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PENA -- Lucy Pena, 68, of Lancaster, CA died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in an automobile accident near Lake Havasu City, AZ. She was born November 24, 1940 in Puerto De Luna, NM the daughter of Ismael and Rosa (Chavez) Griego. She was raised at Yeso and Fort Sumner, NM. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School, attended Eastern New Mexico University where she received her Bachelors and Masters of Reading. Lucy married Henry Pena on October 7, 1961 in Fort Sumner. She taught school for 39 years. She retired from the Clovis School District after teaching 20 years. She continued to teach at the Lancaster, CA School district and The Migrant Education Program at Palmdale, CA, She taught at Cerro Coso College adult education program in Mojave, CA. Lucy and Henry made their home in Clovis and Portales, NM, Mojave and Lancaster, CA. Lucy loved the Spanish Novelas, her dogs Foxy and Smokey, she supported every endeavor her children and grandchildren were a part of, she could be seen at acting, soccer, cheer, roping, rodeo, baseball, parent night, migrant education and many other activities that were important to her family. Words cannot describe the incredible strength, laughter, independence, and especially love Lucy Pena embraced. Known to all for her generosity, she would give anyone anything, if she had it to give. A loving wife, an amazing mother, she always demanded excellence from her daughters, not to mention the lights of her life, her grandchildren. She was an excellent teacher, who improved the lives of all those who had the opportunity to learn from her. She was a proponent of education, believing once you had it "no one can ever take it away from you". Lucy was a member of the Teacher Association of Lancaster, California Teachers Association, Parent Teacher Association Member, National Education Association Member, and was a delegate to the NM Legislature Task Force on Education. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis, St. Anthony of Padua in Fort Sumner and St. Francis of Assisi in Lancaster, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband Henry Pena of Lancaster, CA; two daughters Lorraine Zapata and husband Steve of Lancaster, CA, Kathy Jo Standefer and husband Bruce of Waller, TX; five grandchildren Erica Rojas and husband Daniel of Lancaster, CA, Derek Standefer of Waller, TX, Ashlee Zapata of Lancaster, CA, Zachary Zapata of Lancaster, CA; and Jared Standefer of Waller, TX; three brothers Jim and wife Willann Griego of Portales, NM, Raymond and wife Terry Griego of Colorado Springs, CO, Romolo Griego of Belen, NM; along with many other relatives and friends. Rosary Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009 from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Sumner. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 from St. Anthony Parish. Burial will follow at Fort Sumner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Rojas, Zachary Zapata, Derek Standefer, Jared Standefer, Casey Pena, Robert David Pena and Joseph Pena. Honorary bearers will be Gary Pena and Jay Don Standefer. Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street; Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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PERRET -- William E. "Bill", 70, passed away Tuesday. Bill is survived by his wife Talma "Bunny." Bill leaves his son Jacob, wife Jennifer, and granddaughter Stacey Niver. Bill's daughter Rachel and her companion Bob Veracka also survive. Bill also leaves a brother, Robert F. D. Perret and his children, Christopher, William, and Jennifer and their families. Born in Shreveport, LA to William and Elizabeth Perret, who preceded him in death, Bill came to New Mexico in 1951 and moved to Rio Rancho in 1984. Bill earned a BA from UNM and an MBA from Anderson School. Learning was his life-long mission. He studied astronomy, astrophysics, computer science, Spanish, French and Arabic. He was an avid reader of pulp fiction westerns and mysteries and loved classical music. Bill worked diligently as a newspaper carrier so he could read two or three papers a day. His knowledge of politics and currents affairs was vast and current up until about a week before his passing. Bill also worked as a teacher and a tax preparer. He will be most sorely missed for his understanding of human nature, his forgiveness, and his sense of humor. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montano Rd NW, Albuquerque
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POTTER -- Tom Potter, 64, a resident of Cedar Crest for 10 years, passed away suddenly at home with his family and friends by his side after a short illness Saturday, March 21, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 27 years Catherine; children Christine Porter and husband Shawn of Rochester, NY, Douglas Potter and wife Hosuk of Fayetteville, NC, Tamara Merry and husband Scott of Overland Park, KS, Keith Potter of Albuquerque; grandchildren Jordan, Josh, Amber, Austin, Jenna, Bryce and Alyssa. With his wife, Catherine, he operated Sandia Hospice, and most recently Sandia Home Care. Friends and family are invited to a gathering at the family home on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tom and his family would like to thank all their employees, past and present for their love and support. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Walkin' N Circles Ranch, P.O. Box 626, Edgewood NM 87015. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. 505-275-3500
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QUESNEL -- Anabel Quesnel was born on March 2, 1916 and passed away on March 18, 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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QUINTANA -- Frances Leon Quintana A Memorial Service will be held for Frances Leon Quintana at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 5301 Ponderosa Ave, NE. Services will begin at 3 p.m. on April 18, 2009. A poster session of her life will be presented from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in the foyer. A light meal will be served at the reception following the service.
