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Plotkowski -- Sister Mary Celestine Plotkowski, 1905-2002."The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them..they are in peace..". Wisdom The soul of Sister Mary Celestine Plotkowski journeyed to its eternal peace on Thursday, May 30, 2002 while her sisters prayed at her bedside at the provincial house in Rio Rancho, NM. Baptized Cecilia, she was born to Anthony and Lousie Malkiewicz) Plotkowski on November 10, 1905, the fourth of six children. She lost her mother at the tender age of sixteen and a year later, on June 27, 1923, entered the Felician Sisters Convent in Milwaukee, WI. Sister Celestine graduated from High School in 1929, and spent the first nine years of ministry teaching grade school children in the Chicago area. The teaching ministry found her instructing multiple grades, concluding with grades 1,2,3, and 4 in her final two years. One of the original sisters of the Chicago province, chosen to enter nurses training, she received her RN diploma from St. Anthony of Padua Hospital, in 1937. In 1939 she received her bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in Chicago and assumed the position of the local superior, hospital administrator of the St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, IL, as well as full time nursing duties. From 1945 to 1950 she served as the provincial house infirmary administrator in Chicago. Mid-1950 found her in Corning, Iowa making preparations for the opening of Rosary Hospital, where she served as the first administrator of that new facility from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, when the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province was formed and established in Ponca City, OK, Sister Celestine served as one of the first council members as well as infirmarian, director of aspirants and high school teacher. 1959 found sister back in hospital ministry in Okarche, OK. From 1962 to 1965 she served at Yorktown Memorial Hospital as RN, and at the end of that term returned to Corning, IA as administrator, superior and RN until 1971 when she once again returned to serve in Yorktown, TX. 1980 was sisters' final move in a long chain of ministry. Sister Celestine became the administrator of the infirmary in Rio Rancho, NM, at the provincial house. She held this position for two years and until her retirement from nursing in 1988, she continued in this ministry. For the remainder of her years, sister was engaged in household tasks and in prayer ministry. Sister Celestine was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Edward and Casmir and sisters, Vanda Eicharst, Albina Lewandowski, and Anna Pietras. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Illinois. Sister had a special place in her heart for nephews, Rev. Jerome Plotkowski who ministers in Albuquerque, and who was a faithful weekly visitor until her death, and Rev. Jack Plotkowski from Chicago. Wake services will be held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary provincial house, 4210 Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, on Monday, June 3, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at the provincial house on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Sister Celestine will long be remembered for her kindness to all she encountered and helped along life's way. Her smile was always radiant and reflected the light within. Sister always had a special place in her heart for priests and her prayer for them was frequent. May the gift of peace surround her and our world. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
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Riggs -- Hazel Louise Riggs, known to family and friends as"Jackie" passed away in the morning hours of June 1, 2002. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Pamela Wymer; her aunt, Louise Steele; her sister, Peggy Peskuski and brother-in-law, Bob Peskuski; grandson, Jason Riggs; granddaughters, Jazelle Parsons, Amber Tiffin and April Wymer; great-granddaghter, Cailyn Parsons and daughter-in-law, Hazel Riggs. Jackie was born in Cadiz, Kentucky in 1923, and moved to New Mexico in 1951. She was a fiery red head with a wacked sense of humor. She loved to fish, and she could instantly pack her bags at the mere mention of a road trip. She loved New Mexico, but Kentucky was always her home. We will miss the stories told in her gentle Southern accent. We mourn her passing, but find comfort that she has now joined her father, Jack Roach; her husband, Orval"Bill" Riggs; and her loving son, Bill Riggs. Goodbye, Mama Jack. Graveside Services for Ms. Riggs will be Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, with Chaplain Paul Gleason officiating. In lieu of flowers, we ask that charitable donations be made to Sandia Hospice at 4725 Indian School NE, 87110. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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Tapia-Herrera -- Tapia- Yolanda Tapia-Herrera, age 33, has gone home to be with our Lord on June 1, 2002 after a long illness. she is preceded in death by her brother, David Barela; and sister, Diane Gonzales. Yolanda is survived by her mother, Vera Bailey and father, Ron; as well as her children, Felicia Herrera and Sammy Herrera. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Angela Garcia and husband, Elmer; Manuel Barela and wife, Connie; Ernie Barela and wife, Patricia, Alex Barela, Josie Rivera; sister-in-law, Vivian Barela; step-brother, Stewart Bailey and wife, Renee. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews."We will miss you very much, Yolie, but we know you are resting in the arms of Jesus." Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Funeral Mass at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2002. Thank you for all your help, Metropolitan Direct Burial and Cremation Center, Inc. 729 San Mateo NE (505)256-9400.
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Walker -- Lt. Col. Donald N. Walker Sr., USAF, Ret., 65, a resident of Albuquerque since 1981, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty Walker of Albuquerque; sons, Donald N. Walker, Jr. and wife, Cherry of Frisco, TX and Mark C. Walker and wife, Wendy of Phoenix, AZ; grandsons, Trevor and Cade Walker; brother, Allan D. Walker and wife, Joan of Goshen, CT; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Col. Walker graduated from Woodstock Academy High School in Hartford, CT in 1954. He received his Bachelor degree from Dartmouth College in 1958 and his Masters degree in 1970 from San Diego State University. Col. Walker retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1986, after 28 years of service to his country. He was a member of American Legion, Post 49. Cremation has taken place and memorial graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at 11:30 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Wall -- Betty M. Wall, beloved wife and mother, age 75, died peacefully at her home on June 2, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph A. Wall; her daughter, Janet Garcia and husband, Tom of Albuquerque; grandson, Michael P. Hoffman of Seattle, WA; brother, Miles B. Orton and wife, Eleanor of Albuquerque; sisters, Sadie Buhr of Iowa, and Sylvia Harsh of Oregon; and numerous nieces and nehews. Cremation has taken place, and burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday June 6, 2002, 10:00 a.m., at The Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper NE. Arrangements by Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo NE. 323-9000.
