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French Funerals and Cremations - University Location

Funerals as unique as your life

Losing a loved one will never be easy. But French eases the burden not only by what we do, but by what we say and how we say it. Always providing solace in our personal interactions with our customers, we go a step further by inviting them to take charge of a process that before left so many feeling helpless.

By brightening the tone of our message and speaking in a fresh and unexpected way, we ease the trepidation surrounding the topic of death and create a dialogue that empowers people.

By using modest humor, conversational tone and language that is bold, honest and smart, we not only get people to stop avoiding thinking about the inevitable, we inspire them to write a final chapter that is as beautiful as the ones that came before it.


Our Obituaries

Alice M. White

March 29, 2017

Alice M. White a resident of Albuquerque since 1947 passed away March 29, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. White; her brother, Gordon Dickson; and children, Beth and Donald. She is survived by two grandchildren, Marla Brown, and Stacie Rae; several great grandchildren; and a nephew, Andrew Dickson and his family. Alice retired from the Department of Energy in 1989...
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Manuel Vargas

March 29, 2017

Manuel Vargas, 84, beloved father and grandfather, was called to his eternal resting place on March 29, 2017. He entered this world on December 27, 1932 in Albuquerque, NM, born to Mariano and Rita Vargas. He is survived by his son, Thomas Vargas Sr. and wife, Gaylene; grandsons, Thomas Vargas Jr. and wife, Christine, Antonio Vargas and wife, Briana; and great-grandchildren, Shyann, Jazmine,...
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Edith D. Kamoss

March 26, 2017

Edith D. Kamoss, a long-time Albuquerque resident and a die-hard Cubs fan passed away in her sleep, surrounded by her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Les; and son, Ervin. Edith was a long-time nurse practitioner in the South Valley. She is survived by her children, five daughters and two sons; numerous grandchildren;...
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Ralph Lee Workman

March 25, 2017

Ralph Lee Workman, 83, was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Anne Maxine; his children, Jim, Marilyn and husband Glenn, Vickie and husband Dan, his grandchildren, Rob and wife Denise, Anne , Jessica, and Sam. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Ashton, Sydney, and Logan and many other family and friends. Ralph...
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Robert Anthony Chavez

March 25, 2017

Robert Anthony Chavez, 56, life-long resident of Albuquerque, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 25, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Robert was born on November 6, 1960. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Margie Chavez. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Pauline who will deeply miss him and will always love him with all her heart. Rosary will...
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Denny Gonzales

March 25, 2017

Denny Gonzales, age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Gonzales and husband, Art Sandoval; four children, Devin, Jeremiah, Isaac and Isabella. He is proceeded in death by his father; and two brothers. Denny graduated from Highland High School in 1987. He was a very loving father and uncle and will be greatly missed by all who knew and...
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Lezlie Ann Rayner

March 25, 2017

Lezlie Ann Rayner, 63, of Cedar Crest, New Mexico, peacefully passed away on March 25, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lezlie was born in El Paso, Texas to Inis Geraldine Boney and Kenneth Lee Abrams on February 9, 1953. She went to school at Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas. She married Bob Rayner on November 9, 1974, in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Midland Junior College with an...
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Grace Marta Lujan

June 1, 1934 - March 25, 2017

Grace Marta Lujan, a dedicated wife and loving mother, went home to be with our Lord on March 25, 2017. Grace was known for her faith in God and her love for her family and friends. She loved to dance and was part of a dance group. She was a selfless person and poured herself into other people. She was always a prayer warrior who people could count on. Grace is survived by her children, Debbie...
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Harriet Gerding

March 25, 2017

Harriet Gerding, age 78, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, March 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She is survived by her sons, Patrick R. Gerding and wife, Stephanie of Seattle, WA, Michael W. Gerding, of Denver, CO; brother-in-law, Richard L. Gerding; and sister-in-law, Eileen of Farmington, NM; her stepsister-in-law, Millie McMahon of Albuquerque; son-in-law, Flint Morris; granddaughters...
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Maria Mirabal

March 24, 2017

Our beloved sister, Maria "Rey" Mirabal, 70, passed away on March 24, 2017. She is preceded in death by parents, Monico and Belinda Mirabal; siblings, Sylvester Mirabal and Cecelio Mirabal. She is survived by Christina Wieland, Rose Silva, Ruth Farallo, Lorrie Mirabal, Miguel Mirabal; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was a teacher at Grants Public Schools. Services will be on Thursday,...
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Auline Platt

March 23, 2017

Auline Platt, 50, of Albuquerque, NM, our wife, daughter, sister, and friend, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 23, 2017, after a short battle with colon cancer. She is survived by many family and friends - far too numerous to mention here. First and foremost, Auline loved her Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, soul, mind and strength. Everything she did, she did to...
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Perry Dale Anglin

March 23, 2017

Perry "Dale" Anglin passed away peacefully at home on March 23, 2017 when he entered heaven. He was surrounded by the laughter and smiles of his grandchildren in his home. Preceded in death are his son, William Arthur Anglin and sister LaDona Woolrich, brother Duane Anglin and nephew Andy Anglin. He is survived by his wife of 63.5 years, Marcy Anglin and their children Terry Dolberry (Steve),...
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Ruth Ann Tucker

