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Losing a loved one will never be easy. But French eases the burden not only by what we do, but by what we say and how we say it. Always providing solace in our personal interactions with our customers, we go a step further by inviting them to take charge of a process that before left so many feeling helpless.

By brightening the tone of our message and speaking in a fresh and unexpected way, we ease the trepidation surrounding the topic of death and create a dialogue that empowers people.

By using modest humor, conversational tone and language that is bold, honest and smart, we not only get people to stop avoiding thinking about the inevitable, we inspire them to write a final chapter that is as beautiful as the ones that came before it.


Our Obituaries

Gary Sower

December 4, 2016

Gary Sower, born July 31, 1943, passed peacefully on December 4, 2016. Gary was born in Honolulu, HI to parents Milton and Ethel Sower. He grew up helping his family in their ranching business in southern Colorado and northern NM. He received a BS in Physics from New Mexico Tech, an MS in Physics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D in Atmospheric Physics from New Mexico Tech. He worked 30...
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Benjamin Roscoe

December 2, 2016

Benjamin Roscoe, age 84, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016. Ben served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an Intelligence Officer. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, had a career at Sandia National Laboratories, and wrote professional papers which were published in Journal of Defense and Research, IEEE, and presented at Nuclear Power Plant...
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Delma L. Rostel

December 2, 2016

Delma Rostel, age 98, devoted mom, grandma (Nani) and friend, passed away December 2, 2016. Dee was known for her many years volunteering for Meals on Wheels and was an active member of Palo Duro Senior Center. She was a gardener, seamstress and foster mom to many children over the years. She was passionate about her quilting and many friends and family cherish being owners of her beautiful...
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Gene Oscar Sjostrand

December 1, 2016

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend Gene Oscar Sjostrand, age 87. Gene was a resident of Albuquerque and formerly of Des Plaines, IL. He went to join the Lord and his beloved, cherished wife of 48 years, Eugenia. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Gene is survived by his children, Carl Sjostrand ...
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Nancy Gianopoulos

November 30, 2016

Nancy Gianopoulos fell asleep in the Lord on November 30, 2016. Born November 5, 1925, in the village of Kalloni on the island of Lesvos, Greece, Nancy was the third of four children born to Ignatios and Myrsini Antoniadou. After World War II, Nancy emigrated to the United States, where she met and married Mannie Gianopoulos of Haverhill, Massachusetts. The couple moved to Santa Fe in 1948, then...
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Wilma Baxter

November 29, 2016

Wilma Baxter, 95, died November 29, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Baxter and her son, Scott Baxter. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. Wilma worked at Los Alamos National Labs where she met Robert. A Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Interment will take place Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 11:15 a.m. at Santa Fe...
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Anthony Evola

December 30, 1927 - November 29, 2016

Anthony Evola, Sr. passed away on November 29, 2016. He was born on December 30, 1927 in New York City to Lucia and Gaspare Evola. Anthony was happily married to his wife of 63 years, Millie Evola. He proudly served his country in the US Navy for two years before serving in the New York City Fire Department for 21 years. He was also a Master Gardener and participated in the program for many years...
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Daniel George Apostalon

November 28, 2016

Col. Daniel George Apostalon, Ret. USAF, age 88, born on August 19, 1928, passed to his eternal home on November 28, 2016. Dan joined the Air Force on October 6, 1951. Among his many stellar honors while serving were the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation, and Presidential Unit Citation. In 1955, he met the love of his life, Cynthia, and they were married on...
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Candace Christine Cloud

November 28, 2016

Candace Christine Cloud, 54, died November 28, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Eversmeyer; her parents, Leon and Linda Cloud; her sisters, Barbara Cloud, Carol Bennett and Brenda Cloud; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. Candace was born May 4, 1962 in San Francisco and spent the bulk of her childhood in several small towns in Idaho. At age 16, she left high school to...
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Jack Kroehnke

November 28, 2016

Jack Kroehnke, the first public affairs officer at NASA's White Sands, NM, Test Facility, and later one of 42 artists in a Smithsonian Institution exhibit of space exploration art, died Monday, November 28, 2016 at his home in Albuquerque. He was 85. Kroehnke, born in Chicago February 9, 1931, studied art under muralist Otto Hake at the Chicago Institute of Applied Art and with painter...
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Roman G. Hubbell

November 27, 2016

Roman G. Hubbell II, known to all as "Butch," passed away suddenly at home on November 27, 2016. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, as well as an avid sportsman, friend to all who knew him, and philanthropist. Roman was born April 29, 1940, the son of Roman G. and Elizabeth Ley Hubbell, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from Highland...
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George Gurule

September 17, 1951 - November 27, 2016

George Gurule, 65, beloved brother, father, grandfather and most cherished husband, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was taken from us entirely too soon. George was an avid fisherman and woodworker, a wonderful husband, and was well-known for his kindness, sense of humor and beautiful laughter. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his daughter, Emily Gurule-Forgette; sister, Georgia...
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Bryon Kent Cloer

