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ALKOV -- Robert A. "Bob" Alkov, 76, of Sandia Crest, NM passed on Thursday, April 29, during his morning walk near his home. Our beloved Bob led a wonderful life receiving his Naval Aviator wings and commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve in June of 1955. After serving a tour in an active duty carrier-based air anti-submarine squadron, Bob earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Florida State University in 1965. He worked as an aviation psychologist for George Washington University (HumRRO) under contract to the U.S. Army for aviation training research at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the mid 1960s. He was employed at the Naval Safety Center as an aviation research psychologist for 27 years before his retirement in September 1993. While there, Bob was responsible for creating the first CRM type program in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, called Aircrew Coordination Training. The program became the first joint services CRM program with the adoption by the USAF Air Training Command and the U.S. Army Apache Training Brigade. For this effort Bob was awarded the CNO Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He had currently been working as a volunteer and sits on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum in Moriarty, NM. He is survived by his wife Christine and children Benjamin, Shara and Daniel and two grandchildren Victoria and Miranda. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will take place. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ANDERSON -- Alexander Anderson, passed away March 31, 2010. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com Alexander's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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ASTORGA -- Renee Lucero Astorga, 25, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 16, 2010. She was born and raised in Isleta Pueblo. Renee was dearly loved, her beautiful smile and laughter will surely be missed by all that knew her. Renee touched many lives in positive ways always with generosity, she selflessly gave her heart and soul on caring for others, never to hold a grudge. Renee loved her family and friends and her love for life, we loved her dearly. Renee is survived by her loving husband Anthony Astorga; her grandparents Mickey and Mary Keriyte; her mother Lupita; her brothers, Luke and Randy; and sister Tracy along with numerous other relatives and friends. The Lord took her too soon, we know she's in good hands along side her father Randy Lucero. We will have a Mass for our beloved daughter on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. at Holy Ghost Parish, 833 Arizona S.E. Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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CHAVEZ -- Gregory Michael Chavez,Sr. 49, resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 22, 2010. He is survived by Tracey Jones; son Gregory Jr.; daughter Amnanda; father John Sr.; brother John,Jr. and wife Nancy; sister Loretta Chavez; and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. He will be missed by all. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE.
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CHAVEZ -- Tomasina "Tommie" (Silva) Chavez, 93, passed away in her sleep in Las Vegas, NM on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. She had been living with her nephew, Martin Lopez and his wife, Sally Lopez and their children, Alizandra and Amadeo Lopez since 1999. Tommie was born in San Marcial, New Mexico in 1916 to Miguel and Sinforosa (Suzie) Silva. Our Auntie Tommie grew up in Gallup, NM, resided in California after she was married to Ernest Chavez and returned to New Mexico after her husband had a stroke and resided in Albuquerque until 1999. She is survived by her nephew, Martin Lopez of Las Vegas, NM, a niece, Theresa Lopez of Texas, Sue Smith of Texas, and Marie Chavez of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest Chavez; and her two sisters, Gregoria "Greg" Lopez and Jenny Chavez. Auntie Tommie loved being with people, playing cards, dancing, socializing and traveling, most recently, to see her nephew and niece play tennis all over the Southwest. In lieu of flowers, Tommie would ask that you do a loving act of kindness for another. We will honor Tommie's request to have a gathering of friends and family to be held on Saturday, May 8th at 804 Grecian NW, Albuquerque NM from 3 p.m. to 5 pm. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Tommie's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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CLEVE -- Bessie Ruth, 81, of Roswell, NM died April 26, 2010 at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, living in Elk, NM for fifty years before moving to Roswell for the last ten years. