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Beverly Gardner

Oct 26, 1938 - Nov 27, 2023

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Albuquerque, NM

Beverly A. Gardner passed on, peacefully, in her home, on Monday, November 27, 2023. Beverly was born on Wednesday, October 26, 1938, in Winslow, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce P. Gardner, and her parents Ruby and Sterling MacMillan.She is survived by her brother, William (wife Carolyn), daughter and son-in-law, Tamie and Chris Pargas, grandsons, Josh (wife Erin), and Jake Pargas, a great-grandson, Ezekiel Bear Pargas, Jeff (wife Carrie and daughter Lucy), Ty (wife Jenn...Read More

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Lois Guffey

May 13, 1954 - Feb 20, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Lois Guffey passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Lois' Life Celebration details are to be announced. To to the family or in memory of Lois Guffey, please

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Alfred H. Baye

Sep 01, 1922 - Feb 24, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

CW4 Alfred H. Baye September 1, 1922- February 24, 2024 Alfred Henry Baye , the son of Helena (Erdmann) and Sylvan Baye, was born in Philip, South Dakota on September 1, 1922. He lived on his parents homestead in Haakon County and later attended Phillip High School where he fell in love with Ida Eileen McDaniel. He enlisted in the US Army in December 1940 and in 1942 Eileen joined him at Camp Crowder. They were married April 10, 1942. He served at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands during WWII and subsequently at Ft. Lee,VA; Sandia Base, NM; Killeen Base, TX; Seneca Army Depot , NY; Pirmasens, Germany; Joliet Arsenal, Il; Redstone Arsenal, AL and Naval Magazine, Guam. Alfred was a member of the first military Nuclear Weapon Company of the 38th Engineer Battalion. He was a member of the team that tested, assembled and detonated nuclear devices on Eniwetoke Atoll. This was a test to confirm the competence of the military to assemble, test and maintain nuclear weapons. He was the last of the Sandia Pioneers. He retired as a Warrant Officer W4 and made his home with Eileen in Albuquerque, NM. During his Army career he was awarded the Legion of Merit and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the American Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. His greatest pride was that he served in the U.S. Army. He completed his professional career as Senior Engineer for GTE Communication Systems in Albuquerque from 1971-1986. After more than 60 years together his wife Eileen preceded him in death on October 6, 2005. Alfred married Doris Fulmer in 2006 and they also resided in Albuquerque until she passed in 2007. Grateful for having shared his life are his children Patricia Kaveney and her husband Alan of Joliet, Illinois, David Baye and his wife Margriet of Woodland Park, Colorado, Kathleen McCrohan and her husband John of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Teresa Kelley and Michael Kimbro of Scotsdale, Arizona, eleven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren. and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Charles Lee, his sisters Rosalie Keelin and Katherine Moss; and three brothers, Francis Baye, Edmund Baye and Joseph Baye. Funeral arrangements are pending. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Sherman "Bill" Harviston

Mar 12, 1932 - Feb 19, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Sherman "Bill" Harviston, a treasured soul whose laughter and wisdom touched many, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Jantz) Harviston. Bill is survived by three children, Kay (Richard) Stevens, Deborah Montano, Corby (Margie) Harviston; four grandchildren, Devon (Carolyn) Stevens, Kyle (Devin) Reeves, Adrianna (Hugh) Harviston, and Andrew (Brittany) Harviston; three great grandchildren, Bryce, Brooklyn, and Kolten Harviston. Born on March 12, 1932, Bill's journey through life was marked by a deep love for the simple pleasures – fishing, family, and the satisfaction of a hard day's work. Bill was a man who lived for the outdoors, his heart as wide and welcoming as the New Mexico skies under which he spent countless hours waiting for the next big catch. His love for fishing was only matched by his love for his family, and he often combined the two, creating cherished memories on tranquil lakesides with his children by his side. A meat and potatoes man through and through, Bill's eyes would light up at the mere mention of catfish and cornbread – a testament to his simple, yet rich taste in life's offerings. Professionally, Bill was known for his unmatched skill and dedication as a carpenter. His hands, both strong and precise, helped to shape the skyline of Albuquerque in the 1960s, as he contributed to the construction of bridges that still stand today as testaments to his talent and hard work. His legacy is etched in the very bones of the city, a silent tribute to a man who built more than just structures, but also built a community. True to his disciplined and determined nature, Bill walked two miles every day, a ritual that kept his spirit as sharp as his wit. Friends, family, and even casual acquaintances could always count on him for a funny quip followed by a gentle smile, a combination that made him a beloved figure in his community. In remembering Bill, one cannot help but think of the words funny, wise, and gentle – a trifecta of qualities that truly encapsulates the essence of the man he was. As we bid farewell to Sherman "Bill" Harviston, we celebrate a life lived fully, a journey marked by laughter, love, and an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire those who knew him for generations to come. His was a life well-lived, and he will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. To to the family or in memory of Sherman "Bill" Harviston, please

