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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for OARD
  • OARD, EUGENE EDWIN JR. Eugene Edwin Oard Jr.known to those who loved him as "Sonny", died of natural causes on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 58. He was born on November 11, 1955, in Dallas, Texas to Eugene Edwin Oard, Sr. and Shirley Ann Horne. Raised in Dallas, Texas, he graduated from H. Grady Spruce High School in 1974 and shortly thereafter moved to Austin, Texas to be close to his sister, Sharon, and to pursue his passion for music. Sonny was a gifted guitarist and songwriter who worked for several years at the famed music venue, The Armadillo World Headquarters. Sonny loved blues music and was a particular fan and friend of the Texas blues legend, Mance Lipscomb. In 1984, Sonny returned to Dallas and met the love of his life, Pamela Rubac. They married in 1988 and became the proud parents of triplets in 1993. Sonny was certified in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Electrical Repair, and started his own business, Sonny's Service Company. In 2011, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be near his sister Sharon and his brother-in-law, Teddy. In Albuquerque, he worked as the facilities manager for Casas del Rio Student Apartments on the University of New Mexico campus. He is survived by his triplets: Alex Oard, Megan Oard, and Travis Oard and by Travis's wife, Vicky. Sonny is also survived by his father, Eugene Edwin Oard, Sr.; his sister, Sharon Oard Warner and her husband, Dr. Teddy Warner; his brother, Ronald Blake and Ron's wife Sandy; his sisters, Laura Christine O'Brien, Lisa Ahrensbach, Debbie Cantrell, and Robin Villarreal Thornton; and by many nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be deeply missed. Those who wish to remember him can give a gift in his name to either the Metropolitan Homelessness Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico (www.mhp-nm.org/) or to ARCA, Opening Doors, also in Albuquerque (www.arc-a.org/). Please visit our online guestbook for Eugene at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for MILLER
  • MILLER, FRED Age 90, born September 5, 1923 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and left us to be with Jesus on June 1, 2014. Fred moved to Albuquerque when he was a baby and was a longtime resident in Albuquerque. Fred moved to Roseville, California in 2010 to live near his son and daughter. Fred is a WW II Veteran who served in the Navy. He took part in the Pearl Harbor clean up and worked in fleet records and as a photographer on Guam. Fred worked for the Phone Company in Albuquerque for 37 years. During his life Fred enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling in his RVs. Fred also enjoyed playing his accordion and Ball Room dancing. Fred is survived by his children, Dennis Miller and wife, Jane, and Eileen Gay; and grandchildren Navy Lieutenant Robert Miller and wife Nalini Gupta, Shelley Miller, Pamela Gay Guevillion and husband Kyle; and Billie's children, Connie Heath and husband, Virgil, Lynn Lee and their children and grandchildren. We will miss you Dad! Fred is preceded in death by his first wife Jeanne Long Miller, his second wife Billie Chesshire Miller, his parents Fred Miller Sr and Hazel Ryder Miller and his brother Donald Miller. A graveside service will be held on June 12th at 2:00 pm at Fair View Cemetery.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for MICHAELS
  • MICHAELS, MARION ALICE Marion Alice Michaels, age 87, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, after a lengthy illness at The Las Palomas Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born on December 7, 1926, in Babcock, Wisconsin to James and Agnes Scott, she moved to Albuquerque in the 1940's and married Richard Robert Michaels on June 14, 1948. Mrs. Michaels, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister Vivian McKeel; and two brothers, Thomas Scott and James Scott of Babcock, Wisconsin. She is survived by her sons Richard Scott and wife, Louise, and Randall Kevin and partner, Donald Haviland, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Barbara Wheeler and Lynn Harshfield of Albuquerque, NM, Margaret Paquette of Hartland, WI, and Judith McKeel of Babcock, WI; brothers, Ronald Scott and Lyle Scott of Babcock, WI; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Michaels retired from the Army Air Force Exchange Service on Kirtland Air Force Base. She was a member of the Saint Bernadette's Parish. A family visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park on Menaul. Please visit our online guestbook for Marion at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for MERRIAM
  • MERRIAM, EVERETT FRANCIS Everett Francis Merriam, a long-time resident of New Mexico, passed away at the age of 97 on May 27, 2014, in Nipomo CA, A full tribute to Everett appeared in the June 1st edition of The Journal. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 PM at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria Rd NE in Albuquerque.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for MCINTYRE-GRANT
