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ALFARO, MARIA F. Loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went home to be with our Lord and Savior Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the age of 90. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Abran and Concepcion Alderete. Maria adored her family and loved spending time with them. She is preceded in death by husband Luis Alfaro; sons Claude and David Alfaro; daughter Gloria Alfaro; brother Pete Alderete; and sisters Estella de Luna and Sofia Acosta. Maria is survived by daughter Jennie Martinez and husband Ofemiano; son Joe Alfaro and wife Diane; brothers Juan Alderete, Salvador Alderete and Fred Alderete; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great- great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends.Visitations will take place at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac Rd SW, Monday, December 2, 2013 from 9:00 am. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated following at the church 10:00 am. Interment will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Martinez, Jose Alfredo Martinez, Joseph Alfaro, Nick Kabella, Jason Gallegos and Antonio Valdez. Maria will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Theresa Health Care Center, 7900 Constitution Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110. To view service information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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ANAYA, JOSEPH (JOE) CARLOS, age 35, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away November 27, 2013. Joe is survived by his wife, Victoria; three children, Tony Anaya, Abby Anaya, and Carlos Anaya; his mother, Nancy Anaya; his father, Gene Anaya and wife, Terry; brother, Shaun Anaya; grandmother, Erminia Manzanares; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Sunday December 01, 2013 from 3:30p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 4:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be Monday, December 02, 2013 at 10:00a.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Manzanares, Joseph Stansbury, Eric Manzanares, Aaron Diehl, Brian Diehl, and Joshua Anaya. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Drive S.W (505) 243-7861
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ARCHIBEQUE, JOSE C. Jose C. Archibeque, 85, known to many as Kelly or Joe, passed away peacefully on 27 Nov 2013. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arabella, and his children Kathy Tollison (husband Jim), Mona Romero, and Bob Archibeque (wife Angela). He was preceded in death by his son Gene Archibeque. Jose served in the US Air Force for 21 years and retired in 1968. During that time he was stationed in Korea, Japan, and Panama, as well as Indian Springs AFB, NV, Malstrom AFB, Montana, and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. He and Arabella had a wonderful life visiting many places in the world. Grandpa Joe will be fondly remembered by his ten grand- children, Tamarie Bobrowski, Sean Tollison, AJ Romero, Angela Preston, Cassandra Minish, Nikki Harrell, Mia Bullard, Patrick, Jacob, and Isaac Archibeque, and Trip, Ross, and Mark Tollison; and also by his 20 great-grandchildren. The Rosary and Memorial Services will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services Wyoming Chapel at 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6 pm with the Viewing at 5 pm. Mass will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 10 am on Monday, December 2, 2013. Interment will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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BALLEAU, MARILYN ANN age 74, of Clovis, NM, passed away on November 24, 2013 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, NM. Marilyn was born on December 3, 1938 in Roy, New Mexico to John and Lamoine (Chrisswell) Carpenter. She moved to Albuquerque in the late 1980's. She worked for the Methodist Bishop and retired in 2008. Marilyn was a secretary for the Clovis Schools for twenty years. She was very active in the Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She and her husband, George, enjoyed traveling and she was active in PEO. Services are Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona Street, NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Mexico Conference Methodist Foundation, Inc., 11816 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112. (www.nmcmfi.org). Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at www.steedtodd.com
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BROOKS, ROBERT L. Age 66, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Of himself, Bob said, "I got up, I went to work, and I did my job. Sometimes I did a little extra." He is survived by his wife, Valerie Brooks; mother, Betty Brooks; sister, Beth Stewart and husband, Bill; and brother, Barton Brooks. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Brooks. Cremation has taken place and Bob's life will be celebrated Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH - University. Bob's family request no flowers; should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico, 112 14th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guest book for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University NE 505 843-6333
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BURKSTALLER-GOODSON, FRANCES Frances Burkstaller-Goodson, 91, of Belen, NM went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 22, 2013. She and her husband Harry raised their family in Roswell NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Burkstaller and her brother, Ben Childs. Frances married Bernard Goodson of Belen, NM in 2002. They were visiting family in Sun City West at the time of her passing. Frances will be dearly missed and survived by her two children: Linda Fleming of Roswell, NM, Harry Burkstaller, Jr. and Beatrice of Houston, TX; her beloved grandchildren: Kila Hillman of Santa Fe, NM; Tallitha Hillman of Bay Area, CA; Gideon Hillman of Bay Area, CA; Russell Fleming of Bay Area, CA; Tai Fleming of Roswell, NM; her sister, Hermie Davis of Albuquerque, NM; Friend and Caretaker, Carol Rael of Belen, NM; her husband, Bernard Goodson of Belen, NM; his children: Patty Goodson of Sun City West, AZ; Vi Todd of Peoria, AZ; Eillen and Dick Godsey of Kansas City, MO; and John Goodson and Cindy of Belen, NM; his 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held for Frances Burkstaller-Goodson at a later date in New Mexico.
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CONGLETON, MARVIN LESLIE age 83, born on July 9, 1930 in Wilson County, North Carolina and passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. Marvin is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pauline Congleton; his sons, Byron Congleton and spouse, Gloria, Meredith Congleton and spouse, Joan; daughter, Paula Congleton and spouse, Allison; one brother, Herman Congleton; one sister, Ann Congleton; four grandchildren; one great grandchild as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Marvin served in the U.S. Air Force, at Kirtland Air Force Base. On June 7, 1952 he married Frances Pauline. After retiring from the Air Force, "Marvelous Marv" became a member of the operating engineers and also served as a drummer in the Ballut Abyad Shriner Band. Marvin was a loving father, husband, grandpa and friend to all. A special thank you to the Albuquerque V.A. Hospital Palliative Care Unit for the loving care they gave our Dad. A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 833 Arizona Ave. SE. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30am. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Service, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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DARBY, MICHAEL EDWARD Age 65, a resident of Southern California from 1947-1992 and Albuquerque, NM since 1993, passed on to be with his November 11th, 2013 after 15 years of health concerns. He is survived by his wife Debra Darby; his children: Jason Darby, Shaunna Morales, Colin Darby, Erin Collins, Alysson Darby; and grandchildren: Lorin Darby, Hope Darby, Alyssa Morales; as well as his brother and sister: Patric Darby and Dianne Christeson. Michael was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. While serving as a Burbank City Police Officer, he was commended for his valiant, life-saving efforts. He was a well-known and respected member of the banking and lending industries both in Southern California & Albuquerque. Michael served at Hoffmantown Church with the start-up of their support group ministry, helping many people to renew and strengthen their relationships. He enjoyed track, surfing, basketball, golf, and especially, his dogs. The family will accept donations in lieu of flowers to defray funeral costs. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date beside his beloved Pacific Ocean.
