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ABRAMS, HELAYNE Helayne Joan (Kremen) Abrams 77, died in Seattle, WA, Monday, December 15th, 2014 with her daughters at her side. Helayne leaves behind her daughters Lisa Abrams (Susan Apkon) and Lenore DeSpain; grandsons Nathan DeSpain (Lesley Stewart), Jayson Miller (Lisa Orona), Donald Miller, and Nicholas Miller. She was preceded in death by her daughter Leda Miller. Helayne will be greatly missed by her family and the countless friends that she had in her over 50 years living in Albuquerque. Donations in Helayne's memory can be made to the Albuquerque Preschool Co-op Scholarship Fund or Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, two organizations close to her heart. A celebration of Helayne's life will be held in Albuquerque, NM in January 2015.
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AGUILAR, ALFONSO Alfonso Aguilar, a descendent of a pioneer New Mexico ranching and mercantile family, was born in Wagon Mound, New Mexico on April 8, 1926. He died peacefully on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Alfonso was a master Carpenter and built homes, furniture and worked on many commercial projects both locally and in Southern California. He was preceded by his parents, Manuelita and Alfonso Aguilar; his wife, Lucy W. Aguilar; siblings, Charlie, Cleo, Olivia, Amanda and Cecelia; his step children, James Garcia and Eugene Herrera. Alfonso is survived by his sisters, Eleanor Collins and Marie A. Aguilar; children, Alfonso Aguilar (Perynn), Denise Aguilar (Gene Tafoya), and Carla E. Aguilar; step children, Dolores Carriaga, Christine Gomez and Marcia Cordova; four grandchildren, Justin Pippin, Danielle Townsend, Gabriel Tafoya and Leryn Aguilar; six great grandchildren, Julia Pippin, Alex Townsend, Ashton Townsend, Nathan Townsend, Audrey Pippin and Dylan Pippin; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Ralph Parks as well as many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at San Isidro Catholic Church in Corrales on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. A Rosary will be recited at 9:00am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am. Interment will follow immediately at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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ARCHULETA, PHILLIP M. Born on May 12, 1949 in Taos, NM. Felipe went to the Lord on December 16, 2014. Preceded in death by his parents, Faustin and Clorinda Archuleta and brother Vilkey Archuleta. He is survived by his wife, Diana; children: Tracy, Vicky, Joesph, and Sasha; grandchildren: Dominick, Matthew, Marisol, and Nalani; also sisters: Dolores, (Ernesto), Temia, Irma; and brother Fautin (Romana); along with many nieces and nephews. Vigil and Rosary on 12/23/2014 at 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Holy Cross Church, 1327 North Miranda St. with reception to follow at Beverly Hills Hall, 150 North Hermosa St., Las Cruces, NM. Memorial Service on January 8, 2015 at the NM State Capital from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Santa Fe, NM. on January 9, 2015, Rosary at 10:00 am, followed by funeral Mass at 11:00 am at San Francisco de Asis Church, followed by reception at Llano Quemado Community Center, Ranchos de Taos, NM.
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BECK, MARY WOODROW Mary died peacefully the night of December 7th following a brave fight with cancer. She was born to Matthew and Thelma Woodrow on February 10, 1945 in Billings, Montana. Her two children were born in Billings where she worked in the insurance business until her move to New Mexico in 1978. Still in the insurance profession she entered the world of ballooning earning her pilot's license and flying her own balloon, Bright Future, in all the major ballooning events and serving on the board of the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. After achieving her degree in respiratory therapy from the University of Albuquerque she had a career with Presbyterian Health Center until her retirement in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Allan Woodrow. She is survived by her children: son, Grant Williams; daughter, Heather Cashman and husband Shaun of Albuquerque; grandchildren Lotus, Matthew and Megan; her sister, Ann Woodrow Kane of Red Lodge, Montana; as well as several nephews and nieces. She was sunshine in the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. A private family celebration of her life will be held later. Riverside Funeral Home, 800-956-9995, 505-764-9663, 225 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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BISCHEL, OTTO L. age 85, passed away peacefully in Phoenix, AZ on September 27,2014. Otto was a beloved husband, father and Papa. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Ann; daughter, Meg and husband Stan of Albuquerque, NM; sons, Matt and wife Mary Jo of Albuquerque, NM and Andy and wife Shannon of Las Vegas, NV; grandsons Andrew, Joseph, Daniel, Benjamin, Sean and Ian. Otto was preceded in death by his son Peter. Mass will be celebrated on December 23 at 10:00 AM at Gate of Heaven Cemetery with burial to follow. Otto will be missed by all those who have been blessed by knowing him.
