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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BLEA
  • BLEA, JUAN ANTONIO (TONY) MAY 16, 1918 - MAY 17, 2002 In Loving Memory of our Father, Happy Birthday Daddy On this 12 year anniversary, These days are remembered and quietly kept. No words are needed, we shall never forget. For those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen and unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed and so very dear. Daddy we love and miss you forever. Always your children, Patsy, Ricky, Antonia, Jeanette and Matthew Blea.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BLAIR
  • BLAIR, MILLA R. Milla R. Blair, 99, died peacefully May 12, 2014. Preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Margie Blair. Survived by children Lana Hilliard (Carl deceased) and Michael Blair (Adell). Also survived by grandchildren Bronson Hilliard (Cindy), Brendan Hilliard (Jennifer), John Gerace (Kym) and Jeana Buchanan (Robert) and five great-grandchildren. Services Monday, May 19th at 2:00pm, French's Chapel, 7121 Wyoming NE.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BETTSBORKEN
  • BETTSBORKEN, MARILYN Alan Borken's very, very dear sweet spouse of almost 49 years passed away peacefully in Hospice at Rust Presbyterian. All of her chronic health problem finally caught up and exhausted her. She fought a good battle. She would have been 77 in July. Before the end she got to see her loving German Shepherd Dog Trooper twice while in Hospice and that meant everything to her as she very dearly loved him and he also got a chance to say goodbye. They had a regular love fest. She is survived by her spouse; her brother Bill Owens; nieces Sharon, Marian, Vicki; and nephew Glenn. Please visit Marilyn's online guestbook at www.Reflectionoflife.com REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BARROS
  • BARROS, CAROLINA SEDILLO Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was born January 14, 1927 and passed away peacefully at home Thursday, May 15, 2014 following a lengthy illnesss. Mrs. Barros was preceded in death by her husband, Epi Barros and her eldest son, Ricardo Barros. Mrs. Barros is survived by her children, Jerry Barros, Lorraine Quirino and husband, Joe, and Tony Barros; sisters, Priscilla Chavez, Julia Gallegos and husband, Alex, and Mary Trujillo; brothers, David Sedillo and wife, Mae, and Solomon Sedillo Jr. and wife, Linda; grandchildren, Carlos, Andres, Javier, Lucas, Eduardo, Gabriela, Sonia, Serafina, Brianna; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Carolina was a member of the Altar Society, the Sacred Heart of Holy Rosary Church for fifty plus years, an auxiliary member of the America Legion, Post 72 and was retired from APS after thirty years. Carolina was an excellent cook and baker who taught us all to cook, a trait that we in turn have all continued. She loved music, especially Al Hurricane, and was full of life, loved dancing, singing and laughing. She and her husband were the proprietors of Epi's Lounge for twenty years. Visitation will be Monday, May 19, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Dan and Rose Lopez. Final visitation will be Tuesday, May, 20, 2014 at the Church from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carlos Barros, Andres Barros, Javier Quirino, Gino Sedillo, Michael Cramer and Solomon Chavez. The family would like to thank the caretakers from Sandia Hospice and the family also requests in lieu of flowers, dontations be made to the Alzheimers Association of New Mexico. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BAIRD
  • BAIRD, ELIZABETH W. A resident of Albuquerque for the last 13 years, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Johnson and husband, Ron of Albuquerque, Carolynn Worstell and husband, John of Albuquerque, and James Sabin and wife Karen Kelly of Mimbres, NM; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Pat Miller and Charlotte Moen and husband, Robert; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mrs. Baird was preceded in death by her two husbands, Fredrick James Sabin and Robert Baird; daughter, Peggy Lynn Sabin; and four brothers, Frank, Lawrence, Robert and Alfred Wilkinson. She was born in 1920 in Tallahassee, Florida to Lawrence and Minnie Lee Owens Wilkinson. After moving to Albuquerque, she loved creating ceramic pieces and working at the LDS Temple. Mrs. Baird was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Services will be held at the LDS Church at 4109 Eubank Blvd, NE on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Viewing will take place at 3:15 p.m. Interment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park on Dyer Street in El Paso, TX on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Elizabeth at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for BACHELLER
