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CANDELARIA -- Higinio Candelaria, age 94, passed away at home on Thursday, March 2, 2006. He was born on February 19, 1912. He was a lifelong resident of San Antonito in the East Mountains. He is preceded in death by his wife Lillian that passed away on September 3, 2004. He is survived by his four children, Concie Chavez and husband Julian, Solano Candelaria, Solomon Candelaria and Bernardino Candelaria and wife Flora; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren A Rosary will be recited on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Church in San Antonio, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the San Antonito Church in San Antonito, NM. Burial will follow at the San Antonito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Sanchez, Danny Candelaria, Bernardo Chavez, Larry Perea, Bob Abery and Anthony Moya. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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CASTILLO -- Alex Castillo. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care, and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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CHAVEZ -- Emiliana Martinez Chavez, born on July 4, 1918 in Gallina, NM, transitioned from the arms of her loving family to the arms of her Lord and Savior on February 28, 2006 at her home in Gallina after a lengthy illness. Emiliana was preceded in death by daughter, Bernice Chavez Gomez; her parents, Tomas Martinez and Lugardita Sandoval; sisters, Clorinda Gonzales, Beatriz Gonzales, Tomasita Corrales, Papilia Martinez; and grandson, Roy Cordova. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, David Chavez of Gallina, NM; children: Martha Cordova, Alice Madrid, Thelma Chavez, Sam Chavez, Ronnie Chavez and Melanie Chavez-Jacquez all of Gallina. David Chavez, Jr. of Santa Teresa, NM, Archie Chavez of Las Cruces, NM and Arthur Dennis Chavez of Albuquerque, NM; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Rev. Emilio Martinez of Espanola; three sisters, Amalia Roybal of El Rancho, NM, Abedulia Padilla of Albuquerque, NM and Isabel Sanchez of Espanola, NM. Emiliana was a life-long resident of Gallina and a member of the Assemblies of God Church, where she was very active. Emiliana was a loving, generous woman of faith, who surrendered her life to God's will with grace and dignity. She would often remind us to put God first in our lives and to have faith that He would see us through any problems, fears or troubles. She took special joy and pride in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent gardener and seamstress. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at the Coronado High School Auditorium in Gallina. A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Coronado High School Auditorium. Serving as pallbearers are her grandchildren Raymond Cordova, Steve Madrid, Patrick Gomez, Rob Velasquez, Joshua Jacquez, Jonathan Chavez and Ronne Lee Chavez. Honorary pallbearers are: Rev. Emilio Martinez, Amalia Roybal, Abedulia Padilla and Isabel Sanchez. A special thanks to Faye Salazar, Sandra and Mindy Chavez for the TLC they provided. Thank you to all our friends and relatives for your prayers and support during Emiliana's illness. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of DeVargas Funeral Home, 623 N. Railroad in Espanola, NM.
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DAVIS -- Chris Davis, a resident of Albuquerque since 1962, passed away February 28, 2006. He leaves his wife, Tamerra; mother, Virgil; brother, Stephen; and sisters, Lynn and Gay. He is cherished and remembered with love. A Committal Service will be held on Saturday March 4, 2006 at 12:30 at Vista Verde Memorial Park. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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DAVISON -- Tracey D. Davison, born June 4, 1970 entered eternal life on February 25, 2006. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. Till 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2006 at Strong Throne Mortuary, Located at 1100 Coal SE. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Azusa Christian Faith Assembly Of God on Saturday March 4, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. The church is located at 201 Valencia Dr. NE. The burial is going to be following the Service at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, which is located at 700 Yale Blvd SE.
