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Skillman -- Barbara S. Skillman, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, beloved wife, mother, sister and friend to many, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, William Bill G. Skillman of the family home; sons, Richard S. Skillman of Austin, TX and Joe W. Skillman and wife, Kathi of San Diego, CA; brothers, Larry Stock and wife, Fonda of Liberty, MO and Jack Stock and wife, Donna; and sisters, Mary Lou Boeh and husband, Adrian, all of Troy, KS, Rita Burns and Virginia Ann Stock, all of St. Joseph, MO. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 9:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Church, 833 Arizona St. SE, with Father Thomas J. Mayefske, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Babaras memory. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Telfer -- Julie K. Telfer, age 31, died in her home, after a long battle with cancer, Wednesday March 4, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Scott Telfer of Albuquerque; mother, Ruth Ann Gorko of Albuquerque; father, Donald Ellis Fawthrop of Florida; brothers, Donald Allister Fawthrop and David Israel Fawthrop both of Texas, Peter Joshua Fawthrop of Albuquerque; sister, Christy Paulyn Gorko; brother, Michael Brandon Gorko; stepfather, Charles Stephen Gorko all of Albuquerque; mother-in-law, F. Kay Lightner; and sister-in-law, Kimberly Kay Telfer. Julie earned her degree in English from Colorado Christian University. She was involved in Drama, Theatre and had done some acting professionally. Julie was a counselor / teacher at Camp Pattersonville in New York in her early adult years. Services will be held Saturday March 8, 2003 11:00 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 4710 Juan Tabo NE. Burial will take place in Rotterdam, New York at Viewland Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Camp Pattersonville, c/o David Pearson, 1154 Highland Park Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309-5410. . Camp Pattersonville is devoted to providing opportunities to inner city kids to experience nature and wilderness and the word of God. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE Albuquerque, NM 87112
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Thomas -- Vera Ethel Thomas, 92, of Los Lunas passed away on March 4, 2003, in Albuquerque. She was born on July 17, 1910, in Youngsport, Texas to David Pasquel Childers and Tommie Ellen (Morris) Childers. Vera had lived in many different places around the country before settling in Mountainair to take care of her parents who have preceded her in death and finally living in Los Lunas with her sister in 1991. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Mountainair. Vera is survived by her three sisters, Lela Fay Leonard, Verdie Mae Robertson and Norma Rene Guilliot all of Los Lunas. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Visitation for Vera will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2003, at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Mountainair. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2003, in the chapel at Harris-Hanlon. Burial will follow at Mountainair Cemetery. Pallbearers for Vera will be, David Childers, Danny Childers, Manuel Gutierrez, Jody Combs, Joey Eubank and Rocky Clark. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuaries of Moriarty and Mountainair. 832-6130 or 847-2331.
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Van Auken -- Phyllis Van Auken, 75, passed away after a brief illness. She is preceded in death by her husband Ivan in 1990. Survivors include Karen Kelso and husband, Russ of Corrales, Kurt Van Auken and wife, Ginger of Bloomfield, NM; brother, Paul Lozier and wife, Viola of Stanhope, NJ; grandchildren, Jason, Kirsten, Lindsie, Sara and newest grandchild due June 2nd, Jannetjen Phyllis May; many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jason Van Auken, John Owens, Jason Tracy, Jeremy Gerber, Steve Varley, Nathan Varley, Eric Varley, Mitch Varley, and Ronald Kelso. Viewing and visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2003 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2003 in Fern Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary with Rev. Robert R. Olsen officiating. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Family and friends are invited to the family home following interment. Arrangements under the direction of:Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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Ward -- Laura Michelle Ward, infant daughter of Jodi and Eric Ward, passed away Monday, March 3, 2003. Laura was born on January 24, 2003. Laura is survived by her parents, Jodi and Eric; brother, Jonathan and twin sister, Helen all of Ft. Meade, Maryland; grandparents, Mike and Nancy Ward of Albuquerque, Annie McGarrah & Debbie Andrews of Placitas, NM and Mike and Linda Campbell of Albuquerque; aunts, Jessica Ward of Albuquerque and Jaime Campbell of Albuquerque; uncle, Zander Pegues of Albuquerque; great-grandparents, Mrs. Ilo G. Campbell of Albuquerque, Helen Spellman of Denver, CO, Mildred Tamura of Denver, CO, and Clyde Ward of Gainsville, TX. Service will take place on Sunday, March 9, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 210 Alvarado Dr. SE with a reception to follow immediately after the service also at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage memorial contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1011 Yale NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or to the Air Force Emergency Relief Fund. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW 897-0300
