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ARCHIBEQUE -- Gary Dean Archibeque, age 39, passed away June 19, 2004 in Show Low, AZ. He was born in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and was raised in Vaughn, NM. After graduating from High School he attended college in Las Vegas, NM. He married Barbara Chavez and lived in Albuquerque, NM, together they raised their daughter Erin. In 1997 they moved to Show Low. Gary worked at Foxworth Galbraith and as a reserve fire fighter. Gary met Stacy Wilson and they were married last year on May 24th. Gary loved Stacy's 2 children and was even in the process of adopting them. Gary loved fishing and hunting. Occasionally he would go golfing. He loved sports and was very involved in Basketball, Football & Track during his youth. Gary is survived by his wife Stacy of Show Low; daughter Erin (Kyle) Dowdy of Mesa; Stacy's children, Shawn & Amber; his parents, Norbert & Barbara Archibeque of Vaughn, NM; 2 brothers, Norbert (Joan) Archibeque of Rio Rancho, NM, & Justin Archibeque of Vaughn, NM; 1 sister, Margaret (Hank) Vigil of Albuquerque, NM; several nieces and nephews; and Stacy's grandparents, Tom & Carm Kemper of Arivaca, AZ. A Rosary will be held at 8:00 P.M. Thursday June 24th 2004 at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Show Low. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday June 25th 2004 at St. Rita's, with a visitation one hour prior to the Rosary & Mass. On Sunday June 27th there will be a Rosary in Vaughn, NM. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday June 28th 2004 at St. Mary's in Vaughn, NM. See www.owensmortuary.com to sign an online guest book and to send condolences to the family. Owens Mortuary of Show Low, AZ handled the arrangements.
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BACA -- Mr. Gillie J. Baca "Uncle Gillie," Funeral Services will take place on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the DAV Chapter 3. Pallbearers will be Donald Gillie Armijo, Dominic Chavez, Chuck Chavez, Cameron Vigil, Alfredo Rios, and Richard Petersen. Honorary pallbearers will be Craig and Drew Chavez. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to a favorite charity. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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BATTEY -- Helen Veronica Battey, 96, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2004 at Lovelace Sandia Hospice. She was born on November 1, 1907 on Governors Island, New York City to James and Ellen Bulger. A resident of Albuquerque since 1970, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Orlando, in 1977. She is survived by her son, James Battey, and wife, Katherine. A private service will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Program for the All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly-PACE. Helen will always live in our hearts. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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BORSELLO -- Mr. Joseph P. Borsello was born on 29 January, 1945 in Chester, PA, died 3 June, 2004. He graduated from Wildwood High School in NJ & enlisted in the Air Force on 25 July at age 17. Mr. Borsello served 22 plus years with the Air Force, which included 2 tours in Vietnam. He retired in 1985. He began his career working with the Civil Service in June 1985. His combined service spanned over 27 years of assorted & progressively more responsible experiences, for which he received numerous performance awards & outstanding ratings. Joe was A Friend worth knowing & A Loving Husband & Father, always only wanting the best for his family. He will be greatly missed. We'll always love you Honey, Dad, Bro. Joe is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lillian, Daughters: Lisa Jacobsen & Nicole Borsello, Son-in-law: Brian Jacobsen, Granddaughters: Jaclyn Jacobsen & Alyssa Borsello, Sisters: Rita Verna, Teri Kinloch, Carol Grau, Brother-In-Laws: Frank Verna & Dave Grau. Services will be held Thursday, June 24, 2004 11:00 a.m., French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Father Wieslaw P. Strzadala officiating. Interment will take place at 2:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ELLIOTT -- Mildred Jewell Elliott, age 62, died on June 12, 2004. She is survived by two sons, Kenny of Albuquerque and Brian of Salida,Colorado. Jewell was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina and moved to Albuquerque in 1969. The family would like to thank the numerous friends and relatives for their sympathy.
