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BACA -- Cipriano E. Baca We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of our relatives and friends who were so kind, supportive and helpful during our recent loss. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Again a very special thank you to Bertha, Sandy and Lynn for all your help. We could not have done it without you, you are our angels!! Thank you- Manuel, Kristi and family
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CRAVENS -- Virginia B Cravens, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, passed away at home on September 3, 2006. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard H. Cravens, Jr., in 1970. Virginia was a U.S. History teacher at Albuquerque High School (1958-1964) and Del Norte High School (1964-1973). She loved to teach the U.S. Constitution and shared a life long intellectual excitement with her students. Virginia "collected universities;" Oxford and Cambridge in England, the Sorbonne, in Paris, and enjoyed classed at University of New Mexico for over thirty years. She traveled to Europe countless times. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Levy, and her husband, Juan; two sons, Richard H. Cravens III, and Robert Van Cravens and his wife Carol; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held.
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GAWIN -- Gladys A. Gawin, 87, passed away September 1, 2006, in Las Vegas, NV. A native of Chicago, she was a resident of Albuquerque, NM, for the past 27 years. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Gawin. She is survived by her son, Butch Gawin of Albuquerque, NM; her daughter, Gail Harris of Las Vegas, NV; her granddaughter, Jennifer Marshall of Las Vegas, NV; her grandson, John Harris of Dallas, TX; her sister, Theresa Allori, of Chicago, IL; and her beloved dog, Sparky. Gladys was a skilled fisherwoman, a lifelong devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs, and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul Church, 22nd Place and Hoyne Avenue in Chicago. Memorial donations may be made in Gladys' name to: Cubs Care at Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison Avenue Chicago, IL, 60613.
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KITCHELL -- Charles Wayne Kitchell, 55, a longtime resident of Sandia Park, NM, died Monday, September 4, 2006. He is survived by his nephew, Henry Lee Wackerbarth; great-nieces, Tanya and Tammy; and many friends. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Kitchell in 1985 and Leona Kitchell in 2003; and sister, Ruth Kitchell in 1993. He was a good natured person who brought joy into the lives of all he met. Charlie will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Graveside services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. William J. Lock officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vista Grande Church, P.O. Box 903, Sandia Park, NM, 87047 in Charlie's memory. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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LEE -- Charles K. Lee, 86, an Albuquerque resident since 1957, died Tuesday, September 5, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Olive Lee of Albuquerque; daughters, Caroline Thompson and husband, David of Jemez, NM and Susan Janes and husband, Marvin of La Cueva, NM; grandchildren, Erica Pierce and husband, Joe, Dale Thompson, Jesse Thompson, Taylana Thompson, Shalona Thompson; great-granddaughter, Hannah Thompson; brother, Roger Lee; step-sons, Kim Arthun and Robin Arthun. Mr. Lee was a US Navy veteran of WWII. He retired from Sandia Labs as an electrical engineer after 25 years of service. After retirement, he spent time at his studio working with metal casting and his foundry work. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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LUCERO -- Mrs. Mathilda S. Lucero, 64, a resident of Estancia, NM, passed away on September 7, 2006. Mrs. Lucero is the beloved wife to Mr. Wilfred Lucero, married for 35 years. Mrs. Lucero is also survived by her loving children, Robert Lucero and wife, Cynthia, John Lucero and wife, Mary, Wilfred Lucero Jr., Erick Lucero, Nancy Gabaldon and Evelyn Martinez; two sisters, Nancy Lujan and husband, Paul, Kathleen Torres and husband, Clem; one brother, Niels Jensen and wife, Anna; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lucero was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation for Mrs. Lucero will be Sunday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Deacon Juan Lucero. Final visitation will be Monday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Estancia with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Monsignor Douglas Raun and Father William Young. Interment will follow in the Estancia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dave Cebellas, David Archuleta, Bobby Lucero, Richard Jensen, Ronald Padilla and David Marquez. Honorary pallbearers will be, Gus Archuleta and Daniel Wade. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MALDONADO -- REINA The family of Reina Maldonado would like to thank all her family and friends who brought food, sent cards, flowers, and prayers at the time of her passing. A thank you to Presbyterian Hospital and a special thank you to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice staff for all their loving support and wonderful care given to Reina and her family during this difficult time. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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MONTOYA -- Carlos Montoya, 86, born in Las Vegas, NM, on February 2, 1920, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2006. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus "The Mirada", and a Foster Grandparent. Carlos was also the recipient of the Jefferson Award in 1997. He is preceded in death by his wife Frances; sons Bobby and Charlie; grandson Tommy. He is survived by his daughters, Cecelia, Carmen, Linda, Dolores, Darlene, Merlene and Debra; along with his sons, Adonias (Robert) and Joe, also Son-in-Laws, Paul, Billy, Johnny, David and Daughter-in-Law MaryAnn; as well as his long time companion Mary. Carlos had a total of 101 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He also had many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. Viewing and Rosary Services will be held at Holy Family Church, 550 Atrisco Dr. SW, Albuquerque, on Monday September 11, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mass Services will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 309 Stover Ave SW, Albuquerque, on Tuesday September 12, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. The burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. "WE WILL ALL MISS AND LOVE YOU!"
