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WICKA, SYLVIA ANN If you're about to toss that umpteenth charity solicitation with the rest of the junk mail you just picked up, stop for just a second & think of Sylvia Ann Wicka. Known to all who knew and loved her as Sissy, she entered eternal life on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the age of 60. She lives on in this world in the hearts and memories of her son, his wife, their baby boy, four brothers, her mother, nieces and nephews she doted over, and a large number of other relatives, friends, and students whose lives she touched so profoundly. Sissy had the biggest, most generous heart and she always shared whatever she had. If you forgot your lunch, half of hers was yours. If you needed a ride or a coat or a shoulder or a hug, she was there for you. She always had at least $20 to spare for the endangered animals or the hungry kids or the scientists searching for cures. She loved books and animals (she was particularly fond of St. Francis of Assisi) and politics and traveling. She especially loved Germany, where she spent part of her childhood in a military family and where she returned to serve her country in the U.S. Army. It's where she met her late husband and where she took her boy for a summer when he was young. It's where he will scatter her ashes. And daisies, oh, how she loved daisies. Sissy gave of herself, her time, her talents, her treasure. She gave everything she had to anybody in need. If somebody needed tutoring or help buying a book at National American University, where she worked, she was there for them. She started a drive to collect books for elementary schools in her beloved Albuquerque. She was her 91-year-old mother's caretaker for several decades, taking her to doctor's appointments and the grocery store and out to dinner. She sent goodie packages to her nieces in Wisconsin and Colorado and always talked about "my girls." She was known as a mom to so many, but she had just one child herself, Garry, the light of her life, to whom she imparted all of life's lessons, like being kind to animals, which she taught him by taking him as a toddler to feed the ducks at the ponds at UNM. Be good to others. Share whatever it is you have. Because somebody else needs it more. Do what you have to do. Stand up and be heard. If there's injustice, fight it. If there's a problem, seek a solution. If you have to get on a city bus bright and early every morning and go across town to get your kid to a better school, do it. If you have to teach math yourself in grade school because of budget cuts in the school district, you volunteer to do that, too. If you find a stray, pregnant dog wandering the neighborhood, you take her in and when she has her litter, you get her puppies their shots and take care of them, too, until finally you find them all good homes. And if your 8-year-old goddaughter is having a tough time and you can't be there to comfort her in person, you order her a subscription to a kid's magazine so she can feel better. Always thinking of others. Giving of herself. Everything she had. Sissy leaves us with other lessons that allows her spirit to endure in so many ways. Plan for tomorrow but live for today. Bask in the sunshine but enjoy the rain. Take pictures. And show them off. It's OK to be proud of your kid. That light shone doubly bright a little more than a year ago when Garry and his wife Jen had a baby boy they named Greyson. That little boy brought so many smiles and so much joy to her life, which was only fair seeing as how she brought so much love and laughter into all of ours. Sissy is also survived by her mother, Angelina Stapleton, her brothers John (wife Eileen, children Paul, Collin); Jack (wife Diane, children Billy, Kristin); Drew (wife Donna, children Katie, Karen); and Arnie (wife Kate, children Jordyn, Miquela, Ashlyn); and numerous in-laws and other relatives and good friends including Billy Martinez and Donna Russell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Army Spec. Garry Robert Wicka Sr., her father, Air Force Staff Sgt. Hubert Stapleton, and her grandmother, Emeteria Melendrez. A memorial celebration will be March 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm at French-Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Please visit our online guest book for Sissy at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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YULO, VITO ANTHONY Passed away at his home Monday, March 3, 2014, with his wife by his side, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. He will be greatly missed ... always to be loved and never, ever forgotten. Vito was born February 10, 1928, in New York City. A first generation Italian-American, he was the second son to his loving parents, Raphael and Elena Yulo. His parents immigrated to America from Pietrapertosa, Italy. Vito was a seven year resident of Albuquerque, NM. He previously resided for 28 years in Las Vegas, Nevada after moving from New York City. He served in the U.S. Army near the end of WWII and was stationed in Japan during the U.S. Occupation. He attended NYU and was an electrical engineer throughout his career. He could fix absolutely anything and solve many problems. He had a soft heart, knew how to have a good time, loved to travel, experience new adventures, gaming at casinos, and would lend a helping hand to those in need. Vito