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Duran -- Our beloved Marcia Cecelia Duran passed away peacefully on December 30, 2002. She was a life long resident of Alameda in Albuquerque, NM. Marcia was a living example of a strong and courageous person. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her Father Floran Lucero; brother, Robert Lucero; and Sister, Edna Ortiz. She is survived by her Mother, Estella; and brothers, Joe Lucero and wife, LaVerne, Arthur Lucero and wife, Pauline, Salvador and Floran Jr.; sisters, Perma and husband, William Saavedra, Frances Saiz and husband, Louie, Mary Jane Candelaria and husband, Phil, Isabel Sandoval and husband, Chris, and Stella Lucero. Marcia had a Special Goddaughter Tanya Maestas; 20 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Modesto Sanchez. We were inspired by the 25 years of strength through her long illness and we were privileged to have this special angel on earth. Rosary will be held Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, January 3, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Garza -- Patricia Anita Garza, 41, went to be with her Lord in Heaven on December 24, 2002. Patty was born on October 31, 1961 in Washington DC. She grew up in Arlington, VA, and spent most of her adult life in Washington DC. Patty recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM to be closer to her family. Patty was preceded in death by her father, Richard Dix Garza; and by her companion of 14 years, Raymond"Quentin" Wateski. Patty is survived by her mother, Marjorie O. Garza; sister, Boni Galarneau and brother-in-law, William Galarneau; son, Brandon Garza; nephews, Adam and Skip Galarneau, all of Rio Rancho, NM; son, Jonathan Sean Haynes of CA; daughter, DeshaŁRae Platz of WV; many aunts and cousins. Patty's life on this earthy was short. She will be terribly missed by her family and friends. Patty is no longer suffering, but resting in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, her new found Savior. Her family wishes to thank those special, caring and compassionate workers from the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center, Albuquerque Manor Care, and Zia Hospice. They made PattyŁs last few months on this earth very comfortable. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, Rio Rancho, NM. Interment will immediately follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Patty's name, to Food and Friends, 58 L. Street SE, Washington DC 20003. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-343-8008.
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Gonzalez -- Americo Z. Gonzalez, went to our Lord on Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at the age of 77, after fighting a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by Ida, his wife of 55 years; his daughters and their families, Evelina Gonzalez and Angela, Yolanda and Chester Kimber, Matthew, Andrew and Daniel, Dolores Gonzalez and Bill Richards, Amber and Adam, and Vivian and Mark MacKenzie, Briana, Leigha and Connor; four brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends. He was a graduate of Albuquerque High School. He lied about his age in order to enter the US Navy, where he served during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He returned to Albuquerque, and worked as a civil service employee at Sandia Base, and then later Kirtland Air Force Base, where he retired after 36 years, as a shop foreman. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving camping, fishing and hunting. He loved to work on his son-in-law's farm, driving the tractor and branding cattle. He was a hard worker all of his life, and would help anyone who asked. A rosary will be recited Thursday, January 2, 2003, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, January 3, 2003, 9:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chester Kimber, Bill Richards, Mark MacKenzie, Matthew Kimber, Andrew Kimber, Adam Richards, and Daniel Kimber. Donations may be made in memory of Americo to the Camino Vista Manor Care Resident Activities Department, 7900 Constitution NE, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Gutierrez -- Mr. Delfinio R. Gutierrez died Sunday, December 29, 2002 in Albuquerque at the age of 89. Mr. Gutierrez was a veteran of World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was also a life member of the DAV Chapter 3. He is survived by his daughter, Eileen Gutierrez; son, Michael Gutierrez; granddaughter, Elyse Gutierrez; and sister, Ida Arias. A Rosary for Mr. Gutierrez will be recited on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will celebrated at 10:00 a.m. immediately following the Rosary. Burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Hamilton -- Daniel J. Hamilton, 66, a resident of Albuquerque for 37 years, died Friday, December 27, 2002. He is survived by his sons, Brian Hamilton and Daniel J. Hamilton, Jr.; grandson, Michael Hamilton; cousin, Tonia Motyl, all of Minneapolis, MN; and special friends, Dean Van Doren of Albuquerque and Patricia Sais of Jemez Springs. Daniel served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mass will be celebrated Friday, 11:30 a.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming NE. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Loring -- Kathryn P. Loring, 87, a resident of Albuquerque passed away Monday. Mrs. Loring was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert E. Loring. She is survived by her daughter, Winifred K. Phelps and husband, Larry of Albuquerque, NM; two sons, Larry Loring and wife, Cindy of Albuquerque, NM and Stephen Loring also of Albuquerque, NM; her grandchildren, Vanessa Nestelroad and husband, Brad of Colorado Springs, CO, and Gilbert Burton of Oklahoma; and one great-grandchild, Liam Nestelroad. Mrs. Loring was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dewey Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society. American Burial & Cremation Center in charge of cremation.
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Maldonado -- Theresa Maldonado March 22, 1953 - January 2, 1999Theresa: You were taken away from us too soon. There were so many things left to do. You are still here with us if only in our hearts and memories. Till we see you again. Love You, Peggy, Juan Family and Friends
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Merritt -- Mary"Fran" Merritt, 80, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away December 31, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ray Merritt; sisters, Catherine Daucher of Winter Springs, FL and Myrtle Shryock of Jemez Springs, NM; nephews, Allen Shryock of Plano, TX, Larry Shryock of Cedar Crest, NM, Louis Shryock of Jemez Springs, NM and Andy Ray of Albany, NY; and several great nieces and nephews. Fran was a volunteer for 27 years for Family Support at Kirtland Air Force Base. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Friday, January 3, 2003, 3:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Funeral Home. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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Pratt -- Grant C. Pratt, passed away Monday, December 30, 2002. Born May 24, 1922 in Powlal, Vermont, Grant proudly served his country as a bomber pilot in WWII, and retired as a Lt. Colonel, USAF, after being awarded the Purple Heart. While he was stationed in the Philippines, he became a Mason. Grant was an avid golfer, until his pulmonary fibrosis would no longer permit him to play. He is survived by his wife, Bette; two sons, Ronnie Pratt and Randy Pratt and their wives, Connie and Paris; two daughters, Janice and husband, Michael Nunley of Ohio, and Catherine Pratt of Albuquerque; grandson, Stirling Carpenter III and wife, Jen; sister-in-law, Johnita Johnson of Albuquerque; stepdaughter, Susan Lepisto and husband, Bob of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Jayme Nelson and husband, Jim; and five great-grandchildren, Kendall Landstrom and Stephanie, Cassandra, Taylor and Madison Nelson, all of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary in 1993. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 10:30 a.m. at Ballutt Abyud Temple, 6600 Zuni SE. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Ballut Abyud Children's Transportation Fund, 6600 Zuni SE, 87108.
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Richey -- Inez Richey, 87, a resident of Albuquerque for 38 years, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2002. She is survived by her two sons, Milford Richey and Frank Richey, both of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond M. Richey in 1991. Mrs. Richey was born in Farmersville, TX and moved with her parents to New Mexico in 1924. She graduated from Clayton High School in 1935 and was married to Raymond M. Richey in Raton, NM in 1936. It was the wish of the deceased to be cremated and that there be no memorial service. Those desiring to do so may make a contribution to the Girls Ranch of New Mexico, 6209 Hendrix NE, ABQ, NM 87110 or charity of their choice. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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