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MCMILLIN -- Opal McMillin, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1971, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003. Services will be held Monday, November 24, 2003, at 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, November 23, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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MIERA -- Orlando Paul Miera. The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation to all relatives, friends, and to the outstanding Risen Savior Church community for their kindness, and helpfulness during our time of loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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MONTOYA -- Melanie Elizabeth Montoya, 26,passed away on November 14, 2003. We will forever honor the memory of Melanie Elizabeth Montoya's beautiful life on earth. Pray that her soul is at rest and that God fills her sprirt with peace and his grace. Family and loved ones send their prayers for her happiness and eternal tranquility. She is survived by numerous loving family members and friends, and she lives on through her son. "Unser Engel wird immer mit uns sein, Ihre seele wird uns nie verlassen." A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 21, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel (Ball Room) with Elder Charlie A. Jones officiating. Arrangements Entrusted to the care of Riverside Cremations and Burials, 1520 Central SE. 764-9663.
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MONTOYA JR. -- Tom Montoya Jr., 71, of Encino, NM died Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at his home. He was preceded in death by parents, Tomas and Lucia Montoya of Encino. He is survived by his wife, Caroline of Encino; two daughters, Annette Navarro and husband, Richard of Albuquerque, Elaine Prickett and husband, Dennis of Las Cruces, and one son, Philip Montoya of Encino; two sisters, Fanny Montoya of Encino; Mercedes Pena and husband, Andy of Albuquerque; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joseph Harrison of Albuquerque; two nephews, Chris and Bobby Pena of Albuquerque; one uncle, Susano Madril of Albuquerque; one aunt, Lena Montoya of Albuquerque, and a host of other relatives and friends. Tom was a graduate of Encino High School. He received a bachelor of science from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science from Highlands University. He was a teacher and school administrator for 29 years at the Encino School. He was a lifetime rancher in the Encino area, and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at Encino. He was also vice-chairman of the East Torrance Soil and Water Conservation District for a number of years. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2003 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at Encino, NM. Funeral Mass will be held at the church on Friday, November 21, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., with Father Hoi Tran, Celebrant of the Mass. Assisting as pallbearers are Richard Navarro, Dennis Prickett, Andy Pena, Bobby Pena, Frank Davila, Charlie Anaya, Raymond Gallegos, Ernie Garcia. Honorary pallbearers: Philip Montoya, Jennifer Harrison, Joseph Harrison, John Keiper, and Ben Rios. The family wishes to thank James Liebmann, MD of the New Mexico Oncology Center, the staff of the oncology wing of the Albuquerque Regional Hospital, and Leigh Knox, RN and the staff of Vistacare Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church c/o Ernie Garcia, Box 75 , Encino, NM 88321, or to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation Research Fund, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 923 South Third Street; Santa Rosa, New Mexico. (505) 472-3369.
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OLIVER -- Richard Earl Oliver, 18, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, November 15, 2003. He is survived by his parents, Duke and Linda Oliver of Albuquerque; brothers, Patrick Oliver and wife, Kristen of Dallas, TX, Brandon Oliver, currently serving in Iraq and fiance, Valerie Abeyta of Albuquerque; sister, Lindsey Oliver of Albuquerque; girlfriend, Stephanie Bogle of Estancia, NM; grandmother, Pauline Oliver of Albuquerque; grandparents, Richard and Tillie "Oma" Golby of Albuquerque; aunts, Debbie Pearce, Dianna Sigler and Mike Caddell, Denise Sigler and husband, John, Donna Burkhammer, and Dawn Hoffman and husband, Kevin; uncles, David Oliver and wife, Pam, Doug Oliver and wife, Joanna, and Richard Golby and wife, Jeanie, and Kenneth Golby; nephews, Justin, Jacob, and Jace Oliver; and numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl D. Oliver and cousin, Amelia Golby. Richard was born in Albuquerque on October 20, 1985 and was presently a Senior at Manzano High School. He was a starting center for the Manzano High School football team. He also was on the Track and Field Team. Richard lettered academically and in football. He also had time to be the batboy for the Isotopes. While growing up he also played for Mile High and YAFL and also participated in organized karate and soccer. Richard enjoyed golfing, fishing, jet skiing, cooking and most of all EATING. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his friends, and kids of all ages. His sense of humor and smile never ended. Services will be held Monday, November 24, 2003, 2:30 p.m., at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris NE, with Pastor Larry Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be members of the Manzano Football Team. Friends may visit Sunday, November 23, 2003, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rio Grande Credit Union, 1401 San Pedro in Richard's name. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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PADILLA JR. -- Mr. Esequiel (Skippy) Padilla Jr., 80, a resident of Albuquerque, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family on November 20, 2003. Mr. Padilla is the beloved husband of 56 years to Mrs. Annabelle Padilla. Mr. Padilla is also survived by; Six sons, Paul and wife, Magdaline of La Verne, California, John and wife, Linda, Michael and wife, Jude, Ronald, Martin and wife, Monica, Joseph and wife, Michelle; four daughters, Mary Ann Villescas and husband, Arthur, Viola Zamora and husband, Sosteno, Dannette Jaramillo and Juan, Trini Arambula and husband, Jesus; 26 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; two sisters, Angela Sanchez and husband Victor, Mauricia Ruiz and husband, Leo; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Padilla (Skippy) was a member of the Catholic Church, a Veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard serving in World War II, a member of the D.A.V. Chapter #26, he worked for the City of Albuquerque Fire Dept. retiring after 25 years of service as Assistant Fire Chief. Mr. Padilla's life was a reflection of his dedicated faith. The Lord was his utmost priority. He was founder and President of the Five Points Neighborhood Association. A visitation for Mr. Padilla will be Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 9:30am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30am and Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by the Franciscan Friar. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Art Villescas Jr., Timothy Padilla, Sosteno Zamora Jr., Esequiel Padilla, Matthew Sanchez and Christopher Whitaker-Padilla. Honorary pallbearers will be, Diego Padilla, Ray Kuhn, Bernard Barela, Horace Maez, Mark Montano and James Rael. Arrangements by: GABALDON MORTUARY 1000 OLD COORS RD. SW 243-7861
