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GALLEGOS -- Ella B. Gallegos, age 63, born in Albuquerque on February 6, 1944, passed away in her home early Sunday evening, September 9, 2007. Ella was recovering beautifully from a recent heart surgery and her passing was unexpected. Ella has left behind her husband of nearly 41 years, Robert Gallegos; her son and daughter-in-law of Seattle, Ronny and Jenelle, her first grandchild and source of joy, Ava Karell; her daughter and son-in-law of Albuquerque, Troy and Judi Hines; her dear sister, Theresa Benavidez, of Albuquerque, and a large circle of wonderful friends and family that will miss her greatly. Ella enjoyed retirement beginning in 2001 from Qwest after many years of service. Ella, Mom, or Nana will be remembered as so many things in all of our lives, but especially as our pillar of strength, our source of faith, and our reminder that "we will find a way, we always do." Her unconditional love, her generous spirit, and her quiet yet unmistakable presence will be missed everyday. Ella's occasional spunk surprised us all, but her loyalty, support, and chile rellenos were forever reliable. Although we will continue to wish for more time with Ella in this world, we are comforted knowing she has joined those that she loved and lost; her parents, Desiderio and Bernadette Gurule; her twin sister, Della Gallegos; and her first son, Robby Gallegos. Ella has been entrusted to friends at Riverside Funeral Home. Ella's life will be celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2007 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Her last wishes will be honored and she will be laid to rest with her son, Robby, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery after the Mass. Friends and family will be welcomed to the home of Troy and Judi Hines after all of the Services on Friday. Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663 Riversidefunerals.com
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GREGG -- William "Bill" R. Gregg, 84, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday September 9, 2007. Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois; son, Howard Gregg and wife, Maureen; daughter, Carol Piskorski and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Todd Piskorski, Jonathan Gregg, Chelsey Cotto; and two great-grandchildren, Quinn and Elliana Gregg. He was born to the late Archie and Hattie Gregg on March 31, 1923. Bill attended Albuquerque High School and graduated in 1941. He actively played football for Coach Wilson. He later joined the United States Navy where he served aboard the aircraft carrier Essex during World War II. Bill attended the University of New Mexico and graduated with 2 degrees (Civil and Architectural) engineering. After retiring in 1988 from K.L. House Construction, he started his own structural engineering business from home. His hobbies included following his grandchildren and their activities. A celebration of life will be held in Bill's honor on Friday September 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bills' name to Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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HEYMAN-MARIANNE -- Villa Heyman, age 54, beloved wife, daughter, and sister, was entered into Eternal Life, Friday September 7, 2007, in Dallas, TX surrounded by her loving family. Marianne was born in Clovis, NM to Bennie and Antonio Villa. She was preceded in death by mother, Bennie Villa in 2005.Marianne is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Steven Villa Heyman of Keller, TX; her father, Tony Villa Sr. of Rio Rancho, NM; four sisters, Marcy Cresap and husband, Tom of Eagle River, AK, Sylvia Villa Davis and husband, James of Thornton, CO, Priscilla West and husband, Doug of Texarkana, TX, Joann Villa and husband, Rene Henrard of Rio Rancho, NM, two brothers Tony Villa Jr., wife, Rita of Albuquerque, NM, Tim Villa and wife, Rhonda of Tucson, AZ; two step-children, Danielle Heyman Feist and husband, Sam of Arlington, VA, and Dr. Brian Heyman and wife, Dr. Amy of Grand Blanc, MI; two granddaughters, Morgan and Haylee Feist. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and three dogs who adored her: Mihito, Sonny, and Patches. Marianne graduated from Clovis High School in 1971 and earned her college degree at Eastern New Mexico University. She started her career in Clearwater, FL as an Air Traffic Control Specialist for the FAA. Through years of devoted work, she earned managerial roles within the FAA. She was recently promoted Quality Assurance Engineering Manager of the Central Region of the U.S. at Lockheed Martin in Ft.Worth, TX. At her current workplace she was deeply respected and admired for her compassion, organization, leadership, and for caring about her team. Marianne was a deeply spiritual person. She reconnected with her Catholic roots and beliefs and attended Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, TX. A Rosary will be recited Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 9:00 am at Church of the Incarnation Catholic Church, 2309 Monterrey Road NE in Rio Rancho, NM. Following the Rosary the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. also at the Incarnation Church. Inurnment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho, NM. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW (505) 898-3160
