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GIBSON -- Robert B. Gibson, 81, a resident of Albuquerque for 67 years, died Friday, September 8, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Overa Gibson; sons Don Edwin Gibson and Ida of Albuquerque, David Eugene Gibson and Becky of Lindrith, Stanley Gibson and Pat of Moriarty, Bruce Gibson, and Doyle Gibson and Shirley all of Albuquerque; daughter Sherry Pennington and Tom of Albuquerque; twenty grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; brother Sherman Gibson of Albuquerque; sister Ruth Godsil of Camas, WA; and brother-in-law John Pearce and Margie of Albuquerque. Mr. Gibson owned and operated Robert B. Gibson Auto Sales for over 60 years. He was a charter member and past president of the New Mexico Independent Dealer Association. He was a member of Gideons International for over 20 years. Mr. Gibson was a member of Crossroads of Albuquerque Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will include Robert E. Gibson, Donnie Gibson, Sean Gibson, David Gibson, Kevin Gibson, and Thomas Pennington. Honorary pallbearers are William Gibson, Johnny Gibson, Robert Gibson, and Cole Gibson. Visitation will be at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon Living Memorial Bible Plan, PO Box 50126, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87181. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HAMMONS -- Josephine Ridemour Hammons, born May 14, 1915, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2006. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Josephine is survived by her sons, James Hammons, Jr. of Albuquerque and Joseph A. Hammons, and wife, Kimberly; and granddaughter, Alexandria Hammons of Wilmington, DE. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hammons, Sr. Josephine graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1934 and attained a degree in Music from the University of New Mexico in 1937. Her graduate work was extensive, taking place at UNM, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the University of Cincinnati, and the Westminster Choir School of Princeton. Josephine played for her first wedding at the age of 10 and for thousands more until the age of 78. She was also a staff organist at French Mortuary from 1950 until 1993. During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, she played for radio and TV programs. During her lifetime, Josephine was also the organist at First Baptist Church in Albuquerque, as well as at the Reform Jewish Synagogue in Albuquerque and El Paso. During WWII, as the wife of Major James W. Hammons, Sr., she played for various churches. Josephine was honored as an outstanding UNM female graduate in the 1960s of Sigma Alpha Iota, music sorority. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment of cremated remains will occur at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HARTE -- Irene Kirikos Harte, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 3, 2006. She is survived by her daughters, Helen Metarelis of Seattle, WA and Kathy Frederick and husband, Ken of Rio Rancho; grandson, Kenneth Frederick II of Rio Rancho; brothers, Christ Kirikos of Albuquerque and Michael Kirikos of T or C, NM; sister, Maria Post of Albuquerque; and longtime friend, Lance "Woody" Woodworth of Albuquerque. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind, helpful, and supportive during this time. A private Memorial Service was held at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. You were a true gorgeous Greek and so much fun to play Scrabble with, Mom . . . yiayia . . . Irene, you will be missed. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HILL-BODE -- Lillian Agnes Hill-Bode passed away peacefully on Friday, September 8, 2006 from complications due to Parkinson's Disease. She was born on January 3, 1923, the daughter of Genara Borrego and Pleasant Hill in Espanola, NM. She married Karl Martin Bode from Abiquiu at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Espanola on May 22, 1969. She was a graduate of the Espanola High School and after graduation worked as a bookkeeper at the Espanola Mercantile, now known as Cook's Home Center-True Value Hardware. Lillian continued working at Cook's after her marriage and later left there to manage the accounting at Bode's General Merchandise Store in Abiquiu. Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Adolph Hill and Feliberto Lucero; and sister, Ida Lucero Roybal, all of Espanola. She is survived by her husband, Karl Bode; nieces: Virginia R. Gonzales of Sombrillo and Marie Alarid of Fairview; nephews: Phil Lucero, Jr. of Espanola and Monsignor Leo Lucero of Albuquerque; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Allred of Los Alamos, Gertrude Valles of Martinez, CA, Josephine Merten of Pleasant Hills, CA, Charlotte Paetzold of Hereford, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Special recognition and appreciation is due to Lillian's faithful caregivers throughout the years, and in particular, Patsy Duran and Guadalupe Guzman, whose loving care and unfailing devotion had sustained her until the end. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Block-Salazar Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 7:00 at the Santo Tomas Catholic Church in Abiquiu. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Santo Tomas Catholic Church with Monsignor Leo Lucero and Rev. Vincent Dominguez officiating. Burial will follow at the Abiquiu Catholic Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Joseph Merten, Richard Valles, Mark and Kennith Paetzold, Gilbert Gonzales, and James Alarid. In lieu of flowers the family requests that those wishing may make contributions in Lillian's memory to: The American Parkinson Disease Association, Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 or to Santo Tomas Catholic Church, P.O. Box 117 - Abiquiu, NM 87510 or a favorite charity of your choice. The family of Lillian Agnes Hill-Bode has placed their trust in the Rivera family of Block-Salazar Mortuary. Telephone 505-753-2288 or Toll Free 800-443-4854, www.blocksalazarmortuary.com
