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ANDERSEN -- William (Bill) Eugene Andersen passed away Friday, September 16, 2005, in Albuquerque, NM, with his family at his side. He was born in Edmore, MI, on October 31, 1923, and was raised in Michigan where he attended the University of Michigan until he was drafted into the army during World War II. After serving in the war, Bill finished college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He worked as a manufacturer's representative in New Mexico and California before retiring. In 2000, Bill moved to Ramah, NM, to be near his family. Survivors include his son, Kurt Andersen, of Ramah; sister, Doris Moore, of Stanton, MI; and grandson, Ian Andersen, of Las Cruces, NM. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Andersen and Astrid Jensen Andersen; sons, Mark Andersen, Ted Andersen, and Dane Andersen. A memorial to celebrate Bill's life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to a personal charity of choice are requested in lieu of flowers by family. Bill was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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ARCHULETA -- Candelaria Archuleta was called to be with our Heavenly Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at the age of 96. Born March 11, 1909, she died at home surrounded by her loving family. Candelaria suffered and endured much pain during many years, but she remained strong and brave and never complained. Her main concern and love was always for her family, whom she cherished and adored, and devoted her life to. Despite her suffering she still managed to smile when she saw her family, as if trying to say "Be Strong." She was the true meaning and example of the word "Mother", which she was so worthy of. Candelaria was unique, one of a kind; she was a saint who deserved to be on a pedestal. Her death has left an enormous and endless void in our hearts and lives. Our lives will never be the same without her; she was a beautiful person inside and out, and will forever be missed and loved and never forgotten. Our only consolation is that she is no longer suffering. Candelaria was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Archuleta; grandsons, Richard S. Trujillo and Michael Archuleta; and granddaughter, Deborah Ann Serna. Candelaria is survived by her daughters, Rose Eileen Trujillo, Ida Serna and husband, Rolando, Gloria Connie Vigil and husband, Nick; son, Ray Archuleta and his wife, Margie. Candelaria is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and another one about to be born that she didn't have time to see, until someday when we're all together again. Services will be held at San Ignacio Parish, 1300 Walter NE with a Rosary being recited on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rolando Serna Jr., Jimmy Vigil, Ray Anthony Archuleta, Gerald Montoya, Nick Garcia, and Thomas Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Rolando Serna Sr. and John Ross Trujillo. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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BACA -- Levi E. In Loving Memory of Levi E. Baca November 15, 1922 - October 3, 2004 You are always in our thoughts. . . Your wife and family
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CARBAJAL -- PHYLLIS. The family of Mrs. Phyllis Carbajal 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 arrangements; to Deacon Sandy Hall for reciting the Rosary and for officiating the Communion Service; and to the Pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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CASHION -- Elizabeth "Betty" Cashion, 80, died on Friday, September 30, 2005. She is survived by her husband, John Cashion. Memorial Services are pending. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CATAGENOVA -- Charlotte Gerrie Catagenova, 80, born in Omaha, NE on December 30, 1924, passed away on September 30, 2005. Charlotte is survived by her husband of forty-four years, George, of the family home; son, Mario; step-children, Nick Catagenova and Deborah Coleman; sister, Barbara Christianson of Alberta, Canada; sister-in-law, Margaret Rardinse; brothers, Robert Hudson and wife, Carol of Veneta, OR; and Martin Hudson of Eugene, OR; grandchildren, Heather, Hana, Christina, and Brandon Coleman; and friend, Linda Hillman. Charlotte was multi-talented; she enjoyed art, cake baking, and jewelry making. Her family would like to remember her as a devoted and loving wife and mother. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2005 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, and Thursday, October 5, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with Graveside Service to follow 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Memorial Park. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Strong-Throne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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CHAVEZ -- Rose M. Happy Birthday Rose M. Chavez From Irene and Family
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ESQUIBEL -- ANDREW. The family of Andrew Esquibel expresses their deepest appreciation for your expressions of sympathy at their loss. You stopped by to shed a tear, to reminisce, to bring flowers or food, or to provide a helping hand. But above all else, we know that all of you came to share your love at a time of need.
