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Valencia -- Joseph Kevin Valencia, 51, a resident of Albuquerque since 1952, died Thursday, July 18, 2002. He is survived by his sisters, Maureen Martinez and husband, Donald of Albuquerque and Sheila Montano and husband, Joe of Rio Rancho; brother, Michael Valencia and best friend, Donna White, both of Albuquerque; nephews and nieces, Mike and Monica Martinez, Maureen, Joseph and Brian Montano, and Thomas and Michael Valencia; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clemente and Margaret Valencia; and brother, Brian. Joseph graduated from Del Norte High School in 1969. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 and completed the masters program in Spanish. Joseph worked with Career Services for the Handicapped from 1982 to 1989 and with the Social Security Administration from 1989 until his retirement in 1997. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved all music, especially Jazz. Joseph also enjoyed playing chess, fishing and working on his computer, and was a student of history and politics. One of his favorite pastimes was strolling through the rose garden at Manzano del Sol, reveling in God's beauty and wonder. He defied the odds throughout his life, and never faced a challenge he couldn't overcome. His courage, strength and determination were an inspiration to all who knew him. He fought the good fight. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family, friends and acquaintances. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Lovelace Medical Center and Manzano del Sol. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Claremont and Phoenix NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Thorp, Phil Montoya, Felipe Lopez, Arthur Sandoval, Sal Baragiola, Terry Clements, and Jeff Olson. Honorary pallbearers will be Lucinda Sanchez, Roseanne McNeilly, Liz Lujan, Dorothea Lippke Stone, Luana Sharpe-Mansfield, Mary Vineyard, and Becky Martinez. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. until time of rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Joe's memory to The American Kidney Fund, PO Box 1837, Merrifield, VA 22116-9473.
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Weaver -- Berdel W. Weaver, known to most all of his family and friends as"Weave", was born April 5, 1940 in Palmerton, PA, to the home of Marion L. Miller and Wayne C. Weaver. He died on Friday, July 19, 2002 in Lubbock, TX at the age of 62 years. Mr. Weaver grew up in Andreas, PA and graduated from Lehighton High School in Lehighton, PA in 1958. He went on to attend Penn State University and Muhlenburg College. Mr. Weaver married Reta Neal in Lehighton on November 11, 1967. He joined the Air Force in 1962 and began his military career as an electronics technician. By the time he retired in 1990, while serving in Berlin, Germany, he had reached the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, and was the Communications Electronics Superintendent in Berlin. During the 28 years that he served in the military, his duty stations included Viet Nam, the Aleutian Islands, a number of locations in the U.S. and several places in Germany, and most significantly Berlin. His time in Berlin was particularly significant, as he was stationed there during much of the actual construction of the early phases of the Berlin Wall, and was again present when the Wall was actually taken down. Mr. Weaver graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland in 1981. He later attended the University of Alaska and earned a Master's Degree in 1988 from Troy State University in Alabama by attending classes while he was stationed in Europe. Senior Master Sergeant Weaver was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis in 1980. He considered Portales his home for the remainder of his life. After his retirement in 1990, and his return to Portales, he went back to school and completed a second Bachelor's Degree in 1993 at Eastern New Mexico University. In addition to his studies, he busied himself by working with projects in Portales and the surrounding area sponsored by the Youth Conservation Commission. Throughout his life, he was a woodworker and had become very accomplished. He was a member of the General Roll of the United Methodist Church. Weave is survived by Reta Neal Weaver, his wife of many years of Portales; two sons and daughters-in-law, Neal and Martha Weaver of Rio Rancho, and Scott and Sarah Weaver of Albuquerque; five grandchildren, Maddison, Nicholaus and Joshua Weaver, and Ven and Matt Housten; one brother, Donald Weaver of Hatboro, PA; two sisters, Cindy Nothstein of Andreas, PA and Doris Sherman of Montoursville, PA. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, with the Reverend Gerry Lightwine, pastor officiating. Services will also be held at a later time in Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family. The family requests that memorials be made to the Roosevelt General Hospital Ladies' Auxiliary in Portales. Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, NM.
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Zapach -- Michael Zapach Jr., 71, a resident of Albuquerque for 17 years, died Monday, July 22, 2002.He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zapach of Albuquerque; son, Steven Zapach; daughter, Angela Pelton and husband, Keith, all of Amarillo, TX; sons, Mark Zapach and fiancé, Jennifer Kyle and Michael Zapach, all of Albuquerque; grandsons, Steven Zapach Jr, Kristiaan Pelton, Kody Pelton and Kolin Pelton, all of Amarillo, TX; sisters, Helen Plesnearski of Hot Springs, AR, Florence Micona of Chicago, IL and Elizabeth Cowley of Indianapolis, IN; and brother, Richard Zapach of Baytown, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Mr. Zapach worked for Sandia National Laboratories for 32 years.He also worked as a tax preparer for members of A.A.R.P.Mr. Zapach was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Church of the Risen Savior, as well as the Senior Connection. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 25, 2002, at 9:00 a.m., at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE.Interment will take place at 12:00 noon, at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, from 4:00 p.m. until time of rosary.
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Atencio -- Mass of Christian Burial for Carmen M. Atencio will celebrated on Monday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222.