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GALLEGOS -- Harold R. Gallegos Happy Birthday Harold June 23, 1967 Harold, Today we will be thinking about how much we will miss you on your birthday. But, we will try and think about the wonderful memories you left behind. Your laughter and smile will forever be with us. The pain and sadness we feel today and every day will forever be with all of us. Love and miss you very much, Your loving family
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GALLEGOS -- Harold R. Gallegos Happy Birthday Harold June 23, 1967 From your loving mother Life is but a stopping place A pause in what's to be, A resting place along the road to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way, we all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay... Our destination is a place far greater than we know. For some our journey's quicker, for some the journey's slow. But your journey came so sudden that it has left me with a pain, so great I deal with every day. I pray today like I pray every day that you have found everlasting peace with the Lord. I miss and think about you every day, Love, Your Mother
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GRAHAM -- Marguerite G. Graham, 91, born in Texas and a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Billie Jean Leierer and husband, Ivan of California, Nelda A. Camp of Texas and Diane Bracken of Albuquerque; son, David Sheets and wife, Anna of South Carolina; ten grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 25, 2004 at Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GRAMMER -- Allie Maurine Parker Grammer, a resident of Albuquerque since 1926, passed away Sunday afternoon June 20, 2004. Maurine was born on December 7, 1903 in Kansas City, Missouri to John H. Parker and Julia West Parker. She was preceded in death by her husband David A. Grammer in 1959, a brother Chester Parker, and a sister, Helen Parker Hall. Maurine attended Stephens College and the University of Wyoming. A retired Albuquerque Public School teacher, she received her BA and MA degrees from the University of New Mexico. After retiring she concentrated on her Fine Arts and Indian Arts appraisal work, writing books for children. She also wrote many feature articles for magazines. Mrs. Grammer is survived by her son, David A. Grammer, Jr. and wife, Mary Elizabeth; grandson, David A Grammer, III and wife, Patricia Monaghan; Margaret Grammer Gay and husband, Remo Gay; Mary Katherine Grammer; Patricia Grammer Eskew and husband Mike and three great-granddaughters, Carmen E. Grammer of San Benito, TX, Eileen Nicole Eskew and Kelly Danielle Eskew of Albuquerque. A memorial service will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will be private. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 501 Broadway Blvd. SE, 87102 or the Store House, 106 Broadway Blvd. SE, 87102. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GRIEGO -- Felicita Griego, A longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away June 21, 2004 at the age of 91. Mother of Regina Gonzales and Trini, Clara Sedillo , Eloy Griego and wife Margaret and the Late Herman Griego. Grandmother of 17grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Felicita was a member of our lady of the most holy Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, music and spending time with children. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW Albuquerque, New Mexico at 11:00 A.M. Interment will take place at Mount Calvary. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Sedillo, Jimmy Sedillo, Steven Griego, Andrew Griego, Albert Gonzales and Fermin Aragon. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Gonzales, Daniel Baca, Lawrence Sedillo, Albert Otero, Adrian Otero and Nathan Genovesi. Services are in the Care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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HAFELY -- Hoyle Leon Hafely passed to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 16, 2004. Hoyle was celebrating his 80th year with gusto. His passing leaves behind a host of family and friends. Hoyle is survived by his wife, Jane Hafely; sisters, Lois Buchanan and Twila Whitmore; his son, Lee; daughters, Sherry, Shelly and Lynn; stepchildren, Gayle, Ed, Zoe, Janey, and Candy. Hoyle had 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to gather at the family home, Saturday, June 26, 2004 for continuing celebration of his life. A final Memorial will be held in Pagosa Springs on Sunday, June 27, 2004. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Heart, 4700 Jefferson NE, Suite #1200, Albuquerque, NM 87109. "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."
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HALLIBURTON -- Jo Lynn Halliburton. A private memorial service was held at Christ Unity Church June 10 2004, with Rev. Donn Halliburton officiating. Jo Lynn had been a resident of N.M. since the age of 3. She was a graduate of Del Norte H.S. and had attended U.N.M. She had been employed at N.M. Human Services for 14 years, retiring because of illness. Jo Lynn will be remembered for her kindness and consideration for everyone. She is survived by her loving husband Gene; son, Scott Doolittle and wife, Sara; mother, Mary Smith; brother, Langley Jones and wife, Jody; Aunt Margaret Murdock and husband, Joe; and Verene Swenson; nieces Ginny Dickey and Laura Gibson; cousins Mary Lea and Wesley Sample, Joe and Mary Murdock, Robert and Eilene Cox; stepsisters, Susan Swan and husband Bob, Andrea and Mark Bickel; sons-in-law Donn and Rob Halliburton and families; the Buck family, and many other friends. Interment was at St. John's Cathedral.
