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BIRMINGHAM -- Joseph Eugene Birmingham Jr., age 87, died on May 18, 2011. He was born to Joseph E. Birmingham Sr. and Rose Barzanty Birmingham in Crafton, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1923. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Margaret (Peggy) Schell Birmingham of Albuquerque; sons, James (Pimjai), Thomas (Elizabeth), Richard (Jeanne); daughter, Mary (Stephen); sisters, Aileen Birmingham, Rosemary (Ken) Miller and brother, Patrick (Andrea); grandchildren, Michael, Kristen, Pavida, Alyssa and Megan, and seven nephews. He was preceded in death in 1959 by his wife Anita Loomis Birmingham. Joe served in the Army in the Pacific theater in WW2, and was stationed on the Hospital ship "Comfort". After being discharged in 1946, he joined the US Naval Reserve Medical Service Corps and served for 20 years, retiring as Lt. Commander. He worked as a pharmacist for the Veterans Administration in eight different facilities. He was the Director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque from 1975 to 1986 before he retired after 40 years of government service. He was on the Board of Directors for the Mid Rio Grande Chapter of the American Red Cross, Albuquerque Visiting Nursing Service, N.M. Health Coordinating Council, American Committees on Foreign Relations, Albuquerque Sister Cities and The Friendship Force of New Mexico. Joe received several awards during his career in New Mexico, which included Manager of the Year Award Federal Executive Board in 1982, New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award in 1984, Veterans Administration Distinguished Career Award in 1985 and Albuquerque Visiting Nurses Service Volunteer of the year 1985. He also served as Chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign of the United Way, Chairman of the New Mexico Health Coordinating Council and Chairman of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe Federal Executive Board. He was a lifetime member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He was a charter member and president of the New Mexico Friendship Force, and a long-time supporter of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. After retirement he and Peggy enjoyed world travel. Services will be held at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr NE. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2011 followed by a reception at the church. Interment to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Joseph at RememberTheirStory.com. Lovingly Pre-planned at FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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C DE BACA -- Trinidad C De Baca was born November 30, 1941 and passed away May 19, 2011. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 764-9663
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CARROLL -- Augusta Sue Carroll, age 82, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 53 years passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Carroll; her parents; and four sisters, Juanita Waymack, Doris Hughes, Lois Kephart, and Elizabeth Simpkins. She is survived by her two children, William M. Hughes and wife, Rhonda, Becky S. Archuleta and husband, David; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Daniels Family Funeral Services Palm Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave. SE with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. also at Daniels Family Funeral Services. Interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Online condolences can be submitted at www.danielsfuneral.com. Augusta's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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CHAVEZ -- Jennie T. Bourguet Chavez, 81, a resident of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mrs. Chavez is survived by her daughter, Theresa Gutierrez; brother, Jeff Bourguet; sister, Peggy Valdez; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mrs. Chavez was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte A. Chavez. Mrs. Chavez was a member of the Catholic Church and was a member of the San Ignacio Catholic Church Choir. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at San Ignacio Catholic Church, 1300 Walter, NE, with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial follow the Rosary and will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monsignor Leo Lucero, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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GALLEGOS -- Irene Gallegos was born March 15, 1928 and passed away May 21, 2011. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 764-9663
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GREGERSON -- Thomas Edward, 61, a resident of Peoria, AZ passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Tom, the second oldest of eight children, was born in Austin, MN, to George and Ruth Gregerson. Tom's family moved to Albuquerque, NM when he was 12. He attended Sandia High School, was a member of the golf team and loved any game that had a ball in it. He joined the Air Force in 1968 and trained as a medic. He had a passion for the game of golf, became an excellent cook and was an avid reader. Tom will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his gentle spirit and delicious carrot cake. He married the love of his life, Linda, in 1981. Tom is survived by his wife Linda; stepsons Michael and Gary Christensen; four grandchildren Michael, Paschen, Colton and Matthew; four great-grandchildren Trevor, Anthony, Michael, and Kianti; five brothers and two sisters: Harold, Don, Paul, David, John, Mary Martin and Martha Lee.
