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Gurule -- The family of Gertrude M. Gurule would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Virgil Furfaro, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, celebrant of the Mass, to the Blue Army for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW in charge of the arrangements.
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Gutierrez -- Hilario C. The family of Hilario C. Gutierrez wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind, supportive and helpful during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, 343-8008.
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Hammitt -- Ruby Lee Hammitt, 71, a resident of Albuquerque since 1962, died Wednesday October 23, 2002. She is survived by her husband, James G. Hammitt; daughters, Nikki L. Squires of Albuquerque, and Debbie K. Shafer of Capitan, NM; grandchildren, Gina Goodson, Tracy Hort, Timothy Hort, Jessica Hobbs, Jeremiah Hobbs, Christin Hammitt, Katie Hammitt, Daniel Hammitt, Lisa Hammitt, David Hammitt Jr., and Anne Etlinger; great-grandchildren, Morgan Goodson, Tyler Baca, Mathew Hobbs, Samantha Hobbs, and Taylor James Jarvis; and her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Richard Montgomery. Ruby was very active in Toastmasters for many years, including holding the office of District Governor from 1996-97. She was also the Coordinator of the Life and Breath Club of the American Lung Association. Ruby inspired everyone to remain positive and to overcome all obstacles. Funeral services will be held Monday October 28th, 10:00 AM at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Rd. NE. Viewing will be held prior to the service time, starting at 9:00 AM. Cremation will follow services and burial of remains will take place in a private family service at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations by made to the New Mexico Chapter of the American Lung Association, 216 Truman NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Arrangements by Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo NE (323-9000).
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Helander -- Doris Elizabeth Helander passed away on October 7, 2002 at age 89 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a longtime resident of Albuquerque from 1966 to August 2000. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Helander, who still resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Doris Helander was born January 18, 1913 to Benjamin McCurtain and Clara Hagood in Durant, Oklahoma. She graduated with a bachelors degree from Southeastern State Teachers College, July 21, 1933. She was a school teacher at the Zuni, Window Rock, and Wingate Indian Schools from 1933 to 1956. Doris and Melvin met in Zuni and were married on August 19, 1937 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Because Mr. Helander worked for the Department of Interior, they lived throughout the West: Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona. In addition to teaching school, Doris was a published author of more than 50 stories and articles in various magazines. Doris loved books, knowledge, and music. She obtained her library science degree from the University of Southern California in 1957. Doris had many interests; she was an artist, organist, and geneologist. She researched and wrote a book on her family's history as well as researching Melvin Helander's family history traveling to Finland and discovering aunts, uncles and cousins. Doris was a Presbyterian and throughout her life her faith was important to her, attending church regularly. Doris and Melvin traveled extensively throughout the world and lived for a time in Tripoli, Libya, North Africa from 1952 to 1954. She loved to travel and was always interested in people from other cultures. She was a devoted wife and mother who lived life to its fullest. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Helander; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Hammons of Anthem, Arizona and Mrs. Claire Duren of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She had a long and happy life and will be held forever close in the hearts of those who love her.
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Jennings -- Walter C. Jennings, passed away October 19, 2002, at the age of 88. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Thelma, of the family home; his daughters, Peggy Hurt and her husband, Tom, of Fredericksburg, TX, Cheri Hobbs and her husband, Al, of El Paso, TX, Sandra Ginannini and her husband, Tom, of Albuquerque; sons, Kim Jennings and his wife, Susan, of Rio Rancho, and Tad Jennings of Albuquerque; fourteen grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. Walter served as a Merchant Marine on the Great Lakes from 1937 to 1945. He moved his family from New York state to Albuquerque in 1952. He was employed by Jones Graphic for 11 years and by Whitfield Trucking Co. until his retirement in 1976. Walter loved RV-ing and for several years he and Thelma wintered in Arizona. He was a life member of Good Sam Club. He also enjoyed playing pool, bowling, and golf and was always ready to try something new and challenging. Cremation has taken place and private ceremony will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donation be made to Delta Hospice, Inc., 3500 Comanche Blvd NE, Bldg. F, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Cremation arrangements by the Sunrise Society of NM, 891-8200.
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Jones -- Howard Allen Jones, age 72, and a resident of Bosque Farms, New Mexico died on Saturday, October 26, 2002 in a local hospital following a long illness. Mr. Jones is survived by his daughter, Vickie Lynn Fletcher; and his son, Rick Allen Jones. Service arrangements will be announced by Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE.
