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JASSO -- Rodolfo M. Jasso, 86, passed away peacefully at home with his family on Monday, January 2, 2006. Mr. Jasso was a decorated World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia C. Jasso and son, Rudy Jasso. Mr. Jasso is survived by his children, Virginia Chavez and husband, Lee, Mary D. Chavez and Ruben Jasso and wife, Pauline; sister, Maria Rachel Jasso; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Rosary for Mr. Jasso will be recited on Wednesday evening, January 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2006 also at Queen of Heaven Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Armando Diaz, Rene Diaz, Felix Diaz, Emilio Diaz, Ruben V. Jasso Jr., and Nathan Diaz. Honorary pallbearers will be Ramiro and Arnulfo Diaz. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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ATENCIO -- Maria Rita Atencio, 91, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2005 at home surrounded by her loving family. After enduring much pain and suffering, she was given angel's wings to fly into the waiting arms of our Heavenly Father. Family, faith, and prayer were central to her life. Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Atencio, parents and four siblings. She is survived by three daughters; Rena Dragoo and husband Roger; Margaret Rodriguez and husband, Alonzo; Marie Maestas and husband Arthur; and by her caregiver Endy Pacheco, whom she loved like a daughter, and husband Henry. She was loved dearly by six grandchildren and their spouses, twelve great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Sevilla Santana and husband Juan; numerous nephews and nieces; and many other relatives, friends and neighbors. Maria wished to express her deep appreciation to her nephew Gilbert (and Blanca) Trujillo and niece Viola (and Frank) Gutierrez. The family would also like to express heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of Odyssey Healthcare and Professional Services, especially Christine, Peggy, Frances, Cheramie, Renae, April, Sharon, Marie and Helen, Pallbearers will be Dean Chavez, Marvin Gutierrez, Arthur Maestas, Alonzo Rodriguez, Jr., Gilbert Trujillo and Patrick Trujillo. Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Healthcare, 3500 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or St. Therese Little Flower Church, 300 Mildred Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 3, 2005 at Direct Funeral Services Chapel from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2005, with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505)343-8008.
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JASSO -- Rodolfo M. Jasso, 86, passed away peacefully at home with his family on Monday, January 2, 2006. Mr. Jasso was a decorated World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia C. Jasso and son, Rudy Jasso. Mr. Jasso is survived by his children, Virginia Chavez and husband, Lee, Mary D. Chavez and Ruben Jasso and wife, Pauline; sister, Maria Rachel Jasso; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 9 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Rosary for Mr. Jasso will be recited on Wednesday evening, January 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Times are pending. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Armando Diaz, Rene Diaz, Felix Diaz, Emelio Diaz, Ruben v. Jasso Jr., and Nathan Diaz. Honorary pallbearers will be Ramiro and Arnulfo Diaz. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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MADRIL -- Dionesia Madril, 88 a lifelong resident of Duran, NM died Monday, January 2, 2006 at her home following an illness. Mrs. Madril was born August 4, 1917 at Pinos Wells, NM to the home of Liberato Jaramillo and the former Mauricia Sanchez. She was reared and attended school at Pinos Wells. She married Guadalupe Madril on September 2, 1938 in Duran. She was a homemaker who loved quilting, cooking, and visits from her family. She was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Duran. Dionesia was preceded in death by her husband Guadalupe on September 29, 1995; her parents; an infant daughter Cornelia; a grandson Ambrosio Chavez; a great-grandson Chris Madril Jr.; three brothers Eliseo, Melquidez, and Filomeno Jaramillo; two sisters Juanita Rodarte and an infant sister Maria Jaramillo. She is survived by twelve children; seven daughters, Augustina Archibeque and husband Richard of Belen; Berna Encinias and husband Grable, Mary Gonzales and husband Billy of Clovis; Eloisa Marez and husband Richard of Albuquerque; Diane Mirabal and husband Michael Sr. of Tularosa; Joann Chavez and husband Margarito of Vaughn; and Norma Marez and husband Clario Sr. of Sedillo; five sons Samuel Madril and wife Andrea of Alamogordo; Jose Madril and wife Amelia of Clovis; Albert Madril and wife Cindy of Chaparral, NM; Pablo Madril of Albuquerque; and Johnny Madril and wife Lucy of Hobbs. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2006 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Duran; Mass of Christian Burial will be held from the church at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4th with Father Jerry Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Duran. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home 804 N. Fifth Street Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (505) 355-2311. For online condolences please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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TAPIA -- Aurora S. Tapia, 89, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on January 2, 2006 peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Mrs. Tapia is survived by her children, Mary Lou Martinez and husband, Nemesio, Bernie T. Tapia and wife, Suzanne, Patricia Rivera and husband, Ray, Leroy M. Tapia and Dora Gonzales, Michael C. Tapia and wife, Cindy; three brothers, Fidel Sena and wife, Katie, Joe Sena and wife, Bessie, Margarito Sena and wife, Maria; one sister in law, Florinda Sena; 29 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren; care giver, Dora Gonzales; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pablo and Vitalia Sena; two brothers, Pablo Sena Jr. and Ernesto Sena; sister in law, Elena Sena; two sisters, Avidal Gonzales and her husband, Eduardo and Feliz Sena and a great grand daughter, Alexius Thalia Baca. Mrs. Tapia was a member of the Catholic Church. A visitation for Mrs. Tapia will be Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Gabriella Nieto. Final visitation will be Wednesday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW with Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael J. Tapia, Joe Martinez, Ernest Martinez, Leroy C. Tapia, Benny Tapia and Dominic Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers will be, Ryan Gonzales, Bernie Tapia Jr., Kris T. Tapia, Jimmy Miller, Jessie Baca and all other grandchildren. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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OAXACA -- Maria Luisa Oaxaca, age 72, was born February 6, 1933. She passed away Thursday, December 29, 2005. Maria Luisa will be taken to Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, for Services and burial. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW, ABQ. 505-343-8008
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ESCALERO -- SHAREN In Loving Memory Of My Sister Sharen Escalero February 12, 1947 - December 27, 2005 Age 58 passed on to the Heavens - from an extended illness. I miss you my sister With all my heart In the days to follow We will never be apart. I miss you my sister I still hear your voice Your loving face and smile Is that of God's choice I miss you my sister With each and every day Thru the ups and the downs And life's simple ways I miss you sister I wish you were still here But I know you're in a better place I love you so, my dear. Born in Toledo, OH, grew up in Tucson, AZ. She spent last 18 years residing in Rio Rancho, NM. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mable Cain of Tucson, AZ. She is survived by her brother, Kenneth Cain and wife, Judi and family of Tennessee; her sister, Dorothy Throgmorton and husband, Ollie and family of Rio Rancho, NM; sister-in-law, Maria Cross of Lancaster, CA; several nieces and nephews from all over. We will all miss you Auntie. Two Services and viewings will be conducted to accommodate all family and friends. First viewing and Service, December 31, 2005, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Second viewing and Service, December 31, 2005, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Vista Verde Mortuary, 4310 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM, 505-892-9920
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GALLEGOS -- Paciano Louis "PL" Gallegos August 25, 1923 - December 14, 2005 The Gallegos family wants to thank all the wonderful friends and family that supported us during the loss of our beloved Paciano Louis "PL" Gallegos - his wife, Lita; his children, Julia McKibbin, Olivia Kell, Michael Gallegos, Renee Romero, Randy Gallegos; his grandchildren, Maria McCallister, Bill McKibbin, Dana Kell-Bradshaw, Michael Christopher Gallegos, Michelle Gallegos, Matthew Gallegos, Fredrick Romero, Adam Romero, Angela Romero, Brian Gallegos; his great-grandchildren, Larry Dean Kell, Jamila Kell, Michael Elijah Gallegos; his daughters-in-law, Susan Gallegos, Cathi Gallegos; his son-in-law, Fred Romero; grandson-in-law, Tim McCallister; and special family members, David Romero, Garry Davidson, Sara Sandoval, and Melissa Garcia. Special thanks to his dear friends, Bob and Jenny Contreras, who provided spiritual support to him and his family during the last months of his illness; to Alice Martinez for her hard work; and to Sylvia McCoy for her support to the family during PL's illness. Your letters, cards, flowers, and most of all your love and support were deeply appreciated by all of us during this difficult time. PL was born in La Jara, NM near Cuba, NM on August 25, 1923, where he his parents, Epifanio and Marcellita, homesteaded in the early 1900s. He was one of ten children, and is survived by two sisters, Lena Gardea and Freida Haynie. Three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death, Baltazar, Alfonso, Daniel, Lela, Erma, Pauline, and Inez. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, whom loved their "Tio" very much. PL joined the Navy when he was 17, and served his country during WWII. He met his wife, Lita Chavez, while on leave from the military. They married when he returned home from the war, 61 years ago. PL worked for the Downtown Hilton Hotel during his early years, and then for the Indian Health Service. He was the manager of the Indian Health Service Hospital Facility, where he utilized his plumbing, heating, and mechanical skills and training. He retired from the federal government after 20 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement by participating in the Lions Club, where he was recognized for outstanding service and dedication to his community and awarded the Humanitarian Award. He was an active member of his church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for over 50 years, where he donated many hours of his time to the church he loved so much. He was also a member of the church choir, where he sang the beautiful Spanish songs that he also loved to sing to his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, community, and his church. He "quietly" helped others his entire life - always helping others through his church and community activities. His genuine spirituality touched everyone. We want to thank everyone who shared their stories of PL's generosity and giving spirit - that means so much to all of us. Interment will take place at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Santa Fe on December 30, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Friends and family are asked to join us at this time. For more information you may contact Alameda Mortuary.