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GABALDON -- ERLINDA C. The family of Mrs. Erlinda C. Gabaldon 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 Jerry Plotkowski, San Jose de Los Duranes Mission celebrant of the Mass; to Jimmy Rael for reciting the Rosary; to Vista Care Hospice for their kindness and care; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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GALLAHER -- Ethel L. (Wilson) Gallaher, 100, went to be with her Lord on September 23, 2005. She was born a simple farm girl in Woodbine, MD. The majority of her life was spent in Albuquerque, NM and Tampa, FL. Ethel was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Wilson; her second husband, Charles Gallaher; and oldest son, LTC Walter Wilson, Jr. She is survived by sons, Vernon Wilson and wife, Georgia of Baltimore, MD; Wayne Wilson and wife, Jan of Tampa, FL; Francie Rawlins of Albuquerque, NM; and 23 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Over the past eight years she resided at John Knox Village in Tampa, FL. Ethel often remarked that John Knox Village was one of the greatest periods in her life. She was a member of the Grounds Committee and the Rhythm Band. She had a small rose garden and served as a volunteer at JKV. As a devout Catholic, she was a Eucharistic minister, giving communion to those unable to attend mass in the chapel. Once you met her you would never forget her. Ethel had lived in Tampa 17 years prior to moving to Albuquerque. During that time she worked as a secretary while helping her first husband through the University of Tampa. In Albuquerque, she was referred to by a newspaper columnist as "Hurricane Ethel" because of her exuberant personality and zest for life. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque until she was 73 years old. She was never one to hold back her feelings and opinions but always with good intentions and for the betterment of others. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party attended by over 250 people. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 7:00 p.m. at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Graveside services will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Memorial donations may be made in her name to John Knox Village Medical Center, 4100 East Fletcher, Tampa, FL, 33610. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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GALLEGOS -- Casimira (Casey) Gallegos, age 91, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2005. She is survived by a daughter, Diana Conger and husband, Jim of Albuquerque; three sisters, Frances Quintana of Albuquerque, Isabel Pickering of California, Rose Cordova of Albuquerque; six grandchildren, Jeneane Anderegg and husband, Dennis, Andrea Gaston, Mimi Hoyle and husband, Richard, Arthur Kimball and wife, Jeanne, John Kimball, and Patrick Ryon; 15 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur A. Gallegos in 1993 and her daughter, Patsy Kimball in 1961. Casimira was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was a hairdresser for 42 years. A Rosary will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at Our Lady of Fatima Church. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 also at Our Lady of Fatima Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to a Charity of Choice. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505) 842-8800
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GALLEGOS -- HAROLD R. IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED HAROLD HAROLD R. GALLEGOS OCTOBER 2, 2000 ON YOUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY HAROLD, IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS TODAY THAT GOD CALLED YOU HOME. THIS DAY IS THE WORST TIME OF YEAR FOR ME BECAUSE IT BRINGS BACK SUCH TERRIBLE MEMORIES. THIS IS THE DAY THAT CHANGED ALL OUR LIVES FOREVER. I REMEMBER THE PAIN WE ALL FELT WHEN THEY TOLD US YOU WERE GONE. IT'S A PAIN WE LIVE WITH EVERYDAY. IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY. BUT, FOR TODAY I WILL LET GOD TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE AND HOWEVER DARK LIFE'S SHADOWS SEEM I KNOW HIS LIGHT WILL COME SHINING THROUGH AND HELP US ALL GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT DAY. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. BUT, I FIND SOME COMFORT IN KNOWING GOD MUST HAVE NEEDED ONE MORE ANGEL IN HEAVEN BECAUSE HE CALLED FOR YOU ON SUCH A SPECIAL DAY! "ALL ANGELS DAY" SO TODAY I WILL LOOK TO THE HEAVENS HOPING TO SEE YOUR FACE IF ONLY FOR A MOMENT. I PRAY YOU FINALLY FOUND PEACE. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN YOUR LOVING MOTHER AND FAMILY
