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SKENDER -- James, 53, loving son, brother and friend went home to be with our Lord Jesus, Sunday, May 9, 2010. He will always be remembered for his loving and giving heart. He is survived by his sisters, Beverly Goetz and husband Lanny and Gloria Swapp; nieces, Arrie Martinez and husband Andrew, Danielle Goetz, Melissa Brittan and husband Daniel and son Traton; Nephews, Alan Swapp, John Goetz and Sara-Jesah Romero and son John Jr. and Jerome Montoya. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Romayne Skender. God be with you till we meet again. Life celebration services will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Full Deliverance Church, 2501 Southern Blvd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
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SKIDMORE -- Mattye Jim Skidmore May 14, 1914 - June 19, 2006 Mom-We love you and miss you. Love-Your Girls
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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, 1945 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 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. 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 Layfayette, 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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VISEL -- Robert F. Visel, 82, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2010 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. A long time resident of Los Alamos, Robert (Bob) was a great father, a great-grandfather, and one of the best teachers the Los Alamos High School ever had. Many of his students to this day remember him and how some of them were able to test out of the first semester of drafting and design in college. Bob was born on June 1, 1927, in New Haven Connecticut to Clifton and Mozelle Visel. He was the second of three children they would have. During the depression it was hard for Bob's father to find work. His father Clifton was a mining engineer and the family moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia and then to El Paso, Texas. There they lived until housing was finished near the mining area in Matehuala, Mexico where they then moved to in 1937. A large part of Bob's youth was spent here where he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He was greatly loved by the servants they had while living there and Bob learned a lot about wood work and gardening from a couple of these servants. One of the exciting moments while growing up in Matehuala was when Poncho Villa had the miners, including his father, detained in the mine for a few days hoping for a ransom or some sort of bargaining power with the Mexican government but it never panned out and they were let go. The mining company, American Smelting and Refining, created a school, grades 1 7, for the children of the employees. In 1938 the Smelter closed down and the two room school was moved to the mine itself. After the 7th grade Bob then went to the San Marcos Baptist Academy, in San Marcos Texas, to finish grade school. During this time at the Baptist Academy Bob became a Student Commander of the Military Corp of Male Students. In 1944 he graduated from the Academy with honors. Bob was a Texas Aggie and starting in1944 spent two years at Texas A&M. At this time A&M was an all male student body, so female companionship was non existent, but Bob managed to find a girl friend who lived in Houston and spent more time with her than at school. So he flunked out in his junior year. Since the war was still going on, rather than being drafted, Bob decided to join the army. He joined in San Antonio and was then shipped to Virginia for basic training. During basic he was interviewed for a security guard position at the Los Alamos Manhattan Project. He, along with a small group of fellow soldiers were sent here to Los Alamos where he served guard duty for about a year. While serving guard duty Bob frequented a USO in Santa Fe. This USO brought in a couple that taught Ballroom Dancing and this was the start of his dancing prowess. This is also where he met his first wife Darlene and they married shortly after he was discharged in 1948. She had a little apartment there in Santa Fe and that's where they lived while he tried to get a job at the lab as a technician. With no luck getting a job at the lab his older brother Cliff suggested he go to a school for teachers in San Marcos, Texas. They packed up and moved to San Marcos. While at the Southwest Texas State Teachers College Bob Studied Industrial Arts with a few regular art classes mixed in. He graduated in 1950. Jobs were scarce but Bob found a teaching job in Pharr (a small town in South Texas.) There he taught woodwork, arts and crafts, and consumer math. During his first year of teaching Darlene contracted