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ARMIJO -- Sharon A. Armijo, 63, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away January 30, 2006 at the family's home. Sharon lived in Rio Rancho for 17 years after moving from California. She is remembered for her open heart and her open home. She was a fun-loving, "wild and crazy" woman. She unconditionally loved all of her family and "adopted" children. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Stephanie. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Ramon Armijo; daughters, Lori and Raelena; sons, Ronnie, Danny, Guy, "Baby Ray", Tyrone, Steven, Joey, and Michael; lots of grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options. Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM 505-891-9192
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ARROSSA -- Kelli A. Arrossa, age 28, of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 29, 2006. Kelli was a 1995 graduate of Del Norte High School and a 2000 graduate of New Mexico State University with her BA degree in Criminal Justice. She married her best friend, Adam Arrossa, July 28, 2001. Kelli worked in financial services with Citi Group in Albuquerque. She was a wonderful, loving, and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, and aunt. Kelli and her family were extremely proud of all of her many accomplishments throughout her short life. She was able to find the best in people and had a magnetic personality that will leave an emptiness in everyone's heart. Kelli is survived by her husband, Adam Arrossa; step-daughter, Jazmin; grandfathers, George Kallis and Martin Hackett; parents, Paul and Karen Hackett; brother, Jason Hackett; uncles and aunts, John and Deborah Hackett, Martin and Fran Hackett, Kathy Rowan, Ken and Beth King, Richard and Kathy Hackett, George and Lynn Kallis; cousins, Paul Booth, Tom, Jimmy, Shawn, Brian, Matthew, Stephen, Andrew, John Christopher, Tim, Brittany, Emma, Ryan, Devyn; brothers-in-law, Jean-Pierre Arrossa and Daniel Borrego, Sean Arrossa, wife, Yvonne and children, Nikeya and Isabella; Adam's parents, Brenda and Ivan Arrossa; grandmothers, Irene Arrossa and Doloris Marinelli; and numerous great-aunts and -uncles; close friend, April Ration; and numerous others. A Rosary will be recited Thursday, February 2, 2006 at French Mortuary Westside Chapel at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Friday, February 3, 2006 at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary Westside Chapel on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
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BEDEAUX -- James M. Bedeaux, age 81, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Monday, January 30, 2006, at a local care facility. He has been a resident of this area since 1935 and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1942. Mr. Bedeaux served our country in the Marine Corps during WWII and participated in the landings in the Marshall Islands. He was recalled to service during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Bedeaux was employed by Sandia Labs for 33 years and owned a local gunsmith shop in the North Valley. He is survived by his one daughter, Michele and her husband, Rhys Wetherill; one son, Roy and his wife, Martha Bedeaux; five grandchildren; one sister, Carol and husband, Larry Causey; one brother, Zane Bedeaux; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Bedeaux was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary M. Bedeaux in 2001; and his sister, Virginia White. A time of remembrance will be held Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Mr. Bedeaux's home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Assoc. of NM, Inc, 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BUTLER -- Michael J. Butler Sr., age 53, an Albuquerque resident since 1967, died January 30, 2006. Survivors include his father, Paul Butler; wife, Kathy Butler; sons, David Vickery and wife, Lisa of Arizona; Michael Butler Jr. and wife, Amber of GU; Matthew Butler, Tommy, Kaitlyn, and Robert; sister, Grace Whiteman and husband Christopher of NE; granddaughter, Samantha Vickery; nieces, Jessica Whiteman, Stephanie Whiteman, Ashleigh Candelaria, and Darcy Candelaria. Michael is preceded in death by brothers, Peter and David; wife Kathleen; sister, Alison; and mother, Barbara. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006 in Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM.
