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Gatto -- Donald Wencil Gatto, a.k.a."Super G", passed away Thursday, May 10, 2001, after complications from surgery on Monday, May 7, 2001 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. Don was born on May 12, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, IA and would have celebrated his 70th birthday this Saturday. He was the oldest of five from a traditional Italian immigrant family. Don has always been a strong leader and very personable man. He made a point of making friends wherever he went and always remembered faces and specifics about people's lives and will be missed by a great many friends. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Gatto of Albuquerque; sons, Steven Gatto and wife, Tami of Henderson, TX, and Thomas Gatto and wife, Jane of Monmouth, ME; stepson, Brady Womack and wife, Claire Goldstein of Albuquerque; stepdaughter, Brenda and her children, Jayson, Jacque, and Shawna Grover, and Jonathan Beck, all of Las Cruces; mother-in-law, Nadine Myers of Albuquerque; brother, August Gatto of Chicago, IL; sisters, Pat Crawford and Jean Lubbock of Cedar Rapids, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his younger Brother, Bernard Wencil Gatto. Don was athletic in his youth, having played on numerous teams in school and grew to be a very active community member. He was voted the Jaycee of the Year before leaving Cedar Rapids in 1971. In the past, he has served as President of the parish council at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Community, and was currently Eucharistic and Bereavement Minister at John XXIII Catholic Community in Albuquerque. He had made many close friendships and brightened the lives of many of the elderly and confined through his ministry to those with Alzheimer's and in assisted living. He was a regular of the"Flying Star" formerly"Double Rainbow" coffee club, as well as past president of the Coronado Wolf Pack (Lobo Booster Club). Retired from property management at Sandia National Laboratories in 1996, where he received the President's Quality Award, he spent much of his time serving in the community and traveling to watch the Lobos and his grandchildren in their various sports activities, the fan section will suffer his loss. Don will be remembered for his outreach to others, his support of those less fortunate than himself and the guidance he so freely and willingly gave. We will miss him greatly here, but recognize that he is now serving his Heavenly Father elsewhere. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 14, 2001, 10:00 a.m., at John XXIII Catholic Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Adopt A Mission, c/o John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge NE, 87111 in Don's name and memory.
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Hall -- Dorothy R. Hall, age 85, a resident of Albuquerque for 20 years, passed away May 11, 2001. She is survived by her sons, Bertram M. Hall and wife, Levine of Hampton, VA and Lorenzo Hall of Albuquerque; daughters, Mellolyn Drane and Bernadette Hall, both of Albuquerque; sister, Lillian S. Plummer of Atlanta, GA; 11 grandchildren; three nephews and one niece. Ms. Hall was an elementary schoolteacher for Albuquerque Public schools, retiring in 1978. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 17, 2001, 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1500 Chelwood Park Blvd. NE with the Reverend Robert J. Nagiel officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Visitation for friends will be Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home.Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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Kelly -- Mildred S. Kelly passed away on May 10, 2001 after a brief illness. She was born in Van Houten, NM on November 21, 1914. She had a wonderful marriage of 51 years to Ulis B. Kelly who preceded her in death on June 14, 1999. She is survived by her son, Robert J. Kelly and wife, Claudia; granddaughter, Kristin, whom she adored; brothers, Mike Sims and wife, Darnell and John Simovich and wife, Marie; sisters-in-law, Opal Kelly and Geraldine Kennedy and husband, Clifford; brother-in-law, John Kelly and wife, Pauline; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Ann Gatti and Ruth Raicevich. Her family was everything to her and she kept in touch weekly with them. Mildred worked at various secretarial and clerical jobs in their travels in the military. She was active in her church, La Mesa Presbyterian in Albuquerque, and a volunteer at Kirtland Air Force Base. We wish to thank Janet Hospers, Ethel Ferguson, Kathie Leyendecker, May Jackson, Tom and Mary Ann Davis, Mary and John Walley, John and June Perovich, and Pastor Trey Hammond for their care and support of Mildred. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 10:00a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. A memorial service to follow at La Mesa Presbyterian, 7401 Copper Ave. at 2:00p.m. with, Trey Hammond, officiating. Friends may visit on Monday, May 14, 2001 from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd N.E. Those who wish to honor Mildred, may make donations to La Mesa Presbyterian Church in her name, 7401 Copper NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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Kesler -- Grace C. Kesler, age 90, a resident of Las Cruces for the past three years and formerly of Albuquerque died on Saturday May 12, 2001 following an illness. Mrs. Kesler was preceded in death by her first husband Bruce P. Musser in 1963 who was the father of their children Charlotte Evans and her husband B.R. of Elephant Butte, NM and James Musser and his wife Kay of Woodburn, OR. Her second husband Clive M. Kesler also preceded her in death in 1989. Mrs. Kesler is also survived by two step-daughters Sharon Livesay and her husband Don, and Carol Lacy all of Denver, CO; one sister Velda Cox of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kesler was a member of Harwood Methodist Church. Services, which will be announced, will be held at Harwood Methodist Church, 420 San Lorenzo NW. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. The family prefers that donations be made to the Harwood Methodist Church. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE, is in charge of arrangements.
