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KENT -- Betty Katherine Kent, Born in Monte Vista, Colorado August 29, 1926, left her journey on this earth December 1, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. in Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, NM. She is survived by her five children, Al Kent Lake City Co. Dallas Kent Caballo, NM. Harlan Kent, Lake City, Co. Claudia Jackson Fillmore, CA and Nola Kent Elephant Butte, NM; also 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Betty lived the last year of her life in Truth or Consequences, NM. Betty's ashes will be scattered at the annual Alexander family reunion, held in the hills of Colorado where she grew up as one of seven children of Clyde and Ruby Alexander. A memorial service will be held in T or C, NM at the assisted living facility where she resided until her passing. She will be dearly missed.
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LEWIS -- Lelon E. (Hopp) Lewis, 81, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away November 28, 2009, after a lengthy illness. Lelon was born in Clayton, WI, in 1928. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately upon graduation from High School in 1946. He attended the University of Wisconsin and met Rose Marie Licht, his wife of nearly 50 years, during this time. After graduation, Lelon began his career in the mining industry working in the mountains of Colorado. He worked at several mines across the United States and in Canada before retiring in Albuquerque with Rose Marie. Lelon was an avid prospector, and enjoyed travel and gold panning. Lelon was a dedicated, courageous, and loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie Lewis and is survived by one son, James Lewis; as well as four daughters, Paula Doke and husband Ralph, Pamela Hofmann and husband Robert; Susan Grassham and husband Mike; and Sharon Theobald and husband Kendell; sister Joyce Reopelle. He also had ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Westside Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Please visit our online guest book for Lelon at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 9300 Golf Course Road NW (505) 897-0300
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MARCON -- Helen (Freda) Marcon died November 30, 2009. She was born in Greece and came to America in 1951. In 1953 she met John Jr. in Pueblo, Colorado and they were married in 1955. Freda and John Jr. moved to Albuquerque in 1957 when John Jr. was hired by Sandia National Laboratories. Freda became a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in 1957 and was elected President of the Daughters of Penelope shortly thereafter. Freda is survived by her husband John Jr. and her sons John III and Anthony. John III and his wife Maria have three children, John A., James and Lina. Anthony and his wife Michele have three children, Nicole, Amanda and Anthony Aaron. Freda is also survived by her sister Yolanta and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. Pall bearers will be her sons John III and Anthony, grandsons John A, James, Anthony Aaron and nephew Norm Cairns. Trisagion will be held Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at French ~ Lomas Chapel, and Services will be held Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church with Father Paul Patitsas officiating. Entombment will be at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at French ~ Lomas Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Helen at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MARTINEZ -- Anthony R. (Gabe) Martinez, M.D. died peacefully at the age of 60, on November 25, 2009. Dr. Martinez was born on May 2, 1949 in Tucumcari, New Mexico to Senaida and Dan Martinez, both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico in 1971 where he also completed medical school in 1975. Dr. Martinez then moved to Modesto, CA to complete his medical residency and began his work as one of the only Spanish speaking family practice physicians in the Modesto area. In 1981, Dr. Martinez moved to Los Lunas, New Mexico where he co-established Los Lunas Medical Associates. He dedicated himself to the Valencia County community until July of 2000. Dr. Martinez then joined the medical staff at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M. At the time of his death and for some years prior, he was the Clinical Director of this Hospital. Dr. Martinez was a voice for the poor, the mentally ill and a proponent for education of minority students. He was a founding member, president and board member of the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association as well as having served as a board member of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr. Martinez also selflessly donated extensive time flying medical equipment, supplies and providing much needed services to the isolated Talahuamara Indians located in northern Mexico. Dr. Martinez is survived by his wife, Catherine Espinosa Rugen; his children, Amy D. Slater and husband Patrick Slater, Dr. Carlos G. Martinez, M.D. and wife Rebeca Martinez, Dr. Concha Maria Adamich, DDS, and Adrian A. Martinez; as well as two step-children, Nick P. Rugen and Allison Rugen; He had four grandchildren, Jovana, Estevan and Antonio Martinez, and Kaeden Martinez; as well as one step-grandchild, Lesianna Rugen. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 300 Mildred N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Dr. Anthony R. Martinez Scholarship Fund, c/o New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association, 7770 Jefferson N.E., Suite 400, Albuquerque, N.M. 8710