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DAUM, EDITH F. Age 89, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013. She was born in Houston, TX on January 18, 1924, to Dock and Ella Ferguson. She has been a resident of Albuquerque since May of 1961. Edith loved her family, animals, birds and traveling. She participated in the flea market for over 20 years where she made lots of friends. Edith loved life and people. She was an avid reader and was very involved in volunteer work she volunteered at Osteopathic Hospital, political campaigns, and voter registration. Edith is survived by her loving husband, Harold Daum; children Mary Ann Jordan and husband Jim, Denise Arnot and husband Mike; grandchildren Jimmy Jordan and wife Kelly, Chontelle Adney and husband Steve, Chris Steffen and wife Julia, Ryan Steffen and wife Tanya; great grandchildren Kirby Jordan, Taylor Jordan and Jacob Steffen and numerous extended family members and friends. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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DEARDEUFF, PAUL ELMER JR. Age 70, a resident of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from complications of diabetes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Evelyn Deardeuff, Sr.; his sister, Shirley (Deardeuff) Caldwell; grandson, Scott Brandon Horner. Paul is survived by his three daughters, Marletta (Bill) Werner of Pembine, WI, Charlene (David) McDonnough of Florence, SC and Tina (Lorenzo) Maxwell-Marquez of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren, Andrea, John, Alan, Adam, Coty and Joel; four great -grandchildren, Eric, William, Natasha, and Lanea; nieces, Carmen, Debra, and Diana; nephews, Darryl and Mike; and other extended family. Paul was born June 30, 1943 in Illinois to Paul and Evelyn (Smith) Deardeuff, Sr. His family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1953. He graduated from Valley High School in 1962 and married Charlotte Brown on September 2, 1963. Paul joined the US Air Force shortly thereafter and was stationed in Topeka, KS and then in Vietnam. Paul and Charlotte were divorced in 1970 and in 1972 Paul married Yolanda Gomez, they were divorced in 1982. Paul liked to travel and spent a lot of time moving between New Mexico and California. He spent the last 25 years living in Albuquerque, NM where he worked a variety of jobs until his retirement. Paul requested no public services. His loved ones will hold a private memorial service at a later date. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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DODSON, BEN SCOTT Ben, age 73, a resident of Albuquerque for over 50 years, went to be with the Lord his Savior on Friday, November 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene J. Dodson of Albuquerque, NM; children, Kirbye Davis of Albuquerque, Richard Dodson and wife, Christine of Gatesville, TX, Rochelle Seale and husband, Larry of Moriarty, NM, Dr. Douglas Dodson and wife, Becky of Alamogordo, NM, Debbie Torres-Rioux and husband, Andre of Rio Rancho, NM, Scott Dodson of Charlotte, NC, Dr. Daniel Dodson and wife, Dr. Geetanjali Dodson of West Palm Beach, FL and Marlys Vespe and husband, Fred of San Diego, CA; twenty-one grandchildren, Tommy and wife, Kendra, James and wife, Loni, and Ryan, Katie, Cody, and Brittney, Heather and husband, Michael, Vanessa and husband, Mike, and Danielle and husband, Gavin, Samantha, Emily, and Ben, Savannah and Alexandria, Kellen, McKenzie and Ashley, and Alan, Audrey, David, and Kelly; thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Becky Stewart and husband, Ken of Texarkana, TX and Carol Ledon and husband, Ox of El Paso, TX; and numerous other relatives and friends. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Carol Dodson; grandmother, Dora Scott; and grandson-in-law, Dominique Smith. He was born in 1940 in Quitaque, TX and graduated from Highland High School, Class of 1958. Ben honorably served in the United States Navy on the USS Coral Sea. He worked for Mountain Bell and retired from U.S. West. Ben was an active member of Grace Church, serving as an elder, mentor and Sunday School Teacher for fifty years. He was an avid fisherman, teaching his children and grandchildren to fish, and a Dallas Cowboy's fan. Ben always lived his life an example of his faith in God and instilled this faith in all of his children. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church, 6901 San Antonio Dr. NE. Interment will take place with military honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ben's memory to Grace Church, Rivers of Mercy Children's Home Fund, 6901 San Antonio Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please visit our online guest book for Ben at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd NE 505-823-9400
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DODSON, SCOTT Scott danced his way toward Heaven on November 29, 2013. A native of Albuquerque and resident of the city and of San Diego, California, he attended Monte Vista, Jefferson and graduated from Highland High School in 1968. He attended UNM and then entered the international ballroom dance world as a student, teacher and coach. He was a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He taught and coached at Enchantment Ballroom in Albuquerque and at Dance for 2, Champion Ballroom and Balboa Park in San Diego, California. He survived the MGM Grand fire while attending a dance competition with several of his students and also assisted in the defection of several dancers at an international dance competition. He was married three times. Scott was predeceased by his Grandmother Lucille McKee; mother, Wanda Dodson; and other loved relatives and friends. He is survived by his sister, Jan Dodson Barnhart; and aunt, Mozelle McKee. He also leaves many loved friends and students in Albuquerque and San Diego, and very special friends Robert and Susan. A Celebration of Life will be announced in early 2014. Interment will be in the family niche in "Times and Seasons" at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Heartfelt thanks are given to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, UNM Hospital, Gentiva Hospice and Canyon Transitional Care Institutions. Please visit our online guest book for Scott at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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FINNEY, BRIAN "BUDDY" Brian "Buddy" Wayne Finney, 55, Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away peacefully at his home on November 7, 2013 with his loving family at his side. He had been waging an optimistic and valiant battle with lung cancer for the past year. "Buddy" was born March 7, 1958 in Hallock, Minnesota to Lorraine and Harold Finney of rural St. Vincent, Minnesota. Buddy graduated from the Humboldt- St. Vincent High School in 1976 and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota after which he returned to the Humboldt area and began to farm with his Dad. In 1984 he moved to Rogers, Arkansas where he was employed with the Steve Chastain Company. In the spring of 2001, Buddy relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was employed in the marketing department of AECOM, an engineering firm for a number of years and most recently with Bohannan Huston, Inc. as a proposal manager in the marketing division of the civil engineering firm for nearly two years until his diagnosis in November 2012. Buddy was a very creative and witty individual who had an innate ability to entertain and amuse people. He was a very easy going, gentle and kind-hearted man who loved to paint pictures, work in his yard, tend to all his furry children (dogs, cats, hamsters) and 'fix' things. He seemed to always be working on a project, learning to play a new instrument, working on word puzzles, reading and baking his 'sweets.' Buddy will always be missed by his many friends and his family. Buddy is survived by wife, Justine Judway; his step-daughter, Abigail Judway; sisters, Susan (Leland) Sele, Crookston, Minnesota and Kathleen (Myron) Nielsen, El Cajon, California; brother-in-law, Ted Kochevar, Duluth, MInnesota; nieces Paula Kochevar Obrigewitch, San Diego, CA, Michelle Sele Walker, Bismarck, North Dakota, Prentice Sele, Fargo, North Dakota and his nephew Jim Sele, Rochester, Minnesota. Buddy was preceded in death by oldest sister, Eileen Kochevar & his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held in Buddy's honor at his home in Albuquerque on February 7th, 2014 at 6PM. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to The American Cancer Society, The American Lung Association, The Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico or your local Cancer Society. "Habibi, you will always and forever be with me, and I with you. I love you."
