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Custer -- George E. Custer, a highly respected member of the Albuquerque community, peacefully passed away on Monday, April 12, 1999, at the age of 91. George was born in Nebraska City, NE on December 30, 1907, the son of Ellis and Marie Pfann Custer. After attending high school in Nebraska City, he moved to Texas, where he was the assistant manager of Winburn Airfield, now Love Field and studied law at Jefferson University. In 1933, he moved to New Mexico, ultimately taking a position with the New Mexico State Employment Security Commission (NMESC) in Las Vegas. George was instrumental in relocating Basque sheep herders from Spain to New Mexico for the Northern New Mexico sheep industry, in the development of the Tres Ritas ski area (now Sipapu), and in the building of the original boat house at Storrie Lake. In 1939, he married his childhood sweetheart from Nebraska City, Marjorie Musser Duff, in Taos. In early 1940, he accepted a position with the NMESC in Albuquerque and became Assistant State Director, a position he held until his retirement. During WWII, he served in the US Army, stationed at Ft. George E. Mead in Maryland. George was an amateur boxer in his youth and an avid golfer, sports fan and outdoors man throughout his life. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He gave of himself by being involved with and by providing leadership to many organizations. He was a member of St. Mark'son-the-Mesa Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Nebraska City). Other organizations he was affiliated with were the Masonic Lodge Temple #6, Scottish Rite and Ballut Abyad Temple of Albuquerque, BPOE, Kiwanis, founder and president of the Albuquerque Exchange Club, Toastmasters, Knife and Fork Club, 20-30 Club, Lobo Club, Western Senior Amateur Golf Association (President and Director), West Texas/New Mexico Golf Association, New Mexico Senior Golf Association, New Mexico Senior Golf Association, American Legion in Jemez Springs, Angel Fire Sportsman and Conservation Club, Albuquerque Country Club (Director), Four Hills Country Club (an original founder and board member), Angel Fire Country Club and Albuquerque Petroleum Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marjorie; his sons, Robert and Phillip, their wives, Millie and Krys; three adoring granddaughters, Sasha, Erin and Nicole; his sister, Dorothy Chaney of Falls City, NE; and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dedicated caregivers, Pramod Paudel and Tsering Lhamo. A private funeral service was held shortly following his death. An open house to celebrate his life for friends and family will be held on April 18, 1999, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the home of Robert Custer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given in his name to either the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60011, the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 500W, Bethesda, MD 20814, or the Albuquerque Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3960, Albuquerque, NM 87176. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Davis -- Kathryn Edmonson Davis, 78, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 1999, in Albuquerque, after a long battle with lung disease. She is survived by her son, Dr. Ted Davis of Albuquerque, his wife, Kristin Kron, and their eight year old daughter, Kelcey Davis; two brothers, Charles D. Edmonson of Louisville, KY and W.R. Edmonson of Denver CO, and their families; and several cousins. She was an almost lifelong resident of Owensboro, Kentucky, but moved to Albuquerque in 1993 to be near her son and his family. Despite her progressive illness, she made a final trip back to Kentucky in August 1997, to see her many friends. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Metropolitan Life Insurance agent in Owensnboro. The family would like to thank her friends, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel who helped care for her over the last several years and during her final acute illness. Her family and friends will miss her. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Owensboro, KY within several weeks. Please contact Dr. Ted Davis at (505) 242-8502 for additional information about the memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to Save the Jemez, c/o Dr. Davis, 1010 Las Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 1, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
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Ernst -- Gerald Paul Ernst, 71, a resident of Albuquerque for 21 years, died Monday, April 12, 1999. He is survived by his wife of 45 and a half years, Lucretia; sons, Stephen Ernest, wife, Sue, and children, Lauren and Logan Ernst of Colorado, Jeffrey Ernst, wife, Bonnie, and children, Alexis and Julie Ernst of Utah; daughter, Pamela Sedmak and husband, David of Ohio; brothers, Edward Ernst and wife, Margaret of South Carolina and Donald Ernst of Washington, DC. Mr. Ernst retired after being employed with General Electric for 38 years. Memorial services will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of NM, 124 Alvarado Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Foushee -- A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mitch Foushee will be held at the UNM Alumni Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 1999.
