Kathryn McDowell

Profile Updated: December 22, 2018
Kathryn McDowell
Kathryn McDowell


Kathryn McDowell


Kathryn McDowell


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Phoenix, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner none
Occupation Minister
Children No - lots of nieces and nephews and their kiddos.
And my two black cats - Kiz and Marty

It's been a good life - although very confusing at times. I've done a lot of corporate admin work for CEOs. Have been an ordained minister for 29 years, worked in our denomination's headquarters for 7 years ad admin to COO & Board, started two churches in Arizona, and taught in three seminaries.

My two favorite sayings in my spiritual work: "Change your thinking, change your life" and "I know something GOOD about you!"

I'm so appreciative of the renewed and new relationships I've experienced with our last two class reunions. I still have many new friends to meet in the next 40 years, but "old friends" are a special kind of precious.

School Story

FAV TEACHER: Mr. Bruscemi - Latin and Asian Civilizations

BEST TIMES: Giovanni's after games. Los Olivos after theater arts activities. House parties and cheap wine while attending ASU

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Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for Rick Seegmiller.
Jan 15, 2019 at 6:33 AM

Thanks, Ron.  With the informaiton you provided I was able to find this additonal information from the "Wildelifer Memorial Roll of Honor:

Richard (Rick) F. Seegmiller, "Rick" was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, studying desert bighorn sheep in the Harquahala Mountains near Salome. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and lived in Arizona since 1959. The 31-yr old had previously completed his Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management and a Masters of Science in Zoology at Arizona State University. He was already well published and respected on the ecology of desert ungulates, particularly bighorn sheep. Rick died on February 6, 1983 in a small plane crash in the Harquahala Mountains when he was radiotracking the collared sheep. The pilot and another observer, from Ratliff Aviation, Tucson, flight escaped fatal injury in the crash. The observer had to walk out 5½ hours to U.S. 60 to seek help.

Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for Donna Becchetti.
Dec 28, 2018 at 6:33 PM

Donna Becchetti Kimesy was actually a graduate of Arcadia in 1969.  She had attended Paiute Elementary
Obituary Link: http://www.legacy.com/EnhancedObit/EnhancedObit.aspx?PersonID=188943818
Birth: 01-09-1951  Cottonwood, AZ      Deceased: 04-06-2018       City: Denver, CO area       Age at Death: 67
Cause of Death: cancer - long-term
The following was written by her husband, Joel Hugley:

Born to Vi Swapp and Charlie Vesper. Adopted into the family of Don and VeElla Becchetti. Joined by sister Brenda soon after, the Becchettis settled in Phoenix to raise their daughters.  At a young age Donna developed a passion for reading books and playing music. These interests were nurtured at home and at Scottsdale Arcadia High school where Donna played percussion in Band and Graduated in 1969. Donna attended Arizona State University. She graduated with a BFA in interior design which proved to be Donna's calling in life providing a long and accomplished career. In between design jobs, Donna's love for driving and road trips led her to acquiring her commercial driver's license and hauling freight by tractor trailer across the country. Photography, art, gardening and cooking helped to round out many of Donna's hobbies and areas of study. After retiring Donna found an interest in urban development and sat on the Wheat Ridge Planning Commission where she had resided in Colorado. Throughout her life, Donna had been a fierce advocate for Women's rights and equality and always a champion for victims of social injustice and an enemy to corporate greed. After many years with a diagnosis of cancer the disease did kill Donna at the age of 67 taking from our midst one hell of a remarkable and intelligent woman not to mention a wonderful wife and loving sister and friend to many. Donna is survived by husband Joel Hugley and sisters Brenda (Dan) Wyatt, Laura Levering, Sharon Anderson and Gini (Barry) Dower. A Celebration of Donna's life will be held on Saturday June 9th starting at 2:00 PM at the Arvada VFW Post located at 5340 Marshall St. Arvada Colorado. 



Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for Donna Becchetti.
Dec 28, 2018 at 6:33 PM

Donna was a neighbor during grade school.  Our nieghborhood was on the "border" of Scottsdale High and Arcadia High, so kids in our neighborhood got to choose which one to attend.  And some attended one or more in each school!  So, sometimes it is hard to remember/realize who graduated from where!

I always enjoyed Donna and was happy to have some contact with her in the past few years via phone.  I always remember her smiling.  I had no idea she was adopted, nor that she had 3 sisters.  Funny how we can feel so close to someone and yet not really know them at all.....or perhaps we know what part of them we are supposed to, leaving additional parts of them to others.

