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MARS -- Virginia Marie Mars passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 23, 2011. She was born on March 9, 1925 in Hendersonville, PA, the youngest of three children of Harry C. and Ella Gorley. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Edwin P. Mars. She is survived by her three daughters, Carol Kindley, Marlene Moynihan and husband, Terry, Pam Tanner and husband, Scott; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Lisa) Kindley, Ryan (Maria) Moynihan, Kimberly (Jason) Genobles and Brad (Wendy) Moynihan; and five great- grandchildren, Laura and Matthew Kindley, Tori Genobles, Annabelle and Joseph Moynihan; her sister, Ann Stright also survives her. Virginia made a career change in her late 40's returning to college to get her RN degree. She worked at Presbyterian Hospital in a field she loved, caring for others. Virginia was a wonderful cook and loved to share her culinary creations with friends and family. She was a member of San Marcial Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. The delights of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who called her GiGi. She also enjoyed lunching with her friends. Virginia spent the last 18 months at Canyon Transitional, and her final week in the care of Kaseman Hospice. The family would like to thank these "angels" for the care and love she received during this time. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary of ABQ, located at 4001 Osuna Rd. NE with a reception to follow. Cremation has taken place and a private committal will be held later.
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MARTINEZ -- Alejandro "Alex" L. Martinez, age 81, long-time resident of Santa Fe, passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Ramona; his six children, Alex, Leroy, Yvonne, Karen, Sharon and Fred; his five grandchildren Teesha, Lia, Lucas, David and Jonathan; one great-grandchild, Carter and two siblings Horacio and Mary. After retiring from the New Mexico Human Services Department in 1991 as a chief accountant, he volunteered his services in many ways. He was the treasurer for the Holy Name at St. Johns Catholic Church for many years, and served as a Trustee for the VFW. We will all remember for his smile, his jokes and the way he always brought a laugh to those that knew him. Funeral arrangements start with a viewing on Friday May 27, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.; a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.; a funeral mass on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and a reception for family and friends following the mass. These will all be held at St. Anne Catholic Church at 511 Alicia Street, Santa Fe. His burial service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to: Carmelite Monastery 49 Mount Carmel Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Arrangements are under the direction of 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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MUEHLENWEG -- Charles F. (Charlie) Muehlenweg of Albuquerque passed away on May 4, 2011. He was born on December 23, 1922 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He obtained engineering degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and The Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was a pilot in WWII where he flew supply planes in the South Pacific. Charlie came to New Mexico in the early 1950s to work at Sandia National Laboratory. After leaving Sandia he formed his own engineering firm in Albuquerque where he worked for a number of years. After he retired he moved to Magdalena, New Mexico where he pursued his love of hiking for over 25 years. Charlie's favorite hiking areas were the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the 14ers in Colorado. He hiked all fifty-three of the Colorado 14ers at least twice after he reached age 70. Charlie is survived by his son Carl and his wife Kathy Ayer and their two children Nick and Thea, his son Bob and his wife Tina and their three children Joshua, Zachary and Damon, and his sister Sally Stone of Arkansas. Charlie will be missed. Cremation has occurred through French Mortuary and a private ceremony will take place to celebrate his love of hiking.
