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CONNER, ALLAN L. of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 31, 2013. A complete obituary will follow. Arrangements by De Vargas Funeral home in Espanola, New Mexico.
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MATTHEWS, PHYLLIS TERRY With sorrow at our loss but with joy at the gain that her faith assured her, the family of Phyllis Terry Matthews wishes to inform you that, on January 17, 2013, Phyllis left this earthly realm. Phyllis was born in Julesburg, Co., to Thomas C. and Esther Frederick Terry. She grew up near Alliance, NE, then lived in Julesburg, CO and Huntley, WY, where she attended high school. Living through the roaring 20's and drought and depression 30's did not prevent Phyllis from becoming a precocious, intelligent, vivacious and beautiful teenager; an outstanding basketball player and accomplished musician and a scholar. She received a scholarship to UW in Laramie, and studied literature and psychology. Illness interrupted her education, in her fourth year. Returning to Huntley, she met and married a fresh-faced, charming, farm boy-from-Maxwell/CSU Graduate and now teacher/coach at Huntley High School, Glenn Matthews. Glenn taught and coached and they welcomed their first child, Terry in 1942. They then moved to Glenn's hometown of Maxwell, NM, where he taught and coached. Their second son, Gary, was born in 1943. In 1944, Glenn entered the Navy and served 2 1/2 years during WW II. Returning to Maxwell, He left education to become a farmer and rancher with his father. Their third child, Mary Lynn, was born in 1948 and Janette, was born in 1952. They then moved into the house on Tinaja Avenue, which they shared for the next 44 years, and where Phyllis lived for the majority of her remaining 72 years. Phyllis was the quintessential stay-at-home homemaker. The challenges of a small, rural town, she met with patience, grace and determination. She was a fantastic cook and an accomplished seamstress, creating most of her young children's clothes. She nurtured a love of learning in her children, and encouraged participation in Cub Scouts, 4-H, music lessons and sports. She was a member of the Maxwell Methodist Church, and taught Sunday School. She was on the Maxwell School Board, in the Home Demonstration Club and member of the weekly Bridge Club. In the Order of the Eastern Star, she became Worthy Matron. With the children gone, and at the age of 60, she became a farmhand with Glenn, operating equipment and "bunking out" at the farm during irrigation and haying. She relished the role of grandmother beyond any other, and welcomed 13 grandchildren to their lives. During these years, Phyllis began her "seeking years", exploring her faith in greater depth. In 1993 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a writer, and prepared a column, "Soul Thoughts", for the Springer Tribune, in which she shared her thoughts on life, family and her faith. Glenn succumbed to cancer in 1994, and though it created a void in her life, even at 74, she began to explore new opportunities. She traveled to Great Britain and took a cruise up the NE U.S. coastline. She immersed herself in the study of the Bible and in her service to the (now) United Methodist Church, expanding her involvement in the U M W and the N M Annual Conference, and sharing her faith and wisdom with a whole new generation of her faith family. In 2006, Phyllis was selected to receive the Living Archives Award from the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church. While contemplating the nature of support systems during Glenn's illness, Phyllis wrote in one "Soul Thoughts" entry: "All these things have made me think that God has a way of supplying people with the spirit that He divided among the elders so that we have a circle of support surrounding us and can experience a divided burden, much lighter for being shared by so many." How true and prophetic this was for her; as her own family and many in her church family were there for her as she slowed down and lost some of the independence she had treasured for so many years. Phyllis was also preceded in death by her parents; and by all of her siblings, save Adda, who resides in San Rafael, CA; and by: sisters-in-law--Ruth Jones, Opal Schneider and Marjorie Copeland. She is survived by her children--Terry (Susan) of Fort Collins, Colorado; Gary of Maxwell and Plano, Texas; Mary Lynn Matthews Smith of Maxwell, and Jan Donop (Larry) of Brady, Texas; and by 13 grandchildren; and 22 1/2 great-grandchildren; and by her sisters-in-law--Kathy Yaksich of Maxwell, Laura Pompeo (Tom) of Albuquerque, and Donna Terry of Reno, Nevada; as well as by really numerous nieces and nephews. Phyllis requested memorials be sent to the Maxwell United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on March 16, 2013 at the Maxwell United Methodist Church. (Time: TBD).
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ANDAZOLA, MARTHA P. Loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Martha P. Andazola was called home to her Heavenly Father after a long illness. She was a wonderful woman, generous with her love, a good friend and confidant to many. Martha was an artist who shared her gifts with all. She saw and encouraged the best in everyone. She has touched many lives and she will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters and her grandson, Thomas J. Contreras. She is survived by her husband and companion, Simon Andazola; daughters, Christine Goode, Anita Andazola, Joanna Andazola, Angela Andazola, Lillian Featherstone, Loretta Paiz, Connie Celeste Orbinati; grandchildren, Edward P. Snyder II, Brendan M. Snyder, Ana Andazola-Ramsey, Geena Long, John T. Huggard IV, Megan Huggard, Nicholas Featherstone, Elissa Featherstone, Timothy Andazola, Jennifer Carbajal, Anthony Orbinati, Nicolas Orbinati, Joshua Orbinati, Kyle Orbinati; and great-grandchildren, Cayden Snyder, Scarlett Snyder, Celina Jagroop, Carlos Contreras-Gallegos, Joseph Contreras-Gallegos, Simmone Andazola, Mateo Andazola and Lorenzo Carbajal. Martha is also survived by her sister, Margaret Ponce; brothers, Joseph Padilla and Henry Padilla and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Priest for Life, www.priestsforlife.org Please visit our online guest book for Martha at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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ANGEL, JOSE ALFREDO "ANGEL" Age 16, beloved son, brother, and friend, was embraced by the Lord and taken to his heavenly home, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. He was born in Boynton Beach, FL and was a resident of Bernalillo, NM, where he attended Bernalillo High School and was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Jose is survived by his loving mother, Hilda Bustamante Angel and stepfather, Rogelio Rios; his biological father, Jose Alfredo Angel; his loving brother and sisters, Andres Antonio Angel, Cheylha Yaneli Rios, Chentyl Jicel Rios and Anahi Angel; and Angel's best friends, Christian, Jorge, Jose, Jesus and many more great friends. My son was my angel he was my "Sun". I have always told my four kids, I have Sun that shines for me everyday, a "Moon" (Andres) that gives me sweet dreams and my two stars that shine for me each night. Angel was and will always be my #1. He was always very lovable, very happy. He loved to make us all laugh and make funny faces. He was super funny. Angel always hugged his sisters and teased his brother, when Angel would read them stories he would make his own words up so that the girls would laugh. But best of all he love to skateboard he was the "Skater Dude". he loved music and believe it or not he also like Bon Jovi, Cindy Lauper and some country songs; his favorite was rock and heavy metal. Angel swore he would some day become a PRO-SKATER, that someone would see him and that he would be sponsored. He truly believed this in his heart. Well I believe that God is now Angel's sponsor and that he is now doing his best tricks in heaven. So my son is now a "PRO-SKATER DUDE". Angel loved his home in Bernalillo, where he spent most of his life and where he wanted to stay. He loved his family and friends. Angel will forever be in our hearts. Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels - Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. Final viewing will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo, NM, where a Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., then followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery following the services. To view information or leave a condolence 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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ARCHULETA, VIRGINIA LOIS (SALAZAR) Age 90, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013. She was born in Dawson, NM on March 29, 1922, to Aniceto Salazar and Anita C de Baca. Virginia is survived by her husband, Luciano, son, Alfredo, daughter, Vemba (Daniel), son, John (Emma), son, Leonard (Sue), daughter, Cecilia (Bernie), son, Steve (Cristi), son, Eddie, daughter, Maggie (Steven) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and her sister, Frieda Apodaca and brother, Joe Salazar. Visitation will take place Monday, February 4, 2013, from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm and the rosary to be recited at 6:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services - Carlisle Chapel, 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated onTuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. 4020 Lomas Blvd., N.E. Burial will take place following service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 1900 Edith Blvd., NE. Virginia will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-884-1188
