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SMOKER -- Sharon Smoker was relieved of the pain and suffering of her 17-year battle with scleroderma on Saturday, March 31, 2007. She died in California while en route to Albuquerque with her husband, Russell Wynn. Born April 25, 1958, Sharon was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. After graduating from Sandia High School and Colorado State University, Sharon began a career dedicated to social service, often in positions working with troubled youth. She worked for Hogares and the Albuquerque Metro Court's Pre-Trial Services division before going to the University of New Mexico to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She was a nurse for Peanut Butter & Jelly Family Services, and served for many years in her present position as a nurse at UNM's Children's Psychiatric Hospital. In addition to husband, Russell Wynn, Sharon is survived by their daughter, Chavella Aragon; and granddaughter, Selene Ramirez; mother, Ruth Bernstein of Albuquerque; father, Dave Smoker and his wife, Kathy Hart of Jemez Springs; father-in-law, Bill Wynn and his wife, Ilana Pachter Wynn of Princeton, NJ; mother-in-law, DonnaLee Wynn of New Smyrna Beach, FL; sister and best friend, Linda Smoker of Albuquerque; brother, Richard Smoker and his wife, Julie Engelbrecht and their daughter, Melina of San Jose, CA; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and her beloved dogs, Marty, Frodo and Astro. Cremation has taken place, and there will be no funeral. A memorial gathering and celebration of Sharon's life will take place at Reflections, 2400 Washington NE, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007; followed by a reception at the family home. Rather than flowers, her family suggests a donation in Sharon's name to PB & J Family Services, 1101 Lopez Road SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105; or a charity of your choice.
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THOMPSON -- Jacyne Langseth Thompson, 81, a resident of Tijeras for over 25 years, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 1, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold T. Thompson; sons, Tom Thompson and wife, Heather of Lakewood, CO, Gene R. Thompson and wife, Teryl of Tijeras, and LeRoy Thompson and wife, Rose of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Christopher, Ashley, Laura, Trevor, and Tanner; one great-granddaughter, Paris Rae; brothers, Eugene Langseth and wife, Pan of Tucson, AZ, and Jason Langseth of California. Friends may visit Wednesday, April 4, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Services will be held Thursday, April 5, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Thursday, April 5, 2007, 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, 87110 or to the Cerebral Palsy Parent Association, 1127 University Blvd. NE, 87102-1715. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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VAUGHN -- Rick Vaughn, 59, passed away on March 30, 2007. Designer extraordinaire, Rick made his mark on our city and state and was a founding partner of Vaughn Wedeen Creative. Rick lived in Albuquerque for 27 years and will be missed by the hundreds who knew him well, and by the many thousands who have been touched by him through his work in New Mexico, and throughout the country. A graphic designer by training and profession and recognized internationally for his work, Rick loved the art of graphic design. In recent years, he had applied his immense talent to the design of spaces and places, and that's where his legacy lies. His trademark designs include @25! and its signature giant exclamation mark, ABQ uptown and the Q tower, the NM Railrunner, Flying Star Cafes, the City of Albuquerque metallic city seal logo and bright yellow downtown wayfinding signage, and soon - the City of Santa Fe wayfinding signage. All these projects reflect the passion and love of life that he expressed every day. His first and abiding passion was karate. He achieved a second degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Texas Karate Institute. He was nicknamed the "Lubbock Flash with Cobra-quick Hands". He earned a rating within the top 10 in the United States. As outstanding as Rick Vaughn was as a designer and martial artist, it was no match for how outstanding he was as a human being. Nothing was as precious to him as his family and his love of God. He was quite generous at expressing and sharing his love with others and was felt by everyone he came in contact with. To know Rick, was to be loved by him. He treated his partners, his co-workers, his collaborators and his clients with caring and respect like very few can. Part dreamer, part engineer, all perfectionist, the artistic contributions made by Rick will be seen and touched for generations to come. Rick Vaughn is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ginger; son, Ian; daughter, Renee Ahern and husband, Drew; grandchildren, Dillon and Jackson; brother, Barry and wife, Gloria; nephews, Paul and Michael; mother, Clota Mae; step-daughter, Helen Wilson and husband, Steve; step-grandchildren, Melissa, Sarah, and Joe; and the countless others that love him and will miss him dearly. His father, Chester, preceded him in death. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at Daniels Family Funeral Services. Funeral Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2007, also at Daniels Family Funeral Services, with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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ZARUBA -- Helen Zaruba, age 94, passed away Palm Sunday, April 1, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Zaruba and daughter, Joan. Helen is survived by her three children; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. A private family burial will take place in Texas at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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ALILUNAS -- Wilma Kleive Alilunas, age 96, of Santa Fe, NM, died at her home on March 29, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso Road, Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to consider making a donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America or to a charity of their choice. Arrangements by McGee Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 1329 Luisa Street, Santa Fe; telephone: 983-9151.
