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DZAMKA, EMERY MICHAEL Emery Michael Dzamka, age 84, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed from this life on January 2, 2014, at home. He was born in Czechoslovakia on March 29, 1929 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with his parents in 1930. He went to John Marshall High School, graduated from Kent State University, and joined the Air Force. On honorable discharge from service, he attended Highland University to complete his Master's degree. He taught high school in Truth or Consequences before moving back to Cleveland in 1958. He taught school in North Royalton, Ohio. Emery returned to New Mexico in 1973 and settled in Albuquerque. He is remembered for his love and knowledge of music, his endless sense of humor, and his deep devotion to family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Webber Dzamka; his daughters Laura Dzamka Lee and Jeri-Ann Dolch; and grandchildren Matthew, Johanna, and Alec. An interment service will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery on at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society (505-884-4057). Memorials to honor Emery may be made to Faith in Christ Lutheran Church (505-292-5673).
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EVANS, JAY LEE Age 60, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly on January 9, 2014. He is survived by his mother Bonnie of Albuquerque; Sister Kay (husband Tommy) of Bellingham WA and an abundance of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jay was preceded in death by his father James Lee Evans. Jay was known by many as "Roadrunner Red", his stage name during the years he spent in the circus trick riding and roping - an homage to his long family history of cattle ranching in New Mexico. After retiring from the circus, Jay worked for the City of Albuquerque in several roles including Assistant to the Mayor, Director of Parks and Recreation, and most recently as Associate Planner with Open Space. Jay made a special connection with each person he encountered, whether it was having him draw a sketch of you, watching him juggle, singing a song together, subjecting you to a corny joke or engaging in a thought provoking conversation. He will be sorely missed. Please join us in a celebration of Jay's life on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at The City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at 6500 Coors NW. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 or Open Space Alliance 6500 Coors Blvd Albuquerque, NM 87120. Please visit our online guestbook for Jay at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FARRIS, YOKO age 90, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. The name Yoko means beautiful, sunny, glorious child. She was all of that and more. We love and miss you. In lieu of services, please contribute to the children of El Ranchito de los Ninos, Inc., Po Box 2400, Los Lunas, NM 87031. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com
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FRANCO, FIDEL E. Age 86, of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He is survived by wife, Lorna Franco; sons, Michael (Denise) Franco, and James Franco; daughters, Yolanda (Bruce) Jones, Rosemary (Patrick) Beare, Roxanne Franco, Yvonne (Michael) Durant and Janet Franco; brother, Frank Franco; grandchildren, Marisa, Sara, Billy, Vanessa, Laura, Jenny, Patrick, Matthew, Jordan and Tara; great-grandchildren, Christian, Tyler, Elijah, Aunaleese and Violet; and honorary daughter, Carolyn Acree. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen M. Gutierrez; his first wife, Nancy; and sisters, Evangeline Griego and Lilly Pompa. He was a wonderful father and husband. We will miss his great sense of humor and quick wit. He served his country in the Army in WWII. Later, he worked for Trans World Airlines for 33 1/2 years. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m., St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Building Fund. "Dad, Lord willing, we'll see you again someday." Please visit our online guest book for Fidel at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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GARCIA, SYLVIA age 82, was born on June 20, 1931 in Albuquerque, NM and passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. She was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back. To know her was to love her. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Adrian; sons, Adrian Jr. and David Garcia; mother, Merlinda and father, Cresesiano Gurule; granddaughter, Brittany Aragon. She is survived by her children, Rudy and wife Christina, Christy and husband Ray, Joe and wife Sun, Lucinda and husband Jeff, Gloria and husband Rigulo, Peter, Sophie and husband Clarence and Thea and husband Eddie; sisters, Beatrice, Florence and Sadie as well as many other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. Services will be held at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 4th St. NW(4th and Alameda) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. A Rosary will be recited at 8:00am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:00am. Reception to follow at the Parish Hall. Burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00pm. Pallbearers will be Fabian Gurule, Sebastian Gurule, Louie Lucero, Anthony Garcia, Nathaniel Chavez and Ashley Sandoval. Honorary pallbearers will be Fabian Gurule Jr., Christopher Garcia, Savannah Chavez and Benedicta Martinez. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 343-8008.
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GIANNINI, SHARON KATHLEEN (O'MALLEY) 68, was born to Virginia I. and James C. O'Malley June 26, 1945 in St. Louis, MO and died January 5, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. A dedicated sister, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her siblings Susan, Sheila, Brian, and Rory, her children Matthew and Annie, and her granddaughter, Brenna. Sharon was a very hard worker, most recently completing 25 years of service to the Albuquerque Publishing Company as a supervisor of advertising accounting. Prior, Sharon worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. and the Bank of NM. Sharon graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and attended St. Joseph's College and UNM. A beloved mother and grandmother, Sharon made herself available to her children and grandchild, doing everything she could to help them in both good times and bad. She was a truly selfless person. Sharon would do anything to for her family, and will be greatly missed by them. She was an angel on earth and will be an angel in Heaven. A rosary will take place January 16, 2014 at Salazar and Sons Mortuary, 400 3rd St. SW, at 7:00PM. A memorial mass will be celebrated January 17, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Place SE, at 11:00AM.
