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Lucero -- In Loving Remembrance of Jose Samuel"Sam" Lucero November 11, 1927 - May 2, 2000Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved and set me free I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see.Happy Birthday, Dad! How wonderful it must be to spend your birthday surrounded by God's Amazing Grace. I miss you so much. I know I will see you again. Until then... have a piece of cake for me.Love you forever, Bert, Alyssa and Clara Angel
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Maestas -- Martha Ortega Maestas, 91, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully November 8, 2002, in her home after a long and fruitful life.¯She was born in Chimayo, New Mexico, the third of five children to Nicasio and Virginia Trujillo Ortega, a world-renowned family of weavers.¯Martha is a graduate of Loretto Academy in Santa Fe and St. Joseph College in Albuquerque.¯She became an elementary school teacher, teaching primary grades in both Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties and the Albuquerque Public Schools for many years.¯She was an outstanding educator and dedicated her life to her students and to her family. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Sigfredo Maestas, and two brothers, Jose Ramon and Richard Ortega. She is survived by her three children, Olivia Rivera and husband, Jerry of Albuquerque; Eli Maestas of Albuquerque, and Albert Maestas and wife, Mary from Tulsa, OK.¯She had 6 grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Victor Maestas and wife, Lavone of Placitas, NM, Michael Maestas and wife, Gabriella of San Francisco, California, Thomas Maestas of Albuquerque, W. Gary Rivera and wife, Kate of Albuquerque, Elizabethann de Leon Maestas and Jeanine de Leon Maestas of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her brothers, David Ortega of Chimayo and Medardo and wife, Jenny of Albuquerque; along with many nephews and nieces.¯She was dearly loved by her family and her life was a wealth of contribution to others.¯Mass will be celebrated Monday, 1:30 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Pl SE, with Father Robert Chabot, SSS, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE.¯Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel for a viewing at time of rosary.¯¯
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Ozanich -- WILLIAM R."Billy O" Ozanich 11-11-29 to 4-4-95 Gone but not forgotten sparkling blue eyes. Your Loving Family
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Staeden -- 8-8-1960 TO 11-7-2002. Roberta Diane Staeden, 42, a resident of Albuquerque and formally of Estancia, NM, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2002. She was currently employed by Security Services of America as a security guard and truly loved being a security professional. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luz and Santanita Arce; and her brother, Tiny. Roberta is survived by her two beautiful daughters, Kadee; and Amanda Staeden, both of Alamogordo, New Mexico; one brother, Joseph Candelaria of Las Cruces, New Mexico; two sisters, Carol Romero of Belen; and Ramona Gilman of Clovis, New Mexico; two aunts, Cecelia Hannah and her husband, James of Mount Morris, Pennsylvania; and Antonia Sandy of Los Lunas; three uncles, Albert Mora and his wife, Senida of Mesa, Arizona; Juanito Chavez and his wife, Teresa of Porterville, California; and Emilio Chavez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one very dear and close friend, Gary Chellis. She is also survived by her loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Cremation has taken place with a memorial service scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Romero Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Bair officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM¯ 87002.
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Tapia -- Lorenzo E. Tapia, 71, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 8, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Celeste Tapia; mother in law, Flora Lucero; children, Lauren E. Veronneau, Denise A. Tapia, Barbara A. Bond, Annette T. Wihl and husband, Kurt, Eugene R. Garcia and wife, Tanya, all of Albuquerque, Elizabeth A. Copelin and Donald Romero from Arizona, Lisa E. Muth and husband, Shane, and Joyce Medina and husband, Manny, all of Albuquerque; sons-in-law, Gary Bond of Albuquerque and Cliff Mezo of Illinois; grandchildren, Patrick Wihl, Jolie Veronneau, Abby Wihl, Jackie Copelin, Kendel Copelin, II, Kelsey Bond, Tobias Martinez, Christopher Medina, Adrian Medina, Mia Mezo and Isabella Muth; nieces and nephews, Janie Lovato, Manny Rodriguez, Camile Montoya, Larry Rodriguez, Theresa Padilla, Erminio Rodriguez and Marsha Rodriguez; and many friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eloy and Avelina Tapia, brother, Fernandito Tapia, sister, Katie Rodriguez, wife, Doris Tapia, son, Steve E. Tapia, in-laws, Lauro and Chonita Flores, nephew, Joaquin Rodriguez, niece Celesia Cruz and son-in-law, Kendel Copelin, I. Lorenzo was a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. He was a founding member of MALDEF and LULAC. Lorenzo served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 and the U.S. National Guard until 1953, and the Army Reserves from 1953 to 1955 while attending St. Joseph's College in Albuquerque. He attended New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico from 1955 to 1957. Lorenzo received his J.D. from American University in 1959. Lorenzo was admitted to practice law in 1959 and achieved the highest score on the bar exam until recently. He was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. In 1961 he became Chief Counsel to the Senate Public Works Committee and served on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. Lorenzo served as a loyal assistant to U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez. He also organized the VIVA Kennedy Campaign in the Southwest. Lorenzo returned to New Mexico to practice law and specialized in criminal defense and civil litigation. He had previously served as Director of the Motor Vehicle Department. He was deeply loved and will be missed. Rosary will be recited on Monday, November 11, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW. Burial to take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Thursday, November 14, 2002, arrangements pending. Pallbearers will be Lorenzo Rodriguez, Erminio Rodriguez, Mannie Rodriguez, Eugene Garcia, Patrick Wihl, Manny Medina, Kurt Wihl and Gary Bond. Honorary Pallbearers will be Christopher Medina, Tobias Martinez, Kendel Copelin, II, and Adrian Medina. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, on Monday, November 11, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. until rosary. Flowers may be sent to French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE or memorial contributions may be made to All Faiths Receiving Home, 1709 Moon Street NE, Albuquerque, 87112.
