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BECERRA -- Connie Becerra, 78, went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2004. She was born on October 7, 1925 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Connie was a member of Our Legion of Mary for several years. She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Felix Gallegos and wife Toni and Ralph Gallegos and wife Veva. Mrs. Becerra is survived by her husband, Jerry Becerra; son, Roberto Becerra and wife Bernadette; daughters, Margaret Segura and husband Jesse and Lydia Gurule and Frank Shaw; brothers, Bennie Gallegos and wife Nina, Tony Chavez and Tina and Andy Gallegos and wife Isabel; sisters, Sophie Gurule and husband, Bruno, Rosie Chavez and husband, Ernie and Tarsila Griego and husband, Roy; grandchildren, Renee Gurule, Roberto Becerra Jr., Gabriel Becerra, James Gurule, LaReen Ramirez, and husband, Alex, Marla Segura and Stephanie Segura and great-grandchildren, Abrienna Gallegos, Caryssa Becerra, Ashley Ramirez, Alejandro Ramirez and Emiliano Ramirez. Connie will be deeply missed by her loving family. Visitations will be held on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a rosary to be recited following at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the rosary in the Celebration of Life Room also at Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Father Joe Vigil. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roberto Becerra, Gabriel Becerra, James Gurule, Leonard Gallegos, Ronnie Gallegos and Chris Gallegos. Honorary pallbearer will be Michael Rodriguez. Reception will follow after the burial at the American Legion Post 13. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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BECKHAM -- Patricia "Pat" L. Beckham, 76, a resident of Socorro, NM since 1952, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2004 in Socorro. She was born December 17, 1927 to Daniel G. and Mary Ann (Autrey) Hanners in Doniphan, MO. Pat was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, member of the Past Matrons and past President of the Past Matrons and charter member of the Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary where she gave thousands of hours of volunteer work. She was also a member of the Historical Society, PEO and the First Presbyterian Church of Socorro where she was an elder, deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Pat is survived by her husband of 54 years, Darl Beckham of their home in Socorro; sons, Clay Beckham of Boulder, CO and Bruce Beckham and wife, Melissa; brother, Daniel A. Hanners of Hood Rivers, OR; sister, Betty Jo Hanners of Silver Springs, MD; sister-in-law, Una Mae Beckham of Potosi, MO; grandchildren, Anthony, Kelsey, Daniel and Joseph. Pat had arranged for her remains to be donated to the UNM Medical School. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro with Rev. Phil Preston officiating. The family asks that any donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM.
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BOBBS -- Rev. V.L. Bobbs, a former resident of Albuquerque, passed away January 19, 2004. Rev. Bobbs had been a minister for 46 years, in Kansas, Texas, and finally in Albuquerque, organizing True Vine Baptist Church, where he remained for 13 years. Rev. Bobbs was also the First Vice President of the NAACP under the Faye Hoppes Administration, among many other Committees and Associations. He is survived by his children, Lilly Robinson and husband, Rev. Calvin Robinson of Garden City, KS, Patricia Watts of San Diego, CA, Rev. Laura Lewis of Albuquerque, Linda Hawkins of Las Vegas, NV, Vurne Bobbs, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Hawthorne, CA, John Bobbs of Inglewood, CA and James Bobbs of Bernalillo, NM; five brothers and sisters, all of Louisiana; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, Rev. Bobbs was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy Newman-Bobbs; a sister, brother, daughter, Margaret Bradshaw; granddaughter, Tashi Glenn, great-grandson, Izaiah Sanchez. Visitation for Rev. Bobbs will be Friday, January 30, 2004, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1509 Edith SE. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 31, 2004, 1:00 p.m., also at Macedonia. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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CARSON -- Linda Ann Carson, 46, a former Albuquerque resident, and a resident of Brooklyn, NY died unexpectedly Saturday, January 24, 2003 in Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by her son, Erik Swenson of Honolulu, HI; father, Michael Carson of Albuquerque; brothers, Robert Carson and wife, Lori of Tijeras, NM, Gary Carson and wife, Elizabeth of Albuquerque, and Michael Carson and wife, Cathy of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Carson on October 27, 1995, whom she missed so much and is now walking with in heaven. She was born in Manhattan, NY and graduated from Monroe Woodbury High School in Highland, Mills, NY. Linda resided in Dayton Beach, FL for a short time where she became involved with financial structures in her business. She moved to New York and worked for Gilford Securities before working for First New York Securities as a financial trade in securities. Linda had an extreme knowledge of computers and business. She was a devoted mother who lived her life for her son, Eric. Linda was also a beloved daughter, sister, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 31, 2004, 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW, with Father Richard McGowan, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. Pallbearers will be Erik Swenson, Michael Carson, Robert Carson, Gary Carson, Darren Arnold and a close friend of Erik's. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, January 30, 2004, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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CASTILLO -- Emanuel Castillo, infant son of Victor and Amalia Castillo, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004. He is also survived by his brothers, Victor Castillo of Albuquerque and Omar Morales of Tampico; sisters, Victoria Castillo and America Castillo, both of Albuquerque; maternal grandparents, Eugenio and Maria Elena Morales of Tampico; paternal grandparents, Aurora Reyes de Castillo of Albuquerque and Julian Castillo of CD Juarez; maternal great-grandmothers, Maria de Jesus Almazan and Nicanora Saldana; and paternal great-grandmother, Soledad Lugo, all of Tampico; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Meanul NE, with Pastor Rene Gaxiola and Pastor Efrain Gaxiola officiating. The Castillo family would like to thank their church family at South Valley Apostolic Church for their love and support, particularly Pastors Rene and Efrain Gaxiola. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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CLEMENTS -- Woodrow W. Clements, 90, of McIntosh, passed away on January 27, 2004. He was born on the family ranch in Corona, NM, on September 3, 1913. He was the youngest of nine children. In 1935 he married Jewell Sharp from Dexter, NM. They moved to Hondo, NM, where they both taught school in Lincoln County. They were married until her death in 2001. He was a graduate of Highlands University and later continued his education at the University of New Mexico. In 1944 he started at the University of New Mexico as a Physical Education teacher, and on to Professor and Basketball Coach. He retired from UNM in 1972. After retiring he and his wife Jewell moved to the family ranch at McIntosh, NM. He was very active in civic affairs, serving on the Board of Supervisors of East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Assoc., Probate Judge for Torrance County, Executive Secretary of the HUB RC&D Council, Torrance County Planning & Zoning Board, New Mexico Governor's Task Force for Subdivision Regulations, member of Hope Medical Board of Trustees, member of Torrance County Senior Citizens, and an active member of the Torrance County Sheriff's Posse for many years. He is survived by his sons, Joe Clements and wife Stephanie of Gilbert, AZ, Bill Clements and wife Cookie, John Clements and wife Beth and daughter Judy Rivers all of McIntosh, NM, and a sister-in-law, Gayle Swearingen of Artesia, NM, 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are grandsons: Bill McDowell, Mike Clements, Joe Pat Clements, Tom Clements, J.W. Clements, Rob Clements, Jeff Sap, and Bob Sap. Honorary Pallbearers are granddaughters: Kelly Pennington, Julie Gay McDowell, Tina Cordell, and Tracey Emerson. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2004 at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the Clements family cemetery, five miles west of HWY 41 in McIntosh on County Road A72 West Clements Road. Officiating will be the former Pastor, Peter Peterson and present Pastor, Linda Mizell. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" Moriarty, NM 832-6130
