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KAISER -- Lawrence E. "Larry" Kaiser passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Laura (Peterson); 3-year old son, Anthony; and a baby due in July. Other survivors are his mother, Joan F. Kaiser of Albuquerque; sisters, Lynne Gray and husband, Dennis of Huntsville, UT, Laura Flood and husband, George Robert of Wichita, KS, Liane Geiger and husband, Otis of Meadow Lake, NM; aunt and uncle, Geri and Don Lawson of Albuquerque; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, James; his paternal grandparents; and his maternal grandparents. He was born December 22, 1968 in Albuquerque, NM to Joan F. (Weis) and James J. Kaiser. Larry attended schools in Albuquerque, graduating from Manzano High School in 1987 where he was a cadet in the ROTC Program. He moved to Taos, NM where he worked as Head Clerk at Raley's for the past 11 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and Hot Air Balloons for which he crewed several years at the Fiesta. Larry was very family oriented and loved taking care of and playing with his son, Anthony. His loving and thoughtful ways will be missed by his family and friends. Friends may visit Monday, February 12, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union (any branch) in the name of Lawrence E. Kaiser. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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MAI -- Richard "Ricky" A. 48, passed away February 9, 2007. Ricky was born April 10, 1958 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He loved the Truth, fishing, working on friend's cars, the Denver Broncos and NASCAR. He is survived by his mother and father, Bob and Mary Mai; four sons, Richard, Jesse, AJ, and Preston; two daughters, Desiree and Danielle; three granddaughters; sister Lynda; brothers Roger and Bobby; other family and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Direct Funeral Services Chapel. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th St. NW Alb. NM, 87107 (505) 343-8008
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MORRIS -- MANUELITA (NELLIE) C. Mrs. Manuelita (Nellie) C. Morris, 58 passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2007. She survived by her beloved husband of twenty years, Jim R. Morris, two sisters; Mary Ann Gutierrez and husband, Anthony, Joyce Armijo, two aunts; Angie Peralta and Bobbi Esquibel; three nieces, Stephanie Marquez and husband, Edward, Feliz Armijo, Eliza Armijo and husband, Michael Canada; one nephew, Christopher A. Gutierrez and wife, Marina; seven great-nephews; Eric, Stephen, Zachary, Antonio, Vaughan, Armand and Ignacio; and several cousins and very close friends. Mrs. Morris was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal SW from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father Bijoy Francis. Private disposition has taken place. Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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NUNN -- LOUISE E. Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Louise passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in Carlsbad, NM after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was a longtime resident of Albuquerque, having lived, loved, worked, played, and raised her family here before moving to Carlsbad to be with her daughter, Holly. She was born in 1921 in Springerville, AZ. She graduated as an R.N. from Mills College of Nursing in San Francisco and worked at Mt Zion Hospital there. She married the love of her life, Hollis W. Nunn in 1946 and they had many great years together before he passed away in 1984. Nursing was her calling and she gave her heart to her work. She worked as a surgical nurse in California and Arizona and then worked at Lovelace Clinic for over 25 years, most of that time in Pediatrics working with severely ill children. She loved gardening, shopping, theatre and the great outdoors, but traveling was her passion. She traveled the world over and was always up for a new adventure. She is survived by her son, Pat (Celese) in Albuquerque; daughter, Holly in Carlsbad; daughter, Kathy Foster (Dennis) in Utah; four grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Harper (Merle) in Springerville; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery at a later date.
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PATTERSON -- Lois Patterson age 87, passed away on Saturday February 10, 2007. No services are planned at this time. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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PELKEY -- Luke James Pelkey, born August 8, 2006, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2007. Luke is survived by his parents, Fred and Kim Pelkey of Albuquerque; brother, Moses Pelkey of Silver City; sister, Beckey Pelkey of Albuquerque; sister, Chenoa Pelkey of Tucson, AZ; maternal grandparents, Herman and Betty Wenzel of Cedar Falls, IA; paternal grandparents, Wesley and Lucy Pelkey of Silver City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece. He was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Henry Pelkey and his maternal grandfather, James Krogh. Services will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Sandia Chapel, 541 Utah NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Monday, February 12, 2007, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Littlest Angels, P.O. Box 81192, Albuquerque, NM 87198, in memory of Luke. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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RICKERT -- Alfred E. Rickert, age 76, died Friday February 9th after a long battle with prostate cancer. Dr. Rickert was an Emeritus Professor of English at the State University of New York at Oswego. He had been active in theatre and was a past president of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). During his retirement he became a master weaver showing and selling his work at the Yucca Gallery in Old Town. He is survived by his wife Margaret; son Paul; daughter Susan; and three grandsons. A Memorial Service will be held at First Unitarian Church at a later date.
