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MATTEUCCI -- Mary Ida Matteucci born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 8, 1918, died on March 23, 2010. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert John Matteucci, her parents, Emma and Antonio Domenici, and three brothers, Tony Domenici, Lawrence Domenici, and Robert Domenici. She was a descendant of early Italian settlers in our state. The Giomi family came to Albuquerque in 1888 and the Domenici family came in 1906. Ida was an accomplished pianist and artist, having studied piano in Italy and art at St. Vincent's Girls Academy. She also loved gardening, cooking and sewing. She is survived by her three children Albert Jerome Matteucci of Dumfries, Virginia, Tony Matteucci of Valley Village, California and Michelle Marie Matteucci of Albuquerque; She also leaves two grandsons, Drake Matteucci of Philadelphia and Seth Matteucci of Valley Village, California who were the love of her life; She is also survived by two brothers, George and Charlie Domenici; two sisters, Theresa Menicucci and husband Mario, and Lilly Tomasi and husband John all of Albuquerque; She also leaves sisters-in-law, Catherine Domenici of Albuquerque and Francis Domenici of Altanta, Georgia. She leaves many nieces and nephews. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria Rd. NE, with Monsignor Francis X. Eggert as celebrant. Entombment to be followed at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum. Online condolences can be submitted at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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OLMSTED -- Dr. Michelle (Webster) Olmsted (46), a well-known Albuquerque pediatrician, died suddenly of natural causes on March 16, 2010. She was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1963 to Dave and Georgette Olmsted. She attended Acequia Madre Elementary, Santa Fe Prep, the Albuquerque Academy, and Santa Fe High School. Fluent in French, she spent one year as an exchange student at Brillantmont International School in Switzerland. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and completed medical school at the University of New Mexico. As a medical student, she developed a keen interest in children's health and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico serving her final year as chief resident. After residency, she joined the UNM faculty as an attending physician. While at UNM, she became strongly interested in endocrinology and treated pediatric diabetic patients during outreach clinics in under-served communities all around the state. She subsequently served as the clinical director of the Los Lunas clinic of First Choice Community Healthcare. She recently entered into private practice as a Board-certified pediatrician with Southwest Medical Associates serving the westside community. Michelle's desire to improve her community was reflected in her many activities. She was a tireless advocate for her patients. Local media interviewed her regarding diabetes and children's health. She was a long-time board member of the local branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She was selected to serve on the JDRF's national research review board, where she served for the last six years helping to guide millions of dollars of research funding dedicated to eradicating this terrible disease. Michelle was particularly interested in animal welfare and was a long-term volunteer at the Watermelon Mountain Ranch rescue group with a strong interest in cats. Michelle had a vibrant personality and enjoyed amateur theater working both behind- and on-stage, primarily at the Albuquerque Little Theater. She loved travel and particularly enjoyed diving in Hawaii and traveling in Europe with her long-time partner, Michael Vannoni. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gregory; and both her parents. She is survived by siblings John and Anick Olmsted of Albuquerque, and Brian Nelson of Austin, TX. She had many friends among her patients and colleagues. The nighttime sky in Albuquerque will shine a little less brightly with her passing. The JDRF will be establishing a special research award in her honor. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: JDRF Diabetes Research Foundation International 2501 San Pedro Dr NE # 116 Albuquerque, NM 87110 A public memorial service to be held Saturday, March 27, 2010, 1:00 p.m. at Calvary of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Any questions can be directed to Anick (505)717-1074.
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PARKER -- Clinton D. Parker passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2010 due to a massive stroke at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Joan; his three sons, Andrew and wife Yvette, Todd, Russell, and wife Jodi; his brother Richard and wife Ann; his sister Mrs. Stan Gardner (Polly); sister-in-law Mary Hunt and husband Charles; his five grandchildren, Cameron, Clinton, Joshua, Jillian, and Kayson; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE, 87102. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to the First Presbyterian Church, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, P.O. 30208 Albuquerque, NM 87190 or another charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Clint at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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PEREA -- Felipe R. Perea, 60, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 14, 2010. He was our beloved husband, father and grandfather. He grew up in Martineztown. He became a teacher and taught at Garfield Middle School and Valley High School. He was also a counselor at both Albuquerque High and Valley High Schools. During the early 1980's he was the hearing officer for the District's North Area. In 1985 he was appointed principal at School on Wheels where he remained for nearly 25 years. He enjoyed his job immensely, loved his students and teachers and built, with the help of his staff, a viable and rich academic alternative setting for at-risk students. He was admired and respected by the APS community and had many friends. Felipe lived in the present and found joy and humor in everyday simple things. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Rita; children, Philippe and wife, Yvette, Ben, Jennifer and husband, Ivan Olguin. He had ten grandchildren whom he adored, Santos, Roman, Paige, Merissa, Morgan, Ben Jr., Heaven, Jude, Javier, and Estevan. They called him "Popo". He was preceded in death by his mother, Tillie Perea; father, Paul Perea; and brother, Lee Perea. He is also survived by a brother, Paul Jr.; and sisters, Margaret Martinez and Judy Maes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Clyde Archibeque, Floyd Martinez, Gabriel Garcia, Nicholas Apodaca, Joe Apodaca, and Phillip Apodaca. In lieu of flowers, please make donations at any Wells Fargo Bank to the "Felipe R. Perea, School on Wheels, Scholarship Fund." Rosary will be recited on Monday, March 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Felipe at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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PIERSON -- Ongelo Pierson, 87, resident of Albuquerque since 1954, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Polly; sons, Rick Pierson and wife Dee Dee of Camdenton, MO and Mick Pierson and wife Jeanette of Allen, TX; daughters, Paula Nunn and husband Kenny of Albuquerque, Sheila white and husband Terry of Albuquerque, and Robin Weaver and husband Marcus of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Shawn Huwar and wife Alberta, Josh Huwar and wife Angie, Barry Huwar and wife Tracey, Ryan Pierson, Aaron Pierson and wife Abby, Brandon Pierson, Nichole Nunn, Cody Nunn, Tyler Nunn, Dustin White and wife Rebecca, Chad White, Troy White, Jordyn Weaver, and J.D. Weaver, and 3 great - grandchildren. Ongelo was preceded in death by his father J.R. Pierson in 1930; his mother, Ida Carden Pierson February 1, 1982; his half brother, Gilford Pierson in 1984, and his childhood best friend, who later became his brother - in - law, Cecil Caldwell, July 31, 2009. Ongelo was born on March 14, 1923 in Stilwell, Oklahoma. He graduated from Stilwell High School in 1941. On December 15th of that same year he joined the Army Air Corps. He served in the 247th AAF base Unit in England. Ongelo trained and specialized in airplane and engine maintenance on B-24's. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on September 13, 1945. He and Polly were married on May 28, 1946 in Columbus, KS. Ongelo received his Bachelors Degree and his Masters Degree from North Eastern in Talequah, OK. Because of his love for children, Ongelo became a schoolteacher. In 1949 he began his career in a small schoolhouse in Baron Fork, OK, not only as the teacher of 6th - 8th grade, but also the principal. In 1954 he moved his family to Albuquerque and became the Principal of Sandia Base Elementary School. After 24 years, he was transferred to Mountain View Elementary School where he finished out his career and retired from Albuquerque Public School system in 1982. He became a born again Christian in 1966 and was a long time member and Trustee at Berean Baptist Church. Since 1983 he has been a member of and attended Sandia Baptist Church. Ongelo loved fishing and woodcarving. On any given Saturday you could find him at the soccer fields or baseball fields watching his grandchildren participate. He was an avid OU fan. Friends may visit French ~ Lomas location, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution Ave NE, 87112 with burial following at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. Pallbearers will be Ryan Pierson, Aaron Pierson, Brandon Pierson, Cody Nunn, Tyler Nunn, and Troy White. Honorary pallbearer will be J.D. Weaver. Should friends desire, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice 4001 Indian School NE, 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Ongelo at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ROHRER -- John H. Rohrer, a resident of Albuquerque for 43 years, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque. He was born January 18, 1928, the youngest child of Howard and Margaret Bunce Rohrer of Saylor Park (Cincinnati), Ohio. After graduating from high school, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College of Music. His career as a pianist began at age 9 and continued through life. He played on a Delta Queen River boat until he was drafted and sent to Germany as a chaplain's assistant. When discharged, he and two musicians formed a trio called, "The Diplomats." After six years of traveling and performing with very few days off, he left the group and settled in Albuquerque. He was soon employed by Paul Muench at his piano store. After Paul's death, John became the owner of the store. During that time, he married Betty Sheaffer and adopted her two girls, Lori and Victoria. Fourteen years later, the marriage ended and John sold Muench Music. In 1988, John met Barb Border and married her in March of 1989. He worked for Riedling Music until he retired in 1992. John and Barb later moved to Montana to care for Barb's mother for nine years. In 2005, they moved back to Albuquerque to be near family. John was a happy, fun, jolly person who loved people; he had a very warm sense of humor and was deeply concerned about the needs of others. John had many hobbies that enabled him to bring joy to friends and family; he enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, painting, reading Scripture, playing piano daily and spending time with his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a good and devoted husband whose life centered around his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his home and his family. John is preceded in death by his mother Margaret (Bunce) Rohrer and father Howard Rohrer of Cincinnati; his brother Samuel Rohrer of San Antonio; his brother George Rohrer of Cincinnati; and his sister Jane (Rohrer) Geeding of Cincinnati. He is survived by: his wife Barb (Border Ettinger) Rohrer of Albuquerque; two daughters Lori Sotelo of Pensacola, FL and Victoria Meinsterman of Richmond, VA; three step children Deborah McCleave (David) of Bernalillo, Vickie Keisel (Bill) of Albuquerque, and Marty Ettinger of Colorado Springs; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. Services will be held at Trinity Family Church in Albuquerque (6101 Paradise Blvd. NW) on March 27, 2010 at 10:00 am with Pastor J. Mac Barnard officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Memorials may be given to Mission of Mercy www.MissionOfMercy.org or Teen Challenge www.TeenChallengeofNewMexico.com Please visit our online guest book for John