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Cleve. Survivors include her son, Christie Cleve of Seminole, TX; two daughters, Pat Cleve Monarch and husband, Jay and Kim Ahlbom and husband, Dwight all of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren, Amy and Caleb Monarch, Christie Cleve II, Tristen and Trae Cleve, Elka and Brittnee Ahlbom. Services will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be submitted at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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COFFMAN -- William R. Coffman, 92, a resident of Albuquerque, off and on since 1975, died April 16, 2010. He is survived by his children Julia Degenhart and husband Dutch of Los Lunas, NM, Bonnie Cline and husband Bill of Colorado Springs, Co. and David Coffman of Grand Junction, Co, grandchildren, Diandra Smith and husband Rod, Rosemary Sena and husband Gabe and their children, Rhiannon, Zeke and Xavier all of Los Lunas, NM. Mr. Coffman was preceded in death by his former wives, Ruth, who he married in 1946 and Donna who he married in 1990. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, as a boy he worked summers on his uncle's Ohio farm. Went on to work as a machinist and served in the United States Navy, during WWII in both the Atlantic and pacific campaigns aboard an Destroyer Escort. After the war, he became a missile and aircraft production expert, and was employed by the US Air force to negotiate contracts for the F11, F14, F15 and C5A, among other top secret projects. Mr. Coffman was extremely well like by everyone who crossed his path and he will be missed. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at French ~ Wyoming Chapel, at 1:00 pm. Ennichement will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions can be made to Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation, 504 Elm Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, www.hhnmfoundation.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Mr. Coffman at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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COONS -- Beverly A. Coons, born October 16, 1923 in Springfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Albuquerque New Mexico on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Her 86 years included a brief career as a chorus line dancer on Broadway, a World War II pilot in the Women's Army Air Corps, a restaurateur, and Secretary of the Springfield Kings American Hockey League team. Bev married Dr. William E. Coons Jr. on June 21, 1947 and they spent 52 years together, primarily in West Springfield and Wilbraham, Massachusetts. They retired together to Albuquerque in 1990. Bev was a loving mother to five children: Mary Ann Pagnutti of Sudbury, Ontario, Charles V. Di Sciacca of Quincy, Mass., William E. Coons III of Albuquerque, Kristi E. Dutcher of Albuquerque, and Gregory A. Coons of Wilbraham. She adored her sons- and daughters-in-law; her 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her- and if you didn't know her, you should have. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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CORDOVA -- Virginia Cordova, our beloved mom, sister and grandma, went home with our Heavenly Father, Wednesday, April 21, 2010. She was a life time resident of Llanito, NM born on May 5, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe M. Cordova; parents Transito and Perfetita Mirabal; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Amado Trujillo; and granddaughter, Emily Vasquez; sisters, Romie Marquez and Lucy Valencia; brothers, Sonnie Mirabal, Jerry and Peter Martinez and Conrad Maestas. Virginia is survived by her loving son, Randolph Mirabal and wife Marie Elena, her loving daughter who took care of her for many years, Yvonne (Bonnie) Garcia and husband Alex; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her loving sisters and brother, Ruth and Charlie Goitia, Patty and Richard Espinosa, Jeanette and Jimmy Lopez, Tillie and Rudy Tenorio, Helen Miller, Angelina Swerkoske, Rey and Sandy Mirabal, Tony and Tillie Cordova, Sammy and Irene Cordova, Brabara Cordova, Norma Martinez; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss her greatly. Per Virginia's wishes, there will be no services. A cremation has taken place; and Interment will be on her birthday, May 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. We would like to thank Barbara and Fabian from Presbyterian-Kaseman Hospice. A special thank you to all "our" family especially to our mom's sisters, friends and neighbors for their prayers, visits, love and support during the time that we needed it the most. Martha, Gina, Lisa, Delfina (darling) and Jerry we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the extra care, love and happiness you gave to our mom. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Virginia's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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DENNEY -- Sylvia Diane Denney, 69, passed away April 23, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Robinson and husband Rob; granddaughters, Mandy and Karleigh Robinson; mother Mary Casados; brother Ed Casados and wife Marge; sister Kathy Kersey and husband Dave; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by Fred Denney; and father James Casados. Diane will be missed by everyone who knew her and loved her.
