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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 08/31/14--00:00: Obituary for BEACH
  • BEACH, ARTHUR G. October 31, 1930-September 3, 2010 In Loving Memory

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  • 08/31/14--00:00: Obituary for BARRETTE
  • BARRETTE, PATRICIA A. Patricia A. Barrette has gone home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014. She lost her long battle with multiple illnesses and has gone on to a well deserved pain free rest. She was an elementary school classroom teacher and taught art for homeschool students for many years. She loved children and gave of her time and energy endlessly through her teaching, and also through volunteer activities, such as Cub scouts. She is survived by her husband Bill; her children Robert and Scott; her brother Bill Lemken; five grandchildren; and her long-time friends (family) Margie and Charlie Magistro, and Sharon Glass.

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  • 08/31/14--00:00: Obituary for ARGEANAS
  • ARGEANAS, ALEENE L. Age 85, left us peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 28, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Hoff and husband Michael; son, Ted Argeanas and wife Camille; grandchildren, Tina Hoff, Samantha Trujillo and husband Daniel, and Noah Argeanas and wife Annie; great grandsons, Ashton Trujillo and Travis Trujillo. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George T. Argeanas; and brother, Cleo Hallmark. Aleene was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and best friend. A Trisagion will be recited on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. Friends may visit beginning at 6:00 p.m. Services will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High St. SE. Interment will take place at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Hoff, Tom Argeanas, Richard Auld, Alex Argeanas, Zack Niforos, and Noah Argeanas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gus Capels and Bob Payne. Please visit our online guestbook for Aleene at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for SEYLER
  • SEYLER, GERALDINE LILLIAN (GERRY) Age 78, a resident of Rio Rancho since 2001, died Sunday August 24, 2014 peacefully at her home with her twin sister Ginny by her side. Gerry is survived by her daughter Valerie Seyler and husband Kevin O'Connell of Haverford PA; her son John Seyler and wife Marilyn Metter of Boothwyn, PA; and her son Dan Seyler and wife Andrea of Southlake, TX. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, John, Matthew, Ian, Jordan, Jason, and Rachel Seyler. She is also survived by her two sisters Eileen Granich and Virginia Jordan of San Francisco, CA as well as nephew Michael Granich and niece Katie Sommer, and many friends. Gerry was an active member of the Vestry of St. Francis Episcopal Church of Rio Rancho, served for many years as a volunteer for CASA of New Mexico, and regularly helped at Storehouse West in Rio Rancho. Gerry was a competitive bowler, an active table tennis player, an award-winning member of the Iris Society, and an active hiker of her adopted state in the land of enchantment. Prior to retirement, Gerry was a dedicated teacher working with children with special needs. The Reverend Jennifer Phillips, Celebrant, will lead a memorial service on Sunday September 7, 2014 at 4 pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church 2903 19th.St SE in Rio Rancho. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to CASA New Mexico Albuquerque CASA Inc., 2340 Alamo Avenue SE, Suite 112, Albuquerque, NM 87106, www.casaabq.org or to Store House West, 1030 F Veranda Dr. SE, Rio Rancho, NM, email at: storehousewestnm@gmail.com Please visit our online guest book for Geraldine Lillian Seyler at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Rio Rancho 1950 Pine Rd NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 (505)338-2000

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for PENA
  • PENA, ABELICIO (ABE) Abelicio (Abe) M. Pena 87, a legend in Cibola County and western New Mexico, died on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Abe is survived by his wife, Viola Cisneros Pena; three daughters: Ramona Alires (Norman), Paula Ladd, Cecilia Salisbury (Randy); son Marco Pena; granddaughters: Maria Ladd Ehrlich (Jason), Andrea Alires, Michele and Jessica Ladd; two grandsons: Marco Alires and Paul Ladd; his two great-grandchildren: Elijah and Anya Ehrlich. Also survived by his brother Bennie Pena (Sandra); sisters Lydia M. Pena S.L., and Dorothy Pena McBride; and sister-in-law, Marie Moleres Pena. Pallbearers will be: Sgt. Marco Alires, Albert Barnett, Patrick Collins, Lcpl. Paul Ladd, Vincent Martinez, Paul Pena, Robert Pena, Isaiah Stafford, Kevin Terrell. Honorary Pallbearers: Bennie Pena, Norman Alires, Bobby Cisneros, Mike Cisneros Sr., Karl Gutierrez, M.D., Pablo Smith, Marty Sweeney, Ron Waterman. Rosary, 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 22nd; Resurrection Mass, Saturday, August 23, 1:00 p.m., both at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grants, New Mexico. Celebrant, Father Alberto Avella. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's School, P.O. Box 370, San Fidel, New Mexico, 87049.

