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SPERLING -- Betty Sperling, age 85, died peacefully at her home with her daughters by her side on Wednesday November 30, 2005. She is survived by her daughters, Paula Sperling and Carol Sperling Barnitz, and Carol's husband, Reed; she is also survived by her brother, Bill Montgomery of Topeka, KS. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Jamie, on February 6, 1970 and by her husband, James E. Sperling, on February 3, 1991. Elizabeth Carrol Montgomery was born on February 11, 1920 to Paul and Pearl Montgomery in Topeka, KS. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1938 and from Washburn University in 1942. She married Jim on June 6, 1942 in San Antonio, TX, where Jim was a pilot and flight instructor in the Army Air Corps. Following World War II, they moved to Albuquerque where Jim formed a law practice with Jack Campbell. Jim joined the Modrall Law firm in 1946. Betty served as President of Junior League of Albuquerque, and served on the boards of the United Way and Chaparral Home and Adoption Services. She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1947, singing in the choir and performing volunteer work. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 5, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque with Dr. Paul Debenport officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 884-1188
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STOHL -- FRANCES V. STOHL, age 60, Sandia Labs Scientist. Survived by brothers, Louis Paul Stohl of Colorado and Frederick Louis Stohl of New Jersey. Frances was a well respected scientist at Sandia Labs for over 25 years specializing in the field of coal liquefaction. An avid sports participant in soccer, softball, track and field and biking. A Graveside Service will be held on December 17, 2005 1:00 p.m. at Tappan Reformed Church Cemetery, Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
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VAN WAGONER -- Betty C. Van Wagoner, 73, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, was called home to be with the Lord on November 27, 2005. She was born December 27, 1931 in Raton, NM. She is survived by her daughters, Betty (B.G.) Van Wagoner, Angie Schafer and husband, Steve, Cindy Salisbury and husband, Dwayne, and Donna Brady and husband, Donny; and six very special grandchildren, Michael Salisbury, Rachel and Kevin Schafer, Shianne and Amber Van Wagoner, and Abigail Brady; her aunt, Toni; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Van Wagoner; her parents, Andrew and Pauline Cunico; her brothers, John and Frank Cunico; and special niece, Suzie Martin. Though Betty had four daughters, she was "Mom" to so many through volunteer work as school room mother, PTA board member, Campfire Girl leader, and reading lab tutor. She was a money counter at church for many years, and enjoyed many laughs with the women in her bowling leagues. She opened her heart, home, and refrigerator to all, having a special gift for making people feel welcome. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Sunday, December 4, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at French Mortuary Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 5, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 811 Guaymas NE (Lomas and Tennessee). In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to St. Vincent de Paul at 2105 Barcelona Rd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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VIGIL -- Gertrude Vigil December 4, 1908 - March 24, 1992 Abuelita Querida, ≠Fel°z Cumplea§os! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I remember your mischievous sense of humor. I remember your distinctive walk in your trademark high heels. I remember how proud you were of all of us. I remember how everyone was so welcome in your home, you always fed us somehow. . . You made the best homemade bread, tortillas and your famous "Trudy Burgers"! So much has happened that I wish I could share with you. I know you're watching over us from Heaven. I just hope no one's messing up your hair up there! I love you and miss you with all my heart. I dedicate "Hermoso Cari§o" to you, Grandma. Your loving granddaughter, Monica
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BELL -- Kenneth G. Bell, 68, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005. He is survived by his children, Kenneth R. Bell of Alpharetta, GA, Alison Lewis and husband, Mark of Centennial, CO, Stephen G. Bell and wife, Shannon of Albuquerque, and Derek Bell of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Lexi Lewis and Bonnie Bell; brother, Curtis R. Bell and wife Charlsie of Conroe, TX; sister, Betty Bell Andrews of North Zulch, TX. Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his wife Sally Jo Brumbelow Bell. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in physics. Mr. Bell retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Lt. Commander. He recently retired from a long career as a senior explosives research scientist. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and especially spending time with his family. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 5, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Following visitation in Albuquerque, services and burial will be held in Rosenberg, TX. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 4301 Bryn Mawr Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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BERNHARD -- Larry Lee Bernhard passed away on December 2, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Sena Bernhard. They are survived by their two sons, Michael Lee Bernhard and Craig Lawrence Bernhard; daughters-in-law, Melissa and Nancy; and four grandchildren; his brother, Kenny Bernhard; brothers-in-law, Benny, Lawrence and Tony Sena; and sisters-in-law, Viola Beal, Margaret Emsick, Stella McGrath, and Anita Sena-Johnson. Ret. MSGT Bernhard served his country proudly for 40 years both through military and civil service. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He will be loved and missed always. Viewing will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 5, 2005 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel in Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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BLEACHER -- Jean P. Bleacher, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Bleacher; two children, Michael Bleacher and wife, Carol Ann of Centennial, CO and Mary Streif of Jacksonville, FL; four grandchildren, Nicholas Streif, Brandon Gully and wife, Murriel, Jonathan Gully, and Pablo Bleacher; brother, John Allan Parker and wife, Dee of Kodiak, AK; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Allan and Helen Parker and one sister, Helen Deminie. She was born in Chelsea, MA and served as a nurse in the United States Air Force. Jean was active in her church teaching Sunday School and in the John XXIII Rosary Society. She retired from St. Francis Gardens where she was the charge nurse of C-Wing. Jean enjoyed serving regularly at the Brothers of the Good Shepherd Homeless Ministry. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother and will be remembered for her unique sense of humor. A Rosary will be recited Friday, December 2, 2005, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 3, 2005, 9:00 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Road NE with Father Tom Zotter, Celebrant. Interment will take place Monday, December 5, 2005, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brothers of the Good Shepherd, 10127 Guadalupe Tr. NW, 87114. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BOWER -- Margaret V. Bower, age 83, of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, 238 S. Market St., New Wilmington, PA, where she resided for several months with her husband, died Wednesday morning at the home after a brief illness. They also formerly resided at 1277 George St. Extension, Sharon, PA. She was born June 25, 1922, in Mercer, PA, the daughter of the late Ira and Freda McElheny Pizor. Mrs. Bower was a high school graduate and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sharon. She was a longtime member of the sanctuary choir and frequently served as a soloist at the church. She was a longtime member of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an avid reader and frequently audited classes at Penn State University, Shenango Valley Campus. She is survived by: her husband, Joe C. Bower, whom she married June 11, 1949, and who resides at the Presbyterian Center; two sons, Dr. David Bower, PhD, Athens, Ohio and Dr. Bruce Bower, M.D., and his wife, Dr. Susan Little, M.D., San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Matthew Bower and wife, Stephanie, Rio Rancho, NM; Aaron Bower and fiancee, Kim Gleason, of Albuquerque, NM; and Kevin and Lauren Bower of San Diego, CA. The family expresses appreciation to Dr. Robert Morgenstern and staff; home caregiver Faith McClimans; the staff at Presbyterian Senior Care; and Joe Brashen, a neighbor. As Mrs. Bower loved books, the family requests memorial contributions be made to a public or school library of the donor's choice. Funeral Service Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glenn Hink, pastor, officiating. Family will receive friends in funeral home Sunday 2 - 4 p.m. Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park. Arrangements by JOSEPH P. BRASHEN FUNERAL SERVICE, 264 E. State St., Sharon, PA.
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CLIFTON -- Katherine Howard Clifton, 64, New Mexico artist and potter, died Sunday, November 28, 2005, from complications following heart surgery. Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Harry Howard and her sister, Jilson. She is survived by her husband, Martin; her nephews, Glen Krause, Greg Krause, and Glen's children, Nona Olivia and Joshua Danfield. She was born on December 4, 1941 in New Iberia, LA, and was raised in Albuquerque where she graduated from Highland High School in 1959. After receiving a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico in 1963, she moved to New York where her serious study as an artist began with painting. Moving three years later to the San Francisco Bay area, Katherine developed an interest in ceramics and became an original, admired potter - patterning into her glazes horse hair, natural grasses and herbs. She was also a home caregiver and hospital clerk during much of this period. She relocated to northern New Mexico in 1981 and built a studio and kiln in Rancho de Olguin on the Rio Vallecitos, subsequently returning home to Albuquerque and marrying her beloved husband, Martin in 1987. The Cliftons built their home in Placitas, NM in 1992, where Katherine renewed her painting, combined with a passion for gardening, horses, and travel. Her work was exhibited at New Mexico art fairs and sold to collectors and galleries across the country. Katherine was devoted to the work of the South Texas Children's Home (STCH) where non-adoptable children are provided with a nurturing environment and educational support through college. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for this extraordinary institution, South Texas Children's Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104-1218. A private Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at the Clifton home in Placitas on Saturday, December 3, 2005 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. "She walks in beauty. . . she never feared living an ordinary life." Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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CLUM -- Grace Clum, 90, passed away on November 11, 2005 following a brief illness. She is survived by her children, Kathryn, Anne, and Eugene; two nephews, Clifford and Jack; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2005 at the Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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