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GRIEGO -- Nick Griego, a resident of Albuquerque, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on January 3, 2006. A final Viewing for Mr. Griego will be held today at 9:00 a.m. at Reflections with the Mass at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service at Sunset Memorial Park will follow. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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GUTHRIE -- Maude Tully Guthrie, who taught biology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for 34 years, died December 24, 2005 at the home of her son Kenneth in Albuquerque. Mrs. Guthrie had celebrated her 102nd birthday earlier this year. Mrs. Guthrie came to Las Cruces in 1926 to join the faculty of what was then New Mexico A&M College. At that time she was the only woman on the teaching staff of A&M's School of Arts and Sciences. During her first years at A&M in addition to teaching biology, she conducted the women's physical education program and coached the women's basketball team. She interrupted her teaching career for several years in the 1930s and 1940s in order to devote more time to her two young sons, but rejoined the A&M biology faculty after WWII. She retired in 1965. Mrs. Guthrie won recognition for her ability as a teacher. The New Mexico A&M Associated Women Students chose her as their annual Woman of Achievement for 1958. In 1984 the NMSU Board of Regents, citing her teaching accomplishments, honored her with the Regent's Medal. In making the award, the Regents noted that "she diligently pursued a career devoted to teaching students" and that "many former students claim that her teaching was responsible for their success." She enjoyed following the careers of former students and was always pleased to learn about their accomplishments. In Las Cruces, Mrs. Guthrie was active in community affairs. Among the many organizations in which she participated were the American Association of University Women, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Progress Club, and the Society of Sigma Xi. She helped organize, and served for many years as faculty advisor to, Mu Beta, an honorary society for outstanding women students at NMSU. In all of these endeavors, she applied her characteristic energy and warm interest in people. Mrs. Guthrie was born Maude Tully on July 19, 1903 on her parents' farm near Monte Vista, CO. She attended primary and high schools in Monte Vista and then studied at the University of Colorado where she received a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in biology. In 1929 she married Gwynne L. "Gus" Guthrie, also a member of the New Mexico A&M faculty and later Dean of the NMSU School of Business Administration. After her husband's death in 1994, Mrs. Guthrie made her home in Albuquerque, NM with her younger son, Kenneth. She is survived by her two sons, Donald Keith and Kenneth Eugene, both of Albuquerque, and by Kenneth's four step-children, Lauren, Brett, Peyton, and Jonathon Sawyer. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with reception to follow. Interment will have taken place at the Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the New Mexico State University Foundation, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-3590. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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JASSO -- Rodolfo M. Jasso. 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 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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JONES -- Heywood Jones, Jr. "Woody", 83, joined God's Grace on Thursday, December 15, 2005. Upon retirement from Republic Steel Corp. of Cleveland, OH in sales management for 32 years, he and his beloved wife Ruth moved to Albuquerque in 1984. He was an Associate Broker for the Vaughan Co. Realtors from 1985-2000. During WW II, 1st Lt. Jones was a B-17 lead navigator in the 8th Air Force and flew 30 missions over Europe in 1944-1945. He received Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Once, his plane lost two engines over the target and he navigated safely to Belgium, then Allied territory. He received his BBA from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH, in 1947. Woody was a member of the Sandia Presbyterian Church, 8th Air Force Historical Society, New Mexico Senior Golf, Duke City Duplicate Bridge, and the Friendship Force of New Mexico. He was a volunteer for the Albuquerque Visitors and Convention Bureau. Woody was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ruth in 1992, and is survived by two sons and two daughters: Dr. Wesley H. Jones and wife, Mary Jane of Greenwood, IN, Louise L. Fischer and husband, Andrew of Arlington, MA, Craig K. Jones and wife, Jennie of Albuquerque, NM, and Cathy L. Dabney and husband, Greg of Austin, TX. There are nine grandchildren: Ellen and Martin Jones, Cory and Sarah Fischer, Tyler Jones and Kari Williams, Jessica, William, and Robert Dabney; and one great-grandchild, Ethan Williams. Woody is also survived by his dear friend, Helen Lyles of Lincoln, NE. A Memorial Service will be held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, January 7, 2005 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. The family wishes to thank Elite Senior Care for their compassionate care and support. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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KATZENBERGER -- Charles E. Katzenberger died at home on Thursday, December 22, 2005. Born May 11, 1919 in Lewisburg, OH, he was the youngest son of Karl A. and Kathryn Katzenberger. He grew up in Greenville, OH and joined the U.S. Army in April, 1942. After serving in the European Theatre in WWII as a First Lieutenant in the Sixth Ordnance MM Co. he remained in the Army Reserves, retiring in 1975 as a Lt. Col. In 1946 he moved Albuquerque and began working at Sandia Laboratories, retiring in 1981. Married for 59 years to Lucille Erickson, he is survived by their children, C. Edward Katzenberger, Jr. and wife, Micky Carino, Kathryn K. Morales and husband, Henry; daughter, Karen K. Katzenberger; and son, Karl Joseph Katzenberger; and by grandchildren, Karina, Brianna, Charles, Katie and Amari Morales, Kellam Carino, and Isaac Katzenberger. Active in the community, he was a member of the Genealogy Club of Albuquerque, a charter member of the Albuquerque Coin Club and the Morrow Users Computer Club. He was a lifelong Republican and was a poll worker during elections. Active in the Presbyterian Church, he was a member of the First Church for over 50 years where he was ordained as an elder and as a deacon. He served on the Mission Committee, worked in the archives and was active in the Sandia Conference Grounds and the Presbytery of Santa Fe. He enjoyed traveling, and after retirement made trips to Europe, pursuing his family history and taking part in commemorations of WWII. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to A Child's Garden Scholarship Fund, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, or to the Special Olympics, NM Chapter, 6600 Palomas NE, 87109. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 217 Locust NE, 87102. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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KNIPFING -- Marion H. Knipfing, 88, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. She was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived in Albuquerque since 1962. She is survived by her children, Dick Knipfing and wife, Charlene; Joyce Knipfing; and Beth Royer and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Tina Johnson, Trey Knipfing and wife, Annette; Bridget Goldfarb and husband, John; Suzanne Skasik; Chris Royer; Allyson Royer-DuBois and husband, Jason; Katie Royer; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur White of Boca Raton, FL; and sister, Marjorie Galt of Stannardsville, VA. Marion was preceded in death in 2002 by her husband, Dick Knipfing, Sr. Marion's life was centered on loving God and her family and on helping other people. She belonged to Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Parish and she was an active member of the Marianites. Even as she raised her children and managed her home, she reached out to others by becoming a certified Braillist and transcribing countless books for the blind. Marion was also a customer service supervisor for Blue Cross-Blue Shield. But mostly, she was our Mom. She loved us always, cared for us, worried about us and never stopped praying for us. We love you, Mom. A Rosary will be recited Friday, January 6, 2006, 7:30 p.m., at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday, January 7, 2006, 10:30 a.m. at the Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Trey Knipfing, Christopher Royer, John Knipfing, Tyler Johnson, Jacob Todd, and Kyle Goldfarb. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Casa Angelica Home, 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LERMUSEAUX -- LEO GENE. Born July 30, 1930 to Victor Lermuseaux and Mildred Dunman-Lermuseaux, he passed away after a lengthy battle with emphysema. Gene was raised and lived in Bernalillo his entire life. He graduated High School from OLOS, and studied auto mechanics with Victor and at various schools. He was in the USAF, security police. He met and married Ila Faye Steward in 1953. He taught Veterans auto mechanics and worked at the Bernalillo Public School systems as transportation director while working out of his home as an auto mechanic as well. Their children include Bruce and wife, Jenny of Jemez, Kurt and wife, Phyllis of Stanley, Karen of the family home, Sharon and husband, Ramon Garcia of Tijeras, Gene Jr. and wife, Renee of Bernalillo, Denise and husband, Ray Ralston of Rio Rancho, David of Dallas, TX, and Tina and husband, Greg Boyce of Austin, TX. Grandchildren include Julie, Bruce, Amy, Jason and wife, Tori, Ramon, Abraham, Aaron, Andrew, Rachel, Ryan, and Garrett; and many nieces and nephews. Gene is survived by his wife, Faye; mother, Mildred; sisters, Zaida Williams and Betty Kelly and husband, Melvin. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor; brother, Louie; and brother-in-law, Bob Williams. Gene loved the family ranch in the Jemez Mountains, especially working his own little sawmill with his boys, and his woodworking. He loved and supported his family and taught them the importance of hard work and family. He brought many caring friends into the family fold, and was always ready to help anyone with an auto or building need. He will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank Dr. A. DeHart of PMG for her compassionate care. Please make a donation to the Lung Association or charity of choice in lieu of flowers. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Friday, 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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MARINSEK -- Betty Marinsek, deceased December 29, 2005. Betty was born in Norwood Park in Chicago, IL on May 23, 1927. Her parents were Ann and Joseph Crews. Betty was their first born child after years of unfulfilled expectation by her parents who had sought the aid of Edgar Casee, the prominent sayer of the times. He prescribed a gold elixir and other remedies. In later years, Betty was even amused by the story. Betty's family moved to Park Ridge, where she spent her childhood. During her junior high school years, she was enrolled in an experimental program for gifted children, sponsored by the University of Chicago. By that time she was a serious student of the piano, at the insistence of her parents. At the beginning of World War II, Betty's family moved to the now suburb of Glen Elen, IL, where the family could keep a garden, chickens, and rabbits in anticipation of the food shortages and rationing caused by the war. She told many stories about those adventures. Betty graduated from Glenbard High School in 1945, and entered a Navy sponsored nursing program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. After a year she developed health problems and withdrew. In the fall of 1947, she and her brother