November 27, 2016

Bryon Kent Cloer, the son of Bobby and Elizabeth Cloer, was born on March 24, 1957, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the age of 59. Bryon graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1980 with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was recruited by Sandia National Laboratories and moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1981 to begin his...
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David Holton House

November 27, 2016

House, David Holton David House, 57, passed November 27, 2016. David was known as a computer expert, musician, voice over, film and TV actor (most notably on the hit series, Breaking Bad). David also worked in radio, first at Antioch College, then in Key West and lastly, at KUNM as the Music Director for 16 years. David was the volunteer host on KUNM's Wednesday "All That Jazz" Show. David was...
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Gerald Alma Robertson

November 17, 1932 - November 27, 2016

Gerald Alma Robertson, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Gerald was born in Gooding, Idaho on November 17, 1932. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1977, including a term of service in Vietnam. Gerald received bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. While in the Air Force, Gerald met his wife,...
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Elsie Aileen Borges

November 27, 2016

Elsie Aileen Borges, 91, was called to her eternal resting place on Sunday, November 27, 2016 following a lengthy illness. Elsie was of a Norwegian family who homesteaded north of Hinsdale, on the Montana Highline. Her parents were Ole and Mari Svalheim. Elsie was the ninth of ten children born to Mari and Ole on January 29, 1925. As the family lost five children to illness and a schoolhouse...
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Eileen M. Bird

November 27, 2016

Eileen M. Bird, age 91, of Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. She is survived by her children, Richard Bird (Patricia), Donald Bird (Anita), Diana Rew (Rick), Doug Bird (Annie Jaques) and Dana Bird (Katherine); her grandchildren, Kelly, Ryann, Daniella, Michael, Sarah, Julia, John, Mariah, Ashley, Amanda, Adriana, Cassandra and Trevor; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other...
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Jack Norton Moise

November 26, 2016

Jack Norton Moise, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on November 26, 2016. He entered this world on August 28, 1928 in Cassopolis, MI, born to Leon Moses and Lucile Norton. Jack and his young family moved to Albuquerque in 1957. Throughout his entire work career, he was involved in the motor freight business. While in Michigan, he was President of the...
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Donald K. Holck

November 26, 2016

Donald K. Holck was born February 7, 1931 in Britt, IA. He passed away at home, surrounded by his grandchildren on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in Albuquerque. Don graduated from Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) as an Electrical Engineer in 1958. He was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and a Korean war veteran. Don and his family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1958, where he...
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Lawrence W. Martin

November 26, 2016

Lawrence W. Martin, age 93, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He is survived by numerous extended family members. He served in the US Navy during WWII. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at FRENCH - University. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619...
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Paul M. Greenberg

November 25, 2016

Paul M. Greenberg passed away on November 25, 2016 after a long illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 16, 1940. His family moved to Albuquerque in 1945 and he attended Eugene Field Elementary, Lincoln Junior High, and graduated from Highland High School. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from UNM. He went on to work in the computer field at PNM and UNM, retiring in...
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Marcella Louise Gutierrez-Gilchrist

November 24, 2016

Marcella Louise Gutierrez Gilchrist, beloved sister, entered into eternal peace on November 24, 2016. Marcella was born in Albuquerque, NM, living most recently in Bosque Farms, NM, and was predeceased by parents, Peter A. and Gertrude Montoya Gutierrez; as well as infant brother, Robert Gutierrez. She is survived by her sisters, Annette Gutierrez Turk, Albuquerque, NM and Clare Gutierrez O&apos...
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Julia E. Bowers

November 24, 2016

Julia E. Bowers of Albuquerque, went to our Lord on Thursday, November 24, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father, Lewis. Julia is survived by beloved husband, Harold "Sandy" Bowers; daughters, Carrie A. Penney and husband, Gordon Penney and Pamela J. Bowers; mother, LaVern E. Brett; sisters, Theresa Meek and husband, James Meek, Mary Gruber, and Rose Bailey and husband, David Bailey;...
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Lt. Commander Roger William Smith Ret. US Navy

November 24, 2016

Smith, Roger William Lt. Commander Roger William Smith, Ret. US Navy, was born in 1946 and passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Alma; his brothers, Kenny, Larry and sister-in-law, Suzan; and their daughters, Laura, Krista and Jessica; and Tom Smith; his son, Isaac and daughter-in-law, Teresa. He was a great man. He gave to anyone who was in need of...
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Barbara Elizabeth Martin

November 24, 2016

Martin, Barbara Elizabeth Barbara Elizabeth Martin, 91, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died peacefully in her sleep on November 24, 2016. She was born on September 24, 1925 in Charles City, Iowa to Anna Marie and Jay Joseph Smith. She married Arville Dean Martin on November 5, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa; they were married for 35 years until his passing in 1991. She is preceded in death by her husband...
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Billy Dale Fickel

