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AGUIRRE -- Herminia Alicia Aguirre, 91, formerly a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2007 in Stockton, CA. She was born on December 2, 1915 in Cordova, NM. She was in the pottery decorating business for more than 30 years. Minnie leaves two sons; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; four sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and in-laws; as well as many special friends. A Service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel located at 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity or church of your choice. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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ALARID -- Stella Alarid, "Nana," was a woman before her time. Stella, age 85, passed away peacefully holding her daughters hands, surrounded in the company of her family early Monday morning, January 29, 2007. Stella left this life just as she lived it; with strength, grace, and dignity. She will be greeted in heaven by her departed daughter, Renee; granddaughter, Denise; mother, Marian; father, Romelo; and brother, Romelo Jr. Salazar. She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Senator Michael Alarid Sr.,"Tata," 87; her siblings, Margaret Chavez and Rudolpho Salazar; children, Michael and wife, Barbara, Elizabeth and husband, Stephen, Estella, Luciana, and Celena; her grandchildren, Jason and wife, Chevonne, Michelle, Vanessa, Roberto, Renee, Tara, and Michael III; and great-grandchildren, Renee, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Gabriela, Angelica, and Valdejan. Nana was an indomitable spirit, and she was the heart and energy of our family. Her red chili was perfection and her house immaculate. Nana was a force to be reckoned with, always giving you a hard time, but teaching respect, honor and love - that was how you knew she loved you. Even as old age slowed her down, her spirit never faltered. She was stronger than all of us put together. There are no words that can sum up what you mean to us. You are the foundation for all our lives and are irreplaceable. We will celebrate her life on Thursday evening, February 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at the Daniels Family Funeral Service, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A Memorial Mass will be conducted in her honor at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper NW at 6th St. in downtown Albuquerque, Father Richard McGowan, celebrant, on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505/821-0010
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ARCHULETA -- Carlos Archuleta, age 35, our loving son, brother, grandson, father, and friend, passed away Monday, January 29, 2007. A lifetime resident of Albuquerque, he worked as a carpet layer. Carlos was preceded in death by his grandmother, Josie Archuleta and he is survived by his children, Ciara Archuleta, Raymond Gonzales, Carlos Archuleta Jr., Jade Archuleta, and Estrella Archuleta; his father, Larry Archuleta Sr.; his mother, Lorraine Sanchez; god-parents, Placido and Kathy Maldonado; siblings, Stacy Sanchez and husband, Louie, Larry Archuleta Jr., Marcos Sanchez, Schanell Archuleta, Monica Archuleta, and Andrea Sanchez; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 816 Broadway Blvd. SE. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Walter Lopez, Shawn Maldonado, Marcos Sanchez, Larry Archuleta Jr., Louie Sanchez, and Kenneth Archuleta Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Fernando Rodriguez, Louie Sanchez Jr., Carlos Archuleta Jr., Joseph Archuleta, and Angelo Archuleta. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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BENAVIDEZ -- ADAM S. Today a year ago, you left us with a lot of unanswered questions, "why this" and "why that" but if we think about the "why" questions in this world, they will never be answered and we will never understand. Adam, I miss you and I know I will see you again. I know you're with me every step of the way. Love your sis. Gabriella
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CARLSEN -- Martha S. Carlsen, 88, of Las Cruces, NM, entered eternal life Tuesday, January 30, 2007 surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 18, 1918 in Earl Park, IN to William and Eleanor Carton Simons. During WWII, Mrs. Carlsen did some civilian work in Japan that left her with many fond memories and love for that country. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to garden, walk, and play bridge. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Ronald M. Carlson of the family home; two sons, Chris Carlsen and wife, Carol of Wyoming and Ronald "Chip" Carlsen and wife, Kim of Las Cruces; one daughter, Cathy Ellsworth and husband, Don of Rio Rancho. Other survivors include four grandchildren, Alicia and Josh Ellsworth and Eric and Tyler Carlsen; as well as four great-grandchildren, Lola and Lily Carlsen and Brendan and Merrik Ellsworth. She was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters, one being her twin sister. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2007 in San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla, NM with Monsignor Robert Getz officiating. Inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date in Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory. 527-2222
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EWING -- John Meredith Ewing passed away peacefully on Monday January 29, 2007. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was born on December 8, 1932 in Berkeley, CA. John spent his childhood years in Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona and received a B.A. in Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John married Gail LaBeau in 1953 and eventually moved to Roswell, NM where he raised his family. After 18 years, John moved the family to Albuquerque where he resided for the last 31 years. John retired from Lederle Laboratories in 1993 and maintained very close friendships with his colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Gail; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Kim Ewing; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Richard Bell; and son and daughter-in-law, Stewart Ewing and Valerie Brier. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Audra Ewing, Wyatt Ewing, Kristen Bell, and Alexandra Ewing; two brothers, Dr. David Ewing and Dr. Russell Ewing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Sue Ewing. Services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday February 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. John's sense of humor and strength will be greatly missed and forever remembered by those who knew and loved him. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the New Mexico Cancer Center nurses and physicians as well as to Presbyterian Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
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FARQUHAR -- Richard L., DMD Dr. Richard L. Farquhar, DMD, of Santa Fe, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2007. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. (505) 984-8600.
