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BACA -- Henry "Hank" Gilbert Baca January 10, 1965 - May 1, 2003 Henry, our beloved son, brother, uncle, Godfather, grandson, cousin and friend ... You left the family a year ago into the arms of our Lord, but you will never be forgotten. We will always keep you in our prayers and remember all the happy memories you left behind. We will keep you in our hearts forever. We Miss You and love you Hank The Bert Baca Family
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BAKER -- John Henry Baker, Jr., 88, a resident of Albuquerque for 16 years, passed away on April 27, 2004. He was born in Darlington, SC on November 20, 1915 to John H. and May Belk Baker. John served his country in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major. He was a member of the Lions Club, volunteered in the VA Pharmacy, and served as County Fire Chief in San Juan County, Utah for 15 years. His wife Mary preceded him in death earlier this year. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Raymond and Edward Baker and sisters, Doris Salisbury and Helen Rivers. He is survived by a brother, Charles Baker and wife Stephanie. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Chaplain Mark Hobbs officiating. Inurnment will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given to Joy Junction, PO Box 27693, Albuquerque, NM 87123. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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BRANDENBURG -- Helen Emily Zimmerman Brandenburg, 86, was born in Paris, Tennessee on May 29, 1917. She passed away, at home, on April 26,2004, surrounded by loving family members. Helen Emily first came to New Mexico at age 5 when her father, James Fulton Zimmerman, became president of the University of New Mexico. In 1939 she accepted a WPA position in Taos where she met R. Howard Brandenburg. They married October 1940. Helen's primary focus was always her husband and her children, although she found time to be active in PTO, The First Presbyterian Church and the choir in that church. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother family and she will be sorely missed by her family and all who knew her. She has now joyfully joined her husband of 63 years, Howard, who passed away on November 23 2003. Helen is survived by her sister, Mrs. C. S. Cottle of California; her children, James Michael Brandenburg and wife Claire of Taos, Shari B. Adkison and husband William of Santa Fe and Elizabeth B. Johnson and husband Clifford of Taos. She is also survived by grandchildren Catherine and Howard Brandenburg, both of Albuquerque, Elizabeth Adkison, of Phoenix, Brittany Adkison of Durango, Brian Adkison of Albuquerque, Greg Johnson and wife Clare, of Albuquerque, Meredith Johnson and great-grandson Tyler Jacob Maechtlen, both of Albuquerque. Private services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM, 87571; Taos Animal Shelter, 1200 St. Francis Ln., Taos, NM 87571; Collaborative Action for Taos County Health, Attn: CATCH Taos Medical Services Foundation, P.O. Box 2648, Taos, NM, 87571; and Mountain Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 2566, Taos, NM 87571. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.
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BROWN -- Ralph D. Brown, 81, a resident of Paradise Hills since 1966, died on April 27, 2004. He is survived by his four sons, Dick Brown and wife, Pam of Enumclaw, WA, Randy Brown of Bellingham, Washington, Dennis Brown and wife, Jeanne of Mt. Vernon, Washington and Dave Brown of Rio Rancho; two daughters, Shelley Bezona and husband, Ab of John Day, OR and Susan Brown of Atlanta, GA; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Lumley of Jackson Hole, WY and Jean McKnight and husband, Linden of Layton, UT; sister-in-law, Margaret Brown of Greeley, CO. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Byron Brown and Ladell Brown and one sister, Helen Ziegler. Ralph was a member of the IBEW and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and former member of Paradise Hills Country Club. He was an Army Veteran of WWII. Memorial services were held on Friday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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CHAVEZ -- Lorenzo. The family of Mr. Lorenzo Chavez Sr. would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Daniel Balizan, St. Anne Catholic Church, celebrant of the Mass, to Angie Sedillo for reciting the Rosary, to the D.A.V. Chapter # 3 for the Military Honors and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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CHAVEZ -- Nick. The family of Nick Chavez would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Frank Prieto, St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Tom Romero and Robert Montoya for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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CORLEY -- Gene In Memory of Gene E. Corley November 1921 - April 1999 Home Builder, Post Hole Distributor, "Grandpa" "I still don't hear no hammers!" You are loved and missed, Wayne, Alyce, Glen and grandchildren
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CORLEY -- Joyce In Memory of Joyce Thompson Corley May 1923 - April 1973 Oh, the love, the warmth, the gentleness, the laughter, the wit. Oh, how you are so deeply missed even after 31 years; every day, every week, every year. Your three kids, Wayne, Alyce, Glenn and the grandchildren We love you.