was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carlo Yulo; sister-in-law, Kitty Yulo; his loving sister, Rose Yulo L'Insalata; his brother-in-law, Bruno L'Insalata; and his cousin, Father Joseph Latella, S.J. He is survived by his wife, Melinda Vavra; family, George and Emily Vavra, Curtiss Vavra, Keith Flowers, and Margaret Davis, all of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his son, Ralph Yulo and daughter-in-law, Debbie Yulo of Brookfield, Connecticut; daughter, Elaine Miller of Oceanside, New York; daughter, Rosanne Vertichio of Bellport, New York; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; cousin, Gloria Lafferty of Staten Island, NY; nephews and their families, James L'Insalata of Rutherford, New Jersey, John L'Insalata of Staten Island, New York, Robert L'Insalata of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Richard L'Insalata of Staten Island, New York. A private interment service was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque. Family and friends wishing to make a donation, in lieu of flowers, are encouraged to consider giving to the Alzheimer's Association in his memory, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE Ste 121, Albuquerque, 87111. Please visit our online guestbook for Vito at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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BALTZ, KEITH ROLAND (W5WBA) June 22, 1924 - March 4, 2014 Born in Castalia, Iowa, to Ernst John and Anna (Schellhammer) Baltz, Keith spent his early years in the small town farming community. He graduated from Castalia High School and moved with his parents to California when World War II broke out. He was drafted into the US Army in 1943, he served in the CBI theatre at Dibrugarh, India, from 1944 to 1946. Returning to California, he helped his father build the family home, then began his college studies on the GI Bill. He transferred to the University of New Mexico in 1949 and received his degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1952. He met his wife, Barbara (Owens) at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Club in 1950, and they were married in 1951. Keith's first job was with the Santa Fe Railway where he worked on the last steam engine before the railroad switched to diesel engines and downsized the workforce. Utilizing his background in Amateur Radio and electronics, he secured a job with Sandia Corporation where he was assigned to the Field Test Division and participated in Joint Task Force 8 and the live atmospheric nuclear tests. In 1971 he left Sandia and he and Barbara built and managed several rental houses. He joined BDM Corporation in 1974 and remained with the firm until retirement. Actively involved in politics in the 60s and 70s, Keith ran for the State Legislature in 1972 and was twice a delegate to the Republican National Conventions. He and Barbara were election officials for over 50 years. During these years, Keith was building their adobe home which was one of the first on the West Mesa. He was active in the CBI Veterans group and served as their first Commander. He is a member of the American Radio Relay League, Upper Rio FM Society, life member of the National Rifle Association, and the Two Som class at their church. Keith enjoyed backpacking, camping, and volunteering communication services for charity races and bike rides. A loving husband, playful father, and affectionate grandfather, Keith's wisdom and strength will be missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernst John and Anna (Schellhammer) Baltz, his brother Loyle, and stillborn twins Frederick and Ely Baltz. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara; children Ann Baltz Aks (David), David (Roxanne), Dale (Jaffa), Brian (Danielle); grandchildren, Julia Aks, Madeline, Vincent, Joseph, Monica Baltz, Keziah and Rachel Baltz, Samantha and Melanie Baltz; sister-in-law, Nancy Smith; and nieces and nephew Susan Hostetler, Alice Baltz, Carol Ammary, Larry Baltz, and Judy Stillwell, and Keri Sutter (Ross). A Celebration of Life will be held 2 pm, Sunday afternoon March 9, at First United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Lead Avenue SW. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Keith's memory to First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead Avenue SW, NM, 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for Keith at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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CAMPBELL, B. MAXINE Age 93, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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DELVALLE, CLARA Clara DelValle, 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Albuquerque on February 27, 2014. Clara was born in Roy, NM to her loving parents Jose I. Montano and Amalia Martinez Montano. Clara married her beloved husband Pete in 1950. They were married until his death in 2011. Together they had five children. Clara was a past member of the Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 99. She retired from UNM after working at the campus bookstore for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Pete, her sons Pete Jr., John, and infant son Anthony; her sisters Mary and husband Joe, Annie, and Lena; her brothers Fructoso and Fulgencio; her sister-in-law Natividad and husband Joe, brothers-in-law Romolo and wife Carolina, and Julian. Clara is survived by her daughters Inez Sisneros and husband