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LIESNER -- Loma M. Liesner, age 83, born in El Centro, CA, January 15, 1924, peacefully passed from this life on April 19, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Aztec, NM. Loma, a resident of Aztec since 1993, previously lived in Albuquerque since 1930. Loma was preceded in death by her daughter, Nelda Jo Galloway; parents, C.C. and Alie Haralson; and brother, Ernest Haralson. She is survived by a daughter, Judith K. and son-in-law, Ronald S. Mapstone, Aztec; and granddaughters, Shelley J. Mapstone, Albuquerque, NM, Tracy L. Pinto (Neil Pinto), Castro Valley, CA, Kristin Mapstone Smith (Glen Smith), Plano, TX, and honorary granddaughter, Darla Dodd. Great-grandchildren are Zachary and Samantha Pinto, and Max and Jake Smith. Loma is also survived by brother, CC Haralson Jr.; sister, Ora Slusser; and sister-in-law, Ella Haralson; many nieces and nephews and good friends. Loma was a savvy, independent woman ahead of her time. A retired bookkeeper/accountant of 35 years, she was employed by Singer Sewing Machine Co., Deane Tire Co., Albuquerque Production Credit Association, and Seven Bar Flying Service. She later became quite entrepreneurial as a self-employed, free-lance and contract bookkeeper, gift shop owner, and even dabbled in real estate and politics. Loma adored her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Always living nearby, she had a wonderful presence in her granddaughters' lives. Frequent surprises, like a furnished playhouse, frilly beds and ducklings, made Grandma's home a little girl's paradise. As the girls matured, they loved her youthful perspective and open-mindedness. "Gigi's" great-grandchildren have been the highlight of her last years. Loma's creative flair marked all of her favorite hobbies. She was passionate about oil painting, gardening, baking, sewing, and crafts. She was especially proud of her paintings and was an "on-call" seamstress, designing fiesta and formal dresses, wedding gowns and other apparel. Friends and relatives are proud to own the results of her many artistic endeavors. All who knew her will remember her ingenuity, generosity, style and moxie. Her quick wit and terrific sense of humor brought life to any gathering. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the National MS Society and/or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Cremation has been arranged by Cope Memorial Chapel of Aztec, 405 S. Main Ave., (505) 334-9332. A memorial service is pending in Albuquerque in early August. An announcement will be published prior to the event. Sincere thanks to the staff at Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Basin Home Health & Hospice for your role in caring for Loma. Your kindness is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.
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LOMBARD -- Evan Russell Lombard, originally born in South Hero, VT, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1972, died at the age of 80 on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor originally from Chester, PA; his children, Darrell Lombard and wife, Bea, Kathryn Lombard, and Cheryl Thorpe and husband, John; grandchildren, Russell Lombard, and Adam and Samuel Thorpe, all of Albuquerque; three sisters and one brother, Jeanne Kurpiewski and Virginia Beaulieu of Florida, Shirley Lee of Vermont, and Douglas Lombard of Maryland. A veteran of 32 years of military service, he served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and then joined the U.S. Air Force, having assignments in Alaska, Hawaii, and Germany. He served during World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. Shortly after his retirement from the Air Force in 1972, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Albuquerque until he fully retired in 1993. Evan loved to spend time with his family and friends and enjoyed the last several years traveling the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean and Europe. He was a collector of coins and stamps and also compiled a meticulous genealogy documenting almost 200 years of family history. In spite of 35 years of heart ailments and health challenges he lived a full life and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be held Monday, April 30, 2007, 2:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. We would like to thank the staff at the VA Medical Center for their superior care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico VA Health Care System, c/o Voluntary Service (135), 1501 San Pedro SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 in memory of Evan Lombard. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LOPEZ -- Edward L. Lopez, 25, a lifelong resident of the Albuquerque area, passed away on April 23, 2007. Edward was born on May 12, 1981. He will be remembered for his love of music, football, playing chess, going fishing and camping, and his gift of art. With a heart and smile to brighten any room. Most importantly, he will be remembered for the love he brought into the family and friends around him, especially, his daughter. He is survived by his daughter, Antasia Lopez, of Albuquerque; mother, Jeanette Jaramillo, and husband, Lonnie of Albuquerque; father, Carl Lopez, of Los Lunas, NM; siblings, Michelle Munoz, Daniel Lopez, Leon Lopez, Tiffany Lopez, and Brandy Jaramillo, all of the Albuquerque and Los Lunas area; his grandparents, Joe and Terry Carl of Albuquerque, Eddie and Virginia Lopez of Albuquerque, and Leon and Toni Lopez of Los Lunas, NM; his aunts, JoAnne Kiewiet of Las Vegas, NV, Judy Issa of the United Arab Emirates, and Lydia Candelaria of Albuquerque, NM; his uncles, Robert George of Albuquerque and Leonard Lopez of Los Lunas; very special cousins, Veronica Lopez and Henry Candelaria; and numerous other cousins and friends. A visitation and viewing will be held on Monday, April 30, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming NE. The Funeral Service will begin at 4:00 p.m., also, at the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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LOPEZ -- REYNALDO B. SR The family of Mr. Reynaldo B. Lopez Sr. would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes; and a special thank you to the Franciscan Friar, Holy Family Catholic Church presider of the Mass, to Dorothy and Lorraine for reciting the Rosary, and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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LOPEZ -- SOPHIE C. The family of Mrs. Sophie C. Lopez would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Chavez, Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Deacon Dan Lopez for reciting the Rosary, and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 OId Coors Dr. SW
