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Andrew, John Henry

Brooker, John “Keith”

Derthick, James A.

Garvett, Thomas

Gispanski, Leo A.

Gullickson, Glenn

Haake, Wilma

Haugen, Cheryl

Laffoon, Dave

LaRovere, Ralph William

Shaffer, Glenn

Smith, Louise

Smith, Raymond








Andrew, John Henry (May15,2016) It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John Henry Andrew at the age of 79.

     John graduated BA cum lade with distinction from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and JD, Northwestern University in 1961. John served as Western Regional counsel to J.C.Penney and later Senior Government relations Counsel Sacramento, 1993-1997. He is an author to The Hanging of Arthur Hodge: A Caribbean Anti-Slavery Milestone.

After retirement he served in various positions with the Renaissance Society of California State Sacramento.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick William and Florence Elizabeth, siblings, Mary Camp and Thomas Andrew, and his wife, Floretta Andrew.

     He is survived by his sons, Sean and Brett, daughter Keeshawn, granddaughters, Alexis, April, Olivia and Laila, his sister Jane Renich and many other family and friends. He will be missed.

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Brooker, John “Keith” (February 22, 2018)  Keith, 87, of Frisco, Texas passed away peacefully in the care of New Hope Hospice surrounded by his loving family.  He had a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

     Keith was the only child of John and Helen Brooker, born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio.  He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1952 and remained a proud Buckeye all his life.

     He retired January 1991 in Tampa, Florida after a twenty-nine- year career in the JCPenney Credit Division.

    Survived by wife Pat, son Mike, daughter Jenny and her husband Jeff, stepson Bryan,granddaughter Amy and her husband Drew, granddaughters Kelly and Chloe, grandsons J.J. and Riley, and great-granddaughter Lane.

    Keith very generously donated his body to UT Southwestern for research.

    A private family celebration of his life will be held in Florida July 5, 2018.

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Derthick, James A. (May 25, 2016) passed at Hospice Brandley House. He was born January 25, 1935 in Weirton West Virginia to Helen and Emery Derthick.

James was married to Patricia Pogue on November 4, 1956 and was able to spend a wonderful 56 years of marriage. Pat passed away in November of 2012.

James is survived by a daughter Barbara Stevens, sons Steven and Michael, a brother David and half-brothers Emory and Bruce.

James had a career in retailing with the JCPenney Co. for 33 years, he held various

management positions in stores in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ft. Meyers, Florida, Statesboro, Georgia, a District Office in Tampa, Florida, distribution centers in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia and a regional office building in Atlanta, Georgia. James retired as the store manager in Statesboro, Georgia in 1995.

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Garvett, Thomas (December 29, 2016) – Tom was born and raised in northern New Jersey and graduated high school in 1946. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in both WWII and the Korean War.  In 1952, he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University and began his 37 year long career at JCPenney. He was hired by the advertising department at the corporate headquarters on 34th Street in New York City as a copywriter to prepare content for catalogs and weekly store events. As the company grew, he received various promotions and gained more responsibility. Tom moved with each headquarter relocation to the 6th Avenue office in New York and Plano, Texas campus in 1987.

     He spend the majority of his career in Non Resale/Print Purchasing and ultimately managed the department for all weekly circular programs, marketing, direct mail, store support & signage for national and regional print advertising. Over the years, he was responsible for negotiating significant print and paper contracts, the annual report, and had fond memories early in his career of working directly with Mr. & Mrs. Penney on their holiday cards.

     In 1989, Tom retired JCPenney and returned to the New York City area to be closer with family and friends. Equal to his pride for his company and respect for his fellow co-workers, his family was his greatest joy. He was 87 and is survived by his wife Isobel of 64 years of marriage and their children Karen, Todd and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Glenn and daughter Donna.

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Gispanski, Leo A. (February 3, 2015) Leo began his professional career in 1956 as a high school teacher and basketball coach in Western Pennsylvania. He worked for JCPenney for 31 years, beginning in December, 1964 and retiring in December, 1995. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with Leo enjoyed our times together in Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, New York City, and at the Home Office in Plano. In 1992 Leo was appointed Vice President and Corporate Controller and in 1994 he was appointed Vice President and Corporate Treasurer. Leo made a significant impact on the Finance Department and the JCPenney Company.

     Leo is survived by his wife of 60 years Maryann, his two sons, Dr. Robert Gispanski (a family medicine physician) and Thomas Gispanski (Senior Vice President and CFO of Hard Rock International), his 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

     Subsequent to his retirement, Leo and Maryann spent their summers in Houston, PA and their winters in Henderson, NV. Those of you who knew Leo will not be surprised to learn that he was able to play golf 12 months out of the year!

     Leo was rightfully proud of his service on the Advisory Board of the Dallas CAN Academy. Local sports announcer, Dale Hansen, a strong supporter of the Academy spoke at Leo’s retirement. He said, “I am not sure what Leo does for JCPenney, but I know that he does it with a passion!” And he did! And he will be missed.