March 23, 2017

Ruth Ann Tucker, age 90, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt C. Tucker; her parents, Ernest and Esther Fenno; and her brother, C. E. Fenno. She was born in Mountainburg, AR on May 27, 1926. She is survived by her son, Jim; and her sister, Betty Roark. Ruth was a long time member of University Church of Christ....
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Steven M. Pariseau

November 4, 1965 - March 22, 2017

Steven M. Pariseau, 51, of Albuquerque, passed away unexpectedly on March 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; his children, Michael D. Pariseau, Derrick A. Pariseau and Jenna E. Pariseau; stepchildren, Christina M. Pretzie and Michael C. Pretzie; sister, Michelle Guillen; brother, James H. Pariseau (Dorcas); aunt, Janice Preston; uncle, Jim Pariseau, and his cousin, Chris Preston....
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Frank Ortiz

April 20, 1937 - March 22, 2017

Frank Ortiz (Jose), loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on March 22, 2017 with loving family members at his side. Frank was born in Santa Fe, NM on April 20, 1937 to Antonio Ortiz and Maria Cleofas Ortiz. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Angie Muniz and Candelaria Ortiz. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Helen (Trujillo); his...
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Sara Wilson

March 21, 2017

Sara Wilson, age 92, passed away March 21, 2017 in Albuquerque. She was born June 19, 1924 in Roswell, NM to Byron and Sallie Wilson. She graduated from UNM and had a long academic career in Santa Fe, NM and Livermore, CA. While in California, she was active in the Alameda County Cowbelles in which she enjoyed riding her horse in local parades. After retiring, she returned to Albuquerque to be...
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Ray McGowan

May 5, 1944 - March 21, 2017

Ray McGowan, 72, beloved husband, was called to his eternal resting place on March 21, 2017. He entered this world on May 5, 1944, in Wichita Falls, TX, born to Dee and Gladys McGowan. He is survived by wife, Carnella McGowan, whom he affectionately called "Kid"; daughter, Alesia Bell; sons, Eugene Bell and James Bell; sister, Eolis Jean, and brother in law, L. T. Duffey; sisters-in-law, Alva...
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Anthony Villa

March 21, 2017

Anthony Villa Jr. (Tony), a.k.a. "Pa", from Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on March 21, 2017, at the age of 72. Our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend ended his courageous fight with cancer. He is preceded in death by his grandsons, David Sanchez and Alexander Villa; his parents, Antonio and Benita Villa; and two sisters, Marianne Heyman and...
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Patricia A. Scharrer

March 21, 2017

Patricia A. Scharrer, 85, passed away March 21, 2017. Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Robert G. Scharrer. Interment is Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. A reception will be held at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Animal Humane New Mexico.
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Roger Garcia

May 19, 1971 - March 20, 2017

Roger Garcia, 45, a Firefighter of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on March 20, 2017. Roger was very passionate about being a Firefighter and serving his community. His affection was reflected in the love he shared with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Lewis Gallegos; brother-in-law, Lorenzo Teupell; and step-father, Greg Thompson. He is survived by his wife,...
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Lorencita Salas

March 20, 2017

Lorencita Salas, 99, beloved mother, was called to her eternal resting place on March 20, 2017. She entered this world on May 12, 1917 in La Joya, NM, born to Fred M. and Maria Romero. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard, and several close family members. She is survived by her seven children, Helen Lanata and husband, John, Florindo Salas and wife, Mary, Gloria Doerr and...
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Aaron Sieben

March 19, 2017

Aaron Sieben, age 30, died tragically on Sunday, March 19, 2017. He is survived by his fiancée, Jessica Stephens; daughter, Autumn Sieben; mother, Lisa Sieben; father, Billy Carroll; brothers, Alex Lavender and Reyes Naranjo; sister, Amanda Carroll; grandparents, Douglas and Eva Sieben, and Charlene Koski; aunts, Annette Sieben and Gina Euell and husband, Brent; cousin, Evan Euell; and other...
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Guadalupe Guthrie

March 18, 2017

Guadalupe Guthrie, age 87, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie Wormald of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Keenan Wormald, Bianca Wormald, Sada Abila and husband, Sergio, and Shawn Guthrie; two great-grandchildren, Shevelle Abila and Deklan Guthrie; loving companion, Dean Stanfield; and numerous other relatives and friends. Guadalupe was preceded in...
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Nancy Fiedler Eckerson

September 24, 1940 - March 18, 2017

Nancy Fiedler Eckerson, 76, died March 18, 2017, of brain cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Eckerson. She is survived by her sister, Martha Fiedler Spring and spouse Frank, of Albuquerque; her brother, Larry Fiedler and spouse Linda, of Olney, Maryland; her nephews, Joshua Fiedler and Frank A. Spring and spouse Angela; stepdaughters, Julie Eckerson and Darcy Davis and...
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Inez V. Peralta

