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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for HAWTHORN
  • HAWTHORN, KEVIN R. Age 51, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hawthorn; children, Chris Lino and fiancee Dominique, Chris Hawthorn and wife, Morgan, Caitie Martinez and husband, Steven, Elizabeth Hawthorn, Connor Lino, Jonathan Hawthorn, Hilary Hawthorn, Ceagan Lino and Everett Hawthorn; as well as grandchildren, Mariah, Kristen and James Hawthorn and newborn granddaughter, Tessa Ann Martinez. Kevin is also survived by his mother, Kay E. Hawthorn; sister, Robin Hawthorn and partner, Terry Soffer and brother, John (Kendall) Hawthorn and wife, Bonnie; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his dad, Raymond E. Hawthorn. Kevin worked as a surgical technologist all over Albuquerque, most recently at the VA. He loved his job and his co-workers. He was a veteran of the Army and the Reserves. Kevin was a Christian and considered Grace Church to be his home church. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at FRENCH-Wyoming. Services will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church, 6901 San Antonio NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Kevin at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for GANTT
  • GANTT, MARY GRACE a resident of Albuquerque since 1956, passed away June 1, 2014 at her home. She was born in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, February 27, 1924, the daughter of Reverend Samuel S. Hardy and Ethel May Thompson Hardy. She acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education from the University of Cincinnati. During her residence in Albuquerque, Mary Grace was a member of: The Assistance League of Albuquerque, Cosmopolitan Women's Club, Albuquerque Medical Auxiliary, The New Mexico Symphony Guild, National Federation of Republican Women, Boys Scouts of America Den Mother, Little League, Kirtland Officers Wives Club, Albuquerque Museum Foundation and American Diabetes Society. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard R. Gantt, William F. Blank and her sister Dora Hardy. She is survived by her children; Brian F. Blank of Placitas, NM, Victoria L. Ebell and husband Myron of Cheverly, MD, James S. Blank of Albuquerque, NM, Susan E. Page and Brian of Evergreen, CO, Margaret A. Blank of Belen, NM and her fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; Julia Ebell, Charles Ebell, Gemma Ebell, Thomas Ebell, Jennifer Nutt, Holly O'Brien, Brandi Blank, Kaitlin Page, Lauren Page, Madalyn Page, Ryan Blank, Austin Thompson, Travis Thompson, Leandra Thompson, Sarah Frost and family, Megan Nutt, Marty Nutt, Mason O'Brien, Krista Blank, Alissa Blank and Cynthia Borg. Mrs. Grantt will interred with her husband Richard R. Gantt at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at a private graveside ceremony. Stronge -Thorne Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. The family of Mary Grace Gantt wishes to express their sincere thanks to all family and friends for their thoughtfulness, help and sympathy at the time of their loss. Our thanks to the Physician and staff at Advantage and for her caregivers Lorie Bock, Maria Arrendondo, Leandra Thompson, Patrisia Enriquez Najera who have cared for her lovingly. Viewing and Visitation will be held from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Services Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque. The Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 6, 2014, also at Daniels Family Funeral Services Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque. 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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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for EDWARDS
  • EDWARDS, BOBBIE JO Bobbie Jo Edwards went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 30, 2014. Bobbie was preceded by her husband of 61 years, Jack L. Edwards. She is survived by daughter Cheryl Stewart of Smithville, TN; son Ron Edwards and wife Laura of Rio Rancho, NM; several grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was a member of Calvary of Albuquerque where she will have her memorial service on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1:00pm at 4001 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. Please send Flowers etc. to that address.

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for DURAN
  • DURAN, ALFONSO SR. June 4, 1903 - July 24, 2000 In Loving Memory

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for DUNKIN
  • DUNKIN, SAMMY R. Age 61, was born on December 3, 1952 in Flagstaff, AZ and passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014 a longtime resident of Albuquerque. He was employed at Intel and was an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Sammy was preceded in death by his father Aulty Dunkin. He is survived by his mother, Josephine Dunkin; brother, Gary Dunkin; niece, Nicole Dunkin; nephews, Zachary Dunkin and Dustin Dunkin; great-nephew, Devon Dunkin; as well as many other family and friends who loved and will miss him. A Visitation will be held at the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW ABQ. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. A Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. ABQ on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00am. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ 343-8008.

