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DRAGICH -- Aurelie L. Dragich, age 77, a resident of Rio Communities passed away on Friday, April 14, 2006. She was a proud member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. Aurelie loved fishing in the high mountains of Wyoming, where she and her husband, Dale owned a beautiful, remote cabin for many years. She is survived by her loving husband, Dale; and his three children, David of Idaho, Chance of Lubbock, TX, and Coleen of Oakland, CA; one sister, Lynn Whited of Caldwell, TX. Cremation has taken place. There will be a visitation at the Bethlehem Lodge # 56, Belen, on Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service conducted by the Order of Eastern Star at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St., Belen. www.romerofuneralhomenm.com
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EAKIN -- Donald W. Eakin, 87, resident of Albuquerque, peacefully joined the Lord on April 13, 2006, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 1, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Albuquerque in 1937 to attend UNM. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was assigned to the Pacific Theater as a B-17 pilot. Based at Pearl Harbor, he survived the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received while flying a mission near Guadalcanal in late 1942. He was transferred to Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California, where he met and soon married his nurse, June Vogel Eakin. He was a B-29 instructor pilot at Pyote Base (near Pecos, Texas), and returned to Albuquerque in 1945 after separation from the Army Air Corps. He later retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. He started his real estate career in 1948 with P.F. McCanna. In 1954, he formed D.W. Eakin Company, a commercial real estate firm, and was a licensed broker until his death. He was preceded in death by his second wife of 23 years, Mary Cook Eakin, and his daughter, Jan Eakin Beary. He is survived by his son and business partner, Randy Eakin, and wife, Redd; his daughter, Lynne Clevenger, and husband, Larry; his loving friend, Rosalie Davis; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His love and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held in Albuquerque on April 22 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place, NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial fund at St. Mark's Church or a charity of your choice.
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EASTERLING -- Mary J. Easterling, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, passed away Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Leah Whiteley of Albuquerque; son, Duane Easterling, Jr. and wife, Kelly of Los Lunas; grandchildren, Kristal Montoya and husband, John of Albuquerque, Amanda Easterling, Meghan Easterling, and Kalvin Easterling, all of Los Lunas. Mrs. Easterling was preceded in death by her husband, Duane C. Easterling, Sr. Services will be held on Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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FEIL -- Edward I. Feil, of Santa Fe, passed away suddenly April 16, 2006. Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 15, 1942. He was a resident of Albuquerque from 1981 until 2000 during which time he was chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Lovelace Medical Center. He is survived by his adoring wife of 40 years, Susan; son, Matthew of New York City; daughter, Alicia of Albuquerque; parents: Seymour and Yvette Feil; sisters: Gloria Turetz and husband, Dr. Frank Turetz, and Joanne Feil, all of New York; brother-in-law, Roger Cohen and wife, Janet, of Virginia; nieces: Dr. Meredith Turetz, Jennifer Bernabeu and her husband, Sean; nephews: Daniel and Brian Cohen and Kevin Secunda. Edward was educated at the Cleveland Clinic and was Lord Nuffield Scholar in Oxford England prior to two year's military service during Vietnam. He also earned a MBA in order to better serve in his administrative capacity, while continuing a complete operating schedule. Edward retired in 2000 due to a physical condition and was completing a two year program in integrative medicine and was due to go back into active practice in the coming months. He was well-loved by all of his patients and well-respected by all in the medical community. He was a member of the Temple B'nai Israel in Albuquerque for 24 years and a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe since 2000. Service will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2006, 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 208 East Barcelona, Santa Fe. Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Albuquerque Community Foundation, 3301 Menaul, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or to the Santa Fe Community Foundation via the Las Campanas Community Foundation, 132 Clubhouse Drive, Santa Fe, 87506. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 983-4331
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GALLEGOS -- Leonardo C. Gallegos, born November 17, 1945 in Socorro, NM, passed away April 17, 2006 at home surrounded by family. Mr. Gallegos proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his son, Abel Gallegos; grandson, Steven Llamas; parents, Leandro and Anna Maria Gallegos; father-in-law, Pete Valenzuela; and three brothers, Filemon, Eloy, and Arcenio. Mr. Gallegos is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Juanita Gallegos; three children, Dolores Perrone and husband, John, Sandra Llamas and husband, Steven, Leonardo Gallegos and wife, Alexandria; nine grandchildren, Dominic, Brandi, Shannon, Leonardo, Damien, Elizabeth, Barbara, Leonardo III and Isaiah; brothers and sisters, Esiquio Gallegos and wife, Esther, Robert Gallegos and wife, Martha, Leroy Gallegos and wife, Jenny, Gloria Arriaga, Mary Griego and husband, Manuel, Patrick Gallegos and wife, Roberta, Tomasita Lucero and husband, Pat, Frances Sanchez and husband, Abie; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Visitation for Mr. Gallegos will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. also at St. Anne Church. Burial will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Daniel Gallegos, Mike Gallegos, Clarence Gallegos, Maximilliano Lucero, Carlos Sanchez, and David Griego. Honorary pallbearer will be Ernie Griego, Rumaldo Griego, Adrian Silva, and Steve Vigil. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GALLEGOS -- Lorraine M. Gallegos, age 54, passed away at her home, Saturday, April 15, 2006. Preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister, Lorraine is survived by her husband, Tony R. Gallegos; six children; 16 grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; many other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. Services will be held at Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 10750 Sunset Gardens Rd. SW, at 114th St. A visitation and Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2006. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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GATES -- Norma Lucille Putnam Gates, 83, passed away Monday, April 17, 2006. She was born July 1, 1922, a daughter of Israel Osgood and Clara Blueher Putnam. She often talked about her days as "Rosie the Riveter", during World War II. She welded trailers for military transport to support the War effort. She also drove a school bus for nearly 40 years. Survivors include two sons, Charles "Eddie" Gates and his wife, Sherry, Albuquerque, NM, Jerry Lee Gates, Albuquerque, NM. Also surviving are three grandsons, Jeremy, Justin and his wife, Kaitey, and Jonathan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Gates, and her parents. Graveside Services will be conducted Friday, April 21, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Cremation is under the direction of French Mortuary - Westside Chapel. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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GILMORE -- Vernon L. GILMORE (Lt. Col. USAF ret.) Col. Gilmore, formerly of Burns, WY and New Mexico, made his final flight on April 12, 2006 at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg, CO. Col. Gilmore was born in Ulysses, NE on April 22, 1921 to Richard C. and Margaret (Donovan) Gilmore. He is survived by his daughter, Laurel L. Duhr of Albuquerque; son, Rodney F. Gilmore and wife, Judy of Houston, TX; granddaughter, Stephanie F. Umstead of Albuquerque, NM; and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Justine, and Nicholas Umstead, all of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his sister, Betty J. Gilmore from the family home in Ulysses, NE and was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor Gilmore of Albuquerque, NM; and daughter, Janice M. Gilmore. Col. Gilmore's career began with service as a bombadier-navigator in World War II with the 8th Army Air Force. He went on to later retire as a reserve officer with the U.S. Air Force. His civilian employment included: Los Alamos National Lab, nuclear reactors in Kennewick, WA, as well as work in civil engineering throughout the southwest. Col. Gilmore enjoyed travel, meteorology and spending time with his dogs, Queenie and Tiny Tim. He was a well-read, self-educated man and an ongoing student. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 in Seward, NE with burial following at the family plot at Bluevale Cemetery in Waco, NE. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that because of the Col.'s love of animals, that donations be sent to your local Animal Humane Association.
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HALL -- LAWRENCE SR. M/Sgt. (Ret.) Lawrence Hall, Sr. was born July 2, 1927 and died March 31, 2006 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Y. Hall. Mr. Hall is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary M. Hall; son, Lawrence Hall, Jr. of Olathe, KS; and brother, Ronald J. Hall of Long Beach, CA. He joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the historic 555th Airborne Parachute Regiment, "Triple Nickel" in 1944. Mr. Hall retired from the Army in 1965 and began working for the Federal Aviation Administration in 1969 as an Electronic Technician. He retired from the FAA in 1986 with over 50 years total Government service. Mr. Hall owned several small home businesses and was an avid RVer and fisherman. Services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HARLEY -- Robert A. Harley, 74, an Albuquerque native, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 17, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Frances Harley of Albuquerque; daughters, Sonia Vernon of Albuquerque, and Robert Woods and husband, Jim, of Simi Valley, CA; grandchildren, Nicholas and Zachary Vernon, Joe and Danny Woods, and Jason Harley; brother, Edward Harley and wife, Svetlana of Albuquerque. Mr. Harley was preceded in death by his parents, P.H. and Pearl Harley; son, Michael Harley; an infant daughter; brother, Paul Harley and wife, Alice. Bob was a graduate of Albuquerque High School and the University of New Mexico. He retired from the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department and was previously employed with the State of NM Environmental Improvement Agency. He also worked at Sandia Labs for 15 years. Bob loved the Lord and was a member of Sandia Baptist Church where he was very active in the music ministry. Bob loved walking in the foothills and enjoying the beautiful Sandia Mountains. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed by many. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2006 at Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution NE, with Dr. Robert J. Butler, officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, on Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Sandia Baptist Church's Missionary Fund, 9429 Constitution Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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