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JOERGER -- Rev. Jacob J. Joerger, O.P. Father was born in New Mexico a little over 80 years ago and passed away on January 1, 2004. He grew up in "Our Land Of Enchantment". As a young man, Jacob recognized his call to the priesthood and entered the Diocesan Seminary. In 1948 he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which included much of the state of New Mexico. He served 12 years in pastoral positions, including nine years in Dixon, NM. In 1960, he received permission from his Archbishop to transfer to the Dominican Order. His first assignment was at St.Pius Parish, Chicago, IL, serving the growing Mexican community. Later ministeries were in Texas, New Mexico, Minneapolis and Vancouver, Canada. He was also one of the founders of the "Queen of the Americas" Guild. After a year of study in Rome, he served five years on the pastoral staff of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, particularly serving the English-speaking Pilgrims. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Verena Joerger; his brother, Oscar; his sisters, Pia Marie, Mary Casey and Carmen Wood. He is survived by his sisters, Ruth Sadowski, Verena Urbigkiet and Columba Reid; several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were at St . Pius V Church in Chicago, IL on January 5, 2004. Interment was at the Dominican Plot, All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Society for Vocational Support c/o Dominican Provincial Office, 1909 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608.
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LOWE -- Christine (Harless) Lowe, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2003, in Albuquerque at Northeast Heights Medical Center. She is survived by daughter, Jonna; and grandson, Austin of Albuquerque; sisters, Sue Luther and husband, Bill and Mae Brazfield of Mountainair, New Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and customers. Chris was born November 22, 1944, in Socorro County at the Harless Ranch. She grew up and attended school at Mountainair; graduating in 1963. In 1967, she enrolled in barber school in El Paso, Texas, and completed school. In April 1968 she passed the barber exam and was self- employed as a barber for 35 years. Chris was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucille Harless; sisters, Helen and Pelma: brothers, Buddy and Jimmie. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial will be Sunday, January 25, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Mountainair, New Mexico.
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MALDONADO -- Mike L. Maldonado, age 46, peacefully stepped into his everlasting life on Sunday, January 18, 2004. Mikey is survived by his sons, Michael and Robert; his ex-wife, Leanne; his mother, Tina; sister Lulu and husband Joe; his brother Clarence and Julia; his sisters Rose and Christina; his sister-in-law, Gloria; his nephews, Joseph Turrietta and Henry Jr.; his nieces, Joanna and Susie Turrietta, Krystal, Savannah, Andrea, Tania, and his angel here on earth, Shivon Maldonado. He was preceded in death by his brother Henry and his nephew Andrew. Mikey was an avid Denver Broncos fan, with a gentle. loving heart and compassion towards everyone. His jokes and pranks will always be remembered and he will be greatly missed. The Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at Church of The Ascension, 2150 Raymac Rd. SW. The Funeral service will be Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Victory Love Church, 7201 Central Ave. NW with Pastor Bruno and Pastor Jack officiating. Interment will be at Pajarito Cemetery. If you wish, the family requests that any donations be made to Hepatitis C Research. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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MCNAMARA -- William Francis McNamara, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 21, 2004. Born in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, March 19, 1921, he was raised on a small family cattle ranch located between Steamboat Springs and Walden, Colorado. He served in the United States Navy during World War II (Pacific Theater), and in 1948, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado with a degree in mining engineering and as a Registered Professional Engineer. Thereafter, he initially worked with the Corps of Engineers in Wyoming, then with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque until retirement in 1974. He continued work in construction management for Fluor Corporation in California and Wyoming, for Bohannon-Houston in Albuquerque and lastly for the City of Albuquerque, for eight years, until 1986. He had been a member of several organizations, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Colorado School of Mines Alumni. He married Gussie Syme in 1950 in Albuquerque. Immediate family members in Albuquerque are his wife, Gussie Syme; daughter, Gale Lovato and husband, George; son, William Frere McNamara; and grandson, Adrian William McNamara. Immediate family members in Colorado are his sisters, Joan Follett and Patricia Leonard. Services will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Rev. Clyde Stanfield officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made on behalf of William F. McNamara to the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana, 800-544-1213, or on the web, contact, mdff.org. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MCNEELY -- Barbara Carter McNeely, born April 10, 1922, a resident of Albuquerque for 53 years, passed away January 22, 2004. Services pending.