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KUNZMAN -- James S. Kunzman, age 54, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 27, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on July 28, 1952 in Fairfield, IA to Wallace and Caroline Kunzman. James was a resident of Albuquerque since 1963. He graduated from West Mesa High School in 1969 and then attended UNM. Jim was the head golf professional at Tierra del Sol in the '80s. His specialty was teaching golf. He coached the Belen High School golf team and they won two state championships. Jim also coached the Special Olympics golf team in the '90s. He was a Mason and an avid La Cueva High School baseball supporter. Jim entered into the insurance business in 1984 and was the most caring agent you could ever want. Jim was the best husband, father, son and brother that a family could ever have. He was a friend to all, gave his time to help everyone at anytime. Jim is survived by his wife, Deborah; his sons, Samuel J. and Mark A. Kunzman; his father, Wallace and wife, Doris Kunzman of Albuquerque; his two brothers, Wallace Jr. and wife, DeeAnn Kunzman of Oklahoma City, OK, and Jeffrey E. and wife, Lucille Kunzman of Los Lunas, NM; Debby's four sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Caroline Kunzman and his nephew, Cole Kunzman. Jim will be sorely missed, but those who knew him would agree that he would say "Please don't be sad I'm playing ball with Cole." A Memorial Rosary will be on Thursday, February 1, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel with Deacon Mark Bussemeier. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, February 2, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Monsignor Olona as the Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donation can be made to the American Heart Assoc. - NM Affiliate, P.O. Box 90790, 87199-0790. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LAZARUS -- Roger B. Lazarus, a mathematical physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years, died on January 27, 2007 in Los Alamos, NM. Lazarus helped pioneer the development of computers for large-scale calculations and led the computer division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was 81. At the Los Alamos laboratory, Lazarus evolved the manual calculations of the Manhattan project into computerized numerical analysis. In 1951, his first assignment was to estimate yields of atomic explosions using a method proposed by Hans Bethe and a primitive computer. He soon moved his calculations to a more powerful device - the first stored-memory computer, MANIAC, which was designed by Nick Metropolis and others. This computer, with less processing power than today's hand-held devices, filled an entire room. Lazarus recalled in a speech in 2002 that visitors were impressed by the caption on a glass box near MANIAC - "In case of emergency, break glass." Inside the box was an abacus. 1n 1954, Lazarus joined the MANIAC group as physicist-consultant in exchange for preferred time on the computer. Collaborating with Dave Woods, he developed computer code called HENRE that researchers built on for over 20 years. He and Mark Wells developed the first major model of a nuclear meltdown. He worked with IBM on the development of Stretch, the first solid-state computer. In 1968, Lazarus was selected to found the Computing Division at Los Alamos and served for several years as its first director. He retired in 1986. A life-long outdoorsman, Lazarus was an avid tennis player, skier, hiker, and gardener. He was a regular with the Los Alamos Wednesday hikers and took yearly solo backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. He took great pleasure cultivating his small orchard, as well as baking bread, reading voraciously, and visiting regularly with a wide circle of family and friends. After a forest fire in 2000 destroyed their home, Lazarus and his wife chose to stay and rebuild next to the orchard, which remained unharmed. Known for his wit and good humor, Lazarus was a community theater actor and a sought-after lead in comedy roles for the Los Alamos Little Theater and Don Juan community theater productions. He was a worthy adversary in regular poker games that often included Carson Mark, Paul Stein, Stan Ulam, Nick Metropolis, George Cowan and other well-known Los Alamos mathematicians and physicists. Originally from New York City, Lazarus