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HAMPTON -- John G. Hampton III. The Dailey family wish to thank everyone for the help, prayers and food donations extended during our loss. Your generosities were very much appreciated. A special thank you to Lorie Vicenti, the Laguna and Acoma tribes for their help.
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HINDS -- Vera Santa Pelaccio Hinds, 85, was born Sunday, October 27, 1918 in Dawson, NM to Tony and Annie Pelaccio. She is survived by 2 children, son, Bill Hinds of Albuquerque and daughter, Betty Powell of Scottsdale, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Patrick Hinds of San Francisco, CA, Sheli Armstrong of Santa Fe, NM, Scott Grosso of Albuquerque, NM, Michele Powell of Tulsa, OK and David Powell of Ft. Collins, CO. Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hinds, her parents, Tony and Annie Pelaccio and brothers, Willy Pelaccio and Albert Pelaccio. She resided with her husband, Fred, in Santa Fe for 32 years. Upon retirement, they lived in their hometown of Raton, NM for 12 years. Vera later lived at the Alzheimer's home at Sunrise Assisted Living in the St. Francis Bldg. in Albuquerque, NM. The disease of Alzheimer's takes on many different characteristics that play out differently in each individual. Vera maintained a presence of dignity and strength as she battled this horrible disease. Her nature became a very gentle sprit, filled with peace and full of grace. She was loved and comforted by the wonderful staff and caregivers at Sunrise. Vera is deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 25, 2004, 12 o'clock noon, at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont Ave. NE, with Father Johnny Chavez, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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HOTCHKISS -- Evangeline Begay Hotchkiss, age 32, died suddenly on Friday, June 18, 2004. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn A. Hotchkiss and is survived by her father Robert Hugh Hotchkiss; sister, Crystal Scott; brothers, David Hotchkiss, Robert Ross Hotchkiss, and sixteen nephews and nieces. All of her friends at RCI, ResCare and The Arc of New Mexico will miss her. Her smile was infectious and she won the hearts of all those she met. Visitation and Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12701 Indian School Rd. NE, on Thursday, June 24, 2004. The viewing and visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2:00pm. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery on Menaul. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW ABQ. 505-343-8008
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KNEE -- Steve Knee, 44, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died suddenly on Saturday, June 19, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Helen Knee; children, Peter, Danielle, Nicholas, Amanda, Ciara, and Kristiana Knee; mother, Dora Knee-Brandt; brother, Danny Knee and wife Sarah; sister, Sandi Novak and husband Mike; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Pete Knee, and step-father, Joseph Brandt. Steve was born on May 26, 1960 and graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1978 and from UNM with a BS in civil engineering. He was co-owner of ABQ Engineering, and an avid sports enthusiast. As a youngster he played Little League Baseball, YAFL, and high school football. Following his love of football, he became a YAFL coach for more than 15 years. He also coached the freshman football teams at La Cueva High School and Cibola High School. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 11:00 a.m., also at Prince of Peace, with Father Mike Shea celebrant. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen R. Knee Memorial Fund at Bank of America, 11201 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 87111. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Wednesday, June 23, 2004 from 2-5 p.m. Steve loved his family and his six children and his wife with a love so deep. He leaves emptiness in our lives and hearts, but memories to last a lifetime. Until we see you again, your loving family. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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LEVERICH -- Glenda Rose Leverich, 42, passed away on June 20, 2004. Glenda was born in Arkansas, but had been a resident of New Mexico most of her life. She is survived by her husband of twelve years, Jim L. Leverich; her children, Charles Gilcrease and DeeAnne Gilcrease and husband, Frank Suazo, both of Tierra Amarilla; her father, Charles Hammond of Santa Fe; sister, Debbie Cayou of Denver, CO; former spouse, Jerry Gilcrease; and two grandchildren, Samantha and Felipe Suazo. She loved to cook, work with her plants and flowers, care for her pets, and especially loved her grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MAGEE -- Charles David, born September 16, 1937, left his family to go to a pain-free hereafter. Charles leaves his two loving sons, Steve Magee and his son, Justin Magee; also Ron Magee, his wife, Zoe and their son, Reed Magee; one brother Huey Magee, and wife, Jo. Charles was born and raised in Springfield and Ponchatoula, Louisiana. In 1956 he married his childhood neighbor and playmate, Pat Magee, who remained his friend after divorce. Charles retired from the USAF, his family traveling with him, except for his time served in Vietnam. He then worked for and retired from Ross Aviation. He loved to swim and dive, played football and softball, and was an archer. In later years he enjoyed hot air ballooning and golfing, especially with his sons. Rheumatoid Arthritis took all these activities. You will be missed. Services and Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. Friends are invited. Riverside Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE Albuquerque NM 87108 (505) 764-9663