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for PADILLA
  • PADILLA, ROBERT XAVIER Age 52, a resident of Corrales, NM, was called home by our Holy Father on August 17, 2014. He was born in Las Vegas, NM on December 10, 1961, and was raised in the North Valley of Albuquerque, NM. Xavier is survived by his loving parents, Robert and Rose Marie Padilla; three beautiful children, Melanie Padilla, Eusebio Padilla, Venessa Padilla; six grandchildren, Michael, Lawrence (J.J.), Daniel, Dominic, Hailey, Joziah; two devoted sisters, Stephanie Olguin and her husband Joe, Monique Valles and her partner, Ed Gifford; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends all of whom he loved dearly. He also leaves behind his loyal dog, Willie. Xavier was an avid river and stream fisherman and he loved to camp, especially in the northern mountains of New Mexico. His laughter and the loyalty he had for his family and friends will be greatly missed by all who loved him. He was a devout Catholic, a parishioner of San Ysidro Parish in Corrales, NM. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at San Ysidro Catholic Church, 5015 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at San Ysidro Catholic Church. Interment to follow at San Ysidro Catholic Cemetery, Corrales, NM. 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

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for OLONA
  • OLONA, ORLANDO R. Orlando R. Olona, Msgt. USAF, Retired 22 years Eccl: 3:1-2 "There is a time for every affair under the heavens -- a time to be born and a time to die." Age 92, Orlando was a part of the "Greatest Generation." He was 20 years old when Pearl Harbor occurred. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942; served on the Island of Attu, in Alaska; as a crew chief and tail gunner on the B-25 military airplane. In 1946, he met his future wife, Melba Dimas and they married in 1947. He was transferred to Germany and participated in the Berlin Airlift. They were in Munich and Berlin, Germany for four years. They were transferred several times more, including four years in Panama. He retired in 1964, returning to Albuquerque. His legacy is his military history, and he has seen his children and his children's children, as God promised. Orlando lost his parents at a very young age and was raised by his loving Grandmother Sofia Bazan Olona, with the help of his Uncles Manuel, Blas, and Antonio. He is predeceased by his father Pablo Olona, & mother Lucia Padilla Olona; his brothers Paul and Ernest; and his three sons Timmy, Steve, and Tom. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Melba; and his children Jerry, Cathy, Michael, Arthur, Mark, Sophia, Nick, Paul, and Jeff (and their spouses); and his sisters Alice Olona Torres, and Pauline Olona Hernandez. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren; great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Orlando will be laid to rest with his sons, Timmy and Tom at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, with full military honors. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. All services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church. Funeral services include the following: Tuesday, September 2, 2014: Visitation 5-6 pm; Rosary 6-7 pm., and Wednesday, September 3, 2014: Mass 9 am; reception lunch 10 am - 12 noon (catered lunch provided at the Knights of Columbus on Mountain Rd.); Burial 2:00 pm at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family would like to thank all of Orlando's doctors, nurses, and caregivers during the last five years. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warriors Project, or the Little Sisters of the Poor (Gallup, NM). Funeral arrangements are being handled by Salazar Mortuary. Please visit the website at www.salazarmortuary.com

