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BENCOMO, REBECCA A. Age 17, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. She was born in Carlsbad, NM on July 5, 1997 to Armando and Maria Bencomo. Rebecca is survived by her parents; five brothers Eric Garcia, Armando Bencomo Jr. his wife, Louis Bencomo his wife, Jamie Bencomo his wife, and Carlos Bencomo; and one sister Christina Tsosie. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Chapel of Angels, 717 Stover Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 am, San Martin de Porres Parish, 8321 Camino San Martin SW, Albuquerque, NM. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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CROMPTON, CORA LORRAINE HANSON Cora H. Crompton was born on January 11, 1923, and returned home to Heavenly Father on February 27, 2015. Cora was 92 years old. Cora was born in Leamington, Utah, to Loreta Dutson and Lowell Allison Hanson. She was the fourth of six siblings and had many great memories of life in a small farming community. After graduation from Delta High School she attended Brigham Young University. While working in Salt Lake City she met her husband, Joseph Crompton. After a two year courtship they married in 1944 and began a life of great adventure. They moved to Albuquerque in 1953 when Joseph started working at Sandia National Laboratory and Cora became a homemaker. They were married 56 years when Joseph preceded her in death in 2000. Cora and Joseph are the parents of three children. Lorelei Romney (Bryan); Alison Jones (Allen); and Joseph Crompton IV (Rose). Cora also had eight grandchildren and was blessed with six great-grandchildren. Cora taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the value of service, love for others, and the benefits of education and hard work. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Haines Ward) where she made many eternal friends. She served in various callings in the Church and truly believed that you serve the Savior by serving others.To share memories with family, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-884-1188
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GARCIA, RONALD LEE Born on February 19, 1959 and called to serve in Gods Army on February 26, 2015. He served in the United States Army for 28 years and has coached baseball, football and helped with various events at Moriarty-Edgewood School District for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Lana (Country) Garcia; daughters Alana and husband Noel, and Jerrica; sons Eric and Isiah; parents John and Corina Garcia; siblings Linda and Cipriano Griego, John and Martie Garcia, Tommy and Sheila Garcia, Sandra and Mike Dile, Anthony and Cindy Garcia, Gilbert and Barbara Garcia, Ricky and Claudia Garcia, Brenda and Kenny Garcia; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. He will be welcomed in Heaven by his grandparents Juan and Transita Salazar. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at noon at Nuestra Senora de Refugio Cemetery in Puerta de Luna, New Mexico. There will be food and drinks served to follow the services, across the street at Nuestra Senora de Refugio Catholic Church. There will also be a bonfire that evening at the Garcia house in Stanley. His pallbearers are his sons Eric and Isiah, and his son-in-law Noel. His honorary pallbearers are his uncles, brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, men he coached, and his military co-workers and friends.
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GARRITY, PATRICIA ANNE Left us at the age of 84 to rest in the Lord on Friday, February 27, 2015, with her family by her side. A resident of Albuquerque since 1974, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband John "Jack" Garrity; her parents Agnes and Lawrence O'Leary; and brother, Daniel O'Leary. She was born in Chicago, IL in 1930 to Agnes and Lawrence O'Leary. She is survived by her nine children Brian, Jeanne and husband Jose Senaro, Fr. Sean, Emmett and wife Patti, Kevin and wife Michelle "Mitch", Patrick and wife Becky, Marianne and husband Vern Wood, Michael and wife Deidre and daughter Sharon and husband David Hebert; 24 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; her brother Timothy O'Leary; sister Therese Rose and husband Jack; and 53 nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Patricia was married for 56 years. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. Patricia grew up in the Chicago area where she attended Catholic grade school and high school. In her early parenting days she volunteered on Sunday's to teach Catechism to children. Patricia was an artist, avid painter, and gardener and loved the outdoors. Patricia is remembered by friends as always having both an open heart and door to those in need. A Visitation will be held on Friday, March 7, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. followed by Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH Lomas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 820 Broadway Blvd. SE, Fr. Tom P. Mull, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, 87107. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The National Cancer Institute, Building 31, Room 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 in memory of Patricia Anne Garrity designated for Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Cancer Research and Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004 in Patricia's name. Please visit our online guest book for Patricia at www.frenchfunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GUHRKE, BERNARD H. Age 87, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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HERRERA, PAUL R. age 78, was born on January 22, 1937 and passed away Sunday March 1, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. Please visit www.riversidefunerals.com to view the full obituary, service information and to sign Paul's online guest register. Arrangements entrusted to: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE (505) 764-9663.
