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SKOLNICK -- Saul Skolnick, 83, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was born November 10, 1921 in Manhattan, NY. He came to New Mexico in 1948 and worked for many years at Los Alamos, retiring from Sandia Labs in 1986. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna; a son, Russell; and a brother, Jack. He is survived by his wife, Carrie; a son, Julian and companion, Irma; step children, Steve Edwards and wife, Heidi, Timothy Edwards, and Barbara Edwards; four step-grandchildren, Jack, Kendra, Ashley, and Gabriel Edwards; two step-great-grandchildren, Dakota and Kylie. Also surviving, sister, Lillie and brother-in-law, Murray Beltzer of Flushing, NY; sister-in-law, Hortense Skolnick of New York; and cousin, Thelma Elkins of Kensington, CA. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Friends may visit French Mortuary on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the UNM Cancer Research Center, 900 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, 87131. French Mortuary Lomas Blvd Chapel 275-3500
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SWEAZEA -- Ray Sweazea, age 77, a resident of Mountainair, NM, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Ray was a member of the Masons for many years. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Ray loved the outdoors and would always head to the mountains to hunt and fish, up until his illness began to slow him down. He was an accomplished cutting horse trainer and he raised and trained many quarter horses throughout his life. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Emily Sweazea; and by all of his loving brothers and sisters. Ray is survived by his three children, Patricia McNiel and her husband, Steve; and Karen McKinley, all of Bosque Farms, and Kevin and his wife, Jenny of Mountainair, NM; four grandchildren, Ben, Samantha, Nicole, and Carl. A Graveside Service will be held at the Sweazea family cemetery in Quemado, NM, on Thursday, August 11, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.
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TAYLOR -- Leif Taylor, age 51 and a lifelong New Mexico resident, left this life on August 5, 2005. He was born on July 8, 1954 in Albuquerque. He was the owner and operator of the Art Framing Center in Albuquerque for the past 20 years. His sisters, Mary Ann and Lisa Titzl both preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Monica Taylor; son, Richard "RJ", age 15; and a daughter, Crista, age 10. Also surviving Leif are his mother, Pauline Peterson and father, Richard Titzl, both of Albuquerque; three brothers, Karl Titzl, Tom Titzl of Albuquerque and Rick Titzl along with Karen Beck of Edgewood; as well as a sister, Barbara and her husband, Rudy Fajardo. Leif had two nephews, Daniel and Evan Fajardo; and three nieces, Vanessa, Janel, and Angela Titzl. An aunt and uncle, Trueheart and Robert Titzl of Louisville, KY, also survive him. Leif was a member of the Lobo Club and was a dedicated Lobo fan. He was an avid golfer and bowler and played softball. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends and will be in our hearts and memory forever. Leif Taylor will be cremated and a Memorial will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Aspen Funeral Alternatives at 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. Services are open to all friends and family.
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WAGNER -- Mark W. Wagner, 43, died tragically from being struck by a drunk driver on July 31, 2005 in Amity Township, PA, after moving there from Albuquerque eight weeks ago. He is survived by his two sons, Tyler Wagner, 18, and Cory Wagner, 5; father and step-mother, Conrad and Sue; mother, Leah Tait; brothers, Scott, David and Christopher; sisters, Liz and Denise; ex-wife, Nancy; and many, many friends and people that loved him. Mark was born on February 16, 1962. He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1980 and joined the Marine Corp. He later obtained his CDL and worked for trucking companies in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. He had most recently worked in Albuquerque for Zanios Foods. Mark married his first wife, Liz and they had Tyler in 1986. He was a lead singer in a band and enjoyed it very much. Mark subsequently moved back to Pennsylvania for a few years but returned to Albuquerque in 1994 so he could be closer to Tyler. Mark and Nancy met in 1995 and were married in 1997 until January of 2005. They had a son, Cory, born in 2000. Mark had a great love for his sons and his music that he wrote and played. He was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, he enjoyed his 1969 GTO, and taking walks with Cory and watching Tyler participate in sports. Mark loved his two sons very much and will be watching over them the rest of their lives. Mark was very much loved and will be missed. Cremation services will be held on August 6, 2005 in Pennsylvania. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Tyler and Cory to Sandia Laboratories Federal Credit Union, Wagner's Children's Fund. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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WALKER -- Pauline (Polly) Marie Wernicke Walker, born November 7, 1915, in Columbus, OH, passed away early Sunday August 7, 2005, in Albuquerque, supported by loving caregivers, family, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, the Honorable E S Johnny Walker, former Congressman from the State of New Mexico (1965-1969), who died in October, 2000. She is survived by her son, Stephen Michael and his significant other, Gari Fails; her daughter, Janet Mary and her husband, Richard H. Steele; grandsons, John Walker and his wife, Stacey Walker, Andrew Steele, and David Steele; and granddaughter, Amy Holder and her husband, John Holder; and by her great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Otto Frank Wernicke and Anna Marie Dober Wernicke; and by her brother, Karl Wernicke; and her two sisters, Marie Hecker and Elsie Wolz. Before her career as a devoted wife and mother she was an outstanding secretary working in