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Herrera -- Feliciano "Chano" Herrera, 80, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, NM passed away unexpectedly on Thursday. He was born on October 2, 1921, to Isabelita Padilla Herrera and Juan De Herrera. He was united in marriage in November 1949 to Helen Romero in Las Vegas, NM. His love and devotion to his family will be dearly missed. He was a special husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was admired by all who knew him for his never-ending hard work and dedication to his family and farm. Feliciano lived his life as an example for all to follow. He most enjoyed his grandchildren and loved the outdoors. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen R. Herrera. He is survived by daughters, Dora and husband, George of Albuquerque, Norma Herrera of the family home in Cleveland, Debbie and husband, Joe Alexander of Cleveland, Dolores"Dottie" and husband, Brian Gutierrez of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Erik Gomez, Felicia Alexander, Gabrielle Gutierrez, Franceska Alexander, and Allen Gutierrez. Rosary Devotional Services will be conducted Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. Gertrudes Church in Mora. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gertrudes Church in Mora with Father Tien-Tri-Nguyen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Herrera Family Plot in Cleveland with the following as Casket Bearers, Candido Mascarenas, Leonard Casados, Benny Maes, Erik Gomez, Milnor Herrera and Mike Herrera. Serving as Honorary Bearers will be all his grandchildren, Dan Espinoza, Edward Fernandez, Lon Hughes, Tony Pino, Alfredo Roybal, Guillermo Montanes. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, NM, 1-800-479-3511.
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Isengard -- Wilma (Willie) Bieker Isengard, 71, passed from this life to a new realm in the Communion of Saints, Monday evening October 8, 2001. Wilma is survived by her sons, Gerald Lee Bieker of Seattle, WA and Dennis Bieker of Fayettville, AR; her grandson, George C. Bieker of Fayettville, AR; sisters and brothers, Marcella Dreiling of Chapman, KS, Katherine Schmidt and husband, Alexis, Alice Windholz and husband, Alfred, Ralph Walters and Leona Fross, all of Hays, KS, Mary Pfeifer and husband, Alphonse of La Crosse, KS, Rosemary Gerstner and husband, Ernest of Conyers, GA, Sister Mary Alice Walters, CSA of Cudahy, WI, Robert Befort and wife, Ernestine of Ellis, KS, Ronald Walters and wife, Pam Fraser-Walters of Albuquerque and Janet Gerstner and husband, Jude of Overland Park, KS; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins across the USA; and dear friends in Albuquerque. Wilma was preceded in death by her mother, Monica; sisters, Rita Mae and Miriam; her father, Frank; sister, Cecilia Wolf; her first husband, George Bieker in 1973; her second husband, William Isengard of Albuquerque in 1994; her stepmother, Rose and her sister, Frances Schmidt. Born December 24, 1929 in Hays, KS to Frank Walters and Monica Koerner Walters, Wilma was the next to last of their twelve children. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Hays and married George Bieker, after his return from service in the Navy. They subsequently moved to Denver. After Mr. Bieker's death Wilma worked as a supervisor with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Denver, CO. In 1976 she married William Isengard, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, former prisoner of war and employee with the Defense Nuclear Agency at Kirtland AFB, and moved to Albuquerque. widow Mrs. Isengard volunteered with the Veterans Administration Hospital and enjoyed and taught water aerobics at Kirtland AFB. She also was active with the Albuquerque Chapter 1 of exPOW. She was a parishioner at Holy Ghost Church. Willie is remembered fondly and joyfully for her humor and hospitality. Rosary will be recited Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Sister Mary Alice Walters CSA reciting. Cremation will follow and interment of cremains will be held at Fairmont Cemetery, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. The family thanks Willies friends and neighbors for their loving attention, and her caregivers, particularly the Presbyterian Home Hospice team for their professional and compassionate care. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Jimerson -- Virginia (Odle) Jimerson, 91, a resident of Albuquerque since 1978, died Monday, October 8, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Vona Lewis of Albuquerque; sons, Roy Moore of Reserve, NM and James Odle and wife, Amelda of Tatum, NM; two nieces; one nephew; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Odle; daughters, Virginia"Ginger" Thoma and Connie Jo Brady; sisters, Lorena O'Conner and Hallie Mae Pearson; grandson, Roy (Butch) Moore; and great grandsons, Justin Kitchens and Jared Odle. Virginia was born October 6, 1910 in a post office in Texas and came to New Mexico in a covered wagon. In the early 1930's, Virginia was baptized in a dirt tank in Bronco, TX on the New Mexico/Texas State line. She homesteaded in Lea County and lived in a dugout. Virginia was a 4-H Club leader and a Sunday school teacher. The Lea County Extension Service gave her a pressure cooker, if she would and she did, teach others in the community how to use the cooker to can food. She was a member of Sandia Baptist Church. Because of her health, she had not been able to attend. She played"42 Dominos" and Pinochle. Virginia had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She could grow everything. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved watching football. Her favorite teams were the Packers and the Cowboys. A special thanks to the staff at Manzano del Sol for the love and care they gave her. Services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2001, 2:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Chaplain Mark Sutton officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, John Thoma, Mike Thoma, Tim Odle, Dennis Zacharias, Eddie Moore, and Roy Lee Moore. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Thoma, Bill Collier, Jr., Carlos Osuna, Marvin Kettle, Charlie Cobb, and Damon Pearson. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, one hour prior to service.
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Kemp -- Kenneth "Ken" Kemp, 78, a resident of Albuquerque for 26 years, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred Kemp of Albuquerque; sons, Larry Kemp of New Kensington, PA and Bill Kemp and wife, Karen of Erie, PA; grandchildren, Matthew Kemp of Burlington, VT, Audrey Kemp of Erie, PA, Paul Kemp and Carolyn Kemp, both of New Kensington, PA; and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Thomas of Dallas, TX and Dorothy Simanaitis and husband, Dennis of Santa Ana, CA. Mr. Kemp was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. (Mesa Lodge) #68 and the Optical Society of America. He was active with the Republican Party. Services will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE with Rev. Larry Castillo-Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 8410, 87198. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Lapierre -- Georges Henry LaPierre Jr., 68, peacefully passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2001 at Aldercrest Nursing Home in Edmonds, Washington. He was a veteran of the Army as an Artillery Chief during the Korean War and retired from the local Carpenter's Union in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a photographer and artist throughout his life and especially after his retirement. Survivors include his six children: Robin, Belinda, Anita, Michelle, Paul, Claudine; five grandchildren: Mechelle, David, Eric, Charlene and Heather; his siblings: William, Paul and Ruth. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Henry LaPierre and Marie Alice Brisson LaPierre and his son, George Henry LaPierre, III. Memorial Services were held on Sunday, October 7, 2001 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonds, Washington. Rev. Haydock officiated the services. Burial will be held later at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.
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Leach -- Virginia Denby Leach, a longtime Carlinville, IL area resident, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM. She was the third of five daughters of George and Ruby Denby and was born on February 6, 1928 in Brushy Mound Township, IL. On November 12, 1946, she married John W. Pressler, who preceded her in death in March 1982. July 1983, she married Edwin C. Leach, who preceded her in death January 2000. She is survived by her children, Nancy Slimak and Jo Pressler of Albuquerque, NM, and Michael Pressler of Des Plaines, IL; two sisters, Jean Manis of Ann Arbor, MI, Nancy Pocklington of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the Vista Del Rio Chapel, 1620 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. A brief Graveside Observance will be held at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery, south of Carlinville, IL, on Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 12:30 p.m. A potluck lunch, at 1:00 p.m., will follow at the Carlinville American Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Carlinville, IL Senior Center, Meals on Wheels program, c/ o Virginia Leach Memorial, 213 North East Street, Carlinville, IL. 62626. Cremation arrangements by the Sunrise Society of NM, (505) 891-8200.