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FOSMO -- Violet Fosmo passed away on January 27, 2004. She was born in Palmyra, Illinois on December 13, 1913, where she lived until moving to Albuquerque in the mid 1950's. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kelley T. Fosmo; her parents; sister; and brother. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and cared for her including her family in Wisconsin, Illinois and here in Albuquerque. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 2, 2004, 9:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Road NE, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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GALLEGOS -- Mrs. Corine M. Gallegos, 82, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on January 28, 2004. Mrs. Gallegos is survived by her two daughters, Lorraine Barela, Annie Cordova and husband, Andrew; two sons, Narciso Gallegos and wife, Lupe, Fred Gallegos and wife, Yolanda; one sister, Laura Baca and husband, Mike; eleven grandchildren, Tina, Joseph, Lisa, Marc, Aaron, Evan, Anthony, Martin, Marie, Cindy and Jerome; seven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Gallegos was a member of the Catholic Church, a member of the Holy Family Choir for twenty five years. A visitation for Mrs. Gallegos will be Sunday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 3:00 p.m. by Gabriella Nieto. A final visitation will be Monday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. by a Franciscan Friar. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be, Anthony Gallegos, Martin Gallegos, Marc Cordova, Joseph Barela, Aaron Cordova and Evan Cordova. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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GARCIA -- Eufelia G. Garcia, A Rosary for Mrs. Garcia will be recited on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004 at St. Anne Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. Burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Florenio Baca, Wayne Saavedra, Gilbert Baca, Ralph Saavedra, Jonathan Gutierrez and Adrian Bernal. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GARCIA -- Jesus A. Garcia passed away on January 28, 2004 at the age of 53. Husband of Diana Baca; father of Barbara Garcia, Roseanne Carrasco and Nicole Lopez; brother of Oscar and his wife, Socorro Olivas, Yolanda Garcia and Fernanda Olivas; and grandfather of five. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Rosary service will be held at Garcia Mortuary on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at l0:00 a.m. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are being cared for by: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 243-5222 Fax (505) 243-7418
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GONZALES -- Frank Gonzales, Jr. In Memory of Frank Gonzales Jr. "Grandpa Honey" January 30, 1935 - February 8, 2003 Today we honor the date of your birth. There are no gifts, there are no candles, only the memories I can briefly handle. To feel your warmth like you were here, to hear your voice loud and clear; just one more time. Love you and miss you more everyday, your wife, Tessie Gonzales We love you and miss you. Your children; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
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HAGOOD -- George Wendell Hagood, 98, was born in Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma Statehood and died in a local hospital January 27, 2004 after a short illness. He was the son of a country doctor. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Hagood, with whom he had celebrated 66 years of marriage; and two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Janpol of Albuquerque, Nancy Goolsby and her husband, Robert; and one beloved grandson, Mark Goolsby all of Idabel, OK; one sister, Ann Jones of Nakomis, FL. Dr. Kenneth Hagood, their son, preceded his father in death. Wendell received his Bachelors degree from Southeastern State University in Durant, OK, his Masters degree from Oklahoma State University, and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1935, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Before receiving his law degree, he taught in the State School for the Blind and was later Principal of the elementary school he had attended as a child. After law school, he was in private law practice in Durant. He was employed in 1941 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was transferred to Albuquerque in 1945 where he served with the Real Estate Division of the Corps until he retired in 1971. At the time of his retirement, he was Chief of the Acquisition Branch with many statewide responsibilities which included acquiring land for the White Sands Missile Range. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served in various offices. He was a volunteer for the Storehouse for many years and served on the Board of Directors. He was an active member of Knife and Fork and served faithfully as secretary. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution serving as State President, a National Trustee, and as Vice President General of the Tri-State Organization of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. Wendell lived a beautiful life with an extraordinary love for his family, life, Canadian fishing trips, humor and writing poetry. Cremation has taken place and a private Memorial Service and celebration of this outstanding man's life was conducted by Rev. Paul Debenport at the family home.
