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ADAM, RICHARD E. A wonderful, imaginative, gentle man has died. Richard E. Adam (1943 - 2014) left us in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Originally from Port Washington, Wisconsin, he chose to live in NM and so loved the vistas, rocks, and ambiance. Richard's creative skills included photography, woodworking, jewelry-making, gardening, and over-all handy guy. His sincerity, honesty, kindness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He had a four-plus year stint with the U.S. Navy (Vietnam); a 20-plus year career as a personal lines insurance agent; and a twenty year career in the self storage business. He was a Green Bay Packers fan, traveled to and appreciated Mexico and its culture, and would have greatly enjoyed that trip to Spain. He is survived by his wife Barbara; sister Sally (Jim, Jimmy, Charlie); brother Robert (Cheryl, Martin, Jeffrey); mother-in-law June; sister-in-law Nancy; brother-in-law David (Stephanie, Jennifer, Colin); sister-in-law Kay (Terry, Jason, Greg, Steven); and numerous other extended family members and friends (especially John and Terry & Chuck). He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Joan, and by his father-in-law Owen. Richard will be honored with a Celebration of Life reception in November in Albuquerque. Please contact adamRBNM@comcast.net if you wish to be included. Plan to share your memories. Thank you to the extraordinary, caring people at the VA in Albuquerque for the assistance provided to Richard all these years. Thank you also to Gentiva Hospice and Direct Funeral Services. A donation in Richard's name could be given to any animal welfare organization. He had five large-breed dogs in his life, all of whom were special to him. We will mourn your death each in our own way. God bless you. Until we are together again.
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BATES, CHARLES "CHAZ" Charles "Chaz" Bates, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 13, 2014. He was born in Oxnard, California on May 23, 1967. Charlie is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Bonnie Bates; parents Freddie and Rosemary; daughters Shawntel, Ashley, Janelle, Veronica, Brianna, and Marissa; son Charlie Jr.; sons-in-law Santos and Patrick; sister Sonya; brothers Freddie, Raymond, and Gabriel; grandchildren Santianna, Angelica, Timothy, Patrick Jr, Jazzlyne, and Paul; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends who loved him very much. A celebration of life will begin with a viewing at Riverside Funeral Home located at 225 San Mateo, Thursday, September 18th from 5-8pm. Services will be Friday, September 19th at 10am at Manzano del Sol Village Chapel, 5201 Roma. Charlie will be greatly missed by so many, but will forever be in our hearts. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, immediately following the service. Pallbearers: Santos, Patrick, Timothy, Matthew, Steven S, Freddie, Gabriel, Robert, Steven, Richard (TI), and Martin.
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BRASUEL, LEONARD R. Leonard R. Brasuel died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Denver, Colo. He was 74 years old. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and grew up in many towns throughout the state, including Roy, Mills, Weed and Cuba where he graduated from high school. He lived most of his adult life in Denver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Margery Brasuel, and his brother, Murphy Brasuel. He is survived by his sister, Mary-Ethel (John) Foley; sister-in-law, Margaret Brasuel; six nieces and nephews, Margaret Foley, Nancy Foley, Lizzie Foley, and Ana Lucero; a nephew, Murphy G. Brasuel; six grandnephews; and two grandnieces. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Thrive Church, 2820 W 92nd. St., Federal Heights, Colo., 80260.
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CHAVEZ, JOHN In loving memory of John Chavez Oct. 1, 1932 - Sept. 19, 2012 You have been gone from us for two years now and we still miss you just as much as the day you left us. You were my best friend, we shared so much fun. I still remember our trips and the fun we had. It has been very lonely without you I will always have a special place in my heart for you, John. You are with our sons now. I love and miss you all very much. You would have been 81 years old on October 1, 2014. SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you all. Your loving wife Louisa and niece Ellenor. SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133
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DREYER, MARIAN E. Marian, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the age of 92. She was born in Portland, OR on July 20, 1922, to parents Anton Thille and Jenny (Lind) deFontenay. She was the oldest of three daughters. When she was young the family moved to Montana and lived near Glacier National Park. From there the family moved to Minnesota where she grew up, met and married Henry W. Dreyer on September 22, 1946. They had three daughters. Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Barbara ("Bobbi") Landon, her husband "Hank", and youngest daughter Holly Reid. She is survived by her loving daughters Sabra Armijo (Frank) of Albuquerque, and Kyla Wood (Lloyd) of Placitas NM; three grandsons Jascha Wood (Tanya) of San Marcos TX, Chelan Wood (Angela) of Portland OR, and Devon Reid (fiancee Cara) of Denver CO; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Connie LeMond of Albuquerque; as well as numerous other relatives and many dear friends. Marian was an artist and craftsperson, pursuing many types of art throughout her life. In recent years she painted small watercolors of whimsical plant and animal life from her imagination. She volunteered with the RSVP program for over 10 years. She was also a long-time member of the Palo Duro Senior Center and was instrumental in developing the Visiting Artist Series there. Marian loved the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every year. Hank was an original crew member with Sid Cutter and active in ballooning from that very beginning, and Marian was always there enjoying the balloons. She was known as "Duchess" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. In accordance with her wishes, Marian was cremated and the family will hold a private memorial to spread her ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marian's name may be made to The Alzheimer's Association or other charity of your choice.