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for DAVIS
  • DAVIS, ROBERTA &Quot;BERT&Quot; WILSON Age 78, resident of Albuquerque since 1969, went home to be with her Lord on May 28, 2014. Roberta was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 27, 1935 to George and Elva Wilson. She is survived by her loving husband Ted and they were married for 59 years. She is also survived by her son, Ronald of Tome, NM; her daughter Sharon and husband Gary Gill and grandsons Jacob and Brandon of Albuquerque. Roberta enjoyed volunteering with Perkins Brailler for the Blind for many years. She also loved bowling, golf, and reading. Roberta's wishes were to be cremated and buried alongside her husband near her parents. Burial will take place on Friday, June 6 at 3:00 pm at Sandia Memory Gardens Cemetery. Prearrangements were made through Daniels Family Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kaseman Hospice Unit, 8100 Constitution Pl. NE, Suite 400, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for DAME
  • DAME, JOHN A. III Age 60, gently passed away on May 22, 2014, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth; son, John A. Dame IV and wife Emily; Stephen Boone and wife Sarah; Daniel Kuelin; four grandchildren; and special friend TAZ. A memorial graveside service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd NE with a Celebration of Life to follow.

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for BAXTER
  • BAXTER, AMY ARLENE Age 93, a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, passed away and is with her husband, Jesse, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She is survived by her children, Phil Baxter and wife, Antonieta of Placitas, Joan Baxter Scott and husband, John of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Lisa O'Nell, Roger Baxter, Derek Douglass, and Tara Bryant and husband Greg; great-grandchildren, Brannon, Lexa, Brekyn, Allie, Tristen, Conner, and Gage; two nieces; one nephew; and many friends. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Lem and Amy Hemphill; husband, Jesse Baxter; two brothers; and two sisters. She was born in 1921 in Frederick, OK and graduated from Frederick High School before attending Oklahoma State for a while. While at Oklahoma State she met Jesse Baxter and they were married in 1941. After moving to Albuquerque Arlene was active in raising her family and was a founding member of Netherwood Park Church of Christ. Arlene loved to play bridge and water aerobics. She never knew a stranger and was always willing to help others. Arlene loved everyone. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH - Wyoming. Interment will take place at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Arlene's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Please visit our online guestbook for Arlene at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for BACA
  • BACA, ADELAIDO DEL Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went home to be with our Lord and Savior Friday, May 30, 2014 at the age of 102. He was born in San Miguel, New Mexico. Adelaido worked construction yet was a man of many talents. He enjoyed the judicial system but most of all adored his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Bobby Baca; daughter Margaret D'A. Adelaido is survived by his wife Maria Baca; children Jr. Baca and Michelle Mora, Jesse Baca, Adrian (Bony) Baca and wife Barbara, Steve Baca and wife Angela, Mercedes Bush and husband Gene; brother Miguel Baca and numerous relatives and friends. Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Queen of Heaven Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave. NE, at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Adelaido will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Affordable Cremation and Burial 621 Columbia Drive SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-262-1456

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for ANAYA
  • ANAYA, JOHN P. John P. Anaya went with the Lord on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born on October 20, 1926. He was raised in Stanley, NM. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Clarabelle, with whom he shared his life for 62 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Basilio and Miquelita Anaya; his in-laws, Sie and Verna Gonzales; brothers, Fred, Tony, and Joe; and sister, Simona Davis. John is also survived by daughter, Pamela Jean Archibeque and husband, Ivan; and by his son, Dale Sie Anaya and wife, Marianne and their daughter, Lauryn Anne of Los Alamos, NM. John is also survived by his brother, Henry Anaya (married to the late Emma Anaya); his sisters, Isabelle Garcia (married to the late Antonio Garcia) and Mary Lou Salazar (married to Hank Salazar). John served in World War II on the Naval USS New Jersey battleship (the most decorated ship during the War). He later attended Saint Michael's College in Santa Fe, NM. John then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and followed by working at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, where he served for 41 years. John served on various boards and committees. These included: Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union Loan Review Board, Saint Joseph's Society in Galisteo, NM, Chairman of the State Committee for NM of Farm Service Agency for the US Department of Agriculture, appointed by the President Clinton Administration, the New Mexico Border Commission, appointed by our former Governor Bruce King. He was also a member in the New Mexico Livestock Association. John served as campaign manager for former State Treasurer, David King, and also assisted in the gubernatorial campaigns of our former Governor Bruce King, former Governor Tony Anaya, former Governor Jerry Apodaca, and former US House of Representative, Manuel Lujan. John also worked as a life-long rancher. Lauryn was John's only granddaughter, who loved him very much and he loved her. John, in his later years, befriended a young child by the name of Stirlin Harris who visited with him every Tuesday and who brought so much joy to John and his wife. John also wished to recognize his god-daughter, Cheryl Maturino, who spend many days helping him and his wife during their difficult last months. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. SW. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Chavez, Mike Brinson (of Amarillo, TX), Mark Anaya, Gerald Garcia, Robert Martinez, Marty Padilla, Fred Anaya, John Maturino, Jason Saenz and Homer Velasco. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Perea, and all of John's very special nieces and nephews. Please visit the online guest book for John at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/04/14--00:00: Obituary for ALLISON
  • ALLISON, GLENN FRANCIS Glenn Francis Allison, age 64, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life on Friday, May 30, 2014 in Farmington, New Mexico. He was born on August 27, 1949 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is survived by brother Michael T. Allison; sisters Shirley Ahkeah, Irene Edmonds, Charlene Allison, Sherry Allison, Tina Allison; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents Jimmie F. Allison and Faye T. Allison; brother Jimmie F. Allison, Jr.; daughter Blanche F. Allison; and son - Jonathan C. Allison. Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church on 2100 E. 20th St. Farmington, New Mexico. Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Farmington, New Mexico. Glenn is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home, North US Highway 491 of Shiprock, New Mexico (505) 368-4607.