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DOBBINS -- Commander John Byrne Dobbins, Jr., USN (Ret.), 74, a resident of Albuquerque for more than 30 years, died Wednesday, April 28, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yvonne Dobbins; sons, Joseph Dobbins and wife, Helene, and Matthew Dobbins and wife, Sophia, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Sean Dobbins, Alexandra Dobbins, Christopher Dobbins, Robert Metoyer and Annette Metoyer; brother, James R. Dobbins and wife, Carol, of Virginia Beach, VA and sister, Carol Jones and husband, C. R. of Cape Coral, FL. Commander Dobbins, originally from West Virginia, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and served 25 years as a Naval Aviator. Commander Dobbins' first love was flying and after retirement from the Navy, he taught mathematics at a business college. Services will be held Monday, May 3, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. (505) 823-9400
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GARCIA -- Kathryn "Kat" Garcia, 49, a resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, April 29, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Garcia of Albuquerque; son, Jerrod Garcia of Albuquerque; mother, Bonnie Hood of Albuquerque; brothers, David Knight of Phoenix, AZ and Randy Hood of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Rhyen Shey Brewington of Albuquerque; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends. Kat was born in Wilson, NC in 1955 and moved to Albuquerque that same year. She was a 1972 graduate of Del Norte High School. After graduation, she went to work for Allstate Insurance Co. She operated her own agency until her death. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Monday, May 3, 2004, 5:00 p.m., to 9:00 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Cremation will follow services. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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GONZALES -- Octaviano "Tano" Gonzales, born on August 24, 1941 to Gregorio and Adela Candelaria Gonzales, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his first wife, Priscilla B. Gonzales, his sisters, Mable Gonzales and Mereciana Torres, his brothers, Alfredo and Leonides Gonzales and father-in-law Ofelio J. Tapia, mother-in-law, Victoria Tapia, brothers-in-law Felipe Tapia and Gilbert Maez. Tano was a well known musician for many years having had his own band, Tano and the Deltones. He played at many Valenica County nightclubs, weddings, anniversaries and fiestas. Tano also used his talent to play for the Lord at the San Clemente choir and most recently with a choir at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta. Tano also worked for many years at the Prices Valley Gold in Albuquerque, and most recently, he worked for the Valencia County Road Department, always operating his grader and grading the roads of Valencia County with pride. Tano is survived by his wife, Lucy D. Gonzales and her children, Victoria and David Inman, Sean Kesani, and his two precious grandchildren, Charissa and David Inman, III; two sisters, Angelina Chavez and husband, Trinidad, Louisa Bibiano and husband, Richard; brother, Billy Gonzales and wife Erline ; sister-in-law Josie Gonzales; many nieces and nephews and his loyal dog, Lady. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association. All services will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, beginning with a viewing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 3, 2004, followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10: am on Tuesday, May 4, 2004. Interment will be at Valencia Catholic Cemetery in Valencia. Pallbearers will be Johnny Gutierrez, Annie Lucero, Beverly Chavez, Dennis Torres, Adolfo Chavez, Greg Chavez, and Melissa Torres. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Valencia County Road Department and the Conejo Landfill. Romero Funeral Home.
