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CARMODY -- James Carmody III died after a long illness Saturday, May 22, 2010. He was born December 27, 1934 in Socorro, NM. He is survived by his brother, Lee Roy Carmody and wife, Mary Helen of Albuquerque; children, Debbie Whited and husband, Michael of Lubbock, TX, Jackie Stewart and husband, Bill of Albuquerque, Yvonne Mahnesmith and husband, Steve of Rio Rancho, James Carmody IV and wife, Dawn of Albuquerque, Eric Forrest Carmody of Manassas, Virginia; nephews, Anthony Carmody of Albuquerque and Glen Carmody of Salt Lake City, UT; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, James Carmody Jr.; and mother, Jessie Carmody. Mr. C. retired from Sandia Labs in 1985 and from the restaurant business in 1990. He took courses at TVI and also worked as a teacher's aide there. Mr. C. will be remembered for his work ethic which is a legacy he passed on to his children. The family wants to recognize and express appreciation to Yvonne and Steve Mahnesmith who took Dad into their home and cared for him these last years. At his request, there will be no services.
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CASAUS -- Celestina (Tina) Maria Casaus, 81, a long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2010. Tina was born on February 1, 1929 to Frank and Leandra (Ulibari) Baca in Santa Rosa, NM. Tina was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene (Gene) R. Casaus in 2008. They were married on December 13, 1948 in Albuquerque, and lived in San Jose, before returning to Albuquerque in 1952 to start their business, Universal Building Co. Tina was an active as a Toastmistress, UNM Hospital Service League volunteer and officer, and politically active in her community and nationally in the 1970's and 1980's. Tina foremost was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She is survived by her two daughters, Johanna Casaus, and Annette Casaus Duran of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Brian Milburn and wife, Shannon of New Orleans, LA, Jenna Milburn DiPasquale and husband, Jeff of Mission Viejo, CA, Gabriel Duran, Andrew Duran and their father Jose Duran; great-grandchildren, Violet, Simon, and Bailey Milburn and Luca and Mia DiPasquale; five brothers and five sisters of New Mexico; many nieces and nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law. Preceded in death are also sister, Margaret Marquez; and grand-daughter, Celestina Duran. She was very loved and will be deeply missed. Rosary will be held Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 6:00 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Place SE, with visitation one hour prior to rosary. Mass will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Tina at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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CLANCY -- Wayland D. Clancy, beloved father, husband and grandfather, a resident of Albuquerque since 1975, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010. He was born July 31, 1925, and served in the U.S. Navy in WW II as well as Korea. A very patriotic man, Wayland was proud to serve his country and was an excellent father, husband and provider for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Lily Clancy; older brother, Maurice; grandson and best buddy, Mitchell Campbell; as well as his nephew, Patrick Hambrick of New Orleans, LA. Wayland is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Lynda Clancy, husband, Michael Campbell of Albuquerque, Sherry Clancy of Las Vegas, NM; sister, Maryan and husband, George Hambrick of Temple, TX; and nephew, Mike Hambrick, wife, Miriam of Washington, DC and Florida. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Redus Holland of Los Alamos, NM and three sons; one daughter preceded Redus in death; his sister-in-law, DeAnn Clancy of Philadelphia, PA, her sons and daughters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering, he was employed by General Electric for 17 years, having worked as design engineer on missile guidance radar systems in Syracuse, NY; as Program Manager on satellite tracking and computer systems in Oklahoma City, OK; and as Reliability Engineer on the NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Program in Houston, TX. Wayland was an integrated part of the history making Apollo missions. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1986, with 20 years service, with his last assignment being Assistant Manager for Technical Support at the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center. After retirement, he ran his wife's company, Visi-Comm Systems, which was engaged in sales of visual and tactile assistive devices for the deaf and hearing impaired. He was retired as Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserve with 20 years service. He served three years active duty during WW II as radar officer aboard the battleship South Dakota in the Pacific Theater, and for two years during the Korean conflict as damage control officer on the aircraft carrier Corregidor. Wayland was an active member of the Montgomery Boulevard Church of Christ, the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association (NMSHA), New Mexico Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NMRID), New Mexico Association of the Deaf (NMAD), Self-Help for Hard of Hearing (SHHHH), Coalition for Disability Rights, and on the Board of Directors for Southwest Business, Industry and Rehabilitation Association (SWBIRA). He received numerous awards and commendations from of these organizations for his efforts in service to the deaf and hearing community. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at La Vida Llena - Carter Hall, 10501 La Grima de Oro NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albuquerque Christian Home, 5700 Winter Haven NW, 87120, or to the Deaf Culture Center, 10601 Lomas Blvd. NE, 87112. Please visit our online guestbook for Wayland at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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GARCIA -- Jennie A. Garcia, 89, passed peacefully knowing she was loved by her family and friends on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GARCIA -- JUAN D. GARCIA, age 68, passed away on May 21, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Garcia; and daughter, Naomi Garcia. Juan was born in Santa Fe, NM on May 30, 1941 to Avelina Garcia and Charlie Oldham. He married Geneva in Santa Fe and was employed at La Fonda Hotel for 35 years until retirement in 2001. Juan is survived by his sons, Richard Garcia, Anthony Garcia, Diego Garcia; daughter, Jeannie Garcia; five grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. A Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary, 7:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 27, 2010, noon at Santa Barbara Church in Sile, NM. Burial will follow at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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GONZALES -- Erlinda Martinez Gonzales was born January 4, 1926 in Sherman Oakes, CA. She went be with the Lord early Sunday morning, May 23, 2010, after a gallant fight with Parkinson's and Pancreatitis. Erlinda was preceded in death by her husband, Fidel; elder sister, Christina Martinez-Escalera from Riverside, CA; sister, Elvira Martinez-Ybarra from Lordsburg, NM and son, Peter who died in infancy. Mrs. Gonzales is survived and was cherished by her six children: Jess J. Martinez, (who she raised like another son after both parents died at a very young age) and wife Patricia, Patricia Gonzales- Contreras, Louie Gonzales and wife Vicky, Tommy Gonzales and wife Debbie, Annette Gonzales-Stout and husband Eddie and Paul Gonzales; She leaves behind her grandchildren, Sandra and husband Dr. Les Donaldson, Rhonda and husband Vince Falcone, Jeannette and husband David Snell, Jay Contreras, Colt Gonzales, Eric Gonzales and wife Michelle, Tammy Gonzales-Brown and husband Chris, Ken Martinez and wife Oksana, Kelli Martinez, Logan and Hannah Stout; plus seventeen great-grand children. Erlinda was blessed to be a stay at home mom while her children were in school. Later she worked for Helweig-Farmer as an APS bus driver for about twenty years. Erlinda always possessed the most positive, graceful personality. She exhibited a tremendous amount of compassion, sincerity and respect to family and friends. She was an excellent cook, served up some delicious family meals with fresh home-made tortillas, that were never duplicated by others. We will truly miss this valiant, brave and Godly woman. Services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 4th and Mildred NW. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, off of Paseo del Norte and Wyoming NE. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Chris Brown, Jay Contreras, Colt Gonzales, Eric Gonzales, Logan Stout and Michael Vargas. Honorary pallbearers are, Dr. Les Donaldson, Vince Falcone, Ken Martinez, David F. Snell and Eddie Stout. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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GONZALES -- Isabel "Chela" Gonzales, 74, loving mother, nana, sister, nina, aunt, friend, and long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010 with her family by her side. She is survived by her children, Rosie, Jeannette, and Lonnie; grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriel, and Leo; brothers, Henry Bustamante and wife Ella, Alex Bustamante and wife Josephine, and Manuel Bustamante and wife Norma; dear friend and caretaker, Esther Martinez, and many extended family members. Chela was preceded in death by her husband, Leonardo "Nayo" Gonzales in 1984; three brothers; and two sisters; and her parents Casimiro and Julia Bustamante. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas location, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 with a prayer service starting at 6:30 p.m. and rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. Final viewing will start at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church 562 Atrisco Dr SW, 87105 followed by a rosary at 8:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Isabel at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HOLDER -- Steven (Steve) Albert Holder passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 20, 2010 after a long battle with a terminal illness. He was 54 years young. Steve was born to Wayne and Elaine Holder in Clovis, CA on December 14, 1955. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Fresno, CA in 1974. Always mechanically gifted, he received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Industrial Technology from CalPoly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. in 1989. Steve was a notorious jokester and punster. Not only was he known as Mr. Crude, but also Mr. Fix Anything; always willing to help. As an avid outdoorsman Steve loved to hike and camp with his family and friends. His greatest passion was cycling and as a competitive cyclist Steve rode in numerous races. He also enjoyed mountain biking and long distance rides with friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Wayne B. Holder and survived by his mother Elaine E. Holder of San Luis Obispo, CA. He is also survived by his wife of over 20 years Norma Holder; daughter Kambre Holder, Aaron Havens and Joanna Havens Bennett whom he raised; son-in-law Joshua Bennett; two beautiful granddaughters Berkley and Sawyer Bennett; his brother Wayne Holder Jr.; sister Elaine Holder Zieroth and husband Steven; sister Linda Holder Friesen and husband Don; niece Joel O'Connell, husband Karl and daughter Brianna; and many cherished friends. The family gives their heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers and staff of Odyssey Healthcare Hospice and Willow Wood. There will be no funeral service, but a memorial service will be held in approximately one month. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico at 5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or at www.rrfb.org.
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LOPEZ -- Rita J. Lopez, age 81, passed away from complications on Sunday, May 23, 2010, while a patient at Kindred Hospital. Rita was born October 8, 1928 and was a member of San Jose Catholic Church. She worked for many years as a cook at the Alvarado Hotel, Hilton, Double Tree and LaPosada Hotels. She also worked at the Isotopes Stadium. She is survived by her two sisters, Margaret Pena and husband Fred and Georgia Sena; special nieces, Lorraine Chavez, Jane Ramirez and husband Michael, Grace Pacheco, Betty Stage, Kinnie Sanchez, Viola Aldridge and Priscilla Sena; special great-nieces, JennaMarie, Georgia Herrera and Hacinta Sena; special nephews, John Pacheco and Jimmy Sena; several godchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well as other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. We will always be inspired by her courage, strength and faith. Services will be held at San Jose Catholic Parish, 2401 Broadway SE. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Isaiah Valencia, Adrian Chavez, Fernando and Francisco Reyes, Jimmy Serna, Francisco Aldridge and Todd Scott. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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LUJAN -- John D. Lujan, 65, passed away in Albuquerque on May 17, 2010. John was born September 1, 1944. He attended St. Mary's High School as well as New Mexico Tech. He later served in the U.S. Army and worked at Intel for many years. He was preceded in death by his father, Duven, and recently his mother, Emma. He is survived by his sister, Priscilla; his brother Rick and wife Julie Ball; and his dear friend of more than thirty years, Mary Crites. John will be deeply missed. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at Mt. Calvary Cemetary, 1900 Edith Blvd NE.
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