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BACA -- William "Bill" L. Baca, died Friday morning, January 6, 2006 at St. Vincent Hospital from complications associated with a long illness. Bill was a lifelong citizen of Santa Fe, NM being born to the late Jesus Maria Baca and his wife Julia Strong Baca - both prominent citizens of Santa Fe. Bill's extended family includes the Berardinelli, Johnson, Kahn, Martinez, Trambley, and Sanchez families from throughout Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Bill attended Santa Fe public schools and was a member of several high school championship teams to include the 1943 State Football championship team. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater as an armored reconnaissance scout. Upon returning to Santa Fe, Bill met and married the former Colleen "Coke" Marie Boyd. Together, Bill and Coke had two children - Darlene and Billie. Bill was active in the Santa Fe community as he served as a founding member of the Santa Fe Marine Corps League and elected to the presidency of the Santa Fe School board. He was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Club where he held offices in both organizations. Bill and Coke established a successful insurance business in Santa Fe, which served a large clientele in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico until retirement in 1984. Thereafter, Bill and Coke remained active in family affairs associated with six grandchildren and ultimately nine great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Mike and Bernard Baca. Coke died in 1998. He is survived by his two daughters, Darlene "Darti" Griego of Santa Fe, Billie Rios of Albuquerque and her husband, Leo of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Monica Luna, her husband, John, and their son, Sterling - of Santa Fe, NM; Dana Gass, her husband, Jason, and their sons, Dillon and J.J., and daughter, Adrian of Santa Fe, NM; Victoria Rios-Furlow, her husband, Mike and their sons, Jack and Aiden posted with the military at San Angelo, TX; Leanne Rios and companion, Kent Brown of Vienna, Austria; Erika Griego, her daughters, Jocelyn and Skylar of Santa Fe; and Patrick "PJ", his wife, Veronica and son, Josiah of Santa Fe. Wednesday Services include a visitation beginning at 4:00 p.m. and Rosary services at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at Berardinelli's mortuary. Funeral Services will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Thursday morning at 9:00 with internment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors following the Funeral Mass. There will be a reception following the interment ceremony for family and friends at the Guadalupe Parish Hall.
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BLAKELY -- Loren D. Blakely, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, January 5, 2006. He was born October 5, 1924 in Cumberland, OK. He had been a resident of New Mexico for 78 years; the last 3 1/2 years he resided at Valle Norte Caring Center. Mr. Blakely was preceded in death by his parents, James and Barbara Ethel Blakely; and two half-brothers, Gordon Brown and Paul Brown. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 1/2 years, Shirley; son, James Blakely; daughter, Lorelle Guentz and husband, Dudley of Edgewood; four grandchildren, Amber McLendon, Andrea Franzoy, Logan Blakely and Melissa Blakely; great-grandchild, Zao Franzoy; sister, Wanda McGlothlin of Los Lunas; and several nieces and nephews. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, Loren served as a flight officer in the Army Air Corp. He was employed by Sandia National Laboratories for 35 1/2 years retiring in 1987. Mr. Blakely was a faithful member of Hope Evangelical Free Church for 46 years serving as an usher and several terms as an elder. Services will be held Thursday, 11:00 a.m., at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 4710 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, with Dr. Gary Hamburger officiating. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Evangelical Free Church Building Fund, 4710 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BOWERS -- Genevieve Bowers, age 71, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2006. She will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian Pifflinger and Maria Zimmer, and her brother, Gabriel Pifflinger. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Kenneth M. Bowers; daughter, Sandra D. Lopez; son, Marc Bowers; grandchildren, Erica Lopez and fianc, Brian Ferns, Martine Lopez, Jordan Lopez, Kenneth L. Bowers, Britteny Bowers; numerous relatives living in Metz, France; other family members and friends who loved and will miss her. Memorial Services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalilllo, NM., on Thursday, January 12, 2006. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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CHAVEZ -- Mike L. Chavez, 77, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2006, due to a brief illness. Mike was born April 28, 1928 in Lemitar, NM. He resided in Albuquerque with his family. Mike is survived by his wife, Rose L. Chavez; daughter, Darlene Chavez; sons, Michael, Steve, and Chris Chavez; daughters-in-law, Jennifer, Tammy, and Lisa Chavez; grandchildren, Dillon, Kyle, Ryan, and Josiah Chavez, Desiree Baca, David and Shaya Rogers; brothers, Bennie Chavez of Albuquerque, Fred Chavez of Socorro; sisters, Isabelle Apodaca of Albuquerque, Fedlina Pino of Socorro, and Margaret Baca of Las Cruces. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Samantha Chavez and Rachel Rogers; sister, Corina Padilla; and parents, Miguel and Elosia Chavez. Rosary was held Monday, January 9, 2006 at Riverside Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. and viewing will be from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at St. Bernadette Church at 9:00 a.m.; burial will be in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Bennie Chavez, Fred Chavez, Albert Sedillo Sr., Chris Salguero, Jondale Sandoval, and Alfonso Chavez. The family would like to express their gratitude for all the care and compassion given by the Pres. Hospice staff for helping us in our time of need. Mike was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and most of all a great person. We know he is going to be taken care of, just as he has taken care of us. Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME, 225 San Mateo NE, (505) 764-9663
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DAVIS -- John Kimball Davis, a resident of Los Lunas, NM and formerly Gallup, NM, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2006. He was a member of the Los Lunas Baptist Church. Kim worked for the U.S. Post Office for 30 years and was the Union Stewart and the State Vice President of the APWU. He was a runner for many years and ran in several marathons. He loved the outdoors and was an avid bird watcher. Kim and his family were raised on the Zuni Reservation where his father, John Davis, took a job with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1959. It was from Zuni High School that Kim graduated in 1967. He then attended Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Parks and Recreation Land Management. Kim enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971, serving in Vietnam on the U.S.S. Marvin Shield during the Vietnam Conflict. Even though Kim was a member of the Los Lunas Baptist Church for only two years, he immediately felt the love and compassion of its members and Pastor, Mike Sams. His relationship with his Lord and Savior blossomed into a wonderful and very personal relationship. Kim was preceded in death by his father, John Allard Davis, in 1981; and his loving niece and nephew, Michelle and Dominic Marra, both in 2001. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Brenda, of Los Lunas; one son, Ryan, who is attending Northern University in Flagstaff, AZ; his mother, Jean Davis, of Mesa, AZ; one sister, Gayle Lynn Marra and her husband, Bob, of Inverness, FL; and one brother, Jeff and his wife, Therese, of Bartlett, IL. He is also survived by his very loving nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. Final visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at Los Lunas Baptist Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the Funeral Service to begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven, Albuquerque. Pallbearers will be Jeff Davis, Bob Marra, Charles Maurar, Gummie Garcia, Andrew Dominquez, Limuel Norris, Stanley Grey, Charles Drake, and Doug Sievers. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen. Visit online register at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com
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DUNBAR -- Dolores Dunbar, a loving mother and grandmother, died Saturday, January 7, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Dunbar. Mrs. Dunbar is survived by her daughter, Mary Romero and husband, Matty; grandchildren, Elizabeth Romero, Cathie Aragon and husband, Herman, Matty Romero III, and Frank Romero; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Herman, Krystin, Josh, Nicole, Jennifer, Francesca, Brianna, Matty IV, Alexandria, and Xavier; and great-great-grandchild, Angelese. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters in Colorado. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dunbar are pending and will be announced. Honorary pallbearers will be Leo Garcia, Bobby Atencio, Herman Aragon and Joshua Garcia. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW. 247-4124
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DURAN -- Margarito Duran. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind, supportive and helpful during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Services were in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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GARCIA -- TELESFOR In Loving Memory Telesfor Garcia October 15, 1920 - January 10, 2005 To Those I Love and Those That Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, Be thankful for our beautiful years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness I thank you for the love each have shown me But now it is time I traveled alone. So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It is only for a time that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear All my love around you soft and clear. Then when you must come this way alone, I will greet you with a smile and say, Welcome Home. Your wife, Rita
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GARDENHIRE -- Robert Dean Gardenhire, 58, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2005 from complications due to a long illness with multiple sclerosis. Robert was born February 20, 1947 the second son of Roland Quincy Gardenhire and Johnna May Jean Dagget in Santa Fe, NM. He is survived by his wife, Connie Gardenhire; his brother, Raleigh Gardenhire and wife, Karen; his mother, Johnna Weaver; his aunt, Mary Kessel and husband, Ken; along with cousins, nephews, and nieces. Robert was born in Santa Fe and raised in Chama and Espanola New Mexico. Robert's heart and soul were always in the mountains of his family's homestead in Chama where he spent as much time as possible. He was an avid fly fisherman and always preferred to be hiking, skiing, or snow shoeing in the mountains. Robert's most enduring quality was his genuine love and respect for his friends and co-workers. He loved nothing better than to sit and reminisce, tell stories and conjure up a few pranks along the way. Robert graduated from college and Law School at the University of New Mexico, after which he clerked for U.S. District Judge H. Vearle Payne for three years. After serving as legal advisor to the Assistant Attorney General. He was hired in 1978 to replace Bruce Kaufman (who became a State District Judge) as the Legal Council to the New Mexico State Police. The New Mexico State Police became the Department of Public Safety in 1987, Robert served as Chief Council of the NM State Police until 1997 when he had to take an early retirement due to the physical limitations caused by his Multiple Sclerosis. Memorial Services will be held January 11, 2006 at the State Police Academy Auditorium, address 4491 Cerrillos Rd. Services will begin at 2:00 p.m.; the family will arrive at 1:00 p.m. for visitation. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Adaptive Ski Program, 1304 Calle Joya, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505)995-9858 or (505)992-2709 or the Assistance Dogs of the West P.O., Box 31027, Santa Fe, NM 87594, (505) 986-9748. Robert's remains will be put to rest at the Canyones Creek, Chama, NM as requested. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 984-8600.
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GIANNINI -- Ray C. RAY C. GIANNINI October 5, 1941 - January 10, 2000 In Loving Memory
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