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DUKE -- Mary Charlotte Duke, 49, returned to her Father in Heaven on October 8th 2004. Her departure was sudden, and unexpected. Although the pain of her loss is great, her family takes solace in the knowledge that she was happy. With a warm glow she made everyone around her smile. She was a living example of Christ like love. With a warm heart she made everybody know what love was. She was a mother to all that knew her, everyone called her Mom. She will always be our Mom. She is survived by her two grateful and loving sons, Chris, and Tim; her daughters in-law, Monique, and Rosalie; her four grandchildren, Ceili, Tanzen, Bella, and Jonathan; and her life long friend Wayne Duke. Charlotte's funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Montano Stake, 1100 Montano N.W. in Albuquerque with the visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Entombment will immediately follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Services under the care of: Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192
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ELLIS/LAURITSEN -- Maria Ellis/Lauritsen ("Big Maria"), age 64, of Navajo Dam, NM passed away in Farmington, NM October 4, 2004. She was born in Westfield, NJ March 24, 1940. Maria will lie in state Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Services will be Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, NM at 10:00 a.m. with Father Young officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain Valley Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM, 505-832-6130.
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GONZALES -- Jose Melecio. A final visitation for Mr. Jose (Joe) Melecio Gonzales will be Tuesday 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 San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vincent Chavez, Ernie Sandoval, John Rivera, Mike Addy, Eloy Salazar, Rick Legg, Harold Lucero, and Guirllmo Judado. Honorary pallbearers will be, Estevan Gonzales, Andres Gonzales, Joseph Gonzales, and Chris Upshaw. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW 243-7861
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GREENLUND -- Helmer Alphonse Greenlund, born in Korsnas, Finland on February 11, 1922, died on Saturday morning, October 9, 2004 at West Mesa Hospital. He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Diane Flynn, her husband Ed and daughter Elizabeth Farlie, her husband Brent and two sons, Morgan and Devin. He was the oldest of five children, and his brothers, Henry and John Greenlund and sisters, Elna Fouquet and Barbara Houle are currently living with their families on the East Coast. Helmer, who went by the name "Al," was fond of saying that he was just an "old sea dog of the black gang" in reference to his happy days as an engine room machinist on the baby aircraft carrier "Correigador." He left the navy and worked for many years as a precision machinist building aircraft engines for Pratt and Whitney. His cremains will be scattered over the ocean by the Neptune Society of California, and all who knew him are asked to raise a toast to him at sunset on Thursday October 14th to say a final bon voyage. We all love and miss you!
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HOGG -- Gertrude May Hogg, 95, a resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, October 11, 2004. She is survived by her niece, Cheryl Groebner and husband, Jerry; nephew, Thomas S. Hogg, III; beloved friend, Merle Mitchell; great nieces Lisa Mayhill of Santa Fe, Paige Lewis of Los Lunas and Carrie Staller of Denton, TX. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas S. Hogg, Jr. and Jack Hogg and sisters, Agnus Hogg and Eleanor Hogg. Gertrude was born Thursday, August 12, 1909 in Newark, NJ to Thomas and Gertrude Hogg. She grew up in Kearney, NE and graduated from Kearney State Teachers College. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1934. Gertrude worked as an insurance underwriter for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company for 35 years. She was elected regional director of the National Association of Insurance Women in 1957. Gertrude was a Charter Member and elder of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She served as Choir member, Church School teacher, deaconess, historian and organizer of "HymnStrollers" a ministry to those in nursing homes. Gertrude was also a member of Martineztown House of Neighborly Service Auxiliary and a long time supporter of UNM Athletics and the Albuquerque Symphony. Services will be held Thursday, October 14, 2004, 2:00 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle with Pastors Chris and Joyce Lieberman officiating. Interment will take place at 12:30 p.m., prior to the service, at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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HUDSON -- Edna Mandell Hudson, 75, a resident of Albuquerque since 1962, died Saturday, October 9, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Ralph W. Hudson; several nieces & nephews; and many grandnieces & grandnephews. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Internment will follow in the Santa Fe National Cemetery . In lieu of flowers the family requests that all memorial contributions be made to the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of: STRONG-THORNE MORTUARY 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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KEELER -- Millard C. Keeler, a resident of Ponca City, OK, died Saturday, October 9, 2004 at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at Providence Baptist Church in Ponca City. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
