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SALAZAR -- Felipe (Phil) Salazar, born May 29, 1929, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, after a three-year struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis due to exposure to asbestos while serving with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Phil is survived by his loving wife, Celina. They were married in their hometown of Lamy, N.M., on July 2, 1953. Phil is also survived by his six children, Yvonne, Al, Gertie, Cathy, Phillip and Annette; sisters Fanny and Kena; two daughters-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Daniels Family (formerly Vista Verde), 4310 Sara Rd. in Rio Rancho. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd Rio Rancho 505-892-9920
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SALAZAR -- Felipe (Phil) Salazar, born in Lamy, NM on May 28, 1929 was called home by our Lord on Thursday, February 8, 2007 surrounded by his wife and children. He is preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Vivianita Salazar; 12 siblings, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dolores and Eusebio Muller. Phil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Celina, and their children: Yvonne Salazar of Rio Rancho, NM, Al Salazar and wife, Cindy, of Albuquerque, Gertie Salazar of Rio Rancho, Cathy Vigil of Albuquerque, Deacon Phillip Salazar and wife, Starr, of Eurika, CA, and Annette Salazar and fiance, Frank Casaus, of Rio Rancho; his adoring grandchildren, Ashley Perry and husband, Gabriel, Dennis and Ryan McCool, Jonathon Vigil and Jackie Stoll, Angela, Lauren, Jessica and Christopher Salazar, Natasha Clarke and husband, Kevin. Phil had five beautiful great-grandchildren: Angelica Salazar, Ty Hunter Franco, Joshua, Nathaniel, and Kadalina Perry,. He is also survived by his sisters Estephanita Trujillo and Kena Vigil, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Phil attended grade school in Lamy, NM, and high school in Stanley, NM and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque in 1977. Phil volunteered in the US Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean War receiving four battle stars. During this time he was exposed to asbestos resulting in terminal Pulmonary Fibrosis. Phil worked for the Atkinson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railroad in Albuquerque from 1954 until 1968 and with the NM Air National Guard. He was called to active duty for the US Air Force with the NMANG during the Vietnam Era stationed in Korea. He returned to Albuquerque and continued his employment with the NMANG with the State Staff. In 1979 Phil accepted a position as a Federal Investigator and was promoted to Federal Supervisory Investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Memphis, TN. He also transferred to the Tennessee Air National Guard retiring as a SMSGT. In 1986 he was promoted and transferred to Little Rock, AR where he retired as EEOC's Administrative Officer in 1989. Phil retired after 29 and one-half years of military and civilian service to his country. He received many awards and medals. Upon retiring, he returned to New Mexico making his home in Rio Rancho. Phil received great comfort during his illness from his love and faith in our Lord; he was active in the Catholic Church and belonged to Saint Thomas Aquinas, as well as the Church of the Incarnation, in Rio Rancho, serving as a lector in both parishes. Phil served on the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments representing Sandoval County; served eight years as President and Vice President of the NM Democratic Club; a member of the Democratic Party Central Committee; a member of the American Legion Post 118 in Rio Rancho; a member of the Veterans Monument Committee as well as Past First Vice Commander Disabled American Veterans West Mesa Chapter 5; and a life member of the DAV Shelby County Chapter 70, Memphis, TN. He was appointed by Governor Richardson to the Korean War Veterans Advisory Board serving from 2003 until 2006. He loved sports, playing basketball in high school and continuing his love of baseball by playing softball with the 65 and older league until 2003 when his illness had him hang up his cleats. Phil enjoyed traveling, fishing, the Green Bay Packers and singing. A visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho. A Rosary will be held on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM, recited by his nephew Deacon Anthony Trujillo. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 13, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM, and officiated by his nephew, Father George Salazar, and assisted by Father Rick Zerwas, Deacon Phillip Salazar, Deacon Anthony Trujillo and Deacon George Meyerson. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Pallbearers are Dennis McCool, Jonathon Vigil, Ryan McCool, Christopher Salazar, Gabriel Perry, and David Trujillo. His granddaughters and great-grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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STURMOSKI -- Billie Jean "B.J." Sturmoski, 30, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2007 after a lengthy illness. She is the beloved daughter of Maureen Sturmoski and John Baca and loving sister of Edward Sturmoski and Menon Schwoebel. She is also survived by her grandmother, Aurora Baca; aunts, Miriam Corcoran, Helen Corcoran Chiordi, Ann Sesler, Rita Rocca, Phyllis Parks, Marie Baca; uncles, Bob Sesler, John Rocca, Louis Parks; cousins, Michelann and Wes Tachibana, Angie and Gary Person, Elizabeth Sesler and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her loving uncle and godfather, Michael J. Chiordi. B. J. graduated from Manzano High School in 1994 where she lettered in chorus. She volunteered over 5,000 hours at UNMH pediatric department. She would have received her Associate's Degree from UNM-VC in May. B. J. was a good friend to all, and touched many lives. Her family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and her friends at UNM-VC for their support through the years. A special thanks to the physicians and nursing staff at Presbyterian Hospital, AICU for the loving care given to B. J. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. A celebration of B. J.'s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a special fund "Friends of Billie Jean" has been established and contributions may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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THOMPSON -- W. Ragon Thompson M.D., a true southern gentleman, gardener, skier, and world traveler died on January 26, 2007 at the age of 71 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. He was born on September 8, 1935 in Clarksville, Arkansas to Anna Augusta Ragon Thompson and Roger Leon "Buster" Thompson. His parents; his sister, Luanne Thompson; and his sister-in-law, Jan Thompson, preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother, Byron Alfred Thompson and niece, Anna Beth Thompson of Springdale, Arkansas; his aunt, Mary Johnson of Clarksville, Arkansas; his cousins, Kay Nevins of Searcy, Arkansas, Rosemary Dyke of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lee Ragon of Denver, Colorado; his adopted daughter, Madonna Stewart and her brothers and sisters and their families. He is also survived by his friend of thirty years, Charlotte Mary Toulouse, the extended Toulouse family, and his wonderful caregivers and friends, Ben Megah, Denise Corder, Victoria Secrest, Linda Heflin, Tiffany Megah, Geneva Megah and Heritage Hospice. At the age of 17 Dr. Thompson entered The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. Upon earning his undergraduate degree in 1956 he went on to medical school at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. After graduation from medical school he came to Albuquerque where he did an internship at the University of New Mexico Medical School. He completed a residency in 1968 at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which became his specialty for the rest of his medical career. He served in the United States Air Force as a Captain from 1963 to 1965. In 1968 he returned to Albuquerque where he worked at Lovelace Clinic and in 1973 he entered private practice with his friend and colleague Scott Taylor M.D. until he retired from medicine in 1986. He then moved to Ouray, Colorado where he owned two art galleries and became an excellent picture framer. In 2002 he moved back to Albuquerque so he could be surrounded by loving friends who would help him through his final journey. A Memorial Service will be held at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2006 with the The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher from Nashville, Tennessee officiating. He will be buried in the family plot in Clarksville, Arkansas. Donations in memory of Dr. Thompson can be made to two of the organizations where he gave not only of his money but his time, Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, 701 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, or Second Chance Humane Society, PO Box 2096, Ridgway, CO 81432. If you were one of the hundreds of infants or the mother of one he delivered there will be a display at the mortuary where a picture of the babies as he first saw them and as the adults they have become can be placed anytime this week, during normal business hours, and prior to the service. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel East, 15 Hotel Circle NE. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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VALENZUELA -- Frances Alexandra Valenzuela, 21, of Sherrard died February 6, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at Beulah Presbyterian Church, Orion. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd.,Orion. Memorials may be made to her children at any Union Federal Savings and Loan. Frances was born March 28, 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Dennis Dorrell and Linda Jaramillo. She married Christopher Valenzuela on June 1, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Mesa, AZ. Frances was a sales associate in the jewelry department at Von Maur, Southpark Mall, Moline. Frances was an accomplished harpist and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed sketching and writing. Her first joy was her husband Chris and her two children Kyla and Gabriel. She is survived by HusbandChristopher Valenzuela; childrenKyla Valenzuela and Gabriel Valenzuela; bothat home.
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ABEYTA -- Remedios Maria Chavez de Abeyta, (February 9, 1909 - February 8, 2007) passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 8, 2007. She is survived by her son, Alex Abeyta Jr. and his wife, Yvonne; grandchildren, Lisa, Lucinda, Alex III and his wife, Anita, Adrian, and Stephanie; and great grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Samantha, Alexis, Alyssa, Christopher, and Addy. Mrs. Abeyta was born on February 9, 1909 in San Antonio, NM to Solomon Chavez and Guadalupe Miera de Chavez. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Abeyta Sr. They lived out most of their lives in Deming, NM, raising their only son, Alex Jr. They moved to Albuquerque in the 1970's to be closer to their grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. A Reception immediately following the services will be held at 2925 Indiana NE. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Mass will also be held at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial in the San Miguel Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BACH -- Miriam L. Bach, 80, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, February 11, 2007. She was born April 5, 1926 in Newton, IA to Pearl A. and Lena Ryan Haifleigh. Family was very important to Miriam and gave her great joy. She was a loving caregiver to both her parents, her husband, and her son-in-law, Robbie for many years. She is survived by her children: Carolyn Butler and husband, Dan of Stanley, Cathy Stubblefield of Edgewood, Ray Bach and wife, Ronay of Canyon, TX, and Carmen Wolfe and husband, Eric of Appleton, WI; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and many wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Bach in 1982. Traveling, shopping and gardening were some of her activities. She retired from First National Bank. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Services will be Thursday, February 15, 2007, 10:00 a.m. at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul Blvd., NE. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Baxter Congregational United Church of Christ, P. O. Box 38, Baxter, IA 50028 or to Jasper County Historical Society, P. O. Box 834, Newton, IA 50208. Miriam spent her first 40 years in Iowa; her second 40 years in New Mexico where she enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. French Mortuary Lomas Blvd. Chapel 275-3500
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BROWN -- Myrtle L. Brown, 79, a resident of Cedar Crest for 43 years, died Saturday, February 10, 2007. She is survived by her children, Connie B. Sciacca and husband, Carl of Trinidad, CO, Frederick Arthur Brown, II and wife, Ina of Harper, TX; grandchildren, Wade Aubuchon and fiancee, Melinda Broderick of Albuquerque, Daryl Aubuchon and wife, Louise of Trinidad, CO; four great grandchildren, Kyra, Kolton, Grant and Meg; brother, Tommy Kimsey and wife, Frances of Albuquerque; sister, Carolyn Bacher; and many friends. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Fred in 2006. She was born in Belen, NM on January 25, 1928. Fred and Myrtle were married in Belen on February 10, 1946. She was one of the charter members of Mountainside Methodist Church in Cedar Crest and was instrumental in starting the Sandia Mountain Wildlife Association. She was very active in the Ponderosa Extension Club. Myrtle was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. As per her request, no services are being held. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd., NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GARCIA -- Beltran S. Garcia. 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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GRIEGO -- Frances Griego, 92, passed away on February 10, 2007. Arrangements are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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