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HOLGUIN -- Guadalupe "Lupe/Bebe", 25 years old, passed away on May 20, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her mother Theresa; three sisters Yolanda, Melinda, and Rosa; brothers-in-law, Isaac and Zack; nephew Sergio; grandparents Willie and Rosemary; and extended family and friends. Preceded in death by her nana, Isebel. Graduated from Brookline College March 18, 2011. Greatly loved and adored by many.
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HUTCHISON -- Mary Louise Hutchison, 87, long time Albuquerque resident went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 21, 2011. She is survived by three children, Daniel Hutchison and wife, Sammie of Albuquerque, Julie Ann Bratton and husband, Kent of Manhattan, KS, and Theresa Marie Wells of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Patrick Hutchison, Jennifer Bratton, Jessica Aull and husband, Robert, Tiffany Guevara and husband, Brian, Staci Newton and husband, Jerod, and Emily Bejarano and husband, Chris; seven great-grandchildren; brother, James "Jimmie" Tardy of Denver, CO along with many extended family members and friends. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Byron "Hutch" Hutchison in February of 1998; and two sons, Thomas Byron Hutchison in October of 1984 and Charles Edward Hutchison in November of 1986. Louise supported her husband and raised their family while living in various countries during his military career. They settled with their children in Albuquerque in 1958. After "Hutch retired from the United States Air Force and the FAA they traveled the world extensively. Her most recent travels were a Mediterranean cruise in 2009 and a Grand Canyon trip via Rails to the Rim train. Though she had a great love for traveling and life, her greatest love was always her family and friends. Friends may visit with "Mama Lou's" family on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at French ~ Wyoming Chapel from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with rosary to begin at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at French ~ Wyoming Chapel on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Louise will be laid to rest with her husband "Hutch" at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Should friends desire contributions may be made to The American Cancer Association at www.cancer.org or 1-800-227-2345. The family would like to thank the staff of Presbyterian Hospice for their love and care of their mother. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary Louise at www.RememberThierStory.com. FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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JACKSON -- Roger Jay Jackson, 50, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque's San Jose neighborhood passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Jackson; mother Arsenia Vargas Garcia; and brother Gary Vargas. He is survived by his daughter Jasmin Leija and husband Kenneth; grandchildren Alijah and Mateo; his sister Cindy Jackson; nephews Paul Brill, James Brill and many relatives and friends. Services are entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home and are pending.
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MYERS -- William John Myers, a resident of Rio Rancho from 1977 to 2009, passed away in Mission Viejo, California on May 20, 2011. Bill was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on July 19, 1915. He was the second son of Robert Earl Myers and Hallie Bonner Myers. Bill attended the U.S. Naval Academy (Class 1938). He joined Babcock and Wilcox Company in August of 1937 in their Marine Boiler Division. During WWII he was in charge of coordinating boiler shipments to the many shipyards building hundreds of naval and merchant marine ships. After the war he became a Sales Engineer and, in 1955 was made Marine Manager for the Great Lakes and Canada. When U.S. shipbuilding deteriorated he transferred to the Industrial Boiler Sales Division and completed 40 years of service to Babcock and Wilcox in September of 1977. He retired and moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Stock Equipment Company of Cleveland, Ohio (the nations predominate supplier of Power Plant Coal Handling Equipment) hired him to represent them in the Western United States. When the anticipated growth in the use of coal as a common industrial fuel did not develop Bill retired again in 1980. Bill was an ardent golfer and friend to many in the Rio Rancho community. He was a member of Chamisa Hills Country Club having joined the original Panorama Golf and Country Club in 1975. He was an active member of the New Mexico Seniors Golf Association and served in several capacities including President in 1998 and 1999. In 2009 he and his wife Beck moved to Rancho Santa Margarita, California. His friends should know that on his last round of golf, at the age of 92 in 2009, he came three inches away from hitting a hole-in-one on a 200 yard par three! Bill is survived by his wife, Beck, (Rebekah Shipler) with whom he lived a long, happy and wonderful married life of 73 years; He is also survived by two superb sons and their wives, William Jr. and Shirley Myers of Mission Viejo, California and Gordon and Diane Myers of Hillsborough, CA.; five lovely granddaughters; and ten great-grandchildren Bill has been cremated at the O'Conner Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA. His ashes will be spread in accordance with his personal wishes.
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