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Drago -- Vincent Drago, 73, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, June 21, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Drago of Albuquerque; Sisters, Annalee Nelson, Carmen Jennings, Teresa Barresi, Lena and her husband Anton Wrhel, all of Albuquerque and Barbara Jennings of Edgewood; Sisters-in-law, Joan Drago, Connie Montano, and Dora Baca, all of Albuquerque, Helen Johnson of Redwood City, CA and Joelyn Montano of Los Lunas; Brother-in-law Joe Montano of Albuquerque; and numerous Nieces and Nephews. Mr. Drago was a member of the DAV. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Droelle -- The family of Mr. Thomas (Tom) O. Droelle wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and sympathetic during their recent loss. Special thanks is extended to those who sent the beautiful floral tributes, cards, food, and especially spiritual support. Your kindness will always be remembered. Funeral services were entrusted to Alameda Mortuary, 9420 4th Street NW.
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Elmore -- MSGT. Acey Elmore, USAF (Ret.), 67, a 32-year resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sae Elmore of Albuquerque; son, Joseph Elmore of Albuquerque; brothers, Tom Elmore of Florida and Ben Elmore of Ohio; and sister, Nina Elmore. She was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Jane Elmore and his oldest brother Mac Elmore. Acey was born in Roxialia, WV and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. While on active duty in Japan, he met his wife, Sae Kaneko and they were married on March 19, 1962. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts and retired in February 1973. After retirement, he worked for Barnhill Bolt Company for 24 years until his second retirement in 1997. He then enjoyed working on cars, attending garage sales, and loved reading. Acey was a beloved husband and father who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. For more information please call the family at 296-0021.
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Finley -- Karen Louise Finley, age 35, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 21, 2002. Karen was born to Jo Ann Romero and Michael C. Finley on May 26, 1967. Karen will be remembered and treasured by the many whom she loved and who loved her as a generous, kind, compassionate, funny and caring daughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend and employee. Karen deeply touched the lives of those who knew her and whom she loved. Karen is survived by her mother and father, her stepfather, David Goodnow; stepmother, Helen Finley; beloved sister, Rita Finley and fiancé, Louis Chalamidas; and special friend Nick Dakis. She is also survived by her grandparents, Massey and Julian Romero and her aunts and uncles, Steven and Sharon Lautenschleger, Mike and Phyliss Zamorski, Marlene Romero, Ernesto and Dana Romero, Mel and Marta Finley; cousins, Julie Lautenschleger, Luke Waruszewski, Josh and Sean Romero, John-Paul Hines and step brother, Devin Goodnow. Karen was employed by Pete Daskalos Properties. The Daskalos were a wonderful extended family to Karen. Karen loved to travel, decorate, garden and spoil her sister, her cousin Julie and Miss Holly, her Yorkie. Funeral arrangements are pending. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE
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Ford -- Lucille Ford, 83, a resident of Albuquerque for seven years, died Friday, June 21, 2002. She is survived by her Son, Tommy Ford and wife, Teresa of Odessa, TX; Daughter, Anna Lewis and Husband, Bill of Albuquerque; six Grandchildren; ten Great-Grandchildren; and Brother, Utah Campbell of Big Spring, TX. She was preceded in death by her Husband, O.V. Ford. Mrs. Ford was a member of Netherwood Park Church of Christ. Services will be held Monday, June 24, 2002, at 9:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with George Carman officiating. Interment will take place at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, AR. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Albuquerque Christian Children's Home, 5700 Winter Haven Rd. NW, Albuquerque, 87120. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, on Monday, June 24, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. until time of service.
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Gallegos -- Harold Gallegos June 23, 1967 - October 2, 2000Happy birthday to our beloved son, father, brother and uncle. We all miss you very much, especially Sampson. There isn't a day that goes by without him saying,"I miss my uncle Harold. When is he coming back?" Our lives have changed so much since the day you left us. We will think of you with wonderful and fond memories today. We will remember your smile, your laughter, and your great personality. We will also feel the sadness and heartache of not having you here. You will never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts, may you be at peace. Love you, Mom, Dad, Pam, Chirs, Ada, Sampson and Alexis.
