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Koury -- Helen M. Koury, 83, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past six years, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2001. Helen was born October 27, 1917 the daughter of John Gibran and Sadie Shadid Albert in Wichita, Kansas. She came to Rio Rancho from Santa Fe. Helen had been a teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools for 30 years before retiring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Koury in 1981. Helen is surviveed by two sons, Jerry Koury and wife, Gloria of Tucson, AZ, John Koury and wife, Debbie of Albuquerque, three brothers, Ralph Albert and Raymond Albert of Elk City, OK, and Ned Albert of Tulsa, OK; two sisters, Frances Khoury of Oklahoma City, OK and Blanche Alex of Flint, MI; four grandchildren, Alex, Peter, Jason and Tami Koury; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited for Helen on Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 29, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. at Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho.
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Lester -- Rolland J. Lester, 88, a resident of Albuquerque since 1948, died Thursday, January 25, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Eva Lester of the family home, married October 1, 1931; three grandchildren, Donna, Mike Sherman and Mark Lester; three great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Scherner; brother, Browney Lester; and special friend, Edna Cisneros. Mr. Lester was preceded in death by his son, Donald E. Lester. He was a member of Central Assembly of God Church. Mr. Lester retired from Singer Sewing Company. Services will be held Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Rev. Stephen Sutherland officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Ludmer -- Graciela Ludmer, 59, a resident of Albuquerque for 28 years, died on Wednesday, January 24, 2001. Graciela was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by her daughter, Silvia Finkel and husband, Jeff; grandson, Joshua Finkel; brother, Raul Salzman; sister, Amalia Salzman and numerous nieces and nephews. Graciela was in the nursing career for many years and was currently working with Presbyterian Hospital. A graveside service was held on Friday, January 26, 2001, 3:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale SE, with Rabbi Joseph Black, officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to La Familia c/o Erica Todes, 707 Broadway N.E., Suite 103, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French Mortuary, Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. N.E.
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Montgomery -- Gerald A. M.D., 53, died at home in Poland Spring, Maine on January 20, 2001 following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Montgomery was a former resident of Albuquerque where he practiced medicine from 1975 to 1994. He and his family moved to Maine in 1994 where he entered into work as a full-time volunteer medical missionary and evangelist for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors include his wife, Connie Uszuko Montgomery; two sons, Bradley and Royce Montgomery; two brothers, Royce and his wife, Jane, Roger and his wife, Margrit Montgomery; two nephews and one niece. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oxford Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oxford, Maine. Those who desire, may make memorial contributions to Global Missions, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904.
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Montoya1 -- Maria (Pat) Montoya, 48, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, died Thursday, January 25, 2001. She is survived by her fiancé, Tony Lopez; daughter, Irene Sanchez and husband, Christopher, all of Albuquerque; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Samantha; five brothers, Richard Lopez and wife, Linda of Albuquerque and Odie Baca and wife, Theresa of Belen, Antonio Baca, Frank Baca and Ramon Baca and wife Fela, all of Belen; eight sisters, Betty Sanchez and husband, Olojio of Orange County, CA, Clara Baca, Ida Ortiz and husband, Tony, all of Albuquerque, Cordelia Grady and husband, Shawn of Boston, MA and Jennifer Baca of Albuquerque, Luga Calles and husband, Jose, Emma Sedillo and Helen Aragon and husband, Pedro, all of Belen; and many nieces and nephews. Pat was a member of St. Therese Little Flower Church. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Oakes -- Peggy Oakes, 67, a resident of Albuquerque since 1969, died Thursday, January 25, 2001. She is survived by her sister, Patsy Heckman and husband, Wayne of Dixon, IL; brother, Jack Oakes and wife, Margaret of Albuquerque; nieces and nephews, Steven, Devon, Saralen, Andrew, Ellen, Deanna and Carla; and special friends, Elizabeth La Chey and husband, Marc and Greita Van Couvering, all of Albuquerque. Miss Oakes graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1950. She received a R.N. from St. Anthony School of Nursing, Rockford, IL, a B.S.N. from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, and received a M.S. from the University of New Mexico. Miss Oakes was commissioned as a missionary by the Presbyterian Church, and spent 10 years as a nurse on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, AZ. She taught nursing for 14 years at the University of Albuquerque. Miss Oakes worked as a public health nurse until retirement, much of the time as a Ěrefugee nurse. She served as Chairman of the Board on the Refugee Association for several years. Miss Oakes was an active member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church since 1969 ordained both as a Deacon and an Elder, having served in other capacities. Memorial services will be held Monday, 3:00 p.m., at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, with Rev. Joyce Lieberman and Rev. Chris Lieberman officiating. Interment will take place at White Rock Cemetery in Kings, IL. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, 87106 or Sandia Hospice, 4725 Indian School NE, 87110. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Paffett -- Marion Webb Paffett, 87, died Monday, January 22, 2001 at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA. Mrs. Paffett was born Nov. 5, 1913 in Philadelphia, PA to Thomas and Mary Seibert Webb. She was raised and educated in Philadelphia and was an accomplished oil painter. Marion lived in Albuquerque, NM for 45 years before moving to Lompoc, CA in 1995. She was a homemaker. She was survived by her daughter, Barbara J. West of Lompoc, CA; son, David L. Paffett and wife, Bonnie of Placitas, NM; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Paffett in 1983. Services were held Friday, 1:00 p.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, with Rev. Martha Honaker officiating. Entombment followed at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum. Contributions may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy Association, 423 W. Victoria, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Patino -- Frank Patino, 85, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001. He is survived by his daughters, Priscilla F. Bennett and husband, Arthur of Albuquerque and Loretta M. Lee of Hermiston, OR; son, Tom Baker and wife, Pat of Anaheim, CA; daughter-in-law, Alice Patino; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his spouse, Sally Patino, one son, Anthonly J. Patino and 10 brothers and sisters. Mr. Patino was a member of the Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited Sunday, January 28, 2001, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 29, 2001, 9:30 a.m., at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Monsignor Joaquin Bazan, Celebrant. Interment will take place at 12:00 noon at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Arthur Bennett, Paul Bennett, Chuckie Lee, Russell Young, Tom Baker, and Jerome Patino. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, January 28, 2001, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1330 San Pedro NE, Suite 205, 87110.