March 4, 1942 - March 18, 2017

Inez Peralta, 75, beloved mother, was called to her eternal resting place on March 18, 2017. She entered this world on March 4, 1942 in Torreon, NM, born to Alfredo and Magdalena Vigil. Inez is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Arturo E. Peralta, and her older brother, Rosendo Vigil. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances Donio and husband Dominic; her son, Dominic Peralta and...
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A. Ben Bull

April 4, 1921 - March 17, 2017

A. Ben Bull, 95, passed quietly in his sleep on March 17, 2017, with family members lovingly at his side. He was born on April 04, 1921 in Witcherville, Arkansas to P.L. and Amy Summers Bull. He was the seventh of nine children with seven brothers and one sister. In his younger years, he lived and worked on family farms in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He married the beautiful Edna Lucille...
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Claude Jones

March 17, 2017

Dr. Claude "Randy" Jones, age 75 passed away, Friday, March 17, 2017. Randy was known for his love of family and friends. Randy loved the outdoors, skiing, snow shoeing, biking, and hiking, in his beloved New Mexico and Colorado. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Myrna D. Jones; his son, Greg Jones and wife, Keri; and his grandchildren, Maci and Carter Jones of The Woodlands, TX. He is...
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Leon Davis

January 20, 1939 - March 17, 2017

Leon Davis, 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on March 17, 2017. Leon is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bernice Davis; his son, Lee Davis; his son, Gene Davis; his daughter-in-law, Magdalena Davis; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Peter, Alexandra and Victoria. Memorial donations may be made in Leon's name to the ALS Association, www.alsa.org. A Memorial...
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Aurra Jade Gardner

December 31, 2000 - March 15, 2017

Aurra Jade Gardner December 31, 2000 - March 15, 2017 Her mom by her side as her heart beat its last beat, Aurra Jade Gardner, born in Seattle, WA on December 31, 2000, found peace from her own inner turmoil on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Aurra was a cellist, artist, deep-thinker, declarer of interesting thoughts, builder of homes for birds, amazing and awesome student, sister, friend and...
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Ernesto Salazar

March 15, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after 59 years, the loving and fun-filled life of Ernie Salazar quietly came to an end. Ernie patiently waited and pursued the love of his life Josie and throughout a beautiful 37 years of marriage they remained inseparable. Amongst a life of love and laughter together they raised two daughters, Tara, and Stacy. Ernie was a generous man both with his money and his...
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Sheila Barnes

March 15, 2017

Sheila Barnes passed away peacefully at her home in Albuquerque on March 15, 2017. She was surrounded by family. Sheila was born in Denver, Colorado to Maurice and Jane Aggeler. She is an alumna of St. Mary's Academy and the University of Colorado, graduating with a degree in history and a minor in Italian. After college, she was a flight attendant with Pan American Airlines and flew around the...
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Susanne M. Gooding

June 24, 1932 - March 15, 2017

Susanne Matlock Gooding, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Gooding of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; her son, Steven Gooding and his wife, Diana Gurule Gooding of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and their daughter, Lynsey Horcasitas; and their son, Cole Gooding and his wife, Renee; her son,...
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Nancy C. Flowers

September 28, 1928 - March 15, 2017

Nancy C. Flowers, M.D. 9/28/1928 to 3/15/2017 Nancy Flowers was born in McComb, MS to Mary Lee Gunter and Joseph Carruth Flowers on September 28, 1928. Her early schooling was mostly in Jackson, MS, and she graduated from the Greenwood Mississippi High School. She went from graduation from the Mississippi University for Women in 1954 to obtain training in Physical Therapy at the Medical College...
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Evelyn Huerta

March 15, 2017

Evelyn Huerta age 92, beloved by daughters, great and grandchildren, relatives and friends, passed away on March 15, 2017. Evelyn was born in Durango, Co to Clarence and Lula Chinn. She graduated from Las Vegas, NM High School, UNM and Greeley State Teachers College in Colorado. Evelyn taught elementary school in Vaughn and Albuquerque for 42 years, mostly at Hodgin Elementary. Evelyn touched...
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Vickie G. Serrano

April 20, 1926 - March 15, 2017

Vickie Serrano of Albuquerque, died Wednesday afternoon, March 15, 2017 at her home, with her family at her bedside. She was 90 years old. She was born on April 20, 1926 in Anton Chico to the home of Nicasio and Rosalia Garcia. She grew up and attended school in Santa Rosa. Vickie married Zoilo Serrano at Saint Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM on September 20, 1945. She was a great wife,...
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Betty Arlene Higgins

March 15, 1928 - March 15, 2017

Betty Arlene Higgins, 89, went to be with her Daddy in heaven on March 15, 2017. Betty was born on March 15, 1928 to Charles E. and Katherine Townsend Quass Jr. in Canton, Ohio. Betty is survived by her four daughters, Dawn Higgins, Linda Higgins, Alice Wylie and husband, Stephen and Lori Sturgess and husband, Tracy Kuntz; daughter-in-law, Connie Higgins; 11 grandchildren, Tommy, Chad, Ami, Kelly...
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Edward Joseph Leder

