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WATSON -- Dr. Jeff Watson, DDS, departed to be face to face with the Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2010, to a place of no more tears, no more pain, and no more death. The old things are passed away. He was a member of the American Dental Association, New Mexico Dental Association, Albuquerque District Dental Society and Baylor Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife, Roseann Davis, a daughter of four generations of Texas and New Mexico cattle ranchers; his family, the Kieswetter clan of Santa Paula, CA; Barbara and Bob and their children, Bob, Noel, Tatiana, Jude, and Brigitte; Charlie Belting DDS, of Dove Creek, CO; cousins, Leeanne Coffin and husband Charlie; Jerry, Jean Ann, Pat and Betty of the Golden family; Jane Sandstrom and husband Cory. Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 9, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at French - Westside Chapel. Private Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3411 Candelaria NE, Suite M, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Please visit our online guest book for Jeff at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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WOELFEL -- Courtney Marie Woelfel, 14, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on April 02, 2010. Courtney was born August 27, 1995 to Dwayne and Tammy Woelfel in Albuquerque, NM. She attended Eagle Ranch Middle School in Rio Rancho, NM and was a member of the Adaptive Ski Program. She was loved by many. Courtney is survived by her parents, Dwayne and Tammy Woelfel of Rio Rancho, NM; one brother Joshua Woelfel of Rio Rancho, NM; paternal grandmother Berta Woelfel of San Antonio, TX; maternal grandparents Ronald and Patricia Mehn of Loveland, CO. A Memorial Service will be held in the Sara Road Chapel 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Rd, Rio Rancho, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the honor of Courtney to the Adaptive Ski Program, 1595 Camino La Canada, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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WRIGHT -- Gladys Wright passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 20, 2010. Gladys was born and grew up in Binghamton, NY where she spent most of her professional years working as the Hematology Manager at Binghamton General Hospital. Gladys raised her family in Greene, New York and is still survived by her three daughters, Emily, (Cris) Johnston of Albuquerque NM, Karen MacIntyre of Binghamton, NY and Joyce Kresge of Dania Beach, Fl. After retiring from Binghamton General Hospital, Gladys relocated to New Mexico to be near her sister Anne and to expand her golf game from three months each year to twelve months. Once in Albuquerque Gladys embarked on her second career as Supervisor of Lab Assistants at Presbyterian Hospital. Gladys saw a need for better training of lab assistants and developed a training program that became a six week course that is offered at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. After spending 20 years in NM Gladys relocated to Dania Beach Fl. Gladys remained very active and was able to enjoy golfing and bowling up until very recently. Gladys had a great love of family and did her best to spread her time among the five grandchildren, Brian Whitmarsh, Stephan Kresge, Holly Taugher, Jenifer Kresge and Kelly Abers; Gladys was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on April 18, 2010 at Blessed Hope SDA Church, 225 Bevier Street Binghamton, NY. The Committal service will take place in NM in the beautiful Sandia Mountains that Gladys loved so much.
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BARRERA -- Elias Galindo Barrera Born August 30, 1934 in Abeline, and passed on April 3, 2008 in Abquerque,NM. Dad and Grampy, we miss you more each passing day. We realize how much you loved us to spend you last years with us! You Live in our memories. tu Familia, Felisha, Esmeralda, Kenny, Will and Chris
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CACCAMISE -- Joan Marie Caccamise, 55, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010. She was born October 7, 1954 in Batavia, NY a daughter of Donald and Mary Lovely Caccamise. She graduated from Manzano High School. Survivors include one sister and one brother, Ginny Ashley of Albuquerque and David Caccamise of Rio Rancho; and one niece and one nephew, Richard Caccamise and Shannan Garcia. Memorial services will be conducted Monday, April 5, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3715 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Ambercare Hospice, 2129 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113. Please visit our online guest book for Joan at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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CORDOVA -- Lena B. Cordova, 85, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Monday March 29, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben C.; her parents Miguel and Rebecca Baca; brothers Fin, Efrain, Eddie, Juan and Michael Baca. She is survived by her children, Evelyn Krauth and husband Gary of MA, Pamela Burmeister and Maria Benavidez of Albuquerque, Beverlee Severinghaus and husband Dan of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Cheryl Elder of VA, Melissa Heath and husband David of PA, Stephanie Burmeister and Rebecca Severinghaus of Albuquerque; and great-grandchild, Brianna Elder of VA; sisters Mary Roebuck, Angie Lovato, Reyes Jaramillo, and Elsie Smith; brothers Willie Baca and Esmael Baca. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. with rosary to follow at 6:00 p.m. at French ~ Wyoming. Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Pallbearers are Gary Krauth, Dan Severinghaus, David Benavidez, Nester Birner, Anthony Lovato, and Les Baca; Honorary pallbearers are Cheryl Elder, Melissa Heath, Stephanie Burmeister, Rebecca Severinghaus and Brianna Elder. The family would like to express our warmest gratitude to Heartland Hospice and Rebecca Severinghaus for the care and kindness they provided our mother. Please visit our online guestbook for Lena at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FOSTER -- Laurence J. Foster, age 92, of Albuquerque, passed away on March 30, 2010. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Lillian; children, Laurence J. Foster, Jr., Judith A. Foster-Harten, John H. Foster; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Noon, Monday, April 5, 2010 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Laurence's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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HALAS -- Eugene J. "Geno" Halas, 64, a resident of Albuquerque since 1975, left this home for the next after a courageous battle with cancer, on Monday, March 29, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Conchie Halas of Albuquerque; daughters Ronni Lynn Mabin and husband, Rob of Pennsylvania; Laniya Howe and husband, Will; sons Gabe Padilla and fiance, Jessica Gaede; Jonathon Halas; Jeremy Halas and fiance, Ericka Santiago, all of Albuquerque; David Halas and wife, Jessica of Indiana; Bruce Halas and fiance, Shanna Von Dran of Illinois; grandchildren Nick, Eric, Mia, Savina, Avery, Emmaline, Elijah, Ella, and Evelyn; sister Patricia Boggs and husband, Bob of Arizona; brother Ronald Halas and wife, Margaret of Pennsylvania; a large family; and devoted friends Joel Straquadine, Steve Dillman, Martin Garcia and Good Ol' Sheree Blackard. Geno was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Halas. Mr. Halas served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He recently retired from the UNM Physical Plant, Area One where he worked for 23 and 1/2 years devoted to the South Campus. He was truly a Lobo Legend. A rosary will be recited, Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at French - Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd NE. Pallbearers will be Gabe Padilla, Jonathon, Jeremy, David, and Bruce Halas, Will and Eric Howe, Rob Mabin and Joseph DiBernardo; Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Straquadine, Martin Garcia, Tony Jaramillo and Steve Dillman. Friends may visit French - Lomas Chapel one hour prior to the rosary. The Halas family would like to thank the UNM Cancer Center for their exceptional care. GO LOBOS!!!! Please visit our online guestbook for Geno at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MCCOLLUM -- Arabella Myrene McCollum (Mimi) went home on a beautiful sunny Tuesday Morning. She was born to Grover Cleveland and Vicey Ann Duke on September 25, 1914 in Bryceland, Louisiana. She passed surrounded by her family on March 30, 2010. She was raised in Texarkana, Texas, a proud graduate of Texas high school and Texarkana College. On June 15, 1932 at the age of 17, she married the love of her life Marion Dale McCollum and started on a fifty four year journey together. They lived and worked in El Paso, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas and finally Albuquerque, NM in 1939. During WWII she managed Duke's garage across the street from the Hilton Hotel. She owned and managed the Queens Point Manor and the Don Quixote Apartments. She was one of the founders and board member of The Apartment Association of New Mexico. Myrene was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and joined Central United Methodist Church in the 1940's. Myrene belonged to the Hope Circle of the United Methodist women. She was preceded in death by her husband Marion Dale; son, James Baron; grandson, Richard Miller; sisters, Sarah Dickens Roberts, and Lolita Connell Mills; and her son-in-law, George Bujol. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Metz; daughter, Marion Miller and husband, Jack; daughter, Diane Bujol; son, Michael McCollum all of Albuquerque; son, Tommy McCollum and wife, Barbara; son, John McCollum and wife, Carala both of Ridgecrest, California; grandchildren, Steve Miller, Kristi Tinker, Renee Bujol, Tara Noonan, Travis McCollum, Tiffany Tesinsky, Bryan McCollum, Elissa Sorenson and Cameron McCollum; 11 great-grandchildren; and cousin, Gloria Fryar and husband, Kenneth of Minden, Louisiana. In addition she is survived by nieces and nephews, Lois Turner, Rita Westbrook, Patty Wilson, Bud Connell, Susie Brown, Vicky Speck, David Metz; and numerous great-nieces and nephews who love her dearly. Myrene is also survived by Charlie Burwinkle, a dear friend for over 45 years. She has six German Shepherds; two Jack Russells; and a half Manx cat named Precious that consider her their Mimi. The family would like to thank all of Myrene's friends who helped care for her during her illness. In addition we thank the staff and caregiver's of Home Instead, who came into her life and treated her like a member of their own family. A visitation will be held Monday, April 5, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at French - University Location. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:00 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Myrene at www.RememberTheirStory.com . French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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OLONA -- Thomas Joseph Olona, 55, a resident of Houston, Texas, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2010. He is survived by his children, Jeanette Olona-Kelley of Houston, Texas, and Thomas Josh Olona and his wife Trisha Teske of Oregon City, Oregon; his grandchildren Jeannae Kelley, Dominic Kelley, Raphael Kelley, Riley Teske-Olona, and Kyiah Teske-Olona. Tom is also survived by his parents, Orlando and Melba Olona; his brothers, Jerry, Michael, Arthur, Mark, Nick, Paul, Jeff; and his sisters, Catherine Olona and Sophia Garcia, along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his brothers, Timmy and Steve Olona; and his grandparents, Ben and Anita Dimas. Tom was a 1974 graduate of Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM. He also earned degrees from Albuquerque TVI, Albuquerque, NM, and San Jacinto Community College, Houston, TX. Tom worked for Houston Lighting and Power, Houston, TX for 21 years. Most recently he worked for the United States Postal Service in Houston, Texas. Tom was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and served as a Paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division. In May of 1978, the Division was alerted for a possible drop in Zaire; and again in November of 1979, the Division was alerted for a possible operation to rescue the American hostages in Iran. The Division formed the nucleus for the newly-created Rapid Deployment Forces, a mobile force at a permanently high state of readiness. He earned the Parachutist Badge, Expert Badge M-16, Mechanics Badge, Humanitarian Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Tom will be remembered as a loving son, brother, an inspirational father, unconditional loving grandpa, and a loyal friend. A Rosary will be recited Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87107 at 1:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be officiated by Monsignor Richard Olona, on Monday, April 5, 2010 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1860 Griegos NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. The reception will immediately follow Mass. The Pallbearers are Josh, Michael, Arthur, Mark, Nick, Paul, and Jeff Olona. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501, at 2:30 p.m. Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 is in charge of funeral arrangements, 247-4124. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the United States Organization (USO), whose mission is "to bring a touch of home to our men and women in uniform, until everyone comes home", at www.uso.org, in Tom's name.
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