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PEARL -- George Clayton Pearl, the notable New Mexico architect, died on August 16, 2003. A Memorial Service will be conducted by his friends and family on Saturday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Simms Auditorium on the Albuquerque Academy Campus. The service will be followed by a reception. All friends of Mr. Pearl are invited to attend.
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PRIOLA -- Dr. Donald Victor Priola, 64, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2003 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Priola was born September 8, 1938 in Chicago, IL where he received his Bachelor of Science and Doctoral degrees from Loyola University of Chicago. In 1966, he accepted a position in the Department of Pharmacology at the newly formed University of New Mexico School of Medicine, becoming a full Professor of Physiology by 1975. His exceptional research and teaching career at the School of Medicine spanned over 31 years, including 16 years as Chairman of the Department of Physiology. During his prolific scientific career, he authored over 70 scientific publications. In recognition of his research achievements, he received a Research Career Development Award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and was awarded a Senior International Fellowship by the Fogarty International Center in 1986. He was a member of numerous professional societies and at one time was President of the Western Pharmacology Society and the American Heart Association, New Mexico Affiliate. He loved teaching, and was proud to say that he taught the very first graduating class at The UNM School of Medicine. In recognition of his outstanding teaching achievements, he was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Khatali teaching award in 1978 and 2002. At his retirement in 1998, he was made Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNM where he continued teaching. Dr. Priola is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia; and by his children, Sandra Kubica and her husband, David, Dr. Suzette Priola, Donna Gallegos and her husband, Alexander, and Donald T. Priola and his fiancee, Robin Helms. He was the very proud grandfather of Victoria, Adam, and Kevin Kubica and Thomas, William and Patrick Gallegos, as well as a doting uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Belter and her husband, William; his sister-in-law, Nancy Hennig and her husband, Richard; and his brother-in-law, Thomas Rehm. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2003, at 10:30 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Arthur Kaufmann, Dr. Fa Chi Lee, Sara, Susan and the wonderful nurses at the UNMH Cancer Research Treatment Center for the superb care and support given to Donald and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for cancer research in memory of Dr. Donald Priola to UNMH Cancer Research Treatment Center, 1 UNM MSC 084630, Attn: Rainey, Albuquerque, NM, 87131. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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RUMBAUGH -- Gale Coleman Rumbaugh passed away suddenly in Nanaimo, British Columbia on June 15, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Jane Sollenberger and her husband, Dwight; son, John Mark and his wife, Ann and son, David and wife, Sharon; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Madolan Reichold, Berchie Henderson and Noralee Bruscus; two brothers, Lauter Edward and Charles Kent Rumbaugh. Gale was born in Hurricane, West Virginia and moved to Albuquerque in 1947. He later moved to British Columbia and for a time had his own business there. After retiring, he spent winters in Albuquerque and summers on Vancouver Island. He was a master mason and an avid golfer. Friends are invited to join his family on Saturday, September 13, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Vineyard Club House at 6118 Edith NE, Albuquerque.
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SHARP -- Cleo Richard Sharp, 65, formally of Fort Scott, Kansas died Wednesday, August 27, 2003 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rich was born August 31, 1937 to the late Eathnel and Audrey Vielbig Sharp in Fort Scott. A graduate of Ft. Scott High School, he attended Kansas State College at Pittsburg, KS. Rich spent many years as an advertising executive with New Mexico Magazine where he developed a reputation as a "pure professional". He came to New Mexico after closing Sharp and Associates a successful Dallas, Texas ad agency. Memorial contributions may be made in Rich's name to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1 Kroc Drive, Oak Park, IL 60523, Attn: Kathy Charlton
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SMITHART -- Laura A. Smithart, 76, "God said it - I believe it - That settles it." passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2003. Laura was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, mentor, and woman of unfathomable faith. Laura's many accomplishments room mother, 4-H leader, member of Ponderosa extension service, served on the Economic Development Board in Tijeras, NM, a quilter and doll craftswoman and devoted member of Mountainside Methodist and Crossroads Church of the Nazerene. She was preceded in death by her father, John David Henderson; sister, Faye Rene Henderson; her first husband , Henry C. Black; and second husband, Bobby A. Smithart. She is survived by her mother, Helen Faye Henderson, her brother, John Jerry Henderson; her son, James Paul Black and his wife, Pamela K. McCoy of Cedar Crest NM, and daughters Dana Faye Dawson and husband, James C. Dawson, of Edgewood NM, and Sally Ann Martin her husband, David L. Martin of Sandia Park NM, and Bobby's children, Lindley B. Smithart of Portland OR; daughter, Deborah Craig and husband, David of Albuquerque; daughter, Michelle McGraw and husband, Clarence of Lewisville TX; daughter, Theresa S. LaVerne of, KS; son-in-law, Michael Stoker of Los Lunas, NM; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2003 at the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, 1200 Columbia, Moriarty, NM 87035. Laura's remains will be interred with her late husband, B. A. Smithart at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society memorial fund, phone: 800-227-2345. Sunrise Funeral Options is serving the family of Laura Smithart. (821-0010).