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CALLENDER -- Roger W. Callender, 88, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Roger was born January 13, 1918 the son of Leroy and Ethel Harris Callender in Fremont, WI. He had worked for the government in the Arsenal Manufacturing business before retiring. Roger was a devoted husband, loving father, and will be greatly missed by his family. He loved animals, the outdoors, gardening, and building race cars. Roger is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha of Albuquerque; one son, Leroy Callender and wife, Janet of Albuquerque; four daughters, Virginia Hardy of Albuquerque, Nancy McClary of Denver, CO, Linda Herrerra and husband, Dan of Albuquerque, and Barbara Silva and husband, Tony of Albuquerque; two sisters, Virginia Simmons of Denver, CO, and Rosalyn of Wisconsin; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 3, 2006 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Family Room at Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Service will be on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary with Pastor Bert Singleterry officiating. Entombment will follow in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jason Enlow, Tony Silva, Dan Herrerra, Cody Hardy, Cory Callender, and D. J. Ray. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Roger's name to any animal organization of your choice, or to the American Diabetes Association of New Mexico, 2625 Pennsylvania NE, Suite 225, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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CARRASCO -- AMBROSIO SR. In Memory of Ambrosio Carrasco Sr. 1901 - 1997 Nine Year Anniversary You've been gone nine years, but it seems like yesterday. You always knew best for the family which is why we are still here because of your sweet and gentle guidance. We love you and we miss you; until we meet again. Your daughter and grandchildren, Mrs. Tita Brown, Barbara, Linda, Adam, Felíz, and David; and great-great-grandson, Antonio.
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CHAVEZ -- CLEMENTE. Our Lord called our DAD, Clemente Chavez home to be with him on January 28, 2006 at the age of 70. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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COOK -- Mae Alece Cook, 83, passed peacefully in her home, Saturday, January 28, 2006. She was met in heaven by her brother, Buddy Fields; her father, W.H. Fields; her husband, Fred E. Cook; and her son, Fred James Cook. Left here to celebrate her life are her constant companion, Col. Gordon Weighton; her mother, Lynnie Walker Fields, now of Aurora, CO; and her children, Mary Cook of Scottsdale, AZ, Patti McKInney of Aurora, CO, Bill and Ginger Cook of Ft. Collins, CO, Doug and Lori Cook of Highland Ranch, CO, and Kenny and Ann Cook of Tijeras, NM; also her grandchildren, Jana Werner, Cheryl Keim, Erin Haley, Billy McKinney, Freddie McKinney, J.D. Cook, Tammy Shier, Amanda Cook, Keelan Cook, Dustin Cook, her caregiver, Nathan Cook, and Kendra Cook; also 12 great-grandchildren. She was born in Wendell, MO May 25, 1922, graduated from Missouri University, was the New Mexico State Fair Accountant for 23 years, and was a God loving member of Sombra Del Monte Church for 48 years. This gracious, smart lady loved her church, family, friends, books, crossword puzzles, ballroom dancing, and telling a good story. Services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Sombra Del Monte, 2528 Utah NE. Her passion was to help her church so instead of flowers, donations can be sent to Sombra Del Monte designated for the Youth Program.
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DAVIS -- MARY C. Mrs. Mary C. Davis, 93, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on January 31, 2006. Mrs. Davis is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Betty Davis-Gonzalez, City Commissioner of Huntington Park, CA and husband, Rafael. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Starla Baca and husband, David, Jolene Hernandez and husband, Hector; one grandson, Rafael George Davis-Gonzalez of Huntington Park, CA; eight great-grandchildren, Pablo, Danny, Melissa, and Jennifer Hernandez, Alvina, Christopher, Cheyenne, Benally, and David Baca Jr.; one brother, Jesus (J.R.) Chavez and wife, Stella of Belen, NM; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Davis. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Catholic Church and a past member of the Legion of Mary. A visitation for Mrs. Davis will be Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. by Cherise Yund. A final visitation will be Saturday morning fro 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rafael Davis-Gonzalez, Dr. Raymond Sanchez, Ron Chavez, George Davis, Christopher Benally, Pablo Hernandez, and Danny Hernandez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gloria Yund, Marie Sanchez, Irene Sanchez, Petrita Kramer, Rhea Chavez, Florela Atler, Celina D. Raff, Anna Davis Walker, Mary C. Kuhn, and Perla O. Martinez. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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DEFINO -- Diane Defino went into the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Her long life of sickness came to an end. She no longer has any pain or suffering. Diane is survived by her husband, Edward Defino of Albuquerque. NM; her only child, Daniel Defino and fiancee, Stephanie Alvidrez of Albuquerque, NM. Diane had four siblings: her brothers, Joe Chavez and wife, Jonelle of Moriarty, NM and Jimmy Chavez of Albuquerque, NM; her sisters, Mary Dimas of Albuquerque, NM and Linda Sanchez and husband, Girard of El Paso, TX. Diane is also survived by her step-grandson, the "light of her life", Brandon Alvidrez; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. Diane was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed. May she finally rest in peace. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4th and Stover SW. A Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2006. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2006. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Honored pallbearers will include her nephews, Anthony Dimas, Anthony Dimas Jr., Girard Sanchez Jr., Nick Chavez, Jerry Dimas, and Isaac Alderete. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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FILLARE -- ROY AND ROSALIE HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND BROTHER ROY THE EMPTY CHAIRS Where Mom and Roy sat and talked and laughed with us three, there's just two empty chairs. And the silence now is more than we can bear. Though we knew that someday there would be these empty chairs, we could never picture home without Mom and Roy there. We never fully realized how deeply we all cared until the night you passed, Mom and I went home and stood beside your empty chair. Forever loved, your daughters Angie, Joan, and Bernice and family. United we will stand as sisters Divided we will fall.
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GOSSETT -- Evylynne Gossett, age 91, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at her home. She is survived by husband of 59 years, Tom; her daughters, Susan McGuire and husband, Mike of Albuquerque, Deborah Kilfoy and her husband, Vern of Bernalillo; son, Tom D. Gossett and wife, Diana of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Barbara, Edith, and Saranda; grandsons, Miles and Clint; and great-granddaughter, Jessica; brothers, Charles W., Homer D. and Leo G. Graham. There will be a celebration of Evylynne's life on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at 1:00 p.m., at Tom D. Gossett's residence, 2414 Sunshine Rd. SW. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HAMILTON -- Ada Hamilton February 3, 1917 - June 10, 2003 Happy Birthday Mom
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HATTER -- Rupert A. Hatter, age 69, of Edgewood, NM, went to be with the Lord, Saturday January 28, 2006 at his home. Born in Canada, he served in the Air Force for 21 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. He leaves his loving wife, Mona; daughter, Susan; and sons, David and Don; step-daughters, Michelle, Denise, Mona, Patty, Tina, and Joni; step-sons, David and Craig; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Friday February 3, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to the ALS Foundation.
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HORTON -- Betty Thorne Horton passed away Tuesday evening, February 1, 2006, at the Lovelace Hospital from prolonged complications of pulmonary disease in the last few years. Betty was 75 and was born on June 18, 1930, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and has been a resident of Albuquerque during her lifetime. Her parents were the late Richard W. Thorne and Fay Strong Thorne. Her grandfather was Harry Strong, a well known pioneer of Albuquerque dating back to the 1800s. She was married for 54 years to her surviving husband, Benjamin K. Horton, also a lifetime resident of Albuquerque. Betty was a homemaker and teacher having graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1947 and from UNM in 1951. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma at UNM and a long time supporter of UNM Athletics, having sponsored numerous parties and dinners for various UNM teams in the 60s and 70s. Among her many activities were her memberships the First Presbyterian Church, the Lovelace Lung Gym Therapy Group, her PEO Women's Sorority Chapter as a past president, and the Animal Humane Society. She regularly enjoyed the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. Betty was the partner and co-owner with Ben of numerous buildings, storage units, and several subdivisions of adobe home compounds and apartments in the Western United States and a hotel in Mazatlan. Betty loved to travel, having cruised throughout the world 32 times and was very active socially. She was a previous member of the Roswell and Albuquerque Jr. Leagues. The love of her life was her many years as the