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Cohen -- The family of Rebecca S. Cohen wishes to express their gratitude for the kind expressions of sympathy during their time of need. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.
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Davies -- James L. Davies, 79, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, died Friday, February 25, 2000 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arnetta; and their three children, LaMerlis Wolf and husband, Ben of Carrollton, TX, Linda Strascina and husband, Peter, and Richard Davies, all of Albuquerque; five grandchildren, Benny Wolf and wife, Michelle, Vincent Wolf and wife, Yvonne, Phillip Wolf and wife, Patience, all of Dallas, TX, Tony Vincent Strascina and wife, Linda of New York City, Francesca Strascina-Rieb and husband, Brian of Albuquerque; two great-grandchildren, Garrett Wolf and Jeremiah Wolf; four brothers and three sisters of James' original 13 siblings, all of the Ohio and Indiana areas. James was born into a farming family near Dillsboro, IN in 1920. He joined the Navy in 1940 and served as a First Class Gunners Mate aboard the Legendary USS Yorktown at the Battle of Midway. Both James and his younger brother, Harold, were on board the Yorktown when the ship went down under Japanese attack in the South Pacific on June 4, 1942. The two brothers only learned of each other's surviving the battle after being shipped back to the States some weeks later. After serving in the Navy for six years, James moved his family to Cincinnati, OH and later to Albuquerque where he ran his own carpentry and contracting business for nearly forty years. He will always be in the thoughts, prayers, and memories of his family and countless friends and acquaintances whose lives he has touched. Immediate family and close friends attended a memorial service and burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Presbyterian Hospice at 8100 Constitution Pl. NE 87111 or St. Paul Hospice, 5701 Maple Ave., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75235. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Dickerson -- Julius Paul (Tiny) Dickerson, 71, a resident of Albuquerque for 40 years, died Thursday, March 9, 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Paula Sue Ralston of Albuquerque; step-son, James Milton Higgins of California; grandchildren, Jeannette Kay Stanich and husband, Zion and Ginger Louise Brown, all of Albuquerque; great-grandchildren, Terry Isaac Brown, Thomas Isaiah Brown, Tyler Israel Brown, Ralston Keith Stanich, all of Albuquerque; and sister-in-law, Leona Dickerson of Forney, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olive Elaine Dickerson, son, Joseph Michael Dickerson; and daughter, Linda Kae Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson was a longtime member of Central Assembly of God and he was most recently attending Bethel Heritage Church. He formerly managed the Diamond Shamrock service station at Louisiana and Trumbull and later owned and operated Tiny's Automotive. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Monday, March 13, 2000, 7:00 p.m., at Bethel Heritage Church, 7800 Holbrook NE, with Glen Johnston, Walter Kaye and Reggie Greene officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Heritage Church, 7800 Holbrook NE 87112. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Franchini -- Oreste J."Rusty" Franchini, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, 83, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, March 10, 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Lynne Peckinpaugh and husband, Dennis; granddaughter, Michele Peckinpaugh and Anthony Velarde, all of Albuquerque; grandson, David Peckinpaugh and wife, Maureen Tansey of St. Johnsbury, VT; sister, Jeanette Devoti and husband, Frank; sister-in-law, Mickey Franchini, all of Albuquerque and several nieces, nephews and special friends. Mr. Franchini was preceded in death 14 days prior by his wife, Rose D. Franchini; and brothers, Frank Franchini and Remo Franchini; and parents, Ovidio and Argia Franchini. He was formerly a co-owner of Franchini Brothers Delicatessen and Catering at Lomas and University, which was treasured by family, friends and patrons for many decades. Mr. Franchini was a WWII Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was in the European Theatre and was a Sgt. Major in a Combat Engineer Battalion. Mr. Franchini was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He was also a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society; Knights of Columbus; Elks Lodge; UNM alumni where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; and ItalAmer Men's Club. Rosary will be recited Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Father Francis X. Eggert, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be David Devoti, Greg Franchini, Keith Franchini, Kevin Franchini, Donald Devoti, Danny Franchini, John Franchini and Tom Franchini. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305; American Cancer Society, Attn: Melissa Vialpando, 5800 Lomas NE 87110; or to Manzano Del Sol Good Samaritan Village, 5201 Roma Ave. NE 87108. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Gabbard -- Myrtle Irene Gabbard, widow of James C. Gabbard Sr., died in her home on March 9, 2000. She is survived by her son, James C. Gabbard Jr.; and daughters, Sheryl L. Brewer and Laurence (Laurie) Coates; brother, Earl Thomas of Washington, DC; sister, Alene Martinez of Anadarko, OK; grandchildren, Edward (Eddie) Brewer IV, Rachel Mirelse; and her most loved and cherished great-grandchildren, Mekala Mirelse and Jaiden Isiah Brewer. Mrs. Gabbard, originally from Anadarko, OK, and her late husband, both federal careerist made Albuquerque their home. She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 12, 2000, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2000 in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mrs. Gabbard, a devout Christian, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1800 Martha NE, at 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2000. James Gabbard, Eddie Brewer, Bruce Parker, Albert Redd, Dewayne Mariano, Benjamin Caswell will serve as pallbearers. She will be interred beside her husband in Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE, following the services. Mrs. Gabbard suffered kidney disease and would wish donations be made to the Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, 4919 Prospect Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.
