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VALDEZ -- Ida E. Valdez joined her Heavenly Father on April 18, 2008. Ida Valdez, born on November 8, 1918 was a resident of Cuba, NM for 89 years. Ida recently resided in Albuquerque, NM at her "home" away from "home", Casa de Rosa. Ida deeply loved all the staff at Casa de Rosa and was shown such extraordinary care and compassion. Ida is preceded in death by her parents, Augustine Aaron Eichwald and Isabel, her spouse Francis P. Valdez, her siblings Lucilla, Emma, Carmelita, Augustine, Alex and Max. Ida is survived by her children Robert and Lucille Valdez of Cuba, NM Elizabeth and George Foster of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also survived by her Grandchildren Robert Valdez, Carolyn and Jody Montoya, Isabel Valdez, Al and Erika Foster and Sandra Foster. She is also survived by six Great Grandchildren. The Valdez family would like to thank three very special people for their friendship and kindness to Grandma. Thank you Darlene Archuleta, Esther Martinez, and Senora Soto. "Gram" will be remembered for her wit, charm and hospitality. She is now breathing new life in a restored body of health, happiness and mobility. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 at 2nd Presbyterian Church 812 Edith Blvd NE in Albuquerque NM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Casa de Rosa Assisted Living 10127 Guadalupe Trail NW, Albuquerque NM 87114. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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VILLELLA -- Ralph John Villella Jr. Retired Master Sergeant Ralph John Villella Jr. Age 51 October 12, 1956 - April 10, 2008 A long time resident of Los Lunas, New Mexico passed away at his home in Raeford, North Carolina on April 10, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. Services will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on April 25, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Monica C. Villella, of Raeford, North Carolina; four children, Misty Taylor and husband, Eric, of Dexter, New Mexico, Michael Villella and fiance, Laura F. Boucher, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Miranda Santillan and husband, Juan, of Roswell, New Mexico, Monica L. Villella and fiance, Jonathon, of Belen, New Mexico; two step-children, Antionette Richard and her husband, Rob, of Loves Park, IL, and Jeremy Russell of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Nicolas Taylor, Eric D. Taylor, Juan D. Santillan, Felica M. Villella, Sophia M. Santillan, Rafael A. Santillan, Marissa Richard, and one more granddaughter on the way, Baby Girl Villella. He is also survived by his parents, Ralph Villella, Sr., and Lottie of Los Lunas, New Mexico; brothers, Steven Villella of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Anthony Villella of Los Lunas, New Mexico, and Joseph Villella of Great Bend, PA; one sister, Angela Rodriguez and her husband, Steve, of Belen, New Mexico. He will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. Ralph Jr. graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1974 and joined the military shortly after graduation. He served in the United States Air Force for 24 years and was honorably discharged. In service to his country, he was able to travel all over the United States and over seas.
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WOOD -- Edward J. Wood, 93, passed away April 6, 2008, in Chandler, Arizona. Born in Logan, Iowa, he was a resident of Albuquerque for 50 years. Edward was a Lieutenant in the US Army serving in WWII. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Annaliese; his four children, Lucy Webb and husband Keith, James Wood, David Wood and wife, Elizabeth, and Greg Wood and wife, Charlotte; his brother, Richard; and nine grandchildren. His kind spirit, humor, and his loving nature will be missed by all. Final resting place, National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
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ABRUZZO -- Addisyn Grace Abruzzo, a precious gift from heaven, passed away on Friday April 18, 2008. Addi graced our lives for fourteen wonderful months. Her bright smiles, love for sweet peas, and infectious personality will be missed by all those around her. She was and always will be a bright rainbow in our lives. A Viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE on Thursday, April 24, 2008. A private Funeral Service will be on Friday, April 25, 2008. Donations can be made in her name to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy at www.fsma.org. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BENJAMIN -- Marta D. Benjamin, 76, went peacefully to sleep and awoke in heaven. She is survived by her son, Steven Benjamin, Sr. and wife, Roberta; daughter, Kim Macaron and husband, Mark; grandchildren, Steven Jr., Christopher, Shaniece, Chyanne, and Makayla Benjamin, and Kristian, Mark II, Melissa, and Jason Macaron; great-grandchild, Diego Benjamin; brothers, David Padilla, and Frank Victor Padilla and wife, Eva; sister, Grayce Britton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Benjamin was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Vance Benjamin; brothers, Matt, Blase, and Lito Padilla, and John Sekot. Marta was born in Dawson, NM. She lived in Albuquerque where she worked for Mountain Bell until her retirement. Marta devoted her life to her family, and her grandchildren were her greatest treasure. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. A private Interment of cremated remains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BRENCE -- Susan C. Brence, 38, passed away on April 19, 2008. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192 www.danielsfuneral.com
