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Miller -- E. Merle Miller, 87, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977 and former resident of Bartlesville, OK, died Sunday, March 23, 2003. He is survived by his children, Mary Ann Miller of Cumming, GA; Betty Jean Blue and husband, David Williams of Edmond, OK; Rita Marie Miller and husband, Larry Erickson of Beaverton, OR; John Patrick Miller and wife, Lynn of Shelton, CT; Henry Harvey Miller of Firestone, CO; and Lori Lea Butler of Albuquerque; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Louis Miller of El Paso, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda H. Miller and son, James Miller. Upon graduation from college, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company and retired from the same. They moved to Bartlesville, OK in 1947 and raised their family there. Phillips moved them to London, England in 1972. Merle and Frieda relocated to Albuquerque in 1977 where he retired. Mr. Miller was involved with the Stamp Club. He and his wife enjoyed playing bridge. He was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 11:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont Ave. NE. Cremation to follow service. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Moya -- Jacob Moya, 15, passed away March 22, 2003. He was a resident of Bernalillo and attended Rio Rancho High School. Jacob is survived by his parents Juan and Josie Moya; sister Justina Moya; grandparents Joe and Fela Moya of Kress, TX., John and Elizabeth Longoria of Claytonville, TX; uncles and aunts, Ty and Becky Spain of Dallas, TX., Carolyn Longoria of Amarillo, TX., David and Nina Benavidez of Kress, TX., Joe and Billy Jo Moya of Indiana, Tony and Gloria Felan of Locknee, TX., David and Mary Harvey of Amarillo, TX., Ruben and Eva Moya of Indiana; Christina Moya of Plainview, TX., Mario and Eva Esquibel of Oltown, TX., Danny Moya of Amarillo, TX., Jamie and Anna Marie Moya of Amarillo, TX., Staton and Jessica Moya of Indiana; numerous family and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at Bernalillo Independent Baptist Church, 105 Academy Dr. in Bernalillo. A Visitation will be on Tuesday March 25, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., with burial following at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. Albuq. 505-343-8008.
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Palanker -- Dr. Harold K. Palanker, 89, a resident of Albuquerque since January 1, 1979, died Monday, March 24, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice Palanker of Albuquerque; daughters, Maureen Leshendok and husband, Thomas of Reno, NV, Robin Palanker and Leonard Crofoot of Los Angeles, CA, Leslie Palanker and husband, J. F. Dufresne of Paris, France and Abby Gail Palanker of Los Angeles, CA; and grandsons, Joseph Dufresne and Luc Dufresne of Paris, France. He was born in Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1930 at the age of 17. Dr. Palanker attended Medical School at the University of Buffalo where he graduated in 1940. He served in the United States Army as a Major in the Medical Corps during WWII. Upon his return, he completed his residency at Buffalo General Hospital. He met Janice Powsner and they were married on May 9, 1948 during his residency. He then went into private practice and was also Full Attending in Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Associate Attending and Active Service Teaching Division at Buffalo General Hospital. He was Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Buffalo, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Palanker served as president of the Buffalo Surgical Society, the Western New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Maimonides Medical Society. He retired from private practice in 1979 to move to Albuquerque where he was connected to the Veteran's Hospital in the Ambulatory Care Unit for eight years. He was an avid golfer and member of the Four Hills Country Club. Dr. Palanker loved playing the violin and also spoke several languages. Memorial Services will be held Friday, March 28, 2003, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place in a private ceremony at Congregation Albert Cemetery in Fairview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of your choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Pino -- Victoriana C. Pino. The family wishes to thank all their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St SW.
