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Heemann -- A. Howard Heemann, 78, formerly of Dallas, Texas and a resident of Albuquerque since 1991, died Wednesday April 30, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Julia Fisher Heemann of Albuquerque; children, Gretchen Schieffer and husband, Bill of Katy, Texas, Karyn Murphy and husband, Tom of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Paul Heemann and wife, Roberta of Dallas, Texas, Patricia Hoffman and husband, Gene of San Antonio, Texas, Joseph Heemann and wife, Yolanda of San Antonio, TX, and David Heemann of Temecula, California; sister, Julia Frances Berry of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, John Heemann of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kathryn, Margaret and William Lawrence Jr. Schieffer, Thomas Joseph V, Julia Grace and David Murphy, and Catherine and Robert Heemann; step grandchildren, Jessica Cooper and husband, Chris, and Kandice Heemann; and step great-grandchildren, Melbourne John Cooper II and Steven Heemann. Mr. Heemann was born in San Diego, California. and grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas. Howard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict, remaining in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1961. He graduated from the University of Texas-Austin; then, began his career as a CPA. He served on the Dallas Society of CPAs and was active in the AICPA. He was a retired partner of KPMG. Always a devoted Catholic, Howard was knighted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. His true dedication was to the SERRA Clubs of Dallas and Albuquerque. He served on the Vocational Committees of the Diocese of Santa Fe and St. Bernadette Parish. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Memorial Rosary will be held Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE, with Deacon Al McLane presiding. Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Sheehan on Friday, May 9, 10:30 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Interment of cremains will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 9 at Santa Fe National Cemetery, with Father John Carney presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Archbishop's Seminarian Burse, 4000 St. Josephs Pl. NW, 87120. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Hill -- Victor Linville Hill, passed away peacefully with Donna, his wife of 65 years at his side, on May 3, 2003. Born in Cabin Creek, West Virginia on January 23, 1912 to William and Elizabeth Hill, Vic Hill led a long and satisfying life. Graduating from the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering in 1937, Vic mined copper in Tennessee, mercury in California, sulfur in Wyoming, uranium in New Mexico and lignite in North Dakota. In 1965, he joined Nordberg Manufacturing Company as district manager in Toronto, Ontario and later as regional manager in San Francisco. Elected to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineer's Legion of Honor, Vic Hill was respected for his integrity, his devotion to his work, and his knowledge. He was especially proud of his work with"the over the hill gang," a group of retired engineers and geologists who, in 1977, went from exploration to uranium production in record-setting pace. During his retirement years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Vic became a Master Gardner and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 1987. An avid sports fan, Vic cheered enthusiastically for the Kentucky Wildcats, the Cincinnati Reds and, more recently, the SMU Mustangs. Vic Hill was known for his optimistic spirit, inquisitive mind and noble heart. But above all, Vic Hill was a family man. In addition to his wife, Donna, Vic Hill is survived by his son, William R. Hill of Tucson, Arizona; his daughter, Vicki L. Hill of Dallas, Texas; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Hill of Tucson, Arizona; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews in Arizona, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, as well as friends all over the country. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 11, 2003 at Owenwood United Methodist Church, 1451 John West Road, Dallas, TX. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family has asked that contributions to celebrate Vic Hill's life be sent either to Owenwood United Methodist Church or to the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory 4408 Gaston Avenue, Dallas 214-887-3555
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Hoffner -- Mary Gertrude Hoffner, 100, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2003. She was a member of the St. Lukes Parish in Glenside, PA for over 90 years and a lifetime member of Sandy Run Country Club. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, George W. Hoffner; her parents; brothers; sisters; and one niece. Mary is survived by her many loving nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; great-great -nieces and nephews; cousins; and many loving friends. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 At Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 1500 Old York Rd., Abington, PA at 6:00pm with a Rosary following at 7:00pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at St. Lukes Catholic Church, Abington PA, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Scpulchre Catholic Cemetery in Philadephia, PA where she will be laid to rest by her family. Romero Funeral Home (505) 864-8501, Belen, NM 87002.