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LERNER, SARA Sara Hammer Lerner, 98, of Rio Rancho, NM, died Saturday, February 28, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO followed by burial at Sheffield Cemetery. She was born August 10, 1916 to the late Abe and Esther Hammer, in Kansas City, MO. After graduating from Northeast High School in 1933, she worked as a traveling saleslady for Keller Kosher Foods until she married the late Earl Lerner in 1940. She was a Kansas City area resident until 1990 when she moved to New Mexico where she was an avid elder hostel attendee, a member of the Oasis Singers, a member of the Albuquerque Bio-Park Zoo Boo Board, and a graduate of the Brain Fitness Program. She was an active member of Temple Albert in Albuquerque, NM, a former member of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Kansas City and a lifetime member of Hadassah. She was a longtime volunteer for the Mental Health Association of Johnson County (Outstanding Service Award, Project Breakthrough, 1989), a Democratic poll worker, and a volunteer at Menorah Hospital for a decade. She was an avid basketball fan, following the KU Jayhawks and had a particular fondness for pro player, LeBron James. She loved to cook and feed people. Nothing was more important to her than her family. Sara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Flora Bernstein and Min Halpern, brothers, Carl and Morris Hammer, and her beloved daughter, Dr. Shelly Lerner Burstein. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Arnie Lerner and Nancy Harvin of Corrales, NM; nieces, Andrea Plotsky of Atlanta, GA, and Cathy Cardozo of Kansas City; nephews, Steve Hammer and Michael Halpern of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Jonathan Burstein, Berkeley, CA, Jennifer Burstein, Denver, CO, Nicholas Lerner, Lawrence, KS, and Zachary Lerner, Albuquerque, NM; five great-grandchildren, Jonah and Laylah Podwoski-Burstein, Berkeley, CA, Logan and Aiden Miescher-Lerner, Lawrence, KS, and Phoenix Tracer, Albuquerque, NM, plus her grand-dog, Jessie Harvin. The family suggests contributions to Friends of Johnson County Mental Health, 6000 Lamar, Suite 130, Mission, KS 66201 Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com. (Arr. The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.)
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MINETOS, VASSO born in Patras, Greece, on May 10, 1924, passed away peacefully at home on February, 24, 2015. Vasso is preceded in death by her husband, Chris Minetos, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vasso is survived by her niece, Kalliope Kotsifas and her son, Efthimios Karralis. She is also survived by her nephews, Socrates and Dionisios Zacharopoulos of Munich, Germany. She is also survived by many loving friends of the St. George Greek Orthodox community. Vasso grew up in Patras, Greece, and immigrated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1949. The legacy Vasso left behind will remain forever in the hearts of those she touched. Many west siders have fond memories of Vasso as she stood guard as owner of her beloved Panorama and Casa Grande restaurants doing what she loved most, extending her hospitality to all her patrons and serving them her famous homemade bread. In her later years, it brought Vasso great joy when someone would visit her at her home. One could never leave without having a full meal, regardless of if you were hungry or not. Even when her health had declined, her main concern was whether or not her visitors were made to feel at home with a warm meal and plenty of desserts. Pallbearers will be: Dr. Athanasios Manole, MD, Billy Ninopoulos, Savvas Morris, John Hristopoulos, Greg Miller and Keith Mallory. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Mr. Nick Manole and Dr. Bill Pavlakos, DDS. Memorial Trisagion service will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - University. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High St. SE. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vasso's honor to St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Vasso at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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NAJAR, SOFIA Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend went to be with our Lord on Monday, March 2, 2015. She was a devout Catholic, God before everything else, she lived for her family, and was ready with loving arms for all that came by. She will be greatly missed. Sofia was preceded in death by her husband Ernest A. Najar and sons Ernest A. Najar Jr. and Gary W. Najar. She is survived her daughter Gloria Gallegos and husband Sal, son Gilbert Najar and wife Rosemary, daughter Dorella, daughter Naomi Olguin and husband David, son Robert Najar, and Marie Short Najar; grandchildren Joseph Chavez and wife Terrie, Darlene and Thom Maestas, Diane and Mark Eifert, Daniel Gallegos, Orlando Najar, Angela Najar, Erica Olguin and Philip