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SERRANO -- PITA R. MEMORY OF PITA R. SERRANO DECEMBER 10, 2005 PAST TWO YEARS HAVE HAD MONTHS THAT PASS SO SLOWLY. WEEKS ARE TOO LONG AND EACH DAY MORE LONELY. WE FIND COMFORT IN QUIET PREAYER KNOWING YOU ARE FREE OF PAIN AND IN A BETTER PLACE. BUT OH HOW WE MISS YOU. OUR HEART HAS SUCH AN EMPTY SPACE. YOU ARE LOVED AND REMEMBERED. SIMON GLORIA, ANNA, ARTHUR
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SMOKER -- John Joseph Smoker, 77, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at his home in Santa Fe. He was born in Goshen, Indiana on April 29, 1930 to Ruth Kimmel Smoker and Ralph Smoker. After obtaining a BA from Goshen College and an MD from Northwestern Medical School, he pursued post-graduate medical training at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle. John's career was dedicated to his patients, his community and the practice of family medicine, earning the love and respect of all that crossed his path. Dr. Smoker came to New Mexico in 1957, and during his early career he served Northern Pueblo communities and the Albuquerque Indian School with the Indian Health Service. He then practiced in Raton, New Mexico for 37 years, delivering 2200 babies, preceptoring medical students as an Associate Professor with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and serving multiple terms as Chief of Staff of Miners Colfax Medical Center. Community organizations in which he was active included the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and he was the team physician for the Raton Public School System athletic teams. He was active in New Mexico Medicare reform and legislative activities, serving on the Board of NM Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 25 years, and he was President of the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians in 1982-83. In 1998, he was named Family Physician of the Year by the New Mexico Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. John retired from his Raton practice in July, 1998, and moved to Santa Fe, where he continued practicing part-time at the Santa Fe Family Health Center, the Santa Fe Indian Hospital, and the Health Centers of Northern New Mexico. He served seven years on the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, and also served on the board of directors of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for five years. He was active in the First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, and was a proud member of the Northern New Mexico Senior Men's Golf Association. Dr. Smoker is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; his brother Stanford; and by his children: Ingrid Graves, Sandra Snow and husband, Matt, Eric Smoker, Jay Thompson and wife, Jennifer, Kurt Smoker, Bret Smoker and wife, Yolanda, Mikal Ann Smoker and husband, Howard Diaz, Mandy Peters and husband, Daron, Marci Segura and husband, Steven, David Smoker and wife, Shari, and James Thompson and wife, Dawn. He was also blessed with numerous grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Services are pending with Berardinelli Family Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests donations be made in John's memory to the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, 811 St. Michael's Drive, Suite 208, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, or to the Bill Smoker Scholarship fund, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen, Indiana, 46526. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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SPRINGER -- Flora Springer went home to be with the Lord on December 5, 2007 at the age of 92. Flora was born in May 3, 1915 to Abel and Eufemia Padilla in Albuquerque. Flora was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Springer Sr. She is survived by her children, Phyllis Gonzales and Manuel Springer Jr.; her sister, Mercy Carrillo; along with three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all. Visitations will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2007 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the 8th Street Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services-Garcia Mortuary with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception with interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Gonzales, Lenny Gonzales, Michael Sedillo, Andrew Sedillo, Gilbert Vigil, and Leonard Sedillo. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222 www.danielsfuneral.com
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TORRES -- Tomasita (Tomi). The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this difficult time; as well as the Casket bearers, and those who sent floral tributes, cards, and food. Your kindness will always be gratefully remembered. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW (505) 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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TORRES -- TOMMIE The family of Mrs. Tommie G. Torres would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father John Tourangeau, St. Anne Catholic Church. presider of the Mass, to Vista Care Hospice for their kindness and care and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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TWITCHELL -- Charles Lee "Chuck" Twitchell, 54, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1993, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2007. Chuck was born January 29, 1953 the son of Llewellen F. and Gloria Marie Blahosky Twitchell in Benson, Minnesota. He was a plumber by trade, working in the construction business for many years. Chuck loved to barbecue, it was his specialty! Next to his passion for barbecuing, Chuck is remembered for his long-standing devotion to the Minnesota Vikings. Chuck was also a "projects kind of guy" who was always working on several projects around the house. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities and reading about world history and civilization. He was preceded in death by his father, and one sister, Sarah. Chuck is survived by his wife of 31 years, DeAnne of the family home; mother, Pat Twitchell of Benson, MN; three sons, Caleb, Seth, and Isaac Twitchell, all of Rio Rancho, NM; brothers and sisters, John "Jack" Twitchell, Tom Twitchell, Ann Cobberman, Patrick Twitchell, Joseph Twitchell, and Tim Twitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Visitation for Chuck will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2007, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. The Service will be on Monday, December 10, 2007, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho. Cremation will follow services. Honorary Pallbearers will be Johnny Twitchell, Ryan Twitchell, Matthew Twitchell, Derek Twitchell, Jacob Twitchell, Mason Twitchell, and Travis Twitchell. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 892-9920 www.danielsfuneral.com
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VIGIL -- Antonio J. Vigil Was born on October 24, 1914 and passed away on December 4, 2007. Arrangements are in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663 Riversidefunerals.com
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WEAVER -- Stanley C. "Packy" Weaver, 90, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, died Wednesday, December 5, 2007. He is survived by his son, Douglas J. Weaver; and daughter, Susan Weaver. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Maxine Weaver. Mr. Weaver served his country during WWII in the South Pacific Campaign on the 90th Bomb Wing in the Jolly Roger Squadron as a nose gunner. He received the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. His love was photography and flying in jet planes. Graveside Services will be held Monday, December 10, 2007, 3:00 pm., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 505.275.3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WILSON -- Angela Sanchez Wilson passed away peacefully and gracefully on November 17, 2007 at her home in Lancaster, CA with family and loved ones by her side. Angela was born November 3, 1959 in Albuquerque. She is survived by her parents: Eusebio Sanchez Jr. and Geraldine Kirkpatrick; her loving husband, Chris Wilson; her children, Mark Denham and wife Shannon; daughters Marisa Denham and Britany Wilson; her sisters Carolyne Tomlin, Lisa Gancharrow and her husband Frank; her brother Todd; grandchildren Brooke and Brodie Denham; and numerous relatives and friends in California and New Mexico. Angela was very dedicated to her family. Her grandkids were her pride and joy. Angela loved visiting her many relatives in Albuquerque. She loved both red and green chile. She will be greatly missed by all. A Memorial Mass will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on Sunday, December 9, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. 5311 Phoenix NE, Albuquerque, NM. Rosary will be recited by Mr. Herman Flores
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BAIRD -- John (Jack) Baird - Born April 8, 1938, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 6, 2007 surrounded by his loving family. He moved to Albuquerque in 1985 where he opened a Meineke shop with his brother, Jim Macken. Besides his family, he had the greatest love for stock cars and racing. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cecelia and his five children - Kathy Cipriani, Henry Herris, Johnny Herris and his wife, Debbie, Eddie Baird and his wife, Sandi, James Robert Baird; and his brothers, Robert Macken and his wife, Patty, James Macken and his wife, Grace; grandchildren - Johnny, Jenniffer, Kyle, Kelly, Tuesdaye, Bubba, Aaron, Christy, Sara, and Holly. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 9, 2007 between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Services will be held on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to St. Jude's Children Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 505.275.3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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