  • MCINTYRE-GRANT, JENNIFER LEE Jennifer Lee McIntyre Grant born on April 12, 1948 died on May 26, 2014 following a sudden illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Grant, by her father William H. McIntyre, by her brothers Steve McIntyre, Danny McIntyre, Bruce McIntyre, and Patrick McIntyre, and by her nephews Christopher Williams and Anthony Guzman. Jennifer is survived by her children Johnny Grant & Sarah Grant Ibarra (Marco); by grandchildren Nicholas, Veda, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Genaveva. She is also survived by her mother Marylee McIntyre; by her brothers Paul McIntyre and Mark McIntyre; and by her sisters Deborah Yamato, Cecelia Niemczyk (Tom), Sandra Williams, Laureen McIntyre, Mary Campi (Mike), Teresa Guzman, Karen Schartau (Mike), Susan Alvarez (Gil), Sally Alvarez (Luie), and Melissa McIntyre; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was the oldest child in our large and loving family and will be deeply missed by all of us. The funeral for this wonderful child of God will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 am at Hicks Mortuary, 8837 East Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale, CA, 93552.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for MARTEL
  • MARTEL, ESTHER L. 95, passed away peacefully Friday, May 2, 2014. Mrs. Martel was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Martel. She is survived by her two daughters: Jerry Jo Nuttall, and Darlene Bisio and husband Roney Bisio. She is also survived by grandchildren: D. Eric Nuttall (Muriel), Michael Nuttall (Jennifer), Toni Bisio Szulc (Tad), and Todd Bisio (Allison); and ten great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Amber Care and her nurse, Ann Farley. We would like to thank Drs. Michael Montoya and Jerry Yatskowitz who provided quality care for many years. We would also like to thank the Rio Grande Gracious Living where she enjoyed her last year. Esther's Life Celebration will begin with a service at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, Monday June 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the church. A private family service will take place in Santa Fe on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National MS Society. Please send an email to todd.bisio@yahoo.com for details. Please visit Esther's online guestbook at www.Reflectionoflife.com. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for LISLE
  • LISLE, FRANK C., PH.D. age 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1959 and Syracuse University in 1969 and 1970 with degrees in Electrical Engineering. Frank served in the US Air Force before joining General Electric in Syracuse, NY as a systems engineer. In 1971, he and his wife moved back to New Mexico, where they established Lisle Computer Corporation. Frank shared his vast knowledge and passion for computers through teaching at Chapman University and the University of Phoenix. Frank's real talent was doing that which others said was impossible. He was a member of the Duke City Bridge Club, IEEE, and NM Society of Professional Engineers. Frank is survived by his wife, Panola; his daughter, Liz Ortiz and husband Nico; son, David and wife June; grandson, Porter Ortiz; brother, H. Halley Lisle III; sister, Mary Stuedli and husband Mark; step-father, Col. Harold Woods, and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his brothers Capt. George Lisle USN and Dr. Gary Woods. Family and Friends are invited to gather at the Lisle residence on Monday June 9, 2014 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adoption Assistance Agency, 2800 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for LARSON
  • LARSON, RESSIE EUNICE Age 90, has passed away. Ressie was the youngest of 12 children born to Willie F. Sampson and Callie Lowry of Pembroke, NC, and she was a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She graduated from the Normal School in Pembroke and earned an Associates Degree from Bob Jones University. Ressie worked in the War Department in Washington, D.C., during WWII and met her husband of 62 years, Charles, while working at Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base in North Carolina. Charles and Ressie settled in Wisconsin where they farmed and raised their family until the 1980s when they moved to Albuquerque, NM. In her late 50's, Ressie began a career with Mary Kay Cosmetics, became a Senior Director, proudly helped other women achieve their goals, and drove a Pink Cadillac for many years. Ressie was also an avid NBA fan. She was longtime member of both Mauston United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Church. Her greatest love and devotion was to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sons: James and Eric. Ressie is survived by her children: Carol Flint and husband, Bob; Lydia Larson; and Ellen Genne and husband, Tom, all of Albuquerque; by her grandchildren: Robbie Bova and husband, Mike; Tonie Warble and husband, John; Jim Flint and wife, Monica; Rachel Richmond and husband, Travis; and Aurora, Larson, and Sierra Genne; and by her great-grandchildren: Andrew and Tyler Wilson, Jack Warble, Cire Bova, Delila and Luke Flint, and Conor Richmond. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Christ United Methodist Church, 6200 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM with Reverend Kim Kinsey, presiding. Donations in memory of Ressie can be made to Eric Larson Endowment and mailed to Eric Larson Endowment, Two Woodward Center, 700 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. 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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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for LADIG
