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DUPRE -- Robert W. Dupre (Bob), age 63, a resident of Tijeras, NM, passed away suddenly on December 29, 2006. He is survived by his beloved wife, Norma Jean Dupre; daughter, Jaidoennaey; son, Robert; sister, Margarie Carr; and brother, Eddie Dupre. His father, George A. Dupre and mother, Lillian Dupre, preceded him in death. Bob had a free spirit and lived life to its fullest, and always had a joke or story to tell. He loved his family and friends, boating, motorcycling, sports cars and visiting the casinos. Bob will truly be missed. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2007, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church at 1800 Martha, NE. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd, NE.
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EVANS -- Jacob A. Evans, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1984, passed away on December 29, 2006. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Evans of Skokie, IL, Jacqueline Gause of Ellensburg, WA, and Dorothy Evans-Weis of Salem, MO; and sons, Stephen Evans of Centennial, CO and Frank Evans of La Garita, CO; grandchildren, Rachelle Evans of Chicago, IL, Jeremy Evans, of Sacramento, CA, Emily and Michael Gause of Ellensburg, WA, Kathryn and Matthew Evans of Centennial, CO; and one great-grandchild, Jacob Hayes of Centennial, CO; and a brother, W. Frank Evans of Nashville, TN. Since his move to Albuquerque, he taught Music Appreciation at UNM Continuing Ed for 10 years, and was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels since 1993. From 1976 until 1984, he had his own TV advertising consultancy firm in Los Alamos serving stations KOAT, Albuquerque, KOA-TV, Denver KTSM, El Paso, KFDA Amarillo and KMID Midland. Community service in Los Alamos included president of the Los Alamos Concert Association, Music Director of the Los Alamos Light Opera, Associate Director of the Los Alamos Choral Society, and co-author of Los Alamos-The First Forty Years, published in 1984. Prior to "retiring" to New Mexico, he spent 15 years in New York, NY as a media executive, including Director of Advertising and Promotion for NBC Television, Bulova Account Executive at Mc-Cann Erickson, and an editor at Hearst's American Weekly. He spent his entire 15 years in Chicago as Vice-President of the Central Division of the Television Bureau of Advertising. During WWII he was director of the 313th Wing Band, which played GI shows for personal on Tinian in the Marianas from which the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945. A Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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FELDMAN -- Blanche Feldman, 90, resident of Albuquerque for 27 years and formerly of Detroit, MI where she lived for 62 years, died Monday, January 1, 2007 following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Feldman is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bernard Feldman of Albuquerque; sons, Bruce Feldman of Albuquerque, William Feldman of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffrey Feldman of Oakland, CA; grandchildren, Nicole Feldman-Maxwell, Megan Feldman, Jonathan Feldman, Rebecca Feldman and Alexander Feldman; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Adam Maxwell; sister, Florence Epstein of Scottsdale, AZ; and brother, Frederick Shevin of Franklin, MI. Member of Hadassah and Sisterhood Congregation Shaarey Zedek of Detroit, MI. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel of Albuquerque. Services will be held Thursday, January 4, 2007, 12:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park.
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GALLEGOS -- Joe I.A. Gallegos, a loving and generous father and grandfather and a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, died on Saturday, December 30, 2006. He was born on February 1, 1922, and he lived a full and joyous life. After graduating from Albuquerque High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served three years in India during World War II. During his service, he flew the Hump (over the Himalayas) to send supplies into China. Although injured during a bombing raid on his barracks, he declined the Purple Heart, believing the honor should be bestowed on those more seriously wounded. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-American Studies in 1950 from the University of New Mexico. After graduation, he lived for a period of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He returned to New Mexico and worked at the Santa Fe New Mexican. In 1953, he became an announcer with KABQ, a Spanish-language radio station - then one of the most popular radio stations in the state. During these years, he became a local celebrity and eventually hosted his own television program where he helped launch the careers of many musicians and other entertainers. He married in 1957. In later years, he became a regional manager of a national chemical company, traveling extensively around the country. Eventually, he founded Sandia Chemical Corporation serving New Mexico and other southwestern states. He relished the simple pleasures of life: the company of his children, the laughter of his grandchildren, a good cigar, and trout fishing. He is survived by his children, Pia Gallegos, Yolanda Gallegos, Ruben Gallegos, and Victoria Gallegos and their spouses; and his ex-wife, Dolores Gutierrez Gallegos, who is the mother of his four children. He also leaves behind his sister, Rosemary Armijo; and eight grandchildren, Luna, Alma, and Che Manuel Olavarria Gallegos, Marina and Ingrid Hartzell Gallegos, and Catherine, Ramon, and Ruben Gallegos. Services will be held Friday, January 5, 2007, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GARCIA -- RUBI MARGIN Mr. Rubi Margin Garcia, 66, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on January 3, 2007. Mr. Garcia is the beloved husband to Mrs. Mary R. Garcia, married for 44 years. Mr. Garcia is also survived by three daughters, Gloria M. Garcia, Barbara A. Garcia, Deborah Peak and husband, Errol; two sisters, Pola Lovato, Dorella Nuanes and husband, Johnny; four grandchildren, Juan, Cecilia, Allan, and Duncan; his mother-in-law, Celia Cordova; five sisters-in-law, Frances Vallez, Patsy Kardeen and husband, Bill, Juanita Cordova, Louise Cordova and Lucille Cordova; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Cordova and wife, Julie, George Cordova and wife, Denise; numereous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mr. Garcia was a member of the Catholic Church, The Shrine of St. Bernadette, he