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ABEYTA -- Manuel Abeyta, 87, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Abeyta; one grandson, Joseph A. Abeyta and wife, Sally; great-grandchildren, Mark and Joseph Abeyta; three sisters, Annie Abeyta, Cecilia McKee, and Adeline Lynn; many nieces, nephews and other relatives, who loved him very much. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Joseph Mark Abeyta. A Rosary Service will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, 2005 Plaza NW Old Town. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ATENCIO -- Ruby Dorothy Atencio, 71, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2008. She was born March 20, 1937 in Chamisal, NM, a daughter of Alfonso and Julia Lopez. Survivors include her husband, Eloy of Albuquerque; One son and three daughters; Vera (Larry) Saiz, Orange Co., CA; Karen (Sonny) Salas, Albuquerque; Daniel (Olga) Atencio, N.C.; Julia Atencio, Albuquerque; seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter; five brothers and one sister; Gerald Lopez, Long Beach, CA; Adelmo Lopez, Chamisal, NM; Luis (Jeanette) Lopez, Chamisal, NM; Jessie (Julian) Martinez, Albuquerque; Alfonso Lopez, Albuquerque; Clyde (Jane) Lopez, Las Vegas, NM. She was preceded in death by two brothers; Estevan and Robert Lopez. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal SW. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at French Mortuary Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW where friends may visit one hour prior. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BACA -- Rita Carmel Baca, age 56, a resident of Adelino, NM, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tome, NM. She was preceded in death by her father, Jose Rito Baca. Rita is survived by her mother, Isidora Baca; her sister, Mary Ann Baca; three brothers, Jose Ramon Baca, Gomicindo Baca and wife, Rhonda and Teofilo Baca; nephew, Andrew Joseph Baca and wife, Kirsten and great-nephew, Henry Lee Baca. She is also survived by many wonderful cousins, neighbors and friends. All Services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, beginning with a Viewing on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Tome Catholic Cemetery. Sign Rita's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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BARELA -- Ellen Garlene Baca, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the age of 65. She was born November 16, 1942 to the late William H. Myers and Cleo Katherine Rosser. A life-long resident of Belen, NM, Garlene attended schools in Belen, graduating in 1961, while working alongside her parents in their family business, Society Cleaners. She attended and graduated from UNM, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. Garlene worked for Belen Schools as a Language Arts Teacher and Guidance Counselor, retiring after 26 years of outstanding service. Garlene and her husband, Indio, enjoyed their travels to Europe, Canada and Alaska. She had a smile and cheerful greeting for everyone she met, and will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. Her family wrote "if love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." Garlene is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Sevedeo Barela; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sari and Al Sanchez, Richard and Esther Barela, Milton and Annabelle Barela, Stella and Felix Chavez, Charlie Barela and Josie Corrales and by her special and devoted friend, Tim Ott. She is further survived by her special cousin/sister, Mary Alice Acri; cousin, Darlene Navarro; special niece, Sidney Urbina and her many friends. Garlene had a special way of showing her care and love for the many nieces and nephews who she leaves behind. Cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Sign Garlene's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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BATTEN -- Jane Batten, born in Bryn Mawr, PA, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, passed away on September 11, 2008 in her chapel residence. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry A. Batten, who was of American Indian heritage. She is survived by one sister, Loren Batten; and one cousin, Gerald Batten; and many close friends and as well as Joseph, her loving dog. Jane graduated from The Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr College, and the Correctional Training School of the Public Service Institute of Pennsylvania. She attended the University of New Mexico Law School. She enjoyed her aviary with fancy poultry, gardening, and her livestock. Her annual Christmas Eve open house was the highlight of each year for those lucky enough to be invited. She was a long time preservationist of Historic North Valley properties in Albuquerque. The Viewing will be held in her chapel residence from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. A Service of Remembrance will begin at 11 a.m., followed by Burial at Sunset Memorial Park. There will be a reception at Jane's chapel at 2 p.m. in celebration of Jane's life.
