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VRABEC -- John N. Vrabec, 91, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. He was born in Chicago, IL on May 28, 1918, and resided in the Chicago area for many years before moving to New Mexico in 1980. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Ann. He is survived by his son, John M. Vrabec and wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Donna Vrabec-Seuntjens and husband, Ronald, and Karen A. Tibbetts and husband, Rick. He is also survived by his grandchildren, John M. Vrabec, II and wife, Margie, F. Lisa Epright and husband, Chad, Dominic Naranjo and wife, Nichol, Justin Tibbetts and Jamie Tibbetts. John was also blessed in having six great-grandchildren, JeNee Naranjo, Marissa and Michael Gonzales, Michaela and Tea Naranjo, and Leah Vrabec; as well as other family and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be at St. Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church Abq, 4th and Mildred NW. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. with a Viewing beginning at 6:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. A Reception will follow. Time and place will be announced at the Service. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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WELCH -- Leota Elizabeth Lork Samuel Welch, 91, a resident of Los Lunas and former resident of Rio Rancho for 32 years, passed away with her loving and thankful family around her on February 26, 2010. Leota was born to Karl John Lork (from Germany) and Adeline Emily Scales-Lork (from Nebraska) on April 29, 1918 in Danville, IN. Growing up, ballet was her first love as she was a ballerina in the early years of her life. Leota was a devoted and dedicated mother to her eleven children, raising them in the way of the Lord. She was a woman of deep faith in the word of God. Leota believed strongly in the power of prayer. She was a true example of unconditional love and she was loved by all who knew her. Leota was proud of being a 14-year cancer survivor. She is survived by six children, William C. Samuel of Sandy, OR., Sheila E. Samuel-Hofer of Vancouver, WA, Forrest S. Samuel of San Diego, CA, Julian M. Samuel of Rio Rancho, India M. Samuel of Albuquerque and Kathleen B. Samuel of Los Lunas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Margarite C. Lork in Hammond, IN; and her precious little dog, Sabrina. Leota was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin Kelly Samuel and second husband, Ernest Leroy Welch. Leota was also preceded in death by her five children, Ida Lee Samuel-Love, Patricia Ruth Samuel-Moss, Benjamin Henry Samuel, Thomas Winfrey Samuel and Michael Douglas Samuel who was Vietnam veteran. A Memorial Service for Leota will be held Monday, March 1, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd. SE (Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Lane), Rio Rancho with Pastor Don Gibson officiating and eulogy by Kathleen B. Samuel. For those who wish you may send condolences to the family at www.danielsfuneral.com Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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AGUIRRE -- Ventura "Ben" Aguirre, age 78, went to be with The Lord on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. He was born on October 27, 1931 in Grand Junction, Colorado. He served his country during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal and receiving The Bronze Star for meritorious Service. He worked as a machinist until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Aguirre; children, Olivia Aguirre-Shaw and husband Stanley, Katherine Aguirre and partner John Jaramillo, Richard and his wife Dianna Aguirre, Sandra Castillo and ex-husband Virgil Castillo; grandchildren Chris Perea and wife Seka, Patrick Perea and wife Felia, Jerome and Joseph Jaramillo, Daniel, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Hannah and David Aguirre, Andrew Castillo, Genie Castillo-Martinez and her husband Gabe Martinez; great-grandchildren Isaiah, Rose and Max Perea, Caudilina Roer, Leviticus Martinez, Alexis Hernandez, Julia Gutierrez, Patricia and Juanito Perea. Also surviving are a sister, Lillian Cisneros of Colorado Springs, CO; and a cousin Lilia Rodriguez of Grand Junction, CO. To his family he was a loving husband, a wonderful father, a role model and a long time servant and deacon in the churches he attended during his lifetime. He loved working with his hands, helping his family and church with his skills and labor. He also loved his grand-children, great-grand children, the outdoors and the UNM Lobos. He was known as a very nice man to all he met. He had a quick smile; he was quick to laugh and will be greatly missed, but remembered fondly. The family wishes to say "Thank you", to all those who have supported us with their prayers and condolences. In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridges for Peace, (in memory of Ventura Aguirre), PO Box 410037, Melbourne, Florida 32941. Bridges for Peace is a Christian Organization dedicated to sharing the love of God to the Jewish people (and others) in Israel. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Ben'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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BARELA -- Jamie Catalina Yvonne Barela. Jamie was found January 26, 2010. A Rosary will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mass will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. also at Holy Rosary Catholic Church followed by a Burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Please visit Jamie's online guest book at Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 884-5777
