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ARAGON -- Elvira C. Aragon, 73, passed away on went home to the Lord on October 3, 2003. She is survived by Three sons Manuel Aragon Jr., Benny Orona, Donny Blea and wife Crystal; three daughters Betty Ibuado and husband Daniel, Lorraine Ibuado and husband Jorge and Linda Free and husband John; three brothers Daniel Castillo and wife Dulvina, Jose Castillo and Elias Castillo and wife Viola; one sister Dolores Martinez; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her loving family. A Rosary will be recited on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in Valencia, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday also at the church at 10:30 a.m.. Burial will follow at the Valencia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Aragon, Mark Aragon, Medaldo Ibuado, Erick Ibuado, John Free, Armando Marquez Jr., Paul Castilllo and Phillip Castillo. Honorary pallbearer will be Sophia Free. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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BRANSON -- Esther Branson, 82, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, October 3, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Chuck Branson of Albuquerque; daughters, Nancy Martin of Roseville, CA and Kathy Doles and husband Paul of Seattle, WA; son, Tom Branson and wife Carla of Albuquerque, NM; 9 grandchildren, Tammy and partner Donny, Nicholas and wife Casey, Betsy and husband Mike, Meghann, Willy and wife Aimee, Angela and husband Shane, Jeremy, Summer and husband Jim, Cheri and husband Mike; 10 great-grandchildren, Katarina, Jade Corrie, Chris, Aubrianna, Travis, Shea, Nicole, Laura, Brian and Justin; brother, James Herbert Leach and wife Norma of Denver, CO and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Street and brother-in-law, Edwin Street. She was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1921. She served during WWII in the United States Army at Los Alamos, NM. Upon her discharge she moved to Albuquerque. For many years she worked at Lukens Real Estate as a receptionist. She was a beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and played in the hand bell choir for 19 years. A celebration of her life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE, 87111 on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Luther Mathsen and Pastor Russell C. Lee officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, 5736 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 or Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E. Pike, Seattle, WA 98122. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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CALDWELL -- Joshua Michael Caldwell passed away September 30, 2003 in Gainesville, Florida. He was born on December 14, 1982 in Lancaster, California. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Stephanie; grandmother, Ruby Caldwell; aunts and uncles; Janice and Ray Bailey, Stacy and Jim Watkins, Shelly Palmer, Shauna and Kenneth Zaas, Sharon Johnson, Erik and Verna Cook; and 16 cousins. Joshua lived in Albuquerque from 1992 to 2003. He attended and graduated from Sandia High School in 2001. Services will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary Chapel. In memory of Joshua family and friends can make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in his name. French Mortuary Chapel 7121 Wyoming NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 823-9400
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CARLIN -- Elizabeth M. (Betty) died peacefully at home on Thursday, October 2, 2003. She was born on June 18, 1924, in Nashville, TN, to the late Charles and Elizabeth McMurry. She had been a resident of New Mexico for more than forty years. Betty will be remembered especially for her years of dedicated work with mentally-ill patients in hospitals from New Jersey to Oregon. She was honored by the Albuquerque community for her compassionate volunteer service with Lovelace Hospice. Betty believed in people and she practiced unconditional love. She was the center of a large extended family and had many "best friends." Her zest for life made every day an adventure. She was an artist and sculptor, a published poet, an award-winning newspaper food columnist and gourmet cook, an avid gambler, and the hands-on designer/ builder of two different homes. Betty was also a world traveler: from the calm blue Mediterranean Greek Islands to the Perlas Islands of Panama to white water rafting down the Colorado River Gorge. She is survived by her three sons Robert W. Thacher and wife, Kristin, of Sandia Park, NM, R. Mac Thacher and wife, Peggy, of New Lisbon, NJ, James L. Thacher and wife, Jewell Lee, of Kennett Square, PA; grandchildren Jonathan Thacher, Adam Thacher, Joanna Thacher, Lindsey Thacher, and Shannon Thacher; sister Jean M. Crowther and husband Allan; brother William and wife Shige; numerous nieces and nephews; and an extraordinary extended family of loving friends. The family would like to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Lovelace Hospital for their special care and support. Memorial donations may be made to Lovelace Hospice, 5403 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003, at 1:00 PM in the chapel at Sunrise Funeral Options. Arrangements by: Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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DUCH -- Pauline A. Duch, 78, a 13-year resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, October 2, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Norbert S. Duch of Albuquerque; daughter, Deborah Duch of Albuquerque; son, Gregory Duch and wife, Eileen of Morristown, NJ; granddaughter, Lauren Duch of Morristown, NJ; son, Daniel Duch and wife, HeeJoo of Bayonne, NJ; granddaughters, Melanie Duch and Julie Duch, both of Bayonne; son, Joseph Duch and wife, Elisa of Hillsboro, NJ; grandson, Andrew Duch of Hillsboro, NJ; granddaughter, Alison Duch of Hillsboro, NJ; brothers, Alan Forese of Hutchinson, KS, Ray Froese of Auroro, CO, and Wendell Froese of Newkirk, OK. She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Duch and brother, Keith Froese. Mrs. Duch was born in McPherson, KS and graduated from high School in Hutchinson, KS. She married Norbert Duch in 1950 and they lived in Bayonne, NJ for 40 years until moving to Albuquerque. She was a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, October 7, 2003 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 10:30 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, one hour prior to rosary. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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ELLIOTT -- Margaret Elliott long time resident of New Mexico, passed away on October 3, 2003. She was born on October 19, 1915. She grew up on Staten Island N.Y. and worked at Fort Wadswoth as a private secretary to the commanding officer of the post. She is survived by her husband Norris of 57 years; two sister-in-laws, Rita Shields and Doris Shields and twelve nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by three sisters; Anne M. Dennie, Mary E. Pannone, and Kathryn Robinson; three brothers, Francis A. Shields, John P. Shields, and Joseph Shields; one sister-in-law, Annette Shields. She traveled extensively due to her husband's military career and was fluent in French and German. She was an avid painter and enjoyed painting the scenes she viewed throughout her travels with her husband. Visitation for Margaret will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors and Sunday at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors at 5:00 p.m. until the Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2003, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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GARCIA -- Michael David Garcia, 43, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque died Wednesday, October 1, 2003. He is survived by his mother, Carol L. Garcia of Albuquerque; father, Marcos Garcia of Sandia Park, NM; brother, Christopher Robert Garcia of Denver, CO; niece, Cameryn Taylor Garcia of Denver, CO; uncle, Ernest Garcia and wife, Isabel of Delano, CA; aunt, Balbina Baldwin and husband, Ben of Sandia Park, NM; uncles, Ed Garcia of Albuquerque, Magdaleno Garcia and wife, Priscilla of Sandia Park, and Herman Garcia and wife, Lorraine of Albuquerque; and many cousins and friends. Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 5, 2003, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas blvd. Chapel, with Magdaleno Garcia reciting and Virginia Rael, choir director. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at the Mission Church of San Antonito, Hwy 14 North with interment of cremains to follow. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Sunday, October 5, 2003, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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JOYCE -- Frances Docia Joyce, long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away October 4, 2003, after a long illness. She was born on December 30, 1930, in Ralls, Texas. She grew up in lubbock, Texas, before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1951. During the 60's she was very active in Babe Ruth and Connie Mack Baseball. Before retirement , she owned a book store in Rio Rancho and was an avid reader. She was a Baptist by faith. She is survived by her husband, Frank Joyce, who was a longtime KOB Sports Announcer; two son, Ronnie of Albuquerque and Kelly of Rowe, New Mexico; one sister, Mary Winchell and her husband, Howard, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; one brother, Dewey McMillan and his wife, Dot, of Needville, Texas; three grandchildren, Brian Joyce and his wife, Tina of Sterling, Colorado, Kyle Joyce of State College, Pennsylvania, and Chad Joyce of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two great-grandchildren, Dalton and Regan Kate of Sterling, Colorado; and former daughter-in-law, Brenda Joyce. Funeral Services have been scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 8 2003 at the Ballard Chapel. A Baptist Minister will officiate. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery, Roswell, New Mexico. Arrangements will be made by Ballard Funeral Home in Roswell, New Mexico.
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MADSEN -- William Madsen, a resident of Albuquerque for 53 years, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2003. William was the owner and operator of Madsen Carpet Service for 30 years. He enjoyed working around the family home. As a veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marietta Madsen; son, Gary Madsen of Amarillo, TX; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Road NE, Suite 102 Albuquerque, NM 87110. Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. in the The Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MARTINEZ -- Jesusita Martinez, 90, a lifetime resident of New Mexico, died Friday, October 3, 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvino Carriaga and Jacoba Gutierrez-Carriaga. Mrs. Martinez was also preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo Martinez in 1990 and her son, Guillermo "Billy" Martinez in 1998. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Elizabeth Martinez, Edna Martinez Schroeder and Marie Trujillo; a granddaughter, Ana Schroeder; sisters, Virginia C. Casares and Sarah Grimm, all of Albuquerque; a special niece, Veronica Trujillo, many other nieces and nephews of the Carriaga family, special friend Renee Wood and son in-law, Henry Schroeder. Mrs. Martinez was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a long-time member of El Buen Samaritano Methodist Church where she was active in Las Mujeres Methodistas and where she taught Children's Sunday School for many years. A prayer service will be held Monday, 7:00 p.m. at El Buen Samaritano Methodist Church. Services will be held Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at El Buen Samaritano Methodist Church, 700 Granite NW, with Pastor Jesus Bermudez officiating. Friends may visit Monday, a half an hour prior to the prayer service. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Rosina Finley for providing great care for their mother. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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