cancer. She underwent surgery and they thought the cancer was gone. Bob then found a job in Dallas, Texas, where not only could he teach but start obtaining his Masters degree as well. Unfortunately Darlene's cancer returned. Bob graduated with his Masters and Darlene died that same year. Bob and Darlene loved Santa Fe and Los Alamos so much that they tried to go there every summer. One visit he found out that the Schools were looking for teachers and he applied. He got the job and began his teaching career with the Los Alamos High School shortly after Darlene passed away. In 1958, a fellow teacher, Bess (Gallavan) Hegler, introduced Bob to a secretary from the lab. This would be his second wife Millie who had been eyeing Bob for some time. She first noticed him at a performance of teachers where there was a wardrobe malfunction and Bob ended up with a pair of pants that were way too small. Millie was out in the audience with some girlfriends and they were all eyeing the guys on stage when Millie claimed she would, Take the one in the tight pants! She also joined the choir at the First United Methodist Church so she could get a closer look at Bob. They married on August 2, 1958. A year later they had their one and only son Robert A. Visel. Unfortunately having two Bob's in the family was going to be a real problem in the future. If they had known this they would have named him Jack. Bob continued his career at the Los Alamos High School and had obtained a second Masters Degree to advance himself from Art teacher, Shop teacher, Drafting teacher, to the Audio Video Specialist of the High School. During the summers Bob would also work out at the Lab at S-site where they took advantage of his drafting talents and teaching abilities as well. Bob retired from the High School but continued to work at the lab until he was able to retire from there as well. Bob also began a major addition to his house which required a great deal of his free time. Bob was also very dedicated to his church, The First United Methodist Church, where he and Millie both sang in the choir. He also constructed many of the furniture pieces in the pulpit as well as the large cross hanging above it. Bob and Millie enjoyed traveling around the country and especially liked to take cruises which they did on many occasions both in the Atlantic and Pacific. On March 30, 2004, his wife Millie passed away. But most of all they loved to dance. Bob and Millie were champion Ballroom dancers and entered many dance competitions frequently coming home with various trophies and metals. They also enjoyed sharing their talents with others by conducting Ballroom dance classes. They especially enjoyed the classes they held for the kids. Bob was an avid gardener and was recognized for his rose bushes, fruit trees, corn, and especially his pumpkins which he shared with everyone especially the kids and fellow members of the Methodist Church. His picture could be seen almost every year in the local paper holding two of the larger pumpkins while standing amongst his corn. Bob was also a stamp collector and helped to start a stamp club which met for many years until most of the members either died or moved away. He was also one of the early members of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union of which he served as President for a couple terms. The two things Bob enjoyed the most were his two grandchildren; Athena, born June 24, 1981, and R.J. Born September 13, 1985. With these two around nothing else seemed to matter. He always made sure they had everything they needed not only at present but for the future as well. He was extremely proud of who they have become and what they have accomplished. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Clifton and Mozelle; his older brother Cliff; younger brother Jack; nephew John; in-laws Edward and Anna Svejkovsky; in-laws George James and Anna May Chuey; brother-in-law Jim Chuey; and his two wives Darlene Svejkovsky Visel and Mildred Chuey Visel. He is survived by his son Robert A. and girlfriend Margaret along with her two children Sidney and Brittney; his two grandchildren Athena of Rochester, New York and R.J. Of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his sister-in-law Eleanor of El Paso, Texas; his sister-in-law Mildred of Premont, Texas; his nieces Mary, Jackie, and Dianna of El Paso Texas, and Patty of Premont, Texas; his nephews Paul of Kingsville, Texas, and Greg of Uvalde, Texas; and his nephew Jim of Miami, Florida, and many many others. Bob was a saint and loved by everyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service has been scheduled at 10AM on Saturday, June 26th, at the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos. DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Espanola Valley (505-662-2400) is in charge of arrangements.
