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ALEXANDER, FRANK D. Age 90, of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 12, 2014. Frank was a man of great vision, inspiring others to follow their own dreams. After serving in the Army in WWII, he began a career with Electro-Motive Inc., a subsidiary of General Motors in Illinois. Frank came to Albuquerque to work for Sandia National Labs. He later owned and operated Alexander Construction Co. and was a founder of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club in New Mexico. He loved his dogs, having trained numerous national champions, and "Little Big Man", an "All Age" national champion. Visitation will take place Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. Services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, 11:00 a.m., also at FRENCH - Wyoming. Interment with military honors will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Mr. Alexander at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BURKHEAD, JUNIOR HENRY, BRIG. GEN., USANG (RET.) Age 84, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, since 1991, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Loretha; his 7 children, Thomas Burkhead and wife, Janet, Karen Hurley and husband, Tom, Linda Ann Thompson and husband, Larry, Lori Ann Burkhead, Timothy Burkhead and wife, Marcy, Cheri Sorber and husband, Joe, and Lisa Miller and husband, John; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Duane Burkhead and Richard Burkhead and wife, Carol; sisters, Beverly Coyle and Connie Boehler; many nieces and nephews and a host of treasured friends, civilian and military. Brig. Gen. Burkhead was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kathy Dianne; infant son, James Patrick; and parents, Henry Joseph and Edna Marie Burkhead. He was born in 1930 in rural Logan, Beebee Town, Harrison County, IA. He was the first of five children for Henry Joseph and Edna Marie (Emswiler) Burkhead. His heritage dates back to 1560 (over 400 years) to Bristol, Gloucester, England (fifteen generations and most were farmers like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather). The first seventeen years of his life he spent with his family on an eighty acre farm in Harrison County, Iowa. For eight years he attended a country school and then graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1948. He was a graduate of Drake University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. When he was thirteen years old, he prided himself on being able to hand husk one hundred bushels of corn per day by himself. Junior married Marjorie Clare McCrickard after high school and they were blessed with three sons and six daughters. He was most proud of his family and relished his roles as husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Junior enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard at Sheldon, Iowa on June 23, 1948 as a Private in an Infantry Rifle Company and retired in June 10, 1991 as a Brigadier General. He served in combat in the 111 Corps Tactical Zone in Vietnam and was appointed in 1978 by Governor Robert D. Ray as Adjutant General of Iowa with a promotion to Brigadier General. After his tenure he was ordered to Washington and there he served as principal director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Mobilization, Training and Readiness. He served over five years in the Pentagon. On June 1, 1991, The Secretary of Defense, Mr. Dick Cheney awarded a certificate of Retirement to Brigadier General Junior Henry Burkhead for 41 years and 10 months of faithful service to the United States Government. He received many other awards throughout his career. He was a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States, Association of the United States Army, The Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, Alumni Association of the US Army War College and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Upon his retirement, Junior returned to his heritage occupation, farming and ranching in the State of New Mexico. Before his death, he purchased a small horse ranch in the North Valley of Albuquerque. At the time of his death, he and his wife, Loretha operated a horse ranch and stable, Aunt Hazel's Stables, caring for eleven horses, and a fruit orchard, an occupation he dearly loved. Friends may visit FRENCH Wyoming on Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Brigadier General Burkhead will then be transported from Albuquerque to Hennessy-Annan Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, IA for final services with full military honors. His son, Colonel Thomas D. Burkhead, will escort his father to his final resting place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Junior's name to the American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Brig. General Burkhead at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CHAVEZ, FREDDIE J. 04/17/1959-07/15/2012 Happy 55th Birthday Babe! Thinking of you not only today but everyday. We miss you and love you very much. Love your mom, your wife, kids, grand- daughters, brothers, sisters and the rest of your family and friends.
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COPELAND, ANNIE Age 47, of Moriarty, New Mexico, passed away at her home on Monday, April 14, 2014. Ann was born November 22, 1966 in East Meadows, NY to Robert and Ellen (Johnson) Lein. She married Peter Jay Copeland June 20, 2012 in Albuquerque. She lived in Moriarty for the past 2 1/2 years having previously lived in Albuquerque. Ann was an advocate and supporter of Animal Welfare, and dedicated lifes work to Humane Society efforts. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Lein and her brother Vincent. Ann is survived by her mother Ellen Lein of Moriarty; husband Peter Copeland of Moriarty; son Jonathan Reed of Clemson, SC; daughter Courtney Reed of Albuquerque, NM; brothers Robert Lein, Jonny Lein; grandson Jacob Sean Reed. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00pm at Mary Soto's Apartment, 1904 Alvarado NE, Apt B. Albuquerque, NM 87110. In lieu of flowers, please make donations of toys, blankets and treats for the animals at Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and Lucky Paws. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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CORDOVA-MARTINEZ, CAROL J. Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters. Carol J. Cordova-Martinez was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Friday, April 11, 2014. Services are pending.