entered Harvard in 1942, served in the Pacific theater in World War II, and returned to Harvard to complete his studies, receiving his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1951. He and his wife, Peggy Gross Lazarus, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. A beloved and admired husband and father, Lazarus is survived by his wife, Peggy; five children, John of Boston, David of New York City, Katherine of Irvine, CA, Virginia of Evanston, IL, and Elizabeth of Boulder, CO; and eight grandchildren, Ginger, Brian, Sarah, Sam, Nathan and Maya Lazarus, and Leilani and Jay Wong. There will be a Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2007, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage, Los Alamos, NM (telephone 505-662-2346).
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LINDGREN -- Kevin M. Lindgren, 52, born on September 21, 1954 in Sacramento, CA, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Anne Lindgren and their two sons, Kristopher and Justin of Albuquerque; his mother, Donna J. Mills of Rescue, CA; stepfather, Gerald F. Mills of Wilmington, NC; sisters, Colleen Lewin of Colorado Springs, CO and Tracy Stafford of Rescue, CA; mother-in-law, Mary F. Meyer of Albuquerque; brothers-in-law, Thomas M. Meyer of Middleton, WI, and Michael J. Meyer and wife, Denise of Albuquerque; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Richard J. Lindgren; and brothers, Derrick and David Lindgren. He was a graduate of Cal State, Sacramento, and an employee of Mobil and then ExxonMobil for 24 years. After leaving ExxonMobil, he pursued a career in real estate and joined Keller Williams Realty. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, on Friday, February 2, 2007, 10:00 a.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Casa Esperanza, 1005 Yale Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 in Kevin's name. Anne, Kris and Justin would like to thank family and friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support that they and Kevin received while fighting cancer. Also, to the doctors and nurses of Oncology at Presbyterian Hospital, your compassion and encouragement were outstanding. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LUCERO -- Randolph A. Lucero went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2007, at the age of 40. He was born October 30, 1966, in Flagstaff, AZ. Funeral Services are pending at this time. Funeral Services are in the care of: Daniels Family Funeral Services Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MARTINEZ -- Sylvia Lydia Martinez, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in Albuquerque at the age of 51. She is survived by her mother, Nettie Martinez; husband, Richard Martinez; daughters, April Martinez and Lisa Martinez; brothers, Tony Abeyta, and Tommy Abeyta and wife, Debbie; sisters, Barbara Martinez and husband, Leonard, and Josie Nacisio and husband, Junior; and grandchildren, Anthony Martinez, Desiree Baldonado and Matthew Baldonado. A Rosary for Mrs. Martinez will be recited on Friday evening, February 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services are pending and wiil be anounced. Pallbearers will be Tommy Abeyta, Leonard Martinez, Junior Nacasio, Lawrence Martinez, Danny Baldonado and Raymond Ortiz. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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MONTGOMERY -- George "Monty" Montgomery, 59, died on January 28, 2007, due to complications following open-heart surgery. Born in Charleston, WV on November 6, 1947, George's brilliance was early recognized, with him starting 1st grade at age 4 and graduating from high school at age 15. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from West Virginia University before being sent to Vietnam, where he served as highly decorated 2nd lieutenant from 1969-71. Following Vietnam, George moved to Albuquerque where he obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture, and that is where he met Rose and began their 31-year love and friendship on August 2, 1975. Wanting to get both of their careers on track, they waited to have their children, and joyously welcomed Brian in 1984, Colin in 1987, and Meghan in 1992. Monty worked as an Architect, both in others' offices and in his own private practice, some of his works including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM, and