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Beckmann -- Richard Conrad Beckmann, a resident of Albuquerque since 1967, died February 28, 2003, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident while on business in Hong Kong. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughters, Kristin Erickson and her husband, Kevin of San Rafael, California, and Jill Beckmann; his son, Matthew Beckmann; stepmother, Betty Beckmann of Titusville, Florida; sisters, Mary Dunger, Linda Whitaker, Kathy Hazelwood, Kelly Lawson, and Pam Bopp; and brothers, Jim Smith and Mickey Smith. Preceding him in death were his father and mother, Harold Beckmann and Martha Smith. Rick was born in St. Louis, Missouri, September 4, 1942. He received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and his masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He retired from Sandia National Labs in 2001. At the time of his death, he was employed by Learning Tree International. Rick had a zest for life and enjoyed many activities with family and friends, especially skiing and Lobo basketball. This is a sad time for those who knew and loved him, but it is in part mitigated by the knowledge that Rick was doing what he wanted and enjoying life right to the end. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2003, 11:00am, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona St., NE. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico.
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Blomberg -- Willard C. Blomberg, 80, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, died Monday, March 3, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Lynn); daughter, Karen Grabeklis Lamb and husband, Julian of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Richard and wife, Rosalie of Kingman, AZ; nephews; and nieces. A son, Mark, preceded him in death. Willard was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He had served in WWII in the 92nd Bomb Group, 326th Squadron. He was a P.O.W. in Germany for over a year. Willard was born in Moline, IL. He moved to Sterling, IL in 1970. After retiring from National Manufacturing Company, he and his wife moved to Albuquerque in 1989, then to Denver, CO for two years before returning to Albuquerque. Willard had been an avid bridge player; enjoyed golf, reading, politics and walking daily. Graveside Services will be held Monday, March 10, 2003, at 1:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE, 87112 or to a charity of your choice. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Bobbie -- Mary Alice (Bobbie) passed away on March 2, 2003. She was preceded in death in 1982 by her husband of 46 years, Howard Trosper Edgar. Survivors include two sons, Howard Douglas and Robert Michael and wife, Madeline Sifuentes Edgar; and one daughter, Mary Alice (Sally), all of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, P.J. and wife, Bonnie Short of Las Cruces and James Short of Horseshoe Bay, TX. Bobbie was born in Mangum, OK, December 28, 1914. She married Howard in 1936 and moved to his home in Bethany, LA, where they brought up their three children. In 1964 they moved to New Mexico, settling in Albuquerque in 1966. Cremation will be followed by future burial beside her husband in Texas. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Risen Savior on Friday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to VistaCare Hospice, 5201 Venice NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM, 87113, or to any hospice of one's choice.
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Bradford -- Vivian Bradford, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2003. She is survived by her daughters, Shayna Bradford and Tasha Bradford; and son, Joshua Bradford, all of Albuquerque. Services will be held Friday, March 7, 2003, at 12:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Chaplain Lemuel Boyles officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Brito -- Aurelio Brito, 87, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Juanita Baca and husband, Adam; grandchildren, Jennifer Mares, Clarissa Villalobos, Esther Losa, Brandt Brito and Rachael Baca; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Efren Brito and wife, Margaret, Bennie Brito and wife, Lourdes, and Art Orlando Brito and wife, Mary Lou; sister, Madeline Brito-Diaz; and sister-in-law, Ruth Brito. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Brito; sons, Henry and Gilbert Brito; grandson, Henry Brito, Jr.; sister, Maria Brito; and brother, Alfonso Brito. Aurelio was a veteran of WWII. He worked as a butcher for several supermarkets in town. He retired from DOE, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Aurelio was married for 72 years. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Graveside services will be held Friday, 10:00 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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