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- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for SERRANO
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for SANTIS...
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for RAPHAEL
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for QUINTANA
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for PEREZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for PARSONS
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for MORIARTY
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for MINERO
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for MARTINEZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for MARTINEZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for MAESTAS
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for JORDAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for JONES
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for HERMAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for GARCIA
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for GALLEGOS
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for ELLIOTT
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for DURAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for CUNICO
- 07/24/14--00:00: _Obituary for COLLATZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for SERRANO
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for SANTISTEVAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for RAPHAEL
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for QUINTANA
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for PEREZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for PARSONS
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for MORIARTY
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for MINERO
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for MARTINEZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for MARTINEZ
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for MAESTAS
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for JORDAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for JONES
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for HERMAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for GARCIA
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for GALLEGOS
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for ELLIOTT
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for DURAN
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for CUNICO
- 07/24/14--00:00: Obituary for COLLATZ
SERRANO, RODNEY L. &Quot;ROD&Quot; Rod Serrano, husband, father, son, brother, firefighter, Shriner, loyal friend, handsome, debonair, Man about Albuquerque, passed away unexpectedly last Friday, July 18, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital, after a brief illness. He was 84 years old. Rod began his journey through this life on September 16, 1929, being born to George and Violet Serrano, as the fifth of what would be 15 children. He grew up in the Depression/ WWII era Old Town, San Diego, where the Serrano clan had lived for several generations, and had the run of the town. Shortly after WWII, in 1949, Rod joined the U.S. Air Force, and after a brief stint with Radar repair, moved into what would be his life-long career and passion, Fire Protection and Crash Rescue. While serving at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kansas, he met his "baby doll", Jean, married her in 1954, and remained married to her over 60 years, until they shared his final breath last Friday. After a long and storied military career, wherein he served all over the world, Rod retired from the USAF in 1975. Following retirement, that same year, he took a civilian position with the Fire Protection Service at Kirtland Air Force Base, and relocated to Albuquerque, where he served until retirement in 1997. In 1984, because of his passionate dedication to Fire Protection and those affected by fire, and the focus and mission of the Masonic/Shriner organizations on supporting those impacted by fire, Rod committed to the Masonic Order at Mesa Lodge #68, beginning his journey to become a Shriner, joining the Ballut Abyad Shrine in 1986. Rod was an ardent and fervent supporter of all things Shrine, an allegiance that would culminate in his serving as Potentate for the Shrine of New Mexico in 2002. Rod also served with zeal as a member of numerous groups within the Shrine Ballut Adyad Patrol, The Greeters, the Loco Patrol, the Royal Order of Jesters and Billiken Club, the "Q", Oso Negro Teocalli #44 as well as being an honorary member in several other groups. Rod was preceded in death by his parents, George and Violet Serrano; brothers, George A. Serrano, Jr, and Robert E. Serrano; sisters, Barbara Bohannon, Geraldine Rudasill, and Bette June Marciel. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and their sons, Steven, Ron (Celeste) and Rick (Mary); grandchildren, Melissa Pickens (Wayne), Carey Hurley, Aaron Hurley (Ashley), Derrick Serrano, Jeremy DeLong (Kayla), Rikki Jean Lopez, Anne Marie Silva and little guy Christian Serrano; as well as eight great-grandchildren. He was also blessed with "Children of the Heart" Michael and Maggie Gray and their son Sean, Sara and Mark Fordice, and their children Brianna and Julian. His surviving siblings are sisters, Georgia Drummond, Mary Jo Serrano, Susie Peebles, Sonia Gonsalves, and Lana Hewlett (Edward); and brothers, Edward, James (Mary), Louis, Leonard (Kathleen). There are pending memorial services and interment, to take place in San Diego, CA. There will be announcements as those plans are finalized. To honor Rod, if desired, the family requests donations be made to the "New Mexico Shriners Perpetual Fund", at 6600 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108 in Memoriam to Rod Serrano. Please visit our online guestbook for Rod at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
SANTISTEVAN, MARK AMBROSE was born on March 28, 1957 and passed away on July 13, 2014. Mark is survived by his father, Pete Santistevan, Sr.; children Lauren, Janis, John, Daisy, Dorothe and Mark; his grandchildren; siblings Pete Santistevan, Anna (Paul) LeFebre, Ellen (Leroy) Salazar, Patrick (Judy) Santistevan, Matthew (Brigette) Santistevan; sister-in-law Christina Santistevan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his former spouse. Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothe and brothers Paul, Mike and Myron, and sister Patricia. After graduating from Bernalillo High School, Mark enlisted in the US Army and served his country honorably. Mark then attended NM Highlands University graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1982 with a degree in Physics and Math. Mark was a very talented woodcarver and jeweler and he took great joy in creating beautiful works of art. Mark spent the last few years living with and caring for his father, and had recently been hired at the VA Hospital. There will be a Rosary followed by the Celebration of Mass on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church in Bernalillo, NM at 10:00 am, Msgr. Anthony Bolman officiating.