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for GORE
  • GORE, ROBERT J. Robert J. Gore, 91, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014. He was born February 1, 1923 in Belen, NM to Earl J. and Cleo Gore. He is survived by his wife Higinia; son Robert A. Gore and Martha; brother Bill Gore; grandchildren Bonnie and Brooks Gore; niece Beth Christianson; nephews Jim and Rodney Gore; stepchildren Alfred Cata and wife Marlowe, Samuel E. Cata and wife Debbie, Estelle Read and husband Stan; grandchildren Samuel D. Cata, Jennifer Haley, Sarah Crichlow, Victor Cata, Megan Fricks, Gabriel Cata. He is preceded in death by brothers Earl G. and Marion A. Gore; sister Phyllis I. Gledhill; and his first wife Bonnie J. Gore. He worked for AT&SF Railway until August 1942 when he joined the U.S. Navy and served on board the U.S.S. Wainwright during WWII. Afterwards he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, retiring from the Department of Energy in 1978. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Services to be held Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, 5712 Paradise Hills Blvd. NW: Viewing 11am; Mass 12pm. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Brooks Gore, Samuel D. Cata, Victor Cata, Gabriel Cata, Troy Haley, Rey Crichow, and Brandon Fricks. A reception to celebrate his extraordinary life will be held at 3:30 pm later that afternoon at El Pinto Restaurant, 10500 4th Street NW. Please visit our online guestbook at www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for GARCIA
  • GARCIA, ROSE A. Age 73, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord, Monday, August 25, 2014. She is survived by her three daughters; two sons; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; and three brothers. Mrs. Garcia was preceded in death by her husband, Marcial Garcia; and sons, Patrick, Charlie, and Eric. Rose was fun-loving. She loved Elvis. She was known for her beautiful smile. We would like to thank her partner, John, for loving her. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m., at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 4th Street NW. Mass will follow at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit FRENCH - University, Monday September 1, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Rose at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for CORCORAN
  • CORCORAN, CAROLYN Carolyn Corcoran age 80, a resident of Grants, NM since 1976, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, T. A. Corcoran Jr.; children, Venita Elliott and husband, Bill, T. A. Corcoran III, Jill Aldaz and fiance, Rick Rougemont; grandchildren, Roxanna Elliott and husband, Donavon Lish, Kimberly Elliott, and Robert Aldaz; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Embrey and Beverly McCloskey. Carolyn enjoyed reading. She was a member of several bridge clubs. She volunteered at the Cibola General Hospital Auxiliary and she also worked at the Thrift Shop. Carolyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. As Carolyn had requested, cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the Grants Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Carolyn at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 09/01/14--00:00: Obituary for BEACH
  • BEACH, ARTHUR G. October 31, 1930-September 3, 2010 In Loving Memory

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  • 09/02/14--00:00: Obituary for HARTE
  • HARTE, IRENE (KIRIKOS) 28 February 1948 - 3 September 2006 Eight years now Sunshine, such a long time to be gone but you have not been forgotten because there are a bunch of folks who love and miss you something fierce. Chris, Mike, Maria, Helen, Kathy, Kenneth and Woody

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  • 09/02/14--00:00: Obituary for GARLEY
  • GARLEY, ELOY JR. Dad, We, sister (Cynthia), mom, auntie Christina and I (Debby) cannot believe that it is already 1 year TODAY that you left us. Not a day goes by that we are not thinking about you. We all still see your smiling face and your laughter still rings loudly in our ears. It's so difficult to accept that you are no longer here "ON EARTH" with us, but we know that you are "ALWAYS WITH US". We love you and miss you so much! Your daughters, Debby (Yerba Buena) and Cynthia (Bear)

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  • 09/02/14--00:00: Obituary for BEACH
  • BEACH, ARTHUR G. October 31, 1930-September 3, 2010 In Loving Memory

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  • 09/02/14--00:00: Obituary for BACA
  • BACA, RAFAELITA 9/2/30 - 10/5/05 Happy 84th Birthday Mom! We love and miss you very much. Until we see each other again. In Christ Jesus, The Baca Family