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Terrazas -- Isabel A. Terrazas, 77, born November 7, 1925, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, November 8, 2002.¯ She is survived by her daughter, Angela Dixon and husband, Dr. Terry R. Dixon of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Beticus and Dru Dixon of Tulsa, OK; sisters, Rachel Medina of Albuquerque, Elodia Aguileria of National City, CA; and numerous other family and friends. Mrs. Terrazas was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Emilo; brothers, Lalo Ariaz, Joe Estudillo; sisters, Vincentita Ariaz, Cristina Ariaz, Cesaria Sanchez, and Margaret Martinez.¯ Rosary will be recited Monday, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - University Blvd. Chapel with the Knights of Columbus reciting.¯Times for celebrating mass are pending for Tuesday.¯ Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.¯ Friends may visit French Mortuary, Monday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.¯Her husband was very active as a 4th degree Knight in the Kennedy counsel Knights of Columbus.¯ She was also very active in the Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests non-perishable food items be brought for Road Runner Food Bank in memory of her loving and giving nature. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Vasquez -- Eliberto"Phil" Vasquez, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marilyn Vasquez; one half-brother, Cerilo Vasquez; one son, Eliberto"Bert" Vasquez, Jr., and six daughters, Mary Baldomar and husband, Richard, Susan Gaxiola and husband, Rene, Martha Rodriguez and husband, Cesar, Rachel Martinez and husband, Jerome, Myra Rollins and husband, Gary and Anna Hernandez and husband, Art. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Gabriel Gaxiola and wife, Valerie, Rebecca Rasmusson, Jerry, Aryana, Jacob"J.J." and Justin Martinez, Christopher, Alexander and Anastasia Baldomar, Andrew and Austin Hernandez and three great-grandchildren, Emiliano, Gabriella and Susana Gaxiola. Eliberto was a veteran of WWII where he was awarded the Purple Heart while serving his country in Europe. He was a driver for the Albuquerque Transit System, where he retired after 26 years of service. He loved to work with wood, as displayed by the many furniture pieces that adorn his home and his children's homes. Eliberto loved animals and was particularly fond of his dogs. He loved his coffee, sweets and chile. He had favorite sayings as"panza llena, corazon contento" and"comida sin chile, no es comida." He was a long-standing member of the Church of Albuquerque, where he was a minister. Eliberto loved to travel all over the world. He was independent, strong and a man of character. He will be missed but never forgotten. Evening service will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo Del Norte.) Prayer service will take place on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. also at French Mortuary. Burial will follow at 11:30 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit on Tuesday at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, from 4:00 p.m. until time of service.
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Ayres -- Cecil Frank Ayres of Meadow Lake, NM, a WW II Navy Veteran, passed away on November 8, 2002 at Laurel Heights Nursing Home. He was born in Raton, NM on February 9, 1918. He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, parents Ora and Joseph Ayres; sisters Agnes Ayres, Myrtie Ayres, and Viola Davis. Survivors include sons, Erick and wife Sharon of Chandler, Arizona, Rick and wife Kathy, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Rock of Meadow Lake, New Mexico. He is survived by grandchildren Justin Ayres, Travis Ayres, ErickaGhahreman, Troy Ayres, Melissa Shelton, and great-grandson, Coby Shelton, many nieces and nephews, especially the Helen and Marion Davis family of Albuquerque, and Vincente Garcia of Meadow Lake, NM, a very good friend of Betty and Cecil for many years. Survivors also include his brother Clarence Ayres, and sisters Alice Stancel, Kay Akin, and Sally Heath. At his request, no services are to be held. Donations may be made to the Presbyterian Hospice. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, 343-8008. ¯
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Beck -- Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allan F. Beck died Thursday, November 7, 2002 at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee of complications from kidney failure. Lt. Col. Beck was born July 3, 1917 in Escanaba, Michigan. He went to school in Escanaba and graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class in 1935. After entering the Army Air Corps, he was stationed at Randolph Field and Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. Upon leaving active duty he served in the USAF Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Col. He worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a nuclear physicist and retired after 31 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Oscar and Anna Jackson Beck; sister, Thelma LeDuc of Escanaba, Michigan. He married Louise Duggin and their 59 year marriage brought them three children who survive, Ellen (John) Anderson, David (Cindy) Beck and Elizabeth Estrada; five grandchildren; brothers, Arol (Dudley, deceased) and Jack (Bette) Beck, of Escanaba, Michigan. Visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2002 at Woodlawn Funeral Home with services to follow at 11:30 a.m. Private interment will be at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation. Woodlawn Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, 615-383-4754. A Dignity Memorial Provider.
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Bloch -- Merritt P. Bloch, 89, died Thursday, October 10, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn Zlotkin; son, Rob Bloch; grandchildren, Stacy and Ian and his wife, Kelley; great-grandchildren, Jonnathon, Cheyenne, Kaylee and Emily; and many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; daughter, Joanne; and sister, Judy. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was an auxiliary police sergeant with the NYC Auxiliary Police. He was a charter member of the Screen Actors Guild, a volunteer with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis ( now the March of Dimes), and other various organizations. He owned Merit Audio-Visual Co. and supplied equipment to New Mexico's hotels, convention center, Pope Joy Hall and many others during the mid 70's through the early 90's. Cremation and interment have taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 3:30 p.m. at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, with Rabbi Joseph Black officiating. Memorial Contributions made to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund at Congregation Albert.
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