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BLAKELY -- Sharon Gallegos Blakely passed away peacefully on January 19, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her father, Garry Blakely; her mother, Marilyn Lake; her children, Tiana Sedillo-Lujan and husband, Bart, Antoinette Sedillo, Eugene Sedillo, Alfredo Gallegos, and Monique Gallegos; five grandchildren; two brothers, Stuart Blakely and wife, Ruth, and Wayne Blakely; and many other family members and friends. Sharon was born on November 9, 1961 and spent most of her life in the surrounding Albuquerque area. She was very devoted to her five children and five grandchildren. She loved life, dancing, and laughter and met every challenge with courage and dignity. Her life will be cherished, and she will be greatly missed. Most of all we will miss her beautiful smile. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE (Wyoming at San Francisco). Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 22 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE. Thank You and Be at Peace, your Loving Family. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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BURR -- Roland E. Burr, 82, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, January 18, 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Burr of Albuquerque; son, Bill Burr of Albuquerque; daughters, Beverly Burmiester and husband, bob of Springfield, IL and Arlene Swan and husband, Steve of West Monroe, LA; sons, Gerry Burr and wife, Cindy of Albuquerque, Randy Burr and wife, Jan of Phoenix, AZ, and Robert Burr and wife, Bernadette of Albuquerque; daughter, Julie Britton and husband, Britt of Collierville, TN. Mr. Burr was born in Ringsted, IA and was raised in Geneva, NE. He graduated from Geneva High School and attended Purdue University. He joined the Navy in August 1940 and was a Pearl Harbor survivor, receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. He was a true hero. Mr. Burr was the president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He married Rita Burr on August 11, 1945 in Haywood, CA. He retired from the Navy in 1964 and then began a second career with Santa Fe Railroad retiring again after 23 years. After his second retirement, he and Rita traveled the world. Mr. Burr had a love of sports and was a devoted coach, husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 22, 2004, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 23, 2004, 12:00 noon at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lomas and Tennessee Blvd. NE, Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Burr, Todd Wells, Jesse Burr, Matthew Burr, Seth Wells, and Nathan Wells. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Thursday, January 22, 2004, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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CREECH -- Casey Creech, of Albuquerque, born December 15, 1963 died January 19, 2004 after a long illness. He was a long-time resident of Valencia County, where he drilled many water wells. His mother, Marthasil Creech preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Rachel of Albuquerque; his two sister,s Reamy Hendrickson of Rosell and Kelly Kim of Bouldar, CO; brothers, Fielden of Roswell and William and wife, Mary of Albuquerque; stepfather, Pat Creech of Roswell; nieces, Heather, Danielle, Rebeccah and nephews, Jarad, Aaron and Ryan. A Memorial Service will be held in Room 2 of the Heights Club at 8520 Marble NE, Albuquerque, NM at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2004
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CZEL -- Irene Jacob Czel of Albuquerque, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 17, 2004. She was the wife of the late James E. Czel, Jr. Irene was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on December 25, 1923. She received her BS degree from Columbia University, New York City. A longtime elementary school teacher, she is survived by her son James E. Czel of Albuquerque; a daughter Julene Schultz of Needham, Mass.; four grandchildren Jackie and Jennifer Czel, Sarah and Jonathan Schultz, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, officiated by Pastor David Bruskas of City on a Hill Church. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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DI PAOLA -- John Anthony Di Paola, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on January 18, 2004. John was born on January 22, 1940 to Joseph and Rebecca Di Paola in Manhattan, New York.John was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed watching all kinds of sporting events. In his younger years, he was proud to have played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team. John was passionate about cooking and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, loved to garden, and often enjoyed working crossword puzzles. John was always looking forward to any intellectual challenge and loved beauty and order. He was a man with a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed by all of his cherished friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, Rebecca and Joseph Di Paola. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Shelton; her children, Russell K. Greene of WA, Timothy W. Green and wife, Linda, Andra Bosiljevac and husband, Tom, Julie LaPaglia, and her children, Shantele and Grace; all of Albuquerque; sister, Roberta Di Paola; brothers, Richard and Frank Di Paola and wife, Carole, all of New York; adored nieces, Melissa and her children, Ryan and Katelyn, and Laurie and her children, Andrew and Lianna, all of New York, and a host of loving friends. Graveside services for John will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at Vista Verde Memorial Park (Sara Rd. @ Meadowlark Lane) in Rio Rancho. Services under the care of: Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192
