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PARRAS -- Joe A. Parras, age 84, a resident of Albuquerque since 1961, died peacefully with his family in attendance and under hospice care on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen (Garcia) Parras. They were raised and met while attending elementary school in Clayton, New Mexico. He is survived by three sons: Bill Parras and wife, Lydia of Albuquerque; Ken Parras and wife, Janice of Los Lunas; and Mark Parras of Albuquerque. He is survived by two grandsons: Jeffrey and Jonathan Parras; five granddaughters: Melissa Parras, Rachel Garcia and husband, Carlos; Melanie Hahn and husband, Aaron; Alisa Smith and husband, Erik; Susan and Chaline Parras; and three great grandchildren: Kristelle Parras, Wyatt Hahn, and Isaiah Garcia; and many other close relatives. He was very proud of serving his country as a highly decorated World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corp and U.S.A.F. as a gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-29 Superfortress in Europe, Libya, Philippines and Okinawa. While in combat, various aircraft that he flew on were shot down numerous times and after one mission he was rescued on an island in the Pacific Ocean after being MIA for 30 days. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, he returned to Albuquerque worked and retired as a local trucker for both Navajo and ABF Freight Systems. Mr. Parras was very devoted to his wife for almost 50 years and would often reminisce about their wonderful experiences with their family and numerous fishing trips. Mr. Parras was a loyal member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church for 47 years and a long time member of the Grandparents Are Indeed Necessary (GAIN) organization that championed grandparent rights. Mr. Parras will be most remembered for his love and support of his family, preparing delicious meals, and his contagious sense of humor. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, March 30, 2008, 5:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. N.E. with Deacon Andy Chavez reciting. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 31, 2008,10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas at Tennessee, with Monsignor Richard Olona Celebrant. Interment will be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VistaCare Foundation, Attn.: Ms. Diana Kazola, 5639 Jefferson St. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87109. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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REESE -- Robert Samuel Reese was born on July 28, 1954 in Big Spring, TX to Ralph and Lessie Reece Sr. As a young boy, Robert relocated to Albuquerque, NM in 1958 with his family. Robert was a member of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Albuquerque, NM. Robert's greatest joy was his grandchildren. He also became a surrogate parent to Ja'Micheel and Charelle when they were in need of care. Robert also loved music, traveling, and landscaping. He loved the latter so much that he started his own landscaping company. Preceding him in death was his mother, Lessie M. Hunt. Robert leaves to cherish his memories, a son Eric Reece and his wife Taii, and their three daughters; his father, Ralph Reece Sr. and stepmother Fay; his siblings, Etta F. Cherry of Albuquerque, NM, Timothy L. Reece of Northridge, CA, Frederick R. Reece of Vancouver, WA, Patricia A. Hall, Hershall R. Reece, Marsha Way-Reece, Michael Way-Reece, all of Albuquerque, NM, Allen H. Reece of Olympia, WA and Morris A. Way of Albuquerque, NM; his aunts, Addie Oliver of Big Springs, TX, and Dorothy Riley of Albuquerque, NM; his uncle, D.J. Hunt of Midland, TX; his companion, Trudy Mason, her children Matthew and Marquita Mason; his ex-wife, Helene Reese, with whom he remained close friends; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, and close friends. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Palm Chapel, 1100 Coal SE, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010 www.danielsfuneral.com
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RHODEN -- Kenneth Doyle Rhoden, 86, of Albuquerque peacefully passed away Saturday March 22, 2008. Services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at Sandia Church of the Nazarene, 8216 Central SE. Burial will be held Monday, March 31, 2008, 10:30 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SALAZAR -- Gino Salazar, 31, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, March 24, 2008. He was preceded in death by his Uncle Jimmy. Gino is survived by his wife, Peggy; his three daughters, Maria, Kimberly, and Kayla; his son, Isaac; his mother, Kathy; his brother, T.J Montano and wife, Pumpkin; brother, Danny Salazar and wife, Jobena; brother-in-law, Pete Chavez; and sister-in-law, Elena and husband, Lawrence Gurule; nephews, John John, Lody, Angelo, Santiago, Elijiah, and Alec; nieces, Gabrielle,Delilah, Savanna, Savannah, and Mia; and Goddaughter, Felicity. Gino was a long time resident of Albuquerque. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Gino loved to go fishing, giving tattoos, and spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor, a loving smile, and was willing to lend a helping hand when ever needed. He was a master stone mason. He loved to play video games and was a little kid at heart. Gino will be truly missed by his family and friends. Viewing Services will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. at French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be held Friday, March 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. also at French Mortuary. He will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary. Pallbearers will be John John Garcia, Lody Gurule, Gilbert Garcia, Michael Romero, Ralphie Romero, Ray Marquez. Honorary Pallbearers, Lawrence Gurule, Angelo Montano, David Chavez, and David Salazar.