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OLSON -- Anna May W. Olson, born November 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri, passed away January 20, 2004. She is survived by her family including daughter, Kimberley Olson, of Sacramento, CA; son, Reid Olson, and his wife, Monica, grandchildren, Grant and Hannah Olson of Fairbanks, AK; son, David Olson of Albuquerque; brother, Larry Wagner, and wife, Cathy, of Midland, TX; sister, Marilyn Crawford, and husband, Bill, of Little Rock, AR. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their children living in Texas and Arkansas. Anna May and siblings lost their parents early in life. Anna May, the eldest daughter, courageously raised her younger brother and sister, settling in Albuquerque in the mid 1940s. Anna May also raised her three children on her own and will best be remembered for her dedication to her family. To support her family, Anna May worked in the mortgage and loan business in Albuquerque for over 30 years. She was highly respected by her peers where many lasting friendships developed. She loved cooking, painting, playing bridge, Friday night bible study, and keeping in touch with friends and family. She was also active in the Republican Party and the New Mexico Federation of Republican Women. She survived many complex medical conditions and continued to maintain a positive outlook on life. She was an incredible mother, grandmother, sister and friend with a kind soul, huge heart and gentle spirit. A truly beautiful person! She is an inspiration to us all. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the entire staff of Montebello nursing home and Quality Continuum Hospice. A memorial service to celebrate Anna May's life will be held Monday, January 26, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, located at 10101 Montgomery Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Quality Continuum Hospice, or the charity of your choice.
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OTERO -- Betty Otero, 83, a long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2004. She is survived by her son, Terry Otero and wife, Dyann of Green Bay, Wisconsin; daughter, Janice Otero of Albuquerque, NM; and grandchildren, Michelle and Yvonne Otero. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Otero. Betty was a graduate of Albuquerque High School and a local business college. She was an active and talented artist, an avid tennis player and was a founding member of the Tennis Club of Albuquerque. Memorial services will be held Saturday, 4:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment of cremains will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Memorial contributions may be made to Joy Junction, 4500 2nd Street SW, 87105, Habitat for Humanity Greater Albuquerque Office, 4520 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 87109 or the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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RAFFA -- John Brooks Raffa, born January 5, 1935 in Bethesda, MD to Aldo and Joyce Raffa, passed away January 20 at his home in Corrales, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Karen and sister Joy of Deland, Florida. Raffa's father was a colonel in the Air Force and worked for the OSS, spending their early years in Italy. John also served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. John was a major figure in the field of automotive photojournalism, playing a huge role in helping drag racing become a mainstream American activity. From his days as the Managing Editor of Super Stock & Drag Illustrated in MD, through his years as the Publisher of Car Craft Magazine in CA, through his stint as a Senior Editor for the NHRA at National Dragster, Raffa earned an enviable reputation as both teacher and talent spotter. It was under his tutelage that a significant number of today's most widely read and respected writers cut their editorial teeth, including two members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Despite being proud of his MD background, Raffa spent most of his life in CA, where he developed a love and respect for art, ultimately owning and operating galleries in Solvang and Harmony before discovering what would become his life-long passion, Native American and Southwest art. That passion resulted in his opening Santa Fe by the Sea in Ventura, CA. This passion continued when he displayed his own photographs at both Corrales Art Festivals this past summer, a huge milestone for him. Thanks to his support group at Cottage Care Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA, Raffa recently received an award emblematic of his 14-years of sobriety, an honor that joined his recent selection for the 2004 "Founders Award" as part of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame program. In lieu of flowers it was John's wish that his friends continue to support the Drag Racing Association of Women (DRAW), a group dedicated to the financial support of the families of injured competitors. DRAW, 4 Hance Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
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RUCOBO -- Gonzalo Rucobo, born in Zacatecas, Mexico and former resident of the San Francisco Bay area, died January 20, 2004. A civil rights organizer for Chicanos in the San Francisco, California, Bay Area for many years, Gonzalo later worked for the State of California in the capacities of Consultant for the Fair Employment Practices Commission and Deputy Labor Commissioner. Gonzalo was active in the American G.I. Forum, LULAC, LASSO, MECHA, La Raza Unida Party, and La Raza Centro Legal, a nonprofit organization providing legal aid for Hispanics, which he helped found. Gonzalo graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Sociology and Chicano Studies in the late 1960's and received his Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Hall Law School in 1974. Since retiring in Albuquerque five years ago, he has served as stage manager for La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque in eight productions and played a number of acting roles. He performed the voiceover for Senator Dennis Chavez in the video "El Senador." Gonzalo was also an avid songwriter. One of his songs about New Mexico hero Elfego Baca was performed by La Compania in 2003. Another song, "Nuevo Mexico," is an entry in a 2004 New Mexico song competition. Gonzalo is survived by his mother, Maria de la Luz Prieto; his sister, Gloria Taylor; his wife, Bonnie Rucobo; and his four children and their spouses, Monica and Ray Garcia, Michelle and James Mayse, Gonzalo and Lisa Rucobo, and Maria Rucobo. His grandchildren include Danny Torres, Manuel Torres, James Mayse, Phylicia Mayse, Janelle Rucobo, Angelina Rucobo, David Garcia and Maya Garcia. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren and a lilac-headed Amazon parrot. A Memorial Service will be held in El Salon Ortega at the Hispanic Cultural Center on Sunday, January 25, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to La Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque, P.O. Box 884, Albuquerque, NM 87103, and Teatro Nuevo Mexico, P.O. Box 6663, Albuquerque, NM 87197.
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SANCHEZ -- Esmenio (Manuel) Sanchez. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW (505) 247-4124
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