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DEWEY -- Allen C. Dewey, Jr., 72, an attorney in Albuquerque, NM, for 43 years, died after a long illness on February 26, 2006, in Sequim, WA, where he and his wife Shirley have lived since retiring in 2001. Born in Kohler, WI, on July 27, 1933, he received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College in 1955. He graduated first in his class from the University of Michigan Law School, having served as a member of the Order of the Coif and as an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Dewey was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity and the Albuquerque, NM and American Bar Associations. Dewey's entire legal career was with the Modrall Sperling law firm where he served as managing partner and member of their executive committee. He held the highest ratings awarded in the legal field and was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America." He was a director of Sunwest Bank of Albuquerque and served on the bank's executive committee. For more than 20 years, he was an active member of the American Law Institute. He also served as chairman of the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Mae Dewey of Sheboygan, WI, and his sister, Patricia Heinz. He is survived by his wife, Shirle; and their children: Ted Dewey and Dan Downs of Eugene, OR; Dr. Lisa and Fred Brown and children, Gareth and Derek, of Whittier, CA; Chris and Naomi Stanley and their children, Chandler and Allison of Seattle, WA; and Jennifer and Jeff Ruddock and their child, Riley of Dallas, TX. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2006, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 North Fifth Avenue, Sequim, WA with Fr. Robert Rhoads officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in Dewey's name.
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EASLEY -- Mack Easley, 89, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on October 14, 1916 to John Robert and Mary Ellen Easley in Tallequa, OK. He and his wife, Loyce Ann Rogers Easley, established residence in Hobbs, NM in 1947 after Mr. Easley graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School. In addition to his private law practice Mr. Easley became an Assistant District Attorney. Later he was elected to the NM House of Representatives, served five terms and was elected by his peers as the Speaker of the House. Mr. Easley was next elected Lt. Governor and served for two terms with Governor Jack Campbell. After returning to Hobbs, he became the new State Senator from that District, served one term and chaired the Senate Democratic Caucus Committee. At the completion of his term in the Senate he was appointed, then successfully ran for District Judge. In 1975 Governor Jerry Apodoca appointed Judge Easley to the State Supreme Court where he was elected to a second term and retired in 1982 as Chief Justice. His wife, Loyce Ann Easley, of 63 years became a renowned artist. He was preceded in death by his parents, 12 brothers and sisters, and his wife. He is survived by two children June Elizabeth Hudson and her husband, James T. Hudson; his son, Roger Easley and his wife, Linda Mary Easley; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday, March 6, 2006 at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m. with internment to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Friends may visit on Sunday, March 5, 2006 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Institute of American Indian Art, PO Box 22370, Santa Fe, NM 87502-9965. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FLETCHER -- Dwight Hines, August 26, 1960 - February 15, 06. A resident of Tijeras, NM and Albuquerque, NM for many years, died suddenly in Riviera Beach, Florida on February 15, 2006 at the age of 45. He is survived by his mother, Tommie Hines; his sister, Kellie Hines Gravier and his nephew, Sean Patrick Gravier. He graduated from Manzano High School and after serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he attended The University of New Mexico and received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. He became a very talented metalsmith. A Memorial Reception for Fletcher will be held on March 11th, 2006. Please call 897-8702 or 249-0256 for further information.
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FLOREN -- Arlie Milton Floren, 84, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on December 20, 2005 at home. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nadine Brown Floren; two daughters, Arline Proctor and husband, Jim, of Flemington, NJ, and Leola Gee and husband, Wyatt, of Farmington Hills, MI; grandsons Arlie, Jerry, and Christopher; granddaughter Lauren; three great-grandchildren, Patrick, Jarrett, and Alexis; a brother; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Originally from South Dakota, he worked at Lockheed Aircraft in California during World War II, where he met his future wife. He served two years in the U.S. Army, most of it in Italy, and he and Nadine eventually settled in her home state of New Mexico. He worked as an auto mechanic at the Nash garage and then for Galles Motor Company as well as an independent shop. He retired from Galles in 1984. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at Heights First Church of the Nazarene, 8401 Paseo Del Norte NE, with Dr. William Nielson officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service until 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Foundation (Department of Development), 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