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Kessler -- Mary Beth Kessler, Albuquerque native and resident of Dana Point, CA, succumbed to cancer on April 26, 2003. A well known tennis professional, Mary Beth is fondly remembered by many friends and students. A 1968 graduated of St. Pius X High School, Mary graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sociology in 1972. While at UNM Mary was ranked #1 on the University's Womens Tennis team. She was the Head Tennis Professional at Four Hills Country Club from 1972 - 1987 and was intermittently ranked in womens' singles and doubles during this time. In 1987, Mary Beth relocated to southern California where she coached and taught tennis to private students until her death. She also served as director of the annual Los Ninos Tennis Tournament which benefits children with special needs. Mary Beth loved teaching her students about tennis, but also about respect for others and becoming better human beings. She left the world a bit better and that alone is to have succeeded. Mary Beth is survived by her parents, Marcella and Chuck Kessler; sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Max Dominguez; sons, Max and Joseph; aunt and uncle, Marina and Warren Flood all of Albuquerque. She is also survived by Irwin and Dorothy Wagner and Ralph and Elaine Heiring; aunt, Leta Wagner of Dubuque, IA; aunts and uncles of Dubuque Iowa; and uncle, Jack Kessler of McMechen, West Virginia; aunt, Dolores Moore of St. Clarisville, OH. She is also survived by her dear friends, Dr. Jerry and Karen Stevens and their children, Ben, Chris and Susie; along with all her wonderful friends in California who helped Mary in her fight against cancer. A Memorial Mass for Mary will be celebrated by Fr. Richard Olona on May 10, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Los Ninos, 32531 Caribbean Dr., Monarch Beach, CA 92629 or Canossian Sisters, 5625 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.
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Kittredge -- Paul E. Kittredge, a resident of Albuquerque for 20 years, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003. His survivors include his wife of 48 years, Anna Isabelle; six children, Mary Anna, Paul, Mark, Celia, Pat, and Franc; nine grandchildren, Steven, Craig, Amy, Leslie, Spencer, Nicholas, Ryan, Megan, and Amberle; five brothers and sisters, Sally, Teresa, Arlene, Charles, and Kevin; and countless friends. Paul was born in Philadelphia and raised in Boston until he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1949. He served as a radar repair technician in Korea during the Korean Conflict, after which he moved to Arizona. He met and married Anna, earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and began raising his family. He and Anna moved to Albuquerque in 1983 where he continued his career with Honeywell until he retired in 1993. He was deeply loved, left a wide wake and will be sorely missed. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday May 8, 2003 and a Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m., Friday May 9, 2003 at John the XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Lovelace Hospice, VA Medical Center or the ALS support organization, Friends In Time (4906 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, 872-9301). Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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Laben -- Margaret N. Laben, 68, a resident of Albuquerque passed away suddenly Saturday, May 3, 2003. She is survived by her husband, George J. Laben; her son, Steven Collins of Burleson, TX; sisters, Mary Alice Taylor of Albuquerque, Lucille Dittes of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; granddaughters, Christy Collins of San Francisco, CA; and Amber Duddleston of Lomoni, Iowa; stepson and daughter-in-law, Phil and Robin Laben; and step-granddaughter, Amanda of Albuquerque. Her family will miss her deeply. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lucy M. Duddleston. She was very active in the China-Burma-India Association, assisting her husband. Margaret was born in La Junta, CO, September 17, 1934. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Major Baisden of Rancho Cordovo, CA, is officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. Interment to be in Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Klamath Falls, OR.
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Lenander -- Harlan Edward Lenander, Sr., 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, May 3, 2003. He was born in Minneapolis, KS, the second child of Edward William and Ida Warren Lenander on September 13, 1917. He graduated from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS in 1939 with a BS degree in Physics, Math and Chemistry. He attended Duke University for graduate studies until he was called by the Secretary of the Navy to join a small group of scientists charged with developing a system to protect ships from magnetic mines during WWII, which was successful. Harlan met his wife in Washington, D.C. and they would have been married 60 years on May 7, 2003. They were transferred to the San Francisco, CA office where they remained until the end of the war. The next three years were spent at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, CA, where rockets were being developed and tested. In 1949, he and his young family arrived in Albuquerque where he spent 29 years at Sandia National Laboratory. He worked in development and atomic testing spending much time at the South Pacific Eniwetok test site; Barking Sands, Kauai, HI; Tonapah, NV; and San Diego, CA for a special underwater test. He retired in 1978 as Director of Weapons Applications. Harlan received an honorary PhD from Southwestern College and was inducted into their Science Hall of Fame, April 13, 2003. He received many other honors for his volunteer service in Boy Scouts, Elks Cerebral Palsy Program, University Hospital volunteer in the laboratory, Sandia Lab Science Advisor Program, Optimists International and his church, Holy Cross Lutheran. Harlan was musically talented and had a perfect tenor voice. He sang in choirs for 70 years wherever he was, including on a navy ship. He played the piano, organ and cornet. He