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MARQUEZ -- Lorenzo "Larry" Antonio Marquez Jr., 63 of Albuquerque and formerly of Santa Rosa, NM died Monday, June 21, 2004 at Presbyterian Hospital following an extended illness. Larry was born November 22, 1940 in Anton Chico, NM to the home of Lorenzo A. Marquez Sr. and the former Margarita Baca. Larry attended schools at Santa Rosa, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Following his graduation Larry worked for the NM Department of Motor Vehicles in Santa Fe. For many years Larry owned and operated the Square Deal Grocery Store in Santa Rosa. Larry made his home in Albuquerque for the past 15 years working as a licensed insurance agent; he most recently worked for ING Insurance. Larry was active in the Santa Rosa community where he served on the Santa Rosa School Board for several years, was a volunteer fire fighter, and past member of the Santa Rosa Lions Club; he was also a member of the Board of Regents of Luna Vocational Technical School in Las Vegas and a member of the Board of Regents of NMMI in Roswell. Larry loved to compete in marathon runs across the state and across the country. He also enjoyed hiking, and fishing. He was a loving son, father, brother, and friend. His family will dearly miss him. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Lorenzo A. Marquez Sr. in 1965 and a sister, Sylvia Ann Marquez in 1991. Survivors include his mother Margaret Marquez of Santa Rosa; three sons Rance Marquez of Idaho; Miguel Marquez of Los Angeles, CA; Santiago Marquez and wife Carla of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter Alicia Marquez of Los Angeles, CA; the mother of his children Tinka Castitoni of Rio Rancho, NM; one brother Richard J. Marquez of Santa Fe, NM; two sisters Patricia Martinez and her husband Edwardo of El Paso, TX; and Lorella Marquez Ritchie and husband Frank of Las Vegas, NM. Rosary services will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 23, 2004 from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa; Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from the church at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 24, 2004 with Father Nick Nichols officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Santa Rosa, NM. Honorary pallbearers will include Frances Baca, Antonette Baca, Bernice Smith-Fleming, Martin Smith, Ron Nelson, Mike Gallegos, Gilbert Baca, and Boni Baca. All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 923 South Third Street; Santa Rosa, New Mexico. (505) 472-3369 www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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MARTINEZ -- Visitations for Mr. Jose M. Martinez will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at San Ysidro Catholic Church in Corrales; followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. this evening. Final viewing will be Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at San Ysidro Catholic Church; directly followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Corrales Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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MCWHORTER -- Gayle Boyle McWhorter, 41, of Abilene, TX, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2004, at her residence. Gayle was born on February 19, 1963 in Albuquerque to Charles Joseph and Betty Gayle (Barger) Boyle, and had graduated from Sandia High School in 1981. She married Gary McWhorter on June 29, 2002 in Abilene, where she had lived for the last six years. She enjoyed working with her arts and crafts and had been a member of Risen Savior Catholic Community here in Albuquerque. Survivors include her husband, Gary McWhorter of Abilene; her daughter, Renee Michaleen Boyle of Albuquerque; her parents, Charles "Joe" and Betty Boyle of Albuquerque; her brother, Cmdr. Patrick Kevin Boyle, USN, currently stationed in Iraq, and his wife, Cathy of San Diego, CA; a niece, Christie Michelle Boyle of San Diego, CA; her stepson, Nathaniel Wayne McWhorter of Milton, KY; her stepdaughter, Sarah Renee McWhorter of Milton, KY; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, B.J. and Joyce Johnston of Sheridan, AR; and a large extended family with numerous friends and loved ones. A Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2004 at Risen Savior, 7700 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MILWIT -- Elma M. Milwit passed away at the home of her niece, T'Brin E. Back, on Friday, May 28, 2004. Two days earlier she celebrated her 94th birthday. Elma was born in Linwood, NJ. She worked as a teacher of adult education and for S&H Green Stamps. Always an avid reader, Elma loved word play and retained her sharp memory and clever wit to the end of life. She will be remembered fondly by her friends at the Albuquerque Grand, where she lived from 1989-2003, and by the many young people who loved her. Memorial at her niece's home, June 27, 2004.
