Miscellaneous Bernalillo County, New Mexico Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY


Miguel S. Apodaca, Sr. passed away Sunday, September 20, 1998. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernesto and Isidra Apodaca; brothers, Victor and Martin Apodaca; and his two sisters. He is survived by the mother of his children, Dolores Herrera. He is also survived by his children, Ernestina S. Mathers and husband, Richard Mathers, Miguel M. Apodaca, Jr and wife, Dolores Apodaca, Maria Eduvijen Apodaca, Victoria M. Apodaca, Armanda B. Apodaca and Esperanza Apodaca. He is also survived by his grandchildren Justin Mathers, Dakota Mathers, Santiago Apodaca, Mariah Apodaca, Joshua Evans. He is also survived by several aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. A Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. this evening in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary and cremation to follow. Services are pending in Rincon, New Mexico. Services entrusted to Alameda Mortuary, Gary Santillanes, C.F.S.P.

Maxine Atkisson, 83, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, September 19, 1998. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth, of the family home; daughters, Kendra Longfellow of Albuquerque and Gayle Salyer and husband, Bob of Ames, IA; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Atkisson loved her volunteer work with Presbyterian Hospital where she logged several thousand hours. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Reception will be held Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. at Montebello, 10500 Academy Rd, NE. Private Interment will take place at a later time. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd, NE.

Columbus Ferguson, 80, of Taos passed away September 19, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Ferguson was a WWII Veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars at the Battle of the Bulge. He was Taos County Sheriff in the late 40's and a New Mexico State Corporation Commissioner between 1963-1981. He was very active in Democratic Party politics and was inducted into the NM Democratic Party Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Molly Ferguson; children, Robert Ferguson (Mercy) of La Junta, CO, Bonavita Flores (Erlinda) of Albuquerque, Patty Gonzales of Florida, Dennis Quintana and Adam Ferguson, both of Taos. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m., Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos 758-3841

Rose A. Fidel, 91, passed away on September 20, 1998. A resident of Santa Fe, NM for the past 73 years, Rose was born on October 10, 1906 in Lebanon, the daughter of Assad K. Ashkar and Marroon G. Salhabl. She was a member of the St. Francis Altar Society. Mrs. Fidel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Fidel in 1959; and two infant daughters. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Abousleman; Colleen Rose Fidel; and Correen Mae Najjar and husband, Albert all of Santa Fe, NM; and her sons, Michel Fidel and wife, Christine of Santa Fe, NM; Victor Fidel and wife, Dolores of Santa Fe, NM; and Edward Fidel and wife, Jeanette of Raton, NM. She also leaves behind her brothers, Emil Ashkar and Kamil Ashkar, both of Lebanon. Other relatives include her sisters-in-law, Nabeha Koury of Pueblo, CO and Jessie Fidel of Santa Fe, NM. Her grandchildren are John Merhege and wife, Ida of Jemez Springs, NM; Bill Merhege and wife, Barbara of Las Cruces, NM; Fred Abousleman of Arlington, VA; Dan Najjar and wife, Gina of Santa Fe, NM; Victor Najjar and wife, Karen of Seattle, WA; Norma Leach and husband, Terry of Albuquerque , NM; Loretta Encinias and husband, Paul of Raton, NM; Nickie McCarty and husband, Monty of El Prado, NM; Michelle Fidel and wife, Julie of Santa Fe, NM; Lynn Tipton and husband, Greg of Santa Fe, NM; Todd Fidel and wife, Susan of Albuquerque, NM; Joseph Fidel and wife, Patsy of Mile City, MT; Gisele McAfee and husband, Don of Orting, WA; Antoinette Fidel of Santa Fe, NM; and Victor Fidel and wife, Rita of Santa Fe, NM; and twenty-three great-grandchildren. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at McGee Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 1998 at St. Francis Cathedral. Interment to follow at Rosario Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons. Services for Mrs. Fidel are under the direction of McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. (505) 983-9151

