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DE LA TORRE -- Jorge Miguel de la Torre, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Maria Mercedes; two sons, Jorge de la Torre and wife, Kelly of Denver, CO, and Carlos de la Torre and wife, Sarah of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Jordi, Luca, Gabriella, and Mateo; mother, Martha Muller de la Torre of Cochabamba, Bolivia; and three brothers, Luis de la Torre and Alfonso de la Torre, both of Albuquerque, and Carlos de la Torre of Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was born on September 25, 1942, in Cochabamba, Bolivia and came to the United States in 1963 to study Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He graduated in 1966 Magna Cum Laude, and then returned to Bolivia where he married Maria Mercedes Sanchez de Lozada. They returned to the United States in 1967 where they made their home in Albuquerque. After working with several firms, he opened his own architectural firm in 1975. His work is evident throughout Albuquerque and the western United States, earning him several design awards. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including fly fishing, and skiing. He was an artist and loved painting, and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He was a devoted family man and a loving and doting grandfather. A Catholic Memorial Service will be held for Jorge on Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to UNM Foundation, Inc., Two Woodward Center, Suite 108, 700 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ESQUIBEL -- Paz 1947 - 2008 Paz Esquibel Paz Esquibel, 60, of Amarillo, died Saturday, April 12, 2008. A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Monsignor Joe Tash, pastor, officiating. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Mr. Esquibel was born November 4, 1947 in Espanola, New Mexico to Benjamin and Pauline Esquibel. He started his career in the restaurant field in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to the Amarillo area in 1976 where he was employed by Taco Villa Restaurants and Bobby Cox Co.'s for the next 32 years until his death. Everyone that knew Paz loved him. He was very devoted to his family. He loved life and just had a way of making people smile and laugh. From those of us who survive him, we love you with all our heart and miss you so much. Our comfort is in knowing that you are in a better place now and that we will one day all be together again. We were all so blessed to have you in our lives even though it was too short. Mr. Esquibel was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Esquibel and Helen Baca; and one brother, Wilfred Esquibel. He is survived by his children, Paula Warrior, Cindy Emery, Michael Esquibel, Walter Esquibel, and Brandon Esquibel; his parents, Benjamin and Pauline Esquuibel; his siblings, Adonais Esquibel, Clifford Esquibel, Joseph Esquibel, and Alvin Esquibel; and five grandchildren, Zachary Esquibel, Zia Warrior, Natalie Esquibel, Amelia Esquibel, and Christopher Emery. There will be a reception following the service at Fifth Season West.
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ETHRIDGE -- Mack Edward Ethridge passed away at the age of 63 on Monday April 7, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl; daughter, Karey and her husband, Chuck Mitchell; and son, James and his wife, Alisa Ethridge; as well as granddaughters Kelsey, Kylie, Ava, and Diana, all of Albuquerque, NM. Also, brothers, Joe, Lonnie, and Raymond Ethridge; and sister, Betty Frazier, all of whom live in Texas. He was born on October 27, 1944, in Ft. Worth, Texas and was raised in Weatherford, TX. Mack was a graduate of The University of North Texas where he met Cheryl Rulaine Kiourkas, his wife of 40 years. After a career as an Account Manager for General Mills in El Paso, TX, he started Ethridge Tire Center, which has been located in Albuquerque, NM for the last 28 years. Mack was a recognized member of the community in which he lived, a member of Faith Lutheran Church, and the Executives Association of Greater Albuquerque. He will be remembered as an unassuming man who believed in people, who charted his own path in life, and lived it on his terms until the very end. He will also be remembered as a caring man who helped countless family, friends, customers, and employees in their times of need. We will miss him dearly. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday April 17, 2008, at Faith Lutheran Church, 10,000 Spain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 505-296-0762. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mack's name to The American Cancer Society; PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, So He put his arms around you and He whispered, "Come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away, Although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating and you're now at peaceful rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
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FIGUEROA -- Barbara Figueroa made her transition to glory on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. She is preceded in death by her son, John F. Figueroa. Mrs. Figueroa is survived by her husband, Antonio V. Figueroa; sons, Antonio V. Figueroa II, Arthur Figueroa, Manuel Figueroa, and Joe A. Figueroa; daughter, Debra J. Macias; sister, Lupe Savala; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mrs. Figueroa will be held on Friday, April 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GALVAN -- Maxine A. Galvan (Montoy), 54, Passed away April 10, 2008. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on Nov 13, 1954 and resided in Albuquerque since 1959. She is survived by daughter, Jessica Garcia; sons, Guillermo Montoy and Jacob Padilla;granddaughter, Jade Montoya; sister, Sandra Cardosa, Bernadette Madrid; brothers, Sam Madrid and Charlie Saiz and their families. She was preceded in death by Ignacio Madrid Sr., Sally Madrid, Edmund Madrid, Ignacio Madrid Jr., Juanita Cordova, and Joe Madrid. The family will receive friends on April 18 at 2:00 p.m. at 6409 Summerwood Ct. The Services will be held Thursday April 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour 2805 Don Felipe Rd. SW, Albuquerque, NM (505) 452-3000.
