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LAMBERT -- Richard A. Lambert, a resident of Albuquerque for the past four years, died August 12, 2008 after a short illness. Richard was born in El Paso, TX on April 25, 1945. Having lived in El Paso, TX, Spokane, WA and San Francisco, CA, he chose to live out the rest of his life in Albuquerque. Richard received his college degree from California Poly Technical in San Luis Obispo, with a major in mathematics. He pursued a career as a software developer. He devoted his career into turning his ideas into software applications for several major companies throughout the United States. Upon his arrival in Albuquerque, Richard found his spiritual home at San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church in Old Town. He responded to the needs of his Parish and community by serving as a minister of hospitality/ushering. Richard was a member of the Albuquerque Founders Day Committee. He served in various capacities during Albuquerque's Tri-Centennial Celebration. He also volunteered for the Brothers of the Good Shepherd during their fund raisers. Richard was always ready to lend a hand whenever he was needed. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Campbell, the nurses, and staff of the ICU, and Jo of the Chaplain services at Presbyterial Hospital on Central for the care, kindness, respect, and professionalism shown to Richard and his family during this difficult time. Heart-felt thanks go to Father Dennis Garcia at San Felipe De Neri, his staff, and parishioners who have provided guidance, love, understanding, assistance, and compassion to Richard's family in so many immeasurable and welcome ways. Richard is survived by his maternal aunt, Margarita G. Flores of El Paso; and many family members throughout the United States. Funeral Services will begin at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 with eulogies immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at San Felipe De Neri Church in Old Town. Interment will take place in El Paso, TX at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be made to the San Felipe de Neri Church, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.
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LASTRA -- Sandra K. Lastra went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, John; four daughters and their husbands Kimberly Lastra Haight (Michael), Kristen Packard (Don), Ashley Swanson (Chris), and Jennifer Beeston (Jeff); eleven grandchildren; sister, Charon Johnson (Tony); and brother James Bishop (Susan). Sandy was born on January 24, 1946 in Leadville, CO to Vernon and Katherine Bishop. She held a Master's degree in education from UNM. She was a most loving wife, dedicated mother and proud grandmother who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. One of her greatest gifts was loving people; to know her was to love her and to be loved by her. Sandy's heart for people was demonstrated through her teaching and many ministry activities. She received New Mexico's Top Teacher in 1996. Her ministries included various teaching and church ministries at Hoffmantown Church, Women of God, KFLQ Family Life radio, Prison Fellowship, and ICM. She had a great love for Israel and the Jewish people as evidenced by her dedication and support for Bridges for Peace, Yad b' Yad, Jewish Federation of New Mexico, and the Jewish Community Center. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr NE Albuquerque, NM 87111 Tuesday, August 19th at 10:30 AM. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Bridges for Peace at www.bridgesforPeace.org or International Cooperating Ministries (ICM) at www.icm.org. "... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Joshua 24:15 French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LUJAN -- Herman Lujan a life long resident of Albuquerque, age 55, passed away on Monday August 11, 2008. He was a truck driver with Yellow Freight for 15 years. He is survived by his two sons, Dalton and Nico Lujan. Services will be held on Tuesday August 19, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave. SE. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800 www.danielsfuneral.com
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MOYA -- Esther A. Moya passed away in Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her husband Joe Moya; son Joey D. Moya and wife Lee Ann; daughter Mona Lisa Martinez and husband Michael; grandchildren Nicole Moya, Tori Moya, and Jacquie Martinez. Cremation has taken place and the family will be holding a private service. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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ORTEGA -- Ernesto T. Ortega In Loving Memory of Ernesto T. Ortega August 18, 1975 - November 6, 2003 It's your 33rd Birthday, We all want to say we love you and miss you on this very special day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERNIE With all our hearts Love Mom, Dad, Gina, J.R. Lil Ernie and all the family.