Jene L. Forney, 82, died Thursday, September 17, 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Jan F. Hosea and husband, Bruce of Albuquerque; and brother, Bill E. Forney and wife, Sue of Tulsa, OK. Mr. Forney was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy R. Forney in 1991. He recently moved to Albuquerque from Tulsa, OK where he lived for 75 years. Mr. Forney was a veteran of WWII as an Army Air Corps Pilot. He volunteered for the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross. Services will be held Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. John, 318 Silver Ave, SW with the Very Rev. David F. K. Puckett, Rev. Canon Byron McDougall, and Rev. Canon Rhonda S. McIntire officiating. Interment will take place Thursday, 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Tulsa, OK. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. John's Cathedral Vision Fund, 318 Silver Ave, SW, 87102. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd, NE.

Ruben Griego, 55, a lifelong resident of Tijeras, NM died on Sunday, September 20, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Betty Griego of the family home; children, Sandra Lovato and husband, Anthony of Albuquerque, John Griego and wife, Sherry, Elaine Abeyta and Andrew Driggers, and Manuel Griego and wife, Yvonne all of Tijeras, NM; grandchildren, Angelo Lovato, Tommy Hohmann, Tara Lovato, Grady Griego, Christopher Griego, Vincent Griego, Alex Griego, Manuel Jacob Griego and Samantha Griego; and sisters, Angelina Gonzales, Margaret Francia and Corina Chavez. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Merced Griego. Mr. Griego loved the outdoors expecially hunting and fishing. He was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church. He was a fun loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by all especially for his sense of humor. Mass will be celebrated today at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Child Catholic Church, Tijeras, NM with Father John Carney celebrant. Interment will follow at Juan Tomas Cemetery, Tijeras. Pallbearers will be Jon McGill, Anthony Lovato, Angelo Lovato, Grady Griego, Tommy Hohmann and Andrew Driggers. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE.

Bonnie Erin Houston, 93, passed away Sunday, September 21, 1998, in Socorro, NM. She was born June 24, 1905, to Pete and Alta Brasuel Barnes in Shawnee, OK. Bonnie and her family came to New Mexico in 1911 where they farmed and ranched in Northeast, NM. She and her husband, Ben Lloyd Houston moved to Tucumcari, NM 1945. After the death of her husband, she moved to Socorro in 1955. She was a longtime member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church and a member of the Lydia Circle. She was a volunteer at Socorro General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Lloyd Houston, brothers, Joe Barnes, Halton Barnes and Bill Barnes; sister, Frances Schoening and granddaughter, Deanna Houston. She is survived by her sons, Vernon and wife, Betty of Socorro and James Allan and wife, Cynthia of Charlotte, NC; brother, Donald Barnes of Ft. Sumner, NM; sisters, Nellie Hennigan of Palm Desert, CA, Lois Nicholson of Clayton, NM and Judy Rhoads of Logan, NM; grandchildren, Mace Houston, Spencer Houston, Debrah Houston and Darrell Houston; great-grandchildren; Kendall Houston and Allison Houston; and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 22, at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 23, at 9:00 a.m. at the St. United Methodist Church in Socorro with Rev. Judy Romero-Oak Officiating. Interment will be Wednesday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery in Tucumcari, NM. Arrangements by Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, Socorro, NM.

Ann Burns Hurley, born 1909, a resident of Albuquerque for six years, died Saturday, September 19, 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Ellen Fisher and husband, Joe of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Cathy Brandt of Boston, MA, Gregory Fisher of Sandia Arabia, Gary Fisher and wife, Holli of Tampa, FL, Andrew Fisher and wife, Christa of Farmington, Colleen Chan and husband, Ty of Newton, IA, and John Fisher and wife, Dierdre of Mountain Home ID; 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Walter Burns of LaMarque, TX, Edward Burns and wife, Dorothy of Galveston, TX and Thomas Burns of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Hurley. Mrs. Hurley was a legal secretary in the Tarrant County Courthouse in Ft. Worth for many years. She was a member of Legal Secretaries Association. Mrs. Hurley had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ft. Worth, TX. Memorial Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 9:00 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1800 Martha, NE. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE.