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ABEYTA -- Rev. Eppie Abeyta born in Leadville, Colorado on March 24, 1924 to Teofilo and Maria Abeyta went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 9, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lydia Abeyta; brother Wences Abeyta; and sister Severa DeAguerro. Survived by his children: James Abeyta and wife Belia, David Abeyta and wife Tina, JoAnn Rios and husband Manny, Dorothy Padilla and husband Jose', Liz Gutierrez and husband John, Neomi Guerrero and husband Martin; and his grandchildren James Abeyta, Jr. and Denise Morang; Vanessa Buffington and Jessica Sanchez, Mario Abeyta, Marcos Abeyta, and Joy Varela, Carlos Gutierrez, Tomas Gutierrez, and Natalie Gutierrez; Candace McKillip and Elias Guerrero; nine great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces, friends and relatives, and fellow clergy. He was preceded in death by brother Tony Abeyta, sister Sally Abeyta, and granddaughter Elaine Lovato. Rev. Abeyta was a retired ordained minister and member of the Central Latin American District Council of the Assemblies of God Fellowship and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and his loving wife pastored many churches throughout New Mexico for over 30 years. He was considered the pillar and patriarch of the family and will be sorely missed by his family and numerous friends and relatives. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services that will be held Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Harvest Fellowship Church at 5331 Montano NW. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Please visit our online guestbook for Eppie at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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CANDELARIA -- Joe I. Candelaria, 71, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on May 12, 2010. Mr. Candelaria is survived by his children, Joe Candelaria and wife, Debbie, Dennis Candelaria and wife, Carmen, and Cindy Candelaria; six grandchildren, Andrew, Simone, Chloe, Raquel, Santiago, and Xochitl; his sisters, Berna Martinez and husband, Al, Sandra Lucero and husband, Chano, and Dolores Montoya and husband, Freddie; his brothers, Charlie Candelaria, and Johnny Ray Candelaria; and many other extended family members. Mr. Candelaria was preceded in death by his wife, Connie; his brothers, David, Lupe, and Eloy; and his sister, Josie. Visitation will be Thursday, May 13, 2010 in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., by Mrs. Martha Herrera. Final visitation will be Friday at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Father Mike Cimino, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frankie Montoya, Eloy Candelaria, Albert Martinez, and Richard Montoya. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7862 www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.
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CANDELARIA -- Lucy Candelaria, 86, was a Loving, Caring, and Beautiful Mama, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. She was deeply devoted to her kids and grandkids and always sought to teach them to "be good". A member of Sacred Heart Parish for over 40 years, she helped around the church in countless ways including cleaning the church and arranging the altar. She Loved singing with various choirs throughout the years, and praying and singing with the Legion of Mary. She prayed every day at home too, and though she took life seriously, she loved to laugh and joke. One of her pastimes was baseball and her favorite teams were the Dukes and Braves. Lucy is survived by her brother Gil Candelaria and wife Flora; son Louie Sanchez and wife Christina; daughter Marie Yvette Pedroncelli and husband Mike; four grandkids: Robert, Evelina, David, and Carlos; and seven great-grandkids: Rosicela, Gabriela, Miquela, Emiliano, Israel, Milahna, and Santiago. Join the family for a celebration of her life at Garcia's Restaurant, 4917 4th St NW (near Griegos) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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CARMONA -- Max Carmona Jr., 68, loving husband, father, went home to be with our Lord on Monday May 10, 2010 due to an illness. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday May 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday May 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Road SW., with Burial to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.danielsfuneral.com. Max's care has been entrusted to: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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CLEVENGER -- Sally Clevenger, 67, went to heaven on May 11, 2010. Sally was survived by her beloved husband Randall of 46 years; her children, Matthew, Paula, Carol, Michelle, and Keith; her grandchild, Kyra; her brother William Masters and family. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary. Sally was a beautiful, compassionate, and generous woman loved by her family and all who were fortunate enough to meet her. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Wyoming Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to livestrong.org. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Sally's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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COLLINS -- Sean B. Collins, age 40, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was taken to Our Lord's Arms on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Sean was employed with Presbyterian Hospital and was currently attending Apollo College, pursuing a degree in nursing. He loved his dog, Paige and had a great love for everyone and will be greatly missed. Sean was preceded in death by his mother, whom he dearly loved, Faith Joy Upshaw; his grandmother, Eleanor Heidel and by his sister-in-law, Nina Arguello. He is survived by his wife, Cabrini; children, Michael, Adrian, Nicole, Gabriel and Celina; his father, Gene Upshaw; sister, Jennifer Glover and children, Kelsie, Kaylee and Trey; aunt, Barbara Davison; cousins, Scott Davison, Julie Ryan and Theresa Humphrey; father and mother-in-law, Edward and Judy Arguello; brother's-in-law, Mark Arguello and family, Billy Arguello and family; sister-in-law, Karesse Arguello; other family members, Cynthia Collins, Jessica, Mark, Sonrisa and Seanray; as well as many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him greatly. Services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul NE, with the following serving as casket bearers: Michael Vigil, Adrian Arguello, Gabriel and Celina Vigil, Daryl Upshaw, Mark Palmer, Sharon Vigil and Kavin DeClue. The eulogy will be delivered by Dorothy Trout. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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