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Theresa Torres

Oct 02, 1946 - Feb 21, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Theresa Torres, a beacon of kindness and generosity, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2024, at her home in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years Albert Torres; two children: Darlene Gutierrez, Delbert Torres; mother Canda Trujillo; brothers: Leroy Jaramillo and Lawrence Martinez. Born on October 2, 1946, Theresa was 77 years old when she passed, Theresa lived a life marked by passion and a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and her family, which she considered her greatest accomplishment. She only knew how to give. She always put everyone before herself, even in her time of need. Theresa was the proud owner of Theresa's Homestyle Cooking, where she poured her heart into every dish. Theresa also worked for many years at Albuquerque, Public Schools, a local newspaper among other places. She had memories as a member of a competitive bowling league with her beloved cousin. Theresa loved the memories made with her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, cousins, and her mom. She loved camping at the lake with family, taking walks to her daughter’s “jungle”, spending weekends with her husband in Ruidoso was the top of her list. She could spend hours staring at the beautiful lake and mountain at the Inn of The Mountain Gods. She loved the outdoors and always mentioned how beautiful God’s work was. Theresa's beautiful soul touched everyone she met. Her love and personality were infectious with everyone that she came across. She left lasting impressions with all of her family and friends. Her unwavering faith and boundless generosity were the cornerstones of her existence. She leaves behind a legacy of love and the memory of her kind and passionate spirit, which will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing her. Theresa’s life celebration will begin with a rosary to be recited on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at San Felipe de Neri Catholic church located at 2005 N Plaza Street NW, 87104. Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. Theresa will be laid to rest following the Mass at Santa Clara Cemetery located at 611 Foothill Rd SW, 87105. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. at San Jose en Los Duranes (San Jose Mission Catholic Church) located at 2110 Los Luceros Rd. NW, 87104. Pallbearers will be Patrick Torres, Santiago Gutierrez, Julian Sedillo, Isaiah Sedillo, Josh Hodges and Matthew Barstow. To to the family or in memory of Theresa Torres, please

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Gene Christiansen

Died : Feb 19, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Gene Christiansen passed away peacefully at his residence in Albuquerque on February 19, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Frances Christiansen, and his two sisters, Stephanie Truex and Connie Fischl, who shared in his joys and supported him through life's challenges. Gene is also survived by his children: John and his wife Ashley, Anthony and his wife Christine, and Brett and his wife Jessica. He also leaves behind two grandchildren Cameron and Abby and three stepchildren Greg Turner, Wendy Schwarze, and Jennifer Waldrop. Gene was a highly respected contractor in Northern New Mexico. For over twenty years, he operated GMC Construction, where his dedication to quality and integrity earned him the admiration of his peers and the trust of his community. He will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances for his friendly and generous nature and will be greatly missed. A celebration of Gene's life will be held in Pinon Ridge at a later date.

