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JOHNSON -- Delbert Johnson, 92, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2006. He was born July 22, 1913. A longtime Albuquerque resident, his friends, cohorts, and acquaintances knew him better as "The Muleman." His family called him Dad or Del. Del was born at home in the Tennessee hills, one of 11 children. He left home at 16 to see the world with $3.25 in his pocket. Throughout his life, he regaled his family and friends with funny and crazy stories of his many youthful adventures. He met and married Geraldine Evans and they settled in Albuquerque in the late '40s where they raised four daughters. For 40 years, he owned and operated H&J Wheel Alignment on old Route 66, but his first love was tradin' horses and mules. Using the knowledge and skills he learned in Tennessee, he prided himself on knowing a "good mule" when he saw one and getting the better end of any deal. But his friends and those he traded with will say that he was always fair. He spent 50 years raising, riding, showing, packing, and trading mules and, in his retirement years, racing mules. In the last 20 years, he moved on to racing horses. He co-owned King of Stars, a many time winner and track record holder, at the Ruidoso Downs racetrack in the 1990's. He was a proud Mason and also belonged to the Elks Lodge and Rio Grande Mule Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine "Jerry" Johnson. He is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Pam and Gene Porter of Ramona, CA, Teri Ashby of Sacramento, CA, Judy and Sam Lybarger of Las Vegas, NV, and Nancee and Donald Willis of Carlsbad, NM. He is also survived by granddaughter, Erin Ashby; five grandsons, Robert Porter, Russell Lybarger, and Sean, Jaren and Jason Willis; great-granddaughter, Haley Weygandt-Porter; close nephew, Riley "Snookie" Johnson and his wife, Betty; as well as many other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by companion, Doris Turner as well as close friend and trading partner, Malcom Petree. Del would be the first to say..."It was a good run." Services are Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LENTZ -- Lawrence E. Lentz passed away Friday, January 13, 2006 at the Veterans Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-984-8600.
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MARTINEZ -- Marcella Lynn Martinez, born March 20, 1960, died January 9, 2006. She is survived by husband, Rick Trujillo; daughters, Christy Martinez, Rikky Trujillo, Ashley Trujillo; numerous brothers and sister in laws, nephews and nieces and brothers and sisters. She will be sadly missed. Memorial services will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. NW
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MARTINEZ -- MARK S. After a courageous battle with cancer, Mark S. Martinez died peacefully in his home on Saturday, January 14, 2006, to be with his Lord and Savior. Mark was born on November 18, 1955, and was a lifetime resident of Albuquerque. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann; daughter, Heather; son, Ryan; mother, Helen J. Martinez; step-father, Jim Pino; sister, Bernadine and husband, Rick Sandoval; sister-in-law, Jennifer Reed; special friends, Heidi and Dan Jensen; many aunts, uncles, cousins- and numerous friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Raul (Rudy) Martinez. He will always be remembered for his kind heart and out-going spirit. Mark loved the outdoors with a passion for fishing, softball, skiing, golf, and going to Corkins Lodge. He was a member of Calvary Chapel. Mark will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. He was the district manager for Distribution Plus, Inc. (DPI) which he loved and worked hard for. He was a loyal co-worker and friend. A special thank you goes out to Dave Kelley for his support and thoughtfulness during this time. Services will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna NE. A private ceremony will be held at a later date for the scattering of ashes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mark's name to either the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste 300, 87111 or the American Lung Association of NM, 7001 Menaul Blvd. NE., Ste 1-A, 87110. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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PAULL -- Joseph E. Paull, age 83, died November 25, 2005, of injuries suffered on November 20, 2005. Dr. Paull had worked for the three NM Social Services agencies: Human Services, the Health Department, and the Corrections Department. He was the author of a study titled "In Limbo" which was a survey of children in foster care. This resulted in legislation requiring Citizen Review Boards, which periodically studied the cases of children in foster care and recommended dispositions to the courts including termination of parental rights and placement for adoption. This is very important in that it prevents children being kept in foster care beyond the age of adoptability. Until two years ago, he lobbied the Legislature on all kinds of social bills and served on Citizen Review Boards. Dr. Paull received his bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, his MSW (Master of Social Work) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Paull taught social work policy at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, New York University in Manhattan, and at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his life partner of 46 years, Robert W. Jerkins of Santa Fe, NM; his sister, Bella Wheeler of Lincoln, MA; and his niece, Beth Milham, of Providence, RI and her family. At his request the body was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. , Saturday, January 21, 2006 at United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe.
