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DELGADO -- JESSE J.--Visitation for Mr. Jesse J. Delgado will be Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will Saturday, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., with a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m., Deacon Eddie Blea, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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DURAN -- Martha L. Duran, 79, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM, was called home to our Lord and Savior on Monday, September 27, 2010, with her loving family by her side. Mrs. Duran was born on December 15, 1930 to Miguel and Cidelia (Estrada) Baca of Denver. The family moved to Albuquerque when she was a toddler. Mrs. Duran was a very dedicated member of Second Presbyterian Church and was a member of the choir, served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, and most recently as an Elder. Mrs. Duran was married to John B. Duran for 38 years. She retired from Albuquerque Public Schools in 1992. During her retirement, she worked as a caregiver in people's homes. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling. Mrs. Duran was very outgoing and very giving of her time and talents. She was very creative with her sewing and quilting abilities. She could design new sewing creations and repair and altar clothing, as well. Mrs. Duran was an excellent cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Duran; parents, Miguel and Cidelia Baca; son, Jerome Duran; and brother, Roberto "Bobby" Baca. She is survived by her sons, David Duran of Santa Fe, NM, Mark A. Duran and his wife, Sese, of Oahu, HI, and James T. Duran and his wife, Denise, of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Joseph, Dominic, Paul, Aaron, Michael, Valerie, Nicholas, and Joshua Duran; a great-granddaughter, Alyssa; brother, Noel M. Baca and his wife, Teeter; daughter-in-law, Tina Gallegos; as well as many lifelong friends. A Viewing and Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in the Palm Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 1100 Coal Ave SE. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd NE, with Rev. Jaime Quinones and Rev. Robert Woodruff presiding. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park/ Online condolences can be submitted at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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GALLEGOS -- John G. Gallegos, 64, native of Albuquerque, was born September 2, 1946, passed away on September 24, 2010. John graduated from Valley High School in 1964, attended the University of New Mexico. He had been in the travel industry for over 20 years when he was forced into disability retirement due to health reasons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose I. Gallegos and Sostenita M. Gallegos. He is survived by daughter Brandy Gallegos; grandchildren, Ray, Rachel and Brandon; Joe O. Gallegos, III; and Esther L. Roybal; brother and sister-in -law; nieces, Tanya Lechel, Sandy Roybal; and nephew Steve Roybal; Robert (Haps) Barreras, a very close and true friend Johnnie Gallegos; uncle; aunts, Rosella Crooker, Louisa Rivas and Eloisa Mummey; along with many cousins. John touched the lives of many people, who liked his easy going manner and attitude. He was the go to guy when you had a problem or needed help in any way. He always helped without hesitation. He enjoyed fishing, camping and golf. He was a volunteer for many local professional golf tournaments as well as a permanent volunteer for the New Mexico Bowl. He seldom missed a Lobo football or basketball game. In spite of his own disability , he was always on hand to help his brother, who had severe medical issues over the past three years. He sparkled with joy when talking about his grandchildren. He loved his family very much and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Oasis Family Church, 4800 Lomas NE. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo NE, 764-9663
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GONZALES -- Joseph C. Gonzales, 80, passed away peacefully at Lovelace Hospice on September 27, 2010 after battling several illnesses over the years. He was born November 27, 1929 in Tucumcari, NM to Lorenzo Gonzales and his wife, Pilar Madrid. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolores Anne Sandoval; and his second wife, Elizabeth Gonzales; He was also preceded in death by father and mother; his brothers, Augustin and Orlando Gonzales. He is survived by son Joseph L. Gonzales and his wife Mary Kay from Cheyenne, WY; his son Martin Gonzales, and Marilyn from Albuquerque, NM; He is also survived by three granddaughters, April, Jaclyn, and Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren Jade, Kailey, Jenna and Gage; He is also survived by his sister Celia De La O and her husband Frank from Arleta, CA; and his brother Edmund Gonzales and his wife Ann from Alexandria, LA; and sisters-in-law Julia Wilson and Sophie; and many nieces and nephews. He retired from Greyhound Bus Lines after 35 years. He enjoyed traveling and watching old western movies. A Rosary will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m., at Salazar and Sons Mortuary. Services are in care of: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street, SW 505-247-4124