November 23, 2016

Billy Dale (Bill) Fickel went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 23, 2016. His was a "Life Well Lived." He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He always said he was proud to be a Native New Mexican, born in Tucumcari and raised in San Jon. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and came to Albuquerque as a math teacher at Monroe Junior High. After completing...
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Theresa Jane Eberhardy

September 12, 1933 - November 23, 2016

Theresa Jane Eberhardy, 83, beloved wife, mother and grandmother and by many others, was called to her eternal resting place on November 23, 2016. She entered this world on September 12, 1933, on a farm in Pierce County, WI, born to Louie and Esther Kainz. Jane moved to Milwaukee, WI after graduation where she met Vernon Eberhardy. They were married 46 years, until Vernon passed away unexpectedly...
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Martha Elizabeth Terrazas

November 23, 2016

Martha Elizabeth Terrazas, age 83, beloved wife, mother of three daughters, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2016 surrounded by the family she loved. Martha was known for her devotion to her family, love of music, and social grace. She had a deep appreciation of Native American art and pottery, and was a lifetime collector. Martha was born in New Mexico and raised on a farm...
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Ashston Smethurst

August 29, 1997 - November 22, 2016

Ashston Smethurst, son of Gary and Jane Smethurst of Albuquerque, was born August 29, 1997 and transitioned November 22, 2016. Ashston came to us as a gift of the Creator. As a baby he was involved in a near drowning incident and upon release from the hospital he came to us in early February of 1999, through the ARCA Home Based Program. He was a mystery in that we had no idea how and exactly what...
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Edith Raybould

January 17, 1925 - November 21, 2016

Edith "Ede" Davenport Raybould, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, died at home on November 21, 2016. Born Edith May Davenport on January 17, 1925 in Roy, NM, she was the second of three children, between sister Allie and brother Fred, to Mary Aletha Gray and Alfred Moore Davenport. She attended Roy Public Schools and graduated from Roy High School in May of 1943. After studying at the...
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Doris B. Neuman

June 14, 1922 - November 21, 2016

Doris B. Neuman, 94, kind and loving mother, grandmother and wife, passed away November 21, 2016. Doris was known for her adventurous, playful spirit. She loved travel, walking, swimming, singing and dancing. She also enjoyed music, theater, cultural events and art. She was the Go-Girl. Doris is survived by her husband, Elmer A. Neuman; her daughter, Deborah R. Neuman; her son-in-law, Jock Embry;...
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Irene L. Mitchell Langley

November 21, 2016

Langley, Irene L. Mitchell Irene L. Mitchell Langley, 83, died November 21, 2016. She is survived by her children; Renee Evans (David), Wendy Riesland (Randy), Nancy Coriz (Joe), Kenneth Langley (Connie), Douglas Langley (Frederica), Paulette Waite (Milton), Paul Langley (Amy), Virginia Rice (Kevin); 20 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren; sister; Vera Oates; brother, Carl Mitchell (Gert);...
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Elizabeth Meeks

December 31, 1952 - November 21, 2016

Elizabeth (Beth) Meeks, 63, beloved mother, was called to her eternal resting place on November 21, 2016. She entered this world on December 31, 1952 in Bozeman, MT, born to Lee and Mary Brainard. She is survived by her son, Justin Meeks, and wife Laura; her two grandchildren, Addison and Sutton; her brother, Dar Brainard and wife Kathy and many loved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A...
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Suzie M. Rodriguez

November 21, 2016

Suzie M. Rodriguez, age 67, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968, died Monday, November 21, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Bobby Joe; daughter, Michelle Hernandez and husband, Tom; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Jake Rivera, Ralph Rivera, and Gabe Rivera and wife, Alisha; sister, Rita Rivera; mother and father-in-law, Joe and Viola Rodriguez; brother and...
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Chester Sherman Gibson

November 20, 2016

Chester Sherman Gibson, known to all of us as Sherman Gibson, 96 years young, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016. Sherman was born in Padroni, Colorado on December 16, 1919 to Chester Hubert Gibson and Florence A. Straub. He is the 3rd oldest of the six children, his brothers, Fred and Robert, and sisters, Florence, Ruth and Velma. He is beloved by his family and friends and will be missed...
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Kenneth R. Jones

November 20, 2016

Kenneth R. Jones, age 83, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016. A Pennsylvania native, Ken served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Wright before returning home to later become a proud Penn State graduate. After receiving his college education, Ken moved to Albuquerque where he met the love of his life, Nancy Duhigg, and they married in 1964. He worked 34 years for Sandia Laboratories,...
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Martha Jaramillo

November 20, 2016

Martha Jaramillo, age 85, our beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016. She was preceded in death by her son, John Paul; daughter, Lou Rivera; sister, Sadie Buffington; and brothers, Jose Gonzales and Salvador Gonzales. Martha is survived by her husband of 68 years, Johnnie; children, Estella Walsh, James G., and Barbara; four grandchildren; four...
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Roderick Bernard Howard

