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SALAS -- Henry Salas, age 74, beloved brother, uncle and friend, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010. A rosary will be recited Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, where the Service of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, on Edith between El Pueblo and Ranchitos Road. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Henry's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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SHELTON -- Martin E. Shelton, 85, of Albuquerque NM, went to be with his lord and savior on May 8, 2010. He was born Sept 29, 1924 in Dahlgren, Illinois to Robert Frank and Flossie Madelyn Shelton. He is survived by his wife Eleanor (Chavez) of Albuquerque, whom he married Oct 28, 1947. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five sons and daughter in law: Gary and (Evelyn) Shelton of Dahlgren, Illinois, Jim Shelton of Albuquerque, Dennis Shelton of Albuquerque, Brad Shelton of Albuquerque, and Rod Shelton of Seattle, WA. He also is survived by five grandsons Timothy Shelton of Albuquerque, Thomas Shelton of Albuquerque, Gary and (Karen) Shelton of Chicago, Illinois, Matthew Shelton of Albuquerque and Jordan Shelton of Albuquerque. Martin joined the US Navy in 1942 and served his country in the Pacific during WWII until the close of the war in 1945. All those who knew him, would attest that he was a great husband, a loving father, beloved grandfather and the most loyal friend anyone could ever ask for. Martin expressed his charming personality through his charismatic wit, jovial good nature and a resolute faith in the Almighty. Because of his belief in the absolute power of faith and his reverence for the Lord, he will greatly be missed, but eternally blessed. Final viewing will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Friday May 14, 2010, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM, officiated by Pastor Dan Lewis and Deacon Andrew Chavez of Albuquerque. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Martins's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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SMITH -- Myrl F. Smith, 97 years old, a resident of Albuquerque since 1957, changed his residence to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 8, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ellen U. Smith; his son, John R. Smith and wife, Janet of Bosque Farms, NM; grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Sierra. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Myrn and Elwood; and his son, Peter Smith. Myrl was born in Belding, Michigan, attended Belding High School, and was enrolled two years at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. In 1934, he received a Senatorial Appointment to the West Point Military Academy where he played football and baseball, and graduated in 1938. During his army career he served through WWII in Panama and Japan, and retired with the rank of Colonel in 1947. He briefly owned a sporting goods business before choosing to return to work for the government in the Test Division of the Atomic Energy Commission. He retired in 1972 to spend time with his family and friends, fishing, boating and camping. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 14, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 4800 Indian School Rd, NE with Pastor John Dykhuis officiating. A reception will follow the service. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110-1334. Please visit our online guestbook for Myrl at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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STEVENSON -- Martin J Stevenson, PhD passed from this life May 1, 2010. "Marty" as he preferred to be called, was a true friend to everyone, and always had a kind word for all. A 20 year resident of Albuquerque, Marty was born June 10, 1946 in Syracuse, NY to Frederick and Florence Stevenson. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1972. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, with 19 years service at Sandia National Laboratories. He was the beloved husband of Paulette (Crawford) Stevenson for 28 years. Marty was the father of two sons, David Stevenson, wife Guenn, with three children, of Florida and Randy Stevenson, wife Ann, with two children, of California. Marty will forever be remembered by his in-laws, Jay and Brenda Denney, daughter Melissa, and James and Lyn Crawford, son James, all of Indiana. He will be missed by countless other friends who were fortunate enough to know him. He was an avid sailor, and cherished his 34 foot Hunter Sailboat, "Windependent". He and his sailing friends spent many happy days sailing and racing at Elephant Butte Lake. Marty loved to travel with Paulette, read, have fun with friends and relatives and most of all spend time enjoying life. Marty touched the lives of many with his smile and generosity, and his gentle nature will be missed. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 at 2:00 PM at French - Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (Lomas & Eubank), Albuquerque, NM 87111. The family requests that Memorial Donations to honor Marty's life be sent to benefit the Purdue Foundation, 403 W Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007. Please visit our online guestbook for Marty at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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VALENCIA -- Gabriel N. Valencia, age 25, beloved son, brother and father, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 8, 2010. He was born on December 28, 1984 in Albuquerque, and was a resident of Bernalillo, NM. Gabriel is survived by his loving parents, Joseph Valencia and Gloria Chavez; his precious children, Mateo and Gabriella; his fianc, Median Caster; his brothers, Pat and wife Brooke, Jerry and fianc Yolanda; five nieces and five nephews; his paternal grandmother, Josie Valencia; his maternal grandmother, Angelina Baldonado; nine uncles; ten aunts; 31 cousins; and other numerous relatives and friends. Gabriel will be greatly missed by all. Visitations will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo, NM, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery. Casket Bearers will be Patrick Valencia, Adam Valencia, Victor Leyba, Anthony Baldonado, Benji Madrid and Ronald Apodaca. Honorary Bearers will be Pat Valencia, Jerry Valencia, Archie Valencia and Richard Chavez. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Gabriel's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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BLAND -- Alberta Lee Bland was born September 2, 1937 to Bert Austin and Opal A (Pettit) Bland at home in Beaver City, Nebraska. She weighed ten pounds that day and as the years passed she never grew over 5' 1" but she had a huge heart. Alberta had one older brother, Austin and younger, Monty. They both treasured and teased her which contributed to her joyous personality. When Alberta was 12 years old she had open heart surgery, the first successful open heart surgery in a child in the state of Nebraska. That heart continued to beat strong until May 8, 2010 when she left this world for a better life. Alberta graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Medical Technology. She retired from Presbyterian Hospital and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She loved cooking, gardening, wood working, singing with "Young at Heart" and her two dogs "Charlie" and "Sophie". Alberta is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Austin; nephew, Justin William; and grand niece, Ruth Isabelle. Survivors include her partner of 44 years, Louann Daniel; her brother, Monty and his wife, Cheryl; nephews, Robert and Spencer Bland and their wives and children; nieces, Renae, Babette, Caramia, and Stephanie and their husbands and children. Services will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at French-Westside Location, 9300 Golf Course Rd, NW Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Heartland Hospice Services, 4001 Indian School Rd NE Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87111. Please visit our online guest book for Alberta at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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BROCKWAY -- DENNIS VERN BROCKWAY. After a seven year battle with Melanoma, Dennis Vern Brockway died peacefully in his home with the love of his family on May 6, 2010 at the age of 69. Dennis is survived by his family, MaryDell Nochumson, Susan Brockway, Tiffany Nasise, Lori Larson, John Larson, Sierra Larson, Bodie Larson and Paula and Don Williams. Dennis was born in Globe Arizona on May 8th 1940 to Vern and Pauline Brockway. Dennis was the eldest of two children and grew up on the west side of Albuquerque. He graduated from Albuquerque High in 1958 and furthered his education by receiving a bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering from UNM in 1962. Dennis joined the Bell Labs graduate program in Whippany NJ, and while there completed a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU. Dennis was awarded a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1970. Dennis joined the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1971. During the beginning of his 27 year career Dennis was instrumental in developing a standard weapons code used to design several weapons in today's nuclear stockpile. This work resulted in Dennis being awarded one of the first LANL Distinguished Performance Awards. He ended his career as a designer and project leader for the Graphical Interface Aggregate Control System (GIAC). GIAC was the accepted graphical interface and data management tool for training and simulation based exercises in Europe and Korea. GIAC was particularly useful in combat staffing training for the first Gulf War. This resulted in strong commendations from military leaders and a Distinguished Performance Award for his team. Dennis retired in 1998. Dennis was an avid duplicate bridge player and golfer, and enjoyed spending his free time in pursuit of these activities. Friends are invited to join in a celebration of his life at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday May 13, 2010 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the: Angeles Clinic Foundation for Melanoma Research 2001 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 560W Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-582-7976 http://www.theangelesclinic.org/default.asp?pageID=Foundation Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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DAVIS -- Gary L. Davis, 54, died May 8, 2010 in his home after a very courageous battle with cancer. He worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He is survived by his wife, Ann, of the home; a brother, Glenn Davis of Columbia, MO; a sister, Beverly Bowman of Bullhead City, AZ; and other family. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church, 6901 San Antonio Drive NE, followed by a graveside ceremony at Sunset Memorial on Menaul at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Gary preferred donations to the American Center for Law and Justice, Heritage Foundation, Grace Church, or Heartland Hospice.
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FRANKLIN -- Gracia Renedo Franklin passed peacefully May 7, 2010. Gracia was born in Granada, Spain in 1932. Her family moved to Barcelona where she met Lt. Willard E. Franklin. They married and lived in many places around the world before retiring in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gracia was a devoted wife and mother. Her passion was to love and serve her family. She helped in raising her grandchildren. She loved to cook and drink coffee. She will be deeply missed by her family and all others whose lives she touched. She is survived by her daughter, Isabel Martin and husband Mark; son Ben Franklin and wife Patricia; daughter-in-law Barbara Franklin; grandchildren, Leit and wife Kim, Carisa, Meisje, Aharon, Jordan, Haley, Laney, and Megan; and great- grandchildren, Jonah, Jade, Mackenzie, and Kolton. Gracia was preceded in death by her husband Willard; son Alberto; and daughter Luci. She will also join in heaven her brothers, and sisters; Antonio, Amparo, Diego, Lola, Louie, Carmela, and Maria. A very special thank you to the staff at the Robin House and Heartland Hospice for their love, dedication and tireless efforts shown to Gracia and her family. A memorial service will be held at French ~Lomas Chapel on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm. with a reception immediately following. Please visit our online guestbook for Gracia at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd NE (505) 275-3500
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JENSEN -- Lisa K. Gonzales Jensen, 44, of Edgewood, N.M. passed away suddenly on Friday, April 30, 2010. She was born and raised in Albuquerque. Lisa was dearly loved, her beautiful smile and laughter will surely be missed by all who knew her. Lisa touched many lives in positive ways always with generosity; she selflessly gave her heart and soul on caring for others, never to hold a grudge. Lisa loved her life, family, friends, and scuba diving, we loved her dearly. Lisa is survived by her loving husband, Jason Jensen; mother-in-law Martha; children Nicholas Manning and Jasmine Jensen; mother Maclovia (Mackie) Taylor; along with numerous other relatives and friends. She was taken too soon from all of us, but we know she is in good hands alongside her grandparents, Esequiel and Ferminia Gonzales; brother Paul James Peiffer; uncle, Esequiel Gonzales Jr.; and stepfather Cliff Taylor. A memorial service will be Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., with viewing at 9:00 a.m., at the Mormon Church in Edgewood, NM. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Lisa Jensen's name can be made to the Animal Human Society on 615 Virginia NE, Albuquerque, NM.
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