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WARD -- Melanie Darlene Ward, our precious angel, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005. Melanie was born July 25, 2005, the daughter of Michael C. and Gabriela Venzor Ward in Albuquerque, NM. Melanie is survived by her parents, Michael and Gabriela; sister, Michelle Ward; grandparents, Ana Luisa Arias and Alvaro Venzor, and John and Linda Ward; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many others who will miss this little angel. A Rosary will be recited for Melanie at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 3:00 p.m.on Monday, August 1, 2005 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho, NM followed by interment in Vista Verde Memorial Park in the Garden of Innocents. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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WARNER -- Ronald E. Warner, 77, from Albuquerque, NM, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2005 of multiple complications at Princeton Place. Graveside Services will be held later in Norwich, NY. Ronald was born in Norwich, NY, the son of Victor and Mable Warner on October 8, 1927. He was stationed in Guam while serving in the army. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and graduated from Eckert College in St. Petersburg, FL with a BS Degree. After 30 years he retired from Florida Power Corporation. Ronald alternated domiciles between Florida and Albuquerque, NM. While in Albuquerque Ronald volunteered his services to the Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico (PCSANM) in the early nineties. At that time it was a fledgling organization and he served as secretary-treasurer. Ronald was a helpful, compassionate and caring individual always considerate of the mood-personality and demeanor of others, be they relatives, newly met or long standing friends. This natural disposition was an inborn trait that was very endearing and will continue to be impressed on his acquaintances. Survivors include a sister, Arleta West of Laurel, MT; and an adopted son, Victor, in Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Thanks to Princeton Place, the owner and dedicated staff for their caring and comfort during the last month. Contributions in his memory would be well received by the Crohn's Disease Foundation or PCSANM, 909 Virginia NE #109, ABQ, NM 87108.
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WELLS -- Katherine J. Wells passed away on July 23, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.T. Wells; and her sisters, Dorothy Waters and Edith Marion Anderson. As per her wishes, no services were held and interment has taken place at Fairview Cemetery.
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ADLER -- Arthur Adler, age 87, passed away Friday, July 22, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sylvia; son, Eugene and wife, Maria Sabatel-Adler; granddaughter, Melanie and husband, Dennis Whitson; great-granddaughter, Kiley Elizabeth Whitson; grandson, Jonas and wife, Ashley Adler; and step-granddaughter, Michelle Sabatel. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, but had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1973. He was a longtime member of Temple Albert, the Jewish War Veterans and the Rio Grande Woodcarvers Club. He enjoyed woodcarving, discussing politics, fishing, watching boxing, and playing billiards. A Memorial Service will be held at his son Eugene's home on Friday, August 5, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. Please phone 293-2766 for more information. The family requests that flowers not be sent.
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BLACK -- John Seaman Black, 21, born in Albuquerque, April 26, 1984, died July 24, 2005. John was a graduate of Rio Rancho High School and attended New Mexico State University before becoming a Certified Flight Instructor, employed at West Mesa Aviation. He was Cadet 1st Lieutenant MCJROTC at Rio Rancho High School and a member of the Blue Knights Honor Society, AFROTC at NMSU. He loved God and was a charter member of Christ Community Fellowship Church. John is survived by his mother, Shelley Black of Las Cruces; and his father and stepmother, Nick and Ann Black of Moriarty; his sister, Evie Black of Las Cruces; and step-brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Kari Marbury, all of Albuquerque; step-brothers, Aaron, Phillip, and Reed Marbury of Albuquerque; grandmother, Patches Willcox of Pasadena, CA; grandmother, Jean Black of Loveland, CO; aunt, Wendy Kendig of Sydney, Australia; uncles, Wayne Willcox of New Orleans, LA, Grant Willcox of South Pasadena, CA; and uncles, Fermor Black of Loveland, CO, Allen Black of Wasilla, AK, Greg Black of Winchester, VA; and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. The Memorial Service was held on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Christ Community Fellowship Church, 5908 Anaheim NE, Albuquerque at 7:00 p.m.
