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BURNS -- Oscar C. Burns, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2006. Oscar was born February 1, 1917 in Portsmouth, OH. He was married to the former Ollie Mae Brown, his wife of 50 years. Together, they raised four boys and one girl. Four of those children later became licensed ministers. Oscar C. Burns was a well-known and respected automotive technician in the city of Portsmouth, OH. Oscar, a life-long resident of the State of Ohio, moved to Rio Rancho in October of 2005 to be near family. He was a faithful member of the Living Word Church in Rio Rancho. For the twenty years immediately preceding his retirement, he served as the Superintendent of the Portsmouth City Water Department. Oscar faithfully served his country in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater. His beloved wife, Ollie preceded him in death in 1990. Oscar C. Burns is the father of The Rev. Jerry L. Burns, Senior Pastor of the Living Word Church of Rio Rancho. Surviving Oscar are: sons, Rev. David R. Burns of Ehrenberg, AZ, Cecil E. Burns of Denver. CO, Rev. Jerry L. Burns of Rio Rancho, Rev. Dennis J. Burns of Bellflower, CA; and daughter, Karen E. Parker of Portsmouth, OH. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Living Word Church, 1201 Golf Course Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, with Pastor Jerry Burns officiating. Interment will be in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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CHAVEZ -- ADRIAN Mr. Adrian Chavez, 92, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on December 13, 2006. Mr. Chavez is survived by his daughters, Maria Teresa King and husband, Lawrence, Edwina (Dina) Chavez and Joe Block; one son, Rosendo (Bobby Chavez and wife, Lulu; eight grandchildren, Michael and wife, Kathleen E., Kathleen A. and Joe, Jacqueline (Jackie), Diana and husband, William, Johnny, David and wife, Roberta, Cynthia (Cindy) and husband, Jeff and Adrian; twelve great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Chavez was preceded in death by his wife, Vincentita Chavez and a grandson, Danny. Mr. Chavez was a member of the Catholic Church and a member of the V. F. W. Post #6212. Visitation for Mr. Chavez 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. Interment will follow at the San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Sanchez, Abel Baca Sr., Abel Adrian Baca Jr., Freddie Chavez, Johnny Chavez and David Chavez. Honorary Pallbearer will be Mike Chavez. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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CHAVEZ -- Joe M. Chavez, 88, passed away December 11, 2006, at the Veterans Hospital after a lengthy illness. A Rosary for Mr. Chavez will be recited on Friday evening, December 15, 2006 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary at 7:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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DAVERN -- John Kenneth Davern, 71, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Elsa Davern; two children, Mark Lass and wife, Patti of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Deborah Wuensch and husband, Rob of Poulsbo, WA; four grandchildren, Hayleigh, Tyler, Rebecca, and Lauren; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Elaine Corbalis; and numerous friends and fans. Kenny was born in Huntington, Long Island on January 7, 1935. After hearing Pee Wee Russell the first time, he was convinced that he wanted to be a jazz musician and at the age of 16 joined the musician's union, first as a baritone saxophone player and later as a soprano saxophone player. His love was playing the clarinet. He played with jazz greats such as Phil Napolion, Pee Wee Erwin, Red Allen, Ralph Sutton, Yank Lawson, and his life-long friend Dick Wellstood. In 1997, he was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Rutgers University, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate of music at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. In the late 1980s, the New York Times hailed him as "the finest jazz clarinetist playing today." Kenny was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a friend to many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and at Kenny's request no Services will be held at this time. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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DECKER -- Bernice Gehrke McHale Decker, 98, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2006. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2006 at St.Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place NE. The Church is located two blocks East of Girard and two blocks South of Lomas. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 87109 (505) 823-9400
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DELUCA -- LAURA The family of Laura DeLuca thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. 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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EAST -- Brenda Kay East: Saturday, December 10, 2006. Survived by husband, Jerry East; son, Sean East; daughter, Tara Marino; grandsons, Lincoln East and Jacen East. Memorial Service was Tuesday, December 12, 2006.
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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. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church. French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd. Chapel (505) 823-9400
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GOODRICH -- Estelle Henson Goodrich, 82, died peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Samuel V. Goodrich of Albuquerque; three sons, Sam Goodrich and wife, Kathie of Denton, TX, Tony Goodrich, and Kevin Goodrich of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Kim Glasgow and husband, Tim of Carrollton, TX, Sami Hobbs, and husband, Kevin of Frisco, TX; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kendall Glasgow of Carrollton, TX and Samuel Stone, Brooke, and Autumn Hobbs of Frisco, TX; sisters, Laverne Rison of Albuquerque, Pat Underwood and husband, Bill of Fort Worth, TX and Jonette Ballmer of Clearwater, FL; and many nieces and nephews, as well as friends and loving caregivers at Laurel Heights Healthcare and Hospice of the Sandias. Estelle was preceded in death by her sister, Lenore Henson; and brother, William Henson. She was born on March 26, 1924 in Petrolia, TX, the daughter of William Bryan Henson and Della Worley Henson. Estelle grew up throughout the Southwest region of the United States. She and her four sisters and one brother traveled from Texas to Arkansas to Oklahoma and New Mexico, wherever their father could find work during the Great Depression. In 1944 she met the love of her life, Samuel V. Goodrich, in Roswell, NM and they were married on September 15, 1945 in Alamagordo, NM. Estelle and Sam, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, traveled the world with their three sons and lived in Rome, NY, Ogden, UT, Misawa, Japan, Clovis, NM, Greenville, SC, Biloxi, MS, and Chateauroux and Laon, France. She and Sam came to Albuquerque in 1965 when Sam was stationed at Kirtland AFB and retired in 1971. Estelle and Sam enjoyed their retirement together where she pursued her passions of traveling, cooking, bowling, bridge, walking, and doting on her grandkids. She was loved by so many people and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment of cremated remains will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Sandias, 105 Hospital Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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