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AUSTIN -- Fred J. Austin, age 59, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 7, 2007, following a brave and fearless battle with cancer. He is survived by his mother, Margaret M. Austin; brothers, Billie, Richard, Steve, and Michael Austin; sisters, Jeannie Montoya, Edwina Martinez, Alberta Coleman, Barbara Olivas, Loretta Stone and Judy Silva; former wife, Bernadette Austin and sons, Jude Bonaface, Joseph Anthony, David "Sparky" Matthew, Tomas Rey and Michael Fredrick Austin; former wife, Georgean L. Austin and children, Marisol Marguerite and Alejandro Joseph Austin; grandchildren, Jessica, Jude, Lucas Noah, Eden Jolie and Ezekiel; great granddaughter, Laila; many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. SW. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. May he walk in the glory of God and rest in peace forever. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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BACA -- HELEN M. BACA, 85, of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, March 9, 2007. Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Service 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505821-0010
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BACA -- Luis J. Baca, 81, passed away on March 8, 2007 at his son's home surrounded by his family. He was survived by his wife of 60 years, Tillie R. Baca; two sons, Alex Baca and wife, Nancy, and Vernon Baca and wife, Josie; grandchildren, Alex, Tammy, Veronica, Lisa; and great-grandchildren, Samantha, Hannah, Hayley, Joseph Jr, Isabel, Elijah, Holly, Brittney, Isiah, Noah, and Natalie; sisters, Toni Bustamante, Connie Jaynes, Ramona Flores from California, and Lupe Hooker from California; and brothers, Johnny Baca and wife, Lupie and Ruben Baca and wife, Carol, from California. Cpl. Luis J. Baca, 38583434 Company L 422 Infantry Regiment 106th Infantry Division, participated in the greatest land battle, "The Battle of the Bulge". Luis J. Baca was captured and imprisoned by the Nazis in December 1944 in a Zittau work camp. He was liberated by the Russians in May 1945. He was a member of the Zittau survivors, which are Clifford and Patricia Austin, John Burke, Jean Langham, Alfred and Jackie Shoffit, Lawrence and Mary Dwyer, Thomas and Loretta Myers, Grace Trammell, Jesse W. and Erma Hadaway, Margaret Myers, Helen Tufano, Cassie Baker, Marguerite Haight, Juanita Noblin, James and Marte Twinn, James and Janet Benkert, Mary Hartt, Watson and Dorothy Petty, Dorothy Weeks, Dorothy Benniger, Everett and Ruth Howland, Marge Picoriello, Mae Wells, John Burke, Val and Mary Kruska, Francis and Nancy Plumly. Dad, you are our hero, in life and in death. Be the wind under your Angels' wings and fly up into heaven. We love and we will miss you always. "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Pallbearers will be Jim Clark, Joseph Juancho, Alex Baca, Ben Lopez, Ronnie Montoya, Johnny Baca Jr, Roger Baca, Shawn Cloud Bunn, Dean Baca, and Adam Salas. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Juancho Jr, Joshua Lopez, Elijah Lopez and Noah Lopez. Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2007 at Daniels Family Funeral Services. A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2007 at the San Jose Parish, 2401 Broadway SE, Albuquerque. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Also a very big thanks to Ambercare Hospice and their special people; Mary Bouquet, Mary Chavez, Dan, Fernanda, Matt, and a lot of other very special people and most of all our very special Chaplain Christina. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109
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BELL -- Nita Rose Bell, 81, passed away February 19, 2007 in Mesa, AZ. She was born in Dallas, TX to Leslie John McCarty and Bertie Viola Matlock McCarty. She attended and graduated second in her class from Pampa High School, Pampa, TX. During World War II she attended Texas University at Austin, TX for two years with a vision of achieving a medical career. She chose, instead, to follow her dreams and marry Bill Bell, a returning war veteran and high school classmate. They were married on November 20,1944. Nita and Bill resided in Norman, OK where Bill graduated from Oklahoma University. After moving to Albuquerque, NM in 1949, together, Nita and Bill built Bill Bell of Albuquerque Photography; a highly respected and well-known portrait studio for 45 years. Along with Bill, Nita was a prominent member of the National Professional Photographers of America and earned her Master of Photography in August of 1962. Together, Nita and Bill became the first couple to become Master Photographer Craftsmen. For a number of years, Nita was an internationally recognized presenter in the successful methods of portraiture, sales techniques, public relations and studio management. She is past president of the Professional Photographers of New Mexico, a position held by few women, past president of the Southwestern Photographers Assn. and member of the State Board of Directors for Southwestern Photographers Assn. for numerous terms. Nita was highly recognized on the state and national level with prestigious awards and merits for her portraiture accomplishments. She served in a competitive judging capacity in both those arenas throughout her career. Upon retirement in 1993, Nita and Bill maintained residence in Albuquerque along with part-time residence in Leisure World, Mesa, AZ. In the summer of 2003 they moved to Mesa, AZ as full-time residents to be closer to family and friends and enjoy the community and all that it has to offer. She is survived by her husband of 62 years and best friend, William Worth Bell; daughters Lizabeth Elaine Bell (husband Patrick Waugh), Linda Rosanne Loy (husband Steve Loy); grandchildren Karrie Kristin Pierson (husband James Pierson III), Britton Ashley Picciolini (husband Christian Picciolini), Michael Mauchline, Kelli Lynn Newsome (husband Zackary Newsome), Kristin Lizabeth Loy; great-grandchildren Katherine Grace Pierson, Joseph James Pierson, Caroline Elizabeth Pierson, Anna Clare Pierson, Kellen James Newsome, Kirra Jade Newsome, Devin Picciolini and Brandon Picciolini. She was preceded in passing by her parents, sister Orma Jean Loibl and daughter Leslie Jeanette Mauchline. Memorial services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Leisure World, Mesa, AZ, at Rec One Clubroom. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Nita's favorite charities, "The Smile Train" at www.SmileTrain.org.