Sister Mary Dematria Murawski, 92, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 1998 in the Felician Sisters Convent. Sister Demetria served the Lord and His people as a woman religious for 74 years. Of these, she spent 60 years teaching elementary school students. For 12 of those years she was both principal and teacher. Sister Demetria is fondly remembered by those she worked with as dedicated, generous with her time, and as possessing a great sense of humor. Sister Demetria was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Josephine Budner Murawski, a brother who died as a small child, and her sister, Sister Mary Alexia Murawski, also a Felician Sister. A Vesper Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 22, 1998 in the Felician Sisters Chapel in Rio Rancho. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 9:00 a.m. with The Rev. Paul Schneider, OFM, as the Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho

Evie E. Murphree, 101, a resident of Albuquerque since 1975, and formerly of Houston, TX, died on Sunday, September 20, 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Helen M. Long of Albuquerque; daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn Murphree of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Nancy Long, Marisa and Max Sanchez, and Alexis and Jessica Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Murphree, Sr.; sons, Harold E. Murphree, Jr., and Edward E. Murphree; and son-in-law, Worth Long. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Albuquerque Manor for their thoughtfulness and tender care given to Evie during this last year of her life. Cremation has taken place and there will be a family gathering at a later date to scatter her cremains and celebrate her life and tenacious spirit. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE.

George W. Nichols, 83, died September 19, 1998, in Albuquerque. Visitation will be from Noon until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 1998, at Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle Blvd, NE. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at San Felipe de Neri Church, 2005 N. Plaza, NW. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 1998, at San Felipe de Neri Church. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle Blvd, NE, in charge of arrangements.

Cole Robert Pittard and Carter Bray Pittard, infant twin sons of Q. Lee and Susan Pittard, died shortly after birth on Wednesday, September 16, 1998. A Family Burial Service was held on Friday, September 19, 1998, at N.S. de Guadalupe Mission at El Macho near the family home on the Pecos River. Cole and Carter are survived by their parents; sister, Kate Pittard, of Santa Fe; brother, Cody Pittard and wife Erin, of Valencia, CA, brother, Chansce Pittard of Pecos; grandparents, Robert and Avis Gumbrecht of Kew Gardens, NY and William and Fannie Pittard of Albuquerque; and nephew, Bailey Pittard of Valencia, CA. The family reuqests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in their sons names to: Resolve of New Mexico or Presbyterian Hospitals Maternal Special Care Unit.

Harold Rust, 86, a resident of Albuquerque for 50 years, died Sunday, September 20, 1998. He is survived by his wife of 63 year, Evelyn Rust of Albuquerque; daughter, Sue Tenbroeck and husband, Charles of Albuquerque, grandchildren, Donna DeSousa and husband, Roy of California, Chuck Tenbroeck, of Albuquerque, Ruth Sullivan and husband Mike of Roswell, C.W. Rust II of Oak Ridge, TN, Glenda Faataofe and husband, Fea of Washington, Christine Mierow and husband Steve of Dallas, TX, and David Rust of Colorado Springs, CO; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers, Donald Rust and wife, Alice of Ada, OK and Tom Rust and wife, Carol of Bend, OR; numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins; and sisters-in-law, Edith Milton of Vernon, TX and Grace Hutchins of Hurst, TX. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ramona Mae Rust; son, Carroll Wayne Rust; brothers, Eugene and Everett Rust; and sister, Lola Smith. Mr. Rust was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He will be missed by all. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. The family requests memorial contributions be made to either the New Mexico State Game and Fish Department, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM, 87504 or to Lovelace Hospice, 5655 Jefferson, NE 87109. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Gilbert (Gibby) Sanchez, 65, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 1998. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Gibby was born on March 10, 1993, to Pete and Julia Sanchez in Madrid, NM. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Savela in 1988. Gibby is survived by his wife of 27 years, Barbara, of Rio Communities; his three sons, Daniel and his wife, Connie of Vacaville, CA, Pete and John of Rodeo, CA; his five daughters, Maria Wafe and Justin Horton, of Peralta, NM; Julia Sanchez and Jeff de Vita, formerly of Martinez, CA, and now of Veguita, NM, Sheryl Chrisman and her husband, Kenneth, of Rodeo, CA, Karen Savela of Rodeo, CA, and Shirley Chu and her husband, Joe, of Tracy, CA. Also, surviving are twelve grandchildren; one brother, Marion and his wife, Esther, of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Lena Reyes and her husband, Bob, and Irene Kolek and her husband, Jim, all of Albuquerque, NM. Gibby is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Romero Funeral Home with Rosary following at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will take place. Romero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence Velasquez, 64, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died September 21, 1998. He is survived by his son, Rick Velasquez of Rio Rancho; daughters, Kay Velasquez and Myra Soule, both of Albuquerque; son, Orlando Velasquez and wife, Vanessa of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Devynn Velasquez and Jason Velasquez, both of Rio Rancho, and Ian Velasquez of Albuquerque; girlfriend, Paula Dureault of Albuquerque; brother, Arturo Velasquez, David Velasquez, both of New Mexico and Ceyatano Velasquez of Colorado; sister, Vitalia Salas, of Tito, NM. Mr. Velasquez served with the US Post Office here in Albuquerque for over 30 years. His favorite activity was country westing dancing. A reception will be held Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE.

