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GUNTHER -- Charles John (CJ) Gunther was called to the Lord, May 29, 2009. CJ was born in Chicago, IL on March 22, 1917 to Fannie and Hans Gunther. Chuck (CJ) served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a baker on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. He married Katherine (Kay) Petracco in 1946, who preceded him in death in 1982. He then married Beulah Warner in 1984, who preceded him in death in 2003. Kay and Chuck had six boys and moved to Cochiti Lake, New Mexico from Springfield, IL in 1982. CJ is survived by his sons Gary and wife Marie of Poway, CA, Tony and wife Barb of Taylorville, IL, Steve and wife Lyn of Albuquerque NM, Tom and wife Ronda of North Ogden, Utah, Matt and wife Penny of Plano, TX, and John and wife Shari of Albuquerque. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. CJ was an integral member of the Belen Christian Church and later at the Valley Christian Church where he was involved in the choir, Bible study and many Missions. His greatest joy in life was his six boys and their tremendous families who will miss him dearly. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at Valley Christian Church on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception following.
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KELLER -- Krysti Diane Keller, age 46 went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, Friday, July 3, 2009. She was preceded in death by her mother Carolyn Keller. She is survived by her father, Frank Keller; her sisters Karin Brown and Katrine Keller; her nieces Kaylee and Ryleigh; and many more loving, caring and supportive family members. Krysti will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all who knew and loved her. We now look to all our cherished memories for comfort, to our friends for understanding, and to our Heavenly Father for love and peace. In celebration of Krysti's life, a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009, 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold Ave SE 87102, 242-0616, Pastor Walquist officiating. For those who wish, flowers may be sent to the church on Saturday morning. Krysti we love you always. An online guest register is available at www.riversideofbelen.com
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KINGSOLVER -- George Lee Kingsolver was born on December 18, 1932 and passed away on June 27, 2009. At this time, no services have been arranged. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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LOVATO -- Joyce G. Lovato, was born in Las Cruces on August 7, 1941 and passed away July 5, 2009 in Albuquerque. She is survived by her long time companion, Max Salas; children: David Lovato of El Paso, TX, Anna Monte Calvo of Bellevue, WA, Arnold Lovato of Yuma, AZ; brother, James Smith; grandchildren Anita, Arturo, Andrew, Hannah, Rebekah, Sarah; great-grandson, Andrew; special cousin Darlene Arias. The Funeral will be held Thursday, July 9, 2009 at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town at 1:00 p.m.
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LUCAS -- Kenneth Ray Lucas, 51, passed away July 5, 2009. Kenneth was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1957 and was a resident of Albuquerque. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of ten years, Del Reanne; his parents Frank and Sis Lucas; daughters Presley Lane Lucas and Chandler Rhys Lucas; and one brother James Edward Lucas. Kenneth and his wife own and operate Granite Transformations, The ABQ Home and Lifestyle EXPO and Vanguard Properties. Kenneth was an entrepreneur, a pilot, professional water skier, and pioneer in the fitness industry. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a devoted temple worker in the Albuquerque Temple. Visitation will be this evening July 8, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Wyoming Chapel. Funeral Service will be conducted Thursday July 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 11750 San Victorio NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Reception following interment at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Kenneth's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MARTINEZ -- Jose Macario "Max" Martinez 69; a resident of Albuquerque for 30 years and formerly of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on July 6, 2009 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Max was born in Mora, NM on December 12, 1939, the son of Manuel Leal Martinez and Simonita Valdez Martinez. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Grace M. Martinez; daughter Cindy Martinez and fiance Michael Lee, daughter Patricia Astorga and husband Gilbert Astorga; and two adoring grandsons Dominik Astorga and Gabriell Astorga all of Albuquerque; brothers Marty (Manuel) Martinez & wife Lynn of Albuquerque; Albino Martinez & wife Debi of Terra Haute, IN; George Martinez & wife Beverly of Cheyenne, WY; niece Denise Boyden and nephew Mike Martinez of Albuquerque; numerous nieces, nephews; cousins; brothers and sisters-in-law; extended family members and numerous friends in Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Indiana. His parents; his brother Pat Martinez; and niece Kathy Martinez preceded him in death. Max grew up in Cheyenne, graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1958 and had a successful life. He began with his military service in the US Navy beginning in 1959. He trained in San Diego and then served on the following assignments: 1959 - USS Thetis Bay LPH-6 PACFLT; 1960 - USS Jupiter