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SAAVEDRA -- Jennifer R. (McCloy) Saavedra, 35, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Fabian Saavedra; daughters, Madelynn, Gracie, and Abigail; father, James E. McCloy Sr. and wife, Diana; mother, Patty Johnson; brother, James E. McCloy Jr.; step-siblings, Jay Brock and wife, Ellen, Jody Stanley and husband, Curt, and Shawn Brock and wife, Marissa; grandmother, Marcella Harbaugh; step-grandmother, Bernice Rarick; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family and friends. Jennifer was born in Zanesville, OH and graduated from Tri-Valley High School. She served in the US Army for five years in the Airbone Unit out of Ft. Bragg where she met her husband, Fabian, and three years in the National Guard in Albuquerque. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix. Jennifer worked for Citi Bank for ten years as a manager in the IT department. She was the liason for Citi Bank with the March of Dimes. Memorial services will be held Friday, October 8, 2010, 11:00 a.m., at Sagebrush Community Church, 6440 Coors Blvd. NW. Services will also be held Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:00 a.m., at Coburn United Methodist Church in Zanesville, OH. Friends may visit one hour prior. Please visit our online guest book for Jennifer at RememberTheirStory.com. French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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SANCHEZ -- Joe B. Sanchez, 78, passed away Friday, October 1, 2010 after a long difficult fight. Joe loved hunting, fishing or anything outdoors, making people laugh with his jokes, but above all Joe loved his family with his whole heart. Joe is survived by his loving children, Charles Sanchez, Raymond Sanchez, Rosalie (Ro) Sanchez, Edwin (Ed) Sanchez and fiance Frankie Madrano, Deborah Salgado, and Yvette Sanchez and fiance Paul Chavez; his grandchildren, Marie, Vivian, Raymond Jr., Anthony, Veronica, Adriana, Joseph, Vanessa, Mary and Crystal; eight great-grandchildren; with two more on the way; and his brother Lorenzo Sanchez and wife Judith. Joe, our beloved dad is in a better place than he's ever been before. All his pain is gone, he's now at rest, nothing troubles him anymore; it's we who feel the pain of our sadness and our grief, we have to cry, to mourn our loss before we get relief. He will look over all us and help guide us through life's many challenges. We know we'll all meet with him again and see his cherished face. When our day comes he'll be waiting for us with open arms. We LOVE you Grumpy. Joe will be missed by numerous friends and family and all who knew and loved him. Joe lived a very simple life, and for that we honor his wish to keep his service very simple. A Memorial service will take place in the 8th Street Chapel of Garcia Mortuary, Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Please share your condolences, sympathies and memories with the family at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Joe's care has been entrusted to: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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SPENCE -- Leona Mae, 93+ years, died quietly on September 22, 2010 in Chandler, AZ, where she lived with her husband, Ed, who preceded her in death in March 2010. Leona was born in Apple Creek, OH, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1935. Leona soon went to work as a cook at a state institution, where she developed her cooking and baking skills. She and Ed were married in Nov. 1936, later moved to Pennsylvania for some years, before moving to Los Alamos, NM in 1947, where they lived for nearly 38 years. Leona was a homemaker and mom, and then became the manager of the Los Alamos Schools cafeterias for 13 years. She then worked for Los Alamos National Laboratories as a file clerk before retiring in 1977. She was a charter member of the United Church of Los Alamos, and actively supported her husband and children in their church functions. She loved to host gatherings of family and friends, which often included some of her trademark baked goods. Following retirement, she and Ed lived in Albuquerque, NM, and then moved to Arizona in 1999. Leona has four children; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286. Memorial gifts may be given to the American Diabetes Association by going to diabetes.org/donate, or by mail at: PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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TAYLOR -- Randy L. Taylor, Sr. A service for Randy L. Taylor, Sr. will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Albuquerque Meadows Clubhouse at 1:00 p.m., 7112 Pan American Frwy NE (821-1991).
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TAYLOR -- Travis Dean Taylor, age 75, a resident of Los Lunas, N.M., passed away on Monday, October 4, 2010. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Los Lunas and Gideons International. Dean served as treasurer for the church. He enjoyed playing Dominoes and Canasta. Dean loved people and never missed an opportunity to lend a sympathetic ear or a helping hand when needed. He retired from Borden Dairy in 1993 after 37 years of outstanding service. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his soulmate of 30 years, Mary Bonita; parents, Burel and Beatrice Taylor; and two brothers, Earl and Joe Lee Taylor. Dean is survived by his loving children, Judy Baker, Mary Stanford and husband, Tim, Edward Taylor and wife, Jody, Bill Grittman and wife, Tonia and Reed Grittman and wife, Linda; siblings, Jack Taylor, Glenda Wood and husband, Robert; 13 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; He is also survived by his loving niece, nephews and friends. A final visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, in Los Lunas, at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 7, 2010 with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Sign Dean's online register book at: www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM.