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  • 09/03/14--00:00: Obituary for TAGGART
  • TAGGART, EVELYNA HELENA ALISE YCAS June 29, 1923 - August 17, 2014 Evelyna H.A.Y. Taggart passed away peacefully on August 17, 2014 in her home at the Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque at the age of 91. She had suffered a stroke on July 9. Variously known as Eve to her friends and Guga to many of her relatives, she was an educated, energetic, and gregarious woman who endlessly and generously reached out into the lives of hundreds of individuals, connecting them all with her unique verve and enthusiasm for life. She was the last Ycas of her generation. Eve was born to Martynas Ycas and Hypatia Sliupas Ycas in Kaunas, capital of the newly free republic of Lithuania, and was raised on the nearby family estate of Tirkeliskiai, with her older brother Martynas (D 2014), older sister Hypatia (D 2005), and twin sister Violetta (D 1976). Her father was an activist who lobbied ceaselessly for Lithuanian freedom from Czarist rule, participated as a Lithuanian delegate at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, and served as the initial Minister of Finance of Lithuania during the 1920s. Her mother was a Lithuanian American from Scranton, PA. The siblings grew up bilingual (Lithuanian and English) due to their mother's American heritage and years of tutelage from their Scottish governess. Eve also studied Latin, French, German, and Spanish later on. In her teens Eve attended the Ausras State Gymnasium in Kaunas, where she was a member of the Birute Girl Scouts. When Russia invaded Lithuania in 1940, she and her family escaped through Poland into Germany, where they survived the RAF bombings of Berlin and subsequently traveled and lived as refugees through Barcelona, Lisbon, and Rio de Janeiro, where her father died of a heart attack. The remaining family arrived by ship in New York Harbor in May, 1941 and were quickly dispersed amongst various residences and immigrant sponsors across the U.S. Eve lived initially with her maternal aunt, Dr. Aldona Sliupas, in Brooklyn, and then briefly with the Rudkin family of baking fame, on Pepperidge Farm in Fairfield, CT, when she worked in a factory making metal soap boxes. She successfully applied to the International Rescue & Relief Organization for a full scholarship, and enrolled as a freshman at Ohio State University later in 1941, graduating with a B.A. in French in 1945. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, where she resided, and waitressed at the Faculty Club in exchange for her meals. She was thrice interviewed by The Columbus Citizen about her family's experiences. In December of 1946, she became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.A. Eve married Joseph L. Lessman in 1950 in Cleveland, OH. They were divorced in Las Vegas, NV, in 1958. Later that year she married Graham V. Taggart, a civil engineer, in Las Vegas, where they resided until his death in 1972. She took his ashes for interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery for veterans, "liked the place," and stayed to seek employment. She worked for 21 years for the New Mexico State Energy, Minerals, & Resources Dept., coordinating events across the state, and retired in 1995 at age 72 with a personal commendation from Governor Johnson. She lived in Santa Fe until 1986, when she moved to NE Albuquerque to better assist her mother (D 1987), who had moved out to NM earlier to live with her. During the 1970s, Eve pursued coursework at the Graduate School of Business & Administration, Univ. of New Mexico. She also acquired a real estate license. Eve's mother had earlier remarried an American Lithuanian, Pius J. Zuris, whose son by a previous marriage, Stanley Zuris, and his wife Patricia, had moved to Albuquerque in the 1950s, building a home NW of the city on the west side of the Rio Grande. Throughout the remainder of her life, her double-step "other" family, from the other side of the river, and Eve enjoyed a rich and close relationship. Eve was an active member for nearly three decades in both the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors & the Friendship Force of New Mexico, non-profit organizations dedicated to international citizen diplomacy. She hosted numerous visitors from abroad in her home, including once the Asst. Prefect of Police of Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia. She traveled widely, taking trips to China, Australia, and New Zealand, and often visited Lithuanian friends and relatives in Chicago, CO, FL, NY, and Toronto, Canada. She also socialized extensively with numerous Lithuanians in Albuquerque and corresponded worldwide. In 1993 she traveled with her brother, his wife, and his sons, John Ycas of CO, family back to Lithuania for the first time in five decades, when they were able to locate and view Tirkeliskiai once more. They also toured across the country to Palanga, on the Baltic coast, where the Ycas family had maintained a seaside villa 60 years previously. Eve and her sister Hypatia returned to northern Lithuania in 1995 for the dedication of national monuments to their father and uncle in the old Ycas home town of Birzai. Her sister, having published her memoir Springtime in Lithuania (illustrated by Peggy Zuris) in 1995, moved from CA later to live with Eve in NM, died in Albuquerque in 2005, and the next year Eve moved into Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol Village in the NE quarter. Eve collected art, textiles, and books. She absorbed stories, life, and people. She conversed and laughed with everyone she met; her range of interests was infinite. She loved bright colors, oysters, lobster, crayfish, and beer. She embraced the modern technological world, enjoyed a prodigious memory for the myriad details of her numerous friends' adventures, and never let the past defeat her. She has inspired the younger generations of her two families. She is survived by three nephews: Martynas Albert Ycas of Arlington, VA, John Algis Ycas of Boulder, CO, and Joseph Warren Ycas of Hockessin, DE; six grand-nephews and grand-nieces: Eliza Y. Callahan of Chicago, IL, Gabriel Ycas of Boulder, CO, Trevor Ycas of Boulder, CO, Nathan Ycas of Gaithersburg, MD, Skye Y. Picon of Kenton, OH, and Peter Ycas of Minneapolis, MN; her double step-brother Stanley P. Zuris of Albuquerque, NM, and double step-nieces and nephew: Nancy Z. Slater of Horace, ND, Suzanne Z. Levy of Chandler, AZ, Carol Z. Peacock of Bellevue, CO, Stephanie Z. Collins of Artesia, NM, and Eddie Zuris of Albuquerque, NM. A life celebration will be held within the Good Samaritan Manzano del Sol Village in Albuquerque, for residents, on Friday, Oct. 17th. A party (Eve said so!) will take place locally for friends and family on Saturday, October 18th. BYE-BYE FOR NOW