RAPHAEL, CHRISTOPHER JAN was born August 10, 1973 in Elyria, Ohio. He passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home in Albuquerque at the age of 40, after a long battle with cancer. Chris honorably served his country in the US Navy, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service. He was very active and involved in officiating and coaching children's sports, something he thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for. As well, Chris was a member of the Warrior Brotherhood Veteran Motorcycle Club. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Beverly Stotts; maternal grandparents, Charles and Sally White and by his sister, Chrissy. Chris is survived by his mother, Linda Raphael; father, Jan Raphael; brother, Camren Raphael; spouse, Jennifer Pulford-Raphael; sons, Elijah Benton and Ethan Raphael; daughter, Olivia Raphael; aunt, Brenda Christianson; as well as numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and many friends who loved and will miss him greatly. A Memorial Service will be held at Albuquerque Bible Church, 320 Montano Rd. NW, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00pm with US Navy Retired Honors. He will be interred in the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:15pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ., NM. 87107.
QUINTANA, DAVID David Quintana, 76, went to be with the Lord on July 18th, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Gallup, NM, and a graduate of Gallup High. He proudly served in the US Army and was a loyal employee of Roberts Trucking. Dave will be greatly missed by all who knew him in the trucking community. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-nine years Barbara of the family home; daughters Ronda Morehead and son Devin, of Rio Rancho, Tanya Dodds and sons Jared Scheffler (wife Shannon) of Albuquerque, and Justin Sheffler, of Pilot Point, TX, Victoria Sanchez (husband Kevin) and children Heather Reiter (husband Alex) and Cody Sanchez of Los Lunas, Stacy Hinkle, son Skylar Quintana and great- granddaughter Aria Scheffler of Albuquerque; brothers Rudy Quintana (wife June), Ray Quintana, Johnny Quintana (wife Theresa) of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents Jesus and Adela Quintana of Gallup, brothers Simon and Paul Quintana; sisters Rosie and Irene, sister-in-law Lorraine Quintana and beloved grandson Dakota Shinaver. Services will be held at 9:00AM Friday, 7/25, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 3424 4th St., 87107. The family cordially invites everyone to join them in a potluck lunch at the Masonic Lodge, 3801 Osuna Blvd NE immediately following the services.
PEREZ, EMILIO Age 22, of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Albuquerque. Emilio was born on December 30, 1991 in Albuquerque to Jose Perez and Sylvia (Ulibarri). He was raised in Albuquerque and attended Horizon Academy West, John Adams Mid High, West Mesa and Highland High Schools. He played basketball with the Boys and Girls Club in Old Town and was currently a call center representative with T-Mobile in Albuquerque and had previously worked with Sitel and AT&T in Albuquerque. He is survived by his father, Jose Perez; his mother, Sylvia; brother, Antonio Perez, all of Albuquerque; grandmother, Mary Ulibarri of Pueblo, CO; brothers, Jerry and Gabriel Perez; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Narciso Ulibarri. A rosary service will be held on Thursday, July, 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH-Westside with a reception from 8:00-10:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, with interment following at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Emilio at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
PARSONS, ROBERT N. (BOB) MAJ. USAF (RET.) Age 81, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014. Services will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m., at FRENCH - Westside, with viewing at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Robert at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
MORIARTY, LINDA CHESS Linda died on July 2, 2014 from complications resulting from a stroke. Linda had a very sunny and warm personality and a fighting spirit that she maintained even after her stroke. Linda was born February 6, 1932, to James (DDS), and Dorothy (concert violinist) Chess in San Marino, California. She was very respectful and loyal to her parents. Linda followed in her father's footsteps and graduated from the University of New Mexico. Linda pledged the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority where she was recently recognized for being an Alumna for 50 years. Linda became a school teacher and taught Language Arts at Wilson and Jackson Middle schools in the 60's and 70's. As a member of First Presbyterian, Linda had served as an Elder and was currently serving as a Deacon at the time of her death. She was an active volunteer in numerous church projects including, her favorite which was serving as a reading tutor for students at Longfellow Elementary. Linda was an excellent athlete and always stayed fit and trim. Her favorite sport growing up was tennis and in recent years, she had taken up golf. Her weekly regimen for the last 25 years included four days of jazzercise. Linda also loved animals and always had at least one cat or dog. Linda is survived by her daughter Leslie Ann and three granddaughters, Natasha, Katie and Jessica Souther. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Clarity. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 am. A Reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
