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SCHNAIBLE -- Lester J., age 79, a resident of Belen, NM, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2010. He was born in Mound City, SD. Lester joined the U.S. Air Force at the young age of 17, retiring 21 years later after dutiful service to his country. He is also retired from Sears Roebuck after working for them for ten years. Lester enjoyed RVing, fishing and especially having coffee and donuts with his many friends at Donut King in Belen. Family was important to him and he enjoyed traveling the country visiting all of them. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 29 years, Clara Ann Ritter; and parents, Chris and Helen (Wolfer) Schnaible of Oakes, ND. Lester is survived by his loving and loyal wife of 16 years, Lorin Schnaible; daughter, Dorothy Oddieo of Palm Springs, CA; son, Doug Barlow of Perris, CA; step-daughter, Kim Oswald of Nashville, TN; sister, Joyce Schnaible of Aberdeen, SD and sister, Mabel Tunby of Wahpeton, ND. He is also survived by numerous loving grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of New Mexico, Advanced Healthcare and Altura Home Healthcare for their time and dedication in caring for Mr. Schnaible. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made in Lester's name to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or the Valley Lutheran Church, 3259 Hwy 47, Los Lunas, NM 87031. A visitation and Funeral Service will be held at the Valley Lutheran Church, 3259 Hwy 47 in Los Lunas, on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. A full military service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, with full honors and a 21 gun salute. Sign Lester's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501
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SHEPPARD -- Jacqueline Van Aernam Sheppard, 84, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, died May 2, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Jan of Denver, Colorado, and her son Reed and wife Diann of Tijeras; grandsons, Brian Pagan and Jason and wife Amanda Pagan; and great grandchildren Gabrielle and Alexander Pagan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olin, in 1985. Mrs. Sheppard was a long-time volunteer at Bear Canyon Senior Center. Born in Weed, California, she graduated from Texas State College for Women with a BA in International Trade. After residing in many locations during her early life, she found her permanent home in Albuquerque in 1973. A memorial service was held at French Mortuary. Please visit the online guest book for Mrs. Sheppard at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SLAM -- John Joseph Slam, 69, passed away in the family home, Sunday, May 2, 2010. He was loving and generous and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 47 years, Rita Maria; son Ronnie; daughters, Sherry, Lisa and husband Phillip, and Deborah and husband Marcial; twelve grandchildren, Crystal, Laticia, Dawne, Christopher, Randy, Rhiannon, Brad, Doug, Anniela, Elianna, Michelle and Stephen; seven great-grandchildren, Anthony, Tony, Isaiah, Jordan, Legend, Bellah and Gabriel; brothers, Frank and wife, Eileen, Tom and wife, Becky; nieces and friends. Mr. Slam was preceded in death by his parents Valentine and Sophia. John was born October 1, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio. After high school, he trained at NASA before transferring to Bermuda and then transferring to Albuquerque, NM in 1975 with his family, where he retired from KAFB. Per request, a private family memorial service will be held. French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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STAGNER -- James W. Stagner, born October 21, 1933 in Grants, NM, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Albuquerque. A resident of Edgewood, NM, James is survived by his children, Deborah Kittleson, Sandra Davis and husband, Mark, Linda Griffin, Daniel Stagner and wife, Kelly; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita Wall of Texas; brother, Charles Stagner and wife, Carol; as well as other family and friends who loved and will miss him. Private family Services have taken place. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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STONE -- Helen Stone, 70, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and resident of Albuquerque for 32 years, passed away at home with her husband by her side on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Helen was born on December 3, 1939 in Gadsden, Alabama. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Emmett Stone; her children, Bruce G. Stone and wife Carla, Angela Young and husband Harold, and Zan J. Stone and wife Elizabeth; her grandchildren, Zandrea, Crystal, Britney, Sergei, Melanie, and Tanya; her siblings, Edna Harris, Louise Copeland and husband Charles, and Charlie B. Robinson and wife Winnie, and many extended family members and friends. Helen was a loving wife and mother who will be truly missed by all who knew her. Friends may visit French Lomas location from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. A memorial service will be held at French Lomas location at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010 with burial following at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Helen's name to Watermelon Mountain Animal Rescue, 4320 C Ridgecrest Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Please visit our online guestbook for Helen at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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STROM -- Eric A. Strom was born on May 20, 1951 and passed away on May 3, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Anna Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice Chapel. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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TABOR -- Martha "Martie" Tabor HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM! The sun doesn't shine the same without you. We can still hear your laughter and see your smile. Can't wait to see you again. Love Erica, Lillian and Armand
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THOMPSON -- Jerry Winfield Thompson, Jr. was born at Rotan, Texas, on April 13, 1920 and passed away at Quemado, New Mexico on April 25, 2010, only days after celebrating his 90th birthday. His father, Jerry Winfield Thompson, Sr., was born in Alabama and married Quata Veta Deischer shortly after World War I. After the war, Winfield was employed by an uncle, A.B. Barrow, who owned a chain of furniture stores in Texas towns such as Hico, Breckenridge, La Mesa, Rotan, and Odessa. The family was in Odessa when the Great Depression struck the country with devastating results in October 1929. The Barrow furniture stores soon became a thing of the past-especially after the Dust Bowl struck the Great Plains and the Texas Panhandle particularly hard. Like so many other migrants of the time, the family packed what few belongings they possessed and headed west. With their chickens strapped in a cage on the roof of their car, the family, including a younger sister Twauna, constructed a small log cabin in a Ponderosa-shrouded Martin Canyon near Pipe Springs where they homesteaded, not too far from the small village of Mangas, New Mexico. Here the family survived on Winfield's small World War I pension, what they could grow in a small garden, poaching, and the money Winfield received working for the PWA on Pipe Springs School House and the Pie Town to Mangas road. Jerry graduated from the 8th grade at Pipe Springs, and in 1941, married Jo Lee Davis, a part Cherokee orphan girl from Oklahoma who had come west with her uncle Johnny Cobb. A son, Jerry D., was born in November 1942. Like millions of other young men of the depression generation, Jerry was drafted into the military during World War II. After training at Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Camp Pickett, Virginia, he was deployed with in the 76th Infantry Division in the European Theatre. After pushing up the Seine River to Rouen, France, the 76th Lightning Division went into the front lines at Aachen, Belgium, in the fight for the Siegfried Line. Shortly before his death, Jerry told his grandson, Jeremy, that he had seven close calls during the war. One such time was at night when a German machine-gunner riddled and sank the small boat he was crossing Meuse River in. Some of his hardest fighting was in the winter of 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest when Jerry put his Pipe Springs log building skills to work in the cold and deep snow. One of his lasting images of the war, one that was seared in his memory for life, was seeing large numbers of American dead stacked up like cordwood in the bullet-riddled forest. He was in the history-changing Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, but amazingly avoided being hit head on by German Panzers by only a few hundred yards. In fact, the Germans took out an entire regiment of the 76th Infantry on the left of where Jerry's squad was dug into the snow. He was one of the first to cross the Rhine River on the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge at the small German town of Remagen. Pushing toward Berlin, he helped to liberate the infamous Buchenwald Concentration Camp where the cremation ovens were still warm. Years later he recalled looks on the ghost-like faces of the few Jews who had survived the horrendous Holocaust. He was in Berlin preparing to return to the United States for deployment in the Pacific and the invasion of Japan when the war ended in August 1945. After the war, Jerry drilled wells for ranchers all over the northern part of Catron County, all the way from Green's Gap to the York Ranch. For several years in the 1950s, he served as president of Catron County Independent School District # 2. In the 1960s, he found employment as a seasonal employee of the Forest Service on El Caso and Fox Mountain lookouts, before obtaining full-time employment as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor. Until his retirement in 1982, he was deployed fighting fires in the Apache and Gila forest districts and all over the American West, from the Couer d' Alene in northern Idaho and California's Big Sur, to Glacier National Park in Montana. Jerry Thompson is survived by an only son, Jerry D. Thompson of Laredo, Texas, a grandson, Jeremy Winfield Thompson of Ithaca New York, as well as five nieces: Carolyn Davis of Woodstock, Georgia, Marilyn Torres of Farmington, New Mexico, Sandra (Mickie) Campos of Midlothian, Virginia, and Rhonda and Martha Scogin of Aztec, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his wife and sister. A memorial service will be held at the Baptist Church in Quemado on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Ira Shelton presiding. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530
