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SANDOVAL -- Edward Sandoval, 76, resident of Albuquerque, born September 3, 1934 in Raton, NM passed away September 8, 2010. He is survived by his daughters, Erma Haines and husband Dwain and Elaine Sandoval Rico; grandchildren, Benjamin Haines and wife Lisa, Kelsey Rico, Marc Rico, and David Haines; brothers, Art Sandoval and wife Gloria, Alfred Sandoval and wife Lita, Tom Sandoval and wife Margaret, and Phillip Sandoval; sisters, Teresa Baca and husband Mike and Delores Deck and husband Bill along with extended family members. Ed was a quiet man who loved his daughters and always put his family first. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at French ~ Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE on Saturday, September 11, 2010. A private family interment will take place in Raton, NM. Please visit our online guestbook for Ed at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SENA -- Robert J. Sena, 69, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on September 8, 2010. He is survived by his common law wife of 20 years, Celina Aragon; one daughter Monica Gallego and husband Ramon; one stepdaughter Yvette C. Aragon; one stepson Richard D. Aragon and wife Kathy; three brothers, Retired 1st Sgt., John Sena and wife Maria from Oklahoma, Joe Sena Jr. and wife Cathy and Retired Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Sena from Bakersfield; four sisters, Virginia Chavez and husband Dennis, Lorraine Sena and husband Felix, Beatrice Sena, Margaret Zamora and husband Joe; three grandchildren, Miguel-Angel, Javier and Olivia Gallego; one great-grandchild Seliah Gallego; 12 step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers: Miguel-Angel Gallego, Javier Gallego, Matthew Aragon, Gregory Aragon, Daniel Aragon and Michael Chavez. Visitation will be held Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar and Sons Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Services are in care of: Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street, SW 505-247-4124
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SILVA -- Lena Silva, 86, of Albuquerque NM, passed away on September 6, 2010. She was preceded in death by husband Abenicio Silva; five brothers; one sister; and one grandson. Survived by sister Frances Sarate of Socorro; and sisters-in-law, Josie Jojola, Anita Silva, Charlotte Smith and Eloisa Jojola; sons Anthony Silva and Abenicio Silva Jr., wife Nancy; grandchildren Benjamin Silva, Michael Silva, Stephanie and husband Ray Brungard, Chris Silva and wife Hien, Susan Hughes and husband Dustin; great-grandchildren, Mazzy Cleary, Max Hughes, Annabelle Silva, and Andrew Silva. Lena was a member of St. Charles Catholic church and retired from Presbyterian Hospital. Visitation, Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, Rosary will follow on Sunday September 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, and Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 13, 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Mayefske as celebrant, Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in care of: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street, SW 50-247-4124
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SLADE -- Jo Heyer Slade, born March 27, 1925, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a grand one at that, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2010. She was 85. She was born Billie Jo Ellis in Chandler, Arizona, one of five children of Horace and Henrietta Ellis. Her father's depression-era electrician's work brought her to New Mexico, where she graduated from Carlsbad High School. She was married to Charles Nowell Heyer, Pat Maxwell, and Ernest Slade. In her final years, her companion was her beloved Lhasa Apso, Saki. Jo Slade was a consummate executive secretary, working at Sandia Labs, GE Tempo, Kaman Sciences, and for Dean Fitz of the UNM School of Medicine in its earliest days. She was an accomplished cook, painter and poet laureate of her family's personal greeting cards. She brought humor and grace to whatever she did and never forgot the lyrics to her favorite 40's songs. Her greatest skill and dearest love was caring for and nurturing her children, grandchildren, and great - grandchildren, always accepting and treasuring their unique, even eccentric, qualities. She is survived by her sons, Lynn Slade (Susan Zimmerman), Stephen Heyer, and Barton Slade (Natalie); her daughter, Sheron Criswell (Bill); six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members. She will be greatly missed, but never replaced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local PBS affiliate, her link to the world, KNME: http://www.knme.org/support/index.php. There will be a memorial gathering for her family on the morning of Saturday, September 11, 2010. Please visit our online guestbook for Jo at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333
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SMITH -- Charles Wayne Smith passed away in early September, aged 53. He was preceded in death by his parents, B.E. and Marguerite and is survived by older brother James A. and wife Vicki, of Albuquerque; older sister Cheryl Walstrom and husband Chuck of Rio Rancho; and a twin sister, Wanda Sanders and husband John of Dumas, Texas. Charles was born, raised and mostly lived in Albuquerque for all of his life, leaving by choice only to serve in the Navy. In his later years, he worked for Cliff's Amusement Park, bowled and visited his "mountain retreat" near El Vado as often as he could. Everyone who knew him loved his gentle soul and quick smile. He was quick to help, always smiling and loved his 49ers. A memorial gathering will be held in the chapel of Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper NE at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 13, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Eagle's Wings Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 465, Mountainair NM, 87036.
