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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 06/09/14--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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  • 06/09/14--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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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for PLACENCIA
  • PLACENCIA, JOSEPH C. Joseph C. Placencia, 48, passed away on June 6, 2014. A resident of Los Lunas, New Mexico, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joseph is survived by daughters, Shanice Marie Placencia and Aliah Monique Placencia, both of Albuquerque; his parents, Virginia and Tomas Placencia of Albuquerque; siblings, David Placencia of Los Lunas, Debbie Placencia of Albuquerque, Patty Sonnenberg and brother-in-law, Dale Sonnenberg of Belen, Linda Placencia of Albuquerque, Denise Codding and brother-in-law, Don Codding of Albuquerque, Andrew Placencia of Albuquerque; many, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Joseph was an avid fisherman and gardener he could grow anything! Joseph was a very caring and loving person who had the biggest heart, greatest smile and loved hosting his family for BBQ's and Christmas holidays. His family loves him very much and will miss him greatly. Catholic services will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edwin's Catholic Church in Albuquerque, followed by internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque. A reception will be held from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the St. Edwin's Parish Hall in Albuquerque. The family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and visits during this difficult time.

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  • 06/09/14--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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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for JONES
  • JONES, JUDY C. Mom, three years ago you flew home to Jesus and laid your crown at his feet. I still miss seeing your face, hearing your laugh and giving you hugs. I love you! Your #1 Son, Ron

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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for HERNANDEZ
  • HERNANDEZ, DAN M. December 21, 1935 - June 9, 1987 BROTHER, another year passes and we miss you tremendously. We all know that God called you to serve in heaven at a very young age. Here on earth the time you were with us was wonderful, enjoyable and fun, we always think of you with smiles. You would have been proud to see and enjoy your family. We all miss you very much and our memories of our times together are always with us. LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE SENT TO YOU HELLO TO MOM AND DAD Your Brothers and Sisters, Sal, Albert, Arthur, Theresa, Michael, Ross, Martin, Cathy, Andrew

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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for GEORGE
  • GEORGE, MARY H. Age 91, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014. She was born in Polo, MO on February 3, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred E. George. Mary is survived by her daughter, Nancy Mills husband Laddie; son Jim George wife Penny; 3 Grandchildren; and 2 Great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be held on June 11, 2014, at 10:00 am, Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Eastern Star will be conducting the service. 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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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for CHAVEZ
  • CHAVEZ, MARY ELLEN Passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones including - her devoted husband of 58 years, Eddie P. Chavez and her two daughters - Linda L. Rambes and Yvonne J. Craig. She is at peace now and we will miss her dearly. Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Edward C. Chavez and her daughter, Geraldine A. Hoffland. She was a life-long resident of Albuquerque and came from a large, faithful New Mexican family. Mary Ellen had eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was a woman of strong faith and loved God and the Catholic Church. Mary Ellen and Eddie enjoyed music and dancing - mostly at senior centers around Albuquerque. They traveled to Las Vegas many times throughout their life together to attend dances and concerts. A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7601Wyoming Blvd. NE. Inurnment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. 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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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for BUNTZ
  • BUNTZ, JAMES KEENAN James (Jim) Keenan Buntz passed away on May 31, 2014. He was born on July 8, 1926 in Shenandoah, Iowa as the second child of Charles Everett and Ruth Darlene (Keenan) Buntz. His sister Patricia Ruth (Buntz) Senn, now deceased, had four children, James Bradford Senn of Columbia, Maryland, Marc Cole Senn of Snowflake, Arizona, Randal J. Senn of Wausau, Wisconsin and Charles Gregory Buntz of Grinnell Iowa. Jim served in World War II (1944-1946), in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Returning to Iowa after his discharge, Jim completed a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Iowa and then moved to Denver, Colorado. Working in Denver he met his future wife, Janice (Jan) Glee Emley. Jan was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa with her family later settling in Clarinda, Iowa just 20 miles east of Jim's home town. After being married on August 2, 1953 in Clarinda, the couple moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they lived until their deaths. Jan and Jim had two children, who today live in Albuquerque: Jeffrey Keenan Charles Buntz with wife Henrietta Anita Buntz, and Jennifer Glee Buntz with partner Stephen Lee Mathias. Jim loved gardening and the outdoors. Many family vacations were spent visiting National Parks and Monuments throughout the Southwestern US. In later years, he went elk and deer hunting with his son Jeff. He was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. Jim's ashes will be taken to the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 23, 2014 where he will be buried next to Jan.

