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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for JORDAN
  • JORDAN, JACK ANDREW Age 62, a resident of Albuquerque since 1988, died Monday, April 28, 2014. He is survived by his spouse, Caroline Jordan of Albuquerque; children, Tyler Jordan of Madison, WI and Cori Jordan of Albuquerque; sister and brothers, Laurel Mellon, Dean Jordan, Edward Jordan and Jay Jordan. Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Jordan and his stepfather, Leon Jordan. Jack followed his passions all his life. He was an accomplished athlete as a young man. His love of sports led him to own and operate some of the first sports bars in the southwest. Later in life, Jack pursued another lifelong goal into the world of finance. He began a career with Cuna Mutual thru Sandia Laboratory Credit Union and was recognized as one of their top performers in the country every year. His greatest joy however, was spending time with his children Tyler and Cori and traveling with his wife Caroline. Services will be held Friday, May 2, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at FRENCH Wyoming. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or the American Diabetes Associations. Please visit our online guestbook for Jack at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for HAWKES
  • HAWKES, MARY Mary Scarlett Hawkes was born on October 24, of 1994. When she came into this world she was a true gift. Her life was full of twists and turns which led her to the Hawkes family who loved her unconditionally, and made her their daughter. Mary touched so many hearts with her infectious smile, huge heart, and willingness to help those in need. There was not a single person or animal that she overlooked. Mary loved horses and loved working with them, to her this was an escape, a passion, she always said that she loved horses because they were free spirits just like her. This artistic creative young lady held the tools within herself to become something remarkable, and we are saddened that her life ended too soon, and went to be with our Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014. When you touch someone's life it's a privilege. When you touch someone's heart its a blessing. When you touch someone's mind its an honor. When you touch someone's soul it is a triumph. When you touch someone's spirit it is a miracle. Mary did this with every person she met, through troubles and struggles at times, she always looked for the good in people, she believed that she could make a difference in people and helped most to find their way. Mary could not change the past nor control the future, but she could change the mood of each day by touching peoples hearts with her smile, love and compassion. As per her sister's request, Mary's life was celebrated with a quiet viewing held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Romero's Funeral Home in Belen, along with a memorial service on Friday April 25, 2014. Thank you to all of our family and friends who attended the services and helped during this difficult time.

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for HAMBLIN
  • HAMBLIN, CHARLOTTE Age 77, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. She was born in Mt. Vernon, IN on February 28, 1937, to Phillip and Tressie Reich. Charlotte is survived by husband Roy Hamblin of Albuquerque, NM; her daughter Brenda and husband Robert Clewell of Milwaulkie, OR; grandchildren Anne Jackson and Christopher Tyler; and her beloved border collie, Wendy. Charlotte was know for being a very loving and giving person and helping everyone. She liked quilting and serving in her church. Public visitation will be held at the Wyoming Chapel from 12:00-1:00 pm on Thursday May 1, 2014 with a service to follow at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place at Sandia Memory Gardens after the service followed by a reception at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 3715 Silver Street SE, Albuquerque, NM. To view information or leave a condolence please visit our website at: www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, 505-821-0010.

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for GARCIA
  • GARCIA, ESTEVAN JAMES Our little angel Estevan James Garcia went to heaven on April 28, 2014. He was born in Albuquerque, NM on April 14, 2014, to Rigoberto Garcia and Jasmine Benavidez. Estevan is survived by his mother, Jasmine J. Benavidez; father Rigoberto Garcia; sister Analycia, grandparents James and Carol Benavidez, and Irene Garcia; great-grandparents John and Cathy Benavidez, Elfego and Celsa Baca, and Marie Garcia; aunt Jennifer Looper; uncle Matthew Garcia and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 309 Stover Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM. Mass Christian Burial services will be recited on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-884-1188

