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FISHER -- Rick Fisher, 65, a resident of Albuquerque went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 12, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis; sons Michael and wife Mia, James, Scott and wife Deidre; three grandchildren Cody, Addisyn and Alex; father Bob Fisher and preceded in death by his mother Betty Fisher. Services will be on Friday October 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel 4001 Osuna. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GASS -- Jimmy Myers Gass December 8, 1946- October 11, 2008 Jimmy Myers Gass was taken from us on October 11, 2008, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. A 1961 graduate of Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN, he joined the Navy in 1962. After an honorable discharge, he received his degree in Soil Science from University of Tennessee. After a tenure in the Forest Service, he opened his own Soil Consulting Business in Jonesborough, TN. Jimmy was a free spirit who loved music and the great outdoors. He cherished his family and taught his children how to find the good in everything. He is survived by his loving wife Diane; his sister Florence Hill and husband Sam of Atlanta, GA; daughter Angie Apodaca and husband Ben of Santa Fe, NM; daughter Marti Goff and husband Ron of Santa Fe, NM; daughter Michelle Ivester and husband Mike of Knoxville, TN; daughter Rebecca Gass Benz of CA; daughter Sara Barber and husband Tim of Lorton, VA; and his son John P. Gass of Jonesborough, TN. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and various nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Jimmy's Life will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4:00 at the Twin Creeks Picnic Pavillion in Gatlinburg, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UNOS Foundation, PO Box 2484, 700 N Fourth St., Richmond, VA 23218.
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GELFAND -- Harriet Gelfand, 79, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 35 years, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2008. Harriet was born August 22, 1929 the daughter of Jack and Mary Bostoff in Bronx, NY. She had been a volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital for 30 years. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Gelfand in 2006. She is survived by one son, Jack Gelfand and wife Elizabeth of Albuquerque; and one grandson, Jakob Gelfand. Cremation has taken place, and she will be placed with her husband at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. 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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ITURRIOS -- Francisco Javier Iturrios, 39, a resident of Albuquerque, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday October 12, 2008. Francisco has been a devout and life long member of the Catholic Church. Mr. Iturrios is predeceased by his father Tomas Iturrios. He is survived by his devoted wife Lupe; three children Antonio Fernandez, Daniel and David Iturrios; his mother Elva Iturrios; a sister Maria Iturrios; three brothers Tomas, Gregorio and Fernando Iturrios. Visitation will be held at the 8th Street Chapel of Garcia Mortuary - The Daniels Family Funeral Services, on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 5:00 p.m., with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Family Catholic church, 562 Atrisco Dr. SW Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Private disposition will follow. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www:danielsfuneral.com Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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JENSEN -- Mark Alan Jensen, 56, lost his four year battle with bone cancer on Monday, October 13, 2008. He was born January 29, 1952 in Albuquerque and moved to Edgewood in 1983. Mark is survived by his sweetheart, Gail Richards; son, Rory Jensen and wife, Kim Jensen; daughter, Clare Jensen and their mother Jane Jensen; sisters, Mimi Montgomery, Janice Gauman and husband, Denny, Elena Coffman and husband, Gaylan; and sister Leslie Jensen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice K. and Alta Mae Jensen and grandparents, Joe and Mae Hill. Mark graduated from Highland High School in 1970 and UNM in 1974. He became a building contractor in 1974 and began a career in real estate in 1985 working primarily in Albuquerque's East Mountain area. Mark was Owner/Broker of Associated Mountain Realtors in Cedar Crest. He was a founder of the Edgewood Community Library and has been an ardent supporter since opening. In addition to homebuilding, Mark loved to dance, ski, scuba dive and play racquetball. He loved to travel the world and his many destinations are a tribute to a short life well lived. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment of cremated remains will take place at Mountain Valley Cemetery in Edgewood. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark's best friend for life Tim Otero, Angus MacPherson, Liz Mazzola, Jim Ullrich, Steve Caruso and Dave Thomas. In lieu of flowers, Mark requested memorial contributions be made to the Community Library, 1952 Old Highway 66, Edgewood, NM, 87015. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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KEAGLE -- Dee L. Keagle, 79, passed away on October 14, 2008. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-9192