Julia A. Whenry, 75, a resident of Albuquerque since 1989, passed away Saturday, September 19, 1998. She is survived by her brother, Rev. Merle Whenry of Enid, OK and Dr. Jack Whenry of Edmond, OK; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Julia was born on October 2, 1922, in Stillwater, OK while her father, Roy C. Whenry, was attending Oklahoma A&M University. She graduated from highschool in El Reno, OK and attended college at Cameron College in Lawton, OK before joining the US Navy during WWII. While in the Navy, Julia attended Hunter College, New York Physical Therapy School. After graduating, she was assigned to the Naval Hospital at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she cared for the servicemen wounded in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. After WWII, Julia attended Oklahoma Baptist University and services as a counselor in the women's dormitory. After graduation, she attended Oklahoma University, completing their program in social work. Julia entered Civil Service and received numerous awards retiring as Recreational Director at Edwards Air Force Base in California where she was responsible for preparing the base for each space shuttle's return. Thousands of people would flood the base to watch those events. Services will be held Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church, 417 Palomas Dr, SE, with Rev. Winfred Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd, NE.

Leldon T. (L. T.) Womack, 68, a resident of Litchfield Park, AZ, died Friday, September 18, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Womack of Litchfield Park, AZ; son, Tom Womack and wife, Betsy of Albuquerque, daughter, Carol Womack of Lincoln, NE; sister, Jenell Bills of Hubbard, TX; brothers, Emmett Womack of Redding, CA and Ralph E. Womack of Capitan, NM; and grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Butters of Albuquerque. Mr. Womack was born in Merkel, TX and was a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE. He was also a member of the Lincoln Rotary Club #14 and Country Club of Lincoln. Mr. Womack retired after 31 years of service from the accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick. He was active in community and professional organizations and served in leadership roles in many of those organizations. Services will be held Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd Chapel, 1111 University Blvd, NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd, NE. Pallbearers will be John Keller, Billy D. Brown, Oren Benton, Dick Dossey, Ray Zimmer and Hoover Wright. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Attn: Susan Wilson, 1328-22nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 or The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., 4 Research Place, Suite 180, Rockville, MD 20850-3226. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd, NE.

