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Ortiz -- Frances S. Ortiz, age 83, a resident of Albuquerque since 1991, died Saturday, August 23, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Felix F. Ortiz of Albuquerque; daughters, Jean Garcia and husband Tom of Albuquerque, Joanna Serabia of Cape Canaveral, FL; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sisters, Lydia Nuevo and husband Manuel of a La Verkin, UT, Catherine Smith of Reno, NV, and Eleanor Bushnell and husband Howard of Kona, HI. Frances was preceded in death by her son, Robert Valente and her brother, Tony Brun. Frances was born and raised in Hawaii and exuded Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. She was the best cook in the world. Frances was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rosary will be recited Sunday, August 24, 2003, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE with Sister Eileen Jaramillo reciting. Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 25, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Cremation will follow services with a private family internment at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Sunday, August 24, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Phelps -- The family of Rosana Phelps would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement, to Father Gino, Holy Family Catholic Church, presider of the Funeral Mass, to Mrs. Eileen Montoya for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers.á Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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Richards -- Patricia Ann Richards, 66, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away on August 20, 2003. She was a graduate of The University of New Mexico, and an accomplished interior designer. She was a very spiritual person and teacher. She is survived by her son, Chad Richards of Albuquerque and her brother, Charles Gilliard of California. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of choice in Patricia's name. "Experience Life As A Miraculous Expression of Divinity" French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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Sewell -- Eleanor B. Sewell, 80, died Sunday, August 17, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Brice Sewell; son, David Starr of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, Rita Anderson of Minnesota; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Eleanor was multi talented and very active in her community and former owner-operator of Crazy Horse Indian Arts. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eleanor's name to Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, 218 Iron Street S.W., 87102. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Solether -- RalphIn Loving Memory of Ralph B. Solether January 19, 1936 - August 24, 2001Gone from our sight but not from our hearts. Love, Barbara and sons
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Tapia -- Felicitas Tapia, 86, passed away on August 21, 2003. She was born on June 8, 1917 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mrs. Tapia is survived by husband, Florencio Tapia; sisters, Eulalia Lopez (Lala) and Acencion Ochoa; brother, Refugio Ochoa of Juarez, Mexico; four nieces; three nephews and god daughter Lalita Lopez. Mrs. Tapia will be deeply missed by her loving family. Visitations will be held on Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a rosary to be recited following at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eliazar Lopez, Felix Lopez, Rafael Santos, Manuel Ochoa, Hector Elizondo and Nicole Lopez. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. N.W. 243-5222
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Tunnell -- Vestal Bates Tunnell, born November 14, 1916 died in Albuquerque on August 18, 2003. She is survived by her son, Jerrold and his wifem Marlene; and grandson, Matthew of New Jersey. She is also survived by sister, Pauline Bradley; and brother, Bill Bates of Lubbock, Texas. She was preceded in death by daughter, Joanne and husband, Homer of 52 years. She was a long term resident of Farmington before moving to Albuquerque, where she was a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church. Sunrise Society, 7601 Wyoming NE serving the family of Mrs. Tunnell.
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Valdez -- Robert B. Valdez, age 60, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away August 21, 2003. Survivors include his wife, Marylin Valdez; five daughters- Kimberly Valdez, Kelly Johnson and husband Herb, Kyle Allard and husband Greg, Kasey Fayter and husband Michael, Joey Lynn Wilson and husband Lee, all of Albuquerque; one son- Robert Valdez and wife Kathleen of Albuquerque; his father, Alfonso Valdez of Willard; three brothers- Archie Valdez of Moriarty, Rick Valdez of Albuquerque, Don Valdez of Willard; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild. His mother Irene Salas preceded Robert in death. Robert loved his family very much; he and his wife have been married forty-two years celebrating their wedding anniversary on August 23rd. He was a well-respected man in the community, as well as a good neighbor and dedicated employee. He had a talent to fix things and enjoyed his job. Robert was a faithful and devoted member in his church, Queen of Heaven, for over forty years. Robert was employed with Hanna Plumbing and Heating for over 27 years in which the last few years he served as a contractor for Ethicon. He was also a member of the local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters from where he retired in July of this year. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at Queen of Heaven Church. 5310 Claremont Ave. NE. A Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday August 27, 2003 at Queen of Heaven Church. Arrangements under the direction of:Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE 884-1188
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Waldorf -- Melvin Harvey Waldorf , Jr. MD., (13 June 1923 - 11 August 2003). Dr. Waldorf was born in Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma, California, and Kansas. Upon graduating from Wichita East High School, he began pre-med studies at Wichita State University. His education was briefly interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Army during WWII. However, it was the Army's practice at the time to send all pre-med students to Yale University in Stanford, Connecticut, where Dr. Waldorf completed the coursework necessary to begin medical school at the University of Kansas in 1944. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine in 1947 and he, along with his future partner, J.R. Bradley, MD, took internship and residency at the Later Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following training the two started a Family Practice clinic in Greensburg in December 1949, and shortly thereafter became the staff physicians at the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Waldorf retired from practice in May of 1991. He practiced medicine continuously in the Greensburg community with the exception of 1943-1945 when he was called into service by the United States Air Force during the Korean war and served at a base in Big Springs, Texas. Dr. Waldorf married the former Mary Virginia Pierce on December 21, 1947, in Fayetteville, AR. Together they raised three children, Pam Pitchford and Ann Waldorf of Albuquerque, NM and Jim Waldorf of St. Augustine, FL. Dr. Waldorf was an active memeber of the Greensburg community where he belonged to and served in various capacities in the Rotary Club, the Masons, the Greensburg United Methodist church, the Greensburg Public School Board of Education and the Iroquois Medical Society. Dr. Waldorf is survived by many friends, family and pets, including his wife, Virginia, of Mesa, AZ; his sister, Carol Waldorf of Rayville, MO; his three children and their families, including six grandchildren, Jenny, Tyler, Paige, Adam, Fritz, and Binh. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, August 31, 2003, at the Greensburg United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. The family is requesting memorials be sent to either Kiowa County Memorial Hospital or the Kiowa County Medical Foundation. American Burial & Cremation Center 700 Yale Blvd. SE. Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505) 266-1800
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Chavez -- John Chavez. 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. S.W. 243-5222
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