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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for BECHT
  • BECHT, PAUL F. Paul Becht, 76, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 5, following a brief illness. He and his wife of 32 years, Barbara Becht, made their home and raised a family in Albuquerque. He leaves many fond memories behind with his children Robert Ficklin, Kim Keeling and her husband Robert, and Bradly Ficklin and his wife Heather; as well as his sister Pam and her husband Earl, and his two brothers, Bruce and Brian Becht. He was a beloved and devoted Grandpa who was known for his original, outrageous stories and the lengths he would go to show his love to his grandsons. Robby, Conor, Nick, Josiah and Justus will ever hold him in their hearts as their Biggest Fan and consummate Jokester. Paul had many vocations as a young man but none he loved more than when he was a Switchman on the railroad's crew. His model train, set up elaborately for his grandsons, was a reminder of his past. He began a career as an attorney in 1978 and practiced with generosity and compassion for over 30 years. He had many civic involvements including Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Coalition. Paul was a New Mexico State Senator representing District 22 for 12 years and had a passion for politics and Constitutional Rights. As an active church member, he was on the Board and a lay minister of his local church, Koinonia. A Memorial Service and Reception will be held at Koinonia Church on Wednesday, June 11 at 5:30pm located at 10405 Comanche Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. All are welcome. Charitable donations in his name may be made at Koinonia-abq.com.

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  • 06/09/14--00:00: Obituary for APODACA
  • APODACA, CONNIE 9/8/49 -6/9/11 Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. - Anonymous Just us, Marleen, Adeline, Anna Mae and Cael and the rest who miss and love you so much! Say Hello to Mom, Dad and Johnny!!

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for ZARATE
  • ZARATE, RICHARD G. Age 65. Was taken too soon from his family and friends on Thursday, June 5, 2014. He is survived by his daughters, Rachel Bruch and husband Doug, Angel Zarate, Frances Garcia and husband Ed, and Loretta Morton. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Louie Garcia and wife Betty, Lucy Tarango, Tony, Loretta Ochoa, Johnny and wife Barbara, and Robert and wife Helen; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many more relatives and friends. He was a generous and extremely caring man who will be greatly missed. Memorial service on Thursday, June 12, 2014, 1p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna Rd.

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for WILSON
  • WILSON, HAROLWYN ANNETTE Harolwyn (Wendy) Wilson, age 80, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away June 3, 2014. She was born in Amity, Arkansas, on November 11, 1933. She was preceded in death by her parents, Winnie and Harold Runyan, and sister Helen Kilgore. She is survived by her sisters Sue Neighbors and Betty Bean; sons James White (Marcy), Mark White (Geri) and Lynn White; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. As a Home Economics teacher for more than 30 years she touched a great many lives. Wendy loved to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers with her family, and always cooked her boys' favorite foods. Even though she called the Southwest home, her roots were Southern and she never gave up her love for those foods. Wendy was a fun grandma and was known to play video games with her grandchildren to keep them occupied. A graveside service will be held at Jones Cemetery in Amity, Arkansas, on Thursday, June 12th when Harolwyn's ashes will be buried with her mother and father.