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for YORK
  • YORK, KERCHIEVIEL ROBERT &Quot;BOB&Quot; Bob, age 86, was born December 13, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Albuquerque with his parents at the age of three, where he has resided ever since. He met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Ann Williams, in 1945. They had been married 68 years at the time of his passing on Thursday, May 29, 2014. He was a devoted, loving and nurturing father and grandfather to his three children, as well as his five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Bob was a great role model, teacher and friend. He was a man of God and a deacon in the church. Over the years, he was a member of Riverside, Parkview and Tijeras Baptist Churches. Bob started working in paint shops at the age of 14 and was well respected in the auto painting community. He was often requested and in demand as a professional automotive painter who never released an inferior product. He was a true man of character and integrity. Bob worked as a paint shop manager at several locations in the city, including Newbill's Paint and Body and Sunshine Buick, eventually retiring from Lloyd McKee's. He was a true outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. These trips to the wilderness always revolved around multi-generations of his family. He passed on his knowledge and love of hunting and fishing to his children and grandchildren. He leaves behind his bride of 68 years, Evelyn; three children and their spouses, Joyce Ann and husband, Tillman (T.D.), Richard and his wife, Yolanda, and Brad and his wife, Loretta; five grandchildren, Eric McCarson, Grant McCarson, Marshal York, Michelle York Bell and Adam York; ten great-grandchildren, Wesley McCarson, Trevor McCarson, Damon York, Haleigh York, Savannah York, Tatum York, Malec York, Emily Olejnik, Drew Olejnik and Arthur York; niece, Norma Loos; other nieces and nephews; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Bob was preceded in death by infant son, Robert Stephen York; sister, June Shirley; niece, Marilyn Matthews; nephew, Bruce Shirley; and his parents, Kerchieviel Everest York and Willie Mae Parker York. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m., at FRENCH - University Chapel. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for WHITNEY
  • WHITNEY, JAMES NELSON Age 78, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, died June 1, 2014. Son of James E. and LaVonia M. Whitney, he is much loved and missed by daughter, Leslie Wilkie and husband Todd of Edmonds, WA, daughter, Jodie Brannon and husband Nathan of Albuquerque; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Jared; his two brothers, Fred and George; and his parents. James was born in Sunrise, WY, attended school there and in Salida, CO, and graduated with an accounting degree from Western State College in Gunnison, CO. He then spent two years in the Army. After an honorable discharge, James worked in Denver, CO for Martin Marietta, for his own insurance inspection business, and then spent 25 years working for Safeway, retiring as an Inventory Control Manager. James moved to Albuquerque in 2003 to spend more time with his grandchildren. Services for James will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Drive, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Friends and family may visit FRENCH - Wyoming on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Joy Junction, P.O. Box 27693, Albuquerque, NM 87125 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit our online guestbook for James at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for VERDERAME
  • VERDERAME, BALDASSARE &Quot;BENNY&Quot; Baldassare "Benny" Verderame, age 89, of Albuquerque, passed away on June 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service will be held Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m., at Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church with Rosary Service just prior at 8:00 a.m. Entombment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery immediately following services. A full obituary will follow in Friday's edition of the Journal. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/05/14--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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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for TELCK
  • TELCK, MARGARET EDITH Passed away in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 1, 2014, at her home in Albuquerque. Margaret was born on October 8, 1935 in Bluewater, NM to Jed and Christina Dressler. She graduated from Grants High School in 1957. She married Lee Vern De Hart in 1956. They had one son, Jed Lee De Hart. She then married Joe Telck in 1984 and they were married for 25 years. She is survived by her brother James Dressler of California; sister, Eloise Cumiford and husband James; stepdaughter, Jeannene Telck and stepson, Bud Telck, all of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Nichole Telck of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lee Vern De Hart and Joe Telck; son, Jed Lee De Hart; and siblings, Elmer Dressler, Lena Martin, and John Dressler. Services will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris St. NE, 87111. Psalms 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for SUPLICKI
  • SUPLICKI, DOUGLAS JAMES age 35, was born on August 8, 1978 in Albuquerque, NM and passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. Douglas was a proud father and avid Chicago Bears and Bulls fan; one of his greatest memories was attending a Bears game with his son Andrew. Douglas had a huge heart and never said no to anyone. He was always there for his family, friends and anyone in need. Douglas was quiet and un assuming but remarkably friendly. He is survived by his wife Amie Venaglia; children, Andrew Douglas Suplicki and Aiden James Suplicki; mother, Molly Suplicki; brothers, Rodney H. Suplicki and Anthony Silva; sister, Elizabeth J. McNamee; several nephews and nieces as well as other family members and friends who loved and will him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE. ABQ. on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2:30pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for STARCEVICH
  • STARCEVICH, PAUL Dec. 2, 1951 - May 27, 2014 Paul is survived by daughter, Lori Bottom; grandson, Orion; sisters, Jo Anne Cutrer and Jeanne Smith; nephews and their wives, Vincent and Bethany Maisano, Joseph and Suzzette Maisano; nieces, Bronwyn Starcevich and Paula Cutrer; great-niece, Belen; great-nephews, Seth, Brandon, Tyler, Jett, Cooper, Sean, Christopher, Isaac and Josiah. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart Fund.

