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LOVATO -- Jon Marc, Sr. In Loving Memory of my Brother Jon Marc Lovato Sr. Anna Lovato Chrystal and Annette Died January 9, 2005
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MUHLBERGER -- Max T. Muhlberger passed away on January 12, 2005. He was born August 10, 1939 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Josef and Mary Muhlberger. His parents and twin brother John preceded him in death. Survivors include: Joseph, brother; Antonia, sister-in-law of Albuquerque; Maurice Yarter, brother-in-law of Seguin, TX; Claude Yarter, brother-in-law of Las Cruces; Mary Muhlberger, niece of Dallas, TX; Joe Muhlberger, nephew of Albuquerque; Tom Muhlberger, nephew of Albuquerque; and John Muhlberger, nephew of Dallas. He was grand uncle to Andrew and Evan, children of Joe and Linda Muhlberger. He was also Godfather to Petra Strausser of Oviendo, FL, the daughter of Tony and Rose Feliciano. Several things were of great importance to Max: home, food, and his pickup truck. He was also an avid collector of audiovisual equipment. But most of all, he really enjoyed being with his nephews, the family, and grandchildren. He spent several years in the Motion Picture industry managing Brotman/Sherman theaters in Chicago. He also worked at D&K Laboratories as a production technician. He served two years in the US Army as a Food Service technician. He and his brother John owned the 5th Avenue Food Market in Gary for 12 years before coming to Albuquerque. While in Albuquerque, he worked at Farmers Market and Southwest Distributors before working in Facilities Maintenance at La Vida Llena and the Enclave Apartments. Friends may visit French Mortuary at 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday and participate in the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at John XXII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2005. The family requests Mass Stipends be offered at John XXIII or contributions be made to the Max T. Muhlberger Memorial for the Poor in lieu of flowers. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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NORDSTRUM -- Marian L. "Sis" Sis died January 10, 2005. She was born January 6, 1919 in Chicago, IL to Edwin C. and Myrtie E. (Rowlett) Lovett. Most of her early life was spent in Garden Grove, IA where she met and married Stanley C. Nordstrum on March 19, 1936. They farmed until 1964, moved to Santa Fe, and later to Albuquerque. Her children, who all survive her, are Olive "Gussie" Williams of Mackinaw City, MI, Mary Brooks (Glen) of Albuquerque, Bob Nordstrum of Albuquerque, and Doug Nordstrum (Marj) of West Des Moines, IA. Proud grandmother of Kevin, Brian (Laurel), and Eric Williams, Kristi (Wes) Lane, Angie (Chad) Niederhauser, Matt Nordstrum, and Patrick Nordstrum. Very proud great-grandmother of Isabelle and Hudson Williams and Hayden Niederhauser. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Grace and Mary Ellen Lovett. Preceding her in death were her parents; her beloved husband; grandson, Mark Brooks; son-in-law, Gary Williams; brothers, Doug and Bob Lovett; brothers-in-law, Arnold Lovett, Bob and Frank Nordstrum; sisters-in-law, Barbara Lovett, Hazel and Katie Nordstrum. Sis will also be missed by numerous other relatives and friends. She became an Honorary Alumnus of St. John's College of Santa Fe; a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Hospital Volunteers where she was known for handmade stuffed animals, and a first class cookie baker for all. A devoted 66-year member the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AL. Keeping in touch with family and friends by letter was her lifelong passion. Marian resided for the past 2 1/2 years in the Assisted Living Unit of the Montebello Retirement Community where one could always hear the clicking of her typewriter. The family is very grateful for the outstanding care, love and concern provided by both the Montebello staff and Ambercare Hospice. Cremation has taken place. Honoring Sis's wishes no service will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life for Sis and Stan is planned for a later date. If you wish memorials may be given to Ambercare Hospice, 2403 San Mateo NE Ste W9, Albuquerque, NM 87110, Ronald McDonald House, 1011 Yale NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or a charity of your choice.
