The celebration of Life Service


Our Boulder Ridge Community has a celebration of life service when one of our Boulder Ridge family members has passed away which allows family and friends to honor their loved one who has died but in a more personal and non-traditional approach.  Instead of mourning the individual's death, guests celebrate the joy he or she brought into everyday living. 

Many Boulder Ridge Residents turn out for these celebrations to show their compassion and support.

Charles E. Ekstrom 1929 - 2016


Charles Edward ("Chuck") Ekstrom passed away on December 17, 2016. He was at home in the presence of his family. Chuck was born on November 12, 1929 in Escuela, Guatemala, to Oliver and Ruth Ekstrom. He met his wife in Chicago, IL and they married in 1954. Chuck served in the United States Army as a ship's radio operator during the Korean conflict, and owned businesses in Park Ridge, IL and Phoenix, AZ. Chuck was a lifelong advocate on behalf of children and families, as founder, board member or volunteer for numerous organizations, including National Action for Foster Children, the Arizona state Foster Care Review Board, Arizona Friends of Foster Children, and Christian Family Care. In retirement, Chuck became an avid volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, assisting in builds all over the country. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kay; seven children, Deborah, Laurie Strate, Daniel, Eric, Mindy Gillen, Russ, and Jen; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Jeff, Stephanie, Megan, Joanna Bowes, Cari Nick, Mike, Sam Strate; three great grandchildren, Destiny, Haley Ekstrom-LaVeque, and Kelsey Bowes; and his brothers, Jonathan and Alfred. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:30pm at North Ridge Community Church; 6363 E. Dynamite Boulevard; Cave Creek, Arizona 85331. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Christian Family Care; 3603 North Seventh Avenue; Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Published in: The Arizona Republic on December 25, 2016 

Nora Crouch 1946 - 2017


71, of Phoenix, passed away on March 1, 2017. She moved to Phoenix in 1996 where she was an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and North Valley Baptist Church. Nora was also very active in the Arizona State Escrow Association, where she served as President and in other capacities for many years. She met many of her dearest friends through her church and escrow. Throughout her life, Nora was known for her generosity for serving others. She is survived by her 3 children, Danielle Stewart (Charles), Cynthia Martin (Todd), and Eddie Shannon (Liza); 5 grandchildren, Kelsy Gee (Kevin), Jessica Richardson, Natalie Richardson, Sage Martin and Kylie Martin; 2 great grandchildren, Benjamin Gee and Asher Gee; 2 sisters, Patty Tingley and Carol Howe, 2 brothers Virgil Pritchett and Robert Pritchett; 1 Aunt, June Prigmore and 2 Uncles, Gordan Gandee and Bill Gandee, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Crouch, sister Alice Bailey, sister Bonnie Shivers, father John Bailey, mother Pat Bailey, and several other siblings. March 10, 2017, 1:00 PM, North Valley Baptist Church, 2109 E Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85024 North Valley Baptist Church



Published in: The Arizona Republic on Mar. 7, 2017 

Billie Jean Wagner 1925 - 2017

92, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on March 7, 2017. Billie Jean was born on November 19, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa to Rachel Irene and Ted Allen Davey. She grew up in Lafayette, IN and valued her involvement in Girl Scouts, 4H and Jefferson High School. Her marriage to Kenneth LaFollette gave her two children; Cathy Irene born March 10, 1949 (died April 29, 2006) and Kenneth Earl (Buster) born March 14 1952 (died September 15, 2002). In June, 1963 Billie Jean married Frank Wagner, who also brought his two children into their marriage; Valada, then 15 and Richard (Bud), then 14. Frank and Billie Jean were married 53 years, until Frank's recent passing on January 20, 2017. Billie Jean was a member of the Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Kappa, enjoyed traveling, playing Mahjong and spending hours putting puzzles together. She and Frank moved into the Boulder Ridge Community in 1994 where they enjoyed 23 years of active participation with their dear friends. Billie Jean is survived by her brother, Charles Davey; her children, Valada Bolster and Richard Wagner; Grandchildren - Jeff Bolster, Bethany Reed, Bryan LaFollette, Christopher LaFollette, Adam LaFollette, Quinton Diets, Jason Lester, Rick Wagner, Teresa Wagner, and Michael Wagner - 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. A private interment will be held at the Phoenix VA Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Seasons Hospice for their care, compassion, and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 2020 N. Central, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004-4424.

Published in: The Arizona Republic on March 12, 2017 

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Frank H. Wagner Jr. 1926 - 2017


90, of Phoenix passed away on January 20, 2017. Frank was born in Coronado, CA to Frank & Evelyn, Sr. on October 5, 1926. He attended Emerson Elem School and North Phoenix HS. Frank enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 where he served as a Gunner's Mate on the USS Saginaw, USS Heron and USS Grasp. He was owner of F.H. Wagner Painting & Contracting and retired in 1990. In 1994 Frank and his wife Billie Jean moved into the Boulder Ridge Community and enjoyed the many activities and friendships and he was "actively involved" in many aspects of BRC. His sense of humor was loved by all and one could always count on Frank to share a joke or two (or more) and say, "hey, did you hear the one about". Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years, Billie Jean; younger brother, Richard Gene Wagner; daughter, Valada (Val) Bolster, son, Richard (Bud/Rick) Wagner; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. A military service will be held on February 15 at 11:00 a.m, at the VA Cemetery in Phoenix, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life at Boulder Ridge Community recreation hall, 2233 E. Behrend Dr, Phoenix. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Seasons Hospice, the doctors & nurses at Scottsdale Campus Abrazo Hospital and the dear friends of Boulder Ridge Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 2020 N. Central, Suite 170, Phoenix AZ 85004-4424

Published in: The Arizona Republic on January 29, 2017 


A Celebration of Life was held at Boulder Ridge Community Recreation Hall on February 15th 2017.

Francis Garland Reynolds 1937 - 2017

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 Judy Reynolds

Frank was born April 14, 1937, in Fisher, Illinois,  he passed away peacefully on Sunday (April 23, 2017) in Phoenix, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Glen and Mae (Taylor) Reynolds and had two brothers, Glen Jr. and Delmar, who all preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army.

Surviving is his wife, Judy; sons, Tad (Leah), Gifford, and Steve (Kim), LeRoy; daughter, Melissa (Russell) Van Leuven, Avondale Ariz.; two stepchildren, Marci Howard, Oregon, and Rod Harrison, New Mexico; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Frank enjoyed bowling, hot air ballooning,

golfing and coming back for every class reunion. There will be no services,

as were his wishes. He chose to have his body donated to science.



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