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NICKERSON -- R. Elaine (Young) Nickerson, age 90, of Albuquerque, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Elaine was born in Honey Grove, TX to George and Reuble Young, March 5, 1918. She graduated from San Angelo High School and later became a beautician, having lived in Dallas, TX, Farmington, NM, and settling in Albuquerque in 1964. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, brother, George Young, Jr., and sister, Billye Faye Hamner; her first husband Hal Mayfield, second husband Peck Bridges, and her third husband Bob Nickerson, her daughter Sharon and her grandson Rick Gilmer. She is survived by sister, Louise Burton and husband Ernest; granddaughter, Margay Erne and husband Stuart; grandson, Dana Gilmer and wife Dori; great-grandchildren, Jarrod, Max, Jacob, Briana and Siera; great-great-grandson, Easton, and long-time dear friend, Clyde "Buzz" Babcock. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., at the Chester T. French Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, with entombment to follow. Friends may visit French Mortuary Lomas Chapel Friday, February 6, 2009 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Elaine at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SILECCHIA -- Simona Eleanor Silecchia, 85, a resident of Albuquerque since 1983, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at St. Theresa's Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Simona was born May 18, 1923 in Manhattan, NY. She joins in heaven her predeceased husband of 48 years, Michael Peter. Simona is survived by her two sons and their families, Gary and Nanci of Albuquerque, Michael Jr. and Sherry of Jonestown, PA; and her sister, Josephine and husband, Gene, of Palm Coast, FL. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Michael, Courtney, Benjamin, and Nicholas. Simona was a dedicated mother and homemaker who sang opera and played classical piano. She was an exceptional cook, gardener, and tailor who spoke and wrote fluent Italian. Simona will be laid to rest alongside her loving husband at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Theresa's, the staff of Ambercare Hospice, and our family and friends who helped, cared, and supported us during this trying time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Healthcare for the Homeless or a charity of your choice. Private family Services have been held. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 343-8008
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SOMERVILLE -- Thomas J.C. Somerville, 60, died Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at his home in Silver City. Born Thomas James Cheyne Somerville to Robert and Gretta Somerville December 21, 1948 in Sacramento, California, he has lived in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and since 1992 Silver City, New Mexico. As a general contractor for over 30 years, he was a partner in Somman Enterprises, Albuquerque, and later owner of Comstock Company, Silver City, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Dora Somerville; his beloved Aunt Annie Somerville of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland; and numerous relatives in the UK, Canada, and the U.S. Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Tom Somerville can be made to Gila Regional Medical Center Hospice; The Village at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, AZ; or Good Shepherd Foundation. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM, 575-388-1911.
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SWEET -- Sherman B. Sweet, 82, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Born in Madison, WI, Sherman served in the Army during WWII. After finishing his service, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he received a BBA in accounting in 1948 and a JD in law in 1950. After marrying Marilyn in 1951, they moved to Los Alamos, NM and he began working at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. He served as County Probate Judge in Los Alamos County. He was Accounting Officer at LASL (LANL) from 1960 until his retirement in 1988. Sherman and Marilyn retired to Albuquerque in 1988 so they could travel, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Sherman was a wonderful, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Truly the rock of our family, his calm and patient manner, his wisdom and warmth, and wry sense of humor were admired by all who knew him. He was always there for all of us. Family was everything to him. As an avid photographer, we were his favorite subjects, as-well-as the New Mexico landscape he so loved. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of 57 years; sons, Jeffrey and wife, Sally, Doug and wife, Barb, and daughter, Peggy and husband, David Stroik; grandchildren, Moshe and Cara Sweet, Rivka and Joel Fixler, Aliza, David, Yosef, Brian and Lauren Sweet, Harry and Maddie Stroik; great-grandchildren, Rena and Dovid Sweet; his siblings, Lorraine Borsuk and husband, Jerry, Pesh Siegman and husband, Ronnie; sisters-in-law, Sylvia and Shirley Sweet; brother-in-law, Irv Pittleman and wife, June; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Ida Sweet; and his brothers, Henry and Arthur Sweet; and sister-in-law, Estelle Chapman and husband, Ben. Services were held Friday, February 6, 2009, 11:00 a.m., at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd NE, with Rabbi Joseph Black and Cantor Barbara Finn officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Memorial Park. Please visit our online guestbook for Sherman at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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TEDFORD -- Edna Joyce October 27, 1954 - February 7, 2008 A year ago today your suffering ended and you went to be with the Lord. It was a year ago today that our lives changed forever. We will always love and miss you more then you will ever know. Until we meet again... Love your kids/grandkids and the Tedford family. "I love you grandma Edna" Love, Baby Stevie