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Bullard -- Clarence Ray Bullard, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2002. He was born September 10, 1930 in George West, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Bullard; five children; daughter, Cynthia Kincheloe and husband Benny; daughter, Charlene Thompson and husband Bob; daughter Raylene Crabb and husband Rick; son, Michael Bullard and wife Ivy; and daughter,Patricia Bullard. Ray is also survived by eight grandchildren whom he loved dearly; two brothers, Fred and Truman Bullard; three sisters, Wanda Fails, Marie Buchannan, and Rita King and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents J.D. and Nina Bullard, and three brothers; George, Bub, and Norman Bullard. Ray started his road construction career forty-seven years ago. He worked for many companies in Texas, and New Mexico. As a finish blade operator, he helped build roads throughout Texas, New Mexico, and on Indian Reservations in Arizona. He loved his work and his family. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he had a strong realistic hope in a future resurrection. He also loved attending the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and visiting with his spiritual brothers and sisters. His wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 2:00 pm, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 109 Waterfall Dr. NE. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses or the American Lung Association, 216 Truman NE 87108.
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Bundrant -- Vivian Ann (Marchant) Bundrant, 83, passed away from this earth on Saturday, July 20, 2002. Vivian was born on August 7, 1918 in Corpus Christi, TX and has resided in New Mexico since 1921. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, George Bundrant of Albuquerque; sons, Pat Bundrant and wife, Nita and Tom Bundrant; four grandchildren, Brenna Aschbacher and husband, Kenny, Bryan Bundrant and wife, Heather, Lindsey Bundrant and Abby Bundrant; sister, Berniece (Piddye) Urquhart and husband, Kenny; brother Johnnie J. Marchant and wife, Katherine. Services will be held on Monday, July 22, 2002, at 10:00 a.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, with Reverend Charles E. Price, officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Sunday, July 21, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Quality Continuum Hospice, 8001 Mountain Rd. Pl., NE, Suite 200, 87110. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Chavez -- In Loving memory of Angelo Eloy Chavez April 14, 1979 - July 22, 1997Five years may seem a long time to others, But not to me. To those who may have forgotten:Go ahead and mention my Angelo The one who died you know. Don't worry about hurting me further The depth of my pain doesn't show. Don't worry about making me cry I'm already crying inside. Help me to heal by releasing The tears I try to hide.I hurt when you just keep silent Pretending he didn't exist I'd rather you mention my Angelo Knowing that he has been missed.If you would ask me how I'm doing I would say"okay" or"fine" But healing is something ongoing I know it will take a lifetime.Angelo, I love you and miss you with All my heart. Five years ago today I lost my buddy! My beautiful boy! My life will never be the same. Mom
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Davenport -- Dilbert E. 67, went to be with our Lord July 17, 2002. He was born October 5, 1934 in Reserve NM. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War 1950-1957. He is Preceded in death by his wife Lena Davenport, daughter Tina Waldeep, grandchildren; Johnny Giroux, Tami Twyefoot, brothers Jimmy and Richard. He is survived by Lorretta Giroux and husband Jerry, Jerry Romero and wife Sylvia Daniel Romero, Lucia Davenport, Patricia Davenport, Janine Davenport, Lisa Davenport, Dede Davenport, Delbert Davenport Jr. and wife Mona Lisa , Dora Davenport; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Delphine Serna, Mary Lou Guttman, Linda Voight; brother Lonnie Davenport; numerous other nephews, nieces, family and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at Albuquerque Bible Church 320 Montano NW 87108. A visitation will be on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. with service following at 7:00pm Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Albuquerque Bible Church with burial to follow at Sunset memorial Park. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th NW Alb. NM 87108 343-8008.
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Davis -- Kevin James Davis-You left this earth ten years ago. To the ones that love you sometimes it seems like yesterday, and sometimes like a hundred years ago. Your friends and family will always miss you. Love, Mom and dad.
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Edwards -- Doris Grissam, Doris Edwards, 77, passed away on July 17, 2002 in San Diego, California, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Edwards was a resident of Albuquerque for 55 years. Mrs. Edwards was born in Albuquerque on November 12, 1924 to M.L. (Mike) and Faye Grissam. She was a 1942 graduate of Albuquerque High School and was very active in several social organizations as a girl. She was a member of Job's Daughters and served as Grand Worthy Advisor of Rainbow for Girls in 1943. In 1944, she married Elmer E. Edwards and they settled in Albuquerque. For 25 years, Mrs. Edwards was a partner, with her husband and father, in Strongs Stationery and Office Supply in Albuquerque. After both her husband and father's deaths, Mrs. Edwards sold the store in 1969. In the ensuing years, while still in Albuquerque, she worked first for James-Thomas Construction and then Van Atta Laboratories. In 1980, Mrs. Edwards moved to California and then Colorado to be near her son. In 1988, Mrs. Edwards retired and moved to San Diego where she resided until her death. Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband; father; mother; and brother, E. Essley Grissam. She is survived by her son, Mikel Edwards, San Diego; her daughter, Kathy Bute, Ponca City, OK; three granddaughters, Kristin, Tiffany and Amber; and one great-granddaughter, Trinity, all of Ponca City. Graveside Services for Mrs. Edwards will be held Tuesday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. at Sandia Memory Gardens. Mrs. Edwards will be interred next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association 919 North Michigan Avenue Suite 1100 Chicago, Illinois 60611-1676. Arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE.
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