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SANCHEZ DE VALDEZ -- Fabiola Sanchez de Valdez passed away peacefully in her sleep, March 15, 2005. Preceded in death by spouse, John P. Valdez; daughter, Loretta Valdez-Ziegler; son, John P. Valdez, Jr., grandchildren, Lecia Valdez-Kadlec, Joe Valdez-Kadlec, and Vincent Gutierrez. Survived by sister, Nancy Heard; daughters, Connie Valdez-Rosenquist and Geraldine Chavez, John Otero; grandchildren, Lydia Atencio, Louise Espinoza, Ronnie and Eric Gutierrez, Leesa, Michael, Chris, and Tanya Otero, Anna-Marie Keene, Larry and Mark Padilla, and Maria Chavez; as well as many great- and great-great- grandchildren. She was born and raised in Old Town and a member of the Joe G. Valdez legacy. Fabiola was a legend in her own time. She was a strikingly beautiful woman in her day. Her natural musical talents were surpassed only by the amazing food she created until her last days. Fabiola always had a sense of humor and was never at a loss for words, regardless of the situation. She loved her dogs: Rojo, who passed nearly a year ago, and Trouble, who laid at her side until her last breath. She was courageous until the end maintaining her dignity, pride and spirit. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Rosary to be held at San Felipe de Neri Church on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass, San Felipe de Neri Church, will be held on Monday, March 21, 2005, at 10 a.m.
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SANDOVAL NELSON -- Dolores Margaret Sandoval Nelson, age 65 passed away Thursday, March 7, 2005. Dolores was born in Wagon Mound, NM December 28, 1939. She attended Wagon Mound Public Schools and graduated from High School in 1958. During her senior year she was part of the yearbook staff, was class secretary, participated in Girls' state and was also a cheerleader. Thereafter she attended UNM. She married Lorenzo Nelson of Pintada, NM in 1965. She was a fantastic artist and was very creative. Dolores baked goodies and unique cakes for all occasions and sang songs with her beautiful voice while doing so. She was a very patient and understanding person. Dolores was a caring person who gave generously with a loving heart. Dolores was a truly beautiful person inside and out and will be missed by all. Dolores was preceded in death by her father, Filadelfio Sandoval. Survivors include her husband, Larry; her two children, Ben Nelson and wife, Lynn, and daughter, Esther. She has six grandchildren, Victoria, Stephanie, Benjamin, Mariah, Kathleen, and Dominic. Also surviving are her mother, Esther Sandoval; brothers, Leo Sandoval, Tim Sandoval and Angie Markum; sisters, Estella Baker and husband, Don, Cecilia Bailey and husband, Ray, and Margie Sandoval and Fred Gutierrez; as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Memorial Services will be held at San Isidro Church in Corrales, with a Rosary being recited on Monday, March 21, 2005 at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously requests memorial contributions be made to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, 700 Lomas Blvd, Bldg 2. Suite 104, Albuq, NM (505)- 243-6626 or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 6001 Marble NE, Albuq., NM 87110 (505) 256-0288. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SANTILLANES -- Albert Louis Santillanes 1956 - 1997 "In Loving Memory" Mom - Dad - Ed - Jeri - Danny
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SCHENDEL -- Merle Lynne Schendel, 60, an Albuquerque resident for 28 years, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005. Lynne was born on July 10, 1944 in Breckenridge, MN to Alden and Mervyl Schendel. She was a 1962 graduate of Campbell High School in Campbell, MN. She graduated from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Corpus Christi, TX. Lynne received certification as a medical cytotechnologist from Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, TX. She moved to Albuquerque in 1977 and worked for Presbyterian Hospital Laboratory until the formation of TriCore Reference Laboratories. She was currently the manager of the Cytology Department at TriCore. Lynne was a long-time season ticket holder and avid supporter of Lobo athletics. She enjoyed many fun-filled events at the Pit and Lobo Stadium. She also enjoyed her summer vacations at the family cabin on Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. She will be dearly missed by her family, co-workers and friends. Lynne is survived by her sister, Sandra Backer of Charles City, IA; nieces, Kayla LaBarge and husband, Brad, Dana Williams and husband, Jeff and Jana Kraus and husband, Kevin. She also was a "great" aunt to Megan and Shannon LaBarge, Kelli and Mason Williams and Bailey and Brayden Kraus. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Michael Backer. Services will be held on Friday, March 25, 2005, at 4:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Chaplain Laurence Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Following services in Albuquerque, private family interment will take place in Campbell, MN. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Lobo Legacy-Lynne Schendel Endowed Fund, 1414 University Blvd, SE-South Campus, Albuquerque, NM 87131. (The proceeds from this fund will benefit the UNM Women's Basketball Program) French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd NE 843-6333
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SCHMIDT -- GORDON, 69, passed away March 17, 2005 after a long illness. He was born August 30, 1935 and lived in Mountainair, NM. He is survived by his sister, Amy Munday, residing in Albuquerque; and brother, Stanley Schmidt, residing in Norco, CA. Cremation has taken place. There will be no public services. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th NW Alb. NM 87107 343-8008.
