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Ruiz -- Manuel Flavio Ruiz, 28, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away August 9, 2003. He is survived by his son, Marcus Ruiz; his mother, Veronica Piedad Dominguez; his stepfather, Juan Dominguez; three sisters, Lucia Hernandez, Juanita Ruiz and Veronica Dominguez; a half-brother, Joe Gallegos. Visitations will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Garcia Mortuary. The rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. also in the chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Eric Candelaria, Victor Aleman, David Cunningham, Patrick Unale, Alfredo Arroyo, Ray Maestas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jason Gallegos and Cory Gerhart. Services are in the care of:Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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Salazar -- Judith Ann (Anderson) Salazar, 63, loving mother and wife, passed away on the morning of August 11, 2003. Born on October 8, 1939 in Munising, Michigan, she was employed for 17 years at Manacare Services of Albuquerque. As a born again Christian, Judy adored and cared for patients with love and passion. She is survived by husband, Charles D. Salazar; daughter, Mishel Nicholai Meyer; two sons, Dean and Stephen Meyer; brothers, Larry Anderson, Denis and Bruce Verrett; sister, Margaret McGraff, and niece, Laura Anderson. By marriage, she is survived by Emillio and Betty Salazar, Benny and Addie Salazar, and Tom and Nina Monsoor. Her stepchildren include Larry, Ronnie, Eric, Matthew and Suzanne Salazar, Phillip and Beth Salazar, Paul and Heather Salazar and nine grandchildren. Those who knew Judy are blessed by her unconditional love. Judy will be missed by her many friends and family. Memorial services will be held Thursday, August 14, 2003, 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas N.E.French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Sandoval -- Ronald J. Sandoval. Final viewing will be Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Santuario de San Martin Catholic Church; followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m., with Fr. James Vance as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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Serna -- Serenity Serna, 4 months, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2003. Serenity was born March 23, 2003, the daughter of Jeremy Serna and Elizabeth Sandoval in Albuquerque. She is survived by her parents; sister, Sabrina Zamora; brother, Anthony Tafoya; grandparents, Pauline Serna, Robert Serna and Maryann Sandoval; aunts, Roberta Serna, Edith Sandoval, Della Sandoval, Betty Ann Miller, Gloria Lopez, and Monica Pacheco; uncle, Troy Serna; and cousin, Manny Serna. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd., at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Ther Service will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary with Pastor Steve Perez officiating. Interment will follow in the Los Lentes Cemetery in Los Lunas, NM. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Serna and Troy Serna. A little angel has gone to join her Heavenly Father. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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Spradling -- Pauline H. Spradling, 88, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2003 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A long time resident of Albuquerque, Pauline enjoyed going to the movies, fishing, and playing duplicate bridge. In June of 2003, she achieved Golden Age Master bridge player status. Pauline was born in Straight Creek, Kentucky and was one of four daughters of Harry and Edith Harrison. While her first husband, William Spradling, preceded her in death, Pauline is survived by her two children, Stuart Spradling of Colorado Springs and Shirley Fleming of Albuquerque, as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition to being a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Pauline retired in 1973 from her career as a Printed Circuit Technician for Sandia Laboratory in Albuquerque. She was also a member of the Methodist church. Memorial services will take place Saturday, August 16, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary- Wyoming Blvd.Chapel. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Thomas -- Lt. Col. James Edwin (Ed) Thomas, US Army, Retired, 63, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2003. He is survived by his son, Marc Thomas and wife, Michelle; daughter, Leigh Martinez and husband, Thomas; three grandchildren, Kyle, Jared, and Isabella. Ed was born on March 25, 1940 in Boston, MA. A resident of Albuquerque since 1978, he retired recently, and enjoyed spending his time riding his motorcycle, gardening, and enjoying time with friends and family. After graduating with an Engineering Degree from Northeastern University, Ed spent his career in service to his country, first in the Army, and later with contractors working for the Department of Energy. Along the way, he earned his Masters Degree from the University of North Dakota. Ed was much loved, and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Services will be held Friday, August 15, 2003, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Thursday, August 14, 2003, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cremation will follow services and burial of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Velasquez -- Eusebio G. Velasquez, age 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother was called home to be with the Lord our Savior, Monday, August 11, 2003. Eusebio enjoyed working on his ranch, farming, fishing and hunting; he also enjoyed working on his cars in his workshop. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Velasquez in 1989; a daughter, Antonia Albertson; brother, Jose Maria Velasquez; and two sisters, Emma and Eurcina. Eusebio is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Candelaria Velasquez; his children, Michael and Raymond Velasquez; sister, Frances Lovato; brothers, Phillip, Ausustine, Milton, Orlando, Walter, and Tito Velasquez; and many more beloved family members and friends, who will deeply miss him. Visitations will be Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. till the time of rosary, which will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Cuba. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Interment will follow at the Cuba Catholic Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Steve Corrales, Eugene Corrales, Roger Corrales, Gary Montoya, Lee Caruana, and Mike Sturdevant. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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Villegas -- Final visitation for Mr. Agustin Villegas will be Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at San Jose Catholic Church with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father Dennis Garcia. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ireneo S. Villegas, Javier Villegas, Emiliano Herrera Jr., Carlos H. Villegas, Tomas Navarette, and Ernest Sauceda. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW 243-7861
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Baca -- Stella C. Baca y Castillo, 91, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Mary Sanchez, on Sunday evening after a long illness. She was one of six daughters of Felipe Castillo, a longtime Belen blacksmith and Macedonia Castillo. She was born and raised in Pueblitos, NM, south of Belen, and up until two years ago, resided in La Costancia, NM. Stella and her sisters helped their father work the farm and the blacksmith shop. She often recalled her childhood very fondly, remembering the wonderful times she had with her sisters. They were gracious, loving sisters that enjoyed life to its fullest. Stella also spoke lovingly of Arculla, the mother that raised them after her birth mother passed away during the flu epidemic of 1918. As a young lady attending a teacher's convention, Stella met the man she was to spend the rest of her life with. In her early marriage, she substituted as a teacher along side her husband who was a teacher for the Belen School for over 42 years. As a loving and devoted mother and wife, she was always positive and full of spirit. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and a ladies card club which she enjoyed very much. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 67 years, Frank D. Baca in 2001; and her three sisters, Mary Aragon; Florela Baca; and Emma Mora. Stella is survived by her five children, Mary Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM; Albert Baca and his wife, Darlene of La Mirada, CA; Frank Baca and his wife, Jo of Fallbrook, CA; Louis Baca and his wife, Debbie of Albuquerque; and Angela Capshaw of Chicago, IL; 11 grandchildren, Claude Sanchez, Jr.; Connie Terry; Pauline Sanchez; Daniel Sanchez; Christopher Baca; Leslie Acevedo; Tracy Warman; Pamela Bennett; Michael Baca; Miranda Baca; and Crista Ciska; and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Rebecca Abeyeta of Belen; and Fina Gilbert. She will be greatly missed by many people especially her sisters, her children, and all of her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at Romero Funeral Home beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited by Deacon Norbert Sanchez at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 9:00am at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with Father Schultz officiating. Interment will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery. Her granddaughters will be her pallbearers, Connie Terry, Pauline Sanchez, Leslie Acevedo, Tracy Warman, Pamela Bennett, Miranda Baca, Crista Ciska. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM 87002.
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Benavidez -- Edward Joseph Benavidez peacefully passed on from this life at the age of 78, on Sunday, August 10, 2003, and left surviving him his daughter, Rosella Garcia, husband, Frank, and his son, Edward Frank Benavidez, Esquire. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Anthony Benavidez, and his sister, Cleotilde (Tillie) Block. Mr. Benavidez was well-known for his devotion to promoting the cultural heritage of his native Northern New Mexico ancestry and was a founding member of Los Caballeros de Vargas and the Santa Fe chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and enjoyed lifetime membership benefits in La Union Protectiva de Santa Fe. His military service included serving in an infantry unit during World War II and the Korean Conflict, and he was decorated for bravery during the Battle for Normandy; he was a founding member of the honor guard unit of American Legion, Carlisle-Bennett Unit, Post 13. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on December 13, 1924, and, during the Cold War era, from 1946 to 1967, he was employed with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the United States Atomic Energy Commission where, as an electronics technician, at nuclear explosion test sites in Mercury, Nevada, the Pacific Johnson Islands, Antarctica and the North and South Poles, he assisted with the retrieval and examination of instruments placed from each explosion s"ground zero". Also surviving Mr. Benavidez are grandchildren, Michelle Rodriguez, husband Donald, David Anaya, Michael Anthony Benavidez, Kimberly Lorenzini, husband Massimo, Phillip Anaya, Mario Benavidez and Javier Benavidez, Misty Duran and Donald Duran, Jr. His great-grandchildren include Candace Payne, Anthony, Matthew, Elyxus, and Sheyane Anaya, and Anthony Michael Benavidez. Mr. Benavidez children, Rosella and Edward, and his brother Armando and sister Mary, invite his many relatives and friends to join them in celebrating his passage from this life at memorial services which are to take place as follows: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 7:15 p.m., San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM; reception to immediately follow at the San Jose Mission Parish Hall, Los Duranes Community Wednesday, August 13, 2003, 11:00 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Agua Fria and Sandoval Streets, Santa Fe, NM; meal to be served immediately following at the BPOE Elks Lodge, Old Taos Highway.
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