July 27, 1944 - November 18, 2016

Roderick Bernard Howard, 72, died Friday, November 18, 2016, in Albuquerque, NM. Rod was born July 27, 1944, in Dover, NH, to Elmer and Louise Howard. He joined the United States Air Force when he was 17-years-old and served four years of active duty at Amarillo Air Force Base. Rod graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Fine Arts. He taught art...
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Dorothy Basile Silver

November 18, 2016

Silver, Dorothy Basile Our beloved Dottie went to be with the Lord and Savior on Friday, November 18, 2016. Dottie began her journey in 1937 in Fort Worth, TX. She moved to Albuquerque in 1942 and graduated from Highland High School in 1955. After high school she worked for the FBI in Albuquerque and Minneapolis. Dottie joined the Navigators and moved to Colorado Springs. From there she went to...
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Betty June Hoog

November 18, 2016

Betty June Hoog, age 81, died on November 18, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Betty lived in Albuquerque, NM for over 50 years and was above all a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a loving mother who devoted her entire life to her children and husband of 63 years, Robert. Betty was a devout Christian and member of Faith Lutheran Church. She was a strong woman of faith,...
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Otto Frank Gaus

February 13, 1939 - November 18, 2016

Otto F. Gaus, 77, passed away on November 18, 2016. Otto worked long term for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a CPA. He had a passion for jazz music, old books and decadent desserts. While living in Albuquerque, he developed a profound appreciation for Native American culture. Otto had a knack for engaging complete strangers in spirited conversations about religion and politics. If you were ever...
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Mary Ann Vaughn

November 17, 2016

Mary Ann Vaughn, 61, died November 17, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tony; her son, Curt; her grandsons, Raphael and Jonathan Vaughn; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ruth Mischung; and her sister, Judy Gillham. Mrs. Vaughn served our country in the United States Army. Mary Ann worked as a Certified Occupational Therapy...
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Naydene Ruth Jones Plath

May 14, 1930 - November 17, 2016

Naydene Ruth Jones Plath, 86, known to all as "Mema" was born May 14, 1930 and passed away on November 17, 2016 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. (Wilbur) Jones and mother, Evelyn A. Smith. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John L. Plath; her brother, James W. Jones, Jr. (Patty) of Escondido, CA; her five children, John W. Plath (Shelley), Debbie R....
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Mary H. O'Neil

November 16, 2016

Mary Helen O'Neil (Torres), age 73, a resident of Albuquerque NM passed away on November 16, 2016 at Presbyterian Hospital. She was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. Mary was a fun, loving, generous person with an easy laugh and cheerful, warm personality. Mary is survived and will be dearly missed by the following immediate family members; sister, Tenaya Torres-Tellez of Albuquerque, NM;...
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Gladys L. Wheelis

November 16, 2016

Gladys Wheelis, age 90, dedicated mother and wife, passed away on November 16, 2016 at home after a long illness. Gladys enjoyed working outside in the yard and loved children. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, JT Wheelis; her son, Ted Wheelis; three grandchildren, Brent Wheelis, Jennifer Campbell, Jeremy Wheelis; and four great-grandchildren. Friends may visit Saturday, November 19,...
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Barbara A. White

November 15, 2016

Barbara A. White of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Reno, Nevada, retired librarian, passed away November 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. White, in 2002. She is survived by two nieces; one nephew, all of the East Coast; five step-children, all of Reno, NV; and many dear friends. She was born July 31, 1922 to Charles and Barbara Gazin of Evanston, IL. Barbara traveled...
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Mary Ada Dunkley Dayvault

December 14, 1924 - November 15, 2016

Mary Ada Dunkley Dayvault passed away on November 15, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Concord, NC on December 14, 1924, to Thomas M. and Bertha K. Dunkley. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Thomas, Jr., and her husband, Ret. Lt. Col. Nevin E. Dayvault, USMC, of Concord, NC. After many duty stations, Nevin was assigned to Task Force JTF8 at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM,...
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Paul Douglas Seward

November 15, 2016

Paul (Pete) Douglas Seward, age 84, the rock of our family, passed away November 15, 2016. Pete was born in Dennison, TX in 1932 and spent his first few years on a homestead east of Estancia, NM. When he was around six years old, the family moved to Albuquerque. Pete graduated from Albuquerque High School, studied at UNM and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Pete entered the United States...
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Emma De La O

November 14, 2016

Emma A. De La O, age 85, friend, aunt and great-aunt passed away Monday, November 14, 2016. Emma was a resident of Ponderosa, NM. She was born in Cuba, NM, the last of Eduardo and Genara De La O's eight children. Emma is survived by her gracious care givers, Gloria and Michael Martinez; her young "buddy" Michael Rey Martinez; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Emma was a...
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Audrey Jane Bridges

November 14, 2016

Audrey Jane Bridges, age 85, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Memorial donations may be made in Audrey's name to The Breast Cancer Foundation, http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/ . FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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J.C. Marie Hicks

