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Acosta -- Juan Acosta, 50, passed away peacefully at his family home on May 4, 2002. Juan is survived by his wife, Charlene; his parents, Elpidio and Rosa Acosta; a son, Jarin Acosta of Delicias, Mexico; daughters, Leslie Acosta of Albuquerque and Sandra Martinez and husband, Ricardo of Chicago; stepchildren, Eppie Lopez and wife, Dolores of Durango, Colorado, Robert Lopez and wife, Mary Eleen, Charlotte Lopez-Rousseau and husband, Paul of Albuquerque; brothers, Jaime and Mario Acosta of CA; ten grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Juan was a member of the Catholic Church and had worked at General Electric for over 20 years. His last job was as a machinist. Juan was a member of Local Lodge 784. He loved his job and had hoped to return to work. He loved music and played the guitar. A vistitation will be Wedneday morning frm 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Father Manuel Viera. Interment will follow at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Lopez, Eppie Lopez, Jarin Acosta, Mario Acosta, Jaime Acosta and Ernest Lucero. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlotte Lopez-Rousseau, Mary Ellen Lopez and Dolores Lopez. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW in charge of the arrangements.
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Bratton -- Howard C. Bratton, 80, a native of New Mexico and resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2002 after a long illness. Howard was a retired United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his son, Sam G. Bratton and wife, Paula and children, Catherine and Andrew of Tulsa, OK; his daughters, Kay Bratton and her children, Rachel and Hallie and Jean Hollowwa and husband, Christopher and their daughter, Taylor; a niece, Carolyn Parrish and her daughter, Valerie, all of Albuquerque; a nephew, William Pickens and wife, Monica and their children, Rena and Brian of San Diego, CA. Judge Bratton was born in 1922 in Clovis, NM where his father Sam Bratton was a State District Court Judge. In that same year, Sam Bratton was elected Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the family moved to Santa Fe. In 1924, Sam Bratton was elected to the United States Senate, and the family began dividing their time between Washington, DC and their home in Albuquerque. In his second term, Senator Bratton was appointed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the Bratton family took up permanent residence in Albuquerque. Howard Bratton was appointed to the Federal District Court by President Lyndon Johnson and assumed that office in Albuquerque on March 31, 1964. He served as an active District Judge until February of 1987, and was Chief Judge of the district from 1978 until 1987, when he took senior status. As senior judge, he moved with his wife from Albuquerque to Las Cruces and continued to sit as a federal judge, trying federal, civil and criminal cases arising in that area until March of 2000, when due to failing health, he took disability retirement. His wife and he returned to Albuquerque in January of 2001 for medical reasons and were residents of Albuquerque at the time of his death. Judge Bratton attended grade and junior high school in Albuquerque and then enrolled at New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM. He graduated from there at age 15 and enrolled in the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in June of 1941. That fall he attended Yale Law School, but left after one semester to enlist in February of 1942 in the U.S. Army following American's entry into World War II. He attended officers training school and was sent to England as an ordinance officer. His company was attached to the Third Army and he served under General George Patton in France and Germany. At the end of his term of service in November 1945, he held the rank of Captain. Following the war he returned to Yale Law School and was awarded a law degree in 1947. He was admitted to the bar in New Mexico in 1948 and practiced in the firm of Grantham and Bratton, also serving as Special United States Attorney in charge of litigation for the Office of Price Stabilization. In 1952, he moved with his family to Roswell, NM where he practiced oil and gas law as an associate and then partner in the firm of Hinkle, Bondurant, Bratton and Christy, returning to Albuquerque in 1964 to assume his duties as a U.S. District Judge. As a practicing lawyer he was Chairman of New Mexico Junior Bar Association (1952); President, Chavez County (NM) Bar Association (1962); Chairman Public Lands Committee of New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (1961-1964); Chairman Public Lands Committee of Interstate Oil Compact Commission (1963-1964); Member of New Mexico Commission on Higher Education (1962-1964); Member Board of Regents University of New Mexico (1958-1968) and President of Board of Regents (1963-1964). As a federal judge, he was first appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren to the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Operation of the Jury System (1966-1972), and was later reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice Warren Burger, for a further term (1978-1987), serving a total of 15 years. Chief Justice Burger also appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center for a 5-year term from 1982 to 1987. Under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, he served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure (1987-1992); as a member of the Judicial Conference Ad Hoc Committee on International Judicial Relations (1992-1994); and as a member of the Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Pattern Jury Instructions (1987-1992). Bratton was a member of the Tenth Circuit Trial Judges Association and its President (1976-1978). He was a member of the National Conference of Trial Judges and on its Executive Committee (1977-1979). He also was a member of the Federal Judges Association. He was the Tenth Circuit District Judge Representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States (1977-1982). He was a past member of the American Bar Association, the Albuquerque Lawyers Club, the Chavez County Bar Association and the Dona Ana Bar Association. He was a member of the State Bar of New Mexico at the time of his death. Honors conferred upon Judge Bratton by the State Bar of New Mexico included Judge of the Year (1981); Outstanding Judicial Service Award (1987); Distinguished Judicial Service Award (1992); and the Professionalism Award (1994). The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association honored him with an Award for Dedication to the Advancement of Law (1987) and the Albuquerque Bar Association named him Outstanding Judge (1987). An honorary Doctorate of Law was conferred upon Bratton by the University of New Mexico in 1971, and the University of New Mexico School of Law gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Bratton was honored with an Award of excellence for his outstanding record as a jurist by Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation in 1987, and was chosen a Significant Sig by the national organization of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1998. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club from 1964 to 1988, and rejoined the club upon his return to Albuquerque in 2001. A private service and interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Anyone wishing to honor Judge Bratton's memory may make donations to the New Mexico Cancer Foundation, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or to the Bratton Hall Fund, University of New Mexico School of Law, 1117 Stanford NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1431. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Candelaria -- Mass of Christian Burial for Orlando J. Candelaria will be celebrated this morning by Father Dennis Garcia at the San Jose Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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Chrisman -- Kathleen Sullivan (Sully) Chrisman, 88, died May 4, 2002, at Albuquerque Care Center. She is survived by a sister, Sr. Elaine Sullivan, Victory Noll of Huntington, IN; a nephew, Bob Sullivan and wife, Tinker of Missouri City, TX; a niece, Elise and husband, Frank Mannion of Houston, TX, a niece, Colleen and husband, Jesse Byars of Castroville, TX; four grand-nieces; four grand-nephews; one great-grand nephew; five great-grand-nieces; and a granddaughter, Toma Shaver of Bosque Farms, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; brother, Robert; and nephew, Charles. Mrs. Chrisman retired from Sears Retail Store after 22 years of employment She was born July 27, 1913 in Independence, Kansas to Charles Sullivan and Catherine Wickens. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters reciting. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, 7500 Paso Del Norte NE. Interment will follow the service. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the homeless. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Daley -- Marian Lola Daley, 82, lost her battle with cancer and died peacefully with her family at her side on May 1, 2002. She was a resident of Albuquerque since 1948 and retired from a successful nursing career in 1988. After graduating from the Ravenswood School of Nursing, she worked at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, ILfor 2 years, specializing in premature babies. After moving to Albuquerque, she worked with UNM Hospital for many years and was instrumental in helping set up the UNM Family Practice Clinic. She retired in 1988 and was able to travel and enjoy her weekly game of bridge until recently when her health started to fail. She is survived by her four children, Chris Karen of Albuquerque, Brent and wife Georgette of Orlando, FL, Alan and wife Carrie of Albuquerque, and Beth and husband Joe of Colorado Springs, CO.; brother, Don and wife, Nan, of Niles, MI; Aunt, Lola Reum of Albuquerque; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind grandchildren: Patrick, Michael, Richard, Charles, Emily, Jennelle, Kendall, Mariah, Robert, and Jarrett and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandson, Thomas. Private cremation has already taken place. The children of Marian are hosting a"Celebration of Life" reception for friends & family on Tuesday May 07, 2002 from 4-8 pm at the Marriott Hotel located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Please come and join us in celebrating 82 years of life with a beautiful woman, our Mother.
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Davis -- Wynora Deon Davis Weep not for me For I am free To soar among the stars.Wynora Deon Davis entered this world in Hereford, TX on Monday, October 26, 1931. She completed her earthly journey on Tuesday, April 30, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Roy Davis of Albuquerque; son, Russell Davis and wife, Ann Kirk Davis of Portland, OR; granddaughters, Ariana and Rowan Davis of Portland, OR; son, Michael Davis; her loving aunt, Wyntle Eastham of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Evalena O'Dell and husband, Farien; brothers-in law, Walter Davis and wife, Jean of Alton, IL and Bill Davis and wife, Pearl of Murray, KY. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2002, 4:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Cards and condolences may be mailed to P.O. Box 13712, Albuquerque, 87192.
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Frazee -- Norma S. Frazee, 79, a resident of Albuquerque since 1948, was called home to the Lord Saturday, May 4, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joseph Frazee of Albuquerque; daughters, Karen Frazier and husband, Jerold of Phoenix, AZ and Jodi Frazee-Brown of Albuquerque; sons, Mark Frazee and wife, Terri of Albuquerque and Chris Frazee and wife, Linda of Durango, CO; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Frazee was a member of the D.A.V. and also Hoffmantown Church. She was the most patient and loving person on Earth. Mrs. Frazee was an angel to anyone who knew her and served the Lord with great passion. Services will be held Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Tuesday, May 7, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Goatcher -- Loyd F. Goatcher Sr., 89, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, died Friday, May 3, 2002. He is survived by his son, Loyd F. Goatcher, Jr.; grandchildren, Jay Goatcher and wife, Loretta, Larry Goatcher and wife, Karen, and Kelly Carmody and husband, Jeff all of Albuquerque; great-granddaughters, Jessica, Jacqueline, Kaley, and Kristye; great- grandson, Kalvin; sister, Edith Cudd of Longview, WA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Mr. Goatcher was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel whom he met and married in Poteau, OK in 1931. Loyd was born in Hackett, AR on June 20, 1912 and moved to OK as a young boy with his family. He was a sawmill master mechanic for International Paper, retiring in 1974. They moved to Albuquerque from McAlester, OK in 1989. Services will be held, Friday, May 10, 2002, at 10:00 a.m., at the Mills Funeral Home in McAlester, OK. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, in Hartshorne, OK. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Tuesday, May 7, 2002 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, P.O. Box 26666, 87125 or the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, 87110. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE
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Griffin -- Brandi Lea Griffin, a resident of Rio Rancho passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2002. Brandi most recently worked at Gateway Computers as a computer technician and had worked for American Online as a Customer Service Representative. She was the owner of Griffin Business Services providing Paralegal Services to her clients, has worked for a number of attorneys and also served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. She was an active member of the Coven of the Shaded Moon congregation. She was a computer enthusiast, loved the hot air balloons and the fiesta. Brandi will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Brandi was preceded in death by her husband, Jack. She is survived by her daughter, Amber Nicole Griffin of Rio Rancho; son, Christopher Waddell of Lubbock, TX; her parents, Bill and Jean Edsall of El Paso, TX; sister, Debbi Edsall and fiance, Ralph Dominquez of El Paso, TX; aunts, Pauline and husband, Harold Draheim of Michigan, Patricia and husband, Steven Cooney of El Paso, TX, Sue Mosley of Wood River, IL; two nephews; one niece and numerous cousins, and a host of very special friends. A visitation will be held for Brandi on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Rio Rancho Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. also in the Chapel with the Rev. Clint Cowan and Rev. Christeen Bailey as officiants. Funeral services under the care of Rio Rancho Funeral Home, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192
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Hart -- Edward Patrick Hart Jr., 69, a resident of Albuquerque since 1976, died Saturday, May 4, 2002. He is survived by Gloria Powell, sons, Michael, Timothy and Kelly; daughter, Shannon Hart; three sisters; and 13 grandchildren. Edward was born on June 26, 1932 in Highland Park, IL. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Edward retired as Chief from the Lake Forest Illinois Fire Department in 1976. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 4737, in Highland Park, IL, a life member of the American Legion Post #49 and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Wednesday, Twelve oclock noon, at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Chaplain Col. Lemuel M. Boyles, U.S.A.F. (Ret.) officiating. Interment of cremains will take place at 2:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, 87110. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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