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LOPEZ -- Nelly E. Lopez, age 89, of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday October 12, 2008. She was born on January 10, 1919 in Merida, Mexico to Sergio and Dominga Arana. Nelly married Marcos Lopez on July 15, 1942 in Mexico. They moved to New York in 1950, and also lived in New Jersey before residing in Albuquerque for the past 30 years. Marcos preceded her in death in June of 1990 after 48 years of marriage. Nelly enjoyed gardening, loved to travel, and especially loved her desserts. She was fiercely dedicated and loyal to her family. She is survived by her daughters, Anna Walsh, Patricia Pistorio, Lucia Lutz all of Albuquerque, Josephine Forbes and her husband Dale of Mountainair, and Sr. Maria Lopez, PBVM of Kingston, NY; 14 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren. Nelly was preceded in death by several brothers and sister. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2008 at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, followed by Burial. Visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2008. Scripture and Rosary Services will begin at 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. Memorial Contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. "We miss you and love you Mama". French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MARTINEZ -- David Martinez, 43, a resident of Albuquerque since 1994, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 14, 2008. He is survived by his wife Esther Martinez; children Amy M. Zambrano and David A. Martinez; grandchildren Serena Nevarez, Rico Hernandez and Amaya Hernandez all of Albuquerque; grandmother Julia Siguero of Robstown, TX; mother Nora Martinez of Plainview, TX; sister Connie Hipolito and husband, David of Denton, TX; brother Johnny Martinez of Rio Rancho, NM; mother-in-law Amelia Maestas of Hugoton, KS; father-in-law Marcelino Zambrano of Dalhart, TX; four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law; nephew Isaac Zambrano and many other nieces and nephews; and a large, extended family. David was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Martinez; sister Natalie Martinez; niece Angelica Ramos and nephew Junior Gonzales. David loved the Lord! He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. He was full of fun; quite the jokester. David was known for his cooking, particularly hot foods. He loved his family. He was proud of his wife, children and grandchildren. David was also a very good and loyal friend. Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2008 at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Friday, 4:00 p.m. until service time. David will be taken home for Final Services in Plainview, TX which will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2008 at Bartley Memorial Chapel, 1200 S. I-27. Interment will follow at Plainview Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Martinez, David A. Martinez, Isaac I. Zambrano, Andrew P. Zambrano, Reno Garcia, and Joshua Garcia. Friends may visit Bartley Funeral Home, Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MENEFEE-SCHEIER -- Lena B. Menefee-Scheier. Long-time Silver City resident Lena B. Scheier, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, October 12, 2008, at her home in Albuquerque. Her family was at her bedside and in her heart. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Clyde Alton Menefee of Artesia, and Ollie M. Scheier of Roy, NM. Born at Mills, NM in 1919, Lena was the youngest of eight children born to Giovanni and Nicoletta Bonomo who emigrated from Asiago, Italy. She was the last survivor among her six brothers and one sister. Lena became a Registered Nurse in 1945. In March 1946, Lena married Clyde Menefee. During 17 years of marriage, they had nine children as they moved around New Mexico with Clyde's job with the Soil Conservation Service. They finally settled at Silver City in 1952. In 1955, the Menefees arrived at 1919 Alabama Street, where the family remained for 47 years. In 1964, Clyde died in an automobile accident south of Silver City. Lena raised the nine Menefees with ample love and support from her family, many friends and neighbors. In April, 1972, Lena married Ollie Scheier, the general mill foreman at Phelps Dodge's Tyrone operation. Ollie died in 1992, and Lena continued to run the household on Alabama Street until she moved to Albuquerque in 2002. Throughout the years in Silver City, Lena, together with her dear friend Martha Hill, were fixtures at daily Mass at St. Vincent de Paul and then at the Newman Center, where both still have reserved seats waiting for them. Lena was an avid gardener, seamstress, and swimmer and enjoyed word puzzles. Her peanut brittle and chicken cacciatore are unrivaled. She loved watching basketball and her feet always tapped whenever music was playing. Most of all, Lena was a loving and loved mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma. Lena is survived by her nine children and three stepchildren and their spouses, 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one more on the way). She will be missed by her family: Nicolynn and Bob Womack of Cortez, Colorado; John and Gailyn Menefee and son Matthew, of Savannah, Georgia; Janine Menefee of Albuquerque; Mary Menefee and Bruce Ellison, and son Jon, of Albuquerque; Judy Menefee and Doug Neher of Silver City; Judy's daughter, Holly and husband Scott Palm of Tucson; Judy's son Aaron Salars and wife Courtenay and their two daughters, Morgan and Sydney of Sonoma, California; Steve Menefee of Phoenix, and his three children, Joshua, Jennifer and Victoria, all of Tucson; Chris and Steve Scholl, their son Andy, and their daughter Stefanie and her husband Brett Thompson and their daughter Ellen, all of Albuquerque; Mike and Cathe Menefee of Phoenix, and their children Jean, Paula, Martha and Thomas; Cathy and Tim Keller of Albuquerque and their children Rachel, Peter, Steven and Benjamin. Lena is also survived by Ollie's three children: Charles, Kenny and Darlyne Draper, their spouses, 10 grandchildren and several great- grandchildren. A Viewing will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. followed by Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque. Silver City services on Saturday include a Viewing at 9:00 a.m. followed by 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at the Newman Center with Burial at Memory Lane Cemetery. Please post online condolences for the family to: www.Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-884-5777
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NYHOLM -- June Nyholm, 84, died Monday, October 13, 2008. June was born in Minneapolis and moved to Los Alamos with her husband Lee in 1947 and then to Albuquerque in 1953. She is survived by her son, Roger Nyholm and wife Penny of Edgewood; daughter, Jane Walters and husband Tom of Sandia Park; and many friends who loved her. Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Animal Humane Assoc. of New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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