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for DODSON
  • DODSON, BRIAN WADE PH.D. Dr. Brian Wade Dodson, Ph.D. age 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, April 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Camilla. He is also survived by his Mother, Ruby; his brother, Leonard; his brother's wife, Kim; two nieces, Marian Dodson and Mary Beth McEvoy; and one nephew, Thomas McEvoy. Brian's father, Leonard, predeceased him in death. Brian spent the majority of his working career at Sandia National Laboratories. He was, during the course of his career, a physicist, a manager, a program manager at National Science Foundation, and a Sandia patent agent. After his retirement from Sandia, he worked as a technical consultant and pursued gourmet cooking. He was also well known in the community as a tenor, a musician, and an opera singer performing in a variety of civic light operas and musicals. Brian, to honor Camilla, flew to Ireland to sing the Dalkey Castle and then traveled throughout Europe singing. Brian brought his outstanding tenor voice and quiet dignity to the African American Catholic Community. He loved the music, and he loved to be with the African American Catholic Community. The choir director, Mrs. Louise Davis, lovingly called him IL DIVO. A celebration of Brian's life will be held at Brian and Camilla's home at 12709 Viewcrest Place NE on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 am for all Brian and Camilla's friends and colleagues. There will be food, drink and music with which to remember Brian and to share memories.

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for DEAN
  • DEAN, CAROLYN HALL Age 94, passed away on April 28, 2014. She was preceded by her husband, Maj. Kenneth C. Dean, USAF, who passed away in 1956. A resident of Albuquerque since 1959, she was born August 29, 1919 in Apalachicola, Florida. She graduated from Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University), and was a social worker and substitute teacher for many years. A longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and AAUW, many will remember her walking her Irish Setters in the Princess Jeanne neighborhood and being a rabid ice hockey fan. She was a frequent participant in the "Story of New Mexico" classes offered at UNM, and she loved to travel. Carolyn is survived by her four children - Mitch, Kathryn, Kenneth, and Marsha; granddaughter Allie; and great-grandson Caleb. Visitation is Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Funeral services will be Friday, May 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH - Lomas followed by burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Santa Fe Symphony at (santafesymphony.org) or to Animal Humane New Mexico at (animalhumanenm.org). Please visit our online guest book for Carolyn at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for DALTON
  • DALTON, JON LYNN Age 72, passed away suddenly in Albuquerque, NM on Friday, April 25, 2014. Jon was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Dec. 15, 1941 and grew up in Malcom, Iowa. Jon was known for his tenacious spirit and fiery military disposition all encased in his un-denying generosity. He was a man who had a very hard life and his body paid the price. Jon was a strong fighter and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. He was very proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army, primarily in the 1st Cavalry 7th Regiment, as a helicopter pilot. His military career sent him all over the world including 3 tours in Viet-Nam, Germany, Korea, and finally finishing his 26 year journey as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in El Paso, Texas. During that time he proudly earned countless military honors to include the Silver Star and Purple Heart. After his retirement, Jon went on to spend many years in the Air Defense field at Ford Aerospace. He was a long time member and dedicated volunteer of New Beginnings Church. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Aida; brother, Dennis; his parents, Lucille and John. Jon is survived by his loving daughter, Katja and husband Phillip O'Neal; son, Jon Paul and wife, Annie; brother, Mike and wife, Dianne; step-daughters Cindy and husband, Richard Mansfield, Donna and husband, Weldon Starling; grandchildren, Jacob, Jesse, Ashlie, Ricky; great grandchildren Isaiah and Daniel; several nieces and nephews; church family and many others who loved and cared for him. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 3601 Montgomery Blvd. NE, with Pastor Richard Mansfield officiating. Private graveside services to be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Jon's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at WoundedWarriorProject.org/Donate. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for CLARK
  • CLARK, SUSAN M. Age 51, of Rio Rancho, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Susan was a well-loved mother, daughter, sister and aunt - and she will be deeply missed by us all, but especially by the person she treasured most, her son, Mark Korenic. She is also survived by her father, Joseph L. (Ruby) Clark, Jr.; mother, Meg Clark; brother, Joseph (Carey) Clark III; sisters, Diane Kroulik and Jean (Bill) Dupuie; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH-Westside. Visitation will take place from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 3251 Westphalia Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. Please visit our online guestbook for Susan at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for CASTONGUAY
  • CASTONGUAY, JOHN D.D.S. John passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Aurora, Colorado after complications from lung surgery. His generosity, kind heart, sense of humor and amazing talent were an inspiration to his family and friends. He lived his life with integrity, honesty and love. He was an avid pilot and race car driver. John is survived by his wife and daughter, sisters, in-laws, many nephews and nieces. To celebrate his love of flying, a Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:30am, Double Eagle II Airport. "Trailing Winds and Calm Seas...Heaven hit the jackpot in Angels." Memorial contributions may be made to: www.SmileTrain.org, or to www.WoundedWarriorProject.org /donate, or a charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook at: www.castlerockfuneral andcremation.com