I was saddened to hear of Donna's passing earlier this year. I can still hear her laugh in our last phone call even more than a year ago.  Enjoy the rest of the journey, Donna, and leave some crumbs for me to follow because I want to know more about you.  Thank you for your life here and your time with me.  K

Dec 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for John J. "Jack" Armstrong.
Dec 26, 2018 at 2:33 AM

       9/25/18   From Kathryn McDowell:  Good Evening All –

I am sorry to let you know of the passing of classmate Jack (John J.) Armstrong on September 18 from a severe respiratory issue.  He and Connie moved up to Phoenix from Maricopa some time ago and have been near their son and his family.  I had a sweet conversation with their daughter-in-law who told me of their status and provided me with the following contact information in case you want to reach out to Connie (Stewart) and the family.  Jack retired in July. The Life Celebration Gathering on the flier below is an Open House for anyone who wants to attend.  She asked how many were in our class.  I told her we had 508! ….but only have contact with about 150.

She said it was ok to share Connie’s contact info in case you’d like to send her a note or card.    Connie Armstrong     4779 East Navajo Street   Phoenix, AZ 85044    Connie does not do email much and no FB account.  Her daughter-in-law gave me her own email account though, if you want to send Connie a note sooner than later:  cnarmstrong@cox.net    phone:  480-227-5145    You may need to leave a voice message.

Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for John J. "Jack" Armstrong.
Dec 26, 2018 at 2:33 AM

From Don Adams 9/26/18:   I'm so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I kept thinking yesterday evening about Jack in the eighth grade and high school - his smile, good looks and most of all his uncanny ability to run the football. 

Though for some crazy reason we never worked together in a store or office, both Jack and I spent our entire adult lives working for Bashas' Family of Stores. Jack worked in store produce departments and our buying office. When he retired he was in charge of our company's produce procurement operation. Easy to talk with, open and friendly, he was just so well thought of by all he knew. His knowledge of both people and produce was exemplary. People simply loved working for and with Jack Armstrong. It was easy to understand why he trained many of our best produce managers, supervisors and buyers. He really made a positive difference for Bashas', its members and its customers.

Jack and I both retired from Bashas' in the spring of 2016. He had 47 years of service under his belt. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend his retirement party, given by his colleagues and various produce distributor buddies of his. He and Connie (and their kids) were in great spirits. He had a great life, but I still wish Jack could have had a few more years to enjoy all he had worked so hard for - more time playing with grand kids and enjoying football and baseball games. May he rest well.


Don Adams

Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for John J. "Jack" Armstrong.
Dec 26, 2018 at 2:33 AM

11/28/18 - Online Obituary

Bashas' former lead produce buyer Jack Armstrong dies at 67 SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 - Published in The Produce News - Founded in NYC 1897

John (Jack) Armstrong, who spent 47 years working at Bashas', died Tuesday, Sept. 18. He was 67. Mr. Armstrong became a Bashas’ member in February 1969, starting as a courtesy clerk. In July 1990, he was promoted to produce manager. He was a produce assistant buyer beginning in January 1994 and was later promoted to lead produce buyer. Mr. Armstrong’s 47-year career with Bashas’ concluded when he retired in April 2016. His awards include the following: Outstanding Individual of the Month and the Customer Service Award, and he was nominated numerous times for Produce Manager of the Year and Man of the Year. "Jack developed partnerships throughout the produce industry," said Cheryl Hebison, produce buyer at Bashas'. "He had a wealth of knowledge and had extreme passion for the business." A celebration of Mr. Armstrong’s life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 150 W. Jeanine Drive in Tempe, AZ. Dress is casual, but sporting team attire is recommended: Mr. Armstrong’s favorite teams were the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona State University. In lieu of gifts, donations to Phoenix Children’s Hospital would be greatly appreciated.



Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for John J. "Jack" Armstrong.
Dec 26, 2018 at 2:33 AM

9/26/18 Additional comments from classmates:

  • He was always such a kind friendly guy.     Becky Biegert (Rebecca Conti):   
  • Always held him in high regard.                  Jim Glasser:   
  • I probably had a crush on him at some point.  Always thought he was a cutie    (From more than one female classmate)
  • Jack was always  one of my favorite people since grade school              Tina Carroll Chambers
  • I liked Jack and Connie so much.  He was an all-american good guy.     Joyce Hames
  • Still remember that touchdown against Arcadia.  My dad was cheering as loud as I was!     Patti Wilson


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Dec 26, 2018 at 2:33 AM


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Kathryn McDowell has left an In Memory comment for Russell Kress.
Nov 02, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Russell Kress, 61, of Fountain Hills lost his battle with cancer on March 19, 2013 after a good fight.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1951, Russell moved to Arizona as a young man and graduated from Scottsdale High School. Russell had a successful 30-year career at Motorola.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Russell and Rita Kress. Russell is survived by his wife, Gene Kress; and three children, Angie (Dave) DeBellis, Ryan (Bianca) Kress and Rob (Shelly) Kress; and six wonderful grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local animal shelter. Private services are to be held.

Nov 02, 2018 at 10:33 AM

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Rhonda Sue Pollard, 48, of Phoenix, died May 13, 1999.  She was born in Kimball, Neb. Survivors include her husband Michael J., daughter Elizabeth, mother Maxine Livingston, sister Marj Texarkana, and brothers David and Edward Livingston.

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