobrin

Marlene Dobrin

Marlene Dobrin

Marlene Dobrin, age 80, beloved wife of Bernard Dobrin, happily married for 59.5 years; loving mother of Lisa and Jordan; dear sister and sister-in-law; treasured aunt.

Surrounded by her husband and children, Marlene passed at home on Sunday Nov. 22, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

Marlene was born to Dave and Bess Kempner in Chicago. In 1961, Marlene married Bernie, and together they raised Lisa and Jordan in Chicago, then Stamford, Conn.

Marlene earned bachelor’s degrees from Roosevelt University in education and from SUNY Purchase in fine arts, which was her true passion.

Marlene and Bernie moved to PebbleCreek in 1998. She loved their 15 years of motorhome traveling adventures, exploring 49 states. No newly entered city was left without its intro narrative from Marlene, quoting from the Mobil Guide.

Marlene enjoyed being a member of the Rovin’ Pebbles RV Club, the Shalom Club, the PebbleCreek Art Club, and found a new fun hobby in fused glass. She was entertained watching the bunnies, coyotes, and Gambel’s quail chicks out the backyard! She was also a volunteer at Goodyear Ballpark for spring training, especially on Cubs days!

She marveled at Arizona’s beautiful sunsets and was able to enjoy one last beautiful sunset display on the way home from the hospital the night before she passed.

Marlene’s biggest legacy until her dying day was her devotion to tracing and recording her family genealogy of over 1,000 relatives back to the early 1600s.

Marlene was such a dynamic, creative, inspiring, and caring woman, who was always thinking of others first. We will miss her greatly.

The funeral was held in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite Alzheimer’s charity, favorite cancer charity, PebbleCreek Kare Bears,, and/or hospice of the Valley,

John Theodore Gimon

Mr. John Theodore Gimon, 82, of Goodyear, Ariz. passed away Nov. 21, 2020, in Goodyear. He was born Nov. 7, 1938 to John and Ella Gimon in McKees Rocks, Pa.

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