was a retired Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and also retired from Civil Service. He was a tremendous naturalist and conservationist, a good provider, role model and an heir to the Atrisco Land Grant. Visitation for Mr. Garcia will be Friday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal SW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father John. Interment will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Juan Salvador, Rudy Vallez, Mark Gallegos, Joseph Cordova Jr., Ross Nuanes, and Joseph Gonzalez. Honorary pallbearers will be his daughters, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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HAWKINS -- CHARLES HAWKINS 1923 - 2006 Charles Hawkins, a resident of Los Ojos, NM and a former resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2006. He was 83. Born September 18, 1923 near Hassell, NM, Charles graduated from House High School, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track (once holding state records in the 110-yard high and low hurdles). Following graduation he served in Gen. George Patton's Army tank corps in Germany. Wounded on three different occasions, he was presented a Purple Heart and two bronze oakleaf clusters. In 1947, he married Freta MacWilliams and moved to Clovis where he was employed as a State Livestock Inspector as well as a motorcycle policeman. Later chosen as a member of the New Mexico State Police force, he spent a 28-year career in uniform, being stationed in Clovis, Fort Sumner, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. He eventually was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and taught marksmanship at the State Police Academy. Charles retired near Chama in the late '70s, keeping busy with snowmobiling, wood-chopping, TV sports, and hiring out on small projects in the area. He also served as a Sergeant-at-Arms for several sessions of the New Mexico State Legislature, and attended most of the annual State Police reunions. Charles is survived by his widow, Freta; sons, David (and wife, Karin) of Veguita; Bill (and mate, Peggy Scott) of Los Lunas; and Leldon (and wife, Doris) of Farmington, NM; eight grandchildren including Melissa Leyba (and husband, Julian) of Taylor Ranch; Sheena Hawkins (and mate, Travis Jones) of Rio Rancho; and Jessie Hawkins of Albuquerque; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and sister. A Memorial Service and military salute is scheduled at the Veterans National Cemetery in Santa Fe Friday, January 5, 2007 at 1 p.m. Condolences may be sent c/o 29 Racca Rd., Los Lunas, NM 87031.
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HERRERA -- Mary G. Herrera passed away Sunday, December 31, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 86. The family would like to thank all that were in attendance of the Rosary and Funeral services, they would also like to express their deepest gratitude for the care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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HOLMES -- Richard R. Holmes Sr., 76, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, December 29, 2006. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 6, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Westside Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW 897-0300
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JOHNSON -- Denise Simms Johnson died peacefully in her sleep December 21, 2006 at her home in Taos. She is survived by her son, Erik; daughter, Seah; mother and father, David and Betty Lou Simms; brother, David Simms and his wife, Jane; sister, Cori Ewing and her husband, Steve; sister, Lou Ann Hillman and husband, Tom; nieces and nephews, Cody, Molly, Jamie, and Jake Simms, Josh and Cai Ewing, Leslie and Kristin Hillman; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and many dear friends. Dee was born in Albuquerque in 1952. She attended the University of New Mexico where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and majored in Special Education. After working briefly as a ski instructor, she went on to form Big J Enterprises with her husband, Gary, before becoming the First Lady of New Mexico in 1995. As First Lady, she was a strong advocate of early childhood literacy, child safety, and anti-smoking legislation. She was a powerful ally and patron of the arts, and helped to establish many important collections at museums throughout New Mexico. Her most recent efforts focused on the Alumni Association at the University of New Mexico where she was working to transform Hodgin Hall into UNM's new Alumni Center. She was a charismatic free spirit who loved her family, friends, and New Mexico. Her devotion to improving our state was unrelenting, and her good work here will carry on for generations. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. May her spirit of service, abundance of love, and enduring vitality live on within us all. A celebration of her life will be held at the UNM's SUB ballroom on January 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dee Johnson Memorial Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, P.O. Box 36960, Albuquerque, NM 87176-6960. Also, please remember the power of a service donation, follow her lead and volunteer.
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KITCHENS -- Frances C. Kitchens, 77, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, went to Heaven on Monday January 1, 2007. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Marvin Kitchens of the family home; her two sons, Steve Kitchens of Bosque Farms, and Keith Kitchens of Albuquerque; great-grandson, Avren Lee of Dallas, TX. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her one grandson, Justin Lee Kitchens. Frances was born in Dallas, TX on January 10, 1929 and later moved to Carlsbad, NM at the age of nine where she graduated high school. She then began working for the Chamber of Commerce and the family grocery store where she met Marvin Kitchens, who was from Oklahoma. Together they left Carlsbad and moved to Albuquerque where they settled and began their family. Frances belonged to Hoffmantown Baptist Church, volunteered at Anna Kaseman Hospital, Meals On Wheels, and many other organizations. She is loved and will be deeply missed. Services will be held on Monday January 8, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary., Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary on Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 204, Albuquerque, 87102. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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