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MARTINEZ -- John Lerouge Martinez. John departed this life Monday, April 5, 2004. He was born in La Madera, NM June 24, 1919. His family moved when he was very young and he attended first grade through high school in Alamogordo. He attended Highlands University and taught school in Taos for a year before joining the Navy in 1942. After the war, he lived in Vaughn for a few years before going to work for Senator Dennis Chavez in Washington DC. He worked for Chavez until 1961, when he returned to NM where he served as Asst. Secretary of State in the 1960s. From 1970 to 1975 he was State Adjutant for the Amer. Legion, and from 1976 until his retirement in 1985 he was Personnel Director for Bernalillo County. John was very proud of having served his country during WWII and was a member for 57 years of the American Legion and the DAV. He was a counselor at Boy's State for 30 years. John was also a charter member of BPOE Lodge #2500. In 2002, he and his wife moved to Las Cruces after having lived in Albuquerque for over 30 years. John is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two sons: Dennis and Anthony, four daughters: Bernadette Gregg, Annette Kelly, Michelle Loobey, and Lara Martinez. Also, one sister, Charlotte Chavez, one brother, David and eight grandchildren. Funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Fatima Church where he was a parishioner for over 30 years. Mass will be at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13. His cremains will be interred in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of John LeRouge Martinez to the National World War II Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission, PO Box 96766, Washington DC 20090-6766. Service arrangements are with Graham's Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces, NM.
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MAY -- COLLEEN. The family of Colleen L. May would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Mrs. Eileen Montoya for reciting the Rosary. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MUELLER -- Virginia (Ginny) Rose Mueller, 82, a resident of Corrales, died quietly on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004. Ginny was born July 23, 1921 the daughter of Joseph and Dorene Kortan in Redlands, California. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1939. (She was known in high school as "Corky".) She wed W.J. Mueller (Woody) in 1946. She and Woody raised three children; W.J. Jr. (Butch) born in 1947, who died in Vietnam in 1967; Susan Elaine, born in 1948, died in 2000; and Louise Hutchinson, presently living in Corrales, NM. Woody and Ginny moved their family from California to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1956. In 1963 they relocated to Albuquerque. Ginny worked as an operator at Mountain Bell in the 1970's in Albuquerque. In late 1980, she and Woody moved to Bull Head City, AZ, where she worked for a time with Wal-Mart. She was preceded in death by her husband Woody in 1993, at which time Ginny made her home with daughter Louise in Corrales. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. She is further survived by three grandchildren, Erika Lynn Howell of Albuquerque, Rosalind Hutchinson of Corrales, and Henry Hutchinson of Corrales; one great-granddaughter, Sara Gabriel Howell of Albuquerque; one brother, Malcomb, of California. She was a dedicated homemaker, mother, wife, and friend. A "Gathering" will be celebrated at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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NIETO -- Juanita E. Nieto was born June 24, 1926 in Sile, New Mexico. She passed away peacefully April 7, 2004. Juanita was preceded in death by her mother Isadora Segura and she is survived by her sister Esther V. Segura of Albuquerque who lived with and cared for her; two daughters, Grace Trujeque and husband Gilbert of Albuquerque, Reina Segura and husband Joe of Sile; sister, Dorthy Zamora and husband Horace of Sile; eight grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved and will miss her. Viewing and services will be held at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Sile, NM. A viewing will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 followed by the rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. by Deacon Joe. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, with burial following at the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joey, John, Jacob, Patrick, Gilbert Jr., Paul, Brian and Anthony. Honorary pallbearers will be Horace, Gilbert Sr., A.J., Farid and Augie. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ 505-343-8008.