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NORRIS -- Tracey Ann Norris, 41, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. Tracey was born in El Paso, TX on January 28, 1970. She is survived by her brothers, Robert Norris, Jr., and Scott Norris; sisters-in-law, Sheila Norris, and Liza Norris; nephews, Austin Norris, Tristan Norris, and Quentin Norris; niece, Jessica Rae Estep; and step-mother, Rosemary Norris. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Kathryn Norris. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 10:00 a.m., at French - Lomas Chapel. Please visit our online guestbook for Tracey at RememberTheirStory.com. FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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O'CONNELL -- Donald W. O'Connell (49) passed away on May 24, 2011 at his home in Pawtucket, RI. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Donald L. Gushard of Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his mother Judith O'Connell of Albuquerque, NM, his grandmother Bernice Gushard, his father Mike O'Connell of Chepachet, RI, his sisters Rebbecca Meadows(Bill) and Deborah Marsh as well as an extended family in Rhode Island, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Donald lived here in Albuquerque until 1987 then he moved to Rhode Island. He was a plumber by trade and never met a stranger. He had a gift of gab only rivaled by that of his grandfather who was his mentor and hero. He became a mentor himself, helping others to overcome addiction and homelessness. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers gifts can be made in his memory to MHA-Access-RI 286 East Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860 or the American Diabetes Association. Please share your condolences, sympathies and memories of Donald with the family at www.danielsfuneral.com. Donald's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Service Carlisle Blvd., NE 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM (505) 884-1188
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PADILLA -- Michele "Mickie" Lopez Padilla, 82 years old, passed quietly from this life on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm, in her home with her family at her bedside. Michele was born to parents, Raymundo and Tomasita Lopez in San Marcial, NM, November 13, 1928. The eldest of eight, Michele and her family moved to Albuquerque when she was nine months old, when a flood destroyed her hometown. Michele graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1947. Michele was preceded in death by her husband Bill of 54 years; grandson Brian; brothers Ned, Benny & Bill Riggs; and many other dear family members. Michele is survived by her children including, son Bill J. and wife Karen, daughter Kathleen Sanchez and husband Michael, son Robert and wife Suzanne, son John Padilla, Patty Padilla, and daughter Karen Michele Martinez and husband Mervin Martinez. Michele also leaves behind grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Sean (Fiona), Melissa, Desiree (David), Carlos, Derek, Eileen (Rob), Paul (Valerie), Max, Kieran, Michele, Juanita, Mervin Jr., Elena, Izabel, Pablo, Miquela, Zoey, and Eli. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her joys. Michele is survived by siblings Pauline (J) Pate, Helen (Richard) Armijo, Ray (Joann) Lopez, Hazel Riggs,and Nancy (Jim) Faherty. Last Rites were given by Father Gene of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a private rosary was recited at her bedside by Willie and Velma Sanchez, along with family prayer by Pastor John Boggs and wife Janie. Her smile could light up a room, and she loved to dance at Bear Canyon Senior Center, where she met many wonderful friends, and special dance partner, Sam. Even though Michele went through many twists and turns in her lifetime, she always was faithful to her God and Savior. She was a mighty woman of virtue and put everything she had not only into her marriage, but also into raising and providing for her children. We love you Mamacita, Grandma Mickie, Grandma Kela, Nana, and Best Friend. A Celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2011, at Rio Grande Baptist Church, 2121 Gun Club Rd S.W., with family visitation at 6:30pm, celebration to follow at 7:00pm. Officiated by Pastor John Boggs.
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RUDE -- Kari Maria. Our beloved Kari Maria Rude, born December 27, 1969 died tragically on Monday, May 23, 2011. She was only 41 years of age. She is survived by two beautiful daughters, Angelina and Ocean; mother Maria; brother Eric; and sister Anna. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. God Bless all of you for your wonderful support. The service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Huuinas Newman Center at UNM, 1815 Las Lomas NE in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Huuinas Newman Center in Kari's name would be appreciated.