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SATTLER -- Jack Francis Sattler, 88, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Jack was born December 26, 1919 the son of John Francis and Elise Herb Sattler in Jamaica, New York. Jack served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic. He worked in that capacity for over 30 years for Trans World Airlines. He was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church since 1964. He enjoyed being a member of a number of service organizations including Meals on Wheels. He had been a President and member of the Elks and Kiwanis clubs. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, William Sattler. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethel Florence Sattler; daughters, Jacqueline Ann Bowen and husband Tim of Rio Rancho, and Janet Belotti and husband Jerry of Rio Rancho; grandchildren, Julia Mozley and husband Brian, Jessica Bowen, Randy Bowen and wife Chloe, Daniel Bowen, Nicholas and Vinny Belotti; three nephews, Ken, Don, and Jim Sattler. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the All Saints Lutheran Church, 4800 All Saints Rd. NW, Albuquerque with Pastor Phillip Wangberg officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 892-9920 www.danielsfuneral.com
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SIZEMORE -- Judith L. Sizemore, age 60, of Albuquerque, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, while undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma cancer. During the last few years of her life she maintained a courageous fight against cancer. Judith leaves behind her loving mother, Marion J. Sandholm of San Antonio, TX; her grandchildren Jacob Rishi Sizemore and Laura Asha Sizemore; and many close friends. Judith began her career life working in the insurance industry and spent many years in public service at the New Mexico Department of Human Services and the New Mexico Department of Labor. She was a gifted IT manager. A Memorial Celebration of Judith's life will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd NW, a reception with light refreshments will follow. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following charities: myeloma research (by way of example only, the International Myeloma Foundation); breast cancer research, (by way of example only, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation); spina bifida research, (by way of example only, the Spina Bifida Association); heart disease association, (by way of example only, the American Heart Association), and autism research, (by way of example only, Kennedy Shriver Institute). French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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TANNER -- Patricia In Loving Memory of Patricia Tanner, born August 24th, 1937. Patricia left this earth March 28th, 2007 to be free from pain. She was the world's best mom and a great friend to many. It has been one year since you have walked this earth, but you are forever in our hearts. Mom you are greatly missed, but we know you are with us everyday. Butterfly kisses, Jacque
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TEDESCO -- Salvatore J. (Ted) Tedesco, 96, a long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008. He was born May l6, l911 to Giachino and Maria Gracia Gullo Tedesco, who had immigrated from Aliminusa, Sicily. He grew up in W. Irving, NY, near Buffalo, attending a one-room schoolhouse and then Hutchinson HS in Buffalo. He graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX with a BS in Chemistry. He married Eleanor Beaven in l935 and their daughter, Christine, was born in l937. In l941, Ted was commissioned as a Second Lt. in the US Army Air Corps Chemical Warfare Branch. He was assigned to posts in Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Alaska, and Germany , including the Occupation and the Berlin Air Lift. In 1949, he transferred to Special Weapons and participated in atomic tests in Nevada and the Pacific. In l962, he retired as a Lt. Col. with 20 years service, taught math in the Abuquerque schools, and then Civil Preparedness for UNM Extension. In l978, he married Mary Margaret Platt, truly the love of his life, and was lovingly adopted by her large family. Ted loved to hunt and fish; he was a skilled bowler, and won blue ribbons for his wood carvings. He enjoyed gardening and golf. He was active in the Lions Clubs in Tijeras and Albuquerque, serving as chapter President twice. He was always kind and generous and had a great sense of humor. Truly a gentleman and loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his daughter, Christine Horner (husband Terry); and four grandchildren: Michael Horner (wife Susan Morath and their daughters Grace and Fiona), Julie Horner Oksas (husband Steve and their daughters Christine and Kate), Sarah Horner (Robert Bell and their daughter Julia), James Horner (wife Elizabeth McBee and their daughters Claire and Emma). Ted's adoptive family includes Mary Margaret's daughters, Janet Blackman (husband Jac), Charlene Baker (husband Robert), and Sherri Williams (husband Bill); grandchildren, Kelli Murphy (husband Doug), Keith Myers, Kim Navarro, Shefford Baker (wife Julie), Kory Baker (wife Babbi), Shenda Baker (husband Jim Stirling), Janine Cassidy (husband Steve), and Bryan Williams; plus numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The family is especially grateful to our dear friend Katie Stevenson, Ted's AmberCare Hospice team, and Mr. Teno Vazquez of A New Day assisted living. A Memorial Service, in celebration of Ted's life will be held Friday March 28, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at The Montebello, l0500 Academy Blvd. NE. Friends are welcome.
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THOMAS -- Dr. Eric A.Thomas, 36, of Albuquerque, NM, went to be with his heavenly Father Saturday, March 22, 2008, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, due to complications of Leukemia. Dr. Thomas was a 17-year resident of Albuquerque, NM. He was born November 10, 1971, in Oxnard, CA. He grew up in Camarillo, CA, and attended Rio Mesa High School where he was a member of the varsity basketball and track teams. Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of New Mexico. He also completed a residency in orthopedics at UNM. He was a WAC Scholar Athlete for four years while participating in LOBO basketball. He was the first student member of the Board of Regents for the University of New Mexico. Dr. Thomas completed a fellowship in spine surgery at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis, IN. He was a Spine Surgeon for Spine, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque. He was an invaluable contributor and collaborator with NuVasive, Inc., a spine surgery company. He was a pioneer in their XLIF procedure, and was instrumental in the design and development of new and improved spine products, as well as teaching other spine surgeons for the company. Eric was loved by all and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His faith and courage was an inspiration to all that knew him, and his spirit will continue to live in our hearts. Dr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Kari Thomas; a son, Benjamin James Thomas; his parents, Benjamin and Donna Thomas; his brother, Brent and wife, Tonya; a sister, Jennifer Cover and husband, Dan. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Sagebrush Community Church, 6440 Coors Blvd., Albuquerque, NM. Golf attire is requested. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Eric A. Thomas Memorial Fund to support Bone Marrow Donor Registration and awareness for the State of New Mexico. This will be in care of New Mexico Baptist Foundation, P.O. Box 16560, Albuquerque, NM 87191.
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VELARDE -- Anthony "Tony" Velarde 7 Year Anniversary June 13, 1961 - March 28, 2001 Your Family, Rita, Leo, Charles
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