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GRIFFITH -- Leona Robinett Griffith, 77, of Albuquerque, NM passed away Friday, November 28, 2008. She is survived by a daughter Linda Wilkinson and a son Bruce Griffith of the Albuquerque area; and her grandchildren, Breeann and Josh Wilkinson, Keaton and Kenzy Griffith and Davis Joyner. She was born in Amarillo, TX, 1931 to Clifton H. and Gladys Robinett. Leona was a loving and compassionate preschool teacher at the YMCA in Albuquerque, and at the Child Care Center on Sandia Base for over 20 years. She was a member of the Palo Duro Senior Center and a member of their Crocheting Club and donated many blankets to the Project Linus Organization. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charities of ones choice.
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HAWKINS -- S. John Hawkins, 92, a native of Albuquerque, passed away on November 28, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dorothy, to whom he was happily married to for over 50 years. He is survived by his brother Victor Hawkins, and his sons Richard G. Hawkins, Alan J. Hawkins, his wife Melanie and granddaughter Alisha. He was an Air Force pilot during World War II. He was a prisoner of war for 2 years. John was a local architect for over 40 years where people can see his legacy all over town. He was a generous, kind, and intelligent person who will be missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Marks On the Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place, NE. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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KAPLANIDES -- Christos In loving Memory of Christos Kaplanides. My family, Charlotte, Joshua, Joseph and I will never forget my Father. He was a gentle, caring man and will be honored with loving memories. My fondest memory of him was seeing him hold our Joshua in his arms. We will love him always. Love, Miles, Charlotte, Joshua, and Joseph
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LEYBA -- Henry Leyba Jr., a resident of Albuquerque, NM, born on December 12, 1961, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 28, 2008. Henry had a compassionate heart for people which made him a stranger to no one. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Leyba. He is survived by his father, Henry Leyba Sr.; and his two beautiful daughters, Stephanie Leyba and Julianna Leyba. He had four adoring grandchildren, Tommy Lee Gomez, Nadia Marisol Gomez, Andrew Gomez, and Enrique Amancio Leyba. He is also survived by five loving sisters, Pearl Silva, Dora Gradea, Brenda Samora, Gloria Montoya and Rosalie Leyba. Henry had many many loving nieces and nephews. Henry was a member of Queen of Heaven Parish. Visitation for Henry will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 also at Queen of Heaven Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Services will be officiated by Deacon Pilar Garcia and Deacon Don Contreras. Pallbearers will be Chuck Hernandez, Santiago Samora, Martin Rodriquez, Jeremy Rael, Tommy Gomez and Antonio Silva. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Muller and Jim Samora. Those who wish to pay or send their condolences may do so at his sister's home, 1010 Waldie Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 5639 Jefferson St. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109 Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. Oh Divine Master; grant me that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born into eternal life. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW (505) 247-4124 www.salazarandsons.com
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LIGUORI -- BEN R. 1916 - 2008 Ben Liguori, a resident of Albuquerque for 45 years and of Belen - where he retired - for 15 years, passed away Friday, November 21, 2008. Ben was a mechanic who enjoyed maintaining all the vehicles of his family. He owned and operated his own business - Master Auto Service - for years and then finished his career working at Kirkland Base. He greatly enjoyed his family and was always willing to help with any project. Ben was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Laura, in 2004. Ben Liguori is survived by his son, Ralph Liguori and his wife, Olga, from El Paso, TX; also his daughter Cathy and her husband, Jim. His grandchildren are Todd Jackson, Patti Herrera. Ben also has four great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held December 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., at Daniels Family Funeral located at 1100 Coal S.E. in Albuquerque.