  • LADIG, CHARLES V. JR. &Quot;CHUCK&Quot; Passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Chuck was born on June 15, 1932 to Charles V. Ladig, Jr. and Isabelle M. Landis in Youngstown, OH. He learned the value of a dollar and a day's hard work in Hubbard, OH. At the age of 6, he met his future wife, Beverly A. Hettrick. On March 22, 1952 they were married and moved to Albuquerque on a nickel and a prayer. Chuck qualified for the first class for apprentice machinist at Sandia Labs, working up to supervisor of the machine shop. He retired with 42 years plus years of service. Chuck and Bev went on many cruises, played round after round of golf and met many wonderful people. He will be missed and remembered. Thank you dad, papa, Chuck, we love you. Please visit our online guestbook for Chuck at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for KORISH
  • KORISH, DEAN ALOYSIUS Dean Aloysius Korish born June 27, 1924 in La Crosse, WI, and a longtime resident of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, passed peacefully into Eternal Life with our Lord on June 2, 2014 just after attending daily mass. He loved his family and loved spending time with people. He was always pondering the universe, God's creation. His mantra was "God's Will be done". He was the son of Stephen J. and Esther Drewelow Korish, the husband of Marie Jeanette Korish, and the father of Brian Korish, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Wayne; and his sisters, Eva Boyd, Georgia Blevins and Ruth McCrea. He was a beloved Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather. He is survived by his son Michael Korish of Albuquerque, NM; his son Steven Korish and wife Theresa, and their sons Brian and Ian, of South Berwick, ME; his daughter Deanna Holloway and husband Al of Riverton, WY, and their son Kris Holloway and wife Bonnie (sons Harper and Walker), of Celina, TX and their son Billy Holloway and wife Ava (daughters Alex, Caitlin and Jillian, and son Hunter), of Frisco, TX; his daughter Kerrie Sena and husband Patrick, and their son Michael and wife Clare (expecting in July), and their daughter Juanita Pfaff and husband Aaron (daughters Ashlee and Isidora, and son Jude), and their daughter Christa and husband Phill Rogers (son Isaac and daughter NoaRose), and their daughter Emilee Reinholz (also expecting in July) and husband Barry, of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter Sheryl Duran and husband Joe, and their son DJ, and their daughters Amanda, Katrina, and Samantha (grandchildren Antonio and Jazalyn) of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter Jeanie Maisel and husband Skip, and their sons Tanner and Skyler, and their daughter Cassidy, of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his sister Adeline Ramsey of Salem, OR and his brother Dale of Bend, OR. In his younger days, Dean and his wife Marie "Jeanie" taught Catholic Christian Doctrine at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral Parish in Santa Fe, and they were members of the Christian Family Movement. He was a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Force and he performed navigation as a member of the Flying Tigers who flew between India, Burma and China, and he was a decorated WWII Veteran (Distinguished Flying Cross, Airman's Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Sharp Shooter Badge). He was a skilled builder and supervised the construction of the original Santa Fe Opera and the Seton Memorial Library at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch; he was on the architectural team for the design of the Loretto Inn; he helped construct the Nambe Dam; and he was a pioneer in designing and building a solar heated home in the 1950s. He was a senior construction estimator for Johnson Controls for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was a member of Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish. Dad, may God greet you and say "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant". A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at FRENCH - Wyoming. Sacred Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church located at 2621 Vermont NE, Albuquerque. Interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Dean to Project Defending Life. Please visit our online guestbook for Dean at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for KOLESAR
  • KOLESAR, GEORGE T. Age 76, a resident of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 39 years of marriage, Mrs. Mary Kolesar of Albuquerque, NM; two nieces; and one nephew, who all live in Pennsylvania. George is also survived by his family in Albuquerque including, nieces and nephews; especially his god-daughter, Catherine Golden of Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ron Kolesar; and one sister, Margie Andrasi. He was an active member of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. George also worked for Sandia Labs for over 40 years. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Penn State fan. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Westside. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, with Father John C. Daniel as the Celebrant, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Westside. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or at www.stjude.org. Please visit our online guest book for George at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for KOCISCIN
