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BALDWIN -- Rochelle Baldwin, October 23, 1959 - October 10, 2010. Born in Clovis, NM to Ella Byrd Traylor and Harry Traylor. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12 noon at True Vine Church, 1520 Bridge Blvd and Sunset SW.
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BLUSH -- Kenneth A. Blush, 97, passed away October 18, 2010. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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BRUCE -- Cythnia Bruce In Loving Memory
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BYRNES -- Roger Byrnes, born January 6, 1933 in Fullerton, CA, passed away October 13, 2010. He was raised in Albuquerque, NM, attended and graduated from St. Mary's school. He served in the Korean War and attended UNM where he earned a degree in Architectural Engineering. In 1960 he married Patricia Byrnes. The were blessed with six children, Judy, Timothy, Jeanne, Joy, Michael and Sean; grandchildren, Trevor, Forest, Jarrett, Callan, Chelsey and Courtney; His sister Mary Ann Gross; nephews, Roger and Steve Gross. He worked at Ellison, Hawkins, Vogt & Byrnes, PA. He assisted in the design and construction of over 40 schools in the Albuquerque area, National Guard Amories, Rust Tractor, Hilton Hotels, Las Cruces Pan Am Center, Santa Fe Plaza Del Norte, Las Tiendas De Corrales, The Promenade and many other projects. He enjoyed bird hunting, fly fishing with family and friends, traveling and visiting projects he had worked on. Mass will be celebrated by Father Sampson and Father Robert Palladino, his childhood friend. Mass will be at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8:30 a.m., 2610 Utah NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Salvation Army.
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CHAVEZ -- Mercedes C. Chavez (Auntie Mercy), 79, a resident of Corrales, NM passed away October 19, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Justo Chavez; children, Katie Chavez-Bessom and husband Steven, Donnie Chavez, Debby Tafoya and husband Tony, Carmen Chavez, Becky Chavez and life partner Darrow Everage; grandchildren, Stephanie Macarenas, Monica Bessom, Brooke Bessom, Sarah Chavez, Melinda Dean, Antonio Tafoya, Mia Chavez; great-grandchild, Tanner Dean; sister, Francis Vallejos; brothers, Albert Vallejos and wife Dolores, Aurelio Vallejos. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the New Mexico Cancer Center and also the staff of Presbyterian Hospital, 4th floor. Auntie Mercy was famous for her "Red Chile" and was always involved within the community. Of her many attributes, she was loving, easy going, had a great sense of humor and you could always feel at home around her. She adored her husband and family. A Visitation will be held 6:00pm-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2010, with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2010, San Ysidro Catholic Church, 5015 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, San Ysidro Catholic Church. Interment will follow mass at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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DIXON -- Joseph Daniel Dixon, 28, of Tijeras, died on Sunday, October 17, 2010 of a pre-existing heart condition. Joe was born in Sonora, CA on June 17, 1982. He graduated from Sonora High School and briefly attended Columbia College. Joe moved to New Mexico five years ago and worked construction with his father and brother. He was an avid outdoorsman and a gifted musician. Joe was loved by everyone who ever met him and spent many hours exploring New Mexico hiking, kayaking, and bicycling. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Gregory and Sandye Dixon; mother, Patty Morrison; brother, Jake and sister, Rachel, and step-sister, Rebeccah; his grandparents, Patricia Morrison and Ada Dixon; aunts and uncles, Phil and Cindy Dixon, Joe and Linda Dixon, Rick Dixon, Mary Morrison, and John and Joann Morrison; and numerous cousins. Friends may visit French, Lomas location, Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, 1:00 p.m., at French, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Cremation to follow. Joe's brief time on earth was lived to the fullest and the impact he left on our lives will never be forgotten. "Beloved son and brother, we will always love and miss you." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph D. Dixon Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank to benefit Pediatric Cardiology patients. Please visit our online guestbook for Joe at: RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GALLEGOS -- Raymond A. Gallegos, 71, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Friends may visit Friday, October 22, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at French - Westside. Rosary will be recited Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following the Rosary. Entombment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit our online guest book for Raymond at RememberTheirStory.com. French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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GOLDBERG -- Ira Goldberg was born on June 1, 1949 and passed away on October 9, 2010. The family of Ira 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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GONZALES -- Matilde Vigil Gonzales (Tillie), 95, passed away in Albuquerque on October 9, 2010, after a wonderful lifetime dedicated to her much-loved and loving family. Born in Nara Visa on February 21, 1915, she graduated from high school and married Eloy Gonzales Sr., from Roy. They were married for 47 years before his death in 1981. They raised six children in Santa Fe after moving from the family homestead in Bueyeros. Tillie was active in politics, a career woman and entrepreneur, and an international traveler. She and Eloy were very active in their church and community, and her hobbies included New Mexico cuisine and unique Christmas crafts. Tillie is survived by her beloved sister, Anna Chavez of Albuquerque; daughters, Helen Longacre of Farmington, Marietta Gonzales and husband James Nason of Longmont, Colorado, Patricia Gonzales and husband Edward "Gonzo" Gonzales of Santa Fe; sons, Eloy Gonzales Jr. and wife Ginger Blalock of Albuquerque, John Gonzales and wife Catherine of Ajijiq, Mexico, James Michael Gonzales and wife Patti of Parker, Colorado; and daughter-in-law Cathy Gonzales of Albuquerque; She leaves 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A rosary for Tillie will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Guadalupe Sanctuary in Santa Fe at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. Contributions may be made in her name to VistaCare in Albuquerque (505-821-5404) or a hospice organization of choice.
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GRIMM -- Robert Grimm, age 73, passed away October 18, 2010 in Albuquerque. He was a resident of Elephant Butte, NM and Salazar and Sons Mortuary are in charge of the arrangements. Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW Albuquerque, NM 505-247-4124
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GURLEY -- Margaret Alice Gurley, 84, of Farmington, passed peacefully into the arms of our Heavenly Father Saturday, October 17, 2010. She was born April 6, 1926, in Lindrith, New Mexico to Chester Hepner and Leona Hunter Hepner. Margaret married Howard Gurley in 1942. She loved the community of Lindrith where she was born, it was her safe place and place of solitude. Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and sister and took the title of grandma most seriously. According to her granddaughter "she was the finest woman she ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was my hero, my friend, my confidante and my Grandma". Her loving devotion will be greatly missed. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Howard; son, Richard Gurley; brother, Bill Hepner; sister, Lena Sumner; and grandson, Joseph (Trey) Peskor. She is survived by her best friend, Ezekiel Trey Peskor of Farmington; daughters, Ann Gurley (John Borses) and Kathy Peskor (Carl), both of Farmington; son, Arlin Gurley (Leslie) of Jemez Springs; brothers, Raymond Hepner (Inez), Ralph Hepner (Claudia) and sisters, Norma Thorpe, Rosie Hepner, all of Farmington; brother, Martin Hepner of Dallas, Texas; As well as nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation for Mrs. Gurley will be Friday, October 22, 2010 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., at Cope Memorial Chapel of Farmington. Funeral services for Margaret will be Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at the Lindrith Baptist Church, with burial to follow at Gavalin Cemetery. Those wishing to send condolences or fond memories, please visit Margaret's posting at www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral services are entrusted to: Cope Memorial Chapel 404 W. Arrington Farmington, NM 87401 505-327-5142
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JOHNSON -- Viola (Vickie) Johnson, born July 23, 1923 , passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2010. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Johnson of the family home; and her son, Kenneth Woodward of Gallup, NM. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jamie Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Tiffany and Stephanie Woodward; and four great - grandchildren, Fabian, Gabriella, Isabella and Hazel. She will be missed by her friends and family. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Mesa View Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m., (corner of Montano and Taylor Ranch Road). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with her internment. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you on the day God called you home.
