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CALLAHAN -- George Rogers Callahan, 55, a longtime resident of New Mexico, went to his rest early Sunday morning, February 20, 2005 after a short illness. George was born on October 24, 1949 to James M. and Virginia Callahan in Hawaii. He was a proud retiree of the U.S. Forest Service, where he ran a hot shot crew, and a decorated war combat veteran of Vietnam, where he proudly served our country as U.S. Marine. His enthusiastic, outstanding love and enjoyment of the outdoors was legendary to all who knew him. He was loving husband of 27 years to Marcia Callahan of the home; adoring father and grandfather of Candace Rowton, her husband, Elijah, their children, Hope, Ethan, and Abby of Albuquerque; also father to son Jeremiah Callahan, his daughter, Jazmarie, and son, Ashlay Callahan. George is also survived by his sister, Barbara Norris, her friend, Kerry Gammon, her sons, Louis and Mark Gonzales, all of Denver; as well as a cherished and supportive extended family and friends. He was a lifelong warrior. A memorial and interment in Santa Fe will be held at a later date.
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CHAVEZ -- Eugenio. Mr. Eugenio Chavez, 86, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on February 24, 2005. Mr. Chavez is the beloved husband to Mrs. Melinda C. Chavez, married for 65 years. Mr. Chavez is also survived by his children, Tillie Garcia and husband, Carmen, Theresa M. Tapia and husband, Larry, Frances Cruz and husband, Eddie, Carlos Gene Chavez and wife, June, Angela Sanchez and husband Ross; twelve grandchildren, Theresa Marie, Larry I I, Johanna and husband, Feliciano, Carlos Maurice, Meagan Melinda, Mark Anthony and wife, Melissa, Francisco Abel, Benjamin Allen, Michael Ross and Carlos Eugenio; four great-grandchildren, Maximus, Mc Kenzie, Mark Jr., and Katrina; a sister in law, Andrea Chavez; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mr. Chavez was preceded in death by a son, Pablo Abel; sisters, Prudencia Jaramillo and Rosa Moya; a brother, Cresencio Chavez. Mr. Chavez was a member of the Catholic Church, a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II, a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul, was an usher at Holy Family Cathodic Church, a minister of the Eucharist, a member of the D. A. V. Chapter #3, an heir to the Atrisco Land Grant, was an owner of the Atrisco Shoe Shop (El Zapatero), and was retired from Civil Service. A visitation for Mr. Chavez will be Sunday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with a Rosary to be recited at 4:00 p.m. A final visitation will be Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Larry Tapia II, Carlos Cruz, Mark Anthony Sanchez, Francisco Abel Chavez, Benjamin Cruz, Michael Ross Sanchez, Carlos Eugenio Chavez, and Feliciano Jiron. In lieu of flowers send contributions to Laurel View Health Care Nursing Home, 5900 Forest Hills Drive N.E. Albuquerque N.M. 87109 Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW 243-7861
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CHRISTIE -- Edith P. Christie, age 94, a longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away February 20, 2005. She was most proud of being the first of five generations here in Albuquerque. She was a direct descendent of the Brothers Grimm. She is preceded in death by her great-grandson, Philip G. Hewitt. She is survived by her granddaughter, Adele J. Fowler; great-granddaughter, Christie Aragon and her husband, Daniel, and their children; her great-great-grandchildren, Hailey, Cody, and Matthew Aragon. Sleep with the angels grandma. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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COOK -- Dale O. Cook, 88, longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, February 23, 2005 of a peaceful death in a Houston hospital. His wife of 50 years, Mary and a son, David predeceased him. Daughter KarenMarie of Houston, Margaret Gurule, daughter, grandson son Michael Gurule, and Ruth Cook, sister of Albuquerque survive him. He recently moved to Houston with Karen. He is a long time member of Holy Ghost Catholic parish, was member of St. Vincent DePaul, was active in the Democratic party in the 1980s, and member of Albuquerque Merchant Marine Association. He was a college graduate and had worked as a carpenter, as an electrician on ships, and at Sandia in varied positions, including data processing and computer programmer in the 1950s and 1960s. He also worked at Los Alamos as an electrician. He lived at Casa Maria Alzheimer's Center for two years. He had been a member of the carpenters' and electricians' union and a Knight of Columbus in the past. Bob Bustos, Guardianships of New Mexico and Charles Reynolds Attorney, had been former guardian and Conservator. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2005 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. A Rosary will be held on Monday, February 28, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. with Funeral Mass to follow at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Ghost Parish, with Father Tom Mayesfske officiating. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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CORDOVA -- Ana Cordova, 78, went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2005. She was born in Dawson, NM on October 7, 1926. She was know as a Dawson historian who was very fond and proud of Dawson. She is survived by her sister in law and casino partner, Elvira Cordova; Raymond Gutierrez, Cynthia Gutierrez, Carmen Gutierrez, and Ron Gutierrez who were nieces and nephews that she helped raise. Ana had a very special place in her heart for all of her nieces and nephews as well as all children. She is also survived by many, many other nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her loving family. Visitations will be held on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with a Rosary to follow at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rosary will be led by Orlinda Castellano and her neighborhood prayer group. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the Church. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leon Cordova, Vincent Cordova, Ronnie Gutierrez, Raymond Gutierrez, Ted Cordova, and Dan C de Baca. Honorary pallbearers will be Mary Johnson, Francis Rivera, Candelario and Orlinda Castellano, Carmen Gutierrez, and all of her beloved nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Valle del Norte and the University Hospital TSU, for the care and respect that they showed to Ana. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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DUMROSE -- Rosemary Nettie, 81, passed away Friday, February 18, 2005, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Cremation has taken place, and no services are scheduled at this time, however, there will be a small Memorial Service to celebrate the lives of Rosemary and Alfred in the spring. An offering may be made to the charity or foundation of your choice in her memory. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Ann Franowsky and her husband, Stan. We will miss her dearly. Arrangements are in the care of: Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE (505) 764-9663
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DURAN -- Aaron E. Duran, revered father, grandfather, and selfless Sandoval County educator for 35 years, passed from this mortal coil on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Affectionately called "Papa", Aaron had joyously celebrated his 90th birthday this past Christmas Day. Born in Dixon, NM December 25, 1914, Aaron's mother Cruzita and father Leonides passed sometime before his 8th year. Through his singular determination to better his life Aaron found his way to Menaul School, where he graduated in 1934. At Menaul he found the love of his life, Dolores Montoya, originally from Cuba, NM who preceded him in death on February 23, 2003. They shared their lives in marriage for 68 years. Aaron went on to UNM where he was a Border Conference champion athlete in both track and boxing. He finished his Bachelor's Degree work at UNM in 1954. His initial teaching job was located in Holman, NM in a one-room schoolhouse. He was also the superintendent of schools in La Jara, NM and taught at Alameda Junior High before finally moving to the Bernalillo Public School System where he taught science, coached basketball and at one time was the playground director for the Sandoval County Schools. "Papa" was an expert fisherman who, if you had a fish in your back pocket, could land it quite easily. He always said his secret was "talking to this fish." Papa always made time to take his sons, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, really any youngster who wanted to go fishing, tobogganing or hunting. The natural, high ethical and moral standards he lived by were self-effacing and without any doubt totally honest and sincere. He will be held in the hearts of those who he touched in his life as: a gentleman's gentleman who could never raise his voice at anyone for any reason. If there really is a heaven, Papa Aaron gets in first! Besides his parents, Papa Aaron had four siblings preceding him in death; brothers, Levi, Gerson and Julian; and sister, Abby. His most loving survivors include: his remaining son, Randy and wife, Jere of Rifle, CO; their children, Stacy Golden and husband, Chris of Valley Village, CA, Sean Duran of Albuquerque, John Aaron Duran of Los Angeles, CA, Ingrid Sophia Bollman of West Hollywood, CA, and Joshua Bollman of Denver, CO. Eldest son Aaron LeRoy Duran, who in 1998 preceded Papa Aaron in passing, has three children, they are: Dean Aaron Duran and daughter, Laurie of Denver, CO, Darin Raymond Duran and wife, Leslie of Englewood, CO, and Denise Barby and husband, Gary; their three sons, Corey, Codey and Casey of Cold Spring, MN; sisters, Hevila (100 years old) and Marcelina (93 years old), both of Denver, CO. His most able assistant caregivers: Lety Tristan, Rosario Carreon and Nohemi Najera. There are of course many caring and loving nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Darin Duran, Sean Duran, John Aaron Duran, Emilio Romero, Robert Romero, and Clarence Griego. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Golden, Jerry Olguin, Dennis Lowder, Tomas Duran, and Julian Duran. Viewing will occur on Monday, February 28, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with church services at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 1st at the Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd. NE with Rev. Jaime Quinones officiating. Interment, next to his beloved Dolores, will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Gene Elliott, long time close neighbor and pal will offer Papa Aaron's eulogy. There will be a gathering for all family and friends at the Second Presbyterian Church following interment. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations may be offered to any needy organization you support in Papa Aaron's name. Papa Aaron's family also wishes to recognize the kind folks at the Lovelace Sandia Hospice for all their support. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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FERGUSON -- Wanda Maurine (Wolf) Ferguson died in Albuquerque on Monday, February 21, 2005 at age 90. She was born on August 13, 1914 in Roswell, NM, the youngest child of Joseph E. and Emma Mae (Bowers) Wolf. She attended Oklahoma A&M, where she met and married Thomas Harold Ferguson on February 22, 1934. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Harold; son, John; and sister, Twila Biggs; and brothers, Elmo and Bill. She is survived by a son, Tom Ferguson; and a daughter, Patricia Heydt, both of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Rick Meleski, Corin Wood, Mike Meleski, Steve Meleski, Nick Meleski, and Melanie Trujillo; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Andrew, Jared, Christee, and Miranda; and great-great-grandchildren, Della Marie and Angel Mary. She also left many nephews and nieces. Wanda lived in Roswell until 1994, when she moved to Albuquerque. She had been a member of New Mexico Quilters Association, a charter member of Pecos Valley Quilters, a life-long member of the Presbyterian church, where she served as a deacon. She enjoyed gardening and doing things with family. She loved to travel, visiting Europe, Canada, Hawaii, and much of the United States on various jaunts with family and friends. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful sense of humor. No services are planned. Her cremated remains will be placed in the family plot in Roswell at a later date. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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GARCIA -- Minnie R. Garcia, 87, died Thursday, February 24, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Tony Garcia of Albuquerque; daughter, Loretta Sanchez of Albuquerque; grandsons, Robert Sanchez and wife, Lori, and Richard Sanchez all of Albuquerque; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Noah, and Daniel, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Mary Luna of Albuquerque and Ida Pacheco of Salida, CO; and many nieces and nephews. Minnie was preceded in death by her infant son, Leonard Garcia. Minnie was a granddaughter of Jacob Krummick, the first pharmacist in Santa Fe. Her aunt was married to Miguel Chavez, the founder of St. Michael's College of Santa Fe. She was a long time member to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Rosary will be recited on Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 9502 4th Street NW. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 9:00 a.m., Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Interment will follow at San Carlos Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Sanchez, Richard Sanchez, Patrick Garcia, Jake Tafoya, Fred Pena, and Polo Lovato. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Sanchez and Zachary Sanchez. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GARCIA -- Tomasita. Mrs. Tomasita "Tommie" Garcia, 82, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away February 24, 2005 at her home, she was born March 20, 1922 in San Marcial, NM, to Leandro and Augustina (Alderete) Garcia. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Garcia and husband, Harry Tipton; one sister, Feliciana "Mary" Candelaria; one brother, Vicente Garcia; and her niece, Anita and husband, Gilbert Sanchez, all of Albuquerque. Tommie is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Adelina Vivian; brother, Bennie Garcia; father, Leandro Garcia; brother, Procopio Garcia; mother, Augustina Garcia; brothers, Libriano (Libra) Garcia and Johnnie Garcia. Mrs. Garcia was a current member of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Parish, enjoyed playing bingo, visiting casinos, traveling with her daughter, Becky, and fishing. Rosary will be recited on Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at French Mortuary-Westside Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 28, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gilbert, Michael, Anthony, Daniel, and Joseph Sanchez, and Krista Mireles. The family wishes to thank her caregiver, Cathi Burgess, and Odyssey Hospice nurses, Becky Thomson and Nancy Pino. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary -Westside Chapel on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks North of Paseo del Norte) (505) 897-0300
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