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Valdez -- John Jesus Valdez III died Saturday at the age of 19. Funeral services for John will be held in Pueblo, Colorado. Local arrangements by the Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 3rd St. SW.
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Vialpando -- Mrs. Amelia S. Vialpando, 88, a resident of Albuquerque and formerly of Las Vegas, New Mexico, passed away on March 20, 1999. Mrs. Vialpando is survived by her sister, Mela Welch and husband, Clark of Kingman, AZ; a brother, Benito Sena of Casper, WY; and many nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Mrs. Vialpando was a member of the Catholic church. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday evening, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW, with visitation after 6:30 p.m. Gabriella Nieto will recite the Rosary. A Committal service will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW, in charge of the arrangements.
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Wilson -- Leona E. Wilson, born June 1913 in Addilee, OK, died March 19, 1999 in her home in Albuquerque following a brief illness. Leona is survived by her son, Joe D. Wilson of San Clemente, CA; daughter, Dony Wanemah Metoyer of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Erin Whitmire Wilson of Huntington Beach, CA; cousins, Faye Gene Buffington and family of Watts, OK, Lewellyn Rogers and family of Blanchard, OK, Roland Snip and family of Ralston, OK, Rena Russell and family of Hominy, OK and Raymond Smith of Albany, GA. Leona taught school in the Albuquerque school system for 40 years. She was innovative in bringing new programs to the A. Montoya School, where she taught for 15 years. Leona was a member of The First Church of Religious Science, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, and Gold Star Wives. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment of cremains will take place in Addilee, OK in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leona E. Wilson Scholarship Fund, Sherman Indian High School, Riverside, CA, c/o Joe D. Wilson, Administrator, 826 Calle Pluma, San Clemente, CA 92672. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE. .DMP
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Caldwell -- Vance D. Caldwell, age 78, a resident of Albuquerque for 13 years and formerly of Westmont, Il for 27 years, passed away March 19, 1999. Mr. Caldwell retired from the FMC Corp. Link Belt Division for 37 years and from the Eastman Kodak Company nine years. He was a World War II Army veteran and Past Commander of VFW Post #9267 of Westmont. He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (1997); loving father of Lee (Sharon), Ray (Patricia) and Tim (Patricia); cherished grandfather of Johnathan, Erin, John, Allyson and Katie; dear brother of Betty, Dorothy and Donna. Memorials to the charity of your choice will be appreciated. Local memorial services will be held Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., at St. Paul Untied Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, 298-5596. Inurnment Vista Verde Memorial Park. For information call 1-630-968-2262.
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Chavira -- Ralph Chavira, 78, a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, was called home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 20, 1999. Mr. Chavira built the home he lived and died in with his own hands, he was a very proud man not only in his work, but most of all of his family. Ralph was born on December 30, 1920 in El Paso, TX to Jose de La Luz and Elisa Chavira; he was well known for his sense of humor and outgoing personality; he was an active parishioner and usher at St. Anne's Catholic Church; he served his country in the United States Army during World War II; he met the love of his life, Kathryn Montano in Albuquerque, where they were married in February 1947, with the blessing of God they had four children. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Herman Chavira, whom was killed in the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Kathryn Chavira of the family home; three sons, Martin Chavira and wife, Betty, Ralph Chavira and fiancee, Norma Candelaria, Evan Chavira and wife, Debbie; one daughter, Irene Chavira; three adoring grandchildren, Evan Joseph Chavira, Michael Ray Chavira and Veronica Correa. He is also survived by two brothers, Ray T. and Willie Chavira; four sisters, Carmen Nunez and husband, Paul, Mary Louise Chavira, Lucy Martinez and husband, Tony and Dolores Cortez and husband, Manuel; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and those who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made tot the St. Martins Hospitality Center, 1201 3rd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Private services will be conducted. Casket bearers will be Paul Nunez, Jr., Fred Chavira, Ray Montano Jr., Andrew Cortez, Gino Nuanes, Robert Nuanes, Albert Nunez and Dennis Pollack.