March 14, 2017

Edward Joseph Leder, age 97, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017. A WW-II veteran, he and his wife Muriel (deceased) and their young children moved to Albuquerque in 1949, where but for two brief periods for work, he remained until his death. Ed was a graduate of the University of New Mexico, worked as comptroller of a large local construction company, comptroller of a heavy equipment...
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Martha Ann Trent

March 14, 2017

Martha Ann Trent, 73 years old, beloved wife of 56 years to William R. Trent Sr. passed away peacefully March 14, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Ava B. Roberts and her husband, Terry L. Roberts; son, William R. Trent Jr. (Sonny) and his wife, Debbie Trent; grandchildren, Joshua M. Casner and his fiancé, Amber Jojola, Jeremy D. Casner and spouse, David Casner, Christie Sanchez and spouse...
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A. D. Garris

March 13, 2017

A.D. (David) Garris, 88, beloved husband, father and grandfather was called to heaven on March 13, 2017. He entered this world on December 9, 1928 in Runnelstown, MS born to Lonnie and Willie Garris. David was preceded in death by his first wife, Renee. David is survived by his second wife, Celia; daughter, Roxanne Salsmen and husband, Glenn; sons, Brett Garris and wife, Debbi, Vance Garris and...
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Paul John Matteucci

March 13, 2017

Paul John Matteucci, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away March 13, 2017 at age 79. He is survived by his wife, Judy (Christianson) to whom he was married for 54 years with the hope of many more to come. Paul was born in Albuquerque on November 18, 1937. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1955, University of New Mexico in 1959, and University of Wyoming School of Law...
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Theresa Edith Hiller

January 17, 1940 - March 13, 2017


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Teresa Ruth Sei

March 12, 2017

Teresa Ruth (Guest) Sei August 26, 1921 - March 12, 2017 Teresa Ruth Sei lived a full life and passed away at 95. She was born in Cole, OK and was a long-time resident of Albuquerque. Teresa Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Amerigo Sei, who owned and ran Mori's Lounge. Her two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. She leaves behind numerous nieces and...
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Loretta Rodarte

August 6, 1938 - March 12, 2017

Loretta Rodarte (Salas) passed peacefully on March 12, 2017, surrounded by her family after a valiant five-year battle with cancer. She was born August 6, 1938 to David and Lucy Salas of Alameda, NM. Loretta attended St. Mary's High School and graduated from Valley High School in 1957. She married her wonderful, adoring husband, Ray Rodarte, on October 25, 1958. Loretta worked for Mountain Bell...
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Curtis Alan Landes

April 28, 1957 - March 11, 2017

Curtis Alan Landes, beloved husband and father was called home March 11, 2017. He entered this world on April 28, 1957 born to Curtis and Ruth Landes from Franconia, PA. He is survived by his wife, Melanie Landes; and son, Chase Landes from Rio Rancho, NM; father, Curtis Landes from Sellersville, PA; brother, David Landes from Elkhart, IN; sisters, Jane Leatherman from Silverdale, PA, Marlene...
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Yvonne L. Tafoya

March 11, 2017

Yvonne L. Tafoya, of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, March 11, 2017. Serving Christ and others was Yvonne's primary passion. Yvonne was a registered nurse for over thirty years, highlighting her distinguished career by receiving the high honor of being named Pride Nurse at Presbyterian's Anna Kaseman Hospital. Pursuing the other passion in her life, she earned a Master's degree in Biblical...
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Daniel Espinosa

March 11, 2017

Daniel Espinosa of Albuquerque, NM passed away Saturday March 11, 2017. Daniel Espinosa spent most of his adult life dedicated to Veterans. He worked at the VA Hospital in the Orthotics/Prosthetists Deptartment measuring, fitting and fabricating artificial limbs and braces for disabled veterans. His career started in the Marine Corp in Korea where he repaired tents and boots. The skills he...
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Gary Tsosie

March 10, 2017

Gary Tsosie, 34, beloved son, passed from death into a life of eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 10, 2017. Gary loved the outdoors, the snow, and mountains; thus, lived in the state of Colorado for a time and enjoyed every moment of it. He was young and had an active lifestyle. He loved to go running, swimming, hiking up the trails or mountains, hunting with the men...
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Ann T. Gutierrez

March 10, 2017

Ann T. Gutierrez, 81, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. She was a dedicated Catholic with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. One of her proudest moments was traveling to Yugoslavia to the shrine of Our Lady of Medjugorje. She retired from the State of New Mexico Department of Human Services where she had many valued friends and coworkers. She was a proud member of Epsilon Sigma...
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Arthur Charles Allpass

March 9, 2017

Arthur Charles Allpass, 86, died peacefully Thursday, March 9, 2017, surrounded by family. Art was a widower of his beloved wife of 57 years, Edla Allpass. He is survived by this children, Brad (Lora) Allpass, Amy (Larry) Stone, and Doug (Sarah) Allpass; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Ally, Jennifer (Aaron), Jamie (Nick), Matthew, Patrick, and William; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Makenzie, Cannon and...
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Howard Sapon