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AVES, BETTY JO (JODIE) LEONARD 86, passed away Sunday, January 27 at the Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque NM. She is survived by a daughter, a brother-in-law, two nieces, two nephews, one cousin, grand nieces and nephews, and ennumerable friends who had became a part of her extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Arnim Aves in 1991. She was born September 12, 1926 in Ranger TX to Roy Bryan Leonard & Verna Ogden Leonard; granddaughter to C.E. and Belle Ogden of Andrews Co., Texas. The family lived in Odessa, where Betty Jo and her sisters worked in the family Cafe as soon as they were big enough to stand on a stool to wash dishes. She attended Odessa High School, playing clarinet in the band. For college, she went to Texas Tech, in Lubbock, studying Geology. It was there that she met her life partner, Charlie, a geology student and teacher, who called her "Jodie". Both eventually worked for Gulf Oil Co in Houston, after settling in Spring. Jodie stopped her desk work and became a real worker when their daughter was born in 1954. The family always enjoyed traveling, mostly to national parks and areas with interesting geology. It was not unusual to see the jeep pulled to the side of a highway cut out, the geologists chipping and bagging samples for future analysis. It was this travel which led to one of the most exciting events anyone, especially a geologist (or a 5-yr old) can have; that being in Yellowstone National Park on August 17, 1959 for the 7.3-magnitude Hebgen Lake earthquake. In 1967, the family moved to Albuquerque where Jodie had family. When the daughter started school at UNM, Jodie and Charlie moved to the Hill Country in Texas, buying property which came with its own flock of sheep; her love of dying and knitting skyrocketed. They eventually moved to Odessa to care for Jodie's mother. After Charlie passed away there also, Jodie returned to Albuquerque where she spent the remainder of her life. Jodie loved travel and in the last ten years of her life visited Alaska many times, Israel, New Zealand, cruised the Panama Canal, the Galapagos, sat with the penguins in Anarctica, and watched the polar bears above the Arctic Circle at Svalbard and Iceland. She never went alone; being accompanied by family and friends, these were all special trips with many memories. In Albuquerque, she was very active at Central United Methodist Church. Whether Little Sunbeams, Vacation Bible school, Logos, Bible studies, she was there helping and learning. She knit caps for the homeless program, and designed and needle-pointed kneelers . Jodie was always a knitter; "always" meaning there was always a project in her purse "in case she got stuck somewhere." Her passion for spinning and knitting saw her become involved in most every fiber group in Albuquerque: Las Aranas, Sheep to Shawl at the State Fairs, Knitwits and the annual meeting of SOAR. She was president of the Las Aranas Spinners & Weavers Guild from 1999-2001, and helped the Sheep-to-Shawl exhibit's dying experiment expand. She was one of the first attendees to SOAR (Spin Off Autumn Retreat) and missed only three of the thirty retreats. Many a beginner found her gentle ways of instruction helpful before proceeding on their own paths. Her generosity, her love of life and people, her humor, and her sense of adventure and her love of her God have touched many lives. We were not ready for her to leave, but we cherish the time she was here. Services will be held at Central United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 5 at 2:00pm. Donations may be sent to the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, Betty Jo Aves Memorial, 2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Alb NM 87107. 505-344-7240
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BACA, VELINDA S. (LINDA) Today we say goodbye to our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and best friend. Linda was relieved of her pain January 27, 2013 after a valiant and dignified battle with lung cancer. She was preceded in death by her son Gregory. Surviving are her husband of 45 years James; son, Kevin and wife Emily; daughter, Ashley; three grandchildren, who were the center of her life, Logan, Aidin, and Camden; her mother, Viola Singletary; brothers, Chuck Stanford, Walter Singletary, and sister, Linda Patterson. A celebration of her abundant life will be held at a later date with details to follow. I wish to thank all of our family, friends, and acquaintances for your kind thoughts and prayers during her protracted battle. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Good Shepard Center homeless shelter. Please visit our online guest book for Linda at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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BASQUEZ, JUAN LORENZO Age 74, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, January 26, 2013. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Martin and husband, Vince, Barbara Basquez Leija and husband, Abel; son, Eric Basquez and his former wife, Mariana. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Isaac, Felicia and husband, Jarno, Valerie, Chantell, Erik, Analicia, Izabella and Logan; also his great-grandchildren, Iziah Basquez-Martinez and Victoria. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edwina Basquez; son, Ronald Basquez; father, Francisco Jose Basquez and mother, Lucia Valdez. Services are pending. Please visit our online guest book for Juan at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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BEAN, DOROTHY ALICE Age 88, passed away January 30, 2013. Dorothy was born on November 4, 1924 in Birmingham, Alabama to Walter Newhall and Sara Maskery Johnson. She was married for 30 years to the love of her life George Edward Bean, who preceded her in death in 1975. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Hamilton and Robert Bruce Johnson both formerly of Birmingham, Alabama. Surviving Dorothy are her daughters, Sara Katherine and husband Rodger Romans of Palmdale, CA, and Margaret Anne and husband Col Terance L. Jahnke (USAF Ret). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Dorothy Jennifer Romans of Palmdale, CA, Daniel David Carrington and wife Heather of Albuquerque, NM, Brian Duncan Carrington and wife Lindsey, and great- granddaughter Chloe Adea of San Diego, CA. At her request, Dorothy was cremated and private family services are planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the charity she supported: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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BENAVIDEZ, GEORGE ROSENDO III 2/3/82 - 8/4/09 Beloved son, brother, uncle and grandson. Thinking of you on your birthday. We talk of you still, we haven't forgotten you and we never will. Love, mom, dad and brothers
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BOJORQUEZ, JORGE V. age 31, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away. Visitation will be Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 12 p.m. at Casa del Rey Church, 2500 Corona Dr. NW. Cremation will follow the Service. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861
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BRONNER, ROBERT ALLEN Went to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ, on January 9, 2013. He is survived by his two daughters, Judith Moore and Diana Koester (Larry); three grandsons, Cameron Sholly (Jill), Christopher Koester (Alissa), and Chase Koester (Trisha); one granddaughter, Alexandra Tyson (Calvin); and great grandchildren, Cade, Cole, Cooper, Easton, Kaley, Alexis, Avery and Aidan. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews. In 1944 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Anderson, who passed in March of 2011. Their love endured seventy-five years. Robert was born in South Bend, IN to Robert J. and Florence A. Bronner. He was the brother to Louise Genda who passed many years ago. He moved with his parents to Pekin, IL when he was very young and he, coming from a musical family, became a trumpet soloist by the age of twelve. He was selected by Kryle to travel with Kryle's Symphony Orchestra during the late 1930's. The tour brought him to New Mexico and he never forgot how beautiful New Mexico was. Robert attended the University of Illinois, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Educational Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Music and Psychology from Bradley University in Peoria IL, where he was a member of Beta Sigma Mu. At the beginning of WWII, he joined the United States Marines where it was recommended that he attend Northwestern University, Midshipman school. He graduated in the top ten percent of his class, and from there his Navy experience began. He was a communications officer and navigator, and taught navigation while serving on the USS Cottle and the Auriga, Pacific Theatre Operations. He was awarded many medals and ribbons. In 1960, he moved with his family to Albuquerque as the managing agent for Banker's Life of Des Moines, IA. He continued to live a full and productive life. He completed his CLU degree and he developed training materials with regards to pension and educational materials for insurance companies. He was an accomplished musician, teaching high school band and orchestra and private brass lessons. He was a swimming instructor and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for fifty years. He was a wonderful human being, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, loving all his family very much. He had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and to swim and he loved the United States Navy. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery. We love you Dad! FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CAMPOS, JOSE FRANCISCO January 19, 1969 February 6, 2012 One Year Anniversary THE BROKEN CHAIN We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side, our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Author: Ron Tranmer A Memorial Mass will be held February 6, 2013 at 9:00 am at St Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1594 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. We miss you and we love you! Mom, Patsy and Tarah