Francisco, and Janet Wiggins and husband David; her grandchildren Andrea Wichman and husband Stuart, Rebeca Sisneros, Sterling Wiggins, and Jasper Wiggins; great-grandchildren, Esteban, Anja, and Ella; her brothers Aniceto, Mariano and wife Sally, Joe and wife Mary, and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. The family is very grateful to caregivers Maureen and Lesly for their compassion and tenderness and to Hospice care of NM, especially Nurse Carol, Eladia, Edith, and Dr. Nolan for their exceptional kindness and support. Services will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave., Albuquerque. Rosary and funeral will be Monday, March 10th. Rosary will begin at 12:30pm with Celebration of Mass following at 1:00pm. Interment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on March 17, 2014. Please visit the online guestbook at www.riversidefunerals.com
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DREGER, MARIAN (MAR) Age 72, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2014 with her daughter by her side. She was born on June 17, 1941 in Darby, Pennsylvania and grew up in Ridley Township, PA. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Onischuk; son, David Onischuk and daughter-in-law, Lisa; brother, David Dickson and sister-in-law, Nancy; and numerous close and lifelong friends. She had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1972. She was a claims adjustor for St. Paul/ Travelers Insurance until retirement. Her world revolved around spending time with her children and friends. She was beautiful inside and out. Marian had such a big heart and gave so much love to everyone. We have been so blessed and very proud to call her our mom. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to have known her. A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at FRENCH - Lomas in the Reception Center from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Animal Humane Society, 615 Virginia Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Marian at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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FERGUSON, HAROLD D. 82, funeral services for Harold Ferguson will be held at DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory in Espanola at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014. This will be followed by a graveside ceremony at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 1:15 p.m. The Reverend Colin Kelly will preside. Harold a 46 year old resident of Los Alamos, died at his home Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He suffered for several years with Parkinson's disease. A mechanical engineer, Harold worked at the LAMP facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1967 until his retirement in 1990. From 1973 until 1994, he and his wife, Alta Lou, were half-owners of the Royal Crest Mobile Home Park in Los Alamos. In 1994, the Fergusons purchased and upgraded the Las Tiendias de Corrales Shopping Center in Albuquerque. They sold the shopping center in 1998. Until his death, Harold was an active member of the White Rock Senior Center, primarily in senior exercise and investing programs. Harold was born January 6, 1932 in Luther, Tennessee, to Thomas and Matilda Ferguson. He graduated from high school in Maryville, Tennessee, in 1951. He received the bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1955. An ROTC graduate, Ferguson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He took fighter pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas, and at Marana Air Base in Tucson, Arizona. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1957. In 1962, he was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was discharged from the reserve in 1967. Harold worked as an engineer at American Car and Foundry (ACF) in Albuquerque from 1957 until 1967. During that time, he purchased and upgraded apartments in Albuquerque, and he met Alta Lou who was also employed by ACF. They were married August 18, 1967, and moved to Los Alamos. Harold is survived by his wife and his sister, Audrey Blevins of Maryville, Tennessee. His wife has asked that any donation in Harold's name be given to the White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr. Los Alamos, NM 87544. Or the Parkinson's Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Boulevard, Ste. 100, Sarasota, Florida, 34232. The family of Harold D. Ferguson has entrusted their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 - www.devargasfuneral.com
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FRINKMAN, A. LOURDES Lourdes, beloved wife and mother, lost her battle with cancer on March 1, 2014. Lourdes is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jay; her daughter Lauren van Schilfgaarde and husband Ryan of Burbank, CA; her son Thomas Frinkman and Lindsey Oliver of Albuquerque. Also surviving are her sister Beatrice Zamora and husband Gene of Taos, NM; her aunt Bobbie Granados of Oakland, CA; mother-in-law Maryo Simpson; in-laws Erin and Jack O'Neil, Evan and Mike Jellesma and Tim Frinkman; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph Albert Perez and Veronica Mirabal Perez. Lourdes was born in Santa Fe, NM in 1954. In 1981 she met her life partner, best friend, dance partner, and future husband Jay. Lourdes and Jay launched their beautiful life together in Albuquerque. Many friends and family benefitted from Lourdes' special brand of