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APODACA -- Ray Apodaca, a resident of Albuquerque for over 60 years, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 17, 2006. He is survived by his children, Regina Joyner and husband, Greg and Loretta Monget and husband, John all of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, and Stephen; brother, Joe Apodaca of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Isabelle Apodaca; his mother and father, Margaret and Solomon Apodaca; sisters, Lucy Chavez and Julia Montoya; brothers, Primi, Arthur, and Pat Apodaca. Ray was born and raised in Socorro, NM. He joined the Army National Guard and served during WWII, after his service he taught carpentry under the GI bill and worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Mr. Apodaca married Isabelle in 1945 and had two daughters. They moved to Albuquerque in the 1950s and started their life here. After retirement he and his wife Isabelle loved to travel. Ray enjoyed his grandchildren and loved taking care of them in the early years. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Tuesday, December 19, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. until Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Cremation will follow and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE, on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Ennichment at Santa Fe National Cemetery will follow Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Ray's family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Sunrise Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice for their loving care and support during this difficult time. French Mortuary Lomas Chapel 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM
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BACA -- Christine Baca, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, born February 24, 1921, and passed away on Monday, December 18, 2006. She is the widow of Aaron E. Baca, who preceded her in death, March 19, 1992, after a marriage of 50 years. Mrs. Baca is survived by two sons, A. Frank Baca and wife, Mary Anne of Houston, TX and Milton L. Baca and wife, Tammy of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas at Tennessee, with Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church beginning at 9:00 a.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BELL -- Solveig "Sally" Bell, 104, a resident of Albuquerque since 1975, died Sunday, December 17, 2006. She is survived by her daughters, June Geller and husband, Irwin and Joyce Morris and husband, Bob; three grandchildren, Grant Hegranes, William Hegranes, and Vicki Allen; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores Benson; and sister-in-law, Ruth Nessett She was preceded death by her husband, Henry G. Bell in 1985. Mrs. Bell taught school in North Dakota where she was raised and is still remembered by many of her students. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and was active at the Palo Duro and Highland Senior Citizen Associations. Mrs. Bell was dearly loved by her family and her good and many loyal friends during her long life. Services will be on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at French Mortuary - Lomas Blvd Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Organ Fund at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE, 87110. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BOCCIO -- Frank Boccio, 86, passed away November 23, 2006 in Frisco, CO. Frank was born in Brooklyn, NY. After serving in WWII in Newfoundland, he returned to Brooklyn where he owned a neighborhood hardware business for over 20 years. He moved his family to Long Island in 1953, and to Albuquerque in 1972 where he lived until moving to Colorado in late 2005. Frank was active in Albuquerque's Highland Senior Center, where he was known as "Broadway Frank" because of his flair on the dance floor and sense of humor. He loved to follow the New York Yankees and played on a softball team well into his '70s. Frank is survived by his daughter, Kim Allen of Boulder Creek, CA; grandson, Kristofer of San Jose, CA; son, Tony and his wife, Ellen of Fairplay, CO, Frank Jr. of Struthers, OH; and dear friend, Maria Fugit of Albuquerque
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BURGAN -- Gary Burgan, 56, a native of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2006. He is survived by his father, Bob Burgan of Albuquerque; sister, Barbara Burgan of Ogden, UT. Mr. Burgan was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred "Jeri" Burgan. He was very involved with his Bible study group and loved people. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services in his honor will be announced at a later date. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DALTON -- John J. Dalton, 66, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2006. John was born June 6, 1940 the son of John and Eleanor Lanyon Dalton in Waukegan, IL. A Memorial Service for John will be held on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services at Vista Verde Memorial Park, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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FRITZE -- Loretta C. Fritze, 90, of Loveland, CO, went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 17, 2006. Loretta was born on April 19, 1916 in Albuquerque, NM to Edward H.F. and Emma Elizabeth (Krueger) Hackmann. Loretta was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School and was graduated from Albuquerque High School. Following one year at the University of New Mexico, Loretta worked at Hoch's 48th Star Mill as a bookkeeper to help with the family needs. Loretta married