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Shoemaker -- Martha Ellen Shoemaker, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died Thursday, November 28, 2002. She is survived by her son, William P. Shoemaker of Albuquerque; brothers, Rex Phillips of Hobart, IN, Homer Phillips of Lufkin, TX and Gene Phillips of Ft. Wayne, IN; and sister, Norma Heaps of Bradenton, FL. Mrs. Shoemaker was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Shoemaker in 1985; brothers, Harold Phillips and John Phillips; and sisters, Lucille Betson and Betty Lou Rueckel. She had been an elder at First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Shoemaker was past member of Albuquerque Panhellenic Council. She was a graduate of Indiana State University where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Mrs. Shoemaker had been a teacher in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and New Mexico. She was also a former member of the Albuquerque Country Club Women's Golf Association. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Monday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Rev. Myron White officiating. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Solarez -- 11/5/1926 - 11/28/2002 Richard Mason Solarez, 76, a resident of Glendale, Arizona and Los Lunas, New Mexico, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 28, 2002. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Glendale, AZ. He served in the US Army during W.W.II. Richard had many hobbies, however basketball was his passion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Lenor Solarez; his brothers, Jose, Gabriel, Ramon, and Robert Solarez; two sisters, Hortencia and Mercedes. He is survived by his loving companion of 37 years, Dolores Padilla of Los Lunas; his eight children, Richard, Mary Alice, Victoria, John, Irma, Ofelia, Norma, and Robert; his loving nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at Romero Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Cremation has taken place and interment will take place in Glendale, AZ at a later date. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. 87002
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Strickland -- The family of Karen Strickland wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and sympathetic during the recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered. Funeral Services were entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW
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Torres -- Leo Torres, April 8, 1927 - November 24. 2002 a native New Mexican and former resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2002 in Tucson, AZ. Born and raised in Artisia, NM, Mr. Torres retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs before moving to Arizona in the 1980's. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Josephine Torres of Albuquerque; and three brothers, Dave Torres and Salomon Urban of Artisia, and Sam Torres of California. He is survived by his sisters, Connie Blankenship, Elsie Gomez and husband, Gilbert, Cuca Torres, Flavia Cota, Josephine Molinar, and Lila Torres, all of New Mexico, and Angie Dorado and Sofie Navarette of California; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services pending at a later date, to be held in Hagerman, NM.
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Townsend -- Rod F. Townsend, 58, passed away in his home peacefully in Sandia Park, NM on November 26, 2002. He was the owner of the Old Town Card Shop in Albuquerque, NM. Rod was best known for his talent as a hand-screen printer. He perfected the art of hand screening through over 40 years of experience. Many of his hand-screened Christmas cards and notes hang framed in homes all over the U.S. and even in some parts of the world. He carried a gold PRCA card due to of professionally competing at rodeos in California roping. His big joy was breaking and training young horses. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will best be remembered for his talent as a hand screen card printer. His family and friends loved most his quite shy gentle nature and his quick wit and humor. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandra Townsend; his oldest son, Jesse Townsend, wife, Jennifer, and their son Rodney Cole of McDonough, GA; his younger son, Trenton Townsend, wife, Gabriela, and their twin daughters, Katya and Camille of Flushing, MI. He is also survived by his last remaining sibling, his sister Rosalie Dial and her husband, Harold Dial of Vista, Ca; as well as many nephews and nieces. The minister presiding will be Rod's nephew and friend, David Townsend of Oceanside, CA. Pallbearers are Harold Dial, Jack Smithart, John Dunlap, Henry McKinley, Jack Anderson and Ronnie Switzer. Honorary Pallbearers are Harry Leighton and Sharon Winget. Funeral Services will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2002; with burial to follow directly in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers make donations in memory of Rod Townsend to the American Cancer Society, Southwestern Division, Inc., P.O. Box 3108, Albuquerque, NM 87190 or to Presbyterian Hospice Foundation, 8100 Constitution Place N.E., Suite 120, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. S.E. Albuquerque, NM 842-8800
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Treffert -- Josef E. Treffert Sr. In Loving Memory of Josef who passed on October 23, 2002 leaving his wife, Evelyn E. Treffert; two sons, Josef E. Treffert, Jr. and Jeffery W. Treffert; two step-daughters, Diane Grieser and Dana Potter. Joe served 26 years with the New Mexico and California National Guard.
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Wagner -- Richard (Dick) Wagner, 78, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, died Thursday morning, November 28, 2002 after a short illness. He was born on December 10, 1923 in Johnstown, PA, the 11th of 12 children of Peter and Margaret Wagner. Shirley Wagner, his beloved wife of 44 years; his daughter, Frances Wagner of Albuquerque; and sister, Ms. Margaret Lovejoy of Fairfield, CA, survive him. All will miss him dearly. Dick proudly serviced 20 years in the United States Air Force retiring as a Master Sergeant. After retiring from the military Dick dedicated himself to helping other U.S. veterans by working as a benefits counselor for the Veterans Administration for 17 years. Following his retirement from the V.A., Dick worked tirelessly for 15 years as a volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Health Care for the Homeless and at the library in the V.A. Hospital. A memorial service will be held at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Thursday, December 5, at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Health Care for the Homeless Organization. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Wieclawek -- Rose Mary Wieclawek, born December 2, 1916, will be laid to rest on December 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with Services at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Her husband, Walter George Wieclawek preceded her in death. She is survived by brothers, Rocco and Frank Spagnolo; and sister, Mary Hoffman of Chicago, Il; daughters, Emilia Carangelo Trares of Houston, TX., Suzanne Napoles of Del Ray Beach, Fl., and Phyllis Richter of Senecca, Mo; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews; and great-grandchildren; other family members and many friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother, a wonderful cook and we miss her feisty spirit.
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Yoder -- Nickolai Antonio Yoder, beloved and adored son of Marlin and Deborah Dieppa Yoder, born Sunday, December 5, 1999, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2002. He is survived by his great-grandmother, Hortencia Garcia; grandparents, Ismael"Andy" and Margaret Dieppa, Ninfa Fringer, William and Edna Byler; uncle, Jack Yoder; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins in New Mexico, Ohio, California, Arizona, New York, and Puerto Rico. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2002, 6:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Arrangements by French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Young -- C.E."Joe" Young, 56 beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend died on Tuesday, November 27, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had been a resident for 4 years.¯Joe was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Albuquerque as a baby.¯He was a 1964 graduate of St. Pius High School as well as the University of New Mexico.¯ He was an avid outdoorsman whose personal goal was to remove every bass from Lake Mead.¯He left a few for the rest of us.¯Joe is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Maggie and son Bob, both of Las Vegas; son Tim of Aurora, Colorado; mother Helen Young of Rio Rancho; and sister Sally Clement and husband Gene of Rio Rancho.¯He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.¯A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 30th at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nevada.¯Services in Albuquerque are pending.
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