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for ARCHULETTA
  • ARCHULETTA, ELIZABETH Elizabeth Archuletta, age 83, was born July 26, 1931 in Monte Vista, Colorado. She was a resident of Albuquerque for 54 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Bertha Archuleta, sister Joan Gonzales and son Rodney Martinez. She is survived by her son Mike and wife Kathy; daughter Debra and husband Joe. She has six grandchildren Julia, Dominic, Michelle, Joshua, Alexandra and Mitchell; and nine great- grandchildren. She was parishioner of The Shrine of St. Bernadette's for over 30 years. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side. On May 1st a Rosary will be recited at 6pm, on May 2nd the Mass of Reconciliation at 9am, both services at The Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11509 Indian School Rd NE. She will be in our hearts and forever missed.

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for ARAGON
  • ARAGON, JOHN S. 1917-2014 On the morning of Monday, April 28, 2014 John S. Aragon passed away peacefully in the arms of his daughter Karen and entered into the arms of his beloved wife, Rose in the presence of heaven. John grew up in Belen, where he married Rose Jaramillo. They had three children Roselyn, Karen and Annette. John proudly served in the United States Air Force during WWII from 1939 to 1945. John went on to obtain a Master's degree in education from UNM. He worked in Belen as a teacher, a principle at Gil Sanchez Elementary School and as superintendent of Belen Public Schools. He was preceded in death by his parents, Telesford and Leduvina Sanchez Aragon; his beloved wife of 67 years, Rose Jaramillo Aragon; sister, Josie Archuleta; brothers, Florendo and Joseph S. Aragon; son-in-law, Robert Chavez. John is survived by his loving daughters, Rosalyn Chavez, Karen Aragon and husband, Dick Coffman and Annette Benavidez and husband, Carlos; grandchildren, Judith Ann Chavez, Cheryl Martinez, Judge John Chavez, Melissa Rose Marks, Celeste Grobowski and Tawnya Archuleta; 14 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a Viewing on Monday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. A Final Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 6th at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Sign John's online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for ARAGON
  • ARAGON, AMALIA Amalia Aragon, 91, passed away April 23, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Amalia was known to most of her family and friends as Mollie. She was born in Albuquerque on April 11, 1923 and was a life long resident devoted to loving and caring for her family and friends. Mollie was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Adolpo Aragon; her loving companion of 10 years Tony Perea of Corrales; her sons Luciano Aragon and Leonard Aragon. Mollie is survived by her daughters-in-law Priscilla Aragon and Gretta Aragon; her grandchildren Diane Aragon-Iafornaro her husband Jeff, Randy Aragon his wife Teri, Priscilla Vigil her husband Andrew, Brian Aragon, her many great-grandchildren and best friend Virginia Lucero who was also dedicated to her as a caregiver. Mollie is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were devoted to their Tia Mollie and brought her much joy by there visits. Mollie will also be missed by all her friends at the Senior Centers where dancing brought her such happiness. Pallbearers will be Marvin McDonald, Estanislado Chavez, Martin Pena, Randy Aragon, Jeff Iafornaro and Andrew Vigil. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 and Mass will be at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at St Anne's Catholic Church 1400 Arenal Road. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Ceremony.