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MURPHY -- Lesa Marie Lovato Murphy, 32, a resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, September 4, 2006. She is survived by her precious daughter, Vivienne Skye Stitelman; her mother, JoAnn Lovato and father, Joe R. Lovato and wife, Arlene; her brothers, Aaron, Chris and Marty; her grandparents, Joseph and Edwina Lovato all of Albuquerque; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, especially cousins Molly and Amanda; her best friend, Samantha Scott; and her most favorite cat, Patrick Corleone Murphy. She was preceded in death by her grandparents T. O. and Soraida Sanders; and uncle Lee Lovato. Lesa was a beautiful person inside and out. In spite of her pain, she loved life, chickens, and especially her little girl. She was a talented photographer, artist and loved to read. Most of all she was a good person and a good friend. A Celebration of her Life will be Saturday, September 9, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Humane Assoc. of NM, Inc., 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque 87108. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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NOLAN -- Joseph E. Nolan, 51, passed away at his home on September 4, 2006. He was preceded in death by his father Edward J. Nolan; brother John F. Nolan; and sister Lily Souza. Joseph is survived by his mother Alice C. Nolan; sisters Nora Friedl and husband Paul, Jeanne Henderson and husband Dan, Catherine Fuhs and husband Dennis, Peggy Gurule and husband Mike, and Mary Love; brothers Ned Nolan and wife Eileen, Vincent Nolan and wife Connie, Tom Nolan and wife Sue, triplet brothers Bill and wife Susan, Mark Nolan and Mary Hartley and Chris Nolan. He was Uncle Joe to numerous nieces and nephews. Joseph was an active member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Joseph graduated from Eldorado High School in 1972 and served in the United States Coast Guard until receiving a spinal cord injury in 1974. Joseph graduated from the University of New Mexico. Now Joe will have no more paralysis and no more pain. Rosary will be recited on Friday, September 8, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Fitzgerald. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Fitzgerald and Son. Interment of his cremains will take place in Las Vegas, NV. Memorial contributions can be made to the Spinal Cord Injury Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 884-1188
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PADILLA -- Rose M. Padilla passed away Thursday, September 7, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 62. Rose is survived by her children, Erlinda Mull and husband, Sohail, Cecil L. Barreras Jr., Carlos J. Villanueva and wife, Bernadette, Judy Green, and Jerry A. Archibeque (grandson); brother, Esquipula Padilla Jr. and wife, Jennie; sisters, Margie Walker, Rita Lujan and husband, Frank, and Della Burke and husband, Michael; 11 grandchildren, Maurice, Moonique, Michael, Leatta, Cecil-Phillip IV, Melissa, Cecil-David, Anthony, Alex, Vincent and Carlos Anthony; and five great-grandchildren, Christian, Arianna, Darnelle, Chandni and Ricky. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at Holy Family Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Los Padillas Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carlos Anthony Villanueva, Cecil-Phillip Barreras, Maurice Mull, John Porfillio Padilla, Anthony Padilla, and Frank Lujan Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Vallez, Michael Burke, Billy Walker, Louie Ray, Jose Sanchez, Leo Padilla and Michael Mull. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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PITTMAN -- Ronnie Dale Pittman, 55, 303 Hwy 301 N., formerly of Moriarty, NM, died Thursday at home. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., in the Kenly Missionary Baptist Church. George Arant and Rev. Lewis Godwin will officiate. Entombment at Arlington National Cemetery. Surviving, wife, Barbara Pittman; daughter Veronica "Nicki" Earlene Dains Pittman of the home; son, Robert Eugene Pittman and wife, Jennifer, of San Angelo, TX; mother, Ora Crocker Pittman of Kenly; sister, Peggy Reeves, of Smithfield; brothers, Herb Pittman and wife, Sally, of Spring Hope; Earl and wife Shelly of Kenly; grandchildren, Miranda Renae Pittman, Morgan Noel Pittman, Nathan, Autumn, Audrey, Aspen, Heaven, and Dylan. The family will receive friends at Kenly Missionary Baptist Church after service for fellowship. Donation may be made to Kenly Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 237, Kenly, NC, 27542 or Kairos % Parker Umstead Treasury, PO Box 17126, Winston-Salem, NC 27116-7126.
