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ORAVECZ -- Matthew Oravecz, 36 years old, beloved son of Andrew and Elaine Oravecz, passed away on January 12, 2007. He is survived by his two daughters, Ivory and Leila of the family home. Also, a brother, Andrew B. and family and Aurora Sisneros and family. A Memorial Service will be held at the Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo N.E., at 11:00 a.m. January 17, 2007. NO FLOWERS PLEASE.
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PHILLIPS -- Orlan Nathan Phillips, 84, a resident of Albuquerque since 1953, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Nathan was born on March 21, 1922. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Phillips; children, Nathan and wife, Vivian Phillips, and Agata Barteau, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Nathan (Melanie) Phillips, Melinda (Adam) Robrahn, Judy (Jason) Baskerville; Matthew Radley; great-grandson, Caleb Joel Robrahn. He is also survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews. When WWII rang its bell, Dad answered the call. He served with the 76th Recon Division as an M-8 armored car driver. He was at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was there when U.S. forces crossed the Rhine into Germany. He retired in 1982 from ABF Trucking. He was a member of Teamsters Local #492, Moose Lodge #1517, and a life member of VFW Post 401. Services will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with full military honors. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ROEHRIG -- Charles E Roehrig, was born January 7, 1923, in Louisville, KY. He died January 13, 2007, in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by his family. On May 23, 1946, he married his sweetheart Frances Jo (Dils) Roehrig in Belen, NM. He is survived by his sons, Donnie of Rutheron, NM; Steve and wife Mary of Edgewood, NM; grandson Nate and wife Chamisa, and great-grandson Cole, all of Albuquerque; granddaughters Nicole of Albuquerque and Jessica currently in South Korea; a special nephew, Louis Huning and family of Los Lunas, NM; and brother, William Roehrig and wife Helen of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends. Charles was a WWII veteran, having served his country proudly in the European Theatre. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in 1981 and moved to Rutheron, NM, to build his dream home in the mountains, surrounded by the beauty of God's nature and animals. He enjoyed time spent camping, hunting, and fishing, and the family's travels to see the world. Charles will be remembered in two services officiated by Rev. David Bachelor: Thursday, January 18, 11:00 a.m. at Mountainside United Methodist Church, 4 Penny Lane, Cedar Crest, NM, and Friday, January 19, 11:00 a.m., at Shroyer Community Center, Laguna Vista Estates, Rutheron, NM. For those wanting to make a memorial gift in Charles' name, donations can be sent to The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, PO Box 270, Abiquiu, NM 87510 French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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SIMSON -- George Alexander Simson M.D. passed away Saturday, December 16, 2006. Memorial Services for friends, family and colleagues will be held Friday, January 19, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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STERLING -- Malcolm Archer Sterling, 84, died early Friday, January 12, 2007. Eldest of three sons born to Leslie and Ethel Archer Sterling in Canastota, NY, June 21, 1922, Malcolm joined the Army Air Corps, serving in the 29th Fighter Squadron during WWII. As a radio operator, he was studying a new secret radio wave called FM when the war ended in 1945. Malcolm used the GI Bill to complete degrees in music and in education. In his professional life, he worked as a high school English and Drama teacher, a guidance counselor, and a New Mexico DVR disability adjudicator. He was a strong advocate of higher education who successfully found scholarships for students who couldn't afford college. While working for New Mexico DVR, he enjoyed the challenge of helping disabled people qualify for benefits. In addition, he spent a few memorable summers as a U.S. Park Ranger at Aztec Ruins and Chaco Canyon. In 1965 he was certified as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church. As a husband and father, he instilled a love of reading, music, and nature in all his children, encouraging them to follow their interests. Blessed to be loved by two special women, Malcolm is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Wanda M. Sterling, stepson Kent Nicholson and wife Christine, stepdaughter Cheryl Hicks and husband Don, and stepson Daniel Nicholson; step-grandchildren: Debbie Rembelski and husband Phil, John Nicholson and wife Robin, Ron Hicks and wife Holly, Christie Hicks, Kristofer Douglas, Wanda Nicholson and her husband, Daniel "Chi" Nicholson and six great-grandchildren. Malcolm was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years, Cecile Burton Sterling. He will be greatly missed by his seven children: daughter Terrie Sterling and husband Mike Rowan, daughter Cheela Renouard and husband Scott, son Brian Sterling and wife Mary Dolores, son Stephen Sterling and wife Terry, daughter Mara Browning and husband John, son Craig Sterling and wife Frances, and daughter Karla Sterling; seven grandchildren: Eric Renouard and wife Connie, Keith Renouard and wife Mary, Morgan Sterling, Amber Sterling, Warren Sterling, Tatum Sterling-Oerth, Robert Browning, and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Vernon G. Sterling and wife Phyllis. Services will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper N.E. Friends may visit Central United Methodist Church one hour prior to the service. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Lorraine West, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM, 87111. Interment will immediately follow the memorial service at the Fairview Cemetery, Yale and Caesar Chavez Blvd. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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STOCKTON -- Gene Stockton, a lifelong Colfax County, New Mexico rancher and hay farmer who helped pioneer a new crossbreeding technique for beef cattle, died January 12 in Albuquerque. He was 87 and died of heart failure. Stockton and his wife, Margoree, who survives him, raised cattle and grew hay on a ranch alongside the Canadian River south of Raton. They began married life on the ranch in 1943 and worked together running it for the next 62 years, before moving to Albuquerque in 2005. During the 1950s, Stockton raised registered Hereford cattle. He sold the best animals to other registered Hereford breeders. The remainder, destined for the dinner table, went to cattle feeders. In the 1960s, meatpackers turned away from the small, blocky Hereford feeder calves and began paying a premium for larger calves produced by other breeds, like Charolais cattle, originally imported from France. Stockton recounted how he solved this cash flow dilemma in a video history produced by his older son in 1999. "It was 1968 and I had this bunch of Herefords, but nobody wanted Herefords any more. I read something about how some people were crossbreeding Charolais bulls with Hereford cows. One day I heard from a friend that his brother in Texas had bought this whole herd of Charolais cows and bulls and that he was selling the bulls. He said there were some really good bulls in the bunch. So I thought about it and called him and said I would take three of those bulls. The day they showed up, they were in one of those big open flatbed trailers with no roof and here were these giant bulls looking out over the stock racks. I said to myself, 'My God! What have I done?" "Boy, did I get criticized. 'You've lost your mind. You've gone crazy,' and all that. But the first calves those bulls produced weighed a hundred pounds more than the others when they were weaned". Stockton also raised both grass and alfalfa hay, most of which he fed to his cattle, but each year he set aside some of the choicest hay to sell to neighbors. Horse owners particularly sought his alfalfa. Bowing to age - he was 80 - and at his wife's insistence that he slow down, Stockton sold his cow herd in 1999. However, for sentimental reasons, he kept a few of the oldest cows, which his dubbed the "museum cows." With little fanfare, he also kept a bull. Six years later, when Stockton and his wife left the ranch to be nearer to family members in Albuquerque, the museum cows had become a sizeable "stealth herd." Stockton's grandfather and great uncle first settled alongside the Canadian in 1867. They raised cattle in Texas, and like other, more famous Texas ranchers and cowboys, they began trailing cattle to burgeoning markets that sprang up in the East after the Civil War. While many Texans trailed cattle north into Kansas, the Stocktons went west into the New Mexico territory to the Pecos River. From there, they proceeded north up the Pecos, jumped over to the Canadian and followed it to the Raton area, where they established themselves. Stockton's father, A. Claude Stockton, was born near Raton in 1873. He and his two younger brothers, Clarence and Frank, formed the Stockton Cattle Company, which raised cattle and also operated a butcher shop in Raton. The company split up in the 1930s, but at one point it had a herd of approximately 1,000 mother cows. Stockton is survived by his wife, Margoree, of Albuquerque; two sons, Bruce, of Albuquerque, and Bill of Milford, NJ; two grandchildren, Cinnamon Everheart of Los Lunas and Tomas Stockton of Albuquerque; and a great-grandchild, Greyson Everheart of Los Lunas. He was preceded in death by his parents, A. Claude Stockton and Nell Coates Stockton; by his older brother, Alvin; and a younger sister, Laura May; and by a grandchild, Kevin Stockton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation to a charity of choice be made. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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TAYLOR -- Everett M. "Curly" Taylor, 90, born August 23, 1916 in Green Ridge, MD, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2007 at his home with his family by his side. Curly worked for the Corp of Engineers for more than 35 years on projects throughout the country. As an Army Sergeant at the end of World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. Curly spent more than a decade working for the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base and from 1958 to 1971 he was the Comptroller for the Defense Atomic Support Agency Field Command. During his long career in public service, he was awarded The Distinguished Meritorious Service Award and The Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. After his retirement from the Civil Service, Curly worked for Kinney Brick Company from 1972 to 1980 as Comptroller. He was preceded in death by his first wife Pauline Francis Taylor; his youngest son Everett M. Taylor II; and his great grand daughter Claire Taylor Pollack. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Carolyn; his eldest son Tom Taylor and wife Karen; son Dick Taylor and stepson Bill Murphy and wife Helga; by his grandchildren Steve Sheppard and wife Denise; Carol Murphy, Steve Taylor, Lisa Taylor Pollack and husband Dave; Kim Murphy, E.M. "Mike" Taylor and wife Mishele; by his beloved great grand children Patrick, Michael, Samantha, Kate, Owen, Sam, Adam, KC and Maggie; his sister-in-law Tish; nephews Max Taylor; Bob Francis and wife Bettye Rae; Billy Reynolds and wife Georgina; and Mike Gary and wife Linda; nieces Camille Baldwin and husband Bill; Francine Thacker and husband Dewayne; Mary Beth Bryd and husband John; Maxine Balleau; Julie Lugo and husband E; and great great niece and nephew Kayla and Cruz. Curly was known for his sense of humor, was an avid golfer and leaves many friends in New Mexico. Curly was a kind, gentle and generous man who will be greatly missed. His legacy will proudly continue through his family. Friends may visit him at French Mortuary on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Internment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery with a reception after in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amber Care of NM, 420 North, Main Street Belen, NM 87002 or to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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TOOHEY -- Michael (Mike) J. Toohey, 74, a resident of Albuquerque since 1961, died Sunday, January 14, 2007. He is survived by his loving and dear wife of 53 years, Bennita; children, Timothy Toohey of Albuquerque, Kevin Toohey and wife, Mitzi, of San Antonio, TX, and Laura Toohey Ramirez of Spokane,WA; four grandchildren; mother, Marcella Toohey of Albuquerque; brother, Jim Toohey and wife, Marva, of Chagrin Falls, OH; and several other relatives and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Michael J. Toohey, Sr. He was born on February 4, 1932 in Spalding, Nebraska and served in the United States Navy from 1951-1955, during the Korean Conflict. All of his working career, Mike was in the retail clothing and Western Wear business. He began during high school in Hastings, NE and also worked in Rapid City, SD and Newcastle, WY. In Albuquerque, Mike was a part owner and Vice-President of Cooper's, Inc. and Western Warehouse, and was well respected within the Western Wear Industry. In Mike's words, "I was a decent bridge player, average bowler and a bad golfer." He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A Prayer Service will be held at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Los Luminarios Council of the Blind in New Mexico, P.O. Box 1881, 87103. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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TRUJILLO -- Delfina C. Trujillo, 88, went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 12, 2007 in Grants, NM surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 11, 1918 in San Marcial, NM to James and Barbarita (Padilla) Carmody. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike A. Trujillo; her children: Josefita Gonzales, Barbara C. Trujillo, Barbara A. Trujillo, and Baby Boy Trujillo; brother, James Carmody Jr.; sisters: Juanita Apodaca and Margarita Chavez; and a great-grandson, Cameron. Delfina is survived by four sons: Tony Gonzales and wife, Margie of Indio, CA; Michael Trujillo and wife, Eunice of Alamogordo, NM; James Trujillo and wife, Frances of Albuquerque, NM; and Christopher Trujillo and wife, Charmain of Albuquerque; two daughters: Patricia Trujillo Trisler of Grants, NM; and Jeanette Bustamante and husband, Eddie of Albuquerque; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. Celebration of the Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at San Miguel with Father John C. Daniel as Celebrant. Burial will be in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Adam Trujillo, Armando Gonzales, Matthew Bustamante, Chris Trujillo Jr., Michael Trisler II, and Rudy Chavez. Honorary Pallbearers are Delfina's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM.
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VENEGAS -- GABINO G. Family and Friends Remembering Gabino G. Venegas July 1963 - January 14, 1998 Nothing will stop. Nothing deter its course. Yet this empty void will remain unfilled, In all the lives he touched with his shyest nature, which concealed such real potential. Shock halts us leaden in our heavy steps At the abrupt loss of his widest smile, Which leaves the brilliance of the sun covered By a haze as his lasting legacy. Parental strength was there for this loved man Don't be saddened by what you wished for him No more will he suffer pangs of sorrow. Nor endure others' perpetrated hurts. Soft and kind were his characteristics, So precious in the brashness of our days, Plead that all other egos could be this Well restrained. Surely then strife should cease. - Leslie Fine -
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