  • BACHELLER, NANCY W. Nancy W. Bacheller passed away on Apr. 13, 2014. Nancy is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. Nancy dedicated much of her life serving the communities of Albuquerque, NM and Phoenix, AZ. Nancy's legacy of selfless giving will live on for decades to come. Nancy will sincerely be missed by many. An informal remembrance ceremony will be held atop Sandia Peak on Friday, May 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Please contact Sandia Peak Tramway at (505) 856-7325 for directions.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for ARMIJO
  • ARMIJO, ANASTASIA LEONELLA Our beloved Nana, Anastasia Leonella Armijo, age 90, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 17, 1924 and was a lifelong resident. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlando B. Armijo. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Napoleone; granddaughters, Michele Napoleone-Garcia and Sarah Napoleone-Alfaro and great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Mariah, Noah, Nicholas, Anastasiah and Josiah. A rosary will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:00 am Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church and burial at 3:00 pm at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for AMUNDSON
  • AMUNDSON, VICTORIA (VICKI) age 61, passed away on May 1, 2014. She grew up in Phoenix, AZ, where she met her surviving husband of 33 yrs, David. Vicki and David moved to Albuquerque in August of 1981, where Vicki loved the change of seasons. Vicki had many jobs working for the phone company (Mountain Bell/Qwest/Dex) and retired after 30 years of service. She loved the outdoors, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts and taking care of the family dog, Maxwell. She was a giving soul with a heart of gold. She was truly loved by her family and touched the hearts of all who met and got to know her. She was preceded by her mother's death, Vivian Dominguez. She is survived by father Raymond; brothers Norbert, Kenny; and sister Tami. Cremation has taken place and a private gathering will be held in Phoenix for family on the 17th of May. A very causal gathering will be held in Albuquerque at the Barley Room Tavern on May 22nd, from 5 to 7 pm, for friends and ex-coworkers. Thoughts of her memory can be sent to her Facebook page.

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for WALKER
  • WALKER, IRENE MATTINGLY MAY 8, 1925 - MAY 23, 2014 Irene Mattingly Walker passed away peacefully after a long, full life and a short illness. Irene was born and raised in the town of Ironton in southeastern Missouri, the daughter of George Everestus Mattingly, a civil engineer, and Irene Marshall Mattingly, a homemaker who raised eight children while her husband traveled the state of Missouri working for the Missouri Highway Department and the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Irene was fortunate to grow up with three half-siblings: Tom, Florence, and Mary; and four full siblings: Elizabeth, George, Bill, and Jane. After graduating from the Ursuline Academy in Acadia, Missouri, she attended Saint Louis University, earning a B.S. in Radiological Technology while working full-time in the x-ray department at Firmin Desloge Hospital. Her brother George traveled to the southwestern United States and during a telephone call while passing through Albuquerque, he told her that he thought she might like it. At Firmin Desloge, she was acquainted with a physician whose uncle ran a clinic in Albuquerque. He arranged for her to receive an employment offer and a short while later she moved to Albuquerque and worked for several years at the Lovelace Clinic. She met George Walker, a law student who was also from southeastern Missouri, on a blind date and later that year, after attending picnics and law school functions together, they were married. Her radiological experience eventually led to a job at Sandia National Laboratories where she worked until shortly before the birth of her first child. She and George had five children, born within seven years. Irene was talented at sketching and watercolor, loved to read a good book when she had the time, and had an uncanny knack for entertaining toddlers, whether her children or her grandchildren. She was a prolific letter writer. Irene is survived by her children: William George Walker, Martha Susan Walker Gonzales, Alice Irene Walker, Judith Marie Walker Bruesch, and Thomas Dwight Walker; by her eight grandchildren: Ian Walker Cady, Benjamin David Cady, Susan Rose Cady, Zachary Walker Hoffman, Nigel Walker Hoffman, Jacob van Heijenoort Walker, Noah Thomas Walker, and Grace Elizabeth Walker; by her children-in-law: Joshua Hoffman, Laure van Heijenoort, Gordon Bruesch, and Marshall Gonzales; by her sister Jane Cataldo; and by numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to her long-time caregiver and friend, Diana Carrillo. Please visit our online guestbook for Irene at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for VALLEJOS
