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Tate -- Larry W. Tate of Pontiac, MI formerly of Roswell, NM died April 30, 2003 at the age of 61. Loving father of Steven (Jeannette) Tate of Albuquerque; beloved son of Pauline and the late Loomis Tate of Pontiac, MI; grandpa of Jennifer Tate, Vanessa, Eugene and David; brother of Catherine (Bob) Cole of Waterford, Lemuel Tate of Pontiac and Marilyn (Dan) McDonald of Rochester; former spouse of Sandra Tate of Pontiac; also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Larry retired from General Motors Truck and Coach in 1989 after 30 years of service. He enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Funeral Service Saturday 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son TRUST 100 Funeral Home, Clarkston, MI, 248-625-5231 where friends may visit Friday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cranbrook Hospice.
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Taylor -- Elsie M. Taylor passed away on April 26, 2003 at the age of 90 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on March 20, 1913 in Maxwell, NM. She had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1945 and was a member of the Valley Gardener's Club. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Taylor, in December of 1999, one month short of their 62nd wedding anniversary. Elsie is survived by her three daughters, Nanci Easley and husband, Bill, Pat Morgan and husband, Jim, all of Albuquerque and Carole Blazick and husband, Richard of Green Valley, AZ. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to Odyssey Healthcare Hospice, 3500 Comanche NE, Bldg, F, Albuquerque, NM 87107.Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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Varga -- Eleanor P. Varga, 81, passed away April 26, 2003 after a short bout with cancer. Her husband, Joseph preceded her in death in 1982. She is survived by sons, Robert and wife, Karen Varga, Kenneth and wife, Ruth Varga; daughters, JoAnn Ziegler Price and husband, Robert Price, Paula Gonzales and husband, Nicholas; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Walter Mleczko and sister, Catherine Sullivan, both of Las Vegas, NV. Eleanor served in the WACs in WWII and continued involvement in the WAC Albuquerque Chapter until her death. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE with Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Eleanor's grandson-in-law officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lovelace Hospice, 5403 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 821-0010.
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Vargas -- Mary B. Vargas, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003. She is survived by her sons, David A. Vargas and wife, Norma, Marty Vargas and wife, Cara, Richard Vargas and Tony Vargas; Lawrence Vargas and wife, Terry; daughters, Pat Tarrend and husband, Dix, Rita Vargas and Debbie Vargas; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; sister, Louise Garcia; brother, Gilbert Baca and wife, Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, David H. Vargas, father, Nester Baca, stepfather, Nep Lueras, mother Dolores Lueras, son, Michael Lueras, and granddaughter, Monica Vargas. Mrs. Vargas was born February 18, 1923 in Vaughn, NM. She attended University of New Mexico and received bilingual endorsement. Mrs. Vargas was one of the first state educators to assist in teaching bilingual courses at East San Jose Elementary School. She retired from APS after 17 years of service. Mrs. Vargas was an active member of Anna Kaseman volunteer auxiliary, NM Red Cross, Kidney Foundation, South Broadway, East San Jose Community Centers, and LULAC Organization South Valley Chapter. She also volunteered in various Congressional, U.S. Senate, NM Governors, Presidential elections, and state and local races. She participated in the organization of the first Headstart program. During her volunteer career, Mrs. Vargas was able to meet and dine with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. She was member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and Legion of Mary. She enjoyed attending various social functions with her husband, David, traveling and reading, as well as, family gatherings. She was a wonderful compassionate wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to many of those in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Rosary will be recited Thursday, May 1, 2003, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 2, 2003, 9:00 p.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brian Vargas, Matthew Vargas, Alex Tarrand, Shawn Vargas, Raymond Tafoya, and Lawrence Charles Vargas. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jason Vargas, Joseph Vargas, David Edmund Vargas and"Little" Marty Vargas. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, 275-3500
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Acree -- Sadie Acree, 93, a resident of Albuquerque since 1947 was called home to her Lord on April 26, 2003. Sadie was born on August 25, 1909 on a farm near Flemingsberg, KY. She was a generous and good-hearted person whose sons and grandchildren meant the world to her. Sadie is survived by her three sons, Elwood"Woody: and wife, Martha, Edward and wife, Nancy, and James and wife, Gloria. Sadie is also survived by nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all. Sadie was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Elwood"Red" Acree. Sadie retired from the Veterans Hospital in 1972 as a dietician. Although she was unable the last several years, Sadie loved to travel and fish with her husband and sons. Sadie also loved her church and has been a member of Harwood United Methodist Church since moving to Albuquerque in 1947. Services will be held on April 30, 2003 at 2:00 p.m., at Harwood United Methodist Church, 420 San Lorenzo NW, with Reverend Andy Husted officiating. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be her grandsons Anthony, Nathan, Daniel, John, Edward Jr., and Edward III. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Aragon and Charlie Hern. In Lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Sadies name to the Harwood Methodist Church. A reception will follow the graveside services at Harwood Methodist Church. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 323-9000
