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GOLIGHTLY -- JERRAN STEWART In Loving Memory of Jerran Stewart Golightly March 14, 1981 - February 23, 2002 In your lifetime, you have given us far more gifts than we can count, yet the ones we remember most are the ones you gave us from within, often without realizing it. When you were a child, you gave us the gift of allowing us to see the world through your eyes and finding the beauty we had overlooked before. The many memories we've made, the love you have given, and the love we have for you are lifetime gifts. We want to thank you for all you have given us and let you know that one of the greatest gifts of all is the Joy that has been in our hearts since the first moment we held you in our arms. Though we can no longer hold you in our arms, we will carry you in our hearts every day of our lives. You are the music in our hearts. We Love you and Miss you dearly. Mom, Dad, Daniel, Allison, Baby Jerran, and your loving family and friends.
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IVES -- CAROLYN LOUISE BERRY Born November 28, 1922 in Lakewood, OH to her parents, Arthur Chance Berry and Isabelle Dorothea (Cottrell) Berry and died February 18, 2007. Carolyn grew up in nearby Olmsted Falls, OH. She attended Cleveland College (of Western Reserve University) and Baldwin-Wallace in the early 1940s, taking art and home economics courses. She met her future husband, Harry, a mathematics student at Baldwin-Wallace College, through his sister, Vivien. Harry graduated from college and joined the Army in 1941, and Carolyn helped with the war effort by assisting on scrap collection drives, drawing blood for the Red Cross, and working in a Cadillac factory making Army tanks. She corresponded with Harry throughout the war while he was island hopping in the South Pacific with the 37th Division, 145th Infantry from New Guinea to the Philippines. They were married on February 25, 1946, a few months after his discharge, and headed to San Antonio, TX, and Mexico in a 1941 Chevy convertible for a honeymoon. Three boys - Peter, Berry, and Harry, Jr. - were born in as many years and made for tight quarters in a tiny one-bedroom trailer. Harry was a seismograph crew chief, which took them to a series of small, dusty west Texas and southeastern New Mexico towns for fourteen years. Finally they settled in Roswell, NM, for the next four decades. The boys went off to UNM and NMSU in the mid-sixties, and Carolyn worked at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, which suited her artistic interests and talents. She won a competition for a bust of the scientist Robert Goddard and a blue ribbon at the Southeastern New Mexico State Fair for another bust. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and later St. Thomas a Becket Episcopal Church. Carolyn and Harry were active in the Roswell chapter of the Great Books Club for many years. These activities led to several long term friendships. A few years after Harry died, she moved to Rio Rancho to be near her children and grandchildren and to live independently at Sandia Springs Senior Living Community, where she made several friends. She came to appreciate her new home, often taking walks on the nearby recreational trail, which offered panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley. Throughout her life she was very concerned about social issues and donated money to scores of organizations like the Congress of Racial Equality, United Negro College Fund, and Animal Humane Society. She also volunteered in a "soup kitchen" in Roswell, feeding the homeless, and she took one of these acquaintances into her home for a few years. Carolyn is survived by her sister, Nancy Utley and husband, J. Leland Utley of Fairview Park, OH; son, Peter Brelsford Ives; son, Berry Cottrell Ives and wife, Tara Triplett Ives; granddaughter, Atalie Liden-Ives; grandson, Zachary Arthur Ives and wife, Laura Schauer Ives; great-grandson, Harrison Jacob Ives; and great-granddaughter, Harper Louise Ives, all of Albuquerque. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Harry Crockett Ives, in 1998; and their son, Harry Crockett Ives Jr., in 2003. Memorial Services will be held at at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 505 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201. Contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to the Assurance Home Foundation, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201.
