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BLAKE, DANIEL MOSES Baby Daniel was only 3 months old when he left this earth for the arms of his creator. His Life Celebration Service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Reflection of Life Chapel (Washington and Cutler NE). The family would like to thank everyone who gave donations. Please visit Daniel's online guestbook at www.Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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CHALMERS, DONALD L. Donald L. Chalmers, 65, passed away peacefully on Easter morning, April 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. Known to most as Don or to his family as he was growing up as "Dude." Don was born on May 4, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to James S. (Bud) and Marjorie (Cohenour) Chalmers. Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dianne; his daughter Courtney and her husband Rob; his son Cameron and his wife Brandi; and his two grandchildren Kayley and Ben Howard. He is also survived by his two brothers Greg Chalmers and wife Karen, and Kirk Chalmers and wife LaDon along with other extended family. Don was active in his high school, Tulsa Memorial High School, where he was Vice President of Student Council his senior year and a member of the wrestling team. He went on to attend Tulane University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He returned back to Oklahoma to marry his high school sweetheart, Dianne, in 1969 and attended Oklahoma State University and received his BS degree in Marketing in 1970. Don along with his two brothers worked at the family automotive parts business all through junior high and high school. Being close in age many good times were had amongst the brothers and their parents along with their dog, Bruce. Don's grandfather, Jimmy Chalmers, a Scottish immigrant, lived with the family. Don and his brothers learned about their Scottish heritage from him as it was a main stay of their family tradition. Don traveled several times to Scotland to experience more of his heritage which was extremely important to him. Family to Don was always near and dear to his heart. Whether traveling on business or pleasure Dianne was always with him. A large part of his heart was in Texas where his children and grandchildren live. He traveled to Dallas to spend as much time with them as he could and to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Don loved to play golf and was able to experience some of the best golf courses around the world. From his days of fishing in the ponds and creeks around his home as a young boy, Don fell in the love with the solitude of fishing. He fly fished throughout the world with friends and his son, Cameron. Don was both a connoisseur and student of wine, taking great pleasure in knowing the history of different wines. With his love of reading, he most enjoyed learning more about history, business leadership and self improvement. Throughout his life animals played an important part whether it was his lizards, turtles, and snakes as a young boy or his horses and dogs as he had as an adult. His dog, Minnie, stole his heart the minute she came to live with them. Don started his career with Ford Motor Company as a Dealer Representative in Houston, TX. He would call upon local dealers and was so highly thought of by one dealer that he was given the opportunity to become a partner in a dealership in San Antonio, TX. During this time their children, Courtney and Cameron, were born. Two years later, he became partner in Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. He went on to own eight automotive dealerships in the Seattle area which included twelve franchises. In 1987, Don sold his interests in the Seattle dealerships and moved back to Tulsa where he owned and managed two successful dealerships. Education has always been extremely important to Don. He wanted to lend his leadership abilities and was elected and served on the Jenks Board of Education, one of the largest school district in Oklahoma. Don was very active in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Jenks communities where he served on various boards and led the community by example. Throughout the years, Don and Dianne greatly enjoyed watching their children's activities throughout high school and then sending them off to college. In 1995, Don sold his dealerships in Tulsa and he and Dianne moved to New Mexico where he was asked by Ford Motor Company to build a new dealership in Rio Rancho. With Don's foresight, he built a non-traditional car dealership where the customer would have a more positive buying experience. His personal family values were extended into the culture of his dealerships. Don was very loyal to all his employees and treated them like his extended family. Don Chalmers Ford opened its doors on February 29, 1996. He acquired Chalmers Capitol Ford in March 2007. Don shared his leadership abilities with various national, state and local organizations. Don served as Vice-President of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents; Vice-President of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Board of Directors; Served on the board of the National Auto Dealer Association and was Chairman of the Government Relations and Industry Relations committees; Board member of the Ford National Dealer Council; Past Chairman of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Board; Past Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of United Way of Central New Mexico and Alexis de Tocqueville Society; Past President and current member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque del Sol; and numerous other boards and organizations. He was especially gratified to recently co-chair the Capital Campaign for the National Dance Institute Highland Theater Renovation raising over $14 million dollars. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for contributions to be sent in Don's memory to one of the following: University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Attn: Justin Schroer, 1201 Camino de Salud MSC07-4025, Albuquerque, NM 87131-001; National Dance Institute of New Mexico, 4800 Central SE, Albuquerque NM 87108; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO 64129. Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 25th at 10:30am at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Rd NE, Albuquerque NM. Please visit our online guest book at www.FrenchFunerals.com Funeral arrangements are being handled by French Mortuary - University, 1111 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM, 505-843-6333.
