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Buttke -- Allen K. Buttke, 71, a loving husband and devoted father, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Harriet Buttke and two brothers, Harold Buttke and Eddie Buttke. Al is survived by his wife of 41 years, Warnell (Ruby) Buttke; one son, Allen F. Buttke and wife, Rene, of Edgewood; four daughters, Linda K. Buttke, of Los Lunas, Patricia Kemp and husband, Lee of Albuquerque, Wanda Kemp of Albuquerque, Sue Lovett and husband, Billy of Edgewood; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Copet of Marshfield, WI; brother, Carl Buttke of Alabama. Al was born and raised in Marshfield, WI. He retired after serving 21 years with the U.S. Air Force. Al was a life member of American Legion Post 99, the Stievos, 40/ 8 Voiturr 1534 and VFW Post 401. He served as a Commander of Post 99 and as a Department Commander for New Mexico. His most recent appointment was Programs Director for the American Legion Department of NM, which he held for 21 years. He was a member of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission in Washington, DC for 15 years. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the SICU staff at the VA Medical Center for the wonderful care they provided. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2001 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2001 at the American Legion Post 49, 11007 Central NE. Pallbearers are Ralph Kemp, RJ. Kemp, Mark Bonham, Lee Kemp, Billy Lovett and Tony Santillanes. Interment will follow at National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 11:30 a.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held at American Legion Post 49 following interment. Arrangements are by Strong-Thorne Mortuary.
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Cole -- Stephanie Ann Cole, age 23, beloved daughter and sister passed on March 12, 2001. She is survived by her parents, Barbara and W. Dwight Cole; her brother, Jason John Cole; her sister, Amy Marie Markham and husband, Jeff Markham; and her maternal grandmother, Mary C. Savage all of Albuquerque. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Stephanie graduated from Eldorado High School in 1997. There, as co-captain of the drill team, she loved to show off her passion for dance. She recently graduated from DeWolffe's School of Cosmetology and had just began her career. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd N.E. on Thursday, March 15, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Rosary will be recited by the Mariannites at 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, March 16, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Church with the Rev. Sam Falbo, officiating. Pallbearers will be John Savage, Mickey Ryan, Dannie Herod, John Menicucci, Steven Duran and Jason Smith.
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Coplen -- Jessie Elizabeth Coplen, 105, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2001 in Socorro, NM. She was born November 3, 1895 to Herman and Anna (Zirbel) Vitense in Mazomanie, WI. She moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1923 with her husband, Arthur Thompson, who passed away in 1933. She married Walter Coplen in 1946. She was a long time and very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. She had many friends and charmed all that met her. She enjoyed gardening, reading and in later years, traveling. She is preceded by her husband, Walter and step-son, Frank Coplen. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Stanton and husband, Arthur of Socorro; step-daughter, Elsie Cook and husband, Carl of Albuquerque and Lois Leese of Farmington, NM; step-daughter-in-law, Adele Coplen of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Ann Stanton and husband, David Connor of Montpelier, UT, Tom Stanton and wife, Mary of Socorro, Bob Coplen and wife, Charlene of Belen, NM, Richard Coplen of Albuquerque, and Doug Coplen and Ellen Johnson of Washington, DC; seven great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephew. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, April 6, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque with Rev. Myron White and Rev. Phil Preston officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE. Albuquerque, NM or to a charity of one's choice. Cremation arrangements by Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM.
