John E. Zimmerman, 55, of Rio Rancho, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. John was born Jan. 29, 1946, in Hammond, Ind. He was a 1964 graduate of Boone Grove High School in Porter Twp., Ind. He worked for Illinois Bell and AT&T Information Systems for a total of 22 years. John was a part-time deputy sheriff for the Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Department and later the Porter County Sheriff's Department. He was hired as a full-time police officer for the Porter County Sheriff's Police Department in 1988 and was a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1989. John helped coordinate the Governor's Task Force for Drunk Driving while employed with the sheriff's department. John was recruited by a Sandia National Laboratory contractor (PDS) in 1996. John and his wife relocated to Rio Rancho, N.M. in March of 1996. John was an employee of ReSpec as a UNIX Systems Administrator for the Infrastructure Computing group. John was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Albuquerque Lodge #1, the treasurer and a charter member of Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Association, New Mexico Chapter #VI, former member of Blue Knights New Mexico #1, and a member of the Rio Rancho Moose Lodge #2447, Santa Fe Harley Owners Group, and the Goldwing Road Riders Association. John served as the chapter educator of GWRRA New Mexico Chapter F and later the Senior District Educator for GWRRA in New Mexico. John was a Master Tour Rider of the Goldwing Road Riders Association since 1994. John was also a member of the New Mexico Corvette Association. John was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a past member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Ewalt Yahnz Lodge in Porter County, Ind. John was a member of the Porter County Sheriff's Pistol Team and won several national medals and numerous state awards for police pistol combat shooting. He was also a former member of the Electrical Workers Local 336. He was a precinct committeeman, Morgan Township, for the Porter County Republican Party Twp. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Elsie Annen, and Albert and Ina Zimmerman, and his father-in-law, Carl Eckhardt. John is survived by his loving wife, Carole, of over 26 years; his parents, Frank and Lorraine Zimmerman of Valley, Ala.; son, John of Naples, Fla.; brother-in-law, Gregory and his wife, Diane, of Valparaiso, Ind.; and nephews and nieces. John is also survived by many dear friends, including his closest friends, Wayne and Pat Connolly. John will be sorely missed by his loving family and his many dear friends and co-workers. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at 5 p.m. at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church with the Rev. Sandra S. Bess and the Rev. Brian C. Taylor officiating. Interment will be at the Rose Garden in Vista Verde Memorial Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001 (time to be announced). In lieu of flowers, contributions to the spouse toward a memorial and donations to charities of her choice would be appreciated.
Jerry A, Mohr, 76, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. Jerry was born July 26, 1925, the son of Arden and Nettie Vance Mohr in Metamora, Ohio. Jerry had been a school teacher, teaching in the junior and high schools. He loved to golf and was a member of the Rio Rancho Country Club, a member of the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. in Michigan, belonged to the Michigan Education Association, and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Clare, of Rio Rancho; three daughters, Teri DePlonty and husband John, of Escanaba, Mich., Susan Mohr and husband Ken, of Lansing, Mich., and Betty Fallstich and husband Rick, of Maryland; five grandchildren, Michael, Alan, Jessica, Erich and Chelsea. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, 1004 24th St. in Rio Rancho, with the Rev. Larry Hitchens officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Services for Jamie Scott, 27, of Lubbock, Texas, were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, in Sanders Memorial Chapel. Officiating was the Rev. Mel Hooten. Entombment was in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park-Mausoleum under the direction of Sanders Funeral Home. Ms. Scott died on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, in Covenant Medical Center. She was born in Lubbock, Texas, Sept. 12, 1974. She attended Lubbock Public Schools and attended Cibola High School in Albuquerque. She attended Southcrest Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Ryan Trent Scott of Lubbock; mother, Jackie Crosby, and stepfather Roger Vinyard, both of Rio Rancho; sister, Jessica Lea Scott, of Albuquerque; brother, Dylan Crosby Vinyard, of Rio Rancho; and grandparents, Trent and Faye Crosby of Lubbock. The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity. The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home.
