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AYERS, BARBARA JOAN Age 84, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM, beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was embraced by the Lord and taken to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Joan was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty and Peggy Ann; and her beloved son, Brian Allen Ayers. She is survived by her spouse of 63 years, Oscar Ayers; children, Linda Terrell and husband, Dave of Earlysville, VA, Larry Ayers and wife, Fran of Edgewood, NM, Peggy Ayers and Eric Romero of Albuquerque, Roger Ayers and wife, Irish of Albuquerque, and daughter-in-law, Cathy Kunin Ayers; brothers, Howard Kirk and wife, Frances and Robert Kirk and wife, Polly. Her extended family includes six grandchildren: Erica Ayers, Ryan Ayers, Bethany Haughton, Estevan Romero, Erica Romero, and Ben Webb; and two great-grandchildren: Robert and James Haughton. Joan loved landscape, portrait, and still-life painting, and she was an accomplished artist in each of these areas. She enjoyed travel and visited Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, and various regions of the Atlantic Ocean. She also did extensive travel within the contiguous USA. Joan had a long list of long-time friends. She loved both square dancing and round dancing, and she was selected as the Square Dance Queen for the Albuquerque District in 1979. She devoted tens of thousands of hours to volunteer work with the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Albuquerque for more than 30 years. She was a member of Hoffmantown Church and taught numerous Sunday School classes for youth throughout her life. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but donations may be made in her name to any reputable Veterans charity. A Memorial Service for Joan will be held Sunday, December 16, 2012, 3:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Wyoming. Please visit our online guestbook for Joan at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BACA, TILLIE F. Tillie went to be with our Lord on Friday, November 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by Marcus Martinez (father), Elvira Zubia (mother), brothers: Chris Martinez and Leo Martinez, and sons: David Baca and Tommy Baca. Tillie is survived by her sons: Albert Baca, Orlando Baca, Ray Baca and wife Sally, Mario Baca and Johnny Baca; brothers: Arthur Martinez, Danny Zubia and wife Kathy; sister: MaryLou Christian and husband Bill; seven grandchildren; & ten great-grandchildren. Tillie's Life Celebration will begin with a Rosary on Thursday, November 29th at 8:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. Graveside Service will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Zubia, Bill Christian, Eric Christian, David Baca, Arthur Martinez, and Tommy Baca. Honorary Pallbearers are Bob Fort, Albert Montoya and Rudy Mora. Please visit Tillie's online guest book at: www.Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations Louis & Gloria Salazar 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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BARRERAS, ANDRES C. age 80, a resident of Bosque Farms, NM passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Mr. Barreras is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Liz Barreras; children, Andrew Barreras, Anthony Barreras, Eugene Barreras, and Juliana Barreras-Apodaca; nine grandchildren, Rian Barreras, Kalei Barreras, Andrie Barreras, Aleea Barreras, Keira Barreras, Juliane Perez-Lourido, Christie Apodaca, Daniel Apodaca, and Monique Miscusi; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian Martinez and husband, Miguel, Alice Saavedra and husband, Isidro, Theresa Aranda and husband, Joe; brother, Lawrence Barreras; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Mr. Barreras was preceded in death by his son, Leonard Barreras. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the Riverside Funeral Home Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at San Jose Catholic Church, 2401 Broadway Blvd. SE, with Mass of Christian Burial to celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Committal Service will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Pallbearers will be Andrew Barreras, Anthony Barreras, Eugene Barreras, Juliana Perez-Lourido, Daniel Apodaca, and Buster Miscusi. Mr. Barreras was a veteran of two wars having served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and as a Sea bee in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Please visit the online guest register for Mr. Barreras at www.riversidefunerals.com. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE (505)764-9663