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CORTEZ -- Bercilia M. Cortez In Loving Memory of Mom - My very special angel A year ago today, you lost your battle to cancer A battle you fought with dignity to the end That is how you lived your life with grace Thank you mom for the treasures you left me Thank you for standing beside me in the midst of tragedy, despite your own pain Thank you for taking my hand as I began the saddest journey of my life But, most of all thank you for giving me the courage to continue to live It is because of your strength that I am who I am today I believe when you got to heaven's gate God told you, a job well done, my good and faithful servant I miss you mom and I think of you everyday May you finally be at peace Lots of hugs and kisses, and give a big hug to my hito I find comfort knowing, you are with my baby Love your daughter Loyola
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CRAVENS -- Bruce Peter Cravens (Boompa) 87 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 12, 2008 after a long illness. Born January 13, 1921 in St. Louis, MO and raised in Oak Park, IL. Upon high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in WWII. Bruce received his Bombadier diploma July 1, 1944 from AAF Bomb School in Deming, NM. From his temporary station at Hamilton AFB in California, his flight squadron was deployed by secret orders to Barking Sands Air Combat Center, Kauai. Squadron #819 Oahu flew many bombing missions throughout the Pacific during World War II, the most notable over Iwo Jima in their B-24, attacking Mount Suribachi protecting the Marines trying to secure Iwo Jima. After the war, 1st Lieutenant Bruce Cravens married Norma Jean Bullis, sister of his Chief Pilot James S. Bullis, Jr. He graduated from Northwestern University and returned to California eventually settling in San Marino, CA to raise his family. Bruce spent many years in commercial real estate, first for Signal Oil Company and then as an independent broker. Bruce and Jean relocated to Los Ranchos, NM in 1976 and he spent the rest of his working years as a developer and residential builder. Most notable with daughter Susie Fairchild, Realtor, the Sauvignon Community adjacent to the Tanoan Golfcourse. Bruce was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Bullis Cravens; and his parents Cecil Earl Cravens (Peter) and Ida Heibell Cravens. He is survived by his brother Earl Cravens; three daughters, Susie Fairchild (partner Doug Vaughan), twins Patti Cravens Reed (Steve), Paula Jean Sievers (John); seven grandchildren, Jeff Fairchild, Jeanne Fairchild, Chris Reed (wife Jess), twins Julie and Alex Reed, Catelin Sievers, and Hilary Sievers. Bruce was an avid golfer into his 80's and maintained a 12 handicap often walking 36 holes at his Albuquerque Country Club. Cherished by his devoted family, and many business and personal friends, the closest of which was Leo Bartolucci. We will all miss his dry wit, but most of all that twinkle in his eye. A true gentleman who lived and died with great grace and dignity. Cremation has taken place and a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to the Northwestern University Alumni Association.
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DURAN -- Ignacio Nash Duran was born May 12, 1944, in Las Vegas, NM. He passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the age of 64. Born in Las Vegas, NM he moved to Albuquerque at the age of eight years old. Nash was a lifelong residence of South Valley and was a devoted Dallas Cowboy fan. He was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, served in the National Guard and was a Coach at the South Valley Little League for many years. Nash was preceded in death by his mother, Agneda Duran; his father, Eutimio Duran and by his brothers, Ricardo Duran and Johnny Duran. He is survived by his sons, Joseph Duran and wife Yvonne, Benjamin Duran and wife Dinnene and Juan Duran; grandchildren, Nicole, Benjamin, Angela and Matthew Duran; sisters, Isabel Serna and husband Herman and Adelia Castro; brothers, Paul Duran and wife Alice, Eutimio Duran Jr. and wife Connie and many nieces, nephews, family and friends that loved and will miss him. Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos NW. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 18, 2008 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd NE, Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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FRESQUEZ -- Tillie S. Fresquez, age 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 13, 2008 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born to David and Mercedes Sanchez on December 6, 1929 in Belen, NM. Tillie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her family and her friends. She was a well-known realtor who was always generous with her time and talent, and made life-long friends of her clients. Tillie took care of us all; she gave everyone the gift of her strength which will live on in each of us forever. Tillie is survived by her husband, of 51 years, Alvino E. Fresquez, of Albuquerque, NM and their children: Diane Fresquez Hudson, and husband, Richard, of Brussels, Belgium; Maureen Smith and husband, Steve, of Dallas, TX; and Arlene Fresquez Patrick and husband, Mark, of Summit, NJ, five grandchildren: Louisa F. Hudson, Clara F. Hudson, Emily F. Patrick, Zoe F. Patrick and Alina F. Patrick, and two sisters: Esther Sandoval and Corine Gallegos, and three brothers: David Sanchez, Claude Sanchez and Ruben Sanchez. Tillie is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Nona Castillo, Erlinda Sanchez, Lilly Sanchez Carassco; and one grandchild, Alexander F. Hudson. The Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd Chapel. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 8:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Annunciation Catholic Church, 2532 Vermont NE with Father Voorhies as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery in Belen, NM. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be given to National Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, 3167 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #162, Albuquerque, NM 87110, Contact Peggy Waite, Phone (505) 830-3542 Fax (816)-221-7984, www.kidney.org or The Central New Mexico Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 30047, Albuquerque, NM 87190 www.komen.org. The family would like to give a special thank you for the kindness and attentive care that Presbyterian hospital showed Tillie. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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HAGAN -- Denise Maureen Hagan February 6, 1950 - September 12, 2008 Denise was a life long resident of Albuquerque. She was the daughter of Daniel and Jean Hagan, both deceased. She was preceded in death by her son Mason Saucedo. She is survived by her maternal aunt Lois Wharton of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Cheryl Christy of Polson, MT; Kelly Underhill of Lakeland, FL; Erin Hagan of Albuquerque; and brother Tom Hagan of Corrales; as well as many nieces and nephews. Denise was much loved and will be missed by friends and family. Cremation has taken place and a private family service is planned.
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