Washington, DC, for her Congressman from Ohio and later the National Archives. In Albuquerque she was on the staff of Clyde Tingley when he was Mayor of Albuquerque. She was a multifaceted person who had many interests which included her husband's political career, her garden, her family, and her cats. She was truly a member of the "Greatest Generation." The family would like to especially thank her caregivers and Presbyterian Hospice staff who cared for her during the last months of her life. Services will be held at Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, with the Reverend Carole McGowan Officiating on Thursday, August 11, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. Interment of remains will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you honor Polly with donations to The Easter Seal Society, 2819 Richmond Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, and Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Pl. NE, Suite 400, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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ZACHARY -- Dick Zachary, age 57, a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, August 9, 2005. Dick owned Zachary's and operated that business for many years. He was a loving and caring role model to many and was known for his great hugs, beaming smile and his endless generosity. Dick will be greatly missed by every life that he touched. He is survived by his wife, Chris; son, Chad and family; daughters, Laura, Audrey and their families; step-children, David, Bret, Andrea and their families; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Donald, Jimmy, David and Phillip; sisters, Ruth & Carol. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Laura; sister, Dorothy and brothers, Jack and Zack. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Turquoise Museum, 2107 Central Ave. NW. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111, Attn: Lorraine West. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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ZANIN -- Dean Zanin, 79, a resident of Albuquerque since 1969, died Saturday, August 8, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John O. Zanin of Albuquerque; children, Sonja Elliott and husband, Steven of Duncan, OK, John P. Zanin and Mark J. Zanin, both of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jeremiah Zanin and wife, Betsy of Champaine, IL and Justin Zanin of Albuquerque; brothers, Freddy Downing and wife, Peggy of California, Royce Downing of Arizona; sisters, Wanda Moore of Amarillo, TX and Darlene Baker and husband, Jack of Arizona. Mrs. Zanin was a member of the Albuquerque Rose Society. She volunteered at All Faith's Receiving Home. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held Friday, 2:00 p.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ABNEY -- Sandra Abney, 58, passed away Friday, August 5, 2005 in Albuquerque. She was a beautiful courageous spirit who blessed everyone she met, and will be dearly missed. She was born January 26, 1947 to Homer and Charlotte Bostick. Sandra was a graduate of Highland High School. She received an Associate Degree from the University of Phoenix. She worked in many positions at Presbyterian Hospital for 38 years, including Director of Admitting, and most recently as a Human Resource Manager. Sandra married William Abney, November 23, 1968. They were later divorced but have remained close friends. Survivors include her daughter; Erin; her mother, Charlotte; two sisters: Diane Jones; Debbie and husband, Ron Hetes; many nieces, nephews, numerous friends, and two dear dogs, Lyon and Cleo. She was preceded in death by her significant other, Bob Kern; her brother, Wm. Sam Bostick; and her father. The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. in the French Mortuary West Side Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. Visitation will take place Wednesday, August 10, 2005 from 3 to 7 p.m. Cremation will follow services. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo Del Norte) (505) 897-0300
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APODACA -- John David Apodaca, age 26, passed away Monday, August 1, 2005 of natural causes. He is preceded in death by his sister, Stephanie. John is survived by his parents, Mariano (Phil), Muriel (Mickey) Apodaca; sister, Cynthia; maternal grandmother, Muriel N. Medley; paternal grandmother, Pita F. Apodaca; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; and very good friend, Brian. John lived and worked in Pagosa Springs, CO where he loved to fish and ski. John will always be remembered as an avid soccer fan and fly fisherman. He was a man who walked along a stream with his beloved dog Leia. Services are currently pending and will be announced in Wednesday's papers. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BLOOMFIELD -- Ralph Rodell Bloomfield, a resident of Albuquerque for over sixty years, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2005. He was born in Ft. Scott, KS, October 12, 1916. Rodell enjoyed lifetime membership in Temple Lodge #6 and Carpenter's Union Local #1319. He loved to garden and was never without a special pet dog. He was preceded in death by his wife of over fifty years, Florence Bloomfield. Rodell was the beloved father of Jerry Bloomfield and wife, Gladys, Johnna Yarbrough, Janiece Loveland and husband, Max, and Cathe Collard. He is also survived by his grandchildren, John and Lori Bloomfield; Mark Yarbrough and wife, Andrea; Steve Yarbrough and fiance, Susie Tallman; Bill Yarbrough; Molly Chandler and husband, Christopher; Sally Sloan and husband, Paul; Jonathan Collard, and Ryann Graye; and great-grandchildren, Brian Yarbrough, Scott Yarbrough, and Benjamin Sloan. A Memorial Service will be held at the Masonic Temple Lodge #6, located at 3801 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM (date and time to be announced). Donations may be made in Rodell's memory to the New Mexico Chapter Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE 87111. All services are under the care and direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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