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Wells -- Frank Wells Jr., age 76, passed away January 12, 1999. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving 28 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 99. He is survived by his wife, Augusta; two daughters, Joanne and Claudio Chirra and Lydia Wells; brother, Glen Wells of Albuquerque; sister, Glenna Faye Sherrill of Arkansas. He made his home the past 27 years with Imogene Poyser and her four children, Retha, Ken, Sue, Fred. He is also survived by her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, January 15, 1999 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 1999 in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary with C.C."Smoky" Gonzales State Chaplain Post 99 officiating. Al Buttke, Allen Buttke, Ken Poyser, Allan Leach and Thurmond Leach will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Special thanks to Dr. Carl Kupferer and the Sandia Hospice Home Care and all of their staff members. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, in charge of arrangements. .DMP
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Alden -- Floyd G. Alden, age 79, a resident of Albuquerque for 35 years, passed away January 10, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Hagler Alden of Albuquerque; daughter, Martha"Dolly" Alden of El Paso, TX; two step-daughters, Sherry Taylor of Albuquerque, Pamela Hagler of Albuquerque; son, Raymond J. Alden and wife, Patricia of El Paso, TX; step-son, James R. Hagler and wife, Debbie of Chandler, AZ; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1974. He was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 13, 1999, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, with Rev. Dr. Frank Yates officiating. Jeff Alden, Forrest Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Sherry Taylor, Pam Hagler and Stephanie Kelly will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Andrew Memorial, 5301 Ponderosa NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, in charge of arrangements.
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Aragon -- Richard F. Aragon, 57, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, January 9, 1999. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patsy Aragon; father, Manuel Aragon; children, Louella Chadwick and husband, Mike, Lynette Castro and husband, Chris, and Richard Aragon III and wife, Sherry; grandchildren, Amber Amanda, Christopher, Timothy, Ashley, Brieanne, Ryan and Zachary; sisters, Gloria Pohl and husband, Narciso and Christine Parson and husband, Sal; and his mother and father-in-law, Amarante and Cora Romero. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Pohl. Services will be held Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., at Berean Baptist Church, 3800 Eubank NE, with Pastor Henry Powell officiating. Interment of cremains to take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Baird -- Pearl Harvey Baird, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 1999. She was born May 29, 1913 at Lake Valley, Arkansas, and moved to New Mexico as a young child, living both in Gallup and Albuquerque. In 1930, she married Arthur C."Buddy" Baird who preceded her in death in 1984. Together they owned and operated the 4th and Silver Car Park for many years. Mrs. Baird was involved in many church and community activities. Survivors include her daughter, Pat Meyer and husband, Robert of Los Gatos, CA; grandchildren, Robert Meyer and Kathleen Shrader and husband, Nick of San Jose, CA, David Meyer and wife, Laura of Santa Rose, CA and Gary Meyer of Santa Clara, CA; six great-grandchildren; her niece, Susan Blakley and husband, Garth of Edgewood, NM; nephew, Dick Partington and wife, Carol of Cortez, CO; and many other relatives and dear friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 15, 1999, 10:30 a.m., at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 833 Arizona SE, with Father Joe as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to a charity of choice. Sunrise Society of New Mexico is serving the family of Mrs. Baird, (891-8200).
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Bartlett -- Milt Bartlett, 63, a resident of Tijeras, NM for 12 years, died Sunday, January 10, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Annette of Tijeras; daughters, Cheryl Johnson and husband, Bryan of Orlando, FL and Kimberly DeMarco and husband, Daniel of Buffalo, NY; son, David Bartlett of Huntington Beach, CA; granddaughters, Kelli, Jessica, Alyson, Taylor, and Meagan; brothers, William Bartlett and wife, Dene of Sarasota, FL and Graham Bartlett and wife, Cissy of Albuquerque; and sister, Peg Fletcher and husband, David of Albuquerque. Mr. Bartlett retired from the New York State Police Dept. in 1980. He was a former security manager at Albuquerque Journal. Mr. Bartlett owned a private investigation firm in Albuquerque. He was an avid hockey fan and fisherman. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 1999, at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with the Rev. Ned Ross officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 12, 1999, at French Mortuary, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Bowen -- Max L. Bowen, 89, a New Mexico resident since 1946, died Monday, January 11, 1999. Mr. Bowen was born on September 10, 1909 in Grove, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Velma Bowen of Albuquerque; daughters, Kay Howton and husband, Bill of Kerrville, TX and LaVerne Kane and husband, Frank, Jr. of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters; and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a brother; and two grandsons. Mr. Bowen was a 35 year member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #1517 where he held the Pilgrim Degree. He retired from Navajo Truck lines in 1959 and later was a licensed general contractor. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Friday, January 15, 1999 at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 2121 Edith Blvd. NE. Private interment of the cremains will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilhelmina Kidney House, 4919 Prospect NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Candelaria -- Mrs. Lita Candelaria, 87, a resident of California and formally of Albuquerque, passed away on January 8, 1999. Mrs. Candelaria was the beloved mother of six daughters, Florella Gonzales, Ramona Martinez, Catre Carlos and husband, Ruben, Ignacita Candelaria, Rosie Urban and Patsy Herrera and wife, Nestor; two sons, Juan de Dios Candelaria and Tito Candelaria; 83 grandchildren; 151 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Candelaria was preceded in death by two sons, Ricardo and Justo. Mrs. Candelaria was a member of the Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW, with visitation at the church after 6:30 p.m. Naomi Herrera will recite the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning, 9:00 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church with final viewing at the church after 8:30 a.m. Father Jack, Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alfred Candelaria, Paul Gomez, Felix Urban, Tony Carlos, Leonard Candelaria and Ben Bonales. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW, in charge of the arrangements.