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HEIDER -- Linda R. Heider, 64, born in Buffalo, New York and a resident of Albuquerque since 1978, passed away on January 24, 2004. Linda worked for APS as a Cafeteria Manager until she retired on 1999. Linda was totally devoted to her family and always put everyone's happiness before her own. Linda is survived by "her girls" Karen Shanklin and Kristen Kissinger, their husbands, Lawson Shanklin and Joseph Kissinger and four loving grandchildren that will miss her greatly, Neil Shanklin, Julie Shanklin, Justin Kissinger and Audriana Berg; sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Charles Milks of Albuquerque; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joseph Beato of Buffalo, New York. Memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, Coors Rd NW and Paseo del Norte. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of New Mexico, 216 Truman NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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HORTON -- Rita Shook Horton, 85, will be dearly missed by her family. She is survived by her brother and best friend, Charles A. Shook and family; children, Rita Loy Simmons, Sharron Geilenfeldt and husband, Richard, Tom Horton Jr.; grandchildren, Jim, Leslie, Mike, Mary, Clair, Lee Ann, Tom; eight great-grandchildren, and many other loving family members and friends. Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Mountain Valley Cemetery, Barton, NM. Rita moved to New Mexico in 1930 from Tahoka, TX. She graduated from Albuquerque High School. On December 27, 1937, she married the love of her life, Tom Horton. They happily enjoyed 64 adventurous years until Tom's death in 2001. Rita's interests encompassed farming, ranching, homemaking, sewing, painting, writing, pottery, traveling, Eastern Star, history, geology, exploring Lake Powell and the rest of the world. She traveled at every opportunity and saw only the positive side of every excursion. Rita had a lifelong passion for learning, which led her to study, among other things, geology and geo-hydrology. Together with her husband they developed the Entranosa Water Corp. in the 1970's. She continued to research geology and develop her own theories on how the world was built right up until she passed away. In addition to maintaining a ranch where they grew wheat, pinto beans, and cattle, Rita traveled with her husband during the 1960's, as they built hospitals, churches, and schools for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church. One of Rita's many life achievements were the 20 years she devoted to her son, Tom's, physical rehabilitation. Rita served on the Santa Fe County Road Advisory Committee for 20 years and was instrumental in getting major East Mountain roads paved. She was a member emeritus of the Estancia Basin Water Planning Committee. Rita saw herself as a problem solver; there was no task she was afraid to take on. She described herself as a "a seamstress unpaid, dairy maid, and two or three hired hands." To her family and friends, she was so much more. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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JANETAKOS -- Niki Janetakos. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High SE, Fr. Mario Giannopoulos Officiant. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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JOHNS -- Wayne E. Johns, a resident of Corona for three years and former resident of Albuquerque, flew into the loving arms of Jesus on January 27, 2004, at 7:35 p.m., after a valiant, hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dawn D. Johns; sons, Ron Johns and wife, Allisha of Arvada, CO, and Dan Johns and fiance, Shannon Cordova, of Arvada, CO; stepsons, Carl Black II and wife, Krystal of Tucson, AZ and Justin Black and wife, Cindy of Newcomb, NM; brother, John E. Johns of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Shelby Johns, Tazayre Johns, Tyler Johns, Hailey Johns and Jon Adamson; step-grandchildren, Carl Black III, Elizabeth Black and Logan Black; and an aunt, Rose Comerford of Albuquerque. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 11:00 a.m., at Sandia Church of the Nazarene, 2801 Louisiana Blvd. NE, with Rev. Marvin Pounds and Rev. Cal West, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, National Headquarters, 2221 Rosecrans Ave, Ste 131, El Segundo, CA 90245, 877-272-6226. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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KERSEY -- Jimmy G. Kersey, passed away January 20, 2004 after a long battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charlotte of the family home; Sons, Andy and wife, Kathy, Mike and girlfriend, Cindi, Jeff and wife, Rebecca; daughters, Kelly, Tracy and Sharon; 15 grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters; and many other family members.