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SPRAGUE -- Denton E. (Jack) Sprague died Wednesday, May 25, 2011. He was 94 years of age. Jack was born to Irvin and Ora Lee Sprague on July 4, 1916 in Lamesa, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Chester. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Merlyn, of Albuquerque; son, Denton E. Jr. and wife, Vivian, of Pendleton, Oregon; daughter, Donna S. Collins and husband, Bob, of The Villages, Florida; a brother, Ted and wife, Billie Ann of Tulia Texas; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He attended elementary and high school in Tulia, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M College in 1937 with a degree in Agriculture and a 2nd Lt. Commission in the United States Army Reserve. He was ordered to active duty in 1942 and was assigned to the 85th Infantry Division. When it was learned that he was a licensed amateur radio operator, he was transferred to the Signal Section-Third U.S. Army Headquarters. He later became the head radio officer for General George Patton's Third United States Army in Europe. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel. In 1939, Jack was employed as the Assistant County Supervisor of the Farmer's Home Administration, USDA, at Clovis, New Mexico advancing to the state office in Albuquerque and the national office in Washington, D.C. He retired from that agency as Associate Administrator in 1979. He served a time as Acting Administrator of that agency during changes of administrations. Jack was awarded superior service decorations by each of two Secretaries of Agriculture. He was the Master of Zia Daylight Masonic Lodge in Albuquerque. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was a member of various Albuquerque Amateur Radio clubs. A memorial service will be held for Jack on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the La Vida Llena retirement center. Enichement will take place in Santa Fe National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, help a crippled child to walk by sending a contribution to Ballut Abyad Shrine Center at 6600 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Jack at www.RememberTheirStory.com Lovingly Pre-planned at FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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STILES -- Paul Marvin Stiles of Sandia Park NM, age 63, was called to heaven by our Dear Lord on May, 19th 2011. He was born in Dallas, TX and lived in several states until his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1973. He retired from American Airlines in 2005. After battling Leukemia for several years he passed away surrounded by his wife, family and friends in Sandia Park, NM. His parents, George and Georgia Stiles of Dallas TX preceded him death. Paul is survived by his wife, Cheryl Walker Stiles aka Cheri, his daughter, Charlene Olson, his stepson Scott Thornton and his wife Ruby Thornton. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Ashley Mae and his step-grandchildren, Dustin and Candice. Arrangements are in care of Riverside Funeral Home on 225 San Mateo in Albuquerque, NM. A memorial garden is being made at his family home, so in lieu of flowers, should family/friends so desire, they can send or drop off perennial plants, or they can make a contribution to The Animal Humane Society animalhumanenm.org since Paul loved all animals. The family would like to thank Heritage Hospice & all neighbors/friends and the Mountain Garden Club who helped care for Paul.
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TRUJILLO -- Robert Dean Trujillo, 50, passed away on May 21, 2011. He was born on November 21, 1960. Robert graduated from Del Norte High School. He married Sara Archuleta on January 28, 1984 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Albuquerque. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2009. Fulfilling his dream, Robert became the owner of Jim's Plumbing and Sewer Service. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and jack of all trades. He received various deer and elk antler trophy awards as well as from his fishing tournaments. He was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Robert cherished his family as a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife Sara Archuleta Trujillo; daughters Denikka Trujillo and Daeja Trujillo; parents Lawrence and Sandra; brothers Ronald Trujillo and wife Natalie, Randall Trujillo and wife Sharon; sister Renee Trujillo and Ray Duran; grandmother Eunice Miller, all of Albuquerque; uncle Garry and Marlene Leiker of Bainbridge WA; aunts, Loretta Miller, Lollie Thomas and Gloria Trujillo; uncles, Jerry and Diana Trujillo of Albuquerque, and Leroy and Margie Trujillo of Albuquerque, Jack Martin of Albuquerque, and Eloy Trujillo of Denver, Colorado; in-laws Valentine and Molly Archuleta of Albuquerque; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rosemary and (Compa) Victor, Val and Gayle, Eddie and Helen, and Robert and Lisa; Godchildren; Donna, Victor Ernest, Rosalyn Saiz, Sydney Archuleta, also many more nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by aunts, Beth Martin and Anita Trujillo. A visitation will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Carlisle Chapel, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. A rosary will be held on Friday May 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Queen of Heaven Church. Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. Interment will take place at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Please share your condolences, sympathies and memories with the family at: www.danielsfuneral.com Robert's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Service Carlisle Chapel 3113 Carlisle Boulevard, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 884-1188
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