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for SMITH
  • SMITH, MITZI L. age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, born October 10, 1934 in Pecos Texas, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014. She lived and went to school in Wink, TX. After graduation, her family moved to El Paso where Mitzi attended college at Texas Western College (UTEP). She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in El Paso. Mitzi met her husband at Sacramento Church Camp in 1955, and they were married June 1, 1956. Together they moved to Albuquerque, after he was discharged from the Army in 1958, then to Los Chavez in 1966. Mitzi was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi, and an avid bowler. She worked with the youth at the First United Methodist Church in Belen and was a choir member. Mitzi is survived by her husband of 58 years, Irling S. Smith; and her sons, Craig Smith of Los Chavez and Scott C. Smith of Albuquerque. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 75 Manzano Expressway, in Belen. Please visit Mitzi's online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com Arrangements entrusted to: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF LOS LUNAS 820 Main ST. NE, (505) 565-1700

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  • 06/05/14--00:00: Obituary for PRESTON
  • PRESTON, JANYCE KERR "JAN" Passed from this earthly life on June 2, 2014 after a very short illness. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rich; and their four children Doug Preston of McMinnville, OR, Ethan Preston and wife, Jennifer Stojak of Phoenix, AZ, Ben Preston of Houston, TX, and daughter Beky and husband Blair Dunn of Albuquerque, NM; and her sister Marsha and husband Don Anderson of San Antonio, TX. She was blessed with five grandchildren: Kole, Harper, Jack, Archie, and Gus. She was born November 22, 1946 to Jack and Rita (Rodgers) Kerr of Albuquerque. Educated in Albuquerque prior to college, she attended the University of New Mexico and was graduated with high honors with a degree in Latin American Studies in 1968. She then attended Tulane University and was graduated in 1970, also with a degree in Latin American Studies. She and Rich Preston were married February 3, 1969 in Albuquerque. Jan was blessed with and endeavored to develop many gifts throughout her life, including the ability to speak five languages. Her kind and friendly disposition welcomed others to be at ease; she had many friends and a very close family. She was exceptionally blessed with the ability to work with children, teaching and guiding them to develop their unique talents, which she truly loved. She loved teaching and being a mother to her own children, whom she treasured and loved dearly. With her husband, she was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for nearly 35 years. Her loss to those around her is felt deeply. Funeral arrangements have been set for 11:00 am, Monday, June 9, 2014, at the LDS Chapel located at 11750 San Victorio NE, Albuquerque, NM. There will be a visitation for family and friends from 9:00 am until just before the funeral. Additional services will be performed at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the general missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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