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GARCIA -- GILBERT C. The family of Mr. Gilbert C. Garcia 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 Joe Vigil, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, presider of the Mass;to Mr. Faustine Archuleta, for reciting the Rosary; to the United States Army for the Military Honors; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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GILL -- Robert Earl Gill, 75, passed away peacefully in the night, September 22, 2005, while visiting family and friends in Conejos County, CO. He retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force after 22 years as a fighter pilot. He then served more than 20 years as an aviation supervisor in charge of airport operations and security at the Albuquerque International Airport, He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Marie Gill. Survivors include his nine children: David Gill, Deborah (Dave) Heeter, Richard Gill, Catherine (Josh) Cannon and Christopher (Virginia) Gill, all of Albuquerque, Michael (Sherry) Gill of Nevada, Mary (Steve) Carter of Los Alamos, NM, Roberta (Blaine) Bagwell of Manassa, CO and Tamara (Ralph) Wood of Red Bluff, CA; a brother, David (Nancy) Gill of Tennessee. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at Risen Savior Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will take place Monday, October 17, 2005 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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GRAHAM -- ADELA S. The family of Mrs. Adela S. Graham 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 Joel Garner, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, presider of the Mass; to Martha Herrera for reciting the Rosary; to Laurie Vicenti with Presbyterian Hospice for all her kindness and care; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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HALL -- James Coplen Hall, 79, of Albuquerque, passed away September 29, 2005, at an Albuquerque hospital. He was born in Estancia on August 14, 1926, to James Joshua and Zell Zora Coplen Hall. He grew up in Estancia and then in Albuquerque, where he graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy, attending Columbia University in New York as part of his training, and received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of New Mexico in 1948. He managed New Mexico Abstract Co. in Estancia, which his parents had founded in 1921, for 16 years, after which he returned to UNM and received a law degree. His experience in the land-title business helped him become one of the state's most respected real estate attorneys. He was active in civic affairs and a vital member of the Estancia Rotary Club and later the Downtown Albuquerque Optimist Club. He was a devoted member of the Estancia Methodist Church and later the Immanuel and La Mesa Presbyterian churches in Albuquerque. He is survived by his son, James Morrow Hall and fiancee, Judith of Estancia; his daughter, Kim Mathson and husband, Doug of Albuquerque; his daughter, Wendy Chavez and husband, Carly of Rio Rancho; and seven grandchildren: Lt. James Joshua Hall II of Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Anthony Ansotigue, Andrew Mathson, and Anisa Mathson of Albuquerque; and Paul Gallardo, Daniel Gallardo, and Andrea Chavez of Rio Rancho. He was an honorable man and inspired many with his honesty, fairness, and dedication to public service. Although encumbered in recent years by a medical condition that made it difficult for him to walk, he continued to practice law full time until a month before his death, when he said, "I did the best I can as long as I could." Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2005, at 11:00 a.m., at La Mesa United Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper, NE, in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation to the relief of those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita be made in his memory. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HALL -- Nora A Hall August 29, 1915-October 01, 2004 Mother, We were all there when you took your last breath. As you passed over into death. I only hope that all can see, that a part of you lives on in me. I'm not the youngest or the older, I'm not the meekest nor the bolder. I'm the one in the middle named after you, the one you gave your heritage to. I only hope that all can see that the best of me I got from you. Your loving smile, your tender touch is the part of you we miss so much. I only hope that all can see these very same traits passed on to me. Your loving daughter, Norene Romero
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HAYGOOD -- Charles Robert Haygood, a resident of Rio Rancho for 13 years, died September 30, 2005. He was the son of Orien Haygood and Louise Gibson. He was married for 22 years to Mary Quintana Haygood who survives him. He worked as a salesman for Firestone Tires. He was a member for 41 years of the Masonic Temple No. 6. A member of the Fishing Club of Rio Rancho, he also enjoyed camping and the company of his family and friends. He was a true "people person." Along with his wife, Mary of Rio Rancho, Charles is survived by: his sons and their wives, David Haygood and Donna and Chuck Haygood, all of Albuquerque, Steve Montoya and Frances of Sena, NM; daughters, Sandra and David Johnston of Los Lunas, NM, Debra and Frank Duran of Rio Rancho; brother, Marvin Haygood and wife, Mabel of Indiana; and sister, Barbara Justice of Los Alamos, NM; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Vista Verde Mortuary Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln. in Rio Rancho. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, 11 a.m., in Vista Verde Chapel. Arrangements by Vista Verde Memorial Park and Mortuary, 892-9920.