  • VALLEJOS, MARIA RAMONA Age 67, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on October 8, 1946 to Ernestacio and Geneveve Chavez. Maria is survived by children Ricky Vallejos, Stella Christenson and husband Greg and David Vallejos; grandchildren Marina Vallejos and Aiden Christenson; brothers Richard Chavez, Larry Chavez, Junior Chavez and Adam Chavez; sister Josie Bencomo. Maria enjoyed ceramics, traveling, going to the casino, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend that will be greatly missed. Affordable Cremation & Burial 621 Columbia Dr. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-262-1456

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for UPSHALL
  • UPSHALL, MARY Mary F. (Wornczyk) Upshall, 61, passed away on May 27, 2014 with her loving husband, daughter, and dear friends, Tamara and Raul Pardo, comforting her. Mary was born on October 27, 1952 in Hazleton, PA to Edward and Leona Wornczyk. She lived most of her younger years in Morrisville, PA where she attended Holy Trinity School. She graduated from Bishop Conwell High School in 1970. In 1973 she graduated from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia and began her many, many years practicing the nursing profession that she loved. In November 1972 she met Fred Upshall, her husband-to-be, at a George McGovern pre-election campaign party - they married on August 25, 1973 and ultimately settled in Concord, NH after Fred completed law school. While living in Concord, Mary worked for multiple medical providers, including Concord Hospital, Merrimack County Nursing Home, James M. Trice, MD, Pleasant View Retirement Center and Genesis Healthcare. She also served for a number of years as the volunteer school nurse at St. John Regional School. In addition to loving her profession, Mary was an avid Patriots fan and a proud member of Red Sox Nation. In 2008 Mary moved to Albuquerque, NM where she continued her nursing passion as the Infusion Room Nurse at Albuquerque Center for Rheumatology, a job she truly loved. While in Albuquerque she also completed her formal education in September 2013, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Professional Arts - Human Services Specialization (cum laude) from St. Joseph's College, Standish, ME. Mary was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Mark Wornczyk. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 41 years, Frederick E. Upshall; her beloved daughter, Courtney (with Donovan, her talking Husky), both of Albuquerque; her brother, Edward Wornczyk and his wife Kimberly, of Langhorne, PA; Shaemus, the newly-adopted rescue dogs, Lakota, her four-legged advisor and confidant, and her many, many patients for whom she cared so very much. Please celebrate Mary's life with her family and friends at the Reflection of Life Chapel, 2400 Washington St NE, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, HC 61 Box 28, 378 Candy Kitchen Rd, Ramah, NM 87321, for their use in saving and protecting the wolves, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please visit Mary's online guestbook at www.Reflectionoflife.com REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for TRUJILLO
  • TRUJILLO, DAVID ANTHONY age 48, was born on September 28, 1965 in Grants, NM and passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home in Bernalillo. David worked thirty two years for Jackson Equipment Company and NM Spring and Suspension Shop in ABQ. Most recently was general manager, for owner/ operator Chuck Jacks. David enjoyed camping & fishing, or just having a get together with his friends after a hard day at the shop. The special apple of his eye was his niece, Angie. Her photos were everywhere in David's home. David's loyal companion was always little Roxie, his pet Chihuahua. They were inseparable, you never saw one without the other. David was preceded in death by his mother Evangeline Trujillo and his grandmother, Odilia Lucero. He is survived by his brother, Harry and Judy Trujillo; his niece, Evangeline Trujillo and companion Nate Goodrich; brother, Danny and Terry Trujillo all from Grants, NM; aunt, Lucy Ham of Millstadt, IL; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; his loyal companion, Roxie, a pet Chihuahua -mix; as well as other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. A Memorial Service will be held at Direct Funeral Services Chapel, 2919 4th Street NW, ABQ. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11:00am-12:00 noon. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at a later time. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ.505-343-8008.

