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SANTLEY -- Robert S. Jr. Dr. Robert S. Santley, Jr. passed away on March 23, 2006 after a long illness. Robert was the 'Real Mesoamerican Archaeologist'. A professor of archaeology at the University of New Mexico for 28 years, he leaves an impressive legacy of research and publications on the archaeological record of southern Veracruz, Mexico. Born in Bethlehem, PA in 1948, he was the only son of professional musicians. He received his degrees in anthropology at Pennsylvania State University (B.A. '70, M.A. '74, Ph.D. '76) under the tutelage of Fred Matson and William Sanders. His path-breaking publication The Basin of Mexico: Ecological Processes in the Evolution of a Civilization (1979) remains required reading for students of Mesoamerican archaeology. But Santley was primarily a teacher. His undergraduate and graduate lectures were exciting, provocative and memorable not only for the information, but his love of challenging students on how to collect data and disseminate the information. He made it clear that archaeological research was a joint effort and he involved students in his work and validated their contribution through co-authorship. He will be remembered by his friends, students, and colleagues in a Memorial Service at the Frank Hibben Center, University of New Mexico on April 8, 2006 at 2 p.m.
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SEDILLO -- RAYMOND In Memory Raymond Sedillo January 26, 1970 - April 7, 1998 Although eight years have passed, a piece of my heart remains broken. And one will ask him, "What are those wounds between your arms?" Then he will answer, "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends" Zechariah 13:6 (How diligently I search for answers) Loving you forever, Mom
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TAFOYA -- Lorencita Tafoya. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all of the love, care, and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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VANDELINDER -- Stephen D. In Loving Memory of Stephen D. VanDelinder November 11, 1943 - April 6, 2006 Steve was a long-time resident of Albuquerque where he graduated from Sandia High School and the University of New Mexico. He was employed by Albuquerque Public Schools for 30 years. Steve taught history at Del Norte High School from 1970 -1997. He enjoyed music and fishing on the Jemez and Pecos Rivers. He is survived by his wife, Marian VanDelinder of Albuquerque; son, Nathan VanDelinder and wife, Ginna of San Diego, CA. Sisters, Deborah Doherty and husband, Richard of Delta, CO, and Martha Bitts and husband, Robert of Littleton, CO; brother John VanDelinder of Oakland, CA; brother-in-law, Richard Snearly of Albuquerque; mother-in-law, Mildred Snearly of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Carolyn Herzog and husband, Kurt of Grants Pass, OR. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE on Saturday, April 8, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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VELASQUEZ -- Stella C. Velasquez, age 92, passed on April 5, 2006 after a short illness. She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Alameda. She was a lifelong resident of Alameda, NM. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deluvina Lucero. She is survived by five children, Ernestina Lueras, Lloyd Castillo, Candy Gonzales and husband, Eloy, Ralph Schubert, and Teresa Schubert. She is survived by nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. A Rosary will be recited at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2006 at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church with a Funeral Mass following at 9 a.m. The interment for cremains will be at San Carlos Cemetery following the Funeral Mass.
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BAILLARGEON -- Berniece E. Baillargeon, 85, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, was carried away by angels to the waiting arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Berniece was born on October 1, 1920 in Young America, MN, the daughter of George and Clara Olsen. She is now in the presence of those who preceded her in death: her parents; beloved husband, Benedict J. Baillargeon; sons, Bernard T. Walfoort and Randall J. Baillargeon; daughter, Benita M. (Baillargeon) Riley; brothers, Dwayne Olsen and William Dunkel; and grandson, William B. Walfoort, Jr. Berniece is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Steven Dron of Albuquerque, NM; loving son, William B. Walfoort, Sr. and wife, Alice of Stillwater, MN; brothers, Fred Sr., Robert, and Richard Dunkel, of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren, Lisa Walfoort, Dana (and husband, Rick) Kuntz; and great-grandchildren, Abbey, Sara, and Alex Kuntz. Everyone who met Berniece knew immediately this was a very special lady, who had an incredibly warm and magnetic personality, with a vibrant exuberance for life. Always a trendsetter, she loved fashions, jewelry, and anything with style. Berniece loved to laugh, sing, shop, read, bake, and gamble. She could make even a tedious chore fun. She loved to talk and tell stories, was quick to laugh, and treated everyone she met as an "instant friend". Even during periods of adversity and sadness in her life, she always maintained her strength of character and kept on smiling. "Look on the bright side" was her common saying. Her sanguine ways, love of life, quick wit and contagious humor brightened the day for many who knew her. During WWII, Berniece was a "WOW" girl (Woman Ordnance Worker) at the U.S. Army Ammunition Arsenal, New Brighton, MN. As Lead Operator, she supervised the making of 50 caliber bullets for the war effort, working for two years straight without a day off. In 1962, Berniece and Ben moved to AZ, where soon after she founded the first library in Arizona City, AZ, and took great pride in being the librarian there. She also volunteered for many years at the Humane Society Thrift Shop and was active in the DAV and Moose Lodge auxiliaries in Casa Grande, AZ. Berniece and Ben retired to Las Vegas, NV in 1983. After Ben's death, she moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1994. During her last painful months of her valiant battle against cancer, with dignity and grace and no complaints, Berniece was a living example of strong spiritual faith and courage. In spite of her pain, she still sang her favorite songs, and remained upbeat even in the face of death, and showed us a calm and cheerfulness rarely seen. Berniece will be sorely missed by the many whose lives she touched. Christian Services and burial took place on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Las Vegas, NV, in the city she so loved. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 505-343-8008, and Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV. Berniece's family would like to express deep gratitude to the staffs of Marler Manor and Heritage Hospice for the love and tender care they provided, and to Joy, her special friend. A Memorial Celebration is planned for Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at Marler Manor, 3712 General Patch NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.
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BOWLIN -- Jacqueline "Jackie" Bowlin died today, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in her home after a long illness. She was surrounded by lots of loving family. Jackie was born in Clayton, NM and lived most of her life in the North Valley of Albuquerque. Where she and husband, Bill raised six children and enjoyed a long career in the bakery department of Smith's Grocery Store. She is survived by her sister, Alice Dugger of Bloomfield, NM; children, Jack Tidwell of Texas, Darla Carrillo, Mary Orosco, Vickie Rock, Sam Bowlin, and Billie Jo Houvener, all of Albuquerque; step-daughter, Debbie Garrett of Arizona; 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Jackie worked hard her whole life, always putting others first. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved each of them dearly. Jackie enjoyed bird watching, baseball, hot air balloons, fishing, and camping. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, 2:00 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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CHAVEZ -- Shawntae Chavez April 6, 1991 - August 22, 2005 Happy Birthday Shawntae, "If tears could build a stairway, And memories were a lane. We would walk right up to heaven, to bring you back to us again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say Goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, And God only knows why. Our hearts still ache in sadness, And secret tears still fall, What it's meant to lose you, No one will ever know." We Miss you alot Shawntae. Happy Birthday!!! Love You, Nina Glenda, Sierra, and Liz
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DENNIS -- GEORGE On April 2, 2006, George Dennis, age 90, went to what he would call "the big meeting in the sky." He was a native of El Paso and a 1936 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. George was a newspaperman, a naval officer and, for 23 years, a public affairs officer with the Atomic Energy Commission/Department of Energy in the agency's Nuclear Weapons Program on Sandia/Kirtland Base. He was Director of Public Information from 1970 until he retired in 1980. His greatest athletic accomplishment, he told anyone who would listen, was winning the YMCA sponsored City Marble Championship in El Paso at about age 10. The prize was a flashlight. George then took up tennis and played it for more than 70 years. It was satisfying, he said, because it gave him the opportunity to cheat a little and blow cigar smoke downwind toward his opponents. As a newspaperman, he worked in San Francisco, covered a revolution in the late 1930s in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and was City Editor of the El Paso Times. As a free lancer he wrote pulp paper short stories (at three cents a word) to pay the rent. After marriage, two children and Pearl Harbor, he was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy and served two years during World War II as Communications Officer on a cruiser, the USS Chester CA 27, in the Pacific. He was Editor of the Navy's ALL HANDS magazine from 1945-50 in Washington, D.C. and during Korea was on the staff of Commander, United Nations Blockade and Escort Force. He resigned from the Navy as Lieutenant Commander, USN, in 1954. He was then Editor of the News-Bulletin in Belen, NM from 1955-57. George has been active in Alcoholics Anonymous since 1954 when he arrived in Albuquerque. During the 1970s he was a member and Chairman of the New Mexico Commission on Alcoholism which operated treatment centers in the state, and on the Governor's Advisory Council on Alcoholism. He was Chairman of the New Mexico Bridgehouse Foundation which assisted in the rehabilitation of alcoholics and was a member of the Public Relations Society of America. In 1963 he was one of the founders of the Heights Club which since that time has operated non-profit facilities in support of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Ala-teen. A man with a sense of humor who refused to take himself too seriously, he "walked like he talked" and spent considerable time working with recovering alcoholics. He was a serious man with a ready smile. He liked to say, "A laugh exercises 32 muscles in your face. If you laugh at yourself, it's double. Try it and lose weight." George is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia; two children, George and his family of Georgia and Sally of Florida; two step-sons, Rick of Texas and Jeff of Oregon and their families. The family wishes to express sincere, deep thanks to the nurses and aides of Presbyterian Home Healthcare and Presbyterian Hospice; they are angels here on earth. A celebration of George's life will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano Rd. NW, on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that, should anyone wish to, they would appreciate donations made to either the Heights Club, 8520 Marble Ave. NE, ABQ, NM 87110 or to Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Ave. NE, ABQ, NM 87110. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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FARNELL -- Diana A. Farnell, 86, born in Naples, Italy in 1920, passed away peacefully Friday, March 31. Her husband, Robert Farnell, preceded her in death. Survivors include her son, George; "daughter-in-love," Lynn Seaman and husband, Jack; granddaughter, Donna Bianchetti; grandson, Dean Farnell and his wife, Hoa; great-grandson, Drew Lyerly; niece, Rita Diana of Pennsylvania; nephew, Robert Diana of New York; and relatives in Italy. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE with Rev. Dr. Paul Debenport officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Animal Humane Association of NM or a charity of your choice. Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, 505-343-8008
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