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CARTER -- Dwayne Vance Carter Ret. Lt. Col. USAF, 88, a resident of Albuquerque for 20 years passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2007. He is survived by wife, Elaine Carter; daughters, Sheryl Barnard of Bellevue, NE, Sharon Fritson of Kearney, NE; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; our very special friend and companion, Centa; and brother, Dwight Carter, of Des Moines, IA. Cremation has taken place, the Burial of cremated remains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10021. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CASTRO -- Joseph Pete Castro, Sr. was born on August 16, 1940 in Yoder, WY, the son of Henry and Delores Castro. He died Friday, March 9, 2007, in Albuquerque, at the age of 66. Pete was honored to have served his country in the United States Army. He also spent 30 years employed by Sprint. He is survived by his loving wife, Emalda; two sons, Joseph Jr., and Kenneth; two sisters, Eleanor and Mary; and three brothers, Henry, Dolpho, and Elindo. Rosary will be recited on Monday, March 12, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at Rosen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CURL -- Avelina IN LOVING MEMORY Avelina "Ivy" was born March 10, 1938 in Santa Fe, NM. She passed away February 10, 2007 at home in Corrales, NM. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. Her daughter would like to thank all of her friends for their prayers, comfort, love and support during this difficult time. A special thanks to VistaCare Hospice and to the staff at Presbyterian Hospital for their kindness and care. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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DALIA -- Jeffrey Lewis Dalia, age 67, died on Tuesday, February 19, 2007, in Albuquerque, NM. He was born in Long Beach, CA on June 18, 1939, to George and Martha Dalia. Jeff's roots to New Mexico go back to his grandfather, Samuel Wilkinson, who was a doctor in Belen. Jeff was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle. In 1963, Jeff graduated from WestPoint. He served in the Army for twenty years. Jeff, Hedy and daughters, Petra and Andrea moved often. Duty stations included South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Washington, Kansas, Berlin, and Hawaii. Jeff served two tours in Vietnam. In 1976, Jeff was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia State University. After retiring from the Army, Jeff taught at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico. Jeff established and was, for ten years, the sole proprietor of The Learning Lab, a training facility. Until his death, Jeff worked as an independent contractor for Southwestern College, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners, and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Jeff is survived by his wife, Hedy; daughter, Andrea with partner, Maria; mother, Martha; grandchildren Danielle, Scott and Caitlin with Dad Wayne and his wife Joanie; brother Chris with wife Margaret; nieces, Katie and Karin; and nephew, Frank. We are at peace to know that Jeff will join his daughter, Petra and his father, George. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, March 11, 2007, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice Unit, Presbyterian Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 26666, 87125. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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DELAMBRE -- Mary Delambre, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2007. She was born in Litchfield, MN, on August 19, 1927. She is survived by her daughters, Laura Delambre-Melloy and husband, Joe, and Linda Delambre Allen; grandchildren, David Delambre-Melloy, John Delambre-Melloy, Krista Welch and husband, Chris, Kyle Allen and Brent Allen; brothers, Rt. Col. Peter Foss and wife, Marie of Massachusetts, Rt. General John Foss and wife, Gloria of Virginia, and Martin Foss and wife, Gloria; sisters Theresa O'Brien and husband, Jack, Bernadette Hughes and husband, Frank, and Claire Bauer and husband, Merle, all of Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Joyce Foss of Minnesota, Jane Kontowica of Wisconsin and Linda Foss of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. Mary served in the US Army as a surgical nurse and while stationed at Sandia Base, she met and married Lorry C. Delambre, who has preceded her in death. She was a member of the Women's Guild at Risen Savior Catholic Community. Mary enjoyed traveling and playing bridge in her free time with her family and friends. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until Rosary on Sunday, March 11, 2007, 5:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 12, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities, 6001 Marble NE, 87110 French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FLEMING -- Elaine Brooks Fleming Born January 13, 1922 and passed March 3, 2007. Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663 riversidefunerals.com
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