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CORDOVA-MARTINEZ, CAROL J. Carol Cordova-Martinez, 54, went into the loving arms of our Lord on April 11, 2014. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend who dedicated her life to caring for her family and others. She retired from PNM in 2009 and started a new career with New Mexico Gas Company. She loved her work and always felt blessed because she got paid for doing what she loved, helping others. Carol is preceded in death by her mother and father, Joe L. and Esther Cordova, and brother, Joey Cordova. She is survived by her husband Chris; daughter Yvette Mendoza; son-in-law Sergio; grandson Dominic Lujan; brothers, Juan Montoya (Anna Martinez) and Jerry Cordova (Wendy); sisters Josephine Hinojos (Luis), Dee Ann Quintana (Kenny), Elizabeth Harrison, Antoinette Ross (Jim), and Kathy Felker (Paul); and multiple nieces and nephews; as well as her loyal companion and bodyguard, Sweetie Pie. Carol will be sorely missed, but will forever remain in our hearts and memories. Services will be held on Saturday, April 26th and will begin at 10:00am with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by the Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo (301 S. Camino del Pueblo) at 11:00am. Burial will take place privately.
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DAVIES, RAYMOND JOSEPH Age 66, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died April 19, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Davies of Albuquerque; sister, Marylyn Coriell of North Carolina; brother, Paul Franchini of Albuquerque, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Franchini and his father, Raymond Davies Sr. Raymond had a long career as a Professional Counselor serving the community at Transitional Living Services, All Faiths Receiving Home, UNM Psychiatric Hospital, Molina Behavioral Health, Presbyterian Behavioral Health and Optum behavioral Health. He was an avid pool player and fly fisherman, an artist and dog lover. Services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH Wyoming with Pastor Beth Purdhum officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Raymond's name to any of the following charities, Albuquerque Rescue Mission, 525 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Animal Humane Assn., 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, Fur and Feather Animal Assistance, P.O. Box 55, Pietown, NM 87827, and The Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary, 369 Montezuma Ave. # 130, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Please visit our online guestbook for Raymond at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd NE 505-823-9400
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ESPINOZA, DAVID PATRICK Age 71, a resident of Albuquerque since 1985, died Wed April 2 following a lengthy battle with Leukemia. He is survived by his children, daughter Amy, son Mark; grandchildren Kelsy And Nate Neuf, Lindsy Shapiro; great-grandson Roman Arthur Neuf; brothers Ricardo and Alfred; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Santos and Mercedes Espinoza, oldest brother Philip, and his beloved wife of 40 years, Nancy L Espinoza (Campbell). David was an avid musician, artist and devout catholic and often shared his passion by playing is guitar in the church choir at John XXIII Catholic Community, numerous senior citizen homes, and as a veteran at the local VA Hospital. He enjoyed all that New Mexico's great climate had to offer and remained extremely active often playing golf and tennis with his friends and taking numerous aerobics/fitness classes as well. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 1100am at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE 87111 with Father Charles Dougherty officiating. Those wishing to do so may attend a reception in David's honor immediately afterwards. The family asks that in lieu of cards or flowers, those desiring to do so may make a contribution in David's name to UNM Cancer Center, Heartland Hospice, or your local VA Hospital.