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GRIEGO -- Annemarie Griego died Thursday, April 29, 2004 at the age of 61. Annemarie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and came to New Mexico to teach at he Zuni Indian Reservation. She was previously known as Anne Beck. She later moved to Albuquerque to become the Head Start Program Director. Annemarie went on to work at Sandia National Labs for 21 years, where she was currently the Director of Security Education. Mrs. Griego is survived by her mother, Eva Davis; husband, Alex Griego; sons, Alex Alfred Griego and wife, Kari, and Alex Adrian Griego and wife, Jean; daughter, Alexandrea Jaramillo and husband, Eric; sister, Janet Davis; and grandchildren, Krystle, Adrian, Christian, Airies, Amadeo and Hunter. A Rosary for Mrs. Griego will be recited on Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be Alex Alfred Griego, Alex Adrian Griego, Alexandrea Jaramillo, Kari Griego, Jean Griego and Eric Jaramillo. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW. 247-4124
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HARLAND -- Dorothy Landess Harland (Dottie), 52, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2004 following an extended illness. Dottie died at home surrounded by family and lots of love. Dottie was welcomed into heaven by her parents, Ruth and Gene Landess. She is survived by her daughter, Mica Russell and husband, Curt; and grandsons, Tanner and C.J. She is also survived by her sister, Nelda Smith and husband, Don; brother, David Landess and wife, Paula; sister, Darlene Gonzalez and husband, Frankie; brothers, John Landess and wife, Kim, Mike Landess and wife, Karen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dottie leaves a great empty space in the lives of her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvary of Albuquerque Cancer Support Ministry. Visitation will be Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, 842-8800. Services will be held Monday, May 3, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary and with the burial at Sandia Memorial Gardens.
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HARTZELL -- Victor W. Hartzell was born in Topeka, KS, on July 14, 1913. He passed from this life on Thursday, April 29, 2004. Mr. Hartzell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years Peggy Perine Hartzell. He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Wilson and husband, Lynn; grandsons, David Wilson and wife, Carla and Daniel Wilson and wife, Marcea; and great-grandchildren, Ashley, Benjamin and Peter Wilson. Mr. Hartzell had a law degree and was in the FBI before moving his family to Albuquerque in 1946, where he enjoyed a life-long career in business finance. He owned his own business, "Hartzell Leasing Co" for many years. Victor belonged to the Elks Club and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a charter member of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Duke City Bridge Club and the Albuquerque Bridge Club. He loved to play cards of any kind and especially loved a lively game of poker. He taught his grandsons to play as soon as they big enough to hold the cards. Mr. Hartzell is also survived by his Tibetan Spaniel dog, "Billy," and many friends through the dog world who loved "Grampa" and will greatly miss him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tibetan Spaniel Rescue, P. O. Box 427, Frisco, CO 80443. Private disposition has taken place. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LACOURSE -- Barbara Ann LaCourse,60, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend departed this life April 30th, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her strength and determination will forever be an inspiration to us all. Her love and compassion will never be forgotten. Barbara was born in Clinton, Iowa, in 1943 to John "Jack" and Doris Horst, and has been a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1991. She is survived by Gary, her husband of 41 years, her daughters Sheri and husband, Frank Johnson of Aurora, IL, Donna and husband, Damian Rowland and Renee and husband, Mark Cossman both of DePere WI; her son Michael and wife, Christianna LaCourse of Minneapolis, MN; her sisters Mary and husband, Rich Jaeger, Lynne and husband, Ken Determan, Joanne and husband, Bob Mulholland, and her brother Jim and wife, Amy Horst, all of Clinton Iowa; eight grandchildren, Alexandria and Adam Johnson, Michaela Rowland, Audrey and Jack Cossman, and Annalise, Lauren, and Johnny LaCourse; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and a nephew. Barbara was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m., with Deacon Bob Lewis, reciting, Monday, May 3, 2004, at French Mortuary-Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW, where the visitation will take place from 6:00 - 9: 00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 9:00 a.m., at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW, with Father John Conway, Celebrant. Arrangements for burial and a gathering of friends and family in Clinton, Iowa, are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Felix Food Pantry, 4020 Barbara Loop SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, where Barbara was an active volunteer. You have been a wonderful gift to us all. We will love and miss you. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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LOVATO -- Anthony. Mr. Anthony Lovato, 47, a resident of Bernalillo passed away on April 22, 2004. Mr. Lovato is survived by his loving wife Eva Quintana-Lovato; two daughters, Antionette Lovato and Selena Lovato; mother, Pauline Lovato; two sisters, Shirley Sisneros and husband, Dimas, and Rose Ann Lovato; two brothers, Ruben Lovato, and Vince Lovato and wife, Jessica; three half brothers, Ray Barela Jr., David Barela, and Michael Barela; two half sisters, Grace Barela and Jennie Barela; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Lovato was a member of the Catholic Church and a Veteran of the United States Air force during the Vietnam Era, he was also an avid fan of the Bernalillo Spartans. A visitation for Mr. Lovato will be Monday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Gabriella Nieto. Final visitation will be Monday morning from 9:30am until 10:00am at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Bernalillo, NM, with Mass of the Resurrection to be celebrated at 10:00am. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Julio Lovato, Joseph Jaramillo, Freddie Chavez, Isaac Chenoweth, AJ Sanchez, and Kenny Chavez. Honorary pallbeares will be Vince Lovato and Dimas Sisneros. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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LUCERO -- Benny Lucero. The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to all our family and friends who attended Benny's Services, brought cards, food and sent flowers. We are overwhelmed with the love, support and encouragement we have received during this difficult time.