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PAUZAR -- Lisa. Funeral services for Lisa A. Pauzar will be conducted this morning at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Funeral services were entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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ROYBAL -- Benjamin Roybal. Our family was blessed with a wonderful person; he was a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather and great-grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, cousin and a good friend. In the presence of his loving family, after losing a courageous fourteen-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Benjamin Roybal, age 74, went to be with his Lord Jesus on June 19, 2004. He was born in Las Colonias, New Mexico on April 23, 1930 to Miguel and Paulita Roybal. He made his home in Pecos, NM in 1975, Benjamin was Mayordomo, and Eucharistic Minister of St. Anthony's Parish in Pecos prior to moving to Santa Fe six years ago. Currently he was a member of Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community. He retired in 1991 after forty-five years with the AT&SF Railroad. His supervisory position took him away from home, traveling the railways throughout the North and Southwest. Benjamin continued his love for travel after his retirement, and it's no wonder; he had seen and experienced so many people and places and wanted to share them with his family. Every summer he and Deluvina would pack all ten kids in the back of their pickup, "con tuy camper", and off they went to explore this great country of ours. He also had a passion and great respect for the outdoors, camping and fishing was his therapy. But in his woodworking shop, making furniture and toys was his hobby and where he spent his latter years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miguel and Paulita Roybal; mother-in-law, Lucaria Gonzales, step-mother-in-law, Cora Gonzales, nephew, Stanley Roybal and great-granddaughter, Cierra Gonzales. Benjamin is survived by his loving/care-giving wife of 54 years, Deluvina G. Roybal; ten children, sons, Ben Jr. and friend, Rachael Gallegos of Santa Fe, Barney Roybal and wife, Mary, Michael Roybal and friend, Michelle Adams of Albuquerque and Toby Roybal and wife, Melinda, of Pecos, NM; daughters, Beatrice Roybal and friend, Patrick King, Pauline Roybal of Albuquerque, Alyce Roybal and friend, Debbie Corazzi, Cecilia Roybal, Antoinette Alire and husband, Duane, all of Santa Fe and Rozina Tanuz, of San Diego, CA; 15 grandchildren, Vincent Moya, Robert Moya, Olivia Oshiro and husband, Brian, Efren Gonzales, Erika Pompa, Diego Pompa, Steven Tanuz and fiancee, Taniel Rodriguez, Denise Ailport and husband, Eric, Jason Roybal, Jeremy Roybal, Stephanie Sena, Miquela Sena, Jessica Sena, Fred Michael Velasquez and wife, Robin, and Julian Velasquez; also great-grandchildren, Noah Gonzales, Zachary Ailport, Sidney and Zoe Velasquez; brothers, Joe (Isaias) Roybal and wife, Maryanne of Ft. Collins, CO, Louis Roybal and wife, Connie of Las Cruces, NM; sisters, Irene Roybal and husband, Carlos and Josie Soto of Greeley, CO, Oralia (Riley) Ortiz, Flora Velasquez and husband, Fred of Albuquerque; father-in-law, Cristobal Gonzales; brothers-in-law, Pat Gonzales and wife, Gloria, Jimmy Gonzales and wife, Bobbie all of Raton, NM, Rev. Seferino Gonzales and wife, Mary of Thornton, CO, George Sandoval and wife, Perciliana, Estevan Gonzales all of San Isidro Norte, NM; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Gonzales also of San Isidro Norte, Celestina Trujillo of Tucumcari, NM and Kathy Gonzales of Alamosa, CO. Also his dearest cousins and constant companions, Mary Oberem and husband, Ron of Centennial, CO, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Viewing will take place from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, 11 College Ave., 2.5 miles off S. Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM with a Rosary following. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Pecos, NM, Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. with interment in San Isidro Norte, NM. Pallbearers are Ben Roybal Jr., Barney Roybal, Toby Roybal, Michael Roybal, Leroy Gonzales, Ruben Aragon, Ron Oberem and Frank Martinez. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or Odyssey Hospice Program, 1701 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Santa Fe Funeral Options 417 E. Rodeo Rd. 989-7032