  • KOCISCIN, EDWARD A. Age 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peggy; daughter, Amy Elizabeth Kociscin; siblings, Joseph Kociscin and wife, Martha, Helen Lynch, and Florence Kalbac; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Ed was preceded in death by his son, John Patrick Kociscin; parents; and sisters, Anna, Margaret, and Mae. He was born in 1935 in Lansford, PA to John and Mary Lapos Kociscin. Ed received an Associate's Degree in Drafting and Design from Penn State and worked for Sandia Laboratory for 35 years retiring as a draftsman. He was a strong willed, very independent, and a do-it-yourself kind of guy who was always the first to offer help if someone needed it. He loved his vegetable garden, hunting, fishing, and dog training. He was a member of NAVHDA. Ed was a loving husband, father, and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Please visit our online guestbook for Ed at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for KENNEDY
  • KENNEDY, JANAE Age 33, a resident of Albuquerque since 1989, passed away at home on Monday, June 2, 2014. She is survived by her parents, David and Claire Kennedy; sister, Adriana Villalobos and husband, James; nephews, Saul, Isaiah, and Roman; and aunts, Debbie Brownlee and Carleen Hogan. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is pending. Janae will be deeply missed. Please visit our online guestbook for Janae at www.frenchfunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for HENDLEY
  • HENDLEY, WILLIAM R. April 24, 1925 to June 2, 2011 Bill--I had the time of my life and I owe it all to you. Still love you, still miss you. Virginia

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for HARGROVE
  • HARGROVE, MILDRED Age 88, a resident of New Mexico since the 1950's, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014. She is survived by her sons, Clayton Hargrove and wife, Bonnie and Guy Hargrove and wife, Diane; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Neicia Wolfe and Lela McCauley-Castillo. Mrs. Hargrove was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Hargrove. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held in San Angelo, Texas. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to National Parkinsons Foundation, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. Please visit our online guestbook for Mildred at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd NE (505) 843-6333

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for GURULE
  • GURULE, CELIA During the days that made the years, and years that made the decades, we always felt something loving, warm, wonderful, and understanding. It was a feeling that became familiar to us. It was a feeling that made us warm during cold days, and gave us strength in our weakest moments. Now that our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Celia Gurule, has left us, we know that she was the source and center of that feeling. Every room will always be a little emptier, the chile a little cooler, and our hearts a little heavier without her. No words will ever express our love and appreciation for her. She has had a profound and unimaginable effect on all of our lives and we will always be grateful to have known such an extraordinary person. Our mother. Our grandmother. Our great-grandmother. Celia G. Gurule was born on March 2, 1919 and died June 3, 2014. She joins her husband Ezequiel, son Leon, and all 11 of her siblings. She leaves behind her daughter Cecilia and son-in-law Robert Martinez; grandchildren Roxanna, Rosemarie, Rosella and Mark, Leona, and Gerald; her great-grandchildren Alicia and Doug, Monica and Josh, Eric, Joseph, Robert, Andrew, and Nevaeh; and great-great-grandchildren Aspen, Mia, Angelo, and Daxden. Celia G. Gurule was born and raised in Peralta. As a newly wed with her husband off fighting the Second World War, she moved to a little house in Old Town, where she has lived for the past 69 years. Services will be held at San felipe de Neri. Rosary to start at 7:00pm on June 10th, the funeral on Wednesday, June 11th at 9:00am, and the burial in Santa Fe at 1:30pm. Please visit Celia's online guestbook at www.SalazarMortuary.com. SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for GRIEGO
  • GRIEGO, JOHNNIE SR. age 69, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, was called home to our Lord and Savior on Friday, May 30, 2014. He left behind his loving wife of 18 years, Helen Ann Griego; son, Johnnie Jr. and wife, Linda; daughter, Michelle Gonzales; granddaughter Ashley; great-grandson, Jeremiah; and many other family members. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 10, at 9:00AM at St Therese Catholic Church, located at 2014 4th Street NW. Visitation will follow at 11:00 AM at the Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque Chapel, followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 12:00 PM. Interment will take at 2:15 PM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for GONZALES-PARKER
  • GONZALES-PARKER, CLARA 7/2/51 - 3/31/14 Celebration of Her Life on 6/13/14 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Ennichement on 6/14/14 at 10:00am at Mt. Calvary. Contact: Frank, Flora or John.