March 11, 1931 - March 9, 2017

On March 9, 2017, a wonderful man left us. Howard Sapon was born in Brooklyn, NY, on March 11, 1931, to Leonard Sapon and Anna Jaffe. Howie grew up in Brooklyn, playing stickball in the streets and becoming president of his class at Brooklyn High School. After a stint in the Navy, he held a number of small jobs until friends told him he could find a steady one at a certain life insurance company...
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Oleta Riddle

March 9, 2017

Oleta Riddle was born in Mclean, Texas to Thomas and Della Holloway and died March 9, 2017 in Albuquerque . She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Gladys Smith, and Laeuna Caldwell; her husband, Durwood Riddle; her son, Tony Riddle; grandson, Richard Smith; son-in-law, Ralgh George; one niece; and one nephew. She is survived by her daughter, Gwen George; daughter-in-law, Sherlene...
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Helen M. Gonzales

March 8, 2017

Helen Gonzales, 74, beloved Mother, was called to her eternal resting place on March 8, 2017. She entered this world on September 15, 1942, in Taos, New Mexico, born to Eutimio and Eufelia Medina. She grew up in Taos, New Mexico and Rock Springs, Wyoming. She met the love of her life in Taos while he was working at his brother in-law's gas station. She graduated and then married the man of...
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Albert Emmet Hodapp

March 8, 2017

Albert "Al" Hodapp, 77, of Albuquerque, NM, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 8, 2017. He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Rosalina "Rosie;" daughter, April Mount and husband, Tracy of Albuquerque, NM, grandsons, Austen and wife, Brynne of Manhattan, KS and Evan of Washington D.C.; daughter, Mary Abt and granddaughter, Aubrey of...
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Wilma Patricia McCollum

March 8, 2017

Wilma Patricia "Pat" McCollum, age 67, passed away peacefully at Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. She is survived by her children, Alicia Webb and husband, Jason, Rachel Singer and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Shelby and Killian Webb. Cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park , 924 Menaul Blvd NE....
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Adria Lawson

March 8, 2017

Adria Lawson, 75, beloved mother and grandmother, was called to her eternal resting place on March 8, 2017. She entered this world on December 3, 1941 in Granite, OK, born to Loyd and Lily Rogers. She is survived by her son, James Lawson; daughter-in-law, Davina Lawson; and grandsons, Parker and Preston Lawson. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Lawson. The family will receive...
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Gale C. McElwain

June 26, 1935 - March 7, 2017

Gale C. McElwain, 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, passed away on March 7, 2017. He was born in Chicago, IL, to Harry and Martha McElwain. After graduating from Casey High School, he attended Eastern Illinois University for a year before he joined the Army. A Korean War veteran, he served for three years, two of which were at Camp Zama in Japan, before returning to Eastern Illinois. He...
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Howard G. Lotz

April 22, 1956 - March 7, 2017

Howard G. Lotz passed on peacefully at Presbyterian Hospital on March 7, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 60. Howard is survived by his son, Justin Lotz; daughter, Desiree Lotz; former wives, Ann Bur and Deborah Williams; mothers, Jo Ann Dee and Emma Badgley; sisters, Linda Torres, Brenda Bales and Grega St. John; and brother, Leon Dee. He is preceded in death by his father, George Arthur...
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Marcella Naranjo

March 7, 2017

Our Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother Marcella Louise Doyle Aceves Naranjo was called to her eternal resting place engulfed in beautiful love by the Father on March 7, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She entered this world on March 22, 1936 in Anderson County, IN, born to Paul and Helen Doyle. Marcella loved the Catholic Mass since her childhood days. She and her sisters would...
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MarciLynn Robinson

March 7, 2017

MarciLynn Robinson (aka: Mercedes McGowan) born May 22, 1992, in Portland, Oregon, died March 7, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM. She was survived by her parents, Dennis (Robi) and Susanne Robinson; siblings, Kimberly Robinson, Kathryn Robinson Bowden, and Christopher Robinson. The great tragedy of her drug addiction is the three small children she left behind, ages five, two, and six months. A...
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Kenneth Robert Henderson

March 7, 2017

Kenneth Robert Henderson, age 84. Our beloved father passed away in Albuquerque on March 7, 2017. Born in Britton, SD March 28, 1932. He is survived by his five children, Nikki Henderson of Albuquerque, Shari Pearce of Burbank, CA, Lisa Scott of Albuquerque, Joby Henderson-Still of Albuquerque, and Sean Henderson of Denver, CO; and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father,...
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Jimmie L. Warren

September 28, 1925 - March 6, 2017

Celebrating the accomplished life of Jimmie L. Warren who died at the age of 91 in Albuquerque, NM on March 6, 2017. He was a son, a husband, a father, and a grandfather before succumbing to dementia. Jimmie was a WWII Naval Officer. He was born on September 28, 1925 near Castor, LA. His parents were Asa and Willie Mae Warren. Jimmie is preceded in death by one brother, Asa Jackson; and three...
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Mary Lou Kanikaynar