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KNUDSON -- Russell Knudson passed away at his residence in Portales on Monday morning, October 11, 2004. Russell was born in Blanket, Texas to Russell and Thelma Knudson on May 15, 1926. He received an early graduation and diploma from Farley High School in 1945 so that he could enlist in the war effort. He was a bombardier for the US Navy Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. In 1947, Russell returned to the University of New Mexico where he met and married Jeanne Scott. After graduating from UNM, he served as the school principal and coach for the Farley New Mexico Schools until 1960. Russell was a coach and High School principal for the Portales School System in the mid 1960s and early 1970s. He was the Raton Public School Superintendent from 1972 - 1985. After his retirement from the Raton School System, he was admitted to and enrolled at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Health problems prevented him from the completion of his law degree. He was active in a variety of civic and community functions. He served as the Vice President of the New Mexico Activities Association. He was a Director for the University of New Mexico alumni Association. The New Mexico Senate confirmed Russell as a member of the Commission for Higher Education where he was an active supporter of Higher Education and in particular Eastern New Mexico University. At the time of his death he was a member of the New Mexico Supreme Courts Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. Russell was a Mason and member of Lodge No 45, as well as a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the local level, Russell was a member of and former chairman of the City of Portales Recreation Committee, the Roosevelt County Labor Relations Board and the ENMU Bench Club. He attended Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Russell was well known in the community as an avid sports fan as he attended and supported all local sporting events. Russell was a member of the 1949 Maloof AAU State Basketball Championship team and played in the national tournament in Kansas City. Mr. Knudson's wife, Jeanne, passed away in 1990. On December 27, 1992 he was married to Wilma Roberts. He and his wife, Wilma, loved to travel both in the US and internationally. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter, Julie Bankson, as well as his wife, Jeanne. He is survived by his loving wife, Wilma; a son, Roger Knudson and wife, Laura Neack of Newport, KY; a son, Randy Knudson and wife, Laura of Portales; a son-in-law, Jim Bankson and wife, Mandy of Santa Rosa, CA; step-sons, Donnie Roberts and wife, Linda of Clovis, Ron Roberts and wife, Cindy of Hobbs, and Monte Roberts of Rio Rancho, Alan Roberts and wife, Selena of Portales; eight grandchildren; and 16 step-grandchildren. Russell was well loved and will be missed. A memorial service to honor his joyous life will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. David Bennett will officiate, assisted by Marshall Stinnett and Steve Doerr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Eastern New Mexico University Foundation.
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LACARRUBBA -- Tina Ann LaCarrubba, 50, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 24 years, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2004. Tina was born April 21, 1954, the daughter of Theodore J. and Agnes Marie Little VanBastian in Reno, Nevada. Tina had been a buyer in retail sales before her death. She was preceded in death by one brother, Theodore Van Bastian, Jr. in 1981. Tina is survived by her parents, Theodore and Agnes VanBastian; three sisters, Cheryl Sharp, Beth Lane, and Linda Cooner; one brother, Steven Van Bastian; and several nieces and nephews. Private family services have been held. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Tina's name to the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes, NM Affiliate, 525 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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LEDOUX -- Gilbert J. LeDoux, 67, went home to be with the Lord on October 10, 2004. He was born on July 20, 1937 in Maxwell, New Mexico. Mr. LeDoux is survived by his wife, Becky LeDoux; sons, Gilbert M. LeDoux and wife, Robin, Martin J. LeDoux and fiancee, Vicki Calvert, and Albert J. LeDoux and wife, Amanda; daughters, Melissa P. LeDoux and Jolene Y. Pino and husband, Phillip; brother, Severino LeDoux, Jr. and wife, Tercila; sisters, Lillian Gelsinger, Cordelia Jaramillo, Louise Sanchez, and husband Gillie, Isabel Gelsinger and Florence Moya and husband, Triny; and seven grandchildren. Gilbert will be deeply missed by his loving family. Visitations will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the Rosary in the Celebration of Life Room also at Garcia Mortuary. Time and place of Mass are pending and will be announced. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gilbert M. LeDoux, Martin J. LeDoux, Albert J. LeDoux, Phillip Pino, Victor Davis and Joe Parra. Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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