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GALLEGOS, PATRICIA ANN age 56, was born on December 3, 1956 in Albuquerque, NM. Beloved wife, mother, daughter and grandmother entered into eternal life with the Lord on Monday, November 25, 2013. Mrs. Gallegos is survived by her loving mother Sally Sanchez; her loving husband, Peter Gallegos Sr.; her loving children, Peter Gallegos Jr.; April and husband Alex Garcia, Crystal Mendoza and Felisha Gallegos; loving grandchildren; loving sister, Nora and husband, Robert Jaramillo; loving brothers, Victor and Freddie Sanchez. A Viewing will be held in the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St.Theresa Catholic Church, 4th and Mildred NW, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:00am. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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GARCIA, BILLY A. Billy A. Garcia, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2013. He was born Anton Chico, NM on Apr 6, l928 to Cliodo Garcia and Doloritas Gallegos Garcia. Billy was the 9th of l0 children: Clodio, Elosia, Emelia, Ponciana l9l5, Ponciana l9l6, Abrama, Levorio, Robert, and niece Viola. He is survived by siblings Robert Garcia, and numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces, and great nephews. Billy is preceded in death by his lifelong companion of 3l years, Doris Baker. He retired from the US Army after serving 2l years. He spent most of his military years in Europe, primarily Germany. He enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. After retirement he made his home in Albuquerque where he worked for K-Mart as manager of the warehouse. He spent a lot of time with his best friend and nephew, Eloy Sanchez. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, and gambling in various casinos in Albuquerque, but mainly at the Sandia Casino where he met friends and family for lunch. The Rosary will be Monday, Dec 2, at 6:30PM, at the Chapel at Daniel's Funeral Home on Wyoming NE. The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, Dec. 3 at St. Mary's Church in Vaughn, NM at l0:00AM followed burial at Evergreen Cemetery, then a reception at the City Hall. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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GARCIA, RALPH EDWARD Ralph Edward "Eddie" Garcia, beloved son of Yolanda Garcia, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Carlsbad, NM, where he was working as an attorney for the Public Defender's Office. Born and raised in Southern California, Eddie enjoyed playing soccer and baseball as a young man and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, where he graduated with a B.A. in Native American Studies. Eddie then moved to Albuquerque to study at the University Of New Mexico School Of Law. Eddie was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Garcia; his brother, Anthony Garcia, and his grandmother, Josephine Martinez. Memorial Services will be held at Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 1:00 pm. During his career, Eddie enjoyed working with children with special needs. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UNM Foundation - Para Los Ninos, 2 Woodward Center, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 108, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for Ralph at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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GONZALES, HAROLD Age 73, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 surrounded by family, after a long illness. Harold is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jimmie; daughter, Amanda Skarsgard and husband, Erik of Las Cruces, NM; son, Christopher Gonzales; grandchildren, Shelby and Austin Skarsgard; sisters, Mabel Hendrickson and husband, Ray and Angie Soto and husband, Sam; brother, Felix Gonzales; and numerous other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jovan and Sylvia Gonzales; brothers, Al and L.J. Gonzales; and sisters-in-law, Gloria Gonzales and Juin Baum. Harold served with the Air National Guard in Korea during the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Postal Service in 1996. He then continued to sell real estate. Harold loved golf, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a truly devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather ("Papa G"). The family wishes to thank the superb nursing and tech staff at UNMH. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Wyoming. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, 2621 Vermont NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harold's memory to UNM Hospital, Neuroscience ICU, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Building #2, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for Harold at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GONZALES, MARGARET Margaret Gonzales was received into the loving arms of Our Lord surrounded by her devoted husband and daughters following a brave battle with lung cancer. Margaret was born in Warrington, England to Elsie and Frank Pratt. She was a part of a large family, having six siblings; Alan, Janice, Lynda, Marian, and Steve with whom she shared a happy childhood in Newton-le-Willows. As a youngster, Marg was a very talented athlete, with track and gymnastics being her favorites. She and her older brother, Alan, represented the Vulcan Gym Club, and during Vulcan Sports day in her village, her family would gather at the finish line to cheer Margaret on to victory in the 100 meter dash among other sporting events. (She would later add softball and bowling to her talents. In 1967, she bowled her way into the finals in New York State and won a trophy taller than her children.) It was her keen intellect, however, that led her to study at Leigh Technical College at the age of 16. It was during this time when she met a handsome young Yank when she was Maid of Honor, and her future husband, Ramon, was Best Man at their closest friends' wedding. And as they say, the rest is history. Ramon said it was love at first sight, but Mom always retorted that he chased her until she caught him. They began dating and were married 18 months later. While stationed in England, they welcomed a beautiful baby daughter, Sandra. Ramon was soon given relocation orders to return to the US, and there they welcomed their second child, Tina. Ramon's military career took the family to many destinations, such as New York, Ohio, South Dakota, and New Mexico. Upon Ray's retirement from the Air Force, they decided to settle in Albuquerque to be close to Ramon's family. Marg embraced the culture and soon made some of the best New Mexican food, and Ray said her green and red chile was the best around. Mom always gave her sister-in-law, Isabel Barboa-Gonzales, the credit for teaching her how to make chile. Every Christmas Eve, Mom served a feast of English trifle, Spanish rice, tamales, posole, and biscochitos, but her red beef and green chicken enchiladas were her grandchildren's favorite. In Albuquerque, Margaret's professional career blossomed. She accepted a position at the University of New Mexico Medical School, and later at Scholes Hall, as an Admin Asst. to the Dean of Graduate Studies. She enjoyed this chapter in her life in that it was challenging as well as interesting, but often said her favorite part was knowing she was returning home to Ray's delicious, hot meals. After her retirement from UNM, she spent a great deal of time attending her grandchildren's school activities, traveling to England, and shopping the sales at Dillard's or Macy's. Mom was the best bargain hunter around, never paying full retail for anything, and often had extra coupon discounts. Her sister, Lynda and Marian, must have inherited this trait. The three of them shopped till they dropped at Cottonwood Mall and their faces beamed as they brought home their discounted treasures. She and Ray also traveled to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, which is where they also celebrated the 25th. They stayed at a lovely hotel on the beach, and Mom really enjoyed hearing the sound of the waves hit the shore as they had a cup of tea on the balcony each evening. Another post-retirement activity was participating in the Albuquerque Founder's Day Parade which commemorates the arrival of the Europeans/Spaniards to the New World. She transported and issued various family Coat of Arms banners, and carried Ramon's family banner in the parade on many occasions. Margaret also volunteered during the Summer Mariachi Festival for several years. She was also instrumental in assisting Ray with visitors from Spain, Japan, and Germany on every visit, when Ray was Chairman of Sister Cities Albuquerque, Spain. Margaret returned home to England almost every summer, often times accompanied by one of her daughters, and grandchild, or both. She remained very close to her family, which included not only her siblings, but numerous nieces and nephews and their families, and made sure we felt close to them, as well. She always looked forward to having her niece, Julie; perm her hair, or playing memory games with her grandnephew, Connor, on the stats of his favorite football or rugby teams. She took such pride in her brother, Steve's, career success with being a great father as his greatest accomplishment. Many English family members traveled to the US over the years. Margaret was proud of being an American, and enjoyed showing her family the beauty and fun of living in the USA. Mom and Dad still recall how her grandniece, Jessica, snuggled on their laps on the train-trip to the Grand Canyon as if she'd known them all her life, and how her nieces, Donna and Andrea's families ate New Mexican chile like locals. In 2011, Marg, Ray, Sandie, Jim, Tina, and JP went on an Alaskan Cruise. Mom was afraid of water, but after the first few hours at sea, her tummy settled down and she said she enjoyed the trip so much that she couldn't wait to go on another. What Margaret was most proud of, however, was the educational accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, and was thrilled when they earned their degrees from UNM. She strongly encouraged education, and supported their goals to study and continue their educations throughout their lives. Her most-used quote was, "No one can take away your education." Margaret battled her illness with grace and dignity, and her love and encouragement will be sorely missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie Pratt; her brother Alan; brother-in-law Joe, and son-in-law Jerry (JP). She is survived by her husband, Ramon; her two daughters, Sandra (Jim) and Tina; grandchildren, James (Jami), Rachel (Scott), Heather, and Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Zach, Abby, Elijah, Morgan, Roman, and Kiera; siblings, Janice, Lynda, Marian, and Steve (Anne), and numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews in England and the U. S. The Gonzales Family would like to thank Dr. Quintana and Dr. Liem; as well as her hospice nurses, Barb, Debe, Aladia, and Dina for their loving care. A Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH Westside, with a reception immediately following the service. Please visit our online guestbook for Margaret at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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GONZALES, DIEGO F. SR. Dec. 3, 1947 - Dec. 1, 2003 It has been ten long years since you went to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ. We know you are in a better place, without pain, but as every year passes we miss you more and more. When good things happen, it is short lived, because we stop and think "If only daddy were here." We know you are with us because you live in each of our hearts. When you passed away we only had four grandkids that had the honor of meeting you in person, now there are 12 grandkids and they all know you by name and recognize your face. We will keep your memory alive forever. Happy Birthday on December 3rd. You were the best Husband, Daddy and Gramps anyone could ask for. Love your wife of 44 years Lorraine. Valerie, Garrett, Jaydan, Xavier, and Garrett Bennett. Pamela, Fernando, Leroy, Miranda, James, Diego, Vanessa, Delilah and Diego III Gonzales. Jennifer, Leonard, Lorissa, Israel, and Leandra Lopez.