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Kyner -- Walter Thomas Kyner Jr., 73, a Mathematics Professor at UNM from 1970 to his retirement in 1997, died late Saturday, April 10. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Schindelman Kyner and father, Chief Master Sergeant Walter Thomas Kyner, and his daughter, Lucille Kyner. Tom, and his first wife, Pat, were parents of Lucille, Anneli and Eric Thomas Kyner. Anneli now lives in California with her husband, Carl Lund, and Eric lives in San Diego, where he is completing his doctoral studies in Economics. When Tom was born, in 1926, he was warmly welcomed by his sister Frances Kyner, who became a loving, motherly, caregiver to him when their Mother died when Tom was four years old. Fran Kyner Guida has been his dearest friend and proud sister through all his life. Fran and Anneli have both been visiting Tom and his wife, Judy D. Woodward, at their home in Albuquerque, at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, and at the wonderful Kaseman Hospice facility. Tom's fine mind and quick humor remained a characteric until his last day. He did ask his wife to bring him"a bowl of Differential Equations" to help him be more creative in working out a problem the week before he died, but such fuzzy thinking was rare. He joined the US Navy in early 1944, as a radioman, and served until 1946, with overseas service in China after the war ended. He spent two years at UCLA studying engineering, then transferred to UC Berkeley for his BS in Physics, then earned a Masters and PhD in Mathematics at Berkeley. After two post doctoral years at the Courant Institute at NYU, he worked for a year at Northwestern, but he missed the West so much he took a job as an industrial mathematician with Shell Oil, in California. Fortunately, he was hired as an Assistant Professor by USC, where he became a distinguished Professor and taught, researched, and published in Celestial Mechanics until he moved to UNM and his new interest in Neurology. In typical Tom Kyner fashion he attended one year of medical school at UNM to get a firm foundation for his later medical research and publications. He served as Chairman of the Math Department, on the Faculty Senate, and on many committees at UNM. He was especially interested in improving the teaching of Middle School and High School Math, and in recruiting women and Hispanics to major in mathematics, as graduate students, and to serve on the faculty. In 1986 Tom and Judy Woodward were married, with great joy and delight in the life they could live together. Both families seemed happy with their union and it has been a marvelous experience for us all. Judy's children, Donald, Susan, Dianne, Eric, and Michael Glover, and their spouses have all loved Tom and feel gratitude that we have known him. Judy's grandchildren, Melanie and Jessica Erb, and Spencer and Hanna Glover-Wallis have enjoyed their"Grampa Tom", and he found their quickness and humor a great pleasure. Judy found such happiness and confidence from her good fortune at being married to Tom that family and friends have commented on the blessings their union seemed to bring. Walter Thomas Kyner will be in our thoughts and memories always. A Memorial celebrating Tom's life will be at the UNM Alumni Chapel on Friday, April 16, at 3:00 PM. A Reception will be held at the UNM President's House (now called"University House"), at 1901 Roma NE, on the campus of the University. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, friends might contribute to a Walter Thomas Kyner Award Fund, c/o Mathematics, UNM, Albuquerque, 87131, to be granted to a graduate student in Applied Mathematics at UNM each year.
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Lindsey -- Alonzo"Lon" Lindsey, 74, a resident of Albuquerque for 15 years, died Monday, April 12, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Jean Lindsey of the family home; daughters, Liz Troy of Socorro, Judy Redman of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jean Thurow of Albuquerque; seven grandsons, Wayne, Ian, Lindsey, Jason, Justin, Jordan, and William; and brother, Bill Lindsey of Jackson Hole, WY. Mr. Lindsey served in the US Marine Corps during WWII and he was awarded the Purple Heart. He spent most of his adult life in Los Alamos, NM, where he served in the Pro Force. He and his wife retired to Albuquerque 15 years ago so they could be closer to their children and grandchildren. Mr. Lindsey was a lifelong athlete and sports fan, especially enjoying golf and coaching Little League baseball. He was also a dedicated bridge player, holding the rank of Gold Life Master. He and his beloved wife, Jean, just celebrated their 50th anniversary on January 4, 1999. He was a gentle, gentleman who was always kind towards others. Memorial services will be held Friday, 9:30 a.m., at The Cathedral Church of St. John, 318 Silver SW, with Canon Byron D. McDougall officiating. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Marta -- In Loving Memory of ARTHUR J. MARTAHusband and Father who God kept with us 76 years. He gave of himself without stint for family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave. NE, at 10:00 a.m., April 17, 1999.