MINERO, BETTY &Quot;BETTY BOOP&Quot; &Quot;GRAMMY&Quot; Age 89, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. There are countless others that were adopted by Grammy at her favorite hangout, the Barelas Coffee House. Always with a warm smile and bright eyes, you could find her sitting at her favorite table, 9A or at the counter eating honey or drinking half and half. She swore by her eagle brand milk to keep her healthy. Mary is survived by her husband, Ambrosio Minero; children, Betty Jo Martin and husband, Alvin, Gloria Gutierrez, Geraldine Lucero and Michael Gonzales; grandchildren, Marie, Jose Martinez, Jacqueline Martin, Cindy Trujillo and husband, Chris, Mandy Romero, Derek, Ernest Lucero and wife, Raquel, Gregory Lucero and wife, Antoinette; great grandchildren, Celeste, Kristina, Jazmyn, Jose, Alexis, Brandy, Selena, Cisco, Damian, Derrick, James, Alyssa, Aaron, Dominic, Raeana, Mariah, and Jacob who preceded Grammy on July 11, and is waiting to greet her; and great great grandchild, Dean. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10: 00 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 309 Stover Ave. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
MARTINEZ, GILBERT age 69, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife of forty three years; Irene; children, Carlos Martinez, and wife, Wendy, Bertha Rael and husband, Steve, Vicente Martinez and wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Krystal, Shantel, Gilbert, Marcos, C.J., Hanna, Vicente, Haileigh, Zoe, Ezekiel; siblings Lucy, Theresa, Priscilla, Joe, Raymond, Sandra; best friend, Henry Sanchez, ; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited following the visitation by Deacon Don Roseborough and family members, Emily, Alice, and Betty at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Avenue NW; Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Father Anthony Borrow, S.J., presider. Private disposition will take place at a later date. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Drive SW (505) 243-7861
MARTINEZ, JOHN A. Age 83, John peacefully went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2014. He was born in Raton, New Mexico on November 10, 1930. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Abel and Paulita Martinez and nine loving brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rachel; son and wife, John and Julie; daughters, Sandy and Lori; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren plus numerous family and friends who will miss him deeply. John graduated from St. Patrick's Catholic Academy in Raton. John was a member of the United States Air Force and served proudly in the Korean War. He attended and graduated from business college in Albuquerque, NM where he met his wife, Rachel. John was employed by Dixon Paper Co. for 40 years. John was an active member of The Shrine of St. Bernadette and served the Lord and his community as an usher and a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. After retirement, John and Rachel were able to make numerous trips to Europe and enjoyed traveling worldwide. John was an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman and in his retirement took up painting, ceramic and wood crafts. The Rosary will be recited Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m. immediately followed by Mass, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Road NE. John will be laid to rest with military honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Please visit our online guest book for John at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
MAESTAS, LARRY age 64, born December 1, 1949 to Flavio and Soterita Maestas, was raised and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on July 21, 2014. Larry was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte, his father Flavio, his mother Soterita and his brother Sam. He is survived by his son Mark and wife Stephanie; son Edward; grandchildren Estevan and Mia; son Ken Tyger; brother Flavio; brother Anthony; his brother David; and sister Marie Duran and husband John Paul. Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam and was retired from the Public Service Company of New Mexico as a Lineman. He was decorated with a National Defense Service Medal, was a M14 Marksman and M16 Expert. The family would like to thank Ken Tyger, Adam and Leti Leyba, Steven and Lisa Garcia, John Paul Duran, godson Mario Lara and the many other friends and family who cared for Larry and showed their love and support. Larry's life celebration will begin Friday, July 25, 2014, with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church at 300 Mildred Ave. NW. Mass of the Resurrection will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9 a.m. at St. Therese, followed by a reception at St. Therese Gym. Cremation and burial service will take place at a later date. Please visit: www.frenchfunerals.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: French Mortuary.