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Cornell -- Murray J. Cornell, age 89, passed away on March 13, 2001 after an accident in his home in Denver CO. He had been a resident of Albuquerque and Santa Fe since 1936. He and his brothers Abraham B. Cohen and Walter E. Cohen were the founders of Pay Less Drug Store, Inc. They were pioneers of the concept of self-service discount department-drug stores. Walter joined Murray and Abraham in the Pay Less business after his service in World War II aboard a hospital ship. When Pay Less Drugs merged with the nationwide Walgreen Drug Co., Murray returned to Denver, CO where he owned and operated Cornell Prescription Pharmacies. Murray retired in 1992. He continued to supervise his properties in Santa Fe. Murray is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Rochelle Cornell of Albuquerque; one son, Dr. Lanny Cornell and his wife, Catherine of El Cajon, CA; three granddaughters, Deborah Jean Davis and her husband, John of Albuquerque, Lannette Rochelle Bloom and her husband, Todd of La Jolla, CA, Kendall Lynne Dann and her husband, Scott of El Cajon, CA; two great-granddaughters, Alesse Bloom, Melissa Bloom; one great-grandson, David Louis Dann; one sister, Zelda Gutman of Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Abraham and Walter Cohen, two sisters, Rita Feldman of Detroit and Elsie Katz of Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Jewish Family Services, 5850 Eubank Boulevard NE, Suite B-32, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Graveside Services will be held Friday, March 18, 2001 at 12:00 noon in the Fairview Cemetery on 700 Yale SE. Rabbi Joesph Black will officate. The arrangements for Murray Cornell are under the direction of Strong-Thorne Mortuary.
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Crawley -- Thomas Victor Crawley, III, 52, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died on Monday, March 12, 2001. Thomas is survived by his mother, Florence of Albuquerque; son, Thomas Victor Crawley, IV of Albuquerque; brothers, Joseph Michael Crawley of Albuquerque and Jerald Mathew of Flagstaff, AZ; and long term friend and companion, Gloria Kriegshauser of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Victor Crawley, Jr. in 1999. Thomas was a member of the Local Musicians Union and a Life Master in the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League). He attended Sandia High School, was an All American Diver (springboard) at Sandia and attended UNM following graduation. Memorial contributions may be made to Casa Angelica, 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.
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Howles -- Robert D. Howles a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on March 13, 2001. He attended Paradise Hills Methodist Church and prior to retirement he worked as an auto mechanic for Price's Dairy. Robert was a football fan, very passionate about Indian and Harley Davidson motorcycles, and cars. his true pride and joy came from his grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte and his daughter, Theresa. He is survived by his children, Robert M. and wife, Sandra of PA, Ritchie and partner, Barbara of Rio Rancho, Toni Miller and husband, Greg of Peralta, NM; sister, Florence Blanchard of FL; brother, Lewis of PA; his grandchildren, Angela, Robert, Daniel, Justin, Chris, Kendra, Lucas; and one great-granddaughter, Tyler. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. Cremation has taken place, and interment will follow at a later date in Corey, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Service under the care of Rio Rancho Funeral Home, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192.
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Lange -- Clarence A. Lange, LTC, USA, (Ret) passed away 12 March 2001 after a valiant struggle against cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline; children, Carl, Calvin and Cathrine; grandchildren, Samantha, Christina and Nicholas; sister, Betty Barnett; and mother, Elizabeth Lange. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, 1004 24th Street.
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Mazarr -- Robert R. Mazarr, 53, after a long illness, died March 11, 2001. He is survived by his father,"Muzzie" and his sister, Susan Mazarr-Proo. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2001 in Fern Chapel, Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Robert's memory to the Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia NE, 87108. Strong-Thorne Mortuary is in charge of his arrangements.
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Padilla -- Claude Padilla, Jr., 61, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Sunday, March 11, 2001. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd N.E. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 15, 2001, 10:00 a.m. at Risen Savior Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. N.E. Burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit on Wednesday, from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel.
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Pinkard -- Paulette"Polly" J. Pinkard, 58, a resident of Albuquerque for two years, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth M. Pinkard; daughter, Laura Todd and husband, Gregg of Jacksonville, AR; son, James Pinkard of San Antonio, TX; mother, Julia Johnson of Virginia, MN; sisters, Penny Harrington of Virginia, MN and Rae Lange of Memphis,TN. Polly was a devoted and loving wife and mother and a very loyal friend. Always remember she lived a full and happy life. She was always true to herself and true to others. She worked for the US Air Force for 18 years. Polly was a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and a member of the Association of Government Accountants. She loved to fly and was both a Commercial and Instructor pilot. She completed Air War College and was actively enrolled in the DLAMP program. She received numerous Air Force awards and accommodations. Polly was also a member of MENSA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The 10th Life Foundation, P.O. Box 178, Alpha, Ohio 45301-0178. French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd N.E.
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