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PAIRSH -- Thelma Pairsh, a resident of New Mexico since 1910 and of Albuquerque since 1951, passed away March 17, 2004. Her husband of 27 years, Leon, preceded her in death in 1978. The couple had no children, but Thelma leaves behind a brother, Herman Zuber, and sister, Eliesa Ehrlich, both of Turlock, California, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews scattered across the country. Born Thelma Pauline Zuber on December 29, 1905, in Martelle, Iowa, she moved with her family to a farm east of Last Vegas, New Mexico, when she was four years old. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1926, and received a Bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in 1938. An outstanding educator herself, who instilled a love of learning in many students over her long career, she taught in several communities around the state until her retirement in 1971. She was a remarkable woman with a pioneer spirit who will be missed, and remembered with much love and fondness, by all who knew her. A graveside memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 15, at Sunset Memorial Park, located at Edith and Menaul in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember her with a donation to your favorite charity. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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PARKS -- Janie E. Parks, born November 11, 1931 died April 11, 2003. For my beloved sister. Don't weep for me, don't palace a stone, for I'm not here and am no longer alone. I've gone to my eternal rest, God called for me he knows what's best. I'll see you again on a cloud in the sky when Gabriel blows his horn for the Lord on high so don't weep for me, don't place a stone for I'm not there I have gone home. Your loving sister, Pete.
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PEREA -- Juan "Junior" Perea, 23, went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2004. He was born on August 14, 1980 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is survived by his parents, Juan C. Perea Sr. and Rebecca Perea; his son, Carlos Perea; brother, Alex Perea; sisters, Annette Aragon and husband Frank Jr., Angeline Chavez and husband Paul, Amanda Perea, Joanne Perea and Christina Perea; six nephews; six nieces and his girlfriend, Angela Curbow. Juan will be deeply missed by his loving family. Visitations will be held on Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a Prayer Service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the service in the Celebration of Life room also at Garcia Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. also in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Interment will follow at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alex Perea, Frank Aragon, Paul Chavez, Joe Trujillo, Lawrence Cortez and Joseph Trujillo. Donations can be made to the Juan Perea trust fund through Bank of Albuquerque account 7828632155. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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RAYMOND -- Wallace "Ray" Raymond was born on September 11, 1924 and passed away on April 4, 2004 at the age of 79. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. He is survived by many family members,including his son, Robert Raymond; his wife, Robin; grandchildren, Jesse and Rachel; his daughter, Katy Kane; and grandchildren, Heather and Johnny; his daughter, Sharon Raymond; granddaughter, Anne and her husband, Vee Ogden; and great-grandchildren, Marcus and Aaron; and his good friend, Phillip "Marty" Martin. The family would like to give a special thank you to Marty for his friendship and loyalty and the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital for the care provided to him. Private Services will be held.
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RIZEK -- Antoinette Rizek, 86, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, April 9, 2004. Antoinette is survived by her son, Timothy R. Rizek, Sr. and wife Judy, and Stephen A. Rizek and wife Galyanee; grandchildren Randy Rizek and wife Bernadette, Lynnette Hanna and husband Don, Michelle Rizek, Timothy Rizek, Jr. and wife Regina, and Jason Rizek; great-grandchildren Shey, Conner Mae, Quintin, Tristin, Taylor, Haley, and Komal. Antoinette was preceded in death by her husband Steven Rizek in 2000. Antoinette was born in Chicago, IL, and will be laid to rest with her husband, Steven, in Chicago. Antoinette was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her strength, direction, and above all her consideration for others will be greatly missed. She worked for Mountain Bell for 27 years and was an active member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Burial will take place at St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery in Chicago, IL French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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RUSSELL -- Dwight L. Russell, 94,a resident of Albuquerque since 1947, died Thursday, April 8, 2004. He is survived by his son, Duane L. Russell and wife, Paulette; grandson, Jason Russell and granddaughter, Michelle Russell, all of Lawrenceville, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois L. Russell in 1998. Mr. Russell was a dedicated and active member of University Heights United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Albuquerque Central Camp of Gideons and Zia Roamers Chapter of the Good Sam Club in Albuquerque. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Tuesday, April 13, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave. SE, with Rev. Craig R. Mull officiating. Interment of cremated remains will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106 or to the Gideons International, c/o Robert Alvis, 3020 Camino Real Ct. NE, 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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