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YORK -- Arthur A. York, 92, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha; daughters, Anne E. York and husband, Harvey Friedman, Kathy York Haaland and husband, David, Susan Lee York and husband, Chris Worth, and Wendy E. York and husband, Stephen McCue. Mr. York is also survived by three grandchildren, Ryan Haaland, Maggie Worth and Alex McCue; and numerous other family and friends. Arthur retired from the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII and Korea. He then went to work at Sandia National Labs as a Reliability Engineer before retiring after 21 years. Mr. York received his Bachelors Degree from the University of New Mexico the same year as his daughter Anne. Art York believed most strongly in the power of education and that his girls could do anything. He encouraged books and discouraged boys. He also believed that he didn't want to waste his life in front of the television and built not one, but two, sailboats in his garage in Albuquerque. His most recent goal was to vote in the presidential election-a goal that he happily reached. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and was so very proud of his daughters. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2009, 2:00 p.m., at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur, Martha & Alice York Endowed Scholarship, UNM Foundation, MSC074260, 1 University of New Mexico, 87131-0001. Cremation has taken place. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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BABECKA -- Matthew Babecka, 26, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2009. Born in Albuquerque, NM on March 26, 1982. He is survived by his wife Ebony and daughter Tayamarie, son Xavier; mother Candy; brother Bill; sister Amber; father Anthony "Steve" and a large extended family and friends. All that knew Matt are blessed for having him in their lives and will miss his sarcastic humor, cigarette and extra large coke. Memorial Service will be held at Gods House Church 2335 Wyoming Blvd NE at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2009, reception to follow at Macedonia Baptist Church 1509 Edith SE. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established in the names of Matt's children, Taya and Xavier. Donations can be made at any Bank of Albuquerque under the name of Matt Babecka Memorial Fund. 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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BACA -- Jeanette Baca, 55, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009. She is survived by her husband Gilbert F. Baca; son Jasper Norwood Hammond; granddaughter Aja Grace Hammond; parents William B. "Dub" and Joyce Norwood; sisters Joy Cowan and husband Tim, Jackie Norwood, Jill Fanning and husband Jeff; and brother John Norwood and wife Kathryn. Jeanette graduated from Sandia High School in 1971 and the University of New Mexico. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Friday, February 6, 2009, 1:00 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria Rd. N.E. 87112 with Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Asbury Cafe, 10000 Candelaria Rd. N.E. 87112. Please visit our online guestbook for Jeanette at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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BALDONADO -- Florenio B. Baldonado, age 86, beloved brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully, Monday, February 2, 2009. He was born on March 12, 1922 in Albuquerque, to the late Nativida and Severo R. Baldonado. Florenio was proud Veteran of the United States Army, who served his country during World War II, in England, France and Germany. He was a graduate of Browning College. He retired from Sandia National Labs after 34 years of employment, where he was fondly known as "Baldy". He was preceded in death by his wife Leonila L. Baldonado, November 2004; six brothers; and two sisters. Florenio is survived by his brothers-in-law, Ross C. Lopez, Lesman Chavez; his nephew, Bonifacio Baldonado; his niece, Mildred B. Sanchez; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Florenio will be greatly missed by all. Visitations will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services - Alameda Mortuary, where a Rosary will be recited Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be Monday at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Military Honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Santa Fe Post #2951 Honor Guard. Casket Bearers will be Kenneth R. Sanchez, David A. Sanchez, Luis Marquez, Joseph Lesman Chavez, Johnny Martinez, and Clarence Montoya. Those who wish to send condolences may visit www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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BODIFORD -- Michael Duncan Bodiford was born on January 3, 1961 and passed away January 26, 2009. At this time, no services are arranged. Arrangement in care of: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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