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MADRID -- ESTHER Mrs. Esther Madrid, 70, died at home on Thursday, August 2, 2007. Her spirit will live on through her children - son, Anthony Madrid; and two daughters, Bertha Timko and Emily Rose Dale and her husband, Bill. She will be missed by her sister, Laura Trujillo and her six grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Therese Church on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. ARRANGEMENTS IN CARE OF RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 SAN MATEO NE 764-9663 www.riversidefunerals.com
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NASH -- Cecil G. Nash, 89, passed away on August 5, 2007. Arrangements are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192
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NELSON -- Virginia (Yager) Nelson, (93), a resident of Albuquerque NM for the past 10 years, passed away Monday, July 30, 2007. Her husband, Duane, preceded her in death by 20 years. She is survived by her son, Dr. Burke Nelson and wife, Ivonne, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Mark, Jill, Burke Jr. and Megan; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Christopher, James, Veronica, and Donovan. Born in Hastings, NE in 1914, she and her husband traveled extensively through his assignments with the U.S. Agriculture Department and the Agency for International Development. She most recently resided at Valle Norte Caring Center in Albuquerque. She will be buried at the family plot in Juniata, NE. A memorial service will be held, Friday, August 10, 2007, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. We ask that any donations be given to the Alzheimers Association of New Mexico, www.nm-alzheimers.org. An open house will follow the Service at the Burke Nelson residence until 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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NEU -- RICHARD L. Dick passed away on Friday morning, August 3, 2007 of pancreatic cancer. He was born on March 12, 1936 to Hugo and Gertrude Neu in Syracuse, NY. He is survived by a brother, Hugo; and sister-in-law, Rebeccah Neu of Albuquerque, NM; a niece, Tiffani Neu of Seabrook, TX; aunts and uncles, Helen and Bob Council of Columbus, OH, Jo and Paul Huebner of Orwigsburg, PA; and many cousins and dear friends. Dick attended Delaware Junior High School, graduated from Syracuse Central High School in 1954 and received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from SUNY College of Forestry at Syracuse University. He changed his career from forest genetics to human cytogenetics in 1963. Dick was a faculty member in the pediatric departments at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, SUNY Children's Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY and the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He taught human cytogenetics to second year medical students and was director of the diagnostic cytogenetic laboratories at these medical schools. He was also a Laboratory Director in the private sector at Bio-Science (now Quest Lab) in Van Nuys, CA and spent the last 11 years of his career at Genzyme Genetics (formerly Vivigen and Integrated Genetics) in Santa Fe, NM. He retired in 1998 and moved to Albuquerque, NM. Dick was Board Certified as a Clinical Cytogeneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics, and he authored or co-authored over 100 articles and book chapters in cytogenetics during his career. Dick filled his retirement years with consulting work, gardening and travel at home and abroad with friends. Cremation has taken place and interment will be with his parents in Syracuse. Dick wants to be with his parents at the Resurrection. He was an active member in his church and a Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, (505-299-2621) 9100 Menaul, Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, NM 87112. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or a favorite charity.
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PADILLA -- ELIGIO J. PADILLA August 7, 1918 - June 24, 1994 In Loving Memory
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RISBERG -- Lorraine I. Risberg, 63, of Albuquerque, died on Friday August 3, 2007, after gracefully battling Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 1944 Phil and Mary Lennon. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Risberg; her two daughters, Debbie Risberg and Tracy McFadden and her husband, Scott ; one grandson, Kellan McFadden; and brother, Larry Lennon and his wife, Kathy. Lorraine was a great cook and liked to sew and knit. She worked for the Phillips Lab until Alzheimer's kept her from doing so. She was the best mom and the kindest soul. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday August 9, 2007 at Aspen Funeral Chapel, 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. Donations may be made in the name of Lorraine Risberg to Ambercare Hospice, 2129 Osuna NE, Albquerque, NM 87113.
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SMITH -- M.W."CHISEL" SMITH August 7, 1904 - September 15, 1990 In Loving Memory
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STEINKAMP -- Helen Lucille Steinkamp, 84 of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2007 in Bradenton; FL. Mrs. Steinkamp was born on August 28, 1922 in Murray, NE. She was a resident of Albuquerque from 1959 until March of 2007 when she and her husband moved to Sarasota, Fl. Mrs. Steinkamp was retired from the Peat Marwick Mitchell Company in Albuquerque with over 20 years of service. She was attended the Hoffman Town Baptist Church and was an avid square dancer in Albuquerque. Survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, William F. Steinkamp of Sarasota, FL; son, William L. (Natalie) Steinkamp of Tyler, TX; daughter, Diane (Henry J.) Gustafson of Bradenton, FL; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild. Private family services will be held in Bradenton, FL. Memorials may be made to TideWell Hospice of S.W. Fl., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, FL.
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ABEYTA -- John Joseph. J.J. passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2007. He was born on July 30, 1965. He is survived by his daughter, Amber Abeyta; his mother, Chris "Nana" Abeyta; and his sister, Carol Draper. He is also survived by his dear aunts, Cleo Anaya, Nila Ramirez, Elizabeth Fresquez, and a step-daughter, Elicia Summons. He leaves many, many great friends, family and associates. JJ's epitaph will forever read: "He was too good for this Earth" A celebration of JJ's life will take place on Sunday, August 12,2007, at :00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 69 at 9000 4th Street N.W. Family, friends and associates, are invited to share memorable moments about J.J. at this celebration of his precious life.