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CHAVEZ, NILA I. 1923-2012 age 89, a life-long resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, November 26 after a long illness. She was born on June 25, 1923 in Belen, the daughter of Remelia and Rafael David Baca. Nila was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and a life-long member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Sacred Heart Society. She graduated from Belen High School in 1941. She was first married in 1946 and moved to San Francisco, California where all five of her children were born. She returned to New Mexico in 1956 and worked for the City of Belen from 1962 until her retirement in 1985. She married Manuel Chavez in 1973 and has resided in Belen. She has always demonstrated a great love for her church and family. Nila's calm demeanor was her greatest strength and admiration by her family. She loved to bowl and take walks with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Reuben and Vidal; one sister, Emilia; and the father of her children, Juan J. Pea. Nila is survived by her husband of 39 years, Manuel C. Chavez; son, James Pena and wife, Sherry of Prescott, AZ; daughters, Lorraine Padilla and husband Preme of Belen, Joanne Knight and husband, Bob of Santa Fe, NM, Arlene Hays and husband, Jonnie of Durango, CO, and Jeannette Hiner and husband, Larry of Naperville, IL, three step-children, Dennis Chavez and wife, Belinda of Los Lunas, Luisa Lucero of Tome, and Clifford Chavez of Los Lunas; five sisters, Lucy Metzner, Gertrude Sisneros, Celine Baca, Eloria Rhoades and husband, Dusty and Mary Tearnan and husband, Bob; three brothers, Abe Baca, Herman Baca and wife, Mary and Isaias Baca and wife, Patricia; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, and ten step-grandchildren and fifteen step-great grandchildren. The family extends its sincere thanks to Dr. Malcolm H. Purdy, MD, Debbie Winkeljohn, CNS and the other nurses and staff at Hematology Oncology Associates of Albuquerque, NM for the loving care given during her long illness. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a Viewing on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Final Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Sign Nila's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM
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CORLEY, VERA E. passed away November 24, 2012. Vera was born in New York City and was raised on a ranch outside of Roswell, NM. Vera has been an Albuquerque resident since 1978. She was preceded in death by her parents; Wiley "Don" Williams and Eleanor Williams of Roswell, NM and one brother; Donald Williams of Colorado. She is survived by her loving husband Wayne Corley, Daughter; Mary Whitlow & Son-in-Law; Donnie, Son; Frank Jones and Daughter-in-Law; Vada, two grandsons; Justin Whitlow (wife Julie) and Joshua Whitlow, two great grandchildren; Avery and Wyatt Whitlow, two stepsons; Lance Corley and Scott Corley, one brother; Joe Williams and wife Judy of Clovis, NM, two sisters; Mary Robinson of Virginia and Carmela Godby of Roswell, NM and numerous nieces and nephews. Vera enjoyed being an integral part of Way Cor Redi Mix, Inc., a company she helped co-found with Wayne. She relished talking to the customers and loved all the employees who became family over the years. In later years she was a veracious reader of books and loved to see her friends at the casino and play slots. Her laughter and keen humor will be sorely missed by family and friends. Services for Vera will be held Thursday, November 29 at French Westside at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Rd., Ashland, MT 59003, www.stlabre.org. Please visit our online guest book for Vera at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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DODD, VELLA L. Memorial services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Faith Baptist Church, Artesia, N.M. for Vella Lou Dodd of Artesia. Mrs. Dodd, 74, died Monday, November 19, 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M. Cremation has taken place. Vella was born March 5, 1938 in Melrose, N.M.; the daughter of Henry Hartsfield and Vera (Hightower) Hartsfield. She came to Artesia in 1997 from Albuquerque. On March 13, 1974 she was married to Carl L. Dodd in Clovis, N.M. She was a housewife and member of Faith Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Survivors include her husband Carl Dodd of the family home; a son Scott Dodd of Albuquerque; daughters Becky Finney of Littlefield, Texas, Darla Dodd of Albuquerque and Tammy Williams of Artesia; brother Dudley Hartsfield of Clovis; sister Donnie Stickley of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren; & ten great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express your condolences at www.artesiafunerals.com
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DODGE, MARCELINA "LENA" age 84, passed away on November 25, 2012 in Albuquerque following an illness. She was born on March 26, 1928 in Puerto De Luna, NM to the home of Joseph R. and Marcelina (Padilla) Page. She was reared and attended schools in Puerto De Luna and Santa Rosa. Lena married Antonio Dodge on June 2, 1946 in Puerto De Luna. She and Antonio were faithful members of St. Rose of Lima Parish. Lena was a member of the Catholic Daughters; she was Eucharistic Minister, sang in the church choir, a religious education teacher for over 20 years and ran the St. Vincent De Paul Store for many years. She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, embroidering and drawing. Lena was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be truly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters, Richard (Dick) Page, Carmen Cordova-Blea, Patrick Page, Frank Page and Ruth Page. Survivors include her husband Antonio Dodge of Santa Rosa; her children, Anthony Dodge and wife Sharon of San Antonio, TX, Gloria Dodge-Campos of Albuquerque, Susan Sanchez of Albuquerque, Nicholas Dodge and wife Gloria of Taylor Ranch, John Dodge and wife Kate of Albuquerque, James Dodge and wife Linda of Santa Rosa, William Dodge and wife Kim of Albuquerque, Frank Dodge of Santa Rosa and Timothy Dodge and wife Marilyn of Las Vegas, NM. Also surviving is her brother, Cecilio Page and wife Ann of Puerto De Luna; step-sister, Frances Madrid Chavez Delgado; and step-brother, Christian Madrid; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends. Rosary services will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 6:00 PM from Nuestra Senora de Refugio Church in Puerto de Luna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 28, at 10:00 AM from St. Rose of Lima Church in Santa Rosa with Father Thomas Kayammakal officiating. Burial will follow at Nuestra Senora de Refugio Cemetery in Puerto De Luna. Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons; Jon C. Dodge, Cory Dodge, Fernando Sanchez, Jessie Dodge, Henry Campos, Jr., Carl Sanchez, Raphael Sanchez, Moises Gallegos, Joseph Gonzalez, Jonathan Gonzalez and Josh Dodge. All services for Mrs. Dodge have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. To place an online tribute please visit our website at www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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ESPINOSA, ANDRES "MAGUA" Love Lives On Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart. Love and miss you dad. Ida and Christopher
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LA RIVA, ANTONIO A. Dec. 14, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2002 Daddy: We miss you so much. We miss being with you, sharing the ordinary details of our daily lives, and the more extraordinary. We miss your love, generosity and warmth. We love you. The La Riva family
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LECKEY, GEORGE STEPHEN Age 53, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, left this life on Monday, November 26, 2012. He is survived by his sons, Joshua Leckey and his wife, Carrie and Nicholas Leckey, both of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Jennifer Leckey of Albuquerque, NM; mother, Lois Leckey of Etna, ME; father, Cleve Ronald Leckey of Mexico, ME; granddaughter, Ashley Paige Leckey; brothers, Greg Leckey and wife, Uschi of Germany and John Leckey and wife, Joyce of MA; and sister, Karen Foust and husband, Matthew of ME. George was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Beth Preuss Leckey. George loved most his family and children. He enjoyed piloting his plane, chess, skiing, hiking, swimming and photography. George loved his work as a PA, especially working with the elderly and making people more comfortable. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:30 am at FRENCH - University Chapel. Please visit our online guest book for George at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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MADRID, LEROY A. "SPOT" JR. of Albuquerque, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, November 24, 2012. He was born on May 15, 1952 in Leadville, Colorado to the late Leroy A. and Senida Madrid. He is survived by his wife Stella. His sons Richard Madrid and wife Beverly and Jose Madrid. Three grandchildren Esperanza, Cecilia and Emanuel. Several great-grandchildren and godchildren Mable, Stephanie, Daniel and Jasmine. Several stepchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews family and friends. Two brothers Louie Madrid and wife Della and Rudy Madrid. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Gene Madrid. Mr. Madrid was a veteran serving our country in the Marine Corps, United States Army and the National Guard. His memberships included the American Legion Post 13, the VFW and the DAV. He was worked the mines in Grants for many years, he loved fishing, hunting, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. Visitation with the family will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30am Wednesday November 28, 2012 at the Family Worship Center, 7311 Glenrio, NW. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 10:30am at the church. Pallbearers are Robert Sanchez, Joshua Sanchez, Teddy Madrid, Matthew Moreno, Chris Garcia Sr. and Cisco Martinez. Honorary Pallbearers are Chris Garcia Jr. Daniel Chavez, Pete Marquez and Edward Madrid. Please visit Leroy's on line register book at www.salazarandsonsmortuary.com Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400-3rd St. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-247-4124
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MARQUEZ, VIOLA age 71, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on November 26, 2012. Mrs. Marquez is survived by her husband of forty four years, Jose; children, Leonard Marquez and wife, Trish, Jimmie Marquez and wife, Machelle, Thomas Marquez and wife, Leona, and Bernice Harrower and husband, Michael; sisters, Mary Anderson, Olivia Tapia, Lorraine Hosssfeld, Ida McAllister, Beverly Tapia, and Rosie Sanchez and husband, Daniel; brothers, Steve Tapia, and Leroy Tapia and wife, Rose Mary; fifteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mrs. Marquez was preceded in death by her parents, Uvaldo and Josephine Tapia. Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the Rio Grande Baptist Church, 2121 Gunclub SW with a Funeral Service at 9:00 a.m., Pastor John Boggs, presider. Committal Service will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. Pallbearers will be Leonard Marquez, Jimmie Marquez, Thomas Marquez, Michael Harrower, Augustine Marquez, and Avery Marquez. Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Marquez and T.J. Marquez. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MARTINEZ, MARIO Longtime New Mexico educator, coach and athletic director Mario Edward Martinez of Belen, NM died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque following a battle with cancer. Martinez, 58, was surrounded by his family when he peacefully passed away after a rich and full life dedicated to the young men and women of New Mexico. Public visitation is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, in Belen, NM. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at Our Lady of Belen, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 9 a.m. with Father Steve Schultz officiating. He will be buried at the Fort Sumner Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Mario Martinez was born Aug. 30, 1954 in Las Vegas, NM to the home of Leopoldo and Mary Martinez. He was raised in Ocate, NM for the first six years of his life. The family then moved to Springer, NM and he attended Springer Schools, graduating with honors in 1972. He was an outstanding and determined student and athlete and competed in three sports for the Red Devils. Mario attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in special education in 1976. He became a teacher and coach, working in Moriarty, Pojoaque, Tucumcari, Carlsbad, Springer and Fort Sumner. Mario led the Springer Red Devils to state championships in basketball and track and led the Fort Sumner Foxes to five state championships in football and six state championships in track. He is one of only two coaches in New Mexico history to have coached teams to state championships in three different sports. He was chosen as one of the head coaches for the North-South All-Star Basketball Game in 1989 and the A/AA All-Star Football Game in 1995. He also served on the New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors, representing small schools in the southeastern quadrant of New Mexico. Martinez left Fort Sumner after winning the state track championship in 2004, the school's third straight. He became Associate Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, serving six years until his retirement. With the NMAA, Martinez was a fierce advocate for New Mexico's small schools and had a unequaled understanding of the challenges they face. Martinez was elected to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and is scheduled to be inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June, 2013. He was member of the Tierra Del Sol Men's Golf Association, serving in many leadership capacities, and was a regular member of the Belen "Gaggles" golf club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Martinez always attributed his success to working with many great people who shared his same passion and dedication in working with kids, and to the many dedicated young athletes he said he was fortunate to coach over the years. He will be remembered for his ability to analyze, organize and lead. His motto was "Always live life to the fullest." Mario was preceded in death by his father, Leopoldo in 1964; his mother, Mary, in 2003; his first wife, Patricia (Gutierrez) Martinez, in 1994; a sister, Dynna Martinez in 1995; and his in-laws, Arabella Borrego in 2006 and Arturo Borrego in 2011. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Martinez of the home; a daughter Candida Gonzales, her husband D.J. and their daughter Kyrah, of Artesia, NM; a son, Montana Martinez of Springer, NM; a step-daughter, Kimberly Branch-Ceniceros, her husband Ernesto and their children, Santiago Montoya and Marisa Branch, all of Belen; a step-son, Kenneth Branch, his wife Shenoa and their son Armando Branch, also of Belen. Also surviving are a sister, Agnes Martinez of Pueblo, CO; a brother, Patrick Martinez and his companion Theresa LeDoux of Springer, NM; a niece, Tonya Vargas and her husband Leroy of Albuquerque; and a nephew, Pat Martinez and his wife Julie, of Springer; and Patricia's parents, Con and Lucille Gutierrez, also of Springer; as well as many more treasured nieces and nephews. Pall bearers are Scot Stinnett, Benny Segura, Mike Ortiz, Gary Tripp, Stanford Salazar and Lecil Richards. Honorary pall bearers are D.J. Gonzales, Delbert Jaramillo, George Chavez, Johnny Apodaca and all his former players. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Activities Association Scholarship Fund, in memory of Mario Martinez, 6600 Palomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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MORALES, MARY L. Age 77, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully, Saturday, November 24, 2012. Visitation will be this evening (Wednesday) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, on Fourth and Mildred, where a Rosary will also be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Those who wish to express their condolences or view information, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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OLDS, RUTH (HUGHES) Born in Cambridge, MA, on March 8, 1923, Ruth passed away in Albuquerque, NM, on Nov. 23, 2012. Ruth was the eldest of five children of Mary Cooney Hughes and Roy G. Hughes, all of whom predeceased her. In 1948 she married Walter Olds, an organic chemist at Arthur D. Little Co., where he earned a number of patents for his inventions. Walter predeceased Ruth in 2003. Growing up in Cambridge, Ruth studied classical singing and was a member of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. Throughout her life, Ruth volunteered her musical gifts for church choirs and school fundraisers. She was a member of the New Mexico "Young at Heart Gospel Choir" and the choir at the La Vida Llena Retirement Community. In addition to raising a