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PRATT -- Dorothy L. Pratt, 88, a resident of Albuquerque since 1997, died peacefully on Monday, January 31, 2005. She was born on August 11, 1916 in Redondo Beach, Ca. She married her husband Orville in Los Angeles where they had four children. Orville transferred to Albuquerque as city passenger agent with the Santa Fe Railroad in 1953. Dorothy was secretary to Lena Clauve, Dean of Women at UNM, before they moved to Phoenix in 1963. She worked as secretary for the Home Economics Dept. at Arizona State University until her retirement. She and Orville were married for 60 years until his death in 1998. They had enjoyed many years traveling together, soaking up Arizona sun, and socializing with a wide circle of friends. Dorothy was an avid reader all of her life and was devoted to the education of her children. She and Orville worked hard and managed to realize their dream that all of their children would gain college degrees. She is survived by her brother, Glenn Stock of San Juan Capistrano, CA; and her son, Orville Pratt, Jr. and wife, Judy of Albuquerque and their two daughters, Emily Pratt and Heather Pratt-Chavez and husband, Benjamin S. Chavez and Dorothy's great grandson, Benjamin F. Chavez; her son, Gary Pratt and his wife, Marti of Miami and their son, Bryan and daughter, Jenna; her daughter, Nancy Pratt of Albuquerque; and her son, Phillip Pratt and his wife, India and their sons, Ethan, Michael, and Joshua of Amagansett, NY. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Albuquerque Zoo. A memorial service will be held in Torrance, CA in early March.
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SANCHEZ -- Tony A. Sanchez, age 79, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 3, 2005, with his family at his side. He was retired from the City of Albuquerque, having worked as a draftsman for over 33 years. Tony was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served his country in the US. Army during WWII. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Virginia Sanchez; three loving children, Debra Roybal and husband, Mike and Cynthia Sanchez all of Albuquerque, and John Sanchez and wife, Kathy of Seattle, WA; two dear grandchildren, Adam Roybal and Bethanie Sanchez; one brother, Joe Sanchez and wife, Hermin of Denver, CO; three sisters, Ruth Campos, Rita Gilbert and Josephine Hernandez all of Albuquerque; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at John XXIII Catholic Community, Tramway and Manitoba NE., with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2005. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2005, with burial following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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SIMONS -- Helen D. Simons, 88, a resident of Albuquerque, died, Friday, February 4, 2005. She is survived by her sons, Edgar of Elephant Butte, Jacques and wife, Kay of Acworth, Georgia, and James and wife, Linda of Albuquerque; daughters, Elma Lou of Elephant Butte and Rebecca and husband, Harry of Avoca, Arkansas; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-granchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacques and one grandson, Dean. She was a member of Sandia Baptist Church. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2005 at Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Sandia Baptist Mission Fund. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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SKINNER -- John L. Skinner, 43, of Carlsbad. Funeral Services were held Wednesday January 5, 2005 at First Baptist Church of Carlsbad with Pastor Bob Bacon officiating. Interment followed at Carlsbad Cemetery. John L. Skinner died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at his home after a 9 month battle with bone cancer. Denton-Funchess Funeral Home took care of the arrangements. John L. Skinner was born in Albuquerque on Dec. 17, 1961, to Jack and Jane Skinner, and moved to Carlsbad at the age of 5 days. He was a 1980 graduate of Carlsbad High School who went on to graduate from New Mexico State University in 1985 with a degree in business management and a minor in economics. John joined the family business at the Mine Supply Company, working in Illinois and Albuquerque (IMSCO - Industrial & Mine Supply Co.) before moving back to Carlsbad in 1991. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he taught youth Sunday School and volunteered for many youth activities. John was an avid outdoorsman. He loved camping, hunting and sports. He was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and a Little League coach and manager, along with being an active Caveman Dad. Survivors include wife Frances Skinner, of the family home; son Josh Skinner, of Abilene, Texas; daughter Kimberly Skinner, of Waco, Texas; parents Jack and Jane Skinner, of Carlsbad; mother-in-law Mary Pat Jackson, of Carlsbad; brother Jake Skinner, of Albuquerque; sister Jill Rogers, of Albuquerque; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and special aunt Julie Sparks. Pallbearers were be Don Titus, Dan Thompson, Randy Bailey, Alan Fernandez, Kim Merchant, Paul Trone, Steve Kouba, Rocky West, Dirk Roberson and Craig Barrick. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Renfrow, Ned Cantwell, Mark Etherton, Bill Travelstead, Clay Gates, Mike Bell, Mark Pratt and Danny Masters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activity Center Building Fund, First Baptist Church, 112 North Alameda St., Carlsbad, N.M. 88220.
