Dec 05, 1981 - Nov 27, 2023
Died : Feb 19, 2024
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.
Conrad John Strohacker
Oct 25, 1935 - Feb 20, 2024
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
Dennis W. Smith
Aug 29, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024
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.
Nelson Eldridge Welch, Jr.
Oct 19, 1942 - Feb 16, 2024
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Stella R. Buster
Jan 29, 1926 - Feb 07, 2024
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.
Jorge Medina Toledo
Aug 16, 1966 - Feb 18, 2024
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.
Apr 02, 1993 - Feb 13, 2024
On Tuesday February 13, 2024, Richard “Cheech” Tapia, loving son and brother passed away at the age 30. Richard was born on April 2, 1993 in Albuquerque, NM to Anthony Tapia and Donna Mendoza. He is survived by his sister Antoinette Mendoza nieces Fayth, Precious, Hope and Ivonnie. Richard had many uncles, aunts, cousins and many extended family. Richard is known by many as Cheech. He was the life of the party, so full of energy, made everyone laugh with his bad jokes and just his smile or his smirks. Richard loved to travel, hang out with friends/family. He had a love of music always had a favorite one (which was many). Funeral services will be held on Thursday February 29, 2024 at Riverside Funeral Home at 10:00am. Flowers of donations may be sent to 225 San Mateo Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM
David Michael Newman
Jun 22, 1956 - Feb 05, 2024
David Michael Newman June 22, 1956 - February 5, 2024 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Michael Newman, who left this world suddenly and tragically on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the age of 67. A victim of a senseless hit-and-run, David's departure has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him and has left a community in shock. David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and grew up nearby in Arlington. He honorably served his country as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he spent most of his service at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Eventually moving with his family to Erie, PA, he was known as the fun Uncle Davy, always taking his children, nieces and nephews on road trips in his camper. Later in life he moved to the southwest and enjoyed the freedom of his moped, occasionally testing his luck at the local casinos, and the comradery of his community of veterans at Veteran’s Independent Living of Albuquerque. David leaves behind his daughter, Jennifer Newman; step-daughters, Lesley Jackson and the late Beth Smith; his siblings, Linwood G. Newman Jr., Catherine A Barry, John E. Newman, the late Marianne L Biagioni, and Janelle Newman. His son, Matthew Michael Newman, preceded him in death, a loss that deeply touched David's heart. In facing the tragedy of losing both Matthew and now David, the Newman family draws strength from the incredible legacy of resilience they left behind. As we mourn David's passing, we also remember Matthew, and we celebrate the impact they have both left on our hearts and lives. A memorial service for David will be held on June 22nd in the Boston Area. This gathering will be a time to honor David's memory, reflect on the joy he brought into our lives, and support each other in grief. In lieu of flowers, please would you consider donating in David’s memory to Semper Fi & America's Fund or a veterans' support charity. As we say goodbye to David, we hold tight to the memories, and the love he shared. We also renew our commitment to seeking justice for David. The search for the individual responsible for this horrendous crime continues, driven by a collective determination to ensure accountability and honor David's memory. Rest in peace, David. You, alongside Matthew, will forever be in our thoughts and hearts.
Darlene Katherine Carr
Apr 28, 1938 - Feb 12, 2024
Darlene Katherine Carr, age 85, passed away on February 12, 2024. Full obituary is currently pending. Funeral arrangements were trusted to Director's Choice, 9316 Susan Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87123, (505) 275-6524.
James Nathan Spells
Dec 30, 1940 - Feb 05, 2024
James Nathan Spells (Jim), 83, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away February 5th, 2024, at his home in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on December 30th, 1940, to his father Lewis Spells and Sally Williams. At the age of 19, Jim enlisted in the Air Force. He valued this service highly and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. As part of this service, he received many awards, Ribbons, and Decorations including the Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Clusters. He married Mary Lou on May 12th,1985 in which they brought their two families together including Jim's two Children and Mary Lou's daughter. After retiring from the Air Force he did continue to work, moving over to Sandia National Labs. Work was not Jim's entire life. He kept his sense of adventure after his service and enjoyed Road trips and camping. You could catch him and his wife out in the wilderness fishing just as happy as could be. Another life long hobby Jim held was a never ending infinity for anything technological. Who knew one man could own so many tablets and printers. Then on the other end of the scale he loved woodworking - hiding in the garage for hours making wooden puzzles. Jim is survived by his wife Mary Lou, children Regina, Anthony, step daughter Shelley, grandchildren (by age) Ariana, Miguel, Jerad, Danielle, Mina and great grandchild Porter as well as his siblings Harvey, Tommy, Elizabeth, May, Katie Marie, Pauline, Linda as well as many nephews and nieces He was preceded in death by his Parents Lewis Spells and Sally Williams, siblings - Juanita, Joe, Larry, John, and Leon, and his ex spouse Mary Jo.