     Condolences can be sent to Maryann Gispanski at

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Gullickson, Glenn (March 30, 2018)  Glenn Gullickson, Retired JCP Associate - 1/31/1998, from Grants Pass, Oregon passed away in Surprise, AZ while walking his dog on one of his seven daily walks.  His death was due to a motor vehicle accident.

His burial services will be conducted on Friday (April 6th) at the Church of the Advent Episcopal Church, 13150 W. Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, Arizona.

Time is 11:00 AM.

     Glenn retired from Grants Pass, Oregon, however, he had worked in the Midwest, Chicago/Minneapolis areas, and subsequently did participate in the North Central HCSC group for a few years, as well as Valley of the Sun HCSC.

     His wife, Sharon survives, and I would offer the address for condolences to be directed to the family at 15556 W. Coral Point Drive, Surprise, AZ 85374.

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Haake, Wilma (May 12, 2018) Funeral services are private for the family.  Mrs. Haake, passed away at their daughter's home in Marion, IL. 

     Condolences may be directed to her husband, Tony, at their residence at 48 Salvatierra Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.

     Tony and Wilma attended the North Central Gathering in 2000, at Jumer's in Bloomington, IL.   Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Haugen, Cheryl (April 21, 2015) Cheryl passed at the age of 70 after a 3 year battle with cancer. She had been in the care of Hospice of the Valley in Gilbert, Arizona at the time of her death. All of her friends and family will miss her beautiful smile and friendly personality.

     She is survived by her husband, Ordell Haugen, her daughter Tami Kelley and son in law Kevin Kelley, her son Jeff Haugen, her brother Bob Babcock, and her beautiful grandaughter Kylie Kelley.

     She loved spending time with her beautiful family. Cheryl just celebrated her 49th wedding anniversary prior to her death. Her husband, Ordell, retired in 1997 and was in the Kansas City market prior to retirement. Ordell has been a member the Valley of the Sun HCSC and the National HCSC club and will be eligible for his 50 year pin at the National Convention in San Antonio in 2016.

     The Family is planning a private memorial service but condolences may be directed to the family at   1127 East Megan Court, Gilbert, Arizona 85297

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to:

Hospice of the Valley, 1982 East Woodside Court, Gilbert, Arizona 85297

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Laffoon, Dave (March 24, 2016). Dave spent most of his JCPenney career in California , was District Operations Manager in the Portland , Oregon district, and retired in 1996 as Assistant Manager at the Washington Square store in Portland . Those who knew him or worked with him know that Dave was the kindest, most sincere man you could ever meet. We will all miss him.

     His wife, Kathy, says there will not be a formal service, at his request. Condolences can be sent to:  Kathy Laffoon,  37755 S. Spoon Dr. , Tucson, AZ 85739

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LaRovere, Ralph William (April 22, 2017)  He was born September 12, 1935 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Michael and Ann (Petra) LaRovere.  On June 30, 1963 he married Gloria Ann Sileo in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.  Ralph worked for JCPenney 36 years.

     He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria Ann Sileo LaRovere; daughter, Monique Losson and husband, David, of Dallas, Texas; son, Ralph-David LaRovere and wife, Larraine, of Colleyville, Texas; daughter, Michelle Wasinowicz and husband, Romeo, of Barrington, Rhode Island; grand children, David and Daniel Losson; Christopher, Niccolo, and Marco LaRovere; Scarlett-Anne Wasinowicz; sister, Ann Radossich of Rochelle Park, New Jersey.

     Mass will be at:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

2700 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas


Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Noon

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to 

Faith Presbyterian Hospice

12477 Merit Drive

            Dallas, TX 75251

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Shaffer, Glenn (April 29, 2016) Glenn was a US Air Force veteran and met his wife Renate while he was stationed at the US airbase in Bitburg, Germany. They were married and returned to the United States, where they raised two sons, Darren ad Brian. They had been married forty years when Renate passed in 2005.

     Glenn’s JCPenney store career began in Ohio; he served as Sales Promotion Manager at the Eastern Regional Office in Pittsburgh and then managed stores in Holyoke, MA, Prices Corner, DE, and Christiana, DE. Glenn retired 1998 and lived in Middletown, DE.

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Smith, Louise (Jan 17, 2017).  My wife and partner for the past 65 years, passed away early this past Tuesday morning. Louise was afflicted with Alzheimers disease this past 18 months. She was in the Brookdale, Citrus Heights Alzheimers care center the past 13 months. As the disease took its toll, life became very difficult for her. We were thrilled to have her at home with family this past Christmas. We will have a private family funeral. Our family will surreally miss her beautiful smiling face and positive outlook.   ~~Tom Smith

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Smith, Raymond (January 25, 2015) - Raymond joined JCPenney in 1956. He was called to the U.S. Navy and served at Sands Point Naval Station. He had a 38-year career with JCPenney. He was a member of Shelton Kiwanis, Tramper Sams, the Board of Exceptional Foresters and Gideons International Association. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn, two daughters, one son and five grandsons. Condolences may be sent to the family at 2114 Callanan Street Shelton, Washington 98584.

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