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SMITH -- Virginia E. The family of Virginia E. Smith (Virgie) wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all family and friends for their support and kind expressions of sympathy received during our time of loss. Thank you so much. Arrangements under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
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SPELLA -- Robert James Spella, 60, a resident of Rio Rancho for over 20 years, died peacefully on Saturday, January 29, 2005. Bob was born December 24, 1944 the son of Arnold and Carmela (Meretti) Spella in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Dominican High School and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Bob will be remembered for his fun loving spirit, and his dedication to family and friends. Devoted husband of the late Marion Spella; loving father to Andrea (Jason) Garcia, Rob and Paul Spella; devoted brother to the late Arnold Spella (Barbara) and Darlene (Tim) Schimberg; fond uncle of Linda (Bob), Arnold, Dean (Sara), Andrew and Ariana; nephew of Rosario and Josephine Spella, Josephine Alberti, Mary Maretti, Michael (Janet) Maretti and Clara Maretti; dear brother-in-law of Ted and Barbara Sweitzer; Special friend of Jeff Breitner and Sandra and Bill Tinlin; further survivors include many loving cousins and other relatives. A Memorial Service for Bob will be held on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with Fr. John Tourangeau officiating. Memorial contributions in the name of Robert J. Spella are being accepted at the Bank of Albuquerque (any Branch). Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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STUBBINGS -- Anna Marie Pedersen Stubbings passed away on January 31, 2005. Mrs. Stubbings moved here from Illinois and had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1999. She was a member of the Macomb Women's Club, the Twiddler's Club, the Rocking Chair Club, and was active in the women's group at the Wesley Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean Turner and a brother, Peder Pedersen. She is survived by her husband, Albert Stubbings; two children, Patricia Armstrong and husband, John and Louise Olson and husband, Harvey; three sisters, Ruth Patterson, Betty Holloran, and Phyllis Geschwind and husband, John; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Sid) Pedersen and Ethel Pedersen; five grandchildren, Mark Olson and wife, Lynne, Curtis Olson and wife, Lorie, and Karen Olson, and Jeffery Armstrong and wife, Jan, and Julie Zollner and husband, Joe; eight great-grandchildren, Anna Marie, Luke, Erin, and Brandon Olson, Harris and Alison Armstrong, and Kathryn and Bennett Zollner; cousin, Louise McNamara; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Roberta MacMillan. Ann's priority in life was being a devoted daughter, sister, wife, and mother who gave of herself to others with the love of God in her heart. Thanks to the staff at Ladera Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altar Guild, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 326 W. Chippewa Street, Dwight, IL 60420, (815) 584-1199, The Salvation Army, or a Children's Charity of one's choice. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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VAN WHY -- Raymond Van Why, age 69, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2005. Born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1935, he came to New Mexico, White Sands Missile Range, during his Army service in 1955 and remained here with his life long love and wife Rebecca Rivera Van Why, until his death. Raymond is survived by his wife, Rebecca Van Why; his three sons, Raymond and his wife, Janet, Ronald and his wife, Shirley, Randall and his wife, Luz; grandchildren, Jennifer Benavidez, Ronald Charles Van Why and his wife, Valerie, Raymond Richard Van Why III and his wife, Jessica, Aubrey Tillotson, Randall Ross Van Why Jr., Roderick Reid Van Why and Alexandria Rebecca Van Why; great-grandchildren, Alexander Anthony Van Why, Allysa Rebecca Benavidez, Raymond Richard Van Why IV and Naiyah Monique Van Why. Ray retired after 26 years with IBM, and lived the latter years of his life on the Laguna Reservation with his wife of 49 years, Rebecca Rivera. A memorial service will be held at Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 10750 Sunset Gardens SW., the corner of 114th and Central, on Monday, February 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., with Abner Razon officiating. A graveside service will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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WASE -- Cheryl Wase. The family of Cheryl Wase would like to thank all those who offered assistance and shared their memories of Cheryl at the recent celebration of her life. Knowing that she had so many caring friends has been a source of great comfort.
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WYLIE -- Virginia "Gina" Wylie, 89, born in 1915 in Gallup, NM, died Monday January 31, 2005 in Albuquerque. She is survived by son, Claude Wylie and wife, Julie; son, Alan Wylie and wife, Marion; daughter, Nancy Banes and husband, Tom; son, Ken Wylie and wife, Barbara all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Karen Wylie, Tracey Wylie, Ginger Moore, George Wylie, Stacey Banes, Brandon Banes, Matthew Wylie, Nathan Wylie, Brent Wylie, and Ryan Wylie; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Wylie, Sr. in 1980. Mrs. Wylie was a founding member of the Four Hills Country Club. She was a member of the Women's Golf Association of the Four Hills and Albuquerque Country Club's. She will be endlessly missed as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Services were held Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary Lomas Blvd. Chapel and a reception followed immediately. Private interment was held at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation was held Friday from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Contributions may be made to Casa Angelica Home - 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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