September 22, 1928 - March 6, 2017

Mary Lou, 87, born September 22, 1928, in Wheeling, West Virginia, finished her life's journey on March 6, 2017, at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Rio Rancho, NM. She was pre-deceased by her son, Mark Erroll Kanikaynar and her parents, Charles and Marion Slater. She leaves behind her daughter, Ayla Quintana and husband Michael Sr.; grandchildren, Michael Jr. Quintana of Albuquerque, NM,...
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Marian F. Rocco

April 27, 1932 - March 5, 2017

Marian Frances Rocco died peacefully on March 5, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was 84. Marian was born in Old Town, Albuquerque on April 27, 1932 to her parents, Frank and Mary Mann. She graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1951 and married Jim Rocco in 1954. Marian was a loving wife and mother. She was a generous person who was always willing to help her family and friends. She was...
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Mary Anne Meredith

November 10, 1940 - March 5, 2017

Mary Anne Meredith November 10, 1940—March 5, 2017 Mary Anne Keese was born in Houston, TX to Jerry and Margie Keese. She moved to Dallas when she was two years old, and grew up in a family of four sisters, of whom she was the eldest. She attended school in Dallas and graduated from North Dallas High School and Texas Women's University where she studied Library Science. She was a children's...
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Donald G. Weidner

August 11, 1929 - March 5, 2017

Donald G. Weidner, 87, passed away after a painful battle with cancer. He was born in Wheeling, Ill, and was a resident of Rio Rancho, NM. Donald is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia. His extended family consists of many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Don was a retired independent long haul trucker, tour bus driver and school bus driver. His passions...
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Susana N. Derado

March 4, 2017

Susana N. Derado went with her Savior on March 4, 2017. She was born on August 11, 1930 to Quirino Navarette and Clara Palafos Navarrette in Artesia, NM. Susana married the love of her life, Joseph R. Derado on September 26, 1964 and he preceded Susana in death on April 28, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; two sisters; two nieces; and numerous uncles, aunts and...
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Raymond Louis Seaton

July 3, 1934 - March 4, 2017

Raymond Louis Seaton died on March 4, 2017 at the age of 82 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ray was born in Louisville, Kentucky and was the only son of Raymond Patrick Seaton and Mary (Owsley) Seaton. He served in the Navy Seabee's at the end of the Korean War as a court recorder, serving mainly in the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 1960 with a Bachelor of...
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Harry Hodges Dickson

March 4, 2017

Harry Hodges Dickson, age 96, passed away March 4, 2017. Harry was born in Philadelphia, PA to George Lewis Dickson and Alma Louise Hodges. Harry's namesake was his grandfather, General Harry Hodges. General Hodges was responsible for much of the design and building of the Panama Canal. In 1938, Harry graduated from Taft School. After school, he attended UCLA and UC Davis where he received a...
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William Bixby

March 4, 2017

William E. Bixby was born in Columbus, OH on October 17, 1927, and died on March 4, 2017, in Belen, NM. He is now walking the streets of gold in heaven because, when he was a teenager, he committed his life to his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Joanne. He is survived by a daughter, Linda Jones and her husband, Ron of Veguita, NM; son, Bill Bixby and his...
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Roy F. Ellison

March 3, 2017

Roy F. Ellison, Jr., age 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1961, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. He is survived by his children, Julie Wylie and husband, Wayne of Austin, TX, Cindy Franks of Albuquerque, and Tony Ellison and spouse, Freda Arellano; three grandchildren, John J. Franks V, Andrew Franks and wife, Hannah, and Kyla Franks; siblings, Lorraine Duncan, LoEtta Cuccio, Gene...
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Richard Wade

March 3, 2017

Richard Wade passed away on March 3, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was 66-years-old. Richard is survived by his wife, Silvia Zarate Wade and their two children, Javier Zarate and Kathleen Leon; his first wife, Elaine Wade and their three children, Jennifer Wade, Gabriel Wade and Elizabeth Wade; and grandchildren, Gabriel, Noah, Emma Wade and Eli Leon. He graduated from Guyman High School and...
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Jack Carlson

March 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, Jack Carlson, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his devoted family after a long illness. Jack was born in Muskegon, MI and moved to New Mexico in 1949. He was a very accomplished man in many ways. In business, he started as a dry-wall laborer and worked his way into forming his own business called Western Dry-Wall. His business expanded into Colorado, Arizona, New...
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Adelina Gutierrez

March 3, 2017

"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." Adelina "Lena" Gutierrez, age 87, lost her battle with cancer and was quietly called away to be with our Lord on March 3, 2017. She was born in Albuquerque, NM to her parents, Jose Andres and Tomasita Montoya. She was met with open arms by her best friend, and loving husband of...
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H. Clifton Wright

August 13, 1920 - March 3, 2017

H. Clifton Wright, 96, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017. He is survived by his nephews, Stephen S. Papania, David W. Moe, J. Charles Papania, Clifton A. Papania; nieces, Louise Moe DePlante, Anne Papania McCallum, Anne Kula Jasewicz, and Patricia Kula Beidl; and numerous great-nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Gilbert Wright; his second wife, Josephine...
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L. Roger Edwards