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Garcia -- Virginia C. Garcia, 67, a resident of Albuquerque since 1955, died Thursday, June 20, 2002. She is survived by her sons, Perfecto Garcia and wife, Rhonda of Belen, Andy Garcia, Michael Garcia and wife, Maria, Richard Garcia and wife, Priscilla; daughters, Darlene Otero and Marlene Garcia; granddaughters, Malanie Otero, Chantel Garcia, Shirray Garcia, all of Albuquerque and Randi Garcia of Belen; grandsons, Mario Pena, Miguel Garcia, Antonio Garcia all of Houston, TX, Russell Garcia of Belen, Richard Garcia, Jr. and Robert Garcia, both of Albuquerque; great-grandsons, Joseph Aragon and Angelo Aragon; sisters, Salome Lopez and husband, Joe, Bertha Herrera and husband, Felipe and Celina Chavez and husband, Precy; and special friends for over 20 years, Joe Sanchez and family, all of Albuquerque. Mrs. Garcia was a prolific ceramic artist. She was a special friend to everyone and a grandmother ŁnanaŁ to everyone in the neighborhood. Mrs. Garcia was the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Rosary will be recited Sunday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Gabriela Nieto reciting. Mass will be celebrated Monday, 9:00 a.m., at St. Edwin Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona Rd. SW, with Father Bill Sanchez, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mario Pena, Miguel Garcia, Antonio Garcia, Russell Garcia, Richard Garcia, Jr. and George Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Malanie Otero, Chantel Garcia, Randi Garcia, Shirray Garcia, Robert Garcia, Joseph Sanchez and Mike Aragon. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Gardner -- 1908-2002 Mrs. Mary Jo Gardner, 94, a long time resident of Belen, died at home on Thursday June 20, 2002, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born on June 18, 1908 in LaFatte, Alabama. She moved with her family to Anson, Texas when she was thirteen. After graduating from Anson High School in 1926, she attended Abilene Christian College, receiving her teaching certificate for Texas. In 1928 she moved to Swenson, Texas, where she began her teaching career. She taught in Texas for ten years. While in Swenson, she wed J.T. Gardner. In 1945, J.T. was transferred by the railroad to Belen where Mrs. Gardner taught school in the winter and worked toward her teaching degree in the summer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande in 1950. She taught elementary for 28 years in the Belen school District, retiring in 1972. Mrs. Gardner took pride in knowing that during her 38-year teaching career, she touched several generations of students. Some of her honors as an educator included being inducted into the Central District NEAˇNew Mexico Hall of Fame in 1975, and being listed in"Who's Who of American Women" in the 12th Edition of 1981-82. Mrs. Gardner was active in many civic organizations including: Eastern Star, Masonic Widows, Retired Teachers Association, AARP Local, Belen Pilot Club, American Association of University Women, Friend to the Library, Extension Homemakers, Alkali Anns Garden Club, and the Historical Society. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Belen. She was preceded in death by her husband J.T. Gardner; a daughter Rozanne Gardner Jones and her infant son; and a grandson, Jerry Don Gardner. Survivors include; sons Joe Ben Gardner and his wife Sue of Albuquerque; Jerry Gardner of Veguita; Granddaughter Sherri Jackson and her husband Bob, and their children Derrick, Matt, and Natalie of Albuquerque; Grandson Billy Don Jones of Oregon; Grandson Frank Gardner and his wife Anna, and their daughter Raelyn of Lovington; Grandson Casey Gardner and his wife Jeanette, and their children J.T., Levi, and Wyatt of Grandprairie, Texas; and Granddaughter Rozanne Gardner Johnson and her husband James of Lovington. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services for Mrs. Gardner will be held on Wednesday June 26, 2002 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Belen with Pastor Bruce Baker officiating. A private burial with the family in attendance will take place at a later time at the Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delta Hospice of Albuquerque, or the Boys or Girls Ranch of New Mexico. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home in Belen.
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Hammen -- Charles F. Hammen"Charlie", beloved husband of Tomi Hammen was born May 30, 1932 to Hazel Ford Hess in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently resided at 9201 Central NW. in Albuquerque, NM. He died suddenly June 16, 2002 after a life devoted to Public Service. As a USAF Koran Veteran and member of the Honor Guard, he was selected as Airman of the Year and honored by Governor John Burroughs while serving with the Air Police Squadron at the Manzano Base in Albuquerque. After 14 years in the Air Force, he continued to serve as Police Officer, Booking Officer, Corrections and Detentions Officer at Annarundel and Jessups in Maryland and Montessa in Albuquerque; Animal Control Officer in Albuquerque, Taxi Driver, published photographer, Ordained Minister, and HAM KE5ER, KM4MJ, and KJ5CD. A true voyeur, with wheels on his feet, Charlie traveled the USA, Mexico, Central America, and Japan. He carried with him many gifts of love, humor, and stuffed toys, bringing smiles and laughter to friends and strangers of all ages. His only desire with each gift was"PASS IT ON!" Private family services will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. Albuq. 505-343-8008.
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Hawley -- James Hawley passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 18, 2002. He was born and raised in West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Willa; daughter, Debbie; grandchildren, Ryan, Brittany and Chelsey; sister, Doris Burton and family; mother-in-law, Wilma Hawkins Tanner; brother-in-law, Stan Hawkins and wife, Laurel and family; sister-in-law, Sharon Ray and husband, Ritchie and family; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. He will be greatly missed. Services are at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2002 at Central Assembly of God Church, 124 Texas NE. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Pallbearers will be Ryan Hawley, Stan Hawkins, Ritchie Ray, Jim Cashman, Jerry Spears and Scott Welch. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at any Wells Fargo Bank in remembrance of James H. Hawley.
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