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for TRAS
  • TRAS, PETER JR. Peter Tras was born on May 7, 1919 and died May 2, 2014. Pete was the son of Helen and Peter Tras, Greek immigrants who settled in the small upstate New York town of Endicott. Pete attended Bucknell University until the outbreak of World War II. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps and saw combat duty in the European theatre as well as being a flight instructor during the war. During this time he married his childhood sweetheart Christine Kapetaneas also of Endicott. They were married for 60 years. Pete and Chris traveled and lived throughout the United States while Pete was in military service. Pete's last assignment was in El Paso Texas where he moved Chris and their young son. Pete started his career in insurance sales at this time and was one of the founding agents of the general office for New York Life Ins. Co. in West Texas. In 1957 the family now with two more children moved up the Rio Grande Valley to Albuquerque where Pete continued his career with New York Life. He was honored by the company for 50 years of service. Pete and Chris were an active couple and split their time between raising the family, participating actively in their church, and for Pete continuing his great love of sport primarily handball, tennis and golf. Pete and Chris were avid supporters of Lobo Basketball and bought and held on to tickets at the Pit when it first opened. Pete spent ten years caring for Chris when she developed Alzheimer's Disease. Following Chris' death Pete moved to Aurora to be with his daughter Jamie. He returned to Albuquerque in July 2011 to live with his son Peter and wife Jan. Pete is survived by his son Peter Tras III; daughter Jamie Tras Dodd; and son Christopher Kit Tras. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Nicholas Tras, Christine Dodd, Danielle Dodd, and Christopher James Tras. He was Papou. Pete was passionate about his life with Chris, his kids and grandkids, the Air Force, his work, his many many friends, and having fun. A good day for Pete was hitting a bucket of balls and coming home and having a beer. Private burial service was held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe where he is at last with Chris. The family would like to thank Yvonne Maher his devoted and loving caregiver. Dr. Ortega, Kim, Raynell, Sophia and the wonderful staff at Hospice de la Luz for all the great care.

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for TORRES
  • TORRES, DANIEL M. Age 62, beloved father, husband, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, was embraced by the Lord and taken to Eternal Life on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, Jeanette J. Torres; father, Tino Torres; sister, Marietta Sais; in-laws, Charlie and Corrine Harrison; and sister-in-law, Virginia Harrison. He is survived by his loving daughter, Kimberly Woo, husband, Sam Woo; grandson, Noah, and baby Woo; his loving son, Kevin Torres; mother, Alice Olona Torres; brother, Paul Torres; sister, Lucille Giddings and husband, Charles Giddings; sister, Juli Velasco and husband, Bobby Velasco; sister-in-law, Loretta Gurule; brother-in-law, Al Gurule; many nieces and nephews; cousins; special relatives: uncle, Eugene and wife, Armida Torres; aunt, Theresa Garcia; uncle, Orlando and wife, Melba Olona; and many other family and friends. Daniel attended Valley High School and graduated in 1969. He honorably served his country as a United States Marine. He retired from American Airlines. Daniel loved his family, music, the Beatles and Elvis, dancing and karaoke. He was a Laker and Raider fan. Daniel loved talking politics, was great at making a good deal, as well as the joker of the family who always had a wonderful story to share. He always thought of others before himself, very giving and always loved a good laugh. He will forever be remembered for his warm and loving heart of gold and smile that touched everyone. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, June 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m., at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 300 Mildred Ave. NW. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chucky Giddings, Cruz Baca, Avery Gurule, AB Montoya, Manuel Perea, Vernon Dinelli, Gerald Olona and Gabe Maldonado. Honorary Pallbearers are Max Contreras and Stephan Sais. Reception will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 3301 Mountain Rd NW, 87104. Thank you to MaryLou and other Hospice staff for the extraordinary care given to my dad. Thank you to the UNM Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste 300, Albuquerque 87111. Please visit our online guestbook for Daniel at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for TORRES