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PICKERING -- Gudrun Gisela (Gundi) Pickering, 75, died peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2003 after a two-month struggle against cancer. Gundi was born on July 2, 1928 in the German state of Saxony. She was brought to Philadelphia at the age of two by her parents, William and Emmi Rest. Gundi is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Maylin Pickering; two sons, David Maylin of Pittsburgh and Philip Rest of San Francisco, CA; one grandson, Bryan of San Francisco. Gundi and her husband chose Albuquerque for their retirement 12 years ago. She retired as a reading specialist in the Abington Heights School District of northeastern Pennsylvania while residing in Waverly. Gundi began her career as a bacteriologist after receiving a B.S. degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She was employed successively at a pharmaceutical company, a hospital laboratory, and the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York City. While at Rockefeller, Gundi earned a teaching certificate at the Bank Street College of Education and began teaching. In step with her husband's career in book publishing, Gundi taught at elementary schools in New York City, San Francisco, and finally northeastern Pennsylvania. While at the third location, she earned an M.S. in reading improvement at the University of Scranton and was appointed a reading specialist. She attended a summer session at the University of New Mexico in 1979. Gundi chose to abstain from employment for eight years while her two sons were reaching school age. She always participated in teachers' organizations and in civic affairs, especially in support of art, music, and animal protection. While her health permitted, she was active in the Friends of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Interment will be at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, PA in December. A Memorial Service will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 4:00 p.m. on November 25, 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA.
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POPER -- Ruth Esther Poper, 90, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003. She is survived by one son, Lee Poper and wife, Tina of Corrales; three daughters, Ruby Kolb and husband, Russell of Spring City, PA, Joan Frey and husband, Paul of Santa Fe and Shirley Camilli and husband, Jerry of Corrales; daughter-in-law, Arlene Miller and husband, Levi; 11 grandsons; six granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; two brothers, Charles Swartz and wife, Shirley and Samuel Swartz and wife, Phyllis; and two sisters, Millie Davis and husband, Paul and Edith Landis and husband, Bob. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus; son, Richard Poper; and grandson, Kenny Poper. Mrs. Poper was a member of Sandia Brethren in Christ Mennonite Church. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2003, at 3:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Dr. Marion J. Heisey officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Horacio Frey, Jeremy Poper, Jacob Poper, Garrett Poper, Brandon Camilli and Austin Poper. Honorary pallbearers will be Kade Poper, Graden Poper, Ryan Beach and Justin Camilli. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, November 21, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth Poper to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Inc., PO Box 351, 87103. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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RAKER -- Jenny Marguerite Raker, 87, a New Mexico resident since 1954, passed away on November 18, 2003. She is preceded in death by husband, Lyle D. Raker Sr., January 8, 1986. She is survived by three sons, Lyle D. Raker Jr. and wife, Janda of Amarillo, TX; Richard Eugene Raker and wife, Elizabeth of Redding, CA; John Robert Raker and wife, Lorraine of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, John Bennett of Hutchinson, KS; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marguerite was a member of the Desert Rose Chapter O.E.S., and a member of St. Johns Methodist Church. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. until the time of service in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Services will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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RECK -- James John (Jim) Reck, 88, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by members of his loving family, on Tuesday, November 18, 2003. He is survived by his beloved wife, Leona Reck; daughters, Karen Reck and husband, Paul Akmajian and Terri Reck and husband, Fred S. Sturm; grandchildren, Franz Sturm, Lora Sturm, Adrianne Akmajian and Kira Akmajian; niece, Linda Nollen and husband, Rick; grandniece, Crystalyn Hicks; sisters, Louise Quinlan of California, Sue Gates of Idaho; and brother, Julian Reck of California; cousins, Jo Sena and Frank Comiskey of Albuquerque, and Tom Beales of Illinois; as well as many other members of a large extended family, good friends and neighbors. Jim was born April 9, 1915 in Wilberton, Oklahoma, to Petrina Comiskey and Angelo Pete Reck. He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank A. Reck and wife, Pat E. (Kulcsar) Reck; nephew, James Frank Reck; his mother, Petrina Romero and stepfather, Ignacio Romero; and father, Angelo Reck and stepmother, Elizabeth Reck. In 1924, Jim's family moved to the mining towns of Cerrillos and Madrid, NM. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. Following the war he moved to Albuquerque, where he met and married Leona Kulcsar in 1950. They purchased their home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, living there happily together for 53 years. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in 1980, where he was employed for 32 years, heading the electronics shop and electronics apprenticeship program. He was a member for 46 years at the American Legion Post 13. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends. He also enjoyed crosswords, card games, reading, music and art, especially the performances and works of his grandchildren, daughters and son-in-laws. His love for the natural beauty of New Mexico, and above all, his love for his family, are his lasting legacy to us. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE, with Pastor Beth Purdum officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Reception at the church following interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE, 87112. The family wishes to thank Jim's many caregivers over the past year, especially Judy Garduno, and our loving friends who continue to give their support . French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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