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LOVATO -- Ernest Moya Lovato, 80, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving Day. Ernest, a veteran of W.W.II, retired in 1981 from Sandia Laboratories after a career of 31 years. He was a scoutmaster for 21 years and received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He spent his retirement years as a volunteer at the V.A. Hospital where his big heart and his compassion were an inspiration to all. Ernest was a member of American Legion Post 49 and a lifetime member of the VFW and the Military Order of the Cooties. He was preceded in death by his parents Rumaldo and Avarista; his brothers Lloyd, Clyde and Del; and by his son Michael. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Eduvigen; three sons Ernest Jr. (Diane), Herman (Teresa), Steve (Theresa); and two daughters; Priscilla Lovato and Margaret (Brian) O'Grady; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many others who will miss him immensely. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association. A Memorial Mass will take place Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Church, 833 Arizona SE. Arrangements are in care of: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 764-9663
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MARCHBANKS -- Diana Marie Marchbanks, 67, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008. She is survived by her partner Cody Keeler; children Jenine Brock of Gallup, Calvin Crowder and wife Lynne of Austin, TX, Shannon Crowder and wife Kelley of Williamsburg, Misty Crowder-Smith of Jarales; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Ms. Marchbanks served her community in many ways over the years, most prominently as Sierra County Treasurer and emergency foster parent for the state of New Mexico. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and had many friends. A Service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, December 6, 2008 in Truth or Consequences at the Ken James Center on 4th Street. Please send condolences to rememberladydi@gmail.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MCGINNIS -- Donald Ellis McGinnis, 71, died in his home Sunday, November 30, 2008. He was a "miracle," having survived 17 years with two heart transplants. Born in Emlenton, PA in July of 1937, he moved to New Mexico after joining the Air Force in 1955. He is survived by two families who loved him very much: Joan McGinnis, Dan McGinnis and wife Sandra, Mitchell "Chip" McGinnis and wife Sherrie, Sherrill Wright and son Jordan Wright, grandchildren Darren, Ryan, Fili, Sam and Jolie, all of New Mexico; uncle Dan McGinnis and wife Helen of Pennsylvania, sister Ruth Davis and husband Jim of Pennsylvania and brother Paul McGinnis and wife Susan of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew "A.R." and Vera May McGinnis. He served ten years in the Air Force, then retired from Sandia National Labs after 25 years. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed sharing outdoor activities - fishing, boating, and hunting with friends and family. He was very proud of his children and his grandchildren and shared his love of nature with them. Cremation has taken place. His ashes will be lovingly spread at Echo Lake in Pagosa Springs, CO next Spring. Friends and family are invited to commemorate his life at 3504 32nd Circle in Rio Rancho between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2008, 505-896-4693. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.
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OSTROM -- Bernice Ostrom, resident of Albuquerque, born April 18, 1914, passed away on November 12, 2008 at the age of 94. She was the dearly beloved wife of the late Gerald Elmer Ostrom (August 12, 1987). Bernice is survived by her children Terry Ostrom of Ann Arbor, MI and Patricia (James) Kohnen of Dublin, CA. She also leaves behind two grandsons, William and Mark Kohnen, and two great-granddaughters, Anne Villar and Lucy Mae Kohnen. She is survived by her brother Ray Meshke of Rochester, Minnesota; her sister-in-law Loraine Berg of Tucson, AZ; and two nieces and one nephew. Bernice was born in Winona, MN, April 18, 1914 to Fred Meshke and Louise Gasner Meshke. She was a graduate of Winona State University and taught school until she married Gerald Ostrom in June 1941. She lived and taught in the suburbs of Chicago from 1952, until she and her husband retired to New Mexico in 1977. She spent the last five years at La Vida Llena life care community in Albuquerque where she received loving care and support from many people. Bernice was an avid reader, golfer and bridge player. She also loved the theater, and was always active in her church. She will be dearly missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 10:30 a.m., in the Chapel at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Valley Lutheran Church, PO Box 667, Los Lunas, NM 87031 or to Full Life Foundation at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Please visit our online guest book for Bernice at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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PINKHAM -- Ginger Pinkham, 62, of Bosque Farms died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, November 30, 2008 She was born in Sterling, Colorado on August 3, 1946, an only child. She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Crist Ayle; father, Oliver Ayle; and step-granddaughter, Grace Wolverton. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Charles Pinkham of Bosque Farms; stepdaughter, Carol Smith, and her boyfriend, Ken Jackson, of Brownsville, TX; Carol's son, Loel Smith of Terra Haute, Indiana; stepdaughter, Cheryl King and husband, Rob; Cheryl's children, T.J. Smith and Crissy Wolverton; her husband, Drew and their children, Makayla and Carson, all of Spokane, Washington. Ginger's greatest loves besides her family were reading, cooking, music, driving, nature, and her many pets over the years. She had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Direct Funeral Services Chapel, 2919 4th St, NW, (park in the rear) on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 343-8008.
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