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DURKIN -- Robert J. Durkin, 76, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2006. He had been a resident of Albuquerque for 45 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Durkin; and his brother, Bill Durkin. He is survived by his wife, Jo Durkin; sons, Mike Durkin, Pat Durkin and wife, Lisa; daughters, Dee Smith and husband, Lawrence Smith, Shelly Lewis and husband, Hondo Lewis; ten grandchildren, Shauna, Katie, and Conner Durkin, Aaron, Shauncey, Emma Durkin, Joshua Keenan and wife, Kristina, Brett Keenan, Hunter and Melanie Lewis. Robert was a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a squadron communications officer in Japan and Korea. He was retired from the automobile leasing business, attended St. Bernadette Church, and was a member of The American Legion Post 49. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunrise Funeral Options Chapel, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. A private burial Service will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Presbyterian Hospice or New Mexico Heart Hospital Foundation, 504 Elm Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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DYCHE -- James (Jim) Dyche, born July 31, 1920, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. He is survived by his sons, Larry Dyche and wife, Debbi of Tijeras, Robin Dyche and wife, Carol of Albuquerque, and David Dyche and wife, Yolonda of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Bryan and wife, Amy, Kevin, Heather, Jeremy Dyche, all of Albuquerque, and Dana and Robert Scott Dyche, both of Tucson, AZ; and great-grandchildren, Jake and Nikki, both of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Becker. He was a WWII Navy pilot, an avid bowler, and a former UNM letterman and graduate. Private Services have been held by the family. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505)275-3500
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ESPINOZA -- Efren J. Espinoza July 9, 1915 - May 27, 2002 Happy Birthday Dad! Gone from home but not our hearts. Love, Kathy and Chuy and our families
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ESQUIBEL-CHERRYHOLMES -- Elvira 70, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on June 23, 2006. The family would like to thank everyone for there prayers & support throughout her illness. Elvira is survived by her beloved husband, Roger Cherryholmes; mother Stella Quintana of CO; brother Pete Quintana; sister-in-law Grace Quintana of CO. Several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Rosary & Funeral will be held on 7/12/06 & 7/13/06 in Arobles, CO., at Saint Peters/Saint Rose Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m & burial will follow at The Rosa Cemetery In Albuquerque, on 8/27/06 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church will be a mass for her intent.
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GALLEGOS -- Betty A. Gallegos, age 61, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 in Albuquerque. She was born on February 14, 1945 in Las Vegas, NM, to Robert and Constance Brown. She was preceded in death by her father; aunt, Evelyn and uncle, Louis Roybal. She is survived by her mother; sister, Barbara Lee Simpier; husband, Onofre Gallegos; sons, Erik Gallegos and wife, Adrienne, and Stephen Gallegos and wife, Angie; daughter, Marilyn Gallegos; seven grandchildren, Ysabela, Catalina, Anthony, Devon, Piper, Zoe and Miranda Gallegos; aunts and uncles, Ruth and James Roseberry, and Edward and Mary Catherine Brown; cousins, Alex and Karen Wiese, Jimmy Roseberry, Kathy and Frank Hernandez, Judy and Randy Simpson, and Janet and Don Chandler; and many loving nephews and nieces. She considered her many loving brothers and sisters-in-law as her own brothers and sisters. She will be dearly missed by all her family and many friends and remembered for her gentleness, kind heartedness, and her warm smile. Betty was a retired dental hygienist of 31 years. A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2006, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 10, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel Ave. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph Chavez, John Gallegos, Jose Maestas, Bill Togle, Nick Naranjo, and Mark Baca. Honorary pallbearers will be George Cordova and Mark Rogers. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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GARCIA -- Beverly G. Garcia, 82, born in Erick, OK on September 24, 1923, grew up in Sayre, OK and Placerville, CA, passed away in Albuquerque on July 5, 2006. She moved to Albuquerque from Ft. Worth, TX in 1970 and became a passionate North Valley devotee. A lifelong, political and community activist; her presence was felt in the Democratic Party from the state level to the ward level to the local level, where she continued to be a political voice until her stroke in April. Beverly was on the Mayor's Advisory Board for the Office of Senior Affairs, a longtime organizer of the Senior Expo Quilt Show for the City of Albuquerque, Board Member of De Colores (Hispanic Culture Festival), founding member of the Mid-North Valley Neighborhood Association, founding member of the Retired and Middle Aged Persons' Association, and former President of the New Mexico Quilter's Association. Prior to her decades of public service, Beverly enjoyed a career with the F.A.A. as a Telecommunications Specialist, working at Meacham Field in Ft. Worth and owned the Quilting B's in the North Valley from 1978 to 1980. Beverly also survived 61 years of mothering, raising five children, and she was the beloved grandmother of ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Garcia; her son, Garrett Whatley; and her grandson, Beau Whatley. Her life was as colorful, complicated, intricate and unique, as the thousands of bits of fabric she used to create one-of-a-kind quilts. She was one of a kind, one in a million, our one true thing - our thread of steel. Beverly is survived by her sons, Don Whatley, J.R. Whatley, and Paul Whatley of Albuquerque; and her daughter, Jean Shepherd of St. Louis, MO; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and legions of people she has touched with her generous soul. Funeral Services will be Monday, July 10, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at the Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. 505-345-3536. Visitation will be held prior to Services. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo NE Albuquerque, New Mexico
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GONZALES -- BERNICE The Family of Bernice Gonzales thank their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 San Mateo NE (505) 764-9663
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GROSSETETE -- Robert R. Grossetete Sr., 75, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on July 7, 2006 peacefully at home with is loving family by his side. Mr. Grossetete is the beloved husband to Mrs. Mary Grossetete, married for 51 years. Mr. Grossetete is also survived by his children, Raymond Grossetete, Lawrence Grossetete and wife, Glenda and Robert Grossetete Jr.; one sister, Eulalie Baker; one brother, John Grossetete; grandchildren, Veronica Lam and husband, Ty; Luke Grossetete and fiance, Theresa Jaramillo; and Freddie Grossetete; great grandchild; Destiny Grossetete; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Grossetete was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation for Mr. Grossetete will be Monday afternoon in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A Eulogy will be held at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday morning at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal SW with a Rosary to be recited at 8:30 a.m. by Juan Sandoval. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. by Father John. Interment will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Luke Grossetete, Freddie Grossetete, Godwin Grossetete, Eric Lopez, David Padilla and Jake Gurule Jr. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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GULLETT -- Christopher Gullett July 13, 1955 - July 5, 2006 Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 San Mateo NE (505) 764-9663
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HAMILTON -- Robert McNeil Hamilton "Bobby Hambone" aged 67, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away June 30, 2006 at his home after a year long battle with cancer with his wife of 43 years, Marilyn comforting him by his side. In 1975, Robert and Marilyn headed west to Albuquerque, NM where they both were employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Robert became president of Albuquerque Postal Clerk Union. After six years of successful negotiations and positive changes he declined to run again and pursued a career in management. Robert was promoted to Supervisor in Mail Distribution. In 1987 he went over to Customer Service, retiring in 1997 after 31 years of service. Robert and Marilyn then relocated to Las Vegas, NV where they enjoyed retirement and continued traveling to the Caribbean often. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marilyn; adopted sister, Sharon; brothers-in-law, John, Don, Lester, Charles, Brian, Francisco, Robert, Bob; and sisters-in-law, Beverly, Hillary, Denise, Peachie, Diane, Ann, Roberta, Bertha, and Millie; as well as 31 nephews; 35 grand-nephews and -nieces.
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