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WHITAKER -- Rev. Dr. Robert H(arold) Whitaker passed away April 24, 2010. He was born December 17, 1918, in Malden, Mass., to Harold Alden Whitaker and Beulah Maud (Ray). An Episcopal priest and educator, he earned a BA-cum laude, New Testament Greek, Gordon College, Mass.; MA, Philosophy, Boston University, and BD-cum laude, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge. His ministry began as a Lay Vicar at St. Paul's Beachmont, Revere, Mass.; and Asst. Priest at Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, CT. He began doctoral studies at Harvard and Yale Divinity Schools, but paused his education to serve as Chaplain during WWII at the US Naval Base, Manus, Admiralty Islands; 301st USNCB, Guam; and the USNAB, Tinian, Marianas. After the War, he completed his PhD in Church History at New College, Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland and was a Visiting Guest Priest at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary. After graduation he was Asst. Prof. of Church History & Philosophy, St. Andrew's Theological Seminary-Quezon City, Philippines. In 1952 he was Visiting Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy & Religion, Bexley Hall-Kenyon College, OH. He served as Interim Priest at St. John's, Bisbee, AZ, and then was Chaplain at the Episcopal Student Foundation, Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he met and married Eunice Ngit Kwai Tom in 1956. During their courtship and first year of marriage he served as Assoc. Priest at Grace Church, Mt. Clemens, MI. In 1957 he helped found the School of Theology (SoT) of the Diocese of MI, and served as dean and director of studies. Upon his retirement in 1985, the school was renamed The Robert H Whitaker School of Theology. During his years at the SoT, he was known for his ecumenical work. He served as Secretary for the Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue, was Adj. Prof. of Ecumenism, St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI, and helped establish educational programs for permanent deacons in the local Roman Catholic archdiocese. An outspoken human rights advocate, he hosted "Let's See," a TV talk show on WJBK during the civil rights movement, and marched with 400,000 people in Detroit in the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was COB of Examining Chaplains, served on the Exploratory Comm. on the Feasibility of Ecumenical Theological Education in Greater Detroit, was Adj. Prof. at Univ. Detroit, and Priest-in-Charge for 15 yrs at Church of Our Saviour, Detroit. He completed a 3rd MA at Univ. of Windsor, ONT, CAN '69, and then served as Adj. Prof. of New Testament & Christian Thought. During his "retirement" in NM he continued to serve the Church as Interim Priest at St. Chad's (ABQ), St. Simon's (Rio Rancho), Epiphany (Socorro), and as Supply Priest at St. John's Cathedral (ABQ). On March 22, 2010, he celebrated the 66th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. He was active in the community as an usher at Albuquerque Little Theatre and Popejoy Hall, and served as President, Treasurer and Board Member of Pueblo Los Cerros (Corrales) until moving to La Vida Llena LifeCare Community. A patient and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, he enjoyed reading, gardening, swimming, and his Siamese cats. He is survived by Eunice, his wife of over 53 years; daughters-Maria of Ann Arbor, MI; Monica of ABQ, NM; Martha (Jim Leenhouts) of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren-Isabella Whitaker, and twins Rachel Whitaker & Robert Leenhouts; sister, Ruth (William) Lucas, of Cathedral City, CA. Memorial services will be held at the Cathedral of St. John, in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Cathedral Endowment, St. Chad's Foundation (ABQ), The Robert H Whitaker School of Theology (Detroit), or the educational institution of your choice. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Mr. Whitaker's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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WINTERMUTE -- Dorothy Ann. The family of Dorothy Wintermute would like to thank their many friends and neighbors whose compassion and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated.
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