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LUCERO -- Jose In Loving Remembrance of Jose Samuel Lucero "Sam" November 11, 1927 - May 2, 2000 I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin My hand will save. I, who made the stars of night I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear My Light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart. Dad, I can't believe it's been four years since you went to be with our Lord. I can still hear your voice and feel your rough hands. I miss you. I know I will see you again. Love you forever, Bert, Alyssa and Clara Angel
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LUNA -- Adolfo. The family of Mr. Adolfo Luna, would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Gino Correa, Holy Family Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Virginia Garcia and Cecilia Marquez for reciting the Rosary, to the D.A.V. Chapter #3 for the Military Honors and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MAESTAS -- Ofelia. Mrs. Ofelia Maestas, 88, a resident of Los Lunas passed away on May 1, 2004. Mrs. Maestas is survived by her seven children, Alex Maestas, Erminda Bustos, Dolores Sena, Joe Maestas and wife, Nora, Barbara Trujillo, Alice Marshall, and Larry Maestas; one sister, Eloisa Maestas; two brothers, Fred Fernandez and wife, Frances, and Steve Fernandez and wife, Elsie; one daughter in law, Mary Maestas-Torres; one brother in law, Dan Tafoya; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Maestas was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Isias Maestas; two brothers, Tony Fernandez, and Bonifacio Fernandez; one sister, Miquelita Tafoya; and one son, Lauriano Maestas. A visitation for Mrs. Maestas will be Sunday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Rd., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30pm. A second Rosary and the Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Springer, NM, times to be announced. Interment will follow at Palo Blanco Cemetery in Chico, New Mexico. Pallbearers will be Victor Bustos, Derrick Bustos, Neil Marshall, Patrick Sena, Kenneth Trujillo, Greg Trujillo, Linda Sedillo, Barbara Jarosick, Tara Bustos, and Tammy Wright. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Maestas, Norman Sena, Ronnie Sena, Joe Maestas, Antonio Maestas, and Lorenzo Maestas. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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MARTINEZ -- Adela. The family of Mrs. Adela A. Martinez would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Dennis Garcia, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, presider of the Funeral Mass, to Deacon Andy Chavez for concelebrating Mass and officiating the graveside blessing, to her sister in law, Lydia Romero and husband Orlando and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MARTINEZ -- Rita. Mrs. Rita Martinez. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during their recent loss. Special thanks to those who accompanied the family for the Evening Service; to those whom sent the beautiful floral tributes, cards, food, and especially spiritual support. Your kindness will always be remembered. Funeral services were entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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MINOLI -- Genevieve D. (GINA). Gina Minoli passed away peacefully on April 29, 2004, with her son, Walden Leonard Minoli (of Alb.), and her two daughters, Toni Carla Minoli (also of Alb.), and Giselle Suzanne Minoli (of NY City) by her side. Born Genevieve Loretta Dougherty on June 30, 1915 in Albia, Iowa, she was one of six children of John Dougherty and Jenny McGarry. She is pre-deceased by her brothers, Tom and John, and her sisters, Margaret and Lucille, and survived by a younger sister, Mary McInally, of Rock Island, Ill. After moving to Washington, D.C. she met Silvis Anthony Minoli (d. 1959), an architect and pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, when he was teaching her to fly. Wed in West Palm Beach, Fl., Dad said of his bride, "I'm marrying a swell gal from Iowa" and affectionately called her "My Darling Gina." Moving to Nashville, TN before settling permanently in Albuquerque in 1948, they discovered the property on which they would build their home and raise their family (including a menagerie of animals) by flying low over the North Valley. After Dad's death, mother worked at the American Red Cross from 1962 until her retirement in 1980. A tireless political advocate she was Chairwoman of her voting precinct and a faithful champion of the Democratic Party and Common Cause. A passionate enthusiast of the arts - fine arts, dance, the Albuquerque Symphony, the New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Indian and folk art - she was made Chairwoman of Cultural Arts for Ranchos Elementary School. Her love of jewelry inspired her daughter Giselle's work as a jewelry designer. A fierce environmentalist, she had a deep love of nature and a profound and instinctual empathy for animals, welcoming dozens of stray cats and dogs into her home throughout her life. Mother