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METCALF -- James "Jim" H. Metcalf, a resident of Albuquerque since 1969, succumbed to cancer surrounded by family and friends on March 18, 2007 after a long fight. He is survived by his loving wife, of 45 years, Jackie; and his children, Michael Metcalf, Jodi Lardner and husband, John, and Mark Metcalf and wife, Cheryl; his grandchildren, Brittnee, Rachel, Shelby, Esther, and Shawn will miss being doted on by the grandfather that they love. He also leaves behind a brother, Larry Metcalf and wife, Molly; sisters, Patti Legnon and husband, Kenneth and Mary McCall and husband, Ed; and numerous other family members. Jim retired from Sandia National Labs in 2005 after 37 years where he was a member of the Distinguished Technical Staff. He was chosen to be a member of the U.S. inspection team that went to Moscow and Kazakhstan. The team successfully closed 186 nuclear testing tunnels in Kazakhstan. He was a member of the Health Physics Society, DeMolay and the Los Altos Christian Church where he taught Sunday School for 37 years. A viewing will be held at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel on Friday, March 23, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NM Cancer Center Foundation, 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd. Chapel 505-823-9400
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MONTOYA -- Erlinda Montoya, started her life's journey, March 7, 1925 in Bosque, NM, born to Melquiades and Emilia Lovato. Erlinda was welcomed into God's tender loving hands March 19, 2007 during the calm hours of the night. Erlinda's husband, Herman, who preceded her into God's Kingdom of Grace, was surely at the gates joyously awaiting Erlinda's arrival. Erlinda was a devoted, dedicated, and loving wife of 57 years. Erlinda's treasured, clean, courageous soul was commended into God's eternal Love surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted mother of three loving children: her son, Herman F. Montoya and Rose Garcia; her daughters, Gloria Sanchez and husband, John, Roseann Apodaca and husband, Ralph. She was proudly the grandmother of 12 grandchildren, Denise Kean and husband, Jack, Adam Montoya and wife, Jeannie, Charlotte Willis and husband, Rob, Amy Fonseca and her husband, Joe, Lilliana Sanchez, Lisa Sanchez, Christopher Apodaca, Aaron Apodaca and his wife, Lexie, Timmany, Brittny, Amber and Cameron Apodaca. Erlinda has 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Jason, Jordan, Hailea, Kaden, Andrew, Josh and Alyssa, Asher, and Haylee. Erlinda was a family centered soul who lived to see one Great-Great grandchild Jamie. Naya Williams was Erlinda's best friend. Erlinda was the daughter of a farmer. She came from a family of nine children, of which Emily, Molly, Nash, and Priscilla were with her before God called her home. Emilia, Erlinda's mother ,was a dignified wife, mother, and homemaker who taught Erlinda the value of a family centered life with dedication to God. As a young lady Erlinda was an avid basketball player and off the court was a sophisticated lady who loved to dance with a big beautiful smile, who was humbly intelligent. Once married, she became a homemaker with God always in her thoughts, words and actions, unselfishly caring for others needs. Erlinda would help anybody in need. Erlinda made a house a home. Her home was always full of love, God, family, delicious smells, laughter, music and cheerful sounds of life being lived to the fullest. "Erlinda, that sparkle in your eyes will always be remembered and you will be greatly missed by so many." Visitations will be held on Thursday from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Internment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be: Adam Montoya, Jonathan Kean, Andrew Willis, Joe Fonseca, Christopher Apodaca, and Aaron Apodaca. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron Apodaca and Joshua Willis. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Service Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MURPHY -- William Arch Murphy, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), passed away March 19, 2007. Arch Murphy was truly a man of his time. His professional experiences in the U.S. Air Force saw him involved in some of the pivotal events of the past fifty years. A rated command pilot, Arch flew over 2500 hours in his Air Force career, including missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Tet Offensive and the Battle over Khe Sanh. Recognized as a leader within the Air Force, Arch attended both the Naval War College and the National War College, where now-Senator John McCain was a classmate. During a research trip to the Middle East in 1973, he met Anwar Sadat and Golda Meir as senior member of the team. Serving at the Pentagon, he was a part of the initial planning for what became the B-1 bomber and the F-16 fighter. Arch commanded both Bolling AFB and Andrews AFB in the metropolitan D.C. Area, and served as the Commander of the Support Unit for NATO's Armed Forces in Central Europe. He was at times a member of Air Force One's Advance Team and host to U.S. Presidents. Born July 31, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee, Arch was raised in Fulton, Kentucky, where his loving sister, Mildred "Cissy" Roberts, still resides. He graduated with a civil engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and joined the Air Force Cadet program shortly thereafter. During flight training in Tucson, Arizona, he met and married Susan Carpenter and they enjoyed their Air Force lives and retirement together in Albuquerque until her death in 1989. Their two beloved children, Katy and Harry live with their families in California. In 1993 Arch married Shirley Seed Jennings and was delighted to add his stepchildren Chris and Janice and their families to his world. He was a devoted and loving "Gramps" to Nicolas and Grace. Arch loved to tell stories, loved Mexican food, and loved to travel. He was a very good friend to many, many people and the quality and quantity of his friends and the love he shared with his family are the true testaments to his life. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mark's on the Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richland Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arch's name may be sent to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission, 525 Second Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, or to the charity of your choice. Services are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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PEARSALL -- Josephine Pearsall, 89, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 17, 2007. She was born on Thursday, December 6, 1917, in Beloit, WI, to Anthony and Frances Marino. Josephine is survived by her children Kenneth Pearsall and wife, Sandra of El Paso, TX, Sandra Doubleman and husband, Phillip of Las Cruces, NM, and Mary Frances Leyva and husband, Moses of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucia DiOrio, Jennie Castronovo and Mary Tartaglia; and one brother, Joseph Marino and wife, Jan. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth. Mrs. Pearsall was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed. She was a member of the Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, March 22, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1860 Griegos NW. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Ken Pearsall, Adrian Leyva, Isaiah Leyva, Phillip Doubleman, Damian Elebario, and Ricardo Leyva. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Leyva Jr., and Moses Leyva. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 6:00 p.m. to Rosary. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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PUTNAM -- Fred S. Putnam, 81, born September 8, 1925, a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, March 17, 2007 of lung illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lenora Putnam; daughter, Linda Brennan; sons, Frank and Lawrence Putnam; grandchildren, Adrienne Greenwood, Nicole Gloetzner, Elizabeth Putnam, and Marc Walenda; and great-grandchildren, Savannah, Teagan, Talon, and Nova. Fred served in the Army in World War II. He retired from Hydro Conduit Prestress as Forman making bridges after 28 years. He shall be missed. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be recited Thursday, March 22, 2007, 9:00 a.m., at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Frank Sanchez, Richard Sanchez, Ed Gallegos, Ed Litchfield, Jim McBride, and James Fieldson. Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Greenwood and Timothy McBride. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Wednesday, one hour prior to Rosary. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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ROBERTS -- Cole H. Roberts was born on Thursday, September 12, 1912 and passed away on Friday, March 16, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Roberts. He is survived by two daughters, Oleta Saunders and Robbie Selving; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and extended family. Cole was an avid fly fisherman, woodworker and an enthusiastic philosopher. His thoughts and actions demonstrated an extraordinary generosity to his family and friends. Cole was known for his strong work ethic in his long career with the Bureau of Land Management. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Manzano del Sol Good Samaritan, 5201 Roma NE. A family Interment Service will follow. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ROBINSON -- Zelpha Marie Robinson passed away at age 97 in Houston, TX, on March 15, 2007. Marie was born February 28, 1910, 40 miles outside Kermit, Winkler County, TX, on the Cowden Ranch, the daughter of Homer Cyrus Jackson and Elizabeth Jane Hill. She moved to Gran Quivera, NM, in June of 1917. She learned to ride a horse by the time she was 10 and spent the next eight years exploring the countryside with her husband-to-be. She was married to the late Loy Austin Robinson in 1928 in Carrizozo, NM. This union lasted 76 years, until Loy's death 3 years ago, and produced three children, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Her four surviving children are: Corine Smith of Nevada, Delbert Robinson of Albuquerque, Annie Neill of Houston, TX, and Jerry Robinson of Denver, CO. Marie and Loy moved to Albuquerque in the 1940s and lived there until they retired to Cedarvale, NM, where they lived until moving to Houston in 2004 to the home of their daughter, Annie and her husband, Bruce. Marie was the ultimate, wonderful wife, mother, and friend. She was warm and loving, always ready to share her skills and items of crochet, tatting, quilting, or cooking. She was happy to stay up all hours of the night playing pinochle with her husband and her children. She was a caring, loving, homey, down-to-earth woman who loved her life, her husband, her children, and their progeny. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Funeral Services will be held at the Tabernacle Campground on the north side of Hwy 60 at Limit Road in Mountainair at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2007 (formerly Assembly of God Campground). Her body will be laid to rest next to her husband's in the family plot at Mathews' Cemetery in Mountainair. After interment a luncheon will be held in her memory at the Christian Center on Hwy 60 in Mountainair. Food should be dropped off from 9:30 a.m. and after. Flowers may be sent to the Harris-Handlon Mortuary in Moriarty or a donation may be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Please contact Doris at 505-847-2773 for questions or directions.
