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SMUDA -- Antoinette Rose Smuda, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 10 years, died on Sunday, December 28, 2003. Antoinette was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and married Frank A. Smuda in 1939. She lived in Crystal Lake, IL until 1958 and then moved to Phoenix, AZ, in where she resided for 35 years, then moving to Albuquerque in 1993. Antoinette is survived by her children, James F. Smuda of Albuquerque, Paul A. Smuda of Stevens Point, WI and Cathleen M. Hawes of Marianna, FL; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Frank A. Smuda, in 1989. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel Ave. NE. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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THORNE -- George Orr Thorne, 86, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, December 25, 2003. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mildred Furlough of Virginia Beach, VA and Dorothy Joyner of Taverres, FL and several nieces and nephews. George was a play by play Baseball announcer, and owned and operated his own diner. He worked at Sandia National Laboratories in the security department, where he retired. George was a member of the Masonic Lodge and he served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2003, 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Private ennichement of cremains will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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TOPE -- Dwight H. Tope, born August 29, 1918, died peacefully at home on December 25, 2003. He was born in Grand Junction, CO, to Richard and Elizabeth Tope. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Stagg Tope; son, Rock Tope and wife, Deborah; son, Col. Chris Tope and wife, Dolores; grandchildren, Michael and Susan Tope; sisters-in-law, Josephine Tope, Marjorie Tope and Marcia Cantrell; niece, Patty Clearman and husband, John; nephew, Michael Eddy and wife, Beth; niece, Carol Ramel, his primary caregiver; other dear relatives on his wife's side of the family; and many wonderful friends. He was one of the good guys and everybody loved him. Dwight was educated in Grand Junction and attended George Washington University in Washington, DC before entering the U.S. Army in 1941. He served as an artillery officer until separating from the service in 1945 as a major. Dwight owned his own insurance business, the Dwight Tope State Agency, until his retirement in 1987 and was active in the Scottish Rite Bodies of Santa Fe, Ballut Abyad Temple of the Shrine, and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque (Paul Harris Fellow). The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers who helped Dwight, particularly Tina, Conner, Danny, Peggy, Susan and Diana. The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Boulevard S.E., Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to organizations that Dwight held dear: Rotary Club of Albuquerque Charitable Foundation, 3301 Menaul Boulevard N.E., Albuquerque, 87107; Shrine Ballut Abyad Crippled Children's Transportation Fund, 6600 Zuni Road S.E., Albuquerque, 87108; Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque, 5901 Harper Drive N.E., Albuquerque, 87109; Salvation Army of Albuquerque, 4301 Bryn Mawr Drive N.E., Albuquerque, 87107; the One Hundred Club of New Mexico, PO Box 1154, Albuquerque, 87103; or the charity of your choice. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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AFFELDT -- Mary Susan Affeldt, 76, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2003. Born July 12, 1927 to Hungarian immigrants, Paul and Susan Curtas, in Toledo, Ohio, Mary earned a Bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Toledo. While studying, she served as Secretary to two Presidents of the University and married law professor, Robert J. Affeldt in 1959. Mary taught business courses for many years at Maumee High School in Maumee, Ohio and then served as Office Manager and paralegal for her husband's civil rights law firm in Sylvania, Ohio. There, they successfully prosecuted several class action discrimination cases on behalf of minorities and women against some of the country's largest companies, including McDonald's, Jeep Corporation, and Owens-Corning Fiberglass. After retiring and moving to Albuquerque with her husband in 1991, Mary became active in the local community, serving as Secretary to the Academy Park Homeowners' Association, a representative on the District 4 Neighborhood Coalition, a member of Albuquerque's Peace and Social Justice Commission, and an active member of the Aquinas Newman Center at UNM. Mary is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Elizabeth of Santa Fe; son, John and his wife, Karen Hoy, of Emeryville, California; son Robert, Jr., of Edinburgh, Texas; & sister, Helen Bordner of Toledo, Ohio. A funeral mass will be held Mon., Dec. 29, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas, NE,with reception for family & friends to follow.