AVS-8 PACFLT; and 1962 - USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) PACFLT. After successfully completing four years he was honorably discharged in San Diego in August 1963 as a QM3 (E-4). He later dedicated himself to military service again in the NM Air National Guard from 1983 to 1986 with an Honorable Discharge as SSGT. Max graduated in 1965 from State Barber College in Denver, CO. He married Margie Abeyta in Cheyenne in 1965 and his legacy continued. Max was a Barber at FEW AFB & later owned & operated Carey Avenue Barbershop (1965-1978); then moved to Albuquerque from Cheyenne and worked as a barber and worked for the VA Hospital until 1984. He worked for the U.S.P.S. (1984-2004) then retired in 2004 after 32 years of Federal Gov't Service. Max was a parishioner at Risen Savior Catholic Community. He enjoyed running and ran in several Duke City Marathons; he worked out at the gym and enjoyed talking with everyone in the pool and sauna; he enjoyed traveling with his daughters; his brothers-in-law Gilbert and Martin Abeyta and friends Al & Lora Sanchez and cruising with Jake & Rita Herrera. He enjoyed his last trip with his wife, daughter & son-in-law and grandsons to Colorado Springs, Cheyenne, Devils Tower and Mt. Rushmore. He took pleasure in giving haircuts to friends, co-workers and family. He is and will always be loved, cherished and respected for all he has given to his family and friends and for his unselfish demeanor. He was instantly your friend and enjoyed life. Cremation has taken place. A Rosary will be recited Thursday, July 9, 2009, 9:15 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, a Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community. Ennichement will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Honor of Max Martinez may be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245 or visit his on-line donation page at: http://www.firstgiving.com/MaxMartinez. Thank you to all our loved ones, family, friends and neighbors for your support and contributions. Please visit our online guestbook for Max at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MAW -- John L. Maw, 69, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on July 5, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Martha Maw; son, Charles Maw and wife Erin, daughter, Christina Maw; grandchildren, Charles John (CJ) and Harley Maw; brothers, Carl Maw and wife Gayle and Kent Maw and wife Wanda; mother-in-law Arvilla Poindexter; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Maw and Florence Heninger; brothers, Robert Maw and Neal Maw. John retired from the Air Force and was a 100% disabled veteran. John loved his family and his friends. Services will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at French Westside Chapel located at 9300 Golf Course Rd NW. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. at French Westside Chapel. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Please visit our online guest book for John at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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MCCOY -- Lawrence Raymond McCoy II On June 18, 2009, Our beloved son, Lawrence Raymond McCoy II was taken from us and delivered into the arms of our loving God and father. A gentle,loving soul, who loved to learn of cultures and peoples and strove to experience all lives. Born on November 27, 1979 in Albuquerque, NM, Lawrence lived and volunteered in many countries, and did the same in the U.S. in an effort to engage, grow and learn. The memory of the short life he shared with us will be cherished in the hearts of his mother, "Jina" Gloria Romero Becker of Albq, NM; father and mother, Lawrence Raymond McCoy and Terri R. McCoy of Atlanta, GA; brothers, Mathew, Brandon and Jermarcus McCoy; sisters, Autumn Romero Becker, Shawnta, and Mikiba; his grandparents, Reverend William McCoy, Jr. and Thelma McCoy, Gerald E. Johnson and Barbara Johnson; and grandmother who preceded him in death, Elfires Mendoza Garcia; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. A Memorial Service will be held July 9, 2009 at 12 p.m. at Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley, 9381 N Hwy 314 Belen, NM, 87002. Phone 505-864-6611. A second Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 6000 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, 21239. 410-433-4006.
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MCFEETERS -- Sophie Ann McFeeters, 90, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 32 years, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Sophie was born February 12, 1919 the daughter of John and Theresa Grammas George in Manhattan, New York. She is survived by one son, Denis McFeeters and wife Judy; daughter, Sandra T. Barela and husband Paul; seven grandchildren, Derek L. Gladstone, Theresa M. Gladstone, David McFeeters, Danielle McFeeters, Danika N. Thomas and husband David, Dominic J. Barela, and Samantha R. Barela; and ten great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with her five cats and four dogs. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Interment will be in Vista Verde Memorial Park. For those who wish to send condolences, you may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 1512 Deborah Rd. SE, #203, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 (505) 892-9920
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NELSON -- Dale H. Nelson, 87, passed away on July 6, 2009. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Dale'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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