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ROSADO -- Raymond Rosado was born on April 17, 1959 and passed away on March 16, 2009. At this time, no services have been arranged. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE
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ROTH -- Dr. Lester Hugh Roth, age 86, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on March 24, 2009. Lester was born to Hy and Sara Lee Roth on December 25, 1922 in Charleston, West Virginia, and resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania most of his life. He was a graduate of Charleston High School, West Virginia University and of both The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Dental Medicine and The Graduate School of Anesthesiology. He served in the US Navy, and later became a Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. Lester was a respected Oral Surgeon who operated a three-office dental practice in Pittsburgh for over 40 years. In addition to being a research consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, he was an accomplished Scientific Lecturer, and a pioneer for in-home dental health care. Lester gave of himself by being involved in and providing leadership to many organizations. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, a 32 degree Master Mason, a distinguished member of Rotary International, and served as President of the Braddock, PA, Chamber of Commerce. He retired to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1999. Lester was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, and was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mae Chatelain Roth; one son, Hugh (Amy) Roth of Atlanta, and three daughters Leslee (Alan) Holzer of Pittsburgh, Christine (Phil) Custer and Michele (Miki) Roth of Albuquerque; six devoted granddaughters; nine loving great-granddaughters, and his devoted caregivers, Thupten Gyaltsen and Irene Clark. A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 1100 Coal Ave. SE on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Heart/Stroke Association, 2201 San Pedro NE, Building 2, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110. 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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RUE -- Benjamin Harden Rue, 90, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 after a long illness. Ben was born in Hatch, New Mexico to Mr. and Mrs. Amos Rue on Saturday, December 7, 1918. He married his wife, Janette of 69 years on December 12, 1940. Ben was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Blevens and Henry Rue. Ben served in the U.S. Army from November 1942 to December 1945 and was a World War II Veteran. He served with the 363rd engineers, Special Service Regiment in Iran for 32 months. Ben supervised up to 15 construction equipment mechanics in a unit shop. After leaving the U.S. Army with an Honorable Discharge, Ben went to work in the construction industry, supervising many highway and airport paving projects for 26 years. Ben was an avid Denver Bronco fan with John Elway as his hero. He also was an avid sprint car fan with Steve Kinser, also his hero. Ben was also a dedicated hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Janette of Albuquerque; son Wayne Rue and wife, Colleen of Rio Rancho; grandson, Wayne Rue Jr., and wife, Diana of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Harvey of Albuquerque and sister Millicent Purcella of Roswell, NM. Services will be held Monday, March 30, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Burial to follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Friends and family may visit, Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018. Pallbearers will be Moe Finley, Rusty Martinelli, Benny Kincheloe, Mike Bullard, Mike Anderson and Chuck Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Elden Banks, Earl Zinn, Gene Bassett, Rich Salls, Howard Fredrickson, Darwin Miller. Please visit our online guestbook for Ben at RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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SWARTZ -- Dorothy Louise Swartz, 95, passed away March 22, 2009. Ms. Swartz was born in Alderson, Oklahoma, January 25, 1914. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where she was one of the first classes to graduate from the newly accredited dietetic internship program in 1938. She then spent four years as a dietitian at the State College in Oklahoma before going into the Medical Service of the U.S. Army in 1942. During her tour of duty as an Administrative Dietitian, she traveled to bases in Africa, Italy, Manila, Japan, Hawaii, and Albuquerque NM. Here she retired from the Army Hospital in 1964 after serving 22 years of service. Serving during WWII gave her a tremendous feeling of patriotism, that she could serve her Country in her small way. A descendent of General Robert E. Lee of the Civil War era, Ms. Swartz followed family tradition of pride and patriotism. She was a member of the Retired Officers Association and past member of the American Dietetic Association. Upon retiring from the service, she worked for a short time as a Dietitian for Lovelace Hospital. Deciding to try other pursuits, she worked at the Empress Wedding Dress Shop and the Townhouse Dress Shop, retiring in 1978. Ms. Swartz enjoyed many hobbies, her favorite being bird watching, growing pansies, and delicious tomatoes. She lived at La Vida Llena Retirement Community for over twenty years and had made many friends there during those years. She was a loving, tenderhearted person, a loyal and true friend. She loved her family, friends, and Country and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Harrison Swartz and Gertrude Hamilton Swartz; sisters, Marjorie Brown, Marie Stover and Delpha Rosenbaum. She is survived by nephew, Don Brown and wife, Darlene of Hot Springs, AR; nieces, Karen Stover Thomas and husband, Sidney of Mesa, AZ, Vera Marie Anderson and husband, Bill of Richmond, VA; great nieces, Brandee Johnson, Nancy Delorme, Kimberly Thomas and Kelly Romano, not excluding several grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves her "Albuquerque Family", JoAnn Zingg; and children Jacqueline Compton and Mark Zingg along with caregiver and close friend Esther Sanchez. The family would like to express their appreciation to those at LVL and Vista Care Hospice who cared for and gave that extra expression of kindness to our loved one during her stay in assisted living and healthcare. There will be a Memorial Service held at the La Vida Llena Retirement Community Chapel, Monday, March 30, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to an organization of your choice. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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THEVENET -- Stanley Edward Thevenet. Service will be Saturday at Newman Center Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The Salazar family of: REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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