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Conrad John Strohacker

Oct 25, 1935 - Feb 20, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Conrad John Strohacker, 88, passed peacefully at home in Albuquerque on February 20, 2024. He was born on October 25, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Morgan Park High School, where he garnered the yearbook title, "Most Likely to Succeed". During his career, he fulfilled this title as shoe buyer with Marshall Field's department store in downtown Chicago, and as a successful business owner in Albuquerque. Conrad loved his life's work and finally resolved to retire from his business of 4 decades at age 78. He was an 80+ year Chicago Cubs fan, faithfully attending spring training as a season ticket holder for almost 20 years in Mesa, Arizona. Conrad loved watching sports of any kind and enjoyed rooting for the Lobos, Dukes and Isotopes. He looked forward to meeting friends for Sunday tennis matches and watching Wimbledon. He also found joy in watching his grandchildren's sporting events. His kind demeanor and warm smile were contagious to all around him. Conrad is survived by his wife Mary of 57 years, daughter Sheila Salyers and husband, David of Centennial, Colorado, grandchildren Margo, Drew and Reid, daughter Julie Pfeiffer and husband Todd of Albuquerque, and grandchildren Evan, Natalie and Annlyn. He is also survived by his brother Curt Strohacker and sisters Catherine Grzanka and Cynthia Fendel. A private family mass and celebrations will be held at a later date in Albuquerque and Chicago. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated at Saranamabq.org, YMCA of Central New Mexico, or Rotary Del Norte Foundation. To to the family or in memory of Conrad John Strohacker, please

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Dennis W. Smith

Aug 29, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Dennis W. Smith, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at the age of 73. Born on August 29, 1950, Dennis leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories. Dennis will be deeply missed by his loved ones. He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Loretta Smith; his daughters, Tania Serrano and Dennise Smith; his step-mother, Sally Smith; his sisters, Sharron Foster, Sandra Jillson, Cheryl Smith; his grandchildren, Rosalinda Serrano, Jazmine Guerra, Frankie Guerra and Francesca Guerra, and by his great-granddaughter, Donna Serrano. Dennis was a beloved uncle, friend, and mentor to many. Dennis found great joy in his role as a grandfather, known as "Grandpa" and "Bird." He had a passion for his work in the bread industry, where he earned the nickname "Bread Man" for his dedication and warmth towards his colleagues and customers. In his free time, Dennis enjoyed sharing his wisdom with those willing to listen, fishing and spending peaceful moments at Elephant Butte with family and friends. He had a sharp wit and a teasing nature, endearing him to all who knew him. Those who had the privilege of knowing Dennis will remember him for his kind heart, his sense of humor, and his unwavering love for his family and friends. He will be forever cherished and greatly missed. Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Mozelle Bradey; his father, Herold Smith, and by his step-fathers, John Chapman and Chet Bradey. A service to celebrate Dennis's life will be held on Wednesday, March 13th , 2024 at 10:00 am at Legacy Church - East Campus, located at 4701 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

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Nelson Eldridge Welch, Jr.