March 2, 2017

L. Roger Edwards, 76, beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, peacefully passed away on March 2, 2017. He entered this world on May 2, 1940 in New Ulm, MN, born to William and Verna Edwards. He is survived by his wife Judy Edwards of 54 years; brother William David Edwards; children Jacqueline Walters, Theodore Edwards (wife Anicée) and Anthony Edwards (wife April); grandchildren Justin Walters...
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Marie C. Gutierrez

March 2, 2017

Marie C. Gutierrez, age 79, passed away on March 2, 2017, in Albuquerque. Marie was born in Lincoln Park, MI on February 25, 1938. Marie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joe P. Gutierrez; sisters, Margaret Heller of Laguna Niguel, CA, Helen Pirtle of Bernalillo, NM, Olivia Welsh of Albuquerque, Michaele Schuman of Canitillo, TX, Kathleen Ciarlotta of Conchas Dam, NM, and Nora Gonzales of...
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Lois E. Harvey

March 2, 2017

Lois E. (McCarty) Harvey, wife of Earl S. Harvey, passed away on March 2, 2017 at Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque. Born in what is now the mining town of Mogollon, NM in 1924, she was the daughter of Pearl and Dude McCarty, a well-known rancher in Reserve, NM. The world shifted dramatically over her 93 years. From growing up in a home that did have a wood stove but no phone, she lived to see...
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Macie Margaret Sturm

March 1, 2017

Macie Margaret Sturm, 81, died March 1, 2017. She is survived by Connie, John and Richard and three nephews, Mike, Ed and John and their families and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Claire and her brother Carl Jr. Macie was a high school teacher in Virginia and research biologist at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque. She will be greatly missed by her family and...
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Arthur Avriell Gorrell

February 15, 1925 - March 1, 2017

Arthur Avriell Gorrell Jr., 92, February 15, 1925 - March 1, 2017 . He leaves his wife Helen Page Gorrell; son Bob and wife Terrie of Placitas, NM, their children Gavin Gorrell and Matt Schoberg; his son Jeff and wife Lisa of Santa Barbara, CA, their children Tiana and Sterling; his daughter Anne McFerron and husband Joe of Edmond, OK, their children Madison and Morgan; and his niece Sharon ...
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Leslie D. Gregg

March 1, 2017

Leslie D. Gregg, age 58, beloved son, brother, and friend, went to be with his Heavenly Father March 1, 2017. We remember Les as a big-hearted, generous person who was especially attentive to the needs of his elderly and disabled patients and clients in providing medical transportation services. Les would go out of his way to help people but was intolerant of anyone who would try to take unfair...
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Dorothymarie Funcke

June 9, 1935 - March 1, 2017

Dorothymarie Funcke, 81, beloved sister, was called to her eternal resting place on March 1, 2017. She entered this world on June 9, 1935 in Belleville, IL, born to Arthur Funcke and Olinda Funcke-Kirsch. She is survived by her sisters, Karen Lynch of Albuquerque, NM and Marcedes (Herbert) Rauch of Lincolnshire, IL as well as many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents;...
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Leonard Fincham

August 7, 1926 - February 28, 2017

Leonard (Len) Fincham, 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was called to his eternal resting place on February 28, 2017. Len was born on August 7, 1926 in Waterville, KS, the youngest of six children of Richard and Ethel Fincham. Growing up in a small farming community, Len worked hard every day of his life. He graduated from Waterville High School where he met his...
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James M. Abbott

February 27, 2017

James M. Abbott, 86, died February 27, 2017. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, he lived most of his life in Granite City, IL. He is survived by two sons, three granddaughters, his sister and several other family and friends. James served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars during that time. James was a gifted jack of all trades,...
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Aster R. Khan

February 27, 2017

Aster R. Khan, 62, died February 27, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Mohammad; children, Burhan Khan and wife, Melissa, Rehan Khan and wife, Jessica, Imran Khan and wife, Nour and Anthony Montano; brother, Anasar Emanuel; sisters; Anser, and Amber; grandchildren, Isaiah and Sonia; and many other family and friends. Mrs. Khan was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel and Elva...
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Laura Caroline Voida

February 27, 2017

Laura Caroline Stadler Voida, at the age of 95, was called home by her Lord on February 27, 2017, surrounded by the love of all her family. Laura was born on August 4, 1921 in Indianapolis, IN to George Frederick and Ruth Read Stadler. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, George, who she married on January 14, 1944 in Norfolk, VA, while George was an officer in the Navy. She and...
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Victor Sirwinski

February 26, 2017

Victor Sirwinski July 28, 1919 - February 26, 2017 Victor Sirwinski, a first-generation American born to Lithuanian immigrant parents Jonas and Elžbieta Shervinskis in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, on July 28, 1919, died of natural causes in the La Vida Llena Health Care Unit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 26, 2017. He was 97 years old. Victor is survived by his wife, Josephine Marie (aka Jo...
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Monica Manning

