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KNIGHT -- Robin D. "R.D." Knight, 86, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque died Saturday, December 13, 2003. Mr. Knight is survived by his children, Fred Knight of Santa Fe, Patti Knight Hopper of Albuquerque, Rob Knight and wife Nancy of Albuquerque, Nancy Smart and husband, Rex of Kanab, UT and Diana Winter and husband, Doug of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Kristen Hopper, Ryan Hopper, Brad Clifton, Jeff Clifton, Scott Knight and Saxon Knight; three great-grandchildren and sister, Florence Puhara of California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita A. Knight. Mr. Knight graduated from Albuquerque High School and attended UNM where he excelled in Track and Field and Football. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. Mr. Knight was President and CEO of L & P Building Supply Co. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club, the VFW, and the BPOE. Services are pending. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund at The Cottages of Albuquerque, 3921 Juan Tabo Pl. NE, 87112. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MARTINEZ -- Barbara A. The family of Barbara A. Martinez 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 Father Ramon Aragon and Deacon Manuel Facio, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, celebrants of the Mass, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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METZGAR -- Alfonso Metzgar, a member of one of the South Valley pioneer families of Albuquerque, died December 5, 2003. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Prisca and daughter, Lillian Kenneson. He is survived by daughter, Dorothy Griego of Pittsburg, CA and husband, Franklin; daughters, Linda Trevarthen and husband, Michael, their children, Morgan and Kyle of Antioch, CA, Deanne Goddard and her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Sara of Philadelphia, PA. Natalie Kenneson-Bridwell, daughter, of Lillian of Albuquerque, her son, Mark Alan and his father, David Bridwell; nephews, Ivan and Gilbert Metzgar of San Francisco, CA, and many nieces and nephews of Albuquerque, NM. Alfonso retired as a Long Shoreman based in San Francisco, a well respected business man, strong supporter and contributor to Union Solidarity. He was also an avid gardener, traveled most of the world and considered both Albuquerque and San Francisco his home. Alfonso will be missed by many whether you knew him well or just met him once, he is someone you will never forget. He was one of the hardest workers you could have ever met, he was canning quince just two months ago when he suffered a stroke as well as a heart attack. The family wishes to express their appreciation to St. Joseph Hospital, Paloma Blanca, French Mortuary and his dedicated friends. As most of you know, Alfonso requested no services or flowers. He has been cremated. Friends may make contributions to a charity of their choice in his memory. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MIRABAL -- Selina Mirabal, 91, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died on Thursday, December 11, 2003. She is survived by her sons, Pete R. Mirabal of Albuquerque and Thomas Mirabal of Buelton, CA; daughter, Florela Rains of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Selina was preceded in death by her husband, Pete G. Mirabal in 1997; and grandson, Micahel Rains. A Rosary will be held Monday, 9:30 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix NE, Deacon Pilar reciting, a Mass will follow the Rosary. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE (505) 843-6333
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MONTANO_ -- Raymond. Mr. Raymond Montano went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday at the age of 44. An evening prayer service will be held on Sunday at the Christ is Lord Church, 601 Atrisco S.W., at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday also at the church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Fairview Memorial Park. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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MONTOYA -- Deacon Alfonso Montoya 4th Anniversary August 2, 1928 - December 14, 1999 In Loving Memory Dad/Tata, We love you and miss you very much. You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. De Colores! Eileen, Ben, Mark, Matthew, Nicholas
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PETERSON -- Donald W. Peterson, 78, died early in the morning of Dec. 12, 2003, with his immediate family at his bedside. A geologist and volcano expert, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey. His research for his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University was conducted in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. For many years he worked as Scientist-in-Charge of volcano observatories at Hawaii and Mount St. Helens. He had a lifelong passion for the outdoors, and was an avid hiker and birdwatcher. In 1997, after his retirement, he moved to Albuquerque. He and his wife joined the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he was an enthusiastic choir member. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Peterson; his daughter Karen Peterson and son-in-law Dwight Frankfather of Oak Park, IL; daughter Kristine Peterson and son-in-law Greg Ingwaldson of Albuquerque; son-in-law Stephen Herring of Tarboro, NC; and five grandchildren, Arwen Wilder, Vidrik Frankfather, Peter Herring, Julia and Derek Ingwaldson; his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Norman Barker of Ireton, IA; and he was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Susan Herring. His memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE, at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16. Memorials may be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the American Heart Association.
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PITTS -- Alex Tommy Pitts, died in his home under Hospice Care on Thursday evening, December 11, 2003. He was preceded in death by his father Alejandro Pitts and his half-sister Delcida Roach. Alex is survived by his wife Jane Pitts and their two children, Jared (19) and Cara (13) Pitts of Rio Rancho; his son Dean Pitts, and his adopted son Danny Pitts both by a previous marriage; his mother, Avelina Pitts of Albuquerque and his brothers Don Pitts and his wife Virginia and their son Dustin, Arnold Pitts of Albuquerque, Bobby Pitts of Albuquerque, and his sister Maria LaPierre of Albuquerque, and numerous nieces and nephews. Alex was born in Cuba, NM on September 19, 1943. He was employed by various retail businesses throughout his career. He was an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rio Rancho. Alex will be sadly missed by his family and all of his many friends and relatives. Alex's family extends their gratitude to the professional staff who cared for him during his short stay at Presbyterian Hospital and to the dedicated Hospice Staff of Odyssey Health Care. A visitation will be held at Sunrise Funeral Options at 2400 Southern Blvd., SE in Rio Rancho on Monday ONLY, December 15, 2003, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A closed casket rosary service will be held on Monday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Golf Course and 19th Street, Rio Rancho. The funeral service will be Tuesday December 16th at 10:30am, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Golf Course and 19th Street, Rio Rancho. A reception for all will be held at the conclusion of the service in the Church Parish Hall. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Services under the care of: Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM (505)891-9192
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RALPH -- Harriett Alma (Oles), born February 6, 1915 in Vaughn, NM, died Tuesday, December 9, 2003. She is survived by her sister, Constance Oles Ferguson of Tucson, AZ; numerous cousins, and loving caretakers, Mary C. Foster and Jim Latham. Harriett was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Oles; mother, Emma Kathleen (Hodges) Oles; brother, Charles who died in the Philippines in World War II; and husband, Kenneth F. Ralph, a Veteran of World War II. She graduated from Belen High School as an honor student and attended Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in El Paso, TX. Harriett was a longtime resident of Albuquerque, a member of Trinity Baptist Church, the Gold Star Wives organization, and VFW Auxiliary #401. Services will be held Monday, 12:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Friends may visit Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the NM Boys and Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix NE, 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd., NE (505) 843-6333
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ROBERSON -- Cecil T. "Robby" Roberson, aged 90, died in his sleep on December 9, 2003, at the Loving Light Center shelter care home in Rio Rancho, N.M. His wife Lucy preceded him in death a mere 100 days earlier. They had been married 64 years. Mr. Roberson was born and raised on a farm in northern Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Civil Engineering. The Robersons moved to Albuquerque in 1951 when he went to work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. When he retired in the early 1970s, they moved to Rio Rancho. They were actively involved in several area churches, including Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, Harwood Methodist Church and St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Rio Rancho Host Lions Club and was a Mason for many years. Mr. Roberson is survived by his daughter Lynn Stelzer and her husband Milt, granddaughter Lisa May and her husband Greg, and one beloved great-granddaughter Allison May. Private services were held and interment was at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Arrangements by Vista Verde Memorial Park and Mortuary 892-9920.
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