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GALLEGOS -- Maria E. Gallegos, 92, a resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, December 22, 2005. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Art Cantrell, who provided loving care for her over the past several years. She is also survived by her niece, Maxine Chavez and husband, Ramon; nephew, Celso Jaramillo and wife, Bessie; nephew, Luciano Jaramillo; niece, Bernice Jaramillo; and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Josephine Jaramillo; brother, Merced Gallegos; and nephew, Frank Jaramillo. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday December 27, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at San Ignacio Catholic Church, 1300 Walter St. NE. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday December 28, 2005, also at San Ignacio Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
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GENTA -- Nan Genta, 92, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, NM died Thursday, December 22, 2005, in Alamogordo. Nan was born July 3, 1913 in Wadesboro, NC to Charles Emery and Maude (Gaddy) Porter. She married Norman S. Thayer in 1931, a veteran of World War I, and he died in 1940. She went to work for the U.S. Public Health Service in Jacksonville, FL as a dental nurse. She met Tony Genta, a sailor, and they married in 1943. While Tony served the Navy in the Pacific, Nan moved the family to Raton, NM, where Tony's parents lived, and went to work for the New Mexico Department of Public Welfare. In 1946 Tony returned from duty and they moved to Albuquerque while he attended the University of New Mexico. After he graduated, the Gentas moved to Alamogordo in 1951 and Nan again went to work for the Welfare Department. Nan later went to work with telecomputing at Holloman AFB, from which she retired in 1985. She then worked part-time at the former Sweetbriar Dress Shop. Nan was committed to community service, and was involved in many organizations. She was very active in the Democratic Party; a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary where she was chairman of the Girl's State program from 1950 to 2002; the State President of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1955; the first president of the Hospital Auxiliary in 1958, and recipient of their Member of the Year award in 1996; a founding member in 1976 and last president in 2002 of the Sunshine Auxiliary at Betty Dare Good Samaritan Nursing Center; the former chairman of the Mayor's Bicentennial Committee; a former Girl Scout leader; a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and A.A.R.P.; the State President of the New Mexico Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in 1965; a former member of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce; and a devoted member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years beginning in 1951. Nan also had been a longtime election judge, and for several years helped deliver apples to each school teacher in Alamogordo for the Apple for a Teacher program. She was active at the Alamogordo Senior Center where she offered the daily prayer at noon and served on the Nutrition Committee. Nan also was very learned in Parliamentary procedure, which served her well in all her community involvement. She was recognized by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program as Volunteer of the Year for 1998; was named by Sertoma to receive the Service to Mankind Award for 2003; and was named one of the first Women of Merit by the Alamogordo Daily News in 2001. Survivors include a son, Norman Thayer, Jr. and his wife, Martha of Albuquerque; two daughters, Dolores Griggs of Alamogordo, NM and Natalie Clark of Naugatuck, CT; 11 grandchildren, Pamela Norton and her husband, Rick Macklin of Las Cruces, Kenneth Clark of Waterbury, CT, Norman Clark and his wife, Maria of New Britian, CT, Gary Clark of Naugatuck, CT, Diane Reed and her husband, Jim of Terryville, CT, and Jennifer Mazzeo and her husband, Mark of Naugatuck, Murray N. Thayer and his wife Annette, Tanya Noel Thayer and Nancy Rich, all of Albuquerque, Ron Griggs and his wife, Joan of Alamogordo, and Jeff Griggs of Los Angeles, CA; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Miles of Goode, VA; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a sister, Marie Lowery of Leesburg, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Norman Thayer, in 1940; her second husband, Tony Genta, in 1991; a brother, John R. Porter; a sister, Mamie Clyde Porter; a stepdaughter, Martha Deruntz; and a son-in-law, Jim Griggs. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11th St. and Michigan Ave. in Alamogordo. Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Griggs, Reid Griggs, Jeff Griggs, Murray Thayer, Jason Moore, John Green and Rick Macklin. Honorary bearers will be Kenneth Clark, Norman Clark, Gary Clark, Jim Reed, Mark Mazzeo, Paul Norton and Clif McDonald. Friends may call Tuesday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Childrens Home, P.O. Drawer 629, Portales, NM 88130. To send a tribute to the family, please visit www.mem.com.
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