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MONTOYA -- Leo E. Montoya, June 4, 1931 - October 14, 2004. Leo celebrated his life experience with immeasurable energy and enthusiasm. As an eleven-year-old lad with Basque ancestry, he herded sheep, alone, for the summer season in the mountains around his family's ranch in Cuba, NM. After attending the Menaul School, Leo held a series of sales jobs until he joined the post-war military. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard as a Master Sergeant, and eventually managed Armory in Gallup. Leo organized public dances and hosted a Spanish language program on the radio. He promoted wrestling matches, was part owner of two taverns in Albuquerque, and found his eventual career niche in his own successful business in jewelry sales. To us, Leo was a modern day Huck Finn who tasted life and drank deeply of its joys. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Ninfa Montoya of Cuba, NM, four brothers, Paul, Richard, Archie, and Jimmy and two sisters, Dubie and Delores Duran. He is survived by his life partner, Marion Ryan, and one sister, Olivia Smith of Albuquerque, and numerous nephews and nieces. As Pastor McGregor assured Leo on his last day with us, "You are the lucky one Leo, it's a beautiful day, the sky is blue and the air has a crisp New Mexico feel, and on this day YOU'LL see the LORD." Leo Montoya, our source of joy, perseverance and strength, will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Rest in peace Leo, we love you and will miss you. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Asbury United Methodist Church (Care Ministry), 10000 Candelaria Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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SPROUL -- Clarence G. Sproul, Jr. passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Clarence was born in Fork Ridge, Tennessee, on January 23, 1913 to Clarence G. Sproul, Sr. and Esta Imes Sproul. His mother passed away form typhoid fever when Clarence Jr. was only 9 months old; he was sent to be raised by his maternal grandparents, Harrison D. Imes and Martha Imes. His sister, Evelyn Sproul, was sent to live with her paternal grandparents. Clarence was raised in Wellston, Ohio, where he had many fond memories delivering newspapers from his bicycle, sneaking under the ballpark fence to attend games, playing in the summer with his cousin, Gene Imes, and playing basketball for Wellston High School. After high school, he played basketball for the Wellston Merchants who sponsored both men and women's teams. It was through the basketball league that he met Claudine Hudson of Wellston, and they married on August 7, 1933. He worked for Denver Lewis' Trucking Company in Wellston, Williams Shoe Company in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Superior Die and Tool in Columbus, Ohio. He was then recruited to work on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He drove cross-country through several snow and ice storms and reported to the Los Alamos check-in office in Santa Fe the first workday of January 1945. After completion of the Los Alamos contract in July of 1945, Claudine came west on a troop train to Lamy, New Mexico with their 3 small children; David, Jane and Jeff. Clarence and the family moved to Albuquerque where he had several small jobs before the University of California (now Sandia National Labs) hired him to work. He retired form Sandia National Labs and spent more than twenty years traveling the US with Claudine. He loved to fish in the Chama River, Bluewater Lake and Vallecitos Lake and loved deer hunting in New Mexico. In the late 1940s and 1950s, some South Valley farmers would welcome Clarence and his shooting buddy, Alan Putnam, to "take out" their crows. They spent many a Saturda y morning in the South Valley. Their grandchildren have fond memories of traveling with them. Clarence was a great storyteller and loved to share his life experiences including endearing and humorous recollections of his years spent at Sandia Labs. Clarence is survived by his loving wife of seventy one years, Claudine Sproul, Albuquerque; step sister, Mary Dale Freeman, Williamsburg, Kentucky; son, David Sproul and wife, Sue, Colorado Springs, CO; daughter, Jane Bickelman, Albuquerque; a son, Jeff Sproul and wife, Mary, Albuquerque. He is also survived by grandchildren; Kevin Sproul and wife, Becky, Conifer, Colorado; Chris Sproul and wife, Pam, Camarillo, CA; Deborah Bickelman Burns and husband, Robert Burns, Santa Fe; Eric Bickelman and wife, Becky, Albuquerque; Carol Bickelman Boren and husband, Rance Boren, Brownwood, Texas; Sarah Sproul Cole and husband, Cisco Cole, Blair, Nebraska; and Jeffrey Sproul, Albuquerque. He has 10 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the earthly angels at The Cottages who cared so lovingly for Clarence. Service will be held at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE., on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Michael Brunk, of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations for research in his name to Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico, 8100 Mountain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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VALADEZ -- Juanita (Jennie) Valadez died Thursday, October 14, 2004. A Rosary for Jennie will be recited on Monday, October 18, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 also at St. Francis Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery.Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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ABBEY -- Don E. Abbey, 63, passed into the arms of God Tuesday, October 12, 2004 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughters, Lisa Jones and husband, Bill, Lynette Anderson and husband, Jerry and Lana Doherty and her husband, Dennis; grandchildren, Shea, Allysson, Emily, J.D., Betsy, Tommy, Mitchell, and Mason; parents, Don and Leola Abbey of Concordia, KS; sisters, Evonne Moe and her husband, Eldon and Alta Jean Ginn and husband, Bud; and Beverly's children, Gerald A. Cobb, Jr. and wife, Trish, Larry A. Cobb and wife, Linda, and Craig Cobb and wife, Nichole; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sean, Elicia, and Jordan. Don retired from a management position with Walgreen's Pharmacies, having enjoyed a long and rewarding career. He was proud to have received the "Degree of Honor" from the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Truth or Consequence Lodge, where he and wife enjoyed love and companionship. In life he was also a long time member of the Albuquerque Jaycees. Don's legacy will always be the wisdom and love he imparted to all those he touched. Arrangements for a private family memorial are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to AmberCare of Albuquerque, 2403 San Mateo NE, 87110 or Presbyterian Health Services, Hospice Homecare, PO Box 26666, 87125. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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ARCHULETA -- Oliver Archuleta, age 51, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2004. A lifetime resident of the Albuquerque area, he served in the US. Army during Vietnam, and worked as a carpenter. Oliver is survived by his daughter, Michelle Archuleta; Gary Begay; Eleanor Apodaca; three sisters; one brother; other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. All services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW, on Tuesday, October 19, 2004. A rosary will be recited at 8:30 am, concluded with a celebration of the funeral mass at 9:00 am. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Pallbearers will be Eugene Aragon, Raymond Humphrey, Jude Sena, Pablo Griego, Arnold Gallegos, and Richard Sedillo. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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ARMIJO -- FRED----The family of Mr. Fred M. Armijo would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Lalo, Holy Family Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary to the staff and doctors at Presbyterian Hospital for their care and kindness and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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BACA -- Ismael Baca passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Albuquerque at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Sofia Baca, his sons, Ismael Petro Baca and wife Kathrine, and Steve Baca. His daughters Mickey Griego and Edward Rael, Alice Gurule and husband Rudy, Diana Wright and Albert Garcia, Gloria Martinez and husband Tim. He is also survived by his brothers, Eddie Baca and wife Ramona, Pete Baca and wife Sharon. And one sister Lela Garcia. Fourteen Grandchildren and Thirty Six Great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A viewing will be held on Monday the 18th at Salazar & Sons from 5 to 7 PM followed by the wake service, the funeral service will be on Tuesday the 19th at 10 AM, at Salazar & Sons. The Pallbearer will be Manuel Romero. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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BAUM -- Oscar F. Baum, 86, a resident of Albuquerque for 39 years, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris; daughter, Karen Ferner and Eleazar Lujan; grandson, Jeff Ferner; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Ferner, all of Albuquerque; brother, Rudolph Baum and wife Eleanor of Syracuse, NY; and sister-in-law, Bernice Ashmore of Collingswood, NJ. Cremation services have taken place. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BERZIN -- Juanita S. Berzin peacefully joined her husband, Joseph J. Berzin on October 14, 2004. They shared a long loving marriage of 35 years until his death in 1983. Juanita's love and devotion to Joseph sustained her every day of her life after he passed. They met in the law firm where they worked in Chicago, Illinois. After many years of friendship, they married and became even closer. Their love was built on a strong foundation of companionship, respect, and admiration. In her own words, "I had one great marriage and that was all I needed." She and Joseph were active members of the Daughters of the Nile and Shriners Masonic Lodge. For many years she served as a volunteer in the Presbyterian Hospital Women's Auxiliary. She was very active in St. Luke's Lutheran Church as an usher and greeter since 1969. She was also active in numerous charitable and community activities of the Church. She enjoyed a very active social life, including weekly dinners and games with her best friends. She loved to entertain at home which included enormous delicious meals complete with her best homemade desserts. Juanita's life is fondly and lovingly remembered by her numerous friends. She made friends fast and easily and maintained her friendships for many, many years. She held all of her friends very close and dear to her heart. She herself would say that she regarded many of her friends as part of her family. Family was the most important and beloved part of her life. She was the most loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to all of her family. She was the matriarch in its most ideal and true meaning in her actions, support, teachings, and love. Juanita Berzin will always be cherished and remembered for her kindness, her sweetness, her generosity, her compassion, her positive disposition, and her unconditional love for everyone in her life. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara and husband Frank Mielneczek; son-in-law, Gilbert Strandberg; granddaughter, Susan Weeks; grandson, J. Steven Strandberg; granddaughter, Elizabeth Diaz-Strandberg (posthumous); grandson, Scott Strandberg; great-grandson, Adam Weeks and wife April; great-granddaughter, Charity and husband Matthew Alcouffe; great-grandson, Joseph and wife Tara Strandberg; great-grandsons, Ryan and Steve Strandberg; great-grandsons, Ysaac, Abram, Diego, and Saim Diaz-Strandberg; sister-in-law, Betty Berzinski and her daughters; and an extended family in the Midwest. A viewing will be held on Monday, October 18, 2004 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald & Son at 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE, 884-1188. Services will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church at 9100 Menaul Blvd NE, 299-2621. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park at 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. N.E. 884-1188
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CARR -- Albert Joseph Carr, 85, passed away in Albuquerque on October 2, 2004, surrounded by loving family members. Albert was born in Aurora, IL on September 6, 1919. His mother, father, and brother, Jack H. Carr, preceded him in death. His loving wife, Ruth, of 61 years; daughter, Patricia and husband, Anthony Drypolcher; granddaughter, Katherine; and daughter, Linda and husband, David Chavez, survive him. After high school graduation and one year at the University of Illinois, he entered the U.S. Army at Camp Wolters, TX in 1942. In 1943 he graduated from OCS at Fort Benning, GA as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the 5th Army, 34th Division, in Italy during WWII where he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was called back into the service in 1950 and was with the 7th Army in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1955 as a Captain. Albert worked his entire life in the grain industry, beginning with the Quaker Oats Company in Chicago and retiring from the Krause Milling Company in Milwaukee. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a Mason for 50 years. At the age of 75, he received a philosophy degree from the University of New Mexico. A Memorial Service will be held on October 18 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Marks on the Mesa Episcopal Church. Burial will take place after the service at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Albert's name to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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