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Madrid -- Phyllis (Filia) Tafoya went to be with the Lord on May 12, 2001. Born In Santa Fe , NM on January 4, 1923. She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years; Charlie. Her children Ernest Madrid, Priscilla Madrid, James Madrid and wife Hilda, Rosella Montoya and husband Max, Connie Romero and husband John. She is survived by 10 grandchildren Mark Madrid and wife Michele, Matthew Madrid and wife Vangie, Patrick Madrid, Teresa Madrid, Ernie Madrid, Gloria Borman and husband Eric, Jeanette Madrid, Joseph Montoya, Juan Brito and Elizabeth Brito, and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers Richard Tafoya and wife Flora, Edward Tafoya, Pablo Tafoya and wife Adelina; Five sisters, Sophie Barela, Helen Vigil and husband Louie, Ida Leyba, Lucy Romero and husband Tony, Mollie Garcia and husband Joe, and sister-in-law Mollie Lovato. Ms Madrid was a current member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Albuquerque, NM and formally a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Santa Fe, NM. She was a member of La Union Protectiva de Santa Fe. She was employed by the State Health and human Services in Santa Fe , NM from 1968-1973. Prior to that she was involved in working with the City of Santa Fe Model City projects. Visitations will be Monday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National cemetery. Pallbearers Mark Madrid, Matthew Madrid, Patrick Madrid, Juan Brito, Joseph Montoya, and Ernie Madrid. Funeral Services are in the care of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave., SW, 243-5222.
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Martinez -- 1925-2001 Isaiah Edward Martinez Jr, also lovingly known as Eddie and Challito, 76, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday May 11, 2001. Isaiah was born to Isaiah and Juanita Martinez on April 25, 1925 in Fresno, California. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps in Iwo Jhima, and the Guadal Canal. He was a master auto mechanic, winning trips and numerous awards for Best of the Best. He built and raced cars, worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and at one time drove the van from Belen to the Sandia Bingo. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and music; having played the trumpet and various brass instruments. He sang tenor, and served as a choir director, was a member of the San Juan Symphony Chorus in Farmington, and was a charter member of the Renaissance Chorale in Farmington. He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Los Chavez, and was formally a deacon for the Baptist Church in Farmington. Above all this, he always enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Isaiah is survived by his loving wife Rebecca of the family home in Belen, his sons George V. Martinez Sr. of Farmington, Gerald Martinez and wife Bernice of Farmington, his daughters Janet Daniels and husband Steven, Joanne Lujan and husband Anthony of Albuquerque, thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, his brothers Ralph Martinez and wife Ida of Los Chavez, Luther H. Martinez and wife Rose of Yuba City, California, his sister Rosalind Vasquez of Albuquerque, his uncle David, his aunts Lily, Mercy, and Rebecca, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Memorial services for Mr. Martinez will be held on Wednesday May 16 at 1:00 PM at the 1st Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park, with Pastor Boyd Morerod and John C' De Baca officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be G. Vincent Martinez Jr., Samuel Martinez, Luke Martinez, Ralph Martinez, Luther H. Martinez, James C' De Baca, Ben C' De Baca, John C' De Baca, Gary Van Ginkle, Johnie Blea, L.B. Vasquez, Jorge Palacios, and Dario Martinez. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home in Belen.
