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SANCHEZ -- Jim "Andy" Sanchez, 90, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on October 31, 2008. Services are pending and have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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SIERRA -- Frank "Stuffy" Sierra Happy Birthday Not a day has gone by, since your sudden passing that you are not missed by all those who knew you and loved you. Especially your beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. You were able to fill a room with joy and warmth. You will always be remembered. Forever Your Best Friend and Fiancee, Gisele, Your Family and Many Friends.
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SPERBER -- HARVEY Harvey Sperber was born December 28, 1932 and passed away October 21, 2008. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 764-9663
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SPUHLER -- Fred Morgan Spuhler, Jr., 68 of Albuquerque passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 26, 2008, at his home. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 18, 1940 to Frederick and Marion (Kuethe) Spuhler. Fred is survived by his wife Carol; children Fred Spuhler, III and wife Connie, John Spuhler and wife Melissa, and Julie Lovato and husband Erik; step-children Todd Kirkman and Kristen Kirkman; grandchildren Philip, Stephanie, Jonathan, Kyle, Leo, Erika and Gabriel. He was a graduate of the University of Arizona. Fred served his country as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed for 25 years with First National Bank and currently for the past 12 years with First Community Bank as Senior Vice President - Treasury Management. Fred's primary focus with First Community Bank was always on the customer and the customer experience. He was a long time member of Faith Lutheran Church. Fred was a friend to all. His best friend and wife, Carol, enjoyed every moment together. They loved spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed his morning runs with his special group of friends and best dog Molly. Fred was always quick with a smile and kind word. He would carry a conversation with anyone. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will always be in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church. "Auf Wiedersehen, Fred!" French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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STOCKER -- Alice "Connie" Stocker, 84, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. She is survived by her sons Steven Star and wife DJ, Jeff Stocker and wife Gayle; and her daughter Martha Carrillo and husband Gilbert; grandchildren; Angelei Star, Jessica and Ryan Carrillo, Shane, Cody and Brianna Lemler. She was preceded in death by her husband James Stocker. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, traveling, collecting crystal and antiques. She had a feisty sense of humor and will be dearly missed by her family. She was also a member of PEO. Memorial Services will be held at French Mortuary Westside Chapel on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SWANSON -- Alice Swanson, 92, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, former resident of Bettendorf, IA, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2008. She is survived by her children, Robert Swanson (Kay) of Los Lunas, NM and Carol (Kreiter) Lindquist (LeRoy) of Davenport, IA; grandchildren, Robert Lee Swanson (Tawni), Sylas Swanson (Brandi), Penny Kreiter, Tracey Jernigan (John) and Kelly Penning (Jared); and great-grandchildren, Rhiann, Hagen and Soraa Swanson and Jordan Prichard. She is also survived by her brother, Leroy Munson (Doris); and sisters, Mable Henning and LaVerne Hansen. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, James Swanson; sisters, Ellen and Patricia. A private Burial will take place in Davenport, IA at a later date. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SWIFT -- Michael Douglas Swift, 50, died October 20, 2008. Michael was born in Oakland CA, July 30, 1958, the son of Jane Neuenschwander Swift and Douglas Swift. Mike lived most of his life in Albuquerque. He graduated from Sandia High School and New Mexico State University. He obtained his master's degree from Webster University. He was employed by Joske's Department Stores in El Paso and San Antonio, Honeywell in Albuquerque, and Intel in Rio Rancho. He was employed by Advent Solar at the time of his death. He volunteered with United Way of Central New Mexico. In addition to his parents; he is survived by sisters Sharon Leslie of Durham NC, Susan Ertmer and husband Rob of Eaton CO, Barbara Swift and husband Clyde Burke of Garner NC, and Melanie Swezy and husband Grant of Midland TX; brother David and wife Nichol of San Diego CA; four nephews and a niece. In accordance with Mike's wishes, his organs have been donated and his remains cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Way of Central New Mexico, PO Box 25848, Albuquerque NM 87125, or to Albuquerque Community Foundation, PO Box 36960, Albuquerque NM 87176. Private Services have been held. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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THOMAS -- Amos E. (Tommy) Thomas, (Uncle Tommy), age 97, longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 in his home surrounded by family and his precious caregivers - Sara, Kim, Lolita and Dolores. He was born on September 1, 1911 in Norwood, MO to Joshua and Mary Belle Thomas. Tommy and his family settled in Hydro, OK where he grew up and married his high school sweetheart Mura in 1937. They moved to Albuquerque in 1939 for Tommy to take the sales manager position for Joe Heaston Motor Co. Tommy took a leave of absence in 1942 to serve his country in World War II. After returning to Albuquerque, he acquired half interest in Heaston-Thomas Motor Co. He later owned and operated Southwest Insurance Co. Tommy also ranched and farmed in Colorado for 45 years where he so proudly raised the best "PINTO BEANS" in the west and enjoyed distributing them all over Albuquerque during the Christmas holidays. He had been a long time board member of "Up With People", active in United Way for many years, the Optimists Club, a member of the Albuquerque Country Club, where he was an avid golfer and card player. Tommy was active in the Masonic Lodge, York Rite and Ballud Abyad Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters. He loved to fly fish and hunt in Colorado with his family and dear friends. For the past 12 years, Tommy had been devoted to his latest business venture "Alternative Link". He was preceded in death by his wife, Mura; mother and father; brothers, Everett, Cody, and Sid; half brother, Hank; sister, Maggie and Oma; half sister, Ola. Tommy is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Bill and Cindy Thomas of Albuquerque. He was very proud of being Godfather to Margaret Hampton of Denver, CO, and enjoyed being great-great-great Uncle Tommy to Makayla. Mr. Tommy Thomas lived every single day to the fullest and did his best to make a special memory for someone every day as well. He will be missed by many, and always remembered for his love and generosity to so many people. A full life, this 97 year old "Wonder" lived. We love you, Uncle Tommy. Family and friends may visit Friday, October 31, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Services and Burial will take place at Hydro Masonic Cemetery in Hydro, OK on Monday, November 3, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., Kurt Phipps officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tommy's name to Pegasus Legal Services for Children, 3201 4th St NW, 87107. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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TOLLISON -- Loretta Martinez Tollison, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 3:40 p.m., with her Son holding her hand at her bedside. She is survived by her, husband, Tom Tollison of Albuquerque; her only child and son, Tommy and his wife, Dubravka of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Thomas Luke (age 4), Matea Laura (age 2) and Leia Loretta Maria (due December 2008). She is preceded in death by her father, Licho Martinez and her mother, Matilde Dye. Loretta was a sixth generation Albuquerque, New Mexican and she was born and raised in the Martinez Town area of Albuquerque. Loretta had a BA in Psychology and Spanish was her first language. She deeply loved her Dye side of the family in New Mexico and California. Loretta tirelessly served the Hispanic and elderly communities, first as a substitute teacher in downtown and the north/south valley schools, then as a counselor and case manager with the Office of Senior Affairs and Catholic Social Services, also through participation with the Hispanic Roundtable and the New Mexico Democratic Party. She was founder and owner of All Seasons Home Care, a company that was dedicated to in home care for the elderly. To our great wife, mother, grandmother and mother in law: We will always love you, we will always think of you, we will always honor you and we will always miss you. Go now and be at rest with Jesus and your family. A Mass will be celebrated for Loretta on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 927 Arizona St. SE (corner of San Pedro and Ross), with Father Virgil Furfaro, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. After the interment, family and friends are welcome to come by Tom and Loretta's house at 1008 Georgia SE for food and refreshments. Flowers may be sent to French Mortuary, the University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WATTS -- Dorothy C. Watts, 97, a resident of Albuquerque since 1972, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2008. She is survived by her daughters Dorothy Watts and Linda Gillen; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband William H. Watts. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place. Special thanks to Bill, Trish, Rick and all her caregivers and friends at the House of Hearts. You made her part of your family and brought her much happiness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to House of Hearts, 2612 Chelwood Park Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 323-9000 www.aspenfuneral.com
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