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HILL, JAMIE MAUREEN Age 45, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was a breast cancer warrior. Jamie is survived by her husband, John David Kennedy; her daughter, Janet Kamalani Hill; son, John-Edward Kennedy Hill; sisters, Lisa Akana, Nina Dunn and Samantha Hill; brothers, Bruce Akana and Edward ("Bud") Hill; her beloved dog, Pixie; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Edward Hill and Janet Wilcox Hill; and sister, Sandy Hill. Jamie was a loving wife and mother, a devoted and colorful friend and a Kung Fu SanSoo practitioner. She worked as a passenger railroad conductor. Jamie will be remembered for her wit and wonderful sense of humor. Family and friends will gather at FRENCH - Westside Reception Center on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at: www.komen.org or the Children's Grief Center at: www.networkforgood.com Please visit our online guest book for Jamie at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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JAMES, MARK R. age 59, rocked and rolled his way out of this world Saturday, November 23, 2013 after a brief illness. Mark was born in Paris, France while his father SFC Charles D. James was stationed there. He attended schools in NM and Pennsylvania graduating from Eldorado High School and TVI in Albuquerque. He served in the Army (12B20 Combat Engineers) in Germany and Panama for six years. He is survived by his mother Jeanne James, Rio Rancho; brother Jeff James; sister Jill Dunlap (Peter) of Albuquerque; sister Kim James, Midland TX; aunts Patricia Austin of Rio Rancho and Cheryl Reynolds of Jersey Shores, PA; and longtime best friend Carl Lott of Albuquerque. Cremation will take place and burial of the cremains will be on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:30 am at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit the online guest register for James at www.riversidefunerals.com
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JARMIE, MARILYN ARGYLE Age 59, a resident of Albuquerque, lived a vibrant life full of warmth, kindness, strength, charity, faith and love. She always saw the beauty in her surroundings and in those around her. Marilyn loved unconditionally and will be missed dearly. She returned to her Father in Heaven on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Mark Dawson Jarmie; her parents Donald P. and Georgia T. Argyle; her children, Tanya Marie Drummond of Albuquerque, Forrest Kyle Stewart III and wife Lisa of Colorado Springs, Daniel Argyle Stewart and wife Lindsey of Albuquerque, Shaylynn Sara Moore and husband Adam of Albuquerque, Amanda Leora Malherbe and husband Kimball of Albuquerque, Liam Donald Jarmie and Colin Dawson Jarmie of Albuquerque. "Sugar Grandma" is also survived by her grandchildren Elise, Ethan, Grace and Mia Drummond, Kiley, Hailey and Emmalee Stewart, Alex, Wade and Stella Stewart, William, James, Eva and Forrest Moore, Kody and Khloe Malherbe and many other family members and friends. Marilyn Jarmie was preceded in death by Forrest Kyle Stewart Jr. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the San Victorio Chapel, 11750 San Victorio Ave. NE, Albuquerque. Friends may visit before the service, Monday, December 02, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Please visit our online guest book for Marilyn at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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KECK, HELEN Age 89, passed away peacefully Friday, November 29, 2013. Helen was a long time resident of Albuquerque, NM and called it her home for the past 20 years. Her favorite past times were arts and crafts, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Armando Samora. Helen is survived by daughter, Carol (Jim) Sanchez; son, Robert "Bob" (Isabel) Donley; grandchildren, Melanie Grant, Kimberly Ackerman, Angela Benson, Ceniza Fletcher, Tamie Huerta, Robert Samora, Lisa Adair, Anthony Samora, and Jackie Jensen; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Slagle, and Ella Hoagland. Services will be at 10 am Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Daniels Family Funeral Services Wyoming Chapel. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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LACKEY, OSCAR B. Age 85, died peacefully at his home in Albuquerque on November 28, 2013. Per his request there will be no services, although family members will gather to celebrate his life in early spring. Because of his love for animals, especially dogs, anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution may contact Animal Humane New Mexico (505-255-5523, or www.animalhumanenm.org). FRENCH Wyoming is handling arrangements. www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 505-823-9400
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MAES, ESTELLA Age 90, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on November 28, 2013 . Mrs.Maes is survived by her daughter, Donise Maes; son, Herman Maes; ten grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; sister, Libby Waits; son-in-law, Louis Gandara. Mrs. Maes was preceded in death by her daughter, Georganna. Mrs. Maes was a member of the of the American G. I. Forum and Post 122. Visitation will be December 04, 2013 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, 1001 Barelas Rd. SW from 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Drive S.W (505) 243-7861
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MAGRUDER, NORMA F. Age 90, born in Monte Vista, CO and a resident of Albuquerque, died peacefully Saturday , November 23, 2013 surrounded by family. She is survived by her son, David C. Magruder and wife Janie of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Amy Daehnert and husband Todd of Fairview, TX, Kendall Magruder and wife Ali of Albuquerque; great grandchildren, Blake, Hannah and Kane and many other family and friends. Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harold E. Magruder, whom, for 16 years, she devotedly cared for. She was also preceded by her parents Cecil J. and Lovie Phillips and her siblings, Glen, Wendell and Dorothy. She worked for PNM until retirement and was a member of the Forerunners. She was a longtime active member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She spent many years enjoying travel with friends and family. Our "On the Go Granny" is at her final destination using her "good legs" to dance with Jesus. A Memorial service will be Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE. Memorial contributions may be made to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Albuquerque, PO Box 21962, Albuquerque, NM 87154. Please visit our online guest book for Norma at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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MALESICH, VINCENT "JIM" Passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side on November 25, 2013. Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois, his parents being of Croatian descent. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Vince Malesich, and daughter, Theresa McKinney. He is survived by his loving wife, Reyna; son, Greg Malesich, wife, Desiree, their children, Miyah, Taylor, and Tyler; daughter, Jamie Charrette, husband, Tony, their daughters, Kayleigh and Kira; son, Steve Emerson, wife, Vikki, their children, Halen, Caleb, and Kyla; son, Carl Emerson, wife, Amy, their sons, Benjamin and Andrew; daughter, Cheryl McLellan, her son, Tyler; Elizabeth Easley, husband, Mathew, their son, Sean; son, Keith Emerson, wife, Katie; and granddaughter, Madison McKinney. He is also survived by his two brothers, John Malesich and Joseph Malesich; and many, many friends. Jim was a tool and die machinist with GE in Albuquerque for 22 years. He enjoyed many hobbies including, world travel, Bridge clubs, bowling leagues, city billiard leagues, home brewing, carpentry, and volunteering as a driver for Bear Canyon Senior Citizens Center. Jim loved the Lady Lobos and his Chicago Cubs. In memory of Jim, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Association. We love you Jim, you will be greatly missed. Services to be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Rosary to begin at 12:30, followed by Mass at 1:30.