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Lesslie -- Don Lesslie, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1971, passed away on October 10, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Cary Lesslie whom he married in 1949; daughters, Les Douglass and husband, Kirby of Texas, and Donna Lesslie of Albuquerque; sons, Jeff Lesslie and wife, Jan of Albuquerque, and Keith Lesslie of Texas; grand children, Koby and Kalan Douglass, Carson Lesslie, Rick Lesslie and wife, Rachel, Kara and Katie Lesslie; great-grandchild, Bailey Lesslie. He is also survived by numerous other relatives including Charlotte, Kevin, Cheryl, Jenny and Beth. Don was in the insurance business for 18 years with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and enjoyed being a car salesman. In his later years his favorite past time was sailing, he spent time on the water with family. Don owned many properties in Kansas including a restaurant and a motel. Friends may visit Saturday October 13, 2001 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks North of Paseo Del Norte). Services will be on Monday October 15, 2001 in Sedan, Kansas, burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
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Lovato -- Jonathan Thomas Lovato, September 16, 1971 - October 13, 1993 Jonathan, it's been eight year's since you were taken away from us. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. We love and miss you so much. Rest in peace, my son. We will celebrate another year anniversary with a memorial mass at 4:30 p.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. With Love, Dad, Mom, Grandma, and the rest of your family.
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Marquez -- Funeral Services for Mrs. Priscilla Marquez will be held on Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Belen Cemetery. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Martinez -- Miriam Marquez Martinez, 74, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, October 12, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Baltazar Martinez; children, Daniel Martinez and wife, Dianna and their children, Steven and Amy; Michael Martinez and wife, Evelyn and her daughters, Tiffany and Jennifer; Ruben Martinez and wife, Karen and their children, Nicolas and Erin; Robert Martinez, Mary Garcia and husband, Danny and their children, Miranda, Dominic, and Isaiah, Victor Martinez, Vincent Martinez and his son, Shane, and Ann Rippberger and husband, Charles and their daughter, Sarah; sisters, Maria Zandstra, Irene Urvanejo, Stella Sanchez, Martha Romero; and brother, Alfonso Marquez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Constanza Marquez; sisters, Raquel Frankel, Lupe Rottner, Teresa Braddock; and brothers, Dr. Peter Marquez, Leon Marquez, and Gonzalo Marquez. Miriam was born on January 9, 1927 in Silver City, NM. She left Silver City in 1940 and moved with her family to Albuquerque where they settled in the Barelas Neighborhood. She attended and graduated from St. Vincent's Academy and then the University of New Mexico in 1951 with a Bachelors Degree in Education while majoring in Spanish and minoring in Portuguese. She became certified in 1953. She spent 40 years as a teacher. Before she graduated from college, she began teaching at St. Mary's where she taught Spanish I, II, III, and IV. She then taught at Wherry Elementary School on Kirkland AFB for three years. She had the first of her 8 childrenn in 1957 and the last in 1965. You will know them as Daniel, Michael, Ruben, Robert, Mary, Victor, Vincent and finally Ann. In 1970, after several years as a fulltime mother, she began teaching the second grade at Our Lady of the Assumption School and stayed there until 1990. In 1996, she returned as a substitute teacher at Manzano Day School and Our Lady of the Assumption. She received the award for Outstanding Teacher several times at Our Lady of the Assumption and she was nominated for teacher of the Year amongst Parochial Schools. The nomination read: "Miriam Martinez has created a special classroom, a secure place where each second grader is achieving at his/her best level, where Miriam is generous with her time and affection, and above all where her faith and devotion are part of every day." She was well respected as an educator and loved by her students many of whom keep in contact with her. Her family was very active in the Barelas Community and Sacred Heart Parish for many years. Miriam was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother and had many friends. Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 14, 2001; 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lomas & Tennessee. Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 15, 2001, 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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