Hairston G. Worstell. Graveside services 2:00 P.M., Tuesday September 22, 1998 at the Sandia Memorial Gardens in Albuquerque for Hairston G. Worstell, 78, who died September 18th at Sunset Villa. His cousin, Rev. Fred McDonald will officiate.
Mr. Worstell was born January 5, 1920 in West Plains, Missouri, to George Wilbur Worstell, Jr. and Elnora Virginia Hairston Worstell. On April 15, 1944, he and Betty Jane Holmes were married Buffalo, New York. His parents and his wife preceded him in death, as did his only child, Mark Holmes Worstell and his brother, William R. Worstell.
Mr. Worstell was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and was a World War II veteran. He was employed as a Mechanical Engineer by the University of California at Los Alamos, New Mexico, for many years before he retired.
Before moving to Roswell six weeks ago. Mr. Worstell had resided in Belen, New Mexico.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Mrs. William R. Worstell of Roswell and her daughters Patricia Ann Chambers of Richmond, California, and Deborah Lynn Morgan of Portland, Oregon; nieces of his wife, Patricia Weber of Roseville, Minnesota, and Judith Miller of Lakeland, Minnesota; cousins and their wives, W.C. Hairston, Jr. and Phyllis of Union City, Tennessee. and Rev. Fred McDonald and Nancy of Roswell; cousin and her husband, Nan Hairston Roberson and Don of San Antonio, Texas; and Mildred Hairston of Union City, Tennessee, the widow of his cousin Bobby Hairston.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ballard Funeral Home.

Dr. Tracy Britt, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, died on Monday, September 21, 1998. Dr. Britt was born on Wednesday, November 29, 1933 in LouAnn, AR. Dr. Britt is survived by her sister, Barbara Wirt of Herford, TX; nephew, Vince Wirt of Canyon, TX; niece, Debbie Tardy of Lubbock, TX; and cousin and close friend, Barbara A. Loveless of Albuquerque. Dr. Britt received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern NM University, her Masters degree from the University of Colorado, and her PhD from the University of New Mexico. She was a teacher at Santo Domingo Jr. High School. Dr. Britt was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee; and a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. Services will be held Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd. NE, with Rev. Harold T. Nilsson officiating. Interment will take place Saturday, September 26, 1998, 10:00 a.m., at Redmond Cemetery, DeQueen, Arkansas. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas NE, Wednesday, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Hospice, 405 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

James Frederick Chambers
Family and friend were saddened to learn of the sudden demise of James Frederick Chambers, who passed away at Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California on September 4, 1998. Born October 6, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jim was 76 years old. Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley Chambers of 47 years. He leaves three children, a son, Calvin Ronald Chambers and daughter-in-law, Lauralee Chambers. He had two daughters, Carolyn Noreen Moore and son-in-law, Samuel J. Moore and grandsons, Brian Moore and Alex Moore; his daughter, Nina Ruth Bryan and his son-in-law, Richard Bryan and grandchildren, Nathan Bryan, Natalie Bryan and Carolyn Bryan. Jim is also survived by his sister, Jane Davis and his brother-in-law, Max E. Davis. Mr. Chambers was preceded in death in Albuquerque by his brother, William S. Chambers; and his son, James W. Chambers. Jim worked his way through the University of Washington as a Prize Fighter, for the Washington Athletic Club. During World War II, he worked as a plummer in the double bottoms at Todd Shipyard in Seattle. He graduated with honors in 1943, from the University of Washington and passed the CPA exam for the State of Washington the same year. Even though Mr. Chambers was extremely deaf, since the age of four, he became a Boeing lead Auditor and a Supervisor. He was a Head Auditor for Computer Sciences in Richland, Washington. He completed his career in 1982, as an executive for Dart Industries at the home office in Beverly Hills, California. The family, in lieu of flowers, suggests a donation to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission or the Albuquerque Boys and Girls Club. Memorial services will be at Vista Verde Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho, NM, at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 1998.