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Saavedra -- Mr. Gilbert L. Saavedra died Monday, March 24, 2003 in Albuquerque at the age of 74. Mr. Saavedra was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Saavedra and son, Luciano Saavedra. Mr. Saavedra is survived by his children, Frances Sanchez and husband, Cris, Gilbert Saavedra, Raymond Saavedra, Theresa Becerra, Bernie Loranca and Chris Saavedra; brother, Isidro Saavedra; sister, Flora Sanchez; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mr. Saavedra will be held on Friday at San Jose Catholic Church where the Service will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Ray Saavedra, Chano Saavedra, Ross Narvaiz, Max Jaramillo, Bernie Loranca and Danny Apodaca. A Rosary for Mr. Saavedra will be recited on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Sanchez -- Alberto F."Bert" Sanchez, Jr, age 89, died Monday, March 24, in Amarillo, Texas. He was born in his grandparents home on July 30, 1914 in Clayton, New Mexico to Alberto F. Sanchez, Sr. and Natividad (Romero) Sanchez. A lifetime resident of Union County, Alberto attended school in the western Union County community of Barney until the sixth grade when he transferred to Clayton. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1932 and managed a ranch and store for his uncle Tobias Sanchez. On May 1, 1934 he married Adelina A. (Garcia) Sanchez in Clayton and she preceded him in death on December 31, 1980. Alberto owned and operated Robinett's Grocery store and a Texaco gas station for several years. He also worked for the State of New Mexico's Motor Transportation Department where he retired as a supervisor for the Clayton Port of Entry. Bert was not only a hard worker, but he served his community well. He held two publically elected offices serving on the Clayton Municipal School District Board as well as being a council member for the Town of Clayton. He belonged to several civic organizations having been a member of the Clayton's Lion Club for over 35 years. He was also a member of the Coronado Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was a board member of the Retired Public Employees of New Mexico and former President of the NM Senior Coalition. He was a lifetime member on the advisory board for the Eastern New Mexico Area on Aging, A position he was appointed to by then Governor Gary Carruthers. Alberto was a member of the Union County Medical Board and former Chairman of the Union County Home Health Care Agency. Bert was chairman of the Salvation Army's Project Unite which helped low income elders pay utility bills. He was also a member of the Union County Historical Society and in 1995 he received the Distinguished Pioneer Award from the Clayton Union County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his wife and parents, Albert was also preceded in death by an infant son, Alberto F. Sanchez, III; two brothers, Malaquias Sanchez and Alfredo Felix Sanchez; and by two sisters, Carlota Sanchez and Anita Park Sanchez. Alberto is survived by two sons, Ricardo T. Sanchez and his wife, Phyllis of El Paso, Texas and Reinaldo G. Sanchez and his wife, Sally of Clayton, New Mexico, 1 daughter, Lydia F. Bolk and her husband, Bill of Amarillo, Texas; one sister, Veronica Martinez of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 28, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. James Vance, officiating. Burial will be in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Clayton Senior Citizens Center, 19 E. Broadway, Clayton, New Mexico 88415.
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Sanchez -- Maria"Susie" Sanchez. Memorial Services will be held on Friday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Schonberg -- Ethel B. Schonberg. The family thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Senseney -- Robert J. Senseney, born May 14, 1923, made his passage on Thursday, March 20, 2003 following a heroic struggle with cancer. Robert's life was a celebration of determination, courage, vision, intellectualism, and phenomenal ingenuity. He was a devoted husband, a loyal and revered father, and a playful attentive grandfather. He served in combat in WWII and influenced many lives during his 25-year teaching career at Jefferson Jr. High. Robert was a man of remarkable talent - there wasn't a question he couldn't answer or a problem he couldn't solve. No project was beyond his ability. If it could be built, he could build it. Above all he was a teacher in all aspects of his life. He was a true renaissance man. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, JoAnn, their four children, Ronnelle Browning and husband, Dave of Washington, Jan Lemme and husband, Frederick of Texas, Robert Senseney, II, and wife, Nan of Wyoming, Jeff Sensensey and wife, Brenda of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Matthew Browning, Nicholas Browning, Frederick Lemme, Jr., Brooke Revels; brother, Gary Senseney of Connecticut; and sister-in-law, Marie Loudner of Oklahoma with whom he was very close. Robert will be missed tremendously for his guidance, creativity, wisdom, wit and enthusiasm. Our hearts are forever full from the inspiration of his rich and well-lived life. Services will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Education Association or American Cancer Society. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Silva -- Mrs. Sofia R. Silva. Final viewing will be Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Silva Family Cemetery in Penasco Blanco (Rociada), NM. Casket bearers will be Mike Copeland, Steven Copeland, Lambert Lontok, Joseph Lee Lynch, Darian Nolan, and Alan Helms. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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