was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type in 1997. We are grateful that she has finally been released from the shackles of this terrible disease and would like to thank the wonderful and devoted staff of caregivers at both the St. Joseph Senior Care PACE Program and Laurel Heights, where she resided in the last years of her life. We would particularly like to thank Kathy Minoli, Walden's wife, for her love, wisdom, warmth and support, and for guiding us to the St. Joseph's PACE Program. Very special appreciation is in the memory of Mike Haralson (d. 2003), Toni's long time love, who, with Toni, unselfishly cared for mother at their home. Heartfelt thanks are expressed to Marie Bedford and to all those who have extended their kindness and generosity to our family. Donations may be made in the memory of Gina D. Minoli to the Alzheimer's Association at 8100 Mountain Rd. NE Suite 102 Alb. NM 87110. In lieu of a memorial service, we will plan a celebration of our mother's life at a date to be set in the future. Her lifelong love of music is the inspiration for a program that will bring the benefits of therapeutic music listening to frail elders with dementia. Mother, may your spirit fly free once again with our father's over your beautiful Rio Grande Valley, and may you both dance long in the sun and hard into the night to the rhythm of your favorite song, "Our dreams are getting better all the time." We love you, we will miss you, and we will hold you gently in our hearts always. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MONTANO -- Mechelle C. The family of Mechelle C. Montano would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement, to Father James Vance, Santuario de San Martin Cathoilc Church, presider of the Mass, to Mrs. Eileen Montoya for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MURPHY -- Merrill Oscar Murphy, born August 16, 1921 in Rifle, Co. was called home April 29, 2004, Albuquerque, NM. He was 82 years of age. He was united in marriage October 31, 1940 to Geraldine McKee in Glenwood Springs, Co. Survivors include his loving wife Geraldine and sons Lowell and Raymond, both of Albuquerque and daughter Bonnie, also of Albuquerque, 3 brothers and their wives in Co., 4 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters. Merrill was a long time member of the New Mexico Facetors' Guild and also coeditor of their bulletin. He was a veteran of the US Navy whose hobbies include; gem cutting, golf and fishing. Merrill retired from Western Electric and Sandia Corporation in 1981. He was a member of Shepherd Lutheran Church for the last 23 years. A funeral service is to be held on Tuesday, May 4, at 10:30 AM at Shepherd Lutheran Church at 3900 Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family request that anyone wishing to give a memorial could do so to the Shepherd Lutheran Church. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MURRAY -- James A. Murray, 61, a resident of Denver, died Saturday, April 17, 2004 at his home surrounded by family. Jim was a loving father, grandfather, and friend who was both caring and intelligent. Known as a community member, scholar, and mentor, Jim was dedicated to public service and positively impacted many lives in the Denver-Boulder community. His enthusiasm for adventure and intellectual pursuits, kind heart, and courage are an inspiration to everyone he touched. His family and friends will remember him fondly. Jim is survived by son, Paul Murray; daughters, Heidi Filson and Kendra Murray; sister, Suzanne Phelan and grandson, Lars Filson. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1530 Logan St. in Denver. Jim was born October 2, 1942 in Evansville, Indiana to William Dewey and Dorothy Gleason Murray. The family later moved to Albuquerque, NM where Jim received a B.S. in Math and Physics at the University of New Mexico and married Vicki Young. Jim went on to receive his MBA from Harvard University and PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. In 1972, Jim moved to Boulder, CO as Director of Finance for the City of Boulder. Later, he served as President for Briscoe, Maphis, Murray & Lamont, an urban and environmental consulting firm. In 1981, he was remarried to Amber Tootle, whom he later divorced. In 1982, Jim moved to Denver where he served as Director of Finance and Assistant to the Mayor for the City and County of Denver. After leaving the City in 1989, he became President and Director for Murray, Lamont, & Assocs., Inc. During Jim's retirement he was an avid hiker and outdoorsman, hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2000-2001. Other activities during his life included work with the Boulder Open Space Advisory Commission, Colorado Baseball Commission, the National AIA R/UDAT Task Group, and membership in several parks and environmental groups. Donations in honor of James A. Murray can be made to National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, www.npca.org., 1-800-NAT-PARK, or Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 600 S. Marion Parkway, Denver, CO 80209, www.voc.org, ph# 303-715-1010, fax# 303-715-1212.