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JOHNSON -- Leola (nee Fleshman) Johnson passed away Sunday, September 10, 2006. Lee was born on Monday, November 17, 1924 in Rich Creek, VA, to the late John and Orpha Fleshman. She was raised in Lindside, WV with her nine siblings. As an adult she moved to Chicago, IL, where she met and married her husband, Oury Johnson. In 1970 they moved to Albuquerque. Lee worked as an LPN at Lovelace/Bataan Medical Center for 20 years until her retirement. She was a wonderful, caring, generous mother, wife, grandma, great-grandma, and friend to many. Lee enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, crocheting, and music. She also enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and playing with her two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and two sisters, and (former) husband. She is survived by her children, Debbie Goolsby and husband, Randy, Connie Johnson, David Johnson, and James Johnson and wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Jeff McKenzie, Scott Goolsby, and Lisa Quinn and husband, Jason; great-grandchildren, Warrick E. Quinn and Maddox I. Quinn, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Janice Brown of VA, Tula Ryan of Phoenix AZ; numerous nieces and nephews. Lee will be extremely missed by her family and "her goodest friend" Beverly Martinez. She belonged to Lindside Church of The Brethren. Services will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 9:00 a.m. at French Mortuary - University Blvd. Chapel. Reception will follow. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LUCERO -- Modesto Lucero, 77, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 10, 2006. Mr. Lucero was preceded in death by his parents, Mercedonio and Beatrice Lucero; sister, Maria Antonia Sanchez; and nephews, Mariano and Cruz Sanchez. He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their families, Mary Helen Romero, Pauline Valdez, Reynaldo Sanchez, Richard Sanchez, and Gilbert Sanchez. He is also survived by many great-nieces and -nephews. A Rosary for Mr. Lucero will be recited on Wednesday evening, September 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006, also at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, where the Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Phillip Sanchez, Patrick Sanchez, Michael Romero, and Eric Sanchez. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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MANES -- Robert Conard Manes, 89, lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2006. He is survived by his brothers, Olos and wife, Elsie Mae of Farmington, Leonard and wife, Jean of Broken Arrow, OK, and James Manes and wife, Mardelle of Tucson, AZ; sister, Dorothy Garrett of Cincinnati, OH; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Mr. Manes was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his parents, Thomas Ezra and Agnes Manes; and sisters, Luella and Ima Jo. He will be missed dearly by his loving family. Services will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 12:00 p.m. at French Mortuary University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MCKEON -- Michael John McKeon "Mike", age 47, was born in Glen Ridge, NJ September 18, 1958. He passed away at his home in Albuquerque, Monday, September 11, 2006 after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Michael owned and operated Phoenix Electric for over 20 years, up to the time of his death. He enjoyed fishing, karate, restoring cars, remodeling houses and most of all spending time with his beloved family and friends. Michael was an avid New York Giants Football fan and he also loved to entertain by play music of all types on his bass guitar. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Martin Sr. and Anita Marie McKeon and two brothers, Brian and David McKeon. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Jonetta McKeon of the family home in Albuquerque; one sister, Kathy Matz and husband, Jeff of Ogdensburg, NJ; one brother, Joseph McKeon Jr. of Newton, NJ; mother-in-law, Julia Fessler of Grants; brother-in-law, John Fessler and wife, Diane of Rio Rancho; sister-in-law, Jean Divine of Grants; 14 nephews and nieces; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; many other loving friends and neighbors who will miss him. A Visitation and Rosary will be held in the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, on Thursday, September 14, 2006. The Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming NE, on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., with U.S. Navy Honors. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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ORTIZ, -- Arturo G. Ortiz, 85, of Edgewood, NM passed away on September 9, 2006. Arturo was a very loving and outgoing man. He was loved by many people. He believed in keeping his family close and it is shown through the strong family ties he created. Arturo is survived by his beloved wife, Maggie Ortiz; his children, Mary Lou Silva, Frank Ortiz, Arthur E. Ortiz Jr., and wife, Sylvia, Leonard Ortiz; and Bernice Sanchez and husband, Freddie; 11 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren. Arturo is also survived by his sisters, Aurora Ortiz, Liz Sparks, Erlinda Boughter, Maggie Patterson and husband Pat, Josie Vallejos and husband, Willie; Viola Aguirre; brother, Domingo Ortiz and wife, Agustina. He is preceded in death by parents; brother, Jerry Ortiz; sister, Conrada Encinas; and granddaughter, Annette Apodaca. A rosary will be held at St Elizabeth Seton Church in Edgewood, NM at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2006. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Father William Young. Pallbearers will be Daniel Baldonado, Manuel Baldonado, Steve Ortiz, Jimmy Ortiz, Joseph Sanchez, and Steve Trujillo. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters.
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PACHECO -- Joseph A. Pacheco passed away Friday, September 8, 2006. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy where he received many awards including the Purple Heart. Joseph was a generous man a giving and kind person, and always willing to help anyone and everyone. He could be humorous and put a smile on anyone's face. Joseph is survived by and leaves behind his wife, Linda Pacheco; daughter, Linda Candelaria; sons, Javier Pacheco, Joseph Pacheco, and John Paul Pacheco; seven grandchildren, Jamie, John, Matthew, Christopher, Joey, Xavier, and Savanna; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 4th and Mildred NW. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2006. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with U.S. Navy Honors. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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