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HALBERT -- Tressa Beth Halbert. In loving memory of Tressa B. Halbert. She was born November 17, 1926 in Chicago, IL. Tressa passed away Saturday, November 3, 2007. She is survived by her children, Victoria K. Halbert, Alice M. Marks, Merle T. Halbert, and Ruby K. Stanley; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. A Memorial Service will be held at Northwest Baptist Church, 402 San Clemente Ave. NW in Albuquerque, on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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HARRISON -- W. Earle Harrison, 85, World War II Bomber Pilot. Earle Harrison died Saturday, November 3, 2007 of congestive heart failure at his home in Atlanta, GA. Visitation will be held Monday, November 5, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Hart's Mortuary. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., at Riverside Cemetery entering through the north gate. The Reverend Allen Fennell will officiate. Born December 4, 1921, in Cochran, GA, Earle was the youngest of seven children. He was raised in Fitzgerald, Georgia and attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. He later attended Mercer University in Macon and played on their last football team. After joining the Army Air Corp in 1942, he was trained to fly a B-26 Martin Marauder bomber. Earle and his crew flew a total of 68 missions over Nazi-occupied France, including crucial missions over Normandy on D-Day. He later served as military chief of production control in the Air Material command, based at Warner Robins Air Force Base. Earle married Edith Muriel Gillon in Macon, GA, and they were blessed with two sons, Walt and Gary. Earle joined Inland Container Corp. in 1949, and eventually retired in 1984, after serving as Senior Executive Vice-President of Manufacturing at Inland's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. He then began a third career for George Martin Company, traveling extensively on their behalf, and contributing significantly to the company's success. Earle and Edith moved to Atlanta to be closer to family members. They attended St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Earle was preceded in death by wife, Edith Muriel Gillon, and daughter-in-law, Aurelia Harrison. He is survived by wife, Dorothy Harrison of Atlanta, GA; son, Walter Harrison and wife, Deb of Stockbridge, GA; son, Gary Harrison of Tijeras, NM; five beloved grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a large number of cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Earle participated in the Atlanta History Center's Veterans History Project and was interviewed for posterity concerning his war efforts. He lived life to the fullest and had a profound and positive impact on all those fortunate enough to have known him. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 117 Perimeter Center W, Suite E 101, Atlanta, GA 30338 or the American Cancer Society, Bibb County Unit, P.O. Box 4408, Macon, GA 31208. Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
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HUDSON -- Mary Belcheff Comba-Hudson, 90, died Monday, November 05, 2007. She was born on her family's homestead in Sofia, NM on September 7, 1917. She is survived by her children, Charlene Comba of Albuquerque, Cathy Mason and husband, Bud of Dallas, TX, Carl Comba of Scott City, KS; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Eva Atchley of Albuquerque, Donca Dixon of Santa Fe, Polly Hart and husband, Carl of Dallas, TX; brothers, Steve Belcheff and wife, Alba of Raton, and George Belcheff of Amarillo, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George and Vasilca Belcheff; and her husband, Sevreno Comba; and second husband, Victor Hudson. The family was able to have a joyous celebration of her 90th birthday attended by all of her siblings, children, grandson, Mark Mason, and a large contingent of nieces, nephews, and several friends. An active member of the Clayton, NM community, she served as secretary of the Clayton High School Reunion Association for 20 years. It was a perfect job for Mary. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with visitation 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 8, 2007, 8:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 2621 Vermont NE. Interment will follow at the Clayton Cemetery, Clayton, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clayton Reunion Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Beverly Skiles, 606 Locust St., Clayton, NM 88415. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LE FEBRE -- Frank A.F. LeFebre, 91, of Wagon Mound, died Saturday, November 3, 2007 at home surrounded by his family who feel a huge void left by his departure to everlasting life. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Domie Archuleta LeFebre, his daughters: Cathy (Joe) McCachren, Eileen (Bill) Henthorn, Ruth, and Clara; sons: Francisco, Pablo (Anna), Donald (Stella), Art, Leonard (Annette) and Angelo; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also by his sisters, Esther Sandoval, Evelyn Orosco, and Sofie LeFebre, sisters-in-law, Lena LeFebre of Santa Fe and Josie LeFebre of Albuquerque; brothers-in-law, Rudy Pacheco of Denver, CO and Joe Davalos of Albuquerque. Frank was preceded in death by his son, Eddy and two infants, George and Annette; his sisters, Alice and Toni; and brothers, Margarito and Alfonso. He was born April 3, 1916 in Ocate, NM, to the late Demetrio and Saba Martinez LeFebre. Frank was a fourth generation descendent of Manuel LeFebre, a French trapper who came to New Mexico circa 1825. As a child Frank lived in the family homestead in what is now the Charette Lakes; in 1929 the family moved east of Wagon Mound to an area close to the Canadian River called Los Paises where he lived until 1941 when he left to serve in World War II. While in the service he was first assigned to the Army's 45th Division, but before the division was sent over seas to North Africa and eventually the invasion of Europe, Frank was assigned to the Army Air Force in which he served for three years in the China/Burma/India Theater (CBI). After the war, he came back to Wagon Mound and shortly after, married Domie Archuleta in July of 1946; together they had a family of 13 children. He was the marshal for the village of Wagon Mound from 1956 until his retirement in 1981. Frank was a devout Catholic his entire life. Visitation for Mr. LeFebre will be Tuesday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Reflection of Life Chapel (Washington and Cutler NE) with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by his son, Deacon Pablo LeFebre at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. by Father Bijoy Francis at St. Anne's with Burial following at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be his sons: Donald, Art, Leonard, Angelo and his grandsons: John LeFebre, and K.C. Ray LeFebre Henthorn. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Services entrusted to the Salazar family at REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777 www.ReflectionofLife.com
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LEDWITH -- James J. Ledwith, a resident of Albuquerque since 1973, passed on to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Jim was born in Brooklyn, NY 81 years ago. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, a retired Port Authority Policeman and a retired Sergeant with Albuquerque Police Department Security. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Muriel; son, John Ledwith and daughter-in-law, Linda; daughter, Ann Melloy and son-in-law, Nick; grandchildren, Kevin Ledwith and his wife, Milly, Chris Melloy and his wife, Tammy, Lisa Lawrence and her husband, James, Jan English and her husband, Jay, and Ryan Melloy; great-grandchildren, Jason Melloy and Kaela Melloy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Mary Ledwith; his brother, Danny Ledwith; his sister, Kay Dalton; and his grandson, James Ledwith. Jim cherished his family, loved his country and many friends. He loved all animals and his many pets over the years. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, November 8, 2007, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 9, 2007, 10:30 a.m., at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church 8901 Candelaria Rd. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim Ledwith's memory to Children's Cancer Fund of NM, 112 14th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LOCHER -- Mary C. Locher, 89, passed away peacefully at her home on November 5, 2007 after a prolonged illness. She was very precious to her three sons and their families and was the ideal mother - gentle, sweet, loving and supportive. She is survived by her three sons, Ron Locher and wife, Linda of Oro Valley, AZ, Bob Locher of Albuquerque, Dennis Locher and wife, Chris of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Catherine Locher of San Diego, CA, Christine Locher of San Francisco, CA, Brian Locher of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Travis Locher of Rio Rancho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald just six weeks ago; her daughter, Maureen Locher of Albuquerque, a brother, Ted of Dubuque, IA; and her sister, Camilla of Dubuque, IA. Mary was a homemaker for most of her life and resided in Albuquerque since 1953. Cremation has taken place and will be followed by a private family ceremony. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Judy, our mother's home health caregiver, and nurse Denise and health aide Sandra, both of Ambercare Hospice, all of whom treated our mother with love, grace, and dignity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico chapter, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 87111. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 SAN MATEO NE 764-9663 www.riversidefunerals.com
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LOMELI -- Sadie Lomeli, age 77, passed away in Albuquerque on Saturday, November 3, 2007. She was born in Cerro, NM to Ben and Victoria Garcia on March 21, 1930. Sadie was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, David O. Lomeli; three daughters, Vicki L. Chavez and husband, Jerry, Patricia Lomeli and Gina Lomeli; two grandsons, Andrew L. Chavez and Steven M. Chavez; two brothers, Joe Garcia and wife, Annie of Birmingham, AL and Mike Garcia and wife, Nina, of Sierra Vista, AZ; sister, Cindy Cardona and husband, Tony of Coolidge, AZ; and many special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who loved her and will miss her very much. Family was the foremost important thing in her life. Her love and passion for life was an inspiration for all, whether it was spending time with her family and friends or enjoying her much loved mariachi music. Married in Jerome, AZ, Sadie was a military wife for 25 years. One of the many joys of being a navy wife was the opportunity to travel and meet new friends. She had a smile for everyone she met and touched many people. Sadie was an incredible woman and we were blessed to have her in our lives. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many friends and family who provided love and support during this very difficult period. We would also like to extend a very sincere appreciation to the kindness of Ambercare Hospice, Dr. Amy Tarnower and Dr. Dennie Jones. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2007; 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8, 2007; 1:00 p.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Monsignor Olona as the Celebrant. Ennichement will take place at a later date at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mariachi Spectacular P.O. Box 27324, 87125 or the charity of your choice. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sadie will be deeply missed. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LOVATO -- Bertha Lovato, age, 87, a resident of Belen, NM, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2007. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by Jimmy Maes, Margie Tafoya, and Dolores Montano. Bertha is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Richard Lovato; four loving daughters, Marylou Ortega, Viola M. Lucero, Cora M. Griego, and Helen Chavez; six step-children, Kate Debord, Betty Garcia, Cirio, Gilbert, Ross and Arthur Lovato; and her many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home, on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 4:00 p.m. A final visitation will take place at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Monday, November 5, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Clarence Ortega, Joe Lucero, Brandon Chavez, Allen Montano, John Tafoya, and Ross Lovato. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Doughtery and James Maes. Sign Bertha's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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LUCERO -- Agapito "Pete" Lucero, 92, was born and raised in Albuquerque, but spend the majority of his life in California. He is survived by his sons, Manuel and Robert and their children; daughter, Darlene, and her daughter Grace; and sister, Pauline Castillo. Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony will be held by family at a later date.
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MARTINEZ -- PATROCINIO Mr. Patrocinio Martinez, 92, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on November 3, 2007, peacefully at home and is now in Heaven with Our Lord. Mr. Martinez is survived by his children, Chano Martinez and Mary Lou Martinez and husband, Rick; two sisters, Mella Gill and Christina Gutierrez; two grandchildren, Mary Alice Valdez and husband, Richard, Anthony, J. Martinez and fiancee, Tanya Lattin; five great-grandchildren, Joseph Martinez, Nathaniel Valdez, Marisa Valdez, Bryah Lattin and Nathaniel Lattin; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Martinez. Mr. Martinez was a member of the Catholic Church, past usher at St. Therese Church and was involved in many of the church activities. Visitation for Mr. Martinez will be Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 300 Mildred NW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Deacon Manuel Montoya. Final visitation will be Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Father Ron Carrillo and Deacon Manuel Montoya. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Richard Valdez, Joseph Martinez, Nathaniel Valdez, and Ray Beecher. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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