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Tafoya -- Mr. Pat Tafoya died Thursday in Albuquerque at the age of 73. Mr. Tafoya was a World War II Army veteran and served in the Philippines Liberation with the 5th Calvary. He was preceded in death by his father, Ross Tafoya Sr.; mother, Emma A. Tafoya; and brothers, Louie Tafoya and Tony Tafoya. Mr. Tafoya is survived by his wife, Annie Tafoya; daughter, Mollie Vigil; brother, Ross Tafoya; in-laws, Juan Martinez and wife, Tillie, Lupe Trujillo and husband, Eddie, Moises Chavez and wife, Valentina; two special nephews, Eddie Trujillo Jr. and Dino Nieto; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services for Mr. Tafoya will be held on Monday at the St. Anne Catholic Church, where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will follow at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by the DAV Chapter 3. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Sunday evening, 7:30 p.m., at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary. The family will be gathering at 1616 Atrisco SW. Arrangements by the Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Thornton -- Frank Thornton went home to his Lord, November 19, 1999, at age 86 1/2. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gwendolene. He had three daughters, Vena Haller and husband, Raymond of Grand Junction, CO, Helen Holt and husband, Bud of Los Lunas, and Mary Higgins of Albuquerque. He had loving grandchildren, Chris Holt of Las Cruces, Bonnie Hausknecht and husband, Bruce of Colorado Springs, CO, Randy Holt and wife, Sharon of Albuquerque, Lonnie Hanzon of Denver, CO, Becky Noll and husband, Michael of Draper, UT, Shari Shaver of Los Lunas, Scott Holt and wife, Terri of Los Lunas, Jean Quintana and husband, John of Rio Rancho, and Charlotte Higgins of Hastings, NE; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister, Doris Floyd of Lake Havasu, AZ; three nieces and two nephews. Other loved ones are Larry Hanson, Bruce Higgins and Rick Shaver, and many, many friends. Frank loved his church and taught Sunday School to 5th and 6th grades for over 50 years. He sang in the choir and blessed the world with many solos. He served the Lord many years as a layleader. Visitation will be Monday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sandy Burley officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Gideons or St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, are in charge of arrangements.
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Vigil -- Carmel R. Vigil Sr., 78, beloved and devoted father, grandfather and brother, was called home to be with the Lord, Friday, November 19, 1888. Mr. Vigil was born on July 16, 1921 to the late Manuel and Teresa Vigil; he was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; and the owner and operator of the CRV Grocery Store. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Theresa Vigil and Nancy Yvonne Vigil; one brother, Herman Vigil; and one sister, Oralia Sanchez. He is survived by his loving children, Rita Phifer and husband, Donald of El Paso, TX, Sylvia Thompson and husband, Donald of Albuquerque, Carmel Vigil Jr. and wife, Joyce of Portland, OR, Linda Montoya and husband, Reyes of Albuquerque, Victor Vigil and wife, Rosemarie of Rio Rancho, Abrian Vigil, Juliana Bledsoe and husband, Jim, Janet Serna and husband, Pablo, and Jacqueline Whitlatch and husband, Jim, all of Albuquerque; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters and brothers, Isabel Barros and husband, John, Lena Baca and husband, Tito, Erlinda Sanchez and husband, Rudy, Theresa Segura, Leonardo Vigil and wife, Bernice, Jenny Sanchez and Dodi Aragon and husband, Ted. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. Visitations will be today, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary, located on the corner of 8th and Iron, where an evening service will be conducted this evening at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 10:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Casket bearers will be Donald Phifer, Donald Thompson, Reyes Montoya, Jim Bledsoe, Pablo Serna and Jim Whitlatch. Funeral services are in the care of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, 243-5222.
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Vodian -- Jacqueline Joy Shipman Vodian, 56, a resident of Albuquerque since 1974, died Tuesday, November 16, 1999. Jacqueline is survived by her husband of 30 years, Ronald H. Vodian; daughter, Nicole L. Vodian; and four beloved cats. Mrs. Vodian was preceded in death by her father, Sherman Shipman; and her mother, Aileen Watson Shipman. She was born in Fresno, CA. Having received her BA at the University of New Mexico and her MA at the University of Colorado, she worked for nine years at the University of New Mexico as a guidance counselor, and most recently as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Jacqueline was past president of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Guild, a member of the Albuquerque Junior League, a member of the Santa Fe Opera Guild, and a volunteer for Casa Angelica. She will always be remembered for her love of family, friends, animals, music and beauty. A memorial service will be held Sunday, 3:00 p.m., at the University of New Mexico Alumni Chapel with Reverend Kathryn Newman officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions are being accepted by the Albuquerque Community Foundation, P.O. Box 36960, Albuquerque, 87176 to establish the Jacqueline Shipman Vodian Fund for Breast Cancer Research. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Watson -- Severn H."Bud" Watson,"the Tile Maker", a resident of the Pojoaque valley area for 35 years, died Wednesday, November 17, 1999, after a lengthy battle with emphysema. Watson was born October 13, 1933 in Mineral Wells, Texas, a third generation tile maker. He founded Tiles de Santa Fe, in Cuyamungue in 1971. He was highly regarded for his knowledge and expertise and in all areas of the tile business. He continued, until his death, to be a constant resource of inspiration for his family and a continuing source of knowledge for community members involved in the making and setting of ceramic and clay tile, as well as firing and glazing. He loved working with his hands and even after his retirement he continued to be known and respected for his hand crafted artistic products. After his retirement, Watson was passionate about traveling and gardening until his illness intervened. His wife, Gene Watson, of 48 years, survives him along with their seven children; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Watson is survived by his sister, Pollye Christian of Plainview, TX; and brother, Bill Watson of Dallas, TX; of his children, Richard of Santa Fe with daughter, Shae, John of Roswell, his daughter, Claudia of Santa Fe, Stefan and wife, Eileen, live in Albuquerque with children, Ethan, Tomas and Ana, Dixie and husband, Lloyd Ortiz, and son, Steven of El Rancho, Michael and wife, Kay of Alpine, CA, Mary Watson, her fiance, Gilbert Maestas, and daughter, Hannah of El Gauche, Rachel Watson, husband, Rick Brenner, and children, Jacob, Zac and Juliana of Santa Fe; granddaughter, Cherie, husband, Jesse Rios, and children, Robert and Catalina of El Rancho; his great-grandson, Jesus Miguel Rios, preceded him in death; granddaughter, Angela, her husband, Juan Marrufo of Arroyo Seco; granddaughters, Jessica and Valerie Lujan of Jaconita. Cremation has taken place. Rosary on Sunday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe del Valle de Pojoaque, 15 Country Road 84J. Mass on Monday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 216 Truman NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, to continue providing education about emphysema. Santa Fe Funeral Options 417 E. Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 989-7032
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Zavala -- The families of Javier Zavala and Guadalupe Andazola-Castillo would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes, and a special thank you to Father Jose Hernandez, St. Edwins Catholic Church, Celebrant of the Mass, to Deacon J.O. Luna and Mr. Jose Cisneros for reciting the Rosary, and to the pallbearers. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW in charge of the arrangements.
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Zubia -- Paula Pauline Zubia, 87, a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, died November 18, 1999. She is survived by her sons, Robert Zubia and wife, Edna and Alvino Zubia and wife, Erin; daughters, Helen Gutierrez, Tina Montoya, Carmen Chavez and husband, Eddie, and Consuelo Swan and husband, Manuel; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Baca; brother, Joe Ortega and wife, Clara; and family and friends who loved and will miss her. A special thanks to Presbyterian Hospice staff and special nieces, Letesia Baca and Connie Lujan. Services will be held at Living Water Church, 7002 Acoma SE, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 22, 1999, funeral at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, and burial following at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tony Gutierrez, Paul Montoya, Richard Zubia, Anthony Chavez, Igancio Lujan, and Carlos Swan. Honorary pallbearers will be Mario Gomez and Gabriel Zubia. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW, 343-8008. 
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Barreras -- The family of Dorothy S. Barreras wishes to express their gratitude for the kind expressions of sympathy during their time of need. Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, in charge of arrangements.
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Bradician -- Alexander"Alex" Bradician, 52, a local Belen businessman, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 1999. Alex was born on September 22, 1947 in Soca, Romania to Jiva Bradician and Iustina Suvaciar Bradician. He was preceded in death by his father, Jiva in 1985. Alex is survived by his loving wife, Cata of the family home in Belen; his mother, Iustina; two daughters, Vera Rusimovici and her husband, Jadran of Ridgewood, NY, and Borca of Albuquerque; one granddaughter, Vesna Rusimovici. He is also survived by many loving relatives who still live in Romania. Alex was in the gasoline business for ten years in the Belen and Albuquerque area. He is remembered as a caring and giving person, who always accepted people for what they were. Alex tried very hard to help everyone in which he came in contact with. He was special friend to many people who loved him and will dearly miss him. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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Buchalter -- Dorothy F."Dottie" Buchalter, 68, a nine year resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away suddenly following vacation to Hawaii on Saturday, November 13, 1999, from complications after heart surgery in La Jolla, California. She was born in Morris County, TX, near Daingerfield, TX on September 26, 1931 to Elsie Mae and Benford L. Pomeroy of East Texas, and was the 1st of eight children. She married Alfred"Buck" Buchalter, her husband of nearly 48 years on April 12, 1952 in Fresno, CA. She accompanied him during his 20 year career in the U.S. Air Force to assignments all over the United States and Germany. The couple resided in Lubbock, TX for approximately 17 years, eventually retiring in Albuquerque, NM. She was a licensed cosmetologist vocational instructor in Lubbock, TX for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, homemaking, and travel. She is survived by her husband Alfred"Buck" Buchalter of Albuquerque; son, Michael Buchalter and his wife, Elizabeth of Lake Dallas, TX; grandsons, Quentin Buchalter of Lake Dallas, TX and Clifford Buchalter of Highpoint, NC; sisters, Martha Joe Maples of Jefferson, TX, Vela Mae Pace of Dike, TX; Betty Sue Kipfer of Tyler, TX; brothers, J.P. Voight of Marshall, TX, James Wade Pomeroy of Marshall, TX, Charles Pomeroy of Farmers Branch, TX and Benny Pomeroy of Texas; along with many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. She will be greatly missed by her family, many friends, and neighbors. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, November 27, 1999, 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Methodist Church, located near Texas Hwys 259 and 997. Donations in memory of Dorothy"Dottie" F. Buchalter may be sent to: Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001
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