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DOYLE -- Bernie Doyle, 78, a person of love and laughter, passed away Sunday February 8, 2009. Bernie is survived by her husband of 54 years Dick; daughter Sheila Buckler, husband Ozzie, and grandchildren Jeremy and Kelley; daughter Bonnie Downey; and grandson Thomas Rolison. Also sister, Sandy Pearson and husband Alan, Loretta Westerlund and husband Willard and Darlene Sherard. Bernie was born and raised in Minnesota. She came to New Mexico in 1954 where she met her husband and has lived in the area since that time. Her later years were filled with golf, fishing, needlecrafts and friends. Bernie never knew a stranger. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday February 11, 2009 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Belen, 75 Manzano Expressway, Belen, NM. Arrangements are being handled by Riverside Funeral Home of Belen, 418 W. Reinken Ave. An online guest register is available at www.riversideofbelen.com
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GOMEZ -- Christian Michael Gomez A Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28, 2009 in Albuquerque to celebrate the life of Christian Michael Gomez. Chris, a 1990 graduate of Del Norte High School, was fatally injured in an automobile accident in Roswell, Georgia, on November 18, 2008. Born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1973, Chris enjoyed many years in Albuquerque before joining the U.S. Navy, an experience that introduced him to numerous foreign countries. In 2000, he received a degree in audio production from the Seattle Art Institute, after which he began a career in the music electronics industry. Music was his passion. The son of Art Gomez of Santa Fe and Annie Morningstar of Albuquerque, Chris is also survived by his widow Hikaru of Roswell, Georgia, his brother Paul Gomez, nephews Max and Quincy Gomez-Wright of Houston, Texas, and his stepmother, Penny Gomez of Santa Fe. During his brief time on earth, Chris touched many people worldwide. He will be fondly remembered.
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GRIEGO -- Juan L. Griego, 74, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2009. He was born in Trinidad, CO on Saturday, January 12, 1935 to Jacobo and Abelina Griego. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service. Juan also retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 10 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kate W. Griego; sister Delores Baca and husband, Art Baca; mother of his children, Mary Griego; children, John Griego and wife, Cherise Griego, Teresa Griego-Garcia and husband, Alfredo Garcia, Steve Griego and wife, Nancy Griego, Michelle Griego-Leyba and husband, Edward Leyba all of Albuquerque, Angela Guillot of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Audrey Billips, Jonathan Griego and Ramon Guillot; four great-grandchildren, Natalia Abrams, Amari Billips, Jovan Billips, Jaliyah Guillot; step-children, Linda Clifcorn and husband, Mike Clifcorn, Lupe Bevan and husband, Earl Bevan, Arthur Struck and wife, Sheila Struck, Sandra Weston; 15 grand-children and ten great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and family get togethers. Juan was a proud member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Rosary will be recited Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., at Queen of Heaven Parish, 5311 Phoenix Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 with Deacon Ruben Barela reciting. Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 13, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Parish, with Father Vincent Dominguez celebrating. Please visit our online guestbook for Juan at RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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KIRKENDALL -- Denny Fred "Kirk" Kirkendall, age 81, of Sonora, CA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM, after a full life, in spite of his long battle with cancer. Kirk served his country in the Merchant Marines during WWII and the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. He is survived by daughter, Diana Simmons and husband Rod of Castro Valley, CA; sisters, Gladys Baca and husband Dan of Albuquerque, NM, Elsie Berry of Albuquerque, NM; nieces, Cynthia Steel and husband Kirk, Marin Bandoni and husband Steve; nephews, Mark Berry, Michael Bandoni; grandchildren, Felicia, Taylor, Danny, and Laci; and special friend, Mary McEntee of Rio Rancho, NM. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 235 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94104, or www.cancer.org. Please visit our online guest book for Denny at: RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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LEASE -- Edwin E. Lease, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 8, 2009. Edwin was born February 22, 1922 the son of Walter P. and Lura L. Chapman Lease in Wolf, Ohio. Drafted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, the 20 year old Lease found himself in the middle of bullet-riddled European skies fighting as a gunner and flight engineer of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, flying 63 missions in a B26 Marauder medium bomber - a precarious plane that earned wartime nicknames like "the Flying coffin" and "the Widowmaker" because of its small wings; and high number of takeoff accidents. He had been employed by the Kinney Brick Company for 20 years and made numerous friends and acquaintances in the business world. As a retired salesman and veteran of World War II, sharing your story isn't the easiest thing to do. After all, those who survived the Great Depression and World War II aren't a group known for wartime grandstanding. Edwin was a member of the Surtoma Club, and AA. He enjoyed spending time with his wife Joline traveling and making many friends. He trailblazed his way to Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences) and never looked back. "When I saw all these beautiful mountains, the hot springs, the Jemez fir, I knew this was where I wanted to live for the rest of my life." He enjoyed his home at Cochiti Lake and was very involved with the community. He never proclaimed to be a religious man. "I'm very spiritual though. In his 86 years, he says he has prayed five times - "when I was shot down, when I had lung surgery, when I wanted to quit drinking and when I had cancer." "I only ask for help with my health, never for money or material things." Edwin was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Joline; three sisters, Rachel Baum, Marjorie Drovdahl, and Mabel Cisneros; eldest son, Richard F. Lease; grandson, Troy Edwin Lease; and step grandson, Aaron Bigbie. He is survived by his children, Marsha Atchley and husband George of Alabama, Edwin (Butch)E. Lease and wife Cathleen of AZ, Timothy R. Lease and wife Jacque of Los Lunas, Thomas Lease and wife Sondra of Rio Rancho; step-children, Rick Dow and wife Carol of Camarillo, CA, Nancy Dow of Albuquerque, and Kathy (Dow) Wilson of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Anthony Lease, David Lease and wife Vianey, Timothy R. Lease II and wife Victoria, Jayme Lease, Shawn Lease, Megan Lease McLaughlin and husband Mathew, Audra Stewart, Danielle Atchley, great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Chase Lease, Nolan Lease, David Lease, Jr., Ilianna Lease, Karlee Dearholt, Mathew Atchley, Haley Atchley, Elijah McLaughlin, Michael Fausto, and Stephen Fausto; four step grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. A Memorial Service for Edwin will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho with Reverend Warren Chapman Officiating. Interment will be Friday, February 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe with Military Honors presented by the VFW Post 2951. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Lease, Randy Lease, David Lease, and Shawn Lease. In lieu of flowers, it has been suggested that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimers Association of New Mexico, 9500 Montgomery Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, New Mexico Chapter, 4004 Carlisle Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87107. Those who wish to send 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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MAIZE -- George Maize, born January 9, 1938, in Waco, TX to Goldia and Littie Maize passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009. George was a hard working, and kind person who was easy to get along with and who loved people. George is survived by his loving wife Gladys, daughters Rebecca Covington and husband Tommy, Joyce Lewis and fianc, J. R. Sanders, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his siblings, Myrtle Young, Erma Tanner, Robert Maize and Robert Lee Maize and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, Carlisle Chapel with Reverend C. E. Becknell Officiating. George's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle, NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 884-1188 Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com