Joseph John Livoti, 85, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 14 years, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. Joseph was born Sept. 6, 1915, the son of Guiseppe and Antonia Giarratino Livoti, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He had been a traffic controller for the Grumbacher Artist Supply Company before retiring. Joseph was a member of the Elks Lodge 2500 of Rio Rancho and the Meadowlark Senior Center of Rio Rancho. He is survived by one son, Robert Ferrar of Little River, S.C.; one brother, Frank Livoti of Long Beach, N.Y.; one sister, Leorada Friscia of Pompano Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Robert Ferrar, Barbara Hall and Cherie Colella; and seven great-grandchildren, Frank Colella, Deanna Colella, Alina Colella, Katy Ferrar, Robert Ferrar, Timothy Ferrar and Brianna Hall. Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Road at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, with the service on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, with Deacon Bob Contreras officiating. Entombment will follow in the Floral Garden Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Louis Hogge went to be with his Lord and Savior at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. He will be missed by his loving wife, Christine Hogge; his son, Bryan G. Hogge; and his sister-in-law, Sharon Rascon. Mr. Hogge was an avid horseman and enjoyed his horse, Rojo, immensely. Memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at The First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, 3906 19th Ave.
Barbara Frye Blair, 81, of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away on Sept. 16, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, David Dayton Blair. She is survived by her children: Genie and Mike Ryan, Ruth Ann Blair, all of Rio Rancho; Casey and Cathy Blair of Chelsea, MI; and three grandchildren, David Blair, Christopher Ryan and Sarah Blair. Mrs. Blair was born June 27, 1921, in Ponca City, Okla., grew up in Texas, attended Texas Tech University, and spent most of her adult life in Oklahoma and Kansas. She was co-owner of Blair Tax Service in Tulsa, OK. A memorial service will be held at Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the David Dayton Blair Memorial Collection at the University of Tulsa, 600 S. College Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104, or ReadWest, P.O. Box 44508, Rio Rancho, NM 87174. Arrangements by Sunrise Cremation Society of New Mexico, 891-8200.
Curtis Monroe Cavileer, a retired executive of several Beatrice Foods Company subsidiaries, died Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, N. M., following injuries sustained in a fall. He was 84. Mr. Cavileer was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and later moved to Akron, Ohio, where he received his early education at Goodyear Industrial University. Additionally, he was a veteran of the United States Army, including assignments in Intelligence at home and in Okinawa. Throughout his career, Mr. Cavileer was active in industry and civic affairs, holding the offices of president of the area Chamber, American Legion and Rotary; chairman of the United Fund, board member of the NC Economic Commission and 32nd degree Mason and member of the Masonic Graotto. Mr. Cavileer also tried his hand at acting, playing a romantic role in the movie "It Happened in Akron," which featured renowned actor Jess White. Mr. Cavileer was a spiritual person. He was a church elder, a Sunday school teacher and a past president of the Christian Men's Fellowship. His many industry and civic achievements have been recognized in several editions of the Who's Who in the West and in the East. After retiring from Beatrice Foods, Mr. Cavileer and his wife Justina switched gears and moved near Albuquerque to be near their children and play an active role in the lives of their grandchildren. In addition to his wife Justina, he is survived by daughter Mikele Jennings, and son-in-law former Rio Rancho Mayor John Jennings; son David Cavileer, vice president and general manager of WXVT Television of Greenville, Miss., and wife Eleanor; six grandchildren: Dawn Holmes and Brett Giarratano of Scottsdale, Ariz., Erin Cavileer of Greenville, Miss., Jessica Jennings and Michael Malson of Berlin, Germany; and one honorary grandchild, Cassandra Ianni of Solon, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Carol Lynn Malson, and grandson, David Christopher Malson, preceded Mr. Cavileer in death. If Mr. Cavileer's character could be summed up in one word, it would be the word "giving." He was big-hearted, generous in nature, freely giving of himself to his family, his job, his community and his country.