boarded the A.T.S. F. and headed to Highlands University, joining a small contingent of students from the Chicago suburbs. There she met Ed Marinsek, who was attracted by her long blonde hair, beauty, and personality. At school she had already acquired the nickname of "Sparkle Plenty" after the Dick Tracy comic strip of the time. She and Ed were married on February 14, 1948 in Mora, NM on a beautiful winter day. Shortly thereafter they moved to Gallup, NM, her husband's home town, where she was warmly accepted by his family. Ed's mother taught her how to cook on a coal and wood range. In the ensuing years she developed and avid interest and skill as a gourmet cook. All who shared at her table can testify to that. Their first son, Karl was born later that year and shortly thereafter they moved to the Chicago suburbs so that Ed could complete his degree. Their first daughter, Shellie was born Christmas Day 1949 and their children, Greg, Matt, and Cassandra followed. After Ed's graduation they moved to Albuquerque in 1952, bought their first home that sheltered their family for 49 years thereafter. Betty returned to U.N.M. and received her BS degree in education in 1961 and started her career as a 1st grade teacher. She had a gift for teaching. Betty received a MA degree in Guidance and Counseling and in the following 15 years, served as a counselor in many schools in all parts of the city, working with the prosperous and poor. The last years of her counseling career were at El Dorado High School where she was a positive impact on the lives of countless students and parents. After retirement in 1986 she and Ed, their family and friends, built a summer home on the Pine River near Durango, CO. Some of the happiest moments of her life were spent there each year. Betty was an avid reader and a lover of good music. She was an amateur painter and collector of southwestern art. Her home reflected her eclectic tastes. She took pride in the home decorating skills, displaying her many lifelong collections of the arts. Her last couple of years were plagued with poor health, ending in renal failure. The family is ever grateful to the medical caregivers at Lovelace for their support and care in her final days. She is survived by her husband, Ed; living offspring, Karl, Matthew, and Cassandra; their spouses; and her grandchildren, Robert and Jessica; a brother, Robert and his family from Las Cruces, NM. In celebration of Betty's life, the family extends an invitation to friends and relatives to join them from 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the family home at 6404 Little Joe NW in Taylor Ranch. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MCCORD -- FRANCES J. Mrs. Frances J. McCord, widow of the late William O. McCord Jr., passed away on December 27, 2005. She is survived by her sister, Jane Hanna; three stepchildren, Blanche McCord Harrison and husband, Scott, Mary West McCord Otero and husband, John, and Bill McCord III; and seven grandchildren. We are deeply saddened by our wonderful friend and stepmother who was always kind, gracious, generous, and a great school teacher. She taught fifth grade for 35 years before her retirement in 1990. She was always surrounded by friends, and was a great bridge player. There will be a time of celebration of Frances's life at 10:00 a.m. on January 10, 2006 at the Grand Court Apartments, 300 Valencia SE, Albuquerque, NM. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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MCCORMICK -- Dorothy (Dottie) Cox McCormick, 88, passed away January 4, 2006, after a brief illness. She is survived by her children, Michael McCormick and wife, Wanda of Las Cruces; Mary Skavaril of Columbus OH; Maureen Ashley and husband, Everett of Tulsa OK; Monica O'Reilly and husband, Mel, and Margo McCormick and husband, Ranne Miller of Albuquerque; and a sister, Mary Helen Ewing of Albuquerque. A daughter, Peggy Akin Wilkison, predeceased her. Three sisters also predeceased her, Margaret Davies and Louise Marron, both of Albuquerque, and Betty Ann Rankin of California. Dottie is also survived by twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dottie was born to a pioneer Albuquerque family on June 25, 1917, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was a graduate of Albuquerque High and UNM, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she taught school in Albuquerque until 1945, when she married Don G. McCormick and moved to Carlsbad, residing there until 1971 when she returned to Albuquerque. Dottie dearly loved the Albuquerque of her youth, reminiscing often about the old neighborhoods and the fun she and her friends had picnicking or skiing in the mountains and going to movies at the Kimo Theater. As a young woman, she enjoyed meeting the trains at the Alvarado, getting photographs of movie stars as they got off the trains (and she had quite a collection of glossy movie posters, obtained, somewhat surreptitiously she admitted, from the walls of the Kimo). She adored the music of her generation, imparting that love to her children, and she never forgot the words to those songs. Before the war, Dottie spent exciting summers with her girlfriends, traveling by ship to Hawai'i in 1939 and to Puerto Rico in 1940, trips that made for a lifetime of fond memories. And she really could do the hula. The last three years of her life were spent pleasantly at La Vida Llena in Albuquerque, participating in many activities and working her crossword puzzles. She leaves many friends among the staff and her fellow residents. The family wishes to thank the capable, compassionate and gentle people, both at the Heart Hospital and at VistaCare Hospice, for their loving care of Dottie during her last week of life, affording her every dignity. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 5639 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. In accordance with her wishes, Dottie's remains will be cremated and there will be no formal services. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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