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PLESE -- Leona F. Plese, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2004. Leona was a member of Immaculate Conception Church since 1937. She was the former Grand Regent of Catholic Daughters of America. She also volunteered at St. Joseph's for more than 25 years. Leona retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 31 years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband John L. Plese; parents, Valentine and Frances Butkovich; brother, Joe Butkovich. Survivors include one sister, Mary M. Tomich, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one nephew, Dr. Charles E. Tomich wife Jackie, and children of Greenwood, Indiana; one niece, Mary Ann Hill, of Farmington, New Mexico; one aunt, Josephine Brightwell, of San Franscio, California; numerous grand-nieces and nephews, who will miss her dearly. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited at 4:00 pm following the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 3, 2004 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave NW, with Father William King officiant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7500 Paseo Del Norte NE. In lieu of flowers the family wishes contributions to be made to; Lovelace Sandia Hospice, 601 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87102, Barrett House, 905 13th St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102, or Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd House, P.O. Box 389, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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SEDILLO -- Pablo. Mr. Pablo Sedillo Sr., 74, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on April 30, 2004. Mr. Sedillo is the beloved husband of 53 years to Mrs. Lugie Sedillo. Mr. Sedillo is also survived by his loving children, Mellie Garcia and husband, Joe, Gloria Sedillo Jr. and wife, Oralia; nine grandchildren, Michelle, Joseph, Amanda, Samantha, Yvette, Isaac, Elizabeth, Pablo I I I and Crystal; two great grandchildren; several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Sedillo was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Lee Sedillo. A visitation for Mr. Sedillo will be Sunday afternoon in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel from 3:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 4:00 p.m. by Angie Sedillo. A Graveside Service by Deacon Manuel Montoya will be Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Joe Garcia, Andrew Madria, Francisco Grine, Antonio Montoya, Pablo Sedillo I I I and Carlos Garcia. Honorary pallbearer will be Isaac Sedillo. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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SNIDOW -- Ronald Dale Snidow of Albuquerque, NM died April 29 after a 2-year fight with cancer. Ron lived a life of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and trusted God to save his soul. Ron was 73 years young and was born in Paris, Missouri. He was employed for 35 years at Sandia Laboratories as project engineer and established the scientific glass lab in 1959. Ron was an expert in the field of scientific glass blowing. He won several awards for his innovative work in the Nuclear Weapons Program as well as other research areas. Ron is survived by his wife of 53+ years, Theda; daughter, Rhonda and her husband Rick Mitchell of Roswell, NM; son Chris and his wife, Cindy of College Station, TX; daughter, Randi and her husband Jerry Burkholder of Albuquerque; one brother, Gordon and wife Grace of Ruidoso, NM; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew whom he loved dearly, and numerous extended beloved family members. He is proceeded in death by his father, James Gordon Snidow and his mother, Rita Francis Snidow. Ron has served in the church faithfully over the years as a deacon, with the youth department, and through innumerable building projects. He felt extremely blessed that all his children grew to become full-time servants in the Lord's work. He was currently a member of Temple Baptist Church in Albuquerque. Ron was deeply loved by all his family, and many brothers and sisters in Christ. He will be greatly missed until reunited at the coming of our Lord. Services will be held Monday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 1613 Arizona.