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PERNER -- Adrienne Perner, age 67, born on Governors Island in New York City and a longtime New Mexico and Albuquerque resident, was killed in an automobile accident in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 14, 2006 on her way to see her grandson's basketball game. An ardent helper of those services who need volunteer help, she served as a volunteer for many years at the University of New Mexico Hospital Service League, ultimately serving as President of the Service League. She furthermore felt the need to promote and speak about her beloved state of New Mexico and became an information volunteer for the Albuquerque Convention and Vistor Bureau (AVCB) at the Old Town and Airport information booths. She was later asked to serve as its Volunteer Coordinator and did so for a number of years. During a recent four year period at her Pinetop, AZ home, Adrienne immersed herself in the charitable functions of the White Mountain Women's Club, the Church of Our Savior, and the White Mountains Humane Society. Longing the need to be closer to family, grandchildren and our Albuquerque home, Adrienne and her husband, Jim, returned to Albuquerque where she found the need to help the thrift shop at the Cathedral Church of St. John. She also spent time and worked with the local women's Republican Club. Early in life, as the daughter of a West Point Army officer and his wife, Madeline, Adrienne traveled with her parents to Panama, Germany and the Netherlands. During World War II, Adrienne and her two siblings settled and lived in Santa Fe, NM. It is at this point that the cultural love of New Mexico began. A trained dancer at the Washington School of Ballet, Adrienne later performed in New York City, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and various places in Europe. Upon returning home to El Paso where her father and mother had settled, her father accepted a position to teach at Texas Western College (now UTEP). Adrienne continued her dancing with the local productions while taking a job a Southern Union Gas Co. It is here where she met her husband, Jim, who together for 44 years spent small periods of time in El Paso, San Antonio, and Lubbock before settling in Albuquerque in 1965. In all of these cities, particularly Albuquerque, Adrienne instructed ballet, principally at the Dorothy Night School of Dance, all the while touching the lives of many young students. Preceding her in death are her father, Robert Miller; mother, Madeline Bond Miller; sister, Patricia Nunez; sister-in-law, Cornelia Miller; father-in-law, John E. Perner; and mother-in-law, Mary E. Perner. Surviving are her husband, Jim of Albuquerque; son, John and wife, Cindy and grandchildren, Justin and Katiana of Albuquerque; son, Jeffrey and wife, Betsy of Santa Fe; brother, Robert Miller of Holland, MI; brothers-in-law, John E. Perner of El Paso, TX and Don Rodolfo Nunez of Madrid, Spain; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, throughout the United States and Spain. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Thursday, 11:00 a.m., at The Cathedral Church of St. Johns, 318 Silver Street SW. Adrienne will be pleased that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to your local animal humane association. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ROGERS -- W. Keith Rogers, 85, a resident of Albuquerque since 1939, died peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2006. He was born in Wapello, Iowa on June 10, 1920, to parents, William L. and Gladyce Rogers. Keith was a gentle man, never married, but loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Since he was born with spina bifida, he was a walking medical miracle. He was not expected to ever walk nor live into his teenage years. Nevertheless, he graduated from high school in Nebraska City, NE, moved to Colorado, then began work with AT&T as a testboardman in New Mexico. He joined the Army during WWII in 1942 and served with honor for three years as a sergeant. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1956 with a degree in electrical engineering and was employed by Sandia National Laboratories for six years. He is survived by his only sibling, James L. Rogers and wife, Virginia, along with their children; Julie DelMarcelle and husband, Pete, and children, David and Haley; Brian Rogers and wife, Kay, of Albuquerque and Lesley Weischbrodt and husband, Michael, and son Jacob, of Seattle. Keith's family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Dr. Charles Benton and Lovelace Vista Care Hospice, and specifically the owners and health care workers of Senior Care LLC, who made his final years pleasurable with loving care and attention. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at Sandia Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 415 Wyoming Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, 87108. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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ROMERO -- Celestino Romero was born on February 2, 1926 and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on January 13, 2006. Celestino is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dulcie; his children: Diana McDonald (Bill); JoAnn Ortiz (Bob), Robert Romero, and Helen Hernandez (Lorenzo); grandchildren: Vanessa Romero, Robert Romero, Chelsea McDonald, Jordan McDonald, Loren Hernandez; and great-grandson, Ryan Romero. He is also survived by two sisters, Cande Aguilar and Cordelia Aguilar (Abe); and adopted brother, Samuel Martinez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Celestino graduated from Menaul High School in Albuquerque and following graduation, was drafted into the U.S. Navy. He attended UNM and NMHU where he graduated with a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration. He was high school principal in Questa and Ojo Caliente and then was hired to work for the Taos Municipal School district. He served the district for 32 years in the capacity of teacher, counselor, Director of Special Services and as a principal until his retirement in 1985. His public service included: serving as a panelist for the western states study on the Education at Risk at the request of President Reagan: serving on the state Agency for Aging under two governors; serving two terms in the state Legislature; serving two terms as Taos County Commissioner; serving as a boy scout troop leader; sponsor of the Key Club; President of Taos County Schools Credit Union; serving on the Board of Taos Soil and Water Conservation District (for 28 years); serving as Kiwanis member for 50 years; and Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis International. Celestino's deep religious beliefs were lived out in the numerous activities that Celestino was involved in throughout his life. He taught Sunday school, served as deacon and elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Taos, was instrumental in assisting his church adopt a sister church in the country of Cuba; served as President of the Self Development of the People Committee and served as President of the Board of Trustees and Manager of the Loma Verde Presbyterian Camp of the Northern New Mexico churches. Despite the fact that Celestino was so involved in the community and in serving others, his family was his joy. For those of us who were blessed by his presence in our lives, we will fondly remember his steadfast trust and belief in the Lord, his wit and corny jokes, his flaming red hair (in his youth), his integrity and strength of character, his social graces, and love of outdoors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Loma Verde Camp, a non-profit camp owned by the Presbyterian church families of northern New Mexico and which serves any and all groups from throughout the country. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2006 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Taos. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.
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ROTHSTEIN -- Harold Rothstein, age 89, a resident of Edgewood, NM, formerly of Rochester NY, passed away Friday January 13, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Pies Rothstein; sisters, Jean, Ceal, Rose, and Stella; his parents, Ida and Solomon Rothstein; and his sons-in-law, James A. Pirozzi and J. Robie Vestal. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Rothstein Pirozzi of Edgewood, NM, and Debra R Vestal-Clark and husband, Charles of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Hillary Fletcher and husband, John of Omaha, NE, and Jeremy Brown of Dallas, TX; great-grandchildren, Zane, Jack, and Baye Fletcher; nephew, Stephen Lazarus and wife, Elissa of Denver, CO; nieces, Sandra Herritt Rosental of Rochester, NY, Lynn Koffsky and husband, Ed of Atlanta, GA, Leslie Garfinkel and husband, Charles of Buffalo, NY, Ann Marie Pirozzi, and Miranda Bovdina; several grand-nieces, -nephews, and many friends. Harold was an exceptional high school and collegiate athlete. He played basketball and soccer, winning many titles and awards. After graduation from Cortland Normal School in 1940, where he was pursing a degree in physical education, he was drafted and served as a Master Sergeant in Europe during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star for saving men in his unit from a mine field. After the war, Harold graduated from the University of Buffalo and went on to become a pharmacist and was the proprietor of Pittsford Central Pharmacy until the mid 1980s. He was actively involved with the Jewish War Veterans in Rochester, NY serving terms as Post Commander. The family requests that in lieu of flower contributions in his name be made to The Jewish Family Service of NM, 5520 Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque, NM, or to The Jewish National Fund Trees for Israel. The family also wishes to thank the Estancia Valley Catholic Parish in particular Fr. Win Young, Mary Jones, and Josephine Basset and those of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Edgewood for their kindness. A special thanks also to the staff of the VA hospital in Albuquerque for their care, support, and compassion during a difficult time. Funeral Services and burial are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday January 18, 2006; please call Strong-Thorne Mortuary or the family for more information. Services will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.
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SCHLAGEL -- Harvey James Schlagel, 57, a resident of Los Lunas, NM, passed away on December 22, 2005. Harvey was born February 27, 1948 the son of Harvey E. and Eva Beatrice Grubb Schlagel in San Fernando, CA. He had been a carpenter in the residential and commercial building business before his death. Harvey is survived by two daughters, Beverly Christina Schlagel of Bullhead City, AZ and Eva Kent of Rio Rancho, NM; six grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia Welch of Las Vegas, NV and Elizabeth Dickerson of Rio Rancho, NM; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. at Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, CA. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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