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MALOOF MCGRATH, CORA ELISIA Age 91, a lifelong New Mexican, died in Albuquerque, November 16, 2013. Cora is survived by daughters Wardie Hennessy and husband Jim, Zian Swanson and husband George, of Albuquerque and son, George O. Maloof, Jr. and wife Ellavern of Santa Fe; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren in NM, CA, TX, IL and WA; sisters Helen Partridge of CA and Mary Antonelli of VA; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George O. Maloof, Sr.; parents Tom & Guadalupe McGrath; sisters Anna Gutierrez, Della Sanchez and Dolores Beach and brother Tom McGrath Jr. She was a Navy Wave during WWII, a member of the DAV and the American Legion. She taught Special Ed in the West Las Vegas Schools and Albuquerque Public Schools. She graduated from Highlands University with an MA and earned her PhD in Education at UNM. She was recognized in Who's Who of Women of the American West and Who's Who of the World along with many other honors and achievements. In retirement, she loved to make and sell crafts. She was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church. Visitation will held be on December 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. Mass will be celebrated at December 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at John the XXIII Catholic Church, 4831 Tramway Ridge DR. NE. A luncheon will follow at Shepard Lutheran Church, 3900 Wyoming Blvd. Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Please visit our online guest book for Cora at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 505-823-9400
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MCBRAYER, SUE HALEY Age 74, passed away peacefully with family by her side in Albuquerque on November 13, 2013. She is survived by her two sons, Troy Prichard of Albuquerque and Bruce Prichard of Las Cruces; her grandchildren, Jacob Smith Prichard and Brooke Haley Prichard of Albuquerque, and Joshua Allen Prichard and Chase Alexander Prichard of Las Cruces; as well as her younger sister Dianne Smith of Las Cruces, and Dianne's son Jason Smith, also of Las Cruces. Sue was preceded in death by her parents Finis and M. Lee Haley, her older brother William Haley, her older sister Margaret Haley and her beloved husband and life partner in love, William McBrayer. Born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Sue and her family moved to Las Cruces in the mid 1-950's, and Sue has ever since been quite happy and proud to call Las Cruces home. Sue was always happiest when she was in the company of her family and close friends, An honors graduate of Las Cruces High School, New Mexico State University and Colorado State University, Sue enjoyed and took great pride in excelling at most anything she ever ventured into, including music (she was an accomplished oboist), dancing, teaching and counseling. She retired from her counseling career at NMSU in 2005. Sue will be greatly missed and remembered most for her genuine warmth and sincere happiness and loyalty amongst her family and close friends. A Memorial Celebration of Life for Sue Haley McBrayer will occur on Sunday, December 1, 2013 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm in the atrium of the Ramada Palms (fka Holiday Inn de Las Cruces). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Sue's name to the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico.
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MESSEC, MARY TATE Age 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Rio Rancho, NM. She was born Mary Lamont Tate in Baltimore, MD, August 7, 1922. Mary grew up in Baltimore with two older and two younger brothers. Raised in a naval family, she lived life "full steam ahead." She graduated early from Forest Park High School in December 1940 and attended Bard-Avon School. At 19, she traveled across the country and sailed to Hawaii in October 1941. She was still on Oahu, as a volunteer worker, on December 7, 1941. Opting to remain in Hawaii after the U.S. entered the war; she landed a Civil Service job as a secretary to the navy dispersing officer, remaining an additional 18 months. In 1946, Mary applied for another Civil Service position and was sent to Berlin, Germany. There she traveled extensively throughout Europe as the secretary to the Executive of the OMGUS, POW and Displaced Persons Division. In the spring of 1947, Mary married the love of her life, said Executive: Colonel (Army) Harry S. Messec. Mary spent the next 13 years as an Army Colonel's wife, moving to different posts (including two years in Japan), being the social hostess, and rooting for the Navy during the annual Army Navy football games. During that time, Mary and Harry had four children. Back in Maryland after returning from Japan, the family settled in Baltimore after Harry retired in 1960. She was active in the PTA, car-pools, politics, and continued being quite the social hostess. For a few years while Harry finished a BA at Johns Hopkins University she held a job as a secretary for a USGS project at JHU. The family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1967. Mary made enduring friendships in short order. Her relationships and interests included a deep involvement with the Albuquerque Academy, lifelong membership in the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), an unquenchable interest in Southwestern culture, learning to play and love tennis, and making time for personal and public social events. Always inquisitive, she and Harry spent many hours driving around New Mexico and the surrounding states. Mary's beloved Harry passed away in November 1980. After 25 years in New Mexico, she was left as the sole remaining Messec in the state, so Mary moved back to her beloved Maryland. She treasured being close to her brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews and spent as much time with them as possible. She also loved traveling to visit her children's families and having them visit. For a few years, two of her sons' families lived only a couple of hours away, making regular visits possible. As the Messec sons migrated back to New Mexico, Mary chose to be close to her children and grandchildren. She moved back to NM in 2004, renewing many old friendships and making new ones. She continued to be socially active, especially at the frequent family gatherings. Mary is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry S. Messec; parents, William James and Mary Lamont Tate; and brothers, William James, Norman, and Robert Tate. Survivors include one brother, Donald L. Tate; her four children and their spouses, James A. (Tony) Messec and Melissa A. Morris, Harry S. (Hal) and Tina Messec, Donald N. L. (Don) Messec and Charlene Teters, and M. Colleen Messec and Ken Cratty; seven grandchildren, C. Paige M. Messec and her husband, Nick Sydow, Jordan A. M. Messec, George and his wife, Emily Raymond, Kristal and her husband, Maciej Chichlowski, Harrison J. M. Cratty, Grace Jin Messec, and Rose Xiao Messec; and four great-grandchildren, Natalia Chichlowska, Evelyn Raymond, Monika Chichlowska, and Sebastian Sydow. A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 29, 2013, 2:00 p.m., at FRENCH Westside. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation in the memory of Mary T. Messec be made to the Harry S. Messec Fund at the Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please visit our online guest book for Mary at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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O'CHESKEY MARTIN, SANDRA JEAN passed away in her home on November 22, 2013 after a two year battle with cancer. Sandy was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Fred and Joyce O'Cheskey on January 9th, 1946. She graduated from Carlsbad Senior High School in 1964 and Eastern New Mexico University in 1969. She was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority. Sandy taught in the Carlsbad Municipal School District until she moved to Albuquerque in 1987 where she taught in the Albuquerque Public School District and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. She then moved onto the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and then retired in 2007 from the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department where she was a Bankruptcy Supervisor. Sandy moved to Texas to be closer to her grandchildren: Matthew, Braile, and Brandon. She was the hardest working woman anyone would ever know; she taught both her daughters Amy and Neile her tireless work ethic. After moving to Midland, Texas, she continued her love of teaching with Midland College in their GED program. She was a wonderful mother, sister, teacher and friend as well as "animal mom" to her dog Odie and her cat Baby Cat. She never met an animal she didn't like, most especially dogs. Anyone knew when they were invited over, so were their animals. Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Fred and her mother Joyce. Sandy is survived by her eldest daughter Amy Martin Reed and husband Judson of Midland Texas, daughter Neile Martin McTaggart of Houston, Texas; brother Walter O'Cheskey and wife Charlotte of Lubbock, Texas, and Fred O'Cheskey and wife Diane Dal Santo of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister Lora Lee Thomas and husband Dr. Robert Thomas of San Diego, California; as well as nieces and nephews. Most important to her were her three grandchildren, Matthew Douglas Groeschel of Midland, Texas, Braile Jo McTaggart and Brandon Frank McTaggart of Houston, Texas. Per Sandy's request no funeral services will be held and a cremation will take place. In lieu of the services, the family will have a celebration of her life in a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, her daughters have requested that you make a donation in Sandy's honor to your local SPCA or to Home Hospice of West Texas, 901 West Missouri, Midland, TX 79701 (www.homehospicewtx.com). "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7.