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GOSSAGE, EDWIN THOMAS Memorial services for Edwin Thomas Gossage, 31, Norman, OK will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. He died Friday, April 18, 2014 in Norman, OK. Edwin was born November 24, 1982 in Albuquerque, NM, the son of Steven A. and Denise (Eldridge) Gossage. He was a former student at Texas Tech College in Lubbock, TX. He was a graphic artist and had some of his work published while attending there. He had a love for baseball as a child and continued playing all through his high school years. He was also an avid bicyclist. He worked in food service in Norman. Survivors include his parents of Lawrence; grandmother, Donna Eldridge, Evanston, IL; brother, Frank William Gossage, Lawrence; three aunts, Jan Betts, Oconto Falls, WI, Linda (George) Varga, Wichita, KS, Gayle Gossage, Colorado Springs, CO; and three cousins Jennifer Czerwinski, Wilmette, IL, Jason Betts, Oconto Falls, WI, and George Varga, Wichita. The family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Community Shelter or Lawrence Salvation Army and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.
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GRIBBLE, JAMES "TINY" Age 61, a lifelong resident, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Julie Hammarlund; sister, Joyce Brockman and husband, Bob; brother, Larry Gribble and wife, Dixie; and his mother, Geraldine Gribble; as well as many nieces and a nephew. He is also survived by several young men that he mentored and treated like sons. He was preceded in death by his father, John F. Gribble; and his brother, Wayne Gribble. Tiny was involved in the construction industry most of his life and was a masterful builder of metal buildings and steel structures. He was a co-owner of Allsteel Inc., specializing in steel erection. He had many friends and co-workers in this industry. Tiny loved animals, motorcycles, and hunting. He was known for his wry sense of humor, strength, and a generous kind heart. He will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at FRENCH Westside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, Montana 59808, in memory of James "Tiny" Gribble. Please visit our online guestbook for Tiny at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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HERNANDEZ, DANIEL F. A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM, went home to be with our Lord on April 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father Daniel V. Hernandez. He is survived by his loving mother Grace Hernandez; two daughters, Danielle Hernandez and boyfriend Rico, Enjoli Castillo and grandson Adam; four sisters, Diane Hernandez, Mercy Parson husband Ernie, Judy Muniz husband Nappie, Lillian Hefter and husband Robert; one brother Benny Saiz and fiancee Eve. Daniel is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many close friends. Services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Holy Rosary Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd NW. Rosary at 10:15 a.m. Mass to follow at 11 a.m.. Reception to follow at 3825 Evansdale NW.
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KRONTZ, KATHERINE E. "CATHY" Was born March 1, 1915 in Kinnard, Indiana. She passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the ripe old age of 99. She is survived by all her children; Peggy Perkins, Kenneth Krontz, Bobby Brooks, Claudette Metz and Rodney Krontz and all five generations. She was surrounded and loved by all five generations. She will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held in the Rose Garden of Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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LUCERO, ISIDORITA (DORA) Age 78, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday April 21, 2014. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on April 4, 1936, and was a member of San Jose de Duranes Catholic Church. Dora was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Fernando Lucero; her son Fernando Lucero Jr.; her mother Lucinda Baca; her father Abran Baca; her sister Christina (Kiki) Lucero; and her brother Abran (Tito) Baca Jr. Dora was a great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was loving, caring and very outgoing. Dora is survived by her children Ray Lucero and his wife Lisa, Rick Lucero and his wife Victoria, Larry Lucero Sr., Mary Ellen Lovato; and her brother Stanley Baca. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends including her "family" at the Dialysis Clinic in Los Lunas, Fresenius. Dora will be greatly missed by all who loved her. The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 PM at Riverside Funeral Home Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 5:30 PM. Please visit the online guest register for Mrs. Lucero at www.riversidefunerals.com Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St NE, (505) 565-1700.
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