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SCHNEIDER -- Charles L. Schneider, Jr., of Walter St SE, died Sunday, March 21, 2004 at Manor Care Sandia, Albuq, NM after a short illness. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 2, 1950. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Charles L. Schneider and Ruby M. Schneider, a.k.a. Dr. Ruby M. Engstrom. He is survived by his sisters, Anna Schneider and Maria Kuznia, four nephews and a niece. Memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 820 Broadway SE, Albuq, NM. Donations may be made to NAMI, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
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SHIPE -- Rolland W. Shipe, born on April 24, 1921 in Guernsey County, Ohio, passed away on March 23, 2004. Mr. Shipe was a resident of New Mexico since 1950 and had lived in Albuquerque since 1987. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, George Shipe and wife, Irene, Dorothy Hart and husband, John, Thomas Shipe, Patricia Sanders and several nieces and nephews of Ohio. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Robyn Morrow of Portland, OR, Robert Morrow and wife, Lisa of Colorado Springs, CO, Janice Pettine and husband, Henry of Albuquerque, NM, and Gayle Criswell and husband, John of Albuquerque and by five grandchildren, Carlo and Dominic Pettine, Lindsey Wise, and Liz and Alex Morrow. Mr. Shipe married Lucille Morrow in 1987 and was previously married to Francis Shipe, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Shipe served in the U.S. Army in 1944 and 1945, had a distinguished 30 year career in education, and retired in 1980 from New Mexico State University as the Director of Admissions. He traveled extensively throughout the state during his career, then throughout the United States during his early retirement. His travels, his love for reading, and his good memory made him a great resource. Rolland "Red" Shipe will be remembered for his good natured humor, gentleness, appreciative spirit, and willingness to help others. Those who knew Red in his later years will not be able to picture him without a book or a news magazine in his hands. Memorial Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004 at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE with Pastor Rick Donaho of New Covenant Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army at PO Box 27690, Albuquerque, NM 87125 or a charity of your choice. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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STAPLETON -- Michael David Stapleton, 18, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on March 24, 2004. Michael is the beloved son to Penny Theresa Stapleton. Michael is also survived by a sister, Shaunteill; a brother, Raeshaun; aunts, Bridget and Pansy Stapleton; uncles, Daniel, Joseph and Jon Stapleton, Leon and Judy Visnaw; a nephew, Anthony Shaun Stapleton; cousins, Jessica, Brandon, Joseph, Jon Donald Stapleton; second cousins, Dominique, Justina and Breanah and many loving friends. Michael was a member of the Catholic Church. A visitation will be Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac SW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A final visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:30am until 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Ascension with a Communion Service to be held at 10:00 a.m. by Deacon Bill Hoefler. Interment will follow at the Pajarito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Jon, Joseph, Raeshaun Stapleton, Tom Bills, Roberto Roibal and Fidel Garcia. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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TIBBETTS -- Kenneth W. Tibbetts, 75, a resident of Belen, passed away on March 25, 2004. He was a retired Sr. Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Kenneth was born on February 5, 1929 in Rockland, Massachusetts. He married Billie June Lockhart on October 3, 1947. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1967 he and Billie June moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico for several years before moving to Stonewall, Colorado where they were members of the Stonewall Community Church, until they moved to Belen, New Mexico in 2002. Kenneth was a loving and dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Billie June of Belen; two daughters, Judy and her husband, Doug Pollard, Diana and her husband, Bruce Westendorf; one son, Jerry Tibbetts and his wife, Tara; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. All of his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support especially during these last few weeks. All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Please call Romero Funeral Home for service times, 864-8501.