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HERRERA -- Fernando Herrera, age 80, was born March 1, 1925. A longtime resident of Carnuel, he passed away, Wednesday, September 28, 2005. Fernando was a kind man who thoroughly enjoyed ranching and taking care of his animals. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucia G. Herrera and his son, Domingo F. Herrera. Fernando is survived by his son, Jose F. Herrera and his wife, Yolanda M. Herrera; four grandchildren, Phillip J. Herrera, Raquel M. Herrera, Julie Crisp, and Margie Bordeaux; three great-grandchildren, Dominic, Kiana, and Alysha Herrera; three sisters, Sebastiana Sanchez, Venerita Nieto, and Dora Martinez; brother, Clorovio Herrera; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services and viewing will be held at Holy Child Parish in Carnuel, NM. A viewing will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2005. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. Burial will follow at the Barton Cemetery in Edgewood. A reception will follow the burial at the Land Grant Hall. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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JARAMILLO -- Victoria J. Jaramillo September 8, 1966 to September 18, 2005 Arrangements in the care of Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE 505-764-9664
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LARRANAGA -- Isabelita G. Larranaga, age 91, and a resident of Encino and Moriarty, went home with the Lord on Thursday, September 29, 2005 with her loving family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alberto; her parents, Austacio and Sylviana Garcia; her sisters, Annie Lucero, Emily Ortiz and Juanita Martinez; brothers, Pedro, Cruz, and Bonnie Garcia; and one granddaughter, Nita. Isabelita is survived by three sons, and two daughters, Leandro Larranaga of Indian Hills, Miguel and wife, Dolores of Encino, Margarita Archibeque and husband, Ernest of Tijeras, Nancy Lopez and husband, Frank of Albuquerque, Isidro Garcia and wife, Margie of Moriarty; sisters, Jean Pena and Rita Sanchez; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Ramon E. Larranaga; one sister-in-law, Veva Garcia; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends who loved and will miss her. Services will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the family cemetery at Rincones Colorados. Her pallbearers will be Tim Lopez, Brian Archibeque, Andre Larranaga, Michael and Marcos Larranaga, Alberto Larranaga and Joe D. Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be her 14 granddaughters. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST.,. NW. ABQ. 505-3438008
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LOPEZ -- GILBERT M. The family of Mr. Gilbert M. Lopez 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 the United States Army for the Military Honors; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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LOPEZ -- Philip (Felipe) Lopez, 57, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully, Friday, September 23, 2005 in Portland, OR. He is survived by his parents, Orlando and Clarita Lopez; daughters, Maria Helena Lopez, Wendy Chavez, and Renee Morris; sons, Ryan, Andrew, and Philip; 11 grandchildren, sisters, Berlinda Rabe and husband, Mitch and Terry Lopez; two nieces; three nephews; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and very close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Quintana-Lopez and his brother, Gilbert Lopez. Felipe was born in Williams, AZ and moved to Albuquerque in 1961. He attended Highland High School. Felipe was known as a Santero. He carved Retablos-Bultos with traditional natural pigments and had a gift for carving faces he would see in pieces of wood. He won several blue ribbons and gained acceptance into the Spanish Market Membership in the Spanish Colonial Art Society of Santa Fe. Felipe has articles in print and a Retablo in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. He has also donated a piece to Pajarito Elementary School. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 7, 2005, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas at Tennessee NE. A Memorial Graveside Service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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LUSSON -- NEMESIO. Mr. Nemesio Lusson, 55, a resident of Albuquerque, citizen of Cuba, passed away on September 30, 2005 as a result of an automobile accident on I-25. A visitation for Mr. Lusson will be Sunday morning at Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MARRIOTT -- Mary M. Marriott, age 78, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 22, 2005. She spent most of her life in Ft. Lauderdale, FL before joining her son in 1984. Mary was a very unique individual and will be greatly missed. A "Celebration of Mary's Life" will be held Monday, October 3, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the home of Lee and Linnie Durham (505) 235-2986. Please contact them for further information. Mary is survived by two sons, John T. Marriott of Albuquerque, and G. Mike Marriott and his wife, Patti of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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MORRIS -- F. Max Morris, 66, went to be home with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, September 30, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Morris of