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JONES -- Dean Jones, 71, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM passed away on October 15, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Jones; son, Monte Jones; daughter, Valerie Allen; grandchildren, Hunter Jones, Bailey Allen; siblings, Velma Faye McClure, June Vanzant, Bert Jones and wife Jeanene as well as numerous other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Casey Kathaleen Jones; brother, Ralph Jones; parents, Casey and Cleffie Jones. Dean was a retired New Mexico State Police Officer (Lieutenant) and former Chief of Police at the Corrales Police Department. He was a lifelong resident of the State of New Mexico. During his 23 year career as a NMSP officer he was stationed at eight different duty stations throughout northern New Mexico where he made many lifelong friends. He finally retired at the Albuquerque District in 1986. We will ALL miss him very much, he cannot be replaced but we will always have the fond memories of him. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, (located inside Vista Verde Memorial Park), 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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JONES -- James M. Jones, 83, a resident of Los Lunas, NM passed away October 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Janice Tafoya; step-daughter, Sharon A. Shannon; numerous grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Arnold of Albuquerque, NM; step-son, Dr. Robert J. Goldsworthy of Scottsdale, AZ; parents, Willis C. and Edith Jones of Garner, OK. James was born in Stilwell, OK November 27, 1926. He served during World War II on AKA 52, one of the most important vessels of that war which was "designed to land fully equipped assault troops on enemy held beaches while defending herself against possible enemy actions." He worked with the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque, and the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe before retiring in 1981. James loved nature. He enjoyed hiking in the mountains, bird watching, walking on the beach looking for driftwood, studying the Bible, music, especially the older Hymns and singing with Church Choirs, teaching and playing with his German Shepherd, and most of all, helping and giving to others. His quick Midwestern wit and love of humor endeared him to others. The family requests that no flowers be sent. A Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2010, Daniels Family Funeral Services, Carlisle Chapel, 3113 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM. A Memorial Service will immediately follow the visitation, Carlisle Chapel. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, Santa Fe National Cemetery. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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LEACH -- Doyce Lee Leach passed away, Saturday, October 9, 2010 at home, surrounded by family and his beloved wife, Emilie. Doyce led an exemplary life of integrity and faith. Prior to his retirement in 1990, Doyce was involved with various civic volunteer activities, was a member of the Shriners, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Doyce retired as an Agency Manager for Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. (now AXA Life) in Utah, Nebraska, and New Mexico. He was an active member of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, and he and his wife enjoyed membership in the Albuquerque Country Club. Doyce's interests included fishing, golfing, walking, traveling, watching all sporting events, and attending his grand children's soccer games. In recent years, Doyce was most passionate about traveling, laughing and being with his wife. He is survived by Emilie Beacham Leach; his children, Brian (Deborah), Shannon (JoAnn), Anne Kundtz (Paul), and Stewart (Lea); his brothers, Jack and Paul; and his brother-in-law, Byron McBride; Doyce's grandchildren include Tom and Andrew Leach, Matt and Molly Kundtz, and Christopher and Patrick Leach. Doyce was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn McBride Leach. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at The Cathedral Church of St. John. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to The Cathedral Church of St. John, 138 Silver SW, PO Box 1246, Albuquerque, N.M 87102.
