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BROOKS -- Thomas Matthew Brooks, 19, a resident of Rio Rancho for 19 years went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 9, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Patty Brooks; his sister, Sarah; his grandparents, George and Gail Brooks; grandmother, Carolyn Brooks; his uncles, George Brooks, Cary Brooks and wife Erin; and cousins Caleb and Lily, all of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Viola and Clyde Cox of Saginaw, MI. Thomas graduated from Rio Rancho High School in 2008 and was a sophomore in electrical engineering at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM. He would have become the next Ironman. Thomas was member of Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque, NM. He was a wonderful friend and truly wonderful Christian. We have all been blessed by The Lord allowing us to be his earthly family. Services will be held at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM, on Thursday, January 14, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Hoffmantown Church at 5:00 p.m. for friends of the family. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Joy Junction, P.O. Box 27693, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Please visit our online guestbook for Thomas Matthew at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CRAIG -- JOHN CALVIN CRAIG, age 92 of Manassas, VA died Saturday, January 9, 2010. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Manassas and a Shriner in New Mexico. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Wilma A. Craig; four children, John C. Craig, Jr. and wife Susan, William R. Craig, Christine Vance and husband Tom and James W. Craig and wife Pamela; two sisters, Vernull Horn and Janie Swan; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd. Manassas, VA. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 in memory of John C. Craig.
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DIGANGI -- Elisa M. Digangi, 88, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away January 9, 2010. A first-generation Italian-American, she was born April 9, 1921 in Albuquerque. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Pete; three children, daughters, Vicki Garcia and husband Pat, Gloria Garcia, all of Albuquerque; and son Perry DiGangi a resident of Northern California; five grandchildren, Sara Jo Garcia, Lisa Jo Garcia, Rebecca Jo Garcia, Christina Bezemek Jeffers and Lynn Jeffers all of Albuquerque; eight great-grandchildren, Timothy Romero, Dominic and Joshua Segura, Mia Victoria Jeffers, Matthew Tirado, Isabella and Vincent Valenzuela, and Gabriel Martinez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Attilia and Pietro Giacomelli, who owned and ran the City Cafe on Central Avenue for several years in the 1940's. She was also preceded in death by a son, Peter III, who died shortly after childbirth in 1954; and her grandson, Christopher Bezemek Jeffers, 35, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on April 20, 2008. Elisa graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, attended Browning Business College briefly and worked at Kirtland Air Force Base for many years where she met her husband Pete who was stationed there. After retiring, she became a housewife and spent her time traveling with her husband and enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also could be found at the slot machines at a casino from time to time, an activity which she enjoyed immensely. There will be a viewing at Daniels Mortuary on Coal Ave Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Rosary to follow at 7pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1818 Coal Pl SE, Albuquerque, NM and Fr. Charles Dougherty will be celebrant from St. John XXIII church in Albuquerque. Pallbearers: Raymond Balduini, Pete Bachechi, Philip Bachechi, Mike Dushi, Timothy Romero and Pat Garcia. Spiritual Pallbearers: Christopher Jeffers. Mass Servers: Joe and Matthew Hanosh. It is requested that memorials be sent to Covenant House, Times Square Station, PO Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900 or Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60607-2906. The family would like to thank the staff at Marler Manor for their courtesy and kindness to Elisa during her brief stays with them. 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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EMERSON -- Billy Duane Emerson was born on November 19, 1952 and passed away on January 12, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd NE. The family has requested that no flowers be sent for the service. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mate NE 764-9663
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FERNANDEZ -- Charles G. Fernandez, 55, a resident of Albuquerque passed away from a battle with cancer on January 12, 2010. Mr. Fernandez is survived by his wife of 33 years Mrs. Yolanda Fernandez; his daughter, Nicole Davila; his son, Charles M. Fernandez and wife, Carolina; his sister, Sandy Vargas and husband, Robert; two brothers, Tony Fernandez and girlfriend, Kathy and David Fernandez; grandsons, Estevan and Mateo Fernandez; his mother and father-in-law, Maurice and Betty Cordova; his brothers and sisters-in-law; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and many other extended family members. Mr. Fernandez was preceded in death by his parents, Gonzalo and Anna Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez was a member of the Catholic Church; a Veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam Era; and a motor coach operator for the City of Albuquerque for 22 years. Charles was known for his big smile, the love for his family, and he enjoyed working in his yard and garden. Visitation will be Friday, January 15, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco Dr. SW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the Church, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Father Gerry Steinmetz, presider. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eddie Soto, Michael Lujan, Michael Sanchez, Matty Romero III, Charlie Vargas, and Donald Marquez. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Vargas and Mike Cordova. The family requests that donations/contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861 www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com
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FEVIG -- Josie Hernandez Fevig In Loving Memory of Our Princess Angel Josie. November 30, 1948 - January 14, 2009 God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered "Come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. On behalf of your loving family, Ralph, Stephanie, Natalie, David and your brother Philip. We love you more.
