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COATS, JOSEPHINE MARCELLE O'ROURKE Age 91, a resident of Albuquerque since 1988, died Monday, August 18, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Cecelia Kleinschmidt; a grandson; three grand- daughters; and six great-grandchildren. Marcelle was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Lt. Col. J.C. Coats who served for 30 years in the United States Air Force and her daughter, Dianne Underwood. Marcelle loved traveling, antiquing, and was an avid bridge player. Her greatest joy was entertaining her friends and she was quite the hostess. She was active in numerous organizations throughout her life both as a military wife and a resident of Four Hills. Marcelle touched many peoples lives and will certainly be remembered by friends and family. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Marcelle would want you to make a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, www.st.jude.org. Please visit our online guest book for Marcelle at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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COLTER, WILLIAM dearly loved, age 64, passed away on August 22, 2014 after a long bout with cancer. He was born in Missouri and has been a resident of the Albuquerque area since 1974. He was an employee of Innovage, the Pace Program, where he made many good friends of both the employees and the participants. Bill is survived by his wife Nancy; mother Velma; sisters Carol Reid and Judy Rowlett, both of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews of whom he all loved. He left a legacy of kindness, compassion and generosity to everyone who knew him. Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Please visit the online guest register for William at www.riversidefunerals.com Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St NE, (505) 565-1700
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CORCORAN, CAROLYN Carolyn Corcoran age 80, a resident of Grants, NM since 1976, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, T. A. Corcoran Jr.; children, Venita Elliott and husband, Bill, T. A. Corcoran III, Jill Aldaz and fiance, Rick Rougemont; grandchildren, Roxanna Elliott and husband, Donavon Lish, Kimberly Elliott, and Robert Aldaz; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Embrey and Beverly McCloskey. Carolyn enjoyed reading. She was a member of several bridge clubs. She volunteered at the Cibola General Hospital Auxiliary and she also worked at the Thrift Shop. Carolyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. As Carolyn had requested, cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the Grants Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Carolyn at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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DERDEN, DORIS BEVERLY (MUSGRAVE) Age 85, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1993 and a former resident of Houston, TX, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Edward Derden; daughter, Kathie Derden Bailey of Houston, TX; granddaughter, Ashley Taylor Derden Watterson and husband, Jeremy of Houston, TX; and many friends in Texas and New Mexico. Doris was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Gregory Young Bailey. She attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Doris retired from the Houston Symphony in 1993. She was a violinist. She had also played for the Roswell Symphony. Mrs. Derden traveled the world with different symphonies and recorded with many symphonies. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:00 am at FRENCH - Rio Rancho. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Symphony, 615 Louisiana St #102, Houston, TX 77002 or Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Doris at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Rio Rancho 1950 Pine Rd NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 (505)338-2000
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DOWDY, ERNEST E. age 85, passed away on August 26, 2014. He was born in Forth Worth, TX but lived in New Mexico most of his life. He is survived by his brother Marvin Dowdy, his wife Mary Jo; son Lee Dowdy and wife Kim; daughter Biz Montgomery; daughter Kay Brown and husband Jan; son Al Dowdy and wife Jodi; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:00am at Riverside Funeral Home.
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ELLERD, WILLIAM AUDY William Audy Ellerd, 86, joined his parents William and Hulda Ellerd, sister Oma Waller, sons Billy Don Ellerd and Jack Ellerd, daughter Carolyn Ellerd, grandson Ivan Ellerd and numerous other relatives on Sunday, August 24, 2014. He was born March 24, 1928 at Abernathy, Texas. He married Nelda Hinson on August 31, 1950. William had five (5) children, six (6) grandchildren and five (5) great-grandchildren. William is survived by his loving wife of almost 64 years, Nelda Ellerd; his daughter Marilyn Townsend (John); his son Bruce Ellerd (Frances); his brother Tully Ellerd; his sister Lillie Verl Moraites; his grandchildren Curt Bilberry, Kierstin Garcia (Phillip), Kyle Townsend, Salina Ellerd (Anthony), Melanie Ellerd; along with his great-grandchildren Brandon Hott, Merissa Torres, Anthony Torres, Isaac Torres, and Damian Garcia. There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:30 am. Location is Copper Point Church at 10500 Copper Avenue, Albuquerque, NM 87123. William was in the Raymond G Murphy VA Hospital in Albuquerque during his last weeks of life. The nurses and doctors on that unit treated him with the utmost respect and thanked him daily for his service in the Air Force. The family would like to thank everybody who cared for William during his stay in the VA Hospital.
