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Taylor -- Elsie M. Taylor passed away on April 26, 2003 at the age of 90. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held today 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.
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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 a.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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Villescas -- Vidal"Lala" Villescas, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, died May 1, 2003. Survivors include son, Ernie O. Villescas and wife, Jan of Albuquerque; sister, Albita Jaramillo of Albuquerque, Rosita Montoya of Socorro, NM; brother, Adiel Baca of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Kim Villescas of CA and Cindy Villescas of WA. Vidal was preceded in death by her husband, Basilio in 1988; as well as six brothers and sisters. She was a member of San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church and was a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Christian Mothers and volunteered at the North 4th Senior Center. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2003 in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2003 at San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church 2005 N. Plaza NW with Msgr. Leo Lucero, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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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. 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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Arellano -- Hellen S. Arellano went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. Helen was married to Nemey Arellano on February 6, 1945 while Nemey was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Nemey Arellano; son, Richard (Rick) Arellano; daughters, Kathee Macias and husband, Vince, Suzanne Ciardella and husband, Roy. Hellen had four grandchildren, Chad and Brooke Wilson and Nolan and Nathan Ciardella. She is also survived by her best friend and dear sister, Donna Rebensdorf and husband, Bill; sister-in-law, Nina Stevens and several nieces and nephews. Hellen was preceded in death by her parents, Donald E. Stevens and Flora Santistevan Stevens and also by her brother, Ted Stevens. Hellen graduated from Taos High School in 1942. After her marriage to Nemey, the couple lived in Wisconsin for two years and in California for 38 years, before returning to New Mexico to live out their retirement in 1993. She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, sister, extended family and friends. Rosary will be recited on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. also at the church with Father Frank Prieto, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Covenant House, P.O. Box JAF 2973, New York, New York 10116-2973. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW 897-0300
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Baca -- Joseph"Bico" Baca, a resident of Manhattan Beach, CA died Saturday, March 22, 2003 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was 70 years old. Joe was born September 18, 1932 in Albuquerque and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He served in the 726 AAA Battalion, Headquarters Battery, during the Korean Conflict. In 1967, while employed as a Production Engineer at TRW, he met his wife, Sue. They were married for 28 years. After retiring from TRW ten and half years ago, he and his wife spent time traveling and enjoying many hobbies. Joe became a Master Wood-carver and carved many cowboys and St. Francis statutes. He was also famous for his unique chile. Family and friends came from all around when he made it. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 28 years, Sue; their children, Pam and Mark Shaw and their children, Jason, Amy and Kyle; Rick and Linda Baca and their children, Robby, Joe and Nathan; Lori and Spike Howard and their children, Michael, Chad and Jenni; Michael and Gina Mulligan and their children, Christina, Michael and Christopher; Bill and Debbie Mulligan and their children, Bill and Jamie; brothers, Alfredo Baca of Santa Fe, Robert and wife, Annette Baca of Albuquerque; many nieces and nephews; and his precious kitty, Chasen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Lavina Baca; and his brothers, Buddy Baca and Jack Baca. Funeral Mass was said Thursday, March 27, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th St. in Manhattan Beach. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM, on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Reception to follow.
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Borstel -- Arthur Gordon Borstel, age 85, a resident of Albuquerque died April 30, 2003. Survivors include his daughters, Sandra Saxton of Houston, TX, Robin Bolduc of Surprise, AZ, Irene Borstel-Bush of Albuquerque; son, David Borstel of Denver, CO; sister, Marion Seiberg of Los Angeles, CA; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; cousin, Herbie White. Arthur was a member of Congregation B'Nai Israel and he belonged to the Hiram Lodge 13, past master, Shriner, Legion of Honor and the DAV Chapter 33. Services will be held 8:00 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2003 at Congregation B'Nai Israel 4401 Indian School Rd. NE with Rabbi Arthur W. Flicker and Cantor Michael A. Dzubin officiating. Interment will follow in Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements are under thedirection of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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Cabazos -- Ms. Floydene Cabazos, 38, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on April 29, 2003. Ms. Cabazos is the beloved mother to, Tiffany Montoya, Mallory Montoya and Steve Michael Jr. Ms. Cabazos is also survived by her companion, Steve Michael Moreno Sr.; her special nieces, Victoria and Veronica Griego; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Ms. Cabazos was a member of the Catholic Church. A Visitation will be Friday morning from 8;00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 8:30 a.m. by Linda Lions and Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father Manuel Viera. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary. Pallbearers will be, Steven Michael Moreno Jr., Steve Michael Moreno Sr., Robert Saiz Jr., Robert Chavez, Robert Saiz Sr. and Robert Montoya. Honorary pallbearer will be Florencio Mendoza. Arrangement by: GABALDON MORTUARY 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW
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Chapman -- Patricia L."Pat" Chapman, 69, a resident of Albuquerque since 1973, died Monday, April 28, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Howard D. Chapman of Albuquerque; sons, Howard A. Chapman and wife, Glenna, and Mike Chapman, all of Albuquerque; daughter, Susan Considine and husband, Michael of Dayton, OH; and sister, Mary Hubbie Dailey of Dover, DE. Pat loved to travel and took great pleasure in bringing back mementos and tales of her adventures. Her most recent trip was to Hawaii where at 69 she was kayaking and hiking. In her fifties, she went back to school, obtained an Associates Degree in Counseling. Pat was a volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center before she began a career as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor. She was a well-respected Counselor and was known for her sage advice. All who knew her will remember her as an avid baseball fan, a devoted and loving wife, mother and friend. Pat embraced life and all it had to offer. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Av. NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to make donations to St. Andrew's building fund. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Chowning -- William"Bill" Chowning, USA (Ret.), 82, a resident of New Mexico since 1958, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Louise Chowning of Moriarty, NM; son, Patrick Chowning and wife, Wendy of Fallbrook, CA; daughter, Luanne Chowning of Albuquerque; son, Ralph Chowning and wife, Kathy of Moriarty, NM; grandson, Todd Chowning of Corrales, NM; granddaughter, Michelle Clark of Albuquerque; grandson, Tommy Clark of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Valerie Raskob and husband, Chris of Columbus, IN; grandson, Clayton Chowning of Moriarty, NM; and great-grandchildren, Chaz Clark of Albuquerque and Micaela Clark of Temecula, CA; brother, Bob Chowning of Davenport, OK. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike Chowning and grandson, Scott Chowning. Mr. Chowning served as a captain in the US Army receiving his commission at West Point. He loved to travel and fish. Services will be held Friday, May 2, 2003, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Chowning, Tommy Clark, Clayton Chowning, Valerie Raskob, Chaz Clark, and Michelle Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Nau, Ralph Nau and Ben C. Hernandez. Friends may visit French Mortuary, one hour prior to service. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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