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for GLASENER
  • GLASENER, MARY Age 82, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Sheila McGinley of Rio Rancho and Sharon Morimoto and husband, Alan of Lake Oswego, OR; brothers, Joe Nickols and wife, Sue of Arlington, TX, Thomas Nickols and wife, Angela of Hot Springs, AR, and Tony Nickols of Pocatello, ID; sister, Frankie Foley of Dallas, TX; and grandchildren, Ashley McGinley of Albuquerque, Ryan McGinley of Rio Rancho, and Kellen, Rachel, Danielle and Lucas Morimoto, all of Lake Oswego, OR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Franklin Glasener (married 38 years); mother and father, AC and Tressie Nickols; and brothers, Junior and Harry Lee Nickols. Services will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at FRENCH University. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit FRENCH University, Thursday, June 12, 2014, one hour prior to service. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd NE (505) 843-6333

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  • 06/08/14--00:00: Obituary for GANS
  • GANS, SONIA SEABROOK Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother-in-law, Sonia Seabrook Gans passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma. She was born to Archibald Hampton and Ivy Marjorie (Twin) Seabrook in Ilford, Essex, England. Sonia grew up in Tampico, Mexico, prior to being educated at the Tower School for Girls in Hastings, Sussex, England. She met her husband, Harold Julius Gans, while he was a student at the University of Southern California and she was attending Cumnock Junior College in Los Angeles. They were married in June 1942 prior to Harold leaving for the military service in WWII. Sonia and Harold resided in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over 60 years before moving to Oklahoma City in 2006. Sonia was a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club, having served twice as its president; a charter member of the Santa Fe Junior Welfare organization; a member of the Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal Church having been brought up in the Church of England; and was an active member of the Santa Fe Women's Golf Association. Sonia was a talented homemaker with a special flair for cooking, gardening, floral arranging, and intricate needle work. She was an accomplished mahjong player and a member of a duplicate bridge group for over 50 years. Sonia was particularly proud of holding a "pinch-hitter" certificate as an extra safety precaution when flying with her husband Harold. Sonia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Susan Gans Robinson; three infant children; and grandson, Kyle Richard Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Lindy Gans Ritz and husband John Ritz of Norman, Oklahoma; her grandson, Michael Robinson and his wife, Jodi; and two great grandchildren, Zachary and Rachael Robinson all of Middletown, Maryland. The family extends their thanks to her many caregivers, including Arbor House of Norman, Good Shepard Hospice, Grace Rehabilitation Center (Bridges), Norman Regional Hospital doctors and staff, and Home Instead Senior Care. Memorial service for Sonia will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norman, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made in memory of Sonia to St. John's Episcopal Church renovation fund at 235 W. Duffy, Norman, OK 73069, Center for Children & Families, Inc. (CCFI), 1151 E. Main Street, Norman, OK 73071 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements for Sonia and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com

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