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STURGES -- Eva Mae Sturges. How hard it is to sum up Eva Mae's 91 years in this small space. She was born in Grayson Co. Texas, but moved to the Estancia Valley when she was 10 months old with her family Edward and Mary Ellen Estes and lived in the valley all but the last 9 years of her life. Eva was preceded in death by her husband R. Frank Sturges, her son, Frank L. and daughter Elaine. Eva will be greatly missed by her daughter Claudie and her husband Norman Cacy, with whom she has been living for the last 9 years, and by her grandchildren, Norm Cacy and wife Kristi, Connie Shultz and husband Ben, Frank Cacy and wife Sharon; her great grand children, Briawna, Jessica, Cacy, Sheena, Kodi, and Kirsten; her sister Alleena Brown and her husband Ernest; her sisters-in-Iaw, Alma Daniels and Mary Gene Brooks and brother-in-law Bozo Sturges; also many nieces, nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place and she will be interred at the Estancia Cemetery with only her family in attendance, as per her request. Should anyone wish to make a contribution in her memory, please make them to the Estancia Order of the Eastern Star# 23, P.O. Box 853, Estancia N.M. Eva Mae was a faithful member for more than 50 years and loved all her sisters and brothers there in. "She loved and held on to the same spirit as her late husband Frank." Arrangements by: Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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UNGER -- Harry R. Unger, 73, a resident of Albuquerque since 1984, died Saturday, May 1, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carol Unger of Albuquerque; sons, Donald Unger and wife, Sally of Nottingham, PA and Rodney Unger of Quarryville, PA; daughter, Alice Spangler and husband, Glen of Quarryville, PA; son, Jeffrey Unger and wife, Mary of Quarryville, PA; daughter, Sandra Ansteth and husband, Art of Twentynine Palms, CA; stepsons, Michael Wetherholt and wife, Janice of Edgewood, MD and Chris Wetherholt of Boulder, CO; stepdaughters, Kathy Scerni and husband, Mike of Wilmington, DE and Barbara Bias and husband, Jim of Barboursville, WV ; 14 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. After retirement from the US Navy on May 16, 1967, he worked as a butcher and also as a sheet metal worker. He and Carol were founders and owners of Tour New Mexico and did tour groups locally and in Santa Fe. Services will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Cremation to follow services. Interment of cremated remains will take place, Friday, May 7, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, one hour prior to service. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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WARREN -- Mary Catherine Thomas Warren, 83 years old and a long time resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico died April 29, 2004 in Albuquerque after a long illness. Born October 11, 1920 to John & Mary Frances King, she was raised in Sterling, Illinois, and married Richard Glen "Tommy" Thomas in 1942. They moved to Los Alamos in 1955 when he began working in H Division and she continued raising their three children. Widowed in 1962, Mary Catherine began working at LANL in the Physics Division until retirement in 1981. She married Martin "Marty" Warren in 1966. Marty proceeded her in death in 1988. Mary Catherine was very active in the community. She was a long time board member of the local organization of the March of Dimes. She was active with the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and received many service awards for her work with the LAMC Hospital Auxiliary. Mary Catherine also helped out at the annual blood drive and was a Eucharistic Minister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Famous for her popcorn and fudge, she was an excellent seamstress, smocker and crafter, who even made her own hats. She was an avid bridge player and loved swimming and traveling the world. She is survived by her three children; Mary Kay Wedum, Jim Thomas and Peggy DeGrazio and four grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. her friends and family will miss her delightful sense of humor and her straight shooting approach to life. Recitation of the Rosary for repose of the Soul of Mary Catherine Warren is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2004 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Mass of the Resurrection is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, also at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico, with interment to follow in the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos. The family of Mary Catherine Warren has entrusted her funeral arrangements to the: Rivera Family of Block-Salazar Mortuary of the Espanola Valley 1-800-443-4854