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RUPERT -- Oran H. "Rupe" Rupert (Lt. Col. USA Retired), age 92, a resident of Albuquerque for 46 years, died on Friday, February 23, 2007 following an illness. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Bricker Rupert of Albuquerque; one son, Michael P. Rupert of Charlotte, NC; one step-son, Terry Bricker and his wife, Joy of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; one sister, Myrna Scruton and her husband, David of Golden, CO; two brothers-in-law, George Billinghurst and his wife, Louise of Scarsdale, NY, and Gordon Linton and his wife, Nancy of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. Rupe was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Billinghurst Rupert. After retiring with 27 years of military service, he was employed by the University of New Mexico and the Corps of Engineers. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (501 N. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM) with Dr. Roy Elmore of St. Paul's United Methodist Church officiating. Following the Memorial Service, a reception will be held at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima De Oro NE, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the O. Rupert memorial fund, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. All Services are under the care and direction of: Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 884-1188
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SAAVEDRA -- Lydia Saavedra, 65, passed on March 20, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by her loving family. Lydia is survived by her brother, Orlando Saavedra and his wife, Sylvia of Rocklin, CA; her niece, to whom she was a second mom, Ann Abeyta and her husband, Luis Ferrua of Castro Valley, CA; niece and nephew, Sherri Saavedra - Gordon and Jeffrey Saavedra; great nieces and nephews, Shane Saavedra, Trevor Gordon, Taylor Gordon, Travis Gordon, Cayden Ramirez; uncles, Joe Lovato, Richard Lovato, and Eliseo Saavedra; aunts, Stella Giron and Clorinda Montoya. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anne Lee (Lovato) Saavedra; and her sister, Phina (Saavedra) Cordova. Lydia was very much an intellect. She was an avid reader and a union negotiator with the California Teachers Association. Lydia was a three time California Teacher of The Year award recipient where she served as a teacher for 31 years and developed many lifelong friendships. She was an active resident of Albuquerque Care Center where she developed an on site library. Her friends at the center were a great inspiration to her life. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2007 at Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd.
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SHAW -- Angela Rose Marie Shaw, 73, an Albuquerque resident, died on March 18, 2007. She was born to Italian immigrant parents on December 5, 1933 in Albuquerque, NM. Rosemary was raised and lived most of her life in Albuquerque. She met her husband, Harold, at a local skating rink. She married and then spent the next 17 years, in her role as Army wife, moving her growing family all over the world. They eventually moved back in Albuquerque where they spent the rest of their days. She is survived by her children; son, Butch Shaw and wife, Peggy; daughter, Jeanne Shaw; son, Mike Shaw and wife, Janice; and son, Donnie Shaw and Beth Clark. She also leaves behind her beloved cat, Lucy. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Bruno and Angela Cortese; her husband of 50 years, Harold; grandson, Adam Cardenas; and siblings, Anthony Cortese, Elizabeth Deluca, Frank Cortese, and Peggy Romero. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, on Thursday March 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Rosemary will be laid next to her husband at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite, 300, Albuquerque, 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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