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DONISTHORPE -- OSCAR LLOYD DONISTHORPE of Bloomfield, NM passed away in Albuquerque, NM on August 27, 2010 with members of his family at his side. He passed away from ailments related to his lungs (pulmonary fibrosis). He was 83. Oscar leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Christine Ann Donisthorpe, of Bloomfield, NM. He was the father of four children, (Paul Donisthorpe (wife Liane Kerr), Albuquerque, NM; Bruce Donisthorpe, Albuquerque, NM and Brian Donisthorpe (wife Theresa), Farmington, NM. His daughter Karen Robinson (husband Robert Robinson) preceded him in death in 2004). Five grandchildren, (Nicole Donisthorpe, Albuquerque, NM; Kurtis and Karysta Donisthorpe, Farmington, NM and Andrew and Neil Robinson, Melbourne, FL). Donisthorpe was born on August 19, 1927 in Lewiston, MT. He has one surviving member of his immediate family, his younger sister, Grace Longinotti, of San Jose, CA. His parents Paul and Ramona; preceded him in death, as did his two older sisters and brother(Edith Vick, Marie Blacken and Robert Donisthorpe). Donisthorpe graduated from Fergus County High School, Lewistown, MT in 1944. He joined the Navy later that year and served through the end of World War II, returning to college on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1949 with his BA in Education, and began serving a one-year stint as a social studies teacher in Helena, MT in 1950. Donisthorpe attended his first semester of law school at Harvard, but transferred to the University of Montana after getting married to complete his study in 1953, graduating cum laude. After graduating from law school, Donisthorpe and his wife moved to Albuqerque, NM to begin study to pass the NM State Bar Exam, which he completed in February, 1954. After passing the bar exam he moved to Farmington, NM in March, 1954 where he began his 43-year law practice, retiring in 1997. Donisthorpe was a member of the New Mexico State Bar Association and the San Juan Bar Association for 50 years. Donisthorpe spent most of his life as a farmer, having grown up on his family homestead near Christina, MT. As a teenager, he traveled with his Dad to State Fairs in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Colorado to show hogs, winning several blue ribbons, Under his tutelage, his four children produced two grand champions and two reserve grand champions show hogs at the San Juan County Fair in the 1970s. Oscar and Christine purchased a family farm near Bloomfield, NM in 1955 and operated it for over 40 years, raising alfalfa hay. In 1997, they sold the farm and moved to Bloomfield. Donisthorpe was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Aztec, NM. He was an avid follower of J. Vernon McGee's "Thru the Bible" program going through the bible twice (ten years); Hal Lindsey (Prophecy) and David Jerimiah (Prophecy). He was baptized in a creek in Montana in the early 1940s at a summer camp conducted by the American Baptist Assocation by Rev. Jantz. Donisthorpe was a member of several organizations, including the Farmington Elks Club, Lions Club, the San Juan County Fair Board, and the Hammond Conservancy District Board. His hobbies included reading, exercise, politics (behind-the-scenes political supporter of his wife when she ran for the School Board (twice) the State Senate (four times) and Republican National Committeewoman, and top-notch amateur political demographer), watching his granddaughter's nationally ranked high school softball team (Piedra Vista HS) and her summer softball club travel team (NM Sundancers) and was a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants. Visitation will be Monday, August 30, 2010 at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at Bethel Baptist Church, 201 Highland Road, Aztec, NM at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Bob Schlauger presiding. A reception will be held for those attending the services immediately following at 11 am. Private internment with family will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to American Diabetes Association-New Mexico, 522 San Pedro, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. Those wishing to send condolences or fond memories, please visit Joanne's posting at www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral services are entrusted to: Cope Memorial Chapel 404 W. Arrington Farmington, NM 87401 505-327-5142
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DUNLAP -- Mary Elizabeth Gohl Dunlap, 85, of Albuquerque passed away, Tuesday, August 25, 2010 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren L. and Mary E. Gohl of Williamsport, PA; and her husband Samuel (Sam) B. Dunlap. She is survived by two sons, G. Steven Dunlap, Peter C. Dunlap; and granddaughter Victoria. Mary was born June 6, 1925 in Williamsport, PA, where she was raised and educated. She was childhood friends with Sam but drifted apart when Sam entered WWII. She met up with him after his medical discharge from duty in the Pacific Theater, here in Abq., in 1948. They were married six months later on August 26, 1948 and were blessed to spend 62 years together. They chose Abq. to start their family and start New Mexico's oldest Employment agency, New Mexico Employment Bureau, dba, Executive Search in 1951. Mary worked with her husband for 52 years until retirement. She was very active in the Personnel Industry, as past president of the Assn. of Private Employment Agencies of New Mexico. She was awarded certifications of Certified Employment Consultant (CEC) and Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC). She was press secretary for a ladies auxiliary club of the American Businessman's Club (ABC), named (XYZ). Her activities included, former member of the Daughters of the Nile Oriental band, party planning as a Life Member of the Four Hills Country Club, past member of the Albuquerque Country Club and Southwestern Yacht Club. Mary was also active in the New Mexico Section of the Mercedes Benz Club of America, as past President. She was an avid boater and water enthusiast. Involved in boat clubs and later in life enjoyed several years cruising and living on their 43 ft. yacht in San Diego, CA. Mary had a passion for reading and played a mean game of poker on Saturday nights. She enjoyed water skiing, golf, bridge, painting and puzzle building. She was a loving mother and dear friend that will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held Monday, August 30, 2010 at the Temple Lodge #6, 3801 Osuna NE at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to The Shrine Hospital. Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th Street. (505) 343-8008.