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CARRASCO, AMBROSIO SR. 12/11/1901 - 2/3/1997 In Loving Memory It seems like it was yesterday since you left us. 16 years have gone by but you are still with us. We love and miss you dearly. We know you are in heaven watching over us. Until we meet again, Daughter, Tita, Grandchildren, Barbara, Linda, Adam, Feliz, David and Antonio
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CLARK, JOHN CHARLES D.D.S. age 67, a resident of Corrales, NM since 2001, passed away on January 29, 2013. Dr. Clark was born on February 28, 1945 in Warrensburg, MO, the son of Charles E. and Mary Jo Clark. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bonnie; daughter, Joy Clark Gross and husband Joe, of Denver, CO; daughter Julie Clark of Poteau, OK; and granddaughter Gabby Gross. John graduated from Warrensburg High School, MO. He completed his undergraduate work at Central Missouri State University, and later graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental College in 1970. He joined the US Navy, serving various assignments in the US and abroad. He met and married Navy nurse, LT Bonnie Bader while assigned to the US Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing a residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1979, he transferred to the United States Public Health Service and was assigned to the Health Clinic in St. Louis, MO. He subsequently transferred to the Indian Health Service in 1982, serving as Chief Dental Officer at the Talihina, OK Indian Hospital for 13 years, while residing in nearby Poteau, OK. He retired from USPHS in 1993, and continued on as Chief Dental Officer for the Choctaw Nation Dental Program. In 2000 he and his wife moved to New Mexico, where he continued to practice dentistry, serving underprivileged children in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, JoAnn Clark Cooper of Kansas City, MO. Internment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery. 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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DEAN, WILLIAM WALTERS "BILL" III passed away from this earth and into his homeland in the heart of God on Monday, January 28, 2013. Bill was born May 8, 1932 in Pecos, Texas. He received a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas. Bill lived most of his adult life in Ruidoso, New Mexico where he was the first Certified Public Accountant ever to work in the village. He was very active as a volunteer and choir member of the Ruidoso First Christian Church. He was also a Life Member of the Ruidoso Evening Lions Club, setting up American flags throughout the village for holidays and special occasions. He also served on the board of the Cree Meadows Country Club in Ruidoso. Bill is survived by his sons, John Dean and his wife Diana and Will Dean; step daughters, Karita Jonine Sullivan and Gena Beth Whitlock; his step grandchildren, Erin Sullivan, Meagan Kirby and her husband, Matt, John D. Whitlock, Desara Boehm and her husband Adam, Dara Whitlock, Serena Reiersgaard and her husband Jud; step great grandchildren, Jayden and Blake Reiersgaard, Lydia Whitlock, Beau Kirby and Griffin Boehm; and numerous nieces, cousins and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and William Walters Dean Jr.; sister, Katherine Crews, first wife, Mary Katherine Anderson Dean; his beloved second wife, Karita Morris Dean; step daughter, Lara Steen and step grandson, Wesley Parker. Memorial service will be held at the Ruidoso First Christian Church on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM. The family has requested memorials to the Ruidoso Evening Lions Club or the Ruidoso First Christian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com.
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DELARA, ROSE Perhaps you brought or served food. Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece, if so, we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words as any friends could say; perhaps you were not there at all, just thought or prayed for us that day. Whatever part the Lord had you play to console our hearts, we thank you so much and may He bless each one of you. The family of Rose DeLara. FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GARCIA, FELIX JR. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, the 26th of January 2013, Felix died peacefully in his sleep with family members by his bedside. Felix was born in Albuquerque on the first day of May 1930 to Felix Garcia Sr. and Lucy Chavez. While his father worked in the Santa Fe Railroad Shops, Felix grew up on North 4th Street. He attended Bernalillo County public schools as well as the University of New Mexico. His education prepared him to begin his teaching career in both the public schools of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. From the 9th of February 1954 to the 10th of January 1956, Felix served in the Armed Forces. Part of that time, he was stationed in England as an Army Intelligence Specialist. After serving in the Army, Felix returned to Albuquerque to continue teaching in the public schools and studying at UNM where he was awarded his Doctoral Degree on the 5th of June 1971. Following his graduation from UNM, Felix was hired by San Jose State University in San Jose, CA where he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor and continued to teach until his retirement in May 1995. After retirement, Felix worked as a greeter in the Sam's Clubs of both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his only sibling, Peter. Felix will be missed by the many people who appreciated and enjoyed his company, humor, and counsel. He will be especially missed by his family who loved and admired him for his many good qualities and devotion. FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GONZALES, RYAN JOSEPH November 10, 1987 February 4, (SuperBowl 07) 6 years today my Love! If we could have a lifetime wish and one dream that could come true We would pray to God with all our hearts just to see and speak to you A thousand words won't bring you back We know because we've tried and neither will a million tears We know because we've cried You've left behind our broken hearts and precious memories too But we've never wanted memories We only wanted you. Love your Nina Rubyann and Family
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GOWENS, NORMA JEAN (GRANA) Born September 22, 1935 went home to our Lord on January 27, 2013. She was born in Gilmore, Texas to Norman and Ruth Stokes. Jean was a selfless servant of God who touched many lives and was loved by many. Jean was an amazing woman who loved her family unconditionally and was equally loved in return. Anyone who ever visited her home knew what a wonderful cook she was. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Harold D. Stokes and great grandson Tyler Gowens. Those she left behind who will forever miss her are her husband Virgil Yazzie; sisters, Ann (Raymond) Brown; Connie Owens; brother, John (Deborah) Stokes. Her children, Tereica Gonzales, Pamela Kann, Bob (Polly) Gowens; grandchildren; Scott (Jennifer), Ryan, Renea Gonzales, Monique Padilla, Christopher (Diantha), Sean (Rain), Brittany, Jamie Gowens; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Dylon, Hannah, Kaylee, Taylor, Alixander, Braydon, Josie, Maddox, Phoenix, and Jaxon. Pallbearers will be; Scott Gonzales, Ryan Gonzales, Monique Padilla, Renea Gonzales, Sal Sanchez, Ron Bazan and Raymond Brown. Services will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Wyoming. Family asks in lieu of flowers donations in Jean's name to the Albuquerque Animal Humane Society. Please visit our online guestbook for Norma Jean at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HAMMOND, CLIFFORD C. New Mexico's most favorite "Uncle Cliff" transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly home on January 29, 2013 after a most adventurous 97 years. Born Carlis Clifford Hammond on March 9, 1915 in Clark County near Martinsville Illinois, he persevered in a farmer family of ten, growing up in a poverty not many today can even relate to. He excelled in academics, agriculture and sports in high school. In 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the FDR program designed to get Americans back to work again. Mr. Hammond was featured in a recent broadcast of