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GONZALES -- Wilfred. We celebrate the life of our beloved "Tata" Wilfred Gonzales, 75, who passed away on September 28, 2010. Wilfred was an avid golfer, lifelong Lobos and Raiders fan and loving family man, a man who always made time to help his family members and was quick with a smile or a funny dance across the floor. He will be sorely missed by all of his children, grandchildren and his great-grandchild, all of whom held a special spot in his heart. Wilfred led a life blessed by the Lord, as is evidenced by the many experiences he shared with his family. May God welcome his soul into heaven. Wilfred married Lillian Chavez in Albuquerque, NM on June 25, 1960, they recently celebrated 50 years of Marriage. He was a member of the Estancia Valley Catholic Parish. Wilfred is survived by his wife, Lillian Gonzales; sons, Gary Wilfred Gonzales and his wife Debbie San Martin of Albuquerque, NM and Ron Eric Gonzales and his wife Justine Triplehorn of Grants, NM; daughter, Michelle Gonzales and her fiancee, Lawrence Sandoval of Edgewood, NM; sister, Cleo Chavez and her husband, Floyd of Veguita, NM; four gandchildren, Jacob Gonzales, Patrick Gonzales, Stone Gonzales, Alma Gonzales; and one great-grandchild, Marisa Gonzales. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Christopher San Martin-Gonzales. There will be a Rosary recited at 9:00am followed by the celebration of Mass at 10:00am at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church in Edgewood, NM on Saturday, October 2, 2010 with Rev. Fr. William Young officiating. Burial will follow at the Sedillo Cemetery in Sedillo, NM. Pallbearers will be Gary Gonzales, Ron Gonzales, Patrick Gonzales, Stone Gonzales, Jacob Gonzales, Lawrence Sandoval and Brad Triplehorn. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" (505)832-6130 www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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HEMLER -- John Vaughn Hemler, Jr. was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on July 6, 1929, and died on Saturday, September 25, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie June on March 16, 2007. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen Ann and Richard Mason of Phoenix, AZ; his son John Russell Hemler of Glendale, AZ; his brother Charles R. Hemler of Mesquite, TX; four grandsons, Matthew, David, Daniel and Michael Mason; one granddaughter Karissa Hemler; and two great-grandchildren Richard and Lucy Mason. At age three, he and his family moved from Carlsbad to northern New Mexico, where he grew up in various national forests where his father was employed. At age 12, his family returned to Carlsbad, where he graduated from Carlsbad High School in May 1947. During his high school years, he was active in student affairs, was elected to the National Honor Society during his junior year, and was student body treasurer during his senior year. He was also a member of the Order of Demolay, rising to the positions of Chapter Master Councilor and was elected State Senior Councilor during his senior year. John received an appointment to the United States Military Academy from New Mexico Congresswoman Georgia Lusk, and entered the Academy at West Point on July 1, 1947. In June 1951, he was graduated as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery and was married to Marjorie June Ericksen at West Point. For the next 28 years, John served in various positions and locations in the United States, Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1958, the U.S. Army sent him to graduate school at the University of Arizona, where he graduated in 1960 with a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering/ Nuclear Physics. For much of the rest of his career, he was engaged in nuclear activities, ranging from atmospheric nuclear device testing in Nevada (1962), planning and conducting underground nuclear tests (1965-1968), commanding a nuclear-capable artillery battalion in Germany (1968-1970), chairing a US Interdepartmental Delegation to a NATO group studying the effects of new technology on nuclear warfare, to his final assignment with the Defense Nuclear Agency, Kirtland AFB, where he was involved in the planning for, and implementation of, the cleanup of nuclear contamination caused by 1950s nuclear testing at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, Western Pacific (1976-1979). In Vietnam, he commanded a multi-national (Australia; New Zealand, Korea, U.S.) Special Forces Group which trained Vietnamese and Cambodian military units in all combat regions of South Vietnam. In January, 1979, John retired from active duty, in the rank of Colonel, at Kirtland AFB. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three OLC), Bronze Star (one OLC), Army Meritorious Service (one OLC), Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Parachute Badge (U.S., Vietnamese and Cambodian). Following his Army retirement, John worked for the BDM Corporation, in Albuquerque, initially as a Director, and then as Assistant Vice President, Strategic Systems, until his retirement in February 1985, to become involved in New Mexico Politics. In March 1985, he was elected Chairman of the Bernalillo County Republican Party, and served in that position until March 1987. He remained active in New Mexico Politics, assisting in recruiting good candidates for office; assisting in candidate campaigns, and working as presiding judge at a number of primary and general election voting locations. John was also very active in community affairs, as a Director on the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association Board, as a member of the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Board, and in working with several City Administrations in eliminating graffiti in Taylor Ranch. John was Vice President of the Albuquerque Chapter of the West Point Society (1985-2005), High School/ UNM ROTC Awards Chairman of the Retired Officers Association (1994-2006) and the Association of the U.S. Army (2003-2006), and a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Society. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ. Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrance donations be made to the United Services Organizations (USO) World Headquarters, P.O. Box 96898, Washington DC 20090 or to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
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JONES -- Betty J. Jones, 87, a resident of Albuquerque since 1952, died peacefully at home on Monday, September 27, 2010 after a short illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Fenner D. Jones; their three daughters, Christy Everett, Kathy Caffrey, Connie Jones and their families. A memorial service will be held, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at French - University Chapel. A reception will follow at the Jones' family home. A graveside service will take place Friday, October 1, 2010, 1:00 p.m., at Corona Cemetery, Corona, NM. Mrs. Jones requested that a gift to the charity of your choice be made in lieu of flowers. Her family has also suggested, as a tribute to her great love of trees, one be planted in her honor. Please visit our online guestbook for Mrs. Jones at: www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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KITCHENS -- Ira Kitchens, 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died Sunday, September 26, 2010. He is survived by his two daughters, Charlotte Ann Santilli and husband, Joseph of Las Vegas, Nevada and Debra Dianne Spencer and husband, Clarence of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren, Diane Christine Cox, Bridget Mequela Spencer, and Ryan Christopher Spencer; brother, William F. Kitchens and wife, Fay of Monroe, Louisiana; and numerous other relatives and friends. Ira was preceded in death by his wife, Janie "Jeri" Jerolene Kitchens in March 2004; his parents, William Floyd and Mary Richardson Kitchens; and sisters, Katie Livingston, Lillie Mae Crenshaw, and Florence Arrant; and brothers, Artis Kitchens, Stephen Henry Kitchens, B. F. Kitchens, and Floyd Kitchens. Ira was born September 30, 1927 in Newton, Mississippi and graduated from Bonita High School, in Bonita, Louisiana. After graduation, he proudly served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. After discharge, Ira and Jeri Spurlock were married on December 7, 1946 and began 57 years of marriage. They moved to Great Falls, Montana where Ira worked for Thisted Motor Company. Upon moving to Albuquerque with his family, Ira owned and operated Kitchens Motor, located across from the University of New Mexico. He later went to work for C-T Engineering and received numerous sales awards. Ira became an ordained Deacon at Bel-Air Baptist Church and taught Sunday School throughout his life time. He was a loving father, grandfather, and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Friends and family may visit French-Wyoming Chapel, Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at French-Wyoming Chapel, Friday, October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m. with interment following at 11:30 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Ira at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LAKE -- Noma Lake was born on February 19, 1926 and passed away on September 19, 2010. The family of Noma thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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LAWTON -- Jeanne Pryor Lawton was born on April 13, 1927 and passed away on September 19, 2010. The family of Jeanne thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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