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GALASSINI -- Wilma "Gigi" Galassini, 87, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, January 12, 2004. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Joe Galassini of Albuquerque; daughter, Helen Shields and husband, Stanley of Tularosa, NM; daughter, Pat Chappelle of Lovington, NM; step-daughter, Rose Sullivan of Albuquerque, NM; step-son James Galassini of McIntosh, NM; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sisters- in- law, Elizabeth and Esther Green; and numerous other family and friends. Wilma was a member of the Highland Baptist Church. Memorial services will be held Thursday, 11:00 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church with Pastor John Embrey officiating. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Baptist Church, 417 Palomas Dr. SE, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GIBSON -- Joyce B. Gibson. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1818 Coal SE, Fr. J.T. Lane, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to charity of choice.
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GRIFFITH -- Violet Lillian Reda Griffith, a resident of Albuquerque since 1961, was called home by our Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 11, 2004. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, she passed on peacefully at the family home. Violet was born in Lindrith, NM on March 9, 1928, and moved with her family to northern California where she met her future husband, William Leonard Griffith. During their 56 years of marriage, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, home maker, friend to many, dedicated Sunday School teacher and active member of the East Gate Foursquare Gospel Church. Violet is survived by her beloved husband, Leonard Griffith; loving son, Bill Griffith, Jr. and his wife, Gayle; adoring daughter, Shirley Griffith; grandson, Michael Ferree, all of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Janice Rogers and husband, Bob of Yellville, AR; grandson, Jason Ferree and wife, Jeanette of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Alex Ferree of Austin, TX; Violetís sisters and their husbands, Fern and Don Pollard of Rio Dell , CA; Molly and Elden Cathey of McKinleyville, CA; Doris and David Kenney of Willow Creek, CA; her brothers and their wives, Bill and Carol Truby of Sandpoint, ID; Bob Truby of Mad River, Ca; Bud and Cindi Truby of Albuquerque, NM; her aunts and uncles, Elmer and Marie Truby of La Plata, NM; Judy Ternes of Farmington, NM and Duke Manning of Poughkeepsie, NY; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws whom she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, William and Isabelle Truby, and brothers, Al and Neal Truby. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 10:00 am at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will take place that afternoon at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Monetary memorials are being accepted in her name by Loving Hands of Hospice, 5403 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. 823-9400
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HAWKINS -- Marilyn Shirley Hawkins passed away suddenly at her home on January 9, 2004, where she lovingly cared for her disabled husband. She was 72 years old. She is survived by her husband, James L. Hawkins; daughter, Dianne S. Otto and husband, James; and grandchildren, Cheri L. and Christopher N. Otto, all of Albuquerque. Marilyn was born January 21, 1931, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband, Jim moved to Albuquerque in August of 1986 to be near their family. She was an active member of the Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3900 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 87109, where services will be held on Friday, January 16, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. The family requests any memorials be sent to Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marilyn's memory.
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HOLMES -- Jerry L. Holmes. Final viewing will be Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary. Funeral Services for Jerry L. Holmes will be conducted this morning at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Casket bearers will be Sophie R. Armijo, Christopher Chavez, Jacob Tsethlikai, Joseph G. Chavez, Gilbert Chavez and JoAnn Tsethlikai. Honorary bearers will be Bill Ward and Larry Holmes. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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KNIGHT -- William F. Knight, 75, of Gallup, NM, died Saturday, January 10, 2004. He was born June 24, 1928 in Albuquerque, NM. He was a Veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. A member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, New Mexico, and a Life member of the Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus Lodge #1783 and the Gallup Bowlers Association. He was the Owner/Operator of the Gal-a Bowl in Gallup. Memorial Rosary and Mass will be held on Thursday - January 15, 2004 - 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, 415 E. Green Ave., Gallup, New Mexico. Fr. Crispin Butz, OFM & Fr. James E. Walker will be the Celebrants. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the William F. Knight Scholarship Fund c/o the Gallup Catholic Schools, 515 Park Ave. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. Survivors include: wife of 50 years, Elaine Knight of Gallup, NM; son, Bill and wife, Cindy Knight Jr. of Gallup, NM; daughter, Jacki & husband, Mike Ryan of Gallup, NM, daughter, Diane Knight of Gallup, NM, daughter, Leora Knight of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Mary Gleason of Albuquerque, NM; granddaughter, Alicia Hall of Gallup, NM, granddaughter, Crystal Hall of Phoenix, AZ, granddaughter, Laura Hall of Gallup, NM, granddaughter, Jennifer Knight of Gallup, NM; grandson, Willie Knight of Gallup, NM, grandson, David Rukstelis of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter, Melissa Rukstelis of Phoenix, AZ, granddaughter, Ashley Ryan of Gallup, NM; great-grandson, Nikolaus Armenta of Phoenix, AZ. He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin P. Knight, mother, Marguerite Armijo, sisters, Betty Ellis and Margie Lester and brother, Bud Knight. Rollie Mortuary, Inc. 401 E. Nizhoni Blvd. Gallup New Mexico is in charge of arrangements. (505) 863-4452