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BOLTON, MARY JANE May 23, 1918 December 17, 2014 Mary Jane Bolton, 96, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2014. She was born on May 23, 1918 in Medina, Ohio to Chester and Bertha Ryan. She is survived by her son, David (Marian) Bolton of Placitas, NM; grandchildren, Kevin Bolton of Placitas, NM and Heather (Brad) Dirickson of Bernalillo, NM; great-granddaughter, Katelyn (Jarred) McCullough of Grafton, OH; great-great-grandchildren, Paisley Ann and Bennett Hugh McCullough of Grafton, OH; niece, Kathy Steffens of Columbus, OH and nephew, Dan Steffens of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; and cousin, Bob Randall of Sun City, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Martha Steffens. Mary Jane lived most of her life in Medina, OH and worked for the Medina County Board of Elections. She moved to New Mexico in 1986. Mary Jane was a very independent and self-sufficient woman. She enjoyed bowling, craft projects, travel, her dogs and time with her family. Interment will take place in Medina at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the Spring, 2015. Donations may be made to the Animal Humane Society. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary Jane at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BOWER, DEBORAH LASH PHD Dr. Deborah Lash Bower- psychologist, lobster boat captain, world traveler, business owner, wife, and mother-passed away in Albuquerque on Saturday, December 13, 2014, due to complications of cancer. She was 64. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bill Bower; her son, Nicholas Lash Bower; her daughter, Caitlyn Lash Bower; and her son, John William Lash Bower. Deborah was compassionate, intelligent, courageous, and wickedly funny. Her innate abilities of insight and patience enabled her to have a four-decade-long career in mental health care and allowed her to comfort and guide countless patients, clients, friends, and family members. Born September 17, 1950, to John and Loretta Lash of Friendship, Maine, Deborah enjoyed a true Maine childhood-summers spent as "stern man" on her father's famously unnamed lobster boat (which she would later come to captain herself) molded her into an expert mariner; in the winter she could be found studying, running, writing poetry, and crashing around the Maine woods on snowshoes. Deborah graduated from high school in 1968 and went on to attend Aurora University on a full-tuition basketball scholarship. After she earned her bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences, she attended Purdue University, Old Dominion University, and the University of New Mexico, where she earned master's degrees in Special Education, Counseling, and Clinical Psychology. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Her work in mental health care included positions in counseling, special education, crisis intervention, trauma counseling, and as a parole and probation officer. Upon diagnosis of her illness, she retired from her position as Clinical Psychologist at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque in April 2014. Deborah's divine mandate was to grow, to love, to ease the suffering of others, to teach us how to communicate with each other. She loved fiercely. She allowed herself to experience moments, days, a lifetime, of profound gratitude for the world around her. She would often say, "Live mindfully. It is we who create a better world." A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 3pm at the Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living at 4374 Alexander Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Deborah's name to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org "Do, or do not. There is no try."