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BURDITT -- Donald Burditt, AKA "Shorty" or some referred to him as "Dickie". No matter what you called him, the truth remains that Shorty will always be remembered as the life of the party. A wonderful husband, father, grandpa, friend, and story-teller went to his Heavenly home to be with his Savior and Lord Saturday, April 19, 2008, following a heroic battle with cancer. Shorty will be remembered for his energy, humor, love for the outdoors, especially fishing and driving the tractor, and his legendary "dinkies". He was unquestionably the greatest fudge-maker and cook (barbeque and chili) his family and friends have ever known. Shorty was born on April 17, 1933, in the Town of Cheyenne, WY to the late Franklin and Mary Burditt. He attended Los Alamos grade school and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1951. Shorty served in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956 after serving his country as Navy Seaman 3rd class. On November 5, 1960, he was united in marriage to Charlene F. Wheeler of Duncan, AZ, and raised a family of five children as an Electrician and State of NM Electrical Inspector. Shorty is survived by his wife, Charlene; sons, Eugene, Frank, Randy and wife, Wendy; daughter, Candace Stokes and husband, Robert; four grandchildren, Jeni Neeley and husband, Billy, Brandon Ross, Jessi Harris and husband, John, and Megan Burditt; three great-grandchildren, Buddy, Tara, and Shane Neeley; and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Brooks; her husband, Ernie; and one grandson, Baby Richard. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services for Shorty will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. "This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your work has given me life." Psalm 119:50 French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BUTTRAM -- Billy Joe Buttram, 77, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008. He was an Albuquerque resident since 1969. He is survived by his wife Doris of 52 years; daughters Susan Synarski and her partner Birgitta Meckel of Oakland, California; Kathy Chilcoat of Los Alamos; sons David Buttram and wife Michelle of League City, Texas and Scott Buttram of Albuquerque; grandsons Kristoffer Chilcoat of Everett, Washington; Joshua Buttram and Jordan Buttram of League City, Texas; and sister Marvagene Allen of Piedmont, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents LeRoy and Una Buttram; sister Doris Phelps and husband Carlin. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona in flight training. He served as an Aircraft Commander in the KC-135 in Strategic Air Command. He retired from the Air Force in 1971 at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He worked in real estate for the next 10 years. He loved boating and fishing and spent many vacations at Elephant Butte Lake and Lake Powell with his family. He belonged to the "Aeromodelers of Kirtland" for many years, serving in many capacities in the club. He spent many hours building and flying his remote-controlled planes and teaching others to fly them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and his beloved dog, Fabio. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April, 25, 2008 at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attention: Lorraine, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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CHAVEZ -- Lola D. Chavez, 89, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 20, 2008. Mrs. Chavez is survived by her six loving children, Sophia Chavez, Regina Zamora, Lupe Morrell, David Chavez and wife, Lupe, Domingo Chavez and fiance, Virginia Sanchez, Leroy Gallegos; brother, Trinidad F. Romero and wife, Cathy; daughters-in-law, Becky Chavez and Dorothy Chavez; 31 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and four on the way; and many other extended family members. Mrs. Chavez was preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo Chavez Sr.; her children, Trinidad Chavez, Joe Chavez, Guillermo Chavez Jr., Angie Baca, and Rosemary Chavez. Mrs. Chavez was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation will be Thursday evening, April 24, 2008, at Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Manuelita Pino. Final Visitation will be Friday morning, April 25, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by a Franciscan Friar. Interment will follow at Los Lentes Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Diaz, Albert Olguin Jr., Willie Chavez, Anthony Chavez, Jose Gallegos, and Johnny Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Montano, Brian Hiles, and David Chavez Jr. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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CRESPIN -- Elisa Crespin, 77, passed away April 19, 2008. Elisa was a long time resident of Albuquerque and is survived by her sons, Carlos Lopez and wife, Isabel, Andy Lopez and wife, Petra, and Phillip Crespin and wife, Rhonda; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Gautier Gonzales and wife, Jovita; and sister, Levinia Dominguez. Visitations will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited following the Visitations at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 12:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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