Albuquerque; son, Mark Morris and wife, Danielle of Johnstown, CO; daughter, Mickey Mitchell and husband, Randy of Arvada, CO; granddaughter, Katie Mitchell of Arvada, CO; mother, Edith Morris of Littlefield, TX; sister, Paula Gillham and husband, Winston of Lubbock, TX; brother Roger Morris of Dallas, TX. Mr. Morris was preceded in death by a son, Fred Max Morris and his father, Floye Morris. Max played football for 4 years and graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma. He then went to be an officer in the U.S. Army where he worked on the nuclear reactor at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He moved to Albuquerque in 1966 where he began a 35 year career as a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, working on nuclear reactors in Technical Area V. Max's true gift was coaching and teaching children. While his children were growing up he was active in Little League Baseball, YAFL Football, and various Christian organizations. He attended Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque and was active in the Prayer Room Ministry and the Cancer Support Group. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2005 at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Rd NE, with Pastors Bob Church and David Row, officiating. Private interment will follow. Friends may visit at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2005. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Group at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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PALMISANO -- Leon Sydney Palmisano - Husband, Father, Uncle, Coach, Friend, passed away at his home, with his family by his side, on September 30, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; and their three children; Sandi Worsham of Phoenix, AZ, Leanne Palmisano of Denver, CO, and Stephen Palmisano of Tucson, AZ; also, grandchildren, Shannon and Jerry lll Worsham; son-in-law, Jerry Worsham, all of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Joseph Palmisano of Ventura, CA. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Margaret Palmisano. Born on September 7, 1932 in Portland, OR, Leon led an exemplary life filled with a loving family and many friends. Leon learned early in life that family and giving of oneself were the two most important values one could possess. Throughout his life, Leon's selflessness resonated with everyone he met - touching many lives, many hearts through coaching, teaching, friendship and business. Leon was 14 when he came to Albuquerque, with his brother and parents. He met lifelong friends while attending St. Mary's High School and playing baseball and basketball. Those friendships and new ones continued at the University of New Mexico where he also played basketball. His love of sports grew from his father, Joe, who played for the Philadelphia As and Portland Beavers. That love took Leon to St. Pius High School in the late 1950s and the beginning of a lifelong connection he cherished. Over the years, St. Pius has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of Athletic success - due in large part to the foundation he created in those early years. Leon was the school's first basketball coach and Athletic Director. His vision for the school proved valuable as he convinced the State High School Association to add St. Pius as a member soon after his arrival. His long list of firsts include; forming the first parochial league basketball program, the first state championship appearance in 1963, and the first baseball state championship title in 1964. Leon stayed close to several of his players over the years and always loved to reminisce about each play and every game. It was during his years at St. Pius that he met the love of his life - Priscilla. Together for 46 years, the family they created was always his passion and his life. He lived to make them smile and laugh - to guide and advise - he gave without reservation, loved without exception. Leon's years after St. Pius included creating and developing Mr. Tux Formal Wear, a business that became a staple of the community until the early 1980s and his work as a Stock Broker for the past 25 years. While these two businesses brought him financial and self satisfaction, it was his work as a Teacher and Coach that brought him the most joy. Leon's ability to connect with people and touch hearts will be incredibly missed, but know he is where he wants to be, teaching God how to shoot a free throw. A Rosary will be said for Leon on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. 505-265-5898. Interment will immediately follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leon's nephews - honorary pallbearers will be his nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Leon Palmisano Financial Aid Endowment Scholarship at St. Pius X High School. 5301 St. Joseph Dr. 87120 or contact the Development Office at 831-8406.
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PARLIER -- Susie Parlier. A memorial celebration for Susie Parlier, an almost 30-year resident of Albuquerque who died August 16, 2005 in Madison, WI, will be held Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE (corner of Carlisle and Comanche). A funeral service was held on August 21, 2005 in Susie's hometown of Wausau, Wisconsin. Please bring any photos you have of Susie and join her friends in a celebration of her life. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call 823-2704.
