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MATTSON -- Roy Mattson passed away on February 9, 2004. He was born in Floodwood, MN on October 13, 1911. He was the last surviving member of his family. He led a colorful life in the 20s and 30s. He married Edith Jarvi on November 22, 1938; she preceded him in death on October 12, 1988. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was a Master Carpenter, whom Norm Abrams would be envious of. He moved his family to Albuquerque in 1954 where he continued his work in carpentry until he retired and moved to the east mountain area where he liked to be called, "Old man of the mountain." He was an interpreter for a Finnish balloonist at the first Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Survivors are, Dennis Jarvi of Floodwood, MN, Linda and Steve Zimmer of Redding, CA; and children, Rhonda, Steve, Lance and Zabrina, Cheryl Gormally and children, Chris, Collin, Annie, and Kyle of Albuquerque, Jim Gormally of Albuquerque, Carmen and Bob Tressler and sons, Dennis, Cory and Joe of Oakland, MD., Nick Mattson and Cyndi Miller of Ruidoso Downs, NM; several nieces, nephews, cousins; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
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MCNIFF -- Monsignor James I. McNiff, The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Memorial Services. They would also like to express the gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW Alb., NM 87102
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MILLS -- Gregory John Mills, 55, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Greg was born December 26, 1948 the son of Millard and Eugenia Matuszewski Mills in Illinois. He had been a sales representative in the technical services field before his death. Greg loved water, any type, swimming, boating, fishing, you name it, and he would be doing it! He also was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed camping and traveling. His wife Gail even got him to enjoy shopping! He enjoyed eating out, loved Jazz music; the Chicago Bears football, and followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers too. Greg loved his animals, was fun loving, and oh so smart! He was a terrific salesman. He was loved by his family and friends. Greg is survived by his wife Gail; two children; his sister, Tamara Falco; also other family members and friends who dearly loved and admired him. The Visitation will be held today, Saturday, February 14, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Family Room at Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Service for Greg will be today, Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2903 19th Avenue, SE, Rio Rancho, with The Rev. Walter F. Smith III officiating. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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MOORE -- Laura Lee Moore, 58, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2004, at home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gary Moore of Albuquerque; son, Dr. David Moore and wife, Dr. Jenny Halpern of Nashville, TN; daughter, Melissa Taylormoore and husband, Dr. Jonathan Taylormoore of Falls Church, VA; her parents, Jack and Bobbie Sharp of Las Cruces; her two nephews and niece, Jack, Ben and Margaret Knorr of Artesia. Laura Lee was preceded in death by her sister, Debra Sharp Knorr of Artesia. She was dedicated to raising her family and living everyday with vitality and joy. Laura Lee is dearly loved by her family and friends for her sense of humor, integrity, persistence, and passion that she demonstrated by how she lived her life. She graduated from the University of Arizona, and went on to receive her Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico. Laura Lee was active in the Albuquerque community for over 30 years. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, having served as the first female Senior Warden. Laura Lee served on numerous community boards, including as a founding trustee of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, as Chairperson at Albuquerque Academy and as a board member of the Komen Race for the Cure, Samaritan Counseling Foundation, Presbyterian Heart Institute and Chaparral Girl Scout Council. She was president of the Junior League and of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Alumni Association. Laura Lee worked as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Albuquerque Academy over six years, and was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She will be deeply missed by all of those who loved her, but we know that she is at peace and that she is with us in spirit. Services will be held Saturday, February 14, 2004, at 9:00 a.m., at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 318 Silver Avenue SW, with The Very Rev. Alan Dennis, The Very Rev. John Haverland and The Rev. Ken Clark officiating. Entombment will follow at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Laura Lee Moore Endowment for Institutional Advancement at Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109; St. John's Cathedral; or the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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MOREE -- Lillian Russell Moree, 102, a resident of Albuquerque since 1973, died Thursday, January 29, 2004. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 14, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3715 Silver Ave. SE. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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MOSHER -- Joyce L. Mosher, loving mother, and grandmother, went to join the Lord and her husband on February 11, 2004. Joyce was born in Sioux City, Iowa, January 8, 1921. She attended the University of Iowa, where she met her loving husband of 60 years, Don. Joyce graduated with a degree in Physical Education and taught until she and Don moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1949. In addition to raising their four children, Joyce was involved in Girl Scouting, Beta Sigma Phi, Aglow, and her hiking group, the Bar-O (the Bar Nothings). In each of her activities, she enjoyed friendships that lasted her lifetime. Don and Joyce relocated to Albuquerque in 1986 where they continued to stay involved with their children, grandchildren, church and friends. Joyce was a born-again Christian whose walk with the Lord sustained her during her life and into her next life. Joyce was preceded in death by Don on Nov. 15, 2003. She is survived by three daughters, Gail Stearns and husband Jim, of Tulsa, OK, Jan Mosher of Albuquerque, and Donna Mosher of Albuquerque; son, Brian Mosher and wife Toby of Pennsylvania; eleven grandchildren, Cara Stearns-Morris, Jeremy Stearns, Louis, Brandon and Nikki Heckroth, Travis and Lia Mosher, Shawn, Joshua, and Audrey Osborn, Janae Sanders; and four great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 15, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 4601 Juan Tabo NE, with Pastor Jeff A. Lust, officiating. Dedication of the niche will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menual NE. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the charity of their choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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RODRIGUEZ -- Julio Rodriguez, Age 76, passed away on February 12, 2004, He is survived by his Wife Pauline Rodriguez and Sons, Lawrence Rodriguez and wife Dora, Johnny Rodriguez and Daughter Cindy Hernandez and husband Paul, Brothers Micky Rodriguez and wife Carmen and Ramon Rodriguez and wife Virginia, Sisters Mela Baca, Tina Carrillo and husband Frank, Sister-in-law Jessie Rodriguez, Grandchildren, Matthew Rodriguez, Lauren Rodriguez, Ashleigh Hernandez, and Ryan Hernandez. Many Relatives and Friends. A Wake Service will be held on Sunday February 15, 2004 at 7:00pm at Salazar and Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will take place on Monday February 16, 2004 at Valley Gospel Tabernacle service time is pending. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW Alb., NM 87102 (505)247-4124
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RUEB -- Karl B. Rueb, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 45 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret (Peggy); son, Randel Rueb; daughters, Robyn Steele and Rhonda Ristaino, their husbands Walter Steele, David Ristaino; and five grandchildren, Katrina and Kiel Steele, and Andrea, Kaitlyn and Tess Ristaino; niece, Ronelle Kotter; nephews, Bill and Scott White; and brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Shirley White. Karl was born in St. Francis, Kansas on October 14, 1931 to Lydia Fichtner Rueb and William Rueb. He grew up on a farm in western Kansas/eastern Colorado and attended school in both states. Karl graduated from the University of Colorado in 1956, with degrees in engineering, business and education. He was called to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. Karl worked for 38 years at the Department of Energy in Albuquerque, hiring on when it was AEC, and retiring in 1994. Karl has been a long time member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder. Instead of flowers, contributions can be made to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, building fund at 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106. A visitation will be held at Strong-Thorne Mortuary on Friday, February 13, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., family will be present from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to receive friends and family. A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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SOMMERS -- Richard E. Sommers (Uncle Rick), passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 9, 2004. Rick was born on November 26, 1949 in Los Alamos, NM to Robert S. Sommers and Yvonne G. Sommers. Rick was a graduate of Sandia High School. He was a member of Teamsters Local 492 for over 25 years and worked for Navajo, Yellow, and Consolidated Freightways. In 1991, he opened Uncle Rick's Pawn Shop in the North Valley. He operated his business from that time until September of 2003. Rick had two great passions in life - his family and his devotion to being a mason. He was a member of Temple Lodge #6, where he served as Assistant Steward, and Tyler. He was a Charter Member of Sandoval Lodge #82. He was active in the Ballut Abyad Shrine as a member of the Azayim and Loco Patrol where he had just been elected Brakeman. He also was the onion sales chairperson and on the Fez Committee. In all of his endeavors, Rick embodied love, friendship, compassion, and strength. His spirit will forever be missed and admired. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Norma Miera Sommers; daughters, Leann Sommers and Amanda Sommers; parents, Robert and Yvonne Sommers; brother, Sid Sommers and sister-in-law, Jackie, all of Albuquerque; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of San Diego, CA, Bernalillo, Algodones and Las Vegas, NV. According to Rick's wishes, a Masonic service will be held Monday, February 16, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., at the Ballut Abyad Shrine Center, 6600 Zuni Road SE. Honorary pallbearers will be Sid Sommers and brothers-in-law, Duane Oja, Mark Anderson and Vernon Miera; also, Hank Paredes, Joe Hatchitt, Jeff Cohlmia, Michael Steinberg. Family will receive friends at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, February 15, 2004, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name will be accepted at: New Mexico Scottish Rite Foundation, PO Box 2024, Santa Fe, NM, 87504, to benefit the dyslexia fund for children. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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TSYITEE -- LeRoy Tsyitee, 78, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004. He is survived by his brothers, Arthur E. Tsyitee and Kenneth M. Tsyitee, all of Albuquerque; niece, JoAllan E. Tsyitee of Albuquerque; nephews, Edward F. Tsyitee and wife, Susan of Las Vegas, NM, Arthur P. Tsyitee, Kenneth Tsyitee and Sheldon Tsyitee, all of Albuquerque; great-nephews, John K. Redhouse and wife, Rachel of Albuquerque, John C. Tsyitee of Lubbock, TX and Edward F. Tsyitee, Jr. of Virginia; and great-niece, JoAnna Tsyitee. Mr. Tsyitee was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lula Tsyitee; and great-great-nephew, Jonathan Taylor Redhouse. He graduated from Albuquerque High in 1943 and received a BBA from UNM in 1951. Mr. Tsyitee was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Navy, and received the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was Managing Auditor for the New Mexico State Auditors Office for 25 1/ 2 years. Services will be held Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Edward Tsyitee officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be John Redhouse, Edward Tsyitee, JoAllan Tsyitee, Sheldon Tsyitee, Paul Tsyitee and John Christian Tsyitee. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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