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HOEBERLING -- Mark William Hoeberling, 43, a resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, December 8, 2003, of respiratory failure after 27 courageous years living as a complete quadraplegic following a trampoline accident in 1976. He was born April 24, 1960 in Detroit, MI and moved to Albuquerque in 1971. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Marie Hoeberling of Hazel Park, MI and Waldo and Rose Long of Albuquerque; father, Robert W. Hoeberling of Albuquerque; uncle and aunt, Ernest and Marion Koch of Waterford, MI; and nephew, Reece Nord of Albuquerque. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie G. Hoeberling; three sisters, Cynthia Chapman and husband, Paul, Barbara Nord and husband, Michael, Susan Wolf and husband, Greg; nephews, Jesse and Shea Nord; nieces, Lauren and Ashley Chapman and Mikaela and Madison Wolf. A memorial service celebrating his new life will be held Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 4:00 p.m., at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy NE, officiated by Pastor Larry Moss, Dr. Ron McConnell and Pastor Don Wilson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosanna-Faith Comes by Hearing, 2421 Aztec Road NE, Albuquerque 87107 and the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Road NE, Albuquerque 87110. We love you and miss you already. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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HUGHES -- Ann Florence (Niese) Hughes, born in Seattle, WA died of natural causes at Pacific Coast Health Care Center, Salinas, CA on December 3, 2003. She was student body president and crowned War-Bonds Queen of Seattle during World War II. For many years she was active in women's apparel business beginning with I. Magnin. She later owned and operated Ann's Naturally in Albuquerque, NM. Mrs. Hughes moved to Pacific Grove, CA in the 1980s where she worked in Gerry Verga's dress shop on Cannery Row. She also managed the Poppy Hills Golf Course (Northern California Golf Association) pro shop-clothing department which was ranked among the top 100 in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine. Later she managed Elizabeth Simmons dress shop in the Crossroads, Center, Carmel, CA. In 1989, she married Bernard W. Hughes of Pebble Beach. The couple moved to Sedona, AZ and spent summers in Northern Michigan. Early in 1997, they returned to live on the Monterey Peninsula. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were avid golfers; they belonged to many golf clubs. Mrs. Hughes took up golf at an early age and became women's captain at the Englewood Golf and Country Club, Seattle. Ann Hughes is survived by her husband, Bernard; daughters, Dr. Sharon B. Colton, Monterey, CA, Mrs. Joan Biggs and her husband, Anthony of Maunaloa, HI; son, Grant Bauer and his wife, Karroll of Albuquerque; brother, Carl Niese and his wife, Rosy of Seattle; and grandchildren, Clay Colton, Vista, CA, Brandis Colton, Bothell, WA, Gabriella and Mitchell Bauer of Albuquerque. Arrangements made by Paul's Mortuary of Pacific Grove, CA. Memorial Services will be held at the Chapel by the Sea, Pacific Grove, with the Reverend Wayne M. Adams presiding on Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Friends are invited. Remembrances may be made to Cypress Community Church, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital or a charity of choice.
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IRBY -- James A. Irby, WWII Veteran and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas-Pan American, left to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, December 8, 2003. Dr. Irby was born June 12, 1920 to Ethel and Arthur Irby in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII. Dr. Irby served with the Presbyterian Church, US as a teacher of missionaries' children in the Belgian Congo, now the Congo. There he met and married his wife, Mary McCann Hudson, on July 15, 1950. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Texas in 1953 and his PhD in History at the University of Georgia in 1969, specializing in Civil War History. He taught History at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas from 1960 until his retirement in 1984. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed the company of his friends. His objective in life was to serve his Lord by serving others. He will especially be remembered for his generosity. He is survived by his wife, Mary Mac; son, Carl; brother, Robert and wife, Ora Mae of Dallas and their children, Karen, Peggy, Michael, and Robyn and brother, William of Huston and his children, James and Patti. Services will be held Thursday, December, 11, 2003, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at 1:30 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen D. Lamp Ministeries Bible, in memory of Dr. Irby, 3708 N. Gwin Rd., Edinburg, TX, 78541. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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JOHNSON -- Christopher Todd Johnson. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during their recent loss. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW. (505) 897-0300
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KERSCHER -- James Charles Kerscher, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 after a short bout with cancer. He was born to the late John and Mary Kerscher in Appleton, Wisconsin on December 6, 1939. Jim and his wife moved to Los Lunas in 1995 to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. Jim was an avid private, instrument-rated pilot who regularly flew their small plane throughout New Mexico and the country to satisfy his lifelong love to fly. He even obtained endorsements to operate a floatplane. In his spare time, Jim, a long-time small businessman, obtained his broker's license and opened small real estate office in Los Lunas. Prior to 1995, Jim, along with his wife and son, owned and operated a resort and general store in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. His hard work and dedication to the business was shown in the many friends he made in the community. Along with these businesses, Jim also developed and launched a successful mini-mart in a neighboring community and still had time to learn to fly at a small airport in Columbia, California. Jim joined the Army in 1959 and served in Europe through 1962, when he returned to his birthplace in Wisconsin, where he married, started a family, and worked for the railroad while going to school at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Jim was never short on things to do. After graduation with honors with a degree in Economics, he moved into sales with the railroad and was eventually transferred to California, where family camping trips led him to the mountain resort community of Strawberry in 1977. Jim is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Tom; three granddaughters, Kayla, Julia and Alyssa of Yorba Linda, CA; brother, Robert of Kaukauna, WI; and sister, Ellen Clawson of Fort Myers, FL. His never-ending hard work, humor and quick wit will be missed by all that were lucky enough to meet him. Cremation has taken place and memorial Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:30 p.m., at San Clemente Church of Los Lunas. Memorial Service will be celebrated Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at San Clemente Church of Los Lunas. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Vista Care Sandia Hospice Foundation c/o Vista Care, 5201 Venice NE, Ste A & B, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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KNIGHT -- Ian C.S. Knight M.D., Ch.B., F.R.C.S., 80, a resident of Albuquerque, died at his home on December 6, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Ethel G.W. Knight and his family; daughters, Valerie Knight Foster and Gillian Stewart; son, Ian M.H. Knight and grandsons, David Stewart and Kevin Stewart. Dr. Knight moved from Edinburgh, Scotland to Albuquerque in 1966. He was a local Urologist and he practiced in Albuquerque for over 30 years. Dr. Knight was also an avid golfer and he passed his love of golf onto his family. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Pastor Linda Roberts-Baca officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Health Care Foundation, c/o Presbyterian Hospice Homecare, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM, 87125. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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KRAFT -- Alfred George Kraft, (Pop), 87, Born, August 15, 1916, Waukegan, IL, Died December 7, 2003. Do not be saddened by his passing, he left us several years ago, a victim of a terrible disease called Alzheimer's. His family has lived many painful years without this gentle loving man who would not give up and let go, now finally he is at peace. He was a helpmate to his wife of nearly 60 years, and a jack-of-all-trades to his sons teaching them much about mechanics. Al helped his neighbors with starting cars, plumbing tasks and carpentry; for his grandchildren he built Circus Wagon toy boxes. As volunteer and a longtime member of the Lion's Club he drove patients to appointments at the Lion's Eye Institute. Throughout his lifetime he served our country in World War II, and was employed as a machinist, owned his own Service Station and was also letter carrier for the USPS. Alfred was a member of Sandia Presbyterian Church and is survived by his wife June; sons, Glen of Albuquerque, NM; Roger of Tumwater, WA and Karl of Palo Alto, CA; his sister, Adelaide Cycon of Clovis, CA; two half-sisters, Vivian Igoe of Rio Rancho, NM and Winifred French of Dearborn Heights, MI. He leaves six grandchildren, Kraig, Keith, Kerstin of Albuquerque, NM and Kasey, Kamber and Karli of Tumwater, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Alzheimer's foundation. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 11, 2003, at the Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, NE, Albuquerque. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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LODEN -- Charles Edward Loden, 74 and a resident of Belen for the past five years, passed away on December 6, 2003 in Albuquerque. Chuck worked for Los Lunas Schools as a special needs bus driver for the past five years. He truly loved his job and working with his "special kids." He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister. Chuck is survived by his wife, Helen Jean Loden; stepmother, Daisy Lanzarotta; daughter, Rose Mary Loden; and stepchildren, Donald Bryant, Karen Nahum and husband, Paul, Terry Bryant, and Sabrina Bryant. Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Bob Loden and wife Janet of Clinton, IN, Rex Loden and wife Karen of Cayuga, IN, Janie Mertz and husband Allen of Rossville, IL, Linda Corley and husband Jim, Patricia Phillips and husband Earl, Diane McDaniel and husband Verne, and Rita Hayes and husband Brian, all of Danville, IN; four grandchildren, Kyla Bryant, Eli, Naomi and Yosef Nahum; and many nieces and nephews. Inurnment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2003 at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Any flower arrangements may be sent to: Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010.
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LOVATO -- Wilma T. Lovato. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind , supportive and helpful during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Services were in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MILLER -- John E. Miller, 85, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Monday, December 8, 2003. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy A. Miller and his brother Kenneth "Zeke" Miller. He is survived by his daughter, Heidi Adelman and her husband, Kenneth; a son, Edwin T. Miller and his wife, Saundra; a son, Charles M. Miller and his wife, Laurie, all of Albuquerque; and a son, James J. Miller of Hayward, CA. John has five grandchildren, Lee Ann Kuchenbecker and family of Elmhurst, IL, Robert Adelman and family of Plano, TX, Erika Miller of Albuquerque, Michael Miller of Annapolis, MD and Leslie Miller of Albuqureque. John has six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. John is survived also by four stepsisters, Ruby Bollenbacher, Ruth Frysinger, Betty Whitling and Opal Howell, all of Ohio. He is also survived by his loving canine companion, Eddy. John was a salesman for Armour & Co. until his voluntary induction into the US Navy on October 9, 1943. He served as a Radarman 2/ c on the DE-702, USS Earl V. Johnson during WWII. John earned the Victory ribbon, Philippine Liberation 1 br. Star Asiatic Pacific ribbon, American Area ribbon and the European African ribbon during his services to his country. He received an Honorable Discharge on December 7, 1945 from the Navy to return to his young family and resumed his sales job with Armour. John was a loving husband, caring for his ailing wife in the family home in her last years. He was a devoted father and grandfather. John will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held Friday, December 12, 2003, at 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Rev. Clyde Stanfield officiating. Mr. Miller will be buried, along with his wife Dorothy, Friday, at 10:30 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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