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KIRK -- Jane Kirk, 85, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kirk of Albuquerque; sons, Vincent Kirk Jr. and wife, Mary of Richland, WA and Paul Kirk and wife, Tracy of Victorville, CA; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Kirk; daughter, Sally Leigh; and grandchild, Jacqueline Kirk. Mrs. Kirk had been a member of the Shrine of St. Bernadette since 1959. Rosary will be recited Friday, March 5, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 6, 2004, at 9:00 a.m., at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Ennichement will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, March 5, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. until time of rosary. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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LOZOYA -- Denise Lozoya, 42, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on February 29, 2004. Denise is survived by two daughters, Kelly Lozoya and Carmen Lozoya; her son, Symon Lozoya; her parents, Ernesto and Pauline Aragon; her sisters, Audrey Lujan and Rhonda Lujan; her brother, Craig Aragon; her granddaughter, Catryna Lozoya; her ex-husband, Ruben Lozoya; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Thursday evening in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m., Pastor Richard Mansfield will officiate. Final visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 am at Casa del Rey Church, 2501 Alamogordo NW with a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Domingo Luera will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Symon Lozoya, Craig Aragon, Sascha Lujan, Jerry Martinez, Michael Trujillo and John Lujan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Conrad Lujan and Art Lozoya. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MARTINEZ -- Anthony Martinez, recently tragedy struck the City of Pueblo when Anthony passed away. Tony, as he was affectionately known, was originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. he came to Pueblo in the early part of the 70's. He lived in Pueblo most of the last 33 years, minus a few years in the 80's. Having made his fortunes in Real Estate, Tony was though highly of. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan B. Martinez and mother, Ernestine Martinez; his two sons, Anthony Michael Martinez III in 1979 and William Joseph Martinez in 1986. Tony is survived in life by his son, Daniel John (D.J.) Martinez of Albuquerque. Also he has two brothers, Ted and J.V. of Albuquerque and his brother, Joe, of Chula Vista, CA. Tony has one sister, Susan of Albuquerque. Tony we remember you fondly and loved you. God Bless you, Tony. Donations for Tony can be made at the United Leukodystrophy Foundation, 2304 Highland Dr., Sycamore, ILL 60178. Tony will have final services in Albuquerque. his cremains will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Rosary will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 2004. A mass the following day at 9:00 a.m. The burial will be Friday at 11:30 a.m.
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MOORE -- Dinah Jane Moore, formerly of Albuquerque, passed away in Belgrade, Montana on February 28, 2004 following a fight with lung cancer. She was born in Dallas, TX. Dinah attended High School in Dallas; earned a Bachelor's degree and teaching credential from UNM in Albuquerque and taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools. She was a stock broker for seven years, and for the past 15 years, was a partner in Measure Twice Inc., a residential building business. Dinah met Jeff King during a skiing trip in Wolf Creek, Colorado in 1989 and they have been partners since that time. They moved to Bozeman in 1999 where they continued building homes and Dinah worked part-time at a local quilt store. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eva Marie and Zed Johnson. Dinah is survived by Jeff King of Belgrade; her son, Chris of Albuquerque; her daughter, Jennifer Scott of Cleremont, FL; and six grandchildren. Dinah was loved by all who knew her.
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NELSON -- Mary J. Nelson, a resident of Los Lunas, New Mexico passed away on February 28, 2004. She was the world's greatest mom. Mary was a teacher at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque and also taught school in South Dakota. She was a lover of animals. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Markel; her son, Hugh L. Markel; and her sister, Agnes. She is survived by her son, Drew Markel and his wife, Nina Otero Markel; four grandchildren, Mandie and Michael Evans, Corey Markel, and Courtney De La Rosa; an aunt, Jo Haggartty; and sister Betty Amdie. Many thanks go out to all who have prayed and supported us through this time. With the utmost respect for her wishes cremation has taken place. There are no services scheduled at this time. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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PAGE -- LaVerne A. Page, 87, died Feb. 26, 2004 at Albuquerque Manor, 400 Louisiana NE after care for a stroke some two years before. He had been a resident there four months. La Verne was known as Vern by all. He was born in Charles City, Iowa on May 21, 1916 to Marion LaVern and Rose Jane Simmons Page where they lived on a working farm. After graduation from Finchford Consolidated School, Vern went to Des Moines attending American Technical Institute. He then secured first employment at Oliver Tractor Works in Charles City. Here he meant Donna Pearl Hutton, daughter of Samuel Floyd and Loma Blanche Henry Hutton, who would become his bride and life companion. He moved his family to Minneapolis, MN where he worked at General Mills in manufacturing of World War II armaments, roll correctors and navel torpedoes. At the close of the war Vern moved his family back to the Finchford farm. In 1952 the family moved again, when the farm was sold. Albuquerque provided employment first at ACF, then Gulton and Singer where Vern worked in manufacturing for Government contracts in the atomic energy arena. The family acreage at 145 La Vega Dr. SW provided the land for Vern's joy. He sold his Fresh Valley Garden Produce in Cedar Crest for many years after retirement. Vern's love for hunting and fishing brought him a life-time of pleasure. He was a life member of Hiram Lodge #13 of the Grand Lodge of AF&Am of New Mexico, having first joined the Masonic order in 1942 in Lake Harriett Lodge #277, Minneapolis, MN. He was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star in Janesville, Iowa Equity Chapter #6 and Ballut Abyad Shrine in Albuquerque, NM. LaVerne is survived by his widow Donna and daughter Nancy Carter, son and daughter-in-law Donald and Gayle Page, sister and brother-in-law Florence I and J.D. Thomson, all of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Krista Page of San Diego, CA; and step granddaughters Kyme, Kelly and Kari of Albuquerque, and many nieces and nephews. Sisters, Esther and Dorothy preceded him in death. Memorial Service will be held March 4, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church sanctuary, Rev. Larry Moss presiding, 8600 Academy Rd. NE. Memorial donations may be made to the Wild Life Rescue Inc. of NM, PO Box 13222, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Special thanks to Albuquerque Manor and Direct Cremation Services staff for their kind and responsible services.