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GURULE, TOBY JR. Age 61, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Stella Gurule; son, Adam "T.J" Gurule III; brothers and sisters, Leroy Gurule, Olga Rubio (Ruben), Conrad Gurule (Felicia), Dolores Marquez (Monce), Julie Salas (Anthony) and Gloria Rodriguez (Martin); sister-in-law, Ernestine Archibeque; and brother-in-law, Frank Archibeque; special friend, Kenneth Calabaza; and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Toby was preceded in death by his parents, Tobias Gurule Sr. and Lucy Gurule; and mother-in-law, Stella Archibeque. Toby was a devoted husband and father, a hard-worker and provider and his friendly personality will be missed by all who knew him. He was always there to help anyone who needed it. Friends may visit FRENCH - Wyoming on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and a Prayer Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Martin Rodriguez, Frank Archibeque, Jr., Adrian Martinez, Ben Bernal, Christopher Gurule, Aaron Salas, Martin Rodriguez Jr., and Kenneth Calabaza. Interment will follow in Algodones Cemetery. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HANCOCK, WILLIAM H. "BILL" 1923-2014 William H. "Bill" Hancock, age 90, a resident of Belen, NM passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014. In the last two years of his life, my father often said, "I have lived a good life. I had a good family. I loved my family." He repeated this phrase often, as it was the truth of who he was in life, a man who committed fully to family and to work, and who was admired for his leadership and commitment in his work environments both in the U.S. Navy, as well as for 30 years at El Paso Natural Gas Company in Gallup, New Mexico. And, he was the quintessential father, both for his two daughters, as well as for other children who wanted to tag along, needed a bicycle fixed or someone to listen to their stories. One recently shared that he really didn't care for fishing, or for fish, but he would go anywhere with my father. Bill Hancock was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 8, 1923. His father, William Jay Hancock, of the Mormon faith, was in the precious metals business. His mother, Catherine McLaughlin Hancock, a Catholic, was a teacher who helped open schools to children of the mining families in Raton, New Mexico, where Bill, his brother Charles and his sister Marie grew up. Bill played basketball and football for Raton, High School, where he graduated in 1942 and soon after entered World War II through service in the U.S. Navy. Bill also served in the Korean War. Bill met and married Ann Frances Pavletich in Raton. They had two daughters, Mary Ellen Hancock, who lives in New York City and Belen, and Ann Frances Hancock-Hunt, who died in 1990. At the time of his wife's death in 2011, Bill and Ann had been married for 65 years. They had enjoyed a long and happy retirement in Belen, where they were parishioners of Our Lady of Belen Parish. Bill helped organize and play in "the Gaggle" at Tierra Del Sol Country Club in Rio Communities. A life-long golfer, Bill, played golf for 30 years with the New Mexico Seniors. Bill Hancock is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine; his father, William Jay; his sister, Marie; his wife, Ann; and his daughter, Ann Frances. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen; his brother, Charles; his sister-in-law, Catherine; nine nieces; and a nephew, as well as numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews. The family wishes to thank Bill's friends and his neighbors; his caregivers Donna, Laura, Pam and Dan; his doctors and nurses at the V.A. Hospital in Albuquerque, especially in the GU Department, as well as the V.A.'s amazing Geriatrics At-Home Primary Care Program; Belen's Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels Program; Sol Amor Hospice Group; Our Lady of Belen Parish and Romero Funeral Home. Funeral services are being arranged through Romero Funeral Home. Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 15, beginning with a Visitation at 10:00 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Mass and Interment will be forthcoming in Raton. Bill Hancock achieved an exceptional legacy: he lived a good life and he loved his family. He was a wonderful father, friend, and neighbor, and he will forever be remembered and loved by all who knew him. Sign Bill's online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM
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HERRERA, RAMONA age 80, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on January 9, 2014 with her loving family at her side. Mrs. Herrera is survived by her children, Maryellen Herrera, Lydia Duran, and Ron Herrera and wife, Audrey; sisters, Betty Tenorio and husband, Henry, Eufemia Lucero and husband, Candido, Nora Zamora and husband, Robert, Joyce Garcia, Patsy Tenorio and husband, Anthony, Theresa Barela and husband, Felix, Odette Anaya and husband, Phil; brothers, Bob Chavez and wife, Canda, Lincoln Chavez and wife, Josephine; her aunt, Bernice Trujillo and husband, Albert; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Herrera was preceded in death by her husband, Gavino; son, Reverend Ed Herrera; brother, Eutimio (Tootsie) Chavez; and parents, Tony, Elena and Florinda. Mrs. Herrera was a member of the Catholic Church, Altar Society, R.C. I. A. and Small Christian Communities. Visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Monday, January 13, 2014 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., presider will be Abbot Joel Garner O. Praem. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sammy Chavez, Daniel Tenorio, Wayne Lucero, Eric Zamora, Stephen Tenorio and Aaron Barela. Honorary pallbearers will be Waynette Asbury, Adrianna Anaya, Camille Garcia, Jessica Chavez and Sarah Chavez. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861
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HOFFMAN, RAYMOND DWIGHT 80, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, January 10, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth E. Hoffman, children; Steven D. Hoffman and wife Renay of Talladega, AL, Karl A. Hoffman of Albuquerque, Lynn E. Yount and husband John of Albuquerque, and Raymond H. Hoffman of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Kirk and wife Kim, Alisha, Brandi, Glenn, Aspen and husband Cameron, Sierra, Hannah, Brandon and Auston, his great-grandson Caden and many other family and friends, including his siblings, Zella, Della, Maxine and husband Frank, Johnny, Jeanne and husband George. Dwight was preceded in death by his parents Claud and Lela Hoffman and his sister Mary Guinn. He served our country in the United State Army during the Korean War. Dwight was a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and the BPOE Elks Lodge. A memorial service will be Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:00 am at French - Lomas, Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the SOLO Club, 2500 Candelaria Blvd, 12:30 - 2:30pm. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or Calvary Chapel Southwest. Please visit our online guest book for Dwight at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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