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  • 09/03/14--00:00: Obituary for STEEVES
  • STEEVES, JIM Jim Steeves, age 76, passed away on September 1, 2014, comforted by family. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 42 years; daughter Suzanne Hurrey, her husband Mick and their children, Kellen 7, Beckett 4 and Remi 2; daughter Jennifer Steeves, her husband Dave Prager and their daughter Georgiana 3, all living in the San Francisco area. Jim was born on September 7, 1937, in Calais, Maine. After four years in the Navy, the words of John F. Kennedy inspired him to do more for his country: he entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State where he stayed for 28 years. Jim served his country in Germany, Senegal, England, Spain, where he met Carol, who had already embarked on her own foreign adventures. He persuaded her to marry him and they went on to serve in Ireland, Israel, South Africa and Hungary. His eyes were opened to different cultures, foreign perspectives, and superior beers. ("I never liked beer in America," he was fond of saying, "but when I got to Germany I understood why: Budweiser? That isn't beer.") In 1989, the family moved to Albuquerque where they have resided until the present, except for 5 years away in Germany and California. While in Albuquerque, he became addicted to the smell of freshly roasted green chilies and a nonstop quest to find the area's best breakfast burrito and micro-brew. In life Jim devoted himself to knowledge, to dialogue (he could coax meaningful conversation out of any passer-by) and to his passion for the rights of the little guy. Daily for the last 10 years, he curated articles and opinion pieces, and relayed them to people across the world. He also hosted a discussion group and wrote endless letters to the editor on topics he was passionate about. Near the end of a long struggle with cancer, when asked what he still wanted to do, Jim said he wanted to save the world. He wanted to inspire others to get in involved and change the world around them. When asked of his greatest pride, though, Jim named his daughters: the lives they chose to lead, the spouses they chose, and the future they're giving their children. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity, or by having a conversation with a stranger that goes beyond sports and weather. A celebration of Jim's life will take place Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 1- 4pm at the family house. To sign our online guestbook for Jim, go to www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 09/03/14--00:00: Obituary for SAIKI
  • SAIKI, JOHN HARRIS, M.D. John Harris Saiki, M.D., known as "Jack" to many, peacefully passed away at home on August 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He will forever be in the hearts of his wife Julie; his three children, Beth, Bill and Catherine; his beloved grandchildren, Anna Priya Gupte, Anand Gupte and Alexander Saiki; son-in-law Viru Gupte and daughter-in-law Jocelyn Saiki; and his brother George and extended family. Jack was born on December 31, 1936 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to Lydia Elizabeth Kuoppala and Arthur Kazu Saiki, M.D. He spent most of his childhood in Grand Forks and three formative years in Kauai, Hawaii. Jack received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota. He graduated from medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1961. It was there that he met his future wife, Julie Singleton. Jack served two years with the United States Public Health Service in Fort Defiance, Arizona. He completed his residency and fellowship training in medicine and hematology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and his oncology training at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Jack was Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico Department of Medicine, Hematology/ Oncology Division. His career on faculty spanned forty-four years; it can be said he lived the history of modern day oncology. Jack joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1970. With the support of a grant from the federally funded New Mexico Regional Medical Program, Jack developed a leukemia-lymphoma treatment program, at a time when no formal medical oncology program existed in New Mexico. He was also awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health in support of his membership in the Southwest Oncology Group, which ushered in cancer clinical trials and new cancer treatments for New Mexicans. In 1973, Jack received board certification in medical oncology, the year the subspecialty of medical oncology was first created. Jack served in