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Sais -- Reuben Sais, a resident of Los Lunas, peacefully passed away while surrounded by my family on Friday, January 26, 2001. I was a veteran who served in the South Pacific and the Philippines Liberation. I served six years in the US Army and ten years in the NM National Guard obtaining the rank of First Lieutenant. I owned and operated Reuben's Appliance and Hardware/Reuben's Sports in Los Lunas for 35 years. After retiring, I worked for RAKS Building Supply for eight years. Bill Holliday and I started the VFW Post 9676 in Los Lunas and I became the First Commander. I was a staunch Republican and a friend to many Democrats. I was elected to the Los Lunas Village Council six times serving a total of 18 years, six of those were served as Mayor Pro-Tem. I am a member of the San Clemente Catholic Church. I was married on January 12, 1946 to Refugia (Cuca) Sanchez of Grants, NM, who was born to Jose G. and Elvira Sanchez, she preceded me in death in 1986. I am survived by my beautiful friend and partner of 12 years, Gloria Ortiz; my beloved daughter, Vera Ann Sais-Apodaca and her husband, Rick of Albuquerque; my granddaughter, Roxanne Tapia of Los Alamos; my grandson, Ron Tapia and his wife, Andrea of Tucson; my four brothers, Arthur and his wife, Beatrice; Eddie and his wife, Mildred; Jerry and his wife, Irene; Sammy and his wife, Pat, all of Los Lunas; my sister, Christine Sanchez and her husband, Emilio of Albuquerque; my two loving aunts, Sara Valenzuela and Stella Phillips; and one uncle, Fred Gallegos. I am also survived by my many loving nieces and nephews and my oldest and dearest friend, Andy Romero. I was very proud of having been a friend to Joe and Lily Tabet, father and mother of my loving Gloria. I would also like to thank all of Gloria's children for accepting me into their loving family: Kenny Trujillo and his wife, Ana, Jimmy Trujillo and his wife, Annette, Michael Trujillo and his wife, Emily, John and his wife, Carolyn, Dino and Bobby Trujillo and Lorraine Martinez. Also, all of my grandchildren, Joe; Julie; Carlos; Clarice; Frankie; Corinna; Christopher; Miguel; Mario; and Max. "Beloved, I am with you always. My strength is your strength. Rest assured that I will guide you through this and every circumstance that may arise." "Your faith in Me is surpassed only by My faith in you, for I created you with your own unique qualities and the ability to overcome any challenge." "Yes, I am with you always, so never let yourself feel that you are alone in any challenge or achievement. We are partners, and we are working together each day in creating more love and faith in the world." A Viewing will be held on Monday, 7:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary, 7:30 p.m. at the San Clemente Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 2:00pm at the San Clemente Church followed by Interment in the San Clemente Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alfred Sanchez, Gerard Saiz, Chris Sais, Bobby Trujillo, Reyes Sais, Jackie Aragon, Dr. Joseph Aragon, and Sammy Sais. Reuben's family requests that donations be made in his name to the San Clemente Catholic Church Building Fund. Romero Funeral Home, Belen, NM
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Schairer -- Mildred A."Mickey" Schairer, 90, December 31, 1910 Pittsburgh, PA, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at her son's home in Sedona, AZ. She was a 40-year resident of Albuquerque and a member of Central United Methodist Church as well as Sedona United Methodist Church in Sedona in recent years. She is survived by her sons and wives, Don and Karen of Sedona, Ed and Sandy of Tijeras, NM; her five grandchildren, Eric, Amber, Abigail, Daniel and wife, Nicole, and Billy (Hoffman); two great-grandsons, Keith and Trent; sister-in-law, Betty Coburn and family; and numerous friends and extended family. She will be remembered for her loving and caring ways by all whose lives she touched. The Memorial Service will be at Central United Methodist Church, Saturday, February 3, 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.
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