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GOMEZ -- Donna Belle (Churchill) Gomez, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 28, 2008. Donna was born January 16, 1933 the daughter of Donald B. and Margaret (Belner) Churchill in Toledo, Ohio. She lived most of her life in New Mexico. Donna was well known and loved by all who knew her. She was a manager and trainer for Circle K for 33 years, receiving many awards and recognition for achievements. She spent the last nine years employed by Walgreens at 12th Street NW as a card expert and Hallmark representative. Donna is survived by her husband of 60 years, Julian Gomez; daughter, Deborah Lee Gomez-Leyba and sons, Victor, Frank, Andy, Donald, Jeffery, Daniel and their families. She also had 42 grandchildren that spanned three generations. A Memorial Service will be held for Donna on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 (505) 821-0010
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HARRISON -- Robert "Dutch", CMSGT, USAF, (Ret.), died on Monday, December 29, 2008 after a long illness with COPD. Dutch was born September 29, 1933, in Hanover, PA. He was raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He and three of his classmates enlisted in the Air Force in 1951, where he served an illustrious career until his retirement in 1980. Dutch served in the headquarters of every echelon of command in the USAF and with the U.S. Embassies in Bonn, Germany and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He served additional tours in Europe and Southeast Asia. His last duty assignment was as director of administration, contract management division at Kirtland AFB. Dutch is survived by his wife, Nancy, his high school sweetheart from Front Royal, VA. They found each other after 53 years of separation and were married in July 2003; his daughters, Dawn D. Warmuth and Darcell D. Harrison of San Antonio, TX; three stepchildren, Wendell Saunders of Cartersville, GA, Debra Franks of Renton, WA and Clifton Saunders of Aurora, CO. Dutch loved his country and the "Flag" which has flown 24/ 7. Although he has passed, the flag will continue to be flown for the land of the free and the home of the brave. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, January 4, 2009, 12:00 noon, at French, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Entombment of Dutch's cremated remains will be held in Arlington National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Dutch at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HIBNER -- Donald Arthur Hibner, 93, of McIntosh, NM passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 in Albuquerque, NM with his loving family beside him. Donald was born on May 12, 1915 to Alvin Clarence and Nora Rachel (Vanderford) Hibner in Estancia, NM. He married Lucille Morris on July 14, 1941 in Albuquerque, NM and she preceded him in death on August 1, 2004. Donald was a member of the American Legion, the Farm Bureau and the Dairyman's Association. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Clarence Hibner, Kenneth Hibner, Wilmer Hibner, Melvin Hibner, Robert Hibner; and sister, Velma Scott. He is survived by sons, Donald "Buddy" Hibner and wife Amy of Springer, NM; Ron Hibner and wife Molly of McIntosh, NM; daughters, Janet Douglas and husband Charles of Estancia, NM; Marilyn Hoyt and husband Floyd of Brighton, CO; Pat Coad and husband Jim of Albuquerque, NM; Diane Schwebach and husband Michael of Cedar Hill, NM; brother, Glen Hibner and wife Julie of Cottage Grove, OR; sister, Margie Artman and husband W.C. of Estancia, NM; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Estancia Church of Christ. Ministers Floyd Robertson and Johnny Moore will be officiating. Donald was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" (505) 832-6130 www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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HUMBLE -- Ivan Neal Humble, 85, long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away Monday, December 29, 2008. He was born April 2, 1923 in Sawyer, KS. Neal graduated from Kansas State University. He served his country in the US Navy Submarine Service during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. Neal retired from Sandia National Labs. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years LaVerna Jean; daughter Debra Wedemeyer and husband William L.; Grandchildren William M. Wedemeyer and wife Christy, Kimberly Hill and husband Dan, Audra Iversen and Aaron Wedemeyer; great grandchildren Erin Hill, Clayton Hill and Elijah Iversen; brother Irvin Humble and sister Donna Humble. Neal was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Ruby Humble; son Michael Humble and his brother Gail. Friends and family may visit French Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE, Saturday, January 3, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 4, 2009, 3:00 p.m. French Lomas Chapel. Burial will be in Sawyer, Kansas. Please visit our online guestbook for Ivan at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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LANES -- Roy Lanes, 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1956, passed into the Lord's embrace on Friday December 26, 2008. He is survived by his beloved wife Grace, daughter Pamela, sons Larry and his wife Lori, Kurt and his wife Diana, Richard and his wife Lyla, Chris and his wife Heidi, Karl and his wife Gayle; grandchildren Sarah, Jennifer, Heather, Nicholas, Noah, Adrian, Andre, Kenneth and Melissa; and great-granddaughter Delaney. Preceding him in death are his grandchildren Kimberly and Alex. Born in Anaconda, MT on September 14, 1926, Roy graduated Anaconda High School, Anaconda, MT Class of 1943. Roy worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad building and repairing lines in Montana in 1943. Roy joined the Navy in October 1943, becoming a Radar Specialist. Serving in WWII in the Pacific, Roy saw action in the battle of Okinawa where he narrowly escaped death when his ship, the USS Stormes, was struck by a kamikaze plane. He later served as an Ensign aboard the carrier USS Franklin D Roosevelt, and ended his first service commitment in 1947. Roy returned to active duty with the Navy in 1950 to serve in the Korean War, was stationed in Astoria, Oregon as a Radar Operator Instructor and re-commissioning mothballed ships, and was honorably discharged in 1953. Roy and Grace were united in marriage on August 11, 1951. After the war, Roy attended the University of Washington graduating with a BSEE in 1956. Roy came to Albuquerque in 1956 as an engineer at Sandia National Labs. After 36 years working on reentry systems and missile defense, Roy retired from Sandia in 1992 as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. Roy loved his family, and was a faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was the consummate provider where no sacrifice was too great. Roy loved his country, was a patriot, and was always seeking to help those less fortunate. Roy will be remembered for his intelligence, kindness, independence, patience, wit, and amiability. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the excellent care and treatment Roy received while in the Adult Intensive Care at Presbyterian Hospital. The staff's kindness, compassion, and understanding helped us during this difficult period. Funeral Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Friends may provide flowers, or memorial donations can be made to Faith Lutheran Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Roy at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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LOVATO -- Jose Sisto Lovato, Jr., 54, a resident of Las Vegas, NM, died Saturday, December 27, 2008. He is survived by his Mom, Macedonia Lovato of Albuquerque, NM; his brothers, Lawrence Lovato and Michael Lovato, both of Roswell, NM and Anthony Lovato of Albuquerque; sister, Helen Madrid of Austin, TX; 17 nieces and nephews; uncles, Leandro, Guillermo and Cosme Lovato, all of Albuquerque; and aunts, Celina Otero of Albuquerque, and Rebecca Lovato of CA. He was preceded in death by his father, Jose S. Lovato Sr.; paternal and maternal grandparents; uncle, Vicente Lovato; and nephew, Steve. Memorial Services will be held Friday, January 2, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, officiated by his elder brother, Pastor Lawrence Lovato. Please visit our online guestbook for Jose at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE
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MARQUEZ -- Robert E. Marquez, also known as Railroad Bob, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 29, 2008 surrounded by his loved ones. He graduated from Albuquerque High School and went on to work for the Railroad for 25 years. He also served for a time in the US Marine Corps. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 13. Bob was loved by many and will be remembered for his ability to make people laugh and for his sarcastic sense of humor. Bob had a passion for cooking and spoiled his family with his meals. He loved watching sports and being with his friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Ernest Marquez. Bob is survived by his wife of 18 years, Teresa (Terri) Marquez; sons, Albert Marquez, Eugene Marquez, Steve Selgado and wife, Margarita, Peter Hinojos, and Kent Powell; daughters, Lorraine Selgado, Sharon Baca and husband, Lawrence, and Ruth Selgado; brothers, Manny Marquez and wife, Virginia, and Harry Marquez and wife, Theresa; sister, Ernestine Marquez; grandchildren, Gabriel, Desiree, Geno, AJ, Monica, Lori, Jessica, Isaiah, Zasha and Nicolas; four great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Lorie Selgado; brother-in-law, Rick Pacheco and wife, Joann; sisters-in-law, Mary Baumberger and husband, Paul, and Liz Mora; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by numerous dear friends. A Wake Service for Bob will be held on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Legacy Church where the Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Frank Marquez, David Marquez, Rick Marquez, Peter Hinojos, Kent Powell, and Steve Selgado. Honorary pallbearer will be Anthony Marquez. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW. 247-4124 www.salazarandsons.com
