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KYGER -- Charles Filmore Kyger passed away from natural causes early May 15, 2007 at the age of 80. Chuck was born in Elk City, Kansas, in 1926, and served in the U.S. Navy's Pacific theater during World War II on board the destroyer U.S.S. Young. After the war he attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in engineering and a commission to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the new U.S. Air Force. With a promotion to the rank of 1st Lieutenant, he served on board a B-50 Superfortress strategic bomber. While stationed at Fort Bliss, Chuck was introduced to crewmate Bud Reidy's sister, Kitty. They fell in love and married and, once Chuck received his honorable discharge, made their home in Albuquerque where Chuck went to work at the nascent Sandia National Laboratory where he spent his entire 35-year professional career. They had four children, Kevin, Peggy, Mary Kay, and David, who would go on to give them nine grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Kitty; his son-in-law, Ron Claghorn; granddaughters, Katherine and Kristina; and grandson, Jerry Claghorn; his son Kevin, wife, Julia, and grandsons, Scott and Alex Kyger; his daughter, Mary Kay, husband, Michael, and grandsons, Andy and Troy Hatfield; and his son, David, wife, Debbie, grandson, Dan and granddaughter, Ellen Kyger. Chuck's life was spent giving invaluable and loving service to his family, his country, and his God, and all who knew him had their lives enriched for the time our paths through life shared his. Cremation has taken place and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at Our Lady of The Annunciation Catholic Church, 2621 Vermont NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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LUCERO -- Lawrence Michael Lucero, age 49, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160
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LYNN -- Tazuko Lynn Born October 15, 1929 and passed April 17, 2007. Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663 riversidefunerals.com
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MALDONADO -- CECILIA Z. The family of Cecilia Z. Maldonado would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; to Father Bijoy Frances, St. Anne Catholic Church, presider of the Mass; to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary, and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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MCBRIDE -- Leona (Lee) McBride, 91, died Friday, May 18, 2007. She is survived by a sister, Penny Hogg of Albuquerque; niece, Cheryl Groebner of Placitas, NM; nephew, Tom Hogg, III of West Hollywood, CA; great-nieces, Lisa Mayhill of Santa Fe, Paige Lewis of Los Lunas, NM, and Carrie Staller of Denton, TX. Lee was born on July 19, 1915 in Lincoln, NE where she lived the first 21 years of her life. She attended the University of Nebraska, earning a B.A. Degree and M.A. Degree in English. Lee was active in the field of education for 39 years, thirty five of which she was on the faculty at Central High School in Naperville, IL. While teaching English during the school year, she spent her summers traveling and attending classes in library science at Columbia University, The University of Colorado and the University of Illinois. The last years of her career, she served as a librarian at Central High School prior to retirement. In 1995, she moved to Albuquerque to be near her family. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and The Naperville Women's Club. Lee was an avid reader and bridge player. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Three Fountains Club Room, 2212 Lester Dr. NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MCVAY -- Julia C. McVay, 90, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed from this life, at home with her family, to be with her Lord and Savior, May 15, 2007. She was born Julia Chavez on November 13, 1916 in Magdalena, NM to a pioneering New Mexican family. Throughout Julia's blessed life, she was a devout Christian and had complete trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. She enjoyed gardening and baking. She was an avid seamstress, hymn writer, organist, and guitarist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald McVay, and her daughter, Joyce Dees. Julia is survived by her loving daughter, Judith Seligman; her granddaughter and husband, Lissa and Joe Guzman; her granddaughter, Kristen Robinson; her granddaughter and husband, Sheri and Richard Leger; and her grandsons, Tommy Montoya and David Lovato; her great-granddaughter and husband, Ashley and Jacob Wilson; her great-grandchildren, Tazianne Gomez Leger, Richie Leger Jr., Tristan Leger, and Trey Leger. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 21, 2007, 2 p.m. at Aspen Funeral Alternatives, located at 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. The family wishes to thank the staff of Amber Care Hospice, and special thanks to her Nurse, Kenny Dean and Nurse's Assistant, Fatima Ceballos.