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MATTEUCCI -- Lidia Matteucci, 95, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away on December 1, 2009. Born January 4, 1914, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gino Matteucci; and by her parents, Louis and Emma Giacomelli; and her sister, Lenora Mellon. She is survived by her two sons, Paul, and wife Judy, and Raymond and wife, Lisa; and by her four grandchildren, Mark and wife, Fay, and their children, Mia and Ella; David and wife, Kendra, and their children, Kayla and Seth; Brian and wife, Mary, and their children, Tiffany, Maddy, Megan, and Luke; Paula and husband, Sam Maclay, and their children, Will and Jane, all of whom she truly adored. Lidia attended Albuquerque High School and graduated from St. Vincent's Academy. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the Great Depression, while Gino, her husband-to-be, attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Following her marriage and the birth of their two sons, Lidia devoted her life to her family and to helping others. She was kind, generous, loving, and compassionate; always willing to help those less fortunate. She will be truly missed by her family and her many friends. The family would like to thank the priests at Immaculate Conception Church and the staff at Ambercare Hospice for all their assistance, care, and compassion. Additionally, special thanks to Alicia, Anna, Martha, Lucy, and Liz who faithfully served as caregivers during the final years of Lidia's life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the UNM Children's Hospital, "Donations for Children" at 2211 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 4, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, 7500 Paseo Del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM. Please visit our online guestbook for Lidia at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MCELDOWNEY -- Gary L. McEldowney, 64, passed away on November 28, 2009. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Gary's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 892-9920
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MOODY -- Chloe "Toadie" Windom Moody, 96, a resident of Albuquerque since 1943, went to join her Lord and her husband Wayne E. Moody on Friday, November 27, 2009. She is survived by her sister Shirley J. Flaherty of Aztec, NM; nephews Dennis and Doug Flaherty; niece Connie Bacon; great nephews Tony Bacon and Joshua Bacon; many other nieces and nephews; son Robert Moody and wife Dodie of Los Lunas, NM; grandchildren Wayne E. Moody of Albuquerque, Kimmie Apodaca and husband Sammy of Peralta and Bobby Moody and wife Terry of Los Lunas; and a large, extended family. Mrs. Moody worked for many years at Kistler-Collister in the millinery department. She was a lifelong Baptist. A special thank you and prayers to the Apodaca family and Alvarado family for their tender love and caregiving to our beloved Chloe during her final years of life. A service will be held Friday, December 4, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at French - University Chapel, 1111 University Blvd, NE. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Friends may visit French - University Chapel on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 and to Hospice of New Mexico. Please visit our online guestbook for Chloe at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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NYBERG -- Bruce Eugene Nyberg, 59, passed away on November 29, 2009. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Bruce'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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QUINTANA -- CONCHA S. QUINTANA Age 96, passed away on November 30, 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and Benigna Sanchez; her in-laws, Alejandro and Josefita Quintana; her husband, Pedro A. Quintana; her daughter, Conchita P. Quintana; and her infant daughter, Maria Elena Quintana. She is survived by her daughters: Estella Parraz (Joe), Dolores Q. Myers (George, deceased), Carmen Quintana, Henrietta Quintana and Maria A. Barton (Jim); her son, Pedro A. Quintana (Myra Morton); her sisters-in-law: Emma, Wally, Celine and Mela Sanchez and Lucy Medina; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Concha was a member of the Guadalupe Altar Society and Guadalupe Ladies Society. She provided intricate hand made biscochitos for the King of Norway and numerous Gubernatorial events throughout the years. Serving as Pallbearers will be: Joseph Parraz, Max Myers, Zeke Pierce, Mario Romero, Guadalupe Sanchez, Chris Quintana and Benjie Ulibarri. Honorary Pallbearers are: Joe Parraz, Jim Barton, Carl Sverre, her Sanchez and Quintana nieces and nephews with special mention of Al and Terry Medina, Ernest Zapata, Alex Quintana, Ed Quintana, Michael Gallegos, and Dan and Glenda Hogan. Special thanks to her caretakers, Anna and Gail Tischendorf, Aurelia Roybal, Luz Rodriguez, Celeste Torres and Josephine Hauser. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Carmelites Convent and Santuario de Guadalupe. A Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Rosario Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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RIVAS -- Rosa Maria Rivas, 90, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2009. Rose is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fermin Rivas; brothers, Perciliano Romero; Serafin (Ali) Romero; Alexandro Romero; and sister, Marie Romero. Rose was born in San Marcial, NM. She was the daughter of Geronimo and Virginia Romero of Socorro,NM. She is survived by her sons, Andy Rivas and wife, Terry, Michael Rivas and wife, Lucille; five grandchildren, Rick, Peter, Monico, Julie, Rudy; and several great-grandchildren. Rose will be missed by her family. We will miss all her great cooking. She loved entertaining Friends and Family. She loved a good party, especially if it was at her house. Rose was a volunteer foster grandparent at Lowell Elementary. She loved the Children and they loved her. A Rosary will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at San Miguel Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with a Mass of Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Cemetery in Socorro. Pallbearers are Rick Rivas, Peter Rivas, Leroy Lopez, Lawrence Rafael, Peter Garcia, Monico Rivas, and Timothy Rivas. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
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