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DELUCA -- Laura DeLuca, born June 11, 1943, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2006. She is survived by her three children, Renee DeLuca of Wichita, KS, YeVonne DeLuca of the family home, and Gregory and wife, Charlotte DeLuca of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; best friend of 38 years, Shirley Looney; two sisters; one brother; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. DeLuca was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William (Bill) DeLuca; and her parents, Dorothy and Kenneth Wise. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, 3:00 p.m., at Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Blvd. SE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DUGAN -- Daniel Dugan, Air Force alumnus; baron of ballistic aircraft; savorer of squadron camaraderie. Ambassador of the Albuchemist; disseminator of deceased chemist's conjecture. Fleet captain of bedridden classic cars and kit airplanes; luminary of luminaries. Shepherd of contumacious canines; wrangler of pot-bellied pigs; allegiant husband, father and friend. Dan never met a hot dog he didn't like or a Schlitz beer beyond savoring. A dexterous dis-assembler, Dan leaves to cherish in his memory a bundle of backlogged projects and inventions most assuredly imperceptible to the lay man. He was a man with an uncommon mastery of Science and Language- talented in so many ways. Brilliant mind, quick wit, and selfless heart. The bells on the Albuchemist door have rung for the final time. Marie Curie will need to find a new place to park. Though too soon for a final voyage- it is a great day for flying. Pre-checks complete, flight plan filed, no cloud on the horizon. Your mission- Phoenix Post-flight. You've been cleared for takeoff, ascend well. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria NE. A celebration of Dan's life to follow at the Dugan home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made through the Dugan family to Dan's Boy Scouts- Troop 436- the only Scout troop for disabled adults in New Mexico. Arrangements by French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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DUNN -- Fern Williams Dunn was born on June 3, 1917 in Venus, NM, which is now just a little north of Edgewood, NM, to Hiram and Georgia King Williams. The family moved several times from the Estancia Valley to Oklahoma and back. Fern attended grade school in Torrance County, but graduated from Arapaho, OK. She married her high school sweetheart, who also drove the school bus she rode to school, Charles William (Bill) Dunn on November 14, 1937. They operated the Edgewood Cafe and Sinclair Gasoline Station from 1938-1940. Fern made the best hamburgers in the county! In 1941 they purchased a small ranch south of Edgewood where they could raise a family and some cattle and other animals. Fern and Bill also raised four children, Regena, Shirley, Buddy, and Linda. She experienced pumping water from the well and then hauling it to the house to cook, do laundry and give baths on Saturday nights. They lived on the ranch, without the convenience of indoor plumbing until 1956 when they moved to Moriarty to be closer to school and the school activities for their family. Fern held many jobs throughout her years in Torrance County, beside being a busy Mom. She worked at the Moriarty Trading Company, Blackies Cafe and Curios, and the Moriarty Post Office from which she retired with over 20 years of service. In 1936 she became very active in the County Home Demonstration Club which later became known as the Torrance County Extension Homemakers Organization. In 1991 she received the 50 years plus award at the State Extension Homemakers Meeting. She was also an outstanding 4-H leader for many years for the Moriarty 4-H club. She was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 74 and served as a counselor and strong supporter of the New Mexico Girls State program. She was an active member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years, while serving on many committees. Fern also served Torrance County on many other levels. She served on election boards for school board, city council, primary and general elections, where in 1958 paper ballots were used. She served on the Torrance County Fair Board for two terms, and also as a Superintendent for many years. She entered many things in the Torrance County Fair each year and won many awards for her handiwork, baking, canning, and gardening. She also won many awards at the New Mexico State Fair for her talents. Fern received many awards over the years, with two of the most prestigious awards being when she received the Pioneer Award presented by the Commission on the Status of Women which was presented to her by then First Lady Alice King on September 18, 1993 and being inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame on December 4, 2003. Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Bill on November 22, 1990; her parents; three brothers; one sister; one brother-in-law; and one sister-in-law. She is survived by her children, Regena Hinze and husband, Roy of Yakima, WA, Shirley Davis and her husband, "Tooter" of Moriarty, NM, Buddy Dunn and wife, Pam of Moriarty, NM, and Linda Wells of Las Cruces, NM. Grandchildren include Scott Davis and wife, April, Carla Collins and husband, Steve, who are expecting her fourth great-grandchild in April, Tami Wells, Kelsi Dunlap and husband, Luther, and Kayla Dunn. Great-grandchildren include Tyler, Harry, and Anna Davis. She is also survived by her brothers, Glenn Williams of Edgewood, NM and Wilk L. Williams and wife, Juanita of Farmington, NM; and brother-in-law, Bob Dunn and wife, Clara of Rogers, AR; and a special cousin, Grace Challis and husband, Raymond of Clinton, OK; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Viewings will be Wednesday, December 13, 2006 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary Chapel in Moriarty, NM. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Moriarty, NM. Reverend David Terry and Reverend Conway Wood will be officiating, with the American Legion Auxiliary Post 74 conducting a special memorial tribute. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Honorary bearers will be the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 74 members and friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Mexico 4-H Foundation, % NMSU 4-H & Youth Development Office, Neale Hall - MSC 3AE, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003, the Bethel United Methodist Church Worship Fund - P.O. Box 2429 Moriarty, NM 87035, or the charity of your choice. Internment will be in the Barton Cemetery with Harris-Hanlon Mortuary of Moriarty in charge of the funeral arrangements. Harris-Hanlon Mortuary (505) 832-6130 "Our Family Serving Your Family" www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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ERICKSON -- DONN W. Col. Donn W. Erickson, 76 passed away December 11, 2006. Donn was born in Mankato, Minnesota and lived in Albuquerque since the early '60s. He is survived by his wife of 16 1/2 years Mary D. Erickson; 3 children, Lynn Berns and husband, RJ and their children, Laura and Raymond Berns of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeff Erickson and wife, Diane of San Diego, CA, Laurie Fitzgerald and husband, Tom of Albuquerque; 3 step-children Tim Gantick and wife, Sandra of Murphy, TX and their 3 children, Jason Gantick and wife, Brianne of Herndon, VA, John D. Gantick of Comfot, TX and Nicholas Gantick of Las Cruces, Monica Winton of Albuquerque and her daughters, Shaunna Winton of Seattle, WA and Ashlynne Winton of Albuquerque, Aaron Gantick and wife, Lucy and their daughter, Jessica and Ericka Gantick of El Paso, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Irene Erickson of St. Peter, MN. Donn in his younger years played a lot of basketball, golf and tennis. He served in the Air Force on Active and or Air National Guard for 30 years. He also worked for Civil Service for 39 years and retired from the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist in 1990. He deeply loved ballroom dancing, TV sports and duplicate bridge. For the past 24 years he belonged to the American Contract Bridge League and Duke City Bridge Club. He was a Gold Life Master. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Services will be held on Friday, 10:00 a.m., at First Christian Church, 10101 Montgomery NE, with Errol Stepp, Minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Aaron Gantick, Jason Gantick, John Gantick, Nicholas Gantick, Tim Gantick, and Bobby Winton. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel on Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd. Chapel (505) 823-9400
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FOSTER -- DOROTHY On Tuesday, December 5, 2006, Dorothy Foster of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beloved wife of Gerald Foster, mother of Dennis Foster, and grandmother of Taryn Foster. She is also survived by her sister, Beryl Hoffman and a host of other relatives and many friends.
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HETZEL -- Carol Catherine (Williams) Hetzel was born on December 17, 1914 to Katherine and Owen C. Williams in Randolph, Wisconsin. She died on December 10, 2006 in Plano, Texas. Carol spent most of her adult life in the Midwest where she was married twice and had a daughter Judi from her first marriage and son, Richard, from her second marriage. Her second husband had a daughter, Carol, who became like a daughter to her. Carol and her husband, George Hetzel, moved to Albuquerque in 1981, where her husband died in 1984. Carol was in Albuquerque until 1999. She moved at that time to Santa Fe and stayed there until 2005 when she moved to Plano. Carol enjoyed living and working in Albuquerque. She enjoyed participating in many various church activities. She was also a regular volunteer for many years for Meals On Wheels and Caseman Hospital. She is survived by a brother, Owen C. (Curt) Williams and his wife, Sally. Additionally, she is survived by her only son, Richard W. Hetzel and wife, Nicke; granddaughter, Leah Hetzel; daughter, Judith M. O'Connell and husband, Maurice; grandson, Steven W. Larsen; step-daughter, Carol Ann Pyburn. A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Carol's name may be made to Hospice, Alzheimer's Assoc., or Meals On Wheels.