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RINI -- S. Jack Rini, 89, died peacefully after a short illness in the early morning of Sunday, January 9, 2005, at his residence at Montebello Senior Living Community, where he was twice president of the Resident's Association. He lived for many years in Los Chavez, NM, moving to the state from Memphis, TN, in 1977. S. Jack was born the son of Anna Lichtenberg Rini and Martin Rini on July 29, 1915. He was raised in Cleveland, OH. In 1936, he married Marjorie Herman who preceded him in death in 1980. He graduated, with his lifelong friend the late Edward Dyble of Albuquerque, from John Marshall High School and Case School of Applied Sciences (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He did extensive graduate work at the University of Chicago in chemical engineering of vegetable fats and oils. His career took him from Amazo in Hammond, IN, to Lever Brothers in Whiting, IN, and Boston, to Kraft Foods in Chicago, and then to Memphis where he was Vice President of Research and Production at Kraft's Humko subsidiary there. He was an emeritus lifetime member of the American Chemical Society which he joined in 1943. He was elected to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1949, and was an emeritus member of the Institute of Food Technologists. He was Director of the League for International Food Education from 1970 to 1982. His other interests included the Boy Scouts of America and bird watching. He was also the major investor in New Mexico's Century magazine in the early 1980s. His patents and inventions in food technology include "the Rini process" which makes margarine spreadable, and a chemically engineered solution to the problem of the "French ring," the circle of congealed material around the opening of French dressing bottles. He was an avid traveler, exploring the back country of America with his family, and traveling around the world and visiting as much of the planet as he could. He was a scholar and student of history and politics and the southwest. Mostly, he enjoyed his friends and his family. He was a profoundly loyal and generous parent, grandparent, and friend. His family misses him more than they can express. He is survived by children, Jacqueline Rini Fuqua, James P. Rini, and Rini Price and her husband, V.B. Price, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Christopher H. Fuqua of Albuquerque and Marshall R. Fuqua and wife, Jeri of Madrid, Iowa; by step-sons, Jody Price and Keir Price of New Jersey; and by one niece and many nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Talking Talons, Tijeras, NM, 281-1133, or to the League for International Food Education. The family is grateful for the aid of Lovelace Hospice.
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ROMERO -- Abel LeRoy Romero, age 73, passed away on January 12, 2005. LeRoy honorably and proudly serviced in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the construction industry as a foreman. LeRoy enjoyed competing as a calf roper and team roper and was a member of the USTRC as a consistent competitor, winning his last roping competition just before Christmas 2004. LeRoy's family meant everything to him. He was a loving and caring dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Trinidad Romero; sisters, Olivia Garcia, Adelia Armijo, Neddie Garcia; brothers, Arsenio Romero, Lincoln Romero, and Fidel Romero. LeRoy is survived by his loving friend and ex-wife, Carmen Lopez Romero; his daughter, Geneva Sachs of Albuquerque, NM; his son, Buddy Romero and grandson, Abel Martin Romero of Bosque, NM; Jerome Cordova of Jarales, NM, whom LeRoy thought of as a son; brothers, Raul Romero and his wife, Lila of Oakland, CA; Wilson Romero and his wife, Carmen of Bosque; sisters, Pauline Torres of San Bernardino, CA; Viola and her husband, Elmon Sanchez of Bosque; sisters-in-law, Anna Romero of Fremont, CA, and Maria Romero of San Leandro, CA; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services will begin with a viewing on Friday, January 14, 2005 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Romero Funeral Home Chapel; A visitation will be at Abundant Life Christian Center, 105 Avenida Del Fuego in Rio Communities on Saturday, January 15, 2005at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Barnard Carabajal, Jr. officiating. Interment will take place at Bosque Cemetery. Pallbeareres will be Louis, Edwin, and Greg Romero, Pat Pino, Quarai Silva, and Gilfred Salas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerome Cordova and Rick Romero. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.
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SALAS -- Catalina "Lena" Salas, a resident of Bernardo, NM peacefully joined our Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family on Friday, January 14, 2005. She was born in Abeytas, NM to the late Andres and Ursula Abeyta on January 20, 1921. She was a member of the San Antonio Catholic Church in Abeytas, NM and a member of the Legion of Mary. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the San Antonio Catholic Choir. Lena and her late husband, Albino, served as padrinos for the church serving many times throughout their married life. They were very active in all church activities and were always there as a team whenever they were needed. As one of America's greatest generation, Lena proudly served her country during WWII as a "Rosie The Riveter" reporting for duty with the U.S. Navy in Mare Island, CA in 1944. She returned home to Abeytas where she then married the love of her life, Albino Salas, in 1947. They went on to have 7 beautiful children, one of which died at birth. Her badge of honor was having 3 sets of twins which she took great pride in. She loved to garden and was an excellent seamstress and cook. She took great pride in her homemaking. Her family was her true pride and joy. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Albino Salas, Jr.; four brothers, Monico, Tony, Juan, and Monico Abeyta; one sister, Bersabe Abeyta. She is survived by her six loving children, Terry and her husband, Eddie Barela of Bosque Farms, NM, Consie and her husband, Wilmer Gabaldon of Los Chavez, NM, Sandra and her husband, Elauterio Sanchez of Adelino, NM, Geraldann and her husband, Robert Caldwell of Las Cruces, NM, Geraldine and her husband, Rick Muniz of Stockton, CA, and Andrew and his wife, Martha of Bernardo; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Petrita and her husband, Audilio Barela; two brothers, Greg Abeyta and his wife, Sylvia and Salo Abeyta and his wife, Doris; one sister-in-law, Louisa Abeyta. All services will take place at San Antonio Catholic Church in Abeytas, NM with a public viewing on Sunday, January 16, 2005 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 2:00 p.m. with Ernesto Chavez and Helen Griego reciting the Rosary. A reception will follow at the home of Andrew and Martha Salas in Bernardo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Dennis Dolter officiating. Interment will follow at the Abeytas Catholic Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Abeytas Fire Station. Pallbearers will be Elauterio Sanchez, Wilmer Gabaldon, Eddie Barela, Robert Caldwell, Rick Muniz, Martha Salas, and Louis, Carlos and Ronnie Sanchez. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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STRAWDERMAN -- Carol Strawderman died of a sudden heart attack on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at her home in Los Lunas, NM. Carol retired from the Los Lunas School district in 2004 after serving as a Diagnostician for several years. Carol was born on February 2, 1938 in Ardmore, OK. During her youth she moved with her parents, Bill and Marguerite McCalib to various towns in Texas and Oklahoma where her father worked for the Chamber of Commerce and her mother taught school. Carol attended North Texas State University and earned her Bachelor's Degree in English. She married Lieutenant Stuart Wright in 1960 and almost immediately the newlyweds moved to West Germany for a 3-year Army tour. Although Carol got to travel a great deal in Europe she also found time to give birth to daughters, Barbara and Rebecca. Upon return to the US the couple was stationed at Fort Sill, OK where their son, David was born. After two more tours they moved to Fort Leavenworth, KS where Carol stayed with the kids and earned her Master's Degree in Deaf Education while her husband was in Vietnam. Carol and her family went to Germany again in 1972 where she learned to speak German and also taught in the US Army school system. Their final Army posting was in Albuquerque, NM, where Carol started a new career in real estate. Stuart and Carol were divorced in 1977. Carol married Len Strawderman on January 1, 1978 and they were the owners of the C&H Reality Company in Albuquerque. Carol returned to her first love of teaching deaf students at Del Norte HS and earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from UNM. They moved to Lubbock where Carol taught at Texas Tech for 6 years. But both of them always loved New Mexico and soon returned and built a beautiful pueblo style house in Los Lunas. Carol worked for the Los Lunas school district in many different Administrative and Special Education positions and has touched the lives of many teachers, colleagues and students. Although she retired she still worked as a Diagnostician 4 days a week. She also was a dedicated member of Peralta Methodist Church where she played the piano and sang in the choir. On the weekends she loved going camping and this past summer spent 3 weeks touring the west and helping her son build his house in Snohomish, WA. Carol's other passions included quilting and creating beautiful things with her hands. It was the joy of giving her creations that made her the happiest. Carol is survived by her husband, Leonard Strawderman; her mother, Marguerite McCalib; her brothers, John, David, and Paul McCalib; her daughters, Barbara Wright and Rebecca Beeson; her son, David Wright; and her recent grandchildren, Noah and Cheyanna Beeson, as well as Elissa, Eileen, Fiona, and Felicia Hennessy. Services will begin with a viewing on Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A final visitation will be held at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, 25 Wesley Rd. in Peralta, NM, on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Don Carter, Joe Dunagan, Dayle Eager, Bill Schattschneider, Michael Ogas, and Art Castillo. The Honorary Pallbearers are Howard Ross, Conrad Hughes, Roy Carson, and Walter Timmons. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St.
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TERESI -- Joseph E. Teresi, 57, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 11, 2005. A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, he is survived by his father, Joseph A.; his sister, Jerlene; his nephew, JT; and countless long-time loyal friends. Joe died as he lived - - peacefully. We will all miss his deep appreciation and respect for life, and everyone and everything alive. With never-ending humor, he brought this appreciation to all of us, making our lives richer whenever we were privileged to spend time with him. Now Joe rests with us in harmony with nature. His memory brings a smile. An informal memorial get-together will be held at the home of his father, Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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VALVERDE -- David Valverde Born April 14, 1961 Died January 11, 2005 He is survived by his mother, Sarah Valverde from Tucson, AZ; two brothers, Christopher and Matthew Valverde from Albuquerque; one sister from Chama; and many loving relatives. David touched many lives. We wish to thank the many people in Albuquerque, for their kindness and the nurses on the 7 th floor at Albuquerque regional medical center, St Martin's rescue mission and M&M pay services. Matt. 25:35 - 40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
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WATTSON -- Carolyn Louise Wattson, formerly of Albuquerque, NM, born April 7, 1912 in Lindhurst, NJ, died January 13, 2005 in Richmond, KY. Carolyn passed away in her home surrounded by her family. Survived by daughter, Virginia Rowley; grandchildren, Kerrie Myre, Tracey Rowley, and Meagan Rowley; great-grandchildren, Amber Myre, Lauren Myre, and Zachari Myre. Funeral Service is at Collins Calhoun Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070, Monday, January 17, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.
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