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ILLING -- RICHARD G. Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF Richard G. (Dick) Illing, 89, a member of "The Greatest Generation" passed away in Albuquerque on September 10, 2007 after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. He went peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born on July 1, 1918 in Flushing , NY to Richard and Elieze C. Illing. His early interest in aviation was fueled by a plane ride at the now La Guardia airport at age 10. Richard moved to Lake Mahopac, NY where his stepfather, Dr. James L. New and mother encouraged his education. At NY University he was president of his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta and upon graduation was designated highest ranking Honor Graduate of the ROTC Engineer Battalion. He was commissioned into the Army Air Corp where he was Squadron Engineering Officer of the 49th Fighter Pursuit Group, 8th Squadron in Australia and New Guinea receiving the Legion of Merit. Upon his return to the U.S. he received his engineering graduate degree from The University of Michigan. Richard worked on many projects for the USAF, Western Development Division, Air Force Special Weapons, Dept. of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission. His military service spanned 20 years and retired as a Lt. Col. He then worked as an aeronautical engineer for Sandia National Laboratories and retired after 24 years of service. service was a loving and supporting father, husband, and friend. He always used compromise and compassion to make things work. As an active nature and wildlife conservationist his photography and writing of the Southwest will always be cherished. He resided for over 60 years at the base of his beloved Sandia Mountain. His sense of humor will always be remembered in his "Coyote Call" to gather us, whether it be in the Taos Gorge or a local mall! Dad, you were the pillar of strength in our lives. You'll always be our hero! Until we meet again may you share the Father's eternal life of understanding and joy in heaven and soar with eagles in the Wild Blue Yonder! Richard is survived by Mary A. Illing his loving wife of 31 years; daughters, Layne N. Hedrick and husband, Robert, Lawne W. Callan and husband, Robert; son, Ty C. Illing; grandchildren, Robert Callan III, James LeGrande Callan, Cheyenne and Taylor Illing; stepchildren, Theresa (Terry) M. Harper and husband, Bob, Edward P. Snyder and Christian P. Snyder. He was preceded in death by his brilliant daughter, Lynne Reid Illing and his first wife, Geraldine Cornell Illing. We would like to thank Anna Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice for all their kindness and care, especially Dr. Lydia Lawson, Cid Jaso, Janis Kelton, Allison Martin, Virginia Nolan, Brenda Sandburg, Mary Trudell and Margaret Montoya. A Funeral Mass will be held on September 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Cremation has taken place as were his wishes. A private Service with Military Honors will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In memory of Richard, contributions may be made to Prostate Cancer Research, The Sierra Club or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ, NM 87107, 505-343-8008
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JASPER -- Marie Therese ("Terry") Jasper, September 5, 2007 passed away at home in Laguna Niguel after a brief illness. Terry was the beloved mother of Jane Jasper (Chaya Rakofsky), Julie (Steve) Lakins, James Jasper, and Jennifer (Dave) Brodie; and six grandchildren. Terry was the beloved sister of Fred, Vincent (Cathy), Anne, Ted (Diane) Von der Ahe, Gretchen (Jack) Krylow, and Tom Paige; and beloved friend to Darden Jasper. Terry graduated from USC where she was affiliated with Alpha Chi Omega sorority. A bonsai artist and enthusiast for many years, Terry served as treasurer of the California Bonsai Society until her death. She was also a member of Kofu Bonsai Kia and Golden State Bonsai Federation. She was a longtime supporter of Casa Angelica in Albuquerque and Devereaux Foundation in Santa Barbara, both programs for the developmentally disabled. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casa Angelica at 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.
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KING -- FRANK LYNN JR. 1st Lt. USAF (Ret.) Frank Lynn King, Jr. passed away at the age of 83 on Monday, September 3, 2007 following a long battle with pulmonary disease. He is remembered with love and pride by his devoted family and many friends. Born in Chicago on November 8, 1923, Frank was raised in El Dorado, AR with his older brother Garrett, and his younger sister Ethel. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was trained as a B-17 bomber pilot. Serving as Lieutenant and commander of a ten-man crew with the 96th Bomb Group, he was shot down on a bombing mission near Bremen, Germany on May 6, 1944. After ordering his crew to bail out, Lt. King brought his stricken plane in for a crash landing in order to save a wounded crewman who was unable to jump. He saved the crewman, but lost his leg as a result of the crash. Lt. King was a prisoner of war until he was repatriated by the International Red Cross in late 1944. Lt. King was awarded the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in aerial battle, the USAF Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial battle, the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle and several other medals and awards for his valor and achievements while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. While in the hospital, Frank met Ann Craig MacGuffie of Passaic, NJ. They were married on July 6, 1946 in Passaic. Frank and Ann soon moved to Albuquerque, where he studied engineering at the University of New Mexico, receiving his degree in 1950. Three of their four sons were born in Albuquerque between 1947 and 1951. The King family briefly moved to the San Diego area in 1952, where their fourth son was born. They returned to Albuquerque for good that same year. Frank and Ann raised all four sons to adulthood in the house which remains the King residence in the S. E. Heights. Their oldest son, Major Frank L. King, III, was tragically killed in 1985 while training soldiers in desert warfare at Ft. Irwin, CA. Frank King's engineering career included tenures at Sandia Laboratories, Machine Engineering, Inc, American Car and Foundry, the Frank L. King Company, and numerous consulting positions around the nation. Frank was employed by the City of Grants, NM in March of 1978 as the first City Engineer in Grants history. He was later hired as the City Manager and performed both the jobs of Manager and Engineer until his retirement in 1989. He remained in retirement until his passing. Frank L. King, Jr. is survived by Ann, his faithful and devoted wife of 61 years, and their sons, Robert MacGuffie King and wife Judy of Hurst, TX, Dr. James Craig King and wife, Susan of Fredericksburg, TX, Charles Cameron King, of Fredericksburg, TX, and daughter-in-law Sandy King of Virginia. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sister, Ethel Womack of Little Rock, AR; and a host of nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Agda King; in-laws, Dr. Robert N. and Jessie MacGuffie; brother, Garrett King; son, Maj. Frank Lynn King III; and grandson, Nichol MacGuffie King. Frank L. King, Jr.'s cremated remains will be buried with military honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, September 21, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 22, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE. In lieu of flowers, the King family requests that donations be made to Project S.H.A.R.E, a medical charity devoted to helping AIDS victims and their families in Kenya. www.shareafrica.org French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LUCERO -- James Andrew Lucero, 39, peacefully passed away on September 5, 2007. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Gloria Lucero. He leaves behind his wife, Kay; his children, Jessica, Kenneth, Andrew and Lola and grandson, Kayden. He shared a very special bond with his sister, Cynthia and her husband, Gene Baca. Nieces, Adrianne Muniz and Gally Jiminez who called him Uncle Ange. He is also survived by brothers, Paul and wife, Michelle, Michael and wife, Terri and Greg. His nephews, Paul Michael, fiance, Shara, Adam, Alex and Andrew. Sisters, Stephanie Gutierrez and Denise Jimenez. He is loved deeply and missed terribly by his family and friends. Andrew was especially grateful for his friendship with Javier Jimenez, Rita Calderon and Nancy and Megan McRae. Andy worked for Brines Wrecker Service in Springfield, MO before coming home to work at Morning Star Collision. Funeral Services will be at Immaculate Conception on Thursday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. "We Love you and we miss you - you found the peace you needed."
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LUCERO -- TONY O. LUCERO MARCH 5, 1928 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2007 Sunday afternoon, September 9, 2007 Tony O. Lucero was reunited in heaven with his mother and father, Margarita (Varela) and Evaristo; his infant son, Michael; and five of his eight brothers and sisters. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. They include Josephine, his beloved wife of 58 years; his son, Tony, Jr. and wife, Deedra; his daughter, Patricia and fiance, Robert Roybal; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Brian Wiggins, Carlos Trujillo, Tre Lucero, Travis and wife, Jessica Lucero; great-grandchildren, Angelica, Sage, David, and Alexyss, Alaina and Vanessa, Lily, and Ashlynne. He was a father figure to, and was adored by numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved as though they were his own children. His best friends were his many brothers- and sisters-in-law. Tony was born and raised in Pecos, NM where he fell in love with Josephine from neighboring Rowe. He was 16 and she was 14, and she remembers fondly how he chased her down the halls at school. He retired as terminal manager in Albuquerque for Greyhound Bus Lines after 38 years of service having started as a baggage handler. His family was his whole life and he loved nothing better than being with them. He loved fishing in the Pecos River and playing Norteno and Ranchera music on his guitar, especially with his younger brother Johnny. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. If you wish to memorialize him in some way, perhaps you could teach a child to fish. and remember as he always said to us in departing, "don't take any wooden nickels".
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MADER -- David Dale Mader, 53, a former resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2007 in San Antonio, TX after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born February 14, 1954 to Bob and Joy Mader. Dale is survived by his wife, Kim; son, Aaron; daughter, Lindsey. He is also survived by parents, Bob and Joy Mader; sister and brother-in-law, Laura Lee and Scott Grady; brothers, Martin Mader, Andy Mader and Charles Mader; nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as dear friends all over the country and a very special circle of people he considered his extended family in San Antonio, TX. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX. Interment will follow at Park Mission Burial Park North in San Antonio, TX.
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MC KIDDY -- Ethel B. McKiddy, age 86, of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2007. Ethel was born in Evergreen, ID, the youngest of 11 children and the only girl. Because her husband was career military, they traveled extensively. She was one of the original employees of the New Mexico Federal Credit Union where she worked for many years as a loan officer. She greatly enjoyed caring for her flower gardens. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be missed by all who knew her. Ethel is survived by her granddaughter, Karen McFarland and husband, Jamie; great-grandsons, Shea and Cody Thun, and Nathan McFarland; and many beloved and loyal friends. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Mac McKiddy; son, Robert McKiddy; and companion, Bill Conklin. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, located at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, with interment to follow. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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