  • TORRES, EMILIO &Quot;TED&Quot; Age 87, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, May 29, 2014. He is survived by his brother, Charlie Torres and wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Catalina Torres; siblings, Emma Basila, Mary Torres, Joe Torres, Lilly Sarracino, Rita Smith, Tony Torres, and Gilbert Torres. Ted served as an MP with the US Army during the Korean War. He worked for and retired from Sandia National Laboratory with the Atomic Weapons Division. He was an avid Lobo and Cowboys fan. Uncle Ted will be missed at family functions and gatherings because he had a wonderful way about him and a glorious outlook on life. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, June 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m., at Holy Ghost Parish, 833 Arizona Ave. SE. Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit the online guest book for Ted at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for TANNY
  • TANNY, JOHN A. Lost his courageous battle with esophageal cancer, May 30th, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill 1936. He is survived by many people who loved him dearly, including his soul mate, Judy; his loving children, daughters Rita Tanny-Diamond and David, Jennifer and husband Al Belt and Rachel and fiance Brian Kelly; son, Greg and wife Monica Tanny; grandchildren, Nicole and Courtney Haney, Aubrey Diamond, and Michael, Ashley Tanny, Joshua and Jessica Diamond, Adrian Gutierrez and Janine, Neal Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Michael Tanny and Victoria; seven great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Aidan, Jonathan, Chiara, Jordan, Sophie and Connor; inlaws, Ted and Diane Beltz, Robert "Bob" Hansen and Artimus, Dick and Janice Hansen; sisters, Jane, Vicky and Jo; brothers, Jim and Jerry; many nieces and nephews. John enjoyed family barbeques, bowling and golf with his favorite "compadre" Bob, coffee and paper in the morning with "Hon", casino trips with Jen and Al, monthly lunches with Greg and Michael, good food, good wine, lots of laughsgood times. John was a letter carrier for 34 years with the U.S. Post Office. He also held many other jobs after retirement, but his favorite was "Ray's" Ace Hardware where he made many good friends. Last but not least, he is survived by his "best friend" and walking pal, Charlie. Services Pending. FRENCH Rio Rancho 1950 Pine Rd NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 (505) 338-2000

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for SYLVESTER
  • SYLVESTER, DORA LUCILE ANDERSON LANGLEY Dora Lucile Anderson Langley Sylvester was born in Wilsonville, Nebraska, on July 31, 1925, the daughter of C.R and Mary Anderson. She passed away on May 30, 2014. Dora was an excellent hostess and cook, enjoying preparing meals for her family and friends. She was an avid stamp collector and served in leadership roles at the Palo Duro Philatelic Society. Over the years, she collected thousands of stamps from about 15 countries. She also had a unique collection of miniature antique lamps. Dora began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse at age 17. She got her Bachelor's degree at Chadron's State Teacher's College, and her Master's degree at the University of Wyoming. She taught primary school children in Valentine, Nebraska; Laramie, Torrington, and Riverton, Wyoming, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dora was an active member of Sandia and then Heights First Churches of the Nazarene. She served in the church's food bank and was also active in singles and greeting ministries. Dora was predeceased by her first husband Forrest Langley who was killed in action during World War II, and her loving husband of 61 years, Donell D. Sylvester. In addition to her husband, she was preceded by her infant son, Kent, her brothers, Charles and Howard Anderson, and sister, Alice Babbitt. Dora is survived by her brother Frank Anderson (Ila), sisters Melva Anderson and Zora Yoder (Chet), her daughter Nancy Brown (William), son John Sylvester (Debbie), and her daughter Mary Dell Saling (James). She is also survived by four grandchildren, Deonne Benedict, Nathan Brown, Piper Wild, and Aaron Cravens. She had eight great-grandchildren, Morgan Laird, Natalie and Owen Brown, Ethan Wild, Camille and Caleb Cravens, and Blaine and Faith Benedict. Her son John, with help from her daughters and caregiver Priscilla DuBois, lovingly cared for her during the latter years of her life. The family gives them and everyone else who cared for Dora their greatest gratitude. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH Wyoming. A service to honor her life will be held on Wednesday June 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Heights First Church of the Nazarene, 8401 Paseo Del Norte Albuquerque, NM 87122, and burial will be in Wilsonville, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heights First Church of the Nazarene, Please visit our online guestbook for Dora at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for STAMM
  • STAMM, WILLIAM F. William F. Stamm, age 99, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, April 24, 2014 with his devoted wife of 48 1/2 years, Ruth at his side. He was born at home to Elizabeth Baldridge Stamm annd Roy A. Stamm on June 18, 1914. He attended Old Forth Grade School, Washington Junior High School and Albuquerque High School at Broadway and Central. But graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in 1932 and attended UNM in 1933 and 1934. He worked at Baldridge Lumber Company in 1935 (This company was started in 1882 by his grandfather, J.C. Baldridge). From 1936 to 1941, Bill and his father had a sporting goods store and outdoor recreational area. (Tennis, shuffle board, bikes for hire, camping trips) When WWII started he went to work at a Munitions Plant in Denver, until he was sent to Honolulu in 1943 to 1947 with the Army Engineers and on to Post War Japan for 4 years to the 5th Air Force Base, then back to Albuquerque to Kirtland Airforce Base Engineers until he joined Sandia Labs from 1952 to 1974, when he took early retirement. Bill's father, Roy who wrote "For Me, The Sun", was quite an outdoors person and exposed Bill and his two brothers, Allen now deceased and Bob to beautiful areas in New Mexico and Colorado on many camping trips. Little wonder that Bill started the New Mexico Mountain Club in 1952 and it is still going strong after 62 years. Bill wrote this "The high point in my life was when I married Ruth, a girl from Chicago, September 4, 1965 who I met at the April meeting and it was truly "Love at first sight" for the both of us. We had a rustic cabin in the Jemez Mountains and enjoyed it year round with friends and as a base for snowshoe trips. Bill loved camping, hiking, backpacking and down hill skied until he was 83 in all our western states, Japan and Austria. Other high points in his life were climbing to the Summits of 12,360 Ft. Fujiyama, 14,870 Ft. Matterhorn, 17,876 Ft. Popocatepetl and 14,500 Ft. Whitney. He and Ruth were also active members of the Sierra Club, Volunteers for the Outdoors, Friends of the Petroglyphs, New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club, Sandia Ski Club, Sandia Thunderbirds Nature Conservancy and NM Wilderness Alliance. He built 28 huge dog houses for PACA, drove vans for the Albuquerque Senior Centers for five years and hosted the Audubon Wildlife Film Series at Popejoy Hall form 1971 to 1979. Both Bill and Ruth were on the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Zoological Society from 1980 to 1990. What Fun That WAS! And we did get to travel a lot; Tibet, Russia, China, New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland, Europe, Thailand, etc, etc. But the best trips of all were in our 1972 VW Camper in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Bill was preceded in death by his sons, Billy and Phillip. He is survived by his son Paul, grandson Dario, brother Robert and his wife Mary and many nephews and nieces and friends. A donation in his memory, to your favorite animal charity would make him smile. Bill will be missed! At his request Bill was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a later date by his loving family. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for STACKPOLE