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DESING -- Colonel Richard M. Desing of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died at his home Sunday, April 25, 2010 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. Colonel Desing was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from East High School and Drake University in Des Moines. He also earned a master's degree from the University of New Mexico. His military career began when the Iowa Air Guard was activated in the spring of 1953 and ended with his retirement from the Air Force in 1977 at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He retired as commander of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, AFOTEC. He was a decorated fighter pilot serving two tours of Vietnam. He was the Operations Group Commander of the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron that won the Hughes Trophy award for the top fighter squadron in the USAF. This was his second Hughes Trophy. After his retirement from the Air Force, he was active in real estate in Albuquerque until his death. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Desing of Albuquerque, children Dana Gaydac of Charlotte, NC, Clark Desing of Seattle, WA, and David Desing of Des Moines, IA. He is also survived by stepchildren Martha Crist and Bill Crist, both of Des Moines, and 12 grandchildren. Colonel Desing will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at 11:00 am on August 6, 2010. If further details are desired, you may contact a family member. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association in the name of Colonel Richard M. Desing. The address is RRVA National Office, P. O. Box 1553, Front Royal, VA 22630-0033. Please visit our online guestbook for Colonel Desing at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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DYER -- Stephen D. Dyer, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died in his home on Thursday, April 29, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Brosnan Dyer of Albuquerque; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jenny Dyer and grandson, Rhys of Franklin, TN; his daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Daniel Maxwell and granddaughter, Audrey of Albuquerque; his sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Jim Rowley of Albuquerque; his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Toby Pieri of Glen Carbon, IL; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marti and Sam Stone of Albuquerque. Stephen was born in Kansas City, MO, attended Shawnee Mission schools in Overland Park, KS, where he was an accomplished cross-country runner, and later attended the University of Kansas. He founded Southwest Fire Protection in Albuquerque in 1978. He owned and operated the company for 32 years and it still carries on today. Stephen was actively involved in managing, coaching and refereeing youth little league and soccer teams. He was active in Monte Vista Christian Church where he sang in the choir, served as a youth camp counselor and performed as a bell ringer. Stephen was a member of "Shenanigans", a singing group that performed at parties and events around town. He was involved in the Albuquerque theatre scene as a performer and as a Stage Manager with ACLOA, ALT and other Albuquerque production companies. Stephen loved to cook and was constantly finding something around the house to fix. If nothing in the house was broken, then, being an accomplished draftsman, he would design something and build it. Stephen's laughter and optimism will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Stephen's name to the Friends of Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, (505) 343-1373. Please visit our online guest book for Stephen at: RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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EWING -- Mary Helen Cox Ewing, age 87, passed away on April 18, 2010. She was born in Albuquerque to Joseph Edward and Minnie Peterson Cox on Valentines Day 1923. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Davies, Louise Marron, Betty Ann Rankin and Dorothy McCormick. Mary Helen attended Albuquerque High School with classmates who still keep in touch with reunions and newsletters. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Home Economics. Mary Helen was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and honored to be the first Sweetheart of Sigma Chi At UNM. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Albuquerque Junior League. Her greatest source of energy and inspiration was derived from KKG, philanthropies and especially her grandchildren. Mary Helen was made of hugs, chocolate, roses, peaches, love and laughter. She loved music, dancing, parties, bridge, flowers, birds, dogs, gardening, traveling, beaches, skiing, swimming, art, reading and cooking. We will miss her apple pies and chocolate chip cookies. Mary Helen is survived by her two children: Karen Ewing Lewis and her husband Timothy Andrew Lewis; Steven Cox Ewing and is wife Cori Simms Ewing; her grandchildren, Patricia Lynn Erhardt-Lewis and her husband Andrew Erhardt-Lewis; Kelly Alexis Lewis and her husband David (Chuck) Stubbings; Josh Bradley Ewing and his wife Sara Feldstein Ewing; Cai Samantha Buck and her husband Arren Buck; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Timothy Erhardt-Lewis and Ber Davies Ewing along with many cherished relatives, friends and caregivers. We pray that Mary Helen will be reunited with her sisters and her friends. We will miss her but her spirit will live within us and we will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Services are pending. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary Helen at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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FAY -- Cynthia Lynn Fay In memorial to Cynthia Lynn who passed away December 14, 2008. She was born April 27, 1963 and is remembered by her parents, her siblings and their extended families with love.