the PBS series, The American Experience. It was during this time that Cliff "rode the trains" throughout the country, looking for work and food. Toward the end of the depression, he owned and operated a grocery and liquor store in California. In 1941, he joined the war effort by enlisting in the Army Air Corps and was trained as an air traffic controller. On September 16, 1942, he married his sweetheart Zella Mae Ferguson and moved back to Illinois to continue his experiences in farming. Over the next several years, Cliff and Zella and their two children, Carl and Linda, enjoyed a variety of entrepreneurial ventures from restaurant management in Kansas to homesteading in Idaho. He moved his family to Albuquerque on his 43rd birthday to begin a new career as an air traffic controller. During that time he would take his kids to a small amusement park at the NM state fairgrounds which gave him the idea of developing his own facility since the pressure of air traffic and working for someone else was not that inspiring to him. It was then that Uncle Cliff's Kiddyland was born at 7600 Lomas NE with a go kart track, small food stand and a few kiddie rides. It thrived there until forced off by city officials in 1961, at which time the park moved to join forces with Little Beaver Town in Tijeras Canyon at the eastern limits of town. Realizing that this could be a losing proposition, Cliff moved one last time to the northern edge of the city at 5301 San Mateo, where he leased property from the Yonemoto family until he was able to purchase. There, the park began to grow from 6 to 15 acres, to become the largest and most attended park in New Mexico. For over 53 years, having entertained millions of people, Cliff's Amusement Park has continued on the very same principles Cliff established at the beginning safety, cleanliness and courteousness. Clifford Hammond leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Zella; two children, Carl Hammond and wife, Susie of Santiago, Chili and Linda Hays and husband, Gary; four grandchildren, Tracy Velasquez (Fred), Justin Hays (Donnietta), Jordan Hammond and Althea Khanna (Sunil); six great-grandchildren; & three greatgreat-grandchildren. Mr. Hammond was also very active with the local chapters of The Salvation Army, Toastmasters, EAGA and his favorite, the CCCs. His life was devoted to providing for his family and generations beyond. His energy for life and inspiring legacy of providing families the time of their lives will be sorely missed and not soon forgotten. A memorial service for Mr. Hammond will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm at Temple Baptist Church 1613 Arizona NE. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Hammond's memory to the Manzano Del Sol - Resident Endowment Fund, 5201 Roma NE 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Mr. Hammond at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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HARRELSON, NETTIE R. Age 93 passed away in her home on January 27, 2013. Nettie was born in Morris, Oklahoma on June 30, 1919 and moved to her beloved New Mexico in the 1920's. A graduate of Mountainair High School, Nettie was a born leader and never met a stranger. Her many accomplishments include owning and managing two different businesses, elected positions in Socorro and Quay counties, Democratic Party executive director, Eastern Star Worthy Matron, and state Cowbelle President. A life-long Democrat known for her straight talk and sense of humor, Nettie was a tireless volunteer, managing campaigns for elected officials from governors to US senators. And yet above all, her most cherished accomplishment was her family. She lives on in us all and will never be forgotten. Nettie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim of 59 years who passed away in September 2012. She is survived by, three children, Ann Echols of Santa Fe, NM, Jean Tamura and husband Henry of Albuquerque, Colt Harrelson and wife Debbie of Ruidoso, NM; six grandchildren, Kelly Baker (Ken), Lance Echols (Windy), Casey and Jessie Stephens, Andi and Jake Harrelson; three great- grandchildren, Bryce and Breann Baker and Evan Echols; many nieces, nephews and many, many friends. A celebration of her life will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services-Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE on February 9, 2013 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nettie's name to New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranch, PO Box 9, Belen, NM 87002-9901. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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HERRERA, MANUELITA ENCARNACION Age 85, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Taos, NM on January 1, 1928 to Felipe and Pablita Martinez. She is survived by her five daughters, Melba Bustos and husband Orlando, Yolanda Martinez, Barbara Trujillo, Victoria Cordoba, Connie Aragon; her four sons, Louie, Jerry, Arthur Jr. and Dominic. She was a loving grandmother to 25 grandchildren and 39 great- grandchildren. Rosary Services will be Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm; Burial Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00am; with a Burial to follow at 1:30pm (be there at 1:00pm) at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. She was a member of the Blue Army, she was a devoted Catholic and Loved Our Blessed Mother. She enjoyed praying the Rosary daily. She will be in her family's Hearts and thoughts forever.
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HOLLAND, MARGARITA ROSABEL "ROSE" age 81, of Albuquerque NM and a long time resident of Taos, NM, left us on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 after a short but courageous battle against breast cancer, with her husband and children by her side. Rose was born to Norberto and Emma Saavedra on October 11, 1931 in Santa Fe NM. She was educated in Taos, at Santa Fe Lorretto Academy, and also Lorretto Heights College in Denver, where she studied education. Denver is where she met her future husband of 48 years, John Holland. The couple started their family in Denver prior to returning to Rose's ancestral home of Taos. Rose loved gardening, being a teacher for twenty plus years, and being a merchant at the family's Rexall drug store on the plaza in Taos. She was a member of Las Taosenas Social Club, a Mayordomo at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and recently a member of the St. Jude Knit and Stitch Club. Rose was loved by many and will be missed by her family, friends and former students. She will be remembered for her love of life, her fun loving spirit, and her wry sense of humor. Rose was a soul who filled her world, and more importantly, the people in it, with light. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Carlotta Apodaca. She is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Mariann Holland-Rivera and husband, Carlos; son, John "Jack" Holland and wife, Dora; grandchildren, Lucas and Thomas Rivera, Derek and Sophia Holland; sister, Martha Garland; and numerous nephews, nieces and grand nephews and nieces. A Rosary will be recited in Albuquerque, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:00pm. A Rosary will be recited in Taos, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Taos, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:00am. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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HOLMES, MARJORIE (nee Marjorie Violet Stone) died unexpectedly but peacefully on January 26th. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Marjorie Claire (Wade) and Clarence Verne Stone on November 29, 1921 and grew up in Eureka, Colorado (now a ghost town) and Denver. Marjorie enjoyed a life filled with activity. While raising children, she was a recreation director in Great Falls, Montana and later Albuquerque. Later, she worked at Lytle Corp and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Unable to attend college in her younger days, she did so later and earned a degree in accounting from UNM at age 54; then worked until her retirement as an auditor for the USDA. After retirement, she became very active in Senior Olympics, and earned large numbers of ribbons, medals, and trophies, especially in race-walking, javelin, and shotput. She won the gold medal in two race-walking events in the national Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge. She was also active in officiating at many Albuquerque-area track and field events, and was just re-certified to do more. Marjorie was a music lover, and a very loyal audience member in local chamber music concerts, especially Sunday Chatter (formerly Church of Beethoven) which she attended almost every Sunday. Other regular activities included a walking group, a philosophy discussion group, airport shuttle driving, ham radio (KA5TAQ), working at the elections center, courses at UNM, and many other things. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Wade and William Stone; her husbands Clarence Lenth and Robert Holmes; her daughter Marilyn Goodrich; and grandson John Wills. She is survived by daughter Martha Wills (Walter Stiles) of San Antonio, Texas; son Russell Lenth (Jane DeWitt) of Iowa City, Iowa; son-in-law Donald Goodrich of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Memorials should be directed to Sunday Chatter or National Senior Games Association. A memorial observance will take place in the spring.