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ORTEGA, ART Age 67, passed away early morning on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Art wants you to keep your sense of humor alive and well. Arrangements are pending. Please visit our online guest book for Art at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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PEREA, CANDELARIA Candelaria (Candie) R. Perea was born in Vadito, NM on May 34, 1915. Her parents, now deceased, were Benito Romero and Rafaelita Lopez. She attended private school with the Dominican Nuns in Penasco, NM and at El Rito Normal School. Candie was a Postmistress in Lyden for 11 years. Then she began a career as a cashier that lasted 37 years. She enjoyed her life in New Mexico and California. She opened her own beauty shop at age 65 until her health deteriorated due to a severe car accident. Candie and Clovis Perea were married on August 5, 1973. They enjoyed 40 years together. She is survived by her beloved husband, Clovis; and her children from a prior marriage, Jose M. (Rosely) Valdez Jr., Barbara (Al) DeAnda, Connie (Louie) Valdez, James Donald Valdez; and her stepchildren Cecilia (Perea), Soto, Clovis Perea Jr., and Sam Perea. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Candie was loving wife and a caring mother, grandmother, and aunt. The Viewing will take place at Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wyoming on Monday, December 2 at 9am to 11am. Services at Heights Seventh-day and interment at Sunset Memorial Park will follow viewing. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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PICKARD, RONALD KAWIKA left this earth for a better place on November 21, 2013. Ron was born on August 30, 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has resided in Albuquerque since 1984. He is survived by his parents Ken and Renee Pickard; his uncles Lee Pickard and Chuck DeLany (Georgia); aunts Karen Pickard and Chris Houghtaling (Pat); many cousins and friends. Ron bravely fought battles with brain tumors for over 30 years and set an example of how to live a full and inspirational life in spite of many obstacles. He was happiest serving his community by volunteering as a docent at the Albuquerque Zoological Park, teaching visitors about his beloved animals. Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Ron's life will be planned for the spring of 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the New Mexico BioPark Society, 903 10th St. SW, 87102. For information or to leave condolences, please email lovelifeforron@comcast.net
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ROBINSON, LESLIE LEONARD (BUZZ) Went home to Jesus on November 10th, 2013. He was born on October 24, 1949 in Chicago, IL to Gordon and Frieda Robinson. Les graduated from Luther North High School, Lincoln Junior College and received a BA in architecture at UNM. He achieved his childhood dream to be an architect. He worked for years at Art Dekker and Lewis Weller. Les designed many Albuquerque buildings, also schools and health clinics on Native American reservations in three states. In 2001, he was awarded membership in the "Who's Who Historical Society" for renovation of the "Red Ball Cafe". Buzz played guitar in a band in high school and remained life-long friends with the other band members. Les is survived by his wife of 32 years, Diane; two daughters, Jennifer Hayward of Anthony, FL, Jaime Pursley of Paw Paw, MI; two step-sons, Guy Hon of Albuquerque, Heath Hon of Norman, OK; brother-in-law Warren Bunyard of Butte, MT; uncle Rudy Mayhak of Bensonville, IL; six grandchildren; Diane's niece Stacey Perez; many loving cousins and his kitty, Pearl. I'll see you soon my Lessy-poo. Cremation by Direct Funeral Services, 505-343-8008. Memorial service will be on December 10, 2013, 11:00am- 1:00pm at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna NE.
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ROMERO, GARY A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, November 27th, 2013. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Helen Rose Romero and father Eddie Romero. He is survived by his sister Kathy and husband Jim; brother Ron and wife Sandra; niece Amber and many cousins. Gary was a people person, always giving with a huge heart and always loving. He loved the outdoors and loved his music. He will be so missed by his family and many, many wonderful friends. Our many thanks to the family and friends who stood by him through the last months of his life. He made us all very proud. A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Celebration Mass on Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Reception to follow. Honorary Pallbearers are Fernando Echeverria, Kenny Martinez, Mark Cravens, Philip Romero, Mike Romero, David Romero and Ron Romero. Special thanks to the wonderful nursing staff and doctors a the University of NM Hospital for their love and kindness, it makes a difference. A Rosary will be recited
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SANCHEZ, STEPHANIE ROSE Born May 19, 1983 and passed away November 25, 2013. She is survived by daughters Jocelyn R. Sanchez and Camille A. Romero; mother Eve Ann Pacheco; and brother Rueben J. Sanchez; plus numerous relatives and friends. Rosary will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Chapel, 225 San Mateo , NE. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at Riverside Funeral Chapel. Burial Service will follow at Gate Of Heaven Cemetary, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. We all love and will miss you dearly Stephanie Rose.
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SCHALLER, JOSEPH H. Age 87, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, November 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Schaller; children, Lilo Zuverink and husband Paul, Brett Schaller and wife Mary, Megan Meunier and husband James; and five grandchildren. Joseph was a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF. Interment ceremony will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:15 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project. FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SHERICK, NANCY BENTON PH.D. Dr. Nancy Sherick, 88, died peacefully under Hospice care in Carlsbad, NM on 25 Nov 2013. The only child of the Honorable Clyde C. Sherick and Kate Prindle Sherick, Nancy is survived by her beloved West Highland Terrier, Herald. She was a lifelong educator and fierce advocate for children, particularly gifted children. She retired as Director of Special Education for the Carlsbad Public Schools, after working in the NM Department of Education and the Santa Fe Public Schools, and touched many lives.