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GARCIA -- Antonio Garcia, age 65, born in Bosque New Mexico, and a resident of Rio Rancho passed away, on Sunday April 13, 2008. Antonio was a beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife Margarita Garcia, His daughter Della June, and husband David. Also surviving are four grandchildren Sophie Silva, Nicholas Silva, Max Silva, and Aidan June. He is preceded in death by his son Diego Garcia. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday April 18, 2008 at 10:00 am, in the chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary. In Lieu of flower memorial contributions may be sent to Joy Junction, P.O. BOX: 27693 Albuquerque New Mexico 87125. Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW (505) 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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GARCIA -- Michael A. Garcia 1955 - 1999 Happy Birthday! Now free. I am in heaven. We miss you very much. Family and Mom (Rita)
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GONZALES -- Manuel Vicente Gonzales, age 68, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 13, 2008. Family and friends may visit today, April 17, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited this evening at 6:00 p.m. at St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 18, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. also at the church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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HOMAN -- Margaret J., 91, a resident of Albuquerque for 54 years, went home to be with the Lord on April 12, 2008, with her family present. She was born on August 24, 1916, along with her twin, Martha, in Dallas, Texas. Margaret attended public schools in Dallas before her father moved the family to Colorado where she graduated from Delta High School in Delta, Colorado. She attended the University of New Mexico in 1932 and completed her Bachelor's degree a few years later. Margaret married Lilburn C. Homan in 1940, and they had one daughter, Carol Ann Homan. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann and husband, Tom Goodwin, of Albuquerque; two grandchildren, Becky Goodwin of Albuquerque, and Thomas Goodwin and wife, Sarah, of Denver, Colorado; three sisters-in-law, Genevra Jackson of California, Janice Blevins of Portales, NM, and Marian Homan of Albuquerque, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilburn C. Homan, in 1986; parents, John Alexander Jackson and Nola Katherine Jackson; three brothers, Jim, Jesse, and Frank Jackson of California; and her two sisters, Mary Lou Ballenger and Martha Moore of Albuquerque. Margaret was an educator in New Mexico since 1934. She started teaching at age 18 in Estancia, NM, she taught in Moriarty, NM, in Albuquerque at Zia Elementary, Van Buren Jr. High, and Aztec Elementary. After achieving her Master of Arts degree in 1971, she became a Reading Specialist at East Area and later District Reading Coordinator for Albuquerque Public Schools in June 1979 until her retirement in 1985. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 .a.m. Friday April 18, 2008. at Christ Community Fellowship at 5908 Anaheim NE. In lieu of flowers, you may remember Margaret through a gift to Presbyterian Hospice, Hosanna Faith Comes by Hearing, Christ Community Fellowship or a Charity of your choice.
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HOWARD -- Ruea Jane Howard, age 90, formerly of Wichita, KS and Colorado Springs, CO, went to Heaven to be with her Lord, Tuesday, April 15, 2008. She moved to Albuquerque in 1997 to be with her daughter. Ruea was the third daughter of Ernest and Mildred Wikoff. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and three brothers. During WWII, she worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, KS, to help with the war effort. She spent much of her life in Wichita. She was a "nineties" lady, in the "forties and fifties", choosing to be single mother, raising her three children on a bookkeeper's income. Ruea is survived by her daughter, Pat Rose and husband, John; sons, Ken Howard and John Howard and wife, Stephanie; grandchildren, Chuck, Nick, Katrina, Debra, and Misty; brother, Richard Wikoff; six great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and special nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Sol Amor Hospice, 5700 Harper Dr. NE, Ste. 300, Albuquerque, NM 87109 French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW. (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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