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GALASSINI -- Clarence 'Pop' Galassini was received by his Lord Jesus on January 10, 2010. The grief of our temporary separation is met with the joyous celebration that Pop no longer "sees as in a mirror dimly but now face to face; what he once knew only in part, he now knows fully even as he has been fully known" (1Cor. 13:12). Clarence was born in Bernalillo, New Mexico, August 12, 1926. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy from 1942-45. Clarence retired from the Public Service Company of NM after 30 years of service and enjoyed woodworking and entertaining his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo & Teresa Galassini, brother Johnnie and sister Dorothy Roberson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie; son, Dr. Daniel (Jerryl) Galassini; daughter, Karen (Robert) Bryant. He also had eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church located at 1502 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carrie Tingley Hospital, 1127 University Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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GARDNER -- June Gardner, age 91, died on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born to Augustus and Elizabeth Mill in Braceville, IL on August 15, 1918. She is survived by her daughter, Pennie Potter and husband, Mike, of Albuquerque and one son, Barry Gardner and wife, Linda, of Sugar Grove, IL; and two grandchildren, Amy Potter and Douglas Gardner. June was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence Gardner and one grand-daughter, Sharon Sullivan. A visitation will take place at French ~ Wyoming Chapel on Friday, January 15, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Burial will take place in Braceville, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Executive Director, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125, please note the donation goes to Kaseman Hospice. Please visit our online guestbook for June at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GIESEKING -- Joan Lee Gieseking, born April 28, 1929, passed away on January 11, 2010. The family is comforted to know she fell asleep in the arms of the Lord. Joan was a loving wife; mother; grandmother; great-grandmother; aunt and friend. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Gieseking Gordon and her husband, Gary Gordon of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Jeff Gordon of Plano, Texas, Rebecca Gordon Rockwell and her husband, Richard Rockwell of Little Elm, Texas, Katie Gordon Stadler and her husband, Matthew Stadler of Fort Worth, Texas; great-grandchildren, William G. Stadler and Caroline E. Rockwell. Joan is also blessed with two sister-in-laws, Mil Duesenberg of Fort Worth, Texas and Dorothy Kuenker and her husband, Ralph Kuenker of St. Louis Missouri along with many nieces and nephews. Joan was born in Kansas City, Kansas, married her beloved and devoted husband of 55 years, Edwin W. Gieseking, who preceded her in death. Together they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they lived for 35 years. Joan was an employee of the Albuquerque Public Schools where she worked at Eldorado High School. They were long time members of Christ Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. Friends may visit French Mortuary located at 10500 Lomas N.E. from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church located at 7701 Candelaria Road N.E. with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GLEASON -- Edna Elizabeth Gleason, 94, joined Cecil her beloved husband of 59 years; and daughters, Janice Gleason and Janet Ferrell in Heaven on January 11, 2010. Formerly a Longwill of Des Moines NM, Edna married high school sweetheart, Cecil. Their travels during the Great Depression era took them to TX, KS, NE and MS, before settling and starting a family in Raton NM. Surviving family members include one brother, Merrill Longwill of Roswell; one son, Gary and wife Gerry of Alamogordo; three grandsons, Paul and wife Trish Ferrell of Tijeras, Patrick Ferrell of Albuquerque, Michael Gleason of Albuquerque and fiance Leanna Torres of Tome; two granddaughters, Wendy Gleason of Phoenix and Amy Gleason of Alamogordo; three great-grandsons, Patrick Nasworthy of Alamogordo, Dylan and Evan Ferrell of Tijeras. "Granny" was best known for her vibrant personality, a sincere interest in family and friends, master joke teller, and her love of colorful clothes. Family members, friends and acquaintances can attest to the fact that they never heard her utter a harsh word toward any individual. Edna was extremely proud of her New Mexico State Racing Commission citation for 52 consecutive years of working at New Mexico Race Tracks. She was a dedicated member of Queen Esther Chapter 1 Order of Eastern Star, lifelong member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Des Moines, NM, a substitute teacher in Bernalillo School system and a loving house wife and awesome mother and grandmother. Memorial Service will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 15, 2010 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho NM. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Alamogordo Hospice, 575-437- 3500. WEAR COLORFUL CLOTHES, Edna would like that! 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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