Maria R. Gardner, 76, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1989, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002. Maria was born July 5, 1926, the daughter of Enrique and Carolina Naranjo Romero in Ordway, Colo. She came to New Mexico from Maywood, Calif. Maria was very talented in arts and crafts, a prize winning quilter, a doll maker and collector, and a professional seamstress. She was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church. Maria was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon S. Gardner in 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria C. Madrid and husband, Chris; one sister, Emily Martinez of Rio Rancho; two brothers, Fred and Henry Romero, both of Raton, N. M.; grandchildren Gina Munoz, Chris Anthony Madrid and Aaron Madrid; and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Gospel Light Baptist Church, 1500 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, with Pastor Brent Lenentine officiating. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Frank Gennari, 83, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 26 years, and coming to New Mexico from New York, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002. Frank was born July 26, 1919, the son of Amedeo and Maria Gennari in Bronx, N. Y. He had worked in the aerospace manufacturing business before retiring. Frank was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, in 1998. Frank is survived by two sons, Mark Gennari and wife Dolores of River Vale, N. J., and Frank Gennari of Miller Place, N. Y.; and three grandchildren. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Burial services will be held in New Jersey at a later date. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Eileen Janie Gross passed away unexpectedly Aug. 31, 2002. She was 72. She was born in Pageton, W. Va., to Arthur Gilbert Rose and Mary Elizabeth Mitchem Rose on Aug. 16, 1930. Ms. Gross was loved, and will be missed by her family and many, many friends. She has lived in San Rafael since 1958 with her husband, Floyd "Junior " Gross, who passed away in 1984. She has been a member of the Grants Church of Christ. She enjoyed working at Bluewater Elementary School's cafeteria, and she loved to travel and is now on the journey of her life. Ms. Gross is survived by one son, Wayne Gross and his wife, Laura, of Rio Rancho; one daughter, Dianna Woodard and her husband, Jim, of Roswell; six grandchildren, Jameson Woodard, Stacy Sneed and her husband, Coy, Tracy Metcalf and her husband, John, Michele Wood and her husband, Eric, Jenny Gross, and Patrick Gross; seven great-grandchildren, Kristen Woodard, Bethany Sneed, Lane Sneed, Victoria Woodard, Kayla-Summer Gross, Alex Wood, and Jayedon Wood. A visitation was held Tuesday 4 to 7 p.m. at Grants Mortuary Chapel. A funeral service was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Grants Church of Christ with Joy Lea Brazell and Matthew Killough officiating. Burial followed at Grants Memorial Park. Pallbearers include John Carwile, Jameson Woodard, Patrick Gross, John Metcalf, Coy Sneed, Glenn Simpkins. Honorary pallbearers include Opal Rhodes, Annie Cantrell, Virginia Brown, Glenna Chavez, Ruth Simpkins, Margaret Padilla, Pauline Duck. Grants Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
Gladys. M Scribner, 93, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002. She is survived by her brother, Walter Scribner, and wife, Helene of Albuquerque; niece Jacqueline Morice and husband, William of Indianapolis, Ind; nephews Philip Scribner and wife, Barbara of Ft. Myers, Fla., and David Scribner and wife, Sandra of Corrales; three great-nieces; three great-nephews; two great-great-nephews; and one great-great-niece. Ms. Scribner was a member of Eastern Star and Past Worthy Matron of Courtlandt Chapter #532, Peekskill, N. Y. She was presently affiliated with Turquoise Chapter #71, Rio Rancho. She was also a member of Paradise Hills United Methodist Church. She retired in 1969 after 17 years with the New York Department of Corrections. Service was held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at 10 a.m. at French Mortuary-Westside Chapel with Rev. David Snyman, officiating. Interment will take place at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Ballston Spa, NY. Friends visited French Mortuary-Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course, NW (three blocks north of Paseo Del Norte) Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
Clifford A. Sievert was born in Richmond Hills, N.Y. and raised in Wisconsin. He was a resident of New Mexico for 40 years, including 18 years in Rio Rancho. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean; daughter Linda Stebbins and son-in-law Jack Stebbins of Los Ranchos. Cliff was a 50-year member of the James B. Hayes Blue Lodge in the Valley of Milwaukee, the Ballut Abyad Shrine, and is a 32 degree Mason. A political activist for many years, Cliff had a strong sense of personal and political right and wrong. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 900 Southern Blvd. SE. Memorial contributions in Cliff's name may be made directly to the church.
Vivian Vanston, 91, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 26 years, passed away on Nov. 2, 2004.
Vivian was born July 29, 1913, the daughter of William and Anna Rebecca Hill Cheek in Indianapolis.
She was a graduate of Marion College in Indianapolis, and a member of the Irish American Society of New Mexico; a member of the Alter Society at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiana; a secretary at a labor union in Indiana during WW II.
She was also a school teacher at Sacred Heart and Holy Cross Catholic Schools in Indianapolis; was a 'Rosey the Riveter' for the P. R. Malory Company during WW II. She also was an actress, appearing in many television commercials, and a film extra; she also did modeling and print work. Vivian taught CCD classes at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Vanston, in 1982 and two brothers, Carl and Frederick Cheek. Vivian is survived by a stepson, Robert W. Vanston, of Hayward, Calif.; three daughters, Phyllis Anne Hayes, and her husband Jack, of Quincy, Ind.; Lorene Mervis, and her husband Alan, of Rio Rancho; and Kathleen Pfeiffer, and her husband James, of Los Lunas; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Catherine Cheek.