William (Bill) S. Dotson, 73, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, September 21, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Lucinda of the family home; daughter, Terry Jo Zlotkowski and husband, Mark of Granite Bay, CA; sons, James Dotson and wife, Linda and Ronald Dotson and wife, Brenna, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Matthew, Jared, and Jay Zlotkowski, Jessica, Nichol, and Stephanie Dotson, and Devon Dotson; sisters, Dorothy Magatagan of Albuquerque, Mabel Baggett of El Paso, TX, and Gertrude Schwartzman and husband, Don Rathgeber of Albuquerque; brother, Philip Dotson and wife, Marilyn of Ponca City, OK; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James R. Dotson. Services will be held Friday, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Bruce Thweatt officiating. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice Inpatient Unit, c/o Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 26666, 87125-6666. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Truman J. Ellsworth, 81, a resident here 36 years, died Wednesday at his home. He is survived by his wife, Elanora Ellsworth; his children, Richard E. Ellsworth of Meeker, CO, Ronald L. Ellsworth of Oscoda, MI, Byron L. Ellsworth of Albuquerque, Judy L. Mark of White Bear Lake, MN, Susan L. Norris of Albuquerque; brother, Glen Ellsworth of Yuma, CO; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Viewing will be 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Services will be held 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE. Interment will follow in the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Esther Gonzalez, beloved and devoted mother, grandmother and sister was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 21, 1998. She was born in Cherryvale, KS on May 17, to Eleno Ruiz and Altagracia Carrillo. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Richard Ruiz, Max Ruiz and Sabino Ruiz; three sisters, Sara Moya, Mary Miranda and Lupe Acuna. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Manuel Gonzalez of the family home; two daughters, Linda Ulibarri and husband, Mike, Mary Alderete and husband, Anthony; one son, Michael and fiancee, Margo Tafoya; nine grandchildren, Esther Romine and husband, Joe, Lisa Gabaldon and husband, Paul, Angela Ulibarri, Antoninette and Juan Alderete, Eric and Marisa Gonzalez; four great-grandchildren, Nicole, Nicolas and Noelle Romine and Kristopher Ulibarri, all of Albuquerque. Also surviving are five sisters, Aurora Verdin of Chanute, KS, Helen Ventura of Los Angeles, CA, Connie Abaloz of S. Coffeyville, OK, Toni Orosco and Betty Ysusi both of Independence, KS; mother-in-law, Herlinda Gonzalez of Newton, KS; numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her loving family. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Ernie and Pauline Sanchez for all their help. A Rosary was recited Wednesday evening, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this morning, 9:00 a.m., also at the church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Casket bearers will be Michael Gonzalez, Juan Alderete, Eric Gonzalez, Joe Romine, Paul Gabaldon and Manuel Artiaga. Arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave., SW.

Cary William Hull, 59, a resident of Albuquerque since 1969, died on Wednesday, September 23, 1998. Mr. Hull was born on Monday, March 27, 1939, in Emmalena, KY. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Faith Hull of Albuquerque; daughters, Sharon Mauk and husband, Kevin of Detroit, MI, Karen Coleman and husband, Cary of Atlanta, GA, and Kathryn Schultz and husband, Jay of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Lauren and Caleb Mauk; parents, Clayton and Florence Sutherland Hull of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Margaret Hull of Porto, Portugal, and Marilyn Long and husband, Bruce of Phoenix, AZ; four nieces; two nephews; and a host of beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Jasperson. Mr. Hull was a noted wildlife photographer, and spent his entire working career with the USDA Forest Service and Soil Conservation Service, having assignments in Colorado, Oregon, Montana and New Mexico before retiring in 1994. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Saturday, September 26, 1998, 10:00 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church, 1613 Arizona NE, with Kevin Mauk, Cary Coleman, and Jay Schultz officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Anne Martin, 5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

Angeline Jasper, R.N., was born in the beautiful coal mining town of Dawson, NM, located in the valley of the Vermejo River in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. On September 22, 1998 Angeline passed away at St. Francis Gardens Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her parents Florian Komadina and Juliana Komadina Grubesic, by her step-father John Grubesic, Sr., by her husband of 37 years, Lloyd Jasper, and by her brother, Anthony Komadina. She is survived by three sisters, Mary Cullender, Ann and Frances Komadina; brother, Albert Grubesic, husband of Betty, and sister-in-law, Marjorie Komadina. Other survivors are four nieces and their families, Mary Lou Coors Archuleta wife of Dr. Manuel Archuleta, Julie Cullender Weaks, Christina, wife of Robert Barnett, Tricia, wife of Dr. Wes Arrighetti; and two nephews, Dr. Steven Komadina, husband of Penelope, and John Grubesic, Jr., husband of Dana. After graduating from Dawson High School, Angeline entered the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company Minnequa Nursing School in Pueblo, CO, now St. Mary's Hospital. She received her R.N. from the Colorado State Board in Denver. She came to Albuquerque in 1934 and worked for years as a general duty nurse as well as a private duty nurse. She was a very active member of the District Nurses Association and served as president for 12 years. She also served on the board of the New Mexico State Nursing Association. She was one of the initiator of an"Eight Hour Duty Day" for nurses in the state of NM. Angeline was also very active in her church and served as president of the Women's Guild of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She spent years working for the Dominican Sisters' retreat House where she served on the advisory board and chaired countless fund raisers. Angeline traveled to many countries of the world. Three highlights for her were the world shrines of Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal and her parent's home in Croatia. A rosary will be recited Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 7:00 p.m. in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 25, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Ave SE. Memorials may be sent to St. Mary's Rest Home, St. Francis Gardens Nursing Home or a charity of one's choice. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, in charge of arrangements.

