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AGUILAR, SARA C. Sara Aguilar, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015. Sara always lived life with love, compassion and empathy for everyone who crossed her path. She is survived by her children, Betty, and husband Richard Servantez, Mary, and husband Jim Arnold, Henrietta Aguilar, and Brenda Saiz; her 20 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Anedda, and husband Max Salazar, and Virgina (Erme) Montano. She also leaves many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins. Sara was preceded in death by her grandfather and grandmother, Antonio and Antonia Maestaes; her mother and father, Merced and Felix Crispin; brothers Kiko, Jose, Ramond and Rudy Crispin and her sister, Jane Blea; children, Bonnie Crowson and Robert Crowson and grandchildren, Sara Crowson and Robbie Crowson. A Visitation and Rosary will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - University. A Prayer Service will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH - University. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions. Please visit our online guestbook for Sara at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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BACA, ROBERT Q. (WEA-WEA) Age 61, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015. Visitation will be held this morning (Wednesday) from 9:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services - Alameda Mortuary; followed by a Rosary at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Casket Pallbearers; Nathan Baca, Robert Ray Baca, Isaiah Baca, Martin Sandoval, Larry Crespin, Albert Lovato, Brian Guillon, Lorenzo Valenzuela. Honorary Pallbearers will be Vince Baca, Sergio Maze, Paul Marquez. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services ALAMEDA MORTUARY 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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BEST, CHRISTIE (CHRIS) Our beautiful daughter, Chris, was born to her loving parents, Don and Alice Best, on February 20, 1963. She was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque where she graduated from Sandia High School in 1981. She was a very gifted athlete and became an accomplished track star where she won the title of the NM State Champion in the high jump category. Chris continued to be an athlete her entire life and was proficient in any sport she participated in. For the past five years has been training and competing in Agility with her beloved standard poodles, Eliza and Compostela. It takes years of hard work and dedication to become adept in this and Chris gave everything to be with her girls. On January 23, 2015, Chris competed in an agility competition with Eliza where she earned a qualifying score on her last run of the day. Chris was elated and celebrated by going to lunch and shopping with her mother and boyfriend. After returning home, Chris laid down to take a short nap after her exertions and excitement of the morning. To our greatest shock and sorrow, Chris never woke up and died peacefully in her sleep. She was the most beloved, fun loving, compassionate and positive person that anyone could ever have had the good fortune to have known. For 20 years, Chris was the dental assistant for Dr. Rex Wagner and continued in the dental industry working for Dr. John Bowers and Dr. Jennifer Oki. She excelled at her job and was extremely dedicated and devoted to her patients who also loved her dearly. Chris is survived by two siblings, Don Best and his wife, Pathira and Cindy Beall and her husband, Troy. She is also survived by her beloved two nephews, Clinton Beall, and Donavan Best, and one niece, Dr. Brittany Beall who blessed Chris with a great niece, Alice Luna Beall on November 23, 2014. She also leaves behind her soulmate and best friend, Augie Chapa, who will forever be a part of our family and is also devastated by the loss of his love. For our family, the light of our lives has been extinguished forever. Our only comfort is the certainty that Chris will forever be an Angel looking over her loved ones until we meet again. A Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at FRENCH Lomas. Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Road NE. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Humane Society, 615 Virginia St. SE, Alb. NM 87108 or the New Mexico Mission of Mercy, PO Box 16854, Albuquerque, NM 87191. Please visit our online guestbook for Chris at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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BRISBIN, ROBERT F. Robert F. Brisbin, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Born in Syracuse, NY, October 14, 1948, and transplanted by family to Chamblee, GA, he is survived by his wife, Kyle L. (Manning); daughters, Kellie and husband Brett Kingsley of Parker, CO, Marissa and husband Craig Sommer and granddaughter Emelie Grace of Albuquerque, and Melanie; son, Sean of Albuquerque; sister, Patricia and husband Tom Samples of Douglasville, GA; and brother, John. Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 at the age of 17 and rose to the rank of Sergeant. After completing AIT at Fort Polk, LA, he was assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency in Albuquerque, NM for one year and later completed two overseas tours (Vietnam and Indo China) with the 716th Combat Military Police Battalion, 90th Detachment. In 1973, he was assigned to the 984th Military Police Company, Fort Carson, CO and then transferred to Fort Myers, VA and worked with the 561st Military Police Company. He received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army in March 1975. His civilian profession spanned over thirty years to include: Law Enforcement Training; El Paso County Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff with Sandoval and Valencia Counties, Regional Manager for Institute for Combat Arms and Tactics; communication and insurance sales; owner of A Special Effect and Nuggets Marketing; editor of the New Stars and Stripes Veteran's Voice Military Newspaper; as well as working directly with law enforcement agencies and being a passionate advocate for veterans and veteran's agencies in NM. He entered the New Mexico State Defense Force in August, 2003 and was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 2004. He was assigned duty as Provost Marshal and Civic Affairs Officer, Department of Military Affairs, New Mexico State Defense Force in 2004. In 2007 he organized a local unit of the United States Volunteers, performing final honors to military veterans and war casualties. This organization was later reconstituted under the name 47th New Mexico Regiment. Robert and his family have been faithful members of Triumph Centre of Albuquerque and he will be missed by the many who knew him to be a caring and compassionate soldier of both his country and church. Services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH - Wyoming. Friends may visit beginning at 9:00 a.m. Burial will be in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery at 2:15 with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Triumph Centre of Albuquerque, 7800 Holbrook N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87122. Please visit our online guestbook for Robert at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CHAVEZ, NICHOLAS (SWIFT) Age 27, went home to be with the Lord on January 21, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. Nick was born on October 26, 1987 in Albuquerque, NM. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Rick Lovato, Nana Stella Chavez, Tata Fred Chavez Sr. Nick is survived by his mother, Michelle Lovato and his father, Fred Chavez Jr.; brother Fred Chavez III and his nephew Fred Cain Chavez IV, his grandmother Mary Jane Benavidez and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Nicholas will be deeply missed by his loving family. Services will be held January 29, 2015 at 2 pm at Sagebrush Community Church located at 6440 Coors Blvd NW 87120. The family will hold a private burial. All friends and family will be welcome at services as well as reception that will follow from 3 to 5 pm. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to Nicholas Chavez Memorial fund, 4119 Wallace St. SE., Albuquerque, NM 87105. Viewing will be held on January 28, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at Daniels Family Services 3113 Carlisle NE, 87110.
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ESQUIBEL, BEN Age 43, passed away on January 25, 2015. Passed onto his journey of eternal rest to join his dad Ernest, uncle Ron, aunt Corrine, his brother Ernie and buddies Jake and Jessie. He is survived by his loving mother Maria Esquibel; his loving partner Jennie Griego; sisters, Rita, Patricia, Julie and family, Arlene and family; brother Andrew and family; cousin Alex and friend Frank who were like his brothers; aunt Betty; grandma Sophia Baca; brother-in-law Andrew and wife; nieces and nephews, Terri and family, Blair and family, Antonio, Alex Jr, Jessie and family, James and family and Monique and family. Ben was blessed to have so many family members who loved him. He had a big heart and will be missed and loved by everyone. Services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 3 pm at Bethesda Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1800 Arno SE, Albuquerque. Reception to follow.