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GAISER -- Mary Ellen Wade Gaiser, 78, passed away peacefully at home Monday morning, February 27, 2006, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Christina and husband, David Wertz and their children, David, Katherine, Christopher, and Sara; her son, Thomas Martin, Jr., his wife, Cynthia, his son, Soren, and her children, Mark, Richard and Denise; her son, Timothy Ross and wife, Carla and children, Maria and Patrick from San Francisco, CA; her son, Terence Patrick and wife, Sue and children, Brian and Emily; and her daughter, Anastasia Tereasa; her daughter-in-law, Sandra and children, Heath and wife, Rachel and Audra and her daughter, Aubrey; her sister, Aileen Freasier of Ruston, LA; her sister, Myrlene and husband, Bob Free of Savannah, GA; and her brother, J.R. and wife, Mary Wade of Mercedes, TX and numerous family members and friends. She was born in La Villa, TX, on December 19, 1927, the fourth of six children to James Ross Wade and Ethel Inez Riley. She graduated valedictorian of her class from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 1944. She attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville for two years, and then graduated from Texas Tech University in 1948 at the age of 20 with a degree in Home Economics. After obtaining her teaching certificate, she taught elementary school for three years until she met and married Thomas Martin Gaiser in Mercedes, TX, in March 1951. After their marriage they lived in Wichita, KS before moving back to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas in 1952. They then relocated to Albuquerque in October, 1962. After retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively throughout the fifty United States. She was a member of the Queen of Heaven Altar Rosary Society and Sewing Club. Her loves included travel, cooking, reading romance novels, and listening to George Strait. She leaves behind a legacy in her surviving children that includes a passionate sense of loyalty and family, a never-ending love of life and an extraordinary curiosity and desire to learn. She was always quick to laugh, eager to listen, and willing to help. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Thomas Martin, Sr.; son, Theodore George; her parents; and brothers, Howard and Elmo Wade. Rosary will be recited Thursday, March 2, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 3, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE. Private family Graveside Services will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery following the Mass. Pallbearers will be sons, Thomas, Timothy and Terence Gaiser, son-in-law, Dave Wertz and grandsons, Heath and David. Honorary pallbearers will include all of her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her loving family. The family especially wishes to thank Mary Lou Consla, whose love, advice, friendship, and assistance made this difficult journey bearable. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GARCIA -- Tony M. Garcia, age 45, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2006. A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, he was a talented artist. Tony lived his life every day to the fullest always with happiness and joy. Tony was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Anaya; daughter, Viola Salazar and his sister, Gloria Garcia. Tony is survived by his father, Manuel Garcia; daughter, Jessica Salazar; sister, Margaret Garcia; brothers, Steve Garcia, Nick Garcia and Ernest French; numerous other nieces, nephews, family members and friends who loved and will miss him greatly. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4th and Stover NW., on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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GIDDINGS -- Mr. Alfredo (Pop) L. Giddings, 91, born in Albuquerque, (Barelas) New Mexico on November 2, 1914 passed away on March 1, 2006. Alfredo is survived by a special friend and companion, Helen Fuentes; his three daughters, Agnes Amador and husband, Patrick, Patricia Abeyta and Chuck, Carmen Ronquillo and husband, Kenneth; two sons, John and wife, Mary-Helen, Charles and wife, Lucille; he is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 44 great- grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren; the extended Fuentes family and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, a daughter, Elizabeth, granddaughter, Christina and a sister, Trini Sandoval. Alfredo was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church where he served as an usher for over 50 years. He was retired from Santa Fe Railroad after 33 years. Alfredo was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #641 for over 60 years where he served as a Grand Knight and was a long standing member of the 4th Degree and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. Visitation for Alfredo will be Friday evening after 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 609 14th SW (14th and Coal SW) with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Karen Aceves. Final Visitation will be Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father Richard McGowan, S.J.. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Christopher Sanchez, Jonathon Archuleta, Richard Ronquillo, Michael Giddings, Chucky Giddings and Vidal Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be, Grayson Fuentes and Joseph Schubert. Here's to you Pops, a short one and a beer. Salud. We are still waiting for the ice cream and cookies. We love you and are missing you already. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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GONZALES -- Aurelio Gonzales, 81, beloved father went to be with the Lord Our Father, on Sunday, February 26, 2006. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the San Ysidro Catholic Church in San Ysidro, NM. Burial will follow at the San Ysidro Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GONZALES -- Inecita "Inez" Gonzales, a resident of Albuquerque since 1964, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. She would have been 100 on May thirteenth. She and her late husband, Eduardo Gonzales, reared nine children in and around the village of Fort Sumner, NM. Inez was a true native New Mexican who was born in New Mexico Territory in 1906 in a place called "El Tigere" near the village of Fort Sumner. A devout Catholic, she prayed her oraciones and novenas daily for the greater part of her life. She was a member of the Shrine of St. Bernadette. She will be dearly missed by her family and her friends who got to know this wonderful lady throughout the course of her long life. She could make her husband and seven sons a top notch shirt using her old peddle sewing machine. Her delicious New Mexico dishes were prepared without a written recipe. Oracio, her adventuresome cowboy son, would often say that "Shoot, "Mama" was making yogurt before it became popular. Nobody could make better tasting caramelo [custard caramel] pies than her." Adelina, her eldest says: "'Mama' had a genuine green thumb. That lady could grow anything. She could cook, she could sew, play the piano and guitar, and drive a team of horses as well as anyone." The Family and friends will never forget that wonderful and cheerful lady. Friends called her Inez; all her children called her 'Mama'". Inecita was preceded in death by baby, Brunilda, her loving husband, "Don" Eduardo "Ed" Gonzales a former rancher from Ft. Sumner, NM; loving daughter, Dulcinea "Lucy" Gonzales; loving sons, Oracio "Ralph" Gonzales from Battle Mountain, NV, and Roy Gonzales formerly of Bernalillo, NM. Inecita is survived by one daughter, Adelina Cordova of Albuquerque; five sons, Eddie Gonzales and wife, Irene of Phoenix, AZ, Morris Gonzales and wife, Katy of Albuquerque, Bevian Gonzales of Queen's Creek, AZ, Lee Richard Gonzales and wife, Linda of Albuquerque, and Steve "Gilbert" Gonzales of Bernalillo; daughter-in-law, Emma Gonzales of Bernalillo; plus many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. Rosary will be recited Sunday, March 5, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 6, 2006, 9:00 a.m., at The Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, March 5, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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HATCHITT -- Mary Irene Hatchitt, 84, died suddenly Tuesday night in Albuquerque. Born July 21, 1921 in Fort Dodge, IA, Mary was a 1939 graduate of Fort Dodge High School, and a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital's nurses training. For the next 45 years she worked non-stop as a registered nurse, taking only a couple of weeks off four times to give birth. She began her nursing career as an office nurse and surgical assistant to Dr. McClellan in Des Moines. It was there she met the love of her life, William T. Hatchitt. She waited for him while he served in the Marines in World War II. They married in 1946. Over the next four years she gave birth to three sons, then seven years later to a daughter. While raising her family, Mary was supervisor of surgery at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge. She often worked private duty cases and served as a caregiver to two of her uncles until their deaths. While in Fort Dodge, Bill and Mary had an active social life while raising their four children. They played bridge, bowled on various teams; square danced and attended countless sporting events supporting their sons' teams. Mary and her family moved to Albuquerque in 1963. A short time after the family arrived in New Mexico; Bill was stricken with heart disease that would plague him the rest of his