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KOBURI -- James Koburi of Grove, Oklahoma died at 1:45 a.m., Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Integris Grove General Hospital in Grove. He was 78. Mr. Koburi was born July 15, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois to James and Aida (Colletti) Koburi, Sr. He grew up and attended schools in Chicago, Illinois. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On July 18, 1964, he married Deanna B. (Skipp) Fincher in Chicago. They retired to the Grove area in 2006 from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, Mr. Koburi owned and operated United Transmission for 20 years. Mr. Koburi served as president of the Italian-American Club in Albuquerque. Mr. Koburi was currently a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Deanna Koburi, of Grove; four children, Victoria Smith of Elgin, IL, James Koburi, Jr. of Missoula, MT, Steven Koburi of Albuquerque, NM, and John Koburi of Santa Fe, NM; three step-children, Michael Fincher of Rogers, AR, Randy Fincher of East Grand Forks, MN, and Sheryl Fincher-McGill of Broken Arrow, OK; one brother, Charles "Chuck" Koburi of Jensen Beach, FL; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Mr. Koburi was preceded in death by one grandson, Kendrick Fincher; and one brother, Paul Koburi. There will be a Funeral Mass for James Koburi at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, May 9, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Parish in Grove with Father Alex Kennedy officiating. Friends and family may leave condolences on line at www.honoringmemories.com. The family suggests memorials to the Kendrick Fincher Memorial Foundation for promoting hydration and prevention of heat illness in memory of Mr. Koburi.
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KOEHLER -- Charles A. Koehler, was born in Deming, in the territory of New Mexico, on June 14, 1910, and passed away, May 3, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, brother, and son-in-law, Richard Emmel. Charles is survived by his wife of 77 years, Dorothy Koehler, two daughters, Pauline Emmel, and Leone (Bill) Peters, of Albuquerque, NM; five granddaughters, Phyllis (Modesto) Sanchez, Debbie Mercer, both of Edgewood, NM, Lynn (Paddy) Downey of Hobbs, NM, Carolyn (Talal) Mourad of Huntsville, AL, Jeanette (Bill) Slichenmyer of Sherborn, MA; 10 great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Nathan Lloyd, Sahn DeVel Madrid, Jennifer Smith, Sean and William Downey, Sarah Owens, Julia Mourad, and Danielle and Kurt Slichenmyer; five great-great-grandchildren, Derek, Desiree, and Maria Madrid, Madison Smith, and James Owens. As a child, Charles' family moved to Texas, where he remained until young adulthood. He then moved to Colorado, where he met Dorothy Moss. She moved back to Oklahoma, but at Christmas time that year, Charles went after her, and they married on December 27, 1930, in Woodward, OK; he then took his bride back to Colorado, where they farmed for 15 years. Leaving their farms, they moved their young family to Albuquerque, where they bought and ran an apartment house. His hobbies included fishing at Elephant Butte, rock hounding, and jewelry making. He also loved square dancing, and was a beekeeper for many years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 2:00 PM, at Daniels Family Funeral Services- Carlisle Chapel, 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE, with a gathering following in his honor in the Celebration of Life Reception Room. Interment will be scheduled for a later date, at Fairview Cemetery, in Yellow Jacket, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to Odyssey Health Care, 5600 Wyoming Blvd NE, Suite # 10, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505)884-1188 www.danielsfuneral.com
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MAJOR -- Charles R. Major, 90, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010 www.danielsfuneral.com
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MARKEE -- Mary A. Markee 85, a resident of Albuquerque died Tuesday, May 6, 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Markee; and her daughter, Sonia; son, Charles Markee and his wife, Betty; and their sons, Mike and Rick; and her daughter, Patricia Markee. She is also survived by her brother, Mac Salas; and her sister, Evelia Griego, and her husband, David; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, James S. (Jim) Markee; and her brothers, Ambrosio and Lorenzo Salas. Services will be held Friday, May 9, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE with interment following at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. The family wishes to thank the wonderful people of Vista Care Hospice for their loving care of their mother. Mary was a wonderful mother and wife and will be truly missed. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MARQUEZ -- Erinea "Irene"Marquez, 92, born on January 18, 1916, was called to be with her Heavenly Father on May 7, 2008, with her loving family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon Marquez; her parents, Virginio Maes and Emilia Baca-Maes; three brothers, Benjamin, Secundino and Matias Maes; two sisters, Otilia Jaramillo and Ponciana Marquez; one sister-in-law, Mary Maes; two brothers-in-law, Delfino Jaramillo and Juan Marquez; and one son-in-law, Roy Gonzales. She is survived by her one son, Evaristo Marquez and wife, Julia; and two daughters, Celina Marquez of Albuquerque and Emma Gonzales of Bernalillo; grandchildren, Diane Baca and husband, Orlando, Stephen Marquez and wife, Thelma, Paul Gonzales and wife, Karen, Victor Marquez and wife, Rosita and Daniel Gonzales; great-grandchildren, James Gonzales, Luke, Aitana, Tina Irene and Gabriel Ramon Marquez; and her special friend, May Farmer. Erinea will always be remembered as very devoted to her Lord, a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandma and friend. She was a lifetime member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church for 51 years. She has left a legacy of wonderful memories that her family will treasure forever. Rosary services will be recited Thursday, May 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, by Father Bill Sanchez. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 9, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lomas at Tennessee, with Father Bill Sanchez, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Wyoming at Paseo Del Norte NE. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Stephen Marquez, Paul Gonzales, Victor Marquez, Daniel Gonzales, James Gonzales and Orlando Baca. We would like to also thank the staff at Hospice de LaLuz for their wonderful and loving care they gave to our mother, especially Patricia, Karen, James, Ramona, Bo, Ginger, and Dr. Ortega. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112 (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MARQUEZ -- Juan Clemente "Johnny" Marquez, 70, of Santa Rosa, NM died Monday, May 5, 2008 at the V.A. Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. He was born July 20, 1937 in Santa Rosa, NM to the home of Juan C. and Paula (Aguilar) Marquez. He was raised at La Loma and Santa Rosa, NM. He attended school at Santa Rosa until the 9th grade when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served four years. Johnny and his brother, Joe Marquez, owned and operated the Piggly Wiggley grocery store in Santa Rosa for many years. Johnny was active in local and state politics he served on the NM Human Rights Commission, a member of the Santa Rosa City Council, and for several years served as Director of the SURE House in Santa Rosa. He was presently employed at Luna Community College in Santa Rosa. Johnny was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Santa Rosa a past member of the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club. He began each day at the Puerto De Luna Senior Citizens Center. He enjoyed visiting the casinos, Guadalupe County politics, camping, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Paula Marquez; a brother, Joe B. Marquez; and a sister, Magdalena Chavez. Johnny was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by his longtime companion, Rose Perea, of Santa Rosa; three sons, Elbert Arthur Marquez of Vaughn, NM, Ernest Kennedy Marquez and wife, Stacy, of Santa Rosa, NM, Delbert J. Marquez and wife, Annette, of Henderson, NV; three daughters, Luana Lacey and husband, Robert, of Santa Rosa; Yvette Henderson and husband, Eric, of Green, Ohio; Creselda Diosdado and husband, Ismael, of Houston, TX; three sisters, Esmeralda Zamora of Panhandle, TX; Rose Lopez of Santa Rosa, NM and Theresa Encinias and husband, Manuel, of Las Vegas, NM; also surviving is the mother of his children, Corinne Chavez, of Santa Rosa; thirteen grandchildren, Ethan Marquez, Zachery Marquez, Melissa Marquez, Stephanie Marquez, Jeremy Romero, Adrianna Romero, Brant Henderson, Jimmie Henderson, Daniel Gatewood, Miguel Gatewood, Andre Marquez, Daniel Diosdado, David Diosdado; three great-grandchildren, Keira Gatewood, Keitlyn Romero, and Jeremy Romero Jr. Rosary Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa, NM. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from the church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, with Father Antonio Mondragon and Father Nick Nichols officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Santa Rosa. Pallbearers will include Roberto Mondragon, Junior Tenorio, Chris Marquez, Brenda Villegas, Richard Perea, and Jimmy Moncayo. Honorary bearers will all Johnny's many friends and relatives. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home 923 S. Third Street Santa Rosa, NM. (575) 472-3369. To place a tribute or sign the online guest book please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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ROMERO -- Consuelo B. Romero was born December 5, 1926, in Douglas, Arizona. She passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at the age of 81. She was a member of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church. Consuelo will be remembered as a beloved mother, sister and grandmother who will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her father, Catarino Romero; her mother, Amalia Beltran Romero; her brothers, Manuel Romero and Greg Romero and her sister, Hope Flores. Consuelo is survived by her children, Joseph Chavez and