Visitation and Rosary were held Nov. 4 in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, with the Mass of Resurrection on Nov. 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Interment took place in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Pallbearers were Edward Sturges, Joshua Sturges, Scott Ashcraft, James Pfeiffer, Alan Mervis, Tony Hayes, and Danielle Mervis.
Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho. (892-9920)
Angelo Paul Contegiacomo, 80, beloved father, husband, son and brother, completed this life's journey on Nov. 29, 2004.
Anthony "Tony" Nicholas Cernelli, 81, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1992, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2002. Tony was born Nov. 7, 1920, at Isabella, Pa., the son of Francesco and Assunta Cernelli, who immigrated to America from Salerno, Italy. After working over 40 years as a chef, Tony retired and moved to Rio Rancho from Covina, Calif. Tony enjoyed listening to opera, classical music, reading, gardening and cooking. Tony was a disabled veteran who served with the U. S. Army in World War II in the India-China-Burma Theater. Tony is survived by his son, Frank Cernelli, and his wife, Dianne, and their daughter, Stephanie, of Rio Rancho; and his brother, Alphonso Genelli; and his sister, Mary Descaro, both of Uniontown, Pa. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on Thursday, July 11, 2002, at 11 a.m. with military honors being presented by the U. S. Army Honor Guard.
Joan Mary Denery, 74, a resident of Rio Rancho since the 1970s and coming to New Mexico from Long Island, N. Y., passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2002. Joan was born Feb. 29, 1928, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Ladd in Brooklyn, N. Y. She graduated from St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in New York City, N. Y. Joan was married to John J. Denery Sr. on April 16, 1955 at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Center, Long Island, N. Y. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1994, and one son, Michael. She is survived by five children: John J. Denery Jr. of Albuquerque, Stephen W. Denery and wife Keela M. of Belen, Genevieve T. Denery of Albuquerque, Deborah M. Denery of Rio Rancho, and Lawrence R. Denery of Rio Rancho; seven grandchildren, JoAnn M. Denery and Kristi Denery of Panama City, Fla., Amber M. Denery, Ryan M. Denery and Brandon J. Denery of Belen, April M. Ebert of Albuquerque, and Cheryl L. Ebert of Rio Rancho; and one sister, Mrs. Martha Helfrich of Nakomis, Fla. The visitation for Joan was Thursday, June 6, 2002, from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Road at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 7, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Interment will be at 1 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Pallbearers will be John Denery Jr., Stephen Denery, Lawrence Denery, Mike Brown, Art Famiglietta, Roger Legendre, and Ed Rogers. It has been suggested that contributions be made in Joan's name to the American Cancer Society, Southwest Division, Inc., Albuquerque Region, Central Processing Center, P. O. Box 5377, Phoenix, AZ 85010. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Roger Ralph Legendre, 68, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 26 years, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2002. Roger was born Jan. 15, 1934, the son of Raoul Joseph and Albina Canuel Legendre in Bronx, N. Y. Roger and Carmela came to New Mexico from Brentwood, Long Island, N. Y. He had been a carpenter in residential construction before retiring. Roger served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Roger is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Carmela, of the family home; three sons, Ralph Legendre and wife Lisa of New York City, N. Y., Roger Legendre Jr. and wife Kim of Rio Rancho, and Paul Legendre and wife Barbara of Glendale, Ariz.; one sister, Rita Fitzpatrick and husband George; 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Visitation for Roger will be Thursday, April 11, 2002, and Friday, April 12, 2002, from 4 to 8 p.m. both days in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Road at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, with the rosary being recited on Friday evening at 7 p.m. by Father Chris Zugger. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with the intermenty following in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ralph Legendre, Roger Legendre Jr., Paul Legendre, Michael Legendre, Roger Legendre and Rene Fitzpatrick. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Rose Marie Diana, 89, a resident of Rio Rancho for over 22 years, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2002. Rose was born Dec. 30, 1912, the daughter of Celestino and Helena Valdez in Ensenada, N. M. She had been a cook for the public schools before retiring. Rose was a member of the Auxiliary for the Felician Convent, a member of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the Meadowlark Senior Citizens Center where she participated with the Meadowlark singers and taught pinochle. Member of the Italian-American Club. Rose was preceded in death by one son, Steven Gary Willey, in 1986; one sister, Eliza; and one brother, Celestino. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Diana of Rio Rancho; children Mary Lou Nichols of White Lake, Mich., and James Stanley Willey of Duluth, Minn.; one sister, Adalaide Baca of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren, Brenda and Michael Dunne, Mark Dunne and wife Sherry, Lisa Sullivan, Kellie Crothers and husband Shane, Steven Willey and wife Marnie, Randy and Amanda Willey, and James Willey Jr.; 11 great-grandchildren, and daughter in law Denise Seaman. The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2002, in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Road at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho. The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 12, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. It has been suggested that memorials be made in Rose's name to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church School, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124. Cremation arrangements handled through Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
The children and grandchildren of Rose Mary Diana would like to thank everyone for their prayers and acts of kindness during her long illness and recent passing. We want all of you to know that the friendships she shared with you made her life long and happy.