life. She guarded his health, while managing to work full time, and manage a busy family life. Her nursing ability, vigilance and dedication to keeping Bill alive prolonged his life until 1992 despite all dire predictions to the contrary. Theirs was the kind of marriage people aspire to; inseparable best friends who enjoyed each other's company, entirely devoted to each other and their children and grandchildren. In Albuquerque, Mary served as an office nurse for many years at Surgical Associates for Dr. Karl Moedl, and Dr. Robert Castillo. The last few years before her retirement she was an office nurse for Dr. Thomas Hayes. Friends, neighbors, and relatives called and came to her house constantly over the years seeking her medical advice. What few people knew about Mary is that she was a gifted poet. A life-long Catholic, Mary instilled in her children a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and a strong work ethic. She was the strongest person you'd ever want to meet and was the rock that supported all of her loved ones in their darkest hours. Mary was seldom sick and never complained about her health. She was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who loved to argue politics right up until her last day. She loved to play slot machines, and when she wasn't home it was a safe bet she was either at church, the casino, or Grandy's. After her husband died 14 years ago, Mary was determined to force herself to get out of the house everyday. With few exceptions, she ate breakfast at Grandy's every day, including the day she died. Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, Arch and Irene Williams; her husband, William; her sons, James and Stephen. She is survived by her son, William A. and wife, Cynthia; daughter, Mary Ann; sisters, Arlene and Margaret Williams; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Joe, Kenny, Brian, Jennifer, Stephanie Hatchitt, Debbie Feuerherd, and Julie Santi; two great-grandchildren, Justin and Haley Feuerherd, who gave her immeasurable pleasure; nieces, Maggie Foxx, Josephine White, Irene Williams; and nephew, Arch Ramsden. Pallbearers will be Bob Foxx, William White, Will White, Thomas White, John Feuerherd, and Anthony Santi. There will be a viewing from 2:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2006, at Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Community, 8901 Candelaria NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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HELMER -- Gertrude N. Helmer passed away February 25, 2006 in Albuquerque. She was born June 6, 1911 to John and Mae Finley in Joplin, MO. Mrs. Helmer was preceded in death by her son, Michael; three husbands, Emory Mathews, Charles McHugh, and Richard Helmer; a sister, Mary Ramsey; and two brothers, John Finley, and Charles Carskaddon. She is survived by a nephew and three nieces; a grand-niece and four grand-nephews. Mrs. Helmer was retired from Albuquerque Tribune and active with the Irish-American Club and Cub Scouts. No services are planned.
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HERRERA -- David Herrera went home to be with the Lord on February 27, 2006 at the age of 71. He was born on August 3, 1934 in Maxwell, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta, NM. Burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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HERRERA -- FERMIN SR. In Loving Memory of our Dad and husband "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" March 2, 1927 (Passed Away 11-1-99) Dad, today is your 79th birthday. What a joy it would have been to have you here with us to celebrate your special day! We love and miss you dearly. Your wife Cecilia and Family: Della, Mag, Ellen, MaryAnn, Lidia, Sandra, Jeanette, Julia, Fermin Jr., Margaret, Joe, John, Kimberly and grandchildren
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HOWELL -- Katie Lee Howell, 94, peacefully went home to her Lord on Tuesday, February 28, 2006. She was born in Walters, OK on December 16, 1911 to Neal and Molly Sowell. Katie was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Leonard Howell in 2001; her son, Neil Howell in 1971 and her grandson, Joel Eric Denson in 1989. She is survived by her daughters, Lona Marsh and Carole Tindell and husband, Gene; daughter-in-law, Dorthia Howell; grandchildren, Shannon and John Denson, Tawnya Pope, Yvette Hopperstead, Monette Sedberry, Colette Plantz, Leonard Howell, Bret and Darren Popp, Lisa Mahigion and 23 great grandchildren. Katie and Leonard were high school sweethearts in Weed, NM prior to their marriage in September, 1933. They raised their three children primarily in Artesia and Estancia, NM where they owned farms and Katie was a homemaker. Katie's life was centered around her church and family. She was a devout Christian and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her and will live on in our hearts. Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at the Estancia Cemetery in Estancia, NM. Pallbearers will be Shannon Denson, John Denson, Leonard Howell, James Hopperstead , Mason Popp, Bret Popp, Darren Popp and Jeffrey Mahigian. Honorary Pallbearers will be Yvette Hopperstead, Monette Sedberry, Diane Popp and Lisa Mahigian. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LANTZ-CASADOS -- Darla M. Lantz-Casados, 48, a resident of Los Alamos since 1999, left this earth on Monday, February 27, 2006, to be with her Sweet Jesus. She was surrounded by her loving family. Darla was a giving and creative person who enjoyed life to its fullest. She enjoyed painting, photography, creating flower arrangements, snow skiing, bicycling, and sports. Her greatest pleasure in life was being a grandmother. Darla was a member of the Nazarene Church of White Rock. She was employed by Espanola Sports Medicine. Prior employment included Floral Manager at Smith's Food and Drug in Los Alamos. She is survived by her loving husband, Mark Casados of Los Alamos, NM; mother, Sylvia Lantz of Bosque Farms, NM; sons, David Patterson and wife, Heather of Los Alamos, NM, and Kirt and wife, Brandy of Moab, UT; step-daughter, Dawnna Patterson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; step-son, Greg Casados of Los Alamos, NM; grandchildren, Tristian. Kiaira, Paige, Jasmin, Kennedi, and Kade; sisters, Deborah Artiaga of Bosque Farms, NM, and Dixie Lantz-Thompson of Cabot, AR; nephews, Clem and Dakota; nieces, Terecina and Summer; uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. Darla is also survived by the wonderful 5 South Staff of the University of New Mexico Hospital. During her 11-month stay following her automobile accident the care that she received by the 5 South Staff was very loving and caring. Darla was preceded in death by her father, Bob Lantz; sister, Doreen Malynn Lantz; and brother, Darr Michael Lantz. Darla will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorial Services will be held Friday, 2:00 p.m., at the Nazarene Church of White Rock, White Rock, NM, with a reception to follow. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MARTINEZ -- Erma Martinez went with the Lord on February 26, 2006. Her youngest son, Duane Romero and granddaughter, Nicole Romero preceded her in death. She is survived by her oldest son, Dennis Romero and wife, Margaret, April and James Romero; her companion, Juan Hernandez; grandchildren, Monica Romero and daughter, Celina, Dennis Romero III and family, Bernadette Martinez and family, Christina Hernandez and family, Melissa Mirabal and family; sisters, Aggie Chavez, Helen Vigil, Rita Martinez; and brother, Martin Martinez; 16 great grandchildren. The family would like to express their appreciation for their presence, kindness and prayers during the loss of our loved one. Father Mike Cimino will hold memorial mass at 10:00 a.m. on March 3, 2006 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church 815 Guaymas PL/1 NE. Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in charge of cremation, 821-0010.
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MAYES -- Peggy Lou Mayes went to be with our Lord on March 1, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Mayes, and her beloved son, "Charlie" Marcak. Peggy is survived by her children: M. Lynn Billings and husband, Dr. David Williams; Bob Mayes and wife, Theresa; Charlotte Kirkpatrick and husband, John; Marilyn Morris and husband, Phil; and Michelle Adnan; sisters, Lois Gentry, Katie Lloyd, and her twin sister, Joy Gazzaway. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Peggy was a person who loved life and lived it to the fullest. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements are being handled by Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo, NE, Albuquerque, NM. Services will be held at Aspen Funeral Alternatives on Monday, March 6, 2006, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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MCNEILL -- Don McNeill passed away on February 27, 2006 after a long illness. He was born on June 23, 1926 in Canada. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty McNeill of 30 years; his children, Debbie La Pointe, Lori Scott, Toni McNeill, Michael McNeill; 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Joyce Chapman, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lola McNeill, brother, Bill McNeill and his daughter, Donna Barby. Don retired after 30 years with Ideal Cement Company when he and Betty began their own business, D & B Construction. Don was a general contractor and architect where he had the opportunity to design and build many homes in the Albuquerque and surrounding areas. A Rosary for Don will be recited on Thursday evening, March 2, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 71 Tribal Rd., Isleta, New Mexico. Funeral Services will be held on Friday morning, March 3, 2006 also at St. Augustine Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Los Padillas Cemetery. The family would like to thank Ladera Nursing and Rehabilitation Home for their kindness and loving care to Don during his stay there. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations be made to the Ladera Nursing and Rehabilitation Home.
