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Orwat -- Marilynn Diana Orwat received her angel wings on Monday, June 16, 2003. She died in the arms of her loving family at the ABQ Regional Medical Center Hospice Unit. Marilynn was born April 12, 1932 in Springville, NY. She is survived by her mother, Olive M. Hampton of Brigham City, Utah; her five children, David Orwat, and his wife Elvie, Elaine and her husband Dr. Robert Foreman, Sharon D. Streicher, Charles Orwat and his wife Debbie, and Keith Orwat and his wife, Debra; grandchildren, Jennifer M. Osborne and her husband, Aaron, Joseph James Pelot, III and his wife, Kimberly, Desiree Orwat and her fiance, Brandon McSween of Fredricksburg, VA, Diana and Charles Orwat, Jr., Brett and Jordan Foreman, Candice and Michael Orwat, Sarah Orwat, Penny, Saul and Paul Rasmussen; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Cheyenne Osborne, Joseph James, IV and Savannah Marie Pelot, Tyler Flynt; brother, Wesley Hampton and family of Spokane, WA; sister, Wendy Zielinski and family of Rainier, OR and Christopher Hampton and family of Rochester, NY; and friends Betty Vogel, Julia Cordova, and special friends whom she loved like family Stephanie Kay, Georgia Barreras, Loretta Howard, Anna Wolverton, and Chaplain Larry Wills Nana was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Snowshoes Hampton, her husband of 35 years Arthur M. Orwat; her beloved Richard Y. Brown, companion and best friend of 7 years, and dear friend Mildred Kole. At many points in her life she was cared for by her children and through the last difficult years of her life to her death she lived with her daughter Sharon and granddaughter Jennifer. Marilynn fulfilled a lifelong dream by graduating from P.A. L. Clowns and embodied"Minnie the Clown" for ten years. She worked as a bus driver for Helwig and Farmer Schoolbus Transportation Company and retired after many years from UNM School of Medicine, Dept. of Biochemistry. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sandia Palliative Care Center, 8804 Washington NE, Ste. C, 87113, where, in lieu of flowers, you can make charatible contributions. Marilynn's personal effects are being donated to victims of domestic violence. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Saturday, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Rey Vejil officiating."See ya on down the road ..." French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Pardo -- Brian T. Pardo, 42, a native of Albuquerque, and a resident of Cedar Grove, passed away suddenly. A graduate of Del Norte High School and T-VI, he was a Mechanical Technician at Sandia National Labs for 18 years. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, hunting, his horses and the company of his family and many friends. He is survived by his parents, Julio and Carol Pardo; his sisters, Karen Boyce of Shawnee, KS and Alisa Baremore of Albuquerque; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to Walkin N Circle Equine Rescue, 198 Wiemer Road, Edgewood, New Mexico 87015. Funeral Services will be held Monday, June 23, 2003, 2:00 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE, with Rev. James Hawk officiating. Cremation will follow services. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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Ramirez -- Tony J. Ramirez. The family would like to express their appreciation for the flowers, cards and food from their family and friends during their time of sorrow. Your kind expressions of sympathy, compassion and love are appreciated. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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Rascon -- Estefanita"Estefy" Rascon, 72, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, June 19, 2003 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband, Dan"JD" Rascon; her two sons, Adrain Rascon and Eugene Rascon; three daughters, Sonia Rascon, Coeli Rascon, Varii and Gilbert Trujillo; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers, Zoriada Martinez and husband, Willie, Esperanza Gonzales and husband, Nelson, Socorro Hunt and husband, Edgar, Bertha Arnold and husband, Roger, Eduardo Baca and wife, Esther, Johnny Baca and wife, Celia; her in-laws; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death, her father, Jesus Baca; mother, Magdalena Baca; and brother, Roy Baca. She was born on September 26, 1930 in El Rito, NM where she lived for 20 years. Since then, she has lived in Albuquerque. Celebrating 52 years of marriage, she was an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. As a faithful servant in her church community, Glory Hall, she touched many lives with God's spirit. Her love for nature, traveling, gardening, sewing, reading God's word and caring for her loved ones gave her a full life. She will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. In honor and celebration of her life, her family will be saying good-bye Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Glory Hall, 2417 Wyoming Blvd. Her Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2003 at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Hospital, Senior Care, PACE in the name of Estefanita"Estefy" Rascon. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE 323-9000
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Robison -- Kenneth W. Robison passed away June 17, 2003, with his daughter, Marci and her husband, Larry Henning, at his side. He was born April 22, 1909, in Holton, Kansas. His wife, Helen, preceded him in death, August 21, 2000, after 64 years of marriage. Ken is survived by sister, Neva and husband, Therll Heiselman; sister, Mary and husband John Meier; and brother, Bob and wife, Mary Maxine Robison; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is fondly remembered as"Granddad" by Nanda, Carrie, Andie, Kathy, Conny, Katarina, Linda and Anna. Ken was a lifetime employee with the Santa Fe Railroad, serving as General Foreman at the Tie Treating Plant and Chemist upon retirement. In 1952 he and his wife became members of Central United Methodist Church where he served as president of the Friendly Bible Class, taught Sunday school classes and served as general Sunday School Superintendent over an enrollment of 1100 adults and children. In addition he served as usher in church, President of Men's Club, President of the Senior Fellowship and organization of elderly citizens; served on the Administrative Board and Finance Committee for 30 years. Upon retirement from the SFRR, he filled his time with volunteer work beginning being on