Allen Craig Jenkins, 38, died Tuesday, September 22, 1998 in an accident in Weatherford, OK. He is survived by his wife, Jodee Sindelar; four children, Stefanie Eve, Zachary Allen, Sara Marie, and Anna Maurene; mother and stepfather, Marjorie and Gilbert Larragoite; father, Howard A. Jenkins; grandmother, Maurene Parker; sisters, Allison Hiltbrunner and Lois Leon; brothers, Victor Larragoite and D.L. Jenkins; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Allen was born on March 17, 1960 in San Angelo, TX. He was employed by ABF Freight System and belonged to Teamsters Local #492. Allen was a regular member of Brown Baggers, A.A. group. He loved his family, his home, dancing, cowboy poetry, and hunting. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Friday, 4:00 p.m., at First Church of Religious Science, 3320 San Pedro NE, with Rev. Patrick Pollard officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made for his children to the Allen C. Jenkins Memorial Fund, c/o New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, 6501 Indian School Rd. NE 87110. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Ruth L. Knapp, age 84, a resident of Albuquerque for 50 years, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 1998. She is survived by her son-in-law, Virgil Sherbon and wife, Judy Culbreath of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Frank Sherbon of Kansas and Elizabeth Sherbon of Albuquerque; and six great-grandchildren. She was a member of the White Shrine and she retired from Kirtland Air Force Base. Visitation is scheduled to be held on Friday, September 25, 1998, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Graveside service is scheduled to be held on Friday, September 25, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. in Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Ave. SE. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.

John Koerner Sr., 73, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past ten years, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 1998. John was born August 19, 1925, the son of Frederick and Ida Evens Koerner in Brooklyn, NY. He had been an engineer with the Pilgrams State Hospital before retiring. John was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in June of 1998. He is survived by his son, John and his wife, Bridgid; four grandchildren, Tara Anderson and her husband, Matthew of Rio Rancho, Amy Koerner of Rio Rancho, Jayson and Julie Koerner of South Carolina; one great-grandchild, Brittany Taylor Moore. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 27, 1998, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., in Rio Rancho. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary.

Joe T. Lopez, born August 16, 1920 in Walsenburg, Colorado, passed away in his sleep in Los Angeles, California. Joe Lopez was a S.SGT. in the 73rd Fighter Squadron in the Asiatic/Pacific theater of WWII. He died on August 31, 1998 and was cremated in Los Angeles. A brief, small ceremony will be held in the Santa Fe National Veteran Cemetery on Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. He is survived by his sisters, Nadine Lopez of Arvada, CO, Thelma Lopez of Denver, CO; sons, Donald T. Lopez, Larry C. Lopez, Ted R. Lopez and Ronald P. Lopez, all of Albuquerque. Joe Lopez was widowed of Lena Sena Lopez of Los Ranchos De Albuquerque who passed away in 1977. Any interested individuals may contact Ted Lopez at (505) 898-3353 for information requests.

