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PICKELL -- Harry William Pickell passed away on April 25, 2007. He was born in Kansas City, KS on July 4, 1917. After serving as a Major in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, he moved to Albuquerque in 1946. He owned and operated Pic-Wik Frozen Food Distributorship until he retired in 1961. Since that time he and his wife enjoyed traveling and making new friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velma C. Pickell, of the family home. He was a lifetime member of Wyansdotte Lodge #0003, AF & AM, Kansas City, KS. A Memorial Service will be held in the Rose Garden at Vista Verde Mortuary, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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REYES ESTRADA -- Tito Reyes Estrada. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care, and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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ROKOSZ -- Catherine V. Rokosz, 96, of Rio Rancho, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2007. Formerly of Brooklyn, NY, she had been a local resident for over 38 years. Mrs. Rokosz was one of the founding members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Rosary Society, which she was very proud of. Catherine survived by her loving family, children, Joan Christofferson, Geraldine (Tom) Berard, Elaine (Al) Whitaker, and Donald Rokosz. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2007, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 3:30 p.m., at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, Vista Verde Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd SE., Rio Rancho, NM, 87124. The Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in Rio Rancho. A private family inurnment will held at the later date, in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 892-9920
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ROMAN -- Edwin L.Roman, 85, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 20 years, died peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2007. Ed was born June 2, 1921 the son of Edwin F. and Alice Berguerre Roman in East Orange, NJ. Edwin attended Purdue University and then joined the Aviation cadets, where he served in The Army Air Corps. He is a veteran of World War Two, and retired from TWA after 38 years as a pilot. Ed was a member of the Chamisa Hills County Club, an avid golfer, bridge, and poker player. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin; mother, Alice; and brother, George. Ed is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy; four sons, Edwin, Michael, Robert, and Kenny; and one daughter, Bonnie; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and dear friends; and by his cherished great nephew Andrew Kowalski; and his two loving cats, Princess Leah and Luke Skywalker. The Visitation for Ed will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the Service at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services at Vista Verde, 4310 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, 4407 Menual Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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ROYSTER -- Ernest Edgar "Ernie" Royster went to be with Jesus April 30, 2007 at the age of 89. Ernie was born in White City, KS, May 7, 1917. He met his sweetheart, Zelma, in the third grade and their love for each other spanned almost 83 years. They were raised in Michigan, and settled in Albuquerque in 1949. He owned Albuquerque Floor & Wall Tile Company until his retirement in 1979, whereupon, Zelma and Ernie traveled around the U.S. for many years. At 14, Ernie committed his life to Christ at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Carbondale, IL. He served in the Independent Christian Churches as an elder and Sunday School teacher. He was a charter member of the New Mexico Gun Collectors Association and served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. Known as a man of integrity and kindness, he will be missed by many; actually anyone who ever met him. He was preceded in death by a son, David in 1981. Ernie is survived by his wife, Zelma; sons, Ronald and his wife, Kay of Albuquerque, Thomas and his wife, Sherry of California; daughter-in-law, Libby of Florida; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Birdsall of Albuquerque; half-siblings, Margaret Armstrong of Florida and Jack Blakney of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of new life will be at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Rd. NE, Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastors Don Wilson and Leroy B. Mills officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, with much gratitude for their blessed care and support. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505)823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SAAVEDRA -- Eloyd Saavedra, 60, a resident of Albuquerque/Bibo passed away on April 27, 2007. Eloyd is the beloved husband to Erlinda Saavedra, married for 34 years. Eloyd is also survived by four sisters, Agnes Marquez and husband, Joe, Lillian Saavedra, Donna Vallejos and husband, Phillip, Irene Saavedra and husband, Joey; five brothers, Albino Saavedra, Bernie Saavedra, Pete Saavedra and wife, Louise, Joe Saavedra and wife, Roseann, Clarence Saavedra and wife, Mary; one aunt, Trinnie Lopez and husband, Cresencio; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Eloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Flaviano and Flora Saavedra and a sister, Cora Saavedra. Eloyd was a member of the Catholic Church and a Veteran of the United States Army serving in the Vietnam Era. Visitation for Eloyd will be Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos NW, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. A Committal Service with Military Honors by the United States Army will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery Friday at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearer will be Bernie Saavedra. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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SCALES -- James P., "Rusty" Scales, CMSGT/AF(Ret) , 83, was born March 20, 1924 and went home to be with the Lord on April 28, 2007. He was a devoted husband, father, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Edith; children, James E. and wife, Sandy of Albuquerque, Ronald G. and wife, Cyndy of Tucson, AZ, Donna R. Walhood and husband, Gordon of Albuquerque, and Tina M. Lange and husband, Martin of Sarasota, FL; and daughter-in-law, Mary Scales of Albuquerque; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard A. on November 27, 2006. Jim had a distinguished military career of 33 years which included tours of duty in Italy (WWII Army Air Corp), Korea, Thailand, Guam, Philippines, and Japan. After retiring from a second career at GE, he and his wife Edith enjoyed traveling and visiting with friends and family around the country. Jim and Edith renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary in 1995. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Services will be Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 10:30 a.m. at Faith In Christ Lutheran Church, Chelwood and Indian School. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors. He will be greatly missed In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, 1750 Faith Court NE, 87112. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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TAPIA -- Lucy Chavez Aragon Tapia, 86, went to be with the Lord April 28, 2007. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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TORREZ -- Alfred Torrez. In Loving Memory of our father, Alfred Torrez, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007. He is survived by his loving family; six daughters, Georgia Benavidez, Jeanette Moody, Lorraine Ortiz, Donna Torrez, Elizabeth Sanchez, and Mary Louise Torrez-Tina; one son, Alfred Jr.; five brothers, Luis, Manuel, Joe, Johnny, and Larry Torrez; one sister, Ruth Herrera; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him dearly. Services will be held at San Jose de Duranes Mission, 2001 Los Luceros Rd. NW. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronald Benavidez, Donald Benavidez, David Torrez Jr., Michael Torrez, Richard Torrez, and Adam Torrez. Honorary Pallbearers are Christopher Torrez and Mark Monk. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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WEEKS -- WILLIAM "BILL" WEEKS OCTOBER 20, 1929 - MAY 2, 2006 IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, FRIEND GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN FOREVER MISSED AND LOVED THE WEEKS FAMILY
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