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MLEKUSH -- Tony Mlekush, age 83 and a life long resident of Albuquerque, died Friday August 13, 2004 following an illness. Mr. Mlekush is survived by his wife, Billie Mlekush of Albuquerque; one son, Tom Mlekush and his family of Albuquerque; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Garrison and her husband, John of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Tony was a member of San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church, a veteran of WW II, and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 953. Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday August 17, 2004 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Palm chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 18, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in San Felipe De Neri Church, 2005 N. Plaza NW, with Msgr. Joe Lucero, celebrant. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Eddie Mann, Dewey Mann Sr., Dewey Mann Jr., Davit Bratt, and Keith Orwat serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearer will be Lonnie Armijo. All arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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OBERG -- Alice Louise Oberg, Lieutenant Colonel, USAR, 76, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2004. She was born in Springfield, MA and moved to New Mexico in 1947 where she lived until joining the Army in 1957. Alice was on active duty for 20 years with duty assignments within the U.S. and Korea. As a journalist she spent several years assigned to the Army News Service; her final assignment was Battalion Commander, Academy of Health Sciences, Health Service Command, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Her military decorations and awards included the NDSM, AFEM, ARCOM (1st OLC), MSM, and AFRMXyrDev. Upon retirement Alice was a real estate broker in San Antonio, TX., for several years and traveled extensively. Alice is preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Alfred Henry Oberg; and brother, Alfred Henry Oberg, Jr. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Evelyn Jean Oberg of Albuquerque; 3 nephews, Mike Oberg and wife, Linda of Gallegos, NM, Patrick Oberg and wife, Kathy of Estancia, NM, and Gary Oberg Berkshire of Estancia; and numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, and long time friend, Pat Pavlis. Cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery with military honors on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or Wide Horizons, Wheatfield, Co. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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OTERO -- Louisa P. Otero died Saturday, August 14, 2004 in Albuquerque at the age of 92. She is survived by her children, Mary Baca and husband, Alfred, Trudy Piazza and husband, Al, and Mary Ann Mancha and husband, Juan; brother, Cornelio S. Padilla and wife, Agueda; sisters, Donicia Chavez, Beatrice Contreras, Alice Baca and husband, Levi, Bessie Lascano and husband, Jessie, and Toni Rivera; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Connie Roybal. A Rosary for Mrs. Otero will be recited on Tuesday evening, August 17, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2004, also at St. Francis Church, where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tony Baca, Mike Otero, Chris Mancha, John Mancha, Milton Hernandez, and Anthony Baca. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Otero, Joseph Hernandez, Kevin Stephens, Sam Stephens, Max Baca, and Tim Baca. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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REPP -- Stanley David Repp, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, August 14, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Adele Repp; sons, David Repp and wife, Debbie of Albuquerque, and Daniel Repp and wife, Shelley of Albuquerque; stepchildren, Wayne Pierce and wife, Laurie of Edgewood, Geraldine Morgan of Wichita, KS and Rose O'Boyle of Albuquerque; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Warren Repp of Avalon, PA; and sister, Virginia Hunt of Pittsburgh, PA. Stanley was born in Westview, PA and graduated from high school in Avalon, PA. After graduation he worked for U.S. Steel as a rebar draftsman. He purchased a United Rentals franchise and operated it in Ambridge, PA. After moving to Albuquerque he worked for Lofland Company of New Mexico right up until his death. Stanley loved to play golf and was known by name at Los Altos Golf Course. If you ever find a golf ball at the course which says "God Loves You," it was one of his. He loved God and loved to tell people about Jesus. Stanley is a member of East Gate Church and will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. at Eastgate Church, 12100 Copper N.E. with his son, Pastor David Repp officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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SHADLE -- Barbara Jane Shadle, age 80, and a lifetime resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 15, 2004. Barbara volunteered her time at The Storehouse for the past 28 years, and took care of her friends and neighbors whenever needed. She will be terribly missed by all. Barbara is survived by her sons, Dave and his wife ,Jackie, Rick, Joe and his wife, Deon; grandchildren, Zach and his wife, Cheryl, Hillary, Allison, Ashley, Hayley; and great-granddaughter, Olivia. A memorial service will be held at Ridgecrest Christian Church, 5300 Eastern SE, near the corner of San Mateo and Gibson, on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Ken Kady officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Barbara's name to the American Red Cross, 142 Monroe NE. Albuquerque, NM. 87108, or to The Storehouse, 106 Broadway Blvd. SE. Albuquerque, NM. 87102. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SHANLEY -- Robert Joseph 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1970, departed this life August 12, 2004 after a brief illness. He was a distinguished Naval Aviator, Husband, Father, Neighbor, and Friend. He is survived by son Jaemes, his daughter-in-law Noreen, sister Mildred, and nephews Harry, Karen, Katie, Kim, Mike, Robert and Sharon. Bob graduated with Distinction from UNM in 1975 after retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy with 30 years of active duty and over 10,000 logged flying hours. He marveled and rejoiced his entire adult life at the greatness of a nation which provided him a path to escape the poverty of an orphaned childhood in the Great Depression and, having survived combat from the decks of the USS Lexington in the Battle of the Coral Sea went on to serve his country as a highly regarded aircraft and helicopter pilot, a job he loved his entire working life. After retirement in 1971, with his wife Hazel until her passing in 1994, he assumed a new career, with equal joy, as the "Mayor of California Street." Until the end of his life, nothing gave him greater pleasure than being a connected and caring member of his neighborhood community. The power of his presence lives on in those who loved him. Funeral services will be private. An event for friends to gather and "swap sea stories" will be announced. His family wishes to express their unbounded gratitude and admiration for the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Lovelace Hospice Program who are nothing less than Angels of Mercy in our midst.
