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SANCHEZ -- Louis F. Sanchez, 53, born and raised in Albuquerque, NM passed away January 12, 2011 surrounded by loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jose M. Sanchez; his mother Corina R. Sanchez; his brother Dennis Sanchez; and his sister Gloria Saks. Louis is survived by his son Daniel Ian Sanchez currently attending University of Texas San Antonio; three sisters, Juanita Saavedra and husband Eliseo from Albuquerque, Odilia (Lila) Gonzales and husband Delfino from Bosque Farms, and Celina Sanchez-Crowell and husband Anthony from Portland, OR; and five brothers, Ramon Sanchez and wife Glenda from Meeker, OK, Maurice Sanchez and wife Mary from Albuquerque, Speedy Sanchez from Albuquerque, Tony Sanchez and wife Linda from Pflugerville, TX, Jonathan Sanchez and wife Linda from Albuquerquel Louis is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Louis worked for Southwest Airlines for 23 years. Louis loved watching sports, especially football and basketball. Louis was proud of Daniel's personal and academic accomplishments. Services will be held at St Therese Little Flower Church, 3424 4th Street NW in Albuquerque, with a viewing at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, January 14, 2011 and followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., also St. Therese Little Flower Church. Louis will be buried alongside his mother, father, and brother in Las Nutrias, NM on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:00 noon. The Sanchez family would like to recognize Southwest Airlines and staff for their tremendous love and family support through this difficult time for Louis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Louis' name for Southwest Airlines Ronald McDonald house.
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SHEETS -- Robert Dale Sheets, born in Santa Fe, May 10, 1929, died in his sleep at 1:11 a.m., on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. He is survived by wife, Joann; daughters and spouses, Peg and Steve Villez, Jeannie Sheets and Bob Hlady; son Matthew; Sandi and Darryl Adamson, and family; step-daughters and spouses, Kathy and Hank Carlozzi, sons Matthew and Michael; Mari and John Woolsey, children Jessica and Clay; step-son, John Mierzwa. After joining the Navy at the end of WW II, Bob taught aviation electronics in Tennessee, sang in the Blue Coats Chorus and directed the parade band. The GI Bill sent him to Texas Christian University for BA and MA in music and he began his rewarding career as a high school chorus teacher, loved by students through his 24 years at Valley High School. He retired in 1981 to happily sing with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for 16 years. After his second retirement, he and Joann traveled, gardened, read, sang with the Chancel Choir and doted on family. He embraced the world as full of puns, possibilities, music, friends and family. He will be remembered and missed by us all. Memorial Service will be on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Central United Methodist Church, NW corner of Central and University. Reception will follow in Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, Robert requested donations to the Heifer Foundation or the music fund at Central United Methodist Church. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Robert's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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SUSSILLO -- Christopher. Loved by many in the community and has helped others with his wisdom, big heart and open arms. Only surviving family member, daughter, Rachel Sussillo. Dad, I love you. Services at Desert Light Church, 541 Utah St NE, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
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SUSSILLO -- Christopher Bede (Oct. 24, 1950 - Jan. 4, 2011) had many roles in this lifetime. Son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, husband, father, uncle, friend and Christian! Chris was very proud to Praise Jesus and "clearly announced to me the day he died that he "would see me with the Lord." Chris' spirit, as well as his DNA, lives on through us. The five siblings, Nick, Mary, Chris, Myself (Maria) and Rosemary were known as the Fab Five. We still are the Fab Five although one of us is in a higher place. For those of you who knew Chris, he was truly "one of a kind!" Thank you for sharing your last day with us, Chris. It was very powerful and leaves us with a beautiful sadness. Until we meet, again, my beloved brother. Written with loving intentions and with the greatest respect. Maria Sussillo Delaney. Condolences can be sent to Mr. Joseph Sussillo, Chris' beloved uncle at 1270 - 67th Street. Brooklyn, New York 11219
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VAN AUSDAL -- Violet Bogdan Van Ausdal; 74, died January 9, 2011, after a seven month battle with an illness that she fought with all the strength and dignity that she was so well known for. She was born in Eureka, Utah to Luby & Milka Bogdan. Violet lived in Utah until moving to Albuquerque in 2003 to be near her daughters after the death of her husband Ted. She is survived by her daughters Suzanne Smith and husband Greg and Dana Van Ausdal Toniolli; grandchildren, Brett Palmer and wife Valerie, Daniel Marshall and wife Mona, Lyndsay Strong and husband Ryan, Teddi and Mia Toniolli; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Brandon Marshall, Kori, Luke and Madden Palmer, and Ayden Strong; She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Wilde and Marelo Bogdan; many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Violet was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Angie; brother John; and daughter Terry. Violet graduated Valedictorian from Tintic High School where she was also Drum Majorette. She also completed Stevens-Henager School of Business. She married Ted in 1955. Violet was a US Government civil servant at Dugway Proving Grounds from 1967 until 1994. Violet/Grandma Leetra loved to care for and spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely talented and expressed her creativity through cross stitching, crocheting and ceramics. She also had a green thumb and loved gardening. Services will be held in Eureka, Utah around Memorial Day weekend, announcement to follow. Please visit our online guestbook for Violet at www.Remembertheirstory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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VAN COURT -- James Fenton Van Court, 89, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. He is survived by his daughter, Penny Redmon and husband, Mike; sons, Terry Van Court and Daniel Van Court and wife, Francine; grandchildren, Michele, Michael, Nikki, James, Matthew, Andrew, Hannah and Amanda; and great-grandchildren, Megan, Samantha, Dusty, Francesca, India, Stephanie and Caitlin. James was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ruth Van Court; his wife, Viola Van Court; and his son, James R. Van Court. James served in the US Army during WWII, and owned his own trucking company and a farm in Richmond, OH. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and also a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He loved to fly small airplanes and his grandson, who he called "co-pilot", learned under the same instructor. James was a member of the Richmond Methodist Church and later became a member of Monterey Baptist Church in Albuquerque. After moving to Albuquerque, James worked for Consolidated Freightways. Memorial services are pending for Friday, January 14, 2011 at The Village Inn Restaurant, 6300 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 87109, where James was known as "Diamond Jim" and was loved by both staff and customers. A memorial service will also be held on January 21, 2011 at the Jefferson United Methodist Church in Ohio, with Fleming Funeral Home assisting the family. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Jefferson, OH. Lovingly Pre-planned at FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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WELCH -- Stirling Keith Welch, 80, died at his Albuquerque home on Sunday, January 9, 2011 following a battle with cancer. Stirling was born on February 5, 1930 in Parkston, South Dakota to Joseph and Bessie Welch. After high school graduation he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. He trained and served as an airborne radar mechanic. He and Eunice "Cathy" Vahle were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albuquerque on September 16, 1953. After his military service Stirling attended the University of New Mexico and worked 25 years for Albuquerque Gravel Products in their data-processing department. In retirement he served as a volunteer camp ground host for the National Forest Service in Jemez Falls and as a volunteer at the Balloon Fiesta. He also kept busy collecting, restoring, and exhibiting antique engines. A loyal member of Immanuel Lutheran Church he served the church in many capacities. Preceded in death by his only brother, John, Stirling is survived by his wife of 57 years, Cathy; a sister-in-law, Jeanette "Skip" Welch, of Parkston, SD; a brother-in-law, Jerry Vahle (Lynn), and a sister-in-law, Marion Wilson (Brian), all of Denver; He is also survived by a cousin in Las Cruces, NM, Bill Mattas (Janet); five nieces; four nephews; many cousins and a host of friends. Services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with burial at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the building fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of the giver's choice. Please visit the online guestbook for Stirling at www.RememberTheirStory.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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WHIPPLE -- Fred R. Whipple, 80, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 59 years; Kathy Moss and husband Aaron, Virgil Whipple, Karen Sanchez and husband Ray, and Kelly Willems and husband John; Fred is also survived by his eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren whom he adored. A Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 15, 2011 at French ~ Lomas Chapel. Please visit our online guestbook for Fred at: www.Remembertheirstory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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APODACA -- Carlos Apodaca was born on February 13, 1949 and passed away on January 6th, 2011 at St Joseph's Hospital after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He worked for Yellow Freight for 23 years and was a wonderful Christian man. He was survived by his wife Mary Apodaca; four daughter; two brothers; two sisters; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Cloro Veo Apodaca; his mother Martha Apodaca; his sister Virginia Apodaca King; and his daughter Charlotte Apodaca. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and a Proud Marine. There will be a service held on Thursday January 13, 2011 at Christian Life Fellowship 121 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m., in Santa Fe, NM. Pastor Steven Long will be officiating. Carlos will be greatly missed by many family members and friends. Semper Fi Marine!
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BARGAS -- Mary S. Bargas, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, January 8, 2011. She is survived by her children, Ramona James and husband, Billy of Clovis, NM, Margaret Romero and husband, Pete, of Albuquerque, and Anthony Bargas and wife, Dianna of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren, Judith James, Richard Romero and wife, Marcia, Gary Romero and wife, Melissa, Michelle Anaya and husband, Alfred, Martin Bargas and wife, Vanessa, Robert Bargas, and John Bargas; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Delia Jaramillo; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Bargas; one grandson, Michael Bargas; three great-grandsons, Gary Peter Romero, Jr., Israel Anaya, and Isidro Anaya; five brothers, Louie, Joe, Herman, Phil, and Gorman Sanchez; and three sisters, Della Heard, Mercedes Sandoval, and Connie Sanchez. She was born in Jarales, NM to Teofilo and Margarita Gallegos Sanchez and graduated from St. Vincent's Academy in Albuquerque. After graduation she attended Albuquerque Business School. Mary worked for Baldridge Lumber as a bookkeeper for several years and also for Collette's Flower Shop. She was a long time member of the Golden Agers and Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, and sister and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Rosary will be held at French ~ Wyoming Chapel, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Friday, January 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary at: www.RememberTheirStory.com Lovingly Pre-planned at FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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