Walck, Jared Barnhouse and wife Jenni, Natalie Najar, Beatrice Najar and Mark, Michael Najar, and Juliana Najar; great grandchildren Monique Chavez, Robert Chavez, Elliott Tachia, Santiago Archuleta, Mateo Gallegos, Annabelle Najar and Mark Jr.; great grandchildren Tristan and Domonic; and sister-in-law Margie Lopez. A special thank you to Mike and Carol Martinez, Eloisa, Luella and Jenaro Pedroncelli, her dear friend Emma Zamora, and the loving caregivers at Gentiva Hospice. Sofia's Life Celebration will begin with a Rosary on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish located at 1860 Griegos Rd. NW 87107, followed by a Mass at 9:00 a.m. A Committal Service will be held on Thursday March 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sal Gallegos, David Olguin, Joseph Chavez, Daniel Gallegos, Elliot Tachias, and Santiago Archuleta. Please visit Sofia's online guestbook at www.SalazarMortuary.com. SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133
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NELSON, SAM (PHILIP EDWARD) 1939-2015 Sam (Philip Edward) Nelson died on February 19, 2015, at his home on San Pedro Mountain of metastatic prostate cancer. Philip was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 5, 1939 to Edna Mae Lee Nelson and John Philip Nelson, their only child. Upon his parents' move to Illinois, he grew up in the town of Roodhouse. During the summers, he lived on his grandparents' farm and was called Big Joe to his cousin's Little Jo. Here he learned the great pleasure of eating vine-ripened tomatoes. By the time he was in high school, Phil and his mother were living in El Paso, Texas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served as a fireman on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. During this service, his real education commenced as he learned welding and fell in love with it. Out of the Navy, he went to Florida for more education as an engineer. This led to a job in an office building, where he learned exactly how much he did not like the "four walls" environment. In the early 1970s, Phil opened New Mexico Motorcycle Accessories, a custom bike shop at the corner of Carlisle and Central in Albuquerque. While the shop flourished, he got interested in wind and solar energy as he and others sought to go "off the grid" and "back to the land" and be as independent as possible. On the sidewalk in front of the shop, solar panels for the geodesic "Domes" were assembled, and passers-by sometimes found themselves recruited to help. When new bike shops saturated the market, he closed his and moved to the East Mountains. While he worked as an escort driver for wide loads, his CB handle was Yosemite Sam. In 1980, he opened South Mountain Wind Generator Service and contracted with Jacobs Wind Generators to do installations in New Mexico and other western states. By now, "Solar" Sam was also exploring passive solar power ideas. With his 44 on his hip, he worked as a "peace-keeper" at the storied, now-gone Golden Inn on Highway 14. By then, the name Sam had permanently replaced Phil. After leaving South Mountain, Sam built his own shop on State Highway 344 and named it Mountain Welding Service. The spacious building contained an interior loft apartment and used passive solar heating. While attending a Halloween party at The Mine Shaft Tavern, a fund-raiser for the Madrid Fire Department, he met Elisa River Stacy. Having heard references to her brother "Trucker," he asked Elisa, "Who is this Trucker? I'm not going to get shot, am I?" She laughed, they danced, and the wedding took place on November 13, 1993 at the shop. The business thrived, and Sam soon acquired additional titles as Mr. Recycle, Reuse, and Repair; Man of Metal; and a reputation as a Wheeler-dealer Horse Trader. Elisa brought creative inspiration that led to the design, fabrication, and installation of decorative metal gates all over New Mexico. The business prospered. Life was good. Sam said he was happiest when working in his shop. Elisa describes him as "a man who said what he meant and meant what he said." His enthusiasms included a good game of pool, green chili, two-step country dancing, the Edgewood Church of Christ, and the San Pedro Neighborhood Association. Sam is survived by his wife Elisa and many friends, customers, and associates. Cremation services were provided by Direct Services of Albuquerque. Elisa is grateful to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan of Palliative Care of New Mexico and nurses Michele and Becky of Hospice of New Mexico, whose care enabled Sam to die at home as he wished. A celebration of Sam's life will begin with a grave side inurnment service at Hyer Cemetery on Simmons Road off of Highway 344 at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 7, 2015. Immediately following, all are invited to a pot luck lunch and reception at Sam's Shop at 1530 State Road 344 for food and remembrances.
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