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SLATER, ELIA FRESQUEZ Went home to be with the Lord on November 11, 2013. Elia was born in Roswell, NM on June 20, 1923, to Manuel and Catalina Fresquez, one of eight children: Elfides Gallegos, Corine Gaona, William Fresquez, Leo Fresquez, Ernest Fresquez, Samuel Fresquez, and Mary Louise Valdez. She loved swimming in the Berrendo River and bareback riding with her lovely platinum blonde hair flowing in the wind. While in high school, she was a high stepping drum majorette. Elia attended grade school in Berrendo, and high school and business school in Roswell. She worked at Walker Air Base and New Mexico Boy's Ranch before moving to California with her sister, Corine and cousin, Lucille to work in the defense factories. They then moved to Albuquerque and she started working as a secretary to the head of the Veterans hospital, and retired after 35 years. During this time she met the love of her life, Ron Slater, and they were married for over 40 years. They traveled all seven continents, all the large rivers of the world and enjoyed their lives together to the fullest. Elia was preceded in death by her husband in 2008. Elia is survived by her brothers, Ernie and Sam; her sister, Mary Lou; eight nephews, Anthony Gallegos and wife, Barbara, Orlando Gallegos and wife, Cheyrle, Larry Gallegos and wife, Carolyn, Jerry Gallegos and wife, Linda, John Gaona and wife, Martha, Phillip Gaona, David Gaona and wife, Cindy, and Joseph Valdez III; nieces, Deborah Morton and husband, Craig, Montserrat Lamb and husband, Rick, and several grand nephews, nieces, cousins and dear friends who will miss this grand lady greatly. She was a beautiful person inside and out who loved working in her yard with her roses. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to those at the Presbyterian ICU who were extremely professional and helpful. Rosary will be recited Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH Wyoming. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Elia at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SPEER, ROBERT WILLIAM Age 66, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, November 16, 2013. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 10:30 a.m., at FRENCH - Westside. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or visit their website at www.stjude.org. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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TAYLOR, EDDIE Age 65, died Saturday, November 23, 2013. He is survived by wife, Kathy Taylor; his daughter, Emilie Porter-Rand; and brother, Barry Taylor. Eddie was a talented and accomplished guitarist and singer. His music touched many lives and will be dearly missed. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Please visit our online guest book for Eddie at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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VAN DOREN, DEAN CLAYTON SENIOR Lifelong Albuquerque resident Dean Clayton Van Doren Sr. passed away Monday the 25th of natural causes at the age of 74 at the VA Hospital. He is survived by his long time companion Linda Riel; his sons Dean Clayton Vandoren II and fiance LaVonne Cockrell, Stephen Carl Van Doren, Michael Jesse Lewis and wife Evija; and daughter Denise Van Doren. Also survived by grandchildren Stephanie Marie Soto, Kiley Miskimons, Dante Lorenzo Van Doren, Elija Marie Lewis and Kaela Michelle Lewis. Dean was a retired Teamster and President of the Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque Model T Club and long-time league bowler at Leisure Bowl. The family would like to invite you to join them in celebrating his life and times on Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Solo Club, 2500 Candelaria N.E., Albuquerque, NM. Bring your anecdotes and favorite stories of Dean and a dish to share.
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WACONDA, FRANK August 15, 1930 November 27, 2013 Daddy, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend to many passed away just before midnight on Thursday with his daughter by his side. Frank was born in Mesita, NM on Laguna Pueblo where he resided his entire life. Frank is survived by his daughter, Barbara Waconda, grandson Dalton Anthony Davis (Jolanda), great-grandson Kyrie Anthony Davis; son Franklin David Waconda, granddaughters Megan Leigh, great-granddaughter Keauna, Autumn Lynn (Clemente) great-grandchildren, Cyler and Kyia Aragon, and granddaughter Brittany Starr (and a new great-grandson on the way), daughter-in-law Yvonne Waconda; and son, Gilbert Waconda. In addition, his special nieces Juhree Leon (Anthony) granddaughters Jocelyn, Bobbi, Rheannon Analla and Valita Leon (Matt) grandchildren Aydres, Ai'yanna, and Ayla Abeita and many close relatives and friends. Frank was pre-deceased by his wife Mary Ann Waconda, son Lloyd Waconda and sister Florence Whitefeather. Frank retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Southern Pueblo Agency after 30 plus years of service as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Through his entire life, Frank was involved in livestock owing herds of cattle, sheep and goats, maintaining one of the largest herds of sheep in Laguna at one time. The animals were his life, he took care of them and they took care of him. Always working hard for all. He held numerous positions with the Sedillo Cattle Association and Laguna Sheep Association, as well as serving as Livestock Inspector. Frank was a proud Korean War Veteran serving in the Air Force and Marines. Frank will be brought to the family home in Seama Village, NM on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 4 p.m. followed by Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the family home. Services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Seama Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial at the Seama Village cemetery. The family extends their gratitude to the staff of the Laguna Rainbow Elderly Care Facility for the care given our father during the last two years of his life.
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WAGNER, MELANIE ROSE November 20th 1991- November 9th 2013 Age 21, passed away unexpectedly in an automobile accident Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Polo. Melanie was born November 20, 1991 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Manzano High School class of 2010. Melanie was a student at Central New Mexico Community College. She acquired her EMTI certification and was planning to begin Paramedic School next year. Melanie brought smiles to her patrons and coworkers while working as a server at Cracker Barrel. Melanie is survived by her parents: Steve and Penny (Webb) Wagner; Brother: Jay Wagner Albuquerque, NM; Grandfather: William Wagner; Aunts and Uncles: Michael and (Carrie) Wagner, Greg and (Jane) Wagner, Teresa Olsen; Cousins: Eric Compton, Jason and Kelly Wagner. Melanie was preceded in death by her Grandparents: George and Nancy (Yount) Schmidt; Robert and Shirley (Francl) Webb. Memorial Service and reception will be Saturday, December 7, 2013 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Chapel East Church, 12820 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112. Service will be broadcast at: www.calvarychapeleast.com/ live-streaming/ Donations may be made to MHS Protect the Pride, Calvary Chapel East Church (both Albuquerque) or Church of the Brethren (Polo, IL)
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WALD, ELEANOR S. Eleanor Elizabeth Slaten Wald was born on May 11, 1916 in Wellington, Kansas to Eunice Clayton Slaten and Jesse Meredith Slaten. Eleanor graduated from the College of Education at the University of Kansas in 1938. In 1940, Eleanor married Elmer Wald of Herington, Kansas. They had one daughter, Merideth Ann. She and Elmer lived in Belen and Las Vegas, New Mexico. After moving to Albuquerque in 1953, she began teaching sixth grade at Lew Wallace Elementary School. Her Masters Degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico was received in 1958. When Apache Elementary School was opened in 1961, Eleanor taught fourth and fifth grade in the "open classroom" concept. She retired from the Albuquerque Public Schools in 1977. Among the women's teacher organizations that Eleanor belongs to is Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the largest international women's educational sorority. She held the office of State Treasurer for thirteen years and was the Chairman of the International Finance Committee. During her tenure, she stressed membership responsibility with consistent development of personal and professional growth results. Eleanor was a member of and has held many offices in the Daughters of the American Revolution, League of Women Voters, Eastern Star, Kappa Kappa Iota, Pi Lambda Theta Society and Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She was also a member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, American Association of University Women, New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees and Central United Methodist Church. Eleanor dedicated many hours of volunteer work for the Lovelace Hospital Volunteers and was a member of the Board of Directors of the auxiliary. In 1959, Eleanor's friend, Matie R. Viles, began a foundation whose purpose is to provide scholarships to educate orphaned and half-orphaned children in San Miguel and Mora Counties. Matie asked Eleanor to be a member of her Board of Directors. Although Matie died in 1961, Eleanor remained on the board for fifty-five years, guiding the board and making certain that Matie's wishes have been carried out. To date, the foundation has given scholarships to 950 children totaling over two and a half million dollars. In 2009, Eleanor was honored by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women as one of their ten Most Distinguished Women. In 2013, The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded her with the Excellence in Community Service. These awards were given primarily because of her work with the Viles Foundation, Inc. and the children of New Mexico. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; and son-in-law, David Hmura. She is survived by her daughter, Merideth Hmura; nieces and nephews, Kathleen Christoff, Gary Christoff, Ronald Wald, Robert Wald, Marsha Carbonneau, Mary Ellen Rich, Kenneth Keith, Raymond Keith, Brian Keith and Glen Keith. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH - University, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Viles Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1117, Las Vegas, NM 87701. Please visit our online guest book for Eleanor at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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WEST, KAREN PARKINSON Age 46, a resident of Albuquerque since 1991, died on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She is survived by her husband, Chris West; son, Ryan McGinty; granddaughter, Autumn McGinty; mother, Barbara Horton of Albuquerque; and four brothers and sisters, Valerie Rupp of Peoria, AZ; Mark Parkinson of Bethesda, MD; Eric Parkinson of Fayetteville, AR; and Kathleen Rizzuto of Bethel, CT. She was preceded in death by her father, Hank Parkinson of Wichita, KS. Karen possessed many personal and professional skills and was loved by all she encountered. Most recently, she worked as a customer service representative for Smith's Foods; prior positions included work as a cosmetologist, a travel agency assistant and as a sales executive in the home video industry. Her hobbies and loves included quilting, cooking, reading and playing poker and darts. She had a special affinity for music, and enjoyed watching football on weekends with her family. One of her favorite activities was to host barbecues at home with Chris, which were attended by neighbors and many friends of her son, Ryan. Always by her side, was her beloved dog, Drea. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at French-Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Karen's request, the family suggests that donations be sent to the American Melanoma Foundation, www.MelanomaFoundation.org Please visit our online guestbook for Karen at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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WHEELER, ADELINE J. Adeline Juanita Wheeler died in her home, late in the evening, Sunday, November 24, 2013, with family at her side. She was born on a cotton farm in Cooke County, Texas, July 6, 1922, the eldest of six children, to Robert Coleman Green and Vivian Lorena Russie Green, nee Ayres. She graduated college during World War II and taught elementary school for several years in the panhandle of Texas. During those same years, she corresponded with a young GI stationed in North Africa and Italy. Their friendly letters became love letters and Joel Walton Wheeler, Jr. and Adeline were wed in 1946 after his safe return from the War. The couple, with their growing family, lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Paris, France before moving to New Mexico in the 1980's after Joel's retirement. Adeline was active in Monte Vista Christian Church until the end. For decades she was a facilitator in People Living through Cancer. As well, she played recorder with the local Recorder Society. And her vegetable gardens were always fertile and productive. Her life-long philosophy was simple: "God is love. I want to love all people and I want people to love me." Adeline was preceded in death by her husband, Joel Wheeler, Jr., by her daughter, Karen Marie Niblock who was married to Henry Niblock III, and by her younger brother, Weldon Green. She leaves behind her sister, Virginia Alley, her brother R.C Green, Jr., her sister, Glenda Renner, and brother, Bo Green. She also leaves her son, Joel Wheeler III and his wife, Evelin Wheeler; her son, Jan Ray Wheeler and his wife, Venetia Fregni; and her daughter, Janine Kay Wheeler and Kay's husband Frank Ferrara. Her grandchildren are Shem Lewis, married to Jeff Lewis; Shana Morrison, married to Curt Frager; Caleb Wheeler, married to Alexa Wheeler; Micah Citrin, married to Karen Citrin; Aaron Citrin, married to Casey Citrin; and Anna Yourstone. Her great grandchildren are Mose Wheeler, Shosha Wheeler, Phineas Wheeler, Sophie Lewis, Noam Lewis, Itai Citrin, Yonah Citrin, Levi Citrin and Tari Morrison-Frager. The list above does not include all those dear friends and adopted family members that this lovely woman of faith collected in her long, caring life. Her very large heart carried all of you as well. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to People Living through Cancer, Hospice or the charity of your choice. There will be a Memorial Service for the celebration of her life at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd., NE in Albuquerque. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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YOUNG, MARION GLEN (RED) Marion Glen (Red) Young, a resident of Peralta, NM, passed away November 22, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born October 27, 1922 in Ravenna, Texas to Wesley Isom Young and Carrie Jane Wright Young. He graduated from Bonham High School in Bonham, Texas in 1941. In 1943 he was drafted into the Army Air Corps and fought in WWII from January 1943 until September 1945. He flew as a member of the 15th Air Force, 484th Bomb Group and was the recipient of many military commendation and medals. After the War, he attended Texas Tech University graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. From 1950-1956 he worked for the Public Utility Company in Guymon, Oklahoma. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956 to work for Sandia Labs in the Nuclear Stock Pile Test and Evaluation Department from which he retired in 1985. Over the years, Red was a member of many service organizations. He was a member of the Shiners, the Masons, and the VFW in Los Lunas. He was the District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts in Albuquerque from 1958-1966. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl; sister, Parilee Campbell; and son, Raymond. He is survived by his sister, Oleta Walker; son, Clint Sharpley and wife Mary; son, David Young, wife Sherry, granddaughter Carrie Ortiz; great-grandson, Kobe Braynt; son Wesley Young and wife Debbie; son Mark Young, wife Quanda and grandsons James and Tony; and daughter Diane Ellis, husband Pat and granddaughters Melissa and Shannon. Inurnment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on December 4, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. To view information or leave a condolence visit danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 505-8983160
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ZITTERMAN, SHIRLEY JEANNE Age 81, a former resident of Albuquerque, passed away November 28th at home after a 3 year struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Shirley was a leap-year baby, born February 29th, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Doris and Christian Arnesan. As an infant, Shirley was adopted by her beloved adoptive parents Frances and Ashton Wing and she had very fond memories of her childhood being raised by them in Holly Hills, FL. As a young teenager, Shirley moved back to NY to live with her biological mother and new stepfather Harold Berckhemer. Shirley graduated from Bay Ridge High School, Brooklyn, NY, in 1950. In high school, Shirley was a member of the Social Dancing club, the volleyball club and was a class secretary. She and Joseph Zitterman were married on February 13th, 1954 in Queens, NY, and they settled in East Meadow, Long Island, NY, in 1961. In 1965.Shirley became a licensed X-Ray Technician by the State of N.Y. Department of Health and she spent her professional career in NY as an office / medical assistance. Shirley and her husband moved to Albuquerque in 1979 after he retired from the NYPD. After moving to ABQ, Shirley worked for Honeywell and following her employment with Honeywell, she worked for APD until the summer of 1994. In Las Vegas, Shirley began working for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in January 1995 and she retired from the LVMPD in January 2008 at age 76. Shirley had a lifelong passion for fashion, fashion design and sewing, and, had aspired when she was young to be a fashion designer. She was an accomplished seamstress who could make anything from a nightgown to a wedding gown and everything in between. In the early 1970s, Shirley developed another passion playing tennis. In 1975, she entered and won a contest whose prize was one tennis lesson with tennis great Billie Jean King; Shirley was thrilled beyond belief. Shirley was a long time fan of the music of ABBA, and more recently, of Celine Dion. During her retirement years, she continued playing tennis and sewing into her late 70s, enjoyed reading true crime books, collecting tea cups, watching the old black and white Hollywood classics on the TCM channel, visiting the white tigers at the Mirage and playing scrabble at the Lifestyle Center on Cheyenne Ave. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Joseph; brothers Eddie Cardinale and Walter Arnesan. She is survived by her children Eileen DiGiorgio of N. Las Vegas, NV, Sharon Zitterman, William (Butch) Zitterman and Nancy Swass, all of Albuquerque; her grandchildren John Joseph DiGiorgio, Justin Schrader, Melissa Kuglar, Lisa Zitterman, Samantha Wise, Crystal Simpson, Jenaya, Gabrielle and Mariah Swass; brother Fred Arnesan of South Ozone Park, NY, and, 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted cat of 15 years, Jade, who will continue to be cared for by Eileen. Shirley was an extraordinary woman who lived her life with grace and dignity. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service is being planned to take place in Las Vegas in December. Details to follow. Palm Downtown Mortuary 1325 North Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, is in charge of the arrangements.
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