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TOMASI, JOHN HENRY Age 81, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, was peacefully called home to his Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2014, while he slept at home. He was born in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 1933, to Aurelio (Tom) and Pierina (Irene) Tomasi. He graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles, with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. He married Lillian Domenici of Albuquerque in 1955. John served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Navigator. He obtained a second degree in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico. He worked as a pharmacist for 35 years in Texas and New Mexico, retiring from Walgreens in 1996. John's life consisted of what he could do for his family. His strongest drive was to provide for them, and his greatest joy was when he was surrounded by the ever growing, ever boisterous clan he oversaw. Both his family and professional life were marked by profound integrity and he had a deep and abiding commitment to his faith. His kindness will be remembered by all who knew him, and he has left a beautiful heritage to his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lillian Domenici Tomasi, his six children, Pamela Huxen (Mark), Patrice Welker (Chris), Steve Tomasi (Riva), Tom Tomasi (Jeree), David Tomasi (Kim), and Annette Armijo (Marty), as well as 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Rita Colburn, and her three sons, Gordon (Debbie), Joe, and John ( Miriam) and their families. John was a long time parishioner of The Shrine of St. Bernadette, serving as an usher, a member of the Men In Fellowship and was a co-founder of the annual Shrine of St. Bernadette's Charity Golf Tournament. The family was tremendously blessed by the generous and compassionate service given by Viola Cordova. They are also deeply grateful for Ambercare Hospice for guiding the family through John's final days. Friends may visit the family Sunday, September 21, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH Lomas. The Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with a reception back at The Shrine of St. Bernadette. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ambercare Hospice or a charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for John at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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TRAVERSE, KEVIN Y. Born September 16, 1986. Died September 16, 2014. He is survived by his mother Son Kyo; father Russell; two sisters Dawn Traverse, Lisa Traverse Bowers and her husband Aaron; niece Akira; and nephews Tyler and Trevor. For more information, please go to the Riverside Funeral Home website: www.riversidefunerals.com - Obituaries.
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YOUNGMAN, RITA M. (MCFADDEN) Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, found her peace on September 14, 2014 after a long illness. She was widowed when she lost the love of her life of 65 years, Raymond Youngman, on December 14, 2011. They are together again. Rita was the only child of Charles and Alice McFadden of Philadelphia, PA. She worked for a time after graduating from high school, when she met and married Ray in 1946, after he served in the Navy during WWII. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio, then bought their first home in Berea, Ohio and raised eight children. She was a very busy mom, but was also involved in church activities at St. Mary's and had many friends. As members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association they traveled around the country to attend reunions. In 1979 they retired to Albuquerque New Mexico and soon all eight children moved there also. Rita enjoyed knitting, crocheting, traveling and seeing her grandchildren grow. Rita is survived by her children, Kathie, Nancy, Tina, Ray, Michael, Kevin, Tom and Patrick; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her life will be celebrated at a private family gathering. She will be remembered always.
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ZAPLIN, MARK ROBERT NOVEMBER 3, 1952 - SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 Mark Zaplin, renowned art gallery owner, died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer. His family and friends were at his side. Born in Boston to Sylvia Cohen Lovit and Nathan Zaplin, Mark grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1972, he and friends discovered a large collection of photographs by the legendary Edward S. Curtis in the basement of a Boston bookstore. This trove of images, from Curtis's thirty-year project documenting the American Indian, led Mark to the West and to his career as a dealer in fine art. After settling in Santa Fe in 1977, he traveled the United States exhibiting the Curtis works at museums and private institutions. Eventually, his interests and expertise expanded to include historic paintings and works on paper by the explorer artists of the American West. In June of 1987, Mark co-founded Zaplin Lampert Gallery on Santa Fe's historic Canyon Road; through his enthusiasm and effort, the gallery quickly gained recognition as a premiere source for the works of the early artists of the Taos Society and the Santa Fe Art Colony, and for American paintings of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mark's passions, beyond art, included the Grateful Dead, the Boston Red Sox, fly fishing, rafting the Colorado, and