hospitality. Our family will do our best to honor her by sharing her incredible zest for life. Please join us as we pay tribute to Lourdes on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Please visit our online guestbook for Lourdes at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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JONES, VIOLA "MERLE" MCBEE 1921 - 2014 Viola "Merle" McBee Jones, age 92, a resident of Mountainair most of her life, and a member of the First Assembly of God Church, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was born September 7, 1921, on a farm near Mountainair, NM, to Ethel David McBee and Charles W. McBee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Luther C. "Luke" Jones; sister, Emma Faye and husband, Ermon L. Vick; brother-in-law, Charles B. Fite; sister-in-law, Betty J. McBee; and grandson, Lee Pennycuff. Viola is survived by three daughters, Glenda J. and husband Clifton S. Ricker of Adkins, TX, Christene Z. and husband Hans Quast of Three Rivers, TX, and Judy M. and husband Tommy Eschberger of Mountainair; a son, Dudley C. and wife Sandi M. Jones of Carlsbad; sister, Charlene D. Fite of West Plains, MO; brother, James W. McBee of Farmington; and cousins, Derrell and wife Norma Jones of Lubbock, TX; ten grandchildren, June and husband Colby Johnson, Brett and wife Kathy Recker, Monelle and husband Leonard Trammell, Brent and wife Dianell Recker, Richard and wife Darva Pennycuff, William "Bill" Pennycuff, Floyd Pennycuff, Carolyn Pennycuff, Lynnelle and husband Andrew Chavez; and Haley Jones; 22 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends and phone buddies including special friend, Bill Moorhead; caregiver, Norma Archuleta; and beautician, Nancy Townson. A viewing will be held on March 9, at 2:00 pm, in the First Assembly of God Church, Mountainair, NM. Services will follow at 3:00 pm, with Rev. Ed Rimer officiating. Interment will be at the Mountainair Cemetery with Rev. Ed Rimer officiating at the graveside. Pallbearers are Chester Riley, Juan Archuleta, Markie Archuleta, Richard Shovelin, Rick Kayser, Ronnie Moorhead, Ruben Archuleta and Rusty Kayser. Honorary bearers are all Mountainair Senior Center Members, family and friends. Our family would like to give a special thanks and appreciation to Noblin Funeral Services for their support and arrangements. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com
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JURGENSEN, GLENYS F. Glenys Jurgensen, 92, died February 21st in Santa Fe. She was born March 8, 1921 in Lindenhurst, NY. Her father Alvin Frevert was a plumber, all-around handyman, and an enthusiastic gardener, a skill and dedication he passed on to his daughter. Her mother Isabella was a seamstress, homemaker, serious church-goer, and steward of the family income, all qualities Glenys learned to value. After receiving her diploma from Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing, Glenys enlisted in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps. She worked in evacuation hospitals in Normandy and St. Lo weeks after the invasions, in July, 1944. She received a Purple Heart when her hospital in Belgium was bombed. While on leave in Paris, Glenys went out with an Army captain in the Engineer Corps. He had whistled at her on the boulevards. With victory declared in Europe, Glenys volunteered for the Philippines and left on a Liberty Ship headed for Manila. By the time she arrived, the war was over, and she waited for the soldiers to return home before being able to ship out and be relieved of active duty. Taking only enough time to tell her parents and buy china and linens, Glenys moved to Albuquerque to marry Clifford Jurgensen, the soldier who had whistled at her. She immediately fell in love with this new land, so foreign from the beaches and oceans of her past. While Clifford traveled throughout the state as a civil engineer, Glenys happily moved from one small town to another. She was a little worried when her brother visited Jemez Springs in the 1940s, thinking he would report back to her parents that she was living in wilderness poverty. Clifford and Glenys had five children: Karen (Watkins), Kathi (Marchiondo), Ray, Richard and Glenn. Glenys was an indulgent mother, raising the children largely by herself as Clifford traveled to build New Mexico's roads. She instilled in her young family the values and pleasures that she found dear: love of reading and intellectual curiosity, wonder at nature, enjoyment in living, responsibility for helping others, and love of family. Later in life, she delighted in her grandchildren, Lisa, Anna, Amy, and Cliff. After her husband's death, Glenys found new interests and pastimes. She learned to be a skilled watercolorist and enjoyed water aerobics, a return to the swimming she loved as a child. She turned alkaline New Mexico yards into lush gardens. She traveled throughout the state with Senior Center friends. She expanded her collection and knowledge of jazz music. She kept family holiday traditions and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Glenys was brave, hard-working, resilient, loving and happy. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon her and give her peace and joy eternal. A celebration service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Albuquerque on Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
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