the first RSVP Board that helped develop the Office of Senior Affairs Center; and was on the first Advisory Board at Palo Duro Senior Center helping to develop their first By-Laws. On August 5 1980, he was honored by being appointed Colonel-Aid-De-Camp on the Executive Staff of the State of New Mexico by acting Gov. Roberto Mondragon. The Veterans Administration honored him after 18 years and 5,000 hours of service while he was on the Executive Board of the VAVS Advisory Board at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Ken served in AARP as Chapter President, Assistant Director and then State Director. In 1988 the American Red Cross awarded him a plaque as safety volunteer of the year. He received a national award on April 9, 1989 from the American Association of Retired Persons in appreciation of outstanding service to the community and his picture hangs in the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He enjoyed many years of association with the local Shriners. The family wishes to thank the special care given to Ken by Christiansen Home Care and Staff: Lucy, Marcella, Alex, Nina and the Albuquerque Caregivers at Hoffmantown: Nadia, Yvonne, Lynnae, Javier and Rene as well as Vista care Hospice and the continued support by Kathy Finley. Funeral Services will be held at Central United Methodist Church, in the Chapel at 1615 Copper, NE on Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper, NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 884-1188
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Sanchez -- Krystal Ann Sanchez May 9, 1985 - June 21, 2002Even though we're far apart, You're still right with us in our hearts, It doesn't matter that you're so far away, In our thoughts you will always stay, Although we miss you dearly too, We have beautiful memories of you. We love and miss you so dearly, Arianna Mom, Dad, Lisa, Chris, Angel, Paula Lupe, family and friends.
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Scott -- Velma Lucile Scott, 89, formerly of Estancia, NM, a three-year resident of Albuquerque, passed away on June 12, 2003. Services will be held Saturday, June 21, 2003, 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Estancia. Interment will follow at Estancia Cemetery. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Tapia -- Mr. Tomas (Tappers) Tapia, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at the age of 56. Mr. Tapia retired from the City after 25 years of service. He was a loving and caring person who will be greatly missed. He was always there for his family and friends. He also loved music. He is survived by his wife, Mary C. Williams; children, Harrison Lee Few, Johnny Lee Few, and Tomie Jane Bennett; brothers, Jackie Jaramillo, Victor Vallejos, David James Vallejos, and Adolph Vallejos; sister, Betty Vallejos; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends. A Wake Service will be held on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Church on the Rock. Funeral Services for Mr. Tapia will be held on Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Church on the Rock. A Funeral Services for Mr. Tapia will be held on Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, Pastor Mark Mullaney will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackie Jaramillo, Victor Vallejos, David James Vallejos, Adolph Vallejos, Harrison Lee Few, and Johnny Lee Few. Honorary pallbearers will be Vince Jordan, Mike McDade, Michael Scott Jaramillo, Tommy Kist, Jarred Vallejos, Victor Ernest Vallejos and David Vallejos Jr. God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered,"Come with me." With tearful eyes we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly; we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us that He only takes the best. It's lonesome here without you; we miss you more each day. Life doesn't seem the same, since you went away. When days are sad and lonely, and everything goes wrong, we seem to hear you whisper,"Cheer up and carry on." Each time we see your picture, you seem to smile and say,"Don't cry, I'm in God's hands, we'll meet again someday!" Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW 247-4124
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Trujillo -- Robert Trujillo, Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at San Jose Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW. 247-4124
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Vander Wagen -- Dr. Robert Charles Vander Wagen (Dr. Van), 72, skilled physician, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Monday, June 16, 2003 in Bullhead City, Arizona. Born in Rehoboth, New Mexico, December 24, 1930. He spent his childhood in and around the Pueblo of Zuni, where his family has been since 1897. Rob's elementary education was spent being taught by his mother in a one-room school house in Zuni. He attended Wasatch Academy (Utah), Calvin College and Seminary, University of Michigan Medical School and University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. He specialized in Pediatrics and Public Health. He retired in 1982 ending a career of 24 years with the USPHS, Indian Health Service and the State of New Mexico. After retirement, through writing he shared his fascination of the southwest desert with all who love her honest faces. Rob was preceded in death by his brother, Ted; his father, Simon; his mother, Wilhelmina; and his son, Robert Charles II. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty; siblings; Larry Vander Wagen, Bernice Stock, and Ethel Carey; children, Barbara Vander Wagen-Bieniewski, Ruth Garza, Claudia Delaney, Norman Vander Wagen, and Glenna Little. The grandchildren, Wendy, Jacquelyn, Rebecca, Paula, Roxanne, Jared, Rachel, Sarah, Kent, Ross, Joshua, and Caszandra. Also one great-grandchild, Courtney Jo. A multitude of friends and family will remember him for his quick wit and marvelous stories that gladdened our hearts and nourished our souls. He managed to enrich the lives of everyone he met. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at Hope Evangelical Church, 4710 Juan Tabo NE on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. A second Memorial Service is being planned for July in Zuni, New Mexico. The family of Rob Vander Wagen ask that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to a fund that will be a scholarship for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Dr. Van's name. Please send donations to 9104 Atkinson Pl. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.
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