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VIGIL -- Mr. Erminio G. Vigil. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during their recent loss. Special thanks to those who accompanied the family at the Rosary and Funeral Mass; those whom sent the beautiful floral tributes, cards, food and spiritual support. Your kindness will always be remembered. Funeral services were entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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WILLIAMS -- Argentine "Reine" Williams, 68, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, in Albuquerque. The employee of French Riviera Bakery for 12 years was the daughter of Guilliame Jacque Chabot and Marie Susan Favard and was born in France Jan. 15, 1936. The Visitation will be held today, Friday, March 26, 2004 from 4 PM to 8 PM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with the Funeral Service on Saturday, March 27, 2004, at 2 p.m. in Vista Verde Mortuary Chapel. Entombment will follow in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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WRIGHT -- Jo Meda Wright, 69, longtime resident of Bosque Farms, quietly passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2004. Jo Meda was born in Wapanucka, OK on August 2, 1934. She moved to Bosque Farms in 1965 with her husband William to raise a family. Jo Meda loved sports and could always be found in the stands or on the sideline of her children's ballgames as they grew up. She carried on her love of sports faithfully following her grandchildren to their games and other events. It was on a rare occasion when she could not travel to a game from the early 1970's until now. When no one else was there to cheer the team she was always there. She loved to spend time with family and friends. Her favorite spot was in the Rocky Mountains on the San Juan river in Colorado, a place her and her husband have had for years. She loved to fish and could often be found quietly fishing by herself on the bank of a lake or in the middle of a stream. She was a devoted wife and mother and spent her life as a homemaker providing for and taking care of her family and grandchildren. She was a friend to so many and will be missed by all. She was preceded in death by her father Hollis Faulkenberry of Coalgate, OK. She is survived by her mother Doris Faulkenberry of Coalgate, OK; husband of 51 years, William Wright of Bosque Farms; son, Larry and his wife, Elizabeth of Bosque Farms; daughter, Shellie of Bosque Farms; grandchildren, Landon, Lucas and Lauriel of Bosque Farms; brother, Danny Faulkenberry and his wife, Margaret of Bella Vista, AR; and many brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2004. Friends may visit 10:00 a.m. for a pre-service viewing. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Lovelace Hospice Program, 5403 Gibson Blvd. SE, Siesta Hills, Bldg. 1, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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APPELMAN -- Ruby Virginia Appelman, 73 passed away peacefully on March 21, 2004. Ruby was born April 17, 1930 in Majorsville, West Virginia. She has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1970 where her love and passion for family, friends and life showed levels of greatness. She is survived by her two sons, Wayne Scott Appelman and his wife, Elizabeth and Jonathon Guy Appelman and his wife, Michelle, all of Albuquerque. Scott and Liz own Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company in Albuquerque, and Guy is the Executive Director for the New Mexico Independent Automobile Dealers Association, and Michelle is a designer for Compa Industries, a contractor to Sandia National Labs. Ruby was a heaven sent Grandmother to James Ryan and Nicole Theresa Appelman. She was a loving sister to her siblings, Ray Gittings and his wife Joyce, and Norma Kraft and her husband, Bud, Betty Greta, deceased, Nancy Gittings, deceased, Marcella Gittings, deceased, Alley Gittings, deceased. Her Mother, Hazel Gittings and Father, Guy Gittings, would be overrun with pride of her devotion to family. She lived to make her family and friends smile. Ruby was elected to the NM State Legislature for three terms from 1975 to 1980. She served the people of District 20 and the citizens of New Mexico on numerous committees including; education and voters and elections. Ruby was appointed to serve on the National Education Committee in Washington D.C. In addition to her love for politics, she was an active and productive businesswoman working in the construction industry with her family at Academy Plumbing of Albuquerque in the 1970's. She then worked in Real Estate doing sales and property management of commercial buildings and apartments for the past two decades both in California and New Mexico. Her passion for the political arena and involvement in the community of New Mexico knew no limits. She was active and happy until her untimely death. Ruby's zest for life will be missed, but never forgotten. She lived a rich and fulfilling life and was an inspiration for all to enjoy and to aspire to. For this reason the family is setting up a Memorial Scholarship Fund for New Mexico Girls State. New Mexico Girls State is a practical application of Americanism, God and Country, and good citizenship, designed to educate the youth of New Mexico in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of true American Citizenship; and to inspire and instill a deep sense of personal responsibility and obligation that citizenship entails. The Appelman Family would like to thank the staff of the Heart Hospital of Albuquerque for their compassion and professionalism. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004 in the Palm Chapel. Arrangements are in the care of: Strong Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal SE, Alb. NM 87106, 505-842-8800 There will be an open house following the services at 11520 San Bernardino NE. All are welcome to celebrate the life of a beautiful lady. In lieu of flowers donation are being made to the Ruby V. Appelman Memorial Fund at First State Bank NM.
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BENEDICT -- Dutch Benedict, 79, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Louise Benedict; daughter, Terry; son, Carson; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and four stepchildren, Jean, Betty, Woody, and Charlotte. Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 25, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at Los Colinas, 500 Paisano NE, with Pastor Edward Kibbee officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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DREZ -- Paul Edward Drez, 56, passed away in hospice with family by his side on Saturday, March 20th at 4:30 p.m. Paul was born September 6, 1947 in New Orleans. Paul is survived by his wife, Nancy Drez; daughter, Kathleen Rahman and her husband, JR, of Minneapolis; daughter, Jennifer Kardos and her husband, Joe, of Albuquerque; parents, Peter and Marie Drez of Voorhees, NJ; brother, Pete Drez and his wife, Margie, of New Bern, NC; sister, Marie Werner and her husband, Stan, of Berlin, NJ; Paul and his family moved to Albuquerque in 1986, where he worked as an Environmental Consultant. As hobbies, Paul enjoyed collecting fossils and growing plants. A rosary vigil will be held at Strong-Thorne Mortuary on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday March 25, at the Aquinas Newman Center on UNM Campus. Parking will be available in the C-lot & T-lot. The family will hold a private burial on Friday, March 26. Donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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