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MONTANO -- Elias L. "Elly" Montano, 75, went to be with our Lord on February 27, 2006. He was born on October 30, 1930 in Del Norte, Colorado to Lee and Vita Montano. He joined the Navy in 1948 and served in the Korean War. He then lived in the Los Angeles area where he raised his family and was a letter carrier. He retired from the Hawthorne, California post office in 1986. He has resided in Albuquerque for the past 19 years. He was a member of the Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. For the last 12 years, he worked in the cafeteria at Del Norte High School where he made many friends he loved. Elly's passions in life were his family, fishing, and going on cruises. He was always busy with home improvements and woodworking. He loved to help others any way he could. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever. He is survived by his loving wife Carol; two daughters, Patricia Montano of Torrance, CA and Angela Swindle and husband Brock of Albuquerque; son, Charles Montano and wife Lupe of Palos Verdes, CA; two sisters, Louise Brito and Isabel Bell, both of Denver, CO ; one brother, Bill Montano of Del Norte, CO; five grandchildren, Elias Montano III, Brett, Brian, and Alex Montano, Adrienne Swindle; four great-grandchildren; cousin, Loretta Carrillo and husband Ralph of Bosque, NM; and several other cousins, nieces, and nephews. Elias was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Elias Montano, Jr. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2006 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Mass will be at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd NE. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in California. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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O'NIELL -- Richard Kane O'Niell peacefully passed away on February 28, 2006 at the age of 77, and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, golfing buddy, and best friend, Sue M. O'Niell; children, Steve and wife, Dennise, Tim and wife, Beverly, Karen, Ron, Ken and wife, Patti, Rob and partner, Mary Ellen Crowe, Rochelle C. Santiago and husband, Michael, and Jeanne Caroon; and grandchildren, Dallas, Tyler and Kelly. Sue and Dick would like to thank their special angel, Ann. There will be an open house to honor and celebrate Richard's life at the O'Niell home on March 4, 2006 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, 343 East Alameda, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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OFFERDAHL -- Sandy Offerdahl, 58, a resident of Albuquerque for more than 20 years, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Sandy is survived by her son, Barry Offerdahl and wife, Heidi of Irvine, CA; three grandchildren Brock, Griffin, and Hannah; three step-grandchildren, Wayne, Tyler, and Myles; two brothers, Dennis Davis and Patrick Netherly; and numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends. Memorial Services will be held in Sandy's honor on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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RIVERS -- Judy Daffin Rivers, 60, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in Albuquerque, of natural causes, after a long battle of pain and suffering. Judy was born November 12, 1945 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Frederick A. Bradshaw and Afton Lutz Bradshaw. She was married to Marvin "Doc" Rivers on February 27, 1987. Marvin and Judy shared a lifetime of love and happiness in their nineteen years together. Marvin has stood by her side tirelessly caring for her and providing her with a constant point of joy and "life" to her daily struggle. Their joking and open laughter together was shared by anyone who was around. Judy will long be remembered for her outgoing nature, her bright smile and twinkling eyes. Her biggest joys in life came from sharing with others. Cooking a meal, creating a craft or piece of artwork or simply engaging in a conversation with anyone about anything they cared to talk about. Struggling for years with a handicap that many would consider limiting Judy never let it hold her back. She always put so much fight and strength into anything she did that others were amazed by her sheer power of will. Judy is survived by her husband Marvin, his son Tommy Rivers and daughter Lisa Akins and grandchildren. Her brother Larry Bradshaw, son Guy Williams and granddaughter Katryna Williams. She was preceded in death by her father Frederick A. Bradshaw and mother Afton Lutz Bradshaw; and her daughter Trina Daffin. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Post Polio Health International, www.post-polio.org. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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SAGER -- Norma Sichler Sager (Mimi), born September 14, 1925, died peacefully on February 28, 2006 in Durango, Colorado where she had resided with her daughter Barbara Sager since 2003. She grew up in Los Lunas, New Mexico and traveled the world with her late husband, William F. Sager, Jr. and retired in Los Lunas in 1986. She enjoyed a successful career as a banker, but what she loved most was caring for her family and others. As a Red Cross volunteer in Hawaii in the 1960's, she spent many hours aboard military aircraft comforting wounded Vietnam war troops as they prepared for the last leg of their journey to the Mainland. Even with all her travels, her heart remained in New Mexico with its blue skies, and spectacular mountains. She had wit, great humor, and great strength. We remember a full life; a long life; an example of kindness and softness that inspires us and strengthens us. She was, and remains, our hero. She is survived by a sister, Lillian Pilon, of Michigan; a brother, Jack Sichler of Los Lunas, New Mexico; daughters, Sharon Taylor of Kansas City , MO, Barbara Sager of Durango, CO, Terry Shuck of Seattle, WA; son, William Sager, III of New York, and an "adopted" son, John Shuhmacher, of San Antonio, TX; granddaughters Kristen Astor of Washington, DC, Jelaina Sager, of Durango, CO; grandson, Brett Astor, of Boulder, CO, and son-in-laws William Taylor and Thomas Shuck, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4th, 2006 at Hood Mortuary, 1261 East Third Avenue, Durango, CO 81302.