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HAMELSTROM -- Doris Mildred Hamelstrom, beloved wife and mother, was called to the Church Eternal, on the Lord's Day August 22, 2010. Doris was born in Nemo, South Dakota. Her mother died when she was ten days old and her maternal grandmother raised her during the depression era in the Black Hills. It was there she met and married George, her beloved husband of 51 years. Gary was born in Rapid City, South Dakota in November of 1942. Doris and George moved to Casper, Wyoming in the late 1940's, where she was a Senior Regent for the Women of the Moose and an avid tap dancer performing at many variety functions. In 1955 the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and they have resided at their present address since October of 1965. Doris is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary #5 in Rio Rancho and served as Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander and Chaplin. She was a founding member of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of New Mexico and served as President for over 27 years. As a member of the Combined Health Charities, she served on the Board of Directors and took part in the annual Cookie Walk for several years. In 1978, at age 57, Doris went to the University of New Mexico and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Community Services. Upon graduation she went to work at St. Joseph Hospital as a case worker in Medical Social Services until she retired. Doris and George joined the La Mesa Presbyterian family in 1972 and she served on the session and Deacons. One of her joys was taking part in the annual Feast of Hope that helped feed so many needy people in the area. Although in physical poor health for many years, Doris seemed to be the first one there and the last one to leave in all her endeavors. She was a "positive" person who had a kind word for everyone. Doris didn't talk a lot about things; she just "walked the walk" with kindness, grace and Christian charity. Doris is survived by her son Gary; and cousins including James Cooper who resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. Gary wishes to thank all of those whose support, well wishes, and help meant so much to Doris during her illness these last few years. A memorial service will be held at La Mesa Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 30, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following. She will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 2:30 p.m. that day. Memorials can be made in her honor to the Building Fund of La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Doris at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333
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HAMERS -- Milton Hamers, 88, passed away August 25, 2010. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com, Milton's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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HIGH -- Charles M. High, IV, US Army Private, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 defending the freedom of our country. Charles and his fellow Infantryman, PFC Benjamen Chisholm were killed when the vehicle they were in was struck by an IED, on a mission outside their base in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was stationed out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and was part of the 101st Airborne Division. Born on May 19, 1989, he was 21 years old. Charlie, as his family called him, was on his second tour overseas, his first having been in Iraq in 2008. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He attended Eldorado High School and was active in the orchestra, track team and JROTC. He also attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Charlie was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, he loved camping and looked forward to the Pinewood Derby every year. He was an accomplished viola player and was a member of the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra. Above all else, Charlie loved to play the guitar, which he taught himself and played by ear. Charlie was recently engaged to Maggie Jo Simmonds of Mankato, Minnesota. Since the age of 14, Charlie's goal was to serve his country in some aspect and when he enlisted in the US Army in 2007, he achieved that goal. He loved his Army family so deeply, and he will be sorely missed by them all. Charlie made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and he is a Hero. Charlie is survived by his father, Charles M. High III; his step-mother Sheri High; and brother Jonathan; as well as his mother Kimberlea Johnston of New Minden, Illinois; and his siblings, Eddie, Amber, Cierra and Karlie Johnston; He is also survived by his grandparents, Charles M. High II and Arlene High of Gallup, NM; Charles and Deb Williams of Albuquerque; Jessie Williams of Albuquerque; Larry and Linda Reetz of Albuquerque; and his great-grandmother, Novella King of Bernalillo. Charlie also left behind many aunts, uncles and cousins. Charlie will be welcomed into Heaven by his Uncle Gregory High and his Great Aunt Patricia Kaplan, who loved Charlie with all their hearts. Charlie is a true American Hero. Flowers will be received by French Mortuary at 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Memorial