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PEREA -- CANDELERIA. Mrs. Candeleria Perea, age 82, of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, September 30, 2005 at a local hospital. She was born June 9, 1923 in Tapia, New Mexico. She was the daughter of Theodoro and Ignasita Tapia. She married Juan Perea, and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2005. She is survived by her daughters: Priscilla and her husband, Gary Stansbury of Albuquerque, Rosemary Perea of Albuquerque, Nancy and husband, Filbert Martinez of Rio Rancho, Maryellen Rodriguez of San Bernadino, CA; her son: Raymond and wife, Terri Perea of San Bernadino, CA; twelve grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; a longtime family friend: Marleen Apodaca of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her son: Louis Perea in 1978; her grandson, Samuel Rodriguez in 1981; also several brothers and sisters. She attended San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town for many years. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, needle point, quilting, and dancing. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 1:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 412 Stover SW. The Rosary Service will be recited on Monday evening October 3, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary University Chapel. Pallbearers will be: Joseph Perea, Roberto Martinez, Joe Anaya, Matthew Wright, John Rodriguez, and Raymond Perea Jr. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. till the time of the Rosary. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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PONCE -- Eleanor G. Ponce April 29, 1942 to September 28, 2005 Arrangements in the care of Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE 505-764-9664
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PONTHAN -- Harold W. Ponthan, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Brother, age 87, of Rio Rancho, NM, formerly of St. Paul, MN. Passed away on September 23, 2005. Preceded in death by son, Steven, USN; brothers, Dean, Paul, and Quentin. Beloved husband of Beryl for 63 years; loving father of David (Mary), Richard (Diane); dear grandfather of Keighley, Aron, Matthew, Christina, Sarah, and Ryan; also numerous nieces and nephews; brother of Marjorie (Eugene) Dugan. Memorial Service Monday, October 3, 2005, 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque, 215 Locust St. NE. Reception to follow the Service. An avid outdoorsman and community volunteer, Harold was a St. Paul YMCA Camp Widjiwagan staffer. Board chairman, and contributor for most of his life. He was a 53 year member of Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and an 11 year member of First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. He was also volunteer and leader in Boy Scout Troop 40 in St. Paul, an officer in the US Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Leonarwood, MO, and will be missed by many. Memorials preferred to Camp Widjiwagan. Arrangements handled by Vista Verde Funeral Home 505-892-9920
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ROMERO -- Evan, 55, joined our Lord on September 28, 2005. She is survived by her sister, Bennie Mares and her husband Joe; her brother, Richard Romero and wife Adelaida; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at St. Edwin's Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona Rd SW on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 with a Rosary being recited at 10:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at San Jose De Armijo Cemetery. Cremation services by Terrazas Funeral Chapel, Santa Clara, NM.
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RYNEARSON -- Leo and Betty In Loving Memory of Leo and Betty Rynearson On September 24, 2005, Leo went to join his beloved Betty, who had preceded him in death in August of 2005. Betty had suffered for many years from chronic back pain until the good Lord took her and relieved her of her worldly pains. Leo was heartbroken from the separation from Betty and the Lord eased his suffering and reunited them. For the many of friends and family, who knew them, please remember them and think of them as I do, Loving, Laughing, and enjoying Life together, again.
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SENA -- Mickey You are gone. You are at rest. But we are still here, trying to do our best. Holding on to memories you left us with, trying not to cry when we think of this. Being with you were the very best of times, losing you is the worst that could have happened. And even though we try hard not to cry, when we remember you our eyes start pouring like rain coming down from the sky. Everybody misses you and everybody will. But you know what? This was God's will. So let's accept what's has happened, because there is no turning back. Let's just hope that we will go to the same place that you have. In Loving Memory of Mickey Sena First Anniversary January 19, 1973 - October 2, 2004 From your family and friends who Love you and Miss you! God Bless You! Son and daughter: Jacob and Miranda Fiancee: Annette and children: Kenny and Kassandra Mom and Simon Sister: Brenda and Javier Brother: Joey, Georgette, and children: Manuel and Sabrina Brother: Shane, Edna and children: Tiffany, Chaylene, Chantel, and Little Shane Grandma: Sofie Gold
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SIMMONS -- Constance Thurston Simmons, a resident of Albuquerque for almost 50 years, died early Friday morning, September 16, 2005. She was 86 years old. A native of Elmdale, KS, Mrs. Simmons graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. She married Charles L. Simmons, Jr., and they lived in Kentucky, California, and Colorado, before moving to Albuquerque. In 1972, faced with the untimely death of her husband and with two young daughters still at home, Mrs. Simmons attended the University of New Mexico, earning her Master of Arts in special education. She worked both as a special education teacher and social worker, mainly with special needs adults, until her retirement in 1992. She is survived by her brothers, David E. Thurston of Topeka, KS, and W. Wallace Thurston of San Antonio, TX; and her daughters, Patricia S. Zilka of Cleveland, OH, Joyce S. Rubenstein of Houston, TX, and Debra S. Villanueva and Nancy L. Simmons, both of Albuquerque. A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting memorials be made to: Santa Fe Opera, Attn: Kate Urda, PO Box 2408, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or by credit card at 505-986-5913 in memory of Constance T. Simmons.