Rev. Edwin Fritze in Albuquerque, NM on August 28, 1940. Serving in the Lutheran ministry, they lived in David City, NE, Bakersfield and Merced, CA, Fort Wayne, IN and St. Louis, MO. Loretta moved to Loveland in 1975. Since a serious stroke in August, 2004, she has made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Jim Vogel. Loretta was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland. She loved her Lord Jesus, studying His Word, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sewing, crocheting, and crossword puzzles. She had the gift of helping and was generous to all, a true friend to the friendless. Loretta is survived by three daughters: Kathryn Ware of Albuquerque, NM, Carol Oberaitis and husband, Michael, Lake Sherwood, MO, and Marilyn Vogel and husband, Jim of Loveland, CO; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers: E. Edward Hackmann and wife, Pauline of Rio Rancho, NM, and Paul Hackmann and wife, Jean of Orange, CA. Her parents, husband Rev. Edwin Fritze, and sisters, Gertrude Hackmann, Lillian Hackmann and Lois Lutkehus have preceded her to their heavenly home. Visitation will be at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home on Wednesday, 7 - 8 p.m. with Services on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. will also be at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. Rev. Al Schroeder of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Rev. James Murphy of Faith Evangelical Church will officiate. Loretta's body will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions to Immanuel Lutheran School Alumni and Friends Endowment Fund of Albuquerque, NM or The Lutheran Hour Radio Broadcast of St. Louis, MO. Either can be sent in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave. Loveland, Colorado 80537. "Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25 NIV
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GARCIA -- Pauline S. Garcia, 86, died peacefully in the company of her family on December 19, 2006 in Rio Rancho. She was born in Martinez Town where she dedicated her life to God, her husband, children and grandchildren. She was also a member of the San Igancio Parish. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Eleuterio Garcia, and is survived by her sons, Eduardo Garcia, Leslie A. Garcia, Marciano Garcia (Cruz), Paul Garcia (Doreen), and Irene Roybal. Also survived by grandchildren, Paul, Danielle, Joseph, Mark, Alise, and Matthew. With numerous nephews, and nieces. Rosary will be on Thursday December 21, 2006 at the San Igancio Parish at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at San Ignacio with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary.
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GNERICH -- Brenda Gnerich, 56, a resident of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho since the early 1970s, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2006. Brenda was born February 7, 1950, the daughter of Lisa L. and Elbert E. Morton in Orange County, Texas. Brenda graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1979 with a B.B.A. and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1984. Brenda was a licensed pilot and loved to fly cross country as well as riding her motorcycle and skiing. Her favorite holiday was the 4th of July of which no one celebrated bigger. Brenda is preceded in death by her father, "Bill" Morton in 1980 and one brother, Billy E. Morton, in 1991. She is survived by her mother, Lisa L. Vargo and her stepfather, Emery Robert Vargo; three children, Tim Gnerich, James Chumley, and Jennifer Swanson; seven grandchildren, Christal, Savahana, Breanna, Shyanne, Payton, James II, and Charlotte; brothers, Royce Morton and Robert Vargo; sister, Susan Morton; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, at Vista Verde Memorial Park, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Private interment of cremains will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to VistaCare Hospice, 5639 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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HANKINS -- Clyde Tyson Hankins, born May 5, 1918, went peacefully to be with his Lord on December 18, 2006. An Albuquerque resident of 46 years, he was born in Hansford, Texas, and previously resided in San Diego, California and Lubbock, Texas. He was a faithful husband of 64 years to his wife Gladys; the father of two children, Greg Hankins and his wife Denise of San Diego, California; and Gem Blankenship and her husband Gary of Cedar Crest, NM. He is also survived by grandchildren Grant Blankenship and his wife Shannon; Anna Boyer; and Josh Hankins; and his great grandchildren Teal, Rose, and Lily Hankins; and Aubrie, Morgan, Bethany, and Jack Blankenship who will miss his great humor and loving embrace that he so often and warmly showered upon them. Grandchild Matthew Spiewak preceded him in death. Clyde was a larger than life personality, entertainer, vocalist, and world-class jazz guitarist. His gift of music will be missed by those in the jazz community who have enjoyed his talents and good humor for many years. He served in the Navy in WWII. A visitation for friends and family will be held at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE, Thursday, December 21, 2006, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and a memorial service will be held at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Blvd., NE, Friday, December 22, 2006, 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd., NE. We will be with you again soon Clyde. We love you. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE 275-3500
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