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EXON -- Marlys Miller Exon, 73, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Thursday, January 11, 2007, at Simple Pleasures Senior Care after an extended illness. The former Marlys Miller was born September 8, 1933, in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Herbert and Mary (Haugh) Miller. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1951. On August 13, 1960, she married Dr. Guy R. Exon in Anaheim, CA. Marlys was an administrative secretary for Singer Business Machines from 1970-1976 and then for Digital Equipment Corporation from 1976 until she retired in 1985. She has since spent many years volunteering in several capacities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49, American Ex-Prisoners of War, the VFW Auxiliary 401, Adah Chapter No.5, OES, Daughters of the Nile, and was a regular volunteer at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque. She is a national officer of Eight and Forty, a subsidiary of the American Legion Auxiliary. Marlys was a members of the Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. She loved volunteering and spending time with her many many friends. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Mary Miller of Geneseo, IL; brother-in-law, L.R. "Butch" DeBlieck of Burlington, IA; and several nieces and nephews, who were very special to her. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Margo DeBlieck who died on January 4, 2007. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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JOHNSON -- Margaret E. Johnson, age 83, of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, January 12, 2007 at a local hospital. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday afternoon, 3:00 p.m., at the Albuquerque Elks Lodge, 2430 Centre SE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Attn: Sandy Mann, 1011 Yale Blvd. NE, 87106 or your favorite charity of choice. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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JOHNSON -- Trudie Lee Johnson, 56, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1979, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2007. Trudie was born August 4, 1950 the daughter of Robert and Mary Katherine Swan Hocking in Canton, Ohio, but was raised in Louisville, Ohio. Trudie was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan; worked at steel mills in Pittsburgh; after moving to New Mexico, she worked at the Bernalillo County Jail and Diamond Shamrock. She loved her family, her horse Muffin, and her dogs, Lulu and Zilah. Trudie is survived by her mother, Mary Katherine Swan of Corrales, NM; daughter, Tanika Dawn White of Rio Rancho, NM; son, Vernon Maurice Ford, Jr. of Rio Rancho, NM; granddaughter, Raven Cheyenne White of Rio Rancho, NM; two sisters, Margot Jean Steadman and husband Bill of Corrales, NM and Cindy Toney and family of Frederick, MD; and nephew, Will Steadman and family of Corrales, NM. Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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LASKAR -- Basil K."Bill" Laskar, 85, passed away January 13, 2007 at home with his family at his side. He was born April 18, 1921 in Chicago, IL of Greek immigrants and became a permanent resident of Albuquerque in the early 1930s. Bill started an early career as an aircraft mechanic at the old Oxnard Field in Albuquerque and continued as a civilian aircraft mechanic throughout WWII at Albuquerque's Kirtland Field. After the war, Bill worked as a photographer for the Albuquerque Journal/Tribune and had his own photo shop (Laskar Photos) in the late 1940s and early 50s. In 1953 he began work for Sandia National Laboratories as a photographer and retired as the Sandia Lab News photographer in 1980. His photographs have appeared in various magazines including Life and National Geographic. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Olga Pouls. Bill's passions in life included planes, trains, automobiles and music. He was a drummer in numerous Jazz/Dixieland bands in Albuquerque in the 1950s and '60s. He was a member of numerous organizations including the Commemorative Air Force (Confederate Air Force), and the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Emma Laskar; his sister, Helen Campbell; his son, George Laskar and wife, Barbara; his daughter, Vicki Langwell and husband, Gerry; his son, Charles Laskar and wife, Thomasina; his grandchildren, Colin, Tommy, Nick, Davina, Jerry Joe; and his great-grandchildren Cohen and Jax. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MERAZ -- Christina A. Encinias-Meraz, 55, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on January 14, 2007. Christina is the beloved mother to Mark Encinias and wife, April, Natalie Meraz and fiance, Jorge Duenas and Greg Meraz. Christina is also survived by her five sisters, Angie Wright and husband, James of Memphis TN., Louise Cline, Trinnie Larranaga, Katy Gonzales and husband, Morris and Mary Jean Gravestock of Pueblo, CO; one brother, Manuel Encinias; four grandchildren, Christina, Marcus, Geraldine, and Arriana; sister-in-law, Luz Nevarez; many other in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Christina was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Mrs. Eileen Montoya. Final visitation will be Thursday morning from 10:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Stover Ave. NW, with Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Encinias, Greg Meraz, Daniel Alvarado, Lawrence Larranaga, Arturo (Tudy) Apodaca, and Donald Encinias. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Moya, Martin Larranaga, Carl Larranaga, Michael Apodaca, and Robert Romo. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MONTOYA -- Agnes "Nana Nez" Montoya went home to be with the Lord on January 15, 2007 at the age of 86. She is survived by her two sons, Arnold Marquez and wife, Monica, and Roy Marquez; and by her daughter, Theresa Lovato and husband, Mike. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Michele, Leann, Gibby, Arnold Jr., Jerome, Adam, Matthew, and Josh; and by her 15 great-grandchildren, Chanelle, Joseph, Jacob, A.J., Beija, Chaunte, James, Miguel, Jordan, Alexandra, Alicia Moya, Ciara, Marisa, Alicia Marquez, and Arnold III. She will be deeply missed by all. A Service will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in the Eighth Street Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services-Garcia Mortuary, with interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Mike Lovato, Arnold Marquez, Roy Marquez, Matthew Marquez, Adam Marquez, and Miguel Zapata. Funeral services are in the care of: Daniels Family Funeral Services GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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ORAVECZ -- Matthew Oravecz, 36 years old, beloved son of Andrew and Elaine Oravecz, passed away on January 12, 2007. He is survived by his two daughters, Ivory and Leila of the family home. Also, a brother, Andrew B. and family and Aurora Sisneros and family. A Memorial Service will be held at the Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 1935 Juan Tabo N.E., at 11:00 a.m. January 17, 2007. NO FLOWERS PLEASE.
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PHILLIPS -- Orlan Nathan Phillips, 84, a resident of Albuquerque since 1953, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Nathan was born on March 21, 1922. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Phillips; children, Nathan and wife, Vivian Phillips, and Agata Barteau, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Nathan (Melanie) Phillips, Melinda (Adam) Robrahn, Judy (Jason) Baskerville; Matthew Radley; great-grandson, Caleb Joel Robrahn. He is also survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews. When WWII rang its bell, Dad answered the call. He served with the 76th Recon Division as an M-8 armored car driver. He was at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was there when U.S. forces crossed the Rhine into Germany. He retired in 1982 from ABF Trucking. He was a member of Teamsters Local #492, Moose Lodge #1517, and a life member of VFW Post 401. Services will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with full military honors. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ROEHRIG -- Charles E Roehrig, was born January 7, 1923, in Louisville, KY. He died January 13, 2007, in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by his family. On May 23, 1946, he married his sweetheart Frances Jo (Dils) Roehrig in Belen, NM. He is survived by his sons, Donnie of Rutheron, NM; Steve and wife Mary of Edgewood, NM; grandson Nate and wife Chamisa, and great-grandson Cole, all of Albuquerque; granddaughters Nicole of Albuquerque and Jessica currently in South Korea; a special nephew, Louis Huning and family of Los Lunas, NM; and brother, William Roehrig and wife Helen of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends. Charles was a WWII veteran, having served his country proudly in the European Theatre. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in 1981 and moved to Rutheron, NM, to build his dream home in the mountains, surrounded by the beauty of God's nature and animals. He enjoyed time spent camping, hunting, and fishing, and the family's travels to see the world. Charles will be remembered in two services officiated by Rev. David Bachelor: Thursday, January 18, 11:00 a.m. at Mountainside United Methodist Church, 4 Penny Lane, Cedar Crest, NM, and Friday, January 19, 11:00 a.m., at Shroyer Community Center, Laguna Vista Estates, Rutheron, NM. For those wanting to make a memorial gift in Charles' name, donations can be sent to The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, PO Box 270, Abiquiu, NM 87510 French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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SIMSON -- George Alexander Simson M.D. passed away Saturday, December 16, 2006. Memorial Services for friends, family and colleagues will be held Friday, January 19, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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