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Sisk -- Lois K. Sisk, age 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died May 8, 2000 in a local hospital. She is survived by her children, Patricia A. Sisk and James P. Sisk; three grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Fisher of Salina, KS; and a sister, Phyllis Chanys of Junction City, KS; half-sister, Clarabel Sisk of Wichita, KS. Lois volunteered at St. Joseph NE Heights Hospital on the Information Desk for 17 years, accruing 11,000 volunteered hours there. He was also an Accountant with First National Bank and retired from there after 20 years. In lieu of flowers, or a memorial service, donations may be made to St. Joseph Foundation for a leaf to be added to the Tree of Life at St. Joseph NE Heights Hospital, 4701 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.
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Strain -- Dr. Dudley Strain, 90, a ten year resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Meriney of Albuquerque; son, Keith Strain and wife, Betsy of Ada, OK; grandchildren, Trey Hoffman of Dallas, TX, Tiffany Turetzky and husband, David of New York, NY, and John D. Strain of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Strain on November 19, 1998. Dr. Strain was a graduate of Yale Divinity School, Butler University, and Texas Christian University. He pastored for 50+ years in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Independance, IN, Salem, OR, and two churches in Lubbock. He was also the author of three books. Dr. Strain was the driving force in the founding of Contact Lubbock, and the International Cultural Center at Texas Tech. He retired in 1990 at the age of 80 and chose to move to Albuquerque to be close to his daughter. Dr. Strain was a member of Monte Vista Christian Church of Albuquerque. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 12, 2000, 11:00 a.m., at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE, with Rev. Fred Dorisse and Rev. Keith D. Strain officiating. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE, Thursday, May 11, 2000, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice Inpatient Unit, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 2666, 87125-6666.
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Tracy -- Stuart Bloom Tracy, 90, of Las Cruces, passed away on May 9, 2000. Mr. Tracy moved to Las Cruces in the early 1940's. He taught at area schools and retired from PSL at NMSU in the 1970's. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Murphy Tracy of 50 years in 1982. He later married Elizabeth Quinton of Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his sons, David A. Tracy of Kirkland, WA, William C. Quinton, Robert W. Quinton and James. R. Quinton, all of Phoenix, AZ, and Charles E. Quinton of Laramie, WY. Mr. Tracy graduated from Central University in Edmond, OK, where he endowed a scholarship fund for teachers. Mr. Tracy was a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Las Cruces, a milestone of his year was the establishment of the Key Club at Las Cruces High School. He was also a founder of the United Way of Dona Ana County in 1957. Mr. Tracy was a charter member of Jornada Masonic Lodge #70, AF&AM. He served the Grand Lodge of New Mexico in various offices before serving as Grand Master in 1974. Mr. Tracy was 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason and was instrumental in establishing the Scottish Rite Temple in Las Cruces. He was a member of Paradise Valley-Silver Trowel 329 Masonic Lodge AF&AM in Phoenix, AZ. He was a Past Patron of Ruth #8, Order of the Eastern Star in Deming, NM, and Past Patron of Hatch 352, OES in Hatch, NM. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Getz Funeral Home. The Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2000, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, with Dr. Larry Hall officiating. Graveside services will be at the Masonic Cemetery with the Mason's officiating. Pallbearers will be members of the Jornada Masonic Lodge #70, AF&AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jornada Masonic Foundation, P.O. Box 306, Mesilla, NM 88046. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, corner of Solano and Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 526-2419.
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Wilson -- Donald J. Wilson, 73, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 6. He was a long-time, active member of the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Known as"Poppa Don" or"Mr. Don" by many children and young people, he was a retired Greyhound Bus driver with 32 years and over 3 million miles of service. A courageous and decorated veteran, Don served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. In retirement years,"Poppa Don" worked alongside wife, Shirley, in the DLD Sycamore School located at their church. His love for children and young people was well known. While he could, at times, be firm, he was extremely compassionate and caring, and his God-given gifts of faith, helps, and giving were constantly evident to young and old alike. An avid fisherman, he will always be remembered for his 12 foot fly rod and his love of fording the Cimarron River in Northern New Mexico, near Dawson, where he was born, December 19, 1926. One of the truly special"Dinosaurs" he will also be remembered for his radiant smile, wonderful sense of humor, penchant for taking out the trash, and gifts of two dollar bills. Married 54 years, Don is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley; sons, Don and wife, Linda, Rocky and friend, Flo, Gary and wife, Laura; grandchildren, Kimberly Ellison and husband, Jason, Kelly Wilson, Yvonne Arrossa and husband, Sean, Brock, Lacey, and Jake Wilson; great-grandaughter, Nikeya Arrossa; father, Jack Pacetti; brother, Jackie Pacetti and wife, Marian; sister, Sheryl Casias and husband, Robert; and a number of nephews and nieces. Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11, at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy N.E. A Memorial Service of Thanksgiving is scheduled at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 12, also at Heights. It was"Poppa Don's" desire that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to DLD's Sycamore School or HCPC's Good Samaritan Fund, both at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy N.E. 
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Alderete -- MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MICHAEL R. ALDERETE AGE 25 A Memorial Mass honoring Mike will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix NE, Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. He is survived by his parents, Jesse and Lorraine; his brother, Daniel; maternal and paternal grandparents; great-grandmothers; aunts, uncles, cousins; and many others that knew and loved him.
