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James Lee Friedman James Lee Friedman of Avondale, age 82, died on January 13th at his home. He was born on June 6th, 1935 in Peoria IL to Sylvester and Elizabeth Friedman, and spent most of his life in the West Valley. Jim enjoyed his work as a carpenter, and in his later years spent most of his time building in his shop (whatever family or a friend might need). He especially liked searching for treasures (whether panning for gold or searching yard sales), fishing with his stepson, visiting with his grandchildren, and in his last years, hitting Costco and the casino. He is survived by his wife Maren Friedman; siblings Bill Friedman, Edd Friedman, Kenny Friedman and Melinda Nelson; children Karen Russo Anderson (Jim), Jill Friedman, Paul Friedman (Sandra), Beth Charney (Steve) and Brenda Nottingham (Greg); stepchildren Sandra Burton, Earl Burton (Sandra), Eugene Burton, Dorinda Phillips; Glynis Garelick (Scott), Glendon Burton (Lisa) and Brian Burton (Valerie); 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Harold Friedman, Judy Jewell, Bob Friedman, Jack Friedman and Tom Friedman. A private service will be held for the immediate family.
Published on  January 24, 2018
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