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CANDELARIA, SAMUEL A. "TONY" Samuel A. "Tony" Candelaria lovingly known as "Pops", 81, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 19, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Brenda Candelaria; children, Neil Candelaria and his wife, Alice, Karen Candelaria, Kevin Candelaria, and Kelle Stults and her husband, Rick; grandchildren, Alicia Candelaria and husband, Zach Peterson, Leesha Candelaria, Kyle Dietz, Randon Dietz, Jared Stults, and Zane Stults; great-granddaughter, Chanel Fulton; six sisters and one brother. Pops was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Sarah Rogers and his grandson, Casey Candelaria. Mr. Candelaria served in the USAF during the Korean War. He was a mechanic and supervisor for Price's Valley Gold Diaries for many years. Tony was a vehicle maintenance mechanic for 7 Up for 3 years. Upon retirement, he took on the responsibility of school crossing guard, which was his favorite occupation of all. Pops loved the laughter of children. Cremation has taken place and Pop's life will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 23 at 10:00 am at FRENCH - Lomas. Reception will follow. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to UNMH Children's Hospital, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Two Woodward Center, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for Pops at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. 505-275-3500
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CANNON, ROBERT 1923 - 2014 Robert (Bob) Cannon, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-great-grandfather passed away on December 15, 2014. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Marjorie. He is survived by six children: Stephen Cannon and wife Lugene; Becky Stevenson and husband Mike; Brian Cannon and wife Debby; Kim Conkwright and husband Jim; Kevin Cannon; Andy Cannon and wife Olga; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Born in Massachusetts, Bob later lived in Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying 37 missions and receiving numerous medals and commendations for his service. After the war, he worked for American Airlines for several years. During this time, he met and married Marjorie before being recalled for the Korean War. During his tenure with the Air Force, the family was stationed at numerous bases around the world including Tripoli, Libya; Tachikawa, Japan; & Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, the family settled in Albuquerque with Bob working in real estate. After eight years in Albuquerque, they moved out to a ranch in Moriarty where he divided his time between real estate and his dry cleaning business. He and Marjorie enjoyed the ranch lifestyle for the next 25 years. They moved back to Albuquerque in 2003. His loves were family, travel, golf, cribbage, gardening and reading. We truly miss his tremendous capacity for love, compassion, wit, humor, and competitive spirit. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and his ashes spread in the spring. In memory of Bob, donations can be made to Smile Train, Wounded Warriors or the Alzheimer's Association.
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CARLSON, HARRY B. Harry was born in Greeley, CO on October 16, 1928. He was the last child of nine children born to Charles and Hulda (Leafgren) Carlson. He was born at the Greeley nursing home rather than on the family farm. His next oldest brother was 12 lbs. at birth, an experience his mother didn't want to repeat at home. Harry was a resident of Corrales, NM for 30+ years and died of natural causes on December 16, 2014 at the age of 86. Harry grew up in the small town of Eaton, CO. His oldest brother and father died when he was five years old. Harry graduated from Eaton High School as class president in 1946. After graduation, he enrolled in Colorado State University, but returned to farming with his brother after one year. He then enlisted in the Air Force and was trained in Mississippi and then stationed in Florida in the First Missile Division. After being honorably discharged, he enrolled at University of Colorado, Boulder where he earned a degree with honors in civil engineering. At his first job with the Trane Corp. he was reeducated as a mechanical engineer and worked in St. Paul, MN. It was there, in 1960, that he met and married Mary Alger (M.K.) and adopted into his heart her daughter, Deborah. Nine months later, they added another daughter to their family with the birth of Nancy. After transferring to Denver with Trane Corp. they had their son, Byron. He then worked for Control Data Corporation in Alamogordo, NM and then El Paso, TX, finally settling in Albuquerque, NM in 1970. In 1971, Harry opened his own business, Carlson Heating and Air Conditioning. He took pride in being a fair and honest businessman as well as a good employer. He retired in 1990 after selling his business to his son (who continues to operate it today as B. Carlson Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, Inc.). As a young man, Harry enjoyed taking a date to Elitch's and Estes Park, CO to dance to the big bands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Harry could play a decent game of pool, enjoyed breakfast with the boys, solitaire on his iPad, jigsaw puzzles, his 5 o'clock glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, traveling with his wife, reading philosophy and ethics, feeding his dog, Max under the table, taking his grandkids for tractor rides, a good game of golf, and whistling or singing songs from the 1940's and 1950's. Harry was an active member of the Episcopal Church, first at St. Aidan's, then at the Cathedral of St. John, and finally at St. Francis. Even as Harry's health declined, he was able to live at home and continue driving. He maintained his positive attitude, a song in his heart, and his sense of humor. Harry is survived by his wife, M.K. of 54 years; daughter, Deb (Ken) Newell of Spring Valley, CA; daughter, Nan (Steve) of Grand Junction, CO; son, Byron (Rayne) of Corrales, NM; grandchildren, Jessica Don (21), Brenton Carlson (19), Davis Carlson (17), and Meagan Newell (17); brother Charles; his dog, Max; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Earl, Leonard (Jiggs), and Walter (Perk) ; and sisters Maybel (May), Doris, Louella (Lou) and Gladys (Gladdy). A Memorial Service will be held on December 29, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rio Rancho, NM (Cabezon & Golf Course Road). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harry's memory to the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico (9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111) or to the First Tee of Greater Albuquerque (11024 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111). We ask you to remember Harry with his favorite advice: "Don't take any wooden nickels!". To view 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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