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FISCHER -- Eugene L. Fischer, age 77, of Corrales, died Thursday, April 29, 2010. He was born on August 18, 1932 in Lincoln, Kansas and lived in Corrales for more than 30 years. He joined the Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict and a proud member of the VFW #5432, Horacio Martinez Post. He was a hard worker and immensely enjoyed his career in HVAC. Mr. Fischer was President of Lutherhaven and devoted much of his time to building the retreat in the Jemez Mountains. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Sharon; daughters, Vickie and husband Brian Bacon, Julia and husband John Landon, Claire Steele and partner Kenny Schulz, Royce and husband Rob Burki and Alice Fischer; grandchildren, Jesse, Ben, Nicole, Briana, Mariah and Elizabeth and sister Eunice and husband Wes Nierman. He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Abigail and Anne; and two brothers, Lyle and Loren Fischer. Special thanks to Peter Trujillo. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church, 7701 Candelaria NE, where family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Contributions in Mr. Fischer's name are suggested to the New Mexico Lutheran Association, P.O. Box 8531 Albuquerque, NM 87198.Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Eugene's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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FREIN -- Cora Marie Frein, 1930 - 2010. Born October 30, in Gunnison, CO. Cora age 79 lost her valiant battle with cancer on January 30, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospice in patient unit, two weeks after her faithful companion and canine partner, Tau Vou passed away, mourning her absence. Preceded in death by husband, her other half, Charles (Chubby) Frin; and brother Othmar Metroz. Survived by daughter Tanna Frein Loddy; grandson Lonnie Loddy; granddaughter Stacey Loddy; brother Charlie Metroz. Cora will not only be greatly missed by loving family but her friends, particularly fellow members of the Meadow Lark Senior Center Fishing Club. Cora was an active member helping with what needed to be done, trying some of her own flies and using others. Cora did enjoy her fishing. Cora was an accomplished bowler, exceptional seamstress, producing clothing for herself and others. Cora was a proud and independent woman who loved to garden and kept her yard trimmed and mowed to perfection. Special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Presbyterian Hospice. No services. Donations may be made to Presbyterian Hospice.
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GONZALES -- George W. Gonzales, 91, died on April 27, 2010 suddenly. He is survived by his son, Andrew Gonzales and wife, Joyce of Colorado Springs, CO; his daughter, Barbara Otero and husband, Richard; six grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and two brothers, Eloyd Gonzales and wife, Gert, Frank Gonzales and wife, Alma; and many other family and friends. Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his parents, Anacleto and Juanita Gonzales; his wife, Lucy; his brother, Andrew and sister, Marie. George was born in Madrid, NM, worked in the coal mines before being drafted into the US Army. He served in the US Army during WW II and then following in the Army National Guard. Mr. Gonzales loved dancing and enjoyed the Horses at the Downs. A Rosary will be recited Monday, 9:30 am, May 3, 2010. Mass will be celebrated following the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to NM Catholic Charities, 6001 Marble NE, Albuquerque, 87110. Friends may visit French, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for George at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GONZALES -- Sam (Sam Bass) M. Gonzales, 77, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, April 27, 2010. He was preceded in death by his son, Sammy Ray Gonzales; brother, Joe M. Gonzales; sisters: Dela Elkins and Dolores Yoder; and parents, Jose Gonzales and Carlota Gonzales. Sam is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen G. Gonzales; sons: Ronnie Martinez and wife, Marylou, Bobby Gonzales and wife, Lola, Rick Martinez and wife, Marylou and Donald Gonzales; daughters: Debra Bruno and husband, Joe, Patricia Gonzales and boyfriend, Chuck, Latisha Gonzales and fiance, Nick, and Mandie Gonzales; brother: Leo Ray Gonzales and wife, Lupe; sisters: Anita Archuleta and husband, Manuel; Gina Escobedo and husband, Joe; and Lillie Barreras, sister-in-law, Mary Carillo; and brother-in-law, Nash Gonzales; 27 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Sam was a six-year Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He worked for Groendyke as a truck driver for 25 years. He enjoyed going to the casino with his beautiful wife and enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren. He was a well known man and touched so many lives. A visitation will be Monday 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Reflection of Life Chapel (Washington and Cutler NE) with a Rosary to follow at Queen of Heaven Church at 7:00 p.m. A Life Celebration Mass will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Martinez, Richard Martinez, Bobby Gonzales, Donald Gonzales, Joseph Bruno, and Ernest Pacheco. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Crespin, Melvin Barreras, Joe Bruno, Nicholas Crespin, Gabriel Gonzales, and Julian Crespin. Please visit Sam's online guest book at www.Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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GREGG -- Jeffrey L. Gregg, age 55, beloved father, grandfather, son, and brother died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure on April 28, 2010. Jeff is survived by his son, Jeffrey B. Gregg and wife, Danielle, and their daughters, Madailein and Olivia; daughter, Juli Gregg and her daughter, Alexa; mother June Gregg; and brothers, John Jr., Steven, and Leslie Gregg and several nephews and nieces. Jeff is also survived by Deborah Fricke, mother of his children; and ex-wife Mary Gregg to whom he was married for 23 years, and step-daughter Renee Adams and her son Jacob. Jeff was preceded in death by father, John Gregg; and brother, Michael Gregg. Jeff was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated from Manzano High School. He played the trumpet and bugle and was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. Jeff served as summer camp counselor and had many tall tales to tell about his experiences with the Scouts. Jeff loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to go hiking, camping and fishing. Being the middle brother, Jeff developed skills of persuasion and became a successful salesman and franchise owner. Jeff had big plans for the future and was very involved with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Monday, May 3, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Please visit our online guestbook for Jeff at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HYMER -- Mildred Marie Hymer (Millie) passed away April 22, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. She was a long time resident of Alamogordo, NM moving to Albuquerque in 2003. She was born March 18, 1924 in Dover, NJ to Joseph and Carrie Shamanek. She is survived by her daughter Mary Strong and husband Scott of Albuquerque; son John Hymer and wife Tracey of Alamogordo; and grandchildren Rick Strong of Tempe, AZ, Laura Strong of Houston, TX and Aaron and Brittany Hymer of Alamogordo. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen; and son Jim. After moving to Albuquerque, she became a devoted Lobo fan and especially enjoyed following the basketball team. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at Brookdale Assisted Living and Ambercare Hospice. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the National Federation for the Blind, 200 East Wells Street and Jernigan Place, Baltimore Maryland 21230.
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KNIGHT -- Richard L. A celebration of the life of Richard Knight who died March 19, 2010 will be held on his birthday, May 17, 2010 at El Pinto Restaurant beginning at 11:30 a.m. Those who wish to attend please respond by May 10, 2010 to djknight2@aol.com or call 821-6615.
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MAESTAS -- Mary Y. Maestas was born on November 24, 1921 and passed away on April 30, 2010. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Home. A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Interment is to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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MATHIS -- Robert L. Mathis Maj USAF (Retired) 89, passed away on April 21, 2010. Bob was born February 11, 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in Douglas, KS and after graduating from high school joined the Army Air Corps in 1939. He was assigned to the 17th Bomb Group at March Field, CA. From there he went to pilot school at Muskogee Base in Brady, TX and then to advanced twin engine training at Ellington Field, TX, graduating in April 1942 as a Staff Sgt Pilot. Bob was sent to Kirtland Field, NM to fly the B-18 bomber and then the AT-11 which was a new aircraft. It was there he met Helen Roberta Yeck and they were married in March 1943. He then went for training in the B-26 bomber also known as the "Widow Maker". While waiting for his overseas assignment he became the personal pilot for Col Daniel Cooper, the base commander at Randolph Field, TX. In August 1945, the war was ending and his overseas assignment was cancelled. During the Korean War he flew combat cargo missions. He also flew the American Ambassador, John Muccio to all the bases in Korea and Japan. He was a Base Flight Maintenance Officer, test pilot and instrument check pilot. Bob had attained his senior pilot rating and green instrument card which was the highest you could get. After many more tours of duty in the States, Germany, Japan, and Turkey Bob retired from the Air Force in December of 1959 and returned with his family to Albuquerque. He was the personnel manager for ACF Industries for many years, worked at Ed Black's Chevrolet and UNM North Golf Course. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Roberta. He is survived by his son, Robert Kent Mathis and wife Sara Jane Mathis; daughters, Mary Lynn Mathis and Michelle Harrigan; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. As per his wishes he wanted no service and has been cremated. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Ambercare Hospice and Preferred Assisted Living Vista Sandia for the wonderful and compassionate care he was given. Because of his love for his grand dogs, rescued racing greyhounds, memorials may be made to Greyhound Companions of New Mexico (GCNM) P.O. Box 22053 Albuquerque, NM 87154-20. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Robert's care has bees entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MAYLE -- Larry Allen Mayle, 58. passed away April 29, 2010 in Hobbs, NM. Born on October 23, 1951 In Martinsferry, Ohio to Russell Owen Mayle and Hope Eileen Bender, he is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Russell J and Rhonda E. Zak. Surviving siblings, Richard K. Mayle, wife, Ramona and Steven J. Mayle, Glenda J. Mayle Hutchinson, husband, Alan, her children and grandchildren. Larry was a talented carpenter/craftsman and a BMF to all who knew him. He was cremated according to his wishes, private services are pending. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com