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PRAWDZIK -- MSGT Victor S. Prawdzik, Jr. USAF Ret, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, NM since 1957, passed away on Sunday, February 29, 2004. His wife, Carol Grace Prawdzik, preceded him in death in 1983. He is survived by his girlfriend, Esther Young; his sons, Victor S. Prawdzik III and wife, Susan Shaw, Robert Prawdzik and fiance, Betty, David Prawdzik and wife, Karen; his daughters, Debora and husband, Robert Lucero, Denise and husband, David Garcia, June and husband, Dennis Duran; his grandchildren, Kyle, Megan, Robert Jr., David Jr., and Robin Prawdzik, Vanessa, Jennifer and Robert Jr., Lucero, David Jr. and Federico Garcia, Crystal Reyna, Victoria and Nathan Duran; his great-grandchildren, Davon Guerrero and Cisco Gutierrez; his sisters, Bernice Dundon and Ellen Lawrence; his brother, Preston Kelley and wife, Arlene and his best friend, Dave Leathers. Victor served in the military for 28 years and retired in 1972. He had a very busy and active life. He was past commander of the American Legion Post 122 for four years, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 99, District 12 Executive Committeeman, Department Historian for three years, Post 99 Americanism Chairman for three years, Post 99 Executive Committee for three years, SAL member Post 99, Past SAL 1st Vice commander Post 99, Past President of the Zapata Club and Honorary lifetime member , he participated in Boys State Programs for Rio Grande High School, member of TREA, and lifetime member of the VFW and AFSA. Victor was very proud of each and every one of these. He loved his uniform and was so proud to wear it. "Color Guard Military Service" will be held Thursday, March 4, 2004, 2:00 p.m. American Legion Post 99 located at 540 Louisiana Blvd. NE with reception to follow. Dad, we will carry you in our hearts forever. You were such a loving and giving man. Thank you for everything you did. "A friend in me you'll always be. " Love you, always and forever. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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PRESTOPINO -- Josephine P. Prestopino, 96, a resident of Albuquerque for 19 years, was born on September 19, 1907, and died on Saturday, February 28, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris; and son, Kit. She was born in Boston, MA, the only child of Giuseppe and Maria Panzica who were Italian immigrants. She was given the opportunity of an education and graduated from the University of Massachusetts class of 1928, with a degree in education. She married Chris Prestopino in 1934 and enjoyed a successful career teaching sewing in the New York City school system. When she and Chris retired from teaching they enjoyed 12 years together spending winters in Pompano Beach, FL and summers in Montauk, NY. They loved to travel and toured the U.S. and Mexico in their Airstream. They flew around the world but a trip to Italy to visit Italian relatives was a highlight of their travels. She moved to Albuquerque in 1984 after the death of her husband, Chris and continued to be a source of inspiration to her family. She maintained her own home until the age of 91 and her family will always remember her wonderful family dinners. She loved to sew and gave that gift to her daughters. Josephine is survived by her daughters Ann Silva and husband Don, and Rita Newman and husband Bill, and daughter-in-law Nancy Prestopino. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Michael Silva and wife Diane, Peter Silva and wife Kimberly, Steven Silva and wife Angelica, Nicholas De Candia and wife Rhonda, Donald De Candia and partner Marcie, Matt Prestopino, and Julie Prestopino and partner Ryan. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Father Richard Olona, Celebrant. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, March 3, 2004, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Josephine's name to the Cottages Education Fund, 3920 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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RITZ -- Katheryn Marie Ritz, 99, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 11 years, died Saturday, February 28, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Smith of Albuquerque; son, James Michael Ritz and wife, Mary Ann of Litteton, CO; 11 grandchildren, including Mark and Deborah Smith of Albuquerque and Rebecca Valles of Los Angeles, CA; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ritz, sons, George Ritz, Richard Ritz and 13 siblings. Katheryn was born into a pioneer family in Colorado. She grew up in a coal mining camp. Rosary will be recited Thursday, March 4, 2004, 6:00 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Walsenburg, CO. Services will be held Friday, March 5, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment will take place at St. Mary's North Cemetery in Walsenburg, CO. Friends may visit St. Mary's Catholic Church, Thursday, March 4, 2004, 4:00 p.m. until time of Rosary. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. ABQ, NM (505) 275-3500
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ROMERO -- Maria A. Romero passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2004 at the age of 16. Maria is survived by her parents, Robert and Joann Romero; brothers, Jake Romero, Emilio Romero and Rick Sandoval; sisters, Heather Romero, Michelle Romero and Deidre Sanchez; grandparents, Lucy Warner, Roger Romero of Amarillo, TX, and Louie and Luisa Sandoval; god parents, Sarah and Mikey Moulton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends. A Rosary for Maria will be recited on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at Sacred Heart Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rigoberto Rocha, Annajean Garcia, Jackie Sanchez, Jake Romero, Martin Soto and Manuel Sandoval. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW
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