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SAIZ -- Petrita J. Saiz, beloved and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister and friend was carried away in the arms of Lord and is now resting on the wings of the angles in Heaven. She was born in Vallecitos, NM to Patricio and Aurelia Trujillo on August 19, 1931. She is survived by her children, Patsy (Ben) Garcia, Dorella (Dee) Beeson, Nancy Trujillo (Al Tafoya), Darlene Archuleta, Barbara (Manuel Jimenez)Bryan (Olivia) Saiz, Yvonne (Marc) Gallegos, Jimmy Saiz and Jackie Saiz, 27 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, Siblings: Lupe (Tere) Trujillo, Ray Trujillo, Ivan (Prexie) Trujillo, Ursula Bennett, Prospero Trujillo and Esther Smedley (Fred White) and sister-in-law Virginia Trujillo as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her children Michael Saiz and Norma Saiz Johnson. Funeral Mass will be recited at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Canon, NM on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. She was entrusted to Direct Services.
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SKENDER -- Mildred Marie Skender age 89, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2008. Services pending. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505)884-1188 www.danielsfuneral.com
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VALLEJOS -- Valentin Vallejos, 59, a resident of Albuquerque passed away Thursday, August 14, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Valentin enjoyed a rich life that was full of joy. He and the love of his life, Mary Lou (Mommy), raised their five children in Albuquerque upon his return from service in Vietnam where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Air Medal (two awards), and an Army Commendation Medal. Valentin worked for the City of Albuquerque for 20 years, retiring from the Fire Department in 1991 at the rank of Lieutenant. He is preceded in death by his father, Fidel Vallejos. Mr. Vallejos is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Mary Lou; his children, Samuel Vallejos and wife, Myra, Gregory Vallejos and wife, Christine, Christine Duncan and husband, Kyle, Mario Vallejos and Dana Mayes, Juan Sisto Vallejos; his mother, Martha Vallejos; his brother and best friend, Max Vallejos; grandchildren, Lenei Vallejos, Gregory Vallejos, Jr., Hannah Vallejos, Darryl Vallejos, Kayla Duncan, Elijah Sisto Vallejos; one grandchild on the way; siblings, Fidel Vallejos, Paco Vallejos, Anthony Vallejos, Anna Parra, Cecilia Pinzon; special mother-in-law, Piedad Chavez and husband Tony; goddaughter, Alexandria Solis; his scooby-partner, Raymond (Compa) Gonzales; and many special friends and neighbors. Valentin has touched many lives and has left a lasting impression on future generations. His dedication to his family is unmatched and his bravery, strength, and wit will live on through his children. We will continue his legacy, live to bring him honor, and make him proud. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Legacy Church, 7201 Central Ave. NW with a Funeral Service, celebrating his life, to follow at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Danny Sanchez of Victory Outreach Church. Valentin will be laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. with full Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Gregory Vallejos, Jr., Eusebio Fred Castillo, Fred Teupell, Robert Sanchez, Leonard Griego and Raymond Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers are Darryl Vallejos, Kyle Duncan, Javier Parra, Nick Zetterholm. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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WARD -- Helen R. Ward, 84, a resident of Albuquerque went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 17, 2008, surrounded by her family. She is survived by four children, Larry J. Smith and wife Sue, Jerry L. Smith and wife Marilyn, Karen Minnehan, and Jimalene Edwards; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her husband and two sons. A Graveside Service will be held in Helen's honor on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:30 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ANDERSON -- Richard Milles Anderson, 86, born in Oak Park, IL in 1922 and a resident of Chicago, IL, Elyria, OH and Albuquerque, died Thursday, August 14, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Ellen (Armstrong) Anderson in 2005. He is survived by his daughters Claudia and Linda, son David of Chicago, Denver, and New York respectively; brother, Luther Anderson of Hinsdale, IL; and nieces, Betty Hostetler of Elmhurst, IL and Lynn Hoth of Albuquerque. Richard served in the 14th Armored division during WW II. He was a graduate of Oak Park High where he lettered in Varsity track, and a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1948 where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. He was a Mechanical Engineer in cooling with Luxaire and York in Elyria, OH. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at 2:30 p.m., at the Clubhouse of The Albuquerque Meadows, 7112 Pan American Fwy NE, where he lived for 20 years beginning July, 1988. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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