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Anaya -- Fred P. Anaya, 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003. He is survived by his son, Fred S. Anaya and wife, Sandra; daughters, Mary Louise Sena and Bonnie De Herrera and husband, Edward; grandchildren, Steven F. Anaya and wife Suzann, Cheryl Maturino and husband John, Michele Gutierrez and husband Louis, Christopher Anaya and wife Tina, Joyelle Sena, Brenda Sena and Benjamin Sena and wife Ashlie; 13 great-grandchildren, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Simona Davis and Isabel Garcia and husband, Antonio; brothers, John Anaya and wife, Clara Belle, Henry Anaya and Charlie Anaya and wife, Dolores; sister, Marylou Salazar and husband, Hank; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara S. Anaya; brothers, Antonio P. Anaya and Joe M. Anaya; and parents, Basilio and Miquelita Anaya. Fred was a lifelong member of St. Therese Little Flower Church, and part of Holy Name Society. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII. Fred was a member of Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 13, past president of NM Society of Public Accountants, and past member of NM State Board of Public Accountancy. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., at St. Therese Little Flower Church, 300 Mildred NW, with Deacon Manuel Montoya reciting. Music provided by Fred Gomez. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, 12:30 p.m., at St. Therese Little Flower Church, with Deacon Manuel Montoya officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Edward De Herrera, Steven Anaya, Christopher Anaya, John Maturino, Louis Gutierrez, Benjamin Sena, and Gerald Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Freddie Anaya and Isidore Valdez III. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Aragon -- Damacio F. Aragon, 95, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully at home on April 27, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Esther Aragon of Albuquerque; daughters, Nickie and husband, Leonard Eisenzimmer of Albuquerque, Ramona Moleres of Grants, NM, Margaret Welter of Camby, IN; sons, Col. Jose Aragon and wife, Colleen of Arlington, VA and Claude Aragon and wife, Drucilla of Grants, NM. He is also survived by sons-in-law, Wayne Gilbertson of Sun City, AZ and Pete Malies of Kyle, TX. Damacio is survived 19 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Carmel Malies, Theresa Gilbertson and Mary Anne and husband, Paschal Malies, sons-in-law, Robert Moleres and Gene Welter. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW with Legion of Mary, reciting. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. also at the church with Father Frank Prieto, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE. Friends may visit on Wednesday at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church from 6:00 p.m. until time of rosary. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW 897-0300
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Chavez -- Adan H. Chavez, 84, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Please call Romero Funeral Home for service times (505) 864-8501, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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Cole -- James P. Cole Jr., Lt. Colonel (Ret.), 82 died April 28, 2003 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 53 years,Clara; daughter, Christine Cole and family of Los Angeles and son, Edward Cole and family of Corrales. He was preceded in death by his son, James P. Cole III."JP" (to his friends and family) was born in New York City on December 6, 1920. He was an early high school graduate in 1936 and attended Columbia University the same year on scholarship. When scholarship money ran out in 1939, he became a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He answered a call for volunteers to join the Royal Air Force in 1940. He fought in the Battle of Britain becoming on of Churchill's"so few" that"were owed so much by so many." It was here that he few the fighter plane that he loved so much; the Spitfire. He rejoined the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 after America had entered the war. He fought the remainder of the war with the Eight Air Force flying a variety of fighters. After the war, JP finished his college degree at Columbia University. He remained in the Air Force in both active and reserve capacities until 1962. During that time, he flew some of the first Fighter jets and commanded a Search and Rescue squadron in the Pacific Northwest. JP was assigned at one point during this time to fly an airplane for Clark Gable in a movie. He was an insurance company executive in civilian life and was a Boy Scout scoutmaster of the local troop helping many boys grow into young men. His passions were his wife and family, reading and golf. A man of energy, warmth and dignity, he will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 2, 2003, 11:00 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery, with Chaplain Lemuel Boyles, Col. USAF, (Ret.), officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Conley -- Marie K. Conley, 68, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died Sunday, April 27, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Delbert E. Conley of Albuquerque; daughters, Pamela Houston and husband, Tommy of Mandeville, LA and Joyce Marquez and husband, J.R. of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Amy Houston and Jacqueline Marquez; grandsons, Eric Houston and Vincent Marquez; brothers, Donald Heberlein and wife, Susie of Arizona, Raymond Heberlein of California, and Russell Heberlein and wife, Helen of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marie enjoyed sewing and traveling with her family. She was an active member of Netherwood Park Church of Christ. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Albuquerque Christian Children's Home, 5700 Winter Haven Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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