wife, Enid, Elizabeth Espinoza, Philip Chavez and wife, Lisa; siblings, Carmen Romero, Louis Romero and Linda Belsito; grandchildren, Jennifer, Lawrence, Philip Jr., Brianna, Michael, and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Kevin and Nolan Myles; other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. Memorial Services will be held at St. Therese Little Flower Church, 4th and Mildred NW, on Friday, May 9, 2008. The Rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. followed immediately with the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial. The burial will take place in Douglas, Arizona with the date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Belsito Foundation, designated to the American Cancer Society in the name of Consuelo B. Romero, The American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery NE. Ste. 300, ABQ., NM. 87111, or to The American Cancer Society, Attention Lorraine West, 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE. Ste 300, ABQ., NM. 87111. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SCHWERKOSKE -- (Ske) John Arthur Schwerkoske passed away at home at the age of 59 on Friday, April 25, 2008 from cancer with his beloved family by his side. He was born June 26, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Albuquerque in 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ann Schwerkoske; sister, Rebecca Weston, his beloved daughter, Lori Schwerkoske; father and mother-in-law, Transito and Perfetita Mirabal. He is survived by his loving wife, Angelina; his loving daughter, Amy and her fiance, Wayne MacLeod; his loving brother, Tom Schwerkoske; and loving granddaughters, whom he raised, Angelica and Miriah; and great-granddaughter, Lexi (Lucky); Aunt Edie and Uncle Ed Dopieralski of Ottawa Lake, Michigan; cousin Barry Pringle of Rossford, Ohio; seven sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law; Virginia Cordova, Tillie and Rudy Tenorio, Pat and Richard Espinosa, Helen Miller, Jeanette and Jim Lopez, Rey and Sandy Mirabal, Ruth and Charlie Goitia. Candice Rhoades, Jakob and Kayden that we consider a daughter and grandkids. John was a 1966 Rio Grande High School Graduate. He enjoyed showing his 1967 Cougar and dune buggy at car shows. Also, his small stationary engines. At this time, we would like to give a special Thank You to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Lovelace Oncology that saw him during his treatments. Also Adam Roach, RN from Odyssey Home Care who came to see and help take care of him. God Bless each and every one of you. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in John's memory. Cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Desert Springs Church, 705 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SILVA -- Phyllis B. Silva passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, May 5, 2008, at the age of 88. She was born in Pecos, New Mexico on June 7, 1919, to Angelita Lopez and John Blumner. Phyllis was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Phyllis was the most patient and compassionate woman that her family said that they will ever know. She was preceded in death by her, parents; her husband, Patrick M. Silva; son, Patrick T. Silva; and sisters, Estafanita Carillo, Betty Casbeer, and Marie Anaya. Phyllis is survived by her brother, Florencio Martinez, of Pecos, New Mexico; daughter, Marian L. Guzman, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Eddie Guzman, Michelle Lyden and husband, Jed Lyden, Pam Silva, Patrick Silva III, and Joey Silva, all of Albuquerque; great- grandchildren, Natasha Guzman, Joseph Gurule, Mark Gurule, Erik Gough, Johnathan Baca, Patrick Silva IV, Brianna Silva, Joseph Silva Jr, Alexis Silva, Paris Silva; great-great-grandchild, Andres Silva; other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. A Rosary will be recited at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave. NE, near Menaul and San Mateo, on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE, on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be Eddie Guzman, Joseph Gurule, Mark Gurule, Erik Gough, Johnathan Baca. and Jed Lyden. The family wishes to thank Jan Lyden and all of Hospice of New Mexico for the care and attention they gave to Phyllis. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th Street NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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YATES -- Elvera Ruth Yates, "Aunt Gertie", a resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 24, 2008. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Harry Robert Yates, and his children; daughter, Jean and husband, Mel Douthit, residents of Oklahoma; sons, Gary and wife, Janice Yates; and Wayne Yates of Albuquerque; nieces, Sandy Schotter, Paula and husband, Ray Pompa, Brenda and husband, Cameron Hull; and numerous grandchildren; and great nieces and nephews. Elvera was very thankful and appreciative for the loving and caring staff from Heartland Hospice and the wonderful night caregivers. A Memorial Celebration Service will be conducted Saturday, May 10, 2008, 10:30 a.m. in the chapel at St. Mark's on the Mesa, 431 Richmond Pl. NE
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