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LUNA -- LORENZO The family of Mr. Lorenzo Luna would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes; and a special thank you to Father Nick Nicholas, Nuestra Senora de Refugio Catholic Church in Puerta de Luna, celebrant of the Funeral Mass, to Los Hermanos de Nuesrto Jesus Nazareno for reciting the Rosaries, and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MAES -- Rosella "Rosie" V. Maes, 85, of Albuquerque, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 28, 2007. She was born on February 14, 1922 to Federico and Refugio Velasquez of Willard, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicolas Maes; daughter, Edwina Montoya; brothers and sisters, Guadalupe, Adolfo, Tranquilino, and Esky. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Godeny and husband, David and Rebecca Martinez and husband, Richard; five grandchildren, Gerald, Kiera, Dominick, Monica, and Mariah; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Elysia, and Evalyn; sister, Connie V. Jarvis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitations will be held on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Maes, Fred Velasquez, Ronald Maes, Mike Velasquez, Pablo Mirabal, and Richard Vigil. Honorary pallbearers will be Toby Chavez, Tim Martinez, and Rob Alamaraz. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MALDONADO -- Estefanita G. Maldonado, 1908-2007, was welcomed home by our Lord Jesus Christ on April 24, 2007. She was led into His presence by the hand of the Virgin Mary after a long and courageous life. She gave birth to 11 children and raised eight by herself. She was preceded in death by seven children, Kalistro, Odelia, Francisco, Lupe, Mary, Eusebio Jr., and Mary Helen; and her husband, Alex Maldonado. She is survived by her remaining four children, Irene Blea and husband, Gilbert, Gloria Silva, Richard Chacon and wife, Judy, and Raymond Chacon; one brother, Joe Frank Gurule and wife, Vera, of Price, UT. Mom was born to Epemino Gurule and Felicita Chavez in Santa Barbara, now know as Martinez, a suburb of Albuquerque, NM territory on September 2, 1908. Our mother left behind a legacy of love; 31 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. Her love, determination and dedication will never be forgotten. Our remaining hope is our reunion with her in heaven. Cremation has taken place. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MARTINEZ -- DEBRA SUSAN Beloved mother, daughter, sister, Debra Susan Martinez passed away in Albuquerque during the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Debra is survived by her daughter, Sheila Martinez; parents, Roberto and Ramona Martinez; siblings, Roberta Sanchez, Doris Martinez and husband, Mark Wussler, Lawrence Martinez, and Robert Martinez Jr. and wife, Janice; her longtime companion, Pete Salazar; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends especially in the music community. Debra was born in Denver, CO and spent most of her life in Albuquerque. A graduate of Manzano High School, Debra attended the University of Albuquerque and the University of Denver, after which she earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico. Most New Mexicans remember Debra as "La Chicanita," a name she went by as a singer of Mariachi music in the 1970s and 1980s. Debra loved Mariachi music and Mexico, having studied in Mexico City as a high school senior. An amazing musical performer, she is also remembered for her love of life, her passion for Mexico, her devotion to her Catholic faith, and her love of family. Debra cared so much for the local Mariachi music scene and gave much of herself to promote that musical form. Even losing her hearing in her early twenties did not deter her. She always found a way, assisting her daughter, Sheila, in her efforts to master that particular musical form and follow in her mother's footsteps. She is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, April 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas at Tennessee. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 30, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immigration Program at Catholic Charities, 6001 Marble NE, 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MCSWAIN -- H. Thomas McSwain, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1997, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Tom came to New Mexico from Dallas, TX. He was born January 26, 1920 the son of Henry G. and Elma Day McSwain in Coal Hill, AR. Tom graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, TX. Tom was a loving and devoted husband and father. He loved playing tennis and gardening. Tom was a member of the Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 60 years, Joyce. He is survived by one son, Steven McSwain and wife, Brenda, of Placitas, NM; one brother, H. G. McSwain and wife, Gean of Ft. Smith, AR; and two sisters, Drucilla Geisel and husband, Victor of Gaineseville, TX, and Ruth Brasuell and husband, John of Eugene, OR. A Memorial Service will be held for Tom on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, 1004 24th St. SE, Rio Rancho. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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