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JONES, SHARLETTA TWILA Age 38, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013. 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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KING, WILLIAM FRANK (BILL) age 98 and a resident of Albuquerque, NM since 1945, went home to be with our Lord and Savior and his beloved wife Monnie, Thursday, January 31, 2013. He was a wonderful husband and father. Bill was a member of Faith Chapel Church for 68 years and loved to work for his Lord. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Monnie; mother, Leona; father, John; brother, John; and sisters, Rebecca, Mary and Emily. He is survived by 3 sons, Larry & Tom living in Albuquerque & John who lives in Grand Junction, CO; and 19 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Faith Chapel, 1726 Girard NE, Albuquerque, NM, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. viewing will start at 9:00 a.m. The burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. If you wish to give a memorial, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to "Youth for Christ, Military Youth Ministry, P.O. Box 4478, Englewood, CO 80155". Please note "Designated for 30670" on the memo line.
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KIRKWOOD, PATRICIA R. Age 82, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, formerly of Mt Prospect, IL passed away peacefully at her home in New Mexico. Heaven greeted her Sunday, January 27, 2013. She was born November 5, 1930. Patricia is survived by her children, Arthur and wife, Ysabel, Eggert Jr, James and wife Peg Eggert, Thomas and wife Mary Eggert, Leanne and husband Scott Carlson, Richard and wife Kathy Eggert, Charles and wife Pam Eggert and Robert and wife Lisa Eggert; step-children, Mike and wife Inger Kirkwood, Mary and husband Thomas Eggert and Elizabeth and husband Ed Rotchford; and brother James and wife Maureen Billington. She was also the beloved grandmother and great-grandmother to many adoring children. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Kirkwood, her daughter Patricia Eggert, her mother Catherine Billingtion, her father Arthur Billington and her former husband Arthur Eggert Sr. Visitation will be Monday, February 4, 2013, from 3:00pm to 9:00pm at Friedrich's Funeral Home, 320 W Central Rd, Mount Prospect, IL . Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:00am at St Emily's Church, 1400 E Central Rd, Mount Prospect, Il. Interment will be on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 11:15am, All Saints Cemetery, 700 N River Road, Des Plaines, Il. Memorial service to be held on February 11, 2013, at 10:30 am, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1594 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Reception to follow at Buena Vista Apartments, 1355 Meadowlark Ln, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sol Amor Hospice, 7301 Indian School Rd NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87110, 505-821-2500, or St Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1594 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 505-892-1511 , would be greatly appreciated. Please visit our online guestbook for Patricia R. Kirkwood at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Rio Rancho 1950 Pine Rd NE 505-338-2000
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LAZARUS, MICHAEL STEWART a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on January 26, 2013 at the age of 64. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Lazarus Coughenour; father, Eugene Lazarus; and best friend, Chuck Vickers. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy P. Lazarus and sister, Barbara Lazarus, both of Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his children, Michael J. Lazarus and his wife, Diane of Sandia Park, NM, Nathan E. Lazarus and his wife, Valerie of Albuquerque, NM, and Jillian Lazarus and her boyfriend, Chris Moya, also of Albuquerque. Michael is also survived by his grandchildren, Marlee, Isis, Katianna, Eric and Nick. He also had a niece, Ann M. Donald and great niece, Emily R. Donald, both of Liberty, SC. Michael is survived by his long term girlfriend, Kari Perna and dear friend, Jim Sowers, both of Albuquerque. Michael was a great outdoorsman who loved camping, hunting and photography. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, brother and friend to all that knew him. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Lomas, with Perry Floyd officiating. Please visit our online guestbook for Michael S. Lazarus at FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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LITTLE, EDWARD "EDDIE" Prayer service for Edward "Eddie" Little, 71, of Ohkay Owingeh, NM will be Sunday, February 3, at 3:00 PM in St. Joseph's Mission at Mescalero where the funeral mass will be on Monday, Feb. 4, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Little Family Cemetery. Mr. Little passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his home. He was born November 17, 1941 at Mescalero. He married Lourdes Montoya on October 27, 1974 in Rio Arriba County. He is survived by his wife, Lou; children, Lance Little, Bailey Little, Amber Rivas, Donna Little, David Little and his wife Cari, Denise Little Carpenter and her husband Scott, Renee Little, Eddie Little and his wife Carri and Laura Little; two brothers, Pete Little and his wife Charlotte and Joseph Little and his wife Charlotte; two sisters, Juanita Little and Annette House and her husband Bob and 27 grandchildren. The family has requested memorials to St. Joseph's Mission, Restoration Project, PO Box 187, Mescalero, NM 88340. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com.