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TAPIA -- Felipe Tapia, 73, a resident of Farmington, NM passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 6, 2003. He proudly served with the US Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Los Alamos in 1991 with many years of dedicated service and a member of the Iron Workers 495 since 1959. He was an avid fisherman and never missed an opportunity to spend time in the mountains pursuing his love for the outdoors. Felipe was a talented welder and fabricator of steel, and worked many wonders with his hands creating ornamental iron work for his family and friends. His talent for any type of trailer building, balconies, chili roasters, and anything else that you could ever imagine, he could build it for you with ease. He was always willing to help not only his loved ones, but anyone in need. He was a human calculator when it came to math, never needing more than to figure out the solution in his head. His passion was spending time with his family and friends and spending time 4-wheeling on his son-in-law's ATV. He is preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Dickie Zamora in 2000; father, Ofelio J. in 2002; mother, Victoria Tapia in 1994; brother-in-law, Gilbert Maez; father-in-law, Ali Romero; sisters-in-law, Dolores Gregg and Grace Rorrick; and his good friend, Steve Sanchez. Felipe is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Theresa of the family home in Farmington; daughters, Beatrice and husband, Henry Gutierrez of Belen, NM, Frances and husband, Mark Warner of Farmington, Felipe Tapia, Jr., and Cynthia Tapia of Farmington; nine grandchildren, Beverly and Steven Gutierrez, Stacy and Jeff Hines, Marcus Hunsberger, Denise and husband, Kevin Byrnes, Carmeline and husband, Jeff Churba, Nathan and Curtis Zamora and Dolores and husband, Patrick Sanchez; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Felicita Maez, Rosie Tapia-Garcia, Frances and husband, Julian Griego, John Tapia and wife, Carmen, Richard Tapia and friend, Sharon, Lucy and husband, Tano Gonzales, brother-in-law, Osben Garcia; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. A Viewing will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at Romero Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service following at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will then take place. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 800 W. 30th Street, Farmington, NM 87401. Private interment will take place in the Memory Gardens in Farmington at a late date. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM 87002.
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ALEXANDER -- Weldon In Memory of W.C. (Weldon, "Alec") Alexander October 6, 1904-September 8, 1978 Beloved family man, respected businessman Wife, Thelma (Trina); son, Connie ("Rip"); daughter, Yvonne (Griffin); six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren John 11:25-26 Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die"
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CALDWELL -- Eusebio Caldwell died unexpectedly at his residence, Friday night, September 6, 2003. He was born May 20, 1926 to Elias Caldwell and Lucrita Gurule in San Antonio. He later made his home in La Madera with his wife, Aurora Lucero Caldwell. Eusebio is survived by his wife, Aurora; his son, Richard Caldwell; his daughters, Dolores Ielieen Garcia, Maria Caldwell and Jeneva Snodgrass and husband, Daniel; his two lovely grandchildren, Fidel Lias Garce and Samantha Snodgrass. Mr. Caldwell is also survived by his brothers, sisters, and extended family members. Rosary will be Tuesday, September 9th at San Antonito Church at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will also be held at San Antonito Church on Wednesday September 10, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Dan Snodgrass, Michael Sanchez, Henry Crespin, Joe Trujillo, David Gonzales and Pat Caldwell. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW 247-4124
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CHIOCCHIO -- Mildred Chiocchio, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on September 6, 2003. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 22, 1929 to Ettore and Rose Di Monico Zacchia. Mildred was married to her loving husband, Gene in October of 1958. She came to New Mexico in 1990 from Long Island, NY. Mildred was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her family and they were the most important thing in her life. Mildred was an incredible cook and loved pleasing others with her culinary delights. Mildred is survived by her beloved husband Gene of Rio Rancho; her cherished sons, Michael and wife Lorena of Rio Rancho, Jerry and wife Melinda of Long Island, NY; her three precious grandsons, James, Steven, and Peter; and many others who will deeply miss her. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options, 2400 Southern Blvd in Rio Rancho. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. also in the chapel with Father Michael Schamp as Celebrant. A committal service will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. at Vista Verde Memorial Park. Services entrusted to: Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192
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COFFEY -- Marie M. Coffey, 71, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, September 7, 2003. She was born on August 26, 1932, the daughter of Matthew and Helen Malone and was raised, along with her brother, Patrick and sister, Helen, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Marie worked for the F.B.I. in Chicago, IL, where she met her husband. She married Frank Coffey on January 10, 1953. He preceded her in death in 1990. She is survived by her four children, Frank Coffey Jr., Cindy McGill and husband, Curt, Carol Adler and husband, Bob, and Janet Hrncir and husband, John; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael and Bob Coffey, Adrienne and Steve McGill; one sister, Helen Malone of Glen Ellyn, IL; and many nieces and nephews. Frank and Marie raised their family in Forest Hills, NY, until moving to Albuquerque in June of 1973. She worked at Phillips Petroleum and Futures for Children. Marie loved traveling, gardening, pets, photography and music. In 1987, she graduated with distinction from UNM with a Bachelor's Degree in University Studies. Marie will be remembered for her integrity, her loving spirit, her caring way and her joyfulness. Cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 11, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel NE. The family wishes to thank Dr. Amy Tarnower of Lovelace Hospital for her special care and concern. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central New Mexico Affiliate, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 92110, Albuquerque, NM, 87199. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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