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PICKERING -- Gudrun Gisela (Gundi) Pickering, 75, died peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2003 after a two-month struggle against cancer. Gundi was born on July 2, 1928 in the German state of Saxony. She was brought to Philadelphia at the age of two by her parents, William and Emmi Rest. Gundi is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Maylin Pickering; two sons, David Maylin of Pittsburgh and Philip Rest of San Francisco, CA; one grandson, Bryan of San Francisco. Gundi and her husband chose Albuquerque for their retirement 12 years ago. She retired as a reading specialist in the Abington Heights School District of northeastern Pennsylvania while residing in Waverly. Gundi began her career as a bacteriologist after receiving a B.S. degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She was employed successively at a pharmaceutical company, a hospital laboratory, and the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York City. While at Rockefeller, Gundi earned a teaching certificate at the Bank Street College of Education and began teaching. In step with her husband's career in book publishing, Gundi taught at elementary schools in New York City, San Francisco, and finally northeastern Pennsylvania. While at the third location, she earned an M.S. in reading improvement at the University of Scranton and was appointed a reading specialist. She attended a summer session at the University of New Mexico in 1979. Gundi chose to abstain from employment for eight years while her two sons were reaching school age. She always participated in teachers' organizations and in civic affairs, especially in support of art, music, and animal protection. While her health permitted, she was active in the Friends of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Interment will be at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, PA in December. A Memorial Service will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 4:00 p.m. on November 25, 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA.
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POPER -- Ruth Esther Poper, 90, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003. She is survived by one son, Lee Poper and wife, Tina of Corrales; three daughters, Ruby Kolb and husband, Russell of Spring City, PA, Joan Frey and husband, Paul of Santa Fe and Shirley Camilli and husband, Jerry of Corrales; daughter-in-law, Arlene Miller and husband, Levi; 11 grandsons; six granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; two brothers, Charles Swartz and wife, Shirley and Samuel Swartz and wife, Phyllis; and two sisters, Millie Davis and husband, Paul and Edith Landis and husband, Bob. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus; son, Richard Poper; and grandson, Kenny Poper. Mrs. Poper was a member of Sandia Brethren in Christ Mennonite Church. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2003, at 3:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Dr. Marion J. Heisey officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Horacio Frey, Jeremy Poper, Jacob Poper, Garrett Poper, Brandon Camilli and Austin Poper. Honorary pallbearers will be Kade Poper, Graden Poper, Ryan Beach and Justin Camilli. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, November 21, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth Poper to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Inc., PO Box 351, 87103. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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RAKER -- Jenny Marguerite Raker, 87, a New Mexico resident since 1954, passed away on November 18, 2003. She is preceded in death by husband, Lyle D. Raker Sr., January 8, 1986. She is survived by three sons, Lyle D. Raker Jr. and wife, Janda of Amarillo, TX; Richard Eugene Raker and wife, Elizabeth of Redding, CA; John Robert Raker and wife, Lorraine of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, John Bennett of Hutchinson, KS; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marguerite was a member of the Desert Rose Chapter O.E.S., and a member of St. Johns Methodist Church. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. until the time of service in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Services will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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RECK -- James John (Jim) Reck, 88, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by members of his loving family, on Tuesday, November 18, 2003. He is survived by his beloved wife, Leona Reck; daughters, Karen Reck and husband, Paul Akmajian and Terri Reck and husband, Fred S. Sturm; grandchildren, Franz Sturm, Lora Sturm, Adrianne Akmajian and Kira Akmajian; niece, Linda Nollen and husband, Rick; grandniece, Crystalyn Hicks; sisters, Louise Quinlan of California, Sue Gates of Idaho; and brother, Julian Reck of California; cousins, Jo Sena and Frank Comiskey of Albuquerque, and Tom Beales of Illinois; as well as many other members of a large extended family, good friends and neighbors. Jim was born April 9, 1915 in Wilberton, Oklahoma, to Petrina Comiskey and Angelo Pete Reck. He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank A. Reck and wife, Pat E. (Kulcsar) Reck; nephew, James Frank Reck; his mother, Petrina Romero and stepfather, Ignacio Romero; and father, Angelo Reck and stepmother, Elizabeth Reck. In 1924, Jim's family moved to the mining towns of Cerrillos and Madrid, NM. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. Following the war he moved to Albuquerque, where he met and married Leona Kulcsar in 1950. They purchased their home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, living there happily together for 53 years. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in 1980, where he was employed for 32 years, heading the electronics shop and electronics apprenticeship program. He was a member for 46 years at the American Legion Post 13. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends. He also enjoyed crosswords, card games, reading, music and art, especially the performances and works of his grandchildren, daughters and son-in-laws. His love for the natural beauty of New Mexico, and above all, his love for his family, are his lasting legacy to us. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE, with Pastor Beth Purdum officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Reception at the church following interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE, 87112. The family wishes to thank Jim's many caregivers over the past year, especially Judy Garduno, and our loving friends who continue to give their support . French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ROMERO -- Mr. Florencio A. Romero. A final visitation will be Friday morning at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Father Gino. Interment will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph Chavez, Andrew Sandoval, Rudy Sandoval, Berdine Sandoval, Gilbert Romero and Arnold Marquez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Leonard Romero and Fidel Romero. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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ROMERO -- Teresita Romero. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 21, 2003 at Immaculate Conception Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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SCHULTZ -- Elmina Schultz, 94, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2003. She is survived by her son, Paul and his wife, Carol; and by her grandchildren, Debra, David and Brandon Shultz as well as Kory Lock. Four great grandchildren also survive Elmina. Private services will be held at Aspen Funeral Alternatives. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE 323-9000
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SINKEY -- Boyd W. "Bud" Sinkey of Los Lunas, NM died November 19, 2003 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on January 7, 1935 in Cherokee, IA. He was a funeral director with Crestview, Alameda, Strong-Thorne and Fitzgerald Mortuaries in Albuquerque, Tse Bonito and Cope in Gallup. He is survived by his wife, Dottie Sinkey of Los Lunas, NM; three sons, Greg Sinkey of Tampa, FL, Tim Sinkey of New Port Richey, FL, and Kevin Sinkey of Albuquerque; daughter, Dawn Drye of Clearwater, FL; two granddaughters and one great grandson. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2003 at Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 24 in Chapel of Sunrise with Pastor Tom Undiene officiating, followed by burial at 1:00 p.m. in Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Place NE, Suite 120, 87110. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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SMITH -- Cindy Smith, 47, longtime Albuquerque resident died in her sleep Wednesday, November 19, 2003. She is survived by her life partner, Chris Vento of Albuquerque; her four children, John, Tanya, Kelly and Anthony; her sister, Christi Bond of Minnesota and brother, Bob Smith of Wisconsin and their families; her uncle and his family in Kansas; her lifelong friend Susie Parlier; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by mother, Annie Catherine (Lindsay); father, Robert Lee Smith; and sister, Stacey Smith. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2003 at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque at 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE. Funeral arrangements to be handled by Fitzgerald & Sons at 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE phone 884-1188. Visitation/viewing is at the Unitarian Church to begin at 1:30 p.m. and Memorial Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, November 25, 2003. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Cindy S. Smith Memorial Fund at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, 1801 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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SPAULDING -- M. Virginia Spaulding, 90, a resident of Albuquerque for over 60 years, died Thursday, November 13, 2003. Her husband, Fred Spaulding, preceded her in death. Her brothers, Francis Lee Beltz, Walter Leroy Beltz, and Jack Hubert Beltz also preceded her in death as well as her sister Lillian Genevieve Myers. Her family was instrumental in the railroad industry in Kansas and was at the forefront of westward expansion. They moved to Albuquerque in the late 1940's due to illness from tuberculosis . Virginia also survived the polio epidemic. While she never had any children of her own, she became "Aunt Ginny" to many children. She was a member of Grace Bible Church and was very involved in Native American Missions in New Mexico. She is survived by the following members; Roy Gene Beltz, Raymond Erickson, Jerry Lee Spaulding and Nelson Spaulding. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, with Pastor Don Wilson, officiating. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, November 21, 2003, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Missions Fund, 8600 Academy NE, 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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