at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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ROYBAL -- Renee Bernadette Roybal August 14, 1962 to March 19, 2010. Our beloved daughter and little sister, Renee, knocked on Jesus' door on Friday, March 19, 2010. Like a valiant soldier, Renee fought ovarian cancer until the end. She prevailed when Jesus opened the door, reached out to her and took her to her eternal peace. She won the battle because no gift could be greater than receiving Jesus. Renee was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer in October of 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Determined to prolong her life, she immediately returned to Albuquerque to be near her family and to begin treatment at the UNM Cancer Center where she felt so comfortable and cared for. She fell in love with the staff, always speaking highly of them and appreciated them all so much. A year ago, Renee was told that her cancer had progressed and there was no other treatment available. She returned to Los Angeles to seek other possible treatment and ultimately, alternative medicine. In January, Renee accepted that her life had been cut short, but because of her tremendous Catholic faith, she knew that her soul would be saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. She returned to Albuquerque in February 2010 at her request to be with her family at the end of her life. Renee, 47 years old, was born in Albuquerque, NM and graduated from Rio Grande High School in 1980. She lived in Los Angeles, CA for 25 years. There, she was a professional waitress for 20 years and subsequently pursued a career as a nanny, housekeeper, personal assistant or a "do it all" for wealthy families in Los Angeles, whom she considered respectable and fine people. She was preceded in death by her father, Leandro Roybal; and her paternal and maternal grandparents. She was also preceded in death by her cousin and best friend, David Herrera, whom she loved dearly and referred to as her "savior". David and Renee were inseparable since childhood. Renee is survived by her mother, Clara Roybal; her partner of 30 years, Joey Jacquez; two sisters, Sandra Medina and husband, Jim, Louella Rimbert and husband, Robert; four brothers, Leonard "Richard", Jake and wife, Alice, Kenny and Larry; also surviving Renee are her beloved nephews and nieces, Rick (wife Lori), Lisa, Conrad, Ali, Becky, Eli (wife Andrea), Melanie, Kenneth, Nicole and Christopher. Renee also adored her great-nephews and nieces, Jude, Santi, Maria, Megan, Nico, Anthony, and Alexandria. She cared about cancer patients all over the world and prayed for them with devotion. She talked about the pain and suffering she and others were enduring and prayed for a cure for cancer soon, although it may not be in her lifetime. Renee would honor any donations to the UNM Cancer Center. Renee was a simple and humble person, loving Joey, family, friends and even our pets more than anything. Her favorite words were "thank you" and "I love you", forever saying them. Our memories of Renee are of abundance and her presence will remain in our hearts forever. Services will be held at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW on Friday, March 26, 2010. A Rosary will be recited at 10:15 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following. Private family interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SALCIDO -- Mary Premia Salcido was surrounded by her loved ones and was reunited with her husband, Simon on March 20, 2010. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family and friends. Mary always thought of others before herself. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Candelaria. Mrs. Salcido is survived by her children, Shirley and husband, Tim Ortiz, Sharon Salcido, and Mark Salcido; grandchildren, Timothy Ortiz Jr., Ryan Archuleta, Mason Salcido and Dylan Salcido; brothers and sisters, Jennie Dawa of Phoenix, AZ, Pablo and Martina Candelaria, and Louisa Candelaria, all of Grants; as well as many extended family members and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at San Felipe de Neri Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Committal Services will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Services will also honor her husband, Simon Salcido. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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SANDOVAL-ANAYA -- Herlinda. The family of Herlinda Sandoval-Anaya thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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SEARS -- Laura Elizabeth Sears, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, 63, a resident of Rio Rancho for 26 years, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010. Laura is survived by her husband of 42 years, Donald R. Sears Sr; her children, Donald Jr. and wife Jodi, Robert and wife JoAnne, Donica and Charles, Cathy and Reno; mother, Eliza V. Martinez; sisters, Tomasita Martinez, Marylena Martinez; brother, Cristobal Martinez and wife Carrie Mae; beloved uncle Anastacio Vigil and aunt Fabiola Vigil; close cousin, Lorraine Vigil; grandchildren, Adriana, Kortney Elizabeth, Mariana Elizabeth, Dante, Jordan, Angelina and Arthur, Drexel; loving family, Marcella and Fred Kramer, Florence Sears Sandoval, Liz and Tony Ramirez; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and loving friends. Laura was preceded in death by her father, Adriano Martinez; grandparents, Canuto and Agustina Vigil, Cristobal and Tomasita Martinez. Laura was born and raised in Alcalde, New Mexico. Laura served as a Private in the U.S. Army and was also a long time employee of JC Penney. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, 505-353-5800 or Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 30846, Albuquerque, NM 87190, 505-867-7430. Visitation will be held, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 25, 2010 with a Rosary following at 7:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Friday, March 26, 2010, 10:30 am, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park. The pallbearers will be George Martinez, Dominic Martinez, Darren C de Baca, Dante Valdez, Jordan Valdez, David Kramer, Mark Kramer, Arthur Sears, and Christopher Martinez. 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 505-892-9920
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