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Smith -- Louis C. (Lou) Smith, 80, of Irvine, CA, died January 3, 1999 in Santa Ana, CA. Lou worked at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory for 30 years and was Group Leader of GMX-2 from 1949 to 1974. He was an internationally recognized authority on the sensitivity of energetic materials and also on the approaches to safety that are now used with all kinds of energetic materials, nuclear weapons, and large, solid-fuel rockets. Lou never tired of learning or of teaching. He taught all who worked for him facts and methods of thinking, problem solving skills and how to set priorities. With his children he stressed the importance of not just finding the answer, but understanding how it was derived. At the time of his death he was reading Feynman's volumes on physics"just for fun." Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred (Millie) Smith of Irvine, CA; two children, Allyson Schafer of Ft. Collins, CO and Louis C. Smith III of Keenesburg, CO; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Lou's memory may be made to Chemistry Research Fund, Univ. of Rochester Gift Office, Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627.
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Syler -- The family of Grant P. Syler thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Torrez -- Lorenzo J. Torrez, 80, peacefully passed away January 21, 1999. He was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin; and step-son, Fred Sedillo. He is survived by wife, Priscilla; daughter, Joylene Perea and husband, Victor; son, John Torrez and wife, Alice; mother-in-law, Sadie Sedillo; brother-in-law, Pete Sedillo and wife, Christine; granddaughters, Veronica Perea, Amanda Torrez; grandson, John Jacob"J.T." Torrez; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and many loving friends at Albuquerque Manor. Services will be held at Ascension Catholic Church, 2150 Raymac SW, with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with Father Anthony Bolman officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery at Punta de Agua, NM with full Military Honors. Direct Services, 2919 4th NW, 343-8008.
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Whitlow -- Bertha Whitlow, 88, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died on Thursday, January 21, 1999. She is survived by her children, Jean Vinke of Albuquerque, Donald Whitlow and wife, Eloise of Tucumcari, NM, Dale Whitlow of Peralta, NM, Jerry Whitlow and wife, Deborah of Tijeras, NM, and Darlene Hoskins and husband, Wayne of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mrs. Whitlow was a school bus driver and enjoyed being a homemaker. Services will be held Monday, January 26, 1999, 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas NE, with Pastor Clyde Fulfer officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Steve Vinke, Bob Whitlow, Gary Whitlow, Glen Vinke, Derek Whitlow, Mike Thoma, and Paul Quintana. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Wilson -- W.J. Tunny Wilson died Tuesday, January 19, 1999. Cremation has taken place. Tunny was born February 10, 1937 in Hereford, Texas. His family moved to Albuquerque in January 1952. He was graduated from Highland High School in 1955, and was a co-captain of the Highland High School State Football Championship Team of 1954. Tunny served with the U.S. Army in Korea and was graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Business in 1964. He was a graduate of UNM School of Law in 1986 after successful careers in the securities industry and real estate. He practiced law in Albuquerque and Durango, Colorado until his illness. Tunny was a multi-engine aircraft instrument pilot instructor and accomplished horseman. In lieu of flowers, Tunny requested donations to the"Make a Wish Foundation" of New Mexico, 5301 Central Avenue NE 87108. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Fourth and Silver, Downtown Albuquerque. Friends will be welcomed at a gathering in the church hall after the service. 
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Adamiak -- Helen Regiec Adamiak passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 1999, in Albuquerque, NM, after a brave effort and lengthy hospitalization. Helen was born in Fairpoint, OH on September 21, 1921. She was the seventh child of Agnes and Martin Regiec, who emigrated from Sromowce Nizne, Poland. Helen spoke Polish fluently, and was very proud of her Polish heritage. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. For over twenty years, Helen was very active in parent teacher associations in West Virginia at Bishop Donahue High School and St. Francis Xavier Grade School, where she supervised the first student hot lunch program. She was president of the Women's Club in her home parish, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Moundsville, WV, working long hours to raise money for the school and the church. Helen moved to Albuquerque in 1978, along with her husband, John (Cap) Adamiak, who predeceased her in 1990. In Albuquerque, Helen was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, and was affiliated with the Roadrunner Chapter of the American Merchant Marines Veterans. She became a"Tuesday" Methodist as a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church Nursing Home Auxiliary, where she delighted in calling bingo at Manor Care Nursing Home almost every week for 20 years. Helen is survived by her daughter, Carol Adamiak Yarnall, Colonel, USAF, Retired, and her honorary Polish son-in-law, William C. Yarnall, of Albuquerque; son, Joseph B. Adamiak, retired Air Force Chinese Linguist, Odenton, MD, and John Martin, with Pizza Hut, Albuquerque; three granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren, Joanna, Donnie, Carl, and Chelsea Moore, Janie, Jennifer, Christian, and Keli Overland, and Jeanie, Diana, and Juan Garza, all of whom live in Texas. Helen has seven deceased brothers and sisters, and four sisters living in West Virginia, Sophia DeBolt, Julia Robinson, Josephine Stout, and Angela Marchlenski; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 22, 1999, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas and Tennessee NE. Pallbearers will be Daniel Armer, William Cox, Louis Sullo, and Patrick Wilshusen, all of Albuquerque, Troy Belyeu of Whiterock, NM and Duane Schultz of Sherman, TX. The family will receive friends after the service at the Yarnall's residence. Helen's cremains will join John's in the chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Albuquerque at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be sent in Helen's name to a favorite charity or to Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Helen's friends and family who have supported her with calls, visits and cards. Special recognition also goes to physicians, nurses and staff of Lovelace Medical Center, for their care, concern, and superb medical treatment over the past three years. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Apodaca -- Mass of Christian Burial for Rose L. Apodaca will be celebrated this morning, 9:00 a.m., at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Casket bearers will be John Chavez, Pete Chavez, Phillip Apodaca, Joe Apodaca, Eddie Muller and Rober Montez. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Services are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW.
