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TAFOYA -- Alice Tafoya 1915 - 1999 "In Loving Memory" Arlene - Lydia - Geri - Andy and our families.
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VALLES -- Korina Valles, 18, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on February 13, 2006. Korina is survived by her parents, Manuel and Elma Valles; one sister, Karina Mora and husband, Marlon; one brother, Alan Valles Sr. and Celina Silva; three nephews, Marlon and Bryan Mora, and Alan Valles Jr.; her grandmothers, Rosa Aragon and Eva Valles; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Korina was a member of the Catholic Church. A visitation for Korina will be Friday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 11:00 a.m. by Gabriella Nieto. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the Rosary at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alan Valles, Victor Valles, Francisco Valles Jr., Manuel Valles, Marlon Mora, and Jose Resendiz. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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VALTIERRA -- George Valtierra was called by his Heavenly Father on Tuesday. Mass will be at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church followed by Interment in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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ALVAREZ -- Margaret Alvarez, 92, died on Sunday, February 12, 2006, in Albuquerque, NM. Margaret is survived by her husband, Benjamin, of the family home with 61 years of marriage; four daughters, Cynthia Gaigl; Sharon Lucero, and husband, Gil of New Mexico; Barb McClellan, and husband, Bart of Cheyenne, WY; Elaine Lewis, and husband, Frank of La Habra, CA; sons, Peter Camacho and wife, Nora of Orlando, FL; and Ben Alvarez, Jr., and wife, Linda of Rocklin, CA. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and 14 siblings. Margaret was born in Kohala, Maui, on Monday, December 4, 1913, to Harry and Julia Gustino Spreen. Margaret loved being around her children, traveling, cooking, crocheting, and entertaining family and friends. She would help strangers in their time of need. Margaret was the glue that kept the family tight and nurtured them throughout the tough times. She was very active in the church and was involved in teaching children on the Sabbath. Margaret loved her animals and playing her sweet Hawaiian music. She was great at dancing the Hula. Funeral Services will be Friday, February 17, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at Heights 7th Day Adventist Church with Pastor Neff officiating. Burial to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit Friday, February 17, 2006 from 9 a.m. until time of Service at Heights 7th Day Adventist Church. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CHAVEZ -- Arturo Chavez, 81, beloved husband to Emelda; loving father to Manuel and Eliza, Phillip and Lupe, James and Katie, Frances and Florentino, Sadie and Jaime, Richard and Dorothy, Alfred and Kathy, Sophie and Nestor, Steve, and Arthur Jr. and Rose; adored grandfather to 32 and great-grandfather to 15; dearest brother to Lumina Salazar and Vivian Chavez. He was preceded in death by son, Michael and grandson, Anthony, and joining his family of nine brothers and sisters. A viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2006 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in San Jose De Los Duranes Catholic Church, 2110 Los Luceros Rd. NW with Msgr. Leo Lucero celebrant. Interment will follow in the Peralta Cemetery with Arthur Chavez Jr., Paul Chavez Jr., Christopher Chavez, Manuel Chavez Jr., Steven Chavez, Daniel Chavez, and Joshua Lovato serving as casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be Leticia Arvizu, Rachel Rosales, and Alicia Chavez. All Services and arrangements are under the care and direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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COLLINS -- Andrea Georgia Alires Collins passed into eternal life on Sunday, February 12, 2006 after a long and courageous life. Andrea was born May 17, 1929, the daughter of Salomon and Ida Maestas Alires in Las Vegas, NM. She was a loving wife, nurturing mother, and wonderful and loyal friend to all who had the pleasure of her company. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends all of whom were touched by her infectious laugh and joyous smile. Andrea was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Collins; her sons, Dr. Thomas Collins and Randy Collins; her brothers, Salomon and Dan Alires. She is survived by her children, Ray Collins and wife, Cathy, JoAnn Sanchez and her husband, Tony, Donna Collins and Fluffy, Gary Collins, Gerald Collins and his wife, Jeanne; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Collins; and her sister, Alice Maestas. She is also survived by a tremendous legacy of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Andrea's special caretakers at Rio Rancho Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care and friendship. A Celebration of Andrea's life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 3100 La Orilla Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with interment to follow immediately after at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Las Vegas, NM. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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CORDOVA -- Criselda B. Cordova, beloved sister, mother, and grandmother, died Sunday, February 12, 2006 in Albuquerque at the age of 54. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Wendy Lucero. Criselda is survived by her son, Antonio Griego; daughter, Dorinda Lucero; brothers, Fabian Lopez and wife, Margaret, Sonny Lopez and wife, Maria, Ernie Lopez and wife, Jeanette; and her grandchildren, Wayne, James, Gabriel, Dillon, Ashley, Kenneth, and Patience. Memorial Services for Criselda will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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DOMINGUEZ -- Thomas A. Dominguez, 84, resident of Albuquerque since 1953, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Zelma; son, Lee Robert; brothers, Sam and George; sisters, Josie, Lita, Minnie, Margaret, and Lorenza. Thomas spent his early years working for the Civilian Conservation Corps as a truck driver. He joined the New Mexico National Guard and from there spent the next five years serving in the Army during World War II with the 804 Tank Destroyer Battalion, Company B, where he received the Bronze Star and Silver Star for saving the life of a fellow soldier. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he went and received training at the Universal Plumbing School in Kansas City, Missouri. Thomas worked as a plumber, gas and pipe fitter for various companies. He was a union member of UA Local 412 for 50 years. Thomas has been a past delegate of the NM AFL-CIO, donated his services to the Ronald McDonald House and the Heats-On Program. He was a member of the VFW Post 1793. Since his retirement, his main joy was fishing with his buddies from the Bear Canyon Fishing Club. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Sandia, 105 Hospital Loop NE, 87109. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FARIS -- Albert James Faris was born May 16, 1924. Loving son of Florida and Said, husband, father, brother, and friend, he went to be with the Lord, Friday February 10, 2006. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, and a member of Iron Workers Local #495, Albert James Faris leaves many fond loving memories for his family members and friends. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernie; three daughters, Elizabeth Ward and husband, James, Lorraine Blackman and husband, Miles, Joy Clark and husband, Mike; seven grandchildren, Rick Gonzales, James Ward Jr., Miles Lee Blackman Jr., Lauren Blackman, Jon Blackman, Miranda Clark, Jay Clark; two great-grandchildren, Sara Flores and Tobias Smotts; only surviving sister, Florence Faris; numerous nieces, nephews, and their families; past golfing buddies, fishing companions, and lifelong friends. A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, 3906 19th Ave SE , Rio Rancho, NM ( Across from Intel ) Ph: 892-1323, on Friday, February 17, 2006 11:30 a.m., with Senior Pastor, and nephew, Si Budagher officiating. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ.
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FARRELLY -- Stephen Farrelly, 83, a noted Albuquerque rental property owner and retired Sandian, died on Saturday, February 11, 2006, following a short illness. Originally of Rye, NY, Stephen had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1948. He served dutifully in the U.S. Air Force during WWII in Italy and was recipient of a baccalaureate in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico in 1952. Stephen subsequently went to work as a high-speed test photographer at Sandia National Laboratories, retiring in 1971 in order to concentrate more fully on his burgeoning rental property business, a business that he played an active role in until the day of his death. Former president of the La Noche Garden Club and publisher of the Bon Vivant wine guide, Stephen was also an avid still photographer, birdwatcher, woodworker, and world traveler. He loved life and all who had the pleasure of knowing him will sorely miss his cleverness and humor. Stephen leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Flora; son, David and wife, Mary Ellen; daughter, Diana and husband, Thomas Scalf; and two grandchildren, Jeremiah and Victoria. "For now I am ready to go. The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." A Gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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