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GRIEGO -- Mr. Jose (Tito) M. Griego, 75, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on January 27, 2004. Mr. Griego is survived by one daughter, Margie Cruz and husband, Armando; two sons, Orlando Griego and wife, Gloria, Eloy Griego and wife, Marie; the mother of his children, Bertha Hernandez; three sisters, Isabel Perea, Juanita Lopez and husband, Orlando and Loretta Vigil; four brothers, Benny Baca and wife, Flaviola, Alex Baca and wife, Lydia, Leroy Griego and wife, Marian and Rosendo Griego and wife, Janet; eleven grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; a special cousin, Catalina Sanchez; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Griego was a member of the Catholic Church and a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. Visitation will be Thursday 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. Final visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family by a Franciscan Friar. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Eloy Griego Jr., Eddie Griego, Eric Griego, Daniel Griego, Dominic Vigil and Johnny Vigil. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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HEIDER -- Linda R. Heider, 64, born in Buffalo, New York and a resident of Albuquerque since 1978, passed away on January 24, 2004. Linda worked for APS as a Cafeteria Manager until she retired on 1999. Linda was totally devoted to her family and always put everyone's happiness before her own. Linda is survived by "her girls" Karen Shanklin and Kristen Kissinger, their husbands, Lawson Shanklin and Joseph Kissinger and four loving grandchildren that will miss her greatly, Neil Shanklin, Julie Shanklin, Justin Kissinger and Audriana Berg; sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Charles Milks of Albuquerque; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joseph Beato of Buffalo, New York. Memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, Coors Rd NW and Paseo del Norte. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of New Mexico, 216 Truman NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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HORTON -- Rita Shook Horton, 85, a resident of New Mexico since 1930 and of the Estancia Valley since 1937, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2004. She is survived by her children, Rita Loy Simmons, Sharron Geilenfeldt and husband, Richard, Tom Horton,Jr; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends. Services will be held Saturday, January 31, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Mountain Valley Cemetery in Barton, NM. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, January 30, 2004, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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JANETAKOS -- Niki Manolakou Janetakos, 90, a resident of Albuquerque since 1938 passed away January 25, 2004. She was born on April 20, 1913 in the idyllic town of Gythion, Port of Sparta, in Southern Greece. She attended school in Gythion, and the University of Athens. In 1938 she married her late husband, William, from Albuquerque who was visiting his native country with the Greek American organization AHEPA. In September 1938 they came and settled in Albuquerque where their only child was born. She had many friends who she was proud of. Her family was one of the few Greek-American families in Albuquerque who founded the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in the early 1940's. She was a member of the Philoptohs Society (Friends of the Poor), the Church Women United, the YWCA, and other charitable organizations. She is survived by her son George of Albuquerque; sister-in-law Olympia Manolakos of Athens, Greece; niece Maria Gregori and her husband Enrico of Florence, Italy; many other beloved relatives and friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday January 29, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Trisagion will follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday January 30, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High SE, Fr. Mario Giannopoulos Officiant Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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KERSEY -- Jimmy G. Kersey, passed away January 20, 2004 after a long battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charlotte of the family home; Sons, Andy and wife, Kathy, Mike and girlfriend, Cindi, Jeff and wife, Rebecca; daughters, Kelly, Tracy and Sharon; 15 grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters; and many other family members.
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KUEFFNER -- Wilbert Kueffner, 84, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2004. He was born March 21, 1919 in Cincinnati, OH where he lived most of his life, moving to Dumas, TX in 1990 and in 1994 to Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of 62 years, two daughters, Lynn Potts and husband, Bill of Cincinnati, OH, and Eileen Sierra and husband, Pete, of Albuquerque, one son, Fred Kueffner and wife, Bonnie of Longmont, CO and grandson Orion Kueffner and step grandson Ryan Sierra and wife Kelly and children Carter and Chandler Radzka of Albuquerque. He joins his mother, Elsie, and father, Andrew Kueffner and his grandson, Liam Kueffner in Heaven. He was a watchmaker for Gruen Watch Company in Cincinnati before owning his own business, Kueffner Jewelers in Cincinnati for 25 years. He worked in Albuquerque as a silversmith until his recent death. He was an accomplished musician, studying violin in grade school and becoming a concert violinist and concert meister in high school. He later played bass for the Cecil Young Orchestra in Cincinnati. He was a man of great faith, using his music in Glory to Jesus. He was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, and later, Faith Fellowship Ministries in Cincinnati and recently, Christian Freedom Church in Albuquerque. He was a loving husband, son, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. at Albuquerque Bible Church, 320 Montano, NW with Rev. Lavenial R. Ballinger, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Uttermost Missions, 1232 West Kemper, #179, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240 to further Missionary work in Zimbabwe, or to the charity of ones choice.