Esidorita M. Lucero, born April 3, 1927, passed away Monday, September 21, 1998 after a long illness. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son, Albert Lucero, Jr. and wife, Esther of Corrales; her three daughters, Viola Torres and husband, Tony, Doris Wiggins and husband, Nick of Albuquerque, Sarah Quintero and husband, Jimmy of Bernalillo. Also surviving are her ten grandchildren, Erica, Cindy, Adam, Nick, Albert, Jennifer, April, Kenny, Kimberly and Karen; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers, Florentino Marquez of Seboyeta, NM and Placido Marquez of Las Vegas, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alberto Lucero; and her parents, Jose and Altagracia Marquez. She was a member of the Alameda Senior Citizens and a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. and interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Lucero, Danny Lucero, Albert Lucero, Nick Wiggins, Kenny Wiggins and Flavio Marquez. Honorary pallbearer will be Adam Saiz. Services entrusted to Alameda Mortuary. Gary Santillanes C.F.S.P.

Ezequiel Mora, 86, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on September 21, 1998. He was born in San Marcial, NM to Andres and Juanita Mora on August 31, 1912. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta. he worked as a surveyor in the civil service corp of engineers, building dams in New Mexico and throughout the southwest. He enjoyed painting horses and birds, as well as western art. Ezequiel also loved playing his guitar. He was an avid Lobo basketball fan and he used to play on a Semi-Pro Baseball team for the Socorro Reds. Ezequiel was preceded in death by his wife, Carlota on February 27, 1981; his two sisters, Ella Lopez and Sophie Gonzales; one brother, Anastacio Mora. He is survived by his two sons, Mike and wife, Jean Mora of California and Gilbert Mora of the family home; two daughters, Lorie Sandoval of Los Lunas, Lupie Zamora and husband, Eloy of Albuquerque; five grandchildren, Michael Mora, Eric Mora, Carla Zamora, Greg Zamora and fiance Tina Bradner, Eloy Zamora Jr.; one great-grandson, Miguel Zamora; three sisters, Gertrude Pacheco, Rome and husband, Ray, Lucy Eaton; one brother, Andy Mora of Albuquerque; two sisters-in-law, Beatriz Birner and Betty Mora. Pallbearers will be Greg Zamora, Eloy Zamora Jr., Bob Jaramillo, Frank Torrez Jr., Jimmy Luna and Eloy Zamora Sr. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, 10:00 a.m., also at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Interment will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque. Romero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Leopold Joseph Shelby, 86, died after a short illness on Monday, September 21, 1998. He was a devoted husband to Lena B. Shelby. Leo worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 45 years. Retirement gave him time to enjoy his beautiful garden which provided fruit and vegetables for his extended family of Ida Fredy, Tom and Louise Spindle, Joe and Marge Shelby, and Barney and Barbara Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adelida and Leopold Shelby, George Shelby, Charlotte Laskey, Minerva Kimbrough, and Frances Light. Leo was a favorite uncle to several nieces and nephews who were touched by his kind and gentle manner. He was also a very special friend and neighbor to many. It has been said that everyone adds a bead to your life necklace and Leo added a beautiful bead to many life necklaces. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Deacon Bob Lewis reciting. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper NW, with Father Richard Rodriguez, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chuck Colberg, Scott Brown, Tom Spindle, John Kimbrough, Gary Walker, and Sam Sais. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Eleen Tackett, 9/21/44-9/21/98. Died Monday at the VA Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was a playwright and was well known in the science-fiction/community. She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Tackett; daughter Eleen Bemis and grandson Frederick. She was the first woman member of the Elks Lodge #461. Memorial Services will be held Friday, 7:00 p.m. at the Harwood United Methodist Church, 420 San Lorenzo NW.

Francisco A. Vaquera, 74, beloved father, grandfather and brother, was called home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 23, 1998. He was born on December 24, 1923 to Antonio and Irenia Vaquera; he served in the United States Navy during World War II. He is survived by his loving children, Joe A. and wife, Patricia of Rio Rancho, Manuel A. and wife, Theresa, Frances Baca and husband, Jake and Sandra Vaquera, all of Albuquerque; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Ezequio of Albuquerque, Willie of Las Cruces, Edwardo of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Consuelo Arvallo of Bakersville, CA. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. A Rosary will be recited this evening, 7:00 p.m., at St. Edwin's Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona Rd. SW. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 a.m., also at the church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY