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VALDEZ -- Rosalio Valdez died Sunday, July 23, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 95. Mr. Valdez was a graduate of Menaul High School. He was a retired employee of the City of Albuquerque. Mr. Valdez is preceded in death by his children, Mary Ann Ealy, Gloria Ann Valdez and Chris Valdez. He is survived by his wife, Onofre Valdez, and children, Margaret Baca and husband, Ben, Alice Tenorio, Benny Valdez and wife, Evelyn, Rosalio Valdez Jr., Bobby Valdez and Patsy, Patricia Diggins and husband, Frank, Tony Valdez and wife, Hilda, and Sandra Takei and husband, Tom. He is also survived by several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. A Vigil Service will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at the San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas at 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary to follow. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cuba, NM where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vincent Valdez, Eddie Tenorio, Ben Baca Jr., Benito Valdez, Richard Torres, and George Padilla. Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur Lucero, and Eddie Sanchez. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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VENEGAS -- Gabino (Bino) Venegas July 26, 1963 - January 14, 1998 On this special day we will try to put aside our sad thoughts of missing you to remember all the love and laughter we shared over the years we had with you. Just today I learned that that funny hat you wore that last Christmas is called a "shapka" (one of my favorite memories). There are so many daily reminders of you. Happy Birthday thoughts from all your family and friends who miss you so very much.
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WINDLER -- Peter Ray Windler, 49, a resident of Albuquerque for 11 years, died July 23, 2006. Peter was born June 17, 1957. He is survived by his children, Zachary Windler of Austin, TX, Emily Windler and Grace Windler of Albuquerque; sister, Marion Fike of Amarillo, TX; brother, Cary Windler of Bossier City, LA; mother and father, Betty and Milton Windler of Friendswood, TX. Peter graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Major. He was a Master Navigator and received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters along with numerous other decorations. He was currently employed at Headquarters, USAF Safety Center at Kirtland AFB. Services will be held Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel with Roger Patterson, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Friendswood, TX, officiating. Interment will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX, on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, 2 Woodward Center, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo del Norte) (505) 897-0300
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WRIGHT -- Josephine Wilson, 86, was born in New York City on October 6, 1919 and died at home on July 22, 2006 following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archibald George Wilson and Edythe Broqua Wilson, and by her first husband, Kenneth Thomas Stumpf of New York. Mrs. Wright was a longtime member of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque where she served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Layreader. She was also on the staff of the Cathedral for many years. Survivors include her husband, H. Clifton Wright of the family home; cousins, Lois Steele of New Windsor, NY, Virginia Bajgert of CO, Lawrence MacNary of TN, Dr. Lois Musmann and husband, Klaus of Foster City, CA and Richard A. Steele and wife, Joyce of Norfolk, VA. She is also survived by a niece from her first marriage, Valerie Ignatowitz; and a great- niece, Lara Holzkamp both of New York; as well as her special friend, Corrine Duran of Albuquerque. On her husband's side, Mrs. Wright is survived by a brother-in-law, Joseph R. Kula and his daughters, Anne Kula Jasewicz and Patricia Kula Beidl all of New York; nephews and nieces, David W. Moe and Louise Moe DePlante of CT and Stephen S. Papania, Anne Papania McCallum, J. Charles Papania and Clifton Andrew Papania of Texas. A Service of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. John, 318 Silver, SW on Friday, July 28, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with the Very Reverend John B. Haverland and the Reverend Canon Dr. Adams Lovekin officiating. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials in the name of Josephine Wright may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Cathedral Church of St. John, PO Box 1246, Albuquerque, NM 87103 or to the American Cancer Society.
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BLACKBURN -- Vesta Lee Blackburn, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1959, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Stanley Blackburn, Jr. of Albuquerque; sons, Robert L. Blackburn and wife, Melissa of Modesto, CA, Stanley E. (Ted) Blackburn and wife, Nancy of Albuquerque; John A. Blackburn and wife, Pam of Hanford, CA; granddaughter, Danielle Darpli and husband, John of Lemoore, CA; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey D. Anderson of Bryant, AR; niece, Dorothy Ellen Richards of Benton, AR; nephew, Leonard G. Anderson of Clarksville, TN. Mrs. Blackburn was a long-time member of St. John's United Methodist Church. She taught school at Zuni Elementary School for 20 years prior to retiring in 1980. She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of Adah Chapter # 5, Order of Eastern Star and also a member of Yucca Temple, Daughters of the Nile. Mrs. Blackburn was a member of the NM Education Association and of the NM Education Retirement Association. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2006 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Rev. Clyde Stanfield officiating. Private interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas NE, on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church's Organ Fund, 2626 Arizona NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BUSTAMANTE -- Patricio Ricardo Bustamante was born on March 17, 1927 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He passed away on July 21, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Maria del Rosario Bustamante; his sister, Elma Lidia Mazariegos; as well as his daughters, Yoly Estrada, Sandra Bustamante, Rosita De Leon, Mayrita Orozco; and son, Edgar Bustamante; his sons-in-law, Jorge Estrada, Maco De Leon, and Estevan Orozco. He also left behind his grandchildren, Yenni, Dennis, Paty, Jessy, Karin, Jorgito, Lissette, Gilberto, Marco Vinicio, Benjamin, Brian, Victoria, and Jose Fernando; and two great-granddaughters, Leiah and Catalina. He is remembered as being a wonderful and caring father with a heart of gold and a lovable grandfather as well as a great friend to so many. We thank everyone for their support. A Service will be held at Riverside Funeral Home, located at 225 San Mateo NE, Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 6 - 8 p.m. and Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Memorial Park on Yale and Avenida Cesar Chavez.
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GALLEGOS -- Consuelo Gallegos passed away in the loving presence of her family on Friday, July 21, 2006. Services will be held Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Immaculate Conception Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Vista Care Hospice. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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GANDARA -- Maria N. Gandara, age 94, died Thursday, July 20, 2006 at the home of her daughter, Olga Gandara, with whom she lived for the past 11 years. She was the wife of the late Feliciano P. Gandara and a former resident of Lordsburg, NM where she lived for 50 years prior to her move to Albuquerque. Maria was born in El Paso, TX to the late Filomeno and Hilaria (Barbosa) Limon. She was preceded in death by brothers, Lorenzo, Felipe, Mercedes, Ignacio, Francisco, Gregorio, Luis; and sisters, Juanita, Sr., Maria Josefa, F.C.M., Maria Clara, and Cornelia. She is survived by her sister, Teofila Palacios; and by her four children, Arturo Gandara and his wife, Linda Berg, Maria Olga Gandara, with whom she resided and her fiance, Jerry Craig, Loreto Gandara and her husband, William Hudson and Rogelio Gandara and his wife, Suzan; nieces, Beatrix Sereno and Gloria Ybarra with whom she shared a motherly relationship. Maria also leaves four grandsons and one granddaughter; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker who loved gardening, cooking for her family and friends, and spending time with her children and family. Maria was a devout Roman Catholic and a woman of deep faith. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at 6:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas NE, with the Rev. Andrew J. Pavlak, O.P., Celebrant. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adrian Gandara, Gabriel Gandara, Rafael Gandara, Daniel Gandara, Jerry Craig, and Pedro S. Pena. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services of Albuquerque, P.O. Box 25405, 87125. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GARCIA -- Emma M. Garcia, born in Albuquerque (Old Town) on February 24, 1927, went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2006, with her sister, Mary at her side. Emma was preceded in death by her parents, Ambrosio and Luisa Garcia; and by her brothers, Ambrosio Jr. and Joe Garcia. Emma is survived by her sisters, Mary J. Montano and Eloisa Rozzi and her husband, John P. Rozzi; three cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving Emma is Andrea Zamora whom Emma helped raise from infancy. Emma was a member of San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church and a member of the Blue Army and Sacred Heart Alter and Rosary Society. She was a primary care giver for her father during his extended illness and for her recently deceased brother-in-law, Pat M. Montano. Though challenged throughout her life by many illnesses, Emma was always ready and willing to help others in any way she could. She will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town. Special thanks go to Vista Care Hospice who lovingly cared for Emma during her final days. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at San Felipe de Neri Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., with internment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Funeral Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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GARCIA -- George P. Garcia, age 62, and a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. George was preceded in death by his father, Pedro Garcia and he is survived by Annabelle, his loving and devoted wife of 40 years; a loving son, George; his mother, Charlotte Maldonado; two brothers, Levie Garcia and wife, Ruth and Presley Garcia; nine sisters, Vivian Arellano and husband, Guillermo, Molly Lopez and husband, Walter, Lucinda Garcia, Sandra Austin and husband, Carl, Grace Bush, Gloria Garcia, Marie Garcia, Joyce Sickenberger and husband, Mark, and Annette Garcia; mother-in-law, Rita Gallegos; sisters-in-law, Marie Gallegos, Gloria Borden and husband, Bob; many aunts, uncles, adoring nephews, nieces, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Memorial Services will be held at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2006. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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