JORDAN, PAUL Age 85, passed away Monday night at home. Paul was born March 13, 1929 in Champaign Co., OH to Lee and Zona Jordan. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Raeber and Zella Gilliam and his son Gary. He is survived by his wife, of 64 years, Betty Jean; daughters Paula Jean Bing of Albuquerque & Beverly Whitney of Washington, MO; grandchildren Michelle Spear, Heather Silvey, Tiffany Duzeski, Lisa Bridgeford, Paul Bing, Christina Kellough and Denise Whitney; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Jane Dooley and Delcie Timson and brothers Bill and Floyd; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many friends. Paul retired from General Electric after 25 years in 1989, before that he had worked at ACF. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to The Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice, without whom they could not have managed. Services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, July 24th at Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas, followed by a Masonic Service at the Gravesite at Sandia Memory Gardens in Albuquerque.
JONES, BOBBIE Age 78, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Odell of Albuquerque; children, Melody Zellmann and Melissa Trainum; and five grandchildren. Bobbie was preceded in death by her daughter, Gay Sue. Friends may visit FRENCH - Wyoming Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Services will be held Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Rd. NE, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or the American Diabetes Association, 2625 Pennsylvania NE, Suite 225, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Bobbie at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
HERMAN, CARL J. Carl J. Herman, 67, of Albuquerque, died peacefully in his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Yolanda; his daughters, Victoria Sandoval and husband, Cameron, Nicole Herman de Espinoza, and Felicia Tavenner; five grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and John Herman; and son-in-law, Quentin Tavenner. He retired from Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital after 36 years. He was a man of great faith. A Memorial Rosary will be held Monday, July 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH - University. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Rd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Carl at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE (505) 843-6333
GARCIA, FLORA Age 75, of Rio Rancho, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014. She was born September 9, 1938, in Cabezon, NM to Solomon and Laura Lovato. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rudy Lovato. She is survived by her husband, Maurice; son, Robert and wife Erin and their children, Dallas and Viveca; son, Maurice and his son, Michael; son, Larry and wife Amy and their children, Nicholas, Jon-Luc and Amanda; daughter, Laura and her children, Lynette and Richard; great-grandchildren, Madison and Braydon; sister, Rita Gallegos; brothers, Solomon (Junior) Lovato and wife Mary, Bert Lovato and wife Betty, Anthony Lovato and Joseph Lovato. She is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Edwina Barela. Flora married the love of her life, Maurice Garcia, on August 25, 1956. They lived in Albuquerque and started a family and then moved to Southern California, where their children grew up. They returned to the Albuquerque area in 1992. Flora loved to be around her family and became the family matriarch after the death of her mother. Her life was her children and family. Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren. Her eyes would always light up when she saw them enter a room. Flora was known for her cooking especially her cakes and her love of bingo. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Queen of Heaven Parish, 5311 Phoenix Avenue NE. The family would like to thank the staff at Presbyterian Hospital and especially the nursing staff at Kaseman Inpatient Hospice for their excellent care and compassion they gave to Flora in her last days. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
