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GARNER -- Lucile (Lucy) Marie Garner. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all family and friends for their kind expressions of sympathy received during our time of loss. Thank you so much. Arrangements under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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GAVI -- Vernon P. Gavi passed away March 6, 2004 due to natural causes. Vern was survived by one daughter, Roseanne DeHerrera; four grandchildren, Johnny, Charles, Breanna, Reanna; two sisters, Lily Silva, Delores Griego; two brothers, Ray and Edward Gavi; and many stepchildren and grandchildren. We'll miss you, Vern.
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HARRIS -- Vinita "Nita" Evelyn Booth Harris, 83, a resident of Albuquerque for 38 years, died Tuesday, March 09, 2004 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Army Colonel (Ret) Judd Thomas Harris, Jr., in 1999. She is survived by five children; Kristin Booth Harris Pilling; Michael Thomas Harris and wife, Sandy; Craig Mitchell Harris; Steven Patrick Harris and wife, Gena all of Albuquerque; and Scott William Harris and wife, DeeDee of Fort Worth, TX. She leaves ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to raising five children, and being a Career Army Wife, she retired from Kirtland Weapons Lab after a long and successful civil service career in 1992. She graduated from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and the Evening Optimist Club of Albuquerque. She was an accomplished bridge player, seamstress, water and snow skier. Services will be Monday, March 15, 2004 at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Monday, March 15, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until service. The family requests contributions in her memory be made to Hospice-Lovelace Medical Center, 5403 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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JOHNSON -- Katie Johnson, 96, a lifelong resident of Belen, New Mexico, peacefully passed away in an Albuquerque hospital on March 6, 2004. She was a very active resident of Belen, being in business there for many years. She was also very active in civic organizations being a member of Belen Chamber of Commerce as well as a past worthy matron of Eastern Star, past president of Belen Pilot Club, and a founding member of First Presbyterian Church in Belen. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of the same group for 60 years. Katie was preceded in death by her husband, M.J. "Lefty" Johnson, three brothers, one sister and one grandchild. She is survived by her children, son, Jim Johnson and his wife, Jan; daughter, Carol and her husband, Paul Wood; her grandchildren, Bryan Johnson, Julia and her husband, Steve Scotti, Chuck Smrt and his wife, Sue, Jim Smrt and his wife, Jacque, Dina and her husband, Brian Bell and Sandy and her husband, Ron Beck. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Tiffany, Shannon, Lexi, Hanah, Brady, Cassidy and Stephen; her sister-in-law, Barbara Calhoun; nieces, Betty Hodge and Paula Keeper; nephew, Steve Calhoun and several great nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Gloria Rael who was her wonderful caretaker for two years. Also a thank you to the ladies that cared for her in Albuquerque at the Village at Alameda for one year. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 85 Manzano Expressway, Rio Communities, Belen, New Mexico with Reverend Ed Wicklein officiating. The family requests that memorial donations be made in Katie's name to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 218, Belen, New Mexico 87002 or to the charity of your choice. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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LOPEZ -- Ms. Rita Lopez, 52, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on March 9, 2004. Rita is survived by her mother, Rita Lynn; her brother, Vincent G. Lopez; her sister, Amelia Lopez; her father, Gilbert Lopez; a long time friend, Leanne Lockin; a niece, Jolene Atchison; a nephew, Guy V. Lopez; her K-9 Companion, Chesco; many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Rita was a member of the Catholic Church, a teacher at St. Mary's Catholic Church for the past 12 years and has been a dedicated teacher for 30 years. A visitation for Rita will be Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. A final visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with Mass of Christian Burial to celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW by Father Richard Mcgowan. Cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mary's Catholic School, 224 7th St. NW. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW 243-7861
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MARTINEZ -- Domingo "Bingo" B. Martinez, born April 27, 1916 in Sena, New Mexico, died peacefully on March 9th, 2004 in his home in Albuquerque surrounded by his loved ones. He was greeted in heaven by his son, Carlos and his beloved grandson, Gerald. He leaves behind his adored wife, Isabel to whom he gasped his last words "I Love You;" his beloved children, Antonia Sandoval and husband, Lawrence, Ernest and Robert Martinez, Antoinette Grubbs and husband, Malcolm, Ann Gabaldon and husband, Steven, and Edwina Martinez; his grandchildren, Michelle and husband, Gino, Samantha, Brian, Stephanie, Renee, Ernest, Stephanie, Jennifer, Jeff and Brianna; his great grandchildren; sisters, Rosave Lucero, Modesta Tafoya, Nieves Juarez and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a Prisoner of War for 3 1/2 years during WWII. He survived the Bataan Death March; because of his sacrifices and sufferings and those of people like him, we enjoy the freedoms they fought to preserve "We will never forget." Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd. SW with Father Daniel Balizan celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park with military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be Herman Anaya and Felix Jaramillo. Pallbearers will be Ernest C. Martinez, Jeff Grubbs, Leroy Lucero, Gerald Chavez, Matthew Perea and Gilbert Hansen. Special thank you to Richard and Patricia Baca, Emily Lucero, Hazel Martinez, Patsy Aragon, Ernest Esparza, John Valencia and Dr. Jerry Montoya. In lieu of flowers Domingo would have appreciated memorial contributions be made to Madison L. Sweitzer, his great grandniece. He was deeply touched by Madison who suffers from a neurological disease that solely affects little girls. Contributions may be sent to, Madison L. Sweitzer 5216 Los Arboles NE, Abq. NM 87110. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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MERRILL -- Evelyn A. Merrill, 79, passed away on February 23, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Buffalo, NY, to Harry and Amelia Kolb Merrill. She was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Over 25 years ago, she moved from Buffalo to Albuquerque where she worked in healthcare at Kirtland Air Force Base before retiring and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Forestry Service, American Legion, WAVES National, Republican Women, Einstein Society, American Business Women's Association, and Order of the Eastern Star. In 2003 Evelyn was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Merrill. She is survived by her son, Michael Wannenwetsch and a very special and adored granddaughter, Amelia Wannenwetsch, both of Albuquerque. Also surviving are a sister, Vivian Miller of Buffalo, NY; brother, Franklin Merrill and wife, Doty of Buffalo, NY; loving sister-in-law, Charlotte Merrill; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to send heartfelt thanks to the Staff of Ladera Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Staff of VistaCare Hospice. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MEYER -- Frances Haas Meyer, 93, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004. She is survived by her sons, James R. Meyer and wife, Arlyce of Denver, CO and Stephen K. Meyer and wife, Glenda of Albuquerque; and granddaughters, Katherine M. Meyer of San Antonio, TX and Kellee F. Meyer of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond John Meyer in 2002. Services will be held Friday, March 12, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Rev. Dewey Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Thursday, March 11, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. .to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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MUELLER -- Bertha I. Mueller, 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1952, died Sunday, March 7, 2004. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert C. Mueller of Albuquerque; son, Stephen C. Mueller of Albuquerque; daughter, Mary M. Patel of Albuquerque; son, Michael R. Mueller and wife, Cynthia of Edgewood; granddaughter, Kerani L. Patel and grandson, Kyle N. Patel both of Pittsburgh, PA; grandson, Stephen T. Patel of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Teresa N. Mueller and Tracey L. Mueller both of Edgewood; niece, Sandra Ferkovich of Austin, TX. Services will be Friday, March 12, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, they may make memorial contributions to Presbyterian Hospice, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125 or to the American Cancer Society.5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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OTERO -- Viola B. Otero, born Catalina Emilia Violanda Barela, age 79, of El Cerro, New Mexico, passed away on March 8, 2004 in a Phoenix hospital. With warmth, love, strength and determination, Viola handled the responsibility of raising a family while being married to a State Policeman fifty years ago. She turned that same strength and determination towards her husband's involvement in County government when he retired from the State Police. In recent years, she concentrated that warmth and love to caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of who will miss her greatly. Her house was always warm, her door was always open and there was always something hot on the stove. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Erinea Soto Barela; brothers David, Joaquin, Manuel, Camillo and Louie Barela; and by her beloved husband of forty nine years, Manuel Otero, Jr. Viola is survived by her children, Jerry Otero and his wife, Madalyn of Albuquerque, Georgia Otero-Kirkham and her husband, Rex of El Cerro, Pamela Otero of Albuquerque, Martha Otero and her husband, Tim Welch of Knoxville, TN, and Roberto Otero, and his wife, Gayla of Estancia; grandchildren, Jennifer Otero and her husband, Joseph of El Cerro, Janel Lowery and her husband, Bryan of El Cerro, Jason Otero and Nicolas Otero of Albuquerque, Jacqueline Yolanda, Christopher and Bobbi Louise Otero of Estancia, and Whitney Welch, of Knoxville, TN; great granddaughters, Jocelyn Otero, Justine Otero, Janessa Otero, of El Cerro and great grandson, Preston Rex Lowery, of El Cerro; brothers, Mike Barela of Los Angeles, CA, Saul Barela, and Jimmie Barela and his wife, Rosalia, and sister, Ramona Vinson all of Belen; brothers-in-law, Lorenzo Otero and his wife, Lillian of Rio Rancho and Bernie Vallejos and his wife, Socorro of Albuquerque; sisters-in-law, Marie Chewiwi of Isleta and Mela Otero of Los Lunas; and many loving nieces and nephews. All services will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tome, NM. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 5:30pm followed by a rosary at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM.
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