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NORTON -- Robert G. Norton, age 73, of Albuquerque, passed away May 18, 2007. Bob was born in Dearborn, MI, April 5, 1934. He was a plumber and pipefitter and a member of NM Pipe Trades and Plumbers/Pipefitters Union. He was an avid skier, bicycler and dancer. Robert is survived by his wife, Irene Hansen-Norton; son, Robert Scott and his wife, Pamela of Westland, MI; son, Martin Scott and his wife, Julie of Lake, MI; daughter, Janice Crider and her husband, Edward of Powder Springs, GA; son, Allen Scott of Temple, GA; daughter, Joyce Krachie and her husband, Michael of Gregory, MI; daughter, Michelle Kawano and her husband, Gary of Lakewood, CO; daughter, Monique Norton-Martin and her husband, John of Hayden, CO; son, Ronald Norton and his wife, Gina of Steamboat Springs, CO. He is also survived by his extended children, Teresa Starr of Albuquerque, Donald Lee Slack and his wife, Heather of Albuquerque, Gina Encee and her husband, Joe of Rio Rancho; brother, John Norton and his wife, Barbara of Phoenix, AZ; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his eight children, Delores Norton; parents, Ralph and Bertha Norton; two sisters, Genevieve Wickham and Jean McEachern. A Memorial Rosary will be recited Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with ennichement to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice Foundation, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, 87111. Attn: Lorraine West. French Mortuary, Inc. 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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OLDFIELD -- Ida Mae Oldfield, born May 23, 1930 in Estancia and a lifelong resident of New Mexico, went home to be with The Lord Thursday, May 17, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Leland; son, Ron Oldfield of Los Lunas; two grandchildren, Rhonda Kimbell and husband, Ross and Ryan Oldfield; three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Kellen and Roan; sisters, Frances Wilcox and Cloey Riley; brothers, Alvin T. Plant and William Plant and wife, Phyllis; and several nieces, nephews, and family members. Mrs. Oldfield was an active member of Alameda Baptist where she taught children's Sunday school and sang in the choir. Services will be held Monday, May 21, 2007, 1:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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ORRELL -- Ernest G. Orrell died in Denver, CO on April 28, 2007 after a lengthy battle with a rare neuro-muscular disease. Ernie was born in Muskogee, OK on July 19, 1931. He was the only son of Ula Jay and Lilian Cleo Orrell. After graduating high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Puson, Korea. He returned to Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Geology. After graduation he married Connie Orrell Dixon and moved to Grants, NM where they raised their three children. After 19 years, Ernie was promoted to a position in Oklahoma City where he worked for a year. While located there he met Robbie Routon whom he married in 1982. In 1980 he was transferred to Glenrock, WY where he was the Manager of the Kerr-McGee Bill Smith Mine until his retirement in 1988. Ernie and Robbie made their home in Glenrock for 22 years. While a member of Glenrock Masonic Lodge 22, he served as a Past Master and received his 50 years of service pin award. He also became a member of the Scottish Rite in the Shriners. His public service in the community included serving several years on the Town Council and the board of the Converse County Coalition Against Family Violence. After his retirement from Kerr-McGee, he was appointed to the position of County Treasurer of Converse County, where he served for 12 years until his illness forced him to retire. In 2004 Ernie and Robbie moved to Colorado. Ernie spent the last two years of his life in the Fitzsimmons Veterans and State Nursing Facility in Aurora, CO. Ernie persevered with great courage while fighting his devastating illness and was a great inspiration to others. While at the facility, he continued to help others by serving as President of the Residents Council and on an ombudsman committee for the Governor of Colorado. He also devoted time to reading to the developmentally disabled, the blind and pre-school children. Ernie was a man of great humor and wit and had a larger than life personality. He was devoted to his wife and loved spending time with all their children and grandchildren. His other interests in prior years included fishing, hunting, and writing. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Eric Routon. He is survived by his wife, Robbie Orrell, CO; his son, Dale Orrell and daughter-in-law, Laura, Anchorage AK; his daughter, Laura Leinneweber and son-in-law, Mike, Capitan, NM; his daughter, Diane Orrell Lopez and son-in-law, Al, Albuquerque, NM; his son, Wayde Routon and daughter-in-law, Helen, Seattle, WA; his daughter, Pamela Hamar and son-in-law, Jeff, Castle Rock, CO; his grandchildren, Bryan Routon, Mike Routon, Mark Routon of Seattle; McKensey, Wyatt Nall, Capitan, NM; Hadley and Taylor Hamar of Castle Rock, CO. Ernie was a wonderful father, grandfather, and husband. He will be missed by all his family and friends. Donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Cerebral Palsy Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. A Memorial will be held in Glenrock, Wyoming on June 2, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Middle School auditorium located at 645 South 3rd Street. There will be a luncheon immediately after the Service at the school kitchen facilities. The burial will be performed by the Masonic Lodge 22 of Glenrock at 2:00 p.m. at the Glenrock, Cemetery on 800 S 4th Street. The family also plans a Memorial Service at a later date in Grants, NM.
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OTERO -- MARTIN The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this difficult time; to the Pallbearers; and to those who sent floral tributes, cards, and food. Your kindness will always be gratefully remembered. Funeral Services were entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160
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