contributions can be made in Charlie's name to the Blue Star Mothers of America, RGV Chapter 2, P.O. Box 9176, Albuquerque, NM 87119-9176. Services will be held Saturday, August 28, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church 10000 Candelaria Rd NE. Interment will all take place on Monday, August 30, 2010, 1:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French ~ Lomas Chapel on Thursday, August 26, and Friday August 27, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Charlie at: RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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JARAMILLO -- Christopher. The Family of Christopher Jaramillo 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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JOHNSON -- David D. Johnson, 79, passed away on August 28, 2010. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. David's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192
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LEONETTIA -- Alan. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Alan Leonetti, who lost his battle with cancer on July 25, 2010 will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at St. John's United Methodist Church (2626 Arizona NE) at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Clyde Stansfield officiating. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 SAN MATEO NE 764-9663
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LUDI -- Phillip M. Ludi, a third generation Ludi, and son of John and Cecilia Ludi of Las Vegas, New Mexico, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010 in Albuquerque. His Grandfather, Jacob Luede, came to the United States from Switzerland in 1884. Mr. Ludi had three children, Phillip Jr., Margaret (Margie), and Darwin. He leaves behind his loving wife of two decades Dale Carter Ludi; daughter Margie; son Darwin; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren most of whom are living in New Mexico, California and Nevada. Phillip was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Jr.; sister Annie Mares; and his brothers Johnny, Eddie, Luis, William Sr. and Eloy. Mr. Ludi began his work career as a newspaper boy for the Las Vegas Optic and Albuquerque Journal. He delivered newspapers until he graduated from high school. With a B.A. and M.A. from New Mexico Highlands University, Phillip went on to employment as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and Superintendent of the West Las Vegas School System. He was elected San Miguel County Representative for two years and served as Majority Whip for the House and Chairman of the Education Committee. He also served on the New Mexico Mounted Patrol and the San Miquel sheriff's posse for many years. Mr. Ludi was very proud of playing a pivotal role in establishing the West Las Vegas High School. Among the school's graduates can be counted legal, medical, and educational leaders making contributions in communities throughout New Mexico and the country. Additional educational accomplishments included, but were not limited to, being appointed Superintendent of the Belen school system, Director of Guidance and Counseling for Bernalillo Public Schools, Director General of the American School in Quito Ecuador, Director of Schools: United Chiquita Brands in Costa Rica, Administrator in the San Jose Unified School System with Lillian Barna, Educational Consultant for San Jose State University, and Bilingual Program Reviewer for the State Department of Education in California. Non educational involvement included being appointed the Director of the Census in Santa Clara County, California, and becoming the first New Mexico Housing Coordinator for AARP. He served as Chairman of the Lovelace Senior Foundation, Chairman of the Ser de New Mexico Board of Directors, Chairman of the Region III Housing Authority Board of Directors, Housing Chairman for the New Mexico Hispanic Council on Aging, and Chairman of the New Mexico State Agency Award Committee (Glorietta Conference) for many years. Phillip was a member of the Board of Directors Esperanza de Joaquin, City of Albuquerque Safety Board, New Mexico total Community Care Advisory Board (PACE), and Sandia Department of Energy Citizens Advisory Committee. Mr. Ludi was a delegate to the National White House Council on Aging, and volunteer bailiff for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Court. Phillip Ludi's long, rich life was spent serving the educational community and fellow seniors, his most recent recognition included receiving of the Martin Luther King Award in 1992, and being inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame in 2006. Great appreciation is extended to those who attended Mr. Ludi during the years he was a resident at the Montebello on Academy. Special recognition goes to his team of hospice caregivers from AMBERCARE who maintained his final days of comfort and dignity and provided emotional support for family. Condolences are welcome and can be e-mailed to Phillip's widow and other family members at: www.remembertheirstory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MADORE -- Ervin. The Family of Ervin Madore 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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