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SLATER -- Christopher Michael Slater July 20, 1995 to September 25, 2005 Arrangements in the care of Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE 505-764-9664
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SMITH -- Lola B. Smith, 75, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, September 29, 2005. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church since 1954 where she was active in Sunday school teaching, Vacation Bible school teaching, and also worked on the church newsletter. She was also active as a volunteer in the public schools, working with school libraries and the PTA. She was a devoted and loyal wife to her husband, Myrl, to whom she was married for 56 years. She is survived by her husband, Myrl; a son, Ron and his wife, Judy; a son, Jerry; a daughter, Jana Perry and her husband, Frank; a son, Randy and his wife, Micki; a sister, Norma Whitman; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father; Derwin Leroy Slyter and her mother, Lily Noble Slyter. Celebration of Life services will be held Monday, October 3, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary University Blvd. Chapel on Sunday, October 2, 2005 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Central United Methodist Church Youth Group 1615 Copper Ave. NE 87106. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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SPRAGUE -- Dr. William Sprague, 60, formerly of Des Moines, IA, died Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at 4:20 p.m., at his home in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Sprague is survived by his devoted wife of four years, Sharon Cole Sprague; daughters, Tyra Williams and husband, Doug of Everett, WA, Amy Zerkle and husband, Rob of Des Moines, IA; three sons, Justin and wife, Melissa of Orem UT, Jeremy and wife, Kary of Waukee, IA, Matthew and wife, Lindsay of Fayetteville, NC; and 12 grandchildren; special foster family of Dorwin and Catherine Martin of Menlo Park, CA; stepsons, Gary Keller and wife, Alicia of Mason, OH, David Keller and wife, Chantel of Riverside, MO, Scott Keister of Salt Lake City, UT, Justin Keister of Evansville, IN; four step-grandchildren; and his faithful and ever attentive dog, Fritz. He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Leonard Earl Sprague and Irene Janet Curley Sprague; and his beloved first wife, Linda Johnson Sprague. Dr. Sprague graduated from Brigham Young University and received a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He later graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. He served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1973 and in the United States Army from 1973 to 1990, attaining the rank of Major. Dr. Sprague served valiantly in many leadership and teaching positions during his 40 years of faithful membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Private family services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dolores, CO with burial in Sylvan Cemetery in Pleasant View, CO. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 142 Monroe NE, 87108 or to The Humanitarian Aid Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to benefit victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 275-3500
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STEVENS -- Maria Aseldita Stevens October 3, 1925- December 9, 2002 Happy Birthday My Sweet Heart Love you Miss you alot, Your Husband Onofre & Family.
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SULLIVAN -- Anne Sullivan passed away on September 28, 2005. She left us to be with her beloved husband, Mike. She was a loving mother to Michael and wife, Jessica, Bob and wife, Anna, Kathy and husband, Dennis, Patty and husband, Jeff, Dan and wife, Audrey, Tim, Nora and Tony, Mary and husband, Johnny, Matt and wife, Sara. She was Grandma to Marcus, Michelle, Bobby, Chrissy, Dennis, David, Sarah, Andy, Danny, Leslie, Steph, Joe, Michael, Chris, Devan, Jack, Sam, Abby, Mathew, and Logan. We love you! Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 2, 2005, 5:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 3, 2005, at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Claremont and Vermont St. NE., with Father Bennett J. Voorhies Celebrant. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Daffodil Days, c/o Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, 1100 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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