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ALDERETE -- Andrew J. Alderete, 77, passed away at home Sunday, May 27, 2007, with his family at his side. Mr. Alderete is survived by his wife of 29 years, Graciela; children, Andrew Michael Alderete, Robert Mark Alderete, Mary Ann Hillary, Dorothy Denson and Carmen Alderete; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Alderete-Felt and Clorinda Garcia; and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcelino and Soledad. Mr. Alderete served his country in the US Navy retiring after 30 years and was very active in numerous veterans organizations, the Optimist Club, and several other organizations. He was also a Certified Public Accountant with his own business. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 31, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima, with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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AVILA -- Isabell Avila, 49, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past nine years, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2007. A visitation for Isabell will be today, Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary, 2:00 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers are: Agustin Avila, Sr., Agustin Avila, Jr., Adam Avila, Ruben Casillas, Luis Valdez and Albert Leal. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, NM 505-892-9920
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BURT -- Henry Nelson Burt July 6, 1931 - May 29, 2002 We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have are memories And your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake With which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in our heart. Loving You Always, Lucy and Family
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CULLEN -- Kenneth A. Cullen, Jr., 70, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at his home in Albuquerque. He was born September 26, 1936, in Oak Park, IL. Mr. Cullen was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth A. Cullen, Sr., and Ruth Cullen. He graduated from Glenbard High School, Glen Ellen, IL, in 1954. Mr. Cullen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1958 and his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1965. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Officer of Naval Intelligence assigned to the U.S.S. Hornet, Long Beach, CA, and Algiers Naval Station, New Orleans, LA, from 1958 to 1962. Mr. Cullen practiced law in Albuquerque for 40 years. Previously, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge David Chavez, New Mexico Supreme Court in 1965-1966. In 1990, Mr. Cullen was a founder of the Maid Brigade franchise in Albuquerque with Priscilla Silva and her daughter, Jo Anna Silva. The franchise is still in operation today. Mr. Cullen attended First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Marica Cullen; granddaughter, Kristin Anne Cullen, all of Springfield, IL; a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Paula Cullen, of Princeton, NJ; and several nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:00 p.m., at First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE, with private interment of cremated remains to be held in Peshtigo, WI. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.
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DE HERRERA -- Margaret "Gigi" Happy birthday my beloved daughter how I miss and love you. Your mom and family.
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GALLEGOS -- Della Gallegos peacefully entered the Lord's Kingdom on May 27, 2007. Della was born on December 12, 1926 in Trinidad, CO to J. C. and Dolores Valdez. She is survived by one son, Ernest Gallegos and Anna Martin; three daughters, Marcella Gallegos and Robert Farris, Teri Jinzo and Shawn Hester, and Connie and Danny Gallegos; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel Gallegos; daughter, Carla Salazar; granddaughters, Dominique and Michelle Gallegos; two sisters, and one brother. A life long resident of Albuquerque, Della retired from Siemens after many years of faithful service. She was a very loving and caring mother and will be deeply missed. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 31, 2007, 9:00 a.m. at Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Road, NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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GRAY -- Dorothy Mae Gray, 81, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2007 in Prescott, AZ. She is survived by her son, Larry D. Gray and wife, Linda of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Kathy Nelson and husband, Jeff of Palm Bay, FL; grandson, Larry D. Gray Jr. and wife, Kathleen of Surprise, AZ; granddaughter, Michelle Houston of Peoria, AZ; grandson, David Nelson of Tallahassee, FL; and granddaughter, Kathryn Nelson of Gainesville, FL; brother, James Bowen of Bellevue, MI; and sister, Libbie Farley of Indianapolis, IN. Dorothy is also survived by her second love, John Geibel and his family, who brought joy and happiness into her life the past 19 years. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, L.D. "Dee" Gray. Dorothy was a businesswoman who took over the family business when Dee went to work at Kirtland Air Force base. After the business was sold, Dorothy was cherished by working mothers as she took care of the babies at the Kirtland Air Force Base Childcare Center for almost twenty years. Her skills and love for children was recognized with numerous awards and by grateful parents. Dee and Dorothy were instrumental in the successful move of the AA Heights Club. They were thankful for the care and support shown by many club members during difficult times. Services will be held Friday, June 1, 2007, 11:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, Thursday, May 31, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the building and maintenance fund at the AA Heights Club, 8520 Marble Ave., Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 266-8952. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MIGUEL -- Charles Napela Miguel, 58 of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully at home after a brief battle with cancer on May 23, 2007. He was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. As a young man, he was a decorated combat veteran during the Vietnam War. In 1977, he married Juanita Ruiz and later that year, was blessed by the birth of his only child, Nicole. He moved his small family to Albuquerque in 1978. After 19 years of dedicated service, he retired from General Electric. He then helped his son-in-law establish Cordray Electric where he took pride in his position as a warehouse manager. Charles found great joy and comfort in his new found faith in the Mormon Church. He loved the beaches in Hawaii and later fell in love with snow skiing on the mainland. He was a camera enthusiast, a trivia buff, and an avid gardener. He is survived by daughter Nicole Leimamo Cordray; son-in-law Gary Cordray; grandchildren Alexa Brooke, Ryan Kai and Dylan Kekoa; brother Jason of Honolulu; sisters Avis-Ann of Honolulu and Shirleen Johnston of Albuquerque; and former spouse and best friend, Juanita Miguel. His extended "Ohana" consists of nieces, nephews, grandnieces & nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., at the Albuquerque West LDS Stake Center, 4500 7 Bar Loop. Visitation will be conducted one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at the Hawaiian State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, June 1, 2007. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MONTANO -- Jerold G. Montano, 41, died suddenly from a massive heart attack, Friday, May 25, 2007. Jerold was born in Taos, NM on April 5, 1966 to Joe and Betsy Montano. He is survived by his son, Trevor Joseph Montano of Oak Park, CA. Mr. Montano lived in California until a year ago, so he could be near his son growing up. He is also survived by his parents and his brothers, Richard Montano and wife, Pam and Chuck Montano and wife, Martha; and his nephews and nieces, Ava Grace Montano, Bryce Montano, Micalene Cleavinger, Tori Montano and Seth. Special acknowledgement to Joshua Montano and Jessica Montano, his nephew and niece, who did everything they could to keep him with us, Thank you! Memorial Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix NE. Memorial Mass to be celebrated Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 10:00 a.m., also at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Cremation has taken place after Jerold, in his generosity, donated organs to those he could help. Private interment will take place at a later date. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ORTIZ -- JOHN MATTHEW The more joy we have, the more nearly perfect we are - Spinoza. Thank you John for being the most thoughtful and loving brother, friend, uncle and mentor to us all. August 2, 1962 - May 30, 2004
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