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Dain -- Elaine M. Dain, 76, a resident of Rio Rancho, and of New Mexico since 1946, passed away on Friday, March 19, 1999. She was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. She was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1997. She is survived by her children, Jack E. Dain and wife, Elisa of Rio Rancho, Patti Strasser and husband, Bob of Albuquerque, Lynn Gherardini of Bayfield, CO, and Franki Spargo of Rio Rancho; one sister, Alice Mara of Evergreen Park, IL; one brother, Bud Seybold of Illinois; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The visitation for Elaine will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 1999, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd., at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with the Mass of Resurrection on Wednesday, March 24, 1999, 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with Fr. Guy Roberts as the Celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Patriots Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho.
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Elliott -- Hugh Elliott Jr., 73, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Mary; ten children, Veronica Carrillo and husband, Filo, Arlene Pedroncelli, Marvin Elliott and wife, Mary, Marylyn Aragon and husband, Arthur, Lester Elliott and wife, Cynthia, Reggie Elliott, Monica Pacheco and husband, Gilbert, Pat Elliott and wife, Rosie, Theresa Elliott and husband, Beto, and Jean Elliott; two brothers, Pat Elliott of California, Merle Elliott of Albuquerque; three sisters, Opal Smith and Lola Murphy of Albuquerque, and Edith Harrison of California; 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation will be Monday, March 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
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Greenleaf -- W. Michael"Mike" Greenleaf, 44, died Saturday, March 20, 1999 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. He is survived by his wife, Laura Greenleaf of Clive, IA; sons, Michael and Eric Greenleaf of Clive, IA; daughter, Jennifer Greenleaf of Ames, IA; parents, Edward"Bill" and Sadie Greenleaf of Albuquerque; brother, Daniel Greenleaf of Seattle, WA; sisters, Mary Johnson and husband, Ron of Albuquerque and Sandra Mascarenas and husband, Joe of Tome, NM; 17 nephews and nieces; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Greenleaf was a graduate of Manzano High School in 1972, and he graduated from UNM with a degree in business education. During high school, he began working for Sears and eventually worked his way up to District Manager in Iowa. Mr. Greenleaf was a member of Kappa Alpha and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Des Moines, IA. He loved golf and basketball. Mr. Greenleaf was a beloved husband, father, son and brother. Prayer services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas NE, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Father Paul Baca officiating. Pallbearers will be Daniel Greenleaf, Eddie Rivera, Richard Rivera, Charlie Chapin, Buddy Mednik, and Jeff Harrison. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Tuesday, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of New Mexico Scholarship Fund.
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Griego -- Mass of Christian Burial for Hermanejildo"Herman" Griego will be celebrated this morning, 11:00 a.m., at St. Edwin's Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona Rd. SW. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Casket bearers will be Gilbert Cruz, Dan Sells, Joe Sedillo, Rudy Sanchez, Joe Bogdonavich and Pat Gonzales. Funeral Services are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, 243-5222.
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Jancula -- Dorothy Jancula, 68, a resident of Albuquerque for 29 years, died on Thursday, March 18, 1999. She is survived by her sons, Lee Jancula of Albuquerque, Jeffrey Jancula and wife, Debbie of Charlotte, NC and Marc Jancula of Dallas, TX; daughters, Vaune Fischer and husband, Greg, and Julie Reeves and husband, David, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Josh, Alex, Sally, Jacob, and Sara; mother, Pauline McCauley of Albuquerque; brother, Dan Mehalko and wife, Joy of Mesa, AZ; sister, Marilyn Plazo and husband, Tom of Akron, OH; and many, many dear friends. In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, her body has been donated to science. Memorial Rosary will be recited Monday, March 22, 1999, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Deacon Byron Wicker, reciting. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 9:00 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1800 Martha NE, with Father Paul Juniet, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
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