was a Boy Scout troop leader and had the only Boy Scout Band in New Mexico. He also served on the Kit Carson Executive board and in district offices. He received the Lamb award from the Lutheran Church for distinguished service to Boyhood and the Silver Beaver award, the highest award in scouting. The Sandia National Labs Science Advisor's Program gave him a chance to encourage students at Taft Middle School to pursue education in math, science and engineering. Optimists International conferred Life Member, Friend of Youth upon him. Governor Garry Carruthers recognized his volunteer work with a Volunteer Service Award. TV-7 chose him as a Jefferson Award winner for time and leadership to benefit the community. Travel was a special part of his life and trips throughout the U.S. took him to all 50 states. Foreign travel to Mexico, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, British Isles, The Holy Land, Greece, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and the Bahamas were enjoyed and enriched the lives of all the family. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated by the entire family in Switzerland and Italy. They enjoyed watching their granddaughters participate in sports, beginning with Little League softball and soccer; going thru high school softball, volleyball, golf, and cheerleading; and college softball. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Harlan E. Lenander, Jr. DDS and his wife, Marie of Albuquerque; daughter, Margaret Ann Greenhaw and husband, Charles of Harrison, AR; three granddaughters, Mary Lynn Lenander Leidolf and husband, Robert of Plano, TX, Sherry A. Lenander of Albuquerque and Lisa Marie Lenander, a student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX; his sister, Mrs. Donald Cary of Alma, NE; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Peter and Phyllis Masiero of Albuquerque; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Maxine Richardson of Hudson, FL; and nieces and nephews, Doug and Vicki Cary, Bill and Vicky Cary, Barbara and John Anthony and Jay and Kathy Kingery. Services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 1:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6901 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Private entombment will take place at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menual Blvd. NE. An ice cream social will be held at 3:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6901 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 87109 or to the National Kidney Foundation, PO Box 14238, Albq., 87191. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Lovato -- Filomeno"Shorty" S. Lovato, 84, a lifetime resident of Manzano, NM passed away peacefully in his ranch house in Manzano, NM, Tuesday, May 6, 2003 after a short illness. He was born May 20, 1917 in Manzano, NM to Jose Jesus and Elifda (Silva) Lovato. He married Pablita Torres April 19, 1939 in Manzano, NM. Filomeno is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pablita Torres Lovato and their ten children, Dora and Jim Pitchford, Elfie and Robert Romero, Fidel and Emma Lovato, Estella Vigil, Rufina and Fred Oter, Gloria and Maclovio Zamora, Lenora and David Romero, Gabriel Lovato, Gilbert and Naphie Lovato, Manie Lovato, and Ed Daley; 37 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Natividad Lovato. Filomeno was a member of the St. Alice Catholic Parish and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Manzano, NM. He was a Grand Knight in the Knight of Columbus, a carpenter, a plumber, a rancher. Filomeno will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather; great-grandfather; great-great-grandfather; and dear friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. There will be a viewing Wednesday, May 7, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Manzano, NM. A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated May 8, 2003, 11:00 a.m. both at Our Lady of Sorrows with Father Florian Renaud officiating, burial will follow in the church yard cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Romero, John Garcia, Norman Lovato, Salvador Vigil, A.J. Hallifax, Dion Zamora, Juan Romero, Miguel Lovato, Joseph Lovato Baca, and Sierra Lovato Daley. Honorary Pallbearers will be all his other grandsons and granddaughters. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Mountainer, NM 847-2331.
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Lucero -- Frances S. Lucero, 85, was called home with our Lord on May 3, 2003. She is survived by son, Abie Jaramillo; daughters, Viola Cruz and Bertha Sproul; three sisters; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at St. Edwin's Church, Rosary, May 7, 2003 at 7:00 p.m., and Mass on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Pajarito Cemetery.
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Maestas -- Judy L. Maestas, 55, a resident of San Fidel, New Mexico, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2003. She was a member o the St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Grants, NM. She was a longtime San Fidel business owner where she operated Ray's Bar along with her mother, Rose B. Maestas for many years. Judy was well known for always caring about others and she was always ready to help anyone in need. She is preceded in death by her father, Reynaldo in 1996. Judy is survived by her two loving children, Kristie Flores and her husband, Bobby; and D. J. Laskowski and his fiancee, Jennifer Reyes, all of Albuquerque, NM; one grandson, Spencer Flores; and one soon to be born; her mother, Rose B. Maestas of San Fidel; two brothers, Ray Maestas, Jr. and his wife, Celia of Grants, NM; and Ronnie Maestas and his wife, Lillian of Albuquerque and San Fidel. Judy is also survived by her many loving uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. All of Judy's services will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with a rosary being held on Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. and a Funeral Mass being celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery. Urn bearers will be her two brothers, Ray and Ronnie Maestas. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM 87002.
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