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GARCIA -- Phillip R. Garcia, 72, went to be with our Lord January 12, 2009, at Sangre De Cristo Hospice Home in Pueblo, CO. Through his tremendous faith in God and by the prayers of his family and friends he fought a very courageous fight with cancer. He was born May 26, 1936, in Pasamonte, the son of Leopoldo and Maria Inez Romero Garcia. Phillip was a resident of Springer, New Mexico and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was a United States Army Veteran serving our country proudly. In 1959, he was drafted into service. After completing training in Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to the 15th Infantry Battle Group in West Germany. Upon his discharge in 1961, he returned to employment at the New Mexico Boys School as a correctional officer. However, during the Berlin Crisis, Phillip was recalled to active duty for two more years. Phillip was honorably discharged with the rank of Seargent and once again returned to work at the New Mexico Boys' School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science in May 1974 from New Mexico Highlands University. Thus changing from working in the lodges and began teaching Special Education. He retired in 1992 after 33 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Steve Garcia and Richard Garcia; infant sister Lucinda Garcia; sister Jessie Martinez and her husband, Miguel Martinez. He is survived by his wife Eva Garcia of Springer; daughter Debbie Garcia of Las Vegas, NM; granddaughter Stephanie Garcia of Denver; sisters Beatrice Gallegos and husband Gilbert of Albuquerque, Audelia "Lela" Ramirez and husband Richard of Glendale, Calif., Helen Talbo and husband Joe of Tacoma, Wash., Inez Marrs and husband Bob of Memphis, Texas; brothers Eddie Garcia and wife Linda of Springer, NM and Chris Garcia and wife Irene of Ribera, NM; and sister in law Bella Garcia of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Eloisa Vigil and husband Tom of Springer, Arcilia Lopez and husband Gilbert of Raton, brothers-in-law Alvin Sedillo and wife Mary of Albuquerque, Elsio Sedillo and wife Judy of Riverton, Utah, Isidro Sedillo and wife Pat of Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Springer. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Springer with Father John Cannon as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and interment will take place Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Pallbearers are Gilbert O. Gallegos, David John Garcia, Steven Garcia, Charlie Marrs, Eddie Lopez, and Ronnie Seidel. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Vigil, Gilbert Lopez, Charlie Garcia, Isidro Bernal, Robert Portillos, Johnny Rivera, Sam Roy, and Lawrence Des Champs. Funeral arrangements for Phillip R. Garcia are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.
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GARCIA -- Salomon A. In Loving Memory Of Our Dad. Dear Daddy-o: Four years today you had to go, two months & a day mom went away, to be with you & our sadness grew! We miss you both, more than we can say, God loved you enough to take your pain away. And until we meet again we are here to stay. Your loving daughters, Gloria, Martha, Elizabeth, Rita & Marie
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GEMON -- Ismay E. Gemon October 4, 1920 - January 17, 2004 Ma, It's been five years since you went home to be with our Lord. We love and miss you very much. Until we meet again. Cathy and Steve
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GONZALEZ -- MICHAEL (SAM) Visitation for Michael (Sam) Gonzalez will be Saturday, January 17, 2009, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m., Deacon Pablo LeFebre, presider. Private disposition will follow. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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HETENIAK -- John Joseph Heteniak II, 59, passed away January 16, 2009. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Arrangements have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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JOHNSON-CORLIS -- Claudia Jo Johnson-Corlis, 66, a resident of Albuquerque since 1964, lost her year long battle with brain cancer Sunday, January 12, 2009 and moved on to a better place. Claudia was a fighter to the end. She was known for her no-nonsense style of communication and honest opinions. A wonderful mother and grandmother (affectionately known as "Granny" after the Beverly Hillbillies TV show character), she will be sorely missed. The matriarch of the Johnson-Corlis family, her brand of family loyalty and leadership will be hard to emulate. Always one to offer support to others and "rally the troops" to help out family and friends in times of need, Claudia was a force to be reckoned with. "Let's get organized" was her mantra and "I know I'm beautiful, tell me I'm efficient" was her personal motto. She is survived by her husband, Norman Corlis; her mother, Betty Newman; her sons, Todd Johnson and wife, Kristin (with grandchildren Ryan and Maura) and Joel Johnson and wife, Tracy; her daughters, Kimberly Harrell and husband, Mark (with grandson Grady), Jessica Martinez and husband, James (with grandchildren Dru Bailey and Thomas), Debi Corlis, and Tom Gay, all of the Albuquerque area; brother and sisters include Ronald Newman and wife, Pam of Westcliffe, CO, Nancy Casillas of Las Cruces, NM, and Amy Suttles and husband, Erik of Pagosa Springs, CO. Claudia was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Newman. She was a Licensed Independent Social Worker and had a successful private practice in this field. In addition, she served on numerous boards, committees, and associations in the field of psychiatric social work. She held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University in Topeka, KS and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2009, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, 87111. The family would also like to issue a "Special Thanks" to her caregivers, Annette Casaus and Gerri Saavedra, without whom the family would not have been able to function over the last year. We greatly appreciate your wonderful care and attention. Please visit our online guestbook for Claudia at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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KEITH -- Donald G. Keith, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Don was born Tuesday, March 27, 1928 in West Texas and was active in the family farming and ranching business. He joined the Army in 1953, then he attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado where he met and married Marianne. After graduating in 1958, they came to Albuquerque and soon became active in real estate and land development. He and Bill Thompson formed Keith & Thompson Realtors, built and operated apartment complexes in the university area which his family still operates. He enjoyed many happy years playing tennis at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque, where he served as President and long time member of the "Dawn Patrol". Donald is survived by his wife, Marianne; sons, Brian Keith and son, Redmon, Scott Keith and wife, Lori and their children, Donald, Richard, Marty, Nicole and grand-daughter, Alexis; brother Larry Keith and wife, Mary Lois of Childress, TX; sisters, LaDelle Gann and husband, Royce Don of Paducah, TX, Ruby Nell Rogers of Pleasant Hill, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Steve. The family wishes to thank New Mexico Cancer Center, Dr. Haskins, and the wonderful team from Vista Care Hospice. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper NE with a reception to follow at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque, 2901 Indian School Rd. NE, 87106. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Vista Care Hospice 5639 Jefferson NE 87109 or a charity of your choice. Please visit our online guest book for Donald at RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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OWENS -- Herbert R. Owens was born on June 7, 1949 and passed away January 11, 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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PEREA -- Martin C. Perea Jr., age 75, a life long resident of Albuquerque, NM, was called to rest on January 13, 2009 following a long illness. We are all comforted in faith believing that Martin is now resting in peace. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Lawrence Perea. He is survived by his wife Lucille; sons Kenneth and David; nine grandchildren; one sister, Maida Branch of Santa Fe. Family and friends are invited to join the Perea family in celebrating his life with Rosary Services on Friday, January 16, 2009 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church at 9502 4th St. NW, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Anton Chico, NM at 10:00 a.m.
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RODRIGUEZ -- ART Vistation for Art Rodriguez will be Saturday, January 17, 2009, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m., Deacon Manuel Montoya, presider. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 OId Coors Dr. SW
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