November 14, 2016

J.C. Hicks, age 92, a longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away on November 14, 2016. He is survived by his daughter, Mildred L. "Mylli" Hicks Zdunek and husband, Dennis; grandchildren, Estell L. Gilbert and husband, Andy, J Stephen Zdunek and wife, Andrea, and Molly Lindley and husband, Kevin; great-grandchildren, Alyse Zdunek, Jensen Gilbert, Nora Zdunek, Lily Lindley, and Christopher...
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Caroline Marie Qualler

July 4, 1928 - November 14, 2016

Caroline Qualler, 88, beloved mother and wife, was called to her eternal resting place on November 14, 2016. She entered this world on July 4, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI, born to Anthony (Tony) and Florence Bauer. She is survived by her husband, Earl Qualler; her daughters, Susan (Butch), Jean, Betty (Darin), and Cindy; her son, William (Nancy), and 41 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A...
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Alysia Romero

November 13, 2016

Alysia "Niki" Romero, age 29, lived in Albuquerque, NM, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Niki graduated from UNM on November 7, 2016 and earned a bachelor degree from the Family Studies Department. This was one of her life goals and aspirations. Niki wanted to work with children and was able to work at St. John's Preschool and the Albuquerque Children's Christian home. Niki...
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Patricia Lawson

November 13, 2016

Patricia Lawson went to be with her beloved husband, Bob and our Heavenly Father on November 13, 2016. She is survived by her dogs, Vegas, Penny, and Ricky; as well as her three daughters, Donna Grattino and husband Chris, Sondra Cook and husband Jim, and Kendra Lawson. She had five precious grandchildren, Acacia, CJ, Peyton, Nathan, and Maxwell. Pat is also survived by her sister-in-law, DeLaine...
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Barbara J. Van Dongen

November 13, 2016

Barbara J. Van Dongen, a life-long resident of Albuquerque passed away November 13, 2016. She was active in her educational studies. Her career as a teacher and librarian was a life time commitment. Her leadership was supported in her local and national affiliations. Barbara loved art, gardening, and the outdoors of New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Richard; brother, Scott Chamberlin...
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Esther Chavez

November 30, 1955 - November 13, 2016

Esther Chavez, 60, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 13, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family. Esther was born in Cubero, New Mexico on November 30, 1955 to Daniel and Armelina Chavez. She is survived by her two daughters, Sophia Chavez and Chelsea Shutiva; three grandchildren, Santana and Symone Chavez and Alyna Fowler; six siblings, Helen Chavez and husband...
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Carolyn Aldrich Carson

November 13, 2016

Carson, Carolyn Aldrich Carolyn Aldrich Carson passed away at La Vida Llena in Albuquerque, NM on November 13, 2016 surrounded by her children. She was 94 years old. Carolyn was born in Aiken, SC and grew up in Anderson, SC. She graduated from Anderson Girls High School in 1939 and attended Anderson Baptist College. She and her late husband, Col. Charles R. Carson Sr. were high school sweethearts...
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Teresa Saathoff

November 13, 2016

Teresa Saathoff, 58, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away November 13, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Ashley Saathoff; her son, Daniel Saathoff; her mother, Carolyn Martin; and many other family members. She is preceded in death by her father, Jeff D. Martin Jr. Memorial Services will be held Friday, November 18, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School...
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Frank C. Laguna

November 12, 2016

Frank C. Laguna, 85, died November 12, 2016 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Julia; his sister, Lupe Esparza and husband, Gene of Orange, CA; and many other family and friends. Frank and Julia were longtime members of St. John XXIII Catholic Community. Mr. Laguna retired as an international representative from the OP & CMA International Union in Washington, DC. A...
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Mary Elizabeth Valdez

November 12, 2016

Valdez, Mary Elizabeth Mary Elizabeth Valdez passed away into the Lord's loving hands in the presence of her family on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the age of 82. Mary leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, Orlando; four children, Ruby Oertle, Theresa Valdez and her life partner, Sandra Myron, Irene LaFollette and husband, Kevin, and Orlando Valdez, Jr.; granddaughter, Brittany...
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Jerome D. Blake

July 14, 1924 - November 12, 2016

Jerome D. Blake, 92, passed away November 12, 2016. Services will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Westside. FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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Olivia Grace Armas

May 15, 2016 - November 11, 2016

Olivia Grace Armas entered the gates of heaven, cradled and embraced into the arms of Jesus on November 11, 2016. She is survived by her parents, Gabriel Armas and Tammy Lueras; her brothers and sisters, Imani Armas, Elijah Armas, Jayden Armas, Aribella Armas, and Pierce Armas; her maternal grandparents, Joe Lueras and wife, Tamaliah, Kathy Liebhaber and husband, Dan; paternal grandparents,...
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Harry Lee Shaw