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SMITH -- John F. Smith, 73, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. John was employed for over 30 years with Zenith Electronics in both Evansville, Indiana and Juarez, Mexico and more recently he was employed with Elite Professional Security Services. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in World War II from 1950 to 1954 on the U.S.S. Windham Bay. While serving, he received the medals of National Defense, United Nations, Korean and China Service and Good Conduct. John was an avid golfer and received awards in 1966, 1968 and 1977 for the Evansville Courier City Championships. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Chris Smith; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Gary Palmer of Brandon, Mississippi, Johnna and Ron Brown of Fenton, Missouri, Jo and Jeff Miller of Burnsville, Minnesota and Kristy and Lee Jay Shepard of Manassas, Virginia; a step daughter, Bobbie Wade Sublett and stepson, Scott Wade and his wife, Ronda, all of Evansville, Indiana; grandsons, John-Austin Smith and Lee Jay Shepard III; granddaughters, Wendy, Jamie, Carrie, Miranda and Caroline; step grandsons, PFC John Joshua Wade, Jason, Joey, David and John; step granddaughters, Amber, Terri and Veronica; great grandsons, Chance and Sam, step great granddaughter, Kara and step great grandsons, Joshua and Jared. Also surviving are sisters, Jo Adcock of California, Doris Russell of Newburgh, Indiana and Peggy Behlebar and Carolyn Remfry, both of Evansville, Indiana, and a brother, Bill Smith of California. John is preceded in death by his parents, Solomon Austin Smith and Matilda May Elderbrook and sisters, Ruby, Barbara and Beverly, and a brother, Solomon Smith, Jr. Services will be 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2004 at Ziemer Funeral Home Central Chapel, 626 First Avenue, Evansville, Indiana with Pastor Bill Bernauer officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana. Condolences may be made on-line at: www.ziemerfuneralhome.com
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SONNIER -- Cecil Sonnier, 73, a long time resident of Albuquerque passed away Saturday, June 19, 2004. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat Sonnier; sons, Mike, Frank, and Steve; daughter, Patti; and Grandchildren, Seth, Sophie, Don, Sam, Robert, and Lauren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara. Born on October 14, 1930 in Lafayette, LA, he went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in engineering. After a tour in the US Army he continued to serve his country as an employee at Sandia National Laboratories for 42 years. He served as Chairman of Safeguards of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for 20 years, handing it over to his friend and colleague Jim Larimore in 2002. He received a Distinguished Service Award for sustained performance in containment and surveillance, development, testing and implementation, and unselfish dedication to the advancement of the fundamental knowledge and professionalism of international safeguards. During this time he spent three years in Vienna, Austria, first with the US Mission and then with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He had a lifelong love of traveling and experiencing new places and cultures, traveling throughout Europe, Russia, Australia, and over 50 times to Japan. Cecil had dear friends in all corners of the world. No matter where Cecil traveled, he always returned to Albuquerque, his favorite place in the world. He is remembered as a wise and loving father and a devoted husband. He was a wonderful family man who had unbelievable love for his children. He will be sorely missed. As a devout Catholic, we bid a tearful farewell to Cecil on his final journey home. A mass of resurrection was held Monday, June 21, 2004 at Risen Savior Catholic Community. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Bank of America for a memorial in his honor at the Atomic Museum. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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THOMPSON -- Dorothy Morris Thompson 93, beloved and devoted mother and grandmother passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2004. She is survived by her sons Chuck Thompson and wife Clare, and Biff Thompson, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren Bill Merrill, Nathan Thompson, Kaleena Thompson and Casey Thompson. She is preceded in death by her husband William M. Thompson and daughter Carol Nell Merrill. A resident of El Paso, Texas until 1983, she was an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years and a member of St. Clement's Episcopal Church. She moved to Albuquerque in 1983 to be near her children and grandchildren. A very caring person, she blessed the lives of those who knew her. We will miss her deeply. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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TURRIETTA -- Carmen G. Turrietta, age 85, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, June 19, 2004. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning June 23, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension. Interment will follow at the Pajarito Cemetery. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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