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LONDENE, DONNA ALLENE MCCOY A long time resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, Feburary 1, 2013. She was eighty. She is survived by her husband, Carl E. Londene; two daughters, Denise Baker and Darlene Capshaw; and a son, Darrell; nine grandchildren, David, Jennifer, Lindsey, and Kristen Baker, Lauren, Kathleen and Samantha Capshaw, and Madeleine and Lewis Londene; and a sister, Dolores E. McCoy Barnhill of Yakima, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald L. McCoy and Gertrude E. Block McCoy of Albuquerque. She was a native of Kansas, born in Hugoton and raised in Russell, Kansas. She was a member of the Delta Zetta Sorority. She was a member of the South Valley Exchange, a member of the First United Methodist Church, was a past president of the Albuquerque Sister Cities and co-chair for sister city Helmstedt, Germany. She was active in various organizations. She was a sponsor and officer in South Valley Little League Baseball, a member of the Edelweiss Dancers, Sweet Adelines and others. She enjoyed the outdoors and her favorite hobbies were fishing, dancing, and music. The family requests instead of flowers that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial Service at FRENCH - University on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Donna at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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LUCERO, ALADINO "DINO" JR. The Family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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LUJAN, MARGARET LOPEZ The Family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 505-898-3160
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LUJAN, IDA CHRISTELLA "CHRISTIE" 1947-2013 Ida Christella "Christie" Lujan, 66, was living in Los Lunas, New Mexico at the time of her death after a lengthy illness. Christie was born on January 7, 1947 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to the late Onofre and Cleotilde "Tillie" Lucero. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Thomas Lujan; her son, Tom Jr. and his wife, Gigi; grandchildren, Regina and Sebastien, Marcus, Danielle and Thomas III and a great-grandson, Estevan. Her sisters who will miss her are Grace Griffin, Lindy and husband, Pete Broberg, Carmen Romero and Frances Lucero and Joe Grine Jr.; her sisters-in-law, Helen and husband, Sal War, Mary Moreno, Yolie Ortiz and Happy Lucero; brothers-in-law, Sonny and wife, Christine Lujan, Gillie and wife, Maria Lujan; mother-in-law, Elvira Lujan and father-in-law, the late Juan J. Lujan. She will be remembered lovingly by many nieces and nephews and her dear friend, Priscilla Smith. Christie has 9 God-children, Maria Guynes, Arianne Silva, Jennifer Grine, Francine Jacquez, Barbara Rivera, Danielle Lujan, Chris Lucero, Jeanette Arellano and Tara Smith. She was preceded in death by daughter, Janice; her maternal parents and her father-in-law; brother, Jose A. Lucero; brother-in-law, Margarito "Orlando" Romero; sister, Celine Sanchez and sister-in-law, Juanita Salazar. Christie was employed as a Design Engineer for Mountain Bell/Qwest-Denver, Colorado where she retired in 2001. Upon her retirement, Tom and Christie relocated to Los Lunas, New Mexico where they were active in charitable organizations. Services will be held at the San Clemente Catholic Church on Monday, February 4, 2013, beginning with a visitation at 8:30 AM, followed by a rosary at 9:00 AM and the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. The family has requested that contributions be made to Vista Care Hospice, 5600 Wyoming Blvd, NE, Suite 10, Albuquerque, NM 87109 in lieu of flowers. Thank you to all family and friends who supported the Lujan family during this great loss of a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, godmother and friend. Heavenly angels are messengers from God, Christie is our Angel. A sunflower is bold and bright - Christie's favorite flower describes who she is to us. An online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com
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MARTINEZ, ALBERT ALLEN passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Lovelace Medical Center. He was born on November 26, 1947 in Delia, NM to Joe and Sophia Martinez. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Johnny and Tony. Albert is survived by his two sons, Anthony and wife Jessica, Christopher and wife Tiffany; three grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Albert also left behind two brothers, Joe and Ernie Martinez of Alamogordo; two sisters, Betty Frye of High Rolls, NM and Billie Jean Maestas of Roswell. After graduating Tucumcari High School in 1966, Albert had a short enlistment with the US Army. He had numerous jobs early in his life before beginning a long career with Smith's Food and Drug at various locations throughout the Albuquerque area. Arrangements were entrusted to Direct Funeral Services and the Rosary was held Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:00am.
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MASSICK, ELAINE R. died peacefully on January 29, 2013. She is greatly missed and forever in our hearts. She was born on March 14, 1934 in Kane, PA, the only child of C. Bruce and Ruth Orwig Riddell, graduated from high school in Tupper Lake, NY and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955 from Wells College in Aurora, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Massick and granddaughter Kristin Griego. She is survived by daughters Martha Griego, Kathleen Packer, and Jeanne Baker and husband Eddie; son Steve Massick; brother-in-law George Massick and family; grandchildren Jeremy Griego and wife Corrin, Ryan Packer, Erica Packer, Brandon Baker, and Katrina Baker; and great-grandson Ronan Griego. Pursuant to her wishes, there will be no funeral service. Instead, a celebration of life will be held at the home of her daughter. Please contact a family member to get further details. Donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Humane Association of NM.
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MCCONAUGHY, DAVID M. REVEREND A loving family man and active leader in both church and community, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Albuquerque. He was born May 15, 1927 in Stambaugh, Michigan. Dave was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Geneva Bryan McConaughy. He is survived by older sister Alice Hartbarger of Asheville, NC; younger brother John "Jeff" McConaughy of Atco, NJ; and younger Sister Mary "Bee" Cumberland of Tucson, AZ; his sons Mark McConaughy and his wife Marsha of Austin, TX, Jeff McConaughy and his wife Trish O'Connor of Albuquerque; and three grandchildren, Christa McConaughy of Tahoe City, CA, Craig McConaughy of Austin, TX, and Kathryn McConaughy of Albuquerque. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in Michigan in January of 1945, and from Park College in Missouri in 1948. From there he went to Princeton Seminary in New Jersey and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on August 28, 1951. He was called to be pastor at churches in Ignacio and Allison, Colorado from 1952 to 1956. He was then organizing pastor for Woodland Chapel Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Illinois from 1956 to 1969. In 1969, he moved his family to Albuquerque to become the organizing pastor for Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, where he continued until retirement in 1992. During those years, he participated in a graduate program and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary in Chicago in 1978. A memorial service and celebration of his life will take place at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano Rd. NW at 11:00am on Friday, February 15, 2013. En lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marion Medical Mission (marionmedical.org/help.htm) or to the Roadrunner Food Bank (www.rrfb.org)
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MONTOYA, FATHER JUAN OFM (JOHNNY) 72 of Albuquerque NM passed away January 31, 2013. He was well known and beloved by many friends and family. Father Juan was born in Magdalena NM on August 20, 1940, studied at Mount Carmel Seminary in Santa Fe, then entered the Franciscan Order as a friar in 1959. Serving as a friar in many capacities, he was a gourmet chef, spending seven years with St Michaels and the Navajos in Arizona and in New Mexico. He studied at Duns Scotus College and at Pope John XXIII Seminary and was ordained a Franciscan Priest on May 10th 1980 at Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque NM. Any description of Father Juan's accomplishments would be understated. But to name a few, Father Juan became a popular "Priest-of-the People" serving in parishes in Clovis, Portales and Roswell. He also served as the Director of new seminarian formation program in Denver Colorado and upon "retirement" in 2011 served at Immaculate Conception Church parish in Alamogordo NM. He began another new ministry serving the extremely poor through an organization called "Food for the Poor", and began traveling around the United States to raise money. Father Juan is survived by his seven siblings: Gloria and husband Manuel Perales, Richard and wife Rita Cordova, Marie and husband Pete Montoya, Joseph and wife Lorraine Cordova, Mike and wife Juanita Cordova, Eileen and husband Jesse Montano, and Donald and wife Sylvia Cordova; and his 76 nieces, nephews & grands. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Eva Montoya-Cordova and his extended family: Sylvester Montoya, Rafaela Montoya, Ben Montoya, Willie Montoya, Stella Otero, Adam Montoya, and his twin brother Daniel. He leaves behind many loving friends and family too numerous to mention who will miss him greatly. The family would like to express appreciation to the many people who have contacted the family to express their condolences and their support. A Rosary and Eulogy service will be held Sunday February 3, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, at Holy Family Church at 536 Atrisco SW. A viewing will be held Monday February 4, 2013 at 9:00am and a gathering of friends and family for Mass will be held at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church, with interment at Calvary Cemetery.