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EUL, GARRY D. Garry D. Eul, age 63, passed away on Thursday, August 21st in Stevens Point, WI after a year long battle with cancer. Garry left us to join his beloved wife (Christine) who went before him in 2003. Together they are sailing the heavenly oceans and riding the clouds on his Gold Wing motorcycle. Garry is survived by his son, Kevin (Tiffany) of Stevens Point; and eight beautiful grandchildren; and his mother, Carol, also of Stevens Point. A long time resident of Albuquerque and 30+ year employee with Honeywell, Garry leaves behind him many friends at work who really were family to him. He wished to especially thank Bill, Liz, Dan and Angel, Lisa, Nancy, and Theresa for their encouragement and help during the last year. Also missing him will be his special friends at The Mule Barn Cafe, Bob and Joanie Thorn of ABQ, Rick and Lois Hansen of Minnesota and many other treasured friends and extended family around the country. Garry had long-time relationships with many fellow boaters at Lake Conchas, NM and loved sailing in the Bahamas with Chris. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered on designated lakes in the US and Canada and in the Bahamas at later dates - where he also placed Chris's. A memorial service in Albuquerque is being planned for mid September. For info, call Joanie at 889-0696. Cremation was handled by Pisarski Funeral Homes in Stevens Point, WI. Condolences for Garry's family may be left on his memorial page at: www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
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FIKE, WILLIAM (BILL) J. age 60, lost his battle with cancer on August 25, 2014 at approx. 2:35 pm. He passed peacefully at home with his wife Debbie and family members surrounding him singing "Jesus is the Savior of My Soul". It was as though the room was filled with the voices of angels calling him into the kingdom of God. When the singing stopped, his spirit had left and he was gone... Praise God for such a beautiful passing. Bill was born 11/7/1953 in Akron, Ohio and was well known as "Trucker Bill" for 31 years and "Hot Dog Man" for the last 5. He is well known by many for his special ability to make people laugh and love him just for being himself. Bill loved people and made even strangers feel as though they had known him all their lives. His favorite motto was "Never give up, Never surrender, and Never let them see you sweat". Bill was preceded in death by his father William Jacque Fike and sister Laura Jean Fike. He is survived by his wife Debbie Fike; mother Mildred M. Wenhart; stepfather Walter Wenhart; brother Christopher L. Fike and his daughters Jesse, Jordan and Jamie; brother James Fike and his wife Misty and their daughter Aleisha; stepdaughter Kimberlee R. Patterson and her children Elaina, Paris, Sailor-Belle, Lucienne and Rossi; as well as many friends and neighbors; and of course his best buddy "Buster" dog, Sugar and Kiddo dogs. Services will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00am at Sagebrush Community Church, 6440 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 followed by a reception (directions to be handed out at the service). You are missed very very much honey bunny, we all Love You with all our hearts and look forward to seeing you again in heaven. Praise God!
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GALLEGOS, MARIE DOLORES ("DOLORES") In the early hours of August 22, 2014, Marie Dolores ("Dolores") Gallegos peacefully passed away. Dolores, 75, bravely faced a terminal diagnosis of gastric cancer, refused chemotherapy, and chose to live out her final days as fully as possible with her children and grandchildren. Dolores is survived by her children: Pia Gallegos, Yolanda Gallegos, Ruben Gallegos and his spouse, Christina, and Victoria Gallegos and her spouse, Ben Lankasky; her grandchildren: Luna, Alma, and Che Olavarra Gallegos, Marina and Ingrid Hartzell Gallegos, Catherine, Ramon, Ruben, and Elizabeth Gallegos; her siblings: Mollie Romero, Paul Gutierrez, Fannie Tafoya, Ignacio Gutierrez, and Rita Medina; several nephews and nieces; and Amber, her golden retriever. She is predeceased by her parents; her siblings: Elfido Gutierrez, Mary Duran, Alisandro (Alex) Gutierrez, and Antonio Jose (Tony) Gutierrez; and by her former husband, Joe I.A. Gallegos. Funeral and memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, 9/1/14 at Los Poblanos Historic Inn, 4803 Rio Grande Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM. Mass at Risen Savior Church will precede the service at 8:30 a.m. Full obituary in 8/28/14 Albuquerque Journal and online at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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GARCIA, JOSE "PAUL" Jose "Paul" Garcia, age 78, resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico died quietly at his home in the Torreon neighborhood surrounded by his four daughters on August 26, 2014. Jose was born in Rowe, New Mexico on May 20, 1936. Jose referred to Rowe as "The Cultural Center of the Universe." Jose was preceded in death by his parents, Roman Garcia and Sofia H. Garcia, two siblings, Julian Garcia and Johnny Garcia. Jose is survived by his Aunt Angie Vigil; siblings Albert (Ersenia) Herrera, Viola Garcia Serrano, Jenifer Garcia DeVolder, Roman Garcia Jr., Amelia (Tony) Lucero and Vina (Les) Thill; and his friend and mother to his children, Antonia Nuanes Pineda. Jose is survived by his daughters, Bernadette Garcia-Roger (Genne Roger), Sophie Garcia Bettendorf (Robert Bettendorf), Patricia Garcia and Margaret Garcia de Duran (Bronson Duran). Jose is survived by grandchildren Vynnette Garcia-Peevy (Rick Peevy), Danielle Roger Eastman (Travis Eastman), Leonardo Rodriguez, Justin Bettendorf (Ashley Bettendorf), Tatianna Duran, Bronson Duran and Sevilla Duran. Jose is also survived by great-grandchildren Keeli Peevy, Ava Bettendorf, Tyler Peevy, Aiden Eastman, Robert Coley, Samantha Peevy, Xavier Eastman and Aubrey Bettendorf. Jose's seven grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and his eight great-grandchildren as honorary pallbearers. Visitation is Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5-7 p.m. at Rosario Chapel. Rosary follows at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:00 a.m. at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Burial to follow at 12:45 p.m. Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Fray Angelico Chavez History Library (contact Tomas Jaehn 476-5090). Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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