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SASKA -- Tim Saska, 71, a resident of New Mexico since 2003, died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Born in Dayton, OH, Tim Saska was raised in the small town of Howell, MI. After high school he moved to California and graduated from San Jose State University in 1959 with a BFA. He received an MFA from Columbia University two years later and in 1969 earned an MA in Art History from Indiana University. Following this, he taught for a number of years. Tim devoted himself full time to his painting beginning in 1980 and was Artist in Residence in Lufkin, TX. His forte was large-scale acrylic urban and rural landscape paintings, imparting a luminosity of color that shimmers like outdoor light. Tim Saska said "I am an observer, watching the passing of the seasons and the changes it brings to the landscape." He has shown his work throughout the country; his work is featured in numerous corporate and private collections including those of Amoco, EDS, Methodist Hospital, American General, Citicorp, and Marathon Oil. His paintings are currently shown in the Peterson-Cody Gallery in Santa Fe and the Harris Gallery in Houston. He is survived by his brother, Robert Saska, of Texas; his beloved companion, Joyce Freiwald; and his many friends throughout the country. Of particular note, Tim remained close with many of his high school friends in spite of the years and miles. Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 9, 2006, 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Animal Humane Assoc. of NM, Inc., 615 Albuquerque, NM 87108, or to the local Animal Humane Assoc. in your city. Arrangements by French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SAWIN -- Shirley Sawin, 76, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2006. She is survived by her daughters, Teri Wayne Sawin and Cathy Rogers; and son, Richard Sawin. Mrs. Sawin's body has been donated to the UNM Anatomical School of Medicine. Memorial Services are pending and will be held in approximately one year, at a date yet to be announced. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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SMITH -- Russell Lloyd Smith, 60, of Albuquerque, died at 4:35 a.m., Monday morning, September 4, 2006, at home after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Russ was born on May 15, 1946, in Independence, MO. He was the first born son of Bobbie Russell Smith and Marian Ruth (Beal) Smith. He has one brother, Frank Floyd Smith, and two sisters, Lita (Smith Lyons) Chandler and Laura (Smith Jesse) Llamas. He was first married to Judy Hentel. They had one child, Kenneth Alan Smith. He then married Linda LaVerne McCallister (twice). Russ and Linda were bound together in life by a profound love, an unwavering friendship, and their three children: Stephen Victor (he was a big boy who carried his Daddy's keys), Eric Alexander (they never forgot or agreed on the 1982 quarters), and Rebecca Lynn Smith (she knew her Daddy would catch her if she jumped). Another child who calls Russ "Dad" is Sean Crosby, of Las Vegas, NV. Russ was briefly married to Sean's mother, Cathy. Russes' companion for the last eight years, has been Dorthea Jackson. Additionally, he has enjoyed special friendships with Daniel McCallister, his brother-in-law, and Lennie Veit, his future daughter-in-law. Russ was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren: Aleksandrea, Anna Rae, Corrina, Trystan, Lillian and Skylar. Throughout their lives, whenever they find a penny, they will know that it is their Grandpa Russ reminding them that he lives in their hearts. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1995; and a brother-in-law, John McCallister in 2002. Russ helped raise John. He was John's inspiration to return to school and get this degree. Russ was nomadic in nature but his heart was always with his family. He was a man who was not known by many, but much loved by those who did know him. In his younger years, he served in both the Air Force and the Navy. After being honorably discharged from both services, he worked towards being self-employed. His specialty was making repairs on homes or appliances as honestly and inexpensively as possible. His life's work didn't make him rich, but it made him happy. His family and friends broke the rules and walked by his side as he walked through the Lonesome Valley. With a deep regret, they learned they could not carry him out of the valley and were forced to deliver him into the waiting arms of the Heavenly Father. They will find peace and strength as they gather to say their earthly good-byes and celebrate his memory at the little country cemetery just outside of Corona, NM, in Lincoln County, on September 9, 2006. In the light of this peace and strength, they will grow. Hey Rusty, uh ... Russ, Russell, Dad, Grandpa Russ, Old Man, (anything but late for dinner), we miss you .