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KUCK -- Aileen B. Kuck, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 12, 2004. Members of her family and many of her friends surrounded her in her final days. Aileen, a resident of Albuquerque since 1955, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eilert. Aileen is survived by four sons, Lonn and wife, Elizabeth Ann, of Star, ID, Larry, of Raton, NM, Lyle and loving partner, Maria Urban, of Santa Fe, NM and Loren and wife, Tammy, of Mooresville, NC. Aileen is survived by four grandchildren, Dana Kuck of Albuquerque, NM, David Kuck and wife, Sheryl of Wylie, Texas, Brandon and Brett Kuck of Mooresville, NC; and great- grandson, Justin Kuck of San Jacinto, CA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
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KUEHNER -- Joseph Kuehner, Sr., 81, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2004. A resident of Rio Rancho since 1981. Joe was born February 24, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, one of ten children. Joe was raised in a Roman Catholic home and remained a devout Catholic his entire life. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. He served in combat as a Marine in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Only later in life did he relate some of the harrowing and humorous experiences of being a tail gunner on a dive bombing airplane and how he and the pilot mistook a whale for a submarine with disastrous consequences. Joe was a passionate and accomplished bowler and helped organize a bowling league in the Rio Rancho area. He was involved in many worthwhile activities that benefited the community. Joe was especially devoted to his wife and missed her terribly. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Genevieve in 2002, and one son, Gordon Paul. Joe is survived by his son, Joseph Jr. and wife, Marcia; daughter, Carol Ford and husband, Mark; two grandsons, Neil and Sean McIntyre; three brothers, Monsignor Ralph, Edward, and Francis. His family will miss him dearly. The family would like to thank Joe's many friends and neighbors, and especially recognize Mary Duneman and family, Joe and Berna Vojtech, Jack Sattler, Hospice, Dr. William Anderson and staff, O'Hare's Pub and Grill and staff, and many others. A Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, January 14, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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LAEDLEIN -- John "Jack" Edward Laedlein, 88, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2004. Jack was born April 29, 1915. He was raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After high school graduation, he attended the Pennsylvania Nautical School and graduated with a 2nd Mates License. He was inducted into the US Army at the start of WW II then transferred and served as an officer in the US Navy until the end of WW II. After the war he studied Transportation and Traffic Management and Rates which he later taught at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI while working for the Detroit Chamber of Commerce in the Transportation and Traffic Department. He went on to earn his certification to practice Transportation Law before the ICC Board. Jack moved to New Mexico in 1974 to work at the Grants Anaconda Mill Site in Transportation and Traffic Control. He retired to Bosque Farms in 1982. Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years, Enid Laedlein of Bosque Farms; one brother, Frank Laedlein; and one sister, Pearl Laedlein, both of Williamsport, PA; three nieces and three nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, North Bosque Loop and Ranchero Road, Bosque Farms with Fr. Bob Bryan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St Matthews Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2489, Los Lunas, NM 87031. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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LAUFFENBURGER -- Arthur Leo Lauffenburger died Saturday, January 10, 2004 from complications of cancer. He was born February 6, 1932 in Pasadena, CA and moved to San Francisco Bay area in 1945. After graduating from high school and junior college he enlisted in the USN during the Korean conflict where he was stationed aboard the submarine USS Cusk. Following his service enlistment he returned to work at GTE Lenkurt, married his high school sweetheart and settled in Redwood City to raise his family of three children. His 35 year dedication advanced him from a production worker to a manufacturing manager where he was transferred to Albuquerque in 1972. He was a 32nd degree mason and an avid sportsman, with a passion for hunting, fishing, motorcycling, flying and tennis. An early retirement enabled him to enjoy motorcycling, both dirt and touring, servicing BMW motorcycles and a day did not go by without a game of tennis. He is preceded in death by his son, Arthur; and daughter, Sarah. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia; daughter, Winnie and her husband, Glen Comyford; grandson, Justin Comyford; granddaughter, Brandy Crowder and her husband, Nathan. He was a wonderful friend and a caring person who was always there to help others. He left a legacy of wonderful and happy memories and will be missed by all that knew him. Cremation has taken place and at his request, a gathering will be held in his honor at the family home January 25, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.
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