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TRENT -- Frank A. Trent Jr. passed away on January 4, 2008. He was 57 years old. He is survived by his wife, Yolanda; daughter, Toni Wolf-Vejil; son, Shawn Wolf; grandchildren, Brittney Hamilton, Ian Hamilton and Reese Nye. He is survived by his father, George Bienkowski; his brother, Mike Bienkowski and wife, Margie, his brother, Steven Bienkowski; and sister, Janis Younce and husband, Kenneth; father and mother-in-law, Pilar and Mayme Costales; in-laws; Sam and Julie Costales, James and Terry Jaramillo and Pete and Evelyn Costales. His mother, Charlotte Bienkowski and brother, Johnny Bienkowski, preceded him in death. He is also survived by nieces, Carlie, Charlotte, Jamie, Kristin, Shannon, Desiree and Jordane; and nephews, David, Dominick and Isaac. Frank served his country proudly and courageously in Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. He was with the VA Hospital for the last 15 years. He loved his Family, his Country and his beloved Dobermans, Zeus, Apollo and Koko. He was quite the artist and loved to draw, sketch and paint. A Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at French Mortuary Westside Chapel 9300 Golf Course Rd NW. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Frank's memory to The American Cancer Society Attn: Lorraine West, 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE, suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 (505) 262-6023; The American Lung Association7001 Menaul Blvd NE Suite 1-A, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 265-0732; Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 4320 Ridgecrest Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 771-0140; or the Animal Humane Association of NM 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105 (505) 255-5523 ext 105. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ADAMS -- JEFFERY WAYNE Local producer, Jeffery Wayne Adams (Quincy) passed away quietly on December 31, 2007 after taking ill a few months ago. He played an instrumental role in the development of projects in all genres and styles for local musicians as well as many national acts. An accomplished player in his own right, he helped many of his clients to further their music as if it were his own. Quincy will be missed, and the loss will reverberate across the nation for years to come.
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ALBEE -- Lucille, 94, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2008. She was born in Illinois and moved to Albuquerque in 1957. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kieth Albee in 1977; three grandchildren; four sisters, and a brother. Lucille is survived by her three children, Donna Scheesley of Hernando, FL, Kieth Albee and wife, Sue of Albuquerque, and Sharon Harris and husband, Don of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Irene Foreman of Bloomington, IL and Betty Bates of Houston, TX. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Graveside Service will be Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BENNETT -- Stephen Nahshon Bennett passed away Thursday, January 3, 2008 and joined our Lord in Heaven. Stephen was 23 years old. He is survived by his mother, Tammy Cordova Landrum; father, Stephen Bennett; sister, Livia Landrum; grandparents, Tony and Rosalie Cordova, all of Albuquerque; aunt, Tina Cordova and Russ Steward; David James, Charlotte, Demetrius, and Marcus Montoya; uncle, Matt Cordova, Rita Garcia, April, Valerie, and Audrey Cordova; uncle, Bill and Aunt Stacey, McKenzie, Luke, and Jackson Cordova; grandfather, Donald and Kay Bennett of White Cloud, Michigan; uncle, Mark Bennett and Aunt Jennifer Bennett; cherished girlfriend, Paula Tapia-Budd with her children, Rashauna, Laticia and LaVon Budd; and many other loving family members and friends. Stephen was a resident of Tularosa in his youth where he loved to play in the ditches, hunt rabbits in the hills, play with his cousins, and generally just be a beautiful little fun loving boy. Stephen eventually moved to Albuquerque where he worked very successfully at Queston Construction. Stephen was surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing, where they shared stories, prayed, laughed, cried, and celebrated his beautiful life. All who knew Stephen were blessed and enriched by his gentle heart, beautiful soul and caring personality. Stephen's absence from our lives leaves cherished memories as we bid him a sorrowful farewell until we meet again in heaven. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, January 6, 2008, 4:00 p.m., at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 4th Street NW. A Mass and Celebration of Stephen's life will be held on Monday, January 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m., at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be William Cordova, Matthew Cordova, David James Montoya, Louis Vigil, Russell Steward, Ignacio Ramirez, Russell Palmer, George, Vidal Trujillo, JP Grant III, Jacob Guzman, Lavon Budd, Gerritt, Ray Sainz, Daniel John Wilson, and Michael Balleau. Reception at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church will follow the interment. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 Albuquerque, NM 87109 www.frenchmortuary.com