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  • 04/30/14--00:00: Obituary for ALESSANDRONE
  • ALESSANDRONE, ARMAND JR. Age 63, beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014. Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael's and all Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montano Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107, where Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Those who wish to express their condolences, may visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services ALAMEDA MORTUARY 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for SMITH
  • SMITH, DAVID ROBERT &Quot;BOBBY&Quot; JR., DR. Dr. David Robert "Bobby" Smith, Jr., age 74, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to Heaven on April 27, 2014, to be with his Lord and Savior. Bobby had been a long time resident of Albuquerque. He was born in Houston, TX, attended the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and obtained his second Master's degree and Doctorate in Physics from Rice University. He worked as a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, taught physics and electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, specialized in high power microwave energetic effects while a resident of Colorado Springs, and completed his career as a consultant to Sandia National Laboratories until his retirement. Bobby leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Bonnie; their two sons, Dr. David Robert Smith III and Stephen E. Smith; and his brother, Frank Furlow. Bobby was also a proud grandfather of two gorgeous granddaughters, Kate and Sarah Smith; and he maintained strong relationships with family and friends, who extend across the country. Bobby had many interests. He loved to play piano, guitar, accordion, violin and banjo. He was always fond of a variety of music genres. Beloved friends and family who knew Bobby remember him as a soft-spoken, intelligent, humble man who loved his family and enjoyed leading Bible studies; entertaining his grandchildren, hiking, fishing and playing golf. Friends may visit FRENCH - Wyoming on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Services will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain Rd. NE, followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Smith family requests that charitable donations be made to either the Children of Faith School or the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. Please visit our online guestbook for Bobby at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for ROLAN
  • ROLAN, CHRIS STEVE Our beloved CHRIS STEVE ROLAN, age 30, of Albuquerque, NM, went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 20, 2014. Chris was born in Dinuba, CA on August 13, 1983 to Bill Dean Rolan and Theresa Maria Rolan. He is survived by his mother Theresa Rolan; four siblings: Robert Garcia; Frank Garcia; Dean Rolan; Arianna Rolan; and nine nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his grandma Lackey and many other family and friends. Specialist Rolan was a great and honorable man who served his country, four years as a medic in the United States Army. "For the greatest gift of all, which covers a multitude of sins and casts out all fears." (NKJV)..... love, is the legacy he leaves behind in the hearts of those who knew him. To celebrate his life of love, integrity and loyalty, a memorial will be held Thursday evening May 1st 2014, at Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE, 87108, (764-9663) with a viewing from 5pm-7pm and prayer service from 7pm-8pm. Following a funeral, Friday May 2nd 2014, at Sage Brush Community Church, 6440 Coors Blvd. N.W, 87120, (922-9200) with viewing from 10am-11am and funeral service from 11am-12pm. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park immediately following service.

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for RICHARDSON
  • RICHARDSON, WILLIAM "BILL" Age 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Minnie L. Richardson; children, Mike Richardson, Anna Redding and husband, Matt, Robert Richardson and wife, Jennifer, and Pat Richardson; grandchildren, Jeff, Debi, Sydney, Aaron, Jennifer, Ally, Stephen, and Sarah; great-grandson, Opie; sisters, Mildred Kimball and husband, Warren, Frances Berg, Bobbie Sue Berg and husband, Chester, Gwen Nell Perkins and husband, Richard, and Gertie Lou Welty. Bill served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for Hydro Conduit (Core Slab) for 27 years. He and Minnie sold at the South Valley Growers' Market for many years. A service will be held, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at FRENCH Lomas. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit FRENCH - Lomas on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Bill at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 505-275-3500