family, Ruth worked in the Boston banking industry. After hitting the "glass ceiling" at work, Ruth sought redress, working with federal agencies and labor organizers, and later was interviewed by Jane Fonda when she was researching her role for the movie 9 to 5. After retirement, Ruth achieved her dream of traveling the world. One of her most memorable trips was to Great Britain and France, where she and Walter served as official representatives of the United States of America for the 1983 bicentennial celebration of the Treaty of Paris. During this trip, she and Walter marched in parades and attended official celebrations, dressed in period costumes of the Concord Minutemen, a local militia which fought in the American Revolution. Known for her independence and determination, Ruth also was compassionate and generous to friends as well as strangers in need. Always one to actively work for causes she believed in, Ruth most recently worked on the La Vida Llena (LVL) Treasurer's Sale to benefit the LVL Foundation. Friends and family will sorely miss her keen intellect and joie de vie. Ruth is survived by her daughter Kathryn Olds of San Mateo, CA; daughter Susan Olds, son-in-law John Picariello and her grandson Benjamin Olds Picariello of New York City; and sister-in-law Claire Olds of Saratoga Springs, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
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ORTIZ, JOSE (JOE) CLORINDO age 89, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on November 24, 2012 at home with his family at his side. Mr. Ortiz is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Josephine; daughters, Virgie Archuleta and husband, Alex, Marie Antoinette Lopez and husband, Tommy; sons, Charles Ortiz and wife, Rennee, Anthony Ortiz and wife, Ronnette; eleven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; grandson, Diego Ortiz Duran. who was a wonderful caregiver; sister, Geneva Chavez; brothers, Arturo Gonzales, and Antonio Gonzales; special family friend, Roberto Lopez; and many extended family members. Mr. Ortiz was preceded in death by his mother, Ramona Gonzales; sisters, Felicita Lopez, Virginia Candelaria, and Rosie Alice Armijo; brothers, Lucario Gonzales, Fred Gonzales, and Juan Gonzales. Mr. Ortiz was a member of the Catholic Church, and was retired from Sandia (Labs) Corporation. Visitation will be from 9:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. with a Rosary at 10:15 a.m., by Karen Herrera, at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW; Mass of Christian Burial to follow the Rosary at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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PEREZ, HENRY R. age 82, born May 31, 1930 and passed away November 26, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM. Please visit the online guest register for Henry at www.riversidefunerals.com Arrangements entrusted to: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 505-764-9663
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PROCA, EDITH MARY BUNT Age 91, passed away after a short illness surrounded by her friends and family who miss her dearly. She was born in Pensauken, New Jersey and is survived by her sister, Eleanor Klinger of Tucson; son, Joseph Bunt Jr. and wife, Janet Lacy; son, David Bunt and his wife, Linda, and James Bunt and his wife, Pat; ten grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Rousell; husband, Joseph Bunt Sr., and husband, Sigmund Proca. Edie had an unwavering spirit that pursued life with joy; she taught all of us how to approach every situation with faith and optimism. She was naturally creative and artistic, and for most of her life had a great flower and vegetable garden. Her three sons, Joe, Dave and Jim, were the light of her life, and they adored her equally. She was one of those moms who was great at making memories, and she filled their childhood with fun and adventure. In later years she became the guiding spirit of the family, and never lost her deep understanding of human nature. She will be missed beyond measure as she takes her place among the angels. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Please visit our online guestbook for Edith at www.FrenchFunerals.com Lovingly Pre-planned at FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SPREACKER, ALETHA "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Aletha joyfully returned to her Lord and Savior on November 24, 2012. Aletha Merle Wright Spreacker was born on May 23, 1917, in Wapello, Iowa, to Frank and Grace Torbert Wright. She married Kyle Austin Spreacker on February 14, 1942, in Mediapolis, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her sister, Ethel Eland. She is survived by her four sons, Gary, Craig, Michael, and Marlin. She is also survived by her brother, Gilman Wright; eight grandchildren, Tate Spreacker, Katie Smith, Shelly Collins, Heidi Spreacker, Zack Spreacker, Loraine Spreacker, Angela Spreacker, and Shaun Spreacker; and seven great-grandchildren, Ally Collins, Teagin Spreacker, Audrey Smith, Tyler Collins, Lauren Smith, Milo Spreacker and Alissa Spreacker. Aletha was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, who strived always to serve God in every aspect of her life. She sang in numerous church choirs and participated in and led many Bible study groups and Sunday school classes. For many years, she was a member of the Young at Heart Choir, which is a traveling music ministry group. She was a soprano soloist and faithfully dedicated her wonderful musical talent to the glory of God. Cremation has taken place and memorial services for Aletha Spreacker will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM 87111. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice. Please visit our online guest book for Aletha at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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STEIN, PAUL Paul passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents: Charles and Margaret; brother, Charles; and sister, Dorothy. Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary J. Stein; sons: Paul Jr. and step-sons: Jake Savedra and wife, Roseann, and Johnny Savedra; daughter: Maria Stein and husband, Roger Soto, step-daughters: Rosemarie Oakleaf and husband, Walter, Anita Chavez and husband, Fermin, Elicia Cooksey, Josie Walters and husband, Paul; and sister, Pauline Gabaldon; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Paul was a U.S. Navy veteran with a WWII Victory Medal. He was also a boxer for the Navy and New Mexico Golden Gloves and played semi-pro baseball and continued to play Old Timers Softball League. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served as president of the Mail Handlers Union for many years. Paul's Life Celebration will begin with a Rosary on Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will also be at St. Francis on Thursday at 10 a.m. A Committal Service at the Santa Fe National Cemetery will be Friday at 9:00 a.m. with military honors Please visit Paul's online guest book at: www.Reflectionoflife.com REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations Louis & Gloria Salazar 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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SUAREZ, JOSE Age 73, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Jose was a longtime Albuquerque resident. He was born on October 29, 1939 in San Benito, TX but was raised in Minatare, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents Vidal and Adela Suarez of Minatare, NE. He was the oldest of ten brothers and sisters. Jose has three children from a previous marriage, daughter Cindy and husband Lex Lesinger of Montgomery, AL, son David Suarez and wife Leslie of Athens, GA and daughter Lisa McVay of Montgomery, AL. Jose is also survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Veronica Suarez; son Joe Suarez and wife Francine; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his dog Sammy who he loved dearly. Jose served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963 where he was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. Jose joined the Albuquerque Fire Department in 1964 and served 22 years, he retired as a Lieutenant in 1986. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:00am at Holy Family Parish, 562 Atrisco Dr. SW; a burial service will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.
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THOMPSON, JOAN A. Born: Anita Joan Walls, February 23, 1926, Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, was a member of First Christian Church in Albuquerque for many years, and was a member of Rainbow Girls, Jobs Daughter, and Chi Omega Sorority. She moved to Austin, Texas in 1996. She was a member of West Oak Woods Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband Thomas Smatana; her son Thomas Martin Smatana; her brother Burney Walls; and her sister Juanita Martin. She is survived by her husband John Thompson; daughter Cheryl Robinson and husband Jimmy. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren: Rachel Morelli and husband Thomas, Kimberly Walker and husband Tony, Thomas Johnson and and wife Erin, Randy Robinson and wife Marcie, Rodney Robinson and wife Jackie. She had 13 great- grandchildren: Stephanie, Brandon, Jordan, Travis, Corey, Katie, Jacob, Emma, Thomas, Simon, Ronan, Preston, and Sophia. She had six great-great-grandchildren: Mason, Carson, Madison, Matthew, Reece, and Lillie. Joan was a loving, Christian woman, with a gentle heart and sweet spirit. she was loved by her family and many, many friends. She loved to spend time watching her many grandchildren and playing cards with her family. For such a tiny woman she had the faith of a giant and it was apparent to all who met her. "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31:28-29 The visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, 11/29, at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, where funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, 11/30, with burial to follow at Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca. The family would like to express their thanks to her caregiver angels; Sarahy, Eva, and Mattie and the wonderful people at Hospice-Austin. "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God." Philippians 1:3 NLT
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VAUGHN, RODGER DAVID Age 65, died November 1, 2012 after a battle with cancer. Rodger is survived by his wife, Cheryl Vaughn; mother, Olive Vaughn; step daughters, Jennifer and Nicole Gerry; grandson, Gavin Gerry; sister, Patricia Finley and husband Charles; niece, Shannon Brannan and husband Joshua; and niece Elizabeth Finley. A memorial service for Rodger will be held at Valley Lutheran Church in Los Lunas, NM on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rodger's honor to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, HC 61 Box 28, Ramah, NM 87321.
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