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for STAHNKE
  • STAHNKE, MARIA age 87, a long-time resident of Albuquerque passed away June 6 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth and passed on their 68th wedding anniversary. She is also preceded by her granddaughter Joy Stahnke. She is survived by her son Ralph and his wife Rita; daughter Martha and her husband Mike; grandchildren Christine, Hope and husband Mark, Keith and Michael, Jr.; great-grandchildren Kenneth William Stahnke II, L. J., Wendy, Stephen, Alix, Savannah, Dustin, Elizabeth and Val; six great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend Dorothy. She retired from the Albuquerque Journal. Maria was very active with the deaf senior citizen community, enjoyed 4 wheeling, dancing, swimming, ipads, cards and cleaning. Visitation will be Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at French - Wyoming. Services will be Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 am at FRENCH-Wyoming. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ralph Stahnke, Hope Padilla, Kenneth W. Stahnke II, Mike Stahnke, Mark Padilla and Keith Raiola. Please visit our online guestbook for Maria at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for SPENCER
  • SPENCER, ELSIE CHARLESE Age 90, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed from this life on Monday, May 26, 2014 & was received into the care of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Charlese Spenser was a registered nurse and received the UNM College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. She also graduated from the University of Mississippi in their MSN program. Charlese was a missionary in Africa, particularly Ghana, during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, serving the medical needs for several bush tribes where the nearest doctor was over forty miles away. Following her retirement from missionary work, she became a nurse educator in Albuquerque at Highlands University and other schools. Throughout her service for others, she conveyed her deep love for people. Her motivation for doing this was so that others would come to the saving knowledge of 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. Charlese was an active and loyal member of the Assemblies of God and maintained her close friendships with many fellow pastors. The Memorial Service for Charlese will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Harvest Fellowship of Albuquerque, located at 5331 Montano Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to support the work of the Saboba Medical Centre in Ghana, Africa where Charlese served. Please forward these gifts to the New Mexico Ministry Network, 6640 Caminito Coors NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120, or through their website www.nmministry.net/give. Please visit our online guestbook for Charlese at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for SHUFORD
  • SHUFORD, DAVID MARCUS SR. Age 85, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Sunday, June 8, 2014 after a yearlong battle with cancer, at home with his loved ones by his side. A native of Arden, North Carolina, he is survived by son, David Marcus Shuford Jr., his wife Karen, and their three daughters, Stephanie Campbell and her husband Tim and their children Cooper and Cora, Amy Shuford, Kelli Reeves and her husband Kraig; his daughter, Claire Newell Shuford; and his daughter Leslie Diane Gartner and her husband Ed and their children Jessica and Tony. He is also survived by his brother, Robert F. Shuford and his wife Frances Anne and their children Robert and Anne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Patty Newell Shuford; his parents, Charles and Elsie Shuford; and his brother, Charles Shuford. As a young man he enjoyed archery, attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1946, and played football at Christ School where he was known as "Brute Force." David received a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He served in the Army as a first lieutenant and ordinance officer stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama from 1952 to 1955. He received his masters on the GI Bill from the University of Florida. David was a pioneer in the development of high temperature carbon-carbon coatings used on the nose cone and leading edge of the Space Shuttle with many patents in his name for this work. In his later years, he enjoyed working in the yard and helping his daughter Claire in their pearl business. Services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Friends may visit FRENCH - Wyoming on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for David at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for REDE
  • REDE, RICHARD God wrapped his arm around Richard Rede and took him home on June 6, 2014. Richard was born on January 15, 1952 to Lorenzo and Estella Rede of Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1970 and attended New Mexico State University until he moved to Albuquerque in the fall of 1972. His first job in Albuquerque was at the Frontier Restaurant making their famous sweet rolls. That same fall Richard met Michael Pickard who would become his lifelong partner. Following the Frontier Richard would work for several years at Pick's Sandwich Shoppe working elbow to elbow with Michael and his parents. In 1977, Richard looked for an opportunity to use is creative talents and found a position as a floral designer for People's Flowers, a position he would hold for the next 29 years until he retired in 2006. Richard is survived by his parents; a brother, Ruben Rede (Teri) of Cripple Creek, Colorado and four sisters Gloria Rodriguez (Henry), Sylvia Madrid (Anthony Renio), Celia Mayers and Cecilia Luchini (Wally) all of Las Cruces, New Mexico and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and Michael Pickard his companion of more than 41 years. Richard will be remembered for his many creative talents both in flower design and production but also interior and landscape designer, for his tremendous work ethic, his great love for little old ladies and for the joy he brought to the many children of our friends and neighbors that he delighted in spoiling at birthdays and holidays, for his loyalty to all of those he loved, to those he worked with and for. Richard was a naturally shy man who was great fun to be with. His outspoken and often fearless comments, jokes and stories would keep all those with whom he worked in high spirits and moving the toughest job forward. Life here will never be the same, but his was a life will lived. Richard loved God and placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ for his salvation. His family encourages you to read these scripture verses to seek His comfort through the writings of John 3:16, 14:6,27. Please visit our online guestbook for Richard at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for PLACENCIA
  • PLACENCIA, JOSEPH C. Joseph C. Placencia, 48, passed away on June 6, 2014. A resident of Los Lunas, New Mexico, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joseph is survived by daughters, Shanice Marie Placencia and Aliah Monique Placencia, both of Albuquerque; his parents, Virginia and Tomas Placencia of Albuquerque; siblings, David Placencia of Los Lunas, Debbie Placencia of Albuquerque, Patty Sonnenberg and brother-in-law, Dale Sonnenberg of Belen, Linda Placencia of Albuquerque, Denise Codding and brother-in-law, Don Codding of Albuquerque, Andrew Placencia of Albuquerque; many, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Joseph was an avid fisherman and gardener he could grow anything! Joseph was a very caring and loving person who had the biggest heart, greatest smile and loved hosting his family for BBQ's and Christmas holidays. His family loves him very much and will miss him greatly. Catholic services will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edwin's Catholic Church in Albuquerque, followed by internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque. A reception will be held from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the St. Edwin's Parish Hall in Albuquerque. The family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and visits during this difficult time.

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for PITTS
  • PITTS, LYNETTE DEANN &Quot;PRINCESS&Quot; June 9, 1964 - April 22, 2014 Our pride and joy spent her 50th birthday with the Lord. We ascended 50 balloons and the doves in your honor. From Your Loving mother, brothers, sons and family. YOU ARE SO MISSED!!

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  • 06/10/14--00:00: Obituary for MCFALL
  • MCFALL, DONALD C. Age 88, passed away Saturday June 7, 2014. He was born September 24, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in the Navy during WWII aboard a carrier in the South Pacific. Donald married his wife, Rose Mary in February 1949. They moved to Albuquerque in 1954 to work for Sandia Labs and retired in 1984. He also retired from the Navel Reserves in the early 1980's. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose Mary; his four children, Steve McFall, Janet Moore (David), Karen Dorsey (Dwight) and Allan McFall (June); four grandchildren, Wendy McFall, Shannon Rhodes, Scott Moore and Leah Moore and five great grandchildren. A Private Graveside service with his family will be Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Donald at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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