Oct 19, 1942 - Feb 16, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Nelson Eldridge Welch, Jr. was born October 19, 1942 to Nelson E. (Buddy) Welch, Sr. and Lydia Pawnee Kenyon on the homeplace of his paternal grandparents, Clint and Emma (Letz) Welch, in Cedarvale, NM. As a boy, Nelson enjoyed many summers living with and helping his grandparents. Nelson’s father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and the family was frequently relocated along the line running between NM and CA, resulting in Nelson, and his older brother, Lester, attending over a dozen schools. While living in Vaughn, NM, the family lived in a converted box car where younger brother, Wayne, was born. Shortly thereafter, the family settled in Deming, NM where, as a sophomore at Deming High School, Nelson met the love of his life, Nina Ruth Dane. Nelson and Nina were married on August 27, 1961 and enjoyed over 62 years of marriage together. While Nelson attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM, he and Nina supported themselves through a variety of jobs to include Nelson working as a radio DJ. After his graduation with a Bachelors in Mathematics, they moved to T or C, NM where Nelson began teaching math and physics at the local high school. Here they welcomed their two children, Lydia Lynn and Timothy Todd. Many lifetime friendships, that continue to be treasured today, were established. Eventually returning to Deming, and teaching both at the Jr. High and High School, Nelson completed his Masters degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee by attending summer school. In 1972, Nelson opted to change careers and attended the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) academy where he graduated as the valedictorian of his rookie class. He was stationed out of Santa Fe, NM while on patrol for 2 years. In 1974, Nelson transferred into the NMSP crime laboratory as a ballistics, toolmark and crime scene expert. Nelson worked in the crime lab for 10 years before beginning his own investigative business, Crash-Bang, Inc., in 1984. Throughout his professional career, he was respected as an expert in ballistics, toolmarks and accident reconstruction with uncompromising ethics and integrity. He’s recognized as a lifetime member of the International Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). As such, he served on the international glossary committee, which defined the standards and outlined the formulas used by this prestigious field, to include identifying velocity as a vector. He was the first to prove under laboratory conditions and publish data on how to match a hole made by a bullet fired from a particular gun using a spent cartridge case. Nelson was sought out as an expert on numerous cases throughout the state of New Mexico as well as testifying in national and international cases. Two that were most significant to him were a case out of Germany where he and an expert from Australia disagreed with the German expert regarding a ballistics identification. The case was eventually tried in a neutral court of the Netherlands where Nelson, along with the other experts, testified and the verdict was overturned due to the evidence Nelson and the Australian expert presented. The second was the case that was featured on the program, Forensic Files, in the episode entitled, “Within Arm’s Reach.” These are just two instances of how Nelson positively impacted the lives and liberty of so many people throughout his career. His byline rings in the ears of those closest to him, “The truth is the truth is the truth!” Nelson and Nina have been blessed with 4 grandchildren, Nathan Dean, Wesley Derek, Anna Jessie, and Muriel Lee, and 2 great-granddaughters, Brenlee and Olivia. Much as they did with Lynn and Todd, Nelson and Nina enjoyed passing on a love of nature through multiple and varied outdoor excursions with these new generations. Nelson always treasured and prioritized his time with family and in the past several years took up genealogy through Ancestry.com where he’s identified thousands of familial relationships and taken great joy in sharing some of the more interesting histories and herstories with all the relatives. After a prolonged battle with COPD, he left us peacefully on the morning of February 16, 2024, forever a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. The family is having a gathering to remember his life with love and laughter from your stories and comments, although it was Nelson’s wish to forego any services. He wanted everyone to remember him as he was and what he stood for. In lieu of any flowers or donations it was also his wish that you do something for your loved ones instead. The family will gather again in October to spread his ashes in Cedarvale. We invite everyone to also share their remembrances of Nelson here, or to email them directly to Nina and the family at nelsonwelch270@q.com Lastly, Nina and family wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the practitioners, staff and volunteers of Bosque Trails Hospice, especially Theresa, Corey, Jacob, Kathy and Rachel. Gathering to remember the life of Nelson E. Welch with love and laughter from YOUR comments at Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE Albuquerque,NM 87108, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 10:00AM.

