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MADRID -- Richard "Richie" Madrid, Jr., 25, a life long resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2004. He is survived by his mother, Darlene Sanchez; and father, Richard Madrid, Sr. and his wife, Gina, all of Albuquerque; grandmother, Frances Sanchez; and grandfather, Art Sanchez and wife, Jean all of Albuquerque; girlfriend, Gina Romero of Las Vegas, NV; step-sisters, Genevieve, Margaret, and Angela Martinez, all of Albuquerque; step-brother, Andrew Martinez of Albuquerque; and several aunts and uncles; cousins; and many, many friends. Richie loved his dogs and was a devoted Raiders fan. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas at Tennessee NE. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menual Blvd. NE, where he will be laid to rest with his cousin, Chris Sanchez. Pallbearers will be Richard Benavidez, Lawrence Benavidez, Andrew Benavidez, Joseph Gray, Michael Madrid, Shannon Nolan, Jesse Barron, and Andrew Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Ramirez, Eric Herrera, Gabriel Sanchez, Nicholas Gray, and Manuel Barron. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MARTIN -- Catherine Louise Martin passed away in Glendale, CA on August 30, 2004. She was born December 6, 1921 in Charleston, IL to Erma and John James Ryan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, William John Martin. She is survived by their son, William David Martin, and his wife, Darlene Wanger, both of Los Angeles. She also leaves a brother, James Robert Ryan and sister-in-law, Jan Ryan, of Macon, MO; as well as nephew, Michael Ryan and wife, Peggy; and nephew, Charles Ryan, all of Blue Spring, MO; also best friend, Mary Adams, and dearest Friends, Diana Hitt Potter of Dragonfly Hill, Tyingham, MA and George Ivan Matula of Albuquerque, NM. She was a sergeant in the Women's Marine Corps in World War II; she received her degree in Education from Harris College, St. Louis, later teaching kindergarten in the St. Louis Public Schools. In 1946, she and William Martin were married in St. Louis. Together, they attended Yale University on the G.I. Bill where they both earned their M.F.A. in theater from Yale Drama School. They worked together in theater at Middlebury College, VT, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN. They also worked together at the Merry-Go-Round Theater, Sturbridge, MA, Williamstown Summer Theater, and Cross-Right-Stage Theater in Falmouth, MA. Mr. Martin was Director of Popejoy Concert Hall, at UNM, from 1966 until 1992. She helped in this work in various ways. For twenty years she was administrative secretary for the English Department at UNM. Catherine was a member of the American Business Women's Association, and of NM-1-Sandia Woman Marines Association. She was a member of Screen Actors Gold for over twenty years, and helped draft the original New Mexico Regional SAG Constitution. She appeared in a number of movies filmed here in New Mexico. She may be best remembered for stage performance in Albuquerque, among which were "House of Blue Leaves" at Rodey Theater and "Becket's Women" at the Vortex. She bids a fond Shakespearian farewell to relatives and friends at this final curtain, and "curtain going up" always to the theatrical community
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MARTINEZ -- Evan James Evan James Martinez November 19, 1994 September 3, 2000 It has been four years since you were tragically taken from us, our Beloved Angel. We still miss you every day! Every birthday, you are remembered. Every Holiday, you are remembered. Every time we look to heaven, you are remembered. Every day, you are Remembered! We know you are in a better place with Great-grandma, but we STILL miss you. Love, the Family Who Remembers YOU!
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MILLS -- Evelyn Mills, 90, a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, died on Tuesday, August 31, 2004. She is survived by her son, Charles F. Mills of Grand Junction, CO; daughter, Cheryl S. Baldwin and husband, Arlen; sons, James R. Mills and David R. Mills and wife, Rose, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Ken Baldwin, Kathy Moya, Shaunna Harle, James Mills, Steven Mills, Natalie Mills, and Melissa Mills; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joni Cripe of Big Bear, CA, Marrion Bailey of Snohomish, WA, Dorothy Patton of Reno, NV, Ivalee Head of Littleton, Co, Jeanne Hood of Mercer Island, WA, and Dixie Lee Lohoff of Palm Desert, CA; brother, Keith Lohoff of Los Angeles, CA; sister-in-laws, Lee Lohoff of Englewood, CO, and Jerie Lohoff of Louisville, KY. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Mills in 1969. Mrs. Mills taught at Inez Elementary School for 30 years. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 3, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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RAEL -- Pedro A. Rael, age 77, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2004. A native New Mexican, he served in the US. Army and retired from the Albuquerque Public Schools. Pedro was a member of San Ignacio Catholic Church, where he was very involved in the Music Program, having played the guitar for the choir. Pedro was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Rael; and grandson, Gabriel Rael. He is survived by his wife, Mary Rael; children, Frances Beltran, Sylvia Rael, Mary Jean Jimenez and husband, Raphael, Debbie Nuanes, Tony Rael and wife, Linda, Peter Rael, Lydia Girado, Johnny Lucero, Loretta Woodard, Geniva Rivera, and Leonard Lucero; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Rael, James Rael, Juan Rael and wife, Arcelia; sister, Agueda Candelaria; other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at San Ignacio Catholic Church, 1300 Walter NE. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2004. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2004. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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ROBERTS -- LaWanda J. Roberts, a loving mother and grandmother and a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, passed away August 31, 2004, at the age of 80, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, CW4 Ervin L. Roberts, U.S. Army. Wanda was born in Havana, AR on November 24, 1923, the sixth child of Alice Ann Farmer Carter and Samuel Edward Carter. The Carters and Farmers were early pioneers of northwest Arkansas. During the depression of the 1920s, Sam moved his family into eastern Oklahoma and worked the early development of the oil fields moving from one boom-town to the next. Wanda's parents and sister, Marie, died when Wanda was young. Her sister, Irene, raised her, with assistance from her brothers, Ray, Rex, and Ogar. Her brothers supported them by working in the oil fields in Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan. Wanda met Ervin in Grandville, MI in 1940 and they were married on January 15, 1942 in Lawton, OK. She worked for several local businesses in Albuquerque in interior design and sales, including Hubbard's Dept. Store, Margo's, and American Furniture. Wanda loved interior design and architecture. Her cooking would put any master chef to shame. Her greatest joy in life was the love of her children and family. Wanda is survived by her daughter, Ann Mellin of Albuquerque; son, Rick and his wife, Suzanne of Roswell; son, Jeff and his wife, Peggy of Albuquerque; grandchildren: John Mellin of Scottsdale, AZ, Tyrell Roberts and Renee Roberts of Roswell, Luke Roberts of Albuquerque, Jill Harrelson of Falls Church, VA, and Jay Harrelson of Tempe, AZ; brother-in-law, LTC (Ret.) Ernest B. Wilder, U.S. Army; and nephew, Greg Wilder and his wife, Laura and daughter, Erin, of Shawnee, KS. Services will be held Friday, September 3, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the directions of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 884-1188
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SCHMITT -- Elizabeth "Betty" Helen Schmitt, 79, died Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC. Betty was born in 1925 to Frederick Henry Juhren and Helen Elizabeth Pfadenhauer Juhren in Kings County, Brooklyn, New York. Called "World's Best Mom" by her children, she enjoyed singing in her church choir, reading, traveling and needlework. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 on Saturday, September 4, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5010 Six Forks Road in Raleigh, officiated by Pastor Michael Frye. Betty is survived by her children, John Schmitt and wife, Kathleen, of Plattsburgh, NY, Linda Holliday and husband, David, of Hopewell Junction, NY, Peter Schmitt and wife, Kathleen, of Raleigh, NC, Frank Schmitt and wife, Margaret, of Knightdale, NC, and Jim Schmitt and wife, Linda, of Havelock, NC; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by a son, Paul Frank Schmitt and her husband, Frank Louis Schmitt. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Mill Neck Manor School, Frost Mill Road, PO Box 12, Mill Neck, NY 11765. Condolences may be sent to the family at MeM.com.
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URIAS -- David Urias, age 74, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2004. "Daddy" loved "Momma" and his special "Jacovita" a lot. He loved fishing, hunting, and the mountains. He loved all his children and grandchildren and was always willing to help and lend a hand to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and forever loved. David is preceded in death by his parents, Flora and Juan Urias; and his sons, Juanito and Ruben Urias. He is survived by his loving wife, Antonia, of 56 years; his loving children, Marcy Prudencio of Albuquerque, Henry Urias and his wife, Hai Thi of Albuquerque, Pres Urias and his wife, Dorothy of Belen, Irene Chavez and her husband, A.T. of Los Lunas, David Urias and his wife, Hazel, Edward Urias and his wife, Sandra, Christina Garcia and her husband, Issac, all of Albuquerque, Luis Urias and his wife, Lisa of San Jose, CA, and Carolyn Sanchez and her husband, Lawrence of Los Lunas; 21 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. All services will be held at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in Valencia beginning with a viewing on Friday September 3, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 4, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jason Urias, Marcus Urias, Keith Sanchez, A.T. Chavez, Christopher Urias, and Gerome Urias. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.
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WENK -- Mildred Wenk, 78, went to be with her Lord on August 31, 2004, surrounded by her daughters, Pat Lodge and husband, Larry of Albuquerque and Gayle Cheverie and husband, Jim of Aztec. She was born in San Jon, NM and was a graduate of Albuquerque High School where she met her husband, Eris Wenk. Mildred and Eris owned a farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque and were strong supporters of agriculture in New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eris; brother, Donald Scott; and grandson, Scott Lodge. In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her granddaughter, Shanna (Lodge) Ivey and husband, Clay of Las Cruces; sister, Mlle McCrary of T or C; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Scott of Corrales; brother-in-law, John and wife, Grace Wenk of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Loris and husband, Joe Ward of Albuquerque; and her beloved nieces and nephews. She was an active charter member of Valley Christian Church and was head of the fellowship committee for many years. Mildred's friends and family were always amazed by her boundless energy and generosity and they are richer for knowing her. Services will be held Friday, 1:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Pastor David Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Christian Church building fund, 2850 Gun Club Rd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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WYATT -- Charles Wellington Wyatt, Jr. June 29, 1951 to August 31, 2004 Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque 225 San Mateo NE (505) 764-9663
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