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MARTIN -- Dorothy "Rene" Martin passed away on October 13, 2010 in Farmington, NM. She was born in Rock Island, Illinois to James and Mamie Marre on February 10, 1922. Rene and family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1955 and after her husband's retirement they returned to Albuquerque to enjoy their grand children and where she resided until 2009 when she went into a nursing facility in Farmington, NM. She was preceded in death by Sherman A. Martin, her husband of 64 years, her son-in-law Howard Jeffrey Hull, grandson Christopher Jeffrey Martin Hull, one brother and two sisters. Rene is survived by three sisters, Vernie Rosene, Val Kaminski and Patsy Averill; three daughters, Sue Miller, Nancy Chavez and Carol Harvey; three sons-in law; Tim Miller, John Chavez and Edward Harvey; seven grandchildren, Matt Hull, Amber Miller, Andrea Miller, Zach Clark, John Michael Chavez, Erin Mata, Leslie Lamb and Timothy Ramczyk; and seven great grand children, Taylor Lamb, Wyatt, Hailey and McKenzie Clark, Nadia, Lacey and Ava Mata. Grandma Martin loved her family and especially all the grand children and great grand children whom she devoted her time and energy to spoiling without regret. Rene loved to play bridge, garden, interior design, landscape, sew, oil paint and cook and was accomplished at all. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to help no matter what was asked of her. She will be greatly missed by all. Services will be held Friday, October 22, 2010, 10:30 a.m., at French ~ Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Rene at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MARTINEZ -- Dora Martinez, age 82, beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, and sister, was called to her heavenly home, Saturday, October 16, 2010. Visitations will be this evening (Thursday) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 820 Broadway Blvd., SE, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., also at the Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Dora'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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MURRAY -- Verbal Battles Murray, 95, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died Sunday, October 17, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Johnson and husband, Jim of Jacksonville, AR, Sue Geiwitz and husband, Lewis, Bonnie Dana and husband, Mike; son, Joe Battles and wife, Judy, all of Albuquerque; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; She is also survived by her sisters, Helen Cooper, Faye Shell, and Laura Hodges; and sister-in-law, Frances Davidson. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Tony Cailteux, great-grandson, Alex Layer, and great-granddaughter, Rainey Heintz. Verbal was a gifted interior decorator for Sears for many years. Homes all over Albuquerque are prettier because of her special touch. She was a longtime member of Highland Baptist Church. "Nana" was the most precious mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and taught all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids about loving Jesus, working hard, and taking care of family. Friends may visit French ~ Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Friday, October 22, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, October 23, 2010, 12:00 p.m., at French ~ Wyoming Chapel with Pastor John Embry officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In Nana's memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Fund at Noon Day Ministries, P.O. Box 25451, Albuquerque, 87125. French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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NORLANDER -- Melvin Douglas Norlander, 72, born October 6, 1938, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2010. Melvin was born in Mercedes, Texas the son of the late Louise and Kenneth Norlander. He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Fire Control Tech as well as in the Navy Reserves. In 1960, he married his sweetheart, Florence Grace Hawkinson, and together they raised four children. Melvin and Florence just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In his career, he worked as a Civil Servant at Guam's Anderson AFB and as an Alarm Shop Supervisor at Kirtland AFB. In his life, what he enjoyed the most, was spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald Norlander. He is survived by his spouse Florence; his children, Roy Norlander, Diane Crook, Michael Norlander and Janet Van Why; his brothers John Norlander and Gary Norlander; his granddaughters, Heather Lako, Jenny Crook and Aubrey Tillotson; his great-granddaughters, Eliza and Kharma as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws; and his beloved dog Tipper. He was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, grandpa, great grandpa and uncle and will be greatly missed. A small memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Sunset Memorial's Centennial Urn Garden, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM at 1:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Melvin at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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OSBOURN -- Josephine F. Osbourn went to be with the Lord, October 14, 2010. She was born in The Bronx, New York, June 28, 1916. She lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico until 1996 when she moved to Belton, Missouri. In 2001, Josie as she liked being called, moved to John Knox Village. She moved thru their system and in early 2009 moved to the care center. Josie is survived by her son George Osbourn and Gail, his wife; Lenore Babic, a very loved cousin. Josie will be buried with her daughter in Albuquerque, NM. George and Gail thank the Lord for Josie and look forward to seeing her in Heaven.