owner of a large cabin on the Holy Ghost Canyon in Pecos, NM. She was usually accompanied by her white Shepard dog, Pearl. Betty is survived by her husband, Benjamin K. Horton; and by their three children and six grandchildren: Richard and Holly Horton of Albuquerque and their children, Miles and Savanna; Benjamin T. Horton of Colorado Springs, CO, and his wife, Sandy and their two children, Andrew and Jennifer; and her daughter, Rebecca Horton Cheney of Arlington, TX, and her two children, Alene and Matthew. Betty asked that in lieu of flower to make contributions to the Animal Humane Assoc. of NM, Inc., 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Funeral Services will be conducted at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Saturday, February 4, 2006, at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the family home. French Mortuary University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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KADEY -- Cynthia Beaver Kadey, 46, has passed on to a better place on January 26, 2006. She lived in Albuquerque for 45 years. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Hunt; father, Berkley Beaver; her three beautiful children, Melissa Kadey, Melanie Kadey, who she blessed with life twice, and Dustin Kadey; sister June Smith and brother-in-law, Andy Smith and nephew, Logan Smith; her brother, Jeff Baughman and nephew, Reese Chancellor; great-nephew, Allen Chancellor; and great-niece, Alyssa Chancellor; sister, Tasha Clark; friend, Rick Witte; and many other great friends and extended families. For those fortunate enough to have known Cynthia, you know that she was an amazing and beautiful person inside and out. Her wonderful spirit has touched so many people throughout her life. Cynthia was the most thoughtful and giving individual as proven when she donated one of her kidneys to her beautiful daughter, Melanie. That was just one of the MANY tremendous things she did for people she loved and cared about. She will be deeply missed but NEVER forgotten. WE LOVE YOU CYN! A Memorial and Tribute to her life will be held Friday, February 3, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505)821-0010
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LOCKWOOD -- Sam L. Lockwood Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, finished his journey in life and went home to the LORD on January 31, 2006, at the age of 66. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 46 years, Jo Ann; son, Sam III, wife, Sheryn, grandchildren, Shayna, Sam IV, and Moriah; son, Scott, granddaughter, Sydne'; son, Shawn, wife, Danielle, grandchildren, Kassie and Kylan, all of Albuquerque. Sam was born in 1939 in Brownsville, TX. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Jo Ann Mayfield. Sam and Jo Ann were married in 1959 and moved to Lubbock, TX, where Sam attended Texas Tech University. After the death of his father in 1965, Sam and his family moved back to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Sam took a job with the Boy Scouts of America, moved to Corpus Christi, and was subsequently transferred to Albuquerque, where he became a District Executive. After many years of service to the Boy Scouts, he went to work for Executone Information Systems Inc. Sam took great pride and satisfaction in helping others, and found his calling in life in his work for Electric Mobility, selling Rascal Scooters. In 1990, Sam was diagnosed with his first bout of cancer. Had it not been for the help of Dr. Barbara McAneny, Sam would not have enjoyed the additional fifteen happy, productive years with church, friends and family. Sam was also an active member at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where he served as Lay Leader as well as on several committees and also an active member and past president of the New Mexico Toy Train Operating Society. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave. NE in Albuquerque, on Monday, February 6, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, 4901 Lang Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
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LONG -- Elizabeth M. Long, 81, an Albuquerque resident since 1952, died Tuesday, January 31, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joe Long of Albuquerque; daughter, Jan Evans of Albuquerque; sons, Joe Long of Bernalillo, NM, Robert Long and wife, Stephanie of Albuquerque and Steve Long and wife, Patty of Terrero, NM; granddaughters, Lisa Riser, JoAnne Steffan, Danielle Evans, all of Albuquerque, and Melissa Evans of Ashburn, VA; great-grandchildren, Emerson and Anneliese Riser, and Aiden Evans; brother, Jim Hixon and wife, Elsbeth of Mahomet, IL; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Herdman and husband, Dick of Harrison Township, MI; daughter-in-law, Heidi Harville of Albuquerque. Elizabeth grew up in Ames, IA. She attended Iowa State University where her father was a chemistry professor and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in dietetics. Following a one year dietetics internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, she married her husband Joe on September 6, 1947. She devoted her life to her husband and children. Her hobbies were golf and cross-stitching. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at 12:00, noon, Saturday, February 4, 2006 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE with Dr. Michelle Tatlock, officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 209, Albuquerque, NM 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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LUCERO -- Ernest Richard Lucero, 73, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Margaret who was the light of his life; sons, Larry Lucero and wife, Cristie; Rick Lucero and wife, Tamara, and Randy Lucero and wife, Keli; daughters, Joanne Buckmaster and husband, Steve, and Lisa Alford; step-sons, Steve Wallace, Jeff Wallace and wife, Nancy; step-daughters, Valerie Hammar and Deborah Wallace; grandchildren, Eric, Evan, Amanda, Kathryn and Levi Lucero, Michael and Kyle Breech, Jessica Buckmaster, Danielle and Victoria Alford, Lauren and Christine Wallace, Ben and Brent Hammar, Angela Koontz, Robin and Roberto Cotto; great-grandchildren, Monet Lucero, Brandon and Tyler Breech, Zachary and Eric Cotto. Ernie was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori; two sisters, Beatrice Torres, Aurelia Rey; and brother, Frank. He was born on June 19, 1932 in Albuquerque, NM. He was the fourth of four children born to Edward and Salome Lucero. Ernie served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was stationed in Guam and Astoria, OR. He retired from New Mexico State Employee Security Commission after 29 years. Ernie was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and was an usher there. He was also a member of American Legion, Post 49. Ernie was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved sports and was an avid softball and tennis player. He continued playing softball this past summer. The Lobos and Yankees were his passion. His attitude and determination during his illness is a testament to the human spirit and was an inspiration to those close to him. Ernie will be greatly missed by his family members and his many friends and companions. A Rosary will be recited Friday, February 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE with Deacon Charles Martinez reciting. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 4, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Greg Lucero, Steven Geis, Mike Torres, Eric Lucero, Michael Breech, and Jeffrey Wallace. Friends may visit at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel on Friday, February 3, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LUCERO -- Meliton Lucero went home to be with the Lord on February 1, 2006 at the age 87. He was born on March 18, 1918 in Anton Chico, NM. Meliton was a member of the V.F.W. Mr. Lucero is survived by his brother, Ernest Lucero; nieces, Beatrice Lucero, Nora Lucero, Juanita Anaya, Lena and Raymond Martinez, Theresa and Anthony Chavez, Cathy Marez, and Cindy Marez; nephews, Rick Espalin and wife, Jeanne, Joe Marez and wife, Theresa, Tony Marez and wife, Grace, Pete Marez, and Tony Jaramillo; and his best friend, Johnny Martinez. The Family would like to thank Hospice of New Mexico, Lindsy and Nora Tourville for all they have done during their time of need. Visitations will be held on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the Rosary in the Celebration of Life Room also at Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearer will be Robert Martinez, Brian Lucero, Albert Lucero, Isaac Jaramillo, Eric Jaramillo, and Ezequiel Espalin. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Espalin, Raymond Martinez, Ivan Chavez, and Stevan Espalin. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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MARTINEZ -- Anthony F. Martinez died Wednesday, February 1, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 53. Mr. Martinez is survived by his mother, Eva Church; son, Anthony Martinez; daughter, Monica Ortiz; brothers and sisters, Dr. Frank Martinez, Isidro/Dolores Serna, Robert Martinez, Rick/Gloria Kathryn Padilla-Gallegos, and Deborah Anne Segura; nieces and nephews, Marty Martinez, Modesto Martinez, Monica Martinez, Racheal Serna, Jerry Serna, Charles/Michelle Serna, Gabriel Padilla, Beatrice Martinez-Ortiz, Tanya Astorga, Roberta Niavez, Priscilla Mungor, Veronica Segura, Sharon Segura and Rodney Segura Jr. A Rosary for Anthony will be recited on Friday evening, February 3, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at San Ignacio Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Serna, Charles Serna, Marty Martinez, A.J. Martinez, Michael Martinez, and Gabriel Padilla. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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MARTINEZ -- Josie Martinez, 93, passed away on February 1, 2006. Mrs. Martinez was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie Martinez; her half-brother, Carlos Valdez; her sister, Porfie Baca; and grandson, Bobby Salazar. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Lucy Salazar, Stella Alires and husband, Arthur, Dolores Salazar and husband, Jim, Fernando Martinez and wife, Liz, Cecelia Cortes and husband, Fernando, and Leonora Armitage; her step-sisters, Loyola Tenorio and Julia Medina; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was born in Taos, NM on July 1, 1912. She was involved in the Rosary Altar Society, the Spanish Choir, and the Mayordomos at Our Lady de Guadalupe de Taos. She obtained her first employment at age 70 at the Weavers of Chimayo in Truchas, NM and was also the manager at Kachina Gift Shop in Cabot Plaza in Taos, NM. She had been a resident of Albuquerque for the past nine years. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8911 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque. The family would like to express a special thanks to Simple Pleasures Senior Care for their tender loving care the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MATHEWS -- Jane E. Mathews, 87, a resident of Albuquerque for 47 years, died Thursday, February 2, 2006. She is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Paul T. Mathews; sons, Richard Mathews and wife, Patricia of Durham, NC, Gregory Mathews and wife, Susan of Milwaukee, WI, and Timothy Mathews and wife Judy of Edgewood, NM; seven grandchildren, Anita, Christopher, and Katie Mathews, Jason Mathews, Lisa Casanova, Amber and Osha Posich; great-grandchildren, Sean Mathews, Chelsea Casanova, and Janette and Brianna Lacefield; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Thorne. Jane was born on July 23, 1918 in Pierre, SD to Glen Lester and Mayme Rebecca Thorne. She married Paul Mathews on May 31, 1941 in Mason City, IA. They moved to Albuquerque in 1958. Jane spent most of her life taking care of her husband and family but worked as manager of the cafeteria at Van Buren Junior High School for eleven years. She was a long-time member of Hope Evangelical Free Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Saturday, February 4, 2006, 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Gary Hamburger officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, February 3, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Evangelical Free Church, 4710 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, 87111. A special thanks to Heritage Hospice and Carefree Assisted Living from Jane's family. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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MEIER -- Shulamis Sally Meier, 89, passed away on January 31, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Charles Meier and is survived by her sons, N. Ezra Meier, his wife, Dee and daughter, Rhiannon Shalom; Kevin Meier, his wife, Julie and children, Kevin, Joey, and Peter; also granddaughters, Rebecca Shoshanna Mancuso and Nadia Mancuso. Funeral Services will be held at Aspen Funeral Alternatives on Friday, February 3, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a reception at the family's home following the Service. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE Albuquerque, New Mexico
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MONTOYA -- Rudy "Andy" Montoya May 1, 1959 - February 3, 2003 It's been three years since you left us. The pain in our hearts stings as much today as it did the day you left. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good-bye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we'd walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again. We love you and will miss you, today, tomorrow and always. Love your family, Mom, Dad, Gloria, Alexandria, Ilene, Sandra, Paul.
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OLSON -- Cynthia Elizabeth Olson, age 36, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2006. After a long battle with pulmonary hypertension, Cyndee died while waiting for a double lung transplant at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. She is survived by her mother, Beatrice; sister, Melissa; brother, Matthew; and many other beloved family members and friends. Although her heart was physically weak, her generosity and love for others exhibited a heart that was larger than life. She spent many years at La Familia, working with children with mental disabilities. For the final year of her life, she worked as an outpatient coordinator at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, helping patients suffering from severe pain. Perhaps her favorite activity was volunteering at Casa Angelica, a loving home and treatment facility for sixteen children with profound disabilities in the South Valley. Services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos Road. A Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. After the Mass, there will be a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Casa Angelica, 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW. In memory of Cyndee, please consider organ donation.