May 6, 1937 - November 11, 2016


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Humbert J. Pieroni

November 11, 2016

Humbert J. Pieroni, age 86, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, joined our Heavenly Father on Friday, November 11, 2016. He is survived by his two amazing and successful children, Father Christopher Pieroni and Allison Pieroni and her husband, Paul; and numerous other relatives and friends. Humbert was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Ada Pieroni; parents, Humbert and Pia Pieroni;...
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Maria Rita Cachora

November 11, 2016

Cachora, Maria Rita, 73, went to be with her Lord on Friday, November 11, 2016. She is survived by her husband; three daughters; and numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, November 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 12:00 Noon at French - University. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Please visit our online...
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Eduardo Gonzales

November 11, 2016

GONZALES, EDUARDO Eduardo (Eddie) A. Gonzales, age 77, loving husband, father, brother, son, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away November 11, 2016. Eddie was known for his love of his family. He was known for his expertise in electrical mining equipment in the mining industry. He was an excellent carpenter and jack of all trades and a master of all. Nobody will forget his dry sense of...
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Carol Lee Forth

November 10, 2016

Carol went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 10, 2016. We wish to thank all of the people at Genesis Health Care, Uptown, and Ambercare for the loving care shown to Carol. Memorial Gifts may be made to Operation Christmas Child c/o Garfield Gospel Chapel, 2406 Garfield Ave. SE., Albuquerque, NM 87106. Services are planned at French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE. A visitation will...
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Elizabeth Harriet Ash

November 10, 2016

Elizabeth Harriet Ash, a resident of Albuquerque since 1971, died November 10, 2016. She is survived by her husband, lover and best friend of 73+ years, James Cromwell Ash. Elizabeth was blessed with family members, sons, James J. Ash and wife Patricia of the UK, William B. Ash and wife Johanna of Albuquerque, Dale A. Ash and wife Judith of Albuquerque, Gary P. Ash and wife Sarah of the UK, and...
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Dorothy Fay Muller Arensdorf

November 10, 2016

Dorothy Fay Muller Arensdorf, age 89, died on November 10, 2016. She was born in Butler County, Nebraska to Rudolph and Minnie Muller. She attended Wayne State University and graduated with a degree in Home Economics and Business and became a county extension agent in North Platte, NE. Dorothy married Francis "Fritz" Arensdorf in 1953 and is survived by her daughters, Debi MacDonald (Mark), Peggy...
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George Sena

November 8, 2016

George Sena, Sr., age 85, husband of Wanda Sena, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. George was born July 8, 1931 in Garita, NM, to parents Antonio Sena and Andrellita Olguin. He was a well-known business man in the heavy highway and rock crushing industry in the state of New Mexico. George was President of the Riverside Gen Construction Company Inc. of New Mexico, and President of the...
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Kristelle Justine Parras

November 7, 2016

PARRAS, KRISTELLE Kristelle Justine, age 25, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, returned peacefully to the Lord's loving hands, in the presence of her family on Monday, November 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Don Gallegos; and aunt, Melissa Parras. Kristelle was born on September 19, 1991 in Santa Fe. She is survived by her mother, Rachel Garcia, and husband, Carlos of...
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Betty Joyce Flamger

November 7, 2016

Betty Joyce Flamger "Joy", age 87, loving aunt, passed away on November 7, 2016. Joy was known for her humor, her passion for gardening, as well as a being a master seamstress. Joy was a bookkeeper for Bekins Moving and Storage for 30 years and Mitchell and Company for another 15 years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Peter; her sister, Shirley; and her mother, Jeanne. She...
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Dorothy M. Rostro

November 7, 2016

Dorothy M. Rostro, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Bernalillo on Monday, November 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, David E. Rostro; parents, Mariano and Sofia Pino; and her brother, Joe Pino. Dorothy was born in Denver, CO and raised in Las Vegas, NM. She and her husband moved to Bernalillo in 1951 and were blessed with six children - Dave and wife,...
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Jane Somsel Rodman

March 20, 1948 - November 6, 2016

Our sister, Jane Frances, also known in her art world as Clancy Frances, passed away on November 6, 2016. Jane was born March 20, 1948 to Clarence and Rita Kessler Somsel. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Sally Somsel Epping and Anne Somsel. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Joan McSweeney (Denis) of Corrales, NM, Mickey Dillon (Bill) of Lake Wylie, SC, Peggy Somsel of...
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William Van Zile

September 22, 1961 - November 6, 2016

Auditions closed for the best on Sunday, November 6, 2016. William (Billy) Van Zile, 55, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed. Billy was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey to Robert (Casey) Van Zile and Ann Osenga. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianna; his four children, Savannah Georgia (Levi) Bookwalter, Sierra Summer Van Zile, Jesse William Van Zile and Jezarae Winter Van Zile;...
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Jack Rodger Crist