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SILVA -- Manuel Silva, lifelong resident of New Mexico, died in his sleep Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at the age of 84. Manuel is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eva Romero Silva of Belen. He is survived by their five children: Martha Woesch (her husband Rick Woesch), Dave Silva (his wife Marge Siska), Willie Silva (his wife Vicki), Gini Silva (her husband Brad Zeikus), and Tish Silva (her partner Nils Hochhausler). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Valerie Silva, Craig Erdman, Kelly Zeikus, Emily Siska, twins Josef and Sarah Woesch, Grace Woesch, Peter Zeikus, Jessica Zeikus, Tony Woesch, Anne-Camille Woesch Collins, Kam Silva, and Jennifer Zeikus. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Madeline and Kenzie-Lynn Collins. Manuel Silva was Internal Auditor for the NM Department of Motor Vehicles in Santa Fe for more than twenty years. He served in the state legislature from 1952 to 1954, representing Valencia County. He is a former city manager of Grants. He served in the Navy, stationed in the Pacific during World War II as an air gunner. He was an avid and proficient golfer until the past few years. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2005, 5:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd Chapel. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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SIMONS -- Thelma Foster Simons, beloved mother, passed away in Albuquerque, Tuesday, March 15, 2005, after a long illness. She is survived by her son, Charles B. Simons, Jr. and his wife, Rose Day; daughter, Charlene Simons and daughter, Renee Simons Martinez and husband, Danny; grandchildren, Jenny Plakio, Sarah Simons, Meghan Martinez, Ryan Martinez, Patrick Day, and Michael Day; step-grandchildren, Sheri Kraemer and husband, Wolfgang and Sheri's children, Brad Hudgeons, Jason Yeitrakis, and Tiffany Yeitrakis, Casey McCabe and her daughter, Bryn McCabe-Kelly, Jay McCabe, Cameron Cunningham and Kathy Cunningham and her great-grandchild, Morgan Plakio; sisters, Bertha Mary McFadden, Charlene Foster and Carol Hargett; brother, Paul Foster and wife, Thelma; and sister-in-law, Edith Simons. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Simons, Sr.; her brothers, Harold Foster, Gerald Foster and Wayne Foster; and stepdaughters, Constance Cunningham and husband, Kay and Ellen McCabe and husband, Jack. She was born to George K. and Lulu Foster in Greeley County, KS, October 1, 1919. She worked at Presbyterian Hospital Medical Records 26 years; upon retirement, she cared for her grandchildren whom she adored and who adored her. A light meal will be provided at the church for family and friends at 11:00 a.m. Services will be held Monday, 12:00 noon, at University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver SE, with Pastor Craig Mull officiating. Interment will take place, 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Suite 102, 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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SINGLETARY -- Alvin T. Singletary was born December 28, 1932 in Wilmington, NC to Mr. And Mrs. James Singletary. He departed this life on Monday, March 14, 2005. Alvin Singletary was a well known business man in the community, he owned and operated various businesses, leaving behind the most successful one, Four Star Auto Sales, where he was able to help many customers. His nature was that of a gentle kindhearted and loving person whose purpose was to never intentionally hurt or harm anyone. He was known in the community as Big Al, he will be dearly missed by family, friends and anyone who he came in contact with him. He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Essie Singletary; and his sister, Ms. Katie Tindall of Harrisburg, PA; his children; and many grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Services will be held Monday, March 21, 2005, 11:00 a.m., at Metropolitan Temple Church of God in Christ, located at 1120 2nd St. NW, with Pastor James L' Keith Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 21, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 821-0010.
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SMELTZER -- Jerry Lee Smeltzer, 61, passed away February 26, 2005 in Chicago, IL. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN and moved with his family to Albuquerque in 1948. Jerry graduated from Sandia High, attended UNM, and was active in Albuquerque Little Theater, Music Theater, and Rodey Theater. He lived briefly in San Francisco, CA where he attended college and then moved to Chicago, IL where he co-owned and operated, in partnership with Bert Corea, Paintin' Place and Decor Painting from 1969 until the death of Mr. Corea in 1983. He was an employee of the University Club of Chicago, 1984 - 2002. Jerry was also an independent film maker who documented notable activities of the 1960s and 1970s. Surviving family members are brothers, Robert (Avis), John A., Steven (Nora); and sister, Janice; nephews, Jason (Jennifer) and John E.; also Mera Wolf and Edward Goettler, all of Albuquerque; nephew, Ethan; and niece, Tressa of Chicago; and niece, Sarah of Seattle, WA. A Memorial Service will be held at First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE, on Saturday, March 26, at 11:00 a.m.
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TAKAHASHI -- Henry "Hank" T. Takahashi, 81, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2005. Mr. Takahashi is survived by his five daughters, Karen Raley and husband, Jerry of Dayton, TX, Michelle Bengert of Kansas City, MO, Sheila Iachetta and husband, Richard of New Jersey, Nadine Takahashi of Las Cruces, NM, and Linda Takahashi and her two best friends, Sylvia and Linda Jaramillo of Albuquerque; brother, Tom Takahashi of Liverpool, CA; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hank retired in 1986 after 30 years as a machinist for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was an Army veteran of WWII. Mr. Takahashi loved to bowl and try his luck at the casinos. Hank was a loving, caring individual with a big heart and a great sense of humor. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be at Mr. Takahashi's home, 768 56th St. NW at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2005. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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