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GERZON, FLORENCE C. (CALOMINO) age 74, passed into Eternal Life on April 14, 2014. Florence was preceded by her loving husband James L. Gerzon, son Ray, parents Fred and Bella Calomino, and brother Junior. She is survived by her son James; daughter Connie; son Fred (Margaret); daughter Michelle; and brothers Frank and Joseph (Donna). "Nanny" is survived by her grandchildren Dan (Kristy), Glen, Jamilee, Morgan, Amanda, and Nick; and great-grandchildren Leah and Matthew. Florence lived her life with grace and courage through 45 years of Multiple Sclerosis. She not only survived, she also lived fully. She handled every person and situation she met with her strength, her positive outlook, and most importantly her faith. Her husband James devoted himself to her care and she truly flourished. Florence and James welcomed people into their home with compassion and an eagerness to share their enthusiasm for life. Florence enjoyed cooking superb meals and she believed food was a vital pleasure to be savored with others. Shortly before she passed she said "I love you" and she said "goodnight." We are grateful for her peace now in eternal rest and we will find strength in remembering her absolute love for us. Florence will continue to live through the memories of others. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 at Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Drive SW. Final services to be held in Chicago.
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HAWKINS, ELVIRA Elvira Aragon Garcia Hawkins, 80, of Los Lunas, passed away Tuesday, April 15, at her home in Los Lunas. Elvira was born November 16, 1933, in Peralta, N.M. She was sealed for time & all eternity to Clyde Hawkins in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple in March 2003. Elvira Served a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Houston Texas Mission in 1956 and was a life long member of the same Church. She is preceded in death by her parents Juan Jesus Aragon and Bersabe Toledo, her two sisters Erlinda Aragon and Emma Carriaga. She is survived by her siblings, Nila Pino, Joe Aragon, Inez Aragon, John Aragon, Gilbert Aragon, Albert Aragon, Lorenzo Aragon and Lorraine Aragon. Nieces and Nephews Sarah Haynes, Sammie Moore, Raul Aragon, Irma Miguel, and Bayley Aragon. Services will be held at the LDS Church on James and HWY 314 in Los Lunas on Saturday April. 19, 2014 at 10am. With a viewing at 9am.
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HUNTER, DOROTHY "DOT" Dot's friends and family could always count on her for a good country song, a bright smile and a perfect piece of chocolate pound cake. A truly caring and selfless woman, Dorothy "Dot" Hunter died peacefully in her Albuquerque home on Friday, April 11, 2014. Meeting Dot, as her friends knew her, was feeling a warmth and love that you knew her family experienced every day. Born to Ruth and E.G. Tims in Stephenville, Texas, on April 21, 1934, Dorothy spent most of her life in Espanola, N.M., working hard and raising her family. Dorothy was one of the first tellers at Valley National Bank in Espanola, and later retired from her career as an accountant for Hunter Motor Company in 1999. In her spare time, she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at Valley View Methodist Church. She spent a joyful life traveling, hosting family gatherings, working in her community and, most importantly, she was filled with the love of the family. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Beverly Gallegos and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Melanie Salazar and Ramon Gallegos; and great-grandson, Caden Salazar Floyd, who carry and share the love, joy and light she gave to them. Dorothy is reunited with her dearest love and husband, C.L. Hunter of Espanola; her parents; and siblings, Floyd Tims, Betty Dickerson and Eloise Velarde. The Gallegos and Salazar families would like to offer thanks to those that provided kind support and care to Dorothy, including caregivers, Isidra and Betty Contreras. A special thank you goes to Teles De la Cruz, Dot's close friend, confidant, and caregiver. Services will be held on Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 am at FRENCH-University. Interment will follow for Dorothy and C.L. at Sunset Memorial Park at 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Reverend Dennis Heffner will officiate for the services Please visit our online guestbook for Dorothy at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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HYMEL, MICHELE ANN Michele Hymel, caring wife, nurturing mom and doting nana, passed away on April 9, 2014. She fought the good fight against a terrible cancer, and in the company of her loving family, she shed her mortal bonds and began a new and amazing journey. As Michele wished, she has been cremated. Her life force has been released, and she is now anywhere and everywhere. One need only look where nature's beauty endures, and she will be waiting for you. You might find her at sunset frolicking with dolphins in the glassy curl of a breaking wave. You might catch her leading a chevron of flying geese high above the bosque that cradles New Mexico's lifeblood. You will see Michele in the intricate patterns and dazzling fabrics of a handmade quilt. She never made enough quilts, and she kept creating almost to the end, driven by her love of the art and in spite of physical hardships. Michele wishes that no flowers be sent, as she enjoyed their vibrant blooms so much more when their roots were anchored firmly in the dirt. Plant a flower in her memory or make a donation, or lend a helping hand, or share a kind word. Michele invites all who know her and care for her to come together on May 19th at Elena Gallegos-Kiwanis at 10:00 am. After an informal but heartfelt memorial service, you are welcome to share in a bruchtime potluck in the foothills of the Sandias. She will be smiling as we celebrate a life lived well with stories that bring forth laughter and tears.
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JARAMILLO, ERLINDA BUSTOS July 1, 1933 - April 15, 2014 Erlinda has gone to be with the Lord and services are pending. Please visit Erlinda's online guestbook at www.SalazarMortuary.com. SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third St. SW 242-1133
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