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JARAMILLO SR. -- Jack Jaramillo Sr. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind , supportive and helpful during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Services were in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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LOFTIN -- Thelma Lois Loftin, 81, known as "Tee," a journalist and author who was a writer at the National Geographic Society, died of congestive heart failure on December 21 at her home in Santa Fe, NM. Ms. Loftin wrote the books Westward Go! (2000) and Contest for a Capital (1989), transcribed and edited Staying Alive in Alaska's Wild by Andy Nault (1980), and created maps of Washington, DC as it was in 1800 and in 1865. She published these through her company, Tee Loftin Publishers, as well as publishing the English edition of Irene?Peace (1979), a children's adaptation of the Aristophanes play, written and illustrated by Sophia Zarambouka. A native of Kinston, NC, Ms. Loftin held a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri (1942) and an M.A. in Journalism from American University in Washington, DC (1965). Ms. Loftin began her career as a writer for radio (KBWD in Brownwood, TX and KMOX in St. Louis, IL). In 1947 she moved to the Washington area, where her early positions included Washington Correspondent for the Kinston Daily Free Press, Press Assistant for Congressman Charles R. Jonas (R-NC), and Editor for the National Academy of Engineering. During the 1960's she was involved in television productions including the quiz show "It's Academic" (WRC-TV), and originated the children's television show "Claire and Coco," which was on the air from 1965-69 (WMAL-TV). She was also an active volunteer for the American Field Service and for the Washington, DC Parent Teacher Association, which awarded her a life membership. From 1967 until her retirement in 1987, Ms. Loftin worked at the National Geographic Society, as a Researcher and then Staff Writer in the Special Publications Division, and briefly for World Magazine. She wrote the book The Wild Shores: America's Beginnings (1974) and chapters for about a dozen other books published by the NGS. In researching the material for these books she traveled extensively and made friends around the world. Beginning in 1992 Ms. Loftin lived in Santa Fe, NM, where she developed a wide circle of friends. She was a member of the Unitarian Church and served on the Board of the Santa Fe Playhouse. Her husband from 1944 until their divorce in 1976, Edwin M. Snell, died in 1994. Survivors include two children, Suzanne Snell Tesh of Bethesda, MD, and James L. Snell of Seattle, WA; a brother, Leonard Loftin of Warsaw, NC; and three grandchildren. Memorials will be held in Santa Fe, NM on January 10, 2003; Kinston, NC on January 17, 2003; and Washington, DC on January 24, 2003. Email jsnell@acm.org for details.
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MARTINEZ -- Pauline Martinez, 64, went home to the Lord on December 26, 2003. Visitations for Mrs. Martinez will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Eighth Street Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. also in the Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at the Fairview Memorial Park. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MENDOZA -- Brenda Mendoza, 10, went home to be with the Lord on December 27, 2003. She was born on September 4, 1993 in Chihuahua, Mexico. A rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the San Jose Catholic Church. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MOORE -- Russell Moore, 72, an Albuquerque lawyer for over 45 years, died December 19, 2003 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW, Albuquerque, on Friday, January 2, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to either Jardin de Los Ninos Gabriel Mistral, Bucerias, Nayarit, MX c/o New Mexico Bank and Trust, Attn: Greg Leyendecker, 320 Gold SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or Hogares, 1218 Griegos Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
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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 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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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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VALDEZ -- Mr. Luis J. Valdez, a resident of Fort Sumner, New Mexico moved to Albuquerque in 1981 passed away on December 28, 2003. Mr. Valdez is survived by his one sister, Esther V. Garcia; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Valdez was a member of the Catholic Church and a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. A Visitation for Mr. Valdez will be Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Juan Sandoval. A final visitation will be Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by a Franciscan Friar. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Deacon Juan Martinez will do the Committal Service with Military Honors by the D.A.V. Chapter #3. Pallbearers will be, Ernie Otero, Jessie Otero, Michael Trujillo, Leroy Nieto, Ray Nieto and Marcos Nieto. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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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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