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TRUDELLE -- Ramona Ruth Trudelle, 75, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2006 after a hard fought battle with cancer. This world has lost a loving wife, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, as well as a fine and loyal friend. She was a perfect model of unconditional love, and will be missed intensely by all who were blessed by her presence. Ramona was a long time resident of Albuquerque and graduated from Albuquerque High in 1949 and is still in close contact with several of her classmates. She married in 1954 and was a model wife and mother and homemaker all of her life. She also had a full and successful career with Hooten Stahl Realtor for many years. Her modeling of unconditional love and fiercely loyal devotion to her family and friends will be sorely missed. Her boundless energy and ability to organize home and outside interests was truly remarkable. She was actively involved with LaMesa Presbyterian Church for many years and was valued for the service she gave. She will be lovingly remembered by family and friends and missed very, very much by all who had the privilege to know her. We will all miss you. May you find the peace, happiness and the contentment you so richly deserve. We all love you. Ramona is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jim: son Michael and his wife Kathy; two daughters, Susan and Stacey; grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Harold, Danielle, Kyle, and Brianna; as well as her great grandchildren, Sierra, McKinzey, Faith, and Harold, Jr. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. with the Service at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. The family wishes to extend their heart felt thanks to the staff of Heritage Hospice and the UNMH Cancer Research Center. Through the help of these wonderful people, Ramona's wish of being at home through her battle was fulfilled. The family would also like to thank Trey Hammond, the pastor at La Mesa Presbyterian Church for his prayers and endless support that he has given the family. In lieu of flowers, it has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Ramona's name to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd., NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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VIZCAINO -- Eric Vizcaino, 21, passed away, Tuesday, November 21, 2006 in FOB, Brassfield-Mora, Iraq. He was born, October 22, 1985 in Albuquerque, a son of Juan and Eva Vizcaino. He married Sabrina Macias, December 23, 2003 in Albuquerque. Survivors include his wife of Albuquerque, daughter, Jazmine Alejandra; sisters; Angelica, and Briza of Albuquerque, and his brothers in arms in Iraq. He was a member of the Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at San Jose Catholic Church, 2401 Broadway SE, in Albuquerque. The Holy Rosary will be recited Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., also at the church. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW. French Mortuary, Inc. 9300 Golf Course NW (505) 897-0300
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WAITE -- B. Eugene "Gene" Waite passed away unexpectedly and quietly Friday, November 24, 2006, in his home surrounded by the family he loved so much. He was born May 20, 1931, the youngest of six children in Butler, PA, to William and Margaret Waite. Gene was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolly Waite; daughters, Kathryn Waite and Debra Siner; son-in-law, Randy Siner; grandson, Christian St. John and his wife, Monica St. John; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Brittney Neff. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill and Jack; and sisters, Marie, Ruth, and Janet. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, Gene attended Duquesne University graduating in 1956 with a degree in business administration. Gene was employed for many years in the aeronautics and defense systems contracting industry. He was employed in the 1960s as a contract manager for the Lockheed Corporation and in 1979 while working as the Financial Controller for the Sperry Corporation moved with his wife, Dolly, and daughter, Kathryn, to Albuquerque. His job took him all over the world and Gene and Dolly entertained guests in their home from many different countries. Gene and Dolly made life long friendships with people they met through Sperry whom they traveled with and spent many good times. Gene and Dolly loved to travel. They traveled extensively in the British Isles, Europe, and Mexico and toured the United States in their motor home. After retiring from Honeywell, Gene worked in the public sector holding the positions of Financial Director for the City of Rio Rancho and County Manager of Dona Ana County. Gene was a classic jazz enthusiast who enjoyed listening to the sounds of Stan Getz, Miles Davis, and Mel Torme. He studied tenor saxophone with the great jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz and taught himself to play piano by ear. "The Shadow of Your Smile" was Gene and Dolly's song. He will be remembered playing "Alfie" on the piano and singing 'What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Gene enjoyed playing golf, reading, tinkering on the computer and in the garage, going to auctions, and watching his favorite football team, the Pittsburg Steelers. Gene developed a passion for fishing and the outdoors and the family spent many weekends camping and fishing in northern New Mexico and Colorado. He especially enjoyed fishing with his grandson, Chris. Gene loved children and animals. He was always present at daughter Kathryn's equestrian events and soccer games. He had a great sense of humor right up to his last days and was notorious for coming up with his own punch lines. He will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten. A Memorial Rosary will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1502 Sara Road in Rio Rancho. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 30, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish with burial to take place at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th Street, NY, New York 10032. 1-800-457-6676. Arrangements by: French Mortuary (505) 897-0300.