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PARKER -- Dicie (Norman) Parker , Dicie was born December 8, 1948 in Clermont Florida. Following a long, courageous battle with kidney failure, Dicie (Norman) Parker died at her home in Midland, Texas on October 17, 2010. At the time of her death, Dicie was surrounded by her four sisters; Sarah Imoe, Anne Dickson, Elizabeth Syed, and Myrline Chance. After graduating from high school in Robertsdale, Alabama, Dicie completed Marine training at Paris Island, South Carolina. Later, Dicie moved to New Mexico where she met and married Jim Parker. Over the years Dicie's diverse careers included working as a cosmetologist, an Albuquerque cab driver, a television engineer, and a caregiver for her aging mother. Dicie was loyal, and loving and protective of all those whom she loved. Her honest demeanor allowed her to love deeply when love was neededand to correct quickly when correction was needed, especially among her younger sisters. Dicie was the family historian who never forgot birthdays or other significant dates and events. Dicie valued friendship as a lifelong commitment and was loyal to her many friends. Dicie was preceded in death by her parents, Brooker and Beulah Chance; and her husband, Jim Parker. Left to cherish her memory are one son, Cameron Danfelser, his wife Jackie and their children, Brianna and C.J. of Albuquerque; four sisters, Sarah Imoe of Odessa, Anne Dickson and her husband Clark of Odessa, Elizabeth Syed and her husband Dr. Mohsin Syed of Midland, and Myrline Chance of Roswell, New Mexico; seven nephews; one grandniece; and one grandnephew. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Donnie Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Humane Society, Samaritan Purse, or Republican National Committee. Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
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PODRAZA -- Marjorie Josephine Clausner Podraza, 88, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM passed away October 15, 2010 after a long illness and now is at peace. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Adam Podraza and wife Violet of Deer Park, NY; many nieces and nephews. She was born in Stouffer, PA on June 30, 1922, daughter of Charles C. Clausner and Missouri Mitchell. She married her dancing partner, Walter Anthony Podraza, 64 years ago in Mt. Pleasant, PA. She was very proud of her volunteer work. She was an active member in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, serving as treasurer for many years for the Altar and Rosary Society. She was very devoted to volunteering at the Meadowlark Senior Center helping people with their taxes. She was honored as the AARP Volunteer of the year in 2006. Marge was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary, Thursday, October 21, 2010, Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, (located inside Vista Verde Memorial Park), 4310 Sara Road SE and Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, NM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held, 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Interment will follow the mass at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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PURCELLA -- Lawrence Purcella, age 83, longtime resident of Albuquerque NM passed away Sunday evening, October 17, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born in East View, NM and was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Purcella Sr and Sofia Luna; his sisters Frances Gurule and Rebecca Sanchez; his brother, Joe Purcella; and great-grandson, Alexander Rhoads. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bessie Purcella; and their five children: Anna Purcella-Doll and husband Mike of Georgia, Edna Purcella-Yates and husband Keith of Albuquerque, Doris Purcella-Gaddie and husband Robert of Texas, Larry Purcella and wife Arlene of Albuquerque, and Barbara Purcella and partner Gloria Montoya of Albuquerque; He is also survived by his four brothers, Martin Purcella Sr and wife Josefina of Albuquerque, Pete Purcella, Jr. and partner Dolores Jaramillo of Albuquerque, and Arthur Purcella and his wife, Elvira of Albuquerque; and one sister Verna Ortiz and husband Frank of Costilla, NM; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was the proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Purcella moved from Mountainair, NM in the early 1950s and worked for then Navajo Freight Lines (ABF Freight) for 38 years. He was an avid baseball pitcher for over 30 years, playing in various leagues around New Mexico until an unrelated injury forced him from the game. To satisfy his love of the game, he became an umpire and spent the next 28 years umpiring for Albuquerque City Parks and high school softball as well as the City Senior League. Purcella was inducted into the Albuquerque Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame for his many years of contribution to the game. Rosary and Catholic Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic parish at 412 Stover Ave SW. A viewing for friends and family will be held Thursday evening, October 21, 2010 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Friday morning, October 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., with burial directly following at Mt Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Bryan Doll, Eric Taddy, Bobby Gaddie, Peter Gaddie, Corey Purcella and Chantel Purcella; Honorary Pallbearers are: Mark Doll, Jennifer Doll, Casey Purcella, Jordan Purcella and Gypsy Purcella. Services are being handled by Salazar and Sons Mortuary. Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 247-4124
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RAMIREZ-ADAME -- Elidio Ramirez-Adame was born on August 13, 1938 and passed away on October 16, 2010. A Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment is to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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SNYDER -- Sheila Jo Snyder, 47, loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend went home to our Lord and Savior Friday, October 15, 2010. She was born on November 30, 1962 in Sheridan, Wyoming to proud parents, Darrell Snyder and Robyn Farless. Also raised and loved by Ron Farless and Robert Bellmine. She was preceded by maternal grandparents, Robert and Patricia Hooper; and fraternal grandfather, John G. Snyder. She is survived by fraternal grandmother Margaret Snyder; her mother Robyn Farless; brother John R. Snyder; nephews, John D. and Anthony W. Snyder; She embraced as her brothers, Donald Dial, Ebrahim Samji and Dustin Farless; She is loved by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Sheila loved to travel, work in her beautifully landscaped yard and spend time with her family. She had a great love for her dogs. Professionally she was the president of DPI Southwest and GM of Shamrock Foods. A memorial service will be taken place on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. A reception immediately following service.