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ORTEGA -- Max J. Ortega went home to be with the Lord on January 31, 2006 at the age of 82. He was born on July 16, 1923 in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Ortega is survived by his wife, Daisy Ortega; sisters-in-law, Corina Anaya, Lalie Montano and husband, Mike and Minnie Sedillo and husband, Amarant; and many nieces and nephews. Max will be deeply missed by all. Funeral Services will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearer will be Jason Ponic, Leon Garcia, Gerard Garcia, Alex Sedillo, Richard Mora, and Randy Sedillo. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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RIOS -- Juanita Alire Rios died Tuesday evening January 31, 2006 at West Mesa Hospital, Rio Rancho, NM from complications associated with a long illness. Juanita was a life-long citizen of New Mexico being born May 30, 1917 in the Alire Township to the late Sixto Alire and his wife Refugio - founders of the Alire Township and prominent citizens within Rio Arriba County. Juanita's extended family includes the Atencio, Abeyta, Ulibarri, and Gallegos families from Northern New Mexico. Juanita attended rural schools throughout Rio Arriba County before meeting and marrying Pete Rios of Corona, NM. Together, Juanita and Pete had seven children but unfortunately lost four children before Pete's death in 1952. Upon her husband Pete's death, Juanita and her three surviving children -Fred, Ruth, and Leo - settled in Santa Fe where she held numerous positions in Santa Fe's restaurant industry. While in Santa Fe, Juanita was an active member of Saint Anne's Parish. Juanita retired in 1980 and ultimately relocated to Rio Rancho in 1987 where she lived within the Vista Grande Retirement Community. While in Rio Rancho, Juanita remained active in church and family affairs as she was influential in raising eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and ultimately 16 great-great-grandchildren. Juanita was deeply involved with every aspect of her Rio Rancho Parish - Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish -where she held numerous volunteer service positions for over 15 years. While in Saint Thomas Aquinas, Juanita made innumerable parish friends of all ages as she served the needs of young and old alike. Juanita was preceded in death by her sisters, Concepcion (infant); Ruth (Sandoval) of Chama, NM; Margaret (Miera) of Canjilon, NM; Susie (infant); and Nilda (Martinez) of Santa Fe, NM; brothers, Sixtito (infant); Paul Alire of Chama, NM; and Waldo Alire of Cebolla, NM. She is survived by her sister, Mary (Chonita) Mascarenas of North Glenn, CO and three children: Fred Rios and his wife, Janice of Mandan, ND; Ruth Duran and her husband, Jimmy of Rio Rancho; Leo Rios of Alexandria, VA and his wife, Billie of Albuquerque, NM. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mischelle Copeland, her husband, Jim Gilliland of Arlington, TX and their three children; Diane Sandoval, her husband, Charlie of Rio Rancho, NM and their two children; Bill Rios of Dallas, TX and his four children; Michael Rios of Fort Worth, TX and his five children; Wendy Bosch, her husband , Tony of Fort Collins, CO and their three children; Pam Rios, her husband, Robert Callum of Denver, CO, and their child; Victoria Rios-Furlow, her husband, Mike posted with the military at San Angelo, TX and two sons; Leanne Rios and companion, Kent Brown of Vienna, Austria. Services on Friday, February 3, 2006 include a visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. and Rosary services at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at Vista Verde Mortuary at Sara Road and Meadowlark Lane in Rio Rancho. Funeral Services will be held at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, NM on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with entombment at the Vista Verde Memorial Park at Sara Road and Meadowlark Lane in Rio Rancho immediately following the Funeral Mass. There will be a reception following the entombment ceremony for family and friends at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall. Juanita's family express their deepest appreciation for the support of the Albuquerque Total Community Care / PACE program and the staff of the West Mesa Hospital for their gracious assistance during the last days of her life.