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MORENO, PHILLIP RICHARD 2/28/88 - 2/3/12 One year ago today our family chain was broken when our loving Lord called you to guard his heavenly gates. You took a part of us with you along with our love. We are thankful for the memories and your everlasting love. We know you are with us daily as we feel you by our side. It would be impossible for you to understand how much we love and miss you every second, minute and hour of each and every day. Although our lives have completely changed and nothing is the same, we know that one by one, as God calls us home, our family chain will be linked once again. Love, Mom, Dad, James and Gabby. www.danielsfuneral.com
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OPSTEDAL, ANTHONY (TONY) JOSEPH was born on May 15, 1922 to Joseph Arnold Opstedal and Eleanora Ann Hawell of Munich, ND. Tony went to his Lord from his home in Albuquerque on January 29, 2013. Tony served in the Army during WWII and received a purple heart for wounds he received on an island in the Philippines. He attended Seattle University after WWII where he graduated with a Civil Engineering degree. He worked for a short time on the Alaskan Highway and then accepted a position with the US Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife. He started his career in Portland Oregon then moved his wife and 6 children to Albuquerque in 1954. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Post 401, a charter member of the Elks Club in Vernal Utah, member of the Shrine of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, an avid golfer until the age of 86, and could be found making wagers in Sandia Casino after retiring from golf on almost any given day. Tony retired from the Fish and Wildlife Department as the regional construction inspection supervisor in 1972 at the age of 50. He started Opstedal Construction and Engineering company with his oldest son in 1975. He retired for the second time in 2002 at the age of 80. He lost his beloved wife Mary, in 2006 and spent the next six and a half years waiting for the day he would see her again in Paradise. That day arrived January 29, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Aaron, Arnold and Eugene; his wife, Mary, his oldest son, Anthony Michael Opstedal, and one grandson, Matthew Joseph Brians. Tony is survived by one sister, Luella Olson of Washington state; four daughters, Mary Lee Brians of Albuquerque, NM, Theresa Joyce Lyons of West Branch, Iowa, Frances Irene Christianson of Mt. Vernon, Texas and Barbara Ann Goddard of Albuquerque, NM and one son, Joseph William Opstedal of Monterrey, Mexico. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. A Visitation will be on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Daniels Family Funeral Services from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Febrauary 5, 2013 at Shrine of St. Bernadette at 11509 Indian School Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Pallbearers will be William (Bill) Maguire, Kevin Millikan, Chilion Opstedal, Shawn Baciccini, Kyle Baciccini and Gary Durbin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Garett Christianson, Damon Shelton, Nathan Goddard and Michael Opstedal. Those who wish to share a story 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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ORTEGA, GABRIELITA V. Age 99, a resident of Chimayo, NM, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anastacio R. Ortega; son, Roger Ortega; granddaughter, JoAnn Ortega; grandson, Michael Ortega; parents, Jose Simon and Beatrice Vigil; in-laws, Rumaldo and Rosarito Ortega; brothers, Elias, Tomas, Damacio, Liborio and Emiterio Vigil; sisters, Eremita and Leonardita Vigil; brothers-in-law, Juan M. Ortega, Felix Ortega, Ben Rivera and Marcos Vigil; sisters-in-law, Martina and Maria Vigil and Trinidad and Apolonia Ortega. Gabrielita was a good example and a good christian. She cared about everyone and taught her family respect, love and to believe in yourself; she always put everybody else first. Her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law were treated like her own children. She was a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and special friend who loved everyone. Mrs. Ortega is survived by her sons, Merejildo Ortega and wife Elma, Arturo Ortega and wife Clara and Leo Ortega and companion Betty Romero all of Chimayo, Tom Ortega and wife Helen and Harold Ortega and wife Linda all of Albuquerque; daughter, Grace Trujillo and husband Eddie of Espanola; grandchildren, Richard Ortega and wife Bobbie, Nila Montoya and husband Ray, Orlinie Velasquez and husband Sammy, Jennie Vigil and husband Billy, Peggy Vargas and husband Alfonso, Debbie Ortega, Jerry Ortega and wife LaVerne, Jennifer Gutierrez and husband Frank, Sharon Trujillo and husband Craig, Henrietta Hughes and husband Gary, Nadine Caputo and husband Joe, Nicole Ortega and husband Jason Rumley, Renee Ortega Neff and husband Kevin, Bryan Ortega and wife Monica, Eddie Trujillo and companion Bernadette Gonzales and Luke Trujillo and wife Angela; sister, Celina Rivera; sister-in-law, Amelia Vigil; and 38 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends. Public visitation was held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Chimayo. Burial followed at the Potrero Catholic Cemetery in Chimayo with the following who served as pallbearers, Jason Rumley, Bryan Ortega, Debbie Ortega, Ricky Ortega, Luke Trujillo and Jerry Ortega. The family of Gabrielita V. Ortega entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477, www.devargasfuneral.com
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RAINES, GWEN age 91, born June 25, 1921, passed away January 28, 2013 in Castle Rock, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Raines and daughter, Kathleen Sue Raines. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Price and her husband Preston Price of Elizabeth CO; her four grandchildren Edith and Eva Price, Brandon Hensley and his wife Nova Hensley, Kristeena Hensley Romero; and her 4 great-grandchildren Emily Werblow, Kayla Romero, Christian and Ara Hensley. A resident of Albuquerque from 1951 to 2003, Gwen attended First Baptist Church, Fruit Avenue Baptist Church and Eastern Hills Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for 60 years, and sang in the choir for 70 years. She was a kind, wonderful, loving friend, mother and grandmother with the voice of an angel. She will be greatly missed. Her ashes will be interred during a private graveside service at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris St NE Albuquerque, NM 87111, (505) 294-3373.
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RAMIREZ, BEATRICE Age 87, of Moriarty, NM peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Beatrice was born May 17, 1926 in Vaughn, NM to Narciso and Frances (Sandoval) Sanchez. She married Thomas N. Ramirez on April 24, 1965 in Santa Fe, NM. They moved to Moriarty in 1978 having previously lived in El Paso, TX. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Ray Sanchez, Louie Sanchez, and Sammy Sanchez; and sister Josephine Arguello. She is survived by her sons Tommy Chavez "Coach T" and his wife Margie of Albuquerque and Joe Chavez of Vaughn; brothers Manuel Sanchez and Jimmy Sanchez; sisters Eufemia Zier and Mary Sanchez; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:00am at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM with Pastor Dave Goodnight officiating. Mom, your constant selflessness taught me compassion, giving, and love for others. Your loyalty and seeking of truth taught me honesty and reliability in what it means to be family. Your belief in God taught me to have faith. The family and I will forever miss you. The many memories of you will make me smile forever. God Bless you. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" (505) 832-6130 Moriarty & Mountainair, NM www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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RODEE, HOWARD D. PH.D a longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's disease, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marian E. Rodee; daughters, Katherine E. Rodee, Susannah E. Fedorowich and her husband Michael Fedorowich and their expected baby. Howard is also survived by childhood best friend Darrell Meuthing and wife Joyce. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Margaret Rodee. Dr. Rodee was a well-loved and respected professor of Art History at UNM from 1969 until he retired in 2002. He inspired and passed on his love of art to many students. He was born on May 25, 1933 in Columbus, OH where he was raised and attended Ohio State University receiving his BA and MA degree when he went on to Columbia University where he earned his Doctorate in Art History. He was a brilliant teacher, a wonderful husband and beloved father with a clever sense of humor and a love of collecting. He will always be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held on February 10, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Health Foundation for Hospice. Please contact Susannah Fedorowich at srodee@hotmail.com for more information regarding the celebration of Howard's life.