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JOHNSON -- Vera Lowe Johnson, 77, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2007 in Albuquerque. She was born May 23, 1929 in Ft. Bragg, NC to Harvey and Reba Lowe. She married James T. Johnson, September 9, 1950 in Clinton, TN. She came to New Mexico first in 1953 and fell in love with the high desert. She and Jim returned to New Mexico for good in 1987. She will be missed greatly by her husband; her son, Don and wife, Cheri Johnson in Albuquerque; her daughter, Ann and husband, John Crainer, and their son, JT in Friendswood, TX; her brother, Don and wife, Sue Lowe in Estes Park, CO; and her many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, 1004 24th St., Rio Rancho. Friends and family may attend a visitation Friday, February 23, 2007 from 5 to 7 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW. Donations may be made to Presbyterian-Kaseman Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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KLECAN -- Eugene E. (Gene) Klecan, 87, died peacefully on Ash Wednesday, February 21, 2007, after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jane; eight children, Dr. Eugene Klecan and wife, Darlene of Las Oswego, OR, George Klecan of Ft. Worth, TX, Mary Klecan of Ft. Collins, CO, Jack Klecan and wife, Kathy of Phoenix, AZ, Mark Klecan and wife, Patte of Albuquerque, Janet Santillanes and husband, Abraham of Albuquerque, Dan Klecan and wife, Debbie of Edgewood, and Dr. Richard Klecan and wife, Sharon of Tucson, AZ; 13 grandchildren, Greg Klecan, Nell Fahey, Dr. Genevieve Santillanes, Matthew Klecan, Laura Klecan, Olivia Santillanes-Neidhardt, David Klecan, Amanda Klecan, Tammy Greasby, Alexander Santillanes, Casey Klecan, Hannah Klecan, and Molly Klecan; four great-grandchildren, James, Monica, and John Klecan, and Isabella Fahey. Gene was preceded in death by his daughter, JoAnne, who died 25 years to the month before her father. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Agnes Klecan; and sisters, Margaret and Mary Teresa, all of Kansas City, MO. Gene was born on December 11, 1919 in Kansas City, MO, attended Rockhurst High School and College where he excelled academically and in football, lettering all 4 years in college. Gene attended law school initially at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., interrupted his law school education to join the Navy, and served as Captain of P.T. 29 in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Jane Ferguson on October 31, 1942 in Arlington, VA. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Gene completed his law school education at De Paul University in Chicago, IL in 1947. After teaching at Rockhurst College and working in a family business in Kansas City, Gene moved with his wife and first seven children to Albuquerque in 1953, where he engaged in a distinguished legal career for 35 years. He served as President of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 1963 and was a renowned trial lawyer who successfully handled many significant cases. Gene was a devout Catholic and his family was named Catholic family of the year in 1960 for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He and Jane established the Christian Family Movement in New Mexico in the 1950s, and were members of the Third Order of St. Francis for over 60 years. Visitation will be held at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 2621 Vermont NE, at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2007. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A reception will be held at Magdalene Hall at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, 2611 Utah St. NE, following the interment. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LASZLO -- Anthony Maria Laszlo, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle was called home by our Heavenly Father on Friday, February 23, 2007 after a brief illness. Anthony was born in Koseg, Hungary on July 1, 1923. After living in Hungary, Switzerland, France and New Jersey, he settled with his family in Albuquerque. As a member of the community of the Shrine of St. Bernadette, he was an Eucharistic minister and a member of the church's choir. Tony was an active member of the Hungarian-American Club of New Mexico. He was also an avid soccer fan. Anthony will be deeply missed by all who loved him. Anthony's wife, Paula, preceded him in death after 47 years of marriage. Anthony is survived by his daughter, Eva Hagen and husband, Dene; son, Anthony A. Laszlo and wife, Pamela; and son, Steven Laszlo; grandsons, Bert and Eric Hagen; brother, Dr. Rev. Leslie Laszlo; and nephew, Alex Fernbach. Rosary will be recited Monday, February 26, 2007, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 9:00 a.m., Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 209, 87111. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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MARTENS -- ESTHER ROSE She Has Acheived Perfect Peace. Esther Rose Martens (49) who left us on February 17, 2007. She was surrounded by loved ones as she prepared for the most Fantastic Journey. Esther is survived by her sons, John P. Anzures and Christoper L. Martens; granddaughters, Felicia and Angel Anzures; and new grandson, Mateo Anzures; parents, Henry and Rose Sanchez; sisters, Irene Sanchez and Lionides Almaraz; brothers, Samuel Martinez, Cipriano Tapia, Pedro Tapia, and Steve Sanchez; numerous neices, nephews, family, and friends. Esther will be missed dearly and remembered fondly. Earth's cry is Heaven's Smile. The Celebration of her life will be held at Legacy Church, located at 7201 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121, on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