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ROHRER -- Robert A. (Bobby) Rohrer died suddenly December 31, 2005 in a car accident in Mexico. Born January 3, 1942 in Chicago, IL, Bobby came to Albuquerque in 1953 when his father took a position with Sandia National Laboratories. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Rohrer; his sister, Jane Riggle; and niece, Elizabeth (Lisa) Runnels, all of Albuquerque. He is survived by his daughters, Kelli Rohrer-Davis and Liana Rohrer; his granddaughter, Danika Davis; and former wife, Judy Rohrer, all of Arlington, TX; by his son, Douglas Rohrer and daughter-in-law, Barbara Rohrer and granddaughter, Laura Rohrer, of Cheyenne, WY. Also by his nephew, Larry Riggle Jr.; cousins, Rosalie Rayburn and Patrick Reilly of Albuquerque; and cousins, Robert M., Catherine, and Robert G. Rayburn of Broomfield, CO, and Tina Garrison of Evanston, IL. Bobby was a graduate of Sandia High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he saw active duty during the Cuban missile crisis of the early 1960s. After the Navy, he pursued a career in the commercial and residential construction industry in New Mexico, Colorado, Iowa, and Texas. He was an avid balloonist and played an active role in the early years of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. He loved the outdoors, fishing, and sailing. In recent years, he was finally able to realize a lifelong dream to crew on sailboats in the Caribbean, and the coasts of Mexico and California. He was returning home from several months of sailing at the time of his death. Bobby grasped life with both hands and lived it uncompromisingly to the fullest. He was a man with a heart of gold, a loving father, a caring son, and a loyal and generous friend. Warm winds, Bobby - - you will be missed. Memorial Service Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 7834 Tennyson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122. Reception following at the home of Rosalie Rayburn.
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SAAVEDRA -- Alejandrina Saavedra. In the early morning hours of January 31, 2006, Alejandrina Saavedra, daughter of Agustin and Aurelia Alfaro, went home to rest peacefully with her Lord. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, to be followed by a Christian Burial at El Campo Santo de San Jose on Arenal SW. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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TATE -- M. Faye Tate went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 30, 2006, at the age of 76. She was born December 4, 1929 in Belen, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon J. Tate; father, David M. Reid; and sister, J. Gail Faucett. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Adams and husband, Michael, Lois Ortiz and husband, Charlie Ortiz; four grandsons, Richard Adams and wife, Vicky, Michael Adams and wife, Colleen, Wayne Hunter, and Jeff Hunter and wife, Stacy; three great-grandchildren, Erek Adams, Trey and Paige Hunter; mother, Beulah Reid; brother-in-law, Lloyd Faucett; nephews, David Faucett and wife, Amy; son, Trevor, Scott Faucett and wife, Nancy; son, Josh and wife, Jessie; and daughter, Kyleigh. Services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2006, at 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Wayne Hunter, Jeff Hunter, David Faucett, Scott Faucett, Ross Ligon and Tom Evans. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Friday, February 3, 2006, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 209, Albuquerque, NM 87111. The family would like to thank the Albuquerque Assisted Living especially Lynne Blake, Angie Jones, and VistaCare Hospice, Dr. Gerald Muraida, and Ann VanVorous for their loving care given to our mother. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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WILKINS -- Michael J. Wilkins of Rio Rancho, born September 11, 1960, passed away on January 27, 2006 at the age of 45. He was born and raised in Albuquerque and lived here all his life. His children were the joy of his life and he loved his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe, in 1976; his mother, Iva in 2001; his beloved grandmother, Nellie; and his mother-in-law, Janet Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Diane; and his children, Amanda and Michael. Also surviving are his sisters, Robin Cassell (Frank) and Barbara Hilliard (Lyn); his brothers, Frank Jones (Miki) and Ed Wilkins (Theresa); father-in-law, Richard Anderson; sister-in-law, Debbie Moreno and her children, Monica and Yvonne. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews, and their children. Mike had a love for fishing, cooking, building model rockets, the Green Bay Packers, and auto racing. He attended Highland High School and TVI. He will be missed by many. Special thanks to the Reverend Fergus Smith of Zia Hospice, to the Rio Rancho United Methodist Church and to the Cub Scout Troop Pack 17. Memorial Service will be Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., at Rio Rancho United Methodist Church, 1652 Abrazo Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM. Reception immediately following the Service at the church.
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