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ARAGON -- Viola Aragon went into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, November 25, 2006. Viola was the most loving, caring, and compassionate soul with a heart of gold. She deeply loved her husband, two daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, brother, sister, and also her very special god daughters. Viola was a fun loving prankster who loved life and brought endless joy to everyone whose lives she touched. She loved Disney movies, playing cards, Bingo, fishing, puzzles and Little House on the Prairie. We all loved her so very much and when she left this earth she took our hearts with her. We will love her always and miss her every moment of everyday. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Darlene Mondragon and husband, Shawn, Judy Romero and husband, Adrian; grandchildren, LeRoy, Daniel, Jennifer, and Christopher; great-grandchildren Noah and Eli. She is also survived by her brother, Ted Candelaria; and sister, Teresa Navarro and her husband, Raymond; nephew, Raul; and her two special god daughters, Ronni Hillyard and Cynthia Brisbois. Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe and Dolores Candelaria. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 29, 2006 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 30, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Lomas at Tennessee NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ARMENTA -- Joe Claudio Armenta, 79, died on Saturday. A Life Celebration Service will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Reflection of Life Chapel (Washington and Cutler NE). A private interment of cremains will be held at a later date. Louis V. Salazar, Funeral Director. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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ATENCIO -- Olacio E. Atencio passed away Thursday, November 23, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 57. A Rosary for Mr. Atencio will be recited on Tuesday evening at Salazar & Sons Mortuary at 7:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. also at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 3rd St SW 247-4124
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BESTGEN -- WALTER E. Col. Walter E. Bestgen, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2006. A native of Wichita, KS, Walter served his country as a P-38 pilot in North Africa. After the war, he returned home and married the spirited Viola Ageter. In their 63 years of marriage, Walter and Viola shared their love of adventure, travel and camping with their family. Nothing made him happier than a long day of motorcycling or waterskiing followed by a night of talking and joking around the campfire. Walter considered his greatest accomplishment to be his family, including his three children and six grandchildren. He always had the time and patience to listen to any real or perceived crisis, and would dispense the perfect hug or advice for any occasion. He leaves us a legacy of laughter, love and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Heritage Hospice, 1700 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BRIDGERS -- John Dixon Bridgers II, 84, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, died Friday, November 24, 2006 of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his two sons; John Dixon Bridgers III and wife, Anne of Jacksonville, FL and Donald Hamilton Bridgers and wife, Janet of Albuquerque; six grandchildren, Jenny, Penny and Missy of Waco, TX, Blake, Ashley, Leslie, and Lucy of Jacksonville, FL, and Daniel and Aaron of Albuquerque, NM; several great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Young Bridgers; daughter, Cindy Stewart; and brothers, Frank Bridgers and Bill Bridgers. He was born on January 13, 1922 in Birmingham; AL. John was a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. His first coaching job was during the Korean Conflict with the 1st Artilliary. He coached at University of the South in Sewanee, TN, at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and then for the Baltimore Colts as a defensive line coach, during the first NFL playoff in 1958 where the Colts won in overtime. John later coached and was athletic director at Baylor University in Waco, TX until 1968. In 1969 he was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive backfield coach during Chuck Knoll's first year. He went to the University of South Carolina in 1970 as offensive coordinator and then to Florida State University, as athletic director, in 1974. There he hired Bobby Bowden as head football coach who later won a NCAA National Championship. John moved to the University of New Mexico, as Athletic Director in 1979, when the Lobogate scandal was breaking and remained for eight years. In 1991 he was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Florida State University Hall of Fame. John was a loving father and grandfather, devoted husband, and a mentor to his many football players. He maintained his many friendships as an avid golfer. Services will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at The Cathedral Church of St. John., 318 Silver SW. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE with military honors. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 6311 Driscoll Ave. NE, 87109. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CHAVEZ -- Lorraine D. Chavez, 58, beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 26, 2006. She was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, and was a member of the Catholic Church. Lorraine is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Lorenzo Chavez; one son, Martin J. Chavez and fiancee, Marie Miller; her precious granddaughter, Kayla Chavez; one sister, Emily Caraveo and husband, Enrique; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law, Theresa and Salomon Garcia, Dolores Calhoun, Pablo and Susie Chavez, John and Louisa Chavez; nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Lorraine will be greatly missed by her loving family. Visitations will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Adrian Garcia, Larry Garcia, Jalene Garcia, Gregory Montoya, VT Chavez, and Toby Montano. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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COLEMAN -- Billie Joe Howard Coleman, 78, widow of Evangelist Jamie Coleman went home to be with her Savior Thursday, November 23, 2006. Services will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at the Living Word Baptist Church, 5700 Coors Blvd. SW, with Rev Al Gist officiating. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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