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Kainz -- Joe Louis Kainz, 72, a 66-year resident of Albuquerque, passed away after a short and unexpected illness on Tuesday, October 22, 2002. He was born in Nogales, Mexico on November 23, 1929. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Johann Kainz; his mother, Felicitas Kainz; his brother, Charles Steve Kainz; and two sons, Richard Benton Kainz and Dana Louis Kainz. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Jean Kainz; his brother, Edward Robert Kainz and his wife, LaJean Kainz and their daughter, Alyse Kainz of Albuquerque; his sons, Michael Lance of Montreal, Canada and Charles Leslie of Colorado Springs; his daughter Juli Jo Kainz-Armstron of Albuquerque; and four grandchildren, Edwin Joseph, Kalin, Dante, and Stephanie Kainz. Joe was an honored veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. He was a Registered Land Surveyor and worked for A.D. Loftin & Assoc. and SGS Witter & Assoc. since 1961. He was an accomplished pilot, a student of Karate, and a lifelong seeker of knowledge and truth. He will be deeply missed by countless family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. His family wished to express their deepest gratitude and thanks to the entire staff of the New Mexico Heart Hospital for their professional and heroic efforts over the last week, especially to Joe's nurses. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary- Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Thompson, Brian Thompson, Dick Goodrich, Michael Goodrich, Edward Kainz, and Peter Pino. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Mexico Heart Hospital Foundation, 504 Elm NE, 87102.
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Kennedy -- Robert D. Kennedy, age 58, after his courageous battle with a long illness died peacefully on October 22, 2002 with his devoted wife, Jody at his side. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Perry; mother, Lois; and sister, Joyce. He is survived by his loving wife, Jody. Bob was born February 23, 1944 in Panama City, FL and raised in Georgia. In 1965, Bob enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country in the 17 Cavalry as a Specialist 4 in Vietnam where he earned several medals. He attended college in California and majored in Engineering. Bob worked over 30 years in HVAC/sheet metal in FL, CA, WI, NJ, and NM as well as internationally in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. While in New Mexico Bob met and married the light of his life, his wife, Jody. Together they enjoyed lengthy Real Estate careers. Bob enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests including photography, motorcycles, traveling, and his classic Corvette. He held a deep fondness and appreciation for all animals and held a special place in his heart for each of his many pets. He will be deeply missed and remembered as a person who was generous, caring, loving and giving of himself. Funeral Services are pending. Cremation arrangements by the Sunrise Society of NM, 891-8200.
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Lau -- Jane Lau, 59, loving wife and mother and caring nurse passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; son, Jeff; and daughter, Tracy.
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Lobato -- Louis A. Lobato peacefully passed away on October 25, 2002 at the age of 84. Born on February 20, 1918 in San Luis, CO to Henrietta and Emilio Lobato, Sr., Louis was one of ten children, seven of whom survive him. He earned a B.A. from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO and a M.A. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Louis was a dedicated educator and worked for the Los Lunas and Grants School Districts teaching and serving in administrative capacities. He also taught at the UNM Branch college in Grants. He inspired his students and was well respected by his colleagues. Louis was a member of Risen Savior Catholic Community where he served as usher. He volunteered his time to the Lion's Club, the Elks Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He has resided in Albuquerque since his retirement in 1978. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife and sweetheart, Ruth to whom he was married 62 years; his two daughters, Carmen Tapia and husband, John of Albuquerque and Camille Johnson and husband, Robert of Mill Valley, CA; his grandchildren, Ron Tapia and wife, Lisa of Albuquerque and Veronica Hoffman and husband, Heath of Round Rock, TX; and great grandchildren, Nicholas and Stephanie Tapia of Albuquerque and Joshua and Sophia Hoffman of Round Rock, TX. Louis is cherished and will be remembered for his excellent traits of honesty, empathy, humor, great love of God, and unconditional devotion to his family. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2002 at Chapel of Sandia, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, followed by a Reception in the Sandia Sunroom. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28 at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE, with Fr. Dennis Garcia, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE. Pallbearers will be John Tapia, Robert Johnson, Ronald Tapia, Heath Hoffman, Nicholas Tapia and Lisa Tapia. Honorary Pallbearers will include Joshua Hoffman and Stephanie Tapia. Arrangements by Sandia Funeral Care, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, (505)821-0010.
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