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RODRIQUEZ, PRISCILLA M. age 44, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on February 1, 2013. Priscilla is survived by her children, Angel Rodriquez, Edwina Roybal, Vanessa Rico, Michael Rico, and Allen Rico; companion, Ernie Rico; sisters, Renee Moxley and husband, Tim, Geraldine Rivas and husband, Char; brother, Rick Roybal Sr. and wife, Karen; grandchildren, Isaac Mendoza and Natalia Rodriquez; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Sylvia Roybal; and her nephew, Christopher. A Tribute Service will be Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel. Private disposition will follow the Tribute Service. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guest book. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861
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RUTHERFORD, TOMMY HAYES Age 66, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Carmen; daughter, Anna-Marie; and three sons, Johnny, Jason, and Jesse. Tommy served in the Marines, Army, and Navy. He retired from the United States Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He was a highly decorated veteran that served two tours in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Grenada, as well as many other operations. He proudly served his country and was a loving, devoted father who wanted nothing but the best for his family. Cremation has taken place and no services are being held. Please visit our online guestbook for Tommy at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SHERIDAN, MICHAEL W. The Family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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STALEY, HUGH CAMPBELL Age 61, of Albuquerque, NM, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 26, 2013 while on a winter outing in his beloved mountains. Hugh was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on August 8, 1951, and grew up in Providence and Saunderstown, RI. His parents were Margaret Campbell Staley and Andrew Staley. Hugh is survived by his wife of 27 years, Nancy Staley; four brothers, Andrew (Dito), Tim, Peter and David; step-mother, Norma Smayda Staley; many cousins, nieces, a nephew, aunts and an uncle; and many treasured sisters and brothers in Christ. Hugh graduated from Drew University May 1974 with a BA in Physics. He moved to Los Alamos in 1979 where he worked at Los Alamos Laboratory for almost 20 years in various groups, predominately as a software engineer. He was a teacher at heart, and taught computer classes on the side at UNM-Los Alamos for many years. He and his wife also taught Sunday school to the children and youth of their church. In 1998 they moved to Mid Coast Maine for 4 years. After leaving the Lab, Hugh taught computer programming courses through Learning Tree International until 2002, when he and his wife moved to Tunisia for 2 years. He taught English at a Tunisian University for two years. He also taught English through a private company in Sousse for one summer. After returning to New Mexico in 2005 and taking a brief retirement, he joined the computer tech support team at HP, Rio Rancho, where he worked up until his death. He still utilized his teaching skills by volunteering his time at Hope Christian School teaching robotics programming to young boys and girls. Hugh had a huge heart for people, and served them however he could. In the 1980s he served several years as a volunteer bus driver and two years as president for the Los Alamos Bus system. He was chairman of the Los Alamos chapter of the Salvation Army for several years before moving to Maine. He deeply cared for the Tunisian people he met, and hoped to return someday to visit friends and colleagues. He loved the Lord Jesus, and everything in his life was done for the love and glory of God. Hugh touched many lives and will be deeply missed. A memorial service for Hugh will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Mars Hill Church, 4700 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Per Hugh's wishes, his ashes will be scattered on his land. His spirit is now with Jesus, a thing he looked forward to his whole Christian life. Memorial contributions may be made to Joy Junction, PO Box 26568, Albuquerque, NM 87125. (This charity supports the homeless in Albuquerque.) Please visit our online guest book for Hugh Campbell Staley at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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SWEENEY, JOSEPH MONTY Age 30, was born in Santa Fe, NM and was a resident of Albuquerque. He lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, while surrounded by his loving family. Our beloved Monty is survived by his loving parents Randy and Yolanda Montoya; his loving brother and sisters, Del Sweeney, Felicia Sweeney, Marissa Sweeney (Camron Rael); step-brother, Jason Montoya and wife Amanda; step-sister, Jackie Brazil and husband Brian; very special niece, Alexis "Baby" Sweeney; nephew, Trace Montoya; his very special grandmother, Clara Rodriguez (# 1 momma). Monty has many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Monty touched every heart that came across his path. He will be greatly missed by all. On behalf of the family, they wish to extend they're sincere appreciation to Presbyterian Hospital Staff, Doctors, Nurses, and to Presbyterian Kaseman's Oncology Department; your care for Monty was amazing. Visitation will be Monday, February 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 Fourth St., NW, where a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Service of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:00 am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Del Sweeney, Adam Gomez, Jerome Jaramillo, Camron Rael, Joseph Montoya and Chance McCoy. Honorary Bearers will be Yvette Rodriguez, Joe Dubriel and Josh Rodriguez. To view information or leave a condolence 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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WALTON, DONALD C. 9/30/1934 - 1/28/2013 "Big Don" passed away at the VA Retirement Home in Oklahoma City, OK. Don enjoyed life, his family and all the people that he met as a vendor at the Santa Fe and Alb. Flea Markets. As Don would say, "Catch you later".
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WATTERS-ZIMMER, KRISTEN E. Age 39, loving wife and mother, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. She was born on January 19, 1974 to Rolandus Augustus and Luette (Mathias) Watters, Jr. of Rio Rancho, NM. She will be remembered as compassionate caregiver who liked to go camping and enjoy the outdoors with her family. Mrs. Watters-Zimmer was preceded in death by her father, Rolandus Watters, Jr. in 1999 and her mother, Luette Kearney, in 2000. She is survived by her devoted husband of 11 years, Hans K. Zimmer, of Albuquerque, NM; children, Aubrey and Zachary Zimmer, also of Albuquerque, NM; brothers, Jon Watters, of Albuquerque, NM, and Rich Kearney and wife, Beth, of Rio Rancho, NM. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Road NW, Albuquerque, NM. 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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ZACHARY, GERTRUDE Albuquerque Business Woman and Philanthropist Gertrude Zachary passed away January 29, 2013 after an extended illness. She was born on November 26, 1937 in Stuttgart, Germany. Her family left Germany during WWII and relocated New York and then to Royal Oak, Michigan where she graduated high school. She enrolled in Michigan State University in 1955 and graduated with a BA in Teaching and minor in German. In 1965, she met and married Dr. Louis A. Schmidt II, and together moved to Albuquerque in 1968. After working as both a flight attendant for United Airlines and a substitute teacher, Gertrude began buying and selling Indian jewelry made by artists she met on the reservation. Those early days ignited a love of handmade jewelry, a love she passed onto her daughter, employees and everyone she touched. In 1974, she met and married Dick Zachary, and it was then that she began manufacturing. She opened her manufacturing operation on Second Street in 1976 and has continued wholesaling from that office ever since. In 1991, she expanded into retail sales - first with the Lomas Store and later with the Nob Hill and Antique Store Downtown. Gertude was well known for her incredible taste and impeccable quality of hand made jewelry and European antiques. She has given generously to the Brothers of the Good Shepherd as well as many other charities and organizations, from All Faiths Receiving Home to local school fundraisers. She will be missed by all those who knew her, yet her legacy and generosity will live on. Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Gertrude Witzky. She is survived by her sister, Lilly Barrack; her brother, Hans Peter Witzky; her children, Erica Hatchell and son-in-law Trevor Hatchell, and Louis Schmidt III; her grandchildren, Chelsea Schmidt, Tess Hatchell and Sutton Hatchell; eight nieces and nephews; seven grand nieces and nephews; her dog Zipper "Little Z" and 38 employees. Services will be for immediate family and friends only. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Shepherd Center 218 Iron Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505) 243-2527 or Brothers of the Good Shepherd PO Box 389 Albuquerque, NM 87102 in Gertrude's name.
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