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THOMPSON -- Thomas H. "Tommy" Thompson, died at home in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2010. Tommy was born April 15, 1928, in Canyon, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952. Tommy retired as Vice-President of AT&T and Bell Telephone Laboratories at Holmdel, NJ and was founding president of The Rio Grande Technology Foundation, RIOTECH, and the Systems Engineer for the Apollo Program. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janet M. Thompson; and his four children; six grandchildren; and brother, Clarence Thompson. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., Sandia Presbyterian Church, 12965 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM. Please visit our online guestbook for Tommy at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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TIETJEN -- Geraldine B. Tietjen, 79, a resident of Albuquerque since 1999, died October 17, 2010. She is survived by her spouse, Gary Tietjen of Albuquerque; children, Garth Tietjen and wife, Teresa of Los Alamos, NM, Lauretta Tietjen of Phoenix, AZ and Leah Tietjen of Los Alamos, NM; grandchildren, Kelcey Tietjen and wife, Laura, Mason Tietjen, Broudon Tietjen, and Logan Tietjen, all of Los Alamos, NM; sisters, Alice Nicoll of Eagar, AZ, Glenna Crosby of Salt Lake City, UT; Marge Roberts of Van Alstyne, TX, Ann Nelson of North Richland Hills, TX, Barbara Grenko of Perry, UT, Carolyn Wolfe of Farmington, NM; and brother, Dean Bond of Ramah, NM. Geraldine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was a seamstress, quilter, secretary, author, historian, canner, baker, missionary, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Her funeral will be held Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at the San Victorio Chapel, 11750 San Victorio Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will follow at Ramah, NM at 2:00 the same day. Pallbearers will be Kelcey Tietjen, Mason Tietjen, Broudon Tietjen, Kevin Grenko, Gary Crosby, Jeff Bond, Larry Nicoll, and Marty Wolfe; Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Tietjen, Kenny Grenko, Keith Nicoll, Joe Roberts, Dennis Nelson, and Tom Wright. Please visit our online guestbook for Geraldine at: www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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VERTREES -- Julia R. Vertrees: March 11, 1929 - October 17, 2010. "Julie"- a loving wife and mother, quietly strong and unflappable, clever and quick to laugh, a woman of deep faith... our Rock... to whom we are forever thankful. We celebrate her life. Some say she was originally from Brooklyn, New York, yet having arrived mysteriously in New Mexico in the late 40's, a Roswell connection has been confirmed. Settling in Albuquerque she shaped the lives of those around her. An extraordinary woman in an "ordinary" life, she met a good looking guy while hiking in the Sandias, married him, raised a family, taught first aide, led Girl Scouts (selling tons of cookies), cross-country skied, and traveled the world with "Bud". With kids grown and a return to college behind her she became a "late in life" accountant, yet she always knew the true value of love and family and how to touch lives. She will be dearly missed by the love of her life, best friend, and beloved husband of 61 years, Charles E. "Bud" Vertrees. And by the "Thundering Herd" whose diapers she changed and noses she wiped, Julia E., Charles W., Patricia, Joseph, and Sylvia, along with their four spouses, Greg, Jan, Janet, and Jim; grandchildren Jennifer, Janice, Brian, Christina, Joey, and Sarah; and six great-grandchildren. She was lovingly greeted, just across the river, by Gilbert and David (keep them in line mom). Though apart for now, we know we will all be together again in the sweet by and by. Until we meet again.Godspeed. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, 3:00 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 6200 Gibson Blvd. SE. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Christ United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 6200 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108, 505-255-1669. Please visit our online guestbook for Julia at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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