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Martinez -- Nidel G. Martinez, 65, a resident of Albuquerque since 1957, died Thursday, April 15, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Judith Martinez of the family home; sons, Perry N. Martinez, Rocky C. Martinez, and Garry A. Martinez, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Larissa A. Martinez and Desiree R. Martinez; brother, Domingo P. Martinez and wife, Helen of Denver, CO; and sisters, Sadie Rizo and husband, Lupe and Caroline M. Gutierrez, all of La Junta, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and a sister. Mr. Martinez was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Army. He worked for the Albuquerque Fire Department for 23 1/2 years, retiring as a Lt. Paramedic. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Church, 4080 St. Joseph Pl. NW, with Father Frank Prieto, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronald Paiz, Rudy Sanchez, Jeff Elks, John Serino, Lawrence Chavez and Domingo P. Martinez. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Mata -- Johnny Magallan Mata Memorial services are scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at First Assembly of God, 301 N. Garden, in Roswell, for Johnny Magallan Mata, 71, of Rio Rancho, who passed away Monday, April 12, 1999 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. His nephew, Pastor Lawrence Sanchez of The Church of God of Prophecy, in Roswell, will be officiating. There will be another memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, at Temple Buenas Nuevas at 119 53 3rd NW, in Albuquerque. His brother-in-law, lifetime friend, and co-Pastor, Joe S. Torres, will be officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Jose de Jesus Mata, Jose Angel Gonzalez of Albuquerque, Pedro Gonzalez and Matthew Mata of Roswell, Johnny Mata Jr. III and Carlos Mata of El Centro, CA, Cosme Jr. and Max Mata of Montgomery, TX, Prospero Garcia Jr. of Watauga, TX, and nephew, Leroy Sanchez. Johnny was born February 8, 1928 in Sweethome, Texas to Jesus Garcia Mata and Norvetta Reyes Magallan, both whom have preceded him in death as well as his wife, Teresita Sanchez Torrez. They were married 47 years, until she passed away on their anniversary, December 28, 1997. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Frank M. Matta and Cosme M. Matta; sisters, Jerry Sanchez, Delores Flores, Sabina Gonzalez, and Blacita Sanchez. He married Margarita Alcala in Abilene, Texas, November, 1998. Other survivors include four daughters, Eva Carrasco, Theresa Mata, Mary Ann Del Real and her husband, Martin of Roswell and Norma Garcia of Watauga, TX; sons, Johnny Mata Jr. and his wife, Hermelinda of El Centro, CA and Cosme Mata of Montgomery, TX; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Johnny came to live in Roswell in the mid 1940s around the age of 12 from Texas with his parents who founded Temple Hermosa on Matthews St. He attended and graduated from the Latin American College in Isleta, Texas. Throughout the years he had always been involved with the church and serving God. He retired from the New Mexico Military Institute after working there 14 years. He also retired from the University of Long Beach in California in 1990, after 22 years. He and Theresita founded and was the Pastor at Temple Buenas Nuevas in Albuquerque, which was their lifetime ambition. A special thanks to Margarita who was only married to dad a short time. She helped him through a rough time; and grandson, Matthew Mata who was his right-hand man, until he went to be with the Lord. The family invites all family members and friends, and acquaintances to accompany us in memory of their loved one. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Youth Alive, c/o Church of God of Prophecy, 2322 N. Sherman, Roswell, NM 88201. Burial arrangements by Direct Services, 2919 4th NW, 343-8008.
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Mikkelson -- DeAnne S. Mikkelson, 61, a prior resident of Los Alamos for 42 years, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1993, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Chuck Mikkelson of Albuquerque; son, Brian Patrick Mikkelson and wife, Lisa of Chesapeake, VA; daughters, Carrie Marie Mikkelson and Lisa Ann Pennycuff and husband, Floyd, all of Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren; and brothers, Michael Sands Kelly and wife, Lynn of Santa Fe and John Thomas Kelly and wife, Karen of Albuquerque. Mrs. Mikkelson was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Community and a former member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. She was well known for her Ojos de Dios (God's eyes) which were sold throughout New Mexico. She was a dedicated wife and mother. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel Ave. NE, with Father Antonio Mondragon reciting. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10:30, at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, with Father Antonio Mondragon, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit Prince of Peace Catholic Community, Friday, half hour prior to rosary. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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