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STAGG -- Dorothy Elizabeth Stagg, sweet loving wife, and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on August 13, 2004 after a brief illness. Dorothy was born on March 8, 1915 in Norwick, Norfolk, England to William Edward Victor and Annie Nichols Drew. She came to America to marry her sweetheart, John, in the LDS Salt Lake Temple on June 26, 1935. Together they have four children, John Drew and Suzzane Stagg, Julie Ann and Gary Dunn, Williams James and Judy Stagg, and David Edward and Angela Stagg. They have enjoyed 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Dorothy has always been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she has served in the Primary and Relief Society. She is loved and appreciated by all her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all. Services will be held Friday, August 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sandia Ward, Eubank Chapel, 4109 Eubank Blvd. NE. Visitors may pay their respects one hour prior to the services at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE in Albuquerque., French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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BAKER -- Danny Espinoza Baker, 19, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, August 10, 2004. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Aleane Booker. He is survived by his mother, Diana Espinoza of Compton, CA; father, Billy Booker of Albuquerque; sisters, Angel Baker, Sandra Walker, Sarah Baker, and Angela Baker Billings, all of Albuquerque; grandfather, Robert Booker of Albuquerque; adopted mother called "grandmother" Ruth Baker of Albuquerque; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Danny worked for McDonald's. He was a graduate of Manzano High School. He was past president of the youth department at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Services will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2401 University Blvd. SE, with Rev. Stephen D. Billingslea officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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DEVALK -- Ernest "Tickadad" DeValk, 90, a resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, August 12, 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Judy D. Barnette; grandson, Alan H. Barnette and wife, Rebecca and their children, Cody, Cheyenne and Cassidy; granddaughters, Ann Umberhocker and husband, Rich and their children, Kaylee and Ashlyn, Jennifer Rice and husband, Greg and their children, Hannah, Andrew and Emily, Jo Barnette and her daughter, Bella, Rachel Bailey and husband, Tom and their children, Nasya Barnette, Lauren and Jadyn Bailey, Suzanne Ratchner and husband, Christopher Harmon, Denice Frost and husband, Scott and Amy Barnes and husband, Grover "William" Barnes; and sister, Sophie Luper and her son, Norman Luper and his son, Lane Luper. Mr. DeValk was preceded in death by his wife, Florence DeValk; daughter, Jeanne D. Ratchner; and sons-in-law, Craig A. Ratchner and Jon H. Barnette. He was a member of the Craftsman Club. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Father Francis X. Eggert, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Norman Luper, Bill Barnes, Christopher Harmon, Alan Barnette, Rich Umberhocker, Greg Rice and Tom Bailey. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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FRIEDBERG -- Robert (Bob) Allan Friedberg December 28, 1946 - August 8, 2004 Bob Friedberg, 57, died on Sunday, August 8, 2004 in San Pinamar, Canelones, Uruguay. He is survived by his wife, Maria Fernanda Via Migliaro of San Pinamar; his mother, Opal Friedberg of Albuquerque; son, Michael Aaron of Albuquerque; grandsons, Andrew and Marcus; and brothers, Eugene of Wichita, KS and Donald of Albuquerque. A graduate of Sandia High School, Bob graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering while completing the ROTC program. Commissioned into the Navy, he served in the Republic of Vietnam, flying all over Asia utilizing his skills as an Intelligence Officer. Bob received his Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University. Having recently settled in Uruguay, he will be interred at the local cemetery in San Pinamar. Local memorial Services will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church, 8510 Wyoming NE, on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 3:30 p.m.
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