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LAJEUNESSE -- Henry LaJeunesse, 29, beloved son, husband, father and brother passed away on January 25, 2004. He was preceded in death by his father, Chris LaJeunesse on December 2, 2003. He will be deeply missed by his wife of nine years, Denise; sons, Christopher and Billy; and daughter, Savannah; mother, Kathy; brothers, Felix and Jesse; sister, Lisa Acuna and husband, Manuel; nieces, Melissa, Melanie; and Godson, Toby Acuna; and great-nephew, Elyjah Vo. A viewing will be held for friends and family at Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St., Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, January 30, 2004, 7:00 p.m., at San Felipe-de-Neri Church in Old Town. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Manzano, NM, Saturday, January 31, 2004, 10:30 a.m. with burial to follow.
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LEONARD -- Helen Leonard, 99, died Monday, January 26, 2004. She was born April 12, 1904 in Aurelia, Iowa. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Bill Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Leonard and daughter, Lou Ann Pawlik. Mrs. Leonard graduated from Iowa State Teachers College and had a private kindergarten in Albuquerque for many years. She and her husband retired to Tempe, AZ in the early 70's. She returned to Albuquerque four years ago to be with her daughter and family. She is also survived by her sister, Gladys in Flint, MI and six grandchildren; Patrick Sullivan and wife, Cori, Bridget Self and husband, Paul, John Balthes, Richard Balthes, Jeannie Kating, and David Balthes. She had 18 great-grandchildren. Two nieces also survive her, Janice Matthews and Kristin Hogge. She was a beautiful and dignified mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Private burial will take place in Cherokee, Iowa. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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LEYBA -- Victor Jose Leyba went home today January 24, 2004 after a long illness. He was born October 29, 1939 in Pena Blanca, NM to his loving parents, Manuel and Delfina Leyba of Albuquerque. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Manuel and Matthew Leyba; and son, Grant Estrada. He is survived by his wife, Tommie Leyba of San Luis, NM; and sons, Lee, Paul, Duane, Manuel, Allan and Victor Jr.; daughters, Loretta and husband, Ernest Madrid of Las Vegas, NV, Cynthia and fiance, Eric Gallegos of Albuquerque and Debbie of Colorado. also surviving are his extended children, Charlie, Ernie, Ruby, and Rebecca Garcia, Ernie Sandoval, Leroy, Candelaria, Antoinette Mauricio, Carla, Monique, Michael and Junior; 11 grandsons; and nine granddaughters. He also leaves behind his brothers, Eugene Leyba and wife, Rena, Lawrence, Johnny, and Alfred Leyba; sisters, Charlene and husband, Richard Montoya all of Albuquerque, Barbara and husband, Mike of Oregon; several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and special friends. A special mention of his father and mother-in-law, Mariano and Josie Valencia and all the Valencia family of Bernalillo, NM. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Victory Out Reach, 933 Sunset Rd. SW. Honorary pallbearers are Archie and Richard (Dickie) Valencia of Bernalillo.
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LOVATO -- Tiburcio Lovato Jr. "T.B", 64, beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle died Sunday, January 25, 2004, in a local hospital. He is survived by his sons, Tiburcio Lovato III "JR.", Anthony Sandoval and wife Irene, Marcos Sandoval and Anthony Lovato and family; daughters, Yolanda Salsedo of Tracy, CA and Yvonne Lovato of Freemont, CA and several grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Tony G. Lovato and wife Marilyn; stepmother, Mary Lovato; several half brothers and sisters; former spouse, Maria Elena Aragon; his aunt and uncle, Agnes and Joe Ferrer of Oakland, CA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa; father, Tiburcio Lovato Sr.; mother, Genarita Lovato Ortiz; sister, Bernice Gutierrez; brothers, Edwin, Placido, Raul and James. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and all who knew and loved him. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with refreshments to follow in the Celebration of Life Room also at Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jude Lovato, Patrick Lovato, David Lovato, Charlie Lucero, Danny Sandoval and Ernie Lopez. Honorary pallbearers will be Delfy Aragon, Jerry Lovato, Ramon Segura and Frankie Lopez. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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