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Baca -- Macedonio C. (M.C.) Baca, 87, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed on to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Our beloved father was born on September 13, 1912 in Belen to Eloisa and Alberto Baca. He was educated in Belen, a graduate of the 1st class of St. Mary School. He started out as a farmer along with his father and went on to become a successful businessman in the community. He was the founder of Baca Oil Co., Baca Auto Sales, Baca Chevrolet, Mt. View Motel, and Whiteway Cafe. He was a member of the original board of directors of Ranchers State Bank. M.C. retired in 198 and spent his remaining years gardening and visiting with his family. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and he and his wife, Angelina served as Padrinos for Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on two separate occasions. He was also a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and the League of the Sacred Heart. M.C. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Angelina in 1996. M.C. is survived by his seven loving children, his four daughters, Mary Jane B. Sanchez and her husband, Joe, Elsie B. and Marty Sachs, Margaret Baca and her husband, Ned, Tina Baca and her husband, Mike; three sons, Ruben and his wife, Barbara, Leroy Baca and his wife, Sylvia, Mac Baca Jr. and his wife, Anita; his 25 loving grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; his sister, Emily Moya; his two brothers-in-law, Juan Orona and Frank Orona; one sister-in-law, Melinda Orona. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. also at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, James Sanchez, Rodney Baca, Bobby Sachs, Paul, Mark, Michael, and Roberto Baca; and great-grandson, Ryan Espinosa. Honorary pallbearers will be his other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his part-time caregiver and neighbor, Lorenzo Zamora. The family requests that donations be made on behalf of M.C. to St. Mary's School."God saw that you were getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered,"Come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes to best. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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Candelaria -- Aurelia Candelaria, 93, died Sunday, May 7, 2000 in Albuquerque. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Church, with Father Joseph Thai, S.S.S. officiating.
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Cole -- Gregory L. Cole, age 48, son of Harold and Ellen Cole, died in the Albuquerque Veteran's Hospital on May 6, 2000 of cancer as the result of the effects of the Gulf War and Vietnam Conflict. Greg was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Albuquerque in 1959 as a young child. He graduated in 1969 from Del Norte HS and enlisted in the Navy in 1970, serving in Lakehurst, NJ, Pensacola, FL, Yokosuka, Japan, (2) tours in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Chief Cole was a catapult operator, serving on the USS Ranger, USS Lexington and the USS Midway, sailing her home to decommissioning. Chief Cole served with the U.S. Navy Recruiting District until his retirement in June or 1996. He was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal, S.W. Asia Liberation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, AF Expedition Medal, National Defense Medal, Navy Expedition Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/4 stars, Sea Service Medal and Battle"E" Medal. Gregory is survived by his daughter, Michelle of Vineland, NJ; son, Gregory Joseph of Albuquerque; sister, Lana Johnson of Littleton, CO; and nephew, Kenneth Johnson of Austin, TX; sister, Merrie Alice Basham; and nephew, Brandon; niece, Kendall Basham of Nashville, TN; and aunts, uncles and cousins in Pennsylvania. Also left behind were his beloved dogs, Sandy and Pebbles. Greg was always a happy, humorous person, making everyone around him aware of his love of life. Per his request, Gregory chose no viewing and cremation. Memorial services for Chief Cole will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2000 at the Kirtland AFB Chapel (1950 2nd St., Bldg. 20107( (2nd and B Street). Services will be conducted by Chaplain (Captain) Kenyon with the eulogy given by APD Chaplain Raymond Loomis, a lifelong friend of Greg's. Burial will be at sea. Special thanks from his parents to the nurses and doctors at the SICU for his special care and love. Those wishing to attend, please use the Wyoming Gate to proceed to the Chapel. Cremation arrangements by Sunrise Society of New Mexico, 891-8200.
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Conn -- Kelsi Conn, age 6, of Ft. Collins, Colorado, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Children's Hospital in Denver. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at the Vineyard Church, 1201 Riverside Ave., Ft. Collins. Pastor Rick Olmstead is officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday until 3:00 p.m., at Goes Funeral Home, or after 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the church. Kelsi Conn was born September 6, 1993 in Albuquerque to Patrick Neal Conn and Kristine Van Winkle Conn. She lived formerly in Rio Rancho and moved to Ft. Collins three years ago. She was a first grader at Bauder Elementary School and attended Vineyard Christian Fellowship and belonged to AWANAS. She played dolls and babies with her sister, and also loved to play kitty cat. She enjoyed jumping on the trampoline, riding her bike, climbing trees, fishing, and going to the mountains. Kelsi was a typical little girl with a zest for life; she was full of sugar and spice, and usually would be found with skinned knees and bruises, and looking for something to eat. Kelsi is survived by her mother, Kristi Conn of Ft. Collins; her father, Patrick Conn of Rio Rancho; two sisters, Kayla and Kourtney; her maternal grandparents, Arlene and Leon Knox of Ft. Collins; her paternal grandparents, Marie and Harry Nestor of Rio Rancho; her maternal great-grandparents, Milda Reu of Ft. Collins and Harold and Bernice Van Winkle of Appleton, MN; her paternal great-grandmother, Gladys Conn of Phoenix, AZ; and several aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Richard Van Winkle and James R. Conn. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Children's Hospital, in care of Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Dr., Ste. B, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.
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Dudley -- Florence"Cissy" Edna Dudley, 76, died May 7, 2000, Sunday at the Los Palomas Nursing Center, Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her former husband, Robert V. Dudley; two sons, Richard R. Dudley and wife Jennifer of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Sean A. Dudley and wife Leslie of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Denise E. Dudley of Sacramento, CA and Michaela M. Higgins of Rio Rancho, NM; and four grandchildren, Aurora, Kyle, Michaela, and Richardson; four sisters, Mimi, Katherine"Kitty", Johanna, and Sister Hilda Marie; two brothers, James and John; also many nieces, nephews, and other friends and realtives who loved and will miss her. The Rosary will be recited at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho, NM, Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Service, Albuquerque, 343-8008
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