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Clensay -- Vola (Doe) Alice Jones Clensay, born April 8, 1926, passed away Monday, January 11, at the family home in Los Ranchos. She is survived by her beloved husband, Arthur; daughter, Candace Mathews and husband, David of Corrales; son, Patrick Clensay and wife, Marta of Ventura, CA; son, Michael Clensay and wife, Beverly of Arcata, CA. Vola Clensay is also survived by her beloved granddaughters, Maruja Clensay and Heather Clensay. A fun and loving person, she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Doe will be remembered at services at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 14. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Michael and All Angels Memorial Fund.
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Dingman -- Florence M. Dingman, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1924, died Friday, January 8, 1999. She is survived by her husband, George L. Dingman of the family home; sons, George L. Dingman, Jr., and wife, Myrna of Albuquerque, and Charles E. Dingman and wife, Lynn, of Greenbelt, MD; daughter, Amy Dingman of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Paul Dingman of Albuquerque, Christopher Dingman of Greenbelt, MD, and Andrea, Celestina, Joshua and Leah Garrison, Jacob Hodshire, all of Albuquerque; great grandchildren, Zachery and Jazmaine; sister, Dora N. Suhr, niece, Doris Razura; nephew, Bryan Suhr and wife, Dodie, all of Albuquerque; and many cousins and second cousins in other states. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry M. Noecker; mother, Minnie Essman Noecker; sister, Ann Noecker in February 1919; and brother, Charles D. Noecker. Mrs. Dingman was born in Winchester, Washington. She graduated from Albuquerque High School with the class of 1930 where she was a member of the Honor Society and was awarded the Marian Coons Kindness Award. Florence graduated from UNM in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. She also attended Albuquerque Business College and received a certificate in Business. She was a member of Phrateres, an organization of independent women. For many years she worked in various real estate/insurance offices. Florence married George L. Dingman on August 21. 1942 in Phoenix, AZ. After her children were in school, she worked in the various public school cafeterias. She was a member of Lew Wallace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Genealogy Club of the Albuquerque Public Library, and also the Zia Roamers Chapter of the Good Sam Club, and R.V. Club. She and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. having visited all 50 states. She also took great joy in finding her second cousins who she knew nothing about until later in life. Services were held Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church 417 Palomas Drive, SE with Rev. Winfred Walker officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers were Donald Holmes, Rob Worley, Donald Hinman, Jack Locke, Bruce Rich, and John Chastang. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Coppock, Niel Johnson, James Hesse, and John Malfer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Highland Baptist Church, 417 Palomas Drive SE 87108. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Dubuque -- On January 9, 1999, death released Roger B. Dubuque from the debilitating effects of his years-long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and heart disease. He would have celebrated his 78th birthday on January 24, 1999. Roger was the devoted son of Alfred and Adele (Briere) Dubuque (both deceased), and the younger brother of Claire Graves in Massachusetts and Jeanette Ducharme (deceased). He is survived, in Albuquerque, by Fran, his cherished wife since 1947. Roger is survived also by his eight children, Nancy, Teresa, Peter, Marianne, David, Joyce, Paul and Mark. The richness of his family, of which he was so proud, includes his dear sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Roger was a man of deep conviction, strong faith, and personal integrity. His generous and caring spirit will be greatly missed. Friends may visit Sandia Funeral Care, 7601 Wyoming NE, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this evening. A Rosary and time of remembrance will begin at 7:00 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 1999 at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming NE.
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