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BAZAN -- Joseph Lee Bazan, 65, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at the VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ. Born in Washington, DC, he resided in Middlesex. NJ. Mr. Bazan proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War with the First Calvary Division in 1965. He later was a Medical Librarian at the VA Hospital at Lyons for 15 years where he was most proud of helping patients in the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit. He was one of the founding members of Rolling Thunder MC. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Bazan of Carlisle, PA, a son, Christopher Bazan and wife Jaqui of Woodbury, NJ, two daughters, Anita Bazan of Carlisle, PA and Christina Stewart and husband Bret of Colorado Springs, CO, six grandchildren, three brothers, Reverend Monsignor Joaquin Bazan of Washington, DC, John Bazan and wife Margaret of Miami, FL, James Bazan and wife Laura of Charlotte, NC and two sisters, Anita Harris and husband William of Colorado Springs, CO and Sylvia Bazan of Albuquerque A Rosary will be held on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 26 both at Risen Saviour Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the: Lyons Campus of the VA NJ Healthcare System, 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939, (908) 604-5814
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BENEDICK -- Marie Jacqueline Benedick, 81, longtime resident of Albuquerque, ended her courageous battle with ovarian cancer Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in the comfort of her home. She is survived by her children, Lisa Benedick, Bernard Benedick, Steve Benedick and wife, Maureen, and Mary Calderwood; grandchildren, Nicholas Armstrong, Krisha Chavez, Alexandre Staehlin, Eric Benedick, and Mariah Benedick; great-grandchildren, Denise Chavez, Mekala Chavez; brother, Basil Denissoff and wife, Ilona; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Benedick; her sister, Sister Renata, OBS. Marie Jacqueline was a woman with incredible strength and spirit with an endearing love for family and friends. She attained the level of Life Grand Master in Bridge. As Lady Commander of the Knights of Jerusalem, she was very involved and passionate with providing assistance to overseas orphanages. She was very involved in both the Byzantine and Roman Catholic Rites all of her life and deeply honored that her family was instrumental in the development of the Monastic Community in Pecos, NM. She also served devotedly with various Catholic communities in the east mountain area for over 10 years. A Prayer Service will be held in Marie Jacqueline's honor Monday, January 28, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Place SE. Marie Jacqueline will be interred with her husband at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. Should friends desire, please make memorial contributions to the Carmelite Monastery, 49 Mount Carmel Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BOSWELL -- James Perdue Boswell, 83, a resident of Corrales, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2008. He was born on October 24, 1924, in Helene, GA to James and Ada Boswell. 1st Lt. Boswell was a proud veteran, having served his country in both the Navy and as a pilot in the Air Force. Jim began his career as an air traffic controller with the CAA which later became the FAA; he retired from the FAA in 1978. He attended both the University of South Carolina and University of Georgia. He was a Methodist and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Jim is survived by his wife of 39 1/2 years, Nancy Bresenham Boswell; his three children, James H. Boswell of Chicago, Susan M. Boswell of Albuquerque and Melissa A. Zimmerman of Tulsa; two grandchildren, Aaron and Ashleigh; nieces, Nancy Ann and Barbara; nephew, Duke; brothers-in-law, Jack (Nancy) Bresenham and Dick (Kylene) Bresenham. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sammie; his brother, John; and sister, Rachel. Interment will be Thursday, January 24, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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DESAULNIERS -- Lawrence B. DeSaulniers, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1955, died Sunday, January 20, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Norma DeSaulniers of Godfrey, IL, Steve DeSaulniers and wife, Veronica Medina of Albuquerque, Karen Dominguez and partner, Buz Tyler of Albuquerque, Yvonne DeSaulniers of Bellingham, WA, Janet DeSaulniers of Salem, OR, Ginnie DeSaulniers of Santa Fe, NM, and Karl DeSaulniers of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Anna DeSaulniers of Albuquerque, Brittany and Stephen Goldsmith of Bellingham, WA, Isaiah Yarborough and wife, Stephanie of Clarkston, WA; great-grandchildren, Riley and Kaiden Yarborough; siblings Peter DeSaulniers of Somers, CT and Janet Knoblock, Redlands, CA; sister-in-law, Ginnie McCarthy of Madison, WI. Mr. DeSaulniers was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith Yarborough; parents, Clement and Norma DeSaulniers; and sister, Ann Gould. He proudly served in the Navy during WWII on the USS Missouri from its commissioning until the end of the war. He was employed at Sandia Corporation from 1955 to 1963. In 1986, after 22 years, he retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Albuquerque. Mr. DeSaulniers was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Assumption Parish serving as Lector and Eucharistic Minister and served on the school boards at Our Lady of Assumption and St. Pius X schools. He volunteered at KNME for 5 years and was honored with the Elizabeth Campbell Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting. Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 24, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas and Tennessee NE. Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas and Tennessee NE, with Father Edward Domme officiating. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Beverly Farm Foundation, 6301 Humbert Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GARCIA -- Mariano Garcia, Jr., age 80, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly, Saturday, January 19, 2008. A Rosary will be recited this morning (Thursday) at 8:30 a.m. at San Ignacio Church, 1300 Walter NE; followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth St. NW (505) 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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GARCIA -- Samuel Samniego Garcia, also known as "Pablito" age 84, of Albuquerque, NM, went to meet his maker on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. He was born on December 3, 1923, in Rincon, New Mexico where he met and married Rosa Roybal Garcia, who preceded him in death on July 21, 1966. Together they shared 11 children. Two of his children, Rita and Johnny Garcia preceded Samuel in death. He is survived by his five daughters, Virginia and husband, Chon; Elsie and late husband, Francisco; Julia and husband, Jesus; Beatrice and husband, Walker; Lucy and partner, Joe; and by four sons, Samuel II and wife, Tarcila, Herman and wife, Dorothy; Luis and wife, Theresa; Frank and partner, Evencio. His legacy also included 22 grandchildren: Rosa, Chonito, Samuel III, Sandra, Rosalie, Jimmy, Tony, Michael, Patricia, Laurie, Heather, Melissa, Frances, Monica, Christina, Bobby, Jennifer, Alicia, Grace, Melanie, Daniel, and Carima, and also 44 great- granchildren. Samuel is also survived by Sylvia McCoy, who shared many years of love, laughter, and memories, and her children: Emily, Orlando, Henry, Sammy, Gloria, and Lalo, whom are all loved and considered family. Samuel was also loved by one brother, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews, many of whom he is now reunited with. Samuel honorably served his country during World War II. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at Praise and Worship Center, 3044 Isleta SW, with a viewing at 6:30pm and a service to follow at 7:00 p.m. Mass and burial will be held on Friday, January 25th, 2008 in Hatch, New Mexico. Floral and food donations can be sent to Praise and Worship Center. Samuel, who was a wonderful "Dad", "Grandpa", and Great-Grandfather, will forever be remembered by his strength, sense of humor and "fiestiness". We love you.