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BEESON -- Kenneth R. Beeson was born on August 22, 1943 and passed away on February 22, 2010. At this time, no services have been arranged. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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BISGARD -- Doris Carlson Bisgard, 92, a resident of Albuquerque since 1980, died Monday, February 22, 2010. She is survived by her children, Cris Bisgard and wife, Nonja, of Bellevue, WA, and Kathi Henderson and husband, Wally, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Chris and Kevin Crume, Erika Bisgard and Kirsten Bream; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard. She was a nurse who started taking flying lessons at age 80. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, April 16, 2010. Please visit our online guestbook for Mrs. Bisgard at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BOYCE -- Nancy C. Boyce, one day short of 66, died Thursday, February 25, 2010 at her home after a valiant struggle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Bill; mother, Jane Sadler and husband, Rudy of Albuquerque; brother, Fred Cook of Albuquerque; sister, Joan Hansen and husband, Lee of Albuquerque; and other relatives and friends. Nancy was preceded in death by her birth-mother, Elizabeth Randolph; her father, Stearns Cook; and brother, Randy. She was born on February 26, 1944 in Silver City, NM and graduated from Manzano High School in 1962. Nancy went on to graduate from UNM with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business. She proudly served two years active naval duty during the Vietnam era as an Aide to the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, stationed in Honolulu, HI. After her naval service, Nancy returned to Albuquerque and worked for Harrison Schmidt's campaign for Senator and later was a staff member on his team in Washington D.C. Nancy and Bill retired to Albuquerque in June of last year, after a number of years in Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, and Geneva, Switzerland, where Bill was assigned. Nancy was a loving wife, daughter, sister and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place and as per Nancy's request, no memorial service will be held. Her family would like to express their gratitude to the team of physicians at Hematology and Oncology Associates and to Presbyterian Hospice for their loving care for Nancy. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit our online guestbook for Nancy at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CALDWELL -- Barbara J. Caldwell September 17, 1951 - February 26, 2005 It's been five years since God called you home and not a day goes by that you don't cross our minds. We miss you so much and there are times that our hearts have so much pain. We look forward till the day comes that we meet up again. Remembering all the good times and laughs we shared that's what keeps us going. We love and miss you. You're our guardian Angel so keep us in your care. Johnny, Andrea, Cynthia, Vicente Sr., Victor Sr., Pamela, Emmanuel, Franky Jr., Makkayla, Anthony, Vicente Jr., Victor Jr., Barbara and Lexi.
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CARRILLO -- Louisa Carrillo, 87, a resident of Albuquerque, took her last breath on earth and her first breath in heaven on Thursday, February 25, 2010. She is survived by her eight children, Nick Carrillo Jr., Johnny Carrillo, Frances Carrillo, Ray Carrillo, Mary Ann Tenney, Gloria Carrillo, Jeanette Carrillo and Joseph Carrillo; 11 grandchildren, Lawrence and Ericka Carrillo, Rico Montoya, Gilbert Serna, Beverlie Frazier, Valerie Muldez, Kim Baca, Anthony Aragon, Adrian Carrillo, Suzi Martinez and Rose Carrillo; 12 great-grandchildren; Natalie, Devon, Katelyn, Kendra, Ana Monae, Elisha, Victoria, Maria, Adrian, Jr., Eddie, Anthony and Josh; brother, Louie Ulivarri; and beloved nephew, Adan Carriaga. She was preceded by her husband, Nick Carrillo; two sons, Jimmy and Louie Carrillo; great-grandson, Mario; and sisters, Refugio, Fabiola, Emilia, and Mary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, 2005 Plaza N.W. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Louisa at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505)-843-6333
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CHAVEZ -- Leo Tomas. The family of Leo Tomas Chavez would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; to Fathe Bill Sanchez, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, presider of the Mass; to Deacon Robert Vigil for reciting the Rosary; and to be pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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