traveling the world. And, as accomplished as Mark was in the art world, his proudest moments were those spent helping people. He always had an open door and, in his "gentle tough" way, an uncanny knack for helping others to get to the heart of their challenges. We will continue to tell "Mark stories," benefit from his wise counsel, be inspired by his extraordinary and quiet generosity, and remember his deep love of family and friends. Mark is survived by his girlfriend, Mary O'Gara, of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Jessica Karlin and husband, Jeremy, and their sons, Myles and Noah of Boston, Massachusetts; his daughter, Sylvie Zaplin, of Santa Fe; his brother, Alan Zaplin and wife, Hope, of Newton, Massachusetts; his sister, Ruth Zaplin, of Washington, D.C.; his closest friend and business partner, Richard Lampert, of Santa Fe; his former wife, Robin West, and their beloved dog, Mixie, of Santa Fe; and many other loving relatives and friends. Mark wished to share his deep appreciation and gratitude to Drs. Waun Ki Hong and George Simon and their staff and associates at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and to the Cancer Institute of New Mexico, in Santa Fe. The service will be held on Friday, September 19th, at McGee Memorial Chapel in Santa Fe at 2:00pm. Private interment will follow. Friends and family may call at Zaplin Lampert Gallery, 651 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, on Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, from 5:30-9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486. Please designate for research by Dr. Waun Ki Hong. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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ADAM, RICHARD E. A wonderful, imaginative, gentle man has died. Richard E. Adam (1943 - 2014) left us in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Originally from Port Washington, Wisconsin, he chose to live in NM and so loved the vistas, rocks, and ambiance. Richard's creative skills included photography, woodworking, jewelry-making, gardening, and over-all handy guy. His sincerity, honesty, kindness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He had a four-plus year stint with the U.S. Navy (Vietnam); a 20-plus year career as a personal lines insurance agent; and a twenty year career in the self storage business. He was a Green Bay Packers fan, traveled to and appreciated Mexico and its culture, and would have greatly enjoyed that trip to Spain. He is survived by his wife Barbara; sister Sally (Jim, Jimmy, Charlie); brother Robert (Cheryl, Martin, Jeffrey); mother-in-law June; sister-in-law Nancy; brother-in-law David (Stephanie, Jennifer, Colin); sister-in-law Kay (Terry, Jason, Greg, Steven); and numerous other extended family members and friends (especially John and Terry & Chuck). He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Joan, and by his father-in-law Owen. Richard will be honored with a Celebration of Life reception in November in Albuquerque. Please contact adamRBNM@comcast.net if you wish to be included. Plan to share your memories. Thank you to the extraordinary, caring people at the VA in Albuquerque for the assistance provided to Richard all these years. Thank you also to Gentiva Hospice and Direct Funeral Services. A donation in Richard's name could be given to any animal welfare organization. He had five large-breed dogs in his life, all of whom were special to him. We will mourn your death each in our own way. God bless you. Until we are together again.
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BATES, CHARLES "CHAZ" Charles "Chaz" Bates, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 13, 2014. He was born in Oxnard, California on May 23, 1967. Charlie is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Bonnie Bates; parents Freddie and Rosemary; daughters Shawntel, Ashley, Janelle, Veronica, Brianna, and Marissa; son Charlie Jr.; sons-in-law Santos and Patrick; sister Sonya; brothers Freddie, Raymond, and Gabriel; grandchildren Santianna, Angelica, Timothy, Patrick Jr, Jazzlyne, and Paul; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends who loved him very much. A celebration of life will begin with a viewing at Riverside Funeral Home located at 225 San Mateo, Thursday, September 18th from 5-8pm. Services will be Friday, September 19th at 10am at Manzano del Sol Village Chapel, 5201 Roma. Charlie will be greatly missed by so many, but will forever be in our hearts. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, immediately following the service. Pallbearers: Santos, Patrick, Timothy, Matthew, Steven S, Freddie, Gabriel, Robert, Steven, Richard (TI), and Martin.
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BRASUEL, LEONARD R. Leonard R. Brasuel died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Denver, Colo. He was 74 years old. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and grew up in many towns throughout the state, including Roy, Mills, Weed and Cuba where he graduated from high school. He lived most of his adult life in Denver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Margery Brasuel, and his brother, Murphy Brasuel. He is survived by his sister, Mary-Ethel (John) Foley; sister-in-law, Margaret Brasuel; six nieces and nephews, Margaret Foley, Nancy Foley, Lizzie Foley, and Ana Lucero; a nephew, Murphy G. Brasuel; six grandnephews; and two grandnieces. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Thrive Church, 2820 W 92nd. St., Federal Heights, Colo., 80260.