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FORRESTER, JAMES HAROLD James Harold Forrester, age 86, was a man of true principle. He dedicated his life to hard work and integrity. Harold was born November 9, 1928 in Woodstock, AL and passed away January 25, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. His parents were Annie Lucille Mitchell-Forrester and Farris James Forrester; his brothers were Calvin and Donald and his sister was Evelyn Forrester Morrow. Harold's family moved to Albuquerque in the 1940s due to his father's tuberculosis. Harold graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1946. He and Gwendolyn Gish-Forrester married in 1948. Harold always said marrying Gwen was "the best decision of his life." He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; his son, Jim Forrester and wife Beth Forrester; his daughter, Janet Copenhaver and husband Steven Copenhaver; grandchildren, Julie Copenhaver, Aaron Forrester and wife Sheryl Forrester, Scott Forrester and fiancee Julia Jarrard, Michelle Guilford and husband Spencer Guilford and Leslie Foltz; his great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Ava and Olivia Forrester and Shalyn and Kyan Caudill. Harold began his career as a service tech in the automotive-electronic industry and also worked as a fuel-truck driver. He diligently worked, while married, to obtain his bachelor's and master's degrees. He became an elementary school teacher for APS. His dream in life was to become an FBI agent. He served as an agent in the mid 1960s serving in: Minneapolis, Sioux Falls and Cincinnati. After his service, he returned to Albuquerque to serve as an elementary school principal at APS for 30 years. Many of his students, as adults in later years, would identify him in restaurants and tell him stories of how he changed their lives for the best. Harold enjoyed helping others on their journey. He was a devoted husband of 66 years. He loved his wife, children, country and God. Gospel music was a passion in his life. He enjoyed attending Sagebrush Church every Saturday and loved family gatherings, where he was able to see his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You could always find Harold around a blazing large fireplace, humming a tune or a beloved hymn. His shoes will never be filled. However, we will always strive to walk in his footsteps. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at FRENCH Westside. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A Reception will follow the service. There will be a private interment at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Harold at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH Westside 9300 Golf Course Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87114
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GALLEGOS, PATRICK "PAT" Age 73, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully, Sunday, January 25, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Dilia, NM. He was a truck owner and driver for 45 years. Pat's hobbies and interests included attending car shows, restoring his cars; and spending time with his family at the lake, camping, boating, water skiing, and jet skiing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Flora Gallegos; brothers, Manuel and Henry Gallegos; sister, Lucy Montoya; and grandson, Adam Gallegos. Pat is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marilyn Gallegos; his son, Chris Gallegos and wife Teena; daughter, Donna Gallegos; his grandchildren, Josh, Patrick, Felicia, and Jacqueline Gallegos; great-grandchildren, Adam, Ava, Ryan and Lucas; and other numerous relatives and friends. Pat will be greatly missed by his loving family and by those whose hearts he touched. A Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 4th St., NW. Service of Christian Burial will be Friday at 9:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park. Casket Bearers will be Michael Velasquez, William Velasquez, Billie, Josh, Patrick, Leroy, Michael Gallegos, and Adam Cordova. Honorary Bearers will be his many nephews. Those who wish to sign Pat's guest book or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services ALAMEDA MORTUARY 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505 ) 898-3160
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GARCIA, KRISTINA MARIA Age 51, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on April 24, 1963. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Lucero; parents, Seferino and Lucaria Garcia; and brother, Larry Garcia. She is survived by her fiancee, Raymond Perez; children, Monica and Valerie Lucero; siblings, David Garcia, Viola Valencia, Lucy Armijo, Anna Sanchez, Angie Quintana, Seferina Rickert, and Barbara Gallegos; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Viewing and Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until the start of the Rosary at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 309 Stover Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque, NM. Pallbearers will be Jacob Muniz, Jessie Armijo, Phillip Gallegos, Joey Valencia, David Garcia, Jr., and Andy Martinez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Vincent Garcia, Anthony Perez and Ray Vialpando. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Strong-Thorne Chapel 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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GIANNINI, PATRICIA E. "PAT" Pat, age 70, died on 1/18/15. She was preceded in death by parents Val and Gladys Giannini, step-mother Joan Preston Giannini, and sister Valerie Giannini Wetherill. Pat is survived by her four children Cindy L. Ham, Galen Val Miller, Jason L. Giannini, Jodie L. Giannini and their families; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Ed Giannini and Jim Preston and their families; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 31st at 5:00pm at St. Michael's and All Angels, www.al-angels.com, located at 601 Montano Rd. NW., Albuq., NM 87107. Reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to: McGrane Officer Survival Training, PO Box 37337, Albuq., NM 87176.
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