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MARTINEZ -- Ricky J. Martinez, 46, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 26, 2008 following a long illness. He is preceded in death by his mother, Flora Martinez; brother, Cecil Martinez; and sister-in-law, Shari Roestenberg, all of Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Claudia Gallegos Martinez; father, Cecilio Martinez; brothers, Joseph Martinez and Anthony Martinez and wife, Michelle, all of Albuquerque; nieces and nephews, Anthony, Ashley, Andrea, Matthew, Roberta, and Emiliano; a godson that he raised as a son, Joshua Kaufman; a special grand-nephew that brought joy to his life, Dominic; many aunts and uncles that loved him so; Sister Connie Martinez, FdCC, Carmel Martinez and wife, Gloria, Lorenzo Martinez and wife, Dorothy, Filomeno Martinez, Daniel Martinez, and wife, Yolanda, Lourdes Martinez, Rosalie Garcia, Leila Garcia, Sophia Baca, Eddy Baca and wife, Ramona, and Pete (Cuco) Baca; and other family and friends who loved him and will miss him. A very special thank you to Ismael (Petro) Baca, Steve Baca, Frank (Speedy) Candelaria, Daniel Martinez, and Paul Romero for all of your help and love. Ricky was full of life with even more funny stories that we will laugh at and forever treasure in our hearts. A Rosary for Ricky will be recited Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at La Morada de San Jose, 2100 La Vega Rd SW. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 3, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd SW with Father George Officiating. Ricky will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetery immediately following. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, 87107. 343-8008.
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MYERS -- Elizabeth Josephine (Betty Jo), 87, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Albuquerque, NM passed peacefully surrounded by her family on December 28, 2008. Betty Jo was born October 30, 1921 in America, IL. She will be remembered as a loving sister, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. Betty Jo is survived by her son Don Myers of Scottsdale, AZ; and four daughters, Pam and Clark Hall of Tucson, AZ; Sandy and George Ruth of Las Cruces, NM, Jan and Larry D'Anza and Geri and Patrick Beel of Albuquerque, NM; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, three sisters, Barbara Hage, Charlotte Rigg and Harriett Treadwell; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Betty Jo's life will be held at Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines NE, Albuquerque, NM at 3:00 p.m., on January 3, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Society, Los Altos Christian Church, Hospice or a charity of your choice.
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PADILLA -- Roland (Mando) Padilla, 56, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Emma Padilla and sister, Baby Theresa. He is survived by his sisters Theresa Medoro of Winchester, VA, Helen Padilla and partner Gary Hickman of Arlington, TX, Conchie Halas and husband Geno, Maxine Di Bernardo and husband Joe; brother Richard Padilla all of Albuquerque; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Rosary will be recited Friday, January 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m., at French, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 3, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5301 Claremont N.E. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gabriel Padilla, Jeremy Halas, Jonathon Halas, Richard Padilla, Jr., Izaak Cordova, Joseph Di Bernardo, Darren Casias, and Nick Ortega. Honorary Pallbearers will be Carlos Herrera and Joseph Torres. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, one hour prior to the Rosary. Mr. Padilla's family would like to thank Adelante Development Center, Inc. and the staff at Natalie Court. Also, the family wishes to acknowledge Scott Newland, Roland's Case Manager for many years. Please visit our online guestbook for Roland at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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