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CHAVEZ, JOHN In loving memory of John Chavez Oct. 1, 1932 - Sept. 19, 2012 You have been gone from us for two years now and we still miss you just as much as the day you left us. You were my best friend, we shared so much fun. I still remember our trips and the fun we had. It has been very lonely without you I will always have a special place in my heart for you, John. You are with our sons now. I love and miss you all very much. You would have been 81 years old on October 1, 2014. SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you all. Your loving wife Louisa and niece Ellenor. SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133
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DREYER, MARIAN E. Marian, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the age of 92. She was born in Portland, OR on July 20, 1922, to parents Anton Thille and Jenny (Lind) deFontenay. She was the oldest of three daughters. When she was young the family moved to Montana and lived near Glacier National Park. From there the family moved to Minnesota where she grew up, met and married Henry W. Dreyer on September 22, 1946. They had three daughters. Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Barbara ("Bobbi") Landon, her husband "Hank", and youngest daughter Holly Reid. She is survived by her loving daughters Sabra Armijo (Frank) of Albuquerque, and Kyla Wood (Lloyd) of Placitas NM; three grandsons Jascha Wood (Tanya) of San Marcos TX, Chelan Wood (Angela) of Portland OR, and Devon Reid (fiancee Cara) of Denver CO; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Connie LeMond of Albuquerque; as well as numerous other relatives and many dear friends. Marian was an artist and craftsperson, pursuing many types of art throughout her life. In recent years she painted small watercolors of whimsical plant and animal life from her imagination. She volunteered with the RSVP program for over 10 years. She was also a long-time member of the Palo Duro Senior Center and was instrumental in developing the Visiting Artist Series there. Marian loved the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every year. Hank was an original crew member with Sid Cutter and active in ballooning from that very beginning, and Marian was always there enjoying the balloons. She was known as "Duchess" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. In accordance with her wishes, Marian was cremated and the family will hold a private memorial to spread her ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marian's name may be made to The Alzheimer's Association or other charity of your choice.
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ELLIS, ROBERT M. Robert (Bob) M. Ellis passed away on September 13, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM at 92. Bob Ellis was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 1922, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, studied art on the GI Bill in Mexico City, and also quietly and emphatically influenced the course of art in Los Angeles and New Mexico. Over six decades, he wore many hats including navigator, painter, designer, educator, fundraiser and museum director. After three years in architecture school, he joined the Navy Construction Division (Seabees), where he built bridges, air strips and roads. After the war, he graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute and traveled to Mexico, where he received his BFA in Art. Like many of his generation, Bob absorbed the vitality of the powerful combination of Mexican culture and surrealism. As a student in Mexico, he encountered the works of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros and produced paintings in their strong figurative tradition. His departure from those influences, however, came in a series of works on the subject of a merry-go-round that fused the Cubist/Futurist formal tradition with the image of carnival and childhood memories of the medieval armor collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Moving to Los Angeles in the 1950's, Bob served as Curator of Education at the Pasadena Art Museum, did graphic design for many, including the California Design Catalog, spent a year painting in Paris, and taught at the University of Southern California. He received his MFA from the same institution. After joining the UNM Art Department, he worked as Assistant Director and Director at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque for seven years. He was a professor at UNM for 23 years. After retiring from UNM in 1987, he moved to Taos to paint and became the Director of the Harwood Museum for 12 years. In 1998, he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for support of the Arts, the UNM Regents Meritorious Service Award and the Local Treasure Award. In 2010, the Caroline Lee and Bob Ellis Gallery was inaugurated at the Harwood Museum, honoring Bob's avid dedication to the museum, its education program and his lifelong passion for art. One of his most beloved roles was participating on the Board of Directors of The Mandelman-Ribak Foundation. In 2003, Bob moved back to Albuquerque, where he continued to paint and exhibit works until his death. His work is in numerous collections including the Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe and the Roswell Museum. Bob married Hazel Taylor Ellis in 1948; in 1958, he married Barbara Shannon Ellis with whom he raised her children, Derek and Wendy. In 1991, he married Caroline Lee, enjoying more than 12 years of partnership and romance until her death in 2003. He is survived by Derek Shannon (Gail), Wendy Shannon (Rick Higgins) and Caroline's daughters, Holly Adams and Erin Adams (Mike Corney), and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, past students and loving and devoted friends. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Robert M. Ellis to the Outpost Performance Center or Taos Harwood Museum. There will also be a memorial service for Bob in Taos at a later date. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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