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Stella R. Buster

Jan 29, 1926 - Feb 07, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Stella R. Buster beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was called to her eternal resting place on February 7, 2024. Stella was born in Albuquerque’s South Broadway neighborhood to Ignacio and Rebecca Rodulfo on January 29, 1926. She had two older sisters Lenore and Ophelia, one older brother Manuel and one younger brother Prex. Faith and family were very important values impressed upon her by her parents and she held these values close to her heart throughout her life. Her father Ignacio built the family home himself mostly of adobe construction. Stella actually helped make some of the adobes the house was built with! They had a one-acre lot and there were crops and a few farm animals that she would help tend along with her sisters and brothers. As a young girl she took a few piano lessons, and it became clear that she had a special talent for the piano. She loved to play and amazingly she didn’t need to read music. She would continue to play by ear for the rest of her life much to the enjoyment of others. She attended San Jose elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from Albuquerque High School class of 1944. After graduation she visited her sister Ophelia in southern California where she worked briefly at a chenille factory and a Dixie cup factory. After a while she missed her New Mexico family and decided to return. Upon returning she applied and was certified for a teaching position in Cedar Crest New Mexico. It was a one room classroom and she spoke often of how much she enjoyed teaching and how fond she was of her students. Around that time, she went to a dance with her brother Manuel where she was introduced to a former sailor named Reuben Villanueva. After dating for a while, they were engaged and then they married in June 1946. They began to raise a family in the Martinez Town neighborhood and would eventually have five children, Reuben Jr., Patricia, Michael, Dennis, and David. Although their marriage ended in divorce, and she faced some challenging times she always managed to keep her family together. She worked at the Wilson Jr. High cafeteria and later as a court clerk at the Bernalillo County courthouse to make ends meet. Years later when her children were on their own, she met her second husband, Ralph G. Buster. He was a retired USAF Chief Master Sargeant who served 30 years. After dating a few years they were married in Reno, Nevada in 1978. Ralph absolutely adored Stella and they enjoyed many adventures together. There were many road trips on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle that they pulled a small trailer with all their gear inside. Later, when the motorcycle became too much to manage, they switched to an RV and continued their adventures. At this time, she also worked as a substitute teacher’s aide and later as a volunteer at the Kirtland Air Force Base thrift shop. Stella had quite a green thumb and she enjoyed gardening and taking care of her houseplants. Meanwhile Ralph loved to tinker and build things in his workshop. He always had a project in the works. He even restored a player piano for Stella. Ralph was very kind and always welcomed all of Stella’s family into his home as if they were his own. Those were probably the happiest days of her life! Sadly, Ralph passed away in 2001. Stella always spoke kindly of him and missed him dearly the rest of her days. After Ralph’s passing Stella remained active and spent more and more time with her family. She continued to work at the thrift shop for over 25 years and made many, many friends there. She was very proud of her volunteer service there. She did water aerobics, went on a trip to Spain as well as many visits to her son David and his family in Syracuse, NY. In 2012 she suffered a devastating loss when her son Michael passed away. Those were her saddest days, but she remained strong with the support of her family, friends, and her faith. When it came time for her to leave the home her and Ralph made, she moved first to Brookdale and then to Bear Canyon Estates independent living facilities. It was a hard move for her, but she eventually adjusted to her new life. She enjoyed many good times and was involved in many interesting activities with lots of new friends. She always attended weekly Bible study meetings and would often read scriptures out loud to the group. In her last years she developed dementia and eventually had to move to Watermark Memory care. Although she had dementia she still remembered and recognized all her children, grandchildren, and friends. She could still play the piano, which was greatly appreciated and requested by her fellow residents and the staff. She still participated in and enjoyed many of the activities they offered. On January 28, 2024, she celebrated her 98 birthday with her family and friends surrounding her. She had a good time and was very happy that day! Stella passed from this world a short time after that. Her greatest joy was always to be with her family and when she passed, they were all at her side giving her comfort and thanking her for all the love she gave. Stella really was a very special person to everyone that knew her, full of life and love, she will always be missed. As a woman of great faith, she now rests in the everlasting arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Jorge Medina Toledo

Aug 16, 1966 - Feb 18, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Jorge Medina Toledo de Santiago Niltepec, Oaxaca México, se despidió inesperadamente el día 18 de Febrero 2024 con tan solo 57 años. Nació el 16 de agosto de 1966, Hijo de Javier Medina y Gregoria Toledo. (Chiton o coki) como lo llamaban sus amigos y familiares, siempre fue una persona amable, amorosa , respetuosa y llena de sueños. Jorge vivió su infancia en el rancho de Niltepec, Oaxaca. En el año 1990 salió a ciudad Juárez donde obtuvo su licenciatura en administración de empresas en UACJ. Estando en Juárez conoció a su esposa Josefina Barraza y tuvieron 3 hijos, Jorge , Jose y Jacqueline Medina. En el año 2011 llevó a su familia a los Estados Unidos para prosperar. Fue un hombre aguerrido y trabajador. El legado que Jorge dejó a sus hijos fue un sueño que siempre tuvo y salió de la petición de su corazón, su propio negocio, que actualmente está fundada en Santa Fe, Nuevo México, “Medinas Rustic Furniture” La familia Medina organizará su funeral el jueves 22 a las 10:00am. El servicio será en la iglesia Jesucristo fuente de vida en Albuquerque, NM. El entierro se llevará acabo en Santa Fe Memorial Gardens a la 1:30pm. Por favor no usar ropa color negra.

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