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for PARRA
  • PARRA, RICKY JOSEPH age 27, was born June 1, 1986 and died Sunday April 27, 2014. He was preceded by his grandfather, Joe R Sanchez and is survived by his loving mother, Viola Parra; his sister, Roxanne Padilla and husband Sylvester Padilla; goddaughter, Kayla Parra Padilla; niece, Johanna Padilla and his best friend and father, Rick Parra Sr. He will be missed by his grandmothers, Lenore Sanchez and Belem Parra; grandfather, Jose Parra; aunts Rose LaVail, Sarita Loehr and her husband Tom Loehr, Susan Chavez and her husband Javier Chavez and Priscilla Sanchez; uncles, Joe Parra, Richard Sanchez and wife Pat Sanchez, Joe Sanchez and his wife Carmen Sanchez, and numerous cousins and loving friends. Ricky was a very dedicated worker and loved his Dallas Cowboys and Lobo Basketball. In his short life we as a family loved him and supported him. We will all miss Ricky so very much. A Funeral Mass will be held at St Therese Little Flower Church, 300 Mildred Ave NW, just south of Candelaria and 4th St., on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for PAGETT-GLEASON
  • PAGETT-GLEASON, DEBBIE J. Age 61, a resident of Albuquerque since 1985, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Randall R. Gleason; sons, R. Ryan Gleason and wife, Kristalyn and R. Rob Gleason and wife, Carla; granddaughter, Robyn R. Gleason; grandsons, Rhett R. Gleason, Reid R. Gleason, and Reagan R. Gleason; parents, Gene and Barbara Pagett; sisters, Kathy Jo Smith and husband, James and Denise Irene Cassley and husband, David; and brothers, Rocky Pagett and Barry Pagett and wife, Shari. Debbie volunteered at the UNM Hospital Service League and Road Runner Food Bank. She was an Honorary Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Albuquerque and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque - Del Norte. She served along with her husband as the Rotary District Governor Couple (District 5520) in 2000-2001. She was a career Banker with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors and held the Certified Professional Secretary Designation. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, Farmington, New Mexico on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Debbie's life will be celebrated on Friday, May 2, 2014, 3:30 p.m., at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 4601 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, with Rev. Rodney Saunders officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary International Foundation, the New Mexico Methodist Foundation, or Road Runner Food Bank. Please visit our online guestbook for Debbie at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for NUNEZ
  • NUNEZ, FILIBERTO JR. Filiberto Nunez, Jr., age 77, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 27, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. He served in the U.S. Navy from December 1954 to December 1958. He was a retired electrician from his business Duke City Electrical Company. In his early years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Later in his life, he was fan of NASCAR and watched them faithfully on tv. He is survived by his son, Phillip Nunez; daughter Julie and husband, Benjie Gonzales; and Juanita and husband, Sonny Archuleta; granddaughter, Jessica Nunez; step-grandchildren, Stephanie and husband, Tarl McCarthy; Andrew Archuleta and wife, Dayra; Benetta and husband, Celso Garcia, and Benjamin Gonzales; six great- grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Filiberto and Juanita Nunez; his sisters Gregoria Lopez, Carmen Martinez, Frances Nunez, Josie Gonzales, Claudia Estrada, Bertha Romero, and Lupe Sturtcman; and many friends and family that passed before him. He is also survived by his sisters: Adela Montes of Azusa, CA; and Caroline Alderete of Albuquerque and many nephews, nieces, and extended family. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at New Beginnings Church of God, 3601 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Those who wish to express their condolences online may visit www.riversidefunerals.com In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of his daughter Julie Nunez, to the American Kidney Fund at (800)795-3226 or at www.kidneyfund.org/give-now/ gifts-in-honor-of/.

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  • 05/01/14--00:00: Obituary for MONTOYA
  • MONTOYA, TRANSITO MILTON &Quot;CURLY&Quot; With heavy hearts but faithful souls we regret to inform the friends and family of TRANSITO MILITON MONTOYA, A.K.A. "CURLY", that he has passed away at 79 years of age as of April 23rd, 2014. Transito was an altar boy in his youth and early in his manhood he joined the United States Navy and earned a Purple Heart in The Korean War. Upon finishing his tour of duty he served as a paramedic in the Albuquerque Fire Department and went on to run his own business, "ABC Fire Control Systems". Our dad and grandfather paid his dues to this world tenfold and lived to become a huge influence and a mentor to his step-son and grandsons. An angel to some, a devil to most but a hero for millionsCurly was a champion and is now with his beloved wife "Dolly" in heaven. Curly was cherished by: His late wife, Dolores Zamora; His step-son and closest boy, Wilfred Joe Zamora Jr; His two adored grandsons, second children, Antonio Zamora and Delano Zamora; His family: Lucy Montoya, Rosann and Henry Hunick and Eric Hunick; Ann Tapia, Melanie and Robert Thompson; Mike and Hazel Montoya; and Natalie and Jason Gittleson. Dad, I know you and mom will be at all my shows from now on and I'm going to sing my heart out for you. Thank you for your time, your wisdom and your love. I will never forget your voice, your words or your heart. P.S. Please give mom a big hug and kiss from me and the boys and tell her, "We love you mucho, mucho, mucho por siempre, all the way to Mexico and back." Transito's Life Celebration will begin on Thursday at 6:00p.m in the Floral Chapel at Salazar Mortuary. Please visit Transito's online guestbook at www.SalazarMortuary.com SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133

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