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DURDEN -- William Conrad Durden Sr., age 78, passed away on December 17, 2007 in Tomball, TX. He was born in New Orleans to Watson and Sarah Durden on May 27, 1929. William served his country proudly during WWII for the United States Army. He practiced Law in Albuquerque, NM and was a member of the First Baptist Church. William is survived by his wife, T. Maxine Durden and their children; one son, William Conrad Durden Jr.,of Rio Rancho, NM and one daughter, Jane C. Moore, and her husband, Dr. Drew Moore of Houston, TX. William has one brother, Brandon Durden of Ruston, LA. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 Albuquerque
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GARCIA -- ALFRED "Po-te" Alfred, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2008 at the Veterans Hospital. He was born July 2, 1935 at Cochiti Pueblo. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Domingo and Kathryn Q. Garcia, and his baby sister, Elizabeth Clydene Garcia. Alfred is survived by his children, Bobby Garcia of Columbus, OH, Raymond Garcia of Las Vegas, NV, Laura Lee Jacob and husband, Doug of Las Vegas, NV; grand-daughters, Melissa and Jennifer Jacob; brothers, Nick and Vernon Garcia of Cochiti Pueblo; sisters, Rachel Agoyo and husband, Herman of San Juan Pueblo, and Ernestine Hall and husband, Tracy of Albuquerque. Alfred is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and relatives from Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos. Alfred served in the Marine Corps and retired from the Air Force after more than 20 years of service. Alfred enjoyed bowling and going on outdoor excursions. He was a happy person, always laughing. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, by the Queen of Angels Kateri circle members. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church at Cochiti Pueblo. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cornucopia Adult Day Care Center, 2002 Bridge Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GILMER -- Sharon Elaine Gilmer, 64, longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, January 4, 2008. She is survived by her mother, Elaine Nickerson of Albuquerque; daughter, Margay Erne and husband, Stuart, of Tijeras; son, Dana Gilmer and wife, Dori, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jarrod, Siera and Briana Gilmer, and Max and Jake Erne; great-grandchildren, Easton, Chassity and Breeana Gilmer; aunts, Louise Burton and husband, Ernest, of Albuquerque, and Agnes Young of Albuquerque; daughter-in-law, Debbie Gilmer; and numerous family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Rick Gilmer. Sharon was a very giving and caring person. She had a very deep faith and was a very spiritual person. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Her second passion was collecting Victorian antiques. Services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd Chapel. Friends and family may visit two hours prior from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Should friends desire please make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, 87111 or the Animal Humane Society 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GONZALES -- Bennie Gonzales, 87, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM went to be with the Lord on January 2, 2008. Mr. Gonzales was born on June 22, 1920 to Luciano R. and Odelia (Leyba) Gonzales of Waldo, NM. Mr. Gonzales will be remembered for being a patriot and man of service. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and returned to Albuquerque to serve as a Fireman with Albuquerque Fire Department for over 23 years. During this time he earned the nickname "Bulldog Pletchas." Mr. Gonzales' family will lovingly remember his quick wit, jokes and very jovial personality. He was a caregiver, member of Post 13, loved to jog, go hunting, and picking up aluminum cans. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Judy; his parents, Luciano and Odelia Leyba; and siblings, Val Gonzales, Willie Gonzales, Porfiria Montoya, and Delfino Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales is survived by his daughter, Betty Jo "B.J." Martin and her husband, Alvin, Gloria Gutierrez, and Geri Lucero and her life partner, Michael Gonzales; grandchildren, Marie Martinez and her husband, Jose, Jacquie Ware and her husband, Sid, Cindy Trujillo and her husband, Chris, Mandy Romero and her husband, Derrick, Ernie Lucero and his wife Raquel, Greg Lucero and his wife, Antoinette; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Celina Alderrete and Marcella Chavez and her husband, Ted; other relatives Sylvia Montoya, Ronnie Gonzales, Jack Montoya; numerous nieces and nephews; and his good friend, Jim, and neighbor, Della Hernandez. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, Mandy Romero and Derricko Romero, Jr. A Viewing and Visitation will be held on Monday, January 7, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Palm Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Avenue SE. Eulogies will be presented from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Visitation. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at 10:00 a.m., also at the Palm Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services. Chaplain Jerome P. Rael of Albuquerque Fire Department will preside over the Services. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens, Albuquerque. Pallbearers will be Ernie Lucero, Derrick Romero, Jose Martinez, James Lucero, Alvin Martin, and Michael Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers will be Albuquerque Fire Department. 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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GONZALEZ -- BELARMINO R. Dr. Belarmino R. "Blackie" Gonzalez May 14, 1933 - January 2, 2008 Dr. Belarmino "Blackie" Gonzalez was born on May 14, 1933 and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Blackie served honorably as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. He taught IBM courses at the college of Santa Fe and then opened his own IBM Training School. Blackie and his brother, George, went into partnership with the former Governor John Burroughs of New Mexico and together they owned and operated KDCE, a bi-lingual radio station in Espanola, New Mexico. As an entrepreneur Blackie ran a number of businesses over the years including KAFE AM and FM radio stations, an art gallery, gas stations and restaurants. Blackie had a tremendous love and appreciation for the state of New Mexico and a special love for Santa Fe, the city of holy faith. In 2006 Blackie received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to this he attended the College of Santa Fe and attended Trinity Theological Seminary in Albuquerque. He was Founder-President and CEO of Son Broadcasting Network, which owns KCHF TV, Pan American Broadcasting Company, which owns KDAZ Radio, Partnership in Belmax Broadcasting and Health Tech Inc. Blackie served on a number of boards and associations including the Presidents Council and Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters, Vice President of ACTS, an association of Christian Television Broadcasters, New Mexico State Director of C.U.F.I. Christians United for Israel, Board of Embassy for Peace and Religious Freedom, a national prayer ministry in Washington, DC., and served on the Board of Directors of the NRB Television Satellite Network. Blackie had a special love for Israel. He dedicated his life in support of the state of Israel and the Jewish people. A few of the organizations that benefitted are the Jewish Federation, Hadassah Hospital, Bikkor Cholim Hospital, Hatzolah-Israel's First Responders, Magen David Adom, Israel Ministry of Tourism and others. Over the years, Blackie initiated projects that financially supported Israel in times of need. In 2007 Blackie was recognized and honored at the annual New Mexico Israel Bonds dinner. Blackie's greatest desire in life was to love and serve God with all his heart, and to see others experience the same love, joy and peace that he experienced through his relationship with Jesus Christ. On New Year's Eve Blackie had a massive stroke and on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 the Lord called his faithful son and servant home. Blackie is preceded in death by his first wife, Angie and son, Gary and daughter, Cordelia, and is survived by his second wife, Joanna; his son, Ted and wife, Pamela Gonzales; daughter, Mary Kay Gonzales; daughter, Vickie Archiveque and husband, Anthony; daughter, Annette Garcia and husband, Jim; stepsons, Jhett Browne and wife, Jolyn, Lance Browne and wife, Melissa; 16 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Teddy and Tyler Gonzales, Jacqui Boyd, Jeremiah Saiz, Quinten Archiveque, Michelle Garcia, Jamie Lujan, Tiffany, Bailee and Jhett Kendall Browne, Brittany, Brandon, Brieanna and Brooke Browne; and one great-grandchild, Noah Browne; brothers, George Gonzales and wife, Celine, Jose Gonzales and wife, Mary; and sister-in-law, Josie Gonzales; and many other close relatives whom he loved very much. A private funeral service and burial will be held for the family. A special Memorial Service will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Calvary of Albuquerque located at 4001 Osuna Road, NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in honor and memory to Son Broadcasting, the Christian Television ministry Blackie founded, which will continue to propagate the gospel until Jesus returns. Son Broadcasting, PO Box 4338, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196 Colleagues and friends who plan on attending the memorial service from other states please contact Sue Parks at Son Broadcasting at 505-690-7883 so we can help you with accommodations and let the family know you are coming.
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HANNA -- BILLY HANNA April 12, 1939 - January 7, 2000 In Loving Memory
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