November 6, 2016

MSTSG Jack Rodger Crist, (USAF), Ret., age 80, went to his eternal home on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A resident of the East Mountains, Jack served in the United States Air Force for 22 years, retired, and then worked for Edison International in California for 11 years. He and his wife, Flossie, moved to New Mexico in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Flossie; children, Theresa Sherman...
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Betty Ann Smith

November 6, 2016

Betty Ann Smith passed away on November 6, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. Betty was born in Emmet, AR to William and Dera Stinnitt Waddle in 1937. Betty was predeceased by her sister, Virginia McKinney and a brother, William (Pete) Waddle; as well as her son, Franklin Buck Smith. Betty was a Registered Nurse, and raised wonderful children. She is survived by her husband, Steve Smith; sons, Dr. Steven...
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Gary Weber

September 12, 1942 - November 6, 2016

Gary Weber, born in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1942, was raised in St. Michael, MN. He passed away November 6, 2016. His first 35 years were spent in Minnesota. From 1975 to 2012, he lived in Espanola Valley, New Mexico and worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He moved back to Minnesota and resided in Waverly and Buffalo from 2012 to 2016 and had recently moved back to Rio Rancho, NM. He...
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David Leyba

November 5, 2016

David "Dave" Leyba, 94, was born in Guy, NM in July of 1922. He entered Heaven's Gates on November 5, 2016. A loving son, husband, and father, David was a master carpenter for his entire career and was proud to serve as a loyal member of the Carpenters Union for 70 years. David will always be remembered by family and friends; you can look any direction in the City of Albuquerque and see David...
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Reba J. Kerns

November 5, 2016

Reba J. Kerns, age 78, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Bill G. Kerns; and son, Matthew A. Kerns. She is survived by her daughter, Malinda Villani, and husband, Rocco; sons, James Glenn Gammon, and wife, Lisa, and Steve L. Gammon and wife, Kim and William Edward Kerns; 13 grandchildren;...
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Nancy Ness

November 5, 2016

Nancy Ness, born June 3, 1941, age 75, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother went to be with her Lord on November 5, 2016. She is survived by loving husband of 34 years, Erwin Ness; son, Craig Buchanan (wife Christy); daughter, Teri Mauldin (husband Jeff); step-daughters, Debbie Bulling (husband Tom) and Paula Ness. She is also survived by nine loving grandchildren, Evan Bulling, Ryan Buchanan ...
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Robert Lee Piper

November 4, 2016

Robert Lee Piper, age 59, died of cancer on November 4th, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Valerie, and their two daughters; Synneva, (Shane-fiancÚ) and Miranda Piper. He is also survived by his father and step-mother; William and Phyllis Piper; his siblings Billy Glen Seago (Vicky, Belinda Harwood (Jimmy)), Elizabeth Perlman, Billie Renee Groot (Richard); 11 nieces and nephews; nine...
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Charlie Richards

November 3, 2016

Charlie Richards, age 83, went home to be with our Lord on November 3, 2016. Charlie was born in Dallas, TX in 1933. His family moved to Dumas, TX in 1935 where he was raised and attended school. In 1953, Charlie and his family moved to Shamrock, TX where he met and married the love of his life, Janis Oldham, in 1955. They spent 61 blessed years together raising their family in Big Spring, TX....
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Kent David Carruth

November 3, 2016

Kent David Carruth, 45, died unexpectedly November 3, 2016; He is survived by his children; Jayson, Tyler, and Liana Carruth, his mother Jean Carruth, his sister Kelley Carruth Adams and numerous other family members and friends. Kent was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He was a Project Manager for numerous construction companies including Dev Corp. He was a devoted father and...
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Albert John Carletti

November 2, 2016

Albert John "AJ" Carletti, 95, born in Pittsfield, MA on January 20, 1921 and passed away peacefully after a brief illness November 2, 2016 in Albuquerque. He is survived by his children, David L. Carletti of Texas and Diane L. "Carletti" Anderson of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jason Anderson and partner, Christopher Heise, Michelle Carletti of CA, Dr. Michael Carletti of TX, Joshua Anderson and...
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Mary Grace C. Lucero

November 2, 2016

Mary Grace C. Lucero, 88, born in La Madera, NM , passed away November 2, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Pablo E Lucero, her son, Orlando Lucero and daughter-in-law, BJ Jones; granddaughter, Estrella M. Lucero and many friends and family. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Vicente and Bernardita Campos, and several other special family members. Grace...
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Thomas C. Melloy

November 1, 2016

Thomas C. (Tom) Melloy, born December 20, 1961, passed from this life surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle with colon cancer on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. He is survived by his sons, Thomas and Benjamin and his step-children, Fernando and Nirvana. He is also survived by his parents, Charles and Jean Melloy; his siblings, Colleen, Pat, Bill and Bill's wife, Dorothy; and several...
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Jose Leon Gonzales

