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SMITH -- Edgar Benton Smith ("Ben") died Thursday, May 12, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Ben was born on June 2, 1932 in Houston, TX, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Burt B. Smith. He attended Rice University and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his residency in Dermatology at Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He was on the faculty of the Dermatology department at several medical schools and was Chairman of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX for 21 years. Ben received many honors in his field, including past President of the American Academy of Dermatology. Most recently, Ben was on the faculty of the Department of Dermatology of the University of New Mexico. Ben is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine Newton Smith; daughter, Sheri Dinehart and her husband, Scott; grandchildren, Matthew and Timothy Dinehart; daughter, Robin S. Fredrickson; brother, Kenneth Smith and wife, Yoshiko; sister, Mary Beth Fetzer; brother-in-law, Jack McClendon and wife, Lynn; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. He will be greatly missed by all. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Memorial Services will be held in Houston at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Monday. Burial will take place in Forest Park Cemetery in Houston. Memorial contributions may be made to the E. Ben Smith Endowment Fund or to the New Mexico Dermatology Foundation, both at 1021 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131 or to a charity of your choice. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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STUBBLEFIELD -- Isabel Stubblefield, 100, born March 27, 1905, died Friday, May 13, 2005 in Los Lunas, NM. She was the fourth of eleven children born to Don Ramon and Dona Eligia Garcia. She grew up in Peralta, NM, a small farming community in Valencia County. At the age of 15 she was betrothed to her childhood sweetheart, Aginaldo (Gile) Salazar. In June 1921, she married Gile son of Don Francisco and Dona Feliciana Salazar. Gile was the fourth of ten children born to the Salazars. On April 9, 1925, Isabel's dreams were shattered! Her husband, Gile, died from burns received in an accidental fire. Isabel's desire to continue her education seemed like an impossible dream. She loved children and had dreams of becoming a school teacher, but she knew that a college education required a substantial amount of money and her father's small farm could never produce the required amount. The Great Depression had crippled the U.S. economy and the only kind of work she could hope to find, was taking care of children, house cleaning, or doing laundry. By summer, she had managed to save enough money to enroll at the University of New Mexico, taking only 3 credit units at a time. In the fall of 1936, she finally had enough credentials to seek employment as a teacher. Her ultimate dream. Isabel considered the school year of 1936-37 the happiest and the most gratifying, yet the most difficult year of her life. She would wake up while it was still dark, prepare breakfast and lunch for her son, Jose and herself, walk to school, and start the fire in the wood stove. She wanted the schoolroom warm when her students arrived. In September, 1940 her daughter, Chanita, married Jesus Romero of Peralta, NM. In the fall of 1941 she transferred to the Valencia Public School, there she met her future daughter-in-law, Lumina, also known as Lucy. Her son, Jose married the beautiful young lady, Lumina, on July 2, 1948. In 1950 she married a wonderful man, Donald "Tex" Stubblefield. Tex courted her for five years before she agreed to marry him. Tex taught her to drive and for the first time in her life she owned a car. They bought a house and established Tex Service Station on River Road in Belen. This Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005, she celebrated her 100th birthday. She lived a full life and has no regrets. In her heart, she knows that she played a positive and important role in the lives of numerous children in Valencia County. She is survived by her children, Feleciana (Chanita) and Jose; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Sunday, 5:00 p.m. until service. A Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jesus Romero, Jr., Kenneth Romero, Chano Romero, Frank Romero, David Salazar, and Rick Salazar. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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TORRES -- Joe Torres, 87 loving husband, for 58 years of Martha passed away at a local hospital on May 11, 2005. Besides his wife Joe is survived by his daughter, Martie Sanchez; grandchildren, Laraisa Sanchez, Desiree Sanchez, and Jude Joseph Sanchez; sisters, Emma Basila, Mary Torres, Lillie Sarracino and preceded in death by Rita Smith; he is also survived by his brothers, Tony Torres, Emilo Torres, Gilbert Torres, and Charlie Torres; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe's family would like to remember him as a devoted and loving husband, he lived everyday for his family. "Ta Ta" was adored by his daughter and grandchildren. Joe retired from Albuquerque Publishing Company, he was an avid scratch golfer, he loved the Big Band music. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, May 13, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at Palm, Chapel Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2005; at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 833 Arizona SE. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Joe's family is requesting that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; in lieu of flowers. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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WEIDMAN -- Robert William Weidman, 91, died peacefully on Saturday, May 7, 2005 with his beloved wife of 30 years, Ellie, at his side. Bob was born January 8, 1914 in Kansas City and moved that same year to Chicago with his family. He grew up and remained in Chicago until he was 65 when he retired after a successful business career, culminating as Comptroller of Jay's Foods, a large and popular Chicago-based firm. Bob and Ellie had a good marriage that began many years after they had each raised their children and their first spouses had died. They knew each other as children in Chicago and met again nearly 40 years later when Ellie visited friends in Chicago. They went out for dinner and dancing, which they both loved, married a few months later, and after Bob retired they moved to Albuquerque where Ellie had resided since 1955. Together they danced, played bridge, played golf, and enjoyed each other's company for 30 happy years. Bob was skilled on both the golf course and the pool table. He spent many satisfying hours playing golf at Arroyo del Oso and winning many pool tournaments at Palo Duro Senior Center. Bob's parents were Edwin Weidman and Laura Roberts Weidman of Chicago. His first wife, Virginia; a brother, Charles; a sister, Rose; and a granddaughter, Laurie Hamilton predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Elinor Sedgwick Johnson Weidman of Albuquerque; son, Dr. Douglas Weidman, wife, Judy, Chicago; daughter, Arlene Hamilton, husband, Bill, Michigan; stepsons, Douglas Johnson, wife, Ruth; Eric Johnson, wife, Deborah, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Matthew, Bradley, Gregory, Debra, Sherri, Dawn, Lauren, and Leslie. The family wishes to thank Vista del Rio Retirement Center and Staff, Presbyterian Hospital Senior Health Plan, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice and Staff, Drs. Phillip Jameson, David Peters, Lydia Lawson for their care of Bob in his elder years. Funeral arrangements by French Mortuary. Cremation has taken place. A family Graveside Service was held at Fairview Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2005. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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ZAMORA -- Angelina Zamora. 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 given to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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APODACA -- Agnes P. Apodaca, age 80, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, was called home by our Heavenly Father, Wednesday, May 11, 2005. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd., NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Johnny Sena, Sr., Alex Bustamante, Floyd Torres, Eloy Montoya, Ramon Gonzales, and Jim Chavez. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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BALLOG -- Dorothy. Devout Catholic Dorothy "June" Ballog, 75, was called to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2005. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, May 13, 2005, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A Mass honoring her life will be celebrated on Saturday, May 14, 2005, 11:00 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Father John Thomas Lane, S.S.S., Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque, NM. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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CHACON -- Pete F. Graveside Services for Pete F. Chacon were held on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sandia Memory Garden Cemetery. All services under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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CHAVEZ DURAN -- DOLORES Delores Chavez Duran March 18, 1909-May 13, 2002 In Loving Memory
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CHICHARELLO -- Dominic Chicharello III. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the 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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