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WHALEN -- Magdalen Irene Whalen, 76, a resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, April 29, 2004. She is survived by her son, Timothy H. Whalen of Albuquerque; daughter, Madalyn Sheldon and husband, Albert of Silver Spring, MD; son, Richard E. Whalen III and wife, Jennifer of Silver Spring, MD; and grandchildren, Kevin and Ryan Whalen, both of Albuquerque, Katherine Sheldon and Devin Whalen, both of Silver Spring, MD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Richard E. Whalen on May 30, 2002 and sister, Catherine Cotter. Mrs. Whalen was born in Prairie du Rocher, IL. She graduated from Redbud High School in Redbud, IL and earned her BA Degree at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She was a 30-year elementary school teacher. Mrs. Whalen was particularly noted for her strong faith and never-ending loyalty to her husband and family. She was a member of the Shrine of St. Bernadette. Rosary will be recited Monday, May 3, 2004, 5:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. A reception will follow the rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 9:00 a.m., at The Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m., Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit at the Rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Inpatient Hospice Unit, P.O. Box 26666, 87125-6666. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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WILD -- Robert Bruce Gardner, 86, passed away April 30th, 2004, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in Applegate, Michigan, January 19th, 1918, one of 8 children, he is the son of Andrew Steven Gardner and Annie R. Seaton Gardner. Bob married Vivian Lucille Markley on May 5th, 1944 in Roswell, New Mexico, and spent many years in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Mount Dora, Florida about 35 years ago, where he and Vivian owned and operated the Silver Oyster Gift Shop. In January, 2003, they relocated to Albuquerque to be closer to family. Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Vivian, and their five children; Rebecca Wild Olson and her husband Donald Edward Olson, Susan Lorraine Wild; Kathleen Elizabeth Wild (Detong ChoYin); Robert Gardner Wild, Jr.; and Heather Wild Allen and her husband Steven Earle Allen. Grandchildren include Christine Olson Vassallo (and her husband Kevin Vassallo), Edward Andrew Allen, Joseph Fay Allen, and Emily Rebecca Allen. A great grandson, Joseph Walter Vassallo, recently joined the family. Bob is also survived by his sister Thelma Gardner Poppell. A family memorial service will be held in Branch County, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Zia Hospice at 4141 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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WILLEY -- Pauline Graham Willey, born November 7, 1911 in Mercer County, Kentucky of a pioneer family, died on Friday, April 30, 2004 in Albuquerque. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard W. Willey; sons, Charles H. Phillips and wife, Maria, of Salt Lake City, UT and Warren E. Willey of Belen, NM; grandsons, Charles M. Phillips and wife Tabitha, Patrick Phillips and wife, Reyna, and Scott Phillips and wife, Kortnee; granddaughter, Elizabeth Belch and husband, Robert; grandson, Richard Willey; great grandson, River Phillips; great granddaughter, Eileen Belch; and nieces and nephews from Kentucky. Pauline, Richard, and Charles moved to Albuquerque in 1948. They fell in love with New Mexico and never left. Pauline was an active member of Hoffmantown Church for many years and now she lives with the Lord she worshipped. Services will be held on Monday, May 3, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel with Pastor Ken Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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YATES -- Roy A. Yates Sr., 74, passed away April 28 2004 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Silverton, Texas December 10, 1929. Roy is survived by his son, Roy Jr. and his wife, Shawnee of Milan; and his only grandson, Taylor Roy Yates; brother, S.I. Yates and wife, Dorreen of Gallup, NM; and sister- in- law, Vivian Yates of Milan. He was preceded in death by his father, Joel J. Yates; mother, Ethel Ora Yates; brother, Joel H. Yates; and sisters, Lorene Brazell, Evelyn McCoy and Verna Brazell, and Lucille Polich. A celebration of remembrance will be held at the Compassion Mortuary, 120 north 3rd street Grants, NM on Saturday, May 1, 2004 2:00 p.m. Roy was a veteran of the Korean conflict and upon his return owned and operated the San Fidel Bar in San Fidel, NM and the American Bar in Grants. Soon after he managed to build and operate successive turquoise and Native American jewelry manufacturing companies. In his last venture he built and managed one of the largest doll and Native American art manufacturing companies which is currently owned and operated by his son and daughter- in- law. I love you and will dearly miss my hero and daddy.
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