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SODERSTADT -- Geraldine W. Soderstadt passed away on September 8, 2006. Services are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sunrise Chapel 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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TAYLOR -- Howard Moses Taylor Born June 27, 1929 to Marshall and Priscilla Holmes (Taylor). He is survived by his wife, Willa Mae Williams (Taylor); two brothers; two sisters; four daughters; one step daughter; three sons, two living, one deceased. Services will be held Saturday September 9, 2006 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Viewing from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Services from 2:00 to 3:00.
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TRUJILLO -- Nancy Virginia Trujillo went to reside in the Kingdom of Heaven on September 8, 2006. She was 56. Nancy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ted; daughters, Elizabeth and Sara; mother, Doris Lawrence; sister, Patricia and husband, Dan Winnett; father-in-law, Ted Trujillo; son-in-law, John Trujillo, husband to Sara; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Baca and husband, Barney, JoAnn Wright and husband, Rick, Margaret Magallanez and husband, Felipe; brothers-in-law, Jerry Montoya, Anthony Trujillo and wife, Lena, Thomas Trujillo and wife, Ana; numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and sisters in faith. She is preceded in death by her father, Andrew Lawrence; mother-in-law, Anna Trujillo; and sister-in-law, Betty Montoya. Nancy was born on November 9, 1949 in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Dulaney High School in Maryland, and received her degree in wildlife management from Arizona State University. Most recently, Nancy was a resident of Corrales, but she also called Baltimore, MD, Phoenix, AZ, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Atlanta, GA, home. Throughout her life, Nancy strived to reach others with the teachings of Christ. She was active in Community Bible Study, both as student and teacher of the teachings of Jesus. Nancy was also an active participant in Samaritan's Purse. She loved horseback riding and spending time with her family. Private services will be held. Her family asks in lieu of flowers, donations to help further ovarian cancer research are made in her name to the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, Development Office, MSC08 4630, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. John 11:25-26: Jesus said to her "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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VALDEZ -- Onofre Valdez passed away Friday, September 8, 2006 in Albuquerque, at the age of 96. Mrs. Valdez is preceded in death by her husband Rosalio Valdez; children, Mary Ann Ealy, Gloria Ann Valdez, and Chris Valdez. She is survived by her children, Margaret Baca and husband, Ben, Alice Tenorio, Benny Valdez and wife, Evelyn, Rosalio Valdez Jr., Bobby Valdez and Patsy, Patricia Diggins and husband, Frank, Tony Valdez and wife, Hilda, and Sandra Takei and husband, Tom. She is also survived by several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. A Viewing will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. A Rosary for Mrs. Valdez will be recited following the Viewing, at 7:30 p.m. at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 11, 2006 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cuba, NM where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vincent Valdez, Eddie Tenorio, Ben Baca Jr., Benito Valdez, Richard Torres, Arthur Lucero and Eddie Sanchez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Georgia Padilla, Monica Tanny, Celeste Soto, Dorena Valadez, Cecilia Bustamante, Julie Trujillo, and Dina Cano. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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