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KOURI -- Violet Naphan Kouri. Born March 12, 1915 in Bishop, California, the second of five children to Fred and Sophie Naphan. Moved to Berkeley California around 1920 and attended schools and Berkeley High School. Married Abraham Kouri in 1943 and settled in Albuquerque in 1944. Worked at Sandia from 1945 to 1980. Active in the Shriner's and Daughters of the Nile. Played in the Shrine Band. She is survived by her sister Leona Watt of Chico, California, 7 neices and nephews and a caring family of in-laws. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 31, 2004 at St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW, Albuquerque. The family asks that flowers not be sent, but, instead donations made to Shriner's Children's Burn Hospital, c/o Ballut Abyud, 6600 Zuni Rd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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KUEFFNER -- Wilbert Kueffner, 84, passed away at home on Thursday, January 22, 2004. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. at Albuquerque Bible Church, 320 Montano, NW with Rev. Lavenial R. Ballinger, officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to Uttermost Missions, 1232 West Kemper, #179, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240 to further Missionary work in Zimbabwe, or to the charity of ones choice.
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LUCERO -- Roberto Lucero, age 50, passed away on January 28, 2004. Roberto was born on February 5, 1953 in Clovis, NM. He was a very giving man always willing to lend a hand to anyone. He was a Jack-of-all-trades and extremely talented in his carpentry work. He was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Roberto was preceded in death by his father Martin; both of his beloved mothers Theordita and Sally; and his sister, Mary. He is survived by his wife Judith of 33 years; his children, Sofia and partner , Ray, Sabrina, and Jesus. He is also survived by his grandchildren Joseph, Abreanna, Alyah, Raeann, and is expecting a new grand baby in August; brothers, Ernesto and Ester, Martin and wife, Nora; sisters, Mary Ruth Berriage and husband, John, Betty Maes and husband, Jody, Carol Lopez and husband, Joseph. Also surviving him are six nieces; five nephews; ten great- nieces; and two great nephews; and a host of many friends and loved ones. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at Blake Road Baptist Church, 1404 Blake Rd. SW. Interment will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the San Ysidro Teresita Cemetery on Gonzales Ranch. Pallbearers will be Isaac Lucero, William Leach, Robert Gagne, Chris Vega, Gary Gutierrez, Estevan Sena, William Chavez, Adolph Padilla, and Ernesto Lucero, Jr., Honorary pallbearers will be Jesus and Joseph Lucero. Services under the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW (505) 243-5222
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MAESTAS -- Joe A. May 3, 1923-Jan. 30, 2003 Well grandpa, its been one year today that our Lord Jesus Christ took you Home. How is it up there with all the angel's? We miss you so much and wish that you were here with us. Its not the same without you in the house, nobody even sits on your chair! Everytime we pass your gravesite we all wave with hopes that one day you will wave back. I like the thought of you and God looking down at me, I only wish that I could see you. I wish that I could hug you one last time. That morning, January 30, 2003 at 8:30am, for me is one day that I will never, ever forget. I remember you lying in the hospital bed, but not resting, fifteen minutes after I got there you took your last three breaths and you were gone. Yes, just like that!! Its too bad your illness couldn't have gone away with just three breaths. I never really got the chance to thank you for everything, especially for being like a dad to me. Don't worry about grandma, she's doing fine. She still cries when we talk about you. Don't come for her yet, my dad still needs her. This Thanksgiving and Christmas were really hard for all of us. The best gift that I received was the one God gave me: He has made you free from all illnesses and has given you a new healthy, strong body. That's the grandpa I knew, never sick, always strong, joking, laughing and without worries. We love you and miss you so much. Love, Cynthia, Ryan, Cody, Muffen, Bernardo, and Bobby
