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BALDONADO -- Cecilia G. Baldonado, age 76, a lifelong resident of Belen, NM, the loving daughter of the late Felipe and Pablita Gonzales and the daughter-in-law of the late Jose Maria and Manuelita Baldonado, peacefully joined Our Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 14, 2004. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and at one time belonged to several Catholic societies. Cecilia was a long time member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Choir and she loved singing with her fellow choir members throughout the years. Cecilia was an accomplished seamstress and she loved making quilts and blankets at the Belen Senior Citizens Center where they donated all their works to various charities. She was a talented artist who made ceramics which she enjoyed giving away to family and friends. Cecilia retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School as a teacher's aide after 22 years of outstanding service. Cecilia is preceded in death by her husband, Leonardo in 1999; her grandson, Jeffrey Baca in 1993 and her son-in-law, Robert Madrid in 2002. Cecilia is survived by her children, Eloy M. Baldonado, Mary Lou Olguin, Virginia Mares, Jane Madrid, Leroy Baldonado, Eileen and her husband, Richard T. Lowe and Barbie Baldonado; her grandchildren, Michael and Becky Ewing, Phillip and Christine Baldonado, Keith and Shelly Olguin, Kevin and Marlene Baca, Karen Baca, Teara Fort, Armando Garcia, Renee Garcia, Crystal Garcia, Amy and Jeff Lindemann, Richard A. Lowe, Elizabeth Kimbrel, Lawrence L. Armijo, Miguel Padilla and Christiana; her great-grandchildren, Monique and Avi Baldonado, Salem Ravyn Ewing, Macy Rae and Mandy Rae Olguin, Marissa and Jessica Baca, Brittanie Fort, Jazmine Baca, Travis and Devon Madrid, Miley R. Gegalado; her brothers, Ralph Gonzales and his wife, Phyllis, Louie Gonzales and his wife, Lena, Pat Gonzales and his wife, Gloria and Arthur Gonzales; one sister, Theresa Gonzales. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a viewing on Wednesday, November 17, 2004, from 6:30 to 7:00 followed by at rosary at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2004. Interment will take place at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eloy P. Baldonado, Keith Olguin, Kevin Baca, Armando Garcia, Richard A. Lowe, Lawrence L Armijo, Karen Baca, and Amy J. Lindemann. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St, Belen.
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BIRD -- Jeremiah Lee Bird, a native of Albuquerque, died on Friday November 5, 2004 in San Diego, CA. Jeremiah was active duty Navy as a DC2 stationed in San Diego. After two West-Pac tours aboard the U.S.S. Peleliu, he received orders to serve as an instructor at the Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego. His knowledge, contributions, and mostly his smile will be forever missed. His love for firefighting was equaled only by the love for his family. Jeremiah is survived by his wife, Andrea and son, Aaron of Santee, CA; his dad, Brian Bird of Albuquerque; his mother, Kathy Wild of Aztec; his siblings, Trish, Matthew, and Molly of Albuquerque; and many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 19, 2004 at Calvary Chapel 4001 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque. Many heartfelt thanks to everyone that has supported us through these difficult times.
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BLUMENTHAL -- Ernst Herman Blumenthal, Jr. (Ernie, the tool man), 84, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend died suddenly at home November 13, 2004. In Ernie's long and colorful life he was an archeologist, German interpreter, ambulance driver, contractor, Mason, Shriner, noted antique tool expert and collector, gardener, storyteller, amateur photographer, and mushroom hunter extraordinaire who, in his prime, could spot an edible mushroom from 20 yards while driving 50 miles an hour through the Jemez mountains. A humble man with a keen wit and lively sense of humor characterized by colorful phrases and descriptions, Ernie was an example to all who knew him of generosity, courage, dignity, determination, strength and, above all, honesty. Ernie was born October 7, 1920 in Albuquerque to Ernst and Anna Marie Blumenthal. His life long interest in archeology began in 1934 when he joined the Albuquerque High School Archeological Society. He graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1941. Ernie participated in and directed many important archeological excavations and field schools in New Mexico including Chaco Canyon, Jemez Cave, Kuaua, Gallina, Nanishagi, Unshagi and others. He was particularly proud of his work at Sandia Cave. Ernie proudly served his country in World War II. As a staff sergeant with the 133rd Evac Hospital he served as a German interpreter and ambulance driver. He was nominated for the Bronze Star for his heroic rescue of Dutch civilians trapped in a mine field and finally received the medal in 2001 as a result of the persistent efforts of his son, Ernst (Chipper) and Congresswoman Heather Wilson. Ernie also participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was recommended for the grade of 1st lieutenant in military intelligence. In his professional life, Ernie was a prominent building contractor who built the first all-electric home in Albuquerque. He also worked as a building inspector for the University of New Mexico Architect's Office and the Albuquerque Public Schools. After his retirement he worked as a roofing consultant, Ernie was a nationally recognized authority on antique tools and a member of the Midwest Tool Collector's Association once serving as its national vice president. He shared his love and knowledge of antique tools from his table at the Fair Grounds Flea Market where he was one of the most beloved and recognized vendors for more than 30 years. Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years,Mary Jean Worthen Blumenthal; his brother, Carlyle Blumenthal; and his sister, Dolores Colby. He is survived by his children Ernst H. (Chipper) Blumenthal III and wife, Cynthia of Placitas; daughter, Susan Jane Blumenthal of Placitas; grandson, Aaron David Dixon of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Aedriel Verda Mulliniks and husband, Mike of Mesa, Arizona; grandson, Soren Ernst Gaiser of Placitas; great-grandchildren, Eric Michael and Eliana Grace Mulliniks of Mesa, Arizona; and his beloved kitties, Peaches and Tiger. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Thursday, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Archeological Conservancy 5801 Central Avenue NE, Suite 902, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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CARABAJAL -- Francisco "Franco" Carabajal was born November 16, 1944, and he passed away Saturday, November 13, 2004. He is survived by two sisters, Tina Baca of Los Angeles, CA, and Eloisa Nuanes; three brothers, David, Manuel, and Ernesto; longtime companion, Stella; other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 550 Atrisco Dr. SW, with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17, 2004. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 18, 2004. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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CARACCI -- John Caracci, 71, a resident of Rio Rancho for 10 years, died on November 13, 2004. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia of Rio Rancho; three daughters, Christine Papciak and husband, Kenneth of Northbrook, IL, Annette Lawson and husband, Bill of Hoffman Estates, IL and Marie Gibbens and husband, Jerry of Albuquerque, NM; two grandchildren, Timothy Papciak and Jessicca Gibbens; one sister, Lucille Neubauer of Sun City West, AZ; and godson, James Neubauer and wife, Janice of Scottsdale, AZ. John was born and raised in Chicago by a loving Italian Family. He was employed as an auto mechanic for many years because of his love of cars and his work. After his retirement, he moved to Rio Rancho where he took wonderful care of his wife and his yard. Service will take place on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel with Dr. Lemuel Boyles, officiating. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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DELLINGER -- John Dale Dellinger, 91, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, November 14, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Tina Dellinger; sons, David Dellinger and Dennis Dellinger and wife Susan, all of Albuquerque; sister, Edna Cunningham of Graham, WA; grandchildren, Jenny, Nichole, and Daryl; and great-grandson, Skylar. Rosary will be recited Thursday, November 18, 2004, 7:00 pm, at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 19, 2004, 10:00 am, at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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ETHRIDGE -- Ryan Michael IN LOVING MEMORY OF RYAN MICHAEL ETHRIDGE November 17, 1976 - May 20, 2002 Dear Ryan, It's hard to believe we've observed three birthdays without you. Your smile, your simple happiness, your sense of humor. All of these are missed, not only by me, but by all those who knew you. Happy Birthday Ryan! I Love You, Auntie
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GARD -- O'Dire Gard, age 89, a resident of Jarales, NM, passed away on November 16, 2004. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. O'Dire was a 1932 graduate of Santa Fe High School. He married the love of his life, Manforita in 1954. They moved to Jarales, NM in 1958 where O'Dire started an orchard. O'Dire proudly served in the Army, in WWII, as an X-Ray Technician from 1942 to 1945. He loved hunting, fishing, and working in his orchard. O'Dire is preceded in death by his wife, Manforita; and his parents, Gershom and Nellie Gard. He is survived by his sister, Vashti Wingo of Moriarty, NM; several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. All services will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a viewing, at 11:00 a.m., A Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. and the funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St, Belen.
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GORDON -- Geraldine H. Gordon, 78, a resident of Albuquerque since 1972, died Monday, November 15, 2004. She was born in Iowa on February 8, 1926. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Gordon in 1998. Geraldine was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 99, where she served as Department President from 1987-1988. She held many chairmanships at both the Unit and Department level, but her favorite was Americanism. She truly believed in what the program teaches young people: "Love God and Country, and pride in being an American." She also served as a member of the Girls State Board and was a member of Salon 293 of 8 and 40. She is survived by two sons, Douglas Gordon and wife, Patty of Burlington, MA and Richard Gordon of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters, Luci Davis of New Hampton, IA and Ellen Stange of Lawler, IA; a brother, Albert Hartmann of New Hampton, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:30 am Thursday, November 18, 2004 in Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, with Pastor Tom Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund, 1215 Mountain Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Arrangements are under the direction of: STRONG-THORNE MORTUARY 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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HOLGUIN -- Shirley C. Holguin. Visitation for Mrs. Holguin will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. also at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at San Jose Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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