Julia Eva Halloran, 82, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1974, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2002. Julia was born July 5, 1920, the daughter of Vito and Sophie Gendvilus in Manhattan, N. Y. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the American Legion, Post 118 - Ladies Auxiliary, D.A.V., West Mesa #5, and the Elks Lodge, 2500 - Ladies. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1975. She is survived by her daughter, Vivian Halloran of Rio Rancho, N. M.; and one brother, Vito Gendvilus of Van Etten, N. Y. A graveside service was held in the Cremation Garden at Vista Verde Memorial Park on Monday, July 29, 2002. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Theresa Kronowit, 82, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1971, came to New Mexico from Whitestone, N. Y. Theresa was born July 11, 1920, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Sekac in Majav, Czechoslovakia. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter Lorraine Deleewerk and son-in-law Peter Deleewerk. She is survived by one son, Michael Kronowit and wife Lynn; two daughters, Valerie A. Mathews and Karen Roach and Steve Trujillo, all of Rio Rancho; four grandchildren, Peter Deleewerk and girlfriend Karen, Jesse Stanchfield, Kimberly Kronowit and Lorraine Kronowit. A rosary was recited on Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Innichement followed in the Floral Garden Mausoleum at Vista Verde Memorial Park.
Calvin Eugene "Cal" Lundberg, 73, died on Monday, July 8, 2002, at his home in Rio Rancho, N.M. He was born in Aberdeen, S. D., to Charles and Hazel Knight Lundberg, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 20, 1949, Cal married Elaine DeVries in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked as a police officer in Edina, Minn., for 18 years and lived in Minneapolis, Minn., before retiring and moving to Rio Rancho nine years ago. Cal suffered from several illnesses, including cancer, but remained active in numerous groups and continued to assist people as he did before retirement. He was active in CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), the New Mexico Long-Term Care State Agency on Aging Ombudsman Program, and Mediation Services of New Mexico Conflict Resolution. As an active member of First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, he taught adult Bible classes. He was preceded in death by a son, Dan, who was diagnosed with bone cancer at a young age and endured the removal of his arm and chemotherapy before he died. When Cal was faced with the diagnosis of cancer, he remembered how courageous his son had been and related that Dan had taught him "how to live through cancer, enjoy life, be happy and most importantly, how to have a sense of humor." He continued helping other people and stayed positive about the future. Cal is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Elaine Lundberg; a son, Charles Lundberg and wife, Kathy of Roseville, Minn.; a daughter, Jean Mejia and Steve Nelson of Bailey, Colo.; an "adopted sister," Kate Floria; and two brothers, Harold Lundberg and wife, Maryann, of North Easton, Mass., and Ralph Lundberg and wife, Mary, of San Diego, Calif. Also surviving are six gorgeous grandchildren, Danny, Charlie, Emily and Ashley Lundberg, Briana Mejia and Dan Nelson; and numerous aunts, uncles and a host of loving friends. Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, at First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, 3906 19th Ave., with Pastor Si Budagher officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Peter Celum, Kurt Voiles, Chuck Cunningham, Steve Margulin, Allen Goodrich, Gary McDaniel, Dan Bravine, and R.D. White. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, Building Fund, 3906 19th Ave., Rio Rancho NM 87124. Arrangements by Sandia Funeral Care, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 821-0010.