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AKEY -- Mary M. Akey, 67, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968 died from complications of Multiple Sclerosis with her family at her bedside on December 27, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Allen P. Akey; son, Gary A. Akey and wife Susan of Little Elm, Texas; daughter, Connie M. Foshee and husband Tim of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandsons, Dr. Chris L. Akey and wife Taisa of Elkins, Arkansas; Peter J. Akey of Charlottesville, Virginia; Kenneth B. Biesterveld of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Thomas A. Akey of Hamilton, Ohio and Jeffrey James Byrd of Little Elm, Texas; great-granddaughter, Maria Luisa P. Akey; great-grandson Noah P. Akey both of Elkins, Arkansas; grand-dogs Luc, Mandy, Bryndle, B.J. and grand-cat, Ivy. Mary is the youngest of 13 children of a well established dairy farm family in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She is survived by 8 brothers and sisters. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremains will be at a later date in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Ghost Church, 833 Arizona SE, Monday, December 29, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. with Father Tom Mayefske celebrant. In lieu of flowers please make any contributions to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rio Grande Division, 2021 Girard SE, Suite #201, 87106. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ALEXANDER -- Charles D. Alexander Jr., 20, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away December 22, 2003. He was born September 27, 1983, to Charles D. Alexander Sr. and Emma Cook. He attended Albuquerque High School where he completed the 11th grade. He is survived by his mother, Emma J. Cook; father, Charles D. Alexander Sr. and wife, Marie; grandmothers, Mary A. Green and Mary J. Williams; and other relatives and friends. Visitation for Charles will be Monday, December 29, 2003, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 30, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1509 Edith Blvd. SE, with Rev. N.D. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Blvd. SE. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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ARMIJO -- Esther Armijo, age 86, beloved and devoted mother, sister, aunt, and Godmother was called to our Father's heavenly home, Tuesday, December 23, 2003. Esther was born in Casa Salazar, NM to the late Daniel and Barbarita Gonzales on December 24, 1916. Esther is survived by her loving daughter, Fedolina A. Aranda and husband Amalio of Algodones, NM; one brother, Cleofas Gonzales also of Algodones; eleven precious nieces and nephews; friends and neighbors. Esther will be greatly missed by her loving family and by those who knew and loved her. Visitations will be held Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary; where a rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. this evening. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Daniel Garcia, Leroy Vigil, Frank Chavez, Anthony Lovato, Ramon Gonzales, Jr., and Arthur Salazar. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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BECERRA -- Virginia Becerra, 66, a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, NM died December 25, 2003. She is preceded in death by her father, Cresencio Turrietta; brother, Cresencio Turrietta Jr.; and cousin, Eugene Aragon. Mrs. Becerra is survived by her mother, Rosella Turrietta; husband, Ernest Becerra; children, Ernest Becerra and wife Silvia. and Elizabeth Espinoza and husband Jose Luis; and five granddaughters, Rosella Espinoza, Pearl Espinoza, Ashley Becerra, Virginia Becerra and Olivia Espinoza. She will be missed by all that loved her for who she was. We all love you Grandma Virgie. The rosary will be recited Monday evening at the San Jose Catholic Church at 7:00. A mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at the San Jose Catholic Church. at 10:00. Burial will follow at the Mt Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ernest Becerra Jr., Jose Espinoza, Donald Marquez, Joseph Madrid, Carlos Lima and Rudolph Lima. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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BERRY -- David Norman Berry, a.k.a. "Lanky Dave" left us on December 23, 2003 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Patty Berry, mother Juanita Berry, father Norman Berry, daughters Sara Berry and Megan Phillips, sons, Odin Berry and Damon Phillips. He was a loving husband and father who cared far more than he ever showed. Dave was born on February 14, 1948 in Port Authur, Texas. He served 4 years in the Marine Corp and served in Vietnam in 1967-68. Dave was proud of being an Eagle Scout. He was an active freedom fighter for the motorcycling community. He served as the Sergeant at Arms for the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization and was a very active lobbyist in Santa Fe. He was also the State Deputy Coordinator for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, a previous Chapter Coordinator for the 1st Mountain Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. and represented both groups in the Coalition of Clubs. Dave hosted and produced a regular TV show on Public Access Channel 27 called "Dave's World" which featured news of interest to the motorcycling community and featured local bands. He was honored to be associated with the recently produced documentary film "In the Shadow of the Blade" which dealt with the effect of the Vietnam War on the entire nation, military and civilian, in an attempt to provide final closure for many people. He owned and operated "TNT, Your Unauthorized Harley Dealer" in Winston/Salem, North Carolina and participated in numerous motorcycle races back East with his drag racing team "Flaming A Race Team" all over the east coast, including Boozie Creek and Daytona among others and held several records. When he moved back to New Mexico, he set up shop as "Route 66, Your Unauthorized Harley Dealer" first in Edgewood, then Moriarty and later in Albuquerque. Dave was an avid fisherman and always looked forward to camping with his family and friends. Dave touched the lives of an amazing number of people and will be sorely missed by all. No one who ever met him will ever forget him. His friends and family would like everyone who knew him to celebrate his life at a Memorial Service this Sunday, December 28, 2003 at the Canon de Carnue Land Grant Hall, 364 Highway 66 East, just west of Tijeras from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 281-3493 for further information.
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BEWLEY -- Troy D. Bewley, 77, a resident of New Mexico since 1958, died Tuesday morning, December 23, 2003. Troy was born in Foss, Oklahoma on May 12, 1926. Troy is survived by sons Robert Bewley and Tim Bewley; daughter Marilyn Johnson; three grandchildren, Bradley Kistler, Matthew Bewley and Kayla Severin. Troy was preceded in death by daughter Kathy Austin and infant grandson Clay Bewley. Troy served in the U.S. Army from November 1944 to November 1946 in infantry and Medical Corps. He worked as a NC Machinist for Sandia Laboratories, retiring on January 31, 1984 after 25 years of service. He was a member of the machinist union. Troy was also a lifetime member of Trail Riders Horse Club where he served as the arena director. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 29, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Services will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. in Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary, with Pastor Michael Brunk officiating. Private interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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