the Vigil Law Offices by Old Town, as well as a host of other houses and businesses. In the past several years, Monty worked for the BIA Southern Pueblo Agency and most recently was Facilities Manager at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute. Monty was the ultimate family man, totally dedicated to his wife and children. He gave them a strong, solid foundation on which they will be able to continue to grow and thrive. Words that are frequently said about George include "honorable", "good", "kind" and "spiritual." These and many more cannot describe the wonderful human being that he was. His passion was books and learning, which can be attested to by the thousands of books in his house, and a pile of at least 20 at his bedside that he read simultaneously. George could speak about any subject, the more obscure the better, with ease and thoughtfulness. His favorite topic was books about spirituality, the meaning of life, and enlightenment. I believe that he has now found the answers to these questions. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Rose; children Brian, Colin, and Meghan; granddaughter, Natalie and her mother, Hannah Brownell; brother-in-law, Michael Baldasarre; cousins, Beth Glover, James Trimble, and George David Trimble; and dear friends Michael and Sandra Jerome, Patricia and Christopher Briggs, Jeannie Jurgensen, and Tim and Chris Brown, just to name a few. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church on Carlisle and Comanche, followed by a reception at the church. The Service will be a sharing and celebration of George's life, so anyone who would like to share a memory of George is invited to do so. Donations can be made to the George Montgomery Library Fund, which will provide books to underprivileged schools.
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MURRAY -- Suzanna Michelle Murray, age 22, of Bernalillo, went to be with God, Thursday, January 25, 2007 after a long battle with asthma. Suzanna had a tender and loving heart. She cared deeply and gave often to the homeless and less-fortunate and always put others needs in front of her own. Music, animals, fashion design, and shopping were among her loves. Suzanna will be greatly missed by her family and all of the many lives that she touched. She is survived by her parents, Jamie and Chuck MacDermott; sister, Brittany MacDermott; brother, Christopher Baca; grandmother, Charlene Hatter; grandfather, Jim Murray; grandfather, Charles MacDermott; uncle, Shane Cleveland, wife, Julie and their children; aunt, Jennifer Alderman and her children. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW, with Pastor Bob Church officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of NM, 7001 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite 1-A, 87110. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ROCHE -- Edward W. "Bill" Roche April 10, 1936 - February 1, 2006 I do not need a special day to bring you to my mind The days I do not think of you are very hard to find. Each morning when I awake I know that you are gone And no one knows the heartache as I try to carry on. My heart still aches with sadness and the secret tears still flow What it's meant to lose you no one will ever know. My thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill, In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. We've gone through the motions of living this year, but the hole in our hearts will never heal. We love you, Babe. With love from your Family
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STAM -- Emmalee W. Stam, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1953, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Louis. Other survivors are a son, Kent Stam (and wife, Linda) of Rio Rancho; a daughter, Anne Dunn (and husband, Larry) of Denver; and five grandchildren: Brandon, Cory, and Sean Stam, Ryan and Kelly Dunn. Emmalee was born in Bradenton, FL and was a graduate of Florida State University. She was a teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools for over 20 years, retiring from McCollum Elementary in 1982. She was an active member of the Lions Club, the Sonatas Club and a long time member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the New Mexico chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; 8100 Mountain Rd. NE Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110, ph. 266-4473.