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MARQUEZ -- Rumaldo "Raymond" Marquez passed from this life surrounded by his family to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, January 26, 2004. Raymond is survived by his loving wife Faye Reed Marquez; his grandchildren, Vicki, Linda and husband Ron, Paula and husband John, Ed and wife Maryann; his great-grandchildren, Melissa and husband James, Mark and wife Dawn, Michael, Michele, Leslie, Jennifer, Jordan, Justin, Consuelo, Seth, Krystal and husband Juan, Gabriel and wife Thresa; great-great-grandchildren, Brittany, Jami, Mark Jr., Davina, Amanda, Jordan, Sydney, Danielle, Emily, Jacob and Daniel. He is preceded in death by his parents Alejandro and Eulalia Marquez; sister Mrs. M. Montoya; a daughter, Connie Reed Sandoval; son-in-law, Jacob Sandoval, a granddaughter, Bonnie Sandoval Reed and great-grandson, John R. Jones, Jr. He was an incredible, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather who truly enjoyed a spoonful of peanut butter, an ice cold coke and the hugs and kisses of his family. Raymond will be greatly missed by his loving family and by those who knew and loved him. A rosary will be recited Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Alameda. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, NM. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Garden Cemetery in Albuquerque. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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MAXWELL -- Grayce Brislen Maxwell January 13,1 913-January 22, 2004 Grayce Maxwell, 91, a resident of Albuquerque for 21 months, died January 22, 2004. Grayce was born in Creelman, Saskatchewan, on January 13, 1913 to William and Margaret Andrews. At the age of 17, she moved to California. There she met Robert "Bob" Maxwell and they were married May 17, 1936 in Flandreau, SD. He passed away in Colorado in 1973. During their marriage, they lived in South Dakota, Montana, California and returned to Flandreau in 1945. In 1968, they moved to Colorado Springs where she lived until 1983. In 1983, she moved to Grand Junction, Colorado and then in April 2002, she moved to Albuquerque. Her favorite times were with her family. She loved her nickname, "Gigi", which was the name her great-grandchildren called her. She enjoyed watching sports on television, especially tennis and Bronco football. She also enjoyed playing Yahtzee and taking daily walks. She was a member of Eastern Star for many years in Flandreau and Colorado Springs. The family had a special 90th birthday party in January 2003 for her. Those grateful for having shared her life include four daughters, Linda (Dennis) Stahl of Grand Junction, CO, MarLee (Larry) Lienemann of Littleton, CO, Lucille (James) Rewalt of Albuquerque, NM and Jo Ann Neisen of Midvale, UT. She is also survived by one sister, Dorothy Thiele of Pasadena, CA; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; sisters, Marion Bloomfield and Violet Kamps; brother, Bob Andrews; and two grandchildren, Sara Neisen and Michael Rewalt. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colorado on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. John Foreman officiating.
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MCCRARY -- Richard L. McCrary, 74, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 27, 2004. Hill will be missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Mlle. He also leaves behind two sons, Bill of T or C and Roy of Albuquerque; grandsons, Devin and wife, Cedar and Casey and wife, Melissa; three grandchildren, Soren, Silas and Miyah; and many beloved family members and friends. He was born in Albuquerque and retired in T or C in 1987. He owned Union Electric, which was started by his father, William in 1924. Many of Albuquerque's homes were wired by Union Electric. Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed his fishing trips to Alaska. Services will be held Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Rev. David Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be Michael Scott, Ray Montoya, Larry Lodge, Kurt Domier, Andy Gonzales and Benny Paschal. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Dibble, Buzz Knoff and Richard Francione. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MILLS -- Vernon Riley Mills, 88, died Monday, January 26, 2004, at his home at the Woodmark Uptown in Albuquerque after battling Parkinson's for 13 years. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Rosa Mills; his wife, Lorene; two brothers, Charles and Bill, two sisters, Edith Norris and Lucille Lancaster. Vernon was born in Curry County, New Mexico, October 25, 1915. He graduated from Ranchvale High School in 1935. He earned his BA from Eastern New Mexico University in 1945 and his masters from Colorado Northern University in 1954. He began a career in administration in 1937 as a teaching principal at Claude, NM where he met Lorene Hartley. They were married November 30, 1939. He went on to become an elementary principal in Portales. He then moved to Artesia where he was an elementary principal for one year, assistant superintendent for six years and superintendent of Artesia Public Schools for eleven years. He then moved back home to Curry County and was superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools for eight years, retiring in July of 1973. He continued to be active in education serving as president of the NM Retired Teachers' Association. In addition to his work in education, he