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MCBRIDE -- Emmett J. McBride, age 85, passed away February 22, 2007, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 31, 1922, to John and Anna McBride in Chicago, IL. He retired from Mountain Bell with over 35 years of service. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and he was a volunteer deputy sheriff with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, scuba-driving, westerns, bowling, reading, guns, story telling, traveling, judo and his family and friends. He enjoyed volunteering for his church, at Risen Savior. He is survived by his wife, Ida and sister, Mary; daughters, Carol Carpenter and husband, Dennis, Sharon McBride and partner, SherryLynn, Janet McBride, Christina McBride; daughter-in-law, Brenda; and step-children, Mary and Tom. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren; Madeline Livermore, Alyssa McBride, Caylon Orth, Gannon Livermore, Lon McBride, Ian McBride, and Cameron Livermore. He has many friends and loved ones that will miss him. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline M. McBride and son, J. Steve McBride. The Mass of the Christian Burial will be Monday, February 26, 2007, 10:00 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit at French Mortuary-Wyoming Blvd Chapel on Sunday, February 25, 2007 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made in his honor to Presbyterian Hospice Homecare, PO Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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ODEM -- Bonnie Claire Odem, 55, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, died Friday, February 23, 2007. She was caring, loving, and a gifted artist. She is survived by her soul mate, Roy C. Bennett II of Albuquerque and his son, Troy L. Bennett; mother, Hilda B. Odem of Orlando, FL; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Doug Miller of Maitland, FL; nieces, Stacy Trice and Shelley Bennett, both of Winter Park, FL. Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Richard C. Odem. Interment will follow at a later date in Orlando, FL. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ORTEGA -- Ernesto Orlando Ortega Jr. (Ernie) November 5, 1950-February 20, 2007. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ernesto Orlando Ortega and Virginia Ortega and wife, Jessie Ortega. Survived by his brother, Richard (Ricky) Ortega and wife, Loretta; sisters, Elena Garcia and husband, Mike, Joanne (Joey) Zamora, Lucinda (Cindy) Florez and husband, Felix, Evelyn Dominguez and husband, Richard, Lourdes Martinez and husband, Marty; three daughters, Ernestine Ortega and companion, Joel, Lovette Abeyta, and Eva Abeyta; seven grandchildren, Crystal, J.J., Ernesto, Rita, Amanda, Ernestine, and the Light of his life, Valentino. Pallbearers will be Richard Dominguez, Joe Garcia, Robert Florez, Orlando Florez, Marty Martinez, and Sonny Chavez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ernestine Ortega, Crystal Abeyta, J.J. Ortega, and Ernesto Abeyta. Viewing will be on Friday at RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME, 225 San Mateo, at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A Mass will be on Saturday at John XXIII Catholic Church, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE, at 11:00 a.m.
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PERKINS -- Linda G. Perkins, 62, a longtime resident of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Donald Anthony; daughter, Trisha Franz and husband, Marvin of Amarillo, TX; mother, Cloie Gillespie of Clovis, NM; sister, Paula Burnett and husband, Danny of Albuquerque; Don's children, Tony, Karen, Randy, and Judy; grandchildren, Morgan and Trey; as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and family. Linda was a spirit filled adventurer who loved to swim, read and travel. She nurtured her relationships with her husband, family and friends, especially enjoying the time she spent with her daughter, and grandchildren, Morgan and Trey, and her mother. Linda worked as a social worker and adoptive director for the State of New Mexico. She was with a development company for 24 years. Towards the end of her life she started a career as a travel agent. She was a published poet, member of MENSA, and recognized as an "Outstanding Young Woman of America." Linda received her BA and MA Summa Cum Laude. She was a lifelong lover of learning. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Monday, February 26, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Should friends desire, please make contributions to Dismas House, 701 Candelaria Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth Street NW, P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180, or the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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