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Romero -- Florentino (Tino) Romero, born in Vallecitos, NM, passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 30, 2000 in Albuquerque. He is survived by his four daughters, Tami Leavitt and her husband, Brett of Wyoming, Tina Grygo and her husband, Jeff, Traci Lemus and her husband, Gerber, and Toni Romero; the mother of his daughters, Vivian E. Romero, all of California; brothers, Joseph and John Romero of California; sisters, Dolores West, Patricia Romero, Anna Romero of California and Mary Johnson of Arizona; grandchildren, Autumn, Magan and Heather Leavitt, Jessica, Jacob and Alexandra Grygo and Anthony Lemus. Tino loved to hunt, fish, cook, and above all enjoyed visits with his large circles of friends and his loving family. He had a successful career as an independent contractor and took great pride in his many accomplishments. Private interment will be in Wyoming. Cremation arrangements by the Sunrise Society of New Mexico, 891-8200.
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Russell -- Mrs. Dorothy (Dotty) J. Russell, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on June 2, 2000 at home with her loved ones at her side. Mrs. Russell is survived by her beloved daughter, Laura Barreras and husband, Richard; two sisters, Ella Crabdree and Milagay Leonard; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Russell. Mrs. Russell was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She retired in 1985 after 30 years with N.C. Ribble Co. Dorothy was very active in crochet, knitting and also among other activities. A visitation will be Sunday afternoon in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on Monday morning, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a Funeral service Monday morning in the Gabaldon Chapel at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Paul Gleason, Officiant. Interment will follow in the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Richard Barreras, Ernie Vallejos, Raymond Sanchez, Brice Evans, Jacob Vallejos, Matthew Vallejos and J.J. Vigil. Gabaldon Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
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Rutz -- Louise Charles Rutz, 93, died Monday, May 29, 2000 at her home in Placitas. Louise was born August 28, 1906 in Belleville, Kansas, daughter of Tom and Bula Dancy Charles. In 1907, Louise came with her family to Alamogordo. She received her early education at the Logwood School in Penasco Canyon, near Cloudcroft, later attending Alamogordo Schools, where she completed high school in 1924. She graduated in 1928 from New Mexico A & M College, now NMSU. On June 1, 1928, Louise married Ben Rutz, a college classmate, a marriage which lasted over 66 years, until Ben's death in 1995. Through the years, the Rutz family lived at Mesilla Park, Alamogordo and Albuquerque, moving to Placitas in 1974. Louise wrote feature stories and articles for newspapers and magazines, and compiled family history material about the Rutz and Charles families. She shared her writing and artistic talents with her family, and the organizations with which she was involved. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Zeta Tau Alpha college sorority, NM Engineers' Wives Club, among others. In Alamogordo, she served as president of The Alamogordo Women's Club in 1951-52. After locating in Placitas, she became an active member of Las Placitenas Extension Club and Jardineros de Placitas garden club. Louise leaves to mourn her death a large and devoted family, including two daughters, Margaret Rutz of Placitas and Lois Harrington and her husband, Frank of Bryan, TX; one son, Charles Rutz and wife, Nancy of Yorba Linda, CA; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Nicki and Ray George, Craig and Lisa Harrington, Roy and Teri Harrington, Tom and Jennifer Harrington of Texas, Ken and Jana Rutz, Andrea and Travis Findly, Scott and Amy Rutz, Marissa and Don Haysbert of California; and nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lala Charles of Alamogordo and Dorothy Charles of Abilene, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; brothers, Perl Charles, Ralph Charles, Ward Charles and Ray Charles; and sister, Lucile McClernon. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held on Monday, June 5, 2000 at 10:30 a.m., Terrace Grove Cemetery, Belen, with the Rev. Jim Anderson of Albuquerque officiating. Eastern Star services will be conducted by Jessamine Chapter No. 45, Order of the Eastern Star, Belen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Tularosa Basin Historical Society, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Sanchez -- Augustine J. Sanchez, 87, a lifelong resident of the State of New Mexico and a loving father and grandfather, died in the Albuquerque Lovelace Hospital on Friday, May 26th, following a brief illness. He was born in Alcalde, NM on April 20th, 1913. He is survived by his devoted wife of over 70 years, Ophelia; three sons, The Reverend Harold and spouse, Audelia of Albuquerque, Frankie and spouse, Carolina of Espanola, Carlos and spouse, Pat of Cincinnati, OH; two daughters, Florencia Howe of NYC, NY, Edith O'Farrell and spouse, Dale of Tijeras, NM; two adopted sons, Delano of Albuquerque and Loel and spouse, Debra of Los Angeles, CA; and some 25 grandchildren, the same number of great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. For some 30 years, Augustine Sanchez worked in a dude ranch where he constructed a number of adobe fireplaces. The ranch became an animal farm from horses to cows, farm goods to feed the raising of chickens, ducks, hogs and guineas plus breeding and caring of animals. The small dairy of eight to ten milking cows relocated and grew to some 35 to 40 milking cows becoming the Riverside Jersey Dairy; this operation came to include the pasteurizing and homogenizing of milk and the making of milk products and delivering them. Along with his spouse he operated the first Espanola Valley Drive-In, namely the El Camino Drive In. After getting Q clearance he worked in Los Alamos for over eight year as a carpenter. Then he went to work in carpentry and maintenance in Los Angeles, California, returning from there to the Espanola Valley as an appointed Home Missionary by the National Division of the then Evangelical United Brethren Church now United Methodist, Board of Global Ministries. He was assigned to the McCurdy EUB staff as maintenance supervisor and he served there for over 20 years. A special project he took on was supervising and directing the building of a new Spanish-Pueblo style United Methodist chapel in El Rito using adobe and latillas with the assistance of some volunteers including UM leaders! Services were held in the Espanola Valley at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 25th, with the Funeral at 1:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th at the Loma Vista Community United Methodist Cemetery in Alcalde. He was interred in the cemetery cross section reserved for home missionaries of the United Methodist Church. In death Augustine Sanchez returned to be buried next to mission location of the then known Alcalde United Brethren in Christ Church where he'd been a member for many years; there he and his spouse had grown up!