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APODACA -- ANTHONY M. In Loving Memory of My Precious Son, Brother, Dad and Uncle Anthony M. Apodaca April 3, 1972 - September 11, 2005 Happy Happy Birthday my precious son - You know my son, death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no on can steal. And we will always love you forever. Although when you left you forgot to tell our hearts how to live without you. And it seems like every day gets harder but what gets us through every day is to know that you are in the arms of Jesus. And someday we will all be together. And yes my son celebrate your birthday with our Lord and Auntie Vi and Dood. Ants I know that every tear we shed shall be wiped by our Lord. My son we all miss you so much. I want to hear your voice, feel your hugs and hear you say I love you mom. I love you my son. We all love you and miss you so much. See you in heaven my son Love you now always and forever Happy Birthday Ants Love Mom, Rudy, Renee, and Matt and all the kids
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DE LUNA -- Higinio De Luna Sr., loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died Saturday, March 31, 2007 in Albuquerque at the age of 60. He was the inspiration of our hearts for life. Mr. De Luna is preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Valdez. He is survived by his wife, Elba De Luna; son, Higinio De Luna Jr. and wife, Lizette Rivera-De Luna; daughters, Reynalda De Luna, Anna Perez and partner, Bobbi Daggett, and Angelic Ibuado and husband, Rigoberto; brother, Raymond De Luna; sister, Katie De Luna; 11 grandchildren, Maxine and husband, Pepe, Victor, Tianna, Hannah and husband, Joshua, Jeremy, Samuel Jr., Zachariah, Brittany, Tiffany, Adam, and Ryan; and two great-grandchildren, Aliana and Omari. A Memorial Service for Mr. De Luna will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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DONALD -- Joseph H. Donald Jr., 99, a longtime resident of New Mexico, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007. He is survived by his daughter JoAnne Bitner of Bosque Farms; step-daughters, Pearl Kilcrease and Janis Fryer of Winnsboro LA; and step-son, Guy Merchant of Wichita Falls, TX; brother, Maurce Donald of Searcy AR; and care-taker Onesimo Sisneroz of Mountainair. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Donald and his second wife, Ola Donald. Mr. Donald retired from the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque. Services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Should friends desire contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE Ste. 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or the American Heart Association, 5901 Harper Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GAGLIANO -- Matilda Gagliano, 89, passed away peacefully with her family present, one day after her 89th birthday. Matty had been a breast cancer survivor of 40 years. She had lived in Rio Rancho for the past 36 years, coming from Long Island, NY. Matty was born March 30, 1918, the daughter of Anthony Andrew and Eufemia Ciaurro Providenti in New York, NY. She had been a seamstress for Garment workers in New York. Matty had a great devotion to St. Terese, The Little Flower. She was known for her generosity, strength, quick wit, joy for life, and being a free thinker. Her family was her greatest pride and joy. Matty was preceded in death by her loving husband Jerry Gagliano in 1996; her parents, Anthony and Eufemia Providenti; and her sisters, Rita Brown in 1995 and Tina Flower in 2006. She is survived by three children, Effie Osborne and husband, Meade, Gerard Gagliano and wife, Judy, and Tommy Gagliano and wife, Janet; five grandchildren, Kyle, Anthony, Elisa, Mark, and Theresa; and three great-grandchildren, Amanda, Zach, and Trevor. The family wishes to thank all the nurses and doctors of Presbyterian Hospital, Hospice of New Mexico, and the care givers at Beehive for their loving care and support of Matty and her family. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. Entombment of cremated remains will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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GEOFFRION -- William M. Geoffrion, 76, longtime resident of Albuquerque, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 31, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carmen Geoffrion; two sons, Richard Geoffrion and Paul Geoffrion and wife, Denise; four daughters, Patricia Morton and husband, Jon, Cathy Baca and husband, Bernie, Barbara Lerma and husband, Phillip, and Susan Case, and husband, Curtis; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret Chavez and husband, Pasqual of Los Alamos, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Ella Geoffrion; and a brother, Sonny. Bill was a past president of Rio Grande Lions Club and faithfully served as an usher at Immaculate Conception Church for over 30 years. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by everyone he touched. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary University Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception at Catholic Charismatic Center, 1412 5th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 following interment. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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