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TAFOYA -- Josie M. Tafoya, 73, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Services are in care of: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street S.W. 505-247-4124
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TRUJILLO -- Rita H. Trujillo passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, marking the beginning of her new life in the presence of Christ. She was born on February 22, 1924. Rita was a much-loved mother, sister, nana and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Rita will be remembered as a joyful, faithful, praying servant of God. She was an active member of St. Therese Catholic Church and the Catholic Charismatic Center in Albuquerque. Rita was preceded in death by her father, Juan Horcasitas; her mother, Carolina Trujillo Horcasitas; her brother, Juan "Cocon" Horcasitas; her grandson, Phillip David Silva Jr.; and her dear friend, Maria Gonzales. She is survived by her brother, Ray Horcasitas and his wife Rosa, his children, Gary, Lisa and Michael and their families; her niece, Ana May Gutierrez and her family; her husband, Antonio T. Trujillo; her daughter, Gloria Silva and her husband, Phillip; her son, John Trujillo and his wife, Becky; her daughter, Elizabeth Trujillo Von Roemer and her husband, Reddogg; and her son, James Trujillo. Rita's greatest treasures and her biggest fans were her grandchildren, Carol Silva and her husband, Hank Jenkins-Smith; Katie Garcia and her husband, Robert; Stephanie Duran; J. Marcus Trujillo and his wife, Jennifer; David Silva and his wife, Consuelo; and Mikaela Silva; as well as Tiger, China and Cochise. Rita's great-grandchildren, Trish Duran, Steven Silva-Smith, Hannah Garcia, Ben Duran, Jesse Garcia and Issabella Silva will honor her memory as Honorary Pall Bearers. During this recent period of Rita's declining health and strength, her children, grandchildren, and great - grandchildren were blessed with the honor and privilege of caring for her with the same love and grace shown by her, their Mom and Nana. As they worked and prayed and waited together, they reminisced, shared and discovered anew the one-of-a-kind, generous, welcoming, accepting, funny, complex, well-read, sweet-toothed, faithful, strong, independent, God-fearing, deeply and forever-loved woman that will live on in their hearts and memories, until they meet again. Rita's family wishes to thank the staff at Vista Care Hospice for their tireless, loving care and support. Con agradecimiento, a Mayara, Claudia, Lupita y Elizabeth por su amor y apoyo. Rosary will be recited Friday, September 10, 2010 at St. Therese Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at St. Therese Catholic Church at 12:00, noon, Father Vincent P. Chavez, presiding. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, assisted by Deacon James Delgado. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Rita's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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WARD -- Mary Woodworth Ward, 97, resident of Albuquerque for more than 50 years, died on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. She was born on December 21, 1912 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Woodworth in 1963 and John A. Ward in 1998. She is survived by her son, L.A. "Woody" Woodworth; step-children, John R. Ward, and Nancy Ward Greenberg and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Lyle Greenberg and wife, Roberta, their daughters, Jennifer and Rachel, all of Albuquerque, as well as David Greenberg and his children, Jeffrey, Arianna, and Grace of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; nephew, Jim Wright of Maryland; and niece, Nancy Lerch and husband, Glenn of Pennsylvania. Mary was a member of Sandia Baptist Church. She was extremely active in Sunday School, Prime Timers and WINGS programs and a life member of the Auxiliary of Gideons International. Private interment of cremated remains will be at Sunset Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, September 10, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sandia Baptist Church Building Fund. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333
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BEST -- Alvera B. (Zahnley) Benton Best, 95, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010. She is survived by her sons, Wilburn William Benton Jr. and wife, Rojeanne of Centralia, WA, and John Kenneth Benton and wife, Judy Mae of Estancia, NM; granddaughters, Brenda Hanchin and husband, Jim of VA, Bileejean Sparks and husband, Albert of Eugene, OR; grandson, Britt Benton of Centralia, WA; granddaughter, and Jeanyssa Benton of Albuquerque, NM; five great-grandchildren, Travis, Shannon, Brittany, Aaren, and Geneen; step-daughter, Kathy Best of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn W. Benton; husband, Dr. Floyd W. Best; parents, William Washington Zahnley and Bertha Alice (Aldrich). Alvera was born on May 21, 1915 in Hollywood, CA in a hospital at Hollywood and Vine. She and her two brothers, Howard and Charlie were raised in Catron County, NM. As the youngest, Alvera went to school in Socorro at the Catholic Convent School. She later went to Phillipsburg High School in Kansas and graduated in 1933. After graduation, she came back to Catron County and promptly married the love of her life, Wilburn "Bill" William Benton. She out lived Bill who died in 1971. In 1973 she remarried Dr. Floyd W. Best of Albuquerque who had three children, Marilyn, Robert "Bob" and Kathy. She outlived Dr. Best who died in 1982, since then she has been a resident of Albuquerque. Alvera was active in the following organizations: President of Cowbells, Garden Club of Catron County, and the Art League of Albuquerque. Friends may visit Friday, September 10, 2001, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at French - University. Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Alvera at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333
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BOCK -- John W. Bock, 86, a resident of Midvalley Airpark, Los Lunas, NM, for 30 years, passed away peacefully Monday, September 6, 2010. John was an artist, active in the Belen Art League, an aircraft and glider pilot, and an aircraft designer/builder. John was a WWII Army veteran serving honorably in the European theater with the 82nd Airborne. John was preceded in death by his sister, Frances; and his parents, John and Marie Bock. John was single and is survived by his cousin, Nancy Clauser and husband, Jerry of Mt. Prospect, Illinois. A viewing will be held at the Romero Funeral Home Chapel, 609 N. Main St, in Belen, NM from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2010. A graveside service will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery, 1200 W. Aragon Rd. in Belen, NM, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Sign John's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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