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Atencio -- Frank Atencio, 76, born on October 4, 1922, passed away January 19, 1999 at a local hospital. He was a resident of Bernalillo, NM for 31 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Josephine Atencio; his two daughters, Marcella Lopez and husband, Bob of Sandia Park, NM and Hazel Herrera and husband, Bruno of Cuba, NM; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and Lillie Gallegos of Cuba, NM, whom he loved as a daughter. He is also survived by his three sisters, Martha Gutierrez of Albuquerque, Cecilia Aragon and husband, Robert of Durango, CO and Erlinda Montoya and husband, Daniel of Cuba, NM; and his aunt, Louisa Salazar of Albuquerque. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo. He was a disabled veteran of World War II, a member of the DAV West Mesa Chapter V in Rio Rancho, and Knights of Columbus, Chapter 7633 in Bernalillo. He was a caring and hard working man who would have given the shirt of his back to anyone in need. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this morning, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Pallbearers will be Leandro Padilla, David Serbin, Eustaquio Salas, Jay Houston, Fred White and Felimon DeHerrera. Services entrusted to Alameda Mortuary, Gary F. Santillanes, CFSP.
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Bibo -- Marie S. Bibo, age 91, passed away at her home on Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Bibo was born September 28, 1907 in Hayden, CO to Henry J. Summer and Mattie Elmer Summer. Mrs. Bibo is survived by her son, Phil A. Bibo of Grants; her two daughters, Phylis Britt of Gallup and Jane Gil of Carson City, NV; her sister, Neva A. Summer of Grants; and 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bibo was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Bibo and her son, Blair Bibo. Visitation will be Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Grants Mortuary Chapel. The Funeral will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Grants Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Archie Barnes officiating. Burial will be Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Philip W. Bibo, Richard M. Bibo, Jack A. Bibo, James A. Bibo, Danny H. Britt, Glen R. Gill, Bruce M. Gill and Craig Hamilton. Donations are suggested to be made to Cibola General Hospital. Grants Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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Botts -- Robert W. Botts Sr., died Wednesday, January 20, 1999 after a brief illness. He was born August 12, 1909 in Hope, New Mexico, when New Mexico was still a territory. His parents were Lessie and C.M. Botts, formerly of Carthage, Illinois. The family later moved to Albuquerque where Bob went through APS, graduating from Albuquerque High School in 1926. He continued his education at UNM and then Harvard Law School where he graduated cum laude in 1933. He was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar Association in 1933, clerked for Justice Samuel Bratton, then joined his father in private law practice. He practiced law until December 31, 1996. During this time, he was counsel for APS, president of the NM State Bar, on the Supreme Court Rules Committee, received the Dean's Award from UNM Law School in 1971, 1979 named for the NM State Bar's Outstanding Service Award, and in 1988, was recognized for exemplifying high standards in the legal field by receiving the first NM State Bar's Professionalism Award. In 1934, he married Margaret Shortle. They were married until her death in 1993. The New Mexico Republican Party nominated him as a candidate for Lt. Governor and he remained active with the party for many years, some of which he was presiding officer over the Republican State Conventions. Bob was a corporal in the U.S. Field Artillery division of the U.S. Army during World War II. Post war, he served 30 years as a member of the U.S. Military Selective Service System. Besides his wife, Margaret, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, C.M. Botts Jr.; and his great-grandson, Peter Blueher. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Botts Alexander; his children, Mary B. Matteucci and husband, Robert P. Matteucci Sr., Robert W. Botts Jr. and wife, Karen, all of Albuquerque, and James S. Botts M.D. and wife, Julie of Hobbs; grandchildren, Francesca M. Blueher, Robert P. Matteucci Jr., Marisa M. Mott, Lucia M. Baldoni, Sarina Matteucci, Torben Botts, Gregory Botts, James Matteucci, Carsten Botts, and Katherine Botts; honorary grandson, David Gibson; and five great-grandchildren. There will be a private family graveside service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Pete's Playground, Children's Hospital of New Mexico, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE 87106 or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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