May 22, 1921 - November 1, 2016

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear father, Jose Leon "Leo" Gonzales, on November 1, 2016. He was born in Lemitar, NM on May 22, 1921 to Hilario Julian and Priscilla (Benavidez) Gonzales. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. He married Tomasita "Tommie" Aragon in March of 1946 in Socorro, NM. Shortly after...
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Bobby Joe Gonzales

October 19, 1952 - October 31, 2016

Bobby Joe Gonzales, 64, beloved brother, was called to his eternal resting place on October 31, 2016. He entered this world on October 19, 1952 in Artesia, NM, born to Erineo and Anita Gonzales. He is preceded in by death by his brothers, Eddie Gonzales and Jackie Gonzales. He is survived by his sisters, Enedina Santillan, Connie Valverde (Abel), Belen Trujillo and Yolanda Garcia (Carlos); and...
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Judy Ann Valdez

September 30, 1958 - October 31, 2016


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David A. Whiting

October 31, 2016

David A. Whiting, age 71, was called Home on Monday, October 31, 2016. A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, David graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1963. Married Joan Baca on October 2, 1965. In 1967 he started Whiting Cleaners which is still family owned and operated to this day. Through his business his customers became friends that he enjoyed so much. His passion in life was his family....
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Geraldine Mable Becker

October 30, 2016

Long-time Albuquerque resident Geraldine "Geri" Mable Becker, age 94, passed on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Geri was born in Topeka, KS to John and Mable Hatcher and was the eldest of three children. She was married to Robert D. Becker on August 22, 1942 in Los Lunas, NM. With the help of her husband, together they raised two successful sons of whom she often voiced great pride. She was a long time...
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Robert O. Rempert

October 29, 2016

Robert "Bob" Rempert, 85, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at St. Catherine's in Albuquerque. Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Diane (Richburg) Rempert; daughter, Kim (Steve) Hoberg of Albuquerque, NM; sons, Ken (Rebecca) Rempert of Richardson, TX, Brad (Carla) Rempert of Broomfield, CO, and Rob (fiance Kathy) Rempert of Rockledge, FL; grandchildren,...
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Eva V. Torres

October 28, 2016

Eva V. Torres of Los Lunas died peacefully in her home on October 28, 2016 at 95 years of age. She had a strong faith in the Lord and the family is comforted knowing she is now at peace Eva was born on May 26, 1921, in Santa Rita, NM to Petrita and Emilio Vizcaino. Mrs. Torres was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Torres; her parents; her sisters, Herlinda Velasquez and Cora Crnich; and her...
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John Arthur Acevedo

October 28, 2016

John Arthur Acevedo, at age 70, went home to be with the Lord. He will be missed by so many friends, neighbors and family. We know he will remain with us in our hearts and memories and now loves us from heaven. He had a long career with Yellow Freight. He enjoyed fishing, the great outdoors and tinkering with old vehicles. Not knowing this would be our last conversation we are comforted...
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Jean Frances Whiting

October 28, 2016

Jean Frances Whiting, 79, beloved friend and neighbor, passed away on October 28, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer. Jean was born on June 17, 1939 to Clifford (Red) Whiting and Jesse O. Carpenter Whiting in Fort Defiance, AZ. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Education. Jean was a high school teacher in Las Vegas, NM for 33 years. She was an avid...
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David Van Benschoten

September 14, 1937 - October 27, 2016

David Van Benschoten, age 79, beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather passed away October 27, 2016. He was born in Tallman, NY on September 14, 1937 to Irene and Milton Van Benschoten. Dave was a man who loved his family, cooking, outdoor activities, country-music, and who never met a stranger. He is survived by his wife, Dulcie; his three children, Lynda Wood (Brad), Gail Kelly (Todd),...
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William T. Coughlin

March 12, 1932 - October 26, 2016

Albuquerque resident William Timothy Coughlin, 84, passed away on Wednesday October 26, 2016. Bill Coughlin was born in Watertown, New York March 12, 1932 to Harriet M. Kitto and Francis G. Coughlin of Chaumont, NY. He was the youngest of his three brothers, Leonard (Mary), Lloyd (Hilda) and Frank (O'Dea). Bill lost his parents in a tragic automobile accident at age 9 and was raised by his Aunt,...
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Mary Dahl

July 11, 1914 - October 26, 2016

Mary Dahl, the queen of the BeeHive home she resided in for the last years of her life, was known for dispensing the wisdom she gleaned over the 102 years that she lived on this Earth. Mary grew up in a simpler time and her life was rich despite meager beginnings. She was famous for educating all of the BeeHive cooks on how to cook like she did, but Mary could also tell you about riding to school...
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Mary Al Summers

October 25, 2016

Mary Al Summers, passed away peacefully at home on October 25, 2016 at the age of 94. She was born at Cedar Hill, North Llano River, TX on February 20, 1922. After receiving her nursing degree in San Antonio, TX, she joined the U.S. Navy as an Ensign and served her country during WWII as a Navy Nurse, where she cared for survivors of the Pacific theater. Mary married C. Kelly Summers on May 1,...
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