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DI TOMMASO -- Ruth Benante Di Tommaso, 86, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1977, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2005. Ruth was born January 15, 1918 the daughter of Walter Forest and Cecelia Dulmer Kyse in New Jersey. Ruth was active in bowling and enjoyed square dancing. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Benante in 1985 and her second husband, Anthony Di Tommaso in 1996. Ruth is survived by her son, Richard Benante of Knoxville, TN; daughter, Nicole Benante of Lake Forest, CA; brother, Walter Kyse and wife, Edith of Rio Rancho, NM; sister, Virginia Melanson and husband, Lawrence of Paramus, NJ; and five grandchildren, Sean Blackman, Jaimie Blackman, Kirsten Miller, Michael Novak, and Christopher Benante. The visitation for Ruth will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2005 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, August 1, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park in the Garden of Meditation. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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GATES -- Bob Gates, 75, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, was killed in a car accident on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. He was known for his love of life and love of people, his jokes, and all sports with fishing having a special place in his heart. Gates is survived by his special friend, Pat Barry; son, David Gates and wife, Roberta of Albuquerque; daughter, Debbie Jameson of Twenty-nine Palms, CA; three grandchildren, Heather, Ashley, and RyAnn; his sister, Adele Gattas of Albuquerque; sister-in law, Elizabeth Gates; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Gates; and brother-in-law, Ned Gattas. His parents were Lebanese immigrants and he cherished his Lebanese background. Gates lived in Albuquerque for 59 years and throughout his gregarious life, he "never met a stranger." Therefore he is much beloved by many friends and family who will deeply miss his joyful spirit. Gates worked for the original Ned's El Portal, owned and operated the Sidewinder Bar in Los Lunas, worked and retired from selling insurance for Prudential and most recently owned Gates, Inc. He loved New Mexico and spent his life traveling all of its back roads. Gates could provide a travelodge, rating the best watering holes and fishing spots throughout the state. He truly appreciated all of the people he met and the places that he visited. Gates was a loud, burly, fun loving "diamond in the rough" that always gave more than he took. He was forever young and generous of spirit and loved to play practical jokes. Gates was a storyteller extraordinaire. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Ghost Church, 833 Arizona SE on Saturday, July 30, 2005, 9:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Mayefske, Celebrant. After the Mass friends may gather at David's house to celebrate and remember Gates' life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gates' name to the American Cancer Association. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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GRIEGO -- Tillie M. Griego. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who were in attendance of 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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HARRIS -- Walter J. Harris Jr., 61, died July 25, 2005; he is survived by his wife, Betty; his sister, Sue; his three children; and four step-children. May he rest in Peace.
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HILL -- Betty Gloss Hill, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2005 in Albuquerque with her loving family at her side. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred C. Hill of Albuquerque; her children, Kayreen Sargent of Edgewood, NM, Kreg B. Hill of Albuquerque, and Karl G. Hill of Seattle, WA; by her sister, Frankye Flemins of Oklahoma City, OK; and by many more family members, and friends. Betty was born in Otto, NM, on May 7, 1926 to Earl Gordon and Bodie (Long) Gilmer and was raised by Bodie and Stepfather Stuart Gloss in Moriarty, NM. Betty graduated from Albuquerque High in 1943 and from Albuquerque Business College in 1944. She married Fred C. Hill on March 3, 1945. She was the founding president of the Albuquerque Home Builders Auxiliary. Betty had a warm, bright, sociable personality. She was an avid square dancer and artist who enjoyed ceramics, and painting. Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The immediate family held a Graveside Service at the Mountainview Cemetery in Moriarty, NM. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM. The church is one block east and one block south of the intersection of Indian School Rd. and Juan Tabo. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary Moriarty, NM (505) 832-6130 www.Harris-HanonMortuary.com
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