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JONES -- Roberta J. Jones, 91, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2006. She is survived by her nephew, Doug L. Apperson and wife, Lubna; three grandnieces, Stephanie Moss, Anjuli Apperson and Kajal Apperson; three great-grandnieces, Samantha, Haley and Jenna Moss; and great-grandnephew, Ethan Moss. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. W. Norton Jones; and her sister, Dorothy May Apperson. She was a graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Mrs. Jones was a 50-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and a member of Chapter A.M. of the P.E.O. Services will be held Friday, 3:00 p.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. W. Norton Jones Chemistry scholarship fund of McMurray University, P.O. Box 938, M.C.M. Station, Abilene, TX. 79697. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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KUTZ -- John Harry "Jack" Kutz, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away December 11, 2006. He was a vibrant, loving, and passionate free spirit who lived his beliefs. He was a gifted writer, story-teller, human-rights and environmental activist and a pioneering rock-climber. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, LaDonna Joy; son, Terry John; daughter, Peggy Jo; and parents, Oswald and Grace. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Ann; son-in-law, Brian Cobble; brother, Robert William "Bob" Kutz; and doggie "Lucky Lucy". Jack was born in Lexington, NE on June 27, 1932 where he met and married LaDonna Debban and began working for the telephone company in 1954 as a lineman. He moved to New Mexico in 1962 with LaDonna, Terry and Julie. He and LaDonna began their exploration of the west and became expert technical rock climbers, making numerous first ascents of the Sandia Mountains. They were active in the New Mexico Mountain Club, Mountain Rescue and the New Mexico Wilderness Study Committee. A growing environmental awareness led them to become activists for the preservation of wilderness. Jack's writing at the time included stories about the west, and he wrote investigative articles for the former "Seers" newspaper. After 26 years with the phone company, Jack retired to devote all his time to writing and activism. He wrote over seven books including the popular Mysteries and Miracles of New Mexico. He continued to fight for environmental causes and for peace and social justice. He stood up to bulldozers that were illegally blazing roads in federally-protected wilderness. He was a Witness for Peace in Mexico, and a peace delegate in Nicaragua. He traveled to Cuba as part of the Venceremos Brigade and he and LaDonna traveled to Nicaragua as volunteer workers to help pick cotton. After LaDonna passed away five years ago, Jack's heart was never the same, yet even then he remained active, protesting the US invasion of Iraq and fighting the oil companies that threatened to drill on public lands of New Mexico. He was greatly loved by family, neighbors, and friends, and his entertaining stories, great intellect and humor will be sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to either The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, POB 25464, Alb. NM, 87125 or the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard, SE 87106.
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LOONEY -- Joseph W. Looney, 80, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2006. He was born July 30, 1926 in Floydada, TX to Joseph P. and Lillie Mae Looney. Mr. Looney married Patricia Aragon on February 18, 1951. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Looney of Albuquerque; children, Mary Wilson and husband, Steve of Kansas City, KS, Alma Dowless of Albuquerque, Joseph P. Looney and wife, Kathy of Peralta, Jeanette Barr and husband, Nick of Westminster, CO; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey, Justin, Alan, Patrick, Robyn, Jake, Tammy, and Chris; brothers, Edward "Pete" Looney and wife, Alice and Lynn Looney and wife, Marilynn; sister-in-law, Maxine Looney; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, brothers- and sisters-in-law. Mr. Looney was preceded in death by his brother, Ervin Looney in 1978. He was employed for many years as a truck driver and dock worker for I.C.X. retiring after 32 years of employment. He also was a well known string musician who played with many bands in the local area including some well known celebrities and had an opportunity to play the banjo in the movie release City Slickers in 1991. Services will be held Saturday, December 16, 2006, 9:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, Friday, December 15, 2006, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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MAGEE -- Michael W.D. Magee, 58, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on December 12, 2006. Services are pending at this time. Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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