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Huddleston -- Buster Huddleston, 93, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2000. He was born in Holdenville of the Oklahoma Territory on September 19, 1906. He was a longtime resident of Raton, and recently of Albuquerque. Mr. Huddleston is survived by his sister, Penola Allenbach of Sun City, CA, recently of Pueblo, CO; sons, David Huddleston and wife, Betty, Allan Huddleston and wife, JoAnn, all of Albuquerque, and Sid Huddleston and wife, Irene of Pueblo, CO; granddaughter, Lori Welsh and husband, Terry of Gilbert, AZ; grandsons, Robert Huddleston and wife, Mary of Albuquerque, Buster Huddleston and wife, Kelly of Houston, TX, James Huddleston and Jeffrey Huddleston, both of Pueblo, CO; great-granddaughters, Brianna and Amanda Huddleston, Morganne Welsh, Jordan Park, and Jamie Hosey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Mae Huddleston; brothers, Sid Huddleston and Jack Huddleston; and sisters, Althea Kerns and Juanita Kline. In his youth, he was basketball star for Holdenville High School. Buster retired from the AT&SF Railroad in 1971. He was an active (now retired) member of the United Transportation Union (UTUAI). He lived with his son, Allan and family for the last six years. Buster was a member of the Gate City Masonic Lodge, #11 of Raton; the York Rite Commandary of New Mexico; Ballut Abyad Shrine and for the last 55 years; a Life Member of the Elks Lodge No. 865 of Raton. Graveside services will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, with Rev. Bob Boyd officiating. Pallbearers will be Mr. Huddleston's grandchildren. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
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Jaquez -- The family of Baby Adina J. Jaquez wishes to thank all their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Rosary and Funeral services for Adina. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by Salazar and Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Jeter -- Lois E. Jeter - (Pat) - AC5RM, 60 years old, born March 16, 1939, passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2000 in Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Fred (Bud) Jeter; her mother, Lois Long; her daughters, Dorothy Jeter, Karen Hubert and husband, Louis, Lorene Rivera, and Freda Thomas and husband, Chris. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in October. The family will have a private service. A memorial service will be held on March 11, 2000 at 3:30 p.m. at Southwest Heights Church, 9800 Benavides SW, Albuquerque, NM. Cremation has already taken place. Arrangements are being provided by Metropolitan Direct Burial and Cremation Center, Inc., 729 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Alb., 256-9400. www.AlbuquerqueNM.com
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Maez -- Elias R. Maez, 100, a lifetime resident of Valencia, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 10, 2000 surrounded by his family. Elias was one of eight children born to Manuel and Emilia Maez. During his lifetime he was a farmer and rancher, he eventually retired from the Santa Fe Railroad in 1966. His hobbies were traveling, gardening, visiting and enjoying time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Elias was a generous and proud man who gave to his community, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Estella Apodaca Maez of 50 years in 1971; his two sons, Polo Maez in 1978 and Manuel Maez in 1951; one daughter, Mercy Sena in 1978; his son-in-law, Archie Vigil in 1981; one grandson, Albert Sanchez in 1968; as well as four angel babies. Elias is survived by his seven loving children, Delicia"Dellie" Sanchez and her husband, Orlando, Emilia"Emily" Lopez and her husband, Edward, Gloria Torres and her husband, Johnny, Dolores"Dodie" Sanchez and her husband, Modesto, Martha Moya and her husband, Salomon; sons, Gilbert Maez and his wife, Lita and Elias"Lejoe" Maes Jr. and his wife, Patsy; his daughter-in-law, Arcida McQuinn; 35 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Lucinda Apodaca and Cecilia Sanchez. A viewing will be held on Sunday, 5:00 p.m., at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 12:00 p.m., also at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Valencia Cemetery. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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Martinez -- Jose (Cho-Cho) Isauro Martinez Jr., 61, a lifelong Santa Rosa resident, died Thursday, March 9, 2000 at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Martinez was born June 30, 1938 in Cuervo, NM. He attended school at Santa Rosa. Cho-Cho worked for the NM State Highway Department for two years. He was employed for the past 38 years with the Peneldton Gas Company in Santa Rosa. He married Linda R. Maes on November 19, 1986. He was a collector of Classic Cars and antique bottles. He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Isauro Martinez Sr. on November 3, 1990; and a nephew, Jerry Ulibarri on July 6, 1994. Survivors include his wife, Linda R. Maes; his mother, Valeria Martinez of Santa Rosa; two sisters, Viola and husband, Manual Ulibarri of Santa Rosa, Shirley and husband, Faustin Sena of Edgewood; brothers, Horacio (Lacho) and wife, Dina Martinez of Santa Fe, Tommy and wife, Candy Martinez of Colorado Springs, CO, Pat and wife, Renida of Albuquerque, Anthony Martinez of Santa Rosa; step-children, Brenda Encinias and husband, Jeff, Bill and wife, Joel Johnson of Santa Rosa, Melvin and wife, Esther Johnson of Corona; grandchildren, Nina and Martha Encinias, Billy Jack, Crystal, and Curtis Johnson, James, Marcus, Melissa and Monique Johnson. Also surviving are his Godchildren, Nina Encinias, Joseph Martinez; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2000, from the Chavez Funeral Home Chapel. A second Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 12, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from the church at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 13, 2000, with Father Sotero A. Sena, Celebrant of the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include Pat Martinez, Horacio Martinez, Tom Martinez, Melvin Johnson, Bill Johnson, Jeff Encinias, and Anthony Martinez. Honorary bearers will include Horacio Chavez, Joe Bob Page, Simon Serrano, Kirk Peneldton, Dennis Gallegos, and all his friends and relatives. All arrangements entrusted to Chavez Funeral Home, 923 S. Third Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, (505) 472-3369.
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