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STEVENS -- Richard F. Stevens died, at 79 years of age, after a long illness in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 11:13 a.m. He was Director of Public Occasions at Ohio University from 1971-1992. He was artistic director for the YM/WHA Community Theatre and an instructor in creative drama from 1958-63 in Pittsburgh, PA. From 1963-68 he was Entertainment Director for the U.S. Department of Army in Germany and Vietnam. In addition, he was Artistic Managing Director for the Richmond Civic Theatre in Indiana from 1970-71. At his death he was on Honorable withdrawal from Equity (Currently on Honorable Withdrawal) Richard Stevens had been acting for over fifty years. He earned a BFA from Chicago's Goodman Theater and an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He had over 300 credits to his name in acting and directing, largely in stock and community theater. His favorite roles include "Dr. Seward" in Dracula, "Barney" in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and Pozzo" in "Waiting for Godot." He is survived by his wife, Connie Stevens; his sons, Richard F. Stevens Jr., Oakland, MD and Patrick Dillon Stevens, Charlotte, NC; his daughter, Katherine M. Turner, Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: Bethany Ann Stevens, Victoria Nicole Stevens, Oakland, MD, Shannon Rhae Stevens, Charlotte, NC; Alison Mabel Turner and Joseph Clarence Turner, Albuquerque, NM. Condolences can be sent to Connie Stevens at 5164 Mesa del Oso Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.
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TORRES -- Rev. Deacon H. Esequiel Torres, age 84, went with the Lord, Tuesday, January 30, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Felicia Torres; three sons, Michael, Herman, and Leroy Torres; one daughter, Nancy Trujillo; four stepchildren, Sandy Martinez, Diane Griego, Kelvin, and Allen Medina; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters. He was a World War II Veteran who served in the Okinawa Invasion as a Corporal. He was a rancher and farmer in Arroyo Seco in Taos County. He lived and worked in Albuquerque; retired from the Board of Education in 1986; and was Ordained as a Deacon in 1987, serving at St. Therese Parish for over 20 years. He was a life time member of the Hermanos Penitentes and of the SNM De MP. Visitations will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited this evening (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. at St. Therese Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 8:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Antonio Torres, Francisco Torres, Joseph Martinez, Steven Martinez, Gabriel Jaramillo, Ben Barela. Military Honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Santa Fe Post Honor Guard. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160
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WELTER -- William "Willie" A. Welter, age 90, of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007, at Ladera Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness. Willie retired from Dictaphone Corporation in Bridgeport, CT after 35 years of service. In 1991, he and his wife, Sally, moved to Albuquerque. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army-Air Force and a longtime member of the American Legion, both here and in Connecticut. Willie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally; brother, John Welter of Bridgeport, CT; niece, Wendy Dever and husband, Thomas; nephews, Lewis Welter, Warren Welter and wife, Beverly, Glen Balamaci; mother-in-law, Jane Timko; sister-in-law, Joan Balamaci. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. A Memorial Service will take place Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary Westside Chapel with a Committal Service at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WIRTH -- Janet Marie (Jan) Wirth, peacefully passed away in Peralta on Thursday, January 18, 2007. Born in Columbus, OH on April 7, 1919, she married Robert (Bob) Wirth on August 6, 1943, and moved to New York City where she worked as a secretary until 1950, when the couple moved to Albuquerque. Shortly after their move to New Mexico, Jan began a new career which gave her great joy-that of a loving mother. Jan and her brother, John Holdson, ran Rio Valley Greenhouse in Albuquerque's south valley for many years. In the 1980s, her husband Bob opened a law practice in Los Lunas and began developing real estate in Valencia County. As always, Jan actively participated in those ventures. Jan lived in the family home in the Los Altos neighborhood of Albuquerque for more than 55 years. Her dearest friends were her loving neighbors. The glow of the luminaries on Christmas Eve was her favorite sight and for decades when friends and family came to see the lights, she graciously welcomed them into her home on that night to celebrate the season. In 2006, when living alone became more difficult, she moved to her daughter's home in Peralta. Jan loved the peace, tranquility and beauty of the Jemez Mountains and was an avid fisherman. She was a gifted potter who generously shared her creations with her many friends and family members. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a devoted friend, and a friendly and helpful neighbor. She will be greatly missed. Janet was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert Wirth; her mother and father, Alice and Charles Walter Holdson; sister, Ruth Waller; and brothers, David and John Holdson. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Dumas and Deborah Wirth-Schneider; son-in-law, Ken Schneider; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to El Ranchito de Los Ninos, a long term children's ranch dedicated to keeping siblings together when they cannot be with their families, P.O. Box 2400, Los Lunas, NM 87031. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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