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GARZA -- Margarita Garza, 47, died January 19, 2008. She is survived by her mother, Juanita; sister, Felice Tapia and husband, Michael; brothers, Tito Garza, Marcos Garza and wife, Gina; two nephews, Eric and Gino; one niece, Rachel; and numerous other family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Eufemiano. She was very precious to her family and will be dearly missed. She attended La Luz School, Garfield Junior High and Valley High School. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Eric Garza, Gino Garza, Tito Garza, Marcos Garza, and David Luna, Mucio Lopez. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GREENE -- Nioma F. Greene, 77, a resident of Albuquerque since 1935, joined her loving husband of 52 years, Durward Greene, on Monday, January 21, 2008. She is survived by her children, Glynda Greene, Linda Jablonski, and Donald Greene and wife, Lucy, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jennifer Stanforth and husband, Rick, Odetha Hill and husband, Jack, and Robert Jablonski and wife, Martha, Stephanie Summers and husband, Chad, and Juliette Crandall and husband, Orlando Gonzalez; great-grandsons, Steven Ashcraft, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jack Wayne Hill IV; brothers, Raymond M. Caster and wife, Esther, and Clifford A. Caster and wife, Sarah; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was born on January 27, 1930 in Ft. Sumner, NM to Emmett and Edna Caster. After raising her three children, Nioma returned to and graduated from Albuquerque High in 1972. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who was fiesty and full of life, had a good sense of humor and never knew a stranger. Nioma will be missed by all who knew her. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 26, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Nioma's name to the D. R. Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of New Mexico Naval ROTC, c/o NM Educator's Federal Credit Union P.O. Box 8530, 87198 attn: #3004080-1. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GROVES -- Kenneth L. Groves, 88, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2008 in Albuquerque, NM where he had lived for 58 years after moving from Dallas TX in 1951. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Ruth Chapman Groves. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Chapman Groves of Las Cruces, NM. He is also survived by his son, Kenneth Lee Groves and his wife, Coni of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Ken graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas TX in 1937 and received a certificate in commercial arts from Dallas Technical School in 1938. He joined the Texas National Guard in 1937 as a member of the 143rd light infantry. When the Texas National Guard was called to active duty in November of 1940, he was one of a number of sergeants offered a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the 144th Infantry Division because of his superior qualifications. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Chapman, on the May 29, 1941 when he was stationed at Camp Bowie, TX. On the evening of December 7, 1941, he and his unit received orders to report to Ft. Lewis, WA where they were to be transferred to Alaska to battle the Japanese who had invaded the Aleutian Islands. The trains left Dallas the following morning, and when they arrived in WA after 5 days their assignment was changed to set up coastal defenses in WA, OR, and northern CA. Ken was assigned duties as the adjutant of the headquarters company of the 144th Infantry. He remained on duty at various stations throughout the northern pacific until December of 1942 when he was transferred to Charleston, SC to command the signal operating company of the 45th Division. He was responsible for 200 men who manned 100-foot communications towers on the coasts of North and South Carolina where defenses were set up in anticipation of German soldiers landing by submarine. Other assignment included Camp Van Doren, MS; Ft. Benning, GA; Ft. Smith, TX and Ft. Rucker, AL. On July 13, 1945 (the day his second son Robert was born) he shipped out of San Francisco, CA, to the Philippines Islands as a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 63rd Infantry. Within six weeks he was transferred to Punson, Korea as a member of the US occupation forces who were responsible for returning 60,000 Japanese soldiers to Japan. He returned to the states and was discharged from active duty in November, 1945, as a Captain in the Infantry. He remained in the Texas National Guard until 1951 as a Major in the 49th Armored Division. When the Groves family moved to Albuquerque in 1951, Ken was responsible for the building of the Wherry housing project on what was then Sandia Base. After building 760 homes in less than 8 months he stayed on to manage the project until 1958 when the housing was transferred to Kirtland AFB. Ken then worked for the base engineers starting as the housing manager and ultimately taking over as the base safety officer in 1965. He later took over as the safety officer for the Defense Nuclear Agency where he retired from in 1984 after 20+ years of federal service. After his retirement Ken taught Safe Driving classes for the New Mexico AAA and for the Metro Court System. Ken was very active in the Boy Scouts as a member of the Executive Council for over 12 years and he served as a pack leader, troop leader, and post leader as well as the institutional representative for the Boy Scouts. He was President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ABQ chapter) and a Master Level member of the American Society of Military Engineers. Ken was an avid golfer and was involved in the planning and building of the golf course on Kirtland AFB. He was a New Mexico State Senior Golf Champion and was very proud of his "Green Jacket". Ken was a charter member of the Bernalillo County Sheriffs' Posse, a member of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol, the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Association of General Contractors and the Homebuilders Association. Services will be held Friday, January 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with Military Honors. Friends may visit Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, NM Affiliate, 2201 San Pedro NE, Building 2, Suite 102, 87110. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 505.275.3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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HEINS -- Omar Heins, 96, passed away on January 17, 2008. Arrangements are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010 www.danielsfuneral.com
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