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EMBERTON -- Geraldine Liberty Emberton, 85, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1975, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2004. Geraldine was born September 16, 1918 the daughter of Wilnor and Christine Christopherson McMahon in Galt, Iowa. She had been a payroll supervisor for the United States Government before retiring. She was a member of Chamisa Hills Country Club and was an avid golfer. Geraldine is survived by her husband, John W. Emberton of Rio Rancho; son, Donald E. Rutt of Kingwood,TX; daughter, Sondra (Rutt) Reynolds of Seattle, WA; two grandchildren, Ronda Klassen and husband Kenneth and Robert Reynolds and wife Heidi, all of Seattle, WA; two great-grandchildren, William K. Klassen and Michelle R. Klassen; and her caregiver Lori Svejcar. The Visitation for Geraldine will be held today, Wednesday, January 21, 2004 from 4 Pm to 8 PM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln, Rio Rancho with the Service on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary with Pastor Tom Melear officiating Entombment will follow in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Geraldine's name to the Ambassadors for Christ Community Church. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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FLORES -- Elizabeth Flores, 75, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past thirteen years, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2004. Elizabeth was born October 21, 1928 the daughter of Juan and Julia Migenes in New York City, New York She had been a teacher in the New York Public Schools before retiring and came to New Mexico from New York. Elizabeth was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of Rio Rancho; active on the Sandoval County Children's Review Board, former chair person; a member of the Red Hat Society; Route 66 Dance Club; she was a volunteer at the Meadowlark Senior Center and at Rio Rancho Public Schools; was a member of the New Mexico Center for the Performing Arts. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Angel Flores in 1999. She is survived by two children, David Flores and wife Jill, and Nancy Flores Migenes; two sisters, Maria Berek and Julia Migenes; two grandchidren, David Thomas and Amelia Elizabeth Flores; and special friend Tina Carrasco. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 PM followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Interment will be in the National Cemetery on Friday, January 23, 2004 at 1:30 PM. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tina Carrasco, Bill Pilgrim, Joe Endres, Denise Cudmore, Miriam Gioia, Bob Gioia, and Ronnie Pilgrim. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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FRANTZ -- Walter E. "Chick" Frantz, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away January 17, 2004 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Adele Frantz; his daughter, Ernestine Norris and husband, Harold, of San Diego; grandchildren, Vicki Perez, Gary Norris, and Teresa Stephens; seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Mr. Frantz served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He owned and operated Mesa Markets in Espanola and Los Alamos. He will be greatly missed. At his request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Lovelace Hospice, 5403 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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GARCIA -- Mela P.Garcia, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at San Jose de Duranes Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetary. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW (505) 247-4124
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GRAY -- Mary Jane Gray. Services are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at First United Methodist Church for Mary Jane Terry Gray, Artesia, New Mexico. Mrs. Gray, 86, died Monday, January 19, 2004 in Artesia. Rev. Paul Duerksen will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Mrs. Gray was born May 15, 1917 on a farm in Cottonwood, New Mexico to Thomas Jefferson Terry and Ellen (Montgomery) Terry. On August 17, 1937 she was married to Orval C. Gray in Artesia. He preceded her in death August 27, 1997. She was also preceded in death by brothers Judal Terry and Jack Terry and by sisters Boots Wardlaw and Exa Clayton She was a homemaker and member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Bill Gray and wife, LaNette of Artesia; daughters, Terry Jane Ritchie and husband, Jim of Ruidoso, N.M., Glenelle Butler and husband, Gene of Albuquerque, N.M., and Exa Beth Cunningham and husband, Kenneth of Devol, Okla.; sister, Tommie Burnett and husband, Clyde of Roswell, N.M., sister-in-law, Abbie Terry; good friend and caregiver, Mary Salmon of Artesia; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Memorial Project, P.0. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M. 88211 or Vista Care Hospice, 611 N. Canal, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
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