Alice H. Malmquist, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on July 21, 2002. She was born on Aug. 2, 1925, in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Sverre and Helga Nilsen. Alice was a very special woman, devoting most of her lifetime to volunteering for many organizations, particularly the Girl Scouts. She loved gardening and enjoyed taking care of her roses, was active in the ceramics club at Meadowlark Senior Center, and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho. Alice will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband, Al of Rio Rancho; daughter Carol and husband Dan Grant of Rio Rancho; son Roger Malmquist and his wife Rita of Butte, Mont.; sisters Thelma Anderson of Westwood, N. J., and Ruth and husband the Rev. Stanley Dokken of Sun City, Ariz.; grandchildren Adam and Carson Grant and Eric Malmquist. A memorial service for Alice will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 305 Unser Blvd., Rio Rancho (corner of Unser and Abrazo), with the Rev. Donald H. Neidigk as officiant. Santa Fe National Cemetery will be her final resting place, where a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 305 Unser Blvd., Rio Rancho NM 87124. Services under the care of Sunrise Funeral Options. (505) 891-9192.
Loving Father - Morris Edward McFarling, 73, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2002, in T or C, N. M. He was a resident of the New Mexico Veterans Center. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years, Maxine Luella McFarling. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole McFarling Hudson and son-in-law V. Timothy Hudson. He was born in Monticello, Ark., on Feb. 20, 1929. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War in the 1950s and honorable discharged of duties in 1956. "Mac," as he was always known by his friends, lived in San Diego, Calif., from 1952 until 1985 when he retired as a machinist from Rohr Industries. He moved to New Mexico in 1995 with his daughter and son-in-law. At his request, he will be cremated by Sunrise Society of New Mexico and his remains to be interred in the Memorial Rose Gardens at Vista Verde Cemetery in Rio Rancho, N. M.
Betsy E. Shapiro, 62, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on July 6, 2002. Betsy was born on July 15, 1939, in Buffalo, N. Y., to Harry and Esther Hymowitz. Betsy was a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Congregation Albert Synagogue. Betsy was very active in politics and a proud member of the Democratic Club. She adored her family and her precious grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Betsy is survived by her husband, Earl Shapiro, of Rio Rancho; her sons, Philip Shapiro and wife Connie of Rio Rancho, Michael Shapiro and fiancée Debbie, and Daniel Shapiro, all of Albuquerque; sister Barbara and husband Lou Montaño of Aurora, Colo.; brother Raymond and his wife Diana; grandchildren Cathy, Adam, Alex, David, Kevin, Mariah, Tori, DeAunna; nieces and nephews Lisa, Geoffrey, Daniel and April; great-nieces Jennifer and Serenity; and a host of very special friends. A memorial service for Betsy will be held today (Wednesday, July 10, 2002) at Congregation Albert Synagogue, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE in Albuquerque at 2 p.m. with Rabbi Joseph R. Black officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the charity of your choice. Services are under the care of Sunrise Funeral Options, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho NM (5050) 891-9192.
Lee D. Stewart, 72, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1995, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2002. Lee was born March 11, 1930, the son of Sam and Winnie Bell Steward in Junction City, Arkansas. After retiring from Chrysler Corp., Lee and his wife moved to Rio Rancho from Oak Park, Mich. Lee served in the Korean War and retired from the National Guard in 1990. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and United Auto Workers, Local 51, of Detroit. He was devoted to his church, family and friends. Lee loved his garden, lawn and flowers. He also enjoyed jazz music. Les is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Delores of Rio Rancho; two daughters, Trish Stewart of Playa Del Rey, Calif., and Beverly Des Chenes and husband Frederick of Placitas, N. M., and their children, Taylor and Tessa; two sisters, Gladys Buffington and Alice Martin; and niece Winifred Tubbs, all of Arkansas. The visitation for Lee was held Thursday, June 13, 2002, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Road at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho. The Catholic Mass of Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 14, 2002, at 12 noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 2:30 p.m. with military honors being presented by the U. S. Army Honor Guard. It has been suggested that memorials be made in Lee's name to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.
Irene Emily Thorson, 93, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1983, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2002. Irene was born Dec. 4, 1908, the daughter of William J. and Rose Steiner Thuesen in Beloit, Wisc. She graduated from Whitewater State Teachers College in Whitewater, Wisc. She had been a high school mathematics teacher and taught at Roosevelt Junior High in Beloit, Wisc., until her marriage to C. M. (Pete) Thorson. Before retirement she worked at Electral Specialties in South Beloit as a secretary. Irene was a member of the Wisconsin Hand Weavers, member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Rio Rancho, was very active in the Meadowlark Senior Center, and she enjoyed gardening and weaving was her passion. Irene was a loving and devoted mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. M. Thorson, in 1967. Irene is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Wittkowske of Rio Rancho, and Elaine Frary and husband Bart of Hartford Ala.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. It has been suggested that contributions be made in Irene's memory to the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Burial will be at Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit, Wisc. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho, 892-9920.