  • STACKPOLE, BUTCH Age 62, passed away on May 27, 2014. Butch was born November 9, 1951 to the late James and Vera Stackpole. He was married to Johanna Boughton Stackpole. Butch is survived by his wife Johanna; and his three children, Katrina Marie, James Robert, and Joseph Noel Stackpole. During his life he attended the University of New Mexico where he received a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Butch was published as an author and co-author in National Coaches Publications and Scientific Journals for his research on Anabolic Steroids and its effects on athletic performance. He was one of the founding fathers of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Butch was a five time New Mexico State Power Lifting Lightweight Division Champion from 1979 to 1984. Butch was also the New Mexico Power Lifter of the Year Recipient from 1981-1984. He held 22 New Mexico Power Lifting records from 1976 to 1985. Butch also produced and directed power lifting meets and strongman competitions. Butch was a coach for the Power Lifting Team A that broke over 100 power lifting records. He also renovated weight training facilities and implemented strength conditioning programs at Eldorado High from 1981 to 1982, Highland High from 1984 to 1986, and Rio Grande High from 1987 to 1988. Butch spent the last 23 years of his teaching career at Wilson Middle School teaching P.E. to thousands who attended the South East Heights School. He loved and enjoyed rearing his three supporting their various efforts, Katrina in Rodeo, James in Yafl football, and Joseph in middle school and high school basketball. Butch is also survived by his sister, Linda Stackpole Harris and her husband Steve of Chilhowie, VA; brother, Noel Stackpole; sister, Anna Guillen and husband Vince; brother, John Stackpole, all of Albuquerque, NM; niece, Kimberley Ortega Lee and her husband Brian of Phoenix, AZ. A Rosary will be recited at 6 o'clock pm on June 1, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 o'clock am on June 2, 2014 at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment to follow service at Sedillo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Butch's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://support. woundedwarriorproject.org, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010

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  • 06/01/14--00:00: Obituary for SPENCER
  • SPENCER, ELSIE CHARLESE Age 90, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed from this life on May 26, 2014 and was received into the care of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Charlese Spencer received the UNM College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. At the age of 13 she knew that she wanted to be a missionary in Africa. She acquired her missionary training at a college in Texas and then turned her attention to a lifelong career in nursing. She completed her RN at the Regina School of Nursing (University of Albuquerque) in 1952. Before she went to Africa in 1954, she trained as a midwife in London. Charlese obtained her bachelor of science in nursing at UNM. She taught nursing rotations to Native American students for the BIA and later went on to a MSN program at the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1973. Charlese and a co-worker went to Ghana to staff a previously closed missionary medical clinic serving the medical needs of several bush tribes. The nearest doctor was 40 miles away, and the clinic was 100 miles from the nearest food store. The outpatient general medical clinics were scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the leprosy clinic on Tuesday and the pregnant women's clinics on Thursday with many birth deliveries occurring at night. Since they were well accepted by the local populations, Charlese and her co-worker treated 50-100 outpatients per day. The data she collected was evidence that the prenatal care and medical treatments were saving lives. Charlese and her nurse co-workers provided nursing services in Africa during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Retired from her missionary work, she was again a nurse educator at the University of Albuquerque, the Luna Vocational/Technical School, and Highlands University. A medical condition forced her retirement from teaching in 1983. Since that time, she has written and published her memoirs. Her motivation for doing all of this was so that others would come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Charlese was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edna Spencer; sister, Luella Mae Lynch and husband, Dave; and her brother, Royce Ray Spencer. She is survived by her brother, Calvin Lee Spencer and wife, Yvonne; her loving niece, Roxanne Piatt and husband, Dan; dear friends, William Lock, Betty Olson, and Kathy King, who stayed by her side until her death; and many other loving family members and friends both here and in Ghana. Services are pending and will be announced. Please visit the online guest book for Elsie at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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