served in many social and civic organizations including scouting (He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1958.); Lion's Club; and the New Mexico Conference of the Methodist Church (He received the Living Archives Award in 1992). He is survived by two sisters, Maybelle Schults of Portales and Vivian Webb of Clovis; a son, Sidney Lane Mills and wife Sylvia of Albuquerque, a daughter, Jackie Hodges and husband, Don of Clovis, a daughter, Pam Baum and husband, Jeff of Clovis, and a son, Rodney W. Mills, and wife, Susan of Lubbock, TX; seven grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Visitation will take place at Muffley's Funeral Home, 1430 Thornton in Clovis, Friday, January 30, 2004 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Services will take place Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Clovis with internment following at the Hollene Cemetery. Honorary Poll Bearers include nephews: Gary, Bobby, and Ken Lancaster; Laddie Mills, Ronald Mills, and Gerald and Jimmy Webb. Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund in Clovis, NM, 1501 Sycamore 88101, or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St. NY, NY 10032. A special thanks to the staff of the Woodmark at Uptown for the loving care given to both Vernon and Lorene in their final years.
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POOLE -- W. J. "Bill" Poole, 83, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died on Friday, January 23, 2004. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 57 years, Helen. They traveled extensively throughout the world for the first few years following their retirements. Since his retirement from Sandia National Labs in 1984, he also began volunteering as an Ombudsman with the New Mexico Senior Affairs Office. He sang with the Enchanters for many years and was an avid golfer. Bill is survived by his children, Dan Poole and wife, Debra, of Albuquerque, Marie Wood and Paul Jeffrey, of Albuquerque, Michele Simpson and husband, Bill, of Rockaway Beach, MO and Laura Taylor and husband, Greg, of Rio Rancho, NM; grandchildren, Vincent Wood, Michael Wood and wife, Kaylene, Gemma Wood, Yvette McClelland and husband, Paul, Beth LaDouceur, Don Simpson and wife, Jessica, and Chris Poole; and 5 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 30, 2004, at 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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RIVERA -- Karen Diane Dunbar Rivera, 43, a resident of Albuquerque for 19 years, passed away on January 27, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Louis Rivera of Albuquerque; children, Louis Christopher Rivera and wife, Maria Elena of Boston, MA, Alexander Raul Rivera of New York City, NY, Natalie LouAnn Rivera, Benjamin Kenneth Rivera and Dominic Robert Richard Rivera all of Albuquerque; father, Kenneth Ray Dunbar of Walters, OK; brother, Kevin Ray Dunbar and wife, Geraldine of Albuquerque; mother-in-law, Bertha B. Rivera and father-in-law, Raul A. Rivera both of Albuquerque. Karen is also survived by countless family and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marietta Martin Dunbar. Karen was a loving wife, mother and friend, and her dedication to the lives of others demonstrated tremendous self-sacrifice. Karen was enthusiastic and knowledgeable; she always spoke her mind. As a committed student of life, she strove to learn one new thing everyday, and then share her knowledge with everyone. Karen was a mother to all, and everyone witnessed her unending generosity. She was very proud of her children's accomplishments, always encouraging them to succeed. Friends and family may visit on Friday at 6:00 p.m. to be followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at San Ysidro Catholic Church in Corrales with Fr. Clarence Galli, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Karen D. Rivera Charitable Fund, c/o French Mortuary - Westside Chapel. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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SANTILLANES -- Charles Edward Santillanes passed away at home on January 26, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; four daughters, Katherine Carr, Tina Englefried, Riki Twist, Kimberly Bonner; one son, David Burch; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Charles enjoyed participating in California politics with his close friends. Charles helped establish the New Mexico Lottery and enjoyed being involved in the New Mexico and California lotteries. While in New Mexico, Charles and Marcia invested and worked in Real Estate. Cremation has taken place and as Charles has requested there will not be any services. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 323-9000