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Sedillo -- Petra Sedillo, 92, a resident of Albuquerque, was called home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 31, 2000. Visitations will be Monday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Graveside services will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Funeral services are in the care of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW.
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Seward -- Jose E. Seward, 97, a resident of Albuquerque since 1935, died Friday, June 2, 2000. He is survived by his sons, Joe E. Seward Jr. and wife, Norma of Ocean Springs, MS and Paul D. Seward and wife, Barbara; daughter, Carol L. Franklin and husband, George, all of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Pamela Wilson of Albuquerque, Judy L. Bott of Peralta, Cindy J. Green of Van Cleve, MS, Dixie L. Seward of Ocean Springs, MS, Lynn Williams and Ashley McDonald, both of Albuquerque; grandsons, Paul Seward Jr. of Boulder, CO and Joe E. Seward III of Ocean Springs, MS; and nine great-grandchildren, Robert Wilson of Albuquerque, Rita, Sally and Patty Seward, all of Boulder, CO, Ida and Kevin Bott, both of Peralta, Robert, Gage and Karlee Williams, all of Albuquerque. He was a member of Temple Lodge #6 in Albuquerque. He established a homestead in 1932 South East of Moriarty. Mr. Seward was a Real Estate broker for many years in Albuquerque and enjoyed fly fishing. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Shiel -- Longtime resident, Joyce (Barela) Shiel, passed away on May 29, 2000 in Hudson, NY, after a long illness. She is survived by her loving children, Marie Shiel Regusis, husband, Tim of NYC, Patrick Shiel, wife, Reba, grandchildren, Joshua and Spencer of El Paso, TX, Deirdre Shiel Beaudry, husband, Craig of Tijeras, grandchildren, Joyce Porsberg, husband, Erik of Yuma, AZ, Cole Beaudry of Denver, CO; son-in-law, Larry Hoffman of Los Lunas, Renee Gordon, husband, John of Cairo, NY, grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica Chavez of Storrs, CT; and her sister, Ranee Brown, husband George on Ontario, Canada. In lieu of a memorial service, the family requests a few moments of prayer and meditation on the 10th of June at 12:00 noon, which would have been her 63rd birthday. Gifts can be sent to the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation in Kansas City, MO.
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Stone -- James E. Stone, born 1928 in Rochester, NY, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1969, died Friday, June 2. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1993. He pursued his interests in art, vintage autos, jazz and history until his illness. He is survived by his daughter, Leslie; son-in-law, Jim Firkins; grandchildren, Miles and Cole. He is also survived by his son, Kevin Stone; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Richardson and grandson, Drew Richardson. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Pres. & Kaseman hospitals, and especially the staff of Presbyterian Hospice for their care and support. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Fitzgerald and son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE in charge of arrangements.
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Taylor -- Martha B. Taylor, 85, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 24 years, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2000. Martha was born December 10, 1914 the daughter of George and Susan Holly Blake in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She worked as a nurse in Public Health for the City of Mt. Vernon, New York before retiring. Martha was a member of the St. Thomas Rosary Society and worked with the Felician Sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sigismund D. Taylor in 1985. Martha is survived by her daughter, Sherry Taylor of Los Angeles, CA; three nephews, Donald Wright of New York, Dr. Kirk Moore of New Brunswick, NJ and Dr. Zaker McGill of San Francisco, CA; one niece, Ruth Moore of Princeton, NJ. Visitation will be Monday, June 5, 2000, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd., at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The interment will be at 1:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Memorials may be made to the Anita Salas Fund, c/o Colleen Moore, General Surgery Clinic, Lovelace Medical Center, 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, (505) 262-3901. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
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Tripp -- Hulda M. Tripp, age 85, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2000 at Los Palomas Nursing Home in Albuquerque after a long illness. Mrs. Tripp is survived by her daughter, Carol Bulter and husband, Richard of Bergen, NY; one grandson; three granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Bort; friends, Stan and Chris Farmer; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Tripp was preceded in death by her husband, Norman W. Tripp in 1993; and son, Norman W. Tripp II in 1994. Burial will be in Rochester, NY at the convenience of the family. Cremation arrangements by the Sunrise Society of NM, (891-8200).
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