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MALDONADO -- Luis A. Maldonado. Wake today 7:00 p.m. at The Vine. Service Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at The Vine burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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MARTINEZ -- Ruben G. Martinez, 67, passed away February 8, 2009. He was born in Anton Chico, NM on March 17, 1941 to Jose A.C. (Charlie) and Rita Martinez. After his mother's death in 1943, he was raised by his grandmother, Marina S. Nelson in Anton Chico, NM. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1960. He has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1960. He was an electrician and retired from Lovelace. He also had his own company Venture Electric. His greatest accomplishment was that his sons learned the electrical trade and became electricians. He is survived by his wife, Maria (Maggie) Martinez; three sons, Michael and Juanita Martinez from Santa Fe, NM, Jeffrey and Cathy Martinez from Florence, CO, and Richard and Melissa Martinez from Ranchos de Taos, NM; five grandchildren, Sgt. Michael Martinez, CWZ Joshua Martinez, Derrick Martinez, Regeena Martinez and Leo Martinez; one great-grandchild, Joaquin Martinez. He is also survived by two brothers, Cresencio and Lydia Martinez of Albuquerque and Flavio and Delores Martinez from Rush City, MN; uncle, Joe Martinez, and aunt Margie Baca of Albuquerque, NM; his mother-in-law, Socorro G. Sena of Albuquerque; the Gonzales Family from Anton Chico; in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members; and a host of friends. A Rosary for Mr. Martinez will be recited on Tuesday evening, February 10, 2009 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd SW, at 7:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at the San Jose Catholic Church in Anton Chico, NM at 10:00 a.m. Reception will follow in Anton Chico, NM. Pallbearers will be Fred Gonzales, Essel Baca, Joshua Martinez, Leo Martinez, Albert Martinez and Regeena Martinez. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW (505) 247-4124 www.salazarandsons.com
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O'KEEFE -- Margaret "Meg" O'Keefe, 71 a resident of Albuquerque for more than 40 years, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009 after a lengthy illness. She was born Monday, September 27, 1937, on her parent's ranch near the town of Upton, WY, to the late Everett and Vera Murray. She attended Upton Grade School and graduated from Upton High School in 1954. She went to nursing school in Boulder, CO and worked on her R.N. at St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, CO. Meg later received her Bachelor's degree in Hospital Administration. On September 8, 1958, she was united in marriage to David M. O'Keefe in Denver, CO. In 1964, Margaret and David moved to Albuquerque. In 1979, Margaret, affectionately called, "Meg" was elected to Albuquerque School Board where she later became president and served with distinction for many years. She worked at St Joseph's hospital as an emergency room nurse for over 35 years. Meg is survived by her sister, Pauline Hagerman and husband, Bill Hagerman; her ex-husband, David O'Keefe; her two sons, Michael O'Keefe and wife, Bertha O'Keefe; Daniel O'Keefe and wife, Mimi O'Keefe; daughter, Mary Ann O'Keefe and husband, Jerry Simmons. Meg is also survived by her five grandchildren, Matthew Simmons, William Simmons, Thomas Simmons, Brandon O'Keefe, Tyler O'Keefe; and a granddaughter on-the-way. Funeral services for Meg O'Keefe will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 811 Guaymas Place NE, Albuquerque, NM. Entombment will be held in the town of Upton, WY. We would like to thank all of the staff of the University of New Mexico Hospital Medical ICU for their wonderful care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in her name to the New Mexico Humane Society, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Meg at RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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PHILLIPS -- Jeanne Belle 48, passed peacefully on January 31, 2009, in Jacksonville. Originally from Albuquerque, NM, she was visiting family here when she took ill. Jeanne was born in Bainbridge, GA, and earned degrees from the University of Mississippi, Providence Hospital of Nursing, University of S. Alabama, and the University of New Mexico. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM, and worked for Medtronic Corporation as a sales rep. for the pacemaker division. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Jeanne is predeceased by her father Harold M. Phillips. She has left behind to cherish her memory, her mother, Joanne Whitehurst Phillips, of Jacksonville, FL; sisters Nan (Dana) Fluegel, Susan (Stephen) Keeling; nieces and nephews: Katherine Drew, Jeffrey Fluegel, Phillip, Chris, Sally Keeling; and many dear friends in Albuquerque. A memorial service will be held on March 14 at 1 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Albuquerque Humane Society, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108. Arrangements are entrusted to Hardage Giddens Mandarin Chapel, 904-288-0025.
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