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Barela -- Final viewing for Mr. Amador Barela will be this morning from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Motuary. Funeral Services will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Funeral services are entrusted to Alameda Mortuary, 9420 4th Street NW.
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Chamis -- Calliope (Callie), a resident of Belen, died quietly on Saturday, June 1, 2002 due to complications from diabetes. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Callie was born in Santa Fe on April 12, 1934, moving to Las Vegas, NM when she was quite young. She attended college in Denver, Co., however, she received her degree in education from Highlands University in Las Vegas. She was a resident of Belen of almost 40 years, retiring from the Belen Consolidated school system after 33 years, where she was a PE Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Transportation. Preceding her in death were her father, Gust Chamis in 1993; her mother, Mamie in 1994; and her brother, John in 1986. Callie is survived by her sister, Penny also of Belen; her brother, Chris of Long Island, NY; her aunt, Mrs. C. S. Kissel of Canton, GA; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Sara Chamis of Espanola, NM; her nephew, Michael of Laurel, MD; and her extra special and close friends, Sabie and Bing Romero also of Belen. She is also survived by her many loving cousins and also leaves many close and dear friends. All services will take place at the Romero Funeral Home Chapel with a viewing held on Monday, June 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Burk; Jim Danner; Ken Hainsworth; Greg and Geoff Krause; Al Padilla; John and Mac Sanchez. The family requests that contributions be made to the Sandia Hospice Pavilion at St. Josephs Hospital; 601 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; NE; Albuquerque, NM 87102. Romero Funeral Home; 609 N Main St; Belen, NM 87002
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Fietsch -- Franklin W. Fietsch Sr., 95, a resident of Albuquerque for six years and a former resident of Winnetka, IL, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002. He is survived by his son, Franklin W. Fietsch, Jr. and wife, Julie W. of Oakland, CA; daughters, Julie F. Jensen and Susan F. Erbe, both of Albuquerque; ten grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Heppes Fietsch in 1995. Mr. Fietsch attended Amherst College and graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was an avid golfer and curler, and a longtime member of the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, IL. Mr. Fietsch was president of Colorprint Corporation in Chicago, IL for many years. He was a member of St. Chad Episcopal Church. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at 3:30 p.m., at St. Chad Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM and a reception will follow at the church. Interment will take place at Church of St. James the Less in Northfield, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Fischer -- H.W."Dub" Fischer, 74, a resident of Albuquerque since 1951, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2002. Mr. Fischer is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 46 years, Vonell Fischer; children, Duvonn Morrison and Chris Fischer and his wife, Laura of Long Beach; grandchildren, Phillip and Joshua Morrison; sisters, Mae Madison, Carol Benninghoff and husband, Keith, and Lorraine Williams of Tucson; and brother, Arnold Fischer and his wife, Bobbie. Dub worked as an automotive paint and body man for 40 years and was an enthusiast of music and fishing, and enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. Those of those who knew him will remember his sense of humor and his love of life and family. A viewing will be held for friends on Sunday June 2,2002 at Fitzgerald and Sons Mortuary from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Services will be held Monday June 3, 2002 11:00 a.m., at Fitzgerald and Sons Mortuary, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. N.E. officiating will be Rev. Larry Pierson. Pallbearers will be Bill Adkins, Ed Dunn, Blair Morison, Bob Heinsohn, Christopher Gibons, David Kleinfeld. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE.
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Hamm -- Darold David Hamm, devoted and loving Father, Brother, Grandfather, and Friend, passed swiftly and peacefully from this world with family by his side on June 1, 2002. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol Sue and parents, David and Esther Hamm. They have greeted him at the threshold of heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who grants peace and comfort to those he has left behind. Darold is survived by his daughters, Krystal Rains, her husband, Stephen, and Kelly Wands, her husband Donald; grandchildren, Akayla, DJ, Doniesha, Jerath, Hank, Jacob, Jade, Kimber, Clint, Shamus, Tiana, and Bradon; sisters, Phyllis Flansberg and Ruth Backer; stepchildren, Amey Freeburn, Wendie Tafoya, Christopher Freeburn, Vickie Faberino and Brian Dowty; nephews, Joel and Regan; and nieces, Hollie and Courtney. Mr. Hamm was a US Air Force Veteran. He continued his proud and faithful service throughout his life. Dedication and commitment to his work and co-workers exemplified his 21year service to Creamland Dairy, in his operations, maintenance and management responsibilities. His continued commitment as a veteran was revealed in his membership of American Legion Post 49. Originally from Dallas, Oregon, Darold became a wholehearted fan of New Mexico, which continued for over 20 years. The weather, balloons, art shows, Lobos, fishing and golf, all became part and parcel of his life. But by far, his caring and concern for all his family and friends exceeded any personal pursuit in his life. Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at Celebration Baptist Church, 5620 Laredo Rd., Rio Rancho with Pastor David Brittain, officiating. Private interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations, Portland Shriners Hospital, 3101 S. W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3095 or the American Legion Post 49, 11007 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. French MortuaryWestside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd., NW.
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