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MCCREARY -- Melton Dean McCreary, 72, resident of Edgewood, a member of Moriarty First Baptist Church, died peacefully at home Thursday, April 29, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Marion; children, Kevin, Michael, Sue, Jim, John, Rick, Julie, Chris, Ryan, David and Charlie; sister Urdine Grenko and husband, John; sister-in-law, Carolyn McCreary; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mel worked as a Quality Control Inspector at ACF, GE, Singer, Coronado Machine and Standard Machine. He lived in Albuquerque from his early teens and graduated from Albuquerque High School. He moved to Edgewood in 2000. He was also an active member of Central United Methodist Church, Hoffmantown and St. Paul's Methodist. He left the message for his family and friends to "PRAISE GOD." Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m., First Baptist Church Moriarty, 401 Irene Avenue, Moriarty, NM, Exit 196. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, Please visit our online guestbook for Mel at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MCDONALD -- Jack Pierce McDonald We rejoice in the knowledge that our dad and grandfather at 88 years of age has finished the journey that the Lord set before him. He walks the streets of gold with Jesus on one hand and his wife of 63 years, Mary Eileene, on the other. On Monday, April 26, 2010, at 5:30 a.m., he passed away peacefully at the El Castillo Retirement Community in Santa Fe. Jack was born in Bovina, Texas, on June 17, 1921, to parents James Pierce McDonald and Sarah Viola Greene. As a gentle man of extreme honor and integrity, by his example Jack's quality life positively influenced the lives and character of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He served his God, his family, his country through active duty in the Army, and his company. He is a great example of the American dream lived out to its fullest, having started off as a lineman in Santa Fe, climbing poles and stringing telephone line, and working his way up to Vice President/Officer of Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company. As he always told his family, if something is worth doing, do it the very best you can. Jack was very proud of being a 50-plus year member 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. Outside of his love for God, his family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jack's passions were golf, woodworking, and watching sports. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Eileene Wallace; parents, Pierce and Ola McDonald; brothers, Raymond A., James L., William W., and Ralph L. McDonald; and sister Mary L. Clements. Surviving Jack are his three children: son, C.V. (Mac) and wife Carol McDonald; daughter, Barbara and husband Frank Livingston; daughter, Dianne and husband Jim Hatfield; grandchildren: Colleen and husband Michael Johnson, Wade and wife Jillian Livingston, Amy and husband Mike Combs, Ian and wife Ruth Ann McDonald, Shannon and husband Russell Neese, and Maggie and husband Ken McMonigle; and great grandchildren: Erin and Sean Gallagher, Jackson Valls, Brevitt, Axel and Tucker Livingston, Hannah Combs, Maisie and Fiona McDonald, Annalee and Callum Neese, and Miles and Nash McMonigle. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Church of Christ (NM Children's Home Fund), 1205 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, in Memory of Jack McDonald. Burial will take place at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the Church of Christ, 1205 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (corner of Galisteo and Cordova Road). Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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MCGOWAN -- Raymond L. McGowan, born March 3, 1934 in Albuquerque, NM passed away on Friday, April 16, 2010. Raymond is survived by Rosemary McGowan of Albuquerque; and son, Edrick McGowan of Denver, CO; his brothers, Ralph, of Alamogordo, NM, Roy, of Ontario, CA, and Rex, of Albuquerque, NM; as well as other family and friends who loved him and will miss him. A Graveside Service with US Navy Honors will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Burial to follow. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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MEADOWS -- Clyde Oden Meadows, born January 11, 1918 in Moriarty, New Mexico, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Pflugerville, Texas at the age of 92. Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Ola; his parents; and his siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Gilbert and his son-in-law, Gary Gilbert, of Pflugerville, Texas; and his grandchildren, Linda Gilbert of Round Rock, Texas, and Grant Gilbert also of Pflugerville, Texas. He is also survived by ten nieces and one nephew. Clyde served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and retired from Manzano Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico after over 30 years of service in the fire department. Clyde enjoyed traveling with family, the CB radio, woodworking, jewelry making, square dancing, and activities at various Albuquerque senior citizen centers. Clyde lived in Albuquerque until 1995, when he moved to be with his daughter and her family. He was a loving father, grandfather, and uncle and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 10:30 a.m., at French - University Chapel. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Clyde at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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MENDOZA -- Pilar T Mendoza, 75 ,Of los lunas died Tuesday,April 27. He was born to Eloy and Ignacita Mendoza in San Antonio, NM, on March 15, 1935. Pilar was preceded in death by his wife Lucy; his father, Eloy; his mother, Ignacita; and his sister Maria Saavedra. He is survived by his ten children; six daughters, Patricia Atwood, Ernestine Mendoza, Maryann and her husband Leroy Trujillo, Sandy and her husband Davie Monje, Brenda and Tommie, Ignacita and her husband Victor Tena; four sons, Pilar and his wife Perla, Eloy and Lisa, Fermin, Jonathon and his wife Roselynn Mendoza; Also 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; he is also survived by his sister Tommie Rosas and Lydia Gonzales; five brothers, Julian, Eptacio, Ralph, Pete and Victor Mendoza. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2010at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church In Peralta.
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NORTON -- Opal Regina Norton, 79, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Mrs. Norton is survived by her children, Lauretta J. Norton, John W. Norton, Sharie M. Hutchison, Janice L. Nash and husband, Wilford, Judith A. Norton and partner, Leroy R. Jaramillo; her sister, Laverne Fisher; three grandchildren, and many other extended family. Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Norton. Visitation will be Monday, May 3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, with a Funeral Service at 9:00 a.m. A Committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas. Pallbearers will be Benjamin Hutchison, Joseph Michael Bonneau and Ron Pruitt. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861 www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com
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OLONIA -- Virginia F. Olonia, 92, died April 25, 2010. She is survived by her son, Joseph T. Olonia and wife Jane; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years Joe D. Olonia in 2007; and her daughter Virginia Mae Robison 1998. Mrs. Olonia was a home visiting Nurse, working in Taos County for several years and then Santa Fe after moving there in 1951 with her family. She and her husband later moved to Albuquerque in 2000. Nannie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 8, 2010, 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Virginia at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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PEREZ -- Margaret "Maggie" Perez, 83, a lifelong resident of New Mexico went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 30, 2010. She is survived by her children, Eugenio Perez III of Puerto de Luna, NM and Lucarol "Putt" Edwards of El Paso, TX; grandchildren, Eugenio Perez IV and wife, Marcelina Gallegos de Perez of Albuquerque, Mario Alexander Perez and fiance, Lucy M. Brizal of Las Vegas, NM, Marjaina Edwards of Arlington, TX, Johannah Edwards of Denton, TX and Gabriel Angel Perez of El Paso, TX; great-grandchildren, Eugenio Perez V and Alvaro Perez, both of Albuquerque; brother, Jon A Sanders and wife, Linda of El Paso, TX; sister, Carol Straughan of El Paso, TX and Homie, her cat. Mrs. Perez was preceded in death by her husband, Eugenio Perez, Jr. Maggie was a longtime resident of Vaughn, NM. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi, Eastern Star, 99ers Women's Pilots Association and Wool Growers of New Mexico. A service will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, 10:30 a.m., at French - University Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French - University Location on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Maggie at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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PINO -- Marlene Pino. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this difficult time in their lives. Special thanks are extended to Our Lady of Sorrows Church; the Casket Bearers; to those who sent floral tributes, cards and food. Your kindness will always be remembered. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Marlene's care was entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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ROHA -- Rodney B. The family would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who came and paid their respects. They would like to express their gratitude for the compassion and caring gestures brought forward for Rodney. He will be missed.
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RULEDGE -- Luz. The family of Luz Rutledge thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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SANCHEZ -- William (Bill) David. Our family would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers, lovely cards, delicious food, your hugs, kind words & prayers. You made a very difficult time a little easier for each of us.