February 26, 2017


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Jean B. Chavez

December 11, 1951 - February 26, 2017

Jean B. Chavez passed away on February 26, 2017. Jean was a woman of faith. She believed in strong, faithful, unconditional, tough love. She was relentless, fearless, a compassionate councilor, and had a colorful sense of humor. JC Penny's was her favorite shopping spot and she loved Jesus with all her heart. She loved to dance and sing and enjoyed decorating her home. She was also an avid...
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Nina J. Barnes

February 26, 2017

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was called to be with our Lord on February 26, 2017. She was born in Texas in 1932 to Jim and Lois Jaynes. She graduated from Albuquerque High School and went to work at Sandia Labs where she met her husband, John C. Barnes. They married in 1951 and had three children. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Jaynes;...
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John M. Sugg

October 27, 1947 - February 25, 2017

John M. Sugg October 27, 1947 - February 25, 2017 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, went home to be with our Lord after a brief battle with cancer. John is survived by his best friend, the love of his life, and his wife of 40 years, Patti (P.J.) Sugg; daughter, Shannon Schneider and husband, David, and their children, Trevor, Tessa, Taven, Justin and Brittany of Artesia, NM;...
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Richard S. Baty

February 25, 2017

Richard S. "Sam" Baty passed away on February 25, 2017. Sam served as a U.S. Air Force Officer from 1960 until the final months of 1982. His assignments included the Tactical Air Command (TAC), the Strategic Air Command (SAC), Secretary of the Air Force special Projects, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Program, the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Air Force Studies and Analyses, and...
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Nancy Kruger

February 25, 2017

Nancy Kruger joined the Lord's family in Heaven on Saturday evening February 25th, 2017. She will be sorely missed, but we celebrate the amazing person that she was and appreciate how much better our lives were for having known her. Nancy was accomplished; dedicated and passionate for all that she did. She earned an MBA from UNM and was constantly educating herself; from learning French,...
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Alethea L. Hill

March 6, 1927 - February 25, 2017

Alethea "Lea" L. Hill, 89, went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2017. She was surrounded by family. Lea was born March 6, 1927 in Rock Island, IL. She had a musical life, starting at age 3. With a beautiful singing voice, she was in many plays, light opera and performed with the Sweet Adelines for many years in Rock Island, IL, Greeley, CO and in Albuquerque, after she moved here in 1962....
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Carolyn Proctor

September 22, 1946 - February 25, 2017

Carolyn Kay Proctor died at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM on February 25, 2017 following a long term, increasingly debilitating illness. Her immediate family was near her side. She was born September 22, 1946, in Lubbock, TX, the daughter of Warren and Marie Embree. Both parents preceded her in death. Kay is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roger Proctor; her son, Patrick Proctor;...
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Florence B. Quintana

February 24, 2017

Florence B. Quintana, age 95, passed on February 24, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1982; son, Frank in 1990; and grandson, Jerry in 2016. She is survived by her children, Florence Underwood, Elizabeth Rocha and husband, Leroy, and Gary; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Rosary will be recited Thursday, March 2, 2017, 10:30 a.m....
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Barbara Ann Gutierrez-Swiderski

February 24, 2017

Barbara Gutierrez-Swiderski, 74, beloved wife, mother, and sister was called to her eternal resting place on February 24, 2017. She entered this world on July 20, 1942 in Albuquerque, NM, born to Natividad and Alfonsa Gallegos. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Denny Gallegos. She is survived by her spouse, Mark Swiderski; daughter, Denise Gutierrez (Angel Chavez); sister,...
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Marilyn E. Hughes

August 9, 1942 - February 24, 2017

Marilyn E. Hughes, 74, loving wife, mother and sister, passed away February 24, 2017. Marilyn was known for her creativity, sense of humor and caring ways toward others. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, time spent riding with her husband on their Harley and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband, of 51 years, Donald Hughes; her children, Judy Thompson (Scott) and...
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Terry Allen Conger

February 23, 2017

Terry Allen Conger, 61, of Rio Rancho, NM entered heaven Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM following a long valiant struggle with health issues. He was born February 26, 1955, in Port Huron, MI to Herbert Conger and Dorothy Sheffield Conger. Terry spent eight years in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne. Following his honorable discharge, he served as Chaplain to the Zia...
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Lois H. Judge

February 23, 2017

Judge, Lois H. Lois H. Judge, age 85, finished her race on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Lois was a devoted wife, mother, and a woman of faith. She was characterized by her kindness, her love and she was a mother to many. She was truly a gracious and dignified lady. Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Walter Judge; her parents, Frank and Hazel Huhs; and by her siblings, Harold...
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Karen Jocelyn Lewis

February 22, 2017

Karen J. Lewis, age 74, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Murray Lewis of Pena Blanca, NM; children, Theran Lewis and wife, Sandi and her son Seth, Aaron Lewis and wife, Charlotte, and Tara Jones and husband, Curtis; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jocelyn, Justin, Jasmine, Katherine, and Ashley; three great-grandchildren,...
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