various capacities while on the faculty, including Clinical Director of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and Principal Investigator for the Southwest Oncology Group. In addition, Jack served on the Board of Trustees for Blood Systems for twenty-nine years and was Medical Director of the Presbyterian Hospice Program. Jack was the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and service, including the Laureate Award by the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Physicians and nine Khatali Awards, an honor bestowed by each graduating class of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in recognition of teaching excellence. Throughout his career, Jack loved teaching but patient care was foremost in his heart. Jack was beloved for his humility, compassion, integrity and dedication. Jack and his wife of fifty-two years, Julie, shared a mutual love of the Southwest, hiking, birding, identifying wildflowers and enjoying the tranquility of the Taos mountains. He was deeply loved and admired by his three children. He encouraged them to carve out their own unique paths and, importantly, to appreciate the journey. He was a beloved granddad. With his playful spirit and love of teaching, he spent endless hours with his grandchildren on projects fostering their love of science and nature. Jack's curiosity and appreciation of life included photography, tennis, geology, woodworking, taking up the banjo at age forty, and driving his '66 Volvo. His gift for storytelling, endearing sense of humor, and gentle nature remained ever-present to the end. While it is impossibly difficult to let him go, we know he made an indelible difference in the lives of many people and that his teachings will carry forward through his family, friends, patients, students and colleagues. We celebrate Jack and his life well lived. The family wishes to thank Vince Ortolano, M.D., Katherine Morris, M.D., Presbyterian Home Health and Hospice, Jack's colleagues at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, and the University of New Mexico Center for Life. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center "John H. Saiki Clinical Oncology Endowment Fund". The fund was established anonymously by a patient of Jack's for the purpose of creating the "John H. Saiki Endowed Chair in Clinical Oncology" to support and promote excellence in patient care and teaching. Contributions may be mailed to UNM Cancer Center, Attn: Justin Schroer, Director of Development, 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque NM 87131. Contributions may also be made online at www.unmfund.org/fund/saiki. Specify "John H. Saiki Clinical Oncology Endowment Fund" on the check or when making an online contribution. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, 1201 Camino de Salud N.E. For directions and additional information, please refer to www.cancer.unm.edu/saiki/ or call Melanie Hazlett at 505-925-0478. Memories and condolences may be shared via the aforementioned website.

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  • 09/03/14--00:00: Obituary for ROYER
  • ROYER, DONALD D. Donald D. Royer, 95, passed 12 Aug 2014. Loving father, WWII vet and teacher. Lifetime resident of Albuquerque and Bosque Farms. Interment Santa Fe National cemetery. Memorial gathering TBD.

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  • 09/03/14--00:00: Obituary for ROMERO
  • ROMERO, MARCELLA Age, 84, a native of Albuquerque, passed away with family by her side, on Saturday, August 30, 2014. She is survived by her brothers, Daniel W. Romero and John W. Romero and wife, Alice; sister, Marilee Vallejo and husband, Edward; sister-in-law, Eva Romero; seven nephews; four nieces; thirteen great-nieces and nephews; nine great-great-nieces and nephews, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Estevan and Sofia Romero; and brothers, Tony Romero, Perfecto "Pat" W. Romero, Romaldo Sarracino, Frank W. Romero, and Steve W. Romero. Marcella will always be remembered as a wonderful sister, aunt, and friend and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rosary will be at FRENCH- Lomas on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Josephs on the Rio Grande, 5901 St Joseph Dr NW, 87120 on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Marcella will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery following mass. Should friends desire contributions can be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice online at www.phs.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Marcella at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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