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SCALETTI -- Joseph V. Scaletti. Please join us in remembering and honoring Joseph V. Scaletti at a memorial service on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Domenici Center Auditorium on the UNM Health Sciences campus: http://www.josephscaletti.org/news/
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SINEROS -- Helen Lopez Sisneros, age 56, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on April 29, 2010 at her residence in Vaughn following a brief and courageous struggle with ovarian cancer. Helen was born on December 26, 1953 in Vaughn, NM to the home of Rumaldo and Ines (Serrano) Lopez. She was reared and attended schools in Vaughn. Survivors include her husband, Andy of the family home in Vaughn; her daughter, Angela and husband, Lorenzo; grandsons, Lawrence M. Padilla, Jr. and Jonathan V. Padilla; granddaughter, Maria A. Padilla; parents, Rumaldo and Ines Lopez; as well as numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews; Godchildren; and a host of family and friends. Rosary services will be held on Sunday, May 2, at 7:00 PM at St. Mary's Parish in Vaughn. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 3, at 11:00 AM also at St. Mary's Parish with Father Steve Sanchez officiating. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Eddie Villa, Jr., Robert Sisneros, Andy Ryan, J.D. Apodaca, Andrea Maxwell, Toniann Baca, Ricky Sanchez and Adrian Aragon. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be her brother and sisters, Tommy, Tina and Billy, Rosella and Bobby, Jane and Richard, Thelma and Eddie, Nora and Frank, Manny, Ricky and Margie, Cynthia and Louis, Jr., Lisa and Jimmy and Mabel as well as remaining Godchildren. All services for Mrs. Sisneros have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. To place an online condolence or to view a full obituary please log on to our website at www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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THOMAS -- Glen E. Thomas, age 66, died Friday, April 23, 2010 in Oakdale, Nebraska, where he resided in recent years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Glenna Thomas-Witt of Albuquerque. He is survived by daughters, Marlene Lindstrand, Husband Lyman of Albuquerque, Cindy Gonzalez, husband Max of Arizona, Kathleen Gitkin, husband Jason of Arizona; grandsons, Rudy, Michael and Joshua; granddaughters, Anastacia and Ariana; three great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson. Glen was a resident of Albuquerque for 25 years where he married and raised his daughters. He was a well known dental technician and owned and operated Thomas Dental Lab alongside his wife and daughters. He was an avid member of Ducks Unlimited and supported other environmental issues.
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TORRES -- Leonela Griego Torres passed away on 28 April 2010 with her children and grandchildren by her side. Leonela was born on 10 April 1930 in San Antonio, NM. She was both a mother and father to all her children and she will never be forgotten for all the love, wisdom and friendship she gave to her family. She is survived by her children, Amadeo Paz, Eduvijen Garcia and Family, Stephen Griego and family, Trinidad Griego and family, Lawrence Paz, Joseph Paz and family, Michael Griego and family and Alberto Griego and family. She had 19 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren. A visitation will be held at 6:00 PM on Sunday May 2, 2010 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 PM at St. Francis Xavier Church 820 Broadway SE. A Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 3, 2010 at St. Francis followed by Interment at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements made by Riverside Funeral Home Of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663.
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VESTERBY -- Budd R. Vesterby, 88, died on April 29, 2010. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Marston and husband, Jerome of Larkspur, CO; and son, Bruce Vesterby and partner, Ellen Cline; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Budd was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. Budd was born in St. Paul, MN, and his family moved to California when he was a young man, where he joined the US Army and then served during WWII in the South Pacific. He and his wife lived in California until his retirement, at which time they moved to Albuquerque, where his son lives. He enjoyed taking part in the Balloon Fiesta as a crew chief for 20 years. A service and interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery; May 6, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Budd's name to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or to the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation (Hospice), P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666.
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WILLIAMS -- Janice Anna (Cochran) Williams crossed over 4/29/10 of natural causes. She is survived by her husband, Hervey Williams Sr.; daughters, Jolene Seusy of Boise, ID, Gay Brown, Terri Norton; son, Hervey Williams Jr. of Albuquerque, NM; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren; brothers, Delbert Cochran, Stanley Rosenhall of Bellingham Washington; sister, Cindi Rutledge of California. Janice was born in Bellingham, Washington 5/21/39, moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1968 and lived in Edgewood, NM since 2001. She will be dearly missed by all she met while here. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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