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NELSON -- Albert Nelson, Jr. went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2010. Albert was a descendent of two prominent New Mexico families, the Nelson's and the Martinez's. He was born in Pintada, New Mexico to the home of Alberto C. and Isabel Martinez Nelson. Albert graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1952 where he was voted best dressed and best dancer in his class. He then made his residence in Albuquerque and worked with the New Mexico National Guard HQ Detachment NM National Guard, Bank of New Mexico, Zales, Hilton Diamond Jim's, Tiki Kai Bar and Restaurant. He was also a Maitre'D at the famous Lil's Restaurant in the former Amfac Hotel where he hobnobbed with movie stars and other aristocrats. He became know as "Al" as he enjoyed meeting and visiting with everyone he came in contact with. Among his many friends was Brother Mathias founder of the Brothers of the Good Shepherd where Albert enjoyed doing volunteer work. Albert was a devoted member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church where he was a member of the Choir. He also enjoyed attending the many Funciones at the small churches in Eastern New Mexico, including Pintada and Milagro. His three loves were his Mother Isabel, Aunt Preddie and his precious sister Emily. Albert will be missed by everyone especially his sister Emily who cared for him in his last years. Albert was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Benny Nelson and Joe Nelson; and his sister Clorie Nelson Baca; and sister-in-law Dolores Nelson. He is survived by his sister and care taker Emily Chavez and husband David of Albuquerque, Larry Nelson of Albuquerque and Margie Reardon and husband Joe of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Rosary services will be recited on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. at our Lady of Assumption Church with Father Gino Correra officiating. Private entombment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7500 Paseo Del Norte NE. Serving as Pallbearers will be Frances Baca, Antoinette Montgomery, Jim Stuterman, George Nielson, Mark Chavez, Matthew Chavez, Joe Nelson and Ben Nelson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Josie Carillo, Mary Burch, Christine Diebert, Carolyn Baca, Frank Baca, Joe Reardon and Tony Gabaldon. A special thank you to Dr. Sandra Qaseem, MD and Roland Moore, Physical Therapist. Farewell our dear Albert. We know that the angels in heaven are waiting so that you can Jitter Bug with them. Adios. In lieu of flowers the family graciously request that memorial contributions be made to Share Your Care, Bear Canyon 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or Brothers of the Good Shepherd 901 13th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Please visit our online guestbook for Albert at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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PADILLA -- Tillie L. Padilla March 31, 1915 - April 6, 1970 Love and miss you. Remembering you on your 40th anniversary. Love, your children, Mary and Mike Velasquez, Ernie and Sharon Padilla, Manuel and Crusita Padilla, Rosalie and Lawrence Espinoza, your grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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SALAZAR -- MARY A. (LOPEZ) SALAZAR November 4, 1924 to March 29, 2010 of Tijeras, NM was preceded in death by her husband David A. Salazar (March 20, 2008. She is survived by her four children; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Cremation and interment have already taken place.
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SANCHEZ -- Tercila G. Sanchez, age 101, a resident of Valencia, NM, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, in Valencia. Tercila was a very devoted catholic and instilled a strong catholic faith in all her family. She was matriarch of 98 descendants. Tercila worked as a foster grandparent at Los Lunas Hospital and Training School for 25 outstanding years. She loved to sing hymns with her family. She was a great cook and made all the traditional Spanish dishes for family gatherings. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Anita Griego; husband, Alfredo Sanchez; son, Herman Sanchez, brothers, Salomon, Domis and Julian; sisters, Criselda, Rufina, Susie and Ofelia; son-in-law, Richard Martinez and daughters-in-law, Viola, Bertha, Christina and Rose. Tercila is survived by three sons, Emilio, Gilbert and Leo and wife, Demecia; two daughters, Elia Martinez and Martha Sedillo and husband, Telesfor; daughter-in-law, Mary Sanchez; two brothers, Ramon and Orlando Griego and one sister, Elvina Torres; 25 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, in Peralta, on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 beginning with a visitation at 12:00 p.m., a rosary to be recited at 12:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Valencia Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Sedillo, Mateo, Leonard and Alfred Sanchez, Gilbert Sanchez, Jr. and Edwin Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be her remaining grandsons. The family would like to thank Hospice, Amber Care, Sierra Springs Assistant Living and Belen Meadows. Sign Tercila'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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SANDOVAL -- Thomas Sandoval, 77, passed away at home on Saturday, April 3, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifetime resident of Albuquerque and worked at the Simms building and Lovelace Hospital. Thomas is preceded in death by parents, George and Stella Sandoval; father-in-law, Refugio A. Vargas, Sr. and grandson, Evan Sandoval. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Sandoval; children, Robert Sandoval and wife, Eva, Patrick Sandoval and Eileen Fazio, Naomi Sandoval, Mike Andrade, Maxarie Torres and Jose Alarcon; seven grandchildren; brother, Leroy Sandoval; sisters, Anabel Sandoval, Faye Sandoval and numerous other family and friends who loved and will miss him. Memorial Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. NW. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SAYLOR -- Richard G. Saylor, 83, passed away on April 4, 2010. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Richard'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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SILVA -- Grace A. Silva, 92, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on April 4, 2010. Dates and times of services to be announced. Please visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/grandmagrace. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861 www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com
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ST. JOHN -- Cristobal St.John, 78, passed away on Saturday April 3, 2010. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Cristobal's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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STIERS -- Verna E. Stiers, 81, resident of Billings, MT, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010 after a short illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Donald Stiers; two loving daughters, Judy Gossett and husband, Russell of Albuquerque, and Shelley Pacheco and husband, Victor of Olympia, WA; two granddaughters, Whitney and Jessica Pacheco; and two great-grandsons, James and Jason Kirk. She was born to Rhea and Vernon Starkey of Lapeer, MI. Verna moved to Albuquerque in 1963 until moving to El Paso in 1976. She lived there until 1997 when she took up residence in Billings, Montana where she has been for the last 13 years besides spending the past two winters in New Mexico. Services will be held Friday, April 9, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., at French - Westside Chapel. Private interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, please make donations to Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., PO Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053. Please visit our online guest book for Verna at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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SWYERS -- Columbina (Jovie) Swyers, 86, a resident of Albuquerque for over 56 years passed away on March 31, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Constance Inayat and husband, Azim of Albuquerque, Kathleen Swyers of Sammamish, Washington, and Karen Willis and husband, J.R. of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Stephanie Willis and great - granddaughter, Morgan Jardine. She is also survived by her nephew, Brad Garten of Virginia; and nieces, Melissa Eskins and Dorris Pauley of Texas. Jovie was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert (Bob) Swyers and most recently by her sister, Mary Louise Garten of South Charleston, West Virginia. She was born in Boomer, West Virginia on October 12, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Norma Dalporto. Jovie married Robert Carl Swyers on December 30, 1949 and made New Mexico home soon afterward. She retired from JC Penney after 25 years of service where she worked in the display department with her very best and inseparable friend, Estelle Radosevich. Jovie had many cherished friendships and she was renowned for her sending of greeting cards to those she loved. A rosary will be recited Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., at French, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 8, 2010, 9:00 a.m., at the Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, it would be much appreciated by the family to make memorial contributions in Mrs. Columbina Swyers' name to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 415 Virginia SE, ABQ, NM, 87108 or charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Jovie at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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