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SALAZ -- Manuelita de Atocha Vigil y Salaz (Nellie V. Salaz) age 96, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at her Los Ranchos de Albuquerque home, Friday, February 9, 2007. A Rosary will be recited Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Final viewing will be Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Moriarty, NM. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160
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SALAZAR -- Felipe (Phil) Salazar, born May 29, 1929, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, after a three-year struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis due to exposure to asbestos while serving with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Phil is survived by his loving wife, Celina. They were married in their hometown of Lamy, N.M., on July 2, 1953. Phil is also survived by his six children, Yvonne, Al, Gertie, Cathy, Phillip and Annette; sisters Fanny and Kena; two daughters-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Daniels Family (formerly Vista Verde), 4310 Sara Rd. in Rio Rancho. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd Rio Rancho 505-892-9920
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SALAZAR -- Felipe (Phil) Salazar, born in Lamy, NM on May 28, 1929 was called home by our Lord on Thursday, February 8, 2007 surrounded by his wife and children. He is preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Vivianita Salazar; 12 siblings, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dolores and Eusebio Muller. Phil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Celina, and their children: Yvonne Salazar of Rio Rancho, NM, Al Salazar and wife, Cindy, of Albuquerque, Gertie Salazar of Rio Rancho, Cathy Vigil of Albuquerque, Deacon Phillip Salazar and wife, Starr, of Eurika, CA, and Annette Salazar and fiance, Frank Casaus, of Rio Rancho; his adoring grandchildren, Ashley Perry and husband, Gabriel, Dennis and Ryan McCool, Jonathon Vigil and Jackie Stoll, Angela, Lauren, Jessica and Christopher Salazar, Natasha Clarke and husband, Kevin. Phil had five beautiful great-grandchildren: Angelica Salazar, Ty Hunter Franco, Joshua, Nathaniel, and Kadalina Perry,. He is also survived by his sisters Estephanita Trujillo and Kena Vigil, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Phil attended grade school in Lamy, NM, and high school in Stanley, NM and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque in 1977. Phil volunteered in the US Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean War receiving four battle stars. During this time he was exposed to asbestos resulting in terminal Pulmonary Fibrosis. Phil worked for the Atkinson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railroad in Albuquerque from 1954 until 1968 and with the NM Air National Guard. He was called to active duty for the US Air Force with the NMANG during the Vietnam Era stationed in Korea. He returned to Albuquerque and continued his employment with the NMANG with the State Staff. In 1979 Phil accepted a position as a Federal Investigator and was promoted to Federal Supervisory Investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Memphis, TN. He also transferred to the Tennessee Air National Guard retiring as a SMSGT. In 1986 he was promoted and transferred to Little Rock, AR where he retired as EEOC's Administrative Officer in 1989. Phil retired after 29 and one-half years of military and civilian service to his country. He received many awards and medals. Upon retiring, he returned to New Mexico making his home in Rio Rancho. Phil received great comfort during his illness from his love and faith in our Lord; he was active in the Catholic Church and belonged to Saint Thomas Aquinas, as well as the Church of the Incarnation, in Rio Rancho, serving as a lector in both parishes. Phil served on the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments representing Sandoval County; served eight years as President and Vice President of the NM Democratic Club; a member of the Democratic Party Central Committee; a member of the American Legion Post 118 in Rio Rancho; a member of the Veterans Monument Committee as well as Past First Vice Commander Disabled American Veterans West Mesa Chapter 5; and a life member of the DAV Shelby County Chapter 70, Memphis, TN. He was appointed by Governor Richardson to the Korean War Veterans Advisory Board serving from 2003 until 2006. He loved sports, playing basketball in high school and continuing his love of baseball by playing softball with the 65 and older league until 2003 when his illness had him hang up his cleats. Phil enjoyed traveling, fishing, the Green Bay Packers and singing. A visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho. A Rosary will be held on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM, recited by his nephew Deacon Anthony Trujillo. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 13, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM, and officiated by his nephew, Father George Salazar, and assisted by Father Rick Zerwas, Deacon Phillip Salazar, Deacon Anthony Trujillo and Deacon George Meyerson. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Pallbearers are Dennis McCool, Jonathon Vigil, Ryan McCool, Christopher Salazar, Gabriel Perry, and David Trujillo. His granddaughters and great-grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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