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ROYBAL -- LaVerne Roybal, age 43, went to be with our Lord. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her. LaVerne was preceded in death by her mother, Diana Roybal, and is survived by her grandmother, Carolyn Roybal; sons, David Sanchez, Amarante Sanchez, Christopher Griego, and Nathan Griego; sisters, Lorie Padilla and husband, Brian Padilla, Lanette Jaramillo and husband, Antonio Jaramillo; and her brother, Larry Roybal, LaVerne was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she spent the rest of her life raising her children. LaVerne was a homemaker and also enjoyed being a manicurist. Services will be held at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church: Rosary 7:00 p.m., Friday October 27, 2006, Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2006.
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SANCHEZ -- Waldo Sanchez Jr. October 26, 1958 - May 30, 1979 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON THINKING OF YOU WITH LOVE Your "Spirit is always with us" Mom, Dad, and JC
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SIMS -- Helen Sims passed on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the age of 89. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Tony. She is survived by her business partner of 40 years, Herb Pluemer and his wife, Barbara; their son Greg Pluemer and wife, Julie; daughter, Louanne Cunico; and son, Steve Pluemer; along with their children, Leia and Sean Pluemer, Samantha and Matthew Cunico, and Miranda and Nickolette Pluemer. Helen will be greatly missed by all. Services will be held Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.
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TORRES -- Eva "Esther" Torres, 94, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. She is survived by her children, Andrew Torres, Helen Miller and husband, Leroy, Betty Sedillo and husband, George, Joe C. Torres and wife, Lucy, Adelina Torres, Isidoro Torres, Jr. and wife, Philomena and Frank Torres and wife, Maria; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Carlota Espinosa, Barbara Aragon, Frances Lucero and husband, Avelino and Criselda Saavedra and husband, Miguel; brothers, Ciriaco Gallegos and wife, Agida and Nabor O. Gallegos; and relative, George Baca. Mrs. Torres was preceded in death by her husband, Isidoro Torres and son, Domitilio Torres. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:00 p.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE, with Miguel and Criselda Saavedra reciting. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Freddie Sedillo, Rick Cotinola, Chris Torres, Ray Torres, A.C. Rodriguez, and Adam Torres. Friends may visit Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Friday, one hour prior to Rosary. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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TRUJILLO -- Joshua J. Trujillo, 7, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on October 24, 2006, at home with his family by his side and is now in heaven with our Lord. Joshua is the beloved son to Vincent and Kelly Trujillo. Joshua is also survived by his brother, Christopher; his grandparents, Mike and Mona Trujillo and Leslie Moon and husband, James; his great-grandparents, Pat and Trini Trujillo and Raul and Alejandrina Vargas; aunts and uncles, Andrea Trujillo, Michael Casteel and fiancee, Maria; cousins, Alyssa Martinez and Andrew Casteel and many great-aunts and -uncles. Joshua was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation for Joshua will be Thursday afternoon in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Friday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, 2005 Plaza NW, with Mass of the Angels to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. by Father Dennis Garcia. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Trujillo, David Trujillo, Anthony Escarcida and Michael Casteel. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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WEST -- Bonnie Jean West, 77, peacefully passed on to be with her Lord at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, October 22. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Zada and Charles Hise; three brothers, Milton, Charles, and Jack Hise; and her sister, Lois Williams. Bonnie is survived by her brothers, Harold and Donald Hise; her five children and their spouses: sons, Robert West of Portales and Steve and Cindy West of Albuquerque; daughters, Carolyne and John Karnofel of Salinas, CA, Barbara and Marshall Medlin of Dallas, TX, Cynthia and Daniel Lewis of Santa Cruz, CA, Bonnie is also survived by eight grandchildren: Heath Rice, Clint West, Nathan West, Stephanie Lewis, Kate Fuller, Amanda West, Jessica Medlin, and Claire Medlin; and ten great-grandchildren. Bonnie was born on October 29, 1928, in Vernon, TX. From 1930 to 1974 she lived in various communities throughout New Mexico (mostly Los Lunas and Albuquerque). She was married to Leslie West from 1945 to 1970. In 1974 she relocated to California to be closer to her daughters and to complete her Bachelors Degree in Art and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. In 1984 she lived in Dallas to be near her other daughter and grandchildren before returning to Albuquerque in 1990 where the rest of her family lives. Upon returning to New Mexico she earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Webster University. For many years Bonnie taught art as well as doing counseling and art therapy work. Most recently she was an active member of the New Mexico Art League serving as President for several years. Those blessed to know Bonnie Jean know she lived life to the fullest. She was passionate about helping to make the world a more beautiful place and helping others see and appreciate the beauty and blessings God bestows upon us each day. Bonnie loved gardening; making her gardens sanctuaries of beauty, peace, and love. She also created many paintings capturing what she saw and felt. She enjoyed baking (especially with sourdough), singing, dancing, playing games, reading, listening to music, traveling, walking, making new friends, learning new things but, most importantly, she loved praising the Lord. Bonnie was a shining example of loving unconditionally and putting others' needs before her own. Her values and her legacy of love will live on in many ways through those whose lives she touched. Bonnie Jean (Bamba) will be terribly missed in her earthly form but rest assured that she has now taken her rightful place with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to whom she gave all the glory and to whom she turned in difficult times. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Friday, October 27, 2006, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Saturday, October 28, 2006, 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Bonnie West to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, Attn. Lorraine West. Please specify Lung Cancer Research by calling 1-800-227-2345 or to the VistaCare Hospice Foundation at 5639 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, 87109. Arrangement by French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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WHEELER -- Ronald L. Wheeler, age 65, of Albuquerque, went to be with his Lord, after a long struggle with Lou Gehrig's Disease, on Monday, October 23, 2006. Ron was a 1960 graduate of Albuquerque High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Ron attended Albuquerque TVI for two years majoring in Business. He became an ultrasonic X-ray technician with G.E. for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Ron was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher with Bella Vista Baptist for 10 years. He was a very devoted Christian and worked with the Seniors at Gospel Light Baptist Church. Ron was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his grandchildren with all of his heart. He was a very giving person, always placing others needs in front of his own. Ron is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ida V. Wheeler; three sons, Ron L. Wheeler, Jr. and Shauna, Leo V. Wheeler and his wife. Christina, and Patrick E. Wheeler and his wife. Rosemary; grandchildren, Stephanie, Brandon, Marie, John, Nick; brother, Dan Wheeler and his wife. Dorothy; sisters, Elaine Cross and husband. Ray, Jeanine Gaines and husband. Jerry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Frances Wheeler. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 1500 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Friends may visit Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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WINTERS -- Leonard Orval Winters, born to Leonard O. and Lula Winters in Perry, OK on March 16, 1920, made his transition on October 23, 2006. Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, "Ginny" in 2003, and his son, George Michael Winters in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Winters Morse and husband, Ted of Placitas, NM; by his grandson, George Michael "Mike" Winters, wife, Julie and great-granddaughter, Mikayla Sue of Murfreesboro, TN; and by his daughter in-law, Veronica Winters Bergquist of Wichita, KS. He also has two step-granddaughters, Coco Morse Ballew and husband, Will of Missoula, MT and Catherine Morse Fox and husband, Tim of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; and five step-great-grandchildren: William and Anna Ballew; and Ella, Sophia, and Anaclaire Fox. Leonard graduated from Perry High School and Oklahoma State University studying Fire Science. He was Assistant Fire Chief in Perry, OK where his father, Leonard O. Winters Sr. was Fire Chief. He served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II and again in Korea. He and Virginia and their family moved to Albuquerque in 1963. Leonard was known for his ability to "fix anything and everything" and for his sense of humor. After retirement he and Ginny lived their dream by moving to San Diego and buying a sailboat. After moving back to Perry to care for Virginia's mother, they spent many happy years in south Texas in their fifth-wheeler at Lakeview Park in Weslaco. Many, many thanks to the incredible, loving, and caring staff of Care Free Living and to the wonderful and supportive staff of Ambercare Hospice. Cremation has taken place; Leonard and Virginia's ashes will be mixed and spread in the ocean as they requested. A Memorial will be held at Care Free Living, 10916 Juan Tabo Place, NE, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday October 29, 2006.
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AKL -- Bechara Fares Akl, M.D., on October 21, 2006 at Fairfax Hospital. Bechara Fares Akl, beloved husband of Jane S. Akl; loving father of Danielle, Laura, and Stephanie Akl; dear brother of Antoine Akl, Edmond Akl, and Jacqueline Samra. The family will receive friends at the EVERLY FUNERAL HOME, 10565 Main St., Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass, Thursday, from 11 a.m., St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 3901 Woodburn Rd, Annandale, VA 22003. Interment Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Bechara F. Akl, M.D. Pediatric Heart Fund, c/o INOVA Health Systems Foundation, 3300 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042. 703-776-6047. www.everlyfuneralhomes.com
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ARAGON -- Francisco W. Aragon. Visitation will be Wednesday at Reflections at 3:00 p.m. Rosary will be Wednesday at St. Therese Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. Life Celebration Mass will be Thursday at St. Therese Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with Graveside Service at 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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