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VALENCIA -- Frank A. Valencia, 56, a resident of Los Lunas, NM passed away on October 3, 2010. Frank is survived by his children, Lorenzo Valencia and wife, Alicia; his daughter, Veronica Valencia-Andrade and husband, Miguel Sr.; his sisters, Carmen Valencia, Rosanna Valencia, Carolyn Valencia Archuleta, and Roberta Valencia Sanchez; his grandchildren, J.D., Alicia, Alexis, Liana, Andrew, Miguel Jr., and Lanae; his Goddaughter, Angelique Romero; girlfriend, Priscilla Trujeque; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Emilia Valencia; brother, Bennie Valencia Jr.; daughter, Lynette Tafoya; and niece, Bernadette Lucero. Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, 2010 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal SW from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited 7:00 p.m., by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nieto. Final visitation will be Friday in the Church from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Father Nick Nichols, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lorenzo Valencia, Miguel Andrade Sr., Howard Sanchez, Glen Lucero, Art Sanchez, and Phillip Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Tapia, Frank Pena, Vicente Ramirez, Phillip Paiz, Jackie Aragon and Roger. Please visit: gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guest book. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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VAN CAMP -- Sharon Van Camp, 67, passed away on September 29, 2010. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Sharon's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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VEITZ -- Scott Oliver Veitz, 62, passed away in Albuq, N.M. on September 30, 2010. He was born in Albuq, N.M. on February 9, 1948. Parents were Jack Veitz and Ruth Kouri. Grandparents were Ike and Anna Mae "Granny" Eichelberger. His siblings are Shelly Groves (deceased), Richard Veitz, Patti Midkiff, Marcanne Beck and Dana Kouri. He had a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UNM. He was a proud Marine that served in Vietnam. He received two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. He was employed by Mountain Bell. He enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, painting, watching SyFy movies and he was a huge Dallas Cowboy fan. He worked with children as a guest art instructor at Marie Hughes Elementary School. Scott is survived by his wife of 41 years, Connie Louise Veitz of Albuq. He is also survived by his daughter Staci Tethal and his son Ryan Veitz. He was most proud of his granddaughters Haley and Alyssa. In addition Willis and Louise Hardy, Aunt Mavis Park, William, Karen, Adrianne and Chris Madison and Pokie were an important part of his life for many years. His place of interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery where the initial service will be held, October 8, 2010 at the at 9:30, located at 501 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 988-6400. There will be a local service on 10/08 at The UNM Alumni Chapel at 12:00, located at 1 University of New Mexico, MSC 01-1160, Albuq, NM 87131. When parking at UNM, use the "C Lot" or overflow to "T Lot" and take the shuttle in from "T Lot" (505) 277-5808. Following the service, we are gathering at 2:00 at the Madison Residence at 6405 Oak Hill NE, Albuq, NM 87111, (505) 220-4631. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made in memory of Scott Veitz to the Fine Arts Department at: www.unmfund.org or mailed to: UNM College of Fine Arts, MSC04 2570, Albuq, N.M. 87131 or call 505-277-4503. Semper Fi. Scott, thanks for being such a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. You were blessed to have many friends. You always made us laugh. You will be truly missed.
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WARREN -- Rex Warren, local Corrales songwriter/singer/musician passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer, Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 12:58 a.m. He was a popular entertainer at many local music venues, private and corporate events, restaurants, and festivals around New Mexico and Texas. He produced two CDs: Indigo Blue with his Avocado Rock Band in 2001 and, most recently, Raise Your Voice with the band, Walking Rain. He was born on December 26, 1953 in Amarillo and moved to the Albuquerque area in 1989. Rex loved the outdoors including hiking, fishing, and skiing. He was a constant spiritual seeker and great friend to many. His sold forklifts for 20 years at Albuquerque Forklift and also sold estate. Rex is survived by his three brothers and their wives Fred and Marian Warren from Amarillo, Max and Pat Warren from San Diego and Britt and Gaylene Warren from Ruidoso; his nieces: Wendy, Stacy, Carrie, Gayla and Gennifer; one nephew: Miles ; four great-nieces Kelly, Victoria, Krissy, Kiera and five great nephews: Robert, Jordan; Gavin, Colin and Marcos. It was Rex's request to have a celebration of his life rather than a memorial service at a funeral home. Rex will be cremated and then take a trip to Hawaii next May with his former wife and love of his life, Jeanne Warren. A Rex Warren Tribute is being held for his close friends and family at the Corrales Bistro Brewery on Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2010. Many of his personal band members and other local musicians will be playing at this event. Anyone interested in attending this event should contact Douglas Stewart, his life-long friend, at: stewartweb@comcast.net
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WELLER -- Louis L. Weller, 74, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Louis loved playing golf, skiing, hiking, hunting, fishing, a big UNM sports fan and roller coaster enthusiast. He was collector of Indian Artifacts and an avid world traveler. His grand-daughters thought of him as their hero. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Mildred Weller; children Sondra Weller-Bass and husband, Allan R. Bass, Randy Weller and wife, Virginia Newman-Weller; grandchildren Jade and Jenna Bass, Felicia and Leslie Weller; and one great-grandson en route Dalton Louis Bass-Lundy; mother Mayme I. Weller; sister Faye Ward and husband, Larry Jaramillo; and brother Joe Weller and wife, Martha Weller. Mr. Weller was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawna L Weller. Louis was a prominent architect and businessman. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at Del Norte Baptist Church, 5800 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment to follow service at Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM In lieu of flowers donation s may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1011 Yale Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or rmhs-nm.org, in memory of Louis L. Weller. Please visit our online guestbook for Louis at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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