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SALCIDO -- Rodolfo "Rudy" Benavidez Salcido passed away on November 26, 2005. Born September 4, 1941 in Morenci, AZ, a resident of Tucson, AZ for the past 20 years, lived in Tortugas, NM for many years. Rudy served his country in the U.S. Air Force Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his son, Orlando Madril Salcido and his uncle and best friend, Lil Joe "Judgie" Benavidez. Survived by his sons, Lil Rude and Michael Salcido; daughter, Elisa Chavez-Eloy; grandchildren, Patrick and Perry Chavez, Carmela Salcido; his father, Cipriano Salcido; three sisters and one brother, Mary, Irene, Nora, and Sonny Salcido. His good friends Edward and Elsie Gavi and his bodyguard "Poncho" friends forever. Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
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SEDILLO -- Freddie "Fred" Sedillo, age 49, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2006. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Chapel at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with burial immediately following. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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SHERWOOD -- Connie J. Sherwood, 84, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Bear Canyon Estates, Albuquerque, died February 19, 2006 in Waterloo. Memorial Services Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, IA. www.LockeFuneralHome.com. Survivors include: daughter: Karen (Moses) Paloma, Georgetown, TX; son: Charles E. (wife, Valerie Reed) Sherwood, Tampa, FL; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister: Eunice Heaton, Albuquerque; sister: Maxine Wahl, Parkersburg, IA; sister: Norma (Royale) Whiteaker, Longview, WA. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church or Am Vets Scholarship Fund
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TALMADGE -- Paul M. Talmadge, age 72, passed away February 28, 2006. He was born and raised in Iowa, but moved his family to Albuquerque in 1979. He received a degree in music from Drake University in Des Moines, and enjoyed conducting, teaching and playing music. His other interests included hiking, camping, and playing tennis. Paul served in the Korean War. He wed Patricia Joann Kelsey in 1962. Paul was a 12 year resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in T or C, where he received loving care, for which the Talmadge Family will be forever grateful. Our heartfelt thanks go to the entire staff. He is survived by his son, John Talmadge; and daughter, Rebecca West; brother, Ron Talmadge; sister, Joyce Spaulding; six grandchildren- Arianna and Samantha Talmadge, Anastasia, Joshua, Isaac, and Josiah West; and many extended family members in Albuquerque. His warm smile, kind heart, and sense of humor will be missed. He joins, at long last, his true love and wife who preceded him in death in 1978. A Memorial Service will be held at the Trinity at the Market Place Church in Albuquerque at 11 a.m., Saturday March 4, 2006.
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WAGERS -- Grace Byrne Wagers, 87, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 following a short illness. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2801 Lomas Blvd. NE. Grace was born in Des Moines, IA in 1918. In the summer of 1927, she, her parents, her brother, Ruby, and her two sisters, Garnet and Gertrude, made the long journey to Albuquerque in an open touring car via the newly-opened Route 66 highway. She was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, class of 1936. In 1942, she met and married Richard M.D. Wagers of Phoenix, AZ, who was then on active duty with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war they settled in Phoenix, where Grace was employed as a secretary at the Standard Oil Company, and later as a Deputy Court Clerk with the Maricopa County Superior Court. Richard died in 1974, and Grace never remarried. In retirement, she worked for many years as a volunteer at the Tempe (Arizona) Historical Society Museum. She was a lifelong Democrat, and was active in many political campaigns. She continued to reside in Tempe until 1996, when she returned to Albuquerque to be closer to her family. She is survived by many loving family members and friends. Contributions in her name to VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 5639 Jefferson St. NE, or to the Democratic National Committee, would be appreciated. Friends may call the home for further information.
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