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ALARID -- Michael. Senator Michael Alarid Sr., "Tata," age 88, passed from this world peacefully holding his family's hands, surrounded by people who adored him, Wednesday morning, August 1, 2007. He will be greeted in heaven by is beloved wife of 66 years, Stella, "Nana," who we lost this past January. He will also be greeted in heaven by his dear departed daughter, Renee; and grand daughter, Denise; mother Eutemia; and father, Victor. Tata is survived by his sister, Vangie, of Trinidad; children, Michael and wife, Barbara, Elizabeth and husband, Stephen, Estella, Luciana, and Celena; his grandchildren, Jason; his wife, Chevonne, Michelle, their mother, Susan, Vanessa, Roberto, Renee, Tara, and Michael III; and great grandchildren, Renee, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Gabriela, Angelica and Valdejan. Tata was born March 13, 1919 in Trinidad, Colorado. He grew to have an unequaled work ethic, surviving the great depression in the Colorado Rockies, working as a lumber jack and in the coal mines, amongst many other jobs, that ultimately shaped him into the giant spirit that sheltered and nurtured his entire family. Graduating high school at the top of his class, at nineteen, he set off to make his future, with only a duffel bag, stopping along the way to California, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before Tata was able to get on his way, a young, beautiful Stella Salazar, "Nana," stopped him in his tracks, and the rest was history. They married just to be soon split apart. Tata enlisted and spent WWII in the United States Navy, in the Pacific, with Nana waiting in San Diego. After the war, they returned to Albuquerque to raise a family. Ultimately, he opened an insurance agency and opened Mike's Food Store at 4th and Atlantic in the Barelas neighborhood, which survived from 1952 to 1985. Working seven day 100 hour, work weeks, he built "Mike's" into the number one independent grocery store west of the Mississippi river by the end of the 1950's. He was physically formidable and imposing. It was common to see him with an entire side of beef over one shoulder, then butchering it by hand. He was tough as nails, and more than a few would be shoplifters regretted seeing Mike charging down the isle from the back of the store. But just ask, and he would give you the shirt off his back. Every Christmas, he prepared food boxes for two to three hundred of Barelas, Martinez Town and San Jose families. Every "egg" box was filled, over flowing with food. Each had a frozen turkey and canned ham as well as assorted essentials like bread, pasta, eggs, potatoes, bacon and flour, and canned goods. He extended credit to hundreds of low income, local families. He established trusted relationships with those whom the establishment shunned, and boasted, after 39 years in business, only $430.00 in uncollected credit accounts receivables. But that was not enough. Tata had a resolute sense of ethics and civic responsibility that drove him into public service and politics. He served on numerous civic and professional boards, and with non-profit organizations. He was an American Legion Post 72 commander, and State Commander, and active in the VFW and Elks. He was a champion for education, worker and middle class rights, and a criminal justice system with a focus on vocational rehabilitation, and tax relief for the poor, and the environment. Politically, Tata hit the ground running and never looked back. He served in the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 25, from 1964 to 1966. In 1966, he took the Senate seat for District 34, where he served until 1972. In 1968, he ran for Lieutenant Governor on the ticket with Fabian Chavez, losing by 160,140 to 157,230 votes, state wide. In 1972, he then gave up his Senate seat to run for United States Congress unsuccessfully against incumbent, Manuel Lujan, Jr. In 1974 he ran for Mayor, endorsed by both the Albuquerque Journal and Tribune. He returned to the New Mexico State Senate for District 12, and served for an additional 22 years until 1992. During it all, he managed to get a bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and attend two years of law school, leaving only when his son attended Creighton University, and, of course, to run for office again. During his tenure in the Senate, he championed the founding of TV-I, the UNM medical school, the Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Public schools Finance Act, and early retirement for police and fire at 20 years, considering these his greatest accomplishments. For eight years, he was Senate Democratic Leader/Majority Floor Leader from 1981-1988. He stayed up late at night and read every piece of legislation three times and re-wrote his speeches 10 times. His reputation for work ethic, knowledge, eloquence, and integrity was legendary at the round house. He was never unprepared, and his hand shake was as good as gold. He brokered ground breaking legislation, creating compromise, across party lines, from logic and intellect, instead of brute force. After closing Mike's Super Market, his retirement consisted of working full time for TV-I as Community Liaison, and then, Assistant to the Vice President of Administration, where he continued to champion education. Finally deciding to come home at 77, Tata became the consummate softie, relishing in his garden, eating Nana's famous red chili, and rejoicing over family and his children, grand children, and great grand children, as the most important things in life. He continued to love to follow and gossip about politics, always with an astute opinion and solution. In the end, Nana's leaving broke his heart. Thank God he now has found peace. The shadow you leave is gigantic. You and Nana were so loved, and we will miss you. The family will receive friends and loved ones beginning at 7:00 P.M. Monday, August 6, 2007 at The Daniels Family Funeral Service (formerly Strong-Thorne Mortuary), 1100 Coal Ave. SE and will celebrate his life with a Rosary service beginning at 7:30 P.M. A Catholic mass will be held in his honor at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Albuquerque at Sixth and Copper, Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome at both services. Daniels Family Funeral Service 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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