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SHARRAR -- Leonard D. Sharrar, 83, a 42 1/ 2 resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Sharrar of the family home; sons, Richard Sharrar of Clovis, NM, Clifford W. Sharrar of Albuquerque, and Kevin L. Sharrar and wife, Deborah of Lamar, CO; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Walters of Millersburg, PA; brother, J. Arnold Sharrar and wife, Dorothy of Fertigs, PA; sisters, Hazel Fisher of Knox, PA and Delores Thomas and husband, Frank of Venus, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Osman Sharrar, Delmar Sharrar, Kenneth Sharrar and Douglas Sharrar. Mr. Sharrar was born in Oil City, PA and raised in the Fertigs, PA area. He graduated from high school in Oil City, PA in 1940. Mr. Sharrar worked in machine shops from Pennsylvania to Albuquerque. In Albuquerque, he worked for ACF and GE until his retirement in 1975. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge #68, Scottish Rite and was a member of Los Altos Christian Church. Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2004, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, with Rev. Christopher W. Wilson officiating. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, January 30, 2004, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Los Altos Christian Church, P.O. Box 23094, Albuquerque, NM, 87192. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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STEIN -- Gregory Stein, 51, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 25 years, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2004. Jon was born January 11, 1953 the son of Frederick Hubert and Beatrice Rose Maher Stein in Detroit, Michigan He was an artist, and he took great pride in his art. He once said; "his art was his life". Jon came to New Mexico from the Detroit, Michigan area. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Mickey. Jon is survived by six brothers and sisters, Thomas Stein of Florida, Loretta Stein of Rio Rancho, Maureen Miller and husband Frank of Rochester Hills, MI, Dennis Stein of Waterford, MI, Anthony Stein and wife Jan Shook of Oak Park, MI, and Chris Stein and wife Gia of Rio Rancho; step-father, Lester Brasher of Rio Rancho; ten nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A Memorial Service will be held for Jon this evening, Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho with Jake Finkelstein officiating. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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UNGER -- John Evald Unger, 84, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1987, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2004. John was born March 13, 1919 the son of Ellwood E. and Phoebe Elizabeth Unger in Davenport, Iowa. The family moved to Meridian, Mississippi when he was four and he graduated from high school there. He was an engineering graduate of Purdue University. He married Charlene Lousie Parker in 1951 and they resided in Bay Village, Ohio for almost 25 years; during which time he was employed by General Electric Co. as a field engineer and power specialist. His assignments included power installation supervision for NASA, Ford Motor Facilities, Steel Mills, etc. He retired as a chief electrical engineer for the consulting engineering firm of De Leuw Cather in Washington, DC for whom he had worked since 1971. His responsibilities included electrical design for the Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Singapore subway systems. He was a member of the Chimisa Hills Country Club (formerly Rio Rancho Country Club) enjoying golf and the social activities. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; son, David; grandson, Joshua; daughter, Beth Matsushima and husband Bob; granddaughters, Cristina and Catherine. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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WENDT -- Elmer J. Wendt passed away on Tuesday January 27th, 2004. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 1st, 1914. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Esther of almost 50 years. He is survived by daughter Judith; sons James and wife Vera, Roger; special grandson, Dale and wife Laurie- their children, Caleb, Katlyn, and Christopher; sister Joyce Johnston; sister-in-law Gladys Fornecker; many more grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his dog Pepper. Memorial services will be held at La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave NE, Saturday January 31, 2004 at 2:00 pm. A Reception will follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to La Mesa Presbyterian Church Building Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of; Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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WENZELBURGER -- Ralph K. Wenzelburger. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all family and friends for their support and kind expressions of sympathy received during our time of loss. Thank you so much. Arrangements under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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