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Mckinney -- Steve McKinney May 14, 1956 - September 18, 1993This is the day I always miss you the mostHAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEVEI'll love you always Your mother, forever I'll be. Mom
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Monck -- William F. Monck, 75, a resident of Albuquerque since 1985, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Sullivan and husband, Thomas of Farmington, Marijane Monck of Columbia, MD, and Susan Naylor ofAlbuquerque; son, William W.F. Monck and wife, Acacia, of Laguna; grandchildren, Kelly Monck, Megan Monck, Allison Naylor, Clayton Alsup, Kyle Sullivan, Gwendolyn Naylor, Dana Alsup, Christopher Naylor, Troy Sullivan, and Nickolas Monck. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Rita M. Monck in 1998. Mr. Monck was born in Brooklyn, NY, August 13, 1925. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1945 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Longtime MENSA member, he also received the IHPA Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Bill was an avid reader and storyteller who appreciated the finer things in life, including music, fine dining, and cinema. He believed in doing things first class all the way. Bill passed his knowledge and wisdom to all he could. Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 14, 2001, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Church, 833 Arizona NE, with Father Thomas Mayefske, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Saturday, May 12, 2001, 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m."Remember me as I will love and remember all of you." William F. Monck, husband, father, and grandfather.
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Monget -- Ralph Roland Monget, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1973, died Thursday, May 10, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maria Monget of Albuquerque; sons, John P. Monget and wife, Loretta of Albuquerque and Ralph R. Monget, Jr. and wife, Alicia of Las Cruces; daughters, Toni M. Harris and husband, Glynn David and Romenia E. Montgomery and husband, Steve, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, David Harris, Jessica Harris, Hope Harris, James Montgomery, Kevin Montgomery, Shannon Montgomery, Steven Monget and Andrew P. Monget; great-grandchildren, Donte Harris and Deja Harris; brothers, Robert P. Monget, Jr. and Edward Wright; and numerous other family members and friends. Mr. Monget was a Korean and Vietnam War era veteran who retired from the Air Force after serving his country proudly for 27 years. He then began a second career with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 18 years in 1993. Mr. Monget was an avid fisherman and hunter. Above all else, he had an undying love for his family and they will miss his humor, his company and his love. Rosary will be recited Monday, May 14, 2001, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 15, 2001 9:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Road NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by French Mortuary Lomas Blvd. Chapel.
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Pepin -- Henry W.(Hank)Pepin was born in Durango,Colorado August 28, 1919, and died in Albuquerque, N.M. May 9,2001, after an eight year battle with Parkinsons. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Bedford Pepin; two daughters, Dr. Madeleine Pepin Keys and Jeanine Peterson; three grandchildren, W. D. Keys, Lara Keys Barrett, and Becca Peterson Moran; six great-grandchildren, Haley Keys, Cassie Keys, Henry Keys, Shane Barrett, Brandon Moran, and Gavin Moran; one sister, Ellen Blackmore, and by many other family members and friends. He served in the Army four years during World War II. His chosen profession was Education, and he was a teacher or administrator in public schools in Colorado and N.M. for eleven years. During the next sixteen years he served as educational advisor to the military nuclear weapons school at Sandia Base, and to the world wide strategic communications command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Significant honors that he received were election to Phi Delta Kappa, the honorary fraternity for Education; the Bronze Star for the Battle of the Bulge, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, one of the military's highest honors to civilians. After retirement, he volunteered for a time as the state coordinator of pre-retirement planning for the AARP, and served for several years on an endowment committee for Fort Lewis College. He was a home lover, and a devoted and conscientious husband, father and grandfather. He was a nature lover and a sportsman and he spent many happy hours fishing, hunting or playing golf with family and friends. Services will be held Monday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 6200 Gibson SE. A gathering will be held immediately following services in the Church parlor. On Tuesday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. ,burial of cremains will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, with Honor Guard. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. Albuquerque. 505-343-8008.
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