GALLEGOS, CHARLES It is with great regret to announce the departure of a beloved brother, uncle, brother-in-law, godfather, great-uncle, and true angel. Anyone who knew Charles Eugene Gallegos knew what a wonderful man and mentor he was to everyone. God blessed us with his presence on August 22, 1955 and called him home on July 18, 2014. He has gone home to be with his beloved mother and father who were there to greet him. Charles was known to many as Chucky, Chuck Muck, #2, Uncle Charles, Charley and held a special place in everyone's heart. He was preceded in death by his mother, Julia H. Gallegos and his father, Fred J. Gallegos. Charles' is survived by his brothers: Fred A. Gallegos and Jerry P. Gallegos & wife, Susan Gallegos; nieces and nephews: Jesse and Rosalind, Maggie, Chris and Jeanine, Keirsten, Marizol, Anthony, Julia and Brooklyn. Charles' Life Celebration will begin with Visitation at 5:00p.m. on Thursday July 24, 2014 at Salazar Mortuary followed by a Rosary at 7:00p.m. A Life Celebration Mass will be held at St. Anne's Church at 1400 Arenal Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 at 9:00a.m. on Friday July 25, 2014 with a burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jesse F. Gallegos, Chris Gallegos, Anthony Gallegos, Carl Sanchez, Robert Sanchez, and Benny Romero. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Herrera and Robert Herrera. Please visit Charles' online guestbook at www.SalazarMortuary.com SALAZAR MORTUARY 400 Third Street SW 242-1133
ELLIOTT, REGGIE Today is the one year anniversary of the day you left this earth. All who knew you will forever appreciate your worth. Because no-one was more caring than you my dear husband and best friend. You radiated that love until the very end. As we think about you, which we do most every day, We know when you left, you took part of us away. I know you will be caring for everyone on the other side. But I hope you can see that here is still a deep eternal love for you we cannot hide. All of our love, Your family Carol, Julie, Janelle, Josh, Joshua Jr., Sophia
DURAN, ALFONSO SR. June 4, 1903 - July 24, 2000 In Loving Memory
BRAY, LILA MAY (LEWIS) The second child of eight, Lila May (Lewis) Bray was born in Elkhart, KS, December 5, 1927 to the late Clifford Hugh Gilbert Lewis and Thelma Fay (Dorris) Lewis. The family alternately moved between New Mexico, Kansas and California while Lila was growing up during the Great Depression. On April 1, 1949, Lila married Orval Leonard Bray in California, and there they added four children to their family. In 1978, the family moved back to New Mexico to be nearer to some of Lila's siblings who were her comfort when Orval passed away in 1981. A joy-filled Christian, quiet and loving, with a great sense of humor, yet an expressive mind of her own, Lila enjoyed reading and playing games with her family, attending church and hosting bible studies, as well as being a member of a bowling league and a crocheting club. However, if asked, Lila would tell you her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and aunt. All who knew her unanimously agree that she had a gift for always making them feel loved and accepted. Lila dealt bravely with the trial of vascular dementia for the past eight years, alternately living with her daughters in Las Vegas, NV and Los Alamos, NM for the last six. She was mercifully healed at her eldest daughter's home on June 27, 2014 surrounded by her family's love, when she was peacefully ushered to her final home with her Savior Jesus Christ. She will continue to be greatly missed until we meet her there. She is survived by four children: Evelyn Fay Castillo (husband Robert Castillo) of Las Vegas, NV; Jeffrey Bray (ex-wife Marian Flandrick) of Rio Rancho, NM; Thomas Ned Bray (wife Connie Bray) of Gresham, OR; Heather Cunico (husband Craig Cunico) of Los Alamos, NM; ten grandchildren: Lukas Castillo (Christian); Rebekah Castillo; Timothy Castillo (Brittany) of NV; Andrew Castillo (Faith) of NJ; James Bray of OR; Piper Bray, and Domenic, Logan, Macklin and Gabriel Cunico of NM; great- grandchildren: Christopher, Nathan, Joshua, Hannah and Miriam Castillo and Angelica Ricarte. Lila was preceded in death by her sister Patsy Webster. Surviving siblings are: Hugh (Betty) Lewis; Henry (Liz) Lewis; Ronald Lewis; Rex (Sharon) Lewis; Karen (LeRoy) Ortega; and Thelma-Ann (Edward) Wilson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of Lila's life will be held at 3:00 pm July 27, 2014, Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544. Cremains will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family thanks all who have expressed their caring concern and memories, and asks that in lieu of flowers, please send any honors to either Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation - 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119, or Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and/or Hospice House- 2202 Canyon Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544.
COLLATZ, ANNABELLE Age 90, passed away July 21, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Collatz, Jr.; her son, Fred Collatz III; and her granddaughter, Jacque. She is survived by her son, Arlan Collatz (Mary Alice); her daughter, Kathy McDonald (Jim); sister, Mary Jane Quintana; seven grandchildren; ten great- grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix Avenue NE and interment will be Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guest book for Annabelle at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500