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ELLIS, ROBERT M. Robert (Bob) M. Ellis passed away on September 13, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM at 92. Bob Ellis was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 1922, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, studied art on the GI Bill in Mexico City, and also quietly and emphatically influenced the course of art in Los Angeles and New Mexico. Over six decades, he wore many hats including navigator, painter, designer, educator, fundraiser and museum director. After three years in architecture school, he joined the Navy Construction Division (Seabees), where he built bridges, air strips and roads. After the war, he graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute and traveled to Mexico, where he received his BFA in Art. Like many of his generation, Bob absorbed the vitality of the powerful combination of Mexican culture and surrealism. As a student in Mexico, he encountered the works of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros and produced paintings in their strong figurative tradition. His departure from those influences, however, came in a series of works on the subject of a merry-go-round that fused the Cubist/Futurist formal tradition with the image of carnival and childhood memories of the medieval armor collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Moving to Los Angeles in the 1950's, Bob served as Curator of Education at the Pasadena Art Museum, did graphic design for many, including the California Design Catalog, spent a year painting in Paris, and taught at the University of Southern California. He received his MFA from the same institution. After joining the UNM Art Department, he worked as Assistant Director and Director at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque for seven years. He was a professor at UNM for 23 years. After retiring from UNM in 1987, he moved to Taos to paint and became the Director of the Harwood Museum for 12 years. In 1998, he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for support of the Arts, the UNM Regents Meritorious Service Award and the Local Treasure Award. In 2010, the Caroline Lee and Bob Ellis Gallery was inaugurated at the Harwood Museum, honoring Bob's avid dedication to the museum, its education program and his lifelong passion for art. One of his most beloved roles was participating on the Board of Directors of The Mandelman-Ribak Foundation. In 2003, Bob moved back to Albuquerque, where he continued to paint and exhibit works until his death. His work is in numerous collections including the Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe and the Roswell Museum. Bob married Hazel Taylor Ellis in 1948; in 1958, he married Barbara Shannon Ellis with whom he raised her children, Derek and Wendy. In 1991, he married Caroline Lee, enjoying more than 12 years of partnership and romance until her death in 2003. He is survived by Derek Shannon (Gail), Wendy Shannon (Rick Higgins) and Caroline's daughters, Holly Adams and Erin Adams (Mike Corney), and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, past students and loving and devoted friends. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Robert M. Ellis to the Outpost Performance Center or Taos Harwood Museum. There will also be a memorial service for Bob in Taos at a later date. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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ERVIN, RICK D. Rick D Ervin, age 55, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away September 11, 2014. He will be buried alongside his father, Michael J. Ervin, Sr. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on September 19, 2014 at 10:30am. Rick was born in Farmington, NM on September 18, 1958 to Mike and Mardella Ervin (deceased). He is survived by immediate family, Rusty and Rose Ervin; Joe and Christina Ervin; Michele and Al Roberts; Rebecca Jenkins; and their respective families. In addition there are many other family members and friends. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to St Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, CO., Father Russo of Santa Fe, NM, Staff of Santa Fe National Cemetery, along with family and friends who supported Rick in his final days. In lieu of flowers please donate in Rick Ervin's memory to the Cancer Society.
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FRAZIER, ZACHARIAH ALLEN Zachariah Allen Frazier of Albuquerque, NM, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at age of 40. He was born February 11, 1974 in Abilene, TX at Hendrick Medical Center. He was a wonderful husband, best friend, the most amazing father and the best brother a little sister could ever ask for. He is survived by his wife Melissa Frazier; sons Jacob and Tyler Brady, Stephen Christian and Israel Frazier; daughters Lexi, Serena and Kira Munoz; sister and brother-in-law Melinda and Elton Stewart; nieces and nephew Christopher, Leigh Anne and Chelsea Stewart and Aaron and Eden Davis; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Rebecca Bradshaw; father Larry Frazier; maternal grandparents Alton and Betty Newton and paternal grandparents Ozias and Rudy Frazier. Services will be held Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at New Beginnings Church 3601 Montgomery Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 with Pastor Richard A. Mansfield officiating. Affordable Cremation & Burial 621 Columbia Dr. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-262-1456
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GATTERMAN, RAYMOND DEAN LCDR, US NAVY, RET. Age 81, passed away September 16, 2014. He was born in Kinsley, KS to Ralph and Helen Gatterman. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Geta Aileen; his children, Katherine Chapman of Portland, OR, Michael D. Gatterman of Hilton Head Island, SC, David D. Gatterman and wife, Melinda of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Lucas and Amelia; brother, Michael K. Gatterman and wife, Genevieve and son, Thomas of Aurora, CO; and many other family and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Nedra. Friends may visit Friday, September 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Services will be Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution NE, Albuquerque. Burial will take place Monday, September 22, 2014, 9:45 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research at michaeljfox.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Dean at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HALE, JOHNNY MCCOY Age 93, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Elizabeth Hale; children, Rita Starr, John Hale and wife, Bonnie, Randy Hale and wife, Mary, and Tim Hale and wife, Jennifer; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Johnny was born in Kewanee, MO. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1939. Johnny was a member of the 1938 Texas State High School Football Championship Team. He was a professional boxer. Johnny was the Southern Middleweight Champion in 1940. He joined the US Navy in 1942 and served in North Africa and Italy with the landing forces during WWII. He left the Navy in 1945 with the rank of Petty Officer, First Class. Mr. Hale married Mary Beth in 1953. He operated Johnny's Barber Shop in Mascoutah, IL until 1982 when he and Mary Beth retired to Florida. Johnny's life will be celebrated on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. He will be intered with his fellow Veterans on Monday, September 22, 2014, 11:15 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Horses for Heroes - NM www.horsesforheroes.blogspot.com. Please visit our online guestbook for Johnny at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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